December 2013 - E-LETTER

Issue Number: 
303
Issue Date: 
December 2013

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

Issue 303

December 2013

Editor:

  • Maria Prandini Headshot Photo
    CSS Board of Governors, term ending 31 December 2017 (elected); VP Conference Activities; TAC Associate Editor; TCST Associate Editor

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Contents

 

1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

 

2. Journals

2.1 Contents: Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization

2.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

2.3 Contents: Automatica

2.4 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems

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

2.6 Contents: Nonlinear Analysis:  Hybrid Systems

2.7 CFP: International Journal of Vehicle Design

 

3. Conferences

3.1 Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace

3.2 World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation

3.3 Chinese Process Control Conference

3.4 World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

3.5 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

 

4. Workshops and Graduate Schools

4.1  Applied Verification for Continuous and Hybrid Systems

4.2  Summer School on Estimation and Control

4.3  Networks, Delays, and Nonlinear Control

4.4  Arbitrated Network Control Systems and CPS

 

5. Positions

5.1  PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

5.2  PhD: Utah State University, USA

5.3  PhD: TEMPO PhD Program

5.4  PhD: University of Lorraine, France

5.5  PhD: Technische Universität München, Germany

5.6  PhD: National University of Ireland, Ireland

5.7  PhD: Luxembourg Centre of Systems Biomedicine, Luxembourg

5.8  PhD: Lehigh University, USA

5.9  PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

5.10 Post-Doc: Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

5.11 Post Doc: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

5.12 Post Doc: Qatar University, Qatar

5.13 Post Doc: University of Namur, Belgium

5.14 Post Doc: Luxembourg Centre of Systems Biomedicine, Luxembourg 

5.15 Faculty: University of Warwick, UK

5.16 Faculty: New York University, USA

5.17 Faculty: University of Illinois, USA

5.18 Faculty: The Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Douai, France

5.19 Faculty: United States Naval Academy, USA

5.20 Faculty: Australian National University, Australia

5.21 Faculty: University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany

5.22 Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

5.23 Faculty: Lehigh University, USA

5.24 Technical Expert: Volvo, Sweden

 

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

 

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

 

CSS Publications Content Digest

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

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

 

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1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

 

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

http://www.nd.edu/~ieeetac/contents.html

 

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 58 (2013), Issue 12 (December)

 

Scanning-the-Issue p. 2993

 

Papers

- An Optimal Approximate Dynamic Programming Algorithm for Concave, Scalar Storage Problems with Vector-Valued Controls. J. Nascimento, W.B. Powell, p. 2995

- Forwarding Design with Prescribed Local Behavior. M. S. Benachour, V. Andrieu, L. Praly, H. Hammouri p. 3011

- Robust Self-Triggered Coordination with Ternary Controllers. C. De Persis, P. Frasca p. 3024

- Finite Abstractions of Max-Plus-Linear Systems. D. Adzkiya, B. De Schutter, A. Abate p. 3039

- A Recursive Local Linear Estimator for Identification of Nonlinear ARX Systems: Asymptotical Convergence and Applications. W.Zhao, W.X. Zheng, E-W. Bai p. 3054

- Diagnosis of Discrete Event Systems using Satisfiability Algorithms. A. Grastien, A. Anbulagan p. 3070

- H_2-Optimal Decentralized Control over Posets: A State-Space Solution for State-Feedback. P. Shah, P. A. Parrilo p. 3084

- Stabilization of a System of n+1 Coupled First-Order Hyperbolic Linear PDEs with a Single Boundary Input. F. Di Meglio, R. Vazquez, M. Krstic p. 3097

- Information Weighted Consensus Filters and their Application in Distributed Camera Networks. A. T. Kamal, J. A. Farrell, A. K. Roy-Chowdhury p. 3112

- The Bang-Bang Funnel Controller for Uncertain Nonlinear Systems with Arbitrary Relative Degree. D. Liberzon, S. Trenn p. 3126

- Bottom-Up Symbolic Control: Attractor-Based Planning and Behavior Synthesis. J. Fu, H. G. Tanner p. 3142

- Stability Analysis of Stochastic Hybrid Jump Linear Systems Using a Markov Kernel Approach. A. Tejada Ruiz, O. R. González, W. S. Gray p. 3156

- Technical Notes and Correspondence

- Task-Space Synchronization of Networked Robotic Systems with Uncertain Kinematics and Dynamics. H. Wang p. 3169

- Online Homotopy Algorithm for a Generalization of the LASSO. A. Hofleitner, T. Rabbani, L. M. El Ghaoui, A. M. Bayen p. 3175

- On the Controllability Properties of Circulant Networks. M. Nabi-Abdolyousefi, M. Mesbahi p. 3179

- Filtering a Double Threshold Model with Regime Switching. R. J. Elliott, T. K. Siu, J. W. Lau p. 3185

- Stability Analysis of Quadratic MPC with a Discrete Input Alphabet. R. P. Aguilera, D. E. Quevedo p. 3190

- Group and Total Dissipativity and Stability of Multi-Equilibria Hybrid Automata. E. M. Navarro Lopez, D. S. Laila p. 3196

- Simple Sufficient Conditions for Reachability of Discrete-Time Polynomial Systems. Y. Kawano, T. Ohtsuka p. 3203

- Biased Sinusoidal Disturbance Compensation with Unknown Frequency. G. Fedele, A. Ferrise p. 3207

- A Stochastic Maximum Principle for Delayed Mean-field Stochastic Differential Equations and its Applications. J. Huang, H. Du, Y. Qin p. 3212

- Interval Observers for Time-Varying Discrete-Time Systems. D. Efimov, W. Perruquetti, T. Raïssi, A. Zolghadri p. 3218

- Unscented Kalman Filter over Unreliable Communication Networks with Markovian Packet Dropouts. L. Li, Y. Xia p. 3224

- Dead-Beat Functional Observers for Discrete-Time LPV Systems with Unknown Inputs. M. Fiacchini, G. Millerioux p. 3230

- Relaxed and Hybridized Backstepping. H. Stein Shiromoto, V. Andrieu, C. Prieur p. 3236

- On the Existence of Control Lyapunov Functions and State-Feedback Laws for Hybrid Systems. R. G. Sanfelice p. 3242

- Forming Circle Formations of Anonymous Mobile Agents with Order Preservation. C. Wang, G. Xie, M. Cao p. 3248

- Convergence of Distributed Randomized PageRank Algorithms. W. Zhao, H-F. Chen, H-T. Fang p. 3255

- An Alternative Look at the Constant-Gain Kalman Filter for State Estimation Over Erasure Channels. E. I. Silva, M. A. Solis p. 3259

- Optimal Periodic Sensor Schedule for Steady-state Estimation under Average Transmission Energy Constraint. Z. Ren, P. Cheng, J. Chen, L. Shi, Y. Sun p. 3265

 

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2. Journals

 

2.1 Contents: Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization

Contributed by: Liwei Ning, editorial@aimsciences.org

 

Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization (JIMO) 

Volume: 10, Number: 1 January 2014 

http://www.aimsciences.org/journals/contentsListnew.jsp?pubID=632 

 

1. A cross-layer relay selection scheme of a wireless network with multiple relays under Rayleigh fading Pages: 1-19 Hong Il Cho, Myungwoo Lee and Ganguk Hwang 

2. Effect of spectrum sensing overhead on performance for cognitive radio networks with channel bonding Pages: 21-40 Haruki Katayama, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Shoji Kasahara and Yutaka Takahashi 

3. Catastrophe equity put options under stochastic volatility and catastrophe-dependent jumps Pages: 41-55 Hwa-Sung Kim, Bara Kim and Jerim Kim 

4. The FIFO single-server queue with disasters and multiple Markovian arrival streams Pages: 57-87 Yoshiaki Inoue and Tetsuya Takine 

5. Analysis of an M/M/1 queueing system with impatient customers and a variant of multiple vacation policy Pages: 89-112 Dequan Yue, Wuyi Yue, Zsolt Saffer and Xiaohong Chen 

6. Performance analysis of large-scale parallel-distributed processing with backup tasks for cloud computing Pages: 113-129 Tsuguhito Hirai, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Shoji Kasahara and Yutaka Takahashi 

7. The impact of the NT-policy on the behaviour of a discrete-time queue with general service times Pages: 131-149 Bart Feyaerts, Stijn De Vuyst, Herwig Bruneel and Sabine Wittevrongel 

8. Performance analysis of a P2P storage system with a lazy replica repair policy Pages: 151-166 Shunfu Jin, Yuan Zhao, Wuyi Yue and Lingling Chen 

9. A dual tandem queueing system with GI service time at the first queue Pages: 167-192 Zsolt Saffer and Wuyi Yue 

10. A continuous-time queueing model with class clustering and global FCFS service discipline Pages: 193-206 Willem Melange, Herwig Bruneel, Bart Steyaert, Dieter Claeys and Joris Walraevens 

11. Variance-optimal hedging for target volatility options Pages: 207-218 Xingchun Wang and Yongjin Wang 

12. A survey of single machine scheduling to minimize weighted number of tardy jobs Pages: 219-241 Muminu O. Adamu and Aderemi O. Adewumi 

13. A difference of convex functions algorithm for optimal scheduling and real-time assignment of preventive maintenance jobs on parallel processors Pages: 243-258 Le Thi Hoai An, Tran Duc Quynh and Kondo Hloindo Adjallah 

14. Heuristics for parallel machine scheduling with batch delivery consideration Pages: 259-273 Leiyang Wang and Zhaohui Liu 

15. The control parameterization method for nonlinear optimal control: A survey Pages: 275-309 Qun Lin, Ryan Loxton and Kok Lay Teo 

16. Convergence analysis of Euler discretization of control-state constrained optimal control problems with controls of bounded variation Pages: 311-336 Matthias Gerdts and Martin Kunkel 

17. Towards an optimization theory for deforming dense granular materials: Minimum cost maximum flow solutions Pages: 337-362 Qun Lin and Antoinette Tordesillas 

 

Volume: 10, Number: 2 April 2014 

http://aimsciences.org/journals/contentsListnew.jsp?pubID=638 

 

1. Fractional order optimal control problems with free terminal time Pages: 363-381 Shakoor Pooseh, Ricardo Almeida and Delfim F. M. Torres 

2. Optimizing system-on-chip verifications with multi-objective genetic evolutionary algorithms Pages: 383-396 Adriel Cheng and Cheng-Chew Lim 

3. A ladder method for linear semi-infinite programming Pages: 397-412 Yanqun Liu and Ming-Fang Ding 

4. Theory and applications of optimal control problems with multiple time-delays Pages: 413-441 Laurenz Göllmann and Helmut Maurer 

5. Computation of bang-bang and singular controls in collision avoidance Pages: 443-460 Helmut Maurer, Tanya Tarnopolskaya and Neale Fulton 

6. A new parallel splitting descent method for structured variational inequalities Pages: 461-476 Kai Wang, Lingling Xu and Deren Han 

7. Designing rendezvous missions with mini-moons using geometric optimal control Pages: 477-501 Monique Chyba, Geoff Patterson, Gautier Picot, Mikael Granvik, Robert Jedicke and Jeremie Vaubaillon 

8. On an optimal control problem in laser cutting with mixed finite-/infinite-dimensional constraints Pages: 503-519 Georg Vossen and Torsten Hermanns 

9. Inexact restoration and adaptive mesh refinement for optimal control Pages: 521-542 Nahid Banihashemi and C. Yalçin Kaya 

10. Doubly nonnegative relaxation method for solving multiple objective quadratic programming problems Pages: 543-556 Yanqin Bai and Chuanhao Guo 

11. Manifold relaxations for integer programming Pages: 557-566 Zhiguo Feng and Ka-Fai Cedric Yiu 

12. Multimodal image registration by elastic matching of edge sketches via optimal control Pages: 567-590 Angel Angelov and Marcus Wagner 

13. A time-dependent scheduling problem to minimize the sum of the total weighted tardiness among two agents Pages: 591-611 Wen-Hung Wu, Yunqiang Yin, Wen-Hsiang Wu, Chin-Chia Wu and Peng-Hsiang Hsu 

14. The inverse parallel machine scheduling problem with minimum total completion time Pages: 613-620 Hongtruong Pham and Xiwen Lu 

15. LS-SVM approximate solution for affine nonlinear systems with partially unknown functions Pages: 621-636 Guoshan Zhang, Shiwei Wang, Yiming Wang and Wanquan Liu 

16. Substitution secant/finite difference method to large sparse minimax problems Pages: 637-663 Junxiang Li, Yan Gao, Tao Dai, Chunming Ye, Qiang Su and Jiazhen Huo 

 

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2.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

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

 

Asian Journal of Control

Vol.15, No.6 November, 2013

Contents

 

Special Issue on “Advances in Active Control of Sound and Vibration”:

1. Active Control for a Perturbed Flexible Structure: An Experimental Study. Authors: Gisela Pujol and Leonardo Acho

2. Active Vibration Reduction System Optimal Control Using Linear Matrix Inequalities with No Directional Change in Controls. Authors: Dariusz Horla, Roman Lewandowski, Adam Schmidt, Marek Kraft and Wojciech Giernacki

3. Optimal Vibration Control for Vehicle Active Suspension Discrete-Time Systems with Actuator Time Delay. Authors: Shi-Yuan Han, Gong-You Tang, Yue-Hui Chen, Xi-Xin Yang and Xue Yang

4. Simultaneous Optimization of Damper Parameters and Controllers for Building Vibration Attenuation over Finite Frequency Band. Authors: Wei Zhan, Huijun Gao, K.C. Cheung, James Lam and Haiping Du

5. Grey-Box Model-Based Vibration Isolation Using a Dielectric Elastomer Actuator. Authors: Richard W. Jones and Rahimullah Sarban

6. Adaptive-Like Vibration Control in Mechanical Systems with Unknown Paramenters and Signals. Authors: F. Beltrán-Carbajal and G. Silva-Navarro

7. Active Unbalance Control of Rotor Systems Using On-Line Algebraic Identification Methods. Authors: F. Beltran-Carbajal, G. Silva-Navarro and M. Arias-Montiel

8. Adaptive Compensation of Contact-Induced Vibration in High Density HDD Servo Systems Using Phase Lead Peak Filter Method. Authors: Jian-Xin Xu, Deqing Huang, Venkatakrishnan Venkataramanan and The Cat Tuong Huynh

9. Active Noise Control and its Application to Snore Noise Cancellation. Authors: Cheng-Yuan Chang, Shing-Tai Pan and Kuo-Chun Liao

10. Adaptive Sub-Band Acoustic Echo Cancellation Algorithms for Echo Paths Involving Nonlinear Amplifiers and Transducers. Authors: Mingsian R. Bai and Wei-Chih Hsu

11. 2D Transfer Function Modeling of Thermoacoustic Vibration Engines with Boundary Heat-Flux Control. Authors: Boe-Shong Hong, Chia-Yu Chou and Tsu-Yu Lin

12. Robust Adaptive Terminal Sliding Mode Synchronized Control for a Class of Non-Autonomous Chaotic Systems. Authors: Chi-Ching Yang

 

Regular Issue

1. Intermittent Impulsive Synchronization of Hyperchaos with Application to Secure Communication. Authors: Hongtao Zhang, Xinzhi Liu, Xuemin (Sherman) Shen and Jun L

2. Simple Robust Tuning of 2DoF PID Controllers From A Performance/Robustness Trade-off Analysis. Authors: V.M. Alfaro and R. Vilanova

3. Design of Robust Predictive Control Laws Using Set Membership Identified Models. Authors: M. Canale, L. Fagiano and M.C. Signorile

4. Nonlinear H2 Lateral Control Design of Missiles. Authors: Yung-Yue Chen

5. Confusion Diagnosis and Control of Discrete Event Systems Using Synchronized Petri Nets. Authors: Xiao-liang Chen, Zhi-wu Li, Abdulrahman M. Al-Ahmari, Abdulaziz Mohammed El-Tamimi and Emad S. Abouel Nasr

6. A Robust Tracking Control for a Class of Uncertain Chaotic Systems. Authors: Yeong-Chan Chang

7. Local Quadratic Model Tree with Orthogonal Matching Pursuit (LOQUMOTOMP) Method for Nonlinear System Identification. Authors: Salman Ahmadi and Mehdi Karrari

8. Neuron PID Control for a BPMSM Based on RBF Neural Network On-Line Identification. Authors: Xiaodong Sun and Huangqiu Zhu

9. Robust Bumpless Transfer Design Using Adaptive Sliding Mode Approach. Authors: Yiwen Qi and Wen Bao

10. A Model-Based Approach for Gas Turbine Engine Performance Optimal Estimation. Authors: Feng Lu, Yiqiu Lv, Jinquan Huang and Xiaojie Qiu

11. Separated Maneuvering Target Tracking Algorithm Along with Three Cartesian Coordinates for Three-Dimension Radar. Authors: Shicang Zhang, Jianxun Li, Liangbin Wu and Yan Zhou

12. Two-Controller Anti-Windup Design for Enlarging Domain of Stability of Actuator Constrained State-Delay Systems. Authors: Abrar Ahmed, M. Umer Khan, Muhammad Rehan and Naeem Iqbal

13. Evaluation of Initial Input Effects on Discrete-Time Stochastic Iterative Learning Control. Authors: Deyuan Meng, Yingmin Jia and Junping Du

14. Performance Recovery of Sampled-Data Feedback Stabilization for a Class of Passive Nonlinear Systems. Authors: Jian Zhang, Xiaoshuai Xin and Hongbing Xu

15. Stability of the Convex Linear Combination of Positive Linear Systems. Authors: Tadeusz Kaczorek

16. Stability Analysis of a Class of Neutral Type Systems in a Critical Case Without Restriction on the Principal Neutral Term. Authors: Quan Quan and Kai-Yuan Cai

17. Improved Adaptive Sliding Mode Control for a Class of Second-Order Mechanical Systems. Authors: Binglong Cong, Xiangdong Liu and Zhen Chen

18. A Note on the Controllability and Observability for Piecewise Linear Time-varying Impulsive Systems. Authors: Jing Han, Yang Liu, Shouwei Zhao and Rongjiang Yang

19. Less Conservative Stability Criteria for Discrete-Time Nonlinear Stochastic Singular Systems with Mixed Time-Delay. Authors: Falu Weng, Yuanchun Ding, Guoliang Yang, Liming Liang and Zhongan Yu

 

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2.3 Contents:  Automatica 

Contributed by: Becky Lonberger, becky@lonberger.net

 

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 49 (2013), Issue 12 (December)

 

Editorials

- In Memoriam Jan C. Willems, 1939 - 2013. Harry L. Trentelman. Pages 3507-3508

 

Regular Papers

- A modified hidden Markov model. John van der Hoek, Robert Elliott. Pages 3509-3519

- Efficient Bayesian spatial prediction with mobile sensor networks using Gaussian Markov random fields. Yunfei Xu, Jongeun Choi, Sarat Dass, Tapabrata Maiti

Pages 3520-3530

- Structural controllability of switched linear systems. Xiaomeng Liu, Hai Lin, Ben M. Chen. Pages 3531-3537

- LQ control for Ito-type stochastic systems with input delays. hongxia wang, Huanshui Zhang. Pages 3538-3549

- A Hamiltonian approach to compute an energy efficient trajectory for a servomotor system. Yebin Wang, Koichiro Ueda, Scott A. Bortoff. Pages 3550-3561

- Point-to-point control near heteroclinic orbits: Plant and controller optimality conditions. Brian Paden, Jeff Moehlis. Pages 3562-3570

- On distributed constrained formation control in operator-vehicle adversarial networks. Minghui Zhu, Sonia Martinez. Pages 3571-3582

 

Brief Papers

- Nonlinear observers comprising high-gain observers and extended Kalman filters. Al-Muatazbellah M. A. Boker, Hassan K. Khalil. Pages 3583-3590

- Adaptive attitude tracking control for rigid spacecraft with finite-time convergence. Kunfeng Lu, Yuanqing Xia. Pages 3591-3599

- Broadcast stochastic receding horizon control of multi-agent systems. Gautam Kumar, Mayuresh V. Kothare. Pages 3600-3606

- Optimal sequential and distributed fusion for state estimation in cross-correlated noise. Liping Yan, X. Rong Li, Yuanqing Xia, Mengyin Fu. Pages 3607-3612

- Synchronization of diffusively-coupled limit cycle oscillators. S. Yusef Shafi, Murat Arcak, Mihailo Jovanovic, Andrew K. Packard. Pages 3613-3622

- Stabilization of nonlinear delay systems using approximate predictors and high-gain observers. Iasson Karafyllis, Miroslav Krstic. Pages 3623-3631

- Stabilization of linear system with input saturation and unknown constant delays. Xu Wang, Ali Saberi, Anton A. Stoorvogel. Pages 3632-3640

- Output feedback stabilization control design for Boolean control networks. Haitao Li, Yuzhen Wang. Pages 3641-3645

- An SDP approach for $l_0$-minimization: Application to ARX model segmentation. Dario Piga, Roland T≤th. Pages 3646-3653

- Feasibility of piecewise-constant control sequences for timed continuous Petri nets. Edouard leclercq, Dimitri Lefebvre. Pages 3654-3660

- Mixed parametric/non-parametric identification of systems with discontinuous nonlinearities. Tyrone Vincent, Carlo Novara. Pages 3661-3669

- Predictive metamorphic control. He Kong, Graham C. Goodwin, Maria Seron. Pages 3670-3676

 

Technical Communiques

- Stabilisation of continuous-time hybrid stochastic differential equations by discrete-time feedback control. Xuerong Mao. Pages 3677-3681

- Motion/force tracking control of nonholonomic mechanical systems via combining cascaded design and backstepping. Jun Fu, Tianyou Chai, Chun-Yi Su, Ying Jin. Pages 3682-3686

- Policy set iteration for Markov decision processes. Hyeong Soo Chang. Pages 3687-3689

- On the positively invariance of polyhedral sets in fractional-order linear systems. Young-Hun Lim, Hyo-Sung Ahn. Pages 3690-3694

- Improved model prediction and RMPC design for LPV systems with bounded parameter changes. Pengyuan Zheng, Dewei Li, Yugeng Xi, Jun Zhang. Pages 3695-3699

- On LMI conditions to design observer-based controllers for linear systems with parameter uncertainties. Houria Kheloufi, Ali ZEMOUCHE, Fazia Bedouhene, Mohamed Boutayeb. Pages 3700-3704

- 2013 List of Reviewers for Automatica. Pages 3705-3715

 

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2.4 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems 

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

 

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

Volume 25, Number 4, http://link.springer.com/journal/498/25/4

 

Special Issue on Control, Communication and Complexity, Guest Editors:

Charalambos D. Charalambous, Pieter Collins and Fritz Colonius

 

- Editorial, 433-436

- Reachability, observability and strict equivalence of networks of linear systems, Paul A. Fuhrmann, Uwe Helmke, 437-471

- Two extensions of topological feedback entropy, Rika Hagihara, Girish N. Nair, 473-490

- Invariance entropy for random control systems, Adriano J. da Silva, 491-516

- On time-triggered and event-based control of integrator systems over a shared communication system, Rainer Blind, Frank Allgöwer, 517-557

- Performance-oriented communication topology design for distributed control of interconnected systems, Azwirman Gusrialdi, 559-585

 

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

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

 

International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (IJCAS) ISSN: 1598-6446

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

 

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Table of contents

Vol. 11, No. 6, December 2013

 

- Intelligent Digital Redesign for Nonlinear Systems using a Guaranteed Cost Control Method. Geun Bum Koo, Jin Bae Park, and Young Hoon Joo, pp.1075-1083

- Global Stabilization of a Class of Delay Discrete-Time Nonlinear Systems via State and Output Feedback. Kheir Eddine Bouazza and Mohammed Ouali, pp.1084-1094

- Fault Diagnosis of Timed Discrete Event Systems using Dioid Algebra. Sobhi Baniardalani and Javad Askari, pp.1095-1105

- 2D Inverse Problem in a Distributed Parameter System. Said Rachidi, Rafik Channa, and Asma Karama, pp.1106-1111

- Operator-based Robust Control Design for a Human Arm-like Manipulator with Time-varying Delay Measurements. Aihui Wang, Mingcong Deng, and Dongyun Wang, pp.1112-1121

- Multiconsensus of Second Order Multiagent Systems with Directed Topologies. Guang-Song Han,Zhi-Hong Guan,Xin-Ming Cheng,Yonghong Wu,and Feng Liu, pp.1122-1127

- Systematic Design of Current Control System for Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors. Tao Yang and Dale E. Schinstock, pp.1128-1137

- Stability and Static Output Feedback Stabilization for a Class of Nonlinear Discrete-Time Singular Switched Systems. Wei Wang, Shuping Ma, and Chenghui Zhang, pp.1138-1148

- Active Fault Tolerant Control for Nonlinear Systems with Simultaneous Actuator and Sensor Faults. Montadher Sami and Ron J. Patton, pp.1149-1161

- On Sampled Data Regulation of Feedback Linearizable Systems using a Realizable Reconstruction Filter. Muwaida Liaquat and Mohammad Bilal Malik, pp.1162-1169

- Parameter Identification of Wiener Models by Multi-innovation Algorithms. Jian Yao, Yanping Huang, and Zhicheng Ji, pp.1170-1176

- A Sliding Sector Approach to Quantized Feedback Variable Structure Control. Bo-Chao Zheng and Yan-Mei Xue, pp.1177-1186

- White Noise Estimators for Networked Systems with Packet Dropouts. Chunyan Han, Wei Wang, and Yuan Zhang, pp.1187-1195

- Geometrical Distortion Integrated Performance Index for Vision-Based Navigation System. Dae Hee Won, Sebum Chun, Seung-Woo Lee, Sangkyung Sung, Jiyun Lee, Jeongrae Kim, and Young Jae Lee, pp.1196-1203

- Variable-Structured Interacting Multiple Model Algorithm for the Ballistic Coefficient Estimation of a Re-entry Ballistic Target. Tae Han Kim, Kyung Rok Moon, and Taek Lyul Song, pp.1204-1213

- Optimal Signal Tracking Algorithm for GNSS Signal using Moving Set-point LQG System. Sanghoon Jeon, Chongwon Kim, Ghangho Kim, Ojong Kim, and Changdon Kee, pp.1214-1222

- Switching Model Predictive Control of a Pneumatic Artificial Muscle. George Andrikopoulos, George Nikolakopoulos, Ioannis Arvanitakis, and Stamatis Manesis, pp.1223-1231

- A Temporal Path Planner for Solving Information Inconsistency in an Integrated Path Planner. Joon-Hong Seok, Joon-Woo Lee, Jung-Hyun Wang, Ju-Jang Lee, and Ho Joo Lee, pp.1232-1240

- Visual Attention Servo Control for Task-specific Robotic Applications. Dong Liu, Ming Cong, Yu Du, Yunfei Zhang, and Clarence W. de Silva, pp.1241-1252

- Integrated Tracking and Accident Avoidance System for Mobile Robots. Irfan Ullah, Furqan Ullah, Qurban Ullah, and Seoyong Shin, pp.1253-1265

- On Motion Optimization of Robotic Manipulators with Strong Nonlinear Dynamic Coupling using Support Area Level Set Algorithm. Zhijun Li, Kun Yang, Stjepan Bogdan, and Bugong Xu, pp.1266-1275

- Development of a Quadruped Walking Robot AiDIN-III using Biologically Inspired Kinematic Analysis. Ig Mo Koo, Duc Trong Tran, Yoon Haeng Lee, Hyungpil Moon, Ja Choon Koo, Sangdeok Park, and Hyouk Ryeol Choi, pp.1276-1289

- An Approach of Genetic Programming for Music Emotion Classification. Sung-Woo Bang, Jaekwang Kim, and Jee-Hyong Lee, pp.1290-1299

- Robust Tracking Design Based on Adaptive Fuzzy Control of Uncertain Nonlinear MIMO Systems with Time Delayed States. Tzu-Sung Wu, Mansour Karkoub, Chien-Ting Chen, Wen-Shyong Yu, Ming-Guo Her, and Jui-Yiao Su, pp.1300-1313

 

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2.6 Contents: Nonlinear Analysis:  Hybrid Systems  

Contributed by: Alessandro Giua, giua@diee.unica.it

 

Table of Contents for Nonlinear Analysis Hybrid Systems. Volume 10, November 2013

 

Special Issue related to IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS 12) Edited by Maurice Heemels and Bart De Schutter 

- Editorial. W.P.M.H. Heemels, B. De Schutter. Pages 1-3.

- Balanced truncation for linear switched systems. Mihály Petreczky, Rafael Wisniewski, John Leth. Pages 4-20.

- Time-constrained temporal logic control of multi-affine systems. Ebru Aydin Gol, Calin Belta. Pages 21-33.

- Low-complexity quantized switching controllers using approximate bisimulation. Antoine Girard. Pages 34-44.

- Viable set computation for hybrid systems. Kostas Margellos, John Lygeros. Pages 45-62.

- Safety preserving control synthesis for sampled data systems. Ian M. Mitchell, Shahab Kaynama, Mo Chen, Meeko Oishi. Pages 63-82

- Finite-time consensus for switching network topologies with disturbances. Mauro Franceschelli, Alessandro Giua, Alessandro Pisano, Elio Usai. Pages 83-93.

- Deterministic and stochastic approaches to supervisory control design for networked systems with time-varying communication delays. Burak Demirel, Corentin Briat, Mikael Johansson. Pages 94-110.

- Stability analysis of networked and quantized linear control systems. S.J.L.M. van Loon, M.C.F. Donkers, N. van de Wouw, W.P.M.H. Heemels. Pages 111-125.

- A simple self-triggered sampler for perturbed nonlinear systems. U. Tiberi, K.H. Johansson. Pages 126-140.

- Decentralized event-based control: Stability analysis and experimental evaluation. Christian Stöcker, Daniel Vey, Jan Lunze. Pages 141-155.

- Gossip algorithms for heterogeneous multi-vehicle routing problems. Mauro Franceschelli, Daniele Rosa, Carla Seatzu, Francesco Bullo. Pages 156-174.

 

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2.7  CFP:  International Journal of Vehicle Design

Contributed by: Hui Zhang, huizhang285@gmail.com

 

Special Issue on Recent developments in Active and Semi-Active Suspension System Design for Vehicular Applications 

 

Call for Papers 

 

Suspension systems are of great importance to ride comfort, handing, and safety of road vehicles. Unsurprisingly, the design of suspension systems has attracted considerable attentions during the past few decades. Compared with passive suspensions, active and semi-active suspension systems have the capacity to improve the compromise between ride, stability, and handling by adjusting suspension damping in real time. Active and semi-active suspensions are expected to become an integral part of future vehicles, beyond the production vehicles that have already adopted them. The proliferation of such advanced systems is aided by the customer demand for improved vehicles, the broad availability of electronics and controllers in most automobiles, and the emergence of electric vehicles with novel propulsions such as in-wheel independent electric drives. 

 

The aim of this special issue is to document some of the recent advances in active and semi-active suspension research and development. Of particular interest are papers that are devoted to the most innovative design and control of advanced suspension systems with vehicular applications. Suggested topics for submission are: 

• Active and semiactive suspensions modeling and/or experimental analysis 

• Novel control strategies 

• Suspension system integration and cost control 

• System reliability and life testing analysis 

• Integration of advanced suspensions with other controllable systems, such as ESC, ABC, PTC, etc. 

• Off-roading application of active and semiactive system

 

Before submission authors must carefully follow the journal’s Author Guidelines, found at http://www.inderscience.com/info/inauthors/author_submit.php. Prospective authors are to submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through online submission system according to the following timetable: 

 

Manuscript Due February 28, 2014 

First Round of Reviews June 30, 2014 

Publication Date Sept 30, 2014 

 

Guest Editors 

Hui Zhang, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA; huizhang285@gmail.com 

Xinjie Zhang, State Key Laboratory of Automotive Simulation and Control, Jilin University, China; xjzhang5885@gmail.com 

Mehdi Ahmadian, Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety and Director of Railway Technologies Laboratory, Virginia Tech, USA; ahmadian@vt.edu 

Nong Zhang, Mechanical Engineering, at School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Nong.Zhang@uts.edu.au 

Junmin Wang, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA; wang.1381@osu.edu 

 

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3. Conferences 

 

3.1 Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace 

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com

 

Call for Papers 

 

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 : http://icnpaa.com/index.php/icnpaa/2014 for all details Please visit the web site : http://www.icnpaa.com 

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 http://nonlinearstudies.com/index.php/mesa 

 

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3.2 World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation 

Contributed by: YOUJing, YOUjiyun_ok@163.com

 

The 11th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation 

 

The 11th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA 2014) will be held in Shenyang, China, from June 27 to 30, 2014. WCICA 2014 is technically sponsored by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Control Systems Society, National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Chinese Association of Automation, and the Chinese Association of Artificial Intelligence. 

 

WCICA 2014 features plenary keynotes and panel discussion sessions by the world leading researchers as well as awards to honor outstanding papers presented at this Congress. 

The awards include Best Paper on Theory, Best Paper on Applications, Best Student Paper, Best Poster Paper, Best Paper on Biomedical & Biosystem Related Areas, SUPCON Best Paper on Industrial Automation, and AIAG Best Paper on Supply Chain Related Topics. 

The Proceedings of WCICA 2014 will be included in the IEEE Xplore database, as well as indexed by EI Compendex. Moreover the extended version of presented papers at the congress will be considered for further publication in leading international journal. 

 

Important Dates:

Full-length PDF Paper Submission : Jan 15, 2014 

Notification of Paper Acceptance : April 1, 2014 

Final IEEE PDF Compliant Paper Submission: April 15, 2014 

 

Conference website: http://2014.wcica.info 

 

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3.3 Chinese Process Control Conference 

Contributed by: Wei Wang, wangwei@dlut.edu.cn

 

The 25th Chinese Process Control Conference (CPCC) will be held in Dalian, China, from August 9-11, 2014. The CPCC has been organized annually under the auspices of the Technical Committee on Process Control (TCPC), Chinese Association of Automation (CAA). The 25th CPCC is sponsored by Dalian University of Technology. The conference aims to bring together academic and industrial professionals along with postgraduates in the field of process control, and to promote scientific cooperation and exchanges within China and between China and the rest of the world. The 25th CPCC program will feature plenary lectures, contributed papers and tutorial sessions. The 25th CPCC cordially invites all the worldwide scholars in the process control society to attend the well-reputed conference and enjoy the modern and beautiful coastal city, Dalian. 

 

Important dates 

Submission deadline: March 1, 2014 

Notification: May 1, 2014 

Conference website: http://2014.cn-tcpc.org 

Email: cpcc2014@dlut.edu.cn 

 

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3.4 World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control 

Contributed by: Lisa Vickers, info@ifac2014.org

 

19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), 24-29 August 2014, Cape Town, South Africa

www.ifac2014.org

 

IFAC 2014 Programme Update

The President of IFAC, Ian Craig, is pleased to announce that a number of high-profile plenary speakers have confirmed their participation and will give lectures at the congress.

 

Hajime Asama, The University of Tokyo

Lei Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Thomas Jones, Stellenbosch University

Pierre Kabamba, University of Michigan

Mustafa Khammash, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Zurich

Naomi Leonard, Princeton University

Jack Little, MathWorks

Joseph Lu, Honeywell Process Solutions

Richard Murray, California Institute of Technology

Ernst Scholtz, ABB Corporate Research

David Vos, Tebogo LLC

 

If you would like more information about the congress or would like to join the mailing list, please visit www.ifac2014.org or email info@ifac2014.org.

 

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3.5 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems 

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

 

Call for Papers: 2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS'14)

 

On behalf of the ICUAS'14 Organizing Committee, this is to invite you to submit your contributions to the 2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS'14, http://www.uasconferences.com, to be held in Orlando, FL, on May 27-30, 2014. The conference is co-sponsored by the IEEE CSS and RAS.

 

Orlando is the home of the Disney World, one of the best attractions and touristic locations worldwide. May 27 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past six years and its growth, ICUAS'14 is expected to attract the highest number of participants from academia, industry, federal/state agencies, government, the private sector, users, practitioners and engineers who wish to be affiliated with and contribute technically to this highly demanding and rapidly evolving and expanding field. Information about the organization may be found at www.icuas.com. The theme of ICUAS'14 will focus on the very challenging topics of 'developing UAS standards'.

 

ICUAS'14 aims at bringing together different groups of qualified military and civilian representatives worldwide, organization representatives, funding agencies, industry and academia, to discuss the current state of UAS advances, and the roadmap to their full utilization in military and integration in civilian domains. Focused interests of diverse groups involved in UAS research and development will be discussed. Special emphasis will be given to current and future research opportunities, and to 'what comes next' in terms of the essential technologies that need to be utilized to advance further UAS.

 

Through Keynote/Plenary addresses, invited and solicited presentations, and round table discussions, it is expected that the outcome of the Conference will be a better understanding of what industry, the military and civilian national and international authorities need, and what are the crucial next steps that need to be completed before UAS are widely accepted even in everyday life applications.

 

Honorary guests and keynote speakers (currently Confirmed):

- Peter van Blyenburgh, President and Founder Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

- Ing. Carmine Cifaldi, Italian Civil Aviation Authority, Director, Aeronautical Products Certification & Regulation

- Dr. Naira Hovakimyan, Dept. of Mechanical Science and Engineering Advanced Control Research Laboratory University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

- Mark A. Motter, PhD, PE, NASA Langley Research Center

 

Paper submission:

Papers must be submitted electronically through controls.papercept.net. Go to https://contols.papercept.net. Click on the link "Submit a Contribution to ICUAS'14 and follow the steps. The paper format must follow IEEE paper submission rules, two-column format using 12 point fonts, Times New Roman. The maximum number of pages per paper is 12.

 

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit significantly different versions of the ICUAS'14 papers to the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (JINT), which will be published in a JINT Special Volume and in a Special Volume Book as part of the Springer series on Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation (ISCA).

 

Important dates:

February 3, 2014: Full Papers/ Tutorial Proposals due

April 14, 2014: Acceptance/rejection notification

May 9, 2014: Upload final, camera ready papers

April 15 - May 9, 2014: Early Registration

 

General chairs:

Kimon Valavanis, University of Denver, kimon.valavanis@du.edu

YangQuan Chen, UC Merced, yangquan.chen@ucmerced.edu

 

Program chairs:

Youmin Zhang, Concordia Univ., Youmin.Zhang@concordia.ca

Luis Mejias, Queensland U of Tech., luis.mejias@qut.edu.au

James Morrison, KAIST, james.morrison@kaist.edu

 

Thank you for your contributions to the ICUAS'14 and look forward to meeting you at Orlando during May 27-30, 2014!

 

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4. Workshops and Graduate Schools

 

4.1 Applied Verification for Continuous and Hybrid Systems

Contributed by: Matthias Althoff, althoff@in.tum.de

 

1st International Workshop on Applied Verification for Continuous and Hybrid Systems 

CPSWeek 2014, Berlin, Germany, April 14, 2014 

 

While progress in the verification of continuous and hybrid systems has lead to academic tools and algorithms that can handle systems of considerable complexity, the transition to industrial applications is challenging. The workshop on applied verification for continuous and hybrid systems (ARCH) aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners, and to establish a curated set of benchmarks submitted by academia and industry. 

Workshop Website: http://cps-vo.org/group/ARCH 

 

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: January 26, 2014 

Notification of acceptance: March 9, 2014 

Final version: March 31, 2014 

Workshop: April 14, 2014 

 

Organizers:

Goran Frehse, UJF-Verimag 

Matthias Althoff, Technische Universität München

 

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4.2 Summer School on Estimation and Control 

Contributed by: Juan I. Yuz, juan.yuz@usm.cl

 

The Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) invites to the Summer School on Estimation and Control to be held at UTFSM, Valparaiso, CHILE, between the 13 and 17 of January, 2014. 

 

There will be two (independent) mini-courses

 

Course I: Energy Based Modeling and Control of Physical Systems 

Prof. Hector Ramirez, University of Franche-Comte, FRANCE 

 

Course II: Computational Learning in Dynamical Systems 

Prof. Thomas Schön, Uppsala University, SWEDEN 

 

The School is open to students, academics and the industry at no cost. However, registration is required. Lectures will given be in English. 

Registration: Sabrina Rodriguez, sabrina.rodriguez_at_usm.cl 

More Information: Prof. Juan I. Yuz, juan.yuz_at_usm.cl 

Webpage: http://profesores.elo.utfsm.cl/~jyuz/Summer_School.html 

The Summer School on Estimation and Control will be held In Memoriam of our dear colleague Prof. Eduardo Silva, who passed away on the 31st of October, 2013.

 

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4.3 Networks, Delays, and Nonlinear Control

Contributed by: Iasson Karafyllis, iasonkar@central.ntua.gr

 

Following a memorable EECI-sponsored graduate course on PDE control held in Belgrade in Spring 2013, a new course focused on control of nonlinear systems over networks in the presence of delays and sampling will be offered in Spring 2014 by Professors Miroslav Krstic (University of California, San Diego, USA) and Iasson Karafyllis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece). 

The course will be particularly useful to students of engineering, mathematics and other disciplines who aim to understand current research on nonlinear delay systems, systems described by hyperbolic PDEs and nonlinear discrete-time systems. 

 

Logistical details 

 

Location of the course: Faculty of Electrical Engineering (ETF, Elektrotehnicki fakultet), downtown Belgrade. 

Lodging: at the Lola student hotel right next to the course venue, price: 28 Euro/night. 

Registration: 250 Euro (free to Master students from Serbia and surrounding countries). 

Some students will be selected for a grant of 500 EUR, apply at 

http://www.eeci-institute.eu/index.php?p=Financial_support 

Additional details on the EECI grad program: www.eeci-institute.eu/IGSC2014 

BELGRADE: Capital of Serbia with a rich history, inexpensive, friendly and somewhat of a party capital of eastern Europe. 

ABSTRACT: In the 1990s, the recursive backstepping design revolutionized robust nonlinear control, enabling stabilization of systems with uncertain nonlinearities unmatched by control and of unlimited growth. In the 2000s, taking the backstepping recursion to the continuous limit produced a similar design methodology for boundary control of PDEs and for delay systems. This course starts with an introduction to control of PDEs based on the book Boundary Control of PDEs: A Course on Backstepping Designs (2008), continues on with a specialization of such control designs to nonlinear delay systems based on the new book Nonlinear Control Under Nonconstant Delays (2013), and culminates with methods for implementing such controllers over communication networks with sampled measurements, large and uneven communication delays and sampling times, and using finite-dimensional approximations of the feedback laws, based on the upcoming book Sampled-Data and Approximate Predictors for Nonlinear Delay Systems. 

TOPICS: Lyapunov stability for PDEs; boundary control of parabolic (reaction-advection-diffusion) PDEs; first-order hyperbolic (transport-dominated) PDEs; systems with input delay and predictor feedback; delay-robustness of predictor feedback; time-varying input delay; delay-adaptive predictor feedback; stabilization of nonlinear systems with long input delays; dynamic output predictor feedback; predictor feedback with sampled/delayed measurements and ZOH; approximate predictors; predictor feedback for discrete-time systems. APPLICATIONS: mobile robots, 3D printing, oil drilling, communication and computer networks and the Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) tracking problem. 

 

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4.4 Arbitrated Network Control Systems and CPS

Contributed by: Anuradha Annaswamy, aanna@mit.edu

 

Arbitrated Network Control Systems and CPS

March 24-28, 2014

 

International Graduate School on Control

European Embedded Control Institute

 

Anuradha Annaswamy

Active-adaptive Control Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

http://meche.mit.edu/people/?id=116

aanna@MIT.EDU

 

Samarjit Chakraborty

Institute for Real-Time Computer Systems (RCS), Technical University of Munich, Germany

http://www.rcs.ei.tum.de

samarjit@tum.de

 

Abstract

This course will focus on arbitrated network control systems and control/platform co‐design, both of which are prevalent in settings where multiple control applications are implemented on a distributed embedded platform. Such embedded platforms typically consist of multiple processors communicating over a system made up of several buses and gateways implementing different protocols, and are often present in the context of automotive cyber‐physical architectures that consist of about 100 ECUs (electronic control units) connected through multiple buses such as FlexRay, CAN and Ethernet.

With increasing complexity in the communication, computation, and memory components of the implementation platform, there needs to be a tight interaction between the cyber and physical worlds so as to reduce testing and debugging costs and optimize resource utilization. In many of the distributed architectures of interest, the underlying questions necessitate arbitration of control messages (e.g., how to time, queue, or map the control tasks) with a synergistic design of the underlying implementation architecture (e.g. how to choose the various bus protocols, how many ECUs, how should they be connected, how should the slots be sized, what should the processor speeds be, etc.). Such a co-design of control and platform can result in a better control performance with optimal resource utilization rather than using the properties of the platform in the control design. This course will provide an introduction to arbitrated network control systems and the control-platform co-design.

 

Topics

- Fundamentals of computer-controlled systems

- Examples of arbitration in distributed embedded systems

- Communication-aware co-design

- Computation-aware co-design

- Examples and case studies

 

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5. Positions

 

5.1 PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA 

Contributed by: Prof. Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu

 

Open PhD Positions 

Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (www.ASRL.us) 

 

We are searching for exceptional PhD students with a strong background in systems, controls, and robotics. These students are expected to perform research on (1) safety-critical autonomous systems, (2) multiagent systems and robotics, and (3) modular large-scale 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 Prof. Tansel Yucelen at yucelen@mst.edu including your background, your interests and strengths (theoretical and experimental), your resume, and a publication of yours. You can visit http://www.asrl.us/ for our webpage. 

 

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 human 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 and training science-based engineers and professionals to shape the future of our society.

 

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5.2 PhD: Utah State University, USA

Contributed by: Rajnikant Sharma, rajnikant.sharma@usu.edu

 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is seeking PhD Students in the area of cooperative localization and navigation of multiple small UAVs in GPS denied areas. Students should have strong background in control and estimation theory, and UAV dynamics and control. Applicant should be proficient in MATLAB/SIMULINK, C++,OpenCV, ROS. Hands on experience with UAV autopilot (Kestrel, Piccolo,Paparazzi, Arduino) will be an added advantage. For more details about our research visit http://www.eng.usu.edu/ece/faculty/rsharma/. Qualified candidates will offered stipend of $18,000/year+ tuition. For more information contact Rajnikant Sharma (rajnikant.sharma@usu.edu). 

 

Interested candidates can apply for Fall 2014 before January 10th through https://rgs.usu.edu/gradguide/htm/apply

 

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5.3 PhD: TEMPO PhD Program

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

 

Marie Curie Initial Training Network on Training in Embedded Predictive Control and Optimization - 14 Fully Funded PhD Fellowships – 

To apply: http://www.itk.ntnu.no/tempo/vacancies 

 

TEMPO is an international PhD program for highly motivated young scientists, where state-of-the-art research is combined with a comprehensive training program. The network is funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework program. TEMPO addresses the needs of European companies and society for embedded control technology, through training on cutting edge research in the rapidly emerging inter-disciplinary field of embedded predictive control and optimization. Ten partners from academia and industry, as well as three associated partners will provide a multi-national and interdisciplinary training infrastructure, designed to equip the participating fellows with the necessary knowledge and set of tools to pursue successful careers. We are now recruiting 14 PhD candidates for a range of identified projects. For details regarding individual project descriptions, the offered fellowships, and the application process and requirements, please visit the project webpage http://www.itk.ntnu.no/tempo/vacancies 

 

• Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for Mechatronic Systems. (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Prof. Jan Swevers) 

• Embedded MPC for Control of Fast Mechatronic Systems. (Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Prof. Boris Rohal-Ilkiv) 

• Informed Predictive Vehicle. (Renault, Prof. Sorin Olaru and Dr. Guillermo Pita Gil) 

• Nonlinear MPC of Tethered Power Plane. (Ampyx Power BV, Prof. Moritz Diehl and Dr. Richard Ruiterkamp) 

• Real-time Certification for Embedded Control Systems. (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ), Dr. Paul Goulart) 

• Robustness of MPC Explicit Solutions. (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPÉLEC), Prof. Pedro Rodriguez-Ayerbe) 

• Reduced complexity explicit MPC. (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Prof. Morten Hovd) 

• Explicit MPC and Delay Implications. (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPÉLEC), Prof. Sorin Olaru) 

• Fast Embedded Optimization via Non-convex Operator Splitting. (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Prof. Colin Jones) 

• Code Generation for Embedded Nonlinear MPC/MHE. (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Prof. Moriz Diehl) 

• Optimal Co-design of FPGA Implementations for MPC. (Imperial College, London, Dr. Eric Kerrigan) 

• Real-time Implementation of Embedded MPC on PLCs. (Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Prof. Michal Kvasnica) 

• Explicit MPC in Higher Order Systems. (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Prof. Tor Arne Johansen) 

• Embedded MPC in Converter Control. (ETHZ, Prof. Manfred Morari and Dr. Paul Goulart) 

 

The positions adhere to the European and the beneficiaries policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. It is an objective to increase the number of females in scientific positions, and female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply. 

 

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5.4 PhD: University of Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France

Contributed by: Joseph J. Yamé, joseph.yame@univ-lorraine.fr

 

PhD Position: Contribution to Energy Optimization of Large-Scale Buildings: An Integrated “Diagnostic/Economic and Cooperative Receding Horizon Control” Approach 

 

Supervised by Prof. Frédéric Hamelin and Joseph J. Yamé – Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy – CRAN – CNRS UMR 7039, University of Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France. 

We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student to work in the area of Diagnosis and Fault-tolerant Control. The specific project is on developing fault diagnosis algorithms and distributed model-based predictive control techniques for fault-tolerant control (FTC) of large-scale buildings HVAC systems. This is a theoretical and practical oriented research aiming at improving energy-efficiency of large-scale commercial buildings within a recently launched european project. 

A 3-year PhD fellowship is available for this work. The post offers an exciting opportunity to tackle research and practical engineering problems within a cooperation-based framework and stimulating research environment with state of the art experimental platforms. 

Candidates should have a Master degree and demonstrate excellent academic record and the ability to do independent research. A strong background in thermal system modeling, control theory and applied mathematics as well as a good knowledge of the Matlab/Simulink environment is required. 

 

Application: Please send, before 20 December 2013, your application with a detailed curriculum vitae, a motivation letter and copy of most relevant publications (if any) to

Frédéric Hamelin (email: frederic.hamelin@univ-lorraine.fr) 

Joseph J. Yamé (email: joseph.yame@univ-lorraine.fr) 

 

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5.5 PhD: Technische Universität München, Germany

Contributed by: Matthias Althoff, althoff@in.tum.de

 

The Doctorate Program PUMA (Programm- Und Modell-Analyse) at the Technische Universität München offers a doctoral position with focus on formal verification of robotic and cyber-physical systems. The topic is especially interesting to applicants with expertise in computer science as well as engineering. Technische Universität München is one of the top research universities in Europe. The university fosters a strong entrepreneurial spirit and international culture that places it at the forefront of research in a diversity of disciplines. 

 

Project and job description:

The focus of this position is on developing new methods for the grand challenge of analysing autonomous and intelligent systems that closely interact with the physical world. Typical examples are automated vehicles, robots cooperating with humans, and health care applications. Those systems have a combined discrete and continuous dynamics, where the discrete dynamics typically arises from the control software and the continuous dynamics from the physics of the application. Thus, the analysis of those systems requires methods from computer science and engineering/control theory. 

PhD students in PUMA enjoy the benefits of a structured PhD program, which includes regular meetings with other PhD students, participation in invited talks, and a network of experts on formal verification of software and systems. 

 

Job specifications:

* Applicants should be at most 28 years old; 

* Excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, engineering or related disciplines (typically mathematics, physics); 

* Fluency in spoken and written English or German is required; 

* Good programming skills in at least one programming language, e.g. MATLAB, C/C++, Python. 

* Applicants with strong background in the following fields are preferred: 

Control theory, Signals and systems, Theoretical computer science, Model checking 

* Highly motivated and keen on working in an international and interdisciplinary team 

 

Our Offer:

Remuneration will be in line with the current German collective pay agreement TV-L E13. The applicant will be funded for three years. Technische Universität München is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. We explicitly encourage women to apply and preference will be given to disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications. 

 

Contact:

International candidates are highly encouraged to apply. Please send a complete application (in English or German) including a CV, a cover letter, and contact details to Matthias Althoff (althoff@in.tum.de). Your cover letter should explain your research interests and demonstrate your qualifications for the post. More information about PUMA is available at http://puma.in.tum.de. 

Closing date: January 15, 2014. 

 

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5.6 PhD: National University of Ireland, Ireland

Contributed by: John Ringwood, john.ringwood@eeng.nuim.ie

 

2 PhD Positions (4 year studentships @ €18k p.a. + fees) starting Jan. 2014

 

The Centre for Ocean Energy Research at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, has opportunities for well-qualified applicants interested in undertaking a research degree at PhD level.

 

PhD1 Energy forecasting and predictive maintenance for marine renewable energy

This position, funded under the MaREI SFI initiative, targets the objective of cost reduction for marine renewable energy. One the one hand, the ability to predict the energy production for marine renewable energy (MRE) devices increases the energy value in terms of economic dispatch, while the anticipation of maintenance requirements minimises the cost of MRE device maintenance, which is significant. While both areas have their own specific application foci, they are both underpinned by the need for the development of mathematical system models for MRE devices. The MRE applications considered in this project will include offshore wind, tidal and wave power.

PhD2 Marine renewable energy power take-off configuration and control for electro-gas production

While a vast untapped marine renewable energy (MRE) resource exists, the variability and unpredictability of such resources are problematic for electricity network dispatchers. However, the possibility to produce electro-gas, both as a storage mechanism AND as an energy source in its own right, gives the possibility to significantly increase the utility of MRE. This PhD project will examine the optimal design of power take-off interfaces between MRE devices and electro-gas production systems. In particular, controllers to optimise the energy usage will be designed, mindful of the requirements of the electro-gas production process and the physical constraints of MRE devices. Ultimately, the production of electro-gas from MRE arrays will be considered.

Candidates should be well-qualified academically to bachelors (preferably H1) or masters level. The project will require a mix of skills, including mechanical and hydrodynamic modelling, programming and simulation. Applicants with backgrounds in mechanical, mechatronics and electrical/electronic engineering or control systems are especially suitable, though other areas such as fluid mechanics, hydrodynamics, etc may also be considered. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills and programming ability.

For further information, contact Prof. John Ringwood, john.ringwood@eeng.nuim.ie. More information on the Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER) is available at http://www.eeng.nuim.ie/coer/

 

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5.7 PhD: Luxembourg Centre of Systems Biomedicine, Luxembourg 

Contributed by: Jorge Goncalves, jorge.goncalves@uni.lu

 

Doctoral Candidate (PhD student) in Systems Control at the Luxembourg Centre of Systems Biomedicine (LCSB)

 

The Systems Control Group (SCG) of the Luxembourg Centre of Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) has an open position for a Doctoral Candidate (PhD student). The PhD student will be a member of the highly interdisciplinary research centre, integrating experimental biological and system biology approaches in order to develop the foundation of a future predictive, preventive and personalised medicine.

 

Your Role:

Obtain a PhD in Systems biology or biomedicine. There is flexibility in the choice of projects, which will likely involve working closely with biologists to gather data and insight into biological questions. Then it is expected that the student will generate dynamical models to make predictions that can be tested experimentally. Possible projects are:

- Causal network inference of key genes involved in Parkinson’s disease.

- Model of the natural disease progression in Parkinson’s disease.

- Modelling of cytoplasmic Ca2+ in plant circadian rhythms.

There is a possibility for the students to spend some time at Caltech, MIT or the University of Cambridge to take specialised courses and collaborate with researchers at those institutions.

The student is not expected to run any laboratory experiments or have any knowledge of biology. Biologists in other groups will perform all necessary experiments. There is, however, the possibility that an occasional experiment is done by the student.

 

Your Profile:

Strong mathematical background is a requirement. If not already covered in their background, students must learn courses from the mathematics department including analysis, functional analysis and linear algebra. Biological knowledge is not essential.

Prior knowledge of control systems theory is desired, or at least to be willing to learn the basics of this field, especially system identification.

The student should preferably hold a Master in Mathematics or Control Systems. Other fields may be acceptable, depending on their mathematical level, such as Engineering, Bioinformatics, Physics, Applied mathematics or a related discipline.

 

Further information and online application at http://emea3.mrted.ly/a102

 

Applications should contain the following documents:

- A detailed Curriculum vitae

- A motivation letter, including a brief description of past research experience and future interests.

- Copies of diploma

- Name and addresses of at least two references

 

For further information, please contact:

Jorge Goncalves

jorge.goncalves@uni.lu

Please apply online at http://emea3.mrted.ly/a102

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

 

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5.8 PhD: Lehigh University, USA

Contributed by: Eugenio Schuster, schuster@lehigh.edu

 

Two PhD positions in the area of Control Systems are available within the Laboratory for Control of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Lehigh University. PhD candidates should have an undergraduate, or preferably a Masters degree, in engineering, physics or applied math. A solid mathematical and physical background is required together with a broad education in control systems. Some demonstrated research experience is a plus. The candidates should be interested in doing research in the general area of modeling and control of distributed parameter systems.

 

Lehigh University, founded in 1865, is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 75 miles southwest of New York City. It offers an inspiring academic environment, excellent education, state-of-the-art research and computer facilities, very competitive economic conditions (tuitions, stipend, housing, health insurance) for graduate students, and great career opportunities after graduation. More information can be found at http://www4.lehigh.edu/admissions/gradadmissions.aspx.

 

Candidates interested in being part of this educational and research opportunity are encouraged to send by e-mail their Curriculum Vitae to Prof. Eugenio Schuster at schuster@lehigh.edu.

 

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5.9 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu, reyhanom@erau.edu

 

PhD positions are available in the areas of nonlinear dynamics, controls, and robotics 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

http://www.erau.edu/admissions/graduate.html

 

Contact:

Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Physical Sciences Department,

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach,

Florida.

E-mail: reyhanom@erau.edu

 

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5.10 Post-Doc: Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania 

Contributed by: Claudia Martis, claudia.martis@emd.utcluj.ro

 

The Department of Electrical Machines and Drives from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania is looking for a postdoc researcher to be registered for 24 months Postdoc within the Marie Curie Industry Academia Partnership Pathway (IAPP) project: Optimal Low-Noise Energy-Efficient Electrical Machines and Drives for Automotive Applications - EMDA_LoOp, http://www.emda-loop.com/ . The role of the researcher will be to work on multi-physics multi-domain modeling and testing of electromechanical/mechatronic systems, with focus on simulation and control of low power a.c. electrical motors for automotive applications. 

 Please refer to the project website for further information. 

To apply, please send a detailed CV together with a letter of motivation and (optional) 1-2 recommendation letters to: 

Prof. Claudia Martis 

Technical University of Cluj-Napoca 

Department of Electrical Machines and Drives 

28, Memorandumului str, 400114 Cluj-Napoca, Romania 

tel.: +40-264-401-827 

e-mail: claudia.martis@emd.utcluj.ro

 

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5.11 Post-Doc: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland 

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

 

BuildNet: Smart Building Networks 

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

 

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

The postdoctoral researchers will join a collaborative project funded by an ERC Starting Grant consisting of two postdoctoral fellows, and three PhD students and will join a research group with a broad range of expertise in optimization and predictive control. 

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

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

The successful candidates can expect a gross salary starting at 81'000 CHF, together with other benefits depending on their civil status. 

More information available here: http://la.epfl.ch/positions 

 

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5.12 Post Doc: Qatar University, Qatar

Contributed by: Nader Meskin, nader.meskin@qu.edu.qa

 

Postdoc Position: Identification of Human Ankle Dynamics for the Robust Robotic Control of Active Ankle Orthoses 

 

Qatar University invites applicants for a postdoctoral research associate in the area of Robust Control of Active Ankle Orthoses, starting from Jan. 2014. The appointment is, initially, for the duration of one year; however, it can be extended to the maximum of three subsequent years, based on performance. 

The proposed research, which is an endeavor of the Qatar University, McGill University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology will mainly focus on 

1- Design, assembly and calibration of an active ankle orthosis, 

2- Design and development of an assistive compliance controller for ankle orthosis. The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree in the related discipline with emphasis on biomedical robotic design and control. 

 

The salary and benefits are as follows:

1- Monthly payment QR 16,000 (4389$) that incorporates: 

2- Furnished accommodation from the date of the arrival (utilities are at the employee’s expense) or housing allowance QR 7,000 (1920$). 

3- Annual economy air ticket allowance to the home country as per quotation from Qatar Airways for the employee, accompanying spouse and up to three children (under 18 years of age). 

4- Annual paid vacation for 35 calendar days. Permission for vacation will be given in accordance with work needs in the research project. 

5- Education allowance up to "accompanying" three children from grade one up to 18 years of age. The entitlement is not exceeding QR 45,000 per year per child "similar to QU HR policy for academic staff".

6- Health insurance for the employee accompanying spouse and up to three children (under 18 years of age) "similar to QU HR policy for academic staff". 

If interested, please send your CV with a cover letter and the names of three professional references, to 

 

Dr. Nader Meskin 

Department of Electrical Engineering, 

Qatar University, Doha, Qatar 

nader.meskin@qu.edu.qa 

 

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5.13 Post Doc: University of Namur, Belgium

Contributed by: Joseph Winkin, joseph.winkin@unamur.be

 

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated candidate for a Post-Doc starting during the academic year 2013-2014 (twelve months with possibility of renewal) at the Namur Center for Complex Systems.

naXys is a multi-disciplinary research center (twelve departments across the University of Namur) dedicated to the analysis and modeling of complex systems.

The position is associated to the participation of naXys at the IAP network DYSCO ( http://sites.uclouvain.be/dysco/ ) coordinating research on systems, control, optimization and networks in Belgium. Our partners include Vincent Blondel (UCL), Dirk Roose (KUL), Dirk Aeyels (Ugent), Rik Pintelon (VUB), Rodolphe Sepulchre (Ulg), Alain Vande Wouwer (UMONS), as well as international research groups at Stanford, Princeton and MIT.

Candidates are expected to perform research in one of the following scientific activities of the UNamur-naXys team, namely dynamical systems, networks, control and optimization, and to develop collaborations with our DYSCO partners.

For more information, please send us an email at Joseph.Winkin@unamur.be or contact directly a member of our academic staff:

- Timoteo Carletti - timoteo.carletti@unamur.be - Networks and dynamical systems

- André Füzfa - andre.fuzfa@unamur.be - Dynamical systems

- Renaud Lambiotte (co-promotor) - renaud.lambiotte@unamur.be - Complex networks

- Anne Lemaître - anne.lemaitre@unamur.be - Dynamical systems

- Annick Sartenaer - annick.sartenaer@unamur.be - Numerical optimization

- Joseph Winkin (promotor) - Joseph.Winkin@unamur.be - Systems and control.

 

The applications should be sent by e-mail to Joseph Winkin.

Application deadline: 31 December 2013.

 

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5.14 Post Doc: Luxembourg Centre of Systems Biomedicine, Luxembourg 

Contributed by: Jorge Goncalves, jorge.goncalves@uni.lu

 

Postdoc (Research Associate) in Systems Control at the Luxembourg Centre of Systems Biomedicine (LCSB)

The Systems Control Group (SCG) of the Luxembourg Centre of Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) has a position open for a fixed term postdoctoral research associate.

 

Your Role:

The Systems Control Group seeks a highly skilled Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Associate) to work on on-going and new projects. There is flexibility on the project itself, which can be more theoretical or applied. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to work together with Ph.D. students both at the LCSB and at the University of Cambridge. On-going projects involve collaborations with the University of Cambridge, MIT and Caltech.

 

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (or will graduate with one soon) in mathematics, control systems or related disciplines, with a strong foundation in systems & control theory and system identification. There is flexibility in the choice of projects. Possible topics are:

- Systems biology approach to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease;

- Reconstruction and analysis of networks;

- Theoretical control systems motivated by biological applications.

 

We offer a very competitive and well above average salary, and a full contract for 1 year with the possibility of renewal up to 5 years. There is also the possibility for the Postdoc to spend some time at other universities to take specialised courses and collaborate with researchers at those institutions.

 

Further information and online application at

http://emea3.mrted.ly/a0zh

 

Applications should contain the following documents:

- A detailed Curriculum vitae.

- A motivation letter.

- Description of past research experience and future interests.

- Name and addresses of at least three references.

 

For further information, please contact:

Jorge Goncalves

jorge.goncalves@uni.lu

Please apply online at the above link.

 

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

 

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5.15 Faculty: University of Warwick, UK

Contributed by: Prof. Declan Bates, D.Bates@warwick.ac.uk

 

Reader (Associate Professor) in Synthetic Biology (£45,941 - £56,467 pa)

 

The School of Engineering at the University of Warwick wishes to appoint an Engineer or Physical Scientist with significant expertise in biological systems to the position of Reader in Synthetic Biology. You will be an ambitious and dynamic academic who will play a leading international role in the future development of Synthetic Biology. You will be an internationally leading researcher in Synthetic Biology, capable of establishing and leading interdisciplinary research activities of international excellence and of teaching on the range of taught programmes offered by the School.

 

You will interact closely with researchers from the School of Life Sciences, and contribute to the development of a thriving community of interdisciplinary researchers working on Synthetic Biology at Warwick. Applications from candidates with a background in Systems and Control Engineering are particularly encouraged. More details are available at:

 

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/humanresources/jobsintro/

http://wisb.warwick.ac.uk/

Closing date: 23rd December 2013

 

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5.16 Faculty: New York University, USA

Contributed by: Farshad Khorrami, khorrami@smart.poly.edu

 

New York University, one of the largest and most highly regarded private universities, is seeking to add several tenured/tenure-track faculty members to its Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as part of a major multi-year growth phase. 

 

The faculty and students of the school are at the forefront of the high-tech start-up culture in New York City and have access to world-class research centers in cyber security (crissp.poly.edu) and wireless communications (nyuwireless.com), among other areas. We enjoy close collaborations with the Langone School of Medicine, the Courant Institute and other schools of NYU. The ECE Department invites outstanding applications for tenure-track or tenured faculty appointments in all areas of ECE, with particular emphasis on Computer Engineering and RF/Analog Circuits. Candidates with a strong record of interdisciplinary research and funding in emerging areas are preferred. Candidates must have a PhD degree in ECE or related discipline and must have the ability to develop and lead high-quality research and attract external funding. Applicants should include a cover letter, current resume, research and teaching statements, and letters from at least three references. All application materials should be submitted electronically. 

 

Applications received by January 17, 2014 will receive full consideration. NYU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

 

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5.17 Faculty: University of Illinois, USA

Contributed by: Andrew Alleyne, mechse-facultyrecruiting@illinois.edu

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Positions in Robotics and Mechatronics 

 

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for faculty positions at all levels in Robotics and Mechatronics, broadly defined. We seek technical leaders that can design, analyze and experimentally deploy unique robotic and mechatronic systems to address challenging societal needs. Illinois is home to world class research facilities that are well aligned with Robotics and Mechatronics, including the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) and the Beckman Institute. Applications are encouraged from candidates whose research programs specialize in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, Computer Science and BioEngineering as well as related interdisciplinary areas that augment Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois. The department is engaged in exciting new and expanding programs for research, education, and professional development, with strong ties to government and industry. We are looking for candidates to participate in the broad range of opportunities available. 

Please visit http://jobs.illinois.edu to view the complete position announcement and application instructions for College of Engineering: Open Rank Faculty—Mechanical Science and Engineering (F1300105). Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2013. 

Illinois is an AA-EOE. www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu 

 

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5.18 Faculty: The Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Douai, France

Contributed by: S. Lecoeuche, stephane.lecoeuche@mines-douai.fr

 

Recruitment of an assistant-professor in Complex Systems Modelling - Computer Science and Automatic Control – Mines Douai 

 

The Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Douai (Mines Douai ) is a French engineering school, member of the Institut Mines-Télécom. Institut Mines-Télécom is composed of 13 engineering schools with nearly 12,000 students, including 1,700 graduate students. 

Mines Douai is organized into teaching and research departments in various fields of engineering science (for more details, see the website of the school: http://www2.mines-douai.fr/en). Mines Douai would like to strengthen the Department of Computer Science and Automatic Control , which develops activities related to industrial and IT systems. 

The Departement Informatique et Automatique (Department of Computer Science and Automatic Control), Ecole des Mines de Douai is seeking candidates for a tenured- assistant professor position. 

The missions are described below : 

• Teaching activities : 

­ Provide specialized teaching in his or her field of expertise, 

­ Get involved in various educational support activities (supervision of students, creation of new educational resources, admission ...). 

• Research and technology transfer activities : 

­ Conduct research and supervise PhD students and postdocs in one or several following fields: machine learning, multi-agent systems, system identification, 

­ Contribute the various application domains such as autonomous systems, intelligent industrial systems, energy management, transport, smart buildings, etc, 

­ Develop collaboration with the other members of the department, 

­ Participate in the regional, national and international activities (conference organization, workshop, etc.) of his/her field research, 

­ Collaborate with industrial partners and participate in technology transfer, 

­ Participate in the organization of scientific events. 

 

Qualifications required:

The position would suit an applicant who holds a PhD in the field of computer science, automatic control or related fields, and who is interested in teaching and research -oriented industrial applications. 

Post- doctoral experience would be appreciated. 

The ideal candidate must have expertise in techniques for complex systems with skills in data classification, multi-agent systems, and / or system identification. 

He/She should be a good team player and communicator, and has demonstrated an international orientation. He/She should have the necessary linguistic and cultural skills to develop international cooperation in both research and teaching. 

The candidate must have proven experience of setting up and managing research projects. He or she should also provide references showing an ability to teach and advise students. 

 

How to apply : 

The position is open only to nationals of an EU member state. 

 

The application form has to be requested from: 

Danièle CATOUILLARD (Phone : 33 3.27.71.25.36 - daniele.catouillard@mines-douai.fr) 

Ecole des Mines de Douai 

Human Resources Department 

941 Charles Street Bourseul - CS 10838 

59508 Douai Cedex - France 

 

Closing date for applications: 18 December 2013 

 

Contact person 

Professor Stephane LECOEUCHE - Deputy Head of Department of Computer Science and Automatic Control, Director of the Research Unit IA 

Tel: 33 3.27.71.24.45 

Mail: stephane.lecoeuche@mines-douai.fr 

 

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5.19 Faculty: United States Naval Academy, USA

Contributed by: Joel Esposito, esposito@usna.edu

 

The Naval Academy’s Weapons and Systems Engineering Department (http://www.usna.edu/WSE/) invites applications for multiple tenure track faculty positions. Appointments at all ranks will be considered, but the preference is for junior faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position may begin as early as the fall of 2014. A Ph.D. in electrical, mechanical, or closely related engineering field is required. 

 

The Systems Engineering major seeks candidates that can contribute to a broad field of study including dynamics and control, mechatronics, robotics, and embedded computers. The successful candidate is expected to teach and, eventually, develop course material in one or more of these areas, to advise student projects, and to maintain a research program and a technical publication record. Additional technical expertise and/or previous technical research in areas of bioengineering, human machine interface, engineering management, and military technology is highly desirable. The Systems Engineering curriculum (accredited by ABET) is laboratory intensive and emphasizes design for autonomy. Class sizes are small and laboratories are state-of-the-art. 

 

Applications in the form of a cover letter and CV accompanied by teaching and research statements should be submitted by 1 January 2014 and sent to Search Committee, c/o Prof. Joel Esposito, esposito@usna.edu or Weapons and Systems Engineering Department, 105 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21402-5025. 

 

The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is a four year undergraduate institution with a mission to prepare midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically for commissioning as officers in the naval services and is located in Annapolis, MD, within the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan area, known for its top-rated schools and range of amenities. 

The United States Naval Academy is an equal opportunity employer. 

 

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5.20 Faculty: Australian National University, Australia

Contributed by: Brian Anderson, brian.anderson@anu.edu.au

 

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University is seeking to fill a tenure track/tenured position in one of several areas of electrical engineering, including control. Applications from fresh PhDs will not be considered; the position is an intermediate level one (corresponding to an assistant professor with several years experience or an associate professor or even recent full professor in an American university). 

Details can be found at http://jobs.anu.edu.au/PositionDetail.aspx?p=3602 

 

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5.21 Faculty: University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany

Contributed by: Ansgar Rehm, Ansgar Rehm

 

Faculty Position: Professor and Head of The Lab for Automation

 

The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück seeks to appoint a professor in Automation Engineering

Id No: IuI 144-P0612 at the earliest date possible.

 

We are looking for a committed personality with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics or similar studies with professional experience in automation engineering. Ideally you are in command of substantial experience in the field of PLC as well as the implementation of concepts for control engineering in practice.

You will be responsible for teaching, practical research and technology transfer. The main focus in teaching are courses on control- and automation engineering. The willingness to offer lectures in basics of electrical engineering is assumed. Teaching language for bachelor courses is German. The lectures should provide profound basic knowledge and be related to practice. We put stress on maintaining and developing industrial cooperations. We also expect you to get engaged in academic self-administration at our university as well as to promote internationalization of our university with lectures held in English and the development of international cooperations.

 

The position will be classified according to the rules of Stiftung Fachhochschule Osnabrück. For further information please consult: http://www.hs-osnabrueck.de/stellenangebote1.html. We are most willing to support you and your family moving into the region.

The University of Applied Sciences is strongly committed to promote gender and diversity in sciences and aims to increase the number of women in research and education and therefore strongly encourages the application of female scholars (for further information please contact: women’s representative, phone 0049 541 969 2955).

 

This position is full-time but can also be offered as part-time in job-sharing. Severely disabled persons equally qualified will be favoured.

 

Candidates should submit their application along with the usual supporting documents -additionally in electronic form (berufungen@hs-osnabrueck.de) - no later than 20.12.2013, to

The President

Hochschule Osnabrück - University of Applied Sciences

P.O. 1940

49009 Osnabrueck 

Germany

 

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5.22 Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Contributed by: Bart De Schutter, b.deschutter@tudelft.nl

 

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC - www.dcsc.tudelft.nl) of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands has a vacancy for a full professor in the broad field of Systems and Control.

DCSC currently performs research in the following main fundamental research fields: intelligent control, distributed and large-scale systems, identification and estimation, model-based control, and hybrid systems. The main applications involve optics and imaging, wind energy, robotics, and transportation and infrastructure networks.

DCSC has an opening for a new chair (full professor) with a strong fundamental profile in systems and control. The candidate should have a research profile that is complementary to the ongoing research topics of the department (see above). In this context potential research areas of the full professor could include one or more of the

following topics:

* Control of nonlinear systems

* Adaptive systems and control

* Robust control

* Fault-tolerant control

* Nonlinear systems theory

* Distributed-parameter systems

* Stochastic systems

 

The fundamental research should be complemented with one or more application fields such as, e.g., renewable energy, health, environmental control, bioprocess control, or aerospace. Note that this is a non-exhaustive list. So additional application areas may be considered as well, depending on the complementarity within the department and the vision of the new chair.

The offered position is a tenured position, and the new chair will have the opportunity to build up a team consisting of 2 assistant/associate professors. Delft University of Technology offers an attractive benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities and are

depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

The candidate should have a PhD degree in the field of Systems and Control or a closely related field as well as a proven track record in performing high-quality research in the field of systems and control, excellent teaching skills, and proven affinity with the development and coaching of students and researchers.

Interested applicants should send their resume, including a list of publications, names of three professional referees, copies of three significant publications, a personal research statement, and a personal teaching statement to Application-3mE@tudelft.nl attn. Ms N. van Benthem, HR department. When applying for this position, make sure to mention vacancy number 3ME12-02. The deadline for submitting the application is February 1, 2014.

More information on this position can be obtained from Prof. Bart De Schutter (b.deschutter at tudelft.nl).

 

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5.23 Faculty: Lehigh University, USA 

Contributed by: Eugenio Schuster, schuster@lehigh.edu

 

Lehigh University invites applications for one tenure-track assistant or associate professor position from candidates whose research focuses on systems, dynamics, and controls. The successful candidate must have a proven research interest in applications related to mechanical engineering, including, but not limited to, topics such as: energy systems, healthcare systems, cyber-physical systems, large-scale interconnected systems, mechanical systems, and robotics.

 

Applicants must possess (1) an earned doctorate, outstanding academic credentials, and a demonstrated record of success, (2) strong record and willingness to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary research, and (3) the ability and commitment to teach courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Multidisciplinary research programs are an important priority at Lehigh University, and include strong interactions with government agencies, industry, and existing research centers on campus. The position will require developing externally funded research programs, supervising M.S. and Ph.D. students, and contributing to the control systems cluster through innovative research and teaching.

 

Candidates should provide curriculum vitae that includes a statement of professional experience and goals, detailed plans for research and funding, a list of refereed publications and presentations, a summary of teaching experience and plans, and the names and contact information of four references. This material should be submitted electronically using our online application found at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/Lehigh/MEM. For questions regarding this position, please contact Barbara McGuire, bcm208@lehigh.edu. Applications received by January 15, 2014 will receive full consideration.

 

Lehigh University is a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. Lehigh is a coeducational, nondenominational, private university that offers a distinct academic environment of undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe. Lehigh offers majors and programs in four colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Business and Economics, The College of Education, and The P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. More than 4,700 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students call Lehigh "home." Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is situated on 1,600 acres in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia.

Lehigh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged. Excellent benefits, including domestic partner benefits, are offered. For further information see: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/worklifebalance.html.

 

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5.24 Technical Expert: Volvo, Sweden

Contributed by: Erik Coelingh, erik.coelingh@volvocars.com

 

Technical Expert – Path Prediction & Threat Assessment

Research & Development at Volvo Car Group

Form of employment: Permanent 

Location: Göteborg, Sweden

 

The group Collision Avoidance within the unit Active safety & Chassis is responsible for function and SW development within the area of collision avoidance. Several of our functions in production (such as CitySafety and Full Auto-brake with pedestrian detection) were launched as 'World First' and Volvo Cars has highly set goals to maintain this leading position within active safety. Current Volvo Car products offer collision avoidance technologies that supports drivers in avoiding rear-end and pedestrian accidents. This support consists of warning and autonomous emergency braking, but in the future we are looking to use autonomous steering interventions as well.

 

We are now looking for a Technical Expert to hold the overall responsibility for the strategies and development in the areas Path Prediction and Threat Assessment. Your work will be supporting how the vehicles of today will evolve into the non-hit vehicles of the future; covering safety rating, competitors, academics in the field of collision avoidance etc. The role requires a demonstrated in-depth technical knowledge from the area to provide technical leadership to peers and assure the delivery of product programs. You have high level of communication and teamwork capability as well as experience to lead, teach, coach and mentor internal teams in the delivery of technical objectives. 

 

Main responsibilities

Deliver path prediction and threat assessment functionality to all customer functions in the area of active safety and driver support

Secure technology readiness for industrialisation by initiating and supervising advanced engineering and research projects (internal and co-financed by the authorities)

Advice management in technical matters from a Volvo Cars perspective

Support the organisation in contacts with suppliers and proactively contact potential suppliers

Secure competence development within the area, by proactively provide education, mentoring and coaching on technical matters (including review of technical deliveries)

Maintain personal expertise in the area of path prediction and threat assessment; follow the research frontier and write patents and publications

Develop and maintain external relations with universities and authorities and on request support PR on press events, interviews etc

 

Required qualifications

University degree, minimum Master of Science degree or equivalent in Control Theory, Electrical Engineering etc

Demonstrated in-depth technical knowledge from Path Prediction and Threat Assessment, Collision Avoidance and/or Active Safety

Comprehensive experience from Research and development (Requirement/Methods, Concept development, Engineering or Analysis & Verification), Authorities and Industry

Extensive experience from innovation on functionality

Experience from model based development and Simulink modelling

Excellent English skills, verbally and in writing

Licentiate of Engineering degree or Ph.D. in the field of active safety, collision avoidance, threat assessment and path prediction is meritorious

Documented publication record in relevant technical area (paper, patents, reports etc) is meritorious

Experience from embedded SW development is meritorious

Personal qualities

Holistic view and conceptual thinking

High level of communication and teamwork capability

Experience to lead an internal team in the delivery of technical objectives

Demonstrated capability and willingness to teach, coach and mentor

Business and performance driven

 

About Volvo Car Group

The future belongs to those who are empowered by a great idea and have the ability to carry it out. At Volvo Car Group, our vision is clear: "To be the world's most progressive and desired luxury car brand" by simplifying people's lives. We have bold targets when it comes to innovation, sales and customer satisfaction and to make this happen, we need talented people onboard. People with passion, energy, business sense and the drive to innovate. People that want to create the next generation Volvo cars in a global, dynamic and respectful environment. We will support you to reach your full potential. Join us on this exciting journey into the future.

 

Contact

In this recruitment process we are collaborating with Randstad Professionals. If you have any questions regarding the position you are welcome to contact the responsible recruitment consultant Karin Örtegren at +46 72 98 89 422 by e-mail karin.ortegren@randstad.se.

 

http://www.volvocars.com/intl/top/corporate/career/pages/search-for-a-job.aspx?jobid=r_6724655

 

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