8th IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Non Linear Control – Besançon – France – 10-12 june 2024

Welcome by the National Organizing Committee Chair

Y. Le Gorrec, Supmicrotech, FEMTO-ST Besançon, France

The 8th IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control (LHMNC 2024) will take place in Besançon, France from the 10 to the 12 of June 2024. It aims to bring together control experts from different areas to exchange on physical structures as the foundation of versatile design methods, to discuss new approaches for modeling, analysis and control design, and to present state-of-the-art results on applications to complex dynamical engineering systems.

Background and Scope of the Conference

Advances in technology and the progress in digitalization and automation require to account for diverse nonlinear phenomena in the design of increasingly complex control systems that are connected via digital communication networks and process increasing amounts of acquired data (such as for digital twins or Industry 4.0). Vital challenges to be tackled also by the control community lie in modeling, operation and control of smart and sustainable systems of energy generation, storage and distribution. Very efficient and robust approaches for modeling, numerical approximation, order reduction, simulation, and control design are based on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian system formulations. For example, the port-Hamiltonian framework has made significant progress in methodology and applications to cope with heterogeneous networks of different types, coupled multi-physical and thermodynamic systems. Such energy-based formulations allow to combine the powerful design methods of passivity-based control with the specific properties of the differential-geometric structures of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian systems. Recent developments have shown the power of the Hamiltonian and Lagrangian framework for distributed parameter systems, in combination with adapted numerical schemes, with many examples in fluid dynamics, acoustics, fluid-structure interaction, quantum mechanics and irreversible thermodynamics, but also in the field of system identification and machine learning.
Application areas of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods in nonlinear control include, among others, robotics, tele-manipulation, multi-carrier power and transportation systems, chemical engineering, biological processes and smart materials

Main IFAC sponsoring Technical Committees

  • TC 2.3. Non-Linear Control Systems

IFAC Co-sponsoring Technical Committees

  • TC 2.1. Control Design
  • TC 2.6. Distributed Parameter Systems

Other scientific bodies co-sponsoring technically the conference

  • ANR Project ANR-21-CE48-0018 IMPACTS – Implicit port Hamiltonian control systems
  • IEEE CSS TC on Distributed Parameter Systems

National Organizing Committee

NOC Chair

(FRANCE/Besançon, FEMTO-ST, Supmicrotech)

NOC Co-Chair

Yongxin WU
(FRANCE/Besançon, FEMTO-ST, Supmicrotech)

NOC Co-Chair

Ning LIU

NOC Co-Chair

Bernhard Maschke
(FRANCE/Lyon, LAGEPP, University Lyon 1)


(CHILE/UTFSM, Valparaiso)

International Program Committee

IPC Chair

(Germany, Munchen, Technical University of Munich (TUM))

IPC Vice-Chair

Jacquelien SCHERPEN
(The Netherlands, Groningen, University of Groningen)

IPC Members

Alessandro Astolfi, UK
Ravi Banavar, India
Peter Betsch, Germany
Anthony Bloch, USA
Leonardo Colombo, Spain
Alejandro Donaire, Australia
Gerardo Espinosa-Pérez, Mexico
Timm Faulwasser, Germany
Kenji Fujimoto, Japan
François Gay-Balmaz, France
Silke Glas, The Netherlands
Lars Grüne, Germany
Thomas Hélie, France
Nicolas Hudon, Canada
Birgit Jacob, Germany
Dimitri Jeltsema, The Netherlands
Laurent Lefèvre, France
Sigrid Leyendecker, Germany
Alessandro Macchelli, Italy
Bernhard Maschke, France
Denis Matignon, France
Volker Mehrmann, Germany
Thomas Meurer, Germany
Romeo Ortega, Mexico
Haijun Peng, China
Christophe Prieur, France
Witold Respondek, France
Pierre Rouchon, France
Joachim Rudolph, Germany
Oliver Sawodny, Germany
Markus Schöberl, Austria
Christian Secchi, Italy
Arjan van der Schaft, The Netherlands
Rafal Wisniewski, Denmark
Hiroaki Yoshimura, Japan
Hans Zwart, The Netherlands


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