Padova, Italy, July 6-10, 1998



Plenary lectures will be given by:

Special topic lectures:


General Information

MTNS98 is the thirteenth edition of the International Symposium on the Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems. MTNS is usually organized every second year and traditionally covers areas involving mathematics of systems and networks as well as emerging fields in engineering and mathematics with a potential impact on automatic control systems, and signal processing (see below a list of topics ).

MTNS98 was held at the School of Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy, from July 6 to 10, 1998. The symposium program included 5 plenary lectures, 13 special topic invited lectures, 2 minisymposia and 1 minicourse. More than 500 contributed papers were accepted for presentation.

The opening of the symposium took place in the Aula Magna of the Palazzo del Bo, the historic seat of the University of Padova at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 1998.

The technical program and social activities of the symposium continued through Friday, July 10.

On Wednesday afternoon, there was a special Pilgrimage to Castelfranco (Riccati's hometown).


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MTNS 98 Committees

Chairman: G. Picci
Members: M. Bardi, A. Beghi, A. Ferrante, L. Finesso, R. Frezza, D. Gilliam, M.E. Valcher, S. Zampieri
Secretariat: N. Mancy

J. Baras (USA), S. Bittanti (Italy), A.M. Bloch (USA), R. Brockett (USA), C.I. Byrnes (USA), P.E. Caines (Canada), B.N. Datta (USA), P. Dewilde (Netherlands), H. Dym (Israel), M. Fliess (France), P. Fuhrmann (Israel), B. Ghosh (USA), I. Gohberg (Israel), D. Hinrichsen (Germany), M.A. Kaashoek (Netherlands), T. Katayama (Japan), H. Kimura (Japan), A.J. Krener (USA), A.B. Kurzhansky (Russia), B. Levy (USA), D. Limebeer (United Kingdom), A. Lindquist (Sweden), J. Lund (USA), C.F. Martin (USA), S.K. Mitter (USA), E. Mosca (Italy), P. Perona (USA), J.H. van Schuppen (Netherlands), E. Sontag (USA), T.J. Tarn (USA), B. Wyman (USA), J.C. Willems (Netherlands)

C.I. Byrnes (USA), B.N. Datta (USA), C.A. Desoer (USA), P. Dewilde (Netherlands), P. van Dooren (USA), H. Dym (Israel), M. Fliess (France), P. Fuhrmann (Israel), Y. Genin (Belgium), I. Gohberg (Israel), M. Hazewinkel (Netherlands), U. Helmke (Germany), J.W. Helton (USA), A. Isidori (Italy), M.A. Kaashoek (Netherlands), H. Kimura (Japan), S. Kodama (Japan), A.J. Krener (USA), A.B. Kurzhansky (Russia), A. Lindquist (Sweden), C.F. Martin (USA), R. Mennicken (Germany), R.W. Newcomb (USA), G. Picci (Italy), A.C.M. Ran (Netherlands), J.H. van Schuppen (Netherlands), T.J. Tarn (USA), J.C. Willems (Netherlands), G. Zames (Canada), A.H. Zemanian (USA)

The International Symposium on the Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS) is usually organized every two years. The twelve previous meetings were held in: College Park, Maryland, USA (1973), Montreal, Canada (1975), Lubbock, Texas, USA (1977), Delft, Netherlands (1979), Santa Monica, California, USA (1981), Beer Sheva, Israel (1983), Stockholm, Sweden (1985), Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1987), Amsterdam, Netherlands (1989), Kobe, Japan (1991), Regensburg, Germany (1993), St. Louis, Missouri, USA (1996).

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The Riccati Pilgrimage

Count Jacopo Francesco Riccati (1676-1754) spent most of his life in Castelfranco Veneto, a charming medieval town located about 25 miles north of Padova. A special historical session will be held in his honour at the Teatro Accademico of Castelfranco Veneto on Wednesday afternoon, July 8 (this is the free afternoon of the symposium). All interested participants will be offered a bus transfer to Castelfranco. The organizer Sergio Bittanti will introduce the special guest speakers, Brian D.O. Anderson, Peter Lancaster, and Jan C. Willems, who will present tutorial-historical lectures on the role played by the Riccati equation in systems and control. Castefranco Veneto offers also unique artistic opportunities; in particular the beautiful paintings by the celebrated Maestro Giorgione in the main Church of the town. The number of pilgrims will have to be limited by the capacity of the Teatro Accademico. Interested participants should sign up at the registration desk on Monday; the rule of first arrived first served will be applied.

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The Site

The Symposium was held at the University of Padova. Padova (known in English as Padua) is a historic town founded in pre-Roman times and with a tradition for culture and learning. Its University, founded in 1222, is the second oldest in the Western world and has counted many famous scientists among its teachers and students: Cardano, Copernicus, Galileo, Harvey, Morgagni, Kepler, to name but a few. The city has a rich variety of historical monuments, beautiful churches and squares. It is a pleasure to simply walk around the old streets, some of which date back to medieval times.

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List of topics

Topics include, but are not limited to:


Application areas:

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Conference Proceedings

Plenary, special topic, and minisymposia papers were published in a volume of the Birkha¸ser series "Progress in Systems and Control Theory." A volume of Proceedings was also published, containing a selection of the papers presented in regular and invited sessions. Registered participants were mailed both volumes. Participants interested in submitting their papers for possible inclusion in the Proceedings were requested to provide two camera-ready hardcopies of the final version of the paper at the symposium. Only the papers that the referees valued publishable were included in the Proceedings.


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Accompanying Person Program

Accompanying persons were offered a guided tour of Padova, organized on Tuesday, July 7, 1998, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The following tours were organized for Thursday, July 9, 1998. The tours are subject to the participation of at least 30 people. Please make a reservation for one of the tours using the enclosed registration form. The price of the ticket is 80.000 It.L. and includes the AC bus, entrance fees, guide, and lunch at a typical restaurant.

Riviera del Brenta
From the 16th to the 18th century the Venetian nobility erected many villas along the Brenta riviera, the waterway from Padova to Venice. The most significant of these is the neoclassical Villa Pisani, with its 114 rooms and the magnificent frescoes by Tiepolo. More a palace than a villa, Villa Pisani was commissioned in the mid 18th century by one of the most powerful Venetian families, the Pisani. Other villas along the riviera will also be visited.

Asolo, Possagno and Maser
These lovely small cities are part of an itinerary which crosses a hilly landscape pointed by ancient churches, small villages and vineyards. Asolo has been a resort village for many a century, as the spacious villas dotted around the hillside attest. The town is small but rich in remarquable monuments, its grandeur is due to Caterina Cornaro, the Venerian-born queen of Cyprus who lived in Asolo for almost twenty years. Asolo counted other illustrious residents such as Robert Browning, Eleanora Duse, Gabriele DíAnnunzio and many others. It is nowadays the summer residence for many American and English citizens. Possagno is the birthplace of the great sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822) who built there the immense Tempio Church. The GypsothËque, containing the original plaster moulds of Canovaís sculptures as well as statues, will be visited. Maser is renown for the deligthful Palladian Villa Barbaro, which is itself quite small but magnificent. The interior is rich of frescoes by Paolo Veronese and Benedetto Caliari.

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Program and Index of Authors on Web




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