Keynote Speakers

Bernhard Maschke     /

LAGEP U. Claude Bernhard, Lyon, France


Bernhard Maschke has graduated as engineer in telecommunications from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Télécommunications, Paris, France, in 1984. He received his Ph.D. degree in Automatic Control in 1990 for his work on the control of robotic manipulators with flexible arms performed at the Advanced Robotics Unit of the Nuclear Research Center in Fontenay–aux–Roses, (France). He then received the Habilitation to Direct Research from the University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, France in 1998. He has been Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Industrial Automation of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France from 1990 until 2000. Since september 2000 he is Professor of Automatic Control at the Laboratory of Control and Chemical Engineering (LAGEP UMR CNRS 5007) of the University Claude Bernard of Lyon, Villeurbanne, France.

His main research activity concerns the system’s theory and control of open and complex multi-physical systems. A second topic concerned the development of spatial discretization schemes which preserve their differential-geometric structure. However the major topic deals with the extension of port-Hamiltonian for- mulation to Irreversible Thermodynamics as Hamiltonian systems defined on contact manifolds. At present the system-theoretic and the nonlinear control of these contact systems is being developed. An alternative formulation has also been developed which uses a Hamiltonian formulation de- fined on quasi-Poisson brackets which depends on the co-energy variables and its use for the synthesis of stabilizing controllers.



Kenji Fujimoto     /

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Kyoto University, Japan

Kenji Fujimoto is a professor of Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan. He received his B.E. and M.E. degrees and Ph.D. degree in Informatics from Kyoto University, in 1994, 1996 and 2001, respectively. From 1997 to 2004 he was a research associate of Graduate School of Engineering and Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. From 2004 to 2012 he was an associate professor of Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University. From 1999 to 2000 he was a research fellow of Department of Electrical Engineering, Delft University of Technology. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, Delft University of Technology, and Groningen University. He received the IFAC Congress Young Author Prize in IFAC World Congress 2005 and SICE Pioneer Award in 2007. His research interest includes control of Hamiltonian/Lagrangian systems, model order reduction for nonlinear systems, optimal control based on classical mechanics, and statistical learning for dynamical systems.



Volker Mehrmann     /

Inst. f. Mathematik TU Berlin, Germany

Igor Mezic     /

Volker Mehrmann received the Diploma degree in mathematics, and the Ph.D. and Habilitation degrees from the University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany, in 1979, 1982, and 1987, respectively.He spent research years at Kent State University 1979–1980, University of Wisconsin 1984–1985), and the IBM Research Center, Heidelberg (1988–1989). After spending two years (1990–1992) as Visiting Full Professor with RWTH Aachen, he was a Full Professor with TU Chemnitz from 1993 to 2000. Since then, he is a Full Professor with TU Berlin. His research interests are in the areas of numerical mathematics/scientific computing, applied and numerical linear algebra, control theory, as well as differential-algebraic equations.





Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


Professor Mezic works on operator-theoretic methods in nonlinear dynamical systems and control theory and their applications in fluid dynamics, energy efficient design and operations and complex systems dynamics.  He did his Dipl. Ing. in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 at the University of Rijeka, Croatia and his Ph. D. in Applied Mechanics at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Mezic was a postdoctoral researcher at the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, UK in 1994-95.  From 1995 to 1999 he was a member of Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he is currently a Professor.  In 2000-2001 he has worked as an Associate Professor at Harvard University in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  He won the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, NSF CAREER Award from NSF and the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award on "Control of Mixing" from IEEE.  He also won the United Technologies Senior Vice President award for Science and Technology Special Achievement Prize in 2007. He was an Editor of Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Mechanics and SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Mezic is the Director of the Center for Energy Efficient Design and Head of Buildings and Design Solutions Group at the Institute for Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Santa Barbara.






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