Scope and Objectives

The objective of this workshop is to advance the current knowledge in nonlinear system identification by encouraging the exchange of ideas and the establishment of formal collaborations between the systems and control, mechanical and machine learning communities.

These three communities have developed over the years various and numerous nonlinear modeling approaches driven by the different backgrounds, constraints and end-uses. Moreover, they generally focus on different aspects of the modeling problem as they face different limiting factors in terms of model quality and identification cost. This is why we believe that, by promoting interaction, significant benefit can be mutually gained.

This workshop will be structured around the benchmark systems available through this website. This website hosts both established benchmarks and recently introduced benchmarks featuring state-of-the-art challenges in nonlinear system identification, such as dynamic nonlinearity, process noise, and high order dynamics in combination with a hard nonlinearity.

Solicited contributions should describe solutions or analyses to one or several of the benchmark problems. In particular, comparative overviews of methods would be particularly appreciated.

Hands-On Mini-Course

A hands-on mini-course in nonlinear system identification will take place from Monday 09/04/2018 to Tuesday Noon 10/04/2018, right before the 2018 Benchmark Workshop. This mini-course will cover both parametric and nonparametric identification, linear, block-oriented and nonlinear state-space model structures. A hands-on approach is maintained throughout the course, participants will be able to apply the covered topics to one of the benchmark examples. An overview of the mini-course program will be announced through this website.

The mini-course is open to both workshop participants, and researchers who did not attend the 2018 Benchmark Workshop. Registration for the mini-course is to be completed by January 31, 2018 through this link.

Workshop Program

The workshop takes place from Wednesday morning 11/04/2018 to Friday noon 13/04/2018. An overview of the workshop program will be announced later.

Participant Registration and Deadlines

Registration for the workshop is to be completed by January 31, 2018 through this link. Presenting participants are also requested to submit a 1-page abstract summarizing the main aspects of their contribution by March 18, 2018. A registration fee of 100 euros is requested to participate in the workshop.

Please email Maarten Schoukens ( or Jean-Philippe Noël ( to submit your abstract, or ask any other questions.

(1) Registration deadline: Wednesday January 31, 2018, register here
(2) Abstract submission deadline: Sunday March 18, 2018 - 1-page abstract template available here
(3) Notification of acceptance: Sunday March 25, 2018

When and Where

Mini-Course Dates: Monday 09/04/2018 - Tuesday Noon 10/04/2018
Workshop Dates: Wednesday 11/04/2018 - Friday 18/04/2018
Venue: ULg, Campus Sart-Tilman, Liege, Belgium


Organizing Committee

Scientific Committee

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