January 2013 - E-LETTER

Issue Number: 
292
Issue Date: 
January 2013

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

Issue 292

January 2013

 

Editor:

 

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A Brief Editorial

 

It is a pleasure for me to take over from Magnus Egerstedt as editor of the Eletter and to write this (brief) introduction to Eletter number 292. 

 

Magnus has done a really great job of editing the Eletter for the last four years, and it is quite a challenge for me to be an adequate successor. I'll do my best! 

 

Best wishes,

Maria Prandini

 

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Contents

 

1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.4 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.5 Call for contribution: The Impact of Control Technology Report

 

2. Misc

2.1 SIAG/CST Best SICON Paper Prize

2.2 Competition on Fault Detection and Fault Tolerant Control for Wind Farms

2.3 Webinar on Time-Delay Systems: Analysis and Design with MATLAB and Simulink

2.4 Invited Session Proposal for 2013 IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control

 

3. Books

3.1 Randomized Algorithms for Analysis and Control of Uncertain Systems - With Applications

3.2 Control of Surge in Centrifugal Compressors by Active Magnetic Bearings: Theory and Implementation

3.3 Continuous Time Dynamical Systems: State Estimation and Optimal Control with Orthogonal Functions

3.4 Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications

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

 

4. Journals

4.1 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

4.3 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and applications

4.4 Contents: European Journal of Control

 

5. Conferences

5.1 IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace

5.2 IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Science

5.3 International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

 

6. Workshops

6.1 The Interdisciplinary Symposium on Signals and Systems for Medical Applications

6.2 NSF Workshop on Formal Composition of Motion Primitives

 

7. Positions

7.1 PhD: University of Sheffield, UK

7.2 PhD: University of Arizona

7.3 PhD: University of Massachusetts, Lowell

7.4 PhD: Ålö AB and Umeå University, Sweden

7.5 PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium

7.6 PhD/Researcher & Post-Doc: National University of Ireland Maynooth

7.7 Post-Doc: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

7.8 Post-Doc: Supelec, France

7.9 Post-Doc: University of Sheffield, UK

7.10 Post-Doc: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

7.11 Post-Doc/Researcher: University of Manchester,UK

7.12 Faculty: Washington University, St. Louis

7.13 Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

7.14 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology

7.15 Faculty: Yale University

7.16 Faculty: University of Bayreuth, Germany

7.17 Faculty: Texas A&M University

7.18 Faculty: Eindhoven University of Technology

7.19 Researcher: University of Sheffield, UK        

7.20 Researcher: GE Global Research

7.21 Algorithm Engineer: Nest Labs

 

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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 Control Systems Technology

Contributed by: Thomas Parisini, eic-ieeetcst@units.it

 

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 21 (2013), Issue 1 (January)

 

PAPERS 

 

Robust Estimation of Road Frictional Coefficient 

C. Ahn, H. Peng, and H. E. Tseng page 1 

 

Optimal Energy and Catalyst Temperature Management of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles for Minimum Fuel Consumption and Tail-Pipe Emissions 

D. Kum, H. Peng, and N. K. Bucknor page 14 

 

Kalman Filter-Based Distributed Predictive Control of Large-Scale Multi-Rate Systems: Application to Power Networks 

S. Roshany-Yamchi, M. Cychowski, R. R. Negenborn, B. De Schutter, K. Delaney, and J. Connell page 27 

 

Two-Channel Transparency-Optimized Control Architectures in Bilateral Teleoperation With Time Delay 

J. Kim, P. H. Chang, and H.-S. Park page 40 

 

Antiwindup Design for Induction Motor Control in the FieldWeakening Domain 

R. Sepulchre, T. Devos, F. Jadot, and F. Malrait page 52 

 

Decentralized Charging Control of Large Populations of Plug-in Electric Vehicles 

Z. Ma, D. S. Callaway, and I. A. Hiskens page 67 

 

Plug-and-Play Control—Modifying Control Systems Online 

J. Bendtsen, K. Trangbaek, and J. Stoustrup page 79 

 

Data-Based Modeling and Control of Nylon-6, 6 Batch Polymerization 

S. Aumi, B. Corbett, P. Mhaskar, and T. Clarke-Pringle page 94 

 

Efficient Parallel Implementation of State Estimation Algorithms on Multicore Platforms 

O. Rosén and A. Medvedev page 107 

 

An Improved Formulation of Hybrid Model Predictive Control With Application to Production-Inventory Systems 

N. N. Nandola and D. E. Rivera page 121 

 

A Decentralized Explicit Predictive Control Paradigm for Parallelized DC-DC Circuits 

A. G. Beccuti, M. Kvasnica, G. Papafotiou, and M. Morari page 136 

 

Design and Experimental Validation of a Nonlinear Low-Level Controller for an Unmanned Fin-Less Airship 

T. Liesk, M. Nahon, and B. Boulet page 149 

 

Intelligence-Based Supervisory Control for Optimal Operation of a DCS-Controlled Grinding System 

P. Zhou, T. Chai, and J. Sun page 162 

 

BRIEF PAPERS 

 

Output Feedback Sliding Mode Control for a Stewart Platform With a Nonlinear Observer-Based Forward Kinematics Solution 

S.-H. Chen and L.-C. Fu page 176 

 

Data-Driven Design of Braking Control Systems 

S. Formentin, P. De Filippi, M. Corno, M. Tanelli, and S. M. Savaresi page 186 

 

Adaptive Robust Control of Servo Mechanisms With Compensation for Nonlinearly Parameterized Dynamic Friction 

Z. Li, J. Chen, G. Zhang, and M. Gan page 194 

 

Modeling and Control of a Nonlinear Mechanism for High Performance Microfluidic Systems 

Y. Kim, P. LeDuc, and W. Messner page 203 

 

Manipulation of Magnetic Particles Using Adaptive Magnetic Traps 

J. G. Pickel and D. G. Cole page 212 

 

Saturation Control of a Piezoelectric Actuator for Fast Settling-Time Performance 

J. Zheng and M. Fu page 220 

 

Mixed H2/Hinf Observer-Based LPV Control of a Hydraulic Engine Cam Phasing Actuator 

A. White, Z. Ren, G. Zhu, and J. Choi page 229 

 

Power Optimization in Embedded Systems via Feedback Control of Resource Allocation 

M. Maggio, H. Hoffmann, M. D. Santambrogio, A. Agarwal, and A. Leva page 239 

 

Proportional Navigation With Delayed Line-of-Sight Rate 

N. Dhananjay, K.-Y. Lum, and J.-X. Xu page 247 

 

A Multiple Model-Based Approach for Fault Diagnosis of Jet Engines 

N. Meskin, E. Naderi, and K. Khorasani page 254 

 

Prediction of Short-Term Traffic Variables Using Intelligent Swarm-Based Neural Networks 

K. Y. Chan, T. Dillon, E. Chang, and J. Singh page 263 

 

Configuration Constrained Stabilization of aWheeled Mobile Robot—Theory and Experiment 

V. Sankaranarayanan and A. D. Mahindrakar page 275

 

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1.3 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 1 (January) 

 

Papers 

 

Network Integrity in Mobile Robotic Networks 

M. M. Zavlanos, A. Ribeiro, G. J. Pappas p. 3 

 

Semi-Autonomous Consensus: Network Measures and Adaptive Trees 

A. Chapman, M. Mesbahi p. 19 

 

Dynamic Optimization and Learning for Renewal Systems 

M. J. Neely p. 32 

 

Random-Time, State-Dependent Stochastic Drift for Markov Chains and Application to Stochastic Stabilization Over Erasure Channels 

S. Yuksel, S. Meyn p. 47 

 

Structural Controllability and Observability of Linear Systems Over Finite Fields with Applications to Multi-Agent Systems 

S. Sundaram, C. Hadjicostis p. 60 

 

Stabilization of Stochastic Quantum Dynamics via Open and Closed Loop Control 

F. Ticozzi, K. Nishio, C. Altafini p. 74 

 

Direct Filtering: A New Approach to Optimal Filter Design for Nonlinear Systems 

C. Novara, F. Ruiz, M. Milanese p. 86 

 

Lyapunov Theory for Zeno Stability 

A. Lamperski, A. Ames p. 100 

 

Hierarchical Clustering of Dynamical Networks Using a Saddle-Point Analysis 

M. B¸rger, D. Zelazo, F. Allgower p. 113 

 

Bounded Constrained Filtering for GPS/INS Integration 

G. A. Einicke, J. T. Malos, G. Falco p. 125 

 

Ergodic Control and Polyhedral approaches to PageRank Optimization 

O. Fercoq, M. Akian, M. Bouhtou, S. Gaubert p. 134 

 

Distributed Circular Formation Stabilization for Dynamic Unicycles 

M. I. El-Hawwary, M. Maggiore p. 149 

 

Technical Notes and Correspondence 

 

Optimal Admission Control for Tandem Queues with Loss 

B. Zhang, H. Ayhan p. 163 

 

Robust Stability of Singularly Perturbed Impulsive Systems under Nonlinear Perturbation 

W-H. Chen, G. Yuan, W. X. Zheng p. 168 

 

Robust Kalman-Bucy Filter 

J. George p. 174 

 

Bounded Tracking Controllers and Robustness Analysis for UAVs 

A. Gruszka, M. Malisoff, F. Mazenc p. 180 

 

Robust Identification-based State Derivative Estimation for Nonlinear Systems 

S. Bhasin, R. Kamalapurkar, H. T. Dinh, W. E. Dixon p. 187 

 

Singular Perturbation Approximations for a Class of Linear Quantum Systems 

I. R. Petersen p. 193 

 

Minimum Initial Marking Estimation in Labeled Petri Nets 

L. Li, C. Hadjicostis p. 198 

 

Stability of Positive Differential Systems with Delay 

N. P. H. Anh p. 203 

 

Almost Sure Stability of Markov Jump Linear Systems with Deterministic Switching 

P. Bolzern, P. Colaneri, G. De Nicolao p. 209 

 

Convergence of Type-symmetric and Cut-balanced Consensus Seeking Systems 

J. M. Hendrickx, J. Tsitsiklis p. 214 

 

Robust Model Predictive Control via Scenario Optimization 

G. Calafiore, L. Fagiano p. 219 

 

Vector Measures of Accuracy for Sampled Data Models of Nonlinear Systems 

D. S. Carrasco, G. C. Goodwin, J. I. Yuz p. 224 

 

Passive Decomposition of Mechanical Systems with Coordination Requirement 

D. Lee, P. Y. Li p. 230 

 

A Regularized Estimator For Linear Regression Model With Possibly Singular Covariance 

H. S. Hoang, R. Baraille p. 236 

 

Global Stability and Finite L2m-gain of Saturated Uncertain Systems via Piecewise Polynomial Lyapunov Functions 

A. Garulli, A. Masi, G. ValmÛrbida, L. Zaccarian p. 242 

 

Analysis of Noisy Bearing-Only Network Localization 

I. Shames, A. Bishop, B. D.O. Anderson p. 247 

 

Transformed Unscented Kalman Filter 

L. Chang, B. Hu, A. Li, F. Qin p. 252 

 

Decomposition-Based Distributed Control for Continuous-Time Multi-Agent Systems 

R. Ghadami, B. Shafai p. 258 

 

Stabilization of Time-varying Nonlinear Systems with Distributed Input Delay by Feedback of Plant's State 

F. Mazenc, S-I. Niculescu, M. Bekaik p. 264 

 

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1.4 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

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

 

Call for Papers

 

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 

Special Issue on Control of Cyber-Physical Systems

 

Cyber-physical systems are engineered systems whose operations are monitored, coordinated, controlled, and integrated by computing and communication cores interacting with the physical environment. Cyber-physical systems transform how we interact with the physical world just like the Internet has transformed how we interact with one another. Advances in this field will have an enormous societal impact and economic benefit in areas such as energy, transportation, manufacturing, health, agriculture and many more.

 

Recently there has been an enormous scientific and industrial interest in cyber-physical systems. Consequently theories, tools, and practices for the design and operation of these systems are emerging. The aim of this special issue is to capture the latest developments in the fundamentals and applications of control of cyber-physical systems. We solicit papers on the following topics:

 

* Abstractions and heterogeneous models for cyber-physical systems

* Architectures for cyber-physical systems

* High-confidence and safety-critical networked control systems

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

* Embedded computing and communication in cyber-physical systems

* Optimization and resource allocation in cyber-physical systems

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

* Distributed implementation and fault detection in cyber-physical systems

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

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

 

We expect that some of the papers will describe emerging applications in intelligent transportation, power systems, smart buildings, medical  devices, mobile robotics, process industry etc.

 

Time Schedule:

* February 15, 2013: Deadline for submissions (FINAL EXTENDED DEADLINE)

* August 2013: Deadline for review process

* November 2013: Submission of final manuscripts

* January 2014: Publication of special issue

 

Submission Details:

Manuscripts should be submitted by uploading the electronic file through the journal's online submission website at http://css.paperplaza.net/journals/tac/

 

Guest Editors:

Karl H. Johansson, ACCESS Linnaeus Center and School of Electrical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 10044, Sweden, kallej@kth.se

George J. Pappas, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, pappasg@ee.upenn.edu

Paulo Tabuada, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA, tabuada@ee.ucla.edu

Claire J. Tomlin, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA, tomlin@eecs.berkeley.edu

 

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1.5 Call for contribution: The Impact of Control Technology Report

Contributed by: Tariq Samad,  samad@ieee.org

 

Call for contribution: New Edition of The Impact of Control Technology Report

 

In 2011, IEEE Control Systems Society published a report titled The Impact of Control Technology (T. Samad and A. Annaswamy, eds.). This report is available free of charge at www.ieeecss.org/main/IoCT-report. The Society is now sponsoring the preparation of a new and revised edition. The new report will also be freely available on the CSS website. In addition, a print version is expected to be available for purchase. 

 

The new edition will consist entirely of two-page flyers in “Success Stories” and “Research Challenges” sections (these were Parts 2 and 4 in the original). These sections were a novel and especially popular feature of the original report. 

 

We invite contributions from all members of the control science and engineering community to the new edition: 

• “Success Stories” flyers should highlight practical successes of advanced control technology. Some documentation of societal/industrial benefit should be included. 

• “Research Challenges” flyers should highlight opportunities for future impact through advances in control research. 

 

These flyers are intended to inspire control researchers and to exemplify the accomplishments and the promise of our field to those not already immersed in it. Thus the audience is not solely control engineers and scientists. Content should be prepared accordingly. 

 

If you are interested in contributing, please contact the report editors at samad@ieee.org and/or aanna@mit.edu as soon as possible for more information. Polished material is not required; the final layout will be done by a public relations and advertising agency with contributors' review/approval. 

 

Our goal in this undertaking is to help promote our field, both to those in it already and to those who are not. If you share this vision we would like to hear from you!

 

 

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2. Misc

 

2.1 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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2.2 Competition on Fault Detection and Fault Tolerant Control for Wind Farms

Contributed by: Peter Fogh Odgaard, peodg@kk-electronic.com

 

In 2010-2011 a competition in two parts, one on fault detection & isolation (FDI) and one on fault tolerant control (FTC) of wind turbines, was held for a benchmark model on fault detection and fault tolerant control of wind turbines.

The benchmark has been published in the article “Fault tolerant control of wind turbines – a benchmark model” by P.F. Odgaard, J. Stoustrup, and M. Kinnaert, and is included in the Proceedings of the 7th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes, held in Barcelona, Spain, in June 2009. The paper can be downloaded from http://www.ifac-papersonline.net/Detailed/40082.html. 

Results on the FDI part (Part One) were presented at IFAC World Congress 2011 and the results on the FTC part (Part Two) will be presented at Safeprocess 2012. 

 

This call is for a follow-up competition that addresses problems of fault detection & isolation and fault tolerant control of wind turbines in a wind farm from the wind farm control level. 

The follow-up competition consists of two parts as well. The first part is Part Three in the overall series and is on fault detection and isolation.

The deadline for this part is in March 2013. The second part is Part Four in the overall series and is on fault tolerant control, which will be announced in a later separate call. 

 

The model as well as requirements for the solution can be downloaded from: http://www.kk-electronic.com/Default.aspx?ID=9592 

 

A preprint paper describing the benchmark model and the faults can be obtained by request, please contact Peter Fogh Odgaard at peodg@kk-electronic.com . 

 

The participants are asked to submit their solutions implemented in MATLAB®/Simulink®, with full access to MATLAB code and/or Simulink blocks. The fault detection and isolation scheme should be implemented as a filter/observer with a binary output, 0 in case of no faults. The FDI solution should fit into the FDI block in the benchmark model implemented in the Simulink model. 

 

The solutions will be validated on a more detailed simulation model of the wind farm including the faults. 

 

The competitors should as well write a paper for an invited session at: IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2013, for Part Three. The results of the competition will be announced at the same event. 

 

After the submission deadline closes, the submissions are asked to be uploaded to the File Exchange section of MATLAB Central: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/ 

 

In each part of the competition 1st, 2nd, and 3rd price are awarded with respectively 600 Euro, 300 Euro and 100 Euro, co-sponsored by MathWorks™ and kk-electronic a/s. 

 

If you are interested in the competition and intend to submit a solution and a paper, please announce your intent in advance to Peter Fogh Odgaard (peodg@kk-electronic.com) – please see the time schedule below. Details on the solution submission will be provided at that time. 

 

Important Dates: 

 

Part Three 

Deadline for announcing intent of participation: January 31, 2012 

Deadline for submission of implemented solution: March 11, 2013 

Deadline for IEEE Conference on Decision and Control paper submission: March 11, 2013 

 

Proposers: 

Professor Jakob Stoustrup, AalborgUniversity, jakob@es.aau.dk 

Professor Pieter Mosterman, MathWorks& McGillUniversity, pieter.mosterman@mathworks.com 

Dr. Peter Fogh Odgaard, kk-electronic a/s, peodg@kk-electronic.com 

 

Sponsors: 

kk-electronic a/s 

MathWorks

 

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2.3 Webinar on Time-Delay Systems: Analysis and Design with MATLAB and Simulink

Contributed by: Suat Gumussoy, gumussoy@ieee.org

 

Time delays commonly occur in control systems. To avoid negative effects on system performance, control engineers need to account for time delays when designing a controller. Suat Gumussoy at MathWorks recorded a webinar that shows how to analyze the effects of time delays on control system performance using MATLAB and Simulink. You will learn how to design control algorithms that meet design requirements in the presence of time delays. Suat uses an example of a PID controller for an automotive internal combustion engine to demonstrate how you can:

 

• Analyze time delays in both time and frequency domains

• Linearize nonlinear Simulink models for control analysis and design using either exact representation or Padé approximation of time delays

• Design robust controllers that meet requirements in the presence of time delays, even when the actual time delay is different from the assumed, nominal value

 

To watch this free webinar, please visit: http://www.mathworks.com/company/events/webinars/wbnr73452.html

 

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2.4 Invited Session Proposal for 2013 IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control 

Contributed by: Juri Belikov, jbelikov@cc.ioc.ee

 

Invited Session Proposal for 2013 IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control (MSC 2013): Polynomial methods for control systems Action Group on Polynomial Methods for Control System Design under the IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Committee on Computational Aspects of Control System Design is intend to organize an invited session at MSC, which takes place at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India, August 28th – 30th, 2013.

 

Nowadays, control theory is developed with a focus on possible software implementation to be practically useful. Moreover, the specific software can significantly simplify the research. Symbolic and numerical computations are very time-consuming. Increasing complexity of modern control problems motivates the development of specific packages and even stand-alone applications. This is one of the areas in which polynomial methods can contribute a lot.

 

The main goal of this session is to focus on the most recent theoretical and practical results in this area. The emphasis of the session is on development and implementation of polynomial methods, applicable for control systems.

 

Topic of interests:

The topics explored in this special session include, but are not limited to development and implementation of polynomial methods:

- in linear and nonlinear control systems

- in modeling, analysis and synthesis problems

- symbolic and numerical software

- computational aspects

- scientific, education and other projects

 

Special session organizers:

Dr. Juri Belikov

Control Systems Department

Institute of Cybernetics, Tallinn University of Technology

Akadeemia tee 21, 12618 Tallinn, Estonia

E-mail: jbelikov@cc.ioc.ee

 

Prof. Ülle Kotta

Control Systems Department

Institute of Cybernetics, Tallinn University of Technology

Akadeemia tee 21, 12618 Tallinn, Estonia

E-mail: kotta@cc.ioc.ee

 

For more information on the conference, please visit: www.msc2013.org

Those who are interested in submitting a paper within an invited session at MSC, please contact Juri Belikov (jbelikov@cc.ioc.ee)

 

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3. Books

 

3.1 Randomized Algorithms for Analysis and Control of Uncertain Systems - With Applications

Contributed by: Fabrizio Dabbene,fabrizio.dabbene@polito.it

 

Title: Randomized Algorithms for Analysis and Control of Uncertain Systems - With Applications - Second Edition

Authors: Roberto Tempo, Giuseppe Calafiore, Fabrizio Dabbene

 

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

Series: Communications and Control Engineering

ISBN: ISBN 978-1-4471-4609-4 (Hardcover, 357 p. 75 illus., 49 in color)

978-1-4471-4610-0 (eBook)

Website:

http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/book/978-1-4471-4609-4

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

The book provides tools in dealing with uncertainty in control systems which are more advanced and flexible than the traditional optimal control or robust control methods. Many examples facilitate the reader's understanding of the theory and applications of randomized methods. The description of the Randomized Algorithms Control Toolbox (RACT) also expedite the implementation of randomized algorithms for specific systems and control applications.

 

The presence of uncertainty in a system description has always been a critical issue in control. The main objective of Randomized Algorithms for Analysis and Control of Uncertain Systems, with Applications (Second Edition) is to introduce the reader to the fundamentals of probabilistic methods in the analysis and design of systems subject to deterministic and stochastic uncertainty. The approach propounded by this text guarantees a reduction in the computational complexity of classical control algorithms and in the conservativeness of standard robust control techniques. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent research and new applications with chapters on statistical learning theory, sequential methods for control and the scenario approach being completely rewritten.

 

FEATURES

 

- self-contained treatment explaining Monte Carlo and Las Vegas randomized algorithms from their genesis in the principles of probability theory to their use for system analysis;

- development of a novel paradigm for (convex and nonconvex) controller synthesis in the presence of uncertainty and in the context of randomized algorithms;

- comprehensive treatment of multivariate sample generation techniques, including consideration of the difficulties involved in obtaining identically and independently distributed samples;

- applications of randomized algorithms in various endeavours, such as PageRank computation for the Google Web search engine, unmanned aerial vehicle design (both new in the second edition), congestion control of high-speed communications networks and stability of quantized sampled-data systems.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Ch. 1 Overview

Ch. 2 Elements of Probability Theory

Ch. 3 Uncertain Linear Systems

Ch. 4 Linear Robust Control Design

Ch. 5 Limits of the Robustness Paradigm

Ch. 6 Probabilistic Methods for Uncertain Systems

Ch. 7 Monte Carlo Methods

Ch. 8 Probability Inequalities

Ch. 9 Statistical Learning Theory

Ch. 10 Randomized Algorithms in Systems and Control

Ch. 11 Sequential Methods for Probabilistic Design

Ch. 12 Scenario Approach to Probabilistic Design

Ch. 13 Learning-Based Probabilistic Design

Ch. 14 Random Number and Variate Generation

Ch. 15 Statistical Theory of Random Vectors

Ch. 16 Vector Randomization Methods

Ch. 17 Statistical Theory of Random Matrices

Ch. 18 Matrix Randomization Methods

Ch. 19 Applications of Randomized Algorithms

Appendix

References

 

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3.2 Control of Surge in Centrifugal Compressors by Active Magnetic Bearings: Theory and Implementation

Contributed by: Se Young (Pablo) Yoon, syy5b@virginia.edu

 

Title: Control of Surge in Centrifugal Compressors by Active Magnetic Bearings: Theory and Implementation

Authors: Se Young Yoon, Zongli Lin, and Paul E. Allaire

 

Publisher: Springer

Series: Advances in Industrial Control

ISBN: 978-1-4471-4239-3 (Hardcover, 296 pages)

978-1-4471-4240-9 (eBook)

Website: http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/book/978-1-4471-4239-3

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Control of Surge in Centrifugal Compressors by Active Magnetic Bearings sets out the fundamentals of integrating the active magnetic bearing (AMB) rotor suspension technology in compressor systems, and describes how this relatively new bearing technology can be employed in the active control of compressor surge. The authors provide a self-contained and comprehensive review of rotordynamics and the fundamentals of the AMB technology The active stabilization of compressor surge employing AMBs in a machine is fully explored, from the modeling of the instability and the design of feedback controllers, to the implementation and experimental testing of the control algorithms in a specially-constructed, industrial-size centrifugal compression system. The results of these tests demonstrate the great potential of the new surge control method developed in this text.

 

This book will be useful for engineers in industries that involve turbocompressors and magnetic bearings, as well as for researchers and graduate students in the field of applied control. Whatever their level of experience, engineers working in the fields of turbomachinery, magnetic bearings, rotordynamics and controls will find the material in this book absorbing as all these important aspects of engineering are integrated to create a multi-disciplinary solution to a real-life industrial problem. Newcomers to the above mentioned industrial fields will also find this book to be a suitable introduction to the basic concepts required for understanding the AMB technology, and its applications in the stabilization of compressor flow.

 

TABLE OF CONTENT

 

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Introduction to Rotor Dynamics

Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Magnetic Bearings

Chapter 4: Design of AMB Supported Centrifugal Compressor

Chapter 5: Derivation of the Surge Dynamic Equations

Chapter 6: Introduction to Control Theory

Chapter 7: Control Design for Rotor Suspension

Chapter 8: Control of Compressor Surge

Chapter 9: Conclusions

 

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3.3 Continuous Time Dynamical Systems: State Estimation and Optimal Control with Orthogonal Functions

Contributed by: B.M. Mohan, mohan@ee.iitkgp.ernet.in

 

Continuous Time Dynamical Systems: State Estimation and Optimal Control with Orthogonal Functions 

Authors B. M. Mohan, S. K. Kar 

 

Publisher CRC Press, 2012 

ISBN 1466517298, 9781466517295 

Length 247 pages 

 

Optimal control deals with the problem of finding a control law for a given system such that a certain optimality criterion is achieved. An optimal control is a set of differential equations describing the paths of the control variables that minimize the cost functional. 

 

This book, Continuous Time Dynamical Systems: State Estimation and Optimal Control with Orthogonal Functions, considers different classes of systems with quadratic performance criteria. It then attempts to find the optimal control law for each class of systems using orthogonal functions that can optimize the given performance criteria. 

 

Illustrated throughout with detailed examples, the book covers topics including: 

• Block-pulse functions and shifted Legendre polynomials 

• State estimation of linear time-invariant systems 

• Linear optimal control systems incorporating observers 

• Optimal control of systems described by integro-differential equations 

• Linear-quadratic-Gaussian control 

• Optimal control of singular systems 

• Optimal control of time-delay systems with and without reverse time terms 

• Optimal control of second-order nonlinear systems 

• Hierarchical control of linear time-invariant and time-varying systems

 

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3.4 Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications

Contributed by: Panagiotis D. Christofides, pdc@seas.ucla.edu

 

Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications.

Prashant Mhaskar, McMaster University 

Jinfeng Liu, University of Alberta 

Panagiotis D. Christofides, UCLA 

 

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Springer 

261 p. 118 illus., 32 in color., Hardcover 

ISBN 978-1-4471-4808-1 

http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/book/978-1-4471-4807-4 

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About this book 

 

* Numerous comments and remarks provide fundamental understanding of fault detection and isolation and fault-tolerant control system design problems 

* Many detailed examples of industrial relevance are easily tailored by practitioners to their specific applications 

* Gives the reader a rich collection of state-of-the art, rigorous yet practical methods, new research topics, and references to significant recent work on the design of integrated fault detection and isolation and fault-tolerant control systems for chemical processes 

 

Fault-Tolerant Process Control focuses on the development of general, yet practical, methods for the design of advanced fault-tolerant control systems; these ensure an efficient fault detection and a timely response to enhance fault recovery, prevent faults from propagating or developing into total failures, and reduce the risk of safety hazards. To this end, methods are presented for the design of advanced fault-tolerant control systems for chemical processes which explicitly deal with actuator/controller failures and sensor faults and data losses. Specifically, the book puts forward: 

 

· a framework for detection, isolation and diagnosis of actuator and sensor faults for nonlinear systems; 

· controller reconfiguration and safe-parking-based fault-handling methodologies; 

· integrated-data- and model-based fault-detection and isolation and fault-tolerant control methods; 

· methods for handling sensor faults and data losses; and 

· methods for monitoring the performance of low-level PID loops. 

 

The methodologies proposed employ nonlinear systems analysis, Lyapunov techniques, optimization, statistical methods and hybrid systems theory and 

are predicated upon the idea of integrating fault-detection, local feedback control, and supervisory control. The applicability and performance of the 

methods are demonstrated through a number of chemical process examples. 

 

Fault-Tolerant Process Control is a valuable resource for academic researchers, industrial practitioners as well as graduate students pursuing 

research in this area. 

 

Content Level » Research 

 

Keywords » Actuator and Sensor Malfunctions - Chemical Processes - Fault Detection and Isolation - Fault-tolerant Control - Nonlinear Systems 

 

Panagiotis D. Christofides 

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

Professor of Electrical Engineering 

University of California, Los Angeles 

Boelter Hall 5532-F 

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1592

 

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

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong, zhongqc@ieee.org

 

Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration

Qing-Chang Zhong and Tomas Hornik

Wiley-IEEE Press

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

 

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

 

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

 

Consisting of four parts - Power Quality Control, Neutral Line Provision, Power Flow Control, and Synchronisation - this book fully demonstrates the integration of control and power electronics. It covers different strategies to improve the power quality in smart (or micro) grids, grid-friendly connection of renewable energy using inverters that mimic synchronous generators (synchronverters), the provision of a neutral line for inverters, robust droop controllers to operate inverters in parallel, inverters with capacitive output impedances (C-inverters), harmonic droop controllers and sinusoid-locked loops (not just to lock the phase but also the frequency and amplitude) etc.

 

Key features include:

 

the fundamentals of power processing and hardware design innovative control strategies to systematically treat the control of power inverters extensive experimental results for most of the control strategies presented the pioneering work on "synchronverters" which has gained IET Highly Commended Innovation Award.

 

Engineers working on inverter design and those at power system utilities can learn how advanced control strategies could improve system performance and work in practice. The book is a useful reference for researchers who are interested in the area of control engineering, power electronics, renewable energy and distributed generation, smart grids, flexible AC transmission systems, and power systems for more-electric aircraft and all-electric ships. This is also a handy text for graduate students and university professors in the areas of electrical power engineering, advanced control engineering, power electronics, renewable energy and smart grid integration.

 

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4. Journals

 

4.1 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

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

 

Control Engineering Practice

Volume 21 

Issue 2 

February 2013

 

Editorial Board, Page IFC 

 

Hsien-Hsin Liao, Anders Widd, Nikhil Ravi, Adam F. Jungkunz, Jun-Mo Kang, J. Christian Gerdes, Control of recompression HCCI with a three region switching controller, Pages 135-145 

 

Vicenç Puig, Joaquim Blesa, Limnimeter and rain gauge FDI in sewer networks using an interval parity equations based detection approach and an enhanced isolation scheme, Pages 146-170 

 

J.D. Álvarez, J.L. Guzmán, D.E. Rivera, M. Berenguel, S. Dormido, Perspectives on control-relevant identification through the use of interactive tools, Pages 171-183 

 

Arda Kurt, Ümit Özgüner, Hierarchical finite state machines for autonomous mobile systems, Pages 184-194 

 

Junichiro Kon, Yoshiyuki Yamashita, Taro Tanaka, Atsushi Tashiro, Masaharu Daiguji, Practical application of model identification based on ARX models with transfer functions, Pages 195-203 

 

Alécio Pedro Delazari Binotto, Marco Aurélio Wehrmeister, Arjan Kuijper, Carlos Eduardo Pereira, Sm@rtConfig: A context-aware runtime and tuning system using an aspect-oriented approach for data intensive engineering applications, Pages 204-217 

 

Mike Barth, Alexander Fay, Automated generation of simulation models for control code tests, Pages 218-230 

 

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4.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

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

 

Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.14, No.6 November, 2012 

 

Contents

 

Regular papers:

 

1. Paper Title: Distributed Tracking Control for Networked Mechanical Systems

Authors: Gang Chen and Frank L. Lewis

 

2. Paper Title: Adaptive Nonlinear Control of Induction Motors through AC/DC/AC Converters

Authors: A. El Fadili, F. Giri, A. El Magri, L. Dugard, and F.Z. Chaoui

 

3. Paper Title:Robust Gyro-Free Attitude Estimation for a Small Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Authors: Abhijit G. Kallapur, Ian R. Petersen, and Sreenatha G. Anavatti

 

4. Paper Title:Memoryless SMC Design Methods for Stochastic Delay Systems

Authors: Lirong Huang

 

5.  Paper Title:H∞ Static Output Feedback Control of 2-D Discrete Systems in FM Second Model

Authors: Zhi-Yong Feng, Li Xu, Min Wu, and Jin-Hua She

 

6. Paper Title: Formation Control of Multiple Elliptic Agents with Limited Sensing Ranges

Authors: K. D. Do

 

7. Paper Title: State Variable Approach for the Structural Analysis of Hormonal Controlled Long Term Blood Pressure Regulatory System

Authors: M. Shahin and S. Maka

 

8. Paper Title: A Generalized Approach Tostabilization of Linear Interconnected Time-Delay Systems

Authors: Magdi S. Mahmoud and Yuanqing Xia

 

9. Paper Title: Dynamic System Identification Using High-Order Hopfield-Based Neural Network (HOHNN)

Authors: Chi-Hsu Wang and Kun-Neng Hung

 

10. Paper Title: An Intelligent Robust Tracking Control for a Class of Electrically Driven Mobile Robots

Authors: Yeong-Chan Chang, Hui-Min Yen, and Ping-Tsung Wang

 

11. Paper Title: Applying Brain Emotional Learning Based Intelligent Controller (Belbic) to Multiple-Area Power Systems

Authors: Shirin Ale Aghaee, Caro Lucas, and Khosrow Amiri Zadeh

 

12. Paper Title: Adaptive Fuzzy Control for Nonlinear Time-Delay Systems with Dynamical Uncertainties

Authors: Shaocheng Tong, Ning Sheng, and Yongming Li

 

13. Paper Title: Robust H2 Filtering for Discrete-Time Markovian Jump Linear Systems

Authors: Tao Liu, Hao Zhang, and Qijun Chen

 

14. Paper Title: Optimal Performance in Tracking Stochastic Signal Under Disturbance Rejection

Authors: Xi-Sheng Zhan, Zhi-Hong Guan, Rui-Quan Liao, and Fu-Shun Yuan

 

15. Paper Title: Observer-Based Reliable Control for Discrete-Time Switched Linear Systems with Faulty Actuators

Authors: Jiao Li and Jun Zhao

 

16. Paper Title: Observer-Based Reliable Control for Discrete Time Systems: An Average Dwell Time Approach

Authors: Dongsheng Du, Bin Jiang, Peng Shi, and Zehui Mao

 

17. Paper Title: Quantized Consensus of Multi-Agent Systems Via Broadcast Gossip Algorithms

Authors: Zhi-Wei Liu, Zhi-Hong Guan, Tao Li, Xian-He Zhang, and Jiang-Wen Xiao

 

Brief papers:

 

1. Paper Title: On Controlling the Transient Response of Linear Time Invariant Systems with Fixed Structure Controllers

Authors: Waqar A. Malik, Swaroop Darbha, and S. P. Bhattacharyya

 

2. Paper Title: On the Exponential Stability of Moving Horizon Observer for Globally N-Detectable Nonlinear Systems

Authors: Dan Sui and Tor Arne Johansen

 

3. Paper Title: Operator-Based Robust Right Coprime Factorization and a Nonlinear Control Scheme for Nonlinear Plant with Unknown Perturbations

Authors: Ni Bu and Mingcong Deng

 

4. Paper Title: Dynamic Pulse-Frequency Modulation in Objects Control with Delay

Authors: B. Kh. Aitchanov, B. K. Kurmanov, and T. F. Umarov

 

5. Paper Title: Solutionsof the Generalized Sylvester Matrix Equation and the Application in Eigenstructure Assignment

Authors: Chunlei Yang, Jianzhou Liu, and Yu Liu

 

6. Paper Title: L2–L∞ Filtering for Nonlinear Stochastic Systems

Authors: Ai-Guo Wu, Xiaona Liu, and Ying Zhang

 

7. Paper Title: Parametric Design Approach for Proportional Multiple-Integral Derivative Observers in Descpriptor Linear Systems

Authors: Ai-Guo Wu, Guang-Ren Duan, and Ming-Zhe Hou

 

8. Paper Title: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Consensus of Delayed Fractional-Order Systems

Authors: Jun Shen and Jinde Cao

 

9. Paper Title: Adaptive Control of a Class of Nonlinear Systemswith Its Application to A Synchronization Problem

Authors: Lu Liu

 

10. Paper Title: Stability of Impulsive Stochastic Neutral Partial Differential Equations with Infinite Delays

Authors: Feng Jiang and Yi Shen

 

11. Paper Title: Smooth Switching Output Tracking Control for Lpv Systems

Authors: Lei Song and Jianying Yang

 

12. Paper Title: Observer-Based Fault Diagnosis and Self-Restore Control for Systems with measurement Delays

Authors: Juan Li, Gong-You Tang, Peng Zhang, and Jian Zou

 

13. Paper Title: Semi-Global Output Feedback Stabilization for a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems

Authors: Junyong Zhai, Chunjiang Qian, and Haibo Du

 

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4.3 Contents: Journal of  Control Theory and Applications

Contributed by: Zou Tiefeng, tfzou@scut.edu.cn

 

Journal of  Control Theory and Applications 

Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2013 

 

Table of Contents

 

Regular papers:

 

Asymptotic optimality for consensus-type stochastic approximation algorithms using iterate averaging

G. Yin, L. Y. Wang, Y. Sun, D. Casbeer, R. Holsapple, D. Kingston P.1

 

Normalized estimation of fundamental frequency and measurement of harmonics/interharmonics

Z. Chu, M. Ding, S. Du, X. Dong P.10

 

Adaptive neural control for pure-feedback nonlinear time-delay systems with unknown dead-zone: a Lyapunov-Razumikhin method

Z. Yu, J. Luo, J. Liu P.18

 

Collaborative target tracking in WSNs using the combination of maximum likelihood estimation and Kalman filtering

X. Wang, H. Zhang, M. Fu P.27

 

A genetic algorithm based lookup table approach for optimal stepping sequence of open-loop stepper motor systems

S. Banihani, K. Al-Widyan, A. Al-Jarrah, M. Ababneh P.35

 

Object tracking based on particle filter with discriminative features

Y. Zhao, H. Pei P.42

 

Robust fault detection filter design for a class of time-delay systems via equivalent transformation

J. Zhang, H. Zhang, F. Yang, S. Wang P.54

 

Adaptive integral higher order sliding mode controller for uncertain systems

S. Mondal, C. Mahanta P.61

 

Robust observer-driven switching stabilization of switched linear systems

J. Wu, Z. Sun P.69

 

Brief papers:

 

Design of equivalent-input-disturbance estimator using a generalized state observer

M. Wu, K. Lou, F. Xiao, R. Liu, Y. He, J. She P.74

 

Reliable H-infinity filtering for linear systems with sensor saturation

T. Shi, H. Su, J. Chu P.80

 

The stochastic sliding mode variable structure guidance laws based on optimal control theory

H. Wang, D. Cao, X. Wang P.86

 

Practical ${\phi}_0$-stability of switched stochastic nonlinear systems and corresponding stochastic perturbation theory

Y. Zhao, P. Zhao P.92

 

Robust passive control of uncertain switched time-delay systems: a sliding mode control design

H. Xiao, L. Zhao P.96

 

Wavelet based approximations in the optimal control of parabolic problems

T. Abualrub, I. Sadek, F. El Nachar P.103

 

A new recursive method for the analysis of linear time invariant dynamic systems via double-term triangular functions (DTTF) in state space environment

A. Deb, S. Ghosh, S. R. Choudhury, G. Sarkar P.108

 

Novel sensor scheduling and energy-efficient quantization for tracking target in wireless sensor networks

G. Liu, B. Xu P.116

 

Robust H-infinity filtering for uncertain discrete-time systems using parameter-dependent Lyapunov functions

X. Chang, G. Yang P.122

 

Further control synthesis for time-delay systems with actuator saturation

M. Wang, Y. Gu, X. Li P.128

 

Calibration-free and model-independent method for high-DOF image-based visual servoing

J. Zhang, D. Liu P.132

 

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4.4 Contents: European Journal of Control

Contributed by: Maria Prandini, prandini@elet.polimi.it

 

European Journal of Control

Table of Contents

Volume 18, Issue n.6, 2012

 

Adaptive Control of Asynchronous Sequential Machines with State Feedback

Jung-Min Yang, Tan Xing, and Jacob Hammer

 

First passage problems for nonstationary discrete-time stochastic control systems

Xianping Guo, Adrian Hernandez-del-Valle, Onesimo Hernandez-Lerma

 

Distributed strategies for generating weight-balanced and doubly stochastic digraphs

Bahman Gharesifard and Jorge Cortes

 

Post-optimality approach to prevent cycling in Linear MPC target calculation

Abdallah A. Al-Shammari

 

Safety Verification for Probabilistic Hybrid Systems

Lijun Zhang, Zhikun She, Stefan Ratschan, Holger Hermanns, Ernst Moritz Hahn 

 

Time-delay model-based control of the glucose-insulin system, by means of a state observer

Pasquale Palumbo, Pierdomenico Pepe, Simona Panunzi, Andrea De Gaetano

 

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5. Conferences

 

5.1 IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace

Contributed by: Houria Siguerdidjane, houria.siguerdidjane@supelec.fr

 

The 19th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace (ACA 2013) will be held in Wurzburg, Germany, September 2-6, 2013. The web site is open for submissions at http://www7.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/aca2013.

 

This event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the IFAC Technical Committee (TC) on Aerospace (TC7.3) foundation, IFAC URL: http://www.ifac-control.org/ or direct link at: http://www.supelec.fr/invi/ifac

 

You are kindly invited to join us and to share with us the history of this TC, the space pioneers will report the starting phase of European Space activities.

 

Draft paper submission: January 31, 2013

Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2013

Final paper submission: May 31, 2013.

 

Houria Siguerdidjane/ Klaus Schilling

 

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5.2 IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Science

Contributed by: Gang Wang,wanggangisi@gmail.com

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

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

September 2 – 4, 2013, Chengdu, China

http://www.risit.org/icons2013

 

It is our pleasure to announce the 3rd IFAC International Conference on Intelligent Control and Automation Science (ICONS 2013), which will be held in Chengdu, China from September 2-4, 2013, organized by the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China , UESTC and Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CASIA. The ICONS serves as a platform for scientists, researchers, and practitioners to discuss their forefront research results and findings, to shape their future directions and development, and to exchange their knowledge and perspectives in the field of intelligent control, automation science, engineering, and integration into the industry and society. It constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry multidisciplinary research, and proved an opportunity to have a unique and rich cultural experience with excellent technical and social programs. The conference welcomes original, peer reviewed papers submissions in all areas related to intelligent areas, control systems, and automation science, especially innovative ideas, novel concepts, new discoveries and distinguished applications.

 

Important Dates:

 

- 25 February 2013, Invited session proposal submission

- 15 March 2013, Conference / Invited paper submission deadline

- 15 May 2013, Notification of paper acceptance

- 01 June 2013, Final manuscript submission

- 01 September 2013, Registration and reception

 

Contributed Papers:

 

Authors are invited to submit six (6) page, A4 paper size, PDF file format, complete papers. Only PDF files complying with the IFAC style rules and PDF requirements are admissible for submission. Detailed and updated information on the paper style as well as templates for MS Word and Latex may be found at the IFAC website:www.ifac-control.org/events/information-for-ifac-authors

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

 

Invited session proposals:

 

Interested instructors are invited to organize invited sessions, and each session may comprise 5-7 papers. Detailed submission instructions are available on the conference website http://www.risit.org/icons2013

 

Conference workshops:

Brief proposals are invited to submit through the conference management system (details available at http://www.risit.org/icons2013).

 

We look forward to welcoming you in Chengdu, China.

 

Shuzhi Sam Ge, General Chair

Antonio Ruano, General Co-Chair

Jian Chu, General Co-Chair

Derong Liu, Program Chair

Thierry Marie Guerra, Program Co-Chair

Zongxia Jiao, Program Co-Chair

 

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5.3 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.  Workshops

 

6.1  The Interdisciplinary Symposium on Signals and Systems for Medical Applications

Contributed by:  Antoine Chaillet, antoine.chaillet@supelec.fr

 

ISSSMA 2013: June 3rd-4th, 2013. Paris, France. Call for abstracts and financial support 

 

We are pleased to announce the symposium will take place at Institut Henri Poincaré, in the heart of Paris, France, on the 3rd and 4th June 2013. 

 

It is organized by members of the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes (Gif sur Yvette, France) and aims at fostering interaction between medical practitioners, medical device developers and signals and systems researchers. 

 

The symposium is made of three independent workshops: 

- Workshop 1: Feedback and synchronization in neuroscience 

- Workshop 2: Modeling and analysis of cancer cell dynamics 

- Workshop 3: Medical imaging. 

 

Financial support will be provided to a selection of PhD students. Do not hesitate to encourage your students to submit a poster abstract ! 

 

Full information is available at: 

 

http://isssma2013.sciencesconf.org 

 

IMPORTANT DATES: 

- Poster submission Deadline: February, 1st 2013 

- Deadline for application to financial support: February, 1st 2013 

- Notification of acceptance/rejection: March, 8th 2013 

- Workshop: June 3-4, 2013. 

 

We look forward to seeing you there. 

 

The ISSSMA 2013 Organizing committee

 

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6.2 NSF Workshop on Formal Composition of Motion Primitives

Contributed by: Necmiye Ozay, necmiye@caltech.edu

 

NSF Workshop on Formal Composition of Motion Primitives, Philadelphia, PA in conjunction with the Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWeek) 2013

 

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 2nd NSF Workshop on Formal Composition of Motion Primitives to be held on April 8th 2013, at Philadelphia, PA in conjunction with the Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWeek) 2013. 

 

Scope: 

 

In robotics and control, achieving individual behaviors (or motion primitives) in systems has been very well studied in the controls community, with a wide range of methods from nonlinear control to verification to discrete abstractions. Yet combining these behaviors to achieve more complex actions, i.e., composing motion primitives, still remains largely a challenging and open problem, with very few coherent formal structures or methods available. The objective of this workshop is to explore methods for combining motion primitives in complex systems in a formal and provably correct fashion. The workshop will cover both theory, e.g., (composition of) motion primitives, funnels, description languages, bisimulations, verification, synthesis, hybrid zero dynamics, and applications such as robot motion planning, bipedal locomotion, or autonomous cars. Therefore, this workshop will focus on both foundational theory and milestone applications in order to present a coherent set of formal methods, challenges, and open problems. 

 

Format: 

 

The workshop will include both long talks by invited speakers and short talks for contributed abstracts. There will be ample time for discussion in the schedule. Invited speakers will be prominent researchers that have expertise on different aspects of formally composing motion primitives. Short talks (20 minutes) will provide a forum for researchers to present recent advances and ongoing work. Short talk abstracts will be reviewed by the organizers. 

 

Important Dates: 

 

Submission deadline: 4 February 2013 

Author notification: 20 February 2013

Workshop date: 8 April 2013 

 

Submission: 

 

Submissions are accepted in the form of 1 to 2 page(s) extended abstract on formal composition of primitives. Both theoretical contributions and interesting applications (e.g., in robot motion planning, bipedal locomotion, autonomous cars) are welcome. Abstracts can be submitted through http://www.formalcomp.com/submissions.html. 

 

Please follow the workshop website (http://www.formalcomp.com/) for updates. 

 

We look forward to receiving your abstract and welcoming you to the 2nd NSF Workshop on Formal Composition of Motion Primitives in April 2013. 

 

Workshop Organizers: 

Aaron D. Ames, Texas A&M University 

Jessy Grizzle, University of Michigan 

Necmiye Ozay, California Institute of Technology

 

 

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7. Positions

 

7.1 PhD: University of Sheffield, UK

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong, zhongqc@ieee.org

 

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering is the largest department devoted to this subject area in the UK and amongst the largest in Europe.

It comprises of 25 academic staff, 25 research staff, 17 support staff and over 350 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We are an internationally leading research department and has a vibrant research culture spanning Systems and Control Theory and its increasingly challenging applications in, for example, medicine, aerospace and manufacturing systems, to the increasingly important aspect of the complex systems challenges of the coming decades: systems/synthetic biology, neuroscience and cognition, healthcare, smart materials and sensors, autonomous systems, transport, power electronics and smart grids, energy and the environment, and space science. We approach these challenges by a focus on the generic theoretical developments in complex systems analysis, modelling, control and computational intelligence that underpin strategic, multi-disciplinary collaborations with leading groups in application areas.

 

The department has opened the competition for the 2013 PhD scholarships available at different levels and from different sources.

 

For more information, please click

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/prospectivepg/phd/scholarships

How to Apply:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/prospectivepg/phd/applyphd

 

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7.2 PhD: University of Arizona

Contributed by: Ricardo Sanfelice, sricardo@u.arizona.edu

 

PhD positions are available in the area of dynamics and control at the Hybrid Dynamics and Control (HDC) lab in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Program in Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Research at the HDC lab focuses on the analysis of hybrid dynamical systems and the design of hybrid feedback control algorithms. Particular emphasis is given to dynamical systems and control algorithms featuring decision-making logic and heterogeneity in the areas of robotics, aerospace, power systems, and biology. More information on research topics and projects associated to these positions can be found at http://www.u.arizona.edu/~sricardo/index.php?n=Main.Projects . Graduate students with excellent mathematical skills are encouraged to apply.

 

For details and application procedures, please visit

http://www.u.arizona.edu/~sricardo/index.php?n=Main.Lab

 

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7.3 PhD: University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Contributed by: Ioannis Raptis, Ioannis_Raptis@uml.edu

 

Ph.D. in Autonomous Robotic Systems and Networked Control Systems 

The newly established Autonomous Robotic Systems Laboratory, associated with the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, invites applications for a Ph.D. student. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Ioannis Raptis to conduct research in the areas of Networked Control Systems and Autonomous Robotic Systems. The research has both theoretical and applied components. The research topics include the development of fault detection and control algorithms for multi-agent dynamic systems, system identification and flight control for aerial vehicles and nonlinear control design for autonomous robotics systems. The assistantship includes a tuition waiver and a graduate student stipend. Students from all majors relevant to Control Systems and Robotics are encouraged to apply including, but not limited to, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. 

 

UMass Lowell has a distinguished reputation in science and engineering and is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting high-quality research. UMass Lowell is a Carnegie Doctoral High Research university and is ranked in the top tier of the US News and World Report's national university ranking. Annual funded research expenditures exceed $60 million and research is deeply integrated throughout the campus, including 37 interdisciplinary centers and institutes. For example, the new $80 million interdisciplinary Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center opened in Fall 2012 and houses state-of-the-art facilities for advanced materials, manufacturing, nanotechnology, and energy research. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has more than 22 faculty, 100 graduate, and 600 undergraduate students and is growing at a rapid pace. UMass Lowell is located in the city of Lowell, in the northeast Massachusetts high-tech region, 25 miles from Boston. 

 

Qualifications:

- M.S. degree in mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, aerospace engineering or closely related areas. 

- Excellent mathematical background. 

- Good programming skills in C++/C and MATLAB/SIMULINK. 

- Good English communication skills (writing and oral). 

- Ability to conduct independent research 

 

Desired Experience:

- Experience in programming autopilot boards. 

- Familiarity with the Robotic Operating System (ROS). 

- Hands on experience with robotic or RC vehicles. 

- Experience in nonlinear dynamic systems. 

 

To Apply :

Interested applicants should send as a single pdf document: (1) a cover letter(clearly indicating expected start date, relevant experience and motivation), (2) detailed Curriculum Vitae, (3) copies of unofficial transcripts, and (4) copies of relevant publications (if any) to: Ioannis_Raptis@uml.edu. Only shortlisted successful applicants will be directed to apply to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell. Review of submissions will begin immediately. The deadline for graduate application submission is February 10th, 2013. 

 

- Inquires about the position should be directed to: Ioannis_Raptis@uml.edu 

- For more information about the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell, please visit the website: http://www.uml.edu/college/Engineering/Mechanical/default.html

 

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7.4 PhD: Ålö AB and Umeå University, Sweden

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

 

Ålö AB is searching for an industrial Ph.D. student to work on automation of front-end loaders within a collaboration project with Robotics and Control Lab at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Umeå University, Sweden. The successful candidate will be employed by Ålö and at the same time be admitted to the Ph.D. program at Umeå University.

 

Umeå University (http://www.umu.se/english/) - with its 36,700 students and over 4,200 employees - is an organization in constant change and development. At Umeå University we conduct ground breaking research within several areas - several in which we are among the best in the world - within others regarded as the leaders in Sweden. We are one of Sweden’s largest providers of education and offer a broad and attractive range of courses and programmes. Our campus constitutes an inspiring environment for everyone that studies and works here. We wish to cooperate with companies and organizations throughout the Umeå region and all over the world.

 

Ålö AB (http://www.alo.se) is a world-leading industrial company manufacturing front loaders, which are essential accessories for agricultural tractors. The company has a strong international presence with its own sales companies in eight countries, importers in another 25 countries, and own factories in Sweden, France, USA, and China. Sales in 2011 amounted to 1907 MSEK and the company currently has about 650 employees. Since July 2011, Ålö is owned by private equity firm Altor.

 

We are searching for a person with background and strong competence in Control Systems Design and Industrial Automation. The successful applicant is expected to have strong academic background in these subjects, as well as a sincere interest and competence to collaborate with an industrial company and to become a key contributor for the project that assumes both fundamental contributions to control theory and practical hands-on implementation of the results.

 

The person will have to pass the qualification requirements of Ålö AB as well as pass the qualification requirements to be admitted as a Ph.D. student at Umeå University.

 

The position is full time and extends over a four year period.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated person aiming at a successful career either in academia or in industry. The position is planned to be filled as soon as possible.

 

For further information regarding the employment, please do not hesitate to contact Ålö AB, R&D Director Tomas Nygren or HR Specialist Susanne Sarin. You can reach us at +46-(0) 90-70 500.

 

Please see the information about requirements to the Ph.D. program at Umeå University on pages 2-4 of the document available at http://www.alo.se/Media/PDF/JOBB/Industrial%20Ph%20D%20student.pdf, see also http://www.alo.se/Intl/Pages/JobOpportunities.ept.

 

For further information regarding scientific and education requirements as well as regarding Robotics and Control Lab (http://www.control.tfe.umu.se) at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics (http://www.tfe.umu.se/english/), Umeå University, please do not hesitate to contact Docent Leonid Freidovich, +46-(0) 90-786 76 46, leonid.freidovich@tfe.umu.se.

 

The deadline for applications is February 3, 2013.

 

We look forward to receiving your application!

 

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7.5 PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium

Contributed by: Wim Michiels, Wim.Michiels@cs.kuleuven.be

 

PhD Position: Methods and computational tools for the analysis and control of LPV systems.

 

The analysis and control of linear systems with varying parameters, so-called linear parameter-varying (LPV) systems, have become major research areas. LPV systems arise naturally when modeling manufacturing systems (wafer stages, pick-and-place robots, overhead cranes …), chemical processes such as liquid-gas separation, electro-hydraulic systems and active suspension systems, automotive engines, etc. In most of these applications the system dynamics are also inherently infinite-dimensional, characterized by a spatio-temporal distribution of state variables, and subject to uncertainty or variability.

 

The aim of the project is to develop methods, computational tools and software for the analysis and control of linear infinite-dimensional systems with time-varying parameters. These methods should cope with uncertainty on the system model and must be capable of designing optimal controllers with a prescribed order or structure, where optimality refers to robust stability and performance measures. The project also includes the experimental validation of the obtained control design methodologies on a mechatronic test setup.

 

The PhD position results from a collaboration between the Scientific Computing Research Group and the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the K.U. Leuven, which both participate in the interdisciplinary Optimization in Engineering Center OPTEC.

 

The requirements are a strong background in dynamic systems and control, a strong interest in computational mathematics, numerical optimization and programming, and the ability to communicate with mathematical optimizers. Proficiency in English is a requirement.

 

How to apply? Send your electronic application to Professor Wim Michiels: Wim.Michiels@cs.kuleuven.be. Subject of your email should be: “PhD Position LPV”. Include a CV, certificates with high school and university marks, Toefl test results (if applicable), a list of publications, names of two possible references, and a brief description of your research interests are most welcome.

 

Besides a competitive salary we offer a stimulating research environment within the Scientific Computing

 

Group (http://twr.cs.kuleuven.be/), the Division PMA (http://www.mech.kuleuven.be/pma/) and the

Optimization in Engineering Center OPTEC (http://www.kuleuven.be/optec

 

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7.6 PhD/Researcher & Post-Doc: National University of Ireland Maynooth

Contributed by: Jochem Weber, jochemweber001@gmail.com

 

Project Title: High Technology Performance Level Wave Energy Converter Concept Development

 

Ocean wave energy represents a huge and untapped renewable energy resource. However, the crucial technology to harvest this renewable energy has to date not reached the commercial stage. The lack of wave energy conversion technology at high technical maturity in terms of high technology readiness and high technology performance provides a substantial opportunity for enormous and immediate impact from both applied and fundamental wave energy technology research. The Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER) at National University of Ireland Maynooth is offering several opportunities to contribute to this exciting and rewarding field.

 

COER at is currently pursuing the development of techno-economic design evaluation and optimisation techniques and the application of these to the achievement of a step change in the performance of wave energy converters.

 

Additionally, COER is starting a new project on the high technology performance level wave energy converter technology concept development. Based on the advancement of the WEC performance assessment metric Technology Performance Levels (TPL), the establishment of performance assessment methods, the application of advanced innovation techniques and the evaluation of novel and existing seed technology, the 2 year project will innovate, identify and develop wave energy converter technology concepts of high technology performance levels at low technology readiness levels for further subsequent commercial technology advancement.

 

For this exciting project COER is offering a PhD/Research Assistant position and a Post Dr position starting from February 2013.

 

For further information on the posts, conditions, project and research group, please consult the website of COER http://www.eeng.nuim.ie/coer/positions.php or contact Prof. John Ringwood john.ringwood@eeng.nuim.ie or Dr. Ronan Costello ronan.costello@eeng.nuim.ie at National University of Ireland Maynooth, Centre for Ocean Energy Research.

 

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7.7 Post-Doc: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Contributed by Anton Shiriaev, anton.shiriaev@itk.ntnu.no

 

The Department of Engineering Cybernetics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position for the period of 2 years supported by the Norwegian Research Council.

 

The department seeks an outstanding individual with the research record in modeling, numerical studies and software realization, analysis and robust control for nonlinear mechanical systems with limited control authorities, hybrid and uncertain dynamics and underactuation. It is expected that the successful candidate will perform theoretical and experimental investigations in subjects of robotics, mechatronics and control of mechanical systems focused on developing and validating approaches for motion and trajectory planning and controllers design for robust orbital stabilization.

 

The successful applicant should have earned PhD in applied math robotics, mechanical and control engineering. S/he will have limited teaching duties and will be mainly responsible for conducting both applied and fundamental research studies jointly with partners of the project. Experience in organizing and running independent robotics research projects as well as industrial experience or/and the previous work in modeling and/or numerical studies for robotics and mechatronics projects are advantages.

 

Applications should be received by the 31st December, 2012 for full consideration, however the search will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a full resume, a cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Anton Shiriaev, Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway, phone: (47) 7359 0246, email: anton.shiriaev@itk.ntnu.no

 

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7.8 Post-Doc: Supelec, France

Contributed by: Herve Gueguen, herve.gueguen@supelec.fr

 

Post-doc positions at Supelec, Rennes, France.

 

Two post-docs positions in predictive control of complex hybrid systems for building energy efficiency and smart grid are open in the Hybrid System Control Team at Supelec. 

Supelec (www.supelec.fr) is one of the top five French engineering schools (“Grandes Ecoles”). It recruits students with excellent analytical skills through a national competition, after two years of intensive training in Fundamental Science (maths, physics…). It delivers engineering degrees at the Master of Science and PhD levels. Supelec has a strong record in terms of academic research as well as a strong connection with industry. 

The Hybrid System Control Team (www.rennes.supelec.fr/ren/rd/ash/) is part of IETR (www.ietr.fr) and is located at Rennes. Its research is more particularly concerned with hierarchical and coordinated control of complex and hybrid systems. It is applied to energy efficiency of buildings and their interactions with smart grids. 

 

The first position is open in distributed predictive control of hybrid systems. The application aims at controlling a group of buildings in order to optimize their power consumption to fulfill grid requirements. 

 

The second position is open in distributed control of large scale systems with various time scales. The application aims at optimizing the control of a very inertial boiler and coordinating it with the distribution and emission of heat in the building. 

 

These one-year post-doc positions are open for application of talented and dynamic young scientists with a proven strong background in control, optimization, system engineering. Expertise in hybrid systems and large scale systems would also be useful. Most of all, applicants for this position should have an outstanding curriculum of studies and a record of high quality research. Open mind and curiosity for innovative solutions to practical problems of system engineering are also necessary attributes. Finally, the candidates must have a positive attitude for working in team, under the supervision of the team leader. 

 

Applications should be complete of CV, list of university courses and grades, letter of motivation, two letters of presentation (directly sent by the authors) and sent to: 

Romain.Bourdais@supelec.fr and Herve.Gueguen@supelec.fr 

 

Deadline for applications is January 20, 2013. 

 

PS. Only those candidates who will be judged potentially fit for the positions will be contacted further.

 

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7.9 Post-Doc: University of Sheffield, UK

Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong,zhongqc@ieee.org

 

Following the advertisement of two positions recently, a third position at the Postdoctoral Research Associate level is available for an innovative and enthusiastic candidate to join a dynamic and fast-expanding group in energy systems and control at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield. The main duty of the post holder is to develop fundamental understanding, enabling control strategies and rigorous stability criteria for parallel-operated inverters to facilitate the large-scale utilisation of renewable energy and distributed generation, with valuable industrial support from Rolls-Royce, National Grid, ALSTOM, Yokogawa, Texas Instruments, Turbo Power Systems and Power Systems Warehouse.

 

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

 

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Q.Zhong@sheffield.ac.uk. Formal applications should be submitted via http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs (note that the formal advert may appear there in mid-December).

 

This post is fixed-term for 36 months with a start date before the end of April 2013.

 

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7.10 Post-Doc: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Contributed by: Hideaki Ishii, ishii@dis.titech.ac.jp

 

At Tokyo Institute of Technology, we are seeking candidates for one or two positions as postdocs to conduct research in the general area of networked control systems. These positions are funded by Japan Science and Technology Agency under the CREST program on new generation power management systems. The applicants are expected to have strong backgrounds on systems and control 

theory and to be specialized in areas including networked control, multi-agent systems, communications, optimization, and power systems. He/she will work on fundamental research related to these areas and will also be involved in a team under this project with an emphasis on cyber security for power systems. The team is multi-disciplinary, consisting of members from several departments at Tokyo Tech and from the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan. The positions are available from April 2013 for two years with possibilities of further extensions. 

 

Applicants should send a CV, a statement of research interest, and a list of two references. For further inquiries and submission of applications, please contact Dr. Hideaki Ishii (ishii@dis.titech.ac.jp). 

 

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7.11 Post-Doc/Researcher: University of Manchester, UK

Contributed by: Alexander Lanzon, Alexander.Lanzon@manchester.ac.uk

 

The University of Manchester, Faculty of Endineering & Phisical Sciences, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate OR Research Assistant (i.e. PhD studentship) in Embedded Electronic Control Systems for UAVs 

 

One post only, Salary £29,249 - £35,938 p.a. 

 

Candidates are sought with a range of practical hardware embedded electronics and control skills to conduct experimental hands-on research under the direction of Dr A Lanzon within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) on hardware-in-the-loop embedded electronic control systems for unmanned autonomous aerial vehicle technologies. The appointee will be responsible for designing electronic embedded control systems hardware and integrating commercially available hardware to create a fully autonomous controlled gimballed sensor platform rig that could be mounted onboard generic small scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in order to interface at the guidance level with the onboard flight control system, thereby enabling sensor information to be used intelligently to instruct the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle where it needs to go and where it needs to point the onboard sensor. 

 

Suitable candidates will be able to program at device level (having outstanding C programming skills and understanding of microprocessor hardware), have experience of interfacing different electronic hardware to form a complete system (including interfacing of systems with different software protocols to transfer information from a sensor to a computing board or from a computing board to the wireless communications subsystem), and have extensive hardware hands-on embedded control systems experience. 

 

The successful candidate will be working within an interdisciplinary team, comprising academics, other PDRAs and PhD students. 

 

Further details, including the person specs for this post, can be found in the “Further Particulars” document which can be downloaded from the University of Manchester jobs webpage. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr A Lanzon Email: Alexander.Lanzon@manchester.ac.uk Telephone: +44(0)161 306 8722 

 

Candidates who are applying for the Postdoctoral Research Associate post (i.e. have a PhD in this area) have to submit a detailed CV describing in detail their skills and level of competence in the above hardware skills area, together with a completed application form. 

 

Candidates who are applying for the Research Assistant post (i.e. do not have a PhD in this area) have to submit detailed transcripts of your previous university studies, a detailed CV listing your level of competence in the above hardware skills, together with a completed application form. A successful candidate in this latter category can concurrently read for a PhD degree if he/she wishes to do so. 

 

You must submit your application materials via the online portal to be considered. Please go to the University of Manchester jobs webpage, locate this advert and within the webpage of this advert you will be able to apply for this post through the online portal.

 

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7.12 Faculty: Washington University, St. Louis

Contributed by: Washington University, theresa@wustl.edu

 

The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position for the fall 2013 academic year. The Electrical & Systems Engineering department moved to a new building, Preston M. Green Hall, with state-of-the art facilities. Exceptional candidates at the associate and full professor levels will also be considered. Candidates should be exceptionally strong, possess novel and creative visions of research, and commit gladly to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Systems, Applied Mathematics, or related fields. Technical areas of interest include, but are not limited to, signal processing and imaging, applied physics, systems, computational mathematics, and applied statistics. Applications include biology, energy, the environment, robotics, network sciences and modeling of physical and complex systems. In addition to teaching, successful candidates are expected to conduct research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and participate in department and University service. 

 

The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level for the fall 2013 academic year. The ESE department moved to a new building, Preston M. Green Hall, with state-of-the art facilities. Exceptional candidates at the associate and full professor levels will also be considered. Candidates should be exceptionally strong, possess novel and creative visions of research, and commit gladly to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Systems, Applied Mathematics, or related fields. Technical areas of interest include, but are not limited to, signal processing and imaging, applied physics, systems, computational mathematics, and applied statistics. Applications include biology, energy, the environment, robotics, network sciences and modeling of physical and complex systems. In addition to teaching, successful candidates are expected to conduct research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and participate in department and University service. 

Applicants should prepare in electronic format (PDF) a letter of interest, a Curriculum Vitae, a set of 3 to 5 key publications, a list of at least 5 academic or professional references, and statements of vision for both research and teaching. These documents should be uploaded as part of the online application. 

Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Employment eligibility verification required upon employment. 

For additional details about our department go to: http://ese.wustl.edu/aboutthedepartment/Pages/faculty-openings.aspx 

The online application can be found at: 

https://jobs.wustl.edu/psp/APPLHRMS/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=24539&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1 

 

 

Washington University in St. Louis is a medium-sized private university of approximately 7000 undergraduate and 6000 graduate and professional students, which enjoys high academic standing and a strong and growing national reputation. In U.S. News & World Report's undergraduate category, Washington University is ranked 14th among national universities,and its medical school is ranked 6th. The ESE department presently has 12 full-time tenured and tenure-track and four senior faculty members. There are approximately 220 undergraduate students, and 115 graduate students. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees separately in Electrical Engineering and in Systems Science and Mathematics. The University is located in a semi-urban area, adjacent to Forest Park, with many cultural and recreational activities. More information is available on the department website. 

 

Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Employment eligibility verification required upon employment.

 

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7.13 Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Contributed by: Esther de Booij, e.g.p.debooij@tudelft.nl

 

Tenure-track positions “Identification and Control for High-resolution Imaging” and “Hybrid Systems and Control” (Delft University of Technology) 

 

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC - www.dcsc.tudelft.nl) of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands has vacancies for assistant professors in the fields of 

* Identification and Control for High-resolution Imaging 

* Hybrid Systems and Control 

 

Profile of the positions 

 

Identification and Control for High-resolution Imaging 

The research of this tenure-track assistant professor position will be oriented towards the new avenue for control engineering in developing high resolution imaging instruments. The tenure track position is defined in the area of numerical methods for signal- and image processing, identification and/or control of spatio-temporal systems. The fundamental research should have a focus on new system theoretic solutions for solving the signal- and image processing, identification and/or feedback control problems of large scale 3D, 4D systems such as in nonlinear phase diversity, compressive sensing, high performance computing on multicores for large-scale inverse problems, nonlinear PDEs, sparsity in signal processing and machine learning. Potential application areas of interest are in opto-mechatronics, real-time image processing with active optical components for lithography, microscopy, nanoscopy, nanooptics, quantum engineering and nanometrology. 

For more detailed information on the position, please contact: Prof. Michel Verhaegen, m.verhaegen@tudelft.nl 

 

Hybrid Systems and Control

 

The research of this tenure-track assistant professor position will primarily be oriented towards fundamental issues in modeling, analysis, control, or verification of hybrid systems. More specifically, the fundamental research of the new position should be complementary to the ongoing hybrid systems research at DCSC, which mainly involves model predictive control and stability of piecewise affine systems, min-max-plus-scaling systems, and (switched) max-plus linear systems. As such the fundamental research field of the new position could involve the development of systematic and computationally efficient analysis, control, or verification methods for specific classes of hybrid systems, optimization-based distributed or multi-agent control of large-scale hybrid systems, stochastic hybrid systems, robust or fault-tolerant control of hybrid systems, and related topics. 

The application fields of the new position could either connect to current application fields at DCSC such as road and highway traffic networks, transportation systems, smart grids, water distribution networks, robotics, renewable energy, or involve a completely new field. 

For more detailed information on the position, please contact prof. Bart De Schutter, email: b.deschutter@tudelft.nl 

 

Positions 

The positions offered are tenure-track positions for a period of 5 years, leading to a permanent position assuming excellent performance. TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package. 

 

Profile of the candidates 

We are looking for candidates with a PhD degree in systems and control, computer science, applied mathematics, physics or informatics, and with an extensive expertise in the topic of the position as well as the broad field of systems and control. Candidates should have at least 1 year of postdoc experience and they should already have gained an international reputation in their field of research and have a good track record in conducting innovative fundamental research. The candidates should also have the necessary didactic abilities for teaching systems and control courses at the BSc, MSc, and postgraduate level. International applicants must be willing to acquire knowledge of the Dutch language. 

 

Information and application 

For more detailed information on the positions, please see the vacancies section at the DCSC web site (http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl). The initial application deadline for the positions is March 1, 2013.

 

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7.14 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology

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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7.15 Faculty: Yale University

Contributed by: Sekhar Tatikonda, sekhar.tatikonda@yale.edu

 

Senior Faculty Position in Electrical Engineering - Specialization in Communications & Networking 

 

Yale University's Electrical Engineering Department invites applications from qualified individuals for a tenured faculty position in the area of communications and networking. Subfields of interest include wireless communications, networking, signal processing, network optimization, network economics, machine learning, and network science. All candidates should be strongly committed to both teaching and research and should be open to collaborative research. Candidates should have distinguished records of research accomplishments and should be willing and able to take the lead in shaping Yale's expanding program in electrical engineering.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minorities. The review process will begin November 15, 2012. Applicants should include a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement and submit to http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1910. 

 

Faculty Position in Electrical Engineering - Specialization in Communications & Networking 

 

Yale University's Electrical Engineering Department invites applications from qualified individuals for a tenure-track, non-tenured faculty position in the area of communications and networking. Subfields of interest include wireless communications, networking, signal processing, network optimization, network economics, machine learning, and network science. All candidates should be strongly committed to both teaching and research and should be open to collaborative research. Candidates should have distinguished records of research accomplishments and should be willing and able to participate in shaping Yale's expanding program in electrical engineering. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minorities. The review process will begin November 15, 2012. Applicants should include a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement and submit to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1910.

   

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7.16 Faculty: University of Bayreuth, Germany

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

 

The University of Bayreuth welcomes applications for a Professor Position (W3 level) in Applied Mathematics, preferably within the areas Systems and Control Theory and Optimal Control. The application deadline is January 21, 2013. For more information please see http://www.uni-bayreuth.de/universitaet/stellenangebote/professuren/MPI-2/index.html (in German).

 

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7.17 Faculty: Texas A&M University

Contributed by: Reza Langari, rlangari@tamu

 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Mechanical Engineering or an appropriate, closely related discipline. We especially seek candidates at the junior level even though we will also consider candidates at the senior level. Specifically targeted areas are in mechanics and design but candidates in other areas are encouraged to apply. The successful applicants will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, develop an independent, externally funded research program, participate in all aspects of the department's mission, and serve the profession. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. 

 

Applicants should consult the department’s web page to review our academic and research programs (www.mengr.tamu.edu). Applicants will be evaluated based on current credentials as well as potential for future impact. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and a list of four references (including their postal addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) electronically via the departmental web site at http://www.mengr.tamu.edu/Employment/employment.html 

 

Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2012. Applications received after that date may be considered until positions are filled. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin Fall 2013, even though the position could start as soon as January 2013. Women and other under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. 

 

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7.18 Faculty: Eindhoven University of Technology

Contributed by: Paul Van den Hof, p.m.j.vandenhof@tue.nl

 

Within the Control Systems Group of the Department of Electrical Engineering, there is an open posiiton for an assistant/associate professor in Dynamics and Control in Electrified Automotive Systems.

 

Candidates combine a strong interest in the electrical engineering aspects of automotive systems technology with a solid basis and expertise in model-based systems and control. Particular research subjects include (a) Monitoring, control and optimization of networked systems; (b) Vehicle energy and thermal management systems; battery management, and (c) Vehicle electrification; distributed estimation and control.

 

Candidates should should have the capacity to develop a recognized research programme, cooperate in multidisciplinary teams within and outside the department, provide inspiring education in both BSc and MSc programmes and attract research funding.

 

The Control Systems group has a strong international staff and close cooperation with industrial research partners. The group covers four technology domains: industrial production processes, high-tech systems, power networks and automotive systems. The basis of systems and control research and competence in the group is is in system identification, model approximation, (nonlinear) model predictive control, spatial-temporal systems and model-based control and optimization. The group provides education modules in the BSc and MSc programmes of Electrical Engineering, Automotive Systems, the MSc programme Systems and Control and the national PhD programme of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC). 

Currently the group consists of about 30 people, among which 6 full-time academics.

 

For the application procedure, see http://jobs.tue.nl/en/job/assistant-associate-professor-159864.html

 

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7.19  Researcher: University of Sheffield, UK        

Contributed by: Qing-Chang  Zhong, zhongqc@ieee.org

 

Following the advertisement of three postdoctoral research positions recently, another position is available for an innovative and enthusiastic candidate to join a dynamic and fast-expanding group in energy systems and control at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, to provide technical support. The main duty of the post holder is to build up experimental facilities and carry out experiments to validate control strategies developed for various power electronic systems, with valuable industrial support from Rolls-Royce, National Grid, ALSTOM, Yokogawa, Texas Instruments, Turbo Power Systems and Power Systems Warehouse.

 

Applicants will have a first-class BEng/MEng degree or above in control, power electronics or other relevant area, be experienced in MATLAB-SIMULINK, DSP and its programming, electronic circuit design and PCB layout, power electronics and control system development and, preferably, possess good understanding about control theory. Applicants will have a creative and scientific approach suitable for developing leading edge technology, excellent skills in communication and management, and enthusiasm and motivation to work independently and within a team. Candidates who would like to register for PhD study are encouraged to apply (with a separate application to PhD study).

 

Informal inquiries are welcome and should be directed to Q.Zhong@sheffield.ac.uk. Formal applications should be submitted via http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs (note that the formal advert may appear there in mid-December).

 

This post is fixed-term for 36 months with a start date before the end of April 2013. 

 

The post can be shared by two candidates (50%-50%) who (will) have registered for PhD study.

 

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7.20 Researcher: GE Global Research

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

 

Embedded Systems Research Engineer (m/f) 

 

About Us GE Global Research – Europe employs approximately 200 engineers and scientists from more than 30 different countries. Our scientists and technologists come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, sciences and materials research. 

 

Located in the heart of southern Germany, Global Research – Europe sits on the Garching campus of the Technical University of Munich. This creates a unique blend for our scientists to be in a university setting, while performing research in a world-class industrial lab that is dedicated to bringing new technologies to market. The facility also operates closely with technology teams at GE businesses across the globe, ensuring effective transition of breakthrough innovations from the lab into advanced products and services. Within the R&D community, the center maintains close partnerships with numerous universities, research institutions and technology companies in Germany and abroad. 

 

Current research at the facility focuses on automated manufacturing of composite parts, waste heat recovery for industrial and power applications, grid integration of renewable energies, molecular imaging for cancer diagnostics, high power electronics for stationary and mobile applications and advanced compressor technologies. 

 

Role Summary/Purpose: 

 

You will be a member of a highly motivated team of researchers that works closely with other GE Global Research sites and the GE businesses worldwide. You will provide your expertise especially in the area of real-time systems analysis and modeling, implementation, integration and verification. 

 

Your key responsibilities will include: 

 

Develop advanced computer architectures and software design flows for applications within critical infrastructure (energy, transportation, aviation, etc.) 

 

Work with GE businesses to identify their real-time computing needs and formulate system requirements 

 

Keep abreast of embedded computer system developments and identify suitable opportunities for new technologies 

 

Participate in and lead projects from embedded system conception to implementation and validation 

 

Work with other engineering disciplines (mechanical, electronics, control theory etc.) to develop innovative solutions 

 

Document work in reports, conference papers, and presentations to all levels of management 

 

 

Qualifications/Requirements: 

 

Ph.D. degree in an embedded systems related topic; alternatively at least three years of experience in embedded systems related R&D 

Solid knowledge of computer architectures and operating systems (microarchitectures, performance metrics, multi-core computing, deeply embedded computers, interoperability) 

Solid knowledge of software development tool chains and programming paradigms (model-driven development, formal and semi-formal notations, compiler construction) 

Proficiency with UML, SysML and their usage in a constrained and/or regulated environment 

Experience with implementation and simulation of embedded systems 

Excellent academic track record and proven scientific achievements (please attach publication list to your application) 

Excellent communication skills 

Can-do attitude 

Global mindset 

Fluency in English 

Experience with design of embedded systems for harsh environmental conditions (high-temperature, shock, vibration, pressure, etc.). 

Experience with working in a multidisciplinary environment 

 

Please apply online over http://www.ge.com/careers/index.html Job Number 1657419

 

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7.21 Algorithm Engineer: Nest Labs

Contributed by: Mark Malhotra, malhotra@stanfordalumni.org

 

About Nest Labs: The creator of the world’s first Learning Thermostat, Nest Labs is focused on reducing home-energy consumption. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns human behaviors and preferences, automatically adjusting the temperature so you can stay comfortable while saving energy and money. Founded by former Apple SVP of the iPod division Tony Fadell and former iPod and iPhone lead engineer Matt Rogers, Nest enjoys bringing new life to previously ignored home products by applying the best of today’s technology and design. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Nest Labs is privately funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, Lightspeed Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Generation Investment Management and Intertrust.

 

The Role: A talented Algorithms Engineer with the ability to create robust, next-generation technologies.

 

The work:

Build high-quality, efficient algorithms on a resource-constrained, embedded platform.

Build cloud-based solutions involving machine learning, visualization and simulations.

Develop intelligent control systems.

Analyze data with cutting-edge statistical tools.

Create a variety of models, from the thermal dynamics of a structure to the behavior of a structure's occupants.

 

Skills and experience needed:

 

Degree in computer science, electrical engineering or related fields.

5+ years of programming experience in C/C++ in industry setting.

3+ years of experience using MATLAB or equivalent tools.

Solid understanding of control theory.

Expertise in one or more of: optimal control, machine learning, or signal processing.

 

Please email resume to: jose@nestlabs.com

 

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