Newsletter March 2019

Message from DISC office

Welcome to the March newsletter! The Benelux Meeting starts tomorrow  so hopefully we will see many of you there in person. We will award the DISC certificates and of course announce the winner of the DISC Best Thesis Award 2018. On Wednesday there is a DISC MT meeting for all staff members. We would also like to discuss to course program 2019/2020 so if would like to offer a course, please let us know!

We are happy to announce that the registration for the DISC Summer School “When game Theory meets Systems and Control” is now open. Read more about this further on in the newsletter!

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

Upcoming DISC courses

In April 2019 the following class will start:

Linear Matrix Inequalities in Control
S. Weiland

In May we will offer:

Design Methods for Control Systems
T. Oomen
J.W. van Wingerden

Energy Based Modeling and Control
S. Stramigioli
A. van der Schaft

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

Summer School DISC 2019 “When Game Theory meets Systems and Control”



Jacob Engwerda and Dario Bauso have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the DISC Summer School “When game Theory meets Systems and Control”, which is scheduled to take place from June 17-20, 2019, at NH Leeuwenhorst, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.The invitation is aimed at PhD and research students, staff members, researchers and engineers engaged in the systems and control area. Distinguished speakers will present a series of tutorial lectures.

Since 1990, DISC has successfully organized yearly summer schools on various topics pertinent to theoretical and practical aspects of systems and control, with an international audience of about 40-60 participants. Together with the graduate course program that is maintained by DISC, the summer schools form part of the educational facilities that DISC offers to PhD students in systems theory and control engineering. The main goal of the summer schools is to familiarize young researchers with recent developments in systems and control as well as in neighboring disciplines, and to provide them with the opportunity to enjoy, in an informal atmosphere, discussions with top researchers in systems and control. The summer schools also provide an opportunity for DISC staff members and others to upgrade their knowledge of specific areas of interest.

Game Theory
This summer school aims to provide on the one hand an overview of different types of modeling approaches and tools which have been developed in game theory for various kind of coordination and allocation problems. On the other hand the aim is to show the ways in which, within different areas of control engineering, multi-actor problems are dealt with.

Three main objectives of this Summer School are:

  • To expose the students to a variety of modeling approaches to simulate competition in engineering systems
  • To provide the students with a better understanding of analysis and design of multi-agent systems
  • To improve the students’ coding capabilities and numerical/analytical insights in game theoretic engineering applications.

The class will be a mix of lectures and tutorials. The Summer School ends with a project on consensus and opinion dynamics. Students may hand in a report on this project for an informative assessment. The lectures will include examples of applications, demonstrations and hands on exercises, wherever possible. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their own research with the speakers and amongst each other.

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

  • Tamer Basar, University of Illinois, USA
  • Fabio Fagnani, Politechnico di Torino, IT
  • Herbert Hamers, Tilburg University, NL
  • Ming Cao, University of Groningen, NL
  • Dario Bauso, University of Groningen, NL

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

  • 800,- Euro for DISC students/members (until May 5, 2019-early bird) and 950,- Euro (after May 5, 2019)
  • 1000,- Euro for non-DISC members (until May 5, 2019-early bird) and 1150,- Euro (after May 5, 2019)

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

The school is limited to 50 participants based on a first-come first-serve policy. The registration deadline is June 3, 2019 (Early bird deadline May 5, 2019).

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

For further information, contact the DISC administrative office: Martha Otte ( or the organizers: Jacob Engwerda ( and  Dario Bauso (

38th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control

The organizers have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 38th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control. The meeting will be held from March 19 – 21, 2019 in  “Center Parcs De Vossemeren”, Lommel, Belgium,

The aim of this meeting is to promote research activities and cooperation between researchers in Systems and Control. It is the thirty-eighth in a series of annual conferences that are held alternately in Belgium and The Netherlands. The meeting is organized by KU Leuven.

You will find more information on the website: which is continuously updated.

3rd IFAC Workshop on Linear Parameter-Varying Systems (LPVS’19), Eindhoven, Netherlands

The Organizing Committee has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the 3rd IFAC Workshop on Linear Parameter-Varying Systems (LPVS’19) to be held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, November 4-6, 2019.

The workshop aims at attracting researchers interested in the field of Linear Parameter-Varying systems and their applications in engineering problems, as well as experts interested in discussing new trends, exchange new ideas, establish fruitful contacts, and promote interactions among relevant fields of interest. Submissions dealing with the application of LPV modelling and control approaches to emerging applications and industrial contributions are strongly encouraged together with tutorials and software demonstrations.

PROGRAM AND PLENARY SPEAKERS: Please visit the conference website for an up-to-date list of plenary speakers and the workshop program:


April 4, 2019: Draft paper submission deadline

June 4, 2019: Acceptance notification, registration opens

July 4, 2019: Final manuscript submission deadline

Bart De Schutter (TUD) becomes IEEE fellow

The IEEE is the world’s largest association of technical professionals with more than 423 000 members in over 160 countries. Its objectives are the educational and technical advancement of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering and allied disciplines.

Becoming an IEEE Fellow is IEEE’s highest honor. Bart De Schutter received the honor because of his contributions to control of discrete-event and hybrid systems.

Sander Wahls (TUD) promoted to Associate Professor

Sander Wahls received his PhD from TU Berlin in 2011. He joined DCSC as an assistant professor in 2014. His research is focused on computational methods in signal processing and control, currently in the areas of integrable systems, nonlinear Fourier transforms and their application in engineering problems. He received the 2015 Johann-Philipp-Reis Award for his work on fast nonlinear Fourier transforms. In 2016, the European Research Council (ERC) awarded him a Starting Grant on the same topic. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Stefano Stramigioli (UT) appointed as KHMW member

Inaugural lecture David Abbink (TUD)

New people

Delft University of Technology

Name: Michael Wiertlewski
Starting date: 01-03-2019
Function: Assistant Professor
Group: CoR

Michael Wiertlewski earned his Ph.D. degree in 2011 from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie under the auspices of the Laboratoire d’Intégration des Systèmes et des Technologies of the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA-LIST) in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France. His doctoral thesis, received the recognition of the Eurohaptic Society PhD Award and the Best Thesis award from the Groupement de Recherche Robotique (GdR). In 2012, he joined the Neuroscience and Robotics (NxR) lab at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA where he studied the physics of ultrasonic friction modulation. Before joining TU Delft, he was Research Scientist at CNRS with the Biorobotics group of the Aix-Marseille University. During this time, he received the Early Career Award from the Technical Committee on Haptics in 2017. He is scientific advisor for Actronika SA where he advises on the implementation of control strategies for high-fidelity vibrotactile applications.
His research interests include the design of tactile interfaces, physics of the skin-surface interaction, and the perception of tactual textures.On the personal side, when he is not fixing things around the house (and car and bikes…), he enjoys hiking and biking with his wife and two children.

University of Groningen

Xuegang Tan received the B.S. degree from the Hubei University for Nationalities, Enshi, China, in 2012 and the M.S. degree from the Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications,Chongqing, China, in 2016. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree with the Southeast University, Nanjing, China.His current research interests include cooperative control of multiagent systems, complex network systems, and hybrid control systems.

PhD defences March

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: A. Sharifi Kolarijani
Thesis: Applications of Trajectory-Based Analysis in Optimization and Control
Promotor: T. Keviczky
Date: 12-3-2019
Location: Aula, TU Delft
Time: 12:30

Candidate:Y. Huang
Group: TUD-AE
Thesis: Incremental nonlinear control of hydraulic parallel Robots – A case study
Promotor: Prof. dr. ir. M. Mulder
Date: 18-3-2019
Location: Aula, TU Delft
Time: 15:00

Candidate: Y. Zhang
Group: TUD-AE
Thesis: Database-driven Online Safe Flight Envelope Prediction and Protection for Enhance Aircraft Fault Tolerance
Promotor: Prof. dr. ir. M. Mulder
Date: 20-3-2019
Location: Aula, TU Delft
Time: 10:00

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