Background and activities

Alexey Pavlov is a Professor in Petroleum Cybernetics at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP). He has a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering (2004) from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, an MSc Degree in Applied Mathematics (1998) from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and background in industrial research and development from Statoil, Norway, and Ford Motor Co, USA.

Research interests

  • Digital and automatic solutions for Oil and Gas industry
    • Drilling, Production, Reservoir management
  • Modelling, automatic control, optimization and estimation systems
  • Nonlinear and high performance systems
  • Human-machine interaction

Current research activities

  • Digital and automatic solutions for Oil and Gas industry

Past research activities

  • Project leader, inventor and researcher for a number of industrial R&D projects in Statoil within Drilling automation, Production optimization, Artificial lift systems, Heavy oil
  • Co-supervisor for 5 completed PhD projects in automatic control and optimization with applications to petroleum production, drilling and marine technologies


  • Book: A. Pavlov, N. van de Wouw, and H. Nijmeijer, Uniform Output Regulation of Nonlinear Systems: A convergent Dynamics Approach, ISBN 0-8176-4445-8, Birkhauser, 2005.
  • Scientific publications: More than 100 publications in the field of automatic control, optimization and estimation with fundamental research and applications to oil and gas, automotive, marine, electronics and semiconductor industries. See the complete publications list in the CV and Google scholar publication statistics.
  • Patents: 2 patents and 4 pending patent applications in oil and gas and automotive disciplines.

Awards and honors

  • 2015 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award, “For the Development and Application of Variable Gain Control Techniques for High-Performance Motion Systems”.
  • 2014 Finalist for Askeladdprisen – Statoil’s innovation award in Porsgrunn Research Centre, “For ESP control system development”
  • 2011 IFAC Application Paper Award at World Congress of International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) for the paper “Drilling seeking automatic control solutions”.
  • 2004, 2007 Outstanding Reviewer for Automatica, the journal of IFAC
  • 1999 Personal Scholarship for young scientists from the Government of Russian Federation

Professional activities

  • Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 2017-now
  • Member of International Program Committees, 2009-now
    • IFAC Int. Workshop on Adaptation and Learning in Control and Signal Processing, 2016
    • IFAC Workshop on Automatic Control in Offshore Oil and Gas Production, 2015, 2018
    • IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems, 2010, 2013
    • IFAC Conference on Analysis and Control of Chaotic Systems, 2009
  • Reviewer for international journals and conferences, 1998-now
    • Automatica, IEEE Trans. Control Systems Technology, IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, International Journal of Adaptive Control & Signal Processing, Journal of Process Control, Systems & Control Letters, etc.
  • Senior Member IEEE


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database