Training Programme

The SADCO scientific and training programme combines techniques from many different disciplines, including, mathematical analysis, numerical analysis, control engineering, and the principal academic engineering domains. The SADCO network brings together investigators in mathematics departments, engineering departments and industrial R&D consultancies. The network fellows will gain exposure to these various aspects through interaction with all the participating institutions.

The SADCO training programme will provide a new generation of young mathematicians with broad skills in Optimal Control, which are not readily acquired at one institution alone. They will be equipped to take forward research in Optimal Control at universities, or to work in related, emerging technological areas, of vital importance to society.

20 PhD students (Early-Stage Researchers - ESRs) and 8 postdocs (Experienced Researchers - ERs) are recruited within the network.
They benefit from a complete range of multidisciplinary theoretical, practical and complementary training including:

  • Individual training-through-research research projects
  • Summer schools & scientific events
  • Industrial workshops
  • Secondments (each student spends 6 months working with one or two organisation(s) other that its host university/company)
  • Complementary skills training (common training sessions are organised on subjects such as oral communication, intellectual property, jobs in the industry and grant-writing)
  • Regular meetings & active networking


Many SADCO events are open to external participants.


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