July 2013 - E-LETTER

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July 2013

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

Issue 298

July 2013


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


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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Call for contribution: New edition of The Impact of Control Technology Report

1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.4 Contents: Transactions on Control Systems Technology

1.5 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems


2. Journals

2.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China

2.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

2.3 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications

2.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice2.5 Contents: Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics

2.6 CFP: Journal of Process Control

2.7 CFP: Journal of Process Control

2.8 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

2.9 CFP: Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics


3. Conferences

3.1 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems

3.2 IFAC World Congress

3.3 International Conference on Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences


4. Workshops

4.1 Workshop On Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings

4.2 Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems

4.3 Fault Diagnosis, Fault-tolerant Control, and Cooperative Control of Manned and Unmanned Systems

4.4 Research and Development on Fault Diagnosis, Fault-Tolerant and Cooperative Control with Applications to Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems 


5. Positions

5.1 PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

5.2 PhD: Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

5.3 M.S./PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

5.4 PhD: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

5.5 Post-Doc: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

5.6 Post-Doc: Sentinel Photonics, USA

5.7 Post-Doc: IFP New Energy, France

5.8 Post-Doc: RICE,  Czech Republic

5.9 Research associate: University of New South Wales, Australia 

5.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China

5.11 Safety & Fault Tolerance Engineers: Eaton Corporation, USA and Czech Republic

5.12 Control and Software Engineers: Intuitive Surgical Inc, USA




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. 



1.2 Call for contribution: New edition of The Impact of Control Technology Report

Contributed by: Tariq Samad, samad@ieee.org


Contributions Solicited for a New Edition of The Impact of Control Technology Report.

In 2011 IEEE Control Systems Society, with support from other sponsors, published a report titled The Impact of Control Technology (Tariq Samad and Anuradha Annaswamy, eds.). This report is available free of charge at www.ieeecss.org/main/IoCT-report. 

A revised edition is now in preparation, with support from IEEE CSS and the American Automatic Control Council (AACC). This new report will consist entirely of two-page flyers, in “Success Stories” and “Research Challenges” sections. These flyers were an especially popular feature of the original report (see Parts 2 and 4). The report will continue to be freely available on the Web and we are also expecting to be able to have a print version available for purchase. We anticipate publication by year-end 2013 or early 2014.


Your contributions to the report are encouraged. Please note the following:

• “Success Stories” flyers should highlight practical successes of advanced control technology. Some documentation of societal/industrial benefit should be included. Simulations and laboratory demonstrations are not sufficient.

• “Research Challenges” flyers should highlight opportunities for future societal impact through advances in control research. These flyers should convey the excitement of an emerging area rather than focusing primarily on authors’ own works. 

The flyers are intended to exemplify the accomplishments and the promise of our field, including to those not already immersed in it. Thus the audience is not solely control engineers and scientists. Content should be prepared accordingly. You can review Parts 2 and 4 of the original for examples of appropriate material. 


If you are interested, please contact the report editors at samad@ieee.org and aanna@mit.edu immediately, who will communicate further details including a template for draft submissions. The final layout will be done by a public relations and advertising agency that has been contracted for producing the flyers.



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 7 (July)



- Parameter Estimation and Non-Collocated Adaptive Stabilization for a Wave Equation with General Boundary Harmonic Disturbance. W. Guo, B-Z. Guo p. 1631

- Decentralized Stochastic Control with Partial History Sharing: A Common Information Approach. A. Nayyar, A. Mahajan, D. Teneketzis p. 1644

- Uncertainty Bounds for Spectral Estimation. J. Karlsson, T. T. Georgiou p. 1659

- A Unified Effective Method for Aggregating Multi-machine Stages in Production Systems C-B. Yan. Q. Zhao p. 1674

- Rapid Stabilization for a Korteweg-de Vries Equation from the Left Dirichlet Boundary Condition. E. Cerpa, J-M. Coron p. 1688

- Event Triggered Adaptive Differential Modulation:A New Method for Traffic Reduction in Networked Control Systems.U.Premaratne,S.K.Halgamuge, I. Mareels p. 1696

- Finite-Horizon H-infinity Filtering with Missing Measurements and Quantization Effects. Z. Wang, H. Dong, B. Shen, H. Gao p. 1707

- Controllability and Observability of Grid Graphs via Reduction and Symmetries. G. Notarstefano, G. Parlangeli p. 1719

- On the Extended Luenberger-type Observer for Semilinear Distributed-parameter Systems. T. Meurer p. 1732

- Reduced-Order Quadratic Kalman-like Filtering of Non-Gaussian Systems. A. Fasano, A. Germani, A. Monteri˘ p. 1744

- Design of Polynomial Control Laws for Polynomial Systems Subject to Actuator Saturation. G. ValmÛrbida, S. Tarbouriech, G. Garcia p. 1758

- Synthesis of Reactive Switching Protocols from Temporal Logic Specifications. J. Liu, N. Ozay, U. Topcu, R. M. Murray 1771

- Technical Notes and Correspondence

- Consensus of Multi-Agent Systems with General Linear and Lipschitz Nonlinear Dynamics Using Distributed Adaptive Protocols. Z.Li, W.Ren, X. Liu, M. Fu p. 1786

- Optimal Routing and Scheduling in Multihop Wireless Renewable Energy Networks. S. Sarkar, MHR. Khouzani, K. Kar 1792

- Kalman Filter Sensitivity Evaluation with Orthogonal and J-Orthogonal Transformations. M. Kulikova, A. Pacheco p. 1798

- Identification of Unknown Parameters for a Class of Two-Level Quantum Systems. Z. Xue, H. Lin, T. H. Lee p. 1805

- Design of Saturation-based Switching Anti-windup Gains for the Enlargement of the Domain of Attraction. Y. Li, Z. Lin p. 1810

- Adaptive Compensation of Gyro Bias in Rigid-body Attitude Estimation Using a Single Vector Measurement. M. Namvar, F. Safaei p. 1816

- On Casimir Functionals for Infinite-dimensional Port-Hamiltonian Control Systems. M. Schˆberl, A. Siuka p. 1823

- Gaussian Smoothers for Nonlinear Systems with One-step Randomly Delayed Measurements. X-x. Wang, Q. Pan, Y. Liang, F. Yang p. 1828

- Finite Horizon LQR Control with Limited Controller-System Communication, L. Shi, Y. Yuan, J. Chen p. 1835

- Realization of a Special Class of Admittances with One Damper and One Inerter for Mechanical Control. M. Z. Q. Chen, K. Wang, Y. Zou, J. Lam p. 1841

- New Approach to Noncausal Identification of Nonstationary Stochastic FIR Systems Subject to Both Smooth and Abrupt Parameter Changes. M. Niedzwiecki, S. Gackowski p. 1847

- State Feedback Stabilization for Boolean Control Networks. R. Li, M. Yang, T. Chu p. 1853

- Suboptimal Switching Control Consistency Analysis for Switched Linear Systems. J. C. Geromel, G. S. Deaecto, J. Daafouz p. 1857

- On Easily Verifiable Conditions for the Existence of Common Linear Copositive Lyapunov Functions. Z. Wu, Y. Sun p. 1862

- The Routh-Hurwitz Stability Criterion, Revisited: The Case of Multiple Poles on Imaginary Axis. M. A. Choghadi, H.A. Talebi p. 1866

- Correction to Packetized Predictive Control of Stochastic Systems over Bit-Rate Limited Channels with Packet Loss. D. E. Quevedo, J. Ostergaard, E. I. Silva, D. Nesic p. 1869

- Optimal Filtering for Ito-Stochastic Continuous-time Systems with Multiple Delayed Measurements. S. Kong, M. Saif, H. Zhang p. 1872

- A New Identification Framework For Off-line Computation of Moving-Horizon Observers. M. Alamir p. 1877

- Kalman Filter for Discrete-time Stochastic Linear Systems Subject to Intermittent Unknown Inputs. J-Y. Keller, D. D.J. Sauter p. 1882

- Addendum to ``Generating Functions of Switched Linear Systems: Analysis, Computation, and Stability Applications''. J. Hu, J. Shen, W. Zhang p. 1887



1.4 Contents: Transactions on Control Systems Technology

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


Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 21 (2013), Issue 4 (July)





To Tame the Wind: Advanced Control Applications in Wind Energy. L. Fagiano, M. Morari, M. A. Rotea, and G. Stewart page 1045


- Tower Vibration Control of Active Stall Wind Turbines. C.J. Spruce and J.K. Turner page 1049

- Validation of Individual Pitch Control by Field Tests on Two- and Three-Bladed Wind Turbines. E.A. Bossanyi, P.A. Fleming, and A.D. Wright page 1067

- l1-Optimal Control of Large Wind Turbines. S. Schuler, D. Schlipf, P. W. Cheng, and F. Allgöwer page 1079

- Offshore Wind Turbine Load Reduction Employing Optimal Passive Tuned Mass Damping Systems. G. Stewart and M. Lackner page 1090

- Frequency-Weighted Model Predictive Control of Trailing Edge Flaps on a Wind Turbine Blade. D. Castaignet, I. Couchman, N.K. Poulsen, T. Buhl, and J.J. Wedel-Heinen page 1105

- Combined Feedback–Feedforward Control of Wind Turbines Using State-Constrained Model Predictive Control. A. Koerber and R. King page 1117

- Comparison of Strategies for Enhancing Energy Capture and Reducing Loads Using LIDAR and Feedforward Control. N. Wang, K.E. Johnson, and A.D. Wright page 1129

- Design Tradeoffs of Wind Turbine Preview Control. A.A. Ozdemir, P. Seiler, and G.J. Balas page 1143

- Estimation of Rotor Effective Wind Speed: A Comparison. M.N. Soltani, T. Knudsen, M. Svenstrup, R. Wisniewski, P. Brath, R. Ortega, and K. Johnson page 1155

- Fault-Tolerant Control of Wind Turbines: A Benchmark Model. P.F. Odgaard, J. Stoustrup, and M. Kinnaert page 1168


- LPV Identification of Wind Turbine Rotor Vibrational Dynamics Using Periodic Disturbance Basis Functions. P.M.O. Gebraad, J.-W. van Wingerden, P.A. Fleming, and A.D. Wright page 1183

- On Using Wind Speed Preview to Reduce Wind Turbine Tower Oscillations, M. Kristalny. D. Madjidian, and T. Knudsen page 1191

- Robust Control of Variable-Speed Wind Turbines Based on an Aerodynamic Torque Observer. M.L. Corradini, G. Ippoliti, and G. Orlando page 1199

- A Model-Free Approach to Wind Farm Control Using Game Theoretic Methods, J.R. Marden. S.D. Ruben, and L.Y. Pao page 1207

- Airborne Wind Energy Based on Dual Airfoils, M. Zanon. S. Gros, J. Andersson, and M. Diehl page 1215




- Multiagent Information Fusion and Cooperative Control in Target Search. J. Hu, L. Xie, K.-Y. Lum, and J. Xu page 1223

- Vehicle Yaw Stability Control by Coordinated Active Front Steering and Differential Braking in the Tire Sideslip Angles Domain. S. Di Cairano, H. E. Tseng, D. Bernardini, and A. Bemporad page 1236

- Covariance and State Estimation of Weakly Observable Systems: Application to Polymerization Processes. F. V. Lima, M. R. Rajamani, T. A. Soderstrom, and J. B. Rawlings page 1249

- Model Predictive Control for Vehicle Stabilization at the Limits of Handling. C. E. Beal and J. C. Gerdes page 1258

- Control Coordination Within a VSC HVDC Link for Power Oscillation Damping: A Robust Decentralized Approach Using Homotopy. Y. Pipelzadeh, B. Chaudhuri, and T. C. Green page 1270

- Guidance and Control for Planetary Landing: Flatness-Based Approach. D. Desiderio and M. Lovera page 1280

- Suboptimal Cold Start Strategies for Spark Ignition Engines. F. Keynejad and C. Manzie page 1295

- Control of Roll-to-Roll Web Systems via Differential Flatness and Dynamic Feedback Linearization. D. E. Chang, J. Lévine, J. Jo, and K.-H. Choi page 1309

- Modeling and Control of Aggregate Air Conditioning Loads for Robust Renewable Power Management. S. Bashash and H. K. Fathy page 1318

- Development of a Sensorless Control Method for a Self-Energizing Brake System Using Noncircular Gears. H. Park and S. B. Choi page 1328

- Modeling and Control of Heave-Induced Pressure Fluctuations in Managed Pressure Drilling. I. S. Landet, A. Pavlov, and O. M. Aamo page 1340

- Nanopositioning With Impulsive State Multiplication: A Hybrid Control Approach. T. Tuma, A. Pantazi, J. Lygeros, and A. Sebastian page 1352

- Nonlinear Control Algorithm for Improving Settling Time in Systems With Friction. B. A. Bucci, D. G. Cole, S. J. Ludwick, and J. S. Vipperman page 1365

- Disturbance and Delay Robustness Guarantees of Gradient Systems Based on Static Noncooperative Games With an Application to Feedback Control for PEV Charging Load Allocation. H. Ito page 1374




- Identification of Physical Parameters and Instrumental Variables Validation With Two-Stage Least Squares Estimator. A. Janot, P.-O. Vandanjon, and M. Gautier page 1386

- Design of Iterative Sliding Mode Observer for Sensorless PMSM Control. H. Lee and J. Lee page 1394

- Adaptive Control of Quadrotor UAVs: A Design Trade Study With Flight Evaluations. Z. T. Dydek, A.M. Annaswamy, and E. Lavretsky page 1400

- Neural Network-Based Optimal Control of Mobile Robot Formations With Reduced Information Exchange. T. Dierks, B. Brenner, and S. Jagannathanpage 1407

- Applications of Collective Circular Motion Control to Multirobot Systems. H.-T. Zhang, Z. Chen, L. Yan, and W. Yu page 1416

- Predictive Control of Container Flows in Maritime Intermodal Terminals. A. Alessandri, C. Cervellera, and M. Gaggero page 1423

- Extreme Precise Motion Tracking of Piezoelectric Positioning Stage Using Sampled-Data Iterative Learning Control. J.-X. Xu, D. Huang, V. Venkataramanan, and T.C.T. Huynh page 1432

- Optimal and Fault-Tolerant Torque Control of Servo Motors Subject to Voltage and Current Limits. F. Aghili page 1440

- Development of Efficient Model Predictive Control Strategy for Cost-Optimal Operation of a Water Pumping Station. X. Zhuan and X. Xia page 1449

- Increasing Sync Rate of Pulse-Coupled Oscillators via Phase Response Function Design: Theory and Application to Wireless Networks. Y. Wang, F. Núñez, and F.J. Doyle III page 1455

- Bilateral Control of Nonlinear Pneumatic Teleoperation System With Solenoid Valves. Q.M.Le, M.T.Pham, M.Tavakoli, R.Moreau, J.-P.Simon, and T. Redarce page 1463

- Global Identification of Wind Turbines Using a Hammerstein Identification Method. G. van der Veen, J.-W. van Wingerden, and M. Verhaegen page 1471

- Generalized Nonlinear Stabilizing Controllers for Hamiltonian-Passive Systems With Switching Devices. G.C. Konstantopoulos and A.T. Alexandridis page 1479

- Adding Active Learning to LWR for Ping-Pong Playing Robot. Y. Huang, D. Xu, M. Tan, and H. Su page 1489

- Design and Stability Analysis of Networked Predictive Control Systems. J. Zhang, Y. Xia, and P. Shi page 1495

- Active Model-Based Predictive Control and Experimental Investigation on Unmanned Helicopters in Full Flight Envelope. D. Song, J. Han, and G. Liu page 1502




- On Tracking Control of Rigid-Joint Robots With Only Position Measurements, D.A. Dirksz and J.M.A. Scherpen page 1510



1.5 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems

Contributed by: Yannis Paschalidis, yannisp@bu.edu


We are announcing the launch of a new journal: the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (TCNS). TCNS is sponsored by five IEEE societies (control systems, circuit and systems, communications, computer, and robotics & automation).


TCNS will publish high-quality papers on systems with interconnected components. The journal is primarily interested in problems related to the control of network systems but is also open to contributions concerning their design, study, engineering, optimization, and emerging behavior as these can inform and guide design and control. The Transactions invites rigorous methodological/theory papers on network systems and application papers that have a significant degree of modeling or methodological novelty in some application area of network systems. Application areas are many, spanning engineered systems, social science, economics, and biological systems. For more information please visit the TCNS website (http://sites.bu.edu/tcns/). 


The submission site will open in mid July. We are announcing a deadline of September 20, 2013 for submissions to be considered for the inaugural issue (to be published in March-April 2014). All submissions will undergo regular review.


Authors of accepted papers will be invited to a symposium on "Control of Networks Systems" which will take place in Boston during March 2014. Details will be announced on the journal web site. This will serve as an event that marks the launch of the journal and we hope it will also contribute towards coalescing a community around TCNS.


Yannis Paschalidis, Editor-in-Chief, yannisp@bu.edu 

Magnus Egerstedt, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, magnus@ece.gatech.edu   




2. Journals


2.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China

Contributed by: You Jing, youjiyun_ok@163.com


Control Engineering of China


Vol.20 No.3 Total 117


1.Zone Model Predictive Control with Online Optimization of Reference Trajectory. Authors:LUO Xiong-lin,et al

2.Research on Multi-motor Synchronization Driver in High-Power All-Electric Bending Machine. Authors:SHI Bu-hai,et al

3.Short-Term Forecasting of PV Capacity Based on Extreme Learning Machine in Similar Days. Authors:LIU Shi-rong,et al

4.A Novel Currents Detection and Control for Three-phase-four-legs Active Power Filters. Authors:YAN Wen-xu,et al

5.Design of a Jigless Welding System by Multiple Robots Cooperation. Authors:GAN Ya-hui,et al

6.Research on Non-parametric Predictive Fuzzy Adaptive Control and Method of Engineering Application. Authors:SI Yi-fang,et al

7.Vehicle Shadow Suppression Based on Multi-feature in Traffic Video. Authors:YU Ming, et al

8.Parallel Design and Implementation of Ant Colony Clustering Algorithm. Authors:YANG Yan, et al

9.Research on Relative Coupling Control for Multi-motor Synchronization Based on Neural Network. Authors:CAO Chun-ping, et al

10.A New Method of Cooperative Path Planning for Multiple Aircrafts. Authors:JI Wan-feng, et al

11.Analysis of Temperature Effect on Reactor Stability. Authors:ZHOU Hai-xiang, et al

12.Design of Networked Predictive Control in Networked Control Systems. Authors:ZHU Yu-meng,et al

13.Adaptive Predictive PID Controller Using a Time-Varying Proportional Gain. Authors:LIU Bin,et al

14.Refined Iterative Control on Molten Steel Level in A Continuous Casting Process. Authors: SONG Yun-zhong, et al

15.Robust H∞ Fault-tolerant Control for Nonlinear Networked Control System Based on Dynamic. Output Feedback. Authors:LI Wei,et al

16.Self-Adaptive Dispatching Rule for Semiconductor Wafer Fabrication Facilities. Authors:LI Li,et al

17.Research of the High-efficiency Parallel Power Supply System with the Switch Power Supply Module. Authors:XIAO Wei-chu, et al

18.Fuzzy PID Control of Micro-cantilever in AFM Based on Separation of Time-spatial. Authors: LONG Yun-dong,et al

19.Research and Analysis of Value Flow Characteristic Optimization and Value Flow Experiment. Authors: ZHANG Xi, et al

20.A Fault-Tolerant Cluster-Based Topology Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks Used in Internet of Things. Authors: LI Ping,et al

21.Analysis of Signal Decoupling Control System. Authors: WU Peng-song,et al

22.The Infrared Image Segmentation Research of the Infrared Fault Diagnosis System of the TCAS Circuit Board Process. Authors: WANG Li,et al

23.Intelligent MPC Optimization and Control of Calcination Process in Soda Manufacture. Authors: SHAO Jian,et al

24.Design of Hanoi Water Distribution Network Based On Improved Ant Colony Optimization. Authors:QIAO Jun-fei, et al

25.Design of Nonlinear Model Predictive Controller for Intelligent Well. Authors:YANG Qing, et al

26.Controller Design of the RBV Large Attitude Adjusting Phase. Authors:XU Jiang-tao,et al

27.Study on Order Allocation Responsiveness Based on Production Load Equilibrium. Authors:XIANG Wei, et al

28.Human-machine Ineraction Based on Shape of Lip for Intelligent Wheelchair. Authors:ZHANG Yi,et al

29.Process Monitoring Based on CDC/MVT Outlier Detection KPCA-MSVMs Algorithm. Authors:XIAO Ying-wang, et al

30.Robust Optimal Terminal Guidance Law Design Based on Second -order Sliding Mode Control. Authors: ZHANG He-xin,et al

31.Fault Diagnosis for Unmanned Helicopter Based on STF and Wavelet Threshold Denoising. Authors:ZHANG Guo-chao, et al

32.Guaranteed Cost Control for a Class of Uncertain Switched Fuzzy Time-Delay Systems. Authors:LIU Yi, et al

33.The Research and Realization of EDDL and FDT Technology. Authors: ZHOU Gui-ping, et al

34.Studies on the Active Control and Placement of Piezoelectric in Piezoelectric Structure. Authors: WANG Jun, et al

35.Realization of CANopen-based Control Mode in the Servo Drive. Authors: YI Ling-zhi, et al

36.Economic Design of a SVSSI X Chart.Authors:GUO Zhi-fang, et al

37.The Maximal Viability for One-dimensional Control Systems and the Population Model. Authors: CHEN Zheng, et al

38.Stuy on Intersection Modeling and Signal Control Based on Peric Net. Authors: MU Hai-bo,et al

39.Synchronization of HR neurons by Active Disturbance Rejection Control. Authors:WEI Wei,et al

40.Study on Wheeled Mobile Robot Intelligent Variable Structure Control Algorithm. Authors: SUN Di-hua,et al

41.Search Extension Based on Ontology and Local Context Analysis. Authors: WAN Jing,et al

42.Isomerism Multiple-Path Routing Algorithm of IoT Information Terminal. Authors:LIU Di,et al

43.The DEM Simulation Study of The Particle Mixing Process in the Rotating Cylinder. Authors:JIN Hui-xia,et al

44.The Current Condition of Automatic Technology and the Future Development of Wood-based Panels Industry. Authors:ZHAO Cheng-ming,et al

45.Improved Research of Single-arm Planer based on DC Speeder. Authors:YIN Jia-lin,et al

46.Application Analysis of FMEA in the Development of Cordless Drill Driver. Authors: JIN Chu-yun,et al

47.Operation and Control on the STATCOM During Asymmerical Faults. Authors: HUANG Ke-yuan, et al

48.Coil Temperature Prediction Modelling of Electromagnetic Control Valve and Resistant Temperature Judgement. Authors: XI Jian-zhong,et al



2.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

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


Asian Journal of Control

Vol.15, No.3 May, 2013



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


Part A Stability Analysis and Control Design


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

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

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

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

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

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


Part B Approximation, Estimation and Identification Techniques


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

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

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

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

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

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


Part C Applications of Fractional Controllers


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

14.  A State Feedback Control Design for Generalized Fractional Systems Through Orthogonal Functions: Application to a Fractional Inverted Pendulum. Mohamed Karim Bouafoura and Naceur Benhadj Braiek

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

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

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

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

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


Regular Issues


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



2.3 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications

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



Vol. 11, No. 3, Aug. 2013


Regular papers

- Ballistic learning control: formulation, analysis and convergence. J. Xu, D. Huang, W. Wang P.325

- Robust adaptive repetitive learning control for a class of time-varying nonlinear systems with unknown control direction. M. Yu, X. Ye, D. Qi P.336

- Continuous output-feedback stabilization for a class of stochastic high-order nonlinear systems. J. Zhang, Y. Liu P.343

- Approximate controllability of impulsive neutral stochastic functional differential system with state-dependent delay in Hilbert spaces. P. Muthukumar, C.   Rajivganthi P.351

- A fast network partition method for large-scale urban traffic networks. Z. Zhou, S. Lin, Y. Xi P.359

- A predictive controller for induction motors using an unknown input observer for online rotor resistance estimation and an update technique for load torque. H. Chehimi, S. Hadj Said, F. Msahli P.367

- Information theoretic conditions for tracking in leader-follower systems with communication constraints. Y. Ruan, S. K. Jayaweera, C. T. Abdallah P.376

- Adaptive walking control of quadruped robots based on central pattern generator (CPG) and reflex. C. Liu, Q. Chen, G. Wang P.386

- Variable structure control for three-variable autocatalytic reaction. H. Niu, Q. Zhang, C. Yang, F. Bai P.393

- New results on global output-feedback stabilization for nonlinear systems with unknown growth rate. X. Yan, Y. Liu P.401

- Lower bound of tracking performance with finite control energy and channel energy constraint. B. Wang, Z. Guan, F. Yuan, X. Zhan P.409

- Controllability results for nonlinear impulsive integrodifferential evolution systems with time-varying delays. B. Radhakrishnan, K. Balachandran P.415


Brief papers

- Convergence of optimal control problems governed by second kind parabolic variational inequalities. M. Boukrouche, D. A. Tarzia P.422

- Nonlinear asymptotic attitude tracking control of an underactuated 3-degree-of-freedom helicopter using neural network feedforward term. X. Liu, B. Xian, J. Guo, B. Zhao, C. Diao P.428

- Energy-shaping for Hamiltonian control systems with time delay. L. Cai, Y. He, M. Wu P.436

- Three-dimensional pursuer convoy by using guidance laws. S. Feng, W. Wang, H. Zhang P.442

- Intelligent optimal control system for ball mill grinding process. D. Zhao, T. Chai P.454

- Optimal control of thermoelastic beam vibrations by piezoelectric actuation. I. Sadek , M. Abukhaled P.463

- Global robust output regulation of lower triangular systems with nonlinear exosystems and its application. W. Sun P.468

- Nonsmooth identification of mechanical systems with backlash-like hysteresis. R. Dong, Y. Tan, D. He P.477

- Improved backstepping control for large angle maneuvers of spacecraft. K. Ma, J. Zhang, Y. Yang P.483

- Stability analysis of local swarms with attraction/repulsion force. L. Wang, H. Fang P.489

- An analysis on the airship dynamic model linearization. X. Lin, W. Lan P.495

- Control of nonholonomic systems with nonlinear unmeasured dynamics by output feedback. Y. Zhao, Y. Wu P.504

- Accurate estimation of the largest divergence rate for a class of the 3rd-order switched linear systems. J. Xiong, Z. Sun P.513

- Local nonlinear unknown input observer. R. B. Messaoud, M. Ksouri P.517

- Design of mixed H-two/H-infinity optimal control systems using multiobjective differential evolution algorithm. L. Wu, Y. Wang, S. Zhou, X. Yuan P.521



2.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

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


Control Engineering Practice

Volume 21, Issue 8


- J. Aracil, J.Á. Acosta, F. Gordillo, A nonlinear hybrid controller for swinging-up and stabilizing the Furuta pendulum, Pages 989-993

- Tore Hägglund, A unified discussion on signal filtering in PID control, Pages 994-1006

- D.I. Andrianov, C. Manzie, M.J. Brear, Spark ignition engine control strategies for minimising cold start fuel consumption under cumulative tailpipe emissions constraints, Pages 1007-1019

- J. Pascual, J. Romera, V. Puig, G. Cembrano, R. Creus, M. Minoves, Operational predictive optimal control of Barcelona water transport network Pages 1020-1034

- Maxime Debert, Guillaume Colin, Gérard Bloch, Yann Chamaillard, An observer looks at the cell temperature in automotive battery packs, Pages 1035-1042

- Zachary T. Dydek, Anuradha M. Annaswamy, Eugene Lavretsky, Adaptive configuration control of multiple UAVs, Pages 1043-1052

- Ali Jazayeri, Mahdi Tavakoli, Absolute stability analysis of sampled-data scaled bilateral teleoperation systems, Pages 1053-1064

- P. Simplício, M.D. Pavel, E. van Kampen, Q.P. Chu, An acceleration measurements-based approach for helicopter nonlinear flight control using Incremental Nonlinear Dynamic Inversion, Pages 1065-1077

- Tomaž Lukman, Giovanni Godena, Jeff Gray, Marjan Hericko, Stanko Strmcnik, Model-driven engineering of process control software – beyond device-centric abstractions, Pages 1078-1096

- M. Hilairet, M. Ghanes, O. Béthoux, V. Tanasa, J-P. Barbot, D. Normand-Cyrot, A passivity-based controller for coordination of converters in a fuel cell system, Pages 1097-1109

- S. Kuiper, P.M.J. Van den Hof, G. Schitter, Integrated design of the feedback controller and topography estimator for atomic force microscopy, Pages 1110-1120

- L.S.L. Fernandes, F.C. Moraes Filho, J.B.A. Paulo, J.A. Oliveira, Gain scheduling adaptive control applied to a particular mixer-settler equipment, Pages 1121-1127

- Shen Gang, Zhu Zhen-Cai, Zhang Lei, Tang Yu, Yang Chi-fu, Zhao Jin-song, Liu Guang-da, Han Jun-Wei, Adaptive feed-forward compensation for hybrid control with acceleration time waveform replication on electro-hydraulic shaking table, Pages 1128-1142

- J. Ghommam, H. Mehrjerdi, M. Saad, Robust formation control without velocity measurement of the leader robot, Pages 1143-1156



2.5 Contents: Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev, piam@bsu.az


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- В.Г. Karnaukhov. REVIEW of the monograph “Non stationary viscous-elastic waves” by M.Kh. Ilyasov, Baku, - 2011. – p.330



2.6 CFP: Journal of Process Control

Contributed by: Youqing Wang, wang.youqing@ieee.org


CFP: Special Issue on Latest Updates of Iterative Learning Control and Their Applications



Iterative learning control (ILC) can “learn” from experience to improve its control performance, and it plays an important role in processes with certain repetitive nature. Contributions are invited for a special issue of the JOURNAL OF PROCESS CONTROL devoted to the subject of latest updates of iterative learning control and their applications. The purpose of this special issue is to document the current status of research and application in this field, through a collection of original high-quality papers.


Only contributions that contain boththeoretical contributions and relevant application results will be considered. Topics of interests include but are not limited to:

•ILC design for systems with stochastic noises

•ILC design with batch-varying references

•Indirect ILC for nonlinear systems

•Performance assessment for ILC

•Point-to-point ILC design


It is required that all contributions have experimental results or at least realistic simulation studies. Contributions must be prepared in accordance with the Journal of Process Control standards. Prospective authors are advised to consult the “Guide for Authors” prior to submitting a paper: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/30445/authorinstructions. Contributions should be submitted via http://ees.elsevier.com/jprocont/. Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or be under review for publication elsewhere. The expected time schedule for this special issue:


1. Before September 30: Submission of manuscript following JPC guidelines.

2. Before December 31: Final decision on the manuscript (including possible revision and re-review).


All manuscripts will follow the existing review practice to meet the standards of the Journal of Process Control.


Guest Editors:

Youqing Wang

College of Information Science and Technology

Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Beijing, 100029, China



Furong Gao

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong




2.7 CFP: Journal of Process Control      

Contributed by: Martha Grover, martha.grover@chbe.gatech.edu


Contributed papers are solicited for a special section in the Journal of Process Control on the control of micro- and nano-scale assembly.


The control of a large number of small particles into ordered structures can enable novel optical, mechanical, and electronic properties, but the practical difficulties of real-time sensing, actuation, and dynamic modeling limit current practice. For example:

- Typically, nano- and micro-scale assembly systems have many fewer actuators than particles, limiting the controllability of the system. However, when the particles are indistinguishable, it may still be possible to drive the system toward a desired structure.

- Sensing is also challenging, due to the slow speed and invasive nature of scanning probe imaging methods and the limited information provided by noninvasive optical methods.

- The system dynamics are typically nonlinear and stochastic, as well as high-dimensional; this makes model generation and validation more difficult, and also limits the applicability of many existing controller design techniques.


Original research contributions are invited, as well as tutorial or review papers.


Papers are due by November 1, 2013, and should be submitted online:



Send questions to Martha Grover at martha.grover@chbe.gatech.edu.



2.8  CFP: Asian Journal of Control

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



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

A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control



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


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


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

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

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

•Role of the HOSVD based canonical form in polytopic modeling 

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



Guest Editors:

Prof. Péter Baranyi

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

Email: baranyi@sztaki.mta.hu


Prof. Yeung Yam

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Email: yyam@mae.cuhk.edu.hk


Important Dates:


Deadline for submissions August 31, 2013

Completion of First Review October 31, 2013

Completion of Final Review February 28, 2014

Receipt of Final Manuscript March 31, 2014

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


How to submit:


Potential authors are encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript (in PDF format) through the journal’s online submission website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/asjc.

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



Professor Li-Chen Fu

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

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

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


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




2.9  CFP: Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics

Contributed by: Mitsuhiro Hayashibe, Mitsuhiro.Hayashibe@inria.fr


CFP: Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics

Special Issue on "Biosignal processing and computational methods to enhance sensory motor neuroprosthetics"



Deadline for abstract submission: 01 Oct 2013

Deadline for full article submission: 01 Feb 2014


Scope and purposes:

Though there have been many developments in sensory/motor prosthetics, they have not yet reached the level of standard and worldwide use like pacemakers and cochlear implants. One challenging issue in motor prosthetics is the large variety of patient situations, which depending on the type of neurological disorder. To improve neuroprosthetic performance beyond the current limited use of such systems, robust bio-signal processing and model-based control involving actual sensory motor state (with biosignal feedback) would bring about new modalities and applications, and could be a breakthrough toward adaptive neuroprosthetics. Recent advances of Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) now enable patients to transmit their intention of movement. However, the functionality and controllability of motor prosthetics itself can be further improved to take advantage of BCI interfaces.


In this Research Topic we welcome contribution of original research articles, computational and experimental studies, review articles, and methodological advances related to biosignal processing that may enhance the functionality of sensory motor neuroprosthetics. The scope of this topic includes, but is not limited to, studies aimed at enhancing:

1) computational biosignal processing in EMG (Electromyography), EEG (Electroencephalography), and other modalities of biofeedback information;

2) the computational method in modeling and control of sensory motor neuroprosthetics;

3) the systematic functionality aiming to provide solutions for specific pathological movement disorders;

4) human interfaces such as BCI - but in the case of BCI study, manuscripts should be experimental studies which are applied to sensory/motor neuroprosthetics in patients with motor disabilities.


Guest Editors:

Mitsuhiro Hayashibe, INRIA, France

David Guiraud, Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique, France

Dario Farina, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany

Jose L. Pons, CSIC, Spain




3. Conferences 


3.1  International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems  

Contributed by: Your Name: Changan Jiang, c.a.jiang@nagoya.riken.jp



September 25-27, 2013 – Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang, China.



It is our pleasure to announce the 2013 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems (ICAMechS2013), which will be held in Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang, China from September 25-27, 2013, sponsored by International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems (IJAMechS), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Henan University of Science and Technology, International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control, The Institute of Complex Medical Engineering, and cooperation with Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers. It provides an international forum for professionals, academics, and researchers to present latest developments from interdisciplinary theoretical studies, computational algorithm development and applications of mechatronic systems. It particularly welcomes those emerging methodologies and techniques which bridge theoretical studies and applications in all mechatronic systems. Novel quantitative engineering and science studies may be considered as well.


Important Dates

-Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2013

-Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2013

-Camera-ready copy due: August 25, 2013


Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit six (6) pages, A4 paper size, two-column format PDF file, complete papers. Detailed and updated information on the paper style as well as templates for MS Word and Latex may be found at the website of ICAMechS2013. All accepted conference papers will be included in the IEEE Xplore, and then can be indexed by EI Compendex.


We look forward to welcoming you in Luoyang, China.

General Chairs: Mingcong Deng, Zongxiao Yang, Hongnian Yu, and Mengchu Zhou



3.2  IFAC World Congress 

Contributed by: Kristen Tremeer, kristen@ifac2014.org




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



You are invited to submit original papers covering the broad spectrum of topics in Automation and Control spanned by IFAC; papers should be of high quality in accordance with the tradition of previous IFAC World Congresses.


Please download the Call for Papers from the congress website: www.ifac2014.org/assets/pdf/IFAC-CALL-FOR-PAPERS-web.pdf


Submission Instructions


Papers and all other proposals must be submitted electronically using the IFAC PaperPlaza Conference Manuscript Management System: www.ifac.papercept.net

All submissions must be in PDF format, written in English, and prepared according to the IFAC format.

Please visit www.ifac.papercept.net/conferences/manuals/authorgetstarted.pdf for detailed instructions.


Registration Fee Information

Two papers will be allowed per full registration fee and one per student registration fee.


Pre-Congress Workshops And Tutorials.

You are invited to submit a proposal for the pre-congress workshops and tutorials which will inform participants about the state of the art in specific areas of interest to the IFAC community.


Extended Abstracts

The congress will accept a limited number of papers based on extended abstracts, to encourage participation from industry and from colleagues outside the traditional academic control community. These abstracts will typically be two pages in length and will be subject to peer review. Authors will present in technical or interactive sessions but the papers will not appear in the congress proceedings.


Important Dates to Note

June 1, 2103 Call for Papers issued and submission site opens

October, 2013 Registration opens

October 30, 2013 Deadline for the submission of:

• full draft contributed/invited/industrial papers

• invited session proposals

• pre-Congress tutorials and workshops proposals

• panel discussion session proposals

February 14, 2014 Notification of acceptance

March 3, 2014 Preliminary programme announcement

March 31, 2014 Deadline for final submissions

April 18, 2014 Final programme announcement

August 23-24, 2014 Pre-Congress tutorials and workshops

August 24-29, 2014 IFAC 2014


If you have any questions, please contact the IFAC 2014 Congress Secretariat on info@ifac2014.org



3.3 International Conference on Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com


ICNPAA 2014 World Congress:

Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace

Narvik University, Norway

July 15, 2014 – July 18, 2014


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


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

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


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


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

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




4. Workshops


4.1 Workshop On Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings

Contributed by: Nuno Pereira, nap@isep.ipp.pt


BuildSys 2013

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

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



We solicit the following types of original submissions:

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

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


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


** Workshop Theme

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


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


** Topics of Interest

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


We are particularly interested in contributions related to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


** Important Dates

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

Notification: September 15, 2013

Camera Ready: October 7, 2013

Workshop and Demo Session: November 14-15, 2013


** Organization

General Chair:

Karl Henrik Johansson, KTH, Sweden


Steering Committee:

Mario Bergés, CMU, US (Chair)

Alberto Cerpa, University of California Merced, US

David Culler, University of Berkeley, US

Rajesh K. Gupta ,UC San Diego, US

Antonio Ruzzelli, University College Dublin, US

Mani Srivastava, UCLA, US

Kamin Whitehouse, University of Virginia, US


Technical Program Co-Chairs:

Michael R Brambley, Pacific Northwest National Lab., US

Prashant Shenoy, U. of Massachusetts Amherst, US


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


Web Chair: Jose Araujo, KTH, Sweden


To subscribe to BuildSys2013 directly: http://www.cister-isep.info/pommo/user/




4.2 Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems 

Contributed by: Kerstin Funke, funke@atp.rub.de


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

September 25th - 26th 2013

Koblenz, Germany




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


Following the practice of previous NecSys workshops, the workshop is organized in a single track including the following 9 invited plenary presentations :

• Moritz Diehl, KU Leuven, Belgium " Experiences with distributed dynamic optimization for estimation and control"

• Patrick Thiran, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland "From gossip to voting"

• João Pedro Hespanha, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA "Stochastic networked control systems"

• Cristián Luis Huepe Minoletti, Northwestern University, USA "Networks, complexity, and emergence in music"

• Jürgen Kurths, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany "Synchronization in dynamical systems and complex networks and its application"

• Malcolm C. Smith, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom "Network synthesis and the inerter mechanical device: new possibilities for passive control"

• Paulo Tabuada, University of California at Los Angeles, USA "Event-triggered and self-triggered control in wired and wireless control systems"

• Thilo Gross, University of Bristol, United Kingdom "Collective decision making in humans, locusts, and fish"

• Vincent D. Blondel, University of Louvain, Belgium "Complex networks: communities, control and mobile phone networks"


Additionally, the workshop program includes 4 interactive poster sessions of 63 contributed papers.


The full technical program can be found at https://ifac.papercept.net/conferences/conferences/ECNS13/program/


Early registration deadline: July 15, 2013

Please visit the conference website www.necsys2013.ruhr-uni-bochum.de for more information and for details on registration.


Program Co-Chairs:

Maurice Heemels, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Bart De Schutter, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Conference Chair:

Jan Lunze, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany



4.3 Fault Diagnosis, Fault-tolerant Control, and Cooperative Control of Manned and Unmanned Systems

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


ECC 2013 Pre-Conference Workshop on "Fault Diagnosis, Fault-tolerant Control, and Cooperative Control of Manned and Unmanned Systems"


Welcome to the following Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop #4 to be offered at the 2013 European Control Conference (ECC 2013), Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, July 16, 2013: "Fault Diagnosis, Fault-tolerant Control, and Cooperative Control of Manned and Unmanned Systems"


Organizers and Speakers: Youmin Zhang (Concordia University, Canada), YangQuan Chen (University of California, Merced, USA), Christopher Edwards (University of Exeter, UK), Philippe Goupil (Airbus, France), Qinglei Hu (Harbin Institute of Technology, China), Hugh H.-T. Liu (University of Toronto, Canada), Andres Marcos (DEIMOS-SPACE S.L., Spain), Vicenç Puig (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain), Didier Theilliol (University of Lorraine, France), Antonios Tsourdos (Cranfield University, UK)


Unmanned systems including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems (UAVs or UAS), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) etc are gaining more and more attention during the last a few years due to their important contribution and cost-effective application in several tasks such as surveillance, search, rescue missions, geographic studies, military and security applications. Health management and fault-tolerant control of manned aerial vehicles have a long history since the initial research on self-repairing flight control systems in US Air Force and NASA begun in mid-1980s. However, due to safety of manned aerial vehicles to the pilot, experimental test and further practical research and development have been bounded due to such constraints. Benefited from the recent and significant advance and development of UAVs, development and application of fault-tolerant control as well as cooperative control techniques have been emerged and developed quickly in recent years, since UAVs provide a cheap and operative experimental test-bed for development, implementation, and testing the latest developed fault-tolerant and cooperative guidance, navigation and control techniques. Based on the experiences gained by the 12 different participating organizations ranging from academic institutions, research organization, and industry of the leading groups in Canada, USA, France, Spain, UAE, and UK, the workshop will demonstrate the state-of-the-art techniques and development in health management, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant guidance, navigation and control, safety and reliability, as well as multi-vehicle cooperative guidance, navigation and control techniques.


In this workshop, overview of past, current and future research activities and research outcomes on the health management, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant control, and cooperative control applications with emphasis to UAVs, civilian aircraft and spacecraft will be presented, which include quadrotor rotary and fixed-wing UAVs etc. Linear and nonlinear techniques for modeling, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant control, path and trajectory planning/re-planning, cooperative/formation flight guidance, navigation and control, based on a quadrotor helicopter UAV and several fixed-wing aircraft and UAVs testbeds will be presented in the workshop. Furthermore, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant control, and cooperative control strategies development with practical application scenarios on persistent surveillance and coverage control with multiple unmanned systems will be presented. Multiple UAS operations toward verifiable autonomy and assessment of the potential insertion of UAS in the air transportation will also be discussed.


Audience will gain information and knowledge on the latest development and applications on the active research topics in health management, fault detection and diagnosis, fault-tolerant control and cooperative control of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles by world-leading researchers from both academia and industry.


The registration is open to all students and researchers.


Workshop website at ECC13: http://www.ecc13.ch/workshops.html#w4

Registration website: http://www.ecc13.ch/register_conference.html


Please see more details also at following websites:

Workshop website at Canada: http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~ymzhang/ECC2013_Workshop.htm

Workshop website at France: http://www.ecc-2013.cran.univ-lorraine.fr/



4.3  Research and Development on Fault Diagnosis, Fault-Tolerant and Cooperative Control with Applications to Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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


CCC 2013 Pre-Conference Workshop #2 on "Research and Development on Fault Diagnosis, Fault-Tolerant and Cooperative Control with Applications to Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems"


Welcome to the following Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshop #2 to be offered at The 32nd Chinese Control Conference (CCC 2013), Xi’an, China, Thursday, July 25, 2013: "Research and Development on Fault Diagnosis, Fault-Tolerant and Cooperative Control with Applications to Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems".


Lecturer: Youmin Zhang (Concordia University, Canada)


Abstract: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) are gaining more and more attention during the last few years due to their important contributions and cost-effective applications in several tasks such as sense, surveillance, reconnaissance, border patrol, search and rescue, flood, earthquake and other natural disasters aids, and forest fire, power line and pipeline monitoring, military and security missions, or under circumstances where it is highly risky for human pilots to be physically involved. On the other hand, health management, fault detection and diagnosis, and fault-tolerant control of manned aerial vehicles have a long history since the initial research on self-repairing flight control systems in US Air Force and NASA begun in mid-1980s. However, due to safety concern of manned aerial vehicles to the pilot, experimental tests and further practical research and development have been limited. Benefited from the recent and significant advance and development of UAVs, development and application of autonomous, fault-tolerant, as well as cooperative control techniques have been emerged and developed quickly in recent years, since UAVs provide a cheap and operative experimental testbed for development, implementation, testing and validation of the newly developed autonomous, fault-tolerant, as well as cooperative guidance, navigation and control techniques. Such an active research and development was also mainly motivated by the new or emerging applications of UAVs to the above-mentioned applications with lower cost.


In this tutorial, a brief and historical review on the research and development of Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) and Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC) techniques in manned aircraft systems will be presented firstly; then the challenges and opportunities on autonomy, fault-tolerant control, and cooperative control of single and multiple unmanned aircraft systems will be given secondly; and finally the latest developments and current research works in this active research and development area with applications examples to manned/unmanned fixed-wing and quadrotor helicopter UAV testbeds developed at the Diagnosis, Flight Control and Simulation Lab (DFCSL) and Networked Autonomous Vehicles Lab (NAVL) of Concordia University will be introduced. Linear and nonlinear techniques for modeling, FDD, FTC, path and trajectory planning/re-planning, cooperative/formation flight guidance, navigation and control, based on a set of quadrotor helicopter UAVs and fixed-wing aircraft/UAV testbeds, will be presented in the tutorial. Furthermore, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant control, and cooperative control strategies development with practical application scenarios on surveillance and coverage control with multiple unmanned systems will also be presented, together with demonstration of the experimental flight-testing videos.


The registration is open to all students and researchers.


Workshop website at CCC13: http://ccc.amss.ac.cn/2013/en/workshops




5. Positions


5.1   PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

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


Ph.D. position: “Iceberg and sea ice drift estimation and prediction”


A Ph.D. scholarship is offered within the area of “Iceberg and sea ice drift estimation and prediction” at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics(http://www.ntnu.no/itk/english), Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).


Offshore operations related to oil and gas production are entering ice-infested regions in the Arctic. These operations must take into account incoming drift of ice, either in the form of icebergs, or sea ice, or both, depending on location and time of year. A system must be devised for prediction of ice drift, for the operation to take timely appropriate action (for ice or iceberg management, change of vessel heading, disconnect, etc.). This system will likely be based on estimation, that is, models of ice drift updated by information integrated from various sources and sensor systems, such as satellite, radar, sensor buoys, deployed sensor nodes, metocean data from other sources, etc. The task of the candidate is to develop such a system in a Moving Horizon Estimation framework using numerical optimization.


The Ph.D.-project is partially funded by, and will be run in close cooperation with Statoil ASA, the world’s largest offshore oil and gas operator, which has significant activities in the Arctics. It is aimed for experimental work to be carried out in polar regions. The project will tie in with activities in the IME Faculty’s research project, “CAMOS – Coastal and Arctic Maritime Operations and Surveillance”.


Applicants must have relevant education as M.Sc. in control engineering, engineering cybernetics, applied mathematics with specialization in numerical optimization or similar and documented qualification as required of doctoral students at NTNU. Experience and specialization within relevant topics such as ice drift and/or metocean modeling, marine hydrodynamics, state- and parameter estimation including Kalman filtering, moving horizon estimation and model predictive control, numerical software for optimization should be documented in the application, and will be given emphasis. In addition to documented excellent qualifications, personal qualities and strong motivation for a research career is important.


Deadline: August 8th.


More information, including application procedure: http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=94903 .



5.2 PhD: Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Contributed by: Didier Henrion, henrion@laas.fr


We are seeking candidates for a 3-year PhD position under the supervision of Didier Henrion (LAAS-CNRS University of Toulouse, FR and Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, CZ) and Martin Hromcik (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, CZ) on the topic of polynomial optimization for systems control with aerospace applications. The PhD position is funded by a grant of the Czech Science Foundation (GACR), with a monthly salary of approx. 20000 CZK after taxes. The applicant is expected to reside in Prague, and travel occasionally to Toulouse.


Interested candidates are advised to send a detailed curriculum vitae and a motivation letter to 

Didier Henrion <henrion@laas.fr> and Martin Hromcik <xhromcik@fel.cvut.cz>



5.3  M.S./PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA     

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, tansel.yucelen@ae.gatech.edu


We are searching for two exceptional M.S. and/or Ph.D. students with a background in dynamical systems and controls.

These students are expected to perform research at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, on the areas of:


(1) Autonomous Systems

(2) Multivehicle/Multiagent Systems

(3) Robotics and Learning


Our intention is to give a strong guidance in order to maximize the changes of our students of building a rewarding research career.

If you are interested in joining our group, please send an email to tansel.yucelen@ae.gatech.edu including (1) your background, (2) your theoretical/experimental strengths and interests, (3) your resume, and (4) one (or two) publication(s) of yours.


Tansel Yucelen, Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Missouri University of Science and Technology



5.4  PhD: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

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


PhD: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland


Title: Smart Building Networks (BuildNet)


The BuildNet program will develop predictive control methods to optimally manage the aggregate electrical consumption, storage and production of a large network of smart buildings in order to offer various electric utility applications that will be critical to the operation of the greener European grid in coming years.


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


The ideal PhD candidate will have a background and interest in control systems, optimization and/or power systems.

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

To Apply: Fill in the form provided by the doctoral program in Electrical Engineering (www: phd.epfl.ch), and then email the completed application package directly to Colin Jones (colin.jones@epfl.ch)



5.5  Post-Doc: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

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


Title: Smart Building Networks (BuildNet)


The BuildNet program will develop predictive control methods to optimally manage the aggregate electrical consumption, storage and production of a large network of smart buildings in order to offer various electric utility applications that will be critical to the operation of the greener European grid in coming years.


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

Two PostDocs are sought with a background in one or more of: smart grids, optimal building control, distributed control, large-scale distributed optimization, predictive control and/or operations research as applied to power systems. Outstanding candidates with only a partial match to this list are encouraged to apply.

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

To Apply: Contact Prof. Jones (colin.jones@epfl.ch) with: Motivation letter, CV, list of publications and a list of references



5.6  Post-Doc: Sentinel Photonics, USA

Contributed by: Emily Tenenbaum, etenenbaum@sentinelphotonics.com


Sentinel Photonics is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with electrical/computer/systems engineering expertise to join our team through the ASEE NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship Program. The researcher will focus on developing embedded systems and firmware for laser spectroscopy based gas sensors which have applications in environmental air quality and climate change monitoring.


Sentinel Photonics is a startup technology company near Princeton, NJ, situated between New York City and Philadelphia. As a member of the Sentinel team, you will have a direct role in developing a new class of gas sensors and building Sentinel Photonics into a major greentech company.


Desired Skills:

Embedded Systems Programming (C, assembly) with a heavy optimization focus

VHDL and/or Verilog, experience with FPGAs

PCB design

Analog and RF circuit design

Switch mode power supply design

Control Systems

Parallel systems

Advanced knowledge of MATLAB, LabVIEW


Main Tasks:

Development of power efficient sensor control, acquisition, and data processing systems

Performance analysis/optimization/compensation of power and control systems

Develop novel signal processing algorithms targeting efficiency



- US Citizen or Permanent Resident at time of application

- Possess Ph.D. the time of fellowship in electrical engineering, computer science, or related field, earned within seven years of the date of application

- Anticipated Ph.D. candidates may apply but may not start until the degree is received

- Not have received a prior postdoctoral fellowship in a corporate laboratory for a term of more than six months.

- Member of an underrepresented group (Woman, Hispanic, African-American, American Indian, Native Alaskan, physically disabled) preferable but not required. Please indicate in your application.


If you would like to apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a 1-2 paragraph explanation of your interest to jobs@sentinelphotonics.com


Health benefits are available through the fellowship, and annual salary is $75,000. The position is for one year initially, and renewable for an additional year.


More information about Sentinel Photonics and the ASEE NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship Program is available at:





5.7  Post-Doc: IFP New Energy, France

Contributed by: Mongi BEN GAID, mongi.ben-gaid@ifpen.fr


The Technology, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Division of IFP New Energy has a vacancy for a Post-Doctoral position on the "Automatic parallelization and resolution of hybrid ODE/DAE systems using Modelica and FMI". This position will be conducted within the ITE2 project MODRIO.


The objective of the MODRIO project is to extend modeling and simulation tools based on open standards from system design to system operation. The major outcome will be a holistic modeling and simulation framework for physical system design, diagnosis and operation assistance. This environment will be based on computing technology developed in Europe (Modelica, FMI).

One challenge is to allow the execution in real-time for system operation of multiphysics, dynamical system-level models of large scale. These models are usually described as sets of hybrid ODEs or DAEs. Current resolution approaches are unable to guarantee a good comprise between numerical stability and computational efficiency especially in terms of expected speedup of parallelization.

The objective of this postdoctoral position is to develop efficient parallelization and resolution techniques for hybrid ODEs and DAEs systems written in Modelica. These techniques will be evaluated both in terms of speed up factor and in terms of simulation accuracy compared to simulation with sequential well known solvers as Dassl or Lsodar. This work will rely on the FMI execution infrastructure developed at IFPEN, that needs to be extended for that purpose. These techniques will be finally applied to energy optimization of an intelligent communicating vehicle fleet.

This development will be tied with a work thesis already running on and undertaken in collaboration with a research team currently working on this subject.

Applicants should have completed (or be near to completion) a PhD degree in the areas of real-time computing, applied mathematics, electrical engineering or closely related disciplines. Useful skills would include C/C++ programming.

The appointment is for a period of one year, with the possibility of extension for up to a year. This postdoctoral position is located in Rueil-Malmaison near Paris.

To apply please send a cover letter, including a detailed resume (CV), a statement of research interest and goals and the e-mail addresses of three referees.


Contacts: mongi.ben-gaid@ifpen.fr, jean.brac@ifpen.fr and nicolas.pernet@ifpen.fr



5.8   Post-Doc: RICE,  Czech Republic

Contributed by: Vaclav Smidl, vsmidl@rice.zcu.cz


Several postdoc positions are currently available in a new research center RICE, Pilsen, Czech Republic. The center runs a number of projects on smart drives, smart grids and intelligent transportation systems. The scope of all projects is broad, and thus the postdoc will have an opportunity to steer his focus to fit his expertise and research interest within the limits of the project. Potential topics of focus are:

- model analysis of uncertain systems such as AC drives and grid components,

- fault detection and isolation methods,

- advanced system identification techniques (particle filtering, Bayesian methods),

- advanced adaptive or dual control techniques (e.g. sensorless control of the drive),

- computational issues of control and identification techniques,

- control of transportation system (drives and high level control),

- motion control and robotics.


Successful candidates should have:

- a Ph.D. (or will graduate soon) in Control theory, Applied mathematics, Electrical or Mechanical engineering (or related discipline)

- good understanding of systems & control theory, optimization theory, and familiarity with electrical systems

- good publication record, including impact factor journals,

- personal interest in the studied topic and motivation to contribute to the field


About the employer:

RICE is a new EU funded R&D center with research budget over 80 mil. EUR. The team has excellent R&D infrastructure (which is continuously enhanced mostly via funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)), experimental conditions and unique industrial background. The postdoc is going to participate in a joint project of the academia and renowned industrial partners which will secure industrialization of the achieved R&D results.


Contact person for applicants:


Dr. Vaclav Smidl,

RICE, UWB Pilsen, Univeriztni 8, CZECH REPUBLIC




5.9  Research associate: University of New South Wales, Australia

Contributed by: Ian Petersen, i.r.petersen@gmail.com




Research Associate in Electrical Engineering (2 positions)

(Three-Year Fixed-term).

Salary: Level A Step 7


The School of Engineering and Information Technology is seeking suitable applicants to fill two positions commencing 25 November 2013.


As a key member of the research team, the Research associate will undertake research on Consensus, Estimation and Control in Complex Large-Scale Quantum Systems. It is expected that the results of the successful applicant’s research will be presented at high quality international conferences and published in international journals.


Applicants should have a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a related discipline and have a promising record of research publications.

Full details of the positions including how to apply and the closing date for applications will be available on the web site http://hr.unsw.adfa.edu.au/_form/index.php within the next few weeks.


The position is located at the UNSW Canberra campus. For further inquiries regarding the project, please contact: Prof Ian Petersen I.Petersen@adfa.edu.au



5.10  Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School,Shenzhen, China

Contributed by: Ms.zhao, scc.hitsz@gmail.com


Faculty Positions in Systems and Control

Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation


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


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


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

Ms. Zhao

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation

HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town

Xili, Shenzhen

Guangdong P.R. China 518055



5.11  Safety & Fault Tolerance Engineers: Eaton Corporation, USA and Czech Republic

Contributed by: Ankur Ganguli, AnkurGanguli@eaton.com


Eaton Corporation  has multiple open positions in the area of Safety & Fault Tolerance Engineering:

• Manager, Research & Technology - Safety & Fault Tolerance in Eden Prairie Minnesota United States



• Lead Engineer – Safety & Fault Tolerance in Eden Prairie Minnesota or Southfield MI United States



• Safety & Fault Tolerance Engineer in Roztoky Czech Republic



To learn about these positions and apply follow the links or send your resume directly to the hiring manager, Dr. Ankur Ganguli at ankurganguli@eaton.com



5.12 Control and Software Engineers:  Intuitive Surgical Inc, USA

Contributed by: James Zhang, James.Zhang@intusurg.com


Intuitive Surgical, the leader in surgical robots, has the following full time openings in its Sunnyvale, CA headquarter. If you have experience in the following areas and are interested in playing a role in developing next-generation surgical robots, then please send your cover letter and resume to James.Zhang@intusurg.com Thanks.


1, Systems Analyst (Control Engineer)


Primary Function of Position:

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. produces the da Vinci® Surgical System, a minimally invasive robotic surgery system that uses proprietary software control, advanced mechanics, and enhanced visualization to extend surgical technique and precision beyond the limits of the human hand.

Systems Analysts perform a vital and wide-ranging role in Intuitive’s product development. They are primarily responsible for generating, debugging and tuning the algorithms associated with Intuitive Surgical products. They provide analytic assistance to other engineering groups, such as modal analysis of new mechanisms or communications protocol design for new electrical hardware. Their role in user interface design requires a detailed familiarity with clinical issues and an ability to perceive products from a customer’s perspective.

The Systems Analyst will investigate and resolve design issues that impact the performance of systems in the field or design issues related to the manufacturing process. The successful candidate will have both the technical depth to resolve complex control algorithm issues and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team to troubleshoot to root cause higher level system issues. A strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward is required as well as a commitment to high product quality.


Roles and Responsibilities:

• Resolve design issues related to instrument or robot mechanics, electro-mechanical controls, and software.

• Investigate and determine root cause of both latent and emerging defects in the existing population of deployed systems

• Tasks are related to issues found in the field or Manufacturing that require engineering investigation and redesign, including formal design verification testing

• Work in cross-functional teams to ensure all issues related to a design change are understood in advance of implementation

• Develop, implement, test and document solutions for issues according to corporate standard and departmental operating procedures


Skill/Job Requirements:

This position represents a core competitive capability for Intuitive. Specific requirements for the position are:

• Doctorate in CS, EE, ME, or similar, or commensurate industrial experience

• Strong educational emphasis on control theory and practice

• Expertise in the modeling and compensation for

o Time delay

o Drive-train friction losses

o Mechanical hysteresis and back-lash

o Non-co-located sensors and actuators

• Demonstration of a rigorous experimental methodology

• Expertise in the practical implementation of tele-robotic systems, (e.g. experience with real time control systems, multi-tasking, embedded operating systems, etc.)

• An interest in the medical applications of haptics, robotics and machine vision

• Strong ability to isolate and debug mechanical, embedded hardware and software problems

• Ability to communicate effectively across all levels and organizations

• Ability to build and maintain relationships across supported organizations

• Excellent communication (written, oral), presentation and documentation skills

• A passion for creating robust and reliable products


2, Systems Analyst (Robotics Controls Engineer)

Primary Function of Position:

Systems Analysts at Intuitive Surgical perform a central role in the design, development, and support of new products in the daVinci Surgery product line. Systems Analysts are primarily responsible for the user interface, safety systems, and control algorithms for new surgical robots and surgical instruments. This responsibility crosses into electrical, mechanical, software, control, user interface, and safety engineering where all the subsystems are integrated together. Systems Analysts strive to provide early design input, quickly prove out new designs, and seek out solutions to subtle and challenging problems in system integration. Responsibilities continue until the products are shipping to customers with the highest quality and reliability.


Roles and Responsibilities

This position has responsibility and authority for:

• Build elegant man-machine interfaces for complex systems that enable enhanced clinical capability.

• Facilitate mechanical, hardware, and software integration of new prototypes and new products including complete systems, individual manipulators, instruments, and user interface.

• Create control algorithms for surgical robots and instruments.

• Analyze complex electro-mechanical devices for dynamic safety and clinical risk.

• Create safety monitoring algorithms based on sound physics.

• Participate in clinical observations and experiments to ensure that performance requirements are relevant and realistic.

• Document and pursue intellectual property.

• Communicate system performance to the organization as a whole.

• Improve group work-flow through tool building and teaching others.

Competency Requirements

Competency is based on: education, training, skills and experience. In order to adequately perform the responsibilities of this position the individual must:

• Ph.D. in EE, ME or similar field relating to robotics or mechatronics.

• Outstanding candidates with Masters degrees will be considered.

• Proven record of integrating mechatronic systems.

• Facile with kinematics and dynamic systems modeling.

• Possess strong embedded C programming capabilities.

• Solid understanding and experience with implementing standard and modern servo control systems.

• Agile in failure analysis and root cause investigation.

• Experience with medical devices a plus.

• Be creative and able to generate a diversity of solutions to a problem as well as detailed discipline to narrow, refine, and execute a single solution in order to get through difficult challenges.

• Demonstrate excellent communication skills both written, verbal, and have the ability to clearly present to larger groups.

• Be excited by working on difficult problems with a dedicated team of high-energy, high-caliber people.

• Be self-motivated and work independently while simultaneously balancing broader team goals.


3, Sr. Software Engineer, NPI Diagnostic Engineering


Primary Function of Position:

The person in this position will perform a central role in the NPI Engineering team to develop the processes and software necessary to make possible the production of new Multiport Systems, Instruments, and Accessories. As a technical leader within the Diagnostic Engineering group, this person will work in conjunction with product development teams and Systems Analysts, Electrical Test Fixture Development, and Production Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Engineering to create a coherent, integrated production test process with debug and assembly aides.

The person in this role will be responsible for leading and significantly contributing to the development of the means to assure the kinematic performance and safety of the surgical robotic systems manufactured by Intuitive Surgical.


Roles and Responsibilities:

This position has responsibility and authority to:

• Acquire and maintain detailed understanding of each new product’s system level operation, control algorithms, safety systems, and user interfaces and develop the means to ensure their integrity in volume production.

• Play a lead role in developing comprehensive diagnostic test strategies for new system designs that include specific testability requirements and fault diagnostic aides.

• Determine requirements for on-board hardware, external hardware, component level diagnostics, calibration, and isolation diagnostics.

• As part of a design team, ensure designs meet testability requirements.

• Develop software aides to assist in prototype bring-up, design verification and validation

• Write embedded component-level diagnostics for use in engineering and production.

• Write embedded board-level diagnostics for use in system integration and field service

• Ensure FDA/GMP and ISO compliance through unit testing, peer reviews, and validation of software output.

• Support legacy hardware and software for other projects as needed.

• Do analysis on subsystem and system level functional tests, work on closing any gaps, and develop debug list or tree.

• Lead projects within group and/or with cross-functional teams focused on process and equipment improvements for production at large

• Team with product software, electronic hardware developers and manufacturing engineers to streamline diagnostic development and integration.

• Provide technical leadership for the integration of production test software with production equipment, test fixtures, and processes.

• Performing detailed analysis of manipulator kinematics, statics, and dynamics for multi-degree-of-freedom robotic manipulators.


Mandatory Skill/Job Requirements:

• A graduate degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, or Control Systems Engineering, or similar field relating to robotics or electro-mechanical systems.

• 5+ years’ experience in a development, manufacturing engineering/ test engineering/ diagnostics software or embedded software development.

• Strong embedded C/C++ programming skill and experience.

• Experience with Data Acquisition systems

• Understanding of electrical and electronic design

• Experience with software development for motion control.

• Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills.

• Good system level comprehension and issues identification skills.

• Excellent verbal, presentation and written communication skills with an ability to relate to different people in cross-functional teams.

• Self-starter, capable of defining the requirements and implementing them with little or no help.



• Proficient in some scripting languages like Python and JavaScript.

• Proficient in Visual Studio

• Experience with database

• Experience with NI or Copley Motion Control

• Experience with DLL development, Lab Windows CVI, Matlab.

• Experience with Make/Build

• Familiar with RFID or Near Field technology

• Experience in control systems development for robotics or electro-mechanical systems.

• Experience in Medical Device Manufacturing (GMP, MDD, ISO, etc.).

• Experience with Agile, SAP, JIRA, and/or MKS Integrity.

• Experience with real-time, multi-tasking, embedded operating.


4, Senior Embedded Software Engineer


Primary Function of Position:

The Senior Embedded Software Engineer will work with a group of talented and dedicated people to improve and extend Intuitive’s surgical robotic product lines. The successful candidate will contribute broadly to the Software System Group, with focused contribution on embedded software for da Vinci™ Surgical System products. As a member of the team, you will be involved in delivering features to the surgical customer by integrating complex functionality into complete surgical robot solutions, and seeing these through to product release. The successful candidate must excel in a high-energy small focused team environment, be able to drive to solutions from rough requirements, and have a commitment to high product quality. Quick learning and a desire to understand requirements and create solutions are essential to become a valuable integrator and system developer. A strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward is required, as is the ability to make work fun and interesting. Supporting you will be a development and management team that knows and cares about what you are doing, and wants you to succeed.


Roles and Responsibilities:

• Work on a cross-functional team to design, develop and verify embedded software in da Vinci™ Surgical System products.

• Create, document, implement, unit test, and help develop detailed software designs in an exciting and sophisticated robotic system

• Perform formal risk analysis and develop software mitigations

• Support definition, bring-up and integration of new custom PCAs and FPGA IP

• Contribute to multiple areas of software development for our distributed multi-processor systems, including but not limited to the following areas:

o Servo/motor hardware control and monitoring

o Inter-processor communication subsystem development

o Extension of current processing frameworks to new processors and hardware designs

o System diagnostic and service application development on Windows PCs

o User interface development

o Control and integration of external OEM devices

o SW build, change control, and development/test process improvement

o Development of research prototypes used to evaluate new product concepts

• Document according to Intuitive’s development guidelines

• SW Design Engineers have responsibility for ensuring that medical device designs meet product quality requirements and for compliance to the design control processes in the Quality Management System

• Contribute to the definition and specification of future designs


Skill/Job Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree in Software, Electrical, or Computer Engineering and 5-7 years of related experience, or a Master’s degree and 3-5 years of related experience.

• Experience with real-time, multi-tasking, embedded operating systems or other embedded real-time processing frameworks 

• Experience in motor control and robotics is particularly desirable

• Experience with the implementation of complex control algorithms into embedded systems

• Strong ability to isolate and debug embedded hardware and software problems

• Experience working on product-focused designs

• Demonstrated experience in and comfortable with all phases of the product development lifecycle including design, implementation, debug, verification, validation, and transfer to Manufacturing

• Experience with designing software products in an FDA or other regulated industry or for mission critical applications is desired; comfort with concepts of design input, design output, traceability, and risk analysis

• Hands-on engineering experience with proven ability to work well in a team environment.

• Excellent communication and documentation skills

• Interest in the medical applications of robotics

• A real excitement to learn and get to the bottom of tough technical problems

• A desire to deliver a quality and innovative product that improves many peoples lives


James Zhang, PhD

Sr System Analyst

Intuitive Surgical Inc

1250 Kifer Rd

Sunnyvale, CA 94086