IFAC – Tc 2.3

Tc 2.3 Nonlinear Control Systems


NOLCOS 2016 

Every three years the International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC) has organized a Nonlinear Control System Symposium (NOLCOS). The scope of these symposia continues to be the theory and applications of nonlinear control systems. With advances in science, technology, computing and communications these topics have grown in importance. NOLCOS is acknowledged as the major international gathering of leading experts in the field of nonlinear control from industry and academia.

NOLCOS 2016 website

CHAOS 2015


CHAOS 2015 is the fourth IFAC meeting sponsored mainly by IFAC Technical Committee on Non-Linear Control Systems (TC 2.3). It will provide a forum for new developments in the field of analysis and control of chaotic systems, synchronization and complex networks. The research field covers application domains such as biology (brain dynamics, heart beating, etc.), physics (optics, magnetics, fluid dynamics, etc.), mechanics, engineering (non-linear dynamics of electronic and power electronic systems, chaos encrypted signals, walking robots, etc.), economics (critical decision, etc.), chemical engineering, and so on. Both theory and applications will be discussed in CHAOS 2015.



MICNON 2015 is going to be the first of a new conference series that is organized by the IFAC Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems. The scope of the conference will cover all areas of nonlinear systems theory and applications in science and engineering, including control of nonlinear systems, analysis of nonlinear systems, modeling and identification of nonlinear systems and all types of applications in connection to nonlinear systems.


Recorded Plenaries held at Nolcos 2013 now online!

Available now the three plenaries held at NOLCOS conference 2013 by:

-Prof. Miroslav Krstic (University of California, San Diego, CA, USA, http://flyingv.ucsd.edu/): Nonlinear Stabilization in Infinite Dimension;

-Prof. Naomi Ehrich Leonard (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, http://www.princeton.edu/~naomi/): Multi-agent system dynamics: Bifurcation and behavior of animal groups;

-Prof. Robert Mahony (Australian National University, Australia, http://users.cecs.anu.edu.au/~Robert.Mahony/): Observers for Kinematic Systems with Symmetry.


PhD Position on Hybrid Systems/Consensus

PhD: LAAS-CNRS (http://www.laas.fr), Toulouse University
Title: Hybrid Techniques for Analysis and Design of Limited Information Control Systems
Supervision: S. Tarbouriech and L. Zaccarian
Duration: from 09/2013 to 08/2016
Application Deadline: April 21, 2013
LimICos is an interdisciplinary project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) at the frontier of control theory, information theory, and digital communications. The objective of this project is to know to what extent controlled systems are impacted by imperfections due to communication between devices; the main part of the proposal is dedicated to the point-to-point scenario, which typically involves one controller and one plant in communication but the case of networked controlled system is also investigated. One of the main goals of LimICos is to model these imperfections and take them into account both in the performance analysis and design of the control systems.
Within the LimICos project, a PhD thesis is considered, which will use, within the scope of the project, Lyapunov techniques inspired by the nonlinear hybrid dynamical systems framework recently proposed by Teel and co-authors. With these hybrid techniques, new modeling and control design tools are available, which are especially suited to address the continuous/discrete phenomena arising in control networks. In particular, the proposed PhD study will address event-triggered and self-triggered control designs that reduce bandwidth usage in communication networks, in combination with distributed control systems that arise in some specific control problems such as consensus of multi-agent systems and control of peculiar distributed physical systems.
The expected outcome of this PhD study is a set of analysis and design tools that could be assessed on a few application studies, such as control applications in computer networks, or consensus/synchronization of drones in flight formations. In light of the envisioned applications, it will  be relevant to take into account isolated nonlinearities (saturation, hysteresis, backlash) within the PhD study.
Lyapunov tools, hybrid dynamical systems, distributed control, consensus and synchronization, nonlinear systems
- Master degree in Control Engineering.
- Very good knowledge of feedback control systems, nonlinear systems, and nonlinear control.
- Experience with MATLAB/SIMULINK.
- Effective communication skills in English both oral and written.
- Experience with information theory will strengthen the application.
The position is available in September 2013 for three years. The PhD student will be appointed by public funding with a salary of roghly 1400 Euros (free of charges).
Candidates should apply before April 21st, 2013 by sending an email to Dr. Sophie Tarbouriech () and Dr. Luca Zaccarian (
- a CV summarizing university background and research experiences
- a motivation letter of one page.

Summer School of Automatic Control of Grenoble 2013

This event is organized every year from 34 years by the Control Systems Department of Grenoble Images Speech Signal Control Laboratory (GIPSA-Lab).

This year, the School will take place from July 1st to July 5 2013 in Grenoble, France.

 The theme chosen for this year is STABILITY OF TIME-DELAY SYSTEMS AND ITS APPLICATIONS, having Alexandre SEURET, Win MICHIELS and Silviu-Iulian NICULESCU as scientific chairs.

An application session has been included in the Technical Program to enhance attractivity among students.

Please find herein enclosed this event’s flyer, as well as its preliminary programme:

Anounce Summer School juillet 2013_EN


Up-to-date information is available following the link: