MTNS, the International Symposium on the Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems is a major symposium in the general area of mathematical systems theory. The symposium is interdisciplinary and attracts mathematicians, engineers and researchers working in all aspects of systems theory. The symposium is organized every two years and traditionally covers areas involving a wide range of research directions in mathematical systems, networks and control theory. Mathematical methods which play a role in the areas mentioned above stem from a broad range of fields of pure and applied mathematics, including ordinary and partial differential equations, real and complex analysis, numerical analysis, probability theory and stochastic analysis, operator theory, linear and commutative algebra as well as algebraic and differential geometry. There are a wide range of applications ranging from problems in biology, communications and mathematical finance to problems in chemical engineering, aerospace engineering and robotics.

The meetings are scheduled by an international steering committee. The twenty previous MTNS meetings were held in:

1973 College Park, Maryland, USA
1975 Montreal, Canada
1977 Lubbock, Texas, USA
1979 Delft, the Netherlands
1981 Santa Monica, California, USA
1983 Beer Sheva, Israel
1985 Stockholm, Sweden,
1987 Phoenix, Arizona, USA
1989 Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1991 Kobe, Japan
1993 Regensburg, Germany
1996 St. Louis, Missouri, USA
1998 Padova, Italy
2000 Perpignan, France
2002 Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
2004 Leuven, Belgium
2006 Kyoto, Japan
2008 Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
2010 Budapest, Hungary
2012 Melbourne, Australia
2014 Groningen, Netherlands
2016 Minneapolis, USA