The Benelux 2017 will host the following renowned invited speakers:

Frank Allgöwer

Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Frank Allgöwer studied Engineering Cybernetics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Stuttgart and the University of California at Los Angeles respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart. Prior to his present appointment he held a professorship in the electrical engineering department at ETH Zurich. He also held visiting positions at the California Institute of Technology, the NASA Ames Research Center, the DuPont Company and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

His main interests in research and teaching are in the area of systems and control with emphasis on the development of new methods for the analysis and control of nonlinear systems. Of equal importance to the theoretical developments are practical applications and the experimental evaluation of benefits and limitations of the developed methods. Applications range from control of atomic force microscopes and biomedical applications to the control of roller coasters and systems biology.

Professor Allgöwer will deliver a plenary talk on

Networked and optimization-based control for Industry 4.0: Which way to go?

Mario Sznaier

Dennis Picard Trustee Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, USA

Mario Sznaier received the Ingeniero Electronico and Ingeniero en Sistemas de Computacion degrees from the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay and the MSEE and Ph.D degrees from the University of Washington. From 1991 to 1993 he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Central Florida. In 1993 he joined the Pennsylvania State University, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997 and to Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2001. In July 2006 he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University, Boston. He has also held visiting appointments at the California Institute of Technology in 1990 and 2000 and currently holds an appointment at Penn State as Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interest include Multiobjective Robust Control; Dynamic Vision and Imaging, Control Oriented Identification, Robust Model Validation and Application of Dynamical Systems Theory to Physics.

Professor Sznaier will deliver a plenary talk on The Interplay between Big Data and Sparsity in System Theory.


Minicourse : Pablo Parrilo

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA

Pablo A. Parrilo is currently Associate Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), and is also affiliated with the Operations Research Center (ORC). Past appointments include Assistant Professor at the Automatic Control Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Visiting Associate Professor at the California Institute of Technology, as well as short-term research visits at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Lund Institute of Technology, and University of California at Berkeley. He received an Electronics Engineering undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires, and a PhD in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include optimization methods for engineering applications, control and identification of uncertain complex systems, robustness analysis and synthesis, and the development and application of computational tools based on convex optimization and algorithmic algebra to practically relevant engineering problems. Prof. Parrilo has received several distinctions, including a Finmeccanica Career Development Chair, the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory (SIAG/CST) Prize, the IEEE Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize, and the Farkas Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Professor Parrilo will give a minicourse on Convex Relaxations in Optimization, Systems and Control.