June 2012 - E-LETTER

Issue Number: 
285
Issue Date: 
June 2012

?E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 285
June 2012

Editor:



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Contents

1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 EEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
1.2 American Control Conference
1.3 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.4 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.5 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Misc
2.1 Benchmark on Adaptive Regulation

3. Books
3.1 Dynamics and Control of Switched Electronic Systems
3.2 Handbook of Marine Craft Hydrodynamics and Motion Control
3.3 Explicit Nonlinear Model Predictive Control: Theory and Applications
3.4 Hybrid Dynamical Systems: Modeling, Stability, and Robustness

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems
4.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.3 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
4.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
4.5 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems
4.6 Contents: International Journal of Control
4.7 Contents: International Journal of Systems Science
4.8 Contents: International Journal of General Systems  
4.9 CFP: Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems

5. Conferences
5.1 International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science
5.2 European Control Conference
5.3 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

6.  Workshops
6.1 Control Challenges in Disease: Unsolved Problems and Research Directions
6.2 Embedded Sensing Systems for Energy-Efficiency in Buildings
6.3 Control of Power Inverters for Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation
6.4 Sustainable Control of Offshore Wind Turbines

7.  Positions
7.1 PhD: INRIA Grenoble-Rhône-Alpe Research Center, France
7.2 PhD: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
7.3 PhD: Delft University of Technology
7.4 PhD: Western University London, Ontario, Canada
7.5 PhD: Supélec, South of Paris, France
7.6 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
7.7 PhD: The Australian National University
7.8 PhD: Louisiana State University
7.9 Post-Doc: University of Toulouse, France
7.10 Post-Doc: University of Manchester, UK
7.11 Post-Doc: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
7.12 Post-Doc: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
7.13 Faculty: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
7.14 Faculty: Uppsala University, Sweden
7.15 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
7.16 Faculty: The University of Hong Kong
7.17 Researcher: Honeywell Automotive Software

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 EEE 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.

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1.2 American Control Conference
Contributed by: Santosh Devasia, devasia@u.washington.edu

Please plan to attend the 2013 American Control Conference at the Renaissance
Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Monday to Wednesday, June 17-19, 2013

Conference Website: http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2013/

While the American Control Conference has been held near Washington, DC in the
past, the 2013 ACC will be the first to be held inside the capital city of the
US. The 2013 ACC will be held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel,
within 7 blocks of the White House, the US Capitol building, the National Mall,
and the Smithsonian Institution. The hotel is also within 2 blocks of an extensive
restaurant district. In addition to the high-quality technical program that the
2013 ACC Organizing Committee is working hard to ensure, the traditional conference
banquet will be transformed to an evening at the National Air and Space Museum
(NASM) on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. ACC attendees and their guests will have exclusive
use of the museum for the evening, including screenings of shows in NASM’s IMAX
Theater and Planetarium and use of the flight simulators. Museum docents will be
available throughout the evening.

The outlines of the technical program are beginning to take shape, and we are
planning to feature theme tracks in sustainability, societal challenges for control,
and smart healthcare systems. For each theme, we are working to include a semi-
plenary and special track, including tutorial and invited sessions. In additional
to the special themes, the conference technical, (semi-)plenary, and special sessions
will reflect the diversity of theory and applications of control that is one of the
hallmarks of an ACC. To encourage industry participation, we have requested and have
obtained permission from the American Automatic Control Council to have a one-day
registration fee (on-site only, no paper upload privileges). Additionally,
industrial participants are encouraged to contact the Vice Chair for Invited
Sessions and/or the Vice Chair for Industry & Applications with ideas for
industrial themed invited or tutorial sessions and/or tracks in the conference.

For more information on the 2013 ACC, please see our Call for Papers on our
website: http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2013/

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

SPECIAL ISSUE ANNOUNCEMENT
"Relaxation methods in identification and estimation problems"
A Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
http://www.nd.edu/~ieeetac/special.html

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

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

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

Both theoretical and application-driven contributions are welcome.

Guest Editors:

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

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

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

Important dates:

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

Submission Details:

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

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

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

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1.4 Contents: 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
5 (May)

Papers

Chattering-free digital sliding-mode control with state observer and disturbance
rejection
B. Brogliato, V. Acary, Y. Orlov p. 1087

On the Relationship between the Enforced Convergence Criterion and the Asymptotically
Optimal Laguerre Pole
A. Dankers, D. Westwick p. 1102

Optimal Supervisory Control of Probabilistic Discrete Event Systems
V. Pantelic, M. Lawford p. 1110

On Saturation, Discontinuities, and Delays, in iISS and ISS Feedback Control Redesign
P. Pepe, H. Ito p. 1125

Nonlinear Stabilization under Sampled and Delayed Measurements, and with Inputs
Subject to Delay and Zero-Order Hold
I. Karafyllis, M. Krstic p. 1141

Opacity-Enforcing Supervisory Strategies via State Estimator Constructions
A. Saboori, C. Hadjicostis p. 1155

A Beamlet-based Graph Structure for Path Planning Using Multiscale Information
(FP-10-588, Full Paper)
Y. Lu, X. Huo, P. Tsiotras p. 1166

Max Weight Learning Algorithms for Scheduling in Unknown Environments
M. J. Neely, S. T. Rager, T. La Porta p. 1179

Nash Equilibrium Seeking in Noncooperative Games (FP-11-270, Full Paper)
P. Frihauf, M. Krstic, T. Basar p. p. 1192

Stability and stabilizability criteria for discrete-time positive switched systems
E. Fornasini, M. E. Valcher p. 1208

Periodic Schedules for Bounded Timed Weighted Event Graph
A. Benabid-Najjar, C. Hanen, O. Marchetti, A. Munier-Kordon p. 1222

Blocking in Fully Connected Networks of Arbitrary Size
S. Nazari, J. G. Thistle p. 1233

Technical Notes and Correspondence

On Stability of Discrete-Time LTI Systems with Varying Time Delays
C-Y. Kao p. 1243

Convergence and Mean Square Stability of Suboptimal Estimator for Systems with
Measurement Packet Dropping
H. Zhang, X. Song, L. Shi p. 1248

Power control in wireless networks: stability and delay independence for a general
class of distributed algorithms
I. Lestas p. 1253

Distributed Failure Prognosis of Discrete Event Systems with Bounded-Delay
Communications
S. Takai, R. Kumar p. 1259

Verification of Infinite-Step Opacity and Complexity Considerations
A. Saboori, C. Hadjicostis p. 1265

Nonlinear adaptive learning control with disturbances of unknown periods
X. Ye p. 1269

Rigid Body Attitude Control Using a Single Vector Measurement and Gyro
M. Namvar, A. Khosravian p. 1273

Improper L-infinity optimal/suboptimal controllers
D. Pal, M. N. Belur p. 1280

H-infinity Control of Switched Nonlinear Systems in p-Normal Form Using
Multiple Lyapunov Functions
L. Long, J. Zhao p. 1285

Distributed Event-Triggered Control for Multi-Agent Systems
D. V. Dimarogonas, E. Frazzoli, K. H. Johansson p. 1291

A Nonconservative LMI Condition for Stability of Switched Systems with
Guaranteed Dwell Time
G. Chesi, P. Colaneri, J. C. Geromel, R. H. Middleton, R. Shorten p. 1297

A fast algorithm for errors-in-variables filtering
R. Diversi p. 1303

A framework for the observer design for networked control systems
R. Postoyan, D. Nesic p. 1309

On the Nearest Quadratically Invariant Information Constraint
M. C. Rotkowitz, N. C. Martins p. 1314

Stability and Robustness Analysis for Curve Tracking Control using Input-
to-State Stability
M. Malisoff, F. Mazenc, F. Zhang p. 1320

Small-gain based Output-feedback Controller Design for a Class of Nonlinear
Systems with Actuator Dynamic Quantization
T. Liu, Z-P. Jiang, D. J. Hill p. 1326

Attitude Estimation Using Biased Gyro and Vector Measurements with Time-Varying
Reference Vectors
H. F. Grip, T. I. Fossen, T. A. Johansen, A. Saberi p. 1332

Optimal Pruning for Multi-Step Sensor Scheduling
M. F. Huber p. 1338

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1.5 Contents: 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 p. 1345

Papers

Identification of Fault Estimation Filter from I/O Data for Systems with
Stable Inversion
J. Dong and M. Verhaegen p. 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 p. 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 p. 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 p. 1391

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recursive Update Filtering for Nonlinear Estimation
R. Zanetti p. 1481

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

Technical Notes and Correspondence

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

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

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

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

A Supervised Switching Control Policy for LPV Systems With Inaccurate
Parameter Knowledge
L. Jetto and V. Orsini p. 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 p. 1532

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fault Tolerance in Asynchronous Sequential Machines Using Output
Feedback Control
J.-M. Yang p. p.

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2. MISC

2.1 Benchmark on Adaptive Regulation
Contributed by: Ioan Landau, ioan-dore.landau@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr

Benchmark on Adaptive Regulation: Rejection of unknown/time-varying multiple
narrow band disturbances.

The scientific objective of the benchmark is to evaluate current available procedures
which may be applied in the fields of active vibration control and noise control.
The benchmark specifically will focus in testing: 1) performances, 2) robustness
and 3) complexity.

The test bed is an active suspension using an inertial actuator and equipped
with a shaker and a measure of the residual force. It is located at GIPSA-Lab,
Grenoble (France) which has already experience on organizing benchmarks on test
beds (see European J. of Control, no.2, 1995 and no.1, 2003).

The disturbances are unknown/time-varying multiple narrow band disturbances located
in a given frequency region. The plant model is (almost) constant. An identified
model of the plant is provided. Further identification procedures can be carried
on demand.

A discrete time Matlab Simulink simulator of the plant is provided. The participants
should give a Simulink simulation including complete control scheme built around
the given model. The “test” protocol is available to the participants. The
simulation should be compatible with the Matlab xPC Target environment, which will
be used for real-time implementation on the test bed of the proposed solutions.
The real-time implementation and experiments will be carried on by the GIPSA-LAB
staff. Final evaluation will be performed on the basis of real-time results.

Full information can be downloaded from the website:
http://www.gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr/~ioandore.landau/benchmark_adaptive_regulation/

It is expected that the results will be presented at the ECC 2013, Zurich,
Switzerland (invited session) and published in a special issue (or section)
of European Journal of Control (EJC).

For ECC the schedule is as follows:
October 1st, 2012: Papers with preliminary results
April 20th, 2013: Papers with final results (if accepted)

The papers with preliminary results should include simulation results and at
least one real time results.

For the EJC special issue the deadline is February 1, 2013

Organizers: I.D. Landau, T.B. Airimitoaie, A. Castellanos-Silva, J. M.
Martinez-Molina, M. Alma, G. Buche, GIPSA-Lab, Control Dept., Grenoble,
France, A. Karimi, Automatic Control Lab., EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Interested persons should contact: ioan-dore.landau@gipsa-lab.inp-grenoble.fr

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3. Books

3.1 Dynamics and Control of Switched Electronic Systems
Contributed by: Francesco Vasca, vasca@unisannio.it

Francesco Vasca, Luigi Iannelli, Editors

Publisher: Springer
Series: Lecture Notes in Advances in Industrial Control
ISBN 978-1-4471-2884-7
http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/book/978-1-4471-2884-7

From the “Series Editors’ Forward” of the book.

“In many cases, it is the demands and constraints of applications that motivates
new theoretical developments and extensions of existing generic control concepts
and methods within a given domain. The book Dynamics and Control of Switched
Electronic Systems illustrates this convincingly by showing the very significant
recent contributions that system theorists and control engineers have made to the
field of power electronics. The monograph also exemplifies the way in which our
three tenets of industrial control engineering, domain knowledge, control systems
techniques, and engineering skill and ingenuity come together to create a valuable
contribution to the industrial control field.

To achieve a nicely balanced and well-organised overview of developments in this
power electronics field, the book’s editors have structured the presentations
according to four topic themes:

PART I -  Inspiring Applications: introduces the reader to the essential “domain
          knowledge” and looks at the intricacies of pulse-width modulation and
          commercial circuit topologies amongst other topics.
PART II - Mathematical Modelling Perspectives: includes four chapters of modelling
          approaches for power electronic systems.
PART III - Advanced Control Strategies: includes control approaches based on hybrid
          systems/hybrid feedback, sliding-mode control, model predictive control
          and adaptive PI control; together they demonstrate how different control
          approaches can make an impact in this field.
PART IV - Simulating Controlled Converters: is the closing group of chapters and
          covers offline simulation, discussion of numerical methods, test examples,
          and real-time simulation tools.

Each chapter is well structured with a clear statement of what is to be covered,
illustrative examples, insightful concluding remarks, and useful reference sections.
The comprehensive presentation makes for a self-contained volume on recent
contributions to power electronic systems from the control community that should
interest control theorists and control engineers.”

For more information visit:
http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/book/978-1-4471-2884-7

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3.2 Handbook of Marine Craft Hydrodynamics and Motion Control
Contributed by: Thor I. Fossen, thor.fossen@itk.ntnu.no
 
Handbook of Marine Craft Hydrodynamics and Motion Control
by Thor I. Fossen

Wiley 2011 | Hardcover | ISBN-13: 978-1119991496 | 596 pages
Also available as eBook/Kindle editions
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/fossen

Written for graduate students as well as professionals, this book covers modeling
and control of ships, underwater vehicles, and marine structures. The book
includes the latest tools for analysis and design of advanced guidance, navigation,
and control (GNC) systems and presents new material on underwater vehicles and
surface vessels. Topics include guidance systems, navigation systems, control
systems, marine craft, and hydrodynamics.

MATLAB and Simulink are introduced and used to solve numerous examples in the
book. In addition, a supplemental set of MATLAB code files is available for
download at http://www.marinecontrol.org.

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3.3 Explicit Nonlinear Model Predictive Control: Theory and Applications
Contributed by: Alexandra Grancharova, alexandra.grancharova@abv.bg

Explicit Nonlinear Model Predictive Control: Theory and Applications

Series: Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Vol. 429

Alexandra Grancharova, Tor Arne Johansen

2012, 2012, XIV, 234 p. 66 illus., 17 in color

Softcover, ISBN 978-3-642-28779-4
Publisher: Springer

http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/book/978-3-642-28779-4

BOOK SUMMARY:
Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) has become the accepted methodology
to solve complex control problems related to process industries. The main motivation
behind explicit NMPC is that an explicit state feedback law avoids the need for
executing a numerical optimization algorithm in real time. The benefits of an
explicit solution, in addition to the efficient on-line computations, include
also verifiability of the implementation and the possibility to design embedded
control systems with low software and hardware complexity.

This book considers the multi-parametric Nonlinear Programming (mp-NLP) approaches
to explicit approximate NMPC of constrained nonlinear systems, developed by the
authors, as well as their applications to various NMPC problem formulations and
several case studies. The following types of nonlinear systems are considered,
resulting in different NMPC problem formulations:

- Nonlinear systems described by first-principles models and nonlinear systems
  described by black-box models;
- Nonlinear systems with continuous control inputs and nonlinear systems with
  quantized control inputs;
- Nonlinear systems without uncertainty and nonlinear systems with uncertainties
  (polyhedral description of uncertainty and stochastic description of uncertainty);
- Nonlinear systems, consisting of interconnected nonlinear sub-systems.

The proposed mp-NLP approaches are illustrated with applications to several case
studies, which are taken from diverse areas such as automotive mechatronics,
compressor control, combustion plant control, reactor control, pH maintaining
system control, cart and spring system control, and diving computers.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 1: Multi-parametric Programming
Chapter 2: Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
Chapter 3: Explicit NMPC Using mp-QP Approximations of mp-NLP
Chapter 4: Explicit NMPC via Approximate mp-NLP
Chapter 5: Explicit MPC of Constrained Nonlinear Systems with Quantized Inputs
Chapter 6: Explicit Min-Max MPC of Constrained Nonlinear Systems with Bounded
           Uncertainties
Chapter 7: Explicit Stochastic NMPC
Chapter 8: Explicit NMPC Based on Neural Network Models
Chapter 9: Semi-explicit Distributed NMPC

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3.4 Hybrid Dynamical Systems: Modeling, Stability, and Robustness
Contributed by: Ricardo Sanfelice, sricardo@u.arizona.edu

Title: Hybrid Dynamical Systems: Modeling, Stability, and Robustness

Authors: Rafal Goebel (Loyola University, Chicago), Ricardo G. Sanfelice (University
of Arizona), and Andrew R. Teel (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Publisher: Princeton University Press, 2012, ISBN 9781400842636
Publisher's URL: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9759.html
Author's URL: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~sricardo/index.php?n=Main.Books

Hybrid dynamical systems exhibit continuous and instantaneous changes, having
features of continuous-time and discrete-time dynamical systems. Filled with a
wealth of examples to illustrate concepts, this book presents a complete theory
of robust asymptotic stability for hybrid dynamical systems that is applicable
to the design of hybrid control algorithms--algorithms that feature logic, timers,
or combinations of digital and analog components.

With the tools of modern mathematical analysis, Hybrid Dynamical Systems unifies
and generalizes earlier developments in continuous-time and discrete-time nonlinear
systems. It presents hybrid system versions of the necessary and sufficient Lyapunov
conditions for asymptotic stability, invariance principles, and approximation
techniques, and examines the robustness of asymptotic stability, motivated by the
goal of designing robust hybrid control algorithms.

This self-contained and classroom-tested book requires standard background in
mathematical analysis and differential equations or nonlinear systems. It will
interest graduate students in engineering as well as students and researchers in
control, computer science, and mathematics.

Rafal Goebel is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and
Statistics at Loyola University, Chicago. Ricardo G. Sanfelice is an assistant
professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University
of Arizona. Andrew R. Teel is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2 The solution concept
Chapter 3 Uniform asymptotic stability, an initial treatment
Chapter 4 Perturbations and generalized solutions
Chapter 5 Preliminaries from set-valued analysis
Chapter 6 Well-posed hybrid systems and their properties
Chapter 7 Asymptotic stability, an in-depth treatment
Chapter 8 Invariance principles
Chapter 9 Conical approximation and asymptotic stability

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4.  Journals

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

JOURNAL OF DYNAMICAL AND CONTROL SYSTEMS
Incorporating Dynamics and Control

http://www.springer.com/engineering/journal/10883

Vol 18, No. 2 (April) 2012

CONTENTS

Regional Gradient Observability for Distributed
Semilinear Parabolic Systems
A. Boutoulout, H.Bourray, F.Z.El Alaoui
159--179

An Intrinsic Formulation of the Problem on Rolling Manifolds
M.Godoy Molina, E.Grong, I.Markina, F.Silva Leite
181--214

Approximate Weak Invariance for Differential Inclusions
in Banach Spaces
O. Carja and A.I.Lazu
215--227

Travelling Waves of Nonlocal Isotropic and Anisotropic
Diffusive Epidemic Models with Temporal Delay
Guosheng Zhang and Yifu Wang
229--246

A Note on the Isomorphism of Cartesian Products
of Ergodic Flows
J. Kulaga
247--267

Exponential Stability and Spectral Analysis of the Inverted
Pendulum System under Two Delayed Position Feedbacks
Dong-Xia Zhao and Jun-Min Wang
269--295

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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 20
Issue 7
July 2012

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Irfan Ahmad, Alina Voda, Gildas Besançon, Gabriel Buche, Robust digital control
approach for high performance tunneling current measurement system, Pages 643-653

Daiwei Feng, Junmin Wang, Dagui Huang, Hand-wheel steering signal estimation and
diagnosis approaches for ground vehicles, Pages 654-662

Sarawut Sujitjorn, Sakrawee Raweekul, Thanatchai Kulworawanichpong, Control of
paralleled single-phase motors for a crop chopping machine, Pages 663-673

Beibei Ren, Paul Frihauf, Robert J. Rafac, Miroslav Krstic, Laser pulse shaping
via extremum seeking, Pages 674-683

Eugen Arinton, Sergiu Caraman, Józef Korbicz, Neural networks for modelling and
fault detection of the inter-stand strip tension of a cold tandem mill, Pages
684-694

Edward N. Hartley, Paul A. Trodden, Arthur G. Richards, Jan M. Maciejowski, Model
predictive control system design and implementation for spacecraft rendezvous,
Pages 695-713

S. Bifaretti, V. Iacovone, A. Rocchi, P. Tomei, C.M. Verrelli, Nonlinear speed
tracking control for sensorless PMSMs with unknown load torque: From theory to
practice, Pages 714-724

A. Accetta, M. Cirrincione, M. Pucci, TLS EXIN based neural sensorless control
of a high dynamic PMSM, Pages 725-732

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4.3 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Lichen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

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

Regular papers:

1. Paper Title: Limited Benefit of Joint Estimation in Multi-Agent Iterative
Learning
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 H8 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 Disturbance
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

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4.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Lichen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.14, No.2 March, 2012
CONTENTS

Regular papers:

1. Paper Title: Globally Exponential Controller/Observer for Tracking in Robots
without Velocity Measurement
Authors: Srinivasulu Malagari and Brian J. Driessen

2. Paper Title:Improvement of Takagi-Sugeno Fuzzy Model for the Estimation of
Nonlinear Functions
Authors: Agustín Jiménez, Basil M. Al-Hadithi, Fernando Matía and Rodolfo Haber-Haber

3. Paper Title: Passivity-Based Control for Large-Signal Stability of High-Order
Switching Converters
Authors: R. Leyva, C. Olalla, I. Queinnec, S. Tarbouriech, C. Alonso and L.
Martinez-Salamero

4. Paper Title: Systematic Robustness Analysis of Least Squares Mobile Robot Velocity
Estimation Using a Regular Polygonal Optical Mouse Array
Authors: Sungbok Kim and Hyunbin Kim

5. Paper Title: Continuous- and Discrete-Time Fixed-Gain Controller Designs for the
Control of Vehicle Lateral Dynamics
Authors: Chien-Shu Hsieh and Der-Cherng Liaw

6. Paper Title: Discrete-Time Adaptive Control for Nonlinear Systems with Periodic
Parameters: A Lifting Approach
Authors: Deqing Huang and Jian-Xin Xu

7. Paper Title: Structure Reduction of Liveness-Enforcing Petri Nets Using Mixed
Integer Programming
Authors: Shao-Yong Li and Zhi-Wu Li

8. Paper Title: Reconstruction of 3D Contour with an Active Laser-Vision Robotic
System
Authors: Wen-Chung Chang, Van-Truong Nguyen and Ping-Rung Chu

9. Paper Title: Battery Power Loss Compensated Fractional Order Sliding Mode
Control of a Quadrotor UAV
Authors: Mehmet Önder Efe

10. Paper Title: A Framework for Globally Optimal State Estimation for Systems
with Unknown Inputs (I): Transformation Approach
Authors: Chien-Shu Hsieh

11. Paper Title: The Design of Smooth Switching Control with Application to V/STOL
Aircraft Dynamics under Input and Output Constraints
Authors: Pang-Chia Chen

12. Paper Title: Estimation of the Variances of TCP/RED Using Stochastic
Differential Equation
Authors: Hua Fan, Yong Ren and Xiuming Shan

13. Paper Title: Stabilization of Nonlinear Networked Probabilistic Interval
Delay Systems with Sensor random packet dropout
Authors: Yong Zhang, Huajing Fang and Baoxian Wang

14. Paper Title: Proportional Multiple-integral Observer Design for Continuous-
time Descriptor Linear Systems
Authors: Ai-Guo Wu, Guang-Ren Duan and Wanquan Liu

15. Paper Title: Input-to-state Stability of Min-max MPC Controller Design for
Nonlinear Time-varying Delay Systems
Authors: Qiu-Xia Chen, De-Feng He and Li Yu

16. Paper Title: Robust Estimation for Discrete Time-Varying Systems with Limited
Communication Capacity
Authors: Bao-Feng Wang and Ge Guo

17. Paper Title: Robust H 8 Fuzzy Observer-Based Tracking Control Design for a
Class of Nonlinear Stochastic Markovian Jump Systems
Authors: Ran Huang, Yan Lin and Zhongwei Lin

18. Paper Title: Exponential Stabilization of Uncertain Time-Delay Linear Systems
With Markovian Jumping Parameters
Authors: He Huang and Gang Feng

19. Paper Title: Bounds on the Optimal Quantization Performance of Dynamically
Quantized Linear Systems with Bounded Noise
Authors: Qiang Ling, Huihui Gu, Hai Lin and Yu Kang

Brief papers:

1. Paper Title: Spectral Density Based Estimation of Continuous-time ARMAX
Process Parameters
Authors: M. Mossberg

2. Paper Title: Robust Attitude and Vibration Control of a Nonlinear Flexible
Spacecraft
Authors: Maryam Malekzadeh, Abolghasem Naghash and H. A. Talebi

3. Paper Title: A New Anti-windup Strategy for PID Controllers with Derivative Filters
Authors: Shyi-Kae Yang

4. Paper Title: Augmented Lyapunov Functional Approach for Stability of Neutral
Systems with Mixed Delays
Authors: Wei Qian, Juan Liu and Shumin Fei

5. Paper Title: An Improved Delay-dependent Bounded Real Lemma (BRL) and H-
infinity Controller Synthesis for Linear Neutral Systems
Authors: Mehmet Nur Alpaslan Parlakçi

6. Paper Title: A Simple Derivation of All Stabilizing Proportional Controllers
for First Order Time-Delay Systems
Authors: B. S. Nesimioglu and M. T. Soylemez

7. Paper Title: Dynamic Inversion Control for a Class of Pure-feedback Systems
Authors: Dao-Xiang Gao, Zeng-Qi Sun and Jin-Hao Liu

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

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

http://actapress.com/Content_of_Journal.aspx?journalid=141

Table of Contents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4.6 Contents: International Journal of Control
Contributed by: Alison Oliver, Alison.Oliver@tandf.co.uk

International Journal of Control
Volume 85, Issue 7, 2012

Robust fault detection and isolation in stochastic systems
- Jemin George
- pages 779-799

Complete synchronisation of linear oscillator networks
- Jan Lunze
- pages 800-814

On Morse decompositions of control systems
- Josiney A. Souza
- pages 815-821

Stability analysis and stabilisation of switched nonlinear systems
- Carlos A. C. Gonzaga, Marc Jungers & Jamal Daafouz
- pages 822-829

Approximating distributional behaviour of LTI differential systems using
Gaussian function and its derivatives
- Athanasios A. Pantelous, Nicos Karcanias & George Halikias
- pages 830-841

Robust control for nonlinear systems with unknown perturbations using simplified
robust right coprime factorisation
- Mingcong Deng & Ni Bu
- pages 842-850

Consensus of networked multi-agent systems with communication delays based on the
networked predictive control scheme
- Chong Tan, Guo-Ping Liu & Guang-Ren Duan
- pages 851-867

Adaptive control of the ODE systems with uncertain diffusion-dominated actuator
dynamics
- Jian Li & Yungang Liu
- pages 868-879

Traffic modelling framework for electric vehicles
- Arieh Schlote, Emanuele Crisostomi, Stephen Kirkland & Robert Shorten
- pages 880-897

L 2-optimal identification of MIMO errors-in-variables models from the v-gap
  geometrical interpretation
- Li-Hui Geng, Li-Yan Geng, Sheng-Li Lu & Shi-Gang Cui
- pages 898-905

Consensus of heterogeneous multi-agent systems without velocity measurements
- Yuanshi Zheng & Long Wang
- pages 906-914

A predictive control scheme for systems with variable time-delay
- Warody Lombardi, Sorin Olaru, Silviu-Iulian Niculescu & Laurentiu Hetel
- pages 915-932

Non-fragile robust H-infinity control for uncertain spacecraft rendezvous system with
pole and input constraints
- Xiangyu Gao, K.L. Teo & Guan-Ren Duan
- pages 933-941

Robustness bound for receding horizon finite memory control: Lyapunov–Krasovskii
approach
- Choon Ki Ahn
- pages 942-949

A robust adaptive dynamic surface control for linear systems
- Mingchao Song & Yan Lin
- pages 950-963

Factorised H-infinity control of nonlinear systems
- Mike J. Grimble
- pages 964-982

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4.7 Contents: International Journal of Systems Science
Contributed by: Alison Oliver, Alison.Oliver@tandf.co.uk

International Journal of Systems Science
Volume 43, Issue 7, 2012
Special Issue: Computational intelligence optimisation in the presence of
uncertainties

Guest Editorial - Computational intelligence optimisation in the presence of
uncertainties
- Chi-Keong Goh & Ferrante Neri
- pages 1191-1192

Centroid-based memetic algorithm – adaptive Lamarckian and Baldwinian learning
- Cheng Wai Kheng, Siang Yew Chong & Meng-Hiot Lim
- pages 1193-1216

A data mining approach to evolutionary optimisation of noisy multi-objective
problems
- J.Y. Chia, C.K. Goh, V.A. Shim & K.C. Tan
- pages 1217-1247

Noise analysis compact differential evolution
- Giovanni Iacca, Ferrante Neri & Ernesto Mininno
- pages 1248-1267

A memetic particle swarm optimisation algorithm for dynamic multi-modal
optimisation problems
- Hongfeng Wang, Shengxiang Yang, W.H. Ip & Dingwei Wang
- pages 1268-1283

Cultural-based particle swarm for dynamic optimisation problems
- Moayed Daneshyari & Gary G. Yen
- pages 1284-1304

A hybrid model-classifier framework for managing prediction uncertainty in
expensive optimisation problems
- Yoel Tenne, Kazuhiro Izui & Shinji Nishiwaki
- pages 1305-1321

A low-cost evolutionary algorithm for the unit commitment problem considering
probabilistic unit outages
- V.G. Asouti & K.C. Giannakoglou
- pages 1322-1335

Incorporating weather uncertainty in demand forecasts for electricity market
planning
- C.J. Ziser, Z.Y. Dong & K.P. Wong
- pages 1336-1346

A self-adaptive memeplexes robust search scheme for solving stochastic demands
vehicle routing problem
- Xianshun Chen, Liang Feng & Yew Soon Ong
- pages 1347-1366

Wavelet evolutionary network for complex-constrained portfolio rebalancing
- N.C. Suganya & G.A. Vijayalakshmi Pai
- pages 1367-1385

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4.8 Contents: International Journal of General Systems
Contributed by: Alison Oliver, Alison.Oliver@tandf.co.uk

International Journal of General Systems
Volume 41, Issue 5, 2012

Rosen's modelling relations via categorical adjunctions
- Elias Zafiris
- pages 439-474

Multiple granulation rough set approach to ordered information systems
- Weihua Xu, Wenxin Sun, Xiaoyan Zhang & Wenxiu Zhang
- pages 475-501

Formal concept analysis and linguistic hedges
- Radim Belohlavek & Vilem Vychodil
- pages 503-532

On terminological issues regarding linguistic hedges
- Vilem Vychodil
- pages 533-536

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

Deadline Extension, MCSS Special Issue on “Control, Communication, and Complexity”

Due to several requests, the deadline for the special issue on “Control,
Communication, and Complexity” of the journal Mathematics of Control, Signals
and Systems (MCSS) has been extended to

June 30,2012

Guest Editors of the special issue are Charalambos D. Charalambous (University
of Cyprus, Cyprus), Pieter Collins (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
and Fritz Colonius (University of Augsburg, Germany).

The topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to

- Communication for achieving control objectives
- Entropy and topological dynamics in control
- Control, communication, and complexity of distributed systems
- Directed information flow for control/communication networks
- Computability for hybrid and complex systems

For the full call for papers please see
http://scwww.math.uni-augsburg.de/~colonius/downloads/call.pdf

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5. Conferences

5.1 International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science
Contributed by: Tan K K, kktan@nus.edu.sg

2012 IASTED International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science
Website:http://www.iasted.org/conferences/cfp-785.html
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. Selected
papers submitted to this conference will be considered for possible publication
in a special issue of the journal Control and Intelligent Systems
http://www.actapress.com/Content_of_Journal.aspx?JournalID=141#info-2
Sponsors:IEEE Sri Lanka Section,IASTED,WMSF
 
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5.2 European Control Conference
Conributed by: Colin Jones, colin.jones@epfl.ch

CALL FOR PAPERS
2013 European Control Conference (ECC13)
July 17 - 19, 2013, Zurich, Switzerland
http://www.ecc13.ch/

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

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.

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

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

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

Conference Co-Chairs: Bruce Hajek and Tamer Basar Email: 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

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6. Workshops

6.1 Control Challenges in Disease: Unsolved Problems and Research Directions
Contributed by: Rick Middleton, richard.middleton@newcastle.edu.au

A 1 day workshop, Tues 26 June (just before the American Control Conference),
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal

Supported by the IEEE Control Systems Society and GERAD (EPM)

Organiser:
Mathieu Clouthier

Invited Speakers:
• Peter Wellstead (Honorary Professor, Science Foundation of Ireland)
• Andres Kriete (Drexel University, USA)
• Rick Middleton (University of Newcastle, Australia)
• Míriam R. García (National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland)
• Mathieu Cloutier (GERAD - Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada)
• Eberhard Voit (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)


This one-day workshop meeting will serve the purpose of encouraging researchers
from the control engineering community to reach out into new areas of control
systems studies in disease research. In particular, this meeting will be targeted
at young and established researchers who are looking for important challenges
in life sciences, and give them a ‘getting-started’ in possible applications
of mathematical modelling, optimization and control theory in the medical sciences.
We will use existing work on systems approaches to age-related neurodegenerative
disease as a motivation and a ‘worked example’, but other diseases, such as
cancer, will also be discussed.

Registration is free and is available at:
https://symposia.gerad.ca/GERAD_IEEEControlSystemsSocietyOutreach/register

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6.2 Embedded Sensing Systems for Energy-Efficiency in Buildings
Contributed by: Mario Alves, mjf@isep.ipp.pt

BuildSys 2012 – first 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
http://www.buildsys.org/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
  behavior
* 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

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 (ISEP-IPP), Portugal
Steering Committee
* Antonio Ruzzelli, University College Dublin, Ireland
* David Culler, University of Berkeley, US
* Michele Rossi, Universita di Padova, Italy
* Alberto Cerpa, University of California Merced, US

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6.3 Control of Power Inverters for Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation
Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong, Q.Zhong@Sheffield.ac.uk

ACC2012 Workshop on Control of Power Inverters for Renewable Energy and
Distributed Generation

June 26, 2012, Montreal
http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2012/workshops.php#1

Conference registrants can sign up for workshops directly through the registration
site. For workshop-only registration (i.e., registering for a workshop without
registering for the conference proper), please contact the Registration Chair with
your name, e-mail address, and PaperPlaza PIN.

Professor Qing-Chang Zhong, FIET, SMIEEE
Chair in Control and Systems Engineering
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
Email: Q.Zhong@Sheffield.ac.uk
http://zhongqc.staff.shef.ac.uk

The Workshop
Energy and sustainability are now on the top agenda of many governments. Smart
grids have become one of the major enablers to address energy and sustainability
issues. The integration of renewable energy, distributed generation and hybrid
electrical vehicles into smart grids, through power inverters, is one of the most
important research areas for smart grids. Power electronic systems, at the heart
of smart grids, have provided an exciting stage for control engineers. The
attention of the workshop will be paid to fully appreciate the beauty of the
integration of control and power electronics with applications in smart grids.
Various problems around inverters, e.g. power quality issues, provision of a
neutral line, grid-connection, synchronisation and parallel operation of inverters,
will be addressed with innovative concepts such as synchronverters (inverters that
mimic synchronous generators), C-inverters (inverters with capacitive output
impedances), robust droop control, sinusoid-locked loops etc. It will help
researchers who want to move into the area of smart grids establish a solid
technical foundation for modelling, optimisation and control of smart grids.
Most of the artful control strategies to be presented will be demonstrated with
experimental results and, hence, the workshop will also help practitioners
understand how advanced control strategies could improve system performance.
The workshop also provides an excellent opportunity for researchers, PhD
students and postdoctoral fellows who work in the area to get familiar with
the latest developments.

The Instructor
Qing-Chang Zhong is a Chair in Control and Systems Engineering at the Department
of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, The University of Sheffield, UK.
He is a Fellow of IET (2010) and a Senior Member of IEEE (2004). He is an
Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and of the Conference
Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is the Vice-Chair of
IFAC TC 6.3 (Power and Energy Systems) responsible for the Working Group on
Power Electronics. He also serves on the IFAC Technical Committee 2.2 (Linear
Control Systems) and has been on the Program Committees of many international
conferences. He was awarded one of the seven Leverhulme Trust Senior Research
Fellowships in 2009 by the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has attracted over
 ?2M research funding from EPSRC, RAEng, TSB, and industrial companies etc
during the last five years. His current research focuses on advanced control
theory, power electronics, renewable energy and control applications in other
industrial sectors. The details of some of his projects can be found from
http://zhongqc.staff.shef.ac.uk. Professor Zhong was educated as a control
engineer and entered into the area of control of power electronic systems in
2001. He is one of the few international experts who have well established
themselves in both control and power electronics. He is the (co-)author of
Robust Control of Time-delay Systems (Springer, 2006), Control of Integral
Processes with Dead Time (Springer, 2010) and Control of Power Inverters for
Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation (Wiley and IEEE, 2012).

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

A workshop "Sustainable Control of Offshore Wind Turbines", will be held at
the University of Hull during 19th and 20th September. Please see
http://www2.hull.ac.uk/administration/cas.aspx

Contributions are invited on wind turbine control; fault tolerant control
methods; fault tolerant control of wind turbines; benchmarking problems for
wind turbine control; effective wind speed estimation; FDD/FDI for wind turbines;
wind turbine power optimization.

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7.  Positions

7.1 PhD: INRIA Grenoble-Rhône-Alpe Research Center, France
Contributed by: Bogdan Robu, bogdan.robu@ujf-grenoble.fr

Title: Towards Adaptive Cloud Services

Research topics: Distributed systems, Cloud computing, Scalability, Performance,
Dependability

Project description: The proposed PhD project will be conducted at the INRIA
research center, within the SARDES research group.

The SARDES group investigates the concepts and paradigms that underlie scalable
and dependable distributed computing systems.

In this context, the proposed PhD project aims, more precisely, at investigating
paradigms and techniques to build Adaptive Cloud Computing environments. Cloud
Computing is a paradigm for enabling remote, on-demand access to a set of
configurable computing resources. A Cloud may stand at different levels of the
hardware and software stack where:

1. an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud enables access to hardware resources
   such as servers and storage devices;
2. a Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud allows the access to software resources
   such as operating systems and software development environment;
3. a Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud is an alternative to classical software
   applications running locally on personal computers which are, instead, provided
   remotely by the cloud (e.g. messaging services, document editing services, etc.).

Amazon EC2, Google AppEngine and Microsoft SQL Azure are examples of such clouds.
Although Cloud Computing provides a means to support remote, on-demand access to
computing resources, its ad-hoc management poses significant challenges to the
scalability, performance, dependability and economical costs of cloud services.

The proposed PhD project aims at investigating novel protocols for scalable and
efficient cloud provisioning, while guaranteeing dependability and reducing costs.
The project may be organized as follows:

I.   The state of the art in the area of cloud computing, provisioning and scalability
     of the cloud will be studied.
II.  Novel protocols and mechanisms will be proposed for adaptive provisioning of
     the cloud.
III. The proposed protocols and mechanisms will be designed, implemented and
     validated through an experimental evaluation.

For the experimental validation, the Phd project will make use of several
available environments, such as the Grid'5000 platform with 5.000 nodes
distributed over geographically distributed clusters, and cloud environments
such as Amazon EC2 and Google AppEngine.

References:

S. Bouchenak. Automated Control for SLA-Aware Elastic Clouds. ACM EuroSys Workshop
on Feedback Control Implementation and Design in Computing Systems and Networks
(FeBID 2010). Paris, France, Apr. 2010.
J. Arnaud, S. Bouchenak. Adaptive Internet Services Through Performance and
Availability Control. The 25th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (ACM SAC 2010),
Sierre, Switzerland, Mar. 2010.
L. Malrait, S. Bouchenak, N. Marchand. Experience with ConSer: A System for Server
Control Through Fluid Modeling. IEEE Transactions on Computers. 2010.
Amazon. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). 2010.
Google. Google App Engine. 2010.

Skills: Distributed computing systems, Distributed algorithms, Java programming

For further information, please contact:

Sara Bouchenak: +33 (0)4 76 61 53 82
Sara.Bouchenak@inria.fr

Nicolas Marchand: +33 (0)4 76 82 62 28
Nicolas.Marchand@gipsa-lab.fr

Bogdan Robu: +33 (0)4 76 82 64 23
bogdan.robu@gipsa-lab.fr

This position is available starting immediately.

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7.2 PhD: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Contributed by: Afef Fekih, afef.fekih@louisiana.edu

The Advanced Controls Laboratory at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette,
USA has available funding to support a PhD student in the general area of Fault
Tolerant Control design/Fault Detection and Identification with application to
dynamic systems. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong background
in control systems theory, fault tolerant control design and system identification
via Neural Networks. Good programming skills and experience with MATLAB/Simulink
is an asset. A background in automotive control as well as prior working experience
with CarSim will be an advantage.

Applicant to this position should already have completed (or will soon complete)
a Masters degree in systems and controls, electrical engineering, automotive, and
/or computer engineering. This three year PhD project is sponsored by the Louisiana
Board of Regents. The funding covers the cost of full tuition and stipends at a
competitive rate and can start as early as June 2012. The position will remain open
until filled.

Interested individuals should send their detailed curriculum vitae, copies of their
recent transcripts, a copy of their best publication in English, and if applicable
GRE/test scores to Dr. Afef Fekih (afef.fekih@louisiana.edu).

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7.3 PhD: Delft University of Technology
Contributed by: Bart De Schutter, b.deschutter@tudelft.nl

PhD position: "Advanced monitoring and management of
intelligent rail infrastructures" (Delft University of Technology)

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (www.dcsc.tudelft.nl) of
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands has a vacancy for a
PhD position on "Advanced monitoring and management of
intelligent rail infrastructures".

The aim of this project is to develop systematic, robust, and
efficient methods for the prediction, quick detection, diagnosis, and
localization of degradation, disturbances, and disruptions in the
railway infrastructure as well as for the determination of preventive
and corrective actions to deal with these problems. This will result
in increased reliability, maintainability, robustness, safety, and
cost-effectiveness of the railway infrastructure.

The main challenges to be addressed are increasing the reliability,
efficiency, and robustness of the monitoring process. To this aim we
will combine state-of-the-art information fusion methods with new
(possibly probabilistic) models for the dynamics and evolution of
tracks and trains, for degradation, and for faults, as well as
advanced fault diagnosis and detection methods, statistical analysis,
and risk management methods. The innovative combination and
integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods (such as neural
networks, fuzzy logic, and learning) with model-based methods will
provide additional levels of efficiency and scope that cannot be
obtained by a purely AI or a purely model-based approach.

This project will be done in cooperation with the Railway Engineering
group of Delft University of Technology, where another PhD student
will focus on the data acquisition and hardware aspects and cooperate
with the PhD student at the Delft Center for Systems and Control on
the fault detection and diagnosis.

We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in systems and
control or applied mathematics, and with a strong background or
interest in control, railway operations, and/or optimization. The
candidate is expected to work on the boundary of several research
domains. A good command of the English language is required.

We offer the opportunity to do scientifically challenging research in
a multi-disciplinary research group. The PhD student will also be able
to participate in the research schools DISC and TRAIL. The appointment
will be for up to 4 years. As an employee of the university you will
receive a competitive salary, as well as excellent secondary
benefits.

More information on this position and on how to apply can be found at
http://http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl/~bdeschutter/vac/vac_phd_admire.html
or by contacting Bart De Schutter (b.deschutter _at_ tudelft.nl).

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7.4 PhD: Western University London, Ontario, Canada
Contributed by: Abdelhamid Tayebi, atayebi@uwo.ca

A Ph.D. position is available at the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Western University (http://www.uwo.ca/), London, Ontario, Canada.

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

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

Applicants should submit a CV, a sample of publications (if available), and
the names and contacts for three references via email to Dr. A. Tayebi:
atayebi@uwo.ca, website: http://flash.lakeheadu.ca/~tayebi/
 
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7.5 PhD: Supélec, South of Paris, France
Contributed by: Antoine Chaillet, antoine.chaillet@supelec.fr

Control laws for innovative deep brain stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson
disease: provable approaches based on optogenitics experimental data

Supervisors: Antoine Chaillet (main advisor) and William Pasillas-Lépine

Brief description: This Ph.D. thesis aims at adapting methodologies issued from
control theory and dynamical systems to the field of neurosciences. The development
of formal analytical results allows a better understanding of some neurological
phenomena, and is a necessary requirement for the achievement of significant
progresses in therapeutic treatments such as deep brain stimulation. Recent
experimental and theoretical breakthroughs now make such analytical studies
reasonable. In particular, this work will focus on neuronal synchrony, which is
involved in many healthy brain functions but can also lead to pathological phenomena
(such as Parkinson disease). The objective of this work is to develop new analysis
and control methods, able to cope with the fundamentally complex behavior of neuronal
populations (interconnection, heterogeneity, uncertainties, delays…). These methods
will be inspired from related domains involving stability analysis of interconnected
nonlinear systems, analysis of hybrid dynamics and robust control. More precisely,
the Ph.D. thesis will comprise: the development a spike-rate model of the basal
ganglia network based on experimental optogenetics data of healthy and parkinsonian
primates, the confrontation of this model with a single-unit numerical model, the
formal analysis of pathological oscillations onset based on the spike-rate model,
and the development of realistic DBS control laws to alter these pathological
oscillations.

Environment: The Ph.D. thesis will take place at Laboratoire des Signaux et
Systèmes (L2S) – Supélec, South of Paris (France), in a team composed of applied
mathematicians and control theoreticians.

Prerequisite: Although aiming at practical fallouts and relying on state-of-the-art
experimental data, the contributions expected from this Ph.D. thesis are mostly of
a theoretical nature. The candidate must have a background in applied mathematics,
nonlinear/hybrid control theory, or computational neurosciences. Interests in
interdisciplinary research are required. Skills in simulation software are desirable.
Knowledge of French language is not required, but an appropriate level of English
is necessary.

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7.6 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu, reyhanom@erau.edu

DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE SYSTEMS

PhD positions are available in the area of DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE
SYSTEMS under the supervision of Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Prof. Sergey Drakunov,
and Prof. William MacKunis at the Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University located in Daytona Beach. These positions cover full
tuition and fees plus a $20,000 per year stipend. Requirements include a strong
background in control theory, dynamic systems and mathematics; a Master’s degree
in engineering, physics, or applied mathematics; and excellent skills in using
Matlab and Simulink. It is also desirable that the candidates have hands-on
experience on feedback control. It is expected that the candidates have excellent
GRE and TOEFL (if necessary) scores as well as strong communication and writing
skills.

For details and application procedures, please contact:

Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Physical Sciences Department,
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.

E-mail: reyhanom@erau.edu

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7.7 PhD: The Australian National University
Contributed by: Dr. Changbin (Brad) Yu, brad.yu@anu.edu.au

1 PhD position at The Australian National University

One PhD scholarship in the areas of “Distributed Control and Estimation in
Networked Environments” are available for commencement in 2013 with the Research
School of Engineering at The Australian National University and the Control and
Signal Processing Group at NICTA (National ICT Australia)’s Canberra Research Laboratory.

The candidates may be (jointly) supervised by Professor Brian D.O. Anderson, and
/or Dr. Adrian Bishop, and/or Dr. Changbin(Brad) Yu. Candidature takes 3 to 4 years
in most cases, with no requirement to undertake departmental teaching/tutoring duties.

PhD candidates should have a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent level,
i.e. GPA very close to 4.0, or preferably a Masters degree with research componenet,
in engineering or applied math. A solid mathematical background is required together
with a broad education in control systems or relevant disciplines, e.g. signal processing,
optimization, communication networks.

The scholarship covers tuition fee and a living stipend at least at AUD 23,728 per annum
tax free (2012 rate). Outstanding students (and/or applicants who are Australian Citizen
/Permanent Residents or New Zealand Citizen) may also receive a supplementary scholarship
of up to AUD8,000 per annum.

Previous successful candidates often have a GPA placing them in top 5%, and/or publications
in major international conferences and/or ISI journals.

Candidates should express their interest by emailing Dr. Changbin (Brad) Yu,
brad.yu@anu.edu.au, or Dr. Adrian Bishop Adrian.bishop@nicta.com.au With at least
(1) Curriculum Vitae; (2) Statement of Research Interest; (3) names and contacts of at
least 3 academic referees; (4) if applicable, 3 significant publications. Note: The
positions are open until filled. However, to receive a full consideration, candidates
are advised to contact no later than 31/July for
commencement in 2013. Candidates will be notified if they are shortlisted and they are
required to lodge a formal application with ANU before 31/August, for more
information, visit http://cecs.anu.edu.au/future_students/graduates/scholarships

ANU is an equal opportunity employer, but to increase the demographical diversity in
the research group, we specially encourage applicants from outside the Asia-Pacific
Region and with differentiated experiences.

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7.8 PhD: Louisiana State University
Contributed by: Marcio de Queiroz, dequeiroz@me.lsu.edu

Graduate Assistantships in Nonlinear Control Systems

Two graduate research assistantships are available for PhD students in mathematics
or mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, LA
for graduate studies in systems and controls theory and applications. The
assistantships would be part of the NSF project "Theory, Methods, and
Applications of Nonlinear Control Systems with Time Delays" that is being
directed by Prof. Michael Malisoff with the assistance of Prof. Marcio de
Queiroz. Each assistantship is for a maximum of 2 years.

Desired qualifications include a strong mathematical background, familiarity
with control systems, working knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink or Mathematica, and
an interest in control applications in biomedical engineering or robotics. The
candidates would need to be admitted as PhD students at LSU. Candidates interested
in a PhD in mathematics must be admitted by the normal application process described
at https://www.math.lsu.edu/grad. Students would also be required to pass the LSU
comprehensive exams on the normal schedule.

Qualified candidates with degrees in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering,
mathematics, mechanical engineering, or closely related fields are encouraged to
apply. Applications are invited for the fall 2012 or spring 2013 semesters. Interested
candidates should initially submit a resume and transcripts to Michael Malisoff at
malisoff@lsu.edu or Marcio de Queiroz at dequeiroz@me.lsu.edu.

Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, is approximately 1.5 hours by car from New
Orleans. The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport provides service to several U.S.
cities.

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7.9 Post-Doc: University of Toulouse, France
Contributed by: Didier Henrion, henrion@laas.fr

We are seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position at
LAAS-CNRS, University of Toulouse, France, within an ongoing project
focusing on semidefinite programming and algebraic geometry for
polynomial optimal control. The project may focus on software
implementation (under our existing Matlab toolbox GloptiPoly
for solving generalized problems of moments), transfer of knowledge
to the French aerospace industry (contracts with EADS Astrium and
the French space agency CNES), or more fundamental research activities
covering real algebraic geometry (polynomial equations and inequalities),
functional analysis (theory of moments), mathematical programming
(convex optimization over the cone of positive semidefinite matrices),
and nonlinear dynamical systems control. A strong background in applied
mathematics is required. Some knowledge of systems control is welcome.

For more information on the project see
http://homepages.laas.fr/henrion/optigacom/

Interested candidates please send your detailed curriculum vitae
to Didier Henrion.

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7.10 Post-Doc: University of Manchester, UK
Contributed by: William Heath, william.heath@manchester.ac.uk

Control Systems Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
University of Manchester, UK

A post-doctoral position of up to two years is available to support an EPSRC
funded project on absolute stability theory of feedback interconnections and
robust antiwindup control design. This will involve the use of analysis techniques
such as dissipativity and the theory of integral quadratic constraints. The aim
is to develop and apply novel control design techniques that specifically take
into account both plant uncertainty and actuator saturation. The work will
involve both theoretical and experimental studies.

The closing date for applications is 13 June 2012. Applicants will need to
submit a detailed curriculum vitae which includes a list of publications and
the names and contact details of three referees together with a completed
university application form.

Further particulars on this position together with formal application procedures
can be found on the university webpage:
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/
Reference: E&PS-00282

For informal enquires, please contact Dr William Heath,
email: William.Heath@manchester.ac.uk and/or Dr Alexander Lanzon,
email: Alexander.Lanzon@manchester.ac.uk
  
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7.11 Post-Doc: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Contributed by: Mingjun Zhang, mingjunzhang@ieee.org

ONR Sponsored Post-doctoral Position on Dynamics Modeling and Control of Biological
Swimming Microorganisms

Greetings!

We have an immediate opening position for theoretical researchers on dynamics
modeling and control of fluid-body-flagellum interactions for biological swimming
microorganisms. The goal is to discover potential scaling principles from micro- to
macro-scale for propulsion system design in terms of nano-structures, mechanical
configuration, and dynamics control.

Training on dynamics and control, mathematics, engineering mechanics, or theoretical
robotics is expected. This position will interact with biologists and experimental
researchers on bio-inspired micro/nano-robots using biological molecules.

Interested candidates please send CV and selected publications to

mingjunzhang@ieee.org

or

mjzhang@utk.edu

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7.12 Post-Doc: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Contributed by: Naira Hovakimyan, nhovakim@illinois.edu

A postdoctoral position is available at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The ideal candidate is expected to have a strong background in control theory and
optimization and be willing to work with diverse applications. Interested applicants
must direct the inquiries to Naira Hovakimyan.

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7.13 Faculty: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Contributed by: Omar Aguirre, oaguirre@usfq.edu.ec

Faculty: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) is an Ecuadorian private non-profit
liberal-arts university. Founded in 1988, USFQ was the first totally private self-
financed university in Ecuador.

It is known as a liberal arts institution that promotes the quest for knowledge,
individual liberties, and the entrepreneurial spirit as a means for the development
of Ecuadorian society through excellence in teaching, supported by qualified and
committed faculty, comprehensive and rigorous curricula, and adequate resources.

Goodness, beauty, and truth are the guiding principles under which the university
was created. USFQ students shall have instilled in them a passion for learning,
love for justice, and the need for freedom in order to be citizens of the world
objectively celebrating differences and strongly promoting free enterprise as
a means for a better future.

The university now enrolls 5,000 students, 3,300 of whom are undergraduates.
Although USFQ receives no funding from the government of Ecuador, its 230 full-
time and 450 part-time faculty comprise one-half of all the people in that
nation who hold a doctorate.

Their main campus is located in Cumbaya, outside Quito, recognized as the most
beautiful campus in the country, students enjoy of their library, wireless
connection, laboratories, classrooms and seven themed restaurants.

Also USFQ is the only university in the world that owns a campus in the Galapagos
Islands, GAIAS (Galapagos Institute for the Arts and Sciences), one of the earth?s
most amazing natural laboratories, and a Research Station in Tiputini one of the
most diverse locations in the world.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for faculty positions in the
fields of Embedded Systems Design, Digital Systems Design, Digital Signal Processing
and Optical Communications, full time Assistant Professors.

We will consider highly qualified candidates with PhD degree with a strong
theoretical background in electrical & electronic engineering, computer science,
physics, or with an orientation towards research on digital systems.

Candidates must have a record of high-impact international publications.

Expressions of interest should be submitted no later than June 30th 2012 via
email (oaguirre@usfq.edu.ec) including a CV, three reference contacts, and
a cover letter.

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7.14 Faculty: Uppsala University, Sweden
Contributed by: Alexander Medvedev, alexander.medvedev@it.uu.se

This is to inform you that Uppsala University (Sweden) has the intention to
open a position as Professor of Automatic Control at the Department of
Information Technology in near future.

The profile of this professorship is automatic control in a broad sense. This
recruitment is of strategic importance for the Department and will be endowed
with complementary funding for a Post Doctoral Fellow and two PhD students.

Duties:
Research in the holder’s field of choice with supporting efforts to form a
vital research group in this field; Leadership and administration of the
research group; Research and education in Automatic Control, teaching and
supervision at postgraduate level as well as teaching at advanced and basic
levels; Planning of and raising funds for research.

The ability to teach in English is a requirement. The holder is expected to
be able to teach in Swedish within two years. The university aims to recruit
the person who is judged to contribute to a positive development of the group
and the Department. Interest in leadership will be given accorded weight.

Younger successful researchers that seek employment at Senior Lecturer level
are also encouraged to contact the Head of the Department and express their
interest.

Information on the Department:
Education and Research at the Department of Information Technology are of
the highest international quality. The Department has about 200 employees
including 80 teachers and 80 PhD students. More than 3000 students take one
or several courses at the Department annually. More info:
http://www.it.uu.se/?lang=en

At the Division of Systems and Control, the activities cover a broad spectrum
of research and education within Automatic Control, Signal Processing, and
Systems Analysis.

If you are interested in applying for the position to be announced, need
more information,or would like to be personally notified when it is officially
opened, please do not hesitate to contact the Head of the Department, Professor
Håkan Lanshammar:
E-mail prefekt@it.uu.se

Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested.

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7.15 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
Contributed by: QiuXiang, 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

Requirements:
- 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
  innovations.

Treatments:
- 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;

Credentials:
- 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
international 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.

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7.16 Faculty: The University of Hong Kong
Contributed by: James Lam, james.lam@hkku.hk

Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Autonomous Robotics
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

Closing Date: January 31, 2013

Applications are invited for appointment as Associate Professor/Assistant
Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in autonomous robotics,
including robotic dynamics, navigation technology, multi-sensor information
fusion, robot control design or related areas, from as soon as possible, on a
three-year fixed-term basis, with consideration for tenure after satisfactory
completion of a second three-year fixed-term contract. Candidates with strong
control systems background would be an advatnage.

The Department offers B.Eng., M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programmes. The
Department also contributes to the Medical Engineering programme, which is
jointly offered by the Faculties of Engineering and Medicine. The Department
employs about 30 full-time faculty and has well-equipped teaching and research
facilities and support. The Department has a vibrant research environment and
promotes cutting-edge research in strategic areas. Information about the Department
can be viewed at http://www.hku.hk/mech/.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely
related field with an excellent research record. The appointee is expected to
conduct frontier research in the above area(s). He/She will also be responsible
for quality teaching in relevant subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate
levels, and other fundamental engineering courses at the undergraduate level.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will
be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. The appointment will
attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits
scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will be provided
as applicable.

Applicants should send a completed application form and an up-to-date C.V. to
mepost@hku.hk. Application forms (341/1111) can be obtained at
http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc. Further particulars can be obtained at
http://jobs.hku.hk/. Please indicate clearly in the form the post applied for,
as well as the field and level (if applicable), and the reference number. Review
of applications will start from August 2012 and continue until January 31, 2013.

For further information on the research areas/directions, you may contact Professor
James Lam, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, via
james.lam@hku.hk .

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only
shortlisted applicants will be notified of the application result.

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7.17 Researcher: Honeywell Automotive Software
Contributed by: Greg Stewart, greg.stewart@honeywell.com

Several positions are available in Honeywell Automotive Software in research
and development for the OnRAMP Design Suite for advanced powertrain control
development. The OnRAMP product provides its users with a systematic approach
through the steps of modeling, control design, and controller deployment that
is accessible to a wide variety of practitioners.

The technology requires integration of several technical areas including modeling
and nonlinear model identification, robust and constrained control, and implementation
of embedded software. An understanding of powertrain applications would be highly
beneficial. Openings are available for excellent candidates in research, development,
and applications. For detailed job descriptions, please proceed to
www.honeywellonramp.com and check under the “Careers” tab.

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