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August 2012


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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Misc
2.1 Process Control at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Trondheim

3. Books
3.1 Stochastic Reachability Analysis of Hybrid Systems

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: European Journal of Control
4.2 Contents: Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics
4.3 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
4.4 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
4.5 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
4.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.7 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
4.8 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
4.9 CFP: IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics

5. Conferences
5.1 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
5.2 European Control Conference
5.3 IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference
5.4 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
5.5 International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control

6.  Workshops
6.1 International Summer School of Automatic Control
6.2 Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control
6.3 Explicit MPC: From Specifications to Circuit Implementations
6.4 First International Workshop on Complex Network Dynamics
6.5 Sustainable Control of Offshore Wind Turbines

7.  Positions
7.1 PhD: Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
7.2 PhD: University of British Columbia
7.3 Post-Doc: L2S, Supelec, South of Paris, France
7.4 Post-Doc: Leuphana University of Lueneburg
7.5 Post-Doc: University of Oxford
7.6 Post-Doc: University of Namur, Belgium
7.7 Post-Doc: Leuphana University of Lueneburg
7.8 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology
7.9 Faculty: The University of Pennsylvania
7.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China
7.11 Faculty: Queen Mary University of London
7.12 Engineer: MathWorks
7.13 Controls Systems Lead: John Deere
7.14 Motor Control Engineer: John Deere


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

CSS Publications Content Digest

New item on
The IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest is a novel and
convenient guide that helps readers keep track of the latest published articles.
The CSS Publications Content Digest, available at provides lists of current tables
of contents of the periodicals sponsored by the Control Systems Society. Each
issue offers readers a rapid means to survey and access the latest peer-reviewed
papers of the IEEE Control Systems Society.

The index in the Digest contains the Table of Contents for our 3 journals
(Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC), Transactions on Control Systems Technology
(TCST), and Control Systems Magazine (CSM)) with hyperlinks to the abstracts as well
as the full articles in Xplore. Since TAC and CSM are published bimonthly, and TAC
is published monthly, we will post the corresponding two TOCs in each (monthly)
Digest. We also include links to the Society's sponsored Conferences to give readers
a preview of upcoming meetings.


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

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:

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 57 (2012),
Issue 7 (July)


On Average Performance and Stability of Economic Model Predictive Control
D. Angeli, R. Amrit, J. B. Rawlings p. 1615

Evolution of Players' Misperceptions in Hypergames under Perfect Observations
B. Gharesifard, J. Cortes p. 1627

Dynamic Quantization and Power Allocation for Multisensor Estimation of Hidden
Markov Models
S. Dey, N. Ghasemi p. 1641

Fault Tolerant Control Allowing Sensor Healthy-to-Faulty and Faulty-to-Healthy
M. Seron, J. A. De Dona, S. Olaru p. 1657

Designing Compact and Maximally Permissive Deadlock Avoidance Policies for Complex
Resource Allocation Systems through Classification Theory: the Non-linear Case
A. Nazeem, S. A. Reveliotis p. 1670

Semi-global Stability Analysis of Observer-based Extremum-seeking for Hammerstein
W. Moase, C. Manzie p. 1685

A Minimal State Map for Strictly Lossless Positive Real Behaviors
S. Rao p. 1696

Convergence of Nonlinear Observers on R^n with a Riemannian Metric (Part I)
R. G. Sanfelice, L. Praly p. 1709

Distances and Riemannian Metrics for Multivariate Spectral Densities
X. Jiang, L. Ning, T. T. Georgiou p. 1723

Social Optima in Mean Field LQG Control: Centralized and Decentralized Strategies
M. Huang, P. E. Caines, R. P. Malhame p. 1736

The Complexity of Codiagnosability for Discrete Event and Timed Systems
F. Cassez p. 1752

On the Problem of Reconstructing an Unknown Topology via Locality Properties of
the Wiener Filter
D. Materassi, M. V. Salapaka p. 1765

Technical Notes

A Combined Multiple Model Adaptive Control (CMMAC) Scheme and its Application to
Nonlinear Systems with Nonlinear Parameterization
W-t. Chen, B.D.O. Anderson p. 1778

Design and Analysis of an Integral Sliding Mode Fault Tolerant Control Scheme
M. T. Hamayun, C. Edwards, H. Alwi p. 1783

Hierarchical Cucker-Smale Model Subject to Random Failure
F. Dalmao, E. Mordecki p. 1879

Steady-state Analysis and Regulation of Discrete-time Nonlinear Systems
A. Pavlov, N. Van De Wouw p. 1793

Control with Markov Sensors/Actuators Assignment
G. Guo, Z. Lu, Q-L. Han p. 1799

Symbolic Models for Nonlinear Control Systems without Stability Assumptions
M. Zamani, G. Pola, M. Mazo Jr., P. Tabuada p. 1804

Stability and Stabilization of Switched Linear Systems with Mode-Dependent Average
Dwell Time
X. Zhao, L. Zhang, P. Shi, M. Liu p. 1809

Infinite Horizon Switched LQR Problems in Discrete Time: A Suboptimal Algorithm
With Performance Analysis
W. Zhang, J. Hu, A. Abate p. 1815

Optimal Pricing and Production Control in an Assembly System with a General
Stockout Cost
M. Keblis, Y. Feng p. 1821

Network Connectivity Preserving Formation Stabilization and Obstacle Avoidance
via A Decentralized Controller
Z. Kan, A. Dani, J. Shea, W. E. Dixon p. 1827

Quadratic Stability for Hybrid Systems with Nested Saturations
M. Fiacchini, S. Tarbouriech, C. Prieur p. 1832

Non Adaptive Second Order Generalized Integrator for Identification of a Biased
Sinusoidal Signal
G. Fedele, A. Ferrise p. 1838

Prediction of the Intensity Process of a Doubly Stochastic Multichannel Poisson
J. C. Ruiz-Molina, J. Navarro-Moreno, R. Fernandez-Alcala p. 1843

Observer Design in Convergent Series for A Class of Nonlinear Systems
Z. Ding p. 1849

Modeling and Control of Systems with Active Singularities under Energy Constraints:
Single- and Multi-Impact Sequences
J. Bentsman, B. Miller, E. Rubinovich, S. Mazumder p. 1854

Decentralized Implementation of Centralized Controllers for Interconnected Systems
J. Lavaei p. 1860

Robust Filtering and Smoothing with Gaussian Processes
M. P. Deisenroth, R. D. Turner, M. F. Huber, U. D. Hanebeck, C. E. Rasmussen p. 1865

Graph Weight Allocation to Meet Laplacian Spectral Constraints
S. Y. Shafi, M. Arcak, L. M. El Ghaoui p. 1872

Clipping-Based Complexity Reduction in Explicit MPC
M. Kvasnica, M. Fikar p. 1878

Control Design for Quantized Linear Systems with Saturations
S. Tarbouriech, F. Gouaisbaut p. 1883

2. Misc

2.1 Process Control at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Trondheim
Contributed by: Sigurd Skogestad,

Krister Forsman appointed as Adjunct Professor at NTNU, Trondheim.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is proud to announce
that Krister Forman has been appointed Adjunct Professor in Process Control at
the Department of Chemical Engineering in Trondheim.

Krister Forsman received his PhD in control theory from Linköping University in
1991 working with Professors Ljung and Glad. He worked about 10 years with ABB
focusing on process control in the pulp and paper industry. Since 2005 he works
with the Perstorp Chemicals group in Sweden where he presently is Corporate
Specialist Process Control. He has worked with process and control optimization at
around 60 different plants in almost 20 countries, including France, Germany, England,
Holland, USA, Australia, Singapore, Canada, South Africa, Chile, India and Indonesia.

Krister has over the years maintained close contacts with academia and is involved
in several joint projects with universities. He has more than 50 publications and
several patents and has written a textbook on process control (Studentlitteratur,
2005, in Swedish).

In February 2012, he was awarded the "Big Automation Prize" at the Swedish Automation
Days in Stockholm.


3. Books

3.1 Stochastic Reachability Analysis of Hybrid Systems
Contributed by: Manuela Bujorianu,

Title: Stochastic Reachability Analysis of Hybrid Systems
Author: Luminita-Manuela Bujorianu
Publisher: Springer
Series: Communications and Control Engineering
ISBN 978-1-4471-2794-9
Stochastic reachability analysis (SRA) is a method of analyzing the behavior of
control systems which mix discrete and continuous dynamics. For probabilistic
discrete systems it has been shown to be a practical verification method but for
stochastic hybrid systems it can be rather more. As a verification technique SRA
can assess the safety and performance of, for example, autonomous systems, robot
and aircraft path planning and multi-agent coordination but it can also be used
for the adaptive control of such systems.

Stochastic Reachability Analysis of Hybrid Systems is a self-contained and accessible
introduction to this novel topic in the analysis and development of stochastic
hybrid systems. Beginning with the relevant aspects of Markov models and introducing
stochastic hybrid systems, the book then moves on to coverage of reachability analysis
for stochastic hybrid systems. Following this build up, the core of the text first
formally defines the concept of reachability in the stochastic framework and then
treats issues representing the different faces of SRA:
· stochastic reachability based on Markov process theory;
· martingale methods;
· stochastic reachability as an optimal stopping problem; and
· dynamic programming.

The book is rounded off by an appendix providing mathematical underpinning on subjects
such as ordinary differential equations, probabilistic measure theory and stochastic
modeling, which will help the non-expert-mathematician to appreciate the text.

Stochastic Reachability Analysis of Hybrid Systems characterizes a highly inter-
disciplinary area of research and is consequently of significant interest to
academic researchers and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds in
control engineering, applied mathematics and computer science.


4.  Journals

4.1 Contents: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: Maria Prandini,

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 16, Issue n.3, 2012

Taming Dr. Frankenstein: Contract-Based Design for Cyber-Physical Systems
Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Werner Damm, Roberto Passerone

Positive switched 2D linear systems described by the Roesser models
Tadeusz Kaczorek

A Decomposition Algorithm for KYP-SDPs
Rikard Falkeborn and Anders Hansson

On Observability and Pseudo State Estimation of Fractional Order Systems
Jocelyn Sabatier, Christophe Farges, Mathieu Merveillaut, Ludovic Feneteau

Analysis and Control of Acyclic Triangle Formations
Hengsheng Wang, Zhi Wu, Renquan Wang

Bursts and Output Feedback Control of Non-Deterministic Asynchronous Sequential
Jun Peng and Jacob Hammer

Decentralized Diagnosis of Fuzzy Discrete-Event Systems
Fuchun Liu and Zbigniew Dziong


4.2 Contents: Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics
Contributed by: Fikret Aliev,

Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics, V.1, N.1, 2012
ISSN 2225-0530

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Institute of Applied Mathematics Baku State University I am
pleased to announce the launching of the “Proceedings of the Institute of Applied
Mathematics”, as a new Journal.

The first inaugural issue of the Proceedings is coming out to the special date -
the 20th anniversary of the establishment of our institute. In this period from
1992 to our days the Institute had a great growth and development. Now in the
6 departments of the Institute our collaborators carry out their research in different
fields of pure and applied mathematics, as well as, differential equations, control
theory, computer sciences, optimization, inverse problems, numerical methods, mechanics,
with applications to the different practical problems.

Considering the volume of the obtained results we decided to establish this Journal
that we hope will be also a natural home for the papers of the authors from over the
world, whom we invite to consider the Proceedings as outlet tool for their results
to the world scientific community.

Fikret Aliev
Editor in-Chief
Director of the Institute of Applied Mathematics
Baku State
pages: 3
Editorial Message

pages: 4-14
Algorithm to the solution of the digital minimax problem of definition of an optimum
mode for gaslift (in Russian)
F.A. Aliev, Р. Esadullaev, N.A. Ismailov

pages: 15-35
Pareto optimization of nanofluid Falkner-Skan wedge flow using genetic algorithm based
on neural network modeling
A. P. M. Fallah , A. Moradi, T. Hayat , Awatif A. Hendi

pages: 36-62
Convex extremal problems for the three dimensional differential inclusions (in Russian)
M.A. Sadygov

pages: 63-69
Mamdani’s knowledge base and fuzzy rules approximation within FLb
U. Sh. Rzayeva

pages: 70-80
Aeroviscoelastik vibrations and flutter of shells
M. H. Ilyasov

pages: 81-87
Investigation of the generalized solution of the mixed problem for the linear hyperbolic
equations with non-classic boundary conditions (in Russian)
K.K. Hasanov, T.M. Gasymov

pages: 88-96
Mixed problem for the first order partial differential equation with nonlocal boundary
conditions (in Russian)
N.A. Aliev, A.M. Aliev

pages: 97-107
Mathematical modelling of the oil layer exploitation considering
relaxation of the rock medium (in Russian)
V.Y. Babanli

pages: 108-116
A numerical method to obtain the speed of soliton waves
in porous medium (in Russian)
N.V. Bayramova, M.M. Mutallimov


4.3 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
Contributed by: AMCS,

International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

2012, Volume 22, Number 2 (June)
Special section: Analysis and Control of Spatiotemporal Dynamic Systems
Editors: Dariusz Uciński, Józef Korbicz


S p e c i a l s e c t i o n
Emirsajłow Z. Infinite-dimensional Sylvester equations: Basic theory and application
to observer design 245
Mitkowski P.J. and Mitkowski W. Ergodic theory approach to chaos: Remarks and
computational aspects 259
Myśliński A. Topology optimization of quasistatic contact problems 269
Niewiadomska-Szynkiewicz E. Localization in wireless sensor networks: Classification
and evaluation of techniques 281
Patan M. Distributed scheduling of sensor networks for identification of spatio-
temporal processes 299
Rafajłowicz E., Styczeń K. and Rafajłowicz W. A modified filter SQP method as a tool
for optimal control of nonlinear systems with spatio-temporal dynamics 313

R e g u l a r s e c t i o n
Duda J. A Lyapunov functional for a system with a time-varying delay 327
Balasubramaniam P., Lakshmanan S. and Rakkiyappan R. LMI optimization problem of
delay-dependent robust stability criteria for stochastic systems with polytopic
and linear fractional uncertainties 339
Mostafa E.M.E. An SQP trust region method for solving the discrete-time linear
quadratic problem 353
Zatwarnicki K. Adaptive control of cluster-based Web systems using neuro-fuzzy
models 365
Byrski W. and Byrski J. The role of parameter constraints in EE and OE methods
for optimal identification of continuous LTI models 379
Kaczorek T. Existence and determination of the set of Metzler matrices for given
stable polynomials 389
Busłowicz M. and Ruszewski A. Computer methods for stability analysis of the Roesser
type model of 2D continuous-discrete linear systems 401
Santana A.M. and Medeiros A.A.D. Straight-lines modelling using planar information
for monocular SLAM 409
Stępień J., Polański A. and Wojciechowski K. A general on-the-fly algorithm for
modifying the kinematic tree hierarchy 423
Kasprzak W., Wilkowski A. and Czapnik K. Hand gesture recognition based on free-
form contours and probabilistic inference 437
Huk M. Backpropagation generalized delta rule for the selective attention Sigma-if
artificial neural network 449
Simiński K. Neuro-rough-fuzzy approach for regression modelling from missing data 461
Sikora M. and Sikora B. Improving prediction models applied in systems monitoring
natural hazards and machinery 477
Gawron P., Klamka J. and Winiarczyk R. Noise effects in the quantum search
algorithm from the viewpoint of computational complexity 493

Publisher: University of Zielona Góra and Lubuskie Scientific Society, Poland
ISSN: 1641-876X
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Józef Korbicz
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, Summon by Serials Solutions,
BazTech, Polish Virtual Library of Science/Mathematical Collection, Zielona Góra
Digital Library

Impact Factor: 0.487 (2011), 0.794 (2010), 0.684 (2009)



4.4 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Contributed by: Yongqiang Wang,

Table of Contents for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol 60, no 8

SNR and Noise Variance Estimation for MIMO Systems
A. Das and B. D. Rao 3929
A Semidefinite Relaxation-Based Algorithm for Robust Attitude Estimation
S. Ahmed, E. C. Kerrigan, and I. M. Jaimoukha 3942
An Efficient Parametric Technique for Doppler-Delay Estimation
B. Friedlander 3953
Sparse Bayesian Methods for Low-Rank Matrix Estimation
S. D. Babacan, M. Luessi, R. Molina, and A. K. Katsaggelos 3964
Recursive Group Lasso
Y. Chen and A. O. Hero 3978
Low-Complexity Variable Forgetting Factor Mechanism for Blind Adaptive Constrained
Constant Modulus Algorithms Y. Cai, R. C. de Lamare, M. Zhao, and J. Zhong 3988
Adaptive Widely Linear Reduced-Rank Interference Suppression Based on the Multistage
Wiener Filter
N. Song, R. C. de Lamare, M. Haardt, and M. Wolf 4003
Spatio-Temporal Diffusion Strategies for Estimation and Detection Over Networks
J.-W. Lee, S.-E. Kim, W.-J. Song, and A. H. Sayed 4017
Peak-Error-Constrained Sparse FIR Filter Design Using Iterative SOCP
A. Jiang, H. K. Kwan, and Y. Zhu 4035
On the Design of Highly Accurate and Efficient IIR and FIR Filters
G. Beylkin, R. D. Lewis, and L. Monzón 4045
Discrete-Time LTI Systems Beyond Convolution
P. Vogel 4055
STFT With Adaptive Window Width Based on the Chirp Rate
S.-C. Pei and S.-G. Huang 4065
Proof of Convergence and Performance Analysis for Sparse Recovery via Zero-Point
Attracting Projection
X. Wang, Y. Gu, and L. Chen 4081
Block-Sparse Recovery via Convex Optimization
E. Elhamifar and R. Vidal 4094
Optimal Pivot Selection in Fast Weighted Median Search
A. Rauh and G. R. Arce 4108
Sparsity-Exploiting Robust Multidimensional Scaling
P. A. Forero and G. B. Giannakis 4118
Feedback Message Passing for Inference in Gaussian Graphical Models
Y. Liu, V. Chandrasekaran, A. Anandkumar, and A. S. Willsky 4135
Kernel Methods for Ill-Posed Range-Based Localization Problems
D. Kotzor and W. Utschick 4151
Robust Clustering Using Outlier-Sparsity Regularization
P. A. Forero, V. Kekatos, and G. B. Giannakis 4163
A CLT on the SNR of Diagonally Loaded MVDR Filters
F. Rubio, X. Mestre, and W. Hachem 4178
Performance Tradeoffs in Amplify-and-Forward Bidirectional Network Beamforming
M. Zaeri-Amirani, S. Shahbazpanahi, T. Mirfakhraie, and K. Ozdemir 4196
CS Decomposition Based Bayesian Subspace Estimation
O. Besson, N. Dobigeon, and J.-Y. Tourneret 4210
SIMO Channel Estimation Using Space-Time Signal Subspace Projection and Soft Information
S. Cai, T. Matsumoto, and K. Yang 4219
Nondata-Aided Joint Channel Estimation and Equalization for OFDM Systems in Very
Rapidly Varying Mobile Channels
H. Senol, E. Panayirci, and H. V. Poor 4236
Tradeoff Analysis of Delay-Power-CSIT Quality of Dynamic Backpressure Algorithm for
Energy Efficient OFDM Systems
V. K. N. Lau and C. H. Koh 4254
Coordinated Linear Precoding in Downlink Multicell MIMO-OFDMA Networks
K. Wang, X. Wang, W. Xu, and X. Zhang 4264
Interference Alignment as a Rank Constrained Rank Minimization
D. S. Papailiopoulos and A. G. Dimakis 4278
Diffusion Adaptation Strategies for Distributed Optimization and Learning Over Networks
J. Chen and A. H. Sayed 4289
Distributed Detection Over Noisy Networks: Large Deviations Analysis
D. Jakovetic´, J. M. F. Moura, and J. Xavier 4306
Low-Complexity Distributed Total Least Squares Estimation in Ad Hoc Sensor Networks
A. Bertrand and M. Moonen 4321
Likelihood Consensus and Its Application to Distributed Particle Filtering
O. Hlinka, O. Sluˇciak, F. Hlawatsch, P. M. Djuric´, and M. Rupp 4334
Distributed, Robust Acoustic Source Localization in a Wireless Sensor Network
Y. Liu, Y. H. Hu, and Q. Pan 4350
A Joint Time-Invariant Filtering Approach to the Linear Gaussian Relay Problem
C. Kim, Y. Sung, and Y. H. Lee 4360
Joint Parameter Estimation and Base-Calling for Pyrosequencing Systems
T. Wu and H. Vikalo 4376
Jointly Designed Architecture-Aware LDPC Convolutional Codes and Memory-Based
Shuffled Decoder Architecture
Y.-L. Ueng, Y.-L. Wang, L.-S. Kan, C.-J. Yang, and Y.-H. Su 4387
Joint Source-Channel Coding and Channelization for Embedded Video Processing With
Flash Memory Storage
Y. Li, G. Dong, and T. Zhang 4403
Blind Identification of Multi-Channel ARMA Models Based on Second-Order Statistics
C. Yu, C. Zhang, and L. Xie 4415
Reconstruction Filter Design for Stepped-Frequency Continuous Wave
G. Cui, L. Kong, and X. Yang 4421
Convergence Analysis for Initial Condition Estimation in Coupled Map Lattice Systems
L. Lin, M. Shen, H. C. So, and C. Chang 4426
On the Design of Constant Modulus Probing Signals for MIMO Radar
Y.-C. Wang, X. Wang, H. Liu, and Z. -Q. Luo 4432
Time-Varying Channel Estimation Using Two-Dimensional Channel Orthogonalization and
Superimposed Training
R. Carrasco-Alvarez, R. Parra-Michel, A. G. Orozco-Lugo, and J. K. Tugnait 4439
Optimal Index Assignment for Multiple Description Scalar Quantization With Translated
Lattice Codebooks
G. Zhang, J. Klejsa, and W. B. Kleijn 4444
On the Convergence Speed of Turbo Demodulation With Turbo Decoding
S. Haddad, A. Baghdadi, and M. Jezequel 4452
Optimized One-Way Relaying Strategy With Outdated CSI Quantization for Spatial
W. Xu and X. Dong 4458
Pareto Characterization of the Multicell MIMO Performance Region With Simple
E. Björnson, M. Bengtsson, and B. Ottersten 4464
Construction of Minimum Euclidean Distance MIMO Precoders and Their Lattice
D. Kapetanovic´, F. Rusek, T. E. Abrudan, and V. Koivunen 4470
Transmission Mode Selection Algorithms for Spatially Correlated MIMO Interference
J.-S. Kim, K.-J. Lee, H. Park, and I. Lee 4475
Diffusion Sparse Least-Mean Squares Over Networks
Y. Liu, C. Li, and Z. Zhang 4480
Dynamic Multidimensional Scaling for Low-Complexity Mobile Network Tracking
H. Jamali-Rad and G. Leus 4485


4.5 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-chen Fu,

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.14, No.4 July, 2012

Regular papers:

1. Paper Title: Smart-Bogie: Semi-Active Lateral Control Of Railway Vehicles
Authors: Cristiano Spelta, Sergio M. Savaresi, Fabio Codecà, Mauro Montiglio and
Michele Ieluzzi

2. Paper Title: Design of Embedded Filters for Inner-Loop Power Control in Wireless
CDMA Communication Systems
Authors: Daniel E. Quevedo and Torbjörn Wigren

3. Paper Title: Duality properties of linear impulsive systems
Authors: Douglas A. Lawrence

4. Paper Title: State observation for nonlinear switched systems using nonhomogeneous
high-order sliding mode observers
Authors: J. Davila, H. Ríos, and L. Fridman

5. Paper Title: Stabilization of nonlinear systems with filtered lyapunov functions
and feedback passivation
Authors: Stefano Battilotti

6. Paper Title: Using Delta Range for Fault Detection/Exclusion on GPS Positioning
Authors: Fu-Kuang Yeh, Hung-Wei Chen and Yi-Hsueh Tsai

7. Paper Title: Decentralized DES Supervisory Control for Coordination of under Load
Tap-Changing Transformers and Static VAR Compensators
Authors: S. Mohammad Noorbakhsh and Ali A. Afzalian

8. Paper Title: From Nonlinear To Fuzzy Approaches In Trajectory Tracking Control Of
Wheeled Mobile Robots
Authors: Jafar Keighobadi and Mohammad B. Menhaj

9. Paper Title: A Novel Fuzzy Approach for State Estimation of Nonlinear Hybrid Systems
Using Particle Filtering Method
Authors: Karim Salahshoor and M. Foad Samadi

10. Paper Title: An Improved Sliding-Mode Repetitive Learning Control Scheme Using
Wavelet Transform
Authors: Yu-Sheng Lu, Bing-Xuan Wu and Shu-Fen Lien

11. Paper Title: A Framework for Globally Optimal State Estimation for Systems with
Unknown Inputs (II): Untrammeled Approach
Authors: Chien-Shu Hsieh

12. Paper Title: Hysteresis compensation and adaptive controller design for a piezoceramic
actuator system in atomic force microscopy
Authors: Ping-Lang Yen, Mu-Tian Yan and Yil Chen

13. Paper Title: Pareto-Set Based Multi-Objective Dynamic Reactive Power And Voltage Control
Authors: Anan Zhang and Honggeng Yang

14. Paper Title: Two/Infinity Norm Criteria Resolution of Manipulator Redundancy at
Joint-Acceleration Level Using Primal-Dual Neural Network
Authors: Yu-Nong Zhang, Bing-Huang Cai, Jiang-Ping Yin and Lei Zhang

15. Paper Title: Robust L2−L∞ filtering for stochastic systems with discrete and
distributed time-varying delays
Authors: Lin Li and Ying Jia

16. Paper Title: A Simplified Optimization Strategy for Nonlinear Tuned Mass Damper
in Structural Vibration Control
Authors: Wei Guo, Hong-Nan Li, Guo-Huan Liu and Zhi-Wu Yu

17. Paper Title: A Kiefer-Wolfowitz Algorithm Based Iterative Learning Control for
Hammerstein-Wiener Systems
Authors: Dong Shen and Han-Fu Chen

18. Paper Title: Robust Stability and Stabilization Criteria for Discrete Singular
Time-delay LPV Systems
Authors: Xian Zhang and Huanyu Zhu

19. Paper Title: Convergence Properties of Iterative Learning Control Process in the
Sense of Lebesgue-p Norm
Authors: Xiaoe Ruan, Z. Zenn Bien, and Qi Wang

Brief papers:

1. Paper Title: Estimate of Domain of Attraction for a Class of Port-Controlled
Hamiltonian Systems Subject to Both Actuator Saturation and Disturbances
Authors: Airong Wei, Yuzhen Wang and Xiaoming Hu

2. Paper Title: Output Feedback Controller Design for Systems with Amplitude and
Rate Control Constraints
Authors: F. A. Bender and J. M. Gomes da Silva Jr.

3. Paper Title: A Sufficient Condition for Checking the Attractiveness of Sliding
Manifold in Fractional Order Sliding Mode Control
Authors: Mehmet Önder Efe

4. Paper Title: Practical Output Regulation of Uncertain Strict-Feedback Form Systems
Authors: Ghazal Montaseri and Mohammad Javad Yazdanpanah

5. Paper Title: Fuzzy identification of nonlinear systems via orthogonal transform
Authors: Hongwei Wang, Jia Wang and Hong Gu

6. Paper Title: H∞ Observer Design for Descriptor Systems with Slope-Restricted
Authors: Chunyu Yang, Qingling Zhang, Jyh-Horng Chou and Fei Yin

7. Paper Title: A Polynomial Algorithm for Computing Elementary Siphons in a Class
of Petri Nets
Authors: Huixia Liu, Keyi Xing, Feng Wang, Libin Han and Xiaojing Sun

8. Paper Title: Alternative Method of Solution of the Regulator Equation: L2-Space
Authors: B. Rehák


1. Paper Title: Comment on “a deadlock prevention approach for flexible manufacturing
systems with uncontrollable transitions in their petri net models”
Authors: Murat Uzam


4.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Thomas Meurer,
Control Engineering Practice
Volume 20
Issue 9
September 2012

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Masoud Honarvar Nazari, Marija Ilic, João Peças Lopes, Small-signal stability
and decentralized control design for electric energy systems with a large penetration
of distributed generators, Pages 823-831

L. Dugard, O. Sename, S. Aubouet, B. Talon, Full vertical car observer design
methodology for suspension control applications, Pages 832-845

A. Neto, G. De Tommasi, R. Albanese, G. Ambrosino, M. Ariola, G. Artaserse, A.J.N.
Batista, B. Carvalho, F. Crisanti, H. Fernandes, P.J. Lomas, F. Maviglia, A.
Pironti, F. Rimini, F. Sartori, L. Zabeo, JET-EFDA Contributors, Exploitation of
modularity in the JET tokamak vertical stabilization system, Pages 846-856

Aijun Yan, Tianyou Chai, Wen Yu, Zhe Xu, Multi-objective evaluation-based hybrid
intelligent control optimization for shaft furnace roasting process, Pages 857-868

Majid H.M. Chauhdry, Peter B. Luh, Nested partitions for global optimization in
nonlinear model predictive control, Pages 869-881

Michael Döhler, Laurent Mevel, Fast multi-order computation of system matrices
in subspace-based system identification, Pages 882-894

Germán A. Ramos, Ramon Costa-Castelló, Josep M. Olm, Analysis and design of a
robust odd-harmonic repetitive controller for an active filter under variable
network frequency, Pages 895-903

A.J. Gallego, E.F. Camacho, Adaptative state-space model predictive control of
a parabolic-trough field, Pages 904-911

Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Jaime Rubio Hervas, Nonlinear dynamics and control of space
vehicles with multiple fuel slosh modes, Pages 912-918

C. Poussot-Vassal, C. Roos, Generation of a reduced-order LPV/LFT model from a
set of large-scale MIMO LTI flexible aircraft models, Pages 919-930


4.7 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-chen Fu,

“Vision-Based Control Systems”
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

Vision feedback is used in many modern control systems as it improves robustness to
model uncertainty. In addition to providing feedback relating the local position and
orientation of the control plant with respect to a reference object, an image sensor
can also be used to relate local sensory information to an inertial reference frame
for global control tasks. However, the use of vision feedback adds complexity and new
challenges for the control system design. Beyond expertise in a specific discipline,
vision-based control approach requires multidisciplinary expertise to integrate a
vision system with the controller for tasks including: processing images at rates
amenable to feedback control; image analysis and feature point extraction/tracking;
recovering/estimating necessary state information from an image; operating within
the limits of the sensor range or field-of-view; modeling the control plant; designing
the feedback controller; analysis of closed-loop control systems. Vision-based control
has developed into a large subset of control and robotics literature because of the
enabling capabilities it can provide for autonomy.

The main aims of this special issue are to document the current state of art in vision
based control systems, and to present new results in several emerging research areas.
Submissions can address theoretical or practical aspects in these areas, as well as
future directions of vision-based control systems.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•Vision-based cell manipulation
•Vision-based nano-positioning
•Networked vision-based control systems
•Vision-based robotic surgery
•Visual control for Human-robot interaction
•Vision-based aerial vehicles
•Vision-based multi-agent systems
•Novel vision-based control methods

Guest Editors:

Prof. Chien Chern Cheah
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Guoqiang Hu
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Dong Sun
City University of Hong Kong, China

About AJC

The Asian Journal of Control, an ACA (Asian Control Association) affiliated journal,
is the first international journal originating from the Asian Pacific region and being
recognized by the major body of control researchers in this region. The Asian Journal of
Control publishes bimonthly high-quality papers on original theoretical and experimental
research and development in the areas of control, involving all facets of control theory
and its application. Functionally, this journal not only provides a forum where control
researchers and practitioners can exchange their knowledge and experiences in the control
areas, but also serves as an educational means for students and any others whoever likes
to learn some topics in the same technical area. The journal aims to be a key interface
between control communities within the Asian Pacific region and throughout the world and
is listed by Science Citation Index Expanded.

Important Dates:

Dec. 31, 2012 Deadline for Paper Submission
Apr. 30, 2013 Completion of First Review
Aug. 31, 2013 Completion of Final Review
Sep. 31, 2013 Receipt of Final Manuscript
May. 30, 2014 Publication (Tentatively Vol.16, No.3)

How to submit:

Potential authors are encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript
(in PDF format) through the journal’s online submission website:
If you encounter any submission problem, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu,

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

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


4.8 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
contributed by: Anuradha Annaswamy,

Special Issue on Control Theory and Technology in Smart Grid

Control theory and technology pertain to the study of information, feedback, and
decision-making in complex, dynamic, interconnected systems. Smart grid is an
apt example of such systems, where the need for integration of renewable energy
together with spiraling growth of demand and stringent reliability standards has
spurred the need for new grid-topologies, novel technologies for sensing, modeling,
storage, actuation, and automation, advanced algorithms for estimation, optimization,
and regulation, and new paradigms for gathering, managing, and engaging pertinent
information. The objective of this special issue is to address and disseminate state-
of-the-art research and development in the applications of control theory and control
technology in smart grid. We seek original papers with novel research contributions
in all aspects of control theory and technology of relevance and impact in Smart Grids.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Multi-agent control of smart grid
• Hierarchical control of distributed systems
• Transactive control
• Interplay between control and communication
• Grid-to-building interfaces: modeling and control
• Smart grid topology enhancement for optimal performance
• Voltage & frequency control technologies in microgrids
• Stochastic control of distributed loads with intermittent resources
• Optimization and control strategies for energy storage
• Economics of islanded microgrids
• Real-time pricing and demand response control strategy
• Optimal control of distributed renewable systems
• Virtual power plants: modeling and control
• Dynamics of load forecast models in microgrids
• High assurance cyber-grid systems: algorithms and control
• Operation and control of aggregated electric vehicles
• Role of advanced metering infrastructure: modeling and control
• Distributed state estimation for smart grid systems
• Control of automated distribution systems with PMUs
• Vehicle-to-grid interfaces: modeling and control
• Microgrid control for enhancing reliability

Submission Guidelines
Two page extended abstracts are solicited for the first round of reviews. For
information purposes, please submit a PDF version of the abstracts including a cover
letter with authors’ contact information via e-mail to with the subject
line ‘Special Issue on CTT” by the submission date. Authors of selected abstracts will
be invited to submit the full papers in the second round. Authors must refer to the
IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid author guidelines at for information on content
and formatting of submissions. The direct link to the Manuscript Central for the submission
of papers is In the Manuscript type drop-down
menu box, the author must choose Special Issue on Control Theory and Technology.

Important Dates
September 15, 2012: Deadline for the submission of extended abstract
November 15, 2012: Completion for first-round of reviews
February 15, 2013: Deadline for full paper submission
November 15, 2013: Final notification of authors

Guest Editorial Board
Guest Editor-in-Chief: Anuradha Annaswamy, MIT
• Duncan Callaway, UC Berkeley, CA, USA
• Joseph Chow, RPI, NY, USA
• Christopher DeMarco, University of Wisconsin, WI, USA
• David Hill, University of Sydney, Australia
• Marija Ilic, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA
• Pramod Khargonekar, University of Florida, FL, USA
• Anders Rantzer, Lund University, Sweden
• Jakob Stoustrup, Aalborg University, Denmark

Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
Mohammad Shahidehpour, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA


4.9 CFP: IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
Contributed by: Huijun Gao,

Focused Section on: Aerospace Mechatronics
In IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics

In a variety of aerospace driven applications, such as aeronautical/space vehicles,
launch vehicles and missiles, tremendous advances are being made in underlying
theories, devices used and systems implemented. Associated with this trend, issues
like system design, modeling, control, guidance, reliability, fault diagnosis as
well as software development receive enhanced attention both in engineering and
research domains. The primary objective of this Focused Section is to provide a
forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange their latest achievements and
to identify critical issues and challenges for future investigation in the field.
The papers published in this Focused Section are expected to discuss the recent
advances in aerospace mechatronics and in particular new ideas and approaches in
all the related fields. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following
research topics related to Aerospace Mechatronics:

- Design, manufacturing and maintenance
- Modelling, identification and dynamics
- Control, guidance and navagation
- Autonomous/intelligent control and system, multi-agent system
- Vibration and noise suppression
- Health, safety, diagnosis and monitoring
- Aerospace mechatronics embedded systems
- Software and computational techniques
- Instrumentation, sensors and actuators
- Aerospace oriented MEMS and nano technology, composite and smart materials
- Teleoperation and human-machine systems
- Methodologies and technologies for aerospace experimentations and simulations

Important dates:
Paper Submission September 1, 2012
Completion of First Review December 1, 2012
Submission of Revised Papers January 15, 2013
Completion of Final Review March 15, 2013
Submission of Final Manuscripts and Copyright Forms April 15, 2013
Publication August 2013

You can see the call for papers at:

5. Conferences

5.1 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
Contributed by: Hyungpil Moon,

CASE 2012: IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

August 20-24, 2012, Seoul, Korea

Call for participation prepared on July 10, 2012 Please find more details and
up-to-date information at

Scope of the Conference:

The eighth annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and
Engineering (CASE 2012) will be held on August 20-24, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt
Hotel, Seoul, Korea. IEEE CASE represents the flagship automation conference of
the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The conference aims to bring together
researchers in automation from both industry and academia, together with industrial
practitioners, to present and discuss the latest advances and developments in
automation science and engineering.

The 2012 Edition of IEEE CASE will place special emphasis on the themes of Automation
in Semiconductor/Display Manufacturing, Low Carbon Green Technology and Automation,
Automotive Manufacturing, and Automation in Heavy Industries, in addition to the
traditional coverage of the latest advances in the Foundations of Automation, Automation
at the Meso-, Micro-, and Nano-Scales, Information Automation, Automation in Logistics
and Supply Chain Management, Life Sciences and Health Care, and Networked and Control

An advanced program is available at

Publication Details:

Conference proceedings will be included in IEEE Xplore and all presented papers will
be included in the Elsevier databases Engineering Index (EI) and Compendex.


A best conference paper award, a best application paper award, and a best student
paper award will be presented at the conference. All the candidate work will be
presented in a single track session.

Invited talks:

- Tuesday, August 21. Dr. Rainer Bischoff (KUKA, Germany) on "Robot-based automation
  in manufacturing and service applications"
- Wednesday, August 22. Prof. Tae-Eog Lee (KAIST, Korea) on "Scheduling & Control
  of Integrated Semiconductor Manufacturing Tools and Petri Net Scheduling"
- Thursday, August 23. Prof. Kevin Lynch (Northwestern University, USA) on
  "Nonprehensile Robotic Manipulation"

Technical Tour:

A technical tour to the Hyundai Asan plant, just southwest of Seoul, is available
for CASE 2012 participants.

The Hyundai Asan plant, which mainly produces passenger vehicles for export, rests
on a 440 acres site with a 4 million sq. ft. building that consists of production
lines for machine press, auto frame, paint, assembly, engine and a materials plant.
It is an entirely self-contained independent automobile production complex that is
capable of an output of 30,000 mid to large size passenger vehicles annually. The
Asan plant was established with the grand proposition of creating a safety-first
work environment which is people oriented all the while putting into practice a
management philosophy of eco-friendliness.

Date: (Friday) August 24, 2012
Time: 10:30 - 13:00 (The bus leaves the conference venue at 8:00 AM.
The returning time to the venue is subject to change depending on the traffic condition.)
Pre-registration is required due to limited seats and the company policy. It is first-
come first-served basis. After completing the application form, please send the form
to the CASE 2012 secretariat by e-mail ( no later than July 20, 2012.


For the participants of CASE 2012, the organizing committee has reserved rooms in
the hotels at discounted rates. To take advantage of these discounts, participants
should make a reservation before the deadlines. In case of the reservation made after
the date, we may not assure the conference rate shown below. The hotel reservation
deadline is different for each hotel for your reference. Please find more information

Further Information:

Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For
more information about local arrangements, registration, cultural tour, etc., please
refer to the above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers via the email

Important Dates:

Tutorial/Workshop 2012/08/20
Technical Program 2012/08/21-23
Technical Tour 2012/08/24

General Chair:
Hyouk Ryeol Choi, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

Program Chair:
Nak Young Chong, JAIST, Japan


5.2 European Control Conference
Contributed by: Colin Jones,

2013 European Control Conference (ECC13)
July 17 - 19, 2013, Zurich, Switzerland

It is our pleasure to announce the 12th European Control Conference (ECC13),
which will be held in Zurich, Switzerland from July 17 - 19, 2013, hosted at the
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and organized under the auspices
of the European Control Association (EUCA). The conference aims to bring together
academic and industrial professionals in the field of systems and control, and to
promote scientific cooperation and exchanges within the European Union and between
Europe and the rest of the world. The ECC13 program will feature plenary lectures,
semi-plenary lectures, contributed papers, invited papers, tutorial sessions and pre-
conference workshops.

Important dates
- October 19, 2012 Submission deadline
- Late February 2013 Acceptance/rejection decisions
- April 26, 2013 Final paper submission

Contributed papers
Prospective authors are invited to submit the full versions of their manuscripts
through the conference management system. Detailed instructions are available on
the conference website

Invited session proposals
Proposals are invited from participants wishing to organize invited sessions,
comprising six thematically coherent papers. The session should provide added
value over the individual papers, focusing for example on emerging challenges,
or diverse views on established problems that one would not normally find together
in a contributed paper session. Detailed submission instructions are available
on the conference website

Pre-conference workshops
Pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Interested
instructors are requested to submit a brief proposal through the conference
management system (details available at

We look forward to welcoming you in Zurich, Switzerland.

General Chair:
Prof. M. Morari, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
General Vice-Chair:
Prof. L. Guzzella, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
International Program Committee Chair:
Prof. J. Lygeros, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


5.3 IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference
Contributed by: Frank Doyle,

The IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference will be held October 4-5,
2012 at the National Academy of Sciences Auditorium in Washington DC

The Conference will conduct strategic discussions and debates on grand challenges
facing the scientific community in the interface of engineering and life sciences.
The anticipated outcome of conference shall be identified grand challenges on how
engineering can be better interfaced with life sciences to understand the mechanisms
of biological systems and major diseases, and to lead to improved healthcare.

The Conference will consist of a series of plenary presentations by thought leaders
in academia, government and industry, and interactive panel discussions and small
group discussions by all meeting participants. See below for the list of confirmed
keynote and plenary speakers:

which includes Nobel Laureate, President of US National Academy of Engineering,
and leaders in the scientific community.

If you are interested in joining the discussions on identifying grand challenges
in engineering life sciences, together with the thought leaders, you are invited
to participate. Due to room capacity, participation is limited and interested
participants will be first come first served. To reserve your seat, please register

To document the strategic discussions and serve those who cannot attend the
conference in person, a special issue is planned to be published at IEEE Transactions
on Biomedical Engineering. Perspective articles discussing grand challenges and review
articles overviewing major advancements in all fields of engineering life sciences
are invited.


5.4 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
Contributed by: 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

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.

Opening Jubilee and Plenary Lectures: Professor Karl Johan Åström, Lund University,
will be the opening lecturer scheduled for Monday, October 1, 2012.
Professor David Tse, University of California at Berkley, will deliver this year’s
plenary lecture scheduled for Friday, October 5, 2012.

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: URL:

Sponsors: Coordinated Science Laboratory and the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



5.5 International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control
Contributed by: Sriram Sankaranarayanan,

HSCC 2013: 16th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control

April 8-11, 2013

Philadelphia, PA


Important Sates

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2012.
Rebuttal Phase: Nov 21-25.
Author Notification: December 14, 2012.
Camera-ready Submission: Feb 11, 2013.
Conference Dates: April 8-11, 2013.

Conference Scope

Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC) focuses on research that involves
a blend of concepts, tools, and techniques from computer science, control theory,
and applied mathematics for analysis and control of dynamical systems that exhibit
continuous, discrete, or combined (hybrid) dynamics. By drawing on strategies from
both computation and control, this field offers techniques applicable to both man-
made, cyber-physical systems (ranging from mixed signal circuits and small robots
to global infrastructure networks) and natural systems (ranging from biochemical
networks to physiological models). HSCC has long been a leading, single-track
conference for such rigorous, interdisciplinary approaches to dynamical systems
with an emphasis on computational aspects. Researchers from academia and industry
are invited to submit manuscripts on their latest developments in this area.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Design, synthesis, analysis, verification, and control;
Computability and complexity;
Programming languages, specification formalisms, and software tools;
Real-time computing and resource-aware control for embedded systems;
Applications in areas such as automotive, communication and wireless networks,
avionics, transportation networks, energy systems, mobile robotic networks,
environmental monitoring, medical devices, manufacturing, analog and mixed-signal
electronics, systems biology, and other sciences;

HSCC 2013 will be held as part of the sixth CPSWeek (Cyber-Physical Systems Week)
collocating HSCC, RTAS (Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium),
IPSN (International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks), HiCoNS
(Conference on High Confidence Networked Systems) and ICCPS (International Conference
on Cyber-Physical Systems).

Submission Guidelines

Regular papers: no more than ten pages (in ten point, two-column ACM format) presenting
original research or industrial applications of techniques for design and/or analysis
of hybrid systems or their integration into industrial design flows.

Tool and Case-Studies papers: no more than six pages (in ten point, two-column ACM
format) describing an implemented tool and its novel features, or a case study utilizing
hybrid systems tools or techniques.

Workshops and tutorial proposals should be submitted through CPSWEEK through this

All submissions should be made through the HSCC 2013 Easychair Website . Proceedings
of HSCC 2013 will be published by ACM.

Program Chairs

Calin Belta, Boston University, USA.
Franjo Ivancic, NEC Laboratories America, USA.

Steering Committee:

Rajeev Alur, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Werner Damm, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany.
Bruce Krogh, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA.
Oded Maler, Verimag, France.
Manfred Morari, ETH, Switzerland.
Claire Tomlin, University of California Berkeley, USA.


6. Workshops

6.1 International Summer School of Automatic Control
Contributed by: Christophe Prieur,

33th International Summer School of Automatic Control

The deadline for the registrations for the 33th International Summer
School of Automatic Control is approaching. Here are the basic informations.
Please do not hesitate to distribute it.

Location: Grenoble, France
Dates: September, 10-14, 2012
Deadline for registration: July, 15, 2012

Title of the summer school: Modeling and Control of Distributed
Parameter Systems

Confirmed lecturers:
F. Alabau-Boussouira, Univ. Metz, France;
G. Bastin, UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium;
E. Cerpa, Univ. Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaiso, Chile;
J.-M. Coron, Univ. P. et M. Curie, Paris, France;
M. Krstic, Univ. of California at San Diego, USA;
B. Maschke, Univ. of Lyon, Lyon, France;
E. Trélat, Univ. P. et M. Curie, Paris, France ;
C. Prieur, Gipsa, CNRS, Grenoble, France;
E. Witrant, Gipsa, Univ. of Grenoble, France;
H. Zwart, University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Registration for students: 150 euros (see the website for other
registration rates)

Contacts: Christophe Prieur and Alexandre Seuret


6.2 Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control
Contributed by: Markos PAPAGEORGIOU,


Technical University of Crete
Dynamic Systems and Simulation Laboratory
Chania 73100, Greece

10th Short Course 2012

Lecturer: Prof. Markos Papageorgiou
Date: 8-12 October 2012
Location: Chania (Crete), Greece
Fee: 1.700 € (for graduate students: 1.300 €)
(20% reduction is granted in case of more than one participation from the
same institution)


The design, analysis, and evaluation of Intelligent Transportation Systems
(ITS) requires a good knowledge of traffic flow modelling and control techniques
as well as of powerful methodologies from the areas of optimisation, control,
networks and dynamic systems. The purpose of the intensive 5-day course is to
cover the basic theory, methods and tools necessary for efficient design and
evaluation of ITS on road and freeway networks. After a general introduction to
dynamic systems and control, the course continues with traffic flow modelling
and validation issues, covering various traffic flow models, the modelling of
traffic networks, dynamic traffic assignment and simulation tools. Measurement
devices and estimation problems in traffic networks, including automatic incident
detection and OD estimation, are presented and discussed. The state-of-the-art
techniques in freeway traffic control, road traffic control and integrated traffic
control, employing ramp metering, signal control, variable speed limits and route
guidance, together with several field-implemented case studies are presented. Brief
accounts of modern optimisation, control and estimation techniques are provided.
Some 50 exercises are used for consolidation of the provided knowledge. Extensive
written materials, including all transparency copies, are handed out.
Who Should Attend

Graduate students, engineers, researchers, consultants, and government employees
who are interested in improving their understanding of advanced traffic flow
modelling and control tools and in becoming familiar with their application in ITS.

Please forward the information about the Short Course to any of your colleagues
who may be interested.

For more information

To take more information (Detailed Course Contents, About the Lecturer, Fee and
Registration Form, Location, Accommodation, Evaluation of previous courses) please
visit the site:
or email or contact:

Prof. Markos Papageorgiou
Dynamic Systems & Simulation Laboratory
University Campus
GR-73100 Chania, GREECE
Tel: +30-28210-37289
Fax: +30-28210-37584/69410

6.3 Explicit MPC: From Specifications to Circuit Implementations
Contributed by: Maurice Heemels,

Workshop “Explicit MPC: From specifications to circuit implementations”
When: Thursday, August 23, 2012.
Where: NMPC 2012, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands

In this pre-conference workshop organized by the EU-FP7 MOBY-DIC project team,
recent advances in the area of optimal and approximate explicit MPC are discussed
together with their circuit implementations. It is well known by now that for
various MPC setups based on linear plants with linear/quadratic costs or piecewise
linear plants with linear costs the resulting optimal controller is a piecewise
affine (PWA) function of the state. This observation can be used to enhance fast
on-line implementation. However, still the general form of the obtained PWA function
based on irregularly shaped polytopes in the partitioning can be prohibitive for
fast or large-scale systems. In this case it is of interest to obtain approximate
controllers that preserve important closed-loop properties such as stability,
constraint satisfaction and performance to some extent, while resulting in a (much)
simpler on-line implementation. In this workshop several solutions are proposed
based on new PWA canonical forms exploiting regularly shaped regions such as regular
simplices and hyperrectangles. Both single- and multi-resolution schemes will be
discussed. New methods to obtain approximate explicit MPC strategies in these canonical
forms will be presented and digital architecture suited for fast, low-power and
small-size electronic implementation of the resulting PWA functions will be discussed.

A posteriori analysis tools analyzing the effect of the implementation artifacts will
be provided as well. An interactive demonstration of the whole design chain from
specifications via design methods to circuit implementation, which is supported by
a recently developed Matlab toolbox, will be given. Various challenging applications
in the automotive domain and the area of power converters will be used for illustrative

See also


6.4 First International Workshop on Complex Network Dynamics
Contributed by: Sandip Roy,

First International Workshop on Complex Network Dynamics (CoNeD 2013)

We seek submissions of original research results for the First International
Workshop on Complex Network Dynamics (CoNeD 2013), to be held in conjunction
with the International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking
(ICDCN 2013) in Mumbai, India, on January 3-6, 2013. The workshop will provide
a forum for exploring inter-disciplinary methods for the analysis and design
of complex dynamical networks, and for studying applications of these methods
in the management of cyber- physical networks, including especially infra-
structure networks. We strongly encourage articles that apply control-theoretic
methods in the analysis and design of complex networks.

Submissions are due on September 15, 2012. Submitted articles will be evaluated
through a rigorous peer review process, and accepted papers will be published
in the Conference Proceedings, contingent on presentation at the workshop.
Selected papers may also be included in the CSI Journal of Computing.

Details about the conference and workshop, including the submission process,
can be found at the following websites:
Inquiries may also be directed to the workshop organizers, Sandip Roy
( and Preetam Ghosh (


6.5 Sustainable Control of Offshore Wind Turbines
Contributed by: Professor Ron J. Patton,

Research Workshop: 19th/20th September at Hull University UK "Sustainable
Control of Offshore Wind Turbines"...please visit

Registrations open.

For further information please contact Prof Ron Patton


7.  Positions

7.1 PhD: Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
Contributed by: Abdelhamid Tayebi,

A Ph.D. position is available at the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Western University (, London, Ontario, Canada.

The project is sponsored by NSERC and involves state estimation and nonlinear
control of multi-agent systems with applications to unmanned aerial vehicles

Successful candidates should have strong mathematical skills with background
in nonlinear control theory. Hands on experience with UAVs will be an important

Applicants should submit a CV, a sample of publications (if available), and
the names and contacts for three references via email to:

Dr. A. Tayebi

7.2 PhD: University of British Columbia
Contributed by: Bhushan Gopaluni,

Two PhD positions are available in a collaborative research project between the
departments of Chemical and Biological engineering, Electrical and Computer
engineering and Mathematics at the University of British Columbia. This project
is jointly sponsored by Honeywell research centre in Vancouver, Canada and the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Project Description: The pulp and paper industry in Canada contributes billions
of dollars to the economy each year and directly employs tens of thousands of
people. This research project focusses on important challenges in model
identification & maintenance and adaptive cross directional control of paper
machines. The cross directional dynamics of paper machines are characterized by
a large dimensional model with a special structure. The dynamics of this model,
however, often change due to grade changes, paper wandering and other reasons.
The control variable measurements are collected using a scanner that traverses
a zig-zag path. This project will explore novel methods to scan and process data,
maintain model fidelity and design an adaptive model predictive controller.

Requirements: We are looking for highly motivated students with stellar academic
record and research experience in process control. In particular, students with
experience in Model Predictive Control and System Identification/Signal Processing
are encouraged to apply. Students must have strong mathematical, analytical and
communication skills. Students in Electrical/Mechanical/Chemical engineering/
Mathematics or other related disciplines will be considered. A highly competitive
compensation package will be offered.

Interested students are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and a list of
three references to We thank all the applicants, however,
only those that have been selected for interview will be contacted.


7.3 Post-Doc: L2S, Supelec, South of Paris, France
Contributed by: Paolo Mason,

Title: Stability of switched systems with complex dynamics

We are looking for applications for a post-doctoral position at
L2S Supelec, France. The scholarship is funded by Digiteo.
The project is about complex switched systems and stability.
In particular, it focuses on switched systems in infinite-dimensional linear
spaces. The main objectives are the analysis of stability of time-varying delay
systems through a "switched systems" viewpoint and the stability of systems
governed by PDEs with intermittent damping. A strong background in applied
mathematics and/or functional analysis is required. Some knowledge of systems
control is welcome.

The postdoc will be supervised jointly by Paolo Mason and Mario Sigalotti.

Interested candidates please send a curriculum vitae and one publication
to Paolo Mason.

[1] F. Hante and M. Sigalotti, Converse Lyapunov theorems for switched systems
in Banach and Hilbert spaces, SIAM J. Control Optim., 49 (2011), pp. 752-770.

[2] M. Gugat, M.Tucsnak An example for the switching delay feedback stabilization
of an infinite dimensional system: The boundary stabilization of a string. Systems
& Control Letters 60, 226-230 (2011)

[3] F. Hante, M. Sigalotti, and M. Tucsnak, On conditions for asymptotic stability
of dissipative infinite-dimensional systems with intermittent damping, Journal of
Differential Equations, 252 (2012), pp. 5569-5593.


7.4 Post-Doc: Leuphana University of Lueneburg
Contributed by:

Postdoc Research Assistant (Control Systems)

Your responsibilities:
• conducting research activities in the field of control systems and drives,
  smart grid, removable energy, and new mobility concepts (electric car)
• giving lectures in the area of engineering, preferably on control systems,
  drives and simulations four hours per week, 14 weeks per semester; plus two
  additional hours when required, which are paid extra This research and teaching
  position offers the possibility to obtain a postdoctoral lecture qualification
  („Habilitation“/„Venia Legendi“) in control and drive systems and measurements.
Your profile:
• a good master’s degree (or equivalent) in engineering with a focus on control
  systems or signal processing
• a good PhD degree related to control systems or a similar topic and solid
  theoretical and practical knowledge of control systems for drives
• a record of quality research as evidenced by publications in international
  journals and transactions
• preferably knowledge in the following areas: electric vehicles, combustion
  engine control (camless control, knock control, lambda control), actuators,
  motion planning and robot control, model predictive control, wavelets and
  wavelet packets, sensorless control (Kalman filter, observer theory and its
  applications), DSP programming and measurements using Matlab/Simulink and LabView
• experience as a scientific collaborator and in teaching in the area of linear
  and non-linear control systems
• ideally knowledge of German

Leuphana University is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women
are particularly encouraged. Candidates with disabilities possessing equivalent
qualifications will be given preference within the framework of legal requirements.

Your application should include a short CV, one or two recommendation letters
and a list of publications.

Please send your application until 31 August 2012 to the address below.

Leuphana University of Lueneburg
Personalservice, Katrin Severloh · Code: PPI
Scharnhorststrasse 1 · 21335 Lueneburg


7.5 Post-Doc: University of Oxford
Contributed by: Antonis Papachristodoulou,

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford
Grade 7: Salary in the range £29,249 - £35,938 p.a.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Control group at
the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The position is funded
by EPSRC under a 3-institution partnership grant, held by the University of Oxford,
the University of Southampton and Imperial College London. The position is fixed-term
for up to 36 months with a start date on or before 1 February 2013.

This post will involve developing analysis and control methods for systems described
by PDEs, with applications in flow control and in collaboration with researchers at
the partner institutions. The position would suit a theoretician with a strong control
engineering or mathematical background. The successful candidate will benefit from
the international collaboration with the University of Michigan, the University of
California at Santa Barbara and ETH Zurich, as well as Airbus UK, and will become part
of the growing and flourishing inter-disciplinary control group at the University of

You should have a good first degree in Engineering or Mathematics with specialization
in control systems and have completed, or be about to complete a doctorate in Control
Theory/Dynamical Systems or a highly relevant subject in Mathematics. A good publication
record commensurate with your stage of career is expected, as well as experience in
teaching at undergraduate or graduate level. You must have the organisational skills
and initiative to carry out independent research; be able to work as part of an
interdisciplinary team; and have the written and verbal skills necessary to present
scientific ideas clearly. Experience in developing mathematical algorithms and
simulations in MATLAB, in particular with Semidefinite Programming and Sum of
Squares and of the analysis and design of feedback control systems using these
approaches is essential.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to

Only online applications received before midday on 22 August 2012 can be considered.
To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and
selection criteria, please click on the link below:

You will be required to upload a covering letter, a brief statement of research
interests (no more than three pages, describing how past experience and future
plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of three referees as
part of your online application. Please do not upload any additional documents
such as papers or reports, if they are important to your application make reference
to them in your CV or research interests statement.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity:


7.6 Post-Doc: University of Namur, Belgium
Contributed by: Joseph WINKIN,

We are looking for an exceptional candidate for a Post-doc starting during the
academic year 2012-2013 (twelve months with possibility of renewal) at the Namur
Center for Complex Systems (naXys, ).
naXys is a multi-disciplinary research center (twelve departments across the
University of Namur (FUNDP)) dedicated to the analysis and modeling of complex

The position is associated to the participation of naxys at the IAP network
DYSCO ( ) coordinating research on systems,
control, optimization and networks in Belgium. Our partners include Vincent
Blondel (UCL), Joos Vandewalle (KUL), Dirk Aeyels (Ugent), Rik Pintelon (VUB),
Rodolphe Sepulchre (Ulg), Alain Vande Wouwer (UMONS), as well as international
research groups at Stanford, Princeton and MIT.

Candidates are expected to perform research in one of the following scientific
activities of the FUNDP-naXys team, namely dynamical systems, networks, control
and optimization, and to develop collaborations with our DYSCO partners. Priority
will be given to researchers whose research interest fits at least one of the
projects that are listed on the Web page .

For more information, please send us an email at or
contact directly a member of our academic staff:

- Timoteo Carletti - - Networks and dynamical systems
- André Füzfa - - Dynamical systems
- Renaud Lambiotte (co-promotor) - - Complex networks
- Anne Lemaître - - Dynamical systems
- Annick Sartenaer - - Numerical optimization
- Joseph Winkin (promotor) - - Systems and control.

The applications should be sent by e-mail to Joseph Winkin.

Application deadline: 1 October 2012

Best Regards,

Joseph Winkin and Renaud Lambiotte


7.7 Post-Doc: Leuphana University of Lueneburg
Contributed by: Paolo Mercorelli,

The Institute of Product and Process Innovation at Leuphana University of
Lueneburg (PPI) invites applications for the following five-year fixed-term
position: Postdoc Research Assistant (m/f) Control Systems
(German salary group EG 13 TV-L)

Your responsibilities:

• conducting research activities in the field of control systems and drives,
smart grid, removable energy, and new mobility concepts (electric car)

• giving lectures in the area of engineering, preferably on control systems,
drives and simulations four hours per week, 14 weeks per semester; plus two
additional hours when required, which are paid extra.

This research and teaching position offers the possibility to obtain a post-
doctoral lecture qualification („Habilitation“/„Venia Legendi“) in control and
drive systems and measurements.

Your profile:

• a good master’s degree (or equivalent) in engineering with a focus on
control systems or signal processing

• a good PhD degree related to control systems or a similar topic and solid
theoretical and practical knowledge of control systems for drives

• a record of quality research as evidenced by publications in international
journals and transactions

• preferably knowledge in the following areas: electric vehicles, combustion
engine control (camless control, knock control, lambda control), actuators,
motion planning and robot control, model predictive control, wavelets and wavelet
packets, sensorless control (Kalman filter, observer theory and its applications),
DSP programming and measurements using Matlab/Simulink and LabView

• experience as a scientific collaborator and in teaching in the area of linear
  and non-linear control systems

• ideally knowledge of German

Leuphana University is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women
are particularly encouraged. Candidates with disabilities possessing equivalent
qualifications will be given preference within the framework of legal requirements.

Your application should include a short CV, one or two recommendation letters
and a list of publications.

Please send your application until 31 August 2012 to the address below also
per e-mail.

Leuphana University of Lueneburg
Personalservice, Katrin Severloh · Code: PPI
Scharnhorststrasse 1 · 21335 Lueneburg


7.8 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Doug Williams,

Hightower Chair
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Endowed Chair: The Georgia Institute of Technology announces the Hightower Chair
in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Applications and
nominations for this endowed chair are now being accepted. This Chair is associated
with the discipline of systems and control. Candidates are expected to have a
distinguished record of performance broadly related to systems and control and
its interdisciplinary application, as well as a demonstrated potential for leader-
ship in research and education. The Chair holder will be expected to establish a
high-impact research program funded by industry and government, draw outstanding
students to the program, and serve as a mentor to other faculty. The academic
salary for the Chair holder will be paid from Institute funds, enabling funds
generated by the endowment to be used by the Chair holder for the purposes of
research support and program development. Salary will be fully competitive.

Applications and nominations should be submitted to: Hightower Chair Search Committee,
c/o Toya Jordan, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Georgia Institute  of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0250 or by email to

Interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials no later than October
31, 2012 to assure optimal consideration.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action


7.9 Faculty: The University of Pennsylvania
Contributed by: George J. Pappas,

Research Assistant Professor

The University of Pennsylvania seeks outstanding individuals for the non-tenure
track position of Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical
and Systems Engineering to start in Fall 2012. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in
engineering or related field. Suitable candidates in the areas of controls,
robotics, and embedded systems will be considered. Candidates should be prepared
to develop their own independent research portfolio as well as collaborate with
faculty in the GRASP Lab ( and the PRECISE Center
for Embedded Systems (

Applicants can submit their resume and statement of research interests at:


7.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China
Contributed by: Ms. Zhao,

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

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

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

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

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

or email the documents to

7.11 Faculty: Queen Mary University of London
Contributed by: Henri Huijberts,

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor, QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON


Academic Appointments: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor in Modelling
and Simulation of Engineering Systems

Queen Mary, University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused
higher education institutions and was ranked 11th in the UK in the 2008 Research
Assessment Exercise (RAE) according to the Guardian. In August 2012 Queen Mary,
University of London will join the elite Russell Group of UK universities.

Following a successful earlier recruitment phase, the College has released further
posts in the School of Engineering and Materials Science as part of the wider, on-
going investment in research excellence. These appointments reflect the College's
commitment of investment to strengthen research activities in Modelling & Simulation,
Biomedical Engineering & Materials and Materials Science & Engineering and enhance
the School as a centre of research of international standing.

The successful applicants will have a proven track record or outstanding potential
for research income generation and research achievement, demonstrated through
publications. At senior levels the ability to provide research leadership is
expected. Research should enhance and/or complement existing research strengths
within the School's research groups, as indicated below.

A commitment to high quality teaching is also essential to support our undergraduate
and postgraduate taught programmes in the broad areas of Aerospace Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering, Medical Engineering and Materials Science, including
Biomedical Materials.

Applications are also welcome from groups of staff.

Current research areas in Modelling & Simulation in Engineering Systems
include: Finite, discrete & boundary element and meshless numerical methods;
Stochastic reduced order models; Modelling, simulation and control of thermofluid,
aerospace, energy, solid mechanical and biomedical systems; Multi-scale materials

See for further information


7.12 Engineer: MathWorks
Contributed by: Bora Eryilmaz,

MathWorks is looking for a versatile, enthusiastic engineer to join the Control
and Identification team. You will help develop software tools to facilitate the
analysis and design of control systems for practical industrial applications. These
tools will focus on building software for data-based controller design, online
identification, tuning of PID controllers, and process control. You will need skills
that cross traditional domain boundaries in areas such as controller design, system
identification, object-oriented programming, and graphical user interface design.

- Develop and implement new software tools to help our customers design controllers
  for their applications using Control System Toolbox and Simulink Control Design.
- Work on improving the integration of existing controller design and system
  identification tools for Simulink.
- Contribute to all aspects of the product development process from writing
  functional specifications to designing software architectures to implementing
  software features.
- Work with quality engineering, documentation, and usability teams to develop
  state-of-the-art software tools.

For more details and to apply, please visit


7.13 Controls Systems Lead: John Deere
Contributed by: Chad Haedt,

Development Lead - Controls Systems Engineering

Why John Deere

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

Working with the latest technology, collaborating with the best and brightest
in the field, expanding your knowledge and honing your skills-all are key
components of unmatched career satisfaction as a member of the John Deere
product engineering team.

What You'll Do

John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) in Urbandale, IA is seeking a
Development Lead to provide supervision to the ISG Urbandale Controls Team.
In this position you will:

-Provide technical leadership and counsel to employees within the team for the
 development of ISG performance solutions.
-Provide a vision for future controls concepts and work closely with product
 line management teams (PLMT) to align on concepts and define responsibilities.
-Perform administrative tasks such as performance management, resource planning,
 and training of direct reports.
-Plan and monitor budget allocation across projects within the controls design
 ensuring budget and resource allocations are aligned with the overall project
 prioritization and department budget.

We need a strong communicator with excellent leadership skills, who thrives on
solving problems and maintaining a high performance work culture while highly
engaging team members. Ideally you will have a Bachelors degree in Mechanical
Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or
other engineering degree with controls development experience. In addition we

-5+ years experience in product engineering.
-3+years of experience in developing and implementing control systems designs
 in a production system/product.
-Experience with embedded software, systems, or systems test engineering experience.
-Experience with controls engineering development process such as Model Based
 Software Development (MBSD) and rapid prototyping.

A strong candidate will also have technical experience related to dynamic machine
control and/or any of the following:

-2+ years in technically leading a design team and/or complex embedded projects.
-Experience with MatLab simulation and modeling-
-Experience with Agile software development practice and techniques.
-Experience with embedded simulation, automation and continuous integration.
-Experience with agriculture or construction vehicles or similar industry.
-Experience with complex electrical systems, ISO11783-based CAN networks, GPS
 based guidance systems.
-An advanced degree in Controls, Mechanical, Electrical, Ag, or other engineering
 discipline with a controls emphasis.

please send resumes to We have seveeral additional controls
related positions available.


7.14 Motor Control Engineer: John Deere
Contributed by: Chad Haedt,

Power Electronics/Motor Control Engineer

Why John Deere Electronic Solutions

New technology is arriving ever faster into markets today. At John Deere
Electronic Solutions - Phoenix International (, we design,
develop and manufacture custom, integrated electronic solutions for virtually
all markets that require rugged equipment to operate reliably under the toughest
conditions. Phoenix International echoes John Deere's passionate drive to provide
innovative solutions throughout today's ever-changing world and is recognized as
the Electronic Center of Excellence within John Deere.

You can expect the challenge of designing and testing power electronic control
algorithms for a variety of on and off-highway vehicles and equipment.

Phoenix International is a progressive, growing organization that has doubled
our engineering resources over the past 4 years; we now have over 400 engineers
in the product development group. We continually invest in the resources required
to grow our business to meet customer needs. We have all of the required design,
test and manufacturing capabilities in house.

What You'll Do

At John Deere Electronics Solutions- Phoenix International as a Power Electronics
Controls Engineer you will be responsible for the research, analysis, design,
development, debugging and modification of control systems for power electronics
applications such as Motor Control, DC-DC Convertors and AC Drives for harsh and
hazardous environments in the agriculture, construction, heavy duty on-highway,
commercial and industrial markets. In addition you will:

-Develop models for power electronics systems.
-Design and implement advanced control algorithms for power electronic applications.
-Investigate and develop state of the art power electronic control systems.
-Work closely with electronic design and other firmware/ embedded software engineers
 to optimize product performance.
-Work with customers to develop and analyze system and performance requirements.

What It Takes

We need an excellent communicator who thrives on solving problems and working in
a team environment. Minimally you will have a BS degree in Engineering. In addition
we require:

-Advanced Degree in Power Electronics with experience in Motor Control Applications
-In place of an advanced degree a minimum of 5-8 years of experience in control
 system development for Power Electronics applications, such as AC Motor Drives
 and DC-DC Converters, for microcontrollers/DSPs using either C/C++ or Matlab/
 Simulink or similar Modeling Tools
-Experience with development and debugging tools (e.g. source level debuggers,
 oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, multi-meters, etc.)
-Experience with all phases of product development

In addition it would be beneficial to have the following experience:

-Good understanding of inverter and motor design
-Experience with auto-code generation from simulation and modeling tools,
 (e.g. MATLAB, Simulink, Real-Time Workshop, etc.)
-Experience with closed loop control systems (e.g. electro-hydraulic or electro-
 mechanical control systems)
-Experience with hybrid electric systems (X-by-wire, electric motor control, etc.)
-Understand of microcontroller operation, microcontroller peripherals and systems
 (e.g. PWM outputs, A/D converters, etc)
-Experience with communication networks (e.g. CAN etc.) and communication protocols
 (e.g. J1939, ISO11783 etc.)

Send resumes to