November 2013 - E-LETTER

Issue Number: 
302
Issue Date: 
November 2013

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

Issue 302

November 2013

Editor:

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

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Contents

 

1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

1.4 Call for Proposals: IEEE Control Systems Society Outreach Fund

 

2. Awards and Honors

2.1 European Control Award

2.2 Call for Nominations: 2014 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

 

3. Books

3.1 Nonlinear Control Under Nonconstant Delays 

 

4. Journals

4.1  Contents: Automatica

4.2  Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications

4.3  Contents: European Journal of Control

4.4  Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics

4.5  Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.6  Contents: Asian Journal of Control

4.7  Contents: Control of Engineering of China

4.8  Contents: Unmanned Systems

4.9  CFP: Inderscience Publishers

4.10 CFP: Journal of Aerospace Information Systems

4.11 CFP: Journal of Control and Decision

 

5. Conferences

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

5.2  World Conference on Structural Control and Monitoring

5.3  World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

5.4  World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation

5.5  Chinese Control and Decision Conference

 

6. Workshops

6.1 Workshop on Communications and Control for Smart Energy Systems

6.2 Workshop on Hybrid Autonomous Systems

 

7. Positions

7.1  PhD: KU Leuven-Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

7.2  PhD: KU Leuven-Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

7.3  PhD: Curtin University, Australia

7.4  PhD: TEMPO PhD Program

7.5  PhD: University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA

7.6  Post-Doc: University of Picardie Jules Verne, France

7.7  Post-Doc: Vienna University of Technology, Austria

7.8  Post-Doc: Technische Universität München, Germany

7.9  Post-Doc: University of Twente, the Netherlands

7.10 Post-Doc: University of Michigan, USA

7.11 Internship: NEC Laboratories America, Inc., USA

7.12 Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher: University of Twente, The Netherlands

7.13 Research Associate: Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

7.14 Research Associate:  University of Sheffield, UK

7.15 Research Associate: University of Minnesota, USA

7.16 Research Assistant/Associate: University of Cambridge, UK

7.17 Faculty: Boston University, USA

7.18 Faculty: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

7.19 Faculty: Professor and Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University, USA

7.20 Faculty: Lehigh University, USA

7.21 Faculty: University of Delaware, USA

7.22 Faculty: University of Minnesota, USA

7.23 Faculty: University of New Hampshire, USA

7.24 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China

7.25 Faculty: Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile

7.26 Faculty: University of Minnesota, USA

7.27 Faculty: Washington University in St. Louis, USA

7.28 Faculty: University of Minnesota,USA

7.29 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

7.30 Manufacturing Controls Engineer: Ford Motor Company, USA

 

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

 

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

 

CSS Publications Content Digest

The IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest is a novel and convenient guide that helps readers keep track of the latest published articles. The CSS Publications Content Digest, available at http://ieeecss.org/publications-content-digest provides lists of current tables of contents of the periodicals sponsored by the Control Systems Society. Each issue offers readers a rapid means to survey and access the latest peer-reviewed papers of the IEEE Control Systems Society.

The index in the Digest contains the Table of Contents for our 3 journals (Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC), Transactions on Control Systems Technology (TCST), and Control Systems Magazine (CSM)) with hyperlinks to the abstracts as well as the full articles in Xplore. Since TCST and CSM are published bimonthly, and TAC is published monthly, we will post the corresponding two TOCs in each (monthly) Digest. We also include links to the Society's sponsored Conferences to give readers a preview of upcoming meetings. 

 

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1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

 

Please note that the contents of the IEEE-Transactions on Automatic Control, together with links to the abstracts of the papers may be found at the TAC web site: http://www.nd.edu/~ieeetac/contents.html

 

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 58 (2013), Issue 11 (November) 

 

Papers 

- Scanning-the-Issue p. 2713 

- Attack Detection and Identification in Cyber-Physical Systems. F. Pasqualetti, F. Dörfler, F. Bullo p. 2715 

- Synergistic Hybrid Feedback for Global Rigid-Body Attitude Tracking on SO(3)* . C. G. Mayhew, A. R. Teel p. 2730 

- Nonuniform Coverage Control on the Line. N. E. Leonard, A. Olshevsky p. 2743 

- Coordinated One-Step Optimal Distributed State Prediction for a Networked Dynamical System. T. Zhou p. 2756 

- Designing Optimal Deadlock Avoidance Policies for Sequential Resource Allocation Systems Through Classification Theory: Existence Results and Customized Algorithms. R. Cordone, A. Nazeem, L. Piroddi, S. Reveliotis p. 2772 

- Internal Model Principle for Linear Systems with Periodic State Jumps. L. Marconi, A. R. Teel p. 2788 

- Infinite Horizon Performance Bounds for Uncertain Constrained Systems. B. P. G. Van Parys, P. J. Goulart, M. Morari p. 2803 

- A Distributed Control Strategy for Reactive Power Compensation in Smart Microgrids. S. Bolognani, S. Zampieri p. 2818 

- Moving Horizon Estimation for Large-Scale Interconnected Systems. A. Haber, M. Verhaegen p. 2834 

- The Circulant Rational Covariance Extension Problem: The Complete Solution. A. G. Lindquist, G. Picci p. 2848 

- Adaptive Tracking Games for Coupled Stochastic Linear Multi-Agent Systems: Stability, Optimality and Robustness. Q. Zhang, J-F. Zhang p. 2862 

- A Modified Riccati Transformation for Decentralized Computation of the Viability Kernel Under LTI Dynamics. S. Kaynama, M. Oishi p. 2878 

 

Technical Notes and Correspondence. 

- Inertial Vector Measurements Based Velocity-free Attitude Stabilization. A. Tayebi, A. Roberts, A. Benallegue p. 2893 

- Robust Reduced-order H_infinity Output-feedback Control of Retarded Stochastic Linear Systems. E. Gershon p. 2898 

- Global Adaptive Regulation of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems in Output Feedback Form. R. Marino, P. Tomei p. 2904 

- Linear-Exponential-Quadratic Gaussian Control. T. E. Duncan p. 2910 

- Distributed Output-Feedback Control of Nonlinear Multi-Agent Systems. T. Liu, Z-P. Jiang p. 2912 

- Minimum-Energy Filtering for Attitude Estimation. M. Zamani, J. Trumpf, R. Mahony p. 2917 

- Robust Sampled ñ Data Control of Switched Affine Systems. L. Hetel, E. Fridman p. 2922 

- A New Extension of Newton Algorithm for Nonlinear System Modelling Using RBF Neural Networks. L. Zhang, K. Li, E-W. Bai p. 2929 

- Designing Output-Feedback Predictive Controllers by Reverse-Engineering Existing LTI Controllers. E. N. Hartley, J. M. Maciejowski p. 2934 

- Controller Design and the Gauss-Lucas Theorem. M. J. Knap, L. H. Keel, S. P. Bhattacharyya p. 2940 

- State Sensitivity Evaluation within UD based Array Covariance Filter. J. Tsyganova, M. Kulikova p. 2944 

- Rosenbrock Methods for Solving Riccati Differential Equations. P. Benner, H. Mena p. 2950 

- Robust H-infinity Control for Polytopic Nonlinear Control Systems. J-L. Wu p. 2957 

- Consensus of Discrete-Time Linear Networked Multi-Agent Systems with Communication Delays. C. Tan, G-P. Liu p. 2962 

- Stabilization of Quasi Integrable Hamiltonian Systems with Fractional Derivative Damping by Using Fractional Optimal Control. F. Hu, W. Q. Zhu p. 2968 

- Matrix Approach to Model Matching of Asynchronous Sequential Machines. X. Xu, Y. Hong p. 2974 

- Multi-Resolution Explicit Model Predictive Control: Delta-Model Formulation and Approximation. F. Bayat, T. A. Johansen p. 2979 

- Asymptotic Properties and Stability Criteria of Zeros of Sampled-Data Models for Decouplable MIMO Systems. M. Ishitobi, M. Nishi, S. Kunimatsu p. 2985 

 

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1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

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

 

Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 21 (2013), Issue 6 (November) 

 

Survey paper 

- Multiaxis Contour Control—the State of the Art. L. Tang and R. G. Landers page 1997 

 

Papers 

- Adaptive Control of Positioning Systems With Hysteresis Based on Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys. L. Riccardi, D. Naso, B. Turchiano, and H. Janocha page 2011 

- Lattice-Based n-Point Time-Sequential Sampling and Two-Stage Process Control for Maintaining Tone Consistency of Xerographic Processes. T. P. Sim and P. Y. Li page 2024 

- Modeling the Biological Nanopore Instrument for Biomolecular State Estimation. D. R. Garalde, C. R. O’Donnell, R. D. Maitra, D. M. Wiberg, G. Wang, and W. B. Dunbar page 2038 

- Direct Causality Detection via the Transfer Entropy Approach. P. Duan, F. Yang, T. Chen, and S. L. Shah page 2052 

- Eliminating Concurrency Bugs in Multithreaded Software: A New Approach Based on Discrete-Event Control. H. Liao, Y. Wang, J. Stanley, S. Lafortune, S. Reveliotis, T. Kelly, and S. Mahlkepage page 2067 

- Identification of Auto-Regressive Exogenous Hammerstein Models Based on Support Vector Machine Regression. M. Al-Dhaifllah and D. T. Westwick page 2083 

- Power Smoothing Energy Management and Its Application to a Series Hybrid Powertrain. S. Di Cairano, W. Liang, I. V. Kolmano vsky, M. L. Kuang, and A. M. Phillips page 2091 

- Lossless Convexification of Nonconvex Control Bound and Pointing Constraints of the Soft Landing Optimal Control Problem. B. Açıkmese, J. M. Carson III, and L. Blackmore page 2104 

- Regularized Nonlinear Moving-Horizon Observer With Robustness to Delayed and Lost Data. T. A. Johansen, D. Sui, and R. Nybø page 2114 

- Fault Detection in Nonlinear Stable Systems Over Lossy Networks. S. M. M. Alavi and M. Saif page 2129 

- Cylinder Pressure-Based Combustion Controls for Advanced Diesel Combustion With Multiple-Pulse Fuel Injection. I. Haskara and Y.-Y. Wang page 2143 

- Toward Movement Restoration of Knee Joint Using Robust Control of Powered Orthosis. S. Mefoued, S. Mohammed, and Y. Amirat page 2156 

- Likelihood-Based Control of Engine Knock. J. C. P. Jones, J. M. Spelina, and J. Frey page 2169 

- Hybrid Model Predictive Control for the Stabilization of Wheeled Mobile Robots Subject to Wheel Slippage. S. Wei, K. Uthaichana, M. Žefran, and R. DeCarlo page 2181 

- Hybrid Control Strategy for the Autonomous Transition Flight of a Fixed-Wing Aircraft. P. Casau, D. Cabecinhas, and C. Silvestre page 2194 

- Performance Analysis of Generalized Extended State Observer in Tackling Sinusoidal Disturbances. A. A. Godbole, J. P. Kolhe, and S. E. Talole page 2212 

- Distributed Computation Particle Filters on GPU Architectures for Real-Time Control Applications. M. Chitchian, A. Simonetto, A. S. van Amesfoort, and T. Keviczky page 2224 

- Observer-Based Estimation of Air-Fractions for a Diesel Engine Coupled With Aftertreatment Systems. P. Chen and J. Wang page 2239 

- Attitude Stabilization of Spacecrafts Under Actuator Saturation and Partial Loss of Control Effectiveness. B. Xiao, Q. Hu, and P. Shi page 2251 

- Adaptive Control of a Variable-Speed Variable-Pitch Wind Turbine Using Radial-Basis Function Neural Network. H. Jafarnejadsani, J. Pieper, and J. Ehlers page 2264 

 

Brief papers

- On-Board Calibration of Spark Timing by Extremum Seeking for Flex-Fuel Engines. E. Hellström, D. Lee, L. Jiang, A. G. Stefanopoulou, and H. Yilmazpage 2273 

- Provably Safe Conflict Resolution With Bounded Turn Rate for Air Traffic Control. J. Yoo and S. Devasia page 2280 

- Disturbance-Observer-Based Position Tracking Controller in the Presence of Biased Sinusoidal Disturbance for Electrohydraulic Actuators. W. Kim, D. Shin, D. Won, and C. C. Chung page 2290 

- Walk-Assist Robot: A Novel Approach to Gain Selection of a Braking Controller Using Differential Flatness. C.-H. Ko, K.-Y. Young, Y.-C. Huang, and S. K. Agrawal page 2299 

- Preserving Multirobot Connectivity in Rendezvous Tasks in the Presence of Obstacles With Bounded Control Input. X. Li, D. Sun, and J. Yang page 2306 

- Maximum Power Point Tracking for Photovoltaic System Using Adaptive Extremum Seeking Control. X. Li, Y. Li, and J. E. Seem page 2315 

- Study of the Stability of a Direct Stator Current Controller for a Doubly Fed Induction Machine Using the Complex Hurwitz Test. A. Dòria-Cerezo, M. Bodson, C. Batlle, and R. Ortega page 2323 

- Control of a Parametrically Excited Crane: A Vector Lyapunov Approach. C. Vázquez, J. Collado, and L. Fridman page 2332 

- Trajectory Tracking Control for Actuator Arrays. M. Bedillion and W. Messner page 2341 

- Terminal Impact Angle Constrained Guidance Laws Using Variable Structure Systems Theory. S. Rao and D. Ghose page 2350 

- Attitude Tracking Control of Rigid Spacecraft With Actuator Misalignment and Fault. B. Xiao, Q. Hu, D. Wang, and E. K. Poh page 2360 

- Hybrid Control of a Wind Induction Generator Based on Grey–Elman Neural Network. W.-M. Lin, C.-M. Hong, C.-H. Huang, and T.-C. Ou page 2367 

- Synchronization of Underactuated Unknown Heavy Symmetric Chaotic Gyroscopes via Optimal Gaussian Radial Basis Adaptive Variable Structure Control. F. Farivar, M. A. Shoorehdeli, M. A. Nekoui, and M. Teshnehlab page 2374 

- Path Following for a Class of Mechanical Systems. A. Hladio, C. Nielsen, and D. Wang page 2380 

- Reactive Sliding-Mode Algorithm for Collision Avoidance in Robotic Systems. L. Gracia, F. Garelli, and A. Sala page 2391 

- Traction-Control-Oriented State Estimation for Motorcycles. M. Corno, G. Panzani, and S. M. Savaresi page 2400 

- Synthesis and Application of Nonlinear Observers for the Estimation of Tire Effective Radius and Rolling Resistance of an Automotive Vehicle. 

C. El Tannoury, S. Moussaoui, F. Plestan, N. Romani, and G. Pita-Gil page 2408 

- Adaptive Robust Vibration Control of Full-Car Active Suspensions With Electrohydraulic Actuators. W. Sun, H. Gao, and B. Yao page 2417 

- Hierarchical Neural Network Modeling Approach to Predict Sludge Volume Index of Wastewater Treatment Process. H. Han and J. Qiao page 2423 

- A Splitting Method for Optimal Control. B. O’Donoghue, G. Stathopoulos, and S. Boyd page 2432 

- Neurally Controlled Steering for Collision-Free Behavior of a Snake Robot. X. Wu and S. Ma page 2443 

 

2013 Index page 2450 

 

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1.4 Call for Proposals: IEEE Control Systems Society Outreach Fund 

Contributed by: Gary Balas, balas@umn.edu

 

Call for Proposals: IEEE Control Systems Society Outreach Fund 

 

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the first round of 2014 CSS Outreach Fund projects. The Outreach Fund provides financial resources for projects that will benefit CSS and the controls community in general. Examples of projects that we can support include (not an exhaustive list): 

* Workshops on control-related topics 

* Outreach activities for pre-university students and teachers 

* Outreach activities for developing nations 

* Promotional materials for CSS or the field 

* CSS membership drives 

 

Proposals will be accepted from November 4 through November 25, 2013. 

However, CSS members interested in submitting proposals should contact the Outreach Fund chair as soon as possible for guidance. For more information please visit http://ieeecss.org/general/control-systems-society-outreach-fund 

 

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2. Awards and Honors

 

2.1 European Control Award

Contributed by: Frank Allgöwer, frank.allgower@ist.uni-stuttgart.de

 

The European Control Association (EUCA) is promoting a new "European Control Award" to recognize outstanding contributions by a young researcher in the area of systems and control. The award is sponsored by the European Control Association (EUCA), and will be presented during the annual European Control Conference. The recipient will give a plenary lecture during the final day of the ECC . 

Details of this award and the nomination procedure can be found at http://www.euca-control.org/eca.html 

We encourage you to identify and to promote potential candidates for the European Control Award 2014, before January 15th 2014. 

 

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2.2 Call for Nominations: 2014 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

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

 

Call for Nominations 

2014 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize - due November 15 

 

SIAM awards the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize annually for research in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory. 

SIAM will award the Reid Prize at the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting (AN14), to be held July 7-11 in Chicago, Illinois. The prize consists of an engraved medal and a $10,000 cash prize. The recipient will be requested to present a lecture at AN14. SIAM will reimburse travel expenses to attend the meeting and give the lecture. 

A nomination should include a letter of nomination, including a description of the achievement(s), a CV of the candidate, and letters of support from two or three experts (not more than three letters). Nominations should be addressed to Chair, W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize Committee and sent by NOVEMBER 15, 2013, to the e-mail address given in the call for nominations at http://www.siam.org/prizes/nominations/nom_reid.php. Inquiries should be addressed to Littleton@siam.org. 

 

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3. Books

 

3.1 Nonlinear Control Under Nonconstant Delays 

Contributed by: Bruce Bailey, bailey@siam.org

 

Announcing the September 24, 2013, publication by SIAM of: 

Nonlinear Control Under Nonconstant Delays 

by Nikolaos Bekiaris-Liberis and Miroslav Krstic 

Advances in Design and Control 25 

 

The authors have developed a methodology for control of nonlinear systems in the presence of long delays, with large and rapid variation in the actuation or sensing path, or in the presence of long delays affecting the internal state of a system. In addition to control synthesis, they introduce tools to quantify the performance and the robustness properties of the designs provided in the book. 

The book is based on the concept of predictor feedback and infinite-dimensional backstepping transformation for linear systems and the authors guide the reader from the basic ideas of the concept — with constant delays only on the input — all the way through to nonlinear systems with state-dependent delays on the input as well as on system states. 

Several examples are presented that help the reader digest some of the intricacies in the methodology. 

Readers will find the book useful because the authors provide elegant and systematic treatments of long-standing problems in delay systems, such as systems with state-dependent delays that arise in many applications. In addition, the authors give all control designs by explicit formulae, making the book especially useful for engineers who have faced delay-related challenges and are concerned with actual implementations and they accompany all control designs with Lyapunov-based analysis for establishing stability and performance guarantees. 

 

Audience:

This book is intended for researchers working on control of delay systems, including engineers, mathematicians, and students. 

 

About the Authors:

- Nikolaos Bekiaris-Liberis received his PhD from University of California, San Diego, and is currently a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in delay systems, distributed parameter systems, and nonlinear control. 

- Miroslav Krstic is the Alspach endowed professor, founding director of the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at University of California, San Diego. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IFAC; a recipient of the PECASE, NSF Career, and ONR Young Investigator Awards; and the winner of Axelby and Schuck Paper Prizes. He has held distinguished visiting professorships at UC Berkeley and with the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. He has coauthored nine books, including Boundary Control of PDEs: A Course on Backstepping Designs (SIAM, 2008). 

 

Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction; Part I: Chapter 2: Linear Systems with Input and State Delays; Chapter 3: Linear Systems with Distributed Delays; Chapter 4: Application: Automotive Catalysts; Chapter 5: Nonlinear Systems with Input Delay; Part II: Chapter 6: Linear Systems with Time-Varying Input Delay; Chapter 7: Robustness of Linear Constant-Delay Predictor Feedback to Time-Varying Delay Perturbations; Chapter 8: Nonlinear Systems with Time-Varying Input Delay; Chapter 9: Nonlinear Systems with Simultaneous Time-Varying Delays on the Input and the State; Part III: Chapter 10: Predictor Feedback Design When the Delay Is a Function of the State; Chapter 11: Stability Analysis for Forward-Complete Systems with Input Delay; Chapter 12: Stability Analysis for Locally Stabilizable Systems with Input Delay; Chapter 13: Nonlinear Systems with State Delay; Chapter 14: Robustness of Nonlinear Constant-Delay Predictors to Time- and State-Dependent Delay Perturbations; Chapter 15: State-Dependent Delays That Depend on Delayed States; Appendix A: Basic Inequalities; Appendix B: Input-to-Output Stability; Appendix C: Lyapunov Stability, Forward-Completeness, and Input-to-State Stability; 

Appendix D: Parameter Projection 

 

2013 / xii + 299 pages / Hardcover / ISBN 978-1-611973-17-4 

To order, or for more information about SIAM books, journals, conferences, memberships, or activities, contact: 

 

SIAM Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 

3600 Market Street, 6th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688 

800-447-SIAM (US and Canada) 

215-382-9800 

Fax 215-386-7999 

service@siam.org, www.siam.org 

 

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4. Journals

 

4.1 Contents: Automatica

Contributed by: Becky Lonberger, becky@lonberger.net

 

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 49 (2013), Issue 10 (October) 

 

Regular Papers 

- Discrete-time stochastic control systems: A continuous Lyapunov function implies robustness to strictly causal perturbations. Sergio Grammatico, Anantharaman Subbaraman, Andrew R. Teel. Pages 2939-2952 

- The output regulation problem with stability for linear switching systems: A geometric approach.Elena Zattoni,Anna Maria Perdon,Giuseppe Conte Pages 2953-2962 

- A converse Lyapunov theorem for strong global recurrence. Anantharaman Subbaraman, Andrew R. Teel. Pages 2963-2974 

- Direct synthesis of pseudo-random ternary perturbation signals with harmonic multiples of two and three suppressed. Ai Hui Tan. Pages 2975-2981 

- On the accuracy of a covariance matching method for continuous-time errors-in-variables identi cation. Torsten Soderstrom, Yasir Irshad, Magnus Mossberg, Wei Xing Zheng. Pages 2982-2993 

- Identification of dynamic models in complex networks with prediction error methods - basic methods for consistent module estimates. Paul M.J. Van den Hof, Arne Dankers, Peter Heuberger, Xavier Bombois. Pages 2994-3006 

- An optimal pairs-trading rule. Qingshuo Song, Qing Zhang. Pages 3007-3014 

- Distributed clock skew and offset estimation from relative measurements in mobile networks with Markovian switching topology. Chenda Liao, Prabir Barooah. 

Pages 3015-3022 

- Fully sensorless robust control of variable-speed wind turbines for efficiency maximization. Maria Letizia Corradini, Gianluca Ippoliti, Giuseppe Orlando. Pages 3023-3031 

 

Brief Papers 

- Errors-in-variables identification of dynamic systems excited by arbitrary non-white input. Erliang Zhang, Rik Pintelon, Johan Schoukens. Pages 3032-3041 

- Discrete mode observability of structured switching descriptor linear systems: A graph-theoretic approach. Taha Boukhobza, FrΘdΘric Hamelin. Pages 3042-3048 

- The deformed consensus protocol. Fabio Morbidi. Pages 3049-3055 

- Analysis and application of a novel fast algorithm for 2-D ARMA model parameter estimation. Youshen xia, Zhipo Deng, Wei Xing Zheng. Pages 3056-3064 

- Coordination of multi-agent Euler-Lagrange systems via energy-shaping: Networking improves robustness. Emmanuel Nu±o, Romeo Ortega, Bayu Jayawardhana, Luis Basanez. Pages 3065-3071 

- Energy-efficient train control: From local convexity to global optimization and uniqueness. amie r albrecht, Philip George Howlett, Peter J Pudney, Xuan Vu. 

Pages 3072-3078 

- Optimal shortcuts to adiabaticity for a quantum piston. Dionisis Stefanatos. Pages 3079-3083 

- Dimension reduction in a feedback loop using the SVD: Results on controllability and stability. Ryder Winck, Wayne J. Book. Pages 3084-3089 

- Quantum optical realization of classical linear stochastic systems. Shi Wang, Hendra Ishwara Nurdin, Guofeng Zhang, Matthew R. James. Pages 3090-3096 

- Optimal filtering for networked systems with Markovian communication delays. chunyan Han, Huanshui Zhang, Minyue Fu. Pages 3097-3104 

- Robust decentralized stabilization of Markovian jump large-scale systems: A neighboring mode dependent control approach. Shan Ma, Junlin Xiong, Valery Ugrinovskii, Ian R. Petersen. Pages 3105-3111 

- The nonlinearity structure of point feature SLAM problems with spherical covariance matrices. Heng Wang, Shoudong Huang, Udo Frese, Gamini Dissanayake. Pages 3112-3119 

- Analysis of SDC matrices for successfully implementing the SDRE scheme. Yew-Wen Liang, Li-Gang Lin. Pages 3120-3124 

- Consensus condition for linear multi-agent systems over randomly switching topologies. Keyou You, Zhongkui Li, Lihua Xie. Pages 3125-3132 

- Stabilization of two-input two-output systems over SNR-constrained channels. Francisco J. Vargas, Eduardo I. Silva, Jie Chen. Pages 3133-3140 

 

Technical Communiques 

- New Kalman filter and smoother consistency tests. Richard Gibbs. Pages 3141-3144 

- On the existence of virtual exosystems for synchronized linear networks. Hσvard Fjμr Grip, Ali Saberi, Anton A. Stoorvogel. Pages 3145-3148

 

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4.2 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications 

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

 

Table of Contents of Journal of Control Theory and Applications 

Vol. 11, No. 4, Nov. 2013 

 

Regular papers 

- QFT prefilter design for multivariable systems using interval constraint satisfaction technique. M. D. Patil, P. S. V. Nataraj P.529 

- Flexibility analysis of a tracking control method for air-breathing hypersonic vehicles. Z. Yang, B. Meng, J. Zeng, H. Sun P.538 

- Markov decision processes associated with two threshold probability criteria. M. Sakaguchi, Y. Ohtsubo P.548 

- Boundary feedback stabilization of a Schr\¨{o}dinger equation interconnected with a heat equation. J. Liu, J. Wang P.558 

- Nonlinear model predictive control with relevance vector regression and particle swarm optimization. M. G. Nisha, G. N. Pillai P.563 

- Node coordination mechanism based on distributed estimation and control in wireless sensor and actuator networks. L. Mo, B. Xu P.570 

- Passivity-based decentralized stabilization of multi-agent systems with uncertainty and mixed delays. L. Ma, X. Chen, H. Zhang P.579 

 

Brief papers 

- Air-fuel ratio control with stochastic L2 disturbance attenuation in gasoline engines. J. Yang, T. Shen, X. Jiao P.586 

- Robust output regulation for nonlinear systems with nonpolynomial nonlinearity under nonlinear exosystems. W. Sun P.592 

- A nonsmooth IMC method for mechanical systems with backlash. R. Dong, Y. Tan, D. He P.600 

- Global asymptotic tracking of asymmetrical underactuated surface vessels with parameter uncertainties. W. Xie, H. Sun, B. Ma P.608 

- Nonlinear fault detection based on locally linear embedding. A. Miao, Z. Song, Z. Ge, L. Zhou, Q. Wen P.615 

- Nonlinear control and synchronization of a class of nonlinear coupled dynamical systems. W. Tang, Z. Qu, X. Fan, H. Long P.623 

- Infinite time horizon nonzero-sum linear quadratic stochastic differential games with state and control-dependent noise. H. Zhu, C. Zhang P.629 

- Krein-space approach to robust filtering for uncertain systems with time-varying bias. H. Jia, W. Song, J. Feng P.634 

- The use of field programmable gate array (FPGA) in direct torque control of induction motor. Y. S. K. Babu, G. T. R. Das P.642 

- A multiple-kernel LSSVR method for separable nonlinear system identification. Y. Cai, H. Wang, X. Ye, Q. Fan P.651 

- A predictive functional control algorithm for multivariable systems with time-delay. L. Zhou, S. Fei, J. Huang, J. Zhai P.656 

- A simple method of tuning series cascade controllers for unstable systems. S. Santosh, M. Chidambaram P.661 

 

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4.3 Contents:  European Journal of Control

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

 

European Journal of Control -- Special Issue: Trends in Control 

Volume 19, Number 5, September 2013 

 

- Valedictory, Sergio Bittanti, 339 

- Path of control: From ideas to funding, to industrial successes, Alessandro Astolfi, 340 

- Closing the loops: An industrial perspective on the present and future impact of control, Guido Sand, Peter Terwiesch, 341 

- A short overview of control in European R & D programmes (1983 – 2013): From local loop designs, through networked and coordinated control, to stochastic, large scale and real time optimization systems, Alkis Konstantellos, 351 

- Successful industry/academia cooperation: From simple via complex to lucid solutions, Jakob Stoustrup, 358 

- The zero dynamics of a nonlinear system: From the origin to the latest progresses of a long successful story, Alberto Isidori, 369 

- Control of cyberphysical systems using passivity and dissipativity based methods, Panos J. Antsaklis, Bill Goodwine, Vijay Gupta, Michael J. McCourt, Yue Wang, Po Wu, Meng Xia, Han Yu, Feng Zhu, 379 

- Nonlinear control under delays that depend on delayed states, Nikolaos Bekiaris-Liberis, Miroslav Krstic, 389 

- Finite-horizon LQ control for unknown discrete-time linear systems via extremum seeking, Paul Frihauf, Miroslav Krstic, Tamer Basar, 399 

- Economic model predictive control with self-tuning terminal cost, Matthias A. Muller, David Angeli, Frank Allgower, 408 

- Robust adaptive dynamic programming for linear and nonlinear systems: An overview, Zhong-Ping Jiang, Yu Jiang, 417 

- AC Ward Leonard drive systems: Revisiting the four-quadrant operation of AC machines, Qing-Chang Zhong, 426 

 

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4.4 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics

Contributed by: Gamar Mammadova, f_aliev@hotmail.com

 

Contents: 

TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 4, No.2, 2013 

ISSN 2076-2585 

 

- On a Parallel Computation Method for Solving Linear Algebraic System with ill-Conditioned Matrix. M. Otelbaev, D. Zhusupova , B. Tuleuov. pp115-124 

- On Normal Ruled Surfaces of General Helices in the Sol Space Sol3. M.Ergüt, T. Körpinar, E. Turhan. pp125-130 

- The Problem of Constructing a Step Function Fluctuating Least Around a Given Function. B. Bayraktar. pp131-145 

- An Analogue of the Central Limit Theorem for Soft Probability.  D. A. Molodtsov. pp146-158 

- Explicit Parallel Resolvent Methods for System of General Variational Inclusions. Z.Y. Huang, M.A. Noor. pp159-168 

- Numerical Solution for a Boundary Value Problem for a Second Order Fuzzy Differential Equation. A.G. Fatullayev, E. Can, C. Koroglu. pp169-176 

- Self-Dual Codes from Smaller Lengths of Self-Dual Codes and Recursive Algorithm. H. Topcu, H. Aktas. pp177-186 

- Parameter Estimation Based Type-II Fuzzy Logic.  K. Ş. Kula, T. E. Dalkiliç. pp187-193 

- On the Quaternionic Curves According to Parallel Transport Frame. T.Soyfidan, H. Parlaticia, M. A. Güngör. pp194-203 

- On the Two Parameter Homothetic Motions in Complex Plane. D. Ünal, M. Çelik, M. A. Güngör. pp204-214 

- The Reversibility of (2r + 1)-Cyclic Rule Cellular Automata. I.Siap, H. Akin, M. E. Koroglu. pp215-225 

- Soft Ideals of Soft WS-Algebras. T.Acar , A. Harmanci. pp226-236 

- Brief paper: Asymptotic Method for Solution of the Optimization Problem with Periodic Boundary Conditions and Control in Gazlift Process. I.M. Askerov, N.A.Ismailov. pp237

 

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4.5 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

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

 

Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 21, Issue 12, December 2013

 

- Byeong-Yeon Kim, Hyo-Sung Ahn, A design of bilateral teleoperation systems using composite adaptive controller, Pages 1641-1652 

- George Andrikopoulos, George Nikolakopoulos, Stamatis Manesis, Pneumatic artificial muscles: A switching Model Predictive Control approach, Pages 1653-1664 

- Matthew S. Elliott, Bryan P. Rasmussen, Decentralized model predictive control of a multi-evaporator air conditioning system, Pages 1665-1677 

- Silvio Simani, Paolo Castaldi, Data-driven and adaptive control applications to a wind turbine benchmark model, Pages 1678-1693 

- Maarten J. Beelen, Gerrit J.L. Naus, Marinus (René) J.G. van de Molengraft, Maarten Steinbuch, Member, IEEE, Force feedback control design for nonideal teleoperators, Pages 1694-1705 

- Marcel F. Heertjes, Burak Temizer, Maurice Schneiders, Self-tuning in master–slave synchronization of high-precision stage systems, Pages 1706-1715 

- C. James Taylor, David Robertson, State-dependent control of a hydraulically actuated nuclear decommissioning robot, Pages 1716-1725 

- Michael Hansen, Jakob Stoustrup, Jan Dimon Bendtsen, Modeling and control of a single-phase marine cooling system, Pages 1726-1734 

- Takayuki Ishizaki, Kenji Kashima, Jun-ichi Imura, Atsushi Katoh, Hiroshi Morita, Kazuyuki Aihara, Distributed parameter modeling and finite-frequency loop-shaping of electromagnetic molding machine, Pages 1735-1743 

- T. Leroy, J. Chauvin, Control-oriented aspirated masses model for variable-valve-actuation engines, Pages 1744-1755 

- Paolo Giani, Mara Tanelli, Sergio M. Savaresi, Mario Santucci, Launch control for sport motorcycles: A clutch-based approach, Pages 1756-1766 

- Sanghyuk Park, Modeling with vortex lattice method and frequency sweep flight test for a fixed-wing UAV, Pages 1767-1775 

- Maarten Breckpot, Oscar Mauricio Agudelo, Pieter Meert, Patrick Willems, Bart De Moor, Flood control of the Demer by using Model Predictive Control, Pages 1776-1787 

- Xiaoyang Wang, Xin Wang, Zhenlei Wang, Feng Qian, A novel method for detecting processes with multi-state modes, Pages 1788-1794 

- Armando D. Assandri, César de Prada, Almudena Rueda, José Luis Martínez, Nonlinear parametric predictive temperature control of a distillation column, Pages 1795-1806 

 

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4.6 Contents: Asian Journal of Control 

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

 

Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.15, No.5 September, 2013 

 

Regular Paper 

-  Dynamic Games for Stochastic Systems with Delay. Hiroaki Mukaidani 

- Disturbance Observer Based Dynamic Output Feedback Controller Design for Linear Uncertain Systems. Jeang-Lin Chang and Tsui-Chou Wu 

- Vision-Based Tracking and Position Estimation of Moving Targets for Unmanned Helicopter Systems. Chien-Hong Lin, Fu-Yuen Hsiao and Fei-Bin Hsiao 

- Optimal Output Feedback Controllers for Spacecraft Attitude Tracking. Chutiphon Pukdeboon 

- Consensus Of Identical Linear Systems with Communication Delays by Using the Information of Second-Order Neighbors. Lina Rong, Shengyuan Xu, Baoyong Zhang and Deming Yuan 

- Compensation for Periodic Star Sensor Measurement Error on Satellite. Kai Xiong and Liangdong Liu 

- Multiple Fuzzy Relation and Its Application to Coupled Fuzzy Control. Jun-e Feng, Hongli Lv and Daizhan Cheng 

- Gpc-Based Self-Tuning PI Controller for Speed Servo System of PMSLM. Shaowu Lu, Xiaoqi Tang, Bao Song and Shiqi Zheng 

- Robust Adaptive Output-Feedback Dynamic Surface Control of a Class of Nonlinear Systems with Unmodeled Dynamics. Mingchao Song and Yan Lin 

- On Designing Time-delay Feedback Controller for Master-Slave Synchronization of Lur'e Systems. Xiaofu Ji, Mingwei Ren and Hongye Su 

- Packet-Loss-Dependent Stabilization of Model-Based Networked Control Systems. Yan Song, Jingcheng Wang, Yuanhao Shi and Xiaosheng Fang 

- On Detectability and Observability of Discrete-Time Stochastic Markov Jump Systems with State-Dependent Noise. Weihai Zhang and Cheng Tan 

- Asymptotic Stability and Finite-Time Stability of Networked Control Systems: Analysis and Synthesis. Wenping Xue and Weijie Mao 

- Synchronization Criteria for Neutral Complex Dynamic Networks with Interal Time-Varying Coupling Delays. Wenyong Duan, Baozhu Du, Jing You and Yun Zou 

- H∞ control for discrete-time Markovian jump systems with partial information on transition probabilities. Yan Zhang, Yong He, Min Wu and Jie Zhang 

- Model Predictive Control for Nonlinear Distributed Parameter Systems based on LS-SVM. Ling Ai and Ye San 

- General Stability of Stochastic Markov Jump Linear Systems Based on the Spectrum Technique. Li Sheng, Ming Gao and Weihai Zhang 

- Exponential Stability and Asynchronous Stabilization of Switched Systems With Stable and Unstable Subsystems. Hongbin Zhang, Yanbing Mao and Yansong Gao 

- Adaptive Decoupling Control of Pulp Levels in Flotation Cells. Haibo Li, Tianyou Chai, Jun Fu and Hong Wang 

- Global Exponential Stability Analysis of Discrete-Time Genetic Regulatory Networks with Time Delays. Yanjiang Li, Xian Zhang and Chong Tan 

- On Fault Predictability in Stochastic Discrete Event Systems. Ming Chang, Wei Dong, Yindong Ji and Lang Tong 

- Quantized H∞ Control for Networked Systems with Communication Constraints. Huaicheng Yan, Hongbo Shi, Hao Zhang and Fuwen Yang 

- Stabilizing Control of an Underactuated 2-dimensional TORA with Only Rotor Angle Measurement. Bingtuan Gao, Jing Xu, Jianguo Zhao and Xueliang Huang 

 

Brief Paper 

- Parameterization of Sampled-Data H∞ Output Feedback Controllers for General Nonlinear Systems. Jenq-Lang Wu and Chee-Fai Yung 

- Robust Stabilization and Tracking Control for a Class of Switched Nonlinear Systems. Ben Niu and Jun Zhao 

- Fault Detection for Nonlinear Systems with Unknown Input. Zhen Luo and Huajing Fang 

- Adaptive Flocking Control with a Minority of Informed Agents. Ke Lou, Baotong Cui and Qian Ye 

- Consensus analysis of continuous-time second-order multi-agent systems with nonuniform time-delays and switching topologies. Wenguang Zhang, Jizhen Liu, Deliang Zeng and Tingting Yang 

- r-consensus control for higher-order multi-agent systems with digraph. Youming Xin and Zunshui Cheng 

- Stabilization of One-Dimensional Schrödinger Equation with Variable Coefficient under Delayed Boundary Output Feedback. Kun-Yi Yang and Cui-Zhen Yao 

- Consensus of Fractional-Order Uncertain Multi-Agent Systems Based on Output Feedback. Xiuxia Yin and Songlin Hu 

- A Less Conservative Stability Condition of Time-Delay Systems with Polytopic Uncertainty. Ai-Guo Wu, Qingqiang Lin, Yan-Ming Fu and Guang-Ren Duan 

- Robust Finite-Time Stability and Stabilization of Linear Uncertain Time-Delay Systems. Sreten B. Stojanovic, Dragutin Lj. Debeljkovic and Dragan S. Antic 

- Stabilizing Controller Design for Discrete-Time Networked Control Systems under a Multiple-Packet Sequential Transmission Policy. Jenq-Lang Wu and Sheng-Hsiung Yang 

 

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4.7 Contents: Control of Engineering of China

Contributed by: YOU JING, youjiyun_ok@163.com

 

Control of Engineering of China 

Vol.20 NO.5 Total 119 

 

- A Surver of Diagosis Methods for Wind Power System. Authorer: SHEN Yan-xia,et al 

- Automatic Control System of Flotation Processes. Authorer:LI Hai-bo,et al 

- Decentralized Control for Interconnected Systems with Arbitrary Topology and Communication Failure. Authorer:YU Miao,et al 

- Parameter Identification Method of 6-axis Industrial Robot. Authorer:CAI Jin-da,et al 

- Application of Support Vector Machine(SVM) in Prediction of Molten Iron Temperature in Blast Furnace. Authorer:CUI Gui-mei,et al 

- Fuzzy Selt-tuning PI Control Approach for Freeway On-Ramp Metering. Authorer:CHI Rong-hui,et al 

- Building Blocks Design and Implementation of Glareshield for A320 Simulator. CHEN Jing-jie,et al 

- Dynamic Pricing Model of Perishable Items with Price-dependent Demand. Authorer:CAO Xiao-gang,et al 

- PSO-BP-PID Control of Ladle Furnace Proportioning System. Authorer:OU Qing-li,et al 

- The Research of Hybrid Noise Filtering for Images Based on Pulse Coupled Neural Network. Authorer:ZHANG Yan-zhu,et al. 

- Decoupling Phase Locking Based Control System Simulation of Grid-connected Wind Power. Authorer:WU Xin-kai,et al 

- Boundary Control for a Class of Parabolic Distributed Parameter Systems. Authorer:WEI Ping,et al 

- The Research of Algorithm for Dynamic Network of Power Line Carrier Communications. Authorer: LIN Jing-dong,et al 

- Research on the Control of Doubly-fed Induction Wind Power Generator without Speed Sensor. Authorer:LIU Ting,et al 

- Relative Stability Analysis Method of LTI System with Time Delay. Authorer:ZENG Qi-jie,et al 

- Dynamic Weapon Target Assignment Method Based on Embedded Markov Chain. Authorer:ZHANG Hai-long ,et al.  

- Robust Fault Tolerant Control for Networked Control System With Variable Sampling Period. Authorer:FAN Jin-rong,et al 

- Hardness Prediction for CAPL Based on Process Average Trajectory. Authorer:PENG Jun,et al 

- Research on a Seam Tracking System Based on Laser Vision Sensor Measuring. Authorer:HE Hong-lin,et al 

- Research on Power Cable ON-line Insulation Monitoring for Underground Coalmine. Authorer:DONG Ai-hua,et al 

- Neuro-fuzzy Based PID Cascade Control of Main Steam Temperature of Fire Electrical Engineering Set. Authorer:JIA Li,et al 

- The Research of Passenger’s Evacuation in Ships by Using Improved Ant Colony Algorithm. Authorer:SHEN Ji-hong,et al 

- The Research of Sense Pruning for WSD. Authorer:XIN Ri-hua 

- Research on Parameter Identification of Overhead Crane Based on Energy Reservation. Authorer:LU Xing-long,et al 

- Moral Hazard and Incentive Mechanism of Virtual Enterprise with Fairness Preference. Authorer:CHEN Ke-gui,et al 

- Passive Scattering Transform Bilateral Teleoperation for an Internet Based Mobile Robot. Authorer:CHEN Yi-bin, et al 

- The Design of Control Law of Transition Zone of Missile Based on Gauss Pseudospectral Method. Authorer:WANG Li-xin, et al 

- Hovering Control for Quadrotor Unmanned Helicopter Based on Fuzzy Self-tuning PID Algorithm. Authorer:LI Yi-bo,et al 

- Quadrotor UAV Robust Adaptive Attitude Control. Authorer:ZHEN Hong-tao,et al 

- Research on Disturbance in Nearspace Vehicle Longitudinal Trajectory System. Authorer:HE Nai-bao,et al 

- Research on the Aircraft Terrain Avoidance Strategy Based on the Interacting Multiple Models. Authorer:GENG Jian-zhong,et al 

- Passivity-Based Control for SPMSM Based on Unified PCHD Modeling. Authorer:HOU Li-min,et al 

- Gray Neural Network Algorithm Improved by Genetic Algorithm. Authorer:LI Guo-yong,et al 

- Stuy on Advance-Booking Discount Strategy in a Two-Level Supply Chain with Multi-Loss-Averse Retailers. Authorer:HU Zhi-jun,et al 

- A Modified Differential Evolution Algorithm Based on Hybrid Mutation Strategy for Function Optimization. Authorer:QIAO Jun-fei,et al 

- Optimization for Output Feedback Dynamic Surface Control Based on Genetic Algorithm. Authorer:HE Lei,et al 

- Multi-Objective Differential Evolution Algorithm for Reactive Power Optimization. Authorer:MA Li-xin,et al 

- An Improved DAGSVM Hand Gesture Recognition Approach and Its Applications. Authorer:CAI Jun,et al 

- Dynamic Quantization H∞Control for Networked Control Systems. Authorer:WEN Dan-li,et al 

- Fast IF Automatic Gain Control System Based on FPGA. Authorer:ZHANG Chun-jie,et al 

- Design and Development of the High-speed Data Acquisition System Based on FPGA. Authorer:GUAN Shou-ping,et al 

- Robustness of Sampled-data Control Systems with LTI Hold Functions. Authorer:LI Xia-yu,et al 

- Leader/Follower Formation Control of Underactuated Surface Ships. Authorer:LIU Yang,et al 

- Modeling and Optimization of Resources Management of Construction Programme Based on HTCPN. Authorer:LI Hai-ling, et al

 

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4.8 Contents: Unmanned Systems 

Contributed by: Ben M. Chen, bmchen@nus.edu.sg

 

Unmanned Systems 

Vol.1, No.2, October 2013 

Contents 

 

Special Issue on the 2012 DARPA UAVForge Challenge 

- Editorial, p.163-164 

- Winning the DARPA UAVForge Challenge 2012 - Team HALO, p.165-175. S. D. Prior, S.-T. Shen, M. A. Erbil, M. Brazinskas and W. P. Mielniczek 

- Extractor X - Autonomous Tilt Rotor UAV, p.177-198. J. J. En Chao 

- icaruslabs: An Adventure in Crowdsourcing, p.199-209. K. Jackson, J. Li, E. Timmons and J. Wallace 

- Development of an Unmanned Coaxial Rotorcraft for the DARPA UAVForge Challenge, p.211-245. F. Lin, K. Z. Y. Ang, F. Wang, B. M. Chen, T. H. Lee, B. Yang, M. Dong, X. Dong, J. Cui, S. K. Phang, B. Wang, D. Luo, K. Peng, G. Cai, S. Zhao, M. Yin and K. Li 

- Development of Rotary Wing Mini UAS for Civilian Applications, p.247-258. K. S. Kumar and A. M. Rasheed 

 

Regular Papers 

- Dynamic Inversion-Based Nonlinear Aiming Point Guidance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Reactive. Obstacle Avoidance, p.259-275. R. G. Raja, C. Chawla and R. Padhi 

- Enhanced UAS Surveillance Using a Video Utility Metric, p. 277-296. P. C. Niedfeldt, B. T. Carroll, J. A. Howard, R. W. Beard, B. S. Morse and S. Pledgie 

 

Please note that all manuscripts in the first 4 issues of Unmanned Systems can be downloaded for free from the journal website at http://www.worldscientific.com/us/.

 

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4.9 CFP: Inderscience Publishers  

Contributed by: Hui Zhang, huizhang285@gmail.com

 

Inderscience Publishers

Special issues 

 

Pro Forma for Web Page Entry 

1. Title 

Recent developments in Active and Semi-Active Suspension System Design for Vehicular Applications 

2. Description [aims/objectives/content/readership/etc] 

Suspension systems are of great importance to ride comfort, handing, and safety of road vehicles. Unsurprisingly, the design of suspension systems has attracted considerable attentions during the past few decades. Compared with passive suspensions, active and semi-active suspension systems have the capacity to improve the compromise between ride, stability, and handling by adjusting suspension damping in real time. Active and semi-active suspensions are expected to become an integral part of future vehicles, beyond the production vehicles that have already adopted them. The proliferation of such advanced systems is aided by the customer demand for improved vehicles, the broad availability of electronics and controllers in most automobiles, and the emergence of electric vehicles with novel propulsions such as in-wheel independent electric drives. 

The aim of this special issue is to document some of the recent advances in active and semi-active suspension research and development. Of particular interest are papers that are devoted to the most innovative design and control of advanced suspension systems with vehicular applications. 

3. Subject coverage 

Suggested topics for submission are: 

• Active and semi-active suspensions modeling and/or experimental analysis 

• Novel control strategies 

• Suspension system integration and cost control 

• System reliability and life testing analysis 

• Integration of advanced suspensions with other controllable systems, such as ESC, ABC, PTC, etc. 

• Off-roading application of active and semi-active system 

4. Deadlines for submission 

Submission of full paper before: February 28, 2014 

First Round of Reviews: June 30, 2014 

Notification of Acceptance: August 30, 2014 

Final paper due: September 30, 2014 

5. Any specific instructions for submissions 

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page. 

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please go to Online Submissions of Papers. If you experience any problems submitting your paper online, please contact submissions@inderscience.com, describing the exact problem you experience. 

Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor. 

6. Guest Editor(s) contact details, including email(s) 

Hui Zhang, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA; huizhang285@gmail.com 

Xinjie Zhang, State Key Laboratory of Automotive Simulation and Control, Jilin University, China; xjzhang5885@gmail.com 

Mehdi Ahmadian, Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety and Director of Railway Technologies Laboratory, Virginia Tech, USA; ahmadian@vt.edu 

Nong Zhang, Mechanical Engineering, at School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Nong.Zhang@uts.edu.au 

Junmin Wang, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA; wang.1381@osu.edu 

 

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4.10  CFP: Journal of Aerospace Information Systems 

Contributed by: Rajnikant Sharma, rajnikant.sharma@usu.edu

 

Call for papers for Journal of Aerospace Information Systems 

Special Issue on “Estimation and Information theory applications for Resilient and Distributed Operation of Aerospace Systems”.

 

The Journal of Aerospace Information Systems (formerly published as the Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication (JACIC)) is devoted to the applied science and engineering of aerospace computing, information, and communication. Original archival research papers are sought which include significant scientific and technical knowledge and concepts. The Journal publishes qualified papers in areas such as aerospace systems and software engineering; verification and validation of embedded systems; the field known as ‘big data,’ data analytics, machine learning, and knowledge management for aerospace systems; human-automation interaction and systems health management for aerospace systems. Applications of autonomous systems, systems engineering principles, and safety and mission assurance are of particular interest. Articles are sought which demonstrate the application of recent research in computing, information, and communications technology to a wide range of practical aerospace problems in the analysis and design of vehicles, onboard avionics, ground-based processing and control systems, flight simulation, and air transportation systems. 

 

Organizers: 

- Dr. Girish Chowdhary, Oklahoma State University

- Dr. Rajnikant Sharma, Utah State University, Logan 

- Dr. Adam Rutkowski, Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB, FL

 

Key research areas included in the special issue are: 

• GPS denied navigation and control 

• Distributed estimation and control in uncertain environments 

• Resilient navigation in presence of cyber attacks, GPS spoofing, and sensor takeover 

• Information sharing in hostile, cluttered, or resource-constrained environments 

• Collaborative multi-agent and multi-sensor navigation techniques for safe operation in cluttered, hostile, and GPS-denied environments 

• Vision based control for systems with fast-dynamics and resource constraints 

• Flight validation of high-integrity manned/unmanned aircraft navigation and control in uncertain and GPS denied environments 

• Distributed parameter identification and environment model learning 

• Bayesian learning and perception for Aerospace applications 

 

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. 

Estimation and information theory have traditionally played key roles in Aerospace systems. They have been critical to the success of key Aerospace breakthroughs, including long-range missiles, and Unmanned Aerospace Systems. The goal of this special issue is to bring together quality papers that focus on next generation applications of estimation and information theory to Aerospace systems. Papers are encouraged in the areas of own-ship state estimation and navigation algorithms in challenging environments; GPS denied navigation; navigation in hostile environments with potential GPS or other sensor blockage, spoofing, and take-over; environment perception in cluttered environments; Simultaneous Localization and Mapping; distributed estimation, information sharing, and control; distributed parameter identification and environment perception; transfer learning; and other applications of information and estimation theory to aerospace systems. 

 

Preparation of Manuscript 

Before you submit to an AIAA journal, please review your manuscript to ensure that it meets the following requirements. If your manuscript does not meet the requirements on this list, it may be returned to you for further revision before it can be assigned to an associate editor. 

1. Papers must be in single-column, double-spaced format. 

2. Each full-length paper must have a summary-type abstract of 100 to 200 (maximum) words in one paragraph. The abstract should NOT state what the author WILL do, present, or discuss in the article. The abstract must summarize the research that was carried out and the major findings. 

3. Papers with many symbols should have a nomenclature that defines all symbols with units, to be inserted between the abstract and the introduction. Acronyms should be defined in the text, not in the nomenclature. 

4. An introduction that states the purpose of the work and its significance relative to the prior literature is required. 

5. Equations should be numbered sequentially and not by section. 

6. References should be introduced and in numerical order (not just by author name); websites should not be referenced but should be mentioned in the text or in a footnote. 

7. Figure legends should be readable and based on AIAA format instructions. 

8. Conclusions should be a detailed discussion of study findings. Do not introduce concepts not presented in text; do not refer to other work. 

9. Grammar should be checked for clarity. 

 

All manuscripts must be submitted through the Manuscript Central site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aiaa-jacic. 

The review process will follow the standard procedures of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), but will be managed by the Associate Editor. Each submitted manuscript will undergo a full review process involving at least three reviewers. 

Deadline: March 14, 2014. 

Publication Date: The anticipated publication date of the special issue is July 2014. 

Journal Website: https://www.aiaa.org/JournalDetail.aspx?id=3434 

Contact Email: girish.chowdhary@okstate.edu, rajnikant.sharma@usu.edu, Adam.Rutkowski@eglin.af.mil 

 

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4.11 CFP: Journal of Control and Decision

Contributed by: Changyun Wen, ecywen@ntu.edu.sg

 

Call for papers 

 

A new journal entitled Journal of Control and Decision is launched in association with the successful annual event Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC) which has a history of 25 years. It will be published quarterly by Taylor & Francis Group of UK. 

 

Aims and Scope: 

The primary aim is to provide a platform for scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world to present the latest advancement in all areas of Control, Decision, Automation, Robotics and Emerging Technologies. 

 

Submission Notices for 

Researchers, engineers and practitioners are invited to submit papers describing original work or comprehensive technical reviews/survey papers. Note that ScholarOne paper submission system is being set up and will be available in early 2014. Presently all manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format to the secretary of journal via email tengrong@ise.neu.edu.cn. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a peer review basis, handled by the Editorial Board of the journal. 

 

Editor-in-Chief: 

Fuli Wang Northeastern University 

 

Executive Editor-in-Chief: 

Changyun Wen Nanyang Technological University 

 

Deputy Editors-in-Chief: 

Guang-Hong Yang Northeastern University 

Zhong-Ping Jiang Polytechnic Institute of New York Uni. 

 

Senior Editors: 

Xi-Ren Cao Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Christos Cassandras Boston University 

Tian-You Chai Northeastern University 

Graham Goodwin University of Newcastle 

David J. Hill The University of Hong Kong 

Jie Huang The Chinese Uni. of Hong Kong 

Alberto Isidori University of Rome 

Okyay Kaynak Bogazici University 

Miroslav Krstic University of California, San Diego 

Frank Lewis University of Texas at Arlington 

 

For further information, please refer to 

Website - http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/est/tjcd-initial-cfp; 

Or contact the secretary via email:tengrong@ise.neu.edu.cn 

 

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5. Conferences 

 

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

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com

 

ICNPAA 2014 World Congress: 

Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace 

Narvik University, Norway 

July 15, 2014 – July 18, 2014 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Also you can submit extended version of papers to Journal MESA http://nonlinearstudies.com/index.php/mesa 

 

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5.2 World Conference on Structural Control and Monitoring

Contributed by: Jose Rodellar, jose.rodellar@upc.edu

 

6th edition of the World Conference on Structural Control and Monitoring hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) - Control, Dynamics and Applications Group (CoDalab). 

Barcelona - Spain, 15-17 July 2014. 

 

The WCSCM is a premier leading conference devoted to the theoretical, numerical, experimental and practical advancements of control and monitoring methods and technologies for dynamic structures in a wide range of civil, infrastructure, mechanical, aerospace and energy systems. 

The precedent conferences were held in Pasadena - USA (1994), Kyoto - Japan (1998), Como - Italy (2002), La Jolla - USA (2006) and Tokyo - Japan (2010). 

 

Main topics: 

Feedback active, semi-active and passive vibration control. Theoretical and algorithmic developments in feedback control. Fault tolerant control. Wireless monitoring and control networks. Large scale systems and feedback architectures. Models and structural system identification. Damping and base isolation systems. Monitoring principles: mechanical, acoustic, electrical. Sensors and actuators: piezoelectric, fibre optics, electromagnetic, MEMS, and others. Model-based and data-driven approaches for structural health monitoring and damage identification. Signal processing, data mining and fusion, sensor fault detection and recovery. Safety evaluation, reliability forecast, life-cycle performance-based design. Smart materials. Physical and semi-physical models. Energy harvesting. Self-adaptive structures. Bio-inspired systems. Benchmark problems of structural control and SHM. Bridges and footbridges structures. Civil engineering, infrastructure systems and historical structures. Architecture. Earthquake engineering. Aerospace and aeronautic structures.Marine structures. Robotic and mechanical structures. Wind energy systems. 

 

Authors are invited to visit the conference website for information and submit their papers: http://www.6wcscm.es 

 

Important Dates: 

Abstract Submission. Due November 30, 2013. 

Acceptance/Rejection Notice by January 31, 2014. 

Deadline for Early Payment. April 30, 2014. 

Deadline for submitting the full paper. May 1, 2014.

 

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5.3 World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

Contributed by: Lisa Vickers, info@ifac2014.org

 

19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, 24-29 August 2014, Cape Town, South Africa 

www.ifac2014.org 

 

Paper submission deadline - extended to 15 November 2013 

 

A number of excellent submissions have already been received but the deadline for paper submissions (excluding invited session proposals) has been extended by a fortnight as there have been some requests for extra time. 

 

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

The deadline for invited session proposals remains unchanged: 30 October 2013. 

 

Please visit the website - http://www.ifac2014.org/call-for-abstracts.php - for further details on the Call for Papers or feel free to contact the IFAC 2014 Programme Secretariat (info@ifac2014.org) if you have any questions. 

 

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5.4  World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation 

Contributed by: Youjing, youjiyun_ok@163.com

 

The 11th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation 

 

The 11th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA 2014) will be held in Shenyang, China, from June 27 to 30, 2014. WCICA 2014 is technically sponsored by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Control Systems Society, National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Chinese Association of Automation, and the Chinese Association of Artificial Intelligence. 

WCICA 2014 features plenary keynotes and panel discussion sessions by the world leading researchers as well as awards to honor outstanding papers presented at this Congress. 

The awards include Best Paper on Theory, Best Paper on Applications, Best Student Paper, Best Poster Paper, Best Paper on Biomedical & Biosystem Related Areas, SUPCON Best Paper on Industrial Automation, and AIAG Best Paper on Supply Chain Related Topics. 

The Proceedings of WCICA 2014 will be included in the IEEE Xplore database, as well as indexed by EI Compendex. Moreover the extended version of presented papers at the congress will be considered for further publication in leading international journal. 

Important Dates 

Full-length PDF Paper Submission : Jan 15, 2014 

Notification of Paper Acceptance : April 1, 2014 

Final IEEE PDF Compliant Paper Submission: April 15, 2014 

Conference website: http://2014.wcica.info 

 

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5.5  Chinese Control and Decision Conference

Contributed by: Changyun Wen, ecywen@ntu.edu.sg

 

26th Chinese Control and Decision Conference (2014CCDC) 

Website - http://www.ccdc.neu.edu.cn 

 

Extension of Paper Submission Deadline: 30 November 2013.

In response to the large number of feedbacks from researchers that they still have difficulties in completing paper submission by 31 Oct. 2013, the organizing committee has decided for an extension of the deadline for 2014 CCDC paper submission to 30 November 2013, after taking every factor into account. 

Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC) is an annual international conference. The 26th Chinese Control and Decision Conference (2014CCDC) will be held in Changsha, China, during May 31 – June 2, 2014. Its purpose is to create a forum for scientists, engineers and practitioners from all over the world to present the latest advancement in Control, Decision, Automation, Robotics and Emerging Technologies. 

Conference content will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. 

High-quality papers in 2014 CCDC will be recommended for submission to the Journal of Control and Decision published quarterly by TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP. 

There will be Keynote addresses and Distinguished Lectures covering the State-of-the-Art in both theory and applications of Systems, Control and Decision. 

 

Invited Keynote Addresses will be delivered by Prof. Alessandro Astolfi, Imperial College, UK; Prof. Dimitri Bertsekas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA;  Prof. Daizhan Cheng, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China;  Prof. Jay A. Farrell, University of California, Riverside, USA;  Prof. Yanda Li, Tsinghua University, China.

Invited Distinguished Lectures will be delivered by  Prof. Jie Chen, Beijing Institute of Technology, China;  Prof. Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA;  Prof. Dewen Hu, National University of Defense Technology, China;  Prof Jing Sun, University of Michigan, USA;  Prof. Qing-Chang Zhong, the University of Sheffield, UK

 

Important Dates:

Deadline for Full Paper submission: 30 November 2013 Deadline for Invited Session Proposals: 30 November 2013 Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 01 February 2014 Deadline for Camera Ready Manuscript Submission: 10 March 2014 Deadline for Advance Registration: 10 March 2014

 

Highlight of Changsha Attractions:

Apart from participating in 2014 CCDC, you may also visit the numerous attractions of Changsha, Hunan Province, China. Changsha is a world-renowned ancient historic city. The name of "Changsha" could be dated back to the West Zhou Dynasty of more than 3000 years ago. It is an important city in the Chu State as well as a famous prefecture in the Qin Dynasty.

Changsha is one of the first famous historic and cultural cities in China because of its long history. Changsha is a famous cultural city rich in talent and excellent in civilization. Changsha has a long history of civilization and splendid ancient culture, and a great number of age-old graves and historical relics spread all over the city.

Thanks to its long history, Changsha boasts a large number of scenic spots and historical sites, among which the historical sites including Yuelu Academy, Mawangdui, Kaifu Temple, and Tianxin Pavilion etc are best-known. Famous scenic spots include Mt. Yuelu, Martyr Memorial Park, and Orange Island etc.

 

For further information, please refer to Website - http://www.ccdc.neu.edu.cn; Email -secretary_ccdc@ise.neu.edu.cn

 

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6. Workshops and Graduate Schools

 

6.1 Workshop on Communications and Control for Smart Energy Systems

Contributed by: Quanyan Zhu, quanyanz@princeton.edu

 

The 3rd Workshop on Communications and Control for Smart Energy Systems (CCSES) 

 

The emerging smart energy system is expected to be a large-scale cyber-physical system that can improve the efficiency, reliability, and robustness of power and energy grids by integrating advanced techniques from power systems, control, communications, signal processing, and networking. For instance, advanced communications and networking technologies are expected to play a vital role in the future smart grid infrastructures by supporting two-way energy and information flow and enabling more efficient monitoring, control, and optimization of different grid functionalities and smart power devices. The efficient design of the forthcoming smart grid system faces a plethora of challenges at different levels ranging from communications and networking to control and power systems. In addition, the deployment of the smart grid will lead to several new multi-disciplinary research opportunities and potentials for collaborations with industries and various international smart grid standardization bodies. 

 

Building on the success of its 2012 and 2013 versions, the Workshop on Communications and Control for Smart Energy Systems is intended to provide a forum for discussion on all these most recent developments and bring together industry and academia, engineers and researchers. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the IEEE INFOCOM 2014 conference (http://www.ieee-infocom.org/) and it provides a unique occasion for the community to meet and share ideas and visions. 

 

URL: http://www.ieee-infocom.org/Workshops_SES.html 

 

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6.2 Workshop on Hybrid Autonomous Systems

Contributed by: Rafael Wisniewski, raf@es.aau.dk

 

4th Workshop on Hybrid Autonomous Systems (HAS) 2014 

April 12-13th, 2014 - Grenoble, France 

 

A workshop in ETAPS 2014: The European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software (ETAPS) 

http://www.etaps.org/index.php/2014/workshops 

 

The interest on autonomous systems is increasing both in industry and academia. Such systems must operate with limited human intervention in a changing environment and must be able to compensate for significant system failures without external intervention. The most appropriate models of autonomous systems can be found in the class of hybrid systems (which study continuous-state dynamic processes via discrete-state controllers) that interact with their environment. This workshop brings together researchers interested in all aspects of autonomy and resilience of hybrid systems. 

 

Contributions are invited in all areas of hybrid systems including but not limited to: 

Formal methods for autonomous systems; Probabilistic and stochastic hybrid systems; Case studies, application reports and tools; Concurrent models of hybrid systems: hybrid Petri nets, hybrid process algebra; Applications of Markov decision processes to hybrid systems; Multi-agent hybrid systems; Adaptive behavior in biological and technical systems; Path planning and scheduling; Massive parallelism; Extensions of hybrid automata; Diagnosis, monitoring, state estimation; Uncertainty modeling and probabilistic reasoning; Probabilistic logics and model checking; Learning and adaptive behaviors 

 

Important dates: 

Submission deadline: December 1st, 2013 

Notification of acceptance: January 15th, 2014 

Final version deadline: February 10th, 2014 

Workshop: April 12-13th, 2014 

 

Workshop Website: http://kom.aau.dk/project/HAS2014/

 

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7. Positions

 

7.1 PhD: KU Leuven -  Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Contributed by: Jan Swevers, jan.swevers@mech.kuleuven.be

 

One fully funded open PhD position at KU Leuven/Belgium in the TEMPO Initial Training Network 

 

TEMPO (Training in Embedded Predictive Control and Optimization) is Initial Training Network (ITN) Nr. 607957, funded under the FP7 Marie Curie programme of the European Commission. Duration: February 1, 2014 - January 31, 2018. 

TEMPO is an international PhD program for highly motivated young scientists, where state-of-the-art research is combined with a comprehensive training program. The network is funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework program. TEMPO addresses the needs of European companies and society for embedded control technology, through training on cutting edge research in the rapidly emerging inter-disciplinary field of embedded predictive control and optimization. The key objectives are: 

• to expand the scientific and technical knowledge platform for Embedded Predictive Control and Optimization in Europe; 

• to exploit this platform to train a new generation of world class researchers and professionals that are highly attractive for employment by the European industry; 

• to establish structures for long-term cooperation and strengthen the relations among the leading universities and industry in Europe in this field, to continuously develop the research training platform that European industry relies on. 

Ten partners from academia and industry, as well as three associated partners will provide a multi-national and interdisciplinary training infrastructure, designed to equip the participating fellows with the necessary knowledge and set of tools to pursue successful careers. 

 

Please visit the http://www.itk.ntnu.no/projects/tempo/ for more information about the project, its partners and eligibility criteria. 

 

Partner KU Leuven is looking for one Early-stage Researcher (ESR1) on the following subject: Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) for Mechatronic Systems. 

The research focus of ESR1 is on the design, implementation, and experimental validation of Nonlinear Model Predictive Controllers for nonlinear mechatronic systems such as a 6DOF industrial robot manipulator and an overhead crane, considering optimal trade-off between conflicting requirements such as energy efficiency, time-optimality, positioning and tracking accuracy. The main challenges in this research are (i) the kHz sampling rates required for these applications, (ii) the implementation of NMPC algorithms within the existing open controllers of the overhead-crane and industrial robot that are available at KU Leuven, (iii) developing, implementing and optimizing NMPC as a reference and feedforward generator for the traditional joint position controllers, and (iv) developing, implementing and optimizing NMPC at joint torque level, fully controlling the 6DOF robot. 

The research activities will mainly be carried out at the division PMA of the department of Mechanical Engineering, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium (http://www.mech.kuleuven.be/meco) in cooperation with the KU Leuven Optimization in Engineering Center OPTEC (http://www.kuleuven.be/optec) and combined with visits to other members of the network. 

 

Candidate profile: 

An ideal candidate has a master degree in engineering (mechanical, control ...) and a strong background in control and dynamic system modelling, robotics, numerical optimization, programming (Matlab, C/C++), a strong interest and experience in work on real-world experiments, and enthusiasm for the project. Proficiency in English is a requirement. Applicants whose mother tongue is neither Dutch nor English must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are: 

• TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 100 (internet-based test) 

• IELTS: 7 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) 

• CAE/CPE: grade B or A. 

 

Application: 

Apply on-line https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/52557899 or send email to jan.swevers@mech.kuleuven.be. Subject of your email should be: “TEMPO PhD application”. 

Include: 

• an academic CV and a Pdf of your diplomas and transcript of course work and grades 

• statement of research interests and career goals 

• sample of technical writing 

• list of at least two referees: names and email addresses 

• proof of English language proficiency test results 

 

Application deadline: December 31, 2013.

 

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7.2  PhD: KU Leuven - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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

 

2 PhD positions "Computational methods for nonlinear eigenvalue problems and eigenvalue optimization, with applications in control and structural dynamics", KU Leuven 

 

The positions are concerned with the numerical solution of matrix or operator eigenvalue problems that are nonlinear in the eigenvalue parameter and, possibly, in the eigenvector. On the theoretical side, such problems are currently studied in operator theory, linear algebra, and algebraic geometry. On the algorithmic side, the topic is of high current interest, primarily in numerical linear algebra and scientific computing (e.g. in the context of solving partial differential equations). From an application point of view major developments have taken place in engineering, in particular systems and control, and in physics. 

 

The Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics Section of KU Leuven has recently gained key expertise on iterative methods for solving generic eigenvalue problems that are nonlinear in the eigenvalue parameter, and, in particular eigenvalue problems inferred from the analysis of dynamical systems with time-delay. The aim of the PhD research is to advance the state-of-the-art in two complementary direction. The first one is on eigenvalue optimization. The optimization problems stem from the analysis of eigenvalue problems with uncertainty and from the synthesis of controller or design parameters. Applications are mainly envisaged in systems and control and in structural dynamics, in the framework of the Optimization in Engineering Centre OPTEC. The second direction is on computing and optimizing eigenvalues where the nonlinearity is not only in the eigenvalue but also in the eigenvector. The eigenvector nonlinearity can be inherent to the problem, as in quantum physics problems, but may also arise in computational schemes for solving matrix distance problems that , e.g. arise in the context of robust control of large-scale problems. 

 

Keywords: dynamical systems, control and optimization, manifolds and low-rank dynamics, infinite-dimensional systems, partial and delay differential equations, numerical linear algebra, scientific computing 

 

Profile: The candidates must have a master degree in engineering or applied mathematics. They will be hosted at the NAAM section of KU Leuven. They are expected to participate in national and international collaborative projects in the area of scientific computing, control and optimization. 

 

How to apply: Send an electronic application (CV, motivation, references) to Prof. Wim Michiels (Wim.Michiels@cs.kuleuven.be) with subject “vac-eig”. 

 

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7.3 PhD: Curtin University, Australia 

Contributed by: Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis, L.Ntogramatzidis@curtin.edu.au

 

Two PhD positions are available in the areas of systems and control theory at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Curtin University located in Perth, Australia. 

These positions cover full tuition fees plus a stipend. Requirements include a strong background in control theory, dynamic systems and mathematics (especially linear algebra); a Master’s degree in mathematics or engineering; and excellent skills in using Matlab and/or Mathematica. It is expected that the candidates have strong oral and written communication skills as well as proficiency in written and spoken English. 

The prospective PhD students are expected to start working in March-June 2014, and perform high-quality and innovative research in the area of tracking control with geometric/polynomial methods. 

For further information, follow the link: 

http://scholarships.curtin.edu.au/scholarships/scholarship.cfm?id=1548 

If you are interested, please send an email to Dr. Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis at L.Ntogramatzidis@curtin.edu.au including: 

(1) Your curriculum vitae and your top publication (if you have any). 

(2) A paragraph that explains the undergraduate and MS courses you took related to dynamical systems and linear algebra. 

(3) At least two contact information (including name, e-mail, and phone number of the person) for letter of recommendation requests (one of these contact information must include your current advisor). 

 

Contact: 

Dr. Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis, Department of Mathematics and Statistics 

Curtin University, Perth (WA), Australia. 

E-mail: L.Ntogramatzidis@curtin.edu.au 

 

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7.4  PhD: TEMPO PhD Program

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

 

Marie Curie Initial Training Network on Training in Embedded Predictive Control and Optimization - 14 Fully Funded PhD Fellowships – 

 

To apply: http://www.itk.ntnu.no/tempo/vacancies 

 

TEMPO is an international PhD program for highly motivated young scientists, where state-of-the-art research is combined with a comprehensive training program. The network is funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework program. TEMPO addresses the needs of European companies and society for embedded control technology, through training on cutting edge research in the rapidly emerging inter-disciplinary field of embedded predictive control and optimization. Ten partners from academia and industry, as well as three associated partners will provide a multi-national and interdisciplinary training infrastructure, designed to equip the participating fellows with the necessary knowledge and set of tools to pursue successful careers. We are now recruiting 14 PhD candidates for a range of identified projects. For details regarding individual project descriptions, the offered fellowships, and the application process and requirements, please visit the project webpage http://www.itk.ntnu.no/tempo/vacancies 

 

• Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for Mechatronic Systems. (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Prof. Jan Swevers) 

• Embedded MPC for Control of Fast Mechatronic Systems.  (Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Prof. Boris Rohal-Ilkiv) 

• Informed Predictive Vehicle.  (Renault, Prof. Sorin Olaru and Dr. Guillermo Pita Gil) 

• Nonlinear MPC of Tethered Power Plane.  (Ampyx Power BV, Prof. Moritz Diehl and Dr. Richard Ruiterkamp) 

• Real-time Certification for Embedded Control Systems.  (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ), Dr. Paul Goulart) 

• Robustness of MPC Explicit Solutions.  (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPÉLEC), Prof. Pedro Rodriguez-Ayerbe) 

• Reduced complexity explicit MPC.  (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Prof. Morten Hovd) 

• Explicit MPC and Delay Implications.  (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPÉLEC), Prof. Sorin Olaru) 

• Fast Embedded Optimization via Non-convex Operator Splitting.  (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Prof. Colin Jones) 

• Code Generation for Embedded Nonlinear MPC/MHE.  (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Prof. Moriz Diehl) 

• Optimal Co-design of FPGA Implementations for MPC.  (Imperial College, London, Dr. Eric Kerrigan) 

• Real-time Implementation of Embedded MPC on PLCs.  (Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Prof. Michal Kvasnica) 

• Explicit MPC in Higher Order Systems.  (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Prof. Tor Arne Johansen) 

• Embedded MPC in Converter Control.  (ETHZ, Prof. Manfred Morari and Dr. Paul Goulart) 

 

The positions adhere to the European and the beneficiaries policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. It is an objective to increase the number of females in scientific positions, and female applicants are therefore encouraged to apply. 

 

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7.5  PhD: University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA

Contributed by: Ioannis Raptis, Ioannis_Raptis@uml.edu

 

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

 

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

 

Qualifications 

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

- Excellent mathematical background. 

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

- Good English communication skills (writing and oral). 

- Ability to conduct independent research 

 

Desired Experience 

- Experience in programming autopilot boards. 

- Familiarity with the Robotic Operating System. 

- Hands on experience in robotics and RC vehicles. 

- Control design of nonlinear dynamic systems. 

 

To Apply 

Interested applicants should send as a single pdf document: (1) a cover letter(clearly indicating expected start date, relevant experience and motivation), (2) detailed Curriculum Vitae, (3) copies of unofficial transcripts, and (4) copies of relevant publications (if any) to: Ioannis_Raptis@uml.edu. Only shortlisted successful applicants will be directed to apply to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell. Review of submissions will begin immediately. The deadline for graduate application submission is February 10th, 2014. 

 

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

- For more information about the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell, please visit the website: 

 http://www.uml.edu/college/Engineering/Mechanical/default.html 

 

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7.6  Post-Doc:  University of Picardie Jules Verne, France

Contributed by: Pages Olivier, opages@u-picardie.fr

 

We propose a post-doctoral position at MIS (Modeling, Information and Systems) laboratory (University of Picardie Jules Verne, science faculty, Amiens, France). The position for one year with the possibility of renewing for one another year is available from the beginning of November 2013. 

The post-doctoral position is part of the European project INTERREG IVA entitled CEREEV (Combustion Engine for Range-Extended Electric Vehicle) in which cooperate three research teams: IRSEEM (Research Institute of Embedded Electronic Systems) of ESIGELEC Rouen (France), the University of Brighton (England), MIS at the University of Picardie Jules Verne. In this project, the partners will have to propose a new diesel engine: a split-cycle diesel engine which is energetically more efficient. 

The scientific objective for this post-doctoral position is the development of a mathematical model of the split-cycle diesel engine for the synthesis of control laws in order to minimize fuel consumption as well as to reduce emissions of pollutants. The post-doc researcher is expected to work in research team COVE (control and vehicles) at MIS laboratory. 

The candidate must have a strong background in diesel engine as well as in control of non linear systems. Knowledge in fuzzy model and control is greatly desirable. 

Interested candidates may send a detailed CV, a list of publications, a statement of research, and three reference letters to: 

Olivier Pagès 

Laboratoire MIS (Modélisation, Information et Systèmes) 

University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV) 

UFR des sciences 

33 rue Saint-Leu 

80039 Amiens cedex 1, France 

Email address : opages@u-picardie.fr 

Phone number : + 33 3 22 82 59 08 

Web : http://www.mis.u-picardie.fr/ 

For more information, contact: opages@u-picardie.fr 

 

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7.7  Post-Doc: Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Contributed by: Georg Schitter, schitter@acin.tuwien.ac.at

 

Post Doc Position in Mechatronics and Control 

 

New research positions on mechatronics, metrology, and control at either level (full-time paid, 40 hours per week) have been created at the Automation and Control Institute (ACIN) of the Vienna University of Technology. 

Research associate (Post-Doc) salary in the range of 47.343 to 55.275 Euro/year 

Research assistant (PhD student) salary in the range of 35.400 to 42.190 Euro/year 

 

The involved research positions are related to precision motion systems and metrology for applications in the high-tech industry and are focused on: 

- mechanical and mechatronic system design, 

- precision motion control and control of mechatronic imaging systems 

 

The starting date is planned as soon as possible, depending on the availability and preference of the successful candidate. 

 

Requirements: 

We are looking for candidates holding an MSc or PhD degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Cybernetics, Physics, Aerospace Engineering or equivalent, preferably with a strong background in at least one area of metrology, scientific instrumentation, mechanical design, mechatronics, electro-magnetic actuation, precision engineering, measurement science, electronics, adaptive optics, system engineering, or modeling and control of dynamic systems. 

We offer the opportunity to perform scientifically challenging research in a multi-disciplinary research environment, with a group of international researchers and strong collaboration with industrial, governmental, and university research laboratories. 

To apply for this position, please email your application in pdf-format to schitter@acin.tuwien.ac.at 

Applications received by 15. November 2013 will be reviewed immediately, but the position will remain open until filled. 

For more information about the ACIN department and Vienna University of Technology, please visit our website http://www.acin.tuwien.ac.at .

 

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7.8  Post-Doc: Technische Universität München, Germany 

Contributed by: Martin Buss, mb@tum.de

 

Is Munich the next step in your postdoc career? Come visit and find out! 

Research Opportunities Week 

March 17– 21, 2014 

Take this unique opportunity to experience the Technische Universität München (TUM) and its research environment firsthand. 

TUM invites you to come to Munich for a fully-funded one-week stay. 

Afterward, all candidates interested in pursuing a postdoc at TUM will be eligible to apply for a one-year TUM University Foundation Fellowship. 

Are you a young researcher looking to launch your career in Munich? 

Send in your application (deadline 30 Nov 2013) for one of the 50 Postdoc Mobility Travel Grants at the Technische Universität München. 

For the application form and further information on TUM’s Research 

Opportunities Week: 

www.tum.de/postdoc 

Contact: 

Dr. Christiane Haupt 

Olivia Schmid 

postdoc@tum.de

 

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7.9   Post-Doc: University of Twente, the Netherlands 

Contributed by: Paolo Frasca, p.frasca@utwente.nl

 

The Hybrid Systems group of the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands (http://www.utwente.nl) is seeking qualified candidates for a position as a Post-doctoral fellow within the research areas of Networked and Hybrid Systems. 

 

The challenge:

Hybrid systems are those dynamical systems, which evolve over discrete and continuous time or spatial domains. Network systems are those systems, which are composed of interacting parts. As such interactions can be seen as events affecting the local dynamics of the parts, the field of network systems naturally provides several examples of hybrid systems. Indeed, the network topology inherently introduces discrete aspects into the dynamics. Typical examples include robotic networks, electrical grids, transportation networks, and other “cyber-physical” systems in which the interaction between physical and computational layers is significant. 

The candidate is expected to carry out high-profile methodological research on topics of interest for both the group and herself/himself. If desired by the candidate, some teaching activity can be accommodated, but it is not expected. 

 

Your profile: 

The successful applicant has obtained (or is about to obtain) a doctoral degree in applied mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely related discipline. She/he should have ample expertise in the field of systems and control. 

An interview will be part of the selection procedure. Candidates are invited to apply before November 20, 2013. Please include the following attachments in your application as a single PDF file: 

- CV (including title and date of your PhD dissertation) 

- Contact information for at least two academic references 

- Research statement indicating your background and interests and how they align with the position (maximum 150 words) 

 

Our offer:

We offer a contract for a period from 2 to 4 years, to be negotiated. The salary will be set according to the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement and will depend on relevant experience of the candidate, but will not be below (about) 2900 € gross per month. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits. The starting date for the appointment will be agreed with the candidate.
The research of the department is part of the multidisciplinary research institute Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT). 

 

Contacts: Dr. Jan Willem Polderman j.w.polderman@utwente.nl and Dr. Paolo Frasca p.frasca@utwente.nl 

Application: via the webpage www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en 

 

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7.10  Post-Doc, University of Michigan, USA

Contributed by: Anna Stefanopoulou, annastef@umich.edu

 

Research Fellow (or Post-Doctoral) Position in Engine Control at the University of Michigan. 

Period: 1 year with possible extension.

Compensation: Competitive upon qualifications, benefits, travel budget. 

Availability: Jan 2014 or earlier.

Applicants should have background and interest in switching control, stochastic dynamics, physics-based modeling and parameterization, optimization, estimation and real-time implementation issues. Experience in automotive engines and combustion is desirable. Familiarity with software tools such as Matlab and Simulink is necessary. 

Additional important qualifications: 1) Ability to work and lead interdisciplinary research with a large team of professors, students, industrial collaborators, and scientists. 2) Dexterity in processing data and 3) Strong motivation in experimentally implementing and verifying advanced control algorithms. 

CV in pdf and further enquiries should be directed by e-mail to Anna G. Stefanopoulou (annastef@umich.edu) with “Engine Control Position” in the subject. 

 

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7.11 Internship: NEC Laboratories America, Inc., USA

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

 

The Energy Management department at NEC Labs America Inc. invites applications for a winter internship (3-6 mo.) focused on optimal control of dynamic systems related to distributed energy storage and generation as well as HVAC demand management. The intern will be expected to develop novel advanced control, optimization and system identification strategies for HVAC demand management and for integration of intermittent renewable power sources. The research should result in publications at premier conferences and lay foundation for product ideas 

 

Job Requirements 

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

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

- Experience and interest in applying control theory and implementing control systems in hardware and software to show tangible results 

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

 

Desired Skills 

- Excellent MATLAB/C/C++/Python programming skills 

- Experience in using D-Space or other controller implementation tools 

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

Please submit your resume at https://neclabs.hua.hrsmart.com/hrsmart/ats/Posting/view/1174

 

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7.12  Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher: University of Twente, The Netherlands 

Contributed by: Pranab Kumar Mandal, p.k.mandal@utwente.nl

 

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher: University of Twente, The Netherlands 

 

The Hybrid Systems group of the University of Twente is seeking qualified candidates for a research position for 3 years. This position is one of the several Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions within the International Training Network (ITN) project, TRAX, sponsored by the EU under the Marie Curie actions in the 7th Framework Program. 

The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Dr. P.K. Mandal on the following research topic: “Efficient state and parameter estimation in very large systems”. 

The goal is to study and exploit the structures of complex systems, combined with particle filter based processing and statistical optimization techniques to arrive at more efficient techniques and better algorithms for state and parameter estimation. Important issues are to deal with high dimensionality of the unknown state and parameter vectors in the system. 

With sufficient progress in research, the work may be submitted as PhD thesis. 

The research position is open to those who fulfill the criteria required by the European Community. The candidate should have received a M.Sc. degree or equivalent in Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Probability, Electrical Engineering or a related field. 

The full advertisement is available on-line at : 

http://www.utwente.nl/vacatures/?VacatureID=603664 

Application can also be submitted via the above link 

The closing date for applications is 29 November, 2013. 

 

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7.13 Research Associate: Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

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

 

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) has a position open for a postdoctoral research associate. 

The current project is related to the analysis of uncertain networked dynamic systems and the robust design of these systems. The broad nature of this project allows for a variety of research directions, including 

* A Robustness framework for networked dynamic systems 

* Fault-detection and isolation for networked dynamic system 

* Distributed control and estimation strategies for multi-agent systems (options for both theoretical and experimental work) 

* Optimization methods for distributed power systems (i.e., the "smart-grid"). 

 

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (or will graduate with one soon) in Aerospace, Electrical, or Mechanical engineering (or related discipline) with a strong foundation in systems & control theory and optimization theory. The candidate should also be familiar with current results in the area of networked and multi-agent dynamical systems. 

 

Interested applicants should send a CV, publication list, and research statement via email to 

Asst. Professor Daniel Zelazo 

dzelazo@technion.ac.il 

http://zelazo.net.technion.ac.il/

 

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7.14  Research Associate:  University of Sheffield, UK

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

 

A Research Associate position is available for an innovative and enthusiastic candidate to join a dynamic and fast-expanding research group at the University of Sheffield. The main duty of the appointee is to develop the fundamental understanding of electro-mechanical, thermal and ageing models for power electronic systems, in particular, under a harsh vehicular environment, to understand how switching frequency, driving cycle, harsh environment, mechanical vibrations and so on affect the life time of power electronic systems, so that performance can be pushed beyond the current limits while maintaining high reliability. You will work within an EPSRC-funded consortium consisting of research groups from University of Sheffield, Loughborough University, Imperial College London, University of Oxford, Cranfield University and Coventry University, with the support of more than a dozen industrial partners. 

 

Applicants are required to possess a PhD degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or other relevant area, or have equivalent experience. Experience in Matlab-Simulink#, thermal modelling and analysis, reliability and degradation mechanisms, in particular, of electrical and electronic systems, packaging of power electronic systems are desirable. Applicants will have a creative and scientific approach suitable for developing leading edge technology, a proven track record of quality journal publications, excellent skills in communication and management, and enthusiasm and motivation to work on independently and within a team. 

This post is fixed-term from 1 January 2014 to 30 December 2015. 

Closing date: 8 November 2013. 

Formal applications, together with two sample publications, should be submitted via http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs.

 

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7.15  Research Associate: University of Minnesota, USA

Contributed by: Rebecca Helgeson, helg0085@umn.edu

 

Research Associate: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 

Digital Technology Center, College of Science and Engineering 

 

Research Associate – Energy, Renewables and the Smart Power Grid.

 

The Digital Technology Center (DTC) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applicants for a Research Associate position. Primary responsibilities include basic research and proposal submissions to raise external funds in collaboration with one or more DTC groups. 

Required/Preferred Qualifications: 

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, or a related field. 

The successful candidate will lead and expand DTC's efforts in energy, renewables, and the smart power grid. Research Associate will also participate in graduate student supervision, scholarly publications and filing of reports. Research Associate may be considered for appointment at the Research Assistant Professor level in the department of their choice. This position will be renewable annually based on funding. 

DTC is an interdisciplinary research center, focusing on collaborative cross-departmental fundamental research, industry partnerships, and outreach. DTC belongs to the College of Science and Engineering which includes affiliated faculty across the University. Active research areas in the DTC include: i) Machine Learning, Signal Processing, and Data Mining; ii) Wireless Communications and Networking; iii) Graphics and Visualization; iv) Distributed Robotics; v) Digital Storage. 

Candidates must submit a cover letter, CV and list of references online at: employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=102747 

Review of applicant materials will begin December 15, 2013. 

Please send any inquiries to Rebecca Helgeson, helg0085@umn.edu, Digital Technology Center, University of Minnesota, 499 Walter Library, 117 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Phone: (612) 625-4104. http://www.dtc.umn.edu. 

 

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7.16  Research Assistant/Associate: University of Cambridge, UK

Contributed by: Jan Maciejowski, jmm@eng.cam.ac.uk

 

Research Assistant/Associate in Machine Learning for Autonomous Systems and Control (Fixed Term). 

 

We are seeking a highly creative and motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate/Assistant to join the Machine Learning Group (http://mlg.eng.cam.ac.uk) in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK. 

The Machine Learning for Autonomous Systems and Control postdoc will be working jointly with the Control Group at Cambridge, in a team including Carl Rasmussen, Jan Maciejowski, and Zoubin Ghahramani. This project is a collaboration with Oxford and will focus on bridging Bayesian inference for machine learning, reinforcement learning methods, and Model Predictive Control methods for autonomous and intelligent systems. (This position is for 2 years in the first instance) 

The successful applicant will have or be near completing a PhD in computer science, engineering, statistics or a related area, and will have extensive research experience and a strong publication record in statistics, probability, machine learning and/or control theory. Preference will be given to applicants with some experience in large-scale modelling with Bayesian methods, non-parametric Bayesian models, approximate inference and experience with reinforcement learning or control. 

Salary scales: £24,049 - £27,047 per year for Research Assistant, £27,854 - £36,298 for Research Associate. 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance. 

The position is based in Central Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. 

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. 

To apply complete form CHRIS /6 (cover sheet for CVs) available at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/ and send with your CV, which should include a list of your publications and names of at least two referees, and a covering letter indicating which post you wish to be considered for, in pdf format by email to Miss Diane Hazell, Department of Engineering, (email dsu21@eng.cam.ac.uk , Tel +44 1223 748529). 

Applications should be sent so as to reach us not later than 25 November 2013. 

Please quote reference NM01954 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

 

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7.17  Faculty: Boston University, USA

Contributed by: Christos Cassandras, cgc@bu.edu

 

The Division of Systems Engineering (SE) at Boston University (BU) is seeking candidates for a tenured faculty position at the rank of Professor in the area of Network Systems. The Division of Systems Engineering is seeking a proven accomplished researcher to provide leadership in the area of network systems and to bring together a number of already existing related activities which span the ECE and ME Departments. The Division, in conjunction with the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE), has established world-class research excellence in areas such as Sensor Networks, Multi-Agent Systems, and Mobile Robotics. These and other areas where Division faculty are active represent instances of a broader emerging class of network systems. Beyond traditional computer and communication networks, this new class is characterized by network structures whose nodes are complex dynamic systems in themselves (wireless physical devices, robots, power supply centers in a smart grid, vehicles in smart cities, factories/warehouse in supply chains, etc). Candidates with research interests that transcend the traditional boundaries of SE are strongly encouraged to apply. The candidate would be given a primary appointment in our Mechanical Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering departments as applicable. Additional appointments with other BU departments and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering are available for candidates with appropriate experience and interests. 

Qualified candidates must possess a relevant, earned PhD, and have a demonstrable ability to teach effectively and contribute to the graduate program in SE, develop funded research programs in their area of expertise, and contribute to the tradition of excellence in research that is characteristic of SE at BU. Self-motivated individuals who thrive on challenge and are eager to utilize their expertise to strengthen an ambitious program of divisional enhancement are desired. Women, minorities, and candidates from other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 

SE at BU is a world-class Division with excellent resources, including the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE), that is steadily gaining national and international prominence for its exceptional research and education record. SE is part of BU’s rapidly growing and innovative College of Engineering. The College of Engineering is comprised of three departments (Biomedical, Electrical & Computer, and Mechanical) and two graduate divisions (Systems and Materials Science & Engineering) consisting of 120 faculty, 75 staff, 1350 undergraduates and 700 graduate students. The College of Engineering has risen rapidly in distinction over the past decade and is currently ranked 38th and in the top 20 in research dollars per faculty member. Significant investments in the SE area by the College and University are significant and will continue. Outstanding collaboration opportunities are available with nationally recognized medical centers and universities/colleges, nearby research centers, and industry throughout the Boston area. 

Beyond its research and academic activities, BU has a lively, urban campus situated along the banks of the Charles River in Boston’s historic Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood. The campus and surrounding areas offer limitless opportunities for recreational activities, from world-class art and performances to sporting events and fine dining. 

Please visit http://www.bu.edu/SE/ for more information about the SE Division. To apply, please visit and follow application instructions online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3207. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preferred deadline for full consideration is December 31, 2013. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply early. Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.   

 

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7.18  Faculty: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Contributed by: Doug Birdwell, birdwell@utk.edu

 

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Communications and Controls.

 

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in controls or communication systems. The research areas include (but are not limited to) wireless communications and networking, optical communication systems, information theory, signal processing for communications, coding theory, communication hardware implementations, control over communication networks, adaptive control and decision making for coordinated autonomous/semi-autonomous systems, decentralized/distributed control of spatially distributed systems, robust and adaptive (non-equilibrium) control of nonlinear processes, and control of large complex, multi-scale, hybrid, highly uncertain systems. Successful candidates will be expected to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, to establish a vigorous funded research program. The Department currently enrolls more than 500 undergraduate and 220 graduate students. 

 

The EECS Department is in the midst of a growth phase thanks to gifts from alumnus Dr. Min Kao and other donors, in addition to state funding, totaling over $50M. These funds have been directed to the new building which opened in 2012, as well as various endowments. The University of Tennessee and Battelle manage the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which provides further research opportunities. Information about the EECS Department can be found at http://www.eecs.utk.edu. 

 

Applicants should have an earned Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or related field. Applicants should have outstanding potential for establishing an independent research and teaching program in their field and should be capable of working with other faculty to further strengthen the department's existing research programs. 

 

The University welcomes and honors people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity. Interested candidates should apply through the departmental web site and submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. 

 

Electronic Application Form (http://www.eecs.utk.edu/resources/employment/faculty/controls_fall13_app) 

 

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.

 

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7.19   Faculty: Professor and Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University, USA

Contributed by: Weihua Sheng, weihua.sheng@okstate.edu

 

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University (OSU) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Candidates are sought who have an earned doctorate and national reputation in Electrical and Computer Engineering, or a closely related field; a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and leadership in an appropriate area of electrical and computer engineering; a strong record of externally funded research; an interest in advancing educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; a record of leadership in professional societies and interaction with industry; desire to develop interdisciplinary programs; administrative and financial management abilities; demonstrated academic leadership abilities, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate must qualify for appointment as a tenured Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at OSU. ECE has 24 full-time faculty members (including 3 IEEE fellows), 390 undergraduate and 190 graduate students, and excellent laboratory facilities in the College's Advanced Technology Research Center. The School receives approximately $1.9 million annually in external research funding with aspirations to improve its performance in both research and instruction. The School offers ABET accredited B.S. degrees in both Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering. Departmental research programs center on several thrust areas including communication and signal processing, computer engineering, electromagnetic compatibility, lasers and photonics, VLSI, electronic materials, and control systems. Screening of applications will begin December 2, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. The target starting date is July 1, 2014. Applicants should apply online @ https://jobs.okstate.edu. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, list of five references, and a statement of capabilities, qualifications, and interests. OSU is an EEO/AA/E-Verify employer. More detailed information about the School and OSU can be found at: www.ceat.okstate.edu.

 

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7.20  Faculty: Lehigh University, USA

Contributed by: Nader Motee, motee@lehigh.edu

 

Lehigh University invites applications for one tenure-track assistant or associate professor position from candidates whose research focuses on smart grid systems. 

The successful candidate must have a proven research interest in applications related to smart grids, including, but not limited to, topics such as: power systems and electronics, dynamic control of power and information networks, visualization of electricity networks, survivable networks, real-time systems design, real-time scheduling and resource management, electricity pricing, market models, combinatorial auctions, real-time computational systems, sensor networks, communications, estimation, cyber-physical security systems, and data analytics. 

The candidates' research may draw on methodological areas including, but not limited to: real-time operating, embedded, decision, and dynamical systems; power systems analysis; statistical modeling; algorithmic decision theory; optimization; simulation; scientific computation; nonlinear networks; game-theoretical models; signal processing and communications; systems design theory; robust optimization; dynamic control of large-scale interconnected systems; high-performance computing; high-precision numerical computing; and large scale data processing. 

The successful candidate will be part of a university research cluster consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of engineering, computer science, economics, and mathematics faculty. The cluster has a specific focus on smart grids that is part of a broader research agenda on “Integrated Networks for Electrical, Information, and Financial Flows.” More information about the research cluster is available at http://www.lehigh.edu/grid. The successful candidate will be appointed to a position within an appropriate department—for example, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. 

Applicants must possess (1) an earned doctorate, outstanding academic credentials, and a demonstrated record of success, (2) strong record and willingness to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary research, and (3) the ability and commitment to teach courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The position will require developing externally funded research programs, supervising M.S. and Ph.D. students, and contributing to the smart grid cluster through innovative research and teaching. 

Lehigh University is a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. Lehigh is a coeducational, nondenominational, private university that offers a distinct academic environment of undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe. Lehigh offers majors and programs in four colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Business and Economics, The College of Education, and The P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. More than 4,700 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students call Lehigh "home." Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is situated on 1,600 acres in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. 

Applications received by December 31, 2013 will receive full consideration. Applications should be submitted on-line at TBD. Applications should include a statement of interest, curriculum vita, list of publications, research and teaching statements, and the names and contact information for at least three references. In add ition, applicants should specify a preferred home department. Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Zhiyuan Yan <smartgridsearch@lehigh.edu> . 

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Lehigh offers excellent benefits including domestic partner benefits. For further information see: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/worklifebalance.html. 

 

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7.21 Faculty: University of Delaware, USA

Contributed by: Herbert Tanner, btanner@udel.edu

 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in 

robotics and control. Exceptional candidates in other research areas will also be considered. We seek ambitious, innovative individuals, who have 

demonstrated excellence in research and potential to become leaders in their fields while engaging in high-quality teaching and mentoring. 

Applications received through www.udel.edu/udjobs, before January 1, 2014, will receive full consideration. 

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer, encouraging applications from minority group members and women.

 

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7.22 Faculty: University of Minnesota, USA

Contributed by: Rajesh Rajamani, rajamani@umn.edu

 

Multiple Faculty Positions: University of Minnesota.

 

The University of Minnesota is pleased to announce an initiative on Robotics, Sensors, and Manufacturing, funded by the State of Minnesota. The initiative will leverage strengths in research and education in these and related areas at the University, and will expand collaborations with industry to respond to emerging opportunities. In support of the initiative, the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) invites applications for multiple tenure-track and tenured positions in a coordinated recruiting process with CSE academic departments in engineering, physical and computer sciences, and mathematics, and collaborating programs outside of CSE in such application areas as health sciences, biology, and agriculture. 

Disciplinary areas of particular interest to this search include, but are not limited to, robotics and automation, control and dynamical systems, machine learning and intelligence, image processing and computer vision, neuroengineering, materials, devices and systems for novel sensing and actuation, and digital manufacturing. Successful candidates are expected to have strong commitments to cross-disciplinary collaboration in research and teaching in both undergraduate and graduate levels. These candidates must actively support the goals of the initiative in impacting the University’s contributions to such applications as terrestrial and aerial robotics, industrial automation and manufacturing, surgical robotics and image-guided therapies, medical-assist and wearable robotic systems, environmental and agricultural robotics, cognition, human-machine and human augmentation systems. Candidates must hold a PhD at the time of appointment in an area appropriate for the initiative. 

Please apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System: 

employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=114667 

Applications should include a cover letter referencing the Robotics, Sensors and Manufacturing faculty positions, detailed curriculum vitae, statements on teaching and research interests, and a list of three references with contact information (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Successful candidates will be appointed as early as fall semester 2014. 

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

 

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7.23 Faculty: University of New Hampshire, USA

Contributed by: May-Win Thein, mthein@cisunix.unh.edu

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Cluster Position Announcement 

University of NewHampshire 

Durham, New Hampshire, USA 

 

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute controls/robotics/automation expertise to complement the research interests of an interdisciplinary faculty cluster that is being developed in advanced manufacturing within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The planned cluster will also be seeded with tenure-track positions in biosensors/biomaterials (Department of Chemical Engineering), precision manufacturing/metrology (Department of Mechanical Engineering) and statistical process control (Department of Mathematics and Statistics). In addition to the research activities, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching of control engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. UNH actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion and quality engagement for all. 

Candidates with outstanding credentials and expertise in areas appropriate to complement the interdisciplinary research effort of the cluster (including expertise in control engineering applied to robotics/automation) will be considered. A Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering is required. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated the ability to teach a variety of ECE courses including laboratories. A commitment to sustaining and advancing the goals of the institution's diversity of students, faculty, and staff is required. 

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. The University of New Hampshire has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant charters. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire's lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. 

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Applications must include a cover letter, detailed resume, names and contact information of at least three references, and statements of research and teaching interests. Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until filled. Please apply online at https://jobs.usnh.edu to receive full consideration for this position. Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents when applying online: cover letter, resume/vita, three professional references with contact information, research statement and teaching philosophy. 

 

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7.24 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China 

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

 

Faculty Positions in Systems and Control 

Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate 

School, Shenzhen, China 

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation 

 

The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology,Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSZ) invites applications for several faculty positions at all ranks. We are seeking candidates with excellent credentials in the areas of systems and control, wind energy, power systems and smart grids. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in electrical, mechanical and power systems engineering and need to show strong research record and potential. Successful candidates will be received a joint appointment in the Center of Systems and Control. The Division currently has 11 full-time faculty members, and is expected to grow to 20 faculties in the next few years. 

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

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

 

Ms. Zhao 

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation 

HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town 

Xili, Shenzhen 

Guangdong 

P. R. China 518055 

 

or email the documents to scc.hitsz@gmail.com

 

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7.25 Faculty: Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile 

Contributed by: Juan I. Yuz, juan.yuz@usm.cl

 

Faculty Position for the Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad 

Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile 

 

The Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) offers a full-time tenure-track academic position, to strengthen multidisciplinary research lines in Electronic Bioengineering, such as modeling and analysis of biological systems, instrumentation associated with bioelectric signals, digital signal processing and biomedical imaging. Additionally, it is desirable that the candidate will strengthens existing lines of research on Bioelectronic Engineering at UTFSM, such as voice and human hearing, biomedical acoustics, computational neuroscience, biological vision and ambulatory monitoring of biomedical signals, human computer interaction, cognitive feedback and statistical analysis. 

 

The position requirements are 

- Ph.D. in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, or similar. 

- Evidence of results in research through patents or publications 

- Experience in application to and management of research projects. 

- Willingness to teach at graduate programs and undergraduate level. 

- Willingness to get involved in modern educational methodologies and redesign of engineering education curriculum. 

- Applicants not fluent in Spanish are expected to acquire sufficient proficiency to be able to teach and to interact with students. 

 

Documentation required 

1. Curriculum Vitae. 

2. Proposal for personal academic development, including research and teaching. 

3. Recommendation letters from (at least, two) academics. One of the referees should be the Ph.D. Thesis advisor. 

4. Copy of most relevant publications. 

5. Certificates of diplomas and degrees. 

 

Application Deadline: November 30, 2013 

 

More information about the Department of Electronic Engineering UTFSM can be found at: http://www.elo.utfsm.cl and http://www.elo.utfsm.cl/~bioelo/. 

Additional information about UTFSM and Valparaiso can be found at http://www.usm.cl/en/ and http://www.oai.utfsm.cl/en/usm/ 

 

Application details and additional information can be requested to Dr. Juan I. Yuz (juan.yuz@usm.cl), Associate Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, UTFSM. 

 

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7.26 Faculty: University of Minnesota, USA

Contributed by: Mihailo Jovanovic, mihailo@umn.edu

 

The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities invites applications for faculty positions in Electrical and Computer Engineering from individuals with strong expertise in (1) power and energy systems; (2) micro and nano devices and structures; and, in support of a University Initiative on Robotics, Sensors, and Manufacturing, (3) control and dynamical systems, robotics and automation, image processing and computer vision, and materials, devices and systems for novel sensing and actuation applications. Women and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. An earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline is required. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Positions are open until filled, but for full consideration, apply at http://www.ece.umn.edu/ by December 15, 2013.

 

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7.27 Faculty: Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Contributed by: Hiro Mukai, facsearch@ese.wustl.edu

 

The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level for fall 2014. Well qualified candidates at the full professor level will also be considered. Candidates should be exceptionally strong, possess novel and creative visions of research, and commit gladly to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Operations Research or related fields. 

Technical areas of interest include, but are not limited to, signal processing and imaging, information theory, applied physics, control systems, operations research, optimization, applied mathematics, and applied statistics. Applications include biomedicine, energy, the environment, robotics, financial engineering, network sciences and modeling of physical and complex systems. In addition to teaching, successful candidates are expected to conduct research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and participate in department and university service. 

Applications will be accepted immediately, and interviews will begin after January 1, 2014. Applications received before December 5th will receive full consideration. The details of the application process and necessary documents are found at 

http://ese.wustl.edu/aboutthedepartment/Pages/faculty-openings.aspx. 

Washington University in St. Louis is a medium-size private university, which is 14th in U.S. News & World Report's national university ranking. 

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

 

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7.28  Faculty: University of Minnesota, USA

Contributed by: Gary Balas, balas@umn.edu

 

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics seeks to fill a faculty position in aerospace systems. Applications are invited in all areas of aerospace systems, particularly in areas that complement current research activities in the department and are in line with the university wide initiative on robotics, sensors, manufacturing, control and dynamical systems (MNDrive). These research activities include but are not limited to control system analysis and design, multi-sensor navigation and guidance algorithm design for the operation of aircraft, spacecraft and autonomous vehicles. 

Information about the department is available at: http://www.aem.umn.edu/ 

Information about MnDRIVE initiative is available at: http://cse.umn.edu/mndrive 

The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of the Department's mission, including teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; supervision of undergraduate and graduate students; services; and developing an independent, externally-funded research program. In particular, the candidate will be expected to teach aerospace engineering courses including undergraduate courses in mechanics (statics, dynamics and strength of materials) as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in aerospace systems.

 

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7.29  Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Contributed by: Panagiotis Tsiotras, tsiotras@gatech.edu

 

Faculty Position in Autonomy 

 

The School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology invites nominations and applications for a faculty position in the general area of autonomous and intelligent control systems, with emphasis on aerospace vehicles and systems, and their interaction with human operators. The appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level, but appointments to the Associate or Full Professor level will be considered for exceptional candidates having demonstrated a superior research and teaching record with a strong commitment to aerospace applications. 

Candidates are required to have a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or another closely related field. The successful candidate should have an outstanding research record and will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in his/her area of expertise, supervise graduate students, and interact with the faculty on the development of a strong, independent, externally funded research program. The candidate will most likely also interact with the newly established Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) at Georgia Tech. 

The Aerospace Engineering program at Georgia Tech is the largest program of its kind in the US, having approximately 40 full-time faculty members, and more than 800 undergraduate students and 500+ graduate students. Its undergraduate and graduate programs are typically ranked among the top aerospace engineering programs in the nation. The research interests of the faculty cover a broad spectrum including gas dynamics, propulsion, combustion, aerodynamics, structural mechanics, flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, rotorcraft, aircraft and space systems design, dynamics and control, air-traffic control, and cognitive engineering. Information about the School can be found at www.ae.gatech.edu. 

Applicants should send (electronically or via mail) a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a statement of research plans, and the name and contact information of at least three references to: Michelle Hall, c/o Professor Panagiotis Tsiotras, Search Committee Chair on Autonomy, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 30332-0150. Phone: (404) 385-3819, e-mail: michelle.hall@ae.gatech.edu 

The Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Selection process will include passing a background check.

 

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7.30  Manufacturing Controls Engineer: Ford Motor Company, USA

Contributed by: Natalie Szuba, nszuba@ford.com

 

Job Title: Manufacturing Controls Engineer 

Location: Livonia 

State: Michigan 

Company: Ford Motor Company 

 

Position Duties for Control Engineer: 

•Responsible for the implementation of controls systems for Engine and Transmission programs. 

•Work closely with Manufacturing Engineering Process Team during cost study and simultaneous engineering phases to develop controls system and strategy related to Controls Hardware, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Safety Interlocks, Software, QLSCM strategy, POS/FIS, Error Proofing etc. 

•Work with OEM's to ensure that they adhere to for PTO Controls Specifications and meet defined controls strategies. 

•Involved in drawing approvals, and machine runoff at OEM's. 

•Coordinate machine install at the plant floor. 

•Responsible for ensuring machine Protag signoff during installation. 

•Responsible for leading the commissioning activities with the OEM's for equipment on the plant floor. 

•Responsible for ensuring all GPDS controls deliverables are completed on time for programs. 

 

Technical Skills and Abilities:

•Must be knowledgeable in PLC programming languages. 

•Must have the ability to develop PLC programs for machine applications. 

•Must have a good understanding of communication networks and implementation. 

•Must have the ability to read, understand and modify electrical drawings. 

•Must have a working knowledge of AutoCad. 

•Must have the ability to design electrical control systems including panel design, power distribution networks, and sensor and motor communications. 

•Must be knowledgeable in HMI programming 

•Must be knowledgeable with motion control devices such as servo motors and controllers 

•Must be knowledgeable with industrial I/O devices and networks. 

•Must have a working knowledge of vision systems 

 

Leadership Skills and Abilities:

•Must have the ability to work independently in a highly stressful environment. 

•Must remain flexible throughout the delivery of programs to accommodate for changes is scope and direction 

•Must have strong oral and written communication skills. 

•Must have good leadership skills and have the ability to coordinate efforts of subordinates and OEM's. 

•Must have strong problem solving skills and be able to leverage previous experiences to solve technical problems. 

 

Minimum Requirements: 

The Minimum Requirements for the Manufacturing Controls Engineer are: 

•BS Engineering/BS Engineering Technology 

 

Preferred Requirements:

The Preferred Skills/Experience for the Manufacturing Controls Engineer are: 

•BSEE, MSEE 

To apply please go to www.careers.ford.com, under ‘Experienced Professionals’ Apply to Auto req ID: 6338BR 

 

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