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. An overview of the results obtained on the featured benchmarks in the past are listed here.

Hands-On Mini-Course

A hands-on mini-course in nonlinear system identification will take place from Monday 08/04/2019 to Tuesday Noon 09/04/2019, right before the 2019 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. A preliminary overview of the mini-course will be announced in due time.

The mini-course is open to both workshop participants, and researchers who do not attend the 2019 Benchmark Workshop. Registration for the mini-course is to be completed by the 1st of February, 2019.

Workshop Program

The workshop takes place from Wednesday morning 10/04/2019 to Friday noon 12/04/2019.

The program information will be released in due time featuring a combination of selected keynotes speakers and regular talks discussing solutions to one or more benchmarks featured on this website.

Participant Registration and Deadlines

Registration for the workshop is to be completed by the 1st of February, 2019: the registration website will open soon. Presenting participants are also requested to submit a 1-page abstract summarizing the main aspects of their contribution by March 15, 2019. A registration fee of 200 euros is requested for participation in the workshop.

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

(1) Registration deadline: Friday February 01, 2019, register here.
(2) Abstract submission deadline: Friday March 15, 2019 - 1-page abstract template available here
(3) Notification of acceptance: Sunday March 22, 2019

When and Where

Mini-Course Dates: Monday 08/04/2019 - Tuesday Noon 09/04/2019
Workshop Dates: Wednesday 10/04/2019 - Friday 12/04/2019
Venue: Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The workshop and mini-course venue is on the TU/e campus. Both the lecture room and the workshop venue are located in the Auditorium building (Campus Map) 10 mins walking from the Eindhoven railway station and 15 mins from the city centre.

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