February 2013 - E-LETTER

Issue Number: 
293
Issue Date: 
February 2013

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

Issue 293

February 2013

 

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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

1.3 Call for Nominations for 2013 Control Systems Society Awards 

    

2. Awards

2.1 IFAC Industrial Achievement Award 

2.2 SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize

2.3 IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems Awards

 

3. Misc

3.1 YouTube Channel for Linear Systems Theory 

 

4. Books

4.1 Optimal Adaptive Control and Differential Games by Reinforcement Learning Principles 

4.2 Theory of Conditional Games 

4.3 Nonlinear Stochastic Systems with Incomplete Information: Filtering and Control 

 

5. Journals

5.1 Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information 

5.2 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems 

5.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

5.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control 

5.5 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics

5.6 CFP: Asian Journal of Control 

5.7 CFP: International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing 

 

6. Conferences

6.1 IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education

6.2 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

6.3 Third International Conference on Systems and Control 

6.4 18th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

6.5 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing

6.6 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 

6.7 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

6.8 International conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

 

7. Workshops and Graduate Schools

7.1 2nd Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory

7.2 4th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems

7.3 Course on LMI optimization with applications in control

7.4 Summer School on Software Synthesis

 

8. Positions

8.1  PhD: Laval University, Quebec, Canada

8.2  PhD: University of Houston, USA 

8.3  Post-Doc: LAAS-CNRS, University of Toulouse, France

8.4  Post-Doc: Umeå University and Ålö AB, Sweden

8.5  Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

8.6  Post-Doc: Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Quatar

8.7  Post-Doc: Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston

8.8  Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

8.9  Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

8.10 Faculty: University of Georgia, USA 

8.11 Researcher: Lehigh University,USA

8.12 Researcher: University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia 

8.13 Researcher: United Technologies Research Center 

8.14 Researcher: United Technologies Research Center 

8.15 Lead Engineer: GE Global Research

8.16 Senior Engineer: John Deere Electronic Solutions

8.17 Internships: NEC Laboratories America

 

 

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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 2 (February) 

 

Papers 

 

Compensation of State-Dependent Input Delay for Nonlinear Systems 

N. Bekiaris-Liberis, M. Krstic p. 275 

 

A Strict Control Lyapunov Function for a Diffusion Equation with Time-Varying Distributed Coefficients 

F. Bribiesca Argomedo, C. Prieur, E. Witrant, S. Bremond p. 290 

 

Hybrid Model Reference Adaptive Control of Piecewise Affine Systems 

M. di Bernardo, U. Montanaro, S. Santini p. 304 

 

Robust Distributed Routing in Dynamical Networks - Part I: Locally Responsive Policies and Weak Resilience 

G. Como, K. Savla, D. Acemoglu, M. A. Dahleh, E. Frazzoli p. 317 

 

Robust Distributed Routing in Dynamical Networks - Part II: Strong Resilience, Equilibrium Selection and Cascaded Failures 

G. Como, K. Savla, D. Acemoglu, M. A. Dahleh, E. Frazzoli p. 333 

 

Stabilization Over Markov Feedback Channels: The General Case 

L. Coviello, P. Minero, M. Franceschetti p. 349 

 

Selfish Response to Epidemic Propagation 

G. Theodorakopoulos, J-Y. LeBoudec, J. S. Baras p. 363 

 

Sequence-based Anytime Control 

D. E. Quevedo, V. Gupta p. 377 

 

Convergence of a Multi-Agent Projected Stochastic Gradient Algorithm for Non Convex Optimization 

P. Bianchi, J. Jakubowicz p. 391 

 

Open Stochastic Systems 

J. C. Willems p. 406 

 

Model-Based Event-Triggered Control for Systems with Quantization and Time-Varying Network Delays 

E. Garcia, P. J. Antsaklis p. 422 

 

A Framework for Extremum Seeking Control of Systems with Parameter Uncertainties 

D. Nesic, A. Mohammadi, C. Manzie p. 435 

 

Technical Notes and Correspondence 

 

The Complex Hurwitz Test for the Analysis of Spontaneous Self-excitation in Induction Generators 

M. Bodson, O. Kiselychnyk p. 449 

 

Limitations for Nonlinear Observation over Erasure Channel 

A. Diwadkar, U. Vaidya p. 454 

 

LMI-based Stability Criteria for Discrete-time Luríe Systems with Monotonic, Sector- and Slope-restricted Nonlinearities 

N. S. Ahmad, W. P. Heath, G. Li p. 459 

 

A Class of Uncontrollable Diffusively Coupled Multi-agent Systems with Multi-chain Topologies 

M. Cao, S. Zhang, K. Camlibel p. 465 

 

On the Optimality of Certainty Equivalence for Event-triggered Control Systems 

A. Molin, S. Hirche p. 470 

 

A Delay System Method for Designing Event-triggered Controllers of Networked Control Systems 

D. Yue, E. Tian, Q-L. Han p. 475 

 

Stable Interval Observers in C for Linear Systems with Time-Varying Input Bounds 

Christophe Combastel p. 481 

 

Constrained Partially Observed Markov Decision Processes with Probabilistic Criteria for Adaptive Sequential Detection 

R. Chen, K. Wagner, G. L. Blankenship p. 487 

 

A Homogeneous Domination Approach to State Feedback of Stochastic High-order Nonlinear Systems with Time-varying Delay 

X-J. Xie, L. Liu p. 494 

 

Optimal Stopping under Partial Observation: Near-Value Iteration 

E. Zhou p. 500 

 

Robust Control of Linear Systems via Switching 

U. Shaked, L. Allerhand p. 506 

 

Lyapunov Technique and Backstepping for Nonlinear Neutral Systems 

F. Mazenc, H. Ito p. 512 

 

Distributed Tracking Control for Linear Multi-Agent Systems with a Leader of Bounded Unknown Input 

Z. Li, X. Liu, W. Ren, L. Xie p. 518 

 

Output Feedback Stabilization Using Small-gain Method and Reduced-order Observer for Stochastic Nonlinear Systems 

C-R. Zhao, X-J. Xie p. 523 

 

Analysis of Decentralized Quantized Auctions on Cooperative Networks 

P. Jia, P. E. Caines p. 529 

 

Probabilistic Life Time Maximization of Sensor Networks 

H. Jaleel, A. Rahmani, M. Egerstedt p. 534 

 

Efficient Computing Budget Allocation for Simulation-based Optimization with Stochastic Simulation Time 

Q-S. Jia p. 539 

 

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1.3 Call for nominations for 2013 Control Systems Society Awards

Contributed by: Rick Middleton, richard.middleton@newcastle.edu.au

 

Nominations are open, and due by May 15, for the following IEEE Control Systems Society Awards (see http://www.ieeecss.org/awards for full details) 

 

- George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper published in 2011 or 2012 in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control); 

- IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper published in 2011 or 2012); 

- IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award (for an article published in 2011 or 2012); 

- IEEE Control Systems Technology Award (for outstanding individual or team contributions to control systems technology); 

- Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award (for a distinguished contributor to the transition of control and systems theory to practice); 

- Antonio Ruberti Outstanding Young Researcher Prize (for a young researcher for innovation and impact on systems and control).

 

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2. Awards

 

2.1 IFAC Industrial Achievement Award 

Contributed by: Tariq Samad, tariq.samad@honeywell.com

 

Call for nominations: IFAC Industrial Achievement Award 

 

Nominations for the IFAC Industrial Achievement Award are now open. 

The award is one of the IFAC major medals and is given every triennium to an individual or team that has made significant contributions to industrial applications of control. 

 

The award includes a cash prize and a certificate that is presented to the recipient by the IFAC President at each IFAC World Congress. 

 

Nominations must be submitted by March 15, 2013. 

 

For more information about the award including selection criteria and nomination instructions please visit 

http://www.ifac-control.org/news/2014-major-medals-calls-for-nomination. 

 

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2.2 SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize

Contributed by: J. M. Littleton, littleton@siam.org

 

Call for nominations: SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize 

 

The SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory (SIAG/CST) and the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization (SICON) will present the award of the SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT13) to be held jointly with the SIAM Annual Meeting, July 8-10, 2013, in San Diego, California.

 

The SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize is awarded to the author(s) of the two most outstanding papers, as determined by the prize committee, published in SICON in the two calendar years before the year of the award. For the 2013 award, the eligibility period is January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2012. 

A candidate paper must make significant research contributions to the field of control and systems theory.

 

The award will consist of a plaque for each author. Travel expenses will be available to reimburse one speaker per paper to attend the conference to receive the award and deliver a brief talk.

 

A letter of nomination, including citation of the paper and a description of the paper's contributions, should be addressed to Professor Jorge Cortes, Chair, SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize Committee and sent by February 15, 2013, to the e-mail address found in the call for nominations, http://www.siam.org/prizes/nominations/nom_best_sicon_paper.php. Inquiries should be sent to the same address. 

 

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2.3 IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems Awards

Contributed by: Reza Moheiman, Reza.Moheimani@newcastle.edu.au

 

Call for nominations: IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems Awards

 

The IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems, TC4.2, invites nominations for the following TC Awards: 

 

- Lifetime Achievement Award 

- Mechatronic Systems Award 

- Young Researcher Award 

 

The awards will be presented at the 6th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, to be held in Hangzhou, China, April 10-12, 2013. The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 1, 2013. Further details and nomination forms are available on the TC4.2 page at: 

 

http://tc.ifac-control.org/4/2/tc-awards 

 

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3. Misc

 

3.1 YouTube Channel for Linear Systems Theory 

Contributed by: Dawn Tilbury, tilbury@umich.edu

 

In my Linear Systems Theory course last term (ME 564/EECS 560/Aero 550 at the University of Michigan) I assigned students to work in teams to make a video about one of the concepts covered. 

In a class with more than 100 students (mostly first-year graduate students), the video project had 2 goals: for each student to meet three others with whom they could form a study group, and for me to get a brief glimpse of the students' personalities. 

I was impressed with the videos that the students created and am happy to share them with you: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKMu0DpcYkreBQfsaNEeP4zXdqC55_sJO

 

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4. Books

 

4.1 Optimal Adaptive Control and Differential Games by Reinforcement Learning Principles 

Contributed by: Frank L. Lewis, lewis@uta.edu

 

Optimal Adaptive Control and Differential Games by Reinforcement Learning Principles 

By Draguna Vrabie, Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis, Frank L. Lewis 

 

This book shows how reinforcement learning methods can be used to design a family of adaptive control algorithms that converge in real-time to optimal feedback control solutions by measuring data along the system trajectories. 

We call these new structures optimal adaptive controllers. 

Generally, in the current literature adaptive control and optimal control are two distinct schools of thought for the design of automatic feedback control systems. 

The book presents a class of adaptive controllers of novel structure that solve optimal control problems online in real time by using Approximate Dynamic Programming (ADP) techniques. 

ADP is a reinforcement learning technique that is motivated by learning mechanisms in biological and animal systems. 

It is connected from a theoretical point of view with both adaptive control and optimal control methods. Full system dynamics information is not required to obtain optimal control solutions by these methods of online learning. 

In the linear quadratic regulator case, for example, these controllers learn the solution to Riccati equations online without knowing the system drift matrix (A matrix). 

The methods studied are based on reinforcement learning Policy Iteration and Value Iteration methods, which learn improved control policies by evaluating the performance of suboptimal control policies. 

It is also shown how to use ADP methods to solve multi-player differential games online. Differential games have been shown to be important in H-infinity robust control for disturbance rejection, and in coordinating activities among multiple agents in dynamical teams. 

Multi-player game solutions generally depend on solving coupled design equations of the Hamilton-Jacobi sort. ADP provides methods for solving these coupled equations online in real time. 

The focus of this book is on continuous-time systems, whose dynamical models can be derived directly from physical principles based on Hamiltonian or Lagrangian dynamics. 

Methods are given to apply ADP methods for continuous-time dynamical systems, where practical approaches for using reinforcement learning have been lacking. 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

 

Chapter 1 Introduction to Optimal Control, Adaptive Control, and Reinforcement Learning 

Chapter 2 Reinforcement Learning and Optimal Control of Discrete-Time Systems 

 

Part I Optimal Adaptive Control Using Reinforcement Learning Structures 

Chapter 3 Optimal Adaptive Control Using Integral Reinforcement Learning (IRL) for Linear Systems 

Chapter 4 Integral Reinforcement Learning for Nonlinear Continuous-Time Systems 

Chapter 5 Generalized Policy Iteration for Continuous-Time Systems 

Chapter 6 Value Iteration for Continuous-Time Systems 

 

Part II Adaptive Control Structures Based on Reinforcement Learning 

Chapter 7 Optimal Adaptive Control Using Synchronous Online Learning 

Chapter 8 Synchronous Online Learning with Integral Reinforcement 

 

PART III Online Differential Games Using Reinforcement Learning 

Chapter 9 Synchronous Online Learning for Zero-Sum 2-Player Games and H-Infinity Control 

Chapter 10 Synchronous Online Learning for Multi-Player Non Zero-Sum Games 

Chapter 11 Integral Reinforcement Learning for Zero-Sum 2-Player Games 

 

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4.2 Theory of Conditional Games 

Contributed by: Wynn Stirling, wynn_stirling@byu.edu

 

Title: Theory of Conditional Games 

 

Author: Wynn Stirling 

 

Publisher: Cambridge University Press 

 

ISBN 978-1-107-01174-8 Hardback 

 

Website: www.cambridge.org/9781107011748 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK 

 

Classical noncooperative game theory is based on the assumption that each player possesses a categorical (i.e., individual, unconditional, and immutable) utility that defines references over outcomes, and relies mainly on solution concepts, such as Nash equilibria, are based on individual rationality. This book generalizes the structure of the utilities by allowing players to condition their preferences on the preferences of other players. 

This extension permits the explicit modeling of complex social relationships such as altruism, compromise, and coordination, and permits new solution concepts based on both individual and group rationality. 

 

FEATURES 

 

- Principle-based aggregation of individual conditional utilities to define an emergent social model that accounts for all influence relationships among the players. 

- A formal development of coordinatability based on Shannon Information Theory 

- Unification of preferential and probabilistic aspects of a multiagent decision scenario in the presence of uncertainty. 

- Development of principle-based satisficing solution concepts. 

- Examples to illustrate conditional game-theoretic concepts. 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

 

Preface 

Ch. 1 Sociality 

Ch. 2 Conditioning 

Ch. 3 Solutions 

Ch. 4 Coordination 

Ch. 5 Uncertainty 

Ch. 6 Satisficing 

Ch. 7 Applications 

Ch. 8 Conclusions 

Appendix 

Bibliography 

Name Index 

Subject Index 

 

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4.3 Nonlinear Stochastic Systems with Incomplete Information: Filtering and Control 

Contributed by: Bo Shen, shenbodh@gmail.com

 

Title: Nonlinear Stochastic Systems with Incomplete Information: Filtering and Control 

Authors: Bo Shen, Zidong Wang, Huisheng Shu 

 

Publisher: Springer-Verlag 

ISBN 978-1-4471-4913-2 (Hardcover, 250 p. 68 illus., 31 in color.) 

ISBN 978-1-4471-4914-9 (eBook) 

 

Website: http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/book/978-1-4471-4913-2 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK 

 

The book shows the reader how to deal with the issue of network-induced incomplete information and provides with an account of well-motivated research problems with simulation examples given in each chapter to demonstrate their solution. 

The book addresses the frequently-encountered problem of incomplete information. 

The causes of this problem considered here include: missing measurements, sensor delays and saturation, quantization effects, and signal sampling. 

Divided into three parts, the text begins with a focus on H-infinity filtering and control problems associated with general classes of nonlinear stochastic discrete-time systems. Filtering problems are considered in the second part, and in the third the theory and techniques previously developed are applied to the solution of issues arising in complex networks with the design of sampled-data-based controllers and filters. 

 

Among its highlights, the text provides: 

- a unified framework for handling filtering and control problems in complex communication networks with limited bandwidth; 

- new concepts such as random sensor and signal saturations for more realistic modeling; and 

- demonstration of the use of techniques such as the Hamilton-Jacobi-Isaacs, difference linear matrix, and parameter-dependent matrix inequalities and sums of squares to handle the computational challenges inherent in these systems. 

 

The collection of recent research results presented in the book will be of interest to academic researchers in control and signal processing. 

Graduate students working with communication networks with lossy information and control of stochastic systems will also benefit from reading the book. 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

 

Ch. 1 Introduction 

Ch. 2 Quantized H-infinity Control for Time-Delay Systems with Missing Measurements 

Ch. 3 H-infinity Filtering with Missing Measurements and Randomly Varying Sensor Delays 

Ch. 4 Filtering with Randomly Occurring Nonlinearities, Quantization, and Packet Dropouts 

Ch. 5 H-infinity Filtering with Randomly Occurring Sensor Saturations and Missing Measurements 

Ch. 6 Distributed H-infinity-Consensus Filtering in Sensor Networks 

Ch. 7 Distributed H-infinity Filtering for Polynomial Systems in Sensor Networks 

Ch. 8 Sampled-Data Approach to Distributed H-infinity Filtering in Sensor Networks 

Ch. 9 Sampled-Data Synchronization Control and State Estimation for Complex Networks 

Ch. 10 Bounded H-infinity Synchronization and State Estimation for Complex Networks 

Ch. 11 Conclusions and Future Work 

References 

Index 

 

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5. Journals

 

5.1 Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information

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

 

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

 

The Table of Contents below can be viewed at: 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/1 

 

Yury Orlov, Alessandro Pisano, Stefano Scodina, and Elio Usai 

On the lyapunov-based second-order SMC design for some classes of distributed parameter systems 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/2 

 

Sabine Mondié 

Assessing the exact stability region of the single-delay scalar equation via its Lyapunov function 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/3 

 

Harshal B. Oza, Yury V. Orlov, and Sarah K. Spurgeon 

Lyapunov-based settling time estimate and tuning for twisting controller 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/4 

 

Emmanuel Cruz-Zavala, Jaime A. Moreno, and Leonid Fridman 

Uniform sliding mode controllers and uniform sliding surfaces 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/5 

 

Jun Shen and Jinde Cao 

Consensus of multi-agent systems on time scales 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/6 

 

Theodoros Stavropoulos 

A Hilbert space extremum problem with application to multiple objective control system design 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/7 

 

Andrey Polyakov and Alexander Poznyak 

Unified Lyapunov function for a finite-time stability analysis of relay second-order sliding mode control systems 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/8 

 

Weiming Xiang, Jian Xiao, and Muhammad Naveed Iqbal 

Robust finite-time bounded observer design for a class of uncertain non-linear Markovian jump systems 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/9 

 

Q. C. Zhao and W. Ji 

Adaptive fuzzy control for a class of non-linear systems 

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4951/10 

 

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5.2 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems  

Contributed by: Michael Whitaker, journals@actapress.com

 

Control and Intelligent Systems 

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

 

http://actapress.com/Content_of_Journal.aspx?journalid=141 

 

Table of Contents 

 

Current issue: 

Volume 41, Number 1 (January 2013) 

 

A New Approach to Adaptive Fuzzy PI Controller Using Output Scaling Factor and Reference Models 

Nitin J. Patil, Rajan H. Chile, Laxman M. Waghmare 

 

Effect of Network Quality on Performance of Bilateral Teleoperated Hydraulic Actuators: A Comparative Study 

Yaser Maddahi, Ramhuzaini A. Rahman, Wai-keung Fung, Nariman Sepehri 

 

Optimal Control by Direct Approximation of the Gradient of the Cost-To-Go 

Douglas B. Tweed 

 

Implementation of Three-Dimensional Line of Sight Guidance with a Moving Target 

Shulin Feng, Wei Wang, Huanshui Zhang 

 

Saturated Controller Design for Markovian Jump Systems via Particle Control Approach 

Chengquan Fang, Jin Zhu, Linpeng Wang 

 

Incorporating Input Saturation for Surface Vessel Control with Experiments 

Yaswanth Siramdasu, Farbod Fahimi 

 

About Control and Intelligent Systems 

 

First published in 1972, this journal covers all aspects of control theory and related computational techniques and practical applications. Apart from conventional control, the journal publishes papers in the field of intelligent control and soft computing; particularly, intelligent systems, fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms/evolutionary computing, and probabilistic techniques. It also includes book reviews, conference notices, calls for papers, and announcements of new publications. 

 

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5.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

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

 

Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 21 

Issue 3 

March 2013 

 

IFC - Editorial Board 

 

Paulo A. Martin, Darci Odloak, Fuad Kassab, Robust model predictive control of a pilot plant distillation column, Pages 231-241 

 

Paulo Rosa, Carlos Silvestre, Fault detection and isolation of LPV systems using set-valued observers: An application to a fixed-wing aircraft, Pages 242-252 

 

A. Mohammadi, M. Tavakoli, H.J. Marquez, F. Hashemzadeh, Nonlinear disturbance observer design for robotic manipulators, Pages 253-267 

 

Geng Liang, Wen Li, Zhijun Li, Control of superheated steam temperature in large-capacity generation units based on active disturbance rejection method and distributed control system, Pages 268-285 

 

Abderrahmane Boubezoul, Stéphane Espié, Bruno Larnaudie, Samir Bouaziz, A simple fall detection algorithm for powered two wheelers, Pages 286-297 

 

Iván García-Herreros, Xavier Kestelyn, Julien Gomand, Ralph Coleman, Pierre-Jean Barre, Model-based decoupling control method for dual-drive gantry stages: A case study with experimental validations, Pages 298-307 

 

Andrea Cortinovis, Mehmet Mercangöz, Tarun Mathur, Jan Poland, Marcel Blaumann, Nonlinear coal mill modeling and its application to model predictive control, Pages 308-320 

 

Hasan Komurcugil, Non-singular terminal sliding-mode control of DC–DC buck converters, Pages 321-332 

 

Manuel Girault, Etienne Videcoq, Temperature regulation and tracking in a MIMO system with a mobile heat source by LQG control with a low order model, Pages 333-349 

 

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5.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control 

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

 

Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.15, No.1 January, 2013 

 

CONTENTS 

 

Regular papers: 

 

1. Adaptive Harmonic Steady-State Disturbance Rejection with Frequency Tracking 

Authors: S. Pigg and M. Bodson 

 

2. Revisiting the IISS Small-Gain Theorem through Transient Plus ISS Small-Gain Regulation 

Authors: Hiroshi Ito, Randy A. Freeman and Antoine Chaillet 

 

3. Switched Second-Order Sliding Mode Control with Partial Information: Theory and Application 

Authors: Mara Tanelli and Antonella Ferrara 

 

4. On the Use of Feedback Control in the Design of Computing System Components 

Authors: Martina Maggio, Alessandro Vittorio Papadopoulos and Alberto Leva 

 

5.B ackstepping Robust H∞ Control for a Class of Uncertain Switched Nonlinear Systems Under Arbitrary Switchings 

Authors: Ruicheng Ma, Georgi M. Dimirovski and Jun Zhao 

 

6. Linear Observer-Based Active Disturbance Rejection Control of the Omnidirectional Mobile Robot 

Authors: H. Sira-Ramírez, C. López-Uribe and M. Velasco-Villa 

 

7. Robust Saturated PI Joint Velocity Control for Robot Manipulators 

Authors: J. Moreno–Valenzuela and V. Santibáñez 

 

8. Controller Synthesis with Highly Simplified Linear Constraints 

Authors: Abbas Dideban, Meysam Zareiee and Hassane Alla 

 

9. Design and Implementation of a Flight Control System for an Unmanned Rotorcraft using RPT Control Approach 

Authors: Guowei Cai, Biao Wang, Ben M. Chen and Tong H. Lee 

 

10. Minimum Variance Adaptive Control of A Servo Drive with Unknown Structure and Parameters 

Authors: Dariusz Horla 

 

11. Explicit Solution for a Class of Discrete-Time Algebraic Riccati Equations 

Authors: A. J. Rojas 

 

12. Design of a fixed-order RST controller for interval systems: Application to the control of piezoelectric actuators 

Authors: Sofiane Khadraoui, Micky Rakotondrabe and Philippe Lutz 

 

13. Variable Structure Control with Chattering Reduction of a Generalized T-S Model 

Authors: Basil M. Al-Hadithi, Agustín Jiménez and Fernando Matía 

 

14. Estimating the Attraction Domain for the Boost Inverter 

Authors: C. Albea and F. Gordillo 

 

15. Collaborater for a Car-Like Vehicle Driven by a User with Visual Inattention (pages 1–16) 

Authors: D. Chavez, E. Slawinski and V. Mut 

 

16. Stability Analysis of Uncertainty Linear Systems Described by Fuzzy Characteristic Equations 

Authors: Majid Hallaji, Assef Zare and Ali Vahidian Kamyad 

 

17. Robust Absolute Stability Analysis of Multiple Time-Delay Lur'e Systems With Parametric Uncertainties 

Authors: A. Kazemy and M. Farrokhi 

 

18. Performance and Robustness of Flow Controllers Designed Using Non-causal Uncertainty Blocks 

Authors: Hakkı Ulaş Ünal and Altuğ İftar 

 

19. Explicit Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Quadratic Linearization 

Authors: Parvathy Ayalur Krishnamoorthy, Kamaraj Vijayarajan and Rajagopalan Devanathan 

 

20. Output Feedback Terminal Sliding Mode Control for a Class of Second Order Nonlinear Systems 

Authors: Dongya Zhao, Shaoyuan Li and Quanmin Zhu 

 

21. Passive Control for Stochastic Interval Systems with Interval Time-Varying Delay 

Authors: Cheng Wang and Yi Shen 

 

22. Chattering Free Sliding Mode Control for Uncertain Discrete Time-Delay Singular Systems 

Authors: Jian-ning Li, Hongye Su, Yibo Zhang, Zheng-guang Wu and Jian Chu 

 

23. Finite-Time Stability and Stabilization of Linear Itô Stochastic Systems with State and Control-Dependent Noise 

Authors: Zhiguo Yan, Guoshan Zhang and Weihai Zhang 

 

24. Bounded Consensus Algorithms for Multi-Agent Systems in Directed Networks (pages 1–10) 

Authors: Haibo Du, Shihua Li and Shihong Ding 

 

Brief papers: 

 

1. Hermite Polynomials for Iterative Output Replanning for Flat Systems Affected by Additive Noise 

Authors: Luca Consolini, Gabriele Lini and Aurelio Piazzi 

 

2. New Formulation of Dynamic Output Feedback Robust Model Predictive Control with Guaranteed Quadratic Boundedness 

Authors: Baocang Ding 

 

3. Robust Exponential Stability of Discrete-Time Delay Impulsive Systems with Parametric Uncertainties 

Authors: Yu Zhang 

 

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5.5 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev, chief_ed@acmij.az

 

Applied and Computational Mathematics - An International Journal, Vol.12, No.1 February, 2013 

ISSN 1683-3511, www.acmij.az 

 

CONTENTS 

Algorithm to the Solution of the Unilateral Square Matrix Equation Based on Bass's Relation 

F.A. Aliev and V.B. Larin 

 

Asymptotic Behavior оf Self-Similar Solution оf the Fourth-Order Unstable Thin Film Equation 

A. Azzouzi, M. Benlahsen 

 

Confidence Intervals for DEA Models Efficiency Scores by Bootstrapping Method 

S. Ebadi, G.R. Jahanshahloo 

 

Optimal Control Analysis of Malaria in the Presence of Non-Linear Incidence Rate 

K.O. Okosun, O.D. Makinde 

 

Exponential Spline Solution of Generalized Sine-Gordon Equation 

R. Mohammadi 

 

Numerical Solution of Fractional Fokker-Planck Equation Using the Operational Collocation Method 

A. Aminataei and S.K. Vanani 

 

Fuzzy -Ideals of a -Hemiring and its Operator Hemirings 

S. K. Sardar, B. Davvaz, D. Mandal 

 

Non-Archimedean Stability of Partitioned Functional Equations 

H.A. Kenary, Th.M. Rassias 

 

Probabilistic Aspects of Exploration Risk 

A. Hajiyev and N. D. Singpurwalla 

 

BRIEF PAPER 

A Formula for a Gradient of a Functional and a Theorem on Existence of Optimal Control in a Gas Dynamics Problem 

Yagubov M.A., Zamanova R.B. 

 

BOOK REVIEW 

Control of the Motion of Statically Unstable Biped Apparatus - B.A. Bordyug 

Reviewed by V. Berbyuk 

 

60th Birthday of professor Ali Abbasov 

 

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5.6 CFP: Asian Journal of Control 

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

 

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

A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control 

http://www.ajc.org.tw 

 

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

based optimization. 

The special issue focuses on the Tensor Product (TP) model transformation that is capable of constructing and manipulating polytopic representations of given qLPV models, and can be applied generally without analytical intervention,regardless of whether the model is in the form of dynamics equations derived from basic principles, or the outcome of soft computing based identification techniques such as neural networks or fuzzy logic, or the combination of these. 

It reveals the Higher Order Singular Value Decomposition (HOSVD) based canonical invariant characteristics of qLPV models and serves as a polytopic convex 

hull manipulation framework. 

Since the conservativeness of the solution and the resulting control performance are greatly influenced by the polytopic convex hull, therefore besides manipulating LMI’s for controller design, which is the widely adopted approach, the TP model transformation based design focuses on the systematic modification of the polytopic convex hull. This key novelty has the potential to set forth a new direction in control system design. 

 

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

 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

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

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

•Role of the HOSVD based canonical form in polytopic modeling 

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

 

About AJC 

 

The Asian Journal of Control, an ACA (Asian Control Association) affiliated journal, is the first international journal originating from the Asian Pacific region and being recognized by the major body of control researchers in this region. The Asian Journal of Control publishes bimonthly high-quality papers on original theoretical and experimental research and development in the areas of control, involving all facets of control theory and its application. Functionally, this journal not only provides a forum where control researchers and practitioners can exchange their knowledge and experiences in the control areas, but also serves as an educational means for students and any others whoever likes to learn some topics in the same technical area. The journal aims to be a key interface between control communities within the Asian Pacific region and throughout the world and is listed by Science Citation Index Expanded. 

 

Guest Editors: 

 

Prof. Péter Baranyi 

Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Computer Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 

Hungary 

Email: baranyi@sztaki.mta.hu 

 

Prof. Yeung Yam 

Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong 

Email: yyam@mae.chuk.edu.hk 

 

Important Dates: 

 

Deadline for submissions June 30, 2013 

Completion of First Review October 31, 2013 

Completion of Final Review February 28, 2014 

Receipt of Final Manuscript March 31, 2014 

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

 

How to submit:

 

Potential authors are encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript (in PDF format) through the journal’s online submission website: 

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

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

 

Editor-in-Chief: 

Professor Li-Chen Fu 

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

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

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

 

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

http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/asjc. 

 

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5.7 CFP: International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing 

Contributed by: Vicenç Puig, vicenc.puig@upc.edu

 

CALL FOR PAPERS 

“Set-membership Methods Applied to FDI and FTC” 

 

A Special Issue of International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing 

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-1115 

 

Fault Detection and Isolation (FDI) and Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC) possess the ability to automatically detect/isolate and accommodate faults and failures in engineering systems while maintaining the overall system stability and acceptable performance. 

FDI and FTCare desirable in a wide range of systems, from vehicles, aerospace and marine systems, mechatronics, electric power (generation, transmission and distribution) including offshore wind technology, to chemical processes as well as biomedical and other industrial applications involving control. The goal is to maintain functional integrity, reliability and performance using robustness to faults, fault compensation/accommodation or through system redundancy and reconfiguration. 

 

This special issue is devoted to any kind of set-membership methods applied to FDI and FTC. Set-membership methods use a deterministic representation of model and noise uncertainty instead of using a stochastic representation as a means to achieve robustness. 

The goal of this issue is to provide a state of art picture of the development of set-membership methods applied to FDI and FTC. 

 

To that purpose, papers focusing on new methods and applications based on the set-membership paradigm are welcomed including, but not limited to, some of the following topics: 

• Fault detection and isolation (FDI), 

• Systems identification for FDI, 

• Fault tolerant control (FTC), 

• Integration of FDI and FTC, 

• Applications of FDI and FTC to complex systems. 

 

Guest Editors: 

 

Dr. Christophe Combastel 

ECS-Lab, ENSEA 

Cergy-Pontoise, France

Email: christophe.combastel@ensea.fr 

 

Prof. Vicenç Puig

Advanced Control Systems Group (SAC) 

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) 

Barcelona, Spain 

Email: vicenc.puig@upc.edu 

 

Dr. Tarek Raïssi

CEDRIC-Lab, CNAM 

Paris, France 

Email: tarek.raissi@cnam.fr 

 

About IJACSP 

 

The International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing is concerned with the design, synthesis and application of estimators or controllers where adaptive features are needed to cope with uncertainties. The theory and application of adaptive systems and system identification are areas of interest. Contributions that bring together the expertise of the Control and Signal Processing communities, and explore the links between Adaptive Signal Processing and Control are encouraged. The area concerned with the design of estimators for uncertain systems that may not be strictly adaptive also falls within the scope of the journal. Signal processing that may not include adaptation but where the techniques could find application in adaptive systems, is also covered. 

 

The field of control and signal processing applications is a strong focus. This includes problems in the implementation of algorithms for real time signal processing and control. 

The topics of stability, convergence and numerical aspects of the algorithms are considered of importance. 

The related aspects of software engineering, expert systems, intelligent control and filtering algorithms are also of interest. 

 

Important Dates: 

 

May. 15, 2013 Deadline for Paper Submission 

 

How to submit: 

 

Prospective authors are requested to submit their manuscript online by 15 May 2013, to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/acsp-wiley (follow the instructions under “Author Centre” and select manuscript type “FDI/FTC Set-membership Approaches”, when submitting). 

It would be helpful if you could inform the guest editors in advance of your intention to submit a paper. 

If you encounter any submission problem, feel free to contact guest editors. 

 

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6. Conferences

 

6.1 IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education

Contributed by: Anthony Rossiter, j.a.rossiter@shef.ac.uk

 

In response to many requests, the deadline of submission to the 10th IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education (ACE 2013) has been extended to February 28, 2013. 

 

CALL FOR PAPERS 

 

2013 IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education (ACE 2013) 

August 28 - 30, 2013, Sheffield, UK 

 

http://ace2013.group.shef.ac.uk/ 

 

It is our pleasure to announce the 10th IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education (ACE 2013), which will be held in Sheffield, UK from August 28 - 30, 2013, hosted at the University of Sheffield and organized under the auspices of the IFAC Technical Committee on Control Education. 

The symposium will provide an innovative forum at which researchers and practitioners in control education will present their latest research, results and ideas. 

ACE 2013 also aims to spread new knowledge and alternative approaches in education. International cooperation, especially between academia and industry, in control engineering education will be emphasized. 

The ACE 2013 program will feature plenary lectures, contributed papers, invited sessions, interactive demonstrations and panel discussions. 

 

Important dates 

 

- February 28, 2013: Submission deadline 

- April 30, 2013: Acceptance/rejection decisions 

- June 30, 2013: Final paper submission and early registration 

 

Contributed papers 

 

Prospective authors are invited to submit the full versions of their manuscripts through the conference management system. 

Detailed instructions are available on the conference website http://ace2013.group.shef.ac.uk/ 

 

Invited session proposals 

 

Proposals are invited from participants wishing to organize invited sessions, comprising six thematically coherent papers. 

The session should provide added value over the individual papers, focusing for example on emerging challenges, or diverse views on established problems that one would not normally find together in a contributed paper session. The organizer(s) must submit an electronic version of the proposal by sending an e-mail to the IPC Chair Sebastián Dormido (sdormido@dia.uned.es) before January 31, 2013. 

The proposal should consist of a short abstract and of the list of the authors and titles of papers.

Each paper must then be submitted by the author(s) using the normal submission procedure and it will pass through the standard reviewing process. 

All accepted papers will then be grouped together in the final program. 

 

We look forward to welcoming you in Sheffield, UK. 

 

Anthony Rossiter, University of Sheffield, UK (National Organiser Chair) 

 

Sebastián Dormido, UNED Madrid, Spain (IPC Chair)

 

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6.2 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

Contributed by: Jingang Yi, jgyi@rutgers.edu

 

You are invited for possible contributions to the Invited Session on Civil Infrastructure and Construction Automation at the upcoming 2013 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE’13) on August 17-21, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. 

 

The IEEE CASE’13, sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE RAS. 

IEEE CASE 2013 will offer a special session on civil infrastructure and construction automation. You are invited to present your research results in the areas of the use of the automation science and technologies for sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

 

* Novel robotics technologies and applications in civil infrastructure construction and maintenance 

* New sensing technologies and data fusion for condition assessment of civil infrastructure 

* Structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure 

* Modeling, simulation and optimization of risk management for civil infrastructure 

* Automated maintenance, rehabilitation and repair of civil infrastructure 

* Integration and automation of sensing technologies for infrastructure management 

* Autonomous platforms and remote sensing for post-disaster response and recovery 

* Novel data collection methods for asset mapping and management 

 

Important Dates 

- February 11, 2013: Title and abstract of the paper (to any of the following organizers) 

- March 1, 2013: Full paper submission (via https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl) 

- May 15, 2013: Acceptance/Rejection notification 

- June 15, 2013: Final camera-ready papers due in electronic form 

 

For additional information on IEEE CASE 2013 please visit http://www.case2013.org. Please address inquiries regarding the special session to one of the organizers. 

 

Session Organizers: 

 

Professor Jingang Yi 

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 

Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA 

Email: jgyi@rutgers.edu 

 

Professor Dikai Liu 

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology 

University of Technology, Sydney 

Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia 

Email: Dikai.Liu@uts.edu.au 

 

Professor Nenad Gucunski 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 

Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA 

Email: gucunski@rci.rutgers.edu 

 

Professor Jie Gong 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 

Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA 

Email: jg931@rci.rutgers.edu 

 

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6.3 Third International Conference on Systems and Control 

Contributed by: Driss MEHDI, driss.mehdi@univ-poitiers.fr

 

CALL FOR PAPER 

 

"Third 2013 International Conference on Systems and Control (ICSC 2013)" to be held during October 29 to 31, 2013, in Algiers, Algeria 

 

Website: http://lias.labo.univ-poitiers.fr/icsc/icsc2013/ 

 

It is our pleasure to announce the Third 2013 International Conference on Systems and Control (ICSC 2013)" to be held during October 29 to 31, 2013, in Algiers, Algeria. 

The ICSC'13 is intended to serve as a platform for scientists, researchers, and practitioners to discuss their forefront research results and findings, to shape their future directions and development, and to exchange their knowledge and perspectives in the related topics of the conference and beyond. 

It is our hope that it constitutes a primary forum for cross-industry multidisciplinary research and rich cultural experience with excellent technical and social programs. 

 

The conference welcomes original paper submissions in the topics of interest of the conference, but not limited to. The Topics are defined at http://lias.labo.univ-poitiers.fr/icsc/icsc2013 . 

 

Submission opens on January 1, 2013, 

Submission closes on May 29, 2013. 

Notification of acceptance/rejection : July 15, 2013. 

Final paper submission : September 16, 2013. 

Conference: October 29, 2013 to October 31, 2013. 

 

For more details please visite the website of the conference at 

http://lias.labo.univ-poitiers.fr/icsc/icsc2013/ 

 

We look forward to welcome you in Algiers, Algeria.

 

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6.4 18th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

Contributed by: Pawel Dworak, pawel.dworak@zut.edu.pl

 

18th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

26 – 29 August 2013 

Amber Baltic Hotel, Międzyzdroje, Poland 

 

It is our great pleasure to invite You to participate in the 18th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics, MMAR 2013 to be held in Międzyzdroje, Poland, from August 26th to August 29th, 2013. 

 

The Conference will be a good opportunity for highlighting the new results and directions of Automatic Control theory, technology and applications. As such, it mainly will concentrate on the following key points: 

– emphasis on invited lectures including plenaries, 

– industry participation promotion, 

– attract young people to study and work in the field. 

 

The participants of the 18th International MMAR Conference will have the opportunity to take part in the wide spectrum of categories for technical presentations, including plenary lectures, regular papers of both lecture and poster session types, and panel discussion.

 

We look forward to seeing our old and New friends in Poland. 

You are kindly invited to participate in the 18th International MMAR Conference in Międzyzdroje, Poland. 

 

Important dates: 

 

25 Feb. 2013 23:59 (GMT -0700) Submission of draft papers 

 

20 May 2013 Notification of acceptance 

 

28 June 2013 Author registration and payment 

Submission of camera-ready papers 

 

26 August 2013 Conference desk opening at Amber Baltic Hotel 

 

The proceedings of the conference will be submitted for review and approval for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library and will be submitted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (ISI Web of Science) 

For more information see http://www.mmar.edu.pl

 

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6.5 Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing

Contributed by: Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, allerton@csl.uiuc.edu

 

Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Basar and Olgica Milenkovic

 

Dates: October 2-4, 2013

 

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois

 

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

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

 

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

 

Notices: Final versions of papers to be presented at the conference will need to be submitted electronically by October 6, 2013

 

Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Başar and Olgica Milenkovic Email: allerton@csl.uiuc.edu 

Website: www.csl.uiuc.edu/allerton

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

 

Website: www.csl.uiuc.edu/allerton

 

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6.6 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

Contributred by: Felice Andrea Pellegrino, fapellegrino@units.it

 

52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 

December 10-13, 2013 

Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy 

http://cdc2013.units.it/ 

 

The 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control will be held Tuesday through Friday, December 10-13, 2013 at Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy. 

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

 

The CDC is recognized as the premier scientific and engineering conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of systems and control. The CDC annually brings together an international community of researchers and practitioners in the field of automatic control to discuss new research results, perspectives on future developments, and innovative applications relevant to decision making, systems and control, and related areas. 

 

The 52nd CDC will feature contributed and invited papers, as well as workshops, and may also include tutorial sessions. 

 

All papers and session proposals must be submitted through the conference submission website 

http://css.paperplaza.net 

and must conform to the policy found at the conference web page requiring, in particular, that all submissions must be written in English. 

 

IMPORTANT DATES: 

 

Paper submissions site opens: January 4 

 

Deadline for submission of invited session proposals: March 4 

 

Deadline for submission of contributed and invited papers: March 11 

 

Notification of acceptance/rejection: mid-July 

 

Final submission and on-line registration opens: August 1 

 

Deadline for final submission of all papers: September 5 

 

More details can be obtained from the conference website: 

http://cdc2013.units.it/ 

 

General Co-Chair: Thomas Parisini 

General Co-Chair: Roberto Tempo 

Program Chair: André L. Tits 

 

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6.7 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

Contributed by: Kristen Tremeer, kristen@ifac2014.org

 

The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 2014) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 24-29 August 2014. 

The theme of the congress will be "Promoting automatic control for the benefit of humankind". Submissions will be accepted from June 2013 and delegate registration will open in October 2013. 

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

 

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6.8 International conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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

 

Call for Papers: ICUAS'13 

 

This is an invitation for your paper submission and contribution to The 2013 International conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS'13) to be held in Atlanta, GA, USA, during May 28-31, 2013. 

 

ICUAS'13 will host representatives 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. Details about the conference can be found at http://www.uasconferences.com. 

 

ICUAS'13 aims at bringing together different groups of qualified civilian and military 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. 

 

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit significantly different versions of the ICUAS'13 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). 

 

Besides, an invited session on a topic "Fault Tolerant Cooperative/Formation Control Design for Multiple Aerial Vehicles" will be organized. Please contact Youmin Zhang (ymzhang@encs.concordia.ca) for details. 

 

IMPORTANT DATES 

February 22, 2013: Full Papers/Tutorial Proposals due (extended deadline) 

April 15, 2013: Acceptance/rejection notification 

April 30, 2013: Upload final, camera ready papers 

April 15 - May 1, 2013: Early Registration 

 

Thank you for your contributions to the ICUAS'13 and look forward to meeting you at Atlanta during May 28-31, 2013! 

 

GENERAL CHAIRS 

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

Pascual Campoy, Universidad Politecnica Madrid, pascual.campoy@upm.es 

 

PROGRAM CHAIRS 

YangQuan Chen, University of California, Merced, yangquan.chen@ucmerced.edu 

Antonios Tsourdos, University of Cranfield, a.tsourdos@cranfield.ac.uk 

 

PROGRAM VICE-CHAIRS 

Youmin Zhang, Concordia University, ymzhang@encs.concordia.ca 

Rogelio Lozano, University of Compiegne, rlozano@hds.utc.fr 

 

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7. Workshops

 

7.1 2nd Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory 

Contributed by: Getachew K. Befekadu, gbefekadu@nd.edu

 

April 26-27, 2013 

Department of Electrical Engineering 

University of Notre Dame 

 

The workshop aims to bring together researchers, students and faculty from the midwest region of the United States, who develop and apply game and control theory to analyze, design, and assess complex systems. Following the successful 1st Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory (WCGT) in 2012 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, we once again plan to highlight synergies between various related research areas, encourage discussions and facilitate collaborations on new game and control theoretic methodologies. The workshop comprises of invited and contributed presentations. 

 

Workshop Topics: 

- Dynamic games and applications 

- Stochastic games 

- Learning and adaptive games 

- Mechanism design 

- Evolutionary games 

- Cooperative games 

- Theory of optimal control and dynamic games 

- Stochastic optimization theory 

- Hinfty control and robust controller designs 

- Adaptive and nonlinear control theory 

- Hybrid and switched systems 

- Real-time control problems 

- Robust control and stabilization 

- Control of multi-agent systems 

- Networked control systems 

- Control over networks 

- Nonlinear dynamical systems 

- Control of energy systems 

- Large scale optimization problems 

- Quantification of uncertainty 

- Applications: telecommunications, transportation, smart grids, security, energy and resource management, economic dynamics, finance, management, environment, epidemiology, social sciences, system biology, etc ... 

 

Organizing and Program Committee 

 

Panos J. Antsaklis (University of Notre Dame) 

Tamer Basar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaingn) 

Naira Hovakimyan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaingn) 

Michael Lemmon (University of Notre Dame) 

Thomas Cosimano (University of Notre Dame) 

Jong Shi Pang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaingn) 

Getachew Befekadu (University of Notre Dame) 

Vijay Gupta (University of Notre Dame) 

Daniel Liberzon (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaingn) 

Hai Lin (University of Notre Dame) 

Khanh Pham (AFORS) 

Angelia Nedich (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaingn) 

Quanyan Zhu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaingn) 

 

Registration 

To register for the workshop, please fill out the registration form at: http://www.ee.nd.edu/events/wcgt-2013 

 

Program 

The program will be updated at the workshop website http://www.ee.nd.edu/events/wcgt-2013 

 

Important Dates 

April 1, 2013 Deadline for Submission of Abstract 

April 1, 2013 Deadline for Registration 

April 26-27, 2013 Workshop Dates 

 

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7.2 4th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems

Contributed by: Jan Lunze, Lunze@atp.rub.de

 

4th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems (NecSys 2013) 

 

September 25 - 26, 2013 

Koblenz, Germany 

http://www.necsys2013.ruhr-uni-bochum.de 

 

** Call for papers incl. call for special sections ** 

 

The 4th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems (NecSys) will be held on September 25 - 26, 2013 at the conference center Rhine-Moselle-Hall in Koblenz, Germany. 

The town of Koblenz – one of the oldest cities in Germany - is situated in the picturesque landscape of the rivers Rhine and Moselle. Fortress walls and towers, castles and palaces, monuments and parks are testament to the town’s eventful past. Today, visitors from all over the world enjoy discovering the history and rich cultural heritage of this old town, which also marks the northern entry into the Rhine River Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

 

Scope 

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The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from control, computer science, communication, mathematics and other areas to discuss emerging topics in networked systems of common interest, with a focus on the most innovative mathematical methods proposed in the last few years for the analysis and design of networked control systems with the following subtopics: 

1. Multi-agent systems 

2. Control under communication constraints 

3. Consensus and gossip algorithms 

4. Decentralized, distributed, and cooperative control and estimation 

6. Distributed optimization and MPC 

7. Secure networked control systems 

8. Event-triggered and self-triggered control 

9. Wireless sensing and control systems 

10. Graph-based methods for networked systems 

11. Time-delay systems 

12. Applications 

 

Following the practice of previous NecSys workshops, the workshop will be organized in a single track including 10 invited plenary presentations, and 4 interactive poster sessions of contributed papers. The invited oral presentations will be of tutorial nature while the contributed papers will be organized as poster presentations with ample time reserved for stimulating discussions and promoting ideas exchanges. 

 

Submissions 

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Authors are invited to submit full draft papers electronically through the conference submission web-site http://ifac.papercept.net by April 1, 2013. Detailed formatting instructions are found at the workshop web-site www.necsys2013.rub.de 

 

Invited sections 

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The poster sessions will be structured into several sections in order to bring participants with the same research interest together. 

Invited section proposals should be sent to the Program co-chairs (W.P.M.H.Heemels@tue.nl or b.deschutter@dcsc.tudelft.nl) by April 1. The proposal should include the title of the section, name and address of the organizer, a brief summary of the section topic, and a list of the invited papers with authors and titles. Invited papers will be reviewed in the same way as other contributed papers. 

Important dates: 

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** Paper submission deadline: April 1, 2013 

** Notice of acceptance: June 1, 2013 

** Final version due: July 15, 2013 

 

Please visit the workshop website www.necsys2013.ruhr-uni-bochum.de for details of submission and registration policies. 

 

Conference Chair: Jan Lunze, Germany 

Program Co-chairs: Maurice Heemels and Bart De Schutter, The Netherlands 

Local organization: Kerstin Funke, Germany (funke@atp.rub.de) 

 

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7.3 Course on LMI optimization with applications in control 

Contributed by: Didier Henrion, henrion@laas.fr

 

Course on LMI optimization with applications in control 

by Didier Henrion, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France and 

Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic. 

 

http://homepages.laas.fr/henrion 

 

Venue and dates: 

 

The course is given at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Charles Square, down-town Prague (Karlovo Namesti 13, 12135 Praha 2) during the first week of April 2013. 

It consists of seven two-hour lectures, given on Tue 2 Apr, Wed 3 Apr, Thu 4 Apr from 10am to noon and from 2pm to 4pm, and Fri 5 Apr from 10am to noon. 

There is no admission fee, students and reseachers from external institutions are particularly welcome, but please send an e-mail to henrion@laas.fr to register. 

 

Description: 

 

This is a course for graduate students or researchers with some background in linear algebra, convex optimization and linear control systems. 

The focus in on systems control applications of semidefinite programming (SDP), or optimization over linear matrix inequalities (LMIs),  an extension of linear programming to the cone of positive semidefinite matrices. 

 

Outline: 

In the first part of the course, historical developments of LMIs and SDP are surveyed. Convex sets that can be represented with LMIs are classified and studied.

LMI relaxations are introduced to solve non-convex polynomial optimization problems, with a focus on the primal theory of measures and moments and dual theory of polynomial sum-of-squares. Interior-point methods and algorithms are described to solve LMI problems and latest achievements in software and solvers are reported. 

The second part of the course, more advanced and closer to current research topics, focuses on the use of measures and moments for static polynomial optimisation problems, as well as occupation measures for polynomial differential equations and related polynomial optimal control problems. 

 

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7.4 Summer School on Software Synthesis 

Contributed by: Stephane Lafortune, stephane@umich.edu

 

First ExCAPE Summer School on Software Synthesis, University of California, Berkeley

June 12-16, 2013 

 

University of California, Berkeley 

 

https://excape.cis.upenn.edu/summer-school.html 

 

Program synthesis aims to change programming from a purely manual task to one in which a programmer and an automated program synthesis tool collaborate to generate software that meets its specification. As such, it has the potential to revolutionize computing by allowing developers to create programs from incomplete sketches, declarative specifications of high-level requirements, positive and negative examples, or domain-specific optimization criteria. 

 

The goal of the school is to expose graduate students and junior researchers to new ideas in program synthesis. The school provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with cutting-edge research in courses taught by experts in the field. Topics will be drawn from theoretical foundations (computer-aided verification, control theory, program analysis), design methodology (human-computer interaction, model-based design, programming environments), and applications (concurrent programming, network protocols, robotics, system architecture). 

 

Format: Each of three tutorial areas will be covered in three hours of lectures, plus additional hands on sessions on tools and problem solving. The tutorials will be complemented by several invited lectures on theory and applications of synthesis. 

 

Tutorials: 

 

1. Ras Bodik and Emina Torlak (UC Berkeley): Synthesizing programs with constraint solvers 

2. Paulo Tabuada (UCLA): Synthesis for cyber-physical systems 

3. Moshe Vardi (Rice): Reactive synthesis 

 

Speakers: (partial list) 

 

1. Rajeev Alur (U. Penn): Specifying protocols using concolic snippets 

2. Sumit Gulwani (Microsoft Research): Synthesis for online education 

3. Stéphane Lafortune (U. Michigan): Synthesis for discrete event systems: A case study 

4. Richard Murray (Caltech): Synthesis for embedded control software 

5. Sanjit Seshia (UC Berkeley): Integrating induction, deduction, and structure for synthesis 

6. Stavros Tripakis (UC Berkeley): Bridging the gap between reactive synthesis and supervisory control 

7. Gera Weiss (Ben Gurion U.): Behavioral programming 

 

Venue: 

The school will be held on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. 

 

Organizers: 

Ras Bodik (Berkeley) 

Stéphane Lafortune (University of Michigan) 

Steve Zdancewic (University of Pennsylvania) 

 

Registration: 

Registration information is available from the summer school’s web page at: 

https://excape.cis.upenn.edu/summer-school.html 

 

Registration is free and includes lunch and coffee breaks. Limited and need-based financial assistance to cover travel/lodging costs is available. Please contact Liz Ng (wng@cis.upenn.edu) with questions regarding the logistics. 

 

The ExCAPE (Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering) project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. For more information, see: https://excape.cis.upenn.edu 

 

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8. Positions

 

8.1 PhD: Laval University, Quebec, Canada 

Contributed by: Andre Desbiens,desbiens@gel.ulaval.ca

 

Open PhD position for R&D project in collaboration with Pfizer 

 

Real-Time Automatic Control of a Batch Coating Unit using Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) 

 

Film coating is an important process for manufacturing tablets in the pharmaceutical industry. 

It aims at satisfying both cosmetic and functional objectives. 

Currently in the industry, this process is often manually controlled by operators. Decisions mainly rely on visual inspection of the product, evaluation of key variables such as the percent weight increase during the batch, and experience. 

The sensitivity of the coating unit to raw material properties, operating conditions and external disturbances may lead to suboptimal production results. Excessive coating, increasing costs and cycle time, product heterogeneity, causing tablets to be rejected, or unexpected interruptions (stuck tablets or clogged nozzles) could be listed as common problems. 

 

Objectives: Improve the operation of a batch coating unit by implementing multivariate data analysis (including images taken by a camera) and automatic process control. 

 

Methodology: The project involves an important experimental aspect. Research activities will mostly be conducted on a pilot unit to ensure an adequate testing flexibility and translated to a full-scale coater. The methodology follows three main phases. The first consists of the analysis of current operating practices. A systematic survey of available data for the units, operator actions and methods to assess product quality will be carried out for defining a basis for current process performance and set achievable targets. Investigations for related applications such as multivariate image analysis or modeling applied to film coating will be achieved. Basic regulatory control layers, if required, will be implemented at this stage. The second phase aims at developing models and control strategies. A machine vision sensor will be developed based on Multivariate Image Analysis to replace visual inspection. Then, additional measured variables (air temperature, coating solution flowrate, etc.) will be considered to extend the model for predicting coating quality and batch end point. First-principles modeling will be evaluated to improve the process representation. Based on the resulting model, different control strategies will be developed and tested in simulation. Finally, the third phase is the implementation of the selected control strategy and its evaluation in comparison with target performance. 

 

Start date. As soon as possible. 

 

Financial support. A competitive financial support is offered for the project duration. 

 

Requirements:

To have maintained a minimum cumulative average of B (or equivalent) during the 4 years of undergrad diploma and at the Master’s level. 

To be autononous. 

Capacity to read, write and speak French or English. 

Knowledge of process control, process data analysis using statistical methods and/or machine vision are considered important assets. 

 

Application. Send CV and transcripts (undergrad and masters) to: 

 

Prof. Carl Duchesne, Ph.D., ing. Chem. Eng. 

Department of chemical engineering 

Process Observation and Optimization Laboratory (LOOP) 

Laval University, Quebec, Canada 

Phone: 1-418-656-5184 

Email: carl.duchesne@gch.ulaval.ca 

 

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8.2 PhD: University of Houston, USA 

Contributed by: Karolos Grigoriadis, kaqrolos@uh.edu

 

Graduate assistantships in system identification and control

 

Research Assistantships are available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston for Ph.D. studies in the areas of dynamic systems identification and control with applications to mechanical, energy and biomedical systems. Applicants are expected to have an M.S. degree on a similar topic and exceptionally strong mathematical background and knowledge of model-based control systems theory and applications. 

 

The Houston metropolitan area offers ample opportunities for interaction with collaborating industry and the Texas Medical Center. 

 

Applications from qualified students are invited for Fall 2013. 

 

For more information please contact: Prof. Karolos Grigoriadis, 

 

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

 

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8.3 Post-Doc: LAAS-CNRS, University of Toulouse, France

Contributed by: Didier Henrion, henrion@laas.fr

 

We are seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position at LAAS-CNRS, University of Toulouse, France, within an ongoing project focusing on semidefinite programming and algebraic geometry for polynomial optimal control. 

The project may focus on software implementation (under our existing Matlab toolbox GloptiPoly for solving generalized problems of moments), transfer of knowledge to the French aerospace industry (contracts with EADS Astrium and the French space agency CNES), or more fundamental research activities covering real algebraic geometry (polynomial equations and inequalities), functional analysis (theory of moments), mathematical programming (convex optimization over the cone of positive semidefinite matrices), and nonlinear dynamical systems control. A strong background in applied mathematics is required. 

Some knowledge of systems control is welcome. 

 

For more information on the project see http://homepages.laas.fr/henrion/optigacom/

 

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8.4 Post-Doc: Umeå University and Ålö AB, Sweden 

Contributed by: Leonid Freidovich, leonid.freidovich@tfe.umu.se

 

Robotics and Control Lab at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Umeå University, Sweden is searching for a postdoctoral researcher to work on automation of front-end loaders within a collaboration project with Ålö AB. 

 

Within the field of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, we are now searching for a person with background and competence in Control Systems Design and Industrial Automation. 

The person we are searching for is expected to have a strong academic background in these subjects, as well as a sincere interest and competence to participate in the cooperation with an industrial company. 

 

The main goal of this research project is to develop next generation model-based prototype control system for two-degrees of freedom hydraulically actuated front-end loaders, capable to perform various standard application related tasks with a required degree of autonomy. 

 

The research will be performed in collaboration with senior researchers at the Robotics and Control Lab (www.control.tfe.umu.se), Ph.D. students in the group, and staff of the company. The position is aimed for full time post-doctoral research and is extending for two years. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated person aiming at a successful career either in academia or in industry. 

 

The scholarship is financed by the Kempe foundations and the project is strongly supported by the Swedish Research Council, the company, and the university. The position is planned to be filled as soon as possible. 

 

Applicants should have earned a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in control systems, robotics, or a related field relevant for the position, preferably not more than three years ago. 

 

In addition to a strong relevant academic background, the applicant is expected to be familiar with Matlab/Simulink, rapid prototyping hardware, such as dSpace or other control system related electronics, and to have documented successful hands-on experience with designing and implementing feedback control laws for electrically or hydraulically actuated mechanical devices using various sensors. 

Furthermore, the applicant is expected to have excellent communication skills in written and spoken English, be goal oriented, possess good communication skills, and be a team player. Previous industrial experience will be considered as a merit. 

 

For further information, please see the full description and instruction on how to submit your application at http://www.umu.se/english/about-umu/news-events/grants/223-22-13 as well as contact Docent Leonid Freidovich +46-(0)90-786 7646, leonid.freidovich@tfe.umu.se. 

 

For a general presentation of Umeå University, see: www.umu.se/english. For a general presentation of Ålö AB, see: www.alo.se. More information about the city of Umeå is found at the homepage: www.visitumea.se/Default.aspx?lang=en. 

 

The deadline is February 14, 2013. 

 

We look forward to receiving your application!

 

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8.5 Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Contributed by: Tamas Keviczky, t.keviczky@tudelft.nl

 

A Postdoc position is available at the Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, with the following focus: 

Reconfigurable Fault-Tolerant Predictive Flight Control 

 

Project description: 

 

Current fault tolerant control strategies for commercial aircraft are based on fail-safe flight control systems, where a nominal control law is switched first to a robust solution and then if necessary to a more direct controlling of the actuator surfaces (with minimal level of stability augmentation), independent of the type of abnormal event. Each of these control laws are designed off-line to have different levels of robustness and performance. 

 

The main goal of the project is to investigate and develop aircraft guidance and control technologies that facilitate the automated handling of off-nominal events (such as unusual attitude and aerodynamic angles, faulty actuators and sensors, wing-icing, etc.) and optimize the aircraft status and flight while keeping its safety level compliant with current regulations. 

 

The project will investigate on-line predictive control based approaches to integrated fault-detection and isolation, along with approximation techniques that can be used to represent the resulting reconfigurable control methods in an explicit form that facilitate validation and verification flight clearance analysis. 

In addition to developing and testing research methodology and algorithms, the successful applicant will be involved in the interaction with representatives of various 

industries and stakeholders who participate in the sponsoring EU project, and eventual implementation tasks on test setups. 

 

Candidate: 

 

Applicants for this challenging project should have a PhD degree and background in e.g., systems and control, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering. 

The applicant must be enthusiastic and greatly interested in fundamental research in addition to having good programming skills for implementing state-of-the-art advanced algorithms. 

Familiarity or previous experience with the following topics is a plus: model predictive control, nonlinear dynamic inversion, subspace predictive control, fault detection and identification, fast online and approximate explicit MPC. 

In addition, excellent communication skills are important for this position and a good command of the English language is required. 

 

Project term: 

 

Employment and salary are according to the Employment Agreement of Dutch Universities, with an annually increasing salary starting at EUR 2750 gross per month or higher depending on the applicant's experience. 

The initial appointment will be for one year with a possibility for extension depending on performance. The starting date is negotiable, but 2013 is preferred. The project will be supervised by dr. Tamás Keviczky. 

 

Information and application: 

 

Interested applicants should send their detailed Curriculum Vitae, the names of two professional referees, a list of courses taken with grades obtained, a list of publications (with a copy of three selected ones), a summary of their PhD thesis and a cover letter stating their motivation, preferably by e-mail. 

 

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. Tamás Keviczky (t.keviczky@tudelft.nl) and the following web-site: 

http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl/ 

 

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8.6 Post-Doc: Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Quatar 

Contributed by: Roland Toth, r.toth@tue.nl

 

Postdoc position: Data-Driven Linear Parameter-Varying Model Learning and Control of Complex Process Systems 

 

At the Control Systems group, Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Quatar 

 

Starting date: as soon as possible 

 

Project description: 

The proposed 3 year research aims to develop a synergy between Linear Parameter-Varying (LPV) control synthesis tools and Machine Learning (ML) based modeling focusing on the challenging dynamics of process systems such as nonlinearities, spatial dynamics, and unmeasured disturbances. This is to be realized by devising a novel process-control/modeling framework that is capable of providing cost-effective and high-performance solutions for the current and future challenges of the process industry. 

The aimed data-driven modeling and control methodology will be validated using various benchmark models and on-site applications, including high-purity distillation columns, selective catalytic reduction systems, and a novel crystallization-based separation process. The proposed research, which is an endeavor of the Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Qatar and the University of Georgia (USA), intends not only to result in a theoretical improvement of the state-of-the-art of process control, but also a significant technological innovation for sustainable development of the process industry. 

 

Tasks: 

• Study the literature of machine learning, LPV identification and LPV control. 

• Study LPV models based learning of process systems and apply LPV model predictive control synthesis on the resulting models. 

• Test the approaches on industrial process applications in Qatar (distillation columns, crystallization processes). Involved industrial partners: Qatar gas processing center (GPC), Qatar Chemical Company ltd. (Q-Chem). 

• Investigate LPV data-driven control (learning based control) in the process context and develop efficient approaches, which can be successfully applied in real-world applications. 

• Dissemination of the results of your research in international and peer-reviewed journals and conferences. 

 

Requirements: 

We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements: 

• You are a talented and enthusiastic researcher. 

• You have obtained a PhD degree in Systems and Control, (Applied) Physics, (Applied) Mathematics, Information Technologies, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. 

• You have experience with or a strong background in systems and control, mathematics, statistics and signal processing. Preferably 

• You have good programming skills and experience (Mathematica and/or Matlab is an asset). 

• You have good communicative skills, and the attitude to partake successfully in the work of a research team. 

• You are creative and ambitious, hardworking and persistent. 

• You have good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required). 

• You are willing to accept the challenge to spend your time equally at TU/e and in Qatar University during the total period of 3 years. 

 

Appointment and salary 

We offer during the time spend at TU/e: 

• A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment; 

• The first appointment is for 6 months at TU/e. The total time in the project is 3 years. In case of extension of your contract, you are willing spend your time equally at TU/e and in Qatar University during the total period of 3 years. 

• The gross monthly salary at TU/e will be in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU) and amounts initially to at least € 2861 per month (scale 10.4) depending on prior experience. 

• An attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, end of the year allowance and sport facilities) 

• Assistance for finding accommodation. 

Information and application: 

More information on the vacancy and the research project can be obtained from dr. ir. Roland Toth (r.toth@tue.nl). 

For terms of employment please contact: Mrs. F. Verheggen ( f.verheggen@tue.nl) HR advisor of the Department of Electrical Engineering. 

If you are interested in this position, please send 

(1) a detailed curriculum vitae, 

(2) an application letter motivating your interest in the offered position and research topic, and summarizing your views on the research area, 

(3) a publication list, 

(4) a copy of your best publication in English, 

(5) course lists of your Masters and Phd programs (incl. grades) and proof of your Phd degree, 

(6) results of a recent English language test (like IELTS) and the names of two professional references. 

 

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8.7  Post-Doc: Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston  

Contributed by: Pierre E. Dupont, pierre.dupont@childrens.harvard.edu

 

3 Postdoctoral Positions in Robotic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School 

Three highly qualified postdoctoral fellows are sought for the following projects: 

Postdoctoral Fellow #1 (Robot Mechanics & Control) - This position is to develop mechanics-based models and control algorithms for surgical robots. Strong mathematical and analytical skills are needed. It is expected that the successful candidate will hold a PhD in engineering, physics or computer graphics and have experience in robot kinematics, dynamics and control. 

Postdoctoral Fellow #2 (Robot Sensing & Control) - This position is to develop the control and sensing functionality for a set of promising clinical robotic applications. Strong control, programming and system integration skills are needed. The ability to work collaboratively with clinicians is also important. It is expected that the successful candidate will hold a PhD in engineering or computer science. 

Postdoctoral Fellow #3 (MRI-powered millirobots) - This position will involve creating robots that are powered, controlled and imaged with an MRI scanner. Applicants must possess a strong background in dynamic modeling, control theory and computer programming. Experience in magnetic actuation and prototype fabrication is highly desirable. It is expected that the successful candidate will hold a PhD in engineering, physics or computer science. 

Our Lab’s mission is to embed creative young engineers and scientists in the #1 US pediatric hospital. This ensures that we work on clinically important problems and enables us to rapidly transition engineering prototypes to a clinical setting for testing. More information on our lab can be found at: http://robotics.tch.harvard.edu 

Qualified applicants should respond by email as soon as possible to Prof. Pierre Dupont (Pierre.Dupont@childrens.harvard.edu) with a description of their qualifications, academic background, PhD thesis, publications, career goals and availability. Initial appointments will be for one year with the possibility of extension. Postdoctoral appointments will be made through Harvard Medical School. 

 

Pierre E. Dupont 

Children’s Hospital Boston 

Harvard Medical School

 

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8.8 Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Contributed by: Henk Blom, blom@nlr.nl

 

Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Air Transport Operations. 

Department of Aerospace Engineering.

 

Applicants are invited for appointment as Assistant or Associate Professor in Air Transport Operations. 

The preferred candidate has a solid background in control theory and stochastic analysis. 

The research focus will be on modelling, analysis, simulation and optimisation of air transport operations in relation to key performance metrics for capacity, safety, efficiency, cost and environment. 

Sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification and learning from statistical data on air traffic, weather and accidents/incidents typically make up part of the research. Relevant topics involve interplay between multiple actors from aircraft, air traffic control and airports. 

Examples are: novel concepts in air traffic management, effective integration of airborne self-separation capabilities, improving the turnaround process at airports, socio-technical systems-of-systems perspective, network and traffic flow analysis, resilience to disturbances, integration of unmanned aircraft systems. 

 

This position is associated with building research expertise through establishing PhDs, attracting research funding and developing international networks. The successful candidate is also expected to develop his or her teaching profile and to supervise and motivate our students while contributing enthusiastically to the organisation within ATO. 

We are particularly open to enthusiastic candidates who have high potential and want to work in a team environment, preferably with a relevant PhD (or one near completion), and a growing publications record and international profile. 

 

The gross salary range for this position is 3200 to 5900 Euro per month. The complementary benefits package includes for example: flexible work week, free high-speed internet access from home, and optional training to improve English competency (common language used by teaching staff). 

 

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Ricky Curran, phone: +31 (0)15-2782045, e-mail: R.Curran@tudelft.nl. 

 

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume and statement of goals and plans for teaching and research. 

 

Three (3) letters of reference and official transcripts are also required for final consideration. Please e-mail your application by the 1st of March 2013 to Mrs. Vera van Bragt, V.M.vanBragt@tudelft.nl, including a reference to vacancy number LR12-24.

 

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8.9 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Contributed by: Wassim M. Haddad, wm.haddad@aerospace.gatech.edu

 

Faculty Position in Dynamical Systems and Control. 

 

The School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, invites nominations and applications for Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor in the areas of dynamical systems, control theory, and information science, and the interactions between these fields beginning August 2013. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications. 

While all related areas of research in dynamical systems and control will be considered, we are particularly interested in exceptional candidates with nontraditional research fields of interest in emerging topics, such as information and energy systems, nonlinear and stochastic control theory, communications and network systems, computation and control, embedded systems, human-machine/human-robot interaction, or hybrid systems, and their relevance to aerospace science and engineering. 

Candidates are required to have a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field. 

The successful transdisciplinary candidate will have an outstanding research record and will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, supervise graduate students, and interact with the faculty on the development of a strong externally funded research program. 

The School of Aerospace Engineering presently has 36 full-time faculty members and its undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked among the top aerospace engineering programs in the nation. 

The research interests of the faculty cover a broad spectrum of aerospace engineering including gas dynamics, propulsion, combustion, aerodynamics, structural mechanics, flight dynamics, and control.

Information about the School can be found at www.ae.gatech.edu. 

Applicants should send (electronically or via mail) a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a statement of research plans, and the name and contact information of at least three references to: Vivian Robinson O’neal, c/o Professor Wassim M. Haddad, Search Committee Chair, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 30332-0150. Phone: (404) 894-3026, e-mail: vivian.robinson@aerospace.gatech.edu. 

 

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Board of Regents policy requires Federal and State background investigations, including a criminal background check. Georgia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

 

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8.10  Faculty: University of Georgia, USA

Contributed by: Javad Mohammadpour, javadm@uga.edu

 

- Professorship in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (Control Systems) 

 

The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA) invites scholars of eminence to apply for a full-time professorship position “Georgia Power Mickey A. Brown Endowed Professor in Engineering”. The position offers the opportunity to build an outstanding engineering program. The candidate will have broad latitude of research area(s) that provides innovative controls and control systems technologies for sustainable energy and power systems, improved urban infrastructure, advanced (preventive) health care systems, precision manufacturing, sensors and controls, informatics, engineering with a living system component, and/or advanced electromagnetic devices for micro- and nano-level systems. 

 

- Tenure-track Faculty Position in Mechatronics 

 

College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA) is seeking outstanding candidates at associate or full professor rank, who will establish a prominent research program on intelligent mechatronics systems and develop pedagogical approaches to educate UGA engineers in a liberal arts environment. Candidates in early career stage with a very promising record can be considered at the rank of assistant professor. 

 

For additional information about these positions, please contact Prof. Javad Mohammadpour (javadm@uga.edu) or visit: http://www.engr.uga.edu/aboutus/positions-available. 

 

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8.11  Researcher: Lehigh University, USA

Contributed by: Nader Motee,motee@lehigh.edu

 

Research Assistantship Opportunities in Control Systems 

 

Interested students are encouraged to apply for our open positions in Distributed Control and Dynamical Systems (DCDS) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Lehigh University. There are several open positions for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 in the form of Research Assistantships. For more information about our group and current research activities, please visit our website at 

 

www.dcds-lab.com 

 

The central theme of our research at DCDS lab is to develop theoretical foundations for understanding underlying structure, dynamics, and holistic behaviors of complex networks of dynamical systems. Our research team aims to contribute towards the development of a theory of networks of dynamical systems that will provide new insights into design, control, and optimization of such complex networks. 

 

Students with an M.Sc. degree, preferably in Control Systems/Optimization or related areas, are strongly encouraged to apply. Undergraduate students with strong background in Control Systems and Applied Mathematics will be considered too. 

 

Lehigh is a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. We are a coeducational, nondenominational, private university that offers a distinct academic environment of undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe. Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. Lehigh is comprised of 2,358 acres, making it one of the largest private universities in the country. 

 

Interested applicants may contact Dr. Nader Motee (motee@lehigh.edu) with the following information: 

(1) one-page research statement explaining how your background fits to our current research interests, 

(2) CV, 

(3) copies of all publications, all in PDF format. 

 

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8.12 Researcher: University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia 

Contributed by: Ingrid Petric, ingrid.petric@ung.si

 

Research position in SOFTWARE ENGINEERING available at the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) 

 

The position is open within the European project SUNGREEN http://sungreen.ung.si cofinanced under Framework Programme 7 (Call: FP7-REGPOT-2011-1) with duration until 30.9.2014. Conversion to a tenure-track position is possible. The researcher will work in the Centre for Systems and Information Technologies at the University of Nova Gorica. Appropriated salary will be determined according to the academic position. 

 

The candidate will work within a multidisciplinary research team involved in: 

-development of systems and software for text and data mining, 

-development of text mining and natural language processing methods for interdisciplinary applications. 

 

For more information on currently running research activities at the University of Nova Gorica: http://www.ung.si/en/research/ and http://www.ung.si/en/research/systems-it/ 

 

Requirements: 

-a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, Engineering or other relevant field, 

-at least 2 years postdoctoral experience from the fields related to the job description, 

-excellent publication record in the fields related to the job description, 

-demonstrated ability to perform independent work in a group-oriented research environment, 

-very good oral and written communication skills in English. 

 

Application should include: 

-cover letter, 

-CV including contact details, 

-a list of relevant publications, 

-a list of 3 professional references with telephone numbers and email addresses, 

-it would be advantageous for the candidate to submit a tentative plan of research activities (max. 2 pages). 

 

Deadline: 

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Initial consideration of applications will commence on 11 February 2013. 

 

Applications should be sent to the following address: 

Univerza v Novi Gorici, Vipavska cesta 13, SI 5000 Nova Gorica, Slovenia 

or by e-mail to: tea.stibilj.nemec@ung.si 

 

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8.13 Researcher: United Technologies Research Center 

Contributed by: Tara O'Sullivan, tara.j.osullivan@gmail.com

 

Job Reference: 2808560 

UTRCI Research Scientist, Optimization 

Grade: L6-L5 

 

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) delivers advanced technologies to the businesses of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). 

UTC (NYSE:UTX) is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. 

UTC's commercial businesses are Otis elevators and escalators and UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire and security systems, building automation and controls. 

UTC’s aerospace businesses are Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and the new UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, which includes Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines and UTC Aerospace Systems aerospace products. 

 

UTRC partners with UTC business units and external research organizations to expand the boundaries of science and technology through research and innovation, delivering technology options that meet and anticipate the needs of the marketplace. 

 

Founded in 1929, UTRC is located in East Hartford, Connecticut (U.S.), with an office in Berkeley, California, and research and development centers in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland. 

 

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRCI) is UTRC’s European research hub, created to fully leverage a global network of innovation. 

UTRCI works with universities, research institutes, and industry throughout Europe and beyond to further its research and development mission. 

 

UTRCI invites qualified individuals to apply for the following position in its Cork office. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be provided to the successful candidates. 

 

Learn more @ www.utrc.utc.com 

 

Job Responsibilities 

 

UTRCI seeks candidates with expertise in optimization and operations research with applications in high performance buildings and distributed energy systems. 

The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in integer, MINLP, combinatorial and large-scale numerical optimization, and familiarity with the use of associated software tools and platforms, such as GAMS, AMPL, CPLEX, IPOPT, and GUROBI. 

Expertise in formulation and analysis of business and engineering models is desirable. 

In addition, knowledge of topics in the areas of simulation and optimization of hybrid and differential algebraic equation systems, finite state machines, probability theory and stochastic analysis would be a plus. 

Experience in application areas of optimal design and operation of buildings and energy microgrid systems would be highly desired. The successful candidate will work as part of technology teams in developing new technologies that will provide a competitive advantage for UTC’s business units. 

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who works well in an international teaming environment, is extremely well-organized and has excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills. Besides technical excellence, an entrepreneurial attitude towards innovation is essential. 

Education 

A doctoral degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, or a related field, with an emphasis on Optimization, or a Master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of industrial or academic experience is required. 

 

Experience/Qualifications 

 

The ideal candidate will have experience in several of the following areas: 

• Experience in formulating, solving, and creating software tools for both discrete and continuous optimization problems. 

• Demonstrated ability to formulate and solve linear, non-linear, integer, MINLP, combinatorial and large-scale numerical optimization. 

• MATLAB, Simulink, C, C++, and optimization software tools and platforms, such as GAMS, AMPL, CPLEX, IPOPT, and GUROBI. 

• Exceptional communication skills, demonstrated commitment to deliver results, adaptability and the ability to work in a teaming environment. 

• Ability to execute technology research plans to successfully achieve desired technical outcomes within time and budget constraints. 

• Some travel required. 

 

In addition, experience in the following areas will be highly regarded: 

• Experience in solving real world optimization problems in an industrial setting. 

• Knowledge of topics in the areas of simulation and optimization of hybrid and differential algebraic equation systems, finite state machines, probability theory and stochastic analysis. 

• Understanding of building physics, including heat transfer and fluid flow. 

• Familiarity with Distributed Power and Energy storage systems, including solar PV, wind turbines, biomass, cogeneration, and battery technologies. 

• Experience working with Government agencies and proposal development. 

 

Additional Comments 

 

This position is based at UTRC’s European hub in Cork, Ireland. To be eligible to apply, candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland. 

 

Candidates can apply online at: http://www.utrc.utc.com/pages/Career/Job_openings.html by selecting “Ireland” from the “Country” pull-down menu and clicking “Begin Search” 

 

United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

 

 

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8.14 Researcher: United Technologies Research Center 

Contributed by: Tara O'Sullivan, tara.j.osullivan@gmail.com

 

Job Reference: 3194650 

UTRCI Research Scientist, Control Systems 

Grade: L6-L5 

 

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) delivers advanced technologies to the businesses of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). UTC (NYSE:UTX) is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. UTC's commercial businesses are Otis elevators and escalators and UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire and security systems, building automation and controls. UTC’s aerospace businesses are Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and the new UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, which includes Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines and UTC Aerospace Systems aerospace products. 

 

UTRC partners with UTC business units and external research organizations to expand the boundaries of science and technology through research and innovation, delivering technology options that meet and anticipate the needs of the marketplace. 

 

Founded in 1929, UTRC is located in East Hartford, Connecticut (U.S.), with an office in Berkeley, California, and research and development centers in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland. 

 

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRCI) is UTRC’s European research hub, created to fully leverage a global network of innovation. UTRCI works with universities, research institutes, and industry throughout Europe and beyond to further its research and development mission. UTRCI invites qualified individuals to apply for the following position in its Cork office. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be provided to the successful candidates. 

 

Learn more @ www.utrc.utc.com 

 

Job Responsibilities 

 

UTRCI seeks candidates with expertise in control system design and analysis for high performance buildings. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to synthesize optimal, supervisory control system architectures and algorithms, develop control-oriented modeling methods, and perform control system rapid prototyping with applications to buildings and energy microgrid systems.

 

The position requires analytical skills related to control and optimization, with experience using computational modeling tools for development and analysis. An understanding of building physics, including heat transfer and fluid flow, is preferred. 

 

The successful candidate will work as part of technology teams in developing new technologies that will provide a competitive advantage for UTC’s business units. 

 

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who works well in an international teaming environment, is extremely well-organized and has excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills. Besides technical excellence, an entrepreneurial attitude towards innovation is essential. 

Education 

A minimum of a doctoral degree in mechanical, electrical or control engineering, or a master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of industrial or academic relevant experience is required. A PhD with post-doctorate industrial or academic experience is preferred. 

 

Experience/Qualifications 

 

The ideal candidate will have experience in several of the following areas: 

• Experience applying system identification techniques and knowledge of MIMO systems parameter identification methods. Experience with estimation techniques, such as Kalman Filters. 

• Ability to develop physics-based, non-linear dynamic control and analysis-oriented system level models for building and distributed power systems. 

• Demonstrated ability to analyze and optimize complex systems including nonlinear, time-varying dynamical subsystems with uncertain parameters. 

• Experience in selecting control algorithm/architecture based on scientific principles and product integration needs. Control problems encountered in the applications of interest require a wide range of solutions including SISO controllers (PID, lead-lag, and gain scheduling), as well as MIMO controllers (typically based on optimization techniques including MPC techniques) for time-varying nonlinear subsystems. 

• Ability to incorporate system input and state constraints into control algorithm design as well as dealing with uncertain parameters and disturbances. 

• Experience providing control implementation specifications both for rapid prototyping and industrial code implementation. 

• Experience with development/application of modeling and simulation programs to analyze building and distributed power systems, thermal and electrical loads and performance. 

• MATLAB, Simulink, C, C++, modeling languages for optimization programming (e.g. AMPL), linear and non-linear optimization software (e.g. IpOpt, CPLEX, Gurovi). 

• Exceptional communication skills, demonstrated commitment to deliver results, adaptability and the ability to work in a teaming environment. 

• Ability to execute technology research plans to successfully achieve desired technical outcomes within time and budget constraints. 

• Some travel required. 

 

In addition, experience in the following areas will be highly regarded: 

• Ability to synthesize controllers for hybrid systems where switching occurs between several modes of operation, each one with different continuous dynamics. 

• Hierarchical control or distributed control background. 

• Familiarity with time delay and nonlinearity compensation. 

• Familiarity with rapid prototyping methodologies and environments. Demonstrated experience with automatic code generation tools and control design validation procedures would be a definite asset. Experience with HIL incorporating system simulations would be ideal.

• Field experience with implementation of building control systems. 

• Familiarity with HVAC equipment performance including vapor compression products, air distribution and building management systems. 

• Familiarity with Distributed Power and Energy storage systems, including solar PV, wind turbines, biomass, cogeneration, and battery technologies. 

• Experience working with Government agencies and proposal development.

 

Additional Comments 

 

This position is based at UTRC’s European hub in Cork, Ireland. To be eligible to apply, candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland. 

 

Candidates can apply online at: http://www.utrc.utc.com/pages/Career/Job_openings.html by selecting “Ireland” from the “Country” pull-down menu and clicking “Begin Search” 

 

United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

 

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8.15 Lead Engineer: GE Global Research 

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

 

For over a half century, GE’s Austrian-based gas engine business has led in the development and production of gas-fueled reciprocating engines, packaged generator sets, and cogeneration units for the efficient generation of power and heat. 

 

GE’s gas engines, ranging from 0.12 to 9.5 MW, are designed for stationary, continuous duty operation. 

 

Known for their high efficiencies, low emissions, durability, and high reliability, our engines run on natural gas or a variety of other gases including biogas, landfill gas, coal mine gas, sewage gas, combustible industrial waste gases. 

 

With a encouraged team of over 2600 employees worldwide we create the future of engine technology. What about you ? We are seeking people, who share our vision: providing smart, sustainable engergy to the world. 

 

Lead Engineer Engine Controls 

 

Role Summary/Purpose: 

 

For our Gas Engine Technology Development Group in Garching near Munich we are searching for a Lead Engineer Engine Controls (m/f). 

 

You will be a member of the advanced gas engine technology team and collaborate with members of the Global Research Center, GE Jenbacher and GE businesses worldwide. 

 

You will provide technical expertise in developing engine components, systems and technologies from concept to readiness for production. 

 

Essential Responsibilities: 

 

In particular, you will lead the development of control strategies for gas and diesel engine systems, and collaborate closely on the integration of charging & gas exchange, fuel injection/mixture preparation, combustion strategy and exhaust after-treatment systems: 

Execute engine development projects with a focus on the development of robust control systems & strategies to meet stringent emissions, efficiency and transient performance targets 

 

Define, implement and validate control algorithms, strategies and hardware for engine systems 

 

Define and execute engine testing to validate the selected control strategies and sensor selection & placement 

 

Develop transient models of engine thermodynamic and mechanical systems 

 

Develop new concepts/products using simulation, modeling and statistical design methods 

 

Perform/guide 1D modeling using GT-Power for engine system controls studies 

 

Develop new technologies for GE Gas engine existing product portfolio as well as new products, with particular focus on novel concepts enabled by new sensors, actuators and control strategies 

 

Develop FMEA and risk mitigation plans 

 

Meet technical and business objectives with highest quality and integrity 

 

Effective project/task management 

 

 

Qualifications/Requirements: 

 

Higher technical education in electrical or mechanical engineering (Diplom/Master/PhD) – focus on control technology, mechatronics or automatization technology. 

 

Minimum of 5 years controls development experience 

 

System modeling expertise 

 

Nonlinear control 

 

System identification 

 

Experience with Design of Experiments (DOE) methodology 

 

Control testing experience 

 

Matlab/Simulink 

 

Good academic track record 

 

Fluent English oral and written communication skills 

 

Can-do attitude 

 

Open and creative 

 

Team-work & commitment 

 

Desired Characteristics: 

 

Experience in the design, construction, testing and optimization of diesel and/or gas engines 

 

Experience in development of control strategies for combustion engines 

 

Basic German 

 

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8.16 Senior Engineer: John Deere Electronic Solutions

Contributed by: Chad Haedt, haedtchada@johndeere.com

 

New technology is arriving ever faster into markets today. At John Deere Electronic Solutions (JDES), we design, develop and manufacture custom, integrated electronic solutions for virtually all markets that require rugged equipment to operate reliably under the toughest conditions. We epitomize John Deere's passionate drive to provide innovative solutions throughout today's ever-changing world and are recognized as the Electronic Center of Excellence within John Deere

 

JDES is a progressive, growing organization that has doubled the engineering team over the past 4 years; we now have over 400 engineers in the product development group. We are willing to invest the resources required to grow our business and meet customer needs. 

 

Working with the latest technology, collaborating with the best and brightest in the field, expanding your knowledge and honing your skills—all are key components of unmatched career satisfaction as a member of the John Deere product engineering team.

 

What You'll Do

 

John Deere Electronic Solutions is seeking a Senior Control Systems Engineer for our location in Fargo, North Dakota. In this role, you will lead control system development for off-road vehicle systems. Additionally, you will:

 

•Be responsible for control system life cycle from concept development through initial field testing.

•Lead the resolution of control system performance issues in production systems.

•Contribute as a subject matter expert on cross functional teams to ensure products meet or exceed our customers' expectations.

•Promote the development and incorporation of model-based systems development (MBSD) best practices

 

What It Takes

 

We need a highly adaptable, excellent communicator (verbal & written) who thrives on solving problems and working in a team environment. Ideally, you will have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, or Agricultural Engineering with Controls and Dynamics focus or equivalent work experience that qualifies you to perform the job duties. We also require:

 

•5 or more years of experience designing and implementing electric drive, electro-hydraulic, or electro-mechanical motion control systems on a product delivery team.

•5 or more of years of experience with MATLAB/Simulink modeling and simulation.

•Demonstrated experience in model based algorithm development and system integration

 

A strong candidate will have a Masters Degree in Engineering and experience in one or more of the following areas: 

 

•Off-road vehicle dynamics, robotics, servo controls, or hybrid-electric systems 

•Plant modeling or system identification 

•Embedded C/C++ development 

•Automatic code generation (RTW) for embedded controllers 

•CAN communication networks and protocols (ISO 11783, J1939)

 

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8.17 Internships: NEC Laboratories America 

Contributed by: Rakesh Patil, rakeshmp@nec-labs.com

 

The Energy Management department at NEC Labs America invites applications for summer internships focused on stochastic and adaptive control of dynamic systems related to distributed energy storage and generation. 

The intern will be involved in developing novel advanced control, optimization and identification strategies for smart energy distribution systems and microgrids. 

The research should result in publications at premier conferences and lay foundation for product ideas. 

 

Candidate Requirements: 

 

- PhD student in EE/ME/CS (power systems/control/automation) 

- Strong knowledge of stochastic processes, dynamic systems modeling, control and optimization theory 

- Research background in control and optimization of energy systems’ operation and renewable power integration. 

- Experience and interest in applying control theory and implementing control systems in hardware and software. 

- Good MATLAB/C/C++/Python programming capability 

 

Desired Skills: 

 

- Well Versed in Modeling and Simulation of Power Systems and Batteries 

 

For more information and related internship positions visit 

 

https://neclabs.hua.hrsmart.com/ats/js_job_details.php?reqid=1145 and http://www.nec-labs.com/research/energy/index.php

 

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