Director of research at the CNRS

GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble, France


Research activity and field of expertise.

In the 80’s, research in the field of adaptive nonlinear control was in the early stages. I pioneered work in this field in connection with electro-mechanical and robotic systems. In the 90’s, I published several studies on the nonlinear control of mobile robots, non-linear robot control, and produced several important contributions to the modeling and control of systems with friction. At the end of the 90’s, industrial efforts in the field of vehicle control (Renault) and electrical drive control (Schneider) resulted in several patents being awarded. At the beginning of 2000, I re-oriented my research towards Networked Control Systems (NCS) and devoted substantial efforts to founding and consolidating a new research group (the NeCS team) in 2006. This is is a joint team depending on the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the National Institute for Computer science and mathematics (INRIA) and the University of Grenoble-Alpes (UGA). The team is part of Control Department at GIPSA-Lab, at Grenoble. My research topics originally focused on network control issues (including delays, loss of packages, communication protocols, fading, etc.), and then it extended to wider aspects of network systems, such as distributed control, consensus, optimal coverage, multi-hop networks, etc. My research focuses mainly at present on the control of large-scale and complex physical networks such as road transportation networks, which have been the main field of application investigated so far. From Sept 2016, the ERC Scale-FreeBack (Scale-free Control for Complex Physical Network Systems) will support these research objectives. In particular by proposing holistic scale-free control methods for controlling complex network systems in the widest sense, and by investigating foundations for a new control theory dealing with complex physical networks with an arbitrary size. From the application side, I have launched the Grenoble Traffic Lab (GTL), a platform for real-time collection of traffic data, installed in the south ring of Grenoble in France. Data collection is intended to validate dynamic mathematical models and to test traffic prediction, monitoring, and control algorithms.


Department: Control Systems

Research Team: NeCS

Mail address:

Département d'Automatique de Grenoble

GIPSA-Lab, UMR CNRS 5216 BP. 46, F-38402,

Saint Martin d'Hères, France


E-mail: carlos.canudas-de-wit (AT)

Cell: +33(0)685 737016

GIPSA: +33(0)476 826380

INRIA: +33(0)476 615364

Fax: +33(0)476 826388

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