Mohamed Djemaï is currently full Professor at the University of Valenciennes, France. His research interests are in nonlinear control systems theory in general, with principal interest in Hybrid and variable structure systems, and sliding mode approach: in control, observation, fault detection and the analysis and modeling of hybrid dynamical systems.¿He has applied his research to various industrial applications including power systems, robotics and vehicle. He has published more than 120 papers (including 40 journals) in his area of research.Michael Defoort has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Valenciennes since 2009. For seven years, Michael Defoort's research interests include observer theory and nonlinear control with applications to multi-agent systems. He has established a new branch of the sliding mode control theory (i.e. integral sliding mode control) with applications in robotics. Since three years, he has extended his research activity in the Switched and Hybrid Dynamical Systems areas, with applications in self-triggering control. From 2007 to 2008, he was a Research Fellow with the Department of System Design Engineering, Keio University, Japan. He has been leading international collaborations with Keio University (Japan), Kyungpook National University (South Korea), University of L'Aquila (Italy) and Kaiserslautern University (Germany). He has published more than 55 papers (including 16 journals) in his area of research.