Welcome to the April edition of the DISC newsletter! In this newsletter we look back at the Benelux Meeting and the DISC Winter Course and forward to the Summer School. We are also preparing the new course program and we will report on that in the coming weeks. It is not long until Easter and we hope you will all enjoy some relaxing days with hopefully nice weather!
In May 2019 the following class will start:
J.W. van Wingerden
Energy Based Modeling and Control
A. van der Schaft
For the full list of courses see: https://disc.tudelft.nl/education/course-program/2018-2019-course-program/
Register on the DISC course platform.
The courses are taught at cursus en vergadercentrum Domstad in Utrecht, location Koningsbergerstraat 9. For more information see their website.
From March 19-21, 2019 the 38th edition of the Benelux Meeting for Systems and Control took place at “Centerparcs de Vossemeren”, Belgium.
Best Junior Presentation Award
The best junior presentation award has become a longstanding Benelux tradition. The prize commissionaires were Bart Besselink (University of Groningen), Nicolas Gillis (University of Mons) and Marija Ishteva (Vrije
Universiteit Brussel). They called the top five finalists to the stage (all DISC members!):
Henk van Waarde was pronounced the winner!
DISC Best Thesis Award 2018
The annual DISC Best Thesis Award was awarded to Jurre Hanema for his thesis “Anticipative model predictive control for linear parameter-varying systems”. Jurre defended his thesis at Eindhoven University of Technology on October 30, 2018 and was supervised by Dr. Roland Toth, Dr. Mircea Lazar and prof. Siep Weiland.
Prof. Jan Willem van Wingerden (TUD), Prof. Bart Koopman and prof. Raffaella Carloni were this year’s jury and with nine contestants they had their work cut out for them:
Another annual tradition is the DISC certificates award ceremony. During the meeting certificates for a completed PhD course program were awarded to:
Not present at the meeting, but also to be congratulated are:
The Wintercourse took place from March 27-29 2019, at Delft University of Technology. Prof. Anne Nowé and prof. Lucian Busoniu offered an introduction to reinforcement learning, starting from the basics and ending up with advanced topics like deep RL.
Jacob Engwerda and Dario Bauso have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the DISC Summer School “When game Theory meets Systems and Control”, which is scheduled to take place from June 17-20, 2019, at NH Leeuwenhorst, Noordwijkerhout, 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.
This summer school aims to provide on the one hand an overview of diﬀerent types of modeling approaches and tools which have been developed in game theory for various kind of coordination and allocation problems. On the other hand the aim is to show the ways in which, within diﬀerent areas of control engineering, multi-actor problems are dealt with.
Three main objectives of this Summer School are:
The class will be a mix of lectures and tutorials. The Summer School ends with a project on consensus and opinion dynamics. Students may hand in a report on this project for an informative assessment. 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:
The registration fee, which includes full board and lodging, is
For more information about the accommodation arrangements please refer to the website: https://disc.tudelft.nl/education/summer-school/disc-summer-school-2019/
The school is limited to 50 participants based on a first-come first-serve policy. The registration deadline is June 3, 2019 (Early bird deadline May 5, 2019).
You can register at the following website: http://disc-courseplatform.nl. Non DISC members can also send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please mention your full name and university affiliation including address).
University of Groningen
Name: Gregorio Tagliabue
Starting date: 01-03-2019
Function: PhD student
Group: Robotics Group
Supervisor: prof. dr. Raffaella Carloni
Project: Design, modelling, and control of variable stiffness actuators for transfemoral prostheses
Hello, I’m Gregorio Tagliabue and I come from Italy. I got my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) while I got my master’s degree at the University of Bologna (Italy). For my master thesis I have been engaged in the study and design of an artificial ankle joint for a transfemoral prosthesis. This study enabled me to obtain my PhD from the University of Groningen and to be part of the European project MyLeg. I started my PhD on March 1st and the main subject of my study will be the design and control of variable stiffness actuators. I like any kind of outdoor sports but my true love is skiing and hiking.
Delft University of Technology
Candidate: E. Sunil
Thesis: Analyzing and Modeling Capacity for Decentralized Air Traffic Control
Promotores: Prof.dr.ir. J.M. Hoekstra and Dr.ir. J. Ellerbroek
Location: Aula, Senaatszaal
Candidate: Farid Alavi
Thesis: Model Predictive Control of Fuel-Cell-Car-Based Smart Energy Systems in the Presence of Uncertainty
Promotores: Prof.dr.ir. B. De Schutter and Prof.dr.ir. N. van de Wouw
Location: Aula, Senaatszaal
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