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1st IFAC Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations (CPDE)

It is our pleasure to announce the 1st IFAC Workshop CPDE 2013, which will be held at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris, France from Sep. 25 - 27, 2013. The workshop will address new and state-of-the-art developments in modeling and control of distributed parameter systems and their application. CPDE 2013 will feature plenary lectures, contributed papers and invited papers. Prospective contributors are invited to submit their manuscripts and invited session proposals through the conference management system following the instructions at


Distributed parameter systems, which are mathematically described by partial differential equations, impose a formidable challenge in many applications coming from classical industrial fields as well as emerging fields related to energy, transport, communication or medical science. Herein, the distributed parameter description becomes an essential ingredient of the modeling and analysis process if the spatial or property distribution of the system variables cannot be neglected. Typical examples comprise chemical or biochemical reactors, thermal and electrochemical systems, smart and vibrating structures, flow problems, propagating waves, or systems for energy production, distribution and storage. The dynamic operation of these distributed parameter systems essentially relies on the incorporation of suitable control and estimation strategies to influence the system dynamics and to enlarge the dynamic operating range. Starting from these observations new approaches to the control of distributed parameter systems directly exploit the structural system properties to develop dedicated analysis and design techniques to address the spatial-temporal system dynamics. The control design for systems modeled by partial differential equations hence resides at the intersection of mathematics, systems and control theory, control systems technology, and computer and information science making it essential to provide a joint forum to foster and evolve this important and emerging field of research.

Important dates:

  • January 18, 2013 Deadline for submission of regular/invited papers and invited session proposals
  • March 29, 2013 Author notification
  • May 17, 2013 Final paper submission

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International Program Committee Co-Chairs

  • Thomas Meurer (University of Kiel, D)
  • Enrique Zuazua (Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Bilbao, ES)

National Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

  • Cathrine Bonnet (INRIA Saclay – Ile-de-France, F)
  • Yann Le Gorrec (FEMTO-ST Institute – ENSMM, Besançon , F)