Newsletter March 2017

Message from the DISC office

Dear all,

Welcome to the March edition of the DISC newsletter. Spring will start on March 20 and at DISC we appropriately also start our Spring semester that day, with the courses Design Methods for Control Systems and Distributed Parameter Systems. The latter will be offered as an 8 week course for the first time.

The Benelux meeting is coming up and during that meeting we will also award the DISC certificates and announce the winner of the Best Thesis 2016. Staff members are also cordially invited to the DISC MT meeting, which will take place on Wednesday March 29. We hope to see many of you in person in Spa!

Best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

Upcoming DISC courses

In March the following DISC course will start:

Design Methods for Control Systems
(M. Steinbuch and G. Meinsma)
(three places left!)

Distributed Parameter Systems
(H. Zwart and A. Ran)

Register via the DISC course platform or email

This Academic year the following courses are scheduled:

Linear Matrix Inequalities for Control
Computational Linear Algebra, A least squares perspective
Mathematical Models of Systems
Modeling and Control of Hybrid Systems
Nonlinear Control Systems
Design Methods for Control Systemss
Distributed Parameter Systems
Automatic Verification and Synthesis of Complex Systems


The courses are taught at cursus en vergadercentrum Domstad in Utrecht, location Koningsbergerstraat 9. For more information see their website.

36th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control

The Organizing Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 36th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control to be held at “Sol-Cress”, Spa, Belgium, on March 28 – 30, 2017.

The aim of this meeting is to promote research activities and cooperation between researchers in Systems and Control. It is the thirty-sixth in a series of annual conferences that are held alternately in Belgium and The Netherlands. The meeting takes place under the auspices of the DYSCO (Dynamical Systems, Control and Optimisation) network and is organized by UCLouvain.

Check the website for more information

DISC MT Meeting

During the Benelux Meeting we will organize our yearly MT meeting and we cordially invite all staff members to join.
The MT meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday March 29, from 21.30 to 22.30.

Important agenda items:
-overview 2016
-recent developments: DISC as of 2017 on and the renewal of the “gemeenschappelijke regeling”

DISC Summer School 2017

The invitation is aimed at research students, staff members, researchers and engineers engaged in the systems and control area. Distinguished speakers will each present a series of tutorial lectures.

Privacy, Safety, and Security in Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems

The increasing adoption of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and internet-of-things (IoT) introduces new control problems beyond the traditional tasks of stabilization and optimization. Some of the control challenges are related to the operation of future, highly interconnected CPS in a safety- or mission-critical environment, and to the protection of security and privacy where sensor and actuator data, and other control parameters are communicated in a networked CPS. Recent denial-of-service attacks to critical infrastructure and several accidents involving autonomous cars are some of the instances where new theoretical developments in the systems and control field are needed.

In this summer school program, we will present recent developments towards this endeavor and particular attention will be given to:

  • differential privacy concept in a control and networked systems context
  • analysis and design of resilient and secure control systems
  • safety control of CPS

The lectures contain both recent control theoretical development, as well as, applications.


The main program will consist of a number of international and national speakers. Keynote lectures will be given by:

  • Jerome Le Ny, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
  • Fabio Pasqualetti, University of California, USA
  • Rafael Wisniewski, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Yiannis Papadopoulos, University of Hull, United Kingdom
  • Henrik Sandberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

and complemented by talks given by various DISC lecturers:

  • Manuel Mazo, Delft University of Technology, NL
  • Peyman Mohajerin Esfahani, Delft University of Technology, NL
  • Claudio de Persis, University of Groningen, NL


The registration fee, which includes full board and lodging, is

  • 800,- euro for DISC students/members (until May 1, 2017-early bird) and 950,- euro (after May 1, 2017)
  • 1000,- euro for non-DISC members (until May 1, 2017-early bird) and 1150,- euro (after May 1, 2017)

For more information about the accommodation arrangements please refer to the website

The school is limited to 45 participants based on a first-come first-serve policy. The registration deadline is June 19, 2017 (Early bird deadline May 1, 2017).

You can register at the following website: Non DISC members can also send an email to: (Please mention your full name and university including address).

For further information, contact the DISC administrative office: Martha Otte ( or the organizers: Bayu Jayawardhana (; Ming Cao ( and Tamas Keviczky (

20th anniversary Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics

This year on October 24, the Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an inspiring scientific and festive programme. All alumni, staff members, PhD students, Post-Docs, industrial partners, academic colleagues, and policy makers are cordially invited. You can find more information in this PDF: Engineering Mechanics Anniversary.

Use this link to register:

New people

Introduction:     “My name is Kirill Rogov. I have degree of Master of Science received at UPC (BarcelonaTech) in Spain and an engineering degree from State University of Aerospace Instrumentation in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Now, I am a Ph.D. candidate at TU/e and a member of the UCoCoS project. My project is related to analytical and numerical bifurcation analysis of delay-coupled systems.”

Introduction:     I am Wouter Schinkel and I am working as a PhD student at the Eindhoven University of Technology as of 15 February 2017 (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, department Dynamics & Control). Within the i-Cave project I am going to work on Cooperative Vehicle Control. I did both my bachelor and master in Mechanical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. During the graduation project of my bachelor I focused on four-wheel steering for Nuna (Solar vehicle). In my master thesis I investigated an electromagnetic active suspension system. In addition, I investigated the ride comfort based on a multi-body vehicle model including the developed active suspension model. In my spare time I like to cycle and perform sportive activities in general. Recently, I also joined a salsa course

PhD defenses

University of Twente

Candidate: Geert Folkertsma
Group: Robotics and Mechatronics, CTIT Institute, UT
Thesis: Energy-based and biomimetic robotics
Promotor: Stefano Stramigioli; Co-promotor: Arjan van der Schaft (RuG)
Date: Friday 21 April 2017
Location: Berkhoffzaal, Waaier 4
Time: 16:45

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Hans Verstraete.
Group: DCSC
Thesis: Optimization-based adaptive optics for optical coherence tomography
Promotor: M. Verhaegen
Date: March 15, 2017
Location: Aula Senaatszaal, Mekelweg 5
Time: 10.00-12.00

Eindhoven University of Technology

Candidate: Niek Borgers
Group: Control Systems Technology
Thesis: Event-Triggered Control with Robust Communication and Guaranteed Performance
Promotor: W.P.M.H. Heemels and R. Postoyan
Date: 3 April 2017
Location: Eindhoven University of Technology, Auditorium 4
Time: 16h00

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