Florian Dörfler, Prof. Dr.


Automatic Control Laboratory (IfA)
Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITET)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich


Office:       ETL I 26
Phone:      +41 44 632 1211
Email:      mbox{dorfler@ethz.ch}
Address:   Physikstrasse 3, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland

Page:        Official ETH Zürich profile
Orcid:       0000-0002-9649-5305

I am an Assistant Professor at the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zürich. I am priviledged to work with an outstanding research group.

News & Updates

  • 2019: We were (t)asked to write a tutorial paper on distributed control for autonomous grids. Let us know about any feedback or criticism on the preprint.


My general research interests are centered around distributed control and optimization in complex, cyber-physical, and networked systems with applications to smart power grids, robotic coordination, and social networks.

Topics of recent interest include

  • stability and control in low-inertia power grids,

  • feedback control via online optimization, and

  • distributed and plug-and-play control and optimization,

all with with applications to power systems operation. Furthermore, I work on

  • data-driven control,

  • algebraic graph theory, and

  • synchronization in complex networks.

An updated list of publications, preprints, and technical reports can be found here or on Google Scholar. As usual, the recent-most unpublished results are the most exciting. Take a look at these preprints:

Below are some indicative slides summarizing our work. Take a look here for tutorial slides and here for further research presentations.

BIRS 2017

Control of Low-Inertia Power Systems

INI 2019

Online Power Flow Manifold Optimization

PIK 2017

Virtual Oscillator Control of Converters

Teaching, Projects, Seminars, & Outreach

I am involved in various lecturing, tutoring, and seminar activities; see the left column for a few snippets. If you are interested in bachelor, group, semester, or master projects, then take a look here, see the institute page, or directly contact members of my team who regularly advise such projects.

We regularly host scientific seminars at our institute: see the ETH Control Seminar Series, the institute home page, or sign up for the control news letter, where we also broadcast open positions, projects, job or internship announcements.

My profile on Google Scholar, my full Curriculum Vitae, and a biosketch.