SADCO Newsletter - Issue 4 - April 2013

Upcoming network-wide events

Network-wide activities are part of the SADCO programme and complement research and training activities carried out at member organisations. They include research workshops and conferences, industrial workshops and summer schools which. Unless otherwise specified, they are open to external participants.


  • Doctoral Days 2013, 10-12 June 2013, Palaiseau

The SADCO fellows will present their research through a series of talks on June 10-11.
This will be followed by an Industrial and Poster Exhibition Day on June 12.
Registration is now open. The agenda will be available soon.
Contact: Sonja Rauski
To register and for more information, please visit: DD2013


  • Summer school and workshop on optimal and model predictive control - OMPC 2013, 9-13 Sept. 2013, Bayreuth, Germany

The Summer School will take place on 9-10 Sept. 2013.
The workshop will be held on 11-13 Sept. 2013.

▪ Moritz Diehl (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
▪ Lars Grüne (University of Bayreuth)

Summer school courses on:
▪ Numerical Optimal Control by Matthias Gerdts (Munich)
▪ Model Predictive Control by James Rawlings (Wisconsin-Madison)
Invited talks on various aspects of Optimal Control, Numerical Methods and Model Predictive Control.
Talks by SADCO fellows and team members
Poster session for young researchers

Registration is now open. Participation at OMPC 2013 is free of charge but the number of participants is limited and registration is mandatory.
For young researchers SADCO will offer a limited number of grants to cover the local expenses.

Contact: Lars Grüne

More information at: OMPC 2013 SADCO and OMPC 2013 Bayreuth


Several softwares are available on the SADCO website at


  • ROC-HJ solver: Software for reachability analysis and motion planning

The software ROC-HJ is a C++ precompiled library that implements a set of numerical methods for solving some Hamilton-Jacobi equations arising in optimal control theory.

The library also contains some useful tools for analyzing the numerical solutions and aiming at designing the optimal control laws along with the corresponding optimal trajectories.
The code can run for any dimension d≥1 limited only by the machine capacity.
The library can be used for a large class of deterministic control problems including: reachability analysis, path planning, collision avoidance, infinite horizon control problems, minimum time problems, Mayer or Bolza type problem, state-constrained control problems, differential games, exit time problems.
Contact: Hasnaa Zidani


  • HOVI Solver

High Order Variational Integrator
This Matlab script (Octave compatible) integrates a (possibly controlled) mechanical system using a symplectic method. The algorithm uses polynomials in order to approximate the solutions. With respect to the order s of the polynomials, the method is shown to be of order 2s.
Contact: Cédric M. Campos



The Fortran package OCPID-DAE1 is designed to solve optimal control problems and parameter identification problems subject to ordinary differential equations and differential algebraic equations, control and state constraints, and boundary conditions.
Contact: Matthias Gerdts


Where are they now ?

Three ER fellows (postdocs) have completed their SADCO fellowship.

* Marco Mazzola (former postdoc at UPMC) holds a permanent position at UPMC in Paris, France
* Francisco Silva (former postdoc at University of Rome - La Sapienza) holds a permanent position at the University of Limoges, France
* Cédric M. Campos (former postdoc at Technische Universität München, Bayreuth team) works at the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT) in Madrid, Spain.



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