3rd IFAC/IEEE CSS Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations CPDE and XI Workshop Control of Distributed Parameter Systems, CDPS 2019.

The aim of organizing these two workshops in one is to bring together scientists interested in control of distributed parameter systems, namely those having different points of view and possessing different types of expertise. The conference will address new and state-of-the-art developments in modeling and control of distributed parameter systems and their application. Since the control design for these systems resides at the intersection of mathematics, systems and control theory, control systems technology, and computer and information science is essential to provide a joint forum to foster and evolve this important and emerging field of research. CPDE-CDPS’19  aims at providing this forum under the IFAC flagship,  with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Control Systems Society and in collaboration with the Mexican Mathematical Society (SMM).

To enlarge the community of researches working in modeling and control of distributed parameter systems, before the workshop an introductory spring school will be held from May 16 to May 18.

The workshops and spring school will be held at Hotel Misión de los Ángeles, Oaxaca, México.


Misión de los Ángeles

The prices for the group are: $1231 mexican pesos in single room/breakfast included
$1391 mexican pesos in double room/breakfast included

For reservations send a mail to alma@im.unam.mx with copy to   ldeteresa@im.unam.mx with in the subject Grupo Matemáticas, the dates and kind of room you want.

The Organizing Committee has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the 3rd IFAC/IEEE CSS Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations (CPDE 2019) and XI Workshop on Control of Distributed Parameter Systems (CDPS 2019) to be held in Oaxaca, Mexico, May 20-24, 2019.

CPDE is the triennial meeting of IFAC for bringing together scientists interested in modelling and control of distributed parameter systems and their applications. CDPS started in 1998 with the aim to study and develop the mathematical machinery to study the control problems of distributed parameter systems. Since the control design for these systems resides at the intersection of mathematics, systems and control theory, control systems technology, and computer and information science CPDE-CDPS’19  aims at providing a forum to foster and develop this important and emerging field of research under the IFAC flagship, and with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Control Systems Society.

The venue, Oaxaca city, is one of the safest and most economically stable regions in Mexico, considered Humanity’s Cultural Patrimony by UNESCO. The face of Oaxaca is charming 17th-century architecture: courtyards and shaded zocalos. Oaxaca offers beautiful architecture, distinctive restaurants, a rich array of cultural offerings, friendly population, harmonious relationship with nature and a temperate climate year-round. It has recently ranked second in The World’s Top 15 Cities by Travel and Leisure (https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/cities ).

The topics of the workshop will cover new and state-of-the-art developments in modeling and control of distributed parameter systems and its application. This covers approaches and techniques for the modeling, analysis, control, and observer/estimator design for systems governed by partial differential equations and includes (but is not limited to) methods such as differential geometric and algebraic approaches, semigroup and operator theory, Lyapunov-based and backstepping techniques, passivity and dissipativity, optimal control, controllability and observability analysis, stability theory, model reduction for control, computational methods, real-time control, actuator and sensor placement, experimental design.

In addition, applications are considered covering, e.g., smart and adaptive structures in mechatronics, marine systems and aerospace engineering, flow control, energy generation, distribution and storage, process intensification and process systems engineering, adaptive optics, quantum systems, distributed cooperative systems, communication, embedded actuators and sensors, traffic control and network congestion, and flexible micro-structures.

Five confirmed plenary talks will be delivered by Thomas Meurer, Emilia Fridman, Enrique Fernández Cara, Yuri Orlov and Nicolas Burq, well recognized experts in their fields. Also several invited keynotes will be presented. Invited sessions and posters are encouraged as well. Moreover, to enlarge the community of researches working in modeling and control of distributed parameter systems, prior to the workshop an introductory spring school will be held from May 16 to May 18, 2019, at the same location.

For more information, visit: https://www.smm.org.mx/eventos/cdps-cpde/


December 20, 2018: Deadline for the submission of:

• Full draft contributed / invited papers

• Invited session proposals

• Tutorial papers,

• Prospective or Discussion papers (about 3 pages)

February 12, 2019: Notification of acceptance

March 15, 2019: Deadline for the final paper submissions

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the PaperPlaza Conference Manuscript Management System.

Proceedings from IFAC meetings are published by IFAC, in cooperation with the IFAC Publisher,on the IFAC PapersOnLine site and will be citable via an ISSN and a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), a unique industry-standard identifier assigned to every paper.

Copyright conditions

All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage (https://www.elsevier.com/authors/journal-authors/policies-and-ethics), and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines (https://www.ifac-control.org/events/organizers-guide/PublicationEthicsGuidelines.pdf/view).

Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect (https://sciencedirect.com/). To this end, the author(s) must confer the copyright to IFAC when they submit the final version of the paper through the paper submission process. The author(s) retain the right to use a copy of the paper for personal use, internal institutional use at the author(s)’ institution, or scholarly posting at an open web site operated by the author(s) or their institution, limited to noncommercial use. Any other use of the paper requires approval by IFAC.”

Kirsten Morris & Lars Gruene, IPC Chairs
Luz de Teresa & Jaime A. Moreno, NOC Chairs

Contact Email:  CDPS-CPDE@smm.org.mx

Download the Call for paper in PDF

National Organizing Committee

Jaime Moreno (Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM) MX, Co-Chair
Luz de Teresa (Instituto de Matemáticas, UNAM) MX, Co-Chair

Yury Orlov (CICESE) MX, Editor

CPDE 2019 Program Committee


Lars Grüne (DE)
Kirsten Morris (CA)


Fatiha Alabau-Boussouira (FR)
Lorena Bociu (US)
Delphine Bresch-Pietri (FR)
Eduardo Casas (ES)
Eduardo Cerpa (CL)
Weiwei Hu (US)
Valeria Neves Domingos Cavalcanti (BR)
Michael Demetriou (US)
Denis Dochain (BE)
Max Gunzburger (US)
Birgit Jacob (DE)
Miroslav Krstic (US)
Andreas Kugi (AT)
Irena Lasiecka (US)
Yann Le Gorrec (FR)
Alessandro Macchelli (IT)
Thomas Meurer (DE)
Nicolas Petit (FR)
Benedetto Piccoli (US)
Christophe Prieur (FR)
Pierre Rouchon (FR)
Oliver Sawodny (DE)
Ralph Smith (US)
Jacquelien Scherpen (NL)
Markus Schöberl (AT)
Emmanuel Trelat (FR)
Stefan Volkwein (DE)
Enrique Zuazua (ES)
Hans Zwart (NL)

CDPS Steering Committee

Michael Demetriou (US)
Denis Dochain (FR)
Bao-Zhu Guo (CH)
Birgit Jacob (DE)
Miroslav Krstic (US)
Hartmut Logemann (UK)
Denis Matignon (FR)
Kirsten Morris (CA)
Jonathan Partington (UK)
Lassi Paunonen (FI)
Olof Staffans (FI)
Marius Tucsnak (FR)
George Weiss (IL)
Joseph Winkin (BE)
Enrique Zuazua (ES)
Hans Zwart - Chair (NL)


The city of Oaxaca is one of the essential inheritances of Mexico. It is one of the few towns where all the historical periods of Mexico shine: pre-Hispanic, colonial, independent, modern, and contemporary are expressed in every street, colonial building, museum, colorful crafts, pre-Columbian ruins, and the many splendorous baroque churches that are to be found in every corner.  Since 1987 is considered as Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/415).

How to get There

Oaxaca has an international airport (OAX). You can either fly to Oaxaca from Mexico City (by Aeromexico, Interjet or Volaris) or from Houston (by United); there are also flights from other Mexican cities. There is an intercity bus service from Mexico City to Oaxaca; the trip takes 6 to 7 hours. The buses depart from Terminal de Autobuses de Pasajeros de Oriente (TAPO) which can be reached from the Mexico City Airport by city bus (metrobus).

Spring School

An introduction to modelling and control of systems governed by PDE's
16-18 May


Enrique Fernández Cara, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Theoretical and numerical aspects of the controllability of parabolic PDEs and systems


These Lectures deal with some recent results concerning the controllability of systems governed by PDEs of parabolic kind. The aim is to present fundamental results, applications and open problems.

First, I will review some basic concepts and results. Here, the 1D heat equation will serve to illustrate the main achievements and difficulties.

Then, we will consider systems of the Navier-Stokes kind. We will analyze the exact controllability to the trajectories and some related questions from the theoretical and numerical viewpoints. We will also indicate a lot of questions and possible strategies.

Finally, several other control problems arising in applications will be studied. I will present results concerning, among others, the control of turbulence, hierarchical controllability, the control of free boundaries, etc.

Along these Lectures, a set of questions (some of them easy, some of them more intricate or even difficult) will be stated. Also, several open problems will be mentioned. I hope that all this will help to understand the underlying concepts and results.

Yann Le Gorrec, FEMTO-St, France
Modelling and control of distributed parameter port Hamiltonian systems

Thomas Meurer, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
Motion planning and tracking control for PDEs

Flatness–based trajectory planning and feedforward control design.
Feedback stabilization and observer design using backstepping.
Lyapunov–based feedback stabilization and observer design.

Instructions for authors & papers/invited sessions

Paper submission

All papers must be submitted electronically as PDF files following the IFAC conference format through the Papercept system by December 20th, 2018.

The number of pages of Regular papers is limited to 6 (8 for draft papers) (up to two additional pages are permitted at an extra charge of € 100 per additional page). The number of pages of a Discussion paper is about 3.  The maximum file size is 2 MB.

Papers must be in agreement with the IFAC Copyright Policy.

More details, instructions and template files for IFAC papers can be found in: http://www.ifac-control.org/events/information-for-ifac-authors

Regular and discussion paper submission

All the paper submissions should be carried out through the official conference manuscript management system: https://ifac.papercept.net/

Invited session & paper submission

Proposals are sought from those wishing to organize an invited session. An invited session consists of four to six papers, which should present a unifying theme from a diversity of viewpoints. Proposals for invited sessions are submitted through the conference submission website (Papercept), and must contain an abstract describing the motivation and relevance of the proposed session, as well as short descriptions of the component papers. To better organize the review process and the workshop program, the invited sessions organizers are also advised to send a mandatory email to Jaime Moreno (CDPS-CPDE@smm.org.mx) with all the information concerning the invited session (abstract and short description of the invited contributions).

Nicolas Burq, Universite Paris-Sud, France
Decay rates for Kelvin Voigt damped wave equations


In this talk I will present some results about the different decay rates one can achieve for elastic/viscoelastic waves damped according to different geometric properties of the media. The conducting line will be around resolvent estimates.

Homepage: www.math.u-psud.fr/~nb/
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Enrique Fernández-Cara, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
New optimal control and null controllability results for Navier-Stokes-like systems


This talk is devoted to present some recent results dealing with the control of systems of the Navier-Stokes kind. We will consider some (new) optimal control and controllability problems and we will discuss theoretical and numerical aspects. In particular, we will deal with bi-objective optimal control, global approximate controllability and related questions.

Emilia Fridman, Tel Aviv University
Robust delayed and sampled-data control of parabolic PDEs


The talk will start with distributed control and estimation of semilinear 1D heat equations in the presence of input/output delays (which may include sampling in time). It is assumed that N sensors provide delayed in time point or averaged measurements of the state, whereas the delayed control is applied through distributed in space shape functions. Given upper bounds on the delays, sufficient conditions ensuring the stability and performance (exponential decay rate or L2-gain) are established in terms of linear matrix inequalities using appropriate Lyapunov–Krasovskii functionals. Event-triggered, sampled-data relay control of heat equation and regional sampled-data stabilization of Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation will be presented. For systems with boundary or in-domain point actuation and sampled-data point measurements, the input delay is compensated using the observers of the future state. Finally, sampled-data boundary observers for 1D heat equations and some extensions to multidimensional PDEs will be discussed.

Homepage  http://www.eng.tau.ac.il/~emilia/
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Thomas Meurer, Kiel University
Thomas Meurer
Multi-agent systems – continuum models and PDE-based control

Multi-agent systems consist of dynamical subsystems (agents) that exchange information so that the agent collective is enabled to solve complex tasks. Applications address robotic actuator and sensor networks, intelligent traffic control and monitoring systems, coupled micro-mechanical oscillators, load balancing in processor clusters, distributed energy systems, or networks of micro-satellites. For the mathematical description of multi-agent systems it is typically distinguished between the discrete and the continuous approach. While the discrete setting makes use of ordinary differential equations to model each agent and graph theoretical concepts to address the agent coupling in the continuous setting partial differential equations (PDEs) are considered to represent an agent continuum. The latter is particularly suited for systems involving a large number of agents but still allows to recover the individual agent dynamics and interconnection. This presentation addresses recent developments for modeling and control of multi-agent systems by exploiting the continuous setting using PDEs. It is shown that this set-up enables us to develop an inverse approach, where the collective dynamics of the agent continuum is a priori imposed and serves as a degree-of-freedom to be exploited for the control design. This implies a design that is in principle independent of the actual communication topology, i.e., the inter-agent communication network, that is naturally obtained by discretizing the PDE model and the determined controller. With this, distributed and decentralized control strategies can be efficiently deduced independently of the agent number and the topology. Theoretical developments are supported by simulation and  experimental results taking into account linear and nonlinear PDE models to solve problems of synchronization and formation control in large scale multi-agent system.
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Yuri Orlov, CICESE
Yuri Orlov
Adaptive identification and control of linear dynamic PDE and retarded systems

Lyapunov redesign approach is developed side by side for distributed parameter and time delay systems It is shown that if such a system is persistently excited by a sufficiently rich input unknown spatially-varying parameters of linear PDE's of parabolic, elliptic, and hyperbolic types are uniquely determined. In the case of linear time-delay systems, their weak controllability is shown to be necessary and sufficient condition of the identifiability of the unknown system parameters, including time-delay values. Multiple time-invariant commensurate and incommensurate delay values are admitted. Dynamic identifiers of the spatially distributed parameters as well as of the time delay systems are then constructed and utilized in the subsequent adaptive control synthesis of the systems in question. Theoreticsal results are numerically illustrated in applications to engine transient fuel identification and to that of heat processes.
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Early registration deadline: March 16th
(For questions please contact: CDPS-CPDE@smm.org.mx )

Full Registration (Includes: upload of two papers, conference proceedings, coffee breaks, conference banquet).
Workshop May 20-24 : Early US $500, Late US $550
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Monday 20 May 2019, 9.30 – 10.15
Miroslav Krstic, University of California, San Diego, USA
Control of Systems of Stefan Type

Monday 20 May 2019, 15.00 – 15.45
Sergei Avdonin, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
Control, Observation and Identification Problems for the Wave Equation on Metric Graphs

Monday 20 May 2019, 15.45 – 16.30
Héctor Ramírez Estay, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
Some recent results on boundary control of infinite dimensional port-Hamiltonian systems on 1-D spatial domains

Monday 20 May 2019, 17.00 – 17.45
Yann Le Gorrec, FEMTO-ST / AS2M, France
Control by Interconnection and Energy shaping of infinite dimensional port Hamiltonian systems

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 9.30 – 10.15
Marius Tucsnak, Université de Bordeaux, France, in collaboration with Andreas Hartmann, Karim Kellay
On the reachable space of systems governed by parabolic equations in one space dimension

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 15.00 – 15.45
Alberto Mercado Saucedo, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
Uniform controllability of PDEs with vanishing coefficients by complex-analytic methods

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 15.45 – 16.30
Andrés Fraguela Collar, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
The control theory within the framework of the theory of regularization of ill posed problems

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 17.00 – 17.45
Pedro González Casanova, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Radial basis function methods for PDEs controllabilityand constrained optimization problems: Recent results

Wednesday 22 May 2019, 9.30 – 10.15
Denis Dochain, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
The Rijke’s Tube: Modelling Issues and Experiments

Thursday 23 May 2019, 9.30 – 10.15
John A. Burns, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, USA, in collaboration with James Cheung and Eugene M. Cliff
Control of Composite Distributed Parameter Systems

Thursday 23 May 2019, 15.00 – 15.45
Irena Lasiecka, University of Memphis, USA, in collaboration with Katarzyna Szulc and Antoni Zochowski, IBS-Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Flow Control and Drag Reduction in a 3-D Channel by Boundary Actuators

Thursday 23 May 2019, 15.45 – 16.30
Constanza Sánchez de la Vega, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, in collaboration with Richard Moore, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA and Diego Rial, IMAS-CONICET and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Optimal control for non linear Schrödinger equations

Thursday 23 May 2019, 17.00 – 17.45
Jaime Ortega, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Variational formulation of damage in rock mechanics and fracture dynamic

Friday 24 May 2019, 9.30 – 10.15
Kirsten Morris, University of Waterloo, Canada
Optimal Design of Actuators and Sensors for Distributed Parameter Systems

Friday 24 May 2019, 10.45 – 11.30
Lars Grüne, University of Bayreuth, Germany, in collaboration with Manuel Schaller and Anton Schieler
Exponential turnpike and sensitivity analysis for general linear evolution equations

Friday 24 May 2019, 10.45 – 11.30
Hans Zwart, University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands in collaboration with Anthony Hastir, University of Namur, Belgium and Federico Califano, University of Twente, The Nederlands
Well-posedness of infinite-dimensional linear systems with nonlinear feedback

Friday 24 May 2019, 12.15 – 13.00
Jesús Álvarez, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico
Modeling, estimation, and control of spatially distributed heterogeneous tubular chemical reactors