Newsletter November 2017

Message from the DISC office

Dear all,

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

Upcoming DISC courses

In January 2018 the following DISC courses will start:

Mathematical Models of Systems
J.W. Polderman and H. Trentelman

Nonlinear Control Systems
B. Jayawardhana
B. Besselink

This academic year the following courses are scheduled:

Model reduction for Control, from Linear to Nonlinear Systems

Adaptive Control
Linear Matrix Inequalities in Control
Mathematical Models of Systems
Nonlinear Control Systems
Multi-agent Network Dynamics and Games
Design Methods for Control Systems
System Identification


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

DISC information brochure 2017-2018

The DISC information brochure is now available here. The secretariat of the DISC groups will also receive printed copies so if you are interested you can also pick up one there.

37th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control

Important dates

Abstract Submission Opens     December 1, 2017
Registration Opens                  January 8, 2018
Deadline Abstract Submission  January 22, 2018
Notification of Acceptance        February 5, 2018
Deadline Final
Abstract Submission               February 19, 2018
Deadline Early Registration      February 7, 2018


Murat Arcak

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Berkeley University California, USA

Professor Arcak will give a minisymposium.

The topic will be announced soon.

Dongheui Lee

Associate Professor, Human-Centered Assistive Robotics, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Technical University of Munich, Germany

Professor Lee will give a plenary lecture.

The topic will be announced soon.

Tamas Keviczky

Associate Professor, Delft Center for Systems and Control
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Professor Keviczky will give a plenary lecture.

The topic will be announced soon.

Honorary Membership of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences awarded to Prof. Paul van den Hof (TUe)


Sarthak Misra (UT-BE) promoted to Full Professor

Prof. Misra is also affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen/University Medical Center Groningen. He completed his doctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) in 2009, and is the recipient of the VENI, VIDI, and ERC Starting Grants. He directs the Surgical Robotics Laboratory ( His broad research interests are primarily in the area of applied mechanics at both macro and micro scales, with applications to medical robotics.

IFAC newsletter

New people

Delft University of technology

Hello, my name is Shrinivas Chimmalgi. I received my Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India and I recently graduated from the master Systems and Control, here at TU Delft. I am joining Sander Wahl’s group to work on fast Nonlinear Fourier Transforms for Fiber-Optic Communication.  My master thesis was under Sander’s supervision on fast inverse nonlinear Fourier transforms for the nonlinear Schrodinger equation with vanishing boundary condition. I enjoy swimming and like to go on cycling trips during weekends.

Groningen University

Michele Cucuzzella received the Bachelor Degree (with highest honor) in Industrial Engineering and the Master Degree (with highest honor) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy in 2012 and 2014, respectively. From November 2014 to October 2017 he attended the PhD course in Electronics, Computer Since and Electrical Engineering at the Identification and Control of Dynamic Systems Laboratory of the University of Pavia, under the supervision of Professor Antonella Ferrara. From April 2016 to June 2016, and from February 2017 to March 2017 he was with the Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, under the supervision of Professor Arjan van der Schaft. His research activities are mainly in the area of nonlinear control, sliding mode control and event-triggered control with application to power systems and microgrids.

Jing Guo is currently a Guest Researcher with the Engineering and Technology institute of Groningen, University of Groningen. She received the Ph.D degree in Control Theory and Control Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2011. From 2011 to 2012, she was an Assistant Researcher in Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, Shenzhen, China. From 2012 to 2017, She was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Automation, Foshan University, China. Her research interests include control of multi-agent and network systems and distributed decision-making and coordination.

Lin Yanjun is a joint-training PhD candidate at University of Groningen. She is a PhD student at Zhejiang University since 2015. Her research focuses on formation control of multi-agent systems.

Luis Pablo Borja was born in Mexico in 1987. He obtained his B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and his MEng. with speciality in Control Systems from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico, and the degree of Docteur en Automatique from the University Paris Sud XI/Paris Saclay, France, in 2011, 2014 and 2017, respectively. His research interests are in the field of nonlinear control, including port-Hamiltonian and Lagrangian systems, Passivity-based control and model reduction.

Name: Stephan Trenn
Starting date: 01-11-2017
Function: Associate Professor
Group: JBI (Systems, Control and Applied Analysis), RUG

After successfully applying for an NWO Vidi grant for the project “Analysis and Control of Switched Differential Algebraic Equations”, Stephan Trenn has been offered an Associate Professor position to carry out his research project in Groningen. He is moving to the Netherlands from Germany, where he has been an Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) since 2011 at the University of Kaiserslautern. Before that he was a Postdoc at the University of Würzburg, Germany, in the group of Uwe Helmke and Fabian Wirth as well as at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, in the group of Daniel Liberzon. He completed his PhD in 2009 under the supervision of Achim Ilchmann at the University of Ilmenau, Germany.

Eindhoven University of Technology

Name: Bob Hendrickx
Starting date: 1 November 2017
Function: PhD
Group: Control Systems Technology
Supervisor: René van de Molengraft

Name: Gustavo Sales Mazzoccante
Starting date: 1 november 2017
Function: PhD student
Group: Control Systems group
Supervisor: R. Toth
Project: System Oriented LPV Control Design

PhD defences November

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Carl Westin
Group: Aerospace Engineering (Control and Simulation)
Thesis: Strategic Conformance: Exploring Acceptance of Individual-Sensitive Automation for Air Traffic Control
Promotor: M. Mulder
Date: 24 November 2017
Location: Aula, TU Delft
Time: 15h00

Eindhoven University of Technology

Candidate: Victor Dolk
Group: Control Systems Technology
Thesis: Resource-aware and Resilient Control
Promotor: Maurice Heemels
Date: 6 November 2017
Location: Auditorium
Time: 16h00

Candidate: Micha Steur
Group: Control Systems Technology
Thesis: Design of an Active Wafer Clamp for Wafer Machines
Promotor: Maarten Steinbuch
Date: 8 November 2017
Location: Auditorium zaal 4
Time: 16h00

Candidate: Xi Luo
Group: Control Systems Technology
Thesis: Robust Diesel Engine Performance: An Approach Based on Multi-pulse Fuel Injection Control
Promotor: Frank Willems / Maarten Steinbuch
Date: 29 November 2017
Location: Auditorium
Time: 16h00

University of Twente

Candidate: J.A.M. (Juliet) Haarman
Group: ET – BW
Thesis: TIBAR: Therapist Inspired Balance Assisting Robot
Promotors: Prof.dr. J.S. Rietman / Herman van der Kooij
Date: 23 November 2017
Location: Waaier
Time: 14:45

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