Newsletter February 2017

Message from the DISC office

Dear all,

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!

Best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

Upcoming DISC courses

In February the following DISC course will start:

Nonlinear Control Systems
(B. Jayawardhana and B. Besselink)

Register via the DISC course platform or email

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.

DISC Summer School 2017

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:

  • differential privacy concept in a control and networked systems context
  • analysis and design of resilient and secure control systems
  • safety control of CPS

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:

  • George Pappas, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Fabio Pasqualetti, University of California, USA
  • Rafael Wisniewski, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Yiannis Papadopoulos, University of Hull, United Kingdom
  • Henrik Sandberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

and complemented by talks given by various DISC lecturers:

  • Manuel Mazo, Delft University of Technology, NL
  • Nathan van de Wouw, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
  • Peyman Mohajerin Esfahani, Delft University of Technology, NL
  • Claudio de Persis, University of Groningen, NL


The registration fee, which includes full board and lodging, is

  • 800,- euro for DISC students/members (until May 1, 2017-early bird) and 950,- euro (after May 1, 2017)
  • 1000,- euro for non-DISC members (until May 1, 2017-early bird) and 1150,- euro (after May 1, 2017)

For more information about the accommodation arrangements please refer to the website

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: Non DISC members can also send an email to: (Please mention your full name and university including address).

For further information, contact the DISC administrative office: Martha Otte ( or the organizers: Bayu Jayawardhana (; Ming Cao ( and Tamas Keviczky (

36th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control

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.

Important Dates
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 for more information

American Summer School on Model Predictive Control

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


The 7th oCPS PhD School on Cyber-Physical Systems

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

Confirmed tutorial speakers at the moment are:

  • Prof. Alf Isaksson, ABB Corporate Research
  • Prof. Dimitri Bertsekas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Prof. Christos Cassandras, Boston University, USA
  • Prof. Joost-Pieter Katoen, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Prof. Samarjit Chakraborty , TU Munich, Germany
  • Prof. Maurice Heemels, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
  • Prof. Henrik Sandberg, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
  • Prof. Alberto Bemporad, IMT Lucca, Italy
  • Prof. Magnus Egerstedt , Georgia Tech, USA
  • Prof. Marios Polycarpou , University of Cyprus, Cyprus

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

George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award for Peyman Mohajerin Esfahani (TUD-DCSC)

Niek Beckers (UT-BM) wins poster award

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.


Congratulations Niek!

Invitation Francqui Chair VUB professor Gaëtan Kerschen

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)
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

For more information and for registration please go to

DISC annual report 2014

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.

New people

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.

PhD defenses

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Sha Lu
Group: Mathematics Physics, DIAM
Thesis: Variational data assimilation of satellite observations to estimate volcanic ash emissions
Promotor: H.X.Lin and 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
Location: Academiegebouw
Time: 14.30

Candidate: Pouria Ramazi
Group: ENTEG
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
Time: 12.45

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: P.M.J. Van den Hof
Date: February 16, 2017
Location:Auditorium, Collegezaal 4
Time: 16.00

University of Twente

Candidate: Ravi Sinha
Group: Biomechanical Engineering
Thesis: Building gyms for cells – development of combinatorial screening platforms for mechanical stimulation.
Promotor: H.F.J.M. Koopman and N.J.J. Verdonschot
Date: 16 February 2017
Location: Waaier
Time: 16:45


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