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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

1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

1.4 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control     


2. Books

2.1 Dynamic Modeling and Predictive Control in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: First Principle and Data-based Approaches 

2.2 Robust Control and Linear Parameter Varying Approaches: Application to Vehicle Dynamics

2.3 Snake Robots - Modelling, Mechatronics, and Control 


3. Journals

3.1  Contents: Asian Journal of Control 

3.2  Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems

3.3  Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

3.4  Contents: European Journal of Control  

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

3.6  Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal 

3.7  Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems 

3.8  Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory

3.9  Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems

3.10 CFP: Asian Journal of Control 

3.11 CFP: IET Control Theory and Applications  

3.12 CFP: Journal of Sensors 

3.13 CFP: AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems

3.14 CFP: International Journal of General Systems 


4. Conferences

4.1  3rd Australian Control Conference 

4.2  3th International Conference on Systems and Control

4.3  Interdisciplinary Symposium on Signals and Systems for Medical Applications

4.4  10th International Conference on Autonomic Computing 

4.5  International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems 

4.6  2nd International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems

4.7  18th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

4.8  9th International Conference on Information, Communications and Signal Processing  

4.9  19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control 

4.10 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

4.11 13th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems 


5. Workshops and Graduate Schools

5.1 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers in Engineering Conference 

5.2 Workshop on Feedback and Synchronization in Neuroscience 

5.3 Workshop on Machine Learning For System Identification

5.4 Eighth International Workshop on Multidimensional Systems


6. Positions

6.1  PhD: Università del Salento (University of Lecce), Italy

6.2  PhD: LAAS-CNRS Toulouse University, France

6.3  Post-Doc: CEA CADARACHE, France

6.4  Post-Doc: Loughborough University, UK

6.5  Post-Doc: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

6.6  Post-Doc: Bethune-Cookman University, USA

6.7  Faculty: Graz University of Technology, Austria

6.8  Faculty: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

6.9  Faculty: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

6.10 Faculty: Texas A&M University, USA

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

6.12 Faculty: Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden 

6.13 Research Fellow: The Univeristy of Melbourne, Australia





1. IEEE CSS Headlines


1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,


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 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 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,


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:


Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 58 (2013), Issue 3 (March)


List of Reviewers for 2012 


Scanning the Issue 




Stabilization of Networked Multi-Input Systems with Channel Resource Allocation 

L. Qiu, G. Gu, W. Chen p. 554 


A Nonlinear High-Gain Observer for Systems with Measurement Noise in a Feedback Control Framework

A. A. Prasov, H. K. Khalil p. 569 


State Estimation over Sensor Networks with Correlated Wireless Fading Channels 

D. E. Quevedo, A. Ahlen, K. H. Johansson p. 581 


Regularized Iterative Stochastic Approximation Methods for Stochastic Variational Inequality Problems

A. Nedich, J. Koshal, U. V. Shanbhag p. 594 


Reaching an Optimal Consensus: Dynamical Systems that Compute Intersections of Convex Sets

G. Shi, K. H. Johansson, Y. Hong p. 610 


Cooperative Estimation of Averaged 3D Moving Target Poses via Networked Visual Motion Observer

T. Hatanaka, M. Fujita p. 


Nash, Social and Centralized Solutions to Consensus Problems via Mean Field Control Theory

M. Nourian, P. E. Caines, R. P. Malhame, M. Huang p. 639 


Adaptive Deployment of Mobile Robotic Networks 

J. Le Ny, G. J. Pappas p. 654 


Distributed Matrix Scaling and Application to Average Consensus in Directed Graphs

A. Dominguez-Garcia, C. Hadjicostis p. 667 


Robust State Space Filtering under Incremental Model Perturbations Subject to a Relative Entropy Tolerance

B. C. Levy, R. Nikoukhah p. 682 


Optimization of Lyapunov Invariants in Verification of Software Systems 

M. Roozbehani, A. Megretski, E. Feron p. 696 


Delay Robustness of Interconnected Passive Systems: An Integral Quadratic Constraint Approach

E. Summers, M. Arcak, A. K. Packard p. 712 


Technical Notes and Correspondence 


Receding Horizon Control with Numerical Solution for Nonlinear Parabolic Partial Differential Equations

T. Hashimoto, Y. Yoshioka, T. Ohtsuka p. 725 


Robustified Anti-windup Via Switching Adaptation 

M. Bruckner, S. Galeani, L. Del Re p. 731 


Formation Control of Mobile Agents Based on Distributed Position Estimation 

K-K. Oh, H-S. Ahn p. 737 


On a Control Algorithm for Time-varying Processor Availability 

V. Gupta, F. Luo p. 743 


A Constructive Approach to Linear Lyapunov Functions for Positive Switched Systems Using Collatz-Wielandt Sets

T. S. Doan, A. Kalauch, S. Siegmund p. 748 


A Contraction Theory Approach to Singularly Perturbed Systems 

D. Del Vecchio, J-J. E. Slotine p. 752 


Observer Design for Uniformly Observable Systems with Sampled Measurements 

M. Nadri, H. Hammouri, Rafael Mota Grajales p. 757 


Modal Trajectory Estimation using Maximum Gaussian Mixture 

A. Monin p. 763 


Guaranteed Cost Certification for Discrete-Time Linear Switched System with a Dwell Time

M. Jungers, J. Daafouz p. 768 


Control of Nonlinear and LPV Systems: Interval Observer-based Framework 

D. Efimov, T. RaÔssi, A. Zolghadri p. 773 


Optimal Semistable Control in Ad Hoc Network Systems: A Sequential Two-Stage Approach

Qing Hui p. 779 


Dissipativity-Based Sliding Mode Control of Switched Stochastic Systems 

L. Wu, W. Xing Zheng, H. Gao p. 785 


On Reliable Stabilization via Rectangular Dilated LMIs and Dissipativity-Based Certifications

G. Befekadu, V. Gupta, P. J. Antsaklis p. 792 


Bounded Real Lemma for Nonhomogeneous Markovian Jump Linear Systems 

S. Aberkane p. 797 


Recursive Identification of MIMO Wiener Systems 

B-Q. Mu, H-F. Chen p. 802 


Filtering Quantized Measurements 

A. Schöttl p. 809 


Sufficient Conditions for Generic Feedback Stabilisability of Switching Systems via Lie-algebraic Solvability

H. Haimovich, J. H. Braslavsky p. 814 




1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

Contributed by: Thomas Parisini,


Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 21 (2013), Issue 2 (March) 



T. Parisini page 281 


2012 IEEE Transactions on Control System Tchnology Outstanding paper Award page 283




Perspectives on Innovation in Control Systems Technology: CompatibilityWith Industry Practices

T. Samad and G. Stewart page 284 




Electrochemical Model Based Observer Design for a Lithium-Ion Battery 

R. Klein, N. A. Chaturvedi, J. Christensen, J. Ahmed, R. Findeisen, and A. Kojic page 289


Optimal Coordination of a Multiple HVDC Link System Using Centralized and Distributed Control

P. Mc Namara, R. R. Negenborn, B. De Schutter, and G. Lightbody page 302 


Transmission Power Control for Opportunistic QoS Provision inWireless Networks 

F. de Sousa Chaves, M. Abbas-Turki, H. Abou-Kandil, and J. M. T. Romano page 315


A Virtual Rider for Motorcycles: Maneuver Regulation of a Multi-Body Vehicle Model

A. Saccon, J. Hauser, and A. Beghi page 332 


Rejection of Periodic Wind Disturbances on a Smart Rotor Test Section Using Lifted Repetitive Control

I. Houtzager, J.-W. van Wingerden, and M. Verhaegen page 347 


Thermodynamics-Based Nonlinear Control of a Three-Phase Slurry Catalytic Fed-Batch Reactor

S. Bahroun, F. Couenne, C. Jallut, and C. Valentin page 360 


Adaptive Control of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Ultra-Capacitor Hybrid System 

T. Das and S. Snyder page 372 


From Each According to its Ability: Distributed Grid Regulation With Bandwidth and Saturation Limits in Wind Generation and Battery Storage

C. A. Baone and C. L. DeMarco page 384 


Robust Adaptive Position Mooring Control for Marine Vessels 

M. Chen, S. S. Ge, B. V. E. How, and Y. S. Choo page 395 


Motion Control of the CyberCarpet Platform 

A. De Luca, R.Mattone, P. Robuffo Giordano, H. Ulbrich, M. Schwaiger,M. Van den Bergh, E. Koller-Meier, and L. Van Gool page 410


A New Closed-Loop Output Error Method for Parameter Identification of Robot Dynamics

M. Gautier, A. Janot, and P.-O. Vandanjon page 428 


Controller Tuning by Means of Multi-Objective Optimization Algorithms: A Global Tuning Framework

G. Reynoso-Meza, S. García-Nieto, J. Sanchis, and F. X. Blasco page 445 


Experimental Evidence of Variable-Order Behavior of Ladders and Nested Ladders 

D. Sierociuk, I. Podlubny, and I. Petráš page 459 


An Intelligent Cooperative Decoupling Controller for Coagulation Bath in Polyacrylonitrile Carbon Fiber Productions

Y.-S. Ding, X. Liang, K.-R. Hao, and H.-P. Wang page 467 


Rejection of Aliased Disturbances in a Production Pulsed Light Source 

D. J. Riggs and R. R. Bitmead page 480 


Early Detection of Parametric Roll Resonance on Container Ships 

R. Galeazzi, M. Blanke, and N. Kjølstad Poulsen page 489 




Distributed Supervisory Predictive Control of DistributedWind and Solar Energy Systems

W. Qi, J. Liu, and P. D. Christofides page 504 


Adaptive Dynamic Surface Control for Formations of Autonomous Surface Vehicles With Uncertain Dynamics

Z. Peng, D. Wang, Z. Chen, X. Hu, and W. Lan page 513 


Rate Assignment in Wireless Networks: Stability Analysis and Controller Design 

K. Jalaleddini, K. Moezzi, A. G. Aghdam, M. Alasti, and V. Tarokh page 521 


Robust Saturated Control for Low-Power Circuits 

C. Albea, F. Gordillo, and C. Canudas de Wit page 530 


Sampled Data Model Predictive Idle Speed Control of Ultra-Lean Burn Hydrogen Engines

R. Sharma, D. Nešić, and C. Manzie page 538 


A Data-Driven Constrained Norm-Optimal Iterative Learning Control Framework for LTI Systems

P. Janssens, G. Pipeleers, and J. Swevers page 546 


Model Predictive Contouring Control for Biaxial Systems 

D. Lam, C. Manzie, and M. C. Good page 552 


PI Stabilization of Power ConvertersWith Partial State Measurements 

A. Jaafar, A. Alawieh, R. Ortega, E. Godoy, and P. Lefranc page 560 




1.4 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 

Contributed by: Felice Andrea Pellegrino,


52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 

December 10-13, 2013 

Palazzo dei Congressi, Florence, Italy 


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

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


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


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


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

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



Paper submissions site opens: January 4 

Deadline for submission of invited session proposals: March 4 

Deadline for submission of contributed and invited papers: March 11 

Notification of acceptance/rejection: mid-July 

Final submission and on-line registration opens: August 1 

Deadline for final submission of all papers: September 5 


More details can be obtained from the conference website: 


General Co-Chair: Thomas Parisini 

General Co-Chair: Roberto Tempo 

Program Chair: André L. Tits 





2. Books


2.1 Dynamic Modeling and Predictive Control in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: First Principle and Data-based Approaches 

Contributed by: Biao Huang,


Title: Dynamic Modeling and Predictive Control in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: First Principle and Data-based Approaches 

Authors: Biao Huang, Yutong Qi, A. K. M. Monjur Murshed 

Publisher: Wiley 

ISBN: 978-0-470-97391-2 (Hardcover, 345 pages, 2013) 




The high temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is identified as one of the leading fuel cell technology contenders to capture the energy market in years to come. However, in order to operate as an efficient energy generating system, the SOFC requires an appropriate control system which in turn requires a detailed modelling of process dynamics. 


Introducting state-of-the-art dynamic modelling, estimation, and control of SOFC systems, this book presents original modelling methods and brand new results as developed by the authors. With comprehensive coverage and bringing together many aspects of SOFC technology, it considers dynamic modelling through first-principles and data-based approaches, and considers all aspects of control, including modelling, system identification, state estimation, conventional and advanced control. 


Key features: 


•Discusses both planar and tubular SOFC, and detailed and simplified dynamic modelling for SOFC 

•Systematically describes single model and distributed models from cell level to system level 

•Provides parameters for all models developed for easy reference and reproducing of the results 

•All theories are illustrated through vivid fuel cell application examples, such as state-of-the-art unscented Kalman filter, model predictive control, and system identification techniques to SOFC systems 


The tutorial approach makes it perfect for learning the fundamentals of chemical engineering, system identification, state estimation and process control. It is suitable for graduate students in chemical, mechanical, power, and electrical engineering, especially those in process control, process systems engineering, control systems, or fuel cells. It will also aid researchers who need a reminder of the basics as well as an overview of current techniques in the dynamic modelling and control of SOFC. 




2.2 Robust Control and Linear Parameter Varying Approaches: Application to Vehicle Dynamics

Contributed by: Olivier Sename,


Robust Control and Linear Parameter Varying Approaches : Application to Vehicle Dynamics

Editors: Olivier Sename, Peter Gaspar, József Bokor 

Springer - Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences

Volume 437 2013

397 pages or


Vehicles are complex systems (non-linear, multi-variable) where the abundance of embedded controllers should ensure better security. This book aims at emphasizing the interest and potential of Linear Parameter Varying methods within the framework of vehicle dynamics, e.g. 

· proposed control-oriented model, complex enough to handle some system non linearities but still simple for control or observer design, 

· take into account the adaptability of the vehicle's response to driving situations, to the driver request and/or to the road sollicitations, 

· manage interactions between various actuators to optimize the dynamic behavior of vehicles. 

This book results from the 32th International Summer School in Automatic that held in Grenoble, France, in September 2011, where recent methods (based on robust control and LPV technics), then applied to the control of vehicle dynamics, have been presented. After some theoretical background and a view on some recent works on LPV approaches (for modelling, analysis, control, observation and diagnosis), the main emphasis is put on road vehicles but some illustrations are concerned with railway, aerospace and underwater vehicles. The main objective of the book is to demonstrate the value of this approach for controlling the dynamic behavior of vehicles. 

It presents, in a firm way, background and new results on LPV methods and their application to vehicle dynamics. 



Part I Some background on LPV systems (modeling, identification control, observation). 

1 System analysis: a geometric approach 

2 Bimodal and Linear Switched Systems 

3 Positive polynomial matrices for LPV controller synthesis 

4 Polytopic observers for LPV discrete-time systems 

5 Design of Norm based Fault Detection and Isolation LPV filters 


Part II LPV methods applied to road vehicles. 

6 Design of Integrated Control for Road Vehicles 

7 Global chassis control using coordinated control of braking/steering 


8 Multisensor Fault-Tolerant Automotive Control 

9 VRFT for LPV systems: theory and braking control application 

10 Design of a hierarchical controller for suspension systems 


Part III Some cases of LPV methods for railway, aerospace and underwater applications. 

11 Observer-based brake control for railways 

12 Linear parameter-varying control strategies for aerospace 


13 LPV approaches for varying sampling control design: application 

to Autonomous Underwater Vehicles 




2.3 Snake Robots - Modelling, Mechatronics, and Control 

Contributed by: Pål Liljebäck,


Book title: Snake Robots - Modelling, Mechatronics, and Control 

Authors: Pål Liljebäck, Kristin Y. Pettersen, Øyvind Stavdahl, Jan Tommy Gravdahl 

Publisher: Springer 

ISBN: 978-1-4471-2995-0 




This book presents theoretical and practical topics related to snake robots, which are robotic mechanisms designed to move like biological snakes. The advantage of such mechanisms is their ability to move and operate in challenging environments where human presence is unwanted or impossible. Future applications of these mechanisms include search and rescue operations, inspection and maintenance in industrial process plants, and subsea operations. 

The book is a complete treatment of snake robotics, with topics ranging from mathematical modelling techniques, mechatronic design and implementation, and control design strategies. In particular, several new approaches to modelling of snake robot locomotion are presented. Moreover, numerous properties of snake robot dynamics are derived using nonlinear system analysis tools, and several new control strategies for snake robots are proposed. The book also describes the development of two snake robots that are employed to experimentally validate many of the theoretical results. Whereas previous literature has mainly focused on flat surface locomotion, a distinct feature of the book is the strong focus on locomotion in uneven and cluttered environments. 

The material in this book is presented at an initial level which is accessible to audiences with a standard undergraduate background in control theory or mechatronics. The book is written in a clear and easily understandable manner with numerous figures and pictures which help illustrate and visualise the material. The book will be particularly useful to new researchers taking on a topic related to snake robotics since the book provides an extensive overview of the snake robot literature and also represents a suitable starting point for research in this area. 




Ch. 1 Introduction 


PART I Snake Robot Locomotion on Flat Surfaces 


Ch. 2 A Complex Model of Snake Robot Locomotion on Planar Surfaces 

Ch. 3 Development of a Mechanical Snake Robot for Motion Across Planar Surfaces 

Ch. 4 Analysis and Synthesis of Snake Robot Locomotion 

Ch. 5 Path Following Control and Analysis of Snake Robots Based on the Poincaré Map 

Ch. 6 A Simplified Model of Snake Robot Locomotion on Planar Surfaces 

Ch. 7 Analysis of Snake Robot Locomotion Based on Averaging Theory 

Ch. 8 Path Following Control of Snake Robots Through a Cascaded Approach 


Part II Snake Robot Locomotion in Cluttered Environments 


Ch. 9 Introduction to Part II 

Ch. 10 A Hybrid Model of Snake Robot Locomotion in Cluttered Environments 

Ch. 11 Development of a Mechanical Snake Robot for Obstacle-Aided Locomotion 

Ch. 12 Hybrid Control of Obstacle-Aided Locomotion 

Ch. 13 Path Following Control of Snake Robots in Cluttered Environments 

Ch. 14 Future Research Challenges of Snake Robot Locomotion 





3. Journals


3.1 Contents: Asian Journal of Control 

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,


Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.15, No.1 January, 2013 




Regular papers: 


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

Authors: S. Pigg and M. Bodson 


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

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


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

Authors: Mara Tanelli and Antonella Ferrara 


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

Authors: Martina Maggio, Alessandro Vittorio Papadopoulos and Alberto Leva 


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

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


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

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


7. Robust Saturated PI Joint Velocity Control for Robot Manipulators 

Authors: J. Moreno–Valenzuela and V. Santibáñez 


8. Controller Synthesis with Highly Simplified Linear Constraints 

Authors: Abbas Dideban, Meysam Zareiee and Hassane Alla 


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

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


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

Authors: Dariusz Horla 


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

Authors: A. J. Rojas 


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

Authors: Sofiane Khadraoui, Micky Rakotondrabe and Philippe Lutz 


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

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


14. Estimating the Attraction Domain for the Boost Inverter 

Authors: C. Albea and F. Gordillo 


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

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


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

Authors: Majid Hallaji, Assef Zare and Ali Vahidian Kamyad 


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

Authors: A. Kazemy and M. Farrokhi 


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

Authors: Hakkı Ulaş Ünal and Altuğ İftar 


19. Explicit Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Quadratic Linearization 

Authors: Parvathy Ayalur Krishnamoorthy, Kamaraj Vijayarajan and Rajagopalan Devanathan


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

Authors: Dongya Zhao, Shaoyuan Li and Quanmin Zhu 


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

Authors: Cheng Wang and Yi Shen 


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

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


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

Authors: Zhiguo Yan, Guoshan Zhang and Weihai Zhang 


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

Authors: Haibo Du, Shihua Li and Shihong Ding 


Brief papers: 


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

Authors: Luca Consolini, Gabriele Lini and Aurelio Piazzi 


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

Authors: Baocang Ding 


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

Authors: Yu Zhang 




3.2 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems

Contributed by: Lars Gruene, 


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

Volume 25, Number 1, 


Input-to-state stability of infinite-dimensional control systems, Sergey Dashkovskiy, Andrii Mironchenko, 1-35


Semi-classical signal analysis, Taous-Meriem Laleg-Kirati, 37-61 


A geometric approach to nonlinear dissipative balanced reduction I: exogenous signals, Ricardo Lopezlena, 63-96


A geometric approach to nonlinear dissipative balanced reduction II: internal isometries, Ricardo Lopezlena, 97-131


The generalized Bohl–Perron principle for the neutral type vector functional differential equations, Michael Gil', 133-146




3.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

Contributed by: Tobias Glück,


Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 21, Issue 4, April 2013 


IFC - Editorial Board 


J.C. Moreno, J.L. Guzmán, J.E. Normey-Rico, A. Baños, M. Berenguel, A combined FSP and reset control approach to improve the set-point tracking task of dead-time processes, Pages 351-359


Kaixiang Peng, Kai Zhang, Gang Li, Donghua Zhou, Contribution rate plot for nonlinear quality-related fault diagnosis with application to the hot strip mill process, Pages 360-369


Xiaoyu Huang, Junmin Wang, Center of gravity height real-time estimation for lightweight vehicles using tire instant effective radius, Pages 370-380


Sabato Manfredi, Design of a multi-hop dynamic consensus algorithm over wireless sensor networks, Pages 381-394


Mateo Bašic, Dinko Vukadinovic, Vector control system of a self-excited induction generator including iron losses and magnetic saturation, Pages 395-406


Silvia Joekes, Emanuel Pimentel Barbosa, An improved attribute control chart for monitoring non-conforming proportion in high quality processes, Pages 407-412


Hans Butler, Corné de Hoon, Fractional-order filters for active damping in a lithographic tool, Pages 413-419


Kai Gao, Zhiwu Huang, Jing Wang, Jun Peng, Weirong Liu, Decentralized control of heavy-haul trains with input constraints and communication delays, Pages 420-427


Oliver König, Gregor Gregorcic, Stefan Jakubek, Model predictive control of a DC–DC converter for battery emulation, Pages 428-440


G.J. van der Veen, J.W. van Wingerden, P.A. Fleming, A.K. Scholbrock, M. Verhaegen, Global data-driven modeling of wind turbines in the presence of turbulence, Pages 441-454


Carl Svärd, Mattias Nyberg, Erik Frisk, Mattias Krysander, Automotive engine FDI by application of an automated model-based and data-driven design methodology, Pages 455-472


Magnus Hedlund, Janaína G. Oliveira, Hans Bernhoff, Sliding mode 4-quadrant DCDC converter for a flywheel application, Pages 473-482


Paolo Casoli, Alvin Anthony, Gray box modeling of an excavator’s variable displacement hydraulic pump for fast simulation of excavation cycles, Pages 483-494


A. Steinboeck, D. Wild, A. Kugi, Nonlinear model predictive control of a continuous slab reheating furnace, Pages 495-508


Luis Obregón, Leonel Quiñones, Carlos Velázquez, Model predictive control of a fluidized bed dryer with an inline NIR as moisture sensor, Pages 509-517


P. Gil, J. Henriques, A. Cardoso, A. Dourado, On affine state-space neural networks for system identification: Global stability conditions and complexity management, Pages 518-529


A. El Magri, F. Giri, G. Besançon, A. El Fadili, L. Dugard, F.Z. Chaoui, Sensorless adaptive output feedback control of wind energy systems with PMS generators, Pages 530-543


Debi Prasad Das, Danielle J. Moreau, Ben S. Cazzolato, Nonlinear active noise control for headrest using virtual microphone control, Pages 544-555


Chun-E Huang, Donghai Li, Yali Xue, Active disturbance rejection control for the ALSTOM gasifier benchmark problem, Pages 556-564


Karla Stricker, Lyle Kocher, Dan Van Alstine, Gregory M. Shaver, Input observer convergence and robustness: Application to compression ratio estimation, Pages 565-582




3.4 Contents: European Journal of Control 

Contributed by: Maria Prandini,


European Journal of Control 

Table of Contents 

Volume 19, Issue n.1, 2013 


Theory and computation of discrete state space decompositions for hybrid systems

E. De Santis, M. D. Di Benedetto 


CGMurphi: Automatic synthesis of numerical controllers for nonlinear hybrid systems

Giuseppe Della Penna, Benedetto Intrigila, Daniele Magazzeni, Igor Melatti, Enrico Tronci


Optimal performance of discrete-time control systems based on network-induced delay

Xi-Sheng Zhan, Zhi-Hong Guan, Fu-Shun Yuan, Xian-He Zhang 


A quotient method for designing nonlinear controllers 

S. S. Willson, Philippe Mullhaupt, and Dominique Bonvin 


Stability in passivity-based boost converter controller for power factor correction

Seleme Isaac Seleme Junior, Lenin Martins Ferreira Morais, Arthur Hermano Rezende Rosa, Leonardo Antonio Borges Torres


New stabilization and tracking control laws for electrohydraulic servomechanisms

Ioan Ursu, Adrian Toader, Andrei Halanay, Silvia Balea  




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

Contributed by: Jinyoung You and Jae-Bok Song,


International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (IJCAS) 

ISSN: 1598-6446, 


Table of contents 

Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2013 


Finite Horizon H∞ Filtering for Networked Measurement System 

Xiaoliang Feng, Chenglin Wen*, and Lizhong Xu, pp.1-11


Nominal Model Manipulation for Enhancement of Stability Robustness for Disturbance Observer-Based Control Systems

Kyoungchul Kong and Masayoshi Tomizuka, pp.12-20 


Automatic Target Recognition and Tracking in Forward-Looking Infrared Image Sequences with a Complex Background

Seok Pil Yoon, Taek Lyul Song, and Tae Han Kim, pp.21-32


Decentralized Event-Triggered Control Strategy in Distributed Networked Systems with Delays

Dan Liu and Fei Hao, pp.33-40 


Robust Stabilization of Switched Positive Linear Systems with Uncertainties 

Junfeng Zhang and Zhengzhi Han, pp.41-47 


Extracting Motion Data from Video Using Optical Flow with Physically-Based Constraints

David Frakes, Christine Zwart, and William Singhose, pp.48-57


Displacement Motion Prediction of a Landing Deck for Recovery Operations of Rotary UAVs

Xilin Yang, pp.58-64


Adaptive Nonlinear Model Predictive Path-Following Control for a Fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Kwangjin Yang, Yeonsik Kang, and Salah Sukkarieh, pp.65-74


Fault Diagnosis for High Order Systems Based on Model Decomposition 

Xiukun Wei, Lihua Liu, and Limin Jia, pp.75-83


Visual Multi-touch Air Interface for Barehanded Users by Skeleton Models of Hand Regions

Jin Gyu Kim and Young Hoon Joo, pp.84-91 


Control of an Exoskeleton Robot Arm with Sliding Mode Exponential Reaching Law 

Mohammad H. Rahman, Maarouf Saad, Jean-Pierre Kenne, and Philippe S. Archambault, pp.92-104


Output-Feedback Adaptive Control for the Global Regulation of Robot Manipulators with Bounded Inputs

Daniela J. Lopez-Araujo, Arturo Zavala-Rio, Victor Santibanez, and Fernando Reyes, pp.105-115


Forward Kinematic Singularity Avoiding Design of a Schonflies Motion Generator by Asymmetric Attachment of Subchains

Sung Mok Kim, Byung-Ju Yi, and Wheekuk Kim, pp.116-126


Map Building Method for Urban Gas Pipelines Based on Landmark Detection 

Dong-Hyuk Lee, Hyungpil Moon, Ja Choon Koo, and Hyouk Ryeol Choi, pp.127-135


Stability and Stabilization for Discrete-time Markovian Jump Fuzzy Systems with Time-varying Delays: Partially Known Transition Probabilities Case

Min Kook Song, Jin Bae Park, and Young Hoon Joo, pp.136-146


Fuzzy Adaptive Control for Pure-feedback System via Time Fuzzy Adaptive Control for Pure-feedback System via Time

Daoxiang Gao, Zengqi Sun, and Bin Xu, pp.147-158


Increasing the Accuracy of Incremental Naive Bayes Classifier Increasing the Accuracy of Incremental Naive Bayes Classifier

Sotiris Kotsiantis, pp.159-166


An Evolutionary Approach to Design Practical μ Synthesis Controllers 

Ali Lari and Alireza Khosravi, pp.167-174


Sampled-data Output Feedback Control of a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems 

Jian Zhang, Xiaoshuai Xin, and Hongbing Xu, pp.175-181


Robust Attitude Control of Near Space Vehicles with Time-varying Disturbances 

Mou Chen and Bin Jiang, pp.182-187


Robust Stabilization of Singular Markovian Jump Systems with Uncertain Switching

Guo-Liang Wang, pp.188-193 


Parameter-dependent Robust H∞ Filter Design for Uncertain Discrete-time Systems with Quantized Measurements

Ke-Zhen Han and Xiao-Heng Chang, pp.194-199 


Reachability and Observability of Switched Linear Systems with Continuous-Time and Discrete-Time Subsystems

Chao Liu and Chuandong Li, pp.200-205


A Finite Memory Filtering for End-to-End Available Bandwidth Estimation 

Pyung Soo Kim, pp.206-210


Distance Estimation Using Inertial Sensor and Vision 

Young Soo Suh, Nguyen Ho Quoc Phuong, and Hee Jun Kang, pp.211-215


Visual Cooperation Based on LOS for Self-organization of Swarm Robots 

Hahmin Jung, Yeongyun Kim, and Dong Hun Kim, pp.216-224




3.6 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal 

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev,


Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal 

ISSN 1683-3511, 


Table of Contents 

Vol.12, No.1 February, 2013 


Algorithm Based on the Bass Relation for Solving the Unilateral Quadratic Matrix Equation

F.A. Aliev, V.B. Larin pages:3-7 


Confidence Intervals for DEA Models Efficiency Scores by Bootstrapping Method 

S. Ebadi, G.R. Jahanshahloo pages:8-19 


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

K.O. Okosun, O.D. Makinde pages:20-32 


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

A. Aminataei and S.K. Vanani pages:33-43 


Fuzzy h-Ideals of a Γ-Hemiring and its Operator Hemirings 

S. K. Sardar, B. Davvaz, D. Mandal pages:44-60 


Richardson Extrapolation in Spectral Problems with Eigenvalues in Boundary and Conjugation Conditions

B.S. Jovanoviç, L.G. Vulkov pages:61-75 


Non-Archimedean Stability of Partitioned Functional Equations 

H.A. Kenary, Th.M. Rassias pages:76-90 


Numerical Method for Determining the Amplitude of a Wave Edge in Shallow Water Approximation

S.I. Kabanikhin, O.I. Krivorot'ko pages:91-96A 



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

Yagubov M.A., Zamanova R.B. pages:97-102 



Probabilistic Aspects of Exploration Risk 

A. Hajiyev, N.D. Singpurwalla pages:103-118 



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

Reviewed by V. Berbyuk pages:119 


60th Birthday of professor Ali Abbasov pages:120 



4th International Conference on Control and Optimization with Industrial Applications – COIA 2013 pages:121 




3.7 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems 

Contributed by: Michael Whitaker,


Control and Intelligent Systems 

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


Table of Contents 

Volume 41, Number 1 (January 2013) 


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

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


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

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


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

Douglas B. Tweed 


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

Shulin Feng, Wei Wang, Huanshui Zhang 


Saturated Controller Design for Markovian Jump Systems via Particle Control Approach

Chengquan Fang, Jin Zhu, Linpeng Wang


Incorporating Input Saturation for Surface Vessel Control with Experiments 

Yaswanth Siramdasu, Farbod Fahimi 


About Control and Intelligent Systems 

First published in 1972, this journal covers all aspects of control theory and related computational techniques and practical applications.

Apart from conventional control, the journal publishes papers in the field of intelligent control and soft computing; particularly, intelligent systems, fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic algorithms/evolutionary computing, and probabilistic techniques.

It also includes book reviews, conference notices, calls for papers, and announcements of new publications. 




3.8 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory

Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernandez,


Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory: An International Journal of Research and Surveys 


Table of contents 

Volume: 13 Issue: 1 Year: 2013 


Existence of Almost Periodic Solutions to Some Singular Differential Equations, 

M. Arienmughare and T. Diagana, p. 1 


Nonlinear Dynamic Inequalities and Stability of Quasilinear Systems on Time Scales,

S.V. Babenko and A.A. Martynyuk, p. 13 


Asymptotic Robot Manipulator Generalized Inverse Dynamics, 

A.H. Bajodah, p. 25 


A Poiseuille Flow of an Incompressible Fluid with Nonconstant Viscosity, 

Y. Hataya, M. Ito and M. Shiba, p. 47 


Double Hyperchaotic Encryption for Security in Biometric Systems, 

E. Inzunza-González and C. Cruz-Hernández, p. 55 


On the Approximate Controllability of Fractional Order Control Systems with Delay,

S. Kumar and N. Sukavanam, p. 69 


Asymptotic Stability for a Model of Cell Dynamics after Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation,

R. Precup, M-A. Serban and D. Trif, p. 79 


Adaptive Synchronization for Oscillators in $\phi^6$ Potentials, 

U. E. Vincent and R. Guo, p. 93 


For submission and subscription information please contact the 

Editor-in-Chief of ND&ST: 

Professor A. A. Martynyuk 

Institute of Mechanics, 

Nesterov str., 3 

Kiev-57, 03680 MSP 






3.9 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems

Contributed by: Changan Jiang,


International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems 


Table of contents

vol. 4, no. 3/4, 2012 

The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:



Guest Editors: Ikuro Mizumoto, pp. 131 


Adaptive control of MI-MO systems with input saturations 

Jinxin Zhuo; Masahiro Oya; Qiang Wang, pp. 132-140 


Design of a multiple linear models-based PID controller 

Shinichi Imai; Toru Yamamoto, pp. 141-148 


Performance-driven adaptive output feedback control system with a PFC designed via FRIT approach

Ikuro Mizumoto; Taro Takagi; Sota Fukui; Kenshi Yamanaka, pp. 149-158 


Exponential stability analysis for the switched stochastic Hopfield neural networks with time-varying delays

Huimin Xiao; Chunhua Wang, pp. 159-165 


A novel adaptive controller in switched reluctance generator system 

Xiaoshu Zan; Chen Hao, pp. 166-176 


Comparative investigation on the dynamic behaviours of SRD operated under PI control strategies

Dongsheng Yu; Zeng Hui; Hao Chen, pp. 177-186 


Photovoltaic module temperature prediction with Gaussian process 

Ruidong Xu; Jiwei Wu; Xiaoyan Sun, pp. 187-196 


High precision adaptive control for piezo-actuated stage 

Xinkai Chen, pp. 197-204 




Table of contents 

vol. 4, no. 5/6, 2012 

The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:


Adaptive hierarchical sliding mode control for ball-beam systems 

Dianwei Qian; Xiangjie Liu; Linguang Li, pp. 205-211 


Operator-based robust control for MIMO non-linear systems with uncertain hysteresis

Shuhui Bi; Mingcong Deng; Lei Wang; Yongguo Zhao, pp. 212-220 


Robust control of micro-positioning stage with piezoceramic actuator 

Yonghong Tan; Yangqiu Xie; Ruili Dong; Hong He, pp. 221-229 


The global existence of the solution and impulsive synchronisation for a class of reaction-diffusion system

Wanli Yang; Suwen Zheng; Junhong Liu, pp. 230-236 


Visually stimulated motor control for a robot with a pair of LGMD visual neural networks

Shigang Yue; F. Claire Rind, pp. 237-247 


FPGA-based cooperative control of indoor multiple robots 

Quang Phuc Ha; Ying-Hao Yu; Nguyen Khanh Quang, pp. 248-259 


Fuzzy control of an underactuated pendulum-driven cart system 

Yang Liu; Hongnian Yu, pp. 260-268 


Automatic real-time speed limit warning based on radio frequency identification 

Huanjia Yang; Shuang-Hua Yang; Mianhong Wu; Yongming Yang, pp. 269-279 


Operator-based parallel compensation control for hysteresis using ELM-based PI model

Changan Jiang; Mingcong Deng; Yoshikazu Hayakawa, pp. 280-286 


Knowledge-based approach to optimal path generation for an internet-enabled robot

Chengwei Dai; Shuang-Hua Yang, pp. 287-292 




3.10 CFP: Asian Journal of Control 

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,



“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 of the 

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary 


Prof. Yeung Yam 

Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong 



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 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: 


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




3.11 CFP: IET Control Theory and Applications 

Contributed by: M. CHADLI,


Call for papers: IET Control Theory and Applications 

Special Issues on "Fault Detection, Isolation, and Tolerant Control of Vehicles using Soft Computing Methods" 


The website link of IET CTA is 


In the literature, researches on fault detection and isolation (FDI) and fault tolerant control (FTC) are mainly motivated by the enhancement of reliability and fault tolerant capability from theoretical and practical aspects. For instance, in the transport framework to ensure safe operation, it is crucial to introduce FTC/FDI algorithms. It still remains a challenging research area with large domain of applications such as automobile, civil transportation airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles, launch vehicles, satellites. 

On the other hand, soft computing methods have been attracted considerable attention from both the academic and industrial communities and are emerging globally into various control applications. They have been shown to be effective approaches for FDI/FTC of many complex systems including non-analytic systems. Moreover, numerous advanced ideas in FDI/FTC methodology including neural network and fuzzy approaches have been proposed. Among various model-based fuzzy-control strategies, the Takagi–Sugeno (T–S) method is extensively exploited for model-based nonlinear control designs. Indeed, significant research efforts have been devoted to stability analysis, controller/observer design and FDI/FTC methods of these dynamic systems. 

The overall aims of this special issue are to focus on theoretical and practical aspects on new and emerging trends in FDI/FTC with vehicles applications (automobile, airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles, and satellites) with fuzzy logic and neural networks. Solicited papers must bring new ideas and approaches, clearly indicating the advances made through problem statements, methodologies with applications to vehicle systems. Topics to be covered in this special issue include, but are not limited to the following: 

 Soft computing methods for modeling, analysis and identification of vehicles, 

 Soft computing methods in instrumentation and signal processing of vehicles, 

 Non-model-Based FDI, 

 Intelligent FTC algorithms , 

 FDI and FTC algorithms using fuzzy modeling or neural network, 

 Information constraints and sensor failures for vehicle control, 

 Applications of FDI and FTC algorithms to vehicles and driver assistance systems 

Important Dates 

Manuscript Due May 30, 2013 

First Round of Reviews September 01, 2013 

Publication Date December 01, 2013 


Guest Editors: 


- Professor Hamid Reza Karimi, Faculty of Technology and Science, University of Agder, Grimstad, Norway, 

- Dr. Mohammed Chadli, University of Picardie Jules Verne, Laboratory of Modeling, Information & Systems, Amiens, France, 

- Professor Peng Shi, Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, United Kingdom. School of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, 

- Dr. Lixian Zhang, Space Control and Inertial Technology Research Center, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, P.R. China, 




3.12 CFP: Journal of Sensors

Contributed by: Fan Yang,



"Soft Sensing in Monitoring and Control" 

A Special Issue of the Journal of Sensors 


With the development of measurement and data storage facilities, variables of industrial processes are measured routinely by hardware sensors and stored in real time. However, some properties are difficult to measure and usually unavailable in real time, leading to major difficulty in controlling product quality, although they are important for monitoring and control. Soft sensors, as inferential estimators, can draw conclusions on specific variables from process observations on one or more other variables. To estimate these unmeasured variables, first principles modeling is difficult due to complex reactions and a large number of related variables. Alternatively empirical models and data driven models can be employed to estimate these unmeasured variables without looking into the physical insight about the underlying process and thus obtained more applications. Particularly, data-based multivariate statistical methods and dynamic modeling techniques can be used to build soft sensors. Soft sensing technology has been used to solve many problems, such as performance monitoring, sensor validation, fault detection, and process control. 


The main focus of this special issue will be on the new and existing soft sensor methodology and applications in monitoring and control, whose goal is to observe a wide variety of usage of soft sensors in various fields. The special issue will become an international forum for researchers to summarize the most recent developments and ideas in the field, with a special emphasis given to the technical and application results obtained within the last decade. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: 

Review of soft sensing technology 

- Soft sensing models and their validation 

- Data selection and choice of model structure 

- Data reconciliation and gross error detection 

- Heterogeneous multisensor fusion 

- Multirate multisensor fusion 

- Distributed soft sensing 

- Fault tolerant soft sensing 

- Adaptive soft sensing 

- Robustness and uncertainty of soft sensing 

- Data structure for soft sensing 

- Mathematical tools for soft sensing 

- Database and knowledge base used for soft sensing 

- Industrial design methodology of soft sensing systems 

- Optimal design of soft sensing systems 

- Inferential control based on soft sensing 

- Performance assessment methods for soft sensing systems 

- Soft sensing in image systems 

- Application of Kalman filters in soft sensing 

- Successful applications 


Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable: 


Manuscript Due: Friday, 10 May 2013 

First Round of Reviews: Friday, 2 August 2013 

Publication Date: Friday, 27 September 2013 


Lead Guest Editor: 

- Fan Yang, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China 


Guest Editors: 

- Sirish L. Shah, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2G6 

- Deyun Xiao, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China 

- Arun K. Tangirala, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600036, India




3.13 CFP: AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems

Contributed by: Jonathan How,


Special Issue on Aerospace and Mechanical Applications of Reinforcement Learning and Adaptive Learning Based Control


Reinforcement learning and learning-based adaptive control are powerful techniques to perform planning and control for systems with significant model errors and uncertainty. In the computer science community many benchmark types examples have been tackled successfully, showing the advantage of these learning techniques. The goal of this special issue is, however, to assemble high-quality papers that highlight the use of these techniques in more complex aerospace and mechanical engineering applications. In particular, papers are encouraged that demonstrate the use of these learning-based planning and control approaches on physical systems operating in real-world situations with significant disturbances and uncertainties. Classes of uncertainties could include modeling error, uncertainty due to environmental/external effect, hybrid/switched dynamics, sensing/actuation errors, noise, sensing/actuation failures, and structural damage/failures. Model-free and model-based control/planning techniques should highlight online long-term learning through construction and exploitation of (approximate) models of the agent, the environment, value functions, state/action constraints etc. Long-term learning could be characterized by improved tracking, improved mission-score, online generation of optimal policy, predictive ability, and accurate prognosis.


Examples of classes of planning and reinforcement learning techniques include, but are not limited to: approximate dynamic programming, temporal difference learning, adaptive function approximation techniques, planning under uncertainty, intelligent exploration scheme, and learning with risk mitigation.


Examples of classes of control techniques of interest include, but are not limited to: indirect adaptive control, hybrid direct/indirect adaptive control, dual-control, adaptive model predictive control, direct optimal adaptive control using reinforcement learning, learning-focused neuro-adaptive and neuro-fuzzy control, nonparametric control. In general, papers that leverage exploitation of predictive ability of online learning and adaptation are encouraged, whereas papers that focus on adaptation based on reactive short-term learning would risk being outside the scope of this issue.


Key research areas included in the special issue are: 

* Learning with limited data and/or in domains for which obtaining data is expensive or risky

* Real-time reinforcement learning with resource constraints (e.g., limited memory and computation time)

* Use of reinforcement learning for risk sensitive or safety critical applications

* Scaling reinforcement learning to multi-agent systems 

* Distributed reinforcement learning 

* Adaptive learning-based control in the presence of uncertainty 


These areas are only indicative. The special Issue is also open to manuscripts that are relevant to the applied science and engineering of aerospace computing, information, and communication but do not fit neatly into any of the above areas. We do envisage, however, that successful manuscripts will include experimental results, or at least sophisticated simulations of real-life mechanical or aerospace systems.




Deadline: August 15th of 2013 

Link for more information: 

Link for submission: 



Jonathan How (MIT/LIDS), Nicholas Roy (MIT/CSAIL), Alborz Geramifard (MIT), Girish Chowdhary (OSU), and Tom Walsh (MIT)


Point of contact for any questions about the special issue:




3.14  CFP: International Journal of General Systems 

Contributed by: Bo Shen, 




"Distributed Estimation and Control for General Systems" 

A Special Issue of International Journal of General Systems 


Networked systems arise as natural models in many areas of engineering and sciences with examples including sensor networks, autonomous unmanned vehicles, biological networks, and animal cooperative aggregation and flocking. In addition to the universal attributes of the complex networks, networked systems do possess their own characteristics due mainly to the large number of simple systems interacting through a communication medium. The past decade has seen successful applications of network systems in many practical areas ranging from military sensing, physical security, air traffic control, to distributed robotics and industrial and manufacturing automation. Accordingly, theoretical research on large-scale networked systems has gained an increasing attention from multiple disciplines including engineering, computer science and mathematics. Lying in the core part of the area are the distributed estimation and control problems that have recently been attracting growing research interests.


For distributed estimation and control problems, the networked system is comprised of a large number of simple systems (i.e. nodes) with computing and wireless communication capabilities, where the nodes are spatially distributed to form an ad hoc network and every node has its own notion of time. Each individual node in the network locally estimates/controls the system state from not only its own measurement but also its neighbouring nodes' measurements according to the given topology. The possible complexity of such a topology poses many challenges for scientists and engineers, and it is difficult to analyse these networks thoroughly with currently available estimation/control algorithms. Therefore, there is an urgent need to research on into modelling, analysis of behaviours, systems theory, and estimation/control algorithms in networked systems. Numerous fundamental questions have been addressed about the connections between network topology and dynamic properties including stability, controllability, robustness and other observable aspects. However, some major problems have not been fully investigated, such as the behaviour of stability, estimation and control for networks with incomplete/imperfect/stochastic topology, as well as their applications in, for example, distributed signal processing.


This special issue aims to bring together the latest approaches to understanding, estimating and control complex systems in a distributed way.


Topics include, but are not limited to the following aspects of sensor networks:

• Coordinated control and estimation over networks; 

• Multivehicle systems, flocking, and consensus; 

• Control under communication constraints: quantization, limited bandwidth, erasure channels;

• Decentralized algorithms for computation over sensor networks; 

• Randomized, gossip, and message passing algorithms; 

• Distributed and decentralized signal processing; 

• Distributed and cooperative optimization; 

• Cooperation in the presence of adversaries; 

• Networked games; 

• Robust coordination under malicious attacks. 


Guest Editorial Board: 


Prof. Zidong Wang 

Dept. Info. Syst. & Computing 

Brunel University 

Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, UK 



Prof. Renquan Lu 

Inst. of Information & Control 

Hangzhou Dianzi University 

Hangzhou 310018, P. R. China. 



Dr. Bo Shen 

Inst. Automatic Control and Complex Systems 

University of Duisburg-Essen 

Duisburg 47057, Germany. 



About IJGS 


The International Journal of General Systems is a crossdisciplinary periodical devoted primarily to the publication of original research contributions to system science, basic as well as applied. However, relevant tutorial and survey articles, invited autobiographical articles, book reviews, bibliographies, and letters to the editor are also published.

The principal aim of the journal is to promote original systems ideas (concepts, principles, methods, theoretical or experimental results, etc.) that transcend the boundaries between traditional academic disciplines. The term "general system" in the name of the journal is intended to indicate this aim 3/4 the orientation to systems ideas that have a general applicability. Some typical subject areas covered by the journal include: systems analysis, modeling, simulation and design; uncertainty; information; complexity; inductive and deductive reasoning; learning; and theoretical as well as experimental knowledge regarding various categories of systems, such as adaptive, anticipatory, autopoietic, cellular, chaotic, dynamic, fuzzy, hierarchical, immune-like, neural, quantum, self-organizing, self-producing, sel-freferential, etc. The journal also contains a special area section devoted to intelligent systems.


please visit the following web for more details. 


Important Dates: 


Full Paper Submission Deadline: 31 August 2013 

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 30 November 2013 

Final Paper Submission: 31 January 2014 

Target Publication Date: Early 2014 


How to submit: 


Potential authors should submit the full paper through the website Authors should indicate that their manuscript is being submitted for the Special Issue on Distributed Estimation and Control for General Systems. After submission, the authors must provide the guest editor with the reference number of the paper. 





4. Conferences


4.1 3rd Australian Control Conference 

Contributed by: Victor Sreeram,


3rd Australian Control Conference (AUCC2013), Perth 4-5 November 2013 

AUCC2013 is dedicated to the memory of Professor John Moore (1941-2013). 


Two types of contributions are sought: 

Regular papers, 8 pages for submission, 6 pages for proceedings (peer reviewed, presented orally or as posters to be decided by the technical program committee, published in proceedings) 

Industrial abstracts, 2 pages (peer reviewed, typically presented as posters or in a special oral session on industrial problems, published in proceedings) 

Submit a contribution to AUCC2013 at 


Important Dates: 

Submission of papers: 26th April, 2013 

Author notification: 28th June, 2013 

Final upload of papers: 2nd September, 2013 




4.2 3th International Conference on Systems and Control 

Contributed by: Prof. Mohamed DJEMAI,


3th International Conference on Systems and Control 

29-31 October 2013, Hilton Hotel, Algiers, Algeria 


The third edition of the International Conference on Systems and Control will be held on, 2013, in Algiers, Algeria. The first edition was initiated by the late Prof. E.-K. Boukas and was held in 2007 in Marrakesh. The second edition has been taken place in Marrakech. 

(Al-Jazaïr) is the capital and largest city of Algeria. Called El-Behdja or alternatively “Algiers the White” for the glistening white of its buildings as seen rising up from the sea, Algiers is situated on the west side of a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. The modern part of the city is built on the level ground by the seashore; the old part, the ancient city of the deys, climbs the steep hill behind the modern town and is crowned by the Casbah or citadel. This event will provide the opportunity for worldwide researchers and practitioners to share together the latest developments and new trends in systems and control. Both theoretical and applied papers are welcomed for submission to this event. Keynote speeches are to be conducted by well-known experts in systems and control. 


Topics of interest include but not limited: 


Bond Graphs, Linear and nonlinear systems, Modeling of complex systems, Robust control and Hinf control, Hybrid dynamical systems, Variable structure Systems, Discrete event systems, Stochastic control, Estimations and identification, Observation and Observer, Intelligent and AI based control, Multivariable control, Mathematical systems theory, Time-delay systems, Fuzzy and neural systems, Industrial control Robotics,  Manufacturing systems, Control algorithms implementation, Control applications, Control Education, Guidance and control theory, Motion control, Optimal control, Real time systems, Mechatronics, Networks optimization, Fault Diagnosis, Power systems, Modeling and simulation, Optimization, Fault Tolerant control, Data Communications, Embedded Systems, Process control and instrumentation, Control of telecommunications systems, Transportation Systems, Renewable Energy, Robot 


Paper submission: Papers must be submitted electronically via the Web upload system only 

The guidelines are given at the ICSC’13 Web site. 

Full papers should be submitted in standard IEEE double-column format for conferences. The first page of the paper, centred on the top below the top margin, should include the paper title, the authors' names and their affiliations, an abstract, and keywords. Six pages are allowed for each paper. Submitted papers will undergo a peer review process, coordinated by the Program Chairs and the IPC. The paper should be submitted only if you intend to present the paper at the conference. The authors are invited to submit the full version of their manuscripts online through the online paper submission 


Important Dates: 

Submission site opening: December 1st, 2013 

Invited Session proposal: June 15th, 2013 

Notification of acceptance/rejection: July 29th, 2013 

Final paper submission: September 9th, 2013 

Congress opening: October 28th, 2013 


Honorary Chairs : 

Elena Maria Valcher, Italy 

Panos Antsaklis, USA 

Hasan Khalil, USA 


General Chairs : 

Mohamed Djemai, France 

Mohamed Boudour, Algeria 

Abdelaziz Hamzaoui, France 




4.3 Interdisciplinary Symposium on Signals and Systems for Medical Applications 

Contributed by: Antoine Chaillet,


Call for abstracts/financial support: Interdisciplinary Symposium on Signals and Systems for Medical Applications 


We are pleased to announce the Interdisciplinary Symposium on Signals and Systems for Medical Applications (ISSSMA 2013). 

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

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


The symposium is made of three independent workshops: 

- Workshop 1: Feedback and synchronization in neuroscience 

- Workshop 2: Modeling and analysis of cancer cell dynamics 

- Workshop 3: Medical imaging. 


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

Full information is available at: 



- Poster submission Deadline: March, 15th 2013 

- Deadline for application to financial support: March, 15th 2013 

- Notification of acceptance/rejection: April 2013 

- Workshop: June 3-4, 2013. 


We look forward to seeing you there. 

The ISSSMA 2013 Organizing committee 




4.4 10th International Conference on Autonomic Computing 

Contributed by: Xiaoyun Zhu,


June 26-28, 2013 San Jose, CA 

Co-held with the 2013 USENIX Federated Conferences Week 

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association 


* Important Dates 

Paper registrations (title and abstract) due: February 25, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PST 

Paper submissions due: March 4, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PST 

Poster/demo and Ph.D. forum proposals due: March 11, 2013 

Notification to authors: April 15, 2013 

Final paper files due: May 22, 2013 


* Overview 

ICAC is the leading conference on autonomic computing techniques, foundations, and applications. Large-scale systems of all types, such as data centers, compute clouds, sensor networks, embedded or pervasive environments, and the Internet of Things are becoming increasingly complex and burdensome for people to manage. Autonomic computing systems reduce this burden by managing their own behavior in accordance with high-level goals. In autonomic systems, resources and applications are managed to maximize performance and minimize cost, while maintaining predictable and reliable behavior in the face of varying workloads, failures, and malicious threats. Achieving self-management requires and motivates research that spans a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines, including 

distributed systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, modeling, control theory, optimization, planning, decision theory, user interface design, data management, software engineering, emergent behavior, and bio-inspired computing. ICAC brings together researchers and practitioners from disparate disciplines, application domains, and perspectives, enabling them to discover and share underlying commonalities in their approaches to making resources, applications, and systems more autonomic. 


* Topics 

Papers are solicited from all areas of autonomic computing, including (but not limited to): 

- Self-managing components, such as compute, storage, and networking devices; embedded and real-time systems; and mobile devices such as smart phones 

- AI and mathematical techniques, such as machine learning, control theory, operations research, probability and stochastic processes, queuing theory, rule-based systems, and bio-inspired techniques, and their use in autonomic computing 

- End-to-end design and implementations for management of resources, workloads, availability, performance, reliability, power/cooling, security, and others 

- Monitoring systems that can scale to large environments 

- Hypervisors, operating systems, middleware, or application support for autonomic computing 

- Novel human interfaces for monitoring and controlling autonomic systems 

- Goal specification and policies, including specification and modeling of service-level agreements, behavior enforcement, IT governance, and business-driven IT management 

- Frameworks, principles, architectures, and toolkits, from software engineering practices and experimental methodologies to agent-based techniques 

- Automated management techniques for emerging applications, systems, and platforms, including social networks, Big Data systems, multi-core processors, and Internet of Things 

- Fundamental science and theory of self-managing systems for understanding, controlling, or exploiting emergent system behaviors to enforce autonomic properties 

- Applications of autonomic computing and experiences with prototyped or deployed systems solving real-world problems in science, engineering, business, or society 

- Papers will be judged on originality, significance, interest, correctness, clarity and relevance to the broader community. Papers are strongly encouraged to report on experiences, measurements, user studies, and provide an appropriate quantitative evaluation if at all possible. 


* Paper Submissions 

Full papers (a maximum of 10 pages) and short papers (4 pages) are invited on a wide variety of topics relating to autonomic computing. Both full and short papers should be typeset in two-column format in 10 point type on 12 point (single-spaced) leading, with the text block being no more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep. Both kinds of papers should be submitted via the Web submission form at 

Complete formatting and submission instructions can be found at 

Authors are also encouraged to submit a poster or demo that summarizes or augments their paper (see below). 


Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. If you are uncertain whether your submission meets USENIX's guidelines, please contact the program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office, 

At least one author of an accepted paper is expected to present the paper in person at the conference. The accepted papers will be available online to registered attendees before the conference and will also appear in proceedings distributed via USB drives at the conference. If your accepted paper should not be published prior to the event, please notify The papers will be available online to everyone beginning on June 26, 2013. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication on the USENIX ICAC '13 Web site; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential. 


* Special Tracks 

To facilitate community collaboration and exchange of ideas in emergent technological areas, ICAC '13 will host two special tracks, each of which will be reviewed by its own subcommittee. Each track has its own schedule for submissions; please review the respective schedules carefully. More information regarding the special track on Self-Aware Internet of Things is available at More information regarding the special track on Management of Big Data Systems is available at


* Posters, Demonstrations, and Exhibitions 

ICAC '13 will also feature a poster and demonstration session consisting of research prototypes and technology artifacts that demonstrate autonomic software or autonomic computing principles. For formatting and submission instructions, plus the Web submission form specific to this session, see 


* PhD Thesis Digest Forum 

Current Ph.D. students who are working on topics relevant to autonomic computing are invited to submit a short summary (up to 2 pages) of their work. Top selected submissions will be presented at a Ph.D. forum during the ICAC '13 conference, to receive constructive feedback from experts in the field and peers. For detailed submission instructions, see 


* Workshops 

Two workshops will take place in conjunction with ICAC '13 during USENIX Federated Conferences Week: Feedback Computing'13 ( and ESOS'13 ( 


* Conference Organizers: 

General Chair: Jeffrey Kephart, IBM Research 

Program Co-Chairs: Calton Pu, Georgia Institute of Technology; Xiaoyun Zhu, VMware 

Poster/Demo/Exhibit Chair: Samuel Kounev, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 

PhD Forum Chair: Rean Griffith, VMware 

Publicity Chairs: Martina Maggio, Lund University; Ming Zhao, Florida International University; 

Daniel Batista, IME/USP (Region Chair: South America); Vartan Padaryan, Russian Academy of Sciences (Region Chair: Russia); 

Jianfeng Zhan, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Region Chair: China) 


* More information: 







4.5 International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems 

Contributed by: Hongwei Zhang,


Submission Deadline for Poster/Demo/Work-in-Progress extended to February 18, 2013 





Philadelphia, USA 

April 8-11, 2013 


Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are physical and engineered systems whose operations are monitored, coordinated, controlled, and integrated by a computing and communication core. International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems is the flagship conference on cyber-physical systems. ICCPS is seeking submissions of abstracts for demos, posters, and Work-in-Progress presentations. 


Contributions should emphasize the cross-cutting, system-wide themes. Sectors of applicability include, but are not limited to, transportation (automotive, aerospace, marine, rail), SCADA systems (electricity generation including smart grids and the like, other utilities), smart physical infrastructure (smart bridges, buildings and highways), energy efficiency (energy-aware buildings), environmental monitoring, defense systems, intelligent medical devices, tele-operations and robotics. 


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following: 

- Theoretical foundations of CPS 

- Modeling, Analysis and Synthesis Techniques 

- Architectures for Cyber-Physical Systems 

- Building blocks for Cyber-Physical Systems 

- Systems Abstractions, Services and OS Support 

- Evaluation approaches and metrics 

- Novel CPS applications 


Submissions will be evaluated based on technical merit and innovation as well as their potential to stimulate interesting discussions and exchange of ideas at the conference. Both academic and industrial submissions are encouraged. The submissions should be a one-page abstract in PDF format following ICCPS regular-paper formatting guidelines. All accepted abstracts will be published in the regular ICCPS Proceedings. 



The demo session will provide a forum for researchers to showcase ongoing work and obtain feedback from the CPS community as a part of the joint poster/demo session of CPS Week. The title of submissions should start with ``Demo Abstract:''. Submissions should be emailed to Demo Chair with subject: ICCPS demo submission. Demo proposals should clearly describe what will be demonstrated and how the contributions will be illustrated interactively. A table, power, and wireless connectivity will be provided for each demo. If a demonstration requires special arrangements in addition to the above, please describe them clearly in the demo submission. If you have any questions, please contact the Demo Chair: Insik Shin ( 



The poster session will provide a forum for researchers to showcase ongoing work and obtain feedback from the CPS community as a part of the joint poster/demo session of CPS Week. Poster abstract should be submitted through the submission site ( If you have any questions, please contact the Poster Chair Omprakash Gnawali ( with subject: ICCPS poster submission. 



The Work-in-Progress session will provide a forum for researchers to present ongoing work and obtain feedback from the CPS community at ICCPS. The title of submissions should start with ``WiP Abstract:''. Submissions should be emailed to WiP Chair Nalini Venkatasubramanian ( with subject: ICCPS WiP submission. Authors of accepted WiP abstracts will give a short oral presentation at the WiP session. 


Important Dates


Submission Deadline: February 18, 2013 (11:59PM PST) 

Acceptance Decisions: February 22, 2013 (11:59PM PST) 

Camera-ready Abstracts: February 25, 2013 

Conference: April 8-11, 2013 




4.6 2nd International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems 

Contributred by: Didier Theilliol;


2nd International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems, SysTol'13 

October 9-11, 2013, Le Negresco, Nice, France 


The 2nd International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems, SysTol'13 will highlight some recent results on in the field of fault diagnosis and fault-tolerant control and their implication in the monitoring and maintenance. The conference will bring together academics and engineers in the development of methods and tools. Presentations of theoretical researches accompanied with practical experience/consideration are encouraged. Submissions from students are very strongly encouraged.


The 2nd International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems, SysTol'13 will be held in Nice, France, in October 2013. This conference is sponsored by the Research Center for Automatic Control of Nancy (France) and technically co-sponsored by IEEE CSS (Control System Society) and IEEE RS (Reliability Society). The accepted papers will be available on IEEE Xplore.



April 30th, 2013 Contributed papers, invited session proposals, 

July 1st, 2013 Notification of Acceptance /Rejection, 

September 1st, 2013 Final, Camera ready papers due 



Dr. Sajjad FEKRI (Cranfield University, England) / “Robust Control Systems for Modern Power Electronics: Applications and Challenges”

Dr. Alexander HORCH (ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland) / “Fault detection and mitigation in the process industry”

Prof. Pierre Etienne LABEAU (Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) / “Adapting dynamic reliability from probabilistic safety analysis to fault-tolerant control?”

Prof. Jan MACIEJOWSKI (Cambridge University, England) / “Fault tolerant control using Gaussian processes and model predictive control”

Prof. Olivier SENAME (Grenoble Institute of Technology, France) / “LPV methods for fault-tolerant vehicle dynamic control”

Prof. Youmin ZHANG (Concordia University, Canada) / “Challenges, Opportunities, and Developments on Fault-Tolerant Control with Applications to Autonomous Unmanned Systems”



General Chair: Didier Theilliol, University of Lorraine, France 

General Vice Chair: Jozef Korbicz, University of Zielona Gora, Poland 

Program Chair: Andreas Varga, German Aerospace Center, Germany 

Vice-Program Chair: Frederic Hamelin, University of Lorraine, France 


For more details, consult the Conference website at: 




4.7 18th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

Contributed by: Pawel Dworak,


18th International Conference on Methods and Models in 

Automation and Robotics 

26 – 29 August 2013 

Amber Baltic Hotel, Międzyzdroje, Poland 


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


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

will concentrate on the following key points: 

– emphasis on invited lectures including plenaries, 

– industry participation promotion, 

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


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


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

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


Important dates: 

18 March 2013 23:59 (GMT -0700) Submission of draft papers (extended) 

20 May 2013 Notification of acceptance 

28 June 2013 Author registration and payment 

Submission of camera-ready papers 

26 August 2013 Conference desk opening at Amber Baltic Hotel 


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

For more information see




4.8 9th International Conference on Information, Communications and Signal Processing  

Contributed by: Edwin Chong,


The 9th International Conference on Information, Communications and Signal Processing (ICICS 2013) will be co-organized by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. ICICS 2013 will be held in the historic city of Tainan at Shangri-la Hotel, Taiwan from 10 - 13 December, 2013. The areas covered by the conference match the research interests of IEEE CSS members. The organizers invite you to submit papers and participate in the conference.


Proposals for organizing special sessions and tutorials for ICICS 2013 are also welcome. More details on the conference can be found at the website


We would also appreciate it very much if you can help to forward this message to anyone who you think may also be interested in the areas covered by the conference.


Tzung-Pei HONG and Wee Peng TAY 

Publicity Chairs, ICICS 2013




4.9 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control 

Contributed by: Lisa Vickers,


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.


Hosted by the South African Council for Automation and Control and sponsored by the Technology Innovation Agency, IFAC 2014 will be the first time that the congress is held in Africa. Our goal is to offer delegates a world-class congress experience, showcasing the best of automatic control research, in the warm and vibrant South African setting.


Join us in Cape Town for IFAC 2014 and contribute to developing technical excellence in automatic control science.


Submissions will be accepted from June 2013 and delegate registration will open in October 2013.


If you would like to subscribe to the congress newsletter, please contact the IFAC 2014 Congress Secretariat on




4.10 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

Contributed by:


Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Basar and Olgica Milenkovic 

Dates: October 2-4, 2013 

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois 


The Fifty-First Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing will be held from Wednesday, October 2 through Friday, October 4, 2013, at Allerton House, the conference center of the University of Illinois. Papers presenting original research are solicited in the areas of communication systems, communication and computer networks, detection and estimation theory, information theory, error control coding, source coding and data compression, network algorithms, control systems, robust and nonlinear control, adaptive control, optimization, dynamic games, multi-agent systems, large-scale systems, robotics and automation, manufacturing systems, discrete event systems, multivariable control, computer decision-based control, learning theory, cyber-physical systems, security and resilience in networks, VLSI architectures for communications and signal processing, and intelligent transportation systems.

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


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


Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Başar and Olgica Milenkovic 



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





4.11 13th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems 

Contributed by: Sungchul Kang,


2013 13th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2013)

October 20(Sun.)-23(Wed.), 2013 

Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea 


It is our pleasure to announce the 2013 13th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2013), which will be held in Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea from October 20-23, 2013, organized by Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems (ICROS).


The aim of ICCAS 2013 is to bring together professors, researchers, engineers and students worldwide to present their recent works and discuss the state-of-the-art technologies related to control, automation, robotics and systems


Paper Submission 

You are cordially invited to submit full papers (3 to 6 pages) to Paper template file can be downloaded from the website. Accepted papers will be published in the ICCAS 2013 Proceedings that will be indexed in IEEE Xplore, SCOPUS and EI compendex, and will be submitted for indexing in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science).


Important Dates 

March 29, 2013 : Submission of organized session proposals 

April 19, 2013 : Submission of full papers 

June 14, 2013 : Notification of paper acceptance 

July 19, 2013 : Submission of final camera-ready papers 


Technically Co-Sponsored by 

IEEE Industrial Electronics Society 

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society 

IEEE Control Systems Society 


Organizing Chair: Jong-Oh Park 

Program Chair: Sungchul Kang 





5. Workshops


5.1 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers in Engineering Conference 

Contributed by: YangQuan Chen,


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. With this call, we invite proposals to organize workshops that provide a unique forum for the sharing of recent research results as well as networking with friends and colleagues. Industry participation is particularly encouraged so that the workshops may provide opportunities for fruitful exchanges between the research and industrial communities. We look forward to seeing you in Portland, OR in August, 2013! 

The workshops at 2013 IDETC/CIE are designed to benefit both sides: It is a great opportunity for leading researchers who want to disseminate their latest research results to a broader audience, as well as for conference participants who want to refresh or expand their professional knowledge. Workshop participation is free to all registered conference attendees and students. A dedicated web page hosted by ASME will be set up for each accepted tutorial or workshop. 

For more information on the technical conferences, view the technical conferences descriptions: 

• 15th International Conference on Advanced VehicleTechnologies (AVT) 

• 33rd Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE) 

• 39th Design Automation Conference (DAC) 

• 10th International Conference on Design Education (DEC) 

• 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference (DFMLC) 

• 25th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (DTM) 

• 37th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (MR) 

• 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA2013) 

• 7th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems (MNS) 

• 9th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control (MSNDC) 

• ASME 2013 Power Transmission and Gearing Conference (PTG) 

• 22nd Reliability, Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention Conference (RSAFP) 

• 25th Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise (VIB) 


Proposal Submission 


Workshops can be planned for either one 3 to 4-hour block (half day) or two 3 to 4-hour (full day) blocks. Please use the “sample” (Word or PDF) Workshop proposal.


Please submit your proposal by Friday March 1, 2013 to: 


ASME IDETC/CIE2013 Workshop Chair: 

YangQuan Chen 

Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation LAB, 

School of Engineering 

University of California, Merced 

Phone: (209) 228-4672; Fax: (209)228-4047 





5.2 Workshop on Feedback and Synchronization in Neuroscience

Contributed by: Antoine Chaillet,


Call for abstracts/financial support: Workshop on Feedback and Synchronization in Neuroscience in ISSSMA 2013 


ISSSMA 2013 

Paris, France 

June 3-4, 2013 

Submission deadline: *March 15th, 2013* 


We are pleased to announce the workshop « Feedback and Synchronization in Neuroscience » as a part of the Interdisciplinary Symposium on Signals and Systems for Medical Applications (ISSSMA 2013). This workshop aims at gathering expertise from different disciplines (neuroscience, control theory, and medicine) around four sessions. It will take place at Institut Henri Poincaré (Paris) on June 3-4, 2013 in parallel with: 

- Workshop on modeling and analysis of cancer cell dynamics 

- Workshop on medical imaging. 


Financial support will be provided to a selection of PhD students (see website for application instructions). 

The workshop is made of four invited sessions and a contributed poster session. 


The four invited sessions are: 


Session 1: From neurons to neuronal populations dynamics 

Boris Gutkin - ENS Paris (France), Alex Roxin - CRM (Spain), Rodolphe Sepulchre - Liège Univ. (Belgium) 


Session 2: Healthy and pathological oscillations in basal ganglia 

Rafal Bogacz - Univ. of Bristol (UK), Thomas Boraud - CNRS, Univ. of Bordeaux (France), William Pasillas-Lépine - CNRS, L2S (France) 


Session 3: Synchronization in neuroscience 

Constance Hammond - INSERM, INMED (France), Elena Panteley - CNRS, L2S (France), Michael Rosenblum - Potsdam Univ. (Germany) 


Session 4: Identification and observer design in neuroscience 

Henk Nijmeijer - Tec. Univ. Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Romain Postoyan - CNRS, CRAN (France), Sridevi V. Sarma - John Hopkins Univ. (USA). 



- Poster submission Deadline (short abstract): March, 15th 2013 

- Deadline for application to financial support: March, 15th 2013 

- Notification of acceptance/rejection: April 2013 

- Workshop: June 3-4, 2013. 




5.3 Workshop on Machine Learning For System Identification 

Contributed by: Francesco Dinuzzo,


ICML 2013 Workshop on Machine Learning For System Identification 


Call for Posters and Papers 


We solicit submission of extendend abstracts or papers discussing high quality research on all aspects of dynamical system modeling and identification with machine learning tools. Both theoretical and applied contributions presenting recent or ongoing research are welcomed. The list of tools, problems, and applications includes, but is not limited to the following:


Tools: kernel methods, regularization techniques, Bayesian estimation, deep learning, manifold learning, spectral methods, causal inference, active learning, reinforcement learning.


Problems: predictor estimation, state-space model identification, impulse response modeling, non-linear system modeling, experiment design.


Applications: robotics, automotive, process control, motion tracking, system biology, computational sustainability.


Submissions and Publication 


An extended abstract suffices for a poster submission. Additionally, we welcome position papers, as well as papers discussing open problems and potential future research directions. Both extended abstracts and position/future research papers will be reviewed by program committee members on the basis of relevance, significance, and clarity. Submissions should be formatted according to the ICML 2013 conference template. The length of abstracts and papers should not exceed 8 pages.


Submission website: 


Important Dates 


Mar 20, 2013 - Deadline of Submission 

Apr 15, 2013 - Notification of Acceptance 

June 20-21, 2013 - Workshop




5.4 8th International Workshop on Multidimensional Systems

Contributed by: Rudolf Rabenstein,


8th International Workshop on Multidimensional (nD) Systems (nDS13) 

Submission of papers and special session proposals April 28, 2013 

Notification of acceptance or rejection May 27, 2013 

Final Papers due June 30, 2013 

Workshop dates Sept. 9-11, 2013 


Call for Papers 


Monday, September, 9 - Wednesday, September, 11, 2013 

Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen–Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany 


Technically co-sonsored by the VDE ITG and the IEEE CAS Society 


The workshop presents the current state of the art and recent advances 

in the theory and applications of multidimensional systems. It provides a 

forum for bringing together researchers from a wide variety of different sci- 

entific areas and application fields. 


The workshops features prominent plenary speakers from the USA and from Europe 


* Sankar Basu, National Science Foundation (USA) 

* Augusto Sarti, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) 

* Christopher Freeman, University of Southampton (UK) 


Topics of the workshop include 


* Multidimensional signal reconstruction from partial observations and projections

* Signal modelling 

* Spectral analysis and transform techniques 

* Robust analysis and control of uncertain multidimensional models 

* Multivariate approximation 

* Multidimensional realization theory 

* Multivariate polynomial and matrix factorization schemes 

* Linear and nonlinear control, prediction and filtering of multidimensional processes

* Repetitive processes 

* Iterative Learning Control

* Image and video processing 

* Analysis, processing, and reproduction of spatial sound 

* Array processing 

and other topics related to multidimensional systems theory and applications.


Important Deadlines: 


Submission of papers and special session proposals April 28, 2013 

Notification of acceptance or rejection May 27, 2013 

Final Papers due June 30, 2013 


Call for Papers:

Please submit your manuscripts (4-6 pages) via EasyChair at 

Detailed instructions on paper submission are given at the conference web site 

The proceedings will be available at the VDE Publishing House and at IEEE Xplore®


General Chairs: Rabenstein, R., Galkowski, K., Rogers, E. 

Organizing Committee: Annibale, P., Hespelein, U., Rex, A. 


Chair of Multimedia Communication and Signal Processing (LMS), 

Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, 

Cauerstr. 7, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany 

Fax ++49 9131 85 28849 


Web site 





6. Positions


6.1 PhD: Università del Salento (University of Lecce), Italy

Contributed by: Giuseppe Notarstefano,


The PhD School of Information Engineering at the Università del Salento (University of Lecce), Lecce, Italy, offers Ph.D. scholarships on different topics related to ICT. 


The school is looking for highly motivated students with strong background in Mathematics and Physics and, among others, background in control, optimization, identification and estimation theory. 


Control topics of interest include: distributed control of multi-agent systems, distributed optimization, modeling and trajectory optimization of aerial vehicles, cooperative control of aerial vehicles, underwater robotics, and fault/intrusion detection. 


DEADLINE: 11 March 2013 


For further information about the application procedure, please contact the PhD school coordinator Prof. Luca Mainetti ( or professors of the Control Optimization and Robotics group 




6.2 PhD: LAAS-CNRS Toulouse University, France

Contributed by: Sophie Tarbouriech,


Title: Hybrid Techniques for Analysis and Design of Limited Information Control Systems

Supervision: S. Tarbouriech and L. Zaccarian 

Duration: from 09/2013 to 08/2016 

Application Deadline: April 21, 2013 



LimICos is an interdisciplinary project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) at the frontier of control theory, information theory, and digital communications. The objective of this project is to know to what extent controlled systems are impacted by imperfections due to communication between devices; the main part of the proposal is dedicated to the point-to-point scenario, which typically involves one controller and one plant in communication but the case of networked controlled system is also investigated. One of the main goals of LimICos is to model these imperfections and take them into account both in the performance analysis and design of the control systems.

Within the LimICos project, a PhD thesis is considered, which will use, within the scope of the project, Lyapunov techniques inspired by the nonlinear hybrid dynamical systems framework recently proposed by Teel and co-authors. With these hybrid techniques, new modeling and control design tools are available, which are especially suited to address the continuous/discrete phenomena arising in control networks. In particular, the proposed PhD study will address event-triggered and self-triggered control designs that reduce bandwidth usage in communication networks, in combination with distributed control systems that arise in some specific control problems such as consensus of multi-agent systems and control of peculiar distributed physical systems.

The expected outcome of this PhD study is a set of analysis and design tools that could be assessed on a few application studies, such as control applications in computer networks, or consensus/synchronization of drones in flight formations. In light of the envisioned applications, it will be relevant to take into account isolated nonlinearities (saturation, hysteresis, backlash) within the PhD study.



Lyapunov tools, hybrid dynamical systems, distributed control, consensus and synchronization, nonlinear systems



- Master degree in Control Engineering. 

- Very good knowledge of feedback control systems, nonlinear systems, and nonlinear control.

- Experience with MATLAB/SIMULINK. 

- Effective communication skills in English both oral and written. 

- Experience with information theory will strengthen the application. 


The position is available in September 2013 for three years. The PhD student will be appointed by public funding with a salary of roghly 1400 Euros (free of charges).


Candidates should apply before April 21st, 2013 by sending an email to Dr. Sophie Tarbouriech ( and Dr. Luca Zaccarian ( with:

- a CV summarizing university background and research experiences 

- a motivation letter of one page.




6.3 Post-Doc: CEA CADARACHE, France

Contributed by: Rémy Nouailletas,




TITLE: Distributed control for magnetic fusion research 




Fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) account for approximately 85% of the worldwide sources of primary energy today. But they should run out with in some tens of years and they are responsible for a climate change via the contribution in the greenhouse effect of the CO2 generated by their combustion. Magnetic fusion is one of the options being studied in order to eventually provide an answer to these issues. Several conditions have to be met to produce fusion reactions: the fuels have to be heated up to very high temperature (around 100 million degrees) in order to overcome the electrostatic potential barrier between positively charged nucleuses. To reach such a temperature, the ionized gas or plasma must be confined, for example by magnetic confinement in a so-called tokamak facility, which seems to be the most promising way. The key world project in the domain, ITER (  is led by seven partners (Europe, United States of America, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Russia) accounting for one half of the world population. The main objective of the ITER project is to demonstrate the scientific feasibility of magnetic fusion. The ITER tokamak facility is currently under construction in Cadarache in France, with first experiment scheduled for 2020. 

Tokamak control issues are becoming more and more important for the success of magnetic fusion research and will be crucial for ITER. Feedback control of the main plasma macroscopic parameters, such as plasma position and shape, total current or density is now quite well mastered in the different worldwide tokamaks. But the control of internal plasma radial profiles is still in its infancy, whereas it now appears to be crucial in order both to ensure safe tokamak operation and to sustain high performance plasma regimes. More precisely, it has well known that the so-called safety factor profile is a key parameter for the global stability of plasma discharges and it has also been observed that some specific profiles may generate some enhanced confinement of the plasma energy, which may reduce the size and cost of future fusion reactors. To control his infinite dimension profile, model-based controllers seem to be necessary in front of the complexity of studied physical phenomena and the need of simulation validation before carry out any real experiment. 

The first step of plasma internal profile control is to control the magnetic flux profile defined by a 1D resistive diffusion equation. Several approaches have been proposed and successfully tested in simulation, [1], [2] and [3]. However, their efficiency has to be demonstrated experimentally. The applicant will implement these controllers on Tore Supra (French tokamak) using the abilities offered by our new fast development tools (based on Simulink coder). He may propose some improvement of the controllers or propose some new ones based on the resistive diffusion equation of the magnetic flux or on a more complex model which couples flux diffusion and heat transport equation. These controllers will be validated and tuned on plasma equilibrium codes as METIS or CRONOS, [4]. The work will be done in collaboration with our different French and international partner universities and so the applicant may trip to share knowledge and data or experiment on other plants (in particular on TCV, Swiss).



[1]: F. Bribiesca Argomedo and al. Model-based Control of the Magnetic Flux Profile in a Tokamak Plasma, CDC, Atlanta, USA, december 2010 

[2]: O. Gaye and al. Sliding mode stabilization of the current profile in Tokamak plasmas, CDC, Orlando, USA, december 2011 

[3]: H. Ouarit and al. Validation of plasma current profile model predictive control in tokamaks via simulations, Fusion Eng. Des., 2011 

[4]: J.F. Artaud and al. The cronos suite of codes for integrated tokamak modelling. Nuclear Fusion, 50, 2010. 



F - 13108 St Paul-lez-Durance, France 

Phone number: +33(0)4 42 25 48 25 





6.4 Post-Doc:  Loughborough University, UK

Contributed by: Wen-Hua Chen;


Three Post Doc Research Associates: Signal Processing Solutions for the Networked Battlespace

To work on an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) funded project as part of the Loughborough, Surrey, Strathclyde and Cardiff (LSSC) Universities consortium within the MoD University Defence Research Centre (UDRC) scheme in signal processing; in particular, to provide signal processing solutions for the networked battlespace.

At Loughborough University, the lead of the LSSC consortium, the work will be carried out jointly between the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering and the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering and will involve close collaboration with academic and industrial partners together with members of the lead consortium based at Edinburgh and Heriott Watt Universities.

Candidates must have a PhD in signal processing, or a related topic, or equivalent experience, as well as experience of developing MATLAB software and familiarity with related toolboxes. Working knowledge of at least one of the following areas: adaptive signal processing, Bayesian inference, communications, convex optimization, game theory and statistical anomaly detection, would be advantageous.

The nature of the modern battlefield is changing dramatically. Electronic communication is allowing unprecedented interchange of data and information between platforms. Advances in electronics are allowing the possibility of low cost networked unattended sensors. Intelligent and robust processing of the very large amount of multi-sensor data acquired from various networked communications and weapons platforms is, therefore, crucial to retain military advantage and mitigate smart adversaries who present multiple threats within an anarchic and extended operating area (battlespace). Hence we have composed a unique consortium of academic experts from Loughborough, Surrey, Strathclyde and Cardiff (LSSC) Universities together with six industrial project partners QinetiQ, Selex-Galileo, Thales, Texas Instruments, PrismTech and Steepest Ascent, to develop transformational new signal processing solutions to the benefit of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Ministry of Defence (MoD), and the UK in general. 

Two of the RAs will be employed within the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering and one will work within the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University. Their technical focus will be twofold: to advance the current state-of-the-art in terms of identifying and classifying complex and transient anomalies in complex high-dimensional network environments, including interference, communications and video signals; and cyber-attacks using tractable algorithms with predictable accuracy; and to design new computationally efficient Bayesian inference frameworks together with game theoretic approaches to handle uncertainty and integrate domain knowledge thereby providing advantage in an adversary rich networked battlespace.

The principal investigator of the project is Professor Jonathon Chambers. Informal enquiries for all the three posts are welcomed and should be made to Professor Jonathon Chambers, School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU. Email: However, for the candidates who have background in Bayesian inference or autonomous vehicles and are interested in the RA position in Dept. of Aeronautical and Automotive Eng, please contact Prof. Wen-Hua Chen at

These RA posts are for three years at the first instance at Research Grade 6 (£27,854 - £31,331 per annum).




6.5  Post-Doc: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Contributed by: Paul Barton,


A postdoctoral position is currently available in the Process Systems Engineering Laboratory at MIT. The project involves developing models, theory and algorithms for the optimization under uncertainty of a class of energy systems. The project is sponsored by a major international corporation and the candidate's responsibilities will include frequent interaction with and reporting to the sponsor.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in chemical engineering (or related discipline) with expertise in mathematical programming, particularly mixed-integer, nonconvex and stochastic programming. Interested applicants should send a detailed curriculum vitae and a list of at least three referees to:


Paul I. Barton 

Lammot du Pont Professor 

Process Systems Engineering Laboratory 

Department of Chemical Engineering 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 66-464 

77 Massachusetts Avenue 


MA 02139 



Phone : +1-617-253-6526 

Fax : +1-617-258-5042 

email : 




6.6  Post-Doc: Bethune-Cookman University, USA

Contributed by: Jing Wang,


There is an opening of postdoctoral researcher at the Robotics and Controls Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering of the Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida. The position is expected to be available in April contingent on funding being available. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewing for another year subject to satisfactory performance reviews and continued funding.

The research to be conducted is in the areas of multiagent task coordination, distributed optimization, adaptive cooperative control and learning. 

The candidate must have a strong background in cooperative control, nonlinear systems, optimization, and multiagent systems. Programming experience in C++ and Matlab will be a plus. The annual salary will be in the range $25,000 to $30,000 plus benefits. To apply, please send a cover letter with CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Jing Wang ( 

Applications will be reviewed when they arrive until the position is filled. 




6.7 Faculty: Graz University of Technology, Austria

Contributed by:


Position of full professor (tenured) in Control Engineering and Automation with focus on Control Engineering at Graz University of Technology/Faculty of Electrical and Information Engineering, Institute of Automation and Control, (current chair of O.Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dourdoumas). Expected starting date 1st October 2013. Salary according to payment scheme A1 of the Austrian collective agreement for university employees, overpayment of the monthly minimum salary of the collective agreement of € 4,571.20 (14x per year) negotiable. 


We are looking for a highly qualified individual with a scientific track record to actively represent the field of “Control Engineering” in research and teaching. We expect the applicant to develop an ambitious, method- and application-oriented research program in control engineering. 


Graz University of Technology intends to increase the percentage of women, especially in management positions and among its scientific staff, and encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Among equally qualified applicants, women will be given priority. 


Applicants are requested to submit their applications in written and electronic form no later than 2nd April 2013 (date of stamp / e-mail receipt) to the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of Graz University of Technology, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Mag. Dr. Heinrich Stigler, Inffeldgasse 18/EG, A-8010 Graz, E-Mail: 


For further information please visit us at 


The Dean: Stigler 




6.8 Faculty: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Contributed by: Kristin Y. Pettersen,


Professor/Associate Professor in Dependable Distributed Embedded Systems 


The Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a full-time professorship/associate professorship in Dependable Distributed Embedded Systems affiliated with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics.


The professor or associate professor is expected to play a leading role in research and research-based education in Dependable Distributed Embedded Systems in cooperation with the existing staff. He or she must have solid background in several areas of system development for automatic control and monitoring systems. These include dependable distributed systems ranging from embedded and real time systems for sensor networks to large distributed control systems (DCS/SCADA) applied for monitoring and control in various areas. These also include methods for developing and analysing industrial systems with requirements to response time and reliability and capabilities like; safety, regularity, vulnerability, risk and security. Qualifications related to industrial control and networks, fault-tolerance, safety and reliability, and system design, analysis and verification are beneficial.


For more information please see Please note that all applications are to be submitted electronically through this web page. 




6.9 Faculty: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Contributed by: Kristin Y. Pettersen,


Professor/Associate Professor in Sensor Fusion 


The Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a full-time professorship/associate professorship in Sensor Fusion affiliated with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics.


The scientific field of the professor/associate professor is sensor fusion. Applicants are expected to have documented world-leading research capability or potential in sensor fusion with in-depth knowledge of Kalman filtering, nonlinear observers and/or embedded systems. Applicants are also expected to have documented research experience in at least one related area such as visual servoing, navigation, real-time detection and tracking of features and objects, simultaneous localization and mapping, machine vision, real-time image analysis and pattern recognition. The responsibilities of the position include research, supervision of student research, teaching courses and student evaluation, as well as administration related to the performance of these duties.


The position is initially funded for the five first years by the Centre of Excellence (AMOS). The Centre will work towards the development of intelligent ships and ocean structures, autonomous unmanned vehicles (submerged, on water and in air) and robots operating in extreme environments. Such systems require advanced integrated sensor systems and it is expected that the applicant will contribute to research activities at AMOS and the Department of Engineering Cybernetics. Currently this includes the key application areas of AMOS such as marine operations, arctic technology, offshore renewable energy, autonomous unmanned vehicles, fisheries and aquaculture, and underwater robotics, as well as other important research fields at the department such as robotics, medical motion analysis, process control, automated drilling, energy systems, embedded systems, real-time systems, systems engineering, and instrumentation.


For more information please see Please note that all applications are to be submitted electronically through this web page.




6.10  Faculty: Texas A&M University, USA

Contributed by: Reza Langari,


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University invites applications for tenured/tenure-track faculty positions in automation/advanced manufacturing/robotics. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in mechanical engineering or a related discipline. We seek candidates at both junior and senior levels, particularly those who have demonstrated notable impact on their field. The successful applicants will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in their related fields, develop an independent, externally funded research program, participate in all aspects of the department's mission, and serve the profession. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.


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


Full consideration will be given to applications received by Mar 30, 2013. Applications received after that date may be considered until positions are filled. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin Fall 2013. Women and other under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.




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

Contributed by: Ms. Zhao,


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 fullprofessor in the range of RMB 170K to 230K per year, associate professor in the range  of RMB 130K 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 


P. R. China 518055 


or email the documents to




6.12 Faculty: Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden 

Contributed by: Bo Egardt,


Professorship in Automatic Control at the Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University.


The Department of Signals and Systems offers a position as Professor in Automatic Control. The recruited professor is expected to bring competence in an area, which complements the existing activities in the group and at the department, and to build a basis for a new research direction in control. 

The ideal candidate would be a person that has an excellent track record in research, PhD supervision and research funding, and with an active international network.

The position as Professor is a full time tenured employment. The holder of the professorship is expected to play a leading role in research and education. 

The tasks include teaching at all academic levels, supervision of PhD students, conducting research, as well as administrative and management duties.

Additional information can be found at




6.13 Research Fellow: The University of Melbourne, Australia

Contributed by: Ying Tan,


Expressions of interest are invited for a research fellow position available in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in the School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

We are seeking a research fellow to conduct research as part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant Project on Learning Control and Computational Models of Human Motor Systems, to be working within the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering. This position is available immediately and will be located at the main Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne. The offer will be for one year in the first instance, with a possibility of extension for up to a year subject to satisfactory progress and availability of funds.

The successful candidate will conduct cutting edge research in the theoretical development of learning control as well as the practical applications associated with human motor system. The candidate should possess strong theoretical and practical Mechatronics skills and be a strong communicator. The selection criteria and position description in more detail can be found in the following website


Potential applicants should apply on-line from the above website of The University of Melbourne. The deadline for applications is 27 March 2013

Enquiries: Dr. Ying Tan( ) or Dr. Denny Oetomo( ).