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In the national graduate school on systems and control, PhD students are offered a course program of weekly lectures that are given by top specialists in a central location in Utrecht. The courses cover a wide range of topics from mathematical systems theory to control engineering and intend to bring PhD students in short time to an internationally recognized research level.

Through its graduate school disc provides a  program for graduate studies in systems and control offered to PhD students of the participating departments.

Completing the 4-year programme of the graduate school leads to a PhD degree awarded by one of the participating universities. This programme is generally composed of a course program and a research project, leading to a PhD thesis to be defended in front of a thesis defense committee.

Educational activities of disc include

  • Graduate courses on systems and control, organized in Utrecht, on a weekly basis (2hrs/week), and lectured by national and international top lecturers. Distinction is made between full (8-week) and short (4-week) courses.
  • A yearly 4-day international summer school on a particular topic or research field addressing recent developments within or relevant for systems and control.
  • Regular scientific disc meetings where PhD students present their research results. The most important one is the yearly Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control, organized in cooperation with our Belgian colleagues.

Besides direct educational activities, disc provides PhD students with a network of contacts with colleague students and with national and international scientists in the field. This environment is considered to support their development as independent researchers that participate in and contribute to the international research community.

Besides the PhD program in systems and control, disc is represented in two interuniversity/national MSc programs:






The 34th Benelux Meeting on systems and control will take place in "Center Parcs Vossemeren", Lommel, Belgium on March 24-26.  Please note that the abstract deadline has been extended to January 28th 
A nation-wide institute that links all academic research groups in systems and control theory and engineering in the Netherlands, ranging from the three universities of technology: TUDelft, TUEindhoven and UTwente, to research groups in Amsterdam, Groningen, Maastricht, Tilburg and Wageningen.

disc has a coordinated research programme and provides an international network environment for researchers and PhD students.



A central PhD program is provided for PhD students in systems and control. It consists of a course programme offered in Utrecht, international summer schools and a yearly three-day Benelux Meeting. Since its start in 1987 this PhD program has become a cornerstone of the cooperation among the dutch academic community in this field.



Controlling the positioning and motion of objects with high speed and ultra-high precision (up to nanometers) is crucial in storage equipment as dvd’s, hard disk drives, in IC manufacturing and in scientific imaging instruments as AFM’s. Without feedback control this technology would not exist.



Industrial production processes in (petro)chemical, food and energy industry are dependent on appropriate control technology for designing operations that are economically efficient, safe, with optimal usage of resources and minimal environmental load. Model-based control technology provides the tools for achieving this.



Future automotive systems will show vehicles where comfort and driving conditions are highly automated while they are intelligently supervised to keep optimal distance and to optimize route planning. In this development distributed sensing and control is a key technology.



Guidance and navigation of airplanes and spacecrafts highly depends on automatic control systems. This dependency is even more pronounced when steering unmanned vehicles, e.g. for inspection tasks, or controlling (micro) sattelite formations in space. Aerospace applications have been important drivers for developing advanced and robustly operating control systems.