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Laurent Lefèvre

Professor in applied mathematics & control


Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble INP – Esisar


Short presentation

Laurent Lefèvre got his B.Sc. from Ecole Polytechnique de Bruxelles (1991) and his M.Sc. in applied mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (1994), both in

Belgium.Then he moved to Lille (North of France) and got his Ph.D. in control from Ecole Centrale de Lille (1999). Since 2011 he got a full professor position at Grenoble Institute of Technology, Univ. Grenoble Alpes. His current domains of interest are numerical methods for simulation and control, distributed parameters systems, modelling and analysis of complex dynamical systems. He is involved in various project related to applications in complex water systems, process engineering, microgrids and plasma physics (tokamaks).


Research activities

Keywords: port-Hamiltonian systems, structure-preserving discretization, multi-physic systems, complex systems, nonlinear systems, discrete modelling



  • ANR-21-CE48-0018 project IMPACTS (Implicit port Hamiltonian control systems). This project is concerned with a breakthrough for the control of complex multi-physical systems by considering a novel class of Implicit port hamiltonian systems, analyzing their system properties and developing new dedicated methods for numerical simulation and control design (see https://impacts.ens2m.fr/ for details)



  • Pierre-Alain TOUPANCE, “Controllability of complex systems: an information theoretic approach”, joint supervision with Prof. Bastien Chopard (Université de Genève)
  • Duc Tri VO, “Pilotage intelligent de procédés de séparation : couplage interactif et itératif entre analyse en ligne et contrôle-commande” joint supervision with Ass. Prof Ionela Prodan (LCIS) and Vincent Vanel (CEA Marcoule)
  • Maximilian MOGLER, “Discrete-time control for implicit Port-Hamiltonian systems”, joinbt supervision with Ass. Prof. Paul Kotyczka (Technische Universität München)
  • Antoine BENDIMERAD-HOHL, “Discrétisation structurée de systèmes Hamiltonien à ports d’interaction implicites”, joint supervision with Prof. Denis Matignon and Ass. Prof. Ghislain Haine (ISAE-Supaero).



List is available here

Teaching activities 

Keywords: numerical analysis, stochastic processes, complex networks, nonlinear control, distributed parameter systems, multi-physics modelling and simulation, epistemology, history of science and technology