February 2014 - E-LETTER

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February 2014

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

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February 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 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control


2. Misc

2.1 New FP7 integrating project on European Robotics Challenges


3. Journals

3.1 Contents: Control Theory and Applications

3.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

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

3.4 Contents: Unmanned Systems

3.5 CFP: Unmanned Systems


4. Conferences and Workshops

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

4.2 International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics

4.3 IFAC International  Symposium on advanced Control of Chemical Processes

4.4 International Conference on Intelligent Control and Information Processing

4.5 International Symposium on Neural Networks

4.6 Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning

4.7 International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision

4.8 World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

4.9 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems 

4.10 International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems

4.11 International Conference on Applied Robotics for the Power Industry

4.12 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

4.13 International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems

4.14 International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

4.15 Symposium on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning

4.16 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing


5. Positions

5.1 PhD: Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

5.2 PhD: and Research Engineer: INRIA Grenoble, France

5.3 PhD: Lorraine University, France

5.4 PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

5.5 PhD: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands

5.6 PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia

5.7 PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

5.8 PhD: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

5.9 Post-Doc: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

5.10 Post-Doc: University of Pennsylvania,USA

5.11 Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

5.12 Post-Doc: Supélec, France

5.13 Post-Doc: Università degli Studi del Sannio, Italy

5.14 Faculty: University of Sheffield, UK

5.15 Faculty: University of Texas, USA

5.16 Faculty: Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, USA

5.17 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China

5.18 Faculty: Lund University, Sweden

5.19 Faculty: Wright State 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, available at http://ieeecss.org/publications-content-digest provides lists of current tables of contents of the periodicals sponsored by the Control Systems Society. Each issue offers readers a rapid means to survey and access the latest peer-reviewed papers of the IEEE Control Systems Society.

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



1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu


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

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 59 (2014), Issue 2 (February) 


- Scanning-the-Issue. p. 281 


- A Supermodular Optimization Framework for Leader Selection under Link Noise in Linear Multi-Agent Systems. A. Clark, L. Bushnell, R. Poovendran p. 283 

- Convex Computation of the Region of Attraction of Polynomial Control Systems. D. Henrion, M. Korda p. 297 

- Stability Analysis of Systems with Generalized Frequency Variables. S. Hara, H. Tanaka, T. Iwasaki p. 313 

- Near Optimal LQR Performance in the Decentralized Setting. D. E. Miller, E. J. Davison p. 327 

- Differentially Private Filtering. J. Le Ny, G. J. Pappas p. 341 

- Explicit Characterization of Stability Region for Stationary Multi-Queue Multi-Server Systems. H. Halabian, I. Lambadaris, C-H. Lung p. 355 

- Reachability Analysis of Nonlinear Differential-Algebraic Systems. M. Althoff, B. H. Krogh p. 371 

- A Polyhedral Approximation Framework for Convex and Robust Distributed Optimization. M. Bürger, G. Notarstefano, F. Allgöwer p. 384 

- Symbolic Supervisory Control of Distributed Systems with Communications. G. Kalyon, T. Le Gall, H. Marchand, T. Massart p. 396 

- Network Clock Synchronization Based on the Second Order Linear Consensus Algorithm. R. Carli, S. Zampieri p. 409 

- On the Equivalence Between Dissipativity and Optimality of Discontinuous Nonlinear Regulators for Filippov Dynamical Systems. T. Sadikhov, W. M. Haddad p. 423 

- Product of Random Stochastic Matrices. B. Touri, A. Nedich p. 437 

Technical Notes and Correspondence. 

- A Mean Field Game Synthesis of Initial Mean Consensus Problems: A Continuum Approach for Non-Gaussian Behavior. M. Nourian, P. E. Caines, R. P. Malhame p. 449 

- The Price of Anarchy in the Markovian Single Server Queue. G. Gilboa Freedman, R. Hassin, Y. Kerner p. 455 

- Adaptive Backstepping Stabilization of Nonlinear Uncertain Systems with Quantized Input Signal. J. Zhou, C. Wen, G-h. Yang p. 460 

- Predictive Control with Guaranteed Stability for Water Hammer Equations. V. T. Pham, D. Georges, G. Besançon p. 465 

- Global Finite-Time Stability Characterized Through a Local Notion of Homogeneity. A. Zavala-Rio, I. Fantoni p. 471 

- Robust Fault Estimation Using Relative Information in Linear Multi-Agent Networks. P. P. Menon, C. Edwards p. 477 

- Model Evaluation for Robust Tracking Under Unknown Upper Bounds on Perturbations and Measurement Noise. V. F. Sokolov p. 483 

- Stability Analysis and Stabilization of Systems with Input Backlash. S. Tarbouriech, I. Queinnec, C. Prieur p. 488 

- Further Enhancement on Robust H_Infinity Control Design for Discrete-Time Singular Systems. M. Chadli, M. Darouach p. 494 

- Robust Pole Placement with Moore's Algorithm. R. Schmid, A. Pandey, T. Nguyen p. 500 

- Adaptive Symbolic Control for Finite-state Transition Systems with Grammatical Inference. J. Fu, H. Tanner, J. Heinz, J. Chandlee p. 505 

- Stability of Nonlinear Networked Control Systems over Multiple Communication Links with Asynchronous Sampling. B. Tavassoli p. 511 

- Equivalent Characterizations of Input-to-State Stability for Stochastic Discrete-Time Systems. A. R. Teel, J. P. Hespanha, A. Subbaraman p. 516 

- Stochastic Maximum Principle for Mean-Field Type Optimal Control Under Partial Information. G. Wang, C. Zhang, W. Zhang p. 522 

- Probabilistic Reach-Avoid Computation for Partially Degenerate Stochastic Processes. S. Esmaeil Zadeh Soudjani, A. Abate p. 528 

- On Stability and LQ Control of MJLS with a Markov Chain with General State Space. I. Kordonis, G. P. Papavassilopoulos p. 535 

- Formation Control and Network Localization via Orientation Alignment. K-K. Oh, H-S. Ahn p. 540 

- Discrete-Time Terminal Sliding Mode Control Systems Based on Euler's Discretization. S. Li, H. Du, X. Yu p. 546



1.3 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control 

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


IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC 2014) 

Nice-Antibes (France), 8-10 October 2014 

Website: http://www.msc2014.org/ 


Important dates : 

March 24, 2014: Submission of workshop proposals and invited sessions 

April 1, 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 


General Chair: Dominique Sauter 

Coordinating Program Chair: Frank Allgöwer 

CCA (Conference on Control Applications): Program Chair: Magnus Egerstedt 

ISIC (International Symposium on Intelligent Control) Program Chair: Alessandro Casavola 


The topics of interest include, but are not limited 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. 




2. Misc


2.1 New FP7 integrating project on European Robotics Challenges

Contributed by: Ciro Natale, ciro.natale@unina2.it


The European Commission is supporting a new FP7 integrating project on *European Robotics Challenges (EuRoC)* which is coordinated by professor Bruno Siciliano and has started on January 1, 2014 for a four-year runtime. The project proposes to launch three industry-relevant challenges aimed at sharpening the focus of European manufacturing through a number of application experiments, while adopting an innovative approach which ensures benchmarking and performance evaluation. 


The three challenges concern the following scenarios: 

- Reconfigurable Interactive Manufacturing Cell 

- Shop Floor Logistics and Manipulation 

- Plant Servicing and Inspection 


Within an open call framework, three stages of increasing complexity and financial support for competing teams will level the playing field for new contestants, attract new developers and new end users toward customizable robot applications, and provide sustainable solutions for running future robotics challenges. The call for challengers and the call for end users will open on April 1, 2014 and will be posted on *www.robotics-challenges.eu*, where all the information about the project is available. 


Here are the project lures: 

1. Cumulative sum of 7 M€ grant money available to the Challengers 

- 6 Teams will receive up to 585 K€ each in the three stages 

- 9 Teams will receive up to 375 K€ each in the two stages 

- 30 Teams will receive up to 5 K€ each in the first stage 

2. Added value of the challenge experiments 

 - Opportunity to benchmark new algorithms and solutions on three first-class European hosting platforms, and to test them at end-user site in the final stage 

 - Open access to platforms and integration of components from the Challengers for easy configuration, simulation and deployment with full support from local hosts and end users 

 - Financial support available to cover personnel and travel/lodge costs 

3. Formation of Challenger teams 

 - Attractive for MS and PhD students to gain business experience with valuable networking opportunities 

 - Post-Docs to be possibly recruited from outside Europe




3. Journals


3.1 Contents: Control Theory and Applications

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


Table of Contents of Control Theory and Applications (The original title: Journal of Control Theory and Applications) 

Vol. 12, No. 1, February 2014 


- Control of a flexible rotor active magnetic bearing test rig: a characteristic model based all coefficient adaptive control approach; L. Di, Z. Lin P.1 

- Frequency-domain L2-stability conditions for time-varying linear and nonlinear MIMO systems; Z. Huang, Y. V. Venkatesh, C. Xiang, T. H. Lee P.13 

- Non-zenoness of piecewise affine dynamical systems and affine complementarity systems with inputs; L. Q. Thuan P.35 

- Distributed attitude synchronization using backstepping and sliding mode control; J. Thunberg, W. Song, Y. Hong, X. Hu P.48 

- Capture condition for endo-atmospheric interceptors steered by ALCS and ARCS; Y. Liu, N. Qi, T. Wang P.56 

- Design of high-speed and low-power finite-word-length PID controllers; A. K. Oudjida, N. Chaillet, A. Liacha, M. L. Berrandjia, M. Hamerlain P.68 

- Constrained optimal steady-state control for isolated traffic intersections; J. Haddad, D. Mahalel, I. Ioslovich, P. Gutman P.84 



3.2 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

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


Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.16, No.1, 2014 



- An Elementary Derivation of the Large Deviation Rate Function for Finite State Markov Chains. Mathukumalli Vidyasagar 

- Bayesian-Based Domain Search Using Multiple Autonomous Vehicles with Intermittent Information Sharing. Yue Wang and Islam I. Hussein 

- Consensus for Agents with Double Integrator Dynamics in Heterogeneous Networks. D. Goldin and J. Raisch 

- Closed-Loop Identification for Control of Linear Parameter Varying Systems. Jan Bendtsen and Klaus Trangbaek 

- Transient Stability Enhancement of Multi–Machine Power Systems: Synchronization via Immersion of a Pendular System. W. Dib, R. Ortega and D. Hill 

- SVD-Based Accurate Identification and Compensation of the Coupling Hysteresis and Creep Dynamics in Piezoelectric Actuators. Lei Liu, Kok Kiong Tan and Tong Heng Lee 

- Predictive Direct Torque Control of Matrix Converter Fed Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines. Carlos Ortega, Antoni Arias and Jordi Espina 

- Robust Observer and Observer-Based Controller for Time-Delay Singular Systems. L. Hassan, A. Zemouche and M. Boutayeb 

- Sign-Regressor Adaptive Filtering Algorithms for Markovian Parameters. G. George Yin, Araz Hashemi and Le Yi Wang 

- Variable Time Impulse System Optimization with Continuous Control and Impulse Control. Xiaohua Wang, Yao Huang, Hua Wang and S.N. Balakrishnan 

- Knowledge-Based Expert Control of Thalamic Neuron Firing Mode. Christ Devia, Manuel A. Duarte-Mermoud and María de la Luz Aylwin 

- Fault Estimation for Nonlinear Networked Systems with Time-Varying Delay and Random Packet Dropout. Shun Jiang and Huajing Fang 

- Finite-Time Optimal Formation Control for Second-Order Multiagent Systems. Yongfang Liu and Zhiyong Geng 

- Multiple Lyapunov Functions with Blending for Induced L2-norm Control of Switched LPV Systems and its Application to an F-16 Aircraft Model. Xu He and Jun Zhao 

- Dynamic Surface Control of Constrained Hypersonic Flight Models with Parameter Estimation and Actuator Compensation. Bin Xu, Xiyuan Huang, Danwei Wang and Fuchun Sun 

- On the Two-Inertia System: Analysis of the Asymptotic Behaviors to Multiple Feedback Position Control. Jia-Sheng Hu, Feng-Rung Hu and Chung-Hao Kang 

- Leader-Following Consensus of Multi-Agent System with Diffusion. Ling Guo, Xiaohong Nian and Huan Pan 

- A New Adaptive Sliding Mode Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems. Zhitao Liu, Hongye Su and Shuwen Pan 

- On Trajectory Tracking Model Predictive Control of an Unmanned Quadrotor Helicopter Subject to Aerodynamic Disturbances. K. Alexis, G. Nikolakopoulos and A. Tzes 

- Parametric Absolute Stabilization for Interconnected Lurie Time-Delay Systems with Polytopic Uncertainty. Ning Chen, Yutian Liu, Bo Liu and Weihua Gui 

- Coding Scheme Based on Boundary Functions for Distributed System with Finite Channel Data Rates and Packet Dropouts. Wang Jian, Yan Zhibin and Yu Jiafeng 

- Intelligent Setting Control for Clinker Calcination Process. Jinghui Qiao, Tianyou Chai and Hong Wang 

- Robust Output Feedback Stabilization of Switched Nonlinear Systems with Average Dwell Time. Ming-Li Chiang and Li-Chen Fu 


Brief Paper 

- On a Simplified Residual Vibration Ratio Function for Input Shaping Control. Chul-Goo Kang and Jung-Han Kwak 

- New Upper and Lower Eigenvalue Bounds for the Solution of the Continuous Algebraic Riccati Equation. Jianzhou Liu and Juan Zhang 

- Youla Parameterization Based Adaptive Controller Design for Fault Tolerant Control. Lei Cui, Yong Zhang and Ying Yang 

- State Feedback Control for Discrete-time Markovian Jump Systems with Random Communication Time Delay. Tao Sun, Hongye Su and Zhengguang Wu 

- A Bounded Real Lemma for Discrete-Time Markovian Jump Singular Systems. Jumei Wei, Rui Ma and Xiaowu Mu 

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



3.3 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 


Table of contents 

Vol. 12, No. 1, February 2014 


- On Exponential Stability of Neutral Delay Markovian Jump Systems with Nonlinear Perturbations and Partially Unknown Transition Rates. Xinghua Liu and Hongsheng Xi, pp.1-11 

- Delay-Dependent Robust Observer-based Control for Discrete-Time Uncertain Singular Systems with Interval Time-Varying State Delay. Mourad Kchaou, Fernando Tadeo, Mohamed Chaabane, and Ahmed Toumi, pp.12-22 

- Periodic Intermittent Consensus of Second-Order Agents Networks with Nonlinear Dynamics. Li Xiao and Xiaofeng Liao, pp. 23-28 

- Fault-Tolerant Shortest Connection Topology Design for Formation Control. Hao Yang, Bin Jiang, and Youmin Zhang, pp. 29-36 

- Stability Map of Multiple Time Delayed Fractional Order Systems.Mohammad Ali Pakzad and Mohammad Ali Nekoui, pp.37-43 

- Stochastic Bounded Consensus Tracking of Second-Order Multi-Agent Systems with Measurement Noises based on Sampled-Data with Small Sampling Delay. Zhihai Wu, Li Peng, Linbo Xie, and Jiwei Wen, pp.44-56 

- Sliding Mode Control for Uncertain Switched Systems Subject to Actuator Nonlinearity. Yonghui Liu, Yugang Niu, and Yuanyuan Zou, pp.57-62 

- Robust Iterative Learning Controller Design using the Performance Weighting Function of Feedback Control Systems. Tae-Yong Doh, Jung Rae Ryoo, and Dong Eui Chang, pp.63-70 

- Canonical Projector Techniques for Analyzing Descriptor System. Zheng Zhang and Ngai Wong, pp.71-83 

- Natural Killer or T-lymphocyte Cells: Which is the Best Immune Therapeutic Agent for Cancer? An Optimal Control Approach. Sanaz Nazari and Hadi Basirzadeh, pp.84-92 

- Self-Tuning Speed Control of Ultrasonic Motor Combined with Efficiency Optimization. Jingzhuo Shi, Fangfang Lv, and Bo Liu, pp.93-101 

- Experimental Analysis and Implementation of a Multiscale Wireless/Wired Networked Control System. Jiawei Dong and Won-jong Kim, pp.102-110 

- Stiffness Modeling of a Soft Finger. Hyo-Jeong Cha, Kyoung Chul Koh, and Byung-Ju Yi, pp.111-117 

- Image-based Control for Cable-based Robots. Billel Bouchemal and Abdelouahab Zaatri, pp.118-125 

- Scalar Sensor-based Adaptive Manipulation for Source Seeking. Soo Jeon, Hyeong-Joon Ahn, and Jongeun Choi, pp.126-136 

- Run-time Self-classification of External Force using Virtual Point Mass Approximation for Object Manipulation. Ji-Hun Bae and Doik Kim, pp.137-146 

- Adaptive Dynamic Locomotion of Quadrupedal Robots with Semicircular Feet on Uneven Terrain. Ohung Kwon and Sangdeok Park, pp.147-155 

- Global Localization for Mobile Robots using Reference Scan Matching. Soonyong Park and Sung-Kee Park, pp.156-168 

- Adaptive Tracking with External Force Disturbance Rejection for Uncertain Robotic Systems. Hamid Reza Koofigar, pp.169-176 

- Hybrid Recurrent Wavelet Neural Network Control of PMSM Servo-Drive System for Electric Scooter. Chih-Hong Lin, pp.177-187 

- Fuzzy Adaptive Modular Design of Uncertain Chaotic Duffing Oscillators. Sung-Hoon Yu, Hyo Seok Kang, Yong-Tae Kim, Chang-Ho Hyun, and Mignon Park, pp.188-194 

- Illumination Invariant Object Tracking with Adaptive Sparse Representation. Vo Quang Nhat and Gueesang Lee, pp.195-201 

- A New Gait Recognition System based on Hierarchical Fair Competition-based Parallel Genetic Algorithm and Selective Neural Network Ensemble. Heesung Lee, Heejin Lee, and Euntai Kim, pp.202-207 

- Multivariable Autopilot Design for Sounding Rockets using Intelligent Eigenstructure Assignment Technique. Saeed Mohammadloo, Mohammad Hosein Alizadeh, and Mahdi Jafari, pp.208-219 



3.4 Contents: Unmanned Systems

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


Unmanned Systems 

Vol.2, No.1, January 2014 



- A Formulation and Heuristic Approach to Task Allocation and Routing of UAVs under Limited Communication pp.1-17. C. Sabo, D. Kingston and K. Cohe 

- Integrating Task and Motion Planning for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles pp.19-38. M. S. Cons, T. Shima and C. Domshlak 

- Payload Drop Application Using an Unmanned Quadrotor Helicopter Based on Gain-Scheduled PID and Model Predictive Control pp.39-52. I. Sadeghzadeh, M. Abdolhosseini and Y. Zhang 

- 3D Minimum Fuel Route Planning and Path Generation for a Fuel Cell Powered UAV pp.53-72. M. Zhou and J. V. R. Prasad 

- Cooperative Mission Planning with Multiple UAVs in Realistic Environments pp.73-86. L. Geng, Y. F. Zhang, J. Wang, J. Y. H. Fuh and S. H. Teo 

- A Hierarchical Market Solution to the Min-Max Multiple Depots Vehicle Routing Problem pp.87-100. E. Kivelevitch, B. Sharma, N. Ernest, M. Kumar and K. Cohen 


Please note that all manuscripts published in Unmanned Systems up to April 2014 can be downloaded for free from the journal website at http://www.worldscientific.com/us/.



3.5  CFP: Unmanned Systems

Contributed by: Lihua Xie, elhxie@ntu.edu.sg


Call for Papers of Unmanned Systems 

Special Issue on Wireless Sensor Networks and Applications 


Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is characterized by the dense deployment of sensor nodes that are connected wirelessly to observe physical phenomena. The main advantages of WSN include its low cost, rapid deployment, self-organization, and fault tolerance. WSN has become essential to unmanned systems for environment and situation awareness, based on which intelligent control and decision can be achieved, in a fully autonomous manner. For example, a ground static sensor network can often be deployed for target detection, classification, and tracking. A group of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can form a wireless mobile sensor network to undertake cooperative search, exploration, and surveillance. 


Intensive research and development work has been done for WSN, covering from sensor platform development, wireless communication and networking, signal and information processing, as well as network performance evaluation and design. However in unmanned systems, there still are a number of challenges in the underlying WSNs, induced by limited network resources (such as node energy and network bandwidth), sensor heterogeneity, large scale deployment, and distributed mechanism. For example, state estimation, signal processing and sensor fusion are constrained by the limited sensor resources and network resources, and the associated algorithms should be jointly designed with the sensor and network resource management; Consensus is desirable for distributed estimation with only local information exchanges, but trade-off should be made between the consensus performance and the communication and computation overhead needed; Big data processing approaches are to be sought to deal with the huge amount of sensor data which usually have low quality due to data loss, large data forwarding delay, and compression operation forced by the hard bandwidth constraint. 


This special issue aims to solicit original research and review articles on recent progresses in wireless sensor networks and their applications. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Distributed and collaborative signal processing; Target localization, tracking, and interception; Source localization; Collaborative node localization; Device-free localization; Sensor tasking, control, and actuation; Coverage and topology control; Adaptive and mobile sampling; Distributed consensus; Compressive sensing; Energy harvesting, storage, scheduling and transmission; Information-driven sensor management and network protocols; Sensor information based big data processing; WSN enabled unmanned system application developments and test-beds.  


To prepare the manuscript, the authors should follow the Guidelines for Contributors, which are located at http://www.worldscientific.com/page/us/submission-guidelines. The manuscript should be submitted through the online submission system of Unmanned Systems (http://www.editorialmanager.com/us/, by selecting Special Issue on Sensor Network for section/category in the submission procedure. 


Important Dates:

Submissions Deadline: 1 March 2014 

Publication Issue: July 2014 


Guest Editors:

Wendong Xiao, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China wdxiao@ustb.edu.cn 

Tim Wark, CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia Tim.Wark@csiro.au 

Dimos Dimarogonas, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden dimos@kth.se 




4. Conferences 


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

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com


Call for Papers 

ICNPAA 2014 World Congress: 

Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace 

Narvik University, Norway 

July 15, 2014 – July 18, 2014 


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


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

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

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


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

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

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



4.2  International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

Contributed by: Pawel Dworak, pawel.dworak@zut.edu.pl


19th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

2 – 5 September 2014 

Amber Baltic Hotel, Międzyzdroje, Poland 


It is our great pleasure to invite You to participate in the 19th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics, MMAR 2014 to be held in Międzyzdroje, Poland, from September 2nd to September 5th, 2014. The Conference will be a good opportunity for highlighting the new results and directions of Automatic Control theory, technology and applications. As such, it mainly will concentrate on the following key points:  

– emphasis on invited lectures including plenaries, – industry participation promotion, – attract young people to study and work in the field. 

The participants of the 19th International MMAR Conference will have the opportunity to take part in the wide spectrum of categories for technical presentations, including plenary lectures, regular papers of both lecture and poster session types, and panel discussion. We look forward to seeing our old and new friends in Poland. You are kindly invited to participate in the 19th International MMAR Conference in Międzyzdroje, Poland. 


Important dates: 

3 March 2014 23:59 (GMT -0700) Submission of draft papers 

16 May 2014 Notification of acceptance 

18 June 2014 Author registration and payment 

7 July 2014 Submission of camera-ready papers 

2 September 2014 Conference desk opening at Amber Baltic Hotel 


The proceedings of the conference will be submitted for review and approval for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library and will be submitted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (ISI Web of Science) For more information see http://www.mmar.edu.pl 



4.3 IFAC International  Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes

Contributed by: Biao Huang, biao.huang@ualberta.ca


Call for Papers - 9th IFAC International  Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes 


ADCHEM is the triennial meeting of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) that brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss recent developments in the control of chemical, biochemical, and related process systems. Both theory and applications will be covered on such topics as: 

1. Batch Process Modelling 

2. Model-based Control 

3. Modeling and Identification 

4. Scheduling and Optimization 

5. Process and Control Monitoring 

6. Process Applications 

7. Energy Processes and Control 

The program accommodates contributions from various application areas and methodologies including those outside the classical chemical process control. ADCHEM 2015 is sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committee on Chemical Process Control and co-sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committees on Non-linear Control Systems, Biosystems and Bioprocesses, and Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes. 

ADCHEM 2015 will be held in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, June 7-10, 2015. Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s premier, year-round destination. It is a popular resort town where over two million people visit annually to enjoy outdoor sports. Whistler took part in the 2010 Winter Olympics as an Official Olympic venue. 

For detailed information about the 9th ADCHEM, visit www.adchem2015.org 



Submission of draft paper 14 Oct 2014 

Acceptance notification 1 Feb 2015 

Submit program available 28 Feb 2015 

Final program available 1 Apr 2015 


NOC Chair: Biao Huang, University of Alberta 

IPC Chair: Rolf Findeisen, Otto-von Guerickle University Magdeburg 

Email: adchem.2015@ualberta.ca 




4.4  International Conference on Intelligent Control and Information Processing

Contributed by: Jin Hu, windyvictor@gmail.com


The Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Control and Information Processing (ICICIP 2014) will be held in Dalian during August 18-20, 2014, following the successes of previous events. Located at the southern tip of the Liaodong Peninsula, Dalian is a popular summer resort and the largest sea port in northern China. 

ICICIP 2014 aims to provide a high-level international forum for scientists, engineers, and educators to present the state of the art of research and applications in related fields. The symposium will feature plenary speeches given by world renowned scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and special sessions focusing on popular topics. 


Call for Papers and Special Sessions 

Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to ICICIP2014. In addition, proposals for special sessions within the technical scopes of the symposium are solicited. Special sessions, to be organized by internationally recognized experts, aim to bring together researchers in special focused topics. Papers submitted for special sessions are to be peer-reviewed with the same criteria used for the contributed papers. Researchers interested in organizing special sessions are invited to submit formal proposals to ICICIP2014. A special session proposal should include the session title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, names, contact information and brief biographical information on the organizers. 


Topic Areas 

Topics of contributing papers include, but are not limited to, the following areas: 

Intelligent Control and Automation, Autonomous systems, linear and nonlinear control, learning and adaptive control, intelligent control, optimization-based and optimal control, fault detection and identification, hybrid intelligent systems, networked control, fuzzy logic control, industrial automation, neural control, process control, robot control, mechatronic systems, environmental monitoring and control, intelligent manufacturing systems, microprocessor-based control, motor control, power systems, vehicle control, aerospace applications, and other applications. 

Intelligent Information Processing, Adaptive filtering & signal processing, audio/speech processing and coding, higher order spectral analysis, nonlinear & blind signal processing, neural signal processing, component analysis array signal processing, array signal processing, parallel and distributed processing, time series analysis, multimedia signal processing, design and implementation of signal processing systems, DSP Implementations and embedded systems, image and multidimensional signal processing, image processing & understanding, computer vision & pattern recognition, bioimaging and signal processing, multimedia communications, computer vision & virtual reality, next generation mobile communications, communication signal processing, modulation and channel coding, network coding, sensor networks, cryptography and information security and other applications. 


Paper Submission 

Authors are invited to submit full-length papers (8 pages maximum) by the submission deadline through the online submission system. Potential organizers are also invited to enlist five or more papers with cohesive topics to form special sessions. The submission of a paper implies that the paper is original and has not been submitted under review or is not copyright-protected elsewhere and will be presented by an author if accepted. All submitted papers will be refereed by experts in the field based on the criteria of originality, significance, quality, and clarity. The authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to revise their papers and take consideration of the referees' comments and suggestions. Papers presented at ICICIP 2014 will be published in the EI-indexed proceedings to be included in IEEE Xplore Database and selected good papers will be included in special issues of several SCI journals. 


Important Dates 

Special session proposals deadline March 15, 2014 

Paper submission deadline April 15, 2014 

Notification of acceptance June 15, 2014 

Camera-ready copy and author registration July 15, 2014



4.5  International Symposium on Neural Networks

Contributed by: Jin Hu, windyvictor@gmail.com


Following the successes of previous events, Eleventh International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2014) will be held in Hong Kong and Macao – a tale of twin cities. Known as the Special Administrative Regions of China, Hong Kong and Macao are two modern metropolises situated on the southern coast of China by the Pearl River Delta. 

ISNN 2014 aims to provide a high-level international forum for scientists, engineers, and educators to present the state of the art of neural network research and applications in related fields. The symposium will feature plenary speeches given by world renowned scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and special sessions focusing on popular topics. 


Call for Papers and Special Sessions 

Prospective authors are invited to contribute high-quality papers to ISNN 2014. In addition, proposals for special sessions within the technical scopes of the symposium are solicited. Special sessions, to be organized by internationally recognized experts, aim to bring together researchers in special focused topics. Papers submitted for special sessions are to be peer-reviewed with the same criteria used for the contributed papers. Researchers interested in organizing special sessions are invited to submit formal proposals to ISNN 2014. A special session proposal should include the session title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, names, contact information and brief biographical information of the organizers. 


Topic Areas 

Topics areas include, but not limited to, computational neuroscience, connectionist theory and cognitive science, mathematical modeling of neural systems, neurodynamic analysis, neurodynamic optimization and adaptive dynamic programming, embedded neural systems, probabilistic and information-theoretic methods, principal and independent component analysis, hybrid intelligent systems, supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning, brain imaging and neural information processing, neuroinformatics and bioinformatics, support vector machines and kernel methods, autonomous mental development, data mining, pattern recognition, time series analysis, image and signal processing, robotic and control applications, telecommunications, transportation systems, intrusion detection and fault diagnosis, hardware implementation, real-world applications. 


Paper Submission 

Authors are invited to submit full-length papers (10 pages maximum) by the submission deadline through the online submission system. Potential organizers are also invited to enlist five or more papers with cohesive topics to form special sessions. The submission of a paper implies that the paper is original and has not been submitted under review or is not copyright-protected elsewhere and will be presented by an author if accepted. All submitted papers will be refereed by experts in the field based on the criteria of originality, significance, quality, and clarity. The authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to revise their papers and take consideration of the referees' comments and suggestions. Papers presented at ISNN 2014 will be published in the EI-indexed proceedings in the Springer LNCS series and selected good papers will be included in special issues of several SCI journals. 


Important Dates 

Special session proposals deadline June 1, 2014 

Paper submission deadline July 1, 2014 

Notification of acceptance August 1, 2014 

Camera-ready copy and author registration September 1, 2014 



4.6  Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu


2014 American Control Conference 

Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning by 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), and Margareta Stefanovic (University of Wyoming) 


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. 



4.7   International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision

Contributed by:  Rong Su, rsu@ntu.edu.sg


13th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV2014), 10-12 December 2014, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 


The 13th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2014, will be held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore in December 2014. The conference is organised by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and technically co-sponsored by IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society. 

ICARCV focuses on both theory and applications mainly covering the topics of control, automation, robotics and computer vision. In addition to the technical sessions, there will be invited sessions, panel sessions and keynote addresses. 

The Proceedings of past ICARCVs have been indexed by ISI Proceedings, EI Compendex and included in the IEEE Xplore. 

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

Control: Adaptive control; Robust control; Process control; Complex systems; Co-operative control; Identification and estimation; Nonlinear systems; Intelligent systems; Discrete event systems; Hybrid systems; Networked control systems; Sensor networks; Delay systems; Neural networks; Fuzzy systems; Control of biological systems; Precision motion control; Control applications; Control engineering education; Marine systems; Data analytics. 

Automation: Man-machine interactions; Process automation; Intelligent automation; Factory modeling and simulation; Home, laboratory and service automation; Network-based systems; Planning, scheduling?and coordination; Nano-scale automation and assembly; Instrumentation systems; Biomedical instrumentation and applications; Building energy efficiency. 

Robotics: Modeling and identification; Robot control; Mobile robotics; Mobile sensor networks; Perception systems; Micro robots and micro-manipulation; Visual servoing; Search, rescue and field robotics; Robot sensing and data fusion; Localization, navigation and mapping; Dexterous manipulation; Medical robots and bio-robotics; Human centered systems; Space and underwater robots; Tele-robotics; Mechanism design and applications. 

Vision: Image/video analysis; Image-based modeling; Stereo and Structure from motion; Feature extraction, grouping and segmentation; Scene analysis; Object recognition; Learning and Statistical methods; Human-computer interaction; Tracking and surveillance; Biometrics; Vision for robots; Activity/behavior recognition; Medical Image Analysis; Face and Gesture. 


Submission Instructions: 

Papers must be written in English and should describe original work in details. Please download the template from the conference website and submit the full papers online at http://www.icarcv.org/2014 by 1 April, 2014. Proposals for invited sessions are to be submitted online at the above web address as well. Upon acceptance, authors are required to register and present their papers at the conference. Papers which make outstanding contributions to the relevant topics will be considered for best paper awards. 


Important Dates: 

Deadline for Full Paper submission 1 April 2014 

Notification of Acceptance 1 July 2014 

Deadline for final Submission 1 September 2014 

Deadline for Registration 1 September 2014 


Please download the Call for Papers from the ICARCV2014 website: http://www.icarcv.org/2014 

If you have any questions, please contact the ICARCV 2014 Secretariat at secretariat@icarcv.org 



4.8 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 



Young Author Support: 

The IFAC Foundation will be considering applications for support of young authors’ attendance at the IFAC 2014 World Congress. 

Eligible for support are authors of accepted technical papers who are citizens of a developing country and whose age will be less than 30 years during the congress. Only one author per paper can be supported and presentation of the paper at the congress by the winner is a requisite for support. 

The support consists of a lump sum of EUR 1,000 to help defray the cost of registration, accommodation and travel expenses related to the conference. The deadline for applications is 14 February 2014. 

The announcement is available on the website - www.ifac2014.org/assets/pdf/YAS_CapeTown_Announcement.pdf - and the application form can be downloaded as well - www.ifac2014.org/assets/pdf/YAS%20APP%20FORM.docx 

More information about the IFAC Foundation is available here: http://foundation.ifac-control.org/projects/yas/young-authors-support-program 


Closure of the Call for Papers: 

The submission site closed on 19 November 2013 and the opportunity to submit a paper has now passed. 

The review process has begun and authors will be notified by 14 February 2014 whether their submissions have been successful.



4.9  International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems

Contributed by: Doo Yong Lee, 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) 



4.10 International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems

Contributed by: Jacquelien Scherpen, j.m.a.scherpen@rug.nl


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

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


Announcement of the mini-courses, plenary and semi-plenary speakers 


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

MTNS is a prime conference in the general area of mathematical systems theory. The symposium is interdisciplinary and attracts mathematicians, engineers and researchers working in all aspects of systems theory. The symposium is organized every two years and traditionally covers areas involving a wide range of research directions in mathematical systems, networks and control theory with emphasis on new challenges and potential applications. 


The MTNS 2014 program includes 

- plenary and semi-plenary lectures 

- mini-courses 

- invited sessions 

- contributed talks 


The following mini-courses are planned: 

- Polynomial optimization and control  (Didier Henrion, Milan Korda, Jean B. Lasserre, Mihai Putinar) 

- Quantum systems: measurement and feedback (Mazyar Mirrahimi, Pierre Rouchon) 

- Automated verification and synthesis of complex systems (Majid Zamani, Ilya Tkachev, Manuel Mazo, Alessandro Abate) 

- Role of graph theory in modeling, analysis and control of electric power systems (Aranya Chakrabortty, Thomas Nudell) 

- Stability and stabilization of distributed port-Hamiltonian systems (Alessandro Macchelli, Markus Schöberl) 

- Geometric structures for the modelling, analysis and discretization of infinite-dimensional port-Hamiltonian systems (Alessandro Macchelli, Markus Schöberl) 

- From sampled-data control to signal processing (Yutaka Yamamoto, Masaaki Nagahara) 

- Harmonic influence in large-scale networks: Analysis, optimization, and applications to opinion dynamics and distributed control (Giacomo Como, Fabio Fagnani, Paolo Frasca) 

- System identification in the behavioral setting: A low-rank approximation approach (Ivan Markovsky, Konstantin Usevich, Mariya Ishteva) 

- Well-posed systems - linear and with nonlinear feedback (Marius Tucsnak, George Weiss, Hans Zwart) 

- Neuronal behaviors (R. Sepulchre, G. Drion, A. Franci, J. Dethier) 


Plenary speakers: 

- John A. Burns, “Applying Distributed Parameter Systems Theory to Physics Based Modeling 

- Kirsten Morris, “Controller Design for Systems Modelled by Partial Differential Equations” 

- Rodolphe Sepulchre, “Multiresolution feedback systems” 

- Daniel A. Spielman, “Laplacian Matrices of Graphs” 


Semi plenary speakers: 

Murat Arcak, Carolyn Beck, Madalena Chaves, Christina Fragouli, Hideaki Ishii, Dmitry Kaliuzhnyi-Verbovetskyi, Daniel Liberzon, Harish Pillai, Anders Rantzer, 

Paolo Rapisarda, Pierre Rouchon, Tatjana Stykel, Hector J. Sussmann, Hans Zwart



4.11 International Conference on Applied Robotics for the Power Industry

Contributed by: Walter Fetter Lages, fetter@ece.ufrgs.br


2014 3rd International Conference on Applied Robotics for the Power Industry, CARPI 2014 

Foz do Iguassu, PR, Brazil - October, 14th - 16th, 2014  <http://www.carpi2014.org> 


Call for papers & videos

Get the pdf version: <http://www.carpi2014.org/carpi2014-cfp.pdf> 


Important Dates: 

March 31st, 2014: Deadline for submission of abstracts & synopses 

May 19th, 2014: Notification of authors 

July 21st, 2014: Deadline for submission of final papers & videos 


The 2014 3rd International Conference on Applied Robotics for the Power Industry (CARPI 2014) is a three-day event that will bring together stakeholders interested in robotics applications in the power industry. The program will include presentations of robotics solutions for construction, refurbishment, inspection and maintenance of power systems. R&D decision makers and robotics developers will have the chance to meet in a forum that allows them to share high-value solutions. The conference, expected to draw people from major organizations around the world, is intended for innovation-driven decision makers, system operators, end users, R&D development teams from electric utilities, research centres, manufacturers, universities and service providers. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to Robotics applied to: Hydro, nuclear, thermal, wind and solar power generation systems; Transmission lines and substations; Underground and overhead distribution systems; Underwater structures; Construction, inspection, maintenance, refurbishment, security 


Scope of contribution may be: 

UAV, ROV, mobile robotics, teleoperation, manipulator, automation, field robotics, utilities roadmap, field experience, benefits and implementation, Design, simulation and prototype, Sensor, vision, control. 


Papers describing original work are invited. Authors should submit a 1000-word abstract through the online system at <http://www.carpi2014.org>. 

Upon abstract acceptance, a 4-6 pages paper in IEEE PES format must be submitted for the final contributions. 


Videos of 1.5 to 3 minutes presenting applications are sought for special video sessions. A 500-word synopsis describing the proposed video should be submitted through the online system at <http://www.carpi2014.org>. Upon synopsis acceptance, the author must submit the video and a 2 pages paper in IEEE PES format for the final contributions. 


The submitted abstracts and synopses will go through a peer review process. 

Accepted papers in the final contributions will be included in the CARPI 2014 proceedings and published in the IEEE Xplore database, provided that at least one of its authors is fully registered and presents the paper at the conference. The working language of the conference is English. 


Program Committee: 

Gilles Caprari, ETH Zürich (Switzerland), Jean-François Allan, Hydro-Quebéc IREQ (Canada), Nicolas Pouliot, Hydro-Quebéc IREQ (Canada), Oswaldo Horikawa, USP (Brazil), Serge Montambault, Hydro-Quebéc IREQ (Canada), Tomas Salgado, CIDESI (Mexico), Vinícius Menezes de Oliveira, FURG (Brazil), Walter Fetter Lages, UFRGS (Brazil), Yifeng Song, Shenyang Inst. of Automation (China) 


Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE Power & Energy Society 

Organized by: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Grupo de Controle, Automação e Robótica



4.12 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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


Extended Deadline (Feb. 17, 2014) and Last Call for Papers

2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS'14) 



On behalf of the ICUAS'14 Organizing Committee, this is to invite you to submit your contributions to the 2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS'14, http://www.uasconferences.com, to be held in Orlando, FL, on May 27-30, 2014. The conference is co-sponsored by the IEEE CSS and RAS. 

Orlando is the home of the Disney World, one of the best attractions and touristic locations worldwide. May 27 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past six years and its growth, ICUAS'14 is expected to attract the highest number of participants from academia, industry, federal/state agencies, government, the private sector, users, practitioners and engineers who wish to be affiliated with and contribute technically to this highly demanding and rapidly evolving and expanding field. Information about the organization may be found at www.icuas.com. The theme of ICUAS'14 will focus on the very challenging topics of 'developing UAS standards'. 

ICUAS'14 aims at bringing together different groups of qualified military and civilian representatives worldwide, organization representatives, funding agencies, industry and academia, to discuss the current state of UAS advances, and the roadmap to their full utilization in military and integration in civilian domains. Focused interests of diverse groups involved in UAS research and development will be discussed. Special emphasis will be given to current and future research opportunities, and to 'what comes next' in terms of the essential technologies that need to be utilized to advance further UAS. 

Through Keynote/Plenary addresses, invited and solicited presentations, and round table discussions, it is expected that the outcome of the Conference will be a better understanding of what industry, the military and civilian national and international authorities need, and what are the crucial next steps that need to be completed before UAS are widely accepted even in everyday life applications. 


Honorary guests and keynote speakers (currently confirmed): 

- Peter van Blyenburgh, President and Founder Unmanned Vehicle Systems International 

- Ing. Carmine Cifaldi, Italian Civil Aviation Authority, Director, Aeronautical Products Certification & Regulation 

- Dr. Naira Hovakimyan, Dept. of Mechanical Science and Engineering Advanced Control Research Laboratory University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 

- Mark A. Motter, PhD, PE, NASA Langley Research Center 


Paper submission: 

Papers must be submitted electronically through controls.papercept.net. Go to https://contols.papercept.net. Click on the link "Submit a Contribution to ICUAS'14 and follow the steps. The paper format must follow IEEE paper submission rules, two-column format using 12 point fonts, Times New Roman. The maximum number of pages per paper is 12. 

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit significantly different versions of the ICUAS'14 papers to the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems (JINT), which will be published in a JINT Special Volume and in a Special Volume Book as part of the Springer series on Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation (ISCA). 


Important dates: 

February 17, 2014: Full Papers/ Tutorial Proposals due 

April 14, 2014: Acceptance/rejection notification 

May 9, 2014: Upload final, camera ready papers 

April 15 - May 9, 2014: Early Registration 


General chairs: 

Kimon Valavanis, University of Denver, kimon.valavanis@du.edu 

YangQuan Chen, UC Merced, yangquan.chen@ucmerced.edu 


Program chairs: 

Youmin Zhang, Concordia Univ., Youmin.Zhang@concordia.ca 

Luis Mejias, Queensland U of Tech., luis.mejias@qut.edu.au 

James Morrison, KAIST, james.morrison@kaist.edu



4.13 International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems

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


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


On behalf of the ICIUS'14 Organizing Committee, this is to invite you to submit your contributions to The 10th International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS 2014, http://www.icius2014.org/), to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 29 - October 1, 2014. 

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), and International Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics (IJRM). A special issue with selected papers will also be published at journal Unmanned Systems (US). 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. 



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. 


Important Dates: 

Invited Session Proposals: April 01, 2014 

Submission of Full Papers: April 08, 2014 

Paper Acceptance Notice: June 08, 2014 

Submission of Final Papers: July 31, 2014 

Early Bird Registration: July 31, 2014 

Conference: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2014 


General Chair: 

Youmin Zhang, Concordia University, Canada 


General Co-Chairs: 

Chun-Yi Su, Concordia University, Canada 

Hassan Noura, United Arab Emirates University, UAE 


Program Chair: 

Subhash Rakheja, Concordia University, Canada 


Program Co-Chairs: 

Didier Theilliol, University of Lorraine, France 

Hugh Liu, Canada, University of Toronto, Canada 

Qinglei Hu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China 


For general inquiry, please send email to icius2014@gmail.com and visit the official conference website www.icius2014.org for all the latest information.



4.14 International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

Contributed by: Karl H. Johansson, kallej@kth.se


The 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems. 

April 15-17, 2014, Berlin, Germany 

URL: http://iccps.acm.org/2014/ 


As computers become ever-faster and communication bandwidth ever-cheaper, computing and communication capabilities will be embedded in all types of objects and structures in the physical environment. Applications with enormous societal impact and economic benefit will be created by harnessing these capabilities in time and across space. Such systems that bridge the cyber-world of computing and communications with the physical world are called cyber-physical systems. 

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are physical and engineered systems whose operations are monitored, coordinated, controlled and integrated by a computing and communication core. This intimate coupling between the cyber and physical will be manifested from the nano-world to large-scale, wide-area systems of systems and at multiple time-scales. Cyber-physical systems will transform how we interact with the physical world just like the Internet transformed how we interact with one another. 

International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems is the flagship conference on cyber-physical systems. ICCPS is seeking submissions of abstracts for demos, posters and Work-in-Progress presentations. 



The ICCPS 2014 conference including demos, posters and Work-in-Progress presentations will put specific emphasis on (but not limited to) the following overarching themes: Transportation, Robotics, and Energy.

Work focused on theory, algorithms, implementation and field deployments are of great interest to the conference. Areas of interest to support these applications include (but not limited to): control, optimization, machine learning, verification, data mining, signal processing, information theory. Tools and technologies of interest include (but not limited to): sensor networks, embedded systems, human in the loop systems, social networks, mobile computing, participatory sensing, crowd-sourcing, cloud computing. 


The demo and poster sessions will provide a forum for researchers to showcase ongoing work and obtain feedback from the CPS community as a part of the joint poster/demo session of CPS Week.  The Work-in-Progress session will provide a forum for researchers to present ongoing work and obtain feedback from the CPS community at ICCPS. Authors of accepted WiP abstracts will give a short oral presentation at the WiP session. 



Contact point: Poster, Demo and WiP Chair: Mohammad A. Al Faruque (UC Irvine) E-mail: alfaruqu@uci.edu 

General Co-Chairs: P.R. Kumar (Texas A&M University) and Radu Stoleru (Texas A&M University) 

TPC Co-Chairs: Alexandre Bayen (UC Berkeley) and Michael Branicky (University of Kansas) 



4.15  Symposium on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning

Contributed by: Lucian Busoniu, lucian@busoniu.net


2014 IEEE Symposium on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning 

Website: http://adprl14.net 

Part of IEEE SSCI 2014, 9-12 December 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA (http://www.ieee-ssci.org) 


Adaptive dynamic programming (ADP) and reinforcement learning (RL) are two related paradigms for solving decision making problems where a performance index must be optimized over time. ADP and RL methods are enjoying a growing popularity and success in applications, fueled by their ability to deal with complex problems, including features such as uncertainty, stochastic effects, and nonlinearity. ADP tackles these challenges by developing optimal control methods that adapt to uncertain systems over time. RL takes the perspective of an agent that optimizes its behavior by interacting with an initially unknown environment and learning from the feedback received. The ability to improve performance over time in uncertain or unknown environments has led to successful applications of ADP and RL in areas such as robotics, game playing, automotive engines, networks, logistics, etc. 


The goal of the IEEE Symposium on ADPRL is to provide an outlet and a forum for interaction between researchers and practitioners in ADP and RL, in which the two fields are brought together and their connections are exploited. We equally welcome contributions from control theory, computer science, operations research, computational intelligence, neuroscience, as well as other novel perspectives on ADPRL. Original papers are sought on methods, analysis, applications, and overviews of ADPRL. We are interested in applications from engineering, artificial intelligence, economics, medicine, and other relevant fields. 


Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Convergence and performance analysis; RL and ADP-based control; Function approximation and value function representation; Complexity issues in RL and ADP; Policy gradient and actor-critic methods; Direct policy search; Planning and receding-horizon methods; Monte-Carlo tree search and other Monte-Carlo methods; Adaptive feature discovery; Parsimonious function representation; Statistical learning and PAC bounds for RL; Learning rules and architectures; Bandit techniques for exploration; Bayesian RL and exploration; Finite-sample analysis; Partially observable Markov decision processes; Neuroscience and biologically inspired control; ADP and RL for multiplayer games and multiagent systems; Distributed intelligent systems; Multi-level multi-objective optimization for ADPRL; Transfer learning; Applications of ADP and RL 


Paper submissions should be prepared in the IEEE format and should have at most 8 pages. Accepted papers will be published in the SSCI proceedings and on IEEEXplore, http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/, conditioned on registering and presenting the paper at the conference. 


Special sessions: 

In addition to the regular sessions, we are extremely interested in special sessions on topics relevant to the conference. Proposals for special sessions should include a title, a description of the session topics, the list of organizers, and a tentative list of contributions. Please submit your proposal to Lucian Busoniu (lucian@busoniu.net), or otherwise to any of the ADPRL organizers. Proposals will be reviewed for quality and coherence with the conference topics, and the organizers will be notified of the decision. The requirements on papers submitted to accepted special sessions, as well as on their presentation, are the same as for regular papers. 


Important dates: 

Special session proposals: 15 April 2014 

Paper submission: 15 June 2014 

Notification to authors: 5 September 2014 

Final papers due: 5 October 2014 

Early registration: 5 October 2014 

Conference: in the interval 9-12 December 2014 



Huaguang Zhang, Northeastern University, China (zhanghuaguangieee@gmail.com) 

Jagannathan Sarangapani, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA (sarangap@mst.edu) 

Lucian Busoniu, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (lucian@busoniu.net)



4.16 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

Contributed by: edlewis@illinois.edu


52st Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

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. Positions


5.1  PhD: Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

Contributed by: Didier Henrion, henrion@laas.fr


We are seeking candidates for a 3-year PhD position under the supervision of Didier Henrion (LAAS-CNRS University of Toulouse, FR and Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, CZ) and Martin Hromcik (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, CZ) on the topic of polynomial optimization for systems control with aerospace applications. 

The PhD position is funded by a grant of the Czech Science Foundation (GACR), with a monthly salary of approx. 20000 CZK after taxes. 

The applicant is expected to reside in Prague, and travel occasionally to Toulouse. Interested candidates are advised to send a detailed curriculum vitae and a motivation letter to Didier Henrion <henrion@laas.fr> and Martin Hromcik <xhromcik@fel.cvut.cz>



5.2  PhD and Research Engineer: INRIA Grenoble, France

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


The NeCS team (http://necs.inrialpes.fr) (INRIA Grenoble, France) has open 3 position (2 PhD and 1 research Eng.) in the context of the European project FP7-SPEEDD (Scalable proactive event-driven decision-making), during the period 2014-17. 

PhD thesis "Control of large traffic networks"; 

PhD thesis "Robust traffic forecasting under uncertainties and space-time variability"; 

Software engineer position. 

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



5.3  PhD: Lorraine University, France

Contributed by: Vincent Laurain, vincent.laurain@univ-lorraine.fr


PhD position: Data-driven modeling of environmental systems: application to drinkable water quality assessment. 

Duration: 3 years 

Starting date: September 2014 

Application deadline: April 10th 2014 

Location: Centre de Recherche en Automatic de Nancy (CRAN, Nancy Research center in control), Lorraine University, Nancy, France. 


Context : 

In environmental sciences nowadays, the main focus and concern is the ability to forecast the current tendencies impact at short middle and long term, especially when dealing with present and future drinkable water quality. However, the specialists often face a dead-end by relying on complex physical models which can hardly be assessed from the acquired data. Approximations or simplifications are not an easy task depending on the geographic scale of the system, the geological structures or the human activities. This leads to the scientific context of the proposed research topic: how to build simplified models in environmental context using measured data? 



The main objective is the development of system identification methods robust to the harsh conditions of environmental disciplines (High noise, missing data, absence of model structures…). 

The developed algorithm will be used on real data in order to assess and forecast the water quality in agricultural regions. 



You have obtained an MSc degree by September 2014 in one or more of the following areas: 

automatic control, optimization, statistics, signal processing and/or machine learning. 

Programming skills (preferably Matlab) and a good English level are compulsory. Finally, the applicant should be autonomous, rigorous, creative and willing to share and learn from other disciplines, in this case, hydrology and agronomy. 


We invite interested applicants to send through e-mail to Dr. Vincent Laurain (vincent.laurain@univ-lorraine.fr) or Dr. Marion Gilson (marion.gilson@univ-lorraine.fr): a CV, a letter of application, a transcript of grades obtained during MSc studies and two reference names. 

The full position description can be found at http://www.cran.univ-lorraine.fr/perso/Vincent.Laurain/Site/Position.html 



5.4  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) 


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. 



5.5  PhD: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Contributed by: Roland Toth, r.toth@tue.nl


Phd position: Data-driven Modeling and Control of Nanometer-accurate Planar Motors 



Faculty/department: Control Systems group, Electrical Engineering department, TU/e 

Maximum employment: Maximum of 38 hours per week (1 FTE) 

Duration of contract: 4 years 

Starting date: as soon as possible 

Salary scale: €2083 gross (with annual increase) 


Project description: 

Nanometer-accurate motion systems in lithography are nowadays realized by a combination of a micrometer-accurate long-stroke positioning system (large movement range) and a nanometer-accurate short-stroke positioning system (>1mm movement range). These dual-stage positioning systems are complex, heavy and expensive. Furthermore, it will be increasingly more difficult to use such design layouts to satisfy future performance specifications. Magnetically levitated, single-stage planar motors are the most promising alternative technology that can replace and simplify previous generations of positioning systems. However, accuracy of these motors is limited by the intrinsic position-dependent electromagnetic interaction between the coil and magnet plates and deformation of the translator due to the position-dependent force and temperature distributions. 


The PhD position is within the scope of the Nanometer-accurate planar actuation system (NAPAS) initiative, which aims to overcome the fundamental limits of the dynamic accuracy of moving-magnet planar motors by developing a highly accurate and experimentally verified understanding of the dynamics of the coil-magnet interactions together with the development of a control system that, by exploiting this knowledge, is capable of significantly improving high-speed positioning. 

This objective is aimed to be realized by a scientific team involving researchers from the CS and EPE groups and supported by the companies: ASML, Philips, Prodrive, Tecnotion, SKF and TNO. The NAPAS project utilizes an existing infrastructure for planar motors at the Eindhoven Uni-versity of Technology which comprises a state-of-art magnetically levitated planar motor allowing 5 g acceleration and a sensor and control environment (9-DOF laser interferometer system with 0.16 nm resolution, DSP platform, and 40 dedicated power amplifiers with switching matrix allowing activation of coil sets). 


The PhD project focuses on data-driven modeling and control design for reference tracking, deformation attenuation and optimal commutation for moving-magnet planar motors. These objectives are planned to be realized by applying and further improving state-of-the-art approaches of Machine Learning (ML) and Linear Parameter-Varying (LPV) identification and control. 



- Study the literature of planar motor technology, machine learning and LPV identification and control. 

- Develop data-driven modeling and control approaches that are capable of completing existing physical models of moving-magnet planar motors and surmount the challenges of positioning of moving-magnet planar motors. 

- Implementation and validation of the developed approaches on the existing prototype moving-magnet planar motor at TU/e. 

-Actively contribute to and take initiative in the life of co-operating research teams and companies. 

- Dissemination of the results of your research in international and peer-reviewed journals and conferences. 

- Writing a successful dissertation based on the developed research and defending it. 

- Assume educational tasks like the supervision of Master students and internships. 



We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements: 

- You are a talented and enthusiastic researcher. 

- You have experience with or a strong background in systems and control, electrical machines, mechanical engineering, mathematics, statistics and signal processing. Preferably you finished a master in Systems and Control, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, (Applied) Physics, (Applied) Mathematics, Information Technologies. 

- You have good programming skills and experience (knowledge in C++, DSpace, Mathematica and/or Matlab is an asset). 

- You have good communicative skills, and the attitude to partake successfully in the work of a research team. 

- You are creative and ambitious, hardworking and persistent. 

- You are a team player. 

- You have good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required). 


Information and application 

More information on the vacancy and project can be obtained from Dr.Ir. Roland Toth (r.toth@tue.nl) or prof. dr. ir. H. Butler (H.Butler@tue.nl) 


If interested in this position, please use 'Apply' button at the page: 



You should upload the following: 

• an application letter motivating your interest in the offered position and research topic,; 

• a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications); 

• contact information of two references. 

• copies of diplomas and course lists of your Masters and Bachelor programs (incl. grades) 

• results of a recent English language test (like IELTS) 



5.6  PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia

Contributed by: Daoyi Dong, daoyidong@gmail.com


PhD Scholarship in quantum control 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 



5.7   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 


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.



5.8  PhD: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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


EU Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position on "Nonlinear Model Predict Control (NMPC) for industrial robot manipulators". 


KU Leuven is looking for one Early-stage Researcher (ESR1) within the TEMPO ITN project on the subject: Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) for industrial robot manipulators. 

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


The research focus is on the design, implementation, and experimental validation of Nonlinear Model Predictive Controllers for 6-7 DOF industrial robot manipulators, considering optimal trade-off between conflicting requirements such as energy efficiency, time-optimality, positioning and tracking accuracy. The main challenges in this research are (i) the kHz sampling rates required for these applications, (ii) the implementation of NMPC algorithms within the existing open controllers of the industrial robots that are available at KU Leuven (see pictures below), (iii) developing, implementing and optimizing NMPC as a reference and feedforward generator for the traditional joint position controllers, and (iv) developing, implementing and optimizing NMPC at joint torque level, fully controlling the 6-7 DOF robots. 

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

The remuneration will be in line with the EC rules for Marie Curie grant holders and consists of a salary augmented by a net mobility allowance http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7. 


Candidate profile: 

An ideal candidate has a master degree in engineering (mechanical, control ...) and a strong background in control and dynamic system modelling, robotics, numerical optimization, programming (Matlab, C/C++), a strong interest and experience in work on real-world experiments, and enthusiasm for the project. Proficiency in English is a requirement. Applicants whose mother tongue is neither Dutch nor English must present an official language test report. 

Besides a competitive salary we offer a stimulating research environment within our MECO research team (http://www.mech.kuleuven.be/en/pma/research/meco/), the Optimization in Engineering Center OPTEC (http://set.kuleuven.be/optec/), and within the TEMPO network (http://www.itk.ntnu.no/projects/tempo/). 


For more information on this phd position, the project, conditions, Marie Curie Eligibility Criteria, and instructions to apply, please visit the KU Leuven job site 



The TEMPO project starts on February 1, 2014, but applications are welcome up to the end of May 2014. 

If a suitable candidate is found, he/she will be hired immediately (a 4 year funding is provided). 



5.9  Post-Doc: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden  

Contributed by: Dimos Dimarogonas, dimos@kth.se


There is a postdoc position on multi-agent and hybrid control at the Dept of Automatic Control at KTH. Please see 


for more details. 

For more information please contact Prof. Dimos Dimarogonas at dimos@kth.se. 

The deadline for applications is February 17, 2014



5.10   Post-Doc: University of Pennsylvania, USA

Contributed by: George Pappas, pappasg@seas.upenn.edu


Postdoctoral research positions in Secure Control Systems and Secure Code Synthesis at PRECISE Center, School of Engineering and Applied Science 

University of Pennsylvania http://precise.seas.upenn.edu/ 


PRECISE center at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applications for a postdoctoral researcher position to work on control system security and control program synthesis. The project involves the development of security-aware control systems for ground vehicles and their implementation in software in a provably correct way (http://rtg.cis.upenn.edu/HACMS/). 


Researchers with an interest and experience in any related areas are welcome to apply. Particular areas of interest include one or more of the following: 

- Attack models for control systems and resilience against attacks 

- Formal methods for software synthesis and verification 

- Controller synthesis and code generation for hybrid systems 

- Synthesis of control software and proofs to guarantee the correctness of the system 

- Integration with ROS and certified operating system services 

Candidates with strong theoretical background or proven system-building skills will be considered. A combination of both is preferred. 

Positions are offered for the initial period of one year, with an option to renew for subsequent years. As soon as possible starting date is strongly desired. A competitive salary will be offered. 

We will also consider applications to support sabbatical leaves at Penn for researchers in this area. 

Please send a complete CV including research statement to Insup Lee (lee@cis.upenn.edu). 



5.11  Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributed by: Rong Su, rsu@ntu.edu.sg


A postdoctoral fellow is sought on the topic of Task Routing and Scheduling in Complex Material Handling Systems at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 

A candidate should have a PhD degree in electrical engineering, systems engineering, software engineering or computer science, whose research areas are in discrete-event modeling (such as automata, Petri nets or queuing models), distributed supervisory control, optimization methods with applications in operational routing and scheduling. It is desirable that the candidate has substantial experiences in programming with C/C++, Java, matlab or Python, and can solely undertake simulation tasks. The candidate is expected to be placed in a project on Energy Aware Heterarchical Task Routing and Scheduling in a Complex Material Handling System, and work on modeling and task routing/scheduling theories. The starting date of the project is March 1, 2014. The salary will be competitive and determined based on the actual qualification of the candidate. The initial offer is one year, but can be renewable up to 2 years depending on performance. 

Interested applicants are required to send to rsu@ntu.edu.sg a detailed CV, a description of your previous related experiences and achievements, a complete list of publications with relevant journal impact factors and paper citations, and a list of at least two referees, who are available to comment on your capabilities. If you have any question or concern regarding this position, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Rong Su.



5.12  Post-Doc: Supélec, France

Contributed by: Herve Gueguen, herve.gueguen@supelec.fr


A one year post-doc position is open in the Control for Sustainable Building project at Supelec (France). This project is funded by Bouygues Construction and aims at designing new control laws for energy efficiency of buildings. The position is open in the Rennes campus of Supélec in Brittany (west of France). 

Within this action the main objectives is to define control strategies based on functional criteria for cooling systems on several control layers. Hybrid hierarchical and distributed model predictive control will be considered for coordination of cooling distribution and production as well as the coordination of the solar absorption cooling unit and the electrical ones. 

The candidate should be strongly motivated to work on research topics that have a strong applied side and have demonstrated expertise in modelling, model-based control, and optimization for dynamical systems. 

To apply and for more information contact Prof. Herve Gueguen (herve.gueguen@supelec.fr) 



5.13  Post-Doc: Università degli Studi del Sannio, Italy

Contributed by: Carmen Del Vecchio, c.delvecchio@unisannio.it


Post Doc Positions available at the Department of Engineering Università degli Studi del Sannio, Benevento, Italy 

Referents: Prof. Luigi Glielmo (email glielmo@unisannio.it), Prof. Francesco Vasca (email vasca@unisannio.it), Dr. Carmen Del Vecchio (email c.delvecchio@unisannio.it), Dr. Luigi Iannelli (email luigi.iannelli@unisannio.it) 

The Automatic Control Group of the Università degli Studi del Sannio offers post doc scholarships dealing with the following research areas: 

1. Optimization and control methods of energy networks (c.delvecchio@unisannio.it); 

2. Non linear analysis and stability of epidemiological models (c.delvecchio@unisannio.it); 

3. Advanced techniques for modelling and control of power converters (luigi.iannelli@unisannio.it or vasca@unisannio.it) 

4. Modeling and control of automotive transmissions (vasca@unisannio.it or luigi.iannelli@unisannio.it) 

Problems to be investigated in the above research topics are related to Industrial or Applied Research projects, and the achieved results are expected to have a practical applicability. 

Our ideal candidate has a sound knowledge of control and optimization methods and an interest in both theoretical research and applications to practical problems are desired. Research experience is expected in at least one of the following areas: model predictive control, dynamic optimization, stochastic optimization, control systems design based on optimization methods. 

Candidates with a Ph.D. in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics with a focus on control or optimization are preferable, and they should have a good record of high-impact international publications. 

The salary and the scholarship extension will be determined according to candidate profile and curriculum. 

Interested candidates may send detailed CV, a list of publications and two reference letters (or two contacts to whom we can ask references) to the email address reported in correspondence of each research topic. 

The selected candidate will join a friendly team of 8 PhD students, 4 post Docs and 5 Professors with several expertise in identification, control and optimization of dynamical systems. The attracting but not distracting environment of the town of Benevento is an additional plus. 



5.14 Faculty:  University of Sheffield, UK

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


Applications are invited for Lectureship in Biomedical Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield 

See the following website for details: www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs 

Closing date: 13 February 2014.



5.15   Faculty: University of Texas, USA

Contributed by: Mario Rotea, rotea@utdallas.edu


The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) invites applications for faculty positions in Mechanical Engineering at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. Endowed Chairs and Professorships are available for highly qualified applicants. 

Candidates must have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and strong potential to develop an externally funded research program. Candidates for the positions at the associate or full professor levels must have a strong record of scholarly and professional achievements. 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is among the fastest growing programs at UTD. The department was established in 2008, and currently has over 600 students enrolled, including 90 graduate students. In the past fiscal year, 40 extramural grants or contracts, totaling $7.4 M, were active or awarded. The department currently has 14 tenured-system faculty members, and 4 senior lecturers. The department offers ABET-accredited BS, as well as MS and PhD degree programs in mechanical engineering. 

Applications will be considered in dynamical systems & control, manufacturing & design innovation, mechanics & materials, and thermal & fluid sciences. Research areas of interest include: energy conversion and harvesting (e.g., wind energy); emerging paradigms and technologies for design and manufacturing with application to healthcare and nanotechnology, mechatronics and robotics with applications to health care, and thermal transport and management across length scales and various applications. 

In addition to Mechanical Engineering, the Erik Jonsson School is home to the Departments of Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Material Science & Engineering, and Systems Engineering, and has interdisciplinary programs in Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, and Software Engineering. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research are outstanding. The School's 10-year strategic plan is on line at http://ecs.utdallas.edu/about/major-initiatives.html. 

Located in North Texas, home to hundreds of technology, large defense manufacturing and systems integrations companies, Jonsson School students have ample opportunities for real-world, hands-on experiences. This past year, companies and organizations such as Atmos Energy, Frito-Lay, Halliburton, Lennox International, Texas Instruments and UT Southwestern Medical Center participated in mechanical engineering UTDesign, the Jonsson School's award-winning, corporate-sponsored capstone senior design program. Opportunities exist to further the relationships developed through UTDesign to develop joint research projects with industry. 

For additional information, please send email to mefsearch@utdallas.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Applications received before February 15, 2014 will receive full consideration. Indication of gender and ethnicity for purposes of affirmative action statistical reporting is requested but not required for consideration. 

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information for five (5) professional references via the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM available at http://provost.utdallas.edu/facultyjobs/welcome/jobdetail/pco131212 



5.16  Faculty: Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, USA

Contributed by: Vahid Tarokh, vahid@seas.harvard.edu


The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) seeks applicants for tenure-track positions in Electrical Engineering, in the broad area of Emerging Topics in Electrical Engineering Systems. The expected start date is July 1, 2014. 

We invite applications in broadly defined areas of EE Systems such as Optimization, Control, Information Theory, Communications, Signal Processing, Decision Theory, Stochastic Systems, interactions between these fields (e.g. control with limited information), and applications. We are particularly interested in the areas of optimization, non-classical control (e.g. quantum mechanical, new approaches to distributed, non-linear and stochastic control), or modern applications (e.g. biological, stochastic adaptation against cyber-attacks, dynamic control of materials properties) for these foundational areas. However, applications from strong applicants in the general area of Emerging EE Systems will be considered. 

Candidates are required to have a doctorate or terminal degree by the expected start date. In addition, we seek candidates who have an outstanding research record and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and graduate training. We are in particular looking for broadly educated and multidisciplinary applicants who can interact with a wide range of both Electrical Engineering and other SEAS faculty. Priority will be given to the overall potential of the candidate. 

The Electrical Engineering program benefits from outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, an excellent location, significant industrial collaboration, and substantial support from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Information about SEAS's current faculty, research, and educational programs is available at http://www.seas.harvard.edu. 

Required application documents include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, a teaching statement, up to three representative papers, and names and contact information for at least three to five references. We encourage candidates to apply by Feb 15, 2014, but will continue to review applications until the positions are filled. Applicants will apply online at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/5293. 

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.



5.17  Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China 

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


Faculty Positions in Systems and Control 

Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China 

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation 


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

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

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


Ms. Zhao 

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation 

HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town 

Xili, Shenzhen 


P. R. China 518055 

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



5.18  Faculty: Lund University, Sweden

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


Applications are invited for positions as Senior Lecturer and Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Automatic Control, LTH, Lund University, Sweden. 

For details and links to the official announcement, visit http://www.control.lth.se. 

The closing date for applications is February 19.



5.19  Faculty: Wright State University, USA

Contributed by: Frank Zhang, xiaodong.zhang@wright.edu


The College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University seeks applicants for the position of Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. A PhD in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field from an accredited university is required, along with a record commensurate with appointment as a full professor. Candidates should exhibit proven leadership skills; a propensity for administration; experience with undergraduate and graduate programs; and familiarity with ABET accreditation processes. 

The department comprises 17 full-time faculty, approximately 340 graduate students and 300 undergraduates. WSU is a public institution of over 19,000 students located near the Air Force Research Laboratory, and numerous technology enterprises. 

Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.wright.edu/postings/7247 by February 17, 2014 for first consideration. WSU is an AA/EO employer.