February 2012 - E-LETTER

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E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 281
February 2012


Welcome to the February issue of the Eletter.

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 Call for Nominations for 2012 CSS Awards
1.2 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
1.3 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.4 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control
2. Books
2.1 Linear Parameter-Varying System Identification
2.2 Recent Advances in Dynamics and Control of Neural Networks
2.3 Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications

3. Journals
3.1 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems
3.2 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
3.3 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems
3.4 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems
3.5 Contents: European Journal of Control
3.6 Contents: European Journal of Control
3.7 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
3.8 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
3.9 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
3.10 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
3.11 CFP: Wiley Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing
3.12 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

4. Conferences
4.1 ICNPAA 2012 World Congress
4.2 IFAC Conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
4.3 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration
4.4 International Conference on Information Fusion
4.5 Australian Control Conference
4.6 International Eurasian Conference On Mathematical Sciences and Applications
4.7 Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics
4.8 International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems

5.  Workshops
5.1 IFAC Symposium on System Structure and Control
5.2 International Summer School of Automatic Control
5.3 ACC Workshop on Health Management and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aircraft
5.4 Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems

6.  Positions
6.1 PhD: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
6.2 PhD: National University of Ireland, Maynooth
6.3 PhD: TU Delft, The Netherlands
6.4 PhD: Lehigh University
6.5 Post Doc: University of New South Wales at ADFA, Canberra, Australia
6.6 Post Doc: University of California, Berkeley
6.7 Post Doc: Technion, Haifa, Israel
6.8 Post Doc: Nanyang Technological University
6.9 Post Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
6.10 Post Doc: The University of Hong Kong
6.11 Post Doc: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor/University of Washington, Seattle
6.12 Post Doc: NTU
6.13 Post Doc: University of Waterloo
6.14 Post Doc: IRFM, French Institute of Research on Magnetic Fusion
6.15 Post Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
6.16 Post Doc: Oxford University, UK
6.17 Post Doc: National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland
6.18 Post Doc: TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany
6.19 Faculty: University of Twente
6.20 Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
6.21 Faculty: University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 Call for Nominations for 2012 CSS Awards
Contributed by: Ted Djaferis, djaferis@ecs.umass.edu

The IEEE Control Systems Society seeks nominations for the six awards it sponsors
each year, which have a May 15th nomination deadline. Brief descriptions of these
awards and calls for nominations are included below. Further information, including
instructions for submitting nominations, may be obtained from the IEEE CSS Awards
web page: http://www.ieeecss.org/awards/award-programs. Note that the CSS Awards
web page has links two student conference best paper awards and to additional awards
including IEEE awards.

Nominations are solicited for the following 2012 awards of the IEEE Control Systems

George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award

Every year, the CSS presents up to three outstanding paper awards to authors of
papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control during the preceding
two calendar years. This outstanding paper award is based on originality, potential
impact on the theoretical foundations of control, importance and practical significance
in applications, and clarity. The award is named after George S. Axelby, founding
editor of the Transactions. Nominations are solicited for the 2012 award from papers
published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2010–2011, Volumes 55 and 56).
The award is presented at the annual CSS awards ceremonies held at the IEEE Conference
on Decision and Control. The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2012. Nominations
should be sent to the Chair of the Axelby Outstanding Paper Award Committee.

IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award

This annual award is selected from papers that were published in the IEEE Transactions
on Control Systems Technology during the previous two years (2010-2011, Volumes 18 and
19) based on originality, relevance of the application, clarity of exposition, and
demonstrated impact on control systems technology. At most one award per year is presented
at the annual CSS awards ceremonies held at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.
The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2012. Nominations should be sent to the Chair
of the TCST Outstanding Paper Award Committee.

IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award

This annual award is selected from articles and columns that were published in the
IEEE Control Systems Magazine during the previous two years (2010-2011, Volumes 30 and
31) based on the impact on and benefit to CSS members. At most one award per year is
presented at the annual CSS awards ceremonies held at the IEEE Conference on Decision
and Control. The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2012. Nominations should be sent
to the Chair of the CSM Outstanding Paper Award Committee.

Control Systems Technology Award

Nominations are solicited for the 2012 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award. This
annual award is given for outstanding contributions to control systems technology,
either in design and implementation, or in project management. It may be conferred
on either an individual or a team. The award is presented at the annual CSS awards
ceremonies held at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. The deadline for
nominations is May 15, 2012. Please send nominations, together with supporting
documentation, to the Chair of the CSS Technology Award Committee.

IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award

Nominations are solicited for the 2012 IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to
Practice Award. The award recognizes an individual or a team whose research activity
arising from industry-university collaboration has produced substantive results with
demonstrated impact to practice. The winner accepts the award at the IEEE Multi-
conference on Systems and Control. The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2012.

Please send nominations, together with supporting documentation, to the Chair of
the CSS Transition to Practice Award Committee.

Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize

Nominations are solicited for the 2012 Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize.
This award recognizes contributions to multidisciplinary research, innovation,
and impact on both theory and real world applications in systems and control.
To be eligible, the nominee must be 40 years old or younger on January 1, 2012.
The award is funded by the Antonio Ruberti Foundation of Italy and is presented
at the annual CSS awards ceremonies held at the IEEE Conference on Decision and
Control. The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2012. Please send nominations,
together with supporting documentation, to the Chair of the Antonio Ruberti Young
Researcher Prize Committee.


1.2 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
Contributed by: Laura Menini & Luca Zaccarian (Publicity Co-Chairs)

51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
December 10-13, 2012
Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, USA
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel, Orlando, FL, USA

The 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control will be held Monday through
Thursday, December 10-13, 2012 at the Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. The conference
will be preceded by technical workshops on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

The CDC is recognized as the premier scientific and engineering conference
dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of systems and control.
The CDC annually brings together an international community of researchers and
practitioners in the field of automatic control to discuss new research results,
perspectives on future developments, and innovative applications relevant to
decision making, automatic control, and related areas.

The 51st CDC will feature contributed and invited papers, as well as tutorial
sessions (upon invitation only) and workshops.

All papers and session proposals must be submitted through the conference
submission website - http://css.paperplaza.net and must conform to the policy
found at the conference web page requiring, in particular, that all submissions
must be written in English.

Please note that no deadline extension is planned.

Submissions site opens: January 4
Deadline for invited session proposals: March 1
Deadline for contributed and invited papers: March 7
Notification of acceptance/rejection: July
Final submission and on-line registration site opens: August 1
Deadline for final submissions: September 5

More details can be obtained from the conference website:

The hotel room reservation deadline is November 1, 2012. We have a tiered set
of room rates with a limited number of rooms available in each category and
they will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Early hotel reservations
are highly recommended.

General Chair:  Jay A. Farrell
Program Chair: Maria Elena Valcher


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

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

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 57 (2012),
Issue 1 (January)

Scanning the Issue page 1


Positive Invariance of Constrained Affine Dynamics and Its Applications to
Hybrid Systems and Safety Verification
J. Shen page 3

Quantized Consensus by Means of Gossip Algorithm
J. Lavaei and R. M. Murray page 19

Distributed Coordinated Tracking with Reduced Interaction via a Variable
Structure Approach
Y. Cao and W. Ren page 33

Optimal Quarantining of Wireless Malware Through Reception Gain Control
M. H. R. Khouzani, E. Altman and S. Sarkar page 49

Safety Control of Hidden Mode Hybrid Systems
R. Verma and D. Del Vecchio page 62

New Concepts In Adaptive Control Using Multiple Models
Z. Han and K. S. Narendra page 78

Consensus Computation in Unreliable Networks: A System Theoretic Approach
F. Pasqualetti, A. Bicchi and F. Bullo page 90

The Synthesis of Time Optimal Supervisors by Using Heaps-of-Pieces
R. Su, J. H. van Schuppen, J. E. Rooda page 105

A New Approach to the Internally Positive Representation of Linear MIMO Systems
F. Cacace, A. Germani, C. Manes and R. Setola page 119

Entropy-Based Framework for Dynamic Coverage and Clustering Problems
P. Sharma, S. Salapaka and C. L. Beck page 135

On Distributed Convex Optimization Under Inequality and Equality Constraints
M. Zhu and S. Martinez page 151

A Stochastic Approximation Framework for a Class of Randomized Optimization
J. Hu, P. Hu and H. S. Chang page 165

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Stabilization and Gevrey Regularity of a Schrodinger Equation in Boundary
Feedback With a Heat Equation
J.-M. Wang, B. Ren and M. Krstic page 179

Robust Stability Analysis of Nonlinear Discrete-Time Systems With Application to MPC
B. Picasso, D. Desiderio and R. Scattolini page 185

Repetitive Control Design for MIMO Systems with Saturating Actuators
J. V. Flores, J. M. Gomes da Silva Jr., L. F. A. Pereira and D. G. Sbarbaro
page 192

On the infeasibility of Entanglement Generation in Gaussian Quantum Systems
via Classical Control
H. I. Nurdin, I. R. Petersen and M. R. James page 198

On the H2 Two-Sided Model Matching Problem With Preview
M. Kristalny and L. Mirkin page 204

LPV Control of Nonstationary Systems: A Parameter-Dependent Lyapunov Approach
M. Farhood page 209

A Convex Optimization Approach to Synthesizing Bounded Complexity L-infinity
F. Blanchini and M. Sznaier page 216

Cascade High Gain Predictors for a Class of Nonlinear Systems
T. Ahmed-Ali, E. Cherrier, F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue page 221

Consensus-Based Distributed Multiple Model UKF for Jump Markov Nonlinear
W. Li and Y. Jia page 227

L-infinity-Norm Computation for Continuous-Time Descriptor Systems Using
Structured Matrix Pencils
P. Benner, V. Sima and M. Voigt page 233

Single Camera Structure and Motion
A. P. Dani, N. Fischer and W. E. Dixon page 238

Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equation and Feedback Synthesis for Impulsive Control
S. L. Fraga and F. L. Pereira page 244

Improvement for Consensus Performance of Multi-Agent Systems Based on
Weighted Average Prediction
H. Fang, Z. Wu and J. Wei page 249

RISE-Based Adaptive Control of a Control Affine Uncertain Nonlinear System
with Unknown State Delays
N. Sharma, S. Bhasin, Q. Wang and W. E. Dixon page 255

Interval State Estimation for a Class of Nonlinear Systems
T. Raissi, D. Efimov and A. Zolghadri page 260

On the Dubins Traveling Salesman Problem
J. Ny, E. Feron and E. Frazzoli page 265

Comments on "Structural Invariant Subspaces of Singular Hamiltonian Systems
and Nonrecursive Solutions of Finite-Horizon Optimal Control Problems"
A. Ferrante and L. Ntogramatzidis page 270


1.4 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control
Contributed by: Maja Matijasevic, maja.matijasevic@fer.hr

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


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

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

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

TECHNICAL SPONSOR: IEEE Control Systems Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

Printer-friendly CFP: http://www.msc2012.org/cfp/MSC2012-CFP.pdf
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.msc2012.org


2. Books

2.1 Linear Parameter-Varying System Identification
Contributed by: Paulo Lopes dos Santos, pjsantos@fe.up.pt

Trends has been published in the month of Dec 2011 by World Scientific Publishing .
This book is edited by edited by Paulo. Lopes dos Santos (Universidade do Porto,
Portugal), Teresa Paula Azevedo Perdicoúlis (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e
Alto Douro, Portugal), Carlo Novara (Politecnico di Torino, Italy), J.A. Ramos
(Nova Southeastern University, USA), & Daniel E Rivera (Arizona State University,

It describes the state-of-the-art in LPV system identification and shows some
recent advances in piecewise affine system identification. The presented methods
provide an important step towards the systematization of several LPV system
identification approaches and are valuable tools for both researchers and
industry practitioners, allowing for the solution of many advanced real life
problems. The book is organized as follows.

Chapter 1 – An introduction written by the editors
Chapter 2 - Hybrid LPV Modeling and Identification (L Giarré, P Falugi & R
Chapter 3 - Set-Membership Identification of Input-Output LPV Models with
            Uncertain Time-Varying Parameters (V Cerone, D Piga & D Regruto)
Chapter 4 - Set Membership Identification of State-Space LPV Systems (C Novara)
Chapter 5 - Identification of Input-Output LPV Models (V Laurain, R Tóth, M
            Gilson & H Garnier)
Chapter 6 - Reducing the Dimensions of Data Matrices Involved in LPV Subspace
            Identification Methods (V Verdult & M Verhaegen)
Chapter 7 - Subspace Identification of MIMO LPV Systems (J-W van Wingerden & M Verhaegen)
Chapter 8 - Subspace Identification of Continuous-Time State-Space LPV Models
            (M Lovera & Bergamasco)
Chapter 9 - LPV Indirect Continuous-Time System Identification Through a
            Downsampled Subspace Approach (Paulo Lopes dos Santos, T-P Azevedo
            Perdicoúlis, J A Ramos & J L Martins de Carvalho)
Chapter 10 - LPV System Identification Using Series Expansion Models (R Tóth,
             P S C Heuberger & P M J Van den Hof)
Chapter 11 - System Identification of Linear Parameter Varying State-Space Models
             (A Wills & B Ninness)
Chapter 12 - Piecewise Affine identification of Interconnected Systems with LFR
             Structure (S Paoletti & A Garulli)
Chapter 13 - Identification and Model (In)validation of Switched ARX Systems:
             Moment-Based Approaches (C Feng, N Ozay, C M Lagoa & M Sznaie)

In summary, this book consists of an introductory chapter followed by twelve
chapters among which five mainly rely on regression representations (Chapters
2, 3, 5, 10, 13), six on state-space representations (Chapters 4, 6–9, 11), and
one on the linear fractional representation (Chapter 12). Among regression
representations, several approaches are considered, such as basis function
expansion (Chapters 2 and 10), set membership (Chapter 3), ARX, Output-Error
and Box-Jenkins (Chapter 5), and sparsification (Chapter 13). Among state-space
representations, four chapters consider subspace methods (Chapters 6–9), one a
sparse set membership approach (Chapter 4), and one on a maximum likelihood
criterion (Chapter 11). It can be observed that both, statistical noise (Chapters
2, 5–11) and unknown-but-bounded (Chapters 2–4, 12, 13) noise assumptions are
extensively dealt within the book.
Information is available at World Scientific Publishing website


2.2 Recent Advances in Dynamics and Control of Neural Networks
Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com

E. Kaslik and S. Sivasundaram,
Cambridge Scientific Publishers, UK

Recent advances in dynamics and control of neural networks comprises research
papers contributed by expert authors from various fields and explores many new
ideas, results and directions in the rapidly growing field of dynamics and
control of neural networks. It encompasses a wide range of topics including
impulsive Cohen-Grossberg neural networks, dual neural network based adaptive
controller, synthesis for aircraft with model uncertainties, discrete-time RTD-
based cellular neural network.
The design motivation is what distinguishes neural networks from other mathematical
techniques: A neural network is a processing device, either actual hardware or an
algorithm, whose design was motivated by the design and functioning of human brains
and components. There are several different types of neural networks, each of which
has different strengths particular to their applications. The abilities of different
networks can be related to their structure, dynamics, learning methods and control.
Neural networks offer improved performance over conventional technologies in areas
which include: adaptive control, optimization and scheduling, complex mapping,
synchronization, machine vision, robust pattern detection, signal filtering, virtual
reality, data segmentation, data compression, data mining, text mining, artificial
life, flexible space systems etc. In general overall design process for aerospace
systems typically consists of the following steps: design, analysis, and evaluation.
Dynamics and controls analyses, which define the critical performance of any aerospace
system, are particularly important.

2012 250pp Hbk 978-1-908106-16-2 £60/$93/€70


2.3 Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications
contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernández, ccruz@cicese.mx

Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please send order form to:
Cambridge Scientific Publishers
PO Box 806, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8RT Telephone: +44 (0) 1954 251283
Fax: +44 (0) 1954 252517 Email: janie.wardle@cambridgescientificpublishers.com
Or buy direct from our secure website: www.cambridgescientificpublishers.com


3.  Journals

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

Control and Intelligent Systems
Editor-in-chief: Prof. Clarence W. de Silva
Guest editors: Jian Liang Wang, Maoqing Li


Table of Contents

Current issue:
Volume 40, Number 1 (January 2012)
Guest Editors' Note
Jian Liang Wang, Maoqing Li

Vision-based Grasping using Mobile Robots and Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
Ying Wang, Haoxiang Lang, Han Lin, Clarence W. de Silva

Cyclic Formation Control for Satellite Formation using Local Relative Measurements
Baolin Wu, Danwei Wang, Eng Kee Poh

Design and Construction Methodology of an Indoor UAV System with Embedded Vision
Fei Wang, Swee K. Phang, Jun J. Ong, Ben M. Chen, Tong H. Lee

Asymptotic Swarm Stability of High-Order Multi-Agent Systems: Condition and Application
Ning Cai, Jian-Xiang Xi, Yi-Sheng Zhong

Modelling and Analysis of the Falling Process Based on a Five-Link Gait Model
Jian-Xin Xu, Yuanguang Sun

Multi-Agent Swarm Based Localization of Hazardous Events
Maja Varga, Zvonimir Piskovic, Stjepan Bogdan, Zhijun Li

Adaptive Robust Tracking Control of an Underwater Vehicle-Manipulator System
with Sub-Region and Self-Motion Criteria
Zool H. Ismail, Matthew W. Dunnigan

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


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

International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS)
2011, Volume 21, Number 4 (December)

Li J., Li J. and Xia Z. Delay-dependent generalized H2 control for discrete
T–S fuzzy large-scale stochastic systems with mixed delays 585

Mnasri C. and Gasmi M. LMI-based adaptive fuzzy integral sliding mode control
of mismatched uncertain systems 605

Tong S., Yang G. and Zhang W. Observer-based fault-tolerant control against
sensor failures for fuzzy systems with time delays 617

Khémiri K., Ben Hmida F., Ragot J. and Gossa M. Novel optimal recursive filter
for state and fault estimation of linear stochastic systems with unknown disturbances 629

Georges J.-P., Theilliol D., Cocquempot V., Ponsart J.-C. and Aubrun C. Fault
tolerance in networked control systems under intermittent observations 639

Zhang Q., Yang L. and Liao D. Existence and exponential stability of a periodic
solution for fuzzy cellular neural networkswith time-varying delays 649

Szynkiewicz W. and Błaszczyk J. Optimization-based approach to path planning for
closed chain robot systems 659

Kowalczuk Z. and Czubenko M. Intelligent decision-making system for autonomous
robots 671

Mahmoud T.A. Adaptive control scheme based on the least squares support vector
machine network 685

Kaczorek T. Positive stable realizations of fractional continuous-time linear
systems 697

Barszcz T. and Czop P. Estimation of feedwater heater parameters based on a
grey-box approach 703

Krawiec K., Jaśkowski W. and Szubert M. Evolving small-board Go players using
coevolutionary temporal difference learning with archives 717

Arangú M. and Salido M.A. A fine-grained arc-consistency algorithm for non-
normalized constraint satisfaction problems 733

Aswani Kumar Ch. Knowledge discovery in data using formal concept analysis and
random projections 745

Gdawiec K. and Domańska D. Partitioned iterated function systems with division
and a fractal dependence graph in recognition of 2D shapes 757

Prasath V.B.S. A well-posed multiscale regularization scheme for digital image
denoising 769

Publisher: University of Zielona Góra and Lubuskie Scientific Society, Poland
ISSN: 1641-876X
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Józef Korbicz
Website: http://www.amcs.uz.zgora.pl
E-mail: amcs@uz.zgora.pl
Scope: modern control theory and practice; artificial intelligence methods and
their applications; applied mathematics and mathematical optimisation techniques;
mathematical methods in engineering, computer science, and biology
Indexation: Science Citation Index Expanded, Journal Citation Reports/Science
Edition, Scopus-Elsevier, Google Scholar, INSPEC, EBSCO, MathSciNet, Mathematical
Reviews, Compendex, Zentralblatt MATH, Current Mathematical Publications, Computer
Abstracts International Database, Applied Mechanics Reviews, ACM Digital Library,
CSA Technology Research Database/CSA High Technology Research Database with Aerospace,
Computer and Information Systems Abstracts, VINITI, BazTech, Polish Virtual Library
of Science/Mathematical Collection, Zielona Góra Digital Library
Impact Factor: 0.794 (2010), 0.684 (2009)

20th Jubilee: 1991-2011



3.3 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems
Contributed by: Yuri L. Sachkov, sachkov@sys.botik.ru

Incorporating Dynamics and Control


Vol 17, No. 4 (October) 2011


Bang-Singular-Bang Extremals:
Sufficient Optimality Conditions
L. Poggiolini and G. Stefani

Fractional Finite Time Delay Evolution Systems
and Optimal Controls in Infinite-Dimensional Spaces
JinRong Wang, Wei Wei, and Yong Zhou

Steady States for Resource
and Sexual Competition Models with Diffusions
Wonlyul Ko and Inkyung Ahn

Equivariant Moving Frame Method and the Local Equivalence
of uxx=r(x,u,v,u_x,v_x) under Fiber-Preserving
F. Valiquette

Controllability of Linear Systems on Lie Groups
P. Jouan


3.4 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems
Contributed by: Yuri L. Sachkov, sachkov@sys.botik.ru

Incorporating Dynamics and Control


Vol 18, No. 1 (January) 2012


Dynamic Morse Decompositions for Semigroups
of Homeomorphisms and Control Systems
C.J.Braga Barros, J.A.Souza, and R.A.Reis

Sub-Riemannian Structures on 3D Lie Groups
A.Agrachev and D.Barilari

On the Summability of Formal Solutions for Doubly Singular
Nonlinear  Partial Differential Equations

Optimal Control of Discrete and Differential Inclusions
 with Distributed Parameters in the Gradient Form
E.N.Mahmudov and M.E.Unal

Multisummability of Formal Solutions of Inhomogeneous
Linear Partial Differential Equations
with Constant Coefficients
S. Michalik

On a Class of Vector Fields with Discontinuities
of Divide-by-Zero Type and Its Applications
to Geodesics in Singular Metrics
R.Ghezzi and A.O.Remizov


3.5 Contents: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: Maria Prandini, prandini@elet.polimi.it

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 17, Issues n. 5-6, 2011

Fundamental Issues in Control
Special Issue for the CDC-ECC 2011

Eduardo F. Camacho, Ewin K.P. Chong, Jay A. Farrell,
Marios M. Polycarpou

Four Encounters with System Identification
Lennart Ljung, Håkan Hjalmarsson, Henrik Ohlsson

Robustness, Optimization, and Architectures
Fiona Chandra, Dennice F. Gayme, Lijun Chen, John C. Doyle

Probabilistic Methods in Cancer Biology
Mathukumalli Vidyasagar

A Motion Description Language for Robotic Reconnaissance of Unknown Fields
Dimitar Baronov, John Baillieul

Networks of Biosensors: Decentralized Activation and Social Learning
Vikram Krishnamurthy

Smart Grid: Overview, Issues and Opportunities. Advances and Challenges in
Sensing, Modeling, Simulation, Optimization and Control
S. Massoud Amin

Approximate Bisimulation: A Bridge Between Computer Science and Control Theory
Antoine Girard, George J. Pappas

Control of Distributed Systems: Tutorial and Overview
Jan H. van Schuppen, Olivier Boutin, Pia L. Kempker, Jan Komenda, Tomáš
Masopust, Nicola Pambakian, André C.M. Ran

Distributed Fault Detection and Isolation of Continuous-Time Non-Linear Systems
Francesca Boem, Riccardo M.G. Ferrari, Thomas Parisini

European Control Conferences since 1991.
EUCA Presidents’ Reports

Author/Subject Index Volume 17/2011
List of Discussion Authors to Volume 17/2011
List of Reviewers to Volume 17/2011


3.6 Contents: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: Maria Prandini, prandini@elet.polimi.it

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 18, Issues n. 1, 2012

Higher-Order Corrections to the Pi Criterion Using Center Manifold Theory
B. Costas Kravaris, Ioannis Dermitzakis and Scott Thompson

Awareness and its use in Incremental Data Driven Modelling for Plug and Play
Process Control
Torben Knudsen, Jan Bendtsen, Klaus Trangbaek

Profit Maximization of a Power Plant
Martin Kragelund, John Leth, Rafal Wisniewski, and Ulf Jonsson

A saturated PI velocity controller for voltage-fed induction motors
V. M. Hernandez-Guzmand and V. Santibanez

Continuous-time non-symmetric algebraic Riccati theory: A matrix pencil approach
Marc Jungers and Cristian Oara

Decentralized Fault Free Model Approach for Fault Detection and Isolation
of Discrete Event Systems
M. Sayed Mouchaweh


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

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

Review paper:

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

Regular papers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brief papers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


3.8 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernández, ccruz@cicese.mx

Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Volume 11, Number 4, 2011
ISSN 1562-8353
http://www.sciencearea.com.ua; http://www.e-ndst.kiev.ua

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


On the Past Ten Years and the Future Development of Nonlinear Dynamics and
Systems Theory (ND&ST),
A.A. Martynyuk, A.G. Mazko, S.N. Rasshyvalova and K.L. Teo, p. 337

Complex Network Synchronization of Coupled Time-Delay Chua Oscillators in
Different Topologies,
O.R. Acosta-Del Campo, C. Cruz-Hern'andez, R.M. L'opez-Guti'errez,
A. Arellano-Delgado, L. Cardoza-Avendano and R. Ch'avez-P'erez, p. 341

Application of Passivity Based Control for Partial Stabilization,
T. Binazadeh and M. J. Yazdanpanah, p. 373

Optical Soliton in Nonlinear Dynamics and Its Graphical Representation,
M. H. A. Biswas, M. A. Rahman and T. Das, p. 383

Existence and Uniqueness of Solutions to Quasilinear Integro-differential
Equations by the Method of Lines,
Jaydev Dabas, p. 397

Backstepping for Nonsmooth Mimo Nonlinear Volterra Systems with Noninvertible
Input-Output Maps and Controllability of Their Large Scale Interconnections,
S. Dashkovskiy and S. S. Pavlichkov, p. 411

Improved Multimachine Multiphase Electric Vehicle Drive System Based on New
SVPWM Strategy and Sliding Mode - Direct Torque Control,
N. Henini, L. Nezli, A. Tlemcani and M.O. Mahmoudi, p. 425

Contents of Volume 11, 2011, p. 439

For information and subscription,


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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 20
Issue 3
March 2012

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Hailei Jiang, Sirish L. Shah, Biao Huang, Bruce Wilson, Rohit Patwardhan, Foon
Szeto, Model analysis and performance analysis of two industrial MPCs, Pages

B. Caron, G. Balik, L. Brunetti, A. Jeremie, Vibration control of the beam of
the future linear collider, Pages 236-247

Seyed Mahdi Hashemi, Hossam Seddik Abbas, Herbert Werner, Low-complexity linear
parameter-varying modeling and control of a robotic manipulator, Pages 248-257

Cunjia Liu, Wen-Hua Chen, John Andrews, Tracking control of small-scale helicopters
using explicit nonlinear MPC augmented with disturbance observers, Pages 258-268

Mario di Bernardo, Carlos Ildefonso Hoyos Velasco, Umberto Montanaro, Stefania
Santini, Experimental implementation and validation of a novel minimal control
synthesis adaptive controller for continuous bimodal piecewise affine systems,
Pages 269-281

Kene Li, Yunong Zhang, Fault-tolerant motion planning and control of redundant
manipulator, Pages 282-292

T. Thurnheer, P. Soltic, The polytropic volume method to detect engine events
based on the measured cylinder pressure, Pages 293-299

Pak Kin Wong, Lap Mou Tam, Li Ke, Automotive engine power performance tuning
under numerical and nominal data, Pages 300-314

Augie Widyotriatmo, Keum-Shik Hong, Switching algorithm for robust configuration
control of a wheeled vehicle, Pages 315-32


3.10 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Ben Cronin,ben.cronin@birkhauser-science.com

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Volume 31, Issue 1

Table of Contents:

* On the Realization of Multiphase Oscillators Using Fractional-Order Allpass
Brent Maundy, Ahmed Elwakil & Stephan Gift

* High Input Impedance Voltage-Mode Universal Biquadratic Filter with Three
Inputs and Six Outputs Using Three DDCCs
Wei-Yuan Chiu & Jiun-Wei Horng

* A Low-Power 5-Gb/s Current-Mode LVDS Output Driver and Receiver with Active
P. Vijaya Sankara Rao, Nachiket Desai & Pradip Mandal

* High Input Impedance NMOS-based Phase Shifter with Minimum Number of Passive
Shahram Minaei & Erkan Yuce

* CMOS Current-Mode Implementation of Fractional-Power Functions
Kuo-Jen Lin, Chih-Jen Cheng, Shun-Feng Chiu & Hsin-Cheng Su

* A CMOS Quadrature LC Oscillator using Automatic Phase/Amplitude Calibration
Hojat Ghonoodi & Hossein Miar Naimi

* Time-Varying Delay Passivity Analysis in 4 GHz Antennas Array Design
S. Cauet, F. Hutu & P. Coirault

* Stability of Markovian Jump Systems over Networks via Delta Operator Approach 
Hongjiu Yang, Yuanqing Xia, Peng Shi & Mengyin Fu

* Short Paper: An Approach to H-infinity Control of a Class of Nonlinear Stochastic Systems
Hongbin Zhang, Gang Feng & Chuangyin Dang

* Stability Analysis of Markovian Jump Systems with Multiple Delay Components and
Polytopic Uncertainties
Qing Wang, Baozhu Du, James Lam & Michael Z. Q. Chen

* Decentralized Optimal Fusion Filtering for Multi-Sensor Multi-Delay Singular
Jiabing Sun, Chengjin Zhang & Jason Gu

* A New Global Stability Criteria for Neural Network with Two Time-Varying Delays
Guixiang Wang, Zhenju Mu, Chenglin Wen & Yuqi Li

* Passivity-based Control for Markovian Jump Systems via Retarded Output Feedback
Hao Shen, Shengyuan Xu, Xiaona Song & Guodong Shi

* Sliding Mode Observer-Based Fault Detection of Distributed Networked Control
Systems with Time Delay
Qun Zong, Fanlin Zeng, Wenjing Liu, Yuehui Ji & Yang Tao

* Low Power Digital Baseband for Impulse Radio Ultra-Wideband Transceiver
Wei Da Toh, Yuanjin Zheng & Chun-Huat Heng

* The Rao and Wald Tests Designed for Distributed Targets with Polarization MIMO
Radar in Compound-Gaussian Clutter
Guolong Cui, Lingjiang Kong, Xiaobo Yang & Jianyu Yang

* 2D DOA Estimator for Multiple Coherently Distributed Sources Using Modified
Zhi Zheng, Guangjun Li & Yunlong Teng

* Maximum Entropy Power Spectrum Estimation for 2-D Multirate Systems
A. Korhan Tanc & Ahmet H. Kayran

* A Novel Convergence Accelerator for the LMS Adaptive Filter
Jeng-Shin Sheu, Tai-Kuo Woo & Jyh-Horng Wen

* A Convolution and Correlation Theorem for the Linear Canonical Transform and
Its Application
Deyun Wei, Qiwen Ran & Yuanmin Li

* Brief Communication: Perturbation-Based Fourier Series Analysis of Transistor
Akash Rathee & Harish Parthasarathy

* Fault Detection for Networked Nonlinear Systems with Time Delays and Packet
Xiongbo Wan & Huajing Fang

* Short Paper: H-infinity Filtering Design for Linear Systems with Interval Time-Varying
Xudong Zhao, Yong Chen, Lixian Zhang & Ming Liu

* Short Paper: Integrally Small Perturbations of Linear Nonautonomous Systems
M. I. Gil’

* Short Paper: Stochastic Stabilization of Markovian Jump Systems with Partial
Unknown Transition Probabilities and Actuator Saturation
Yijing Wang, Zhiqiang Zuo & Yulong Cui

* Short Paper: Note on Generalized Linear-Phase Property of Discrete-Time Finite
Impulse Response Systems
Song Zhang

* Short Paper: A Linear Time Algorithm of Computing Hausdorff Distance for
Content-based Image Analysis
M. Julius Hossain, M. Ali Akber Dewan, Kiok Ahn & Oksam Chae

* Short Paper: Binary Phase Coded Sequence Generation Using Fractional Order
Logistic Equation
B. T. Krishna

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

Recent Special Issue:

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


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

Papers are invited for a special issue "Emerging Trends in Active Methods for
Fault Tolerant Control" for the Wiley Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal
Processing. Prospective authors should contact one of the following issue
editors: Ron J Patton  r.j.patton@hull.ac.uk  ; Bin Jiang binjiang@nuaa.edu.cn;
Fahmida Chowdhury fchowdhu@nsf.gov or Jovan D Boskovic jovan@ssci.com for further
information. Deadline for manuscripts submitted to the journal on-line at
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/acsp-wiley is 30th March 2012.


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

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

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

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

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

Both theoretical and application-driven contributions are welcome.

Guest Editors:

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

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

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

Important dates:

Paper submission: DEADLINE: October 1, 2012;
Acceptance: April 2, 2013;
Tentative Publication: Late 2013.

Submission Details:

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

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

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


4. Conferences

4.1 ICNPAA 2012 World Congress
Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com

ICNPAA 2012 World Congress:
Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace
Vienna, Austria
July 10-14, 2012

On behalf of the International Organizing Committee, it gives us great pleasure
to invite you to the ICNPAA 2012 World Congress: 9th International Conference
on Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences, which will be
held at Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

Please visit the web site : http://www.icnpaa.com for all details
AIAA, IFIP co-sponsored event
The proceedings will be published by American Institute of Physics

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

AIP Conference Proceedings articles are indexed in Thomson Reuters’ Index to
Scientific and Technical Proceedings (ISTP)
and can be accessed in their Web of Science database directly with AIP CONF
PRO as the publication name.

In addition, AIP Conference Proceedings are indexed in:
 Astrophysics Data System(ADS)
 Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
 EBSCO Publishing
 Electronic Library Information Navigator (ELIN), Sweden
 Elsevier - SCOPUS
 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
 Thomson Reuters (ISI)

Please visit the web site : http://www.icnpaa.com for all details


4.2 IFAC Conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
contributed by: Mircea Lazar, m.lazar@tue.nl

IFAC Conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC),
23-27 August 2012, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands

The conference series on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) focuses on
the theory and applications of model predictive control and has already a long
and rich history. NMPC'12 is the fourth conference in this series after NMPC'98
in Ascona (Switzerland), NMPC'05 in Freudenstadt-Lauterbad (Germany), and NMPC'08
in Pavia (Italy).

We are happy to continue this tradition and announce that the next edition of the
NMPC Conference will take place under the auspices of IFAC, in Noordwijkerhout, The
Netherlands, from 23 to 27 August 2012. The aim is to bring together researchers
in the area of MPC, from both academia and industry, in order to establish the
current state-of-the-art and focus the future development of the MPC field towards
relevant directions. The following plenary speakers agreed to share their views on
MPC with us:

- Graham Goodwin (AUS)
- Lars Grune (GER)
- Sasa Rakovic (UK/USA)
- James Rawlings (USA)

Moreover, the following semi-plenary speakers have also agreed to present their
views on MPC: Alberto Bemporad (IT), Samir Bennani (NL), Francesco Borelli (USA),
Mark Cannon (UK), Barry Cott (NL), Stefano Di Cairano (USA), Moritz Diehl (BEL),
Christian Ebenauer (GER), Martin Guay (CA), Maurice Heemels (NL), Colin Jones (SWI),
Eric Kerrigan (UK), Tamas Keviczky (NL), Ilya Kolmanovsky (USA), Daniel Limon (SP),
Lalo Magni (IT), Manfred Morari (SWI), Sorin Olaru (FR), Anatoly Propoi (RUS).

The deadline for submissions is set to April 9, 2012.

Contributions are invited in all areas related to nonlinear model predictive control,
including: stability and recursive feasibility of MPC, robust MPC, sub-optimal MPC,
stochastic MPC, hybrid MPC, explicit MPC, distributed MPC, dedicated hardware
implementation of MPC, dedicated optimization solvers for MPC and real-time MPC.
Contributions on applications of MPC in various fields such as, automotive, aerospace,
power electronics, broadband communications, electrical power systems, healthcare
applications, process control, motion control, energy efficient buildings, greenhouse
control, scheduling and manufacturing, industrial printers, plasma control, fluid
dynamics, cyber-physical systems, systems biology, financial economy, are also welcomed.

More information is available at the conference website:


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

Mircea Lazar and Frank Allgower


4.3 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration
Contributed by: Mikhail Svinin, svinin@mech.kyushu-u.ac.jp

2012 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration
Centennial Hall, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
December 16-18, 2012

Co-Sponsored by: SICE System Integration Division, IEEE Robotics and
Automation Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society

The 20th century was the age of evolution of science and technology
concerning artifacts. Fundamentals of mass production had been established
by specialized technologies and surely had contributed our social life. In
the 21st century, our societies expect methodologies for solving problems of
complex systems consisting of society, human and technologies, which cannot
be completed by single sectionalized technology. Under these circumstances,
the system integration to look down the whole technologies is becoming a
critical issue of engineering. 2012 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on
System Integration will be held as the fifth  symposium on system
integration. System integration is one of the key technologies and the
integration of hardware and software is especially important to solve the
industrial or social system problems in new century. This symposium focuses
to the new research and industrial application of system integration, and
discusses the approach method to improve effectiveness of system

The topics of this symposium include, but not limited to
1. System Integration (Control technology, Robotics technology, Network
system control, Plant engineering, System hardware, System software,
Integration platform).
2. Artifacts (Mechatronics systems, Automation systems, Virtual reality
systems, Entertainment systems, Micro-nano systems).
3. Human and Society (Welfare systems, Environment & Ecological systems, Bio
systems, Disaster prevention, Disaster mitigation, Rescue systems, Security
systems, Enterprise resource planning systems, Supply chain management
systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Logistics systems, Human).
4. Assistive Technologies (Large-scale system simulation, Software systems,
Networking systems, Decision making systems).

General Chair: Kazuo Kiguchi, Saga Univ., Japan
Program Chair: Yasushi Nakauchi, Univ. of Tsukuba, Japan

August 24, 2012 - Organized Sessions Proposal
September 23, 2012 - Submission of full papers
October 28, 2012 - Notification of acceptance
November 13, 2012 - Final paper submission

Web Site: http://www.si-sice.org/SII2012/
E-Mail: sii2012@ml.cc.saga-u.ac.jp


4.4 International Conference on Information Fusion
Contributed by: Lai Hoe Chee, lhoechee@dso.org.sg

Fusion 2012 is the 15th International Conference on Information Fusion. It will
be held for the first time in the Asian continent in Singapore. The objective of
the conference is to provide a forum to discuss advances and applications of
fusion methodologies. The conference will feature keynote speeches, special
sessions on topics of current interest, a tutorial program to assist new researchers
in the field, and both regular and student paper awards. Authors are invited to
submit papers  describing advances and applications in Information Fusion, with
submission of AESS topics encouraged. The presented papers shall be included in
the IEEE Xplore and EI Compendex databases.

Singapore is a thriving cosmopolitan city, well known for its diversity of cultures,
languages and cuisines, as well as exciting venues and activities all year round. 
In addition,  Singapore has an excellent infrastructure, and a world-renowned
reputation for safety, reliability and efficiency. Participants will get to enjoy
a cuisine and take the largest moving observatory platform (Singapore flyer)
which provides a panoramic view of Singapore city.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
  1. Theory and representation
  2.  Algorithms
  3.  Modelling, simulation and evaluation
  4.  Information fusion applications

Important Deadlines
Special session proposal submissions / acceptance    1 Feb 2012   /   15 Feb 2012
All paper submissions / acceptance                    1 Mar 2012  /   15 Apr 2012
Final paper submissions                                 15 May 2012
Early registration                                      15 May 2012

For more information, please go to http://fusion2012.org


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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates/Deadlines:

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

For most up to date information, please visit


4.6 International Eurasian Conference On Mathematical Sciences and Applications
Contributed by: Yusif Gasimov, ysfgasimov@yahoo.com

September 03-07, 2012, Prishtine, KOSOVO

It is our great pleasure to inform you that we are organizing the “1st International
Eurasian Conference on Mathematical Sciences and Applications (IECMSA)”. The organizing
committee invites you to participate in the IECMSA which will be held in Prishtine,
KOSOVO, between September 03-07, 2012. This conference is supported by Prishtine University,
KOSOVO, Sakarya University and Bilecik University, TURKEY. The goal of the conference is
to contribute to the development of mathematical sciences and its applications and to
bring together the mathematics community, interdisciplinary researches, educators,
mathematicians, statisticians and engineers from all over the world.

The conference will present new results and future challenges, in series of invited
and short talks, poster presentations. The presentations can be done in the language
of Albanian, Turkish and English. Also, original, unpublished papers are invited for
presentation in the conference IECMSA. All presented paper’s abstracts will be
published in the conference proceeding. Moreover, selected and peer review articles
will be published in the following journals:

• Applied and Computational Mathematics (SCI)
• TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
• TWMS Journal of Applied and Engineering Mathematics
• International Electronic Journal of Geometry
• Mathematical Sciences and Applications E-Notes

Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:
* Applied Mathematics (in General)
* Analysis & Its Applications
* Algebra & Its Applications
* Geometry & Its Applications
* Logic & Its Applications
* Probability, Statistics & Their Applications
* Topology
* Mathematical Physics

Important Dates for Conference
Deadline for Registration : July 9th , 2012
Deadline for Abstract Submission : July 9th , 2012
Deadline for Acceptance of Notification : July 23rd , 2012
Announcement of the Program Schedule : August 20th , 2012
Deadline for Full Paper Submission : November 1st , 2012
For further information, check the conference website at : www.iecmsa.org
or contact the conference organizers at: conference@iecmsa.org, murattosun@iecmsa.org


4.7 Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics
Contributed by: Pawel Dworak, pawel.dworak@zut.edu.pl

17th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics

27 – 30 August 2012
Amber Baltic Hotel, Międzyzdroje, Poland


The 17th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Control
(MMAR’2012) is to be held August 27-30, 2012 in Miedzyzdroje (Poland). The
conference aims to bring together engineers and scientists from academia, research
institutes and industry so that they can discuss the latest developments and
requirements in traditional and non-traditional areas of Automation and Robotics.

Technical programme will include a broad range of topics covering new theoretical
and technological developments and applications in:

- linear and non-linear predictive control
- robust and adaptive control
- networked control systems
- fuzzy logic, neural networks and intelligent control
- modelling and identification
- distributed parameter systems
- discrete events and hybrid systems
- cooperative, coordinated and decentralized control
- computer aided control systems design and other computational aspects
- marine and aerospace guidance and control
- advanced process control
- fault detection, diagnosis and fault tolerant control
- recent drive systems in robotics
- kinematics and dynamics of robots
- mathematical foundations of robotics
- motion planning and algorithms
- human-robot interaction
- advanced robotics
- robot control modeling
- nonholonomic systems
- sensory feedback in robots, visual systems feedback
- various applications of rob
  otic systems
- hybrid control in robotics
Apart from plenary and invited sessions the programme will also include invited
and tutorial sessions, panel discussions, software demonstrations and hardware

For up-to-date information on MMAR2012, please visit the Conference site:

Prospective participants are invited to electronically submit the full
version of their work by the indicated deadlines, following the guidelines
available on http://mmar2012.e-papers.org/.

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the respective conference
proceedings, and included in the IEEE Xplore® online digital library.

For more information about the Conference, please contact the Conference
secretariat: mmar@mmar.edu.pl


4.8 International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems
contributed by: Margreta Kuijper, mkuijper@unimelb.edu.au

20th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems 2012

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

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

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

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

Important Dates:

Online Submission closes: 15 February 2012 (note: extended from 1 Feb 2012)
Acceptance Notification: 15th March 2012
Final submission: 30 April 2012

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


5. Workshops

5.1 IFAC Symposium on System Structure and Control
Contributed by: Koenig Damien, Damien.Koenig@esisar.grenoble-inp.fr

IFAC Joint conference, 5th Symposium on System Structure and Control, 11th
Workshop on Time-Delay Systems, 6th Workshop on Fractional Differentiation
and Its Applications.

This "Joint Conference" gathers all the activities of IFAC TC 2.2 Linear
Control Systems: Control and structure, Time-delay systems and Fractional
differentiation. The aim is to bring together experts working in systems and
control to discuss new trends, exchange new ideas, establish fruitful contacts,
and promote interactions among the various fields of interest. Applications and
industry papers are encouraged.

Grenoble, France, February 4-6, 2013


5.2 International Summer School of Automatic Control
Contributed by: Christophe PRIEUR, Christophe.Prieur@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr

Announcement for the 33th International Summer School of Automatic Control
Location: Grenoble, France
Dates: September, 10-14, 2012
Title: Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems
Confirmed lecturers:
F. Alabau-Boussouira, Univ. Metz, France;
G. Bastin, UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium;
E. Cerpa, Univ. Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaiso, Chile;
J.-M. Coron, Univ. P. et M. Curie, Paris, France;
M. Krstic, Univ. of California at San Diego, USA;
B. Maschke, Univ. of Lyon, Lyon, France;
E. Trélat, Univ. P. et M. Curie, Paris, France ;
C. Prieur, CNRS, Grenoble, France;
E. Witrant, Univ. of Grenoble, France;
H. Zwart, University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Registration for students: 150 euros
Contacts: Christophe Prieur and Alexandre Seuret


5.3 ACC Workshop on Health Management and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aircraft
Contributed by: Youmin Zhang, ymzhang@encs.concordia.ca

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please see more details at:
http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2012/workshops.php &


5.4 Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems
contributed by: Francesco Bullo, bullo@engineering.ucsb.edu

3rd Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems (NecSys'12)

WEBSITE: http://necsys2012.engr.ucsb.edu/
DATES: 14-15 September, 2012
VENUE: Santa Barbara, California

. Papers submission deadline: April 20, 2012
. Notice of acceptance: June 14, 2012
. Final version due: July 15, 2012
. Early registration deadline: July 15, 2012

The workshop will publish official Proceedings, which will be hosted
on-line on the IFAC-PapersOnLine website. As in previous NecSys workshops,
a Best Student Paper Award will be offered.

Networked systems are complex dynamical systems composed of a large number
of simple systems interacting through a communication medium. These systems
arise as natural models in many areas of engineering and sciences, such as
sensor networks, autonomous unmanned vehicles, biological networks, and
animal cooperative aggregation and flocking.

. Coordinated control and estimation over networks
. Multivehicle systems, flocking, and consensus
. Control under communication constraints
. Decentralized algorithms for computation over sensor networks
. Randomized, gossip, and message passing algorithms. Belief propagation
. Graph models for networks. Percolation. Network coding
. Distributed and decentralized signal processing
. Distributed and cooperative optimization
. Cooperation in the presence of adversaries, networked games
. Robust coordination under malicious attacks

The workshop will be single track and will consist of two days of research
presentations and poster sessions. The research presentations will be 10
invited talks by international experts and 4 interactive sessions of
contributed papers (2 per day). The poster/interactive sections will not be
in parallel with invited talks. The invited oral presentations will be of
tutorial nature and the contributed papers will be organized in interactive
poster sessions with limited number of contributions and with ample
reserved time slots, thus hopefully stimulating discussions and promoting
ideas exchanges.

Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara, California

The International Federation of Automatic Control
Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation, UCSB
Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, UC


6.  Positions

6.1 PhD: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Contributed by: Maria Serra, Cristian Kunusch and Jordi Riera, maserra@iri.upc.edu

PhD at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

PhD Studentship: Development of control systems for efficiency and durability
improvement in PEM fuel cell based systems.

The thesis is integrated to the research project DPI2011-25649 of the Spanish
Science and Innovation Council at the Automatic Control Group of the Institut
de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (UPC-CSIC).

Project manager: Dr. Maria Serra

Further details:

The introduction of hydrogen technologies in the market of stationary and mobile
powered applications has recently begun and they are now part of the major R&D
programs of numerous important companies. However, to extend their current
applicability and competitiveness, it is necessary that they become more reliable
devices, providing more safety for the users, increasing their efficiency, and
extending their lifetime. It is therefore of vital importance to provide these
devices with efficient control systems to ensure an optimal performance for all
its operating conditions.

The core of this PhD thesis, i.e. the development of advanced controllers and
observers for fuel cell based systems, will contribute to enhance the efficiency
and durability of the current devices, which are critical points for a future
massive use.

The selected PhD student is expected to be highly motivated to start research
activities that combine control engineering, optimization and multidomain modelling
with applications to new technologies of PEM fuel cells, ethanol reformers and/or

The ideal candidate would have organisational skills and initiative to carry out
independent research; have a solid background in control systems and mathematics;
be able to work as part of an interdisciplinary team; and have the written and
verbal skills necessary to present scientific ideas clearly. Previous experience
of developing mathematical algorithms and simulation models in MATLAB, and of
designing and analyzing feedback control systems, would be advantageous.

The project includes several experimental stages at the Fuel Cells Control
Laboratory of the UPC. Thus, technical knowledge of real time systems, sensoring
and data acquisition is welcome.

The position and thesis work should begin 1st Sep 2012 and will have an approximated
duration of four years. This period will include the doctoral courses.

More details on this position can be found at the following link (in spanish):


Candidates should contact by email Dr. Maria Serra before 28 Feb 2012. Please,
attach a CV summarizing backgrounds and academic transcripts (only undergraduate
degree is required). Please, feel free to send any inquiry about the project and


6.2 PhD: National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Contributed by: Sean McLoone, sean.mcloone@eeng.nuim.ie

PhD and Post-doc: National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems Research Positions at NUI Maynooth, Ireland

As a partner in the Science Foundation Ireland funded Strategic Research Cluster
in Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems (http://erc.ucd.ie/sees/), the Dynamics
and Control Research Group at NUI Maynooth is seeking to hire a PhD student and
Postdoctoral Researcher to undertake research on on-line system identification,
modelling and control of aggregated smart-load dynamics.

Developments in smart metering technologies and home area networks point to a
future where household energy consumption can be influenced remotely to achieve
load reduction during peak demand periods or when the local network is stressed,
and to provide fast reserve response to system emergency conditions. Design of a
centralised supervisory control scheme for these ‘smart loads’ is very challenging
as it must recognise various issues, including the impact of communication and
actuation delays, a time-varying load response, and the potential for local instability
and limit cycles arising from interaction with a smart meter based multi-agent system.
Alternatively, distributed local control, based on smart loads, could play a major role
in enhancing system performance and stability, operating independently of, or in
collaboration with, a centralised structure Underpinning the development of appropriate
control strategies is the need to develop models of aggregated smart-load dynamics and
algorithms that can identify and track these dynamics on-line and in real-time. Exploring
these issues is the primary focus of this research project.

The PhD position is for 4 years and provides for a tax-free stipend of 18,000 Euro
per year and payment of PhD fees. The postdoctoral research position is initially
available for 1 year and attracts a starting salary of €37,750. For further details
of the positions and the application process please visit http://dac.eeng.nuim.ie/vacancies.php.
The closing date for applications is 20th February 2011.


6.3 PhD: TU Delft, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Rufus Fraanje, p.r.fraanje@tudelft.nl

PhD/PostDoc position Fast and high-performance Adaptive Optics for Extremely
Large Telescopes at the Delft Centre for Systems and Control, TU Delft, The Netherlands

The Delft Centre for Systems and Control The Delft Centre for Systems
and Control (DCSC) coordinates the education and research activities in
systems and control at Delft University of Technology. The Centre’s
research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics
and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory,
optimization and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced
technology development in mechatronics and microsystems, sustainable
industrial processes, transportation and automotive systems, and
physical imaging systems. The group actively participates in the Dutch
Institute of Systems and Control (DISC).

Job description
Adaptive optics (AO) is used in large telescopes to compensate for
disturbances in the atmosphere as well as vibrations of the telescope
optical components. With the increasing dimensions of telescopes, up to
39m for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the dimensions
of the AO systems are increasing such that the computational complexity
of the controller prohibits an (unstructured) centralized
implementation. The goal of this project is to design, implement and
validate a fast and high performance control algorithm on multi-core
of-the-shelf hardware to control a large scale adaptive optics system
for application in extremely large telescopes. The PhD student or
Postdoc researcher will evaluate several efficient AO control
algorithms, among which algorithms developed at DCSC, further optimize
the computational complexity versus performance tradeoff and implement
and validate the method on a multi-core AO demonstrator system.

We are looking for a candidate with a Msc/PhD degree in Physics,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent,
with a strong background in numerical algorithms for control and signal
processing. Experience with parallel processing is advantageous. The
candidate is expected to further develop the research on fast and high
performance adaptive optics algorithms that has been initiated at DCSC,
to validate these in a laboratory demonstrator and to publish his/her
research in scientific publications. If you have already accomplished a
PhD in the field relevant for this project, you are encouraged to apply
for this position as a PostDoc researcher.

Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible
work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of
assembling a customized compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA').
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour
Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application
If you are interested in this position, you may send
i) a detailed CV, ii) a letter of application, iii) your grades, iv) a
summary of your MSc/PhD thesis and list of publications (if any), and
v) the names and contact data of three professional reference persons,
written in the English language and mentioning the vacancy number
3ME12.03 to: Application-3mE@tudelft.nl. For more information about
this position, please contact dr. P.R. Fraanje, email:
P.R.Fraanje@TUDelft.NL, phone: +31 15 27 85189 or Prof. dr. M. Verhaegen,
email: M.Verhaegen@TUDelft.NL.


6.4 PhD: Lehigh University
Contributed by: Eugenio Schuster, schuster@lehigh.edu

A PhD position in the area of Control of Plasmas in Nuclear Fusion Reactors
is available immediately in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
at Lehigh University within the Laboratory for Control of Complex Physical Systems.
PhD candidates should have an undergraduate, or preferably a Masters degree, in
engineering, physics or applied math. A solid mathematical and physical background
is required together with a broad education in control systems. Some demonstrated
research experience is a plus. The candidates should be interested in doing research
in the general area of predictive simulation and control of fusion plasmas and working
on modeling, identification, model validation, model reduction, and control of nonlinear
distributed parameter systems. This position may require work at different experimental
tokamaks around the world.

Lehigh University, founded in 1865, is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 50 miles
north of Philadelphia and 75 miles southwest of New York City. It offers an inspiring
academic environment, excellent education, state-of-the-art research and computer
facilities, very competitive economic conditions (tuitions, stipend, housing, health
insurance) for graduate students, and great career opportunities after graduation. More
information can be found at http://www3.lehigh.edu/admissions/prospectivegrad.asp.

Candidates interested in being part of this educational and research opportunity
are encouraged to send by e-mail their Curriculum Vita to Prof. Eugenio Schuster
at schuster@lehigh.edu.


6.5 Post Doc: University of New South Wales at ADFA, Canberra, Australia
Contributed by: Valery Ugrinovskii, v.ougrinovski@adfa.edu.au

Postdoctoral Research Associate - University of New South Wales at ADFA, Canberra,

Research Associate (Fixed Term)
Level A:$60,655 - $80,874 pa (+Superannuation)

The School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales
at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia, has a Two year fixed
term, Research Associate Position.

The position is supported by the research grant "Consensus-based theory of robust
and resilient estimation" funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The
successful candidate will develop new distributed estimation theories for interconnected
uncertain systems. The position will involve the development of research results and their
publication in high-ranked international conferences and journals. The successful
applicant will be involved in the interaction with prospective PhD students and help
with their supervision. The successful applicant may be requested to undertake casual
teaching duties as required. The successful applicant will also be required to cooperate
with health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable
care to ensure that their actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of
others in the university.

A Position Description and Selection Criteria is available at
http://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/jobs. For application and position description information,
please visit our website http://hr.unsw.adfa.edu.au/employment/index.html. Applicants
are expected to have a PhD in Applied Mathematics or Engineering, with specialization
n Control Theory. Applicants with a strong background and prior expertise in the theory
of networked control systems, control and estimation theory of interconnected systems,
stochastic control systems theory, game theory, robust control and filtering theory at
a research level For application and position description information, please visit our
website http://hr.unsw.adfa.edu.au/employment/index.htmlare particularly encouraged to
apply. Applicants are expected to possess excellent communication and research skills
demonstrated by a record of high quality international publications. Ability to teach
in a range of engineering disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate levels is the
desired criterion for appointment.

Applications close on 27th February 2012; however, consideration of applications will
be ongoing until the position is filled.

For additional information about this position, please contact V. Ugrinovskii on (02)
6268 8219 or email V.Ougrinovski@adfa.edu.au

Applications must systematically address the selection criteria and include a CV and
the names and addresses of at least three referees. Applications which do not address
the selection criteria may not be considered.


6.6 Post Doc: University of California, Berkeley
Contributed by: Duncan Callaway, dcal@berkeley.edu

Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral scholar position at the University of California
Berkeley in the area of modeling and control of power and energy resources on the grid.
The focus of the project is on the aggregation of resources in the distribution system.
Supervision will be shared between Kameshwar Poolla, Pravin Varaiya and Duncan Callaway.
Please send your application to Duncan Callaway at dcal@berkeley.edu.


6.7 Post Doc: Technion, Haifa, Israel
Contributed by: Moshe Idan, moshe.idan@technion.ac.il

Post-Doc: Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel

A two year post-doctoral position in the area of stochastic estimation and control
is available at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of
Technology, in Haifa, Israel. The position is related to and funded by a research
grant from the Bi-national US-Israel Science Foundation (BSF), addressing estimation
and control of dynamical systems with non-Gaussian noises characterized by heavy
tailed, e.g., Cauchy distributions. The work will involve both theoretical/analytical
derivations and numerical studies, carried out in close cooperation with a team form
the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in either engineering (aerospace,
mechanical, electrical, or similar), computer science or applied mathematics, with
an emphasis on stochastic control and estimation, optimization and random processes.
The applicant must have strong programming (Matlab, C/C++ and other) skills.

Application material should include:
- a cover letter,
- detailed curriculum vitae, including educational background and a list of publications,
- unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
- at least two letters of recommendation and/or contact information for at least two referees.

The material should be submitted in pdf format via e-mail to Prof. Moshe Idan, moshe.idan@technion.ac.il

Applications will be handled in strict confidentiality and will be reviewed as
they arrive until the position is filled.

For further inquiries, please contact Moshe Idan at moshe.idan@technion.ac.il.


6.8 Post Doc: Nanyang Technological University
Contributed by: Rong Su, rsu@ntu.edu.sg

*Two 1-year PDF positions available at Nanyang Technological University:*

I'm looking for two postdoctoral researchers to work with me on distributed
time optimal supervisory control and parameterized symbolic supervisory control
respectively. The former position is available now and the latter one will
be available on April 1, 2012. A candidate should have solid background shown
by a strong publication record in the area of supervisory control theory for
discrete-event systems. The position for time optimal control requires extra
knowledge about performance analysis of timed systems. Some basic programming
skills are desirable but not necessary. The annual salary will be around $50000
Singapore dollars. Interested persons may contact me for more details about
these two positions.

Dr. Rong Su
Division of Control and Instrumentation
School of Electrical and Electornic Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798
Email: rsu@ntu.edu.sg
Tel.: +65 67906042


6.9 Post Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Alessandro Abate, a.abate@tudelft.nl

The Delft Center for Systems and Control at TU Delft - Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands, announces an opening for a post doctoral position
on the topic 'Verification and Control of Stochastic Systems with Applications
in Power Networks'.

The aim is to propose novel methods for analysis, verification and control of
complex, large scale models, under the general framework of stochastic hybrid
systems (SHS). SHS allow one to describe the interleaving between continuous
and discrete dynamics and the effect of probabilistic uncertainty. We plan to
combine techniques for SHS from the computer science (giving rise to theorem
proving and model checking methods) and from systems and control engineering
(giving rise to optimal control and randomized techniques).

Fundamental research will be applied to problems in power networks, where SHS
arise naturally: continuous dynamics model the evolution of voltages, frequencies,
etc., discrete dynamics changes in network topology, and probability the uncertainty
about power demand and power supply.

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in a topic related to the themes
of the described research, such as applied mathematics, systems and control, or
related engineering disciplines. The candidate will be involved in fundamental
research and in expected collaborations with the industry. On top of a strong
theoretical background, it is preferable that the candidate has expertise and
skills in simulation software (Matlab, Mathematica, gPROMS). Required are good
communication skills in writing as well as oral English (knowledge of Dutch is
not required).

We offer the opportunity to do fundamental research on scientifically challenging
topics. The candidate will work in collaboration with other researchers and students
in an international, multi disciplinary research group at DCSC, the Delft Center for '
Systems and Control. DCSC is part of the Faculty of 3mE at TU Delft - Delft University
of Technology. DCSC coordinates the education and research activities in Systems and
Control at TU Delft. The researcher will also involved in the network of the national
research school DISC (The Dutch Institute of Systems and Control).

More information on this position can be obtained from Dr. Alessandro Abate, at
The position will remain open until filled, however evaluations and possible interviews
of candidates will start in the first months of 2012.


6.10 Post Doc: The University of Hong Kong
Contributed by: Graziano Chesi, chesi@eee.hku.hk

A Postdoctoral Fellow is being recruited at the Department of Mechanical
Engineering and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The
University of Hong Kong, in the areas of analysis and control of diseases. The
application deadline is 30 April 2012, however the *first* suitable candidate
that applies will be hired.

The appointment is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory
performance reviews. The ideal candidate is one who has recently completed,
or is about to finish, his/her PhD in the area of control theory, with previous
experience in disease dynamics. Candidates with knowledge of autoimmune diseases
will be a plus.

The monthly salary of the position is HKD 22K (1 USD approximately equals 7.8 HKD).

Interested candidates should send their CV to Professor James Lam (james.lam@hku.hk)
and Professor Graziano Chesi (chesi@eee.hku.hk).

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international
standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international
forefront of academic scholarship for many years. Of a number of recent indicators
of the University's performance, one is its ranking at 21 among the top 200 universities
in the world by the UK's Times Higher Education Supplement. The University has a comprehensive
range of study programmes and research disciplines, with 20,000 undergraduate and post-
graduate students from 50 countries, and a complement of 1,200 academic members of
staff, many of whom are internationally renowned.


6.11 Post Doc: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor/University of Washington, Seattle
Contributed by: Ian Hiskens, hiskens@umich.edu

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of Washington, Seattle
are both seeking postdoctoral researchers for their new three-year ARPA-E project
"Energy Positioning: Control and Economics". This project will develop optimization
processes and control technologies that facilitate an "energy positioning"
operating paradigm for large-scale power systems. Under this paradigm, excess
energy production from renewable sources will be consumed by controllable loads
and/or optimally routed to storage facilities for later use.

Candidates should ideally have a background in optimization or model predictive
control. Some knowledge of power systems is also desirable.

For further details, contact:

Prof. Ian Hiskens
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Prof. Daniel Kirschen
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Washington, Seattle

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae and three reference
letters to the above contacts.


6.12 Post Doc: NTU
Contributed by: Rong Su, rsu@ntu.edu.s

I'm looking for two postdoctoral researchers to work with me on distributed
time optimal supervisory control and parameterized symbolic supervisory control
respectively. The former position is available now and the latter one will be
available on April 1, 2012. A candidate should have solid background shown by
a strong publication record in the area of supervisory control theory for
discrete-event systems. The position for time optimal control requires extra
knowledge about performance analysis of timed systems. Some basic programming
skills are desirable but not necessary. The annual salary will be around $50000
Singapore Dollar. Interested persons may contact me for more details about
these two positions.

Dr. Rong Su

Assistant Professor
Division of Control & Instrumentation
School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
College of Engineering
Email: rsu@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: (+65)6790 6042 


6.13 Post Doc: University of Waterloo
Contributed by: Shreyas Sundaram, ssundara@uwaterloo.ca

A post-doctoral position is available to work on a collaborative multi-year
research initiative on energy-aware cloud computing at the University of Waterloo
led by Prof. Ravi Mazumdar in collaboration with Prof. Shreyas Sundaram, Prof.
Hiren D. Patel and Prof. Siddharth Garg. The Postdoctoral Associate will work with
multiple members of the above-mentioned faculty team on fundamental challenges in
energy-aware cloud computing, including but not limited to modeling, analysis and
optimization at the theoretical and/or system and architecture level.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering, electrical
engineering or related fields with a focus on one or more of the following areas:
queueing theory, control theory, game theory, distributed systems and computer
architecture. Prior experience in this domain is preferable but not required.

The position will begin immediately with an initial one year contract and the
possibility of renewal. The salary is competitive and commensurate with back-
ground and experience.

The applicants should email their CVs, brief statement of their background and
interests and contact information to:

Prof. Shreyas Sundaram
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo


6.14 Post Doc: IRFM, French Institute of Research on Magnetic Fusion
Contributed by: Remy Nouailletas, remy.nouailletas@cea.fr

A two years post-doc position is open. The work will be done at the IRFM (French
Institute of research on magnetic fusion), in the plasma control and operation group.
The applicant will work on the control of plasma magnetic flux profile governed by a
1D resistive diffusion equation. Firstly, he will complete and implement on real experiments
some reduced model-based control approaches currently only tested in simulation, [1],
[2] and [3]. He will have to integrate the controllers on the real time systems of the
Tore Supra facility (CEA Cadarache) using fast development tools (based on Simulink Coder).
The applicant will be encouraged to propose upgrade of these controllers or to contribute
to the development of control algorithms based on a full model coupling the magnetic flux
diffusion and the heat transport equation. These controllers will be first tuned and
validated on a plasma simulator such as METIS or CRONOS, [4].

The applicant will be in close relationship with collaborators in French universities
and/or worldwide fusion laboratories (EFPL, Swiss).

References :
[1]: F. Bribiesca Argomedo and al. Model-based Control of the Magnetic Flux Profile
     in a Tokamak Plasma, CDC, Atlanta, USA, december 2010.
[2]: O. Gaye and al. Sliding mode stabilization of the current profile in Tokamak
     plasmas, CDC, Orlando, USA, december 2011.
[3]: H. Ouarit and al. Validation of plasma current profile model predictive control
     in tokamaks via simulations, Fusion Eng. Des., 2011.
[4]: J.F. Artaud and al. The cronos suite of codes for integrated tokamak modelling.
     Nuclear Fusion, 50, 2010.


6.15 Post Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Bart De Schutter, b.deschutter@tudelft.nl

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl)
of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands has a vacancy for
a Postdoc position on
"Distributed model predictive control for intelligent water

The goal of the research is to develop model-based control methods for
large-scale surface water systems based on a distributed or
multi-level control framework.

Currently, control measures for water management such as the
activation of pumps or locks, raising or lowering of gates, opening or
closing of barriers, filling or draining of water reservoirs are
mostly applied with a single local goal as criterion. However, the
evolution of the groundwater and surface water levels is influenced by
what happens over a much larger region, often extending far beyond the
neighborhood of the individual controllers. As such, control actions
based on local criteria only are highly suboptimal, and therefore the
local control actions have to be integrated and coordinated. In
addition, the control actions should anticipate on the future
evolution of the groundwater and surface water levels and of external
influences such as rain, droughts, large or low inflows via rivers,
etc. Hence, coordinated and anticipative water management is

In order to address these challenges in water management, we propose
to use Model Predictive Control (MPC), which has already proven its
usefulness for control of small-scale systems, but which cannot yet be
applied to large-scale systems due to computational, coordination, and
communication problems. We will solve these issues and to develop new
control methods for large-scale water systems, both under normal
operation conditions, and in the presence of uncertainty and

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in systems and
control or a related field and with a strong background in distributed
or model-based control and optimization and with an interest in water systems.
A good command of the English language is required.

We offer the opportunity to do fundamental and scientifically
challenging research. The Postdoc will work with PhD students and
other researchers in a multi-disciplinary research group. The
appointment will be for up to 2 years. As an employee of the
university you will receive a competitive salary, as well as excellent
secondary benefits. Assistance with accommodation can be arranged.

More information on this position and on how to apply can be found at
or by contacting Bart De Schutter (b.deschutter at tudelft.nl).


6.16 Post Doc: Oxford University, UK
Contributed by: Stephen Duncan, stephen.duncan@eng.ox.ac.uk

Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, UK

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Control
Engineering Research Group at the Department of Engineering Science, central Oxford.
The post is funded by the EPSRC and is available until the end of November 2012
(with possible extension).

You should hold (or be near to completion of) a doctorate in control engineering or
a related discipline that includes a strong component of modern control theory. In
addition, you should have an excellent understanding, or the clear potential to
develop an understanding, of the following areas: nonlinear systems, optimization,
optimal control, model predictive control, computer simulation and numerical methods.
Strong MATLAB and Simulink skills are also required.

You should have experience of carrying out independent research and organising and
prioritising own work. You should be able to communicate effectively in writing and
orally. Good personal, organisational and time management skills and the ability to
perform to time constraints while maintaining close attention to detail, are also

Further details can be found at https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrislivedoc/docs/0000122435.doc

Only applications received before midday on 10 February 2012 can be considered. You
will be required to upload a covering letter, a brief statement of research interests
(describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position),
CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


6.17 Post Doc: National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland
Contributed by: Sean McLoone, sean.mcloone@eeng.nuim.ie

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Virtual Metrology Enabled run-to-run and in-
line process control

The Dynamics and Control Research Group at NUI Maynooth,Ireland, in partnership
with the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR), are currently seeking to
recruit a postdoctoral research fellow to undertake research on virtual metrology
enabled run-to-run and in-line process control. The initial focus will be on control
of critical dimensions in plasma etch applications in the semiconductor manufacturing
sector, but opportunities are also expected to arise in other sectors as the project

The successful candidate will be expected to

- Develop data driven virtual metrology (soft sensing) models for specific processes
  in ICMR partner companies.
- Develop run-to-run control and/or in-line (real-time) process solutions that take
  account of the uncertainty in the VM model predictions.
- Work with company engineers to implement and validate VM-enabled control solutions
  on the factory floor.
- Disseminate the output of the research in peer-reviewed internal conferences and journals
- Prepare and deliver professional presentations and reports to key stakeholders.
- Assist with administrative work associated with the research programme and future
  funding applications.
- Assist with mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students in the Department.

The research position is available immediately for 2 years (subject to satisfactory progress)
with a starting salary of €51,716 per annum. For full details of the position and application
process please visit http://dac.eeng.nuim.ie/vacancies.php. The closing date for applications
is Friday 16th March 2012.


6.18 Post Doc: TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany
Contributed by: Christian Schoppmeyer, christian.schoppmeyer@bci.tu-dortmund.de

The Process Dynamics and Operations Group (DYN), Department of Biochemical and
Chemical Engineering, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany, has several
vacancies for PhD students or PostDocs in the field of optimizing control of
chemical processes, among others in the context of the recently awarded ERC
Advanced Grant Project MOBOCON – Model-based Optimizing Control – from a vision
to industrial reality.

The ideal candidates will have a good knowledge of control theory and optimization
algorithms as well as of the dynamics of chemical processes. Candidates with strengths
in one area who are interested in and able to deepen their knowledge in the other fields
are also encouraged to apply. We are looking for candidates with a high research potential
that is proven by previous success in course work (significantly above average grades)
by a high quality thesis.

Applications should include at least:
- Letter of motivation
- CV
- Transcripts of all academic degrees
- For Germans: Abiturzeugnis
- List of publications
- Letters of recommendation (not mandatory but recommended).

Please send your application at the earliest convenience to:

Professor Dr. Sebastian Engell, Process Dynamics and Operations Group, Biochemical
and Chemical Engineering Department, TU Dortmund
Emil-Figge-Str. 70, 44221 Dortmund, Germany

Or by email to s.engell@bci.tu-dortmund.de

For further information, please look at www.bci.tu-dortmund.de/dyn and scan the recent
literature of the group.


6.19 Faculty: University of Twente
Contributed by: Hans Zwart, H.J.Zwart@utwente.nl

Tenure Track Position at the Department of Applied Mathematics of University of Twente.
The Research Group of Hybrid Systems Theory of the University of Twente is seeking a
talented new group leader with research interests in hybrid control, networked control
systems, hierarchical control of embedded systems, fault tolerant control, or sensor networks.
You are an excellent scientist, with independent ideas, capable of leading a research
group. You are expected to establish a high-profile own line of research with good
international exposure and reputation after a term of maximally five years. Guidance
of Master students, PhD students and Postdocs is highly relevant in this respect,
together with the acquisition of external funding of research projects. The tenure-track
scientist is expected to contribute to courses for bachelor and master students in the
field of hybrid systems dynamics.

We offer you a tenure-track position starting at the level appropriate to your qualifications
(assistant or associate professor). A tenure-track contract (in accordance with Clause
6.5a of the Collective Labour Agreement - Dutch Universities) enables you to direct your
own career based on fixed performance agreements, where promotion to full professor is
possible based on proven performance. A definitive assessment for full professor and group
leader will take place no later than five years after commencement of employment after which,
following a positive review, employment for an indefinite period will be granted. In case
suitable candidates present themselves, appointment at the level of full professor can be an
option to be considered.

You have a PhD in a scientific field relevant to Hybrid Systems Theory. As a result you
have (1) international experience, (2) work in the field characterized by (some) of the
following keywords: Hybrid systems, networked control systems, hierarchical control of
embedded systems, fault tolerant control, sensor networks (3) the ability to convert
fundamental understanding into practical applications, (4) a proven publication- and
presentation track record, (5) and good communication skills. Experience in acquiring
grants and experience with various types of teaching is of additional advantage. The
Hybrid Systems Theory group will be strengthened further as it has a vacancy for an
assistant professor, which will be filled in accordance with the new group leader.

Questions regarding the academic content of the position can be directed to Prof. Dr. Hans
Zwart (0031 53 489 3464, h.j.zwart@utwente.nl)

Interested candidates can send their application with motivation letter and CV before
15 march 2012 to the email address mentioned above.


6.20 Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Bart De Schutter,b.deschutter@tudelft.nl

Full professor position: "Nonlinear Systems and Control" (Delft University of Technology)

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (www.dcsc.tudelft.nl) of Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands has a vacancy for a full professor in the broad field of
"Nonlinear Systems and Control".

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) is looking for a new full professor
with a strong fundamental profile in nonlinear systems and control and/or in robust
control. The candidate should have a research profile that is complementary to the
ongoing research topics of the department. In this context potential fields of expertise
of the full professor could include:

* Robust control

* Nonlinear systems theory

* Control of nonlinear systems

* Distributed-parameter systems

* Adaptive systems and control

* Nonlinear stochastic systems

* Fault-tolerant control

In addition, potential application fields are renewable energy, health, environmental
control, bioprocess control, and aerospace.

The offered position is a tenured position, and the new full professor will have the
opportunity to lead a team consisting of 2 assistant/associate professors and several
PhD students and postdocs.
Delft University of Technology offers an attractive benefits package, including the
option of assembling a customized compensation and benefits package. Salary and benefits
are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities and are
depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected.

The candidate should have a PhD degree in the field of Systems and Control or a closely
related field as well as a proven track record in performing high-quality research in
the field of systems and control, excellent teaching skills, and proven affinity with
the development and coaching of students and researchers.

Interested applicants should send their resume, including a list of publications, names
of three professional referees, copies of three significant publications, a personal
research statement, and a personal teaching statement to Application-3mE at tudelft.nl
attn. Ms A. Gerretsen, HR department. When applying for this position, make sure to
mention vacancy number 3ME12-02.
The deadline for submitting the application is March 25, 2012.

More information on this position can be obtained from Prof. Bart De Schutter
(b.deschutter at tudelft.nl) or at the web page http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl/Other/vacancies.html


6.21 Faculty: University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Contributed by: Mehrdad Saif, msaif@uwindsor.ca

Faculty of Engineering at the University of Windsor is looking for two outstanding
tenure track candidates in the general area of aerospace engineering at the rank
of assistant professor. Please see our ad for further details.


M. Saif
Dean, Faculty of Engineering
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario CANADA