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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 CSS Publications Content Digest
1.2 Workshops at the American Control Conference
1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.4 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. General Announcements
2.1 Paul Van den Hof - Change of Address
2.2 Lorenz T. Biegler receives the Nordic Process Control Award

3. Books
3.1 Smoothing, Filtering and Prediction: Estimating The Past, Present and Future
3.2 Optimal Control
3.3 Model Predictive Control: Theory and Design

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing
4.2 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics
4.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.4 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems
4.5 Contents: International Journal of Systems Science
4.6 Contents: International Journal of Control
4.7 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
4.8 Contents:  Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
4.9 CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
4.10 CFP: Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems

5. Conferences
5.1 ICSTCC 2012 Joint Conference
5.2 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
5.3 International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics
5.4 ANTS 2012: International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
5.5 International Conference on Systems and Computer Science
5.6 ICNPAA 2012 World Congress
5.7 Automation & Control for Energy Conference
6.  Workshops
6.1 International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems
6.2 ACC2012 Workshop on Control of Power Inverters
6.3 Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory
6.4 Advanced FDI and FTC Wind Turbine Benchmark Model Challenge
6.5 IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control

7.  Positions
7.1 PhD: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
7.2 PhD: Gyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea
7.3 PhD: Toulouse University
7.4 PhD: Lund University, Sweden
7.5 PhD: The Australian National University
7.6 PhD: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
7.7 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
7.8 PhD/Post-Doc: Tel Aviv University
7.9 PhD/Post-Doc: Hamilton Institute, Ireland
7.10 Post-Doc: The Royal Institute of Technology
7.11 Post-Doc: Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
7.12 Post-Doc: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
7.13 Post-Doc: Imperial College, London
7.14 Post-Doc: University of Maryland
7.15 Post-Doc: LTH, Lund University, Sweden
7.16 Faculty: Luleå University of Technology
7.17 Faculty: Delft Center for Systems and Control
7.18 Faculty: University of Windsor
7.19 Faculty: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
7.20 Senior Lecturer: University of Bath, UK
7.21 Researcher: The University of Melbourne
7.22 Researcher: The Biotechnology HPC Software Applications Institute (BHSAI)
7.23 Researcher: ABB Corporate Research Switzerland
7.24 Researcher: Corporate Research Centre at ABB, Bangalore, India
7.25 Research Fellow, Univeristy of Melbourne


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 CSS Publications Contest Digest
Contributed by: Frank Doyle,

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

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


1.2 Workshops at the American Control Conference
Contributed by: Stephane Lafortune,

We are pleased to announce a very exciting set of workshops to be offered at the
next American Control Conference to be held in Montreal on June 27-29,

All workshops will take place the day before the ACC starts, Tuesday June 26.
There will be a total of 12 workshops offered, eight full-day workshops
and four half-day workshops in the afternoon of June 26.

The complete list of workshops is indicated below. For full details, please consult
the ACC website at:

Advance registration prior to May 1st is highly recommended, as capacity is limited.
You may access the registration website from:

Half-day Workshops:

Control of Power Inverters for Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation [Power
inverters] Organizer: Q.-C. Zhong

Controlling Software Execution: An Emerging Application Area for Control Engineering
[Software Execution] Organizers: Y. Wang, S. Lafortune, and S. Reveliotis

Modeling, Control, and Optimization for Aerospace Systems [Aerospace Systems]
Organizers: L. Rodrigues, H. H.-T. Liu, and B. Samadi

Real-time Optimization of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems with Extremum-Seeking Control
[Real-time Optimization] Organizers: M. Guay and D. Dochain

Full-day Workshops:

Analysis and Design of Cyber-Physical Transportation Systems: Challenges, Progress,
and Future Directions [Transportation Systems] Organizer: D. Del Vecchio

Controlling Green Buildings: Challenges and Opportunities [Green Buildings] Organizers:
F. Borrelli, and M. Stylianou

Design and Assessment of Alarm Systems for Industrial Automation and Control [Alarm
Systems] Organizers: I. Izadi, T. Chen, and S. L. Shah

Health Management, Fault-tolerant Control, and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aircraft
[Unmanned Aircraft] Organizers: Y. Zhang, C. A. Rabbath, Y. Chen, C. Edwards, C.
Fulford, H. H.-T. Liu, L. Tang, D. Theilliol, and A. Tsourdos

Nonlinear Regression Modeling: A Practical Guide [Nonlinear Regression] Organizer:
R. Rhinehart

Quasilinear Control: Analysis and Design of Systems with Nonlinear Actuators and
Sensors [Quasilinear Control] Organizers: S. M. Meerkov, P.T. Kabamba, Y. Eun,
and S. Ching

Robust Networked Infrastructures: Reliability and Security from Game Theoretic
Perspectives [Networked Infrastructures] Organizers: S. Amin, T. Basar, S.
Sastry, G. Schwartz, J. Walrand, and H. Tembine

Smart Grid Markets: Integration of Renewables, Pricing, Modeling, and Optimization
[Smart Grids] Organizer: A. Annaswamy


1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

Please note that the contents of the IEEE-Transactions on Automatic Control,
together with links to the abstracts of the papers may be found at the TAC
web site: IEEE Transactions on
Automatic Control Submission and Review Management System

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 57 (2012),
Issue 2 (February)


Scanning the Issue p. 273

Distributed Fault Detection and Isolation of Large-scale Discrete-time Nonlinear
Systems: an Adaptive Approximation Approach R. M..G. Ferrari, T. Parisini, M. M.
Polycarpou p. 275

Exponential stability of switched linear hyperbolic initial-boundary value problems
S. Amin, F. Hante, A. M. Bayen p. 291

Robustness analysis for feedback interconnections of distributed systems via integral
quadratic constraints M. Cantoni, U. T. Jonsson, C-Y. Kao p. 302

A maximum entropy enhancement for a family of high-resolution spectral estimators A.
Ferrante, M. Pavon, M. Zorzi p. 318

Time Domain Model Order Reduction of General Orthogonal Polynomials for Linear Input-
Output Systems Y-L. Jiang, H-B. Chen p. 330

Robust trajectory tracking for a class of hybrid systems: an internal model principle
approach S. Galeani, L. Menini, A. Potini p. 344

Passivity-based Pose Synchronization in Three Dimensions T. Hatanaka, Y. Igarashi, M.
Fujita, M. W. Spong p. 360

Many flows asymptotics for SMART scheduling policies C. Yang, A. Wierman, S. Shakkottai,
M. Harchol-Balter p. 376

An Efficient Game Form for Unicast Service Provisioning A. Kakhbod, D. Teneketzis p. 392

Kalman Filtering with Intermittent Observations: Weak Convergence to a Stationary
Distribution S. Kar, B. Sinopoli, J. M. F. Moura p. 405

Rendezvous Without Coordinates J. Yu, S. LaValle, D. Liberzon p. 421

On the Existence of Supervisory Policies that Enforce Liveness in Partially Controlled
Free-Choice Petri Nets R. S. Sreenivas p. 435

Technical Notes and Correspondence

LQG Control For MIMO Systems Over Multiple Erasure Channels with Perfect Acknowledgement
E. Garone, B. Sinopoli, A. Goldsmith, A. Casavola p. 450

A Lifting Based Approach to Observer Based Fault Detection of Linear Periodic Systems P.
Zhang, S. X. Ding p. 457

Max-Plus Control Design for Temporal Constraints Meeting in Timed Event Graphs S. Amari,
I. Demongodin, J. J. Loiseau, C. Martinez p. 462

Parameter Identification of Sinusoids M. Hou p. 467

Model order reduction by balanced proper orthogonal decomposition and by rational
interpolation M. Opmeer p. 472

Global state synchronization in networks of cyclic feedback systems A. O. Hamadeh,
G-B. V. STAN, R. J. Sepulchre, J. M. Goncalves p. 478

Exponential Stability of Integral Delay Systems with a Class of Analytic Kernels S.
Mondie, D. A. Melchor-Aguilar p. 484

Stability and Control of Acyclic Stochastic Processing Networks with Shared Resources
Y-C. Hung, G. Michailidis p. 489

On the stabilizing PID controllers for integral processes F. Padula, A. Visioli p. 494

Invariance Principles Allowing of Non-Lyapunov Functions for Estimating Attractor of
Discrete Dynamical Systems T. Ge, W. Lin, J. Feng p. 500

Reset Adaptive Observer for a Class of Nonlinear Systems D. Paesa, C. Franco, S. Llorente,
G. Lopez-Nicolas, C. Sagues p. 506

Observer design for MIMO non-uniformly observable systems P. Dufour, S. Flila, H. Hammouri
p. 511

Set-Membership error-in-variables identification through convex relaxation techniques V.
Cerone, D. Piga, D. Regruto p. 517

Adaptive Control of Piecewise Linear Systems: the State Tracking Case Q. Sang, G. Tao p. 522

Iterative Distributed Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems: Handling Asynchronous,
Delayed Measurements P. D. Christofides, D. MuÒoz de la PeÒa, J. Liu, X. Chen p. 528

Integrated design of symbolic controllers for nonlinear systems G. Pola, A. Borri,
M. D. Di Benedetto p. 534


1.4 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

Please note that the contents of the IEEE-Transactions on Automatic Control,
together with links to the abstracts of the papers may be found at the TAC
web site:

The IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Submission and Review Management

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 57 (2012),
Issue 3 (March)


Discrete Abstractions of Nonlinear Systems Based on Error Propagation Analysis
Y. Tazaki, J-i. Imura P. 550

L1 Adaptive Controller for Uncertain Nonlinear Multi-Input Multi-Output
Systems with Input Quantization
H. Sun, N. Hovakimyan, T. Basar p. 565

Network Stability under Alpha Fair Bandwidth Allocation with General File
Size Distribution
F. Paganini, A. Tang, A. Ferragut, L. L. H. Andrew p. 579

Dual Averaging for Distributed Optimization: Convergence Analysis and
Network Scaling
J. Duchi, A. Agarwal, M. Wainwright p. 592

Volterra Integral Approach to Impulsive Renewal Systems: Application
to Networked Control
D. Antunes, J. P. Hespanha, C. Silvestre p. 607

Distributed Receding Horizon Control of Vehicle Platoons: Stability
and String Stability
W. B. Dunbar, D. Caveney p. 620

A Sparsification Approach to Set Membership Identification of Switched
Affine Systems
N. Ozay, M. Sznaier, C. M. Lagoa, O. I. Camps p. 634

Lagrange Stabilization of Pendulum-like Systems: A Pseudo H-infinity
Control Approach
H. Ouyang, I. Petersen, V. Ugrinovskii p. 649

Connectivity and Set Tracking of Multi-agent Systems Guided by
Multiple Moving Leaders
G. Shi, Y. Hong, K. H. Johansson p. 663

Kalman Filtering with Intermittent Observations: Tail Distribution
and Critical Value
Y. Mo, B. Sinopoli p. 677

Second-Order Systems with Acceleration Measurements (FP-10-390)
B. Jacob, K. Morris p. 690

Lyapunov-based Boundary Control for A Class of Hyperbolic Lotka-
Volterra Systems
L. Pavel, L. Chang p. 701

Technical Notes and Correspondence

On Optimal Partial Broadcasting of Wireless Sensor Networks for
Kalman Filtering
Q-S. Jia, L. Shi, Y. Mo, B. Sinopoli p. 715

Slow-fast Controller Decomposition Bumpless Transfer for Adaptive
Switching Control
S.-Y. Cheong, M. G. Safonov p. 721

High-gain Observer-based Estimation of Parameter Variations with
Delay Alignment
X. DAI, Z. Gao, T. V. Breikin, H. Wang p. 726

On the Observability of Continuous-Time Switched Linear Systems Under
Partially Unknown Inputs
D. Gomez-Gutierrez, A. Ramirez-Trevino, J. Ruiz-Leon, S. Di Gennaro p. 732

How Nonlinear Parametric Wiener System Identification Is under
Gaussian Inputs?
E-W. Bai, Z. Cai p. 738

On the reachability and observability of path and cycle graphs
G. Parlangeli, G. Notarstefano p. 743

Sampling theorem for periodic ripple problem
H. Katoh p. 748

Synchronization in complex networks with stochastically switching
coupling structures
B. Liu, W. Lu, T. Chen p. 754

A Riccati based Interior Point Algorithm for the Computation in
Constrained Stochastic MPC
M. Shin, J. A. Primbs p. 760

On the Performance of Optimal Input Signals for Frequency Response
B. Wahlberg, H. Hjalmarsson, P. Stoica p. 766

On Immediate, Delayed and Anticipatory Activation of Anti-windup
Mechanism: Static Anti-windup Case
X. Wu, Z. Lin p. 771

Variable Structure Control For Singularly Perturbed Linear Continuous
Systems with Matched Disturbances
T. Nguyen, W-C. Su, Z. Gajic p. 777

Quantized Dissensus in Networks of Agents subject to Death and Duplication
D. Bauso, L. GiarrÈ, R. Pesenti p. 783

Lower Bounds on the Infima in Some H-infinity Optimization Problems
S. Wahls, H. Boche p. 788

Robust Team Decision Theory
A. Gattami, B. M. Bernhardsson, A. Rantzer p. 794

Verification of Codiagnosability for Discrete Event Systems Modeled by
Mealy Automata with Nondeterministic Output Functions
S. Takai, T. Ushio p. 798

Distributed Optimization for MPC of Linear Networks with Uncertain Dynamics
E. Camponogara, M. L. Lima p. 804

Comments on ``Decentralized Stabilization of Interconnected Systems
With Time-Varying Delays"
X-S. Xiao, Z-Z. Mao, J. Liu, D. Yue, S. Hu, Z. Gu p. 809

Author's Reply to "Comments on 'Decentralized Stabilization of Inter-
connected Systems With Time-Varying Delays' "
M. S. Mahmoud p. 811


2. General Announcements

2.1 Paul Van den Hof - Change of Address
Contributed by: Paul Van den Hof,

As of March 1, Paul Van den Hof has moved to the Electrical Engineering Department
in Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, as a full professor in
the control systems group.

His new addres is: Prof. Paul M.J. Van den Hof Control Systems Group Department
of Electrical Engineering Eindhoven University of Technology Den Dolech 2, 5612
AZ Eindhoven The Netherlands Tel. +31 40 2473839; Fax: +31 40 2434582


2.2 Lorenz T. Biegler receives the Nordic Process Control Award
Contributed by: John Bagterp Jorgensen,

The Nordic Process Control Award is awarded for lasting and significant
contributions to the field of process control. The twelfth recipient of this
award is Professor Lorenz T. Biegler. Lorenz T. Biegler is given the award for
development of optimization algorithms for process control. In particular, Prof.
Lorenz T. Biegler has made significant and lasting contributions to Nonlinear
Model Predictive Control by development of the simultaneous method for optimization
of dynamical systems and the software package IPOPT. The award was presented to
Professor Biegler on January 26, 2012 during the 17th Nordic Process Control
Workshop held at the Technical University of Denmark. The title of his inspiring
award lecture was "A Nonlinear Programming Path to NMPC and Real-Time Optimization".

You can find proceedings and pictures from the 17th Nordic Process Control
Workshop at

Previous winners of the Nordic Process Control Award:
1995: Howard H. Rosenbrock
1997: Karl Johan Åstrøm
1998: F. Greg Shinskey
2000: Jens G. Balchen
2001: Charles R. Cutler
2003: Roger W. Sargent
2004: Ernst Dieter Gilles
2006: Manfred Morari
2007: Jacques Richalet
2009: John MacGregor
2010: Graham C. Goodwin


3. Books

3.1 Smoothing, Filtering and Prediction: Estimating The Past, Present and Future
Contributed by: Garry Einicke,

ISBN 978-953-307-752-9, Hard cover, 276 pages Publisher: InTech Publication date:
February 2012

This book describes the classical smoothing, filtering and prediction techniques
together with some more recently developed embellishments for improving performance
within applications. It aims to present the subject in an accessible way, so that
it can serve as a practical guide for undergraduates and newcomers to the field.
The material is organised as a ten-lecture course. The foundations are laid in
Chapters 1 and 2, which explain minimum-mean-square-error solution construction
and asymptotic behaviour. Chapters 3 and 4 introduce continuous-time and discrete
-time minimum-variance filtering. Generalisations for missing data, deterministic
inputs, correlated noises, direct feedthrough terms, output estimation and
equalisation are described. Chapter 5 simplifies the minimum-variance filtering
results for steady-state problems. Observability, Riccati equation solution convergence,
asymptotic stability and Wiener filter equivalence are discussed. Chapters 6 and 7
cover the subject of continuous-time and discrete-time smoothing. The main fixed-lag,
fixed-point and fixed-interval smoother results are derived. It is shown that the
minimum-variance fixed-interval smoother attains the best performance. Chapter 8
attends to parameter estimation. As the above-mentioned approaches all rely on knowledge
of the underlying model parameters, maximum-likelihood techniques within expectation-
maximisation algorithms for joint state and parameter estimation are described. Chapter
9 is concerned with robust techniques that accommodate uncertainties within problem
specifications. An extra term within Riccati equations enables designers to trade-off
average error and peak error performance. Chapter 10 rounds off the course by applying
the afore-mentioned linear techniques to nonlinear estimation problems. It is demonstrated
that step-wise linearisations can be used within predictors, filters and smoothers,
albeit by forsaking optimal performance guarantees.

The pdf version of the book is available for free download at


3.2 Optimal Control
Contributed by: Frank L. Lewis,

OPTIMAL CONTROL, 3rd edition F.L. Lewis, D. Vrabie, and V. Syrmos
John Wiley 2012.

Two chapters have been added to Optimal Control, one on Differential Games and
one on Reinforcement Learning Methods in Feedback Control. The games chapter
lays out the mathematical background of two-player zero-sum games, H-infinity
control, and multi-player nonzero-sum games. The chapter on reinforcement learning
shows how to design novel adaptive control structures that converge online to optimal
control solutions by measuring data along the system trajectories. This gives a
family of optimal adaptive controllers that are capable of solving Hamilton-Jacobi
design equations and Riccati equations online in real-time without knowing the drift
dynamics (e.g. f(x), or in the linear case the A matrix). A novel integral reinforcement
learning method is presented that allows the extension of RL methods to continuous
-time systems.


3.3 Model Predictive Control: Theory and Design
Contributed by: James B. Rawlings,

Nobhill Publishing ISBN 978-0-9759377-0-9
576 pages hardcover US$110 list

Nob Hill Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of the textbook
“Model Predictive Control: Theory and Design,” by James B. Rawlings, University
of Wisconsin-Madison, and David Q. Mayne, Imperial College, London. This text
provides a comprehensive and foundational treatment of the theory and design
of model predictive control. It enables researchers to learn and teach the
fundamentals of MPC without continually searching the diverse control research
literature for omitted arguments and requisite background material. More than
200 end-of-chapter exercises support the teaching and learning of MPC.

A solution manual for end-of-chapter exercises is available to course instructors
who adopt the text.

Appendices A-C are available on the web.

Sample homeworks and exams for a one-semester graduate course are available

Order electronically here:

Table of Contents
    Getting Started with Model Predictive Control
    Model Predictive Control – Regulation
    Robust Model Predictive Control
    State Estimation
    Output Model Predictive Control
    Distributed Model Predictive Control
    Explicit Control Laws for Constrained Linear Systems
A. Mathematical Background B. Stability Theory C. Optimization

The authors received the 2011 inaugural IFAC High Impact Paper award for an MPC
review paper that preceded the text. The text was also recognized in the 2011
Ragazzini (Education) Award of the American Automatic Control Council. This book
has been adopted for graduate courses at nine universities in six countries.


4.  Journals

4.1 Contents: Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Zhiping Lin,

Table of Contents

Volume 23, Numbers 1-2 / June 2012

Special Issue: Advances in Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing Guest
Editors: Krzysztof Galkowski and Nicholas P. Karampetakis

Guest Editorial Special issue on: advances in multidimensional systems and signal
processing Krzysztof Galkowski and Nicholas P. Karampetakis

5-15 Finite multidimensional behaviors Eva Zerz and Lisa Wagner

17-48 A behavioral interpretation of Livšic systems Joseph A. Ball, Grant M.
Boquet and Victor Vinnikov

49-77 Noncommutative rational functions, their difference-differential calculus and
realizations Dmitry S. Kaliuzhnyi-Verbovetskyi and Victor Vinnikov

79-96 Detectability subspaces and observer synthesis for two-dimensional systems
Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis and Michael Cantoni

97-118 On the computation of the inverse of a two-variable polynomial matrix by
interpolation Nicholas P. Karampetakis and Alexandros Evripidou

119-130 Application of 2D systems to investigation of a process of gas filtration
Dorota Bors and Stanisław Walczak

131-153 Disturbance attenuation of linear quadratic OL-Nash games on repetitive
with smoothing on the gas dynamics T.-P. Azevedo-Perdicoúlis and G. Jank

155-162 Existence of optimal solutions of two-directionally continuous linear
processes Dariusz Idczak and Marek Majewski

163-183 Numerical iterative methods and repetitive processes Rudolf Rabenstein
and Peter Steffen

185-208 Iterative learning control for spatio-temporal dynamics using Crank-Nicholson
discretization B. Cichy, K. Gałkowski and E. Rogers

209-236 A tensor decomposition approach to data compression and approximation of ND
systems F. van Belzen and S. Weiland

237-253 Sampling multidimensional signals by a new class of quasi-random
sequences Ewa
Skublska-Rafajłowicz and Ewaryst Rafajłowicz

255-279 On the computational benefit of tensor separation for high-dimensional
convolutions Jan-P. Calliess, Michael Mai and Sebastian Pfeiffer

281-290 Realization of multidimensional signal processing systems given in
natural k-D state
space description Joerg Velten, Sam Schauland and Anton Kummert

291-312 On filtering by means of generalized integral images: a review and
Anselm Haselhoff and Anton Kummert


4.2 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics
Contributed by: Fikret Aliev,

Applied and Computational Mathematics - An International Journal, Vol.11, No.1,
2012 ISSN 1683-3511,


pages: 3-18 A Brief Overview of Signal Reconstruction via Sampled-Data H∞
Optimization Y.Yamamoto, M. Nagahara, P.P. Khargonekar

pages: 19-26 Finite Element Approximation of an Optimal Design Problem A.
Chakib, A. Nachaoui, M. Nachaoui

pages: 27-36 Stability of Cauchy-Jensen Inequalities in Fuzzy Banach Spaces
M. Eshaghi-Gordji, S. Abbaszadeh

pages: 37-45 Note on a New Regularized Method for a Ill-Posed Heat Problem N.H.
Tuan, D.D. Trong and P.H. Quan

pages: 46-73 Modified Merging Clustering and Backbone Formation Algorithms for
Mobile Ad Hoc Networks O. Dagdeviren, K. Erciyes, D. Cokuslu

pages: 74-80 A Hochstadt-Lieberman Theorem for the Hydrogen Atom Equation E.S.
Panakhov, R. Yilmazer

pages: 81-101 Constructing Dense, Sparse, and Hierarchical Fuzzy Systems by
Applying Evolutionary Optimization Techniques K. Balázs, L.T. Kóczy

pages: 102-109 The Generalized Difference of Entire Sequences of Fuzzy Numbers
Defined by Orlicz Functions N. Subramanian, K. Chandrasekhara Rao, K. Balasubramanian

pages: 110-136 A New Mathematical Model for the Force Analysis of Tubular String
in HTHP Wells J. Xu, Z. Wu

pages: 137-146 Lagrangian Heuristic for the Two-Stage Capacitated Facility Location
Problem I.S. Litvinchev, M. Mata, L. Ozuna

pages: 147 50th Birthday of Professor Abdeljalil Nachaoui


4.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Thomas Meurer,

Control Engineering Practice Volume 20 Issue 4 April 2012

Special Section: IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes –
ADCHEM 2009 Edited by Sebastian Engell

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Sebastian Engell, Preface, Page 327

Mark L. Darby, Michael Nikolaou, MPC: Current practice and challenges,
Pages 328-342

D. Sarabia, C. de Prada, E. Gómez, G. Gutierrez, S. Cristea, J.M. Sola, R.
Gonzalez, Data reconciliation and optimal management of hydrogen networks in
a petrol refinery, Pages 343-354

Rainer Dittmar, Shabroz Gill, Harpreet Singh, Mark Darby, Robust optimization-
based multi-loop PID controller tuning: A new tool and its industrial application,
Pages 355-370

Koichi Fujiwara, Manabu Kano, Shinji Hasebe, Development of correlation-based
pattern recognition algorithm and adaptive soft-sensor design, Pages 371-378

M. Farenzena, J.O. Trierweiler, Valve stiction estimation using global optimisation,
Pages 379-385

Fengmin Le, Ivan Markovsky, Christopher T. Freeman, Eric Rogers, Recursive
identification of Hammerstein systems with application to electrically stimulated
muscle, Pages 386-396

Christoph Hametner, Manuel Nebel, Operating regime based dynamic engine modelling,
Pages 397-407

S. Kermani, S. Delprat, T.M. Guerra, R. Trigui, B. Jeanneret, Predictive energy
management for hybrid vehicle, Pages 408-420

Nikhil Ravi, Hsien-Hsin Liao, Adam F. Jungkunz, Anders Widd, J. Christian Gerdes,
Model predictive control of HCCI using variable valve actuation and fuel injection,
Pages 421-430

A. Rahideh, M.H. Shaheed, Constrained output feedback model predictive control for
nonlinear systems, Pages 431-443

Niel Canty, Thomas O'Mahony, Marcin T. Cychowski, An output error algorithm for
piecewise affine system identification, Pages 444-452

Hans Butler, Acceleration feedback in a lithographic tool, Pages 453-464

Hong-Gui Han, Jun-Fei Qiao, Qi-Li Chen, Model predictive control of dissolved
oxygen concentration based on a self-organizing RBF neural network, Pages 465-476


4.4 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems
Contributed by: Michael Whitaker,

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

Table of Contents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


4.5 Contents: International Journal of Systems Science
Contributed by: Alison Oliver,

Please see the latest table of contents from International Journal of Systems
Science, Vol. 43, Issues 1, 2, & 3


Single machine group scheduling with learning effects and past-sequence-dependent
setup times Chinyao Low & Wen-Yi Lin pages 1-8

A new approach to non-fragile H-infinity observer-based control for discrete-time fuzzy
systems Mourad Kchaou, Mansour Souissi & Ahmed Toumi pages 9-20

Tracking control of chaotic coronary artery system Wenlei Li pages 21-30

Adaptive weighting input estimation for nonlinear systems Dong-Cherng Lin pages

Two fusion predictors for continuous-time linear systems with different types
of observations Haryong Song, Kyung Min Lee & Vladimir Shin pages 41-49

H-infinty consensus control for multi-agent systems with linear coupling dynamics and
communication delays Yang Liu & Yingmin Jia pages 50-62

Adaptive H-infinity nonlinear velocity tracking using RBFNN for linear DC brushless motor
Ching-Chih Tsai, Cheng-Kain Chan & Yi Yu Li pages 63-72

Global finite-time stabilisation for a class of nonlinear systems Yanjun Shen &
Yuehua Huang pages 73-78

Dynamic service integration for reliable and sustainable capability provision Lu
Liu, Jie Xu, Duncan Russell, John K. Davies, David Webster, Zongyang Luo & Colin
Venters pages 79-96

Loop tuning with specification on gain and phase margins via modified second-order
sliding mode control algorithm I.M. Boiko pages 97-104

LQ optimal and reaching law-based sliding modes for inventory management systems
Przemysław Ignaciuk & Andrzej Bartoszewicz pages 105-116

Delay-dependent reliable H-infinity filtering for sector-bounded nonlinear continuous-time
systems with time-varying state delays and sensor failures Xiang-Gui Guo & Guang-
Hong Yang pages 117-131

Single-machine scheduling with deteriorating jobs Wen-Hung Kuo & Dar-Li Yang pages

Delayed-state-derivative feedback for improving consensus performance of second-order
delayed multi-agent systems Zhihai Wu & Huajing Fang pages 140-152

Comparison of fuzzy numbers based on preference W.C. Tsai pages 153-162

Time-bound product returns and optimal order quantities for mass merchandisers Min-
Chun Yu & Mark Goh pages 163-179

Decentralised indirect adaptive output feedback fuzzy H-infinity tracking design for a class
of large-scale nonlinear systems Yi-Shao Huang, Zhong-Xiang Huang, De-Qun Zhou, Xiao-
Xin Chen, Qi-Xin Zhu & Hui Yang pages 180-191

Joint stochastic distribution tracking control for multivariate descriptor systems with
non-gaussian variables Liping Yin & Lei Guo pages 192-200


Adaptive output feedback tracking controller for a class of uncertain strict feedback
nonlinear systems in the absence of state measurements Shahin Salehi & Mohammad Shahrokhi
pages 201-210

Adaptive sliding mode control for a class of uncertain discrete-time systems using multi-
rate output measurement Toshio Yoshimura pages 211-219

Precise control of linear systems subject to actuator saturation using tracking
differentiator and reduced order composite nonlinear feedback control Hongbo Zhang,
Xinhan Huang, Min Wang, Xinde Li & Gang Peng pages 220-230

A hybrid of electromagnetism-like mechanism and back-propagation algorithms for recurrent
neural fuzzy systems design Ching-Hung Lee, Fu-Kai Chang, Che-Ting Kuo & Hao-Hang Chang
pages 231-247

Robust MPC for the constrained system with polytopic uncertainty Xiangjie Liu, Sumei Feng
& Miaomiao Ma pages 248-258

Robust output feedback H-infinity control for networked control systems based on the occurrence
probabilities of time delays Chenyu Guo, Weidong Zhang & Jie Bao pages 259-271

H-infinity filtering for nonlinear singular Markovian jumping systems with interval time-varying
delays Yuanqing Xia, Li Li, Magdi S. Mahmoud & Hongjiu Yang pages 272-284

Statistical and economic analyses of an EWMA-based synthesised control scheme for monitoring
processes with outliers Ling Yang, Yuh-Rau Wang & Suzanne Pai pages 285-295

DNN-state identification of 2D distributed parameter systems I. Chairez, R. Fuentes, A.
Poznyak, T. Poznyak, M. Escudero & L. Viana pages 296-307

Stochastic stability of a class of unbounded delay neutral stochastic differential equations
with general decay rate Yangzi Hu, Fuke Wu & Chengming Huang pages 308-318

Identification of polynomial input/output recursive models with simulation error minimisation
methods Marcello Farina & Luigi Piroddi pages 319-333

Group consensus of multi-agent systems with directed information exchange Junyan Yu &
Long Wang pages 334-348

Optimal ordering and production policy for a recoverable item inventory system with learning
effect Deng-Maw Tsai pages 349-367

Coordination of networked systems on digraphs with multiple leaders via pinning control
Gang Chen & Frank L. Lewis pages 368-384

Optimal distributed Kalman filtering fusion for a linear dynamic system with cross-correlated
noises Jianxin Feng & Ming Zeng pages 385-398


Conditional learning control for alignment initial condition Zaiyue Yang & C.W. Chan pages

Robust tracking control of a unicycle-type wheeled mobile manipulator using a hybrid sliding
mode fuzzy neural network Meng-Bi Cheng, Wu-Chung Su & Ching-Chih Tsai pages 408-425

New results on H-infinity filter design for nonlinear systems with time-delay through a T-S fuzzy
model approach Jinliang Liu, Zhou Gu, Engang Tian & Ruixia Yan pages 426-442

Analytical forms for most likely matrices derived from incomplete information Kostas N.
Oikonomou pages 443-458

Existence and global stability of equilibrium point for delayed competitive neural networks
with discontinuous activation functions Xiaobing Nie & Jinde Cao pages 459-474

Nonlinear model predictive control using parameter varying BP-ARX combination model J.-F.
Yang, L.-F. Xiao, J.-X. Qian & H. Li pages 475-490

Price sensitive demand with random sales price – a newsboy problem Shib Sankar Sana pages

Finite-time consensus for multi-agent systems with fixed topologies Yilun Shang pages

Warranty cost analysis using alternating quasi-renewal processes with a warranty option
Sarada Yedida, Mubashir Unnissa Munavar & R. Ranjani pages 507-517

A single period inventory model with a truncated normally distributed fuzzy random variable
demand Oshmita Dey & Debjani Chakraborty pages 518-525

On dynamical behaviour of two-dimensional biological reactors Gerardo Lara-Cisneros,
Ricardo Femat & Elías Pérez pages 526-534

Fault recoverability analysis of switched systems Hao Yang, Bin Jiang & Marcel Staroswiecki
pages 535-542

Active fault tolerant control for a class of linear time-delay systems in finite frequency
domain Quanchao Dong, Maiying Zhong & Steven X. Ding pages 543-551

A batch arrival queue under randomised multi-vacation policy with unreliable server and repair
Jau-Chuan Ke, Kai-Bin Huang & Wen Lea Pearn pages 552-565

Guaranteed cost control of synchronisation for uncertain complex delayed networks Shukai Li,
Wansheng Tang & Jianxiong Zhang pages 566-575

Denumerable continuous-time Markov decision processes with multiconstraints on average costs
Qiuli Liu, Hangsheng Tan & Xianping Guo pages 576-585

Dynamic output feedback control synthesis for stochastic time-delay systems Xiao-Jian Li &
Guang-Hong Yang pages 586-595


4.6 Contents: International Journal of Control
Contributed by: Alison Oliver,

Please see the latest table of contents for International Journal of Control,
Vol. 85, Issues 1, 2 & 3


Gradient projection-based performance improvement for JLQ problems Yifan Dong,
Yu Kang, Xinghua Liu & Hongsheng Xi pages 1-11

Finding common quadratic Lyapunov functions for switched linear systems using particle
swarm optimisation R.H. Ordóñez-Hurtado & M.A. Duarte-Mermoud pages 12-25

Arbitrary precision computation of the set of stabilising gains for time-delay
LTI systems Nevra Bayhan & Mehmet Turan Söylemez pages 26-40

Sliding mode control scheme for a jumping robot with multi-joint based on floating
basis Yao Jianjun, Di Duotao, Gao Shuang, He Lei & Hu Shenghai pages 41-49

Continuous-time mean–variance portfolio selection with value-at-risk and no-shorting
constraints Wei Yan pages 50-57

Robust and nonblocking supervisory control of nondeterministic discrete event systems
with communication delay and partial observation Seong-Jin Park pages 58-68

The trajectory tracking problem for an unmanned four-rotor system: flatness-based
approach Carlos Aguilar-Ibáñez, Hebertt Sira-Ramírez, Miguel S. Suárez-Castañón,
Edgar Martínez-Navarro & Marco A. Moreno-Armendariz pages 69-77

Fault detection for discrete-time switched systems with intermittent measurements
Dongsheng Du, Bin Jiang & Peng Shi pages 78-87

Gain-scheduled controller synthesis for a nonlinear PDE Seyed Mahdi Hashemi & Herbert
Werner pages 88-97

Depth control of autonomous underwater vehicles using indirect robust control method
Hejia Pan & Ming Xin pages 98-113

LPV gain-scheduled control of SCR aftertreatment systems Mona Meisami-Azad, Javad
Mohammadpour, Karolos M. Grigoriadis, Michael P. Harold & Matthew A. Franchek pages


Stabilisation of polytopic singularly perturbed linear systems Ivan Malloci & Jamal
Daafouz pages 135-142

On the classical solution to the linear-constrained minimum energy problem Marc Boissaux
& Jang Schiltz pages 143-146

An almost optimal control design method for nonlinear time-delay systems A.J. Koshkouei,
M.H. Farahi & K.J. Burnham pages 147-158

Nonlinear and locally optimal controllers design for input affine locally controllable
systems Mariem Sahnoun, Vincent Andrieu & Madiha Nadri pages 159-170

LQ-boundary control of a diffusion-convection-reaction system L. Mohammadi, I. Aksikas,
S. Dubljevic & J.F. Forbes pages 171-181

Learning impedance control for physical robot–environment interaction Yanan Li, Shuzhi
Sam Ge & Chenguang Yang pages 182-193

Robust tracking control for a class of electrically driven flexible-joint robots without
velocity measurements Yeong-Chan Chang & Hui-Min Yen pages 194-212

Fractional discrete-time linear control systems with initialisation Dorota Mozyrska &
Ewa Pawłuszewicz pages 213-219

Anti-viral drug treatment along with immune activator IL-2: a control-based mathematical
approach for HIV infection Amar Nath Chatterjee & Priti Kumar Roy pages 220-237


Design of robust fault detection filters for MIMO uncertain plants with quantised
information M.L. Corradini, A. Cristofaro, R. Giambó & S. Pettinari pages 239-250

Combining H-infinity approach and interval tools to design a low order and robust controller
for systems with parametric uncertainties: application to piezoelectric actuators
Sofiane Khadraoui, Micky Rakotondrabe & Philippe Lutz pages 251-259

General optimal attenuation of harmonic disturbance with unknown frequencies Jovan D.
Stefanovski pages 260-279

Consensus recovery of multi-agent systems subjected to failures Jianhua Zhang, Xiaoming
Xu, Liu Hong & Yongze Yan pages 280-286

A generalised instrumental variable estimator for multivariable errors-in-variables
identification problems Torsten Söderström pages 287-303

Advances beyond transfer system dynamics compensation in real-time dynamic substructuring
tests I. Elorza pages 304-319

A transfer function approach to the realisation problem of nonlinear systems Miroslav
Halás & Ülle Kotta pages 320-331

Distributed H-infinity consensus of multi-agent systems: a performance region-based approach
Yu Zhao, Zhisheng Duan, Guanghui Wen & Guanrong Chen pages 332-341


4.7 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Contributed by: Brian Fauth,

Volume: 50
Issue: 1

A Lyapunov Inequality Characterization of and a Riccati Inequality Approach to
L-infinity and L2 Low Gain Feedback Bin Zhou, Zongli Lin, and Guang-Ren
Duan pp. 1-22

Linear Programming and Constrained Average Optimality for General Continuous-
Time Markov Decision Processes in History-Dependent Policies Xianping Guo,
Yonghui Huang, and Xinyuan Song pp. 23-47

Stability and Resolution Analysis for a Topological Derivative Based Imaging
Functional Habib Ammari, Josselin Garnier, Vincent Jugnon, and Hyeonbae Kang
pp. 48-76

Mean Field Games: Numerical Methods for the Planning Problem Yves Achdou, Fabio
Camilli, and Italo Capuzzo-Dolcetta pp. 77-109

Lyapunov Methods for Time-Invariant Delay Difference Inclusions R. H. Gielen, M.
Lazar, and I. V. Kolmanovsky pp. 110-132

Optimal Structural Policies for Ambiguity and Risk Averse Inventory and Pricing
Models Xin Chen and Peng Sun pp. 133-146

Optimal Control Models of Goal-oriented Human Locomotion Yacine Chitour, Frederic
Jean, and Paolo Mason pp. 147-170

Action Time Sharing Policies for Ergodic Control of Markov Chains Amarjit Budhiraja,
Xin Liu, and Adam Shwartz pp. 171-195

Asynchronous Rendezvous Analysis via Set-valued Consensus Theory Feng Xiao
and Long Wang pp. 196-221

Some Compact Classes of Open Sets under Hausdorff Distance and Application to
Shape Optimization Bao-Zhu Guo and Dong-Hui Yang pp. 222-242

An Eulerian Approach to the Analysis of Krause's Consensus Models C. Canuto,
F. Fagnani, and P. Tilli pp. 243-265

Coprime Factorization and Optimal Control on the Doubly Infinite Discrete Time
Axis Mark R. Opmeer and Olof J. Staffans pp. 266-285

Exponentially Stable Interval Observers for Linear Systems with Delay Frederic
Mazenc, Silviu-Iulian Niculescu, and Olivier Bernard pp. 286-305

Mean Square Performance of Consensus-Based Distributed Estimation over Regular
Geometric Graphs Federica Garin and Sandro Zampieri pp. 306-333

Structural Invariants of Two-dimensional Systems Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis pp. 334-356

Controllability as Minimality Vakhtang Lomadze pp. 357-367

Smooth MorseLyapunov Functions of Strong Attractors for Differential Inclusions
Desheng Li and Yanling Wang pp. 368-387

Distributed Optimal Control of the CahnHilliard System Including the Case of a
Double-Obstacle Homogeneous Free Energy Density M. Hintermuller and D. Wegner pp.

Gossip Coverage Control for Robotic Networks: Dynamical Systems on the Space of
Partitions Francesco Bullo, Ruggero Carli, and Paolo Frasca pp. 419-447

The Linear Quadratic Regulator Problem for a Class of Controlled Systems Modeled
by Singularly Perturbed Ito Differential Equations Vasile Dragan, Hiroaki Mukaidani,
and Peng Shi pp. 448-470

Experimental Design for Biological Systems Matthias Chung and Eldad Haber pp. 471-489

A Convex Condition for Robust Stability Analysis via Polyhedral Lyapunov Functions
R. Ambrosino, M. Ariola, and F. Amato pp. 490-506

Linear-quadratic Control for Stochastic Equations in a Hilbert Space with Fractional
Brownian Motions T. E. Duncan, B. Maslowski, and B. Pasik-Duncan pp. 507-531

Stochastic Comparison, Boundedness, Weak Convergence, and Ergodicity of a Random
Riccati Equation with Markovian Binary Switching Li Xie pp. 532-558

On 2-Step, Corank 2, Nilpotent Sub-Riemannian Metrics Davide Barilari, Ugo Boscain,
and Jean-Paul Gauthier pp. 559-582

A Martingale Approach to Optimal Portfolios with Jump-diffusions Daniel Michelbrink
and Huiling Le pp. 583-599


4.8 Contents:  Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
Contributed by: Lars Gruene,

Table of Contents, Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS), Volume

Input-to-state stability for a class of hybrid dynamical systems via averaging,
Wei Wang, Dragan Nešić and Andrew R. Teel

Null-controllability for some linear parabolic systems with controls acting on
different parts of the domain and its boundary, Guillaume Olive, 257-280

An inner product space on irreducible and synchronizable probabilistic finite
state automata, Patrick Adenis, Yicheng Wen und Asok Ray


4.9 CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
Contributed by: Peter Fogh Odgaard,

Papers are invited for a special issue “Fault Tolerant Control in Power Grids"
for the Wiley International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. Prospective
authors should contact one of the following issue editors: Peter Fogh Odgaard,, Christophe Aubrun,,
Yrjo Majanne, for further information. Deadline for manuscripts
submitted to the journal on-line at is
2nd July 2012.


4.10 CFP: Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems
Contributed by: Lars Gruene,

Call for papers, MCSS Special Issue on “Control, Communication, and Complexity”

The journal Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems (MCSS) welcomes submissions
for a Special Issue on “Control, Communication, and Complexity” which is scheduled
to be published in 2013. Guest Editors 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

Submission deadline is May 1, 2012. For the full call for papers, including
submission details and a precise description of the scope of the special issue,
please see


5. Conferences

5.1 ICSTCC 2012 Joint Conference
Contributed by: Viorel Minzu,

ICSTCC 2012 Joint Conference 16th International Conference on System Theory,
Control and Computing Sinaia, ROMANIA October 12 – 14, 2012

Technically co-sponsored by IEEE Control System Society.

The Joint Conference is for the third time organized in this format. The main goal
of this conference is to provide a multidisciplinary forum between researchers from
industry and academia to discuss state-of-the-art topics in system theory, control
and computing, and to present recent research results and prospects for development
in this evolving area. ICSTCC 2012 will feature several kinds of presentations including
invited and contributed papers, special sessions and poster sessions.

The conference will be hosted by the Palace Hotel, Sinaia. Sinaia is one of the most
famous and oldest mountain tourist resorts in Romania, known as “The Carpathian Pearl”.
Situated in breathtaking mountain scenery, Sinaia is located at 120 km distance from
Bucharest, on the Prahova Valley. Blending astonishing beauty of nature with picturesque
architecture, Sinaia is a formal royal residence.

The topics of this conference include, but not limited to: 1) Automation and Robotics
(Linear and Nonlinear Control System Design, System Identification and Modelling of
Processes, Robust and Adaptive Control, Robotics and Intelligent Control, Applications
& Case Studies in Automation & Robotics, Embedded Systems, Control Applications on
Biotechnology, Energy etc.); 2) Computer Science and Engineering (Distributed Systems
and Software Engineering, Databases and Systems of Programs, Web services, Internet
Security, Software Tools and Methods, Cloud, Grid and High Performance Computing,
Artificial Intelligence , Computer Architecture); 3) Electronics and Instrumentation
(Modelling, Simulation and CAD Tools, Signal Processing and Communication Systems,
Linear and Nonlinear Circuits and Systems, Evolutionary Electronics, Sustainable Energy).

IMPORTANT DATES: May 1st, 2012: Submission of proposals for INVITED SESSIONS May 15th,
2012: Submission of papers July 5th, 2012: Notification of acceptance for papers and
invited sessions September 1st, 2012: Final camera ready manuscript and registration
payment of at least one of the authors

CONTACT Web site: E-mail:


5.2 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
Contributed by: Barbara Horner,

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 vision-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:

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

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

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

Conference Co-Chairs: Bruce Hajek and Tamer Basar Email: URL: Sponsors: Coordinated Science Laboratory and the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-



5.3 International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics
Contributed by: Pawel Dworak,

17th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics (MMAR2012)
27 – 30 August 2012 Amber Baltic Hotel, Międzyzdroje, Poland

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

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

    linear and non-linear predictive control
    robust and adaptive control
    networked control systems
    fuzzy logic, neural networks and intelligent control
    modelling and identification
    distributed parameter systems
    discrete events and hybrid systems
    cooperative, coordinated and decentralized control
    computer aided control systems design and other computational aspects
    marine and aerospace guidance and control
    advanced process control
    fault detection, diagnosis and fault tolerant control
    recent drive systems in robotics
    kinematics and dynamics of robots
    mathematical foundations of robotics
    motion planning and algorithms
    human-robot interaction
    advanced robotics
    robot control modeling
    nonholonomic systems
    sensory feedback in robots, visual systems feedback
    various applications of robotic systems
    hybrid control in robotics

Apart from plenary and invited sessions the programme will also include invited
and tutorial sessions, panel discussions, software demonstrations and hardware

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

PAPER SUBMISSION Prospective participants are invited to electronically submit
the full version of their work by the indicated deadlines, following the guidelines
available on

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

For more information about the Conference, please contact the Conference secretariat:


5.4 ANTS 2012: International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
Contributed by: Roderich Gross,

Eighth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence

September 12-14, 2012. Brussels, Belgium

Call for papers prepared on January 30, 2012
More details and up-to-date information at

Scope of the Conference
Swarm intelligence is a relatively new discipline that deals with the
study of self-organizing processes both in nature and in artificial
systems. Researchers in ethology and animal behavior have proposed
many models to explain interesting aspects of social insect behavior
such as self-organization and shape-formation. Recently, algorithms
and methods inspired by these models have been proposed to solve
difficult problems in many domains.

An example of a particularly successful research direction in swarm
intelligence is ant colony optimization, the main focus of which is on
discrete optimization problems. Ant colony optimization has been
applied successfully to a large number of difficult discrete
optimization problems including the traveling salesman problem, the
quadratic assignment problem, scheduling, vehicle routing, etc., as
well as to routing in telecommunication networks. Another interesting
approach is that of particle swarm optimization, that focuses on
continuous optimization problems. Here too, a number of successful
applications can be found in the recent literature. Swarm robotics is
another relevant field. Here, the focus is on applying swarm
intelligence techniques to the control of large groups of cooperating
autonomous robots.

ANTS 2012 will give researchers in swarm intelligence the opportunity
to meet, to present their latest research, and to discuss current
developments and applications.

The three-day conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on
September 12-14, 2012.

Relevant Research Areas
ANTS 2012 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of swarm
intelligence. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:

Behavioral models of social insects or other animal societies that
can stimulate new algorithmic approaches.

Empirical and theoretical research in swarm intelligence.

Application of swarm intelligence methods, such as ant colony
optimization or particle swarm optimization, to real-world problems.

Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

Publication Details
Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated
to ANTS 2012 that will contain extended versions of the best research
works presented at the conference. Further details will be
published on the web site.

Best Paper Award
A best paper award will be presented at the conference.

Invited talks
- Prof. Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) on "Towards Simulating
the Foundations of Society"
- Prof. Nigel R. Franks (University of Bristol, UK) on "Ants, Bees and
- Prof. Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania, USA) on
"Architectures, abstractions, and algorithms for large teams of

Further Information
Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For information about local
arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the
above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers at the
address below.

Conference Address
ANTS 2012
IRIDIA CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
Université Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email:

Important Dates
Submission deadline March 2, 2012
Notification of acceptance May 3, 2012
Camera ready copy May 17, 2012
Conference September 12-14, 2012

ANTS 2012 Organizing Committee
General Chair:
Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Technical Program Chairs:
Christian Blum, ALBCOM, LSI, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Andries Engelbrecht, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Roderich Groß, Sheffield University, UK

Publication Chair:
Anders Lyhne Christensen, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal

Organization Chairs:
Mauro Birattari, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Thomas Stützle, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium

Local Arrangements:
Andreagiovanni Reina, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium
Arne Brutschy, IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium


5.5 International Conference on Systems and Computer Science
Contributed by: Belkoura Lotfi,

1st International Conference on Systems and Computer Science

Date: August 29-31, 2012

Venue : Lille, France

Scope and Topics : The objective of the Conference is to provide a forum for
exchange of ideas in research areas connecting Systems and Computer Science.
High level contributions are awaited on various domains, ranging from theory
over numerics to various applications. Contributions at the crossroad of Systems
and Computer Science fields will be considered with great interest. Industrial
participants and junior researchers are particularly welcome. Topics of interest
include, but are not limited to:

• Networked and Hybrid Systems • Computer Control and Robotics • Embedded Systems
Design • Grid computing • Large Scale Distributed systems • Symbolic Computation
• Pervasive Computing • Multi-agent systems • Discrete event systems • Signal and
Image Processing • BioComputing • Brain-Computer Interface • Assistive Technology
• Intelligent Control and Sensor Networks • Change Detection problems • Diagnosis
and Fault tolerant control • Robust Control

Invited Sessions: A summary statement describing the motivation and relevance of
the proposed session, invited paper titles and author names must be submitted by
the organizer(s) and draft versions of each prospective invited paper must be
submitted by the authors through the conference web site

Student Paper Award: “Best Student Paper” Award will be conferred to the author(s)
of a paper presented at the meeting, based on the best combined marks of paper reviewing
and paper presentation quality, assessed by the Program Committee and session chairs.

Paper submission: Manuscripts should be no longer than six (6) pages and should be
submitted using the standard IEEE Transactions format.

Technical Sponsor: IEEE

Sponsors: ERRIC (European FP7 Project), INRIA, CNRS, University of Lille, Universite
Catholique de Lille.

The presented papers shall be included in the IEEE Xplore and IET Inspec databases

Important dates

March 15, 2012: Submission of draft papers and invited sessions May 15, 2012: Notification
of acceptance June 15, 2012: Submission of final papers and early registration
deadline August 29-31, 2012: Conference

Best Regards from the ICSCS 2012 Conference Committee


5.6 ICNPAA 2012 World Congress
Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram,

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

By popular request abstract deadline extended to March 15, 2012

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

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

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

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

In addition, AIP Conference Proceedings are indexed in:

Astrophysics Data System(ADS)
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
EBSCO Publishing
Electronic Library Information Navigator (ELIN), Sweden
Elsevier - SCOPUS
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Thomson Reuters (ISI)

Please visit the web site : for all details


5.7 Automation & Control for Energy Conference
Contributed by: Trina Chakravarti,

Automation & Control for Energy Conference being held in London in March.
Prospero House, London
15 - 16 March 2012

Featuring Case Studies on:
Total E&P: Overcoming obsolescence issues at North Alwyn Platforms
Scottish Power: Improving alarm management across 12 of generation sites
Maersk FPSOs: Upgrading Safety Instrumented Systems on older assets
Sellafield: Safely disposing of waste at Sellafield’s B30 site
EDF Energy: Integrating DCS and maintenance management systems

Plus panel debates and discussions on:
Alarms: Managing bad actors - How do you effectively manage and rationalise alarms?
DCS versus SCADA - Which system should you be using?
Challenges of integrating systems - Hear our expert panel discuss their experiences,
challenges and solutions to these complex projects.

Speakers will include:
Ewen MacDonald, Lead Systems & Instrument Engineer, Total E&P
Jason Bryant, C&I Team Leader, EDF Energy
Jai Chainani, Control and Instruments Engineer, Chevron
Mufaddal Karimbhai, Instrument and Control Systems Technical Authority, Britannia Operator Limited
Jos Menting, Senior Key Expert Process Automation, Laborelec, GDF Suez
Andy Geddes, Group C&I Engineer, Scottish Power
Russell Fraser, C&I Engineer, SSE


6. Workshops

6.1 International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems
Contributed by: Janan Zaytoon,

Call for Proposals to Organize the 12th International Workshop on Discrete Event
Systems, WODES 2014

The WODES steering committee is soliciting expressions of interest for the organization
of WODES'14. All persons interested are invited to send a proposal to the WODES SC
Chair Janan Zaytoon ( by May 30, 2012. The proposal should
contain the following information:

    Chair and organizing committee
    Other specific scientific and/or organizational information

The WODES website contains information about the
WODES series of Workshops.

All the best,

Janan Zaytoon On behalf of the members of the WODES Steering Committee


6.2 ACC2012 Workshop on Control of Power Inverters
Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong,

Control of Power Inverters for Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation

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 modeling, 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.


6.3 Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory
contributed by: Quanyan Zhu,

Message: The 1st Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory April 27-28, 2012
Coordinated Science Laboratory University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For more information, please visit


6.4 Advanced FDI and FTC Wind Turbine Benchmark Model Challenge
Contributed by: Peter Fogh Odgaard Your Email Address:

Advanced FDI and FTC Wind Turbine Benchmark Model Challenge

The abilities to detect wind turbine faults and to control turbines in the
presence of faults are important aspects of decreasing the cost of wind energy
and increasing penetration into electrical grids. Improvements in fault detection
(FD) and fault-tolerant control (FTC) should increase reliability and decrease
operations and maintenance costs, especially as wind turbines are installed in
decreasingly accessible locations such as offshore. A previous benchmark model,
(see Odgaard,; Fault Tolerant Control of Wind Turbines – a benchmark model;
in Proceedings of the 7th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety
of Technical Processes; pg. 155- 160, Barcelona, Spain, 2009) and competition drew
enough high-quality papers to fill two sessions at the 2011 IFAC World Congress and
submit proposals for two sessions at the IFAC Safeprocess Symposium in 2012. This
challenge presented in this paper differs from the previous challenge in several
ways. First, a higher-fidelity, more realistic wind turbine model is used, perhaps
requiring more sophisticated fault detection and fault-tolerant control tools and
likely making the results of greater applicability to the wind industry. This
higher-fidelity model also allows the use of more realistic wind inputs that
vary spatially across the rotor plane in addition to temporally. Also, the fault
scenarios have been updated and additional information detailing their relevance
has been provided. More details on the challenge and the benchmark model can be seen
in the preprint paper which can be obtained from:
/Billeder/kk-electronic%202011/Turbine%20Control/FDI/FDbenchmark.pdf We encourage
challenge participants from academia, research laboratories, industry, and other
groups. Participants should implement their FD algorithms entirely within the Fault
Detection Block of the Simulink-based FAST 5 MW turbine model available at For the FTC part of the challenge,
implementation should be contained within both the Fault Detection Block and the Wind
Turbine Controller blocks, where the latter is a subsystem of the Pitch and Torque
Controllers and Systems block. No other modifications should be made to the model
and no other measurements should be assumed available. The organizers of this challenge
should be informed on your interest in this challenge before June 1 2012. Participants
may be invited to prepare submissions for one or more invited sessions for the 2013
American Control Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. on June 17-19, 2013.
For ACC submissions, abstracts will be due to the authors by September 3rd to enable
invited session proposals. You may then submit your paper to 2013 ACC with session code
provide by the organizers of this challenge before the submission deadline September 17
2012. Submit your solution implemented in Simulink by email to Peter Fogh Odgaard,, October 15 2012 Both contributions to the FDI and FTC parts
of the problem are welcomed. Organizers: Dr. Peter F. Odgaard, kk-electronic a/s, Professor Kathryn E. Johnson, Colorado School of Mines,


6.5 IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control
Contributed by: Arjan van der Schaft,

Message: 4th IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control,
29-31 August 2012

The aim of this workshop is to bring together nonlinear systems and control
experts from different areas, and to present state-of-the-art results on the
analysis and control of complex dynamical engineering systems, emphasizing the
important role of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian structures as analysis and design

The fourth edition of the IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for
Nonlinear Control will be held at the Residential Center of the University of
Bologna located in Bertinoro, a medieval village on the hills facing the Adriatic
coast. The Center is a complex of three large historical and monumental buildings,
forming a unique block on the top of the ancient town, in a quiet and hospitable
place, surrounded by a very pleasant and peaceful atmosphere. For more details,
visit .

Important dates: Submission of draft papers: April 1, 2012 Author notification:
May 15, 2012 Final paper submission: June 15, 2012 IPC Co-Chairs Arjan van der
Schaft (NL) and Bernhard Maschke (FR) NOC Chair Claudio Melchiorri (IT) For more


7.  Positions

7.1 PhD: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Contributed by: Michail Matthaiou,

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden is now hiring two PhD students within
the emerging areas of large-scale multiple-antenna (LSMA) systems and heterogeneous
networks (HetNet). The positions are funded by the CHASE-Multi-Antenna Technologies
for Wireless Access and Backhaul (MATWAB) project (,
supported by the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA). The
industry partners of the project are Ericsson AB ( and Qamcom AB
(, and the research work will be done in collaboration with the
industrial partners' research organization.

Applications submission website:

Application deadline: 2012-04-02

For questions, please contact:

Assistant Professor Michail Matthaiou Department of Signals and Systems +46 31 772 1724


7.2 PhD: Gyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea
Contributed by: Yoonsoo Kim,

A PhD/MSc position is available to work on networked control systems. The PhD/
MSc student will work on fundamental challenges in networked control systems
and the demonstration of existing and newly proposed solutions to those challenges
via a formation flight test platform.

Candidates must hold a BEng/BSc degree (MEng/MSc for a PhD applicant) in mechanical,
aerospace engineering or related fields.

The position will remain open until it is filled. The tuition fees and living expenses
shall be covered by multiple funding sources including BrainKorea21 (BK21; and Priority Research Centers Program
supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea. Some information on
Gyeongsang National University ( may be found at

The applicants should email their CVs, brief statement of their background and interests
and contact information to: Prof. Yoonsoo Kim Department of Aerospace and System
Engineering, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Repulic of Korea
Email: *Previous work place (University of Stellenbosch in South Africa)


7.3 PhD: Toulouse University
Contributed by: Sophie Tarbouriech,

A PhD position is available in September 2012 at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse University
( Title: Analysis and Control of Limited Information systems

The PhD proposal aims at investigating the influence of communication in the
control theory context. More precisely, the objective is to examine to what
extent controlled systems are impacted by imperfections due to communication
between devices. Although the literature on control contains some preliminary
works into this direction, there is a huge space for innovation and disruptive
concepts as advocated by the content of this proposal. Similarly, the communication
literature is very poor in terms of analyzing how communication systems should be
designed for conveying quantities intended for control devices. This huge gap between
the control and communication literature explains why such simple but major concepts
like event-triggered systems have been developed only very recently. In order to fill
this gap, this proposal comprises four specific tasks which can be summarized as
follows : Modeling of information constraints, Analysis of the effect of information
constraints on performance, Robust control design methods with respect to information
constraints, Co-design control and communication schemes.

Requirements: Master degree in Control/Engineering.

The applicant should have very good knowledge of feedback control systems, nonlinear
systems, and robust control. Experience with MATLAB/SIMULINK is needed. Experience
with information theory will strengthen the application. Effective communication skills
in English both oral and especially written are needed.

The position is available in September 2012 for three years. The PhD student will be
appointed by public funding with a salary of around 1400 Euros (free of charges).

Candidates should apply by email to Dr. Sophie Tarbouriech ( and Dr.
Frederic Gouaisbaut ( with a CV summarizing university backgrounds
and research experiences.


7.4 PhD: Lund University, Sweden
Contributed by: Andreas Jakobsson,

Ph.D. positions in Mathematical Statistics / Statistical Signal Processing Lund
University, Sweden

The positions are concerned with two different research projects:

1) The first project focuses on the problem of counterfeit medicines, which is a
growing concern globally, with, according to the WHO, up to 25% of all medicines
in developing countries being counterfeit. About 700.000 deaths, annually, from just
malaria and tuberculosis can be attributed to fake medicines, giving an indication
of the scope of the problem. The announced Ph.D. position is a part of an attempt
to remedy this situation, and is focused on the developing of robust and reliable
detection and classification algorithms for pharmaceutical substances using nuclear
quadrupole resonance. 2) The second project focuses on the development of multitapers,
which are low-rank approximations of time-frequency kernels. The methods should be
optimal for robust classification, detection, and estimation of non-stationary spectra.
Such methods have many possible application areas, where one is estimation of the
electrical brain signals (EEG). Using optimal cross-spectra and coherence spectra we
can measure, e.g., how we perceive our environment or select relevant information from
irrelevant information.

Applicants are invited to contact Prof. Andreas Jakobsson ( for project
1, and Prof. Maria Sandsten ( for project 2 for further information.

Applicants should have a strong background in statistical signal processing and
mathematical statistics, and should have a M.Sc. degree in Engineering, Mathematics,
or a related discipline.

Proficiency in English is a requirement. You can find further details and the online
application form for the two positions at:


7.5 PhD: The Australian National University
Contributed by: Changbin (Brad) Yu,

2 PhD positions at The Australian National University

Two PhD scholarships in the areas of “Distributed Control and Estimation in
Networked Environments” are available for commencement in 2012-13 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, especially in later years, are expected to
also receive a supplementary scholarship of up to AUD10,000 per annum.

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

Candidates should express their interest by emailing Dr. Changbin (Brad) Yu,, or Dr. Adrian Bishop 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 15/April for commencement in 2012, or 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 respective deadlines, for more
information, visit

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.


7.6 PhD: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Contributed by: Anton Shiriaev,

Message: The Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, invites
applications for a PhD-student position for the period of 3 years supported by
the Norwegian Research Council. The department seeks an outstanding individual
interested in developing new methods and experimental validation of approaches
for motion, trajectory planning and motion and force controllers design for industrial
robot manipulators. It is expected that the successful candidate will perform
theoretical and experimental investigations in industrial robotics, mechatronics
and control design of mechanical systems primarily focusing on constraints and
limitations due to flexibility of joints, uncertainty in robot’s dynamics and robot’s
environment, underactuation, limited sensing capabilities.

The successful applicant should have earned MSc degree in subjects of in robotics,
mechanical or control engineering. S/he will have limited teaching duties and will
be mainly responsible for conducting both applied and fundamental research studies
jointly with partners of the project. Experience in organizing and running independent
robotics research projects as well as industrial experience or/and the previous work
in robotics and mechatronics projects are advantages.

Applications should be received by March 15, 2012 for full consideration, however
the search will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a full
resume, a cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references.
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Anton Shiriaev, phone:
(+1) 4692795263, email:


7.7 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Contributed by: Z.P. Jiang,

Ph.D. Position in Smart Grid

Outstanding applications are solicited for a full-time PhD position in smart
grid at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic
Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). NYU-Poly is known as “Brooklyn Poly”
and is merging with NYU. The school is conveniently located in downtown Brooklyn
with easy/quick subway connection to Manhattan. The scholarship covers both
tuition and stipend and is competitive comparing to other schools.

If you're an outstanding student with a strong background in control systems
with working knowledge of power systems, please write directly to Professor
Jiang via email at Please attach a copy of your latest CV with
email addresses of at least 2 references and a copy of your academic transcript.

The position will remain open until it is filled.


7.8 PhD/Post-Doc: Tel Aviv University
Contributed by: Michael Margaliot,

PhD and Postdoc Scholarships: School of Electrical Engineering,
Tel Aviv University

A PhD/Postdoc position in designing converters for renewable energy power
generators is available at the School of Electrical
Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Project Details:

It is expected that in the coming years, the proportion of power generators
using renewable energy sources will increase dramatically in many countries.
One of the central problems now being investigated by many teams is how to
connect large scale renewable energy sources to the electrical grid without
jeopardizing the grid stability. The project will involve the theoretical
analysis, design and construction of novel DC/AC converters that mimic the
behavior of synchronous generators together with their controllers. The
project is funded by the Israel Strategic Alternative Energy Fund; see The successful applicant is anticipated to have a
first-class honours degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Applied
Mathematics, or other relevant areas, with specialization in either power
conversion or control theory.

Experience in building electronic circuits involving digital signal
processors is most welcome. All applicants are expected to possess
good communication skills in English (Hebrew in not required) and should
satisfy the academic admission requirements for the PhD programme of Tel
Aviv University. Applications should include a detailed CV, including e-mail
addresses of two referees, a copy of academic transcripts and a cover letter
detailing the applicant’s research interest and its relevance to the project.
Potential applicants should discuss their application and forward their paperwork
via e-mail to Michael Margaliot,, or George Weiss, The deadline for applications is 31 March 2012 or until
the position filled, for the starting date we are flexible. Further information
can be obtained by e-mail from the persons named above.


7.9 PhD/Post-Doc: Hamilton Institute, Ireland
Contributed by: Doug Leith,

Postdoctoral and PhD positions in Green Transportation Networks, Hamilton
Institute, Ireland

Following a major Science Foundation Ireland investment in the area of Green
Transportation networks, the Hamilton Institute invites applications for a
number of research positions in the area of smart city transportation systems
and networks:

1. Post-doctoral researcher in the area of transportation modelling and
   cooperative feedback control (with specific regard to new vehicle types and
   vehicle mixes);
2. Post-doctoral researcher in the area of mathematics of distributed optimization
   of massively large-scale systems;
3. Post-doctoral researcher in the area of cooperative mobility systems and
   applications of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies;
4. Ph.D. position in the area of cooperative control and optimization with
   application to transportation networks.
5. Ph.D. position in cooperative ECO adaptive cruise control.
6. Ph.D. position in cooperative algorithms for hybrid electric vehicle
   charging and grid integration.
7. Ph.D. position in cooperative sensing with specific application to cooperative
   GPS applications.
8. Ph.D. position in data privacy and anonymity-preserving communication networks.

A number of these positions will be held jointly with the National Centre for
Geocomputation (NCG) and with Fraunhofer-Fokus in Berlin.

A background and knowledge of one or more of the following areas is desirable:
Control and Optimization; Queueing/Information theory; Pollution/Environmental
Modelling and Sensing in cities; Wireless Communications; Automotive Systems
including Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

Postdoctoral candidates must be able to demonstrate an excellent international
research track record and the potential to contribute leadership. Postgraduate
candidates should hold a good (first-class honours or equivalent) degree in a
cognate field and be motivated to tackle challenging research problems.

Postdoctoral appointments will be on the Science Foundation Ireland Research
Fellow scale €42,394-€63,125, at a level reflecting experience and qualifications.
Postgraduate scholarships are open to Irish, EU and international students and
carry a stipend of €18,000 (tax free).

To apply, candidates should submit a detailed CV, transcripts of undergraduate
grades, motivation letter and the names and addresses of two referees for letters
of recommendation to Prof. Robert Shorten, email: For further
details see

The Hamilton Institute has one of the largest and most active applied mathematics
research groups in Ireland and is an international centre of excellence. The
National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG) is a leading international research centre
in the field of geographic information science. Both are located in Maynooth, a
small university town located 20 Km west of Ireland’s capital city Dublin with a
vibrant cultural and social life.


7.10 Post-Doc: The Royal Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Mikael Johansson,

The Royal Institute of Technology announces 1-3 Positions for Postdoctoral
Researchers at ACCESS Linnaeus Centre

The ACCESS Linnaeus Centre at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm,
Sweden, invites applications from outstanding candidates for postdoctoral research
positions. ACCESS is one of Europe’s largest university research centers in networked
systems. 36 senior researchers and 100 PhD students are involved in developing
fundamental understanding and engineering principles for designing self-managed
and scalable communication, control and sensor networks.

Candidates should have a PhD (or be near completion) in a relevant field and a strong
research and publication record. The ability and interest to work across traditional
disciplines and to initiate new research collaborations is essential. KTH aims to
employ a diversity of talent and thus welcomes applicants who will add to the variety
of the University, especially as concerns its gender structure.

The duration of the position is 12 months and may be extended by an additional 12
months. The starting date is during fall or winter of 2012. Complete information can
be found on

The application (including CV, publication list and brief research statement) should
be sent by email (as a single pdf file) to The application deadline
is April 20, 2012. Write the reference number E-2012-0075 in the subject line of
your application email.

Contact: Professor Mikael Johansson, e-mail: Professor Karl Henrik
Johansson, Director, e-mail: Ms Kristina Gustafsson, Administrator,


7.11 Post-Doc: Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
Contributed by: Zdenek Hurak,

Post-Doc position: Distributed parallel micromanipulation by shaping force
fields for biochemistry applications

A postdoctoral position is available at the Department of Control Engineering,
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech
Republic. A successful candidate is expected to conduct research in the new
domain of distributed (micro)manipulation by shaping force fields using arrays
of (micro)actuators with strong focus on applications in biochemistry. In particular,
electrical field will be shaped by controlling voltages applied to a planar array
of microelectrodes, leading to the so-called dielectrophoretic manipulation with
cell-mimicking microparticles such as liposomes in a liquid environment, but
combination with other electrokinetic and microfluidic phenomena will also be
explored. It is expected that the theoretical research in the algorithmic domain
will be accompanied by laboratory experimentation with microfluidic devices.

The applied motivation for the research comes through the participation in a
multipartner “Center of Excellence for Advanced Bioanalytical Technologies”,
wherein the other two partner groups are analytical chemistry and biochemistry
laboratories. Tight interactions with these researchers are expected. See more
details on the starting project at

Applicants of two possible research profiles are sought:

1.) Either they should have a solid theoretical background in systems & signals-
based fields such as control engineering, robotics and automation proved by a
few solid journal publications. Some previous exposure to electrokinetics and
general microfluidics and microsystems will be an excellent advantage but is not
required. However, strong engineering spirit and ability to set up and conduct
independent laboratory experiments using microscopes, digital cameras, signal
generators, amplifiers and rapid prototyping systems (Matlab/Simulink or Labview
based) is required.

2.) Or they should have a firm background in electrokinetics and/or general
microfluidics including at least modest level of mastering microfabrication
procedures, and good modeling and experimentation skills proved by a few solid
journal publications. Nonetheless, since the project is of strong of multidisciplinary
flavour, eagerness to learn new things from the fields such as control systems,
robotics, automation and computer science is the key component in the applicants'
motivation in order to make the interactions in the team feasible.

The applicant will become a member of Czech Technical University in Prague, the
most prestigious technical university in Czech Republic, located in the very center
of the beautiful city of Prague. The home department for the applicant will be
Department of Control Engineering. The department is lead by Prof. Michael Sebek –
a researcher in control-oriented algorithms for polynomials and polynomial matrices,
also a co-founder of PolyX company producing Polynomial Toolbox for Matlab. Other
professors are Prof. Vladimir Kucera – one of the pioneers of the polynomial approach
to linear control and a former IFAC president, Prof. Vladimir Havlena – a “senior
fellow” researcher in Prague Honeywell Laboratory specializing in estimation and
filtering for industrial processes, and Prof. Sergej Celikovsky – a renowned expert
in nonlinear systems theory. Apart from the theoretical domains represented by these
professors and their research assistants and students, the department has a strong
local industrial collaboration in diverse areas of industrial automation. Quick link
to the bilingual annual report is
The actual research group with which the applicant would stay is the recently established

Applicants will also be asked to supervise a team of undergraduate and/or graduate
students working on this project, hence good communication skills are needed.

The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility to extend up to three years.
The deadline for submitting an application is May 31, 2012. The pre-selected candidates
will be invited for an interview in June 2012. The appointment will start in July 2012
(or depending on the negotiation).

Competitive salary can be offered and depending on the expertize also further negotiated.

Knowledge of Czech language not needed.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Zdenek Hurak ( The application
should contain a CV, a formal letter of interest, a list of the candidate's conference
and journal publications, with the best three publications attached. Contact details for
three researchers who are willing to provide a reference must be also given.


7.12 Post-Doc: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Contributed by: Anton Shiriaev,

Message: The Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway,
invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position for the period of
2 years supported by the Norwegian Research Council. The department seeks an
outstanding individual with the research record in analysis and robust control
for nonlinear mechanical systems with limited control authorities, hybrid
and uncertain dynamics and underactuation. It is expected that the successful
candidate will perform theoretical and experimental investigations in subjects
of robotics, mechatronics and control of mechanical systems focused on developing
and validating approaches for motion and trajectory planning and controllers
design for robust stabilization.

The successful applicant should have recently earned PhD in robotics, mechanical
and control engineering. S/he will have limited teaching duties and will be mainly
responsible for conducting both applied and fundamental research studies jointly
with partners of the project. Experience in organizing and running independent
robotics research projects as well as industrial experience or/and the previous
work in robotics and mechatronics projects are advantages.

Applications should be received by March 15, 2012 for full consideration,
however the search will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should
submit a full resume, a cover letter, and the names and contact information of
three references. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Anton
Shiriaev, phone: (+1) 469 279 5263, email:


7.13 Post-Doc: Imperial College, London
Contributed by: Guy-Bart Stan,

PostDoctoral Research Associate position at Imperial College London: "Data-based
optimal control of synthetic biology gene circuits"

The Control Engineering Synthetic Biology group
( located within the Centre for
Synthetic Biology and Innovation (
and the Department of Bioengineering (
at Imperial College London (U.K.) is currently looking to hire an experienced
and motivated PostDoctoral Research Associate to work on the U.K. EPSRC funded
research project EP/J014214/1: *Data-based optimal control of synthetic biology
gene circuits*. We are seeking highly motivated, bright researchers and our
group is a dynamic, highly productive and stimulating environment, where we
provide world-class multi-disciplinary training.

This Research Associate position is available for fourteen months to work with
Dr Guy-Bart Stan ( in the Department of
Bioengineering and the new EPSRC Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation at
Imperial College London. In this position, the successful applicant will work
in a fast-paced dynamic environment performing studies at the interface between
control engineering and synthetic biology. The research conducted will aim to
build foundational methods for the optimal control of synthetic biology gene
circuits using a data-based approach, mainly through the application and novel
development of reinforcement learning methods.

Applicants should have a PhD in Computer Science, Control Engineering, Machine
Learning, Computational Biology or closely aligned disciplines, or an equivalent
level of professional qualifications and experience. Previous experience in
nonlinear dynamical systems, reinforcement learning and optimal control (sequential
decision making / multi-stage stochastic programming), deterministic and stochastic
modelling of gene expression, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial
experience is highly desired. Previous research experience in synthetic biology
will be advantageous but is not a requirement; this project is an excellent
opportunity for a skilled individual to cross-over into the exciting field of
synthetic biology.

See below for a brief project description.

*Job description and Person Specification*:

*Job Title*: Research Associate - Data-based optimal control of synthetic
 biology gene circuits
*Department/Division/Faculty*: Department of Bioengineering, Centre for
 Synthetic Biology and Innovation, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus
*Salary*: £31,300 - £36,770 per annum
 Fixed-term appointment for 14 months
*Closing Date for applications*: 15 March 2012 (midnight GMT)
 The position needs to filled by June 2012
*How to apply*: Applicants should apply online at If
 this link does not work please visit,
 select "Job Search", and then enter the job title "Data-based optimal control of
 synthetic biology gene circuits" or vacancy reference number EN20120027FH into
 "Keywords". Complete and upload an application form as indicated in the "How to
 apply" section. Once completed, please do not forget to upload your application
 form prior to submitting your application. In addition to the application form,
please also attach a CV, a brief expression of interest including a short description
of your past activities and goals, and a scanned copy of your PhD certificate.

*Brief project description*:
Synthetic Biology aims at the engineering of biological systems. Its most prominent
application is the rational modification or (re-)design of living organisms, ideally
in a way akin to the engineering of man-made devices, for their efficient use in
sectors such as energy, biomedicine, drug production and food technology. The
availability of control mechanisms that can ensure robust and optimal operation
of engineered systems is one of the key factors behind the tremendous advances in
engineering fields such as transportation, industrial production and energy. However,
in the case of engineered biosystems, their accurate control must typically overcome
two important hurdles: uncertainty and noise. Uncertainty arises from a high number
of components that interact in a nonlinear (and often unknown) manner, and makes it
often extremely hard to build accurate mathematical models of their behaviour. Noise,
on the other hand, is ubiquitous in cellular systems since the environmental conditions
in which they operate typically vary unpredictably and gene expression is inherently
a stochastic process.

In this project, we will investigate the possibility of automatically learning to
optimally control synthetic biology gene networks from input-output data collected
from these gene networks, i.e. without using a mathematical model built a priori.
In particular, we will develop algorithms that allow computer-based systems to
autonomously learn how to vary the inputs of given gene networks so as to optimise
their performance defined in terms of the time evolution of their measured outputs.
The control strategies learned by our methods will take into account noise and
uncertainties in the data and will be developed to be robust with respect to these.
Such data-based strategies are analogous to, for example, the way we drive our cars:
without any a priori mathematical model of the car behaviour on the road, we can
effectively learn when and by how much to steer, accelerate and break (inputs)
based on our observations of the car's position and velocity on the road (outputs)
so as to, for example, minimise our lap time around an unknown track.

The algorithms we will develop will allow users to define the desired behaviour
and performance objectives and will compute input-scheduling strategies that allow
these objectives to be satisfied. The project will build on methods that we have
developed and successfully applied to the optimal control of nonlinear systems in
noisy environments, e.g., data-based optimal drug-scheduling for HIV infected patients
( The use of such purely data
-based optimal control methods is particularly important in synthetic biology applications
where the system to be controlled is typically poorly characterised and model
uncertainties prevail, yet large amount of high-throughput input-output data are
available or can be extracted.

For further information regarding the post please contact Dr Guy-Bart Stan


7.14 Post-Doc: University of Maryland
Contributed by: Thommas Mc Avoy,

Postdoctoral Fellow – Control Systems

Position Description:
The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland, School
of Medicine is recruiting for a post-doctoral fellow position to carry out
research on control systems design and implementation in a medical device
application involving the treatment of cancer patients. The successful candidate
will work with other post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in the laboratory.
It is expected that the successful candidate will publish their work in reputed journals.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, electrical
and computer engineering, biomedical engineering, or related physical science.
Successful applicants must be highly motivated and must have strong programming
(C/C++ and Matlab) skills. Experience in LabView and robotics is required. Hands-on
experience with sensors and servo/stepper motors is highly preferred. Expertise
in embedded/control engineering is also preferred. The appointment will be for
one year, with the possibility of extension for another year. Applications should
include a cover letter, CV/resume and the names of three references. Individuals
with evidence of experience in scholarly research are encouraged to apply.

Employer and Environment:
The Department of Radiation Oncology within the University of Maryland Greenebaum
Cancer Center has a main facility at the University of Maryland Medical Center in
downtown Baltimore, close to the main attractions of the Inner Harbor waterfront
and professional sports arenas, theaters and symphony venues.

Interested applicants should mail or send electronically their curriculum vitae to:
Warren D’Souza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged
to apply.


7.15 Post-Doc: LTH, Lund University, Sweden
Contributed by: Anders Rantzer,

Applications are invited for positions as Linnaeus Postdoctor at the Department of Automatic Control, LTH, Lund University, Sweden.

The positions are tied to the LCCC, Lund Centre for Control of Complex engineering systems.
See and the LCCC homepage This is an opportunity for excellent young researchers to develop their own line of research
in synergy with a strong environment. LCCC has been created with support from a ten year Linnaeus grant by the Swedish Research Council, a special
grant allocated to research environments of highest international quality.

The official announcement will be posted on
during March 2012.


7.16 Faculty: Luleå University of Technology
Contributed by: Thomas Gustafsson,

Luleå University of Technology is the northernmost university of technology in
Scandinavia and with world-class research and education. Our strength lies in
our cooperation with companies and with rest of the world around us. Our contact
with companies and society help us develop research and education that satisfy
the demands that the world around makes on us and our students.

The Control Engineering Group (CEG) at the department of Computer Science and
Electrical and Space Engineering are now looking for one or two assistant professors
contributing to our growing activities. Applications include, but are not limited
to, plant wide optimization of sustainable process industries, automation of heavy
vehicles and wireless sensor networks. CEG is participating in many BSc and MSc
engineering programs and has a vital role in ProcessIT Innovations.

The candidates will perform research with a substantial experimental component,
published in peer-reviewed international journals and at major conferences. The
position also includes teaching and supervision of MSc and PhD students, and to
acquire funding for PhD and Postdoc projects from research funding agencies/councils,
EU framework program or industry. As an assistant professor, you work actively and
with great responsibility. We are looking for a candidate who can contribute to
the continued building of our research group. The position is part of a special
career program which means that the employee will be offered a skills assessment
for more advanced work and permanent employment.

As an assistant professor, you work actively and with great responsibility. We are
looking for a candidate who can contribute to the continued building of our research

Eligible for employment as Associate Senior Lecturer is whom that has been awarded
a PhD or have a foreign degree that is judged corresponding to a PhD. The degree
should not have been received more than five years before the application closing date.

For further information contact Professor Thomas Gustafsson, e-mail:

Please send your application to Luleå Tekniska Universitet (LTU), Registrator,
971 87 Luleå, or by e-mail: The reference number 416-12 should
be indicated on the application. Enclose the scientific work which the applicant
primarily wants to use as support for his/her application. The application must
be submitted in two separate sets.

We would prefer applicants to follow the Application template accessed via our
website, under “open positions”.

Closing Date: 2011-03-30


7.17 Faculty: Delft Center for Systems and Control
contributed by: Michel Verhaegen,

Assistant Professor in Multidimensional Systems and Control at the Delft
Center for Systems and Control

Job description: The position's research focus will be oriented towards fundamental
aspects in modelling, identification and control of multidimensional systems in the
field of photonics, optics and image processing using active optical components
(deformable lenses, mirrors, cameras). The fundamental research of the new position
will involve developing numerical methods for identification and control of 2D, 3D
and 4D systems for optics, photonics and high resolution imaging. Attention will
also be given to the algorithmic development and implementation, taking developments
in embedded computing with multi-core processors or distributed computing into
consideration. The application fields are in the area of health and life sciences,
industrial high resolution imaging, astronomy and lasers. The particular focus areas
are on the development of the next generation of integrated, adaptive optics systems
for micro- and nanoscopy, lithography, telescopes, long-range cameras and laser
development. These application developments require close cooperation in a multi-
disciplinary team with biologists, physicists, micro-electronic sensor and actuator
developers and medical staff. The application studies involve joint development of
innovative hardware demonstrators. The position also challenges the candidate to
develop a new course curriculum to prepare students for joining in the research at
the BSc, MSc and PhD levels. This curriculum design also involves developing and
maintaining a high quality laboratory. The development of such a lab environment for
education will be closely linked with the new research initiatives initiated through
external funding.

Requirements: The candidate has a PhD degree in one of the following areas: Applied
Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, with a profound
specialisation in multidimensional system theory, preferably with experience in photonics,
optics and image processing systems. He or she is able to conduct research according to
international standards, as demonstrated by international publications and a PhD thesis.
The candidate has already gained an international reputation in his or her field of
research. Additional experience in setting up an optics lab for validation of new
system theoretic developments is an asset. The candidate is able to effectively
cooperate and communicate with colleagues in related fields. He or she has a stimulating
and cooperative attitude in contacts with students, engineers, and colleagues within the
group and in projects performed in collaboration with other university groups and/or
industrial partners. International applicants must be willing to acquire a working
knowledge of the Dutch language.

Conditions of employment: The position offered is a tenure-track position for a period
of 5 years, leading to a permanent position assuming excellent performance. TU Delft
offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed
Internet access from home (with contracts of two years or longer), and the option of
assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and
benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU
Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Information and application: For more information about this position, please contact
Prof. M. Verhaegen, phone: +31 (0)15-2785204, e-mail: To apply,
please e-mail the following materials: a resume, including list of publications, the
names of three professional references, copies of three significant publications, a
personal research statement, and a personal teaching statement. Please e-mail your
materials by 15 April 2012 to Prof. Verhaegen, When applying
for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME12-06.


7.18 Faculty: University of Windsor
Contributed by: Mehrdad Saif,

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

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


7.19 Faculty: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
Contributed by: Alberto Bemporad,

IMT Lucca is accepting expressions of interest for faculty positions in the
fields of Computer Science and Engineering, Large Scale Data Mining, Graph
Theory, Mathematical Statistics, Machine Learning.

We will consider highly qualified candidates with a strong theoretical
background in computer science, physics, statistics, information science,
engineering, or mathematics, with an orientation towards research on processing
huge amounts of complex data in the analysis of technical, socio economic or
biological systems. Candidates must have an excellent record of high-impact
international publications. They should have demonstrated remarkable ability
in leading research groups, as well as experience in conducting/coordinating
international projects.
Preference will be given to candidates performing research at the intersection
between algorithms, theory and applications, and who are active in one or more
of the following fields: analysis and modeling of massive data structures; graph
theory and random structures; analysis and modeling of complex networks; machine
learning; data mining; parallel and distributed computation. Expressions of
interest should be submitted no later than May 15th 2012 via the online form
For further information about the position, applicants can refer to the website,
or can contact Sara Olson, e-mail:


7.20 Senior Lecturer: University of Bath, UK
Contributed by: Mark Opmeer,

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, UK

Senior Lecturer or Reader in Applied Mathematics

Applications are invited for a post in Applied Mathematics at the Senior Lecturer
or Reader level. The successful applicant will have a strong track record of
independent research of international standing. The person appointed will be
expected to sustain a leading research programme, and successfully secure external
funding. Candidates should have a strong interest in pursuing excellence in under-
graduate and postgraduate teaching and in supervising graduate students.

Applications are welcome in any area of Applied Mathematics which resonates with
and/or complements existing areas of expertise at Bath (this includes control theory).

Candidates should provide a full Curriculum Vitae, a statement of research interests
of up to 3 pages and use the online application portal at where further details of the position are also available.

Salary and start date are negotiable.

Closing date: March 22, 2012 (noon GMT)

Interview date: May 4, 2012.

Contact: Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Paul Milewski (,
+44(0)1225 386224) or to the Head of Department, Prof. Julian Faraway (,
+44 (0)1225 386992).


7.21 Researcher: The University of Melbourne
Contributed by: Ying Tan,

Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne

Expressions of interest are invited for a research fellow position available
in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in the School of
Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The position is supported by the research grant on extremum seeking control,
which is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The successful candidate
will address fundamental issues and tackle real world applications of extremum
seeking, by making contributions relevant to theoreticians and practitioners
alike in this wide-reaching research field. The offer will be for two years in
the first instance, with a possibility of extension for up to one year subject
to satisfactory progress and availability of funds.

The applicants for this position are anticipated to have a PhD or equivalent in
Electrical Engineering or Applied Mathematics, with specialization in control
theory. Applicants are expected to possess excellent communication and research
skills. The position will be advertised soon on the following website:

Please check website for details of the position (including the selection criteria
and position description) once the ad is available. Potential applicants should
apply on-line from the above website of The University of Melbourne. The deadline
for applications is 31 March 2012.

Enquiries: Professor Dragan Nesic (


7.22 Researcher: The Biotechnology HPC Software Applications Institute (BHSAI)
Contributed by: David Thorsley,

The Biotechnology HPC Software Applications Institute (BHSAI) is looking to hire
research scientists in the areas of physiological data modeling, bioinformatics/
systems biology, and computational chemistry & biology. The BHSAI is part of
the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Telemedicine and Advanced
Technology Research Center, located at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. The
positions are contract positions administered by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation
for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF).

These openings are for dynamic scientists with interest in working in an inter-
disciplinary environment with focus on the development and application of
computational solutions to biomedical problems. Experience in high performance
computing is a plus. The candidates are expected to simultaneously work in
multiple projects, involving a diverse and interdisciplinary team of scientists
across multiple laboratories.

Foreign nationals are welcome to apply. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident
status is not required.

Apply for these positions through the HJF website at
/open-jobs. The ID numbers and descriptions for the positions are:

206202: Research Scientist I (Bioinformatics/Systems Biology)
206203: Research Scientist II (Bioinformatics/Systems Biology)
206381: Research Scientist I (Physiological Data Modeling)
207131: Research Scientist I (Computational Chemistry & Biology)
207132: Research Scientist II (Computational Chemistry & Biology)

A Research Scientist I position is equivalent to a postdoctorate with the
possibility of promotion. A Research Scientist II position generally requires
postdoctoral experience.

Please contact David Thorsley ( if you would like
more information.


7.23 Researcher: ABB Corporate Research Switzerland
Contributed by: Mehmet Mercangoez,

Industrial Scientist position in advanced process control (PhD)

ABB Corporate Research Switzerland is looking for an R&D scientist with a PhD
degree in mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering to work on the control
of industrial processes, thermodynamic cycles, and turbomachinery. Interested
candidates shall use the ABB application tool to apply online ( > careers
> Available jobs > enter CH51828502 in the search field below the world map).
In case of further questions, please contact Mehmet Mercangoez


7.24 Researcher: Corporate Research Centre at ABB, Bangalore, India
Contributed by: Vinay Kariwala,

The control & optimization group within the corporate research centre at ABB,
Bangalore, India is looking for qualified individuals for the position of scientist.


As an experienced researcher, being part of this group, you will be handling
projects aimed at developing high quality and innovative prototypes for
Automation Systems to optimize the operational performance of industrial
processes of ABB’s customers. In this context, you will be leading the project
team in the development, implementation, testing and maintaining models of
industrial processes to enable their optimization. Your R&D function involves
simulation of the process behavior, identification of the optimization potential,
development of appropriate controllers or optimization solutions based on existing
methods, algorithms and tools or develop new algorithms/methods and will also be
responsible for appropriate task and project execution to meet the agreed project


Your Phd or Masters in any of the related area of studies with an experience
in working with modeling languages, simulation tools and optimization programs
and Designing controllers for optimal performance of industrial plants and
processes,Testing and validation of model against plant data, Identifying and
developing new areas of plant improvements would be an ideal fit for the profile.
Your experience in creating requirement specifications and validation plans,
writing operational documentation, reports and publications,ensuring IP protection
of innovations would be a plus.

Interested candidates can send their CV alongwith a cover letter to Vinay Kariwala


7.25 Research Fellow, Univeristy of Melbourne
Contributed by: Girish Nair,

A position is available in the Dept. Electrical & Electronic Engineering,
University of Melbourne, Australia for a research fellow in the area of networked
estimation, identification and control. A strong background in systems and control
theory and convex optimization is essential, and a solid understanding of the
principles of wireless communications and information theory is desirable. The
researcher will work with Prof. Subhrakanti Dey, Assoc. Prof Girish Nair and
Assoc. Prof. Erik Weyer.

This position is available for two years. The salary is in the range $81,925
– $91,139 p.a., plus employer superannuation contribution of 9%.

To obtain further details or to apply, please go to and search under keyword 'networked'.