The research program of DISC consists of fundamental and applied scientific research in the domain of systems and control theory and engineering. The research domain employs modern techniques from information and computer technology to analyse, control and optimize dynamical processes, machines and (high-tech) systems. Modelling tools are essential in analysing and designing optimal control strategies, e.g. by exploiting optimization theory. Mathematical System Theory provides insight in the formulation of mathematical models, in the derivation of mathematical models from experimental data, and in the design of control and feedback signals.
The orientation towards a variety of technological application domains is important for the interplay between theoretical possibilities on the one side, and the urge to advance high-tech applications on the other side, thereby providing a fruitful stimulus for further evolution and development of the scientific area. Research groups within DISC have many interactions with adjacent scientific domains, among which
The research program of DISC is divided in three main areas, each of which contains several themes.