Welcome to Robotics and Nonlinear Control

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 starting a new project called ROS2AR, under the umbrella of the ROSIN H2020 open call. ROS2AR will integrate AR facilities ROS-Industrial by means of object recognition techniques, in a production specific environment using smart glasses.

In March 2019, Lucian Busoniu is giving an invited talk at the Dutch Winter School on Systems and Control. Previous invited talks were given at the Timisoara Workshop on Machine Learning, and the Asian Workshop on Reinforcement Learning.

The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca is a partner in a newly funded Erasmus+ project within the Call for Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education. The project is entitled Co4AIR - Computers, Cognition and Communication in Control: A strategIc paRtnership, and kicked off with a meeting at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, on September 27th 2018. More information about the project can be found on the European Commission website, as well as on its project page on this website.