Newsletter July 2020

Message from the DISC office

This academic year is almost finished and you are probably looking forward to a well deserved Summer holiday. The past few months have asked a lot of everyone’s flexibility and resourcefulness and some rest is welcome. In September we will start again, though a return to normal will not be possible for some time.

Our DISC course program for 2020-2021 is ready. We have decided to offer all Fall courses online. From January onward  we have planned to resume teaching in Utrecht. We are aware that circumstances may arise which will force us to change these plans and we will do so if necessary.

A major event for DISC in 2021 is of course the European Control Conference.  The ECC 2021 will have a hybrid format and we will set up an online conference but also plan to welcome as many of you as possible in De Doelen in Rotterdam. The website for the ECC 2021 is now launched and the submission will open in September.

Enjoy the Summer!

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

DISC course program 2020-2021

The DISC course program 2020-2021 is ready! We have decided to offer all Fall courses online. The courses in the Winter and Spring trimester will be planned in Utrecht. The 1,5 meters restriction has implications for the number of people that we can fit into one lecture room  so we are keeping in touch with cursus en vergadercentrum Domstad to see how that situation evolves.

You will find the course schedule here. Registration will open around August 1, 2020 on the DISC course platform.

In the Fall the following courses are scheduled:

Model Reduction for Control, from Linear to Nonlinear Systems ONLINE (September 7 until September 28, 2020)
J. Scherpen
K. Fujimoto

System Identification ONLINE (September 14 until November 2, 2020)
P. Van den Hof
J. Schoukens
G. Bottegal

Input Design and Parameter Estimation for Non-Linear Systems ONLINE (November 16 until December 7, 2020)
H. Stigter
K. Keesman

IFAC Journal Paper Awards for TU/e CS researchers

Two CS researchers have been successful in obtaining Best Paper Awards of IFAC Journals in their respective domains.





Assistant Professor Leyla Özkan received the Best Paper Award for the Best Survey paper published in the IFAC Journal of Process Control in the triennium 2017-2019, for the survey paper written with her former PhD student Bahadir Saltik:
M.B. Saltik, L. Özkan, J.H.A. Ludlage, S. Weiland and P.M.J. Van den Hof. An outlook on robust model predictive control algorithms: reflections on performance and computational aspects. Review Paper, Journal of Process Control, Vol. 61, pp. 77-102, January 2018.

The awards will be presented during the online awards session of the 21st IFAC World Congress, Berlin, Germany, 12-17 July 2020.

Tamas Keviczky (TUD) and team win the International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

Read more here:

Job openings

Wageningen University

Postdoc control and decision support in greenhouse cultivation

University of Groningen

Associate or Full Professor in Optimization

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Data-driven Control

KU Leuven

Position Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Computational Machine Learning

New people

Delft University of Technology

My name is Tom. I studied mechanical engineering in Delft and I will now join CoR to explore how we can use data to provide feedback to drivers, with the aim of improving safety. During this project I will be supervised by Joost, who also guided me during my master thesis. In that project we worked on a vibrotactile interface that communicated a vehicle’s observations and uncertainties to the driver.

A personal introduction: I am 26 years old, born in Noordwijk and I now live in the Hague with three friends. I grew up near the beach, and that is still where I like to spend most of my spare time. My favorite hobby is kiteboarding, I also love basketball and I recently picked up paragliding.

Eindhoven University of Technology

My name is Viral Gosar and I am from India. I have been in Europe since 2017, first in Prague and recently in the Netherlands to pursue my dual masters respectively in the field of automotive. Now, I will be joining the D&C group as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. dr. H. Nijmeijer and Dr. ir. I.J. M. Besselink. My role will be focused on autonomous driving of articulated commercial vehicle at distribution centres.

Hi everyone! My name is Maarten Jongeneel and I will start my PhD within the D&C group at June 1st. Originally I’m from Nieuwegein (near Utrecht) but moved to Eindhoven when I started my bachelor Mechanical Engineering in 2014. In 2017 I started my master Mechanical Engineering within the D&C group. At the same time, I started working as a design engineer at Prodrive Technologies. In March 2020 I graduated from my masters with the project “Model-Based Visual Object Tracking with Collision Models” where I created an object tracking algorithm using computer vision and impact models. This thesis was already related to the H2020 I.AM. EU project coordinated by the TU/e ( and during my PhD I will continue with this project. In my free time I like to play sports (volleyball, bouldering, tennis, road cycling) and I often play the piano.

PhD defences

Eindhoven University of Technology

Candidate: Giuseppe Belgioioso
Group: Control Systems
Thesis: Equilibrium Seeking in Generalized Network Games: An Operator Theoretic Approach
Promotor: prof.dr. Siep Weiland
Date: 1 July 2020
Location: online
Time: 16.00 h.

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