August 2013 - E-LETTER

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August 2013


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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.3 CFP: Conference on Decision and Control and American Control Conference  


2. Misc

2.1 Request for Proposals from ABB


3. Books

3.1 Engineering IT-Enabled Sustainable Electricity Services -- The Tale of Two Low-Cost Green Azores Islands

3.2 AC electric motors control - advanced design techniques and applications


4. Journals

4.1 Contents: Unmanned Systems

4.2 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

4.3 Contents: Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics

4.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

4.5 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.6 CFP: Journal of The Franklin Institute

4.7 CFP: American Journal of Systems Science

4.8 CFP: Asian Journal of Control


5. Conferences

5.1 International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision 

5.2 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

5.3 World Congress: Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace

5.4 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks

5.5 Design, Automation and Test in Europe


6. Workshops

6.1 Workshop on the Swarm at the Edge of the Cloud Montreal

6.2 Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery

6.3 Workshop On Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings                


7. Positions

7.1 PhD: INRIA/ALSTOM, Grenoble, France

7.2 PhD: The University of Agder, Norway

7.3 PhD: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

7.4 PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

7.5 PhD: National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland

7.6 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

7.7 Research and Teaching Assistant Position: University of Stuttgart, Germany

7.8 Assistant Position: The Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany

7.9  Post-Doc: Honeywell Labs, Prague, Czech Republic

7.10 Post-Doc: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy

7.11 Post-Doc: University of Colorado, USA

7.12 Post-Doc: Uppsala University, Sweden

7.13 Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

7.14 Post-Doc: National University of Singapore, Singapore

7.15 Post-Doc: National University of Singapore, Singapore

7.16 Post-Doc: south of Paris, France

7.17 Post-Doc and Research Associate: National University of Singapore, Singapore

7.18 Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

7.19 Faculty: University of California Santa Barbara, USA

7.20 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China

7.21 Future Engineering Research Leader: The Australian National University, Australia

7.22 Senior Researcher: General Motors R&D Center, USA

7.23 Lead Software Engineer: AreteX Enigineering, USA 




1. IEEE CSS Headlines


1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,


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 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. 



1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,


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


Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 58 (2013), Issue 8 (August)



- Scanning-the-Issue p. 1889

- Compositional Nonblocking Verification Using Generalised Nonblocking Abstractions. R. Malik, R. Leduc p. 1891

- Stability of Stochastic Nonlinear Systems with State-Dependent Switching. Z. Wu, M. Cui, P. Shi, H. R. Karimi p. 1904

- Control and Synchronization of Neuron Ensembles. J-S. Li, I. S. Dasanayake, J. Ruths p. 1919

- Solving Large-Scale Robust Stability Problems by Exploiting the Parallel Structure of Polya's Theorem. R. Kamyar, M. M. Peet, Y. Peet p. 1931

- Dynamic Markov Decision Policies for Delay Constrained Wireless Scheduling. M. J. Neely, S. Supittayapornpong p. 1948

- Design of State-based Schedulers for a Network of Control Loops. C. Ramesh, H. Sandberg, K. H. Johansson p. 1962

- Aggregation Algorithm Towards Large-Scale Boolean Network Analysis. Y. Zhao, J. Kim, M. Filippone p. 1976

- Periodic Memory State-feedback Controller: New Formulation, Analysis and Design Results. J-F. Tregouet, D. Peaucelle, D. Arzelier, Y. Ebihara p. 1986

- Random Coordinate Descent Algorithms for Multi-Agent Convex Optimization Over Networks. I. Necoara p. 2001

- On the Convergence Time and Disturbance Rejection of Super-twisting Control. V. I. Utkin p. 2013

- Optimum and Equilibrium in Assignment Problems with Congestion: Mobile Terminals Association to Base Stations. A.Silva, H.Tembine, E. Altman, M. Debbah p. 2018

- A Distributed Fault Detection Filtering Approach for a Class of Interconnected Continuous-Time Nonlinear Systems. C.Keliris, M.M.Polycarpou, T.Parisini p. 2032

- Technical Notes and Correspondence

- Stochastic Stability of Markovianly Switched Systems. J. Leth, H. Schioeler, M. Gholami, V. Cocquempot p. 2048

- Receding-horizon Nonlinear Kalman (RNK) Filter for State Estimation. R. Rengaswamy, S. Narasimhan, V. Kuppuraj p. 2054

- A Sufficient Condition for Arbitrary Eigenvalue Assignment in Linear Descriptor Systems by Output Feedback. B. Zhang p. 2060

- Robust Estimation for Discrete-time Markovian Jump Linear Systems. M. H. Terra, J. Y. Ishihara, G. Jesus, J. P. Cerri p. 2065

- Extensions of "Padé Discretization for Linear Systems With Polyhedral Lyapunov Functions" for Generalized Jordan structures. S. S. K. Sajja, F. Rossi, 

  P. Colaneri, R. Shorten p. 2071

- Exact Tracking Using Backstepping Control Design and High-Order Sliding Modes. J. Davila p. 2077

- On Mean-Square Boundedness of Stochastic Linear Systems with Quantized Observations. D. Chatterjee, P. Hokayem, F. A. Ramponi, J. Lygeros p. 2082

- On Stability of Systems with Aperiodic Sampling Devices. C-Y. Kao, H. Fujioka p. 2085

- Reconciling Nu-gap Metric and Integral Quadratic Constraint Based Robust Stability Analysis. S. Z. Khong, M. Cantoni p. 2090

- Distributed Estimation for Moving Target Based on State-Consensus Strategy. Z. Zhou, H. Fang, Y. Hong p. 2096

- The Extended Symplectic Pencil and the Finite-Horizon LQ Problem with Two-Sided Boundary Conditions. A. Ferrante, L. Ntogramatzidis p. 2102

- LQ Optimal and Robust Control of Perishable Inventory Systems with Multiple Supply Options. P. Ignaciuk p. 2108

- Stabilization of a Class of Switched Linear Neutral Systems under Asynchronous Switching. Y-E. Wang, J. Zhao p. 2114

- Boundary Feedback Stabilization of Periodic Fluid Flows in a Magnetohydrodynamics Channel. I. Munteanu p. 2119

- Enforcing Detectability in Controlled Discrete Event Systems. S. Shu, F. Lin p. 2125

- Optimal Control for Hybrid Systems with Partitioned State Space. B. Passenberg, P. E. Caines, M. Leibold, O. Stursberg, M. Buss p. 2131

- Computational Methods for Distributed Control of Heterogeneous Cyclic Interconnection Structures. J. Rice, J-W. van Wingerden p. 2136

- A Matrosov Theorem for Adversarial Markov Decision Processes. A. R. Teel p. 2142

- On Global Stability of Planar Formations. M. A. Belabbas p. 2148



1.3 CFP: Conference on Decision and Control and American Control Conference

Contributed by: Bonnie Ferri,


Call for Papers: The IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Committee on Education (TCE) will begin sponsoring invited sessions on education at the Conference on Decision and Control and at the American Control Conference. Individuals are welcome to organize complete sessions and then seek TCE sponsorship or to submit individual papers directly to the committee and we will organize the sessions. Topics may include (but are not limited to) new approaches to material presentation or coverage, innovative laboratory experiences, remote or virtual labs, technological advances in teaching controls material.

• For those interested in organizing a session for the 2014 ACC and seeking the sponsorship of the TCE, please contact the committee deputy chair by August 1, 2013. Include the theme of the session, a description of the topics, and suggested contributors.

• For those interested in submitting individual papers to a session organized by the TCE at the 2014 ACC, please submit a full length paper by September 1, 2013 to the Deputy Chair in Charge of Invited Sessions. All email submissions should be in pdf format with the subject line “2014 ACC Invited Session”

Deputy Chair: Bonnie Ferri, Georgia Tech,




2. Misc


2.1 Request for Proposals from ABB

Contributed by: Vinay Kariwala,


Request for Proposals from ABB (Deadline: September 30, 2013) 


ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, invites proposals from academic and research institutes around the world to support promising graduate students with projects that combine academic research with industrial application in the power and automation area.

ABB already collaborates with a number of academic research groups world-wide. The ABB Research Grant Program is intended to enlarge and complement the circle of our university partners.


The application process will start on September 2, 2013 and will close on September 30, 2013. Funding will be approved for one year at a time, but the program is designed to fund projects over multiple years. Grants will typically fall within the range of $50,000 to $80,000 a year and the principal investigator or main applicant will hold a position as a professor associated with a university, university college, or research institute.


Successful candidates will be notified starting October 31, 2013 and funding will commence on January 1, 2014. All dates are subject to change by ABB.


Further information about the program is available at





3. Books


3.1 Engineering IT-Enabled Sustainable Electricity Services - The Tale of Two Low-Cost Green Azores Islands

Contributed by: Marija Ilic,


New Book Announcement

Springer Series Power Electronics and Power Systems

ISBN 978-0-387-09735-0

ISBN 978-0-387-09736-7 (eBook)


Engineering IT-Enabled Sustainable Electricity Services - The Tale of Two Low-Cost Green Azores Islands

Marija Ilic, Le Xie, Qixing Liu, Editors


Part I: The Tale of the Low-Cost Green Azores Islands

- Chapter 1: The Case for Engineering Next-Generation IT-Enabled Electricity Services at Value. Marija Ilic

- Chapter 2: The Tale of Two Green Islands in the Azores Archipelago. Marija Ilic

Part II: The Electrical Systems Characteristics of Two Azores Islands: Flores and São Miguel

- Chapter 3: Electrical Networks of the Azores Archipelago. Masound Honarvar Nazari

- Chapter 4: Generation and Demand Characteristics of the Islands of Flores and São Miguel. Jonathan Donadee, Jhi-Young Joo, Remco Verzijlbergh, and Marija Ilic

Part III: Wind and Load Power Prediction: Look-Ahead Dispatch for the Efficient Use of Available Resources

- Chapter 5: Conventional Generation Dispatch Methods in Systems with Intermittent Resources. Paulo D.F Ferreira, Pedro M.S. Carvalho, and Luis A.F.M. Ferreira

- Chapter 6: Multi-scale Models for Decomposing Uncertainties in Load and Wind Power. Noha Abdel-Karim and Marija Ilic

- Chapter 7: Look-Ahead Model-Predictive Generation Dispatch Methods. Le Xie, Yingzhong Gu, and Marija Ilic

- Chapter 8: Assessing the Ability of Different Types of Loads to Participate in Adaptive Load Management. Jhi-Young Joo, Jonathan Donadee, and Marija Ilic

- Chapter 9: Look-Ahead Model-Predictive Generation and Demand Dispatch for Managing Uncertainties. Jhi-Young Joo, Yingzhong Gu, Le Xie, Jonathan Donadee, and Marija Ilic

- Chapter 10: Counterexamples to Commonly Held Assumptions on Unit Commitment and Market Power Assessment. Wolfgang Gatterbauer and Marija Ilic

- Chapter 11: The Role of Electric Vehicles in Making Azores Islands Green. R.A. Verzijlbergh, Marija Ilic, and Z.Lukszo

Part IV: Efficient and Viable Power Delivery During Normal System Conditions

- Chapter 12: Optimal Placement of Wind Power Plants for Delivery Loss Minimization. Masoud Honarvar Nazari

- Chapter 13: Toward and Extended AC OPF-Based Approach to Wind Power Integration and Pricing. Marija Ilic and Jeffrey H. Lang

Part V: Enhanced Methods for Intra-dispatch Automated Balancing of Hard-to-Predict Wind Power Fluctuations

- Chapter 14: Modeling and Control Framework to Ensure Intra-dispatch Regulation Reserves. Nipun Popli and Marija Ilic

- Chapter 15: Stabilization and Regulation of Small Frequency Fluctuations by Means of Governor and Flywheel Control. Qixing Liu, Milos Cvetkovic, and Marija Ilic

- Chapter 16: The Role of Enhanced Voltage Control in Stabilizing Dynamics of Electric Energy Systems. Qixing Liu, Milos Cvetkovic, and Marija Ilic

- Chapter 17: Small-Signal Stability Analysis of Electric Power Systems on the Azores Archipelago. Masoud Honarvar Nazari

Part VI: Corrective Adjustments and Transient Stabilization for Ensureing Reliable Operations During Large Wind Disturbances and Equipment Outages

- Chapter 18: Toward Reconfigurable Smart Distribution Systems for Differentiated Reliability of Service. Siripha Junlakarn and Marija Ilic

- Chapter 19: Transient Stabilization in Systems with Wind Power. Milos Cvetkovic, Kevin Bachovchin, and Marija Ilic

Part VII: Methods for Investing in New Technologies Under Uncertainties

- Chapter 20: Generation Planning Under Uncertainty with Variable Resources. Audun Botterud, Noha Abdel-Karim, and Marija Ilic



3.2 AC electric motors control - advanced design techniques and applications

Contributed by: Fouad Giri,


By Fouad Giri 

John Wiley & Sons, 2013 

ISBN: 978-1-118-33152-1 

Hardcover. 578 pages 


This book comprehensively addresses the wide variety of control problems posed by AC motors and draws up the state of the art of the corresponding control methods for design, analysis, and implementation. In this respect, special focus is made on the topics of sensorless nonlinear observers, adaptive and robust nonlinear controllers, output-feedback controllers, fault detection and isolation algorithms, and fault-tolerant controllers. The most significant developments in these topics, and their applications to AC motor control, are described in this book, as well as some new research topics.

The book is intended for a wide variety of readers, including academia and industry researchers, graduate students and their professors, engineers, and practitioners. Although it includes many aspects of the theory, it is nonetheless beneficial to practitioners who will be able to use the methods without necessarily understanding every single detail of the theory. It will also be useful for newcomers to research in the field of AC motor control. For students and newcomers, the main prerequisites are undergraduate courses on linear and nonlinear system control, on electric machines, and on power electronics.





4. Journals


4.1 Contents: Unmanned Systems

Contributed by: Ben M. Chen,


Unmanned Systems

Vol.1, No.1, July, 2013



- Editorial: The Inaugural Issue of Unmanned Systems. Ben M. Chen, Lihua Xie, Siva Banda, p.1

- Development and Flight Test Evaluations of an Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance System for a Rotary-Wing UAV. Keeryun Kang, J. V. R. Prasad, p.3

- Synthesis of Control Protocols for Autonomous Systems. Tichakorn Wongpiromsarn, Ufuk Topcu, Richard M. Murray, p.21

- Dynamic Mission Planning for Communication Control in Multiple Unmanned Aircraft Teams. Andrew N. Kopeikin, Sameera S. Ponda, Luke B. Johnson, Jonathan P. How, p.41

- A Computationally Efficient Approach to Trajectory Management for Coordinated Aerial Surveillance. James Keller, Dinesh Thakur, Vladimir Dobrokhodov, Kevin Jones, Mihail Pivtoraiko, Jean Gallier, Isaac Kaminer, Vijay Kumar, p.59

- High-Level Mission Specification and Planning for Collaborative Unmanned Aircraft Systems Using Delegation. Patrick Doherty, Fredrik Heintz, Jonas Kvarnström, p.75

- Cooperative Search and Exploration in Robotic Networks. Jinwen Hu, Jun Xu, Lihua Xie, p.121

- Developments in Visual Servoing for Mobile Manipulation. Haoxiang Lang, Muhammad Tahir Khan, Kok-Kiong Tan, Clarence W. de Silva, p.143


Please note that all manuscripts of Unmanned Systems can be downloaded for free from the journal website at



4.2 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

Contributed by:


International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS)

2013, Volume 23, Number 2 (June) - Regular issue



- Chen Q., Teng Z. and Hu Z. Bifurcation and control for a discrete-time prey–predator model with Holling-IV functional response 247

- Barboteu M., Bartosz K. and Kalita P. An analytical and numerical approach to a bilateral contact problem with nonmonotone friction 263

- Khapalov A. The well-posedness of a swimming model in the 3-D incompressible fluid governed by the nonstationary Stokes equation 277

- Bartecki K. A general transfer function representation for a class of hyperbolic distributed parameter systems 291

- Kaczorek T. Descriptor fractional linear systems with regular pencils 309

- Zhai G., Chen N. and Gui W. Decentralized design of interconnected H-infinity feedback control systems with quantized signals 317

- Kowalczuk Z. and Domżalski M. Asynchronous distributed state estimation for continuous-time stochastic processes 327

- Shiri B, Shahmorad S. and Hojjati G. Convergence analysis of piecewise continuous collocation methods for higher index integral algebraic equations of the  Hessenberg type 341

- Obaid H.A., Ouifki R. and Patidar K.C. An unconditionally stable nonstandard finite difference method applied to a mathematicalmodel of HIV infection 357

- Dulęba I. and Opałka M. A comparison of Jacobian-based methods of inverse kinematics for serial robot manipulators 373

- Schwaller B., Ensminger D., Dresp-Langley B. and Ragot J. State estimation for a class of nonlinear systems 383

- Kościelny J.M. and Łabęda-Grudziak Z.M. Double fault distinguishability in linear systems 395

- Bartyś M. Generalized reasoning about faults based on the diagnostic matrix 407

- Simani S. Residual generator fuzzy identification for automotive diesel engine fault diagnosis 419

- Lisowski J. Sensitivity of computer support game algorithms of safe ship control 439

- Skubalska-Rafajłowicz E. Random projections and Hotelling’s T2 statistics for change detection in highdimensional data streams 447

- Górecki T. and Łuczak M. Linear discriminant analysis with a generalization of the Moore–Penrose pseudoinverse 463

- Wyrwoł B. and Hrynkiewicz E. Decomposition of the fuzzy inference system for implementation in the FPGA structure 473


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

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

Frequency: Quarterly

Editor-in-Chief: Józef Korbicz



Scope: modern control theory and practice; artificial intelligence methods and their applications; applied mathematics and mathematical optimisation techniques; mathematical methods in engineering, computer science, and biology

Indexation: Science Citation Index Expanded, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Scopus-Elsevier, Google Scholar, INSPEC, EBSCO, DBLP Computer Science Bibliography, MathSciNet, Mathematical Reviews, Compendex, Zentralblatt MATH, Current Mathematical Publications, Computer Abstracts International Database, Applied Mechanics Reviews, ACM Digital Library, CSA Technology Research Database, CSA High Technology Research Database with Aerospace, Computer and Information Systems Abstracts, VINITI, Summon by Serials Solutions, BazTech, Polish Virtual Library of Science/Mathematical Collection, Zielona Góra Digital Library


Impact Factor: 1.008 (2012), 0.487 (2011), 0.794 (2010), 0.684 (2009) / 5-Year IF: 1.146 (2012)



4.3 Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev,


Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics, V.2, N.1, 2013 -  ISSN 2225-0530,



- Fikret A. Aliev, N.A. İsmailov. Algorithm of calculating of hydraulic resistance’s coefficient in gas-lift process

- T.M. Seoudy, M.K. Aouf. Some inequalities of meromorphic p-valent functions associated with the Liu-Srivastava operator

- N.A. Ismailov, N.A. Muxtarova. Method for solution of the problem of discrete optimization with boundary control

- G.R. Gasımov, E.A. Rzayev, A.M. Aliyev. Investigation of the solution of a problem in the heat limited to moving a hollow cylinder

- M.A. Sadygov. On an optimization problem for the differential inclusions with state constraints

- H.S. Akhundov. On an extremum problem in the metric spaces 

- Ehsan Lotfi. Mathematical modeling of emotional brain for classification problems 

- S.A. Shabanov. Expert-statistical approach to evaluate the scientific success of universities in Azerbaijan

- M.I. Ismailov. On perturbations of Bessel basis in Banach spaces 

- A.P. Guliev, M.X. Ilyasov , N.A. Aliev, Fikret A. Aliev. Algorithm to solution the problem of determining the motion of gas lift process 

- S. Ebadi, A. Zamiri. Calculating technical efficiency scores using DEA in Sama college 

- V.Q. Karnaukhov. REVIEW of the monograph “Non stationary viscous-elastic waves” by M.X. Ilyasov, Baku, - 2011. – 330 p. 



4.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,


Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.15, No.3 May, 2013 



Special Issue on “Advances in Fractional Order Control and Estimation” 


Part A Stability Analysis and Control Design 

1. Stability Analysis of Linear Time-Invariant Distributed-Order Systems. Authors: Zhuang Jiao, YangQuan Chen and Yisheng Zhong 

2. Variable Order Fractional Controllers. Authors: Duarte Valério and José Sá da Costa 

3. Switched State Model Predictive Control of Fractional-Order Nonlinear Discrete-Time Systems. Authors:Stefan Domek 

4. D-Type Iterative Learning Control for Fractional-Order Linear Time-Delay Systems. Authors: Yong-Hong Lan and Yong Zhou 

5. Set-point weight tuning rules for fractional-order PID controllers. Authors: Fabrizio Padula and Antonio Visioli 

6. Stability Margins and H∞ Co-Design with Fractional-Order PIλ Controllers. Authors: De-Jin Wang and Xue-Li Gao 

Part B Approximation, Estimation and Identification Techniques 

7. Numerical approximations of fractional derivatives with applications. Authors:Shakoor Pooseh, Ricardo Almeida and Delfim F. M. Torres 

8. Delay Approximation of Fractional Integrals. Authors:J. A. Tenreiro Machado 

9. Rational Approximation and Analog Realization of Fractional Order Transfer Function with Multiple Fractional Powered Terms. Authors:M. Khanra, J. Pal and K. Biswas 

10. Generalized Algorithm for Estimating Non-Commensurate Fractional-Order Models. Authors:A. Taskinen, T. Roinila and M. Vilkko 

11. Identification of Multivariable Fractional Order Systems. Authors: Tounsia Djamah, Maamar Bettayeb and Said Djennoune 

12. Fractional Order Adaptive Feed-Forward Cancellation for Periodic Disturbances. Ying Luo, YangQuan Chen and YouGuo Pi 

Part C Applications of Fractional Controllers 

13. Force Control of an Electrohydraulic Actuator Using a Fractional-Order Controller. Authors:Teerawat Sangpet and Suwat Kuntanapreeda 

14. A State Feedback Control Design for Generalized Fractional Systems Through Orthogonal Functions: Application to a Fractional Inverted Pendulum. 

Authors:Mohamed Karim Bouafoura and Naceur Benhadj Braiek 

15. Fractional Order Controller Design for A Flexible Link Manipulator Robot. Authors:Hadi Delavari, Patrick Lanusse and Jocelyn Sabatier 

16. Loop-Shaping and Easy Tuning of Fractional-Order Proportional Integral Controllers for Position Servo Systems. Authors:P. Lino and G. Maione 

17. Robust CRONE Design for a Variable Ratio Planetary Gearing in a Variable Speed Wind Turbine. Authors:Benjamin Feytout, Patrick Lanusse, Jocelyn Sabatier and Serge Gracia 

18. Time Domain Tuning of Fractional Order Controllers Combined With a Smith Predictor for Automation of Water Distribution in Irrigation Main Channel Pools. Authors:F.J. Castillo-Garcia, V. Feliu-Batlle and R. Rivas-Perez 

19. Dynamic Output Feedback Control for Fractional-Order Systems. Authors:Xiaona Song and Zhen Wang 


Regular Issues 


1. Distributed State Estimation Approach to Condition Monitoring of Nonlinear Electric Power Systems. Authors: G. Rigatos, P. Siano and N. Zervos 

2. Comparison of Linear Quadratic Controllers with Stability Analysis for DC-DC Boost Converters Under Large Load Range. Authors: F. H. Dupont, V. F. Montagner, J. R. Pinheiro, H. Pinheiro, S. V. G. Oliveira and A. Péres

3. Robust H∞ Control in Fast Atomic Force Microscopy. Authors: Ning Chuang, Ian R. Petersen and Hemanshu R. Pota 

4. Fault Tolerant Control of a Teleoperated Piezoelectric Microgripper. Authors: Moussa Boukhnifer and Antoine Ferreira 

5. Reliable Dissipative Control for Singular Markovian Systems. Authors: Zhiguang Feng and James Lam 

6. Novel Adaptive Control Design for Nonlinear System with Extended Partition of Unity Method. Authors: Liang Luo, Yin-He Wang, Yong-Qing Fan and Yun Zhang 

7. Synchronization and Adaptive Anti-Synchronization Control for Lorenz Systems under Channel Noise with Applications. Authors: Bin Liu, Jian-Ping Li and Weixing Zheng 



4.5 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

Contributed by Tobias Glück,


Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 21, Issue 9 


- Jian-Guo Wang, Shi-Shang Jang, David Shan-Hill Wong, Shyan-Shu Shieh, Chan-Wei Wu, Soft-sensor development with adaptive variable selection using nonnegative garrote, Pages 1157-1164

- Roozbeh Razavi-Far, Michel Kinnaert, A multiple observers and dynamic weighting ensembles scheme for diagnosing new class faults in wind turbines, Pages 1165-1177

- Benoit Huard, Mathieu Grossard, Sandrine Moreau, Thierry Poinot, Position estimation and object collision detection of a tendon-driven actuator based on a polytopic observer synthesis, Pages 1178-1187

- O. Rosén, A. Medvedev, T. Wigren, Parallelization of the Kalman filter on multicore computational platforms, Pages 1188-119.

- Qinghua Zhang, Huaibin Tang, Diagnosis of inhomogeneous insulation degradation in electric cables by distributed shunt conductance estimation, Pages 1195-1203

- Damien Trentesaux, Cyrille Pach, Abdelghani Bekrar, Yves Sallez, Thierry Berger, Thérèse Bonte, Paulo Leitão, José Barbosa, Benchmarking flexible job-shop scheduling and control systems, Pages 1204-1225

- Wu-Sung Yao, Mi-Ching Tsai, Yutaka Yamamoto, Implementation of repetitive controller for rejection of position-based periodic disturbances, Pages 1226-1237

- P. Millán, L. Orihuela, C. Vivas, F.R. Rubio, D.V. Dimarogonas, K.H. Johansson, Sensor-network-based robust distributed control and estimation, Pages 1238-1249

- Thomas Bächle, Sebastian Hentzelt, Knut Graichen, Nonlinear model predictive control of a magnetic levitation system, Control Engineering Practice, Pages 1250-1258

- Sebastián Nuñez, Hernán De Battista, Fabricio Garelli, Alejandro Vignoni, Jesús Picó, Second-order sliding mode observer for multiple kinetic rates estimation in bioprocesses, Pages 1259-1265



4.6 CFP: Journal of The Franklin Institute

Contributed by: Hui Zhang,


Journal of The Franklin Institute, Special issue on Control and Estimation of Electrified Vehicles


In the world where the customers’ and governments’ requirements are growing rapidly, the development of new style vehicles has taken on an accelerated pace. A significant trend of the development is to make the vehicles more intelligent. Here, the intelligence does not only mean that the vehicles are becoming autonomous but also implies that the vehicles are smart to improve the safety and save the fuel consumption. Electrified vehicles, including electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), are gaining more importance in this new field. Among all the challenges on the electrification, control and estimation are quite critical for the development.


The overall aims of this special issue are two-fold: (1) to provide an up-to-date overview of the challenges on the control and estimation of electrified vehicles and (2) to offer advanced and practical methodologies to deal with those challenges. The papers presenting the state-of-the-art research and development, as well as future trends in advanced control and estimation of electrified vehicles, would be of particular interest in this special issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

- Analysis and synthesis of full-wheel-independent-drive electric vehicles

- Fault modeling, detection, and isolation of electrified vehicles

- Energy optimization and management in electrified vehicles

- Optimal control of the powertrain

- Estimation in the integrated vehicles especially in the power systems

- Aging modeling and prediction in the power systems

- Safety issues and vehicle crashworthiness


Before submission, the authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal online submission system at, according to the following timetable:


Manuscript Due November 1, 2013

First Round of Reviews March 1, 2014

Publication Date June 1, 2014


* Lead Guest Editor

Hamid Reza Karimi, Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder, Grimstad, Norway;

* Guest Editors

Hui Zhang, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA;

Xinjie Zhang, State Key Laboratory of Automotive Simulation and Control, Jilin University, China;

Junmin Wang, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA;

Mohammed Chadli, University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV), Laboratory of Modeling, Information & Systems (MIS), Amiens, France;



4.7 CFP: American Journal of Systems Science

Contributed by: Xinggang Yan,


American Journal of Systems Science Call for paper. 

A Special Issue on "Analysis and control for complex dynamical systems" 

Submission deadline: 09/30/2013 


Scope and purposes: 

With the advancement of scientific technology and the increasing requirement for high levels of system performance, the dynamical systems used to model reality in demanding such as power networks, biological systems, energy systems and engineering systems, have become more and more complicated. The complexity mainly lies in nonlinearity, uncertainty, time delay, system singularity and strong interconnection. The study for the complex systems has become increasingly important, which has provided renewed impetus for development of novel techniques and skills to deal with the complex system.


The purpose of this special issue is to provide an opportunity for scientists and control engineers to publish their latest, novel and original contribution to the development of complex systems. It is mainly focused on the recent achievements and applications in the field of control and analysis for complex systems with a special emphasis on how to solve various control design and/or observer design problems for nonlinear systems, interconnected systems and singular systems. The considered system is expected to involve at least one of the following features such as nonlinearity, disturbances, uncertain parameters, fault, time delay, interconnections between subsystems, and system singularity. The results in both theoretical research and practical applications with emphasis on novel methodologies for analysis, design, synthesis, and/or applications are encouraged to submit.


Topics of primary interest include, but are not limited to: 

Decentralized control, Variable structure control, Robust optimal control, Dynamical system analysis, Intelligent control and applications, Analysis and control of singular systems, Analysis and control of time delay systems, Robust observer design and parameters identification, Fault detection and isolationand fault tolerant control, Estimation and filtering, Applications of control systems 


Important Dates 

Deadline for submission: 09/30/2013 

Notification of final decision: 02/28/2014 


Abstracts addressing one or more of these themes/topics or further questions should be emailed to the guest editor by 09/30/2013.


Guest Editor: 

Dr Xinggang Yan, University of Kent, 



4.8 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,


Call for papers “Tensor Product (TP) Model Transformation-based Control System Design” 

A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control 


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


About AJC 

The Asian Journal of Control, an ACA (Asian Control Association) affiliated journal,  is the first international journal originating from the Asian Pacific region and being  recognized by the major body of control researchers in this region. The Asian Journal of  Control publishes bimonthly high-quality papers on original theoretical and experimental  research and development in the areas of control, involving all facets of control theory  and its application. Functionally, this journal not only provides a forum where control  researchers and practitioners can exchange their knowledge and experiences in the control

areas, but also serves as an educational means for students and any others whoever likes  to learn some topics in the same technical area. The journal aims to be a key interface  between control communities within the Asian Pacific region and throughout the world and  is listed by Science Citation Index Expanded. 


Guest Editors: 

Prof. Péter Baranyi 

Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Computer Automation Research Institute of the 

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary 



Prof. Yeung Yam 

Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong 



Important Dates: 

Deadline for submissions August 31, 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: 

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



Professor Li-Chen Fu 

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

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

Taipei 10617, Taiwan E-mail: 


All submission should include a title page containing the title of the paper, an  abstract and a list of keywords, authors’ full names and affiliations, complete postal and electronic address, phone and fax numbers. The contacting author should be clearly  identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit 




5. Conferences 


5.1  International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision 

Contributed by: Rong Su,


13th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV2014), 10-12 December 2014, Singapore


The 13th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2014, will be held in Singapore in December 2014. The conference is organised by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and technically co-sponsored by IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society.

ICARCV focuses on both theory and applications mainly covering the topics of control, automation, robotics and computer vision. In addition to the technical sessions, there will be invited sessions, panel sessions and keynote addresses.

The Proceedings of ICARCV are indexed by ISI Proceedings, EI Compendex and included in the IEEE Xplore.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Control: Adaptive control; Robust control; Process control; Complex systems; Co-operative control; Identification and estimation; Nonlinear systems; Intelligent systems; Discrete event systems; Hybrid systems; Networked control systems; Sensor networks; Delay systems; Neural networks; Fuzzy systems; Control of biological systems; Precision motion control; Control applications; Control engineering education.

- Automation: Man-machine interactions; Process automation; Intelligent automation; Factory modeling and simulation; Home, laboratory and service automation; Network-based systems; Planning, scheduling and coordination; Nano-scale automation and assembly; Instrumentation systems; Biomedical instrumentation and applications.

- Robotics: Modeling and identification; Robot control; Mobile robotics; Mobile sensor networks; Perception systems; Micro robots and micro-manipulation; Visual servoing; Search, rescue and field robotics; Robot sensing and data fusion; Localization, navigation and mapping; Dexterous manipulation; Medical robots and bio-robotics; Human centered systems; Space and underwater robots; Tele-robotics; Mechanism design and applications.

- Vision: Image/video analysis; Image-based modeling; Stereo and Structure from motion; Feature extraction, grouping and segmentation; Scene analysis; Object recognition; Learning and Statistical methods; Human-computer interaction; Tracking and surveillance; Biometrics; Vision for robots; Activity/behavior recognition; Medical Image Analysis; Face and Gesture.


Submission Instructions:

Papers must be written in English and should describe original work in details. Please download the template from the conference website and submit the full papers online at by 1 April, 2014. Proposals for invited sessions are to be submitted online at the above web address as well. Upon acceptance, authors are required to register and present their papers at the conference. Papers which make outstanding contributions to the relevant topics will be considered for best paper awards.


Important Dates:

Deadline for Full Paper submission 1 April 2014

Notification of Acceptance 1 July 2014

Deadline for final Submission 1 September 2014

Deadline for Registration 1 September 2014


Please download the Call for Papers from the ICARCV2014



If you have any questions, please contact the ICARCV 2014

Secretariat at



5.2 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing 

Contributed by:


Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Basar and Olgica Milenkovic 

Dates: October 2-4, 2013 

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois 


The Fifty-First Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing will be held from Wednesday, October 2 through Friday, October 4, 2013, at Allerton House, the conference center of the University of Illinois. 

Papers presenting original research are solicited in the areas of communication systems, communication and computer networks, detection and estimation theory, information theory, error control coding, source coding and data compression, network algorithms, control systems, robust and nonlinear control, adaptive control, optimization, dynamic games, multi-agent systems, large-scale systems, robotics and automation, manufacturing systems, discrete event systems, multivariable control, computer vision-based control, learning theory, cyber-physical systems, security and resilience in networks, VLSI architectures for communications and signal processing, and intelligent transportation systems. 

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

Plenary lecture: Professor Kannan Ramchandran of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley, will deliver this year’s plenary lecture. It is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2013. 

Notices: Manuscripts must be submitted by Tuesday, July 9, 2013, following the instructions at the Conference website: Final versions of papers to be presented at the conference will need to be submitted electronically by October 6, 2013. 

Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Başar and Olgica Milenkovic 


Sponsors: Coordinated Science Laboratory and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




5.3 World Congress: Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram,


ICNPAA 2014 World Congress: Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace

Narvik University, Norway

July 15, 2014 – July 18, 2014


On behalf of the International Organizing Committee, it gives us great pleasure to invite you to the ICNPAA 2014 World Congress: 10th International Conference on Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences, which will be held at Narvik University, Norway


Please visit the web site : for all details Please visit the web site :

AIAA, IFIP, AIP, Narvik University, Norway , Norut Narvik, Norway, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden , etc co-sponsored event

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


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

In addition, AIP Conference Proceedings are indexed in: Astrophysics Data System (ADS); Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS); Crossref; EBSCO Publishing; Electronic Library Information Navigator (ELIN), Sweden; Elsevier - SCOPUS; International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Thomson Reuters (ISI); SWETS. 

Also you can submit extended version of papers to Journal MESA



5.4 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 

Contributed by: Daniel S. Levine,


Call for Registration 

International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 

IJCNN Fairmont Hotel • Dallas, TX 

August 4-9, 2013 


Sponsored by: 

IEEE International Neural 

Computational Network Society 

Intelligence Society 


IJCNN is the premier international conference in the area of neural networks theory, analysis, and applications. 

To register go to or register on-site 

For the conference program at a glance go to

For the more detailed program go to

Plenary speakers: Frank Lewis (UT Arlington), Olaf Sporns (Indiana University), Stephen Grossberg (Boston University), Lydia Kavraki (Rice University)

IJCNN is the premier international conference in the area of Neural Networks theory, analysis. 



5.5 Design, Automation and Test in Europe  

Contributed by: Anuradha Annaswamy,


Call for Papers 

Cyber Physical Systems 

Embedded Systems Software Track 

DATE 2014 

ICC, Dresden, Germany - March 24-28, 2014 


The Design, Automation and Test in Europe conference and exhibition is the main European event bringing together designers and design automation users, researchers and vendors, as well as specialists in the hardware and software design, test and manufacturing of electronic circuits and systems. The Embedded Systems Software Track is devoted to modelling, analysis, design and deployment of Embedded Software. Areas of interest include methods, tools, methodologies and development environments. Emphasis will also be on model-based design and verification, embedded software platforms, software compilation and integration, real-time systems, cyber-physical systems, networked and dependable systems.


This five-day event consists of a conference with plenary keynotes, regular papers, interactive presentations, panels and hot-topic sessions, tutorials, master courses and workshops. The scientific conference is complemented by a commercial exhibition showing the state-of-the-art in design and test tools, methodologies, IP and design services. Both the conference and the exhibition, together with the many user group meetings, fringe meetings, university booth and social events offer a wide variety of opportunities to meet and exchange information.



Modeling, design, architecture, optimization, and analysis of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS); Modeling techniques for large-scale cyber physical systems design and analysis; Verification and validation in CPS; Safety and cybersecurity in CPS systems; Internet of things and CPS: modeling, analysis, and design; Software-intensive CPS; Data-mining and CPS; Autonomous and semi-autonomous large-scale CPS and related issues; Socio-technical systems (ex. empowered consumer and organizational behavior in smart grids) and CPS; Cognitive control for CPS; Modeling and analysis of networked control, switched control, and distributed control systems in CPS; control/architecture co-design in CPS; architecture-aware controller synthesis; Case studies in CPS ranging from healthcare, automotive systems, and avionics, to smart buildings and smart grids.



Anuradha Annaswamy, MIT, USA 

Jean-Dominique Decotignie, EPFL, Switzerland 

Rolf Ernst,  Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany 

Joao Hespanha, Univ. Santa Barbara, USA 

Karl Johansson, KTH, Sweden 

Jonathan Sprinkle, U Arizona, USA 



All manuscripts must be submitted electronically before Friday September 13, 2013, following the instructions on the conference Web page: 

The accepted file format is PDF. Any other format and manuscripts received in hard-copy form will not be processed.

Papers can be submitted for either formal oral presentation or for interactive presentation. Oral presentations require novel and complete research work supported by experimental results. Interactive presentations are expected to articulate emerging and future design, verification and test problems including work in progress and identify open problems that merit innovative future research. These presentations are given on a laptop in a face-to-face discussion area.

Submissions should not exceed 6 pages in length for oral-presentation papers and 4 pages in length for interactive-presentation papers, and should be formatted as close as possible to the final format: A4 or letter sheets, double column, single spaced, Times or equivalent font of minimum 10pt (templates are available on the DATE Web site for your convenience). To permit blind review, submissions should not include the author names. Any submission not in line with the above rules will be discarded.

All papers will be evaluated with regard to their suitability for the conference, originality, and technical soundness. The Programme Committee reserves the right to reorient oral-presentation papers to interactive-presentation and vice versa, to obtain the most suitable presentation format. It is mandatory that authors of accepted presentations attend to present their work at the conference and also that each paper is accompanied by at least one full conference registration fee payment at the speaker rate.



Anuradha Annaswamy,

Rolf Ernst,




6. Workshops


6.1 Workshop on the Swarm at the Edge of the Cloud 

Contributed by: George Pappas, 

First International Workshop on the Swarm at the Edge of the Cloud (SEC-13) 

September 29, 2013 

ESWeek one-day workshop 



Prabal Dutta, Univ. of Michigan 

George Pappas Univ. of Pennsylvania 

Jan Rabaey, UC Berkeley 


Call for Submissions: 

This inaugural workshop will be carried out in the true spirit of the workshops: heavy on vision and discussion, light on polished papers and concrete results.


The workshop will be structured as a number of topical sessions addressing challenge areas in the design and realization of swarm systems. Each themed session will be grounded by an introductory invited talk, followed by a number of short presentations, and a collective Q&A panel at the end.


In that vein, we want submissions to be short abstracts (1-2 pages max), presenting the crux of the idea you would like to present. Deadline for submission is August 2 2013, 5pm PDT. Acceptance notification and final agenda to be expected by August 23, 2013. You can submit your abstract to


Topics of Interest: 

• Applications in health, transportation, energy, etc. 

• Architectures, including APIs, protocols, contracts 

• Assurance, including security, privacy, and verification 

• Control, including adaptation, synthesis 

• Data management, including aggregation, storage, learning, and mining. 

• Design, including methodologies, co-simulation, co-design 

• Energy-optimized services and devices 

• Localization technologies and location-aware services 

• Modeling of swarm systems 

• Ontologies of sensors, actuators, and services 

• Resource identification, management, allocation, and optimization 

• Sensor and actuator component architecture 

• Smart cars, buildings, and cities 

• Temporal dynamics, including safety-critical networked operation 

• User interaction, including novel interfaces, omnipresence 

• Wireless sensor and actuator networks



6.2 Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery

Contributed by: Marta Capiluppi,


3rd Joint Workshop on New Technologies for Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery - Moving forward by linking surgical robotic activities in EU


Dates: 11-12-13 September 2013

Location: Verona, Italy




Robotic surgery is one of the most appealing fields of modern robotics. With over 2 decades history, more than 2.000 systems installed worldwide and over 200.000 interventions conducted per annum; the field of robotic surgery is considered well-established. Despite these impressive figures and increasing popularity in research labs all over the world, the list of technological advances that made it into the operating room (OR) during this last decade is fairly limited. Long expected techniques such as 3D reconstruction, motion compensation, virtual guidance, haptic feedback, under study in many labs all over the planet did not make their appearance into the market yet.


This workshop seeks to give a clear view on the status and recent trends of abovementioned assistive surgical robotic technologies and aims to propose concrete measures to achieve a critical mass in research and innovation in this field. In fact, regardless of its popularity, the share of European technology used in clinical practice remains disproportionally small, with limited signs of improvement on the horizon. The workshop will continue the discussion started at ERF in Lyon and at ICRA in Karlsruhe and will attempt to identify the steps necessary to stimulate cooperation among the projects in robotic surgery and the best approach to take advantage of the supposed attention of Horizon2020 to innovation.


Scope and Topics:

We call for contributions summarizing the state-of-the-art or introducing promising trends in robot-assisted surgery, both from scientific as clinical perspective; contributions discussing the relevance, challenges and impediments that are faced by surgical robotic and assistive technology developers when considering the introduction of their technology into the surgical theatre as well as for visionary works that provide arguments to brake with the current status-quo.


Specific topics of interest are

* registration, segmentation and modeling;

* motion compensation and active guidance;

* human-robot collaboration and shared control;

* workflow analysis and episode segmentation;

* machine learning and cognitive surgical robotics;

* surgical skill assessment;

* usability and user-acceptance;

* surgical training;

* standardization and regulation;

* system integration;

* safety and dependability;

* synergies and clustering;

* visionary works and roadmaps.


The workshop will also include an extensive roundtable discussion on how to best approach the new Horizon2020 framework program, and how to create "super" consortia encompassing several projects in robotic surgery to foster cooperation and experience exchange.


Organising Committee:

Gianni Borghesan (KU Leuven), Leonardo De Mattos (IIT), Elena De Momi (POLIMI), Giancarlo Ferrigno (POLIMI), Paolo Fiorini (Univ. Verona), Stamatia Giannarou (ICL), Enrique Gomez (Univ. Madrid), Tamas Haidegger (Obuda Univ.), Arianna Menciasi (SSSA, Pisa), George Milonas (ICL), Sarthak Misra (TU Twente), Mauro Sette (M7 Devices), Jan Stallkamp (IPA), Danail Stoyanov (UCL), Emmanuel Vander Poorten (KU Leuven), Auguste van Poelgeest (IPA), Jos Vander Sloten (KU Leuven), Guang-Zhong Yang (ICL). This list will be further updated to reflect the targeted broad coverage of members belonging to the computer/robot-assisted society.



Registration is now open (

* Early bird Registration: 100 Euros (until August 15).

* Regular and onsite registration: 150 Euros (after August 15).



6.3 Workshop On Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings

Contributed by: Nuno Pereira,


Call for Papers


BuildSys 2013 

5th ACM Workshop On Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings 

November 14-15, 2013 – Rome, Italy | co-located with ACM SenSys 2013 


We solicit the following types of original submissions: 

*regular papers for oral presentation (8-pages); 

*poster papers describing work-in-progress (2 pages). 


**All accepted regular, poster and demo papers will be included in the workshop proceedings and the ACM digital library.**

**Submission website: (deadline in August 6, 2013)**

**Preliminary call for demo submission is now available (deadline in September 16, 2013)**

** Workshop Theme 

The world is increasingly experiencing a strong need for energy consumption reduction and a need for efficient use of scarce natural resources. Official studies report that buildings account for the largest portion of the world's energy expenditure and have the fastest growth rate. Clearly, energy saving strategies that target energy use in buildings and surroundings can have a major impact worldwide, driving the current energy market toward self-sufficiency and self-sustainability. This calls for effective techniques and methods that enable accurate carbon foot printing, monitoring and control of appliance activity, energy auditing and management in buildings and surroundings and the generation of energy awareness.


Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) play a key role in enabling energy-saving systems in buildings and surrounding spaces by providing a reliable, cost-effective and extensible solution that can be placed in existing as well as new structures and can be controlled via the Internet. In fact, WSNs allow the monitoring of the energy consumption in near-real time and, as such, they are an essential tool in the control loop that will be used in future structures for the generation and usage of diverse types of energy. BuildSys is a venue for incubating new directions in this area.


** Topics of Interest 

Successful papers will clearly demonstrate how much energy is reduced by the authors' contribution, either through real-world results or credible simulation and analysis of an energy problem. Many papers should consider the entire energy system, including any effects on occupant behaviors, production efficiency, peak load and smart grid architectures, sustainability, pollutants, and total energy usage.


We are particularly interested in contributions related to: 

* Increase energy awareness and reduce consumption by leveraging on sensing systems, social networking, smart phones, novel visualization, and various forms of media to convey relevant information to users;

 * Systems that can influence building occupant behavior towards a more parsimonious usage of electricity, gas, heating, water, etc.;

 * Sensing and actuation of electrical loads in residential, commercial and industrial settings

 * Novel wireless sensor networks and sensing applications that enhance building energy efficiency and meet occupant comfort;

 * Control of alternative energy sources aiming at an increase of production efficacy;

 * Use of distributed generation, renewable sources and energy storage in buildings;

 * Model, simulate, optimize, and control heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, water usage and other energy flows in buildings and surrounding spaces;

 * Innovative approaches to building control using embedded devices and new architectures (e.g., agent-based systems);

 * Novel techniques to reduce building energy consumption, electricity demand during utility peak periods, or energy costs;

 * Create innovative tools to model and visualize energy expenditure and production (from, e.g., solar panels, wind turbines);

 * Integrate sensor-based systems to improve grid operation and energy distribution (electricity, gas, water);

 * Systems that integrate buildings with the emerging smart grid to provide demand response and ancillary services;

 * Sensor systems for the identification of appliances in industrial, commercial and home environments, which can be used to measure or estimate the energy usage and to predict future demands;

 * Emerging communication standards for the collection of data from smart meters and the control of HVAC systems.

 * User studies, human factors, or user feedback in building energy management 


** Important Dates 

Paper/Poster submission: August 6, 2013 (firm; no extensions) 

Notification: September 15, 2013 

Camera Ready: October 7, 2013 

Workshop and Demo Session: November 13-14, 2013 


** Organization 

General Chair: 

Karl Henrik Johansson, KTH, Sweden 


Steering Committee: 

Mario Bergés, CMU, USA (Chair) 

Alberto Cerpa, University of California Merced, USA 

David Culler, University of Berkeley, USA 

Rajesh K. Gupta ,UC San Diego, USA 

Antonio Ruzzelli, University College Dublin, Ireland 

Mani Srivastava, UCLA, USA 

Kamin Whitehouse, University of Virginia, USA 


Publicity Chair: Nuno Pereira, CISTER/INESC TEC, ISEP, Portugal 


To subscribe to BuildSys2013 directly:




7. Positions


7.1   PhD: INRIA/ALSTOM, Grenoble, France

Contributed by: Federica Garin,


Ph.D. INRIA/ALSTOM, Grenoble, France: Collaborative and reconfigurable resilient control design of hydroelectric powerplants

Supervisors: C. Canudas de Wit and F. Garin (NeCS, INRIA Grenoble), S. Bilal (ALSTOM-HYDRO control R&D, Grenoble)


Context: NeCS ( is a joint INRIA/CNRS research team focusing on Networked Control Systems. Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure; Alstom Hydro has supplied equipment to more than 25% of the world's hydropower installed capacity base.

The PhD grant falls within the French "CIFRE" funding scheme for industrial PhD.


Duration: 3 years, starting fall 2013


Topic: Collaborative and reconfigurable resilient control design of hydroelectric powerplants.

The system under investigation is a hydroelectric power plant composed of a network of turbo-generators (water turbines). The water turbines operation is strongly coupled via their input torque loads (water jets), and by their electrical output connection to the electrical network. The actual operation is nowadays realized in a quite independent way and with a limited consideration of this natural coupling. Considering a holistic view of the system is particularly important in order to reduce energy production cost, to avoid system breakdowns, to allow fast adjustment of the supply to the actual demand, and to reconfigure the overall system in the case of sub-system malfunctioning due to faults or to malicious attacks. The first objective of this thesis is to devise new collaborative control algorithms and reconfigurable architectures aiming at optimizing the global system behavior. The second objective is a resilient control of the power plant, i.e., the design of a control system that maintains an acceptable level of operational normality in response to disturbances, including threats of unexpected and malicious nature (cyber-physical security).


More details are available here:


Candidate profile: a strong background in automatic control systems, and good knowledge of modelling physical systems.

Application: by e-mail, at the address

Applications must include:

- a complete CV,

- a motivation letter,

- certificates with grades, and

- recommendation letter(s).



7.2  PhD: The University of Agder, Norway

Contributed by: Hamid Reza Karimi,


PhD research fellow in Technology with specialization in Mechatronics, focusing on wind farm control including operation and maintenance aspects, Faculty of Engineering and Science. Ref. 54/13


The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term appointment as Research Fellow in Technology with specialization in Mechatronics for a period of three years, at the Department of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science. The position is located in Grimstad, Norway. The starting date is negotiable.

The PhD research project will focus on operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms and the candidate is expected to take an active role in the Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy, see The candidate will be carrying out research and development within several of the following areas:

• Deployment of structural health monitoring systems into offshore wind farms to monitor fatigue damage and to evaluate the structural response and operational life of the structure.

• Development of fault detection systems for wind farms in order to detect abnormalities in the turbines and to avoid potential irreversible damage.

• Development of required instrumentation and control algorithms for wind turbines to satisfy, simultaneously, regulation of the demand for power and minimization of the mechanical fatigue of the plant components subjected to sudden dynamic loading.

• Significant practical work and experimentation in the motion laboratory at UiA. The motion laboratory consists of a commercial vehicle loader crane and two motion generators (Stewart platforms).

The successful applicant should hold a master’s degree in mechatronics engineering that covers the above fields.


Closing date: 23 August 2013

(This application is submitted only through the online application.)


Contact person: Prof. Hamid Reza Karimi

The full text of this announcement is also available online at For more information on working at UiA, see



7.3 PhD: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

Contributed by: Afef Fekih,


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

Applicant to this position should already have completed (or will soon complete) a Masters degree in systems and controls, electrical engineering, automotive, and/or computer engineering. This three year PhD project is sponsored by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The funding covers the cost of full tuition and stipends at a competitive rate and can start as early as August 2013. The position will remain open until filled.

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



7.4  PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Contributed by: Yucelen, Tansel,


We are searching for two exceptional PhD students with a strong background in dynamical systems, automatic controls, and/or robotics to work on a funded research assistant position at the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology (  These students are expected to start working on Spring 2014, and perform high-quality and innovative research on the following areas:

(A)  Resilient autonomous vehicles and robotics.

(B)  Distributed estimation and control of large-scale modular systems.

(C)  Collective motion and networked multiagent systems.

(D)  Robust and adaptive control of safety-critical systems.


Our intention is to give our strong guidance in order to maximize the chances of our students of building a rewarding research career. If you are interested, please send an email to Asst. Prof. Tansel Yucelen at including:

(1)  Your curriculum vitae and your top publication (if you have any).

(2)  A paragraph or two that explains your theoretical/experimental experience on dynamical systems, automatic controls, and/or robotics.

(3)  A paragraph that explains the undergraduate and MS courses you took related to dynamical systems, automatic controls, and/or robotics.

(4)  Three contact information (including name, e-mail, and phone number of the person) for letter of recommendation requests (one of these three contact information must include your current advisor).


The work performed by our laboratory is focused on the creation of new information, control, and decision algorithms that reveal advanced systems such as highly capable autonomous vehicles and networked multivehicle systems. These systems are envisioned to elevate our society as well as to perform safety-critical operations with more robots and less humans. We place a strong emphasis both on theoretic research and experimentation for addressing fundamental and open real-world technological problems. Our aim is to be recognized as one of the top research laboratories in the nation by significantly advancing the knowledge, training science-based engineers and professionals, and placing our students in top research places, to shape the future of our society.


Dr. Tansel Yucelen

Director of Advanced Systems Research Laboratory

Assistant Professor of Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Missouri University of Science and Technology (E-mail)

Tansel.Yucelen (Skype ID)

+1 602 842 ASRL (Voice)



7.5  PhD: National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland

Contributed by: John Ringwood,


Two PhD positions are available at the Centre for Ocean Energy Research at NUI Maynooth, Ireland. Both positions require well-qualified graduates at bachelors or masters level in the areas of electrical engineering, control systems, dynamical systems, computational intelligence or applied mathematics. The project areas are:

* Control design for a hinge-barge wave energy device 

* Energy forecasting and predictive maintenance for marine renewable energy applications

The stipend for both posts is €18k per annum, plus travel and equipment allowances. Positions are available Sept/Oct 2013. Further information at: 

Letters of interest, along with a full CV and contact details for 2 referees, should be sent to Prof. John Ringwood at john.ringwood AT 



7.6 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu,


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


For details and application procedures, please visit 



Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Physical Sciences Department, 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida. 




7.7 Research and Teaching Assistant Position: University of Stuttgart, Germany 

Contributed by: Carsten Scherer,


Research and Teaching Assistant Position, Mathematical Systems Theory.


We are looking for MSc graduates (or equivalent) with a strong background in mathematically oriented control engineering. Potential candidates are expected to provide teaching assistance at the Department of Mathematics and/or in Engineering Cybernetics. The position offers sufficient freedom to pursue a PhD degree in mathematical systems theory or control engineering. A presently available concrete project is devoted to the design of distributed controllers for complex networked systems.


If you are interested please send 

* a complete resume 

* a letter of motivation 

* the names of two professional referees to 

Carsten Scherer 

Mathematical Systems Theory 

Department of Mathematics 

University of Stuttgart 

Pfaffenwaldring 5a 

70569 Stuttgart 





7.8 Assistant Position: The Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany

Contributed by: Paolo Mercorelli,


The Leuphana University of Lueneburg – foundation under public law - seeks to fill  2 assistant positions (50%) in the field of Control Systems EG 13 TV-L at the earliest possible date.

Each position is available at the Institute of Product and Process Innovation in the Control Systems Group led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Paolo Mercorelli. The positions will be for a period of three years, renewable on the successful performance of the role.



The successful applicants will actively participate in developing setups for experimentations. Furthermore, both candidates should contribute to the teaching in the field of system control and simulation (5 hours each term).

You will also get involved in other projects e.g. on electromobility, green energy, control of electromagnetic or piezo devices used as actuators and sensors, optimal motion planning and control of autonomous systems.


Your profile:

We are looking for candidates in possession of an excellent Master of Sciences with a strong background in the field of Control Systems. A sufficient knowledge of German is of advantage.


We offer:

Excellent working conditions in a vibrant and stimulating environment with the possibility to develop a PhD in addition to the work. The two positions are part of a small but promising research group which cooperates i.a. with the Volkswagen Research Center as well as a variety of universities and research centers. The starting date can be planned together with the candidates.

The Leuphana University of Lueneburg values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration in accordance with the applicable statutory provisions.


Please send your application (CV, motivation letter, diploma/certicates), by October 31, 2013 to:

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Personnel Services; Ms Severloh

Reference: PPI

Scharnhorststr. 1

D-21335 Lueneburg



7.9  Post-Doc: Honeywell Labs, Prague, Czech Republic

Contributed by: Ondrej Holub,


Post-Doc: Honeywell Labs, Prague, Czech Republic


The Honeywell Prague Laboratory (HPL) seeks to appoint an experienced researcher as a Marie Curie Research Fellow for 20 months starting Q4 2013/Q1 2014. The successful candidate will work in the fields of building information models and ontology, performance monitoring and diagnostics, virtual sensors, and stochastic hybrid systems.


Job description:

The fellow researcher will devote full-time to activities within the FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP project Advanced Methods in Building Diagnostics and Maintenance (AMBI). The project focuses on advanced building diagnostics and prognostics, enhanced by virtual sensors and theoretically founded in the theory of stochastic hybrid systems.


Responsibilities of the fellow researcher will include:

1. Perform research independently and within the HPL research group in collaboration with the AMBI project partners (TU Delft, TU Dresden, University of Oxford).

2. Design specific solutions to problems in the considered area, implement, test and report the results, being in systematic touch with all participants.

3. Play an advisory role while integrating inputs from other researchers and giving them appropriate feedback in the way of mentoring.

4. Provide and share expert know-how in the form of demonstration examples and lectures prepared for AMBI researchers hosted at HPL.

5. Disseminate research results through publication in peer reviewed journals, presentation at conferences and workshops, etc.

6. Undertake other tasks related to the execution of the AMBI project.




1. More than 10 years research experience of outstanding level in areas relevant to the project.

2. A proven research record and record of publications in at least one of the following areas: degradation and efficiency modeling, forecasting, virtual sensors, stochastic hybrid systems.

3. Proven ability to balance theory and algorithm science with pragmatic problem solving skills, and performing research of this nature in collaboration with other members of research teams and industrial partners.


1. Familiarity with software analysis tools such as Matlab/Simulink or R.

2. Basic understanding of building automation and first-principle models of HVAC equipment.


For further details and application submission, please go to

Application deadline: 2013-09-30



7.10  Post-Doc: IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy

Contributed by: Alberto Bemporad,


Post-Doctoral fellowship in Control over Energy Systems at IMT Lucca


The IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of management, control and optimization of energy systems, smart grids, and energy markets. Candidates with a sound knowledge of energy systems, control theory and/or optimization methods and an interest in both theoretical research and applications to practical problems are desired. Experience in control of large-scale and networked systems and/or distributed optimization algorithms will be considered as a plus, although it is not required. A PhD in control engineering or electrical engineering is preferable. Candidates must have an excellent track record of high-impact scientific research and should demonstrate enthusiasm for performing applied research in an interdisciplinary Research Unit. An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.


The Post-Doctoral Fellow will join the Research Unit DYSCO - Dynamical Systems, Control, and Optimization (


IMT Lucca ( is a research university within the Italian public higher education system. IMT strives to establish itself as a research center that promotes cutting-edge research in key areas, structuring its PhD Program in close connection with research, to attract top students, researchers and scholars through competitive international selections, and to contribute to technological innovation, economic growth and social development.


Appointment compensation packages will depend on the candidates and their records of accomplishment, but are competitive on an international level. Applicants must be able to teach graduate courses in English; knowledge of Italian is not required.


Interested candidates must apply by filling in the online application form at They will also be asked to submit a CV, research paper (published or working) and the name and contact details of three referees.


The deadline for applications is September 6th 2013.

For further information about the position, applicants can refer to the website, or can contact Rosita Sciortino, e-mail:



7.11 Post-Doc: University of Colorado

Contributed by: Nisar Ahmed (on behalf of Prof. Nikolaus Correll),


The Correll Lab at University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder) is looking for a post-doc who has a strong background in perception (vision/RGB-D) and/or manipulation to support my NASA “Autonomous Food Production” project at CU Boulder. The long-term goal of this project is fully autonomous production of salad and strawberries in a controlled environment starting from tele-operation to fully autonomous operation. While activities at CU focus on the key perception and manipulation challenges of plant maintenance using various robotic systems (1), we are closely working with scientist and mission planners at Kennedy Space Center to investigate tele-operation of plant growth on the ISS (2).


The lab is equipped with a tele-operated greenhouse system that allows 360 degree manipulation of a rack of plants via a custom manipulator arm, a gantry system systematically collecting RGB-D data of a number of Strawberry plants, and a Baxter robot. The working environment is highly collaborative and the Research Associate will complement and lead the efforts of multiple PhD students working on path-planning, manipulation and human-factors aspects of this project as well as interacting with faculty from bio-astronautics and biology at CU, and local industry working on "Vertical Farming".


The posititon is available for up to two years, starting October 1st, 2013. In order to apply, please email Prof. Nikolaus Correll your current CV at, one sample publication, names of references that I can contact, and a cover letter describing both your professional and research goals. Please put "[post-doc]" into the subject line.


Further information:





7.12  Post-Doc: Uppsala University, Sweden

Contributed by: Subhrakanti Dey,


Postdoctoral position available in wireless sensor networks (networked estimation and control) at Division of Signals and Systems, Dept of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Application no later than 2013-08-31. UFV-PA 2013/2164.

The position is for two years starting 2013-11-01 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Duties: To conduct original research in the area of networked information processing and control, in particular, theoretical analysis of fundamental limits in networked estimation and control, signal processing for wireless sensor networks (WSN) with quantization, packet loss, delay and fading, and design and analysis of stochastic control algorithms over WSN. Relevant areas also include distributed and decentralized estimation and control algorithm design, e.g., consensus based filtering. Experience of theoretical and experimental work within the field is important, as is experience of extensive programming in MATLAB and LabVIEW. The duties include theoretical analysis, algorithm design and implementation via software based simulations, and documentation in the form of technical papers and reports. Participation in the undergraduate or graduate education to a maximum of 20% of full time and supervision of PhD students is also required.

Qualifications required: The successful candidate must have a PhD degree, or an exam which is judged comparable to a PhD. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application date.

For this position it is required to have a PhD in Signal Processing/Control with applications to networked systems or a closely related subject with high quality publications in the related area of signal processing, control and wireless communications. Particular emphasis will be placed on a strong mathematical background and documented research experience in information processing/control for/via wireless sensor networks.

We require good oral and written proficiency in English. The candidate should be goal oriented, structured, be able to work independently as well as in a group, and have a high level of motivation.

The application should include a short description of research interests and relevant skills, CV, list of publications, relevant examination certificates, and other relevant information e.g letters of recommendation or names of reference persons.

Uppsala University is striving to achieve a more equal gender balance and female candidates are particularly invited to apply.


For further information, please contact Professor Subhrakanti Dey (e-mail ) or Professor Anders Ahlén, ( Information about the division of Signals and Systems can be found at Trade union representatives are Anders Grundström, SACO, phone +46 18 471 5380 and Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST phone +46 18 471 1996, Stefan Djurström, SEKO, phone +46 18 471 3315.


You are welcome to submit your application no later than August 31, 2013, UFV-PA 2013/2164. Please visit the link below to access the online application process.

You can also find the link on the webpage for this position:

In case of disagreement between the English and the Swedish version of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.



7.13  Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributed by: C.C. Cheah,


New Job Opening for Postdoc Research Fellows in Robotics or robot-aided manufacturing:


The Division of Control and Instrumentation, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore invites applications for two postdoc research fellow positions in the following areas of robotics or robot-aided manufacturing:

1) Object perception and state estimation 

2) Data fusion 

3) 3D modelling/reconstruction 

4) RGB-D sensing and perception 


Applicants should hold a Ph.D degree in relevant areas; have a track record of research experience in terms of journal publications; have a good command of English and are able to communicate well. The starting salary is about S$4,000/month and may be adjusted depending on experience. The positions are renewable for up to three years depending on performance.


Nanyang Technological University is a research-intensive university in Singapore. The Division of Control and Instrumentation, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a faculty with expertise ranging from control and applications, robotics, computer vision, machine learning, biomedical engineering and more. For information of the division, you can visit


Application Procedure:

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit a CV, cover letter, and two best publications initially. Short-listed candidates will be notified for submission of full application packages. Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be sent to Prof Guoqiang HU ( and carbon-copied to Prof Chien Chern CHEAH ( Please indicate clearly the post applied for when submitting an application or inquiring about this job announcement. Application closes when the positions are filled.



7.14  Post-Doc: National University of Singapore, Singapore

Contributed by: Shuzhi Sam Ge,


Postdoctoral Positions Available at National University of Singapore on Intelligent Perception for Industrial Robots

Post-doctoral research fellow for robotics 

Social Robotics Lab, Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore


Job Description: 

Robust sensing and perception are essential modules for any robotic welding and finishing system to sense, understand, and interact with the environment in real-time and productively. The specific objectives include the developments of software packages to provide modules for inspection, process monitoring, and safety for welding and finishing processes and advanced robust sensing technologies for improved welding and finishing process control in uncertain and outdoor environments.


This project is one of the 8 working packages of the industrial robotics project. Prospective candidates applying for this position (minimum of 1 years and maximum 3 years) will join a team working with researchers from other leading research agencies in Singapore on research and development of intelligent sensing and perception technologies and systems using affordable sensors for industrial robotic welding and finishing, including the algorithm design and implementation, system integration and testing on the industrial robotic platform, etc. In particular,

- Software packages to provide modules for process monitoring (seaming tracking, surface roughness measurement, weld pool status monitoring, etc.).

- Advanced robust sensing techniques for improved welding and finishing process control in uncertain and outdoor environments (Robust compressed sensing algorithm, quality inspection, etc.)



- PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a background in robotic vision.

- Strong C/C++ programming skills. 

- Excellent communicator, ability to working in great team and learn quickly and enthusiastically.

- Preferably working experience on software/hardware development and system integration in relevant subjects such as industrial robotic surveillance, welding and finishing operation, etc.


Remunerations will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Qualified candidates are invited to express their interest in applying the position by sending us the following documentations in a single PDF file to the email:

1. Detailed CV (resume) including a list of publications. 

2. Copies of recent best research publications. 

3. Two or three reference letters. 

4. Any other supporting documents that can display the working abilities and experiences of the applicants in related areas.


Professor Shuzhi Sam Ge 

Director, Social Robotics Laboratory 

National University of Singapore 



7.15  Post-Doc: National University of Singapore, Singapore

Contributed by: Shuzhi Sam Ge,


Postdoctoral positions at National University of Singapore on Outdoor Navigation of Unmanned Platform

Post-doctoral research fellow for robotics 

Social Robotics Lab, National University of Singapore 


Job Description: 

The Global Positioning System (GPS) has been widely used in land vehicle navigation applications. However, the GPS based positioning systems face severe problems in the scenarios where the GPS signals are blocked and there are not sufficient satellite signals (usually less than four) available to estimate the position information of the vehicle. The research project will develop robust approaches that allow the ground vehicle to reliably self-localize itself even in the GPS-challenged environments. Candidates applying for this position (minimum of 1 years and maximum 3 years) will join a team working on the positioning algorithm design, hardware configuration, and system implementation on the unmanned platform.



- PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a specialty in Robotics. 

- A background in a relevant subject such as mobile robot navigation, localization, path planning, mapping, etc.

- Strong mathematics and C / C++ programming skills. 

- Hardware development experience. 

- Excellent communicator, ability to learn quickly and enthusiastically. 

- Preferably working experience in GPS based robot localization and navigation. 


Remunerations will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Qualified candidates are invited to express their interest in applying the position by sending us the following documentations in electric form to us by email:

1. Detailed CV (resume) including a list of publications. 

2. Copies of recent best research publications. 

3. Two or three reference letters. 

4. Any other supporting documents that can display working experiences in related areas.


Professor Shuzhi Sam Ge 

Director, Social Robotics Laboratory 

National University of Singapore 



7.16 Post-Doc: south of Paris, France            

Contributed by: Antoine Chaillet,


Post-doc position in south of Paris (France): Automatic control and neuroscience



This post-doc will take place within the French ANR project SYNCHNEURO which will start in September 2013.

The project aims at modeling and analyzing non-human primate basal ganglia (in health and Parkinson disease) based on optogenetics data. The final aim is to develop enhanced deep brain stimulation signals that take into account real-time deep brain measurements (closed-loop DBS). The consortium is made of a team of neurosurgeons and neurophysiologists from Henri Mondor Hospital of Créteil (France), an identification and neurophysiologic signal-processing expert from Univ. Paris 5, and a team of control theoreticians with experience in neuroscience applications from L2S-Supélec-Univ. Paris 11.


The recruited post-doc is expected to interact with all the members of the consortium, but his/her main contribution is expected in:

- the parameter identification of firing-rate models of basal ganglia in health and disease based on the preprocessed optogenetics data

- the mathematical analysis of the obtained model and the derivation of explicit sufficient conditions for pathological oscillations onset

- the development of improved closed-loop DBS signals 

- the interface with the experimental team (protocol setup, data preprocessing, in vivo validation).


The maximum duration of this post-doc is 24 months, but shorter recruitment may also be envisioned. The salary will be around 2000€/month.



The recruited post-doc will have expertise in one of the following fields: 

- applied mathematics (dynamical systems, differential equations, control theory, ...)

- theoretical/computational neuroscience 

- engineering or physics background with good mathematical bases (control engineering preferably).


The knowledge of French is not mandatory. 



7.17  Post-Doc and Research Associate: National University of Singapore, Singapore

Contributed by: Hongliang Ren,


The Advanced Robotics Center of the National University of Singapore has been recently funded by the research grant entitled Human-Robot Collaborative Systems in Industrial Unstructured Environments. Based on the project needs, our work package of “sensing and perception” will recruit post-doctoral fellows and research associates/assistants.


Job requirements: 

- We welcome qualified applicants with research background related to sensing, robotics, sensor fusion, mechatronics, welding process monitoring (e.g., seam tracking) etc.

- Qualified candidates should have good writing skills and those who had good publication record will be given priorities.

- The following hands-on experiences or skills will be preferred: Sensor fusion, Seam tracking, Process monitoring (welding/finishing), Compressed sensing, Robotic software system development with ROS.

- Good interpersonal and communication skills 


Appointments and Remuneration: 

Qualified applicants with PhD degree will be appointed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow and those with master degree will be appointed as Research Associate or Research Engineer. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the candidates.



To apply, please send your C.V. (including personal statements, education, research experience, representative publications, etc.) to Dr. Ren by email ren(at) and/or to Dr. Ge by email samge(at)



7.18 Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributed by: Changyun Wen,


Research Fellow (2 positions)

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Two research fellows are currently available to work on the project `Development of Intelligent Power Management System for More-Electric Aircrafts (MEA)’ in collaboration with Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab. The main tasks include models development of subsystems and integration with flight simulator (e.g. Flightgear simulator), flexible and scalable control architecture development.

Applicants should have a PhD in related disciplines, preferably in aircraft electric power systems and control, and have a promising record of research publications. The appointment can start immediately for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension for up to another 3 years.


If you would like to apply, please send a detailed resume (CV), a statement of research interest and goals to

Professor Changyun Wen




7.19 Faculty: University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Contributed by: Cathy Pollock,


Two Professors in Technology Management (Rank Open) 


UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering seeks two experienced professors for full-time, open-rank appointments in the Technology Management Program. Candidates will be expected to pursue cutting-edge academic research and teaching related to creating, building and leading businesses based on new and innovative technology.


Applications reflecting expertise in any of the following areas are especially welcome: new product development; business or technology strategy; operations; supply chain management; managerial decision analysis; marketing; leadership and management. Candidates with evidence of excellence in these areas of research and business education, and who have engineering training and/or entrepreneurial or management experience in a technology driven setting, will be given special consideration. A record of securing external funding for research is desirable. An endowed chair is available for a distinguished faculty appointment.


Adding to the existing Technology Management Program curriculum, we will soon launch a one-year professional masters degree in technology management for exceptional students with engineering, science, mathematics, and quantitative social science backgrounds. The curriculum will be designed to provide a strong foundation in concepts and skills critical to the management of both large and small technology companies. Admission to the graduate program will be highly selective and will draw primarily from recent graduates who have not only distinguished themselves academically but have also demonstrated a potential for technology leadership. The goal of this highly selective professional masters degree is to propel qualified technical students to successful careers in technology business as innovative leaders.


The new faculty member(s) will participate in all phases of the graduate program launch, including developing the curriculum, teaching in the program, and fostering interdisciplinary research activities across departmental boundaries on campus. Collaborations that integrate management, engineering, and social science perspectives are highly valued at UCSB.


The Technology Management Program resides within UC Santa Barbara’s highly ranked College of Engineering. UC Santa Barbara is a rapidly ascending major research university that boasts a uniquely interdisciplinary and collaborative culture. It is ranked 10th among the nation’s public universities by U.S. News & World Report, and several of its doctoral research programs are ranked in the top five in the country by the National Research Council. The College of Engineering faculty includes two of the university’s five Nobel Laureates, 19 National Academy of Engineering members, five National Academy of Sciences members, two Royal Society fellows and a recipient of the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize. Nineteen College of Engineering faculty members are among the most highly cited authors in their fields. The College’s graduates have attained senior management positions in dozens of major corporations. More than 85 College of Engineering spin-off companies have generated over half a billion dollars in financing, merger, and acquisition activity in recent years. 


The College is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. All applicants and nominees will be held in strict confidence by the Search Committee. To apply, please submit resume or CV and statement of interests via Apply by October 15, 2013 for primary consideration; however, the positions will remain open until filled. An EO/AA Employer 



7.20  Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Contributed by: Ms.Zhao,


Faculty Positions in Systems and Control

Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation


The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSZ) invites applications for several faculty positions at all ranks. We are seeking candidates with excellent credentials in the areas of systems and control, wind energy, power systems and smart grids. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in electrical, mechanical and power systems engineering and need to show strong research record and potential. Successful candidates will be received a joint appointment in the Center of Systems and Control. The Division currently has 11 full-time faculty members, and is expected to grow to 20 faculties in the next few years.


HITSZ offers a competitive salary and the salary levels at HITSG for these positions are substantially higher than those provided by most universities in China, with full professor in the range of RMB 170K to 230K per year, associate professor in the range of RMB130K to 160K per year, and assistant professor in the range of RMB 90K to 110K per year. Bonus is a plus for all levels, subject to faculty’s performance.


Interested candidates can send detailed CV, list of publications, statement of research (no more than 3 pages), teaching interests (no more than 2 pages), and a cover letter including contact information of three references to:

Ms. Zhao

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation

HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town

Xili, Shenzhen 


P. R. China 518055

or email the documents to



7.21  Future Engineering Research Leader: The Australian National University, Australia 

Contributed by: Brian D O Anderson,


Applications are sought from early career researchers (with 0-5 years experience with respect to opportunity since the award of their PhD) for Future Engineering Research Leadership Fellows. These positions are 5-year research intensive positions to provide ambitious researchers with the opportunity to grow an international reputation for research excellence and mature into international research leaders.

For further details, see



7.22  Senior Researcher: General Motors R&D Center, USA

Contributed by: Yilu Zhang,


Senior Researcher - Diagnosis and Prognosis at General Motors R&D Center

Location: Warren, MI, US

Senior Researcher - Diagnosis and Prognosis-RES0000348


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

- Develop next-generation technologies for vehicle diagnosis, prognosis, and fault-tolerant controls as well as integration.

- Develop and execute technical plans, including concept generation, development, implementation, and evaluation.

- Generate innovative ideas and establish new research areas.

- Lead technical discussions and reviews as an expert in related areas of responsibility.

- Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge in related areas of responsibility.

- Communicate ideas, plans and results effectively via presentations and written reports.

- Work effectively with peers, management, operations groups, and outside organizations.



Basic Required Skills:

- PhD in Electrical, Controls, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with demonstrated research capability or equivalent experience

- 3+ years of related work experience

- Strong background in diagnosis, prognosis and fault-tolerant control systems analysis and synthesis.

- Knowledge in system diagnosis and prognosis algorithms development and integration.

- Effective verbal and written communication skills.

- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with GM internal and external customers.

Basic Preferred Skills:

- 5+ years of related work experience

- Experience in vehicle diagnosis and prognosis integration.

- Experience in remote and on-board diagnosis and prognosis.

- Experience in fault-tolerant or fault-adaptive control.

- Experience in Matlab/Simulink and Saber.

- Experience in dSpace rapid prototyping.

- Experience in hardware and software development


Full announcement including how to apply is available at



7.23 Lead Software Engineer: AreteX Enigineering, USA 

Contributed by: Behnood Gholami,


Lead Software Engineer Position at AreteX Engineering: 

AreteX Engineering, a medical device startup company accelerating the use of information technology in healthcare, has an immediate opening for a Lead Software Engineer in its office located in the Greater New York City area.


Role and Opportunity: 

AreteX Engineering is seeking a software engineer to design and develop the software components of its medical device products. The software engineer will be involved in the conception, design, development, and implementation of medical device prototypes. He/she will be part of a dynamic team dedicated to developing innovative solutions which help reduce intensive care unit costs and increase the quality of care. The successful candidate will be expected to interact with engineers, physicians, and nurses to solve complex problems in healthcare.



- B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering. 

- Experience with data acquisition from medical devices (i.e., standard bedside ICU monitors) and other bio-signal acquisition devices.

- Extensive experience in C#, C++, WPF, and Visual Studio. 

- Experience with MATLAB and Python. 

- Enthusiasm to solve complex engineering and signal processing problems. 

- Familiarity with machine learning techniques is a plus. 


Applicants should send (electronically) a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and the name and contact information of at least three references to Dr. Behnood Gholami ( U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Residency is required.