• Nijenborgh4, Gebouw 5117, ruimte 0117

    9747 AG Groningen


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Research interests

The research program of the Jayawardhana group focuses on (i). the design and development of novel opto-mechatronic systems with high performance in extreme environment, applied to advanced instrumentations, high-tech systems and medical devices; and on (ii). the study of advanced nonlinear control theories to achieve high control performance with guaranteed safety and robustness.  
Opto-mechatronics is the synergistic integration of optical-electro-mechanical systems, sensors & actuator systems and information & control systems (digital twinning). It is a key technology for high-tech systems and autonomous systems, with application area in renewable energy systems, process industry, biotechnology, medical technology, robotics, smart manufacturing and advanced instrumentation. The resulting complex engineering systems are typically modeled by high-order nonlinear differential equations and analytical tools from nonlinear control theory are essential.   

Recent research projects in the Jayawardhana group include the integration of AI and model-based engineering methods (TTW Perspectief program, program leader), the integration of data-driven and model-based control (NWO Smart Industry), modeling and control of multi robotic systems (Region of Smart Factories), localization and control of indoor mobile robots and drones with 5G technology (NWO Smart Industry), the design, modeling and analysis of high-density piezoactuator arrays (EU COFUND, TKI), digital twin for energy optimization in process industries (RVO-MOOI), modeling and control of ocean energy systems (NWO), digital twin of biological waste water treatment plant (Wetsus), modeling and control of cryogenic 2D chopper for METIS instrument in E-ELT, modeling and control of ultra-high vacuum CVD reactors, analysis of atmospheric dispersion control of MICADO instrument in E-ELT.


Prof. Jayawardhana teaches graduate courses at University of Groningen on:

  • Fitting Dynamical Models to Data. In this eight-week course, students will learn fundamental theories and tools for identifying linear and nonlinear dynamical systems based on the available measurement data. It includes Recursive-Least-Squares (RLS) algorithm, Physics-Informed Neural-Networks (PINN) and Sparse Identification of Nonlinear Dynamics (SINDy) methods.
  • Opto-mechatronics. The aim of this course is to provide overview and knowledge on the integration of optical and optoelectronic sensors and actuators in high-precision opto-mechatronics systems. Students will receive practical experience with CodeV software for optical design and hands-on experience with opto-mechatronics systems.  

Within the Dutch Institute for Systems and Control, prof. Jayawardhana teaches a post-graduate course on Nonlinear Control Systems together with prof. Bart Besselink from University of Groningen. The course aims at introducing methods for the analysis and control of nonlinear systems, including fundamental results on stability and dissipativity, geometric control theory as well as a set of self-contained results on the control design of nonlinear systems.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Electrical and Electronics Engineering, PhD, Tracking and Disturbance Rejection Problem for Passive Nonlinear Systems, Univ London Imperial Coll Sci Technol & Med, Imperial College London, Imperial College London


Award Date: 31-Dec-2006

Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Master of Engineering, Active Noise Control for Air Handling Unit, Nanyang Technol Univ, Nanyang Technological University


Award Date: 21-Apr-2003

Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Active Noise Control based on Recurrent Neural Networks, Institut Teknologi Bandung


Award Date: 8-Jul-2000


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