Newsletter October 2018

Message from the DISC office

We are also proud to announce that the 2021 European Control Conference will be taking place in the Netherlands, under the auspices of DISC. If you are interested in joining the organization team please let us know!

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

Upcoming DISC courses

In November the following classes will start:

Underactuated Mechanical Systems: motion planning, motion representation and motion control methods (November 12 and 19)
A. Shiriaev and A. Pogromskiy

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

European Control Conference 2021 in The Netherlands

We are pleased to announce that the European Control Conference 2021 will take place in The Netherlands. After entering into the bid twice without success we have finally been able to bring this conference to the Netherlands. As preliminary dates we have chosen June 30-July 2, 2021. Most likely the conference will be organized in Rotterdam, but final agreement is still pending.

Henk Nijmeijer (TU/e) will act as general chair, Jacquelien Scherpen (RUG) and Maurice Heemels (TU/e) are the IPC-chairs and Hans Hellendoorn (TUD) is NOC-chair. Needless to say we are going to call upon the help of many enthusiastic people. If you are interested in playing a part please contact one of the organizers.

Opening Symposium Bernoulli Institute on November 1, 2018

The Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (JBI) and the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Engineering (ALICE) have recently merged into the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (BI) that will combine and expand unique expertise in these disciplines available in Groningen. The festive opening of the Bernoulli Institute will be held on 1 November, with a Symposium that will combine pitches of interdisciplinary research at the Bernoulli, poster sessions and Best Poster Award, and talks from prestigious external speakers.

Click here to view the program and to register

Inaugural lecture Sarthak Misra

Candidate: prof.dr. S. Misra
Group: Biomechanical Engineering
Date: 29 November 2018 M.P. Breedveld-room, Waaier 2
Time: 16:00

Title: Surgical Robotics: The happy accident in my life

15th IFAC Symposium on Large Scale Complex Systems: Theory and Applications (IFAC LSS 2019)

The 15th IFAC Symposium on Large Scale Complex Systems: Theory and Applications (IFAC LSS 2019) wil take place from May 26-28, 2019 in Delft, The Netherlands.

The Symposium is to discuss new developments in methodologies and techniques useful in handling complexity in analysis, modelling, control and optimization of large-scale complex systems. A number of application areas will be addressed. Special attention will be paid to large-scale complex systems that are closely connected with smart industry and technology-enhanced daily lives, such as robotic and automated processes, urban traffic systems, autonomous systems, water systems, environmental systems, power supply systems, complex bio-medical processes and other emerging topics.

Important dates:
01-01-2019: Submission Deadline
01-03-2019: Notice of acceptances
15-04-2019: Final papers due

Refer to the website for more information and for the first Call for Papers:

DISC logo and text in thesis

Lately we have had some questions regarding the logo and the text that you can use in your thesis if you have completed the DISC certificate. Logo’s in various formats can be obtained from the DISC secretariat. With regard to the text please use to the following:

“This dissertation has been completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the dutch institute of systems and control (disc) for graduate study”.

If you have questions about the logo or the text please let us know!

Postdoc position available at Eindhoven University of Technology

The Control Systems Group at the Electrical Engineering Department in Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has an opening for a Postdoc position for 1 year in the project IMPERIUM.

New people

Delft University of Technology

My name is Daan van der Hoek and as of September 3rd I started as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Jan-Willem van Wingerden. After graduating at DCSC in 2017, I worked as a control engineer at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) focusing on wind turbine and wind farm control. For my PhD project I will also be working on wind farm control, with the emphasis on experimental validation in the wind tunnel. Outside work I enjoy playing football, watching movies and cycling.

I am starting my PhD under Prof. Martijn Wisse on October 2018 in the department of Cognitive Robotics.Originally from Kerala – India, I did my Bachelors degree at NIT Calicut, India. As a co-founder of the robotics group called Robotics Interest Group (RIG-NITC) at NIT Calicut, I worked on a handful of robotics projects and participated in national level robotics challenges during my bachelors. I moved to the Netherlands for my Masters degree at TU Delft, specializing in Bio-robotics. After completing my course work at TU Delft, I started my thesis at Autonomous Systems Lab in ETH Zurich, under the guidance of Prof. Roland Siegwart. I worked on “Informative Path Planning for Search and Rescue using UAVs”, developing an adaptive obstacle-aware informative path planning algorithm for target search in an urban environment. I defended my thesis at TU Delft in August 2018 and graduated with a cum-laude and an Honors degree. Starting this October, as a part of my PhD, I will be working on using active inference to build a theoretical framework for general robot perception.
I enjoy my time spent on intriguing social activities including debating, public speaking, pedagogy, street smart and acting. Personal times are consumed by inquisitive travelling and photography along with creative writing or just pondering philosophy.

Eindhoven University of Technology

Huijgevoort, Birgit (2018)Name: Birgit Huijgevoort
Starting date: 01-10-2018
Function: PhD student
Group: Control Systems
Supervisor: Sofie Haesaert
Project: Formal methods for uncertain cyber-physical systems
My name is Birgit van Huijgevoort and I am 24 years old. I started at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2012 as an Automotive Bachelor student. In my third year I decided to become a Board member of study association Thor, where I acquired a lot of organizing skills. During my fourth year I joined student team, Team FAST as the head of the electronics team. My main responsibility was designing the control system of a bus driving on Formic Acid! After completing my Bachelor in Automotive I decided to do my Master in Systems and Control. For my internship I went to New Zealand where I worked on optimizing the speed of a snake robot and enjoyed a well-deserved holiday afterwards. Finally, during my graduation project I worked on a new discretization method for distributed parameter systems, where I used the port-Hamiltonian framework. Recently I started as a PhD student in the Control Systems group, where I will be working on formal methods for uncertain cyber-physical systems.

I am a bit of a contradiction, since on the one hand I am a real nerd, who enjoys watching movies, playing video games and solving partial differential equations. However on the other hand, I enjoy going to music festivals, taking pictures, bird watching, skating, traveling and being outside in general.

University of Groningen

My name is Paul Wijnbergen and I’m from the Netherlands. I originate from Utrecht, but did my bachelors in Applied Physics and Mathematics and graduated last year for my masters Systems and Control, all at the University of Groningen. My mater research was about controller design for heavy duty, which I did under the supervision of prof. B. Besselink. Currently I’m working on optimal control of switched DAE’s within the VIDI project of prof. S. Trenn.

I received both BSc, and MSc is Systems Analysis and Control at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), MA in Economics at Collegio Carlo Alberto and MSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of Manchester. For my MSc in Applied Mathematics degree, I studied spectral properties of differential operators. After that, I worked one and a half year in industry. Now, I am starting my Ph.D. at the University of Groningen in the research area of control of autonomous agents.

I graduated from Electronics Engineering in Costa Rica Institute of Technology in 2012. Afterwards, I started to work with a US company National Instruments as a Application Engineer. Then, got my Master Degree in TU Delft in Embedded Systems Control with Control Systems Specialisation in 2017.

The main goal of my research is focused on developing energy-based control strategies for mechanical systems. For this, the port-Hamiltonian is used as this provides a unified framework for modelling (non-linear) systems from different physical domains.  In particular, the research is oriented to develop control on underactuated mechanical systems, on adaptive control and on vision control.


PhD defences October

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Hildo Bijl
Group: DCSC
Thesis: LQG and Gaussian process techniques
Promotor: J.W. van Wingerden
Date: 17-10-2018
Location: Aula senaatszaal, Mekelweg 5
Time: 10.00

Candidate:Dyah Jatiningrum
Group: TUD-AE
Thesis: Characterising Angular Accelerometers using a Two-Axis Motion Simulator
Promotor: M. Mulder
Date: 30-10-2018
Location: Aula, TU Delft
Time: 15.00

Eindhoven University of Technology

Candidate: Tuan Nguyen
Group: Control Systems
Thesis: identification and compensation of parasitic effects in coreless linear motors
Promotor: prof dr. ir P.M.J. Van den Hof
Date: 1-10-2018
Location: TU/e Auditorium
Time: 11.00h

Candidate: Jurre Hanema
Group: Control Systems
Thesis: Anticipative model predictive control for linear parameter-varying systems
Promotor: prof dr. ir S. Weiland
Date: 30-10-2018
Location: TU/e Auditorium
Time: 11:00

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