April 2013 - E-LETTER

Issue Number: 
295
Issue Date: 
April 2013

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

Issue 295

April 2013

 

Editor:

 

 

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Contents

 

1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

 

2. Misc

2.1 NASA lecture videos on Control Applications

 

3. Books

3.1  Multiple Models Approach in Automation: Takagi-Sugeno Fuzzy Systems 

3.2  Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration 

 

4. Journals

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

4.2  Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

4.3  Contents: Asian Journal of Control 

4.4  Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.5  Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics

4.6  CFP: Asian Journal of Control 

4.7  Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems 

 

5. Conferences

5.1  IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Science

5.2  Conference on Geometry and Algebra of Linear Matrix Inequalities 

5.3  Australian Control Conference

5.4  International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems

5.5  World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control 

5.6  INDICON 2013

5.7  IEEE/ACM International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

 

6. Workshops and Summer Schools

6.1 Workshop on Time Delay Systems – Stability & Control in Applications 

6.2 Workshop on Control of Uncertain Systems: Modelling, Approximation, and Design 

6.3 Workshop on Control of Power Inverters for the Smart Grid

6.4 DISC Summer School on Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems 

6.5 SADCO Summer School and Workshop on Optimal and Model Predictive Control 

6.6 HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems

 

7. Positions

7.1  PhD: Inria—Lille, France

7.2  PhD: Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany

7.3  PhD: Texas Tech University, USA

7.4  PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

7.5  PhD: The University of Newcastle, Australia 

7.6  PhD: EPFL, Switzerland 

7.7  PhD: University of Lorraine, France

7.8  PhD: Western University, Canada

7.9  Post-Doc: University of Oxford, UK

7.10 Post-Doc: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden  

7.11 Post-Doc: University of California, Santa Barbara 

7.12 Post-Doc: Peking University, China

7.13 Post-Doc: The Naval Postgraduate School, USA

7.14 Post-Doc: University of Picardie Jules Verne, France

7.15 Post-Doc: University of Sheffield, UK

7.16 Faculty: University of Manchester 

7.17 Faculty: Shanghai Jiaotong University, China  

7.18 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China 

7.19 Image Processing Engineer: Intel, USA

7.20 Chief Engineer Controls Technology: GE Global Research, Germany

 

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

 

CSS Publications Content Digest

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

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

 

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1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

 

Please note that the contents of the IEEE-Transactions on Automatic Control, together with links to the abstracts of the papers may be found at the TAC web site: http://www.nd.edu/~ieeetac/contents.html 

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 58 (2013), Issue 4 (April) 

Table of Contents 

Papers 

- Scanning the Issue p. 821 

- Dissipativity of Pseudorational Behaviors. M. Ogura, Y. Yamamoto p. 823 

- Input-Output Analysis of Power Control in Wireless Networks. A. Moller, U. T. Jonsson p. 834 

- Periodic Event-Triggered Control for Linear Systems. W.P.M.H. Heemels, M.C.F. Donkers, Andrew R. Teel p. 847 

- Delayed Detectability of Discrete Event Systems. S. Shu, F. Lin p. 862 

- Tracking Control for Hybrid Systems with State-Triggered Jumps.J. J. B. Biemond, N. Van De Wouw, W.P.M.H. Heemels, H. Nijmeijer p. 876 

- Observability for Switched Linear Systems: Characterization and Observer Design. A. Tanwani, H. Shim, D. Liberzon p. 891 

- Mean Field Stochastic Adaptive Control. A. C. Kizilkale, P. E. Caines p. 905 

- Riemannian Consensus for Manifolds with Bounded Curvature. R. Tron, B. Afsari, R. Vidal p. 921 

- Consensus Problems on Networks with Antagonistic Interactions. C. Altafini p. 935 

- An Optimal Control Approach to the Multi-agent Persistent Monitoring Problem. C. G. Cassandras, X. Lin, X. C. Ding p. 947 

- Enhancing Robustness and Performance via Switched Second Order Sliding Mode Control. M. Tanelli, A. Ferrara p. 962 

- Coverage and Energy Consumption Control in Mobile Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks. X. Wang, S. Han, Y. Wu, X. Wang p. 975 

Technical Notes and Correspondence 

- Exponential Synchronization Rate of Kuramoto Oscillators in the Presence of a Pacemaker. Y. Wang, F. Doyle p. 989 

- Robust State Dependent Switching of Linear Systems with Dwell Time. U. Shaked, L. Allerhand p. 994 

- Virtual Holonomic Constraints for Euler-Lagrange Systems. M. Maggiore, L. Consolini p. 1001 

- Stability of Switched Systems with Partial State Reset. I. Brás, A. C. Carapito, P. Rocha p. 1008 

- Minimal Positive Realizations of Transfer Functions with Real Poles. L. Benvenuti p. 1013 

- Efficient Simulation Resource Sharing and Allocation for Selecting the Best. Y. Peng, C-H. Chen, M. C. Fu, J-Q. Hu p. 1017 

- State and Parameter Estimation for Nonlinear Delay Systems Using Sliding Mode Techniques. X-G. Yan, S. K. Spurgeon, C. Edwards p. 1023 

- Optimal Filtering for Discrete-time Linear Systems with Multiplicative White Noise Perturbations and Periodic Coefficients. V. Dragan p. 1029 

- Variance Reduction Techniques on Generating M/M/1 Processes in the Simulation Output Analysis. W. Song, M. Chih, S. Chuang p. 1035 

- Event-based Sensor Data Scheduling: Trade-off Between Communication Rate and Estimation Quality. J. Wu, Q-S. Jia, K. H. Johansson, L. Shi p. 1041 

- Geometric Criteria for the Quasi-Linearization of the Equations of Motion of Mechanical Systems. D. E. Chang, R. G. McLenaghan p. 1046 

- Max-Min Optimality of Service Rate Control in Closed Queueing Networks. L. Xia, B. Shihada p. 1051 

- Semidefinite Hankel-type Model Reduction Based on Frequency Response Matching. A. Sootla p. 1057 

- Stability and Stabilization of Fractional-order Linear Systems Subject to Input Saturation. Y-H. Lim, K-K. Oh, H-S. Ahn p. 1062 

- Normalized Coprime Robust Stability and Performance Guarantees for Reduced-order Controllers. K. K. Chen, C. W. Rowley p. 1068 

- Weak Convergence of Nonlinear High-Gain Tracking Differentiator. B-Z. Guo, Z-L. Zhao p. 1074 

- Low-Frequency Learning and Fast Adaptation in Model Reference Adaptive Control. T. Yucelen, W. M. Haddad p. 1080 

- Continuous-discrete Observer for State Affine Systems with Sampled and Delayed Measurements. T. Ahmed-Ali, V. Van Assche, J-F. Massieu, P. DorlÈans p. 1085 

- Comments on "A Note on Spectral Conditions for Positive Realness of Single-Input-Single-Output Systems With Strictly Proper Transfer Functions". M. Hakimi-Moghaddam, H. Khaloozadeh p. 1091 

 

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2. Misc

2.1 NASA lecture videos on Control Applications

Contributed by: Sanjay Garg, sanjay.garg@nasa.gov

 

NASA 1 hour lecture videos on Control Applications: The Guidance Navigation and Control discipline team of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center last year initiated a series of one hour lecture webcasts focusing on the fundamentals of control application to various aerospace systems. The live webcasts are open only to the people within the NASA domain, but the recorded videos are available to the public. The videos can be accessed at: 

http://nescacademy.nasa.gov/video_catalog.php?catid=3&subcatid=1 

The following videos are currently available, and more will be added as the webcasts are held on new topics every other month: 

Fundamentals of Aircraft Engine Control – Dr. Sanjay Garg 

Fundamentals of Deep Space Mission Design – Dennis Byrnes 

Fundamentals of Piloted Spacecraft Handling Qualities – Dr. Karl Bilimoria 

NASA Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Overview - Laurie Kraft Newman 

Fundamentals of Aircraft Flight Control – John Burken 

Fundamentals of Launch Vehicle System Design - John Rakoczy 

Fundamentals of Spacecraft Attitude Control – Scott Sarin 

(Additional Note – The presentation charts can be accessed by clicking on “Links” at the left bottom of each video description). 

 

These videos make an excellent resource to practicing controls engineers who want to learn about controls applications to other systems or are looking to move into new area of work. Also, these are a very good educational resource to familiarize students with challenges in practical applications for control of aerospace systems – for example the video on “Fundamentals of Aircraft Engine Control” has been shown by various professors to the students in the senior level propulsion class and I have been able to join the students via Skype to answer questions. 

Hope you will find this NASA resource to be useful. Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues who you think might find this to be of interest.

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3.  Books

3.1  Multiple Models Approach in Automation: Takagi-Sugeno Fuzzy Systems 

Contributed by: M. Chadli, chadli@ieee.org

 

Multiple Models Approach in Automation: Takagi-Sugeno Fuzzy Systems 

Mohammed Chadli & Pierre Borne 

ISBN: 978-1-84821-412-5, November 2012, Wiley-ISTE, Hardcover 256 pages 

 

Much work on analysis and synthesis problems relating to the multiple model approach (or Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy models) has already been undertaken. This has been motivated by the desire to establish the problems of control law synthesis and full state estimation in numerical terms. 

In recent years, a general approach based on multiple LTI models (linear or affine) around various function points has been proposed. This so-called multiple model approach is a convex polytopic representation, which can be obtained either directly from a nonlinear mathematical model, through mathematical transformation or through linearization around various function points. 

This book concentrates on the analysis of the stability and synthesis of control laws and observations for multiple models. The authors’ approach is essentially based on Lyapunov’s second method and LMI formulation. Uncertain multiple models with unknown inputs are studied and quadratic and non-quadratic Lyapunov functions are also considered. 

Table of Contents: 

Introduction 

Chapter 1. Multiple Model Representation 

Chapter 2. Stability of Continuous Multiple Models 

Chapter 3. Multiple Model State Estimation 

Chapter 4. Stabilization of Multiple Models 

Chapter 5. Robust Stabilization of Multiple Models 

Conclusion 

APPENDICES

 

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3.2 Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration 

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong, q.zhong@sheffield.ac.uk

 

Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration 

Qing-Chang Zhong, Tomas Hornik 

ISBN: 978-0-470-66709-5, Wiley-IEEE Press, 440 pages. 

http://wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470667095.html 

 

Integrating renewable energy and other distributed energy sources into smart grids, often via power inverters, is arguably the largest “new frontier” for smart grid advancements. Inverters should be controlled properly so that their integration does not jeopardize the stability and performance of power systems and a solid technical backbone is formed to facilitate other functions and services of smart grids.

This unique reference offers systematic treatment of important control problems in power inverters, and different general converter theories. Starting at a basic level, it presents conventional power conversion methodologies and then ‘non-conventional’ methods, with a highly accessible summary of the latest developments in power inverters as well as insight into the grid connection of renewable power.

Consisting of four parts – Power Quality Control, Neutral Line Provision, Power Flow Control, and Synchronisation – this book fully demonstrates the integration of control and power electronics.

Key features include: 

the fundamentals of power processing and hardware design innovative control strategies to systematically treat the control of power inverters  

extensive experimental results for most of the control strategies presented the pioneering work on “synchronverters” which has gained IET Highly Commended Innovation Award Engineers working on inverter design and those at power system utilities can learn how advanced control strategies could improve system performance and work in practice. 

The book is a useful reference for researchers who are interested in the area of control engineering, power electronics, renewable energy and distributed generation, smart grids, flexible AC transmission systems, and power systems for more-electric aircraft and all-electric ships. This is also a handy text for graduate students and university professors in the areas of electrical power engineering, advanced control engineering, power electronics, renewable energy and smart grid integration. 

 

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4. Journals

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

Contributed by: Jae-Bok Song, Editor-in-Chief, journal@ijcas.com 

 

International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (IJCAS) 

ISSN: 1598-6446 

http://www.springer.com/engineering/robotics/journal/12555 

Table of contents 

Vol. 11, No. 2, April 2013 

- Observer-Based Adaptive Sliding Mode Control for Robust Tracking and Model Following. Ming-Chang Pai, pp.225-232 

- Delay-Range-Dependent and Delay-Distribution-Independent Stability Criteria for Discrete-Time Singular Markovian Jump Systems. Falu Weng and Weijie Mao, pp.233-242 

- Single Agent Control for Cyclic Consensus Systems. Myung-Gon Yoon, pp.243-249 

- Recursive Partial Stabilization: Backstepping and Generalized Strict Feedback Form. Gholam Rreza Rokni Lamooki, pp.250-257 

- Second-Order Consensus of Multi-Agent Systems with Unknown but Bounded Disturbance. Hongxiang Hu, Li Yu, Guang Chen, and Guangming Xie, pp.258-267 

- Input Disturbance Suppression for Port-controlled Hamiltonian System via the Internal Model Method. Changsheng Li and Yuzhen Wang, pp.268-276 

- Design of Decentralized Robust Controller for Voltage Regulation and Stabilization of Multimachine Power Systems. Giuseppe Fusco and Mario Russo, pp.277-285 

- Trajectory Linearization Control for a Miniature Unmanned Helicopter. Bing Zhu and Wei Huo, pp.286-295 

- Determination of Principal Component Analysis Models for Sensor Fault Detection and Isolation. Anissa Benaicha, Gilles Mourot, Kamel Benothman, and Jose Ragot, pp.296-305 

- Probability Hypothesis Density Filter Based on Strong Tracking MIE for Multiple Maneuvering Target Tracking. Jin-Long Yang, Hong-Bing Ji, and Zhen-Hua Fan, pp.306-316 

- An Efficient Multi-PCA Based On-line Monitoring Scheme for Multi-Stages Imperial Smelting Process. Zhi-kun Hu, Zhi-wen Chen, Wei-Hua Gui, Chun-hua Yang, Lin-zi Yin, and Xiao-qi Peng, pp.317-324 

- Adaptive Robust Torque Control of Electric Load Simulator with Strong Position Coupling Disturbance. Xingjian Wang, Shaoping Wang, and Bin Yao, pp.325-332 

- Positioning of a Mobile Robot Based on Odometry and a New Ultrasonic LPS. Bong-Su Cho, Woo-Jin Seo, Woo-sung Moon, and Kwang-Ryul Baek, pp.333-345 

- Object Handling Control among Two-Wheel Robots and a Human Operator: An Empirical Approach. Seung Jun Lee and Seul Jung, pp.346-353 

- Terrain Trafficability Analysis for Autonomous Navigation: A GIS-based Approach. Won-Ik Park, Do-Jong Kim, and Ho-Joo Lee, pp.354-361 

- A Safe Robot Arm with Safe Joints and Gravity Compensator. Dongeun Choi, Junho Choi, Changhyun Cho, Shinsuk Park, and Sungchul Kang, pp.362-368 

- Time-Efficient and Complete Coverage Path Planning Based on Flow Networks for Multi-Robots. Adiyabaatar Janchiv, Dugarjav Batsaikhan, ByungSoo Kim, Won Gu Lee, and Soon-Geul Lee, pp.369-376 

- A Robust Fault Diagnosis and Accommodation Scheme for Robot Manipulators. Mien Van, Hee-Jun Kang, Young-Soo Suh, and Kyoo-Sik Shin, pp.377-388 

- Switching Networked Attitude Control of an Unmanned Quadrotor. George Nikolakopoulos and Kostas Alexis, pp.389-397 

- Backstepping Sliding Mode Control with FWNN for Strict Output Feedback Non-Smooth Nonlinear Dynamic System. Seong-Ik Han and Jang-Myung Lee, pp.398-409 

- Robust H∞ Filter Design for Affine Fuzzy Systems. Huimin Wang and Guang-Hong Yang, pp.410-415 

- Second-Order Sliding Mode Control with Backstepping for Aeroelastic Systems Based on Finite-Time Technique. Zhankui Song and Hongxing Li, pp.416-421 

- Leader-Following Finite-Time Consensus in Second-order Multi-Agent Networks with Nonlinear Dynamics. Huaqing Li, Xiaofeng Liao, and Guo Chen, pp.422-426 

- Observer Design for Neutral Systems with Delays and Nonlinear Perturbations: Delay-Dependent Design Method. Chong Jiang, pp.427-432 

 

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4.2  Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Contributed by: Agnieszka Rożewska, amcs@uz.zgora.pl

 

International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS) 

2013, Volume 23, Number 1 (March) - Regular issue 

CONTENTS 

- Bashkirtseva I. and Ryashko L. Attainability analysis in the problem of stochastic equilibria synthesis for nonlinear discrete systems 5 

- Akbari H. Fast convergence of the Coiflet-Galerkin method for general elliptic BVPs 17 

- Kaczorek T. Application of the Drazin inverse to the analysis of descriptor fractional discrete-time linear systems with regular pencils 29 

- Ben Aicha F., Bouani F. and Ksouri M. A multivariable multiobjective predictive controller 35 

- Bańka S., Dworak P. and Jaroszewski K. Linear adaptive structure for control of a nonlinear MIMO dynamic plant 47 

- Zubowicz T. and Brdyś M.A. Stability of softly switched multiregional dynamic output controllers with a static antiwindup filter: A discrete-time case 65 

- Pedro J.O., Panday A. and Dala L. A nonlinear dynamic inversion-based neurocontroller for unmanned combat aerial vehicles during aerial refuelling 75 

- Prodan I., Olaru S., Stoica C. and Niculescu S.-I. Predictive control for trajectory tracking and decentralized navigation of multi-agent formations 91 

- Orjuela R., Marx B., Ragot J. and Maquin D. Nonlinear system identification using heterogeneous multiple models 103 

- Bian J., Peng H., Xing J., Liu Z. and Li H. An efficient algorithm for estimating the parameters of superimposed exponential signals in multiplicative and additive noise 117 

- Rienmüller T., Hofbaur M., Travé-Massuyès L. and Bayoudh M. Mode set focused hybrid estimation 131 

- Marković D. and Jukić D. On parameter estimation in the Bass model by nonlinear least squares fitting the adoption curve 145 

- Mrugalski M. An unscented Kalman filter in designing dynamic GMDH neural networks for robust fault detection 157 

- Seydou R., Raissi T., Zolghadri A. and Efimov D. Actuator fault diagnosis for flat systems: A constraint satisfaction approach 171 

- Yan F., Dridi M. and El Moudni A. An autonomous vehicle sequencing problem at intersections: A genetic algorithm approach 183 

- Liu Y., Yang R., Lu J., Wu B. and Cai X. Stability analysis of high-order Hopfield-type neural networks based on a new impulsive differential inequality 201 

- Myszor D. and Cyran K.A. Mathematical modelling of molecule evolution in protocells 213 

- Janiak A., Kwiatkowski T. and Lichtenstein M. Scheduling problems with a common due window assignment: A survey 231 

 

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

ISSN: 1641-876X (print), 2083-8492 (online) 

Frequency: Quarterly 

Editor-in-Chief: Józef Korbicz 

Website: http://www.amcs.uz.zgora.pl 

E-mail: amcs@uz.zgora.pl 

 

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4.3  Contents: Asian Journal of Control 

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

 

Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.15, No.2 March, 2013 

CONTENTS 

Regular papers: 

1. Multilayer Minimum Projection Method with Singular Point Assignment for Nonsmooth Control Lyapunov Function Design. Hisakazu Nakamura and Nami Nakamura 

2. An Active Disturbance Rejection Based Approach to Vibration Suppression in Two-Inertia Systems. Shen Zhao and Zhiqiang Gao 

3. Hybrid Model Predictive Power Management of a Fuel Cell-Battery Vehicle. Richard T. Meyer, Raymond A. DeCarlo, Peter H. Meckl, Chris Doktorcik, and Steve Pekarek 

4. A Quasi-Sliding Mode Observer-Based Controller for Pmsm Drives. M.L. Corradini, G. Ippoliti, S. Longhi, D. Marchei, and G. Orlando 

5. Nonlinear Robust Tracking Control of A Quadrotor Uav on Se(3). Taeyoung Lee, Melvin Leok, and N. Harris McClamroch 

6. Periodically Time-Varying Memory State-Feedback for Robust H2 Control of Uncertain Discrete-Time Linear Systems. Yoshio Ebihara 

7. On Generalised Stein’S Inequalites and The Inertias of Their Solutions: Application to Pencil Finite Root-Clustering. B. Sari, O. Bachelier, and D. Mehdi 

8. Clinical Decision Support and Closed-Loop Control for Intensive Care Unit Sedation. Wassim M. Haddad, James Bailey, Behnood Gholami and Allen Tannenbaum 

9. Asynchronous Distributed Algorithms for Heading Consensus of Multi-Agent Systems with Communication Delay. Qin Li and Zhong-Ping Jiang 

10. E-Optimal Value and Approximate Multidimensional Dual Dynamic Programming. A. Nowakowski 

11. Iterative Learning Control for Nonlinear Systems: A Bounded-Error Algorithm. Kamen Delchev 

12. Monotone Smoothing Splines Using General Linear Systems. Masaaki Nagahara and Clyde F. Martin 

13. Robust Pid-Psd Controller Design: Bmi Approach. Vojtech Veselý and Danica Rosinová 

14. Exponential H Filtering for Discrete-Time Switched State-Delay Systems under Asynchronous Switching. Yan Zheng, Gang Feng, and Jianbin Qiu 

15. An Adaptive Output Feedback Dynamic Surface Control for A Class of Nonlinear Systems with Unknown Backlash-Like Hysteresis. Xu Zhang and Yan Lin 

16. Passivity Analysis and Synthesis for A Class of Discrete-Time Switched Stochastic Systems with Time-Varying Delay. Jie Lian and Zhi Feng 

17. Decentralized Dynamic Coverage Control for Mobile Sensor Networks in A Non-Convex Environment. Cheng Song, Gang Feng, and Yong Wang 

18. Connectivity Preserving Flocking without Velocity Measurement. Lin Wang, Xiaofan Wang and Xiaoming Hu 

19. Adaptive Decentralized Nn ControloOf Nonlinear Interconnected Time-Delay Systems with Input Saturation. Tieshan Li, Dan Wang, Junfang Li, and Yongming Li 

20. Active Heave Compensation Control of Rovs. Jia-Wang Li, Tong Ge, and Xu-Yang Wang 

21. Blast Furnace System Modeling by Multivariate Phase Space Reconstruction and Neural Networks. Shi-hua Luo, Chuan-hou Gao, Jiu-sun Zeng, and Jian Huang 

22. Discrete-Time Adaptive Ilc for Non-Parametric Uncertain Nonlinear Systems with Iteration-Varying Trajectory and Random Initial Condition. R. H. Chi, Z. S. Hou, S. T. Jin, and D. W. Wang 

23. A New Observer-Type Consensus Protocol for Linear Multi-Agent Dynamical Systems. Yu Zhao, Guanghui Wen, Zhisheng Duan, Xiang Xu, and Guanrong Chen 

24. Reliable H Filtering for Mixed Time-Delay Systems with Stochastic Nonlinearities and Multiplicative Noises. S. P. Wen, Z. G. Zeng, and T. W. Huang 

Brief papers: 

1. Adaptive Dynamic Surface Control of a Hypersonic Flight Vehicle with Improved Tracking. Waseem Aslam Butt, Lin Yan and Amezquita S. Kendrick 

2. Dynamic Output Feedback Disturbance Rejection Controller Design. Jeang-Lin Chang 

3. Robust Fault-Tolerant Control Of Launch Vehicle via Gpi Observer and Integral Sliding Mode Control. Dang-Jun Zhao, Yong-Ji Wang, Lei Liu, and Zhi-Shen Wang 

4. The Exponential Stability for a Class of Hybrid Systems. Zhi-E Lou and Yan Gao 

5. Delay-Dependent Exponential Stability for Discrete-Time Singular Switched Systems with Time-Varying Delay. Lijun Zhang and Jiemei Zhao 

 

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4.4  Contents: Control Engineering Practice

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

 

Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 21 Issue 5 May 2013 

- IFC - Editorial Board 

- Jan Machowski, Piotr Kacejko, Lukasz Nogal, Marek Wancerz, Power system stability enhancement by WAMS-based supplementary control of multi-terminal HVDC networks, Pages 583-592 

- Bor-Jiunn Wen, T.S. Liu, Optimal fast-response sliding-mode control for flexible-substrate measurement, Pages 593-603 

- R. Morales, J. Chocoteco, V. Feliu, H. Sira-Ramírez, Obstacle surpassing and posture control of a stair-climbing robotic mechanism, Pages 604-621 

- Jiandong Wang, Biao Huang, Sien Lu, Improved DCT-based method for online detection of oscillations in univariate time series, Pages 622-630 

- Brett Ninness, Adrian Wills, Adam Mills, UNIT: A freely available system identification toolbox, Pages 631-644 

- Hyunkyoo Kang, Changwoo Lee, Keehyun Shin, Modeling and compensation of the machine directional register in roll-to-roll printing, Pages 645-654 

- Bogdan Liacu, Ahmet Taha Koru, Hitay Özbay, Silviu-Iulian Niculescu, Claude Andriot, Optimizing low-order controllers for haptic systems under delayed feedback, Pages 655-668 

- Alain Glumineau, Leonid Fridman, Franck Plestan, Variable structure systems techniques in applications VSS/SMC, Pages 669-670 

- Hebertt Sira-Ramírez, Alberto Luviano-Juárez, John Cortés-Romero, Robust input–output sliding mode control of the buck converter, Pages 671-678 

- Franck Plestan, Yuri Shtessel, Vincent Brégeault, Alexander Poznyak, Sliding mode control with gain adaptation—Application to an electropneumatic actuator, Pages 679-688 

- A. Cid-Pastor, L. Martinez-Salamero, A. El Aroudi, R. Giral, J. Calvente, R. Leyva, Synthesis of loss-free resistors based on sliding-mode control and its applications in power processing, Pages 689-699 

- I. Boiko, Variable-structure PID controller for level process, Pages 700-707 

- Jan Komsta, Nils van Oijen, Peter Antoszkiewicz, Integral sliding mode compensator for load pressure control of die-cushion cylinder drive, Pages 708-718 

- Cristian Kunusch, Paul F. Puleston, Miguel A. Mayosky, Leonid Fridman, Experimental results applying second order sliding mode control to a PEM fuel cell based system, Pages 719-726 

- Mohammed Taleb, Arie Levant, Franck Plestan, Pneumatic actuator control: Solution based on adaptive twisting and experimentation, Pages 727-736 

- R. Ramos, D. Biel, E. Fossas, R. Griño, Sliding mode controlled multiphase buck converter with interleaving and current equalization, Pages 737-746 

- Ana Gabriela Gallardo Hernández, Leonid Fridman, Arie Levant, Yuri Shtessel, Ron Leder, Cristina Revilla Monsalve, Sergio Islas Andrade, High-order sliding-mode control for blood glucose: Practical relative degree approach, Pages 747-758 

 

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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, Vol. 4, No.1, 2013 ISSN 2076-2585 

1. An Operator Theoretic Approach to Robust Control of Infinite Dimensional Systems. H. Ozbay 

2. The Uniqueness Theorem for Hydrogen Atom Equation. E. Baş, E. Panakhov, R. Yilmazer 

3. On the Existence of Solutions of the Composite Type Third Order Equation in an Unlimited Domain. A.R. Khashimov 

4. A Note on Self Similar Vector Fields in Cylindrically Symmetric Static Space-Times. G. Shabbir, S. Khan 

5. An Existence of the Time Optimal Control for the Object Described by the Heat Conductive Equation with Non-Classical Boundary Condition. K.K. Hasanov, L.K. Hasanova 

6. Some Results Concerning Frames Associated with Measurable Spaces. S.K. Kaushik, L.K. Vashisht, S.K. Sharma 

7. Stability Estimates for Solutions of a Linear Neutral Stochastic Equation. I.A. Dzhalladova 

8. C Curves: a Quick Short-cut. A.Basiri, S. Rahmany 

9. On Quasi-dual Baer Modules. T. Amoozegar, Y. Talebi 

10. Ab Initio Modeling of Electron Subsystem of Multiatomic Crystals: Software Package. B. Gasimov 

11. Harmonic Univalent Functions with Varying Arguments Defined by Using Salagean Integral Operator. R.M. El-Ashwah, M.K. Aouf, A.A. M. Hassan , A.H. Hassan 

12. BRIEF PAPER: Algorithms for Factorization of the Irregular Matrix Polynomials Using Symbolic Computations. F.A. Aliev, N.I. Velieva, L.F. Agamalieva 

13. BOOK REVIEW: Time-Dependent Viscoelastic Waves. M.H. Ilyasov. Reviewed by V.G. Karnaukhov 

14. Events 

15. Anniversaries 

 

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4.6  CFP: Asian Journal of Control

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

 

CALL FOR PAPERS “Tensor Product (TP) Model Transformation-based Control System Design” 

A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control http://www.ajc.org.tw 

The topic of the special issue belongs to multi-objective control design based on quasi Linear Parameter Varying (qLPV) models and Linear Matrix Inequality (LMI) based optimization. 

The special issue focuses on the Tensor Product (TP) model transformation that is capable of constructing and manipulating polytopic representations of given qLPV models, and can be applied generally without analytical intervention,regardless of whether the model is in the form of dynamics equations derived from basic principles, or the outcome of soft computing based identification techniques such as neural networks or fuzzy logic, or the combination of these. It reveals the Higher Order Singular Value Decomposition (HOSVD) based canonical invariant characteristics of qLPV models and serves as a polytopic convex hull manipulation framework. Since the conservativeness of the solution and the resulting control performance are greatly influenced by the polytopic convex hull, therefore besides manipulating LMI’s for controller design, which is the widely adopted approach, the TP model transformation based design focuses on the systematic modification of the polytopic convex hull. This key novelty has the potential to set forth a new direction in control system design. 

The main aim of the special issue is to summarize the state of the art results of this new design direction and to present new results of theoretical and practical aspects. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

• Bridging various identification techniques to polytopic model based design via TP model transformation 

• Control performance optimization based on the combination of convex hull manipulation and LMI based design 

• Role of the HOSVD based canonical form in polytopic modeling 

• Investigation of the TP model transformation based design in engineering problems 

Guest Editors: 

- Prof. Péter Baranyi. Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Computer Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary. Email: baranyi@sztaki.mta.hu 

- Prof. Yeung Yam. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Email: yyam@mae.cuhk.edu.hk 

Important Dates: 

Deadline for submissions June 30, 2013 

Completion of First Review October 31, 2013 

Completion of Final Review February 28, 2014 

Receipt of Final Manuscript March 31, 2014 

Publication (Tentatively Vol.16, No. 4) July 31, 2014 

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: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/asjc. 

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

Editor-in-Chief: 

Professor Li-Chen Fu. Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524 National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan 

Tel: +886-2-3366-3558 Fax: +886-2-2365-4267 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 and electronic address, phone and fax numbers. The contacting author should be clearly identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/asjc. 

 

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4.7 Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems 

Contributed by: Lars Gruene, lars.gruene@uni-bayreuth.de

 

* MCSS now accepts electronic supplements *

Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems (MCSS) now offers the possibility of adding electronic supplements to regular articles. These supplements will be reviewed and made available on the same Springer Link website as the articles themselves. 

Examples for electronic supplements could be graphs or videos with simulation results, computer codes for producing simulations, additional examples illustrating the results in the paper but also technical parts of proofs which use standard mathematical techniques but are helpful in order to make the paper self contained. The supplements can be uploaded during the submission process by choosing the option "Supplementary Material" in the "Attach files" menu. We encourage authors to take advantage of this option. 

Lars Grüne, Eduardo Sontag and Jan van Schuppen (Editors-in-Chief) 

 

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5. Conferences

5.1 IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Science 

Contributed by: Gang Wang, wanggangisi@gmail.com

 

CALL FOR PAPERS 

2013 IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Science (ICONS 2013) 

September 2 – 4, 2013, Chengdu, China - http://www.risit.org/icons2013 

It is our pleasure to announce the 3rd IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Science (ICONS 2013), which will be held in Chengdu, China from September 2-4, 2013, organized by the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China , UESTC and Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CASIA. 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 proved an opportunity to have a unique and rich cultural experience with excellent technical and social programs. The conference welcomes original, peer reviewed papers submissions in all areas related to intelligent areas, control systems, and automation science, especially innovative ideas, novel concepts, new discoveries and distinguished applications. 

Important Dates 

- 15 March 2013, Invited session proposal submission 

- 15 March 2013, Conference / Invited paper submission deadline 

- 15 May 2013, Notification of paper acceptance 

- 01 June 2013, Final manuscript submission 

- 01 September 2013, Registration and reception 

Contributed Papers 

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 website:www.ifac-control.org/events/information-for-ifac-authors 

All papers accepted by ICONS2013 will be indexed by EI. Conference proceedings will be published by IFAC in electronic form on the IFAC-PapersOnLine website. 

Invited session proposals 

Proposals are invited from participants wishing to organize invited sessions. Detailed submission instructions are available on the conference website http://www.risit.org/icons2013 

Conference Workshops

Interested instructors are requested to submit a brief proposal through the conference management system (details available at http://www.risit.org/icons2013). 

We look forward to welcoming you in Chengdu, China. 

Shuzhi Sam Ge, General Chair 

Antonio Ruano and Jian Chu, General Co-Chairs 

Derong Liu, Program Chair 

Thierry Marie Guerra and Zongxia Jiao, Program Co-Chairs 

 

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5.2 Conference on Geometry and Algebra of Linear Matrix Inequalities 

Contributed by: Didier Henrion, henrion@laas.fr

 

GeoLMI 2013 - Conference on Geometry and Algebra of Linear Matrix Inequalities 

12-16 November 2013 - Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (CIRM), University of Marseille, Luminy, France. 

http://homepages.laas.fr/henrion/geolmi13 

This is a conference organized by Didier Henrion and Monique Laurent, jointly with the 3rd official meeting of the GeoLMI project funded by the French National Research Agency. The conference aims at bringing together various researchers in pure and applied mathematics (real algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, functional analysis, continuous and discrete optimization) interested in linear matrix inequalities and their application areas (operations research, system control, performance analysis of dynamical systems). 

 

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5.3 Australian Control Conference

Contributed by: Victor Sreeram, Victor.Sreeram@uwa.edu.au

 

3rd Australian Control Conference (AUCC2013), Perth 4-5 November 2013 

AUCC2013 is dedicated to the memory of Professor John Moore (1941-2013). 

Two types of contributions are sought: Regular papers, 8 pages for submission, 6 pages for proceedings (peer reviewed, presented orally or as posters to be decided by the technical program committee, published in proceedings) Industrial abstracts, 2 pages (peer reviewed, typically presented as posters or in a special oral session on industrial problems, published in proceedings) 

Submit a contribution to AUCC2013 at http://controls.papercept.net 

Important Dates: 

Submission of papers: 26th April, 2013 

Author notification: 28th June, 2013 

Final upload of papers: 2nd September, 2013 

 

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5.4 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems

Contributed by: Jong-Oh Park, conference@icros.org

 

2013 13th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2013) 

October 20(Sun.)-23(Wed.), 2013 - Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea 

http://2013.iccas.org 

It is our pleasure to announce the 2013 13th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2013), which will be held in Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea from October 20-23, 2013, organized by Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems (ICROS). 

The aim of ICCAS 2013 is to bring together professors, researchers, engineers and students worldwide to present their recent works and discuss the state-of-the-art technologies related to control, automation, robotics and systems 

Paper Submission 

You are cordially invited to submit full papers (3 to 6 pages) to http://2013.iccas.org. Paper template file can be downloaded from the website. Accepted papers will be published in the ICCAS 2013 Proceedings that will be indexed in IEEE Xplore, SCOPUS and EI compendex, and will be submitted for indexing in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science). 

Important Dates 

March 29, 2013 : Submission of organized session proposals 

April 19, 2013 : Submission of full papers 

June 14, 2013 : Notification of paper acceptance 

July 19, 2013 : Submission of final camera-ready papers 

Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Control Systems Society 

Organizing Chair: Jong-Oh Park 

Program Chair: Sungchul Kang

 

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5.5  World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control 

Contributed by: isa Vickers, info@ifac2014.org

 

The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 2014) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 24-29 August 2014. The theme of the congress will be "Promoting automatic control for the benefit of humankind". 

Hosted by the South African Council for Automation and Control and sponsored by the Technology Innovation Agency, IFAC 2014 will be the first time that the congress is held in Africa. Our goal is to offer delegates a world-class congress experience, showcasing the best of automatic control research, in the warm and vibrant South African setting. 

Submissions will be accepted from June 2013 and delegate registration will open in October 2013. 

If you would like to subscribe to the congress newsletter, please contact the IFAC 2014 Congress Secretariat on info@ifac2014.org

 

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5.6  INDICON 2013

Contributed by: Madhu N. Belur, belur@ee.iitb.ac.in

 

INDICON 2013 is being organized by IEEE Bombay Section and IEEE India Council at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India from 13th to 15th December, 2013. The focus of INDICON 2013 is "Impact of Engineering on Global Sustainability" 

Consistent with the above theme, INDICON 2013 invites researchers to submit their original contributions on the following broad topics. 

- Communications and Control for Better Power 

- Antennas, Microwaves, VLSI and Electronic Devices 

- Communications and Computing 

- Power and Energy 

- Technology to Bridge Rural and Urban Divide 

Accepted papers (which are presented orally or through poster by authors) will be accessible through IEEEXplore. 

Conference website, paper submission format/procedures and other details: http://www.indicon2013.org 

Important dates: 

15th June 2013 : Last date for Submission of Manuscript 

15th September 2013 : Notification to Authors 

15th October 2013 : Revised Version Submission 

1st November 2013 : Final Acceptance 

15th November 2013 : Submission of Material by Authors for Accepted Papers 

30th November 2013 : Program Upload on Conference Website 

13-15th December 2013 : Conference 

 

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5.7  IEEE/ACM International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

Contributed by: Hongwei Zhang, hongwei@wayne.edu

 

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION 

ACM/IEEE ICCPS 2013 - Philadelphia, USA, April 8 - 11, 2013 

http://cesg.tamu.edu/iccps2013/index.html 

The 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS) will be held in Philadelphia, USA during April 8 - 11, 2013. Some highlights of the conference program include: 

- 24 regular papers representative of an exciting crosscutting field of cyber-physical systems. 

- Work-in-Progress, Demo, and Poster Sessions with early work and demonstrations of cyber-physical systems. 

- Invited panel of pioneers in cyber-physical systems. 

- Keynotes from three leading figures in cyber-physical systems: Deborah Estrin (Cornell Tech), Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania), and Manfred Broy (Technical University of Munich). 

- Part of the CPS Week 2013 (http://rtg.cis.upenn.edu/cpsweek/index.html) and co-located with conferences IPSN, RTAS, HSCC, and HiCoNS. Registrants of ICCPS can also attend sessions of these other conferences. 

- Associated workshops and tutorials on new and emerging topics of CPS. 

For the complete conference program, please see http://cesg.tamu.edu/iccps2013/Program.html. 

The early registration deadline: March 17, 2017, GMT-12. 

Online Registration: http://rtg.cis.upenn.edu/cpsweek/reg.html 

We are looking forward to seeing you in Philadelphia in April! 

General Chair: Chenyang Lu, Washington University in St. Louis, USA 

TPC Chairs: P.R. Kumar, Texas A&M University, USA and Radu Stoleru, Texas A&M University, USA 

 

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6. Workshops and Summer Schools

6.1 Workshop on Time Delay Systems – Stability & Control in Applications

Contributed by: Rifat Sipahi, rifat@coe.neu.edu

 

Workshop on Time Delay Systems – Stability & Control in Applications 

July 16, 2013 – 9.00 am – 5.30 pm 

Zurich, Switzerland 

Lecturers: 

- Fatihcan M. Atay, Germany 

- Dimitri Breda, Italy

- Wim Michiels, Belgium 

- Silviu-Iulian Niculescu, France 

- Hitay Ozbay, Turkey

- Rifat Sipahi, USA 

The workshop will be held preceding the European Control Conference (http://www.ecc13.ch/) that will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, July 17-19, 2013. 

Details of the Workshop can be found at www.coe.neu.edu/~rifat

 

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6.2 Workshop on Control of Uncertain Systems: Modelling, Approximation, and Design 

Contributed by: Malcolm C. Smith, mcs@eng.cam.ac.uk

 

A workshop to mark the contributions of Keith Glover to the control field on the occasion of his retirement. 

Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September 2013 

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge 

Sponsored by the MathWorks 

Invited speakers: B.D.O. Anderson, K.J. Astrom, G. Balas, R.W. Brockett, M. Cantoni, D.H. Cieslar, M.A. Dahleh, J.C. Doyle, G.E. Dullerud, B.A. Francis, P. Gahinet, M. Gevers, R. Hyde, P.A. Iglesias, S. Lall, L. Ljung, S. Mitter, M. Morari, R.M. Murray, A. Packard, A. Rantzer, M. Vidyasagar, G. Vinnicombe, J.C. Willems, K. Zhou. 

General chair: M.C. Smith 

Further information will be provided on the workshop website: http://divf.eng.cam.ac.uk/cfes/Main/Workshop6

 

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6.3 Workshop on Control of Power Inverters for the Smart Grid

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong, Q.Zhong@sheffield.ac.uk

 

June 16 (pm), 2013, Washington DC, USA 

http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2013/workshops.html#12 

Introduction to the workshop: 

Energy and sustainability are now on the top agenda of many governments. Smart grids have become one of the main enablers to address energy and sustainability issues. 

Renewable energy, distributed generation, hybrid electrical vehicles, more-electric aircraft, all-electric ships, smart grids etc will become more and more popular. Arguably, the integration of renewable and distributed energy sources, energy storage and demand-side resources into smart grids, often via inverters, is the largest "new frontier" for smart grid advancements. Control and power electronics are the two key enabling technologies for this. Power electronics is becoming part of the grid and control is where the "smart" is from. Together with the power systems infrastructure, they form the backbone for smart grids. An inverter, which converts DC electricity from sources such as batteries, solar panels, or fuel cells to AC electricity, are the interface to integrate renewable energy and distributed generation into smart grids. 

Hence, how to control inverters so that renewable energy sources can be connected to the grid in a smart and friendly way is very important for the modeling, operation and management of smart grids. Inverters are also widely used in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), induction heating, high-voltage DC (HVDC) transmission, variable-frequency drives, electric vehicle (EV) drives, air conditioning, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) etc and, hence, have become a common key device for many energy-related applications. There are several important control problems associated with inverters. 

For example, how to make sure that the total harmonic distortion (THD) of the inverter voltage and current remains within certain range when the loads are nonlinear and the grid voltage, if present, is distorted; how to make sure that a balanced neutral line is provided for applications where a neutral line is needed, e.g. when three-phase loads are not balanced; how to make sure that inverters can be operated in grid-connected mode or standalone mode and how to minimize the transient dynamics when the operation mode is changed; how to synchronize inverters with the grid so that they can be connected to the grid when needed; how to share loads proportionally according to their power ratings when inverters are operated in parallel; how to connect inverters to the grid in a grid-friendly manner so that the impact on the grid is minimized etc. 

This workshop will focus on presenting advanced control strategies, accompanied with experimental results, to address these problems systematically; based on the research monograph entitled Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration recently published by Wiley-IEEE Press (see item 3.2 of the current e-letter).

 

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6.4 DISC Summer School on Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems

Contributed by: Saskia van der Meer, s.m.vandermeer@tudelft.nl

 

The organizers have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the DISC Summer School on "Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems", which is scheduled to take place from June 17-20, 2013, at “Conferentiehotel Drienerburght”, Enschede (University of Twente), The Netherlands. 

The invitation is aimed at research students and staff members of DISC, and other researchers and engineers engaged in the systems and control area. Distinguished speakers will each present a series of tutorial lectures. Since more than 250 years partial differential equations (pde’s) are used to model physical behaviour. However, this is most often done under the assumption of no external signals. Only since the sixties and seventies of the last century mathematical theory has been developed to cope with pde’s with (boundary) control and observations. These results combined with the increase in computer power makes it nowadays possible to study practical (engineering) problems modelled by pde’s. Examples of such are: controlling the water levels in a river and estimation of the spatial temperature distribution in a room. 

Many physical systems can be formulated using a Hamiltonian framework. The Hamiltonian can for instance be the energy of the system. Stabilizing the system could be done be driving the Hamiltonian to zero. Thus having such a physical quantity at our disposal can simplify the controller design considerably. Once a controller is designed we normally have to approximate the system in order to (numerically) test the closed loop behaviour. This approximation has to be done with care, since for instance, in the approximated system the Hamiltonian may not increase. 

Lecturers 

The main program will consist of various speakers. Keynote lectures will be given by: 

Georges Bastin, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium 

Laurent Lefèvre, Laboratoire de Conception et d'Intégration des Systèmes, Valence, France 

Alessandro Macchelli, University of Bologna, Italy 

Timo Reis, University of Hamburg, Germany 

Onno Bokhove, University of Leeds, United Kingdom 

Registration 

The registration fee, which includes boarding and lodging, is 850 Euro for non-DISC members and 550 Euro for DISC-students and DISC-members 

The school is limited to 50 participants based on a first-come first-serve policy. The registration deadline is June 1, 2013. 

All details about the summer school, including a preliminary program, are available at the DISC website: http://www.disc.tudelft.nl/education/summer-school-2013.html. 

You can register at the following website: https://disc-forum.nl 

Non DISC members can also sent an email to: secr@disc.tudelft.nl for registration. (Please mention your full name and university including address). 

For further information, please contact the DISC administrative office: Saskia van der Meer (s.m.vandermeer@tudelft.nl) or the organizers: Hans Zwart (h.j.zwart@utwente.nl) and Birgit Jacob (jacob@math.uni-wuppertal.de) 

 

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6.5 SADCO Summer School and Workshop on Optimal and Model Predictive Control 

Contributed by: Lars Gruene, lars.gruene@uni-bayreuth.de

 

OMPC 2013 SADCO Summer School and Workshop on Optimal and Model Predictive Control 

University of Bayreuth, Germany, 9-13 September 2013 

ompc2013.math.uni-bayreuth.de 

OMPC 2013 is a summer school and workshop sponsored by the European Marie-Curie ITN SADCO (http://itn-sadco.inria.fr) and organised by Moritz Diehl (KU Leuven) and Lars Grüne (Univ. Bayreuth). 

OMPC 2013 features two one day summer school courses on Numerical Optimal Control, by Matthias Gerdts (Munich) and on Model Predictive Control, by James B. Rawlings (Wisconsin-Madison) on Monday and Tuesday, September 9-10. 

The workshop part on September 11-13 consists of invited talks on various aspects of Optimal Control, Numerical Methods and Model Predictive Control by Rolf Findeisen (Magdeburg) Matthias Gerdts (Munich), Tor Arne Johansen (Trondheim), Carl Laird (Texas A&M), Anders Rantzer (Lund) and James B. Rawlings (Wisconsin-Madison), contributed talks by SADCO fellows and team members and a poster session for young researchers. 

Participation is free of charge but the number of participants is limited. Registration will open in March 2013. For young researchers SADCO will offer a limited number of grants to cover the local expenses. For details see ompc2013.math.uni-bayreuth.de. 

Important dates:

March 15, 2013: Registration opens, submission for grant application starts 

April 30, 2013: Deadline for grant applications 

mid-May, 2013: Decisions for grants will be sent out 

June 30, 2013: Deadline for abstracts for the poster session 

July 31, 2013: Deadline for registration 

August 1, 2013: notification about acceptance of poster 

September 9-13, 2013: OMPC 2013

 

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6.6 HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems

Contributed by: Alberto Bemporad, alberto.bemporad@imtlucca.it

 

5th HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems

1-5 July 2013, Lucca, Italy 

The "5th HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems" will take place Monday July 1 to Friday July 5, 2013 at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy. The school is targeted at graduate students and researchers who want to learn the main concepts of the appealing field of networked control of large-scale systems, as well as at graduate students and postgraduate researchers already working in the area. 

Selected speakers will lecture during the school covering the basic concepts and results on stability and control of networked control systems, wireless communication, event-triggered and self-triggered control, consensus algorithms, decentralized control, distributed optimization, model predictive control, real-time embedded control and scheduling, and large-scale applications such as power and water distribution networks. 

The program of the school includes stimulating lectures during five days, interleaved by enough time slots to allow scientific discussions among the participants and with the speakers. 

The lectures will be given by Alberto Bemporad (Italy), Giorgio Buttazzo (Italy), Bart De Schutter (The Netherlands), Massimo Franceschetti (USA), Maurice Heemels (Netherlands), Joao Hespanha (USA), Mikael Johansson (Sweden), Jan Lunze (Germany), George Pappas (USA), Kameshwar Poolla (USA), Vicenc Puig (Spain), Sandro Zampieri (Italy) 

The satellite "EFFINET PhD School on Control of Drinking Water Networks" will take place on Friday July 5. 

On Monday July 1, before the beginning of the 5th HYCON2 school, another introductury satellite event will take place with lectures given by Sanjoy Mitter (USA) and H. Eugene Stanley (USA).  

The school follows an established successful tradition of organizing biannual international PhD schools. The 1st HYCON PhD School on Hybrid Systems, the 2nd HYCON PhD School on Hybrid Systems, the 3rd WIDE PhD School on Networked Control Systems and 4th HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems took place in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011, respectively. On these schools top researchers in the field educated over 450 (!) PhD students from all over the world on a broad range of topics. The full program of the schools, the registration procedure, and other information can be found at http://5hycon2.imtlucca.it/ 

We welcome you, your students and colleagues to this interesting and inspiring event! 

Alberto Bemporad, Maurice Heemels and Mikael Johansson

 

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7. Positions

7.1  PhD: Inria—Lille, France

Contributed by: Denis Efimov, Denis.Efimov@inria.fr

 

Two PhD positions at Inria—Lille, France 

Team Project: Non−A (https://team.inria.fr/non-a/) 

* First PhD position *

Title of the PhD proposal: Development of a blimp robot for indoor operation 

Keywords: Robotics; Unmanned aerial vehicles; Identification; Estimation; Control 

Author of the proposal: Denis Efimov, Wilfrid Perruquetti, Gang Zheng 

Mission: 

Robotics is a quickly developing area of science and technology nowadays. Frequently robots are developing for replacing humans in dangerous operating conditions or for optimization of manufacturing expenses. Recently domestic assistant robots become very popular. The robots can be classified by the type of operation: indoor or outdoor, since depending on that they have different restrictions on dimensions, motors, noise production and sensors used. Among the flying robots it is worth to mention quadrotors and helicopters, which are the most popular currently. 

Job offer description + bibliographical references: 

For this PhD it is required to participate in development of a small blimp robot for indoor operation (hardware and software work). Due to its construction this robot has to possess a good autonomy operation time and demonstrate a low noise production level. The main theoretical part includes development of a model of the blimp, identification and estimation algorithms, with posterior design of motion control algorithms : 

1. W. Perruquetti, T. Floquet, E. Moulay, "Finite time observers: application to secure communication", IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 53, No 1, 2008, pp 356−360. 

2. Efimov D.V., Panteley L., Loria A. Multigoal Output Regulation Via Supervisory Control: Application to Stabilization of a Unicycle. Proc. American Control Conference, St. Louis, 2009, pp. 4340−4345. 

3.Sert H., Perruquetti W., Kokosy A., Xin Jin, Palos J. Localizability of unicycle mobiles robots: An algebraic point of view. Proc. IEEE IROS, Algarve, 2012, pp. 223−228. 

Practical part includes software development for the robot autonomous maneuvering. 

Skills and profile: A master in robotics or control science. Knowledge of robot modeling, estimation and control techniques is appreciated. An experience in embedded software development is valued.

* Second PhD position *

Title of the PhD proposal: Circadian and circatidal rhythm modelling, estimation and control of oysters 

Keywords: Biomathematics; Nonlinear dynamical systems; Identification 

Author of the proposal: Denis Efimov, Rosane Ushirobira, Damien Tran 

Mission: 

Circadian rhythm is responsible for activity/passivity of living organisms on Earth. It is formed by certain hormones whose concentrations oscillate during the day, predefining the activity patterns. Disorders of circadian rhythm are responsible for many diseases and health inconveniences. For example, the jet lag problem corresponds to phase resetting of the circadian rhythm oscillation with respect to the current exogenous light influence after a long distance flight. Despite of the fact that circadian models are well developed for some organisms (like Drosophila or Neurospora, for instance), in general there is no common approach for their design. Especially this is true for marine animals, since their activity is also strongly influenced by tides. 

Job offer description + bibliographical references: 

The objective of this PhD is the development of mathematical models for circadian and circatidal rhythm behavior of oysters using real measurements of their activity. This activity is evaluated based on measured opening angle of the shell valves. Next, real-time estimation algorithms have to be synthesized. A final objective of the project is to design a control algorithm for phase resetting of circadian rhythm, this solution is partly related with the jet lag avoidance/treatment for humans: 

1. Tran D., Nadau A., Durrieu G., Ciret P., Parisot J.P., Massabuau J.C. Field chronobiology of a molluscan bivalve: how the moon and sun cycles interact to drive oyster activity rhythms. Chronobiol Int., 28 (4), 2011, pp. 307−317. 

2. Efimov D. Phase resetting control based on direct phase response curve. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 63 (5), 2011, pp. 855−879. 

3. Ushirobira R., Perruquetti W., Mboup M., Fliess M. Algebraic parameter estimation of a biased sinusoidal waveform signal from noisy data. Proc. SysId 2012, Bruxelles, 2012, pp. 167−172. 

Skills and profile: A Master in applied mathematics or control science. Knowledge of model approximation/estimation techniques is appreciated.

About Inria and the job : 

Inria, with its academic, institutional and industrial partners, is commited to major research and innovation projects in the field of computational sciences. The institute disseminates across France thanks to its eight research centres. 

The Inria Lille - Nord Europe research centre, inaugurated in 2008, employs 357 people, including 250 scientists, in its seventeen research teams. Recognised for its significant contribution to the social and economic development of the Nord - Pas-de-Calais region, the Inria Lille - Nord Europe research centre promotes a policy of close cooperation with major businesses and small enterprises. By encouraging synergies between researchers and industrial partners, Inria contributes to the transfer of skills and expertise in computational technologies and provides access to top-level European and international research in order to support innovation and businesses, particularly in the region of Lille. 

Whether designing innovative software for business or logistics, modelling living cells or fusion plasma, or developing medical simulators or interfaces to facilitate human-computer interaction, our research opens up new possibilities that can revolutionise common practice and contribute to a better understanding of the natural phenomena which surround us. 

The team Non-A (https://team.inria.fr/non-a/) is developing an estimation theory, built around differential algebra and operational calculation on the one hand, and high gain algorithms (such as sliding mode, etc.) on the other hand. Both approaches allow for estimating in finite-time the derivatives of noisy signals, which opens a lot of prospects in control and signal processing. It has resulted in relatively simple, rapid algorithms. Unlike traditional methods, the majority of which pertain to asymptotic statistics, the Non-A estimators are ''non-asymptotic''. These estimators found their applications in electrical engineering, robotics, aerospace and bioscience. 

 

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7.2  PhD: Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany

Contributed by: Steffen Waldherr, steffen.waldherr@ovgu.de

 

The following position is to be filled at the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität: 

PhD Student in Mathematical Analysis of Biological Networks 

Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Institute for Automation Engineering, Research group Theory of Complex Networks 

The successful candidate will conduct research in the research areas of the group and work towards a PhD degree. 

Possible research topics: 

• Mathematical modeling of biochemical signal transduction and gene regulation 

• Robustness analysis of biochemical networks 

• Optimization of biochemical networks 

• Control engineering applications in biological networks 

Prerequisites: 

• Academic degree (Master / German diploma equivalent) preferably in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or a similar study program. 

• Experience in mathematical models of biological networks or dynamical systems. 

• Good knowledge of English and preferably of German. 

• Ability to work scientifically. 

Please address informal questions about this position to Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Waldherr, phone +49 391/67-20118 or by E-Mail: steffen.waldherr@ovgu.de. 

Salary scale: 13 TV-L 

Date commencing: from 15.05.2013 

Fixed term until: 30.05.2015 

Contract: 100 % 

Applications by women are especially welcome. Applicants with a severe disability will receive preferential treatment if their qualifications and experience are equal to those of the other candidates.

Please send your complete application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates, statement of research interests, up to two letters of reference) quoting reference number 55/2013 by 19.04.2013 (date of receipt of application) to: 

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Dezernat Personalwesen 

Postfach 4120, 39016 Magdeburg - Germany

 

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7.3 PhD: Texas Tech University, USA

Contributed by: Beibei Ren, beibei.ren@ttu.edu

 

Two fully funded Ph.D. positions in Control Theory and Applications are available within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University (Texas, USA). The successful candidates will conduct research on the research topics, including but not limited to: 

- Adaptive control of nonlinear systems with uncertainties/disturbances; 

- Boundary control of systems modeled by PDEs or PDE/ODE cascades; 

- Real-time optimization using extremum seeking; and 

- Applications of control to marine/offshore systems in oil/gas industries, MEMS, wind turbines, energy and power systems etc. 

Requirements: 

- M. S degree in ME, EE, or related areas; 

- Dedicated, hardworking, and passion to learn more; 

- Experienced in MATLAB/SIMULINK; 

- Excellent mathematical skills; 

- Creative and capable of independent study and thinking. 

Required documents: 

- Detailed CV (including a list of publications, if any); 

- A cover letter to indicate that how you meet ALL the essential criteria with details/examples/evidence, and your career goal; 

- A research statement describing your past achievement and your research plan. 

Applications should be sent to Dr. Beibei Ren <beibei.ren@ttu.edu> if you are interested. The positions are available immediately until they are filled. 

 

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7.4  PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Contributed by: Lars Imsland, lars.imsland@itk.ntnu.no

 

Ph.D. position: “Mission and path optimization for mobile sensor network operations” 

A Ph.D. scholarship is offered within the area of “Mission and path optimization for mobile sensor network operations” at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 

The Ph.D.-position is part of the IME Faculty’s research project, “CAMOS – Coastal and Arctic Maritime Operations and Surveillance”, and the research will also tie in with activities in the new Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS). CAMOS is developing a robust integrated communication framework for underwater, terrestrial radio and satellite communications in a resilient infrastructure that can support a multitude of applications. The goal is to provide a platform that enables easy integration of new and improved technologies in any part of the system and to foster innovation. 

The topic of the PhD is high-level mission and path planning for coordination of mobile sensor network operations, including deployment and motion, for applications relevant to the CAMOS project. An example can be the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for purposes of ice surveillance and estimation in Arctic areas. Numerical optimization and receding horizon control will be frameworks for the mission and path planning, which must take into consideration communication constraints given by network topology and communication technologies. 

Applicants must have relevant education as M.Sc. in control engineering, engineering cybernetics, applied mathematics with specialization in numerical optimization or similar and documented qualification as required of doctoral students at NTNU. Experience and specialization within relevant topics such as control or estimation over networks, mobile sensor networks, model predictive control, numerical software for optimization should be documented in the application, and will be given emphasis. In addition to documented excellent qualifications, personal qualities and strong motivation for a research career are important. 

Deadline: April 15th. 

More information, including application procedure: http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=92295 .

 

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7.5  PhD: The University of Newcastle, Australia

Contributed by: Contributed by: Daniel Quevedo, dquevedo@ieee.org 

 

The University of Newcastle, Australia, has an open position for a PhD student to work on distributed model predictive control of modular energy systems. The focus is on developing new mathematical control methods for large, complex systems with an inherent modular structure that can be exploited. A particular focus will be put on distributed model predictive control. Modular systems are prevalent in energy systems, particularly in electrical systems and systems incorporating switched dynamics. 

We are looking for a highly motivated student in Electrical Engineering, 

Applied Mathematics or other related disciplines. Successful candidates should have strong mathematical, analytical and communication skills with background in control theory. A highly competitive compensation package including relocation expenses, tuition costs, health cover and approximately $30,000 per annum (tax-free) during 3.5 years will be offered. 

The PhD project will be supported and run in close collaboration with ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland. ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people, whereof 6,800 in Switzerland. ABB's involvement in the PhD project will provide exposure to practically motivated industrial problems, and may pave the way for further opportunities beyond the PhD thesis. 

For further information or to apply, please contact the project supervisor, Daniel Quevedo, dquevedo@ieee.org, before April 30th, 2013.

 

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7.6  PhD and PostDoc: EPFL, Switzerland

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

 

PhD and PostDoc Positions Available at the Automatic Control Lab, EPFL, Switzerland

* PhD Position *  

Title: Autonomous Airborne Wind Energy (A2WE) 

More information: la.epfl.ch/positions 

The Autonomous Airborne Wind Energy project will develop a paradigm-shifting wind-power concept in which airfoils are flown at high altitudes (~500m), transmitting mechanical power to a generator on the ground through a physical tether. This novel approach has the potential for an extremely favorable economic situation if several technical challenges can be overcome. A2WE will target a particularly challenging requirement of such a system: fully autonomous, power-optimizing flight of an airborne generation system in variable weather conditions. 

The student will join a collaborative project between three leading Swiss institutes and a team with expertise in mechanical design, optimal control and aerospace systems. A candidate successfully completing a PhD within this team can expect to become an expert in optimization, predictive control and the practical application of these techniques in a challenging domain. The project involves a solid mix between theory and hands-on application: the candidate will be expected to develop novel theory in the area of real-time periodic nonlinear predictive control, and prove their techniques on a kite-power testbed. 

The ideal candidate will have a background in control systems and optimization, solid programming skills and an interest in hands-on development and experimentation. Outstanding students with only a partial match to this list are encouraged to apply. 

The successful candidate can expect a gross salary starting at 51'100 CHF together with other benefits depending on the student's civil status. 

To Apply

1) Fill in the form provided by the doctoral program in Electrical Engineering. Indicate your intention to apply to Prof. Colin Jones. (www: phd.epfl.ch) 

2) Email the completed application package directly to Prof. Jones indicating your interest in this project. (email: colin.jones@epfl.ch) 

Deadline

Call for applications open from March, 2013 and will remain open until ideal candidate found. 

 

* PhD and PostDoc Positions *

Title: Smart Building Networks (BuildNet) 

The BuildNet program will develop control methods to optimally manage the aggregate electrical consumption, storage and production of a large network of smart buildings in order to offer various electric utility applications that will be critical to the operation of the greener European grid in coming years. Two indicative examples: Networks of buildings are ideal for capacity firming of wind power, i.e. providing power or reducing consumption when the wind drops, since building power consumption and wind speed are uncorrelated. Due to its highly distributed nature, a large network of buildings is also well-suited to congestion relief, or providing location-based consumption / generation capacity in order to prevent excess load on overtaxed transmission lines. 

The student will join a collaborative project funded by an ERC Starting Grant consisting of two postdoctoral fellows, and three PhD students and will join a research group with a broad range of expertise in optimization and predictive control. A candidate successfully completing a PhD within this team can expect to become an expert in the theory and practice of optimization, predictive control and their application to the optimal management and operation of smart grids. 

The ideal PhD candidates will have a background and interest in control systems, optimization and/or power systems. PostDocs are sought with a background in one or more of: smart grids, optimal building control, distributed control, large-scale distributed optimization, predictive control and/or operations research as applied to power systems. 

Outstanding candidates with only a partial match to this list are encouraged to apply. 

The successful candidate can expect a gross salary starting at 51'100 CHF for PhDs and 81'000 CHF for PostDocs, together with other benefits depending on their civil status. 

To Apply (PhD) 

1) Fill in the form provided by the doctoral program in Electrical Engineering. Indicate your intention to apply to Prof. Colin Jones. (www: phd.epfl.ch) 

2) Email the completed application package directly to Prof. Jones indicating your interest in this project. (email: colin.jones@epfl.ch) 

To Apply (PostDoc)

Contact Prof. Jones (colin.jones@epfl.ch) with: 

- Motivation letter 

- CV, list of publications 

- List of references 

Deadline

Call for applications open from March, 2013 and will remain open until ideal candidate found. 

 

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7.7  PhD: University of Lorraine, France

Contributed by: Dominique Sauter, dominique.sauter@univ-lorraine.fr

 

PhD: University of Lorraine - CRAN CNRS UMR 7039 

A PhD position is available in September 2013 at CRAN, University of Lorraine 

http://www.cran.uhp-nancy.fr/anglais/. 

Title: Monitoring and distributed control of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) subject to malicious attacks 

The monitoring and distributed control of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) is based on the use of information exchanged between controllers, actuators and sensors via unreliable networks. The information exchanged is then vulnerable to Cyber attacks on the measurement and control signals received and transmitted by the controllers. The first attack against a control system for industrial process was reported in mid-June 2010, history was traced back to June 2009. The complexity of the STUXNET worm hidden in executable program of the controller was very unusual for malware. The impact of such malicious act on a high-risk CPS (Chemical, nuclear, ...) is potentially catastrophic for the CPS and its environment. The aim of this thesis is to develop distributed control laws resilient to malicious attacks on measurement and control signals received and transmitted by the controllers. The thesis will first investigate possible solutions to detect and isolate such malicious attacks considering Fault isolation filters making it possible to design residuals having specific directionnal properties.It will then continue considering the worst case situation of attacks designed to be undetectable by standard fault diagnostic schemes (zero dynamics systems). It will focus particularly on the study of possible solutions to counter the consequence of malware working by measurements reply and too weakly detectable by standard diagnostic schemes. 

Requirements: Master degree in Control/Engineering. 

The applicant should have very good knowledge of feedback control systems, state estimation and filtering, Fault diagnosis. 

Experience with MATLAB/SIMULINK is needed. Effective communication skills in English both oral and especially written are needed.French speaking is not a requirement. 

The position is available in September 2013 for three years. The PhD student will be appointed by public funding with a salary of around 1400 Euros/month (free of charges). 

Candidates should apply by email to Prof. Dominique Sauter (dominique.sauter@univ-lorraine.fr ) with a CV summarizing university backgrounds and research experiences. Letters of recommendation will re-enforce the application.

 

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7.8 PhD: Western University, Canada

Contributed by: Abdelhamid Tayebi, atayebi@uwo.ca

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

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

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

Applicants should submit a CV, a sample of publications (if available), and the names and contacts for three references via email to Dr. A. Tayebi: atayebi@uwo.ca, website: http://flash.lakeheadu.ca/~tayebi/

 

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7.9  Post-Doc: University of Oxford, UK

Contributed by: Antonis Papachristodoulou, antonis@eng.ox.ac.uk

 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant 

Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Grade 7: Salary in the range £29,541 - £36,298 p.a. 

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher to join the Machine Learning Research Group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The post is funded by EPSRC and is fixed-term for 36 months, with a start date of 1 June 2013. The project is entitled “Autonomous Behaviour and Learning in an Uncertain World” and is joint with the University of Cambridge. 

You should possess a good first degree in Engineering or Mathematics/Statistics, with specialisation in probabilistic models and have or about to complete a PhD in a relevant area. Experience in information theory, control theory, Bayesian inference and practical application in uncertain domains as well as expertise and experience in computer programming are essential. You should have a track record of published work concomitant with experience, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team, and possess the interpersonal skills necessary to contribute effectively to a collaborative project. Experience in teaching at undergraduate and graduate level as well as the ability to communicate scientific ideas to an expert and lay audience, both orally and in writing are essential, while previous experience of working in a team with industry is desirable. 

Evidence of high self-motivation and good organisational skills, and the ability to prioritise the relevant workload to meet deadlines are also desirable. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Stephen Roberts (Email: stephen.roberts@eng.ox.ac.uk). 

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below: 

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=106976 

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 5 April 2013 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter, a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application. 

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/

  

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7.10  Post-Doc: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Contributed by: Kristina Gustafsson, kristin2@kth.se

 

1-3 Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers at ACCESS Linnaeus Centre 

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

We are seeking candidates to conduct research in one or more of the following broad areas: 

• Architectures and concepts (design and dimensioning of communication networks; mechanisms and protocols; performance evaluation) 

• Computation and algorithms (as related to design, implementation and evaluation of networked systems in various application areas) 

• Sensing and actuation (distributed signal processing, communication and control in networked systems; wireless sensor networks, mobile visual computing) 

• Transmission and radio (signal processing for wireless communications and positioning, collaborative processing) 

The candidate should have a strong background from at least one of the areas: communication networks, wireless communications, multimedia communications, signals and systems theory, signal processing, automatic control, autonomic computing, and computer science. The ability and interest to work across traditional disciplines and to initiate new research collaborations is essential. 

Required Qualifications:

Candidates should have a PhD (or be near completion) in a relevant field and a strong research and publication record. KTH aims to employ a diversity of talent and thus welcomes applicants who will add to the variety of the University, especially as concerns its gender structure. 

Employment: 

The duration of the position is 12 months which may be extended by an additional 12 months. The starting date is during fall or winter of 2013. 

Application:

The application (including CV with contact information of two reference persons, publication list, brief research statement, and diplomas of accomplished doctoral and master studies) should be sent by email (as a single pdf file) to 0129@ee.kth.se. Do not send any compressed files. 

Deadline April 20, 2013 

Position reference number E-2013-0129. Write this reference number on your application. 

Contact 

Professor Karl Henrik Johansson, Director, e-mail: kallej@kth.se 

Ms Kristina Gustafsson, Administrator, e-mail: kristin2@kth.se 

 

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7.11  Post-Doc: University of California, Santa Barbara

Contributed by: Frank Doyle, frank.doyle@icb.ucsb.edu

 

Bio-Inspired Synchronization and Sensors for Enhancing Situational Awareness 

Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies 

There is a project opening for summer 2013 to work on an Army-funded project on synchronization protocols for wireless sensor networks. The project is a collaboration between Army research labs, an industry partner, and our academic group. The work will involve design and field testing of the protocol. Preliminary work from that collaboration is described in the recent paper at the IEEE ISPCS conference this fall: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6336613 

Candidates for this position should have a Ph.D. Degree in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related disciplines with experience or extensive exposure to network control, synchronization, and/or wireless network protocols. Strong oral and written communication skills are a requisite. 

UCSB offers competitive salary and benefits. Applicants should send a CV, a statement of their professional interests (not longer than 1 page) and the names, e-mail addresses of at least three technical references to: 

Professor Francis J. Doyle III 

Department of Chemical Engineering 

University of California, Santa Barbara 

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080 

frank.doyle@icb.ucsb.edu 

Submission of application material by e-mail is strongly encouraged.

 

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7.12 Post-Doc: Peking University, China

Contributed by: Guangming Xie, xiegming@pku.edu.cn

 

Several Postdoctoral Fellows are being recruited at the Center for Systems and Control, College of Engineering, Peking University, in the general areas of control systems, robotics, systems/industrial engineering and applications. The appointment is for a period of two years. The ideal candidate is one who has recently completed, or is about to finish, his/her PhD. The themes of research are, but not limited to, multi-agent systems, robotics, networked control systems, hybrid and switched systems, computational intelligence, systems engineering, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. 

Interested candidates should send their CV to Professor Guangming Xie at xiegming@pku.edu.cn. 

 

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7.13 Post-Doc: The Naval Postgraduate School, USA

Contributed by: Arthur J Krener, ajkrener@nps.edu

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA 

The Department of Applied Mathematics is soliciting applications for a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship in computational nonlinear control starting July 1, 2013. 

There is a need for effective algorithms to control highly nonlinear plants such as modern aircraft and spacecraft. Fortunately there has been remarkable progress in nonlinear control theory over the last three decades and many of the needed algorithms have been developed. However their implementation has lagged behind. The principle reason for this is computational. There are few efficient computational tools available to solve the nonlinear partial differential equations that are required by the nonlinear theory. This is in contrast to linear control where the theory has been complimented by excellent numerical methods such as those in the MATLAB Control Toolbox. The goal of this research project is to develop the numerical tools needed to solve Hamilton Jacobi Bellman PDEs and others that arise in nonlinear control theory. 

Candidates should have a background in linear and nonlinear control and facility in MATLAB. If you are interested in applying, please send a CV, publication list and the names and email addresses of three references to Prof. Arthur J. Krener, ajkrener@nps.edu. 

More information about this National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity is available at 

http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx?LabCode=62&ROPCD=621005&RONum=B7352 

The Naval Postgraduate School is located on the California coast approximately 125 miles south of San Francisco. 

It provides graduate training to US and allied military officers. It also has a very active research program and ranks in the top 50 US research universities in terms of external funding.

 

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7.14  Post-Doc: University of Picardie Jules Verne, France

Contributed by: Olivier Pages, opages@u-picardie.fr

 

We propose a post-doctoral position at MIS (Modeling, Information and Systems) laboratory (University of Picardie Jules Verne, science faculty, Amiens, France). The position for one year with the possibility of renewing for one another year is available in the beginning of June 2013 (or for only one year in the beginning of September 2013). 

The post-doctoral position is part of the European project INTERREG IVA entitled CEREEV (Combustion Engine for Range-Extended Electric Vehicle) in which cooperate three research teams: IRSEEM (Research Institute of Embedded Electronic Systems) of ESIGELEC Rouen (France), the University of Brighton (England), MIS at the University of Picardie Jules Verne. In this project, the partners will have to propose a new diesel engine: a split-cycle diesel engine which is energetically more efficient. 

The scientific objective for this post-doctoral position is the development of a mathematical model of the split-cycle diesel engine for the synthesis of control laws in order to minimize fuel consumption as well as to reduce emissions of pollutants. The post-doc researcher is expected to work in research team COVE (control and vehicles) at MIS laboratory. 

The candidate must have a strong background in diesel engine as well as in control of non linear systems. Knowledge in fuzzy model and control is desirable. 

Interested candidates may send a detailed CV, a list of publications, a statement of research, and three reference letters to: 

Olivier Pagès 

Laboratoire MIS (Modélisation, Information et Systèmes) 

University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV) 

UFR des sciences 

33 rue Saint-Leu 

80039 Amiens cedex 1, France 

Email address : opages@u-picardie.fr 

Phone number : + 33 3 22 82 59 08 

Web : http://www.mis.u-picardie.fr/ 

For more information, contact: opages@u-picardie.fr 

 

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7.15 Post-Doc: University of Sheffield, UK

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong, Q.Zhong@sheffield.ac.uk

 

Post-doctoral Research Associate in Energy Systems and Control 

Following the advertisement of four positions recently, a fifth position at the post-doctoral level is available for an innovative and enthusiastic candidate to join a dynamic and fast-expanding group in energy systems and control at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield. The main duty of the post holder is to develop advanced control theory with applications in energy and power systems.

Applicants will have a PhD degree in control theory and engineering, electrical engineering or other relevant area, be experienced in MATLAB-SIMULINK, advanced control theory and be, preferably, familiar with power electronics and control system development. Applicants will also have a creative and scientific approach suitable for developing leading edge technology, a proven track record of quality journal publications, excellent skills in communication and management, and enthusiasm and motivation to work independently and within a team.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Q.Zhong@sheffield.ac.uk. Formal applications should be submitted via http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs, with the following documents assembled and uploaded in one PDF file:

1) an updated CV, including a list of publications with journal titles highlighted,

2) a cover letter, highlighting that you meet ALL the essential criteria with details/examples/evidence,

3) two best sample publications, 

4) a research plan to describe how/what you are going to do with the project. 

This post is fixed-term for 24 months. 

 

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7.16 Faculty: University of Manchester, UK

Contributed by: Eva Navarro-Lopez, eva.navarro@cs.man.ac.uk

 

The School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions at junior and senior level. Three positions in Computer Engineering and Systems Research are available. 

The applicants will join the Advanced Processor Technologies (APT http://apt.cs.manchester.ac.uk) research group. The APT group is internationally leading in computer engineering and systems research and is currently engaged in the construction of SpiNNaker (http://apt.cs.man.ac.uk/projects/SpiNNaker/), a novel architecture massively parallel computer designed by the group from the silicon upwards (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhPpxsK2Ia0 & http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MSPEC.2012.6247562). 

The group will lead the construction of many-core hardware for the recently announced Human Brain Project (http://www.humanbrainproject.eu/), an EU funded FET Flagship programme. The group is also leading the PAMELA project, a 5-year EPSRC programme grant that will investigate how to design and use heterogeneous many-core systems. 

Applicants should be internationally leading in any aspect of computer engineering, computer architecture, or computer systems research and should be able to demonstrate a commitment to excellent teaching. Higher priority will be given to the overall originality, vision and potential long term impact of the applicant’s research than the area of specialization. Examples of research areas include System-on-Chip and Network-on-Chip technologies; computer communications; virtualization; energy optimisation and embedded systems; reconfigurable computing; and many-core systems including operating systems, compilers, hardware architecture, and memory hierarchy. 

Informal enquiries: 

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Steve Furber (steve.furber@manchester.ac.uk) 

Closing date: 28/Mar/2013 

Job Reference: EPS-02354 

How to apply: 

Applications should be made on line (https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/Decide.aspx?Jobid=20461) and should include a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae providing statements of future research and teaching interests. 

If you are unable to apply on line please request an application form by emailing hrrecruitment@manchester.ac.uk quoting the reference number or by calling +44 161 306 4058 (HR team recruitment line number). 

Further information: https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/DisplayJob.aspx?pageno=0&htmlpage=JobDisplay&Jobid=20461 

 

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7.17 Faculty: Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Contributed by: Weidong Zhang, wdzhang@sjtu.edu.cn

 

The Information Processing and Advanced Control (IPAC) group at the Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiaotong University, P. R. China invites applications for a faculty position in automation/ Information Processing. 

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in a related discipline. We seek candidates who have demonstrated notable impact on their directions. The successful applicants will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in their related fields, develop an independent and externally funded research program, participate in all aspects of the department's mission, and serve the profession. 

Applicants should send a current CV along with a brief summary of research experience and interest to Professor Weidong Zhang via email at wdzhang@sjtu.edu.cn. 

 

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7.18 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, 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 

Guangdong, P. R. China 518055 

or email the documents to scc.hitsz@gmail.com

 

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7.19 Image Processing Engineer: Intel, USA

Contributed by: Martin W. Braun, martin.w.braun@intel.com

 

Description: 

This position involves research and development of image processing applications that are of potential use within Intel. The work includes applying various image processing and analytical methods to specific problems of interest. Of special interest are novel techniques tied to variational segmentation, classification methodologies, 3-D image processing techniques, and texture analysis. In addition to image analysis, responsibilities include working with process owners to determine next-generation analysis capabilities; interacting with software engineers to integrate new techniques into automation systems; and designing/modifying hardware and associated systems to enable new imaging technology for the analysis. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

You must possess the minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Experience would be obtained through your educational level research and/or relevant job/internship experiences. Recent PhD in electrical engineering, computer science or similar discipline. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

Experience applying Matlab and OpenCV to meaningful research and practical engineering problems in the area of image processing. 

Work or educational experience in the following areas: image analysis, signal processing, or systems and control theory. 

Experience with 3-D image processing techniques, texture analysis variational segmentation and classification methodologies. 

Experience coding in C++/C# is a plus. 

Experience designing hardware in standard CAD packages is a plus. 

Business Group: As the world's largest chip manufacturer, Intel strives to make every facet of semiconductor manufacturing state-of-the-art -- from semiconductor process development and manufacturing, through yield improvement to final test and optimization, and lastly packaging. Employees in the Technology and Manufacturing group are part of a worldwide network of manufacturing and assembly/test facilities.  

Posting Statement: We will accept applications/resumes until 60 days after posting date or earlier at Intel’s discretion. Intel invites people of all ages currently enrolled in an academic institution (or graduated within the last 18 months) to apply. 

Please visit www.intel.com/jobs and locate job number 706931.

 

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7.20 Chief Engineer Controls Technology (m/f), GE Global Research, Germany

Contributed by: Anna Bartlewski, anna.bartlewski@ge.com

 

At GE Global Research, we’re redefining what’s possible. From cutting-edge research in molecular pathology for use in personalized cancer diagnostics to programs in coal gasification and renewable power that drive clean energy solutions, our work at Global Research is world-renowned. As part of our team, you’ll find yourself among nearly 3,000 scientists and engineers from every discipline in a dynamic atmosphere where you’ll be constantly challenged to learn and grow. You’ll have access to leaders on all levels of the organization and collaborate across the globe with the very best in the field. If you have an insatiable intellectual curiosity and the ability to articulate your vision, then join us and watch the work you do create the next generation of products and processes that will impact the globe for generations to come. There is always an exciting new challenge on the horizon at GE Global Research because “what we imagine, we can make happen”. 

Chief Engineer Controls, Role Summary/Purpose:

As a Chief Engineer Controls Technology, you will have responsibility for driving and shaping the technical vision of both the organization and the GE company. 

You will lead the evolution of new ideas with strategic impact, drive organizational change, and promote collaboration. 

You will use broad technical vision and influencing skills within the organization and with customers to define technology strategy & lead major technology programs. 

Essential Responsibilities: 

As a Chief Engineer Controls Technology, you will conceptualize, develop and evaluate leading-edge research. 

You will serve as a world class technical resource for the organization for complex issues regarding controls, communications, and platforms. 

Key Responsibilites: 

- Shape the vision & defining the technology direction, strategy & lead major technology programs in the field of Controls. 

- Be a world leader recognized in industry in the area controls technology and application of controls. 

- Lead the evolution of new ideas in the area of controls and industrial internet controls with strategic game-changing impact & growth for GE. 

- Drive technical excellence and execution within the organization by identifying, planning, and leading the development of controls algorithms and platform architectures for GE’s industrial businesses including Oil & Gas, Aviation, Transportation, Mining, Energy Management, Power & Water, and Healthcare. 

- Play a part in setting the direction for the organization’s future resource needs in terms of both infrastructure and staffing globally. 

- Build strong networks & cross discipline technology collaborations at GRC, GE businesses and externally (i.e. universities, gov’t agencies & other companies). to accelerate innovation. 

- Drive the transfer of technology between GE businesses. 

- Counsel, mentor researchers and Champion the Technical Career Path across the global sites. 

Qualifications/Requirements: 

- Masters of Engineering in Systems, Controls, Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical, Electrical or related disciplines with at least 15 years of relevant experience. 

- Demonstrated strategic focus & influencing skills driving organization technologies. 

- In-depth knowledge of Controls algorithms and embedded controls. 

- Industrial experience in the application of controls. 

- Ability to collaborate with the GE businesses to implement inventions and improvements to existing control systems. 

- Demonstrated experience at identifying and capturing funding for innovative ideas. 

- Clear evidence of innovation and creativity in the industrial/academic context and securing Intellectual Property. 

- Experience with University collaboration. 

- Experience in working in Global teams. 

- Demonstrated project leadership experience, including successful track record of completing deliverables on schedule and under budget. 

- Experience in driving new ideas from concept to productization. 

- Strong environmental, health and safety ethics & play an active role in creating culture of safety. 

- Experience with Oil & Gas controls and communications. 

For further questions please contact Anna Bartlewski 0049-89-5528 31 21. 

 

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