Prof Marcian Cirstea

Head of the Department of Computing & Technology

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Computing and Technology

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Computing and technology

Marcian is an active professional in industrial electronics, focusing on electronic systems modelling and the design of digital controllers for power converter systems, using VHDL and FPGAs.

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Marcian’s research is focused on digital controllers for power electronics. With 23 years of academic experience, he has published one research monograph, one text book and more than 130 peer-reviewed papers (three with awards). He has delivered six international tutorials on FPGA Design for Power Electronics Control,  oordinated a European FP6 renewable energy project consortium, supervised nine research degrees and examined 16.

General Chair of 5 IEEE conferences, Marcian is also founder and past Chairman of the 'Electronic Systems on Chip' Technical Committee of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, and Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics/Informatics.

Research interests

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  • Digital control of power electronic converters
  • FPGA/system-on-chip design
  • Renewable energy

Marcian is a member of our Digital Electronics Research Area which forms part of our Informatics, Computing and Electronics Research Group.

Areas of research supervision

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  • Digital control of power converters/FPGAs
  • Design of FPGA controlled 6-pulse rectifiers
  • Integrated renewable energy systems modelling and FPGA control
  • Reusable VHDL architectures for induction motor vector control implemented in FPGA
  • Intelligent fuzzy logic/FPGA control of generators
  • Neural PWM adaptive FPGA controller for sensorless induction motor drives

Find out more about our Computer Science PhD.


Modules taught: Digital Systems and Power Control, Power Conversion Systems


  • PhD Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • PGCE Learning & Teaching, De Montfort University, UK
  • MEng Electrical Engineering, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council UK (CEng)
  • European Engineer of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (EurIng)
  • Fellow, the Institution of Engineering & Technology (FIET)
  • Senior Member, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE)
  • Vice-President for Membership Activities, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics/Informatics

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Introductory training courses on VHDL digital circuit design
  • FPGAs used in digital control of power electronic systems
  • Combined control and use of renewable energy systems

Selected recent publications

Monmasson, E. and Cirstea, M.N., 2013. Industrial Control Applications of FPGAs. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 9(3), editorial review, DOI: 10.1109/TII.2013.2270011.

Sutikno, T, Nik Idris, N. R., Jidin, A. and Cirstea, M.N., 2013. An improved FPGA Implementation of Direct Torque Control for Induction Machines. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 9(3), DOI: 10.1109/TII.2012.2222420.

Barote, L., Marinescu, C. and Cirstea, M.N., 2013. Control Structure for Single Phase Stand-Alone Wind Based Energy Sources. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 60(2), ISSN: 0278-0046, DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2012.2206346.

Tisan, A. and Cirstea, M.N., 2012. SOM Neural Network Design - a New Simulink Library Based Approach Targeting FPGA Implementation. Journal of Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, ISSN: 0378-4754.

Alecsa, B., Cirstea, M.N. and Onea, A., 2012. Simulink Modeling and Design of an Efficient Hardware-constrained FPGA-based PMSM Speed Controller. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 8(3), DOI: 10.1109/TII.2012.2193891.

Monmasson, E., Idkhajine, L., Cirstea, M.N., Bahri, I., Tisan, A. and Naouar, W., 2011. FPGAs in Industrial Control Applications. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 7(2), pp.224-244, ISSN 1551-3203, DOI: 10.1109/TII.2011.2123908.

Dinu, A., Cirstea, M.N. and Cirstea, S.E., 2010. Direct Neural Networks Hardware Implementation Algorithm. IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics, 57(5), pp.1845-1848, ISSN: 0278-0046. DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2009.2033097.

Cirstea M.N., 2010. Sustainable Renewable Energy for Europe. Projects magazine, British Publishers Ltd, April 2010, pp.78-80, ISSN 2040-7335.

Recent presentations and conferences

Darvill, J., Tisan, A. and Cirstea, M.N., 2014. A Novel PSIM and Matlab Co-Simulation Approach to Particle Swarm Optimization Tuning of PID Controllers, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Optimisation of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (OPTIM 2014), Brasov, Romania, 22-24 May 2014, pp.784-789.