Institute of Control Systems (IRS)

Current Major Projects

IRS studies, applies, and further develops new control concepts and methods in a number of projects. Apart from projects funded by industry, IRS carries out publicly funded projects, such as projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), Federal Ministries (BMBF, BMWi) or the EU. Some ongoing large-scale research projects will be presented below.


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To reach the objectives specified by the Federal Government for an energy transition by 2050, fundamental changes of the energy system will be required. Within the framework of the Kopernikus project “New Power Grid Structures for the Energy Turnaround (ENSURE),” stable and reliable structures for tomorrow’s energy supply are to be studied and identified. In addition, the project focuses on the design of reliable and efficient system control mechanism and the integration of new technologies into the supply system. For the comprehensive analysis of socio-economic impacts, all stakeholders are integrated into this process



Mobility is a decisive factor in everyday life. For this reason, new, advanced systems of human-machine interaction are to be developed, which enhance safety, comfort, and reliability. Automated driving has enormous potentials for increasing traffic safety. As regards the interaction between man and machine, safe transfer of vehicle control from the driver to automation and vice versa represents a particular challenge.



In the course of the “Energiewende”, the existing centralized energy supply system will get more decentralized due to strongly volatile input of renewable energy into the distribution grid level. The research project is aimed at studying how energy supply can be regionalized on the distribution grid level in order to minimize the exchange of electric power between the transmission grid and distribution grid and to reduce the required grid extension activities. The model location for the research project is the city of Kirchheimbolanden in Rhineland-Palatinate.



The aim of the Helmholtz Future Project ARCHES is the development of heterogeneous, autonomous and interconnected robotic systems in a consortium of the Helmholtz Centers DLR, AWI, GEOMAR and KIT from 2018 to 2020. And not only the robots are heterogeneous, the future fields of application span from the environmental monitoring of the oceans over technical crisis intervention to the exploration of the solar system.