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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control


2. Books

2.1 Command-control for Real-time Systems

2.2 Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms

2.3 Non-parametric Tuning of PID Controllers: A Modified Relay Feedback Test Approach


3. Journals

3.1 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

3.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

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

3.4 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal

3.5 CFP: European Journal of Control

3.6 CFP: American Journal of Systems Science 

3.7 CFP: Asian Journal of Control


4. Conferences

4.1  IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems

4.2  Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

4.3  International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems

4.4  European Control Conference

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


5. Workshops and Graduate Schools

5.1  International Workshop on Smart City: Control and Automation Perspectives

5.2  Workshop on Distributed Optimization in Large Networks and its Applications

5.3  International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers in Engineering Conference 

5.4  Workshop on Control of Uncertain Systems: Modelling, Approximation, and Design 

5.5  Elgersburg School Mathematical Systems Theory      

5.6  Workshop On Embedded Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings


6. Positions

6.1  PhD: Chalmers University, Sweden

6.2  PhD: CITCEA-UPC, Cinergia, and Alstom Wind, Spain

6.3  Post-Doc: Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

6.4  Post-Doc: Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates

6.5  Post-Doc: The University of Hong Kong

6.6  Post-Doc: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

6.7  Post-Doc: University of Bristol, UK

6.8  Research assistant/associate: University of Cambridge, UK

6.9  Faculty: Uppsala University, Sweden





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 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



- Dynamic Coalitional TU Games: Distributed Bargaining among Players' Neighbors. A. Nedich, D. Bauso p. 1363

- Fault Tolerant Control of Multi-Hop Control Networks. A. D'Innocenzo, M. D. Di Benedetto, E. Serra p. 1377

- Observability, Reconstructibility and State Observers of Boolean Control Networks. E. Fornasini, M. E. Valcher p. 1390

- Overcoming the Limitations of Utility Design for Multiagent Systems.J. Marden, A. Wierman p. 1402

- Maximizing Information in Unreliable Sensor Networks under Deadline and Energy Constraints. S. Hariharan, Z. Zheng, N. B. Shroff p. 1416

- Motion Planning for Kinematic Systems. N. Boizot, J-P. Gauthier p. 1430

- On the Value of Coordination and Delayed Queue Information in Multicellular Scheduling. A. Gopalan, C. Caramanis, S. Shakkottai p. 1443

- Bode-like Integral for Continuous-Time Closed-Loop Systems in the Presence of Limited Information. D. Li, N. Hovakimyan p. 1457

- Follow the Bouncing Ball: Global Results on Tracking and State Estimation with Impacts. F. Forni, A. R. Teel, L. Zaccarian p. 1470

- Symmetric Formulation of the S-Procedure, Kalman-Yakubovich-Popov Lemma and Their Exact Losslessness Conditions. T. Tanaka, C. Langbort p. 1486

- A Nonstochastic Information Theory for Communication and State Estimation. G. N. Nair p. 1497

- Robust Synchronization of Uncertain Linear Multi-Agent Systems. H. L. Trentelman, K. Takaba, N. Monshizadeh p. 1511


Technical Notes and Correspondence

- Control-theoretic Forward Error Analysis of Iterative Numerical Algorithms. A. Hasan, E. C. Kerrigan, G. A. Constantinides p. 1524

- Observer Design for Nonlinear Systems Under Unknown Time-varying Delays. M. Ghanes, J. De Leon Morales, J. P. Barbot p. 1529

- An Approximate Dual Subgradient Algorithm for Multi-agent Non-convex Optimization. M. Zhu, S. Martinez p. 1534

- Dynamics Modeling and Tracking Control of Robot Manipulators in Random Vibration Environment. M. Cui, X-J. Xie, Z. Wu p. 1540

- Sufficient and Necessary LMI Conditions for Robust Stability of Rationally Time-Varying Uncertain Systems. G. Chesi p. 1546

- Optimal Linear Filters for Discrete-Time Systems with Randomly Delayed and Lost Measurements with/without Time Stamps. S. Sun p. 1551

- Dynamic Versus Static Weighting of Lyapunov Functions. L. Praly, D. Carnevale, A. Astolfi p.1557

- Stochastic Integration Filter. J. Dunik, O. Straka, M. Simandl p. 1561

- H-infinity Control for Discrete-time Markov Jump Systems with Uncertain Transition Probabilities. X. Luan, S. Zhao, F. Liu p. 1566

- Synchronization of Coupled Discrete-time Harmonic Oscillators with Rational Frequency. X. Wang, Z. Cheng p. 1573

- On the Laguerre Rational Approximation to Fractional Discrete Derivative and Integral Operators. G. Maione p. 1579

- Output Tracking of Stochastic High-Order Nonlinear Systems With Markovian Switching. W. Li, Z. Wu p. 1585

- Lyapunov-based Sufficient Conditions for Exponential Stability in Hybrid Systems. A. R. Teel, F. Forni, L. Zaccarian p. 1591

- Finite Time Stabilization of Fractional Order Uncertain Chain of Integrator: An Integral Sliding Mode Approach. B. Bandyopadhyay, S. Kamal, A. Raman p. 1597

- Global Asymptotic Stabilization for a Class of Bilinear Systems by Hybrid Output Feedback. V. Andrieu, S. Tarbouriech p. 1602

- Further Input-to-State Stability Subtleties for Discrete-time Systems. M. Lazar, W.P.M.H. Heemels, A. R. Teel p. 1609

- Reducing the Conservativeness of Fully Sequential Indifference-Zone Procedures. H. Wang, S.-H. Kim p. 1613

- Stability Analysis of Sampled-data Systems Using Sum of Squares. A. Seuret, M. M. Peet p. 1620




2. Books


2.1 Command-control for Real-time Systems

Contributed by: M. Chadli, mchadli@u-picardie.fr


Command-control for Real-time Systems.

Mohammed Chadli (University of Picardy Jules Verne, Amiens, France) & Hervé Coppier (ESIEE Amiens, France)

ISBN: 9781848213654, Wiley 384 pp. 2013.



A real-time system is a complex system which is an integral part of an industrial or experimental system, a vehicle or a construction machine. The peculiarity of these systems is that they are driven by real-time targets in distributed environments.

Command-control for Real-time Systems presents the calculation of correction for industrial systems of different physical natures, their implementation on real-time target industrial systems (PLC-SCADA, embedded systems with distributed networks, Networked Control Systems) and their validation by simulation. It optimizes industrial processes by the use of automatic tools, industrial computing and communications networks and aims to successively integrate new control laws (linear, nonlinear and fuzzy controllers) so that users can leverage the power of engineering science as an automatic service process optimization while maintaining their high maintainability facilities.



1. Introduction

2. Modeling Tools

3. Control Tools

4. Application to Cryogenic Systems

5. Applications to a Thermal System and to Gas Systems

6. Application to Vehicles

7. Real-time Implementation



2.2 Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms

Contributed by: Dan Simon, d.j.simon@csuohio.edu


Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms, by Dan Simon

John Wiley & Sons, 772 pages


This book discusses the theory, history, mathematics, and programming of evolutionary optimization algorithms. Featured algorithms include genetic algorithms, genetic programming, ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization, differential evolution, biogeography-based optimization, and many others.


"Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms" includes the following features:

- Provides a straightforward, bottom-up approach that assists the reader in obtaining a clear—but theoretically rigorous—understanding of evolutionary algorithms, with an emphasis on implementation

- Gives a careful treatment of recently developed EAs—including opposition-based learning, artificial fish swarms, bacterial foraging, and many others— and discusses their similarities and differences from more well-established EAs

- Includes chapter-end problems plus a solutions manual available online for instructors

- Offers simple examples that provide the reader with an intuitive understanding of the theory

- Features source code for the examples available on the author's website at http://academic.csuohio.edu/simond/EvolutionaryOptimization

- Provides advanced mathematical techniques for analyzing EAs, including Markov modeling and dynamic system modeling


"Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms" is an ideal text for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals involved in engineering and computer science.



2.3 Non-parametric Tuning of PID Controllers: A Modified Relay Feedback Test Approach

Contributed by: Igor Boiko, i.boiko@ieee.org


Non-parametric Tuning of PID Controllers: A Modified Relay Feedback Test Approach 

Igor Boiko

Springer ISBN: 978-1-4471-4464-9 (Print) 978-1-4471-4465-6 (Online)



The relay feedback test (RFT) has become a popular and efficient tool used in process identification and automatic controller tuning. Non-parametric Tuning of PID Controllers couples new modifications of classical RFT with application-specific optimal tuning rules to form a non-parametric method of test-and-tuning. Test and tuning are coordinated through a set of common parameters so that a PID controller can obtain the desired gain or phase margins in a system exactly, even with unknown process dynamics. The concept of process-specific optimal tuning rules in the nonparametric setup, with corresponding tuning rules for flow, level, pressure, and temperature control loops is presented in the text.

Common problems of tuning accuracy based on parametric and non-parametric approaches are addressed. In addition, the text treats the parametric approach to tuning based on the modified RFT approach and the exact model of oscillations in the system under test using the locus of a perturbed relay system (LPRS) method. A new concept of dynamic harmonic balance is used for analysis of transient behavior under test. Industrial loop tuning for distributed control systems using modified RFT is also described. Many of the problems of tuning rules optimization and identification with modified RFT are accompanied by MATLAB® code, downloadable from http://extras.springer.com to allow the reader to duplicate the results.

Non-parametric Tuning of PID Controllers is written for readers with previous knowledge of linear control and will be of interest to academic control researchers and graduate students and to practitioners working in a variety of chemical- mechanical- and process-engineering-related industries.


The book:

- Provides systematic treatment of nonparametric tuning methods in one convenient location

- Introduces new concept of holistic approach to test and tuning

- Describes in detail new methods of simple PID controller tuning suitable for use in distributed systems

- New concept of Dynamic Harmonic Balance is proposed for analysis of transient oscillations

- MATLAB code provided to help with illustrations and examples


Table of contents

1 Introduction

2 Non-parametric Tuning of PID Controllers

3 Modified Relay Feedback Test (MRFT) and Tuning of PID Controllers

4 Improving the Accuracy of Tuning of PID Controllers

5 Exact Model of MRFT and Parametric Tuning

6 Analysis of Transient Oscillations in Systems with MRFT

7 Software for Loop Tuning in Distributed Control Systems 

8 Appendix




3. Journals


3.1 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

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


Control Engineering Practice

Volume 21, Issue 7, July 2013


- Xu Jinbang, Wang Wenyu, Shen Anwen, Zhou Yu, Detection and reduction of middle frequency resonance for an industrial servo, Pages 899-907

- Nasar Aldian Ambark Shashoa, Goran Kvašcev, Aleksandra Marjanovic, Željko Djurovic, Sensor fault detection and isolation in a thermal power plant steam separator, Pages 908-916

- K. Erik J. Olofsson, Anton Soppelsa, Tommaso Bolzonella, Giuseppe Marchiori, Subspace identification analysis of RFX and T2R reversed-field pinches, Pages 917-929

- Chen-Sheng Ting, Yong-Nong Chang, Observer-based backstepping control of linear stepping motor, Pages 930-939

- M. Ezzeldin, P.P.J. van den Bosch, S. Weiland, Experimental-based feedforward control for a DoD inkjet printhead, Pages 940-952

- Yan Zhuang, Zidong Wang, Haiyang Yu, Wei Wang, Stanislao Lauria, A robust extended filtering approach to multi-robot cooperative localization in dynamic indoor environments, Pages 953-961

- Surajdeen A. Iliyas, Moustafa. Elshafei, Mohamed A. Habib, Ahmed A. Adeniran, RBF neural network inferential sensor for process emission monitoring, Pages 962-970

- Scott J. Moura, Yiyao A. Chang, Lyapunov-based switched extremum seeking for photovoltaic power maximization, Pages 971-980

- Fengjun Yan, Junmin Wang, Control of diesel engine dual-loop EGR air-path systems by a singular perturbation method, Pages 981-988



3.2 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

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

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

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

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

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

- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Part C Applications of Fractional Controllers

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

- 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

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

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

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

-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

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


Regular Issues


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

- 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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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


Vol. 11, No. 3, June 2013 


- Tracking Controllers for Aerial Vehicles Subject to Restricted Inputs and Wind Perturbations. Ilan Zohar and Amit Ailon, pp.433-441 

- In-line Mixer pH System for the Identification of Titration Curve. Seungjae Lee, Su Whan Sung, and Jietae Lee, pp.442-449 

- Failure Diagnosis of Actuator using the EKF and NP Theorem. Donghoon Kim, Daegyun Choi, and Hwa-Suk Oh, pp.450-459 

- A Lyapunov Functional Approach to Robust Stability Analysis of Continuous-Time Uncertain Linear Systems in Polytopic Domains. Dong Hwan Lee, Myung Hwan Tak, and Young Hoon Joo, pp.460-469 

- An Extended PID Type Iterative Learning Control. Ali Madady, pp.470-481 

- Explicit Input and Output Feedback Control for Discrete-Time Systems. Young Sam Lee, Mahmoud Tarokh, and Soohee Han, pp.482-488 

- Hopf Bifurcation Index for Large Scale Power Systems. Aliakbar Mohammadi, Hamid Khaloozade, and Roya Amjadifard, pp.489-495 

- Wavelet Reduced Order Observer based Adaptive Tracking Control for a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems using Reinforcement Learning. Manish Sharma and Ajay Verma, pp.496-502 

- H∞ Switching Filter Design for LPV Systems in Finite Frequency Domain. Heng Wang, He-Hua Ju, and Yu-Long Wang, pp.503-510 

- Identification of Wiener Model with Discontinuous Nonlinearities using Differential Evolution. Dong-Li Zhang, Ying-Gan Tang, Ju-Hai Ma, and Xin-Ping Guan, pp.511-518 

- Stability Analysis of Time-Delayed Linear Fractional-Order Systems. Mohammad Ali Pakzad, Sara Pakzad, and Mohammad Ali Nekoui, pp.519-525 

- Fuzzy Logic and Slip Controller of Clutch and Vibration for Hybrid Vehicle. Vu Trieu Minh and John Pumwa, pp.526-532 

- Simple Fractional Order Controller Combined with a Smith Predictor for Temperature Control in a Steel Slab Reheating Furnace. Vicente Feliu-Batlle, Raul Rivas-Perez, and Fernando J. Castillo-Garcia, pp.533-544 

- Autonomous Multi-mobile Robot System: Simulation and Implementation using Fuzzy Logic. Dong W. Kim, Ty A. Lasky, and Steven A. Velinsky, pp.545-554 

- A Disturbance Observer Enhanced Composite Cascade Control with Experimental Studies. Xisong Chen, Juan Li, Jun Yang, Shihua Li, pp.555-562 

- Sensorless Fault Tolerant Control for Induction Motors. Nadia Djeghali, Malek Ghanes, Sa?d Djennoune, and Jean-Pierre Barbot, pp.563-576 

- A Novel Particle Filter Implementation for a Multiple-Vehicle Detection and Tracking System using Tail Light Segmentation. Ming Qing and Kang-Hyun Jo, pp.577-585 

- Image-based Visual Servoing using Improved Image Moments in 6-DOF Robot Systems. Yimin Zhao, Wen-Fang Xie, and Sining Liu, pp.586-596 

- Adaptive Wavenet Controller Design for Teleoperation Systems with Variable Time Delays using Singular Perturbation Method. Soheil Ganjefar, pp.597-607 

- Harmony Search-based Hidden Markov Model Optimization for Online Classification of Single Trial EEGs during Motor Imagery Tasks. Kwang-Eun Ko and Kwee-Bo Sim, pp.608-613 

- Imperfect Premise Matching based Fuzzy Control with Passive Constraints for Discrete Time-Delay Multiplicative Noised Stochastic Nonlinear Systems. Cheung-Chieh Ku, Wen-Jer Chang, Chun-Hung Lin, and Yao-Chung Chang, pp.614-623 

- Adaptive Fuzzy Control with Compressors and Limiters for a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems. Yong-Qing Fan, Yin-He Wang, Yun Zhang, and Qin-Ruo Wang, pp.624-629 

- Parameter Estimation of 2-D Stochastic FM Model based on Two Step Estimation Procedure. Jia-Rui Cui, Qing Li, Guang-Da Hu, and Zhen-Yu Lu, pp.630-635 

- Two-DOF Lifted LMI Conditions for Robust D-Stability of Polynomial Matrix Polytopes. Yong Wang and Shu Liang, pp.636-642 

- Stabilization of a Memristor-based Chaotic System by Intermittent Control and Fuzzy Processing. Junjian Huang, Chuandong Li, and Xing He, pp.643-647 



3.4 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev, f_aliev@yahoo.com


Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal

Vol.12, No.2, June, 2013

ISSN 1683-3511, www.acmij.az


- A Resolvent Algorithm of Generalized System for Relaxed Cocoercive Mixed Variational Inequalities. A. Bnouhachem, M.A. Noor, M. Khalfaoui, S. Zhaohan, pages: 125-132

- Linear Perturbation Bounds of the Continuous--time LMI based H∞ Quadratic Stability Problem. A.S. Yonchev, M.M. Konstantinov, P.H. Petkov, pages: 133-139

- About the Issue of Algorithms Formalized Design for Parallel Computer Architectures. A.V. Anisimov, S.D. Pogorilyy, D.Yu. Vitel, pages: 140-151

- On Optimal Control of an Object at its Approaching to Moving Target Under Uncertainty. R. Gabasov, N.M. Dmitruk, F.M. Kirillova, pages:152-167

- On Ricci Tensor of Weakly Concircular Symmetric Riemannian Spaces. F.Ö. Zengin, S.A. Demirbağ, pages: 168-174

- Asymptotic Behaviour of Self-Similar Solution of the Fourth-Order Unstable thin Film Equation. A. Azzouzi, M. Benlahsen, pages: 175-183

- On the Regularization of Bilinear Forms with Hypersingular Kernel. A. Aimi, S. Panizzi, pages: 184-210

- Numerical Integration method for Singular Perturbation Delay Differential Equations with Layer or Oscillatory Behaviour. K. Phaneendra, G.BSL. Soujanya, Y.N. Reddy, pages: 211-221

- Existence of the Residual Functional Derivative with Respect to a Coordinate of Gap Point of Medium. Zh.O. Oralbekova, K.T. Iskakov, A.L. Karchevsky, pages: 222-233

- Gradient and Direct Method of Solving Gelfand-Levitan Integral Equation. L.N. Temirbekova, G. Dairbaeva, pages: 234-246

- Cyclic Codes and the Weight Enumerator of Linear Codes Over F2 +νF2+ ν2F2. M.J. Shi, Patrick Solé, Bo Wu, pages: 247-255



3.5 CFP: European Journal of Control

Contributed by: Alessandro Astolfi, a.astolfi@ic.ac.uk


European Journal of Control -- New Publisher and On-line submission system


The European Journal of Control is undergoing important changes.

Starting from January 2013 (Issue 19/1) the journal is published by Elsevier, see http://www.journals.elsevier.com/european-journal-of-control/


Issues 19/1 and 19/2 are available now on-line at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09473580

In the next few months, all past issues will be posted.


Note that during 2013 the journal will be freely accessible on Sciencedirect.


Submissions are now accepted on-line, using the Elsevier system (EES) at http://ees.elsevier.com/ejcon/


Following its tradition, the journal continues to attract papers reporting novel theoretical advances, cutting-edge technological contributions, and survey papers in the broad areas of systems and control, and their applications. Papers which describe the impact of control in industry, or on society, are also welcome.



3.6  CFP: American Journal of Systems Science 

Contributed by: Xinggang Yan, x.yan@kent.ac.uk


American Journal of Systems Science Call for paper.

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




Submission deadline: 09/30/2013


Scope and purposes:

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


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


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

Decentralized control

Variable structure control

Robust optimal control

Dynamical system analysis

Intelligent control and applications

Analysis and control of singular systems

Analysis and control of time delay systems

Robust observer design and parameters identification

Fault detection and isolationand fault tolerant control

Estimation and filtering

Applications of control systems


Important Dates

Deadline for submission: 09/30/2013

Notification of final decision: 02/28/2014



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


Guest Editor:

Dr Xinggang Yan, University of Kent, x.yan@kent.ac.uk



3.7 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


About AJC

The Asian Journal of Control, an ACA (Asian Control Association) affiliated journal, is the first international journal originating from the Asian Pacific region and being

recognized by the major body of control researchers in this region. The Asian Journal of Control publishes bimonthly high-quality papers on original theoretical and experimental

research and development in the areas of control, involving all facets of control theory and its application. Functionally, this journal not only provides a forum where control

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


Guest Editors:

Prof. Péter Baranyi

Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Computer Automation Research Institute

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 June 30, 2013

Completion of First Review October 31, 2013

Completion of Final Review February 28, 2014

Receipt of Final Manuscript March 31, 2014

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


How to submit:

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


If you encounter any submission problem, feel free to contact 

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





4. Conferences 


4.1  IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems

Contributed by: Christophe Prieur, Christophe.Prieur@gipsa-lab.fr


9th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems

Toulouse, France

September 4-6, 2013


On September 3, 2013, the NOLCOS 2013 is offering three tutorials given by the three plenary lecturers of the Symposium. Here is the list of the tutorials:

- Lyapunov Stabilization of PDEs and Delay Systems, the Backstepping Approach: Miroslav Krstic

- Deterministic Observers for Mechanical Systems with Symmetry: Robert Mahony

- Nonlinear dynamics, evolutionary biology, and collective behavior: Naomi Ehrich Leonard

The duration of each tutorial will be 6 hours. The registration rate for the tutorial is 100 euros (lunches and coffee breaks included).

The NOLCOS 2013 reserves the right to cancel non-viable workshops. In the event of a cancellation, the workshop fees will be refunded in full. 

It will be possible to register to the tutorials only. The registration is open.

Please see the Symposium page for last informations on NOLCOS 2013 and on the tutorials: www.laas.fr/NOLCOS2013 


Scope of the symposium:

The IFAC NOLCOS symposium is a continuing series of symposia that were previously held in Capri (I) 1988, Bordeaux (F) 1992, Lake Tahoe

(USA) 1995, Enschede (NL) 1998, Saint-Petersburg (RUS) 2001, Stuttgart (DE) 2004, Pretoria (ZA) 2007, and Bologna (2010).

Nonlinear control systems have gained importance in many industrial areas and research has undergone significant developments recently.

There are significant challenges in various fields of nonlinear control. NOLCOS 2013 will address these challenges with its focus on latest developments in theory and application of nonlinear control systems as well as related areas of research and engineering.


International Programm Committee (IPC)

Chair: Christophe Prieur, France

Co-chair: Lorenzo Marconi, Italy



4.2  Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

Contributed by: allerton@csl.uiuc.edu


Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Basar and Olgica Milenkovic

Dates: October 2-4, 2013

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois


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

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

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

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


Notices: Manuscripts must be submitted by Tuesday, July 9, 2013, following the instructions at the Conference website: http://publish.illinois.edu/cslallertonconference/papers/submit-a-paper/. Final versions of papers to be presented at the conference will need to be submitted electronically by October 6, 2013.


Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Başar and Olgica Milenkovic

Email: allerton@csl.uiuc.edu

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

URL: http://publish.illinois.edu/cslallertonconference/



4.3 International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems

Contributed by: Jacquelien Scherpen, J.M.A.Scherpen@rug.nl


MTNS 2014 - 21st International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems

July 7-11, 2014, Groningen, The Netherlands.



The 21st International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2014) will be hosted by the Groningen Center for Systems and Control of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Groningen with support of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC). The University of Groningen celebrates its 400th anniversary in 2014.


MTNS is a prime conference in the general area of mathematical systems theory. The symposium is interdisciplinary and attracts mathematicians, engineers and researchers working in all aspects of systems theory. The symposium is organized every two years and traditionally covers areas involving a wide range of research directions in mathematical systems, networks and control theory with emphasis on new challenges and potential applications. The scientific program of the conference is defined by, but not limited to, the approximately 50 themes listed on the web-page of the conference.


The MTNS 2014 program includes

- plenary and semi-plenary lectures

- mini-courses

- invited sessions

- contributed talks (either as an extended abstract or a full paper)


It is planned to have the peer-reviewed full-papers appearing in the Proceedings of the conference to be indexed in Scopus, ISI Web of Science and Google Scholar.


Key dates:

- Proposals for mini-courses: 28 October 2013

- Invited session proposals: 25 November 2013

- Contributed talks: 25 November 2013

- Decision notification: March 2014

- Early Registration due: end of April 2014

- Final submission due: end of April 2014


The conference co-chairs are: Arjan van der Schaft, Harry Trentelman, Jacquelien Scherpen, and Claudio De Persis.

Please visit the website for more and up-to-date information: http://www.rug.nl/mtns2014



4.4  European Control Conference

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


The 12th European Control Conference (ECC13) will be held in Zurich, Switzerland from July 17 to July 19, 2013. 



- Three plenary and six semi-plenaries by leading experts 

- 15 parallel tracks featuring tutorials, invited and regular seasons 

- Four workshops offered the day before the conference on July 16, 2013 

- Lab tours of several top institutes at ETH Zurich 


For more information please visit the conference webpage at http://www.ecc13.ch 


The European Control Conference (ECC) has been organized every two years under the auspices of the European Control Association (EUCA) and from 2013 on it will take place annually. The conference will bring together academic and industrial professionals in the field of systems and control, and promote scientific cooperation and exchanges within the European Union and between Europe and the rest of the world. ECC13 will be hosted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), with Prof. M. Morari serving as the General Chair, Prof. L. Guzzella as the General Vice-Chair, and Prof. J. Lygeros as the International Program Committee Chair. The ECC13 program features a number of plenary lectures, semi plenary lectures, contributed papers, invited papers, tutorial sessions, and pre-conference workshops by leading researchers. 



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

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com


Call for Papers 

ICNPAA 2014 World Congress: 

Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace 

Narvik University, Norway 

July 15, 2014 – July 18, 2014 


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


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

AIAA, Narvik University, Norway , Norut Narvik, Norway, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden , AIP, 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 




5. Workshops and Graduate Schools


5.1  International Workshop on Smart City: Control and Automation Perspectives

Contributed by: Tariq Samad, samad@ieee.org


CSS Technically Cosponsored Event: International Workshop on Smart City: Control and Automation Perspectives (Aug. 27-29, 2013)


This workshop, supported in part by the IEEE CSS Outreach Fund and technically cosponsored by CSS, will focus on various aspects of smart cities and their interconnections: buildings, energy, transportation, security, water, and others. The program will include invited plenary lectures, contributed paper sessions, and panel discussions. Expected outcomes include the identification of key areas of research for the controls community and opportunities for international and cross-disciplinary collaboration.


Hangzhou is the largest city in Zhejiang Province and is renowned for its natural beauty and its historical and cultural heritage. Sixteen pilot smart city projects are under way in the province that will be presented in the workshop and can provide test beds for control-related research.


We invite all interested control engineers and scientists to a first-of-a-kind event in an emerging and globally important research field!

For submit an abstract or for more information, visit http://smartcity.hdu.edu.cn/, write to smartcity@hdu.edu.cn, or respond to this posting!


General Co-Chairs: Tariq Samad, Corporate Fellow, Honeywell; Anke Xue, President, Hangzhou Dianzi University

Program Chair: Ming Ge, Hangzhou Dianzi University




5.2 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 three types of original submissions:

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

* short papers for poster presentation with a brief oral presentation (3-pages);

* demo abstracts (2-page).


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 directly to BuildSys 2013: http://www.cister-isep.info/pommo/user/



5.3  Workshop on Distributed Optimization in Large Networks and its Applications

Contributed by: luca schenato, schenato@dei.unipd.it


HYCON2 Workshop on Distributed Optimization in Large Networks and its Applications

July 16, 2013 – 9.00 am – 5.30 pm

ETH, Zurich, Switzerland


The workshop in intended to provide to a wide and diverse audience interested in distributed optimization in large scale networks with an overview of the state-of-the-art from a control point of view. In particular, being the fist part of the workshop devoted to tutorial seminars, it is particularly suitable for Ph.D. students and young researchers who are willing to enter this new area of research and are not necessarily experts, since most relevant mathematical tools are references will be provided. However, it is also relevant for practitioners and researchers in distributed optimization, since the second part of the workshop will present some recent advances in this area and some industrial application of these tools.



- Angelia Nedich, UIUC, USA

- Mikael Johansson, KTH, Sweeden (organizer)

- Joao Xavier, Univ. Lisbon, Portugal

- Luca Schenato, Univ. Padova, Italy (organizer)

- Ion Necoara, Univ. of Bucharest, Romania

- Vladimir Havlena, Honeywell Prague, Czech Republic


The workshop will be held preceding the European Control Conference ECC13 (http://www.ecc13.ch/) that will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, July 17-19, 2013.

Details of the Workshop can be found at http://automatica.dei.unipd.it/people/schenato/ecc13.html



5.4 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers in Engineering Conference 

Contributed by: YangQuan Chen, yqchen@ieee.org



ASME IDETC/CIE2013 Workshops 


8am-5pm, Aug. 4th, Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, USA. 



The 2013 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers in Engineering Conference (2013 IDETC/CIE) will be held in Portland, OR from August 4-7, 2013. 



AM: morning session 8-12noon; 

PM: afternoon session 1-5PM; 

FULL DAY: full day session 8AM-5PM. 

(TOTAL: 5 full-day-workshops; 5 AM-workshops; 8 PM-workshops) 

FREE: workshop participation, coffee breaks. 


Workshop # 01 (AM) Design Research Methods: Interviewing 

Joshua D. Summers, Ph.D., Clemson University

Claudia Eckert, Ph.D., The Open University, UK  


Workshop # 02 (PM) The student researcher: best practices and common pitfalls 

Dr. Scott Ferguson, North Carolina State University, scott_ferguson@ncsu.edu 


Workshop #03 (FULL DAY) Parallel Computing on Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Cards ~ An Introduction and Applications in Mechanical Engineering 

Dr. Dan Negrut, NVIDIA CUDA Fellow, Univ. of Wisconsin – Madison 

Dr. Sara McMains, University of California, Berkeley 


Workshop #04 (AM) Responsible Conduct in Computational Research 

Prof. Harry Dankowicz; Prof. Sara Wilson; 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Kansas 


Workshop #05 (AM) Personalizing Mechatronics Education Utilizing an Open-Source Real-Time Control System Rapid Prototyping Platform 

Brandon Stark, Zhuo Li, Brendan Smith, with Dr. YangQuan Chen 

University of California, Merced 


Workshop #06 (FULL DAY) Fractional Order Mechanics – An Intro. of An Emerging Research Field 

Dr. Y. Q. Chen, W/ Profs. D.Baleano, O.Agrawal, M.Klimek, & J. Liu 

University of California, Merced 


Workshop # 07 (PM) Fractional Order Motion Controls – How Motion Control Can Benefit from using Fractional Calculus? 

Dr. Ying Luo, Zhuo Li, with Dr. YangQuan Chen 

University of California, Merced 


Workshop #08 (FULL DAY) Advanced Dynamics Data-driven Analysis for Complex Structural Systems 

Prof. Ioannis Georgiou, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece 


Workshop #09 (AM) Vibration of Axially-Loaded Structures 

Lawrie Virgin, Duke University 


Workshop #10 (FULL DAY) Building a mobile robot and controlling it from your iPhone/Android 

Evangelos Georgiou, Ph.D. Student, Centre for Robotics Research, King’s College London 


Workshop # 11 (PM) From Product Dissection to Product Archaeology: Understanding the 

Global, Economic, Environmental, and Societal Foundations of Engineering Design 

Kemper Lewis, University at Buffalo 

Gül Kremer, Penn State University 

Ann McKenna, Arizona State University 


Workshop # 12 (FULL DAY) Weight and Shape Optimization in Design 

Professor J S Rao Ph.D., D.Sc. Fellow ASME, President, Kumaraguru College of Technology, India 


Workshop # 13 (PM) Emotional Engineering: A Tool for Satisficing 

Dr. Shuichi Fukuda, Stanford University, USA; Keio University, Japan 


Workshop # 14 (PM) Introduction to Direct Gear Design 

Alex Kapelevich, Ph.D. AKGears, LLC, Shoreview, MN 55126, USA 


Workshop # 15 (PM) Workshop on Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome: How to Replace Your Impostor Pattern with a New Healthier Mindset 

Dr. Kate Fu, ASME DED Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Groups Committee 


Workshop # 16 (AM) Design for End of Life: How to extend the design challenge to the out of the company 

Dr. Romain Farel, Ecole Centrale Paris 


Workshop # 17 (PM) Product Lifecycle Management: cross industry PLM domain modeling, solution patterns and deployment case studies 

Dr. Ravi Rangan; ASME Fellow; VP-Client Services & CTO; Centric Software, Inc. 


Workshop # 18 (PM) Towards more Robust Sustainability Practices: Information Modeling across Production 

Sudarsan Rachuri, Paul Witherell, Anantha Narayanan, Jae Hyun Lee 

NIST, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, USA. 


For more information, contact ASME IDETC/CIE 2013 

Tutorial and Workshop Chair: 

Dr. YangQuan Chen, 

School of Engineering Univ. of California, Merced, 5200 N Lake Road, Merced CA 95343; 

Email: yqchen@ieee.org; W: http://mechatronics.ucmerced.edu/ 



5.5 Workshop on Control of Uncertain Systems: Modelling, Approximation, and Design 

Contributed by: Malcolm C. Smith, mcs@eng.cam.ac.uk


A workshop to mark the contributions of Keith Glover to the control field on the occasion of his retirement.

Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September 2013

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Sponsored by the MathWorks


Invited speakers: 

B.D.O. Anderson, K.J. Astrom, G. Balas, R.W. Brockett, M. Cantoni, D.H. Cieslar, M.A. Dahleh, J.C. Doyle, G.E. Dullerud, B.A. Francis, P. Gahinet, M. Gevers, R. Hyde, P.A. Iglesias, S. Lall, L. Ljung, S. Mitter, M. Morari, R.M. Murray, A. Packard, A. Rantzer, M. Vidyasagar, G. Vinnicombe, J.C. Willems, K. Zhou.


General chair: M.C. Smith


Further information will be provided on the workshop website: http://divf.eng.cam.ac.uk/cfes/Main/Workshop6



5.6  Elgersburg School Mathematical Systems Theory

Contributed by: Timo Reis, timo.reis@uni-hamburg.de


Elgersburg (Germany) March 16 - 22, 2014

The organizers have the pleasure to announce the 6th Elgersburg School.


Control of Hybrid Systems

Professor Andrew Teel

Dept. of Electr. Engg., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara


and his assistant and coauthor of "Hybrid Dynamical Systems"

Professor Rafal Goebel

Loyola University Chicago



Mathematical Biology

Professor Stuart Townley

University of Exeter, UK


and his assistant

Dr Chris Guiver

University of Exeter,UK



There will be 90 minutes lectures on both courses each day, example sheets to be worked on in the afternoon, and example classes in the evening. For the program see web site.



The school is addressed to postgraduate students or postdocs in control, either in mathematics or engineering, very good graduate students are also welcome. We would be grateful if you could pass on this information to any potential candidates. The location has a capacity for 40 students.

The cost for the hotel including full board per person sharing is: EUR 500,- for a single and EUR 390,- for a double room.

Due to the limited number of places there will be an application procedure for participation at the school. Applicants are asked to provide their CV and a letter of reference from their supervisor. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2013. The organizers will then rank the applications according to excellence and suitability. A list of all participants will be available on the web site by January 15, 2014.

Additionally, there are funds for travel support, accommodation and subsistence for 16 participants.

Our email list is not complete, please feel free to pass on this information to anybody who may be interested.


For further information please see



With best wishes

Achim Ilchmann (TU Ilmenau)

Timo Reis (U Hamburg)

Fabian Wirth (U Würzburg)




6. Positions


6.1   PhD: Chalmers University, Sweden

Contributed by: Jonas Sjöberg, jonas.sjoberg@chalmers.se


Ph.D Position on Nonlinear System Identification 

Department of Signals and Systems (S2) at Chalmers University, Goteborg, Sweden


The project aims at developing methods for identifying nonlinear black box state space models where over-fitting is avoided. The approach to be studied is where an initial linear model is being used to initialize a nonlinear model by adding parameterized basis functions to the linear model. Starting with flexible models containing many parameters, methods for eliminating a substantial subset of them will be developed. A nice way to do this is to use L1-regularization in the criterion of fit but general algorithms to calculate the estimate, such as LASSO, only exist for models which are linear in the parameters. Hence, for state space models one needs to relax the original problem and this will be done by dividing the problem into to problems that are iteratively solved: 1) estimate the states and 2) using the states to estimate the nonlinear function describing the time update of the state vector and the function describing the output signal.

The working time of a Ph.D. student is mainly devoted to research. Undergraduate teaching duties, not exceeding 20% of the working time, may include supervision of MSc students.

Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


For further details and application submission, please go to



Application deadline: 2013-06-20



6.2 PhD: CITCEA-UPC, Cinergia, and Alstom Wind, Spain

Contributed by: Oriol Gomis, oriol.gomis@upc.edu


Call for PhD students (Early Stage Researchers) to develop the PhD in CITCEA-UPC, CINERGIA, and ALSTOM WIND in Barcelona (Spain) involved in the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN project “Multi-terminal DC grid for offshore wind“ MEDOW.


Applicants are invited for Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions in the Marie-Curie Multi-terminal DC grid for offshore wind, initial training network (MEDOW ITN) at CITCEA-UPC, CINERGIA, and ALSTOM WIND. ESRs will work with leading researchers from the UK (Cardiff University, National Grid), Spain (UPC, Cinergia, Alstom Wind), Portugal (Uporto, Efacec), Belgium (Leuven, Elia), Denmark (DTU) and China (EPRI Electric Power Engineering Co. Ltd). To utilise the expertise of the ITN, and to facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration, the researcher will have the opportunity for international secondments.


Fellow ESR4:  

Host institution CITCEA-UPC (Barcelona)

Duration 36 months

Start date October 2013

Project title Control of multi-terminal HVDC systems for offshore wind power

Supervisor name Oriol Gomis, Antoni Sudrià (UPC)

Objectives • Develop dynamic control systems for the offshore DC grids

• Applied advanced control techniques to M-HVDC systems

• Apply the proposed schemes to voltage and power flow control in M-HVDC

• Model development and validation

• Experimental validation with scaled platforms

Dissemination Conference and journal publications, participation in all the project meetings and outreach activities.

Planned secondment EFACEC (3 months), NGRID (3 months), DTU (3 months)


Fellow ESR5:

Host institution Cinergia (Barcelona) + academic supervision UPC

Duration 36 months

Start date October 2013

Project title Power converter design and control for multi-terminal DC grids

Supervisor name Miquel Teixidó (Cinergia), Oriol Gomis (UPC)

Objectives • Analyze and develop voltage source converters for multiterminal HVDC grids

• Applied advanced control techniques for the control of VSC

• Model development and validation

• Construction of a scaled prototype

Dissemination Conference and journal publications, participation in all the project meetings and outreach activities.

Planned secondment DTU (3 months), CU (3 months), KU Leuven (3 months)


Fellow ESR6

Host institution Alstom Wind (Barcelona) + academic supervision UPC

Duration 36 months

Start date October 2013

Project title Control of wind farms interfaced to multi-terminal DC systems

Supervisor name Marc Sala (Asltom Wind), Oriol Gomis (UPC)

Objectives • Develop operation and control systems for offshore wind farms

• Applied advanced control techniques to such offshore wind farms

• Coordination between wind farm and wind turbines

• Model development and validation

• Experimental validation with scaled platforms

Dissemination Conference and journal publications, participation in all the project meetings and outreach activities.

Planned secondment UPC (3 months), CU (3 months), UPorto (3 months)


Benefits and requirements

This FP7 project is funded by the European Commission. Full time 3 year contract. Very competitive salary and mobility allowance. Rules for recruitment are that ITN are limited to early stage researchers (ESR) in the first 5 years of their career. Therefore the applicant must not have been awarded a PhD and their research experience must total ≤ 4 years at date of recruitment (counted from the diploma/degree that gives the right to embark in a doctoral degree). ESR recruitment is also subject to the mobility rule, “The researchers may be a national of a Member State, of an Associated Country or of any other third country”. The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies etc) in the country of his/her host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays (e.g. holidays) are not taken into account. The ESR will ideally commence PhD enrolment/employment in October 2013.


Interested applicants should send the CV, academic report, cover letter and two or three references to: gomis@citcea.upc.edu, before 30/06/2013 (with reference: Medow ESR), indicating which of the positions are of interest.



6.3  Post-Doc: Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Contributed by: Daniel Zelazo, dzelazo@technion.ac.il


Postdoctoral Research Associate


A postdoctoral position is currently available within the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel).


The current project is focusing on the analysis and synthesis of robust networked dynamic systems. The scope of this project is broad, and thus has potential to explore more focused topics including:

- analysis of uncertain multi-agent systems

- fault detection and isolation methods for networked systems

- distributed and robust protocols for multi-agent coordination (applications include power and load management in the smart-grid and coordinated control of ground and aerial vehicles).


Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. (or will graduate soon) in Electrical, Aerospace, or Mechanical engineering (or related discipline) with a strong foundation in systems & control theory, optimization theory, and familiarity with the broad area of multi-agent networked dynamical systems.

Interested applicants should submit a detailed CV with a list of publications and a research statement to:

Asst. Prof. Daniel Zelazo

e-mail: dzelazo@technion.ac.il



6.4   Post-Doc: Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates

Contributed by: TieJun (TJ) Zhang, tjzhang@masdar.ac.ae


Multiple Postdoctoral Positions in the area of Energy and Water Research. 



Multiple positions for postdoctoral researchers are available at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. The research is funded by the Flagship Research Project between the Masdar Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Strategic Government Initiatives. The successful candidates will work at Masdar Institute and collaborate with multiple MIT professors, research fellows and students. These positions will provide excellent multidisciplinary research opportunities in the fields of concentrating solar power, renewable thermal desalination, and environmentally-friendly cooling. These positions will offer very competitive packages, such as tax-free salary over US$70K/year, health insurance, annual flight tickets, and relocation allowance. 



Candidates for this position should hold a Ph.D. in mechanical/chemical engineering or related fields. Successful applicants, preferably with strong fundamental backgrounds, should have great experimental/numerical/analytical research capabilities in heat and mass transfer or process modeling and control. Fluency in English is required. These positions will be for an initial duration of one year with possible extension to three years. Both male and female individuals are encouraged to apply. 



Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, located in Abu Dhabi – the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is an independent research-driven graduate-level university dedicated to energy and sustainability. Created in collaboration with MIT, Masdar Institute is committed to finding novel solutions to the grand challenges of clean energy, water and climate change. Masdar Institute offers both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in science and engineering with a focus on advanced energy and sustainable technologies. 


Interested applicants should send their CVs and a list of three references by email to PI: 

TieJun (TJ) Zhang, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering 

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology 

P.O. Box 54224, Abu Dhabi, UAE 

Email: tjzhang@masdar.ac.ae 



6.5   Post-Doc: The University of Hong Kong

Contributed by: James Lam, james.lam@hku.hk


A Postdoctoral Fellow is being recruited at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, in the areas of multi-agent systems, distributed and networked control. The appointment is for a period of ONE YEAR. The ideal candidate is expected to have good background and track record in at least some of the above research areas. 

The monthly salary of the position is HKD 25K (1 USD approximately equals 7.8 HKD). 


Interested candidates should send their CV to Professor James Lam (james.lam@hku.hk). 


Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. Of a number of recent indicators of the University's performance, one is its ranking at 21 among the top 200 universities in the world by the UK's Times Higher Education Supplement. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines, with 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 50 countries, and a complement of 1,200 academic members of staff, many of whom are internationally renowned.



6.6  Post-Doc: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Contributed by: Agung Julius, agung@ecse.rpi.edu


The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the research and development of next-generation, high performance solid-state lighting systems. The ERC is engaged in the development of a broad range of advanced systems using illumination-grade light emitting diodes (LEDs), light sensors and control algorithms and protocols. The Center is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work on smart lighting-based circadian control.


The researcher will work with ERC faculty in modeling, data analysis, and control design for the human circadian system. The incumbent will also work closely with other ERC researchers across disciplines and campuses on human subject studies.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in systems and control theory, or in the relevant fields (e.g., applied mathematics, systems biology, mathematical biology, biomedical engineering). Experience with C/C++/Matlab software development, excellent analytical and communication skills are required.


The Smart Lighting ERC was created in 2008 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is the only Engineering Research Center in the state of New York. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of New York, Rensselaer works with core partners Boston University and the University of New Mexico to investigate and develop light-emitting diode (LED) technologies that will one day change the way we illumi¬nate our world. The ERC is a superb example of how academia, federal and state governments, and industry can work together to advance the state of science and engineering while creating new opportunities for students, faculty, and businesses.


Interested candidates should apply online for Search Number 20120274 by submitting a cover letter and curriculum vitae at:



Email questions about the position to Prof. John Wen, wenj@rpi.edu and Prof. Agung Julius, agung@ecse.rpi.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



6.7  Post-Doc: University of Bristol, UK

Contributed by: Guido Herrmann, g.herrmann@bris.ac.uk


Postdoctoral position in nano-precision control 


A postdoctoral position of 18 months is available in a multi-disciplinary project of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information of the University of Bristol. The project will focus on the development of advanced control systems for Bristol’s vertically oriented probe (VOP) micro-scope. The VOP microscope can display pico-Newton force-sensitivity similar to optical tweezers while also providing the wealth of  information available from direct

observations of the interacting biomolecules (e.g. DOI: 10.1126/science.1233936). 


Applicants should have a PhD in applied control with good knowledge in advanced robust control methods. A first degree in mechanical engineering, mechatronics or a strong background in either of the subjects is desirable.


Applicants should send a CV including a list of three referees to Dr Guido Herrmann, g.herrmann@bris.ac.uk, http://eis.bris.ac.uk/~mexgh/gherrmann.htm.



6.8  Research assistant/associate: University of Cambridge, UK

Contributed by: Malcolm C. Smith, mcs@eng.cam.ac.uk


Research Assistant/Associate in Optimization over large physical networks


A position will shortly be advertised for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on optimization over large physical networks funded by the EPSRC Programme Grant on Control for Energy and Sustainability EP/G066477/1. This project will be supervised by Prof Rodolphe Sepulchre. The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.


The aim of the project is to advance algorithmic optimization of engineering problems formulated on large-scale physical networks. At the methodological end of the research, this will involve investigating the development of algorithms for suitable convex relaxations of non convex but highly structured optimization problems encountered in that area. At the practical end of the research, the goal will be to identify how to exploit the physics of particular networks and particular optimization problems to tighten the optimality certificates.


The work will require the successful candidate to design and develop appropriate methodologies to address the above research objective. This will involve planning and managing their own research activity and liaising with colleagues in the control research group and elsewhere. Results of the work will be presented at sponsor workshops, and will be written up in the form of reports, conference papers or journal articles, as appropriate.


Candidates should hold, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in control systems or an equivalent field. Preference will be given to candidates with a relevant background in control systems and optimisation. Experience in manifold optimization, convex optimization, moment-based relaxation methods, or electrical and mechanical networks will be welcomed.


The salary scale is £24,049-£27,047 per annum for a Research Assistant and £27,854-£36,298 per annum for a Research Associate.


Further details may be obtained from Prof Rodolphe Sepulchre, r.sepulchre@eng.cam.ac.uk. To apply please complete form CHRIS /6 available at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/ and e-mail with your CV and covering letter to Mrs Rachel Fogg, email div-f@eng.cam.ac.uk , (Tel +44 01223 332752). See

http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/admin/jobs.html and click on "research posts" for the official advertisement and closing date (anticipated early July).



6.9   Faculty: Uppsala University, Sweden

Contributed by: Alexander Medvedev, alexander.medvedev@it.uu.se


10 Open Tenure-Track Positions as Associate Senior Lecturer in Uppsala

(equivalent to tenure-track Assistant Professor)


The Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University makes a unique effort by seeking 10 junior scientists at the very foremost international level within science and technology. The positions are open to any direction of research and can be placed at any of our 10 Departments. Excellence and potential in research and teaching are the prime selection criteria. Each position comes with a significant start up package. To be eligible, applicants must have received their doctoral degree no more than 7 years before the application deadline, which is June 23, 2013.


More information about the positions and research in science and technology in Uppsala can be found at



More information about Uppsala University can be found at http://www.uu.se


Full announcement including how to apply is available at



Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and is ranked among the top-100 universities in the world. It is a complete university with all three major disciplinary domains and 10 different Faculties represented. The Faculty of Science and Technology has excellent infrastructure and laboratory facilities at dedicated campus areas where the working atmosphere is truly international, with regular recruitment of PhD students, post-docs and faculty from abroad.


Uppsala is a vibrant student town conveniently situated close to Stockholm (and even closer to Stockholm Arlanda airport) with beautiful and easy accessible surroundings. Living in Sweden is often considered easy, for example, with a strongly developed social security system.