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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

1.3 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

1.4 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control


2. Misc

2.1 SIAG/CST Prize

2.2 New Address: Denis N. Sidorov


3. Books

3.1 Power Converters and AC Electrical Drives with Linear Neural Networks 

3.2 An Introduction to Optimization

3.3 Redundancy in Robot Manipulators and Multi-Robot Systems

3.4 Optimal Control


4. Journals

4.1 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems 

4.2 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems

4.3 Contents: International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems

4.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

4.5 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications

4.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.7 CFP: Journal of Process Control

4.8 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

4.9 CFP: IEEE Systems Journal


5. Conferences

5.1 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

5.2 Chinese Control and Decision Conference


6. Workshops and Graduate Schools

6.1 IFAC Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations

6.2 IFAC Workshop on Adaptation and Learning in Control and Signal Processing

6.3 IFAC Workshop on Periodic Control Systems

6.4 IEEE INFOCOM Workshop on Communications and Control for Smart Energy Systems

6.5 Workshop on Control and Power Electronics for Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration

6.6 International EECI Graduate School on Control


7.  Positions

7.1 PhD: Lund University, Sweden

7.2 PhD: University of Liège, Belgium 

7.3 PhD: National University of Singapore

7.4 PhD: University of Georgia

7.5 PhD: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

7.6 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

7.7 PhD: University of Texas at San Antonio

7.8 Post-Doc: University of Groningen, The Netherlands

7.9 Post-Doc: Shanghai Jiaotong University

7.10 Post-Doc: KTH, Sweden

7.11 Post-Doc: Penn State University

7.12 Post-Doc: L2S Supelec, France

7.13 Post-Doc: Caltech

7.14 Post-Doc: Technische Universität München

7.15 Post-Doc: Chalmers

7.16 Faculty: National University of Singapore

7.17 Faculty: The Pennsylvania State University

7.18 Faculty: Wichita State University

7.19 Faculty: University of Minnesota

7.20 Faculty: Uppsala University

7.21 Faculty: Queen's University, Canada 

7.22 Faculty: Stevens Institute of Technology 

7.23 Faculty: Colorado State University

7.24 Faculty: Washington University, St. Louis

7.25 Faculty: University of California, Santa Barbara

7.26 Faculty: The University of Michigan

7.27 Faculty: University of Groningen

7.28 Faculty: Nazarbayev University

7.29 Faculty: IMT Lucca

7.30 Faculty: The University of Sheffield

7.31 Faculty: Texas A&M University

7.32 Research Associate: The University of Sheffield

7.33 Research Associate: University of Sheffield

7.34 Research Fellow: Shanghai Jiaotong University

7.35 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia

7.36 Developer: Intelligent Fusion Technology

7.37 Controls Engineer: United Technologies Research Center





1. IEEE CSS Headlines


1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,


CSS Publications Content Digest


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 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 

Contributed by: Felice Andrea Pellegrino,


52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

December 10-13, 2013

Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy


The 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control will be held Tuesday through 

Friday, December 10-13, 2013 at Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy.

Pre-conference Workshops will be held on Monday December 9, 2013.


The CDC is recognized as the premier scientific and engineering conference 

dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of systems and control. 

The CDC annually brings together an international community of researchers and 

practitioners in the field of automatic control to discuss new research results, 

perspectives on future developments, and innovative applications relevant to 

decision making, systems and control, and related areas.


The 52nd CDC will feature contributed and invited papers, as well as workshops, 

and may also include tutorial sessions.


All papers and session proposals must be submitted through the conference 

submission website

and must conform to the policy found at the conference web page requiring, in 

particular, that all submissions must be written in English.



Paper submissions site opens: January 4

Deadline for submission of invited session proposals: March 4

Deadline for submission of contributed and invited papers: March 11

Notification of acceptance/rejection: mid-July

Final submission and on-line registration opens: August 1

Deadline for final submission of all papers: September 5


More details can be obtained from the conference website


General Co-Chair: Thomas Parisini

General Co-Chair: Roberto Tempo

Program Chair: Andre' L. Tits




1.3 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

Contributed by: Thomas Parisini,


Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 20

(2012), Issue 6 (November)




Modeling and Solution for the Coil Sequencing Problem in Steel Color-Coating 


L. Tang, Y. Yang, and J. Liu page 1409


A BDD-Based Approach for Modeling Plant and Supervisor by Extended Finite 


S. Miremadi, B. Lennartson, and K. Åkesson page 1421


Impact Time and Angle GuidanceWith Sliding Mode Control

N. Harl and S. N. Balakrishnan page 1436


High Speed Visual Motion Control Applied to ProductsWith Repetitive Structures

J. de Best, R. van de Molengraft, and M. Steinbuch page 1450


Robust Visual Servo Control of a Mobile Robot for Object Tracking Using Shape 


J.-H. Jean and F.-L. Lian page 1461


On the Discretization of Linear Fractional Representations of LPV Systems

R. Tóth, M. Lovera, P. S. C. Heuberger, M. Corno, and P. M. J. Van den Hof 

page 1473


An Energy Management Controller to Optimally Trade Off Fuel Economy and 

Drivability for Hybrid Vehicles

D. F. Opila, X. Wang, R. McGee, R. B. Gillespie, J. A. Cook, and J. W. 

Grizzle page 1490


Sensor Graphs for Discrete Event Modeling Applied to Formal Verification 

of PLCs

T. Alenljung, B. Lennartson, and M. N. Hosseini page 1506


An Efficient Target Monitoring SchemeWith Controlled Node Mobility for 

Sensor Networks

H. Mahboubi, A. Momeni, A. G. Aghdam, K. Sayrafian-Pour, and V. Marbukh page 1522


Adaptive Model Predictive Control of an SCR Catalytic Converter System for 

Automotive Applications

T. L. McKinley and A. G. Alleyne page 1533


Optimal Tracking Control of Motion Systems

A. Mannava, S. N. Balakrishnan, L. Tang, and R. G. Landers page 1548




Natural Oscillation Control of Prototype Mechanical Rectifiers

M. N. Islam and Z. Chen page 1559


Towards Industrial Formal Specification of Programmable Safety Systems

O. Ljungkrantz, K. Åkesson, C. Yuan, and M. Fabian page 1567


Design of Stable Visual Servoing Under Sensor and Actuator Constraints via 

a Lyapunov-Based Approach

Z. Wang, D.-J. Kim, and A. Behal page 1575


Neural-Adaptive Output Feedback Control of a Class of Transportation Vehicles 

Based on Wheeled Inverted Pendulum Models

Z. Li and C. Yang page 1583


Controlling a MEMS Deformable Mirror in a Miniature Auto-Focusing Imaging System

H.-C. Wei, Y.-H. Chien, W.-Y. Hsu, Y.-C. Cheng, and G.-D. J. Su page 1592


Multivariable Repetitive-Predictive Controllers Using Frequency Decomposition

L. Wang, S. Chai, E. Rogers, and C. T. Freeman page 1597


Adaptive Sliding Mode Fault Tolerant Attitude Tracking Control for Flexible 

Spacecraft Under Actuator Saturation

B. Xiao, Q. Hu, and Y. Zhang page 1605


Robust Scheduling of Sampled-Data Networked Control Systems

S. Longo, G. Herrmann, and P. Barber page 1613


Decentralized Navigation and Conflict Avoidance for Aircraft in 3-D Space

G. Roussos and K. J. Kyriakopoulos page 1622


Decomposition Via QP

L. Shamgah and A. Nobakhti page 1630


Control of a String of Identical Pools Using Non-Identical Feedback Controllers

Y. Li and B. De Schutter page 1638




Global Exponential Convergence Properties for the Open-Loop Induction Motor

C. M. Verrelli page 1647 




1.4 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:



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

Issue 11 (November)




A Web Aggregation Approach for Distributed Randomized PageRank Algorithms

H. Ishii, R. Tempo, E-W. Bai p. 2703


On Approximations and Ergodicity Classes in Random Chains

B. Touri, A. Nedich p. 2718


Control Communication Complexity of Distributed Actions

W. S. Wong, J. Baillieul p. 2731


Parameterized Tube Model Predictive Control

S. V. Rakovic, B. Kouvaritakis, M. Cannon, C. Panos, R. Findeisen p. 2746


Decentralized Control of a Stochastic Multi-agent Queueing System

P. Li, A. E.B. Lim, J. G. Shanthikumar p. 2762


Differential Games Controllers that Confine a System to a Safe Region in the 

State Space, with Applications to Surge Tank Control

P. Falugi, P-A. Kountouriotis, R. B. Vinter p. 2778


Analysis of Non-linear Attitude Observers for Time-varying Reference 


J. Trumpf, R. Mahony, T. Hamel, C. Lageman p. 2789


Mean Field LQG Control in Leader-Follower Stochastic Multi-Agent Systems: 

Like-lihood Ratio Based Adaptation

M. Nourian, P. E. Caines, R. P. Malhame, M. Huang p. 2801


Receding Horizon Temporal Logic Planning

T. Wongpiromsarn, U. Topcu, R. M. Murray p. 2817


Control to Facet by Piecewise-affine Output Feedback

L. C.G.J.M. Habets, P. Collins, J. H. van Schuppen p. 2831


Asymmetric Decentralized Flocks

F. M. Tangerman, J. J. P. Veerman, B. Stosic p. 2844


Online Advertisement, Optimization and Stochastic Networks

B. Tan, R. Srikant p. 2854


Technical Notes and Correspondence


Discarded Consensus of Network of Agents with State Constraint

Z-X. Liu, Z-Q. Chen p. 2869


Numerical Sensitivity of Linear Matrix Inequalities Using Shift and Delta 


B. Lennartson, R. H. Middleton, I. Gustafsson p. 2874


Structure Preserving Adaptive Control of Port-Hamiltonian Systems

D. A. Dirksz, J. M.A. Scherpen p. 2880


Synchronization of Heterogeneous Agents

J. Lunze p. 2885


Strong Structural Controllability and the Multi-link Inverted Pendulum

C. L. Bowden, W. Holderbaum, V. M. Becerra p. 2891


Output Synchronization on Strongly Connected Graphs

N. Chopra p. 2896


A Partially Augmented Lagrangian Method for Low Order H-infinity Controller 

Synthesis Using Rational Constraints

D. Ankelhed, A. Helmersson, A. Hansson p. 2901


Delay Guarantees for Throughput-optimal Wireless Link Scheduling

K. Kar, S. Sarkar, A. Ghavami, X. Luo p. 2906


Fault-Tolerant Pole-Placement in Double-Integrator Networks

A. Locatelli, N. L.M. Schiavoni p. 2912


Finite Frequency Negative Imaginary Systems

J. Xiong, I. Petersen, A. Lanzon p. 2917


Detection Methods For Mode Perturbation Signatures

P. Otanez, M. E. Campbell p. 2923


Robust H_inf Sliding Mode Descriptor Observer for Fault and Output Disturbance 

Estimation of Uncertain Systems

D-J. Lee, Y. Park, Y-s. Park p. 2928


Global Output Feedback Stabilization of a Class of Nonlinear Systems via 

Linear Sampled-Data Control

C. Qian, H. Du p. 2934


Approximate Simulation Budget Allocation for Selecting the Best Design in the 

Presence of Stochastic Constraints

L. H. Lee, N. Pujowidianto, L-W. Li, C-H. Chen, C. M. Yap p. 2940


Square-Root Sigma-Point Information Filtering

G. Liu, W. Florentin, I. Markelic p. 2945


Modular Subspace-Based System Identification from Multi-Setup Measurements

M. Dˆhler, L. Mevel p. 2951


Robust Finite-time Parameter Estimation using a Hybrid Systems Framework

M. Hartman, N. W. Bauer, A. R. Teel p. 2956


Control of Mobile Manipulators in a Task Space

M. Galicki p. 2962


Kalman Filtering for a Generalized Class of Nonlinear Systems and a New 

Gaussian Quadrature Technique

A. Charalampidis, G. P. Papavassilopoulos p. 2967 







2.1 SIAG/CST Prize 

Contributed by: J. M. Littleton,






The SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize (SIAG/CST Prize) 

will be awarded at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT13) 

to be held jointly with the SIAM Annual Meeting, July 8-10, 2013, in San Diego, 



The SIAG/CST Prize, established in 1997, is awarded every two years to a junior 

researcher for outstanding research contributions to mathematical control or 

systems theory.




At least one of the papers containing this work must be published in English 

in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a publication date within the eligibility 

period and such that at least one of the following two requirements is met at 

the publication date: either (1) the author is not more than 35 years old, or 

(2) not more than six years have elapsed since the author received a PhD or 

equivalent degree. The eligibility period for the 2013 award is January 1, 

2010, through December 31, 2012.


Description of the Award


The award will consist of a plaque and a certificate containing the citation. 

An invitation will be extended to the prize recipient to attend the award 

ceremony to receive the award and to present the paper. The recipient will 

be reimbursed for travel expenses to attend the meeting.




Nominations should be sent to by NOVEMBER 15, 2012. 

Attach a letter of nomination (including a description of the contributions 

and citation of papers), a CV for the candidate, and letters of support from 

two or three experts (but no more than three). Letters should be addressed 

as below:


Professor George Yin

Chair, SIAG/CST Prize Committee

c/o J. M. Littleton


3600 Market Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688



For inquiries:


Telephone: +1-215-382-9800 ext. 303


Selection committee


Members of the selection committee are: George Yin (Chair), Wayne State 

University; Vincent Blondel, Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium; 

Jorge Cortes, University of California San Diego; Ruth F. Curtain, University 

of Groningen, The Netherlands; Hideo Nagai, Kansai University, Japan.




2.2 New Address: Denis N. Sidorov

Contributed by: Denis Sidorov,


New Address of Denis N. Sidorov


University of Siegen

Walter-Flex-Str. 3, Emmy-Noether-Campus

D - 57068  Siegen Germany

Tel:  +49 271 7403609






3. Books


3.1 Power Converters and AC Electrical Drives with Linear Neural Networks 

Contributed by: Maurizio Cirrincione,


Power Converters and AC Electrical Drives with Linear Neural Networks

Series: Energy, Power Electronics, and Machines

Published: May 07, 2012 by CRC Press - 661 Pages


Maurizio Cirrincione, Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, Belfort, 

France; Marcello Pucci, Istituto di Studi sui Sistemi Intelligenti per 

l’Automazione (ISSIA) Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Palermo, 

Italy; Gianpaolo Vitale, Istituto di Studi sui Sistemi Intelligenti per 

l’Automazione (ISSIA) Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Palermo, 



The first book of its kind, Power Converters and AC Electrical Drives with 

Linear Neural Networks systematically explores the application of neural 

networks in the field of power electronics, with particular emphasis on the 

sensorless control of AC drives. It presents the classical theory based on 

space-vectors in identification, discusses control of electrical drives and 

power converters, and examines improvements that can be attained when using 

linear neural networks.


The book integrates power electronics and electrical drives with artificial 

neural networks (ANN). Organized into four parts, it first deals with voltage 

source inverters and their control. It then covers AC electrical drive control, 

focusing on induction and permanent magnet synchronous motor drives. The third 

part examines theoretical aspects of linear neural networks, particularly the 

neural EXIN family. The fourth part highlights original applications in 

electrical drives and power quality, ranging from neural-based parameter 

estimation and sensorless control to distributed generation systems from 

renewable sources and active power filters. Simulation and experimental 

results are provided to validate the theories.


Written by experts in the field, this state-of-the-art book requires basic 

knowledge of electrical machines and power electronics, as well as some 

familiarity with control systems, signal processing, linear algebra, and 

numerical analysis. Offering multiple paths through the material, the text 

is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students, theoreticians, 

practicing engineers, and researchers involved in applications of ANNs. 




3.2 An Introduction to Optimization

Contributed by: Edwin Chong,


An Introduction to Optimization, 4th Edition

Edwin K. P. Chong, Stanislaw H. Zak


Publisher: Wiley

Series: Wiley-Interscience Series in Discrete Mathematics and Optimization

ISBN: 978-1-1182-7901-4

640 pages

Available: January 2013





Fully updated to reflect modern developments in the field, this new edition fills 

the need for an accessible, yet rigorous, introduction to optimization theory and 

methods. Featuring innovative coverage and a straightforward approach, the Fourth 

Edition includes a new chapter on integer programming, expanded coverage on one-

dimensional methods, improvements to the sections on linear matrix inequalities, 

and numerous new exercises at the end of all chapters. The book begins with a review 

of basic definitions and notations and also provides the related fundamental back-

ground of linear algebra, geometry, and calculus. With this foundation, the authors 

explore the essential topics of unconstrained optimization problems, linear programming 

problems, and nonlinear constrained optimization. An optimization perspective on 

global search methods is featured and includes discussions on genetic algorithms, 

particle swarm optimization, and the simulated annealing algorithm. In addition, 

the book includes an elementary introduction to artificial neural networks, convex 

optimization, and multiobjective optimization, all of which are of tremendous 

interest to students, researchers, and practitioners. Numerous diagrams and figures 

found throughout the book complement the written presentation of key concepts, and 

each chapter is followed by MATLAB® exercises and drill problems that reinforce the 

discussed theory and algorithms.


An updated Instructor's Manual with fully worked-out solutions to all the exercises 

is held in-house at Wiley's New York office and is available to instructors who 

adopt the book for classroom use. For a copy of the solutions manual, fax an official 

request letter on university letterhead to 201-748-6825, or contact Sari Friedman 





Part I. Mathematical Review


1 Methods of Proof and Some Notation

2 Vector Spaces and Matrices

3 Transformations

4 Concepts from Geometry

5 Elements of Calculus


Part II. Unconstrained Optimization


6 Basics of Set-Constrained and Unconstrained Optimization

7 One-Dimensional Search Methods

8 Gradient Methods

9 Newton's Method

10 Conjugate Direction Methods

11 Quasi-Newton Methods

12 Solving Linear Equations

13 Unconstrained Optimization and Neural Networks

14 Global Search Algorithms Algorithms


Part III. Linear Programming


15 Introduction to Linear Programming

16 Simplex Method

17 Duality

18 Nonsimplex Methods

19 Integer Linear Programming


Part IV. Nonlinear Constrained Optimization


20 Problems with Equality Constraints

21 Problems With Inequality Constraints

22 Convex Optimization Problems

23 Algorithms for Constrained Optimization

24 Multiobjective Optimization




3.3 Redundancy in Robot Manipulators and Multi-Robot Systems 

Contributed by: Dejan Milutinovic,


Redundancy in Robot Manipulators and Multi-Robot Systems

Milutinovic, Dejan; Rosen, Jacob (Eds.), Springer


About the book: The trend in the evolution of robotic systems is that

the number of degrees of freedom increases. This is visible both in robot

manipulator design and in the shift of focus from single to multi-robot systems. 

Following the principles of evolution in nature, one may infer that adding degrees 

of freedom to robot systems design is beneficial. However, since nature did not 

select snake-like bodies for all creatures, it is reasonable to expect the 

presence of a certain selection pressure on the number of degrees of freedom. 

Thus, understanding costs and benefits of multiple degrees of freedom, especially 

those that create redundancy, is a fundamental problem in the field of robotics.


This volume is mostly based on the works presented at the workshop on Redundancy 

in Robot Manipulators and Multi-Robot Systems at the IEEE/RSJ International 

Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - IROS 2011. The workshop was 

envisioned as a dialog between researchers from two separate, but obviously 

related fields of robotics: one that deals with systems having multiple degrees 

of freedom, including redundant robot manipulators, and the other that deals with 

multi-robot systems. The volume consists of twelve chapters, each representing 

one of the two fields.


Table of contents: (1) Performance of Serial Underactuated Mechanisms: Number 

of Degrees of Freedom and Actuators (2) Low-Cost Multi-Robot Localization (3) 

Using torque redundancy to optimize contact forces in legged robots (4) Exploiting 

Heterogeneity in Robotic Networks (5) Variational Analysis of Snakelike Robots 

(6) Robustness in the Presence of Task Differentiation in Robot Ensembles (7) 

Cooperating Mobile Cable Robots (8) Deployment algorithms for dynamically 

constrained mobile robots (9) Kalman Smoothing for Distributed Optimal Feedback 

Control of Unicycle Formations (10) M*: A Complete Multirobot Path Planning 

Algorithm with Optimality Bounds (11) Individual Control of Redundant Skeletal 

Muscles using an Exoskeleton Robot (12) Synthesizing Redundancy Resolution 

Criteria of the Human Arm Posture in Reaching Movements. 




3.4 Optimal Control

contributed by: Frank Lewis,


Optimal Control, Third Edition, 2012, F.L. Lewis, D. Vrabie, and V. Syrmos


The third edition of 'Optimal Control' has been published. This edition has a 

new chapter on Reinforcement Learning for Feedback Control and a new chapter 

on Differential Games. 






4.  Journals


4.1 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems 

Contributed by: Michael Whitaker,


Control and Intelligent Systems

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


Table of Contents


Current issue:

Volume 40, Number 4 (October 2012)


Design of Hybrid Fuzzy-PI Controllers for MIMO Process

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



Model Predictive Control of Linear Systems Subject to Actuator Degradation

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


Singular Weak Optimal Controls

Javier F. Rosenblueth, Gerardo Sánchez Licea


Output Feedback Fault Tolerant Control for Networked Control Systems with 

Random Access

Xiaomei Qi, Chengjin Zhang, Jason Gu


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

Distinct Real Eigenvalue Case

Takashi Sakamoto, Noriyuki Hori


A New Design Method of Optimal PID Controller with Dynamic Performances 


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


About Control and Intelligent Systems

First published in 1972, this journal covers all aspects of control theory 

and related computational techniques and practical applications. Apart from 

conventional control, the journal publishes papers in the field of intelligent 

control and soft computing; particularly, intelligent systems, fuzzy logic, 

neural networks, genetic algorithms/evolutionary computing, and probabilistic 

techniques. It also includes book reviews, conference notices, calls for papers, 

and announcements of new publications. 




4.2 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems

Contributed by: Lars Gruene,


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

Volume 24, Number 4,


Elimination, fundamental principle and duality for analytic linear systems of 

partial differential-difference equations with constant coefficients, Henri 

Bourlès and Ulrich Oberst, 351-402


Periodic output regulation for distributed parameter systems, L. Paunonen 

and S. Pohjolainen, 403-441


On the "redundant" null-pairs of functions connected by a general Linear 

Fractional Transformation, György Michaletzky and Andrea Gombani, 443-475


Designs of optimal switching feedback decentralized control policies for 

fluid queueing networks, V. Feoktistova, A. Matveev, E. Lefeber and J. E. 

Rooda, 477-503




4.3 Contents: International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems

Contributed by: Jinyoung You,


International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems, Volume 10, Number 

5, 2012 (ISSN: 1598-6446)


Observer-Based Adaptive FNN Controller Optimized by NAPSOSA for Nonlinear 

Time-delay Systems

Shun-Hung Tsai and Kai-Shiuan Shih

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.861-872, 2012


Non-fragile Robust Finite-time H∞ Control for Nonlinear Stochastic Itô Systems 

Using Neural Network

Zhiguo Yan, Guoshan Zhang*, and Jiankui Wang

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.873-882, 2012


Adaptive Fault Tolerant Synchronization with Unknown Propagation Delays and 

Actuator Faults

Qikun Shen, Bin Jiang*, and Vincent Cocquempot

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.883-889, 2012


Adaptive Control for Input-Constrained Linear Systems

Bong Seok Park, Jae Young Lee, Jin Bae Park*, and Yoon Ho Choi

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.890-896, 2012


Probabilistic-Constrained Optimal Control of a Class of Stochastic 

Hybrid Systems

Koichi Kobayashi, Koichiro Matou, and Kunihiko Hiraishi

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.897-904, 2012


Solving Coupled Matrix Equations over Generalized Bisymmetric Matrices

Mehdi Dehghan and Masoud Hajarian

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.905-912, 2012


Formation Control of Discrete-Time Multi-Agent Systems by Iterative 

Learning Approach

Yang Liu and Yingmin Jia

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.913-919, 2012


Switched Convergence of Second-Order Switched Nonlinear Systems

Carmen Pérez and Francisco Benítez

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.920-930, 2012


Leader-following Consensus Problem with an Accelerated Motion Leader

Lixin Gao, Xinjian Zhu, and Wenhai Chen

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.931-939, 2012


Feedback Control on Nash Equilibrium for Discrete-Time Stochastic Systems 

with Markovian Jumps: Finite-Horizon Case

Huiying Sun, Liuyang Jiang, and Weihai Zhang

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.940-946, 2012


Subspace Identification for Fractional Order Hammerstein Systems Based on 

Instrumental Variables

Zeng Liao, Zhuting Zhu, Shu Liang, Cheng Peng, and Yong Wang

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.947-953, 2012


Walking Intent Detection Algorithm for Paraplegic Patients Using a Robotic 

Exoskeleton Walking Assistant with Crutches

Junyoung Jung, Inhun Jang, Robert Riener, and Hyunsub Park*

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.954-962, 2012


HCI (Hue-Chroma-Intensity) Color Model: A Robust Color Representation under 

Illumination Changes

Hoon Kang, Seung Hwan Lee, and Jayong Lee

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.963-971, 2012


Real-Time Occlusion Tolerant Detection of Illegally Parked Vehicles

Waqas Hassan, Philip Birch, Rupert Young, and Chris Chatwin

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.972-981, 2012


Sampling-Based Retraction Method for Improving the Quality of Mobile Robot 

Path Planning

Byungjae Park, Jinwoo Choi, and Wan Kyun Chung*

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.982-991, 2012


The Optimal Design Scheme of an SUGV for Surveillance and Reconnaissance 

Missions in Urban and Rough Terrain

Won-Sung Park, Min-Su Park, and Hai-Won Yang

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.992-999, 2012


Minimal-Drift Heading Measurement Using a MEMS Gyro for Mobile Robots: 

Fused with Odometry

Sung Kyung Hong, Sang Cheol Lee, Jae Won Han, and Young-sun Ryuh

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1000-1004, 2012


Consensus Analysis for Multiple Autonomous Agents with Input Delay and 

Communication Delay

Cheng-Lin Liu and Fei Liu

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1005-1012, 2012


Markov-Chain-Based Output Feedback Control for Stabilization of Networked 

Control Systems with Random Time Delays and Packet Losses

Jiawei Dong and Won-jong Kim*

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1013-1022, 2012


H∞ Control for Networked Systems with Random Delays and Packet Dro-pouts

Xiu-Ying Li and Shu-Li Sun*

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1023-1031, 2012


Robust H∞ Sliding Mode Observer Design for Fault Estimation in a Class of 

Uncertain Nonlinear Systems with LMI Optimization Approach

Slim Dhahri, Anis Sellami, and Fayçal Ben Hmida

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1032-1041, 2012


A Probabilistic Approach for Model Following of Markovian Jump Linear Systems 

Subject to Actuator Saturation

Linpeng Wang, Jin Zhu*, and Junhong Park

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1042-1048, 2012


State Estimation for Discrete-Time Markov Jump Linear Systems Based on 

Orthogonal Projective Theorem

Wei Liu, Huaguang Zhang, Zhanshan Wang, and Qiuye Sun

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1049-1054, 2012


Compensation and Stochastic Modeling of Discrete-Time Networked Control Systems 

with Data Packet Disorder

Yun-Bo Zhao, Jongrae Kim, Guo-Ping Liu, and David Rees

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1055-1063, 2012


The Research of Adaptive Sliding Mode Controller for Motor Servo System Using 

Fuzzy Upper Bound on Disturbances

Xiaodong Liu, Yunjie Wu, and Baiting Liu

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1064-1069, 2012


Fault Tolerant Attitude Estimation for an LEO Satellite Using a Multi-

hypothesis Filter

Jun Kyu Lim, Kwang Rok Choi, and Chan Gook Park*

vol. 10, no. 5, pp.1070-1076, 2012




4.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,


Asian Journal of Control

Vol.14, No.6 October, 2012



Regular papers:


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

Authors: Gang Chen and Frank L. Lewis


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

DC/AC Converters

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


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

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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


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

Authors: Lirong Huang


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

in FM Second Model

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


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

Sensing Ranges

Authors: K. D. Do


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

Controlled Long Term Blood Pressure Regulatory System

Authors: M. Shahin and S. Maka


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

Time-Delay Systems

Authors: Magdi S. Mahmoud and Yuanqing Xia


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

Neural Network (HOHNN)

Authors: Chi-Hsu Wang and Kun-Neng Hung


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

Driven Mobile Robots

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


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

(Belbic) to Multiple-Area Power Systems

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


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

Dynamical Uncertainties

Authors: Shaocheng Tong, Ning Sheng, and Yongming Li


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


Authors: Tao Liu, Hao Zhang, and Qijun Chen


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

Disturbance Rejection

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


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

Linear Systems with Faulty Actuators

Authors: Jiao Li and Jun Zhao


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

Average Dwell Time Approach

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


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

Gossip Algorithms

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


Brief papers:


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

Systems with Fixed Structure Controllers

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


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

Globally N-Detectable Nonlinear Systems

Authors: Dan Sui and Tor Arne Johansen


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

Control Scheme for Nonlinear Plant with Unknown Perturbations

Authors: Ni Bu and Mingcong Deng


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

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


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

Application in Eigenstructure Assignment

Authors: Chunlei Yang, Jianzhou Liu, and Yu Liu


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

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


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

Derivative Observers in Descpriptor Linear Systems

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


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

Fractional-Order Systems

Authors: Jun Shen and Jinde Cao


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

to A Synchronization Problem

Authors: Lu Liu


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

Equations with Infinite Delays

Authors: Feng Jiang and Yi Shen


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

Authors: Lei Song and Jianying Yang


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

Systems with measurement Delays

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


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

Uncertain Nonlinear Systems

Authors: Junyong Zhai, Chunjiang Qian, and Haibo Du




4.5 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications

Contributed by:



Vol. 10, No. 4, November 2012


Regular papers


An immune system based differential evolution algorithm using near-neighbor effect 

in dynamic environments

L. Liu, D. Wang, J. Tang P.417


Vehicle adaptive cruise control design with optimal switching between throttle and brake

L. Luo, P. Li, H. Wang P.426


Energy-based modeling and control for grid-side converter of doubly fed wind generator

H. Song, Y. Qu P.435


Robust adaptive control for uncertain nonlinear systems with unknown control 

directions and actuator nonlinearity

J. Wang, J. Hu P.441


A new approach of formation navigation derived from multi-robots cooperative 

online FastSLAM

Y. Cai, Z. Tang, C. Zhao P.451


Interval analysis using least squares support vector fuzzy regression

Y. Chen, Q. Chen P.458


A new approach to time domain analysis of perturbed PWM push-pull DC-DC converter

Y. V. Hote P.465


Robust H-infinity control for constrained uncertain systems and its application 

to active suspension

M. Ma, H. Chen, X. Liu P.470


Delay-dependent absolute stability criterion for Lurie system with probabilistic 

interval time-varying delay

M. Xue, S. Fei, T. Li, J. Pan P.477


Passive tracking from the combined set of bearings and frequency measurements 

by single satellite

P. Wu, Y. Cai, Y. Bo P.483


Brief papers

Decentralized adaptive iterative learning control for interconnected systems 

with uncertainties

L. Sun, T. Wu P.490


Direct heuristic dynamic programming based on an improved PID neural network

J. Sun, F. Liu, J. Si, S. Mei P.497


Adaptive Kalman filter and dynamic recurrent neural networks-based control design 

of macro-micro manipulator

L. Zhang, L. Yang, L. Sun, X. Zhang P.504


Identification of Hammerstein systems with asymmetric dead-zone nonlinearities 

using canonical parameterized model

X. L?u, X. Ren P.511


Unsupervised motion detection with background update and shadow suppression

Y. Guan P.517


Design of fixed-point smoother algorithm for linear discrete time-delay systems

H. Zhao, P. Cui, X. Guo P.523


Robust sensor faults detection for induction motor using observer

C. Zhang, Y. Huang, R. Shao P.528


Global output feedback stabilization of upper-triangular nonlinear time-delay systems

G. Meng, K. Ma P.533


Stability analysis for discrete linear systems with state saturation by a saturation-

dependent Lyapunov functional

X. Ji, M. Ren, H. Su, J. Gao P.539


A cell-based robust optimal coordinated control on urban arterial road

M. Zhang, L. Jia, W. Zhu P.543


State transfer based on decoherence-free target state by Lyapunov-based control

J. Yang, S. Cong, F. Yang P.549


Nonlinear excitation controller design for power systems: an I&I approach

R. Yuan, Y. Ruan, P. Hu P.554


Optimization method for solving bang-bang and singular control problems

S. Li, R. Zhao, Q. Zhang P.559




4.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

Contributed by: Tobias Glück,


Control Engineering Practice

Volume 20

Issue 12

December 2012


Michele Vanoncini, William Holderbaum, Brian J. Andrews, Electrical Stimulation 

for trunk control in paraplegia: A feasibility study, Pages 1247-1258


Chia-han Yang, Valeriy Vyatkin, Transformation of Simulink models to IEC 61499 

Function Blocks for verification of distributed control systems, Pages 1259-1269


Zhao Lin-Hai, Wu Jian-Ping, Ran Yi-Kui, Fault diagnosis for track circuit using 

AOK-TFRs and AGA, Pages 1270-1280


–frequency representation; Genetic algorithms; Interpolation algorithms; 

Transmission line theory


Wangdong Ni, Ke Wang, Tao Chen, Wun Jern Ng, Soon Keat Tan, GPR model with signal 

preprocessing and bias update for dynamic processes modeling, Pages 1281-1292


C. Pach, A. Bekrar, N. Zbib, Y. Sallez, D. Trentesaux, An effective potential 

field approach to FMS holonic heterarchical control, Pages 1293-1309


François Guerin, Dimitri Lefebvre, Vincent Loisel, Supervisory control design 

for systems of multiple sources of energy, Pages 1310-1324


M. Krzaczek, Z. Kowalczuk, Gain Scheduling Control applied to Thermal Barrier 

in systems of indirect passive heating and cooling of buildings, Pages 1325-1336


Víctor Andaluz, Flavio Roberti, Juan Marcos Toibero, Ricardo Carelli, Adaptive 

unified motion control of mobile manipulators, Pages 1337-1352


Aravind Seshadri, Prabhakar R. Pagilla, Adaptive control of web guides, Pages 



Guido Maione, Domenico Striccoli, Transmission control of Variable-Bit-Rate 

video streaming in UMTS networks, Pages 1366-1373


Siro Pillosu, Alessandro Pisano, Elio Usai, Unknown-input observation techniques 

for infiltration and water flow estimation in open-channel hydraulic systems, 

Pages 1374-1384


Luigi Biagiotti, Claudio Melchiorri, FIR filters for online trajectory planning 

with time- and frequency-domain specifications, Pages 1385-1399


Zhongyang Han, Ying Liu, Jun Zhao, Wei Wang, Real time prediction for converter 

gas tank levels based on multi-output least square support vector regressor, 

Pages 1400-1409


Denis Berdjag, Jérôme Cieslak, Ali Zolghadri, Fault diagnosis and monitoring 

of oscillatory failure case in aircraft inertial system, Pages 1410-1425


Francesco Basile, Pasquale Chiacchio, Domenico Del Grosso, A control oriented 

model for manual-pick warehouses, Pages 1426-1437




4.7 CFP: Journal of Process Control

Contributed by: Sigurd Skogestad,


Call for Papers

Special issue on “Control of energy-efficient buildings”



As guest co-editors we invite contributions to a special issue of JPC on the 

topic “Modelling, control, optimization and monitoring of energy-efficient 

buildings” including (but not limited to)


• Dynamics and control of energy-efficient buildings

• Traditional vapor compression cycles in building application

• Novel adsorption/absorption cycles to utilize solar/waste energy in buildings

• District cooling/heating system

• HVAC combined with thermal storage systems


Potential authors should indicate their interest by first sending us a pre-

liminary title of their contribution.


Time schedule (revised).

15 February 2013: Send title of proposed contribution to Sigurd Skogestad 

<> and Prashant Mhaskar <>

15 March 2013: Submission of full paper for review via EES (the electronic 

submission system of Elsevier)


Co-Guest Editors:

Prashant Mhaskar, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, McMaster 

University, Canada

Sigurd Skogestad, Professor of Chemical Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway 




4.8 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,




“Vision-Based Control Systems”

A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control


Vision feedback is used in many modern control systems as it improves robustness to

model uncertainty. In addition to providing feedback relating the local position and

orientation of the control plant with respect to a reference object, an image sensor

can also be used to relate local sensory information to an inertial reference frame

for global control tasks. However, the use of vision feedback adds complexity and new

challenges for the control system design. Beyond expertise in a specific discipline,

vision-based control approach requires multidisciplinary expertise to integrate a

vision system with the controller for tasks including: processing images at rates

amenable to feedback control; image analysis and feature point extraction/tracking;

recovering/estimating necessary state information from an image; operating within

the limits of the sensor range or field-of-view; modeling the control plant; designing

the feedback controller; analysis of closed-loop control systems. Vision-based control

has developed into a large subset of control and robotics literature because of the

enabling capabilities it can provide for autonomy.


The main aims of this special issue are to document the current state of art in vision

based control systems, and to present new results in several emerging research areas.

Submissions can address theoretical or practical aspects in these areas, as well as

future directions of vision-based control systems.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


•Vision-based cell manipulation

•Vision-based nano-positioning

•Networked vision-based control systems

•Vision-based robotic surgery

•Visual control for Human-robot interaction

•Vision-based aerial vehicles

•Vision-based multi-agent systems

•Novel vision-based control methods



Guest Editors:


Prof. Chien Chern Cheah

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



Prof. Guoqiang Hu

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



Prof. Dong Sun

City University of Hong Kong, China




About AJC


The Asian Journal of Control, an ACA (Asian Control Association) affiliated journal,

is the first international journal originating from the Asian Pacific region and being

recognized by the major body of control researchers in this region. The Asian Journal of

Control publishes bimonthly high-quality papers on original theoretical and experimental

research and development in the areas of control, involving all facets of control theory

and its application. Functionally, this journal not only provides a forum where control

researchers and practitioners can exchange their knowledge and experiences in the control

areas, but also serves as an educational means for students and any others whoever likes

to learn some topics in the same technical area. The journal aims to be a key interface

between control communities within the Asian Pacific region and throughout the world and

is listed by Science Citation Index Expanded.



Important Dates:


Dec. 31, 2012 Deadline for Paper Submission

Apr. 30, 2013 Completion of First Review

Aug. 31, 2013 Completion of Final Review

Sep. 31, 2013 Receipt of Final Manuscript

May. 30, 2014 Publication (Tentatively Vol.16, No.3)



How to submit:


Potential authors are encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript

(in PDF format) through the journal’s online submission website:

If you encounter any submission problem, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu,



Professor Li-Chen Fu

Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524 Tel: +886-2-3366-3558

National Taiwan University Fax: +886-2-2365-4267

Taipei 10617, Taiwan E-mail:


All submission should include a title page containing the title of the paper, an

abstract and a list of keywords, authors’ full names and affiliations, complete postal 

and electronic address, phone and fax numbers. The contacting author should be clearly

identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit




4.9 CFP: IEEE Systems Journal

Contributed by: Paolo Carbone,


IEEE Systems Journal

Special Issue on Complex Measurement Systems


Guest Editor:

Paolo Carbone, Professor, University of Perugia - Italy


Main theme

Complex Measurement Systems (CMS) find applications in several areas of engineering: from

large geographical sensor networks (such as the network for Deep-­‐ocean Assessment and

Reporting of Tsunamis), to the extreme low-­‐scale (such as lab-­‐on-­‐a-­‐chip for genetic

analysis), to wide areas measurement systems (such as the network for controlling smart

energy grids). In all these cases, the availability of reliable and accurate measurement

results is necessary to guarantee functionality of many complex engineering systems. Often,

the measurement infrastructure is given for granted, but great effort is spent by

researchers and practitioners to provide valid measurement data, through complex engineering



The aim of this special issue is that of attracting high quality papers in all engineering

domains with topic related to complex measurement systems. Topics include

- modeling for CMSs

- issues in the design, realization and testing of CMSs

- management of CMSs

- software issues in dealing with CMSs

- reliability of CMSs

- CMSs and systems of systems

- CMSs for power monitoring, smart grids, aerospace, automotive system.


Other similar topics will also be of interest. Consider that engineering encompasses

very wide areas, so that contributions in domains such as Management, Disaster response,

Space exploration, Manufacturing, Automation, Communication, Information and Computer

Technologies, Transportation, Environment, Socio-­‐economic, Agricultural, Biological,

Medical, Services and Educational Systems are also welcomed.


Submitted paper should follow the standard guidelines of IEEE Systems Journal. Instructions

for formatting papers can be found at All \

submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three independent reviewers.


Tentative Dates:

Full paper due: February 28, 2013


notification: May 31, 2013

Revised manuscript (for second review) due: June 15, 2013

Acceptance Notification: July 15, 2013

Final manuscript due: July 31, 2013

Publication Date: To be determined by Editor-­‐in-­‐Chief





5. Conferences


5.1 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

Contributed by: Hongwei Zhang,


ICCPS 2013: Submission Deadline Extended to October 30, 2012 & Revised Acceptance 

Notification Dates





**** ACM/IEEE ICCPS 2013 ****

Philadelphia, USA

April 8-11, 2013



Cyber-physical systems are systems with a coupling of the cyber aspects of 

computing and communications with the physical aspects of dynamics and engineering 

that must abide by the laws of physics.


The objective of ICCPS 2013, the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber

-Physical Systems, is to serve as a single-track forum for reporting advances in 

all aspects of cyber-physical systems, including but not limited to theory, tools, 

applications, systems, and testbeds. Examples of theoretical advances encompassed 

by this conference include but are not limited to control, real-time, hybrid 

systems, and sensor networks. Similarly, examples of applications include 

transportation, energy, water, medical, and robotic systems, and other challenges 

for the twenty-first century.



Submissions must report results from original research and not have been submitted 

to or published in other conferences or journals. Submissions must be a maximum 

of 10 pages, in 2-column format, and use font sizes of no less than 10 pt. Quality 

of the paper is the primary consideration, and is not synonymous with length. The 

length of a submission should be tuned to the nature of the topic addressed.


Each submission will be reviewed using a peer-review process by the ICCPS 2013 

Program Committee. The review process will be typical of high-quality IEEE and 

ACM conferences. Papers that are clearly not appropriate whether in quality or 

scope will receive an early decision.




Submission Deadline: October 30, 2012 (11:59PM PDT)

Early Decisions: December 1, 2012

Acceptance Notifications: January 15, 2013

Camera-ready papers: February 15, 2013

Conference: April 8-11, 2013





General Chair

Chenyang Lu, Washington University, USA


Program Chairs

P.R. Kumar, Texas A&M University, USA

Radu Stoleru, Texas A&M University, USA


Publicity Chair

Hongwei Zhang, Wayne State University

Prabir Barooah, University of Florida


Web Chair

Kyoung-Dae Kim, Texas A&M University


ICCPS Steering Committee

Karl-Erik Arzen, Lund University, Sweden

Bruce Krogh, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (Chair)

John Stankovic, University of Virginia, USA

Janos Sztipanovits, Vanderbilt University, USA

Claire Tomlin, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Marilyn Wolf, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA 




5.2 Chinese Control and Decision Conference

Contributed by: Changyun Wen,


The 25th Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC 2013)


Extension of Paper Submission Deadline: 15 Nov. 2012.


We have received feedback from many researchers that they encountered difficulties 

in completing paper submission by the given deadline and hence requested for 

an extension. After careful consideration, the organizing committee decides to 

extend the deadline of CCDC 2013 paper submission to 15 Nov. 2012.


About CCDC 2013


Conference Website:


Date and Place of 2013 CCDC:

25-27 May 2013, Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, China.



-Northeastern University (NEU), China

-IEEE Industrial Electronics (IE) Chapter, Singapore

-IEEE Harbin Section Control Systems Society Chapter


Local Organisers:

-Guizhou University, China


Technical Co-Sponsors:

- IEEE Control Systems Society

- Technical Committee on Control Theory, Chinese Association of Automation (TCCT)

- Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI)


The Proceedings of the 25th CCDC will be indexed by ISTP and included in the 

IEEE Xplore database, as well as indexed by EI Compendex.


2013 CCDC covers both theory and applications in all the areas of systems,control 

and decision. In addition to the technical sessions, KEYNOTE ADDRESSES and 

DISTINGUISHED LECTURES covering the State-of-the-Art in these areas will

be given by prominent researchers.


Invited Keynotes will be delivered by

 Prof. John Baillieul, Boston University, USA;

 Prof. Han-Fu Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China;

 Prof. Okyay Kaynak, Bogazici University, Turkey;

 Prof. Yutaka Yamamoto, Kyoto University, Japan


Invited Distinguished Lectures will be delivered by

 Prof. Jie Chen, City University of Hong Kong, China& University of California , USA;

 Prof. Guoxiang Gu, Jiangnan University, China& Louisiana State University, USA

 Prof. Jagannathan Sarangapani, Missouri University of Science And Technology, USA;

 Prof. Jun Wang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China;

 Prof. Xiahua Xia, University of Pretoria, South Africa;

 Prof. Ji-Feng Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China;


Highlight of Guiyang Attractions:

Apart from participating in CCDC 2013, you may also visit the numerous 

attractions of Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China. It is noted for its beautiful 

scenery, long history, and deep cultural roots. Its major attractions include 

Huangguoshu waterfall which is the largest waterfall in Asia, Earth's seven libo 

small emerald, karst forest, Liping, and Malinghe canyon which is the world's 

most beautiful scar. 





6. Workshops and Graduate Schools


6.1 IFAC Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations

Contributed by: Thomas Meurer,



1st IFAC Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations

Sep. 25 - 27, 2013, Paris, France


It is our pleasure to announce the 1st IFAC Workshop CPDE 2013, which will be 

held at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris, France from Sep. 25 - 27, 2013. 

The workshop will address new and state-of-the-art developments in modeling 

and control of distributed parameter systems and their application. CPDE 2013 

will feature plenary lectures, contributed papers and invited papers.


Prospective contributors are invited to submit their manuscripts and invited 

session proposals through the conference management system following the 

instructions at



Distributed parameter systems, which are mathematically described by partial 

differential equations, impose a formidable challenge in many applications 

coming from classical industrial fields as well as emerging fields related 

to energy, transport, communication or medical science. Herein, the distributed 

parameter description becomes an essential ingredient of the modeling and 

analysis process if the spatial or property distribution of the system 

variables cannot be neglected. Typical examples comprise chemical or biochemical 

reactors, thermal and electrochemical systems, smart and vibrating structures, 

flow problems, propagating waves, or systems for energy production, distribution 

and storage. The dynamic operation of these distributed parameter systems 

essentially relies on the incorporation of suitable control and estimation 

strategies to influence the system dynamics and to enlarge the dynamic operating 

range. Starting from these observations new approaches to the control of 

distributed parameter systems directly exploit the structural system properties 

to develop dedicated analysis and design techniques to address the spatial-temporal 

system dynamics. The control design for systems modeled by partial differential 

equations hence resides at the intersection of mathematics, systems and control 

theory, control systems technology, and computer and information science making 

it essential to provide a joint forum to foster and evolve this important and 

emerging field of research.


Important dates:

- January 18, 2013: Deadline for submission of regular/invited papers and 

invited session proposals:


- March 29, 2013: Author notification

- May 17, 2013: Final paper submission


For more information on the workshop, please visit:


International Program Committee Co-Chairs

Thomas Meurer (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)

Enrique Zuazua (Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Bilbao, Spain)


National Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

Cathrine Bonnet (INRIA Saclay – Ile-de-France, France)

Yann Le Gorrec (FEMTO-ST Institute – ENSMM, Besançon , France)




6.2 IFAC Workshop on Adaptation and Learning in Control and Signal Processing

Contributed by: F. Giri,


11th IFAC International Workshop on Adaptation and Learning in Control 

and Signal Processing, ALCOSP, July 03-05, 2013, Caen, France




6.3 IFAC Workshop on Periodic Control Systems

Contributed by: F. Giri,


5th IFAC International Workshop on Periodic Control Systems, PSYCO

July 03-05, 2013, Caen, France




6.4 IEEE INFOCOM Workshop on Communications and Control for Smart Energy Systems

Contributed by: Quanyan Zhu,


2nd IEEE INFOCOM Workshop on Communications and Control for Smart

Energy Systems (CCSES)


Call for papers:


The emerging smart energy system is expected to be a large-scale

cyber-physical system that can improve the efficiency, reliability,

and robustness of power and energy grids by integrating advanced

techniques from power systems, control, communications, signal

processing, and networking. For instance, advanced communications and

networking technologies are expected to play a vital role in the

future smart grid infrastructures by supporting two-way energy and

information flow and enabling more efficient monitoring, control, and

optimization of different grid functionalities and smart power

devices. The efficient design of the forthcoming smart grid system

faces a plethora of challenges at different levels ranging from

communications and networking to control and power systems. In

addition, the deployment of the smart grid will lead to several new

multi-disciplinary research opportunities and potentials for

collaborations with industries and various international smart grid

standardization bodies.


Building on the success of its inaugural 2012 version, the Workshop on

Communications and Control for Sustainable Energy Systems is intended

to provide a forum for discussion on all these most recent

developments and bring together industry and academia, engineers and

researchers. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the IEEE

INFOCOM 2013 conference ( and it provides

a unique occasion for the community to meet and share ideas and



Steering Committee


Tamer Başar (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

H. Vincent Poor (Princeton University, USA)

Peter W. Sauer (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)


TPC Chairs


Merouane Debbah (SUPELEC, France)

Zhu Han (University of Houston, USA)

Walid Saad (University of Miami, USA)

Quanyan Zhu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)


Important Dates:


Submission Deadline: Dec. 14, 2012

Author Notification: Jan. 15, 2013

Camera-Ready Deadline: Feb. 5, 2013

Workshop Date: April 19, 2013


Submission Guidelines:


The authors are encouraged to submit full papers describing original,

previously unpublished, complete research, not currently under review

by another conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research

and development. All submissions should be written in English with a

maximum paper length of six (6) printed pages (10-point font)

including figures. Submissions longer than 6 pages will not be





6.5 Workshop on Control and Power Electronics for Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration 

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong,


CDC2012 Workshop on Control and Power Electronics for Renewable Energy and 

Smart Grid Integration


Friday December 14, 2012, at The 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 

held at the Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.


Energy and sustainability are now on the top agenda of many governments. Smart 

grids have become one of the main enablers to address energy and sustainability 

issues. Renewable energy, distributed generation, hybrid electrical vehicles, 

more-electric aircraft, all-electric ships, smart grids etc will become more 

and more popular. Arguably, the integration of renewable and distributed energy 

sources, energy storage and demand-side resources into smart grids, often via 

inverters, is the largest "new frontier" for smart grid advancements. Control 

and power electronics are two key enabling technologies for this. The proposed 

workshop intends to cover the latest advancements in control and power electronics 

for renewable energy and smart grid integration. Various control problems around 

inverters, e.g. power quality issues, grid-connection and power flow control, 

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, harmonic droop control, sinusoid-locked loops etc. It will help 

researchers who want to move into the area of smart grids establish a solid 

technical foundation for modelling, optimisation and control of smart grids. 

Most of the artful control strategies to be presented will be demonstrated 

with experimental results and, hence, the workshop will also help practitioners 

understand how advanced control strategies could improve system performance. 

The workshop also provides an excellent opportunity for researchers, PhD 

students and postdoctoral fellows who work in the area to get familiar with 

the latest developments. Students, who register for the conference, can register 

for a workshop for just $5 (non-refundable).




6.6 International EECI Graduate School on Control

Contributed by: Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue,


2013 International EECI Graduate School on Control


The 2013 edition of the *International EECI Graduate School on Control* will take 

place from mid-January to May 2013. This year, 26 modules are proposed, among 

which 20 at Gif-sur-Yvette (Supelec, south of Paris, France), 2 at Istanbul 

(Turkey), 2 at L’Aquila (Italy) and 2 at Belgrade (Serbia).


Each of these modules is programmed on one week (21 hours) and will be taught 

by a renowned expert of the domain. Master and PhD students may apply to financial 

support to partially cover travel and living expenses.


The deadline for advanced registration to the 2013 International EECI Graduate 

School on control is *20/12/2012*.


Full information is available at


The program includes:


--> Randomized Algorithms for Systems and Control: Theory and Applications

by Roberto Tempo, Fabrizio Dabbene


--> Uncertain Optimization via Sample-Based Approaches

by Marco C. Campi, Simone Garatti


--> Model Predictive Control

by Eduado F. Camacho


--> The Transverse Function Control Approach for Highly Nonlinear Systems

by Claude Samson, Pascal Morin


--> Design and analysis tools for physical control systems

by Antonio Loria, Elena Panteley


--> Normal Forms for Nonlinear Control Systems and Their Applications

by Witold Respondek


--> Decentralized and Distributed Control

by Giancarlo Ferrari-Trecate, Marcello Farina


--> Modeling and Control of Automotive and Aerospace Engines and Powerplants

by Ilya Kolmanovsky


--> Stability and Control of Time-delay Systems

by Wim Michiels, Silviu-Iulian Niculescu


--> Recent Advances of Sliding Mode Control

by Vadim I. Utkin


--> Control of Nonlinear Delay Systems and PDEs

by Miroslav Krstic


--> Verification and Correct-by-Construction Synthesis of Control

Protocols for Networked Systems

by Richard Murray, Ufuk Topcu, Nok Wongpiromsarn


--> Input Saturation: Control Design and Anti-windup

by Sophie Tarbouriech, Luca Zaccarian


--> Traffic Modeling and Estimation at the Age of Smartphones

by Alexandre M. Bayen, Dan Work, Christian Claudel


--> Model Predictive Control

by Jan Maciejowski


--> About Nonlinear Digital Control

by Dorothée Normand-Cyrot, Salvatore Monaco


--> Event-triggered and Self-triggered Control

by W.P.M.H. Heemels, Karl-Henrik Johansson, Paulo Tabuada


--> Stochastic Control with Contemporary Methods and Applications

by Roger W. Brockett


--> Symbolic control design of Cyber-Physical systems

by Maria Domenica Di Benedetto, Giordano Pola, Alessandro Borri


--> Nonlinear and Adaptive Control

by Alessandro Astolfi, Romeo Ortega


--> Distributed Control

by A. Stephen Morse


--> Extremum Seeking Control: Analysis and Design

by Dragan Nesic


--> Robust Hybrid Control Systems

by Ricardo Sanfelice


--> Optimality, Stabilization, and Feedback in Nonlinear Control

by Francis Clarke


--> Modeling and estimation for control

by Emmanuel Witrant


--> Switched Systems and Control

by Daniel M. Liberzon



Organisers: Antoine Chaillet, Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, Elena Panteley





7.  Positions


7.1 PhD: Lund University, Sweden

Contributed by: Anders Rantzer,


Applications are invited for positions as postdoc or PhD student at the LCCC 

Linnaeus center, Lund University, Sweden.


LCCC - Lund Center for Control of Complex engineering systems 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 positions will enable excellent young individuals to develop their 

own line of research in synergy with a strong environment.


The official announcements can be found on on 




7.2 PhD: University of Liège, Belgium 

Contributed by: Prof. Damien Ernst,


PhD and post-doc positions at the University of Liège, Belgium

Systems and Modeling Research Unit

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science



Project title: Integration of renewables into the distribution grid


General description: The dominant paradigm for operating electrical distribution 

network has been the fit-and-forget one for which enough investments in lines, 

cables and transformers are made to always avoid congestion and voltage problems. 

However, due to the very fast penetration of distributed generation (DG) units 

in distribution networks (mostly solar panels and wind farms), maintaining this 

paradigm becomes much too costly. As a consequence, many distribution network 

operators through European countries seek to move away from this classical 

paradigm and try to develop advanced control schemes to handle congestion and 

voltage issues. Usually, these control schemes modulate the power injected by 

DG units or exploit flexibility of the loads via demand side management (DSM). 

The aim of this project is to participate to the development of such control 

schemes. This project is at the interface between control theory, power engineering, 

optimisation and machine learning.


The PhD position is for 4 years and the starting salary, after taxes, should 

be around € 1900 per month. The post-doc position is for 2 years with a starting 

salary, after taxes, well above € 2000 per month.


Research group profile: The Systems and Modeling research unit of the University 

of Liège consists of 10 faculty members and more than 50 researchers with diversified 

and interdisciplinary research interests spanning (i) systems and control (ii) 

machine learning and optimization (iii) bioninformatics (iv) systems biology and 

(v) neurodynamics


Candidate profile: Applicants for the PhD position/Post doc position should have 

a Masters degree/PhD degree in one of the following disciplines: electrical 

or mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or machine 

learning/artificial intelligence.



Application: Applicants must submit the following materials:

-- Curriculum vitae;

-- List of two references

These should be emailed to Prof Damien Ernst (Email: Homepage: ). 




7.3 PhD: National University of Singapore

Contributed by: Ben M. Chen,


The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at the National 

University of Singapore (NUS) invites outstanding candidates with an earned 

PhD degree from a globally reputable institution for a number of tenure-track 

faculty (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) positions in Control of Autonomous 

Systems. The candidate should have strong research interests in the control of 

autonomous systems, including flight control, navigation and guidance. The 

candidate is expected to have one or more of these expertise: systems modelling 

and identification, collaborative sensing of multi-agent systems, nonlinear 

systems control. The candidate is also expected to collaborate closely with 

existing faculty in a team environment to strengthen the Department’s already 

existing competencies in autonomous systems, including autonomous electric 

vehicles, unmanned aerials vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles.


ECE faculty members teach undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise under-

graduate and graduate student projects and develop competitively funded research 

programs. Singapore provides excellent research funding opportunities through 

various funding agencies such as the Singapore National Research Foundation 

(NRF) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and various 

government ministries/ agencies and private sector corporations.


NUS regularly ranks amongst the top 10 universities in Asia and is Singapore’s 

only comprehensive university. ECE is the largest department in NUS, with a 

tenure-track or tenured faculty size of approximately 100 supported by 

approximately 180 administrative/technical/research staff. Full-time under-

graduate enrolment over 4 years is approximately 1,500 students, reading 

either the B.Eng. (Electrical Engineering) degree program or the B.Eng. 

(Computer Engineering) degree program. Graduate students enrolled for the 

PhD, research-based M.Eng. and part-time coursework based M.Sc. programs 

are approximately 400, 100 and 250, respectively.


More details about ECE can be found at


Interested applicants are invited to send a detailed CV, list of publications, 

research statement (max 3 pages), teaching philosophy statement (max 2 pages) 

and contact details of 3 (6 if applying for Associate/Full Professor) referees 



Chairman, Search Committee (c/o Ms Jade Ong)

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

National University of Singapore

Block E4, Level 5, Room 45

4 Engineering Drive 3

Singapore 117576

Fax: +65 6779-1103



Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a campus visit and interview. 

Applications will be accepted until the available positions are filled.




7.4 PhD: University of Georgia

Contributed by: Javad Mohammadpour,


I’m looking for a highly-motivated PhD student to start in summer or fall of 

2013. The student is expected to work in the Intelligent Control Systems Lab 

at the University of Georgia on a collaborative project with the Eindhoven 

University of Technology. The ideal candidate will have an outstanding back-

ground in optimization and control systems theory. Prior research experience 

in one or more of the following areas is highly desired: hybrid dynamical 

systems, electrical power systems, energy storage devices. To request more 

information about this opportunity, potential applicants are invited to submit 

a letter of interest along with the full CV to Dr. Javad Mohammadpour at




7.5 PhD: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA 

Contributed by: Matthew M. Peet,


Two Research Assistant Positions are available for exceptionally talented PhD 

students in the Cybernetic Systems and Controls Lab (CSCL) in the Department 

of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at ASU. The area of research is modern 

control theory, with an emphasis on computational methods.


Candidates must show excellent analytic and mathematical skills.


Projects include but are not limited to:

1) Computational Methods for the Control of Partial-Differential Equations.

2) Modelling the human immune response to cancer.

3) Design of control laws for radio-frequency heating of plasma in tokamaks for 

   the production of energy via nuclear fusion.

4) Algorithms for the optimization of polynomials, including Sum-of-Squares, 

   and its application to problems in control.


Particularly relevant skills can include a background in Control, Physics, 

Biology, Computer Science or Optimization. Candidates should have an under-

graduate degree in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, or a related discipline.


The Cybernetic Systems and Controls Laboratory, directed by Prof. Matt Peet, 

seeks to understand the potential and the limits of using computers to under-

stand and control the physical and electronic environment. We are a growing 

group of graduate-level students who are committed to creating the next 

generation of breakout research at the intersection of engineering, computer 

science and mathematics.


ASU, based in Tempe, AZ, is the largest research university in the United 

States. ASU was ranked 8th nationally in the 2012 US News and World Report 

list of “up and coming” universities for making significant investments in 

academics and research. The graduate Aerospace Engineering Program at ASU was 

ranked 22nd in US News and World Report for 2012. Overall, the university was 

ranked 45th nationally and 78th globally overall by ARWU in 2012.


Applicants should contact Professor Matthew M. Peet ( for more 

information. Online applications for the graduate program can be found at 




7.6 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu,




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

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

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

Aeronautical University located in Daytona Beach. These positions cover full 

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

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

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

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

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

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


For details and application procedures, please visit



Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Physical Sciences Department,

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.






7.7 PhD: University of Texas at San Antonio

Contributed by: Bruce Smith,


Research assistantships for PhD students are available in the following two 





Moore’s Law suggests that in 10 years time chips with 1000 cores are possible. 

This research will develop signal-processing methods for both linear and non-

linear algorithms that will efficiently exploit such a large number of cores 

per chip. (Two PhD positions are available.)




Compton cameras have a unique potential to play a critical role in new cancer 

treatments that are substantially more effective than the present chemo and 

radiation treatments; to monitor the progression of dopamine-based neurological 

diseases such as schizophrenia, attention order-deficit-hyperactivity disorder, 

mania, Parkinson's disease, and their response to treatment; and to enhance 

the security of our nation against a nuclear attack. Although they have not 

been successful in medicine or homeland security to date, it is expected that 

the radically new imaging models that will be developed will lead to Compton 

cameras that will achieve their potential. (One PhD position is available.)


Applicants must have a strong background in electrical engineering or a closely 

related area. Experience in signal and image processing, and scientific programming 

is desired.


This research activity will lead to a PhD degree from the Electrical and Computer 

Engineering Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. With over

28,000 students, the University is in the city of San Antonio, which is a clean,

 safe, inexpensive, culturally diverse, and expanding city.


For more information, please contact:

Bruce Smith, PhD


Tel: (210) 458-5512 




7.8 Post-Doc: University of Groningen, The Netherlands 

Contributed by: Ming Cao,


PostDoc position at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Department of Discrete Technology and Production Automation

Research Institute of Industrial Technology and Management

University of Groningen, the Netherlands


Project title: Control of spatially distributed multi-agent systems


General description: This project is funded by the European Research Council 

(ERC). The aim is to study how to design novel strategies and algorithms to 

control the collective behavior of large numbers of agents coupled together 

through local interactions. It is envisioned to apply systems and control 

theory to model and analyze such complex networks, and uses robotic teams 

as case studies to implement and validate theoretical results. The project 

will enrich multi-disciplinary research at the interface of systems theory, 

graph theory and complex network theory, and will also promote the application 

of autonomous robotic teams. The position will start in early 2013.


Research group profile: The Department of Discrete Technology and production 

Automation (DTPA) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, provides 

a leading education and research environment for students and researchers 

who are interested in the inter-disciplinary study in engineering, computer 

science, mathematics and applied sciences in general. The research activities 

at DTPA focus on developing quantitative and analytical theories and methodologies 

for complex industrial processes and systems, such as autonomous robots, 

sensor networks, micro-assemblies, energy systems and space systems. The 

research of the group is funded by both public agencies and industrial partners.


Candidate profile: We are looking for a candidate with a doctor degree in 

the areas of systems and control theory or network theory. The candidate 

is expected to be involved in fundamental research and in applications at 

the boundary of several research domains. Strong communication skill is 




Applicants must submit the following materials:

-- Curriculum vitae including a list of publications

-- Statement of research interest

-- List of two references


These should be emailed to Dr. Ming Cao (, who is available 

for further inquiry.




7.9 Post-Doc: Shanghai Jiaotong University

Contributed by: Weidong Zhang,


The Information Processing and Advanced Control (IPAC) group at the Department 

of Automation, Shanghai Jiaotong University, P. R. China is now looking for 

one or two postdoctoral research fellows contributing to our growing activities. 

Applicants are welcome from various research directions such as advanced control 

theory, identification, and optimization, also likely in areas such as pattern 

recognition. It is expected that the successful candidate will publish their 

work in reputed journals. The position also includes the supervision of MSc 

and PhD students, and to acquire funding for Postdoc projects from research 

funding councils. The position is part of a special career program which means 

that the researcher with outstanding performance during the appointed period 

will be invited to join the group as a faculty of SJTU.


Qualified candidates should have a PhD degree and have performed high-quality 

research with a good record in terms of journal publications.


This is a two-year appointment. The salary is 80k-110k CNY per year (1 USD=6.2 CNY). 

For further information, please visit


Applicants should send a current CV along with a brief summary of research 

experience and interest to Professor Weidong Zhang via email at 

Review of applications will begin immediately and this position will be open 

until filled. 




7.10 Post-Doc: KTH, Sweden

Contributed by: Cristian Rojas,


Postdoctoral researcher position at ACCESS


The Linnaeus Centre ACCESS at KTH announces one postdoctoral researcher position 

on sparsity-inducing / compressed sensing techniques.




KTH is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-

third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at 

university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural 

sciences to all branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial 

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

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

4,300 employees.


The School of Electrical Engineering conducts research and education in the 

fields of electrical engineering, systems engineering, information and 

communications theory, space and fusion plasma physics, and electrical power 

engineering. 360 people work in this creative and dynamic environment, out 

of which half are Ph.D. students, many from other countries. Our research 

projects are carried out in close collaboration with industry partners as 

well as with research colleagues from Sweden and other countries. The school 

is responsible for educating civil engineers in electrical engineering and 

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

connection to our main fields.


The Linnaeus Centre ACCESS (Autonomic Complex Communication Networks, Signals 

and Systems) at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden 

is a well-established research centre aimed at developing a fundamental 

understanding and engineering principles for designing self-managed and 

scalable communication networks in which applications may share real-time 

information and cooperate in an efficient, affordable, and reliable manner.


The position:


We are seeking candidates to conduct research as part of the seed project 

“Sparsity in Signal Processing and System Identification”, a collaborative 

effort relating multiple research groups within ACCESS, including Automatic 

Control, Signal Processing and Communication Theory, which involves the multi-

disciplinary tasks of understanding and exploiting sparsity-enforcing techniques 

in areas such as:


- Computer science

- Statistics

- Signal processing

- Information theory

- Automatic control


The candidate should have a strong background and experience in sparsity-inducing 

/ compressed sensing techniques within at least one of the areas mentioned above.



Candidates should have a PhD (or be near completion) in a relevant field. A 

strong research and publication record is required.




The duration of the position is 12 months and may be extended an additional 

12 months.


How to apply:


The application, consisting of a CV (including a list of publications and two 

references) and a short research statement, should be sent a single PDF document 

to:, no later than November 30, 2012.


For further information about the position, please contact:


Assist. Prof. Cristian Rojas,


Application deadline: November 30, 2012. 




7.11 Post-Doc: Penn State University 

Contributed by: Hosam K. Fathy,


Dear Colleagues:


I am writing to request applications for an open postdoctoral position at Penn 

State University (University Park) in the area of battery system modeling, 

diagnostics, and control. This postdoctoral position is funded by ARPA-E though 

a $1.7m grant (total, including matching funds) to a team led by PSU, with 

strong participation from one industrial advisor (Johnson Controls) and one 

funded industrial partner (Gannon Motors and Controls). This funding guarantees 

support for the sought postdoctoral fellow for at least 2 years, potentially 

extendible to 3 years.


The ideal candidate should have a doctoral degree, with a strong background 

in dynamic system modeling and control. Additional expertise in power electronics 

and/or electrochemical systems is highly desirable, but not necessary. The 

position will offer this candidate with an opportunity to perform fundamental 

research in the areas of lithium-ion battery modeling, diagnostics, experimental 

health characterization, and control. The position will also give the candidate 

an opportunity to participate in mentoring 3 Ph.D. students also working on the 

same research project. The candidate will interact closely with the project's 

industrial partners to build realistic laboratory-scale and in-vehicle demon-

stration platforms for the proposed research. Finally, the candidate will have 

access to guidance and mentorship from Prof. Sean Brennan, Prof. Hosam Fathy, 

and Dr. Joel Anstrom at Penn State University. The project serves as a genuine 

collaboration between all three of these mentors' research labs.


Interested candidates should email a brief letter explaining their background 

and interest in this position (2 pages, max.), a detailed CV (no page limit), 

and copies of representative peer-reviewed publications (not required, but 

desirable) to no later than November 5, 2012. We expect to fill 

this position no later than the end of November, 2012. Funding for the position 

is available starting January 1, 2013.


Best wishes,

Hosam K. Fathy

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Penn State University





7.12 Post-Doc: L2S Supelec, France

Contributed by: Paolo Mason,


Title: Stability of switched systems with complex dynamics



We are looking for applications for a one year post-doctoral position at L2S 

Supelec, France. The scholarship is funded by Digiteo.


The project is about complex switched systems and stability.

In particular, it focuses on switched systems in infinite-dimensional linear 

spaces. The main objectives are the analysis of stability of time-varying delay 

systems through a "switched systems" viewpoint and the stability of systems 

governed by PDEs with intermittent damping. A strong background in applied 

mathematics and/or functional analysis is required. Some knowledge of systems 

control is welcome.


The postdoc will be supervised jointly by Paolo Mason and Mario Sigalotti.


Interested candidates please send a curriculum vitae and one publication to 

Paolo Mason.


[1] F. Hante and M. Sigalotti, Converse Lyapunov theorems for switched systems 

    in Banach and Hilbert spaces, SIAM J. Control Optim., 49 (2011), pp. 



[2] M. Gugat, M.Tucsnak, An example for the switching delay feedback 

    stabilization of an infinite dimensional system: The boundary stabilization 

    of a string. Systems & Control Letters 60, 226-230 (2011)


[3] F. Hante, M. Sigalotti, and M. Tucsnak, On conditions for asymptotic 

    stability of dissipative infinite-dimensional systems with intermittent 

    damping, Journal of Differential Equations, 252 (2012), pp. 5569-5593. 




7.13 Post-Doc: Caltech

Contributed by: Richard Murray,


Caltech's Center for the Mathematics of Information (CMI) announces openings 

in the CMI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, starting in fall 2013. The CMI is 

dedicated to fundamental mathematical research with an eye to the roles of 

information and computation throughout science and engineering. Areas of 

interest include algorithms, complexity, algorithmic game theory, applied 

combinatorics, applied probability, statistics, machine learning, information 

and coding theory, control, optimization, networked systems, geometry processing, 

multiresolution methods, and molecular programming.


Please apply on-line <> 

and have three reference letters sent directly as instructed. All candidate 

materials are due by *Friday, December 21, 2012* and reference letters are due 

by *Monday, December 24, 2012*. Positions are contingent upon completion of the PhD.


/Caltech is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, 

veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply. /




7.14 Post-Doc: Technische Universität München

Contributed by: Martin Buss,


Is Munich the next step

in your postdoc career?


Come and find out!

Research Opportunities Week

March 18 - 22, 2013


Take this unique opportunity to experience the Technische

Universität München (TUM) and its environment first-hand.

TUM invites you to come to Munich for a week, fully financed

by a travel grant. The most promising candidates will then be

offered a one- to two-year postdoctoral grant.


Are you a postdoc and would you like to launch your scientific

career in Munich?


Send in your application now for one of 50 Postdoc Mobility

Fellowships at the Technische Universität München.

Further information on TUM’s Research Opportunities Week

and the application form:


Dr. Christiane Haupt

Olivia Schmid 




7.15 Post-Doc: Chalmers

Contributed by: Paolo Falcone,


Post Doc – Energy efficient control of vehicles convoys


Department presentation

Chalmers has a long tradition of research in Transportation Systems, with 

intensive collaboration with society and automotive industry. A large part of 

such research is performed at the Department of Signals and Systems (S2), where 

this post-doctoral position is announced. S2 is engaged in both fundamental 

and applied research, spanning a large variety of research areas including 

Automatic Control, Automation, Mechatronics, Biomedical Engineering, Communication 

Systems and Information Theory, Signal Processing and Antennas. Cross-disciplinary 

research is central and encouraged through projects across different groups within 

the Department.


Position description

We invite applications for one post-doctoral position in control of multi-vehicle 

formations, with emphasis on vehicle platoons or convoys (i.e., one dimensional 

multi-vehicle formations) and focus on effects of aerodynamic interactions with 

surrounding vehicles. The main objective of this research is to design multi-vehicle 

formations control schemes capable of preserving safe inter-vehicle distances while 

(i) exploiting the aerodynamic interactions among neighboring vehicles in order to 

improve energy efficiency and (ii) rejecting disturbances generated by the aero-

dynamic interactions.


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

of PhD students, post-docs and senior researchers is focusing on model-based control 

approaches to cooperative driving problems. The candidate will closely collaborate

with the Vehicle Aerodynamics Lab at Chalmers, in order to cooperatively develop 

control-oriented mathematical models describing the aerodynamic interactions among 

neighboring vehicles. Co-supervision of doctoral students and contribution to national 

and international projects within the research area of cooperative driving will be 

part of the working duties.


The working time of post-doctoral staff is mainly devoted to research. Undergraduate 

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

MSc students.


The position is funded by the Chalmers Area of Advance in Transportation. The 

appointment is a full-time employment (not a scholarship) for a period of not 

more than two years (1+1).



A PhD (or close to completion) in control theory or a relevant field is required. 

Background in at least one of the following research areas will be preferred: robust 

control, constrained optimal control, automotive or traffic control applications.


Ability to initiate new research collaborations is essential. Good communication 

skills in oral and written English are required.


How to apply

Applications shall be submitted through the following web page. Position reference 

number 0120311. 




7.16 Faculty: National University of Singapore

Contributed by: Ben M. Chen,


The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at the National 

University of Singapore (NUS) invites outstanding candidates with an earned 

PhD degree from a globally reputable institution for a number of tenure-track 

faculty (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) positions in Control of Autonomous 

Systems. The candidate should have strong research interests in the control of 

autonomous systems, including flight control, navigation and guidance. The 

candidate is expected to have one or more of these expertise: systems modelling 

and identification, collaborative sensing of multi-agent systems, nonlinear systems 

control. The candidate is also expected to collaborate closely with existing faculty 

in a team environment to strengthen the Department’s already existing competencies 

in autonomous systems, including autonomous electric vehicles, unmanned aerials 

vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles.


ECE faculty members teach undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise under-

graduate and graduate student projects and develop competitively funded research 

programs. Singapore provides excellent research funding opportunities through various 

funding agencies such as the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) and the 

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and various government 

ministries/ agencies and private sector corporations.


NUS regularly ranks amongst the top 10 universities in Asia and is Singapore’s 

only comprehensive university. ECE is the largest department in NUS, with a 

tenure-track or tenured faculty size of approximately 100 supported by approximately 

180 administrative/technical/research staff. Full-time undergraduate enrolment over 

4 years is approximately 1,500 students, reading either the B.Eng. (Electrical 

Engineering) degree program or the B.Eng. (Computer Engineering) degree program. 

Graduate students enrolled for the PhD, research-based M.Eng. and part-time cours-

ework based M.Sc. programs are approximately 400, 100 and 250, respectively.


More details about ECE can be found at


Interested applicants are invited to send a detailed CV, list of publications, 

research statement (max 3 pages), teaching philosophy statement (max 2 pages) and 

contact details of 3 (6 if applying for Associate/Full Professor) referees to:


Chairman, Search Committee (c/o Ms Jade Ong)

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

National University of Singapore

Block E4, Level 5, Room 45

4 Engineering Drive 3

Singapore 117576

Fax: +65 6779-1103



Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a campus visit and interview. Applications 

will be accepted until the available positions are filled.




7.17 Faculty: The Pennsylvania State University

Contributed by: Constantino Lagoa,


Cyber-Physical Systems Faculty Position at Electrical Engineering Department, 

The Pennsylvania State University


The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Electrical Engineering invites 

applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of signals and 

systems including but not limited to subareas of control, information theory, 

machine learning and signal processing. Applications on all levels will be 

considered. Preferred candidates for the position must hold a doctoral degree 

in Electrical Engineering or related discipline with appropriate experience.


Specifically, the department seeks to add to its existing strength in the 

systems area by adding an outstanding faculty member with a commitment to 

interdisciplinary research. All areas related to cyber-enabled innovation 

are of interest including but not limited to complex systems behavior, the 

smart grid, energy-conscious systems, analysis of very large data sets, systems 

biology and bioinformatics. This search is part of a Penn State Cyberscience 

Cluster Hire in Computation and Data- Enabled Science and Engineering (see ). Evaluation of applications will start 

soon and applicants should apply as early as possible to ensure full 



The applicant is expected to establish and sustain an outstanding research 

program and must have the ability to teach effectively at both the under-

graduate and graduate levels.


The following website has more information about the position and the 

application process:


You will be asked to upload a cover letter, resume, research and teaching 

plans, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least 

four professional references. Employment will require successful completion 

of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State 

is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of 

its workforce. 




7.18 Faculty: Wichita State University

Contributed by: Animesh Chakravarthy,


The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Wichita State 

University has multiple open tenure-eligible faculty positions at the assistant 

professor level in Computer Networking, Controls/Robotics, and Software Engineering. 

Duties and responsibilities of all positions include teaching undergraduate and 

graduate courses, advising undergraduate students, supervising MS and PhD students 

in their theses and dissertations, obtaining research funding, conducting an 

active research program, publishing the results of research, actively participating 

in professional societies, and service to the department, college and university. 

Complete information can be found on our website,


To ensure full consideration, the complete application package must be submitted 

online at by October 15, 2012. Applications will be continuously 

reviewed after that date until determinations are made with regard to filling 

the positions. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory 

criminal background check as required by Board of Regents policy.


Questions only (not applications) can be directed to the search chair, Ward 



Wichita State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action 





7.19 Faculty: University of Minnesota

Contributed by: Kim Stelson,


Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Minnesota Faculty Openings

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota is 

conducting a search for multiple faculty positions. The Department encourages 

applications of individuals with an interest in building strong research programs 

and teaching activities in the areas of thermal sciences including heat and mass 

transfer and combustion; advanced manufacturing; materials design and processing 

including biomaterials; and energy and environmental research including the indoor 

environment. The positions are at the level of tenure-track assistant professor 

or untenured associate professor, however, other levels of appointment may be 

considered for qualified candidates. To assure full consideration, applications 

should be received by December 10, 2012, even though later submissions may be 

considered. Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged.


The Department has 43 faculty members and 270 graduate students. The Department 

annually grants 180 Bachelor’s Degrees, 50 Masters Degrees, and 15 Doctoral 

Degrees in mechanical engineering. The candidate’s engineering expertise and 

documented research activities must demonstrate a strong potential toward 

enhancing both the Department’s research and the undergraduate and graduate 

teaching missions. Successful candidates are expected to build strong, externally-

funded, highly-visible research programs and to become recognized leaders in 

their field. Information on the current research activities of the department 

can be found at


The University of Minnesota is one of only a few comprehensive Land Grant 

universities located in the heart of a major metropolitan area. The Minneapolis

-St. Paul area is rated among America’s most livable cities and is home to 19 

Fortune 500 companies. More than 4000 companies have been created by alumni 

and faculty of the University’s highly interdisciplinary College of Science 

and Engineering. The Twin Cities and the University offer a vibrant cultural 

life and year round recreational opportunities. Additional information and 

application instructions can be found at


The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in 

its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, 

religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public 

assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or 

gender expression.




7.20 Faculty: Uppsala University

Contributed by: Alexander Medvedev,


Chair in Automatic Control

at the Department of Information Technology

Application no later than 2012-

12-03. UFV-PA 2012/1686.


The Department of Information Technology has about 240 employees including 100 

teachers and 100 PhD students. More than 3000 students take one or several 

courses at the Department annually.


At the Division of Systems and Control the activities cover a broad spectrum 

within Automatic Control, Signal Processing, and Systems Analysis. This 

recruitment is of strategic importance and the Division of Systems and 

Control will contribute with additional funding of a Post Doc and of two 

PhD students.

Description of the subject field: The subject comprises automatic control 

in a broad sense including system identification, theoretical and meth-

odological research as well as applications in engineering, natural science 

and medicine.


Duties: Research and education in Automatic Control, teaching and supervision 

at postgraduate level as well as teaching at advanced and basic levels. 

Research in the holder’s chosen field. Supplying information about research 

and development in the research field. Planning and raising funds for research 

projects. Participation in leadership and administrative roles involving 

responsibility for economics and personnel may be relevant.


Qualifications required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance 

the eligibility requirements for employment as professor are research as well 

as teaching expertise. According to the appointment regulations of Uppsala 

University research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent 

research work and by the fact that the applicant’s activities maintain a 

high international and national standard. The applicant must have demonstrated 

expertise in planning, initiating, leading, and developing research, have 

demonstrated the capacity to obtain research funding in competition, and 

demonstrated well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle students. 

The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic 

community must be assessed on the basis of, among other things, the quality 

and scope of his/her academic publications in publishing channels most 

relevant to the subject. Requirements for international merits must be 

assessed on the basis of the character and specific circumstances of the 

subject. To be eligible for appointment as professor applicants also must 

have completed teacher training of relevance to operations at the University, 

comprising ten weeks, or have acquired the equivalent knowledge. If special 

circumstances apply, this training for teachers in higher education may be 

completed during the first year of employment. A general eligibility requirement 

is that the applicant must have the personal characteristics required to perform 

the duties of the post well. Documented ability to teach in Swedish and/or 

English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail. The holder is expected 

to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.


Assessment Criteria/Ranking
Research expertise and teaching expertise: The 

ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching 

expertise, with special emphasis on research expertise. However, a combined 

consideration of all assessment criteria will be made, so that an applicant 

with vastly superior teaching expertise can get a higher ranking than one 

with somewhat stronger research expertise. Research expertise comprises 

research merits including research merits obtained outside academy which 

includes for example technology development and innovation ability. As much 

attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching expertise as to the 

assessment of research expertise. Teaching expertise comprises educational 

and teaching qualifications. This expertise can have been achieved outside 

academy through supervision, internal training, mentor programs etc.

Administrative Expertise:Administrative expertise is important for the 

employment and will be given consideration. Administrative expertise also 

includes entrepreneurship.


Management Expertise: Management expertise is important and will be given 

consideration. All merits must be documented in a manner that makes it 

possible to assess both quality and scope. In filling this position the 

university aims to appoint the applicant who, following a qualitative 

holistic assessment of her/his competence and expertise is judged to have 

the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and to help 

advance operations. In an overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, 

parental leave, part-time work relating to care of children, union assignments, 

military service, or the like are to be regarded as work experience. Uppsala 

University strives for a more even gender balance in its research and teaching 

staff. Since most professors of the Faculty are men, women are especially 

invited to apply for this position.

For further information about the position, please contact the Head of the 

Department, Professor Michael Thuné, phone +46 18 471 2981, e-mail, 

or Professor Bengt Carlsson, phone +46 18471 3119, e-mail


You are welcome to submit your application no later than December 3, 2012, 

UFV-PA 2012/1686. 




7.21 Faculty: Queen's University, Canada 

Contributed by: Serdar Yuksel,


Pending budgetary approval, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at 

Queen's University is seeking outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position 

in Applied Mathematics at the Assistant Professor level, with a starting date of 

July 1, 2013. Although applications from outstanding candidates in all areas of 

Applied Mathematics are invited, priority will be given to candidates able to 

contribute to the Mathematics and Engineering program or to the Mathematical 

Biology program. The successful applicant is expected to work in an area that 

complements areas already represented in the Department, to interact with 

related groups in the Department, and to have demonstrable interest in, and 

potential for,teaching.


In areas related to the Mathematics and Engineering program, there are presently 

research groups in Communication Theory, Geometric Control Theory, Information 

Theory, and Stochastic Control. A candidate who joins a group related to the 

Mathematics and Engineering program will be expected to obtain a licensure as 

a Professional Engineer; a degree in Engineering (undergraduate or graduate) 

is a strong asset towards obtaining the licensure. For more information about 

the Mathematics and Engineering program, please see


For the full description and details on the application process, please see 




7.22 Faculty: Stevens Institute of Technology 

Contributed by: Yi Guo,


Two Faculty Positions at Stevens Institute of Technology


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of 

Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, invites applications for two tenure-track 

faculty positions (a Chair Professor position and an Assistant/Associate Professor 

position), starting Fall 2013. All areas of electrical and computer engineering 

will be considered. Areas of special emphasis for the Chair Professor position 

include power engineering, sustainable energy, and smart grid. Areas of emphasis 

for the Assistant/Associate Professor position include computing and embedded 

systems, software systems, and robotics. Please see <> 

for more information. To apply, please go to: <>. 

A detailed resume along with the names and contact information of three references 

should be included. Applications will be considered immediately and will continue 

until the positions are filled. If you have any inquiry, please contact 



Founded in 1870 on a bluff overlooking and a few minutes from New York City, 

Stevens offers a full program of undergraduate and graduate degrees and a wide 

range of opportunities for research development. Stevens Institute of Technology 

is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 




7.23 Faculty: Colorado State University

SU Information Science and Technology Center

Contributed by: Edwin Chong,


Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty Position

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Applications are invited for a tenure/tenure-track faculty position at any 

rank from Assistant Professor to Full Professor. Exceptional candidates in all 

areas will be considered, but especially those in Analog/Mixed Signal Design, 

Biomedical Imaging, or Radar and Remote Sensing.


The ECE department participates in the CSU Information Science and Technology 

Center, the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility, and the NSF Engineering Research 

Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. It is the head-

quarters of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science 

Technology. With 25 faculty members, the department’s annual research expenditures 

are nearly $13M, and it is ranked 23rd in the country based on citations to faculty 



Colorado State is one of the fastest-growing research universities in the country, 

with annual research expenditures of roughly $340 million and an enrollment of 

about 30,000 students. Averaging 300 days of sunshine per year, Fort Collins is 

an attractive community of about 144,000 at the base of the Rocky Mountains, 65 

miles north of Denver.


For full job description and to apply see 

Full consideration deadline: 01/14/13. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts 

background checks on final candidates. 




7.24 Faculty: Washington University, St. Louis 

Contributed by: Theresa Kenyon,


The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Washington 

University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position 

at the assistant professor level for the fall 2013 academic year. The ESE department 

moved to a new building, Preston M. Green Hall, with state-of-the art facilities. 

Exceptional candidates at the associate and full professor levels will also be 

considered. Candidates should be exceptionally strong, possess novel and creative 

visions of research, and commit gladly to teaching at both the undergraduate and 

graduate levels. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in Electrical Engine-

ering, Applied Physics, Systems, Applied Mathematics, or related fields. Technical 

areas of interest include, but are not limited to, signal processing and imaging, 

applied physics, systems, computational mathematics, and applied statistics. 

Applications include biology, energy, the environment, robotics, network sciences 

and modeling of physical and complex systems. In addition to teaching, successful 

candidates are expected to conduct research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, 

and participate in department and University service.


Applicants should prepare in electronic format (PDF) a letter of interest, a 

Curriculum Vitae, a set of 3 to 5 key publications, a list of at least 5 academic 

or professional references, and statements of vision for both research and teaching. 

These documents should be uploaded as part of the online application.


Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action 

employer, and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Employment 

eligibility verification required upon employment.


For additional details about our department go to:


The online application can be found at:





7.25 Faculty: University of California, Santa Barbara

Contributed by: Shawnee Oren,







The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for an Assistant 

Professor tenure track position in the area of energy systems, with possible 

specializations including but not limited to energy efficiency, smart energy 

systems, transmission, distribution, conversion, storage, generation, and 

materials. Responsibilities include teaching at both the undergraduate and 

graduate levels, recruitment and supervision of graduate students, and the 

development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality. 

A PhD or equivalent degree, a demonstrated ability or the potential for 

outstanding teaching, and a demonstrated excellence in research are required. 

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to 

the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, 

teaching, and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity

/Affirmative Action Employer.


Applications must be submitted electronically at:


Applications should contain a letter briefly outlining career plans, a 

statement of research, a statement of teaching interests, curriculum vitae, 

and names and contact information for 3 references. Applications received by 

December 1st, 2012 will receive priority consideration, but the position will 

remain open until filled.




7.26 Faculty: The University of Michigan

Contributed by: Dennis Bernstein,


The Department of Aerospace Engineering at The University of Michigan invites 

applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in areas of Aerospace 

Engineering that align with the principal research interests of the Department. 

Areas of interest are: (1) flight dynamics/control, (2) applied computational 

fluid dynamics (CFD), and (3) wind energy. In the first two areas, appointments 

may be made at any level, while the third area is at the junior-level. Applicants 

must have extensive knowledge and experience relating to Aerospace Engineering.


Applicants should send an email with an attached single PDF file that contains 

a CV, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact 

information for at least three references to the Faculty Search Committee, c/o 

Prof. D. S. Bernstein at


The evaluation process will start on 1 December 2012. The University of Michigan 

is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with an active dual-career 

assistance program. The University is especially interested in candidates who 

can contribute, through research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity 

and excellence of the academic community. 




7.27 Faculty: University of Groningen

contributed by: Jacquelien Scherpen,


Rosalind Franklin Fellowships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences


(Tenure track positions for talented female researchers)


To promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest 

levels of the institution, the University of Groningen has initiated the 

prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme. The ambitious programme 

has been running since 2007 and financed thus far over sixty fellowships.


The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is primarily directed at ambitious 

women in academia, research institutes or industry who have a PhD and aim for 

a career towards full professorship in a European top research university. The 

fellowship offers career opportunities to work in international leading milieus 

and is only awarded to outstanding researchers.


Successful candidates will be expected to establish an independent, externally 

funded research programme in collaboration with colleagues at our university 

and elsewhere. They will also be expected to participate in and contribute to 

the development of the teaching programme of their discipline.


The Groningen Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences gives high priority 

to the international dimension of education and research and has a long history 

of stimulating, initiating and carrying out multidisciplinary and internationally 

oriented research. Systems and Control is one of the research areas of the faculty. 

For more information about the Groningen Center for Systems and Control please 

consult the website and the websites of 

the three groups that are part of the Center:


Please note the information at:


The closing date for applications is December 1st 2012.


Applications should be sent to:


Dr. L.J.A. van Putten

Faculty Board office

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

University of Groningen


PO Box 407

9700 AK Groningen

The Netherlands


For more information, please mail




7.28 Faculty: Nazarbayev University

Contributed by: Ronald Bulbulian,


Faculty positions at the Department of Robotic and Mechatronics


Nazarbayev University, open in 2010 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is 

a research university based on the Western educational model, with all instruction 

in English, and faculty recruited worldwide. Partners of the university programs 

include University of Cambridge, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of 

Pennsylvania, and University College London.


The Department of Robotics and Mechatronics is currently under major expansion, 

and is opening full-time faculty positions in all related fields of specialization 

and all ranks (assistant/associate/full professor). The Department is particularly 

interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: 

mechanical design, embedded systems, computer vision, mechatronic systems, 

industrial automation, robot dynamics and control.


Successful candidates are expected to conduct research activities and attract 

national/international funding, disseminate their research results in reputable 

international journals and conferences, teach undergraduate/graduate courses, 

supervise undergraduate/graduate students, engage in appropriate levels of 

service to the University.


Requirements: candidates must have earned a Ph.D. degree in a relevant area from 

an accredited university, and possess excellent skills or potential for research 

and teaching, depending on faculty rank. An excellent level of both written and 

spoken English is mandatory.


Benefits include an internationally competitive salary, medical insurance, free 

housing (based on family size), child educational allowance.


For further information applicants are encouraged to write to 

In order to apply, applicants should send a detailed resume, including 

qualifications, experience, and list of publications, to 

Interested parties are encouraged to submit their applications no later 

than December 15th 2012. Shortlisted candidates will be notified shortly.




7.29 Faculty: IMT Lucca

Contributed by: Alberto Bemporad,


Tenured Faculty positions at IMT Lucca – deadline December 31st 2012


As IMT is seeking to strengthen its core research activities in the analysis 

and management of a variety of complex technological, socio-economic, and 

natural systems (in particular big-data, large-scale, and dynamical systems), 

we are currently looking for senior faculty members with a background in 

mathematics, engineering, computer science, economics, or physics, with 

research experience in domains such as (but not limited to) management 

science and quantitative finance, risk analysis, numerical analysis, 

artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data mining. While the 

aforementioned fields are considered desirable for the intended research 

trajectory of the institute, applications from exceptional candidates in 

other fields are also welcome. Candidates must have a strong theoretical 

background, an excellent record of high-impact international publications, 

a remarkable ability in leading research groups, and demonstrated experience 

in conducting/coordinating international projects. While the ability to 

teach PhD courses in English is mandatory, knowledge of Italian is not 



Interested candidates must apply by filling in the online application form 


The deadline for applications is December 31st, 2012.


IMT Lucca ( is a public research university that 

encompasses three complementary natures: a doctoral school, an institute 

for advanced studies, and an institute of technology. IMT is an inter-

disciplinary research environment, blending scientific competences of economics 

and management science, engineering, computer science, physics, political 

sciences, and management of cultural heritage, striving to reach the fusion 

of theoretical comprehension and practical relevance in concrete applications.


For inquiries please contact 




7.30 Faculty: The University of Sheffield

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong,


Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship (VCF)/Vice-Chancellor's Advanced Fellowship (VCAF)

University of Sheffield -Faculty of Engineering


Job Reference Number: UOS005359 / UOS005360


Contract Type: Fixed-term for a period of three years (Vice-Chancellor's Fellow) 

or five years (Vice-Chancellor's Advanced Fellow)


Area: Applications are invited across all research areas. Successful applicants 

will be allocated to an appropriate Department


Salary: VCF £31,948 per annum, VCAF £37,012 per annum


Closing Date: 9 November 2012


The University of Sheffield has an international reputation for the quality of 

its staff, students and for the contribution it makes to the world at large 

through high quality research and teaching. This reputation is reliant upon 

the recruitment, retention and development of talented staff of the highest 

quality. In order to maintain this position at the forefront of academia Professor 

Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, has created up 

to 20 Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship positions. These positions are open to the 

candidates with a track record of the highest calibre research and who have the 

potential to be research leaders of the future in any academic area. The key 

criterion for success in these appointments is the personal capacity to make 

an outstanding contribution to the University, as a research-led academic. 

Applications are welcomed from those who will bring new fields of research 

activity to the University as well as those who strengthen our existing portfolio.


Fellows will have the potential to become academic leaders of the future who 

will engage and collaborate across disciplinary boundaries within and beyond 

the University. They will also have the ability to be inspirational to others 

and act as ambassadors for the University.


We regard the creative mix of our people to be our greatest asset. We want to 

recruit from many different backgrounds, heritages and lifestyles. We want to 

lead in rebalancing the traditional makeup of certain subjects and build a 

collection of sufficiently diverse minds that can interrogate the challenges 

of the future with the greatest rigour. So we want to hear from leading minds 

which reflect the richness of the world around us.


Establishing your research quickly will be a priority. To support you in 

achieving this, each Fellow will receive a range of exceptional benefits 

including access to a tailored mentoring and development scheme, a research 

support grant of at least £10,000 and subject to satisfactory performance a 

permanent appointment will be made to at least Lecturer (VCF) Senior Lecturer 

(VCAF) level at the end of the Fellowship.


Fellows will be appointed at one of two levels dependent upon experience. The 

successful applicants will hold a good first degree (or equivalent experience)

and a PhD in a relevant discipline (or equivalent experience). You will have 

an excellent research track record in the identified area of strength with 

potential to become a world leading researcher; you will also have with an 

aptitude for research leadership. Applications should be submitted online 





7.31 Faculty: Texas A&M University

Contributed by: Reza Langari,


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University invites 

applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions. Applicants must have 

an earned doctorate in Mechanical Engineering or an appropriate, closely related 

discipline. We especially seek candidates at the junior level even though we 

will also consider candidates at the senior level. Specifically targeted areas 

are in mechanics and design but candidates in other areas are encouraged to apply.


The successful applicants will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate 

levels, develop an independent, externally funded research program, participate in 

all aspects of the department's mission, and serve the profession. Strong written 

and verbal communication skills are required. Applicants should consult the department’s 

web page to review our academic and research programs ( Applicants 

will be evaluated based on current credentials as well as potential for future impact.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching and research 

statements, and a list of four references (including their postal addresses, telephone 

numbers and e-mail addresses) electronically via the departmental web site at:


Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2012. 

Applications received after that date may be considered until positions are filled. 

It is anticipated that the appointment will begin Fall 2013, even though the position 

could start as soon as January 2013.


Women and other under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. 

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. 




7.32 Research Associate: The University of Sheffield

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong,


Research Associate in Energy Management of FUTURE Vehicles


A Research Associate position is available for an innovative and enthusiastic 

candidate to join a dynamic and fast-expanding research group at the University 

of Sheffield. The main duty of the appointee is to develop advanced models and 

strategies to optimise the energy management and power flow of future hybrid 

electric vehicles to maximise fuel economy and energy efficiency, while 

maintaining high reliability and performance. You will work within an EPSRC-

funded consortium consisting of research groups from University of Sheffield, 

Loughborough University, Imperial College London, University of Oxford, Cranfield 

University and Coventry University, with the support of more than a dozen industrial 



Applicants are required to possess a PhD degree in control, power electronics or 

other relevant area. Experiences in MATLAB-SIMULINK, DSP and its programming, 

electronic circuit design and PCB layout, power electronics and control system 

development are essential, together with a creative and scientific approach suitable 

for developing leading edge technology, proven track record of quality journal 

publications, excellent skills in communication and management, and enthusiasm 

and motivation to work on your own or within a team.


Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to


This post is fixed-term for 33 months with an end date no later than 30 November 

2015. Closing date: 26th November 2012. Applications should be submitted online 





7.33 Research Associate: University of Sheffield

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong,


Research Associate in Reliability of Power Electronic Systems in FUTURE Vehicles


A Research Associate position is available for an innovative and enthusiastic 

candidate to join a dynamic and fast-expanding research group at the University 

of Sheffield. The main duty of the appointee is to develop the fundamental 

understanding of electro-mechanical, thermal and ageing models for power 

electronic systems, in particular, under a harsh vehicular environment, to 

understand how switching frequency, driving cycle, harsh environment, mechanical 

vibrations and so on affect the life time of power electronic systems, so that 

performance can be pushed beyond the current limits while maintaining high reliability. 

You will work within an EPSRC-funded consortium consisting of research groups from 

University of Sheffield, Loughborough University, Imperial College London, University 

of Oxford, Cranfield University and Coventry University, with the support of more 

than a dozen industrial partners.


Applicants are required to possess a PhD degree in electrical engineering, mechanical 

engineering or other relevant area (or equivalent experience). Experience in MATLAB-

SIMULINK, thermal modelling and analysis, reliability and degradation mechanisms, 

in particular, of electrical and electronic systems, packaging of power electronic 

systems are desirable. Applicants will have a creative and scientific approach suitable 

for developing leading edge technology, a proven track record of quality journal 

publications, excellent skills in communication and management, and enthusiasm and 

motivation to work on independently and within a team.


Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to


This post is fixed-term for 33 months with an end date no later than 30 November 

2015. Closing date: 23rd November 2012. Applications should be submitted online 





7.34 Research Fellow: Shanghai Jiaotong University

Contributed by: Weidong Zhang,


The Information Processing and Advanced Control (IPAC) group at the Department 

of Automation, Shanghai Jiaotong University, P. R. China is seeking to appoint 

Research Fellows to contribute to the research in a project funded by NSFC. The 

aim of this project is to develop a DP (dynamic positioning) prototype system, 

in which two rotatable thrusters at the head part and tail part of a ship, 

respectively, are coordinatively controlled to keep the ship’s position. The 

candidates will perform research with a substantial experimental component 

and publish in peer-reviewed international journals. The position also includes 

teaching and supervision of MSc and PhD students. We are looking for a candidate 

who can contribute to the continued building of our research group. The researcher

with outstanding performance during the appointment will be invited to join the 

group as a faculty of SJTU.


Applicants are expected to have a PhD degree. A relevant background in control 

theory and identification technology is required. Preference will be given to 

candidates having a strong track record of independent research of international 

standing. The salary is 80k-110k CNY per year (1 USD=6.2 CNY).


Applicants should send a current CV along with a brief summary of research 

experience and interest to Professor Weidong Zhang via email at




7.35 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia

Contributed by: Girish Nair,





Salary: $AU85,203-$91,592 p.a. + 9% superannuation.


A 1-year position is available in the Dept. Electrical & Electronic Engineering, 

University of Melbourne, Australia, to investigate information theory for feedback 

control systems. A strong background in feedback theory and a solid under-

standing of information theory are essential.


For further details and to apply, please go to

and search for keywords "feedback control".




7.36 Developer: Intelligent Fusion Technology

Contributed by: Dan Shen,


The following is a job opportunity in Germantown, MD... Contact info is at 

the end of the message...




Intelligent Fusion Technology (IFT) is a Research and Development (R&D) company 

focused on information fusion technologies from basic research to industry transition 

and product development and support. IFT is located in Germantown, Maryland. We 

are working on modeling, control,communication, signal/image/text processing, 

security, autonomy, and decision making in networked systems. We are looking for 

talented developers majoring in engineering (e.g., EE, ME, AE), computer science, 

and/or applied mathematics to join our multidisciplinary team as full-time employees 

or interns. In particular, we are looking for candidates having direct experience 

in one or several areas as follows:


Engineering Design

Pattern recognition, image processing, video analysis;

Full motion video/wide area motion imagery (WAMI) exploitation;

Wireless communication;

Cognitive radio network;

Network security;

Social network analysis, text analytics;

Antenna design.


Control and Mathematics

Game theoretic estimation and control;

Robotics dynamic and control;

Guidance, navigation and control for aerospace vehicle.


Software Design

Cloud computing;

Service Oriented Architecture;

Open Architecture/ Open sources government off-the-shelf (GOTS) development;

Geospatial Information System;

Human Factors display technology and integration.


US citizen / permanent resident with a Ph.D. degree are preferred. Direct industry 

experience is a plus. The pay is competitive and can be negotiated.


For interested candidates, please send your resume to




7.37 Controls Engineer: United Technologies Research Center

Contributed by: Zhen Jia,


Job Opportunity


Electronic Controls Engineer / Scientist


United Technologies Research Center (China) - Shanghai



United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is an internationally recognized 

corporate research organization of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) that 

conducts research and development across a range of technology areas to drive 

its mission of “growth through innovation”. UTRC partners with UTC business units 

and renowned external research organizations to impact organic growth of the 

Corporation through new product and process innovations. The operating units 

of UTC include: Pratt & Whitney (aircraft engines), Sikorsky (helicopters), 

Otis (elevators and escalators), UTC Climate Controls & Security (HVAC, building 

controls and security solutions), UTC Aerospace Systems (aerospace products), 

and UTC Power (environmentally advanced power solutions). Our headquarters is 

in East Hartford, USA with partnerships worldwide and a research and development 

center in Shanghai, China.


United Technologies Research Center (China) Ltd. was established in Shanghai in 

1997 to provide a technology base for UTC business units via partnerships and 

collaborative R&D (universities and government institutes). Our engineers and 

scientists work on global projects in conjunction with other UTC business units 

and renowned research organizations to bring product and process innovation to 

enhance UTC products competitiveness in Asia and world-wide. We are a world-class 

research center advancing technologies that serve energy, environment, controls, 

security, and embedded systems.


United Technologies Research Center (China) Ltd. invites qualified individuals 

to apply for the following position in the Shanghai office. This position will 

compensate the chosen candidate at competitive local Shanghai market wage rate, 

and benefits will be administered based on local Shanghai benefit practices.


Senior Research Engineer: Electronic Controls


Job Description:

• Develop and implement novel control system architecture and algorithms for 

  Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC), security and building related 


• Team up with modeling engineers to perform simulation analysis using physics-

  based and data-driven models as well as design experiments to calibrate physics-

  based models and verify control performance.

• Interact with UTRC customers for requirements definition, controllers design and 

  implementation for different UTC applications and system solutions.

• Define control algorithms and tuning rules based on system stability analyses, 

  control objectives, sound theoretical principles for both MIMO and SISO control 


• Lead and participate in multidisciplinary projects, ensuring high quality 

  deliverables and seamless integration with other UTRC and UTC business unit teams, 

  as well as university partners.

• Enhance UTRC’s recognition through the writing of technical papers and support 

  the recruitment of world-class talent to UTRC.



Minimum Qualifications Required:

• Master with 5+ years experience or Ph.D with 3+ years experience in controls 

  engineering, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, or a closely related field.

• Strong experience in system identification, control system architecture, and 

  algorithm development and implementation.

• Experience in system modeling and identification with data-driven or physics-based 

  models and sensor networks and optimization. Windows or Linux OS based software design.

• Experience in integration solution development in C/C++ and Matlab / Simulink / Stateflow.

• Fluent English (both written and spoken) and excellent communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

• Expert knowledge with 10+ years experience in controls technology and 

  implementation, and system optimization.

• Strong experience with model-based control development, including rapid 

  prototyping implementation.

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams in 

  dispersed locations.

• Solid technical writing, presentation, project management, and communication 

  skills. Record of technical contributions including patents and publications.

• Strong leadership skills and entrepreneurial attitude towards innovation.