Disc unites all academic research in the Netherlands in the field of systems and control, ranging from mathematical systems theory research to technology-driven control engineering. Mechanical manipulation of hard-disk heads, developing energy-efficient greenhouses, designing cars that drive-by-wire, autonomously walking or flying robots, operational strategies in process industry .... in all these examples systems and control theory plays a crucial role.
By exploiting the fundamental principle of feedback, control systems enable the realization of high-tech systems in all domains of engineering science with fascinating performance in terms of speed, accuracy, autonomy and adaptability to varying circumstances. Without feedback man would literally fall down.
As a field of generic tools that facilitate modelling, control, design and optimization of technological dynamical systems, the systems and control field is providing a strong enabling technology that plays a central role in very many disciplines in science and engineering.