Dr Marko Bacic

Marko Bacic

Dr Marko Bacic, is a Company Specialist in Control System Architectures at Rolls-Royce and also holds a University Research Lectureship at Oxford since July 2012. He completed his degree in Engineering and Computing Science (2001) and his D. Phil in Model Predictive Control (2004) both from the University of Oxford. From 2003-2008, he was a fixed-term University Lecturer in Control Engineering at Oxford University and a Fellow of Lincoln College. During 2006-2007 he was seconded to Renault F1 (now Lotus F1) team with the support from Royal Academy of Engineering. He was a recipient of the 2012 Sir Henry Royce Award for Technical Innovation, for his work on the Model Based Detection Scheme for IP shaft break protection of three spool turbofans.

Research Interests

·         Aerospace applications of control

·          Active Tip Clearance Control

·         Active flow control for turbomachinery

·         Control of thermo-mechanical systems;

·         Hardware-in-the-loop simulations and control of fluid-structure interactions




M Bacic, P Ireland, R Daniel, K Chana, G Priestman (Sheffield), Active Control of Fluid Flows in Gas Turbines, £1.1M EPSRC and Rolls-Royce, 2014 – 2017  

M Bacic & P Ireland Advanced Transient Heat Transfer Facility, £1.3M, Rolls-Royce and ATI, 2011-2015

M Bacic & P Ireland Real-time transient disc modelling for modulated air systems, £72,000, Rolls-Royce, 2011-2014

M Bacic, “Hardware-in-the-loop simulation for unmanned air vehicles”, £114,000, EPSRC

Peter Ireland and Marko Bacic “Investigation into root cause of non-return valve failure in cabin-bleed systems”, Rolls-Royce & EPSRC - £126,000

Graham Taylor, Marko Bacic   “Engineering applications of bird flight”, $300,000, AFOSR


Publication References


J1. M Potter and M Bacic, “Control of hardware-in-the-loop simulations for non-return-valves in air systems”, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, January 2012

J2. M.Potter, M.Bacic, P.Ireland, P.Ligrani, M.Plackett, “Instabilities of non-return valves in low-speed air systems”, ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, 2008

J3. G.K.Taylor, M.Bacic, Bomphrey, R.J et al “New experimental approaches to the biology of flight control systems”, Journal of Experimental Biology, 2007

J4. M. Cannon, M. Bacic, and B. Kouvaritakis, “Dynamic Non-Minimum Phase Compensation for SISO Nonlinear, Affine in the Input Systems”, Automatica 42(11), November 2006

J5. M.Bacic, M.Cannon, B.Kouvaritakis, “Feedback linearisation constrained NMPC for input-affine non-linear systems”, IEE Proceedings on Control Theory and Application: Special issue on non-linear control, 152(2), May 2005

J6. M. Bacic, M.Cannon, B.Kouvaritakis, “Extension of efficient predictive control to the nonlinear case”, International Journal of non-linear and robust control, 15, January 2005

J7. J.A.Rossiter, B. Kouvaritakis, M.Bacic, “Interpolation based computationally efficient predictive control”, International Journal of Control, 77(3), February 2004

J8. M. Bacic, M.Cannon, B. Kouvaritakis, “Constrained NMPC via state-space partitioning for input affine non-linear systems”, International Journal of Control, 76(15), September 2003

J9. M. Bacic, M. Cannon, B. Kouvaritakis, “Constrained control of SISO bilinear systems”,

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 46(8), August 2003

J10. M. Bacic, M. Cannon, B. Kouvaritakis, “General interpolation in MPC and its advantages”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 46(6), May 2003


Conferences (refereed with at least 2 reviewers)

C1. A V Paridon, M Bacic, P Ireland, L Lewis and C Barnes , “Reduced Order Transient Disc Temperature Models For Online Health Monitoring”, ASME Turbo Expo, Dusseldorf, June, 2014

C1.  M. MacDiarmid, M.Bacic, R.W. Daniel “Extension and application of a novel hardware-in-the-loop simulator design methodology”, Conference on Decision and Control, Mexico, December 2008

C2.  M. MacDiarmid, R.W.Daniel and M.Bacic, “A Novel Controller Design Methodology for Uncertain Non-Linear Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulators”, Conference on Decision and Control, New Orleans, December 2007

C3. M. Bacic, “Two-port network modelling for hardware-in-the-loop simulations”, American Control Conference, New York, 2007

C4. M. MacDiarmid and M. Bacic, “Quantifying accuracy of HWIL simulators”, American Control Conference, New York, 2007

C5. M. Bacic, “On hardware-in-the-loop simulation”, Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), December 2005

C6. M. Bacic, M. Cannon and B. Kouvaritakis, “Dynamic Non-Minimum Phase Compensation for SISO Nonlinear, Affine in the Input Systems”, IFAC’05 World Congress, Prague, July 2005

C7. M. Bacic, M.Cannon, B. Kouvaritakis, “General interpolation for input-affine nonlinear systems”, American Control Conference 2004, Boston

C8. J.A.Rossiter, B.Kouvaritakis, M.Bacic, “Interpolation based control”, American Control Conference 2004, Boston

C9. M. Bacic, M.Cannon, B. Kouvaritakis, “Constrained NMPC via state-space partitioning for input-affine non-linear systems”, American Control Conference 2003, Denver

C10. M. Bacic, M.Cannon, B.Kouvaritakis, “Feedback linearization constrained NMPC for bilinear systems”, 4th International Conference on Control and Automation, Montreal, 2003

 C11. M. Bacic, M.Cannon, B. Kouvaritakis, “Feedback linearization MPC for discrete time bilinear systems”, IFAC’02 World congress, Barcelona 2002

C12. M. Bacic, R.W. Daniel, “A modified Depth First Search for state-space representation of block diagrams”, 8th IFAC Symposium on Computer Aided Control System Design, 2000


Conferences (non-refereed/weakly refereed)

C13. J. Gillies, M.Bacic, F.G.Yuan, A.L.R. Thomas, G.K.Taylor, “Modeling and Identification of Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) dynamics”, AIAA Modelling, Simulation and Technologies Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2008

C14. M.Bacic, “On prediction of free flight trajectories at high-angles of attack: Preliminary results for a pitching airfoil”, AIAA Modelling, Simulation and Technologies Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2008

C15. M. Bacic and R.W. Daniel, “Hardware-in-the-loop simulation of aerodynamic objects”, AIAA Modelling Simulation and Technologies Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina, August 2007

C16.  G. K. Taylor, M. Bacic, A. C. Carruthers, J. Gillies, Y. Ozawa, A. L. R. Thomas, “Flight Control Mechanisms in Birds of Prey”, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting,Reno, January  2007

C17. M. Bacic and R.W. Daniel, “Towards a low-cost hardware-in-the-loop simulator for unmanned air vehicles”, AIAA Flight Simulation and Technologies Conference, San Francisco, August 2005


Patent Applications/Patent References


  1. J Took, M Bacic –“ Method of Detecting Step Climb & Other Rapid Transients for Purposes of Controlling Turbine Tip Clearance”, GB1315365.5, August 2013
  2. M Bacic, R Daniel and T J Scanlon – “Advanced Tip Leakage Control”, GB1218924.7, October  2012
  3. M Bacic, R Daniel – “Phase-locked-loop plasma fluidic actuation”, GB1218927.0, October 2012
  4. M Bacic – On-line inertia identification”, GB1120511.9, January 2012
  5. P Beecroft, M Bacic and L Lewis – “Improvements in or relating to gas turbine engine control”, GB 201201094, January 2012
  6. M. Bacic and S Garner – Model Based Detection Scheme (MBDS)”, GB1110141.7, June 2011.
  7. A L Rowe, S Garner and M Bacic – “A Robust Method for Rapid Detection of Turbine Engine Shaft Failure”, GB1103989.8
  8. M Bacic -  “Control of cooled cooling for improving aerodynamic efficiency of turbines“, GB1200139.2
  9. M Bacic – “Control of cooled cooling air using model based algorithms”, GB1121426.0. Granted as
  10. M Bacic – “Multivariable control of cooled cooling air and tip clearance control”GB1121428.5
  11. L Lewis and M Bacic, Rotor Tip Clearance Control GB1004381.8. Granted as US8,721,257.
  12. M Bacic and L Lewis, Feasible hard real-time model predictive control for aero engine applications”, GB1012442.8;Granted as  EP2413206 B1
  13. M Bacic and J E Holt – “Feedback control of rotor speed using rate gyros”, GB1004469.1
  14. M Bacic, “Indirect sensing of dormant valve failures in turbofan engines”, GB0911597.3, July 2009. Granted as US8191409 

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