CHAOS 2021

6th IFAC Hybrid Conference on Analysis and Control of Chaotic Systems


September, 27-29 2021

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The 6th IFAC Conference on Analysis and Control of Chaotic Systems will be held in Catania.
The conference will be hybrid, allowing virtual and on-site presentations.

The conference is the sixth IFAC meeting related to analysis and control of chaotic systems. The 2021 edition aims at collecting the most prominent and timely contributions in the interdisciplinary field of chaos and nonlinear dynamics control and synchronization, including the complex networks scenario. Several research areas lean on this field, taking advantage from new developments. Biology (brain dynamics, heart beating, human-machine interaction etc.), physics (optics, magnetics, fluidics and microfluidics, etc.), mechanics and electro-mechanics, engineering (nonlinear dynamics of electronic and power electronic circuits and systems, chaos encryption, robotics, etc.), economics (critical decision, data-series analysis etc.), chemical engineering, and so on. The aim of the conference is to provide the communities of control engineering, physics, economics, biology, fluid dynamics, power electronics, electronic circuits, etc. with an opportunity to exchange information and new ideas and to discuss new developments in the field of chaos control and synchronization. Both theory and applications will be discussed. The conference aims also at directly involving students and young researchers in order to introduce them to the field of chaos and nonlinear dynamics, with applications also in various fields of engineering.
Topics: The conference will cover all topics related to chaos and synchronization within the framework of control systems theory and engineering, including (but not limited to) the following
Control of complex systems.
Bifurcations in complex systems.
Nonlinear time series and identification.
Limit cycles in networks of oscillators.
Brain dynamics.
Small world networks.
Applications (biology, chemical engineering, physics, electrical engineering)
Control and observation via communication constraints.
Providing a discussion forum for the physics, chaos and control system communities.



Paper submission

Submission opens: January 4th, 2021
Submission closes: June 15th, 2021

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Early registration deadline:
September 1st, 2021

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Travel & Accommodation

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Scientific and organizing panels

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Scientific Programme

Keynote Speakers and Scientific Sessions

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Cittadella Universitaria

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Financial and Technical Sponsorship

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Submission opens: January, 24th 2021
Submission closes: June 15th, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: July 15th, 2021
Author information
Papers (4-6 pages) can be submitted via Papercept. For LaTeX of MS-Word Support, see also: Important information for Manuscript Preparation.

Copyright conditions
All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage, and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines. Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect. To this end, the author(s) must grant exclusive publishing rights to IFAC under a Creative Commons license when they submit the final version of the paper. The copyright belongs to the authors, who have the right to share the paper in the same terms allowed by the end user license, and retain all patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).

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Early registration deadline
1st, 2021
Late registration deadline
September 20th, 2021
On-site registration from
September 27th, 2021

Regular, full registration
SICC Member full registration
Student registration
SICC Member - Student Registration
Virtual full Registration
Virtual Student Registration

To register to CHAOS 2021 please fill the PDF registration form (all fields are mandatory) and send back to, prior to perform the payment via bank transfer. After the approval of the University of Catania administration, you will receive all the payment details to perform the bank transfer. Registration via credit-card will be allowed only on-site.
Registration includes lunches, coffee breaks, conference dinner, visit of the Historical buildings of the University and the University Museum. Registration procedures will be communicated shortly.


From Vincenzo Bellini Fontanarossa airport
Public transportation: You can take a bus, called "Alibus", runs periodically (about every 20 minutes) between the airport, the central station and the city center. From there, you can continue by bus or metro. The metro stop to the city center is "Stesicoro", instead for the Cittadella Universitaria the metro stop is "Milo".
Taxi: A trip costs about 25-30 euros depending on timetables and traffic.
From City Center to University of Catania
It is possible to reach the Cittadella Universitaria by taking the metro or several buses.
By Metro: Starting from the metro stop "Stesicoro" in the city center or other nearby, the metro stop for the Cittadella Universitaria is "Milo". From here it is possible to take an FCE bus to reach the University by using the same ticket.
By Bus: The possible buses to reach the Cittadella Universitaria are the following: 442, 429, BRT1.

Several hotels and B&B can be found at walking, ranging from luxury to standard accommodation.

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NOC chairs
Arturo Buscarino (University of Catania)
Maide Bucolo (University of Catania)
NOC vice-chair from industry
Matteo Lo Presti (STMicroelectronics)
IPC chairs
Henk Nijmeijer (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Guanrong Chen (City University of Hong Kong)
IPC vice-chair from industry
Mario Lavorgna (STMicroelectronics)
Luigi Fortuna (University of Catania)

International Program Committee
Tarek Ahmed-Ali (ENSICAEN)
Nikolay V. Kuznetsov (Saint Petersburg State Univ.)
Vincent Andrieu (CNRS)
James Lam (University of Hong Kongs)
David Angeli (University of Firenze)
Lorenzo Marconi (University of Bologna)
Jean-Pierre Barbot (ENSEA)
Gabriele Manganaro (Analog Device)
Ming Cao (University of Groningen)
Cristina Masoller (Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya)
Thomas Carroll (U.S. Naval Research Laboratories)
Laura Menini (University of Tor Vergata)
Marzena Ciszak (Istituto Nazionale di Ottica - CNR)
Riccardo Meucci (Istituto Nazionale di Ottica - CNR)
Maria Letizia Corradini (University of Camerino)
Thomas Meurer (Kiel University)
Jamal Daafouz (University de Lorraine)
Toshiki Oguchi (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
Eliana De Marchi (ENI SpA)
Alexander Pogromsky (Eindhoven Univ. of Tech.)
Claudio De Persis (University of Groningen)
Louis Pecora (Office of Naval Research)
Mario Di Bernardo (University Napoli Federico II)
Christophe Prieur (CNRS)
Paul Docherty (University of Canterbury)
Rodolphe Sepulchre (University of Cambridge)
Ricardo Femat
(Inst. Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica)
Angela Slavova (Chua Memristor Center)
Alexander Fradkov (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Ahmad Taher Azar (Benha University)
Henri Huijberts (Queen Mary University of London)
Chira Vinci (STMicroelectronics)
Jun-Ichi Imura (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Maria Celvisia Virzí (STMicroelectronics)
Testuya Iwasaki (Univ. of California - Los Angeles)
Geza Kolumban (Pazmany Peter Catholic University)
Christopher Kellet (University of Newcastle)
Maria Gabriella Xibilia (University of Messina)
Jürgen Kurths (Potsdam Inst. Climate Impact Res.)
Cong Zhou (University of Canterbury)
Mattia Mattioni (University of Rome - La Sapienza)
Salvina Gagliano (University of Catania)

Local organizing committee
Paolo Arena (University of Catania)
Riccardo Caponetto (University of Catania)
Claudia Corradino (University of Catania)
Carlo Famoso (University of Catania)
Salvina Gagliano (University of Catania)
Lucia V. Gambuzza (University of Catania)
Mattia Frasca (University of Catania)
Giovanni Muscato (University of Catania)
Giuseppe Nunnari (University of Catania)
Luca Patanè (University of Messina)


Program at a glance

Detailed Program
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The venue of the conference is located in Catania. The event will take place in the room "Aula Magna Oliveri", located in the Cittadella Campus (Viale A. Doria 6), building n. 4 (DAU).

A social event will take place on Monday 27th, at 20:30, in the restaurant "Ritz Catania".


The CHAOS 2021 congress will take place in hybrid mode, virtually by the Zoom platform and in presence at the University of Catania. The link to the virtual room hosting the conference sessions will be available soon.

The participants attending the Conference in presence will be requested to show a valid EU COVID Digital Certificate to access the Conference Room

To participate, it is requested to:
- Download and install Zoom on your own computer or mobile device [DOWNLOAD ZOOM];
- Sign-in to Zoom with a personal account or create a new one [SIGN-UP];
- An access code will be sent by email to the registered participants.

The participant can play one of the following roles:
- Attendee: Attendees is a simple listener. S/he can comment in the public chat or ask for the floor through the “Chat” channel. Participants that want to pose a question to the speaker will write in the “Chat” and the Chair/Co-Chair will schedule the questions order and time.
- Panelist: The Chair/Co-Chair and speakers of a session will play the role Panelist for that session, then will be downgraded to Attendees. A Panelist has the privilege of being able to share its voice, screen, or multi-media contents from their own devices.

The sessions will be scheduled as follows:
- 15 min before the session – The Technical staff opens the virtual room.
- 10 min before the session – The session Chair/Co-Chair and speakers must access to the room hosting the session. Speakers will declare into the “Chat” channel their role in order to be given the “Panelist” privileges.
- Beginning of the session – All participants are invited to turn off their camera except for the session Chair/Co-Chair who introduces the session and the speakers.
- Presentation of the contributions in the sessions (15 min) – The speaker will have to activate the camera and microphone, share the slides and start the presentation.
- Discussions at the end of the first presentation (5 min) – The Chair turns his/her camera on and starts the discussion. Attendees that want to pose a question to the speaker will write in the “Chat” channel that they intend to ask something. The discussion should end accordingly to the program schedule before the time indicated for the next presentation.