Newsletter January 2023

Message from the DISC Office

Dear all,

Welcome to the January newsletter.

This year we organize the 42th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control  in Elspeet. Deadline for early registration is 5-2-2023. Sofar we have received over 200 abstracts and we count on a truly exiting meeting!  Please register via the Benelux Meeting website.

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Renate Kragtwijk,
DISC secretariat

Course program 2022-2023

Course program 2022-2023
You can register for the DISC courses via the DISC course platform.

The courses are held onsite in Utrecht, at Cursus- en vergadercentrum Domstad.

We are offering the following courses:

Mathematical Models of Systems
J.W. Polderman, University of Twente
S. Trenn, University of Groningen

Nonlinear Control Systems
B. Jayawardhana, University of Groningen
B. Besselink, University of Groningen

Design Methods for Control Systems
T. A.E. Oomen, Eindhoven University of Technology
J.W. van Wingerden, Delft University of Technology

Nonlinear Control for Performance: Frequency domain approach
M.F. Heertjes, Eindhoven University of Technology
H. HosseinNia, Delft University of Technology

Please register for Benelux Meeting 2023 – deadline early registration 5-2-2023

Benelux Meeting 2023
March 21- March 23, 2023
Elspeet, The Netherlands

Submission deadlines:

Registration Opens December 19, 2022
Notification of Acceptance February 3, 2023
Deadline Early Registration February 5, 2023
Deadline Final Abstract Submission February 17, 2023




New people

Name: Yang Wang
Starting date: 01-01-2023
Function: PhD
Group: TUD – 3ME – DCSC
Supervisor: Dr. Riccardo Ferrari

My name is Yang Wang, and I am the new PhD student in the group of Fault-Tolerant Control under the supervision of Dr. Riccardo Ferrari and co-supervision of Prof. Michel Verhaegen. I will start working at DCSC on 1 January 2023.

At DCSC, I will study data-driven system identification, learning-based control, and fault-tolerance algorithms, with applications on electrical vehicles.

Before coming here, I did a joint bachelor’s degree in China and Russia and had my master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Additionally, I did my MS Thesis as a visiting student at EPFL, Switzerland.

During my spare time, I love jogging, hiking, fitness, and playing badminton. I am excited to start this new journey here and looking forward to working, studying, and having a joyful time with you.


Name: David Chavez
Starting date: 15-01-2023
Function: PhD
Group: TUD – 3ME – DCSC
Supervisor: Dr. Matin Jafarian

I am David Chavez and I’m a doctoral candidate under Dr. Matin Jafarian supervision. I will be working on developing mathematical models, control-theory-based analyses and regulatory mechanisms of human memory.

I was born in Mexico, hold a bachelor degree in Physics from BUAP university and a MSc in Control and Dynamical Systems from the IPICYT Institute. For my bachelor thesis I designed and built a robotic model of a dragonfly wing and during my master’s degree I worked on multi-agent systems convergence by proportional-delayed control.

I have worked as a sub-editor in a science communication magazine, authored a short course on Maths for Lawyers, and have teaching experience at high-school level. I am an enthusiast of wildlife photography and even received an award in a scientific photography contest at iCASAT-2021 for a hummingbird photograph. I am  excited to work at TU Delft’s DCSC department.


Name: Jingyue Liu,
Starting date:01-01-2023
Function: PhD
Group: TUD-3ME-CoR
Supervisor: Prof. Cosimo Della Santina.

Hi, I am Jingyue Liu, from China. I got my master degree in robotics of TU Delft this year and will become a PhD student at CoR department from the first day of 2023. I am very happy to have this new chance in the same place to continue my research related to physics-informed deep learning and learning interpretable latent dynamics of system under the supervision of Prof. Cosimo Della Santina.

I like to cook and do some simple handicrafts in my spare time.


Name: Jagan Krishnasamy Balasubramanian
Starting date: 01-01-2023
Function: PhD
Group: TUD-3ME-CoR
Supervisor: Dr. Yasemin Vardar

I am Jagan KB. I am a biomedical engineer with an M.S. in applied mechanics from the Indian institute of technology madras and a bachelor’s in electronics and communication engineering. I am currently pursuing my P.h.D in haptics with Dr. Yasemin Vardar as my supervisor.

I am also an electronics hobbyist, history buff, and gamer. I love watching classical movies, anime, and TV series. I want to travel and explore Europe as much as possible during my Ph.D.


Name: Ruiyuan Li
Starting date: 01-02-2023
Function: PhD
Group: TUD – 3ME – DCSC
Supervisor: Manon Kok

Hi everyone! My name is Ruiyuan Li(睿元 李 in Chinese), and you can also call me Zoe. I will become a PhD student in the sensor AI lab this February, supervised by Manon and Ajay. My research is about using machine learning knowledge to enhance the current human motion estimation methods. I got my master’s degree in computer science in August 2022 at the
University of Twente in Enschede.

During my spare time, I take photos and read fiction and non-fiction novels. I started to learn Dutch and Japanese recently. I always feel happy to communicate with people.


Groningen University

Name: Muhammad Ridho Rosa
Starting date: 01-02-2023
Function: PhD
Group: Bayu Jayawardhana & Ming Cao
Supervisor: Bayu Jayawardhana & Ming Cao
Project: Distributed Cooperative Multi-Robot Control with Guaranteed Safety, Optimality and Performance.

Hi everyone, I am Ridho and I come from Indonesia. I got my bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the Institute of Technology Bandung and my master’s degree in Embedded Systems (Specialization in Systems and Control) from TU Delft. My PhD Project will focus on developing the distributed cooperative control for a multi-robot system. Here, the controller will consider the safety of each robot during the task while optimizing it. I will be supervised by Prof. Bayu Jayawardhana and Prof. Ming Cao in this project.

I love swimming, and I enjoy traveling to new places.


Eindhoven University of Technology

Name: Christian Portilla
Starting date: 01/01/2023
Function: Postdoc
Group: Control Systems – EE
Supervisor: Dr. Leyla Ozkan
Project:  Nonlinear Data Driven Modeling with Applications on Photosynthesis Regulation

My name is Christian Portilla, I come from Colombia. I  obtained the grade of Control Engineer and finished my Master’s studies in Industrial Automation. Within my master’s thesis, I formulated and validated mathematical models for multi-modal transportation. In 2015 I decided to start my doctoral studies in Civil Engineering to combine the expertise of the civil engineering department and applied mathematics.  As part of my doctorate, I did an internship for six months at the Delft University of Technology. As a result, in my thesis, I was able to design, develop, and implement a real-time urban traffic monitoring platform, where different data sources were integrated into a phenomenological model.

Currently, I am involved in the project Nonlinear Data-Driven Modeling with Applications on Photosynthesis Regulation as a post-doctoral researcher at TU/e.



PhD defences

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Abhimanyu Gupta
Group: 3ME – DCSC
Thesis: Max-plus algebraic hybrid automata: Beyond synchronisation and linearity
Promotores: T. van den Boom and B. De Schutter
Date: 30-01-2023
Location: Senaatszaal, Aula

Candidate: Twan Keijzer
Group: 3ME – DCSC
Thesis :Advances in Safety and Security of Cyber-Physical Systems – Sliding Mode Observers, Coalitional Control and Homomorphic Encryption
Promotores: J.W. van Wingerden and Dr. R. Ferrari
Date: 13-02-2023
Location: Senaatzaal, Aula
Time: 10:00

Wageningen University and Research

Candidate: Peter van Beveren
Group: WUR
Thesis: Optimal management of energy resources in greenhouse crop production systems
Promotores: E.J. van Henten, G. van Straten.
Co-promotor: Dr. J. Bontsema
Date: 31-01-2023
Location: WUR – Omnia Auditorium
Time: 16.00

Eindhoven University of Technology

Candidate: Patrick J.W. Koelewijn
Group: TU/e – Electrical Engineering
Thesis: Analysis and Control of Nonlinear Systems with Stability and Performance Guarantees – A Linear Parameter-Varying Approach
Promotor: Roland Toth
Date: 15-02-2023
Location: TU/e Atlas 0.710
Time: 16.00

Candidate: Alrianes A. Bachnas MSc.
Group: TU/e – Electrical Engineering
Thesis: Advancing Process Control using Orthonormal Basis Functions
Promotor: Prof dr. S. Weiland
Date: 17-02-2023
Location: TU/e Atlas 0.710
Time: 13.30


KIVI – Finalisten van de Prins Friso Ingenieursprijs zijn bekend!


EECI M16 – Control of Soft and Articulated Elastic Robots by Cosimo Della Santina (TU Delft), Alessandro De Luca (UniRome)

Cosimo Della Santina (TU Delft) and Alessandro De Luca (UniRome) give a course on
Control of Soft and Articulated Elastic Robots in Rome from 22/05/2023 – 26/05/2023

Early registration deadline: 19-03-2023

Program EECI M16
Complete EECI doctoral program


MyLeg Winter School February 14-15, 2023 Groningen (The Netherlands)

MyLeg Winter School February 14-15, 2023 Groningen (The Netherlands)

The MyLeg Winter School 2023 is a two days course to provide participants with a complete overview of research activities and challenges concerning lower-limb prostheses and their usage.
The school is organized within the scope of the Horizon2020 European project MyLeg ( and aims at sharing the developed knowledge and lesson learned by the MyLeg Consortium while developing a solid theoretical understanding and the enabling technologies for the realization of a new generation of powered transfemoral prosthetic legs.

Target Audience
The MyLeg Winter School is open for PhD candidates and Researchers whose technological/clinical research interest is in the field of lower-limb prostheses and/or wearable robotics.

The MyLeg Winter School will take place on February 14 and 15, 2023.

The MyLeg Winter School will be held on the Zernike Campus of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Address: Innovation Center Chemistry & Engineering, Blauwborgje 31, 9747 AC Groningen.

The MyLeg Winter School costs €150, including lectures, lunches, coffee breaks, and the social dinner on February 14th. Registration payment details will be sent on acceptance of participation. Accommodation and travel costs are not included. Cancellations are not eligible for a refund.

Applications should be submitted via email to Raffaella Carloni ( before January 20, 2023. All applicants must provide a free format letter (max. 1 page) describing their research and the motivation for attending the school (please specify which workshop you intend to attend and whether you want to bring a poster to present your research). The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 50. If more applications are received, participants will be selected according to the following criteria:
– Balancing between nationalities;
– Research area, background, and motivations as described in the submitted letter;
– Date of application submission.
Notification of acceptance will be sent on January 25, 2023. The final registration deadline is February 1, 2023. 

List of confirmed speakers
Dario Farina (Imperial College, United Kingdom)
Erik Prinsen (Roessingh Research and Development, The Netherlands)
Freygardur Thorsteinsson (Össur, Iceland)
Giacomo Selleri (University of Bologna, Italy)
Hans Rietman (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Harmen van der Linde (Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Jeroen Olsman (OIM Orthopedie, The Netherlands)
Louis Flynn (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium)
Nicola Vitiello (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy)
Paul Jutte (University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands)
Raffaella Carloni (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Ruud Leijendekkers (Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Tommaso Maria Brugo (University of Bologna, Italy)


CfP HSCC 2023 Posters/Demos. Deadline Feb 7th

I would like to bring your attention to the call for posters and demos for HSCC 2023, to take part in San Antonio, TX on the 9-12 May 2023.

All the information below can be also found at:

Deadline for submissions: February 7, 2023 (AOE)

Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC) 2023 is the 26th in a series of conferences focusing on original research on concepts, tools, and techniques from computer science, control theory, and applied mathematics for the analysis and control of hybrid dynamical systems with an emphasis on computational aspects. By drawing on strategies from computation and control, the hybrid systems field offers techniques that are applicable to both man-made cyber-physical systems (ranging from small robots to global infrastructure networks) and natural systems (ranging from biochemical networks to physiological models). The conference covers a wide spectrum of topics from theoretical results to practical considerations, and from academic research to industrial adoption.

Posters presented at the conference will provide an opportunity for conference attendees to interact with researchers in an informal setting. Posters may be about already accepted papers, ongoing research projects, discussions on new problem statements, or preview of late-breaking results. Demos will give the audience a closer look at tools and techniques, and offer an interactive experience with the demonstrated entities.

The selection criteria for acceptance will be: novelty, technical merit, relevance to HSCC and, especially for demos, details on the presentation. If desired and not previously published, abstracts up to 2 page in length describing the poster or demo will be included for publication in the electronic proceedings of HSCC.

These sessions are an excellent way to exchange ideas and for presenters to obtain feedback from the attendees. A Best Poster/Demo prize will be awarded and announced during the conference and on the website.

Submissions consist of an extended abstract of no more than two pages in the ACM template. The title of the submission should have the format: “Poster/Demo Abstract: <Paper title>”

Posters: Poster presentations do not have to describe completed work. Poster abstracts can report ongoing or preliminary research work, present case studies, or discuss new research directions.

Demos: Demo abstracts should describe both the technology that will be presented, as well as the user interface.

Please submit here:

Any questions should be addressed to the Poster/Demo Chair Stefanos Nikolaidis :

Call for papers MED’23: 31st Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation

MED’23: 31st Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation

26 – 29 June 2023, Limassol, Cyprus

MED2023 Site

The MED2023 Organizing Committee is looking forward to welcoming you to Limassol, Cyprus, to experience an excellent technical program and to enjoy the Cyprus hospitality.  The Conference will be held at the Grand Resort in Limassol with physical presence.  However, due to the current uncertainty worldwide, MED2023 will allow online participation for registrants whose home country will still have travel restrictions at the time of the conference.

The conference will include tutorials and workshops, a technical program of presentations, and keynote lectures covering a wide range of topics on intelligent systems, control, automation, communication, optimization and robotics. A tentative list of topics can be found on the pdf version of the call for papers.

Important Dates

Regular/Invited Paper Submission: January 15, 2023

Invited Session Proposals: January 15, 2023

Tutorial and Workshop Proposals: January 15, 2023

Extended Abstracts: February 15, 2023

Author Notification: April 7, 2023

Early Registration: April 15, 2023


ASCI course / A27 Fundamentals and Design of Blockchain-based Systems course

There are still a few available spots for ASCI A27 Fundamentals and Design of Blockchain-based Systems course that will take place on:


Monday February 6, 2023 / start around 10.00 hours until

Friday February 10, 2023 / finish after lunch.


WestCord Hotel Delft
Olof Palmestraat 2, Delft

For more information and to register for this course, please visit the ASCI website.

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