Director of research at the CNRS

GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble, France

Curriculum Vitae

Canudas-de-Wit, Carlos was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico in 1958. He received his B.Sc. degree in electronics and communications from the Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico in 1980. In 1984 he received his M.Sc. in the Department of Automatic Control, Grenoble, France. He was visitor researcher in 1985 at Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden. In 1987 he received his Ph.D. in automatic control from the Polytechnic of Grenoble (Department of Automatic Control), France. Since then he has been working at the same department as "Director of Research at the CNRS", where He teaches and conducts research in the area of control systems. He is the current leader of the NeCS GIPSA-Lab (CNRS)-INRIA team on Networked Controlled Systems. He has established several industrial collaboration projects with major French companies (FRAMATOME, EDF, CEA, IFREMER, RENAULT, SCHNEIDER, ILL, IFP, ALSTOM). He has been associate editor of the IEEE-Transaction on Automatic Control, from 1992 to 1997, AUTOMATICA, from 1999 to 2002. He is currently Associated Editor of: the Asian Journal of Control (since 2010), IEEE Transaction on Control System Technology (Since 2013), and the IEEE Transaction on Control of System Networks (since 2013). He holds the presidency of the European Control Association (EUCA) for the period 2013-15, and served at the IEEE Board of Governors of the Control System Society 2011-2014. He holds the ERC Advanced-Grant 2015 Scale-FreeBack for the period 2016-2021. He is IEEE-Fellow of the IEEE Control System Society. He is also IFAC-Fellow. His research publications includes: 200 International conference papers, and 65 published papers in international journals, 5 books, 10 Book chapter, and holds 11 Patents. He has supervised more than 34 Ph. D. students, 11 Post-docs, and more than 35 Ms.



Scientific responsibilities:

  • Past president of the European Control Association (EUCA) 2015-2017
  • President of the European Control Association (EUCA) 2013-2015
  • Vice-president of the European Control Association (EUCA) 2011-2012
  • Member of the EUCA Council 2010-2017
  • Member of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IEEE Control System Society (CSS) 2011-2014


Editorial responsibilities:

  • Associated Editor of IEEE Transactions on Control of Networks Systems IEEE-TCNS (since June 2013).
  • Associated Editor of IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology IEEE-TCST (since January 2013).
  • Editor of the Asian Journal of Control AJC (since 2010)
  • Past Associated Editor of AUTOMATICA 1999-2002
  • Past Associated Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control IEEE-TAC1992-97


Committees & Evaluation panels:

    Technical Committees:
    European Panels:
  • Cognitive Systems and Robotics,
  • FP7-ICT-2012. Cognitive Systems and Robotics,
  • FP7-ICT-2011 Factories of the Future : FP7-2010-NMP-ICT-FoF.
  • FP6-Embedded Systems and Control 2010.
  • European Reviewer for the FP7-Chat project
National Panels:
  • COST-INRIA (Conseil d’Orientation Scientifique et Technologique) 2008-10.
  • Cousineau–Committee for the definition of the ”Institut National pour les sciences et technologies de l’information”.
  • INRIA’s AERES evaluation panel, Rocquencourt 2008.
  • Member of the ”Expert Committee” at CNRS section 07, 2009.

    Organization of International Conferences

    • General Chair of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC'19), Nice, Dec 2019
    • General Chair of the European Control Conference (ECC’14), Strasbourg, July 2014
    • General Chair of the IFAC Workshop ( NecSyS’10) Annecy, France, Sept. 2010
    • Program Chair of the IEEE Multi-conference on Systems and Control (MSC’09), Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 2009
    • Invited sessions Chair of the IEEE Multi-conference on Systems and Control (MSC’07), Singapore, 2007
    • General Chair of the IFAC-Motion Control”, Grenoble, France, Sept. 1998



    • ERC Advanced Grant 2015 Scale-FreeBack 2016-2021
    • IFAC Fellow 2014-17 of the International Federation of Automatic Control  
    • IEEE Fellow 2016 of the IEEE Control System Society 
    • Distinguished lecturer at the IEEE Control System Society  2013-2015
    • Semi-plenary lecture"Fun-to-drive by feedback”. IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Dec. 2005, Seville, Spain .
    • Plenary lecture “Virtual constraints: a tool for walking robot control and balancing”,IFAC workshop SYROCO’03, Wroclaw, Poland
    • Invited professor at the University of Seville from 2004-2005.
    • Invited researcher at Ford Scientific Research Center, July 2000.
    • Best student paper award: Ph.D. Dolcini IFAC-Symposium on Mechatronics, Heidelberg, 2006


    Research Grants

    • Scale-FreeBack 2016-21 (Scale-free Control for Complex Physical Network Systems) Advanced Grant ERC 2015.
    • SPEEDD 2014-17 (Scalable ProactivE Event-Driven Decision making) STREP FP7-ICT. Big-data call. 8 partners. Intelligent traffic management for large networks. Local coordinator
    • HYCON2 2010-14 (Highly Complex and Networked Control Systems) NoE FP7. Coordinator of the test-bed on control of freeway network (Grenoble ring). Local coordinator
    • FeedNetBack 2008-12 STREP-FP7-ICT-2007-2. Co-design framework for network control. Control co-design in systems interconnected via wireless networks. 10 partners. Coordinator Projet-coordinator (PI)
    • MOCoPo 2011-13 (Measuring and mOdeling traffic COngestion and pollution) funded by Research & Innovation in Land Transport Programs. Local coordinator
    • VOLHAND 2008-13 (VOLant pour personnes âgées & HANDicapées). Founded by ANR. Electrical power-assisted steering for disabled people. Local coordinator
    • ARAVIS 2007-11 (Architecture reconfigurable et asynchrone intégrée sur puce) funded by Minalogic Pole. Low-energy solutions for SoC at 32 nano- scale. Local coordinator
    • CONNECT 2007-11 (CONtrol of NEtworked Cooperative sysTems) funded by the National Research Agency (ANR). Control of multi-agent systems for source seeking. Projet-coordinator (PI)  


    Industry Grants, Transfert and Innovation

    • Ph.D-CIFRE grants with contracts; ALSTOM-Hydro (2013-16), IFP-EN (2008-11, 2013-16), RENAULT(1991-94, 1993-96, 1996-1999), SCHNEIDER (1989-92), and  FRAMATOME (1990-93).
    • Research contracts with EDF, CEA, IFREMER, ILL, DENSO, METROLOGIQUE, ASTRIUM.
    • Patent applications filed: 2 with Renault on optimal clutch synchronization, and 4 with Renault on Electric Power Systems (EPS) systems. One CNRS-patent on digital control Pmos devices, and one transfert to Schneider on energy-aware torque control for AC-Drives
    • Start-ups:  Etudes D'Automatique (EDA) in 1987-95. Karrus-ITS in 2010 on Traffic Management (in operation).



      • 1980 B.Sc. degree in electronics and communications at the the Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico in 1980 (highest honors)
      • 1981 Field Engineer at the Mexican Institute of Petrol (IMP), Mexico, DF.
      • 1981-82 Research Engineer at the Center of Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), Mexico, DF.
      • 1983-4 M.Sc. awarded by the Department of Automatic Control, Grenoble, France
      • 1984-7 Ph.D. in automatic control at the Grenoble Polytechnic, France (highest honors). My thesis on “Adaptive control design with application to robotic systems” was published by Elsevier in 1988.
      • 1987-88 Co-founder of a start-up (EDA) project on advanced control applications.
      • 1988 joined the CNRS as a CR1
      • 1997 Grade of Senior CNRS researcher (Director of Research,– 2nd. class).
      • 2005 Grade of Senior CNRS researcher (Director of Research, 1st.class.)

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