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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Misc
2.1 New Address for Rick Middleton
2.2 EECI PhD Award

3. Books
3.1 Automatic Control of Atmospheric and Space Flight Vehicles
3.2 Advanced Control of Turbofan Engines
3.3 Quantitative Process Control Theory
3.4 Practical Application of Optimal Control Theory: Computational Approach
3.5 Advanced Control for Constrained Processes and Systems

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
4.2 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
4.3 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
4.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.5 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.6 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
4.7 Contents: AIChE Journal
4.8 Contents: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
4.9 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
4.10 CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
4.11 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
4.12 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
4.13 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering

5. Conferences
5.1 SIAM Southeastern Atlantic Section Conference
5.2 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid System
5.3 CNPAA World Congress
5.4 ANTS
5.5 International Symposium on Neural Networks

6.  Workshops
6.1 IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems
6.2 IFAC Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles
6.3 Specification, Design and Verification of Distributed Control Systems
6.4 EECI Graduate School on Control
6.5 Workshop on Dynamics and Control of Micro and Nanoscale Systems
6.6 Elgersburg School on Mathematical Systems Theory
6.7 IFAC International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems

7.  Positions
7.1 PhD: University of California, San Diego
7.2 PhD: University of Wuerzburg, Germany
7.3 PhD: Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
7.4 PhD: NUI Maynooth, Ireland
7.5 PhD: University of New South Wales
7.6 PhD: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
7.7 Post Doc: University of Manchester, UK
7.8 Post Doc: NUI Maynooth, Ireland
7.9 Post Doc: Caltech
7.10 Post-Doc: University of Maryland
7.11 Post-Doc: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
7.12 Post-Doc: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
7.13 Post-Doc: French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis
7.14 Post-Doc: Technische Universität München
7.15 Post-Doc: Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes
7.16 Post-Doc: The University of Luxembourg
7.17 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
7.18 Faculty: United Arab Emirates University
7.19 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
7.20 Faculty: University of Colorado, Boulder
7.21 Faculty: University of Maryland, College Park
7.22 Faculty: University of Washington
7.23 Faculty: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
7.24 Faculty: Aalto University
7.25 Faculty: The University of Stuttgart, Germany
7.26 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology
7.27 Researcher: Cemagref Montpellier
7.28 Researcher: University of Sheffield
7.29 Staff Engineer: John Deere
7.30 Senior Controls Engineer: John Deere


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 56 (2011),
Issue 11 (November)

Scanning the Issue page 2497


The Behavioral Approach to Linear Parameter-Varying Systems
R. Toth, J. C. Willems, P. S. C. Heuberger and P. M. J. Van den Hofpage 2499

A Monte Carlo Optimization and Dynamic Programming Approach for Managing MRI
Examinations of Stroke Patients
N. Geng, X. Xie, V. Augusto and Z. Jiang page 2515

A Multiresolution Approximation Method for Fast Explicit Model Predictive Control
S. Summers, C. N. Jones, J. Lygeros and M. Morari page 2530

Dead-Time Compensation for Systems with Multiple I/O Delays: A Loop Shifting Approach
L. Mirkin, Z. J. Palmor and D. Shneiderman page 2542

Quaternion-Based Hybrid Control for Robust Global Attitude Tracking
C. G. Mayhew, R. G. Sanfelice and A. R. Teel page 2555

Stability and Performance of SISO Control Systems with First-Order Reset Elements
D. Nesic, A. R. Teel and L. Zaccarian page 2567

Computing Abstractions of Nonlinear Systems
G. Reissig page 2583

Combination of Lyapunov and Density Functions for Stability of Rotational Motion
J. F. Vasconcelos, A. Rantzer, C. Silvestre and P. J. Oliveira page 2599

Multi-Decision Supervisory Control: Parallel Decentralized Architectures Cooperating
for Controlling Discrete Event Systems
H. Chakib and A. Khoumsi page 2608

How Good is Quantized Model Predictive Control with Horizon One?
C. Mueller, D. E. Quevedo and G. C. Goodwin page 2623

State Observability and Observers of Linear-Time-Invariant Systems Under Irregular
Sampling and Sensor Limitations
L. Y. Wang, C. Li, G. Yin, L. Guo and C. Xu page 2639

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Filtering for Discrete-Time Networked Nonlinear Systems with Mixed Random Delays
and Packet Dropouts
R. Yang, P. Shi and G. Liu page 2655

Motion Recovery by Using Stereo Perspective Observation
X. Chen and H. Kano page 2660

Lur'e Lyapunov Function and Absolute Stability Criterion for Lur'e Singularly
Perturbed Systems
C. Yang, Q. Zhang, J. Sun and T. Chai page 2666

Minimal Time Control of Fed-Batch Processes With Growth Functions Having
Several Maxima
A. Rapaport and D. Dochain page 2671

Hierarchical Least Squares Identification for Linear SISO Systems with
Dual-Rate Sampled-Data
J. Ding, F. Ding, P. X. Liu and G. Liu page 2677

Stability-Preserving Optimization in the Presence of Fast Disturbances
B. Wirth, J. Gerhard and W. Marquardt page 2683

Approximate Abstractions of Stochastic Hybrid Systems
A. Abate, A. D'Innocenzo and M. D. Di Benedetto page 2688

A Lower Bound for Distributed Averaging Algorithms on the Line Graph
A. Olshevsky and J. Tsitsiklis page 2694

Integral Sliding Mode Control for Nonlinear Systems with Matched and
Unmatched Perturbations
M. Rubagotti, A. Estrada, F. CastaÒos, A. Ferrara and L. M. Fridman page 2699

Stochastic Receding Horizon Control With Bounded Control Inputs: A Vector
Space Approach
D. Chatterjee, P. Hokayem and J. Lygeros page 2704

Finite-Time Attitude Tracking Control of Spacecraft With Application to
Attitude Synchronization
H. Du, S. Li and C. Qian page 2711

Pade Discretization for Linear Systems With Polyhedral Lyapunov Functions
F. Rossi, P. Colaneri and R. Shorten page 2717

Performance Limitation of Tracking Control Problem for a Class of References
H. Okajima and T. Asai page 2723

Uniform Robust Exact Differentiator
E. Cruz-Zavala, J. A. Moreno and L. M. Fridman page 2727

System Identification and Low-Order Optimal Control of Intersample Behavior in ILC
T. Oomen, J. van de Wijdeven and O. H. Bosgra page 2734

Stabilization of Switched Systems with Nonlinear Impulse Effects and Disturbances
Y. Sun page 2739

Fidelity is a Sub-Martingale for Discrete-Time Quantum Filters
P. Rouchon page 2743


2. Misc

2.1 New Address for Rick Middleton
Contributed by: Rick Middleton,

New email address for Rick Middleton from 1 January 2011:


2.2 EECI PhD Award
Contributed by: Christophe PRIEUR,

2011 EECI PhD Award

It is our pleasure to announce that the 2011 EECI PhD award, recompensing the
best PhD works in Europe in the field of Embedded and Networked Control, has
been given to Justin RICE for his work "EFFICIENT ALGORITHMS FOR DISTRIBUTED
CONTROL: A STRUCTURED MATRIX APPROACH" under the supervision of Professor Michel
Verhaegen, Technische Universiteit Delft.

We remind you that the deadline to apply for the 2012 edition of the EECI PhD
award is June 15th 2012. For more information, please visit:

Best regards,

Christophe Prieur,
on behalf of the organizing committee (Christophe Prieur, Antoine Chaillet,
Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, Antonio Bicchi and Alberto Bemporad )


3. Books

3.1 Automatic Control of Atmospheric and Space Flight Vehicles
Contributed by: Ashish Tewari,

Announcement of Book Publication by Ashish Tewari (Senior member, IEEE, CSS):

Title: Automatic Control of Atmospheric and Space Flight Vehicles: Design and
Analysis with MATLAB® and Simulink®

Author: Ashish Tewari

Publication data:
Birkhäuser Science, New York, 2011
Control Engineering series
ISBN 978-0-8176-4863-3; 374 pages/163 illustrations

Perhaps the only full publication to present a unified and straightforward
introduction to the design and analysis of automatic control systems for both
atmospheric and space flight vehicles,Automatic Control of Atmospheric and
Space Flight Vehicles is intended to be a textbook for senior undergraduate
and graduate students in aerospace engineering/aeronautics and astronautics
departments. Covering basic control theory and design concepts, the material
in the book has been specifically developed for a modern course on flight
control systems, where the artificial distinction between aircraft, rockets,
and spacecraft is removed. A wide variety of flight control topics are presented
in a concise and easy-to-read—yet rigorous—manner.

The book highlights an understanding of relevant flight dynamic principles
required for designing a flight control system, placing specific emphasis on
a wealth of realistic examples and exercises that require programming. A
particularly appealing feature of the text is the ready and extensive use
of MATLAB®/Simulink® codes in the many solved examples illustrating flight
control design and analysis; these examples give the reader hands-on
experience with practical problems and make the book an even more useful
and illuminating tool. For convenience, all the codes used can be downloaded
from the author's and publisher’s websites. Moreover, selected exercise
solutions are provided in the text, and a full solutions manualis available
to instructors online.

The coverage of flight control topics in the book is fundamental rather than
exhaustive, with a greater emphasis on single-variable control for a strong
understanding of the relevant concepts. The work may therefore be used for
a first course on flight control systems. However, it also covers some advanced
topics—such as linear optimal control, nonlinear orbit plane control, and two
-point boundary value problem solution for de-orbiting spacecraft—imparting a
flavor of the variety found in automatic flight control, and will be of interest
to experienced researchers and practitioners in aerospace and control engineering.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction
2. Flight Dynamic Models
3. Control Design Techniques
4. Automatic Control of Aircraft
5. Automatic Control of Rockets
6. Automatic Control of Spacecraft
A. Linear Optimal Control


3.2 Advanced Control of Turbofan Engines
Contributed by: Hanz Richter,

Author: Hanz Richter, Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA.

Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: October 19, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4614-1170-3
Number of Pages: 266
Binding(s): Hardback
Book website:

Advanced Control of Turbofan Engines describes the operational performance
requirements of turbofan (commercial)engines from a controls systems perspective,
covering industry-standard methods and research-edge advances. This book allows
the reader to design controllers and produce realistic simulations using public-
domain software like CMAPSS: Commercial Modular Aero-Propulsion System Simulation,
whose versions are released to the public by NASA. The scope of the book is centered
on the design of thrust controllers for both steady flight and transient maneuvers.
Classical control theory is not dwelled on, but instead an introduction to general
undergraduate control techniques is provided. This book also:

   * Develops a thorough understanding of the challenges associated with engine
operability from a control systems perspective, describing performance demands and
operational constraints into the framework and language of modern control theory

   * Presents solid theoretical support for classical and advanced engine control
concepts,  including new analyses of the min-max selector systems frequently used
in commercial engine control systems

   * Has a bottom-up, progressive approach establishing a unified framework for the
analysis of classical and advanced engine control schemes, with a strong design orientation

   * Provides detailed coverage of advanced techniques such as adaptive control,
sliding mode control and model predictive control as applied to gas turbine engines.

   * Covers public-domain, high-fidelity simulation resources, allowing the reader
to reproduce the simulations of the book and to develop a basis for independent
controller benchmarking studies

Advanced Control of Turbofan Engines is an ideal book for aerospace or mechanical
engineers with basic knowledge in control systems, control engineers unfamiliar with
gas turbines, and first year graduate students in mechanical, electrical, or aerospace

Table of Contents:

Introduction.- Engine Models and Simulation Tools.- Engine Control by Classical Methods.
- Engine Control By Robust State Feedback.- Gain Scheduling and Adaptation.- Sliding
Mode Control of Turbofan Engines.- Engine Limit Management with Linear Regulators.-
Engine Limit Management with Sliding Modes.- Engine Limit Management with Model
Predictive Control.-  Time-Optimal Control of Fan Speed.- Representative Linear Model
Matrix Listings - 90k Engine.- Representative Linear Model Matrix Listings - 40k Engine.
- Matlab Code for Linearized MPC Simulation.


3.3 Quantitative Process Control Theory
Contributed by: Weidong Zhang,

Quantitative Process Control Theory
Weidong Zhang, Shanghai Jiaotong University, People's Republic of China

Hardcover: 473 pages
Publisher: CRC Press, 2011
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439855579 ISBN-13: 978-1439855577;jsessionid=Wv9Ou8zwbk...

A state-of-the-art text aimed at solving quantitative design poblems for
engineering performance indices such as overshoot. Presents simple and elegant
“no-weight” and “analytical” optimal design procedures in frequency domain. Places
equal emphasis upon theoretical and application aspects of the subject. Provides
a rigorous treatment on SISO/MIMO systems with time delay without extensive use
of advanced mathematics. Bridges the classical control theory and the newly
arriving generation of robust control theory. Includes numerous worked examples
and excises of graded difficulty. Combining theory and practice, this text will
appeal to students, academic researchers, and engineers in control engineering.

1 Introduction
2 Classical Analysis Methods
3 Essentials of the Robust Control Theory
4 H infinity PID Controllers for Stable Plants
5 H2 PID Controllers for Stable Plants
6 Control of Stable Plants
7 Control of Integrating Plants
8 Control of Unstable Plants
9 Complex Control Strategies
10 Analysis of MIMO Systems
11 Classical Design Methods for MIMO Systems
12 Quasi-H Infinity Decoupling Control
13 H2 Decoupling Control
14 Multivariable H2 Optimal Control

This book has 183 figures and 5 tables. Examples include paper-making machine,
heat exchanger, hot strip mill, maglev, nuclear reactor, distillation column/heavy
oil fractionator, jacket-cooled reactor, missile, helicopter/plane, and anesthesia.

Teaching ppt can be provided.


3.4 Practical Application of Optimal Control Theory: Computational Approach
Contributed by: QUAN-FANG WANG,

Monograph: Practical Application of Optimal Control Theory: computational approach
Author: Quan-Fang Wang

Blurb/shorttext: This monograph presented recent years cutting-edge research
papers on applied mathematics and its related fields, such as computer science,
physics, chemistry and so forth. Optimal control theory had been applied to neural
networks, quantum systems (e.g. Klein-Gordon-Schrodinger equation, Klein-Gordon
-Maxwell equation, meson exchange effect, nuclear reaction, etc) as well as
inverse problems. Especially, the corresponding computational approach is adequately
executed together with resultant theoretical conclusions for interpreting each other.
The inherent connection with realistic issues would become a promising direction in
future insight. It would be quite interesting to develop the interdisciplinary
research to a wide class areas.

   * Hardcover: 216 pages
   * Publisher: LAMBERT Academic Publishing, (Nov. 11, 2011)
   * Language: English
   * ISBN-13: 978-3-8465-5464-7
   * ISBN-10: 3846554642
   * EAN: 9783846554647

It would be glad to have connection!

With best regards,
Quan-Fang Wang

Dr. Quan-Fang Wang
Book: Optimal Control for Nonlinear Parabolic Distributed Parameter Systems,
Monograph: Practical Application of Optimal Control Theory,
Author: Quan-Fang Wang,
Publisher: LAMBERT Academic Publishing


3.5 Advanced Control for Constrained Processes and Systems
Contributed by: Fabricio Garelli,

A new book is now available from the IET:

Fabricio Garelli, Ricardo J. Mantz, Hernán De Battista, “Advanced Control for
Constrained Processes and Systems”. The Institution of Engineering and Technology
(IET), London, United Kingdom. Control Engineering Series 75, ISBN 978-1-84919-261-3.

* About the book:

This book provides a unified, practically-oriented treatment to many constrained
control paradigms. Recently proposed control strategies are unified in a generalized
framework to deal with different kinds of constraints. The resulting control strategies
are based on reference conditioning ideas, implemented by means of supervisory loops
which employ discontinuous actions.

Although design simplicity is a book priority, the use of well established variable
structure systems theory and sliding mode related concepts for theoretical analysis
make the book also rigorous and self-contained.

The book aims at providing solutions which can be added to pre-existent control
designs, and that allow using conventional control tools for the main loop design.
Switching signals are always confined to the low-power side of the systems, so that the
implementation of the control schemes results extremely easy, both analogously or

The first part of the book focuses on providing a simple description of the method to
deal with system constraints in SISO systems. It also illustrates the design and
implementation of the developed techniques through several case studies. The second
part is devoted to multivariable constrained control problems: improving system
decoupling under different plant or controller constraints, and reducing the undesired
effects caused by manual-automatic or controller switching.

The key aim of this book is to reduce the gap between the available constrained control
literature and industrial applications.

* Book readership:
To those related with Process Control.

* Book contents:
Introduction to constrained control; A practical method to deal with constraints; Some
practical case studies; Relevant tools for dynamic decoupling; Constrained dynamic
decoupling; Improving decoupling in decentralized control; Partial decoupling and
non-minimum phase systems; MIMO bumpless transfer


4.  Journals

4.1 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
Contributed by:  Lars Gruene,

Table of Contents, Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS), Volume
23, Number 1-3,

The complete realization problem for hidden Markov models: a survey and some
new results, M. Vidyasagar, 1-65

Structure and parametrization of periodic linear systems, U. Helmke and E. I.
Verriest, 67-99

Coprime factorization and robust stabilization for discrete-time infinite-
dimensional systems, Ruth F. Curtain and Mark R. Opmeer, 101-115

Left invertibility of discrete-time output-quantized systems: the linear case
with finite inputs, Nevio Dubbini, Benedetto Piccoli and Antonio Bicchi, 117-139

Quadratic costs and second moments of jump linear systems with general Markov
chain, Eduardo F. Costa, Alessandro N. Vargas and João B. R. do Val, 141-157

Checking dissipativity of linear behavior systems given in kernel representation,
Tobias Brüll, 159-175

On the transversality of functions at the core of the transverse function approach
to control, David A. Lizárraga, 177-197

Exact controllability of a Rayleigh beam with a single boundary control, A. Ozkan
Ozer and Scott W. Hansen, 199-222


4.2 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
Contributed by: Mingcong Deng,

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, vol. 3, no. 3, 2011
The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:
Guest Editors: Lihua Jiang, Shuhui Bi
pp. 157-158

Modelling and simulation of an aerial vehicle steering to hit on top of the
target at terminal trajectory
Zheng-jie Wang; Ning-jun Fan; Jing Lu
pp. 159-167   

A modified adaptive control scheme in the presence of input saturation
Natsuki Takagi; Kazuya Sato; Masahiro Oya
pp. 168-180

Implementation of performance-adaptive PI control on a weigh feeder
Takao Sato; Shohei Kitano; Toru Yamamoto; Nozomu Araki; Yasuo Konishi
pp. 181-187

Selection of optimal parameter set using estimability analysis and MSE-based
model-selection criterion
Shaohua Wu; Kevin A.P. McLean; Thomas J. Harris; Kimberley B. McAuley
pp. 188-197

Modelling of SST/BES and its application to power quality improvement
Jie Zeng; Buhan Zhang; Chengxiong Mao; Yan Li; Shu Fan
pp. 198-207

Design method of ideal vehicle models in adaptive steering driver-combined-
vehicle systems
Qiang Wang; Masahiro Oya; Shingo Tamaru; Natsuki Takagi
pp. 208-219

Non-linear controller for stabilisation control of a cart-type inverted pendulum
Tomohiro Henmi; Mingcong Deng; Akira Inoue
pp. 220-229

High gain adaptive control for a class of uncertain non-holonomic systems
Ryuji Michino; Ikuro Mizumoto
pp. 230-239


4.3 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
Contributed by: Mingcong Deng,

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, vol. 3, no. 4, 2011
The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:

Guest Editors: Lihua Jiang, Shuhui Bi
pp. 241-242

A full order observer-based guaranteed cost controller for uncertain linear systems
Erwin Susanto; Daisuke Matsunaga; Mitsuaki Ishitobi; Sadaaki Kunimatsu
pp. 243-250

Modular reinforcement learning for control problems with multi sensors
Hayato Nakama; Satoshi Yamada
pp. 251-258

A neural network-based ensemble forecasting method for financial market prediction
Wei Xu; Meiyun Zuo; Mingtao Zhang; Rong He
pp. 259-267

Robust design of suspension parameters for high speed railway vehicle based
on uniform design and kriging interpolation
Yung-Chang Cheng; Cheng-Kang Lee
pp. 268-278

Edge detection and feature extraction of gastrointestinal radiographs using
adaptive differential filter and level set method
Nobumichi Nagano; Takami Matsuo
pp. 279-287

A development of signal control system for congestion length along arterials
Haruko Fujii; Hikaru Shimizu
pp. 288-296

Operator-based non-linear control system design for unstable plants with input
K. Umemoto; Mingcong Deng
pp. 297-303

Regular Papers
Passivity control of a haptic device for the simulation of knobs
Valentina Colla; Benedetto Allotta
pp. 304-311

High gain adaptive output feedback control of non-linear systems with a class
of control uncertainties
Ryuji Michino; Ikuro Mizumoto
pp. 312-323


4.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by:  Thomas Meurer,

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 19
Issue 12
December 2011

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Rolf Isermann, Perspectives of automatic control, Pages 1399-1407

Mohammad Mousavi Anzehaee, Mohammad Haeri, Welding current and arc voltage
control in a GMAW process using ARMarkov based MPC, Pages 1408-1422

Marcel Heertjes, Arjan van Engelen, Minimizing cross-talk in high-precision
motion systems using data-based dynamic decoupling, Pages 1423-1432

Marco Sorrentino, Gianfranco Rizzo, Ivan Arsie, Analysis of a rule-based control
strategy for on-board energy management of series hybrid vehicles, Pages 1433-1441

Ming-Kun Chang, Jeih-Jang Liou, Ming-Lun Chen, T–S fuzzy model-based tracking
control of a one-dimensional manipulator actuated by pneumatic artificial muscles,
Pages 1442-1449

Wen-Kung Tseng, Local active noise control using a novel method of designing quiet
zones, Pages 1450-1458

Riccardo Marino, Stefano Scalzi, Mariana Netto, Nested PID steering control for
lane keeping in autonomous vehicles, Pages 1459-1467

Hai-Bo Zhou, Ji-An Duan, A novel levitation control strategy for a class of
redundant actuation maglev system, Pages 1468-1478

Tang-Hsien Chang, Chia-Hung Chueh, Li-Kai Yang, Dynamic traffic prediction for
insufficient data roadways via automatic control theories, Pages 1479-1489

Adam Heinzen, Pradeep Gillella, Zongxuan Sun, Iterative learning control of a
fully flexible valve actuation system for non-throttled engine load control,
Pages 1490-1505

W.D. Widanage, J. Stoev, A. Van Mulders, J. Schoukens, G. Pinte, Nonlinear
system-identification of the filling phase of a wet-clutch system, Pages 1506-1516


4.5 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by:  Thomas Meurer,

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 20
Issue 1
January 2012

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Alessandro Giua, Manuel Silva, Janan Zaytoon, Preface to the Special Section:
IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems, Page 1

Pieter J. Mosterman, Justyna Zander, Gregoire Hamon, Ben Denckla, A computational
model of time for stiff hybrid systems applied to control synthesis, Pages 2-13

T. Brunsch, J. Raisch, L. Hardouin, Modeling and control of high-throughput
screening systems, Pages 14-23

Victorino Sanz, Alfonso Urquia, François E. Cellier, Sebastian Dormido, Modeling
of hybrid control systems using the DEVSLib Modelica library, Pages 24-34

L. Cederqvist, O. Garpinger, T. Hägglund, A. Robertsson, Cascade control of the
friction stir welding process to seal canisters for spent nuclear fuel, Pages 35-48

Tharindu Patikirikorala, Liuping Wang, Alan Colman, Jun Han, Hammerstein–Wiener
nonlinear model based predictive control for relative QoS performance and
resource management of software systems, Pages 49-61

F. Malchow, O. Sawodny, Model based feedforward control of an industrial glass
feeder, Pages 62-68

K. El Majdoub, F. Giri, H. Ouadi, L. Dugard, F.Z. Chaoui, Vehicle longitudinal
motion modeling for nonlinear control, Pages 69-81

Yong Yao Yang, Mahdi Mahfouf, George Panoutsos, Probabilistic characterisation
of model error using Gaussian mixture model—With application to Charpy impact
energy prediction for alloy steel, Pages 82-92


4.6 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: lichen Fu,

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.13, No.6     November, 2011

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Contact Force Estimation and Regulation in Active Pantographs:
An Algebraic Observability Approach
Authors: Alessandro Pisano and Elio Usai

2. Paper Title: Formalization and Practical Implementation of a Conceptual Model
for PID Controller Tuning
Authors: H. Alaiz Moretón, J. L. Calvo Rolle, I. García, and A. Alonso Alvarez

3. Paper Title: A New Adaptive PI for Bicarbonate Regulation in an Anaerobic
Digestion Process
Authors: Salvador Carlos-Hernandez

4. Paper Title: Flocking Coordination Using Active Leader and Local Information
Authors: Shahram Etemadi, Aria Alasty, and Gholam-Reza Vossoughi

5. Paper Title: Synchronizing Chaotic Systems with Parametric Uncertainty via
a Novel Adaptive Impulsive Observer
Authors: Moosa Ayati, Hamid Khaloozadeh, and Xinzhi Liu

6. Paper Title: Robust Fuzzy Control for Continuous Perturbed Time-Delay Affine
Takagi–Sugeno Fuzzy Models
Authors: Wen-Jer Chang, Wei-Han Huang, Wei Chang, and Cheung-Chieh Ku

7. Paper Title: Guaranteed-Cost Fuzzy Controller Design for a Self-Sustaining
Bicycle with Practical Constraints
Authors: Ying-Jen Chen, Wen-June Wang, and Chung-Lung Chang

8. Paper Title: FPGA-Based Adaptive Dynamic Sliding-Mode Neural Control for a
Brushless DC Motor
Authors: Jang-Zern Tsai, Chun-Fei Hsu, Chien-Jung Chiu, and Kai-Lin Peng

9. Paper Title: Rejection of Nonharmonic Disturbances in a Class of Nonlinear
Systems with Nonlinear Exosystems
Authors: Yuan Jiang and Shutang Liu

10. Paper Title: Adaptive Fuzzy Controller Design with Observer for a Class
of Uncertain Nonlinear MIMO Systems
Authors: Yan-Jun Liu, Shao-Cheng Tong, and Tie-Shan Li

11. Erratum for Adaptive Fuzzy Controller Design with Observer for a Class of
Uncertain Nonlinear MIMO Systems

12. Paper Title: Master-Slave Synchronization for Delayed Lur’e Systems Using
Time-Delay Feedback Control
Authors: Tao Li, Aiguo Song, and Shumin Fei

13. Paper Title: Global Exponential Synchronization of Stochastic Switching
Networks with Time-Varying Delay
Authors: Weikai Liu and Zhi-Hong Guan

14. Paper Title: Nonlinear Adaptive Learning Control for Unknown Time-Varying
Parameters and Unknown Time-Varying Delays
Authors: Weisheng Chen and Zhengqiang Zhang

15. Paper Title: Delay-Dependent State Estimation for Discrete Markovian Jump
Neural Networks with Time-Varying Delay
Authors: Zhengguang Wu, Peng Shi, Hongye Su, and Jian Chu

16. Paper Title: Observer-Based Finite-Time Stabilization for Extended Markov
Jump Systems
Authors: Xiaoli Luan, Fei Liu, and Peng Shi

17. Paper Title: Convergence Speed of a Fractional Order Consensus Algorithm
Over Undirected Scale-Free Networks
Authors: Wei Sun, Yan Li, Changpin Li, and YangQuan Chen

18. Paper Title: Fuzzy Robust Constrained Model Predictive Control for Nonlinear Systems
Authors: Xiao-Heng Chang and Guang-Hong Yang

19. Paper Title: Robust H  Control of Norm Bounded Uncertain Systems via
Markovian Approach
Authors: Guoliang Wang, Qingling Zhang, and Victor Sreeram

20. Paper Title: Global Set-Point Tracking Control for a Class of Nonlinear
Systems with iISS Inverse Dynamics
Authors: Jiang-Bo Yu and Yu-Qiang Wu

21. Paper Title: Study on General Stability and Stabilizability of Linear
Discrete-Time Stochastic Systems
Authors: Ting Hou, Weihai Zhang, and Bor-Sen Chen

22. Paper Title: Quantized Tracking Control for a Multi-Agent System with
High-Order Leader Dynamics
Authors: Jiangping Hu and Gang Feng

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Practical Stabilizability of Dyadic Homogeneous Bilinear Systems
Authors: M. Tadi

2. Paper Title: Guaranteed Cost PID Control for Uncertain Discrete-Time
Stochastic Systems with Additive Gain Perturbations
Authors: Hiroaki Mukaidani

3. Paper Title: Stability Analysis and Output-Feedback Stabilization of
Discrete-Time Systems with a Time-Varying State Delay and Nonlinear Perturbation
Authors: K. F. Chen and I. K. Fong

4. Paper Title: Global Stabilization of Partially Linear Composite Systems
Using Homogeneous Method
Authors: Shihong Ding, Shihua Li, and Qi Li

5. Paper Title: State Feedback Control for Uncertain Switched Systems with
Interval Time-Varying Delay
Authors: Limin Wang, Cheng Shao, and Xuanyu Liu

6. Paper Title: Improved Robust Stability Criteria for Uncertain Systems
with Time-Varying Delay
Authors: Wei Qian, Lei Wang, and Youxian Sun

7. Paper Title: Repetitive Controller Design for Optimal Performance
Authors: Wentao Chen and Yechun Lin

8. Paper Title: Fault Tolerant Control with Disturbance Rejection and Attenuation
Performance for Systems with Multiple Disturbances
Authors: Songyin Cao, Lei Guo, and Xinyu Wen

9. Paper Title: Delay-Dependent Stability and H  Control of Stochastic Time-
Delay Systems with Markovian Jumping Parameters
Authors: Li Ma, Fei-Peng Da, and Lingyao Wu

10. Paper Title: Robust Reliable Tracking Controller Design Against Actuator
Faults for LPV Systems
Authors: Lei Song and Jianying Yang

11. Paper Title: Adaptive Fuzzy Dynamic Surface Control with Prespecified Tracking
Performance for a Class of Nonlinear Systems
Authors: Qichao Zhao and Yan Lin

12. Paper Title: On Delay-Dependent Stabilization of Retarded Systems—An Integral-
Inequality Based Approach


4.7 Contents: AIChE Journal
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,

AIChE Journal, vol 57, issue 12

Steady-state process optimization with guaranteed robust stability under
parametric uncertainty (pages 3395–3407)
YoungJung Chang and Nikolaos V. Sahinidis

Energy optimization of bioethanol production via gasification of switchgrass
(pages 3408–3428)
Mariano Martín and Ignacio E. Grossmann

Improved frequency response model identification method for processes with
initial cyclic-steady-state (pages 3429–3435)
Yu Jin Cheon, Su Whan Sung, Jietae Lee, Cheol Ho Je and In-Beum Lee

Development of a new technique to generate microcapsules from the breakup
of non-Newtonian highly viscous fluid jets (pages 3436–3447)
C. Rodríguez-Rivero, E. M. M. Del Valle and M. A. Galán

Identification of multiscale nature and multiple dynamics of the blast
furnace system from operating data (pages 3448–3458)
Chuanhou Gao, Jiusun Zeng and Zhimin Zhou

Internal model control design for input-constrained multivariable processes
(pages 3459–3472)
Ambrose A. Adegbege and William P. Heath


4.8 Contents: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research,
volume 50, issue 23

Effect of Alkaline Hydroxides on the Vapor−Liquid Equilibrium of Ammonia/Water
and the Performance of Absorption Chillers
Simona Steiu, David Martínez-Maradiaga, Daniel Salavera, Joan Carles Bruno,
and Alberto Coronas
pp 13037–13044

Optimal Plant Friendly Input Design for System Identification
Sridharakumar Narasimhan, S. Arun Srikanth, J. V. N. Sreeram, and Raghunathan
pp 13045–13055


4.9 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Contributed by: Lorenzo Fagiano,

Call for Papers: special issue on advanced control applications in wind energy
- IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

Contributions are invited for a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Control
Systems Technology, devoted to the topic of control applications in wind energy.
The objective of this special issue is to illustrate the potential of control
engineering, in its broader sense, to advance the state of the art of wind energy,
by producing significant improvements in many aspects of this field. The special
issue aims to collect high-quality, original technical papers with the most advanced
research results concerned with modeling, identification and control aspects of wind
technology; topics include but are not limited to

- blade pitch and rotor speed control
- wind models and wind forecasting
- wind turbine modeling
- load monitoring and mitigation
- wind farm modeling and control
- optimal siting of wind turbines
- grid integration
- power quality improvement
- wind energy storage management
- offshore wind turbine control
- structural control of wind turbines
- fault tolerant control of wind turbines
- distributed blade control systems
- new concepts of wind energy.

As a general rule, only papers containing significant experimental results and/
or applications to experimental data will be included. In applications where
experimental data may be very hard to obtain, like deep-sea offshore turbines,
numerical results with high-fidelity models will be also accepted. The authors
should possibly emphasize to what extent their research can contribute to solve
the actual issues in wind energy, which still prevent high market penetration
levels. Contributions from industry are particularly encouraged, as well as
contributions with a strong interdisciplinary component. Papers must be prepared
in accordance with the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology standards.
Prospective authors are advised to consult the "Information for Authors" prior to
submitting a paper:
-technology/information-authors. Contributions should be submitted via by December 15, 2011. Prospective authors
should state in their cover letter and in the appropriate section of the submission
site that their manuscript is intended for the special issue "To tame the wind:
advanced control applications in wind energy". Submitted manuscripts must not have
been previously published or be under review for possible publication elsewhere.

All papers will be rigorously reviewed according to the standards of the IEEE
Transactions on Control Systems Technology.

Guest editors:

Dr. Lorenzo Fagiano
Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica,
Politecnico di Torino and
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of California, Santa Barbara

Prof. Manfred Morari
Automatic Control Laboratory,
ETH Zurich

Prof. Mario Rotea
Mechanical Engineering Department,
The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Greg Stewart
Honeywell Automation & Control Solutions


4.10 CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
Contributed by: Hassan Khalil,

Call For Papers
International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
Special Issue on
High-Gain Observers in Nonlinear Feedback Control
The International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control invites authors to
submit papers for the Special Issue on High-Gain Observers in Nonlinear Feedback
Control.  High-gain observers have evolved over the past two decades not only
simply as observers (soft sensors) but also as an important tool for the design
of output feedback control of nonlinear systems. Many leading researchers in
the nonlinear control community have adopted high-gain observers in their research.
The technique proved to be useful in various nonlinear control problems, such as
estimation, stabilization, regulation, tracking, adaptive control, etc. For instance,
it lead to the first non-local separation principle for nonlinear systems. Research
on high-gain observers continues to grow, attracting new researchers and addressing
new challenging problems.

The objectives of this special issue are as follows:

1. Introduce the technique to new audience.
2. Present new results on the frontier of high-gain-observer research.
Examples are
•       Stabilization and regulation of non-minimum phase nonlinear systems
•       High-gain observers with adaptive and dynamic gains
•       Achieving global results despite the peaking phenomenon
•       High-gain observers as disturbance estimators

3. Present new results addressing practical challenges, such as
•       The impact of measurement noise and how to modify the observer’s
      design to cope with it
•       The tradeoff between transient and steady-state performance
•       Digital implementation and the interplay between the sampling rate
      and the observer’s bandwidth

4.  Present new results on the application of high-gain observers to physical
    systems with experimental validation. Anticipated applications include:
•       Electric drives
•       Chemical processes
•       Robots and mechanical systems

Submission Details
Prospective authors are kindly requested to submit their manuscripts online,
no later than 31-January-2012 at the following address:
under “For Authors”. When submitting your Special Issue paper it is very important
that you quote "High-Gain Observers in Nonlinear Feedback Control" when prompted. All
submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual IJRNC refereeing process. For
additional information, please contact Adele Davies

Guest Editors
Prof. Hassan Khalil                     Prof. Laurent Praly
Michigan State University, USA  Ecole des Mines, France
Email:           E-mail:

4.11 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: lichen Fu,

“Advances in Fractional Order Control and Estimation”
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

 Fractional Calculus (FC) is simultaneously a new and old research issue. The
concept of fractional (or, more precisely, non integer) differentiation appeared
first in a famous correspondence between Marquise de L’Hospital and G. Leibniz,
in 1695. Many mathematicians have further developed this area and we can mention
the studies of Euler (1730), Laplace (1812), Abel (1823), Liouville (1832) and
Riemann (1847), to cite a few. However, FC remained for centuries a purely
theoretical topic, with little if any connections to practical problems of
physics and engineering.

 In the last decades non integer differentiation has become a more and more
popular tool for modeling the complex behaviours of physical systems from
diverse domains such as mechanics, electricity, chemistry, biology, economics,
and many others.

 The long-range temporal or spatial dependence phenomena inherent to the Fractional
Order Systems (FOS, i.e., systems described by means of fractional-order integro-
differential operators) present unique and intriguing peculiarities, not supported
by their integer-order counterpart, which raise exciting challenges and opportunities
related to the development of control and estimation methodologies involving
fractional order dynamics. This specialissue aims to bring together the latest advances
in the theory and application of fractional control and estimation for dynamical systems.

 Topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
(1) Fractional control of linear, nonlinear and distributed-parameter systems;
(2) State observation and fault detection in FOS (3) Practical engineering applications
of fractional controllers and observers.

Guest Editors:

 Prof. Riccardo Caponetto
 University of Catania, Italy

 Prof. Alessandro Pisano
 University of Cagliari, Italy

Important Dates:

Feb. 29, 2012   Deadline for Paper Submission
Jun. 30, 2012   Completion of First Review
Oct. 31, 2012   Completion of Final Review
Nov. 30, 2012   Receipt of Final Manuscript
May  31, 2013   Publication (Tentatively Vol.15, No.3)

How to submit:

 Potential authors are encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript
(in PDF format) through the journal’s online submission website:

 If you encounter any submission problem, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu, Editor-in-Chief:

 Professor Li-Chen Fu
 Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524
 National Taiwan University
 Taipei 10617, Taiwan
 Tel: +886-2-3366-3558
 Fax: +886-2-2365-4267

 All submission should include a title page containing the title of the paper, an
abstract and a list of keywords, authors’ full names and affiliations, complete postal
and electronic address, phone and fax numbers. The contacting author should be clearly
identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit


4.12 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: lichen Fu,

“Advances in Active Control of Sound and Vibration”
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

 The idea of active control of sound dates back to Paul Lueg in 1934 but it was not
until the 1980s that a device, based on analogue componentry, came close to any practical
application. Since then the advent of modern digital computing and digital signal
processing has vastly advanced the possibility of practical benefits of combating noise
and vibration using active techniques. Currently, practical applications include anti-
noise earphones, active duct silencers, active control of propeller-driven aircraft
cabin noise, active vibration control of vehicle suspensions, active tuned mass dampers,
acoustic echo cancellation in telecoms, etc. However, judging by the elegant mathematical
promise, the quantity of research effort and the substantial decrease in cost of sensors,
actuators and digital controllers, one can expect many more success stories to be told
in the future.

 At this stage of technological development, it is perhaps time to take stock: there are
many questions which affect future directions of research, development and implementation.
For example, what are the theoretical limits from the control theory perspective and what
recent advances in control theory and algorithm development will advance the frontiers
of active control? What is the bottleneck in practical applications? Is it the capabilities
of sensors, digital signal processors or actuators, or are robustness and cost the limiting

 The main purposes of this Special Issue are to review the state of the art and to highlight
advances in the active control of sound and vibration. Common sense tells us that control
of the source of sound and vibration is the better option if possible. One such example is
the control of instability in air flows that would otherwise lead to exponential growth
of velocity and pressure oscillations and ultimate damage to machinery. Active intervention
at the first stages of instability can produce major effects. In addition to more conventional
applications to active control of sound and vibration, we would therefore also welcome
contributions on the active control of dynamic system
instability that would otherwise cause structural vibration and/or sound radiation.

Guest Editors:

 Prof. Mingsian R. Bai
 National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

 Dr. Lixi Huang
 University of Hong Kong, China

 Prof. Brian Mace
 University of Auckland, New Zealand

 Prof. Xiaojun Qiu
 Nanjing University, China

Important Dates:

Mar. 31, 2012   Deadline for Paper Submission
Jul. 31, 2012   Completion of First Review
Nov. 30, 2012   Completion of Final Review
Dec. 31, 2012   Receipt of Final Manuscript
Jul. 31, 2013   Publication (Tentatively Vol.15, No.4)

How to submit:

 Authors who wish to contribute may contact any of the guest editors or the editorial
office (below) as soon as possible, giving a tentative title for the paper and a list
of authors. These can be changed later. Manuscripts should be submitted by uploading the
electronic file (in PDF format) through the journal’s online submission website:

 If you encounter any submission problems, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu,

 Professor Li-Chen Fu
 Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524
 National Taiwan University
 Taipei 10617, Taiwan
 Tel: +886-2-3366-3558
 Fax: +886-2-2365-4267

 All submissions should include a title page containing the title of the paper,
 an abstract and a list of keywords, authors’ full names and affiliations,
complete postal and electronic address, phone and fax numbers. The contact
author should be clearly identified. For detailed submission guidelines,
please visit All manuscripts
will be refereed in the normal manner.


4.13 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Contributed by: Christoforos Hadjicostis,

CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Special issue on Discrete Event Systems for Automation

In recent years, the enormous evolution of computer technology has led to the
proliferation of dynamical systems that are mostly man made and highly complex.
The behavior of these systems is determined by the occurrence of asynchronous events:
because of this attribute they are labeled as Discrete Event Systems (DES). Examples
of such systems are encountered in many well known application areas such as
automated manufacturing, computer networks, transportation, air traffic control,
as well as in new emerging areas such as healthcare, communication and information
processing, allocation and management of technical, human and financial resources.
In the last decades the attention of a large number of researchers and practitioners
has been devoted to this class of dynamical systems in order to address a series of
difficult problems of combinatorial nature to analyze, optimize and control DES. The
goal of this special issue is to bring together researchers and practitioners from
both academia and industry into a forum that will reveal the state-of-the-art of
research and applications in the general area of DES automation, present efficient
scientific and engineering solutions to a series of problems related to supervisory
control, fault diagnosis, analysis, etc., and provide visions for future research
and development.

Scope, Description and Detailed Information

The proposed special issue focuses on new approaches and future directions in
automation science and engineering in the DES framework. A series of problems
that arise in all systems with a high degree of automation will be considered
including supervisory control, optimal resource allocation, fault diagnosis, state
estimation, deadlock prevention and recovery. A large effort has been devoted to
these topics in the last decades. However, many theoretical problems in this framework
are still open, or their application is only limited to small case studies, while their
application to problems of industrial relevance still remains a challenge. Moreover,
a series of emerging areas such as healthcare and power distribution, deserve the
attention of the DES communities since many aspects in their framework can be effectively
formulated in terms of DES, taking advantage of the large amount of theoretical and
methodological results in this area. Particular attention will also be devoted to new
models for abstracting discrete-event systems, such as event-driven fluid models. Many
such models have already been derived by the fluidification of queuing networks or
Petrinets, and used to solve simulation, optimization and control problems, and to model
manufacturing and transportation systems.

Original and unpublished high-quality research and application results are solicited.
The target submissions could also present academic surveys and reviews that summarize
state-of-the-art theories and practices in this area. Topics to be covered include,
but are not limited to:

       Control of Discrete Event Systems
       State estimation of Discrete Event Systems
       Fault diagnosis and prognosis of Discrete Event Systems
       Reconfigurable control and fault-tolerant control of Discrete Event Systems
       Optimization and scheduling of Discrete Event Systems
       Identification of Discrete Event Systems
       Optimal resource allocation
       Discrete approaches for hybrid systems
       Hybrid approaches for discrete event systems
       Distributed and modular approaches
       Applications including (but not limited to) the following:
       Manufacturing and flexible production systems
       Vehicular technologies and transportation systems
       Power generation and distribution
       Medical Systems, Healthcare, and Assisted Living
       Automated and Internet-based Workflow Management Systems

To submit a paper, go to

Important dates
Call for papers         October 15, 2011
Deadline for paper submission   September 01, 2012
First review    January 31, 2013
Final review    September 01, 2013
Publication     December 2013
Guest editors

Maria Pia Fanti
Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica
Politecnico di Bari
Bari, Italy

Spyros Reveliotis
School of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta (GA), United States

Carla Seatzu
Dep. of Electrical and Electronics Eng.
University of Cagliari
Cagliari, Italy

Christos G. Cassandras
Center for Inf. and Systems Eng. (CISE), Division of Systems Eng.
Boston University
Boston (MA), Unite States

Christoforos Hadjicostis
Dep. of Electrical and Computer Eng.
University of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus


5. Conferences

5.1 SIAM Southeastern Atlantic Section Conference
Contributed by: S.S. Ravindran,

36th SIAM Southeastern Atlantic Section Conference
Location: University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA
Dates: March 24-25, 2012

Conference Chair:
S.S. Ravindran, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Plenary Speakers:
H.T. Banks, North Carolina State University
Susanne C. Brenner, Lousiana State University
Jerrold R. Griggs, University of South Carolina
Max D. Gunzburger, Florida State University

Submission Deadlines:
February 1, 2012: Minisymposium proposals
February 15, 2012: Abstracts


5.2 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid System
Contributed by:  Maurice Heemels,

IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid System 6-8 June 2012, The

The deadline for submitting your contributions to the IFAC conference Analysis
and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS12) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, is rapidly

The deadline for contributed papers and invited session proposals is set to 15
November 2011.

All submissions must be done (in pdf format) through the IFAC Conference Manuscript
Management System website at

The aim of ADHS12 will be to bring together international researchers and
practitioners with backgrounds in control, computer science and operations
research and to provide an overview of the recent advances in the field of
hybrid and cyber-physical systems.

The following keynote speakers agreed to share their views on hybrid systems
with us:

- Alberto Bemporad (Italy)
- George Pappas (USA)
- Andy Teel (USA)

Contributions are invited in all areas pertaining to the theory and engineering
of hybrid and cyber-physical systems including modeling, specification, analysis,
verification, controller synthesis, simulation, and implementation. Contributions
on applications of hybrid methods in various fields, such as networked control
systems, large-scale process industries, transportation systems, energy distribution
networks, communication networks, safety systems, etc, are particularly encouraged.

More information is available at

We are looking forward to welcome you in the Netherlands in June 2012 for this
inspiring event!

Maurice Heemels and Bart De Schutter


5.3 CNPAA World Congress
Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram,

Call for Papers
ICNPAA 2012 World Congress:
Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace
Vienna, Austria
July 11-14, 2012
On behalf of the International Organizing Committee, it gives us great pleasure
to invite you to the ICNPAA 2012 World Congress: 9th International Conference
on Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences, which will be
held at Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
AIAA, IFIP co-sponsored event

The Online version of the proceedings will be published simultaneously with the
printed book  and all conference participants and committees will have free access
for one year.

 AIP Conference Proceedings articles are indexed in Thomson Reuters’ Index
 to Scientific and Technical Proceedings (ISTP)
 and can be accessed in their Web of Science database directly with AIP CONF
 PRO as the publication name.
 In addition, AIP Conference Proceedings are indexed in:
 Astrophysics Data System(ADS)
 Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
 EBSCO Publishing
 Electronic Library Information Navigator (ELIN), Sweden
 Elsevier - SCOPUS
 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
 Thomson Reuters (ISI)

Please visit the web site : for all details


5.4 ANTS
Contributed by: Roderich Gross,

ANTS 2012
Eighth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
September 12-14, 2012. Brussels, Belgium

Call for papers prepared on November 17, 2011
More details and up-to-date information at

Scope of the Conference

Swarm intelligence is a relatively new discipline that deals with the
study of self-organizing processes both in nature and in artificial
systems. Researchers in ethology and animal behavior have proposed
many models to explain interesting aspects of social insect behavior
such as self-organization and shape-formation. Recently, algorithms
and methods inspired by these models have been proposed to solve
difficult problems in many domains.

An example of a particularly successful research direction in swarm
intelligence is ant colony optimization, the main focus of which is on
discrete optimization problems. Ant colony optimization has been
applied successfully to a large number of difficult discrete
optimization problems including the traveling salesman problem, the
quadratic assignment problem, scheduling, vehicle routing, etc., as
well as to routing in telecommunication networks. Another interesting
approach is that of particle swarm optimization, that focuses on
continuous optimization problems. Here too, a number of successful
applications can be found in the recent literature.  Swarm robotics is
another relevant field. Here, the focus is on applying swarm
intelligence techniques to the control of large groups of cooperating
autonomous robots.

ANTS 2012 will give researchers in swarm intelligence the opportunity
to meet, to present their latest research, and to discuss current
developments and applications.

The three-day conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on
September 12-14, 2012.

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2012 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of swarm
intelligence. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

Behavioral models of social insects or other animal societies that
can stimulate new algorithmic approaches.

Empirical and theoretical research in swarm intelligence.

Application of swarm intelligence methods, such as ant colony
optimization or particle swarm optimization, to real-world problems.

Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

Publication Details

Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS.

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated
to ANTS 2012 that will contain extended versions of the best research
works presented at the conference. Further details will soon be
published on the web site.

Best Paper Award

A best paper award will be presented at the conference.

Invited talks

Prof. Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Prof. Nigel R. Franks
(University of Bristol, UK) have accepted to give a plenary invited talk.

Further Information

Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For information about local
arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the
above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers at the
address below.

Conference Address

ANTS 2012
IRIDIA CP 194/6                  Tel +32-2-6502729
Université Libre de Bruxelles    Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50 
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium          email:

Important Dates

Submission deadline           March 2, 2012
Notification of acceptance    May 3, 2012
Camera ready copy             May 17, 2012
Conference                    September 12-14, 2012

ANTS 2012 Organizing Committee

General Chair:
Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Technical Program Chairs:
Christian Blum, ALBCOM, LSI, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Andries Engelbrecht, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Roderich Groß, Sheffield University, UK

Publication Chair:
Anders Lyhne Christensen, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal

Organization Chairs:
Mauro Birattari, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Thomas Stützle, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Local Arrangements:
Andreagiovanni Reina, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Arne Brutschy, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium


5.5 International Symposium on Neural Networks
Contributed by: Danchi Jiang,

2012 International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2012)
July 11-14, 2012, Shenyang, China

The Ninth International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2012) will be held
in Shenyang, China during July 11-14, 2012, following the successes of previous
events. Shenyang is the capital of Liaoning Province in northeastern China with
a long history and rich heritages. Shenyang was the capital of the Manchu people
in the 17 th century and is the biggest city in northeastern China today. Shenyang
is now an important political, industrial, and cultural center in China, and serves
as the transportation and commercial hub of Northeastern China. The city has a solid
infrastructure, a good land and air transport network, and abundant natural resources.
ISNN 2012 aims to provide a high-level international forum for scientists, engineers,
and educators to present the state of the art of neural network research and applications
in related fields. The symposium will feature plenary speeches given by world renowned
scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and special sessions! focusing on
popular topics.

Important Dates
Special session proposals deadline: January 1, 2012
Paper submission deadline: January 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2012
Camera-ready copy and author registration: April 1, 2012

Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to ISNN 2012.
In addition, proposals for special sessions within the technical scopes of the
symposium are solicited. Special sessions, to be organized by internationally
recognized experts, aim to bring together researchers in special focused topics.
Papers submitted for special sessions are to be peer-reviewed with the same criteria
used for the contributed papers. Researchers interested in organizing special sessions
are invited to submit formal proposals to ISNN 2012. A special session proposal should
include the session title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, names,
contact information and brief biographical information on the organizers.

ISNN 2012 will be co-located with 2012 International Conference on Brain Inspired
Cognitive Systems (BICS 2012).

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society is a technical co-sponsor of ISNN 2012.

Gary Yen, General Chair
Huaguang Zhang, General Chair
Leszek Rutkowski, Program Committee Chair
Jun Wang, Program Committee Chair


6. Workshops

6.1 IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems
Contributed by: Rifat Sipahi,

2012 IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems,
June 22-24, 2012, Northeastern University,
Boston, USA.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together the specialists in the field
of Time Delay Systems. High level contributions on the many aspects of this research
area ranging from theory to various applications with time delays, such as coordination
of autonomous agents, tele-operation, traffic flow dynamics, human-machine systems,
logistics, vibration control, manufacturing, are awaited. Contributions on related
domains will be considered with great interest, provided they contain relations with
Time Delay Systems. Industrial participants and junior researchers are particularly
welcome. Although not exhaustive, the topics of interest including modeling and
identification, stability and stabilization, robustness issues, filtering and estimation,
control schemes, infinite dimensional systems, numerical methods, algebraic methods,
and applications.

• Draft paper submission and invited session proposal deadline: January 9, 2012
• Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 15, 2012
• Final forms of articles due: April 15, 2012
• Early registration deadline: May 1, 2012
• June 22-24, 2012: Workshop

• Chair of the National Organizing Committee (NOC): Professor Nejat Olgac, University
  of Connecticut
• NOC Vice-Chair: Dr. Martin Hosek, Tekrona LLC
• IPC Chair: Assoc. Prof. Tomas Vyhlidal, Czech Technical University in Prague
• IPC Co-Chair: Prof. Qing-Chang Zhong, Loughborough University
• Editor: Assist. Prof. Rifat Sipahi, Northeastern University


6.2 IFAC Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles
Contributed by:  José Braga,

IFAC Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles (NGCUV 2012)
April 10-12, 2012, Porto, Portugal
Workshop webpage:

Scope of the Workshop
NGCUV 2012 workshop has two main aims.
Firstly, to bring together key industrial and academic practitioners for discussions
and demonstrations of recent advances in navigation, guidance, and control of unmanned
underwater vehicles (UUV).

Secondly, to provide a forum where experienced researchers can engage with each other
and with postdoctoral students in order to share experiences and motivate new research
agendas. In line with the current trend worldwide, special attention will be given to
the challenging tasks of multiple vehicle cooperative navigation and control in the
presence of stringent acoustic communication constraints, as well as non-conventional
geophysical based navigation methods.

Papers are solicited on all areas directly related to the theme of this workshop,
including but not limited to, UUV control applications, system identification, UUV
navigation and control architectures, fault detection and accommodation, UUV vision
systems, intervention UUVs, single and multi-vehicle applications, modeling and simulation,
communications, challenging applications of UUVs, habitat mapping, deep ocean science,
commercial use of UUVs for oil and gas exploration/operations, underwater construction, 
security, environment monitoring and protection, new sensors and integration into UUV,
fault detection and handling, inter-operability, operational safety, cooperative control
under severe communication constraints

NGCUV 2012 accepts regular papers, invited papers and video submissions. Further
information on submissions can be obtained from the workshop webpage.

Submission of papers: January 15, 2012
Author notification: February 24, 2012
Final paper submission: March 18, 2012

You can reach the organizers at
Workshop web page:


6.3 Specification, Design and Verification of Distributed Control Systems
Contributed by: Maria Domenica DI BENEDETTO,

The 2012 edition of the EECI Graduate School will
take place from February to May 2012. The program of the School can be found at

In the week 14-18 May 2012, Professor Richard Murray and Dr Ufuk Topcu (California
Institute of Technology) will teach the course on "Specification, design and
verification of distributed control systems" at University of L’Aquila (ITALY).

The deadline for advance registration is 16 December 2011.

For additional information, please contact Maria D.Di Benedetto at

Summary of the course: “Specification, design and verification of distributed
control systems”
Increases in fast and inexpensive computing and communications have enabled a
new generation of information-rich control systems that rely on multi threaded
networked execution, distributed optimization, sensor fusion and protocol stacks
in increasingly sophisticated ways. This course will provide working knowledge of
a collection of methods and tools for specifying, designing and verifying distributed
control systems .We combine methods from computer science (temporal logic, model
checking, reactive synthesis) with those from dynamical systems and control (Lyapunov
functions, sum-of-squares certificates, receding horizon control) to analyze and
design partially asynchronous control protocols for continuous systems. In addition
to introducing the mathematical techniques required to formulate problems and prove
properties, we also describe a software toolbox that is designed for analyzing and
synthesizing hybrid control systems using linear temporal logic and robust performance

The following topics will be covered in the course:

* Transition systems and automata theory
* Specification of behavior using linear temporal logic
* Algebraic certificates for continuous and hybrid systems
* Approximation of continuous systems using discrete abstractions
* Verification of (asynchronous) control protocols using model checking
* Synthesis of control protocols and receding horizon temporal logic planning
* Case studies in autonomous navigation and vehicle management systems


6.4 EECI Graduate School on Control
Contributed by: Antoine Chaillet,

The deadline for advanced registration to the 2012 EECI Graduate School on control
is *16th December 2011*. Full information is available at

The 2012 edition of the EECI Graduate School will take place from February to
May 2012. This year, 18 modules are proposed, among which 15 will be held at
Supélec (south of Paris, France), 2 at Istanbul (Turkey) and 1 at L’Aquila (Italy).

Each of these modules is programmed on one week (21 hours) and will be taught
by a renowned expert of the domain. Participants may apply to financial support
to cover travel and living expenses.

The program is available at
and includes:

- R. Ortega :  Advanced control of physical systems arising in modern technological
- R. Mahony and T. Hamel :  Modeling, state estimation and vision based control
 of aerial robotic vehicles
- M. Campi and S. Garatti :  Randomization in systems and control design – the
 scenario approach
- G. Ferrari-Trecate and M. Farina :  Decentralized and distributed control
- L. Praly:  Theory of observers
- H. Khalil: Introduction to nonlinear control
- M. Krstic: Backstepping control of PDE’s and delay systems
- V. Utkin:  Recent advances of sliding mode control
- A. Isidori: Regulation and tracking for nonlinear systems, with emphasis on
 recent advances and open problems
- C. Samson and P. Morin: Control of highly nonlinear systems
- A. Bicchi : Nonlinear controllability, observability, and optimal control
 problems in robotics
- R. Brockett: Quantum control and quantum information processing
- A. Teel:  Hybrid dynamical systems : stability and control
- P. Caines:  Mean field stochastic systems and control
- S. Morse:  Distributed control
- A. Loria and E. Panteley: Controlled synchronization of physical systems
 (in Istambul)
- F. Clarke : « Optimality, stabilization, and feedback in nonlinear control
 (in Istambul)
- R. Murray and U. Topcu : Specification, design an verification of distributed
 control systems (in L’Aquila).

We look forward to seeing you there !

The EECI Graduate School on Control committee


6.5 Workshop on Dynamics and Control of Micro and Nanoscale Systems
Contributed by: Reza Moheimani,

The 2nd Workshop on Dynamics and Control of Micro and Nanoscale Systems will
be held at University of Newcastle, Australia on 23rd and 24th of February 2012.
The two-day program consists of two keynotes and 18 invited presentations on topics
ranging from high-speed atomic force microscopy to control of nanopositioning
systems, nanorobotics and control of emerging data storage systems.

Keynote speakers are:
Prof. Brad Nelson (ETH-Zurich)
Prof. Masayoshi Tomizuka (UC, Berkeley)

Invited Speakers include:
Prof. Fumihito Arai (Nagoya University)
Prof. Raymond de Callafon (UC, San Diego)
Prof. Chung Choo Chung (Hanyang University)
Prof. Lixin Dong (Michigan Technological University)
Dr. Evangelos Eleftheriou (IBM-Zurich Research Labs)
Prof. Gary Fedder (Carnegie Mellon University)
Prof. Roberto Horowitz (UC, Berkeley)
Prof. Kam Leang (University of Nevada, Reno)
Prof. Sylvain Martel (Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal)
Prof. Reza Moheimani (University of Newcastle, Australia)
Dr. Angeliki Pantazi (IBM-Zurich Research Labs)
Prof. Ian Petersen (UNSW@ADFA)
Prof. John Sader (University of Melbourne)
Prof. Georg Schitter (Vienna University of Technology)
Prof. Murti Salapaka (University of Minnesota)
Prof. Srinivasan Salapaka (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Dr. Abu Sebastian (IBM-Zurich Research Labs)
Prof. Ning Xi (City University of Hong Kong)

The technical program, as well as registration details for those interested
to attend will be posted on the Workshop website in the next few weeks:


6.6 Elgersburg School on Mathematical Systems Theory
Contributed by: Fabian Wirth,

will take place in Elgersburg (Germany) from March 11 - 17, 2012

The lecturers and their topics are
Mark Embree (Rice University, USA):
Pseudospectra and Nonnormal Dynamical Systems
Arjan van der Schaft (University of Groningen, Niederlande):

Hamiltonian Control Systems

The school is addressed to postgraduate students or postdocs in control,
either in mathematics or engineering, and also to very good undergraduates.

The location has a capacity for 40 students.
The cost per person for the hotel including full board
is EUR 510,- for a single and EUR 400,- for a double room.

Due to the limited number of places there will be an application
procedure for participation at the school. Applicants are asked to
provide their CV and a letter of reference from their supervisor. The
deadline for applications is December 15, 2011. The organizers will then
rank the applications according to excellence and suitability. A list of
all participants will be available on the web site by January 15, 2012.

Additionally, there are 15 scholarships available covering (partial) travel
support, accommodation and subsistence. Please specify in any application
whether you apply for financial support as well.

For further information please see


6.7 IFAC International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,

29th IFAC International Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems
(DYCOPS) & 11th IFAC International Symposium on Computer Applications in
Biotechnology (CAB): Leuven, Belgium, July 5–7, 2010 and July 7–9, 2010
Pages 1359-1360
Mayuresh V. Kothare, Julio R. Banga

3. Optimal control of convection–diffusion process with time-varying spatial
domain: Czochralski crystal growth
Pages 1361-1369
James Ng, Stevan Dubljevic

4 Experiences in batch trajectory alignment for pharmaceutical process
improvement through multivariate latent variable modelling
Pages 1370-1377
Salvador García-Muñoz, Mark Polizzi, Andrew Prpich, Cathal Strain, Adam
Lalonde, Vilmary Negron

5 Hurdles and challenges for modelling and control of microalgae for CO2
mitigation and biofuel production
Pages 1378-1389
Olivier Bernard

6 Invariant based modeling and control of multi-phase reactor systems
Pages 1390-1406
M. Aggarwal, S. Balaji, B. Erik Ydstie

7 NCO tracking and self-optimizing control in the context of real-time optimization
Pages 1407-1416
Johannes Jäschke, Sigurd Skogestad

8 Analysis of heterogeneous cell populations: A density-based modeling and
identification framework
Pages 1417-1425
Jan Hasenauer, Steffen Waldherr, Malgorzata Doszczak, Peter Scheurich, Nicole
Radde, Frank Allgöwer

9 Solid oxide fuel cell: Perspective of dynamic modeling and control
Pages 1426-1437
Biao Huang, Yutong Qi, Monjur Murshed

10 Correlation-based spectral clustering for flexible process monitoring
Pages 1438-1448
Koichi Fujiwara, Manabu Kano, Shinji Hasebe

11 The port Hamiltonian approach to modeling and control of Continuous Stirred
Tank Reactors
Pages 1449-1458
H. Hoang, F. Couenne, C. Jallut, Y. Le Gorrec

12 Partial enumeration MPC: Robust stability results and application to an
unstable CSTR
Pages 1459-1466
Gabriele Pannocchia, Stephen J. Wright, James B. Rawlings

13 Process analytical technologies and real time process control a review of
some spectroscopic issues and challenges
Pages 1467-1482
Zengping Chen, David Lovett, Julian Morris

14 Identification of minimal metabolic pathway models consistent with phenotypic data
Pages 1483-1492
Zita I.T.A. Soons, Eugénio C. Ferreira, Isabel Rocha

15 Application of an extended IHMPC to an unstable reactor system: Study of
feasibility and performance
Pages 1493-1503
A.H. González, E.J. Adam, M.G. Marcovecchio, D. Odloak

16 A distributed control framework for smart grid development: Energy/water system
optimal operation and electric grid integration
Pages 1504-1516
Wei Qi, Jinfeng Liu, Panagiotis D. Christofides

17 Robustification as a tool in modeling biochemical reaction networks
Pages 1517-1525
Elling W. Jacobsen, Vladislav Nenchev

18 On-line optimization of fedbatch bioreactors by adaptive extremum seeking control
Pages 1526-1532
Pascal Cougnon, Denis Dochain, Martin Guay, Michel Perrier

19 Damping feedback stabilization for cyclic interconnections systems: Oscillations
suppression and synchronization
Pages 1533-1541
Nicolas Hudon, Martin Guay


7.  Positions

7.1 PhD: University of California, San Diego
Contributed by: Sonia Martinez,

A PhD position is in robotics control is available, with a start in 2012,
at the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics in the Department of
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at the University of California, San
Diego. The PhD project is funded by and in collaboration with the Los Alamos
National Laboratory (LANL), a flagship laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy,
located in a scenic area near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The project
The project aims to develop novel motion planning and human-in-the loop control
algorithms for the manipulation of objects inside Glove Boxes. A Glove Box is an
instrument that provides a controlled environment for the manipulation or assembly
of hazardous materials. A human can manipulate directly objects inside the Glove
Box by means of special gloves; however, the potential risk of leakage makes remote
manipulation and teleoperation attractive options for Glove Box upgrading.

Candidate qualifications and requirements
The holder of the position will be expected to work on collaborative research
with Prof. Sonia Martinez, Prof. Miroslav Krstic and researchers at LANL. It is
expected that the candidate will spend summer time at LANL and report to LANL
via deliverables.

The candidate must hold an undergraduate degree preferably in either electrical/
mechanical engineering or computer science, and have interest in control theory,
modeling, and robotics. Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
are required. Some demonstrated work experience in a research project or a MS
degree will be a plus. The candidate must be a US Citizen.

Appointment length
The position is available to start in Spring/Fall 2012. The funding will be for
the duration of the PhD work. To apply, send a cover letter, CV and contact
information for three references to Dr Sonia Martinez at soniamd at ucsd dot edu.
You may also submit your application to the UCSD PhD program mentioning this

For more information you may contact Dr. Martinez.


7.2 PhD: University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Contributed by: Prof. U.Helmke,

At the Chair of Mathematics II (Dynamical Systems and Control Theory), Institute
for Mathematics, University of Wuerzburg, Germany, there is an opening for two
Ph.D. positions, starting from January 1, 2012.

We are looking for highly motivated researchers with a Master's Degree or equivalent
in Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Theoretical Physics.
A solid basis in mathematical methods is expected. Excellent English skills are

Quantum Control Project:
This is a Ph.D. position for two years, with the option of a one-year extension,
within the project "Controllability and Optimal Control of Interacting Quantum
Dynamical Systems", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Special
focus will be on the analysis of interacting quantum dynamical systems,
such as Fermi- and Bose-Hubbard models, under various coupling and control
scenarios. This is in collaboration with the scientific computing group of
Prof. A. Borzi, University of Wuerzburg. Some background in nonlinear systems
and control theory is expected; knowledge in quantum physics would be helpful.

Formation Control Project:
This is a Ph.D. position for two years, with the option of a one-year extension,
within the project "Observation and Control of Heterogeneous Dynamical Systems",
supported by the DFG Priority Programme 1305 "Control Theory of Digitally
Networked Dynamical Systems". Special focus will be on nonlinear dynamics
and multiple equilibria analysis for formation control. Some background in
systems and control theory is expected; knowledge in algebraic or differential
geometry would be useful.

Prospective candidates should send their application by email, including
a CV in PDF format, a description of their research interests and the names
of two references, till December 15, 2011, to

Prof. Dr. Uwe Helmke
Institute of Mathematics
University of Wuerzburg
97074 Wuerzburg, Germany



7.3 PhD: Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Contributed by: Avishy Carmi,

Fully funded Ph. D position at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

A full funded Ph.D position is available for candidates with a keen interest in
the broad areas of systems and controls, and in particular estimation theory,
statistical signal processing, information fusion and Bayesian methods. Suitable
candidates would potentially hold B.Sc or master degrees in
engineering or applied math, and are expected to have a strong mathematical background,
respective skills, and a passion to conduct a cutting edge research. The work would
be carried out under the guidance of Prof. Avishy Carmi in the school of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering, NTU. A brief description of the research topic is provided

Bayesian Perceptual Tracking and Reasoning
In this project we aim to provide new advances in computational methods for
reasoning about many objects that evolve in a scene over time. Information
about such objects arrives, typically in a realtime data feed, from sensors
such as radar, sonar, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and video cameras.
A typical traditional scenario would involve one or more moving ships or
aeroplanes being observed by a radar or video sensor, in the presence of
false measurements, or ‘clutter’, though we are equally concerned here with
ecological tracking data, biological data and video sequence data.

Traditional reasoning engines, or ‘trackers’, treat each object in the scene
as a single entity which does not interact significantly with other objects
in the scene, and perform tracking independently over the various sensors
which are available. ‘Fusion’ of track information then occurs, in order to
form a single ‘picture’ of the multi‐object scene, and finally any decision
making steps are carried out based on this picture.

As distinct from conventional methodologies, the proposed project involves
integrating “low level” identification and tracking techniques with “high
level” perceptual capabilities and decision making procedures. In particular,
we seek to learn and model interdependencies between objects in a scene
through group interactions, graph structures and causality inference, hence
obtaining better tracking performance and learning important higher level
concepts such as intentionality and behavioural traits automatically from
the scene. This is all carried out through state of the art Bayesian dynamical
models and using advanced Bayesian computational engines. This project will
generate new methods for automated analysis of complex evolving scenes. We
will focus on the joint modelling of the objects in the scene through dynamic
interaction models which can capture in generic ways the dependencies between
objects within particular groupings in the scene.

About Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
In 2011, QS World University Rankings ranked NTU among the top 100 universities
in the world, which places it in the top 1% of universities globally. The
university rose 16 places from its 2010 ranking to occupy the 58th position,
making it one of the fastest‐rising universities in the top 100 of the 2011
QS World University Rankings, as well as the fastestrising Asian university.
In 2011, NTU also became the first university in Asia to receive the maximum
five stars under the QS Stars evaluation system. Other international universities
with a 5‐star rating include the University of Cambridge, Stanford University
and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

NTU’s College of Engineering is the 7th most cited in the world, while its business
school's MBA is ranked among the top 35 worldwide. The S Rajaratnam School of
International Studies is ranked first among university‐affiliated think tanks
in Asia and 13th globally.

Interested candidates should contact Prof. Avishy Carmi, School of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University.


The position is open until filled.


7.4 PhD: NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Contributed by: John Ringwood,

The Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER) at NUI Maynooth, Ireland has a
vacancy for a PhD student on a 3-year project investigating the use of system
identification techniques to develop nonlinear parametric models for wave energy
devices. Latter stages of the project will also consider the development of
control strategies for maximum power capture based on these nonlinear models.
Candidates should ideally have a background in dynamical/control systems and
expertise in either computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or system identification
and experiment design. Some experience in the wave energy area would be an

Further details at:


7.5 PhD: University of New South Wales
Contributed by: Ian Petersen,

A PhD position is available in Canberra Australia on the project "Consensus,
Estimation and Control in Complex Large-Scale Quantum Systems." The  PhD
position will be located at the Canberra Campus (ADFA) of the University of
New South Wales under the supervision of Professor Ian Petersen from UNSW@ADFA.
The project is funded by the Australian Research Council under Professor
Petersen's Laureate Fellowship grant.

Advances in experimental physics are leading to exciting new possibilities
in the area of quantum technology.  The dynamics of quantum  systems are
fundamentally different from classical systems.  New methods in control theory
are needed to allow for these dynamics and to exploit the opportunities arising.
The control challenges  in these emerging quantum technologies require the
control of system s with complex  interactions of many particles and subsystems,
as well as  decoherence effects resulting from interaction with the environment.
The aim is to build a substantial research effort to address  these challenges
by developing new theories of consensus, synchronisation, estimation and control
for complex large scale  quantum systems.

Suitable applicants would have a good undergraduate degree in Engineering,
Mathematics or Physics. Preference will be given to applicants who have a Masters
degree in Control Theory or Quantum Physics. The position will provide a stipend
of $AUD 27,222 pa and payment of tuition fees (where applicable). Further information
can be obtained from Professor Ian Petersen (


7.6 PhD: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Mikael Johansson,

PhD students in distributed optimization and control

KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No
less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education
capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans
from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes architecture,
industrial management and urban planning. There are a total of just over 15,000
first and second level students and more than 1,600 doctoral students. KTH has
almost 4,300 employees.

The School of Electrical Engineering conducts research and education in the
fields of electrical engineering, information and communication technology,
systems engineering, electrical power engineering, and plasma physics. The
School research projects are carried out in close collaboration with Swedish
industry and universities worldwide.

The school is looking for 1-3 PhD students with a strong background and
interest in mathematics, control, optimization, networking, game theory,
and systems theory. The proposed research is centered on the modeling, the
analysis, and the design of decentralized control and optimization mechanisms
for structured and information-constrained large-scale systems. PhD students
are expected (i) to contribute to lay the foundations towards a theory of
such systems, (ii) to devise practical control and optimization solutions
with specific applications in communication networks, traffic networks,
and smart-grids. The research will be supported by two existing projects w
ithin the areas of resource allocation in wireless networks, and of optimization
of sustainable infrastructures, respectively.

PhD positions include about 80% research and 20% teaching assistance duties.
The salary is based on the existing employment agreement for PhD position
at the School of Electrical Engineering.

For further information and precise application procedures, refer to the announcement


7.7 Post Doc: University of Manchester, UK
Contributed by: William Heath,

Control Systems Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University
of Manchester, UK

A two year post-doctoral position is available to support an EPSRC funded project
on absolute stability theory of feedback interconnections and robust antiwindup
control design.  This will involve the use of analysis techniques such as dissipativity
and the theory of integral quadratic constraints.  The aim is to develop and apply
novel control design techniques that specifically take into account both plant
uncertainty and actuator saturation.  The work will involve both theoretical and
experimental studies.

The closing date for applications is 21 Dec 2011. The appointment should begin 1st
March 2012. Applicants will need to submit a detailed curriculum vitae which includes
a list of publications and the names and contact details of three referees together
with a completed university application form.

Further particulars on this position together with formal application procedures
can be found on the university webpage:
Reference: E&PS-00282

For informal enquires, please contact Dr William Heath,
email: and/or Dr Alexander Lanzon,


7.8 Post Doc: NUI Maynooth, Ireland
Contributed by: John Ringwood,

he Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER) at NUI Maynooth, Ireland has a
vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher on a 3-year project investigating the
use of system identification techniques to develop nonlinear parametric models
for wave energy devices. Latter stages of the project will also consider the
development of control strategies for maximum power capture based on these
nonlinear models. Candidates should ideally have a background in dynamical/
control systems and expertise in either computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
or system identification and experiment design. Some experience in the wave
energy area would be an advantage.

Further details at:


7.9 Post Doc: Caltech
Contributed by: Richard Murray,

Caltech's Center for the Mathematics of Information (CMI) announces openings
in the CMI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, starting in fall 2012. The CMI is
dedicated to fundamental mathematical research with an eye to the roles of
information and computation throughout science and engineering. Areas of
interest include algorithms, complexity, algorithmic game theory, applied
combinatorics, applied probability, statistics, machine learning, information
and coding theory, control, optimization, networked systems, geometry processing,
multiresolution methods, and molecular programming.

Please apply and have three reference letters sent directly as instructed at All candidate materials are
due by Friday, December 16, 2011 and reference letters are due by Monday,
December 19, 2011. Positions are contingent upon completion of the PhD. Caltech
is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, veterans,
and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.


7.10 Post-Doc: University of Maryland
Contributed by: Thomas McAvoy,

Post-Doc: University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellow – Controls/Embedded Systems Engineer

Position Description:
The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland, School of
Medicine is recruiting for a post-doctoral fellow position to carry out research
on control systems design and implementation in a medical device application
involving the treatment of cancer patients.  The successful candidate will
work with other post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in the laboratory.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering,
electrical and computer engineering, biomedical engineering, or related physical
science.  Successful applicants must be highly motivated and must have strong
programming (C/C++ and Matlab) skills. Expertise in hands-on experience in
embedded/control engineering is preferred. Experience in LabView is highly
desirable. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility
of extension. Applications should include a cover letter, CV/resume and the
names of three references. Individuals with evidence of experience in scholarly
research are encouraged to apply.

Employer and Environment:
The Department of Radiation Oncology within the University of Maryland
Greenebaum Cancer Center has a main facility at the University of Maryland
Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, close to the main attractions of the
Inner Harbor waterfront and professional sports arenas, theaters and symphony

Interested applicants should mail or send electronically their curriculum
vitae to:

Warren D’Souza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative
Action employer.  Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities
are encouraged to apply.


7.11 Post-Doc: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Contributed by:

Post-Doc: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)

Society in Science – The Branco Weiss Fellowship is designed to support promising
postdoctoral researchers, working in science, engineering and social sciences
fields. Fellows are expected to break across boundaries between different disciplines,
to establish stimulating links and to develop new approaches. Ideally, fellows
pursue an unconventional project involving societal aspects.

•       Apply with a groundbreaking research idea
•       Get financial support for up to five years
•       Work at an institution of your choice, anywhere in the world

This program is administered by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH).

Interested? Visit for more details


7.12 Post-Doc: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Contributed by: Mikael Johansson,

Postdoctoral position at KTH

The School of Electrical Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH),
Stockholm, Sweden, invites applications for a research associate (postdoctoral)
position in large-scale optimization and control.

The position is funded by a new multi-university research project “ICT-Psi”
between KTH and Lund University aiming at developing an ICT-platform for sustainable
infrastructures. The position includes individual research, interaction with faculty
and doctoral students and collaborative work in research projects.  Opportunities
to participate in teaching and grant writing can also be arranged.

The successful candidate will joint a research group focusing on distributed
optimization and control. The group is part of ACCESS (,
one of Europe’s largest research centers in networked systems with over 35
faculty/senior researchers, 20 postdoctoral researchers, and 100 PhD students.

Candidates should have strong research and publication record and a PhD degree
(or be near completion) in a relevant field, such as automatic control,
optimization or applied mathematics. The initial duration of the position is
12 months and may be extended another 12 months.

The application marked "ICT Psi Postdoc" with curriculum vitae and a short
research statement attached as a single PDF file should be submitted by
email to mikaelj at no later than December 30, 2011.

For further information, please contact

Mikael Johansson, mikaelj at

School of Electrical Engineering, KTH – 100 44 Stockholm – Sweden


7.13 Post-Doc: French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis
contributed by: Dr. Philippe WERNERT,

Postdoc position at the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL)
Aeromechanics and Munitronics division
Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) department

ISL is a French-German Research Institute of international reputation producing
fundamental research in the area of defense and security for over 50 years.

The Aeromechanics and Munitronics division performs studies and expertise of flying
vehicles such as guided projectiles, missiles and UAV’s. Its measurement facilities
(wind-tunnels, shock tubes and instrumented flight test hardware) and simulation tools
permit to cover the following domains:

•       Studies and evaluations of flying vehicle concepts and performance needs
        in terms of guidance, navigation and control software and hardware
•       Studies and evaluations of navigation units based on application-adapted sensors
•       Studies and evaluations  of aerodynamic architectures and control laws/mechanisms
•       Numerical and experimental studies of heat and flow transfer around flying vehicles

In the context of an ANR project, in collaboration with universities and industrial partners,
ISL proposes a 12 month post-doctoral fellowship (beginning in april 2012) in its Guidance,
Navigation and Control (GNC) department. The candidate will work on the following two main tasks:

•       Simulate in the most accurate possible manner all the elements that permit the
        gun-launched UAV to fly, using the simulation tools developped in the group.
        This work will involve the modelling of each chosen individual component
        (and its associated errors) such as the inertial measurement unit, autopilots,
        fin servomotors, coaxial rotor, aerodynamic forces acting on the vehicle, the
        atmospheric conditions and the equations of motion.
•       Contribute in the improvement of the flight control laws already developped and
        associated to the proposed UAV prototype.
The candidate should hold a PhD on automatic control or signal processing. A background 
in one or more of the following domains is welcomed:

•       6DoF flight mechanics
•       Aerodynamic modeling of flying vehicles
•       Control system design
•       GNC modeling of flying vehicles
The candidate should also have a sufficient experience in MATLAB/Simulink. Good
knowledge of the English language is necessary whereas knowledge of the French or German
languages is a plus.
Contact :
       Dr Philippe Wernert (Div. II / GNC)
       Dr Sébastien Changey (Div. II / GNC)


7.14 Post-Doc: Technische Universität München
Contributed by: Prof. Dr. Birgit Vogel-Heuser,

Post-Doc Position Model driven development of automation systems (TUM, Germany)
The Chair of Automation and Information Systems is one of the biggest institutes
for automation in Germany. We are embedded in the faculty of mechanical engineering
at the Technische Universität München and strongly linked to computer science. We
are looking for a Post-Doc candidate to join our motivated and cooperatively working
team and who is willing to take over a group leader position for model driven engineering
in automation and the project coordination of huger projects in this field.

The candidate should hold a PhD degree in mechanical, electrical engineering or
computer science and should have experience in the above mentioned field.

The candidate should be familiar with most important notations, e.g. UML, SysML,
as well as programming languages in automation, e.g. IEC 61131-3, IEC 61499 and tools,
e.g. Eclipse, code generation and test case automation. Experience in interdisciplinary
work is appreciated in the above mentioned disciplines. Candidates should have experience
in acquisition and management of basic-research and application oriented projects as
well as publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Excellent English skills (oral and written)
are required. German is appreciated but not a prerequisite.
The opportunity to further qualification (e.g. habilitation) is given as well as
the opportunity to present the institute in international projects.

Salaries are in accordance with the German state regulated public service salary
scale (TV-L). TUM is an equal opportunity employer. TUM aims to increase the proportion
of women and therefore particularly welcomes applications by women. Applicants with
severe disabilities will be given priority consideration given comparable qualifications.
Applications will be accepted until January 2012, or until positions have been filled.
Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of key documents, such as
transcripts and degree certificates, list of publications, other supporting documents,
and name and contact information to For more information see


7.15 Post-Doc: Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes
Contributed by: A. Chaillet, E. Panteley, W. Pasillas-Lépine,

Post-doc position in Paris South, France: Analysis of synchrony in neuronal populations
of the basal ganglia

SUPERVISORS : Antoine Chaillet, Elena Panteley and William Pasillas-Lépine

DURATION: 1 year

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: This post-doctoral study aims at adapting methodologies
issued from control theory and dynamical systems to the field of neurosciences.
The development of formal analytical results allows both a better understanding
of some neurological phenomena and can lead to progresses in therapeutic
treatments (such as deep brain stimulation). In particular, this work will
focus on neuronal synchrony, which is involved in many healthy brain functions
but can also lead to pathological phenomena (such as Parkinson disease or
epilepsy). The objective of this work is to develop new analytical methods,
able to cope with the fundamentally complex behavior of neuronal populations
(interconnection, heterogeneity, uncertainties, delays…). These methods will
be inspired from related domains involving stability analysis of interconnected
nonlinear systems, analysis of hybrid dynamics and robust control.

ENVIRONMENT: The post-doc will take place at Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes
(L2S) – Supélec, South of Paris (France), in a team composed of applied mathematicians
and control theoreticians. It will be conducted in contact with neurosurgeons and
neuroscientists. This work will be carried out in the framework of the FP7 Network
of Excellence HYCON2.

PREREQUISITE: Although aiming at practical fallouts, the developments expected
from this post-doc are mostly of a theoretical nature. The candidate must have
obtained a Ph.D. in applied mathematics (dynamical systems), nonlinear/hybrid
control theory, or computational neurosciences. Skills in simulation software
would be appreciated. Knowledge of French language is not required, but an
appropriate level of English is necessary.

CONTACT: Applicants are invited to submit a CV and a letter of motivation to
the address, by recalling the post-doc title “Analysis of
synchrony in neuronal populations of the basal ganglia” in the subject of
their e-mail.


7.16 Post-Doc: The University of Luxembourg
Contributed by: Holger Voos,

The University of Luxembourg seeks to hire outstanding researchers at its
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT). SnT is
a recently formed centre carrying out interdisciplinary research in secure,
reliable and trustworthy ICT (Information and Communication Technologies)
systems and services, often in collaboration with industrial, governmental
or international partners.  SnT is active in several international research
projects funded by the EU 7th framework programme and the European Space Agency.
For further information you may check: .

The SnT centre invites applications from PhD holders in the area of "Safety
and Security in Networked Control Systems" for a research project in its
newly founded Automation Lab. The project is funded by the Fond National
de la Recherche (FNR) Luxembourg and will also be carried out in a collaboration
with the Nancy University,  Research Centre of Automatic Control of Nancy
(CRAN-CNRS UMR 7039) at IUT of Longwy, France. The goal of this interdisciplinary
project is the development of a novel integrated approach for the engineering of
secure and safe networked control systems, based on combinations and extensions
of fault-tolerant control and IT-security methods in order to form "cyber-attack
-tolerant" networked control systems. In addition to the investigation of these
research topics, the position holders will be required to perform the following

- Coordinating the research project and delivering outputs.
- Attracting funding in cooperation with industrial partners.
- Providing guidance to PhD and MSc students.
- Disseminating results through scientific publications.
- Organizing relevant workshops.

The SnT centre offers a three year employment contract within this project.
The centre offers highly competitive salaries. You will work in an exciting
international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in
the development of a newly created research centre.

Profile: The candidates need to hold an PhD degree in control or electrical
engineering, computer science, or applied mathematics with strong knowledge
in the area of networked control systems, fault-detection and isolation (FDI),
robust control, fault-tolerant control (FTC) and observers design. The ideal
candidate should have an extensive experience and publication record in at
least one of these areas, additional experience in the area of distributed
FDI or FTC, safety and IT-security would be a strong advantage. The candidate
must be fluent in both written and spoken English. The application must include
the following documents:

- A detailed Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications.
- Research statement
- Cover letter.
- Contact information for at least three referees.

Applicants should send their application in electronic form no later than
December 31th, 2011


Applications will be handled in strict confidentiality. The University of
Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer. For further inquiries, please
contact Prof. Holger Voos (


7.17 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
Contributed by: QiuXiang,

The discipline of Information Processing and Automation Technology belongs
to the College of Information Engineering of Zhejiang University of Technology
(ZJUT), and is one of prior disciplines in Zhejiang province. The discipline
consisted of faculty with expertise ranging broadly from control, electronics,
Computer Science and Engineering.
For further information of the university, please visit

Excellent PhD and Distinguish Professor are needed in the discipline of Information
Processing & Automation Technology in the College of Information Engineering at
Zhejiang University of Technology. Applicants are welcome from various research
directions such as Advanced Control Theory, Embedded Systems & Applications, Motion
Control, Network Technology, also likely in areas such as intelligent systems and
information technology. The applicants are expected to have a strong interest in
pursuing academic research in information processing & automation technology.

- have an earned PhD degree from a reputable university;
- have performed high-quality research with a good track record of competitive
  research experience in terms of good journal publications and research grants;
- have good command of English and Chinese;
- have the potential to reach excellence in the research field;
- have an ambition to build a research group and attract external funding;
- Strong leadership skills, along with an entrepreneurial attitude towards

- well research environment and development of space;
- preferential allowance and other insurance, welfare, and so on;
- sufficient research funding;
- grants for purchase housing and other well treatment;

- one resume about personal information, detailed learning and working Experience,
  research and teaching achievements, and your request;
- research projects and funding recently five years;
- research achievements and awards, published paper recently five years;

Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:
Mr. Xiang Qiu
The College of Information Engineering
Zhejiang University of Technology
HangZhou, China ,  310023

Additional questions about the position, the discipline, the treatment or
further information regarding the application process may be addressed to Mr.
Xiang Qiu via e-mail at  or  please call  +86-13867469319

Additional information about the ZJUT:
The year 1953 saw the establishment of a new Zhejiang University of Technology
in Hangzhou, the picturesque historical and cultural city in China. The present
university, as a provincial key comprehensive university, can offer not only
engineering courses, but also a large range of disciplines. And with a national
key laboratory and three post-doctoral programs, the University is entitled to
confer degrees of master, doctor, MBA. In addition, it has been granted the
right to recommend outstanding undergraduates as candidates for graduate programs
in other universities without entrance examinations and the right to recruit
international students as well as students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

The university now consists of 3 campuses, covering a total area of over 213
hectares with a floor space of 840,000 square meters. It has 21 colleges and
2 departments. At present, there are about 30,000 registered full-time undergraduates
and diplomats, together with 2,300 postgraduates. The university has a faculty of
2,800, among whom over 800 are professors and associate professors. ZJUT now has
one academician of CAE (Chinese Academy of Engineering), and three academicians
of CAE and CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) whom ZJUT shares with other institutions
of high education or research. Now it runs 14 doctoral degree programs,71 master
degree programs, and 55 undergraduate programs. Its 60,000-square-meter university
library now has collected books of over 3,200,000 volumes (with electronic books
included) and over 17,000 kinds of Chinese and foreign journals and periodicals.


7.18 Faculty: United Arab Emirates University
Contributed by: Hassan Noura,

Research Assistant position in “Fault diagnostic and fault-tolerant control applied
to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)”.

This position is available for the development of fault diagnostic and fault-tolerant
control techniques and the implementation of the developed methods to an unmanned
aerial vehicle. In this study, a quadrotor will be used.
This position is initially available for one year and renewable for two or three years.
Starting is expected on January 2012.

Applicants should have a Master or PhD degree in aerospace, electrical or mechanical
engineering with strong background in linear and nonlinear Control Systems. Experience
in UAV would be a plus.

Interested applicants should send by email to:
- A cover letter
- A CV including a publication list
- Transcripts
- Names and addresses of three references

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


7.19 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Lanhui Fu,

Faculty Positions in Systems and Control
Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School,
Shenzhen, China
Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation

The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology,
Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSG) invites applications for several faculty positions
at all ranks. We are seeking candidates with excellent credentials in the areas of
systems and control, robotics with the emphasis on telerobotic surgery,wind energy,
power systems and smart grid. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in electrical,
mechanical and power systems engineering and need to show strong research record and
potential. Successful candidates will be received a joint appointment in the Center
of Wind Turbine and Automatic which has received strong support from various goverment
funding agencies. The Division currently has 11 full-time faculty members, and is expected
to grow to 20 faculties in the next few years.

HITSG offers a competitive salary and the salary levels at HITSG for these positions
are substantially higher than those provided by most universities in China, with full
professor in the range of RMB 170K to 230K per year, associate professor in the range
of RMB130K to 160K per year, and assistant professor in the range of RMB 90K to 110K
per year. Bonus is a plus for all levels, subject to faculty’s performance.

Interested candidates can send detailed CV, list of publications, statement of research
(no more than 3 pages), teaching interests (no more than 2 pages), and a cover letter
including contact information of three references to:

Ms. Fu
School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation
HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town
Xili, Shenzhen
P. R. China 518055

or email the documents to


7.20 Faculty: University of Colorado, Boulder
Contributed by: Lucy Pao,

Faculty Position in Energy Engineering

The Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering (ECEE) at the
University of Colorado Boulder seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track
energy engineering position. The opening is targeted at the level of Assistant
Professor, but experienced candidates with outstanding credentials may be
considered for Associate or Full Professor.

We are seeking candidates in the areas of renewable and sustainable energy
technologies and systems, including wind, solar and other alternative energy
sources, transportation electrification, grid integration of renewable sources,
energy efficiency, or other emerging directions in electrical energy engineering.
The energy position is in collaboration with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Institute (RASEI), a joint institute between the University of Colorado and the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Successful candidates will hold a
tenure-track position in ECEE, be appointed as an Affiliate or Fellow of RASEI,
and have the possibility for a joint appointment at NREL.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, computer engineering,
or related discipline; they must have the ability to develop an independent
research program, and enthusiasm for working with undergraduate and graduate

The department has 2 University Distinguished professors, 14 professors, 13
associate professors and 5 assistant professors. The ECEE program consists of
about 350 undergraduate and 300 graduate students, and received $15 million in
research grants in 2010. Faculty honors include 14 IEEE Fellows, 2 members of
the US National Academy of Engineering, and 10 NSF Career Award recipients.
The department is home to the Colorado Power Electronics Center (CoPEC) and
is associated with the Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW), the
Colorado Nanofabrication Lab, the Solar Observatory, and RASEI.  Furthermore,
ECEE has close ties to governmental laboratories in and around Boulder,
including the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the National Center for Atmospheric
Research (NCAR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric and Administration
(NOAA). The city of Boulder is considered one of the most desirable communities
in the U.S., with an emphasis on outdoor activities, and a hotbed for startups
in the tech industry.  It is at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, less than
30 minutes from Denver, and less than an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park
and multiple ski resorts.

Applications will be evaluated starting December 6, 2011. Applications must be
submitted on-line at using posting number #815198
(energy). For inquiries, please contact:

Prof. Regan Zane (, 303-735-1560
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
University of Colorado at Boulder, 425 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0428


7.21 Faculty: University of Maryland, College Park
Contributed by: Steve Marcus,

Professor and Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Professor and
Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Responsibilities
include leadership of a research-active academic department, program development
with industrial partners, and stewardship of strong academic programs. Applicants
should have an earned doctorate in electrical engineering, computer engineering,
or a closely related field; strong leadership ability with proven interpersonal
skills; a proven research record with evidence of international recognition,
and a commitment to engineering education.  Applications from women and minorities
are strongly encouraged.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has 84 regular and affiliate
faculty members and 35 staff.  The research activities and educational programs
include research in communications and signal processing, computer engineering,
controls, microelectronics, and electrophysics. With more than 800 undergraduate
students, 700 graduate students and annual research expenditures of more than $37
million, the department is a central education and research unit at the University
of Maryland.  At the undergraduate level, the department offers degree programs in
Computer Engineering (in collaboration with the department of Computer Science)
and Electrical Engineering.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted to:
(Position number 105708) by January 17, 2012.  Applications should include a cover
letter, a complete curriculum vitae (resume), and list of names including contact
information for five references.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal
employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant
because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability,
religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or
political affiliation. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.


7.22 Faculty: University of Washington
Contributed by: Kristi Morgansen,

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (A&A) at the University of
Washington invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the
Associate Professor level in the area of controls; exceptional junior
candidates at the Assistant Professor level with a significant record of
scholarship and teaching will also be considered. The successful candidate
will complement our existing research strengths, interact with various
research groups within the Department and provide a bridge both between
the disciplines of A&A and between A&A and other fields. The Department
is committed to excellence in research and teaching.  The successful
candidate will be expected to build and lead a vigorous and innovative
externally-funded research program and provide high-quality teaching that
integrates research with instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate
levels. An earned doctorate degree in an appropriate engineering or related
discipline is required.

Applications should include a letter of application, a CV with a list of
publications, concise statements of research and teaching interests and
goals, the names and contact information of five professional references,
and a statement of specific plans for securing extramural funding, including
contacts already made with funding agencies. The research statement should
include current and potential interdisciplinary aspects of the applicant’s
work.  All application materials must be submitted via our faculty search
The application deadline is February 15, 2012.  For any administrative
issues related to this search, please contact the AA Department Search
Committee, at For information about the department,
please visit

The University of Washington is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
Employer and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.  The
University is the recipient of a 2006 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty
Career Flexibility and a 2001 National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional
Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science,
engineering, and mathematics (  University of
Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. Applications from
women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are strongly
encouraged. All positions are contingent on the availability of funding.


7.23 Faculty: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Anders Forsgren,

Message: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, is seeking an
assistant professor in optimization and systems theory. Please see


7.24 Faculty: Aalto University
Contributed by: Raimo P. Hamalainen,

Jobs: Professor and Post Doc in Operations Research, Aalto University

Aalto University is a multi-disciplinary university created from the
merger of three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki University
of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art
and Design Helsinki

Aalto University School of Science invites applications for


The position will be in the Systems Analysis Laboratory research group,
Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis.

The research interests of the group cover the areas of systems science
widely including optimization, control, decision and risk analysis and
technology foresight and assessment. The group is active in applying
operations research to complex
industrial, economic, energy and environmental systems. It also runs the
national Doctoral Program in Systems Analysis, Decision Making, and Risk
Management (

Preference is given to candidates with a strong research profile in
systems analysis, optimization, and modeling of dynamic systems. The
teaching duties are related to these topics. Candidates should have
demonstrated ability towork on real-life problems using operations
research methods. The candidates should hold a doctorate in operations research
or related field.

For more info about the application see:


We look for strong candidates to join the SAL research group, see:
We are particularly interested in people doing researh in one of the
following topics: decision analysis, optimization,simulation, systems
thinking, environment and climate change, behavioral DM/OR, experimental
game theory.

Candidates are required to hold a PhD degree before the start of the
contract.The appointment is for a fixed term of two years, starting early
or soon thereafter.

For more info about the application see:

Professors of the SAL research group:
Raimo P. Hämäläinen (, Harri Ehtamo
( or Ahti Salo (


7.25 Faculty: The University of Stuttgart, Germany
Contributed by: Andreas Kirstaedter,

The university of Stuttgart, Germany, invites applications for a Full
Professorship (W3) for Automation Technology and Software Systems in the
faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.
The appointee will head the assigned institute starting Oct. 1st, 2012.

The ideal candidate has profound knowledge in the area of automation technology
and the corresponding software systems including the automation of technical
products, systems, and facilities. In order to sustainably strengthen research
and education in this area, applicants are expected to have excellent scientific
skills in at least two of the following topics and their methods:

• Design of real-time software for automated systems
• Component-based automated systems and their composition
• Improved reliability of automated systems
• Optimized energy consumption of automated systems
• Flexible and easy-to-use automated systems
• Minimization of the life-cycle cost of automated systems
The professor contributes to undergraduate and graduate teaching in the area
of automation technology and software systems for the degree programs “Electrical
Engineering and Information Technology” (in German language – at least after two
years), the international Master program “Information Technology” (in English
language) as well as for study programs of other faculties.

The requirements for employment listed in § 47 and § 50 Baden-Württemberg university
law apply. Written applications should be sent no later than January 15th, 2012,
to the Dean of the Faculty 5, Universität Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 47, 70569
Stuttgart, Germany or via e-mail to:

The University of Stuttgart is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of women
are strongly encouraged. Severely challenged persons will be given preference in
case of equal qualifications.

The University of Stuttgart has established a Dual Career Program to offer assistance
to partners of those moving to Stuttgart. For more information please visit the webpage


7.26 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology
Contributed by:  Magnus Egerstedt,

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech has openings
for tenure track positions at all faculty ranks. Applicants should have an earned
Ph.D. or equivalent. Demonstrated potential for teaching and research is required.
Related industry experience is desirable.

Candidates are sought in the following areas: analog, digital, and mixed signal
circuit and system design and simulation; applications of nanotechnology and
biotechnology to functional photonic and electronic devices and systems;
bioinformatics and biomedical applications, communication systems, terrestrial
sensing and applied electromagnetics; systems & controls; robotics; and image
& video processing.

Interested candidates should send a resume with letter of interest as a PDF
file via email to:
Douglas B. Williams, Interim Chair

Georgia Tech is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


7.27 Researcher: Cemagref Montpellier
Contributed by: Pierre-Olivier Malaterre,

Researcher position in automatic control of open-channel systems (rivers and
irrigation canals)

The laboratory G-eau, Cemagref Montpellier (France), is seeking application
for an experienced researcher for a position in automatic control of open-
channel systems. The researcher will be incorporated into a research group
specialized in hydraulic modeling and management of irrigation canals networks
and rivers. Collaborations will occur with other colleagues inside Cemagref,
and with academic and industrial partners. With a solid experience in research
in the field of hydroinformatics, the researcher will participate to the current
projects of the laboratory, but he/she is also intended to lead projects in this

Background: PhD in open-channel hydraulics, hydroinformatics, control methods,
data assimilation. A high record of international publications is required.

Appointment length: The position is available immediately (under administrative
time constraints, see bellow). The initial appointment will be for three years,
with the possibility of renewing for up to two years. To apply, send a cover
letter, CV and contact information for at least three references.

Salary scale: €3000 to max €4200 per month gross depending on qualification
and experience.

Selection criteria and more details are available upon request. The closing
date is December 31, 2011; however, consideration of applications will be on
going until the position is filled. Due to administrative constraints the
position can start about 2 months after selection.

The position requires a good knowledge of English or French language (French is
not mandatory at all but can be a plus).


7.28 Researcher: University of Sheffield
Contributed by: Roderich Gross,

Research Associate in Nonlinear Time-Series Classification (Unilever sponsored project)

Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on an industry-sponsored
project on nonlinear signal processing. This post offers an outstanding opportunity
to work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from academia and industry.
The project is to develop a novel feature extraction, modelling and classification
system for nonlinear time-series. The position will incur regular travel to the
Unilever Research Port Sunlight, Merseyside.

Applicants should have a good honours first degree and have, or be working towards
a PhD in signal processing or a related area. The successful applicant will have
experience in nonlinear system identification, statistical signal processing and
pattern classification. Good IT skills including programming ability and experience
in MATLAB computing environment is essential. Previous experience of processing real
time-series data is highly desirable.

Applicants should also have good communication and interpersonal skills, and be
able to work with researchers from the industry. Ability to meet deadlines and
provide timely deliverables is essential.

This post is fixed-term until 30 June 2012.

Salary: £28,251 to £30,870 per annum (Grade 7)

Closing Date: 15th December 2011

It is anticipated that interviews and other selection action will be held on 20
December 2011.

For access to the full job advert, visit
(Job Reference Number: UOS003674).


7.29 Staff Engineer: John Deere
Contributed by: Chad Haedt,

John Deere Ag & Turf Division - Staff Engineer - Advanced Tractor Technology

What You'll Do

At John Deere Ag & Turf Division as Staff Engineer - Advanced Tractor Technology,
you will be responsible for new technologies throughout the Technology Delivery
Process (TDP) focusing on machine automation. You will:

•Think creatively and implement innovative solutions to complex system-level
•Design new and modify existing electro-mechanical hardware and software controls
 for use in automated machinery.
•Develop and document an understanding of customer requirements and use cases in
 the context of automated machines.
•Participate in, manage, and propose projects.
•Prepare business cases related to new technology.
•Explore and assess the technical and business implications of pursuing previously
 unexplored technologies.
•Transfer newly developed technology to a product development team.

What It Takes

We need an excellent communicator who thrives on solving problems and working
in a team environment. Ideally, you will have a Masters in Engineering or equivalent
experience in software, electronics, electrical and mechanical knowledge. In
addition we require:

•5 + years of Product Engineering or Research experience
•3+ years of embedded software development
•3+ years of experience working with vehicle-level guidance using GPS
•3+ years of experience working with vehicle-mounted object detection sensors
•Experience with object oriented software design
•Ability to work in a geographically distributed collaborative environment
•Ability to communicate effectively within a project team
•Ability to present results to various levels of management and large audiences

A strong candidate will also have:
•An agricultural background
•Previous research experience
•Experience with safety analysis of complex subsystems
•Experience controlling hydraulic or dynamic systems
•Experience with control of autonomous or robotic equipment
•Experience using sensors for automated machinery (e.g., vision)
•An understanding of the limitations of GPS
•Experience with wired and wireless communication networks (e.g., CAN, Ethernet, WiFi)

John Deere Ag & Turf Division  -  Staff Engineer - Advanced Tractor Technology

What You'll Do:

At John Deere Ag & Turf Division as Staff Engineer - Advanced Tractor Technology,
you will be responsible for new technologies throughout the Technology Delivery
Process (TDP) focusing on machine automation. You will:

•Think creatively and implement innovative solutions to complex system-level
•Design new and modify existing electro-mechanical hardware and software controls
 for use in automated machinery.
•Develop and document an understanding of customer requirements and use cases
 in the context of automated machines.
•Participate in, manage, and propose projects.
•Prepare business cases related to new technology.
•Explore and assess the technical and business implications of pursuing
 previously unexplored technologies.
•Transfer newly developed technology to a product development team.

What It Takes

We need an excellent communicator who thrives on solving problems and working
in a team environment. Ideally, you will have a Masters in Engineering or
equivalent experience in software, electronics, electrical and mechanical

In addition we require:

•5 + years of Product Engineering or Research experience
•3+ years of embedded software development
•3+ years of experience working with vehicle-level guidance using GPS
•3+ years of experience working with vehicle-mounted object detection sensors
•Experience with object oriented software design
•Ability to work in a geographically distributed collaborative environment
•Ability to communicate effectively within a project team
•Ability to present results to various levels of management and large audiences

A strong candidate will also have:
•An agricultural background
•Previous research experience
•Experience with safety analysis of complex subsystems
•Experience controlling hydraulic or dynamic systems
•Experience with control of autonomous or robotic equipment
•Experience using sensors for automated machinery (e.g., vision)
•An understanding of the limitations of GPS
•Experience with wired and wireless communication networks (e.g., CAN, Ethernet, WiFi)  


7.30 Senior Controls Engineer: John Deere
Contributed by: Heather L.W. Pederson,

John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group plays a key role for Deere & Company in
designing and delivering the technology needed by our customers to help them
meet the challenge of growing more food and building much-needed infrastructure
- challenges that must be met as the world's population is expected to grow to
9 billion people by 2050.  We're a great place to work, too. With technology
that utilizes satellite-based global-positioning, John Deere Intelligent Solutions
Group designs displays and receivers, guidance systems, field and crop management,
and information and logistics systems our customers rely on. We leverage Agile
project methods to deliver the most advanced innovations to our products. We
foster a creative environment where employees feel empowered to put their best
ideas forward and forge their own career path.

What You'll Do:

John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group - Urbandale is seeing a Senior Controls
Engineer to lead controls systems algorithm development on Enterprise Product
Delivery Process (EPDP) and Enterprise Technology Development Process (ETDP)
projects. In this position, you will: Be responsible for the performance engineering
of vehicle guidance and automation systems in support of the ISG product lines
Have responsibility for control system life cycle potentially from concept development
through initial field testing.

Lead the resolution of control system performance defects in production software
Contribute to cross-functional teams as a subject matter expert and technical leader
Innovate and promote best practices in Model Based Software Development (MBSD) for ISG

We need a highly adaptable, excellent communicator (both verbal & written) who
thrives on solving problems and working in a team environment.  Ideally you
would have a Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline (ME, Aerospace, Ag)
or other engineering program with Controls and Dynamics focus.  We also require:
4+ years of experience developing and implementing electro-hydraulic or electro-
mechanical control systems in a production environment

MATLAB/Simulink modeling expertise
Vehicle dynamics and/or robotics experience
Note: We are only considering candidates with U.S. Work Eligibility for this
specific position.

A strong candidate will have:

MS (strongly preferred)
Experience with GPS/INS based guidance systems and precision farming technologies
Experience with automatic code generation and/or embedded C/C++ development
Experience with agriculture or construction vehicles or similar industry
Experience with ISO 11783 based CAN networks

What You'll Get
We offer a comprehensive relocation package to help you get started on your
new career path. And we remain on the leading edge by providing competitive benefits
& rewards that respond to the diverse lifestyle of our people and an ever-changing

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The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of
all responsibilities and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. 
The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum
requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines.  An Equal
Opportunity Employer, John Deere requires a diversity of people, perspectives and
ideas to address the complex challenges of its global business.