Motivated by recent technological progress in mechanical, aeronautical, energy systems and chemical engineering and novel computational tools, the analysis and control of infinite-dimensional systems became a field of major interest during the last decades. The basic concepts of classical systems theory have been progressively generalized to infinite-dimensional systems with contributions stemming from the mathematical as well as from the engineering community.
More recently, scientists became interested in understanding systems composed of distributed-parameter subsystems (described by systems of partial differential equations, PDEs) which interact in networks. Most of the existing literature on modeling, system analysis and control, deals with networks of homogeneous systems such as trusses of elastic rods or the heat conductivity properties of metal foams.
Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO)
Laboratoire d'Automatique et de Génie des Procédés (LAGEP)
Université Christian Albrecht de Kiel
Université de Wuppertal
Université Technique de Munich