ECC and Third Seasonal School

Date: June 12-22, 2023

Location: Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania

Within ten days, several ELO-X related events will occur in at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, in Romania. First, a pre-conference workshop will be held by Prof. Lorenzo Fagiano. Afterwards, the European Control Conference will take place at the same location, including three invited sessions organized by ELO-X. Finally, the third ELO-X seasonal school will happen from June 19 to June 21, 2023.

During the school, ELO-X fellows will receive an audio-visual training before some interviews about their research will be recorded.

The school concludes with courses on motion planning, model reduction, and ethics in research. 

Schedule of the overall week


June 12

Arrival in the afternoon, and welcome event in the evening


June 13

Pre-conference workshop, organized by Lorenzo Fagiano on global black-box optimization with set membership approaches


June 13-16


June 19-21

3rd ELO-X seasonal school


June 22-23

Departure or Co-working session

Detailed schedule of the 3rd ELO-X Seasonal School @ UPB

3rd ELO-X Seasonal School Schedule
Time / day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thurday Friday
9:00 - 10:15 Workshop: How to behave in front of the camera (1) Course on Motion Planning with Prof. Florin Stoican (1) Model reduction course by Prof. Tudor Ionescu (1) Departure
Co-working session

Co-working session

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:00 Workshop: How to behave in front of the camera (2) Course on Motion Planning with Prof. Florin Stoican (2) Model reduction course by Prof. Tudor Ionescu (2)
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Shooting individual interviews Lab tour with Prof. Florin Stoican Course on Ethics in Research with Prof. Bogdan Dumitresu
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 16:30 Shooting individual interviews Drone demonstration with Prof. Florin Stoican Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30 Discussion
17:30 End
Evening Social activity:
Escape room and Pizza
Group Diner Free Evening


  • Course on motion planning with prof. Florin Stoican

    1. The use of the flat representation in motion planning:
        – about the theory and usual systems encountered in motion planning (e.g., the Dubins car, simplified UAV dynamics, the quadcopter dynamics)
        – feedback linearization via flat representation (and the associated drawbacks)

    2. Spline parametrizations and their use for trajectory generation
        – B-spline functions and their use for parametrizing flat output representations of robotic platforms
        – B-spline-based formulations for obstacle avoidance /formation control

    3. Control strategies
        – Trajectory tracking via MPC for nonlinear dynamics (a quadcopter application)
        – A potential-based approach with a receding-horizon formulation

    4. Applications
        – simulations and experiments for a quadcopter system
        – discussions

  • Course on model reduction by prof. Tudor Ionescu

    – Model reduction introduction: reduced solutions of linear systems; model reduction for dynamical systems – motivation; existing methods

    – Model reduction based on moment matching: notion of moment and moment matching; a parametrization of the family of approximant achieving moment matching; moment matching with pole-zero-derivative placement;

    – Moment matching with complex data: application to loopshaping control

    – Moment matching for Gramians.

  • Course on ethics in research by prof. Bogdan Dumitrescu

1. The good. How to ethically manage your work, your data, your papers and your relations with colleagues and PhD advisor. We’ll talk about authorship, intellectual property, ethical implications of your research, data and results.

2. The bad. Everybody makes (honest) mistakes. What should you do if you make one? Everybody can use a little help from his/her friends, including AI. How much help is acceptable? Everybody is sometimes late. What would you compromise to make the deadline?

3. The ugly. We’ll also explore the dark side of research and talk about plagiarism, falsification, fabrication and other mortal sins that can end a researcher’s professional life. They are more frequent than we’d want to and we should be prepared to discover and fight them.

All above issues will be illustrated with examples from real or virtual life and case studies. The most frequent question will be: what would you do in this situation?