First American Summer School on Model Predictive Control (MPC)


July 25, 2017 July 28, 2017


University of Wisconsin-Madison


Registration opens May 1, 2017, closes May 14, 2017 or when the class is full.


The first American summer school on MPC will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from July 25, 2017 to July 28, 2017.  The summer school is organized by Sasa V. Rakovic, James B. Rawlings and Ilya V. Kolmanovsky and is supported in part by the National Science Foundation.  


The summer school will enable up to 50 participants (university graduate students as well as interested researchers and control practitioners) from a cross-cutting set of disciplines in engineering, science, and applied mathematics to receive advanced education and training in the theory, implementation and applications of MPC.  The instructors are international experts and leading researchers with diversity of backgrounds and disciplines in engineering, science and applied mathematics.


The main topics of the Summer School are:

          Introduction to MPC and MPC essentials (by William S. Levine).

          Classical MPC: regulation, estimation, and disturbance models (by James B. Rawlings).

          Robust MPC (by Sasa V. Rakovic).

          Stochastic MPC (by Ilya V. Kolmanovsky).

          Economic MPC (by David Angeli).

          Online optimization for MPC (by Lorentz T. Biegler).

          Industrial applications of MPC (by Thomas A. Badgwell).

The summer school will provide a carefully crafted overview of the theoretical fundamentals of MPC and state-of-the-art numerical methods and software for implementing the advanced MPC methods on difficult and challenging examples and industrial applications. The summer school will also feature mini-projects and discussions that will enable all attendees to present, and discuss, problems of direct interest to their research/professional work, and also to receive feedback from a set of instructors with valuable expertise in all areas of MPC research.

Registration:  The registration is a two-stage process. The first stage consists of online registration at The online registration opens on May 01, 2017. Those interested in attending the summer school should register at their earliest convenience.  The registration form will require   (1) your name, (2) contact information (email, address and telephone), (3) the name of your organization, (4) briefly state your motivation for taking the course in terms of its relevance to your research/professional work and (5) if you are applying for a travel stipend. Because of the anticipated interest and space limitations, we will notify participants about the admission decisions starting May 15, 2017 on an individual basis. If admitted, a participant will be provided with a link to pay with a credit card the registration fee of $250 within one week. 

Travel and accommodation support:  We anticipate being able to offer a limited number of travel stipends to graduate students from American universities attending the summer school to partially offset their travel costs.  The admitted participants who apply for a stipend will be notified about the travel stipend decision and the amount that will be reimbursed.  The stipend will be paid after the completion of the summer school. In terms of accommodation arrangements, an on-campus housing option at about $25 per night will be made available.

Additional information: Further information about the Summer School will be made available at