Newsletter June 2023

Message from the DISC Office

Dear all,

We have received seven course proposals for 2023-2024. We will make a start with the schedule for next year’s course program.

The DISC Summer School will take place in September this year. We have opened the registration page last week on the DISC course platform.

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Renate Kragtwijk,
DISC secretariat

Course program 2023-2024

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

We will be offering the following courses:

  • Learning & Adaptive Control
  • Linear Matrix Inequalities in Control
  • Mathematical Models of Systems
  • Model Predictive Control
  • Nonlinear Control Systems
  • Probabilistic Sensor Fusion
  • System Identification

More information will follow in the next newsletter(s).

Announcement Summer School “Control of Power and Energy Systems”

Ashish Cherukuri, Sergio Grammatico and Mircea Lazar have the pleasure to invite you to participate to the DISC Summer School “Control of Power and Energy Systems”, which will place from September 12-15, 2023, in NH Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

Control of Power and Energy Systems

Control is ubiquitous in modern power and energy systems across virtually all time scales and system sizes, from high efficiency multi-level power electronics to power generation and storage in smart power grids, as well as to coordination mechanisms in day-ahead and intra-day energy markets. The 2023 DISC Summer School aims at presenting the most relevant control and optimization methodologies in these application areas via tutorial lectures and research-oriented talks.

The main topics of this Summer School are:

– Control of Power Electronics and Power-Electronics-Dominated Systems

– Analysis and Control of Power Systems

– Optimization of Power Systems

– Coordination and Optimization of Energy Markets

The class will be a mix of lectures and tutorials with hands-on implementation of state-of-the-art algorithms. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their own research with the speakers and amongst each other.


The main program will consist of several international and national speakers. Confirmed keynote lectures are:

  • Prof. Kenneth Bruninx, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Yuri Dvorkin, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Prof. Tobias Geyer, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (online)
  • Prof. Enrique Mallada, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Prof. Aleksandra Lekic, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Nima Monshizadeh, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Phuong Nguyen, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Johannes Schiffer, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany
  • Prof. John Simpson-Porco, University of Toronto, Canada

Program DISC_Summer_School 2023

For more information, please visit the DISC Summer School website.


Please register for the Summer School on the DISC course platform.   The maximum number of participants is 50.

The registrations will be handled in order of arrival. When the maximum number of participants is reached the registrations will be closed.

Save the date – Benelux meeting on Systems and Control 2024

This edition of the Beneluxmeeting will be organized by the ELEC team of VUB and MECO team of KULeuven.

Date: March 26 – March 28, 2024

Place: FLoreal Blankenberge.

More information will follow.

New people

Wageningen University & Research

Name: Shang Wang
Starting date: 01-06-2023
Function: PhD
Group: WUR – Biometris
Supervisor: Prof. dr. PJA van Heijster, Prof. dr.  Xiaodong Cheng
Project: Scalable modelling and control of complex networked systems

Hi everyone, my name is Shang and I am from China. Recently I started working on a PhD project under the supervision of Prof. dr. P.J.A van Heijster and Prof. dr. Xiaodong Cheng at Biometris group of WUR. Before my PhD, I finished my master program at Technical University of Munich. I wrote two theses during my master program. One is about port-Hamiltonian modelling and discretization of spatial-continuous systems. The other is about the design of quadratic program for optimal control under prescribed-time stability constraints, safety constraints and linear input constraints. I hope to strengthen my academic abilities in the field of system control theories by participating in DISC courses and activities.

Eindhoven University of Technology

Name: Ruohan Wang
Starting date: 07-06-2023
Function: PhD
Group: Control Systems group – EE – TU/e
Supervisor: Sofie Haesaert, Zhiyong Sun
Project: SymAware

Ruohan Wang is commencing her doctoral studies as a fresh PhD student within the Control Systems group of the EE department, under the supervision of Associate Professor Sofie Haesaert and Associate Professor Zhiyong Sun. Before joining, she completed a dual-degree Master’s program, with her first year at KTH, where she specialized in electric power systems, and her second year at TUe, where her focus shifted to control systems. During the second year of her master’s studies, her thesis concentrated on the modeling and reduction of power flow systems using the Laplacian matrix. Throughout this research, she was guided by Associate Professor Zhiyong Sun and Full Professor Siep Weiland. Currently, her research is centered on developing discretization-free motion planning techniques for systems governed by linear temporal logic specifications, within the scope of SymAware.

Groningen University

Name: Atiyeh Karimi Pour
Starting date: 12-6-2023 – 10-12-2023
Function: visiting PhD Student from Tehran University
Group: Systems, Control and Applied Analysis — Bernoulli Institute Supervisor: Stephan Trenn
Project: Analyzing and designing controllers for switched-impulsive systems

The aim of the research is to design trajectory tracking controllers for nonlinear switched-impulsive systems. The results will be applied to a quadrotor slung load system.


PhD defences

Groningen University

Candidate: Tabitha Esteves Rosa
Thesis: Data-driven dissipativity analysis with quadratic difference form supply-rate functions and its applications
Promotor: Bayu Jayawardhana en Claudio De Persis
Date: 09-06-2023
Location: Aula Academiegebouw, Groningen
Time: 11.00

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Carlos Andrés Devia Pinzon
Group: TUD-3ME- DCSC
Thesis:Behaviour and Stability of Interconnected Systems: From Biological Applications to Opinion Dynamics Tamas Keviczky
Date: 12-06-2023
Location: Aula, TU Delft
Time: 12.30


Workshop Optimization at Bernoulli Institute took place June 18-20

The workshop Optimization at Bernoulli Institute took place on June 18-20 at the University of Groningen. There were 19 invited talks by researchers from Spain, France, Italy, Israel and several Dutch universities, which featured recent advances and trends in optimization, including variational analysis, iterative algorithms, operations research, dynamical systems and game theory.

The event, organized by Prof. J.G. Peypouquet, was originally intended to serve as the launch of a research collaboration plan between RUG and the University of Alicante, in Spain. More information can be found on the conference webpage.


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