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


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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
1.2 Special Issue: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.3 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.4 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
1.5 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Awards
2.1 European PhD Award on Embedded and Networked Control

3. Misc
3.1 Frequency-Domain Robust Control Toolbox
3.2 Advanced FDI and FTC Wind Turbine Benchmark Model Challenge

4. Books
4.1 Internal and External Stabilization of Linear Systems with Constraints
4.2 Stochastic Averaging and Stochastic Extremum Seeking

5. Journals
5.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China
5.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
5.3 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics
5.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
5.5 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications
5.6 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
5.7 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems
5.8 CFP: International Journal for Nonlinear and Robust Control
5.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
5.10 CFP: Unmanned Systems

6. Conferences
6.1 International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science
6.2 European Control Conference
6.3 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
6.4 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence

7.  Workshops
7.1 ACM Workshop on Embedded Sensing Systems for Energy-Efficiency in Buildings
7.2 Workshop on The New Clockwork for Time-Critical Systems
7.3 Advanced Control of Wind Turbines

8.  Positions
8.1 PhD: University of Lecce, Italy
8.2 PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
8.3 PhD: University of Georgia
8.4 PhD: University of Grenoble, France
8.5 Post-Doc: INRIA, Grenoble, France
8.6 Post-Doc: Linkoping University, Sweden
8.7 Post-Doc: University of Pennsylvania
8.8 Post-Doc: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
8.9 Post-Doc: Dalhousie University, Canada
8.10 Post-Doc: University of Georgia
8.11 Post-Doc: University of Lueneburg
8.12 Post-Doc: Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
8.13 Faculty: Shenzhen Graduate School,Shenzhen, China
8.14 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
8.15 System Engineer: Honeywell International


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

CSS Publications Content Digest

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

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


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

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control: Special Issue Announcement

The IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control will publish, in August 2012, a Special
Issue on "Control of Quantum Mechanical Systems" (IEEE TAC Vol 57, no. 8, 2012).

The Special issue also contains an introductory article on Modeling and Control
of Quantum Systems, in addition to the regular papers. The Guest Editors are
Claudio Altafini, Anthony M. Bloch, Matthew R. James, Antonio Loria, Pierre Rouchon.

Transactions on Automatic Control, to be published Vol 57, no. 8, August 2012
Control of Quantum Mechanical Systems
Guest Editors: Claudio Altafini, Anthony M. Bloch, Pierre Rouchon


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

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

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

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

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

Both theoretical and application-driven contributions are welcome.

Guest Editors:

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

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

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

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 is already open for submissions.
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


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

Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 20
(2012), Issue 4 (July)

Leakage Fault Diagnosis for an Internet-Based Three-Tank System: An Experimental
D. H. Zhou, X. He, Z. Wang, G.-P. Liu, and Y. D. Ji page 857

Hybrid Fault-Tolerant Flight Control System Design Against Partial Actuator Failures
X. Yu and J. Jiang page 871

A Switched System Approach to Exponential Stabilization Through Communication
A. Kruszewski, W.-J. Jiang, E. Fridman, J.-P. Richard, and A. Toguyeni page 887

Robust Active Chatter Control in the High-Speed Milling Process
N. J. M. van Dijk, N. van de Wouw, E. J. J. Doppenberg, H. A. J. Oosterling, and
H. Nijmeijer page 901

Adaptive Dynamic Inversion Control of Linear PlantsWith Control Position Constraints
J. Valasek, M. R. Akella, A. Siddarth, and E. Rollins page 918

Recursive Predictor-Based Subspace IdentificationWithApplication to the Real-Time
Closed-Loop Tracking of Flutter
I. Houtzager, J.-W. van Wingerden, and M. Verhaegen page 934

Conferring Robustness to Path-Planning for Image-Based Control
G. Chesi and T. Shen page 950

ILC-Based Minimum Entropy Filter Design and Implementation for Non-Gaussian
Stochastic Systems
P. Afshar, F. Yang, and H. Wang page 960

Modeling Component Concentrations of Sodium Aluminate Solution Via Hammerstein
Recurrent Neural Networks
W. Wang, T. Chai, W. Yu, H. Wang, and C. Su page 971

Model Predictive Discrete-Time Sliding Mode Control of a Nanopositioning
PiezostageWithout Modeling Hysteresis
Q. Xu and Y. Li page 983

Linear Tracking Control for Small-Scale Unmanned Helicopters
I. A. Raptis, K. P. Valavanis, and G. J. Vachtsevanos page 995


Steering a Ferromagnetic Particle by Optimal Magnetic Feedback Control
A. Komaee and B. Shapiro page 1011

A Trajectory Generation Algorithm for Optimal Consumption in Electromagnetic
A. Fabbrini, A. Garulli, and P. Mercorelli page 1025

Adaptive Nonlinear Observer for Electropneumatic Clutch ActuatorWith Position
H. Langjord, G.-O. Kaasa, and T. A. Johansen page 1033

Design of Observers With Error Limitation in Discrete-Time Descriptor Systems:
A Case Study of a Hydraulic Tank System
J. M. Araújo, P. R. Barros, and C. E. T. Dórea page 1041

Energy-Based Swing-Up Control for a Remotely Driven Acrobot: Theoretical and
Experimental Results
X. Xin and T. Yamasaki page 1048

Design and Application of Suboptimal Mixed H2/Hinf Controllers for Networked
Control Systems
P. Millán, L. Orihuela, G. Bejarano, C. Vivas, T. Alamo, and F. R. Rubio page 1057

Hinf Optimization With Pole Constraints of Static Output-Feedback Controllers—A
Non-Smooth Optimization Approach
I. Yaesh and U. Shaked page 1066

Neural-Network-Based Contouring Control for Robotic Manipulators in Operational
L. Wang, T. Chai, and C. Yang page 1073

Output Feedback Direct Adaptive Controller for a SMA Actuator With a Kalman
N. T. Tai and K. K. Ahn page 1081

Feedback Linearization-Based Position Control of an Electrohydraulic Servo System
With Supply Pressure Uncertainty
H. Angue Mintsa, R. Venugopal, J.-P. Kenné, and C. Belleau page 1092

Reset Control of an Industrial In-Line pH Process
J. Carrasco and A. Baños page 1100

Obstacle-Sensitive Trajectory Regulation via Gain Scheduling and Semidefinite Programming
M. Farhood and E. Feron page 1107

A Comparison of Control Techniques for Robust Docking Maneuvers of an AGV
J. Villagra and D. Herrero-Pérez page 1116

Transverse Vibration Control of Axially Moving Membranes by Regulation of Axial
Q. C. Nguyen and K.-S. Hong page 1124


1.5 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 6 (June)

Scanning the Issue page 1345


Identification of Fault Estimation Filter from I/O Data for Systems with Stable
J. Dong and M. Verhaegen page 1347

Output-Based Event-Triggered Control with Guaranteed L-infinity Gain and Improved
and Decentralized Event-Triggering
M.C.F. Donkers and W. P. M. H. Heemels page 1362

Combining Convex-Concave Decompositions and Linearization Approaches for Solving
BMIs, With Application to Static Output Feedback
Q. Tran Dinh, S. Gumussoy, W. Michiels and M. Diehl page 1377

Computational Complexity Certification for Real-Time MPC With Input Constraints
Based on the Fast Gradient Method
S. Richter, C. N. Jones and M. Morari page 1391

Adaptive Information Collection by Robotic Sensor Networks for Spatial Estimation
R. Graham and J. Cortes page 1404

Stability of a Class of Linear Switching Systems with Applications to Two
Consensus Problems
Y. Su and J. Huang page 1420

Quantized H-infinity Control for Nonlinear Stochastic Time-Delay Systems with
Missing Measurements
Z. Wang, B. Shen, H. Shu and G. Wei page 1431

Verification of Bounded Discrete Horizon Hybrid Automata
V. Vladimerou, P. Prabhakar, M. Viswanathan and G. E. Dullerud page 1445

Inner Approximations for Polynomial Matrix Inequalities and Robust Stability
D. Henrion and J.-B. Lasserre page 1456

Stabilizing Model Predictive Control of Stochastic Constrained Linear Systems
D. Bernardini and A. Bemporad page 1468

Recursive Update Filtering for Nonlinear Estimation
R. Zanetti page 1481

Temporal Logic Control of Discrete-Time Piecewise Affine Systems
B. Yordanov, J. Tumova, I. Cerna, J. Barnat and C. Belta page 1491

Technical Notes and Correspondence

System Theoretic Aspects of Influenced Consensus: Single Input Case
A. Chapman and M. Mesbahi page 1505

Fourier-Hermite Kalman Filter
J. Sarmavuori and S. Sarkka page 1511

A Decomposition Technique for Nonlinear Dynamical System Analysis
J. Anderson and A. Papachristodoulou page 1516

Robustness and Safe Sampling of Distributed-Delay Control Laws for Unstable
Delayed Systems
F. Leonard and G. Abba page 1521

A Supervised Switching Control Policy for LPV Systems With Inaccurate Parameter
L. Jetto and V. Orsini page 1527

LMI Relaxations for Reduced-Order Robust H-infinity Control of Continuous-Time
Uncertain Linear Systems
C. M. Agulhari, R. C. L. F. Oliveira and P. L. D. Peres page 1532

Stochastic Barbalat's Lemma and Its Applications
Z. J. Wu, Y. Q. Xia, and X. J. Xie page 1537

Discrete-Time Observer Error Linearizability via Restricted Dynamic Systems
H.-G. Lee and J. M. Hong page 1543

Robust Finite-Horizon Kalman Filtering for Uncertain Discrete-Time Systems With
Uncertain Observations
S. M. K. Mohamed and S. Nahavandi page 1548

Distributed Containment Control with Multiple Dynamic Leaders for Double-Integrator
Dynamics Using Only Position Measurements
J. Li, W. Ren and S. Xu page 1553

Extended H2 Controller Synthesis for Continuous Descriptor Systems
Y. Feng, M. Yagoubi and P. Chevrel page 1559

Characterization of Stability Region for General Autonomous Nonlinear
Dynamical Systems
L. F. C. Alberto and H. D. Chiang page 1564

EKF-Like Observer With Stability for a Class of Nonlinear Systems
L. Torres, G. Besancon and D. Georges page 1570

Synchronization of Dynamical Networks by Network Control
T. Liu, D. J. Hill and J. Zhao page 1574

Robust Inversion Based Fault Estimation for Discrete-Time LPV Systems
B. Kulcsar and M. Verhaegen page 1581

Adaptive Output Feedback Design Using Asymptotic Properties of LQG/LTR
E. Lavretsky page 1587

Single Integration Optimization of Linear Time-Varying Switched Systems
T. M. Caldwell and T. D. Murphey page 1592

Delay Robustness in Non-Identical Multi-Agent Systems
U. Munz, A. Papachristodoulou and F. Allgower page 1597

Fault Tolerance in Asynchronous Sequential Machines Using Output Feedback
J.-M. Yang page 1604

2. Awards

2.1 European PhD Award on Embedded and Networked Control
Contributed by: Ioannis Sarras, Ioannis.Sarras@lss.supelec.fr

2012 European PhD Award on Embedded and Networked Control

Deadline for application: July 15, 2012.

To be eligible for the award, the thesis must have been defended in Europe between
July 16, 2011 and July 15, 2012.

The EECI-ICO PhD Award is given annually in recognition of the best PhD thesis in
Europe in the field of Embedded and Networked Control. Former recipients can be
found on the webpage http://www.eeci-institute.eu/index.php?p=PhD-Award.

The aim is to encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers in their first
research period. The prize consists of a certificate and a cash award.

The domain of research of candidates should be included in the large multi-
disciplinary area of the control of hybrid, nonlinear, embedded or networked

For more information consult the web-pages : EECI:

To apply, please consult the award webpage: http://www.eeci-institute.eu/PhD-Award/

Best regards,

Ioannis Sarras


3. Misc

3.1 Frequency-Domain Robust Control Toolbox
Contributed by: Alireza Karimi, alireza.karimi@epfl.ch

The Frequency-Domain Robust Controller Design Toolbox is a new tool for designing
robust linearly parametrized controllers in the Nyquist diagram. The method is
based on loop-shaping with stability and performance constraints and uses essentially
linear and quadratic programming (some cases needs Semi-Definite Programming). For
linear and quadratic optimization the well-known linprog or quadprog (depending on
the problem) commands of the Optimization Toolbox of MATLAB are used. While convex
optimization problems are formulated with YALMIP and can be solved with all available
solvers. Many commands of the Control Toolbox of MATLAB are used as well.

This toolbox has the following features:

 - Full compatibility with model structures of Matlab (LTI with delay, frequency-
   domain models, discrete- or continuous-time models).
 - For Idmodels (from identification toolbox), frequency-domain uncertainty or
   parametric uncertainty are automatically taken into account for robust controller
 - Multimodel uncertainty is supported.
 - Gain-scheduled controller can be designed.
 - H infinity constraint can be defined independently for all weighted closed-loop
   sensitivity functions.
 - Fixed-structure controller design (like PID controller) is supported.
 - Multivariable decoupling controller can be designed.

The first version of the toolbox with its user manual can be downloaded for free
from http://la.epfl.ch/page-79157-en.html


3.2 Advanced FDI and FTC Wind Turbine Benchmark Model Challenge
Contributed by: Peter Fogh Odgaard, peodg@kk-electronic.com

Advanced FDI and FTC Wind Turbine Benchmark Model Challenge

The abilities to detect wind turbine faults and to control turbines in the
presence of faults are important aspects of decreasing the cost of wind energy
and increasing penetration into electrical grids. Improvements in fault detection
(FD) and fault-tolerant control (FTC) should increase reliability and decrease
operations and maintenance costs, especially as wind turbines are installed in
decreasingly accessible locations such as offshore.

A previous benchmark model, (see Odgaard, et.al.; Fault Tolerant Control of
Wind Turbines – a benchmark model; in Proceedings of the 7th IFAC Symposium on
Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes; pg. 155-160,
Barcelona, Spain, 2009) and competition drew enough high-quality papers to fill
two sessions at the 2011 IFAC World Congress and submit proposals for two sessions
at the IFAC Safeprocess Symposium in 2012.

This challenge presented in this paper differs from the previous challenge in
several ways. First, a higher-fidelity, more realistic wind turbine model is
used, perhaps requiring more sophisticated fault detection and fault-tolerant
control tools and likely making the results of greater applicability to the wind
industry. This higher-fidelity model also allows the use of more realistic wind
inputs that vary spatially across the rotor plane in addition to temporally. Also,
the fault scenarios have been updated and additional information detailing their
relevance has been provided. More details on the challenge and the benchmark model
can be seen in the preprint paper which can be obtained from:

We encourage challenge participants from academia, research laboratories, industry,
and other groups. Participants should implement their FD algorithms entirely within
the Fault Detection Block of the Simulink-based FAST 5 MW turbine model available at

For the FTC part of the challenge, implementation should be contained within both
the Fault Detection Block and the Wind Turbine Controller blocks, where the latter
is a subsystem of the Pitch and Torque Controllers and Systems block. No other
modifications should be made to the model and no other measurements should be
assumed available. The organizers of this challenge should be informed on your
interest in this challenge before July 15th 2012. Participants may be invited to
prepare submissions for one or more invited sessions for the 2013 American Control
Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. on June 17-19, 2013. For ACC
submissions, abstracts will be due to the authors by September 3rd to enable
invited session proposals. You may then submit your paper to 2013 ACC with session
code provide by the organizers of this challenge before the submission deadline
September 17 2012.

Submit your solution implemented in Simulink by email to Peter Fogh Odgaard,
peodg@kk-electronic.com, October 15 2012.

Both contributions to the FDI and FTC parts of the problem are welcomed.

Dr. Peter F. Odgaard, kk-electronic a/s, peodg@kk-electronic.com
Professor Kathryn E. Johnson, Colorado School of Mines, kjohnson@mines.edu


4. Books

4.1 Internal and External Stabilization of Linear Systems with Constraints
Contributed by: Ali Saberi, saberi@eecs.wsu.edu

Internal and External Stabilization of Linear Systems with Constraints
By Ali Saberi, Anton A. Stoorvogel, and Peddapullaiah Sannuti

Series: Systems & Control: Foundations & Applications
Birkhäuser Boston; 2012 edition (July 31, 2012)
Hardcover: 840 pages, List price $189.00
ISBN-10: 0817647864     ISBN-13: 978-0817647865


ABOUT THIS BOOK: Contributed by: Ali Saberi, <saberi@eecs.wsu.edu>

Unifying two decades of research, this book is the first to establish a comprehensive
foundation for a systematic analysis and design of linear systems with general state
and input constraints. Linear systems with constraints on inputs and states are
ubiquitous. Control of such systems has been a long time challenge to control
engineers and will continue to remain so. Indeed, the challenge of constraints
is intense and dauntingly formidable and familiar. This book focuses on the very
fundamental and primary goal of providing internal stability as well as external
stability in the presence of disturbances and or reference inputs. The focus is on
both the analysis and design for both continuous- and discrete-time systems. A
taxonomy of constraints paves distinct paths showing what is feasible and what is

Here is the table of contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Preliminaries
Chapter 3: A special coordinate basis (SCB) of linear multivariable systems
Chapter 4: Constraints on inputs – actuator saturation
Chapter 5: Robust semi-global internal stabilization
Chapter 6: Control magnitude and rate saturation
Chapter 7: State and input constraints – Semi-global and global stabilization
           in admissible set
Chapter 8: Solvability conditions and design for semi-global and global stabilization
           in the admissible set
Chapter 9: Semi-global stabilization in the recoverable region – properties and
           computation of recoverable regions
Chapter 10: Sandwich systems – State feedback
Chapter 11: Simultaneous external and internal stabilization
Chapter 12: Simultaneous external and internal stabilization – input additive case
Chapter 13: Simultaneous external and internal stabilization – non-input additive case
Chapter 14: The double integrator with linear control laws subject to saturation
Chapter 15: Simultaneous internal and external stabilization in the presence of a
            class of non-input additive sustained disturbances – continuous-time
Chapter 16: Simultaneous internal and external stabilization in the presence of
            a class of non-input additive sustained disturbances – discrete-time
Chapter 17: External and internal stabilization under the presence of stochastic


4.2 Stochastic Averaging and Stochastic Extremum Seeking
Contributed by: Miroslav Krstic, krstic@ucsd.edu

Stochastic Averaging and Stochastic Extremum Seeking
Shu-Jun Liu and Miroslav Krstic

ISBN 978-1-4471-4086-3, 224 pages


Stochastic Averaging and Stochastic Extremum Seeking develops methods of mathematical
analysis inspired by the interest in reverse engineering  and analysis of bacterial 
convergence by chemotaxis and to apply similar stochastic optimization techniques
in other environments.

The first half of the text presents significant advances in stochastic averaging
theory, necessitated by the fact that existing theorems are restricted to systems
with linear growth, globally exponentially stable average models, vanishing stochastic
perturbations, and prevent analysis over infinite time horizon.

The second half of the text introduces stochastic extremum seeking algorithms for
model-free optimization of systems in real time using stochastic perturbations for
estimation of their gradients. Both gradient- and Newton-based algorithms are presented,
offering the user the choice between the simplicity of implementation (gradient) and
the ability to achieve a known, arbitrary convergence rate (Newton).

The design of algorithms for non-cooperative/adversarial games is described. The
analysis of their convergence to Nash equilibria is provided. The algorithms are
illustrated on models of economic competition and on problems of the deployment of
teams of robotic vehicles.
Bacterial locomotion, such as chemotaxis in E. coli, is explored with the aim of
identifying two simple feedback laws for climbing nutrient gradients. Stochastic
extremum seeking is shown to be a biologically plausible interpretation for chemotaxis.
For the same chemotaxis-inspired stochastic feedback laws, the book also provides a
detailed analysis of convergence for models of nonholonomic robotic vehicles operating
in GPS-denied environments.


Stochastic Averaging for Aymptotic Stability.- Stochastic Averaging for Practical
Stability.- Single-parameter Stochastic Extremum Seeking.- Stochastic Source Seeking
for Nonholonomic Vehicles.- Stochastic Source Seeking with Tuning of Forward Velocity.-
Multi-parameter Stochastic Extremum Seeking and Slope Seeking.- Stochastic Nash
Equilibrium Seeking for Games with General Nonlinear Payoffs.- Nash Equilibrium
Seeking for Quadratic Games and Application to Oligopoly Markets and Vehicle Deployment.-
Newton-based Stochastic Extremum Seeking.

Buy ($93) at:


5. Journals

5.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China
Contributed by: Shaowen Lu, lusw@mail.neu.edu.cn

Control Engineering of China
Chief Editor: Professor Tianyou. Chai
Deputy Chief Editor: Professor Hong Wang and Dr Shaowen Lu
Current Issue – May 2012

Design and Development of Simulation System for Mineral Process toward Plant-wide
DING Jin-liang, CHEN Xiao-pin, CHAI Tian-you, GU De-hao

Stability analysis for a class of networked control system with uncertain time delays
SUN Wen-an, CHENG Chun-fu, PEI Bing-nan

Observer Design for Nonlinear Time-Delay Systems
ZHU Qiao, CUI Jia-rui

Coordinated Control for the Large-scale Compound Servo Platform
YU Zhan-dong, LI Guang, LV Shi-liang, TANG Jiang-he

Application of Dynamic Sliding Mode Control in EAF Electrode Regulator System
WANG Jian-hui, CHE Xue-zhe, ZHU Jia-sheng, GU Shu-sheng

Modeling and Scheduling for Multi-crane Energy-saving System
DONG Yong-qiang, GAO Ming-yuan

Research on Autonomous Movement of Oocyte in Nuclei Transplantation
ZHAO Qi-li, ZHAO Xin, WANG Yi-liao, SUN Ming-zhu, CUI Mao-sheng, FENG Jian-zhong,
LU Gui-zhang

Fault-Tolerant Control of Near Space Vehicles Based on Sliding Mode Observer
LIN Chang-qing, LI Xue-hu

Robust Control for Uncertain Switched Singular Systems with State Delay
FU Zhu-mu, GAO Ai-yun, FEI Shu-min

Research of Quadratic System Decoupling with Singular Leading Coefficient
SHEN Ji-hong, HU Bo, WANG Shu-juan

Research on Multi-fault Diagnosis Method Based on Integrated Neural Network
LI Jie-jia, WU Cheng-dong

Fault Diagnosis Based on RSPNN for Pulverizing Systems
FEI Shu-min, LI Yan-hong, CHAI Lin

Prediction Model for pH Value in Flotation Process Based on Hybrid Neural Network
TANG Zhao-hui, DU Jin-fang, CHEN Qing

Intelligence Control of Adjustable Ejecting-mixing Low-pressure Heater
ZHOU Hong-yu, MENG Huan-huan, ZHANG Zhen-hua, CHEN Xiao-jian

Wave Variable Bilateral Adaptive Control of Teleoperation System with Large
LIU Hong-yun, XIONG Wei, JU He-hua, CUI Ping-yuan

Prediction of Coal and Gas Outburst Based on Multi-agent Information Fusion
YAN Xin, FU Hua, KAN Yi

Inverse System Control Using New Dynamic Neural Networks
QIAN Ke-chang, XIE Yong-jie, LI Xiao-jie

Stability and Stabilization of 2-D Discrete Systems with Time-varying State Delays

Orthogonal Wavelet Transform Blind Equalization Algorithm based on the
Optimization of Chaos Systems
GUO Ye-cai, SUN Jing

Research on Construction of Modal and Control Strategy Based FLANN
CHEN Gang, ZHOU Qi-cai, HU Xu-xiao

Application Research on CDMA Capacity Optimization Based on Power Control
SHI Yong-gui, WANG Hong-feng, TANG Jia-fu, MA hui

Adaptive Harmony Search Algorithm and Its Application to Numerical
Optimization Problems
CHANG Hong, JIAO Bin, GU Xing-sheng

A Novel Algorithm for Global Optimization of RBF Neural Networks
ZHANG Gang-lin, GAN Min, DONG Xue-ping, CHEN Wei-bing

Optimal State Feedback Controller Design Method of Two-stage Inverted
PENG Xiu-yan, HU Zhong-hui, JIANG Hui

A Pseudospectral Feedback Guidance Law for the Aero-Gravity Assist
Orbital Maneuver
ZHANG Wan-li, WANG Chang-hong, XIA Hong-wei, XIE Wei-nan

Time-Optimal Trajectory Planning Algorithm Based on GA for Manipulator
JU He-hua, FU Rong

Modeling Based on Integrity Constraints and Balance Control for Two-wheeled
LI Chao-quan, GAO Xue-shan, LI Ke-jie

Passive Biped Robot with Lateral Motion
SUI Zhen, XU Feng, LIU Jin-lian, TIAN Yan-tao

Leaning Based Visual Grasping of 3D Work pieces Using Positive Definite
Kernel Function
LIU Wei, QIAO Hong

Inverse Kinematics Analysis for Ultrasonic NDT Robot with Redundant DOFs
MA Hua-dong, XU Zhi-nong, YANG Chen-long, TU Chun-lei

Vision Jitter Compensation Scheme Using Kalman Filter Method for Mobile Robot
WANG Bin-rui, XU Yin, JIN Ying-lian

Motion Balancing Control of Flexible Two-wheeled Robot based on Nonlinear PID
RUAN Xiao-gang, LI Shi-zhen, HOU Xu-yang, LI Xin-yuan

Control and Perceptual system of a Climbing Robot in Aircraft Skin Inspection
LIU Hong, WANG Cong-qing, SHENG Min, JIANG Bin

Design of Fuzzy and PI Control Based MIG Welding Power Source
PANG Qing-le, WANG Yong-qiang

Design and Implementation of Integrated Monitoring System of Equipment of Base
ZHAO Yi-bo, SHI Yun-tao, DONG Zhe, LI Xiao-shuo

Design of Fractional-order Controller for Diesel Engine System Based on BF-PSO
LI Zhi-min, SUN Qi-zhen, SUN Yong, HAN Xu-peng

The Closed-loop Control of Hybrid TSMC
DENG Wen-lang, YANG Shuo-ming, YAN Ning

Largest Wind Energy Tracking and Pitch Control for Variable Speed Wind Turbine
HE Yu-lin, HUANG Shuai, SU Dong-xu, ZHOU Hong-li, JIN Xin, WANG Lei

Rotor Position and Speed Estimate of SPMSM Using Sliding Mode Estimator
HE Jian-jun, DUAN Yong, YU Shou-yi

Applicaton of Improved deadbeat Control to Single-Phase Grid-Connect Inverter
WU Hai-tao, CHEN Xiao, SUN Yi-ze, MENG Zhuo, XU Yang

Optimization Method of DDF for Ultrasonic Phased Array
TU Chun-lei, ZHOU Xiao-jun, YANG Chen-long, MA Hua-dong

Fault Online Detection and Segmental Location System of Overhead Lines
DONG Ai-hua, LI Liang, SUN Shi-dong, ZHOU Shi-hua

Research of Modeling and Scheduling of the Gas System in Iron and Steel
GAO Bing-zhi, ZHENG Fei, LI Xiao-li, ZHOU Xiang, YIN Yi-xin

On the Application of Extenics in CPC Product Development Process
LIU Lei, LI Ren-wang


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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 20
Issue 8
August 2012

Editorial Board, Page IFC

B. Srinivasan, R. Rengaswamy, Automatic oscillation detection and characterization
in closed-loop systems, Pages 733-746

Hector J. Galicia, Q. Peter He, Jin Wang, Comparison of the performance of a reduced-
order dynamic PLS soft sensor with different updating schemes for digester control,
Pages 747-760

Klemen Drobnič, Mitja Nemec, Rastko Fišer, Vanja Ambrožič, Simplified detection
of broken rotor bars in induction motors controlled in field reference frame,
Pages 761-769

Gregor Gelbert, Jonas P. Moeck, Christian O. Paschereit, Rudibert King, Feedback
control of unstable thermoacoustic modes in an annular Rijke tube, Pages 770-782

Mauro Manetti, Marco Morandini, Paolo Mantegazza, Roberto Biasi, Daniele Gallieni,
Armando Riccardi, Experimental validation of massively actuated deformable adaptive
mirror numerical models, Pages 783-791

Bo Svensson, Fredrik Danielsson, Bengt Lennartson, Time-synchronised hardware-in-
the-loop simulation — Applied to sheet-metal press line optimisation, Pages 792-804

Behrouz Ebrahimi, Reza Tafreshi, Houshang Masudi, Matthew Franchek, Javad Mohammadpour,
Karolos Grigoriadis, A parameter-varying filtered PID strategy for air–fuel ratio
control of spark ignition engines, Pages 805-815

Maria Letizia Corradini, Valentino Fossi, Andrea Giantomassi, Gianluca Ippoliti,
Sauro Longhi, Giuseppe Orlando, Discrete time sliding mode control of robotic
manipulators: Development and experimental validation, Pages 816-822


5.3 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics
Contributed by: Fikret Aliev, chief_ed@acmij.az

Applied and Computational Mathematics An International Journal, Vol.11, No.2, 2012
Special Issue on Applied Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing
ISSN 1683-3511, www.acmij.az

pages: 149

pages: 150-164
On Generation and FPGA Implementation of Digital Fuzzy Parametric Conjunctions
A. Hernández Zavala, I. Batyrshin, O. Camacho-Nieto, I.J. Rudas, G.Sidorov, L.A.

pages: 165-179
Failure Analysis of a Complex System Based on Partial Information about Subsystems
with Potential Applications to Aircraft Maintenance
V. Kreinovich, C. Jacob, D. Dubois, J. Cardoso, M. Ceberio

pages: 180-199
Baselines for Natural Language Processing Tasks Based on Soft Cardinality Spectra
S. Jimenez, A. Gelbukh

pages: 200-213
History-Driven Template Generation in Inductive Logic Programming
A. Chovanec, R. Barták

pages: 214-226
Fast Algorithms for Mobile Agent Routing with Node-Wise Constraints in Communications
A. Elalouf, E. Levner, T.C.E. Cheng

pages: 227-242
Toward Justifying Logically and Socially Acceptable Reasons with Dialectical Proof
H. Kido, K. Nitta

pages: 243-256
Prey-Predator Dynamics and Swarm Intelligence on a Cellular Automata Model
M.M. Molina, M.A. Moreno-Armendáriz, N. Cruz-Cortés, J.C. Seck Tuoh Mora

pages: 257-270
Quantification of Melanin and Hemoglobin in Human Skin from Multispectral Image
Acquisition: Use of a Neuronal Network Combined to a Non-Negative Matrix Factorization
J. Galeano, R. Jolivot, F. Marzani

pages: 271-285
Structural Topic Mining in Web Collections
S.E. Garza, R.F. Brena

pages: 286-302
A Clustering Ensemble Learning Method Based on the Ant Colony Clustering Algorithm
H. Parvin, A. Beigi, N. Mozayani

pages: 303-316
Interoperable Knowledge Representation in Clinical Decision Support Systems for
L. Ceccaroni, L. Subirats


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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.14, No.3 May, 2012

Regular papers:

1. Paper Title: Limited Benefit of Joint Estimation in Multi-Agent Iterative
Authors: Angela P. Schoellig, Javier Alonso-Mora and Raffaello D'Andrea

2. Paper Title: On-Off Iterative Adaptive Controller for Low-Power Micro-Robotic
Step Regulation
Authors: Bongsu Hahn and Kenn Oldham

3. Paper Title: Design and Stability Analysis of a Variable Structure Adaptive
Backstepping Controller
Authors: Kurios Queiroz, Aldayr Araujo and Samaherni Dias

4. Paper Title: Direct data-driven control of linear time-delay systems
Authors: S. Formentin, M. Corno, S. M. Savaresi and L. Del Re

5. Paper Title: Design of a Two-Level Controller for an Active Suspension System
Authors: P. Gáspár, Z. Szabó, G. Szederkényi and J. Bokor

6. Paper Title: Stabilization of Impulsive Hybrid Systems Using Quantized Input
and Output Feedback
Authors: Zhichun Yang and Yiguang Hong

7. Paper Title: Lookup Table Control Method for Vibration Suppression of a Flexible
Manipulator with Optimization of the Minimum Settling Time and Energy Consumption
Authors: Van Phuoc Phan, Nam Seo Goo, Kwang-Joon Yoon and Do-Soon Hwang

8. Paper Title: UKF Based In-Flight Calibration of Magnetometers and Rate Gyros for
Pico Satellite Attitude Determination
Authors: Halil Ersin Söken and Chingiz Hajiyev

9. Paper Title: A Variable-Structure Gradient RBF Network with its Application to
Predictive Ship Motion Control
Authors: Jian-Chuan Yin, Li-Dong Wang and Ni-Ni Wang

10. Paper Title: Direct Adaptive Fuzzy Control with Membership Function Tuning
Authors: Morteza Moradi, Mohammad Hosein Kazemi and Elnaz Ershadi

11. Paper Title: Adaptive Sliding Mode Observer-based Synchronization for Uncertain
Chaotic Systems
Authors: Ming-Chang Pai

12. Paper Title: LPV Modeling and Synthesis for DC Propulsion of Electric Scooters
Authors: Boe-Shong Hong, Tsu-Yu Lin and Wen-Jui Su

13. Paper Title: Thermal Budget Control for Processes with Spike-Shaped Temperature
Profile: Application to Rapid Thermal Annealing
Authors: Jyh-Cheng Jeng and Bo-Chi Li

14. Paper Title: Intelligent Control of Doubly-Fed Induction Generator System Using PIDNNS
Authors: Faa-Jeng Lin, Jonq-Chin Hwang, Kuang-Hsiung Tan, Zong-Han Lu and Yung-Ruei Chang

15. Paper Title: A New Result on State Feedback Robust Stabilization for Discrete-
Time Fuzzy Singularly Perturbed Systems
Authors: Jinxiang Chen, Yixin Yin and Fuchun Sun

16. Paper Title: Feedback Predictive Control for Constrained Fuzzy Systems with
Markovian Jumps
Authors: Jiwei Wen, Fei Liu and Sing Kiong Nguang

17. Paper Title: Exponential H∞ Filtering for a Class of Nonlinear Discrete-time
Switched Stochastic Hybrid Systems with Mixed Delays and Random Missing Measurements
Authors: Dan Zhang, Li Yu and Wen-An Zhang

18. Paper Title: Stability Analysis for a Class of Switched Linear Systems
Authors: Rongwei Guo and Yuzhen Wang

Brief papers:

1. Paper Title: A New Adaptive Control for periodictracking/disturbance rejection
Authors: Chih-Hsien Chung, Min-Shin Chen and Albert Wen-Jeng Hsue

2. Paper Title: Dissipative Control for a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Control Systems
Authors: Yao-Chu Hsueh, Shun-Feng Su and Chih-Ching Hsiao

3. Paper Title: Finite-Horizon Robust Kalman Filtering for Uncertain Discrete Time-
Varying Systems with State-Delay
Authors: Zijian Liu

4. Paper Title: Global Finite-Time Stabilization of Planar Nonlinear Systems with
Authors: Peng Li and Zhiqiang Zheng

5. Paper Title: The Almost Sure Asymptotic Stability and Pth Moment Asymptotic
Stability of Nonlinear Stochastic Delay Differential Systems with Polynomial Growth
Authors: Lei Liu and Yi Shen

6. Paper Title: Some Properties of Exact Observability of Linear Stochastic Systems
and Their Applications
Authors: Ting Hou, Weihai Zhang and Hongji Ma


5.5 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications
Contributed by: JCTA, jcta@scut.edu.cn

Vol. 10, No. 3, June 2012

Regular papers
3D printing robot: model optimization and image compensation
X. Chen, J. Liu, T. Shi, H. Qian, K. Chen, Q. Wei P.273

A minimal-energy driving strategy for high-speed electric train
L. Li, W. Dong, Y. Ji, Z. Zhang P.280

Input-output finite-time stability of time-varying linear singular systems
J. Yao, J. Feng, L. Sun, Y. Zheng P.287

Semitensor product based adaptive control for attitude tracking of spacecraft with
unknown external disturbances
X. Zhang P.292

Design of internal model control based fractional order PID controller
T. Vinopraba, N. Sivakumaran, S. Narayanan, T. K. Radhakrishnan P.297

Observability by using viability kernels
K. Kassara P.303

Adaptive neural control for MIMO nonlinear systems with state timevarying
R. Wang, K. Mei, C. Chen, Y. Li, H. Mei, Z. Yu P.309

A direct method for solving projected generalized continuous-time Sylvester
Y. Lin, L. Bao, Y. Cao, L. Zhou P.319

Stability analysis and antiwindup design of uncertain discrete-time switched
linear systems subject to actuator saturation
X. Zhang, M. Wang, J. Zhao P.325

Brief papers
On global controllability for a class of polynomial affine nonlinear systems
Y. Sun P.332

Adaptive control of permanent magnet synchronous machines with disturbance
H. Chaoui, P. Sicard P.337

Robust output-feedback control for stochastic nonlinear systems with
modeling errors
Z. Wu, Y. Liu P.344

Identification for temperature model of accelerometer based on proximal SVR
and particle swarm optimization algorithms
X. Yu, L. Zhang, L. Guo, F. Zhou P.349

State tracking model reference adaptive control for switched nonlinear systems
with linear uncertain parameters
X. Wang, J. Zhao, Y. Tang P.354

Robust integral control for a class of nonlinear systems with unknown control
J. Yu, Y. Zhao, Y. Wu P.359

Particle swarm optimization for time-optimal control design
Y. Li, X. Zhang, Y. Chen, H. Zhou P.365

Distributed environment representation and object localization system in
intelligent space
Y. Xue, G. Tian, B. Song, T. Zhang P.371

Identification of delayed system using instrumental variable method
D. Kaur, L. Dewan P.380

Improved potential energy-shaping for port-controlled Hamiltonian systems
L. Cai, Y. He, M. Wu, J. She P.385

Infinite horizon linear quadratic differential games for discrete-time
stochastic systems
H. Sun, L. Jiang, W. Zhang P.391

Further improvement of stability criterion and BRL for Markovian jump systems
with interval time-varying delay
J. Liu, J. Zhang, H. Zhang, M. He P.397

Cooperative control of discrete-time linear multi-agent systems with fixed
information structure
J. Wang, X. Nian, H. Wang P.403

Stochastic optimal control of networked control systems with control packet
S. Gao, G. Tang P.410


5.6 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
Contriubted by: Lars Gruene, lrs.gruene@uni-bayreuth.de

Table of Contents, Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS),
Volume 24, Number 3, http://www.springerlink.com/content/n436v1p8902n/

Zero dynamics and funnel control of linear differential-algebraic systems,
Thomas Berger, Achim Ilchmann und Timo Reis, 219-263

Controllability and observability of an artificial advection–diffusion problem,
Pierre Cornilleau und Sergio Guerrero, 265-294

Conditional extremals, Lyle Noakes, 295-320

Controllability of quantum walks on graphs, Francesca Albertini und Domenico
D’Alessandro, 321-349


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


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


Table of Contents

Current issue:
Volume 40, Number 3 (July 2012)

New Approach to the Optimization of Power System Stabilizers: Genetic Algorithm
with Dynamic Constraints
Abdelghani Choucha, Abdelhafid Hellal, Lakhdar Mokrani, Salem Arif

FPGA Chip with Fuzzy PWM Control for Synchronizing a Chaotic System
Cheng-Shion Shieh

Fundamental Study for Controlling Environment using Biological Signal
Tatsuya Mori, Yoshikazu Maekawa, Yoko Akiyama, Fumihito Mishima, Koichi Sutani,
Sunao Iwaki, Shigehiro Nishijima

Intelligent Control of WECS Subject to Parameter Uncertainties, Actuator and
Sensor Faults
Elkhatib Kamal, Abdel Aitouche, Reza Ghorbani, Mireille Bayart

Robust Finite-Time Tracking with Switched Controllers
Ehsan Azadi Yazdi, Ryozo Nagamune

The Application of Fractional Order Control in an Industrial Fish-Processing
Qingshan Zeng, Clarence W. de Silva

Finite-Time Stabilization of Nonholonomic Systems via Networked Feedback
Fangzheng Gao, Fushun Yuan

Robust Adaptive Backstepping Fault-Tolerant Attitude Control for Small Satellite
Guo-qiang Wu, Bao-jun Lin, Xiao-lin Chen

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.


5.8 CFP: International Journal for Nonlinear and Robust Control
Contributed by: Peter Fogh Odgaard, peodg@kk-electronic.com

Extended Submission deadline for:
Special Issue on: Fault Tolerant Control in Power Grids
In International Journal for Nonlinear and Robust Control

The submission deadline for this special issue will be extended to September
30th 2012.

You can see the call for papers at:


5.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: li-Chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

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

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

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

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

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

Guest Editors:

Prof. Chien Chern Cheah
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
E-mail: ecccheah@ntu.edu.sg

Prof. Guoqiang Hu
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
E-mail: gqhu@ntu.edu.sg

Prof. Dong Sun
City University of Hong Kong, China
E-mail: medsun@cityu.edu.hk

About AJC

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

Important Dates:

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

How to submit:

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

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

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


5.10 CFP: Unmanned Systems
Contributed by: Nan Xiao, xiao0023@e.ntu.edu.sg

A New International Journal on Unmanned Systems

Aims and Scope:
The Unmanned Systems (US) aims to cover all subjects related to the development
of automatic machine systems, which include advanced technologies in unmanned
hardware platforms (aerial, ground, underwater and unconventional platforms),
unmanned software systems, energy systems, modeling and control, communications
systems, computer vision systems, sensing and information processing, navigation
and path planning, computing, information fusion, multi-agent systems, task mission
management, machine intelligence, artificial intelligence, and innovative application
case studies.


Ben M. Chen (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Lihua Xie (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Siva S. Banda (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)

Advisory Board

• Zongji Chen (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China)
• Hyochoong Bang (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea)
• Clarence W. de Silva (University of British Columbia, Canada)
• Patrick Doherty (Linkoping University, Sweden)
• Hans P. Geering (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland)
• Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
• Tong H. Lee (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
• Frank L. Lewis (University of Texas at Arlington, USA)
• Richard M. Murray (California Institute of Technology, USA)
• J. V. R. Prasad (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
• Tzyh Jong Tarn (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
• Sandor M. Veres (University of Southampton, UK)

In-House Editor
Ng Chin Ang (cang@wspc.com.sg)

Guidelines for Authors

Authors should submit their papers electronically in PDF format via Editorial
Manager (EM), a fully web-based submission, peer-review and tracking system,
at http://www.editorialmanager.com/us/login.asp

Submission of a paper implies that it has not been published, and is not
being considered for publication in another journal. Once a paper has been
accepted for publication in US, the author is assumed to have transferred the
copyright to the publisher. All submitted papers would be acknowledged and

US welcomes original manuscripts in the following categories: research papers,
which disseminate scientific findings contributing to solving technical issues
underlying the development of unmanned systems; review articles and state‐of‐
the‐art surveys, which describe, in non‐technical terms, the latest in basic
theories, principles, and innovative solutions and applications; short articles,
which discuss the latest significant achievements and the future trends; and book

Special issues related to the topics of US are welcome. A short proposal should
be sent to the Editors‐in‐Chief. It should include a tentative title; the
information of the Guest Editor(s); purpose and scope; possible contributors;
and a tentative timetable. If the proposal is accepted, the Guest Editor(s)
will be responsible for the special issue and should follow the normal US
review process. Copies of the reviewed papers and the reviewers’ comments
should be given to the Editors‐in‐Chief for recording purposes.

There will be no page charge for the journal. The authors can consult the
Instructions for typesetting the manuscripts using LaTeX or MS Word for detailed
information on the style. Sample templates are also available on the journal


6. Conferences

6.1 International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science
Contributed by: Liu Lei, leiliu@nus.edu.sg

2012 IASTED International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science
December 27 – 29, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The IASTED International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science (EAS 2012)
will serve as a major forum for international researchers, professionals,
and students to present their latest research, developments, applications,
and ideas in all branches of engineering and applied science. EAS 2012 aims
to strengthen relations between industries, research laboratories, and universities.
The papers submitted to this conference will be chosen through a double-blind
evaluation by at least two reviewers. Awards are planned for Best Paper and Best
Student Paper. Selected papers submitted to this conference will be considered for
possible publication in a special issue of the journal Control and Intelligent Systems

IEEE Sri Lanka Section
The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED)
World Modelling and Simulation Forum (WMSF)

•Control Systems
•Industrial Electronics
•Industrial Applications
•Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
•Nano Technologies
•Power and Energy
•Soft Computing
•Applied Mechanics
•Solid Mechanics and Materials
•Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
•Transportation Systems
•Civil Engineering
•Communication Engineering and Science
•Transportation Systems

Important Dates:
Submissions Due August 15 2012
Notification of Acceptance October 1 2012
Final Manuscripts Due October 15 2012
Registration Deadline November 1 2012
For any questions/inquiries about the conference, please contact
Soha Makady (smakady@iasted.org)
Kok-Kiong Tan (kktan@nus.edu.sg)


6.2 European Control Conference
Contributed by: Colin Jones, colin.jones@epfl.ch

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

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

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

Contributed papers
Prospective authors are invited to submit the full versions of their manuscripts
through the conference management system. Detailed instructions are available on
the conference website http://www.ecc13.ch/

Invited session proposals
Proposals are invited from participants wishing to organize invited sessions,
comprising six thematically coherent papers. The session should provide added value
over the individual papers, focusing for example on emerging challenges, or diverse
views on established problems that one would not normally find together in a
contributed paper session. Detailed submission instructions are available on the
conference website http://www.ecc13.ch/

Pre-conference workshops
Pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Interested
instructors are requested to submit a brief proposal through the conference
management system (details available at http://www.ecc13.ch/)

We look forward to welcoming you in Zurich, Switzerland.

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

6.3 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
Contributed by: Angie Ellis or Wendy Kunde,allerton-conf@illinois.edu

The Fiftieth Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Basar and Bruce Hajek

Dates: October 1-5, 2012

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.csl.uiuc.edu/allerton


6.4 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence
Contributed by: Danchi Jiang, Danchi.Jiang@utas.edu.au

Fifth IEEE International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence
(ICACI 2012) will be held in Nanjing, China during October 18-20, 2012, as a
sequel to IWACI 2008 (Macao), IWACI 2009 (Mexico City), IWACI 2010 (Suzhou),
and IWACI 2011(Wuhan). As an ancient capital of China for six dynasties with
long history and rich cultural heritage, Nanjing is now a modern metropolis with
comprehensive strength and regional advantages, featuring good living environment
and accelerated development in science and technology, especially in software.

ICACI 2012 aims to provide a high-level international forum for scientists,
engineers, and educators to present the state of the art of research and
applications in computational intelligence. The conference will feature plenary
speeches given by world renowned scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage,
and special sessions focusing on popular topics. The proceedings of ICACI 2012
will be published by the IEEE and included by EI Compendex. The conference will
favor papers representing advanced theories and innovative applications in
computational intelligence. See more details in http://www.iwaci.org/.

Important dates:
Extended submission deadline: August 15, 2012
Acceptance announcements: September 1, 2012
Author registration: September 10, 2012

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Computational intelligence
Computational neuroscience
Connectionist theory and cognitive science
Mathematical modeling of neural systems
Neurodynamic analysis
Fuzzy logic and fuzzy set theory
Swarm computing and optimization
Cognitive science
Evolutionary computation
Supervised & semi-supervised learning
Unsupervised and reinforcement learning
Support vector machines and kernel methods
Machine learning theory and methods
Expert systems
Autonomous mental development
Pattern recognition
Image and signal processing
Robotic and control
Brain Imaging and neural information processing
Natural language processing
Intelligent image/document retrievals
Real-world applications
Molecular and quantum computing

Contact information:
Email address: icaci@pub.seu.edu.cn, icaci@vip.163.com
Telephone: +86 13912925496


7. Workshops

7.1 ACM Workshop on Embedded Sensing Systems for Energy-Efficiency in Buildings
Contributed by: George J. Pappas, pappasg@seas.upenn.edu

BuildSys 2012 – second call for papers
4th ACM Workshop on Embedded Sensing Systems for Energy-Efficiency in Buildings
Toronto, Canada, November 6, 2012 | co-located with ACM SenSys 2012

The world is increasingly experiencing a strong need for energy consumption reduction
and for efficient use of scarce natural resources. Official studies report that
buildings account for the largest portion of World’s energy expenditure and have
the fastest growth rate. Information technology such as cyber-physical systems,
wireless sensor networks, embedded control, computational modeling, machine learning,
and simulation tools play a key role in enabling energy-saving measures for buildings,
its surrounding spaces, and other networks such as smart grid and smart water networks
that they connect to. We are interested in a life-cycle perspective across design,
construction, and operation of buildings, and in energy consumption in both direct
(electricity, gas etc.) and indirect (embedded energy in water) forms.

We are particularly interested in contributions addressing the following areas,
but papers addressing other emerging aspects of building energy are welcome:

* Building controls, optimization, and learning
* Sensing technologies and sensor information processing methods
* Measurement, modeling, and visualization of building performance
* Occupancy and occupant behavior modeling
* Information feedback, incentives, and other methods for influencing occupant
* Computationally assisted design of energy-efficient buildings
* Simulation and emulation tools and test-beds
* Smart energy-aware devices and appliances
* Efficient building systems: HVAC, enclosures, lighting, water heating etc.
* Interaction with external networks and systems: electricity, transportation
  system, water
* Demand-response technologies for smart-meter / smart-grid integration
* Renewable energy integration
* Local energy generation, harvesting, and storage
* Energy considerations across multiple buildings at campus and regional scale
* Energy-water nexus in buildings
* Information technology standards for building energy management
* Security, privacy, and robustness issues

Important Dates
* Paper/Poster submission deadline: Monday, July 30, 2012
* Demo submission deadline: Monday, September 3, 2012
* Notification of acceptance: Friday, September 14, 2012
* Camera Ready Due: Monday, October 1, 2012
* Workshop and Demo Session date: November 6, 2012

Challenges and Visions Awards
In order to encourage researchers to present truly visionary concepts on the
interface between information technology and sustainability, BuildSys 2012 in
cooperation with the Computing Community Consortium is offering awards to three
regular papers that will be presented in a special Challenges and Visions session:
first prize $1000, second prize $750, and third prize $500, to be awarded as
honorary prizes.

General Chair

* George J. Pappas, University of Pennsylvania, US

TPC Chairs

* Mani Srivastava, UCLA, US
* Mario Berges, Carnegie Mellon University, US

Demo Chair
* Yuvraj Agarwal, UC San Diego, US

Publication Chair

* Rasit Eskicioglu, University of Manitoba, Canada

Publicity Chair
* Mário Alves, Politécnico do Porto, Portugal

Steering Committee

* Kamin Whitehouse (chair), University of Virginia, US
* Alberto Cerpa, University of California, Merced, US
* David Culler, University of California, Berkeley, US
* Rajesh Gupta, University of California, San Diego, US
* Antonio Ruzzelli, University College Dublin, Ireland


7.2 Workshop on The New Clockwork for Time-Critical Systems
Contributed by: Paulo Tabuada, tabuada@ee.ucla.edu

Call for Position Papers for the NITRD National Workshop on The New Clockwork
for Time-Critical Systems

October 25, 26, 2012
Hyatt Regency
300 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Workshop Objective and Background:
The High Confidence Software and Systems (HCSS) Coordinating Group (CG) of the
Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) subcommittee
seeks input from researchers, industry, and government agencies regarding problems,
questions, and new directions for research on technology for time-critical systems.
Each new generation of cyber-physical systems (CPS) raises the level of trust that
people must put in these systems, while achieving assurances that the systems are
worthy of that trust becomes more difficult. Examples of critical reliance on cyber-
physical systems can be seen in defense systems, civil aviation, highways, energy
production, advanced manufacturing, and modern healthcare. These systems make
increasingly complex demands for real-time coordination among distributed subsystems.
Even the current generation of large-scale real-time cyber-physical systems may
unpredictably miss timing requirements, and expose the whole system to the risk of
failure. Certainly progress on future systems will suffer without a better theory
and practice of timed CPS. The solution will require contributions from researchers
and practitioners from all relevant fields including control, embedded systems,
hardware, networking, real-time systems, security, sensing, software, and timing.

Time has always been a critical issue in science and technology. Time measurement,
distribution, and agreement technology has reached an important inflection point
providing much more accurate time references on physical scales ranging from microsystems
to global systems. Advances in distributed clock synchronization technology, such
as GPS time and IEEE 1588, create new opportunities and challenges. On one hand,
widely distributed systems can have a nearly synchronous view of the current time,
thereby enabling better functionality and greater reliability so long as the
synchronization mechanism works. On the other hand, mechanisms for time
synchronization do fail. Natural phenomena and intentionally malicious attacks
can disrupt timing in complex systems with catastrophic effects. Several recent
trends have exacerbated time-related problems by increasing reliance on technologies
with intrinsic time variability such as wireless communication, multi-core processors,
virtualization, and cloud computing. Advances in the science of time-critical systems
are needed if we are to be able to exploit the benefits of these technologies with
assurance that systems will operate safely and reliably. We call these advances the “new clockwork”.

The goal of the workshop is to define a list of needs for research on time-critical
aspects of cyber-physical systems so that future research can develop robust foundations for reasoning about
time in cyber-physical systems across scales, managing resources to meet timeliness requirements, and ensuring
service agreements through new tools, techniques and methodologies. The workshop will be structured as a
sequence of panels, presentations and breakout sessions. The workshop will produce a report for the HCSS

Workshop Topics:
Workshop topics will include but are not limited to:

The new clockwork and clock synchronization
- High confidence time reference (availability, accuracy, traceability)
- Modern IC designs, system clocks, multiple time domains, jitter, PLLs, power considerations, CSACS
- Impact of synchronized clocks on OS, hardware interfaces…
- Security of clock synchronization
- Systems of systems and hierarchical clock synchronization
- Standards, protocols, and technologies for clock synchronization (current and missing)
- Mobility issues in clock synchronization
- Formal models of time
- Next generation time services

Application domains, challenges and algorithms
- New application areas and algorithms enabled by the new clockwork
- Temporal semantics of data, control and monitoring
- Beyond periodicity in sensing actuation and control
- New clockwork impact on performance
- Energy considerations and opportunities enabled by the new clockwork
- Wireless networks and timing
- Open source experimental platforms

Time criticality
- Timing robustness, determinism, predictability
- Management and scheduling of physical, computational, and communication resources
- Error detection and management in the new clockwork
- Performance, and temporal issues related to distributed systems
- Mobility issues
- Continued operation in the presence of degraded or changing synchronization
- Mixed criticality and mixed timing sensitivities

Verification, validation, vulnerability assessment and security
- Assurance and certification of time critical systems e.g. layered assurance
- Resilience in time critical systems (heterogeneous, fault tolerance, multiple sources)
- Formal models of event timing and timed systems
- Potential impact and new vulnerabilities of timing on security
- Use of time to improve security
- Privacy issues in systems based on the new clockwork
- Provenance in systems based on the new clockwork

Architecture, systems and tools
- System and component architectures for the new clockwork
- Design space from event-based to time-based systems (including combinations)
- Open, adaptive, evolvable and ad hoc systems
- Cooperative multi-systems
- Multicore and multiprocessor on chip timing issues
- Time semantics in languages, Oss, and hardware, in simulation, execution
- Ontology of time
- Missing standards, protocols, and technologies to enable all of this
- Models of timed systems: e.g. synchronized vs. synchronous systems
- Tools and methodologies for the complete system design and implementation cycle

Attendance and Participation:
Those interested in participating in this National Workshop are requested to
submit a position paper of no more than 2 pages. All submitted position papers
will be reviewed, and the authors of accepted position papers will be invited
to participate in the workshop. Please note that attendance at this National
Workshop will be by invitation only. Due to physical and other logistical
constraints, the workshop is expected to have a maximum of 100 participants.

Position papers should be submitted by August 15, 2012 to eidson@eecs.berkeley.edu
with the subject line: Position Paper for New Clockwork Workshop. In addition,
each position paper should include the author’s organization/affiliation, e-mail
address, phone number and a bio of at most a half-page. Acceptance notification
will be sent by August 29, 2012.

For more information please contact the workshop organizers at raj@ece.cmu.edu
or eidson@eecs.berkeley.edu


7.3 Advanced Control of Wind Turbines
Contributed by: Professor Ron J Patton, r.j.patton@hull.ac.uk

For control experts interested in advanced control of wind turbines, an
international workshop at Hull University on 19/20th September, with well
known guest speakers, will offer an interesting forum for presentation and
discussion. Visit http://www2.hull.ac.uk/administration/cas.aspx or contact
Ron Patton r.j.patton@hull.ac.uk


8.  Positions

8.1 PhD: University of Lecce, Italy
Contributed by: Giuseppe Notarstefano, giuseppe.notarstefano@unisalento.it

The PhD School of Information Engineering at the University of Lecce (Università
del Salento), Lecce, Italy, offers Ph.D. scholarships on different topics related
to ICT.

The Control Optimization and Robotics group at the University of Lecce, Italy,
is looking for strongly motivated students with strong background in Mathematics
and Physics and basic background in control, optimization, identification and
estimation theory.

The PHD scholars will work with professors and researchers of the Control
Optimization and Robotics group (http://cor.unile.it) and related groups at
the Department of Engineering. Topics of interest include: distributed control
of multi-agent systems, distributed optimization, modeling and trajectory
optimization of aerial vehicles, cooperative control of aerial vehicles, under-
water robotics, and fault/intrusion detection.

The activities on control of aerial vehicles may include (according to the
candidate attitudes) experimental activities on real test-beds (quad-rotors
and tilt-rotor vehicles) in the aerial robotics arena under construction.

DEADLINE: about mid August (to be announced)

For further information about the application procedure, contact Prof. Giuseppe
Notarstefano - http://cor.unile.it/notarstefano - giuseppe.notarstefano@unisalento.it

8.2 PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Tamas Keviczky, t.keviczky@tudelft.nl

A PhD position is available at the Delft Center for Systems and Control
(DCSC), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, with the
following focus:

Reconfigurable Fault-Tolerant Predictive Flight Control

Project description:

Current fault tolerant control strategies for commercial aircraft are
based on fail-safe flight control systems, where a nominal control law
is switched first to a robust solution and then if necessary to a more
direct controlling of the actuator surfaces (with minimal level of
stability augmentation), independent of the type of abnormal event.
Each of these control laws are designed off-line to have different
levels of robustness and performance.

The main goal of the project is to investigate and develop aircraft
guidance and control technologies that facilitate the automated handling
of off-nominal events (such as unusual attitude and aerodynamic angles,
faulty actuators and sensors, wing-icing, etc.) and optimize the aircraft
status and flight while keeping its safety level compliant with current

The project will investigate on-line predictive control based approaches
to integrated fault-detection and isolation, along with approximation
techniques that can be used to represent the resulting reconfigurable
control methods in an explicit form that facilitate validation and
verification flight clearance analysis. In addition to developing and
testing research methodology and algorithms, the successful candidate
will be involved in the interaction with representatives of various
industries and stakeholders who participate in the sponsoring EU project,
and eventual implementation tasks on test setups.


Candidates for this challenging project should have an MSc degree and
background in e.g., systems and control, computer science, electrical
engineering, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering. The
candidate must be enthusiastic and greatly interested in fundamental
research in addition to having good programming skills for implementing
state-of-the-art advanced algorithms. Familiarity or previous experience
with the following topics is a plus: model predictive control, nonlinear
dynamic inversion, subspace predictive control, fault detection and
identification, approximate explicit MPC. In addition, excellent
communication skills are important for this position and a good command
of the English language is required.

Project term:

Enrollment and salary are according to the Employment Agreement of Dutch
Universities, with an annually increasing salary starting at EUR 2042
gross per month. Enrollment will start from September 2012, but later
starting dates are possible as well. The PhD student will be appointed
for a period of four years. After the first year an evaluation will take
place to confirm or decline the position. The project will be supervised
by dr. Tamás Keviczky.

Information and application:

Interested applicants should send their detailed Curriculum Vitae, the
names of two professional referees, a list of courses taken with grades
obtained, a list of publications, a summary of their MSc thesis
and a cover letter stating their motivation, preferably by e-mail.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. Tamás
Keviczky (t.keviczky@tudelft.nl) and the following web-site:


8.3 PhD: University of Georgia
Contributed by: Javad Mohammadpour, javadm@gmail.com

A PhD student position is available at the University of Georgia. The ideal
candidates are expected to have a strong background in optimization and
control systems theory and be interested in working on different applications
including automotive powertrain systems, wind turbines monitoring & control
and battery storage devices health monitoring & control. Interested applicants
are requested to contact Dr. Javad Mohammadpour at javadm@gmail.com.


8.4 PhD: University of Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Antoine Girard, antoine.girard@imag.fr

Thesis: Hybrid control for green buildings.
Location: University of Grenoble, France.
Host laboratories: Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann and GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble.
Supervisors: Antoine Girard (LJK), Emmanuel Witrant (GIPSA-Lab).
Web: http://www-ljk.imag.fr/membres/Antoine.Girard
Contact: Antoine.Girard@imag.fr


This thesis deals with the development of methodologies for control design in
energy efficient buildings. The complexity of the problem arises from the
heterogeneity of the considered systems and from the strong requirements in terms
of performance, adaptivity, robustness, genericity and scalability. Recent studies
have shown that energetic costs could be reduced by 20% using a global design
approach for controlling these systems.

The theoretical work of this thesis will be done in the mathematical framework of
hybrid systems (dynamical systems exhibiting discrete and continous behaviors).
The control of hybrid systems generally requires the development of specific
techniques combining ideas from the theories of discrete and continuous dynamic
systems. Obtaining analytical results for this class of systems is particularly
challenging, due to the complexity involved by the interaction between discrete
and continuous dynamics. For that reason, the control of hybrid systems is often
handled using intensive computational methods. The main theoretical contributions
of the thesis will consist in the development of new efficient algorithms, based
on the notion of symbolic models (discrete approximations of hybrid dynamics),
for the synthesis of robust and decentralized controllers. The proposed techniques
will be evaluated in the context of energy management in green buildings, using an
experimental platform available at University of Grenoble.


The candidate must have a master in applied mathematics or in automatic control
and should have the taste for pluridisciplinary work.

Application documents (CV, master thesis, transcripts, letters of recommendation)
must be sent by email in pdf format to à Antoine.Girard@imag.fr

8.5 Post-Doc: INRIA, Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Alain Kibangou, alain.kibangou@inria.fr

Post-Doc Research Proposal: Robust Traffic Prediction for Fluid Traffic Models
Location: INRIA, Grenoble, France
contact: carlos.canudas-de-wit@gipsa-lab.inpg.fr, Alain.Kibangou@gipsa-lab.fr

Start: Any time in 2012 Duration: 12 M, Salary: 2620 E Brut

Context: NeCS is a joint CNRS (GIPSA-lab)-INRIA team. The team is bi-located at
INRIA (Montbonnot) and at the GIPSA-lab (at the Grenoble campus).This work will be
achieved in the framework of HYCON 2 (Highly-Complex and Networked Control Systems)
an european network of excellence (http://www.hycon2.eu/) whose applications domain
include Transportation systems, and the national project MOCOPO (http://mocopo.ifsttar.fr/)
for travelling time bounds prediction. The work will be validated using real-time
traffic data from our data collection center, named “Grenoble Traffic Lab” (GTL
http://necs.inrialpes.fr/pages/reseach/gtl.php), typically used in our team for model
validation and performance assessment of new estimation algorithms for traffic
prediction and control.

Topic description: One crucial component in traffic management and information systems
is the prediction of traffic states [1]. Unlike several approaches in the literature
devoted to transportation systems, we consider a model-based approach by resorting to
fluid traffic models that can be described by partial differential equations (PDE) of
hyperbolic type.

There exist a large variety of these models in the literature, but most of our works
relay on the use of the Cell Transmission Model (CTM) which is a switched model and
is built from the fundamental diagram characteristics. CTM has been used as a basis
to design density observers which allow reconstructing the initial conditions in cells
not equipped with sensors, and are the first step for traveling time and density time-
ahead prediction

The efficiency of such observers is strongly related to the accuracy of the parameters
derived from the fundamental characteristic curve. The proposed work concern the issues
of short-time prediction of both densities and travelling time under uncertainties of
different types: unknown but possibly bounded future demand, splitting coefficients,
and fundamental diagrams mismatches. The main goal of this work is to derive new
prediction and estimation methods sufficiently robust to these uncertainties. Moreover,
we aim to provide confidence intervals for predictions on travelling time and density
evolutions. To carry out this study, we will first use the data from an already
calibrated micro simulator of the Grenoble south ring, and then we will make use of
data supplied by the Grenoble Traffic Lab (GTL) from measurements obtained by means
of a new sensor network under deployment.

Candidate profile: Strong skills in Systems (control) theory are required (Estimation
theory, Model-based Observers design, Robust control & observation).

Related bibliography:
[1] Chrobok, R., Kaumann, O., Wahle, J., and Schreckenberg, M., “Different methods of
    traffic forecast based on realdata”, European Journal of operational Research 155
    (2004) 558-568.
[2] Morarescu, I-C., and C. Canudas de Wit, “Highway Traffic model-based density
    estimation”, 2011 American Control Conference - ACC 2011, Jun 2011, San Francisco,
    CaL. USA.
[3] Canudas de Wit, C., Leon Ojeda, L.R., and Kibangou, A.Y. “Graph constrained-CTM
    observer design for the Grenoble south ring”, 13th IFAC sysmposium on Control
    in Transportation systems, CTS 2012


8.6 Post-Doc: Linkoping University, Sweden
Contributed by: Anders Hansson, anders.g.hansson@liu.se

We are seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position at the Division
of Automatic Control, Department of Electrical Engineering, Linkoping
University, Sweden, within an ongoing project focusing on large-scale
optimization for systems analysis. A strong background in control and applied
mathematics is required. The project is carried out in collaboration with the
Department of Automatic Control at Lund University.

For more information on the project see

Interested candidates should please send their detailed curriculum vitae
to Anders Hansson, E-mail: anders.g.hansson@liu.se


8.7 Post-Doc: University of Pennsylvania
Contributed by:  George J. Pappas, pappasg@seas.upenn.edu



School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania

PRECISE center at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applications for a
Postdoctoral Researcher position to work on practical aspects of control system
security. The project involves the development of security-aware control systems
for ground vehicles and their implementation in software in a provably correct way.

Researchers with an interest and experience in any related areas are welcome to
apply. Particular areas of interest include one or more of the following:

- Attack models for control systems and resilience against attacks
- Controller synthesis and code generation for hybrid systems
- Formal methods for software synthesis and verification

Candidates are expected to have a strong theoretical background and proven system-
building skills.

Positions are offered for the initial period of one year, with an option to renew
for subsequent years. As soon as possible starting date is strongly desired. A
competitive salary will be offered.

We will also consider applications to support sabbatical leaves at Penn for researchers
in this area.

Please send a complete CV including research statement to Insup Lee (lee@cis.upenn.edu),
George Pappas (pappas@seas.upenn.edu), or Oleg Sokolsky (sokolsky@cis.upenn.edu).


8.8 Post-Doc: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
Contributed by: Alberto Bemporad, alberto.bemporad@imtlucca.it

The Dynamical Systems, Control and Optimization group (http://dysco.lab.imtlucca.it/)
of the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (Italy) is seeking candidates
for a post-doctoral position within the framework of the new European project
EFFINET "Efficient Integrated Real-time Monitoring and Control of Drinking Water
Networks" funded by the European Commission. The applicant is required to have
a strong control-theoretical background, expertise in optimization (theory and
algorithms) and optimization-based control, and strong skills in computer
programming (preferably MATLAB). Experience with power systems, energy markets
and/or water networks will be considered as a plus (although it is not required).
Candidates must have an excellent track record of high-impact scientific research
and an excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.

The main tasks of the successful candidate will be to formulate models and devise
efficient stochastic Model Predictive Control (MPC) algorithms for real-time
operational control of drinking water networks. Apart from the duties within
the project, the successful candidate will conduct research in collaboration
with the researchers and PhD students of the group in topics such as real-time
and distributed optimization and stochastic MPC. Other activities include tutor-
ship and mentoring of Ph.D. students and participation in the development of
the research activities of the Institute.

Appointment compensation packages will depend on the candidate, but are competitive
on an international level.

Please contact <researchers.opening@imtlucca.it> for further information regarding
the position and application.

IMT Lucca (http://www.imtlucca.it) is a public international Graduate School
and Institute of Technology that acts as a research university with the aim of
forming human capital in disciplines characterized by their high potential for
concrete applications. IMT strives to reach the fusion of theoretical comprehension
and practical relevance.


8.9 Post-Doc: Dalhousie University, Canada
Contributed by: Ya-Jun Pan, yajun.pan@dal.ca

Post-Doc-Fellow Position, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

A Post-Doctoral Fellow position (one year) is available immediately in the
Advanced Control and Mechatronics Lab (ACM-Lab) at Dalhousie University, Canada.
The research topic is on the cooperative control of multiple robotic systems
under the network communication constraints with applications to real set-ups
available in the ACM-Lab (http://www.acm.me.dal.ca). The prospective candidate
should have strong backgrounds in systems and control, mechatronics and mathematic
analytical skills.

Interested candidates please contact Prof. Pan at Yajun.Pan@Dal.Ca accompanied by
the following documents: 1) Updated CV; 2) Research Statement; 3) Sample Publications;
4) A List of Three Referees.

8.10 Post-Doc: University of Georgia
Contributed by: Javad Mohammadpour, javadm@gmail.com

A postdoctoral fellow and a PhD student are available at the University of
Georgia. The ideal candidates are expected to have a strong background in
optimization and control systems theory and be interested in working on
different applications including automotive powertrain systems, wind turbines
monitoring & control and battery storage devices health monitoring & control.
Interested applicants are requested to contact Dr.Javad Mohammadpour at


8.11 Post-Doc: University of Lueneburg
Contributed by: Paolo Mercorelli, mercorelli@uni.leuphana.de

The Institute of Product and Process Innovation at Leuphana University of Lueneburg
(PPI) invites applications for the following five-year fixed-term position:

Postdoc Research Assistant (m/f) Control Systems
(German salary group EG 13 TV-L)

Your responsibilities:
• conducting research activities in the field of control systems and drives, smart
  grid, removable energy, and new mobility concepts (electric car)
• giving lectures in the area of engineering, preferably on control systems, drives
  and simulations four hours per week, 14 weeks per semester; plus two additional
  hours when required, which are paid extra.

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

Your profile:
• a good master’s degree (or equivalent) in engineering with a focus on control systems
  or signal processing
• a good PhD degree related to control systems or a similar topic and solid theoretical
  and practical knowledge of control systems for drives
• a record of quality research as evidenced by publications in international journals
  and transactions
• preferably knowledge in the following areas: electric vehicles, combustion engine
  control (camless control, knock control, lambda control), actuators, motion planning
  and robot control, model predictive control, wavelets and wavelet packets, sensorless
  control (Kalman filter, observer theory and its applications), DSP programming and
  measurements using Matlab/Simulink and LabView
• experience as a scientific collaborator and in teaching in the area of linear and non-
  linear control systems
• ideally knowledge of German

Leuphana University is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women are
particularly encouraged. Candidates with disabilities possessing equivalent
qualifications will be given preference within the framework of legal requirements.
Your application should include a short CV, one or two recommendation letters and a
list of publications.

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

Leuphana University of Lueneburg
Personalservice, Katrin Severloh
bewerbung@leuphana.de · Code: PPI
Scharnhorststrasse 1 · 21335 Lueneburg


8.12 Post-Doc: Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Contributed by: Prof. Moshe Idan, moshe.idan@technion.ac.il

A 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 recommendations
The material should be submitted in pdf format via e-mail to Prof. Moshe Idan,

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.


8.13 Faculty: Shenzhen Graduate School,Shenzhen, China
Contributed by: Ms. Zhao, scc.hitsz@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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


8.14 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
Contributed by: Xiang Qiu, qiuxiang@zjut.edu.cn

The discipline of Information Processing and Automation Technology belongs to the
College of Information Engineering of Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT),
and is one of prior disciplines in Zhejiang province. The discipline consisted
of faculty with expertise ranging broadly from control, electronics, Computer
Science and Engineering.

For further information of the university, please visit http://www.zjut.edu.cn

Excellent PhD and Distinguish Professor are needed in the discipline of Information
Processing & Automation Technology in the College of Information Engineering at
Zhejiang University of Technology. Applicants are welcome from various research
directions such as Advanced Control Theory, Embedded Systems & Applications, Motion
Control, Network Technology, also likely in areas such as intelligent systems and
information technology. The applicants are expected to have a strong interest in
pursuing academic research in information processing & automation technology.

Furthermore,we sincerely welcome distinguished scholars to join us to apply for
various kinds of governments' talent projects.

- ZheJiang 1000 Person Plan, http://www.zjhwrc.com/
- National 1000 Person Plan, http://www.1000plan.org/
- ZheJiang QianJiang talent Plan, http://www.rsc.zjut.edu.cn/veiwnews.asp?newsid=704

- have an earned PhD degree from a reputable university;
- have performed high-quality research with a good track record of competitive
  research experience in terms of good journal publications and research grants;
- have good command of English and Chinese;
- have the potential to reach excellence in the research field;
- have an ambition to build a research group and attract external funding;
- Strong leadership skills, along with an entrepreneurial attitude towards

- well research environment and development of space;
- preferential allowance and other insurance, welfare, and so on;
- sufficient research funding;
- grants for purchase housing and other well treatment;

- one resume about personal information, detailed learning and working Experience,
  research and teaching achievements, and your request;
- research projects and funding recently five years;
- research achievements and awards, published paper recently five years;

Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:
Mr. Xiang Qiu
The College of Information Engineering
Zhejiang University of Technology
HangZhou, China ,  310023

Additional questions about the position, the discipline, the treatment,or further
information regarding the application process may be addressed to Mr. Xiang Qiu
via e-mail at qiuxiang@zjut.edu.cn or please call  +86-13867469319

Additional information about the ZJUT:
The year 1953 saw the establishment of a new Zhejiang University of Technology
in Hangzhou, the picturesque historical and cultural city in China. The present
university, as a provincial key comprehensive university, can offer not only
engineering courses, but also a large range of disciplines. And with a national
key laboratory and three post-doctoral programs, the University is entitled to
confer degrees of master, doctor, MBA. In addition, it has been granted the right
to recommend outstanding undergraduates as candidates for graduate programs in
other universities without entrance examinations and the right to recruit inter-
national students as well as students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

The university now consists of 3 campuses, covering a total area of over 213
hectares with a floor space of 840,000 square meters. It has 21 colleges and 2
departments. At present, there are about 30,000 registered full-time under-
graduates and diplomats, together with 2,300 postgraduates. The university has
a faculty of 2,800, among whom over 800 are professors and associate professors.

ZJUT now has one academician of CAE (Chinese Academy of Engineering), and three
academicians of CAE and CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) whom ZJUT shares with
other institutions of high education or research. Now it runs 14 doctoral degree
programs,71 master degree programs, and 55 undergraduate programs. Its 60,000-
square-meter university library now has collected books of over 3,200,000 volumes
(with electronic books included) and over 17,000 kinds of Chinese and foreign
journals and periodicals.


8.15 System Engineer: Honeywell International
Contributed by: Rama Prasad, rama.prasad@honeywell.com

System Engineer: Honeywell International - ACS Labs, Plymouth, MN

Honeywell International is a leading $35 billion diversified Technology Corporation
with a wide range of businesses including automation and control sensors and systems,
aerospace systems, transportation systems, and specialty materials. Honeywell has
more than 130,000 employees in 100 countries around the world and has a demonstrated
heritage of innovation and achievement.

Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) is a $15 billion strategic business
group within Honeywell that supplies sensing and control solutions to a variety of
markets which improve quality of life, create safer living and work environments,
and increase energy utilization efficiency. For example, ACS products and services
provide Honeywell customers controls for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning
systems, security systems, fire alarm systems, and energy management systems. From
home thermostats to large commercial building management systems, Honeywell ACS is
a global leader.

The ACS Sensors and Wireless Lab, located in Plymouth, Minnesota, performs advanced
technology research and development for the ACS business units and is chartered with
developing advanced technology to support innovative new product development and new
business creation. Teams within the lab utilize advanced research in materials, new
sensing principles, micro- and nano-fabrication, signal processing, and wireless
communications to create leading edge technologies that enable new products.  The
lab works closely with various ACS businesses to transition these new technologies
into next generation products.

The ACS Sensors and Wireless Lab is seeking qualified applicant for the role of
Systems Engineer in our Advanced Materials and Systems section. This engineer will
conduct research, design, and development of key technologies that enable next
generation ACS products in multiple application areas such as energy efficiency
improvements, combustion controls, HVAC systems, environmental sensors, and industrial
personal protective equipment.  The position entails working with a team of technicians,
engineers, and other scientists to develop, integrate, and deploy a variety of technologies
including chemical and fluidic systems, heat and mass transfer systems, and materials

Initially, the Systems Engineer will work on the design, analysis and testing of state
of the art micro fuel cell systems. Responsibilities include system architecture design,
modeling, analysis, and test to insure the design meets required performance and cost
targets. Systems engineering analysis will be required to develop and evaluate balance-
of-plant designs and control algorithms. This role is a “hands-on” position with
significant time spent developing and testing components and prototypes in the lab.

Over time, the Systems Engineer will be responsible for contributing to a variety of
programs supported by the Labs. In addition to hands-on technology and product development,
the successful candidate will be required to provide leadership for customer needs and
requirements definition, Quality Function Deployment, systems architecture design, electro-
mechanical and packaging engineering, utilization of six-sigma design methodologies, and
design for manufacturability. The Systems Engineer will also be expected to interface
with ACS businesses to understand business needs and project deliverables and to successfully
manage, execute, and transfer technology development into product development, following
rigorous risk management processes.

Basic Qualifications:
•       Minimum of a Masters degree in Mechanical, or Chemical, or Electrical Engineering, 
        Ph.D preferred
•       Five or more years of related work experience
•       U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status mandatory, as required by U.S.
        government contracting agencies
•       Strong self motivation/direction, entrepreneurial mind-set, and teaming skills
        are essential

Additional Qualifications:

1.      Candidate must be able to perform detailed design, development and analysis
        of electro-mechanical and chemical control systems from concept through development,
        including but not limited to modeling, multivariable control, statistical data
        analysis and fuel cell balance-of-plant control
2.      Candidate must be able to apply theoretical knowledge and engineering techniques
        to plan, perform, and direct technical activities to ensure that design, integration,
        and testing conform to system specification and requirements. Capability must include
        hands-on development and test expertise, including component assembly, test procedure
        definition, rigorous experimental execution, and data analysis
3.      Experience in design, simulation, layout, and troubleshooting electronics board
        development and interfacing to computer systems is an asset
4.      Experience with MATLAB, Simulink, C language, Labview, COMSOL under Windows XP or
        Windows 7 operating system is beneficial
5.      System integration experience with demonstrated successful integration of diverse
        technologies into prototype systems is required
6.      A track record of working creatively and bringing new technologies into production
        is highly desirable.
7.      Candidate must have strong verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated
        documentation and organizational skills
8.      Candidate must be able to travel up to 10%

If you are interested in applying for employment with Honeywell and need special assistance
or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, please contact our Human Resources
department via email. The position is also posted on the honeywell career website -

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to a diverse workforce.