Dr. Armin Nurkanović


Email: armin.nurkanovic@imtek.uni-freiburg.de

Phone: +49-761-203-73278



Curriculum Vitae

I received my Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tuzla in 2015 and my Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich in 2018. I received a DAAD scholarship for my master's studies. My PhD was supervised by Prof. Moritz Diehl. I started my PhD in 2018 as an external industrial PhD student at Siemens Technology Munich, in the Autonomous Systems and Control research group. In October 2021, I moved to the University of Freiburg. Together with my co-authors, I received the IEEE Control Systems Letters Outstanding Paper Award for 2022. I successfully defended my PhD thesis (summa cum laude) in November 2023. My PhD thesis can be found here. My list of publications and preprints can be found below. 


Research Interest 

Currently, I am interested in developing numerical methods for optimal control of hybrid and nonsmooth dynamical systems, including ODEs with discontinuous vector fields (Filippov systems, switched systems, dynamic complementarity systems, and similar) and systems with state jumps (mainly systems from nonsmooth mechanics), and for solving mathematical programs with complementarity constraints.

For a brief overview of my research, please take a look at my interview in the IEEE Control Systems Magazine, or for more details see the lecture slides of the Summer School on Direct Methods for Optimal Control of Nonsmooth Systems.

For publications, check out the list below or my Google Scholar page




Winter semester 2023\2024
Summer semester 2023 


The implementation of all of my methods and reformulations are publicly available in the open-source packages nosnoc and nosnoc_py.

For students and collaborators 

If you are a student of engineering, mathematics, or similar, and you are interested in a master's thesis that aligns with my research interests, don’t hesitate to contact me. You can either propose your topic or I can guide you to find something interesting for both of us.

If you are from industry or academia, and interested in applying our algorithms in your use cases do not hesitate to contact me. I am always open to interesting academic or application-oriented collaborations.