Paul Brunzema


Paul Brunzema

M. Sc.
UnRAVeL Research Training Group

Doctoral Researcher


Building: 6050

Room: A 2.05

Dennewartstr. 27,

52068 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80-92053

My research resolves around event-triggered learning and the question how to detect changes in the system dynamics based on data and with probabilistic guarantees with the goal to only learn when necessary. My current research focusses on combining triggers with other machine learning and optimization methods such as Bayesian optimization in dynamic environments.

My other research interests are:

  • Bayesian optimization
  • Probabilistic deep learning
  • Incorporation of prior knowledge into probabilistic dynamics models (e.g. Gaussian processes)

Since March 2022, I am a PhD student at the Institute for Data Science in Mechanical Engineering (DSME) at RWTH Aachen University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sebastian Trimpe. Since September 2023, I am also an associate doctoral researcher at the UnRAVeL Research Training Group. Prior to that, I completed a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a subsequent master's degree in automation engineering with a focus on machine learning and control, both at the RWTH Aachen University. For more information as well as the announcements, check out my personal website.

Invited Talks and Posters

Supervised Student Projects

  • Paul Kruse, "Neural Processes for Event-Triggered Learning and Control", Master thesis, RWTH
  • Felix Kappel, "High-dimensional Convex Bayesian Optimization for Controller Tuning", Bachelor thesis, RWTH Aachen University, 2023
  • Antonia Holzapfel, "Safe Bayesian Optimization for Quadrocopters in Time-Varying Environments", Master thesis, RWTH Aachen University, 2023
  • Fabian Feucht, "Detection and Isolation of Anomalies in Process Data through Unknown Input Observer", Bachelor thesis, RWTH Aachen University (Cooperation with irt), 2022


  • Development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Reinforcement Learning as part of bridgingAI
  • "Tutorial Control Engineering", Institute of Automatic Control, RWTH Aachen, SS19 until SS22, student teaching assistant
  • "Machine Design III", Insitute of Mechanism Theory, Machine Dynamics and Robotics, RWTH Aachen, WS17/18 until SS18, student teaching assistant

If you are interested in a Master's thesis or working with me please let me know. I am always looking for exceptional students and collaborators!



Source Author(s)
[Contribution to a book, Contribution to a conference proceedings]
On Controller Tuning with Time-Varying Bayesian Optimization
CDC 22 : Conference on Decision and Control, Dec. 6-9, 2022, Cancún, Mexico / publisher: IEEE, 4046-4052, 2022
[DOI: 10.1109/CDC51059.2022.9992649]
Brunzema, Paul Jakob
Von Rohr, Alexander
Trimpe, Johann Sebastian
Event-Triggered Time-Varying Bayesian Optimization, 2022
[DOI: 10.48550/arXiv.2208.10790]
Brunzema, Paul Jakob (Corresponding author)
Von Rohr, Alexander
Solowjow, Friedrich
Trimpe, Johann Sebastian
On Controller Tuning with Time-Varying Bayesian Optimization, 2022
[DOI: 10.48550/ARXIV.2207.11120]
Brunzema, Paul Jakob (Corresponding author)
Von Rohr, Alexander (Corresponding author)
Trimpe, Johann Sebastian