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Control Systems Engineering is indispensable to almost every application in which machines or processes are controlled. There is a growing demand for qualified personnel in the field of electrical power supply. Local companies are increasingly looking for practical experience with microcontroller-based controls. The Out of Control minor at HAN gives you the opportunity to broaden your experience in this field.

The aim of the Out of Control minor is to learn to work with the technical measurement and regulating aspects of a control system in a multi-disciplinary context.

The following applications are examples:

  • Grid-coupled electrical power converters (Smart Grids)
  • Advanced drives (Motion Control Systems)
  • Robotic control
  • Hybrid drive lines (Vehicles and Machines, CNC)

In addition to project-based education, the minor covers the following subjects:

  • Introduction to systems engineering
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Lab soft sensors
  • Power conversion
  • Digital control
  • Smart coding

In the minor, students work on research projects in multidisciplinary teams. Each team has its own research project. These research projects have been obtained from businesses, and are in line with the research conducted by the Control Systems Engineering Research Group.

Literature research, design and set-up of experiments are included as part of the research project. The Research Group verifies that the research projects have a research component.

Examples of research projects that are available for case development within the Research Group are:

  • Design of power converters or energy management strategies in grids that contain decentralised generation or storage of sustainable energy
  • A 3-axle robotic arm for safe robot-human-interaction. Various subjects are available based on this set-up (e.g. position control, force feedback, control and safety).

Block exchange course
This exchange course is offered once or twice a year in a block during a semester

This is a specialisation exchange course. This means it enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within your own profession (professional profile).

Learining outcomes
In the Out of Control minor, you learn to design control systems for motion, transport and energy conversion.


  1. Analyse and define a problem (apply systems engineering knowledge to define the problem)
  2. Design (make and combine models of processes, design a controller and implement the control strategy)
  3. Manage work processes (write and present a plan of approach, intermediate progress reports and final project results)
  4. Research (consult literature, and design and set-up experiments)
  5. Communicate (defend your ideas in an oral exam and a poster presentation)

Admission requirements
An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your study and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

For whom?
Students from the ELT, ESE, WTB and AUT courses
Also other English-speaking students (e.g. in exchange programmes) from courses in Electrical Engineering (ELT), Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE), Mechanical Engineering (WTB) or Automotive Engineering (AUT)

Depending on the course he or she is following, the student will develop specific basic knowledge that is necessary to work successfully in a multidisciplinary context. The focus of that basic knowledge depends on the student's education: a WTB student needs to work from different basic knowledge than an ELT, ESE or AUT student.

Admission requirements
In order to successfully complete the minor, it is important that you have obtained at least 150 ECTS.

Nice to know
In borderline cases related to entrance level, an intake interview will be held. The minor coordinator will then take the final decision regarding admittance.

During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

The minor is part of the Electrical Engineering course; the quality of the examination is ensured by the Examination Committee of the HAN Engineering Institute.

Examination forms:

  • Written examinations
  • Oral examinations
  • Assignments
  • Poster presentations

This exchange course has the following schedule and working methods:

Blocks 1 and 2 contain both courses and research project work.

Working methods

  • Lectures
  • Practical assignments
  • Project work

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