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Hilti Mechatronic Prize 2019

— Antoine Laurens has won the Hilti Mechatronic Prize of 2019 for his Master project entitled “Automatic Fine Tuning of Robust Controllers” in collaboration with ETEL and supervised by Dr. Alireza Karimi.

New PhD Thesis

— Ivan successfully passed his PhD exam on October 25th, 2019. EPFL Thesis 9564: Low-Complexity Optimization-Based Control: Design, Methods and Applications by Ivan Pejcic. Thesis Directors: Colin Jones

New PhD Thesis

— Sanket successfully passed his PhD exam on September 2nd, 2019. EPFL Thesis 9524: Kernel methods and Model predictive approaches for Learning and Control by Sanket Sanjay Diwale. Thesis Directors: Colin Jones

EPFL students design a rocket from scratch

— Summer series–Student projects. Students on this year’s EPFL Rocket Team designed a rocket that’s three meters tall and weighs 23 kilograms. Dubbed Eiger, it took home fifth place in its category at the 2019 Spaceport America Cup.

Smart greenhouses let you grow vegetables in your own apartment

— Two EPFL Master’s students have co-developed a technology for growing a small garden right in your home or office. They launched a startup to market their smart indoor greenhouses and installed prototypes at EPFL with the support of the Act for Change LAB platform (EPFL Sustainability).

New LA postdoc

— Liang Xu recently joined LA. He will work on reinforcement learning with Prof. Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate.

IEEE 1876 Standard

— IEEE 1876 – Standard for Networked Smart Learning Objects for Online Laboratories has been released.

New PhD student

— Baiwei Guo recently joined the LA. He will work on reinforcement learning toward his PhD with Prof. Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate.

New PhD student

— Clara Galimberti recently joined the LA. She will work on reinforcement learning toward her PhD with Prof. Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate.

New PhD Thesis

— Tafarel successfully passed his PhD exam on May 15th, 2019. EPFL Thesis 9276: Real-Time Optimization of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems – Methodology and Implementation by Tafarel DE AVILA FERREIRA. Thesis Directors: Dominique Bonvin & Timm Faulwasser

New LA postdoc

— Dongdong Zheng recently joined LA. He will work on data-driven identification and control of electrical grids in the framework of the SCCER-FURIES project.

New PhD Thesis

— Martand successfully passed his PhD exam on October 19th, 2018. EPFL Thesis 8803: On enforcing the necessary conditions of optimality under plant-model mismatch – what to measure and what to adapt? by Martand SINGHAL. Thesis Directors: Dominique Bonvin & Timm Faulwasser

New PhD Thesis

— Luca successfully passed his PhD exam on January 25th, 2019. EPFL Thesis 9264: Model-based predictive control methods for distributed energy resources in smart grids by Luca Fabietti. Thesis Directors: Colin Jones

Energy and Buildings Best Research Paper Award 2008-2017

— Frauke Oldewurtel, Alessandra Parisio, Colin N. Jones, Dimitrios Gyalistras, Markus Gwerder, Vanessa Stauch, Beat Lehmann, Manfred Morari won the Best Research Paper Award for 1998-2017 from journal Energy and Buildings.

New PhD Thesis

— Predrag successfully passed his PhD exam on September 21th, 2018. EPFL Thesis 257129: Real-Time Optimization of Interconnected Systems via Modifier Adaptation, with Application to Gas-Compressor Stations by Predrag Milosavljevic; Thesis Directors: Dominique Bonvin & Timm Faulwasser

New PhD Thesis

— Francisco successfully passed his PhD exam on November 16th, 2018. EPFL Thesis 257129: Distributed State Estimation and Cooperative Path-Following Under Communication Constraints by Fernandes Castro Rego, Francisco; Thesis Directors: Colin Jones & António Manuel dos Santos Pascoal

New PhD Thesis

— Ehsan successfully passed his PhD exam on June 29th, 2018. EPFL Thesis 8658: A Closed-Loop EMG-Assisted Shoulder Model by Ehsan Sarshari. Thesis Directors: Dominique Pioletti & Philippe Mullhaupt

New PhD Thesis

— Altug successfully passed his PhD exam on August 29th, 2018. EPFL Thesis 8814: Coordinated Optimization and Control for Smart Grids by Altug Bitlislioglu. Thesis Directors: Colin Jones

Prof. Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate plenary speaker at the 6th IFAC

— Prof. Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate plenary speaker at the 6th IFAC international Conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control

Dr. Alireza Karimi awarded an Innosuisse grant

— Optimal Data-Driven Control Tuning for High Precision Machines

Prof Colin Jones awarded an ERC Starting Grant

— BuildNet: Smart Building Networks

Prof. Colin Jones awarded an FNS grant

— Risk Aware Data Driven Demand Response (RISK) Application details for PhD and PostDoc positions for this projet

Prof. Giancarlo Ferrari Trecate awarded an FNS grant

— CoFlex – Scalable Control for Flexible Microgrids

Prof. Bonvin elected Fellow of the IFAC

— Prof. Bonvin has recently been elected a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control

A mere ball, a very real mathematical challenge

— Summer Series – student work (9): To what extent could we predict the number on which a roulette ball is going to fall? Philippe Paccaud, micro-technology student, tackled this complex issue in his master's thesis. In the end, there was no miracle equation, but instead a fair dose of ingenuity.

New textbook on Adaptive Control by Dr. Alireza Karimi

— Dr. Alireza Karimi has published the 2nd edition of his book "Adaptive Control. Algorithms, Analysis and Applications" by Landau, I.D., Lozano, R., M'Saad, M., Karimi, A. in the Springer Communications and Control Engineering series

LA welcomes Simone Formentin

— LA welcomes a new postdoctoral researcher, Simone Formentin, who is joining the group to work on the project "Data-driven controller tuning" with Dr. Alireza Karimi.

Prof Colin Jones to give semi-plenary at NMPC'12

— Prof Colin Jones will give a semi-plenary at the IFAC Conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC'12) on August 23 – 27, 2012. Conference details and call for papers here

Dr. Melanie Zeilinger awarded the ETH medal

— Melanie Zeilinger has been awarded with the ETH medal by ETH Zurich for her doctoral thesis entitled "Real-time Model Predictive Control".

Two PhDs sought for optimal control of smart buildings

— The Laboratoire d'Automatique has been granted a three year project to study energy-efficient control of the interaction between next generation buildings, electric vehicles and the smart grid. We are seeking two exceptional, self-motivated PhD students to study this important topic. Please see the Open positions page for details.

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