Dependable Control and Decision Group

DECODE – Dependable Control and Decision Group

The DECODE (Dependable Control and Decision) group focuses on complex control systems, where coupling between subsystems, local sources of uncertainty, and structural changes can undermine reliability and generate dangerous behaviors. By leveraging tools from control theory, optimization, and machine learning, we contribute to the development of next-generation systems that are dependable, more autonomous and self adapt to changes in the internal dynamics and the surrounding environment.

The DECODE group is part of the EPFL Automatic Control Laboratory and the NCCR automation.

All software related to our publications is freely available on GitHub.

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Congratulations to Baiwei Guo on Earning His PhD!

— Baiwei Guo defended his thesis on Friday, 1/12/23.

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Clara Galimberti finalist for the IEEE CSS Swiss Young Author Award

— Finalist for the IEEE CSS Swiss Young Author Award

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DECODE at 2nd Brig Workshop on Dissipativity in Systems and Control

— DECODE members at 2nd Brig Workshop on Dissipativity in Systems and Control, Brig, Switzerland

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New PhD student

— Laura Meroi recently joined LA. She will work on neural network control for non-linear systems with dissipativity and performance guarantees toward her PhD with Prof. Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate.

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New PhD student

— Nicolas has recently joined the DECODE group as a Ph.D. student. Welcome on board!

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Two PhD positions avaiable in DECODE

— Two PhD positions are available within the DECODE group of EPFL (Switzerland) on PAC-Bayes and distributionally robust optimal control. Candidates with a strong methodological background and motivated by research on theory and algorithms are encouraged to apply. More details can be found under Open Positions in the menu.

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New networked operator parametrization allows unconstrained learning!

— Our paper "Unconstrained learning of networked nonlinear systems via free parametrization of stable interconnected operators" got accepted for the European Control Conference 2024 (ECC24)!

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A Neural Network Control workshop at ECC2024, Stockholm, Sweden!

— DECODE is organizing a workshop on Neural Network Control at ECC2024 in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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Machine Learning meets System Identification!

— Our collaborative paper, "Stable Linear Subspace Identification: A Machine Learning Approach", got accepted for ECC2024 (European Control Conference) in Stockholm! 

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Head of the group: Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate
Office: ME C2 398
Mail: [email protected]

Administration : Barbara Schenkel
Office : ME C2 389
Phone : +41 21 693 07 80
Fax : +41 21 693 2574
Mail : [email protected]

How to reach the DECODE group and the Laboratoire d’Automatique from the M2 metro station

Dependable Control and Decision group (DECODE)
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
ME C2 398 (Bâtiment ME) , Station 9 
CH-1015 Lausanne

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