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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Welcome to Daniele Martinelli

— The DECODE group welcomes a new Ph.D. student to their team: Daniele Martinelli.

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New publication in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

— Our paper "Bayesian Error-in-Variables Models for the Identification of Distribution Grids" has been accepted and published in the March 2023 Volume of IEEE Transactions on smart grid (available here).

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Top cited article in Optimal Control Applications and Methods

— The article "Supervised model predictive control of large-scale electricity networks via clustering methods" is among the top cited papers in OCAM from 1 Jan 2021 to 15 Dec 2022. A special thanks to Pascal Klaus, a student of our group who developed the core research during his master project at the Politecnico di Milano.

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Leonardo Massai begins his PostDoc in DECODE

— Welcome to Leonardo Massai, who recently joined the DECODE group from Politecnico di Torino. Leonardo will strengthen our research on distributed control based on neural networks and machine learning.

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Welcome to Massimiliano d'Angelo!

— Massimiliano, currently Postdoc researcher at Sapienza University of Rome, is visiting the DECODE group for two months bringing his expertise on dynamic systems and probability for studying the properties of neural ODES.

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Danilo Saccani joins the DECODE group

— Danilo Saccani joined the group at the beginning of January 2023, bringing his expertise on distributed control, UAVs and MPC. Danilo is also a member of the NCCR automation. Welcome to DECODE!

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DECODE at 61st IEEE CDC, Cancun, Mexico

— DECODE members at 61st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2022)

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2023 Award of the IEEE CSS Swiss Chapter

— We are happy to announce the second edition of the IEEE Control Systems Society – Swiss Chapter Young Author Best Journal Paper Award The award, sponsored by MathWorks, addresses young researchers who have recently published papers in a society journal.  Let us highlight that, to be eligible for the award, candidates must be members of the IEEE-CSS Swiss Chapter at the time of the nomination. The other main requirements are that: the candidate must be 35 years old or younger on January 1st, 2023; the candidate must be one of the authors of the paper. The nomination deadline is March 31st, 2023. The three finalists and the recipient of the prize will be announced by the end of May 2023. Further details can be found in this call, also available on the Swiss CSS website.

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Paper accepted at Grid Edge 2023

— Congratulations to Lisa Laurent for the acceptation of her semester project "Real-world estimation of distribution grid parameters" at the conference Grid Edge 2023. Find the preprint here.

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

Administration : Nicole Bouendin
Office : ME C2 389
Phone : +41 21 693 38 45
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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