Sylvain Bertrand

Senior Research Scientist
PhD, MSc, Dip. Eng.
ONERA - Paris-Saclay University
Information Processing and Systems Department (TIS) - Copernic Lab


Research activities

Main research topics:

  • Estimation and control of dynamic systems: model predictive control, moving horizon estimation, control and estimation for constrained systems, set-theoretic methods, stability analysis,
  • Multi-agent systems: distributed control, consensus, formation control, event-triggered communications, distributed model predictive control,
  • Distributed state estimation and sensor networks,
  • Mixing machine learning and control theory, deep reinforcement learning control with safety certificates,
  • Applications to autonomous robotic and aerospace systems: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), multi-vehicles coordination and cooperation, low cost sensor networks, field experiments, mission analysis of satellites and space systems, space debris trajectory estimation,
  • Risk analysis: probabilistic risk assessment, ground risk assessment for UAVs, links to regulations - SORA, risk and vulnerability analysis of satellites wrt space debris,
  • Control education.

Supervising activities (last update 2024):

  • 8 PhD students (6 completed),
  • > 30 Master's Degree students (internships),
  • student projects (robotics).

Publications: ResearchGate - GoogleScholar

Software:  DROSERA for risk assessment of UAV missions and evaluation of risk indexes for SORA


  • 2023: "2023 Control Engineering Practice Best Paper Award" from Control Engineering Practice,
  • 2020: "Best Paper Award" at the 24th International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing,
  • 2009: “General Chair’s Recognition Award for Interactive Papers” at the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.

Teaching activities

DroMOOC: a MOOC on drones and aerial multi-robot systems.

CentraleSupelec (since 2020): Multi-agent systems (lectures, tutorials).

EFREI (since 2017): Multi-robot systems, robotics (lectures, tutorials).

ESIEA, (since 2009): Automatic control and robotics (lectures, tutorials, practical work sessions).

ECE (2009-2011): C programming (practical work sessions).


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FR-91761 Palaiseau Cedex, France
+33 1 80 38 66 12
sylvain (dot) bertrand (at) onera (dot) fr