Professor of Technical Sciences Mietek Brdys PhD, DSc, SMIEEE, FIMA


Senior Lecturer

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Professor of Technical Sciences Mietek Brdys

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4354

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School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


• Mietek Brdys is Professor of Control Systems Engineering and Senior Lecturer.
• Mietek has published over 250 research papers in scientific journals, 5 monographs as well as reviews and book chapters in the field of control systems engineering and its applications to environmental systems, defence systems and industrial processes.
• He has received major grants from European water industry, Polish and UK Research Councils and European Commission.


• Professor of Technical Sciences, Warsaw University of Technology, 1993
• DSc in Control Systems, Warsaw University of Technology, 1980
• PhD in Control Systems , Warsaw University of Technology, 1974
• MSc in Electronic and Control Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, 1970
• Senior Member of IEEE
• Fellow of The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications


Mietek Brdys received MSc degree in Electronic and Control Engineering and the PhD and DSc degrees in Control Systems from the Institute of Automatic Control at the Warsaw University of Technology in 1970, 1974 and 1980, respectively. From 1974 to 1983, he held the posts of Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology. In 1992 he became Full Professor of Control Systems in Poland. Between 1978 and 1995, he held various visiting faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, City University, De Montfort University and University Polytechnic of Catalunya. Since January 1989, he has held the post of Senior Lecturer in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at University of Birmingham.

He has served as Consultant for Honeywell Systems and Research Centre in Minneapolis, GEC Marconi and Water Authorities in UK, France, Spain, Germany and Poland. His research is supported by the UK and Polish Research Councils, and European industry and European Commission. He is author and co-author of about 220 refereed papers and six books. His research includes hierarchical multilayer and spatially distributed structures and algorithms for intelligent decision support and control of complex uncertain systems, robust monitoring, diagnosis and fault tolerant control, softly switched robustly feasible model predictive control, supervisory control, hybrid dynamics. The applications include: monitoring, control and security of integrated quality and quantity in drinking water networks under a wide range of operational states; hierarchical multilayer control of integrated wastewater systems and drinking water distribution networks under full range of weather scenarios, optimizing control of technological processes, autonomous intelligent vehicles and defence systems.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the IEE, a Senior Member of IEEE, a Fellow of IMA and a Chair of IFAC Technical Committee on Large Scale Complex Systems. He was IPC Chair of the 11th IFAC Symposium on Large Scale Complex Systems, Gdansk, July 23-25, 2007.


Teaching Programmes
• EE2C2 Signals, Systems and Control
• EE2C Electrical Energy & Control
• EE3C2 Control Systems Design
• EE4K Intelligent Systems




Intelligent Monitoring, Control and Security of Critical Infrastructure Systems (CIS)
• robustly feasible model predictive control (RFMPC)
• softly switched RFMPC for robust optimising control of nonlinear network systems under wide range of operational states
• robust monitoring and diagnosis of nonlinear network systems
• early warning systems for security applications
• synthesis the monitoring and control systems for CIS under attacks by hostile agents
• synthesis of integrated intelligent monitoring, control and security systems for distributed CIS with cooperative and/or coordinated multiagent architectures
• analysis of complexity of system dynamics for control purposes
• applications to monitoring, control and security of drinking water distribution networks, wastewater treatment plants and defence systems
• dynamic neural and fuzzy systems and application to modelling the uncertain nonlinear dynamic systems

Other activities

• Chair of International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee on Large Scale Complex Systems
• Organising and chairing the technical sessions at prestigious international conferences
• Evaluation of research proposals submitted within EU Framework Programmes


Chotkowski, W., Brdys, M.A., Konarczak, K. (2005), Dissolved oxygen control for activated sludge processes, International Journal of Systems Science, 36(2): 727-736.

Duzinkiewicz, K., Brdys, M.A., Chang, T. (2005), Hierarchical model predictive control of integrated quality and quantity in drinking water distribution systems, Urban Water Journal, 2(2): 125-137.

Anis Ahmed, Brdys, M.A. (2006), Servo tracking of targets at sea, Int. J. App. Math. Comput. Sci., 16(2): 197-207.

Langowski, R., Brdys, M.A. (2007), Monitoring of chlorine concentration in drinking water distribution systems using an interval estimator, Int. J. App. Math. Comput. Sci., 17(2): 199-216.

Brdys, M.A., Grochowski, M., Gminski, T., Konarczak, K., Drewa, M. (2008), Hierarchical predictive control of integrated wastewater treatment systems, Control Engineering Practice, 16 (6): 751 – 767.

Piotrowski, R., Brdys, M.A., Konarczak, K., Duzinkiewicz, K., Chotkowski, W. (2008), Hierarchical dissolved oxygen control for activated sludge processes, Control Engineering Practice, 16 (1): 114-131.

Qi, R., Brdys, M.A. (2008), Stable indirect adaptive control based on discrete-time T-S fuzzy model, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 159 (8): 900-925.

Ewald, G., Kurek, W., Brdys, M.A. (2008), Grid implementation of parallel multi-objective genetic algorithm for optimized allocation of chlorination stations in drinking water distribution systems: Chojnice case study, IEEE Trans. on System, Man and Cybernetics – Part C: Applications and Reviews, 38 (4) : 497 – 509.

Duzinkiewicz, K., Brdys, M.A., Kurek, W., Piotrowski, R. (2009), Genetic hybrid predictive controller for optimized dissolved oxygen tracking at lower control level, IEEE Trans. on Control System Technology, 17 (5): 1183 - 1192.

Brdys, M.A. (2008), Scanning the special section on technologies of large scale and complex systems, Annual Reviews in Control, 32 (1): 59-60.

Brdys, M.A., Borowa, A., Idzkowiak, P., Brdys, Marcin T. (2009), Adaptive prediction of stock exchange indices by state – space wavelet networks, Int. J. Appl. Math. Comput. Sci., 12(2): 337-349.

Qi, R., Brdys, M.A. (2009), Indirect adaptive controller based on self-structuring fuzzy system for nonlinear identification and control, Int. J. Appl. Math. Comput. Sci., 19 (4).

Zubowicz, T., Brdys, M.A., Piotrowski, R. (2010), Intelligent PI controller and its application to dissolved oxygen tracking problem, Journal of Automation, Mobile Robotics & Intelligent Systems, 4 (3).

Vu Nam Tran, Brdys, M.A. (2011), Optimizing control by robustly feasible model predictive control and application to drinking water distribution systems, Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing Research, 1(1): 28-43.

Brdys, M.A. (2011), Intelligent monitoring and control for critical infrastructure systems and application to integrated wastewater treatment systems, Annual Reviews in Control, (accepted for publication).

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