Adrian Hauswirth

Adrian Hauswirth
MSc. ETH, PhD student

Automatic Control Laboratory
Power Systems Laboratory
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Physikstrasse 3, ETL G24.2
8092 Zürich, Schweiz

Phone: +41 44 632 6145

I am a PhD student at IfA and PSL under the supervision of Prof. Florian Dörfler and Prof. Gabriela Hug.

I have obtained my B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from EPFL and my M.Sc. in Robotics, Systems & Control from ETH Zurich.

In my research I combine elements of dynamical systems, variational analysis and differential geometry to study nonlinear, non-convex optimization problems. A particular focus is the application to the autonomous operation of future power systems with large renewable energy infeed.


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[1] Hauswirth, A., Subotic, I., Bolognani, S., Hug, G. & Dörfler, F. Time-varying Projected Dynamical Systems with Applications to Feedback Optimization of Power Systems. In Proc. 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2018.
[2] Menta, S., Hauswirth, A., Bolognani, S., Hug, G. & Dörfler, F. Stability of Dynamic Feedback Optimization with Applications to Power Systems. In 2018 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (Allerton), 2018.
[3] Hauswirth, A., Bolognani, S. & Dörfler, F. Projected Dynamical Systems on Irregular, Non-Euclidean Domains for Nonlinear Optimization. arxiv:1809.04831 [math]
[4] Hauswirth, A., Bolognani, S., Hug, G. & Dörfler, F. Generic Existence of Unique Lagrange Multipliers in AC Optimal Power Flow. IEEE Control Systems Letters, 2(4):791-796, 2018.
[5] Hauswirth, A., Zanardi, A., Bolognani, S., Dörfler, F. & Hug, G. Online optimization in closed loop on the power flow manifold. In 2017 IEEE Manchester PowerTech, pages 1-6, 2017., (best student paper award).
[6] Hauswirth, A., Bolognani, S., Hug, G. & Dörfler, F. Projected gradient descent on Riemannian manifolds with applications to online power system optimization. In 2016 54th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (Allerton), pages 225-232, 2016.
[7] Hauswirth, A., Summers, T., Warrington, J., Lygeros, J., Kettner, A. & Brenzikofer, A. A modular AC optimal power flow implementation for distribution grid planning. In 2015 IEEE Eindhoven PowerTech, pages 1-6, 2015.

Selected presentations

INFORMS 2018, Phoenix, AZ


PowerTech 2017, Manchester, UK
(won Best Student Paper Award)


Frontiers in Energy Research, ETH Zurich,
Switzerland (PhD seminar)


Open Student Projects (master thesis, semester projects, group projects)

I am continuously looking for outstanding students to help me with my research. Lists of open projects can be found here (IfA) and here (PSL). Projects can often be adjusted to the student's interest. If you are interested, please send me an email with your ETH transcripts and a short description of your interests.

Note: I can only supervise students who have been admitted to ETH Zurich. If you are not an ETHZ student, please contact a faculty member or the admissions office.

Completed Master Thesis and Semester projects

Final reports and presentation are available upon request.


I am currently assisting in the following courses: