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E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
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April 2012


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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 Call for Proposals: IEEE CSS Outreach Fund
1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.3 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

2. Books
2.1 Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory
2.2 Control Systems with Saturating Inputs Analysis Tools and Advanced Design

3. Journals
3.1 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
3.2 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
3.3 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
3.4 Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
3.5 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
3.6 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems
3.7 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
3.8 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
3.9 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
3.10 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
3.11 CFP: Control Engineering Practice Journal
3.12 CFP: Journal of Control Theory and Applications
3.13 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
3.14 CFP: Wiley Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing
4. Conferences
4.1 International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision
4.2 IFAC Joint Conference
4.3 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications
4.4 International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing
4.5 Australian Control Conference
4.6 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
4.7 International Symposium on Environment-Friendly Energies and Applications
4.8 IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems

5.  Workshops
5.1 Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control
5.2 DESTECS Summer School on Embedded Systems Design
5.3 ACC'12: Modeling, Control, and Optimization for Aerospace Systems
5.4 ACC'12: Health Management and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aircraft

6.  Positions
6.1 PhD: INRIA Lille Research Center, France
6.2 PhD: Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research
6.3 PhD: Cranfield University, England
6.4 PhD: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
6.5 PhD: University of Poitiers, France
6.6 Post-Doc: Czech Technical University in Prague
6.7 Post-Doc: University of Padova, Italy
6.8 Post-Doc: LTH, Lund University, Sweden
6.9 Post-Doc: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
6.10 Post-Doc: Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
6.11 Faculty: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy
6.12 Faculty: University of Sheffield
6.13 Researcher: London School of Economics
6.14 Researcher: University of Melbourne
6.15 Researcher: University of Aberdeen
6.16 Researcher: University of Melbourne, Australia


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 Call for Proposals: IEEE CSS Outreach Fund
Contributed by: Gary Balas, balas@umn.edu

Control Systems Society Outreach Fund

The call for Proposals for the CSS Outreach Fund is Now Open.
Proposals for the second round of the 2012 CSS Outreach Fund
will be accepted through May 31, 2012.

IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Outreach Fund provides financial
resources 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 2012, the IEEE Control Systems Society has allocated $150,000
for the Outreach Fund.  Nine projects were funded from the first
round of proposals. We hope to support approximately 4
additional projects with 2012 funds. For more information
see the IEEE CSS Outreach Fund website.


1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

Please note that the contents of the IEEE-Transactions on Automatic Control,
together with links to the abstracts of the papers may be found at the TAC web
site: http://www.nd.edu/~ieeetac/contents.html

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 57
(2012), Issue 3 (March)


Discrete Abstractions of Nonlinear Systems Based on Error Propagation Analysis
Y. Tazaki, J-i. Imura P. 550

L1 Adaptive Controller for Uncertain Nonlinear Multi-Input Multi-Output Systems
with Input Quantization
H. Sun, N. Hovakimyan, T. Basar p. 565

Network Stability under Alpha Fair Bandwidth Allocation with General File Size
F. Paganini, A. Tang, A. Ferragut, L. L. H. Andrew p. 579

Dual Averaging for Distributed Optimization: Convergence Analysis and Network
J. Duchi, A. Agarwal, M. Wainwright p. 592

Volterra Integral Approach to Impulsive Renewal Systems: Application to
Networked Control
D. Antunes, J. P. Hespanha, C. Silvestre p. 607

Distributed Receding Horizon Control of Vehicle Platoons: Stability and
String Stability
W. B. Dunbar, D. Caveney p. 620

A Sparsification Approach to Set Membership Identification of Switched
Affine Systems
N. Ozay, M. Sznaier, C. M. Lagoa, O. I. Camps p. 634

Lagrange Stabilization of Pendulum-like Systems: A Pseudo H-infinity
Control Approach
H. Ouyang, I. Petersen, V. Ugrinovskii p. 649

Connectivity and Set Tracking of Multi-agent Systems Guided by Multiple
Moving Leaders
G. Shi, Y. Hong, K. H. Johansson p. 663

Kalman Filtering with Intermittent Observations: Tail Distribution and
Critical Value
Y. Mo, B. Sinopoli p. 677

Second-Order Systems with Acceleration Measurements (FP-10-390)
B. Jacob, K. Morris p. 690

Lyapunov-based Boundary Control for A Class of Hyperbolic Lotka-Volterra Systems
L. Pavel, L. Chang p. 701

Technical Notes and Correspondence

On Optimal Partial Broadcasting of Wireless Sensor Networks for Kalman Filtering
Q-S. Jia, L. Shi, Y. Mo, B. Sinopoli p. 715

Slow-fast Controller Decomposition Bumpless Transfer for Adaptive Switching
S.-Y. Cheong, M. G. Safonov p. 721

High-gain Observer-based Estimation of Parameter Variations with Delay Alignment
X. DAI, Z. Gao, T. V. Breikin, H. Wang p. 726

On the Observability of Continuous-Time Switched Linear Systems Under Partially
Unknown Inputs
D. Gomez-Gutierrez, A. Ramirez-Trevino, J. Ruiz-Leon, S. Di Gennaro p. 732

How Nonlinear Parametric Wiener System Identification Is under Gaussian Inputs?
E-W. Bai, Z. Cai p. 738

On the reachability and observability of path and cycle graphs
G. Parlangeli, G. Notarstefano p. 743

Sampling theorem for periodic ripple problem
H. Katoh p. 748

Synchronization in complex networks with stochastically switching coupling
B. Liu, W. Lu, T. Chen p. 754

A Riccati based Interior Point Algorithm for the Computation in Constrained
Stochastic MPC
M. Shin, J. A. Primbs p. 760

On the Performance of Optimal Input Signals for Frequency Response Estimation
B. Wahlberg, H. Hjalmarsson, P. Stoica p. 766

On Immediate, Delayed and Anticipatory Activation of Anti-windup Mechanism:
Static Anti-windup Case
X. Wu, Z. Lin p. 771

Variable Structure Control For Singularly Perturbed Linear Continuous Systems
with Matched Disturbances
T. Nguyen, W-C. Su, Z. Gajic p. 777

Quantized Dissensus in Networks of Agents subject to Death and Duplication
D. Bauso, L. GiarrÈ, R. Pesenti p. 783

Lower Bounds on the Infima in Some H-infinity Optimization Problems
S. Wahls, H. Boche p. 788

Robust Team Decision Theory
A. Gattami, B. M. Bernhardsson, A. Rantzer p. 794

Verification of Codiagnosability for Discrete Event Systems Modeled by Mealy
Automata with Nondeterministic Output Functions
S. Takai, T. Ushio p. 798

Distributed Optimization for MPC of Linear Networks with Uncertain Dynamics
E. Camponogara, M. L. Lima p. 804

Comments on ``Decentralized Stabilization of Interconnected Systems With
Time-Varying Delays"
X-S. Xiao, Z-Z. Mao, J. Liu, D. Yue, S. Hu, Z. Gu p. 809

Author's Reply to "Comments on 'Decentralized Stabilization of Interconnected
Systems With Time-Varying Delays' "
M. S. Mahmoud p. 811


1.3 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Contributed by: Thomas Parisini, eic-ieeetcst@units.it

Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 20
(2012), Issue 2 (March)

T.Parisini page 289

2011 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award
page 291


Guest Editorial
Introduction to the Special Section on Advanced Servo Control for Emerging
Data Storage Systems
G. Cherubini, C. C. Chung, W. C. Messner, and S. O. R. Moheimani, page 292


Control Methods in Data-Storage Systems
G. Cherubini, C. C. Chung, W. C. Messner, and S. O. R.Moheimani page 296

Time-Optimal ControlWith Pre/Post Actuation for Dual-Stage Systems
S. Devasia page 323

Reference Signal Shaping for Closed-Loop SystemsWith Application to Seeking
in Hard Disk Drives
U. Boettcher, D. Fetzer, H. Li, R. A. de Callafon, and F. E. Talke page 335

Robust Fast Seek Control of a Servo TrackWriter Using a State Space Disturbance
S.-H. Lee, H. J. Kang, and C. C. Chung page 346

Modified Bode Plots for Robust Performance in SISO Systems With Structured and
Unstructured Uncertainties
T. Atsumi and W. C. Messner page 356

Servo-Pattern Design and Track-Following Control for Nanometer Head Positioning
on Flexible Tape Media
M. A. Lantz, G. Cherubini, A. Pantazi, and J. Jelitto page 369

Nanopositioning With Multiple Sensors: A Case Study in Data Storage
A. Sebastian and A. Pantazi page 382


Final-State Control Using a Time-Symmetric Polynomial Input
M. Hirata and F. Ueno page 395

Optimal H-inf Control Design and Implementation of Hard Disk DrivesWith Irregular
Sampling Rates
J. Nie, E. Sheh, and R. Horowitz page 402

A Minimum Parameter Adaptive Approach for Rejecting Multiple Narrow-Band Disturbances
With Application to Hard Disk Drives
X. Chen and M. Tomizuka page 408

A Discrete-Time Single-Parameter Combined Feedforward/Feedback Adaptive-Delay
Algorithm With Applications to Piezo-Based Raster Tracking
J. A. Butterworth, L. Y. Pao, and D. Y. Abramovitch page 416


Trajectory Exploration of a Rigid Motorcycle Model
A. Saccon, J. Hauser, and A. Beghi page 424

2-DOF Control of a Fire-Rescue Turntable Ladder
N. Zimmert, A. Pertsch, and O. Sawodny page 438

Tracking of Triangular References Using Signal Transformation for Control of
a Novel AFM Scanner Stage
A. Bazaei, Y. K. Yong, S. O. R. Moheimani, and A. Sebastian page 453


Fractional Order Periodic Adaptive Learning Compensation for State-Dependent
Periodic Disturbance
Y. Luo, Y. Q. Chen, H.-S. Ahn, and Y. G. Pi page 465

Robust Force Controller for Industrial Robots: Optimal Design and Real-Time
Implementation on a KUKA Robot
P. Bigras, M. Lambert, and C. Perron page 473

Euclidean Position Estimation of Static Features Using a Moving Uncalibrated Camera
N. Nath, D. M. Dawson, and E. Tatlicioglu page 480

Interval Modeling and Robust Control of Piezoelectric Microactuators
S. Khadraoui, M. Rakotondrabe, and P. Lutz page 486

Wide-Area Control of Power Systems Through Delayed Network Communication
S. Wang, X. Meng, and T. Chen page 495

Supervisory Predictive Control for Long-Term Scheduling of an Integrated Wind
/Solar Energy Generation and Water Desalination System
W. Qi, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides page 504

A Matching Pursuit Algorithm Approach to Chaser-Target Formation Flying Problems
P. Massioni, F. Ankersen, and M. Verhaegen page 513

Lyapunov-Based Control Scheme for Single-Phase Grid-Connected PV Central Inverters
C. Meza, D. Biel, D. Jeltsema, and J. M. A. Scherpen page 520

Robust Second-Order Controller Synthesis for Model Matching of Interval Plants
and Its Application to Servo Motor Control
Y.-W. Tu and M.-T. Ho page 530

Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation for the Reaction Control System Using PWM-Based
Limit Cycle Analysis
S. W. Jeon and S. Jung page 538

Route Preview in Energy Management of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
C. Zhang and A. Vahidi page 546

Design and Tuning of Reduced Order H-Infinity Feedforward Compensators for
Active Vibration Control
M. Alma, J. J. Martinez, I. D. Landau, and G. Buche page 554


Comments on “Chattering Free Robust Control for Nonlinear Systems”
R. Potluri page 562

Authors’ Reply to “Comments on ‘Chattering Free Robust Control for Nonlinear
Y. Xu and N. Li page 563


2. Books

2.1 Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory
Contributed by: Julie Haenisch, julie_haenisch@press.princeton.edu

New from Princeton University Press

Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory: A Concise Introduction
by Daniel Liberzon

Cloth | 2012 | $75.00 / £52.00 | ISBN: 9780691151878

256 pp. | 7 x 10 | 63 line illus.

"A very scholarly and concise introduction to optimal control theory. Liberzon
nicely balances rigor and accessibility, and provides fascinating historical
perspectives and thought-provoking exercises. A course based on this book will
be a pleasure to take."--Andrew R. Teel, University of California, Santa Barbara

This textbook offers a concise yet rigorous introduction to calculus of variations
and optimal control theory, and is a self-contained resource for graduate students
in engineering, applied mathematics, and related subjects. Designed specifically
for a one-semester course, the book begins with calculus of variations, preparing
the ground for optimal control. It then gives a complete proof of the maximum
principle and covers key topics such as the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman theory of
dynamic programming and linear-quadratic optimal control.

Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory also traces the historical
development of the subject and features numerous exercises, notes and references
at the end of each chapter, and suggestions for further study.

-Offers a concise yet rigorous introduction
-Requires limited background in control theory or advanced mathematics
-Provides a complete proof of the maximum principle
-Uses consistent notation in the exposition of classical and modern topics
-Traces the historical development of the subject
-Solutions manual (available only to teachers)

Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780691151878 (2012)


2.2 Control Systems with Saturating Inputs Analysis Tools and Advanced Design
Contributed by: Maria Letizia Corradini, letizia.corradini@unicam.it

Control Systems with Saturating Inputs
Analysis Tools and Advanced Design

Series: Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Vol. 424

Corradini, M.L., Cristofaro, A., Giannoni, F., Orlando, G.
2012, 2012, XII, 140 p. 33 illus., 3 in color.

Softcover, ISBN 978-1-4471-2505-1
Publisher: Springer


Design techniques are presented with specific reference to robustness with
respect to matched bounded disturbances, both in the continuous-time and in
the discrete-time framework. Some topics are rounded out with results obtained
through experiments with actual plants
Working examples are discussed at the end of each section with reference to
the applicability of results. Mathematical details which are outside the normal
province of control engineers are presented in an appendix for the interested

Introduction.- Estimation of the null controllable region: Continuous-time plants.
- Estimation of the null controllable region: Discrete-time plants.
- Control Design Issues: Continuous-time plants.
- Control Design Issues: Discrete-time plants.


3.  Journals

3.1 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.14, No.1 January, 2012

Review paper:

1. Paper Title: A Critical Review of the Most Popular Types of Neuro Control
Authors: Morteza Mohammadzaheri, Lei Chen and Steven Grainger

Regular papers:

1. Paper Title: LMI-Based Stability Analysis of Linear Hybrid Systems with
Application to Switched Control of a Refrigeration Process
Authors: Chaohong Cai and Stevo Mijanovic

2. Paper Title: Control of Antagonistic Swarm Dynamics via Lyapunov's Method
Authors: Daniel A. Sierra, Paul McCullough, Nejat Olgac and Eldridge Adams

3. Paper Title: Adaptive Rejection of Disturbances Having Two Sinusoidal
with Close and Unknown Frequencies
Authors: Xiuyan Guo and Marc Bodson

4. Paper Title: A Comparison between the Algebraic and the Reduced Order
Observer Approaches for On-Line Load Torque Estimation in a Unit Power Factor
Rectifier-DC Motor System
Authors: J. Linares-Flores, H. Sira-Ramírez, E. Yescas-Mendoza and J. J. Vásquez-Sanjuan

5. Paper Title: Two Relay Controller for Real Time Trajectory Generation and its
Application to Inverted Orbital Stabilization of Inertia Wheel Pendulum via
Quasi-Continuous HOSM
Authors: Antonio Estrada, Luis T. Aguilar, Rafael Iriarte and Leonid Fridman

6. Paper Title: Induction Motor Control Based on Adaptive Passivity
Authors: Manuel A. Duarte-Mermoud, Juan C. Travieso-Torres, Ian S. Pelissier and
Humberto A. González

7. Paper Title: Output Feedback Integral Sliding Mode Controller of Time-
Delay Systems with Mismatch Disturbances
Authors: Huan-Chan Ting, Jeang-Lin Chang and Yon-Ping Chen

8. Paper Title: Stabilization and SDG Condition of Serially Connected Vibrating
Strings System with Discontinuous Displacement
Authors: Zhong-Jie Han and Gen-Qi Xu

9. Paper Title: Design of non-fragile guaranteed-cost repetitive-control system
based on two-dimensional model
Authors: Min Wu, Yonghong Lan, Jinhua She and Yong He

10. Paper Title: Decay Rate and l2 Gain Analysis for the Particle Swarm Optimization
Authors: Yuji Wakasa, Kanya Tanaka, Takuya Akashi and Yuki Nishimura

11. Paper Title: Learning Automata based Multi-agent System Algorithms for Finding
Optimal Policies in Markov Games
Authors: Behrooz Masoumi and Mohammad Reza Meybodi

12. Paper Title: Stability Analysis and H-infty Control Design for a Class of
Nonlinear Time-Delay Systems
Authors: Renming Yang and Yuzhen Wang

13. Paper Title: A Simple Suboptimal Siphon-Based Control Model of a Well-Known S3PR
Authors: Daniel Chao and Guan Jun Liu

14. Paper Title: Linear-Quadratic Optimal Control and Nonzero-Sum Differential Game
of Forward-Backward Stochastic System
Author: Zhiyong Yu

15. Paper Title: Stability analysis of  Euler-Bernoulli beam with input delay in
the boundary control
Authors: Ying Feng Shang, Gen Qi Xu and Yun Lan Chen

16. Paper Title: New Delay-dependent Stability Criteria for Descriptor Systems with
Interval Time Delay
Author: Cuihong Wang

17. Paper Title: State-feedback Stabilization for Stochastic High-order Nonlinear
Systems with SISS Inverse Dynamics
Authors: Liang Liu and Xue-Jun Xie

18. Paper Title: A Deadlock Prevention Approach for Flexible Manufacturing Systems
with Uncontrollable Transitions in their Petri Net
Author: Rongming Zhu

19. Paper Title: A New Stepping Design Method and Its Application in Chaotic Systems
Authors: Hua Wang, Xiao-Jin Zhu, Zheng-Zhi Han and Shou-Wei Gao

20. Paper Title: Active Disturbance Rejection Control for Power Plant with a
Single Loop
Authors: Yuanqing Xia, Bo Liu and Mengyin Fu

Brief papers:

1. Paper Title: Adaptive Synchronization of Master-Slave Systems with Mixed Neutral
and Discrete Time-Delays and Nonlinear Perturbations
Authors: Hamid Reza Karimi, Mauricio Zapateiro, and Ningsu Luo

2. Paper Title: Supervisory Control Based on Closed-loop Adaptive Control Approach
of Nonlinear Systems: Application to CSTR Process
Authors: H. Lehouche, H. Guéguen and B. Mendil

3. Paper Title: Design of Periodic Output Feedback and Fast Output Sampling Based
Controllers for Systems with Slow and Fast Modes
Authors: A. P. Tiwari, G. Datatreya Reddy and B. Bandyopadhyay

4. Paper Title: A Best Deadlock Control for S3PMR to Reach All States
Authors: Daniel Y. Chao, Ting-Yu Chen, Jiun-Ting Chen and Kuo-Chiang Wu

5. Paper Title: Construction of Nonpathological Lyapunov Functions for Discontinuous
Systems with Caratheodory Solutions
Authors: Alireza Faraji Armaki, Naser Pariz and Rajab Asgharian

6. Paper Title: Global Mean-Square Exponential Stabilization of Stochastic System
with Time Delay via Impulsive Control
Authors: Shiguo Peng, Yun Zhang and Siming Yu

7. Paper Title: Nonlinear Model Predictive Control With Regulable Computational Cost
Authors: Y. Q. He and J. D. Han


3.2 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
Contributed by: Changan Jiang, c.a.jiang@nagoya.riken.jp

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, vol. 3, no. 5/6, 2011
The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:
Guest Editors: Shengjun Wen
pp. 325

The application of wireless sensor network in feeder automation
Shihong Miao; Yulin Fu; Yongqing Li
pp. 326-333

Capacity planning strategies for an IT service firm with skilled workforce
Tian He; HongXun Jiang
pp. 334-345

Wind speed prediction and error distribution based on rational sample organisation
for Elman recursion neural networks
Junfang Li; Buhan Zhang; Chengxiong Mao
pp. 346-354

Simple adaptive control using neural networks with offset error reduction for an
SISO magnetic levitation system
Muhammad Yasser; Ikuro Mizumoto
pp. 355-364

Experimental research on performance of vertical-axis three-hastate wind wheel
Lei Song; Zong-Xiao Yang; Hang-Hang Yang; Shu-Qi Hou
pp. 365-374

Regular Papers
Robust adaptive control for flap positioning system with SMA actuators-inverse
Duhem model-based approach
Ying Feng; Camille Alain Rabbath; Mingcong Deng; Chun-Yi Su
pp. 375-383

Design and data analysis for a belt-for-blind for visual impaired people
Eklas Hossain; Raisuddin Khan; Ahad Ali
pp. 384-397


3.3 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
Contributed by: Changan Jiang, c.a.jiang@nagoya.riken.jp

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, vol. 4, no. 1, 2012
The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:
Guest Editors: Ikuro Mizumoto
pp. 1-2

Identifying individuals from gait pattern using waist-mounted accelerometer
Yuexiang Li; Xiaobo Wang; Feng Qiao
pp. 3-10

Anti-theft monitoring system for street lamp cable
Xiangjun Zeng; Guangming Jin; Yuanyuan Wang; Xiaoxi Hu
pp. 11-17

EHV transmission lines fault protection with HHT energy spectrum
Aixiang Zeng; Xiao'an Qin; Yuanyuan Wang; Hui Pan
pp. 18-24

Compensation of play operator-based Prandtl-Ishlinskii hysteresis model using
a stop operator with application to piezoelectric actuators
Zhi Li; Omar Aljanaideh; Subhash Rakheja; Chun-Yi Su; Mohammad Al Janaideh
pp. 25-31

Grasp and transport control for a chopsticks-type robot using work control
Yojiro Yamasaki; Toru Tsumugiwa; Ryuichi Yokogawa
pp. 32-40

Regular Papers
Adaptive control method for path tracking of wheeled mobile robot considering
parameter changes
Yina Wang; Shuoyu Wang; Renpeng Tan; Yinlai Jiang
pp. 41-49

Development of an AE-based system for workpiece datum determination on a
micro milling machine
Tunde Isaac Ogedengbe
pp. 50-55

Compensation for the effect of feedforward controller's switching on isolation
table using flow meter
Habiburahman Shirani; Yukinori Nakamura; Shinji Wakui
pp. 56-63


3.4 Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
Contributed by: Rosanna Denning,rosanna.denning@oup.com

A new issue of IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information is now
available online. The Table of Contents below can be viewed at:

M. Hajatipour and M. Farrokhi
Increasing accuracy in non-linear sliding-mode observers without decreasing
sampling time using frequency domain analysis

Jaafar AlMutawa
Robust Kalman smoother for EIV state space model based on multivariate least
trimmed squares estimator

Marianna A. Shubov
Spectrum rearrangement via feedback control for nonhomogeneous damped string

Nedia Aouani, Salah Salhi, Mekki Ksouri, and Germain Garcia
H2 analysis for LPV systems by parameter-dependent Lyapunov functions

Valery Y. Glizer and Emilia Fridman
Stability of singularly perturbed functional-differential systems: spectrum
analysis and LMI approaches

Erwin Susanto, Mitsuaki Ishitobi, Sadaaki Kunimatsu, and Daisuke Matsunaga
A minimal-order observer-based guaranteed cost controller for uncertain time-
varying delay systems

Xiaodi Li and Xilin Fu
Lag synchronization of chaotic delayed neural networks via impulsive control


3.5 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
Contributed by: Lars Gruene, lars.gruene@uni-bayreuth.de

Table of Contents, Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS),
Volume 24, Number 1-2,
Special Issue on Robust Stability and Control of Large-Scale Nonlinear Systems,
Guest Editors: Sergey N. Dashkovskiy, Zhong-Ping Jiang und Björn S. Rüffer,

Editorial: Special issue on robust stability and control of large-scale nonlinear
systems, Sergey N. Dashkovskiy, Zhong-Ping Jiang und Björn S. Rüffer, 1-2

Numerical construction of LISS Lyapunov functions under a small-gain condition,
Roman Geiselhart und Fabian Wirth, 3-32

Input-to-state stability analysis for interconnected difference equations with
delay, Rob H. Gielen, Mircea Lazar und Andrew R. Teel, 33-54

Necessary conditions for global asymptotic stability of networks of iISS systems,
Hiroshi Ito, 55-74

Quantized stabilization of strict-feedback nonlinear systems based on ISS cyclic-
small-gain theorem, Tengfei Liu, Zhong-Ping Jiang und David J. Hill, 75-110

ISS-Lyapunov functions for time-varying hyperbolic systems of balance laws,
Christophe Prieur und Frédéric Mazenc, 111-134

Global uniform input-to-state stabilization of large-scale interconnections of
MIMO generalized triangular form switched systems, Sergey Dashkovskiy und
Svyatoslav Pavlichkov, 135-168

Desynchronization and inhibition of Kuramoto oscillators by scalar mean-field
feedback, Alessio Franci, Antoine Chaillet, Elena Panteley und Françoise
Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, 169-217


3.6 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems
Contributed by: Michael Whitaker, journals@actapress.com

Control and Intelligent Systems
Editor-in-chief: Prof. Clarence W. de Silva


Table of Contents

Current issue:
Volume 40, Number 2 (April 2012)

Improvement of Efficiency of an FLC Based IPMSM Drive by Incorporating Loss
Minimization Algorithm
Mohammad N. Uddin, Ronald S. Rebeiro

A Robust Controller Based on Fractional Structure for MIMO Plant with
Multiple Delays
Moussa Sedraoui, Sofiane Gherbi, Samir Abdelmalek

Tuning Employing Fuzzy and ANFIS for a pH Process
Komala S. Saji, Madhavan Sasikumar

Frequency Domain Approach for Sliding Mode Control of DC–DC Buck Converter
Sumant G. Kadwane

Design of Integral Sliding Mode Observers for State, Fault and Unknown
Input Reconstruction
Rahul Sharma, Mohammad Aldeen

Design of Optimal Discrete Sliding Mode Controllers
Mija S.J., Susy Thomas

About Control and Intelligent Systems
First published in 1972, this journal covers all aspects of control theory
and related computational techniques and practical applications. Apart from
conventional control, the journal publishes papers in the field of intelligent
control and soft computing; particularly, intelligent systems, fuzzy logic,
neural networks, genetic algorithms/evolutionary computing, and probabilistic
techniques. It also includes book reviews, conference notices, calls for papers,
and announcements of new publications.


3.7 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Contributed by: Gamar Mammadova, f_aliev@hotmail.com

TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 3, No.1, 2012
ISSN 2076-2585

1.Elliptic Systems in the Plane with Singular Coefficients along Lines
D.K. Akhmed-Zaki, N.T. Danaev, A. Tungatarov

2.Numerical Solution of General Singular Perturbation Boundary Value Problems
Based on Adaptive Cubic Spline
R. Mohammadi

3.Caliber, Precaliber, and the Shanin Number of Hyperspaces
R. Beshimov

4.Linear Lyapunov Functions for Volterra Quadratic Stochastic Operators
U.U. Jamilov

5.Continuity of Fuzzy Approximate Additive Mappings
A.Zohri, N. Eghbali

6.Stochastic Structural System Parameters Identification Approach for Validation
of Finite Element Models: Industrial Applications
A.A. Kasimzade, S. Tuhta

7.On Vague Bi-Ideals and Vague Weakly Completely Prime Ideals in Г-Semigroups
B. Davvaz, S.K. Majumder

8.Boundary Value Problems for Pseudohyperbolic Equations with a Variable Time
S.V. Potapova

9.Mathematical Models for Independent Computer Presentation of Turkic Languages
P.S. Pankov, B.J. Bayachorova , M. Juraev

10.The Whole Group of Proper Motions of the Minkowski Metric in an Arbitrary
Dimension Space
N.N. Popov

11.Gradient in the Optimal Control Problem for the Non-Linear System of the
Hyperbolic Equations with Non-Local Boundary Conditions
H.F. Guliyev, Y.A. Sharifov

12.The Solution of Coupled Modified KdV System by the Homotopy Analysis Method
M. Ghoreishi, A.I.B.Md. Ismail, A. Rashid



3.8 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by" Thomas Meurer, cep@acin.tuwien.ac.at

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 20
Issue 5
May 2012

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Kexin Xing, Yongji Wang, Quanmin Zhu, Hanying Zhou, Modeling and control of
McKibben artificial muscle enhanced with echo state networks, Pages 477-488

Chris T. Freeman, Constrained point-to-point iterative learning control with
experimental verification, Pages 489-498

José David Rojas, Xavier Flores-Alsina, Ulf Jeppsson, Ramón Vilanova, Application
of multivariate virtual reference feedback tuning for wastewater treatment plant
control, Pages 499-510

Qiang Liu, Tianyou Chai, S. Joe Qin, Fault diagnosis of continuous annealing processes
using a reconstruction-based method, Pages 511-518

Piotr Niemczyk, Jan Dimon Bendtsen, Anders Peter Ravn, Palle Andersen, Tom Søndergaard
Pedersen, Derivation and validation of a coal mill model for control, Pages 519-530

Fengjun Yan, Junmin Wang, Pressure-based transient intake manifold temperature
reconstruction in Diesel engines, Pages 531-538

Fernando D. Bianchi, Agustí Egea-Alvarez, Adrià Junyent-Ferré, Oriol Gomis-Bellmunt,
Optimal control of voltage source converters under power system faults, Pages 539-546

Thijs van Keulen, Dominique van Mullem, Bram de Jager, John T.B.A. Kessels, Maarten
Steinbuch, Design, implementation, and experimental validation of optimal power split
control for hybrid electric trucks, Pages 547-558

Call for Papers, Page 559


3.9 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
Contributed by: AMCS, amcs@uz.zgora.pl

International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS)

Special issue: Advances in Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems
Editors: Józef Korbicz, Didier Maquin, Didier Theilliol

Jamouli H., El Hail M.A. and Sauter D. A mixed active and passive GLR test for a
fault tolerant control system 9
Uciński D. Sensor network scheduling for identification of spatially distributed
processes 25 Yang F., Shah S.L. and
Xiao D. Signed directed graph based modeling and its validation from process
knowledge and process data 41
Ungermann M., Lunze J. and Schwarzmann D. Test signal generation for service
diagnosis based on local structural properties 55
Niemann H.H. A model-based approach to fault-tolerant control 67
Yang H., Jiang B., Cocquempot V. and Lu L. Supervisory fault tolerant control
with integrated fault detection and isolation: A switched system approach 87
Olive X. FDI(R) for satellites: How to deal with high availability and robustness
in the space domain? 99
Edwards C., Alwi H. and Tan C.P. Sliding mode methods for fault detection and
fault tolerant control with application to aerospace systems 109
Jain T., Yamé J.J. and Sauter D. Model-free reconfiguration mechanism for fault
tolerance 125
Weber P., Boussaid B., Khelassi A., Theilliol D. and Aubrun C. Reconfigurable
control design with integration of a reference governor and reliability indicators
Patton R.J., Chen L. and Klinkhieo S. An LPV pole-placement approach to friction
compensation as an FTC problem 149
Montes de Oca S., Puig V., Witczak M. and Dziekan Ł. Fault-tolerant control strategy
for actuator faults using LPV techniques: Application to a two degree of freedom
helicopter 161
Gáspár P., Szabó Z. and Bokor J. LPV design of fault-tolerant control for road
vehicles 173
Xu D., Jiang B. and Shi P. Nonlinear actuator fault estimation observer: An
inverse system approach via a T–S fuzzy model 183
Ichalal D., Marx B., Ragot J. and Maquin D. New fault tolerant control strategies
for nonlinear Takagi–Sugeno systems 197
Yetendje A., Seron M.M. and De Doná J. Robust multisensor fault tolerant model-
following MPC design for constrained systems 211
Patan K. and Korbicz J. Nonlinear model predictive control of a boiler unit: A
fault tolerant control study 225

Publisher: University of Zielona Góra and Lubuskie Scientific Society, Poland
ISSN: 1641-876X
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Józef Korbicz
Website: http://www.amcs.uz.zgora.pl
E-mail: amcs@uz.zgora.pl
Scope: modern control theory and practice; artificial intelligence methods and
their applications; applied mathematics and mathematical optimisation techniques;
mathematical methods in engineering, computer

science, and biology
Indexation: Science Citation Index Expanded, Journal Citation Reports/Science
Edition, Scopus-Elsevier, Google Scholar, INSPEC, EBSCO, MathSciNet, Mathematical
Reviews, Compendex, Zentralblatt MATH, Current

Mathematical Publications, Computer Abstracts International Database, Applied
Mechanics Reviews, ACM Digital Library, CSA Technology Research Database, CSA
High Technology Research Database with Aerospace,
Computer and Information Systems Abstracts, VINITI, BazTech, Polish Virtual
Library of Science/Mathematical Collection, Zielona Góra Digital Library
Impact Factor: 0.794 (2010), 0.684 (2009)

20th Jubilee: 1991-2011


3.10 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

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

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

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

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

Guest Editors:

Prof. Mingsian R. Bai
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
E-mail: msbai@pme.nthu.edu.tw

Dr. Lixi Huang
University of Hong Kong, China
E-mail: lixi@hkucc.hku.hk

Prof. Brian Mace
University of Auckland, New Zealand
E-mail: b.mace@auckland.ac.nz

Prof. Xiaojun Qiu
Nanjing University, China
E-mail: xjqiu@nju.edu.cn

Important Dates:

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

How to submit:

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

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

Professor Li-Chen Fu
Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524
National Taiwan University
Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-3366-3558
Fax: +886-2-2365-4267
E-mail: lichen@ntu.edu.tw

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


3.11 CFP: Control Engineering Practice Journal
Contributed by: Rui Huang, Huangr@utrc.utc.com

We would like to solicit contributions to a special issue in Control Engineering
Practice Journal on "Applications of Advanced Process Control Technology on
Industrial Systems".

Please find the official announcement at

Please note that the deadline for submission is August 15 2012.

For additional information, please contact one of the Guest Editors.
John Hedengren
Department of Chemical Engineering
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84604
Tel: +1 (0) 801 477 7341
E-mail: john.hedengren@byu.edu

Rui Huang
United Technologies Research Center
East Hartford, CT, USA
Tel: +1 (0) 860 610 7655
E-mail: huangr@utrc.utc.com

Srinivas Karra
Applied Manufacturing Technologies
Houston, TX, USA
Tel: +1 (0) 806 282 7626
E-mail: srinivas.karra@applied-mt.com

Jie Yu
Department of Chemical Engineering
McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Tel: +1 (0) 905 525 9140 x 27702
E-mail: jieyu@mcmaster.ca


3.12 CFP: Journal of Control Theory and Applications
Contributed by: Zou Tiefeng, tfzou@scut.edu.cn

Publisher: Editorial Office of Control Theory & Applications, South China
University of Technology, Guangzhou, China

This journal is an English-language journal founded in 2003. It publishes
papers on original, theoretical and experimental research and development
in the area of systems and control, including all aspects of control theory
and its applications.


3.13 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Diego Regruto, diego.regruto@polito.it

"Relaxation methods in identification and estimation problems"
A Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Considerable efforts have been devoted in the last years to the problem of
approximating the global solution of some classes of nonconvex optimization
problems. The common idea behind all these approaches is to construct specific
convex relaxations which are guaranteed to converge, under proper assumptions
and conditions, to the global optima of the original nonconvex problem. The
topic of convex relaxation is relevant for applications since many problems
from different engineering fields lead to nonconvex optimization problems whose
global optimal solution cannot be obtained exploiting common local optimization
algorithms (gradient method, etc.). In particular, the problem of convexification
of the estimation problems has become one of the major topics in system identification
in the last years; enforcements of stability constraints, parameter bounds computation
for errors-in-variables model structures, identification of hybrid and nonlinear
block-structured models, optimal input design for identification, initialization
of gradient-based identification algorithms, state estimation for linear Gaussian
Markov model and state smoothing by sum-of-norms regularization are only some examples.
The aim of this special issue is twofold: firstly, to highlight that many challenging
open problems in system identification and estimation can be reliably addressed if
a convexification/relaxation approach is taken; secondly, to show that the interplay
between the optimization and the control communities can suggest new exciting research
directions in identification and estimation problems.

The topics relevant to this special issue include (but are not limited to) the
following relaxation approaches to identification and estimation problems:

- Convex relaxations
– LMI/SDP relaxations
– L1-based sparsification approaches
– probabilistic/randomized methods
– rank/nuclear-norm minimization

Both theoretical and application-driven contributions are welcome.

Guest Editors:

Diego Regruto (Corresponding Guest Editor) Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica
Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 10129 Torino, Italy.
E-mail: diego.regruto@polito.it

Fabrizio Dabbene CNR-IEIIT c/o Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi,
24 10129 Torino, Italy.
E-mail: fabrizio.dabbene@polito.it

Daniel E. Rivera School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy Mail Stop
876106 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-6106, USA.
E-mail: daniel.rivera@asu.edu

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline: October 1, 2012;
Acceptance: April 2, 2013;
Tentative Publication: late 2013.

Submission Details:

All papers submitted to the special issue will be subject to peer review in
accordance with the established practices of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic
Control. Papers that do not fall within the scope of the special issue will be
returned to the authors without review, to enable resubmission as regular papers
through the normal channels.

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Corresponding Guest Editor,
Diego Regruto, through the Transactions submission site TACON at
http://css.paperplaza.net/journals/tac/scripts/login.pl. The TACON site will be
open for submissions starting May 1st 2012.
The manuscript format should follow the guidelines posted at the website:

For further details, please contact the Corresponding Guest Editor Diego Regruto
at diego.regruto@polito.it


3.14 CFP: Wiley Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Professor Ron J. Patton, r.j.patton@hull.ac.uk

Papers are invited for a special issue "Emerging Trends in Active Methods for
Fault Tolerant Control" for the Wiley Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal
Processing, closing date April 15th 2012. Prospective authors should view the
Call for Papers at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-1115 


4. Conferences

4.1 International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision
Contributed by: Han Wang, hw@ntu.edu.sg

The 12th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision
(ICARCV 2012), will be held in Guangzhou, China from 5 - 7 December 2012. We
trust that the areas covered by the conference match your research interests
and sincerely invite you to submit papers and participate in the conference.
Proposals for organizing invited sessions for ICARCV 2012 are also welcome.
More details on the conference can be found at the website http://www.icarcv.org/.
We would appreciate very much if you can help to forward this message to anyone
whom you think may be interested in the areas covered by the conference.

Best regards,

Publicity Co-chair, ICARCV 2012


4.2 IFAC Joint Conference
Contributed by: Koenig Damien, Damien.Koenig@esisar.grenoble-inp.fr

IFAC Joint Conference : http://www.gipsa-lab.fr/SSSC2013/

5th Symposium on System Structure and Control
11th Workshop on Time-Delay Systems
6th Workshop on Fractional Differentiation and its Applications
Grenoble (France)
February 4-6, 2013

Details : http://www.gipsa-lab.fr/SSSC2013/

Please could you recorded the above information.

4.3 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications
Contributed by: Chun-Yi Su, chunyi.su@gmail.com

2012 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications
(ICIRA 2012)
October 3-5, 2012, Montreal, Canada

It is our pleasure to announce The 2012 International Conference on Intelligent
Robotics and Applications (ICIRA 2012) will be held from October 3 - 5, 2012 in
Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is the perfect time to enjoy the splendid view of
maple leaves and experience the unique autumn feeling in Montreal. The conference
offers a unique and interesting platform for scientists, engineers and practitioners
throughout the world to present and share their most recent research and innovative
ideas in the areas of robotics, automation and mechatronics.

Selected papers will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Artificial

Important Dates
Invited Session Proposals: April 2, 2012
Submission of Papers: April 10, 2012
Paper Acceptance: June 10, 2012
Submission of Final Papers: July 10, 2012
Early Bird Registration: July 10, 2012
Conference: October 3-5, 2012

Contributed Papers
Prospective authors are invited to submit the full version of their manuscripts
in MS Word or LaTeX format. Detailed instructions for paper submission are
available on the conference website http://www.icira2012.org/

Invited Sessions
The conference will feature invited sessions on new topics and innovative
applications. These sessions will consist of 5-6 articles. Prospective organizers
should include a brief statement of purpose for the session as well as the abstracts
of the papers. Detailed instructions may refer to http://www.icira2012.org/

We are looking forward to seeing you in Montreal, Canada in October 2012.

General Chair:
Chun-Yi Su, Concordia University, Canada
General Co-Chairs:
Rama B. Bhat, Concordia University, Canada
Xiangyang Zhu, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ., China

Program Chair:
Subhash Rakheja, Concordia University, Canada
Program Co-Chairs:
Jangmyung Lee, Pusan National University, Korea
Camille Alain Rabbath, DRDC, Canada


4.4 International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing
Contributed by: Viorel Minzu, viorel.minzu@ugal.ro

16th International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing
ICSTCC 2012 Joint Conference
October 12 - 14, 2012

Technically co-sponsored by IEEE Control System Society.

The Joint Conference is for the third time organized in this format. The main
goal of this conference is to provide a multidisciplinary forum between researchers
from industry and academia to discuss state-of-the-art topics in system theory,
control and computing, and to present recent research results and prospects for
development in this evolving area. ICSTCC 2012 will feature several kinds of
presentations including invited and contributed papers, special sessions and poster

Invites speakers (Confirmed):
Florin G. FILIP (RO)
Frank L. LEWIS (USA)
Andreas VARGA (DE)

The conference will be hosted by the Palace Hotel, Sinaia. Sinaia is one of the
most famous and oldest mountain tourist resorts in Romania, known as “The Carpathian
Pearl”. Situated in breathtaking mountain scenery, Sinaia is located at 120 km distance
from Bucharest, on the Prahova Valley. Blending astonishing beauty of nature with
picturesque architecture, Sinaia is a formal royal residence.

The topics of this conference include, but not limited to:
1) Automation and Robotics (Linear and Nonlinear Control System Design, System
Identification and Modelling of Processes, Robust and Adaptive Control, Robotics
and Intelligent Control, Applications & Case Studies in Automation & Robotics,
Embedded Systems, Control Applications on Biotechnology, Energy etc.);
2) Computer Science and Engineering (Distributed Systems and Software Engineering,
Databases and Systems of Programs, Web services, Internet Security, Software Tools
and Methods, Cloud, Grid and High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence ,
Computer Architecture);
3) Electronics and Instrumentation (Modelling, Simulation and CAD Tools, Signal
Processing and Communication Systems, Linear and Nonlinear Circuits and Systems,
Evolutionary Electronics, Sustainable Energy).

May 1st, 2012: Submission of proposals for INVITED SESSIONS
May 15th, 2012: Submission of papers
July 5th, 2012: Notification of acceptance for papers and invited sessions
September 1st, 2012: Final camera ready manuscript and registration payment of
at least one of the authors

Web site: www.aie.ugal.ro/icstcc2012
E-mail: icstcc2012@ugal.ro

4.5 Australian Control Conference
Contributed by: Dr. Changbin (Brad) Yu, brad.yu@anu.edu.au

Second Australian Control Conference (AUCC2012), 15-16 Nov 2012

The second annual Australian Control Conference
(AUCC) is organised by Engineers Australia through
its National Committee for Automation, Control and
Instrumentation (NCACI). It is technically sponsored
by the IEEE Control Systems Society. The purpose of
the conference is to provide a forum for Australian
and International researchers, students and control
engineers from industry and Government organisations
to exchange ideas and recent results, as well as
discuss current problems arising in control engineering
research and industrial practice. International contributions
are encouraged and will be solicited for.

The technical programme consists of oral presentations,
poster presentations, keynote lectures and special
industrial sessions whose purpose is to encourage
a better exchange between practising control engineers
and researchers in universities and government
agencies. The proceedings will be available from the
Engineers Australia online library and from IEEE

The conference will be held on the campus of the
University of New South Wales in the Sydney Eastern
Suburb of Randwick.

At this time, the following keynote speakers from industry are confirmed:

<1>Paul Dickens, ResMed,
Control of Respiratory Medical Devices.

<2>Don Parker, Provecta Process Automation,
Emerging Control Problems of Modern Power Industry.

Important Dates/Deadlines:

Submission of papers: 23th April, 2012
Author notification: 9th July, 2012
Final upload of papers: 2nd September, 2012

For most up to date information, please visit

4.6 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
Contributed by: Barbara Horner, bhorner@illinois.edu

Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Basar and Bruce Hajek

Dates: October 1-5, 2012

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois

The Fiftieth Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
will be held from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5, 2012, at Allerton
House, the conference center of the University of Illinois. Papers presenting
original research are solicited in the areas of communication systems, communication
and computer networks, detection and estimation theory, information theory, error
control coding, source coding and data compression, network algorithms, control
systems, robust and nonlinear control, adaptive control, optimization, dynamic
games,multi-agent systems, large-scale systems, robotics and automation, manufacturing
systems, discrete event systems, multivariable control, computer decision-based control,
learning theory, cyber-physical systems, security and resilience in networks, VLSI
architectures for communications and signal processing, and intelligent transportation
systems. Manuscripts must be submitted by Tuesday, July 10, 2012, following the instructions
at the Conference website: http://www.csl.uiuc.edu/allerton/.

Allerton Conference will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year. Because of
this special occasion, the conference will be longer than its usual 2 ½ days format,
to accommodate some special sessions and events in connection with the 50th celebration.

Allerton House is located twenty-six miles southwest of the Urbana-Champaign campus
of the University in a wooded area on the Sangamon River. It is part of the fifteen-
hundred acre Robert Allerton Park, a complex of natural and man-made beauty designated
as a National natural landmark. Allerton Park has twenty miles of well-maintained
trails and a living gallery of formal gardens, studded with sculptures collected
from around the world.

Notices: Final versions of papers to be presented at the conference will need to
be submitted electronically by October 5, 2012.

Conference Co-Chairs: Bruce Hajek and Tamer Basar Email: allerton@csl.uiuc.edu URL:
http://www.csl.uiuc.edu/allerton Sponsors: Coordinated Science Laboratory and the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-

Website: www.csl.uiuc.edu/allerton


4.7 International Symposium on Environment-Friendly Energies and Applications
Contributed by: Krishna Busawon, kbusawon@unn.ac.uk

2nd International Symposium on Environment-Friendly Energies and Applications
(EFEA 2012)

Dear Colleague,
Due to numerous requests to the committee, we have decided to extend the submission
deadline for the 2nd International Symposium on Environment-Friendly Energies and
Applications (EFEA 2012) to 25th April 2012.

The symposium will be held at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK,
25-27 June 2012. For more information please visit the conference website:

EFEA 2012 topics include (but are not limited to):
1. Policy 2. Low Energy Building and Architecture 3. Advanced Power Systems 4.
Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: 5. Control 6. Wind and Hybrid Renewable Energy
Systems 7. Solar Thermal and Geothermal: 8. Hydrogen & Fuel Cell 9. Hydropower
and Marine Energy 10. Energy Storage: 11. Biomass 12. Materials in Renewable Energy
Technologies 13. Education and Career.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and of course to meeting you
at Newcastle upon Tyne in June. Please note that the committee do not intend
to give any additional submission extensions in order to ensure that the review
process is carried out thoroughly in due time. Should you require any additional
information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,
Dr. Krishna Busawon, Chair
Reader in Control Systems Engineering,
Director of Post Graduate Research,

Northumbria University
School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences
Northumberland Road,
Ellison Building,
NE1 8ST Newcastle upon Tyne,
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0) 191 227 3103
Fax. +44 (0) 191 227 3684
Email: krishna.busawon@unn.ac.uk


4.8 IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems
Contributed by: Christophe Prieur, Christophe.Prieur@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr

Call for Papers for NOLCOS 2013:
9th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems
Toulouse, France
September, 4-6 2013



The IFAC NOLCOS symposium is a continuing series of symposia that were previously
held in Capri (I) 1988, Bordeaux (F) 1992, Lake Tahoe (USA) 1995, Enschede (NL)
1998, Saint-Petersburg (RUS) 2001, Stuttgart (DE) 2004, Pretoria (ZA) 2007, and
Bologna (2010).
Nonlinear control systems have gained importance in many industrial areas and
research has undergone significant developments recently. There are significant
challenges in various fields of nonlinear control. NOLCOS 2013 will address these
challenges with its focus on latest developments in theory and application of
nonlinear control systems as well as related areas of research and engineering.
Acknowledged as the major international gathering of leading experts in industry
and academia in the field of nonlinear control, NOLCOS 2013 aims at strengthening
contacts between academia and industry to build up new networks and cultivate existing
relations. High-level speakers will present the global spectrum of nonlinear control
systems, state-of-the-art applications and developing directions. NOLCOS 20103 is
also meant as a forum for young scientists from all over the world. They will be
given the opportunity to introduce their research ambitions and scientific work
to an audience of international experts. Tutorial workshops are planned prior to
the conference with the focus on special topics in nonlinear control systems.

Important dates/deadlines

- Submission open
September, 2012
- Draft manuscript
January 15, 2013
- Acceptance/rejection notice
April 1, 2013
- Final manuscript submission
May 15, 2013
- Early registration
June 15, 2013
- Symposium
September 4-6, 2013

International Programm Committee (IPC)

Chair: Christophe Prieur, France
Co-chair: Lorenzo Marconi, Italy
Vice chair: (industry liaison) Fabrice Villaumé, France
Editor: Sophie Tarbouriech, France
Vice editor: Miroslav Krstic, US

National Organizing Committee (NOC)

Chair: Isabelle Queinnec, France
Vice chair: (industry liaison) C. Charbonnel, France

Please visit the web site: http://www.laas.fr/NOLCOS2013 for all details


5. Workshops

5.1 Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Symposium on Estimation, Navigation, and Spacecraft Control
Contributed by: Yaakov Oshman, yaakov.oshman@technion.ac.il

Call for Papers: Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack Memorial Symposium on Estimation,
Navigation, and Spacecraft Control (BarSym 2012).

Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack, professor emeritus of aerospace engineering at the
Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, passed away in May 2007, almost
5 years ago. His loss is still greatly felt among the many people who knew him,
and in the estimation and navigation communities in Israel and in the world. By
"popular demand", we are organizing a special, international, memorial symposium,
to commemorate Itzhack and his seminal and pioneering contributions to inertial
navigation, estimation theory, and spacecraft control (attitude and orbit
determination and control). The symposium will take place in October 2012, at
the Dan Panorama hotel, Haifa, Israel, and it is organized under the auspices
of the Technion's Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and the Israeli Association
for Automatic Control (IAAC), with support from IEEE Israel and additional
universities, companies, research and other organizations.

The Call for Papers is posted on our website, at

The paper submission website, https://controls.papercept.net/, is already open
for submission of full draft papers or extended abstracts including sufficient
technical detail. So far, three distinguished researchers have agreed to give
plenary lectures at the symposium: Dr. F. Landis Markley (NASA/Goddard Space
Flight Center), Prof. Mark L. Psiaki (Cornell University), and Dr. Hector
Rotstein (RAFAEL).

Summary of important data:

Symposium Venue and Dates:
Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa, October 14--17, 2012.

Important Dates:
Initial submission deadline: April 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2012
Final paper submission deadline: August 31, 2012
Early registration deadline: September 6, 2012.

Symposium: http://barsym.technion.ac.il/index.html
Paper submission: https://controls.papercept.net/

Conference Secretariat: BarSym@technion.ac.il

5.2 DESTECS Summer School on Embedded Systems Design
Contributed by: Jan Broenink, J.F.Broenink@utwente.nl

The DESTECS Summer School on Collaborative Modelling and Co-simulation for
Embedded Systems Design
9-13 July 2012
University of Twente, Netherlands

We invite PhD students and other researchers to participate in a new summer
school on multi-disciplinary approaches to collaborative modelling and co-
simulation of embedded and distributed control systems. DESTECS ("Design Support
and Tooling for Embedded Control Software", www.destecs.org) is a consortium of
research groups and companies working on the challenge of providing tools and
methods that allow developers from different disciplines such as systems, mechanical,
electrical and software engineering to collaborate in modelling and simulation of
embedded systems at early stages in design.

The summer school provides an opportunity to explore the challenges of co-modelling
and co-simulation using real tools and industry-led examples and case studies. Our
hope is help establish a community of interest for future collaboration. We welcome
participants with a background or strong interest in the development of control
systems and software in a wide variety of application domains, or in the tools and
methods to support this. 

We have room for up to 20 participants. Participation is free of charge (including
refreshment and lunch during the day). You need to fund your own travel, accommodation
and per diem (lunches and coffee will be supplied free of charge).

For full details, visit http://destecs.org/summerschool.html. Applying for a place
is easy: complete an on-line registration form and then send a poster about your
own research interests that we can use to help select members for an appropriately
mixed group of participants. The deadline for submission of your application is
13th April 2012. We will notify you of the outcome by the end of April. 


5.3 ACC'12: Modeling, Control, and Optimization for Aerospace Systems
Contributed by: Luis Rodrigues, luisrod@encs.concordia.ca

Workshop at the 2012 American Control Conference

Modeling, Control, and Optimization for Aerospace Systems
Organizers: Hugh Liu (University of Toronto), Xavier Louis (Thales), Luis Rodrigues
(Concordia University), Behzad Samadi (Amirkabir University of Technology), Serge
Tremblay (CAMAQ)

Montréal is a well known aerospace city in North America and the most important in
Canada. Aerospace systems and control is one of the two main themes of the American
Control Conference and it is the topic of this workshop, which will try to bridge
the gap between theory and practice of aerospace control systems. The workshop
brings together organizers from both industry and academia and has a multidisciplinary
program involving modeling, control and optimization for aerospace systems. Aerospace
is one of the most important applications of control. It drove several control theoretical
achievements from which optimal control, developed in the space race era of the sixties,
is probably the most successful. The workshop will present cutting edge contributions
at the theoretical level applied to a vast number of aerospace problems, such as convex
optimization of aerospace systems, flutter active supression, autopilot design for
energy efficiency and turbulence, inverse optimal autopilot design, modeling of actuator
dynamics, fly-by-wireless and flight simulation. A flight simulation demonstration will
be performed.

List of Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Naira Hovakimyan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kash Khorasani, Concordia University
Hugh Liu, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
Jamila Raouf, Concordia University
Luis Rodrigues, Concordia University
Behzad Samadi, MapleSoft
Arkadiy Turevskiy, Mathworks
Enric Xargay, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

registration: http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2012/registration.php


5.4 ACC'12: Health Management and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aircraft
Contributed by: Youmin Zhang, ymzhang@encs.concordia.ca

ACC 2012 Pre-Conference Workshop on "Health Management and Cooperative Control of
Unmanned Aircraft"

Welcome to the following Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop to be offered at the 2012
American Control Conference (ACC) on June 26th, 2012 at Montreal, Canada.

"Health Management, Fault-tolerant Control, and Cooperative Control of Unmanned

Organizers and Speakers: Youmin Zhang (Concordia University, Canada), Camille Alain
Rabbath (Defence R&D Canada, Canada), YangQuan Chen (Utah State University, USA),
Christopher Edwards (University of Leicester, UK), Cameron Fulford (Quanser Inc.,
Canada), Hugh H.-T. Liu (University of Toronto, Canada), Liang Tang (Pratt & Whitney,
USA), Didier Theilliol (University of Lorraine, France), Antonios Tsourdos (Cranfield
University, UK)

Unmanned systems including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems (UAVs or UAS), Unmanned
Ground Vehicles (UGVs), and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) etc are gaining more
and more attention during the last a few years due to their important contributions
and cost-effective applications in several tasks such as monitoring, surveillance,
search, rescue, as well as military and security applications. Benefited from the
recent significant advances and development of UAVs, development and application of
fault-tolerant control as well as cooperative control techniques with small/miniature
UAVs have been emerged and developed quickly in recent years, since UAVs provide a cheap
and operative experimental testbed for development, implementation, and testing the
latest developed health management, fault-tolerant, and cooperative guidance, navigation
and control techniques.

The workshop will demonstrate the state-of-the-art techniques and development in health
management, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant guidance, navigation and control (GNC),
as well as multi-vehicle cooperative GNC techniques. Overview of past, current and
future research activities and research and development outcomes on the health management,
fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant control, and cooperative control applications with emphasis
to UAVs will be presented, which include aircraft such as quadrotor rotary-wing and
fixed-wing UAVs; Linear and nonlinear techniques for modeling, fault diagnosis, fault-
tolerant control, path and trajectory planning/re-planning, cooperative/formation flight
guidance, navigation and control, based on a set of quadrotor helicopter and fixed-wing
UAVs testbeds, with practical application scenarios on persistent surveillance and coverage
control with multiple unmanned aircraft, will be presented; Multiple UAS operations toward
verifiable autonomy and assessment of the potential insertion of UAS in the air
transportation system, as well as reliability and safety aspects of UAVs will also
be discussed, based on the experience and latest development from world-leading researchers
(North America and Europe).

Audience will have opportunity to visit a set of quadrotor helicopter UAVs and fixed-
wing UAVs at the Networked Autonomous Vehicles Lab (NAVL) of Concordia University for
REAL flight demonstrations of fault-tolerant and cooperative control techniques presented
in the workshop.

Please see more details at following websites:

Workshop website at Canada: http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~ymzhang/ACC2012_Workshop.htm
Workshop website at France: http://www.acc-12-workshop.cran.uhp-nancy.fr/home.html
Workshop website at ACC 2012: http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2012/workshops.php
Advance registration at ACC 2012 Registration Site due: May 1, 2012

6.  Positions

6.1 PhD: INRIA Lille Research Center, France
Contributed by: Denis Efimov, denis.efimov@inria.fr

A Ph.D. position is available at INRIA Lille research center, France on "Finite-
time estimation and control of undulatory motion". (http://team.inria.fr/non-a/open-positions/)


The finite-time estimation and control is a central direction of research of
Non-A team. By undulatory motion we understand the class of systems those behavior
has undulatory/periodical/oscillatory nature. As examples of systems possessing
an undulatory motion explored by the Non-A team and in the proposing PhD it is
necessary to mention the humanoid and animal robots (position estimation and undulation
control), the circadian rhythm in living organisms (state estimation and phase resetting)
or the heart oscillations (heart position reconstruction based on acceleration measurements).
In control and estimation of this type of systems it is necessary to take into account
their oscillatory action in order to improve the quality of developing solutions. The
new robust and accurate design approaches developed for robot locomotion have to blow
up the robotics in the nearest future impelling a wide application of robots in the
real life. Similarly, the control/estimation of biological systems is a key tool for
understanding the nature phenomena in modern science. These are the main research directions
of the proposed PhD.

The PhD will be concentrated on the problems of estimation/observer design as well a
related controller synthesis for undulatory motion systems. These problems have to be
investigated with application of fundamental methods developed by Non-A team such as
algebraic estimation and or numerical differentiation, control and estimation for
homogeneous systems, other finite-time estimation techniques. The obtained algorithms
will take into account three indicators (which characterize its performance): the
computation time (the aim is to get on-line estimation), the algorithm complexity
(simplicity of design and implementation for embedded real-time estimation) and
finally the robustness with respect to a large class of measurement noises, to
parameter uncertainties and to discretization and numerical implementation.

Skills and profile:

•MS in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics or in Automatic Control or in Robotics.
•A good background in control and estimation of systems and signal processing.
•A background in robotics will be an advantage.


Duration: 36 months – starting date of the contract : October 2012, 15th
Salary: 1957,54 € the first two years and 2058,84 € the third year
Monthly salary after taxes: around 1597,11€ the 1st two years et 1679,76 € the
3rd year (social security included).
Possibility of French courses
Help for housing
Participation for transportation
Scientific Resident card and help for husband/wife visa

Additional information:

Application deadline: 4 May 2012, via the website of INRIA
Before applying, please contact the scientist advisor:
Wilfrid.Perruquetti@inria.fr, Denis.Efimov@inria.fr, Gang.Zheng@inria.fr


6.2 PhD: Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research
Contributed by: Beshah Ayalew, beshah@clemson.edu

The Applied Dynamics and Control research group at the Clemson University-
International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is seeking (2-3 Positions)
in the general area of Control/Dynamics Applications in Advanced Powertrains. Strong
mathematical and hands on experimental skills are expected of the successful applicants.
Research in the group focuses on modeling and control of electric and hydraulic hybrid
powertrains and/or their subsystems/components, as well as on estimation and control
applications in vehicle dynamics. US Department of Energy supported GATE Fellowships
are available for most of these positions.

Applicants to these positions should already have completed (or will soon complete)
a Masters degree in mechanical, automotive, electrical and/or computer engineering
with good background in linear systems theory and some background in optimization
methods and tools. Exceptional Ph.D.- direct applicants, without MS degrees, may
also be considered.

Interested individuals should send their CVs and copies of their recent transcripts
and GRE/test scores to Dr. Beshah Ayalew (beshah@clemson.edu). Most of these positions
are available starting immediately.

CU-ICAR a 250-acre academic-industry collaborative campus located in Greenville,
SC, on Interstate 85, about 2 hours drive from Atlanta, GA and 1.5 hours drive from
Charlotte, NC.

6.3 PhD: Cranfield University, England
Contributed by: Rafal Zbikowski, r.w.zbikowski@cranfield.ac.uk

"Bioinspired omnidirectional vision: Integrated approach"
PhD project to commence in June 2012

Hosting Institution: Centre for Autonomous Systems, Cranfield University, England
Supervisor: Professor Rafal Zbikowski

Project summary

The aim of this three-and-a-half year PhD project is rigorously to analyse the
capabilities of bioinspired omnidirectional vision based on a spherical sensor,
mounted on a moving platform, and validate the analysis with a software simulation
tool. A key aspect of the insect visual perception of motion is simultaneous use
of omnidirectional perception of geometric cues (lines and simple figures with their
orientations and symmetries) and spherical optic flow (global relative motion, object
boundaries through vector field discontinuities). The spherical eyes of flying insects
allow a global view of both the static and dynamic aspects of the environment together
with a comprehensive perception of the insect's motion relative to the environment.
Geometric and optic flow cues are mapped onto a sphere so that each object and its
relative motion are localised by appearing on the relevant part of the sphere.

The spherical perception of insects is based on matching simple patterns and their
orientation by comparing the perceived objects and their relative motion with a small
number of geometric and optic flow primitives. The static and dynamic primitives are
matched locally on small patches of the sphere and then matched globally on overlapping
hemispheres so that local and global perception of objects and relative motion is achieved
simultaneously. The integration of the local and global overlapping imagery enables
robust perception and aids disambiguation of patterns, orientation and motion. The above
important biological insights are qualitative in nature and their use for bioinspired
engineering requires rigorous quantitative analysis.

The proposed analytical work will be supported and validated by a software tool whose
development will be an essential part of the project. The Matlab-based tool will allow
simulation of a spherical sensor moving in an indoor environment (confined by walls).
That environment will be populated by static or moving obstacles which can be solid
or have holes, the latter in order to investigate the ability to recognise openings
for potential pathways through the obstacles. The spherical sensor will traverse the
environment using trajectory planning and the resulting sensor output (geometric cues
and optic flow) will be available for analysis and validation.

This three-and-a-half year PhD project is sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence
(MoD) under the Dstl National UK PhD programme and is open to EU nationals only. The
MoD funding includes a student stipend of £13,590 per annum and is available from
June 2012. For further information or to apply, please contact the project Supervisor,
Prof Rafal Zbikowski, r.w.zbikowski@cranfield.ac.uk by 30 June 2012.


6.4 PhD: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Contributed by: Hendra Nurdin, h.nurdin@unsw.edu.au

A stipend is available for one PhD candidate to pursue research towards a PhD
degree on the topic of "Control for quantum communication networks" in the
School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at The University of
New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. The stipend is awarded at AUD$23,000
per annum for 3 years (tax-free).

Applicants should have a First Class Honours (or equivalent) undergraduate
degree in engineering, physics or mathematics, or a master's degree with a
research component.

Desirable attributes include:

* Solid mathematical background.

* Familiarity with basic quantum mechanics (undergraduate level and beyond).

* Interest in using advanced mathematical tools from quantum stochastic analysis
to solve relevant engineering problems within the specified research topic.

Note that this a stipend only offer. Prospective candidates will need to apply
for and secure a separate scholarship from UNSW or from other sources to cover
the tuition fees for their study. In particular, domestic students (i.e.,
Australian citizens and permanent residents) can apply for an Australian
Postgraduate Award (APA). For domestic students already holding an APA who
are interested in working on this project then a fraction of the above stipend
will contribute to a top-up of AUD$7,000 per annum on top on their APA stipend.
Information on graduate school admission at UNSW can be found at
http://research.unsw.edu.au/future-students and information on available
scholarships can be found at http://research.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate-research-

The candidate will be supervised by Dr Hendra Nurdin and co-supervised by Dr.
Robert Malaney. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter addressing
the desirable attributes, academic transcripts, and CV (including a description
of any relevant experience) to Dr Hendra Nurdin
(email: h(ddot)nurdin(aat)unsw(ddot)edu(ddot)au --

please replace all occurences of (ddot) with . and (aat) with @, respectively)
by 30 June 2012. Please note that correspondence will only be initiated with
shortlisted candidates.


6.5 PhD: University of Poitiers, France
Contributed by: Guillaume Mercère, guillaume.mercere@univ-poitiers.fr

PhD: University of Poitiers, France

Guillaume Mercère
In charge of the Electrical Energy Optimization and Control Department
Poitiers National School of Engineering (http://ensip.univ-poitiers.fr/),
Poitiers, France

University of Poitiers
Laboratoire d'Informatique et d'Automatique pour les Systèmes
Bâtiment B25
2ème étage
2 rue Pierre Brousse
B.P. 633
86022 Poitiers Cedex
web-site: http://lias-lab.fr/

Tel: 00 33 (0)5 49 45 36 67
Fax: 00 33 (0)5 49 45 40 34
Email address: guillaume.mercere@univ-poitiers.fr

Perso. web-page: http://www.mendeley.com/profiles/guillaume-mercere/


6.6 Post-Doc: Czech Technical University in Prague
Contributed by: Zdenek Hanzalek, hanzalek@fel.cvut.cz

Proposal for 3 Post-doctoral Positions in Prague

Application: Please send your CV, list of publications, 3 best papers and 2
recommendation letters to hanzalek@fel.cvut.cz. The postdoc funding is from
April 2012 to December 2012. The funding is renewable till December 2014. The
income is 2000 Euro per month (including full medical and social insurance).
The deadline for applications is Sunday 15th of April 2012.

About the group: The Industrial Informatics group led by Zdenek Hanzalek
http://dce.fel.cvut.cz/hanzalek is oriented towards embedded control systems,
industrial communication protocols, scheduling and combinatorial optimization.
The group has strong collaboration and personal contacts with several high-tech
companies (Porsche Engineering Services, Volkswagen, Siemens, Unicontrols, Air
Navigation Services, Merica, Skoda, UNIS, AZD and Rockwell).

Location: Prague (Czech Republic) is very nice city with affordable accommodation
and living expenses.

Supervisor: Zdenek Hanzalek, Department of Control Engineering, Faculty of Electrical
Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague

Title: Rescheduling algorithms for communication protocols

The growing complexity of distributed real-time embedded systems creates new challenges
for scientific practices. These systems are expected to implement more and more complex
features (mainly related to reliability and flexibility), while respecting strict non-
functional constraints (e.g. response time and energy consumption [ZigBee2010]).
Therefore, we are faced with an optimization problem, since these requirements are
often in contrast. We assume that adaptive systems that are aware of resources and
deadlines can provide an efficient way to cover these problems.
We define the adaptivity as a property of a computing component to adapt itself to
(1) both the physical changes (power level, clock speed, communication bandwidth/latency)
and the logical changes (network topology, software specifications, protocol requirements),
(2) both the changes of application requirements and the variable performance of the
(3) both on-line changes, when it is performing its function, and off-line changes,
prior to that.

The adaptivity of the schedule is often required by the nature of the application,
but we are usually quite reluctant to change them, once they have proven to be correct.
Therefore, a new schedule is often required to be similar to the original schedule
(e.g. some tasks are at the same position).

Various resource reservation techniques have been integrated into modern communication
protocols incorporating time-triggered schedules for high-critical messages (such as
Profinet IO IRT, beacon enabled ZigBee, FlexRay, Wireless Hart, TTP, SAFEbus...)
Following these protocols and their future extensions, we consider dynamic reconfiguration
of the application at run-time. However, in order to make these technologies really
applicable, it is necessary to develop appropriate rescheduling algorithms [Profinet2010].
One of the possible solutions is to extend the RCPS/TC (Resource Constrained Project
 Scheduling with Temporal Constraints) model so that it can be applied to the dynamic
scenario while keeping the same representation of time and resource constraints.

[Profinet2010] Hanzalek, Z. - Burget, P. - Sucha, P.: Profinet IO IRT Message Scheduling
with Temporal Constraints. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Volume 6, Number
3, Pages 369 - 380, August 2010.

[ZigBee2010] Hanzalek, Z. - Jurčík, P.: Energy efficient scheduling for cluster-tree
Wireless Sensor Networks with time-bounded data flows: application to IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee.
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. Volume 6, Number 3, Pages 438 - 450,
August 2010.

Required skills: A PhD in scheduling.

Title: Mixed-criticality scheduling algorithms

Many modern applications are of mixed criticality, where safety-critical tasks have
to co-exist with less critical ones that are not subject to hard constraints. Recent
research in real-time systems has yielded some promising techniques for meeting the
two aspects (timing properties and efficiency). The current research in real-time
scheduling has centered on an event-triggered approach. However current practice in
many safety-critical domains, favors a time-triggered (TT) approach where start times
of the tasks are determined by the scheduling algorithms.

Mixed-criticality approach assumes multiple processing time values to be specified
for each task depending on the levels of assurance. This simple observation, dealing
with tasks executed on processors initiates our idea to use the same mixed-criticality
approach while dealing with messages transmitted on TT networks. In this case we deal
with non-preemptive scheduling, where the processing time of the message can account
for its re-transmission depending on its criticality level. Assuming for example a
case with two criticality levels (Hi and Lo), we will obtain two different schedules –
the first one (verifying Lo criticality level) using optimistic estimates of the
processing time of both Lo criticality and Hi criticality messages, and the second
one (verifying Hi criticality level) using pessimistic estimate of the processing
time of Hi criticality messages only. Both schedules have to be synchronized, so that
the system can switch from one to another during its execution, depending on the re-
transmissions of Hi criticality messages.

Required skills: A PhD in scheduling.

Title: Hierarchical planning and scheduling

The main benefit of hierarchical planning and scheduling is that at each decision
layer, only the most relevant information is used. E.g., when taking planning decisions,
resource capacities are aggregated and the fine details of dealing with single resources
are neglected. In contrast, when solving scheduling problems, only the weekly or daily
assignments have to be scheduled [Kis2012]. However, these two types of decisions are
strongly related and therefore only an efficient communication between the decision
layers can guarantee successful method application.

The considered problem is RCPSP (Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem) with/
without alternatives [Capek2012]. It is characterized by a set of activities to be planned
and scheduled. Order of these activities is partly defined by precedence constraints. Each
activity requires some amount of the resources while every resource has planned capacity.
The goal is to find a sequence of the planned activities and capacity of resources (i.e.
a schedule) with respect to two criteria. One objective is to minimize the earliness/
tardiness penalty (costs incurred by completing some of the jobs before or after their

The second objective is to minimize costs connected with increasing capacity of resources
(e.g. hiring more employees or working overtime). Then the solution of the problem is a
Pareto front considering these two objectives.

For solving the above described problem, the first step will be to design a centralized
and exact algorithm. The second step will be to propose a distributed hierarchical algorithm
and to compare their performance with respect to the centralized one. In the case of the
hierarchical algorithm the objective is to define the problem decomposition into layers
and an efficient communication protocol between them. There are two requirements applied
on the protocol. On one hand, the protocol has to carry enough information to allow the
algorithm to find perspective solutions. On the other hand it should carry the only
information needed to minimize the communication bandwidth.

[Kis2012] T. Kis, A. Kovacs, A cutting plane approach for integrated planning and
scheduling, Computers & Operations Research, Volume 39, Issue 2, February 2012,
Pages 320-327.

[Capek2012] R. Capek, P. Sucha, Z. Hanzalek, Production scheduling with alternative
process plans, European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 217, Issue 2, 1 March
2012, Pages 300-311.

Required skills: A PhD in operational research or combinatorial optimization. Knowledge
of scheduling and or distributed algorithms is an advantage.

6.7 Post-Doc: University of Padova, Italy
Contributed by: Luca Schenato, schenato@dei.unipd.it

Position: Post-Doctoral Scholarship (International Incoming Fellowships Marie-
Curie Actions), University of Padova, Italy

Topic: Networked Control Systems

Application deadline: 16 August 2012

Application instruction: official website:

Starting date: beginning 2013

Duration 1-2 years

Salary and benefits: 58600EUR/year + mobility (see link below for more details)

Note: for non-EU researchers

Description: This fellowship in sponsored by the European Union within the
program called Marie-Curie International Incoming Fellowships
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/mariecurieactions/iif_en.html. We are willing to
host researches who are interested in topics related to Networked Control Systems
http://automatica.dei.unipd.it/research/networked-control-systems.html . Successful
candidates should have a strong background and experience in at least one of the following
areas :
(1) distributed optimization, estimation and control;
(2) consensus algorithms;
(3) smart power grids.

The candidate will work in close contact with the members of the Network Control
Systems Group and will have management responsibility for national and international
projects such as the EU project HYCON2 http://www.hycon2.eu/. For more details
contact Prof. L. Schenato http://automatica.dei.unipd.it/people/schenato.html.

Position: Post-Doc Position, University of Padova, Italy

Topic: Distributed Control and Optimization In Networked Control Systems

Application deadline: none

Application instruction: send CV to Prof. Luca Schenato

Starting date: flexible

Duration 1-2 years

Salary and benefits: Variable upon qualification (up to 28000 EUR/year )

Description: The topics of interest for our group embrace a wide range of
projects and research areas. Successful candidates should have a strong background
and experience in at least one of the following areas : (1) distributed optimization,
estimation and control; (2) consensus algorithms; (3) smart power grids. The candidate
will work in close contact with the members of the Network Control Systems Group and
will have management responsibility for national and international projects such as
the EU project HYCON2 http://www.hycon2.eu/. For more details contact
Prof. L. Schenato http://automatica.dei.unipd.it/people/schenato.html.


6.8 Post-Doc: LTH, Lund University, Sweden
Contributed by: Anders Rantzer, rantzer@control.lth.se

Applications are invited for positions as Linnaeus Postdoctor at the Department
of Automatic Control, LTH, Lund University, Sweden.

The positions are tied to the LCCC, Lund Centre for Control of Complex engineering
systems. See and the LCCC homepage http://www.lccc.lth.se/. This is an opportunity
for excellent young researchers to develop their own line of research in synergy
with a strong environment. LCCC has been created with support from a ten year
Linnaeus grant by the Swedish Research Council, a special grant allocated to
research environments of highest international quality.

The official announcement will be posted on
http://www.lth.se/english/about_lth/vacant_positions/ during March 2012.


6.9 Post-Doc: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Contributed by: Joel Esposito, esposito@usna.edu

Opening for a postdoctoral researcher at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA.
The position supports our efforts at developing an autonomous 7-meter marine surface
vessel intended for operations in the Chesapeake Bay. The platform will be equipped
with a rich set of sensors including 3-D LiDAR and Infra-red cameras mounted on a
inertially stabilize platform.

Applicants should be self-motivated and have a publication record in one or more of
the following areas: estimation, localization, mapping, computer vision, learning
algorithms as applied to system identification, or collision avoidance. In addition,
they should possess experience in unmanned vehicles or “field robotics”; and have
experience or interest in supervising undergraduate projects (we are an undergraduate
only institution).

The anticipated start date is approximately June 1st, 2012. Applicants must be US
citizens. More details can be found here:

The Naval Academy is the US Navy and Marine Corp’s undergraduate technical college.
However, candidates are not expected to have any military background, nor will they
be asked to carry any military duties, or commitments. Annapolis is a vibrant historical
town located in central Maryland, 30 minutes from Washington DC and Baltimore MD.

Joel M. Esposito
Associate Professor Systems Engineering http://www.usna.edu/Users/weapsys/esposito/
Co-Director of RaVision Lab http://www.usna.edu/WSE/RaVision/Robotics-At-USNA.html
United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD, USA


6.10 Post-Doc: Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
Contributed by: Paolo Falcone, falcone@chalmers.se

Post-Doc position in Cooperative Driving at the Department of Signals ad Systems
of the Chalmers University.

Chalmers has a long tradition of research in Transportation Systems, with intensive
collaboration with society and automotive industry. A large part of such research is
performed at the Department of Signals and Systems (S2), where this post-doctoral position
is announced. S2 is engaged in both fundamental and applied research, spanning a large
variety of research areas including Automatic Control, Automation and Mechatronics,
Biomedical Engineering, Communication Systems and Information Theory, Signal Processing
and Antennas. Cross-disciplinary research is central and encouraged through projects across
different groups within the department.

A successful candidate is expected to conduct research on fundamental aspects of cooperative
driving. In particular, the Mechatronics Group at Chalmers seeks a researcher with a strong
track record in distributed coordination of mobile networked systems. The fundamental research
of the new position will consist of developing distributed algorithms for coordinating missions
of mobile systems, with communication capabilities, while avoiding collision and optimizing a
global cost function. The problem is motivated by cooperative driving applications, where
vehicles have to negotiate, e.g., the most fuel-efficient way of crossing an unsignalized
intersection, while avoiding collisions. Ongoing research projects in cooperation with industry,
offer possibilities to test algorithms in vehicles, both on test tracks as well as in real traffic.

The working time of Post-doctoral staff is mainly devoted to research. Teaching duties may
include (co-)supervision of MSc and PhD students. A successful candidate is expected to develop,
by the end of the post-doc, qualifications for continuing the academic career.

The employment is limited to a maximum of 2 years (1+1).

Candidates should have a PhD (or be near completion) in control theory or a relevant field
focusing on traffic and vehicle applications, consensus algorithms, cooperative control
and a strong research and publication record. Ability to initiate new research collaborations
is essential.

Good communication skills in oral and written English is a requirement.

To apply, search for the position Ref. 20120114 at the following link



6.11 Faculty: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy
Contributed by: Alberto Bemporad, alberto.bemporad@imtlucca.it

IMT Lucca is accepting expressions of interest for faculty positions in the
fields of Computer Science and Engineering, Large Scale Data Mining, Graph Theory,
Mathematical Statistics, Machine Learning.

We will consider highly qualified candidates with a strong theoretical background
in computer science, physics, statistics, information science, engineering, or
mathematics, with an orientation towards research on processing huge amounts of
complex data in the analysis of technical, socio economic or biological systems.
Candidates must have an excellent record of high-impact international
publications. They should have demonstrated remarkable ability in leading
research groups, as well as experience in conducting/coordinating international

Preference will be given to candidates performing research at the intersection
between algorithms, theory and applications, and who are active in one or more
of the following fields: analysis and modeling of massive data structures;
graph theory and random structures; analysis and modeling of complex networks;
machine learning; data mining; parallel and distributed computation. Expressions
of interest should be submitted no later than May 15th 2012 via the online form

For further information about the position, applicants can refer to the website,
or can contact Sara Olson, e-mail: scouting@imtlucca.it.


6.12 Faculty: University of Sheffield
Contributed by: Visakan Kadirkamanathan, acse-hod@shef.ac.uk

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of
Sheffield are currently seeking outstanding individuals for Lectureship, Senior
Lectureship and Chair positions to complement and strengthen the multi-disciplinary
research profile of the Department. Applicants with a strong background in systems,
modelling, signal processing, mechatronics and control are encouraged to apply.

Website: http://www.shef.ac.uk/jobs
Closing date: 19th April 2012

Chair in Control and Systems Engineering (see Ref: UOS004224)
Senior Lecturer in Control and Systems Engineering (see Ref: UOS004223)
Lecturer in Control and Systems Engineering (see Ref: UOS004225)

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan on
+44 (0)114 222 5134 or via email acse-hod@shef.ac.uk


6.13 Researcher: London School of Economics
Contributed by: Amol Sasane, A.J.Sasane@lse.ac.uk

Research Officer in Control Theory

Department of Mathematics, London School of Economics
Salary: £32,148 - £38,887 pa
Fixed term post (Funding available for one year)

LSE's Department of Mathematics is looking to appoint a Research Officer
to work on the "Algebraic analytic aspects of the stabilization problem in
control theory" programme, funded by the Swedish Research Council. The candidate
will be working with Dr. Amol Sasane (http://personal.lse.ac.uk/Sasane/).

This project will focus on the control theoretic problem of robust stabilization
of infinite-dimensional linear control systems, and will involve the use of methods
from complex and functional analysis.

Candidates should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in pure or applied
 Mathematics. Ideally, the candidate should have prior experience in mathematical
control theory. Candidates with experience in related fields, such as differential
equations, or who can demonstrate an interest in control theory are also encouraged
to apply.

Further details about the Mathematics Department at LSE can be found by visiting
its website at http://www2.lse.ac.uk/maths/. Any candidate wishing to discuss the
appointment informally is invited to contact Dr. Amol Sasane, at A.J.Sasane@lse.ac.uk.

Salary: from £32,148 - £38,887. The post is funded for one year only.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/jobsatLSE/ and select "ONLINE
RECRUITMENT SYSTEM". If you have any queries about applying on the online system,
email hr.jobs@lse.ac.uk or call +44 20 7955 6659, quoting reference 1238005

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12 April 2012 (23.59, UK time).
Regrettably, we are unable to accept any applications that are received after this

Interviews are expected to be held in mid-May 2012. Ideally the successful candidate
will be able to start on 1st July 2012 or shortly thereafter.

We value diversity and wish to promote equality at all levels.


6.14 Researcher: University of Melbourne
Contributed by: Ying Tan, yingt@unimelb.edu.au

Expressions of interest are invited for a research fellow position available in
the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in the School of Engineering,
The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The position is supported by the research grant on extremum seeking control, which
is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The successful candidate will
address fundamental issues and tackle real world applications of extremum seeking,
by making contributions relevant to theoreticians and practitioners alike in this
wide-reaching research field. The offer will be for two years in the first instance,
with a possibility of extension for up to one year subject to satisfactory progress
and availability of funds.

The applicants for this position are anticipated to have a PhD or equivalent in
Electrical Engineering or Applied Mathematics, with specialization in control theory.
Applicants are expected to possess excellent communication and research skills. The
position has been advertised on the following website:

Please check website for details of the position (including the selection criteria
and position description). Potential applicants should apply on-line from the above
website of The University of Melbourne. The deadline for applications is 15 April

Enquiries: Professor Dragan Nesic (dnesic@unimelb.edu.au)


6.15 Researcher: University of Aberdeen
Contributed by: Dragan Jovcic, d.jovcic@abdn.ac.uk

Job Summary
The University of Aberdeen is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to contribute
to the research activities of a large project on Modelling Platforms for DC
Transmission Networks, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the
flagship ERC Starting grant programme.

The North Sea DC transmission system will play a crucial role in a large-scale
integration of offshore renewable energy and will facilitate the development of
an EU HVDC Supergrid. The future DC networks will require significant technical
advances over the existing point-to-point HVDC and they will be substantially
different from the traditional AC transmission systems.

The DC/DC substations will be based on novel power electronics topologies, which
may interconnect multiple DC lines of different voltage levels and provide DC grid
control and fault protection functions. The DC grids will consist of numerous power
converters with dynamics considerably faster than existing transmission systems and
the dynamic modelling plays crucial role in DC grid development. We aim to develop
a new modelling platform to facilitate design of multiterminal DC/DC converters and
establish principles for control strategies.

As the vision for DC grids is still being developed in the professional community,
we are seeking an outstanding Research Fellow to engage on largely theoretical/modelling
research and contribute to pioneering work that will have a significant impact on the
power transmission industry.

The Research Fellow post is in Control Engineering, related to the modelling and control
of DC Transmission networks. For this post, the successful candidate will have a PhD in
Electrical/Electronic Engineering ideally in the field of modelling/control of high-power
electronics. Consideration will also be given to individuals in the process of submitting
or correcting a PhD thesis. This post is underpinned by external funding from the European
Research Council (ERC) FP 7 for a period of 24 months.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrable their experience of carrying out
high quality research with a solid publication record commensurate with career stage.
In addition, the successful candidate will have excellent analytical and communication
skills and be able to work independently and in a team environment.

Salary will be at Grade 6 point 30 £30,122 per annum. Consideration will be given
to making an appointment at Research Assistant level in the first instance (salary
range £25,251 - £28,401) for individuals in the final stages of completing their PhD.

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required
to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and
Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be
asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance
and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Kimberly Gibb, HR Adviser,
k.gibb@abdn.ac.uk for further information.

To apply online for these positions visit www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs.

More details about the School of Engineering can be found at:
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Dragan Jovcic,
(Tel: 01224 272 336, e-mail: d.jovcic@abdn.ac.uk)

Job Reference Number: 1239606

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 6th April 2012. 


6.16 Researcher: University of Melbourne, Australia
Contributed by: Subhra Dey, sdey@unimelb.edu.au

A position is available in the Dept. Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University
of Melbourne, Australia for a research fellow in the area of networked estimation,
identification and control. A strong background in systems and control theory and
convex optimization is essential, and a solid understanding of the principles of
wireless communications and information theory is desirable. The researcher will
work with Prof. Subhrakanti Dey, Assoc. Prof Girish Nair and
Assoc. Prof. Erik Weyer.

This position is available for two years. The salary is in the range $81,925–
$91,139 p.a., plus employer superannuation contribution of 9%.

To obtain further details or to apply, please go to
www.jobs.unimelb.edu.au and search under keyword 'networked'.
Deadline: April 22 (Aust. EST)