The 1st IFAC Workshop on Control of Complex Systems (COSY 2022) will be held Thursday to Friday, November 24-25, 2022 in Bologna, Italy, with the support of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering “G. Marconi” of the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. 

COSY 2022 aims to be the first of a series of IFAC Workshops on Control of Complex Systems organized with the main sponsorship of Technical Committee 2.2 “Linear Control Systems” and focused on the topics of the Working Group on “Control of Complex Systems”. Information on how to participate in IFAC activities can be found at https://www.ifac-control.org/about/participation.

The workshop will gather academics and professionals from the control community who share the interest for complex systems. The workshop’s aim is offering them a forum where to discuss current research developments, open problems, emerging structural properties and methodologies on the control of complex systems.

COSY 2022 will include contributed and invited papers, as well as plenary lectures delivered by high-profile scientists, on the workshop topics. Panel discussions and special events are also foreseen to increase the involvement of industry and, respectively, students, as well as to foster gender balance among scientists active in the control area.

The main focus of the workshop is on the study of structural properties of systems which consist of the interconnection of a number of subsystems and which are characterized by the complexity due to one or more of the following features: uncertainty or lack of knowledge about the system dynamics; perturbations,  disturbances and changes of the external demand; uncertainty or variability of the interconnection topology; hybrid or heterogeneous nature of the involved sub-processes; structural adaptation to moving goals and operational requirements; uncertain or variable environment; large dimensionality; constrained variables and communication constraints. Examples of complex systems in the above sense are structure evolving systems, switching systems, impulsive systems, networks of agents, and, more generally, systems of systems and cyberphysical systems. Applications are found in modelling and controlling natural processes (e.g., in biology and genetics), social sciences dynamics (e.g., in community networks studies) and man-made processes (e.g., in engineering design, manufacturing, networks and communications, power distribution, management).

The workshop is planned to be an in-person event. The workshop venue, Bologna, is strategically located at the intersection of the main Italian railways and highways and conveniently connected to all the main European airports. Further, the historic middle-age downtown, the oldest university of the western world, the nice landscapes of its surroundings, the renowned cuisine and hospitality make of Bologna not only the ideal location for a profitable meeting but also the perfect place to stay on a relaxing break.