Welcome to the February edition of the DISC newsletter. Though winter has just renewed it’s grip we are busy making plans for the summer. We are happy to announce that the registration for the DISC Summer School 2017 is now open! It will be an interesting event on a very current topic, “A Systems and Control Perspective on Privacy, Safety, and Security in large-scale Cyber-Physical Systems”. You can read all about it further on in the newsletter.
In March there will be the annual Benelux Meeting in Spa, Belgium. Hopefully we will see many of you there. The DISC course program is still going well. Please be aware that there is a limit of 40 participants for the courses, so don’t wait too long to register.
Our congratulations to Peyman Mohajerin Esfahani from TU Delft who won the 2016 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society. A warm welcome to new people and good luck to all who will defending their thesis this month. We would like to give special mention to Hidde-Jan Jongsma and Sophie Haesaert because they are two of the four DISC-NWO graduate students!
In February the following DISC course will start:
Nonlinear Control Systems
(B. Jayawardhana and B. Besselink)
Register via the DISC course platform or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This Academic year the following courses are scheduled:
(Please note that all courses are limited to 40 participants)
Linear Matrix Inequalities for Control
Computational Linear Algebra, A least squares perspective
Mathematical Models of Systems
Modeling and Control of Hybrid Systems
Nonlinear Control Systems
Design Methods for Control Systemss
Distributed Parameter Systems
Automatic Verification and Synthesis of Complex Systems
The courses are taught at cursus en vergadercentrum Domstad in Utrecht, location Koningsbergerstraat 9. For more information see their website.
Bayu Jayawardhana, Ming Cao and Tamas Keviczky have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the DISC Summer School on “A Systems and Control Perspective on Privacy, Safety, and Security in Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems”, which is scheduled to take place from July 3-6, 2017, at NH Atlantic, the Hague (Kijkduin), The Netherlands.
The invitation is aimed at research students, staff members, researchers and engineers engaged in the systems and control area. Distinguished speakers will each present a series of tutorial lectures.
Privacy, Safety, and Security in Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems
The increasing adoption of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and internet-of-things (IoT) introduces new control problems beyond the traditional tasks of stabilization and optimization. Some of the control challenges are related to the operation of future, highly interconnected CPS in a safety- or mission-critical environment, and to the protection of security and privacy where sensor and actuator data, and other control parameters are communicated in a networked CPS. Recent denial-of-service attacks to critical infrastructure and several accidents involving autonomous cars are some of the instances where new theoretical developments in the systems and control field are needed.
In this summer school program, we will present recent developments towards this endeavor and particular attention will be given to:
The lectures contain both recent control theoretical development, as well as, applications.
The main program will consist of a number of international and national speakers. Keynote lectures will be given by:
and complemented by talks given by various DISC lecturers:
The registration fee, which includes full board and lodging, is
For more information about the accommodation arrangements please refer to the website http://disc.tudelft.nl/education/summer-school/summer-school-2017/
The school is limited to 45 participants based on a first-come first-serve policy. The registration deadline is June 19, 2017 (Early bird deadline May 1, 2017).
You can register at the following website: http://disc-courseplatform.nl. Non DISC members can also send an email to: email@example.com (Please mention your full name and university including address).
For further information, contact the DISC administrative office: Martha Otte (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the organizers: Bayu Jayawardhana (email@example.com); Ming Cao (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tamas Keviczky (email@example.com)
The Organizing Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 36th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control to be held at “Sol-Cress”, Spa, Belgium, on March 28 – 30, 2017.
The aim of this meeting is to promote research activities and cooperation between researchers in Systems and Control. It is the thirty-sixth in a series of annual conferences that are held alternately in Belgium and The Netherlands. The meeting takes place under the auspices of the DYSCO (Dynamical Systems, Control and Optimisation) network and is organized by UCLouvain.
Abstract Submission Opens: December 16, 2016
Registration Opens: January 11, 2017
Deadline Abstract Submission : January 26, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: February 8, 2017
Deadline Final Abstract Submission: March 3, 2017
Deadline Early Registration: February 15, 2017
Conference Program Available: March 21, 2017
Book of Abstracts Available: March 21, 2017
Check the website http://www.beneluxmeeting.nl/2017/ for more information
A four-day, eight-speaker American Summer School on Model Predictive Control (MPC) has been organized by Sasa V. Rakovic, James B. Rawlings and Ilya V. Kolmanovsky. The first American Summer School of MPC will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from July 25, 2017 to July 28, 2017.
The summer school delivers a carefully crafted overview of the theoretical fundamentals of MPC, and it provides access to, and motivates the development of, freely-available and state-of-the-art numerical software for implementing the advanced MPC methods on difficult and challenging examples and industrial applications. The summer school also anticipates inclusion of class mini-projects that enable all attendees to present, and discuss, problems of direct interest to their research, and also to receive feedback from a set of instructors with valuable expertise in all areas of MPC research.
Additional information, including a detailed summer school schedule and registration information will be made available shortly at the summer school website http://www.che.wisc.edu/mpc-summer-school
From Monday June 12 to Thursday June 15, 2017 the “7th oCPS PhD School on Cyber-Physical Systems” will take place in Lucca, Italy.
The school is targeted at graduate students and researchers who want to learn the main concepts of cyber-physical systems (CPSs), as well as at graduate students and postgraduate researchers already working in the area. The school is an event organized by oCPS, which is a Training Network (Marie Curie) receiving funding from the European Union’s 2020 framework programme for research and innovation, see more on ocps.ele.tue.nl.
Confirmed tutorial speakers at the moment are:
These and other speakers will lecture during the school covering the basic concepts and results on
– Discrete-event and hybrid systems techniques for CPS
– Resource-aware control
– Formal methods for embedded control
– Security in control of CPS
– Model predictive control
– Approximate dynamic programming
– Fault-tolerant control of distributed CPS
– Multi-agent systems
– Industrial perspectives on CPS.
The program of the school includes four full days of lectures, interleaved by enough time slots to allow scientific discussions among the participants and with the speakers.
Registration deadline: April 15, 2017. First-come-first-serve basis. Registration fee: EUR 290 (including coffee breaks, banquet, etc).
The full program of the school, other information and the registration procedure can be found soon at http://ocps17.imtlucca.it/
Peyman Mohajerin Esfahani, assistant professor in the Delft Center for Systems and Control from 3mE, received the 2016 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society. This award recognizes the best paper published in the past two years in the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Transactions on Automatic Control, one of the leading journals of the IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization. The basis for judgment is originality, potential impact on the theoretical foundations of control, importance of significance in applications, and clarity.
Niek Beckers, PhD in in the Biomechanical department of the University of Twente, has won first prize in the poster awards during the sixth Dutch Conference on Biomechanical Engineering. This conference was held on January 26 and 27 in Egmond aan Zee.
On April 25, 2017 professor Gaëtan Kerschen will give his inaugural lecture at the the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Inaugural lecture: Nature is nonlinear. What about engineering structures ?
Tuesday 25-April-2017 at 5 pm
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Building D – Promotion Hall (D.2.01)
For more information and for registration please go to http://www.francquichair.be/
With some delay the DISC annual report 2014 is finished. You will find on the DISC website here.
We will be in contact soon about the yearbooks for 2015 and 2016. We propose to abridge the yearbook from 2015 onwards and also it will no longer be required to follow the special yearbook template.
Eindhoven University of Technology
Hadi is a Ph.D. student in Control Systems Technology (CST) Group at Mechanical engineering department of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in Sept. 2013. Meanwhile, he was a member of New Technologies Research Center (NTRC) of Amirkabir university of Technology. He focused on the vibration control utilizing piezoelectric elements. He received his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Sept. 2015 with the focus on Swarm Robotic Control. Then he started working in the SAMITCO Company. Automotive ECU calibration and Control of Combustion Engines were his main focus in that Company. Now, as a member of Optimization of Cyber-Physical Systems (oCPS) program, he is working on the Decentralized Event-Triggered Control (DETC) strategies under the supervision of Prof. Maurice Heemels and Dr. Duarte Antunes. His research interests include Control Theory, Optimization and Robotics.
Delft University of Technology
Candidate: Sha Lu
Group: Mathematics Physics, DIAM
Thesis: Variational data assimilation of satellite observations to estimate volcanic ash emissions
Promotor: Prof.dr.ir. H.X.Lin and Prof.dr.ir. A.W. Heemink
Date: 1 March 2017
Location: TU Delft, Aula
Time: 10:00 hrs.
University of Groningen
Candidate: Hidde-Jan Jongsma
Group: Systems, Control and Applied Analysis, JBI University of Groningen
Thesis: Robust Synchronization and Model Reduction of Multi-Agent Systems
Promotor: Prof. H.L. Trentelman
Date: February 17, 2017
Candidate: Pouria Ramazi
Thesis: Convergence Analysis and Control of Evolutionary Matrix-Game Dynamics
Promotor: Prof. M. Cao and prof. J.M.A. Scherpen
Date: April 21, 2017
Location: Aula, Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5 Groningen
Eindhoven University of Technology
Candidate: Sophie Haesaert
Group: Control Systems
Thesis: Data-driven and model-based methods for verification and control of physical systems
Promotor: prof.dr.ir. P.M.J. Van den Hof
Date: February 16, 2017
Location:Auditorium, Collegezaal 4
University of Twente
Candidate: Ravi Sinha
Group: Biomechanical Engineering
Thesis: Building gyms for cells – development of combinatorial screening platforms for mechanical stimulation.
Promotor: Prof.dr.ir. H.F.J.M. Koopman and prof.dr.ir. N.J.J. Verdonschot
Date: 16 February 2017
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