Newsletter June 2018

Message from the DISC office

Dear all,

The DISC course program 2018-2019 is starting to take shape and we hope to have it ready in a couple of weeks. With the Summer School behind us we are also planning a Winter Course, so stay tuned for that as well!

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

DISC courses

We are still working on the course program for 2018-2019. New is that Hans Stigter and Karel Keesman (Wageningen University & Research) will be offering a course on Optimal Experiment Design in Winter 2019.

  • Adaptive Control
    Simone Baldi (TUD) and Baris Fidan (University of Waterloo)
  • Energy-based Modeling and Control
    Stefano Stramigioli (UT) and Arjan van der Schaft (RUG)
  • Nonlinear Control Systems
    Bayu Jayawardhana and Bart Besselink (RUG)
  • Design Methods for Control Systems
    Tom Oomen (TUe) and Jan Willem van Wingerden (TUD)

DISC Summer School 2018: Machine Learning for Control






After months of preparation the DISC Summer School finally started on June 18, at the NH Atlantic in Kijkduin. From the start it was clear that “Machine Learning for Control” was a popular topic and in the end we had 59 participants. There were many DISC PhD’s but also people from Germany, Italy, Romania, Ireland and Korea.






The organizers were Jens Kober (TUD), Roland Toth (TUe) and Robert Babuska (TUD) and they succeeded in creating a good mix of lectures, discussion and tutorials. There were also plenty of opportunities for the participants to get to know each other. Very notable were the Pecha Kucha sessions, during which the participants each presented themselves through 5 slides that were shown for 20 seconds each. This was very entertaining and it really helped to break the ice.







The lecturers were:

  • Wolfram Burgard, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Gerhard Neumann, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Melanie Zeilinger, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Alessandro Chiuso, University of Padova, Italy
  • Guido de Croon, Delft University of Technology, NL

We can look back at another very sucessful edition of the DISC Summer School!

2nd INCITE Summer School on Smart Energy Systems, July 9-11, 2018, Delft, The Netherlands

Within the framework of the INCITE training network on “Innovative controls for renewable source integration into smart energy systems (INCITE)”, a summer school will be organized aimed at large-scale systems, distributed control, power electronics, power systems, and other subjects related to smart grids.

The summer school will take place from July 9 to 11 , 2018 in Delft, The Netherlands.

The registration fee is 150 EUR. More information can be found at

2017 IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award for Stefano Stramigioli







During the 2018 International Conference on Robotics and Automation Geert Folkertsma and Stafano Stramigioli received the 2017 IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award for their paper “A Robotic Bird of Prey”.

Descartes Excellence Fellowship for Maolong Lyu (TUD DCSC)

Maolong has presented a project on adaptive control of cooperative vehicles: the scholarship will allow him to execute the project in cooperation with University of Grenoble.

Positions open at Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM) Lab of the University of Twente

There is an opening for 6 positions in the ERC Advance Grant PortWings project of Prof. S.Stramigioli at the Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM) Lab of the University of Twente:

• PostDoc 1: Aerodynamics and Continuous Mechanics
• PostDoc 2: Port-Hamiltonian Modeling and Control
• Ph.D. student 1: Aerodynamics and Continuous Mechanics
• Ph.D. student 2: Port-Hamiltonian Modeling and Control
• Ph.D. student 3: Innovative Mechanical Design
• Ph.D. student 4: Advanced Fabrication

All details about the conditions, host institution, and other information related to the positions, the project and the application form can be found at the project webpage at

Note: Applications that are submitted in any other way will not be considered.

New people

Hi, I am Amin Sharifi Kolarijani. I have just joined DCSC as a PhD student to work under supervision of Professors Keviczky and Mohajerin Esfahani. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Control Systems and a Master’s degree in Bio-electrics. I spent last couple of years as a researcher at New Hearing Technologies Research Center, Iran, working on nonlinear EEG analysis for seizure prediction

My name is Manon and I joined the department on April 1st. I lived abroad for the past 6.5 years, during which I got my PhD in Automatic Control from Linköping University in Sweden and did a postdoc in the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at the University of Cambridge, UK. Before starting my PhD I worked as a Research Engineer at Xsens Technologies in Enschede. I have MSc-degrees from the University of Twente in Applied Physics and in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society.

My research interests lie in the fields of probabilistic modelling for sensor fusion and signal processing. I am specifically interested in using inertial sensors and magnetometers for indoor localisation and for tracking (human) motion.

In my spare time I like reading books, rowing, dancing, traveling and meeting up with friends.

University of Groningen

Hi! I am Tábitha Esteves Rosa. I am from Brazil, where I received my BSc degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the Federal Center for Technological Education of Minas Gerais (CEFET-MG) and my MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). During my bachelor, I have studied the problem of control by decoupling and automation of an interactive system of tanks. For my master thesis, I have studied robust control systems and I have developed gain-scheduled output-feedback control techniques for linear systems affected by time-varying parameters. I am now starting a PhD at the University of Groningen under the supervision of prof. Bayu Jayawardhana. My thesis is going to be a part of the STW Smart Industry 2016 project on “Integrating models and real-time data for zero-defect manufacturing control systems”, where I am going to develop novel integrated data-driven and model-based control algorithms to be applied in such context.

I am Krishna from India. I did my Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology- Madras, India. My research interests are broadly in the areas of nonlinear control systems, optimization theory and
reinforcement learning with applications in Engineering. More specifically, during my doctoral research
I have focused on passivity based methods, applied to systems modeled in a Brayton-Moser framework,
for purposes of control and optimization. In the past, I have also worked on modeling and control of
mechanical systems in a differential geometric framework. Currently, I am researching on passivity-based control methods and towards their application on smart grids.

PhD defences June

University of Groningen

Candidate: Hadi Taghvafard
Thesis: Modeling, analysis, and control of biological oscillators
Promotor: Ming Cao en Jacquelien Scherpen
Date: 22-06-2018
Location: Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5 in Groningen.
Time: 14:30

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: K. Xi
Group: DIAM/Mathematical Physics
Thesis: Power System Stability and Frequency Control for Transient Performance Improvement
Promotor: H.X. Lin en J.H. van Schuppen
Date: 20 June 2018
Location: Aula
Time: 12.30

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