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All the Best! / Magnus Egerstedt 







1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control


2. Books

2.1 Microbiorobotics: Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems 

2.2 Vehicle Dynamics Estimation using Kalman Filtering: Experimental Validation

2.3 Embedded Control System Design – A Model Based Approach

2.4 Semidefinite Optimization and Convex Algebraic Geometry


3. Journals

3.1 Contents: European Journal of Control

3.2 Contents: European Journal of Control

3.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

3.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

3.5 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems 

3.6 Contents: Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics

3.7 CFP: Asian Journal of Control


4. Conferences

4.1 IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems 

4.2 International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems

4.3 International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics

4.4 Automation and Control for Energy Conference


5. Workshops, Summer Schools, and Competitions 

5.1 SADCO Summer School and Workshop on Optimal and Model Predictive Control

5.2 Analysis of Complex Networks: Structure and Dynamics

5.3 EECI Graduate School

5.4 EECI Graduate School

5.5 IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems 

5.6 Workshop on Hybrid Autonomous Systems

5.7 HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems

5.8 Advances in Regularization, Optimization, Kernel Methods and SVM

5.9 Competition on Fault Detection and Fault Tolerant Control for Wind Farms


6.  Positions

6.1 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University

6.2 PhD: KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

6.3 PhD: Delft University of Technology

6.4 PhD: Delft University of Technology

6.5 PhD: NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

6.6 PhD: University of Ireland, Maynooth

6.7 PhD: Chalmers

6.8 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

6.9 Post-Doc: Dalian University of Technology, P.R. China

6.10 Post-Doc: KU Leuven, Belgium

6.11 Post-Doc: Carnegie Mellon University

6.12 Post-Doc: Loughborough University

6.13 Post-Doc: MIT

6.14 Post-Doc: University of Sydney

6.15 Post-Doc: Dalian University of Technology, P.R. China 

6.16 Faculty: TU, Munich

6.17 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology

6.18 Faculty: University of California, Riverside 

6.19 Faculty: Caltech

6.20 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology

6.21 Faculty: Rutgers University

6.22 Faculty: The University of Arizona 

6.23 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology

6.24 Faculty: University of Washington

6.25 Faculty: Nazarbayev University

6.26 Faculty: Arizona State University

6.27 Faculty: Arizona State University

6.28 Faculty: Polytechnic Institute of NYU

6.29 Engineer: GE

6.30 Researcher: Rockwell Automation, USA 

6.31 Researcher: NUI Maynooth





1. IEEE CSS Headlines


1.1 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,


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 12 (December)




Adaptive Control of 2D PDEs Using Mobile Collocated Actuator/Sensor Pairs with 

Augmented Vehicle Dynamics

M. A. Demetriou p. 2979


Stochastic Approximation for Consensus: A New Approach via Ergodic Backward Products

M. Huang p. 2994


H-Representation and Applications to Generalized Lyapunov Equations and 

Linear Stochastic Systems

W. Zhang, B-S. Chen p. 3009


Distributed Coordination of Multi-Agent Systems With Quantized-Observer Based 


T. Li, L. Xie p. 3023


Co-positive Lyapunov Functions for the Stabilization of Positive Switched Systems

F. Blanchini, P. Colaneri, M. E. Valcher p. 3038


Input-Output Finite-Time Stability of Linear Systems: Necessary and Sufficient 


F. Amato, G. Carannante, G. De Tommasi, A. Pironti p. 3051


On Exponential Almost Sure Stability of Random Jump Systems

C. Li, M. Z. Q. Chen, J. Lam, X. Mao p. 3064


Explicit Solutions for Root Optimization of a Polynomial Family with One Affine 


V. Blondel, M. Gurbuzbalaban, A. Megretski, M. L. Overton p. 3078


Generalized Kalman-Yakubovich-Popov Lemma for 2-D FM LSS Model

X. Li, H. Gao p. 3090


A New Approach for Diagnosability Analysis of Petri Nets Using Verifier Nets

M. P. Cabasino, A. Giua, S. Lafortune, C. Seatzu p. 3104


A Simultaneous Balanced Truncation Approach to Model Reduction of Switched 

Linear Systems

H. L. Trentelman, K. Camlibel, N. Monshizadeh p. 3118


Optimal Approximation Schedules for a Class of Iterative Algorithms, with an 

Application to Multigrid Value Iteration

A. Almudevar, E. Arruda p. 3132


Technical Notes and Correspondence


Enforcing consensus on adaptive parameter estimation of structurally perturbed 

infinite dimensional systems

M. A. Demetriou p. 3147


Stable networked control systems with bounded control authority

P. Hokayem, D. Chatterjee, F. Ramponi, J. Lygeros p. 3153


Internally Positive Representation of a Class of Continuous Time Systems

F. Cacace, L. Farina, A. Germani, C. Manes p. 3158


Stochastic Approximation Approach for Consensus and Convergence Rate Analysis 

of Multi-agent Systems

J. Xu, H. Zhang, L. Xie p. 3163


Distributed Average Tracking of Multiple Time-varying Reference Signals with 

Bounded Derivatives

F. Chen, Y. Cao, W. Ren p. 3169


A Minimum Phase Output in the Exact Tracking Problem for the Nonminimum Phase 

Underactuated Surface Ship

L. Consolini, M. Tosques p. 3174


Reducing the Reliability Over-cost in Reconfiguration-based Fault Tolerant 

Control Under Actuator Faults

M. Staroswiecki, K. Zhang, D. Berdjag, Mohamed Abbas-Turki p. 3181


Averaging over General Random Networks

K. Cai p. 3186


A New Approach to Global Asymptotic Tracking for a Class of Low-Triangular 

Nonlinear Systems via Output Feedback

X. Zhang, Y. Lin p. 3192


A Control-Oriented Notion of Finite State Approximation

D. C. Tarraf p. 3197


Pareto Region Characterization for Rate Control in MIMO Interference Systems 

and Nash Bargaining

Z. Chen, S. Vorobyov, C-X. Wang, J. Thompson p. 3203


Worst-Case Mahler Measure in Polytopic Uncertain Systems

G. Chesi p. 3208


Network Identification via Node Knockout

M. Nabi-Abdolyousefi, M. Mesbahi p. 3214


Decentralized Robust Servomechanism Problem for Large Flexible Space Structures 

under Sensor and Actuator Failures

S. T-C. Huang, E. J. Davison, R. H. Kwong p. 3219


Efficient Abstractions for the Supervisory Control of Modular Discrete Event 


K. W. Schmidt, J. E. R. Cury p. 3224


Sampled-Data Consensus for Multiple Double Integrators with Arbitrary Sampling

F. Xiao, T. Chen p. 3230


Sparse Identification of Nonlinear Functions and Parametric Set Membership 

Optimality Analysis

C. Novara p. 3236


Convex Dwell-time Characterizations for Uncertain Linear Impulsive Systems

C. Briat, A. Seuret p. 3241


Optimal Policy for Inventory Transfer between Two Depots with Backlogging

C. T. Ng, D-P. Song, T.C.E. Cheng p. 3247


Optimal Sampling and Performance Comparison of Periodic and Event Based 

Impulse Control

X. Meng, T. Chen p. 3252


Discussion on ìStability, l2-Gain and Asynchronous H-infinity Control of Discrete-

Time Switched Systems with Average Dwell Timeî

W. Xiang, J. Xiao p. 3259





2. Books


2.1 Microbiorobotics: Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems 

Contributed by: Agung Julius,


Microbiorobotics: Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems

Editors: M.J. Kim, A.A. Julius, E.A. Steager

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9781455778911

300 pages


Microbiorobotics is a new engineering discipline that inherently involves a 

ultidisciplinary approach (mechanical engineering, cellular biology, mathematical 

modeling, control systems, synthetic biology, etc). Building robotics system in 

the micro scale is an engineering task that has resulted in many important 

applications, ranging from micromanufacturing techniques to cellular manipulation. 

However, it is also a very challenging engineering task. One of the reasons is 

because many engineering ideas and principles that are used in larger scales do 

not scale well to the micro-scale. For example, locomotion principles in a fluid 

do not function in the same way, and the use of rotational motors is impractical 

because of the difficulty of building of the required components.


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2.2 Vehicle Dynamics Estimation using Kalman Filtering: Experimental Validation 

Contributed by: Ali CHARARA,


Title: Vehicle Dynamics Estimation using Kalman Filtering: Experimental Validation


Authors: Moustapha Doumiati, Ali Charara, Alessandro Victorino, Daniel Lechner


Publisher: Wiley-ISTE

ISBN: 978-1-84821-366-1 (Hardcover, 368 pages)

978-1-1185-7901-5 (eBook)





The principal concerns in road safety are understanding and preventing risky 

situations. A close examination of accident data reveals that losing control 

of the vehicle is responsible for a huge proportion of car accidents. Improving 

vehicle control and stabilization is possible when vehicle dynamic variables 

are known. The fundamental problem is that some essential variables related 

to tire/road friction are difficult to measure because of technical and economic 

reasons. Therefore, these data must be estimated. The objective of this book 

is to develop estimators in order to estimate the vehicle’s load transfer, the 

sideslip angle, and the vertical and lateral tire/road forces. The proposed 

estimation processes are based on the state observer theory and on the dynamic 

response of a vehicle instrumented with standard sensors. These estimators are 

able to work in real-time in normal and critical driving situations. Performances 

are tested using an experimental car in real driving situations.




Introduction. Chapter 1. Modeling of Tire and Vehicle Dynamics.

Chapter 2. Estimation Methods Based on Kalman Filtering. 

Chapter 3. Estimation of the Vertical Tire Forces. 

Chapter 4. Estimation of the Lateral Tire Forces. 

Chapter 5. Embedded Real-Time System for Vehicle State Estimation: 

Experimental Results. 

APPENDICES. Bibliography 




2.3 Embedded Control System Design – A Model Based Approach 

Contributed by: Alexandru Forrai,


Embedded Control System Design – A Model Based Approach


Alexandru Forrai


Publisher: Springer


ISBN 978-3-642-28594-3


264 pages


Available: August 2012






The book introduces the reader into practical control system design, bridging 

some of the gaps between theory and practice. The control design techniques 

presented in the book are all model based, considering the needs and possibilities 

of practicing engineers. Classical control design techniques are reviewed and 

methods are presented how to verify the robustness of the design.


It is shown how the designed control algorithm can be implemented in real-time 

and tested, fulfilling different safety requirements. Good design practices and 

the systematic software development process are emphasized in the book according 

to the generic standard IEC61508.

The book is mainly addressed to practicing control and embedded software engineers

- working in research and development – as well as graduate students who are faced 

with the challenge to design control systems and implement them in real-time.




1. Embedded systems - basic concepts

2. Introduction into embedded control system design

3. System identification and model-order reduction

4. Classical controller design - part I

5. Classical controller design - part II

6. Fundamentals of robust control

7. Robust controller design

8. Embedded safety loop development




2.4 Semidefinite Optimization and Convex Algebraic Geometry 

Contributed by: Pablo A. Parrilo,


Semidefinite Optimization and Convex Algebraic Geometry

Edited by Grigoriy Blekherman, Pablo A. Parrilo, and Rekha R. Thomas


Publisher: SIAM

Series: MOS-SIAM Series on Optimization, Volume 13.

ISBN: 978-1-611972-28-3

500 pages

Available: December 2012






This book provides a self-contained, accessible introduction to the

mathematical advances and challenges resulting from the use of

semidefinite programming in polynomial optimization. This quickly

evolving research area with contributions from the diverse fields of

convex geometry, algebraic geometry, and optimization is known as

convex algebraic geometry.


Each chapter addresses a fundamental aspect of convex algebraic

geometry. The book begins with an introduction to nonnegative

polynomials and sums of squares and their connections to semidefinite

programming and quickly advances to several areas at the forefront of

current research. These include


• semidefinite representability of convex sets,

• duality theory from the point of view of algebraic geometry, and

• nontraditional topics such as sums of squares of complex forms and

noncommutative sums of squares polynomials.


Suitable for a class or seminar, with exercises aimed at teaching the

topics to beginners, Semidefinite Optimization and Convex Algebraic

Geometry serves as a point of entry into the subject for readers from

multiple communities such as engineering, mathematics, and computer

science. A guide to the necessary background material is available in

the appendix.



Audience: This book can serve as a textbook for graduate-level courses

presenting the basic mathematics behind convex algebraic geometry and

semidefinite optimization. Readers conducting research in these areas

will discover open problems and potential research directions.



Contributors: G. Blekherman (Georgia Tech), J. Gouveia (U. Coimbra),

W. Helton (UC San Diego), I. Klep (U. Auckland), S. McCullough

(U. Florida), J. Nie (UC San Diego), P. Parrilo (MIT). M. Putinar (UC

Santa Barbara), P. Rostalski (U. Frankfurt/Dragerwerk), B. Sturmfels

(UC Berkeley), R. Thomas (U. Washington).



About the Editors:


Grigoriy Blekherman is an assistant professor at Georgia Institute of

Technology and a 2012 recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship. His

research interests lie at the intersection of convex and algebraic



Pablo A. Parrilo is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer

Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received

the SIAG/CST Prize and the IEEE Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher

Prize. His research interests include mathematical optimization,

systems and control theory, and computational methods for engineering



Rekha R. Thomas is a professor of Mathematics at the University of

Washington. Her research interests are in optimization and

computational algebra.




List of Contributors;

List of Figures;


List of Notation

Chapter 1: What is Convex Algebraic Geometry?;

Chapter 2: Semidefinite Optimization;

Chapter 3: Polynomial Optimization, Sums of Squares, and Applications;

Chapter 4: Nonnegative Polynomials and Sums of Squares;

Chapter 5: Dualities;

Chapter 6: Semidefinite Representability;

Chapter 7: Convex Hulls of Algebraic Sets;

Chapter 8: Free Convexity;

Chapter 9: Sums of Hermitian Squares: Old and New;

Appendix A: Background Material;






3.  Journals


3.1 Contents: European Journal of Control 

Contributed by: Maria Prandini,


European Journal of Control

Table of Contents

Volume 16, Issue n.4, 2012


Markov Actuator Assignment for Networked Control Systems

Ge Guo, Zibao Lu


A MDP Approach to Fault-Tolerant Routing

Antonio Pietrabissa, Marco Castrucci, Andi Palo


Trajectory Tracking for a Wheeled Mobile Robot Using a Vision Based Positioning 

System and an Attitude Observer

M. Velasco-Villa, E. Aranda-Bricaire, H. Rodriguez-Cortes and J. Gonzalez-Sierra


Optimal Motion-Cueing Algorithm Using Motion System Kinematics

M. Aminzadeh, A. Mahmoodi, M. Sabzehparvar


Discrete-time, robust Wiener filtering with non-parametric spectral uncertainty

G.O. Correa and D.M. Sales


Transfer matrices and advanced statistical analysis of digital controlled 

continuous-time periodic processes with delay

Bernhard P. Lampe , Efim N. Rosenwasser




3.2 Contents: European Journal of Control 

Contributed by: Maria Prandini,


European Journal of Control

Table of Contents

Volume 16, Issue n.5, 2012


Adaptive Tracking for Linear Plants under Fixed Feedback

Magnus Nilsson, Bo Egardt


H_infinity Control Design for Time-Delay Linear Systems: A Rational Transfer 

Function Based Approach

Rubens H. Korogui, André R. Fioravanti, José C. Geromel


On the Control of Unstable First Order Linear Systems with Large Time Lag: 

Observer Based Approach

Basilio del-Muro-Cuéllar, Juan Francisco Márquez-Rubio, Martin Velasco-Villa, 

José de Jesús Álvarez-Ramírez


Stability Analysis for the Group Dynamics Consensus with Time Delayed Communications

Rudy Cepeda-Gomez, Nejat Olgac


Integrated Driver and Active Steering Control for Vision-Based Lane Keeping

Riccardo Marino, Stefano Scalzi, Mariana Netto


Attitude Estimation for Intervention-AUVs Working in Tandem with Autonomous 

Surface Craft

Marco Morgado, Pedro Batista, Paulo Oliveira, Carlos Silvestre 




3.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

Contributed by: Tobias Glück,


Control Engineering Practice

Volume 21

Issue 1

January 2013


Editorial Board, Page IFC


Jianzhuang Huang, N. Eva Wu, Fault-tolerant placement of phasor measurement 

units based on control reconfigurability, Pages 1-11


Kristofer Bengtsson, Bengt Lennartson, Oscar Ljungkrantz, Chengyin Yuan, Developing 

control logic using aspect-oriented programming and sequence planning, Pages 12-22


Yi Zheng, Ning Li, Shaoyuan Li, Hot-rolled strip laminar cooling process plant-

wide temperature monitoring and control, Pages 23-30


Yan-Ling Li, Yue Sun, Xin Dai, Robust control for an uncertain LCL resonant 

ICPT system using LMI method, Pages 31-41


Giulio Panzani, Matteo Corno, Sergio Matteo Savaresi, On adaptive electronic 

throttle control for sport motorcycles, Pages 42-53


Liang Li, Wei Dong, Yindong Ji, Zengke Zhang, An improved parameter identification 

approach for piecewise affine model, Pages 54-64


Rongrong Wang, Junmin Wang, Tire–road friction coefficient and tire cornering 

stiffness estimation based on longitudinal tire force difference generation, 

Pages 65-75


G.L. Shi, W. Shen, Hybrid control of a parallel platform based on pneumatic 

artificial muscles combining sliding mode controller and adaptive fuzzy CMAC, 

Pages 76-86


Wei Zhang, Liansheng Tan, Cao Yuan, Guanrong Chen, Fei Ge, Internet primal–dual 

congestion control: Stability and applications, Pages 87-95


J.A. Castano, F. Ruiz, Set membership identification of an excimer lamp for fast 

simulation, Pages 96-104


Manhal Abouzlam, Régis Ouvrard, Driss Mehdi, Florence Pontlevoy, Bertrand Gombert, 

Nathalie Karpel Vel Leitner, Sahidou Boukari, An optimal control of a wastewater 

treatment reactor by catalytic ozonation, Pages 105-112


Samuel Prívara, Jirí Cigler, Zdenek Vána, Frauke Oldewurtel, Eva Žáceková, Use 

of partial least squares within the control relevant identification for buildings, 

Pages 113-121


Michael J. Beerer, Hyungjoo Yoon, Brij N. Agrawal, Practical adaptive filter 

controls for precision beam pointing and tracking with jitter attenuation, Pages 





3.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control 

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,


Asian Journal of Control

Vol.14, No.6 November, 2012



Regular papers:


1. Paper Title: Distributed Tracking Control for Networked Mechanical Systems

Authors: Gang Chen and Frank L. Lewis


2. Paper Title: Adaptive Nonlinear Control of Induction Motors through AC/DC/AC 


Authors: A. El Fadili, F. Giri, A. El Magri, L. Dugard, and F.Z. Chaoui


3. Paper Title:Robust Gyro-Free Attitude Estimation for a Small Fixed-Wing 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Authors: Abhijit G. Kallapur, Ian R. Petersen, and Sreenatha G. Anavatti


4. Paper Title:Memoryless SMC Design Methods for Stochastic Delay Systems

Authors: Lirong Huang


5. Paper Title:H-infinity Static Output Feedback Control of 2-D Discrete Systems in 

FM Second Model

Authors: Zhi-Yong Feng, Li Xu, Min Wu, and Jin-Hua She


6. Paper Title: Formation Control of Multiple Elliptic Agents with Limited 

Sensing Ranges

Authors: K. D. Do


7. Paper Title: State Variable Approach for the Structural Analysis of Hormonal 

Controlled Long Term Blood Pressure Regulatory System

Authors: M. Shahin and S. Maka


8. Paper Title: A Generalized Approach Tostabilization of Linear Interconnected 

Time-Delay Systems

Authors: Magdi S. Mahmoud and Yuanqing Xia


9. Paper Title: Dynamic System Identification Using High-Order Hopfield-Based 

Neural Network (HOHNN)

Authors: Chi-Hsu Wang and Kun-Neng Hung


10. Paper Title: An Intelligent Robust Tracking Control for a Class of Electrically 

Driven Mobile Robots

Authors: Yeong-Chan Chang, Hui-Min Yen, and Ping-Tsung Wang


11. Paper Title: Applying Brain Emotional Learning Based Intelligent Controller 

(Belbic) to Multiple-Area Power Systems

Authors: Shirin Ale Aghaee, Caro Lucas, and Khosrow Amiri Zadeh


12. Paper Title: Adaptive Fuzzy Control for Nonlinear Time-Delay Systems with 

Dynamical Uncertainties

Authors: Shaocheng Tong, Ning Sheng, and Yongming Li


13. Paper Title: Robust H2 Filtering for Discrete-Time Markovian Jump Linear 


Authors: Tao Liu, Hao Zhang, and Qijun Chen


14. Paper Title: Optimal Performance in Tracking Stochastic Signal Under 

Disturbance Rejection

Authors: Xi-Sheng Zhan, Zhi-Hong Guan, Rui-Quan Liao, and Fu-Shun Yuan


15. Paper Title: Observer-Based Reliable Control for Discrete-Time Switched 

Linear Systems with Faulty Actuators

Authors: Jiao Li and Jun Zhao


16. Paper Title: Observer-Based Reliable Control for Discrete Time Systems: 

An Average Dwell Time Approach

Authors: Dongsheng Du, Bin Jiang, Peng Shi, and Zehui Mao


17. Paper Title: Quantized Consensus of Multi-Agent Systems Via Broadcast 

Gossip Algorithms

Authors: Zhi-Wei Liu, Zhi-Hong Guan, Tao Li, Xian-He Zhang, and Jiang-Wen Xiao


Brief papers:


1. Paper Title: On Controlling the Transient Response of Linear Time Invariant 

Systems with Fixed Structure Controllers

Authors: Waqar A. Malik, Swaroop Darbha, and S. P. Bhattacharyya


2. Paper Title: On the Exponential Stability of Moving Horizon Observer for 

Globally N-Detectable Nonlinear Systems

Authors: Dan Sui and Tor Arne Johansen


3. Paper Title: Operator-Based Robust Right Coprime Factorization and a Nonlinear 

Control Scheme for Nonlinear Plant with Unknown Perturbations

Authors: Ni Bu and Mingcong Deng


4. Paper Title: Dynamic Pulse-Frequency Modulation in Objects Control with Delay

Authors: B. Kh. Aitchanov, B. K. Kurmanov, and T. F. Umarov


5. Paper Title: Solutionsof the Generalized Sylvester Matrix Equation and the 

Application in Eigenstructure Assignment

Authors: Chunlei Yang, Jianzhou Liu, and Yu Liu


6. Paper Title: L2–L∞ Filtering for Nonlinear Stochastic Systems

Authors: Ai-Guo Wu, Xiaona Liu, and Ying Zhang


7. Paper Title: Parametric Design Approach for Proportional Multiple-Integral 

Derivative Observers in Descpriptor Linear Systems

Authors: Ai-Guo Wu, Guang-Ren Duan, and Ming-Zhe Hou


8. Paper Title: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Consensus of Delayed 

Fractional-Order Systems

Authors: Jun Shen and Jinde Cao


9. Paper Title: Adaptive Control of a Class of Nonlinear Systemswith Its Application 

to A Synchronization Problem

Authors: Lu Liu


10. Paper Title: Stability of Impulsive Stochastic Neutral Partial Differential 

Equations with Infinite Delays

Authors: Feng Jiang and Yi Shen


11. Paper Title: Smooth Switching Output Tracking Control for Lpv Systems

Authors: Lei Song and Jianying Yang


12. Paper Title: Observer-Based Fault Diagnosis and Self-Restore Control for 

Systems with measurement Delays

Authors: Juan Li, Gong-You Tang, Peng Zhang, and Jian Zou


13. Paper Title: Semi-Global Output Feedback Stabilization for a Class of 

Uncertain Nonlinear Systems

Authors: Junyong Zhai, Chunjiang Qian, and Haibo Du




3.5 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems 

Contributed by: Michael Whitaker,


Control and Intelligent Systems

Editor-in-chief: Prof. Clarence W. de Silva


Table of Contents


Current issue:

Volume 40, Number 4 (October 2012)


Design of Hybrid Fuzzy-PI Controllers for MIMO Process

Rajni Jain, Vinopraba Thirumavalavan, Thota K. Radhakrishnan, Sivakumaran Natarajan


Model Predictive Control of Linear Systems Subject to Actuator Degradation

Helder S. Barbosa, Roberto K.H. Galvão, Takashi Yoneyama


Singular Weak Optimal Controls

Javier F. Rosenblueth, Gerardo Sánchez Licea


Output Feedback Fault Tolerant Control for Networked Control Systems with 

Random Access

Xiaomei Qi, Chengjin Zhang, Jason Gu


Multi-rate Exact Discretization via Diagonalization of a Linear System: Distinct 

Real Eigenvalue Case

Takashi Sakamoto, Noriyuki Hori


A New Design Method of Optimal PID Controller with Dynamic Performances Constrained

Xian H. Li, Hai B. Yu, Ming Z. Yuan



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 





3.6 Contents: Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev,


Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics, V.1, N.2, 2012

ISSN 2225-0530,



Nihan A. Aliev, Yelena Y. Mustafayeva

The influence of the Carleman condition on the Fredholm property of the boundary 

value problem for Cauchy-Riemann equation


Daria Semenova, Natalia Lukyanova

Random set decomposition of joint distribution of random variables of mixed type


Nikuie M.

A method for solving singular fuzzy matrix equations


Melek Aras

Geodesics of the synectic metric


H.F. Guliyev

Application of the moments method to the solution of the optimal control problem 

for the bar vibration equation


F.G. Rahimov, M. Navidi

On an uniform integrality of a family of some boundary functionals related with 

the crossing the nonlinear borders by random walking


Sh.M. Nasibov

On a non-linear ground state problem





3.7 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. Conferences


4.1 IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems 

Contributed by: Christophe Prieur,


Second call for Papers for NOLCOS 2013:

9th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems

Toulouse, France

September 4-6, 2013


September 3, 2013: tutorials given by the plenary lecturers


Website, with the plenary and semi-plenary lecturers names:




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.


Call for papers at


Submissions site is open at

for draft manuscripts and invited sessions


Important dates/deadlines:

- Draft manuscripts and invited sessions

January 15, 2013

- Acceptance/rejection notice

April 1, 2013

- Final manuscript submission

May 15, 2013

- Early registration

June 15, 2013


September 3, 2013

- Symposium

September 4-6, 2013


International Programm Committee (IPC)


Chair: Christophe Prieur, France

Co-chair: Lorenzo Marconi, Italy




4.2 International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems

Contributed by: Didier Theilliol,



Call for Paper IEEE SysTol'13 Conference


2nd International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems, SysTol'13

October 9-11, 2013, Le Negresco, Nice, France


The 2nd International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems, SysTol'13 

will highlight some recent results on in the field of fault diagnosis and fault-

tolerant control and their implication in the monitoring and maintenance. The 

conference will bring together academics and engineers in the development of 

methods and tools. Presentations of theoretical researches accompanied with 

practical experience/consideration are encouraged. Submissions from students 

are very strongly encouraged


The 2nd International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems, SysTol'13 

will be held in Nice, France, in October 2013. This conference is sponsored by 

the Research Center for Automatic Control of Nancy (France) and technically co-

sponsored by the IEEE Control System Society. The accepted papers will be 

available on IEEE Xplore.



April 30th, 2013 Contributed papers, invited session proposals,

July 1st, 2013 Notification of Acceptance /Rejection,

September 1st, 2013 Final, Camera ready papers due




Dr. Sajjad FEKRI (Cranfield University, England)

Dr. Alexander HORCH (ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland)

Prof. Pierre Etienne LABEAU (Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Prof. Jan MACIEJOWSKI (Cambridge University, England)

Prof. Olivier SENAME (Grenoble Institute of Technology, France)

Prof. Youmin ZHANG (Concordia University, Canada)



General Chair: Didier Theilliol, University of Lorraine, France

General Vice Chair: Jozef Korbicz, University of Zielona Gora, Poland

Program Chair: Andreas Varga, German Aerospace Center, Germany

Vice-Program Chair: Frederic Hamelin, University of Lorraine, France


For more details, consult the Conference website at:




4.3 International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

Contributed by: Pawel Dworak,


18th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics

26 – 29 August 2013

Amber Baltic Hotel, Międzyzdroje, Poland


It is our great pleasure to invite You to participate in the 18th International 

Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics, MMAR 2013 to be held 

in Międzyzdroje, Poland, from August 26nd to August 29th, 2013.


The Conference will be a good opportunity for highlighting the new results and 

directions of Automatic Control theory, technology and applications. As such, 

it mainly will concentrate on the following key points:


– emphasis on invited lectures including plenaries,

– industry participation promotion,

– attract young people to study and work in the field.


The participants of the 18th International MMAR Conference will have the 

opportunity to take part in the wide spectrum of categories for technical 

presentations, including plenary lectures, regular papers of both lecture 

and poster session types, and panel discussion. We look forward to seeing 

our old and New friends in Poland. You are kindly invited to participate in 

the 18th International MMAR Conference in Międzyzdroje, Poland.


Important dates

25 Feb. 2013 23:59 (GMT -0700) Submission of draft papers

20 May 2013 Notification of acceptance

28 June 2013 Author registration and payment

Submission of camera-ready papers

26 August 2013 Conference desk opening at Amber Baltic Hotel


The proceedings of the conference will be submitted for review and approval 

for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library

and will be submitted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation 

Index - Science (ISI Web of Science)


For more information see




4.4 Automation and Control for Energy Conference 

Contributed by: Trina Chakravarti,


2013 Automation and Control for Energy Conference


Day 1 Chairman: Martin Belshaw, Chairman, North of Scotland Section, Institute 

of Measurement and Control UK

Day 2 Chairman: Andy Till, Project Manager, Automation, BP

Dates: 18 & 19 March 2013

Location: America Square Conference Centre, London, UK






5. Workshops, Summer Schools, and Competitions 


5.1 SADCO Summer School and Workshop on Optimal and Model Predictive Control

Contributed by: Lars Gruene,


First announcement


OMPC 2013

SADCO Summer School and Workshop

on Optimal and Model Predictive Control

University of Bayreuth, Germany, 9-13 September 2013


OMPC 2013 is a summer school and workshop sponsored by the European

Marie-Curie ITN SADCO ( and organised by

Moritz Diehl (KU Leuven) and Lars Grüne (Univ. Bayreuth).

OMPC 2013 features two one day summer school courses on


Numerical Optimal Control, by Matthias Gerdts (Munich)


and on


Model Predictive Control, by James B. Rawlings (Wisconsin-Madison)


on Monday and Tuesday, September 9-10.


The workshop part on September 11-13 consists of invited talks

on various aspects of Optimal Control, Numerical Methods and

Model Predictive Control by


Rolf Findeisen (Magdeburg)

Matthias Gerdts (Munich)

Tor Arne Johansen (Trondheim)

Carl Laird (Texas A&M)

Anders Rantzer (Lund)

James B. Rawlings (Wisconsin-Madison),


contributed talks by SADCO fellows and team members and a poster

session for young researchers.


Participation is free of charge but the number of participants

is limited. Registration will open in March 2013. For young

researchers SADCO will offer a limited number of grants to cover

the local expenses. For more information please see our website or contact us at




5.2 Analysis of Complex Networks: Structure and Dynamics


Contributed by: Carlo Piccardi,



February 20-22, 2013, Politecnico di Milano


Scientific course organized by

DEIB - Politecnico di Milano


SICC - Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity


A network is a set of agents pairwise connected by links. Despite the simplicity 

of this definition, the theoretical properties of networks are extremely rich 

and diversified. Most notably, networks turn out to be extremely flexible in 

modeling a wide variety of phenomena characterized by a large number of inter-

connected elementary units: social networks, the Internet and the WWW, sensor 

networks, ecological communities, biochemical systems, energy transportation 

networks, economic and financial networks, are just but a few examples.


The course is part of the teaching activities organized by the PhD Program in 

Information Technology at Politecnico di Milano, yet it is not only addressed 

to PhD students, but to all researchers working in any areas of science and 

engineering and interested in the theory and applications of complex networks. 

The aim is to illustrate the fundamental theoretical notions as well as a number 

of applications in specific fields. The basic definitions, a few useful indicators, 

and the most important network models are first introduced ("structure"). Then, 

dynamical systems interacting through the network will be considered, to illustrate 

how phenomena such as epidemic/information diffusion or large-scale consensus 

and synchronization can be dealt with ("dynamics").



Renato Casagrandi, Politecnico di Milano

Fabio Dercole, Politecnico di Milano

Fabrizio De Vico Fallani, CNRS UMR-7225, CRICM - Hôpital de La Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris

Mario Di Bernardo, University of Naples "Federico II"

Giorgio Fagiolo, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa

Carlo Piccardi, Politecnico di Milano

Sergio Rinaldi, Politecnico di Milano

Alessandro Rizzo, Politecnico di Bari

Roberto Tempo, CNR-IEIIT, Politecnico di Torino



- Networks and their topology. Distance, diameter, clustering coefficient, 

degree distribution, measures of centrality. Network models: random, small-

world, scale-free. Community analysis.


- The PageRank computation in Google, randomized algorithms, web aggregation 

  and consensus of multi-agent systems

- The international-trade network: empirical evidence and modeling

- Networks in the brain

- Contact processes on networks: dynamics of epidemic diseases

- Networks of dynamical systems and collective behaviors

- Emergence of spatial patterns and Turing instability

- Master-slave synchronization

- Master Stability Function approach

- Connection Graph Stability method

- Topological indicators of synchronization propensity

- Evolution of biological networks toward synchrony and chaos

- Adaptation and evolution for synchronization and control of complex 


- Consensus-based distributed estimation in sensor networks




5.3 EECI Graduate School

contributed by: Maria Domenica Di Benedetto,


The 2013 edition of the EECI Graduate School http:

// will take place from

mid-January to May 2013. The program of the School can be found at


In the week 29 April-3 May 2013, Professor Maria Domenica DI BENEDETTO 

(University of L’Aquila, Italy), Dr. Giordano POLA (University of L’Aquila, Italy)

and Dr. Alessandro BORRI (Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi ed Informatica "A. 

Ruberti", CNR, Italy) will teach the course on "Symbolic Control Design of 

Cyber-Physical Systems" at Istanbul (TURKEY).


Summary of the course “Symbolic Control Design of Cyber-Physical Systems”

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are large-scale, complex, heterogeneous, 

distributed and networked systems where physical processes interact with 

distributed computing units through communication networks. Formal approaches 

to the control design of these systems are relatively unexplored today. This 

course will present an approach to the control design of CPS based on symbolic 

models. Symbolic models are finite state automata where each state corresponds 

to an aggregate of possibly infinite continuous states and each label on the 

transitions to an aggregate of possibly infinite continuous inputs. We will 

show how the use of symbolic models provides a systematic approach to deal 

with control problems where software and hardware interact with the physical 

world through non-ideal communication networks. Efficient on-the-fly algorithms 

for symbolic control design will also be discussed. We will illustrate the 

proposed methodology on case studies.


The following topics will be covered in the course:

1. Transition systems, equivalence and compositionality

2. Approximation metrics for discrete and continuous systems

3. Incremental stability notions for nonlinear systems

4. Symbolic models for nonlinear and networked control systems

5. Symbolic control design

6. Efficient on-the-fly algorithms and case studies

The deadline for advance registration is 20 December 2012.


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




5.4 EECI Graduate School

Contributed by: Maria Domenica Di Benedetto,


EECI Graduate School 2013

Courses at University of L'Aquila (Italy)


The 2013 edition of the EECI Graduate School will take place from mid-January to May 2013


Two courses will take place at University of L’Aquila (Italy):


1) Professor Francis CLARKE (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France): 

"  Optimality, Stabilization, and Feedback in Nonlinear Control", May 20-24, 


2) Professor Emmanuel WITRANT (Département Automatique CNRS Gipsa-Lab, Grenoble, 

   France): "Modeling and Estimation for control", May 27-31, 2013.


The deadline for advance registration is 20 December 2012. The summaries of the 

two courses follow.



Summary of the course “Optimality, Stabilization, and Feedback in Nonlinear Control”

This course presents some modern tools for treating truly nonlinear control problems, 

including non smooth calculus and discontinuous feedback. The need for such tools 

will be motivated, and applications will be made to central issues in optimal and 

stabilizing control. The context throughout is that of systems of ordinary differential 

equations, and the level will be that of a graduate course intended for a general 

control audience. 


The following topics will be covered in the course:

1. Dynamic optimization: from the calculus of variations to the Pontryagin Maximum 


2. Some constructs of nonsmooth analysis, and why we need them

3. Lyapunov functions, classical to modern

4. Discontinuous feedback for stabilization

5. Sliding modes and hybrid systems



Summary of the course “Modeling and Estimation for control”

The objective of this class is to introduce multiphysics models for complex 

dynamical systems, with different modeling, identification and estimation methods. 

The purpose of such models is to include physical knowledge of the systems as well 

as experimental data, and to allow for preliminary system design, predictive 

diagnostic and real-time control. 


The following topics will be covered in the course:


1. Introduction to modeling 

Physical modelling:

2. Principles of physical modeling

3. Some Basic Relationships in Physics.

4. Bond Graphs


5. Computer-Aided Modeling

6. Modeling and Simulation in Scilab

System identification:

7. Experiment Design for System Identification

8. Non-parametric Identification

9. Parameter Estimation in Linear Models

10. System Identification Principles and Model Validation

11. Nonlinear Black-box Identification

Towards process supervision:

12. Recursive Estimation Methods



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




5.5 IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems 

Contributed by: Kerstin Funke,


4th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems 

(NecSys 2013)


September 25 - 26, 2013

Koblenz, Germany


******* First Announcement *********


The 4th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems 

(NecSys) will be held Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 - 26, 2013 at the 

conference center Rhine-Moselle-Hall in Koblenz, Germany.


The town of Koblenz – one of the oldest cities in Germany - is situated in the 

picturesque landscape of the rivers Rhine and Moselle. Fortress walls and towers, 

castles and palaces, monuments and parks are testament to the town’s eventful past. 

Today, visitors from all over the world enjoy discovering the history and rich 

cultural heritage of this old town, which also marks the northern entry into the 

Rhine River Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site.





The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from control, computer 

science, communication, mathematics and other areas to discuss emerging topics in 

networked systems of common interest, with a focus on the most innovative mathematical 

methods proposed in the last few years for the analysis and design of networked 

control systems.


Following the practice of previous NecSys workshops, the workshop will be organized 

in a single track including 10 invited plenary presentations, and 4 interactive 

poster sessions of contributed papers. The invited oral presentations will be of 

tutorial nature while the contributed papers will be organized as poster 

presentations with a limited number of contributions and with ample time reserved 

for stimulating discussions and promoting ideas exchanges.





Submissions for the NecSys 2013 workshop are invited in several categories. 

Contributors are encouraged to consult the workshop website and to contact 

appropriate organizing committee members for more information.


** Paper submission deadline: April 1, 2013

** Notice of acceptance: June 1, 2013

** Final version due: July 15, 2013


Please visit the workshop website for details 

of submission and registration policies.





Conference Chair: Jan Lunze, Germany

IPC Co-chairs: Maurice Heemels and Bart De Schutter, The Netherlands

Local organization: Kerstin Funke, Germany




5.6 Workshop on Hybrid Autonomous Systems

Contributed by: Manuela Bujorianu,



Third Workshop on Hybrid Autonomous Systems (HAS 2013)


A satellite event of

European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software ETAPS 2013


March 17, 2013, Rome, Italy





The interest on autonomous systems is increasing both in industry and academia.

Such systems must operate with limited human intervention in a changing

environment and must be able to compensate for significant system failures

without external intervention. The hybrid discrete-continuous models constitute 

appropriate models of autonomous systems . Hybrid systems have behaviours characterised 

by the interaction between continuous and discrete dynamics and research in the area 

is driven by several school of thoughts. One approach is mainly focussed on applications 

to automation systems and the models and methods are centred on the concept of hybrid 

automaton (deterministic or probabilistic). A distinct school of thought interprets 

hybrid systems as control systems with regime change. Such systems are highly adaptive 

and suitable for modelling autonomic behaviours. The most prominent models of this 

approach are the stochastic hybrid systems and the mixed logical and dynamical systems. 

There is a clear research opportunity to combine these approaches for developing 

models, methods, techniques, methodologies, tools and environments for autonomous 

systems engineering. This workshop brings together researchers interested in all 

aspects of autonomy and resilience of hybrid systems.



Topics include (but are not limited to):

- new modelling paradigms for autonomous systems;

- verification and safety certification techniques;

- modelling, analysis and control of hybrid systems;

- uncertainty and stochastic modelling;

- multi-agent systems;

- algebraic and categorical methods;

- interaction between hybrid modelling and complexity science;

- reports on case studies and practical experiments;

- autonomous systems in natural science (e.g. from biology, ecology, climate).



* Maria Domenica di Benedetto, L'Aquila University, IT

* Radu Grosu, Vienna University of Technology, AU

* Rafael Wisniewski, Aalborg University, DEN



In order to encourage participation and discussion, this workshop solicits

the submission of regular papers, which must contain original work, and

must not have been previously published, nor be under consideration for

publication elsewhere. The accepted submissions should clearly indicate

the membership to one of the following categories:

- technical contributions;

- tutorials on a topic of importance;

- surveys on large extent cross-disciplinary research (e.g., project outcomes);

- reports on early stage or ongoing work.


For each category of submission the novelty of the submission has to be 

clearly stated and the page limit should vary between 6 and 15 pages.


All submissions must be in PDF format and use the EPTCS latex style, see Submissions can be made on the following website:


The workshop PC will review all regular paper submissions to select

appropriate ones, ones for acceptance in each category, based on their

relevance, merit, originality, and technical content.


The authors of accepted submissions are expected to present and discuss

their work at the workshop. Accepted regular papers will be published

in the Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS).


A special issue in a journal is under consideration.



Submission (regular paper): January 3, 2013

Notification: January 24, 2013

Final version (ETAPS proceedings): February 14, 2013

Workshop: March 17, 2013

Final version (EPTCS post proceedings): TBA




PC Chairs:

* Luca Bortolussi, University of Trieste, IT

* Manuela Bujorianu, University of Warwick, UK

* Giordano Pola, University of L’Aquila, IT




5.7 HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems

Contributed by: Maurice Heemels,


The 5th HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems


We would like to attract your attention to the "5th HYCON2 PhD School on Control 

of Networked and Large-Scale Systems", which will take place Monday July 1 to 

Friday July 5, 2013 in Lucca, Italy. The school is targeted at graduate students 

and researchers who want to learn the main concepts of the appealing field of 

networked control of large-scale systems, as well as at graduate students and 

postgraduate researchers already working in the area.


Selected speakers will lecture during the school covering the basic concepts and 

results on stability and control of networked control systems, wireless communication, 

event-triggered and self-triggered control, consensus algorithms, decentralized control, 

distributed optimization, model predictive control, real-time embedded control and 

scheduling, and large-scale applications such as power and water distribution networks. 

The program of the school includes stimulating lectures during five days, interleaved 

by enough time slots to allow scientific discussions among the participants and with 

the speakers. In addition, there will be a satellite event on Friday July 5 being the 

"EFFINET PhD School on Control of Drinking Water Networks. "


The lectures of the 5th HYCON2 PhD School will be given by

- Alberto Bemporad (Italy)

- Giorgio Buttazzo (Italy)

- Bart De Schutter (The Netherlands)

- Massimo Franceschetti (USA)

- Maurice Heemels (Netherlands)

- Joao Hespanha (USA)

- Mikael Johansson (Sweden)

- Jan Lunze (Germany)

- George Pappas (USA)

- Kameshwar Poolla (USA)

- Vicenc Puig (Spain)

- Sandro Zampieri (Italy)


The school follows an established successful tradition of organizing biannual 

international PhD schools. The 1st HYCON PhD School on Hybrid Systems, the 2nd 

HYCON PhD School on Hybrid Systems, the 3rd WIDE PhD School on Networked Control 

Systems and 4th HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems 

took place in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011, respectively. On these schools top 

researchers in the field educated over 450 (!) PhD students from all over the 

world on a broad range of topics.


We are currently setting up the website for the new school. The full program of 

the school, other information and the registration procedure can be found in due 

time at


We welcome you, your students and colleagues to this interesting and inspiring event!


With the best regards,

Alberto Bemporad, Maurice Heemels and Mikael Johansson




5.8 Advances in Regularization, Optimization, Kernel Methods and SVM

Contributed by: Johan Suykens,




International workshop on advances in Regularization, Optimization, Kernel methods 

and Support vector machines: theory and applications


July 8-10, 2013, Leuven, Belgium




One area of high impact both in theory and applications is kernel methods and 

support vector machines. Optimization problems, learning and representations of 

models are key ingredients in these methods. On the other hand considerable 

progress has also been made on regularization of parametric models, including 

methods for compressed sensing and sparsity, where convex optimization plays a 

prominent role. The aim of ROKS-2013 is to provide a multi-disciplinary forum 

where researchers of different communities can meet, to find new synergies along 

these areas, both at the level of theory and applications.


The scope includes but is not limited to:

- Regularization: L2, L1, Lp, lasso, group lasso, elastic net, spectral regular-

ization, nuclear norm, others

- Support vector machines, least squares support vector machines, kernel methods, 

  gaussian processes and graphical models

- Lagrange duality, Fenchel duality, estimation in Hilbert spaces, reproducing 

  kernel Hilbert spaces, Banach spaces, operator splitting

- Optimization formulations, optimization algorithms

- Supervised, unsupervised, semi-supervised learning, inductive and trans-

  ductive learning

- Multi-task learning, multiple kernel learning, choice of kernel functions, 

  manifold learning

- Prior knowledge incorporation

- Approximation theory, learning theory, statistics

- Matrix and tensor completion, learning with tensors

- Feature selection, structure detection, regularization paths, model selection

- Sparsity and interpretability

- On-line learning and optimization

- Applications in machine learning, computational intelligence, pattern analysis, 

  system identification, signal processing, networks, datamining, others

- Software




The ROKS-2013 program will feature invited plenary talks, oral sessions and 

poster sessions. Interested participants are cordially invited to submit an 

extended abstract (max. 2 pages) for their contribution. After the workshop a 

number of selected contributions will be invited for an edited book.


For further information see




- Extended abstract submission website opens: Jan 9, 2013

- Deadline extended abstract submission: March 4, 2013

- Notification of acceptance: April 8, 2013

- Deadline for registration: June 3, 2013

- International Workshop ROKS-2013: July 8-10, 2013




Chair: Johan Suykens (KU Leuven)


Andreas Argyriou (Ecole Centrale Paris), Kris De Brabanter (KU Leuven), Moritz 

Diehl (KU Leuven), Kristiaan Pelckmans (Uppsala University), Marco Signoretto 

(KU Leuven), Vanya Van Belle (KU Leuven), Joos Vandewalle (KU Leuven)


Co-sponsored by ERC Advanced Grant




5.9 Competition on Fault Detection and Fault Tolerant Control for Wind Farms

Contributed by: Peter Fogh Odgaard,


Call for participation Part III


Competition on Fault Detection and Fault Tolerant Control for Wind Farms


In 2010-2011 a competition in two parts, one on fault detection & isolation 

(FDI) and one on fault tolerant control (FTC) of wind turbines, was held for 

a benchmark model on fault detection and fault tolerant control of wind turbines. 

The benchmark has been published in the article “Fault tolerant control of wind 

turbines – a benchmark model” by P.F. Odgaard, J. Stoustrup, and M. Kinnaert, 

and is included in the Proceedings of the 7th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection, 

Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes, held in Barcelona, Spain, in June 

2009. The paper can be downloaded from 

Results on the FDI part (Part One) were presented at IFAC World Congress 2011 

and the results on the FTC part (Part Two) will be presented at Safeprocess 2012.


This call is for a follow-up competition that addresses problems of fault detection 

& isolation and fault tolerant control of wind turbines in a wind farm from the 

wind farm control level.


The follow-up competition consists of two parts as well. The first part is Part 

Three in the overall series and is on fault detection and isolation. The deadline 

for this part is in March 2013. The second part is Part Four in the overall series 

and is on fault tolerant control, which will be announced in a later separate call.


The model as well as requirements for the solution can be downloaded from:


A preprint paper describing the benchmark model and the faults can be obtained by 

request, please contact Peter Fogh Odgaard at


The participants are asked to submit their solutions implemented in MATLAB®/Simulink®, 

with full access to MATLAB code and/or Simulink blocks. The fault detection and 

isolation scheme should be implemented as a filter/observer with a binary output,

0 in case of no faults. The FDI solution should fit into the FDI block in the 

benchmark model implemented in the Simulink model.


The solutions will be validated on an extended simulation model of the wind farm 

including the faults.


The competitors should as well write a paper for an invited session at: IEEE CDC 

2013, for Part Three. The results of the competition will be announced at the same 



After the submission deadline closes, the submissions are asked to be uploaded to 

the File Exchange section of MATLAB Central:


In each part of the competition 1st, 2nd, and 3rd price are awarded with respectively 

600 Euro, 300 Euro and 100 Euro, co-sponsored by MathWorks™ and kk-electronic a/s.


If you are interested in the competition and intend to submit a solution and a 

paper, please announce your intent in advance to Peter Fogh Odgaard (peodg@kk- – please see the time schedule below. Details on the solution 

submission will be provided at that time.


Important Dates


Part Three

Deadline for announcing intent of participation: December 15th, 2012

Deadline for submission of implemented solution: March, 2013

Deadline for American Control Conference paper submission: March, 2013




Professor Jakob Stoustrup, AalborgUniversity,

Professor Pieter Mosterman, MathWorks& McGillUniversity,

Dr. Peter Fogh Odgaard, kk-electronic a/s,



kk-electronic a/s






6.  Positions


6.1 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Contributed by: Z.P. Jiang,


PhD Position in Computational Optimal Control Design at Polytechnic Institute 

of New York University


Outstanding applications are solicited for a full-time PhD position in Network 

Control or Computational Optimal Control Design at the Department of Electrical 

and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University. The position 

is available immediately but not later than Fall 2013.


Due to the nature of the scholarship, the selected student must be a U.S. citizen 

or at least a 'green card' holder.


If interested candidates should send their academic transcripts along with 

any publications or reports to Professor Jiang at

as soon as possible.


Women and minorities are most welcome.




6.2 PhD: KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

Contributed by: Henrik Sandberg,


Openings for PhD Studies in Automatic Control, KTH, with focus on Control 

in Smart Electrical Grids


KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. 

No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education 

capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans 

from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes architecture, 

industrial management and urban planning. There are a total of just over 15,000 

first and second level students and more than 1,600 doctoral students. KTH has 

almost 4,300 employees.


The School of Electrical Engineering conducts research and education in the 

fields of electrical engineering, systems engineering, information and communications 

theory, space and fusion plasma physics, and electrical power engineering. 360 people 

work in this creative and dynamic environment, out of which half are Ph.D. students, 

many from other countries. Our research projects are carried out in close collaboration 

with industry partners as well as with research colleagues from Sweden and other 

countries. The school is responsible for educating civil engineers in electrical 

engineering and five masters programs which are in great demand and which have a 

close connection to our main fields.


The Automatic Control Lab conducts fundamental research in networked control systems, 

control of communication systems, systems biology and system identification. 

Industrial projects involve partners such as ABB, Ericsson and Scania. A major 

part of the research is conducted within the ACCESS Linnaeus Centre, Sweden's 

largest university research centre in networked systems, and in EU-projects in 

collaboration with European industry and universities. We have a large academic 

network and collaborate with researchers at Caltech, ETH Zurich, MIT, UC Berkeley, 

Stanford, among others.


Work description


We are currently looking for 1-2 PhD students with a very strong background 

and interest in mathematics, control, and optimization. Depending on the 

successful candidate's interests, he or she will be supported by a project in 

the area of control and optimization of energy usage, or by a project in the 

area of control and modeling in large-scale smart electrical power grids. The 

research in these two projects involves tasks such theoretical work in modeling, 

analysis, and design of control schemes, but also close collaboration with our 

industrial partners.




We seek highly motivated individuals holding an MSc degree in electrical engineering, 

engineering physics, computer science or similar. The candidates should have 

excellent grades and very good skills in oral and written communication. They 

should be ready to contribute to an international research group and a scientific 

research agenda of major importance for European industry and society. KTH aims to 

employ a diversity of talent and thus welcomes applicants who will add to the 

variety of the University.



Form of employment: Time limited. PhD positions are intended for those who pursue 

their own doctoral studies. The positions include about 80% research and 20% 

teaching assistance duties. The salary is based on the existing employment agreement 

for PhD position at the School of Electrical Engineering.


Start date: According to agreement.

The salary follows the directions provided by KTH.



Application deadline: 2012-12-13

Employers reference number: E-2012-0593


The application must include the following documents:


1. Cover letter (maximum 1 page)

2. CV (maximum 2 pages) including education and relevant academic/work experience

3. Official record of transcripts and copy of degree certificate Above described 

   documents should be attached as a single PDF file.


The application should be sent by email to: in PDF format (only), 

with all documents merged into a single PDF-file, and with the reference number in 

the subject field.


Or to:


KTH School of Electrical Engineering

Att: Emma Johansson, Kansliet

Osquldas väg 10

SE – 100 44 Stockholm Sweden



Henrik Sandberg,

Associate Professor,



Karl H. Johansson,






6.3 PhD: Delft University of Technology

Contributed by: Bart De Schutter,


PhD position: "Integrated distributed control of cyber-physical systems" 

(Delft University of Technology)


The Delft Center for Systems and Control ( of

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands has a vacancy for a

PhD position on "Integrated distributed control of cyber-physical



A recurring challenge in cyber-physical systems is to manage a flow of

physical or virtual objects (pages, wafers, images, radio frames,

audio samples) under strict timing and quality constraints, with

limited computational resources and in close interaction with a

physical environment that can only be controlled to a limited

extent. Trends to ever faster, smaller, more energy-efficient, and

higher quality systems lead to an explosion of design complexity and

reliability challenges for the final product. A model-driven approach

to integrally design the physical architecture of a system, the

scheduling of the flow of objects, and the distributed control to

execute the schedules is therefore required in order to cope with the

complexity and reliability challenges.


In this project we will focus on the development of systematic

multi-disciplinary controller design methods for control of the paper

path in professional high-volume printers. This includes coping with a

mixture of discrete-event aspects (different types and sizes of paper,

cleaning) and continuous aspects (heating, cooling, drying,

acceleration) as well as the multi-objective nature of the controller

design challenges (throughput, energy consumption). Starting from a

nominal overall schedule for the paper path, the aim is develop

distributed control strategies for the various subcomponents of the

printer. This also includes making the controller robust against

variations and uncertainties, to cope for example with varying

environmental conditions, wear and tear, failing components, etc.


This project will be done in cooperation with the Electronic Systems

group of Eindhoven University of Technology, the Model-based System

Development group of Radboud University Nijmegen, ESI, and Océ.


We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in systems and

control or applied mathematics, and with a strong background or

interest in control, hybrid and discrete-event systems, cyber-physical

systems, and/or optimization. The candidate is expected to work on the

boundary of several research domains. A good command of the English

language is required.


We offer the opportunity to do scientifically challenging research in

a multi-disciplinary research group. The PhD student will also be able

to participate in the research school DISC. The appointment will be

for up to 4 years. As an employee of the university you will receive a

competitive salary, as well as excellent secondary benefits.


More information on this position and on how to apply can be found at

or by contacting Bart De Schutter (b.deschutter _at_




6.4 PhD: Delft University of Technology

Contributed by: Bart De Schutter,


PhD position: "Multi-agent and game-theoretic approaches for service

contracting in railway operations" (Delft University of Technology)


The Delft Center for Systems and Control ( of

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands has a vacancy for a

PhD position on "Multi-agent and game-theoretic approaches for service

contracting in railway operations".


Safe and efficient operation of a railway network requires highly

coordinated and harmonized actions of all involved parties. Currently,

railway maintenance operations are tendered for 5-year periods to

contractors. A potential risk of this procedure is that contractors

are not incentivized to do long-term investments. From a whole system

perspective, (maintenance) investments in tracks and in trains should

be jointly determined as the ultimate goal is to achieve maximum

service at minimum total cost. However, this is currently not the case

as these decisions are made independent of each other by the railway

manager (in our case: ProRail), the railway transportation companies,

and their contractors. Therefore, its is important to develop a new

management methodologies that are able to deal with multiple involved

parties so as to guarantee the long-term objectives of ProRail for

maintaining traffic safety and network availability in a

cost-effective way. This includes new methods for service contracting

that aim at influencing or aligning the contractors’ objectives and

their way of operating with the long-term objectives of ProRail.


Therefore, the objective of this project is to develop new approaches

that will allow ProRail to optimize the servicing activities at the

whole system level. These methods will be based on a multi-player

game, which can be defined in many possible settings. One particular

setting that will be investigated is that of leader-follower reverse

Stackelberg games, where the leader (ProRail) has a certain objective

that it wants to optimize, knowing that the followers (service

contractors) also have their own objectives. In a reverse Stackelberg

game the leader announces a policy (e.g., contract conditions, reward

policies, etc.) that describes how it will react to the actions of the

followers. The objective here is to design that policy in such a way

that the followers - when optimizing their own performance - also

contribute to the optimization of the performance of the leader.


This project will be done in cooperation with the Railway Engineering

group of Delft University of Technology, with the Department of

Operations of the University of Groningen, and with ProRail.


We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in systems and

control, applied mathematics, or operations research, and with a

strong background or interest in control, railway operations, game

theory, and/or optimization. The candidate is expected to work on the

boundary of several research domains. A good command of the English

language is required.


We offer the opportunity to do scientifically challenging research in

a multi-disciplinary research group. The PhD student will also be able

to participate in the research schools DISC and TRAIL. The appointment

will be for up to 4 years. As an employee of the university you will

receive a competitive salary, as well as excellent secondary



More information on this position and on how to apply can be found at

or by contacting Bart De Schutter (b.deschutter _at_




6.5 PhD: NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Contributed by: Roger Skjetne,


Two PhD research fellowships in marine control engineering on control of 

hybrid electric power systems for dynamically positioned ships and rigs.


Dynamically positioned (DP) vessels with electric power plants in the range 

of 10-80 MW are used in several safety-critical offshore operations, such as 

drilling, supply, offloading, construction, anchor handling, and production. 

The number of DP vessels is increasing, and development of knowledge and 

competence in the design and qualification of safe and environmentally 

robust power and energy management systems for safer and greener offshore 

vessels are of vital importance to the industry. The interactions between 

the different control systems are crucial for efficient operation of the 

electric energy consumers (propulsion, drilling, and cranes), electric power 

producers (diesel-generators, LNG-engines, and fuel cells), and energy storage 

systems (battery banks, super capacitors, and flywheels). The offshore industry 

is also experiencing an increased demand for DP operations in Arctic ice-covered 

waters. Such operations are more challenging than conventional open-water 

operations due to low temperatures, remoteness, darkness, and the presence 

of sea ice and icebergs. Since the ice forces are large and rapidly varying, 

a high demand is put on the responsiveness and safety limits of the shipboard 

power system.


Two vacant PhD positions are announced in the research project D2V: “Design 

and Verification of Control Systems for Safe and Energy-Efficient Vessels with 

Hybrid Power Plants”, a knowledge-building project with user involvement from 

Kongsberg Maritime and Det Norske Veritas:


1) A 4-year PhD fellowship on “Control architecture and control strategies for 

energy management in hybrid electric ships”.


This study includes mathematical modeling of the electrical power system, design 

of fault-tolerant control architecture reflecting a hybrid power plant, analysis 

of energy flow and energy efficiency including typical waste energy and losses, 

and development of an energy management system based on MPC with distributed 

functionality that is able to handle constraints in dynamic responses, safety 

functions, and energy distribution.


For further information regarding this position, please contact Professor Asgeir 

Sørensen, e-mail:


2) A 3-year PhD fellowship on “Nonlinear and fault-tolerant control of electric 

power production in vessels for Arctic DP operations”.


This study will investigate physical modeling and control of parallel-connected 

electric power producers in a vessel, supplying electric consumers influenced 

by rapidly varying loads from an Arctic offshore ice-infested environment, 

considering nonlinear coordinated control and fault-diagnosis of the power 

production, energy storage, and load-sharing system according to specified 

case studies. The work will involve mathematical modeling, development of 

nonlinear control and observer algorithms, and experimental testing in a 

power lab.


For further information regarding this position, please contact Professor 

Roger Skjetne, e-mail:


Both positions will have a possible startup from January 2013. The candidates 

should possess a MSc in control engineering, marine control systems, or 

equivalent from a reputable university. Additional skills within nonlinear 

and fault-tolerant control, MPC, mathematical analysis, marine machinery and 

power systems, Arctic technology, and/or electrical engineering should be 

emphasized. It is also expected that the candidates show an interest for 

practical instrumentation and HW/SW implementation of real control systems. 

Fluency in English and good programming skills are essential for the positions.


Successful candidates will be required to work in the Department of Marine 

Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). 

Personal qualifications, theoretical abilities, and hands-on experience 

will be emphasized. The application should include a CV, certified copies 

of transcripts, 1-2 page description of research interests, electronic version 

of the best publication/report, and the names of references. Foreign applicants 

not having English as native language should include an English certificate 

such as a TOEFL test or equivalent.


An application inclusive CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should 

be sent electronically via Mark your application with IVT-85/12.


Application deadline: December 14, 2012. 




6.6 PhD: University of Ireland, Maynooth

Contributed by: John Ringwood,


MSc/PhD position is coming available in the Centre for Ocean Energy Research 

at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The position is in conjunction 

with the national SmartBay initiative and would suit a well-qualified graduate 

in naval architecture/hydrodynamics, mechanical engineering, electrical 

engineering or control systems.


The SmartBay initiative is a national research programme: which includes a 

graduate school which the project will become part of. Funding will be 

provided by SmartBay and the Irish Research Council to a suitable applicant 

and the project is anticipated to start in mid-2013. Prospective projects 

include: 1. Development of a smale-scale wave energy device to support a sensor 

platform, and 2. Utilsation of SmartBay sensor networks to model and forecast 

two dimensional wave fields, for wave energy applications. Further details, 

or send a full CV (including contact details for 2 academic referees) to: 

John Ringwood ( 




6.7 PhD: Chalmers

Contributed by: Paolo Falcone,


Ph. D. Position in Distributed Coordination of Networked Mobile Systems in 

Uncertain Environments


Information about the division/project/scientific area

A Ph.D. position is open at the Department of Signals and Systems (S2). S2 is 

engaged in both fundamental and applied research, spanning a large variety of 

research areas including Automatic Control, Automation, 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.


We invite applications for one Ph. D. position in distributed control of networked 

mobile systems. The goal of this research project is studying the problem of 

coordinating a set of mobile networked systems while accomplishing their individual 

tasks, which may lead to conflicts, under imperfect information exchange, i.e., 

information losses or delays and limited communication range. The Ph.D. will 

contribute to this research by studying a framework integrating cooperative sensor 

fusion and decision making algorithms to compensate for not-ideal communication.


Job description

The successful candidate will join the Mechatronics group at Chalmers, where a 

team of PhD students, post-docs and senior researchers is focusing on distributed 

coordination problems. The candidate will work under the supervision of senior 

researchers with background in automatic control and communication systems.


The working time of a Ph.D. student is mainly devoted to research. Undergraduate 

teaching duties, not exceeding 20% of the working time, may include supervision 

of MSc students.


The position is partially funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskaprådet). 

The employment is limited to a maximum of five years.



Applicants shall have a Master’s Degree or corresponding in Electrical Engineering, 

Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Math or in a related discipline. 

A genuine interest and curiosity in the subject, excellent oral and written English 

communication skills are needed. Knowledge of Swedish represents a merit. A successful 

applicant should have a strong background in optimization and control theory.


How to apply

Information and instructions how to apply can be found at (Ref. no. 20120363)


For further info contact

Prof.: Paolo Falcone,

Prof.: Henk Wymeersch, 




6.8 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 

Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu,


PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu,




PhD positions are available in the area of DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE SYSTEMS 

under the supervision of Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Prof. Sergey Drakunov, and 

Prof. William MacKunis at the Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle 

Aeronautical University located in Daytona Beach. These positions cover full 

tuition and fees plus a stipend. Requirements include a strong background in 

control theory, dynamic systems and mathematics; a Master’s degree in engineering, 

physics, or applied mathematics; and excellent skills in using Matlab and Simulink. 

It is also desirable that the candidates have hands-on experience on feedback 

control. It is expected that the candidates have excellent GRE and TOEFL (if 

necessary) scores as well as strong oral and written communication skills.


For details and application procedures, please visit



Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Physical Sciences Department,

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.






6.9 Post-Doc: Dalian University of Technology, P.R. China

Contributed by: Tao Liu, 


Postdoc position at the Dalian University of Technology (DLUT), P. R. China

The Institute of Advanced Control Technology (ACT)


The project is related to closed-loop system identification for industrial 

process control and optimization, funded by the Chinese Recruitment Program of 

Global Young Expert in 2012 and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central 

Universities of China.


The aims of the project: 1. Develop advanced closed-loop system identification 

methods using step, relay, multi-sine, or PRBS excitation signals; 2. Model pre-

dictive control (MPC) methods for industrial processes subject to input/output 

constraints and uncertainties; 3. Iterative learning control (ILC) methods for 

batch process optimization. 4. Switching control methods for hybrid systems.


We are looking for one or two postdoctoral fellows who have recently completed 

or are about to finish his/her PhD in the areas of System identification/

Mathematical modeling, Control Theory & Engineering, System optimization. 

Research experiences on using the process engineering software packages such 

as gPROMS and ASPEN, and Modelica will be a plus.


The initial application deadline is 15 Jan 2013, but may be extended until 

fulfilled. The appointment is for a period of two years, and then can be 

promoted to a faculty position of lecturer or even an associate professor 

(after one year working time), based on mutual satisfaction.


The annual salary is around 120K CNY (1 USD approximately equals 6.3 CNY), 

plus a research funding support about 60K CNY for international communications 

and book/publication materials etc. For accommodation, the lecturer apartments 

in the campus of DLUT will be offered at a cost of 900 CNY per month for a 

family or 500 CNY per month for a single person.


Interested candidates should send his/her CV to Professor Tao Liu (, 

for a short list and interview.


The Institute of Advanced Control Technology (ACT) at DLUT is a Provincial Key 

Lab in China, having 14 full-time faculty members, and is expected to grow to 20 

faculties in the next few years. ACT possesses the largest lab area (totally 

about 1200 square meters) and most experimental instruments at the school of 

Control Science & Engineering, which has been qualified as the national first-

class discipline of Control Theory & Engineering since 1993. DLUT is one of 

the best universities in the north-eastern China, top-tied among the ‘985’

Central Universities of China, with more than 33,000 students, see .


DLUT is located very close to the sea front in Dalian, which is a very beautiful 

harbor and international municipality, together with a very comfortable climate 

consisting of distinct 4 seasons. The city has been consistently ranked as one 

of the besting living cities in China since 1980. 




6.10 Post-Doc: KU Leuven, Belgium

Contributed by: Johan Suykens,


The research group KU Leuven ESAT-SCD is currently offering 2 Postdoc positions 

(1-year, extendable) within the framework of the ERC Advanced Grant A-DATADRIVE-

B .


The research positions relate to the following possible topics:

-1- Prior knowledge incorporation

-2- Kernels and tensors

-3- Modelling structured dynamical systems

-4- Sparsity

-5- Optimization algorithms

-6- Core models and mathematical foundations

-7- Next generation software tool


The research group ESAT-SCD at the university 

KU Leuven Belgium provides an excellent research environment being active in 

the broad area of mathematical engineering, including systems and control theory, 

neural networks and machine learning, nonlinear systems and complex networks, 

optimization, signal processing, bioinformatics and biomedicine.


The research will be conducted under the supervision of Prof. Johan Suykens. 

Interested candidates having a solid mathematical background and PhD degree can 

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

may contact 




6.11 Post-Doc: Carnegie Mellon University

Contributed by: Radu Marculescu,


Open Post-Doctoral Position at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Dept of 

Electrical & Computer Engineering


We are currently looking for a top candidate in the area of systems/controls 

to join the system-level design group at CMU ( as 

a Postdoctoral Associate, starting Spring 2013. Main responsabilities involve 

work on modeling, optimization, and control of cyber-physical systems with 

emphasis on embedded and biological applications.


Candidates should have a PhD degree in electrical/computer engineering, computer 

science, or another relevant field (e.g., applied mathematics, operational 

research, physics, systems/computational biology), experience with C/C++/Matlab 

software development, excellent analytical and communication skills. Prior 

experience with FPGAs/GPUs will provide an added advantage.


Interested candidates should submit their resume and questions to Prof. Radu 

Marculescu at




6.12 Post-Doc: Loughborough University

Contributed by: Thomas Steffen,


Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering (REQ12290 / REQ1214750)


"Dosing Control for Selective Catalytic Reaction (SCR) Aftertreatment"


Required to join a team in the Control and Reliability research group,

the post will support a larger project on Selective Catalytic Reaction

(SCR) aftertreatment systems by developing a control strategy that can

assure consistently high dosing accuracy over the lifetime of the

system. The exact dosing is essential for the correct operation of the

SCR system, and it is instrumental in achieving a high conversion



This is a joint project with international partners, and the Research

Associate will be working at Loughborough University in close contact

with stakeholders and technical experts at Loughborough, within the UK

industry and abroad.


You will have recent experience with in the use of computer aided

control development software such as MATLAB/Simulink, a good

understanding of modern control methods and the approach of non-linear

systems, and experience in working with chemical or aftertreatment

systems. Experience of working with several industrial partners and an

understanding of catalytic chemical processes is desirable.


For further detail and the online application form please see and .


Closing Date: 19 December 2012

Package: Research, Grade 6, (£27,578 per annum). Fixed-term for 9 months

Contact: Thomas Steffen,




6.13 Post-Doc: MIT

Contributed by: Paul Barton,


A postdoctoral position is currently available in the Process Systems Engineering 

Laboratory at MIT. The successful candidate will join the Novartis-MIT Center for 

Continuous Manufacturing working on optimization of the start-up of novel continuous 

pharmaceutical manufacturing plants. The project is sponsored by a major 

international corporation and the candidate's responsibilities will include frequent 

interaction with and reporting to the sponsor.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. in engineering or computational science and engineering 

with expertise in dynamic optimization (numerical optimal control) and hybrid dynamical 

systems. Interested applicants should send a detailed curriculum vitae and a list of 

at least three referees to:


Paul I. Barton

Lammot du Pont Professor

Process Systems Engineering Laboratory

Department of Chemical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 66-464

77 Massachusetts Avenue


MA 02139



Phone : +1-617-253-6526

Fax : +1-617-258-5042

email : 




6.14 Post-Doc: University of Sydney

Contributed by: Ian Manchester,




University of Sydney

Reference No. 1817/1112


The Postdoctoral Research Associate (level A) / Research Fellow (level B) position 

is hosted at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) and the School of 

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. The ACFR is one of the largest 

robotics research institutes in the world, with approximately 130 members. The ACFR 

performs fundamental research on perception, control, modelling, learning, and systems 

engineering and has strong industry and scientific collaborations in sectors including 

mining, commercial aviation, agriculture, defence, and underwater mapping and exploration.


You will work on a joint Australian Research Council funded project with Dr Ian 

Manchester at the University of Sydney and with Prof Alexandre Megretski of MIT, USA, 

that is focusing on convex optimisation methods for data-driven modelling and control 

of dynamic systems. You will participate in theoretical and algorithmic developments 

that are central to the project. Current applications include modelling of live neurons 

in culture, experiment design for model-based medicine, control of walking robots, and 

several engineering applications of nonlinear system identification and model reduction.


The position is full-time fixed term for two years and is subject to the completion of 

a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Further offer of up to one year may 

be available subject to need, funding and performance. The level of appointment will be 

commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Remuneration package: $92K-$104K p.a. including $78K-$88K base salary, leave loading and 

up to 17% superannuation. Some support towards relocation and visa sponsorship will be 

available for the successful appointee if required.


All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number (1817/1112) for more 

information and to apply.


For specific enquiries regarding the project please contact Dr Ian Manchester on +61 2 

9351 2186 or


CLOSING DATE: 20 December 2012 (11:30pm Sydney time)




6.15 Post-Doc: Dalian University of Technology, P.R. China 

Contributed by: Tao Liu,


Postdoc position at the Dalian University of Technology (DLUT), P. R. China

The Institute of Advanced Control Technology (ACT)


The project relates to modeling & identification of industrial processes for 

batch control design and optimization, funded by the Chinese Recruitment Program 

of Global Young Expert in 2012 and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central 

Universities of China.


The aims of the project: 1. Develop advanced closed-loop system identification 

methods using step, relay, multi-sine, or PRBS excitation signals; 2. Develop 

robust model predictive control (MPC) methods for industrial processes subject 

to input/output constraints and uncertainties; 3. Develop iterative learning 

control (ILC) methods for batch process optimization. 4. Develop switching control 

methods for hybrid systems. 5. Take part in building up a computer-aided platform 

for industrial process simulation and control and a pilot-scale bioreactor for 

pharmaceutical crystallization along with the control system.


We are looking for one or two postdoctoral fellows who have recently completed 

or are about to finish his/her PhD in the areas of System identification/

Mathematical modeling, Control Theory & Engineering, System optimization. 

Research experiences on using process engineering software packages such as 

gPROMS, gCRYSTAL, ASPEN, and Modelica will be a plus.


The initial application deadline is 15 Jan 2013, but may be extended until 

fulfilled. The appointment is for a period of two years, and then can be 

promoted to a faculty position of lecturer or even an associate professor 

(after one year working time), based on mutual satisfaction.


The annual salary is around 110K CNY (1 USD approximately equals 6.2 CNY) 

including medical insurance, plus a research funding support about 60K CNY 

for attending international conferences and buying book/publication materials 

etc. For accommodation, the lecturer apartments in the campus of DLUT will be 

specially offered at a low cost of 900 CNY per month for a family or 500 CNY 

per month for a single person.


The Institute of Advanced Control Technology (ACT) at DLUT is a Provincial 

Key Lab in China, having 12 full-time faculty members, and is expected to grow 

to 20 faculties in the next few years. ACT possesses the largest lab area 

(totally about 1200 square meters) and most experimental instruments at the 

school of Control Science & Engineering, which has been qualified as the 

national first-class discipline of Control Theory & Engineering since 1996. 

DLUT is one of the best universities in the north-eastern China, top-tied 

among the ‘985’ Central Universities of China, having more than 33,000 

students, see the official introduction at .


DLUT is located very close to the sea front in Dalian, which is a very 

beautiful harbor and international municipality, plus a very comfortable climate 

consisting of distinct 4 seasons, no very hot or cold days throughout a year. 

The city has been consistently ranked as one of the best living cities in China 

since 1980.


Interested candidates should send his/her CV to Prof. Tao Liu ( 

for a short list and interview.




6.16 Faculty: TU, Munich

Contributed by: Sandra Hirche,


Tenure Track Assistant Professorship in Hybrid Control Systems at TU Munich, 



The TU Munich Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology 

invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship in "Hybrid Control 

Systems" at an initial pay-scale grade W2, to be filled as soon as possible.


We are looking for an excellent junior scientist with a high potential for 

developing an internationally recognized research agenda in the field of Hybrid 

Control Systems. The applicant should have a strong scientific record in the area 

of discrete-event and continuous (hybrid) dynamical systems. Possible ar-eas of 

expertise include but are not limited to:


- Methodological foundations of hybrid and discrete-event dynamical systems, their 

  analysis and control design

­- Model-based and model-predictive control of hybrid and discrete-event dynamical 


­- Hybrid optimal control and mixed-integer optimization methods

­- Design methods for and applications of intelligent autonomous systems, e.g., 

   complex, adaptive, learning and structurally adaptive systems


Experience in applications of hybrid and discrete-event dynamical systems such 

as in automation, industrial information technology, and mechatronics is desirable. 

Experience in the acquisition, organization, and management of large-scale projects 

will be viewed very favorably.


The initial appointment will be for 6 years. After positive evaluation in the final

year, the candidate will be tenured at the Associate Professor level. In exceptional 

cases, the tenure evaluation may be initiated after a minimum of three years. Such 

cases will have to be justified by outstanding achievements of the candidate and 

when the candidate contributes to strategically shaping the university’s profile.


Eligible candidates must have established a strong track record during their 

postdoctoral phase, and demonstrate pedagogical and personal aptitude as well as 

substantial international experience. Family leave will be taken into consideration. 

Supported by competitive start-up resources, the candidates are expected to develop 

an independent and vigorous research program. Furthermore, candidates should be 

committed to excellence in undergraduate/graduate teaching and in supervising 

doctoral candidates. Teaching assignments will include courses in the subject 

area, viz., those treating principles, design and application of hybrid and 

discrete-event dynamical systems, and the basic courses offered by the department 

in both Bachelor/Master programs. Offering suitable courses at other TUM academic 

de-partments might also be necessary.


Prerequisites for this position are a university degree, a doctoral degree, teaching 

skills at the university level, and additional academic achievements (according to 

Art. 7 and Art. 10 of the BayHSchPG). The ability to teach in English is a prerequisite 

for TUM Professors. While knowledge of German is not a prerequisite, it will be helpful.


As part of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments, 

TUM has been pursuing the strategic goal of substantially increasing the diversity 

of its faculty. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly 

encourages nominations of and applications from women as well as from all others who 

would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university’s research and 

teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially 

the same qualifications. The TUM Munich Dual Career Office provides support for dual 

career couples and families.


Applications accompanied by supporting documentation (CV, copies of certificates 

and credentials, list of publications including 3 selected reprints, list of courses 

taught, statements of research and teaching strategies, previous experience with 

writing grant proposals and third-party funding, and the names and addresses of at 

least 3 references) should be submitted as a pdf file via email by January 15th, 

2013 to:


The Dean

Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Technische Universität München

Munich, Germany





6.17 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology

Contributed by: Wassim M. Haddad,


Faculty Position in Dynamical Systems and Control


The School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology invites 

nominations and applications for a faculty position in the areas of dynamical 

systems, control theory, and information science, and the interactions between 

these fields. Appointments at all ranks will be considered. While all related 

areas of research in dynamical systems and control will be considered, we are 

particularly interested in exceptional candidates with a nontraditional research 

focus in emerging topics, such as information and energy systems, nonlinear and 

stochastic control theory, communications and network systems, computation and 

control, embedded systems, human-machine/human-robot interaction, and hybrid 

systems, and their relevance to aerospace science and engineering.


Candidates are required to have a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering or a closely 

related field. The successful transdisciplinary candidate will have an outstanding 

research record and will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, 

supervise graduate students, and interact with the faculty on the development of 

a strong externally funded research program. Applications will be reviewed 

continuously until the position has been filled.


The School of Aerospace Engineering presently has 40 full-time faculty members 

and its undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked among the top aerospace 

engineering programs in the nation. The research interests of the faculty cover 

a broad spectrum of aerospace engineering including gas dynamics, propulsion, 

combustion, aerodynamics, structural mechanics, flight dynamics, and control. 

Information about the School can be found at


Applicants should send (electronically or via mail) a curriculum vitae, a cover 

letter, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a statement of research 

plans, and the name and contact information of at least three references to: 

Vivian Robinson O’neal, c/o Professor Wassim M. Haddad, Search Committee Chair, 

School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 

30332-0150. Phone: (404) 894-3026, e-mail:


The Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action 

employer. Selection process will include passing a background check. 




6.18 Faculty: University of California, Riverside 

Contributed by: Elisa Franco,


Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, 

Riverside invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning 

the 2013/14 academic year. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise 

in robotics, controls, and/or cyber-physical systems, and applications including, 

but not limited to medical robotics, rehabilitative systems, autonomous robotics, 

small-scale robotics, human-machine systems, robotic exoskeletons & prostheses, 

and soft robotics. However, exceptional candidates in all areas of mechanical 

engineering will be considered. A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (or a closely 

related field) is required at the time of employment. While the department is 

primarily seeking to hire at the Assistant Professor level, exceptional senior 

candidates may also be considered. Salary will be competitive and commensurate 

with qualifications and experience.


Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 1, 2013. The 

search will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed 

to Application materials can be found at


The University of California, Riverside is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative 

Action Employer. 




6.19 Faculty: Caltech

Contributed by: Sheila Shull,


The Caltech Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) Department 

( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty 

position. The CMS department is a unique environment where innovative, multi-

disciplinary, and foundational research is conducted in a collegial atmosphere. 

We are looking for candidates in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and 

Control & Dynamical Systems, who have demonstrated exceptional promise through 

innovative research with strong potential connections to other mathematical, 

natural, and engineering sciences. A commitment to high-quality teaching and 

mentoring is also expected.


The initial appointment at the assistant-professor level is for four years and 

is contingent upon the completion of a Ph.D. degree in a CMS-related field. To 

ensure the fullest consideration, applicants are encouraged to have all their 

application materials on file by January 1, 2013.


Please view the application instructions and apply on-line at


Questions about the application process may be directed to:


Caltech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, 

veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply. 




6.20 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology

Contributed by: Magnus Egerstedt,


The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech invites applications for 

tenure-track faculty at the Assistant and Associate Professor levels. Applicants should have 

an earned Ph.D. or equivalent. The School seeks individuals with outstanding potential for 

research achievement, and a strong aptitude and interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching. 

Related industry experience is desirable.


Candidates are sought with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary background and interests in 

the following areas:


Energy systems

Biosciences and bioengineering

Computer engineering with a focus on software and multicore

Decision systems and network science

Analog and mixed domain systems


Exceptional candidates in other areas will also be considered. Diversity candidates are strongly 

encouraged to apply. For more information about the School of ECE at Georgia Tech, please visit Interested candidates should send a resume with letter of interest as a PDF file, 

including teaching and research interests, via email to:


Dr. Steven W. McLaughlin

Steve W Chaddick School Chair

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

777 Atlantic Ave.

Atlanta, GA 30332-0250



Review of applications is ongoing. To receive the most serious consideration, interested applicants 

should submit their materials before January 31, 2013.


Georgia Tech is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.




6.21 Faculty: Rutgers University 

Contributed by: Jingang Yi,


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University 

invites applications and nominations for a tenure‐track/tenured faculty position 

at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level beginning in September 2013. 

Candidates with expertise in Aerospace Systems including automated optimal design 

in aerospace systems, satellite dynamics and control; Advanced Manufacturing 

including design of multifunctional material systems; and Human-¬Centered Design 

including design and manufacturing of robotic assistive devices are highly 

encouraged to apply. Candidates should demonstrate a capacity to develop a 

nationally-recognized and externally-funded scholarly research program. Excellence 

in teaching in both our undergraduate and graduate programs is also expected. 

The candidate must hold an earned doctorate in Engineering or a closely related 



The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department has 28 full-time faculty 

with and more than 600 undergraduate students and 140 graduate students. The MAE

Department is one of the seven academic units of the School of Engineering, which 

is located at Rutgers-New Brunswick immersed on a culturally and academically 

diverse environment with more than 3,800 full-time faculty, 4,500 graduate 

students and 27,000 undergraduate students. Please send your application to Search 

Committee Chair, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, Rutgers University 

by either email (preferred) to: or mail to: 98 Brett 

Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA. Applications should include a detailed resume 

including the name and contact information of at least three references, and a 

statement of research and teaching interests. Applications will be reviewed until 

the position is filled.


Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/Title IX employer. 

All persons are invited to apply regardless of race, color, gender, national 

origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. 




6.22 Faculty: The University of Arizona 

Contributed by: Ricardo Sanfelice,


The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering invites applications 

and nominations for tenure track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant 

Professor. Positions at higher ranks will also be considered for applicants 

with exceptional stature and professional record. Applicants in all areas of 

aerospace and mechanical engineering will be considered. However, preference 

will be given to candidates with expertise and interest in: a) space systems 

including propulsion/combustion, space vehicle design and integration, and 

orbital mechanics, b) robotics, especially as applied to autonomous systems, 

surgical and rehabilitation robotics, and human-assist robots, and c) multi-

scale, multi-physics computation applied to one or more departmental research 

focus areas which include: fluid dynamics/combustion, solid mechanics, 

biomechanics, alternative energy and micro/nanotechnologies. Opportunities for 

synergy with existing research activities in the department and the University 

will be viewed favorably.


The Department offers excellent opportunities to interact with other programs 

on campus such as the Department of Planetary Sciences, the School of Sustainable 

Engineered Systems, the Arizona Health Sciences Center, the Bio5 Institute for 

Collaborative Bioresearch, the College of Optical Sciences and the Program in 

Applied Mathematics, all of which enjoy international recognition as centers for 

world-class academic programs and research.


Successful candidates will be expected to teach specific courses at the under-

graduate and graduate levels and to establish active research programs. Previous 

teaching experience is expected for senior candidates, and desirable in all cases.


Required qualifications are a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering 

or a closely related discipline and demonstrated research potential or accomplishments. 

Review of applications is currently ongoing and will continue until the position 

is filled. Interested applicants should consult the university website URL: and enter job number 51103 then follow instructions 

to make a formal application for this position. The University of Arizona is an 

EEO/AA employer – M/W/D/V. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants 

and interested individuals may direct any questions to


Nancy Preble

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Search Committee Aerospace and Mechanical 

Engineering Department

The University of Arizona 1130 N. Mountain P.O. Box 210119 Tucson, AZ 85721-0119

Tel: 520-626-8724





6.23 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology

Contributed by: Ms.Zhao,


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




6.24 Faculty: University of Washington

Contributed by: Mehran Mesbahi,



Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Assistant/Associate Professor - Controls

The William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics (A&A) at the 

University of Washington invites applications for a full time faculty position 

at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of aerospace controls.


The successful candidate will complement our existing research strengths, interact 

with various research groups within the Department, and provide a bridge between 

A&A and other fields. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research 

and service. The successful candidate will be expected to build and lead a vigorous 

and innovative externally-funded research program and provide high-quality teaching 

that integrates research with instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate 

levels. An earned doctorate degree in an appropriate engineering or related discipline 

is required.


Applications should include a letter of application, a CV with a list of publications, 

concise statements of research and teaching interests and goals, the names and contact 

information of five professional references, and a statement of specific plans for 

securing extramural funding. The research statement should include current and 

potential interdisciplinary aspects of the applicant’s work. All application 

materials must be submitted via our faculty search website:


The position will be open until filled, but we expect interviews to begin after 

January 31, 2013. For any administrative issues related to this search, please 

contact the A&A Department Search Committee, at For 

information about the department, please visit


The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. 

The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly 

encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, 

and covered veterans. The University is the recipient of a 2006 Alfred P. Sloan 

Award for Faculty Career Flexibility and a 2001 National Science Foundation ADVANCE 

Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty 

in science, engineering, and mathematics ( 

Filling this position will be contingent on budgetary approval at the University 

of Washington.




6.25 Faculty: Nazarbayev University

Contributed by: Ronald Bulbulian,


Faculty positions at the Department of Robotic and Mechatronics


Nazarbayev University, open in 2010 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is a 

research university based on the Western educational model, with all instruction 

in English, and faculty recruited worldwide. Partners of the university programs 

include University of Cambridge, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of 

Pennsylvania, and University College London.


The Department of Robotics and Mechatronics is currently under major expansion, 

and is opening full-time faculty positions in all related fields of specialization 

and all ranks (assistant/associate/full professor). The Department is particularly 

interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: 

mechanical design, embedded systems, computer vision, mechatronic systems, industrial 

automation, robot dynamics and control.


Successful candidates are expected to conduct research activities and attract national

/international funding, disseminate their research results in reputable international 

journals and conferences, teach undergraduate/graduate courses, supervise under-

graduate/graduate students, engage in appropriate levels of service to the University.


Requirements: candidates must have earned a Ph.D. degree in a relevant area from 

an accredited university, and possess excellent skills or potential for research 

and teaching, depending on faculty rank. An excellent level of both written and 

spoken English is mandatory.


Benefits include an internationally competitive salary, medical insurance, free 

housing (based on family size), child educational allowance.


For further information applicants are encouraged to write to


In order to apply, applicants should send a detailed resume, including 

qualifications, experience, and list of publications, to 

Interested parties are encouraged to submit their applications no later 

than January 15th 2013. Shortlisted candidates will be notified shortly. 




6.26 Faculty: Arizona State University

Contributed by: Daniel E. Rivera,


The Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) seek applicants 

for tenure track/tenured faculty positions in the area of Next Generation 

Manufacturing to grow our efforts in the important thrust areas of Energy, 

Health, and Sustainability. Specific areas of interest include but are not 

limited to: Additive manufacturing, Automation, Bio-manufacturing, Medical 

manufacturing, Nano-manufacturing, Robotics and Flexible Manufacturing, and 

Sustainable manufacturing.


The successful candidate will hold an earned Ph.D. or equivalent in engineering 

or a related field. Required qualifications also include demonstrated evidence 

of excellence in research and teaching as appropriate to the candidate’s rank. 

Desired qualifications include a record of acquiring external funding and 

publication in top-tier journals with real-world impact and a commitment to 

transdisciplinary teaming.


Faculty members are expected to develop an internationally recognized and 

externally funded research program, develop and teach graduate and under-

graduate courses, advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and 

undertake service activities.


Appointments will be at the assistant, associate or full professor rank, 

commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments, starting 

August 2013. Although appointment is possible in any of the Fulton Schools 

of Engineering based on interest, the programs most active in manufacturing 

are Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering.


Review of applications will begin December 1, 2012; if not filled, reviews 

will occur on the 1st and 15th of the month thereafter until the search is 

closed. To apply, please submit as a single PDF file a current CV, statements 

describing research and teaching interests and contact information for three 

references to


For further information or questions about this position please contact the 

search committee chair Professor Ron Askin at .


Arizona State is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and 

minorities are encouraged to apply. ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement 

can be found at:


ASU offers applicants an opportunity to voluntarily self-disclose information 

for the University’s affirmative action plan; applicants may complete an EEO 

survey for the position at 




6.27 Faculty: Arizona State University

Contributed by: Matthew M. Peet,


The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University seek 

applicants for tenure-track/tenured faculty positions in aerospace engineering. 

Areas of interest focusing on the important thrust area of security include:


• Aeronautics: Systems integration in flight mechanics, guidance, navigation 

and control, fluid dynamics, propulsion and autonomous systems. Submit 

applications via email (


• Astronautics: Sensor integration, power and thermal management, space situational 

awareness and robotic vehicles and structures. Submit applications via email 



Aerospace engineering research in the Fulton Schools of Engineering addresses 

a variety of topics in autonomous systems and processes, robotics, bio-inspired 

control of distributed systems, design, adaptive structures and structural health 

monitoring, structural dynamics and vibrations, computational fluid dynamics, 

multi-scale and multi-physics modeling, laser diagnostics, turbulence and modeling 

and simulation of multiphase flows.


Collaborative possibilities exist not only within the Fulton Schools of Engineering, 

but also across the University, including the Security and Defense Systems Initiative 

( and the School for Earth and Space Exploration ( 

The current openings are intended to broaden this expertise and expand collaborations, 

especially in systems.


The successful candidates will hold earned Ph.D.s, or equivalent, in Aerospace 

Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related fields. Required qualifications also 

include demonstrated evidence of research capability and commitment to teaching 

excellence, as appropriate to each candidate’s rank.


Faculty members are expected to develop internationally recognized and externally 

funded research programs, develop and teach graduate and undergraduate courses, 

advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students and undertake service activities.


Appointments will be at the assistant, associate or full professor rank, commensurate 

with each candidate’s experience and accomplishments, beginning August 2013. Although 

the faculty appointments may be anywhere in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, the 

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Programs are currently the most 

involved in aeronautics and astronautics.


Review of applications will begin November 1, 2012; if not filled, reviews will 

occur on the 1st and 15th of the month thereafter, until the search is closed.


To apply, please submit, as a single .PDF file, a current CV, statements describing 

research and teaching interests and contact information for three references, to 

the appropriate email address above.


For more information or questions about these positions, please contact the search 

committee chair, Prof. Ron Adrian ( Current information regarding 

these positions is also available online ( 





6.28 Faculty: Polytechnic Institute of NYU 

Contributed by: Z. P. Jiang,


Several Faculty Positions at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 

Polytechnic Institute of NYU


NYU-Poly, formerly known as “Brooklyn Poly” and “Polytechnic University”, is merging 

with New York University, and is undergoing rapid growth in the heart of one of the 

world’s most vibrant cities. NYU-Poly offers its faculty unprecedented opportunities 

for personal and professional growth with the guiding principles of invention, 

innovation and entrepreneurship. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department 

at NYU-Poly is seeking outstanding faculty candidates at all levels, in all areas 

of ECE, with a special focus on Communications and Networks, Energy and Smart Systems, 

and Biomedical Engineering. Candidates with a strong record of interdisciplinary 

research in emerging areas are preferred. Joint appointments with other departments 

at NYU-Poly and NYU are possible, based on credentials. Candidates must have a PhD 

degree in ECE or related discipline, and must have the ability to develop and lead 

high-quality research and attract external funding. Applicants should include a 

cover letter, complete resume, research and teaching statements, and the names and 

addresses of at least three references. All application materials should be submitted 

electronically via the Poly ECE website, or submitted to Prof. Jonathan Chao, Dept. 

Chair, at Applications received by January 31, 2013 will receive 

full consideration.


Please visit the website


for more information about the Department, and the websites 

and for information about NYU and


NYU-Poly, respectively. NYU and NYU-Poly are affirmative action, equal opportunity 





6.29 Engineer: GE

Contributed by: Anna Bartlewski,


For over a half century, GE’s Austrian-based gas engine business has led in the 

development and production of gas-fueled reciprocating engines, packaged generator 

sets, and cogeneration units for the efficient generation of power and heat. GE’s 

gas engines, ranging from 0.12 to 9.5 MW, are designed for stationary, continuous 

duty operation. Known for their high efficiencies, low emissions, durability, and 

high reliability, our engines run on natural gas or a variety of other gases including 

biogas, landfill gas, coal mine gas, sewage gas, combustible industrial waste gases. 

With a encouraged team of over 2600 employees worldwide we create the future of engine 

technology. What about you ? We are seeking people, who share our vision: providing 

smart, sustainable engergy to the world.


Role Summary/Purpose:

For our Gas Engine Technology Development Group in Garching near Munich we are 

searching for a Lead Engineer Engine Controls (m/f). You will be a member of the 

advanced gas engine technology team and collaborate with members of the Global 

Research Center, GE Jenbacher and GE businesses worldwide. You will provide technical 

expertise in developing engine components, systems and technologies from concept to 

readiness for production.


Essential Responsibilities:

In particular, you will lead the development of control strategies for gas and diesel 

engine systems, and collaborate closely on the integration of charging & gas exchange, 

fuel injection/mixture preparation, combustion strategy and exhaust after-treatment 



Execute engine development projects with a focus on the development of robust control 

systems & strategies to meet stringent emissions, efficiency and transient performance 



Define, implement and validate control algorithms, strategies and hardware for 

engine systems


Define and execute engine testing to validate the selected control strategies and 

sensor selection & placement


Develop transient models of engine thermodynamic and mechanical systems


Develop new concepts/products using simulation, modeling and statistical design 



Perform/guide 1D modeling using GT-Power for engine system controls studies


Develop new technologies for GE Gas engine existing product portfolio as well as 

new products, with particular focus on novel concepts enabled by new sensors, 

actuators and control strategies


Develop FMEA and risk mitigation plans


Meet technical and business objectives with highest quality and integrity


Effective project/task management



Qualifications/Requirements Higher technical education in electrical or mechanical 

engineering (Diplom/Master/PhD) – focus on control technology, mechatronics or 

automatization technology.



Minimum of 5 years controls development experience


System modeling expertise


Nonlinear control


System identification


Experience with Design of Experiments (DOE) methodology


Control testing experience




Good academic track record


Fluent English oral and written communication skills


Can-do attitude


Open and creative


Team-work & commitment


Familiarity with quality management methods; MBB/ BB, DFSS certified (GE employees only)




6.30 Researcher: Rockwell Automation, USA 

Contributed by: Bijan Sayyar-Rodsari,


The Advanced Technology group at Rockwell Automation ( 

has a research position available for an optimization and control scientist at its 

Austin, Texas location. The successful candidate will join a dynamic research team to 

develop innovative optimization and control solutions for a diverse range of applications 

that will put the candidate’s technical and leadership skills to test. The specific 

activities will focus on fast optimization-based control for large-scale nonlinear 



Required Skills:

• Strong Background in process modeling and control.

• Solid background in optimization algorithms. The ability to develop problem specific 

  solvers that exploit problem structure to achieve favorable computational properties 

  is a definite plus.

• Good programming background with languages such as C/C++ or Python.


Desired Skills:

• Creativity and can do attitude to find novel solutions to challenging problems.

• Ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse technical backgrounds and 

  across technologies, disciplines and functions.

• Experience with the implementation of numerical algorithms in computational applications.


Education Requirements:

• Graduate degree (preferably Ph.D) in Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science 

  specializing in one or more of the following: Advanced process control, computational 

  efficiency of optimization algorithms, large-scale optimization.


Salary and contract conditions:

• Compensation package will be commensurate with the qualifications of the applicant.

• Minimal travel requirements.


Please send your application (including a full CV) to Bijan Sayyar-Rodsari 





6.31 Researcher: NUI Maynooth

Contributed by: Ronan Costello,


The Centre for Ocean Energy Research at NUI Maynooth has developed significant 

expertise in analysis and design of wave energy converter (WEC) technology. We have 

recently initiated a second phase of our Techno-Economic Optimisation and Assessment 

for Wave Energy Convertion (TEOWEC) project and now have an opportunity for a suitable 

research engineer or scientist.


The project aims to produce tools that will provide a step change in the performance 

of wave energy conversion technologies. This is done by applying a combination of 

hydrodynamic analysis, multiple branches of engineering analysis, numerical optimisation, 

operational simulation and financial analysis. The successful candidate will have the 

opportunity to contribute in each of these areas and in addition will be exposed to a 

wide range of disciplines, methods and component technologies within wave energy.


Potentially Suitable Candidates Include:


• Mechanical/Electrical/Electronic engineering graduates with strong analytical skills.


• Physics/Maths/Computer-Science graduates with applications to physical or engineering 



• Other disciplines with strong background in analysis of physical systems.The position 

  is notionally a Research Assistant but it may be possible for suitable candidates to 

  register for a higher degree (PhD) in conjunction with this role. If this is of interest 

then please indicate this in your application.


Further information at:


To apply contact: