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25th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2022):
12-16 September 2022, Bayreuth, Germany

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Plenary and Semi-Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Claudio De Persis (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)Hide
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Short biography. Claudio De Persis is a professor with the Engineering and Technology Institute (ENTEG), Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, since 2011. He is also affiliated with the Jan Willems Center for Systems and Control. He received the Laurea and Ph.D. degrees in engineering in 1996 and 2000 both from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy, and held positions at the University of Twente, the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA, and Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.
He was an Editor of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control (2006-2013), an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology (2010-2015), and of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2012-2015). He is currently an Associate Editor of Automatica (2013-present) and of IEEE Control Systems Letters (2017-present).
His main research interest is in control theory, and his recent research focuses on dynamical networks, cyberphysical systems, smart grids and resilient control.
At MTNS 2022 Claudio De Persis plans to speak about data-driven control.

Luz de Teresa (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico)Hide
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Short biography. Luz de Teresa did her undergraduate studies in mathematics at the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). She obtained her professional degree in April 1990. With a grant from the DGAPA-UNAM, she received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the Complutense University of Madrid. She entered as a researcher at the Institute of Mathematics of the UNAM in April 1995, where she continues to work. She collaborates with mathematicians and engineers from Mexico, France, Spain, Chile, Brazil, the United States, Italy, Romania and Argentina.
So far she has 49 research articles published in highly recognized journals. These works have received more than 700 citations. She also works in the field of teaching and training of young researchers and students, as well as in terms of the design and development of national and international research projects, and the organization of numerous relevant academic events. She is currently a member of the UNAM Governing Board and was president of the Mexican Mathematical Society (SMM) for the 2018-2020 period. Finally, Dr. de Teresa is a member of various editorial committees in international journals.
The central theme of Prof. de Teresa's works is the control of coupled parabolic equations and related problems.
At MTNS 2022 Luz de Teresa is going to speak about some results on hierarchical control for parabolic equations.

Weinan E (Princeton University, NJ, USA)Hide
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Short biography. Weinan E is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. He got his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1989 and afterwards held visiting positions at NYU and the Institute for Advanced Study. He was on the faculty of the Courant Institute from 1994 to 1999 before moving to Princeton.
Weinan E was awarded the ICIAM Collatz Prize in 2003, the SIAM Kleinman Prize in 2009 and the SIAM von Karman Prize in 2014, the SIAM-ETH Peter Henrici Prize in 2019. He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a fellow of SIAM, AMS and IOP. Weinan E has been an invited speaker at ICM, ICIAM as well as the AMS National Meeting. He has also been an invited speaker at APS, ACS, AIChe annual meetings and the American Conference of Theoretical Chemistry.
Weinan E’s main research interest is numerical algorithms, machine learning and multi-scale modeling, with applications to chemistry, material sciences and fluid mechanics. In recent years, he has also developed an interest in control theory.
At MTNS 2022 Weinan E intends to speak about deep learning and control theory.

Maria Elena Valcher (University of Padova, Italy)Hide
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Short biography. M. Elena Valcher (Ph.D., 1995) is a Professor of Control Theory at the University of Padova since 2005.
She is an IEEE Fellow since 2012, a member of IFAC Technical Board since 2017 and the Italian Representative in EUCA since 2017. She is currently the co-General Chair (together with Andrea Serrani) of the 2022 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.
She was the 2015 President of the IEEE Control Systems Society. She is the (founding) Editor in Chief of the IEEE Control Systems Letters (2017-), and she served as AE in several Editorial Boards, including IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, Systems Control Letters, Automatica, SIAM J. Control Optimization and IEEE Access (2014-2019). She is the author of approximately 90 journal papers, and more than 100 conference papers.
Her current research interest include multi-agent systems, positive systems, social networks and Boolean control networks.
At MTNS 2022 Elena Valcher intends to speak about social networks and the dynamics of opinion forming.

George Weiss (Tel Aviv University, Israel)Hide
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Short biography. George Weiss is professor of control engineering in the School of EE, Tel Aviv University. He received the M.Eng. degree in control engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania, in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, in 1989. He has been with Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA, Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, and Imperial College London, UK.
He is a co-author, with M. Tucsnak, of the book "Observation and Control for Operator Semigroups", Birkhäuser, 2009, and leading research projects for the European Commission and for the Israeli Ministry of Energy.
His research interests include distributed parameter systems, operator semigroups, passive and conservative systems (linear and nonlinear), power electronics, the stability of power grids, repetitive control, sampled data systems, and wind-driven power generators.
At MTNS 2022 George Weiss plans to speak about Lax-Phillips semigroups for nonlinear systems.

Semi-Plenary Speakers

Roland Herzog (University of Heidelberg, Germany)Hide
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Short biography. Roland Herzog (old home page) has been Professor for Scientific Computing and Optimization at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, since 2021. Before that, he held positions at the Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany, at RICAM in Linz, Austria, at the Karl Franzens University Graz, Austria, where he obtained his Habilitation in 2008, and at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2003. He also held a visiting position at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Prof. Herzog is Editorial board member for Advances in Discrete and Continuous Models, SMAI Journal of Computational Mathematics, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Electronic Transactions on Numerical Analysis, OPTPDE Problem Collection, and Optimization Methods and Software.
His research interests lie in the area of optimal control and optimization with partial differential equations.
At MTNS 2022 Roland Herzog intends to speak about PDE-constrained optimization and the role of the metric.

Anna-Lena Horlemann-Trautmann (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)Hide
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Short biography. Anna-Lena Horlemann-Trautmann received the Diploma degree in mathematics from the University of Bochum, Germany, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013. From 2013 until 2015 she was a research fellow at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne and at the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University, both in Melbourne, Australia. She was a Postdoctoral fellow at the EPF Lausanne, Switzerland, from 2015 until 2017, before becoming an assistant professor for mathematics and information technology at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Since 2021 she is an associate professor at the School of Computer Science at the University of St. Gallen.
Professor Horlemann-Trautmann is a member of the Editorial Board of Advances in Mathematics of Communication.
Her research interests lie in Algebraic Coding Theory and post-quantum cryptography.
At MTNS 2022 Anna-Lena Horlemann-Trautmann is going to speak about a general framework for asymptotically good codes in any metric.

Boris Houska (ShanghaiTech University, China)Hide
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Short biography. Boris Houska is an associate professor at the School of Information Science and Technology at ShanghaiTech University. He received a diploma in mathematics and physics from the University of Heidelberg in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven in 2011. From 2012 to 2013 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. Subsequently, from 2013-14, he has worked as a research faculty member at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Moreover, he has held visiting professor positions at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies as well as at the Institute for Microsystems Engineering at the University of Freiburg (both in 2014) and various shorter academic visiting appointments, e.g., at UC Berkeley during Winter 2017 and Imperial College London during Summer 2018.
Boris Houska has been recipient of awards including ICCOPT Best Paper Prize for a Young Researcher in Continuous Optimization (Finalist, Top 3), a Marie-Curie Fellowship for the project Next Generation Algorithms for Robust and Global Optimization of Dynamic Systems, as well as a ShanghaiTech Excellent Professor Award from ShanghaiTech University. His paper on "ACADO Toolkit — An open source framework for automatic control and dynamic optimization" has been listed as highly cited paper by Web of Science.
His research interests include numerical optimization and optimal control, set-based robust and global optimization, as well as fast model predictive control algorithms.
At MTNS 2022 Boris Houska intends to speak about global optimal control – opportunities and challenges.

Achim Ilchmann (Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany)Hide
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Short biography. Achim Ilchmann obtained the Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1987 at the Universität Bremen, supervised by Professor Diederich Hinrichsen, and received his Habilitation in 1993 from the Universität Hamburg. From 1996 until 2000 he was Lecturer and Reader in Applied Mathematics at the Dept. of Mathematics of the University of Exeter, UK. Since 2000 he holds a Chair in Mathematics at the Institut für Mathematik of the Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany.
Professor Ilchmann supervised 10 Ph.D. students and published 100 refereed journal papers, 3 books on mathematics, and 2 books on baroque architecture. Since 2003 he is the principle organizer of the annual Elgersburg Workshop on Mathematical Systems Theory.
His research interests include time-varying linear systems, adaptive control of nonlinear systems, and differential-algebraic equations.
At MTNS 2022 Achim Ilchmann plans to speak about funnel control – history and perspective.

Dante Kalise (Imperial College London, UK)Hide
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Short biography. Dante Kalise is Senior Lecturer in Computational Optimisation and Control at the Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London, since 2021. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees (2008) from the Federico Santa María Technical University in Valparaíso, Chile, and a Ph.D. (2012) from the University of Bergen, Norway. Before joining Imperial, he was Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Nottingham, and held research positions at RICAM Linz, and at La Sapienza University of Rome.
He serves as Associate Editor of Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems, and of Advances in Continuous and Discrete Models.
Dr. Kalise's research interests lie at the interface between scientific computing, optimal control, and PDEs. His current research is centered around the analysis and design of computational methods for the solution of high-dimensional Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman PDEs and applications in nonlinear feedback control for PDE dynamics and agent-based models across scales.
At MTNS 2022 Dante Kalise intends to talk about high-dimensional approximation of Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman PDEs – architectures, algorithms, and applications.

Christopher M. Kellett (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)Hide
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Short biography. Christopher M. Kellett received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of California, Riverside, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997, 2000, and 2002, respectively. Chris has held research positions with the Centre Automatique et Systèmes at École des Mines de Paris, Paris, France; the University of Melbourne; and the Hamilton Institute at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. From 2006 until 2020 he was with the University of Newcastle, Australia. Since February 2020 he has been the Director of the School of Engineering at the Australian National University.
Chris is a Senior Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and an Associate Editor for Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems. He has previously served on the editorial boards for IEEE CSS Letters and the European Journal on Control. He has been the recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2011-2015), an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2012-2013), the 2012 IET Control Theory and its Applications Premium Award, and the inaugural IFAC Foundation Award (2017).
His research interests are broadly in the area of systems and control theory and applications, with specific emphases on stability and robustness properties for nonlinear systems.
At MTNS 2022 Chris Kellett plans to speak about nonsmooth Lyapunov functions and robust feedbacks for obstacle avoidance.

Yann Le Gorrec (National Engineering Institute in Mechanics and Microtechnologies "ENSMM", Besançon, France)Hide
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Short biography. Yann Le Gorrec was graduated as engineer in "Control, Electronics, Computer Engineering" at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA, Toulouse, France) in 1995. He received in 1998 his Ph.D. degree from the National Higher School of Aeronautics and Aerospace (Supaero, Toulouse, France). From 1999 to 2008, he was Associate Professor in Automatic Control at the Laboratory of Control and Chemical Engineering of Lyon Claude Bernard University (LAGEP, Villeurbanne, France). Since September 2008 he has been Professor at the National Engineering Institute in Mechanics and Microtechnologies.

Professor Le Gorrec worked on robust control, self scheduled controller synthesis, and on port Hamiltonian systems and their use for the modeling and control of irreversible and distributed parameter systems with an application to physico-chemical processes. His current field of research is the control of nonlinear systems and infinite dimensional systems with an application to smart material based actuators and micro actuators by using the port Hamiltonian framework.
At MTNS 2022 Yann Le Gorrec is going to speak about control design for distributed parameter systems – the port Hamiltonian approach.

Na Li (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA)Hide
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Short biography. Na Li is a Gordon McKay professor in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. She received her Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Zhejiang University in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical systems from California Institute of Technology in 2013. She was a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2013-2014.
She received NSF career award (2016), AFSOR Young Investigator Award (2017), ONR Young Investigator Award (2019), Donald P. Eckman Award (2019), McDonald Mentoring Award (2020), along with some other awards.
Her research lies in control, learning, and optimization of networked systems, including theory development, algorithm design, and applications to real-world cyber-physical societal system.
At MTNS 2022 Na Li plans to speak about distributed real-time decision-making for multiagent systems.

Masaaki Nagahara (The University of Kitakyushu, Japan)Hide
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Short biography. Masaaki Nagahara received the bachelor's degree in engineering from Kobe University in 1998, and the master's degree and the doctoral degree in informatics from Kyoto University in 2000 and 2003, respectively. He is currently a Full Professor with the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, The University of Kitakyushu. He has been a visiting professor with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay since 2017, and IIT Guwahati since 2020.
He received Transition to Practice Award in 2012 and George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award in 2018 from IEEE Control Systems Society. He also received Young Authors Award in 1999, Best Paper Award in 2012, Best Book Authors Award in 2016, and SICE Control Division Research Award (Kimura Award) in 2020 from SICE, and Best Tutorial Paper Award in 2014 from IEICE Communications Society. He is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of SICE, ISCIE, IEICE, JSME, and RSJ.
His research interests include control theory, machine learning, and signal processing.
At MTNS 2022 Masaaki Nagahara intends to speak about compressed sensing and maximum hands-off control.

Jacquelien M. A. Scherpen (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)Hide
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Short biography. Jacquelien Scherpen received her MSc and PhD M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1990 and 1994 from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. She then joined Delft University of Technology and moved in 2006 to the University of Groningen as a professor in Systems and Control Engineering at the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG), Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. From 2013 til 2019 she was scientific director of ENTEG. She is currently director of the Groningen Engineering Center, and Captain of Science of the Dutch top sector High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM). Jacquelien has held various visiting research positions, such as at the University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University, Japan, Université de Compiegne, and SUPÉLEC, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, and Old Dominion University, VA, USA.
Jacquelien has been and is at the editorial board of a few international journals among which the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. She received the 2017-2020 Automatica Best Paper Prize. In 2019 she received a royal distinction and is appointed Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, and she is a fellow of IEEE. She has been active at the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), and is currently member of the IFAC council. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and was chair of the IEEE CSS standing committee on Women in Control in 2020. From 2020 to 2021 she is president of the European Control Association (EUCA).
Her current research interests include model reduction methods for networks, nonlinear model reduction methods, nonlinear control methods, modeling and control of physical systems with applications to electrical circuits, electromechanical systems, mechanical systems, smart energy networks and distributed optimal control applications to smart grids.
At MTNS 2022 Jacquelien Scherpen plans to speak about model reduction of networked systems with nonlinearities.

Claudia Schillings (University of Mannheim, Germany)Hide
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Short biography. Claudia Schillings is Professor in Mathematical Optimization at the Institute for Mathematics, University of Mannheim. Claudia Schillings received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mathematics, University of Trier (Germany) in 2011. After two and half years of postdoctoral activity at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and two years at the University of Warwick (UK), she was visiting professor at the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany) in 2015-2016 and then moved to Mannheim in 2017.
Her research interests focus on the development of efficient methods for large-scale optimization problems in the presence of uncertainty in measurements, models and parameters. She has been working on a unified framework for the proper treatment of uncertainties in inverse and optimization problems for complex applications. Recent work includes the design of preconditioners for sampling techniques in the small noise or large data limit, data-informed approximations of the underlying model and the analysis of particle based methods for inverse problems.
At MTNS 2022 Claudia Schillings is going to speak about identification and minimization of uncertainties for large-scale problems.

Sanne ter Horst (North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)Hide
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Short biography. Sanne ter Horst received his Ph.D. in Mathematics (operator theory) at the VU Amsterdam in the Netherlands in 2007. During his Ph.D. studies he received a training in system and control theory from the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Virginia Tech and assistant professor positions at Utrecht University and Radboud University Nijmegen, he moved to South Africa where he is now a full professor in mathematics at North-West University.
He is currently an associate editor at Quaestiones Mathematicae and Complex Analysis and Operator Theory, where he manages the Linear Operators and Linear Systems section, and has been on the council of the South African Mathematical Society since 2013 in various portfolios.
The focus of his research is on operator theory and matrix analysis methods with applications in system and control theory. More specifically, he has recently worked on metric constrained interpolation, infinite dimensional systems, structured systems and control problems, noncommutative multidimensional systems, and inverse problems.
At MTNS 2022 Sanne ter Horst plans to speak about the infinite dimensional Kalman-Yakubovich-Popov inequality.


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