Systems Theory and Automatic Control

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Focus and Topics

Direct numerical simulation has become one of few available means for the systematic study of physical or artificial processes for which experiments are expensive and/or time-consuming to perform. But without the aid of systematic strategies for reducing model complexity, the burdens of complex geometries, multi-physics, and operating environments coupled with an ever increasing appetite for accuracy and model fidelity, would likely render simulation an ineffective tool. Model reduction seeks to replace large-scale or infinite-order dynamical systems arising from PDE models with systems of relatively low dimension having similar response characteristics. The goal is to dissipate the fierce computational intensity that the original dynamical system may have required while still maintaining model fidelity. In the frame of this course an introduction to model reduction techniques ad their application to practical applications, spanning from simulation, over the analysis of systems, up to control are provided.

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About the Lecturer

Thanos C. Antoulas is one of the leading experts in the field of complexity and model reduction. He studied at the ETH Zurich, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics in 1980. Since 1982 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, where he is currently a Professor. Professor Antoulas was elected Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in 1991, and has served on the Editorial Board of many journals. For the past 14 years he has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems and Control Letters. His research interests are in the broad area of dynamical systems and computation including model reduction of large-scale systems. He is the author of the book "Approximation of large-scale systems", published by SIAM in 2005, and reprinted in 2008.

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The course is split in 5 modules. Please note that the talk on Monday by Thanos Antoulas should be seen as an introductory talk of the course, outlining some of the topics presented in detail during the course. Registration for the course is mandatory. The course will be accompanied

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
09.00-10.30 course module I + II
10.30-11.00 coffee break
11.00-12.30 course module II + III
12.30-13.30 lunch break
13.30-15.00 course module IV +

All lectures take place in room V 0.05/2-3

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Organisation and Registration

Registration for the course is mandatory. The space is limited to 40 participants. For registration, please contact:

Mrs. Ulrike Thürmer

Institute for Automation Engineering
Chair for Systems Theory and Automatic Control
Universitätsplatz 2 (Building 07)
39106 - Magdeburg

Tel.: (+49) 0391 6718577
Fax: (+49) 0391 6711191

The course takes place at the

Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Sandtorstr. 1
39106 Magdeburg

In room V 0.05/2-3.

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Further Informations

In case of any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Ulrike Thürmer or Prof. Rolf Findeisen.

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So far Confirmed Partecipants

  • Rolf Findeisen
  • Diedrich Flockerzi
  • Steffen Borchers
  • Timm Faulwasser
  • Solvey Maldonado
  • Emily Hammes
  • Benjamin Kern
  • Philipp Rumschinski
  • Hannes Gruschinski
  • Paolo Varutti
  • Anton Savchenko
  • Friedrich von Haesler
  • Lisa Zeiger
  • Katharina Holstein
  • Sebastian Kirsch
  • Arturo Padilla
  • Michael Mangold
  • Guangji Ji
  • Robert Flassig
  • Andreas Bück
  • Astrid Bornhöft
  • Holger Conzelmann
  • Boris Bensmann
  • Andreas Kremling
  • Christian Borchert
  • Stefan Streif
  • Stefan Palis
  • Ganesh Paramasivan
  • Christian Kunde
  • Subramanian Swernath
  • Robert Dürr
  • Roberto Lemoine-Nava
  • Oliver Haedicke
  • Michael Krasnyk
  • Jeremy Huard
  • Rayees Ahamed
  • Sandro Bosio
  • Luis Torres
  • Hector Rubiera
  • Bernhard Kramer
  • Susann Freund
  • Balamurali Sreedhar
  • Le Minh Tam
  • Joseph Kojo Newlove

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How to reach the venue

By Plane
  • The nearest airports are Hannover (140 km), Leipzig (150 km) or Berlin (150 km)
  • From there take the train to Magdeburg

    By Train and Tram

  • With the Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG to station Magdeburg-Hauptbahnhof (
  • From Magdeburg City Carré/Hauptbahnhof take tram number 1 into direction Lerchenwuhne or tram number 8 into direction Neustädter See
  • Please get off at station Alter Markt and change into tram number 5 into direction Messegelände
  • Please get off at station Askanischer Platz
  • From there you walk towards Sandtorstrasse where you will find the Max Planck Institute on the right side
  • Current timetables: Magdeburger Verkehrsbetriebe

By Car

  • Leave the motorway (Autobahn) A2 at exit Magdeburg Zentrum
  • Turn southwards onto B 189 (Magdeburger Ring) direction Halle and leave at exit Zentrum/Universität, direction B1(Burg/Dessau)
  • Follow the street signs towards B1 and go straight through the tunnel Universitätsplatz and continue on B1
  • Turn left towards Rothensee/Hafen at the traffic lights before crossing the bridges (Elbbrücken)
  • The Max Planck Institute is directly on the right side
  • Parking place is available at the institute

Useful Information

  • Timetable Deutsche Bahn
  • Connections in Germany (bus, train, local traffic)
  • Survey of tram and bus lines in Magdeburg (as of 7th January 2009)
  • Information about Magdeburg
  • Hotels in Magdeburg

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