Yann Le Gorrec was graduated as engineer in “Control, Electronics, Computer Engineering” at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA, Toulouse, France) in 1995. He received in 1998 his Ph.D. degree from the National Higher School of Aeronautics and Aerospace (Supaero, Toulouse, France). His field of interest was robust control and self scheduled controller synthesis. From 1999 to 2008, he was Associate Professor in Automatic Control at the Laboratory of Control and Chemical Engineering of Lyon Claude Bernard University (LAGEP, Villeurbanne, France). He worked on modelling of physico-chemical processes, robust control, modelling and control of distributed parameter systems. From September 2008 he is Professor at National Engineering Institute in Mechanics and Microtechnologies. His current field of research is the modeling and control of distributed port Hamiltonian systems and irreversible port Hamiltonian systems with application to the control of smart material based actuators, distributed micro systems and more generally micro actuators.

ArjanA.J. (Arjan) van der Schaft (1955) received the undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 1979 and 1983, respectively. In 1982 he joined the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Twente, Enschede, where he was appointed as a full professor in Mathematical Systems and Control Theory in 2000. In September 2005 he returned to Groningen as a full professor in Mathematics. 


Hans Zwart was born in Hoogezand-Sappemeer, The Netherlands, in 1959. He received his Drs. degree in 1984 in mathematics at the University of Groningen and his Ph.D. degree in 1988. Both thesis were written under the supervision of Ruth Curtain. Since 1988, he has been working at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He is the (co-) author of 3 books, of which the one with Ruth Curtain has become a standard reference on infinite-dimensional systems theory. Furthermore, he has published more than 70 research articles, treating various aspects of infinite-dimensional systems. His current research interests include stability, controllability, and control of infinite-dimensional systems and in particular for port-Hamiltonian systems.