Wolfgang Birk
Wolfgang Birk

Wolfgang Birk

Luleå University of Technology
Control Engineering
Signals and Systems
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
+46 (0)920 491965
A2554 Luleå

Brief information

I am Professor of Automatic Control at the Control Engineering Group at the dvision for Signals and Systems, Director of Third Cycle Studies at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, and Vice Director of the Strategic Reserach and Innovation area Intelligent Industrial Processes. My research intrests are:

  • Structural properties of multivariable and complex systems.
  • Control structure selection
  • Interaction in multivariable systems
  • Multivariable process control
  • Decentralized control
  • Estimation

Application areas:

  • Process Control
  • Intelligent vehicles
  • Intelligent transport systems (ITS)

My publication list including citation information can be found in my Google Scholar profile

Teaching Activities and Supervision

Responsible for the courses (more information on the respective course homepage):

  • R0002E - Modelling and Control
  • R7005E - Multivariable and robust control systems

Supervisor for the following third cycle students:

  • Ali Khadim (main supervisor)
  • Fredrick Broström (co-supervisor)
  • Denis Kleyko (co-supervisor)

Third cycle students that have graduated:

  • Miguel Castaño (2012)
  • Ulf Andersson (2013)
  • Roland Hostettler (2014)

Supervisor for Post doctoral fellows:

  • Roland Hostettler (2014-2015)
  • Miguel Castaño (2016-2017)
  • Khalid Atta (2015-2017)

Research Projects

PiiA-WARP - Reconfigurable process control systems using wireless components, Post-doc project funded by SIP PiiA (VINNOVA), 2016-2017. Coordinated by LTU.

OPTi - Optimization of district heating and cooling systems, Research and Innovation Action within Horizon 2020, 2015-2017. LTU is coordinating. Please visit our LinkedIn group or www.opti2020.eu

PI-SKALP - Process Integration - Scale-able Platform, Research project funded by SIP PiiA (VINNOVA), 2015-2017. Swerea Mefos AB is the coordinator.

SCOPE-II - Structural Control Optimization and Paper Quality Estimation in Pulping, Collaborative framework for the pulp- and paper industry within ProcessIT Innovations, 2007-2013. The project is concluded. The consortium continues their efforts to start new research projects. 

iRoad - Intelligent Road, Research and development project in cooperation with GEVEKO, Swedish Road Administration and Eistec, 2008-2013. The project is concluded and the product development based on the results is on-going. Read more...

EQoRef - Energy and Quality Oriented Control of Refiners, Research and development project within the SCOPE consortium, 2012-2013.

PrOSPr - ProMoVis Open Source Project, Knowledge transfer project funded by VINNOVA and the SCOPE consortium, 2012. The project is concluded and has lead to the release of the Open Source Software ProMoVis.

MeSTA - Methods for structural control optimisation in pulping, Research project financed by VINNOVA (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems),  SCOPE consortium and Hjalmar Lundbohm Research Centre, 2007-2011. The project is concluded and has lead to the release of the Open Source Software ProMoVis.

WSAN4CIP - Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks for the Protection of Critical Infrastructures, EU FP7 project, 2009-2011. The project is concluded. Read more...


Henry Ford Technology Award for the development of Volvo Cars Driver Alert jointly with Mattias Brännström, Daniel Levin och Lena Westervall, 18th september 2007, Dearborn, USA.

The Donald Julius Groen Prize 2007 for the journal article "A Driver-Distraction-Based Lane Keeping Assistance System" together with Jochen Pohl and Lena Westervall. The prize is awarded by IMechE.

Curriculum vitae

I grew up in Beckingen (Saar) in the region Saarland, Germany and I am a german and swedish citizen. During my engineering studies in electrical engineering at Universität des Saarlandes I was an exchange student at Luleå University of Technology between Jan 1994 and June 1995.
I received my MSc in Electrical Engineering in 1997 and moved to Luleå to start my PhD studies in Automatic Control. In 1999, I started the joint stock company SafeCont AB together with my colleagues Andreas Johansson and Alexander Medvedev. The company has been started as an outlet for commercialization of the results of a research project on reliable control.
In 2002 I received my PhD in Automatic Control and thereafter I joined the Active Safety Functions group at Volvo Car Corporation in Gothenburg. There I was responsible for the development of preventive safety systems focusing on driver awareness. Additionally, I was a system developer for collision avoidance and mitigation systems, where my focus was threat assessment and the related information fusion process. I am one of the inventors of the Volvo Cars Driver Alert system.
In 2006 I left Volvo Car  Corporation for my current assignment. In the beginning of 2009 I have started the company SafeMobility in Gothenburg (renamed to Sentient+) together with former colleagues which develops functions and features for vehicles from a vehicle dynamics and safety perspective. In 2012 I was promoted to Associate Professor in automatic Control and since the start of 2013 I am Director of the Third Cycle Studies at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.


Article, review/survey

Modeling and simulation of large-scale systems (2020)

A systematic comparison of modeling paradigms
Schweiger. G, Nilsson. H, Schöggl. J, Birk. W, Posch. A
Part of: Applied Mathematics and Computation
Article in journal

Computing the allowable uncertainty of sparse control configurations (2019)

Lucchese. R
Journal of Process Control
Conference paper

Improving District Heating System Operation through Control Configuration Selection and Adaptive Control (2019)

Birk. W, Atta. K, Udén. F
Part of: 2019 18th European Control Conference (ECC), s. 2944-2949, 2019
Conference paper

On the allowable uncertainty in control configuration selection (2019)

Lucchese. R, Birk. W
Paper presented at : Nordic Process Control Workshop