Catalin Arghir

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Automatic Control Laboratory (Alumnus)
Department of Electrical Engineering
ETH Zürich
Physikstrasse 3
8092 Zürich


Catalin Arghir obtained his PhD degree from the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zürich in 2019, under the guidance of Florian Dörfler. He received his Master's degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he worked with Manfredi Maggiore. From 2012 to 2014 he was with Murata Power-Solutions Ontario, where he developed digital control firmware for AC/DC switch-mode power supplies.


I'm developing feedback design tools using concepts from nonlinear and geometric control. I focus on applications of control theory to power conversion systems, robotics and motion.
  • In October 2019 I've successfully defended my PhD thesis, titled "Transverse feedback passivation in control of multi-machine and multi-converter power networks", which was examined by Florian Dörfler, Claudio De Persis and Romeo Ortega.
  • About my most recent work, I gave a seminar at University of Waterloo. Some intermediary results were also prepared for the FEPSET19 workshop.
  • At MTNS 2018, I presented a first-principled framework for multi-machine synchronization. Research leading to that was on display at FEPSET17 and NECSYS16.
  • In 2014, I gave an IfA internal seminar about my MEng. project titled "Virtual Holonomic Constraints for Swing-up of the Pendubot: Experimental Results". Supplementary material can be seen here and here.
I'm always open to meaningful collaborations. Connect with me on linkedin, researchgate or google scholar, and find my CV here.

Journal Papers

  1. C. Arghir, F. Dörfler, " The electronic realization of synchronous machines: model matching, angle tracking and energy shaping techniques," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 35, Issue 4, April 2020. [ETH Research Collection]
  2. C. Arghir, T. Jouini, F. Dörfler, " Grid-forming Control for Power Converters based on Matching of Synchronous Machines," Automatica, Vol. 95, 273-282, 2018. [arXiv:1706.09495]
  3. D. Gross, C. Arghir, F. Dörfler, "On the steady-state behavior of a nonlinear power system model," Automatica, Vol. 90, 248-254, 2018. [arXiv:1607.01575]

Conference Papers

  1. C. Arghir, F. Dörfler, "Energy-based Stabilization of Network Flows in Multi-machine Power Systems," The 23rd International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2018), Hong Kong, Hong, Kong, July 16-20, 2018. [arXiv:1804.09681]
  2. C. Arghir, D. Gross, F. Dörfler, "On the steady-state behavior of a nonlinear power network model," 6th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems (NECSYS 2016), Tokyo, Japan, September 8-9, 2016.
  3. T. Jouini, C. Arghir, F. Dörfler, " Grid-Friendly Matching of Synchronous Machines by Tapping into the DC Storage," 6th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems (NECSYS 2016), Tokyo, Japan, September 8-9, 2016.
  4. M.S. Teodorescu, D. Stanciu, C. Arghir, " DSP based vector control system for permanent magnet motors. Part II: Practical application," 8th International Symposium on Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering (ATEE), 2013.

Graduate Student Supervision

  1. Aidar Zhetessov, "A decentralized control methodology for multi-machine/multi-converter power systems." Semester Thesis (May, 2018)
  2. Baiwei Guo, "Energy-based angle consensus in power systems." Semester Thesis (January, 2018).
  3. Beat Stadler, "Virtual-oscillator based control of inverters in microgrids - theory and experimental results." Masters Thesis (October, 2017).
  4. Zhongda Chu, "Virtual-oscillator based analysis and control of induction machines in power systems." Semester Thesis (May, 2017).
  5. Taouba Jouini, "Grid-Friendly Matching Control of Synchronous Machines by DC/AC converters in Bulk Power Networks." Masters Thesis (May, 2016).


I was a teaching assistant for Nonlinear Systems and Control, Advanced Topics in Control (Distributed Systems and Control), Control Systems I (Regelsysteme I) and Control Systems Laboratory Courses (Fachpraktika I & II).