Newsletter February 2018

Message from the DISC office

Welcome to the February edition of the DISC newsletter! The Benelux Meeting is approaching fast and we are pleased that so many people have registered. The DISC Summer School is definitely starting to take shape and soon registration for that event will open .We are also looking ahead to the academic year 2018-2019. If you have ideas please let us know!

Welcome to the new people and good luck to those who are defending their thesis this month!

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
Scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat


Upcoming DISC courses

In March 2018 the following DISC courses will start:

Multi-agent Network Dynamics and Games
M. Cao
S. Grammatico

This academic year the following courses are scheduled:

Multi-agent Network Dynamics and Games(starts March)
Design Methods for Control Systems(starts April)
System Identification(starts April)
Mathematical Models of Systems (now running)
Nonlinear Control Systems(now running)
Linear Matrix Inequalities in Control (finished)
Adaptive Control (finished)
Model reduction for Control, from Linear to Nonlinear Systems (finished)



The courses are taught at cursus en vergadercentrum Domstad in Utrecht, location Koningsbergerstraat 9. For more information see their website.

Input courses 2018-2019

We will start preparing the course program for 2018-2019 and we would value your input. If you are a staff member and would like to teach a course please let us know. We also value input form PhD students about which course they like to see included in the course program. Email your suggestions to

37th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control

The Organizing Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the

37th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control

to be held in “Kontakt der Kontinenten”, Soesterberg, The Netherlands, on March 27 – 29, 2018.

The aim of this meeting is to promote research activities and cooperation between researchers in Systems and Control. It is the thirty-seventh in a series of annual conferences that are held alternately in Belgium and The Netherlands. The Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control is an important yearly event where academics and PhD students from The Netherlands and Belgium meet each other both scientifically and socially. Additionally, the Benelux Meetings serve as a training platform for PhD students to present and discuss their work in an -informal- international setting. The meeting takes place under the auspices of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC).


Invited speakers

Professor Dongheui Lee, Technical University of Munich, Germany will lecture on “Robot learning through physical interaction and human guidance”.



Dr. Tamas Keviczky, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands will lecture on the topic of “Distributed optimization in model predictive control and smart grid energy systems”.



In addition, there will be a Minicourse by Professor Murat Arcak, Berkeley University California, USA on “Networks of Dissipative Systems: Compositional Certification of Stability, Performance, and Safety”.



Important dates

Abstract submission opens                            December 1, 2017
Registration opens                                        January 8, 2018
Deadline abstract submission                    January 22, 2018
Notification of acceptance                             February 5, 2018
Deadline final abstract submission                 February 19, 2018
Deadline early registration                        February 7, 2018
Conference program and BOA ready              March 15, 2018

We hope to welcome you at the 37th Benelux Meeting of Systems and Control!

Henk Nijmeijer enters Mexican Academy of Science

As recognition for his constant collaboration with Mexican Students and institutions Henk Nijmeijer became member 107 of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. At the entrance ceremony, the technical secretary of the Institution, Gabriel Lopez Castro stressed that Henk Nijmeijer has made an important contribution to scientific development. “He has trained many doctors in Mexico and for many years he has participated actively in different institutions. We hope that with his income the ties of collaberation that exist will be intensified”.

Raffaella Carloni (University of Groningen) awarded a Horizon2020 grant

Raffaella Carloni (Adjunct hoogleraar at the University of Groningen since September 2017) has been awarded 4 ME for the project MyLeg within the Horizon 2020 Framework Program of the European Union.

MyLeg is a collaborative project between the University of Groningen (NL) as coordinator, the University of Bologna (IT), the University of Twente (NL), Roessingh Research and Development (NL), Radboud university medical centre Nijmegen (NL), Össur (IS), and Norwest Advanced Orthopaedics (AUS).

The goal of MyLeg is to develop a new generation of powered transfemoral prosthetic legs that can be intuitively operated, sensed, and trusted as the healthy and reliable counterpart for a variety of tasks. For more information see

DISC Summer School 2018 on Machine learning for Control

We are  working on the DISC Summer School 2018. This year the organisers are Robert Babuska (TUD), Jens Kober (TUD) and Roland Toth (TUe). The subject will be “Machine learning for Control” and the Summer School will take place from June 18-21, 2018.

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.

Confirmed speakers:

Prof. dr. Wolfram Burgard (University of Freiburg)

Prof. Gerhard Neumann (University of Lincoln)

Prof. dr. Melanie Zeilinger (ETH Zurich)

Dr. Guido de Croon (TU Delft)

Dr. Jens Kober (TU Delft)

Dr. Roland Toth (TU Eindhoven)

Keep an eye on the website. More information will follow soon!

3rd Edition of the Workshop on Nonlinear System Identification Benchmarks

We are happy to invite you to the 3rd Edition of the Workshop on Nonlinear System Identification Benchmarks held at the University of Liège, Belgium, 11-13 April 2018 and the Mini-Course on Nonlinear System Identification preceding the workshop in Liège, 9-10 April 2018.

Visit to get full information about the workshop

Important dates:

(1) Registration deadline: Wednesday February 14, 2018, register here
(2) Abstract submission deadline: Sunday March 18, 2018 – 1-page abstract template available here
(3) Notification of acceptance: Sunday March 25, 2018


BioRob 2018-call for papers

BioRob 2018 – IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics

26 -29 August 2018, Enschede, The Netherlands



February 15, 2018:  Submission of papers and workshop & tutorial proposals

March 22, 2018: Notification of acceptance of workshops & tutorials proposals

May 15, 2018: Notification of paper acceptance

June 15, 2018: submission of final papers

August 26, 2018: Workshops & tutorials

August 27-29, 2018: BioRob 2018

Deadlines are set at 23:59 Pacific Time.

For information and submissions please visit the following website:

New people

Delft University of Technology

My name is Bruno Brito and I’m 27 years old. I’m Portuguese and I come from the best city in Portugal, Porto. I studied Electrical and Computers Engineering at the University of Porto. The first professional experience was as a trainee at the European Space Agency where I was working in the Guidance, Navigation and Control section. My research at ESA was focused on motion planning and control for floating robots.

Afterwards, I received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship and started to work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart. I was one of the fellows working on the SECURE project and my research was also focused on motion planning and control for mobile manipulation.

Finally, I’m here to start my Ph.D. in multi-robot navigation and control in clustered environments. As you may guess, I will focus once more on Motion Planning but this time for autonomous boats and cars in human environments.

Hello, my name is Maolong Lv, a master student from China. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. degree at the Delft Center for Systems and Control, under the supervision of dr. Simone Baldi. My research is funded by a joint project between Xi’an Jiaotong University and TU Delft on adaptive control of switched nonlinear systems. My research interests include adaptive nonlinear systems, with emphasis on multi variable uncertain systems and networked uncertain control systems. I think it is both a great challenge and a promising opportunity for me.

University of Groningen

Nima Monshizadeh obtained his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, the M.Sc. degree in control engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and the Ph.D. degree with honor (cum laude) from the Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Groningen. Afterwards, he was appointed as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Engineering and Technology Institute of the University of Groningen. He was a Research Associate with the Control group of the University of Cambridge, before taking a tenure track position at the University of Groningen. His research interests include power networks, model reduction, optimization and control of complex networks.

Marco Augusto Vasquez-Beltran is a new PhD candidate joining the DSSC to work on the project “Modeling and control of hysteretic deformable mirrors for high-contrast imaging systems” supervised by Prof. Dr. Bayu Jayawardhana, Prof. Dr. Reynier Peletier, and externally advised by Dr. Pieter Dieleman, Dr. Robert Huisman, and Prof. Dr. Beatriz Noheda

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics Engineering and received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from CINVESTAV del IPN (Mexico) where he worked at the Mechatronics Sections designing and applying an energy-based control technique for a quadrotor trajectory tracking. His interest includes the fields of control systems, mechatronics, robotics and computer sciences and the multi-disciplinary collaboration of these fields.

Hello, my name is Monica Rotulo. I received my Master’s degree in Industrial Automation Engineering from University of Pavia, Italy. My graduation project concerned the study of an event-triggered controller for cooperative driving and was carried out during my research period in Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Currently, I am a PhD within the DSSC, a multidisciplinary project at the University of Groningen (RUG), working on distributed control methods under communication constraints with applications to sensor networks in a smart industry setting. My research interests focus on networked control, coordination of multi-agent systems and event-triggered control.

Hello, my name is Alessandro Luppi, I am from Italy. I received my Bachelor’s in computer engineering and my Master’s in industrial automation from the university of Pavia, Italy. I was a visiting student in TU/e during my graduation project, I worked on event based consensus algorithms for mobile robots. I am currently doing my PhD at DSSC in the University of Groningen (RUG). I’m working on Cyber security solution for Cyber Physical System with application in smart energy and smart industry. My research interests are primarily in the field of networked and distributed control.

PhD defences February

University of Groningen

Candidate: Muhammad Zakiyullah Romdlony
Thesis: Stabilization with guaranteed safety of nonlinear systems
Promotor: prof Bayu Jayawardhana en prof Jacquelien Scherpen
Date: 16-02-2018
Location: Academiegebouw Groningen
Time: 14.30

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Anqi Fu
Thesis: Efficient wireless networked control. Towards practical event-triggered implementations
Promotor: Prof.dr. R. Babuška and M. Mazo
Date: 26-02-2018
Location: Aula Senaatszaal, Mekelweg 5 Delft

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