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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 CSS Outreach Fund
1.2 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control
1.3 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.4 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

2. Books
2.1 Unmanned Rotorcraft Systems
2.2 Stability, Oscillations and Optimization of Systems

3. Toolboxes

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.2 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
4.3 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
4.4 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
4.6 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
4.7 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
4.8 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

5. Conferences
5.1 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
5.2 IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering
5.3 Chinese Control and Decision Conference
5.4 International Conference on Information Science and Technology
5.5 International Conference on Systems and Control
5.6 International Carpathian Control Conference
5.7 International Symposium on Neural Networks
5.8 International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems
5.9 IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design
5.10 International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

6.  Positions
6.1 PhD: London Science of Economics
6.2 PhD: University of Technology of Compiègne, Laboratory Heudiasyc, France
6.3 PhD: INRIA/CNRS, Grenoble, France
6.4 PhD: University of Leuven
6.5 PhD: IIM-CSIC, Spain
6.6 PhD: University of Siena
6.7 PhD: University of Groningen, the Netherlands
6.8 PhD: University K.U. Leuven Belgium
6.9 PhD: NTNU
6.10 Post Doc: University K.U. Leuven Belgium
6.11 Post-Doc: University of California, San Diego.
6.12 Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
6.13 Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology
6.14 Post-Doc: University of Manchester, UK
6.15 Research Fellow: Australian National University
6.16 Faculty: University of California, Santa Barbara
6.17 Faculty: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
6.18 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
6.19 Faculty: Nanyang Technological University
6.20 Faculty: NYU Poly
6.21 Faculty: Washington University in St. Louis


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 CSS Outreach Fund
Contributed by: Gary Balas,

CSS Outreach Fund now accepting proposals

Funding is available from the IEEE Control System Society (CSS) Outreach Fund
for projects that will benefit CSS and the controls
community in general. Examples of projects that we can support include (not an
exhaustive list):

• Outreach activities for pre-university students and teachers
• Outreach activities for developing nations
• Promotional materials for CSS or the field
• Workshops on control-related topics
• CSS membership drives

For more details, including proposal submission information, please see

The deadline for proposals is November 28, 2011.


1.2 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control
Contributed by: Maja Matijasevic,

2012 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC 2012)
Dubrovnik, Croatia
October 3 – 5, 2012


The 2012 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC 2012) will take
place in Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, Dubrovnik, Croatia, on October 3 – 5, 2012.
MSC 2012 includes two international conferences sponsored and promoted by
the IEEE Control Systems Society:

* The IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA)
* The IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (ISIC)

MSC 2012 areas of interest traditionally include a wide range of topics in
control systems, technology, and applications. This year, in addition to
such topics, we would like to address new and emerging research areas in
control, such as systems of systems, robotics, intelligent autonomous systems
and computational intelligence, architectures for intelligent control,
control inspired by systems biology, vision in control, and control theory
in psychology and sociology, as well as application of control theory in
economics, next generation healthcare and healthcare delivery. Given the
growing energy problems and demands, we would like to invite papers on
control applications in new energy resources, and in energy grid control.
In an increasingly networked world, communications, computing and control
systems merge – thus networked control systems and cloud computing in
control applications are also topics of special interest. We are also
looking for papers dealing with fuzzy discrete event systems, quantum
control and quantum feedback control. Other topics of interest include
marine control systems, automotive control systems, control of constrained
systems, and manufacturing systems control (planning and scheduling).

TECHNICAL SPONSOR: IEEE Control Systems Society

* Richard D. Braatz
 Process Systems Engineering Laboratory, MIT, USA
* Dario Floreano
 Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPFL, Switzerland
* Frank Lewis
 ARRI, The University of Texas at Arlington, USA
* Iven Mareels
 Biomedical Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia

 February 10, 2012:
    Special Session, Tutorial, Workshop Proposals, Invited Sessions, Due
 February 10,
    2012: Full Papers, Due
 Late May, 2012:       
    Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
 June 15, 2012:
    Final, Camera Ready Papers, Due

Papers submitted to MSC 2012 must be original, not previously published
or accepted for publication elsewhere, and they must not be submitted
to any other event or publication during the entire review process.
IEEE policy regarding plagiarism, self-plagiarism and duplicate
submission/publication will be strictly enforced. Papers must be submitted
electronically by the submission deadline through the IEEE CSS conference
management system PaperPlaza at
Paper submissions should follow the IEEE double-column format for conferences.
A maximum of 8 pages (6 plus 2 additional pages incurring a nominal fee)
are allowed for each paper, all figures and references included.
Submitted papers will undergo a peer review process, coordinated by the
Program Committee.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to the respective Chairs by the
due date. For content of the special/invited session and workshop/tutorial
proposals, please refer to the conference web site.

The conference proceedings will be included in IEEE Xplore and indexed by
INSPEC and Ei-Compendex.

* General Chair: Stjepan Bogdan, University of Zagreb
* Program Chair (CCA): Ji-Feng Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
* Program Chair (ISIC): Eric Rogers, University of Southampton

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

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 56 (2011),
Issue 10 (October)
Scanning the Issue page 2241

Special Issue Papers

Guest Editorial Special Issue on Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks
J. Chen, K. H. Johansson, S. Olariu, I. C. Paschalidis and I. Stojmenovic page 2244

Distributed Abstract Optimization via Constraints Consensus: Theory and Applications
G. Notarstefano and F. Bullo page 2247

Network Topology and Communication Data Rate for Consensusability of Discrete-
Time Multi-Agent Systems
K. You and L. Xie page 2262

Distributed Anonymous Discrete Function Computation
J. M. Hendrickx, A. Olshevsky and J. N. Tsitsiklis page 2276

Energy Optimized Topologies for Distributed Averaging in Wireless Sensor Networks
I. C. Paschalidis and B. Li page 2290

The Wireless Control Network: A New Approach for Control Over Networks
M. Pajic, S. Sundaram, G. J. Pappas and R. Mangharam page 2305

Fast-Lipschitz Optimization with Wireless Sensor Networks Applications
C. Fischione page 2319

Game Theoretical Approach for Channel Allocation in Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks
J. Chen, Q. Yu, P. Cheng, Y. Sun, Y. Fan and X. Shen page 2332

Compositional Modeling and Analysis of Multi-Hop Control Networks
R. Alur, A. D'Innocenzo, K. H. Johansson, G. J. Pappas and G. Weiss page 2345

Maximum Damage Battery Depletion Attack in Mobile Sensor Networks
M. H. R. Khouzani and S. Sarkar page 2358

Maximizing Aggregated Information in Sensor Networks Under Deadline Constraints
S. Hariharan and N. B. Shroff page 2369

A Novel Scheme for WSAN Sink Mobility Based on Clustering and Set Packing Techniques
H. Nakayama, Z. M. Fadlullah, N. Ansari and N. Kato page 2381

Simultaneous Optimization of Sensor Placements and Balanced Schedules
A. Krause, R. Rajagopal, A. Gupta and C. Guestrin page 2390

Carrier-Based Focused Coverage Formation in Wireless Sensor and Robot Networks
R. Falcon, X. Li and A. Nayak page 2406

Connectivity Preservation and Coverage Schemes for Wireless Sensor Networks
T. Razafindralambo and D. Simplot-Ryl page 2418

Adaptive Control and Reconfiguration of Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks for Dynamic
Multi-Target Tracking
X. Zhang page 2429

Distributed Coverage Control and Data Collection with Mobile Sensor Networks
M. Zhong and C. G. Cassandras page 2445

Decentralized Event-triggered Control Over Wireless Sensor/Actuator Networks
M. Mazo Jr., P. Tabuado page 2456

Distributed Multi-Actuator Control for Workload Balancing in Wireless Sensor and
Actuator Networks
C. Wu, G. S. Tewolde, W. Sheng, B. Xu and Y. Wang page 2462

Video Surveillance Over Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks Using Active Cameras
D. Wu, S. Ci, H. Luo, Y. Ye and H. Wang page 2467

Pursuit Control Over Wireless Sensor Networks Using Distance Sensitivity Properties
V. Kulathumani, A. Arora and S. Ramagiri page 2473

Communication-Aware Motion Planning in Mobile Networks
A. Ghaffarkhah and Y. Mostofi page 2478

Distributed Task Assignment in Mobile Sensor Networks
C. H. Caicedo-Nunez and M. Zefran page 2485

Stochastic Sensor Scheduling for Energy Constrained Estimation in Multi-Hop
Wireless Sensor Networks
Y. Mo, E. Garone, A. Casavola and B. Sinopoli page 2489


1.4 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Contributed by: Thomas Parisini,

Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 19
(2011), Issue 6 (November)


An Orientation Estimator for the Wheelchair’s Caster Wheels
F. Chénier, P. Bigras, and R. Aissaoui page 1317

Adaptive Suppression of Multiple Time-Varying Unknown Vibrations Using an
Inertial Actuator
I. D. Landau, M. Alma, J. J. Martinez, and G. Buche page 1327

Reset Control for Midfrequency Narrowband Disturbance Rejection With an
Application in Hard Disk Drives
Y. Li, G. Guo, and Y. Wang page 1339

Feedback Control of Melt Pool Temperature During Laser Cladding Process
L. Song and J. Mazumder page 1349

Global Tracking Control of Underactuated Ships With Input and Velocity
Constraints Using Dynamic Surface Control Method
D. Chwa page 1357

Pressure Regulation in Nonlinear Hydraulic Networks by Positive and
Quantized Controls
C. De Persis and C. S. Kallesøe page 1371

Particle Filters With Adaptive Resampling Technique Applied to Relative
Positioning Using GPS Carrier-Phase Measurements
S. S. Hwang and J. L. Speyer page 1384

Control of Aircraft for Inspection of Linear Infrastructure
T. S. Bruggemann, J. J. Ford, and R. A. Walker page 1397

Reducing Vibration by Digital Filtering and Input Shaping
W. Singhose and J. Vaughan page 1410

The Robustness and Design of Constrained Cross-Directional Control Via
Integral Quadratic Constraints
R. M. Morales and W. P. Heath page 1421

Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation of Robust Gain-Scheduling Control of Port-
Fuel-Injection Processes
A. White, G. (George) Zhu, and J. Choi page 1433

Dynamic Optimization of a Slab Reheating Furnace With Consistent Approximation
of Control Variables
A. Steinboeck, K. Graichen, and A. Kugi page 1444
Flatness-Based Loss Optimization and Control of a Doubly Fed Induction Generator System
A. Gensior, T. M. P. Nguyen, J. Rudolph, and H. Güldner page 1457

Control Design and Implementation for Sawyer Motors Used in Manufacturing Systems
P. Krishnamurthy, F. Khorrami, T. L. Ng, and I. Cherepinsky page 1467

Performance Enhancement for AMB Systems Using Unstable Hinf Controllers
H. M. N. K. Balini, C. W. Scherer, and J. Witte page 1479

Switching Policies for Mold Level Control in Continuous Casting Plants
W. Krajewski, S. Miani, A. C. Morassutti, and U. Viaro page 1493

A Two-Cell Backstepping-Based Control Strategy for Diesel Engine Selective
Catalytic Reduction Systems
M.-F. Hsieh and J. Wang page 1504

Robust Maximum Power Tracking Control of Uncertain Photovoltaic Systems: A
Unified T-S Fuzzy Model-Based Approach
C.-S. Chiu and Y.-L. Ouyang page 1516


On Generalized Dynamic Preisach OperatorWith Application to Hysteresis Nonlinear Systems
Y. Ma, J. Mao, and Z. Zhang page 1527

Control of Robotic Systems With Unknown Friction and Payload
L. Márton and B. Lantos page 1534

Flatness-Based Feedforward in a Two-Degree-of-Freedom Control of a Pumped
Storage Power Plant
M. Treuer, T. Weissbach, and V. Hagenmeyer page 1540

A Novel Data-Driven Control Approach for a Class of Discrete-Time Nonlinear Systems
Z. Hou and S. Jin page 1549

Adaptive Robust Repetitive Control of an Industrial Biaxial Precision Gantry
for Contouring Tasks
C. Hu, B. Yao , Z. Chen , and Q. Wang page 1559

Efficient Targeting of Sensor Networks for Large-Scale Systems
H.-L. Choi and J. P. How page 1569

Modeling, Control, and Experimental Validation of a Transient Hydrostatic Dynamometer
Y. Wang, Z. Sun, and K. A. Stelson page 1578

A Conjugate Gradient-Based BPTT-Like Optimal Control Algorithm With Vehicle
Dynamics Control Application
J. Kasać, J. Deur, B. Novaković, I. V. Kolmanovsky, and F. Assadian page 1587

Optimal-Parameter Determination by Inverse Model Based on MANFIS: The Case of
Injection Molding for PBGA
C.-N. Huang and C.-C. Chang page 1596

Plant-Friendly Signal Generation for System Identification Using a Modified
Simultaneous Perturbation Stochastic Approximation (SPSA) Methodology
R. Steenis and D. E. Rivera page 1604

Optimization-Based Constrained Iterative Learning Control
S. Mishra, U. Topcu, and M. Tomizuka page 1613

Directional Repetitive Control of a Metrological AFM
R. J. E. Merry, M. J. C. Ronde, R. van de Molengraft, K. R. Koops, and M. Steinbuch
page 1622

Robust Active Queue Management for Wireless Networks
K. Chavan, R. G. Kumar, M. N. Belur, and A. Karandikar page 1630

Bayesian-Based Decision-Making for Object Search and Classification
Y. Wang and I. I. Hussein page 1639


2. Books

2.1 Unmanned Rotorcraft Systems
Contributed by: Ben M. Chen,

Guowei Cai, Ben M. Chen, Tong H. Lee
National University of Singapore

Springer, New York, London, 2011
Advances in Industrial Control Series, xvii/267 pages
ISBN 978-0-85729-634-4/e-ISBN 978-0-85729-635-1/DOI 10.1007/978-0-85729-635-1

Unmanned Rotorcraft Systems explores the research and development of fully-
functional miniature rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and provides
a complete treatment of their design. The unmanned system is an integration
of advanced technologies developed in communications, computing, and control
areas. It is a useful testing ground for trialing and implementing modern
control techniques despite the challenges introduced by the limitations on
direct scalability between the systems of a small-scale rotorcraft and those
of its full-scale counterpart. Included are detailed expositions of:

. systematic hardware construction;
. software systems integration;
. aerodynamic modeling; and
. automatic flight control system design.

Emphasis is also placed on the flight formation of multiple UAVs and vision-
based ground-target tracking. It will be of great value to practicing engineers
in aerospace-related industries and to academic researchers from aerospace,
electrical or mechanical engineering backgrounds working on the development of
unmanned systems.

Table of Contents

 1 Introduction
 2 Coordinate Systems and Transformations
 3 Platform Design and Construction
 4 Software Design and Integration
 5 Measurement Signal Enhancement
 6 Flight Dynamics Modeling
 7 Inner-loop Flight Control
 8 Outer-loop Flight Control
 9 Flight Simulation and Experiment
10 Flight Formation of Multiple UAVs
11 Vision-based Target Following


2.2 Stability, Oscillations and Optimization of Systems
Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernández,

Stability, Oscillations and Optimization of Systems: Volume 4,
432+xxii pp., 2010 ISBN 978-1-904868-57-6 ?55

C. Cruz-Hernández (Ed.)
Department of Electronics and Telecommunications,
Scientific Research and Advanced Studies Center of Ensenada (CICESE), Ensenada, México.

A.A. Martynyuk (Ed.)
Institute of Mechanics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

This volume presents the latest investigations in chaotic dynamics and its
interrelated problems in diverse disciplines, from theoretical and practical
viewpoints, incorporating the main engineering applications. The volume provides
new trends for future promising researches in chaotic dynamics and its applications.
Some issues covered in the volume include:

-chaotic characterization: chaos in hybrid systems, entropy and chaos of star maps
-chaos theory: strange attractors, analysis of transitions to chaotic vibrations
 in mechanical systems, coupled mechanical and electrical fields in piezoceramic media
-chaos control: inverted pendulum, bouncing ball, and convective loop systems
-chaos synchronization: continuous and discrete-time systems through filtering,
 model-matching, Hamiltonian forms, and observer design
-chaos and complexity: studies on oscillations of a star in the field of a galaxy
-calculation of Lyapunov exponents from time series observations of chaotic time
 varying systems
-applications: chaotic encryption and secure chaotic communication

The Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications may be useful for graduate
students and researchers in applied mathematics and physics, control, nonlinear
science, and engineering.

Preface to the series • Preface • Contributors • An Overview • Chaotic
Dynamics  characterization • Chaos theory • Chaos control • Chaos synchronization •
Chaos  and complexity • Engineering applications • Index

Please send order form to:
Cambridge Scientific Publishers
PO Box 806, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8RT Telephone: +44 (0) 1954 251283
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3. Toolboxes

Contributed by: Graziano Chesi,

 *** New Matlab Toolbox: SMRSOFT ***

SMRSOFT is a Matlab toolbox for solving basic optimization problems over polynomials
and studying dynamical systems via SOS programming. The current version of SMRSOFT
(version 1.1) implements some of the techniques described in the book [G. Chesi,
Domain of Attraction: Analysis and Control via SOS Programming, Springer 2011].
Specifically, for the part "basic optimization problems", SMRSOFT currently allows
one to compute the generalized SOS index of a polynomial/matrix polynomial, to
investigate positivity/non-positivity of a polynomial/matrix polynomial, to compute
a lower bound of the minimum of a rational function verifying its tightness, and to
determine the solutions of a system of polynomial equations, all these with unconstrained
variables/variables constrained over a semialgebraic set. For the part "dynamical systems",
SMRSOFT currently allows one to investigate the domain of attraction of an equilibrium
point of a polynomial system/uncertain polynomial system, in particular computing a
lower bound of the largest estimate for a given common/parameter-dependent Lyapunov
function, verifying the tightness of the found lower bound, searching for optimal
Lyapunov functions maximizing the size of such an estimate, and computing a polynomial
output controller for enlarging the domain of attraction. SMRSOFT can be downloaded
(with guide and examples) from


4.  Journals

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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 19
Issue 11
November 2011

Editorial Board, Page IFC

A. Chasse, A. Sciarretta, Supervisory control of hybrid powertrains: An
experimental benchmark of offline optimization and online energy management,
Pages 1253-1265

Kira Barton, Sandipan Mishra, Andrew Alleyne, Placid Ferreira, John Rogers,
Control of high-resolution electrohydrodynamic jet printing, Pages 1266-1273

M. Hillion, J. Chauvin, N. Petit, Control of highly diluted combustion in Diesel
engines, Pages 1274-1286

Tomas Fencl, Pavel Burget, Jan Bilek, Network topology design, Pages 1287-1296

Nadjim M. Horri, Philip L. Palmer, Mark Roberts, Energy optimal spacecraft attitude
control subject to convergence rate constraints, Pages 1297-1314

N. Benito, J.R. Arias, A. Velazquez, J.M. Vega, Real time performance improvement
of engineering control units via Higher Order Singular Value Decomposition:
Application to a SI engine, Pages 1315-1327

Jing Na, Xuemei Ren, Guido Herrmann, Zhi Qiao, Adaptive neural dynamic surface
control for servo systems with unknown dead-zone, Pages 1328-1343

Chang-Chun Pan, Cheng-I Sun, Shi-Shang Jang, David Shan-Hill Wong, Gen-Ke Yang,
A MIMO R2R control using data-driven gain scheduling, Pages 1344-1353

A.M. Nagy Kiss, B. Marx, G. Mourot, G. Schutz, J. Ragot, State estimation of two-
time scale multiple models. Application to wastewater treatment plant, Pages 1354-1362

Efstathios Velenis, Diomidis Katzourakis, Emilio Frazzoli, Panagiotis Tsiotras,
Riender Happee, Steady-state drifting stabilization of RWD vehicles, Pages 1363-1376

Hala Hannoun, Mickaël Hilairet, Claude Marchand, High performance current control
of a switched reluctance machine based on a gain-scheduling PI controller, Pages

Yi Guo, Zheng Wang, Zhihua Qu, Yehuda Braiman, Atomic-scale friction control by
vibration using friction force microscope, Pages 1387-1397


4.2 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Ben Cronin,

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Volume 30, Issue 5

Table of Contents:

* A 330 MHz 11 bit 26.4 mW CMOS Low-Hold-Pedestal Fully Differential Sample-
  and-Hold Circuit \ Tsung-Sum Lee and Chi-Chang Lu

* Non-Fragile Robust Guaranteed Cost Control of 2-D Discrete Uncertain Systems
  Described by the General Models \ Shuxia Ye, Weiqun Wang, Yun Zou and Huiling Xu

* A New Audio Watermarking Scheme Based on Singular Value Decomposition and Quantization
  \ Vivekananda Bhat K, Indranil Sengupta and Abhijit Das

* SCFNN-Based Decision Feedback Equalization Robust to Frequency Offset and Phase Noise
  \ Yao-Jen Chang and Chia-Lu Ho

* Time-Delay Dependent H∞ Model Reduction for Uncertain Stochastic Systems: Continuous-
  Time Case \ Wuneng Zhou, Dongbing Tong, Hongqian Lu, Qingchang Zhong and Jian’an Fang

* Design of High-Order Extrapolated Impulse Response FIR Filters with Signed Powers-of
  -Two Coefficients \ Yanfei Cao, Kai Wang, Wenjiang Pei, Yujie Liu and Yifeng Zhang

* A Control Theoretical Approach to the Polynomial Spectral-Factorization Problem \ T. J. Moir

* Codebook Design for Vector Quantization Based on a Kernel Fuzzy Learning Algorithm \
  Zongbo Xie and Jiuchao Feng

* LMI Conditions for Robust Stability Analysis of Stochastic Hopfield Neural Networks
  with Interval Time-Varying Delays and Linear Fractional Uncertainties \ P. Balasubramaniam
  and S. Lakshmanan

* DVCC-Based Non-linear Feedback Neural Circuit for Solving System of Linear Equations
  \ M. Samar Ansari and Syed Atiqur Rahman

* A Unified Family of Recursive Algorithms Using Feedback \ T. J. Moir

* Network-Based Control of Discrete-Time Descriptor Systems with Random Delays \
  Lei Zhou, Xiaoqing Xiao and Guoping Lu

* Bulk-Driven Current Differencing Transconductance Amplifier \ Fabian Khateb and
  Dalibor Biolek

* Generation of Generalized Impedance Converter Circuits Using NAM Expansion \ Ahmed
  M. Soliman

* A New Algorithm for Isomorphism Determination of Undirected Graphs-Circuit Simulation
  Method \ Huiliang Shang, Feng Li, XianDing Tang and Peng-Yung Woo

For ordering information as well as electronic back issues, please visit:

Most Recent Special Issue:

Volume 30, Issue 4 (August 2011): Special Issue on Embedded Signal Processing Circuits and
Systems for Cognitive Radio-Based Wireless Communication Devices \ Guest Editors: A. P.
Vinod, Edmund M.-K. Lai, Pramod Kumar Meher, Jacques Palicot & Shahriar Mirabbasi


4.3 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Ben Cronin,

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Volume 30, Issue 6

Table of Contents:

* Applications of Cellular Neural Networks to Noise Cancelation in Gray Images
  Based on Adaptive Particle-swarm Optimization \ Te-Jen Su, Jui-Chuang Cheng,
  Ming-Yuan Huang, Tzu-Hsiang Lin & Cheng-Wu Chen

* FIR Filtering for Discrete-Time Markov Jump Linear Systems \ Ji-Wei Wen & Fei Liu

* Gain Scheduled State Feedback Control for Discrete-Time-Varying Polytopic Systems
  Subject to Input Saturation \ Likui Wang & Xiaodong Liu

* Generating Multi-Scroll Chaotic Attractors via Switched Fractional Systems \ Guanghui
  Sun, Mao Wang, Lilian Huang & Liqun Shen

* Signal Processing by Generalized Receiver in DS-CDMA Wireless Communication Systems
  with Frequency-Selective Channels \ Vyacheslav Tuzlukov

* H∞ Filtering for Markovian Switching Genetic Regulatory Networks with Time-Delays
  and Stochastic Disturbances \ Bo Chen, Li Yu & Wen-An Zhang

* Delay-Dependent H ∞ Filtering for Markovian Jump Time-Delay Systems: A Piecewise
  Analysis Method \ Jinliang Liu, Bingxue Yao & Zhou Gu

* Steady-state and Tracking Analysis of Fractional Lower-order Constant Modulus
  Algorithm \ S. Li, L.-M. Song & T.-S. Qiu

* Wavelet Based Transistor Parameter Estimation Using Second Order Volterra Model \
  Sudipta Majumdar & Harish Parthasarathy

* Designing Delay Lines Based on the SD/DE Algorithm for Transmitted-Reference
  Ultra-Wideband Systems \ Zhexin Xu, Lin Wang & Guanrong Chen

* Optimality of the Median Filtering Operator \ Wanzhou Ye

* A Switched System Approach to Networked H∞ Filtering with Packet Losses \ Shu
  Yin, Li Yu & Wen-An Zhang

* Recursive Robust Filtering with Finite-Step Correlated Process Noises and Missing
  Measurements \ Jianxin Feng, Zidong Wang & Ming Zeng

* Robust Stabilization of Linear Differential Inclusions with Affine Uncertainty \
  Jun Huang, Zhengzhi Han, Xiushan Cai & Leipo Liu

* A Modified CDTA (MCDTA) and Its Applications: Designing Current-Mode Sixth-Order
  Elliptic Band-Pass Filter \ Yongan Li

* Removing Cyclostationary Properties in a Chaos-Based Communication System \ Georges
  Kaddoum, Samuel Gagné & François Gagnon

* A Nonlinear Adaptive Resilient Observer Design for a Class of Lipschitz Systems
  Using LMI \ Mahdi Pourgholi & Vahid Johari Majd

* Robust Stability of Discrete Bilinear Uncertain Time-Delay Systems \ Tsung-Lieh Hsien
  & Chien-Hua Lee

* On the Design of Modulo 2 n +-1 Subtractors and Adders/Subtractors \ E. Vassalos, D.
  Bakalis & H. T. Vergos

* Optimal Controller for Stochastic Polynomial Systems with State-Dependent Polynomial
  Input \ Michael Basin, Alexander Loukianov & Miguel Hernandez-Gonzalez

* An Integer Approximation Method for Discrete Sinusoidal Transforms \ R. J. Cintra

* Non-Fragile H∞ Guaranteed Cost Control for a Non-linear Stochastic System with
  Both Distributed Delays and Input Delays \ Lianqing Su, Xiaodan Zhu & Jiqing Qiu

* FPGA-Implementation of Parallel and Sequential Architectures for Adaptive Noise
  Cancelation \ Mohammed Bahoura & Hassan Ezzaidi

* A Gigahertz Digital CMOS Divide-by-N Frequency Divider Based on a State Look-Ahead
  Structure \ Saleh Abdel-Hafeez & Ann Gordon-Ross

* Synchronization for Time-Delay Lur’e Systems with Sector and Slope Restricted
  Nonlinearities Under Communication Constraints \ Xiaomei Zhang, Guoping Lu & Yufan Zheng

* Existence and Global Asymptotic Stability of Fuzzy Cellular Neural Networks with
  Time Delay in the Leakage Term and Unbounded Distributed Delays \ P. Balasubramaniam,
  M. Kalpana & R. Rakkiyappan

* Robust Exponential Stability Criteria for T–S Fuzzy Stochastic Delayed Neural
  Networks of Neutral Type \ S. Muralisankar, N. Gopalakrishnan & P. Balasubramaniam

* High-Speed RS(255, 239) Decoder Based on LCC Decoding \ F. García-Herrero, J. Valls
  & P. K. Meher

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Most Recent Special Issue:

Volume 30, Issue 4 (August 2011): Special Issue on Embedded Signal Processing Circuits
and Systems for Cognitive Radio-Based Wireless Communication Devices \ Guest Editors:
A. P. Vinod, Edmund M.-K. Lai, Pramod Kumar Meher, Jacques Palicot & Shahriar Mirabbasi

4.4 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
Contributed by: J. Lawrie,

IET Control Theory & Applications,
Vol. 5, Iss. 16, 3rd November 2011 and Vol. 5, Iss. 17, 17th November 2011

For more information on this journal, please go to:
To submit a paper, please go to:


Regular Papers

Observer design for non-linear systems based on a generalised Lipschitz condition
M. Ekramian, S. Hosseinnia and F. Sheikholeslam

Performance-oriented adaptive neural augmentation of an existing flight control system
M.L. Fravolini, G. Campa and M.R. Napolitano

Spectrum-based stability analysis and stabilisation of systems described by delay
differential algebraic equations
W. Michiels

Stabilising slow-switching laws for switched discrete-time linear systems
A.-G. Wu, G. Feng, G.-R. Duan and H. Gao

Adaptive actuator failure compensation with unknown control gain signs
Z. Zhang, S. Xu and B. Wang

Adaptive tracking control for a class of pure-feedback non-linear systems including
actuator hysteresis and dynamic uncertainties
X.Y. Zhang and Y. Lin

Consensus of heterogeneous multi-agent systems
Y. Zheng, Y. Zhu and L. Wang

Approximate controllability of stochastic impulsive systems with control-dependent coefficients
L. Shen and J. Sun

Adaptive robust control for DC motors with input saturation
Z. Li, J. Chen, G. Zhang and M.G. Gan

Co-design strategy of networked control systems for treacherous network conditions
M. Guinaldo, J. Sa´nchez and S. Dormido

Time-optimal sliding-mode control of a mobile robot in a dynamic environment
M. Rubagotti, M.L. Della Vedova and A. Ferrara

Brief Paper

H1 filtering for linear continuous-time systems subject to sensor non-linearities
B. Zhou, W.X. Zheng, Y.-M. Fu and G.-R. Duan

Vol. 5 Iss. 17

Regular Papers

Note on observer for Lur’e differential inclusion systems
J. Huang, Z. Han and X. Cai

Robust Kalman filtering for uncertain state delay systems with random observation
delays and missing measurements
B. Chen, L. Yu and W.-A. Zhang

Robust quantised control for active suspension systems
H. Li, H. Gao and H. Liu

Switched manual pursuit tracking to measure motor performance in Parkinson’s disease
A. Ashoori, M.J. McKeown and M.M.K. Oishi

Note on fractional-order proportional–integral–differential controller design
C. Yeroglu and N. Tan

Adaptive coordinated path following control of non-holonomic mobile robots with
quantised communication
J. Ghommam, H. Mehrjerdi, M. Saad and F. Mnif

Local feedback Pareto strategy for weakly coupled large-scale discrete-time
stochastic systems
H. Mukaidani

Cooperative box-pushing with multiple autonomous robotic fish in underwater
Y. Hu, L. Wang, J. Liang and T. Wang

H2 filtering for non-linear singularly perturbed systems
M.D.S. Aliyu and E.K. Boukas

Simple proof of stability criterion for interval quasi-polynomials
B. Fang

Brief Papers

Improved zonotopic method to set membership identification for systems with
time-varying parameters
W. Chai, X. Sun and J. Qiao

Repetitive learning control for triangular systems with unknown control directions
M. Yu, X. Ye and D. Qi


4.6 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernández,

Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Volume 11, Number 3, 2011
ISSN 1562-8353;

Abstracted/indexed by Zentralblatt MATH, Mathematical Reviews, PASCAL Database

Professor A.N. Golubentsev
Ya.M. Grigorenko, V.B. Larin and A.A. Martynyuk,   p. 223

Weak Solutions for Boundary-Value Problems with Nonlinear Fractional Differential
M. Benchohra, J. R. Graef and F.-Z. Mostefai,   p. 227

Quasilinearization Method Via Lower and Upper Solutions for Riemann-Liouville
Fractional Differential Equations,
Z. Denton, P.W. Ng and A.S. Vatsala,   p. 239

Adaptive Regulation with Almost Disturbance Decoupling for Power Integrator
Triangular Systems with Nonlinear Parametrization,
Y. M. Fu, M. Z. Hou, J. Hu and L. Niu,   p. 253

Exponentially Long Orbits in Boolean Networks with Exclusively Positive
Interactions Equations,
W. Just and G.A. Enciso,   p. 275

Positive Solutions to an N-th Order Multi-point Boundary Value Problem
on Time Scales,
Ilkay Yaslan Karaca,   p. 285

A Common Fixed Point Theorem for a Sequence of Self Maps in Cone Metric Spaces,
ianghua Liu and Xi Wen,   p. 297

Cone Inequalities and Stability of Dynamical Systems,
A. G. Mazko,   p. 303

Periodic and Subharmonic Solutions for a Class of Noncoercive Superquadratic
Hamiltonian Systems,
M. Timoumi,   p. 319

For information and subscription,
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. A.A. Martynyuk, e-mail:


4.7 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Contributed by: Brian Fauth,

Journal: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Volume: 49
Issue: 2

Viability Solutions to Structured HamiltonJacobi Equations under Constraints
Jean-Pierre Aubin
pp. 1881-1915

Risk Aversion and Portfolio Selection in a Continuous-Time Model
Jianming Xia
pp. 1916-1937

Recurrence and Transience of Optimal Feedback Processes Associated with Bellman
Equations of Ergodic Type
Naoyuki Ichihara
pp. 1938-1960

A Priori Error Estimates for Finite Element Discretizations of Parabolic Optimization
Problems with Pointwise State Constraints in Time
Dominik Meidner, Rolf Rannacher, and Boris Vexler
pp. 1961-1997

A Paradox in the Approximation of Dirichlet Control Problems in Curved Domains.
Eduardo Casas, Andreas Gunther, and Mariano Mateos
pp. 1998-2007

Stabilizing Randomly Switched Systems
Debasish Chatterjee and Daniel Liberzon
pp. 2008-2031

Discounted Continuous-Time Markov Decision Processes with Unbounded Rates: The
Convex Analytic Approach
Alexey Piunovskiy and Yi Zhang
pp. 2032-2061

Optimal Stopping in Levy Models for Nonmonotone Discontinuous Payoffs
Svetlana Boyarchenko and Sergei Levendorskiǐ
pp. 2062-2082

Minimal Effort Problems and Their Treatment by Semismooth Newton Methods
Kazufumi Ito and Karl Kunisch
pp. 2083-2100

Gas Flow in Fan-Shaped Networks: Classical Solutions and Feedback Stabilization
Martin Gugat, Markus Dick, and Gunter Leugering
pp. 2101-2117

On the Existence of a Limit Value in Some Nonexpansive Optimal Control Problems
Marc Quincampoix and Jerome Renault
pp. 2118-2132

KarushKuhnTucker Conditions for Nonsmooth Mathematical Programming Problems
in Function Spaces
Kazufumi Ito and Karl Kunisch
pp. 2133-2154

A Pontryagin Maximum Principle for Infinite-Dimensional Problems
M. I. Krastanov, N. K. Ribarska, and Ts. Y. Tsachev
pp. 2155-2182

A Priori Error Analysis of the PetrovGalerkin CrankNicolson Scheme for Parabolic
Optimal Control Problems
Dominik Meidner and Boris Vexler
pp. 2183-2211

Fixed-Order H-Infinity Control for Interconnected Systems Using Delay Differential
Algebraic Equations
Suat Gumussoy and Wim Michiels
pp. 2212-2238


4.8 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


5. Conferences

5.1 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Contributed by: C.A. Rabbath,

2012 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS'12)

Philadelphia, PA USA, June 12-15, 2012
(Technically Co-Sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society)

Details about the conference may be found at

June 12 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three day technical
Conference. ICUAS’12 will host representatives from academia, industry, federal
/state agencies, government, the private sector, users, practitioners and
engineers who wish to be affiliated with and contribute technically to this
highly demanding and rapidly evolving and expanding field.

Important date:
On February 15, 2012, Full Papers/ Tutorial Proposals are due.

We also invite you to submit invited session proposals and workshops. Please
see the website for full details.

Jonathan How, MIT
Vijay Kumar, U Penn
George Vachtsevanos, Georgia Tech

ICUAS’12 aims at bringing together different groups of qualified military and
civilian representatives worldwide, organization representatives, funding agencies,
industry and academia, private sector and investment group representatives to
discuss the current state of UAS advances, and the roadmap to their full utilization
in military and integration in civilian domains. The conference will focus on current
and future research opportunities, and to ‘what comes next’ in terms of the essential
technologies that need be utilized to advance further UAS.

General Chairs
Randal Beard, Brigham Young U,
Kimon Valavanis, U of Denver,


5.2 IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering
Contributed by: Ahmad Fakharian,

Call for Papers and Proposals
The 2012 IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering will be
held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, April 29 to May 2 at Hotel Fairmont The Queen
Elizabeth. CCECE 2012 provides a forum for the presentation of electrical and
computer engineering research and development from Canada and around the world.
Plenary speakers include Vahid Tarokh from Harvard University, Alessandro Astolfi
from Imperial College London, Peter Caines from McGill University and Gregor
Bochmann from the University of Ottawa.

Papers are invited, in French or English, for the following symposia (Chairs
below title):
• Circuits, Devices and Systems
Dr. Karim Karim(University of Waterloo)
Dr. Shahriar Mirabbasi(University of British Columbia)

• Control and Robotics
Dr. Stephen Smith(University of Waterloo)
Joshua Marshal(Queen’s University)

• Power Electronics & Energy Systems
Dr. Bala Venkatesh(Ryerson University),
Dr. Olivier Trescases(University of Toronto)

• Signal and Multimedia Processing
Dr. Fabrice Labeau(McGill University)
Dr. Xianbin Wang(University of Western Ontario)

• Biomedical and Health Informatics
Dr. Carolyn McGregor(University of Ontario Institute of Technology)
Dr. Tiago H. Falk(Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique)

• Computers, Software & Applications
Dr. Jagath Samarabandu(University of Western Ontario)
Hamid Mcheick(Université du Québec à Chicoutimi)

• Communications and Networking
Dr. Anader Benyamin-Seeyar(Concordia University)
Dr. Shahram Yousefi
(Queen’s University),
Dr. Mark Coates(McGill University)

NOTE: Selected papers accepted in this conference will be proposed for publication
in IEEE Systems Journal and IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
after another round of review.Authors wishing to submit papers that do not fit within
any of the symposia topics listed above are encouraged to do so to the “general
interest” symposium.

Regular Paper Submission
Please submit original full length paper(s) to the Technical Program Committee using
the on-line submission process on our web site at before
January 7, 2012. Click on “Call For Papers” and follow the instructions provided.

Tutorial and Workshop Proposals Submission
Proposals for half-day tutorials and workshops should be submitted before December
2, 2011 to the Tutorials Chair at

Important Dates
Tutorial or workshop proposals must be received by: ..... Friday, December 2, 2011
Full length papers must be received by: ................. Friday, January 7, 2012
Notification of acceptance will be sent out by:.......... Friday, February 24, 2012
Author’s Registration ends by: .......................... Friday, March 9, 2012
Advance Registration ends by: ........................... Friday, March 30, 2012
Industrial Exhibits and Sponsorships
For industrial exhibits please contact the Industrial Exhibits Chair at sponsorships please contact the Sponsorships Chair

Questions or Comments
To volunteer as a reviewer, please contact Tech. Program Co-Chairs: Scott
Yam (, Lacra Pavel ( and Gerry
Moschopoulos (

For any questions or comments, please contact the Conference Chair:
Amir G. Aghdam. Ph: 514 848-2424 Ext. 4137, Fax: 514 848-2802


5.3 Chinese Control and Decision Conference
Contributed by: Changyun Wen,

The 24th Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC 2012)
Taiyuan, China;  May 23-25, 2012

In response to overwhelming request from international researchers, we are
pleased to extend the deadline for CCDC 2012 paper submission to 15 November
2011. Please submit full papers describing original work in detail by the
extended deadline through the conference website

The 24th Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC 2012) provides an
excellent forum for scientists, researchers and industrial practitioners
throughout the world to present and discuss the latest advancement as well
as future directions and trends in the areas of Control, Decision, Automation,
Robotics and Emerging Technologies. The conference was technically co-sponsored
by IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS); Automatic Control Society of Chinese
Association of Aeronautics; Technical Committee on Control Theory of Chinese
Association of Automation; Simulation Methods and Modeling Society of Chinese
Association for System Simulations; Intelligent Control and Management Society,
Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence.

CCDC 2012 covers both theory and applications in all areas of systems, control
and decision. Keynote addresses and distinguished lectures covering the state-
of-the-art development in these areas will be delivered by prominent professors/
academicians, in addition to normal technical sessions. For details, please
visit the conference website:

Registration Fee
For authors from Mainland China :
•The registration fee is RMB2000 for IEEE members and RMB2200 for non-IEEE member.

For authors from other regions and countries:
•The registration fee is 300 US$ for IEEE members and 330 US$ for non-IEEE member.

Highlight of Taiyuan Attractions
Apart from participating in CCDC 2012, you may also visit the numerous attractions of
Taiyuan, Sanxi Province, China. It is noted for its beautiful scenery, long history,
and deep cultural roots. Its major attractions include Wutai Mountain which is one
of four major buddhist mountain in china and one of five famous major buddhist holy
places, Hukou Waterfalls of the Yellow River, The Qiao's Family Compound and Pingyao
ancient city.


5.4 International Conference on Information Science and Technology
Contributed by: Danchi Jiang,


Second International Conference on Information Science and Technology (ICIST 2012)
March 23-25, 2012, Wuhan, China

Second International Conference on Information Science and Technology (ICIST 2012)
will be held in Wuhan, China during March 23-25, 2012, as a sequel to ICIST 2011
(Nanjing). ICIST 2012 aims to provide a high-level international forum for scientists,
engineers, and educators to present the state of the art of research and applications
of information science and technology. The conference will feature plenary speeches
given by world renowned scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and special
sessions focusing on popular topics. The ICIST 2012 Proceedings (IEEE catalog number:
CFP1242M-CDR and ISBN: 978-1-61284-0344-7) will be indexed by EI. In addition, selected
high-quality papers would be published in special issues of SCI-journals.

Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to ICIST 2012. In
addition, proposals for special sessions within the technical scopes of the conference
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 ICIST 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.


Papers of all topics related information science and technology are welcome.
The topics to be covered at the conference include, but are not limited to,
the followings:

Track 1: Computer Science and Engineering

Track 2: Signal Processing and Telecommunication

Track 3: Control, Robotics, and Automation

Track 4: Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering


Special session proposals deadline ................... October 1, 2011
Full paper submission deadline ....................... November 1, 2011
Notification of acceptance ........................... December 15, 2011
Camera-ready copy and author registration ............ February 15, 2012

More information can be found at:

For inquiries, please contact the secretariat at:

ICIST 2012 Secretariat


5.5 International Conference on Systems and Control
Contributed by: Prof. Driss MEHDI,

2nd International Conference on Systems and Control (ICSC12)

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2d International
Conference on Systems and Control (ICSC12) which is technically co-sponsored
by the IEEE Control Systems Society..

The second edition of the International Conference on Systems and Control will
be held from June 20 to June 22, 2012, in Marrakech, Morocco. The first edition
was initiated by the late Prof. E.-K. Boukas. The city of Marrakech is located
on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and the doorsteps of the desert Marrakech
is the first destination for tourists from around the world. The second conference
is sponsored mainly by the Society for Scientific Development and New Tehnologies
and Caddi Ayyad University.
This event will provide the opportunity for worldwide researchers and practitioners
to share together the lastest developments and new trends in systems and control.
Both theoretical and applied papers are welcomed for submission to this event.
Keynote speeches are to be conducted by well known experts in systems and control.
We do hope that this will give you a good opportunity to discuss new trends and
exchange knowledge and experiences.

Authors are invited to submit full papers describing original research work in
areas including, but not limited to:
   Linear and nonlinear systems
   Modeling of complex systems
   Robust control and Hinfty control
   Stochastic control
   Estimations and identification
   Multivariable control
   Time-delay systems
   Industrial control
   Manufacturing systems
   Intelligent and AI based control
   Mathematical systems theory
   Fuzzy and neural systems
   Control algorithms implementation
   Control applications
   Control education
   Guidance and control theory
   Motion control
   Optimal control
   Real time systems
   Networks optimization
   Fault detection
   Power systems
   Modeling and simulation
   Process control and instrumentation
   Control of telecommunications systems

Important Dates:
Submission site : opening December 1, 2011, closing February 1, 2012
Notification of acceptance/rejection : April 1, 2012
Final paper submission : May 10, 2012 
Congress opening June 20, 2012, closing June 22, 2012

For complete information please visit the conference website:


5.6 International Carpathian Control Conference
Contributed by: Ivo Petras,

13th International Carpathian Control Conference (ICCC)
Sponsored by Czechoslovakia Section of IEEE (IEEE Conference Record number: #19626)


The aim of the conference is to support exchange of information and experience
in the field of automation in engineering and production, in research, applications
and education. The conference will enable to present the most recent advances in
complex mechanization, robotics, control of production and technological processes,
including quality control systems oriented to environment, means of support, and
information technologies.

Dates: 28 May - 31 May 2012
Location: Grand Hotel Permon, High Tatras, Slovak Republic

Scientific Program:

The scientific program of the ICCC'2012 conference is divided in these areas,
which will run in parallel sessions:

- Measurement, sensors, monitoring and diagnostic systems.
- Identification, modeling and simulation of processes and systems.
- Theory and application of control systems.
- Automation, mechatronics, robotics.
- Intelligent embedded systems and instrumentation.
- Information systems (SCADA/HMI, GIS, MES) and their Internet support.
- Engineering application of informatics.
- Quality control systems (TQM), production management and industrial logistics.
- Engineering education in Control and Computer systems.
- Embedded systems.
- Fractional Calculus and Its Applications.

The proceedings of the 13th International Carpathian Control Conference (ICCC'2012)
will be indexed in the IEEE Xplore database and also submitted to the other A&I partners.

Important deadlines:

November 15, 2011 - Registration and abstract submission.
December 15, 2011 - Confirmation of registration and abstract acceptance/rejection
January 15, 2012 - Full papers submission for review.
March 25, 2012 - Notification of acceptance/rejection (after review process).
April 5, 2012 - Submission of final camera-ready papers.
April 5, 2012 - The final registration card delivery, accommodation reservation
and payment of the conference fee.
May 28-31, 2012 - Conference negotiation.

For detailed up-to-date information, please visit the conference website at:

or feel free to contact:

ICCC'2012 Secretariat
Faculty of BERG
Technical Universtity of Kosice
B. Nemcovej 3, 042 00 Kosice
Slovak Republic
Phone/Fax: (+421 55) 602 5190
Phone: (+421 55) 602 5191


5.7 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 17th 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


5.8 International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems
Contributed by: Margreta Kuijper,

The 20th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems
MTNS2012 will be held 9-13 July 2012 at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The MTNS2012 program includes
•       plenary and semi-plenary lectures
•       mini-courses
•       invited sessions
•       contributed talks (either as an extended abstract or a full paper)

MTNS 2012 is a prime conference in the general area of mathematical system theory.
The symposium is interdisciplinary and attracts mathematicians, engineers and
researchers working in any aspect of system theory and its applications. A prime
objective is to explore and present the mathematical structures that underpin
our understanding of networks and systems.

The scientific programme of the conference is defined by approximately 80 themes,
listed on the web-page of the conference, and grouped into the following 12 main
areas: Biological Systems, Communication Systems, Computing, Control and Systems
Theory, Cooperative Systems, Economics and Systems Theory, Hybrid Systems, Mechanical
Systems, Networked Control, Signal Processing, Stochastic Systems, Systems Inspired

Important Dates:

Online Submission closes: 1 February 2012
Acceptance Notification: 15th March 2012
Final submission: 30 April 2012

For detailed up-to-date information, please visit the conference website at:


5.9 IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design
Contributed by: Jan Bendtsen,

The IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design (ROCOND) is one of the premier
outlets to publish novel research results within robust control and related subjects.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit your contribution to the 7th ROCOND.
The event will take place on June 20-22, 2012, in cozy Aalborg in the northern part
of Denmark.

At the Symposium, we have arranged for plenaries by several high-profile researchers
within the field, who will enlighten us on interesting, new research ideas and results
(as well as one lecture with a historical overview):

- Michael Safonov (USA)
- Shinji Hara (Japan)
- Gary Balas (USA)
- Mario Sznaier (USA)
- David Angeli (UK/Italy)
- Rick Middleton (Ireland)

Key dates:

Jan 02, 2012:    Draft papers / invited sessions submission deadline
Mar 15, 2012:    Notification of acceptance
Apr 22, 2012:    Final paper submission deadline
Jun 20-22, 2012:  ROCOND'12 Symposium

All details can be found on our website:

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me or the other members
of the Organizing Committee (contact details can be found on the website).

Looking forward to welcome you in Aalborg!

Jakob Stoustrup
Professor, PhD
General Chair


5.10 International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
Contributed by: Roderich Gross,

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

Call for papers prepared on October 4, 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.

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


6.  Positions

6.1 PhD: London Science of Economics
Contributed by: Amol Sasane,

Funded PhD studentship in Mathematical Control Theory at the London School
of Economics

The Department of Mathematics at the London School of Economics offers a fully-
funded PhD studentship in Mathematical Control Theory to start from 1 January
2012. The funding is for three years and covers both fees and living expenses.
Research progress is assessed each year and continuing receipt of funds will
depend on satisfactory academic progress.

Control Theory is now an established area of research with an expanding spectrum
of applications. This project will focus on the control theoretic problem of
stabilization for infinite-dimensional linear control systems, and will involve
the use of methods from complex and functional analysis. The successful candidate
will work with Dr. Amol Sasane ( in the Department
of Mathematics at LSE (

Applicants should have an excellent first class undergraduate degree (or equivalent),
and preferably a good master's degree, in pure or applied mathematics, physics or
mathematically-oriented engineering. Specific to the project, the applicant should
have a strong background in analysis (for example the student might have followed
courses in subjects such as complex analysis, functional analysis, PDEs). Some
exposure to control theory is desirable, but not essential.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Amol Sasane
( and Loraine Evans ( directly, including a
current CV with their email.

How to apply: A formal application should be made using the LSE online system

In the personal statement, candidates should specify that they are to be considered
for this position. The closing date for applications is 28 November 2011.

More information on the PhD programme in LSE's Mathematics Department can be obtained


6.2 PhD: University of Technology of Compiègne, Laboratory Heudiasyc, France
Contributed by: Isabelle Fantoni,

Thesis subject:
Development of obstacles detection and avoidance strategies for a
collaborative flight of aerial drones

Context of the thesis :
The thesis is part of the project activities of the Laboratory of Excellence (LABEX) at the
University of Technology of Compiègne in France on the Control of Technological Systems-of-
Systems (MS2T). It is also integrated into the project of excellence equipment ROBOTEX
in Heudiasyc laboratory in the theme mobile robotics and in particular within the works to be
carried on the flight of a fleet of drones. The thesis project will be financed by the ANR
program MS2T LABEX.

PhD thesis description:
Autonomous aerial vehicles or drones are mainly used or dedicated to surveillance
missions and collection of information. Since the surveillance zones are numerous,
it can be interesting to deploy multiple UAVs which can communicate with each other,
exploring and monitor a large area to increase the range of inspection and also
the safety of the area being monitored. In this context, the vehicles must be
able to communicate with each other, be able to not collide with each other, that
is to say to keep a minimum safe distance from their peers or other obstacles.
Here we are interested in flying drones like miniature helicopter rotors on
multiple restricted areas, in urban areas, where barriers can be numerous and
the proximity of several drones. This will provide navigation assistance for
the drones do not come into collision, even if communication is lost between
them. The aim is to allow multiple UAVs to navigate (and stabilize) jointly
ensuring mutual avoidance and collision with other moving obstacles. The
detection can be done by reflex vision (optic flow, detection of moving obstacles),
but also by fusion with information from other sensors such as ultrasonic or
infrared sensors. The project will also propose control strategies in planification
to bring the drones in desired flight configurations while ensuring mutual non
collision. We can also explore bio-inspired approaches, related to the behavior
of birds and insects where their exteroceptive sensors allow them to fly together
without coming into collision.

University master degree
Background in control systems, image processing, vision, robotics
English skills, verbally and in writing
Ability to cooperate and work within a team

Documents required to apply : send to
Curriculum vitae
Master and Engineering cycle grades and marks
Letter(s) of recommendation

6.3 PhD: INRIA/CNRS, Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Federica Garin,

PhD. INRIA/CNRS, Grenoble, France: Collaborative source seeking control
Supervisors: C. Canudas de Wit and F. Garin

Context: NeCS ( is a joint INRIA/CNRS  research team
focusing on Networked Control Systems. The team is bi-located at INRIA Grenoble
Rhône-Alpes ( and at GIPSA-lab at Grenoble’s
campus (

Maximum seeking control is a well-known control strategy for real-time optimization.
Extremum seeking is also a method for adaptive control dealing with the problem of
stabilizing a system to his known optimal (extremum) operation point. Application
concerns; ABS systems, bioreactors, combustion engines, electric distribution systems,
compressors, optical amplifiers, exercise machines, etc. The basic idea of the extremum
seeking control is to get an on-line approximation of the gradient of the function
to be minimized, and then to move the search in the gradient direction. This is mainly
done by injecting a proving signal to ensure some level of persistence of excitation
as required in adaptive control. There are approaches based on deterministic/stochastic,
continuous-time/discrete-time, but most of this work has been performed using a single
sensor measuring the system output. The case of using several sensors (i.e. a sensor
network) has been explored recently in our group in connection with the search an
underwater source extremum (see video demonstration at
The purpose of this thesis is to generalize the study to other cases of “collaborative
source seeking control”, where a network of fixed or moving sensors are used to explore
the source field, and a collaborative exchange of information allows to locate and/or
stabilize the system at the unknown extremum operation point. See more details at

Application conditions: this position concerns students with a background in control
theory and optimization. Student should have a master (or equivalent) degree.
Application should be sent to the following address:
accompanied of:

1) a complete CV,
2) a scanned copy of a certificate with the grades obtained at university exams in
   recent years, and
3) two recommendation letters.


6.4 PhD: University of Leuven
Contributed by: Wim Michiels,

PhD / postdoc: numerical simulation and control of switched systems, with
applications to power electronic circuits

At the Sientific Computing Research group of the University of Leuven, we
have a vacancy for a PhD student or a postdoc whose task is to develop and
analyze novel methods for simulation and/or control of switched complementarity
systems, a subclass of hybrid systems. Although the emphasis is on generic
methods and tools, applications are envisaged in the area of power electronic
systems, in the framework of a joint project with the division Electa of the
university.  The position will be initially offered for one year, but an extension
with one year (post-doc) or three year (phd position) is possible after a positive

The requirements are a strong background in computational mathematics or in
systems and control, an interest in programming and strong collaboration skills.
Apply now if you are interested in the offered position. Send your electronic
application to Professor Wim Michiels:, The subject
of your email should be “Position Switched Systems”. Include a detailed CV, an
abstract of your Master's or PhD thesis, a motivation letter and names of three
possible references.

Besides a competitive salary we offer a stimulating research environment within
the Scientific Computing Group ( and the Division
Electa ( The University of Leuven is one
of the oldest universities of Europe, located in the cosy town of Leuven, 20km
from Brussels.


6.5 PhD: IIM-CSIC, Spain
Contributed by: Julio R. Banga,


Two PhD Marie-Curie positions available to start in early 2012.

Candidates should have a strong background in mathematical modelling,
system identification, nonlinear analysis and statistics. Ideally,
they should have experience in modelling of biological systems and
scientific computing.

These ESRs will be hired for 36 months each and will be expected to
pursue a PhD. Candidates must be in possession of a relevant Masters
degree (or very close to obtaining it) at the time of appointment.
The position requires a good knowledge of English language (Spanish
is not mandatory) and the interest to work in the interdisciplinary
field of systems biology.

Salary will be excellent, according to EU regulations (Marie Curie
ITN Early Stage Researcher). The network will provide an excellent
opportunity for scientific and personal development, with regular
training events and meetings across Europe.

Location: IIM-CSIC, Vigo, Spain
Duration: 36 months
Conditions: Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher positions

For detailed information about requirements and how to apply, please check:

Julio R. Banga


6.6 PhD: University of Siena
Contributed by: Andrea Garulli,

The PhD program in Information Engineering and Science at the University of
Siena is offering PhD positions on several topics.

In particular, within the program ``Automatic Control and Robotics'' the following
positions are available:

- one scholarship on identification and control techniques for turbomachines
  (ref. Andrea Garulli,;
- one scholarship on algorithms and methods on control of robotic hands and
  haptic interfaces inspired by sensorimotor synergies of human hands (ref.
  Domenico Prattichizzo, email:;
- two scholarships on robotic manipulation and haptic interfaces (ref. Domenico
  Prattichizzo, email: and Darwin Caldwell, email:;

and within the program "Complex Systems":

- one scholarship on mathematical models of complex spatio-temporal systems
(ref. Chiara Mocenni, email:, and Antonio Vicino,

Other four scholarships, not related to specific topics, are also available.

Candidates must apply before November 28, 2011, by using the on-line procedure
available on the website:

Information about the PhD program in Information Engineering and Science can
be found at:

6.7 PhD: University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Contributed by: Kanat Camlibel, m.k.camlibel@rug.n

PhD position at the University of Groningen
Systems and Control Group
Johann Bernoulli Institute of Mathematics and Computing Science
University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Feedback control of piecewise affine dynamical systems

This project is funded by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
The research to be carried out in the project deals with the feedback control
of piecewise affine dynamical systems. The aim is to establish for this class
of systems a systems- and control theory, based on the geometric approach to
linear systems. In particular, the project aims at extending the available
results on disturbance decoupling, output regulation, and tracking problems
for linear systems to piecewise affine systems.

Applicants for the PhD position (4 years, with a gross salary starting from
approx. 2000 Euros/ month) should have a Masters degree in Mathematics, or in
Control Engineering with a strong background in Mathematics. Applications
should include an extended vitae (with details on qualifications, experience,
achievements) and they should be sent by electronic mail, to:

Kanat Camlibel

6.8 PhD: University K.U. Leuven Belgium
Contributed by: Johan Suykens,

The research group K.U. Leuven ESAT-SCD is currently offering
5 new PhD positions (4-years of PhD study) within the framework
of the ERC Advanced Grant A-DATADRIVE-B .

Different research positions (PhD/Postdoc) are oriented towards
-1- Prior knowledge incorporation
-2- Kernels and tensors
-3- Modelling structured dynamical systems
-4- Sparsity
-5- Optimization algorithms
-6- Core models and mathematical foundations
-7- Next generation software tool

The research group ESAT-SCD at the
university K.U. Leuven Belgium provides an excellent research environment
being active in the broad area of mathematical engineering, including
systems and control theory, neural networks and machine learning, nonlinear
systems and complex networks, optimization, signal processing, bioinformatics
and biomedicine.

The research will be conducted under the supervision of Prof. Johan Suykens.
Interested candidates having a solid mathematical background and master
degree can apply for these positions by sending their CV and motivation
letter to For further information
on these positions you may contact


6.9 PhD: NTNU
Contributed by: Pål Liljebäck,

PhD Position in Snake Robotics

A PhD scholarship is vacant within the research project “Snake Locomotion in
Challenging Environments (SLICE)”, funded by the Research Council of Norway.
This project aims to develop new methods and tools to control snake robots for
use in challenging operations in earthquake-hit areas, pipe inspection for the
oil and gas industry, fire-fighting operations, and search and rescue. The PhD
scholarship is offered for a period of 3 years at the Department of Engineering
Cybernetics, NTNU. The PhD scholar will work on challenging research problems in
an active research team at NTNU together with the Norwegian research organization
SINTEF and with extensive international cooperation.

Further information about this job offer can be found at:

Further information about the research project can be found at:

Applicants must have a MSc degree in control systems or similar. A specialization
in control of mechanical systems and nonlinear control systems is advantageous.
Solid scientific qualifications, relevant MSc research topics and personal qualities
are important. Foreign applicants must document a TOEFL Internet-based test score of
100 or higher. Applicants must be qualified for PhD studies at NTNU, please see for information about PhD studies at NTNU. It
is a prerequisite that the PhD scholar applies for and is granted admission to the
NTNU PhD studies as soon as possible after employment.

Contact person:
Professor Kristin Y. Pettersen, e-mail:


6.10 Post Doc: University K.U. Leuven Belgium
Contributed by: Johan Suykens,

The research group K.U. Leuven ESAT-SCD is currently offering
2 Postdoc positions (1-year, extendable) within the framework

of the ERC Advanced Grant A-DATADRIVE-B .

Different research positions (PhD/Postdoc) are oriented towards
-1- Prior knowledge incorporation
-2- Kernels and tensors
-3- Modelling structured dynamical systems
-4- Sparsity
-5- Optimization algorithms
-6- Core models and mathematical foundations
-7- Next generation software tool

The research group ESAT-SCD at the
university K.U. Leuven Belgium provides an excellent research environment
being active in the broad area of mathematical engineering, including
systems and control theory, neural networks and machine learning, nonlinear
systems and complex networks, optimization, signal processing, bioinformatics
and biomedicine.

The research will be conducted under the supervision of Prof. Johan Suykens.
Interested candidates having a solid mathematical background and PhD

degree can apply for these positions by sending their CV and motivation
letter to For further information
on these positions you may contact


6.11 Post-Doc: University of California, San Diego.
Contributed by: Sonia Martinez,

A postdoctoral position funded by L3 Communications is available to start
immediately at the Cymer Center for Control and Dynamical Systems in the
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of
California, San Diego.

The project aims to develop modeling tools and control algorithms for heterogeneous
multi-agent systems operating in complex and possibly adversarial environments.
This topic falls within the broad area of Cyber Physical Systems, i.e., systems
that rely on their integration with the physical environment where they are
deployed and the joint explotation of their computation, communication, and
control capabilities.

 Candidate qualifications

 The holder of the position will be expected to work on collaborative
 research with Prof. Sonia Martinez, Prof. Jorge Cortes and other
 faculty/students at the MAE department of UCSD.

 The candidate must hold a PhD in control engineering/applied
 math/cooperative robotics, preferably with a background in nonlinear
 (hybrid) systems, cooperative control, or multi-robot/sensor network
 coordination. Good communication, interpersonal and presentation
 skills are required. In addition, the candidate should be capable of
 working with minimum supervision, be independent, show initiative,
 and is expected to co-supervise graduate students. The candidate must
 have an American, Canadian, Australian or British nationality.

 Appointment length

 The position is available immediately. The
 initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of
 renewing for one more year. To apply, send a cover letter, CV and
 contact information for at least three references to Dr Sonia Martinez

 For more information you may contact Dr. Martinez.

6.12 Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Contributed by: Danwei Wang,

Research Fellow (RF) ( i.e. postdoc) openings are available in the School of
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Interested candidate should send CVs, sample publications and queries, if any,
to Prof Danwei Wang, Email: The positions are open until
filled and remuneration depends on qualification from S$3800 for RFs (US$=S$1.30
as at 1st Oct 2011). These positions are for the following projects.

(1)     Traffic light control in multi-junctions. Research involves dynamic
        modeling for traffic systems at multi-junctions, development of traffic l
        light control algorithm and an experimental test-bed for real-time
        implementation. This is a four year project with development of theory
        and a prototype system. One Research Fellow (RF) vacancy is available
        and this RF position requires Ph.D degree with solid training in
        dynamics/control areas.
(2)     Surface & Sub-Sea Sensor Data Fusion for Coastal Environment Mapping
        & Monitoring: One Research Fellow (RF) position is available in the
        area of SLAM and sensor fusion. Data and image processing experience
        will be a good training for the job. This is a two year project and
        applicant should have a Ph.D degree and/or relevant research experiences.


6.13 Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology
Contributed by:  Dr. Roland Toth,

The Delft Center for Systems and Control of the Delft University of Technology,
The Netherlands, announces a PostDoc position:

Machine learning based identification of nonlinear dynamical systems

Faculty/department: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: PostDoc
Maximum employment: Maximum of 38 hours per week (1 FTE)
Duration of contract: 12 months
Salary scale: €2379 to max €3755 per month gross

Faculty: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3ME faculty trains committed engineering students and PhD candidates via
groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and
materials engineering. 3ME is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty,
with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

Group: Delft Center for Systems and Control

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) coordinates the education and
research activities in systems and control at the Delft University of Technology.
The mission of DCSC is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and
control and pursue advanced technology development in mechatronics and microsystems,
sustainable industrial processes, transportation systems, and physical imaging
systems. The group also actively participates in the Dutch Institute of Systems
and Control (DISC).

Job description:

Systematic modeling of nonlinear systems based on measured data or first-principle
knowledge is still unresolved. Currently it is not well understood (1) how to
achieve an exact and embedding of a nonlinear behavior into low-complexity model
structures, (2) to find optimally parameterized representations of nonlinear behaviors,
and (3) to efficiently estimate them based on measured data. Especially these questions
have paramount importance in case of specific systems classes, such as Linear Paramete
-Varying (LPV) systems, attractive for control synthesis.

This project aims to surmount these challenges by establishing a synergy between
the system identification framework and Machine Learning (ML). The aim is to
develop computationally efficient modeling approaches capable of supporting
optimal model structure exploration. The emerging ML framework provides powerful
data-driven approaches to facilitate learning of complicated data-relations. Its
flexibility in defining learning objectives (aim-relevant estimation) and its
ability to facilitate optimal recovery of structural relationships (model structure
selection, embedding of behavior) provide novel perspectives to develop dedicated
data-driven model learning methods to overcome the limiting problems (1)-(3) of
the current theory. Based on the outcome of the research, case studies of high-
purity distillation columns and high-performance positioning applications will
be conducted to assess the performance of the developed approaches.


We are looking for a motivated candidate who has successfully completed a PhD
program in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or
equivalent, with a strong background in System Identification and/or Machine
Learning. Experience with nonlinear (including LPV) systems, identification
& control, support vector machines and statistics is highly advantageous.
The candidate should be willing to start on short notice, preferably in
January 2012. A good command of the English language is required.

Conditions of employment:

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including flexible working
conditions, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of
assembling a customized compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary
and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch
Universities. Salary scale: €2379 to €3755 per month gross.

Information and application:

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. R. Toth,
e-mail: To apply, please send 1) a detailed CV, 2)
a letter of application, 3) a summary of your PhD thesis, 4) a list of
publications, 5) copy of 3 relevant papers, and 6) the names and contact
data of three professional reference persons, all written in English. Please
e-mail your application materials as soon as possible to Annemarie Gerretsen, The vacancy is open till a suitable candidate
 is found.


6.14 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 05 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

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


6.15 Research Fellow: Australian National University
Contributed by: Matt James,

Research Fellow

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Australian National University

Level B

Fixed term: 2 years

Position Description

We are seeking to appoint Research Fellows to contribute to the research in a
project funded by the Australian Research Council and involving researchers at
ANU, UNSW@ADFA, and Aberystwyth University (UK). The aim of this project is to
address fundamental stabilization problems in quantum feedback control systems,
leading to new systematic methods of designing controllers for the nonlinear
quantum systems arising in emerging areas of quantum technology. The appointee
will also have the opportunity to carry out independent research on related topics,
depending on the interests of the appointee, and to interact and collaborate with
a team of Canberra-based and international quantum control researchers.

Applicants are expected to have a PhD in physics, mathematics, or engineering.
A relevant background in quantum physics, mathematics or control theory is also
required. Applicants with a strong background in quantum probability and stochastic
processes are particularly encouraged to apply.

We are also seeking PhD students to work in this research field.


Matthew James, T: +61 2 6125 4889, E:

Application procedure and closing date:

Selection criteria are available upon request.  The closing date is December 31,
2011; however, consideration of applications will be on going until the position
is filled.


6.16 Faculty: University of California at Santa Barbara
Contributed by: Joao Hespanha,

Assistant Professor — Tenure-track
Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the College of
Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara is seeking applications
for a tenure-track, assistant professor position with a start date of Fall
Quarter, 2012.

Candidates must have a Ph.D., demonstrate the ability to develop a highly successful
independent research program, and participate effectively in the teaching of the ECE
curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

We will consider candidates with backgrounds and interests in any area of electrical
and computer engineering, including emerging and interdisciplinary areas which have
strong overlap with ECE.

Applications must include:

Statement of teaching philosophy
Brief (3-page limit) statement of research interests
Names and addresses of at least three references
Applications should be submitted online at

Screening will begin December 15, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, including minorities, women, and
persons with disabilities. The Department is especially interested in candidates
who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through
research, teaching and service.


6.17 Faculty: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu,

Title: JOB OPENING: Tenure-track Faculty Position in Engineering Physics

The Physical Sciences Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University invites
applications for an assistant professor tenure-track faculty position to begin
in the fall of 2012.  We are seeking candidates with broad expertise in (preferably
experimental or observational) research matching our existing areas of focus
including dynamics and control, spacecraft instrumentation, space physics, upper
atmosphere physics and remote sensing.

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in physics, engineering or a closely
related field, have a promising research record and is expected to pursue an externally
funded research program.

The Physical Sciences Department offers BS, MS and PhD degrees in Engineering Physics
and a BS degree in Space Physics; the candidate should therefore have a strong interest
in teaching engineering and physics topics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Review of applications will begin immediately and this position will be open until filled.
Applications should include: a cover letter addressing how your experience fits the job
description, curriculum vitae, complete publication list , names and addresses of three
referees, and statements of teaching philosophy and anticipated research program(s).

Applications may be submitted to (Associate Department Chair)
or (Search Committee Chair).


6.18 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
Contributed by: Qiu Xiang,

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.


6.19 Faculty: Nanyang Technological University
Contributed by: D. Mahinda Vilathgamuwa,

Assistant Professors in Clean and Renewable Energy Systems,
Power Systems/Power Electronics
The Division of Power Engineering invites outstanding applicants to the tenure-
track posts of Assistant Professor in one or more areas of Clean and Renewable
Energy Systems, Power Systems/Power Electronics.

Clean and Renewable Energy Systems: candidates in renewable energy research will
be considered although preference may be given to those with proven expertise in
wind, tidal energy and grid-integration. Experience in electrical machine design
or computational electromagnetics would be an added advantage.

Power Systems/Power Electronics: candidates with expertise in electrical transmission
and distribution network technology, and/or power converters for utility applications
shall be considered. Experience in condition monitoring and protection would be an
added advantage.

Fresh PhD graduates would be considered although preferences are given to those
with post-doctoral and/or relevant working experience in research institutions/

Application Procedure:

Please indicate clearly the post applied for (i.e., Assistant Professors --
Clean and Renewable Energy Systems, Power Systems/Power Electronics) when submitting
an application or inquiring about this job announcement.

To apply, please refer to the Guidelines for Submitting an Application for Faculty
Appointment (
and send your application (cover letter and a full CV) via email to:  Professor SS
Choi ( Electronic submission of applications is encouraged.
Only short-listed candidates will be notified. Application Deadline:  Open until


6.20 Faculty: NYU Poly
Contributed by: Z.P. Jiang,

ndustry Professor Position in Systems Engineering

Outstanding applications are solicited for an opening in Systems Engineering at
the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Poly. Our school is
located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York. Desirable candidates should have a PhD
degree in Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related areas. Preference
will be given to the candidates who have an industrial experience. This is a
continuing, contract-based position and the salary is commensurate with the
candidate's experience. If interested, please send your resume with a list of
publications to Professor Jiang via email at


6.21 Faculty: Washington University in St. Louis
Contributed by: Hiro Mukai,

Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis
Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

The Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the
assistant professor level for the fall 2012 academic year. Well qualified
candidates at the associate and full professor levels will also be considered.
Candidates should be exceptionally strong, possess novel and creative visions
of research, and commit gladly to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate
levels. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering,
Systems Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related fields. Technical areas
of interest include, but are not limited to, systems and control, computational
mathematics, optimization, applied statistics, stochastic processes, signal
processing and imaging. Applications include biology, energy, the environment,
robotics, network sciences, and modeling of physical and complex systems. In
addition to teaching, successful candidates are expected to conduct research,
publish in peer-reviewed journals, and participate in department and University

Washington University in St. Louis is a medium-size private university of
approximately 6000 undergraduate and 6000 graduate and professional students,
which enjoys high academic standing and a strong and growing national reputation.
In U.S. News & World Report, Washington University is ranked 13th among national
universities. The ESE department presently has 13 full-time tenured and tenure-
track and 4 senior faculty. There are approximately 150 undergraduate students,
and 70 graduate students. The Department is moving into a new building, the
Preston M. Green Hall with state-of-the art facilities, in Fall 2011 and is
in an expansion mode. The department offers separate undergraduate and graduate
degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Systems Science and Engineering. The
University is located in a semi-urban area, adjacent to Forest Park, with many
cultural and recreational activities. More information on the department is
available at Applications will be accepted immediately,
and interviews will begin soon.

Applicants should prepare in electronic format (PDF) a letter of interest, a
curriculum vitae, a list of at least 5 academic or professional references, and
statements of vision for both research and teaching. Complete details can be found
at: openings.aspx.

Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
employer, and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Employment
eligibility verification required upon employment.