The organizational vision of DCSC is to have a strong integrated community. The department is headed by Prof. Hans Hellendoorn. The operation is managed by Erica de Jong. There is a joint secretariat and joint laboratory with a team of technicians. DCSC has five scientific sections which are headed by full professors:
Numerics for Control and Identification (N4CI)
Team: Michel Verhaegen, Sander Wahls, Raf Van de Plas
The principal foundation of the N4CI team is the analysis of signals in the area of systems and control. Our research covers the whole range from linear to non-linear systems, with spatio-temporally varying dynamical systems being of particular interest. The objective of our research is to extract crucial information from signals in order to understand and diagnose systems, to identify and model their dynamics, and to interact with them in order to reach a specific goal or to improve their performance. A particular focus of our research is on new algorithms that exploit specific features of dynamical systems, often based on physical insight.
Hybrid, Adaptive and Nonlinear
Team: Bart De Schutter, Ton van den Boom, Simone Baldi
The coming years will see a continuously growing increase of the size, scale, and complexity of computer-controlled and technological systems. Many of the corresponding challenges in the field of hybrid, nonlinear, and large-scale systems and control still have to be solved. It is of utmost importance to design controllers that meet the challenging requirements for these systems in terms of computational efficiency, adaptability, autonomy, efficiency, functionality, reliability, and safety: operation and performance over extended periods of time, even in the presence of uncertainty, noise, disturbances, and model errors must be guaranteed. Finally, the evolutions in the field of mixed-integer optimization, increasing computer power, and increasing and pervasive presence of embedded monitoring, communication, and control units, open new opportunities for analysis and control of hybrid, nonlinear, and large-scale systems.
Intelligent Control & Robotics
Team: Robert Babuska, Jens Kober, Javier Alonso-Mora
The field of Intelligent Control aims at a profound integration of control theory with computational intelligence, machine learning and related disciplines traditionally studied within computer science. The goal is to enable future control systems to effectively learn from experience, actively acquire knowledge about the process controlled, optimize its performance and realize a high-degree of autonomous behavior where necessary. Intelligent control uses techniques inspired by our current understanding of biological systems to replicate some of the key components of intelligence, such as reasoning and learning. Among these techniques are artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic systems and reinforcement learning algorithms.
Networked Cyber-Physical Systems
Team: Tamás Keviczky, Manuel Mazo Jr., Peyman Mohajerin Esfahani
This is a new team at DCSC, whose research efforts are aimed at improving our understanding and control of cyber-physical systems composed of a large number of interconnected and embedded components. Such networks of systems contain a huge number of sensors and actuators that generate a tremendous amount of data to be processed in real-time in order to increase the autonomy of the participating entities, or accomplish a high level of automation. The scientific challenges currently pursued by the team are of multidisciplinary nature.