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Welcome to MTNS 2004


We welcome you to the 16th Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems Conference (better known as MTNS2004). The scientific program includes five plenary, fifteen semi-plenary presentations (or should we say “ternary-plenary”), and ninety sessions (in ten parallel tracks) with each between four and seven presentations. We can surely say that a very broad spectrum of the Networks and Systems field is covered during the conference, including bio-informatics topics. At the moment of writing, over 500 scientists have registered, so we can already call this conference a success!

This year’s conference is organized in the centre of the small but cozy city of Leuven. Normally Leuven is overloaded with students, but at the time of the conference, the examination period is just finished, deliberations have taken place, and the students are either celebrating or “licking their wounds”. Now the city is returned to the “natives” for two months, but during the summer months a lot of activities are organized in the town. On the last day of the conference, there will be the second of four “Beleuvenissen” evenings. During “Beleuvenissen” several concerts related to a certain music style are scheduled throughout the city centre. This second evening is all about “folk music”. Leuven also has a whole bunch of pubs, restaurants, and terraces, to make your stay even more pleasant.

Thank you and enjoy!


Bart De Moor
Bart Motmans
Jan Willems
Paul Van Dooren
Vincent Blondel

Editors


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General Information

About MTNS/Location

MTNS is a prime conference in the general area of mathematical systems theory. The symposium is interdisciplinary and attracts mathematicians, engineers and researchers working in any aspect of the broad field of systems theory.
MTNS 2004 is organized in the “Oude Valk” and “Nieuwe Valk” (Old and New Falcon, Tiensestraat 41, 3000 Leuven) of the Faculty of Law of the K.U.Leuven in the city center of Leuven, July 5-9, 2004.
The symposium program includes (semi-)plenary lectures, mini-symposia, and contributed papers.
MTNS is usually organized every two years and traditionally covers areas involving a wide range of research directions in mathematical systems, networks and control theory.
MTNS 2006 will be organized in Kyoto International Conference Hall, Japan from July 24 till July 28, 2006. Their preliminary web site can be found at: http://www-ics.acs.i.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~mtns06/ .

City of Leuven

For more information: see http://www.leuven.be/showpage.asp?iPageID=2721 or the brochure in your conference package.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven or Université Catholique de Louvain

(text courtesy of Vincent Blondel)

The century old catholic university was founded by the pope in 1425 in the Flemish town of Louvain (in Flemish, Leuven). The university is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Those attending the university in the XVIth century include the theologian and humanist Erasmus, the geographer Mercator, and the father of modern anatomy Vesalius.

Courses at the university were initially taught in French but Flemish gradually entered lecture rooms. In 1968, the university was split in two distinct universities: the Flemish speaking "Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven)" remained in Leuven, and the French speaking "Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)" moved 20 km south of Brussels in the newly constructed town of Louvain-la-Neuve in the French speaking Wallonia region (except for the Faculty of Medicine that moved to Brussels). The name of the two universities should not be translated into English if you want to avoid confusion…

At the time of the splitting the tension was very high. According to history, the century old university library was split in two, with even-numbered volumes on one side and odd-numbered volumes on the other. Currently, the two sister universities do however collaborate intensively both on education and research and the rectors have regular joint strategic meetings.

The K.U.Leuven and UCL are today the largest universities in their respective communities; they jointly award one out of every three university degrees in Belgium.

Of the program chairs, Bart De Moor and Jan Willems are from the K.U.Leuven and Paul Van Dooren and Vincent Blondel are from UCL.

Practical Information

City Walks
On Tuesday and Wednesday, it is possible to join a (free) guided walk through Leuven (approx. 2 hrs), starting at 19:00 hrs in front of the City Hall. You can register for these walks at the conference secretariat (each day 5 groups of 25 persons).
Coffeebreaks
Coffeebreaks will be held in two locations: entrance hall "Nieuwe Valk", and entrance hall "Oude Valk".
Conference Dinner
The Conference Dinner will take place on Thursday evening (July 8, at 19:30 hrs) at the Faculty Club (see map), which is part of the Great Beguinage, a unique clustering of 16th and 17th century houses. Weather permitting, the aperitif will be served on the square in front of the restaurant.
Lunch/Dinner
In the close neighborhood of the conference location (the Falcon/De Valk), several sandwich bars, small restaurants, pubs with snacks, … are at your disposal. Approximately 200 meters from De Valk (on the Tiensestraat, direction Tiensepoort), you'll find the ALMA 1, a recent student restaurant.
You can also go to the “Oude Markt” (Old Market Square), known as “the longest bar of the world”.
Reception
All MTNS2004 attendees are invited to the Conference Reception on Monday evening (July 5, 2004, from 18:00 - 20:30 hrs), with Belgian beers offered by Interbrew Belgium NV. The reception will be on the square in the Pope College (if weather allows) (see map), otherwise in the famous fourteenth century University Hall ("Jubileumzaal"). During the reception, the Dixie band, conducted by Prof. Bart Preneel, will entertain you.
Registration Desk/Conference Secretariat
The Registration desk/conference secretariat will be situated in the entrance hall of the "Nieuwe Valk" (also called Valk 3) ("New Falcon").
Service hours are:
Sunday: 17:00 - 20:00
Monday - Friday: 8:30 - 16:30

For urgent problems, you can always contact
Ms. Ida Tassens: Mobile: +32-(0)495-437995
Ir. Bart Motmans: Mobile: +32-(0)485-169130

Travel
To return to Brussels Airport (www.brusselsairport.be), or Leuven Railway Station, you can obtain information about the train schedule, taxi, … at the conference secretariat.
Buses travel frequently from the "Maarschalk Fochplein" (5 minutes walking distance from the Valk) to Leuven Railway Station (the trip takes approximately 10 minutes). On foot, it's a 10 to 15 minute walk from the railway station to the conference venue. Trains from Leuven to the airport leave at xx:38 hrs and xx:00 hrs (from 9:38 hrs until 22:00 hrs), and the trip takes approximately 50 minutes.

A taxi from Leuven to the airport will cost approximately 50 euro (one-way).

Presentations
Presentations will take (a multiple) of twenty minutes. Beamers and overhead projectors will be available, but you need to bring your own computer.

Links

Leuven: http://www.leuven.be/showpage.asp?iPageID=2721 or http://www.leuven.com/index_en.html
Restaurants (general): http://www.resto.be
Weather Info: http://www.meteo.be
Train: http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/
Bus Information: http://www.delijn.be (unfortunately only in Dutch)

Committees and Sponsors

Sponsors

Scientific Committee

Bart De Moor, chair;
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
www.esat.kuleuven.ac.be/~demoor
bart.demoor@esat.kuleuven.ac.be
Vincent Blondel
Université Catholique de Louvain
www.inma.ucl.ac.be/~blondel
blondel@inma.ucl.ac.be
Paul Van Dooren
Université Catholique de Louvain
www.auto.ucl.ac.be/~vdooren/
vdooren@csam.ucl.ac.be
Jan Willems
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
www.esat.kuleuven.ac.be/~jwillems/
jan.willems@esat.kuleuven.ac.be

MTNS Steering Committee

V. Blondel
C. Byrnes
R. Curtain
B. Datta
P. Dewilde
B. De Moor (Chair 2004-2006)
H. Dym
A. El Jay
M. Fliess
P. Fuhrmann
D. Gilliam
U. Helmke
W. Helton
A. Isidori
R. Kaashoek
H. Kimura
A. Kurzhansky
A. Lindquist
C. Martin
G. Picci
A. Ran
A. Rantzer
J. Rosenthal (Chair 2002-2004)
J. van Schuppen
P. Van Dooren
Y. Yamamoto

Honorary Members:
C. Desoer
I. Gohberg
R. Newcomb
A. Zemanian

International Programming Committee

The International Program Committee is chaired by Paul Van Dooren (UCL).
Peter Bauer
Rene Boel
Xavier Bombois
Michael Branicky
Alessandro Chiuso
Heike Fassbender
Avraham Feintuch
Art Frazho
Krzysztof Galkowski
Tryphon Georgiou
Bijoy Ghosh
Bill Helton
Diederich Hinrichsen
Knut Hueper
Rien Kaashoek
Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue
Alexander Megretski
Yoshito Ohta
Paolo Rapisarda
Paula Rocha
Hans Schumacher
Gerard Scorletti
Michael Sebek
Johan Suykens
Roberto Tempo
Patrick Thiran
Arjan van der Schaft
Sabine Van Huffel
Jan van Schuppen
Erik Verriest
Victor Vinnikov
M. Vydiasagar
Joseph Winkin
Sandro Zampieri
Hans Zwart

Acknowledgements

This conference was only possible with the commitment of a lot of people. We especially thank Ida Tassens (secretary), Ilse Pardon (finances), Péla Noé (catering/social), Steven van Vooren, Raf Van de Plas, Emil Muresan, Anneleen Vergult (website, proceedings), Siep Weiland (T.U.Eindhoven, organizational web page), Sven Maerivoet (technical coordinator), Katrijn Demin (public relations), Lambert Leijssen, Wim Verschooten (Pope College), the Technical Services of the K.U.Leuven, PhD students of our group (ESAT-SCD), and all the others whom we might have forgotten to mention.

Map of the different locations

1 : Conference Location: De Valk (Falcon), Tiensestraat 41, Leuven
2 : Reception (Good weather): Pauscollege (Pope College), Hogeschoolplein 3, Leuven
3 : Reception (Bad weather): Jubileumzaal, Hallen, Naamsestraat 22, Leuven (the "Oude Markt" is right behind the Hallen)
4 : Dinner: Faculty Club, Groot Begijnhof 14, Leuven
5 : Plenary talks: Aula Pieter De Somer, Deberiotstraat 24, Leuven

All locations are within walking distance from each other. Locations 1, 2 and 5 are easily reachable through the open square in front of the Valk.

Floorplans

The following pictures show the floor plans of the "Old and New Falcon". Track x: all sessions ending on x (MAx, MPx, TAx, …, FAx).

Program at a Glance

 

Aula PDS

91.54

01.54

Zeger Van Hee
(91.56)

01.13

01.01

01.19

01.07

01.25

01.56

01.31

   

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5

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7

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9

10


Monday, July 5, 2004

9:00 - 9:30

OPENING

                   

9:30 - 10:30

A.S. Morse

                   

Coffee Break

                     

10:50 - 12:30

5 slots

MA1
Collective Motion

MA2
Switched Linear Systems - Part I

MA3
Behavioral Systems

MA4
H-infinity

MA5
(SYM-62)
Strong stabilization of linear systems

MA6
Signal Processing - Part I

MA7
Games

MA8
Delay Systems

MA9
(SYM-37)
Quantum Information - Part I

MA10
Control Applications - Part I

Lunch Break

                     

14:00 - 15:00

 

H. Woerdeman

F. Baccelli

T. Antoulas

             

Coffee Break

                     

15:30 - 17:50

7 slots

MP1
(SYM-17)
Multidimensional systems and repetitive processes - Part I

MP2
(SYM-44)
Nonsmooth dynamics and control

MP3
(SYM-1)
Quadratic differential forms and their applications

MP4
LMIs and algorithms

MP5
(SYM-5)
Infinite-dimensional Systems - Part I : Theory

MP6
(SYM-31)
New approaches for analysis and observation of infinite dimensional systems (PDE and FDE)

MP7
Optimal Control

MP8
(SYM-45)
Current Trends in Nonlinear Model Predictive Control

MP9
(SYM-36)
Quantum Information - Part II

MP10
Applications

18:00 - 20:30

Reception
("Pauscollege" or "Jubileumzaal")


Tuesday, July 6, 2004

9:00 - 10:00

P.L. Lions

                   

Coffee Break

                     

10:30 - 12:50

6-7 slots

TA1
(SYM-60)
New frameworks in multidimensional systems

TA2
Stochastic Hybrid Systems - Part I

TA3
(SYM-34)
Behavioral Systems

TA4
Stochastic Systems

TA5
(SYM-7)
Infinite-dimensional systems - Part II : Adaptation and performance

TA6
(SYM-56)
Semi-separable systems - Part I

TA7
(SYM-32)
Control, quantization and communication constraints - Part I

TA8
(SYM-59)
Issues in model reduction of large-scale systems

TA9
Quantum Theory

TA10
(SYM-26)
Orthogonal basis functions in estimation, identification, systems and control

Lunch Break

                     

14:00 - 15:00

 

R. Balakrishnan

O. Wolkenhauer

S. Shankar

             

Coffee Break

                     

15:30 - 17:50

7 slots

TP1
Biological/medical systems

TP2
(SYM-2)
New tools for hybrid system analysis

TP3
Nonlinear Systems

TP4
(SYM-14)
Riccati equations and related topics - Part I

TP5
(SYM-42)
Adaptive L2 stabilization

TP6
(SYM-53)
Structured Matrices and Applications - Part I

TP7
(SYM-4)
Communication networks and control theory

TP8
(SYM-28)
Spectral value sets and transient behaviour

TP9
(SYM-24)
Geometric optimization with applications in numerical linear algebra, robotics and computer vision

TP10
Electromagnetical Modelling


Wednesday, July 7, 2004

9:00 - 10:00

A. Goldbeter

                   

Coffee Break

                     

10:30 - 12:30

6 slots

WA1
(SYM-39)
Cell biology with control and system theory

WA2
(SYM-50)
Model predictive control for discrete-event systems and hybrid systems

WA3
Controllability

WA4
Robustness

WA5
(SYM-8)
Infinite-dimensional Systems - Part III : Computational issues

WA6
Signal Processing - Part II

WA7
(SYM-19)
Networks, sensors and control

WA8
(SYM-46)
Learning Theory and Kernel Methods Part - Part I

WA9
(SYM-11)
Positive Systems

WA10
Control Applications - Part II

Lunch Break

                     

14:00 - 15:00

 

J. Scherpen

M. Overton

L. Mirkin

             

Coffee Break

                     

15:30 - 17:50

7 slots

WP1
(SYM-23)
Mathematical theory of oscillations in networks and systems

WP2
(SYM-51)
Finite dynamical systems : theory and practice

WP3
(SYM-9)
Port-Hamiltonian Systems : An approach to modeling and control of complex physical systems

WP4
(SYM-15)
Riccati equations and related topics - Part II

WP5
(SYM-6)
Infinite-dimensional systems - Part IV : Stabilization and controller design

WP6
(SYM-54)
Structured Matrices and Applications - Part II

WP7
(SYM-52)
Randomized algorithms and probabilistic methods in systems and control

WP8
(SYM-47)
Learning Theory and Kernel Methods - Part II

WP9
(SYM-18)
Modelling, analysis and design of positive sysems

WP10
(SYM-41)
Interpolation and factorization in several variables


Thursday, July 8, 2004

9:00 - 10:00

V. Mehrmann

                   

Coffee Break

                     

10:30 - 12:30

6 slots

THA1
(SYM-12)
Multidimensional systems and repetitive processes - Part II

THA2
Switched Linear Systems - Part II

THA3
Systems Theory - Part I

THA4
(SYM-16)
Riccati equations and related topic - Part III

THA5
(SYM-35)
Convolutional Codes

THA6
(SYM-55)
Semi-separable systems - Part II

THA7
(SYM-48)
Modelling and control of networks

THA8
(SYM-58)
Identification and control in computer vision

THA9
(SYM-20)
Numerical Methods for control

THA10
(SYM-27)
Representation of function classes and differential equations

Lunch Break

                     

14:00 - 15:00

 

F. Bullo

A. Bemporad

A. Lindquist

             

Coffee Break

                     

15:30 - 17:50

7 slots

THP1
(SYM-29)
Computational biosignal processing

THP2
(SYM-30)
Decentralized and distributed control and diagnosis of systems

THP3
Systems Theory - Part II

THP4
(SYM-10)
Semi-algebraic geometry, operator theory and applications

THP5
Infinite Dimensional Systems

THP6
(SYM-57)
Observer theory, design and applications

THP7
Network Dynamics and Control

THP8
Identification

THP9
Linear Algebra

THP10
(SYM-38)
Interpolation and operator theory methods

19:30 - ...  

Conference Dinner
("Faculty Club")


Friday, July 9, 2004

9:00 - 10:00

J. Rosenthal

                   

Coffee Break

                     

10:30 - 12:30

6 slots

FA1
(SYM-22)
Robust control via polynomial and optimisation methods

FA2
Hybrid and Discrete Systems

FA3
(SYM-25)
Realization theory and model reduction for nonlinear systems

FA4
(SYM-40)
LMIs in systems and control : some recent progress and new trends

FA5
(SYM-3)
Linear and nonlinear passive infinite-dimensional systems

FA6
(SYM-61)
Semi-separable systems - Part III

FA7
(SYM-32) Control, quantization and communication constraints - Part II

FA8
(SYM-43)
Robust Control : from linear to nonlinear