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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology


2. Misc

2.1 PENLAB: A MATLAB solver for nonlinear semidefinite optimization


3. Books

3.1 Distributed Model Predictive Control Made Easy


4. Journals

4.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China

4.2 Contents: Journal Nonlinear Studies

4.3 Contents: Journal Mathematics in engineering, science and aerospace

4.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.5 Contents: Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization

4.6 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

4.7 Contents: Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics

4.8 CFP: Computational Management Science

4.9 CFP: Control Theory and Technology


5. Conferences and workshops

5.1 World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation

5.2 Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace

5.3 Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control

5.4 Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

5.5 Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics

5.6 Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems

5.7 Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

5.8 Workshop on Discrete Event Systems


6. Positions

6.1  PhD: Ghent University, Belgium

6.2  PhD: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

6.3  PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

6.4  PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium  

6.5  Post-Doc: Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Switzerland

6.6  Post-Doc: University of Science and Technology, China

6.7  Post-Doc: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

6.8  Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia

6.9  Faculty: Australian National University, Australia

6.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China

6.11 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

6.12 Faculty: University of Bayreuth, German

6.13 Faculty: Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

6.14 Faculty: Concordia University, Canada

6.15 Faculty: Washington University, USA

6.16 Faculty: Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany

6.17 Faculty: University of Namur, Belgium

6.18 Faculty: Oklahoma State University, USA

6.19 Research Scientist: United Technologies Research Center, Ireland

6.20  Internship: NEC Laboratories America




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 1 (January) 


Scanning-the-Issue p. 1



- Identification for Systems with Binary Subsystems. J. C. Spall p. 3 

- An Accelerated Dual Gradient-Projection Algorithm for Embedded Linear Model Predictive Control. P. Patrinos, A. Bemporad p. 18 

- Mixing Coefficients Between Discrete and Real Random Variables: Computation and Properties. M. E. Ahsen, M. Vidyasagar p. 34 

- Model Reduction and Clusterization of Large-Scale Bidirectional Networks. T. Ishizaki, K. Kashima, J-i. Imura, K. Aihara p. 48 

- Optimal Control of Hidden Markov Models with Binary Observations. A. Komaee, A. Bensoussan p. 64 

- The Optimal Sampling Pattern for Linear Control Systems. E. Bini, G. Buttazzo p. 78 

- Distributed Cooperative Adaptive Identification and Control for a Group of Continuous-Time Systems with a Cooperatively PE Condition via Consensus. W. Chen, C. Wen, S. Hua, C. Sun p. 91 

- Control-Sharing and Merging Control Lyapunov Functions. S. Grammatico, F. Blanchini, A. Caiti p. 107 

- Current-State Opacity Formulations in Probabilistic Finite Automata. A. Saboori, C. Hadjicostis p. 120 

- Robust H-Infinity Receding Horizon Control for a Class of Coordinated Control Problems Involving Dynamically Decoupled Subsystems. A. Gautam, Y-C. Chu, Y. C. Soh p. 134 

- A Framework for Compositional Synthesis of Modular Nonblocking Supervisors. S. Mohajerani, R. Malik, M. Fabian p. 150 

- First Passage Optimality for Continuous-Time Markov Decision Processes with Varying Discount Factors and History-Dependent Policies. X. Guo, X. Song, Y. Zhang p. 163 


Technical Notes and Correspondence 

- Symbolic Models and Control of Discrete-Time Piecewise Affine Systems: An Approximate Simulation Approach. G. Pola, M. D. Di Benedetto p. 175 

- Stability Analysis of Continuous-Time Switched Systems with a Random Switching Signal. J. Xiong, J. Lam, Z. Shu, X. Mao p. 180 

- Synchronization of Lagrangian Systems with Irregular Communication Delays. A. Abdessameud, I. G. Polushin, A. Tayebi p. 187 

- Networked Decision Making for Poisson Processes with Applications to Nuclear Detection. C. Pahlajani, I. Poulakakis, H. Tanner p. 193 

- Output Feedback Control of Markovian Jump Repeated Scalar Nonlinear Systems. L. Wu, X. Su, P. Shi p. 199 

- Global Exponential Stabilisation of a Two-dimensional Pool-boiling Model. R. van Gils, M. Speetjens, H. Zwart, H. Nijmeijer p. 205 

- Intercellular Delay Regulates the Collective Period of Repressively Coupled Gene Regulatory Oscillator Networks. Y. Wang, Y. Hori, S. Hara, F. Doyle p. 211 

- Improved Feed-Forward Command Governor Strategies for Constrained Discrete-time Linear Systems. A. Casavola, E. Garone, F. Tedesco p. 216 

- Stochastic Stability of Jump Discrete-Time Linear Systems with Markov Chain in a General Borel Space. O. L. V. Costa, D. Z. Figueiredo p. 223 

- Nu-Gap Model Reduction in the Frequency Domain. A. Sootla p. 228 

- Modified Bryson-Frazier Smoother Cross-Covariance. W. Martin p. 233 

- Some Remarks on General Nonlinear Stochastic H_infinity Control with State, Control and Disturbance-dependent Noise. W. Zhang, B-S. Chen, H. Tang, L. Sheng, M. Gao p. 237 

- A Sufficient Condition for the Stability of Discrete-Time Systems with State-Dependent Coefficient Matrices. T. Yuno, T. Ohtsuka p. 243 

- Statistical Control for Performance Shaping using Cost Cumulants. B. Kang, C. Aduba, C-H. Won p. 249 

- Adjoint Polynomial Formulas for Nonlinear State-Space Realization. J. Belikov, ‹. Kotta, M. Tonso p. 256 

- A Mean Square Consensus Protocol for Linear Multi-Agent Systems with Communication Noises and Fixed Topologies. L. Cheng, Z-G. Hou, M. Tan p. 261 

- Cooperative Output Regulation of Heterogeneous Multi-Agent Systems: An H_infinity Criterion. C. Huang, X. Ye p. 267 

- Accurate Numerical Implementation of the Continuous-Discrete Extended Kalman Filter. G. Yu. Kulikov, M. V. Kulikova p. 273 



1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

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


Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 22 (2014), Issue 1 (January) 



- Hierarchical Triple-Maglev Dual-Rate Control Over a Profibus-DP Network. R. Pizá, J. Salt, A. Sala, and Á. Cuenca page 1 

- Optimal Operation of Heavy-Haul Trains Equipped With Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Systems Using Model Predictive Control Methodology. L. Zhang and X. Zhuan page 13 

- Organizational Control of Discrete-Event Systems: A Hierarchical Multiworld Supervisor Design. K. T. Seow page 23 

- Extremum Seeking-Based Optimization of High Voltage Converter Modulator Rise-Time. A. Scheinker, M. Bland, M. Krstić, and J. Audia page 34 

- Driving State Adaptive Control of an Active Vehicle Suspension System. G. Koch and T. Kloiber page 44 

- Dynamic Analysis of the Actively-Controlled Segmented Mirror of the Thirty Meter Telescope. D. G. MacMartin, P. M. Thompson, M. M. Colavita, and M. J. Sirota page 58 

- Development of a Control-Oriented Model of Floating Wind Turbines. G. Betti, M. Farina, G. A. Guagliardi, A. Marzorati, and R. Scattolini page 69 

- Optimal Air Path Control During Load Transients on a Spark Ignited Engine With Variable Geometry Turbine and Variable Valve Timing. O. Flärdh, G. Ericsson, E. Klingborg, and J. Mårtensson page 83 

- Data-Driven Cooperative Intelligent Controller Based on the Endocrine Regulation Mechanism. X. Liang, Y. Ding, L. Ren, K. Hao, and Y. Jin page 94 

- Connecting System Identification and Robust Control for Next-Generation Motion Control of a Wafer Stage. T. Oomen, R. van Herpen, S. Quist, M. van de Wal, O. Bosgra, and M. Steinbuch page 102 

- Fuzzy Scheduler Fault-Tolerant Control for Wind Energy Conversion Systems. E. Kamal, A. Aitouche, R. Ghorbani, and M. Bayart page 119 

- A Generic Instrumental Variable Approach for Industrial Robot Identification. A. Janot, P.-O. Vandanjon, and M. Gautier page 132 

- Kernel-Based Approximate Dynamic Programming for Real-Time Online Learning Control: An Experimental Study. X. Xu, C. Lian, L. Zuo, and H. He page 146 

- Robust Two-Degrees-of-Freedom Attitude Controller Design and Flight Test Result for Engineering Test Satellite-VIII Spacecraft. T. Nagashio, T. Kida, Y. Hamada, and T. Ohtani page 157 

- Modeling and Control of a Renewable Hybrid Energy System With Hydrogen Storage. M. Trifkovic, M. Sheikhzadeh, K. Nigim, and P. Daoutidis page 169 

- Subnanometer Positioning and Drift Compensation With Tunneling Current. S. Blanvillain, A. Voda, G. Besançon, and G. Buche page 180 

- Identification and Vibration Attenuation for the Parallel Robot Par2. L. R. Douat, I. Queinnec, G. Garcia, M. Michelin, F. Pierrot, and S.Tarbouriech page 190 

- Implementation of a Nonlinear Attitude Estimator for Aerial Robotic Vehicles. M.-D. Hua, G. Ducard, T. Hamel, R. Mahony, and K. Rudin page 201 

- Individual Blade Pitch Control of a Spar-Buoy Floating Wind Turbine. H. Namik and K. Stol page 214 

- Recursive Estimation for Reduced-Order State-Space Models Using Polynomial Chaos Theory Applied to Vehicle Mass Estimation. B. L. Pence, H. K. Fathy, and J. L. Stein page 224 


Brief papers 

- Extremum-Seeking Control of ABS Braking in Road Vehicles With Lateral Force Improvement. E. Dinçmen, B. A. Güvenc, and T. Acarman page 230 

- Output Regulation of Large-Scale Hydraulic Networks. C. De Persis, T. N. Jensen, R. Ortega, and R. Wisniewski page 238 

- Towards Biomimetic Virtual Constraint Control of a Powered Prosthetic Leg. R. D. Gregg and J. W. Sensinger page 246 

- Real-Time Attitude-Independent Three-Axis Magnetometer Calibration for Spinning Projectiles: A Sliding Window Approach. B. Grandvallet, A. Zemouche, M. Boutayeb, and S. Changey page 255 

- Electronic Stability Control for Powered Two-Wheelers. P. De Filippi, M. Tanelli, M. Corno, S. M. Savaresi, and M. D. Santucci page 265 

- Solutions to Estimation Problems for Scalar Hamilton–Jacobi Equations Using Linear Programming. C. G. Claudel, T. Chamoin, and A. M. Bayen page 273 

- Fractional-Order Proportional Derivative Controller Synthesis and Implementation for Hard-Disk-Drive Servo System. Y. Luo, T. Zhang, B. Lee, C. Kang, and Y. Chen page 281 

- Simultaneous Fault Isolation and Estimation of Lithium-Ion Batteries via Synthesized Design of Luenberger and Learning Observers. W. Chen, W.-T. Chen, M. Saif, M.-F. Li, and H. Wu page 290 

- Time-Delayed Output Feedback Bilateral Teleoperation With Force Estimation for n-DOF Nonlinear Manipulators. J. M. Daly and D. W. L. Wang page 299 

- Augmentation Scheme for Fault-Tolerant Control Using Integral Sliding Modes. M. T. Hamayun, C. Edwards, and H. Alwi page 307 

- Motion Control of Parallel Manipulators Using Acceleration Feedback. W. Shang and S. Cong page 314 

- Embedded Vehicle Dynamics Aiding for USBL/INS Underwater Navigation System. M. Morgado, P. Oliveira, C. Silvestre, and J. F. Vasconcelos page 322 

- Iterative Learning Identification Applied to Automated Off-Highway Vehicle. N. Liu and A. G. Alleyne page 331 

- Finite-Time Output Feedback Attitude Tracking Control for Rigid Spacecraft. A.-M. Zou page 338 

- Decentralized PI Controller Design Based on Phase Margin Specifications. P. Hušek page 346 

- Model Reference Adaptive Control With Perturbation Estimation for a Micropositioning System. Q. Xu and M. Jia page 352 

- Novel Just-In-Time Learning-Based Soft Sensor Utilizing Non-Gaussian Information. L. Xie, J. Zeng, and C. Gao page 360 

- Adaptive Backstepping-Based Composite Nonlinear Feedback Water Level Control for the Nuclear U-Tube Steam Generator. L. Wei, F. Fang, and Y. Shi page 369 

- Controller Synthesis of Tracking and Synchronization for Multiaxis Motion System. M. H. Cheng, Y. J. Li, and E. G. Bakhoum page 378 

- Bilateral Teleoperation: Quantifying the Requirements for and Restrictions of Ideal Transparency. B. Willaert, D. Reynaerts, H. van Brussel, and E. B. V. Poorten page 387 

- NOx Estimation in Diesel Engines via In-Cylinder Pressure Measurement. S. Formentin, M. Corno, H. Waschl, D. Alberer, and S. M. Savaresi page 396 

- Building Temperature Control Based on Population Dynamics. G. Obando, A. Pantoja, and N. Quijano page 404 




2. Misc


2.1 PENLAB: A MATLAB solver for nonlinear semidefinite optimization

Contributed by: Michal Kocvara, m.kocvara@bham.ac.uk


First release of PENLAB: A MATLAB solver for nonlinear semidefinite optimization. 


PENLAB is a free open source software package implemented in MATLAB(r) for nonlinear optimization, linear and nonlinear semidefinite optimization and any combination of these. The main attention was given to clarity of the code rather than tweaks to improve its performance. This should allow users to better understand the code and encourage them to edit and develop the algorithm further. 

PENLAB is a young brother of our code PENNON and of a new implementation from NAG: it can solve the same classes of problems and uses the same algorithm. Unlike PENNON, PENLAB is open source and allows the user not only to solve problems but to modify various parts of the algorithm. As such, PENLAB is particularly suitable for teaching and research purposes and for testing new algorithmic ideas. 

PENLAB is distributed under GNU GPL license and should be supported on all MATLAB versions starting from R2008a. 

The distribution package includes the full source code and precompiled mex-functions, user's manual and also an internal (programmer's) documentation. Many examples provided in the package show various ways of calling PENLAB and handling NLP-SDP problems. 

PENLAB can be downloaded from http://web.mat.bham.ac.uk/kocvara/penlab/ 


Jan Fiala (NAG, jan@nag.co.uk) 

Michal Kocvara (Birmingham, m.kocvara@bham.ac.uk) 

Michael Stingl (Erlangen, stingl@am.uni-erlangen.de) 




3. Books


3.1 Distributed Model Predictive Control Made Easy

Contributed by: Rudy Negenborn, r.r.negenborn@tudelft.nl


New book: Distributed Model Predictive Control Made Easy 

Editors: J.M. Maestre (University of Seville) and R.R. Negenborn (Delft University of Technology) 

2014; pp. 600; 138 illustrations; Publisher: Springer; ISBN: 978-94-007-7005-8



The rapid evolution of computer science, communication, and information technology has enabled the application of control techniques to systems beyond the possibilities of control theory just a decade ago. Critical infrastructures such as electricity, water, traffic and intermodal transport networks are now in the scope of control engineers. The sheer size of such large-scale systems requires the adoption of advanced distributed control approaches. Distributed model predictive control (MPC) is one of the promising control methodologies for control of such systems. 

This book provides a state-of-the-art overview of distributed MPC approaches, while at the same time making clear directions of research that deserve more attention. The core and rationale of 35 approaches are carefully explained. Moreover, detailed step-by-step algorithmic descriptions of each approach using a naming convention and common notation are provided. These features make the book a comprehensive guide both for those seeking an introduction to distributed MPC as well as for those who want to gain a deeper insight in the wide range of distributed MPC techniques available. 


For more information: http://www.distributedmpc.net/ 



- On 35 Approaches for Distributed MPC Made Easy (R. R. Negenborn and J. M. Maestre) 

Part I: From Small-Scale to Large-Scale: The Group of Autonomous Systems Perspective 

- Bargaining Game Based Distributed MPC (F. Valencia, J. D. López, J. A. Patiño and J. J. Espinosa) 

- Cooperative Tube-Based Distributed MPC for Linear Uncertain Systems Coupled Via Constraints (P. A. Trodden and A. G. Richards) 

- Price-Driven Coordination for Distributed NMPC Using a Feedback Control Law (R. Martí, D. Sarabia and C. de Prada) 

- Distributed MPC for Consensus and Synchronization (M. A. Müller and F. Allgöwer) 

- Distributed MPC Under Coupled Constraints Based on Dantzig-Wolfe Decomposition (R. Bourdais, J. Buisson, D. Dumur, H. Guéguen and P.-D. Morosan) 

- Distributed MPC Via Dual Decomposition and Alternative Direction Method of Multipliers (F. Farokhi, I. Shames and K. H. Johansson) 

- D-SIORHC, Distributed MPC with Stability Constraints Based on a Game Approach (J. M. Lemos and J. M. Igreja) 

- A Distributed-in-Time NMPC-Based Coordination Mechanism for Resource Sharing Problems (M. Y. Lamoudi, M. Alamir and P. Béguery) 

- Rate Analysis of Inexact Dual Fast Gradient Method for Distributed MPC (I. Necoara) 

- Distributed MPC Via Dual Decomposition (B. Biegel, J. Stoustrup and P. Andersen) 

- Distributed Optimization for MPC of Linear Dynamic Networks (E. Camponogara) 

- Adaptive Quasi-Decentralized MPC of Networked Process Systems (Y. Hu and N. H. El-Farra) 

- Distributed Lyapunov-Based MPC (R. Hermans, M. Lazar and A. Jokic) 

- A Distributed Reference Management Scheme in Presence of Non-Convex Constraints: An MPC Based Approach (F. Tedesco, D. M. Raimondo and A. Casavola) 

- The Distributed Command Governor Approach in a Nutshell (A. Casavola, E. Garone and F. Tedesco) 

- Mixed-Integer Programming Techniques in Distributed MPC Problems (I. Prodan, F. Stoican, S. Olaru, C. Stoica and S.-I. Niculescu) 

- Distributed MPC of Interconnected Nonlinear Systems by Dynamic Dual Decomposition (A. Grancharova and T. A. Johansen) 

- Generalized Accelerated Gradient Methods for Distributed MPC Based on Dual Decomposition (P. Giselsson and A. Rantzer) 

- Distributed Multiple Shooting for Large Scale Nonlinear Systems (A. Kozma, C. Savorgnan and M. Diehl) 

- Nash-Based Distributed MPC for Multi-Rate Systems (S. Roshany-Yamchi, R. R. Negenborn and A. A. Cornelio) 

Part II From Large-Scale to Small-Scale: The Decomposed Monolithic System Perspective 

- Cooperative Dynamic MPC for Networked Control Systems (I. Jurado, D. E. Quevedo, K. H. Johansson and A. Ahlén) 

- Parallel Implementation of Hybrid MPC (D. Axehill and A. Hansson) 

- A Hierarchical MPC Approach with Guaranteed Feasibility for Dynamically Coupled Linear Systems (M. D. Doan, T. Keviczky and B. De Schutter) 

- Distributed MPC Based on a Team Game (J. M. Maestre, F. J. Muros, F. Fele, D. Muñoz de la Peña and E. F. Camacho) 

- Distributed MPC: A Noncooperative Approach Based on Robustness Concepts (G. Betti, M. Farina and R. Scattolini) 

- Decompositions of Augmented Lagrange Formulations for Serial and Parallel Distributed MPC (R. R. Negenborn) 

- A Hierarchical Distributed MPC Approach: A Practical Implementation (A. Zafra-Cabeza and J. M. Maestre) 

- Distributed MPC Based on Agent Negotiation (J. M. Maestre, D. Muñoz de la Peña and E. F. Camacho) 

- Lyapunov-based Distributed MPC Schemes: Sequential and Iterative Approaches (J. Liu, D. Muñoz de la Peña and P. D. Christofides) 

- Multi-layer Decentralized MPC of Large-Scale Networked Systems (C. Ocampo-Martinez, V. Puig, J. M. Grosso and S. Montes-de-Oca) 

- Distributed MPC Using Reinforcement Learning Based Negotiation: Application to Large Scale Systems (B. Morcego, V. Javalera, V. Puig and R. Vito) 

- Hierarchical MPC for Multiple Commodity Transportation Networks (J. L. Nabais, R. R. Negenborn, R. B. Carmona-Benítez, L. F. Mendonça and M. A. Botto) 

- On the Use of Suboptimal Solvers for Efficient Cooperative Distributed Linear MPC (G. Pannocchia, S. J. Wright and J. B. Rawlings) 

- Cooperative Distributed MPC Integrating a Steady State Target Optimizer (A. Ferramosca, D. Limon and A. H. González) 

- Cooperative MPC with Guaranteed Exponential Stability (A. Ferramosca) 




4. Journals


4.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China

Contributed by: Youjing, youjiyun_ok@163.com


Control Engineering of China 2013 Vol. 20 No. 5 


- Performance Analysis for Operational Optimal Control for Complex Industrial Processes-the Square Impact Principle. Wang Ai-ping, et al 

- A New Pairing Method Based on Multivariable State Feedback Predictive Control. Luo Xionglin, et al 

- Study on On-line Self-tuning PSS Based on the Parameters Adjusted by a Fuzzy Neural Network. Xu Kai, et al 

- Multifunctional Data Acquisition System for Intelligent Autonomous Mobile Robot. Wang Yaonan, et al 

- Adaptive Learning Control based on Least Squares Algorithm with a Forgetting Factor.  Ding Jian, et al 

- A License Plate Tilt Correction Algorithm Combined Hough and Radon Transform. Yu Ming, et al 

- Vector Control of Direct-driven PMSG Wind Turbine Based on Improved SMO. Huang shoudao, et al 

- Study of DTC System Based on Fuzzy Control. Zhang Guo, et al 

- Predictive Control Strategy for LPV Systems Based on Offline State Observer. Zhao Min 

- Design of High-speed Data Acquisition Device Based on DSP. Guan Shouping, et al 

- Linear Time-invariant Disturbance Observer Feed-forward Control for Nonlinear System. Li Hua, et al 

- Application of Active Disturbance Rejection Controller in Polypropylene Reactor. Tao Hongfeng, et al 

- Orientation Estimation Method for Mobile Robot in Urban Area. Li Haifeng, et al 

- Improved Neural Network PID Controller of Joint Robots. Li Nan, et al 

- Robust Adaptive Control for a Class of Nonlinear Systems Based on Support Vector Regression. Liu Yinan,et al 

- Research on Capacity Allocation with Random Demand and Private Infornation. Huang Min, et al 

- SIMULINK Realization for Fractional Order Transfer Function. Zheng Yongjun, et al 

- Research on Synchronous Traction Motor Direct Torque Control of High-Speed Train. Gong Siqian, et al 

- Grey Extra-deleting Control of Non-minimum Phase Systems. Wang Mingdong, et al 

- An Adaptive Harmonic Detection Algorithm with Momentum Term. Ma Lixin, et al 

- Study on Dehydration Process of CNG Filling Station. Ren Mingqiang 

- Study for Sequential Robust State Estimation under Hybrid Measurenment. Li Bo, et al 

- Design and Implementation of an Intelligent Controller of Motorcycle. Xian Xiaodong, et al 

- Weak Stochastic Asymptotic Stability of One Machine Infinite Bus System. Zhang Jianyong 

- Sliding Mode AQM Algorithm for Internet with Uncertainties And Time Delay. YAN Ming, et al 

- Smart Home System Oriented Physiological Parameters Monitoring. Yang Peng, et al 

- The Study of Wind Farm Reactive Power Dispatching Control Strategy. Huang Huixian, et al 

- Modal Analysis of Press Screw Based on MSC. Patran and Nastran. Dong Jianxiang, et al 

- The DC Speed Regulating Device for High-altitude Live Working Rotating Platform. Liu Bingliang, et al 

- Based On The Fuzzy Clustering Analysis of Clinical Pathway Decision Research. Zhang Huanjun, et al 

- A Linear Programming Framework for Outlier Detection. Gao Enyang, et al 

- Kernel Extreme Learning Machine Modeling Approach with Mixed-Kernel Function Based on Evolutionary Algorithm. Zhang Dequan, et al 

- QoS-aware Web Service Composition Model Based on Linear Programming. Chen Guobin, et al 

- Research and Application of RFID Middle Ware Technology in Iron & Steel Industry. Liang Yueyong, et al 

- Design of Mechanical Equipments’ Remote Control System based on the GSM Communication Controller. Feng Nuan 

- Human Action Trend Analyses Study Based on Depth and LLE. Liu Jian, et al 

- The Internet of Things Technology Application in Baosteel. Wang Li 

- Research on Industrial Engineering Driven Per formability of MPS. Peng Zucheng 

- Research on the Method for Fog Detection and Removal Based on Traffic Video. Song Hongjun, et al 

- Research of the Architecture and the Vertical Handover Algorithm in Vehicles Mobile Networks Based on WiFi/WiMAX. Chen Weihong, et al 

- A Method for Optimal Placement of Air-Defense-Guard Ship in Carrier Strike Group. Zhang Huarui, et al 

- Optimization of Inventory Model for Multi-chain Network based on Polyhedron Switched Method with Time-delay. Liu Chunling,et al 

- Robust PID Control for the Static Pressure in VAV Air Conditioning. Yang Shizhong, et al 

- Design of Mine Personnel Positioning System Based on RFID Technology. Huang Wei 

- Application of Improved Ant Colony Algorithm on Scheduling for the By-Produced Gas of Iron & Steel. Li Zhi, et al 

- The Application of Solenoid Valve to the Nuclear Power Plant in China and the Progress of Localization. Xiong Dongqing, et al 

- Design of Internet of Things Middleware Model Based on Semantic and Its Realization. Sun Yudi 

- The Significance Test and Algorithm of Kendall Correlation Coefficient under Small Sample. Hu Chunjian 

- Type-2 Fuzzy Control Based on Biological Adaptation Strategies. Zhao Tong, et al 

- Sliding Mode Control for Spraying Mobile Robots Based on Weighed Integral Gain Reaching. Niu Xuemei, et al 



4.2 Contents: Journal Nonlinear Studies 

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com


Journal Nonlinear Studies 


Table of Contents Vol 20, No 4 (2013) 



- Preface: Fractional differential equations and their applications. Mouffak Benchohra, Alberto Cabada, Johnny Henderson 469-470 

- Analytic solution of nonlinear fractional Burgers-type equation by invariant subspace method. Pietro Artale Harris, Roberto Garra 471-481 

- Sub Hyperbolic Linear Partial Fractional Differential etc. Donna S Stutson, Aghalaya S Vatsala 483-492 

- Regularity of solutions for evolution equations with Caputo fractional derivatives. Zhenbin Fan 493-500 

- Multiple Positive Solutions for a coupled system of Sturm-Liouville Fractional Order Two-point Boundary Value Probles. Kapula Rajendra - Prasad, B M B Krushna 501-511 

- Approximate controllability for a class of fractional neutral integro-differential inclusions with state-dependent delay. Velusamy Vijayakumar, C. Ravichandran, R Murugesu 513-532 

- Uniform approximation of fractional derivatives and integrals with application to fractional differential equations. Hassan Khosravian-Arab, Delfim F. M. Torres 533-548 

- Sobolev type fractional delay impulsive equations with Alpha-Sobolev resolvent families and integral conditions. Aicha Harrat, Amar Debbouche 549-558 

- Positive Solutions for Fractional Differential Equations With Bounded Linear Functional Boundary Conditions. Johnny L. Henderson, Xueyan Liu 559-570 

- Darboux problem for differential equation with mixed regularized derivative of fractional order. Aleksandr N Vityuk, Anastasia Vitaliyivna Mykhailenko 571-580 

- On Fractional Differential Equations Describing Fire Flashover. Vasily B. Novozhilov 581-590 

- On a solvability of a nonlinear fractional reaction-diffusion system in the Holder spaces. Mykola Krasnoschok, Nataliya V. Vasylyeva 591-621 

- Ulam stability for partial fractional differential inclusions with multiple delays and impulses via Picard operators. Said Abbas, Mouffak Benchohra, Seenith Sivasundaram 623-641



4.3 Contents: Journal Mathematics in engineering, science and aerospace  

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com


Journal Mathematics in engineering, science and aerospace (MESA)


Table of Contents  Vol 4, No 4 (2013) 



- Preface: Recent developments and applications on the theory of viscous fluid flow and related topics. Vladimir Kulish, Gleb Nosovskiy, Alexey Tuzhilin 319-321 

- Drainage of the Oldroyd eight constant fluid down an inclined plane using the Adomian and variational iteration methods. Abdul Siddiqui, Tahira Haroon, Ali Farooq, B.S Babcock 323-338 

- On the kinematic parameters, airfoil thickness and unsteady mechanisms and their effects on the aerodynamics of a flapping airfoil in hovering flight at low Reynolds numbers. M.T. Kashani, S.M. Hashemi, F. Talebi 339-357 

- Viscosity: its appearance at ultra-short scale, viscous stream buckling and a novel approach to determine critical values of the Reynolds number for laminar-turbulent transition. Vladimir Kulish, Martin Skote, Vladimir Horak 359-368 

- Exact solutions to the Navier-Stokes equation for an incompressible flow from the interpretation of the Schr¨odinger wave function. Vladimir V Kulish, Jose L Lage 369-375 

- Aeroelastic and aero-viscoelastic flutter issues in the age of highly flexible flight vehicles. Craig G. Merrett, Harry H. Hilton 377-401 

- Exact solution for phase-lagged heat equation in one dimensional domain. P Tavallali, A. Kaboudian, Vladimir V Kulish 403-413 

- Applicability of Laplace transform for fractional PDE with variable rate of derivatives. Vladimir Kulish, Gleb V. Nosovskiy 415-427 

- Generalised homotopy analysis method (q-HAM) for solving foam drainage equation of time fractional type. Olaniyi Iyiola, Mukiawa Edwin Soh, Cyril Dennis Enyi 429-440



4.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

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


Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 22, January 2014 


- L. Lavigne, F. Cazaurang, L. Fadiga, P. Goupil, New sequential probability ratio test: Validation on A380 flight data, Pages 1-9 

- Hyunjin Choi, Youdan Kim, UAV guidance using a monocular-vision sensor for aerial target tracking,  Pages 10-19 

- Alain Segundo Potts, Rodrigo Alvite Romano, Claudio Garcia, Improving performance and stability of MPC relevant identification methods, Pages 20-33 

- Bruno O.S. Teixeira, Walace S. Castro, Alex F. Teixeira, Luis A. Aguirre, Data-driven soft sensor of downhole pressure for a gas-lift oil well, Pages 34-43 

- Yihui Wang, Bart De Schutter, Ton J.J. van den Boom, Bin Ning, Optimal trajectory planning for trains under fixed and moving signaling systems using mixed integer linear programming, Pages 44-56 

- Koos van Berkel, Theo Hofman, Alex Serrarens, Maarten Steinbuch, Fast and smooth clutch engagement control for dual-clutch transmissions, Pages 57-68 

- Ming Chang, Wei Dong, Yindong Ji, A distributed approach for track occupancy detection, Pages 69-80 

- Pingen Chen, Junmin Wang, Control-oriented model for integrated diesel engine and aftertreatment systems thermal management, Pages 81-93 

- Markus Gölles, Stefan Reiter, Thomas Brunner, Nicolaos Dourdoumas, Ingwald Obernberger, Model based control of a small-scale biomass boiler, Pages 94-102 

- Tom Nørgaard Jensen, Rafal Wisniewski, Claudio DePersis, Carsten Skovmose Kallesøe, Output regulation of large-scale hydraulic networks with minimal steady state power consumption, Pages 103-113 

- Abhishek Dutta, Bruno Depraetere, Clara Ionescu, Gregory Pinte, Jan Swevers, Robin De Keyser, Comparison of two-level NMPC and ILC strategies for wet-clutch control, Pages 114-124 

- Sébastien Varrier, Damien Koenig, John J. Martinez, Robust fault detection for Uncertain Unknown Inputs LPV system, Pages 125-134 

- Lghani Menhour, Brigitte d'Andréa-Novel, Michel Fliess, Hugues Mounier, Coupled nonlinear vehicle control: Flatness-based setting with algebraic estimation techniques, Pages 135-146 

- Alessandro Di Giorgio, Francesco Liberati, Silvia Canale, Electric vehicles charging control in a smart grid: A model predictive control approach, Pages 147-162 

- Jie Yu, Srinivas Karra, Rui Huang, John Hedengren, Editorial overview, Pages 163-164 

- Mark L. Darby, Michael Nikolaou, Identification test design for multivariable model-based control: An industrial perspective, Pages 165-180 

- Qinghua Chi, Zhengshun Fei, Zhao Zhao, Li Zhao, Jun Liang, A model predictive control approach with relevant identification in dynamic PLS framework, Pages 181-193 

- Yingwei Zhang, Shuai Li, Modeling and monitoring of nonlinear multi-mode processes, Pages 194-204 

- Jicong Fan, S. Joe Qin, Youqing Wang, Online monitoring of nonlinear multivariate industrial processes using filtering KICA–PCA, Pages 205-216 

- Dayong Zhao, Tianyou Chai, Hong Wang, Jun Fu, Hybrid intelligent control for regrinding process in hematite beneficiation, Pages 217-230 

- Wei Dai, Daniel P. Word, Juergen Hahn, Modeling and dynamic optimization of fuel-grade ethanol fermentation using fed-batch process, Pages 231-241 

- Matthew Ellis, Panagiotis D. Christofides, Integrating dynamic economic optimization and model predictive control for optimal operation of nonlinear process systems, Pages 242-251 

- Su Liu, Jinfeng Liu, Yiping Feng, Gang Rong, Performance assessment of decentralized control systems: An iterative approach, Pages 252-263 



4.5 Contents:  Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization

Contributed by: Liwei Ning, editorial@aimsciences.org


Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization (JIMO) 

Volume: 10, Number: 2 April 2014 



- Fractional order optimal control problems with free terminal time Pages: 363-381. Shakoor Pooseh, Ricardo Almeida and Delfim F. M. Torres 

- Optimizing system-on-chip verifications with multi-objective genetic evolutionary algorithms Pages: 383-396. Adriel Cheng and Cheng-Chew Lim  

- A ladder method for linear semi-infinite programming Pages: 397-412. Yanqun Liu and Ming-Fang Ding d

- Theory and applications of optimal control problems with multiple time-delays Pages: 413-441. Laurenz Göllmann and Helmut Maurer  

- Computation of bang-bang and singular controls in collision avoidance Pages: 443-460. Helmut Maurer, Tanya Tarnopolskaya and Neale Fulton 

- A new parallel splitting descent method for structured variational inequalities Pages: 461-476. Kai Wang, Lingling Xu and Deren Han  

- Designing rendezvous missions with mini-moons using geometric optimal control Pages: 477-501. Monique Chyba, Geoff Patterson, Gautier Picot, Mikael Granvik, Robert Jedicke and Jeremie Vaubaillon 

- On an optimal control problem in laser cutting with mixed finite-/infinite-dimensional constraints Pages: 503-519. Georg Vossen and Torsten Hermanns.   

- Inexact restoration and adaptive mesh refinement for optimal control Pages: 521-542. Nahid Banihashemi and C. Yalçın Kaya

- Doubly nonnegative relaxation method for solving multiple objective quadratic programming problems Pages: 543-556. Yanqin Bai and Chuanhao Guo  

- Manifold relaxations for integer programming Pages: 557-566. Zhiguo Feng and Ka-Fai Cedric Yiu  

- Multimodal image registration by elastic matching of edge sketches via optimal control Pages: 567-590. Angel Angelov and Marcus Wagner 

- A time-dependent scheduling problem to minimize the sum of the total weighted tardiness among two agents Pages: 591-611. Wen-Hung Wu, Yunqiang Yin, Wen-Hsiang Wu, Chin-Chia Wu and Peng-Hsiang Hsu

- The inverse parallel machine scheduling problem with minimum total completion time Pages: 613-620. Hongtruong Pham and Xiwen Lu  

- LS-SVM approximate solution for affine nonlinear systems with partially unknown functions Pages: 621-636. Guoshan Zhang, Shiwei Wang, Yiming Wang and Wanquan Liu 

- Substitution secant/finite difference method to large sparse minimax problems Pages: 637-663. Junxiang Li, Yan Gao, Tao Dai, Chunming Ye, Qiang Su and Jiazhen Huo  



4.6 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science 

Contributed by: AMCS, amcs@uz.zgora.pl


International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS) 

2013, Volume 23, Number 4 (December) 

Regular issue 


- Avdonin S., Choque Rivero A. and de Teresa L. Exact boundary controllability of coupled hyperbolic equations 701 

- Moodi H. and Farrokhi M. Robust observer design for Sugeno systems with incremental quadratic nonlinearity in the consequent 711 

- Kaczorek T. Minimum energy control of positive continuous-time linear systems with bounded inputs 725 

- Auer E., Kiel S. and Rauh A. A verified method for solving piecewise smooth initial value problems 731 

- Smoczek J. Evolutionary optimization of interval mathematics-based design of a TSK fuzzy controller for anti-sway crane control 749 

- Liao S. and Yang W.M. On the dynamics of a vaccination model with multiple transmission ways 761 

- Wu J., Abbas-Turki A. and Perronnet F. Cooperative driving at isolated intersections based on the optimal minimization of the maximum exit time 773 

- Taheri S. and Mammadov M. Learning the naive Bayes classifier with optimization models 787 

- Rybka J. and Janicki A. Comparison of speaker dependent and speaker independent emotion recognition 797 

- Stanimirović P., Miladinović M., Stojanović I. and Miljković S. Application of the partitioning method to specific Toeplitz matrices 809 

- Hofuku I. and Oshima K. A method of constructing the frame of a directed graph 823 

- Strug B., Paszyńska A., Paszyński M. and Grabska E. Using a graph grammar system in the finite element method 839 

- Matthews S.G., Gongora M.A. and Hopgood A.A. Evolutionary algorithms and fuzzy sets for discovering temporal rules 855 

- Andrzejewski W., Gramacki A. and Gramacki J. Graphics processing units in acceleration of bandwidth selection for kernel density estimation 869 

- Gao J.-Q., Fan L.-Y., Li L. and Xu L.-Z. A practical application of kernel-based fuzzy discriminant analysis 887 

- Khapalov A. Addendum to "The well-posedness of a swimming model in the 3-D incompressible fluid governed by the nonstationary Stokes equation" 905 



4.7 Contents: Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev, piam@bsu.az


Proceedings of the Institute of Applied Mathematics, V.2, N.2, 2013 

ISSN 2225-0530, 


- N.A. Aliev, F.A. Aliev, M.Kh. Ilyasov, A.P. Guliyev. The method of series to the solution of a problem for the system of hyberbolic equations appearing in the oil production 

- R.T. Zulfigarova, M.M. Mutallimov. Solving the optimal control problem with multipoint boundary conditions by sweep method 

- M.A. Sadygov. Extremum problem with constraints in the metric spaces 

- А.А. Niftiyev, E.R. Shafizade, B.M. Qasimov. Fuzzy differential equations containing delta-function 

- N.A. Aliev, Y.Y. Mustafaeva. Some special conditions in investigation of the mixed type equations 

- Sh.M. Nasibov, M.A. Namazov. On a Sobolev type inequality 

- R.H. Hamidov, Н.К. Allakhverdiyeva. Design making in a problem of definition of the production orders 

- F.Q. Aqayev, E.N. Aliyeva. A new method to comparison the measurement results of the ground photometric networks and onboard spectrometers 

- N.A. Ismailov, A.A. Namazov, F.A. Aliev. An asymptotic method for finding the hydraulic resistance coefficient in lifting of the GLM in the pump-compressor pipe 

- A.M. Guliyeva. Construction of a problem adjoint in a new approach to the boundary value problem for a third order linear differential equation 

- K. Indra Gandhi. Energy-efficient optimal sub-sink selection for data collection in wireless sensor networks 

- N.A. Ismailov , A.A Namazov., F.A. Aliev. An asymptotic method for finding the hydraulic resistance coefficient in lifting of the GLM in the pump-compressor pipe 



4.8  CFP: Computational Management Science

Contributed by: Dan Iancu, daniancu@stanford.edu


CMS Special Issue on Robust Optimization | Call for Papers (Extended Deadline: March 21, 2014)


Taking adequate decisions in today's highly complex and interconnected world has become an increasingly complex task. New tools are constantly being developed to help us extract pertinent information from growing databases of historical data, and to generate informed decisions and strategies that can be relied upon. 

Celebrating 15 years of renewed and flourishing interest in the robust optimization (RO) paradigm, we invite high quality submissions in RO, with a special interest toward questions associated with the use of historical data. Potential topics include, but are not restricted to, RO theory and computational methods, RO as an alternative for probabilistic constraints, distributionally robust optimization, uncertainty set calibration; decomposition schemes for scenario based RO, online RO. Also of interest are applications of RO in areas such as logistics, supply chain management, finance, transportation, communication, recommendation systems, e-commerce, to name just a few. 

Deadline for submission of full papers: March 21st, 2014. 

Additional information about the special issue can be obtained from: http://www.springer.com/business+%26+management/operations+research/journal/10287 


Erick Delage, Management Science Dept., HEC Montréal, erick.delage@hec.ca 

Dan Iancu, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, daniancu@stanford.edu 



4.9 CFP: Control Theory and Technology 

Contributed by: Tengfei Liu, neuralliu@gmail.com


CFP: Control Theory and Technology (formerly named Journal of Control Theory and Applications) 

Special Issue on Learning and Control in Cooperative Multi-agent Systems 


Guest Editors 

Frank L. Lewis, UTA Research Institute, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA 

Zhong-Ping Jiang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Brooklyn, NY 

Tengfei Liu, State Key Laboratory of Synthetical Process Automation, Northeast University, Shenyang, China 


Cooperative control of multi-agent systems linked by communication networks is a well-developed and still growing field. The interplay of the individual agent dynamics and the communication graph topology results in intriguing and often surprising behaviors that are not manifested in the study of control systems for single-agent dynamics. This field brings systems theory, feedback control, graph theory, communication systems, complex systems theory to provide rigorous analysis and design for multiple dynamical systems interconnected by a graph information flow structure. Applications have been made to vehicle formation control, coordinated multi-satellite control, electric power system control, robotics, autonomous airborne systems, manufacturing production lines, and the synchronization of dynamical processes in chemistry, physics, biology, and chaotic systems. 

The design of systems that learn online how best to control dynamical processes is well developed. Adaptive control is a proven method for learning feedback controllers for systems with unknown dynamic models, exogenous disturbances, nonzero setpoints, and uncertain nonlinearities and unmodeled dynamics. Adaptive control has been applied for years in process control, industry, aerospace systems, vehicle systems, and elsewhere. Reinforcement learning (RL) refers to a broad class of methods for improving control policies based on observation of the performance or value of current policies. RL allows the learning of optimal controls in real-time using data measured along system trajectories. RL is closely tied theoretically to both adaptive control and optimal control. Recent work has shown how to use RL to develop new forms of adaptive controllers that converge to optimal control solutions in real time and to effectively deal with some existing open problems in adaptive control such as handling unmatched uncertainties. Developed methods include approximate dynamic programming, integral reinforcement learning, temporal difference, adaptive function approximation, and others. 

However, the design of cooperative control systems with real-time learning features has not been fully developed. The purpose of this special issue is to present a body of work that shows how to more closely integrate and cross-fertilize techniques from cooperative control, adaptive control and RL. Learning techniques include a broad range of methods including feedback control design, planning, episodic learning, learning with reduced information, optimal control for Markov decision processes and more that have not been fully explored for feedback control design. 


Topics of interest in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to: 

* Extensions of adaptive control and RL to cooperative multi-agent systems 

* Reinforcement learning on different time scales for mission planning and feedback control in cooperative control systems 

* Optimal Adaptive learning cooperative control systems based on generalized performance measures with reduced or intermittent information 

* Iterative learning control for cooperative systems and synchronization 

* Use of past stored data to improve cooperative control learning systems 

* Design of cooperative learning systems with limited data, actuator limitations, process noise, and measurement noise 

* Relations of model predictive control and approximate dynamic programming for cooperative synchronization 

* Applications of adaptive and reinforcement learning multi-player games in cooperative control on graphs 

* Adaptive and reinforcement learning methods in distributed and hybrid systems 

* Model-free or data-driven, or distributed control approaches for linear or nonlinear cooperative systems 


For Further Information about Paper Submissions please email 

Dr. Tengfei Liu, neuralliu@gmail.com 


Time Line and Deadlines

June 30, 2014 Submissions due 

November 2014 Anticipated publication date 


Submission of Manuscript 

Papers should be prepared in English and should be submitted on the journal website http://controls.papercept.net and conform to the guidelines listed there. Manuscripts should be clearly marked as being submitted to the Special Issue on Learning and Control in Cooperative Multi-agent Systems, Editors F.L. Lewis, Z.P. Jiang and T. Liu. After submission, please send an email to Dr. Tengfei Liu neuralliu@gmail.com 


All submitted papers will be subject to peer review in accordance with the standard review procedures of the Journal of Control Theory and Applications. 

Control Theory and Technology (formerly named Journal of Control Theory and Applications) publishes high-quality papers in the broadest areas of systems and controls, covering original research results and applications of new and established control methods. The journal is published by Springer Science and indexed in SCOPUS, EI-Compendex, INSPEC, and other systems.




5. Conferences 


5.1  World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation

Contributed by: Youjiyun, youjiyun_ok@163.com


The 11th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA 2014) http://2014.wcica.info/ will take place from June 27 to 30, 2014 in Shenyang, China. 

WCICA 2014 is the largest event technically co-sponsored by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Control Systems Society, National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Chinese Association of Automation, the Chinese Association of Artificial Intelligence, among others. 

WCICA 2014 features high level distinguished keynote and plenary speeches and plenary panel discussion sessions by the world leading researchers covering extensive topics related to the Congress. Papers presenting innovative research results with significant impact will be recognized through the WCICA 2014 Awards, including Best Paper in Theory, Best Paper in Applications, Best Student Paper, Best Poster Paper, Best Paper in Biomedical & Bio-Systems, SUPCON Best Paper in Industrial Automation, and AIAG Best Paper on Supply Chain. 

The Proceedings of WCICA 2014 will be included in the IEEE Xplore database and indexed by EI Compendex. 

Outstanding papers presenting novel research results at the Congress will be recommended to publish the expanded versions in the WCICA 2014 special issues of selected leading international journals, including: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B- Advanced Robotics, Acta Automation Sinica 

It is our great pleasure to invite you to submit your original research papers to the Congress. WCICA 2014 welcomes proposals for Invited Sessions reporting innovative research results on focused topics and Tutorials and Workshops on novel emerging research topics. Please submit Invited Sessions and Tutorial/Workshop proposals to the Congress Secretariat at wcica2014@gmail.com by January 31, 2014. For more information about the Congress, please refer to the Congress website for details. 


Important Dates 

Jan 15, 2014: Paper Submission Deadline 

April 1, 2014: Notification of Paper Acceptance 

April 15, 2014: Final IEEE pdf Compliant Paper Submission and Advance Registration 


Paper Language 

All papers in English and Chinese are invited. 

Areas and Topics

Areas and topics of contributed papers include but are not limited to the following technical fields:

Control Theory and Engineering, Engineering Optimization, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical Engineering and Biosystems, Automation and Manufacturing Systems, System Sensing, Modelling and Analysis, Big Data Automation and Optimisation 


General Chair: Tianyou Chai, ChinaGeneral Co-Chair: T.-J. Tarn, US/ChinaProgram Chair: Hong Wang, China/UKWCICA 2014 Secretariat E-mail: wcica2014@gmail.com



5.2  Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace

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 

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 



5.3 Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control

Contributed by: John Lygeros, jlygeros@ethz.ch


17th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control 

April 15-17, 2014, Berlin, Germany 

URL: http://2014.hscc-conference.org/ 


Demo and Poster submission deadline extended to January 17, 2014

HSCC accepts demos and posters for the respective joint sessions of CPS week. 

Proposals will be evaluated based on a 2 page abstract. Abstracts should be submitted by email to hssc2014@easychair.org by January 17, 2014. 


"Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control" (HSCC) 2014 will be part of the 7th CPSWeek (Cyber-Physical Systems Week) collocating 5 conferences: HSCC, the Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS), the International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), the Conference on High Confidence Networked Systems (HiCoNS) and the International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS). 


HSCC focuses on research that involves a blend of concepts, tools, and techniques from computer science, control theory, and applied mathematics for analysis and control of dynamical systems that exhibit combined continuous and discrete (hybrid) dynamics. By drawing on strategies from both computation and control, this field offers techniques applicable to both man-made, cyber-physical systems (ranging from mixed signal circuits and small robots to global infrastructure networks) and natural systems (ranging from biochemical networks to physiological models). HSCC has long been a leading, single-track conference for such rigorous, interdisciplinary approaches to dynamical systems with an emphasis on computational aspects. Researchers from academia and industry are invited to submit manuscripts on their latest research in this area. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

- Design, synthesis, analysis, verification, and control of hybrid systems; 

- Computability and complexity; 

- Programming languages, specification formalisms, and software tools; 

- Real-time computing and resource-aware control for embedded systems; 

- Applications in areas such as automotive, communication and wireless networks, avionics, transportation networks, energy systems, mobile robotic networks, environmental monitoring, medical devices, manufacturing, analog and mixed-signal electronics, systems biology, and other sciences.



5.4 Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

Contributed by: Maria Prandini, prandini@elet.polimi.it


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

April 15-17, 2014, Berlin, Germany

URL: http://iccps.acm.org/2014/   


The International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS) is seeking submissions of abstracts for Demos, Posters and Work-in-Progress presentations.



ICCPS focus is on cyber-physical systems (CPS), that is on 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. 

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 will be 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 session will provide a forum for researchers to showcase ongoing work and obtain feedback from the CPS community as a part of the joint poster/demo session of CPS Week. Demo proposals should clearly describe what will be demonstrated and how the contributions will be illustrated interactively. A table, power, and wireless connectivity will be provided for each demo. If a demonstration requires special arrangements in addition to the above, please describe them clearly in the demo submission.

The poster session will provide a forum for researchers to showcase ongoing work and obtain feedback from the CPS community as a part of the joint poster/demo session of CPS Week.

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.



Submissions will be evaluated based on technical merit and innovation as well as their potential to stimulate interesting discussions and exchange of ideas at the conference. Both academic and industrial submissions are encouraged. 

The submissions should be a one-page abstract in pdf format following ICCPS regular-paper formatting guidelines (see http://iccps.acm.org/2014/?q=CFP). 

All accepted abstracts will be published in the regular ICCPS Proceedings.

Demo Proposals, Poster abstracts, and WiP abstract should be submitted through the submission site https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=iccps2014. The title of submissions should start with “Demo Abstract:”, “Poster Abstract:” or “WiP Abstract:” according to the type of submission.


Key Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline: January 27, 2014

Acceptance Decisions: February 7, 2014

Camera-ready Abstracts: February 17, 2014


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)



5.5  Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics

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


Call for papers 

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



5.6  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 Mechatronics and Robotics (IJMR). 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 



5.7  Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems 

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


Call for Papers: 2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS'14, http://www.uasconferences.com) 


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 3, 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 



5.8 Workshop on Discrete Event Systems 

Contributed by: Stephane Lafortune, stephane@umich.edu


Call for Proposals for the Organization of WODES 2016 


The Steering Committee of WODES is pleased to solicit proposals for the organization of the 13th Edition of the International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems, to be held in the late Spring, Summer, or early Fall of 2016. 

WODES is the main bi-annual meeting of the international research community in Discrete Event Systems. The WODES workshop series officially started in 1992 in Prague, following a successful initial meeting in Amherst, USA, in 1991. 


Proposals should be submitted by April 1, 2014 to the Steering Committee Chair, Stephane Lafortune, by email to: stephane@umich.edu . The Steering Committee will consider all proposals received by the deadline and a final decision is expected to be announced in May 2014 at WODES 2014. 


Proposals can be brief but should present all pertinent details regarding: 

- Organizing team and proposed chairs of the Scientific Program Committee; 

- Venue and dates; 

- Expected registration costs; 

- Expected sponsoring organizations (e.g., IEEE CSS, IFAC); 

- Other pertinent scientific and/or organizational information. 


Proposals not selected may be encouraged for later resubmission for future editions of WODES in 2018 and beyond. 

More information about WODES can be found at the website http://www.diee.unica.it/giua/WODES/ 


Stephane Lafortune 

On behalf of the WODES Steering Committee 




6. Positions


6.1  PhD: Ghent University, Belgium

Contributed by: Francesco Ferranti, francesco.ferranti@intec.ugent


PhD positions: Parameterized Model Order Reduction (PMOR) and Parameterized Behavioral Models for Electronic Systems.


SUMO Lab is part of the IBCN research group (http://www.ibcn.intec.ugent.be/) of the Department of Information Technology (INTEC) at Ghent University, Belgium. 

We are looking for Master degree candidates in electrical engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics. Strong interdisciplinary interest in modeling, simulation, design of electronic systems, system and control theory is required, and excellent programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Java) are highly desirable. 

We offer fully paid 4 year PhD positions that can start immediately. The positions are funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders. The positions are open to applicants of any nationality with good knowledge of English and/or Dutch. 

The main objective of these projects is the development of robust and automated parameterized model order reduction and behavioral modeling methods for the efficient and accurate representation of modern electronic systems (linear and nonlinear), which take into account frequency/time and additional design parameters (e.g. layout features). These advanced modeling tools are needed to significantly speed-up design activities (e.g. optimization and variability analysis) and conquer the design complexities of modern electronic systems at a reduced time-to-market. 


We invite interested applicants to send their CV, as well as a short summary of their research interests and motivation by e-mail to Dr. Francesco Ferranti (francesco.ferranti@intec.ugent.be) before 1 March 2014. Indicate “Application: PhD Researcher PMOR for electronic systems” in the email subject. Note that all applications will be thoroughly screened in order to satisfy the high scientific standards of our research group.



6.2   PhD: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Contributed by: Dimos Dimarogonas, dimos@kth.se


PhD Student Positions in Automatic Control 

The KTH School of Electrical Engineering (EES) announces 1-2 PhD Student positions in Automatic Control. 

The full opening announcement can be found here: 


Interested candidates can submit their application by the indicated deadline of January 15.



6.3  PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Contributed by: Rudy Negenborn, r.r.negenborn@tudelft.nl


2 PhD positions in the ShipDrive Program: "Integrated Design and Control of Hybrid Ship Systems" at Delft University of Technology (Marine & Transport Technology), The Netherlands 


Job description 

We seek two talented and ambitious PhD candidates for a challenging multidisciplinary research project on design and control of a new generation of ships. The PhD positions are defined within the framework of the NWO/STW Maritime program "ShipDrive: A Novel Methodology for Dynamic 

Integrated Modelling, Control and Optimization of Hybrid Ship Systems". 


Within this project the main objectives are: 

• to define a novel design and optimization methodology for integrating hybrid propulsion and energy systems on board of ships and 

• to define control strategies based on functional criteria for hybrid sip systems on several control layers. 


The design and control criteria will include running cost of the ship asset, fuel consumption and influence on environment in terms of emissions and radiated (underwater) noise. 

In the project, the potential of the proposed approaches will be assessed in the specific and demanding maritime environment. This makes the research involved both innovative and highly applicable to actual issues in the maritime industry, the government and society. 

The new researchers working on this project will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team of academic experts, as well as with leading industrial partners. This will allow both the realization of new, innovative, fundamental design and control contributions as well as the 

opportunity to demonstrate their practical relevance via state-of-the-art demonstrators. 

Within the framework of the project there will be 2 PhD projects. One PhD project will focus more on the vessel design aspect, taking particular maritime characteristics into account; the second PhD project will focus on the operational control, aiming for maximizing the performance of a given vessel design. 



We are seeking two outstanding and enthusiastic researchers with a strong interest in the development of novel ship systems and control algorithms and who have expertise and interest in one or more of the following areas: 

• maritime technology, vessel design, functional system design, system integration, 

• control, optimization, dynamical systems, simulation, graph theory, power systems. 

You have obtained an MSc or equivalent degree or expect to obtain a MSc very soon related to these areas. Well spoken and written English is mandatory. 


Conditions of employment 

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home and the option of assembling a customized compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. You will get a contract for four years with a go/no evaluation after 1 year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline related and research skills. Please visit http://www.phd.tudelft.nl/ for more information. 


For more information about these positions, please contact Dr. Rudy Negenborn, phone: +31 (0)15-2786718, e-mail: r.r.negenborn@tudelft.nl, Prof. Hans Hopman, phone: +31 (0)15-2785605, e-mail: j.j.hopman@tudelft.nl, or Klaas Visser, phone +31(0)15-2781521, e-mail: k.visser@tudelft.nl. 

To apply, please e-mail to Dr. Rudy Negenborn: 

- an up-to-date curriculum vitae, 

- a letter of application, 

- a transcript of grades obtained during MSc studies, 

- the names and contact information (telephone number and e-mail address) of two references 

The letter of application should summarize: 1) why the project is of interest to the applicant and 2) a brief description of the applicant's prior experience in the areas of interest (e.g., a description of the research performed in the context of the applicant's MSc thesis). 

Application deadline is: January 31, 2014. 

Recruiting will continue until suitable candidates have been selected. 



6.4  PhD: KU 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: February 1, 2014 - January 31, 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 at: https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/52837502 



6.5  Post-Doc: Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Switzerland

Contributed by: Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, andrea@idsia.ch


PostDoc Researcher on simulation and optimization of intelligent systems.


The Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA www.idsia.ch) is looking for an outstanding researcher on simulation and optimization of intelligent systems. The researcher will be involved in research projects related to intelligent systems, in particular smart grids and networks, for the optimized management of electricity and water. The duties include the development and implementation of optimization algorithms and simulation models for the study and management of complex networked systems. 

Our candidate is strongly motivated to work on research topics that have a strong applied side. For this position a PhD degree in informatics, engineering or other strongly quantitative areas is preferred. Proven experience in scientific research is requested. 

We offer a full time position on a fixed-term work contract with the possibility of renewal after termination. The salary will be based on qualifications, and it starts from a minimum of 65’000 CHF per year. 

Applications must be submitted electronically by the 15th of January 2014 via the online form at the address: 


Additional information can be found in the PDF call published at: http://www.supsi.ch/home/dms/supsi/docs/supsi/offerte-lavoro/2014/20140115_IDSIA_Ricercatore_eng.pdf. For further information please contact: 

Andrea Emilio Rizzoli 




6.6   Post-Doc: University of Science and Technology, China 

Contributed by: Hai-Tao Zhang, zht@mail.hust.edu.cn


Postdoc Position 1: Multi-agent systems control; 

Postdoc Position 2: Multi-axis machining system dynamics and active control; 

Postdoc Position 3: Macro-micro positioning control 


Huazhong (CentralChina) University of Science and Technology (HUST) invites applicants for a postdoctoral research associate in the topics of multi-agent systems control, Multi-axis machining system dynamics and active control and macro-micro positioning control, starting from early 2014. The appointment is, initially, for the duration of one year; however, it can be extended to the maximum of three subsequent years, based on performance. Applications should not be older than 40 and should have PhD in Automatic Control, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and relevant subjects. 

The proposed research, which is an endeavor of the State Key Lab of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology, and School of Automation of HUST, will mainly focus on 

1- Research on natural collective behaviors, exploring the mathematical evidences of flocking dynamics and extracting the concrete principles among the abundant swarming/flocking phenomena, and applying the flocking rules to multi-robot systems and unmanned airplanes’ formation control; 

2- Complex surface workpieces like turbine blades and vanes are widely used in industrial applications including aerospace, power, marine and national defense engineering. This scheme focuses on the development of intelligent spindle embedded with active controllers. This spindle can be expected to substantially attenuate the machining chatters so as to greatly improve the machining efficiency; 

3- Research on nano-positioning control, nano-electrospraying control and micro-environment (including thermal/electric/magnetic fields and anti-oscillation) control for nano-manufacturing, revealing the mathematical nature of nano-scale manufacturing systems and extracting the concrete mechanisms among them; 


The salary and benefits are as follows: 

1- Annual salary CNY 120,000 ($ 19,957). 

2- Furnished accommodation not smaller than 50m2 from the date of the arrival (rents partially at the employee’s expense according to HUST HR policy for Post-Docs 

3- Health insurance with respect to HUST HR policy for Post-Docs. 

4- Additional allowance up to CNY 20,000/Y according to the performance. 

If interested, please send your CV together with a cover letter and the names of three professional references, to 


Prof. Hai-Tao Zhang 

State Key Lab of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology 

School of Automation 

Huazhong University of Science and Technology 

Wuhan City, P.R.China 




6.7  Post-Doc: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden  

Contributed by: Henk Wymeersch, henkw@chalmers.se


We have two openings for postdoctoral researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, each for a duration of 2 years. 

The first position (see http://www.chalmers.se/en/about-chalmers/vacancies/?rmpage=job&rmjob=1803&rmlang=UK) is in stochastic optimization and control. The second position (see http://www.chalmers.se/en/about-chalmers/vacancies/?rmpage=job&rmjob=1833&rmlang=UK) is in optical network optimization. 

For more information, please click on the links above or contact Henk Wymeersch. 



6.8 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia

Contributed by: Michael Cantoni, cantoni@unimelb.edu.au


The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne invites applications to join a team of academics and students working on problems that pertain to the operation of large-scale irrigation networks, in collaboration with an industry partner. The aim of the underlying research program is to develop modelling and automatic control techniques for achieving improved water delivery efficiencies and reduced environmental impact. Problems of interest include the modelling and control of flows and levels in open-water channels, supervisory and hierarchical control of irrigation networks, and demand-side management. 


Two post-doctoral Research Fellow positions are available to conduct fundamental systems theory oriented research, relevant to the operation of large-scale irrigation networks, with emphasis on one or more of the following topics: 

* System identification of time- and parameter-varying systems; 

* Performance analysis of large-scale networks; 

* Robust control with decentralized information;

* Constrained control in the presence of uncertainty; 

* Structured and distributed computation for optimization; and/or 

* Game-theoretic tools for mechanism design. 


Applicants must have an outstanding background in engineering or applied mathematics, with demonstrated expertise in modelling, model-based control, and optimization for dynamical systems. 

The two positions are each available for up to 24 months. 

To apply and for more information, see the following: 


Closing date: February 3, 2014 



6.9  Faculty: Australian National University

Contributed by: Brian Anderson, brian.anderson@anu.edu.au


The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University is seeking to fill a tenure track/tenured position in one of several areas of electrical engineering, including control. Applications from fresh PhDs will not be considered; the position is an intermediate level one (corresponding to an assistant professor with several years experience or an associate professor or even recent full professor in an American university). 

Details can be found at http://jobs.anu.edu.au/PositionDetail.aspx?p=3602



6.10  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 



6.11   Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Contributed by:  Panagiotis Tsiotras, tsiotras@gatech.edu


Faculty Position in Control & Autonomy 


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

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

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

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

The Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. 



6.12  Faculty: University of Bayreuth, Germany

Contributed by: Lars Gruene, lars.gruene@uni-bayreuth.de


The University of Bayreuth, Germany, invites applications for a full professor (W3) position in engineering mathematics. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2014. More information (in German) can be found on http://jobs.zeit.de/jobs/bayreuth_w3-professur_fuer_ingenieurmathematik_95737.html



6.13  Faculty: Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Contributed by: Paolo Mercorelli, p.mercorelli@uni.leuphana.de


Based on the values of a humanistic, sustainable and action-oriented university, Leuphana University of Lüneburg has for many years embodied a new, award-winning educational and administrative model unique in Germany. In order to research the central questions facing civil society in the 21st century, the university has created four faculties: education, humanities and social sciences, sustainability, and business sciences. 

The Faculty of Business and Economics uses the perspectives of various different disciplines to examine the conditions under which communal, social and entrepreneurial value judgments are made. 

The faculty aims to strengthen its profile by up to two Junior Professorships in Engineering (Industrial) (W1): 

Modeling of technical systems and processes: candidates should work with mathematical models, dynamic systems or processes, which are used to identify and / or to predict the system behavior or deliver measurable parameters, which influence processes and systems. 

Local Engineering: candidates should be engaged with process technologies that are suitable for local improvement of the mechanical properties of materials, such as their strength, ductility and resistance to crack propagation and which aims adding value in the field of highly stressed components and lightweight structures. 

Applications from engineering, mathematics, physics and materials science are encouraged. 

Further information and application requirements are available under www.leuphana.de. Applications should be mailed to the President of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Post Box 2440, Lüneburg D-21314 or sent electronically to beko@leuphana.de by January 8, 2014. 



6.14  Faculty: Concordia University, Canada

Contributed by: Luis Rodrigues, luisrod@encs.concordia.ca


Concordia University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is seeking outstanding applicants for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Aerospace Robotics. The Department is comprised of 41 faculty members, 14 staff members and approximately 550 undergraduate and 600 graduate students. 

The Aerospace Robotics chair-holder will be expected to engage in theoretical and experimental research in such areas as space robotics, on-orbit servicing (OOS), vision-based guidance of robotic systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), unmanned space vehicles, autonomous and reconfigurable robotic systems, advanced fault-tolerant sensors/actuators, and related areas. A strong emphasis is placed on fundamental and applied research, interdisciplinary research partnerships, and the ability to establish and develop industrial collaborations as well as international collaborations. Teaching is also an important activity of the chair-holder. 

The Government of Canada funds the Canada Research Chairs program in order to promote world-class research in Canadian universities. Details about the federal government’s CRC program, as well as the chair selection criteria can be found at www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca. 

Short-listed candidates will be invited to make a presentation on their research. 

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related field. The language of instruction at Concordia is English, however knowledge of French is an asset. Applicants in should submit a CV, record of relevant research and publications, a statement of research objectives, an extended research plan, a teaching statement, as well as the names, addresses and current contact information of five referees, in pdf format to Dr. William E. Lynch Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (blynch@ece.concordia.ca). 

Review of the applications will continue until suitable candidates have been identified. The position is subject to the terms and conditions of the CRC program and contingent upon their approval. For more information visit www.encs.concordia.ca 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, visible minorities and disabled persons. 



6.15  Faculty: Washington University, USA

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


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

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

Applications will be accepted immediately, and interviews will begin after January 1, 2014. The details of the application process and necessary documents are found at 


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

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



6.16  Faculty: Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany

Contributed by: Johann Reger, reger@ieee.org


The Faculty of Computer Science and Automation at Technische Universität Ilmenau invites applications for the position of a Juniorprofessor (W1) for Automation Engineering which is to be filled as soon as possible. The position is equivalent to an assistant professorship. The appointment will be for an initial period of three years. Upon positive evaluation of performance the position will be extended to an over-all duration of six years. 


Research experience is expected in at least one of the following areas: 

- discrete event systems and hybrid systems 

- PLC-design automation 

- cyber-physical systems 


Teaching contributions are expected in courses on automation systems within the bachelor and master education of the faculty. A disposition of the candidate to offer non-elective courses in German language is required, elective courses may be taught in English. 

Candidates are expected to have an excellent scientific record in the area of automation systems, feature pedagogical aptitude and qualification to independently conduct fundamental research in the field of automation. These abilities have typically been demonstrated by an outstanding Ph.D./doctorate degree from a university. Further academic achievements, e.g. experience in third-party funding, are desirable. 

The Institute of Automation and Systems Engineering, where the candidate will be affiliated to, is in strong relationship with the local Application Center System-Technology AST of the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB). In collaborative research, the Ilmenau Fraunhofer IOSB-AST opens up the possibility to the candidate to put his/her automation solutions into industrial practice. 

Ilmenau University of Technology pursues the strategic goal of increasing the proportion of women in research and education and thus expressly invites qualified female scientists to apply for this position. 

In cases of essentially equal eligibility, preferential consideration will be given to disabled candidates. 

Applications with the usual supporting information (CV, certificates, credentials, etc., list of publications including reprints of the most important papers) should be submitted to: 


Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Kai-Uwe Sattler 

Dean, Faculty of Computer Science and Automation 

Technische Universität Ilmenau 

P.O. Box 100565 

98684 Ilmenau, Germany 

or by Email to: dekanat-ia@tu-ilmenau.de 

Deadline for applications: Feb 24, 2014



6.17   Faculty: University of Namur, Belgium 

Contributed by: Joseph Winkin, joseph.winkin@unamur.be


Position in Applied Mathematics at the University of Namur, Belgium 


The University of Namur is opening one full-time professorship. The candidate is expected to start his activity on September 2014, to develop his/her research activity in the Namur Center for Complex Systems and to teach in the Department of Mathematics: 


Closing date for applications is 13 January 2014. 


The selected candidate will be first engaged for a two years tenure-track position. An evaluation of the overall activities will be done at the end of this period, possibly opening the way to a fixed position. 

The person hired will perform the following tasks : 

1) consolidate the research project of the Department of Mathematics in the field of Applied Mathematics by integrating the research center NAXYS ( Namur Center for Complex Systems ) whose axes of current research are described in detail on the website : http:// www.naxys.be 

2) teach general and specialized courses in the curricula of bachelor and master’s degree in Mathematics ( in his/her research field ) and Mathematics courses in other disciplines. 

3) participate in the organizational tasks of the department and community services. 


Those who apply : 

- will hold a PhD in Mathematics or equivalent; 

- will show a real and motivated interest in applications; 

- have made one or more postdoctoral stays (in other institutions than the one of his/her thesis) of at least one year in total. 


Additional information : 

Professor Anne Lemaitre Tel: +32 81 72.49.08 – Email: anne.lemaitre@unamur.be 



The following topics will be provided in the form of appendices to the application file: 

the list of publications, a list of three reference persons (to be contacted only if the application is successful), a research project (2 pages) and an educational or pedagogical project (2 pages). For these two projects, the candidates are asked to show how their research themes and teaching perspectives could join and possibly complement those offered by NAXYS and the Department of Mathematics . The candidate, in addition, should provide a full curriculum vitae. 

The successful candidates will be notified before the 1st February 2014 and interviewed between 3d and 14th February 2014, unless unexpected delay in the proceedings. They will be evaluated on the quality of the individual case and on the adequacy or the interaction of their scientific and educational projects with those of the Department of Mathematics. They will be invited to give a lecture on a given theme to the selection committee, to prove their ability to teach. 



6.18   Faculty: Oklahoma State University, USA

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


The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University (OSU) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). 

Candidates are sought who have an earned doctorate and national reputation in Electrical and Computer Engineering, or a closely related field; a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and leadership in an appropriate area of electrical and computer engineering; a strong record of externally funded research; an interest in advancing educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; a record of leadership in professional societies and interaction with industry; desire to develop interdisciplinary programs; administrative and financial management abilities; demonstrated academic leadership abilities, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate must qualify for appointment as a tenured Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at OSU. ECE has 24 full-time faculty members (including 3 IEEE fellows), 390 undergraduate and 190 graduate students, and excellent laboratory facilities in the College's Advanced Technology Research Center. 

The School receives approximately $1.9 million annually in external research funding with aspirations to improve its performance in both research and instruction. The School offers ABET accredited B.S. degrees in both Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering. Departmental research programs center on several thrust areas including communication and signal processing, computer engineering, electromagnetic compatibility, lasers and photonics, VLSI, electronic materials, and control systems. Screening of applications will begin December 2, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. The target starting date is July 1, 2014. Applicants should apply online @ https://jobs.okstate.edu. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, list of five references, and a statement of capabilities, qualifications, and interests. OSU is an EEO/AA/E-Verify employer. 

More detailed information about the School and OSU can be found at: www.ceat.okstate.edu.



6.19  Research Scientist: United Technologies Corporation

Contributed by: Tara O'Sullivan, osullit@utrc.utc.com


Research Scientists, Decision Support & Control Systems 


United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) delivers advanced technologies to the businesses of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). UTC is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. Its commercial business – UTC Building & Industrial Systems – comprises Otis elevators and escalators as well as UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire and security systems, and building automation and controls. The company’s aerospace businesses are Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, which includes Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines and UTC Aerospace Systems aerospace products. 

UTRC engages with UTC business units and external research organizations globally to pursue research and develop innovative technologies that meet/anticipate marketplace needs. Founded in 1929, UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut (U.S.), with an office in Berkeley, California, and research and development centers in Shanghai, China and Cork, Ireland. 

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRCI), established in 2009, conducts research into the next generation of energy and security systems for high-performance buildings, generating world-class technologies for UTC’s commercial businesses worldwide. Recently, UTRC Ireland added aerospace systems research to its portfolio to support UTC’s large industrial presence in Europe. UTRCI invites qualified individuals to apply for the following position in its Cork office. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be provided to the successful candidates. 

Learn more @ www.utrc.utc.com 


* Research Scientist, Decision Support, Grade: L5/L6, Job Reference: 4103307 


- Job Responsibilities:

UTRCI seeks candidates with expertise in decision support. The successful candidates will be responsible for development of advanced decision support methodologies and algorithms for buildings and aerospace systems and will contribute to technology demonstrations. The position requires strong analytical skills and experience in developing and implementing of decision support technologies in real-world environments. The successful candidates will work as a part of technology teams in developing new technologies that will provide a competitive advantage for UTC’s business units. 

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who works well in an international teaming environment, is extremely well-organized and has excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills. Besides technical excellence, an entrepreneurial attitude towards innovation is essential. 

- Education:

A minimum of a doctoral degree in Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or a master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of industrial or academic experience is required. A PhD with industrial or academic experience is preferred. 

- Experience/Qualifications:

• Expert knowledge in at least one of the following: (1) Machine Learning, (2) Data Analytics / Statistical Modeling, (3) Diagnostics & Prognostics. 

• Experience in using programming languages/tools like Matlab, C, C++, Java, Python is necessary. 

• Some background and understanding of signal processing, data mining, pattern recognition, adaptive filter design, (multi-sensor) data fusion, statistical estimation and detection, data registration and visualization, dynamical systems will be a plus. 

• A proven research credential with publications in journals and conferences in the relevant field and/or a patent portfolio is required. 

• Exceptional communication skills, demonstrated commitment to deliver results and ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary, multinational team environment. Ability to execute technology research plans to successfully achieve desired technical outcomes within time and budget constraints. 

• Some travel is required. 


Additional Comments: This position is based at UTRC’s European hub in Cork, Ireland. 

Candidates can apply online at: http://www.utrc.utc.com/pages/Career/Job_openings.html by selecting “Ireland” from the “Country” pull-down menu and clicking “Begin Search” 


* Research Scientist, Control Systems, Grade: L6-L5, Job Reference: 4107930 


- Job Responsibilities 

UTRCI seeks candidates with expertise in control system design and analysis with a demonstrated ability to synthesize optimal, control system architectures and algorithms, develop control-oriented modeling methods, and perform control system rapid prototyping. The position requires analytical skills related to control and optimization, with experience using computational tools for control design and analysis. The successful candidate will work as part of technology teams in developing new technologies that will provide a competitive advantage for UTC’s business units. 

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who works well in an international teaming environment, is extremely well-organized and has excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills. Besides technical excellence, an entrepreneurial attitude towards innovation is essential. 

- Education 

A minimum of a doctoral degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Control Engineering, or a master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of industrial or academic experience is required. A PhD with industrial or academic experience is preferred. 

- Experience/Qualifications 

• Expert knowledge in at least one of the following: 1) nonlinear control, 2) fault-tolerant and reconfigurable control, 3) optimization or optimal control, 4) machine learning, 5) system and parameter identification. 

• Ability to develop physics-based, non-linear dynamic control and analysis-oriented system level models. 

• Demonstrated ability to analyze and optimize complex systems including nonlinear, time-varying dynamical systems with uncertain parameters. 

• Experience in selecting control algorithm/architecture based on scientific principles and product integration needs. 

• Ability to incorporate system constraints into control algorithm design as well as dealing with uncertain parameters and disturbances. 

• Experience providing control implementation specifications both for rapid prototyping and industrial code implementation. 

• Expert knowledge in at least one of the following: MATLAB, Simulink, C/C++, Python, modeling languages for optimization programming (e.g. AMPL), linear and non-linear optimization software (e.g. IpOpt, CPLEX, Gurobi). 

• Exceptional communication skills, demonstrated commitment to deliver results, adaptability and the ability to work in a teaming environment. 

• Ability to execute technology research plans to successfully achieve desired technical outcomes within time and budget constraints. 

• Some travel required. 

In addition, experience in the following areas will be highly regarded: 

• Experience with design, analysis and implementation of control methodologies for large-scale multivariable systems. 

• Familiarity with rapid prototyping methodologies and environments. Demonstrated experience with automatic code generation tools and control design validation procedures, including Hardware-In-the-Loop verification, would be a definite asset. 

• Practical experience with implementation of control systems on real-world industrial processes. 

• Familiarity with building energy management or aerospace applications would be desired. 

• Experience working with Government agencies and proposal development. 


Additional Comments 

This position is based at UTRC’s European hub in Cork, Ireland. To be eligible to apply, candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland. 

Candidates can apply online at: http://www.utrc.utc.com/pages/Career/Job_openings.html by selecting “Ireland” from the “Country” pull-down menu and clicking “Begin Search” 

United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 



6.20   Internship: NEC Laboratories America

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


The Energy Management Department invites applications for an internship focused on optimal control of dynamic systems related to distributed energy storage and generation. The intern will be expected to develop novel advanced control, optimization and system identification strategies for the integration of intermittent renewable power sources and battery management in microgrids. The research should result in publications at premier conferences and lay foundation for product ideas. 

Job Requirements: 

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

•Strong knowledge of optimal control, stochastic processes, dynamic systems modeling and control theory and related publications 

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

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

Desired Skills:

•Excellent MATLAB/C/C++ programming skills 

•Experience in implementing closed loop control and in HIL studies 

•Well versed in Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems and Power Systems 

Apply directly at http://bit.ly/1jR1Z65