DISC Summer School 2018: Machine Learning for Control

The DISC Summer School 2018 will be on the topic of "Machine Learning for Control" and will take place from June18-21 at the NH Atlantic, The Hague (Kijkduin), The Netherlands.







Jens Kober, Roland Tóth and Robert Babuska have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the DISC Summer School on “Machine Learning for Control”, which will to take place from June 18-21, 2018, at NH Atlantic, the Hague (Kijkduin), The Netherlands.The invitation is aimed at Phd and research students, staff members, researchers and engineers engaged in the systems and control area. Distinguished speakers will present a series of tutorial lectures.

Since 1990, DISC has successfully organized yearly summer schools on various topics pertinent to theoretical and practical aspects of systems and control, with an international audience of about 40-60 participants. Together with the graduate course program that is maintained by DISC, the summer schools form part of the educational facilities that DISC offers to PhD students in systems theory and control engineering. The main goal of the summer schools is to familiarize young researchers with recent developments in systems and control as well as in neighboring disciplines, and to provide them with the opportunity to enjoy, in an informal atmosphere, discussions with top researchers in systems and control. The summer schools also provide an opportunity for DISC staff members and others to upgrade their knowledge of specific areas of interest.

Machine Learning for Control
In the past years, machine learning and especially deep learning have seen a dramatic increase of popularity in research, commercial applications, and also in society. Major breakthroughs have been achieved, e.g., in the fields of vision, speech recognition, machine translation, automated trading, recommender systems, data analytics, autonomous driving. Forefront developments already indicate that machine learning will potentially have a drastic impact on control design and system identification and related fields.

The summer school covers the basic as well as more advanced concepts of machine learning techniques commonly used in modelling, control and estimation problems. Topics include Gaussian processes, deep learning, state representation learning, self-supervised learning, and reinforcement learning.

The lectures will include examples of applications, demonstrations and hands on exercises, wherever possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their own research with the speakers and amongst each other.

The main program will consist of a number of international and national speakers. Keynote lectures will be given by:

  • Wolfram Burgard, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Gerhard Neumann, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Melanie Zeilinger, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Alessandro Chiuso, University of Padova, Italy
  • Guido de Croon, Delft University of Technology, NL

and complemented by talks given by DISC lecturers:

  • Jens Kober, Delft University of Technology, NL
  • Roland Tóth, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL

Updates on speakers will be announced on this page.

The program will become available soon

PhD students can obtain 1,5 credit for the DISC Summer School

The registration fee includes:
• Overnight stay on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
• All meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) are included, from lunch on Monday until lunch on Thursday. There will also be two coffee breaks each day.
• Admission to all sessions
• An USB stick with the lecture notes, so please take your laptop with you.
• Coffee, tea and water during the meeting.
• Internet access on the hotel premises

You will be staying in a double room which you will share with one of the other participants.You can let us know if you would like to share with someone in particular, otherwise we will assign the rooms. There is a limited number of single rooms available at a higher rate.
For more information about the hotel and its facilities, see http://www.nh-hotels.nl/hotel/nh-atlantic-den-haag

Summer School course material
All the course material will be available online, exclusively for the participants of the Summer School. At the beginning of the Summer School you will receive all available slides on USB stick. Please take your laptop with you, internet access is available.

The registration fees are:
800,- Euro for DISC-students and DISC-members (early bird-register before May 7, 2018)
1000,- Euro for non-DISC members (early bird-register before May 7, 20187)

After May 7, 2018
the registration fees are:
950,- Euro for DISC-students and DISC-members
1150,- Euro for non-DISC members

Extra charge for single room: if you would like a single room there will be an extra charge of 140,- Euro  added to your registration fee. There is a limited number of single rooms available and they are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

The school is limited to 50 participants based on a first-come first-serve policy. The registration deadline is June 4, 2018 (Early bird deadline May 7, 2018).

You can register at the following website: http://disc-courseplatform.nl. Non DISC members can also send an email to: secr@disc.tudelft.nl (Please mention your full name and university affiliation including address).

All payments must be made in EUR, incorporating all charges. The account details are:

For transfer from a Dutch account:
IBAN: NL65INGB0003127876
Stichting SMBT
Postbus 3351
2601 DJ Delft

For all other accounts:
Bijlmerdreef 109
NL-1102 BW Amsterdam
IBAN: NL65INGB0003127876
Account holder: Stichting SMBT

Please indicate your name and mention “Disc Summer School 2018” on the transfer, otherwise your payment cannot be traced to your reservation. Payment must be received before the start of the Summer School.

Unfortunately Credit Card payments cannot be accepted.

Cancellation and refund policy
Cancellations are to be made in writing/email to m.w.otte@tudelft.nl. Cancellations received before May 7, 2018 will be reimbursed in full after deduction of an administrative charge of EUR 35. If you cancel between May 7 and June 1, 2018 you will be required to pay half of the registration fee. For cancellations received after June 1, 2018 no refunds can be made. Substitutions can always be made at no additional charge if the accommodation is still available.

More information
For further information regarding the conference location, registrations or other organizational matters contact the DISC administrative office: Martha Otte (m.w.otte@tudelft.nl)>

For further information regarding the program and scope of the Summer School contact the organizers: Jens Kober (j.kober@tudelft.nl); Roland Tóth (r.toth@tue.nl) and Robert Babuska (r.babuska@tudelft.nl)