Talk of Prof. Paul Van den Hof

November 14, 2023

--- Title: Identification in interconnected systems – modelling, structural aspects and MATLAB Toolbox

Time: November 14, 2023
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Prof. Paul Van den Hof
Electrical Engineering Department 
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, Netherlands


Tuesday 2023-11-14 4 p.m.
IST Seminar Room 2.255 - Pfaffenwaldring 9 - Campus Stuttgart-Vaihingen



Solving data-driven modelling problems in interconnected systems requires the appropriate handling of the system’s interconnection structure.  A core aspect is the allocation of sensors (measured nodes) and actuators (excited nodes), for identifying either a local module or a full network, while typically these allocation problems do not have unique solutions.
In this seminar we will present different ways for modelling interconnected systems from a data-driven modelling perspective, and discuss the consequences for identifiability and identification. A distinction will be made between systems with topologies characterized by either a directed or an undirected graph. This leads to either a (directed) module representation or a (undirected) representation through diffusive couplings.  Specific results for the module framework will be illustrated through the recently released MATLAB Toolbox SYSDYNET for identification in dynamic networks.


Biographical Information

Paul Van den Hof received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in 1982 and 1989, respectively. In 1986 he moved to Delft University of Technology, where he was appointed as Full Professor in 1999. From 2003 to 2011, he was founding co-director of the Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC), and from 2005-2015 Scientific Director of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC). As of 2011, he is a Full Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests include data-driven modeling, identification for control, dynamic network identification, and model-based control and optimization, with applications in industrial process control systems and high-tech systems. He holds an ERC Advanced Research grant for a research project on identification in dynamic networks. Paul Van den Hof is an IFAC Fellow and IEEE Fellow, Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and IFAC Advisor. He has been a member of the IFAC Council (1999–2005, 2017-2020), the Board of Governors of IEEE Control Systems Society (2003–2005,2022-2024), and an Associate Editor and Editor of Automatica (1992–2 005). In the triennium 2017-2020 he served as Vice-President of IFAC.

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