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October 2012




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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 

1.2 Control Systems Society Outreach Fund

1.3 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.4 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 


2. Announcements

2.1 Change of Address


3. Books

3.1 Control of Higher-Dimensional PDEs: Flatness and Backstepping Designs 


4. Journals

4.1 Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information

4.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

4.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing

4.4 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

4.5 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics

4.6 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics

4.7 Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

4.8 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

4.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control


5. Conferences

5.1 International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies

5.2 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications

5.3 IEEE International Conference on Information Science and Technology

5.4 European Control Conference

5.5 IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Science

5.6 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems 


6.  Workshops

6.1 Symposium on Emerging Topics in Control and Modeling

6.2 Workshop on Internet of Things and Sensor Networks

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


7.  Positions

7.1 PhD: Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

7.2 PhD: INSA-Toulouse, France

7.3 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University

7.4 PhD: Louisiana State University

7.5 PhD: University of Houston

7.6 Post-Doc: L2S Supelec, France

7.7 Post-Doc: University of Groningen, The Netherlands

7.8 Post-Doc: University of Hong Kong

7.9 Post-Doc: University of Houston

7.10 Post-Doc: North Carolina State University

7.11 Post-Doc: KTH, Sweden

7.12 Post-Doc: Australian National University

7.13 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China

7.14 Faculty: Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France 

7.15 Faculty: TUM, Germany

7.16 Faculty: City University of Hong Kong

7.17 Faculty: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca

7.18 Faculty: University of Cambridge

7.19 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China 

7.20 Faculty: UC Santa Barbara

7.21 Visiting Scholar: Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France 

7.22 Researcher: GE Global Research

7.23 Researcher: GE Global Research

7.24 Researcher: Volvo Cars





1. IEEE CSS Headlines


1.1 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 

Contributed by: Diego Regruto, diego.regruto@polito.it



"Relaxation methods in identification and estimation problems"

A Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control



Considerable efforts have been devoted in the last years to the problem of

approximating the global solution of some classes of nonconvex optimization

problems. The common idea behind all these approaches is to construct specific 

convex relaxations which are guaranteed to converge, under proper assumptions 

and conditions, to the global optima of the original nonconvex problem. The 

topic of convex relaxation is relevant for applications since many problems 

from different engineering fields lead to nonconvex optimization problems 

whose global optimal solution cannot be obtained exploiting common local 

optimization algorithms (gradient method, etc.). In particular, the problem 

of convexification of the estimation problems has become one of the major 

topics in system identification in the last years; enforcements of stability 

constraints, parameter bounds computation for errors-in-variables model 

structures, identification of hybrid and nonlinear block-structured models, 

optimal input design for identification, initialization of gradient-based 

identification algorithms, state estimation for linear Gaussian Markov model

and state smoothing by sum-of-norms regularization are only some examples. 

The aim of this special issue is twofold: firstly, to highlight that many

challenging open problems in system identification and estimation can be

reliably addressed if a convexification/relaxation approach is taken; secondly, 

to show that the interplay between the optimization and the control communities 

can suggest new exciting research directions in identification and estimation 



The topics relevant to this special issue include (but are not limited to) the 

following relaxation approaches to identification and estimation problems:


- Convex relaxations

– LMI/SDP relaxations

– L1-based sparsification approaches

– probabilistic/randomized methods

– rank/nuclear-norm minimization


Both theoretical and application-driven contributions are welcome.


Guest Editors:


Diego Regruto (Corresponding Guest Editor) Dipartimento di Automatica e

Informatica Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 10129 Torino, 

Italy. E-mail: diego.regruto@polito.it


Fabrizio Dabbene CNR-IEIIT c/o Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 

24 10129 Torino, Italy. E-mail: fabrizio.dabbene@polito.it


Daniel E. Rivera School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy Mail 

Stop 876106 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-6106, USA. 

E-mail: daniel.rivera@asu.edu


Important dates:


Paper submission deadline: November 1, 2012;

Acceptance: May 1, 2013;

Tentative Publication: Late 2013.


Submission Details:


All papers submitted to the special issue will be subject to peer review in

accordance with the established practices of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic 

Control. Papers that do not fall within the scope of the special issue will be 

returned to the authors without review, to enable resubmission as regular papers 

through the normal channels.


Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Corresponding Guest

Editor, Diego Regruto, through the Transactions submission site

TACON at http://css.paperplaza.net/journals/tac/scripts/login.pl.

The TACON site is already open for submissions.

The manuscript format should follow the guidelines posted at the website:



For further details, please contact the Corresponding Guest Editor Diego

Regruto at diego.regruto@polito.it 




1.2 Control Systems Society Outreach Fund 

Contributed by: Gary Balas,balas@umn.edu


Control Systems Society Outreach Fund


THe call for Proposals for the CSS Outreach Fund is Now Open.

Proposals for the first round of the 2013 CSS Outreach Fund

will be accepted through November 23, 2012.


IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Outreach Fund provides financial

resources for projects that will benefit CSS and the

Controls community in general. Examples of projects that

We can support include (not an exhaustive list):

- Outreach activities for pre-university students and teachers

- Outreach activities for developing nations

- Promotional materials for CSS or the field

- Workshops on control-related topics

- CSS membership drives


For 2013, the IEEE Control Systems Society has allocated $100,000

for the Outreach Fund.






1.3 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 

Contributed by: Karl H. Johansson, kallej@kth.se


Call for Papers


IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Special Issue on Control of Cyber-Physical Systems


Cyber-physical systems are engineered systems whose operations are

monitored, coordinated, controlled, and integrated by computing and

communication cores interacting with the physical

environment. Cyber-physical systems transform how we interact with the

physical world just like the Internet has transformed how we interact

with one another. Advances in this field will have an enormous

societal impact and economic benefit in areas such as energy,

transportation, manufacturing, health, agriculture and many more.


Recently there has been an enormous scientific and industrial interest

in cyber-physical systems. Consequently theories, tools, and practices

for the design and operation of these systems are emerging. The aim

of this special issue is to capture the latest developments in the

fundamentals and applications of control of cyber-physical systems. We

solicit papers on the following topics:


* Abstractions and heterogeneous models for cyber-physical systems

* Architectures for cyber-physical systems

* High-confidence and safety-critical networked control systems

* Modular and component-based design of cyber-physical systems

* Embedded computing and communication in cyber-physical systems

* Optimization and resource allocation in cyber-physical systems

* Real-time scheduling and performance of cyber-physical systems

* Distributed implementation and fault detection in cyber-physical systems

* Verification and run-time monitoring of cyber-physical systems

* Cyber-security and trust in control of cyber-physical systems


We expect that some of the papers will describe emerging applications

in intelligent transportation, power systems, smart buildings, medical

devices, mobile robotics, process industry etc.



Time Schedule


* November 1, 2012: Open submission site

* February 1, 2013: Deadline for submissions

* August 2013: Deadline for review process

* November 2013: Submission of final manuscripts

* January 2014: Publication of special issue



Submission Details


Manuscripts should be submitted by uploading the electronic file

through the journal's online submission website at





Guest Editors


Karl H. Johansson, ACCESS Linnaeus Center and School of Electrical

Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 10044, Sweden,



George J. Pappas, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering,

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA,



Paulo Tabuada, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of

California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA, tabuada@ee.ucla.edu


Claire J. Tomlin, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer

Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA,





1.4 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu


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

Issue 10 (October)


Scanning the Issue

page 2433




Distributed Averaging under Constraints on Information Exchange: Emergence of 

Levy Flights

J. Wang, N. Elia page 2435


Choice Prediction With Semidefinite Optimization When Utilities are Correlated

V. K. Mishra, C. P. Teo, K. Natarajan, H. Tao page 2450


A Metric Between Probability Distributions on Finite Sets of Different 

Cardinalities and Applications to Order Reduction

M. Vidyasagar page 2464


Dynamics of Human Head and Eye Rotations under Donder's Constraint

B. Ghosh, I. Wijayasinghe page 2478


Dynamic Approximate Solutions of the HJ Inequality and of the HJB Equation 

for Input-Affine Nonlinear Systems

M. Sassano, A. Astolfi page 2490


Scheduling in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks with Topology and Channel-State Uncertainty

L. Ying, S. Shakkottai page 2504


Estimation of a Low Intensity Filtered Poisson Process in Additive White 

Gaussian Noise

A. Komaee page 2518


Active Robust Fault Detection in Closed-Loop Systems: Quadratic Optimization 


A. Esna Ashari, R. Nikoukhah, S. L. Campbell page 2532


Distributed Parameter Estimation over Unreliable Networks with Markovian 

Switching Topologies

Q. Zhang, J-F. Zhang page 2545


Time and Spectral Domain Relative Entropy: A New Approach to Multivariate 

Spectral Estimation

A. Ferrante, C. Masiero, M. Pavon page 2561


Control-Theoretic Approach to Communication with Feedback

E. Ardestanizadeh, M. Franceschetti page 2576


Jump Control of Probability Densities With Applications to Autonomous 

Vehicle Motion

A. Mesquita, J. P. Hespanha page 2588


Technical Notes and Correspondence


Robust Control for Nonlinear Systems Using Passivity-Based Robust Right 

Coprime Factorization

M. Deng, N. Bu page 2599


Robust Controller Design of Uncertain Discrete Time-Delay Systems with Input 

Saturation and Disturbances

S. Xu, G. Feng, Y. Zou, J. Huang page 2604


Coupled Distributed Estimation and Control for Mobile Sensor Networks

R. Olfati-Saber, P. Jalalkamali page 2609


Semistability of Nonlinear Systems Having a Connected Set of Equilibria and 


Q. Hui page 2615


Sufficient Conditions for Decentralized Potential Functions Based Controllers 

using Canonical Vector Fields

D. V. Dimarogonas page 2621


Adaptive Output Feedback Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems with Hysteresis 


J. Zhou, C. Wen, T. Li page 2627


Simplified Rapid Switching Gain Scheduling for a class of LPV Systems

A. Dehghani, M. C. Rotkowitz, B. D.O. Anderson, S. H. Cha page 2633


Consensus of Multi-Agent Networks with Aperiodic Sampled Communication via 

Impulsive Algorithms Using Position-Only Measurements

Z-W. Liu, Z.-H. Guan, S. Shen, G. Feng page 2639


Sampled-Data Synchronization Control of Dynamical Networks with Stochastic Sampling

B. Shen, Z. Wang, X. Liu page 2644


Event Based State Estimation With Time Synchronous Updates

J. Sijs, M. Lazar page 2650


Global Bounded Synchronization of General Dynamical Networks with Non-identical Nodes

J. Zhao, D. J. Hill, T. Liu page 2656


Output Feedback Regulation of a Chain of Integrators With an Unbounded Time-Varying 

Delay in the Input

M-S. Koo, H-L. Choi, J-T. Lim page 2662


Characterization and Stability of Autonomous Positive Descriptor Systems

M. A. Rami, D. Napp page 2668


Constrained Nonlinear Polynomial Time-Delay Systems: A Sum-of-Squares Approach to 

Estimate the Domain of Attraction

G. Franze', D. Famularo, A. Casavola page 2673


Hamiltonian Identification Through Enhanced Observability Utilizing Quantum Control

Z. Leghtas, G. Turinici, H. Rabitz, P. Rouchon page 2679


Robust Control of Constrained Linear Systems With Bounded Disturbances

R. Ghaemi, J. Sun, I. V. Kolmanovsky page 2683


On Achieving Size-Independent Stability Margin of Vehicular Lattice Formations With 

Distributed Control

H. Hao, P. Barooah page 2688


Stability Analysis for High Frequency Networked Control Systems

H. Yang, Y. Xia, P. Shi, M. Fu page 2694





2. Announcements


2.1 Change of Address

Contributed by: Argyrios Zolotas, a.zolotas@sussex.ac.uk


Argyrios Zolotas - change of address


I have moved to University of Sussex (UK) since Sept. 10th, 2012. My new contact 

details are:


Dr Argyrios Zolotas

Senior Lecturer in Applied Control and Power Electronics,

School of Engineering and Informatics (Department of Engineering),

University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ,

United Kingdom


(personal office) ph# : +44 (0)1273 877 587

(school office) fax#: +44 (0)1273 877 873

email: a.zolotas@sussex.ac.uk 





3. Books


3.1 Control of Higher-Dimensional PDEs: Flatness and Backstepping Designs 

Contributed by: Thomas Meurer, meurer@acin.tuwien.ac.at


Control of Higher-Dimensional PDEs: Flatness and Backstepping Designs

Thomas Meurer


Publisher: Springer

Series: Communications and Control Engineering

ISBN: 978-3-642-30014-1 (Hardcover, 368 pages)

978-3-642-30015-8 (eBook)

Website: http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/book/978-3-642-30014-1




Control of Higher-Dimensional PDEs — Flatness and Backstepping Designs presents 

new model-based design methods for trajectory planning, feedback stabilization, 

state estimation, and tracking control of distributed-parameter systems governed 

by partial differential equations (PDEs). Flatness and backstepping techniques 

and their generalization to PDEs with higher-dimensional spatial domain lie at 

the core of this treatise. This includes the development of systematic late 

lumping design procedures and the deduction of semi-numerical approaches using 

suitable approximation methods. Theoretical developments are combined with both 

simulation examples and experimental results to bridge the gap between mathematical 

theory and control engineering practice in the rapidly evolving PDE control area.


The text is divided into five parts featuring:


* a literature survey of paradigms and control design methods for PDE systems

* the first principle mathematical modeling of applications arising in heat and 

  mass transfer, interconnected multi-agent systems, and piezo-actuated smart 

  elastic structures

* the generalization of flatness-based trajectory planning and feedforward control 

  to parabolic and biharmonic PDE systems defined on general higher-dimensional 


* an extension of the backstepping approach to the feedback control and observer 

  design for parabolic PDEs with parallelepiped domain and spatially and time 

  varying parameters

* the development of design techniques to realize exponentially stabilizing 

  tracking control

* the evaluation in simulations and experiments


Control of Higher-Dimensional PDEs — Flatness and Backstepping Designs is an 

advanced research monograph for graduate students in applied mathematics, control 

theory, and related fields. The book may serve as a reference to recent developments 

for researchers and control engineers interested in the analysis and control of 

systems governed by PDEs.




Model equations for non–convective and convective heat transfer.- Model equations 

for multi–agent networks.- Model equations for flexible structures with piezoelectric 

actuation.- Mathematical problem formulation.- Spectral approach for time–invariant 

systems with general spatial domain.- Formal integration approach for time varying 

systems.- Backstepping for linear diffusion–convection–reaction systems with varying 

parameters on 1–dimensional domains.- Backstepping for linear diffusion–convection–

reaction systems with varying parameters on parallelepiped domains.





4.  Journals


4.1 Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information 

Contributed by: Rosanna Denning, rosanna.denning@oup.com


A new issue of IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information is now 

available online.


The Table of Contents below can be viewed at:



Jaime A. Moreno

A Lyapunov approach to output feedback control using second-order sliding modes



Magdi S. Mahmoud and Yuanqing Xia

A regular H-infinity filter for uncertain discrete-time singular systems with time-

varying delays



B. M. Zlatkovic and B. Samardzic

One way for the probability of stability estimation of discrete systems with 

randomly chosen parameters



A. Benzaouia, M. Darouach, and A. Hmamed

Solution of equation XA + XBXE = HXE and the pole assignment in linear singular 

systems: application to constrained control



Guixiang Wang, Peng Shi, and Paul Messenger

Weak orders on multichannel information spaces and their applications in evaluating



Belkacem Said-Houari and Abdelaziz Soufyane

Stability result of the Timoshenko system with delay and boundary feedback



Hussain Sagi Alazki and Alexender Poznyak Gorbatch

Inventory constraint control with uncertain stochastic demands: attractive 

ellipsoid technique application



Dan Goreac

A note on the controllability of jump diffusions with linear coefficients





4.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw


Asian Journal of Control

Vol.14, No.4 July, 2012



Regular papers:


1. Paper Title: Smart-Bogie: Semi-Active Lateral Control Of Railway Vehicles

Authors: Cristiano Spelta, Sergio M. Savaresi, Fabio Codecà, Mauro Montiglio 

and Michele Ieluzzi


2. Paper Title: Design of Embedded Filters for Inner-Loop Power Control in Wireless 

CDMA Communication Systems

Authors: Daniel E. Quevedo and Torbjörn Wigren


3. Paper Title: Duality properties of linear impulsive systems

Authors: Douglas A. Lawrence


4. Paper Title: State observation for nonlinear switched systems using nonhomogeneous 

high-order sliding mode observers

Authors: J. Davila, H. Ríos, and L. Fridman


5. Paper Title: Stabilization of nonlinear systems with filtered lyapunov functions 

and feedback passivation

Authors: Stefano Battilotti


6. Paper Title: Using Delta Range for Fault Detection/Exclusion on GPS Positioning

Authors: Fu-Kuang Yeh, Hung-Wei Chen and Yi-Hsueh Tsai


7. Paper Title: Decentralized DES Supervisory Control for Coordination of under Load 

Tap-Changing Transformers and Static VAR Compensators

Authors: S. Mohammad Noorbakhsh and Ali A. Afzalian


8. Paper Title: From Nonlinear To Fuzzy Approaches In Trajectory Tracking Control Of

Wheeled Mobile Robots

Authors: Jafar Keighobadi and Mohammad B. Menhaj


9. Paper Title: A Novel Fuzzy Approach for State Estimation of Nonlinear Hybrid 

Systems Using Particle Filtering Method

Authors: Karim Salahshoor and M. Foad Samadi


10. Paper Title: An Improved Sliding-Mode Repetitive Learning Control Scheme 

Using Wavelet Transform

Authors: Yu-Sheng Lu, Bing-Xuan Wu and Shu-Fen Lien


11. Paper Title: A Framework for Globally Optimal State Estimation for Systems 

with Unknown Inputs (II): Untrammeled Approach

Authors: Chien-Shu Hsieh


12. Paper Title: Hysteresis compensation and adaptive controller design for a 

piezoceramic actuator system in atomic force microscopy

Authors: Ping-Lang Yen, Mu-Tian Yan and Yil Chen


13. Paper Title: Pareto-Set Based Multi-Objective Dynamic Reactive Power And 

Voltage Control

Authors: Anan Zhang and Honggeng Yang


14. Paper Title: Two/Infinity Norm Criteria Resolution of Manipulator Redundancy 

at Joint-Acceleration Level Using Primal-Dual Neural Network

Authors: Yu-Nong Zhang, Bing-Huang Cai, Jiang-Ping Yin and Lei Zhang


15. Paper Title: Robust L2−L-infinity filtering for stochastic systems with discrete and 

distributed time-varying delays

Authors: Lin Li and Ying Jia


16. Paper Title: A Simplified Optimization Strategy for Nonlinear Tuned Mass Damper 

in Structural Vibration Control

Authors: Wei Guo, Hong-Nan Li, Guo-Huan Liu and Zhi-Wu Yu


17. Paper Title: A Kiefer-Wolfowitz Algorithm Based Iterative Learning Control 

for Hammerstein-Wiener Systems

Authors: Dong Shen and Han-Fu Chen


18. Paper Title: Robust Stability and Stabilization Criteria for Discrete Singular 

Time-delay LPV Systems

Authors: Xian Zhang and Huanyu Zhu


19. Paper Title: Convergence Properties of Iterative Learning Control Process in 

the Sense of Lebesgue-p Norm

Authors: Xiaoe Ruan, Z. Zenn Bien, and Qi Wang


Brief papers:


1. Paper Title: Estimate of Domain of Attraction for a Class of Port-Controlled 

Hamiltonian Systems Subject to Both Actuator Saturation and Disturbances

Authors: Airong Wei, Yuzhen Wang and Xiaoming Hu


2. Paper Title: Output Feedback Controller Design for Systems with Amplitude and 

Rate Control Constraints

Authors: F. A. Bender and J. M. Gomes da Silva Jr.


3. Paper Title: A Sufficient Condition for Checking the Attractiveness of Sliding 

Manifold in Fractional Order Sliding Mode Control

Authors: Mehmet Önder Efe


4. Paper Title: Practical Output Regulation of Uncertain Strict-Feedback Form Systems

Authors: Ghazal Montaseri and Mohammad Javad Yazdanpanah


5. Paper Title: Fuzzy identification of nonlinear systems via orthogonal transform

Authors: Hongwei Wang, Jia Wang and Hong Gu


6. Paper Title: H∞ Observer Design for Descriptor Systems with Slope-Restricted


Authors: Chunyu Yang, Qingling Zhang, Jyh-Horng Chou and Fei Yin


7. Paper Title: A Polynomial Algorithm for Computing Elementary Siphons in a 

Class of Petri Nets

Authors: Huixia Liu, Keyi Xing, Feng Wang, Libin Han and Xiaojing Sun


8. Paper Title: Alternative Method of Solution of the Regulator Equation: 

L2-Space Approach

Authors: B. Rehák




1. Paper Title: Comment on “a deadlock prevention approach for flexible 

manufacturing systems with uncontrollable transitions in their petri net models”

Authors: Murat Uzam




4.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing

Contributed by: Yongqiang Wang, wyqthu@gmail.com


IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol.60, no.10


A Hybrid CPF-HAF Estimation of Polynomial-Phase Signals: Detailed Statistical 


I. Djurović, M. Simeunović, S. Djukanović, and P. Wang 5010

Approximate Inference in State-Space ModelsWith Heavy-Tailed Noise

G. Agamennoni, J. I. Nieto, and E. M. Nebot 5024

Distributed Maximum Likelihood for Simultaneous Self-Localization and Tracking 

in Sensor Networks

N. K. Kantas, S. S. Singh, and A. Doucet 5038

Dynamic Bit Allocation for Object Tracking inWireless Sensor Networks

E. Masazade, R. Niu, and P. K. Varshney 5048

Robust Fault Detection With Statistical Uncertainty in Identified Parameters

J. Dong, M. Verhaegen, and F. Gustafsson 5064

Accurate and Computationally Efficient Tensor-Based Subspace Approach for Multi-

dimensional Harmonic Retrieval

W. Sun and H. C. So 5077

Charrelation and Charm: Generic Statistics Incorporating Higher-Order 


A. Slapak and A. Yeredor 5089

Performance Limits for Distributed Estimation Over LMS Adaptive Networks

X. Zhao and A. H. Sayed 5107

Shift Variance Measures for Multirate LPSV Filter Banks With Random Input 


T. Aach and H. Führ 5125

An Information Theoretic Algorithm for Finding Periodicities in Stellar 

Light Curves

P. Huijse, P. A. Estévez, P. Protopapas, P. Zegers, and J. C. Príncipe 5135

On Confidence-Constrained Rank Recovery in Topic Models

B. Behmardi and R. Raich 5146

Maximum Marginal Likelihood Estimation for Nonnegative Dictionary Learning 

in the Gamma-Poisson Model

O. Dikmen and C. Févotte 5163

Robust PCA as Bilinear Decomposition With Outlier-Sparsity Regularization

G. Mateos and G. B. Giannakis 5176

Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Using Frame Theory

Y. J. Huang, X. Wang, X. Li, and B. Moran 5191

MIMO Radar Sensitivity Analysis of Antenna Position for Direction Finding

H. Chen, X. Li, W. Jiang, and Z. Zhuang 5201

Multitarget Tracking via Space Transformations Using a Single Frequency 

Continuous Wave Radar

P. N. Pathirana, S. C. K. Herath, and A. V. Savkin 5217

An MCMC Approach to Universal Lossy Compression of Analog Sources

D. Baron and T. Weissman 5230

FullDiversity Non-Coherent Alamouti-Based Toeplitz Space-Time BlockCodes

D.Xia, J.-K.Zhang, S.Dumitrescu, andF.-K.Gong 5241

Iterative Multiuser Detection of Spectrally Efficient FDMA CPM

N. Noels and M. Moeneclaey 5254

On Performance of Vector OFDMWith Linear Receivers

Y. Li, I. Ngebani, X.-G. Xia, and A. Høst-Madsen 5268

Communication Efficiency of Anti-Jamming Broadcast in Large-Scale Multi-

ChannelWireless Networks

C. Li, H. Dai, L. Xiao, and P. Ning 5281

Energy-Efficient Pulse-Coupled Synchronization Strategy Design for Wireless 

Sensor Networks Through Reduced Idle Listening

Y. Wang, F. Núñez, and F. J. Doyle 5293

UWBSparse/DiffuseChannels, Part I:ChannelModels andBayesian Estimators . . . 

N. Michelusi, U. Mitra, A.F. Molisch, andM. Zorzi 5307

UWB Sparse/Diffuse Channels, Part II: Estimator Analysis and Practical Channels

N. Michelusi, U. Mitra, A. F. Molisch, and M. Zorzi 5320

Joint Soft-Decision Cooperative Spectrum Sensing and Power Control in 

Multiband Cognitive Radios

H. Mu and J. K. Tugnait 5334

Asymptotically Efficient Multichannel Estimation for Opportunistic 

Spectrum Access

P. Tehrani, L. Tong, and Q. Zhao 5347

Linear Precoding for Multipair Two-Way MIMO Relay SystemsWith Max-Min 


M. Tao and R. Wang 5361

Statistical Eigenmode-Based SDMA for Two-User Downlink

J. Wang, S. Jin, X. Gao, K.-K. Wong, and E. Au 5371

Max-Min SINR Coordinated Multipoint Downlink Transmission—Duality and 


D. W. H. Cai, T. Q. S. Quek, C. W. Tan, and S. H. Low 5384

Distributed Network OptimizationWith Heuristic Rational Agents

C. Eksin and A. Ribeiro 5396

A Sparsity Promoting Adaptive Algorithm for Distributed Learning

S. Chouvardas, K. Slavakis, Y. Kopsinis, and S. Theodoridis 5412

Distributed Field Reconstruction inWireless Sensor Networks Based on 

Hybrid Shift-Invariant Spaces

G. Reise, G. Matz, and K. Gröchenig 5426

Time-Stampless Adaptive Nonuniform Sampling for Stochastic Signals

S. Feizi, V. K Goyal, and M. Médard 5440

Modeling and Mitigating Noise and Nuisance Parameters in Received Signal 

Strength Positioning

R. K. Martin, A. S. King, J. R. Pennington, R. W. Thomas, R. Lenahan, and 

C. Lawyer 5451

Localizing Multiple Events Using Times of Arrival: a Parallelized, 

Hierarchical Approach to the Association Problem .

S. Venkateswaran and U. Madhow 5464

Sum-Rate Maximization in Two-Way AF MIMO Relaying: Polynomial Time Solutions 

to a Class of DC Programming Problems

A. Khabbazibasmenj, F. Roemer, S. A. Vorobyov, and M. Haardt 5478

Cramér-Rao Bounds for Polynomial Signal EstimationUsing SensorsWithAR

(1) Drift

S. Kar, P. K. Varshney, and M. Palaniswami 5494

Forward-Projection Architecture for Fast Iterative Image Reconstruction 

in X-Ray CT

J. K. Kim, J. A. Fessler, and Z. Zhang 5508

Suboptimal FIR Filtering of Nonlinear Models in Additive White Gaussian Noise

Y. S. Shmaliy 5519

Distribution of the Ratio of the Largest Eigenvalue to the Trace of 

ComplexWishart Matrices

A. Kortun, M. Sellathurai, T. Ratnarajah, and C. Zhong 5527

An Interpretation of the Moore-Penrose Generalized Inverse of a Singular 

Fisher Information Matrix

Y.-H. Li and P.-C. Yeh 5532

Multidimensional Sinusoidal Frequency Estimation Using Subspace and Projection 

Separation Approaches

L. Huang, Y. Wu, H. C. So, Y. Zhang, and L. Huang 5536

Computing Constrained Cramér-Rao Bounds

P. Tune 5543

New Conditional Posterior Cramér-Rao Lower Bounds for Nonlinear Sequential 

Bayesian Estimation

Y. Zheng, O. Ozdemir, R. Niu, and P. K. Varshney 5549

Robust Fault Isolation With Statistical Uncertainty in Identified Parameters

J. Dong, M. Verhaegen, and F. Gustafsson 5556

Identification of Parameters of a Half-Order System

I. Petráš, D. Sierociuk, and I. Podlubny 5561

Enhancing the Resolution of the Spectrogram Based on a Simple Adaptation 


T. K. Hon and A. Georgakis 5566

Spatially Concatenated CodesWith Turbo Equalization for Correlated Sources

K. Anwar and T. Matsumoto 5572

Exact Outage Probability of Dual-Hop CSI-Assisted AF Relaying Over Nakagami- 

Fading Channels

M. Xia, Y.-C. Wu, and S. Aïssa 5578

Optimal Phase Response Functions for Fast Pulse-Coupled Synchronization in 

Wireless Sensor Networks

Y. Wang and F. J. Doyle, III 5583

An Extension of a Calibration-Free Trajectory Reconstruction Method for 

Wireless Networks

A. Almudevar and J. Lacombe 5588 




4.4 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science 

Contributed by: AMCS, amcs@uz.zgora.pl


International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS)

2012, Volume 22, Number 3 (September)

Regular issue




Zhirabok A. and Shumsky A. An approach to the analysis of observability and 

controllability in nonlinear systems via linear methods 507

Balachandran K. and Kokila J. On the controllability of fractional dynamical

systems 523

Ostalczyk P. Equivalent descriptions of a discrete-time fractional-order linear 

system and its stability domains 533

Dos Santos Martins V., Rodrigues M. and Diagne M. A multi-model approach to 

Saint-Venant equations: A stability study by LMIs 539

Filasová A. and Krokavec D. H-infinity control of discrete-time linear systems 

constrained in state by equality constraints 551

Hladík M. Enclosures for the solution set of parametric interval linear systems 561

Liu W.J. Variable structure observer design for a class of uncertain systems with 

a time-varying delay 575

Zaidi A., Ould Bouamama B. and Tagina M. Bayesian reliability models of Weibull 

systems: State of the art 585

Djebrani S., Benali A. and Abdessemed F. Modelling and control of an omnidirectional 

mobile manipulator 601

Soltani M., Chaari A. and Ben Hmida F. A novel fuzzy c-regression model algorithm 

using a new error measure and particle swarm optimization 617

Piegat A. and Landowski M. Optimal estimator of hypothesis probability for data 

mining problems with small samples 629

Jankowski N. Graph-based generation of a meta-learning search space 647

Gocławski J., Sekulska-Nalewajko J. and Kuźniak E. Neural network segmentation 

of images from stained cucurbits leaves with colour symptoms of biotic and 

abiotic stresses 669

Tan Y., Dong R., Chen H. and He H. Neural network based identification of 

hysteresis in human meridian systems 685

Fabijańska A. A survey of subpixel edge detection methods for images of heat-

emitting metal specimens 695

Biedrzycki R. and Arabas J. KIS: An automated attribute induction method for 

classification of DNA sequences 711

Péter T. Modeling nonlinear road traffic networks for junction control 723

Chmaj G., Walkowiak K., Tarnawski M. and Kucharzak M. Heuristic algorithms 

for optimization of task allocation and result distribution in peer-to-peer 

computing systems 733

Olwal T.O., Djouani K., Kogeda O.P. and van Wyk B.J. Joint queue-perturbed 

and weakly coupled power control for wireless backbone networks 749

Formanowicz P. and Tanaś K. The Fan--Raspaud conjecture: A randomized algorithmic 

approach and application to the pair assignment problem in cubic networks 765


Publisher: University of Zielona Góra and Lubuskie Scientific Society, Poland

ISSN: 1641-876X

Frequency: Quarterly

Editor-in-Chief: Józef Korbicz

Website: http://www.amcs.uz.zgora.pl

E-mail: amcs@uz.zgora.pl

Scope: modern control theory and practice; artificial intelligence methods 

and their applications; applied mathematics and mathematical optimisation 

techniques; mathematical methods in engineering, computer science, and biology

Indexation: Science Citation Index Expanded, Journal Citation Reports/Science 

Edition, Scopus-Elsevier, Google Scholar, INSPEC, EBSCO, MathSciNet, Mathematical 

Reviews, Compendex, Zentralblatt MATH, Current Mathematical Publications, 

Computer Abstracts International Database, Applied Mechanics Reviews, ACM 

Digital Library, CSA Technology Research Database, CSA High Technology Research 

Database with Aerospace, Computer and Information Systems Abstracts, VINITI, 

Summon by Serials Solutions, BazTech, Polish Virtual Library of Science/

Mathematical Collection, Zielona Góra Digital Library


Impact Factor: 0.487 (2011), 0.794 (2010), 0.684 (2009)






4.5 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics

Contributed by: Gamar Mammadova, f_aliev@hotmail.com 


"TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics" ISSN 2076-2585

Your Email Address:



TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 3, No.2, 2012

ISSN 2076-2585


1. A Remark about Energy Decay of a Thermoelasticity Problem

V.K. Kalantarov , M. Meyvaci


2. Real-Time Linear Quadratic Control Using Digital Signal Processor

T. Slavov, L. Mollov, P. Petkov


3. Control of Movable Sources in Distributed Systems on the Classes of Impulsive, 

Piece-Wise Constant, and Heaviside Functions

K.R. Aida-zade, Y.R.Ashrafova


4. Assessment of Centered Difference Schemes Accuracy for Dynamic Problems of 

Elasticity Theory in Interpolation Space

D. Utebaev


5. Fibonacci Length and Special Automorphisms of Finite (ℓ,m|n, k)-Groups

R. Golamie, H. Doostie , K. Ahmadidelir


6. An Iteration Method for Solving Linear Integral Equations of Second Kind

J. Rashidinia , S. Ghasemi , S.M. Khademiyan


7. Some Generalized Sequence Spaces Defined by Musielak-Orlicz Function over 

N-Normed Spaces

K. Raj, S.K. Sharma


8. Transversal Hypersurfaces of Almost Hyperbolic Contact Manifolds Endowed 

with Semi Symmetric Nonmetric Connection

Sh. Rahman


9. Solution of Parametric Inverse Problem of Atmospheric Optics by Monte 

Carlo Methods

K. Shakenov


10. The Unilateral Quadratic Matrix Equation and Problem of Updating of 

Parameters of Model V.B. Larin


11. Events


12. Anniversaries  




4.6 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics 

Contributed by: F.A. Aliev, chief_ed@acmij.az


Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal, Vol.11, No.3, 2012

ISSN 1683-3511, www.acmij.az



Global Optimization of Mixed-Integer Models with Quadratic and Signomial 

Functions: A Review

Ruth Misener and Christodoulos A. Floudas


The Unilateral Quadratic Matrix Equation and Problem of Eigensensitivities 

of Matrices

V.B. Larin


Extremal Solution of the Problem of the Choice of Optimum Modes for Gas-

Lift Process

Aliev F.A., Ismailov N.A.


Convergence of Two-Stage Multisplitting Method with SSOR Multisplitting for 

Linear Systems with H-Matrices

Yu-Qin Bai, Ting-Zhu Huang


A Note on the Residual Lifetimes in a Life-Test under Progressive Type-II 

Right Censoring Scheme

Mahdi Tavangar, Ismihan Bayramoglu


Fuzzy Control Solution for Telesurgical Applications

Radu-Emil Precup, Tamás Haidegger, Stefan Preitl, Zoltán Benyó, Adrian 

Sebastian Paul, Levente Kovács


Fuzzy Solid Transshipment Problems and its Fuzzy Optimal Solution

A. Kaur, A. Kumar


A Comparison Differential Transformation Technique with Adomian Decomposition 

Method for Nonlinear Evolution Equations

M.A. Mohamed


Fuzzy-Valued Choquet Integral Based Utility Ranking in the Credit Scoring Problem

Rashad R. Aliev, Ersin Kuset Bodur


Numerical Solution for Accelerated Flow af a Disk with Partial Slip Condition

M. Mushtaq, S. Asghar, T. Hayat, K. Hanif




4.7 Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

Contributed by: Tobias Glück, cep@acin.tuwien.ac.at


Control Engineering Practice

Volume 20

Issue 11

November 2012


Editorial Board, Page IFC


Håkan Hjalmarsson, Cristian R. Rojas, Daniel E. Rivera, System identification: 

A Wiener-Hammerstein benchmark, Pages 1095-1096


Adrian Wills, Brett Ninness, Generalised Hammerstein–Wiener system estimation and 

a benchmark application, Pages 1097-1108


Luigi Piroddi, Marcello Farina, Marco Lovera, Black box model identification of 

nonlinear input–output models: A Wiener–Hammerstein benchmark, Pages 1109-1118


J. Sjöberg, L. Lauwers, J. Schoukens, Identification of Wiener–Hammerstein models: 

Two algorithms based on the best split of a linear model applied to the SYSID'09 

benchmark problem, Pages 1119-1125


–Hammerstein systems; Hammerstein systems; Wiener systems; Nonlinear system 

identification; Initial estimates; Best linear approximation


Anna Marconato, Jonas Sjöberg, Johan Schoukens, Initialization of nonlinear state-

space models applied to the Wiener–Hammerstein benchmark, Pages 1126-1132


–Hammerstein benchmark data; State-space models; Neural networks


J. Paduart, L. Lauwers, R. Pintelon, J. Schoukens, Identification of a Wiener–

Hammerstein system using the polynomial nonlinear state space approach, Pages 



–Hammerstein systems; Best linear approximation; State space models


Ai Hui Tan, Hin Kwan Wong, Keith Godfrey, Identification of a Wiener–Hammerstein 

system using an incremental nonlinear optimisation technique, Pages 1140-1148


Younghee Han, Raymond A. de Callafon, Identification of Wiener–Hammerstein benchmark 

model via rank minimization, Pages 1149-1155


–Hammerstein systems; Convex optimization; Rank minimization; SDP relaxation


P. Lopes dos Santos, José A. Ramos, J.L. Martins de Carvalho, Identification of a 

Benchmark Wiener–Hammerstein: A bilinear and Hammerstein–Bilinear model approach, 

Pages 1156-1164


Tillmann Falck, Philippe Dreesen, Kris De Brabanter, Kristiaan Pelckmans, Bart De 

Moor, Johan A.K. Suykens, Least-Squares Support Vector Machines for the identification 

of Wiener–Hammerstein systems, Pages 1165-1174


Chris A. Satkoski, Neha S. Ruikar, Scott D. Biggs, Gregory M. Shaver, Piezoelectric 

fuel injection: Cycle-to-cycle control of tightly spaced injections, Pages 1175-1182


Michel dos Santos Soares, Jos Vrancken, A modular Petri net to modeling and scenario 

analysis of a network of road traffic signals, Pages 1183-1194


Chun-Ming Wen, Ming-Yang Cheng, Contouring accuracy improvement of a piezo-actuated 

micro motion stage based on fuzzy cerebellar model articulation controller, Pages 



Juha Orivuori, Ilias Zazas, Steve Daley, Active control of frequency varying 

disturbances in a diesel engine, Pages 1206-1219


Patrik Axelsson, Rickard Karlsson, Mikael Norrlöf, Bayesian state estimation of a 

flexible industrial robot, Pages 1220-1228


Nan Yang, Dewei Li, Jun Zhang, Yugeng Xi, Model predictive controller design and 

implementation on FPGA with application to motor servo system, Pages 1229-1235


Rolf Isermann, Roman Mannale, Ken Schmitt, Collision-avoidance systems PRORETA: 

Situation analysis and intervention control, Pages 1236-1246




4.8 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

Contributed by: Anuradha Annaswamy, aanna@ieee.org





Special Issue on Control Theory and Technology in Smart Grid


Control theory and technology pertain to the study of information, feedback, 

and decision-making in complex, dynamic, interconnected systems. Smart grid is 

an apt example of such systems, where the need for integration of renewable energy 

together with spiraling growth of demand and stringent reliability standards has 

spurred the need for new grid-topologies, novel technologies for sensing, modeling, 

storage, actuation, and automation, advanced algorithms for estimation, optimization, 

and regulation, and new paradigms for gathering, managing, and engaging pertinent 

information. The objective of this special issue is to address and disseminate 

state-of-the-art research and development in the applications of control theory 

and control technology in smart grid. We seek original papers with novel research 

contributions in all aspects of control theory and technology of relevance and impact 

in Smart Grids. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


• Multi-agent control of smart grid

• Hierarchical control of distributed systems

• Transactive control

• Interplay between control and communication

• Grid-to-building interfaces: modeling and control

• Smart grid topology enhancement for optimal performance

• Voltage & frequency control technologies in microgrids

• Stochastic control of distributed loads with intermittent resources

• Optimization and control strategies for energy storage

• Economics of islanded microgrids

• Real-time pricing and demand response control strategy

• Optimal control of distributed renewable systems

• Virtual power plants: modeling and control

• Dynamics of load forecast models in microgrids

• High assurance cyber-grid systems: algorithms and control

• Operation and control of aggregated electric vehicles

• Role of advanced metering infrastructure: modeling and control

• Distributed state estimation for smart grid systems

• Control of automated distribution systems with PMUs

• Vehicle-to-grid interfaces: modeling and control

• Microgrid control for enhancing reliability


Submission Guidelines

Two page extended abstracts are solicited for the first round of reviews. For 

information purposes, please submit a PDF version of the abstracts including a 

cover letter with authors’ contact information via e-mail to aanna@ieee.org with 

the subject line ‘Special Issue on CTT” by the submission date. Authors of selected 

abstracts will be invited to submit the full papers in the second round. Authors 

must refer to the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid author guidelines at 

http://www.ieee-pes.org/publications/information-for-authors for information on 

content and formatting of submissions. The direct link to the Manuscript Central 

for the submission of papers is http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tsg-pes. In the 

Manuscript type drop-down menu box, the author must choose Special Issue on 

Control Theory and Technology.


Important Dates

October 30, 2012: Deadline for the submission of extended abstract

December 30, 2012: Completion for first-round of reviews

March 15, 2013: Deadline for full paper submission

December 15, 2013: Final notification of authors


Guest Editorial Board

Guest Editor-in-Chief: Anuradha Annaswamy, MIT


• Duncan Callaway, UC Berkeley, CA, USA

• Joseph Chow, RPI, NY, USA

• Christopher DeMarco, University of Wisconsin, WI, USA

• David Hill, University of Sydney, Australia

• Marija Ilic, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA

• Pramod Khargonekar, University of Florida, FL, USA

• Anders Rantzer, Lund University, Sweden

• Jakob Stoustrup, Aalborg University, Denmark


Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

Mohammad Shahidehpour, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA 




4.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw



“Vision-Based Control Systems”

A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control



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

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

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

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

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

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

vision-based control approach requires multidisciplinary expertise to integrate a

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

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

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

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

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

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

enabling capabilities it can provide for autonomy.


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

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

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

future directions of vision-based control systems.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


•Vision-based cell manipulation

•Vision-based nano-positioning

•Networked vision-based control systems

•Vision-based robotic surgery

•Visual control for Human-robot interaction

•Vision-based aerial vehicles

•Vision-based multi-agent systems

•Novel vision-based control methods



Guest Editors:


Prof. Chien Chern Cheah

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

E-mail: ecccheah@ntu.edu.sg


Prof. Guoqiang Hu

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

E-mail: gqhu@ntu.edu.sg


Prof. Dong Sun

City University of Hong Kong, China

E-mail: medsun@cityu.edu.hk



About AJC


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

is listed by Science Citation Index Expanded.



Important Dates:


Dec. 31, 2012 Deadline for Paper Submission

Apr. 30, 2013 Completion of First Review

Aug. 31, 2013 Completion of Final Review

Sep. 31, 2013 Receipt of Final Manuscript

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



How to submit:


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

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


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



Professor Li-Chen Fu

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

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

Taipei 10617, Taiwan E-mail: lichen@ntu.edu.tw


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

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

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

identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit






5. Conferences


5.1 International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies 

Contributed by: Achraf Jabeur TELMOUDI, achraf_telmoudi@yahoo.fr


Call For Papers


CoDIT'13 : 2013 International Conference on Control, Decision and Information 


May 6-8, 2013 at Hammamet, Tunisia.

website: http://www.hypersciences.org/codit13


CoDIT'13 will take place in Hammamet-Tunisia, a beautiful city of jasmine, 

orange trees, and bougainvilleas. Hammamet is also known for its fine sand 

beaches and its hydrotherapy centers.


CoDIT’13 aims to bring together researchers, computer scientists, engineers, 

economists, mathematicians and industry researchers to exchange their experiences 

and research results about all aspects (theory, applications and tools) of Control, 

Decision and Information Technologies.


Honorary Co-Chairs

ALOUI Limam, Tunisia


BORNE Pierre, France

General Co-Chairs


FENG Gang Gary, China

YALAOUI Farouk, France

Technical Program Co-Chairs

DOLGUI Alexandre, France

MESSAOUD Hassani, Tunisia

VIDYASAGAR Mathukumalli, USA

Coordination Chair

TELMOUDI Achraf J., Tunisia




5.2 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications

Contributed by: Kirsten Wilden, wilden@siam.org


Call for Papers!

SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT13)

July 8-10, 2013

Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA



The field of control theory is central to a wide range of aerospace, energy, 

automotive and advanced technological systems and is increasingly recognized as 

fundamental for emerging fields ranging from nanotechnology, smart grid to cell 

regulation. Moreover, in addition to its traditional ubiquity in process regulation 

for the physical sciences and engineering, control concepts now pervade the 

biological, computer, and social sciences. This conference will showcase a wide 

range of topics in control and systems theory. The topics and applications include 

control of PDEs, computational mathematics for control and optimization, real-time 

optimization and data assimilation, cooperative control for unmanned autonomous 

vehicles, differential games, cellular and biological regulation, control of 

hybrid systems, control techniques for financial mathematics, biomedical control, 

risk sensitive control and filtering, control of smart systems, flow control and 

quantum control. This conference is a continuation of a series of meetings started 

in 1989 in San Francisco.




5.3 IEEE International Conference on Information Science and Technology 

Contributed by: Danchi Jiang, Danchi.Jiang@utas.edu.au


Third IEEE International Conference on Information Science and Technology 

(ICIST 2013 ) will be held in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China during March 23-25, 

and Phuket, Thailand during March 27-28, 2013, as a continuation with ICIST 2011 

(Nanjing) and ICIST 2012 (Wuhan). Yangzhou is the main venue of ICIST 2013, while 

Phuket is for special sessions. ICIST 2013 aims to provide a high-level inter-

national forum for scientists, engineers and educators to present the state of 

the art of research and applications of information science and technology. The 

conference will feature plenary speeches given by world renowned scholars, regular 

sessions with broad coverage, and special sessions focusing on popular topics.


Yangzhou is a famous scenic and cultural city with a long history of 2500 years. 

As a most famous poet named LI Bai described in his send-off poem, the early spring 

is the most agreeable season for the tourists to Yangzhou. As a central prefecture-

level city in Jiangsu province, Yangzhou is located on the northern bank of Yangtze 

River and lying on the southern part of Jianghuai plain. Yangzhou boasts of 

picturesque scenery, splendid culture as well as long history. The most ancient 

canal in China, the emperor mausoleums of Han and Sui dynasty, ancient city remains 

of Tang and Song dynasty, private gardens of Ming and Qing dynasty, all are great 

inheritance from the past not only belonging to Yangzhou, but to the whole country. 

The Slender West Lake, Daming Temple, Geyuan Garden, will feast the tourist’s eyes 

with unique charm. The beautiful natural scenery along with the profound cultural 

connotations of Yangzhou, are looking forward to the grand occasion created by 

ICIST 2013 in next March.


Phuket, Thailand, is commonly referred to as the ‘Pearl of South’ in the Andaman 

Sea and is the largest island in Thailand. Phuket is blessed with magnificent coves 

and bays, powdery, palm- fringed white beaches, sparkling island-dotted seas, 

sincerely hospitable people, comfortable accommodation, superb seafood, lushly 

forested mountains, lovely waterfalls and parks, and delightful turn-of-the-century 

Indo/Portuguese and Chinese-influenced architecture which create an enchanting 

ambiance perfectly suited for tourists from around the world.


Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to ICIST 2013 

as well as the post-conference workshop in Phuket.


More information could be found at http://icist.mae.cuhk.edu.hk/ 




5.4 European Control Conference 

Contributed by: Colin Jones, colin.jones@epfl.ch



2013 European Control Conference (ECC13)

July 17 - 19, 2013, Zurich, Switzerland



It is our pleasure to announce the 12th European Control Conference (ECC13), 

which will be held in Zurich, Switzerland from July 17 - 19, 2013, hosted at 

the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and organized under the 

auspices of the European Control Association (EUCA). The conference aims to bring 

together academic and industrial professionals in the field of systems and control,

and to promote scientific cooperation and exchanges within the European Union and 

between Europe and the rest of the world. The ECC13 program will feature plenary 

lectures, semi-plenary lectures, contributed papers, invited papers, tutorial 

sessions and pre-conference workshops.


Important dates

- October 19, 2012 Submission deadline

- Late February 2013 Acceptance/rejection decisions

- April 26, 2013 Final paper submission


Contributed papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit the full versions of their manuscripts 

through the conference management system. Detailed instructions are available on 

the conference website http://www.ecc13.ch/


Invited session proposals

Proposals are invited from participants wishing to organize invited sessions, 

comprising six thematically coherent papers. The session should provide added 

value over the individual papers, focusing for example on emerging challenges, 

or diverse views on established problems that one would not normally find together 

in a contributed paper session. Detailed submission instructions are available on 

the conference website http://www.ecc13.ch/


Pre-conference workshops

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Interested 

instructors are requested to submit a brief proposal through the conference 

management system (details available at http://www.ecc13.ch/)


We look forward to welcoming you in Zurich, Switzerland.


General Chair:

Prof. M. Morari, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

General Vice-Chair:

Prof. L. Guzzella, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

International Program Committee Chair:

Prof. J. Lygeros, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 




5.5 IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Science

Contributed by: Gang Wang, wanggangisi@gmail.com


The 3rd IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation 

Science (ICONS 2013), September 2-4, 2013, Chengdu, China,



Sponsored and Organized by:

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC)

International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee: 

3.2 Cognition and Control


The ICONS serves as a platform for scientists, researchers, and practitioners 

to discuss their forefront research results and findings, to shape their future 

directions and development, and to exchange their knowledge and perspectives in 

the field of intelligent control, automation science, engineering, and integration 

into the industry and society. It constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry, 

multidisciplinary research, and provides an opportunity to have a unique and rich 

cultural experience with excellent technical and social programs.


[Important Dates]

Invited Session Proposal Submission Deadline: 15 January 2013

Conference / Invited Paper Submission Deadline: 30 January 2013

Notification of Paper Acceptance: 15 April 2013

Final Manuscript Submission: 01 May 2013

Registration and Reception: 01 September 2013


[Paper Submission and Instructions for Authors]


Authors are invited to submit six (6) page, A4 paper size, PDF file format, complete 

papers. Only PDF files complying with the IFAC style rules and PDF requirements 

are admissible for submission. Detailed and updated information on the paper style 

as well as templates for MS Word and Latex may be found at the IFAC 



Conference proceedings will be published by IFAC in electronic form on the 

IFAC-PapersOnLine website.


[Topics of interest]

We look forward to receiving your paper submission in the areas including, but not 

limited to the following:


Computational intelligence methods in modeling, systems identification and control; 

stability, sensitivity and robustness issues

Search methods and decision-making: neural networks, evolutionary computing, fuzzy 

techniques (single or multiple objective)

Swarm Intelligence (ant colony, particle swarm, differential evolution, cultural 


Neurodynamic optimization and adaptive dynamic programming

Biologically plausible neural networks, computational neuroscience, neurodynamics 

and regulatory networks

Brain computer interface and cognitive architectures

Neuroinformatics and bioinformatics

Hybrids of computational intelligence systems (neuro-fuzzy systems, neuro-genetic 

programming, etc.

Intelligent systems and instrumentation: smart systems, sensors, actuators and 

distributed system

Data fusion and data mining; fault management and knowledge processing and 

representation; use of internet technology; intelligent agents

Real-time aspects of intelligent control; training and adaptation algorithms, 

constructive algorithms, structures for computational intelligence, design methodologies

Architectures for real-time intelligent-control (special processors, parallel 

processing, FPGAs, etc.); reconfigurable control

Applications to include transport, medical and biomedical, biology, aerospace, 

automation, biotechnology, mechatronics, automation,

Manufacturing, process control, power systems, agriculture, environmental systems, 

robotics and autonomous systems, economics and business systems

Emerging areas


[Contact Information]

Submission and general information will be available at: http://risit.org/icons2013

If you have any further questions on ICONS2013, please feel free to contact us.

Enquiries: sec.icons@gmail.com




Shuzhi Sam Ge, General Chair

Antonio Ruano, General Co-Chair

Jian Chu, General Co-Chair

Derong Liu, Program Chair

Thierry Marie Guerra, Program Co-Chair




5.6 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Contributed by: Youmin Zhang, ymzhang@encs.concordia.ca


The 2013 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS’13, will 

be held in Atlanta, GA, USA, on May 28-31, 2013.


ICUAS’13 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Control System Society. Details 

about the conference may be found at http://www.uasconferences.com and related 

links. Questions about ICUAS’13 may be addressed to the General Chair, Prof. 

K. P. Valavanis, kimon.valavanis@du.edu.





6. Workshops 


6.1 Symposium on Emerging Topics in Control and Modeling 

Contributed by: Taylor Johnson, johnso99@illinois.edu


We welcome your participation and poster submissions. Funds are available to 

partially support students traveling to the symposium. Please see the website 

for more details.




Call for Participation and Posters -- 4th Annual Symposium on Emerging Topics 

in Control and Modeling: Networked Systems


Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 

Urbana, Illinois, USA


October 15-16, 2012




Committee Email: csl-symposium-cmns@googlegroups.com


Registration Deadline: October 7, 2012


Poster Submission Deadline: September 30, 2012






* Twelve one-hour invited talks from eminent researchers specializing in 

  networked systems


* Panel discussion with invited speakers


* Poster presentations by graduate students and researchers


* Social events and provided lunches






(1) Alexandre Bayen, Associate Professor at University of California, Berkeley


(2) Thomas Corbet, Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National 



(3) Domitilla Del Vecchio, Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute 

    of Technology


(4) Eric Feron, Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology


(5) Fred Hadaegh, Senior Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory


(6) Colin Harrison, Director of Strategic Innovation at IBM


(7) Marija Ilic, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University


(8) Volkan Isler, Associate Professor at University of Minnesota


(9) PR Kumar, Professor at Texas A&M University


(10) Jie Liu, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research


And more to expect from NSF, AFRL...






Networked systems are communicating cyber-physical systems found in a breadth 

of applications, such as smart systems, multi-agent robotics, wireless sensor 

networks, intelligent transportation systems, automated agriculture, cloud 

computing, biological networks, and countless others. Despite the diversity 

of their applications, they share some common control and modeling challenges. 

Networked systems may have large dimension with geographically distributed 

control tasks that must be accomplished in real-time, and may be composed 

of heterogeneous components (e.g., vehicles, robots, humans, smart phones). 

Desirable properties like stability and safety are complicated due to the 

presence of varying time delays, channel bandwidth limits, communication 

link failures, and disturbances. Solutions to these issues will require 

the coordinated effort from various areas such as communication, control, 

systems engineering, and computer science.


This symposium aims to foster cross-pollination between research fields, 

to expose and discuss innovative theories and methodologies to help develop 

reliable and dependable networked systems, and to identify new applications 

and challenges. The event is organized by graduate students and will be of 

special interest to graduate students pursuing research in these areas. The 

2011 symposium had over one-hundred attendees.




For more information on the symposium, please visit: 



Best regards,


The Organizing Committee


Student Committee: Leonardo Bobadilla, Ronald Choe, Ahmed Fawaz, Taylor 

Johnson, Nanjun Liu, and Yangmin Xie

Faculty Advisors: Tamer Basar, Timothy Bretl, Naira Hovakimyan, Steven 

LaValle, Sayan Mitra, William H. Sanders, Dusan Stipanovic, Daniel Work, 

and Sheng Zhong




6.2 Workshop on Internet of Things and Sensor Networks

Contributed by: Mohamed Watfa, watfa_mo@yahoo.com


Deadline Extended to Sept. 30, 2012


Hello there,

Please share with colleagues the FIRST workshop on Internet of Things

and Sensor Networks as part of IEEE CCNC 2013, Las Vegas, January

2013. (http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/) to be pubished in the conference

proceedings and indexed by the IEEE digital library.


WEBSITE Submission: http://edas.info/13225


First International Workshop on Internet of Things: RFIDs, WSNs and

beyond (IoTCoMM)

10th Annual IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference

IEEE CCNC 2013, Las Vegas, USA , January 11-13 2013


Held in conjunction with the International Consumer Electronics Show,

Las Vegas http://www.ieee-ccnc.org/ sponsored by IEEE Communications





Paper submission: Sept. 30, 2012, 11.59 PM EDT


Notification: Oct. 15, 2012

Camera ready version due: Oct. 21, 2012



The workshop solicits papers and demos relating to the following topics:


IoT Hardware Design

-- Hardware aspects of RFID, WSN & WMSN sensor design

-- Sensor Actuation & Coordination

-- CMOS Camera Design, Integration of Smart Cameras & Others


IoT Protocol Design

-- Energy-aware communication protocols / Cross-layer optimization /

Congestion Control & Reliability

-- Collaborative signal processing / Quality-of-Service

-- MAC & Transport Protocols / Routing Protocols & Energy Efficiency /

Simulation tools, OSs and middleware


IoT Applications

-- Smart Housing & Smart Retail

-- Vehicular Traffic Congestion Management

-- Healthcare /Petroleum / Supply Chain

-- Other novel applications


Submissions must present original results.

Selected papers will be forward-looking, describe their relationship

to existing work, and have impact and implications for ongoing or

future research.




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

Contributed by: Thomas Meurer, meurer@acin.tuwien.ac.at


1st IFAC Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial

Differential Equations (CPDE 2013)




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 http://www.cpde2013.fr.



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)





7.  Positions


7.1 PhD: Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands 

Contributed by: Roland Toth, R.Toth@tue.nl


Data-Driven Learning of Linear Parameter-Varying Models


Level: Phd position




Faculty/department: Control Systems group , Electrical Engineering department, 

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Duration of contract: 4 years

Starting date: as soon as possible

Salary scale: €2042 gross/month (with annual increase)


Research group:


The Control Systems group has a long tradition in modeling, system identification 

and control of dynamical systems. The group aims to be a nationally and 

internationally acknowledged center in mastering complexity of dynamic systems. 

Currently, the Control Systems group focuses its fundamental research around 

model approximation, networked systems, model predictive control and spatial-

temporal systems. The group covers a wide variety of applications in modeling 

and control system design in projects. These include power networks, electro-

mechanical systems, automotive systems, chemical production processes, and 

various applications in the process industry. We disseminate our expertise and 

knowledge to students, the scientific community and to industry. Currently about 

30 people work at the Control Systems group, including postdocs and PhD students.


Project description:


Linear Parameter-Varying (LPV) systems are flexible models capable of representing 

nonlinear/time-varying dynamical systems in terms of a linear structure. Signal 

relations in this structure depend on a so-called scheduling variable, which embeds 

time-variance, nonlinear dynamical aspects, etc., into the behavior of the LPV model.


The LPV framework provides computationally efficient and robust control-synthesis 

approaches for nonlinear/time-varying systems — making it attractive to chemical-

process and high-tech mechatronic applications. However, systematic LPV modeling 

based on measured data or first-principle knowledge is still unresolved — a widely 

recognized shortcoming of this promising theory. Currently it is not understood 

how (1) to achieve an exact and low-complexity embedding of a nonlinear behavior 

into an LPV structure, (2) to find optimally parameterized representations of LPV 

behaviors, and (3) to efficiently estimate them based on measured data.


This Phd project aims to surmount these challenges by establishing an innovative 

synergy between the Machine Learning (ML) and LPV frameworks. The aim is to develop 

computationally efficient model learning approaches capable of supporting control 

synthesis. The emerging ML framework provides powerful data-driven approaches to 

facilitate non-parametric learning of complicated data-relations. The flexibility 

of the ML framework in defining learning objectives (aim-relevant estimation) and 

its ability to facilitate optimal recovery of structural relationships (model 

structure selection) provide novel perspectives in terms of developing dedicated 

methods to solve the limiting problems (1)-(3) of the current LPV theory.


The results of the fundamental research will be applied to modeling problems in 

complex physical/chemical and/or electrical/mechatronic systems as high-purity 

distillation columns and high-performance positioning applications.


Information and application:


More information on the vacancy and the project can be obtained from dr. ir.

Roland Toth (r.toth@tue.nl) or Prof. dr. ir. P.M.J. Van den Hof 



For terms of employment please contact: Mrs. C.C.W.M. Gijsbers 

(cgijsbers.ee@tue.nl), HR – advisor of the Department of Electrical Engineering.


If you are interested in this position, please visit the website:



models-147710.html" and upload (1) a detailed curriculum vitae, (2) an application 

letter motivating your interest in the offered position and research topic, and 

summarizing your view on the research area, (3) a publication list, (4) a copy of

 your best publication in English, (5) course lists of your Masters and Bachelor 

programs (incl. grades), (6) results of a recent English language test (like IELTS) 

and the (6) names of two references. In addition, please indicate when you would 

be available to assume a position.




7.2 PhD: INSA-Toulouse, France

Contributed by: César Arturo ACEVES-LARA, aceves@insa-toulouse.fr


PhD position at the INSA-Toulouse, the France

Department of Biochemical Engineering

Biosystems and Process Engineering Laboratory


Project title: Modelling and Control of bio-lipids production in oleaginous yeasts


General description: PROBIO3 Project.

The aviation industry has identified the development of sustainable biofuels 

as one of the biggest challenge of the ten next years; the deal is to lower 

environmental impact of fossil fuel use on climate change with increasing energy 

demand, to greater energy independence and fuel security and therefore an outstanding 

safeguard against volatile supplies and oil prices. Using alternative fuels to kerosene 

is crucial for the European aeronautic industry competitiveness, economic growth and 

sustainable development when the increase of aviation fuel will rise from 200 mT in 

2006 up to 450 – 550 mT to 2036. In this context, the deal of ProBio3 project is to 

develop a new promising pathway to produce sustainable bio jet fuel: the microbial 

conversion on specific fatty acids of carbon substrates from renewable non food 

resources and industrial by-products. As blends of up 50% of Hydro processed Renewable 

Jet, HRJ, derived from plant oils and fats, with conventional jet fuel have already 

been certified by ASTM for use in aircraft, lipids from microbial production constitutes 

a very promising route involving oleaginous microorganisms that accumulate high quantity 

of lipids. The major objectives of ProBio3 project will focus on scientific and technological 

bottlenecks of the microbial pathway related to:


- the identification of cheap and renewable non food feedstock available with low 

  dependence on fossil fuel price

- the development of an intensive bioprocess with the evaluation of its environmental, 

  economic and technological impacts to reach the aviation targets

- the demonstration of proof of feasibility at pilot scale (m3) with the integration 

  all the unit operations with multi-stage scale-up approach from laboratory scale to 

  commercial pre-production scale.


To reach the objectives, 8 academic partners and 8 industrial partners associate their 

interdisciplinary competences from Life Sciences to Process Engineering including Economic, 

Social and Human Sciences. With complementary competences, these partners are international 

industrial stakeholders as Airbus, EADS, Sofiproteol, Tereos, IFPen, international leading 

academic laboratories as LISBP, MICALIS, IJPB, IGM, IMFT, SQPOV labelled by the two major 

Scientific French Research Agencies CNRS and INRA, two foundations TWB and TSE and three 

national centres of experts, ITERG, CVG and CREOL.



The proposed PhD aims to optimize production processes of lipids with oleaginous yeast 

by applying optimal control laws. In a first time, some mathematical models (metabolic 

and dynamic) will be developed. Secondly, this model will be used in order to implement 

control laws. This dynamic optimization should enable to minimize the time production and 

the transition phase of the bioprocess. The proposed control law should be validated 


Keywords: In silico modelling, dynamic modelling, Industrial validation, Metabolic pathways 

(Glucose, glycerol and xylose).


We are looking for a candidate with a background in Process Engineering and / or Chemical 

Engineering and / or Applied Mathematics. Experience in automatic control or bioprocess 

is desirable.


Application: Applicants must submit the following materials:

-- Curriculum vitae;

-- List of two references


These should be emailed to C.A. ACEVES-LARA aceves@insa-toulouse.fr, S. HULIN 

sebastien.hulin@tereos.com, J.L. URIBELARREA Jean-Louis.Uribelarrea@insa-toulouse.fr, 

who are available for further inquiry. 




7.3 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Contributed by: Z. P. Jiang, zjiang@poly.edu


Ph.D. Position in Applied Nonlinear Control


Outstanding applications are solicited for one or two PhD positions in the 

general area of applied advanced nonlinear control in the Department of Electrical 

and Computer Engineering, at Polytechnic Institute of New York University. The 

position is available immediately and remains open until Fall 2013. The selected 

student will be offered a scholarship to cover his/her full-time tuition and a 

monthly stipend commensurate with his credentials. We are looking for a candidate 

who has a solid background in control systems theory or applied mathematics and 

has demonstrated a strong research potential. Preference will be given to students 

who have working knowledge of nonlinear systems and dynamic programming but it 

is not a must.


All interested applicants must apply directly through NYU Poly’s online application 

system, and are strongly suggested to send a copy of his/her application materials 

including resume, academic transcript and/or research reports/papers to Professor 

Zhong-Ping Jiang at zjiang@poly.edu 




7.4 PhD: Louisiana State University 

Contributed by: Marcio de Queiroz, dequeiroz@me.lsu.edu


Graduate Assistantships in Nonlinear Control Systems


One graduate research assistantship is available for a PhD student in mathematics 

or mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, LA 

for graduate studies in systems and controls theory and applications. The 

assistantship would be part of the NSF project "Theory, Methods, and Applications 

of Nonlinear Control Systems with Time Delays" that is being directed by Prof. 

Michael Malisoff with the assistance of Prof. Marcio de Queiroz.


Minimum desired qualifications are a strong mathematical background that includes 

the theory of differential equations, working knowledge of mathematical software 

such as MATLAB, and an interest in exploring control applications in biomedical 

engineering or robotics. The candidate would need to be admitted as a PhD student 

at LSU. A candidate interested in a PhD in mathematics must be admitted by the 

normal process described at www.math.lsu.edu/grad. The student would also be 

required to pass the LSU comprehensive exams on the normal schedule.


Qualified candidates with degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, 

aerospace engineering, mathematics, or closely related fields are encouraged to 

apply. Applications are invited for the Spring 2013 or Fall 2013 semesters. 

Interested candidates should initially submit a resume and transcripts to Michael 

Malisoff at malisoff@lsu.edu or Marcio de Queiroz at dequeiroz@me.lsu.edu.


Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, is approximately 1.5 hours by car from New 

Orleans. The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport provides direct service to Atlanta, 

Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, and Memphis.




7.5 PhD: University of Houston

Contributed by: Karolos Grigoriadis, karolos@uh.edu


Research Assistantships are available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering 

at the University of Houston for Ph.D. studies in the areas of dynamic systems 

identification and control with applications to mechanical, energy and biomedical 

systems. Applicants are expected to have an exceptionally strong mathematical 

background and knowledge of control systems theory and applications. Research 

projects include. The Houston metropolitan area offers ample opportunities for 

interaction with collaborating industry and the Texas Medical Center. Applications 

from qualified students are invited for Spring and Fall 2013. For more information 

please contact: Prof. Karolos Grigoriadis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 

University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4792, E-mail: karolos@uh.edu




7.6 Post-Doc: L2S Supelec, France

Contributed by: Paolo Mason, paolo.mason@lss.supelec.fr


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. 752-770.


[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. 




7.7 Post-Doc: University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Contributed by: Bayu Jayawardhana, b.jayawardhana@rug.nl


Postdoc position at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

The group of Discrete Technology and Production Automation from the Institute 

of Industrial Engineering and Management and the group of Nanostructured 

Materials and Interfaces from the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials.


Project title: Smart reactors for Chemical Vapor Deposition


General description: The final aim of the project is to develop fully-automated 

CVD reactors through mechatronics re-design of the reactors with an emphasis 

on Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) reactors that are used by PHOTONIS. The postdoc 

candidate is expected to develop generic dynamical models of the CVD processes 

based on fundamental physical laws which are suitable for developing model-

based feedback control systems and can describe the current CVD process at 

PHOTONIS. Distributed sensing and actuation methods will be explored in the 

project that improve the monitoring and control of the reactors. In order to 

understand the CVD process at PHOTONIS also initially a detailed analysis of 

the relation between process conditions, the structure of deposited films and 

the properties of the films is performed.


Research team profile:

The research group of Discrete Technology and Production Automation (DTPA) 

focuses on developing quantitative and analytical theories and methodologies 

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

sensor networks, semiconductors, energy systems and space systems.


The research group of Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces focuses on 

establishing the relation between nanostructures and functional properties 

of materials with a direct application perspective.

PHOTONIS is a multinational high-technology group, with more than 40 years’ 

experience in manufacturing, sales and innovation, specializing in photo 

sensor technology. The Group operates internationally in the markets of 

Night Vision, Industrial, Scientific and Medical research.


Candidate profile: We are looking for a candidate with a doctorate degree 

in the areas of systems & control theory, mechatronics and/or material 

sciences. Experience of the candidate with physical-chemistry modeling and 

semiconductor or crystallization processes is highly desirable. Prior work 

experience with Transmission Electron Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy 

and/or Chemical Vapor Deposition process is desirable.


Application procedure:

Applicants must submit the following documents:

- Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a list of referees

- Statement of research interest

These documents should be emailed to Dr. Bayu Jayawardhana (bayujw@ieee.org). 




7.8 Post-Doc: University of Hong Kong

Contributed by: James Lam, james.lam@hku.hk


A Postdoctoral Fellow is being recruited at the Department of Mechanical 

Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, in the area of "Control of Multi-

Agent Robotic Systems". The initial application deadline is 31 November 2012. 

The appointment is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory 

performance reviews. The ideal candidate is one who has recently completed, 

or is about to finish, his/her PhD in the areas of multi-agent control and 

mobile robots. While the work involved should be primarily on theory, 

candidates will suitalbe experimental background would be a plus.


The monthly salary of the position is around HKD 23K (1 USD approximately 

equals 7.8 HKD).


Interested candidates should send their CV to Professor James Lam (james.lam@hku.hk).



Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest 

international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been 

at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The 

University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research 

disciplines spread across 10 faculties and about 100 sub-divisions of 

studies and learning. There are over 23,400 undergraduate and postgraduate 

students coming from 50 countries, and more than 1,800 members of academic 

and academic-related staff, many of whom are internationally renowned. 




7.9 Post-Doc: University of Houston

Contributed by: Karolos Grigoriadis, karolos@uh.edu





Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position at the University 

of Houston in the area of modeling and control of physiological systems. The 

applicants are expected to have a Ph.D in engineering with specialization in 

control systems and their applications. Prior work on physiological system modeling 

and control is desirable. The position is available for a period of three years. 

Qualified applicants are invited to send a resume along with the names of three 

referees to Prof. Karolos Grigoriadis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 

University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4792, E-mail: karolos@uh.edu 




7.10 Post-Doc: North Carolina State University

Contributed by: Hamid Krim, ahk@ncsu.edu


A post-doctoral position concerned with the application of topological and 

geometric techniques to data mining is open. The context of this work will 

be to apply geometrical and topological techniques to problem in data mining. 

The successful candidate will use tools from topological data analysis, 

manifold methods, and algebraic geometry to develop techniques of nonlinear 

dimensionality reduction for high-dimensional data. The successful candidate 

will use techniques from topological data analysis to develop a homological 

coordinatization of high-dimensional data onto a low-dimensional topological 

model. Techniques from topology, algebraic geometry/topology, and differential 

geometry will then be used to develop data mining techniques on these low-

dimensional models. May participate in guiding undergraduate and graduate





7.11 Post-Doc: KTH, Sweden

Contributed by: Dimos Dimarogonas, dimos@kth.se


Postdoctoral position in multi-robot task planning and control using formal 

methods at KTH


The Automatic Control Lab at the School of Electrical Engineering at KTH announces 

one postdoctoral position in multi-robot task planning and control using formal 





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 Automatic Control Lab at the School of Electrical Engineering of KTH conducts 

research in networked control systems, robotics, control of communication systems, 

systems biology and system identification. Much of the research is conducted 

within EU projects, as well as within the inter-departmental centers CAS and 

ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. The group has also strong financial support from the 

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and the Swedish Research Council.


The position:


We invite applications for one research associate (postdoc) position in multi-

robot task planning and control using formal methods. The successful candidate 

will join a research group that is focusing on new design methodologies for 

distributed planning and control of multi-agent systems using formal verification 

methodologies from computer science. A suitable background for the position is a 

PhD in at least one of the following research areas: hybrid control systems, multi-

agent systems, robot motion/task planning and control, and formal verification.


It is expected that the successful candidate will conduct research in the afore-

mentioned research areas, interact with doctoral and master students, and be 

involved in collaborative work in national and international projects. The position 

is associated to a new EU project related to the topic that will start in the 

beginning of 2013. The position will also be associated with the KTH Centre for 

Autonomous Systems, which is an inter-departmental research center that bridges 

three KTH Schools: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Communication 

and Engineering Sciences and conducts research within the integration of robotics, 

control, computer vision and machine learning. The position is available from the 

beginning of 2013, and is initially for a period of up to one year, with a possible 

extension for an additional two year term.


How to apply:


The application marked "Formal Multi-Robot" with curriculum vitae (including 

publications’ list and two professional references) and a short research statement 

should be submitted by email to the contact person below at dimos@kth.se no later 

than November 1, 2012.


For further information about the position, please contact


Dimos Dimarogonas, dimos@kth.se, http://www.s3.kth.se/~dimos/.


Application deadline: November 1, 2012




7.12 Post-Doc: Australian National University

Contributed by: Matthew James, matthew.james@anu.edu.au


Postdoctoral position in quantum control theory.


The Research School of Engineering, ANU College of Engineering & Computer 

Science seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow with expertise 

in the area of quantum control theory.


The position concerns the conduct of research on an externally funded project 

with Professor James concerning quantum control theory, primarily for linear 

quantum systems. The aim of the project is to investigate (i) quantum feedback 

control design for systems driven by non-classical states, and (ii) analysis and 

synthesis methods for quantum robust control theory.


The position is available in a fixed term capacity for an initial period of one 

year, extendable to two years subject to satisfactory performance and availability 

of funds.


The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in Engineering, Mathematics or 

Physics with expertise in control theory or quantum physics.


This is predominantly a research position. Research includes the supervision of 

undergraduate and graduate students working on research projects. All staff members 

are expected to contribute to the general operation of the Research School.


The ANU offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation 

per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to 

superannuation. Consistent with our values of integrity and respect, ANU welcomes 

diversity in its staff, welcoming applications from women and from candidates from 

culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the employment of Aboriginal 

and Torres Strait Islander people, and is working hard to support their choices and 

inclusion in the workplace. If you are interested in talking about working at ANU 

as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person, please contact our Indigenous 

Employment Consultant Ian Martin on T: 6125 5981 or E: Ian.Martin@anu.edu.aU


For any application enquiries, please contact:

Professor Matt James

Phone number: +61 2 6125 54889

Email: Matthew.james@anu.edu.au




7.13 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China

Contributed by: Kexin Xing, xkx@zjut.edu.cn


Faculty Position: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China

Contributed by: kexin Xing, xkx@zjut.edu.cn




The discipline of Information Processing and Automation Technology belongs to 

the College of Information Engineering of Zhejiang University of Technology 

(ZJUT), and is one of prior disciplines in Zhejiang province. The discipline 

consisted of faculty with expertise ranging broadly from control, electronics, 

Computer Science and Engineering.


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


Excellent PhD and Distinguish Professor are needed in the discipline of Information 

Processing & Automation Technology in the College of Information Engineering at 

Zhejiang University of Technology. Applicants are welcome from various research 

directions such as Advanced Control Theory, Embedded Systems & Applications, 

Motion Control, Network Technology, also likely in areas such as intelligent 

systems and information technology. The applicants are expected to have a strong 

interest in pursuing academic research in information processing & automation 



Furthermore,we sincerely welcome distinguished scholars to join us to apply for 

various kinds of governments' talent projects.


- ZheJiang 1000 Person Plan, http://www.zjhwrc.com/

- National 1000 Person Plan, http://www.1000plan.org/

- ZheJiang QianJiang talent Plan, http://www.rsc.zjut.edu.cn/veiwnews.asp?newsid=704



- have an earned PhD degree from a reputable university;

- have performed high-quality research with a good track record of competitive 

  research experience in terms of good journal publications and research grants;

- have good command of English and Chinese;

- have the potential to reach excellence in the research field;

- have an ambition to build a research group and attract external funding;

- Strong leadership skills, along with an entrepreneurial attitude towards 




- well research environment and development of space;

- preferential allowance and other insurance, welfare, and so on;

- sufficient research funding;

- grants for purchase housing and other well treatment;



- one resume about personal information, detailed learning and working Experience, 

  research and teaching achievements, and your request;

- research projects and funding recently five years;

- research achievements and awards, published paper recently five years;


Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:

Mr. Kexin Xing

The College of Information Engineering

Zhejiang University of Technology

HangZhou, China , 310023

Additional questions about the position, the discipline, the treatment,or further 

information regarding the application process may be addressed to Mr. Kexin Xing 

via e-mail at xkx@zjut.edu.cn or please call +86-15858241050

Additional information about the ZJUT:

The year 1953 saw the establishment of a new Zhejiang University of Technology 

in Hangzhou, the picturesque historical and cultural city in China. The present 

university, as a provincial key comprehensive university, can offer not only 

engineering courses, but also a large range of disciplines. And with a national 

key laboratory and three post-doctoral programs, the University is entitled to 

confer degrees of master, doctor, MBA. In addition, it has been granted the right 

to recommend outstanding undergraduates as candidates for graduate programs in 

other universities without entrance examinations and the right to recruit 

international students as well as students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.


The university now consists of 3 campuses, covering a total area of over 213 

hectares with a floor space of 840,000 square meters. It has 21 colleges and 

2 departments. At present, there are about 30,000 registered full-time under-

graduates and diplomats, together with 2,300 postgraduates. The university has 

a faculty of 2,800, among whom over 800 are professors and associate professors. 

ZJUT now has one academician of CAE (Chinese Academy of Engineering), and 

three academicians of CAE and CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) whom ZJUT 

shares with other institutions of high education or research. Now it runs 14 

doctoral degree programs,71 master degree programs, and 55 undergraduate programs. 

Its 60,000-square-meter university library now has collected books of over 

3,200,000 volumes (with electronic books included) and over 17,000 kinds of 

Chinese and foreign journals and periodicals.




7.14 Faculty: Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France 

Contributed by: Laurie Herlin, laurie.herlin@utc.fr


Open call for MS2T Research Chairs in Systems of Systems

Université de Technologie de Compiègne - France



The Laboratory of Excellence (Labex) MS2T at Université de Technologie de Compiègne 

(UTC) invites applications from scholars, such as assistant or full professors 

to long-term junior or senior Research Chairs. These temporary appointments will 

last from 1 year to 3 years, renewable. Tenured academic positions are not granted, 

but may be opened to the most successful recipients.


The MS2T research Chairs aim to attract very high-level researchers to join the 

MS2T project striving towards excellence in the field of Systems of Sytems (SoS).

We look for candidates provividing as quickly as possible an international stature 

to this project in the field of SoS, to the mutual benefit of both parties.

All transdisciplinary research proposals related to the field of Technological 

Systems of Systems are welcomed. The Research Chairs are expected to initiate 

or develop collaborative, interdisciplinary research with UTC faculty associated 

to the MS2T project.



The available positions are assigned through a competitive but light selection 

procedure. Candidates should have held the Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree, 

with strong record of research publications.


Junior Research Chairs

This type of Chair concerns internationally recognized researchers who typically 

defended their PhD thesis 5 to 8 years ago. The successful candidates will be hired 

on temporary appointments during the initial project lifetime (18 to 36 months). 

Additional financial support will be allocated for equipment and laboratory facilities 

(such as PostDoc, PhD grants or research staff).


Senior Research Chairs

This type of Chair concerns internationally recognized researchers who typically 

defended their thesis more than 8 years ago. The successful candidates will be hired 

on temporary appointments during the initial project lifetime (12 to 24 months). 

Additional financial support will be allocated for equipment and laboratory facilities 

(such as PostDoc, PhD grants or research staff).



The Research Chairs will be rewarded according to qualifications and experience. 

Recipients will be provided with a fully equipped office, secretarial and funding 

support. Travel grant will be allocated and accompanying measures for the settlement 

and stay in France are available.



The call is open for visits starting now until the end of 2015.


Application Procedure

The applicant should send to Laurie.herlin@utc.fr

a research proposal (approx. 5-10 pages),

a CV with full publication list.



Inquiries may be sent to Isabelle Fantoni (Isabelle.Fantoni@utc.fr) or Yves 

Grandvalet (Yves.Grandvalet@utc.fr).


About Labex MS2T (see http://www.utc.fr/labexms2t for more details)

The national initiative "Laboratories of Excellence" (LabEx) aims to select 

internationally renowned laboratories of excellence and to provide them with 

the means that enable them to keep pace with their foreign counterparts and 

to attract top level foreign researchers. It should help them build a high-

level integrated higher education, training and technology transfer policy. 

The MS2T LABEX (Laboratory of Excellence) fosters research dedicated to the 

control of technological Systems of Systems (SoS), in transport and mobility, 

security, and e-Health. MS2T is a transdisciplinary research project, with 

three broad research topics:


1. Interaction and cooperation among systems

Management of information flows in networks

Distributed information processing

The autonomy of interacting systems


2. Management of uncertainties

Modeling of uncertainties

Robustness in the face of uncertainties and integrity

Uncertainty in digital modeling


3. Optimized design of SoS

Multi-level and multi-physical optimization

Scheduling and synchronization of mobile sub-systems

Operational safety of technological SoSs

With more than 60 faculties and 180 PhD candidates, the MS2T initiative aims 

at becoming a leading European institute in these research topics driven by 

the control of SoS.


About Compiègne and UTC

Residence of sovereigns since the origin of the monarchy, Compiègne is now a 

countryside town at the doors of Paris, with a strong student population 

(more than 4'000 out of 40'000 inhabitants). It is also a tourist destination 

whose castles are surrounded by one of the largest forest of France. Compiègne 

is conveniently located, 70 kms away from Paris which is easily accessed by 

train or car. The International Roissy/Charles de Gaulle Airport is only 40 

minutes away.


Université de Technologie de Compiègne is a public institution which delivers 

Engineering degrees, Masters, and PhD. Its main missions are education, research 

and technology transfer. Created in 1972 as a new model in the French higher 

education system, UTC is now a successfull educational institution in the French 

academic landscape, classified as a top-ranked engineering formation.


The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is a government-funded research 

organization, under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. 

The CNRS operates through its own laboratories, as well as others run jointly with 

universities, fellow research organizations and industry. These laboratories are 

located throughout France, and several are even outside the country. 




7.15 Faculty: TUM, Germany

Contributed by: Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Vogel-heuser@ais.mw.tum.de


Tenure Track Assistant Professorship » Safe Embedded Systems «


TUM is the first university in Germany to reinforce its recruitment policy by 

a comprehensive tenure track system. Based on best international standards and 

transparent performance criteria, TUM FACULTY TENURE TRACK offers quality-oriented 

academic career options for high-potential young scientists, from the appointment 

as Assistant Professor through a permanent position as Associate Professor and on 

to Full Professor. The TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications 

for a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship » Safe Embedded Systems « initially pay-

scale grade W2, to be filled as soon as possible.


This professorship has been set up with a focus on the systematic development of 

engineering methods for networked embedded real-time systems with special regard 

on safety aspects using formal methods and contributing to the areas of mechatronic, 

automation, aeronautics, automotive and / or e-mobility. We are looking for an excellent 

junior scientist with a high potential for developing an internationally recognized 

research agenda in the field of Cyber Physical Systems for mechatronic systems. The 

successful candidate is expected to conduct research and teaching in


· Engineering methods for the development of safe networked embedded real-time 

  systems along the system life cycle


·Formal methods for the verification of networked embedded real-time systems and 

 their application in mechatronic, automation, aeronautics, automotive and / or 

 Electric Mobility


·Methods for the safe operation of networked embedded systems in mechatronics 

 and automation


·Sensors/actuators in distributed networked environments


·Distributed open and closed loop control and networked automation systems

 Hardware/software co-design of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)


The initial appointment will be for 6 years. After positive evaluation in the 

final year, the candidate is tenured on an Associate Professor level. Tenure 

evaluation may be initiated after a minimum of three years only in exceptional 

cases, justified by extraordinarily outstanding achievements or in regard of 

particularly strategic significance in shaping the university’s profile.


Eligible candidates have established a strong track record in the postdoctoral 

phase, and demonstrate pedagogical and personal aptitude as well as substantial 

international experience. Family leave will be taken into consideration.


Teaching assignments include courses in the subject area and the basic courses 

offered by the department as well as courses for other academic TUM departments. 

Prerequisites for this position are a university degree, a doctoral degree, 

teaching skills at university level, and additional academic achievements 

(according to Art. 7 and Art. 10 BayHSchPG). The ability to teach in English 

is a prerequisite for TUM Professors.


Supported by competitive start-up resources, candidates are expected to develop 

an independent and vigorous research program. Furthermore, candidates should be 

committed to excellence in undergraduate/graduate teaching and in supervising 

PhD students.


As part of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments, 

TUM has been pursuing the strategic goal of substantially increasing the diversity 

of its faculty. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM 

explicitly encourages nominations of and applications from women as well as from 

all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s 

research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates 

with essentially the same qualifications. The TUM Munich Dual Career Office provides 

support for dual career couples and families.


Applications accompanied by supporting documentation (CV, certificates, credentials, 

list of publications including 3 selected reprints, list of courses taught, 

presentation of research and teaching strategies, third-party funding, recommendation 

letters from 3 leading international academics, names and addresses of at least 

3 potential peer-reviewers) should be submitted by November 15th, 2012 to:


Dean of Department of Mechanical Engineering

Technische Universität München

Boltzmannstr. 15

85747 Garching, Germany


Email: dekan@mw.tum.de


contact: Dean of Department of Mechanical Engineering 




7.16 Faculty: City University of Hong Kong

Contributed by: Shirley Lee, (for Prof. Ning Xi), shirley@cityu.edu.hk


Chair Professor/Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in the 

Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering


City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is 

pursuing excellence in research and professional education. As a publicly-

funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing 

students’ talent and creating applicable knowledge to support social and

economic advancement. Currently, the University has six Colleges/Schools. 

Within the next two years, the University aims to recruit 100 more scholars 

from all over the world in various disciplines, including science, engineering, 

business, social sciences, humanities, law, creative media, energy, environment, 

and other strategic growth areas.


Applications and nominations are invited for the above posts:

The Department is currently under major expansion in research and education. 

Applications with strong background in mechanical or biomedical engineering are 

invited for faculty positions at all levels. The Department is particularly 

interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: 

robotics and automation, mechatronics, materials science and engineering, 

nondestructive evaluation, MEMS, nanotechnology, biomechanics, biomedical 

device and sensors, tissue engineering, micro-fluidics, and thermofluids. 

Outstanding applicants in other areas will also be considered. Successful 

applicants should have a solid disciplinary foundation and demonstrate promises

/records of outstanding scholarship in both teaching and research.


(Information about the Department’s research activities and curricula is 

available at “http://www.cityu.edu.hk/mbe/”.)


Salary and Conditions of Service

Remuneration package will be driven by market competitiveness and individual 

performance. Excellent fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and 

dental schemes, and relocation assistance (where applicable). Initial appointment 

will be made on a fixed-term contract.


Information and Application

Further information on the posts and the University is available at 

http://www.cityu.edu.hk, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of 

Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Fax : 2788 1154 or 3442 

0311/email: hrojob@cityu.edu.hk].


Please send the nomination or application with a current curriculum vitae and 

at least three references to Head, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical 

Engineering or email to “mbehead@cityu.edu.hk”. Applications and nominations 

will receive full consideration until the positions are filled. Please quote 

the reference of the post in the application and on the envelope. Shortlisted 

candidates for Assistant Professor will be requested to arrange for at least 3 

reference reports sent directly by the referees to the Department, specifying 

the position applied for. The University reserves the right not to fill the 

positions. Personal data provided by applicants will be used strictly in 

accordance with the University’s personal data policy, a copy of which will 

be provided upon request.


The University also offers a number of visiting positions through its “CityU 

International Transition Team” for current graduate students and for early-

stage and established scholars, as described at 



City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are 

committed to the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from 

all qualified candidates, especially those who will enhance the diversity 

of our staff.


City University of Hong Kong was ranked the 110th among the world’s top 

universities and the 12th in Asia according to the Quacquarelli Symonds 

2011/2012 surveys.




7.17 Faculty: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca 

Contributed by: Alberto Bemporad, alberto.bemporad@imtlucca.it


Assistant Professor position in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems 

at IMT Lucca


The IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca invites applications for an Assistant 

Professor position in the broad area of control of dynamical systems and operations 

research. Candidates with a sound knowledge of control theory and/or optimization 

methods and an interest in both theoretical research and applications to practical 

problems are desired. Experience in control of large-scale and networked systems 

and/or distributed optimization algorithms will be considered as a plus, although 

it is not required. A Ph.D. in control engineering or operations research is 

preferable. Candidates must have an excellent track record of high-impact scientific 

research. An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.


The Assistant Professor will join the Research Unit DYSCO - Dynamical Systems, 

Control, and Optimization (http://dysco.imtlucca.it/).


IMT Lucca (http://www.imtlucca.it) 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 interdisciplinary research environment, 

blending scientific competencies 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.


Appointment compensation packages will depend on the candidates and their records 

of accomplishment, but are competitive on an international level. Applicants must 

be able to teach graduate courses in English; knowledge of Italian is not required.


Interested candidates must apply by filling in the online application form at 


They will also be asked to submit a CV, research paper (published or working) and 

the name and contact details of three referees.


The deadline for applications is November 6th 2012.


For further information about the position, applicants can refer to the website, 

or can contact Sara Olson, e-mail: ap.calls@imtlucca.it. 




7.18 Faculty: University of Cambridge

Contributed by: Malcolm Smith, mcs@eng.cam.ac.uk


Professorship of Engineering, University of Cambridge


The Board of Electors invite applications for this Professorship in the Control 

Group at the University of Cambridge. The holder of this chair will succeed Prof 

Keith Glover FRS FREng who will be retiring in 2013. Previous Professors of Control 

have been Prof Sir Alistair MacFarlane FRS FREng and Prof John F Coales FRS. It 

is hoped that the new Professor will be in post as soon as possible after 1 May 

2013, and certainly before 31 October 2013.


The advertisement can be found on the University website at:


at jobs.ac.uk, IEEE Spectrum online and elsewhere. Further particulars are now 

on the website:




The closing date for applications is 31 October 2012.




7.19 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China

Contributed by: Ms. Zhao, scc.hitsz@gmail.com


Faculty Positions in Systems and Control

Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate

School, Shenzhen, China

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation


The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of

Technology,Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSZ) invites applications for several

faculty positions at all ranks. We are seeking candidates with excellent credentials

in the areas of systems and control, wind energy, power systems and smart grids.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in electrical, mechanical and power

systems engineering and need to show strong research record and potential.

Successful candidates will be received a joint appointment in the Center of

Systems and Control. The Division currently has 11 full-time faculty members,

and is expected to grow to 20 faculties in the next few years.


HITSZ offers a competitive salary and the salary levels at HITSG for these

positions are substantially higher than those provided by most universities

in China, with full professor in the range of RMB 170K to 230K per year,

associate professor in the range of RMB130K to 160K per year, and assistant

professor in the range of RMB 90K to 110K per year. Bonus is a plus for all

levels, subject to faculty’s performance.


Interested candidates can send detailed CV, list of publications, statement

of research (no more than 3 pages), teaching interests (no more than 2 pages),

and a cover letter including contact information of three references to:


Ms. Zhao

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation

HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town

Xili, Shenzhen


P. R. China 518055


or email the documents to scc.hitsz@gmail.com 




7.20 Faculty: UC Santa Barbara

Contributed by: Cathy Pollock,cpollock@engineering.ucsb.edu




Professor in

Technology Management



UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering seeks an experienced professor for a 

full-time, open-rank appointment in the Technology Management Program. Applications 

and nominations are welcome. Candidates will be expected to pursue cutting-edge 

teaching and research related to creating and managing businesses based on innovative 

technology management. This is an exciting opportunity for someone capable of providing 

visionary leadership and effective, team-building management of a world-class program

for the education of 21st-century technology business leaders.


Building upon our existing Technology Management Program, we will soon launch a new

Graduate Program in Technology Management and a one-year professional masters degree 

in technology management for exceptional students from engineering, science, mathematics, 

and quantitative social science backgrounds. The curriculum will be designed to provide 

a strong foundation in basic concepts and skills critical to the management of both 

large and small entrepreneurial technology companies. Admission to the graduate program 

will be highly selective and will draw primarily from recent graduates who have not 

only distinguished themselves academically but have also demonstrated a potential for

technology leadership. The goal of the professional masters degree is to propel qualified 

technical students to successful careers in technology business as innovative leaders 

and entrepreneurs.


The new faculty member will participate in all phases of the graduate program launch, 

including developing the curriculum, teaching in the program, and fostering new 

collaborative and interdisciplinary research activities across departmental boundaries 

on campus. Truly outstanding and experienced candidates will be eligible for a senior 

leadership position in the program, with additional responsibilities in administering 

the program and recruiting additional faculty. An endowed chair is available for these 

exceptionally qualified senior faculty candidates.


The Technology Management Program resides within UC Santa Barbara’s highly regarded 

College of Engineering. UC Santa Barbara is a rapidly ascending major research 

university that boasts a uniquely interdisciplinary and collaborative culture. It 

is ranked 10th among the nation’s public universities by U.S. News & World Report, 

and several of its doctoral research programs are ranked in the top five in the 

country by the National Research Council. The College of Engineering faculty includes 

two of the university’s five Nobel Laureates, 19 National Academy of Engineering 

members, five National Academy of Sciences members, two Royal Society fellows and 

a recipient of the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize. Nineteen College of 

Engineering faculty members are among the most highly cited authors in their fields. 

The College’s graduates have attained senior management positions in dozens of 

major corporations. More than 85 College of Engineering spin-off companies have 

generated over half a billion dollars in financing, merger, and acquisition activity 

in recent years.


Qualifications of the ideal professor should include several of the following:

* Experience and leadership capabilities necessary to meet the challenges and 

  opportunities of building a new and exciting academic program

* Outstanding credentials in academic research, commensurate with the rank of 

  a tenured full professor.

* A record of inspiring and rigorous teaching at the graduate level

* Executive managerial experience or entrepreneurial activity in a technology-

  based business

* An interdisciplinary orientation to fit the collaborative culture of UC Santa Barbara


The College is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the 

diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, 

and service. All applicants and nominees will be held in strict confidence by 

the Search Committee. To apply, please submit resume or CV and statement of 

interests via http://engineering.ucsb.edu/positions/tmp. Apply by December 15, 

2012 for primary consideration, however, position will remain open until filled.


An EO/AA Employer 




7.21 Visiting Scholar: Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France 

Contributed by: Laurie Herlin, laurie.herlin@utc.fr


Open call for Visiting Scholars: Labex MS2T fellowships

Université de Technologie de Compiègne - France



The Laboratory of Excellence (Labex) MS2T at Université de Technologie de 

Compiègne (UTC) invites applications from scholars, such as assistant or full 

professors who would like to spend a minimum of one month of their sabbatical 

at UTC.


The MS2T fellowships aim at promoting UTC collaborations with outstanding scholars.

All transdisciplinary research proposals related to the field of “Technological 

Systems of Systems” (TSoS) are welcomed. The fellows are expected to initiate or 

develop collaborative, interdisciplinary research with UTC faculty associated to 

the MS2T project.


The fellows should be present full-time at UTC for at least 1 month and give a 

research seminar or public lecture. The typical visiting period ranges from one 

to three months, though longer visits may be arranged. The available positions 

are assigned through a competitive selection procedure. Preferential treatment 

is given to candidates who have never held a visiting position at UTC in the past.



Candidates should have held the Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree, with 

strong record of research publications. They typically hold faculty appointments 

at other institutions.



The award comprises a one-off payment (travel grant) plus a gross salary that 

will be based on qualifications and experience. The salary is provided for a 

stay of up to three months and it is subject to negotiation for longer periods. 

Besides, the fellows will be provided with a fully equipped office and secretarial 




The call is open for visits starting now until the end of 2013.


Application Procedure

The applicant should send to Laurie.Herlin@utc.fr:


a short research proposal (approx. 1-2 pages for 1-3 months visits, longer 

otherwise) specifying the proposed duration and starting date of visit,

a CV with full publication list.




About Labex MS2T


The national initiative "Laboratories of Excellence" (LabEx) aims to select 

internationally renowned laboratories of excellence and to provide them with 

the means that enable them to keep pace with their foreign counterparts and to 

attract top level foreign researchers. It should help them build a high-level 

integrated higher education, training and technology transfer policy.



The MS2T LABEX (Laboratory of Excellence) fosters research dedicated to the 

control of technological Systems of Systems (SoS), in transport and mobility, 

security, and e-Health.


MS2T is a transdisciplinary research project, with three broad research topics:



1. Interaction and cooperation among systems


Management of information flows in networks

Distributed information processing

The autonomy of interacting systems


2. Management of uncertainties


Modeling of uncertainties

Robustness in the face of uncertainties and integrity

Uncertainty in digital modeling


3. Optimized design of SoS


Multi-level and multi-physical optimization

Scheduling and synchronization of mobile sub-systems

Operational safety of technological SoSs


With more than 50 faculties and 180 PhD candidates, the MS2T initiative aims at 

becoming a leading European institute in these research topics driven by the 

control of SoS. 




7.22 Researcher: GE Global Research

Contributed by: Adolfo Anta, anta@ge.com


Control Systems Research Engineer (m/f)


GE Global Research is one of the world’s largest and most diversified industrial 

research laboratories. The key technologies of our new European Research Center 

in Munich range from renewable energies, environmental and sensors technologies 

and composite manufacturing to advanced clinical applications.



- Develop advanced control algorithms for applications ranging from renewable 

energy systems to power electronics

and advanced manufacturing.


- Work with GE businesses to identify their controls needs and formulate 

  system requirements

- Keep abreast of control system theory developments and identify suitable 

  opportunities for new technologies.

- Participate in and lead projects from control system conception to 

  implementation and validation.

- Work with other engineering disciplines (mechanical, power electronics, etc.) 

  to develop innovative solutions by using systems engineering and control approaches.

- Implement and validate models and controllers in simulation based and rapid-

  prototyping environments

- Document work in reports, conference papers, and presentations to all levels 

  of management



- MSc. degree in electrical or mechanical engineering or a related field, with 

  a strong emphasis on controls. PhD. degree in systems and controls/ is preferred

- Solid knowledge of control systems theory (model predictive control, multivariable 

  linear optimal/robust control, nonlinear/adaptive control, fault tolerant control, 

  system identification)

- Proficiency with MATLAB / Simulink

- Experience with implementation of control algorithms

- Demonstrated aptitude for learning new simulation tools, data analysis, programming 

  environments and evaluation of experimental results

- Excellent academic track record and proven scientific achievements

- Excellent communication skills

- Can-do attitude

- Global mindset

- Fluency in English



- Industry and/or post-doc experience in control systems analysis, design, 

  implementation, integration and verification is an advantage

- Domain expertise in one or more of the following areas: wind turbines, gas turbines, 

  power systems, converters and electrical drives, active magnetic bearings

- Programming experience (e.g. in C, C++)

- Experience with working in a multidisciplinary environment


Please only apply online through the following link: www.ge.com/careers Job # 1601336




7.23 Researcher: GE Global Research

Contributed by: Adolfo Anta, anta@ge.com


Senior Control Systems Engineer (m/f)


GE Global Research is one of the world’s largest and most diversified Industrial 

research laboratories. The key technologies of our new European Research Center 

in Munich range from renewable energies, environmental and sensors technologies 

and composite manufacturing to advanced clinical applications.




You will be a key member of a highly motivated team of researchers that works 

closely with other GE Global Research sites, the GE businesses worldwide, and 

leading GE customers. As a Senior Engineer, you will have responsibility for 

conducting in-depth research work on advanced control systems for a broad range 

of industrial applications. As a member of our global Technology Council for 

systems/algorithms/software, you will help shape GE’s long-term vision and 

strategy around controls systems and algorithms. You will lead globally 

distributed and multidisciplinary teams and manage research projects, from 

system modeling and control system conception, to simulation, to real-time 

implementation and field validation. You will help assure that research results 

are successfully transferred to the GE businesses and lead to product and service 

innovation. You will closely work with the GE businesses to identify and promote 

uture project opportunities and secure funding for these. You will stay current 

with advances in control system technologies, and document your results in reports, 

conference papers, invention disclosures, and presentations to all levels of 





- Doctorate in Engineering or Mathematics, with an specialization on control 

  systems engineering, optimization, systems theory or related fields (or Master’s 

  degree with at least 10 years relevant industrial experience)

- Minimum of 5 years professional experience (beyond a post-doc position) in an 

  industrial R&D environment related to controls, optimization, modeling or system


- Excellent academic track record and proven scientific achievements (please provide 

  list of publications and patents with your application)

- Proven ability to secure funding for research projects, company internal and/or 

  from government agencies

- In-depth knowledge of linear and non-linear controls, estimation, optimization, 

  system theory, system identification, first-principle system modeling

- Experience in conceptualizing, implementing and validating control algorithms

- Proficiency with state-of-the-art tools including Matlab / Simulink / dSpace

- Expertise in one or more application domains relevant to General Electric products, 

  including controls of gas turbines, aircraft engines, internal combustions

  engines, wind turbines, power converters and electrical drives, electric machines, 

  healthcare systems.

- Demonstrated technical project leadership and project management skills

- Superb communication skills

- Strong interpersonal and leadership skills in a team-oriented, international environment

- Clear evidence of innovation and creativity

- Self-starter able to work with minimal supervision

- Global mindset and customer focus

- Open and creative

- Willingness to travel internationally

- Fluency in English




- Experience in pursuing and shaping programs in new technology / application areas, 

  including new ideas/concepts, market and customer value analysis, and design, 

  analysis and development of controls solutions for a differentiated product or service

- Experience with working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment, 

  energizing and leading the team to deliver technology solutions under high pressure 

  and aggressive schedules.

- Experience with real-time implementation and demonstration of control system solutions 

  on a variety of hardware platforms.

- Demonstrated ability to transfer research results into products and innovation.

- Six Sigma green belt certification.


Please only apply online through the following link: www.ge.com/careers Job # 1514613




7.24 Researcher: Volvo Cars

Contributed by: Erik Coelingh, erik.coelingh@ieee.org


Junior Function- & Software Designer - Collision Avoidance


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