dr.ir. W.B.J. Hakvoort (Wouter)

Associate Professor

About Me


Wouter Hakvoort is associate professor and principal investigator in control for mechanical engineering in the department of Mechanics of Solids Surfaces and Systems, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente. His research focus is on the integration of data with (first principle) model-based control, effected through efficient (flexible) multibody modelling, adaptive control and iterative learning control for motion control, active vibration isolation control and control of forming processes. Application areas are in precision systems, mechatronics and robotics for smart industry and high-tech industry. He received funding for 6 PhD projects on these topics of which 1 has been completed so far. The work has been published in over 30 peer-reviewed publications in the area.


Wouter Hakvoort coordinates a module and a project on mechatronics in the BSc-programme of Mechanical Engineering and is the main teacher of two master courses on control in the MSc programmes of Mechanical Engineering and Systems & Control. He is also chairman of the programme-related subcommittee on Systems & Control of the examination board of the EEMCS faculty.


Wouter received his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering cum laude from the University of Twente in 2004. He received his PhD degree from the same university in 2009 for his work on Iterative Learning Control for LTV systems with Applications to an Industrial Robot. From 2008 he gained industrial experience at DEMCON Advanced Mechatronics, being responsible for the control and system design mechatronic systems for medical and high-tech systems applications. Concurrently he was guest lecturer and researcher at the University of Twente (0.2 fte), teaching and researching on mechatronics and control. In 2017 he joined the university full-time as tenure-track assistant professor in control for mechanical engineering.


Wouter is in the Precision Engineering research lab.


Engineering & Materials Science
Compliant Mechanisms
Displacement Measurement
Feedforward Control
Vibration Isolation
Physics & Astronomy
Mass Flow


Munzone, F. , Hazrati, J. , Hakvoort, W. , & van den Boogaard, T. (2022). A data-driven model updating approach for robust optimization of (multi-stage) production processes. Poster session presented at 25th Engineering Mechanics Symposium, EM 2022, Arnhem, Netherlands.
van Dijk, W. , Hakvoort, W. , & Rosic, B. (2022). Generalized Kalman Filtering for Nonlinear Dynamic Problems using Machine Learning. Poster session presented at 25th Engineering Mechanics Symposium, EM 2022, Arnhem, Netherlands.
Spanjer, S., Kelder, R. , & Hakvoort, W. (2022). Active vibration isolation with integrated virtual balance mass for a motion stage. In R. K. Leach, A. Akrofi-Ayesu, C. Nisbet, & D. Phillips (Eds.), euspen’s 22 nd International Conference & Exhibition, Geneva, CH, May/June 2022 (pp. 195-198). EUSPEN.
Seinhorst, B. , Nijenhuis, M. , & Hakvoort, W. (2022). Design of a large deflection compliant mechanism with active material for vibration suppression. In R. K. Leach, A. Akrofi-Ayesu, C. Nisbet, & D. Phillips (Eds.), European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Conference Proceedings - 22nd International Conference and Exhibition, EUSPEN 2022 (pp. 123-126). EUSPEN. https://www.euspen.eu/knowledge-base/ICE22257.pdf
Aarts, R. G. K. M. , & Hakvoort, W. (2022). Sensorless force control with a Disturbance Observer for a compliant manipulator. Abstract from 6th Joint International Conference on Multibody System Dynamics + 10th Asian Conference on Multibody Dynamics, New Delhi, India.
Spanjer, S. T. , & Hakvoort, W. (2022). Optimal Active Vibration Isolation Systems for Multiple Noise Sources. In 2021 European Control Conference (ECC) (pp. 2473-2478). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.23919/ECC54610.2021.9654949
Seinhorst, B. , & Hakvoort, W. (2021). Efficient formulation of hexapod kinematics enabling real time adaptive feedforward control. In 2021 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2021 (pp. 186-191). (IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM); Vol. 2021). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/AIM46487.2021.9517402

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