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, output feedback, set-theoretic methods, stability analysis, hierarchical control, singular perturbations
  • Multi-agent systems: distributed control and state estimation, consensus, formation control, event-triggered communications
  • Risk analysis: probabilistic risk assessment, ground risk assessment for UAVs, risk and vulnerability analysis of satellites wrt space debris
  • Applications to autonomous robotic and aerospace systems: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), multi-vehicles coordination and cooperation, field experiments, mission analysis of satellites and space systems, space debris trajectory estimation

Supervising activities (last update Sept. 2020):

  • 6 PhD students (4 completed)
  • 20 Master's Degree students (internships)
  • 11 student projects (robotics)

Publications: ResearchGate - GoogleScholar


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

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, Autonomous navigation (lectures, tutorials)

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

ECE (2009-2011): C programming (practical work session)


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