Open Administration Panel
Prof. Ton Backx
Advisor Brainbridge Program & Professor TU/e
Manufacturing technology, mechanical technology, robotics
Measurement and control engineering
Chemical technology, process technology

Current Position

  • Professor, TU/e
  • Advisor Brainbridge Program
  • Director International Global Scientific Affairs


Ton Backx is now CEO Institute for Photonic Integration and CEO Photon Delta. He has been Dean of the Department of Electrical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology since 2006. Since 1990 he has been part-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Control Systems group. Ton Backx is specialized in the field of process identification, model based process control and model reduction and its applications to a wide range of processes in hydrocarbons processing, chemical processing, glass manufacturing and steel production. He was one of the founders and former CEO of IPCOS, a company specialized in the field of high performance model predictive control and process optimization. For the past two decades Ton has had senior management positions within Setpoint, AspenTech, IPCOS and Eindhoven University of Technology. He also has worked as principal consultant for Hydrocarbon Processing Industries, Chemical Processing Industries and Glass Industries doing process performance improvement studies and supervising model based control and optimization projects. He has initiated, supervised and been involved in several major European research projects in the field of process modeling, model based process control and model reduction– among others IMPACT, INCOOP, POLYPROMS, SINC-PRO, PROMATCH, CRYPTO.

Five key publications

1.Tran, Nhat, Ozkan, L. & Backx, A.C.P.M. (2015). Generalized predictive control tuning by controlling matching. Journal of Process Control, 25, 1-18. In Scopus Cited 3 times.
2. Stolte, J., Özkan, L., Thüne, P.C., Niemantsverdriet, J.W. & Backx, A.C.P.M. (2013). Pulsed activation in heterogeneous catalysis. Applied Thermal Engineering, 57(1-2), 180-187. In Scopus Cited 0 times.
3.Wattamwar, S.K., Weiland, S. & Backx, A.C.P.M. (2010). Identification of low-order parameter-varying models for large-scale systems. Journal of Process Control, 20(2), 158-172. In Scopus Cited 9 times.
 4.Astrid, P., Weiland, S., Wilcox, K. & Backx, A.C.P.M. (2008). Missing point estimation in models described by proper orthogonal decompositions. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 53(10), 2237-2251. In Scopus Cited 87 times.
5.Balenovic, M., Edwards, J. & Backx, A.C.P.M. (2006). Vehicle application of model-based catalyst control. Control Engineering Practice, 14(4), 223-233. In Scopus Cited 6 times.