TC-HS Newsletter: Issue 7

Newsletter of the IEEE CSS TC on Hybrid Systems

Issue 7

Summary of TC meeting at CDC 2019: 

The TC met at the CDC in Nice and discussed current and future TC activities. Below is a summary of the discussions. A discussion on open problems in hybrid systems and control took place at the meeting. Please contact the TC Chair if you want to participate in any of these activities. The slides presented at the meeting are available here.

  • Website maintenance: All TCs need to clean up their website. 
  • CEB nominations are due January 21.
  • There is a new TC proposal on Security and Privacy 
  • To grow TC membership, we may have opportunities to waive the CSS membership cost for students wanting to join the TC.
  • The TC Student/postdoc social hour has become a tradition.  Future such events will include 2-3 Faculty in the TC (this was requested by the students).
  • Our proposal for a book collection in Birkhauser got accepted. More details are forthcoming.

Thank you to all of the TC members who attended the meeting.

Conference Announcement

Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet-of-Things Week will be held on April 21-24, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.  This event brings together four conferences, HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, and RTAS, three guest conferences, IC2E, ICFC, and IoTDI, multiple workshops and tutorials, as well as industrial and academic competitions and exhibitions.  This event is sponsored by ACM and IEEE.  Registration details will be posted soon here

The 23rd ACM International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control will be a group of conferences on hybrid systems.  The topics focus on strengthening design and analysis techniques that connect computer science and control theory. 

European Embedded Control Institute Announcement of the International Graduate School on Control Program (IGSC)

The Independent Graduate Modules include a 21-hour module per week (3 ECTS).  The deadline for advance registration is 12/01/2020 for modules M01 to M09 and 08/03/2020 for modules M10 to M25.  A wide variety of courses are offered, including:

  • From Data to Decisions: the Scenario Approach (Systems, Control, Machine Learning)
  • Control of PDEs and Nonlinear Delay Systems
  • Networked Control of Multi-Agent Systems 
  • Specification, Design, and Verification of Self-Driving Cars
  • Cyber-Physical and Data-Driven Systems: Algebraic and Optimization Techniques 
  • Hybrid Control Design

For more details on courses, please visit:
To register for M10-M25, please visit:

3rd Northern California Nonlinear Workshop

This workshop will take place at Stanford in April 2020.  More details are forthcoming.

Invited Session Announcement

Invited session proposal for CDC20

“Hybrid Systems in Biology and Medicine”

Organizers (current): A. Medvedev, P. Palumbo, A. Borri, A. Singh

Sponsored by TC on Healthcare and Medical Systems (more to come)

The problems of describing, understanding, estimating, and controlling the interplay between discrete events and continuous dynamics in a closed-loop arise in numerous areas of biological and medical research. Hybrid dynamical models are resorted to when smooth continuous and pure discrete models are independently insufficient for explaining the experimentally observed system behaviors. 

In living systems, where relatively slow biochemical processes operate under pulsatile neurally implemented feedback, e.g. in the endocrine loops controlled by the hypothalamus, the use of hybrid modeling is unavoidable. Similarly, neurally controlled biomechanical systems often require the introduction of discrete events in motor control to properly account for the rhythmically of the arising movement patterns. In agriculture, the control of a pest population with the release of pesticides or biological agents is suitably described as an impulsive control problem. Switching therapies to overcome drug resistance in the treatment of cancer as well as endocrine and infectious diseases are examples of hybrid systems arising due to the application of a certain drug administration regimen in medicine.

The invited session aims at demonstrating how the concepts of switching systems, systems with impacts, impulsive systems, and pulse-modulated feedback control, etc can be efficiently exploited in life sciences and bring about deeper insights into the dynamics of living systems.

Please contact Alexander Medvedev you are interested: