Newsletter November 2016

Message from the DISC office

Dear all,

Welcome to the DISC newsletter of November 2016. The DISC course program got off to a good start on November 7 with the courses “Linear Matrix Inequalities for Control”  and “Computational Linear Algebra”. For all the courses we have already received many registrations so please register in time if you are interested! On December 7 the DISC Winter course will start. There is a group of more then twenty participants but if you are interested in joining we can accommodate a few more.

In December the TU Delft is organizing a workshop “Advanced Methods in Building Diagnostics and Maintenance” and in February 2017 the ICMS Winter School will take place at the University of Eindhoven. Of course the annual Benelux Meeting is coming up in March, so please mark your calendars. We are also working on the new DISC Summer School, more on that soon!

Best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat


Upcoming DISC courses

So far registrations for the DISC courses have exceeded our expectations. We are pleased about this but it also meant that the registration for the course Linear Matrix Inequalities in Control had to be closed. For the rest of the courses we have been able to upgrade to a larger lecture room but hopefully further disappointment will be avoided. It remains advisable to register in time if you are interested in taking a course.

In January 2017 the following DISC courses will start:

Mathematical Models of Systems
(J.W. Polderman and K. Camlibel)

Modeling and Control of Hybrid Systems
(B. De Schutter and W.P.M.H. Heemels)

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.

DISC Winter Course on System Identification in the Life Sciences

The DISC winter course will be held on Wednesday December 7 and Thursday December 8, 2016. The location will be Wageningen University. The organisers are dr. ir. J.D. Stigter and dr. ir. K.J. Keesman.

System Identification in the Life Sciences

Recent developments in biology and, more general, the Life Sciences, have led to increasingly complex models of biological systems that exhibit non-linear and complex behaviour. The modelling of these kind of systems requires advanced tools that allow model development and model selection. Calibration and validation of these models is most of the time not easy. A technique like parameter estimation is an essential tool to deal with these kind of systems. In this course an introduction to this topical field of research is given. The course will include

  • Model development in Systems Biology via case studies (a.o., gene transcription modelling, network reconstruction, chemotaxis modelling, nerve conduction modelling, …)
  • Linear and non-linear system identification techniques
  • Parameter estimation techniques (including, sensitivity/uncertainty analysis, identifiability of non-linear systems)
  • Experimental design

The course will include a computer practical in Matlab, to provide the participants with some hands-on experience.
The program is now also available: Program Winter Course 2016-2017


Jaap Molenaar is professor in Applied Mathematics and head of the department Biometris at Wageningen University and Research

You can obtain 1 ECTS for attending the DISC Winter Course. Please note that you have to be present at all sessions  in order to obtain the credits.

Registration and fee
Registration fee for taking or auditing a full course is € 250. This fee is waived for DISC members. There are a few places left! If you are interested in joining, send an email to

Benelux Meeting 2017

Mark your calendars! The 36th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control will take place from Tuesday March 28 till Thursday March 30, 2017 in conference center Sol cress, Spa, Belgium.

More information on the program and registration will follow.

Workshop “Advanced methods in building diagnostics and maintenance” at TU Delft

On Friday December 2 DCSC and Honeywell Research labs are organizing a workshop for “advanced methods in building diagnostics and maintenance”. Please see the program. The workshop belongs to the dissemination activities of the EU FP7 project AMBI, however, results beyond the project scope will be presented as well.

Date: December 2
Time: 9:30 – 12:00
Location: Lagerhuysch, Faculty 3mE, Mekelweg 2, Delft

The participation is free of charge and there is no need to register.

ICMS Complexity Science Winter School at TU Eindhoven

The ICMS Complexity Winter School will take place from February 13-17, 2017 at the TU Eindhoven.
The Winter school introduces complexity science with applications in the engineering, the biological and related sciences. The winter school is open for a non-specialist audience and lectures will be given at a master/PH.D. level. Participation to the meeting is free of charge. The registration deadline is December 15, 2016.

See the web page for more information, the complete program and the registration form.

Positions open at Tilburg School of Economics and Management

The Tilburg School of Economics and Management has a several (tenure track) positions for assistant and associate professors.
More information is available here.


New people

Eindhoven University of Technology

In the LED it be 50%-project we are aiming to reduce energy use of greenhouse horticulture by 50%, with the smart use of LED light. The program is executed by a wide consortium of Dutch universities (WUR, UU, TU Delft, UL, TU/e). In the project my focus will be on maximizing the benefits of LED light as additional input through various control strategies such as Receding Horizon Optimal Control.

PhD defenses

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Kim Verbert
Group: DCSC
Thesis: Fault diagnosis and maintenance optimization for interconnected systems, with applications to railway and climate control
Promotor: B. De Schutter and Prof.dr. R. Babuška
Date: 22-11-2016
Time: 15.00-17.00
Location: Aula Senaatszaal, Mekelweg 5

Candidate: Renshi Luo
Group: DCSC
Thesis: Multi-Agent Control of Urban Transportation Networks and of Hybrid Systems with Limited Information Sharing
Promotor: B. De Schutter
Date: 30-11-2016
Time: 10.00-12.00
Location: Aula Senaatszaal, Mekelweg 5

Candidate: Sachin Navalkar
Group: DCSC
Thesis: Iterative Data-driven Load Control for Flexible Wind Turbine Rotors
Promotor: G.A.M. van Kuik, J.W. van Wingerden
Date: 06-12-2016
Time: 10.00-12.00
Location: Frans van Hasseltzaal, Mekelweg 5

Candidate: Mohammad Shahbazi Aghbelagh
Group: DCSC
Thesis: A Template-Based Control Architecture for Dynamic Legged Locomotion
Promotor: Prof.dr. R. Babuška and dr. G.Delgado Lopes
Date: 07-12-2016
Time: 12.30-14.30
Location: Aula Senaatszaal, Mekelweg 5

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