Methods and Algorithms for Control - MAC

Leader: Didier HENRION
Secretary: Christèle MOUCLIER



The MAC Team does research in the field of systems and control theory. We develop a mathematical and theoretical basis for dynamical systems control including modeling, analysis, optimization and design. Generic theoretical and numerical tools are designed for complex systems possibly affected by information limitations and uncertainty. Complexity may arise from essential features present in the system to be controlled or its environment: switches, jumps, isolated nonlinearities, delays or exogenous disturbances. New methods are developed for handling heterogeneous performance requirements and generating performance certificates. We share a common objective: developing constructive theoretical conditions characterizing solutions to various control problems while providing effective efficient computational algorithms. A particular attention is given to validated computation for control in the presence of information limitation and uncertainty.

We carry out impactful research ranging from fundamental theory to applied control engineering. Advanced tools are applied to practical control problems, including robust analysis and synthesis for satellite attitude control and anti-windup systems, design and analysis of flight control laws, control and observation of TCP/IP based networks, robust control of power electronic devices, observation of bio(techno)logical and environmental processes. Although the scope of the team’s interests has recently extended to a broader range of control systems applications (control of the depth of anesthesia, including the control of the analgesic drug, robotics, flexible structures), much of the applied research is centered around the development and application of advanced control techniques to aerospace systems (space rendezvous and proximity operations problems, attitude control, flight control laws).


  • 22-24 June 2016. MAC workshop at Banyuls.

  • 20-21 June 2016. ERC Taming project workshop at LAAS-CNRS.

  • 1 June -31 July 2016. Stay of Joe Kileel (Univ. Berkeley). Contact: Didier Henrion.

  • 1 Apr 2016. Cedric Josz joins as a post-doctoral fellow with Didier Henrion and Jean Bernard Lasserre.

  • 21 Mar - 10 Sep 2016. Internship of Camille Henrot (ENSEEIHT) with Carolina Albea and Germain Garcia.

  • 15-19 Feb 2016. Visit of Riccardo Sven Risuleo (KTH Stockholm). Contact: Laura Dal Col.

  • 10-12 Feb 2016. Visit of Manfredi Maggiore (Univ. Toronto), including this seminar. Contact: Luca Zaccarian.

  • 1-5 Feb 2016. Visit of Andrea Cristofaro (NTNU, Norway), including this seminar. Contact: Luca Zaccarian.

  • 15-18 Dec 2015. During the IEEE CDC at Osaka, Japan, Luca Zaccarian is nominated IEEE Fellow.

  • 10 Dec 2015 - PhD defense of Romain Serra.

  • 1 Dec 2015 - 31 January 2016. Internship of Philipp Jukic (Univ. Konstanz). Contact: Jean-Bernard Lasserre.

  • 1 Dec 2015 - Aneel Tanwani joins as a CNRS researcher.

  • 1-18 Dec 2015. Stay of Guadalupe Lopez Lopez (CENIDET Mexico). Contact: Germain Garcia.

  • 2 Nov - 18 Dec 2015. Stay of Milan Korda (EPFL Lausanne). Contact: Didier Henrion.

  • 1-4 Nov. 2015. At the INFORMS annual meeting, Philadelphia, USA, Jean-Bernard Lasserre was awarded the INFORMS John von Neuman Theory Prize and the INFORM Optimization Society Khachiyan Prize.

  • 21 Oct 2015. PhD defense of Francesco Ferrante.

  • 15 Oct - 18 Dec 2015. Internship of Gustavo Cruz Campos (Univ. Campinas). Contact: Sophie Tarbouriech.

  • 1 Oct 2015. Tillmann Weisser joins as a PhD student with Didier Henrion and Jean Bernard Lasserre.

  • 1 Oct 2015. Paolo Ricardo Arantes Gils joins as a PhD student with Denis Arzelier and Christophe Louembet.

  • 1 Oct 2015. Mohammed Safi joins as a PhD student with Lucie Baudouin and Alexandre Seuret.

  • 1 Oct 2015. Simon Duverger joins as a PhD student with Pierre-Loic Garoche (ONERA Toulouse) and Didier Henrion.

  • 1 Oct 2015. Guillaume Davy joins as a PhD student with Pierre-Loic Garoche (ONERA Toulouse) and Didier Henrion.

  • 24 Sep 2015. PhD defense of Simone Naldi.

  • 1 Sep - 31 May 2016. Internship of Florent Brenhard (ENS Paris). Contact: Mioara Joldes.