Newsletter January 2016

Message from the DISC office

Dear DISC colleagues,

We wish you all the best for 2016 and we are pleased to welcome you to the first DISC newsletter of the new year. Also the first newsletter published on our new website! The site was completed just before the new year and we hope you will like it. If you miss anything or if you have suggestions for its improvement please let us know. The DISC forum website will also be restyled and some new features will be added. More on that in due course.

For the coming months we have several activities coming up: first of all of course the Benelux Meeting. Abstract submission and registration are open so please register and make sure the DISC community is well represented. In February the winter course is coming up. We are glad that so many of you have registered for this!

There are several new courses starting and we are also busy planning the DISC Summer School. More information will be available soon!

With best regards,

Henk Nijmeijer,
Scientific director

Martha Otte,
DISC secretariat

DISC courses 2015-2016

DISC Courses 2015-2016
This Academic year the following courses are scheduled:
Check the course program for dates and times.

Adaptive Control
Constructive Lyapunov Methods for Stability Analysis of Dynamical Systems
Energy-Based Modeling for Control of Physical Systems
Design Methods for Control Systems
Nonlinear Control Systems
Distributed Control and Optimization in Multi-agent Systems
Mathematical Models of Systems
System Identification for Control

In January 2016 the following course will start:
Distributed Control and Optimization in Multi-agent Systems 2016
Lecturers: T. Keviczky and M. Cao

Don’t forget to register before you participate

Benelux Meeting 2016

Kontakt der Kontinenten

Important dates:
Abstract submission: now open!
Registration : now open!
Deadline Abstract Submission: January 20, 2016
Deadline Final Abstract Submission February 24, 2016
Deadline Early Registration February 8, 2016


IEEE Control Systems Technology Award for Henk Nijmeijer, Marcel Heertjes, Nathan van de Wouw and Alexey Pavlov

The Control Systems Technology Award is awarded annually by the IEEE Control Systems Society to an individual or team of researchers “for outstanding control systems technology
contributions”. In 2015, Nathan van de Wouw, Henk Nijmeijer, Marcel Heertjes and Alexey Pavlov receive the prize for “the development of variable gain nonlinear control methods and
their application to multiple motion control problems all the way to commercialization.”

The Control Systems Technology Award was presented on December 17, 2015, during the
54th Conference on Decision and Control, in Osaka, Japan.

Tom Oomen and co-authors receive Outstanding Paper Award

The article was  published in 2014 in the journal IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. Besides Tom Oomen and Maarten Steinbuch, Okko Bosgra , Marc van de Wal (Philips Innovation Services), and Sander Quist and Robbert van Herpen co-authored the article.

Nathan van de Wouw appointed full professor at the TU/e

Nathan will combine this position with a part-time professor position at the Delft Center for Systems and Control of the Delft University of Technology, focusing on ‘Nonlinear Systems’, and an adjunct professor position at the Civil, Environmental & Geo- Engineering Department of the University of Minnesota, U.S.A., focusing on the ‘Dynamics and Control of Drilling Systems’.

Frank Willems appointed as part-time Professor of Integrated Powertrain Control at the Technical University of Eindhoven

Graduate School in Systems, Optimization, Control and Networks

The next course of the Graduate School in Systems, Optimization, Control and Networks will start on February 2, 2016

Introduction to Theory and Practice of Adaptive Linear Control
Lecturer : B. Erik Ydstie (Carnegie Mellon University)

Dates & schedule :
February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and March 1, 2016 (10:00 – 12:20)

The courses will take place at UCL, Bâtiment Euler, 4 av. Georges Lemaître, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (room A002, ground floor).

Check the website for more information.

IFAC newsletter

IFAC will no longer send out paper copies as default to all NMOs and IFAC affiliates but are transitioning to all-electronic distribution. The latest IFAC Newsletter is now available in the Newsletter section of the IFAC website.

PhD defenses

University of Twente,

Candidate: Nanda van der Stap
Group: Robotics and Mechatronics
Thesis: Image-based endoscope navigation and clinical applications
Promotor: Prof.dr. I.A.M.J. Broeders MD
Date: 22 januari
Location: Prof.dr. G. Berkhoff zaal, Universiteit Twente
Time: 14.30 uur

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