Newsletter July 2018

Message from the DISC office

This is the last newsletter before the summer break. We will keep it short but we would like you to know that the registration for the DISC course program will open on August 1.

Enjoy the summer and see you in September!

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

DISC course program 2018-2019- REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 1

This fall the following courses are scheduled:

Adaptive Control (September 3, 10 and 17)
S. Baldi and B. Fidan

Computational Linear Algebra: a least squares perspective:  (October 1, 8 and 15)
M. Verhaegen and B. De Moor

Underactuated Mechanical Systems: motion planning, motion representation and motion control methods (November 12 and 19)
A. Shiriaev and A. Pogromskiy

Veni grant for Carlas Smith (TUD-DCSC)

Bart de Schutter new department chairman DCSC (TUD)

Postdoc positions open at KU Leuven

KU Leuven (Belgium), Department of Mechanical Engineering, is looking for PhD and postdoc candidates in the field of systems and control:

MECO team (

-Postdoc position on robust optimal feedback control design methodologies for multivariate mechatronic systems:

-PhD position on multi-system learning control for interconnected mechatronic systems:

Remark: postdocs with a strong interest in this topic, may also contact us

Robotics team (

– PhD position on discrete task-level robot programming and world modelling:

-Postdoc position on discrete task-level robot programming and world modelling:

– PhD position on generalizing human-demonstrated robot skills:

-Postdoct position on generalizing human-demonstrated robot skills:


New people

University of Groningen

Hi, I am Sumon Hossain from Bangladesh. I have graduated in Mathematics. The title of my MPhil thesis was ” Efficient solution of Lyapunov equation for descriptor system and application to Model order reduction “. I recently joined as a PhD student at the University of Groningen and my research topic is to find the Model reduction of switched systems.

PhD defences July

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Shuai Yuan
Group: DCSC
Thesis: Control of Switched Linear Systems: Adaptation and Robustness
Promotor: B. De Schutter and S. Baldi
Date: 5-7-2018
Location: Aula Senaatszaal, Mekelweg 5
Time: 10.00

Candidate: M. Bharatheesha
Group: CoR
Thesis: Sampling-based Motion Planning in Configuration and State Spaces – using Supervised Learning Tools
Promotor: M. Wisse
Date: 4-7-2018
Location: Aula Senaatszaal, Mekelweg 5
Time: 12.30

University of Groningen

Candidate: Erik Weitenberg
Group: ENTEG
Thesis: “Control of electrical networks robustness and power sharing”
Promotor: prof.dr. Claudio De Persis en Dr Pietro Tesi
Date: 10-7-2018
Location: Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5 in Groningen
Time: 11.00

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