Welcome to Robotics and Nonlinear Control

  • DJI Matrice 210 RTK
  • Mobile manipulator (Cyton Gamma 1500 on a Pioneer base)
  • Cyton Gamma 1500
  • OptiTrack Flex13 tracking camera system
  • Pioneer
  • Quanser equipment
  • Diamond 2500
  • Orbbec Astra Pro depth camera
  • UR5 collaborative robotic arm

About us

Our group works on Robotics and Nonlinear Control (ROCON) at the Department of Automation of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. Our research interests range from mobile robotics and robot modeling, to fundamental nonlinear control and estimation using methods from computational and artificial intelligence. These two major directions are connected via applications of nonlinear control to robotics. We currently number six permanent staff working with around ten PhD students and long-term researchers, and we have a wide range of student projects available. Check our recent publications for a deeper technical outline of our work, or have a look at the videos for a high-level overview of our applications.


We are pleased to announce the start of a new Horizon Europe support project, with the title 'SeaGrip'. This is a UEFISCDI funded project to support the activities of the Horizon Europe project SeaClear 2.0 "Robotic and Participatory Solutions for Marine Litter Prevention & Remediation". The project started on November 2023, and it will last two years. During the period, we will award four grants to promising young engineers, in order to participate and contribute to our research activities.

To follow project updates, please visit the dedicated website

With the weather improving significantly lately, we decided to organise an outdoor activity for the group. Since this was the first time we had something like this for a long time (due to lock-downs), we decided to take it easy and visit the Trascău fortress located next to Colțesți, a small village in the Alba county of Romania.

After climbing the fortress and enjoying the incredible views of the Szekler Stone (Piatra Secuiului), we got quite hungry, so we enjoyed a homemade Hungarian Goulash at a local bistro.

We are organizing a (simulated) drone racing competition. Student teams are welcome! Details on the competition website: https://co4air-marathon.squarespace.com.