Newsletter September 2017

Message from the DISC office

Dear all,

We hope you enjoyed the Summer break and that you are ready for the new academic year. The DISC course program starts today at our familiar location in Utrecht. This year DISC will organize the annual Benelux Meeting and as our venue we have opted for Kontakt der Kontinenten in Soesterberg, the same location as in 2016. We also plan to organize a Winter course and will keep you posted on that. Of course we are already looking ahead to the Summer School 2018 so if you would like to be involved in that please let us know!

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

Upcoming DISC courses

bg-educationIn September the following DISC courses will start:

Model reduction for Control, from Linear to Nonlinear Systems

(J. Scherpen and K. Fujimoto)

Adaptive Control
(S. Baldi and P. Teso)

Register via the DISC course platform or email

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 Summer School 2018

In 2017 the topic of the Summer school was “A Systems and Control Perspective on Privacy, Safety, and Security in Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems” and it was organized by Bayu Jayawardhana, Ming Cao and Tamas Keviczky. Read more about it in on the DISC website or in the July newsletter

VENI grant for Javier Alonso (TUD-DCSC)

VIDI grant for Tom Oomen (TUe-ME)

ERC starting grant for Manuel Mazo Jr. (TUD-DCSC)

Manuel Mazo Jr: “Advanced mathematical methods are necessary to truly realize the revolution promised by technological advances in areas like the Internet-of-things or Industry 4.0”.

More information can be found here.

Benelux Meeting 2018

Kontakt der Kontinenten




The Benelux Meeting 2018 will be held from March 27-29, 2018 in Soesterberg, in conference hotel Kontakt der Kontinenten. The national organizing committee consists of Mircea Lazar (TUe); Raffaella Carloni (UT) and Bayu Jayawardhana (RUG). In the coming months more information will become available.

ADHS 2018 Call for Papers

The 6th IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems will be held Oxford University, UK, July 11-13, 2018.Website:

Important dates

Papers and Invited Session Proposals due: December 2017
Author notification: February 2018
Final papers due: TBA
Early registration: TBA
Conference: Jul. 11-13, 2018

SOCN Graduate School preliminary 2017-2018 schedule

The preliminary 2017-2018 schedule of our SOCN Graduate School is now on-line, you can access it from the following link:


Delft University of Technology

Dr. Javier Alonso Mora at the Delft Center for Systems and Control has a PhD position on Navigation for mobile robots in urban environments.

More information available here:

New people

Eindhoven University of Technology

Name: Khartik Ramaswamy
Starting date: 21 aug 2017
Function: PhD student
Group: Control Systems group – TU/e
Supervisor: Paul Van den Hof

My name is Carlos Samuel Méndez and I am 26 years old. I have recently received the MSc. degree in Systems and Control from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. The topic of my graduation project was model-based control of reactive batch distillation columns via extent transformations, and it was carried out in the Control Systems Group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe), Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Currently, I am working on my PhD in the Control Systems Group at TUe in a joint project with four Dutch chemical companies. In the project, I am exploring how to optimize process monitoring and control with the integration process analytical technology, process data and dynamic model validation. My interest and hobbies are tennis, soccer and swimming. I also enjoy hanging out with friends, reading novels and learning languages.

PhD defences September

Delft University of Technology

Candidate: Laura Ferranti
Group: DCSC
Thesis: Online Optimization-Based Predictive Flight Control Using First-Order Methods
Promotor: M. Verhaegen and T. Keviczky
Date: 06-09-2017
Location:Aula Senaatszaal, Mekelweg 5
Time: 10:00 – 12:00

University of Groningen

Candidate: Noorma Megawati
Group: SC&AA
Thesis: “A geometric approach to differential-algebraic systems: from bisimulation to control by interconnection”
Promotor: A.J. van der Schaft
Date: 15-09–2017
Location: Academiegebouw
Time: 11.00

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