Automatic control

The research at LiU illustrates the wide scope of the control field with projects ranging from theory development to industrial applications, covering both core control design and system analysis approaches as well as control-related estimation problems. 

The control field also includes topics like sensor fusion and system identification.

Some examples of applications are aircraft, industrial robots, heavy-duty vehicles, cars, ships, underwater vessels, medical imaging systems, and power amplifiers. Furthermore, the division is actively cooperating with researchers in several other fields.

Automatic control is a classic engineering subject that has become increasingly important over the last centuries because of its use in almost all industrial fields. Today, automatic control is a highly active research field, ranging from investigation of theoretical aspects in a mathematical framework to recent industrial challenges and new applications.

Researchers in the area of automatic control have collaborated for many years with other universities and with the industrial sector in major Swedish initiatives such as the government’s strategic initiative ELLIIT and the Linnaeus Centre CADICS, financed by the Swedish Research Council. Automatic control is also an important area for large research programmes such as WASP, the Wallenberg AI Autonomous Systems and Software Program, LINK-SIC and Security Link. Links to these are given below.

Ongoing research


WASP - Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us, as automation becomes autonomy. LiU conducts outstanding research in several of the fields that are central to the Wallenberg AI Autonomous Systems and Software Program, WASP.

LINK-SIC is a Vinnova Competence Center

LINK-SIC - Linköping Center for Sensor Informatics and Control

LINK-SIC is a Vinnova Competence Center for industry-academia cooperation in the general area of control systems and signal processing.

Research arena Visionen

Visionen is a state-of-the-art research arena that provides a unique environment for experimental research and education. Visionen is operated by the Department of Electrical Engineering (ISY).


A truck with a dolly and a trailer on Scania’s test track

Trucks with trailers can manoeuvre autonomously

Reversing a heavy truck with trailers is a job for a skilled professional driver – or a set of sensors and advanced computer software. Oskar Ljungqvist presents in his doctoral thesis a major step towards self-driving trucks.

Olov Andersson demonstrates his research

AI helping robots to make safe real-time decisions

If robots are to move among people in everyday life, they must be able to make decisions in real time, without human help. WASP doctoral student Olov Andersson describes in his thesis investigations into three different methods of learning.

Roger Larsson

Model aircraft to improve flight testing

Roger Larsson presents a doctoral thesis in which he has looked at several methods to optimise the modelling methods used to test and develop aircraft. He has also used model airplanes from colleagues.