June 2014 - E-LETTER

Issue Number: 
309
Issue Date: 
June 2014

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

Issue 309

June 2014

Editor:

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

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Contents

1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest: Call for Participation

1.2 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.3 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.4 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control

1.5 American Control Conference

 

2. Online Courses and Seminars

2.1 Online Control Systems Seminars

2.2 Online Seminar: Autocoding Control and Optimization Systems with Code-Level Guaranteed

2.3 On-line course on Designed Experiments

2.4 Lecture Videos on Controls Applications in Aerospace Systems

2.5 Basic Open Course on Dynamics and Control

 

3. Misc

3.1 Dave Ward Memorial Lecture Award

 

4. Books

4.1 Robust Control of Uncertain Dynamic Systems: A Linear State Space Approach

4.2 Book on Data Fusion: call for contributions   

 

5. Journals

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

5.2 Contents: Journal of Control and Decision

5.3 Contents: European Journal of Control

5.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

5.5 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

5.6 CFP: International Journal of Adapive Control and Signal Processing

5.7 CFP: Computers in Industry

5.8 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

 

6. Conferences

6.1  International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies

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

6.3  European Control Conference

6.4  International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings

 

7. Workshops and Graduate Schools

7.1 Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning

7.2 Workshop on Data-driven Modeling Methods and Applications

7.3 International Workshop on Technical Computing for Machine Learning and Mathematical Engineering

7.4 Workshop on Embedded Optimization

7.5 Workshop on Time Delay Systems

7.6 Workshop on Human Cyber Physical System Interaction: Control for the Human Welfare

7.7 Workshop on Wireless Networking and Control for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles

 

8. Positions

8.1 PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

8.2 PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium

8.3 PhD: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

8.4 PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia

8.5 PhD: University of Groninge, the Netherlands

8.6 Post-Doc: University of Oxford, UK

8.7 Post-Doc: Texas Tech University, USA

8.8 Post-Doc: University of Twente, the Netherlands

8.9 Post-Doc: San Jose State University, USA

8.10 Post-Doc: University of New South Wales Canberra,  Australia

8.11 Research Fellow: National University of Singapore, Singapore 

8.12 CISE Resident Scholarship, Boston University, USA

8.13 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China

8.14 Faculty: Cranfield University, UK

8.15 Faculty: Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria

8.16 Faculty: ETH Zurich, Switzerland

8.17 R&D Technical Expert: Volvo, Sweden

 

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

 

1.1 IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest: Call for Participation

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

 

The IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) is proud to present the first ever IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest

http://www.ieeecss.org/video-contest

 

Participants are asked to prepare a video clip of at most five minutes length on any subject related to the automatic control field. The video may focus on a particular topic or on the field in general, but has to have the potential to promote the field. The winners will receive attractive prizes.

 

The IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest is open for submissions until August 1st 2014. Everybody from within and from outside the control community is invited to participate. All videos are equally judged by a jury and the top three videos will be awarded $1000, $500, and $250 for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively. In addition, the 1st place receives financial support to attend the 2014 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC 2014) which takes place in beautiful Antibes, France, October 8 to 10, 2014 http://www.msc2014.org/). The top videos will be presented to the public and an award ceremony will be held at MSC 2014. 

 

For more information, go to http://www.ieeecss.org/video-contest.

 

Important Dates:

May 2, 2014: Submission site opens

August 1, 2014: Deadline for video clip submissions

August 31, 2014: Winners are notified

October 8-10, 2014: Award ceremony during MSC 2014

 

The contest is hosted by the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, University of Stuttgart (http://www.ist.uni-stuttgart.de/).

 

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1.2 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

 

CSS Publications Content Digest

The IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest is a novel and convenient guide that helps readers keep track of the latest published articles. 

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

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

 

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1.3 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 6 (June) 

 

Papers 

- Lyapunov-Based Small-Gain Theorems for Hybrid Systems. D. Liberzon, D. Nesic, A. R. Teel p. 1395 

- Youla-like Parametrizations Subject to QI Subspace Constraints. S. Sabau, N. C. Martins p. 1411 

- Online Markov Decision Processes with Kullback-Leibler Control Cost. P. Guan, M. Raginsky, R. Willett p. 1423 

- Distributed RHC for Tracking and Formation of Nonholonomic Multi-Vehicle Systems. P. Wang, B. Ding p. 1439 

- Secure Estimation and Control for Cyber-Physical Systems Under Adversarial Attacks. H. Fawzi, P. Tabuada, S. Diggavi p. 1454 

- Quickest Detection of a Random Pulse in White Gaussian Noise. A. Komaee p. 1468 

- Minimizing Convergence Error in Multi-Agent Systems via Leader Selection: A Supermodular Optimization Approach. A. Clark, B.Alomair, L.Bushnell, R.Poovendran p. 1480 

- Optimal Power Management in Wireless Control Systems. K. Gatsis, A. Ribeiro, G. J. Pappas p. 1495 

- Stability Analysis of A Class of Hybrid Stochastic Retarded Systems under Asynchronous Switching. Y. Kang, D-H. Zhai, G-P. Liu, Y-B. Zhao, P. Zhao p. 1511 

- Distributed Constrained Optimization by Consensus-Based Primal-Dual Perturbation Method. T-H. Chang, A. Nedich, A. Scaglione p. 1524 

- Tracking Control for Nonlinear Networked Control Systems. R. Postoyan, N. Van De Wouw, D. Nesic, W.P.M.H. Heemels p. 1539 

- Compensation of Wave Actuator Dynamics for Nonlinear Systems. N. Bekiaris-Liberis, M. Krstic p.1555 

 

Technical Notes and Correspondence

- Consensus of Networked Mechanical Systems With Time Delays: A Unified Framework. H. Wang p. 1571 

- Robust Stabilization of the Generalized Triangular Form Nonlinear Systems With Disturbances. S. Dashkovskiy, S. Pavlichkov p. 1577 

- Optimal Placement of Marine Protected Areas: A Trade-Off Between Fisheries' Goals and Conservation Efforts. P. De Leenheer p. 1583 

- Robust Sinusoid Identification with Structured and Unstructured Measurement Uncertainties. G. Pin, B. Chen, T. Parisini, M. Bodson p. 1588 

- Exponential Stability of Homogeneous Positive Systems of Degree One With Time-Varying Delays. H. R. Feyzmahdavian, T. Charalambous, M. Johansson p. 1594 

- On Weak-Invariance Principles for Nonlinear Switched Systems. B. Zhang, Y. Jia p. 1600 

- Stability of Prioritized Scheduling Policies in Manufacturing Systems with Setup Times. F. Tubilla, S. Gershwin p. 1606 

- Jointly Optimal LQG Quantization and Control Policies for Multi-Dimensional Linear Gaussian Systems. S. Yuksel p. 1612 

- Robust Static Output Feedback Controllers via Robust Stabilizability Functions. G. Chesi p. 1618 

- Robust Adaptive Control for a Class of MIMO Nonlinear Systems by State and Output Feedback. S. S. Ge, Z. Li p. 1624 

- Further Results on Disturbance Decoupling of Mix-valued Logical Networks. L. Zhang, J-e. Feng, X. Feng, J. Yao p. 1630 

- Adaptive Control of Spatially Invariant Systems: A Slowly Varying Approach. A. Sarwar, P. G. Voulgaris, S. Salapaka p. 1635 

- Convex Conditions on Decentralized Control for Graph Topology Preservation. M. Fiacchini, I-C. Morarescu p. 1640 

- Saturated Delayed Controls for Feedforward Nonlinear Systems. H. Ye p. 1646 

- Averaging Criteria for Asymptotic Stability of Time-Varying Systems. A. Stamati, J. Tsinias p. 1654 

- Stabilizing Linear Model Predictive Control Under Inexact Numerical Optimization. M. Rubagotti, P. Patrinos, A. Bemporad p. 1660 

- Stabilization of Discrete-Time Linear Systems Subject to Input Saturation and Multiple Unknown Constant Delays. X. Wang, A. Saberi, A. A. Stoorvogel p. 1667 

- Robust Distributed Model Predictive Control of Constrained Continuous-Time Nonlinear Systems: A Robustness Constraint Approach. H. Li, Y. Shi p. 1673 

 

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1.4 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control

Contributed by: Rebecca Deal, rebeccad@icmsaust.com.au

 

Date: 21 – 23 September 2015 

Location: Sydney, Australia 

Venue: Novotel Manly Pacific 

Website: http://www.msc2015.org/ 

 

The 2015 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC) will be held Monday through Wednesday, September 21 - 23, at the Novotel Manly Pacific Hotel, Manly Beach, Sydney. Manly is one of Sydney's iconic beaches and the Novotel is directly on the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Manly features numerous cosmopolitan cafes and quality accommodation. Also, Manly is a short ferry ride across Sydney Harbour to Circular Quay in downtown Sydney. The city of Sydney has a wide-ranging cultural life, a dynamic food scene, iconic beaches and a vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Sydney's climate is temperate sub-tropical. The conference will be held in Spring which in Sydney runs from September to November. Sydney boasts an enviable outdoor lifestyle because of its sunny weather 

The conference includes two international conferences sponsored and promoted by the IEEE Control Systems Society: 

• The IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA) 

• The IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (ISIC) 

 

MSC 2015 provides a unique opportunity for researchers and practitioners from different areas to formulate new challenges, to discuss the state-of-the-art and the future directions in advanced control technology and intelligent systems. Presentations of theoretical results along with applications and research involving control related experiments are encouraged. MSC 2015 will feature outstanding Plenary and Keynote speakers, contributed and invited papers, special and tutorial sessions and pre-conference workshops covering a broad range of topics relevant to control applications and methods. 

 

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1.4 American Control Conference

Contributed by: Douglas A. Lawrence, dal@ohio.edu

 

2015 American Control Conference (ACC2015) 

July 1-3, 2015, Chicago, Illinois 

http://a2c2.org/conferences/acc2015/index.html 

 

Submission Deadlines: 

Draft Manuscripts - September 26, 2014 

Best Student Paper Nominations - October 6, 2014 

Workshop Proposals - October 17, 2014 

 

The 2015 American Control Conference will be held Wednesday through Friday, July 1-3, in Chicago, Illinois - the largest and most visited city in the Midwest. The ACC is the annual conference of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC, the U.S. national member organization of the International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC)). National and international society co-sponsors of the ACC include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the IEEE Control Systems Society (IEEE-CSS), the International Society of Automation (ISA), the Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS), and the Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics (SIAM). 

 

The 2015 ACC technical program will comprise several types of presentations in regular and invited sessions, tutorial sessions, and special sessions along with workshops and exhibits. 

Submissions are encouraged in all areas of the theory and practice of automatic control, including within the special themes of energy, biomedical, and transportation systems, which will be the topics of three of the plenary/semi-plenary lectures that open full days of topical sessions. 

 

- Contributed papers: Papers on all aspects of the theory and application of automatic control are invited in the form of regular 6-page manuscripts. Papers must conform to the policies described on the conference website. 

- Invited Sessions: Invited sessions consist of 6 papers that collectively present a unifying theme from diverse viewpoints. Proposals must be accompanied by full versions of each paper to be individually reviewed along with the proposal itself. 

- Tutorial Sessions: Tutorial sessions are organized to provide an introduction to a topic of interest. The format is structured around a main tutorial paper (up to 18 pages) and talk (60 minutes) followed by three presentations (with or without papers of up to 6 pages each) intended to give a picture of the state of the art. Sessions involving industry-academic collaboration are encouraged. 

- Special Sessions: Special sessions offer a venue for providing exposure to emerging research areas, funding opportunities, and other topics of broad interest to the conference attendees, including industry applications or opportunities. Proposed special sessions do not require submitted papers and are held over lunch breaks or in the evenings. Pre-conference Workshops: Proposals for pre-conference workshops are solicited. Workshops that address novel control methodologies and nonstandard control applications, as well as those with strong tutorial value, are encouraged. 

- Exhibits: Exhibits are invited that showcase control-related publications, applications, products, services, and demonstrations, which will be open to all conference attendees. 

 

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2. Online courses and seminars

 

2.1 Online Control Systems Seminars 

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu

 

Online Control Systems Seminars 

 

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

 

The upcoming online seminars include: 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Dr. Tansel Yucelen 

Program Director of the Control Systems Forum 

Director of the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL) 

Asst. Prof. of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department 

Missouri University of Science and Technology 

email: yucelen@mst.edu 

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

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

 

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2.2 Online Seminar: Autocoding Control and Optimization Systems with Code-Level Guaranteed 

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu

 

Online Seminar: Autocoding Control and Optimization Systems with Code-Level Guaranteed (by Eric Feron) 

 

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

When: Wednesday, June 10, 2014, 2:00 PM CDT 

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

 

Abstract: Automated decision in transportation and medical systems is a growing part of our daily lives. During this process, human responsibility for vehicle or medical safety shifts from that of the operator to that of the off-board, off-line design engineer and his employer. Historically, the link between system accident and operator responsibility is very strong, as many system malfunctions have been traced, for valid or invalid reasons, to human operator malfunction. The link between system accident, decision software malfunction, and software design engineering responsibility is much weaker and more diffuse. As a result, there is a strong desire for automated decision-making to offer fully-guaranteed behavior prior to vehicle operation. 

 

As vehicles grow in complexity and autonomy, the need for certification becomes more urgent and, unfortunately, much more difficult to achieve due to software length and decision-making complexity. We argue that generic software analysis methods can only verify low-level software properties, and that domain-specific knowledge must be used to validate the software against its specifications. We illustrate this point by introducing credible autocoding, a software design approach that generates control and optimization software interlaced with formal semantics describing high-level system properties and their proof. The choice of applications to control and optimization is motivated by their significant relevance to current and future automated decision-making tools. 

 

Biography: Eric Feron is Dutton/Ducoffe professor of aerospace software engineering at Georgia Tech, and consulting professor of applied mathematics at Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile. He is interested in all aspects of decision making as they arise in aerospace applications.

 

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2.3 On-line course on Designed Experiments

Contributed by: Kevin Dunn, kevin.dunn@mcmaster.ca

 

A free on-line course on Designed Experiments is being run on Coursera, starting 07 July 2014. The course is titled "Experimentation for Improvement". 

 

This 6-week course will cover full-factorials, fractional-factorials and response surface methods. It aims to show how these statistical tools can be used to improve almost any system or process. 

A basic understanding of least squares is helpful, but all prior concepts will be introduced, as required. 

The course is aimed at university graduates, industry professionals, or anyone that is passionate about making improvements in their life or work - in a systematic way. 

The link to read more, and to sign up at: https://www.coursera.org/course/experiments

 

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2.4 Lecture Videos on Controls Applications in Aerospace Systems

Contributed by: Sanjay Garg, sanjay.garg@nasa.gov

 

Free One Hour Lecture Videos on Controls Applications in Aerospace Systems: The Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) team of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) has created many one hour lecture videos by NASA experts on fundamentals of controls applications to various aerospace systems. These videos are available at: 

http://nescacademy.nasa.gov/video_catalog.php?catid=3&subcatid=1 

These videos are an excellent way for a practicing engineer to learn about challenges in different applications, as well as for controls students to learn practical aspects of diffrent control applications. The lecturers can be contacted to support a Q&A session after a group viewing of the video through a telecon or web-based communication such as Skype.

 

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2.5 Basic Open Course on Dynamics and Control

Contributed by: Pedro Albertos, pedro@aii.upv.es

 

Basic Open Course on Dynamics and Control 

 

In the last months I have been deeply involved on the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) project of my university. I realized that this could be a wonderful platform to widespread the basic concepts and ideas and attract people to our field. 

With the idea of motivation for freshmen students and non specialist in control the new course “Dynamics and Control” has been launched at the UPVx platform www.upvx.es 

starting June 17th, lasting for 6 weeks and being fully ran in English. 

The course is a very basic one, avoiding the use of mathematics and focusing on concepts and examples. 

You can also find it on its direct link http://cursodynamicsandcontrol.appspot.com/ficha where anyone interested may register. 

The course is aimed at the non-specialist willing to grasp the basic notions of it. 

 

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3. Misc

 

3.1 Dave Ward Memorial Lecture Award

Contributed by: Sanjay Garg, sanjay.garg@nasa.gov

 

Nominations Sought for Dave Ward Memorial Lecture Award: The Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee (ACGSC) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Dave Ward Memorial Lecture Award. This award is to recognize significant contributions by a young member of the aerospace community (35 years old or less at the time of the nomination deadline) to development of flight dynamics, control and guidance system technologies. The award is in memory of Dave Ward who was Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of ACGSC, and he was very active in recruiting young members to the ACGSC. Dave passed away in April 2010 at age 46 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

The award consists of a plaque, free registration to attend the Fall meeting of the ACGSC and an invited lecture on the awardee’s technical contributions in a special session of the meeting. The awardee will be reimbursed reasonable travel expenses up to $1500 to attend the meeting. 

The nomination process is web-based. Please visit www.acgsc.org for additional information and to nominate a candidate. An account with ACGSC is required to log in and create the nomination. If you do not have an ACGSC account, you can request an account on the website. The nomination deadline for this award cycle is July 1, 2014. Therefore, nominees need to have been born after July 1, 1978 to be eligible for the award. The 2014 Fall meeting of the ACGSC will be held October 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

The mission of the ACGSC is to provide a forum for discussion, development, and rapid dissemination of technical information related to aerospace control and guidance systems. Additional information is available at: www.acgsc.org. 

Any questions regarding this award should be sent to WardAward@acgsc.org. Please share this information with your colleagues and help us spread the word about this award among the aerospace control and guidance research community. Thanks. 

Sanjay Garg, Member, ACGSC Ward Award Committee.

 

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4. Books

 

4.1 Robust Control of Uncertain Dynamic Systems: A Linear State Space Approach 

Contributed by: Rama K. Yedavalli, yedavalli.1@osu.edu

 

Robust Control of Uncertain Dynamic Systems: A Linear State Space Approach by Rama K. Yedavalli , Springer 2014 

 

This textbook aims to provide a clear understanding of the various tools of analysis and design for robust stability and performance of uncertain dynamic systems. In model based control design and analysis, mathematical models can never completely represent the “real world” system that is being modeled and thus it is imperative to incorporate and accommodate a level of uncertainty into the models. This book directly addresses these issues from a deterministic uncertainty viewpoint and focuses on the real interval parameter characterization of uncertain systems. Various tools of analysis and design are presented in a consolidated manner. This volume fills the current gap in published works by explicitly addressing the subject of control of dynamic systems from linear state space framework, namely using a time domain, matrix theory based approach. 

 

This book: 

• Presents and formulates the robustness problem in a linear state space model framework with specific focus on real parameter uncertainty 

• Illustrates various systems level methodologies with examples and applications drawn from aerospace, electrical and mechanical engineering. 

• Provides connections between Lyapunov based matrix approach and the transfer function based polynomial approaches. 

 

This book is an ideal book for first year graduate students taking a course in robust control in the engineering field assuming a basic background in linear state space systems and matrix theories

 

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4.2 Book on Data Fusion: call for contributions   

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

 

Invitation for the submission of a book chapter on Data Fusion with Taylor & Francis Group publisher 

 

We are editing with Dr. Kris Iniewski (Redlen Technologies, http://electrical-engineering.crcpress.com/meet-our-authors/kris-iniewski/) a book on Multisensor Data Fusion for CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), part of the “Devices, Circuits and Systems Series” (http://www.crcpress.com/browse/series/crcdevcirsys). 

The book will be entitled: Multisensor Data Fusion: From Algorithm and Architecture Design to Applications. The chapter should be written in A4 white paper (between 10-20 pages), double spaced and on one side. The deadline of the submission of the chapter will be 15 September 2014 and the tentative for publication of your chapter in the book will be February-March 2015. There are no charges for the publication of your chapter and each contributor will receive complementary copy of the book. 

 

Features 

- Architectures and algorithms 

- Multisensor fusion system architectures and algorithmic issues 

- Fusion system computational resources and demands optimization 

- Distributed and collaborative wireless sensor network design 

- Applications 

- Showcases advancements in sensors fusion with navigation, localisation, robotics, transportation, body sensor networks, etc… 

 

Important dates 

Submission due: September 15, 2014 

Publication: February-March, 2015 

 

If you are interested, please confirm me (hassen.fourati@gipsa-lab.fr) rapidly your acceptance and send me a short bio(s) and a chapter outline (<1 page) by 15 June 2014.

 

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5. Journals

 

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

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

 

International Journal of Control, Automation and Systems (IJCAS) 

http://www.springer.com/engineering/robotics/journal/12555 

Table of contents 

Vol. 12, No. 6, June 2014 

 

- A Novel Adaptive High-order Sliding Mode Control based on Integral Sliding Mode. Liang Wang, Yongzhi Sheng, and Xiangdong Liu, pp.459-472 

- Finite-time Control for Discrete-time Markovian Jump Systems with Deterministic Switching and Time-delay. Jiwei Wen, Li Peng, and Sing Kiong Nguang, pp.473-485 

- Observer-based Sampled-data Control for Nonlinear Systems: Robust Intelligent Digital Redesign Approach. Hwa Chang Sung, Jin Bae Park, and Young Hoon Joo, pp.486-496 

- On Computing Maximum Allowable Time Delay of Lur’e Systems with Uncertain Time-invariant Delays. Thapana Nampradit and David Banjerdpongchai, pp.497-506 

- Set Stability of Controlled Chua’s Circuit under a Non-smooth Controller with the Absolute Value. Shi-Hui Fu and Qi-Shao Lu, pp.507-517 

- Constrained Doubly Coprime Factorization for All Stabilizing H∞ Controllers. Junghoon Kim, Jongguk Yim, and Youngjin Choi, pp.518-529 

- Nonsingular Terminal Sliding Mode based Finite-Time Control for Spacecraft Attitude Tracking. Chutiphon Pukdeboon and Pimchana Siricharuanun, pp.530-540 

- Composite Hierarchical Anti-Disturbance Control for Robotic Systems with Multiple Disturbances. Xin-Yu Wen, Lei Guo, and Peng Yan, pp.541-551 

- Exponential L2-L∞ Filtering for a Class of Stochastic System with Markovian Jump Parameters and Mixed Mode-Dependent Time-Delays.Zhaohui Chen and Qi Huang, pp.552-563 

- Stochastic Reliable Control of a Class of Networked Control Systems with Actuator Faults and Input Saturation. Jian-Ning Li, Ya-Jun Pan, Hong-Ye Su, and Cheng-Lin Wen, pp.564-571 

- The Model Order Reduction using LS, RLS and MV Estimation Methods. Ehsan Malekshahi and Seyed-Mohammad-Ali Mohammadi, pp.572-581 

- Fault-tolerant Topology Control Algorithm for Mobile Robotic Networks. Qiang Wang, Jie Chen, and Hao Fang, pp.582-589 

- H∞ Filtering for Singular Bilinear Systems with Application to a Single-link Flexible-joint Robot. Mohamed Zerrougui, Mohamed Darouach, Latifa Boutat-Baddas, and Harouna Souley Ali, pp.590-598 

- An Adaptive Controller Design for Linear State-Delay Systems with Actuator Failures. Marzieh Kamali, Javad Askari, and Farid Sheikholeslam, pp.599-608 

- Acceleration-based Mass Imbalance Feedforward Compensation for Inertial Stabilized Platform. Changrui Bai and Zhou Zhang, pp.609-617 

- Interacting Multiple Model Filter-based Distributed Target Tracking Algorithm in Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks. Chang Ho Yu and Jae Weon Choi, pp.618-627 

- Mouth Tracking for Hands-free Robot Control Systems. Miyoung Nam, Minhaz Uddin Ahmed, Yan Shen, and Phill Kyu Rhee, pp.628-636 

- A Model-based Fault Diagnosis Scheme for Wheeled Mobile Robots. Ngoc-Bach Hoang and Hee-Jun Kang, pp.637-651 

- Segmentation of Lip Region in Color Images by Fuzzy Clustering. Jeong-Yeop Kim, pp.652-661 

- Three-Dimensional Swimming Tadpole Mini-Robot using Three-Axis Helmholtz Coils. Hyunchul Choi, Semi Jeong, Cheong Lee, Bang Ju Park, Seong Young Ko, Jong-Oh Park, and Sukho Park, pp.662-669 

- A New Fuzzy Adaptive Simulated Annealing Genetic Algorithm and Its Convergence Analysis and Convergence Rate Estimation. Yonggang Peng, Xiaoping Luo, and Wei Wei, pp.670-679 

- Comprehensive Approach to Semantic Similarity for Rapid Data Integration. Jue-Bo Wu and Zong-Ling Wu, pp.680-687 

- A Hybrid Method based on Dynamic Compensatory Fuzzy Neural Network Algorithm for Face Recognition. Wenkai Xu and Eung-Joo Lee, pp.688-696 

- Robust Finite Time Stability of Fractional-order Linear Delayed Systems with Nonlinear Perturbations. Liping Chen, Yigang He, Ranchao Wu, Yi Chai, and Lisheng Yin, pp.697-702 

- Static Output Feedback Control for Continuous-time T-S Fuzzy Systems: An LMI Approach. Eun Tae Jeung and Kap Rai Lee, pp.703-708

 

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5.2 Contents: Journal of Control and Decision

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

 

Journal of Control and Decision 

Table of contents 

Volume 1, Issue 2, June 2014 

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tjcd20/current 

 

- Robust model predictive control: reflections and opportunities. Graham C. Goodwin, He Kong, Galina Mirzaeva and Maria M. Seron, pages 115 - 148 

- Approximate finite-horizon optimal control for input-affine nonlinear systems with input constraints. G. Scarciotti and A. Astolfi, pages 149 – 165 

- Potential game design for a class of distributed optimization problems. Peng Yi, Yanqiong Zhang and Yiguang Hong, pages 166 – 179 

- Improved algebraic method for linear continuous-time model identification. Wuhua Hu and Jianfeng Mao, pages 180 – 189 

 

This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tjcd 

Instructions for authors can be found at http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=tjcd20&page=instructions 

 

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5.3 Contents: European Journal of Control

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

 

European Journal of Control 

Table of contents 

Volume 20, Number 3, May 2014 

 

- A separation principle for linear impulsive systems, I. Ellouze, M-A. Hammami and J-C. Vivalda, 105 - 110 

- L2-stable velocity ripple minimization in PM synchronous motors, V.M. Hernandex-Guzman, R.V. Carrillo-Serrano and A. Gomez-Espinosa, 111 - 117 

- High-gain Observers for Nonlinear Systems with Trajectories close to Unobservability, L. Menini and A. Tornambe, 118 - 131 

- Semistability of Switched Linear Systems with Application to PageRank Algorithms, J. Shen, J. Hu and Q. Hui, 132 - 140 

- Cooperative Economic Model Predictive Control for Linear Systems with Convex Objectives, J. Lee and D. Angeli, 141 - 151 

- Attitude Synchronization of Satellites with Internal Actuation, S. R. Sahoo and R. N. Banavar, 152 – 161 

 

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5.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

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

 

Control Engineering Practice 

Table of contents 

Volume 27, May 2014 

 

- Francesco Alonge, Filippo D'Ippolito, Adriano Fagiolini, Antonino Sferlazza, Extended complex Kalman filter for sensorless control of an induction motor, Pages 1-10 

- Julio E. Normey-Rico, Rafael Sartori, Massimiliano Veronesi, Antonio Visioli, An automatic tuning methodology for a unified dead-time compensator, Pages 11-22 

- Victor Ramirez, Romeo Ortega, Olivier Bethoux, Antonio Sánchez-Squella, A dynamic router for microgrid applications: Theory and experimental results, Pages 23-31 

- Jin Shen, Bradley W. Pietrzak, Neha Ruikar, Dat Le, Gregory M. Shaver, Model-based within-a-cycle estimation of rate shaping for a piezoelectric fuel injector, Pages 32-41 

- Sai S.V. Rajagopalan, Shawn Midlam-Mohler, Stephen Yurkovich, Kenneth P. Dudek, Yann G. Guezennec, Jason Meyer, A control design and calibration reduction methodology for AFR control in gasoline engines, Pages 42-53 

- Peter-Jules van Overloop, Klaudia Horváth, Boran Ekin Aydin, Model predictive control based on an integrator resonance model applied to an open water channel, Pages 54-60 

- Henrik Mosskull, Optimal stabilization of constant power loads with input LC-filters, Pages 61-73 

- M.F. Castoldi, D.S. Sanches, M.R. Mansour, N.G. Bretas, R.A. Ramos, Corrigendum to “A hybrid algorithm to tune power oscillation dampers for FACTS devices” [Control Eng. Pract. 24 (2014) 25–32], Pages 74-75 

 

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5.5 Contents: Asian Journal of Control 

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

 

Asian Journal of Control 

Table of contents 

Vol.16, No.3 May, 2014 

 

Special Issue on “Vision-Based Control Systems” 

- Robust 3D Motion Tracking for Vision-Based Control in Robotic Heart Surgery. Bo Yang and Chao Liu 

- Image-Based Control for Aerial Manipulation. Rafik Mebarki and Vincenzo Lippiello 

- Active Cooperative Observation of A 3D Moving Target Using Two Dynamical Monocular Vision Sensors. Feng Gu, Yuqing He and Jianda Han 

- Unified Tracking and Regulation Visual Servo Control for Wheeled Mobile Robots. W. MacKunis, N. Gans, A. Parikh and W. E. Dixon 

- Finite-Time Tracking Control for Nonholonomic Mobile Robots Based on Visual Servoing. Meiying Ou, Shihua Li and Chaoli Wang 

- Robust Practical Stabilization of Nonholonomic Mobile Robots Based on Visual Servoing Feedback with Inputs Saturation. Hua Chen, Chaoli Wang, Zhenying Liang, Dongkai Zhang and Hengjun Zhang 

- A Port-Hamiltonian Approach to Visual Servo Control of a Pick and Place System. Daniel A. Dirksz, Jacquelien M.A. Scherpen and Maarten Steinbuch 

- Uncalibrated Image-Based Visual Servoing of Rigid-Link Electrically Driven Robotic Manipulators. Xinwu Liang, Hesheng Wang, Weidong Chen and Yun-Hui Liu 

- Vision-Based Trajectory Tracking System for an Emulated Quadrotor UAV. Francisco Jurado, Guillermo Palacios, Francisco Flores and Héctor M. Becerra 

- Monocular Camera based Trajectory Tracking of 3-DOF Helicopter. Shuailing Li, Hao Liu, Zongying Shi and Yisheng Zhong 

- Overcoming Limitations of Uncalibrated Robotics Visual Servoing by means of Sliding Mode Control and Switching Monitoring Scheme. Tiago Roux Oliveira, Antonio Candea Leite, Alessandro Jacoud Peixoto and Liu Hsu 

- Probability Density Function of Bubble Size Based Reagent Dosage Control for Flotation Process. Jianyong Zhu, Weihua Gui, Chunhua Yang, Jinping Liu and Yongbo Tang 

- Development of Vision-Based Navigation System for Wheeled Agent. Kuo-Ho Su, Feng-Li Lian and Chan-Yun Yang 

- Physician-Commanded Six-DOF Robotic Manipulation for Target Localization in Conformal Radiotherapy. Wen-Chung Chang, Chin-Sheng Chen, Chia-Yuan Liu and Yu-Jen Chen 

 

Regular Paper 

- Passivity Based Attitude Control of Rigid Bodies. Hanlei Wang and Yongchun Xie 

- Comparative Study on State Estimation in Elastic Joints. Wenjie Chen and Masayoshi Tomizuka 

- Reconfigurable Synchronization Control of Networked Euler-Lagrange Systems with Switching Communication Topologies. A. R. Mehrabian, K. Khorasani and S. Tafazoli 

- Regional Stability and Stabilization of Time-Delay Systems with Actuator Saturation and Delay. Authors:Yan-Ming Fu, Bin Zhou and Guang-Ren Duan 

- Kinematic Nonlinear Controller for a Miniature Helicopter via Lyapunov Techniques. Lucio R. Salinas, Emanuel Slawiñski and Vicente A. Mut 

- Robust Stabilization of Ship Course Via Convex Optimization. Jiafeng Yu, Zhibin Yan, Jian Wang and Qinsheng Li 

- Robust and Efficient Slam Via Compressed H∞ Filtering. Viet-Cuong Pham and Jyh-Ching Juang 

- Optimal Tracking for State-Dependent Coefficient Factorized Nonlinear Systems. Fernando Ornelas-Tellez, J. Jesus Rico and Riemann Ruiz-Cruz 

- Contouring Control of Robot Manipulators Based on Equivalent Errors. Shyh-Leh Chen and Chang-Yan Chou 

 

Brief Paper 

- Computationally Efficient Simplex Unscented Kalman Filter Based on Numerical Integration. B. Q. Hu, L. B. Chang, A. Li and F. J. Qin 

- Positive Realization of Stable Fractional Discrete-Time Linear Systems. Lukasz Sajewski 

- A Convex Method of Robust Controller Design for Markovian Jump Systems with Uncertain Transition Rates. Yafeng Guo 

- Design of Fixed Structure Pid Controller for Nonlinear System with Saturation. Bin Fang 

 

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5.6 CFP: International Journal of Adapive Control and Signal Processing 

Contributed by: Marc Bodson, bodson@eng.utah.edu

 

Call for papers 

"Recent advances in adaptive methods for frequency estimation with applications" 

Special issue of the International Journal of Adapive Control and Signal Processing, published by Wiley 

 

Announcement: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acs.2486/abstract 

 

Frequency estimation of time-varying sinusoidal signals is an important topic in science and engineering that has found applications in many fields. The purpose of this Special Issue is to present new and effective methods for periodic signal parameter estimation together with their use in various application areas, including biomedicine, communications, audio and music analysis and synthesis, environmental data, control systems, active noise and vibration control, and power systems. The special issue seeks to offer broad coverage of the field including most recent developments in both theory and applications. Submissions of comprehensive overviews of methodological advances are strongly encouraged, as well as papers dealing with new and emerging applications. Given the focus of the journal, papers should include at least some adaptive element (e.g., the tracking of a time-varying frequency). 

 

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

Advances in periodic signal parameter estimation, Instantaneous frequency estimation, Phase-locked loop methods, Frequency-locked loop methods. 

 

All submissions will be reviewed following the standard procedures of the journal, and acceptance will be limited to papers requiring only moderate revision. 

Papers will be published in a virtual special issue arrangement where the special issue papers are published in regular issues as they are approved, but can be accessed from a web page which collects together all of the papers of the issue once it is complete. Papers will therefore not have to wait until all papers of the special issue are accepted before they can be published. 

 

Submission details:

Prospective authors are requested to submit their manuscript online by 30 September 2014, to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/acsp-wiley 

Follow the instructions under ‘Author Centre’ and select manuscript type ‘Recent advances in adaptive methods for frequency estimation with applications’ when submitting. 

It would be helpful if you could inform the guest editors in advance of your intention to submit a paper. 

 

For further information, please contact the guest Editors for the Special Issue: 

- Prof. Marc Bodson, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. E-mail: bodson@ece.utah.edu 

- Dr. Giuseppe Fedele, Department of Informatics, Modeling, Electronics and Systems Engineering, University of Calabria, Italy. E-mail: gfedele@dimes.unical.it

 

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5.7 CFP: Computers in Industry 

Contributed by: Radu-Emil Precup, radu.precup@aut.upt.ro

 

CFP: Computers in Industry 

Special Issue on Synergy of computers, cognition, communication and control with industrial applications 

 

In nowadays industrial systems, the necessity of computers, cognition, communication, and control (CCCC) becomes more and more essential, for example, when performance specifications, unexpected upcoming system states, changing operating conditions, or environmental influences have to be integrated into the system design. Computers, automation and information technology (IT) are quickly developing, simultaneously the technologies specific to CCCC are increasingly exploited to enhance the efficiency of operating processes. 

 

Several modern industry-related applications such as industrial electronics, business management systems, and public sectors, deal with complex dynamical systems and with signals that are based on large amounts of data. It is expected that this will further increase. The current century is characterized by big data collections, making it more and more important to use and interpret the embedded information in the respective architectures. The synergy of CCCC supports the increasingly demanding performance specifications of these applications and helps to face special situations like unexpected condition adaptations, human interaction challenges, and goal conflicts. 

Practical industrial applications of the synergy of CCCC are networked control systems, online quality control of production items, supervision and failure analysis of dynamically changing machine states, decision support systems, prediction and control in dynamic production processes, welding processes, user profiling, process monitoring, web based control of information management flows, and resilient control architectures. The debate on these important issues will support the further progress of this area. 

 

The objective of this Special Issue is to provide papers about the recent advances of CCCC techniques in modern industrial applications. These papers should contain both practical or experimental results and theoretical ones pointing out the role of IT and of the architecture. The use of the combination of at least two of the four C’s (computers, cognition, communication, and control) should be demonstrated by validation and efficiency measured in production. The combination of more than two C’s is strongly encouraged. Furthermore, it should be illustrated by implementation and not by strong theoretical details and simulations. A paper that is concerned with a single technique and does not invoke other CCCC techniques is not suitable. 

Only papers with practical proofs (industry application and validation) should be submitted. Pure theoretical papers are not published in this journal. Papers that do not match the topics of the special issue are considered as out of scope, and they are not accepted. 

 

Regular papers to this special issue will include the following topics: 

- Knowledge-based, fuzzy, neuro-fuzzy, neural systems and nature-inspired evolutionary-based algorithms relevant to application driven control and communication. 

- Evolving soft computing techniques for online fault detection and decision support systems, smart systems and robotics. 

- Computer-based control systems for real-time computing, communications and discrete-event systems. 

- Embedded control systems in manufacturing. 

- Cyber-physical systems, mechatronics systems and networked control systems. 

- Plant-wide optimization, prognosis and process monitoring. 

- Solutions for supply chain and risk management systems. 

- Comparisons, limitations and validations of CCCC in transportation and automotive systems. 

 

Important dates: 

Paper submission deadline: December 31, 2014. 

The first review notification: March 15, 2015. 

Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts: April 30, 2015. 

The final review notification: June 15, 2015. 

Planned publication date: December 15, 2015. 

 

Guest editors: 

- Prof. Radu-Emil Precup, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, radu.precup@aut.upt.ro. 

- Prof. Hans Hellendoorn, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, J.Hellendoorn@tudelft.nl. 

- Prof. Plamen Angelov, Lancaster University, UK, p.angelov@lancaster.ac.uk. 

 

Please find details about the journal at the following link: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-in-industry/ 

 

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5.8  CFP: Asian Journal of Control 

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

 

Call for papers 

"Recent Developments on Modeling and Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles” 

A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control - http://www.ajc.org.tw 

 

Environmental pollution and energy shortages are not only the two major problems currently in the sustainable development of the automotive industry, but also the two major bottlenecks in the global automotive industry. Facing the enormous requirement of energy-saving and environment protection, the development of new energy vehicles have become an important measure to solve this problem. Recently, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) or electric vehicles (EVs) have become a hot 

topic from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Among various types of electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs)—or as they are commonly dubbed “hybrid vehicles”—offer the distinct advantages of energy diversification, versatile operation, long driving range and high sustainability. Particularly, the aim is to employ advanced control strategies to improve the vehicle performance, including fuel economy and dynamic property, for instance. 

 

This special issue invites original articles that address state-of-the-art technologies and new developments in the research on HEVs and EVs. Of particular interest are papers that are devoted to the most innovative control strategies in HEVs or EVs. 

 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

• Electric, Hybrid Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle System and Architecture 

• Modeling and simulation for HEVs or EVs 

• Novel control strategies applied in HEVs or EVs 

• Hybrid powertrains 

• Fault detection and isolation in HEVs or EVs 

• Energy optimization and management in HEVs or EVs 

• Battery and battery management 

 

About AJC 

The Asian Journal of Control, an ACA (Asian Control Association) affiliated journal, is an international journal recognized by the major body of control researchers throughout the world. The Asian Journal of Control publishes high-quality papers bimonthly on original theoretical and experimental research and development in the areas of control, involving all facets of control theory and its application. Functionally, this journal not only provides a forum where control researchers and practitioners can exchange their knowledge and experiences in the control areas, but also serves as an educational means for students and any others whoever likes to learn some topics in the same technical area. 

 

Guest Editors: 

- Hamid Reza Karimi, Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder, Grimstad, Norway. Email: hamid.r.karimi@uia.no 

- Junqiang Xi, School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China. Email: xijunqiang@bit.edu.cn 

- Fengjun Yan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. Email: yanfeng@mcmaster.ca 

 

Important Dates: 

Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2014 

Completion of First Review: November 30, 2014 

Completion of Final Review: February 28, 2015 

Receipt of Final Manuscript: March 31, 2015 

Publication: September 1, 2015 (Tentatively Vol.17, No. 5) 

 

How to submit: 

Potential authors are encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript (in PDF format) through the journal’s online submission website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/asjc. 

If you encounter any submission problem, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu. 

 

Editor-in-Chief: 

Professor Li-Chen Fu, Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan. E-mail: lichen@ntu.edu.tw 

 

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

 

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6. Conferences 

 

6.1 International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies 

Contributed by: Imed Kacem, imed.kacem@univ-lorraine.fr

 

International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies CoDIT'14, sponsored by IEEE France Section 

Metz, France 

November 3-5, 2014 

website: http://codit2014.event.univ-lorraine.fr/ 

 

Scope and Topics

- Track Control: Automation & Control Applications, Control Design Methods, Control Theory, Diagnosis, Signal Processing, Discrete Event Systems, Embedded Systems, Energy Control & Power Systems, Fault Detection, Hybrid Systems, Manufacturing System Control, Sensors & Actuators, Robotics. 

- Track Decision & Optimization: Operational Research, Combinatorial Optimization, Global Optimization, Data envelopment analysis, Reliability, Scheduling, Supply Chain management, Transport Optimization, Game Theory, Intelligent Systems, Maintenance, Modeling & Simulation, Production Engineering. 

- Track Information technologies & Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Image Processing, Information Theory, Learning Systems, Man-Machine Interactions, Mobile & Wireless Communications, Smart Grids, Software & Hardware Engineering, Design for electronic circuits and systems, Biomedical, Sensors and instrumentation 

 

Pr Imed Kacem, LCOMS, Université de Lorraine, General Chair 

Dr Pierre Laroche, LCOMS, Université de Lorraine, Organizing Committee Chair 

Pr Pierre Borne, Ecole Centrale de Lille, Program Committee Co-Chair 

Pr Hans Kellerer, Graz University, Program Committee Co-Chair 

 

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

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com

 

ICNPAA 2014 World Congress: Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace 

Narvik University, Norway 

July 15, 2014 – July 18, 2014 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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6.3 European Control Conference

Contributed by: Mazen Alamir, mazen.alamir@grenoble-inp.fr

 

European Control Conference ECC15, July 15-17 2015, Linz Austria

 

Deadlines:

Regular and invited papers: October 20, 2014 

Proposals for Tutorial and Workshops: November 3, 2014 

Notification of acceptance: February 2015 

 

Immerse yourself in the field of systems and control and engage with academic and industrial professionals at the 14th annual European Control Conference, to be held in Linz, Austria, July 15-17, 2015: 

Learn about the latest controls research from top professionals in the field. 

Network with colleagues from across Europe and around the world. 

Enjoy the hospitality of JKU and Linz, the European Capital of Culture 2009. 

ECC has traditionally been organized every two years ever since its first edition in 1991 in Grenoble up until 2013 in Zürich. Since then, the conference is to be held every year. 

 

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6.4 International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings 

Contributed by: Balakrishnan Narayanaswamy, muralib@cs.ucsd.edu

 

ACM BuildSys 2014

1st ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings 

November 4-6, 2014 

Memphis, TN, USA | co-located with ACM SenSys 2014 

http://www.buildsys.org/2014/ 

 

The 1st ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings (BuildSys 2014) invites submissions of original papers on innovation in embedded building systems delivering efficiency, operation and performance. Over the past five years, BuildSys has established itself as the premier workshop for researchers, developers, and practitioners across interdisciplinary fields to present research results and exchange ideas in all information-driven aspects of building energy. 2014 marks the first year for BuildSys as a full ACM conference. With this exciting development, BuildSys this year will accept both regular papers (10 pages maximum) and notes papers (4 pages maximum), that describe original and unpublished work advancing the state of art in building systems. Both regular and note papers will be reviewed by the same program committee and will be evaluated to the same standard of quality. 

Papers are expected to consider the entire energy system, including any effects on occupant behaviors, production efficiency, innovative energy management approaches, peak load and smart grid architectures, sustainability, pollutants or water, and/or total energy usage. 

 

The world is increasingly experiencing a strong need for energy consumption reduction and a need for efficient use of scarce natural resources. Official studies report that buildings account for the largest portion of the world's energy expenditure and have the fastest growth rate. Clearly, energy saving strategies that target energy use in buildings and surroundings can have a major impact worldwide, driving the current energy market toward self-sufficiency and self-sustainability. This calls for effective techniques and methods that enable accurate carbon footprinting, monitoring and control of appliance activity, energy auditing and management in buildings and surroundings, and the generation of energy awareness. 

 

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) play a key role in enabling energy-saving systems in buildings and surrounding spaces by providing a reliable, cost-effective and extensible solution that can be placed in existing as well as new structures and can be controlled via the Internet. In fact, WSNs allow the monitoring of the energy consumption in near-real time and, as such, they are an essential tool in the control loop that will be used in future structures for the generation and usage of diverse types of energy. Today, with the popularity of the smartphones and the proliferation of ubiquitous sensors, the building and campus energy community has the unprecedented opportunity to harness new contexts, and tightly integrate monitoring, services, and control with building occupants. BuildSys is a venue for incubating these new and exciting directions. 

 

Paper Types (new this year) 

We solicit three types of original submissions: 

* Regular papers for oral presentation (10 pages); 

* Notes papers for oral presentation (4 pages); 

* Technical posters and demos will be solicited via a separate call 

 

Topics of Interest 

Papers are invited in all emerging aspects of information-driven building systems, such as: 

* Sensing, actuation and management of electrical loads in residential, commercial and industrial settings; 

* Novel sensor methodologies, sensor networks and applications that enhance building energy efficiency, energy reliability, durability and occupant comfort; 

* Systems that integrate buildings with the emerging smart grid to provide demand response and ancillary services and/or manage utility costs; 

* Modeling, simulation, optimization, and control of heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, water usage and other energy flows in buildings, campuses and surrounding spaces; 

* Distributed generation, alternative energy, renewable sources, and energy storage in buildings; 

* Emerging communication standards for data collection, energy control, or interoperation of disparate devices or systems; 

* Systems that can influence building occupant behavior towards a more parsimonious usage of electricity, gas, heating, water, etc.; 

* Indoor location and building-related contextual computing for increased human-building interactions 

 

Submission Instructions 

Submitted papers must be unpublished and must not be currently under review for any other publication. Paper submissions should be no more than the indicated page count and must follow a double column format. All figures, appendices, and references must fit within this limit. Paper reviewing is single-blind and submissions should list author names on the front page. 

 

Your submission must be in PDF with all fonts embedded, and be formatted according to the official ACM Proceedings format. Papers that do not meet the size and formatting requirements will not be reviewed. Word and LaTeX templates are available at: http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates. 

 

Important Dates 

* Abstract registration: July 1, 2014 

* Paper submission deadline: July 8, 2014 

* Paper notification: August 22, 2014 

* Camera ready: September 12, 2014 

* BuildSys conference: November 4-6, 2014 

 

Organization 

- General Chair: Mani Srivastava, University of California, Los Angeles, USA 

- Steering Committee: Mario Bergés, Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Michael R. Brambley, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA; Alberto Cerpa, University of California, Merced, USA; David Culler, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Rajesh K. Gupta, University of California, San Diego, USA; Antonio Ruzzelli, University College Dublin, Ireland; Prashant Shenoy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA; Kamin Whitehouse, University of Virginia, USA 

- Technical Program Co-Chairs: Dane Christensen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA; Xiaofan Jiang, Intel Labs, China 

- Demo Chair: Rahul Mangharam, University of Pennsylvania, USA 

- Publications Chair: Rasit Eskicioglu, University of Manitoba, Canada 

- Web Chair: Pandarasamy Arjunan, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, India 

- Treasurer/Finance Chair: Omprakash Gnawali, University of Houston, USA 

- Local Arrangements: Timothy Hnat, University of Memphis, USA 

- Publicity Chair Balakrishnan Narayanaswamy, University of California, San Diego, USA 

 

Sponsors: ACM (SigArch, SigBed, SigComm, SigMetrics, SigMobile, SigOps) 

 

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7. Workshops and Graduate Schools

 

7.1 Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning  

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu

 

Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning 

2014 American Control Conference Workshop 

 

Tansel Yucelen (Missouri University of Science and Technology) 

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (University of Kansas) 

Anuradha Annaswamy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 

Naira Hovakimyan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 

Susan Frost (NASA) 

Margareta Stefanovic (University of Wyoming) 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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7.2 Workshop on Data-driven Modeling Methods and Applications 

Contributed by: Johan Suykens, johan.suykens@esat.kuleuven.be

 

BIL 2014 

Local Workshop on Data-driven Modeling Methods and Applications 

July 14-15, 2014 - Leuven, Belgium 

http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/bil2014/ 

 

Scope: 

The local workshop on Data-driven Modeling Methods and Applications will focus on progress in data-driven modeling methods and will put emphasis also on applications in chemical engineering. The aim of this workshop is bringing together researchers from different communities, to present new progress in system modeling and outline potential applications in industry. Finding new synergies along these areas, both at the level of theory and applications, is one of the main objectives. This workshop also aims at developing a sustainable research cooperation between Chinese and Belgian universities in the related areas. 

 

The topics of this workshop include but are not limited to 

- Data-driven modeling methods 

- Fault detection and process monitoring 

- System identification 

- Model predictive control. 

 

Program:

A tentative program is available at http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/bil2014/ . Organized sessions are on optimization methods, modeling and control, identification and fault detection, and data-driven modeling and learning. The possibility is still offered to submit a title and short abstract in order to participate also in the poster session. A few submissions will also be selected for oral presentation and be included in the final program. 

 

Abstact submission: 

A title and short abstract can be submitted by email to Xiaolin Huang <xiaolin.huang@esat.kuleuven.be>. 

 

Registration: 

Participation in the workshop is free of charge. However, registration is needed for attending and participating in the workshop. 

 

Important dates: 

- Deadline abstract submission: July 1, 2014 

- Deadline registration: July 7, 2014 

- Workshop BIL 2014: July 14-15, 2014 

 

Organizing committee: 

Johan Suykens, Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven; Shuning Wang, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University; Xiaolin Huang, Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven; Siamak Mehrkanoon, Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven 

 

For further information see http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/bil2014/ 

 

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7.3 International Workshop on Technical Computing for Machine Learning and Mathematical Engineering 

Contributed by: Johan Suykens, johan.suykens@esat.kuleuven.be

 

TCMM 2014 

International Workshop on Technical Computing for Machine Learning and Mathematical Engineering 

September 8-12, 2014 - Leuven, Belgium 

Workshop homepage: http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/tcmm2014/ 

 

The workshop will provide a venue for researchers and practitioners to interact on the latest developments in technical computing in relation to machine learning and mathematical engineering problems and methods (including also optimization, system identification, computational statistics, signal processing, data visualization, deep learning, compressed sensing and big-data). A special attention will be paid to implementations on high-level high-performance modern programming languages suitable for large-scale, parallel and distributed computing and capable to efficiently handle structured data. The emphasis is especially on the open-source alternatives, including but not limited to Julia, Python, Scala and R. 

 

The 3 days main event (8-10 September) will consist of invited and contributed talks as well as poster presentations. It will be followed by a 2 days additional event (11-12 September) including software demos and hands-on tutorials on selected topics. Attendees can register to the main event only or to the full workshop. 

 

Submission of extended abstracts (no longer than 2 pages) are solicited for the main event. Accepted abstracts will be presented either in the format of poster presentation or as contributed talks. Submission of demo presentations will be solicited for the two days additional event. Additional details will be announced shortly. 

 

Topics of Special Interest 

- Grid/Cloud/GPUs for technical computing 

- high-performance/parallel computing and use of related libraries (e.g., Theano) 

- efficient handling of structured data and use of related libraries (e.g., Pandas) 

- data visualization and related libraries 

- methods for exploiting sparsity in implementations 

- templates for customized solvers for (convex/distributed) optimization 

- integration of high-level languages and use of related libraries (e.g., PyCall) 

- implementation case studies: 

- performance comparison of different high-level languages for technical computing 

- application of machine learning methods on challenging problems (e.g., Kaggle challenges) 

- libraries for machine learning and mathematical engineering 

 

Important dates: 

Registration opens: June 11, 2014 

Deadline extended abstract/demo submission: July 31, 2014 

Deadline for registration: September 1, 2014 

 

Invited speakers (confirmed): 

Ewout van den Berg, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center 

James Bergstra, Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, University of Waterloo 

Luis Pedro Coelho, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) 

Graham Taylor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph 

Stefan Karpinski, MIT 

Jeff Bezanson, MIT 

 

Organizing committee: 

Marco Signoretto, Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven; Johan Suykens, Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven; Vilen Jumutc , Department of Electrical Engineering, KU Leuven 

 

For further information (including Submission, Registration, Location and Venue) see http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/tcmm2014/ 

 

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7.4 Workshop on Embedded Optimization 

Contributed by: Panagiotis Patrinos, panagiotis.patrinos@imtlucca.it

 

Workshop on Embedded Optimization (EMBOPT 2014) 

September 8-9, 2014 - IMT Lucca, Italy. 

 

This workshop focuses on recent advances, various aspects and new ideas on embedded optimization with a particular emphasis on control applications. Topics covered in the workshop include platform-aware embedded optimization, embedded model predictive control and large scale, distributed convex optimization. This is a registration-free event, open to students. 

 

List of invited speakers and tentative titles: 

Alberto Bemporad, IMT Lucca  Embedded Optimization for Model Predictive Control: New Algorithms and Performance Comparisons in Hardware Platforms 

Stephen Boyd, Stanford University A Splitting Method for Embedded Optimal Control 

Matthew Brand, Mitsubishi Electric, Multiplicative Fixpoints for Some Large-Scale Parallel Convex Optimizations 

Alex Domahidi, ETH Zürich, Embedded Optimization for Mixed Logic Dynamical Systems 

Nick Freris, EPFL, Optimal data mining on compressed data 

Edward Hartley,  University of Cambridge Model Predictive Control on an FPGA: Aerospace & Spacecraft Scenarios 

Pontus Giselsson, Stanford University Metric selection in fast dual forward backward splitting 

Mikael Johansson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology,  Asynchronism and convergence rates in distributed optimization 

Ion Necoara, Politehnica University of Bucharest Iteration complexity analysis of dual gradient methods: applications to embedded and distributed MPC 

Yurii Nesterov, CORE/UCL  Primal-dual methods for convex problems with functional constraints. 

Panagiotis Patrinos, IMT Lucca Splitting Envelopes: Accelerated second-order proximal methods 

Arvind Raghunathan, Mitsubishi Electric, ADMM Algorithm for General Convex QP - Optimal Step-Size Selection, Infeasibility Detection and Convergence Acceleration 

 

Scientific Committee: 

Alberto Bemporad, IMT Lucca 

Panagiotis Patrinos, IMT Lucca 

Stefano Di Cairano, Mitsubishi Electric 

 

EMBOPT Website: www.imtlucca.it/embopt-14 

For further information please contact: commev@imtlucca.it

 

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7.5 Workshop on Time Delay Systems 

Contributed by: A. Galip Ulsoy, ulsoy@umich.edu

 

12th IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems

June 28-30, 2015 - Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

The 12th IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 28-30, 2015. These dates are immediately preceding the 2015 American Control Conference to held in Chicago. Please save the dates and see the web site http://me.engin.umich.edu/dirifac/index.html for further information. 

 

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7.6 Workshop on Human Cyber Physical System Interaction: Control for the Human Welfare

Contributed by: Mariana NETTO, mariana.netto@ifsttar.fr

 

IEEE CSS IFAC HYCON2 Workshop on Human Cyber Physical System Interaction: Control for the Human Welfare

22-23 September 2014 - Henri Poincaré Institute, Paris

 

We have the pleasure to announce you the IEEE CSS IFAC HYCON2 Workshop on "Human Cyber Physical System Interaction: Control for the Human Welfare", H-CPS-I 2014, to be held on 22-23 September 2014, at Henri Poincaré Institute, Paris (http://h-cps-i.sciencesconf.org/). 

This 2-days Workshop is dedicated to stimulating crossbreeding in the field of Technology design for the human being welfare, in particular the control science is concerned. The committee members look forward to meeting you in Paris.

 

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7.7 Workshop on Wireless Networking and Control for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles

Contributed by: Jonathan How, jhow@mit.edu

 

Wi-UAV 2014 

5th International IEEE workshop on Wireless Networking and Control for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles

December 12, 2014 - Austin, Texas, USA

 

The 5th International IEEE workshop on Wireless Networking and Control for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles, co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Global Communications (GLOBECOM 2014), will be held in Austin, Texas, USA on December 12, 2014. The workshop is the interdisciplinary platform to bring together robotics and communications. 

 

Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2014 

Website: www.wi-uav.org 

 

You are kindly invited to submit your research paper to this workshop and discuss current innovative technological advances in the area of networking and control solutions for unmanned autonomous systems. 

 

Aims and Scope: 

Unmanned autonomous systems are increasingly used in a large number of contexts to support humans in dangerous and difficult-to-reach environments: e.g. aerial sensor systems, ground-based robotics, space and underwater applications. In order to fulfill particularly challenging tasks, visionary scenarios foresee unmanned vehicles to be organized in networked teams and even swarms. The corresponding wireless networks need to provide highly reliable and delay-tolerant control links for the behavior management of the unmanned vehicles as well as data links to transfer telemetry and sensor data. At the same time, unmanned vehicles offer the capability to provide ad-hoc wireless networks, for example to facilitate temporary hot spots and compensate network outages in case of public events and emergencies. 

 

This fifth edition of the workshop aims to discuss most recent results of various international research projects on new communications networks enabling the efficient control of teams of unmanned vehicles/systems operating on the ground, in the air, underwater and in space scenarios. Contributions addressing heterogeneous scenarios, e.g. combination of aerial and underwater devices are highly welcome. 

 

Topics: 

- Communication architectures and protocols for unmanned autonomous vehicles communication in challenging environments: air, underwater, etc., indoor/outdoor 

- Ad-hoc networking, routing, handover and meshing • Cooperation of ground, aerial and maritime unmanned vehicles 

- Localization and vision based sense-and-avoid • Interfaces and cross platform communication 

- Agent based mobility, multi-platform control, cognitive capabilities and swarming 

- Communication and system design 

- Mini / Micro UAVs and enhanced Health Management 

- Use of civilian networks for UVs communication 

- Mission control centers and backend communication 

- Advances in remote sensing: miniaturization, low-weight and energy efficient communication 

- QoS mechanisms and performance evaluation 

- Advances in antenna design and MIMO systems 

- Interworking with satellites and terrestrial communication 

- Air traffic control and spectrum regulation 

- Results from prototypes, test-beds and demonstrations 

 

Key Note 

The Wi-UAV has a tradition of distinguished key note speakers (see www.wi-uav-org). We are proud that this year Prof. Gregory Huff, Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory, Texas A&M University, has agreed to give a keynote talk on innovative, reconfigurable antenna designs for UAVs. 

 

Best Student Paper Award (new!) 

The best of all submitted student papers will be distinguished with a Best Student Paper Award. 

 

Submission Guidelines and Publication: 

GLOBECOM workshops accept only original, previously unpublished papers. 

Concurrent submission to GLOBECOM and other conferences or journals is not allowed. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit papers in IEEE conference style up to 6 pages through EDAS submission system (http://edas.info/N17567), but one additional page is allowed with additional publication fee. 

 

Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE digital library (IEEE Xplore). An accepted paper must be registered before the registration deadline. An accepted paper should be presented at the workshop. Failure to register before the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal of the paper from the workshop proceedings and the program. GLOBECOM will remove an accepted and registered but not presented paper from the IEEE digital library. 

 

Attendance Fee: 

Registration for this year‘s GLOBECOM workshops is $250, valid for any other IEEE GC’14 workshops that day. 

 

Important Dates: 

Submission due: July 15, 2014 (Tuesday) Decision notification due: September 01, 2014 (Monday) Camera-ready and registration due: October 01, 2014 (Wednesday) 

 

Organizing Chairs: 

- Jonathan How, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA 

- Yasamin Mostofi, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA Christian Wietfeld, TU Dortmund University, Germany 

 

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8. Positions

 

8.1 PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu

 

Open PhD Positions with Research Assistantship 

Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (www.asrl.us) 

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

 

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

These students are expected to perform research on (1) safety-critical autonomous systems, (2) multiagent systems and robotics, and (3) modular large-scale systems, and will be paid $24,000/year. Our intention is to give our strong guidance in order to maximize the chances of our students of building a rewarding research career. If you are interested, please send an email to Prof. Tansel Yucelen at yucelen@mst.edu including your background, your interests and strengths (theoretical and experimental), your resume, and a publication of yours. You can visit http://www.asrl.us/ for our webpage. 

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

 

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8.2 PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium 

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

 

PhD position "Computational methods for robust control of large-scale systems" 

 

Dynamical systems from engineering, physics and the life sciences are almost exclusively infinite-dimensional, due to a spatial or temporal distribution of the state variables. Infinite-dimensional systems include, for instance, systems described by PDEs and delay differential equations. In this project we consider linear infinite-dimensional systems, which are in the frequency domain described by eigenvalue problems exhibiting nonlinearity in the eigenvalue parameter and, correspondingly, by non-rational transfer functions. 

 

The Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics Section of KU Leuven has a large expertise on eigenvalue problems that are nonlinear in the eigenvalue parameter, and, in particular eigenvalue problems inferred from dynamical control systems with time-delays. The aim of the PhD research is to advance the state-of-the-art in two complementary direction. The first one is on eigenvalue optimization. The optimization problems stem from the robustness analysis of uncertain systems and from the synthesis of controller or design parameters. Applications are envisaged in control design and in structural dynamics, as part of existing collaborations within the Optimization in Engineering Centre OPTEC. The second direction is on computing and optimizing eigenvalues where the nonlinearity is in the eigenvector as well. The eigenvector nonlinearity can be inherent to the problem, as in quantum physics problems, but may also arise in computational schemes for distance problems that arise in the robust control of large-scale problems. 

 

Keywords: 

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

 

Profile: 

An ideal candidate has a master degree in engineering (control, mechanical , electricalm ...) or computational / applied mathematics, a strong background in control and dynamical systems, numerical optimization, programming (MATLAB), experience with algorithm development, and enthusiasm for the project. Proficiency in English is a requirement. 

 

Besides a competitive salary and mobility allowance we offer a stimulating research environment within the scientific computing researh group (http://twr.cs.kuleuven.be), the KU Leuven Optimization in Engineering Center OPTEC (http://set.kuleuven.be/optec/), and the national network DYSCO (http://sites.uclouvain.be/dysco/). 

 

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

 

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8.3  PhD: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Contributed by: Ivan Markovsky, Ivan.Markovsky@vub.ac.be

 

The department ELEC (http://wwwtw.vub.ac.be/elec/) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, offers a funded PhD position in System Identification, focused on numerical methods in the behavioral setting. The position is to be filled as soon as possible. We are looking for a candidate with strong background in numerical linear algebra, optimization, and system theory. Experience in both theoretical and applied aspects of system identification is an advantage. Candidates should have excellent English language skills. 

 

The open position fits into the ERC starting grant "Structured low-rank approximation: Theory, algorithms, and applications" (http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~imarkovs/slra.html). This project covers a wide range of applications and the PhD research topic can be adapted to the interest of the applicant. A major element of the project is the development of the software package (https://github.com/slra/slra). In order to apply, contact me by email with CV and statement of research interests.

 

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8.4  PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia

Contributed by: Daoyi Dong, daoyidong@gmail.com

 

PhD Scholarship at UNSW Australia 

Project title: Robust control of quantum ensembles 

Supervisors: Dr Daoyi Dong and Prof Ian Petersen 

https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/mr-daoyi-dong 

http://seit.unsw.adfa.edu.au/staff/sites/petersen/P1.html 

 

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

 

The successful applicant, subject to admission to the PhD degree program, will be awarded a UNSW Canberra Research Training Scholarship with an annual tax-free stipend of $26,392 (2014 rate). This scholarship is for a period of 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress reviews. The successful applicant would be expected to be available to commence their studies no later than Session 2, 2014 and must be on campus and enrolled at UNSW Canberra in the relevant PhD program by 31 August 2014. Potential students with strong background of quantum physics or control theory are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Prospective students should contact Daoyi Dong (daoyidong@gmail.com) with their academic transcript, a CV and English test scores (if necessary). Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. 

 

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

 

For further information, please contact: 

Dr Daoyi Dong 

School of Engineering and Information Technology - UNSW Australia, Canberra ACT 2600 Australia 

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

Phone: +61 2 6268 6285 

 

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8.5 PhD: University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Contributed by: Claudio De Persis, c.de.persis@rug.nl

 

Two PhD positions within the NWO-DST project 

Energy management strategies for interconnected smart microgrids 

 

This project was recently awarded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) within the ‘Cooperation in research between India and the Netherlands on Smart Grids’. The two PhD projects will be carried under the supervision of, respectively, prof. Claudio De Persis (Industrial Engineering) and prof. Arjan van der Schaft (Mathematics), both at the University of Groningen. The overall project is undertaken in collaboration with IIT Bombay, where two more PhD projects are started under the supervision of Indian colleagues. 

 

The PhD projects are concerned with the modeling, control and energy management of interconnected ac and dc microgrids. The majority of renewable energies cannot guarantee a steady amount of power generation, and also energy consumption may be partly unpredictable, especially for microgrids. Smart power grids that want to allow for a variety of green energy sources have to take into account destabilizing effects due to such erratic inflow and outflow of power, and have to come with a structure and control actions that can cope with these uncertainties. This requires a deep understanding of the physical power network and its components, and the design of advanced control algorithms to obtain not only a balance between supply and demand and to stabilize the network, but also to let it function at the maximum of its capacities. 

 

The two PhD projects in Groningen will be concerned with the port-Hamiltonian modeling of power systems, taking energy and interconnection structure explicitly into account, and with the stability and robustness analysis of interconnected ac and dc microgrids. The obtained models will be taken as a starting point for controlling the power network to an optimal operating regime, and furthermore will be used for developing dynamic pricing methods, in order to regulate the unbalance between supply and demand of the micro grids, and to enhance their energy-efficiency, robustness and adaptability. 

At IIT Bombay special attention will be paid to home dc networks, and to multi-agent energy management strategies. 

 

Further information can be obtained from, and applications including CV and motivation letter can be sent to 

- Claudio De Persis, c.de.persis@rug.nl, 050-3633800 

- Arjan van der Schaft, a.j.van.der.schaft@rug.nl, 050-3633731 

When submitting your application, please use the subject “Ph.D. Application for the NWO-DST project”. 

 

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8.6 Post-Doc: University of Oxford, UK   

Contributed by: Alessandro Abate, aabate@cs.ox.ac.uk

 

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford seeks to appoint a research assistant at the postdoctoral level for a fixed period of 12 months starting in Q3/Q4 2014. 

The successful candidate will work in the field of advanced modelling, verification and control for building automation. 

Candidates must have a solid inter-disiciplinary research record (particularly on foundational work), in one or more of the following areas: formal verification, systems and control theory, and stochastic models. 

 

Job description: 

The researcher will devote full-time to the research and dissemination activities of the EU-funded AMBI project, focusing on advanced building diagnostics and prognostics, enhanced by virtual sensors and broad modelled with dynamical, stochastic, partially-observed systems. More details can be found at: http://www.ambi-project.eu 

 

Responsibilities of the fellow researcher will include: 

1. Perform research independently and in collaboration with researcher within the AMBI project (Honeywell Labs Prague and TU Dresden) 

2. Design specific solutions to problems in the considered area; implement, test and report on the results 

3. Play an active role in integrating inputs from other researchers and giving them appropriate feedback 

4. Provide and share expert know-how in the form of demonstration examples and lectures 

5. Disseminate research results through publication in peer reviewed journals, presentation at conferences and workshops, etc. 

6. Advise local MSc-level students on related projects 

7. Teaching activities are an opportunity with this post, but are not required 

 

Qualifications: 

1. Outstanding research in areas relevant to the project 

2. A solid research record in the broad areas of formal verification, systems and control theory, stochastic models, with emphasis on foundational work 

3. Proven ability to balance theory and algorithmic science 

4. Expertise or clear interest in the broad area of energy, and in particular of smart buildings, buildings automation, HVAC systems 

 

Application process and further details: 

Please see http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/news/792-full.html or contact Alessandro Abate (aabate@cs.ox.ac.uk)

 

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8.7 Post-Doc: Texas Tech University, USA

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

 

Dr. Hui's research group at TTU invites applications for a post-doctoral position beginning in the fall semester in 2014. 

 

The successful applicant will primarily work under a project about fast observation, estimation, and control of large-scale geographic physical networks. Research areas may include but not limited to the following thrust areas: 

1) Exploitation of currently available sensor information to observe the large geographical scale multi-layer and multi-dependent network state under an adversarial attack so that observable data can be used as input for rapid real time network analysis. 

2) Sub-second network computations to enable decisions concerning real-time minimization of network instability. 

3) Novel graph theoretical methods to incorporate distributed real time assessment of the network to be controlled. 

4) Optimal rapid and intelligent islanding or load shedding to limit the cascade affected area. 

5) Fast transient stabilization of multimachine power networks via hybrid control techniques. 

 

The position will include research, publishing, and some teaching related obligations. Strong mathematical background and skills are required. The appointment will be for one year initially, renewable up to two years contingent on performance. The position carries a competitive salary. Candidates who have completed a Ph.D. in control, optimization, computing, dynamical systems, or a closely related field are encouraged to apply. 

 

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a complete application package to qing.hui@ttu.edu. The application should include a letter of interest describing how the position fits within their research vision and their quantitative and qualitative skills, three selected journal publications, a Curriculum Vita, and a list of references. Only references for short-listed candidates will be solicited. For additional information, applicants can contact Dr. Qing Hui (qing.hui@ttu.edu). 

 

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8.8 Post-Doc: University of Twente, the Netherlands

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

 

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

 

The challenge: 

Hybrid systems are those dynamical systems, which evolve over discrete and continuous time or spatial domains. Network systems are those systems, which are composed of interacting parts. Network systems naturally provide several examples of hybrid systems: typical examples include robotic networks, electrical grids, transportation networks, and other “cyber-physical” systems in which the interaction between physical and computational layers is significant. 

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

 

Your profile: 

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

An interview will be part of the selection procedure. Candidates are invited to apply before June 30, 2014 via the webpage http://www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en. Please include the following attachments in your application as a single PDF file: 

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

- Contact information for at least two academic references 

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

 

Our offer: 

We offer a contract for a period from 2 to 4 years, to be negotiated. The salary will be set according to the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement and will depend on relevant experience of the candidate, but will not be below 2890 € gross per month. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits. The starting date for the appointment will be agreed with the candidate. 

 

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

 

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8.9 Post-Doc: San Jose State University, USA 

Contributed by: Kamran Turkoglu, kamran.turkoglu@sjsu.edu

 

Post-Doctoral Researcher position is available at Control Science and Dynamical Systems Laboratory, at Aerospace Engineering, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, USA - Kamran Turkoglu (kamran.turkoglu@sjsu.edu) 

 

Starting Fall 2014 (or earlier), we are looking for potential Post-Doctoral researcher candidates in the areas of 

i) Real-time model predictive control of non-linear systems, 

ii) Convex optimization and applications in aerospace and related fields, 

iii) Real-time guidance strategies, 

 

Candidates holding a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace/Control/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or Applied Mathematics with a focus on control theory and/or optimization are desired. Our ideal candidate is expected to have a solid knowledge of advanced applied mathematics, control theory and optimization methods. Strong interest in multi-disciplinary work, theoretical research and applications to practical problems is a plus. 

Candidate is expected to publish their work, assist in funding/grant proposal writing process and guide students. Applicants with proven track record of won grant proposals and/or attracted funding, will be given priority. 

A highly competitive salary will be between the range of $32,063 - $40,254. Final salary will be determined according to candidates' profile, background and experience. The postdoctoral position is offered for the initial period of one year, with an option to renew for subsequent years depending on performance. 

 

Interested candidates are asked to send their inquiries (via e-mail) in a single PDF file/document to karen.wilcox@sjsu.edu, including (but not limited to) the followings: 

1. Cover letter explaining candidates fit to the announced position 

2. Detailed CV (resume) including all research background and interests. 

3. List of publications. 

4. Proven track record of previous grant/funding opportunities 

5. Two reference letters. (Have your reference letters to be sent electronically (via email) to karen.wilcox@sjsu.edu) 

6. Any other supporting documents that can display the working abilities and experiences of the applicants in related areas. 

 

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

 

San Jose State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast of the United States and is a comprehensive public university located in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose, California.

 

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8.10 Post-Doc: University of New South Wales Canberra,  Australia

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

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate 

University of New South Wales Canberra, Canberra, Australia 

School of Engineering and Information Technology 

 

Research Associate (Fixed Term) 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The new closing date for applications is 30 June 2014. Previous applicants will be considered, and do not need to reapply. 

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

 

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8.11 Research Fellow: National University of Singapore, Singapore 

Contributed by: Chee Khiang Pang, Justin, justinpang@nus.edu.sg

 

Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow 

National University of Singapore 

 

As part of the NUS Aerospace Systems Initiative, the Candidate will be hired under the project titled “Energy-Efficient Flight Control Strategies and Multi-Agent Treatment for Nano-Satellites." The Candidate will be responsible to conduct systems-level research on the control aspects of a swarm of nano-satellites. 

 

Requirements 

We are looking for an intelligent, hardworking, and motivated post-doctoral researcher who is interested in doing high-quality and high-impact research to join our research group. The Candidate should possess a Ph.D. degree from a renowned university (or submitted his/her Ph.D. dissertation) with a strong publication record. The Candidate should also have a good mastery of control theory and mathematics, particularly in areas of graph theory and multi-agent systems. The Candidate will work closely with the PI to develop the essential high-endurance control and mathematical machineries in path-planning and collision avoidance, which are fully justified with mathematical rigour. 

 

Remuneration & Benefits 

Remuneration will be based on qualifications and experience. Leave and medical benefits will be provided based on NUS guidelines. 

 

Term of Appointment 

The initial appointment is one year, with a possible extension of up to an additional one year. 

 

Contact Person 

Interested candidates shall send their detailed curriculum vitae to Prof. Pang Chee Khiang, Justin (justinpang@nus.edu.sg). 

 

Application Deadline 

Open till filled. 

 

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8.12 CISE Resident Scholarship, Boston University, USA

Contributed by: Yannis Paschilidis, yannisp@bu.edu

 

The Center for Information and Systems Engineering (www.bu.edu/systems) at Boston University invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of CISE Resident Scholar. 

 

The purpose of the CISE Resident Scholarship is to host emerging or eminent scientists in the Boston University campus on a short-term basis (from a few weeks up to one year) for collaborative research interactions with CISE affiliated faculty. 

 

Faculty members or scientists in any institution worldwide are eligible to be considered for this position. CISE Resident Scholars are required to be in residence in CISE during the term of the appointment. They will be provided with an office and the Center will reimburse them for local living expenses and travel between Boston University and their home institution for an amount that does not exceed $20,000 per semester. They will have no teaching duties, although they are encouraged to deliver seminars, lead discussion groups, and engage with CISE faculty and students. Interested individuals may contact the CISE Director, Yannis Paschalidis (yannisp@bu.edu). 

 

CISE is an inter-disciplinary research center bringing together faculty and students across Boston University (www.bu.edu) with research interests in information and systems engineering methodologies and their relevance to a diverse set of application domains encompassing the design, analysis, control, and management of complex systems. The Center has 39 affiliated faculty, more than 100 affiliated graduate students and on the order of $6.6 million of annual research expenditures from sponsored research directed by CISE faculty. 

News post with PDF (http://www.bu.edu/systems/2014/05/30/cise-resident-scholar-invitation-for-expression-of-interest/) 

 

Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis 

Professor and Distinguished Faculty Fellow

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 

Division of Systems Engineering, 

and Department of Biomedical Engineering, 

Director, Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) 

Boston University 

 

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8.13 Faculty:  Harbin Institute of Technology, China 

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

 

Faculty Positions in Systems and Control 

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

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation 

 

The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSZ) invites applications for several faculty positions at all ranks. We are seeking candidates with excellent credentials in the areas of systems and control, wind energy, power systems and smart grids. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in electrical, mechanical and power systems engineering and need to show strong research record and potential. 

Successful candidates will be received a joint appointment in the Center of Systems and Control. 

The Division currently has 11 full-time faculty members, and is expected to grow to 20 faculties in the next few years. 

 

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

 

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

 

Ms. Zhao 

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation 

HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town 

Xili, Shenzhen 

Guangdong 

P. R. China 518055 

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

 

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8.14 Faculty: Cranfield University, UK 

Contributed by: Carol Gay, c.a.gay@cranfield.ac.uk

 

Senior Lecturer in Complex Weapons 

Level 7, £48,785 to £52,920 per annum 

Full-time, Permanent 

 

The Aeromechanical Systems Group is a research group within Cranfield Defence and Security, based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in Shrivenham, with expertise in both aeronautical and power systems. Occupying the Aeronautics Centre and the Intelligent Propulsion and Emissions Laboratory (IPEL), the Group conducts experimental and computational research in the fields of aerial vehicle and weapon aerodynamics, performance and control, and hybrid vehicle propulsion, performance and control. 

 

The Aeronautics Centre is home to 9 wind tunnels, ranging in size and speed from the 150mm supersonic tunnel to the 2.75m Houghton wind tunnel made for professional automotive racing models. The IPEL houses engine test cells, used for testing electric, hybrid or combustion engines, and a range of electric drive system rigs. The Group also utilises the Defence Academy’s Guided Weapons Hall (currently undergoing a major refurbishment), which houses a wide range of complete missiles, systems and active demonstrations. 

 

Current research projects within the Aeromechanical Systems Group include flapping-wing micro air vehicle aerodynamics and design, urban UAV gusting problems, jet fluid mechanics and aeroacoustics, transonic cavity flows, guided weapon aerodynamics and performance, and hybrid electric and fuel-cell propulsion and power management. Together with a long history of supporting and graduating higher degree students, the Aeromechanical Systems Group also delivers a range of courses and MSc programmes to the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and to industry. 

 

The Group now seeks to employ someone with expertise and knowledge within the general field of complex weapons. The specialist area is not important, more critical is a detailed understanding of the systems design of complex weapons, and the trade-offs necessary in the fields of propulsion, aerodynamics, control, guidance, costs, etc. The successful applicant would ideally be expected to contribute in terms of lecturing, course and module administration, project supervision, contract research and consultancy. 

 

Applicants for this post should preferably have a relevant industrial background and hold an undergraduate degree with a 2:1 or above in an engineering or science-related subject. Applicants from academia are also invited, though they must be able to demonstrate a comprehensive working knowledge of modern complex weapon systems. Furthermore, academic applicants should possess a PhD in a relevant subject. 

 

For an informal discussion please contact: Professor Kevin Knowles, Head of Aeromechanical Systems Group, on +44 (0)1793 785354. 

Apply online now at www.cranfield.ac.uk/hr or contact us for further details at E: hr.shrivenham@cranfield.ac.uk or on T: +44 (0)1793 785207. Please quote reference number 1591. 

Closing date for receipt of applications: 16 June 2014 

 

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8.15 Faculty: Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria

Contributed by: Prof. Kyandoghere Kyamakya, kyandoghere.kyamakya@aau.at

 

Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt (in Austria) invites applications for a tenured Full Professorship in Control of Networked Systems to be filled by Feb. 1, 2015. 

 

The successful candidate has an international reputation in Control of Networked Systems and both a strong research background in related system-theoretical foundations and an application focus in at least one or more of the following areas as well: Multi-Robotics and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)-Systems, Smart Grids, Transportation Systems, Smart Automation and Production Systems. Experience in the management of projects and interest in setting up multidisciplinary projects together with industry and research institutions is also expected. Furthermore, candidates should be committed to excellence in undergraduate/graduate teaching and in supervising PhD students. Teaching will involve courses in control systems engineering topics both at the Master (in English) and Bachelor (in German or English) levels. 

 

With more than 10000 students, the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt is a vibrant and innovative university in the southern part of Austria, a region with top quality living conditions at the confluence of alpine and Mediterranean culture. The position is located at the Institute of Smart Systems Technologies (IST). 

 

What are the requirements for applicants? 

• Excellent research record with publications in the area of the professorship 

• Habilitation or equivalent scientific qualifications 

• Experience in management and acquisition of projects 

• Experience in teaching and didactic qualifications 

• Skills in leadership and organization; team player 

 

What do we expect from the future professor? 

• Interest in setting up multidisciplinary projects together with other research organizations and industrial partners 

• Teaching the bachelor lectures “system theory” and “control engineering” in German (German language courses available on campus) 

• Teaching graduate courses in English 

• Integration to the department’s emphasis in information and communication technology and cooperation with mathematics 

 

Which skills and interests are beneficial? 

• A convincing research and teaching statement 

• Experience in interdisciplinary projects 

• International network 

• Skills in gender mainstreaming and diversity management 

 

The university strives at raising the number of women in leading academic positions and therefore specifically invites women to apply. In case of equal qualifications, women will receive priority consideration. 

Handicapped persons or persons with chronic illnesses who comply with the qualification criteria mentioned are specifically invited to apply. 

The salary will be negotiated. The minimum gross salary is currently € 66.000 per year (A1 Universitäten-Kollektivvertrag). 

 

Applications must include a five-page main part plus appendices (see http://bit.ly/Hauptteil ) and should be e-mailed to Sabine Tomicich (sabine.tomicich@aau.at) by June 22, 2014. 

The complete call for applications (in German) can be found at page 7 of the following document: 

http://www.uni-klu.ac.at/rechtabt/downloads/mbl17_13_14.pdf 

For more details contact Prof. K. Kyamakya (kyandoghere.kyamakya@aau.at). 

 

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8.16 Faculty: ETH Zurich, Switzerland  

Contributed by: faculty-recruiting@slethz.ch

 

ETH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich 

Professor of Systems and Control 

 

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

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

Please apply online at www.facultyaffairs.ethz.ch 

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

 

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8.17 R&D Technical Expert: Volvo, Sweden

Contributed by: Erik Coelingh, erik.coelingh@volvocars.com

 

Technical Expert – Correlation & Measurement Technology 

http://www.randstad.se/sv/jobbsokande/Import-EasyCruit/Technical-Expert-Correlation--Measurement-Technology/ 

 

At Research & Development you will be a key contributor to the next generation outstanding luxury cars from Volvo. Together with other engineers around the world, you and your team will create innovative human-centric car technology that makes life less complicated and more enjoyable for people. Are you interested in design and connected car technology? Do you share our passion for people, the environment and our urge to create a superior driving experience? Research and Development is the place for you to prosper. 

 

Volvo Car Group is now taking a strategic step to strengthen the implementation of strategies for technological leadership through the Technical Specialist Program, which purpose is to develop a strong technical workforce dedicated to innovation, product excellence and continuous improvement of core processes. 

 

As Technical Expert, Correlation and Measurement Technology you have your position at Vehicle & Systems Testing but work cross the complete R&D. You will hold the overall responsibility to initiate and lead the technical development of measurement systems and you will also be in lead for the development of the knowledge base within your area. The area concerns correlation not only within a family of rigs, but also between different rig types in the lab. You will be an important contributor to the ambition of moving testing from complete vehicle into testing of sub systems. You will provide technical support both in-house and against suppliers in order to secure and quantify measuring quality. 

 

As Technical Expert you will be responsible for the long term knowledge and development of your area within R&D. You will keep a close contact with universities and participate in seminars and conferences outside the company. You have the opportunity to act as a mentor for diploma workers and as industrial supervisor for PhD students. As a technical expert, with competence, vision and leadership, you will secure right measurement technology for R&D needs. 

 

Main responsibilities 

· Initiate and lead development of measurement technology and correlation methods within R&D 

· Lead technical development within the area and propose technical solutions and investment plans that meet the need of Volvo Car Group and R&D 

· Technical support within correlation and measurement technology for R&D 

· Representing R&D in internal and external measurement technology issues, as well as acting as a mentor for engineers and PhD students within the area 

 

Required qualifications 

· M.Sc. or PhD degree in Physics, Mathematics, Automotive Engineering, Measurement Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar area 

· Minimum 10 years of working experience within correlation and measurement technology 

· Excellent English skills, spoken and written 

· Demonstrated in-depth technical knowledge and leadership in the correlation area 

· Experience from correlation between different test bed environments 

· Strong record of technical innovation/contribution/leadership resulting in implementation within product development 

· Experience from leading teams, from requirement setting to a technical solution and fulfilled function is meritorious 

· Documented publication record in relevant technical area (paper, patents, reports etc) is meritorious 

 

Personal qualities 

· Great engineering and analytical skills 

· A great communicator with excellent cooperation skills 

· Capacity to lead a team as well as being self driven and target oriented 

· Good administrative and project management skills 

· Holistic view and conceptual thinking 

· Business and performance driven 

 

Contact 

In this recruitment process we are collaborating with Randstad Professionals. If you have any questions regarding the position you are welcome to contact the responsible recruitment consultant Jessica Lindahl at +46(0) 72 988 94 12 or by e-mail Jessica.lindahl@randstad.se 

Interviews will be held continuously. To apply, please register your profile and attach your application documents via the link below as soon as possible but no later then June 18th.

 

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