Manuel Silva

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Ph.D. Member



Ingeniero Industrial-Químico by the Universidad de Sevilla (US, 1974), and Ingénieur Automaticien by the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG, 1975), is Docteur Ingénieur by the INPG (1978) and Doctor Ingeniero Industrial by the U. de Sevilla (1979). Since 1981 is full professor of Systems Engineering and Automatic Control at the Universidad de Zaragoza (UZ). Founder of the Systems Engineering and Computer Science Group (the predecessor of the current Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering), is the director of the GISED (Grupo de Ingeniería de Sistemas de Eventos Discretos), recognised by the Government of Aragón as Group of Excellence in Research, part of the Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón (I3A, 


Vice Dean (1981-86) and Dean (1987-89) of the Zaragoza University School of Industrial Engineering, he drive its transformation into the Polytechnic Centre (CPS) and was its first Director (1989-93). During this period, Telecommunications Engineering (1989) and Computer Engineering (1992) degrees were incorporated into the CPS; and the preparation was done to incorporate Chemical Engineering as well (1994). Also during this period, the following postgraduate courses were implemented: Computer Science (1988), Food Processes Engineering (1988), Bioengineering (1988), Environmental Engineering (1990) and Industrial Organization (1990).


He was President of the Advisory Council for Research (CONAI) of the Research Council of the Aragonese Government (1993-95) and President of the Research and Technological Innovation Committee of the CTP (Comunidad de Trabajo de los Pirineos - Pyrenees Work Group, formed by several regions of France and Spain, and Andorra, 1994-96). He also contributed to the Aragonese Institute for Advancement (IAF) in the creation of new enterprises and technological innovation. Is President of the European Program of Stays for Research (Government of Aragón and Caja Inmaculada).


Author or co-author of some three hundred publications, among his scientific-technical books we can highlight Petri Nets in Automatic Control and Computer Engineering (Ed. AC, Madrid, 1985; republished by Thomson-AC, Madrid, 2002), which introduced the formalism of Petri Nets in Spain.


His preferred engineering area of research is that of Discrete Event Systems (DES), more recently Hybrid Systems also. Basically within the framework of the Petri Nets (PN) paradigm, works on questions as preliminary conception, performance evaluation, implementation issues, control and supervision. Applications concern manufacturing, logistic, software or workflow systems. Last decade is mainly focused on fluid approximations of highly loaded or high cadence discrete event dynamic systems.


Formerly he was also conducting research in robotics, particularly in control and robot programming. From this activity derives the RoPeRT (Robotics, Perception and Real Time Group, He contributed to the creation of the International Fair of Robotics (within the Feria Oficial y Nacional de Muestras de Zaragoza), being the Coordinator of the Technical Workshops (courses and seminars), from the first edition (1984), until 1990.


He has contributed to the organization of close to two hundred international conferences. Member of the Steering Committees of several international conferences (in particular of the International Conferences on Application and Theory of Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency, ICATPN and of the IFAC International Conference on the Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems, ADHS; also past chair of the Steering Committee of the International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems, WODES), he has been working with, or belongs, to the editorial board of several international journals.


He has been coordinator or editor of several books on education and research management (in Spanish), such as Socio-economic Impact of the Expansion of the CPS (1993), in cooperation with the Aragonese Entrepreneurs Confederation (CREA) and the Aragonese Institute of development (IAF); Engineers for a New Century: Objectives of the CPS (1993); A Decade of Research Policy in Aragón (1995); and The Europe Program for Research (CAI-CONAI, 2003).


Interested by History of Science, Technology and Engineering, he is author of the book Uniforms and Emblems of Spanish Civil Engineering, 1835-1975 (Institución Fernando el Católico, DPZ/CSIC, 1999). He was also co-director of CAI-100 (1998- 2001), a collection of 100 pocketbooks aiming to spread the culture of Aragón. This collection includes volumes devoted to economy, science, engineering, and the subsequent heritage. (During the year 2000, CAI-100 received the award of the Aragonese Association of Friends of Books, and was elected Aragonese of the Year in Culture, by the newspaper El Periódico.)


Director of a series of high-level courses devoted to broad research and synthesis perspectives on Technology and Engineering in Spain is the editor of the first encyclopaedia devoted to the topic. At present six volumes has been published (I-Renaissance; II & III-Enlightenment; IV, V & VI Nineteen Century; moreover, the volume devoted to the Renaissance enjoy of a second and enlarged edition in 2008), and some additional four (one more devoted to the XIX century) are planned at present. This work –more than 6.000 pages till now– is published by a consortium formed by the Real Academia de Ingeniería (, the Institución Fernando el Católico ( and Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza (


He has received a Medal from the City of Lille (France, 1996), and was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (2000). He has received the award to the Contribution to the Development of Telecommunication Engineering in Aragón, from the Telecommunications Engineering Association and the Polytechnic Centre of the University of Zaragoza (2001). Prof. Manuel Silva is Doctor Honoris Causa by the Université de Reims, Champagne-Ardennes (France, 2005).




Among other tasks in 2012:


* IPC co-Chair of the 4th International IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS'12), Eindhoven, June 6-8.


* IPC co-Chair of the 11th International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES'12),  Guadalajara, México, October 3-5.


* Special addresses at conferences: XIX Congresso Brasileiro de Automática (CBA'12, Setembro 2-6, Campina Grande, Paraiba), and WODES'12 (Guadalajara, México, October).


* "Kranzberg Lecture" at the 39th International Symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology  (ICOHTEC'12), Barcelona, July 10-14.


* co-Editor of the book (with Carla Seatzu and Jan van Schuppen):

Control of Discrete-Event Systems: Automata and Petri-Net Perspectives, Springer-Verlag, 2013.






Among other tasks in 2013:

* Special addresses at conferences:

  • Técnica e Ingeniería en España: del Renacimiento a nuestros días, XIV Reunión Nacional de Profesores de Ingeniería Mecánica  y de Vehículos (Jaén, septiembre 2013).
  • Técnica, ingeniería y lengua, V encuentro nacional de la Red Temática Lengua y Ciencia: "Lengua de la ciencia e historiografía" (La Coruña, noviembre 2013).
  • Demi-siècle de la théorie des systèmes concurrents : Le paradigme des réseaux de Pétri, Modélisation des Systèmes Réactifs, MSR'13 (Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique, France, novembre 2013).

* Curso Técnica e Ingeniería en España (septiembre 30, octubre 1 &2):

                                                                  Del noventayochismo al desarrollismo

* A "landscape" on the field of Petri nets & Discrete Event Sytems:

“Half a century after Carl Adam Petri's PhD thesis: a perspective on the field”, Annual Reviews in Control (Invited contribution) 37 ( 2 ) :  191-219, 2013. 

Editor of the book:

El Ochocientos. De las profundidades a las alturas, vol. VII de Técnica e ingeniería en España, Real Academia de Ingeniería / Institución «Fernando el Católico» / Prensas de la Universidad de Zaragoza, 2013.

        Presentación: El Ochocientos. De las profundidades a las alturas (12-XII-2013)


Immediately after are listed first some a few works not related to Discrete Event Systems (DES), in fact, related to humanities and hobbies (all in Spanish).




*** Técnica e Ingeniería en España ***

(Nota: desde el enlace previo se pueden bajar las presentaciones, índices e introducciones de  los capítulos, así como los "apuntes biográficos" de todos los volúmenes.)


Coedición de:


   Real Academia de Ingeniería


   Institución «Fernando el Católico», Dip. Prov. de Zaragoza


   Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, Universidad de Zaragoza


vol. I: El Renacimiento. De la técnica imperial y la popular, 2.ª ed. revisada y ampliada, Zaragoza, 2008.


vol. II: El Siglo de las Luces. De la ingeniería a la nueva navegación, Zaragoza, 2005.


vol. III: El Siglo de las Luces. De la industria al ámbito agroforestal, Zaragoza, 2005.


vol. IV: El Ochocientos. Pensamiento, profesiones y sociedad, Zaragoza, 2007.


vol. V: El Ochocientos. Profesiones e instituciones civiles, Zaragoza, 2007.


vol. VI: El Ochocientos. De los lenguajes al patrimonio, Zaragoza, 2011.

vol. VII: El Ochocientos. De las profundidades a las alturas, Zaragoza, 2013.




Nacimientos del Mundo. Colección Manuel Silva y Mª Regina Ramón.


Zaragoza, Fundación CAI-ASC, Centro Joaquín Roncal, 2009.




Ingeniería y Universidad. Sobre dos rememoraciones y un ámbito de investigación pluridisciplinar


Universidad de Zaragoza, Lección Inaugural del curso 2006-2007




Uniformes y Emblemas de la Ingeniería Civil Española, 1835-1975


Institución «Fernando el Católico», Anejos de Emblemata, Zaragoza, 1999


Uniformes, emblemas, banderas y estandartes, himnos, advocaciones religiosas, se emplean como distintivos para denotar pertenencia a un cierto colectivo social. Distintivos de muy variada naturaleza y objeto son profusamente usados en ámbitos como el institucional, el empresarial, el deportivo, el musical, el académico, el religioso y el gastronómico. En las esferas profesionales también se han empleado y se emplean distintivos. La obra pasa revista a uniformes y emblemas de la Ingeniería en España, con un cierto énfasis en lo que atañe a la emblemática de la ingeniería industrial.




Que el presentido como difícil 2016 venga cargado de felicidad



Que en 2017 los hados nos sean favorables





[1540] Clavel, D, Mahulea C, Silva M.  2016.  On Liveness Enforcement of DSSP net systems. 52nd IEEE Annual Conference on Decision and Control (CDC). Abstract
[1541] Clavel, D, Mahulea C, Silva M, Albareda J.  2016.  Operation Planning of Elective Patients in an Orthopedic Surgery Department. 2nd International Workshop on Models and Methods for healthcare systems management and planning (M2H) in ETFA 2016. Abstract
[1549] Wang, X, Mahulea C, Silva M.  2014.  Deadlock Prevention Policy for S3PR - Application to Robot Planning. ETFA'2014: 19th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation.
[1548] Silva, M, Mahulea C.  2014.  From Discrete to Continuous Models: A Perspective on Fluidization of Petri Nets. ECC'2014: European Control Conference.
[1529] Fraca, E, Julvez J, Silva M.  2014.  The “bound Reaching Problem” on the Fluidization of Timed Petri Nets. 12th Int. Workshop on Discrete Event Systems.
[1500] Fraca, E, Julvez J, Silva M.  2014.  On the fluidization of Petri nets and marking homothecy. Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. 12:3-19.
[1502] Wang, L, Mahulea C, Julvez J, Silva M.  2014.  ON/OFF strategy based minimum-time control of continuous Petri nets. Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. 12
[1547] Wang, X, Mahulea C, Silva M.  2014.  Model Checking on Fault Diagnosis Graph. WODES'2014: 12th IFAC International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems.
[1497] Apaydin-Ozkan, H, Mahulea C, Julvez J, Silva M.  2014.  A Control Method for Distributed Continuous Mono-T-Semiflow Petri nets. International Journal of Control. 87(2)
[1503] Silva, M, Fraca E, Wang L.  2014.  Performance evaluation and control of manufacturing systems: A continuous Petri nets view. Formal Methods in Manufacturing. :409-452.
[1504] Wang, L, Mahulea C, Silva M.  2013.  Distributed Model Predictive Control of Timed Continuous Petri nets. 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC'2013).
[1490] Silva, M.  2013.  Half a century after Carl Adam Petri's PhD thesis: a perspective on the field. Annual Reviews in Control. 37(2):191-219.
[1501] Wang, X, Mahulea C, Silva M.  2013.  Decentralized Diagnosis Based on Fault Diagnosis Graph. 18th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2013).
[1464] Wang, L, Mahulea C, Silva M.  2013.  Minimum-Time Flow Control of Timed Continuous Choice-Free Nets. ECC'13: European Control Conference.
[1465] Wang, X, Mahulea C, Silva M.  2013.  Fault Diagnosis Graph of Time Petri Nets. ECC'13: European Control Conference.
[1453] Wang, L, Mahulea C, Julvez J, Silva M.  2013.  Minimum-time Decentralized Control of Choice-Free Continuous Petri Nets. Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. 7(1):39-53.
[1491] Vazquez, CR, Mahulea C, Julvez J, Silva M.  2013.  Introduction to Fluid Petri Nets. Control of Discrete-Event Systems. Automata and Petri net Perspectives. 433:365-386.
[1492] Mahulea, C, Julvez J, Vazquez CR, Silva M.  2013.  Continuous Petri Nets: Observability and Diagnosis. Control of Discrete-Event Systems. Automata and Petri net Perspectives. 433:387-406.
[1493] Julvez, J, Vazquez CR, Mahulea C, Silva M.  2013.  Continuous Petri Nets: Controllability and Control. Control of Discrete-Event Systems. Automata and Petri net Perspectives. 433:407-428.
[1498] Vazquez, CR, Ramirez-Treviño A, Silva M.  2013.  Controllability of Timed Continuous Petri Nets with uncontrollable transitions. International Journal of Control. Posted online: 01 Oct 2013
[1505] Seatzu, C, Silva M, van Schuppen J.(ed.).  2013.  Control of Discrete-Event Systems: Automata and Petri-Net Perspectives. Lecture Notes y Control and Information Sciences. 433:478.