April 2014 - E-LETTER

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April 2014


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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.3 Call for nominations for the IEEE Control Systems Society Awards

1.4 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems & Control

1.5 American Control Conference


2. Misc

2.1 Tribute to Jan Willems - scholar and friend

2.2 Online Seminar on Robust Control in Engineering Modern Cyber Physical Systems

2.3 Online Control Systems Seminars

2.4 Short Course Dynamic Traffic Flow Modelling and Control

2.5 Focus Period on Dynamics and Control in Networks


3. Books

3.1 Robust and Optimal Control - A Two-port Framework Approach

3.2 Advanced H-infinity Control - Towards Nonsmooth Theory and Applications

3.3 Adaptive Dynamic Programming for Control: Algorithms and Stability


4. Journals

4.1  Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems

4.2  Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

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

4.4  Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.5  Contents: Journal of Control and Decision

4.6  Contents: Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization

4.7  Contents: Asian Journal of Control

4.8  CFP: Journal of Communications in Control Science and Engineering

4.9  CFP: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

4.10 CFP: IET Control Theory and Applications

4.11 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems


5. Conferences

5.1  International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems

5.2  International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems

5.3  Indian Control Conference

5.4  Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security

5.5  Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing 

5.6  International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems

5.7  World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control


6. Workshops

6.1 Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning 

6.2 Workshop on Logics and MODel-checking for self-* systems (MOD*)

6.3 Workshop on Time Delays in Networks: Models, Stability Theory, Control, and Numerical Methods 

6.4 Workshop onInterpolation-based techniques for constrained control: from improved vertex control to robust model predictive control alternatives

6.5 Workshop on Distributed Control and Estimation for Robotic Vehicle Networks

6.6 Workshop on Hybrid Systems Biology


7. Positions

7.1  PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

7.2  PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

7.3  PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

7.4  PhD: INRIA, France

7.5  PhD: Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

7.6  PhD: CNRS, Grenoble, France

7.7  PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia

7.8  PhD: Texas Tech University, USA

7.9 Post-Doc: CNRS, France

7.10 Post-Doc: EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

7.11 Post-Doc: University of Waterloo, Canada

7.12 Post-Doc/PhD: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

7.13 Post-Doc: MINES-Paristech, France

7.14 Post-Doc: The Ohio State University, USA

7.15 Post-Doc: Lund University, Sweden

7.16 Postdoctoral Research Fellow: University of Southampton, UK

7.17 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia

7.18 Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

7.19 Research Assistant/Research Associate: University of Sheffield, UK

7.20 Research Associate: University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia 

7.21 Research Associate: University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia

7.22 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R. China

7.23 Faculty: ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

7.24 Faculty: University of Oxford, UK

7.25 Faculty: Qatar University, Qatar

7.26 Faculty: Washington University, USA

7.27 Visiting Assistant Professors: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA




1. IEEE CSS Headlines


1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu


CSS Publications Content Digest 



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

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



1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu


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


Table of Contents 

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 

Volume 59 (2014), Issue 4 (April) 



- Risk-Sensitive Mean-Field Games. H. Tembine, Q. Zhu, T. Basar p. 835

- LQ Control for Coordinated Linear Systems. P. L. Kempker, A. C.M. Ran, J. H. van Schuppen p. 851 

- On the Robustness of Nominal Nonlinear Minimum-Time Control and Extension to Non-Robustly Controllable Target Sets. G. Pin, T. Parisini p. 863 

- Rapidly Exponentially Stabilizing Control Lyapunov Functions and Hybrid Zero Dynamics. A. Ames, K. Galloway, J. W. Grizzle, K. Sreenath p. 876 

- A New Family of High-Resolution Multivariate Spectral Estimators. M. Zorzi p. 892 

- Accelerated Dual Descent for Network Flow Optimization. M. Zargham, A. Ribeiro, A. Ozdaglar, A. Jadbabaie p. 905 

- Partial-Information State Based Optimization of Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes and the Separation Principle. X-R. Cao, D-X. Wang, L. Qiu p. 921 

- Nonanticipative Rate Distortion Function and Relations to Filtering Theory. C. D. Charalambous, P. A. Stavrou, N. Ahmed p. 937 

- Unified Analysis of Iterative Learning and Repetitive Controllers in Trial Domain. G. Pipeleers, K. L. Moore p. 953 

- On Most Permissive Observers in Dynamic Sensor Activation Problems. E. Dallal, S. Lafortune p. 966 

- Control for Safety Specifications of Systems with Imperfect Information on a Partial Order. R. Ghaemi, D. Del Vecchiop. p. 982 

- Necessary and Sufficient LMI Conditions for Stability and Performance Analysis of 2D Mixed Continuous-Discrete-Time Systems. G. Chesi, R. H. Middleton p. 996 


Technical Notes and Correspondence 

- A Heuristic Approach to Static Output-Feedback Controller Synthesis with Restricted Frequency-Domain Specifications. X. Li, H. Gao p. 1008 

- Distinguishability of Discrete-time Nonlinear Systems. M. Baglietto, G. Battistelli, P. Tesi p. 1014 

- Self-Excited Limit Cycles in an Integral-Controlled System with Backlash. A. Esbrook, X. Tan, H. K. Khalil p. 1020 

- Particle Filtering Framework for a Class of Randomized Optimization Algorithms. E. Zhou, M. C. Fu, S. Marcus p. 1025 

- On Feasibility, Stability and Performance in Distributed Model Predictive Control. P. Giselsson, A. Rantzer p. 1031 

- Efficient Foraging Strategies in Multi-Agent Systems through Curve Evolutions. M. Haque, A. Rahmani, M. Egerstedt, A. Yezzi p. 1036 

- Multivariable MRAC Design Without Gain Symmetry Conditions Using a Stabilizing Multiplier. L. Hsu, A. Battistel, E. V. L. Nunes p. 1041 

- Stable Internally Positive Representations of Continuous Time Systems. F. Cacace, A. Germani, C. Manes p. 1048 

- On Discrete-Time Convergence for General Linear Multi-Agent Systems Under Dynamic Topology. J. Qin, H. Gao, C. (B.) Yu p. 1054 

- Continuous-Discrete Time Observers for a Class of MIMO Nonlinear Systems. M. Farza, M. M'Saad, M. L. Fall, E. Pigeon, O. Gehan, K. K. Busawon p. 1060 

- Average Consensus on Arbitrary Strongly Connected Digraphs with Time-Varying Topologies. K. Cai, H. Ishii p. 1066 

- Almost Periodic Parameters for the Second Moment Stability of Linear Stochastic Systems. A. N. Vargas, J. B.R. Do Val p. 1072 

- Rational Lyapunov Functions and Stable Algebraic Limit Cycles. E. Moulay p. 1077 

- A Small-Gain Theorem for Switched Interconnected Nonlinear Systems and Its Applications. L. Long, J. Zhao p. 1082 

- MPC for Sampled-Data Linear Systems: Guaranteeing Constraint Satisfaction in Continuous-Time. P. Sopasakis, P. Patrinos, H. Sarimveis p. 1088 

- Saturated RISE Feedback Control for a Class of Second-Order Nonlinear Systems. N. Fischer, Z. Kan, R. Kamalapurkar, W. E. Dixon p. 1094 

- Sensitivity Reduction by Stable Controllers for MIMO Infinite Dimensional Systems via the Tangential Nevanlinna-Pick Interpolation.M.Wakaiki,Y.Yamamoto, H.Ozbay p. 1099 

- A Limiting Property of the Matrix Exponential. S. Trimpe, R. D'Andrea p. 1105 



1.3 Contents: Call for nominations for the IEEE Control Systems Society  Awards

Contributed by: Richard Middleton, richard.middleton@newcastle.edu.au


Nominations are open, and due by May 15, for the following  2014 IEEE Control Systems Society Awards (see http://www.ieeecss.org/awards  for full details):

- George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper  published in 2012 or 2013 in the IEEE Transactions on  Automatic Control)

- IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology  Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper published in 2012 or  2013)

- IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award  (for an article published in 2012 or 2013)

- IEEE Control Systems Technology Award (for outstanding  individual or team contributions to control systems  technology) 

- Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award  (for a distinguished contributor to the transition of  control and systems theory to practice)

- Antonio Ruberti Outstanding Young Researcher Prize (for  a young researcher for innovation and impact on systems  and control)



1.4 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems & Control

Contributed by: christophe Aubrun, christophe.aubrun@univ-lorraine.fr


8th IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems & Control

October 8-10, 2014 Nice-Antibes, France 

Website : http://www.msc2014.org 


The 2014 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control to be held at the Antibes Congress Centre, Antibes, French Riviera, includes two International Conferences sponsored and promoted by the IEEE Control Systems Society: 

• The IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA) 

• The IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (ISIC) 

MSC 2014 provides a unique opportunity for researchers and practitioners from different areas to formulate new challenges, to discuss the state-of-the-art and the future directions in advanced control technology, intelligent systems and computational methods for control systems design. Presentations of theoretical results accompanied by  practice related experiments are encouraged. 


Important dates - New Deadlines : 

• March 31, 2014: Submission of workshop proposals and invited sessions 

• April 14, 2014: Technical paper submission 

• July 1, 2014: Notification of acceptance 

• July 15, 2014: Preliminary program ready 

• September 1, 2014: Final camera ready paper due 

• September 1, 2014: Early registration ends 

• September 15, 2014: Conference program ready 


Papers submission via PaperPlazza 

Conference Topics include (but are not restricted to): 

CCA: Aerospace and automotive systems; Marine systems; Agricultural systems; Mining systems; Biomedical and chemical processes; Biological and pharmaceutical processes; Metal processing; Power systems; Mechanical systems and robotics; Mechatronic systems; Telecommunications; Transportation systems; Mathematical modelling; System identification; Fault diagnosis; Fault tolerant control; Predictive and adaptive control; Discrete event systems; Hybrid systems; Robust control; Vehicular and traffic control; Integrated control and supervision; Fuzzy and neural control, Petri nets; Distributed intelligent networked systems 

ISIC: Autonomous systems; Architecture and software for intelligent control; Computational intelligence methods; Distributed-Information systems; Hybrid intelligent systems; Learning and adaptive systems; Multi-sensor integration and fusion; Networked systems and control; Reconfigurable systems; Soft computing and heuristics 



1.5  American Control Conference

Contributed by: Jerome Lynch, jerlynch@umich.edu


Registration now open & workshops announced 

2014 American Control Conference (ACC2014) 

June 4-6, 2014, Portland, Oregon 



It is our pleasure to announce that advanced registration for the 2014 American Control Conference is still open but ends April 15, 2014. 

ACC2014 will be held June 4 through 6 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. 

The ACC is the annual conference of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC), the U.S. national member organization of the International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC). Member societies of the AACC include AIAA, AIChE, ASCE, ASME, IEEE, ISA, SCS, and SIAM. 


Important Dates: 

- April 15, 2014 Advanced Registration Deadline 

- May 19, 2014 Online Registration Closes 

- June 2-6, 2014 Onsite Registration 


Plenary Speakers: 

We are also excited to announce the following plenary and semi-plenary speakers (see http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2014/plenary.php for more information): 

[Plenary] Professor Keith Glover, University of Cambridge "Symbiotic Relations: Control Theory and Practise" 

[Semi-Plenary] Professor Anna Stefanopoulou, University of Michigan "Control of engines, fuel cells, and batteries: Powering vehicle mobility" 

[Semi-Plenary] Professor Bassam Bamieh, UC Santa Barbara "Networked and Distributed Parameter Systems: New Directions, Opportunities, and Challenges" 

[Semi-Plenary] Dr. Juan de Bedout, GE Energy Management "Unlocking Performance - How Controls Will Shape The Upcoming Business Landscape" 

[Semi-Plenary] Professor Vijay Gupta, University of Notre Dame "Control of Cyber-Physical Systems: Old Issues and New Challenges" 



A total of 12 workshops have been organized for the two days preceding the 2014ACC. We are delighted to post the following workshops (see http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2014/workshops.php for more information): 


[Monday, June 2nd, 8:30-5:30pm] 

- Linear, Parameter-Varying Control: Tools and Applications Organizers: Andrew K. Packard, Peter Seiler, Arnar Hjartarson, Gary J. Balas 

[Monday, June 2nd, 1:30-5:30pm] 

- Robust and Adaptive Control Organizers: Kevin A Wise, Eugene Lavretsky 

[Tuesday, June 3rd, 8:30-5:30pm] 

- Nonlinear Optimization: Techniques for Engineering Organizer: R. Russell Rhinehart 

- Subspace Identification of Linear, Parameter Varying, and Nonlinear Systems: Theory, Computation, and Applications Organizer: Wallace E. Larimore 

- Open Problems in Multi-Agent Systems Organizers: Yasamin Mostofi, Magnus Egerstedt 

- Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning Organizers: Tansel Yucelen, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Anuradha Annaswamy, Naira Hovakimyan, Susan Frost, Margareta Stefanovic 

- New Advances in Uncertainty Analysis and Estimation Organizers: Puneet Singla, Raktim Bhattacharya 

- 40 Years of Robust Control: 1978 to 2018 Organizers: Gary J. Balas, John C. Doyle, Keith Glover, Andrew K. Packard, Peter Seiler, Roy S. Smith 

[Tuesday, June 3rd, 8:30-12:30pm] 

- High Level Modeling for Control Systems Development Organizers: Kenneth R. Butts, Karl Hedrick, Kyle Edelberg 

[Tuesday, June 3rd, 1:30-5:30pm] 

- What Is a Control System and Why Should I Care? (A Brief Tour Through the World of Feedback Systems and How They Work) Organizer: Daniel Y. Abramovitch 

- Developing Battery Management Systems Using Model-Based Design Organizers: Simona Onori, Federico Baronti 

- Ubiquitous Hands-On Learning: The Future of Engineering Education Organizers: Bonnie Ferri, Al Ferri 




2. Misc


2.1 Tribute to Jan Willems - scholar and friend

Contributed by: Arjan van der Schaft, a.j.van.der.schaft@rug.nl


Tribute to Jan Willems - scholar and friend

Monday July 7, 2014, 15.30 – 20.00, 

Aula of the Academy building, University of Groningen, the Netherlands 


On August 31, 2013, Jan C. Willems passed away. 

In order to commemorate his scientific legacy and friendship, and to honor his contributions to the Systems & Control scientific community, a memorial meeting will be organized in the Aula of the University of Groningen; the place where he acted as promotor for many of his PhD students, and where he held his inaugural speech and farewell lecture for the University of Groningen. 

The memorial meeting will take place after an early ending of the regular MTNS 2014 program on Monday July 7, and will be open to everybody, free of charge. 



15.30 Opening (Harry Trentelman) 

15.40 Roger Brockett: “Jan Willems: Clear thinking and its consequences” 

16.10 Rodolphe Sepulchre: Dissipativity theory 

16.40 Carsten Scherer: Algebraic Riccati equation and LQ control 


17.10 – 17.50 Extended break 

17.50 Malo Hautus: Geometric control 

18.20 Jan Willem Polderman: Behavioral theory 

18.50 Bart de Moor: Identification theory 

19.20 Yutaka Yamamoto: Jan’s international role 

19.35 Paul van den Hof: Jan’s role within The Netherlands 

19.50 Closing 


See www.rug.nl/mtns2014 for further information. 


The Organizing Committee: 

Bart De Moor, KU Leuven and DYSCO 

Harry Trentelman, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 

Paul Van den Hof, Scientific director DISC 

Arjan van der Schaft, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen



2.2 Online Seminar on Robust Control in Engineering Modern Cyber Physical Systems

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu


Online Seminar on Robust Control in Engineering Modern Cyber Physical Systems 

by Dr. Kevin Wise (Boeing Phantom Works) 

Where: Control Systems Forum (http://consys.forum.mst.edu/) 

When: Friday, April 25, 2014 | 2:00 PM CDT 

To register (for free), visit: http://consys.forum.mst.edu/wisebio/ or contact with Dr. Tansel yucelen at yucelen@mst.edu 


Abstract: Aerospace systems are prime examples of modern cyber physical systems. The control of these systems is hierarchical, and requires distributed, optimal control of autonomous systems over wireless networks in an adversarial environment. Autonomous unmanned aircraft, in particular, pose significant challenges. Robust control of these aircraft is critical to achieve the autonomy, performance, and reliability desired by the users. The talk will discuss system level engineering challenges in the control of cyber physical systems and how robust control is key to their success, and will include examples of autonomous systems, a brief historical view of robust control and its importance and relationship to classical methods, new progress in robust control and its application to autonomous aircraft, and a summary of challenges and future needs. 


Biography: Kevin A. Wise is a Senior Technical Fellow, Advanced Flight Controls, in the Boeing Phantom Works. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1980, 82, and 87, respectively. Since joining Boeing in 1982, he has developed vehicle management systems, flight control systems, and control system design tools and processes for advanced manned and unmanned aircraft and weapon system programs. Highlights include the Dominator UAS (in flight test), the Hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) UAV (in flight test), production Laser-JDAM (uses adaptive control, in production), X-45A J-UCAS (1999-04), X-36 RESTORE (1996-99), Miniaturized Munitions Technology Demonstrator (1996-99), 4th Generation Ejection Seat (first ever supersonic ejection 1996), JDAM (in production), Army Short Range UAV (1990-92), and the HAVE SLICK missile (1986-91). Dr. Wise currently leads the guidance, navigation, and control team in Boeing’s Vehicle Management System Capability Center within the Phantom Works division of Boeing. He is the VMS lead on the Phantom Eye HALE UAS, the chief architect on the QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target program, and the manager of Boeing's Battle Mgmt. Optimization Services (BMOS) IRAD. His research interests include intelligent autonomy, aircraft and missile dynamics and control, robust adaptive control, optimal control, and robustness theory. He has authored more than 70 technical articles, has published textbooks on robust and adaptive control theory, and has taught graduate level control theory since 1987 at Washington University in St. Louis, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and at the University of Missouri Science and Technology. He is an IEEE Fellow, and Fellow of the AIAA.



2.3 Online Control Systems Seminars

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu


Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL, http://www.ASRL.us/) introduces the Control Systems Forum (CSF, http://consys.forum.mst.edu/) - a novel and unique forum dedicated to the dissemination and discussion of new research results, perspectives, and applications of Control Systems. This forum enables individuals from academia, government and industry to follow the state-of-the-art approaches from experts in Control Systems at no cost. 


The upcoming online seminars include: 

1) "Robust Control in Engineering Modern Cyber Physical Systems" by Dr. Kevin Wise (Boeing Phantom Works), April 25, 2014, Friday, 2:00 pm CDT 

2) "Aircraft Loss of Control: Future Research and Technology Directions" by Dr. Christine Belcastro (NASA), May 21, 2014, Wednesday, 2:00 pm CDT 

3) "Autocoding Control and Optimization Systems with Code-Level Guarantees" by Prof. Eric Feron (Georgia Institute of Technology), June 10, 2014, Tuesday, 2:00 pm CDT 

4) "Game Theory and Distributed Control" by Prof. Jeff Shamma (Georgia Institute of Technology), July 2, 2014, Wednesday, 1:00 pm CDT 

Although there is no cost to attend these online seminars, registration is required as the number of online seats are limited. 

Please visit CSF (http://consys.forum.mst.edu/) to register and learn more! 


Dr. Tansel Yucelen 

Program Director of the Control Systems Forum 

Director of the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL) 

Assistant Professor of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department 

Missouri University of Science and Technology 

email: yucelen@mst.edu 

http://www.ASRL.us/ (Research Webpage) 

http://consys.forum.mst.edu/ (Control Systems Forum Webpage) 



2.4 Short Course Dynamic Traffic Flow Modelling and Control

Contributed by: Markos Papageorgiou, markos@dssl.tuc.gr


Technical University of Crete 

Dynamic Systems and Simulation Laboratory 

Chania 73100, Greece 


11th Short Course 2014: Dynamic Traffic Flow Modelling and Control


Lecturer: Prof. Markos Papageorgiou 

Date: 3-7 November 2014 

Location: Chania (Crete), Greece 

Fee: 1.700 € (for graduate students: 1.300 €) (20% reduction is granted in case of more than one participation from the same institution) 



The design, analysis, and evaluation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) requires a good knowledge of traffic flow modelling and control techniques as well as of powerful methodologies from the areas of optimisation, control, networks and dynamic systems. The purpose of the intensive 5-day course is to cover the basic theory, methods and tools necessary for efficient design and evaluation of ITS on road and freeway networks. After a basic introduction to dynamic systems and control, the course continues with traffic flow modelling and validation issues, covering various traffic flow models, the modelling of traffic networks, dynamic traffic assignment and simulation tools. Measurement devices and estimation problems in traffic networks, including automatic incident detection and OD estimation, are presented and discussed. The state-of-the-art techniques in freeway traffic control, road traffic control and integrated traffic control, employing ramp metering, signal control, variable speed limits and route guidance, together with several field-implemented case studies are presented. Future prospects and challenges related to emerging vehicle automation and communication systems are discussed. Brief accounts of modern optimisation, control and estimation techniques are provided. Some 50 exercises are used for consolidation of the provided knowledge. Extensive written materials, including all transparency copies, are handed out. 

Who Should Attend 


Graduate students, engineers, researchers, consultants, and government employees who are interested in improving their understanding of advanced traffic flow modelling and control tools and in becoming familiar with their application in ITS. 


Please forward the information about the Short Course to any of your colleagues who may be interested. 


For more information (Detailed Course Contents, About the Lecturer, Registration Form, Location, Accommodation, Evaluation of Previous Courses), please visit the site: http://www.dssl.tuc.gr/en/shortcourse/ShortCourseAnnouncement.doc or email shortcourse@dssl.tuc.gr or contact: 


Prof. Markos Papageorgiou 

Director Dynamic Systems & Simulation Laboratory 

Technical University of Crete 

University Campus 

GR-73100 Chania, Greece 

Tel: +30-28210-37240 

Fax: +30-28210-37584/69410 

E-mail: markos@dssl.tuc.gr 

Web: http://www.dssl.tuc.gr 



2.5 Focus Period on Dynamics and Control in Networks 

Contributed by: Anders Rantzer, rantzer@control.lth.se


The LCCC Linnaeus center - Lund Center for Control of Complex engineering systems is announcing a Focus Period on Dynamics and Control in Networks from September 29 to October 31, 2014 with a workshop in the middle. 

The aim of this focus period is to bring together leading researchers from different communities to create exciting cross-fertilization and new ideas. 

At any particular time, there will be room for up to 10 invited researchers. A typical visit will be 3-5 weeks. Interested visitors are encouraged to contact Giacomo Como giacomo.como@control.lth.se or Anders Rantzer anders.rantzer@control.lth.se. 

For more information, see http://www.lccc.lth.se/index.php?page=october-2014.




3. Books


3.1 Robust and Optimal Control- A Two-port Framework Approach 

Contributed by: Mi-Ching Tsai, mctsai@mail.ncku.edu.tw


Robust and Optimal Control - A Two-port Framework Approach 


Robust and Optimal Control - A Two-port Framework Approach introduces an alternative approach to robust and optimal controller synthesis procedures for linear, time-invariant systems, based on the two-port system widespread in electrical engineering. The novel use of the two-port system in this context allows straightforward engineering-oriented solution-finding procedures to be developed, requiring no mathematics beyond linear algebra. A chain-scattering description provides a unified framework for constructing the stabilizing controller set and for synthesizing H_2 optimal and H_infinity sub-optimal controllers. Simple yet illustrative examples explain each step. 


Robust and Optimal Control – A Two-port Framework Approach features: 

* a hands-on, tutorial-style presentation giving the reader the opportunity to repeat the designs presented and easily to modify them for their own programs; 

* an abundance of examples illustrating the most important steps in robust and optimal design; and 

* end-of-chapter exercises. 


To further demonstrate the proposed approaches, in the last chapter an application case study is presented which demonstrates the use of the framework in a real-world control system design and helps the reader quickly move on with their own challenges. MATLAB codes used in examples throughout the book and solutions to selected exercise questions are available for download. 


The text will have particular resonance for researchers in control with an electrical engineering background, who wish to avoid spending excessive time in learning complex mathematical, theoretical developments but need to know how to deal with robust and optimal control synthesis problems. 


List of contents 

Chapter 1 Introduction 

Chapter 2 Preliminaries 

Chapter 3 Two-port Networks 

Chapter 4 Linear Fractional Transformations 

Chapter 5 Chain Scattering Descriptions 

Chapter 6 Coprime Factorizations 

Chapter 7 Algebraic Riccati Equations and Spectral Factorizations 

Chapter 8 CSD Approach to Stabilization Control and H_2 Optimal Control 

Chapter 9 A CSD Approach to H-infinity Controller Synthesis 

Chapter 10 Design Examples 


For more information: http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/book/978-1-4471-6256-8 

For solutions to the exercises provided in this book: http://km.emotors.ncku.edu.tw/class/hw1.html 



3.2  Advanced H-infinity Control - Towards Nonsmooth Theory and Applications

Contributed by: Yury Orlov, yorlov@cicese.mx


Advanced H-infinity Control - Towards Nonsmooth Theory and Applications 

Y. V. Orlov and L.T. Aguilar, Birkhauser, Basel, Series: Systems & Control: Foundations & Applications, 2014 


This book develops H-infinity approach in the nonsmooth setting. It combines various tools, including Hamilton–Jacobi–Isaacs partial differential inequalities as well as Linear Matrix Inequalities. Along with the finite-dimensional treatment, the synthesis is extended to infinite-dimensional setting, involving time-delay and distributed parameter systems.  Rigorous theoretical development is supported by experimental results, involving electromechanical applications with underactuation and complex phenomena. 

This book will be accessible to graduate students interested in systems analysis and design, and is a welcome addition to the literature for researchers and practitioners in these areas. 

The book has become available at http://www.springer.com/birkhauser/mathematics/book/978-1-4939-0291-0 where the preface and table of contents can be checked. 



3.3 Adaptive Dynamic Programming for Control: Algorithms and Stability 

Contributed by: Derong Liu, derong.liu@ia.ac.cn


Adaptive Dynamic Programming for Control: Algorithms and Stability 

Huaguang Zhang, Derong Liu, Yanhong Luo, Ding Wang 

Springer, 2013 (ISBN: 978–1–4471–4757–2) 


This book studies the control algorithms and stability issues of adaptive dynamic programming (ADP). Dynamical systems are ubiquitous in nature and there exist many methods to design stable controllers. However, stability is only a bare minimum requirement during the process of system design. Ensuring optimality guarantees the stability of nonlinear systems, which is a difficult and challenging topic. The optimal control of nonlinear systems has been studied deeply and extensively in both science and engineering for several decades. Though dynamic programming is a very useful tool in solving optimization and optimal control problems by employing the principle of optimality, it is often computationally untenable to run true dynamic programming due to the well-known “curse of dimensionality”. ADP is a biologically inspired and computational method proposed to solve optimization and optimal control problems. 

It is an efficient scheme to learn to approximate optimal strategy of action in the general case. It can be considered as one of the key methods to be able to design truly brain-like intelligent systems. With the development of ADP algorithms, more and more people want to know the answers to the convergence of the control algorithms and stability of ADP-based systems. 


This book includes three parts, i.e., the optimal feedback control, the nonlinear games, and applications of ADP. In the first part, various recent results on ADP-based infinite horizon and finite horizon feedback control, including stabilization and tracking problems, are presented in a systematic fashion. In the second part, both the zero-sum games and non-zero-sum games are studied using the idea of ADP. For the zero-sum games, it is proved for the first time that the iterative policies converge to the mixed optimal ones when the saddle point does not exist. For the non-zero-sum games, a single network ADP approach is established to seek for the Nash equilibrium for the first time. In the third part, a self-learning call admission control scheme is developed for CDMA cellular networks, and meanwhile an engine torque and air-fuel ratio control scheme is provided based on the ADP approach. 


Table of Contents 

1. Overview 

2. Optimal State Feedback Control for Discrete-Time Systems 

3. Optimal Tracking Control for Discrete-Time Systems 

4. Optimal State Feedback Control of Nonlinear Systems with Time Delays 

5. Optimal Tracking Control of Nonlinear Systems with Time Delays 

6. Optimal Feedback Control for Continuous-Time Systems via ADP 

7. Several Special Optimal Feedback Control Designs Based on ADP 

8. Zero-Sum Games for Discrete-Time Systems Based on Model-Free ADP 

9. Nonlinear Games for a Class of Continuous-Time Systems Based on ADP 

10. Other Applications of ADP 




4. Journals


4.1 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems

Contributed by: Mingcong Deng, deng@cc.tuat.ac.jp


International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems


Contents vol. 5, no. 1, 2013 http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticletoc.php?jcode=ijamechs&year=2013&vol=5&issue=1 

Special Issue on Advanced Control and its Applications 

- Editorial. Hansheng Wu. pp. 1-2 

- Oscillation criteria of solutions for a new class of impulsive parabolic equations with delay. Wanli Yang; Junhong Liu; Suwen Zheng; Lifeng Li. pp. 3-11 

- Design of a multirate PD control system for improvement in the steady-state intersample response. Takao Sato; Nozomu Araki; Yasuo Konishi. pp. 12-19 

- Design and experimental evaluation of a data-oriented multivariable PID controller. Shin Wakitani; Toru Yamamoto. pp. 20-26 

- A robust high-speed position control scheme based on computed torque method for 2 DOF flexible link robot arms. K. Itamiya; M. Sawada. pp. 27-36 

- Robustness investigation of the linear multi-variable control technique for power management of DFIG wind turbines. Seyyed Ali Emami; Afshin Banazadeh. pp. 37-46 

- Multiple model adaptive control of a hydro turbine plant - performance of H∞, LQG and PI controllers. Chalang Hama Rashed Mohammed; Sallehuddin Mohamed Haris; Zulkifli Mohd Nopiah. pp. 47-58 

- Hybrid optimal filtering for linear continuous-time Markovian jump systems with non-Gaussian noises by MPT approach. Gou Nakura. pp. 59-68 

Regular Papers 

- A robust hybrid active noise control system using IIR notch filters. Yegui Xiao; Kazunari Doi. pp. 69-77 


Contents vol. 5, no. 2, 2013 http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticletoc.php?jcode=ijamechs&year=2013&vol=5&issue=2 

Special Issue on Practical Mechatronic Systems and Related Technologies 

- Editorial. Yegui Xiao. pp. 79 

- Evaluation of a trimmer-type mowing robot. Yuki Iwano; Atsunari Kobayashi. pp. 80-86 

- Development of sliding type inspection robot using flexible pneumatic cylinder. Tetsuya Akagi; Shujiro Dohta; Lin Wang; Takahiro Kawasaki. pp. 87-94 

- 3D quasi-passive walking of bipedal robot with flat feet: quasi-passive walker driven by antagonistic pneumatic artificial muscle. Shinsaku Fujimoto; Tetsuya Kinugasa; Koji Yoshida; Hiroyuki Watanabe. pp. 95-104 

- Output characteristics of multi-axis vibration power generation device for automobiles. Shunji Kumagai; Makoto Kasai; Seiji Hashimoto; Nobuyuki Nagai. pp. 105-112 

- Velocity and acceleration estimation by iterative learning observer and performance validation with MEMS-based inertial sensors. Yasuhiro Kawakami; Yasuhito Eguchi; Tsuyoshi Nimiya; Haruo Suemitsu; Takami Matsuo. pp. 113-121 

- Application of signal processing technique for the modification of a fruit sorting machine. Hiwa Golpira; Hêmin Golpîra. pp. 122-128 

Regular Papers 

- Sliding mode control of flexible link manipulator using states and disturbance estimation. S. Kurode; Prashant Dixit. pp. 129-137 

- Neural networks-based adaptive robust controllers and its applications to water pollution control systems. Yuchao Wang; Hansheng Wu. pp. 138-145 

- An experimental study on PID tuning methods for active magnetic bearing systems. Parinya Anantachaisilp; Zongli Lin. pp. 146-154 


Contents vol. 5, no. 3, 2013 http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticletoc.php?jcode=ijamechs&year=2013&vol=5&issue=3 

Special Issue on New Developments on Advanced Modelling and Control 

- Editorial. Xinkai Chen. pp. 155-156 

- Modelling of a smart micro grid with renewable energy for rural area based on power line communication. Md. Atikur Rahman Sarker; Ken Nagasaka. pp. 157-165 

- ANN-based reactive power controller with real-time web monitoring. Carl John O. Salaan; Mark Joseph M. Victoria; Noel R. Estoperez. pp. 166-173 

- Supply-side management of CO2 emissions in a competitive market. Hiroshi Takamori; Eiroku Go; Ken Nagasaka. pp. 174-183 

- Development and control of flexible spherical actuator using flexible pneumatic cylinders. Shujiro Dohta; Tetsuya Akagi; Changjiang Liu; Ayaka Ando. pp. 184-192 

- A study on dynamic characteristics and the power generation characteristics of the magnetically levitated hydraulic generator. Nobuyuki Kurita; Takeo Ishikawa; Ken-ichi Daikai; Keisuke Ohshio. pp. 193-201 

- Development of a flexible customised compression garment pattern design system. Mohamed Najib Bin Salleh; Halim Bin Mad Lazim; Siti Norezam Binti Othman; Amir Feisal Merican Bin Aljunid Merican. pp. 202-208 

Regular Papers 

- Neural-fuzzy sliding mode control of non-linear systems. Ravindrakumar M. Nagarale; B.M. Patre. pp. 209-219  


Contents vol. 5, no. 4, 2013 http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticletoc.php?jcode=ijamechs&year=2013&vol=5&issue=4 

Special Issue on Advanced Control Method and Application 

- Editorial. Mingcong Deng; Changan Jiang. pp. 221-222 

- Design of robust finite time functional observers in uncertain linear systems. Guo-sheng Wang; Fan Xia; Wan-li Yang. pp. 223-231 

- The navigation of mobile robots in non-stationary and non-structured environments.Victor Vladareanu;Gabriela Tont; Luige Vladareanu;Florentin Smarandache. pp.232-242 

- Control of multi-legged robot using reinforcement learning with body image and application to rubble. Kazuya Nishigai; Hiroki Nakatsuka; Kazuyuki Ito. pp. 243-256 

- A design method of a mode control and an unbalance vibration control for five-axes active magnetic bearing systems. Shinya Okubo; Yukinori Nakamura; Shinji Wakui pp. 257-269 

- Development of priority decision for renewable energy potential using analytical hierarchy process and geographical information system method Ken Nagasaka; Meita Rumbayan. pp. 270-278 

- Effective energy regeneration from multi-mode-based vehicle vibration. Seiji Hashimoto; Nobuyuki Nagai; Shunji Kumagai; Makoto Kasai. pp. 279-287 

- Suppression of flow disturbance to pneumatic active anti-vibration apparatuses by smoothed and shaped signals.Yukinori Nakamura;Ryo Fukuda; Shinji Wakui. pp. 288-296 


Contents vol. 5, no. 5, 2013 http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticletoc.php?jcode=ijamechs&year=2013&vol=5&issue=5 

- Improving the speed of a pneumatic stage through positive feedback of calculated stage jerk signal. Mohebullah Wali; Shinji Wakui. pp. 297-305 

- Precision control of mechatronic systems with electromagnetically-steered moving masses. Sergey Edward Lyshevski. pp. 306-316 

- Robust adaptive control of non-holonomic mobile robots with uncertain constraints. Ryuji Michino; Ikuro Mizumoto. pp. 317-325 

- Tracking control and error analysis for non-linear plants using robust right coprime factorisation. Kazuki Umemoto; Mingcong Deng; Fumitoshi Matsuno. pp. 326-334 

- Sliding mode control for an underactuated slosh-container system using non-linear model. Parth S. Thakar; B. Bandyopadhyay; P.S. Gandhi. pp. 335-344 

- Design of poles of controller in strongly stable generalised minimum variance control using symbolic computation software. A. Inoue; Mingcong Deng. pp. 345-350 



4.2 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science 

Contributed by: amcs@uz.zgora.pl


International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS) 

2014, Volume 24, Number 1 (March) 

Special section: Selected Problems of Biomedical Engineering, Editors: M. Kowal and J. Korbicz 



Special section

- Cierniak R. An analytical iterative statistical algorithm for image reconstruction from projections 7 

- Kowal M. and Filipczuk P. Nuclei segmentation for computer-aided diagnosis of breast cancer 19 

- Markiewicz T., Dziekiewicz M., Maruszyński M., Bogusławska-Walecka R. and Kozłowski W. Recognition of atherosclerotic plaques and their extended dimensioning with - computerized tomography angiography imaging 33 

- Mazurek P. and Oszutowska-Mazurek D. From the slit-island method to the Ising model: Analysis of irregular grayscale objects 49 

Regular section 

- Karampetakis N.P. and Karamichalis R. Discretization of singular systems and error estimation 65 

- Kapustyan V. and Maksimov V. On attaining the prescribed quality of a controlled fourth order system 75 

- Bartoszewicz A. and Leśniewski P. An optimal sliding mode congestion controller for connection-oriented communication networks with lossy links 87 

- Janiszowski K.B. Approximation of a linear dynamic process model using the frequency approach and a non­quadratic measure of the model error 99 

- Martinović G., Bajer D.and Zorić B. A differential evolution approach to dimensionality reduction for classification needs 111 

- Gangl S., Mongus D. and Žalik B. An efficient eigenspace updating scheme for high-dimensional systems 123 

- Kulczycki P. and Łukasik S. An algorithm for reducing the dimension and size of a sample for data exploration procedures 133 

- Sabo K. Center-based l1-clustering method 151 

- Pławiak P. and Tadeusiewicz R. Approximation of phenol concentration using novel hybrid computational intelligence methods 165 

- Jaśkowski W., Krawiec K. and Wieloch B. Cross-task code reuse in genetic programming applied to visual learning 183 

- Shaker A. and Hüllermeier E. Survival analysis on data streams: Analyzing temporal events in dynamically changing environments 199 

- Szwed P. and Skrzyński P. A new lightweight method for security risk assessment based on fuzzy cognitive maps 213 


Publisher: University of Zielona Góra and Lubuskie Scientific Society, Poland 

ISSN: 1641-876X (print), 2083-8492 (online) 

Frequency: Quarterly 

Editor-in-Chief: Józef Korbicz 

Website: www.amcs.uz.zgora.pl 

E-mail: amcs@uz.zgora.pl 

Scope: modern control theory and practice; artificial intelligence methods and their applications; applied mathematics and mathematical optimisation techniques; mathematical methods in engineering, computer science, and biology 

Indexation: ACM Digital Library, Advanced Technologies Database with Aerospace, Applied Mechanics Reviews, BazTech, Compendex, Computer Abstracts International Database, Computer & Communications Security Abstracts, Computer and Information Systems Abstracts, Current Index to Statistics, Current Mathematical Publications, DBLP Computer Science Bibliography, Digital Library of Zielona Góra, Earthquake Engineering Abstracts, EBSCO, Google Scholar, High Tech Research Database, INSPEC, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Mathematical Reviews, MathSciNet, Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts, Polish Digital Mathematics Library, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®), Scopus-Elsevier, Summon by Serials Solutions, Technology Research Database, VINITI, Zentralblatt MATH 


Impact Factor: 1.008 (2012), 0.487 (2011), 0.794 (2010), 0.684 (2009) / 5-Year IF: 1.146 (2012) 



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

Contributed by: Young-Hoon Joo, Editor-in-Chief, journal@ijcas.com


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

ISSN: 1598-6446 



Indexed in: Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, SCOPUS, INSPEC, Google Scholar, ProQuest, Academic OneFile, Current Contents/Engineering, Computing and Technology, EI-Compendex, OCLC, SCImago, Summon by Serial Solutions 


Table of contents 

Vol. 12, No. 2, April 2014 


- Pinning Control and Synchronization on Complex Dynamical Networks. Guanrong Chen, pp.221-230 

- Consensus in Multi-Agent Systems with Nonlinear Uncertainties under a Fixed Undirected Graph. Jie Luo and Chengyu Cao, pp.231-240 

- Robust Stability Conditions for DMC Controller with Uncertain Time Delay. Yang Ge, Jingcheng Wang, and Chuang Li, pp.241-250 

- An Auto-Framing Method for Stochastic Process Signal by using a Hidden Markov Model based Approach. Hana Lee and Jay H. Lee, pp.251-258 

- Adaptive Synchronization on Uncertain Dynamics of High-Order Nonlinear Multi-Agent Systems with Partition of Unity Approach. Liang Luo, Yinhe Wang, and Siqing Deng, pp.259-264 

- Stabilization Region of PD Controller for Unstable First Order Process with Time Delay. Juan Francisco Marquez-Rubio, Basilio del Muro-Cuellar, and Jose Alvarez Ramirez, pp.265-273 

- Output-Feedback Control of a Class of Stochastic Nonlinear Systems with Power Growth Conditions.Long-Chuan Guo, Xin Zuo, Jian-Wei Liu, and Hua-Qing Liang, pp.274-282 

- Performance Enhancement for a Class of Hysteresis Nonlinearities using Disturbance Observers. Mohammad Al Janaideh and Ahmed H. El-Shaer, pp.283-293 

- Design of Explicit Model Predictive Control for Constrained Linear Systems with Disturbances. Mohammad Ali Mohammadkhani,Farhad Bayat,and Ali Akbar Jalali, pp.294-301 

- A Control Method to Make LQR Robust: A Planes Cluster Approaching Mode. Xiaodong Liu, Yunjie Wu, Yu Zhang, and Song Xiao, pp.302-308 

- Disturbance Tolerance and H∞ Control of Port-Controlled Hamiltonian Systems in the Presence of Actuator Saturation. Airong Wei and Yuzhen Wang, pp.309-315 

- Fixed-Order H∞ Controller Design for State Space Polytopic Systems. Arash Sadeghzadeh, pp.316-323 

- Active Fault Detection for Open Loop Stable LTI SISO Systems. Regardt Busch and Iain K. Peddle, pp.324-332 

- Immersion and Invariance Based Fault Tolerant Adaptive Spacecraft Attitude Control. Danyal Bustan, Seyyed Kamal Hosseini Sani, and Naser Pariz, pp.333-339 

- Use of Model Predictive Controller in Dual-Loop Control of Three-Phase PWM AC/DC Converter. Seok-Kyoon Kim, Sung-Young Son, and Young Il Lee, pp.340-348 

- Decentralized Discrete-Time Quasi-Sliding Mode Control of Uncertain Linear Interconnected Systems. Aminuddin Qureshi and Mohamed Ali Abido, pp.349-357 

- Interval Force/Position Modeling and Control of a Microgripper Composed of Two Collaborative Piezoelectric Actuators and Its Automation. Sofiane Khadraoui, Micky Rakotondrabe, and Philippe Lutz, pp.358-371 

- Motion Control of a Quadruped Robot in Unknown Rough Terrain using 3D Spring Damper Leg Model. Duc Trong Tran, Ig Mo Koo, Yoon Haeng Lee, Hyungpil Moon, Jachoon Koo, Sangdeok Park, and Hyouk Ryeol Choi, pp.372-382 

- Magnetic Mechanical Capsule Robot for Multiple Locomotion Mechanisms. Sehyuk Yim and Doyoung Jeon, pp.383-389 

- Virtual Target Tracking of Mobile Robot and Its Application to Formation Control. Young-Ho Lee, Shin-Guk Kim, Tae-Yong Kuc, Jong-Koo Park, Sang-Hoon Ji, Yong-Seon Moon, and Young-Jo Cho, pp.390-398 

- Optimization Algorithm for PCB Assembly of Modular Mounters. Tae-Hyoung Park and Kyung-Min Kim, pp.399-405 

- Exploration of Unknown Object by Active Touch of Robot Hand. Min Jeong Kim, Mina Choi, Yong Bum Kim, Fengyi Liu, Hyungpil Moon, Ja Choon Koo, and Hyouk Ryeol Choi, pp.406-414 

- Wireless Network based Formation Control for Multiple Agents. Jing Yan, Xian Yang, Xiao-yuan Luo, Xin-ping Guan, and Chang-chun Hua, pp.415-421 

- Un-symmetric Input Temperature Control by using Fuzzy Sliding Mode Controller with Gain Auto-tuning. Shiuh-Jer Huang and Hung-Yi Chen, pp.422-430 

- A Multi-Objective Decision Approach for Optimal Augmentation and Expansion of Transmission Network. Mojtaba Shivaie and Mohammad T. Ameli, pp.431-441 

- Potential-Function-based Shape Formation in Swarm Simulation. Hahmin Jung and Dong Hun Kim, pp.442-449 

- MIS Approach Analyzing the Controllability of Switched Boolean Networks with Higher Order. Lequn Zhang, Jun-e Feng, and Min Meng, pp.450-457 



4.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

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


Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 25, April 2014 


- Shuai Tang, Zhiqiang Zheng, Shaoke Qian, Xinye Zhao, Nonlinear system identification of a small-scale unmanned helicopter, Pages 1-15 

- A. Drouot, E. Richard, M. Boutayeb, Hierarchical backstepping-based control of a Gun Launched MAV in crosswinds: Theory and experiment, Pages 16-25 

- Oscar Flärdh, Jonas Mårtensson, Exhaust pressure modeling and control on an si engine with vgt, Pages 26-35 

- Francisco Umbría, Francisco Gordillo, Fabio Gómez-Estern, Francisco Salas, Ramón C. Portillo, Sergio Vázquez, Voltage balancing in three-level neutral-point-clamped converters via Luenberger observer, Pages 36-44 

- Huazhen Fang, Yebin Wang, Zafer Sahinoglu, Toshihiro Wada, Satoshi Hara, State of charge estimation for lithium-ion batteries: An adaptive approach, Pages 45-54 

- Yangmin Xie, Andrew Alleyne, A robust two degree-of-freedom controller for systems with both model and measurement uncertainty, Pages 55-65 

- Gustavo Scaglia, Pablo M. Aballay, M. Emanuel Serrano, Oscar A. Ortiz, Mario Jordan, Martha D. Vallejo, Linear algebra based controller design applied to a bench-scale oenological alcoholic fermentation, Pages 66-74 

- Hesam Zomorodi Moghadam, Robert G. Landers, S.N. Balakrishnan, Hierarchical optimal force-position control of complex manufacturing processes, Pages 75-84 

- Alexandre Janot, Pierre Olivier Vandanjon, Maxime Gautier, An instrumental variable approach for rigid industrial robots identification, Pages 85-101 

- A. Naumann, I. Bielchev, N. Voropai, Z. Styczynski, Smart grid automation using IEC 61850 and CIM standards, Pages 102-111 

- Zhikai Li, Zhangfeng Qin, Zhiwei Wu, Shuna Li, Yagang Zhang, Mei Dong, Weibin Fan, Jianguo Wang, Fuzzy logic control of a reverse flow reactor for catalytic oxidation of ventilation air methane, Pages 112-122 



4.5 Contents: Journal of Control and Decision 

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


Contents: Journal of Control and Decision 

Volume 1, Issue 1, March 2014 

This issue is free for access at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tjcd20/1/1 


Message from the Editors-in-Chief 

Fuli Wang, Changyun Wen, Guang-Hong Yang and Zhong-Ping Jiang, pages 1 - 2 


- The event-driven paradigm for control, communication and optimization. Christos G. Cassandras, pages 3-17 

- Consensus control and feedback graph co-design for MIMO discrete-time multi-agent systems. Guoxiang Gu, Fei Liu and Xiang Chen, pages 18-33 

- Control of discrete-time nonlinear systems actuated through counter-convecting transport dynamics. Xiushan Cai and Miroslav Krstic, pages 34-50 

- Hybrid competitive Lotka–Volterra ecosystems with a hidden Markov chain. Ky Tran and George Yin, pages 51-74 

- Direct adaptive actuator failure compensation control: a tutorial. Gang Tao, pages 75-101 

- Bridging the gap between complex networks and smart grids. Wenwu Yu, Guanghui Wen, Xinghuo Yu, Zaijun Wu and Jinhu Lu¨, pages 102-114 



4.6 Contents: Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization 

Contributed by: Liwei Ning, editorial@aimsciences.org


Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization (JIMO) 

Volume: 10, Number: 4 October 2014 



- A deteriorating inventory model for an intermediary firm under return on inventory investment maximization Pages: 989 - 1000 Cheng-Kang Chen and Yi-Xiang Liao 

- On minimax fractional programming problems involving generalized (Hp,r)-invex functions Pages: 1001 - 1018 Anurag Jayswal, Ashish Kumar Prasad and Izhar Ahmad  

- A power penalty method for the general traffic assignment problem with elastic demand Pages: 1019 - 1030 Ming Chen and Chongchao Huang  

- Bounds for the greatest eigenvalue of positive tensors Pages: 1031 - 1039 Zhen Wang and Wei Wu

- On a risk model with randomized dividend-decision times Pages: 1041 - 1058 Zhimin Zhang 

- Linear programming technique for solving interval-valued constraint matrix games Pages: 1059 - 1070 Jiang-Xia Nan and Deng-Feng Li

- A general variable neighborhood search for single-machine total tardiness scheduling problem with step-deteriorating jobs Pages: 1071 - 1090 Peng Guo, Wenming Cheng and Yi Wang  

- A barrier function method for generalized Nash equilibrium problems Pages: 1091 - 1108 Jian Hou and Liwei Zhang 

- CVaR proxies for minimizing scenario-based Value-at-Risk Pages: 1109 - 1127 Helmut Mausser and Oleksandr Romanko

- Dynamic optimization models in finance: Some extensions to the framework, models, and computation Pages: 1129 - 1146 Bruce D. Craven and Sardar M. N. Islam

- Optimal ordering policies and sourcing strategies with supply disruption Pages: 1147 - 1168 Xiaoming Yan, Minghui Zhang, Ke Liu and Yong Wang 

- Information sharing in a make-to-stock supply chain Pages: 1169 - 1189 Juliang Zhang and Jian Chen 

- On the multi-server machine interference with modified Bernoulli vacation Pages: 1191 - 1208 Tzu-Hsin Liu and Jau-Chuan Ke  

- Hedging strategies for discretely monitored Asian options under L?§|vy processes Pages: 1209 - 1224 Xingchun Wang and Yongjin Wang 

- Lower semicontinuity of the solution mapping to a parametric generalized vector equilibrium problem Pages: 1225 - 1234 Qilin Wang and Shengjie Li 

- Optimal dividend and capital injection strategy with fixed costs and restricted dividend rate for a dual model Pages: 1235 - 1259 Dingjun Yao, Rongming Wang and Lin Xu 

- Optimal pricing policy for deteriorating items with preservation technology investment Pages: 1261 - 1277 Jianxiong Zhang, Zhenyu Bai and Wansheng Tang

- A hybrid method combining genetic algorithm and Hooke-Jeeves method for constrained global optimization Pages: 1279 - 1296 Qiang Long and Changzhi Wu

- Distributed optimal dispatch of virtual power plant based on ELM transformation Pages: 1297 - 1318 Hongming Yang, Dexin Yi, Junhua Zhao, Fengji Luo and Zhaoyang Dong  

- A note on preinvexity Pages : 1319 - 1321 Xinmin Yang 


Liwei Ning 

Editorial Manager 

American Institute of Mathematical Sciences 

Springfield, MO 65801 USA 

Phone: 417-889-0336 

Fax : 417-889-0336 



4.7 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

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


Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.16, No.2 March, 2014 



- Relaxed Stability Conditions for Switched Systems with Dwell Time. Herbert G. Tanner 

- Nonlinear Observer Based Analytical Redundancy for Predictive Fault Tolerant Control of a Steer-by-Wire System. Sohel Anwar and Wei Niu A 

- Adaptive Lipschitz Observer Design for a Mammalian Model. Long Ton That and Zhengtao Ding 

- Active Mode Recognition of Switched Nonlinear Systems: Application to Fault Detection and Isolation. Talel Zouari, Komi Midzodzi Pekpe, Vincent Cocquempot and Moufida Ksouri 

- Synchronisation of systems with individual dynamics by static networked controllers. Jan Lunze 

- Hybrid Model Predictive Control of Exhaust Recompression Hcci. Anders Widd, Hsien-Hsin Liao, J. Christian Gerdes, Per Tunestål and Rolf Johansson 

- An Active Disturbance Rejection Approach to Leader-Follower Controlled Formation. Hebertt Sira-Ramírez, Rafael Castro-Linares and Guillermo Puriel-Gil 

- A Discrete-Time VS Controller based on RBF Neural Networks for PMSM Drives. Lucio Ciabattoni, Maria Letizia Corradini, Massimo Grisostomi, Gianluca Ippoliti, Sauro Longhi and Giuseppe Orlando 

- Parametric Jordan Form Assignment Revisited. Miloš Schlegel and Jana Königsmarková 

- Development of A Behavior-Based Cooperative Search Strategy for Distributed Autonomous Mobile Robots Using Zigbee Wireless Sensor Network. Tzu-Chiang Shih, Syh-Shiuh Yeh and Pau-Lo Hsu 

- Integrated Game Based Guidance with Nonlinear Autopilot Design for Maneuvering Target Interception. Ming-Hsiung Hsueh, Ting-Kuo Wang and Li-Chen Fu 

- H-infininty Model Reduction for Positive Fractional Order Systems. Jun Shen and James Lam 

- H-infininty Control for a Class of Continuous-time Switched Systems with State Constraints. Qingyu Su and Jun Zhao 

- A New Approach For Stability Analysis Of Time-Dependent Switched Continuous-Time Linear Systems. Weiming Xiang, Jian Xiao and Lu Han 

- L2-Gain Analysis for Synchronization of Stochastic Complex Network with Switched Topology and Time-Varying Delay. Hui Li, Chun-Xi Zhang and Zhi-Li Lin 

- Robust Adaptive Dynamic Surface Control for a Class of MIMO Nonlinear Systems with Unknown Non-Symmetric Dead-Zone. Chenliang Wang and Yan Lin 

- Fractional-Order Dynamic Output Feedback Sliding Mode Control Design for Robust Stabilization of Uncertain Fractional-Order Nonlinear Systems. Sara Dadras and Hamid Reza Momeni 

- Incremental Generalized Homogeneity, Observer Design and Semiglobal Stabilization. Stefano Battilotti 

- Design of Robust Discrete-Time Observer-Based Repetitive-Control System. Lan Zhou, Jinhua She, Shaowu Zhou and Min Wu 

- Non-Parametric Identification Method of Volterra Kernels for Nonlinear Systems Excited by Multitone Signal. H. T. Han, H. G. Ma, L. N. Tan, J. F. Cao and J. L. Zhang 

- On the Convergence Behavior of Affine Projection Algorithm with Direction Error. Yongfeng Zhi, Xi Zheng and Ru Li 

- Adaptive Stabilization for a Class of Stochastic Nonlinear Systems with Prandtl-Ishlinskii Hysteresis. Yike Ma, Haibo Ji and Wei Liu 

- Stability of a Damped Hyperbolic Timoshenko System Coupled with a Heat Equation. Li-Juan Yang and Jun-Min Wang 

- Optimal Estimation of A Class of Linear Time-Delay Uncertain Systems. Mei Zhang, Chenghui Zhang and Peng Cui 

- A Class of Cross-Layer Optimization Design for Congestion and Energy Efficiency with Compressed Sensing in Wireless Sensing Networks. Mingwei Li, Yuanwei Jing and Chengtie Li 

- The Trajectory Tracking Problem of Quadrotor UAV: Global Stability Analysis and Control Design Based on the Cascade Theory. Lu Wang and Heming Jia 

- Adaptive Dynamic Surface Control with Guaranteed L∞ Tracking Performance for a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems with Unknown Time Delays. Weiran Qu, Yan Lin and Qichao Zhao 

Brief Papers 

- Adaptive Integrated Guidance and Control Based on Backstepping and Input-to-State Stability. Han Yan, Xinghu Wang, Bingfeng Yu and Haibo Ji 

- H-infinity Guaranteed Cost Control for LPV Systems Subject to The Gain Constraint. Yangyang Zhao, Jianying Yang and Zhengdong Lei 

- Square-Root Cubature-Quadrature Kalman Filter. Shovan Bhaumik, Swati 

- Observability Analysis of Continuous-Time LTI Systems with Limited Derivative Data. Neda Eskandari, Meeko M. K. Oishi and Z. Jane Wang



4.8 CFP: Journal of Communications in Control Science and Engineering 

Contributed by: Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis, kyriakos@ece.ucsb.edu 


We are introducing the open-access and peer-reviewed journal of Communications in Control Science and Engineering (CCSE). The journal publishes original papers at the forefront of communications in control science and engineering research and their applications. The contributions are published in both printed and online version. 

The goal of this journal is to record the latest findings and promote further research in these areas. Scholars from all relevant academic fields are invited to submit high-quality manuscripts that describe the latest, state-of-the-art research results or innovations. 

Please visit the CCSE (http://www.as-se.org/ccse/Home.aspx) to learn more. 


Dr. Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis 

Editor in Chief of CCSE 

Project Research Scientist 

Center for Control, Dynamical-Systems, and Computation (CCDC), 

University of California 

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560, USA 

email: kyriakos@ece.ucsb.edu 

web: http://www.ece.ucsb.edu/~kyriakos 



4.9  CFP: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 

Contributed by: Wen-Hua Chen, w.chen@lboro.ac.uk


Special Section on: Advances in Disturbance/Uncertainty Estimation and Attenuation 


There are a number of conflicts/constraints in control system design (e.g. tracking vs. disturbance rejection, and the nominal performance vs. robustness). Disturbance observer and related techniques provide a flexible framework in dealing with these challenges since 1983. In this group of techniques, an observer or alike is designed to estimate unknown external disturbance and (or) the influence of unmodelled dynamics/uncertainties. By the appropriate use of the outcome of the observer, disturbance rejection and robustness of an existing control system could be significantly improved. These control schemes are able to not only explicitly exploit the modelling information in control system design as many other control design methods, but also cope with unknown disturbances, unmodelled dynamics and various variations/uncertainties without scarifying the nominal performance. 

The main objective of this Special Section is to bring the ideas of the worldwide research community working on various disturbance/uncertainty estimation and rejection methods in different engineering sectors into common platform, and to present the latest advances and developments in design methods for disturbance/ uncertainty estimation, design methods for disturbance/uncertainty attenuation, stability and performance analysis, practical implementation, and various case studies of the applications of these techniques. 

Editors invite original manuscripts presenting recent advances in these fields with special reference to the following topics: 

- Advanced disturbance/uncertainty estimation: disturbance observer, extended state observer, unknown input observer, equivalent-input-disturbance based estimator, sliding-mode disturbance observer, and data/knowledge based disturbance modelling and analysis, etc. 

- Advanced disturbances/uncertainties attenuation and rejection strategies: Disturbance Observer Based Control, adaptive control, sliding mode control, output regulation theory, and robust control, Active Disturbance Rejection Control, and composite anti-disturbance control for multiple disturbances 

- Design and analysis tools: time domain and frequency domain design and analysis tools, relationship between different disturbance/uncertain estimation and rejection methods, design and analysis for systems with multiple disturbances 

- Fault diagnosis and tolerant control: fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) using disturbance observer techniques, fault tolerant control, and operational condition/environment monitoring, and FDD for systems with both faults and disturbances; 

- Advance in hardware implementation of disturbances/uncertainties estimation and attenuation methods by FPGA, DSP, microcomputers, sensor networks, etc. 

Manuscript Preparation and Submission 

Check carefully the style of the journals described in the guidelines “Information for Authors” in the IEEE- IES web site: http://ieee-ies.org/index.php/pubs/ieee-transactions-on-industrial-electronics. 

On the submitting page #1 in pop-up menu of manuscript type, select: “SS on Advances in Disturbance/Uncertainty Estimation and Attenuation”, then upload all your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen. 


Corresponding Guest Editor 

Prof. Wen-Hua Chen, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, w.chen@lboro.ac.uk 


Guest Editors 

Prof. Kouhei Ohnishi, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, ohnishi@sd.keio.ac.jp 

Prof. Lei Guo, Beihang University, Beijing, China, lguo66@aliyun.com 


Special Section email: SSaduea@ieee-ies.org 

Submission management email: tie-submissions@ieee-ies.org 


Timetable: Deadline for manuscript submissions: September 30, 2014 



4.10  CFP: IET Control Theory and Applications

Contributed by: Michael Z. Q. Chen, mzqchen@hku.hk


IET Control Theory and Applications: Call for Papers for the Special Issues on Co-operative Multi-Agent Systems with Engineering Applications 


Call for Papers: 

The current study of multi-agent systems is pervading many scientific disciplines, ranging from physical to biological, even to economical sciences. Its impact on modern engineering and technology is prominent and will be far-reaching. Typical cooperative behaviors of multi-agent systems include consensus, flocking, swarming, rendezvous and so on. Research on cooperative multi-agent systems has become overwhelming today, which not only helps in better understanding of the mechanisms of natural collective phenomena, but also benefits the applications of networked cyber-physical systems, such as multi-robots and unmanned autonomous vehicles. 


The purpose of this special issue is to provide an opportunity for scientists, engineers, and practitioners to propose their latest theoretical and technological achievements in cooperative multi-agent systems. All the submissions are expected to have original ideas and new approaches. Papers presenting newly emerging fields are especially welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: 

• Coordinated control of multi-agent systems, 

• Synchronization and pinning control of complex networks, 

• Distributed estimation and control for mobile sensor networks, 

• Distributed fault diagnosis of mobile sensor networks, 

• Modeling, identification, and optimization of complex networked systems, 

•Controllability and observability of complex networked systems, 

• Applications of Coordinated control of complex networked systems. 


Important Dates: 

Manuscript Due: 30 April 2014 

Tentative Publication Date: May 2015 


The website link of IET CTA is http://digital-library.theiet.org/content/journals/iet-cta and before submission, authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://digital-library.theiet.org/journals/author-guide . Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iet-cta. 


Guest Editors: 

Dr. Michael Z. Q. Chen, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R. China, E-mail: mzqchen@hku.hk 

Dr. Housheng Su, School of Automation, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, P.R. China, E-mail: shs@mail.hust.edu.cn 

Professor Xiaofan Wang, Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, P.R. China,E-mail: xfwang@sjtu.edu.cn 

Professor Mario di Bernardo, Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom, E-mail: m.dibernardo@bristol.ac.uk 

Professor Guanrong Chen, Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R. China, E-mail: eegchen@cityu.edu.hk 

Professor Tamás Vicsek, Department of Biological Physics, Eötvös University Budapest, Budapest, Hungary, E-mail: vicsek@hal.elte.hu 



4.11  CFP: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems

Contributed by: Long Cheng, long.cheng@ia.ac.cn


IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems

Call for papers

Special issue on “Neurodynamic Systems for Optimization and Applications” 


Recurrent neural networks, as dynamical systems, are usually used as models for solving computationally intensive problems. Because of their inherent nature of parallel and distributed information processing, recurrent neural networks are promising computational models for real-time applications. Constrained optimization problems arise in a wide variety of scientific and engineering applications, including signal and image processing, system identification, robot control, optimal control, pattern recognition, etc. Since the Hopfield neural network was introduced for solving optimization problems, significant progress has been made in theory, algorithms and applications. 

A number of neurodynamic models have been proposed for solving different problems ranging from discrete optimization to continuous optimization, linear programming to nonlinear optimization, convex optimization to non-convex optimization, smooth optimization to non-smooth optimization, numerical software to analog hardware implementations, etc. Some of them have been successfully applied to robot control, optimal control, signal and image processing, pattern recognition and classification, economic prediction and so on. In addition, as a kind of neuromorphic systems, they are potentially useful for simulating the brain functions, which is an important topic in neuroscience. 


The objective of this special issue is to bring together recent advances in the field of neurodynamic systems for solving optimization problems. We invite original and unpublished research contributions to all relevant areas. We will encourage submissions of papers with new models and applications which would further promote research activities in this area. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

Neurodynamic models for constrained optimization, multi-objective optimization, large-scale optimization problems, deep learning, optimal control, tensor decomposition;  Analysis of neurodynamic optimization systems; Neurodynamic optimization in the brain; Neurodynamic optimization for predictive control, robot control, biomedical engineering problems, signal processing, image processing, support vector machine learning, pattern recognition, other applications 


Important dates 

Aug. 15, 2014 – Deadline for manuscript submission 

Dec. 31, 2014 – Notification to authors 

Feb. 15, 2015 – Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts 

Mar.1, 2015 – Final decision 

May/June 2015 – Special issue publication in the IEEE TNNLS. 


Submission instructions 

1. Read the information for authors at http://cis.ieee.org/tnnls 

2. Submit the manuscript by Aug 15, 2014 at the IEEE-TNNLS webpage http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tnnls and follow the submission procedure. Please indicate clearly on the first page of the manuscript and the Author’s Cover Letter that the manuscript has been submitted to the Special Issue on Neurodynamic Systems for Optimization and Applications. Send also an e-mail to chenglong@compsys.ia.ac.cn with subject “TNNLS special issue submission” to notify the editors of your submission. 


Guest editors 

Zhigang Zeng, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, zgzeng@hust.edu.cn 

Andrzej Cichocki, Brain Science Institute, Riken, Japan, cia@braiin.riken.jp 

Long Cheng, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, long.cheng@ia.ac.cn 

Yousheng Xia, Fuzhou University, China, ysxia@fzu.edu.cn 

Xiaolin Hu,Tsinghua University, China, xlhu@tsinghua.edu.cn 




5. Conferences 


5.1  International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems - Session on Industrial Control Cyber Security

Contributed by: D. Subbaram Naidu, naiduds@isu.edu


Invited Session on Industrial Control Cyber Security (ICCS) at the 7th International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems (ISRCS-2014) to be held during August 19-21, 2014, in Denver, Colorado. See http://resilienceweek2014.inl.gov/ControlSystems or 

https://secureweb.inl.gov/Resweek2014/Default.aspx for more details on ISRCS-2014. 


Topics for the Invited Session on ICCS include, but not limited to, all aspects of security and safety of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) arising in all infrastructures (electrical, chemical, nuclear, etc.) involving SCADA, DCS, PLC, HMI, SIS, etc. 


Organizers of the Invited Session on ICCS 

Dr. D. Subbaram Naidu, Idaho State University and Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) 

Mr. Miles McQueen, National Homeland Security (N&HS), Idaho National Lab (INL) 

Dr. Sean Peisert, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and University of California, Davis  



5.2  International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems   

Contributed Youmin Zhang, Youmin.Zhang@concordia.ca


Call-for-Papers: The 10th International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS 2014, http://www.icius2014.org/) 


The ICIUS 2014 Organizing Committee invites you to submit your contributions to The 10th International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS 2014, http://www.icius2014.org/), to be held in a beautiful and unique city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 29 - October 1, 2014. The ICIUS 2014 conference banquet is planning to be held on Oct. 1, 2014 at a most beautiful small, touristy town at the conference season in north of Montreal (about one hour driving distance): Mont-Tremblant, together with the tour to Mont-Tremblant for all conference attendee. 


The 2014 International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS 2014) will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from September 29th to October 1st, 2014. The conference offers a unique and interesting platform for scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world to present and share their most recent research and innovative ideas in the areas of unmanned systems (air, space, ground, and maritime systems), robotics, automation, and intelligent systems. 


ICIUS is a well-established annual conference, which addresses the rapidly changing state of the art in unmanned systems (including Unmanned Aerial/Space Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) etc), and provides insights into the paths ahead for fundamental research, devices development and technology deployment around the world. The conference represents the highest pedigree in the fields of intelligent unmanned systems, with high quality content and international networking. This is the premier global event combining academic excellence with industrial representations within the conference, augmented by exhibitions and workshops planned to be held around the conference programme. 

At this conference, researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners from all over the world congregate to exchange knowledge and expertise in the development and innovative applications of all types of unmanned systems, payload and accompanying systems. Pre-conference workshops offered by word leading researchers and industrial engineers in the fields will also be offered by ICIUS 2014. 


All accepted papers with significant revisions will be further reviewed for post conference journal publications in International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems (IJIUS), Journal of Unmanned System Technology (JUST), Journal of Instrumentation, Automation and Systems (JIAS), International Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics (IJRM) 

A special issue with selected papers will also be published at following (or more EI/SCI indexed) journals, respectively: Unmanned Systems (US), Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (JINT), International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics (IJICC) 

Any contributed or invited paper can be nominated for the ICIUS 2014 Best Conference Paper Award and the ICIUS 2014 Best Student Paper Award. The final evaluation by the awards committee will take into account the presentations at ICIUS 2014. 


Contributed Papers: 

Prospective authors are invited to submit the full version of their manuscripts in MS Word or LaTeX format. A maximum of 6 pages in the standard ICIUS format is allowed for each paper, including figures, tables and references. Detailed instructions for paper submission are available on the conference website . 


Invited Sessions: 

The conference will feature invited sessions on new topics and innovative applications. These sessions will consist of 5-6 articles and undergo a regular review process. Prospective organizers should include a brief statement of purpose for the session as well as the abstracts of the papers. 


Please see more details on papers submission at: 




Montreal is a welcoming and cosmopolitan city, with legendary dining, world-renowned museums and performing arts, chic shops, and a population ferociously proud of its language and culture. Built on an island of the same name, Montréal lies in a bend of the St. Lawrence River 1,609 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. It embraces an inner-city mountain and a sea-level riverside, historic buildings and striking modern architecture, a French-speaking majority and a sizable Anglophone population. The downtown core and most visited neighborhoods are busy and vibrant. Autumn is the most picturesque time of a year in Montreal and surrounding areas as maple leaves change into vibrant shades of golden yellow, orange and red. It is the perfect time to enjoy the splendid view of maple leaves and experience the unique autumn feeling in the world’s largest bilingual (French and English) city: Montreal (http://www.icius2014.org/content/local-attractions-and-tours). 


Important Dates: 

Invited Session Proposals: April 25, 2014 (Extended) 

Submission of Full Papers: May 01, 2014 (Extended) 

Paper Acceptance Notice: June 15, 2014 (Extended) 

Submission of Final Papers: July 31, 2014 

Early Bird Registration: July 31, 2014 

Conference: Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2014 


ICIUS 2014 Organizing Committee 




5.3  Indian Control Conference 

Contributed by: M. Vidyasagar, M.Vidyasagar@utdallas.edu


The Indian Control Conference will be organized for the first time during January 5-7, 2015, in IIT Madras, Chennai. The paper submission deadline is May 31, 2014. Please check out our web site at: http://icc.org.in 

Our plan is to hold the event annually during the first week of January, in different cities of India. 

Submissions in all areas of systems and control, as well as proposals for invited sessions, are to be submitted through papercept. Please follow the instructions on the conference web site. 

For further information please contact the General Chair: 




5.4  Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security   

Contributed by: Quanyan Zhu, quanyan.zhu@nyu.edu


2014 Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security (GameSec), November 6-7 2014, Los Angeles, CA, USA 


Recent advances in networking, communications, computation, software, and hardware technologies have revolutionized the information technology landscape. Indeed, this cyberspace has become an integral part of every person’s daily life and the way we conduct business. Protecting the sensitive content of every nation’s cyberspace infrastructure has thus become critical to ensure economic growth, prosperity, and advancement. However, the heterogeneous, dynamic, and large-scale nature of modern- day networked and information technology infrastructure warrants novel analytical and practical approaches for securing its assets and maintaining its trustworthiness. 

Owing to its powerful analytical and modeling frameworks, game theory has recently emerged as a key tool for building resilient, secure, and dependable networked systems. Coupled with synergistic techniques such as dynamic control, mechanism design, and economics, game theory is expected to constitute the heart of a much needed science of security. The goal of the GameSec conference to gather original contributions that present theoretical and practical contributions that will build the knowledgebase in the science of security, in general, and game-theoretic security, in particular. 


Main Topics 


The goal of this conference is to bring together academic and industrial researchers in an effort to identify and discuss the major technical challenges and recent results that highlight the connection between game theory, control, distributed optimization, economic incentives and real world security, reputation, trust and privacy problems in a variety of technological systems. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following: 

• Game-theory and mechanism design for security. 

• Pricing and economic incentives for building dependable and secure systems. 

• Dynamic control, learning, and optimization approaches. 

• Game theory for privacy in the context of applications and user data. 

• Decision making and decision theory for cybersecurity. 

• Security of wireless and communication networks. 

• Novel algorithms, protocols, and approximation techniques. 

• Socio-technological and behavioral approaches to security. 

• Risk assessment and risk management. 

• Emerging paradigms such as cyberphysical security and moving target defence. 

• New approaches for resilient control systems. 

• Applications areas: smart grid, wireless networks, computer networks, and cloud. 

• Empirical and experimental economic analyses and simulation studies 

Conference information and submission instructions: http://www.gamesec-conf.org/ 


Important Dates 

Paper Submission: June 2, 2014 

Decision Notification: August 11, 2014 

Camera-ready manuscript due.: August 31, 2014



5.5  Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

Contributed by:  Denise Lewis, edlewis@illinois.edu


Conference Co-Chairs: Olgica Milenkovic and Angelia Nedich 

Dates: October 1-3, 2014 

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois 


The Fifty-Second Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing will be held from Wednesday, October 1 through Friday, October 3, 2014, at Allerton House, the conference center of the University of Illinois. 

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

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

Plenary lecture: Jon Kleinberg, Tisch University Professor of the Department of Computer Science, Cornell University, will deliver this year’s plenary lecture. It is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014. 

Notices: Manuscripts must be submitted by Monday, July 7, 2014, following the instructions at the Conference website: http://publish.illinois.edu/cslallertonconference/papers/submit-a-paper/. Final versions of papers to be presented at the conference will need to be submitted electronically by October 5, 2014. 

Conference Co-Chairs: Olgica Milenkovic and Angelia Nedich 

Email: allerton-conf@illinois.edu 

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

URL: www.csl.illinois.edu/allerton 



5.6  International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems 

Contributed by: Hyungbo Shim, conference@icros.org


2014 14th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2014) 

October 22(Wed)-25(Sat), 2014, 

Kintex (near the downtown of Seoul), Korea 

Conference website: http://2014.iccas.org 

Email: conference@icros.org 


ICCAS 2014 will be held at Kintex, Korea on October 22-25, 2014 jointly with Robot World 2014. 

The aim of the ICCAS is to bring together researchers and engineers worldwide to present their latest works, and disseminate the state-of-the-art technologies related to control, automation, robotics, and systems. 


It is our pleasure to announce that a number of high-profile plenary speakers have confirmed their participation and will give their lectures at the conference: 

Frank Allgöwer, Univ. of Stuttgart, Germany 

Harry Asada, MIT, USA 

Lei Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 

Homayoon Kazerooni, UC Berkeley, USA 

Min-Jea Tahk, KAIST, Korea 

Yutaka Yamamoto, Kyoto Univ., Japan 


Important Dates 

April 4, 2014: Submission of organized session proposals 

April 18, 2014: Submission of full papers 

June 20, 2014: Notification of paper acceptance 

July 18, 2014: Submission of final camera-ready papers 


Accepted papers will be indexed in IEEE Xplore, SCOPUS and EI compendex, and will be submitted for indexing in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science). 


Organizing Chair: Doo Yong Lee (KAIST, Korea) 

Program Chair: Hyungbo Shim (Seoul Natl. Univ., Korea) 



5.7  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 (IFAC), 24-29 August 2014, Cape Town, South Africa 



Provisional Programme and Plenary Session information now available 

The provisional programme is now available at https://ifac.papercept.net/conferences/conferences/IFAC14/program/. Kindly note that this is the provisional programme and is subject to change. The final programme announcement will be on 18 April 2014. 


The Plenary Session information, including the abstracts and biographies of the presenters, is also now available on the website - http://www.ifac2014.org/plenary-sessions.php. 


Pre-Congress Tutorials 

In addition to the jam-packed programme, the congress will now also be offering half and full-day pre-congress tutorials for interested delegates. Further information regarding the pre-congress tutorials can be found at http://www.ifac2014.org/tutorials.php. 


Please note that there is an additional charge to attend the tutorials and you will need to register for these during the online registration process. Visit the website - http://www.ifac2014.org/online-registration.php - to register. 


If you have already registered and would like to amend your registration to include the attendance of the tutorials, click on the log in link found in your registration confirmation email and enter your username and password. 


Visit http://www.ifac2014.org/information-fees-and-deadlines.php for the registration packages and rates including the tutorials. 

Visit http://www.ifac2014.org/accommodation.php for the accommodation options. 

Visit http://www.ifac2014.org/online-registration.php to register.




6. Workshops and Graduate Schools


6.1  Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning 

Contributed by:  Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu


2014 American Control Conference Workshop 

Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning 


Tansel Yucelen (Missouri University of Science and Technology) 

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (University of Kansas) 

Anuradha Annaswamy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 

Naira Hovakimyan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 

Susan Frost (NASA) 

Margareta Stefanovic (University of Wyoming) 


Workshop Link: http://asrl.us/page3/page13/index.html 


This workshop will provide a detailed review of a number of well-established and emerging methods in adaptive systems and learning and discuss the future directions of this field. 

Starting with an overview of nonlinear stability theory, adaptive systems, and learning, this workshop will build a strong foundation of adaptive control techniques and the tools used in their stability and robustness analysis. Specifically, authors will cover state-of-the-art methods including frequency-limited adaptive control, open- and closed-loop reference model design for safe and robust learning, L1 adaptive control, stability margins of adaptive systems, verification and validation of adaptive systems, and unfalsified switching adaptive control with applications to networked control systems, multiagent networks, large-scale modular systems, infinite dimensional systems, and stochastic systems. The workshop will then continue with a discussion panel to create a venue for opening a pathway to merging ideas to allow for a unified viewpoint on the future directions of adaptive systems and learning field. 



6.2  Workshop on Logics and MODel-checking for self-* systems (MOD*)

Contributed by: Manuel Mazzara, manuel.mazzara@newcastle.ac.uk


Call for papers

The 1st Workshop on Logics and MODel-checking for self-* systems (MOD*) 



12 September 2014, Bertinoro, Italy 

Affiliated with iFM 2014: The 11th International Conference on Integrated Formal Methods 


Logics and model-checking have been successfully used in the last decades for modeling and verification of various types of hardware and software systems. While most languages and techniques emerged in a context of monolithic systems with a limited self-adaptability, modern systems require approaches able to cope with dynamically changing requirements and emergent behaviors. The emphasis on system reconfigurability has not been followed by an adequate research effort, and the current state of the art lacks logics and model checking paradigms that can describe and analyze complex modern systems in a comprehensive way. 


This workshop aims at filling this gap by bringing together researchers and practitioners with the goal of pushing forward the state of the art on logics and model checking, with particular attention on the specification and verification of systems in the following (and further) categories: 

self-adaptive systems; self-reconfiguring systems; self-organizing systems; cyber-physical systems; hybrid systems; elastic systems; multi-agent systems 


The workshop focuses on demonstrating the applicability of Formal Methods in practical contexts. Therefore, both methodological/theoretical and industrial/applicative papers are welcome. 


Important Dates (strict) 

June 9, 2014: Abstract submissions 

June 16, 2014: Submission of regular papers 

July 21, 2014: Notification of paper acceptance/rejection 

August 8, 2014: Camera-ready copies of accepted papers 

September 12, 2014: Workshop 



Authors are invited to submit original unpublished papers. Every submitted paper will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. Accepted papers will be published in the Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science series (EPTCS). Authors are invited to submit papers of no more than 14 pages in the EPTCS format style (please use the LaTeX style provided at http://style.eptcs.org/). Proofs omitted due to space constraints can be put into an appendix to be read at the reviewers' discretion. Proofs added into appendix will *not* be published on proceedings. Submissions should be made using the MOD* 2014 Easychair web site: 



The authors must be prepared to sign a copyright transfer statement. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to the workshop by the early date, to be indicated by the organizers, and *must* present the paper. 

A special issue with a selection of the best papers on an international journal will be taken into consideration. 



Marcello M. Bersani, Politecnico di Milano, marcellomaria.bersani@polimi.it 

Davide Bresolin, Università di Bologna, davide.bresolin@unibo.it 

Luca Ferrucci, Politecnico di Milano, ferrucci@elet.polimi.it 

Manuel Mazzara, Politecnico di Milano, mazzara@elet.polimi.it 



6.3 Workshop onTime Delays in Networks: Models, Stability Theory, Control, and Numerical Methods 

Contributed by: Rifat Sipahi, rifat@coe.neu.edu


Workshop on "Time Delays in Networks: Models, Stability Theory, Control, and Numerical Methods" 

Organizers: Fatihcan M. Atay, Wim Michiels, Silviu-Iulian Niculescu, Hitay Ozbay, Rifat Sipahi 

When: June 24, 2014 one day before European Control Conference (25-27 June) 

Details: http://www.ecc14.eu/workshop1.html



6.4 Interpolation-based techniques for constrained control: from improved vertex control to robust model predictive control alternatives

Contributed by: Per-Olof Gutman, peo@technion.ac.il


Welcome to Workshop #5 on the first day (24 June 2014) of the 13th European Control Conference (ECC), Strasbourg (FR) Convention and Exhibition Center: 

"Interpolation-based techniques for constrained control: from improved vertex control to robust model predictive control alternatives". 

Organizers: Hoai-Nam Nguyen, Sorin Olaru and Per-Olof Gutman. 




6.5 Workshop on Distributed Control and Estimation for Robotic Vehicle Networks

Contributed by: Nisar Ahmed, Nisar.Ahmed@colorado.edu


Call for Contributions: 2014 RSS Workshop on Distributed Control and Estimation for Robotic Vehicle Networks 


We are pleased to invite contributions for the 2014 Robotics: Science and Systems Workshop on Distributed Control and Estimation for Robotic Vehicle Networks, at UC Berkeley on July 12, 2014. 

Workshop homepage  https://sites.google.com/site/rss2014dceworkshop/ 



Applications for autonomous multi-vehicle networks have grown significantly in recent years, and have stimulated research on distributed strategies for optimal/robust cooperative autonomy in multi-vehicle systems. Ideally, distributed approaches not only perform as well as centralized methods, but also lead to better scalability, naturally parallelized computation, and resilience to communication loss and hardware failures. In practice, it is usually convenient to assume that distributed control and distributed estimation problems can be treated separately. 

While state-of-the-art techniques for distributed planning (e.g. graph-based trajectory generation, consensus-/graph-based task allocation) and perception (e.g. multi-robot SLAM/SAM, Bayesian/consensus sensor fusion for cooperative tracking) can be combined with good results, the assumed “separation principle” is heuristic and leaves open many questions: how should off-the-shelf solutions for different parts of the same problem be jointly selected or modified to work best together, and what guarantees (if any) are there for optimal/robust behavior? Alternative integrated approaches have also emerged for multi-vehicle systems (e.g. distributed optimization, model predictive control, reinforcement learning), which formally capture and exploit subtle yet important dynamic linkages between the control and estimation problems. 

However, these approaches raise their own questions: are the assumptions/approximations required for analytical and computational tractability reasonable for general applications, and how can state-of-the-art planning/perception methods for individual mobile robots be leveraged? 

This workshop will bring together control/planning and estimation/perception specialists from the robotics and controls communities who are interested in autonomous multi-vehicle networks to: (i) discuss these and other related research questions; (ii) promote new ideas for unifying distributed control and estimation, while improving awareness of state-of-the-art techniques; and (iii) foster interactions for developing theoretical ideas and practical applications. 

In addition to attending invited talks by top experts in the field and interacting with them via Q&A panel discussions, workshop participants will have the opportunity to submit extended abstracts for select presentation at the workshop poster spotlight talks and interactive poster session (following single-blind peer review). Successful poster abstract submissions will also be invited to submit their work to a future special issue of IEEE Control Systems Magazine (to be arranged by the workshop organizers).Please check the workshop website for workshop schedule and format details. 


Confirmed invited speakers

- Jonathan How, MIT 

- Gaurav Sukhatme, University of Southern California 

- Solmaz Kia, University of California San Diego 

- Stergios Roumeliotis, University of Minnesota 

- Jay Farrell, University of California Riverside 

- Silvia Ferrari, Duke University 

- Mark Campbell, Cornell University 


Submissione instructions  

We invite 2-4 page extended abstracts describing new/ongoing work. Submissions should be in .pdf format using the RSS paper template (see links below): 

*The best submissions will be selected for poster presentation following a single-blind review process (so please include all author names and affiliations). Final instructions for posters and spotlight talks will be posted on the workshop website. 

*Successful submissions will also be invited to submit their work to a special issue of IEEE Control Systems Magazine (to be arranged by the workshop organizers). 


Please e-mail .pdf file to rssdceworkshop2014@gmail.com with subject line “RSS DCE Workshop Submission”. 

- LaTeX template: http://roboticsconference.org/paper-template-latex.tar.gz 

- Word template: http://roboticsconference.org/paper-template-word.zip 


Topics of interest include (but not limited to): 

*optimal/robust multi-robot planning, task assignment, navigation, guidance, and/or control 

*optimal/robust multi-robot perception, mapping, learning, scene understanding, and/or object search/tracking 

*control and estimation under ad hoc/constrained/unknown communication topologies 

*emerging approaches for unified control and estimation (information theoretic methods, learning-based, etc.) 

*networked algorithmic solutions that combine joint estimation and control 

*distributed model predictive control 

*decentralized model-based/Bayesian estimation and learning 

*distributed optimization for networked robotic vehicle control and estimation 

*characterization of performance gaps and trade-offs between centralized and distributed algorithms 

*analysis and algorithms for understanding and coping with uncertainties in networked robotic vehicle systems 

*novel distributed control and estimation strategies and applications for networks of aerial, space, ground, or aquatic robots 

*control and estimation of heterogeneous vehicle systems (e.g. mixtures of unmanned ground/air/aquatic robots, marsupial systems, etc.) 

*distributed control and estimation for long-term/life-long autonomy in robotic vehicle networks 


Importatnt dates 

- April 1, 2014: abstract submission period opens 

- May 15, 2014: submission deadline 

(e-mail .pdf of extended abstracts to rssdceworkshop2014@gmail.com) 

- June 1, 2014: decision notification 

- June 15, 2014: final materials due 

- July 12, 2014: workshop at RSS 2014, UC Berkeley, California, USA 

Final workshop schedule will be posted to: https://sites.google.com/site/rss2014dceworkshop/workshop-schedule 


Organizing committee

- Nisar Ahmed, University of Colorado Boulder (nisar.ahmed@colorado.edu) 

- Sonia Martinez, University of California San Diego (soniamd@ucsd.edu) 

- Jorge Cortes, University of California San Diego (cortes@ucsd.edu) 



6.6 Workshop on Hybrid Systems Biology

Contributed by: Oded Maler, Oded.Maler@imag.fr


Call for Papers: Third International Workshop on Hybrid Systems Biology (HSB 2014) affiliated with CAV 2014, July 23 - 24, 2014, Vienna, Austria 




Systems biology aims at providing a system-level understanding of biological systems by unveiling their structure, dynamics and control methods. Living systems are intrinsically multi-scale in space, in organization levels and in time; they also exhibit a mixture of deterministic and stochastic behaviors. It is therefore very difficult to model them in a uniform way, for instance, by systems of differential equations or by  discrete-event systems. Furthermore, such models are often not easily amenable to formal analysis and their simulations at the organ or even the cell level are frequently impractical. Indeed, an important open problem is finding appropriate computational models that scale-up well for both simulation and formal analysis of biological processes. 

Hybrid modeling techniques, combining discrete and continuous processes, are gaining more and more attention in systems biology, and they have been applied to successfully capture the behavior of several biological complex systems, ranging from genetic regulatory networks, metabolic reactions, signaling pathways as well as higher level models of tissues and organs. As the challenges of scale and intrinsic inhomogeneity are coming to the forefront of systems biology efforts, they highlight the value of a hybrid dynamical modeling paradigm that integrates mathematical models that apply at different spatio-temporal scales and subsystems. 

In this spirit, the scope of the HSB workshop is the general area of dynamical models in Biology with an emphasis on hybrid approaches, which are not restricted to a narrow class of mathematical models, and which take advantage of techniques developed separately in different sub-domains. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

* Models of metabolic, signaling, and genetic regulatory networks in living cells 

* Models of tissues, organs and physiological models 

* Biological applications of analysis techniques such as reachability computation, model checking, abstract interpretation, bifurcation theory, stability and sensitivity analysis 

* Parametric and non-parametric system identification techniques (learning models from experimental data) 

* Efficient techniques for combined (stochastic/deterministic, spatial/non-spatial) simulations for biological models 

* Modeling languages for biological systems, analysis and simulation tools 

* Models coping with incomplete and uncertain information, stochastic hybrid systems 

* Hierarchical hybrid systems for multi scale analysis 

* Abstraction, approximation and model-reduction techniques 

* Modeling for synthetic biology and control of biological systems 


We solicit the submission of unpublished results that address both theoretical and applied aspects of hybrid modeling techniques insystems biology. Submissions accepted as full papers will be published by Springer in the LNCS/LNBI series. 


Invited speakers: 

* David Harel, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 

* Eshel Ben-Jacob, Tel-Aviv University, Israel 



Papers should be 10-15 pages long, typesetted preferably in the LNCS-style. Electronic submissions of full-length papers (in PDF format), will be done through the online submission system: 



Important dates: 

Submission: April 20, 2014 

Notification: May 18, 2014 

Final version (LNCS proceedings): October 1, 2014 



Registration fees for a two-days workshop are 200 Euro (regular, by May 20) 240 Euro (late, by June 30, 2014) and 260 Euro (on site). One can register to the HSB Workshop without registering to the CAV conference. A person registered to HSB can attend any parallel Vienna Summer 

Logic event on the same day. More local information can be found in http://vsl2014.at/venue/ 



PC Chairs: 

Ádám Halász, West Virginia University, USA 

Oded Maler, VERIMAG/CNRS, Grenoble, France 


Local Organization and Publicity Chair: 

Ezio Bartocci, Vienna University of Technology, Austria 




7. Positions


7.1 PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu


Open PhD Positions 

Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (www.asrl.us) 

Missouri University of Science and Technology (www.mst.edu) 


We are searching for exceptional PhD students with a strong background in systems, controls, and robotics. 


These students are expected to perform research on (1) safety-critical autonomous systems, (2) multiagent systems and robotics, and (3) modular large-scale systems. Our intention is to give our strong guidance in order to maximize the chances of our students of building a rewarding research career. If you are interested, please send an email to Prof. Tansel Yucelen at yucelen@mst.edu including your background, your interests and strengths (theoretical and experimental), your resume, and a publication of yours. You can visit http://www.asrl.us/ for our webpage. 


The work performed by our laboratory is focused on the creation of new information, control, and decision algorithms that reveal advanced systems such as highly capable autonomous vehicles and networked multivehicle systems. These systems are envisioned to elevate human society as well as to perform safety-critical operations with more robots and less humans. We place a strong emphasis both on theoretic research and experimentation for addressing fundamental and open real-world technological problems. Our aim is to be recognized as one of the top research laboratories in the nation by significantly advancing the knowledge and training science-based engineers and professionals to shape the future of our society.  



7.2 PhD:  Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Contributed by: Tamas Keviczky, t.keviczky@tudelft.nl


The Delft Center for Systems and Control (www.dcsc.tudelft.nl) at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands has three vacancies for PhD positions on: 

1. Distributed model predictive control of stochastic systems 

2. Disributed optimization for multi-agent systems 

3. Robust model predictive control of fuel cell cars in smart energy systems 


For these positions we are looking for candidates with an MSc degree in systems and control or applied mathematics, and with a strong background or interest in control, optimization, and smart energy systems. The candidates are expected to work on the boundary of several research domains. A good command of the English language is required. 

We offer the opportunity to do scientifically challenging research in a multi-disciplinary research group. The appointments will be for up to 4 years. As an employee of the university, successful applicants will receive a competitive salary, as well as excellent secondary benefits. 

More information on these positions and on how to apply can be found at http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl/vacancies.html or by contacting Tamas Keviczky (t.keviczky@tudelft.nl) for the first two positions or Bart De Schutter (b.deschutter@tudelft.nl) for the third position



7.3  PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Contributed by: Morten Breivik, morten.breivik@ntnu.no


The Department of Engineering Cybernetics (ITK) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway was recently awarded a Centre of Excellence by the Norwegian Research Council for the period 2013-2022, in collaboration with the Department of Marine Technology and industry partners. 

The Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS, http://www.ntnu.edu/amos) aims to create a world-leading research centre within fundamental and interdisciplinary knowledge in control systems, hydrodynamics and marine structures. The research results will be used to develop intelligent ocean vessels and autonomous robots for high-precision and safety-critical operations in extreme marine environments. 


A 3-year PhD research fellowship with startup from August 2014 is now available at ITK, affiliated with AMOS, with application deadline Tuesday April 8, 2014. 

The topic of the PhD project is nonlinear and adaptive algorithms for guidance, navigation and control (GNC) of unmanned marine vehicles. Such vehicles are required to perform their missions autonomously in a cost-effective and predictable manner despite being exposed to extreme disturbances originating from both weather and operations-related equipment. The main goal of the project is therefore to develop robust and reliable GNC algorithms which enable autonomous (self-guided) vehicle operations. 

At ITK and AMOS, the PhD fellow will be part of a large and world-leading research community within applied marine control systems. The research work will include theoretical development and analysis, implementation and verification by computer simulations, as well as validation by real-world experiments. Focus will be on developing practically applicable GNC algorithms by utilizing state-of-the-art nonlinear and adaptive control theory and concepts. 


See the call for further details and for applying: http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/100995/phd-research-fellowship-in-nonlinear-and-adaptive-control-of-unmanned-marine-vehicles 


About NTNU, Trondheim and Norway: 

- About NTNU: http://www.ntnu.edu/livingintrh/about-ntnu 

- NTNU Facts and Figures: http://www.ntnu.edu/facts 

- NTNU International Researcher Support: http://www.ntnu.edu/research/irs 

- About Trondheim: http://www.ntnu.edu/livingintrh/about-trondheim 

- Official Trondheim webpage: http://www.trondheim.no/engelsk 

- About Norway: http://www.ntnu.edu/livingintrh/about-norway 

- Tourist site for Norway: http://www.visitnorway.com/en 


NTNU is Norway's second largest university, with an annual budget of about US $800 million. Its 51 departments are spread out over seven major faculties, and graduate about 3.300 students every year, two-thirds of which are master's or PhD candidates. The university has more than 100 laboratory facilities distributed among the different faculties and departments. These are central elements in NTNU's education and research work. 

NTNU's research is cutting edge, and many of the technological and cultural innovations that allow Norway to extract oil from the North Sea, grow healthy salmon in fish farms, or interpret the country's 9.000 years of human history have been developed here. In fact, the university itself, founded in 1910, has contributed a solid century of academic achievements and discoveries that have shaped Norwegian society. 

Trondheim was Norway's first capital city, founded more than 1.000 years ago, in 997 - but now instead of Viking raiders and Hanseatic traders, you'll find jazz musicians and an international student body savouring Trondheim city life. With a population of 181.513 (October 1st, 2013), it is the third most populous municipality in Norway. 

With its snow-capped mountains, deep green valleys and sapphire blue fjords, Norway is recognized the world over for its scenic beauty. Combine that with Norway's cultural heritage, and you'll find that living in Norway has something to offer everyone. 

While Norway lies at the very top of Europe – and in fact includes the island archipelago of Svalbard, home to the most northerly communities on the planet – the country's climate is moderated by the Gulf Stream, and features four distinct seasons. Norway's natural beauty and a history of famous polar explorers are two reasons why the outdoors is such an important part of Norwegian culture. 

Newcomers to Norway will find the Norwegian work culture to be relaxed, but efficient. The typical work week is 37.5 hours long, with a generous summer holiday time and official holidays sprinkled throughout the year. The work culture reflects the culture at large, which is respectful of individual rights and supports a generous welfare system.



7.4  PhD: INRIA, France

Contributed by: Andrey Polyakov, andrey.polyakov@inria.fr


PhD in Mathematical Control Theory.

Project title: Implicit Homogeneous Lyapunov Functions for Control and Estimation 

Supervisors: Dr. Andrey Polyakov, Dr. Denis Efimov, Prof. Wilfrid Perruquetti 



This PhD research addresses the development of novel methods of non-asymptotic estimation and control based on Implicit Lyapunov Function Technique. 

Skills and profile: A master in applied mathematics. Experience in control theory is appreciated. 



Duration : 36 months – starting date of the contract : October 1st, 2014 

Salary: 1958 € (~2600$) the first two years and 2059 € (~2700$) the third year 

Monthly salary after taxes: around 1584 €(~2100$) the 1st two years and 1665 € (~2200$) the 3rd year 

Social security is included. 

Possibility of French courses 

Help for housing 

Participation in transport costs 

Scientific Resident card and help for visa 



7.5  PhD: Stevens Institute of Technology, USA  

Contributed by: Yi Guo, yguo1@stevens.edu


Open PhD Position, Robotics and Automation Laboratory 


A PhD RA (Research Assistant) position is available to start in Fall 2014 in Robotics and Automation Laboratory at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology. 

We are looking for candidates with a Master degree in Electrical Engineering, preferably majoring in automatic control, control theory, or robotics. The successful candidate will be working in interdisciplinary projects in the areas of robotics and controls. 

More information about the lab can be found at: http://web.stevens.edu/ral/ 


Founded in 1870 on a bluff overlooking and a few minutes from New York City, Stevens offers a full program of undergraduate and graduate degrees and a wide range of opportunities for research development. Ph.D. admission requirement and application process can be found at: 


Interested candidates please send your inquiries together with your detailed CV to: yguo1@stevens.edu 



7.6  PhD: CNRS, Grenoble, France 

Contributed by: Hassen FOURATI, hassen.fourati@gipsa-lab.fr


The NeCS team (http://necs.inrialpes.fr) has opened 1-CNRS position (1 PhD) in the context of the European project FP7-SPEEDD (Scalable proactive event-driven decision-making), during the period 2014-17. 

The PhD thesis is entiteled : "Robust estimation and prediction in large scale traffic networks"; 

Details of the proposal and the application procedures are at: http://necs.inrialpes.fr/pages/openings.php 



7.7  PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia 

Contributed by: Daoyi Dong, daoyidong@gmail.com


PhD scholarship at UNSW Australia 

Project title: Robust control of quantum ensembles 

Supervisors: Dr Daoyi Dong and Prof Ian Petersen 




Quantum ensembles have wide applications in emerging quantum technology including quantum computation, long-distance quantum communication, and magnetic resonance imaging. The thesis project aims to develop new theories and control algorithms to enhance control capabilities and robustness in the engineering of quantum ensembles. The project also involves possible collaboration with Professor Herschel Rabitz’s group at Princeton University. 

The successful applicant, subject to admission to the PhD degree program, will be awarded a UNSW Canberra Research Training Scholarship with an annual tax-free stipend of $26,392 (2014 rate). This scholarship is for a period of 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress reviews. The successful applicant would be expected to be available to commence their studies no later than Session 2, 2014 and must be on campus and enrolled at UNSW Canberra in the relevant PhD program by 31 August 2014. Potential students with strong background of quantum physics or control theory are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. 

Prospective students should contact Daoyi Dong (daoyidong@gmail.com) with their academic transcript, a CV and English test scores (if necessary). Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. 


UNSW Australia (the University of New South Wales) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities and a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) research-intensive universities in Australia and a member of the Universities 21 international consortium. UNSW Australia is an Australian university with a global vision to bring our students a truly world-class learning experience; we regularly collaborate with pioneering universities around the world. The Canberra campus of UNSW Australia is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). 


For further information, please contact: 

Dr Daoyi Dong 

Email: d.dong@adfa.edu.au or daoyidong@gmail.com 

Phone: +61 2 6268 6285 

School of Engineering and Information Technology 

UNSW Australia, Canberra ACT 2600 Australia 



7.8  PhD: Texas Tech University, USA

Contributed by: Qing Hui, qing.hui@ttu.edu


Multiple PhD positions are available in Spring 2015 in the area of network and information science at Dr. Hui's CSEL group in Texas Tech University. 

We are currently seeking highly motivated students with a strong mathematical background and/or programming experience. 

Perspective students are expected to work on the development of extremely rapid control strategies for mitigation of cascading failures on multi-layer and multi-dependent dynamic networks. The particular focus of this research is given to power networks. The stipend for these positions is $27,500 for 12 months. 

For more information about these positions, please contact Dr. Qing Hui (qing.hui@ttu.edu) for details with your detailed CV.



7.9 Post-Doc:  CNRS, FRANCE 

Contributed by: Maria Joao Rendas, rendas@i3s.unice.fr


A postdoctoral researcher position is available to start immediately in the Signal and Systems division of I3S Laboratory in Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France. 

We are looking for candidates in the general area of decision and design of optimal experiments. Candidates should have a PhD degree (or expecting the degree soon) with strong statistical background and some experience of real data processing. 

The successful candidate is expected to work in an interdisciplinary project in the area of autonomous robotics for observation of environmental fields. A more detailed description of the position can be found in http://www.i3s.unice.fr/I3S/annonces/jobs/Post-DocDronic.pdf 

Interested candidates please send your inquiries together with your detailed CV to rendas@i3s.unice.fr



7.10  Post-Doc: EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne,  Switzerland

Contributed by: Auke Jan Ijspeert, auke.ijspeert@epfl.ch


EPFL: Postdoc position in guidance, navigation, control of swimming autonomous robots with applications to pollution detection 


The Biorobotics laboratory (Biorob, http://biorob.epfl.ch/) at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) has one open position in Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) of swimming robots, with applications to pollution detection in aquatic environments. The position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation project Envirobot http://www3.unil.ch/wpmu/envirobot/, and involves work on GNC algorithmic at a theoretical level, in numerical simulations, and in practice on prototype robotic swimmers, see http://biorob.epfl.ch/amphibot. The core problems treated revolve around topics including adaptive sampling and active environmental monitoring. 


EPFL is one of the leading Institutes of Technology in Europe and offers internationally competitive salaries and research infrastructure. 



Candidates should have a Ph.D. and a strong publication record in fields related to field robotics, dynamic systems and control theory, probabilistic robotics, and signal processing. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with adaptive sampling applications and/or with swimming robots. 


How to apply for the Postdoc position: 

The application should consists of a motivation letter (explaining why you are interested in the project, and why you feel qualified for it), a full CV, two or three relevant publications, and the email addresses of two referees. PDF files are preferred. The files should be sent to auke.ijspeert@epfl.ch <mailto:auke.ijspeert@epfl.ch>. 


Deadline and starting date: 

The starting date is April 1rst (or as soon as possible after that date). Applications will be processed as they arrive until the position is closed. 



Information concerning the type of research carried out by the group can be found at http://biorob.epfl.ch/. 

You should send your application and any inquiry by email to: Prof. Auke Jan Ijspeert <http://biorob.epfl.ch/page38158.html>, auke.ijspeert@epfl.ch <mailto:auke.ijspeert@epfl.ch> 

EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 


INN 237 <http://plan.epfl.ch/?room=INN237> 

Station 14 

CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland 

WWW: http://biorob.epfl.ch/



7.11  Post-Doc: University of Waterloo, Canada

Contributed by: Kirsten Morris, kmorris@uwaterloo.ca


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Mathematics


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2014. This is a one-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for another year. 


In addition to engaging in research close collaboration with a faculty member or members in the department, the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching two, one-term courses. Selection will be based on the candidate's research potential, fit with a research area in the department and teaching ability. All interested recent PhDs are encouraged to apply. 

The Department of Applied Mathematics has 22 regular faculty and two lecturers. Research interests include scientific computing, control theory, differential equations and dynamical systems, fluid dynamics, mathematical biology and medicine, and mathematical physics. The department has a substantial graduate program with over 80 graduate students pursuing Masters or PhD degrees, and strong undergraduate programs in applied mathematics and mathematical physics. 

More information about the department can be found at http://math.uwaterloo.ca/applied-mathematics/. 

Application for this fellowship is through the website MathJobs.org. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a one-page research statement to www.MathJobs.org. Candidates should indicate in their cover letter which faculty member(s) they propose to work with. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation, with at least one letter addressing the candidate's teaching abilities, to be submitted through www.MathJobs.org website. 

Review of applications will begin April 30, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. 

We appreciate all replies to this advertisement, but only applicants under consideration will be contacted. The University of Waterloo is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities. This position is contingent upon funding.



7.12 Post-Doc/PhD: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributed by: Erdal Kayacan, erdal@ntu.edu.sg


* Postdoc position in guidance, navigation and control of unmanned aerial vehicles at NTU, Singapore * 


The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Laboratory (http://www.mae.ntu.edu.sg/AboutMAE/Divisions/UAVLab/Pages/Home.aspx) in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NTU (Singapore) has one open position in guidance, navigation and control of unmanned aerial vehicles. This position involves research on the navigation and control of unmanned aerial vehicles by using model-based and model-free control and estimation algorithms at a theoretical level as well as practice on a prototype. 



Prospective candidates should hold a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, automatic control, mechatronics, applied mathematics, or other related disciplines. Moreover, he/she should have a strong publication record in the fields related to robotics, dynamic systems and control theory and state estimation. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with unmanned aerial vehicles. The candidate should also have excellent verbal and writing skills in English. 


The contract is for one year, and the salaries are competitive and are determined according to the successful applicant’s accomplishments, experience and qualifications. Singapore has low income tax and a postdoc is likely to pay a variable income tax of a maximum of 15% (see http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page04.aspx?id=1190). 


How to apply for the Postdoc position: 

The application should consist of: 

• A motivation letter (explaining the reason that you are interested in the project), 

• A CV with a full publication list, 

• The contact details of three referees. 

These documents must be compiled as a single pdf file, and named as "<Name>_<Surname>.pdf". Then, the single file should be sent to "erdal@ntu.edu.sg" with a subject line of "Postdoc application of <Name> <Surname>" 


Deadline and starting date: 

The starting date is September 1st 2014. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


For further information, feel free to contact: 

Erdal Kayacan, Assistant Professor 

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | Division of Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University 

E-mail: erdal@ntu.edu.sg 

Homepage: http://www.erdalkayacan.com 


* PhD positions in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Laboratory at NTU, Singapore * 


2 Fully funded PhD positions in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Laboratory in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NTU (Singapore) are available. 



1.Guidance, navigation and control of unmanned aerial vehicles

2.Magnetic attitude control algorithms for small satellites 


- Prospective candidates should hold a M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, automatic control, mechatronics, applied mathematics, or other related disciplines from reputable universities.  

- She/He should have a strong background and interest in the general areas of systems and control, and hardware design and testing.

- The candidate should also have excellent verbal and writing skills in English. (A TOEFL score of > 570 paper-based, > 230 computer-based, > 88 internet-based or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required. 

- A Bachelor’s degree with honors of at least  a Second Class Upper Level or equivalent (min GPA: 3.2/4.0)

- International applicants are also required to have a Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) score of at least 90% or Total GRE score of >310/3.5 where score for verbal section must be min 146, score for quantitative section must be min 155 and analytical writing score is at least 3.5.


How to apply for the PhD position: 

The application should consist of:

• A motivation letter (explaining the reason that you are interested in the project, background and motivations), 

• A CV with a full publication list, 

• The contact details of three referees. 


These documents must be compiled as a single pdf file, and named as "<Name>_<Surname>.pdf". Then, the single file should be sent to "erdal@ntu.edu.sg" with a subject line of "PhD application of <Name> <Surname> in UAVs" or "PhD application of <Name> <Surname> in Small Satellites"


The positions will be available from August, 2014 and/or January, 2015. The deadline for the applications is 20th April 2014.



7.13 Post-Doc: MINES-Paristech, France 

Contributed by: Laurent Praly, laurent.praly@mines-paristech.fr


Postdoctoral position: Automatic Control and Systems Theory Center (CAS), MINES-Paristech, France 


The research center in Automatic Control and Systems Theory (CAS) of MINES-Paristech is offering a one year post-doctoral position in the Paris area (France) in collaboration with the startup company Wandercraft. The position is open now and to be covered as soon as possible. 

CAS (http:\\http://cas.ensmp.fr/) is a research laboratory whose main activity is about control theory. 

Wandercraft (http:\\http://www.wandercraft.eu/) is a startup company (currently having 10 employees) operating in the field of robotics. Wandercraft is developing an exoskeleton for people with myopathy or paraplegia. 


The scientific goals for the position are: i) the design of a control law achieving a stable dynamic walking gait of the exoskeleton, ii) its real-time implementation on several prototypes set-up by Wandercraft. 

The appointee will be guided by Pr. Laurent Praly at MINES ParisTech and Matthieu Masselin at Wandercraft. 


The ideal candidates should have a strong theoretical background in electrical or mechanical engineering. Experience in the fields detailed below is highly desirable: 

1- About robot walk: 

1.1 Foot-placement based gait design 

1.2 Zero-moment point (ZMP) based gait design 

1.3 Virtual constraints based gait design 

1.4 Analytical mechanics 

2- About non linear control system theory 

2.1 hybrid systems, 

2.2 non linear stabilization, 

2.3 optimization (e.g. dynamic programming) 


Perfect mastery of English (or French), and of Matlab and C/C++ is mandatory. 

To be considered, an application should contain a resume, a cover letter with arguments demonstrating the skills of the applicant for topics as in 1.1 to 1.4 and 2.1 to 2.3 above and at least two of the most relevant publications. In all this, quality will be preferred to quantity. 

Please send your application by e-mail, specifying "Wanderfull position" in the mail subject, to both 





7.14  Post-Doc: The Ohio State University, USA

Contributed by: Mingjun Zhang, zhang.4882@osu.edu


Post-doc Position on Dynamics and Control of Cellular Systems at The Ohio State University 


We have one post-doctoral researcher position to work on characterization, modeling and manipulation dynamics of Cardiomyocytes and understand its association with cardiovascular diseases at the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute and Biomedical Engineering Department, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. The candidate will use a combined experimental platform, including 1) an integrated Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)/nanoindentor/confocal microscopy system, and 2) digital holographic microscopy for In-situ dynamic micro/nano-scale measurements of single Cardiomyocyte extracted from health and diseases animals to draw insights about pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases, including ischemia, reperfusion injury, and hypertrophy. Candidates with background in robotics, dynamics and control theory are highly encouraged to apply. 

The candidates are expected to work with team members having a diverse background, including molecular biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, and mathematics. We are building an integrated nanotechnology and mathematical modeling platform for heart, lung and cancer research. 

To apply, please send your CV along with 2-3 representative publications to Mingjun Zhang at zhang.4882@osu.edu 


Mingjun Zhang, PhD & D.Sc. 

Professor and Investigator 

Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute 

Member, Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Based Therapies 

The Ohio State University 

275 Bevis Hall 

1080 Carmack Road 

Columbus, OH 43210-1002 

Email: zhang.4882@osu.edu 

Tel: 614-292-1591 






7.15  Post-Doc: Lund University, Sweden

Contributed by: Anders Rantzer, rantzer@control.lth.se


The LCCC Linnaeus center at Lund University is announcing a postdoc position devoted to Distributed Computing. 

For more information, see http://www.lccc.lth.se or contact Maria Kihl maria.kihl@eit.lth.se



7.16  Postdoctoral Research Fellow: University of Southampton, UK

Contributed by: Dina Shona Laila, d.laila@soton.ac.uk


Following a successful award from the UK Medical Research Council Biomedical Catalyst Scheme, we are seeking to recruit a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join our multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Southampton. The overall aims of the project are to develop an advanced capacitive sensor system for lower limb prosthetic applications, in particular to monitor pressure and shear load at the stump-socket interface. This exciting project spans research across disciplines, bridging Engineering and Health Sciences, and is supported by established academics from both Faculties. This project focuses on the translation of innovative capacitive sensor technology to medical applications, supported by a strong industrial collaboration with Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd - a world leader in prosthetic product design and innovation. 

You will have the opportunity to work within a team of world renowned engineers, rehabilitation scientists and clinical consultants from both academic and industrial sectors. 

The post holder will primarily focus on the development of analogue/digital electrical circuitries for the sensor and sensor networks, signal processing methods and development of a software interface for the instrumentation. He/She will work closely with other researchers in the team to achieve deliverables associated with sensor system design, laboratory-based testing and clinical studies. Candidates with a PhD (or equivalent) or experience in electrical circuitry designs, medical electronics, rigid and/or flexible PCB layouts, biomedical signal processing, computer sciences, or related areas are encouraged to apply. 

Although experience in lower limb prosthetics is desirable, in-house initial training will be provided. Applicants with relevant experience in medical devices or experience with translational research and interaction with industry /end-users would be desirable. Some background in multi-disciplinary work and evidence of successfully achieving complex project deliverables is welcome. The post has a duration of 2 years, and will start in early 2014. 

For more detail information and application deadline, please contact Dr. Liudi Jiang (L.Jiang@soton.ac.uk) as soon as possible.



7.17  Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia 

Contributed by: Girish Nair, gnair@unimelb.edu.au


Two postdoctoral research positions at the Dept. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia


A postdoctoral research position is available to study estimation, system identification and control schemes in networked systems that are subject to communication and quantization constraints. This position is funded by an Australian Research Council project and is available for 12 months. 


Salary range: AU$61,138 - 103,705 p.a. dependent on qualifications and research record, plus 9.25% superannuation. 

Closing date: May 4, Aust. EST. 

Position no: 0033143 

For more details and to apply, please go to 



A postdoctoral research position is available to study the role of information in non-cooperative distributed systems. This brings together the disciplines of systems and control, game theory and information theory, and has applications in energy systems, communication networks, and irrigation systems. 


This position is funded by an Australian Research Council project, and is available for up to two years. 

Closing date: 6 April, Aust. EST. 

Salary: AU$61,138 - $103,705 p.a. dependent on research record and qualifications, plus 9.25% superannuation. 

Position no: 0032942 

For more details and to apply, please go to 




7.18 Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributed by: Keck-Voon Ling, ekvling@ntu.edu.sg


Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the application of GPS single frequency and carrier phase measurements for precise spacecraft relative positioning. Laboratory testbed will be set up to collect real data from existing satellite and advanced relative GPS positioning techniques will be developed and evaluated. 


The successful candidate is expected to have a good degree in Engineering, Mathematics or a related subject, and a PhD in Navigaton, Signal Processing and/or Control. Research experience in GPS signal processing, computational mathematics, optimization, and preferably some combination of these, is required. Some experience of both theoretical investigations into carrier phase integer ambiguity and of modeling and simulation of satellite orbit trajectory is highly desirable. The successful candidate will work under thesupervision of Prof. Keck-Voon Ling and Prof Eng-Kee Poh. 


The post is located in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 


Interested candidate please send the following to Prof. Keck-Voon Ling (ekvling@ntu.edu.sg): (1)CV, (2)Publication list name and contact for 3 references, and (3) cover letter discussing interest and qualification for the position. 

Application closes when the position is filled. 



7.19 Research Assistant/Research Associate: University of Sheffield, UK

Contributed by: Debbie Proctor, d.proctor@sheffield.ac.uk


Job Title: Research Assistant/Research Associate in Equipment Health Management and Control 

Contract Type: This post is fixed term for 18 months 

Faculty of Engineering, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering 



Grade 6 £24,89 - £28,132 per annum or 

Grade 7 £28,972 - £31,644, 


Closing Date: 30th April 2014 



We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant or Research Associate to develop health management solutions, through advanced data-modelling techniques, for novel combustion systems designed for the next generation of large civil gas turbine engines. This post is within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Control and Monitoring Systems Engineering housed in Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield. 

The Researcher will work with our industrial partners to develop health monitoring techniques that will allow a data-driven and potentially adaptive model of a combustion system to be embedded in a computationally constrained engine environment. The model must account for the complex non-linear behaviour of a gas turbine combustion system and be able to identify deviations from normal behaviour over a wide range of operating conditions. The research will consider the wider systems engineering issues such as verification and validation, availability of sensors, deployment in an aerospace environment, and integration into the fleet management infrastructure. The techniques developed will be delivered in Simulink, and form a component of a next generation health monitoring system. This component will increase the intelligence of future gas turbine engines for improved emissions and lower service disruption. 

The successful applicant will work with the Centre’s research team to research and develop innovative technologies in support of the Centre’s Health Management Research Vision. Applicants should provide evidence of initiative in applying technical skills to real world problems and a drive to see solutions through to integration within industrial products. Typical skills might include: a solid base of statistical expertise, experience in machine learning algorithms, modelling from data and physics, efficient algorithm design, or applied artificial intelligence. Expertise in programming C, Simulink and MATLAB is highly desirable. 

This post is available at Grade 6 or Grade 7. A candidate appointed at Grade 7 would be required to manage the research, to carry out project-oriented management roles to meet the deliverables and reporting requirements, and to provide input to the research direction of the project. More extensive experience of the research fields covered by the project would be required to support this management role, and evidence of a significant role in previous projects would be expected. 

Applicants should hold a good first degree in a relevant area (or equivalent experience) and for appointment at Grade 7 a PhD in a relevant area (or equivalent experience). 

For further information and to submit an application please visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs 



7.20   Research Associate: University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia

Contributed by: Daoyi Dong, daoyidong@gmail.com


An exciting position exists within the School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra, for a Research Associate. 

The aim of the position is to undertake research on an ARC Discovery related project “Enhancing control capabilities and robustness in the engineering of quantum ensembles”. 


The School of Engineering and Information Technology offers a flexible and friendly working environment. We are a growing school undertaking innovative teaching and research supervision across our undergraduate, postgraduate and high degree programs. Our staff enjoy the campus location and access to gym facilities. We offer a well resourced and supportive environment. 

For application and position description information, please visit our website: http://hr.unsw.adfa.edu.au/_form/index.php 

For additional information about this position, please contact Dr Daoyi Dong on (02) 6268 6285 or email d.dong@adfa.edu.au



7.21   Research Associate: University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia

Contributed by: Valery Ugrinovskii, v.ougrinovski@adfa.edu.au


Postdoctoral Research Associate - University of New South Wales Canberra, Canberra, Australia 

School of Engineering and Information Technology 

Research Associate (Fixed Term) 

Level A: $65,654 - $87,540 (+superannuation), or 

Level B: $91,929 - $108,371 (+superannuation) 


Applications are sought from suitably qualified persons for the position of Research Associate in the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales Canberra, Canberra, Australia. 

Applicants for this position will have a PhD degree in Physics, Mathematics, or Engineering with strong background in control theory, mathematics or quantum physics and internationally significant research achievements in relevant aspects of quantum control, or quantum probability, or stochastic control theory, as demonstrated by publications in top journals and the assessment of referees. 


The position will be located at the UNSW Canberra campus and is expected to be initially available for two years, with a possibility of extension for up to one year subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. 


The successful candidate will undertake research in the area of Coherent Feedback Synchronisation and Stabilisation of Quantum Systems, in collaboration with A/Prof V. Ugrinovskii (UNSW) and Prof. M.R. James (Australian National University). The position provides an excellent opportunity for academic career development, as the successful candidate may be requested to undertake teaching duties as required. 


The full details of the position including the selection criteria, position description, and the information on how to apply are given on the web site http://hr.unsw.adfa.edu.au/_form/index.php, position reference RA SEIT (SQS). 

All candidates must familiarise themselves with the advertisement before applying and must address the selection criteria included in the advertisement. Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered. 

The new closing date for applications is 21 April 2014. 

For additional information about this position, please contact A/Prof V. Ugrinovskii (V.Ougrinovski@adfa.edu.au).  



7.22  Faculty:  Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R. China

Contributed by:  scc.hitsz@gmail.com


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 


P. R. China 518055 

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



7.23 Faculty: ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland 

Contributed by: Martina Basler, martina.basler@publicitas.com


ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Professor of Systems and Control 


The Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (www.mavt.ethz.ch) at ETH Zurich invites applications for a professorship in systems and control. 

The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong and visible research program in the area of systems and automatic control. The candidate should be able to bridge solid theoretical foundations, development of computational methods, and applications to areas such as energy conversion systems, transportation systems, and mechatronics. Candidates should hold a PhD degree and have an excellent record of accomplishments in mechanical engineering or related fields with a specialization in systems and control. In addition, commitment to teaching undergraduate level courses (German or English) and graduate level courses (English) and the ability to lead a research group are expected. 


Please apply online at www.facultyaffairs.ethz.ch 


Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and statements of future research and teaching activities. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2014. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer and is further responsive to the needs of dual career couples. In order to increase the number of women in leading academic positions, we specifically encourage women to apply. 



7.24   Faculty: University of Oxford, UK 

Contributed by: Antonis Papachristodoulou, antonis@eng.ox.ac.uk


Associate Professor of Engineering Science (Control Engineering) 

Department of Engineering Science in association with St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford 


The Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford intends to appoint an Associate Professor of Engineering Science (Control Engineering) from 1st September 2014 or earlier. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford) and will be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at St Edmund Hall under arrangements described in the further particulars. The combined University and College salary will be on a scale currently from £43,745 - £58,739 per annum plus additional benefits. The appointment will be initially for five years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the post-holder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age. 


This appointee will be expected to contribute to the Department’s research in control engineering. We are seeking candidates with a strong background in applications-related theory and/or the use of state-of-the-art control systems techniques in the solution of engineering-related problems. Candidates with experience and a track record in other applications areas within the physical and life sciences will also be considered. The research of the appointee is expected to be either supportive of, or complementary to, areas of current control-systems activity. 


The successful candidate will have a strong background in control engineering, including a doctorate in control engineering or a relevant discipline. Candidates should have a proven research track record witnessed by peer reviewed publications and collaborations and relevant teaching experience. They will be expected to contribute to the teaching of undergraduate courses in the Department of Engineering Science, which may include lectures, tutorials and practical classes, and the supervision of undergraduate design and project work, and pastoral care of students in College. They will be expected to contribute to the research in control engineering, obtaining external funding to enable development of new and independent research. 


The job ref is: DF14SEH. Please quote this in all correspondence. 

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 4 April 2014. 

Queries about the post that are not answered in the further particulars should be addressed to Professor G.T. Houlsby, FREng at head@eng.ox.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 273003. 

The further particulars are available to download here: 


Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. 

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer.



7.25  Faculty: Qatar University, Qatar 

Contributed by: Nader Meskin, nader.meskin@qu.edu.qa


Faculty Position at Qatar University in Control Systems (IRC5741) 


The Department of Electrical Engineering at Qatar University invites applications for an Assistant / Associate / Full Professor position in Control Systems. The successful candidate is expected to be actively involved in developing, coordinating, teaching and evaluating courses in the BSc, MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering Programs, and to be actively engaged in innovative trans-disciplinary research. 



Applicants should possess a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, have demonstrated expertise in the area of Control Systems with a focus on Applied and Industrial Control and should have a track record of scholarly activities. Expertise in sensors, actuators, DSP, microcontrollers, and PLC is essential. Industrial experience is highly advantageous. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and sustain active research programs, initiate and coordinate courses, and strengthen collaboration with industry. Excellence in teaching is essential and experience in Engineering Education research is a great advantage. Experience with Blackboard, ABET accreditation requirements, and knowledge of innovative curriculum development and implementation is a plus. 


Required Documents: 

Applications from interested individuals should be submitted via our online application system. Please complete all application sections and ensure you attach: 

1) A cover letter; 

2) A copy of your current curriculum vitae; 

3) A teaching statement 

4) A research statement 

5) Any additional documentation that you feel is relevant to your application. 



1. A three-year renewable contract. 

2. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

3. Tax-free salary. 

4. Furnished accommodation in accordance with QU HR policies. 

5. Annual round trip air tickets for faculty member and dependents in accordance with QUHR policies. 

6. Educational allowance for candidate's children (eligible candidates only) in accordance with QU HR policies. 

7. Private health care and health insurance in accordance with QU HR policies. 

8. Annual leave in accordance with QU HR policies. 

9. End-of-contract indemnity. 


You need to setup an account with QU Recruitment Online website (https://careers.qu.edu.qa) and complete your personal profile. Once your profile is complete you may use it to apply for an open Position.



7.26   Faculty: Washington University, USA

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


The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri invites applications for a full-time faculty position as a Lecturer. A lecturer typically teaches one course. The position will start in September 2014. 

Complete details can be found at: http://ese.wustl.edu/aboutthedepartment/Pages/faculty-openings.aspx



7.27  Visiting Assistant Professors: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

Contributed by: Erin Goldesberry, goldesbe@erau.edu


Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professors of Physics 


The Department of Physical Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University invites applications for three (3) Non-Tenure-Track positions, most likely at the Assistant Professor level in Physics. One position may be renewed yearly, whereas the other two positions are one-year sabbatical replacement positions. Applicants with experience in teaching undergraduate physics are particularly encouraged to apply. Interest in engaging undergraduate students in research would be a plus. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field and be available to teach beginning in late August, 2014. 

The Physical Sciences Department has about 35 faculty. It is home to one of the leading ABET-accredited undergraduate Engineering Physics programs in the US, as well as growing BS Space Physics, MS Engineering Physics, and PhD Engineering Physics programs. We expect to begin a new BS program in Astronomy & Astrophysics in August, 2014. The Department also provides service courses in physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, and environmental science to other majors. 

The position will remain open until filled. Applicants should visit our job site (www.erau.edu/jobs) and apply for IRC56972. Please submit a full CV, unofficial transcripts, any additional information on teaching experience and a statement of teaching philosophy, as well as the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of at least professional three references.