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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

1.4 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control


2. Misc

2.1 Online Seminar Series on Control Systems


3. Books

3.1 Nonlinear Control

3.2 Cooperative Control of Multi-Agent Systems: Optimal and Adaptive Design Approaches


4. Journals

4.1 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal

4.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.3 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

4.4 Contents: European Journal of Control

4.5 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems

4.6 CFP: Special issue in Mechatronics

4.7 CFP: Unmanned Systems


5. Conferences

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

5.2  Conference on Intelligent Control and Information Processing

5.3  International Symposium on Neural Networks

5.4  International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics

5.5  European Control Conference

5.6  Physical human-robot interactions and human assistive systems

5.7  International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems

5.8  International Meeting on Analysis and Applications of Nonsmooth Systems

5.9  International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision

5.10 World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

5.11 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing

5.12 International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems


6. Workshops and Graduate Schools

6.1  Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning 

6.2  25 Years of Passivity-based Control: New Vistas

6.3  Sequential Decision-Making with Big Data

6.4  DISC Summer School on Data-driven Modeling for Control


7. Positions

7.1  PhD: Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Warwick, UK

7.2  PhD: University of Oxford, UK

7.3  PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

7.4  PhD: University of Southampton, UK

7.5  PhD: University of Calgary, Canada

7.6  PhD and Research Engineer: CNRS, Grenoble, France

7.7  PhD: University  West, Sweden

7.8  PhD: LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France

7.9  PhD: Universite de Lorraine, Federation Charles Hermite, France

7.10 PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia

7.11 PhD: Curtin University, Australia

7.12 PhD: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

7.13 PhD/Post-Doc: Technical University of Munich, Germany

7.14 Post-Doc: University of Pennsylvania, USA

7.15 Post-Doc: Louisiana State University, USA

7.16 Post-Doc: Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

7.17 Post-Doc: United Arab Emirates University, UAE

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

7.19 Post-Doc: University of Melbourne, Australia

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

7.21 Research Fellow: Nanyang  Technological University, Singapore 

7.22 Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

7.23 Faculty: Washington University in St. Louis, USA

7.24 Faculty: Washington University in St. Louis, USA

7.25 Faculty: Chalmers University, Sweden

7.26 Faculty: University of Bath, UK 

7.27 Faculty: National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

7.28 Faculty: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

7.29 Researcher: Honeywell Prague Laboratory, Czech Republic

7.30 Researchers: General Motors R&D, USA

7.31 Research Engineer: GE Global Research, Germany




1. IEEE CSS Headlines


1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,


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 provides lists of current tables of contents of the periodicals sponsored by the Control Systems Society. Each issue offers readers a rapid means to survey and access the latest peer-reviewed papers of the IEEE Control Systems Society.

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



1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,


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: 


Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 59 (2014), Issue 3 (March) 


Scanning The Issue. p. 553 



- Common Information Based Markov Perfect Equilibria for Stochastic Games with Asymmetric Information: Finite Games. A. Nayyar, A. Gupta, C. Langbort, T. Basar p. 555 

- Generalized Efficiency Bounds In Distributed Resource Allocation. J. Marden, T. Roughgarden p. 571 

- Adaptive Projection-Based Observers and L1 Adaptive Controllers for Infinite Dimensional Systems With Full-State Measurement. V. Natarajan, J. Bentsman p. 585 

- Energy-Aware Scheduling on Heterogeneous Processors. O. T. Akgun, D. G. Down, R. Righter p. 599 

- A Differential Lyapunov Framework for Contraction Analysis. F. Forni, R. J. Sepulchre p. 614 

- Learning in Mean-field Games. H. Yin, P. G. Mehta, S. Meyn, U. V. Shanbhag p. 629 

- Distributed Cardinality Estimation in Anonymous Networks. D. Varagnolo, G. Pillonetto, L. Schenato p. 645 

- Time Synchronization in WSNs: A Maximum-Value-Based Consensus Approach. J. He, P. Cheng, L. Shi, J. Chen, Y. Sun p. 660 

- Online Markov Decision Processes Under Bandit Feedback. G. Neu, A. György, C. Szepesvári, A. Antos p. 676 

- On Passivity of a Class of Discrete-Time Switched Nonlinear Systems. Y. Wang, V. Gupta, P. J. Antsaklis p. 692 

- Cyclic Change of Server's Performance: Impacts and Applications. B. Huang, J. Xie, Q-M. He p. 703 

- Stackelberg Routing on Parallel Networks with Horizontal Queues. W. Krichene, J. Reilly, S. Amin, A. M. Bayen p. 714 


Technical Notes and Correspondence 

- Periodical Solutions in a Pulse-Modulated Model of Endocrine Regulation with Time-Delay. A. Churilov, A. V. Medvedev, P. Mattsson p. 728 

- Minimum-Time Quantum Transport with Bounded Trap Velocity. D. Stefanatos, J-S. Li p. 733 

- Reach Controllability of Single Input Affine Systems on a Simplex. E. Semsar Kazerooni, M. E. Broucke p. 738 

- Upper and Lower Bounds for Controllable Subspaces of Networks of Diffusively Coupled Agents. S. Zhang, M. Cao, M. K. Camlibel p. 745 

- Output Synchronization of Networked Passive Systems with Event-Driven Communication. H. Yu, P. J. Antsaklis p. 750 

- Finite-Time Consensus in Networks of Integrator-Like Dynamic Agents with Directional Link Failure. F. Xiao, L. Wang, T. Chen p. 756 

- Average Consensus in the Presence of Delays in Directed Graph Topologies. C. Hadjicostis, T. Charalambous p. 763 

- Cooperative Optimal Control for Multi-agent Systems on Directed Graph Topologies. K. Hengster-Movric, F. L. Lewis p. 769 

- Constrained Consensus in Unbalanced Networks With Communication Delays. P. Lin, W. Ren p. 775 

- Distributed Continuous-Time Convex Optimization on Weight-Balanced Digraphs. B. Gharesifard, J. Cortes p. 781 

- Sampled-Data H2 Optimization of Systems with I/O Delays via Analog Loop Shifting. L. Mirkin, T. Shima, G. Tadmor p. 787 

- Stochastic Stabilization of Partially Observed and Multi-Sensor Systems Driven by Unbounded Noise under Fixed-Rate Information Constraints.A.P.Johnston, S.Yuksel p.792 

- Variable-Order Fractional Operators for Adaptive Order and Parameter Estimation. M. R. Rapaic, A. Pisano p. 798 

- On the Performance Analysis of Resilient Networked Control Systems Under Replay Attacks. M. Zhu, S. Martinez p. 804 

- Adaptive Failure Compensation Control for Uncertain Systems with Stochastic Actuator Failures. H. Fan, B. Liu, Y. Shen, W. Wang p. 808 

- Moment Stability of Nonlinear Stochastic Systems with Time-delays Based on H-Representation Technique. X. Zhao, F. Deng p. 814 

- Controlling the Relative Agent Motion in Multi-Agent Formation Stabilization. M. Guo, M. M. Zavlanos, D. V. Dimarogonas p. 814 

- H-infinity Kalman Estimation for Rectangular Descriptor Systems with Unknown Inputs. C-S. Hsieh p. 826 



1.3 Contents: Transactions on Control Systems Technology

Contributed by: Thomas Parisini,


Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 22 (2014), Issue 2 (March) 



- Power Control and Coding Formulation for State Estimation With Wireless Sensors. D. E. Quevedo, J. Østergaard, and A. Ahlén page 413 

- Optimal Air-to-Fuel Ratio Tracking Control With Adaptive Biofuel Content Estimation for LNT Regeneration. X. Chen, Y. Wang, I. Haskara, and G. Zhu page 428 

- Nonlinear Disturbance Observer-Based Dynamic Surface Control for Trajectory Tracking of Pneumatic Muscle System. J. Wu, J. Huang, Y. Wang, and K. Xing page 440 

- Pressure and Friction Observer-Based Backstepping Control for a VGT Pneumatic Actuator. S. Laghrouche, F. S. Ahmed, and A. Mehmood page 456 

- Gain-Scheduled Smith Predictor PID-Based LPV Controller for Open-Flow Canal Control. Y. Bolea, V. Puig, and J. Blesa page 468 

- Distributed Attitude Synchronization and Tracking Control for Multiple Rigid Bodies. A.-M. Zou page 478 

- Design and Clinical Evaluation of Robust PID Control of Propofol Anesthesia in Children. K. van Heusden, G. A. Dumont, K. Soltesz, C. L. Petersen, A. Umedaly, N. West, and J. M. Ansermino page 491 

- Comparison of Supervisory Control Strategies for Series Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrains Through Dynamic Programming. R. M. Patil, Z. Filipi, and H. K. Fathy page 502 

- Decentralized Control of the Power Flows in a Network of Smart Microgrids Modeled as a Team of Cooperative Agents. H. Dagdougui and R. Sacile page 510 

- Analysis and Minimization of Interaction in Decentralized Control Systems With Application to Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing.A.Seshadri,P.R. Raul and P.R. Pagilla page 520 

- Model-Based Plant Design and Hierarchical Control of a Prototype Lighter-Than-Air Wind Energy System, With Experimental Flight Test Results. C. Vermillion, T. Grunnagle, R. Lim, and I. Kolmanovsky page 531 

- Linear Quadratic Optimal and Risk-Sensitive Control for Vehicle Active Suspensions. P. Brezas and M. C. Smith page 543 

- Illumination Balancing Algorithm for Smart Lights. M. T. Koroglu and K. M. Passino page 557 

- Stereovision-Based Estimation of Relative Dynamics Between Noncooperative Satellites: Theory and Experiments. T. Nagashio, T. Kida, Y. Hamada, and T. Ohtani page 568 

- Affine Neural Network-Based Predictive Control Applied to a Distributed Solar Collector Field. P. Gil, J. Henriques, A. Cardoso, P. Carvalho, and A. Dourado page 585 

- Feed-Forward Control of an HVDC Power Transmission Network. C. Schmuck, F. Woittennek, A. Gensior, and J. Rudolph page 597 

- Identification and Inverse Torque Control of Hydrodynamic Dynamometers. T. E. Passenbrunner, M. Sassano, M. Hirsch, and L. del Re page 607 

- System Identification and Control of the Broken River. M. Foo, S. K. Ooi, and E. Weyer page 618 

- Model Predictive Control for Real-Time Tumor Motion Compensation in Adaptive Radiotherapy. D. Paluszczyszyn, P. Skworcow, O. Haas, K. J. Burnham, and J. A. Mills page 635 

- Game Theory Controller for Hybrid Electric Vehicles. C. Dextreit and I. V. Kolmanovsky page 652 

- New Repetitive Control With Improved Steady-State Performance and Accelerated Transient. X. Chen and M. Tomizuka page 664 

- Multivariable Optimal Control of HVDC Transmission Links With Network Parameter Estimation for Weak Grids. G. Beccuti, G. Papafotiou, and L. Harnefors page 676 

-Fuzzy Neural-Network Friction Compensation-Based Singularity Avoidance Energy Swing-Up to Nonequilibrium Unstable Position Control of Pendubot. D. Xia, T. Chai, and L. Wang page 690 

- Stability Analysis and Implementation of a Decentralized Formation Control Strategy for Unmanned Vehicles. A. Yang, W. Naeem, G. W. Irwin, and K. Li page 706 


Brief papers 

- Switching Gains for Semiactive Damping via Nonconvex Lyapunov Functions. F. Blanchini, P. Colaneri, D. Casagrande, P. Gardonio, and S. Miani page 721 

- Improvement of Transient Response in Signal Transformation Approach by Proper Compensator Initialization. A. Bazaei, S. O. R. Moheimani, and Y. K. Yong page 729 

- Adaptive Feedback Active Noise Control for Yacht Environments. P. Peretti, S. Cecchi, L. Romoli, and F. Piazza page 737 

- Stability-Guaranteed Assist-as-Needed Controller for Powered Orthoses. A. Morbi, M. Ahmadi, A. D. C. Chan, and R. Langlois page 745 

- Parametric Resonance Cancellation Via Reshaping Stability Regions: Numerical and Experimental Results. L. Moreno-Ahedo, J. Collado, and C. Vázquez page 753 

- Indirect Adaptive Attenuation of Multiple Narrow-Band Disturbances Applied to Active Vibration Control. T.-B. Airimi¸toaie and I. D. Landau page 761 

- Formation Control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Subject to Communication Delays. P. Millán, L. Orihuela, I. Jurado, and F. R. Rubio page 770 

- Adaptive Consensus-Based Distributed Target Tracking in Sensor Networks With Limited Sensing Range. N. Ili´c, M. S. Stankovic, and S. S. Stankovic page 778 

- Lp String Stability of Cascaded Systems: Application to Vehicle Platooning. J. Ploeg, N. van de Wouw, and H. Nijmeijer page 786 

- Real-Time Acceleration Harmonics Estimation for an Electro-Hydraulic Servo Shaking Table Using Kalman Filter With a Linear Model. J. Yao, D. Di, G. Jiang, S. Gao, and H. Yan page 794 

- Scheduled Communication in Sensor Networks. L. Orihuela, F. Gómez-Estern, and F. Rodríguez Rubio page 801 

- Design of a Disturbance Observer for a Two-Link Manipulator With Flexible Joints. J. N. Yun and J.-B. Su page 809 

- Multirate-Based Composite Controller Design of Piezoelectric Actuators for High-Bandwidth and Precision Tracking. L. Liu, K. K. Tan, and T. H. Lee page 816 


Comments and corrections 

- Comments on “Comments on ‘Asymptotic Backstepping Stabilization of an Underactuated Surface Vessel”’. M. Bao-Li and X. Wen-Jing page 822 



1.4 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 

Contributed by: Sergio Galeani,


CDC 2014 - 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 

December 15-17, 2014, Los Angeles, California (USA). 


Conference announcement and call for papers 


The 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control will be held Monday through Wednesday, December 15-17, 2014 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, USA. 

The conference will be preceded by technical workshops on Sunday, December 14, 2014. 


The CDC is recognised as the premier scientific and engineering conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of systems and control. The CDC annually brings together an international community of researchers and practitioners in the field of automatic control to discuss new research results, perspectives on future developments, and innovative applications relevant to decision making, automatic control, and related areas. 


The 53rd CDC will feature contributed and invited papers, as well as tutorial sessions and workshops. 

Bode and Plenary lectures: 

- Bruce Francis, University of Toronto, Canada. 

- Claire Tomlin, University of California, Berkeley. 

- Miroslav Krstic, University of California, San Diego. 


Important Dates: 

March 10th, 2014: Deadline for invited session proposals 

March 20th, 2014: Deadline for initial paper submission (FIRM DEADLINE) 

May 1st, 2014: Deadline for workshop proposals 

Mid-July, 2014: Decision notifications 

September 20th, 2014: Deadline for submission of final papers 


For more information, visit:




2. Misc


2.1 Online Seminar Series on Control Systems

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen,


Nationwide Online Seminar Series on Control Systems 


We are introducing the Control Systems Forum ( - a novel forum dedicated to the dissemination and discussion of new research results, perspectives, and applications of Automatic Control, Decision-Making, and Dynamical 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: 

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

"Aircraft Loss of Control: Future Research and Technology Directions" by Dr. Christine Belcastro (NASA), May 7, 2014, Wednesday, 2:00 pm CDT. 

"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 the Control Systems Forum ( to register and learn more. 


Dr. Tansel Yucelen 

Program Director of the Control Systems Forum 

Director of the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL) 

Assistant Professor of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department 

Missouri University of Science and Technology 

email: (Research Webpage) (Control Systems Forum Webpage) 




3. Books


3.1 Nonlinear Control 

Contributed by: Hassan Khalil,


Nonlinear Control 

Hassan K. Khalil 

Michigan State University 

Pearson Education, 2015 


A new textbook for a first course on nonlinear control that can be taught in one semester (forty lectures). 

Check for the preface and table of contents. 

The book is available now although it carries the date of 2015



3.2 Cooperative Control of Multi-Agent Systems: Optimal and Adaptive Design Approaches 

Contributed by: Frank L. Lewis,


Cooperative Control of Multi-Agent Systems: Optimal and Adaptive Design Approaches

F.L. Lewis, Hongwei Zhang, K. Hengster-Movric, and Abhijit Das 



This book studies optimal performance and adaptive learning in cooperative control of multi-agent dynamical systems interconnected by a communication graph topology. Cooperative behaviors and collective synchronization phenomena occur in biology, sociology, physics, chemistry, and human engineered systems. In cooperative control systems on graphs, there are intriguing interactions between the individual agent dynamics and the topology of the communication graph. The graph topology may severely limit the possible performance of any control laws used by the individual agents. Specifically, in cooperative control on graphs, all the control protocols must be distributed in the sense that the control law of each agent is only allowed to depend on information from its immediate neighbors in the graph topology. 


Requirements for distributed protocols and tuning algorithms that respect the graph topology have led to difficulties in the design of cooperative optimal controllers and adaptive controllers. It is not straightforward to select optimality performance indices and Lyapunov functions that yield distributed protocols based on the prescribed graph topology. Yet, optimal control and adaptive control are among the most powerful design techniques for industrial systems, aerospace systems, vehicular control, and elsewhere. 


In this book we show how to tailor distributed cooperative control principles to design optimal control systems and adaptive learning systems for multi-agent dynamics on communication graphs. It is shown how to obtain optimal control protocols and adaptive tuning laws that are distributed on a given graph. The key to this is the proper selection of optimality performance indices and Lyapunov functions that depend in a certain fashion on graph topologies. Analysis and design techniques are provided for control protocols that give guaranteed quantifiable optimal and adaptive tuning performance of multi-agent systems on communication graphs. 


Table of Contents 

1. Introduction to Synchronization in Nature and Physics and Cooperative Control 

2. Background in Algebraic Graph Theory and Cooperative Control Consensus 

3. Local Optimal Design for Cooperative Control 

4. Riccati Design for Synchronization of Discrete-Time Systems 

5. Globally Optimal Cooperative Control 

6. Graphical Games: Distributed Multi-player Games on Graphs 

7. Graph Laplacian Potential and Lyapunov Functions for Multi-agent Systems 

8. Cooperative Adaptive Control for First-Order Nonlinear Systems 

9. Cooperative Adaptive Control for Second-Order Nonlinear Systems 

10. Cooperative Adaptive Control for Higher-Order Nonlinear Systems 




4. Journals


4.1 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal 

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev,


Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal 

Vol.13, No.1, February 2014 



- Modeling, Querying and Mining Social Relational Networks Using Fuzzy Set Techniques (Survey). R.R. Yager, pages 3-17 

- Norm-Wise, Mixed and Component-Wise Condition Numbers of Matrix Equation, A0 +∑σiAi* XPiAi=0, σi=±1. I.P. Popchev, M.M. Konstantinov, P.H. Petkov, V.A. Angelova, pages 18-30 

- Robust Stabilization of Parameter Varying Time Delay Systems by Switched Controllers. P. Yan, H. Özbay, M. Şansal, pages 31-45 

- On the Algorithms for Solving Discrete Periodic Riccati Equation. F.A. Aliev, V.B. Larin, pages 46-54 

- Accelerated Halley Method with Eighth-Order Convergence, M. Chen, T.S. Chang, pages 55-61.  

- Triangular Configurations and Lie Algebras of Strictly Upper-Triangular Matrices. M. Ceballos, J. Núñez, Á.F. Tenorio, pages 62-70 

- Expanded Lie Group Transformations and Similarity Reductions for the Celebrity Black-Scholes Equation in Finance. R. Polat and T. Ozis, pages 71-77 

- Avoid the Uncontrollability Problems of the Nonzero Endpoint Conditions via Homotopy Analysis Method. A. Sami Bataineh, pages 78-90 

- Solving Two Parabolic Inverse Problems with a Nonlocal Boundary Condition in the Reproducing Kernel Space. M. Mohammadi, R. Mokhtari, H. Panahipour, pages 91-106 

- Design of Observer-Based Feedback Control or a Class of Discrete-Time Nonlinear Systems with Time-Delay. Y. Dong, Y. Zhang, X. Zhang, pages 107-121 

- On the Simplicity of the Eigenvalues of Non-Self-Adjoint Mathieu-Hill Operators. O.A. Veliev, pages 122-134 

- Book Review. Method for Solving Problems of Fuzzy Optimal Control - F.A. Aliev, A.A. Niftiyev, J.I. Zeynalov (Publisher ELM, Baku, 2013, ISBN:978-9952-453-48-5). Reviewed by V. Kreinovich, pages 135-141  

- First Announcement. The 5th Congress of the Turkic World Mathematical Society (TWMS), Issyk-Kul region, Kyrgyzstan, 5-7 July, 2014, page 142  



4.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

Contributed by: Tobias Glück,


Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 24 - March 2014 


- Lghani Menhour, Ali Charara, Daniel Lechner, Switched LQR/H8 steering vehicle control to detect critical driving situations, Pages 1-14 

- M. Ariola, G. De Tommasi, A. Pironti, F. Villone, Control of resistive wall modes in tokamak plasmas, Pages 15-24 

- M.F. Castoldi, D.S. Sanches, M.R. Mansour, N.G. Bretas,R.A. Ramos,A hybrid algorithm to tune power oscillation dampers for FACTS devices in power systems, Pages 25-32 

- Assad Alam, Ather Gattami, Karl H. Johansson, Claire J. Tomlin, Guaranteeing safety for heavy duty vehicle platooning: Safe set computations and experimental evaluations, Pages 33-41 

- S.A.KH. Mozaffari Niapour, M. Tabarraie, M.R. Feyzi, A new robust speed-sensorless control strategy for high-performance brushless DC motor drives with reduced torque ripple, Pages 42-54 

- Zhibin Shuai, Hui Zhang, Junmin Wang, Jianqiu Li, Minggao Ouyang, Lateral motion control for four-wheel-independent-drive electric vehicles using optimal torque allocation and dynamic message priority scheduling, Pages 55-66 

- Pawel Miroslaw Stano, Adam K. Tilton, Robert Babuška, Estimation of the soil-dependent time-varying parameters of the hopper sedimentation model: The FPF versus the BPF, Pages 67-78 

- M. Bidarvatan, M. Shahbakhti, S.A. Jazayeri, C.R. Koch, Cycle-to-cycle modeling and sliding mode control of blended-fuel HCCI engine, Pages 79-91 

- F. Coutinho, R. Cortesão, Online stiffness estimation for robotic tasks with force observers, Pages 92-105 

- B. Soualmi, C. Sentouh, J.C. Popieul, S. Debernard, Automation-driver cooperative driving in presence of undetected obstacles, Pages 106-119 

- Hungsun Son, Kok-Meng Lee, Control system design and input shape for orientation of spherical wheel motor, Pages 120-128 

- Hossam Seddik Abbas, Ahsan Ali, Seyed Mahdi Hashemi, Herbert Werner, LPV state-feedback control of a control moment gyroscope, Pages 129-137 

- Joaquim Blesa, Damiano Rotondo, Vicenç Puig, Fatiha Nejjari, FDI and FTC of wind turbines using the interval observer approach and virtual actuators/sensors, Pages 138-155 

- Jérémie Monnin, Fredy Kuster, Konrad Wegener, Optimal control for chatter mitigation in milling—Part 1: Modeling and control design, Pages 156-166 

- Jérémie Monnin, Fredy Kuster, Konrad Wegener, Optimal control for chatter mitigation in milling—Part 2: Experimental validation,Pages 167-175 



4.3 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Fu Li-Chen,


Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.16, No.1, 2014 




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- A New Adaptive Sliding Mode Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems.  Zhitao Liu, Hongye Su and Shuwen Pan - On Trajectory Tracking Model Predictive Control of an Unmanned Quadrotor Helicopter Subject to Aerodynamic Disturbances.  K. Alexis, G. Nikolakopoulos and A. Tzes 

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

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

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

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


Brief Papers 

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

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

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

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

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

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



4.4 Contents: European Journal of Control 

Contributed by: Alessandro Astolfi,


European Journal of Control 


Volume 20, Number 1, January 2014 

- Editorial – Jan C. Willems, A. Astolfi, I.D. Landau, A. Isidori. M. Gevers, 1-3 

- Structural monitoring of a tower by means of MEMS-based sensing and enhanced autoregressive models, R. Guidorzi, R. Diversi, L. Vincenzi, C. Mazzotti and V. Simioli, 4-13 

- Recursive Identification of Errors-in-variables Wiener-Hammerstein systems, B.-Q. Mu and H.-F. Chen, 14-23 

- Exact sizing of battery capacity for photovoltaic systems, Y. Ru, J. Kleissl and S. Martinez, 24-37 

- Robust inverse optimal control for discrete-time nonlinear system stabilization, F. Ornelas-Tellez, E. N. Sanchez, A. G. Loukianov and J. Jesus Rico, 38-44 

- Almost global attitude stabilization of a rigid body for both internal and external actuation schemes, R. Bayadi and R. N. Banavar, 45-54 

- A correction note on the paper ‘Sufficient conditions on the existence of switching observers for nonlinear time-varying systems’, D. Boskos and J. Tsinias, 55 


Volume 20, Number 2, March 2014 

- Controllability of the wave equation with bilinear controls, M. Ouzahra, 57-63 

- Robust Kalman filtering for small satellite attitude estimation in the presence of measurement faults, H. E. Soken, C. Hajiyevand and S. Sakai, 64-72 

- Input-output linearization of discrete-time systems by dynamic output feedback, A. Kaldmae and U. Kotta, 73-78 

- Adaptive position-pressure control of a brake by wire actuator for sport motorcycles, F. Todeschini, M. Corno, G. Panzani and S. M. Savaresi, 79-86 

- Function perturbations in Boolean networks with its application in a D. melanogaster gene network, M. Meng and J. Feng, 87-94 

- Unknown-input observability with an application to prognostics for Waste Water Treatment Plants, F. Lafont, N. Pressel, J.-F. Balmat and J.-P. Gauthier, 95-103 



4.5 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems

Contributed by: Lars Gruene,


Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS)

Volume 26, Number 1 

Table of Contents


- Insensitizing exact controls for the scalar wave equation and exact controllability of 2-coupled cascade systems of PDE’s by a single control, Fatiha Alabau-Boussouira, 1-46 

- Self-adjoint differential-algebraic equations, Peter Kunkel, Volker Mehrmann, Lena Scholz, 47-76 

- Stabilization of the Euler–Bernoulli equation via boundary connection with heat equation, Qiong Zhang, Jun-Min Wang, Bao-Zhu Guo 77-118 

- Alternative algebraic approach to stabilization for linear parabolic boundary control systems, Takao Nambu 119-144 

- Null controllability of Kolmogorov-type equations, Karine Beauchard, 145-176 



4.6  CFP: special issue in Mechatronics 

Contributed by: Hui Zhang,


Special issue on Control and Estimation of Over-Actuated Vehicles -- Mechatronics 


Actuation redundancy is an effective way to satisfy the increasing demand on system performance, fault tolerance, and reliability in a large variety of engineering systems. For ground vehicles, the main goals include improvements in vehicle safety, maneuverability, passenger comfort, and reduce driver workload, especially in adverse driving situations. Thanks to the actuation flexibility, over-actuated vehicles with four-wheel steering (4WS) and/or four-wheel driving (4WD) systems not only enjoy enhanced vehicle motion/stability control performance and maneuverability but also has new avenues for improving the system energy efficiency. 


This special issue intends to provide an up-to-date overview of recent advances in modeling, analysis, and control of over-actuated ground vehicles, with a focus on the mechatronic aspects. This special issue also intends to provide advanced and practical methodologies to deal with the existing challenges for mechatronic design, control and estimation of over-actuated ground vehicles. Prospective authors are invited to submit original contributions and reviews for this Special Issue. 

Potential topics include, but are not limited to: 

- Analysis and synthesis (i.e. design) of over-actuated vehicles such as full wheel independent drive/steer electric vehicles 

- Trajectory tracking control and stability/motion control methods for over-actuated vehicles 

- Vehicle state and parameter real-time estimations 

- Fault modeling, detection, and isolation of over-actuated vehicles 

- Fault-tolerant control of over-actuated vehicles 

- Control allocation methods for over-actuated vehicles 

- Energy optimization and management in over-actuated vehicles 

- Advanced driver assistance systems 


Before submission, the authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal online submission system at Please choose the article type: 'SI: Control of Ground Vehicle' on the drop-down menu at the beginning of submission. 


Important Dates: 

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2014 

Final Manuscript Due: October 1, 2014 

Anticipated publication: December 2014 


Hamid Reza Karimi, Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder, Grimstad, Norway; 

Rongrong Wang, School of Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University, 211189 Nanjing, P.R. China; 

Hui Zhang, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA; 

Junmin Wang, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA; 



4.7  CFP: Unmanned Systems 

Contributed by: Ben M Chen,


Unmanned Systems: Call for Papers for the Special Issue on Autonomous Underwater Robots 


In this Special Issue on Autonomous Underwater Robots, we would like to strengthen this very specific field of applications. When exploring the shallow sea bed, accessing the marine ecosystems, and carrying out oceanographic investigations, a lot of tasks can only be accomplished by underwater robots. Moreover, there is a growing market for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), since manned missions are very expensive. Future drivers for autonomous underwater robotics will be: hydrographic surveys, offshore oil and gas, gas hydrates, marine mineral resources, renewable energy from the sea, ocean research and border security. 


The main focus of this special issue is on the most recent theoretical developments, results, and applications in the area of methods for underwater robotics. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Robotics, Visual servoing control, Machine learning, Embedded systems, Multi-agent systems, Neural network, Wireless sensor networks, Mission programming, Underwater robot navigation, Dynamics and computational algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), Underwater robot localization. 


Interested authors should follow the authors’ guidelines of Unmanned Systems (available at and submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at Papers meant for this issue are to be distinguished by selecting the section/category of ‘Special Issue on Autonomous Underwater Robots’ in the submission procedure. 


Manuscript Due: April, 2014 

First Round of Reviews: June, 2014 

Second Round Review: August, 2014 

Publication: October, 2014 


Guest Editors:

Professor Jason Gu 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, NS, Canada B3J 2X4 


Professor Mae Seto 

Department of Mechanical Engineering, 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, NS, Canada B3J 2X4




5. Conferences 


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

Contributed by:  Seenith Sivasundaram,


Call for Papers 


ICNPAA 2014 World Congress: 

Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace 

Narvik University, Norway 

July 15, 2014 – July 18, 2014 


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


Please visit the web site : for all details Please visit the web site : 

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 



5.2  Conference on Intelligent Control and Information Processing

Contributed by: Jin Hu,


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

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


Call for Papers and Special Sessions 

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


Topic Areas 

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

Intelligent Control and Automation 

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

Intelligent Information Processing 

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


Paper Submission 

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


Important Dates 

Special session proposals deadline   March 15, 2014 

Paper submission deadline   April 15, 2014 

Notification of acceptance June 15, 2014 

Camera-ready copy and author registration July 15, 2014



5.3 International Symposium on Neural Networks 

Contributed by: Jin Hu,


Following the successes of previous events, Eleventh International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2014) will be held in Hong Kong and Macao – a tale of twin cities during November 28 - December 1, 2014. Known as the Special Administrative Regions of China, Hong Kong and Macao are two modern metropolises situated on the southern coast of China by the Pearl River Delta. 

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


Call for Papers and Special Sessions 

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


Topic Areas 

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


Paper Submission 

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


Important Dates 

Special session proposals deadline  June 1, 2014 

Paper submission deadline  July 1, 2014 

Notification of acceptance August 1, 2014 

Camera-ready copy and author registration September 1, 2014



5.4 International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics 

Contributed by: Pawel Dworak,


19th International Conference on Methods and Models in 

Automation and Robotics 

2 – 5 September 2014 

Amber Baltic Hotel, Międzyzdroje, Poland 


It is our great pleasure to invite You to participate in the 19th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics, MMAR 2014 to be held in 

Międzyzdroje, Poland, from September 2nd to September 5th, 2014. The Conference will be a good opportunity for highlighting the new results and directions of Automatic 

Control theory, technology and applications. As such, it mainly will concentrate on the following key points: 

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

The participants of the 19th International MMAR Conference will have the opportunity to take part in the wide spectrum of categories for technical presentations, 

including plenary lectures, regular papers of both lecture and poster session types, and panel discussion. We look forward to seeing our old and new friends in Poland. You are kindly invited to participate in the 19th International MMAR Conference in Międzyzdroje, Poland. 


Important dates: 

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

16 May 2014 Notification of acceptance 

18 June 2014 Author registration and payment 

7 July 2014 Submission of camera-ready papers 

2 September 2014 Conference desk opening at Amber Baltic 



The proceedings of the conference will be submitted for review and approval for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® 

Digital Library and will be submitted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (ISI Web of Science) For more information see



5.5 European Control Conference   

Contributed by: Mazen Alamir,


Call for papers: 

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


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. 


On July 14th several workshops on specific topics will be scheduled. 


The submissions will be evaluated by the Conference Editorial Board and International Program Committee and the accepted papers will be submitted to the IEEE-Xplore digital library. 


For more information: 


Please, feel free to display or distribute the conference poster and flyer.



5.6 Physical human-robot interactions and human assistive systems

Contributed by: Jingang Yi,


The 'Mechatronics' and 'Bio-Systems and Healthcare' Technical Committees of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) are jointly sponsoring an invited session on "Physical human-robot interactions and human assistive systems" at the 2014 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC) held on October 22-24, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Papers are invited on original investigations relating to design, modeling, analysis, and control of physical human-robot interactions and human assistive systems. The primary objectives of this invited session are to identify challenges and opportunities in the design and control of physical human-robot interactions and human assistive systems, and to promote a discussion among participants. 


Key Dates: 


March 10, 2014: Draft paper or an extended abstract (no less than 400 words with sufficient details) in PDF should be emailed directly to one of the following session organizers. 

March 12, 2014: Authors will be notified of inclusion to the invited session with session code provided for their on-line submission. 

March 14, 2014: Full-length manuscripts (not extended abstracts) accepted for inclusion in the invited session should be submitted online via 

June 20, 2014: The ASME DSCC Program Committee will make a decision on final acceptance of the invited session. 


Session Organizers: 

- Professor Jingang Yi, Dept. of Mech. & Aero. Eng., Rutgers University, email: 

- Professor Jun Ueda, G. W. Woodruff Sch. of Mech. Eng., Georgia Institute of Technology, email: 

- Professor Ashish Deshpande, Dept. of Mech. Eng., The University of Texas at Austin, email: 

- Professor Nitin Sharma, Dept. of Mech. Eng. & Mater. Sci., University of Pittsburgh, email: 

- Professor Panagiotis Artemiadis, Sch. of Matt., Transp. & Energy, Arizona State University, email: 


Thanks and look forward to receiving your contributions. 



5.7 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems 

Contributed by: Doo Yong Lee,


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

October 22(Wed)-25(Sat), 2014, 

KINTEX (near the downtown of Seoul), Korea 

Conference website: 



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

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


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

Frank Allgöwer, Univ. of Stuttgart, Germany 

Harry Asada, MIT, USA 

Lei Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 

Homayoon Kazerooni, UC Berkeley, USA 

Min-Jea Tahk, KAIST, Korea 

Yutaka Yamamoto, Kyoto Univ., Japan 


Important Dates 

April 4, 2014: Submission of organized session proposals 

April 18, 2014: Submission of full papers 

June 20, 2014: Notification of paper acceptance 

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


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


Organizing Chair: Doo Yong Lee (KAIST, Korea) 

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


Thank you for your contributions and we look forward to seeing you at ICCAS2014 during Oct 22-25, 2014.



5.8 International Meeting on Analysis and Applications of Nonsmooth Systems 

Contributed by:  Alessandro Colombo,


IEEE International Meeting on Analysis and Applications of Nonsmooth Systems 


10-12 September 2014 

Como, Italy 



AANS2014 focuses on theoretical and applied research that involves discontinuous and nonsmooth systems. The domain of application of nonsmooth models is growing to encompass a broad and challenging set of applications, including smart grids, large integrated circuits, complex mechanical and cyberphysical systems, and genetic circuits, which require the study of systems that are a lot larger and include many more uncertainties than those for which nonsmooth systems theory was initially developed. 


The main objective of this conference is to bring together researchers in applied and theoretical nonsmooth systems to share the latest theoretical results, to discuss novel and promising applications, to identify the challenges that lie at the frontier of mathematics and engineering and plan the most promising routes to a solution. 


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

Local and global results on nonsmooth dynamics 

Strategies for the analysis and control of hybrid systems 

Dynamics of large or networked nonsmooth systems, reduction techniques 

Numerical tools for the analysis and simulation of nonsmooth systems 

Applications of nonsmooth models in physics and engineering 

Deterministic and stochastic modelling frameworks 



Important deadlines: 

Authors will be required to submit a 1 page abstract by 15 May 2014. 

Authors of accepted talks will be notified early in June. Every speaker is expected to register and attend the conference. 

Student travel support requests and pre-registstration (at a discounted rate) must be completed on or before 30 June 2014. 



5.9 International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision

Contributed by: Rong Su,


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Submission instructions: 

Papers must be written in English and should describe original work in details. Please download the template from the conference website and submit the full papers online at by 1 April, 2014. 

Proposals for invited sessions are to be submitted online at the above web address as well. Upon acceptance, authors are required to register and present their papers at the conference. Papers which make outstanding contributions to the relevant topics will be considered for best paper awards. 


Keynote speeches: 

1.Towards Semantic Visual SLAM 

Prof. Ian Reid, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, ?Australia 

2.Towards a Theory of Robot Motor Control 

Prof. Frank Park, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea 

3. Control and Coordination of Multi-Robot Teams 

Professor Magnus Egerstedt, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA 


Important Dates: 

Deadline for Full Paper submission 1 April 2014 

Deadline for invited session proposals 1 April 2014 

Notification of Acceptance 1 July 2014 

Deadline for final Submission 1 September 2014 

Deadline for Registration 1 September 2014 


More details about this conference including the Call for Papers can be found on the ICARCV2014 website at 

If you have any questions, please contact the ICARCV 2014 Secretariat at



5.10 World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control 

Contributed by: Lisa Vickers,


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


Registration for IFAC 2014 is now open! Register online with a credit card or request an invoice, and book accommodation, accompanying guests and social events at the same time. 


Final Paper Submission facilities now available 

Congratulations to authors whose papers have been accepted. Final submissions are now being accepted via PaperCept at and the deadline is 31 March 2014. 


Please note that you will need to register for the congress and pay your fees in order to generate the code required to upload a Final Submission (a unique number of 32 to 33 characters). The Regular registration rate entitles an author to upload two papers (of prescribed length) and the Student registration rate entitles the author to upload one paper (of prescribed length). Additional papers and additional pages can be paid for while registering. 


Once you have prepared your final paper to IFAC specifications (found at, make sure that you have the four-digit Paper ID that was assigned by PaperCept to the paper you submitted and visit to register. 


If you have already registered and would like to amend your registration in order to generate a Final Submission code, click on the log in link found in your registration confirmation email and enter your username and password. 


Visit for the registration packages and rates. 

Visit for the accommodation options. 

Visit to register. 


If you would like to subscribe to the congress newsletter for regular updates, please contact the IFAC 2014 Congress Secretariat on



5.11 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing

Contributed by: Denise Lewis,


Conference Co-Chairs: Olgica Milenkovic and Angelia Nedich 

Dates: October 1-3, 2014 

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois 


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

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

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

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

Notices: Manuscripts must be submitted by Monday, July 7, 2014, following the instructions at the Conference website: Final versions of papers to be presented at the conference will need to be submitted electronically by October 5, 2014. 

Conference Co-Chairs: Olgica Milenkovic and Angelia Nedich 


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




5.12 International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems

Contributed by: Youmin Zhang,


Call for Papers: The 10th International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS 2014, 


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


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


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

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


All accepted papers with significant revisions will be further reviewed for post conference journal publications in International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems (IJIUS), Journal of Unmanned System Technology (JUST), Journal of Instrumentation, Automation and Systems (JIAS), and International Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics (IJRM). A special issue with selected papers will also be published at journal Unmanned Systems (US). Any contributed or invited paper can be nominated for the ICIUS 2014 Best Conference Paper Award and the ICIUS 2014 Best Student Paper Award. The final evaluation by the awards committee will take into account the presentations at ICIUS 2014. 


Contributed Papers: 

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


Invited Sessions: 

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



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


Important Dates: 

Invited Session Proposals: April 01, 2014 

Submission of Full Papers: April 08, 2014 

Paper Acceptance Notice: June 08, 2014 

Submission of Final Papers: July 31, 2014 

Early Bird Registration: July 31, 2014 

Conference: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2014 


General Chair: 

Youmin Zhang, Concordia University, Canada 


General Co-Chairs: 

Chun-Yi Su, Concordia University, Canada 

Hassan Noura, United Arab Emirates University, UAE 


Program Chair: 

Subhash Rakheja, Concordia University, Canada 


Program Co-Chairs: 

Didier Theilliol, University of Lorraine, France 

Hugh Liu, Canada, University of Toronto, Canada 

Qinglei Hu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China 




6. Workshops and Graduate Schools


6.1 Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning    

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen,


2014 American Control Conference Workshop 

Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning 


Tansel Yucelen (Missouri University of Science and Technology) 

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (University of Kansas) 

Anuradha Annaswamy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 

Naira Hovakimyan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 

Susan Frost (NASA) 

Margareta Stefanovic (University of Wyoming) 


Workshop Link: 


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

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



6.2 25 Workshop on Years of Passivity-based Control: New Vistas

Contributed by: Faruk Kazi,


International workshop on “25 Years of Passivity-based Control: New Vistas” 


Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Complex and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems (CNDS), VJTI, Mumbai is organizing a one week international workshop on “25 Years of Passivity-based Control: New Vistas”. The workshop is funded by World Bank under their Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) Phase-II being implemented by NPIU, MHRD, New Delhi (India). It is being organized in technical collaboration with highly-complex and networked control systems (HYCON-2) project of European Union and European Embedded Control Institute (EECI). The workshop is scheduled from 19th to 23rd May, 2014 at VJTI, Matunga, Mumbai (INDIA). 


The workshop aims to revisit the journey of passivity based control philosophy and explore new and challenging avenues like smart grid, micro grid, multi-agent systems and cyber-physical systems in the passivity framework. The workshop shall provide unique opportunity to meet, listen and interact with the most notable and fundamental contributors in the area of passivity based control of nonlinear dynamical systems. 


The intended audience includes post-graduate students, research scholars, faculty members and researchers from R & D organizations working in the area of complex & nonlinear dynamical systems. 


Following speakers have confirmed their participation for the workshop: 


(1) Dr Alessandro Astolfi (Imperial College, London, UK) 

(2) Dr Alexander Fradkov (Head, Control of Complex System Lab, St. Petersburg University, Russia) 

(3) Dr David Hill (The University of Sydney, Australia) 

(4) Dr Mark W. Spong (Dean, School of Engg & Computer Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, USA) 

(4) Dr R. Ortega (Directeur de Recherche CNRS, LSS, SUPELEC, France) 


Important Dates: 

Registration for participation opens on 01/02/2014 

Registration for participation closes on 01/04/2014 

Workshop begins from 19/05/2014 



Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), VJTI Road, Matunga (East), Mumbai- 400 019 INDIA. 



Dr Faruk Kazi, 

Dr N. M. Singh, 

Dr Romeo Ortega, 

Dr Francoise Lamnabhi- Lagarrigue, 



6.3 Workshop on Sequential Decision-Making with Big Data 

Contributed by: Amir-massoud Farahmand,


Call for Participation. The AAAI-14 Workshop on Sequential Decision-Making with Big Data held at the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-14), Quebec City, Canada (July 27-28, 2014). 


Workshop URL: 


In the 21st century, we live in a world where data is abundant. We would like to use this data to make better decisions in many areas of life, such as industry, health care, business, and government. This opportunity has encouraged many machine learning and data mining researchers to develop tools to benefit from big data. However, the methods developed so far have focused almost exclusively on the task of prediction. As a result, the question of how big data can leverage decision-making has remained largely untouched. 

This workshop is about decision-making in the era of big data. The main topic will be the complex decision-making problems, in particular the sequential ones, that arise in this context. Examples of these problems are high-dimensional large-scale reinforcement learning and their simplified version such as various types of bandit problems. These problems can be classified into three potentially overlapping categories: 

1) Very large number of data-points. Examples: data coming from user clicks on the web and financial data. In this scenario, the most important issue is computational cost. Any algorithm that is super-linear will not be practical. 

2) Very high-dimensional input space. Examples are found in robotic and computer vision problems. The only possible way to solve these problems is to benefit from their regularities. 

3) Partially observable systems. Here the immediate observed variables do not have enough information for accurate decision-making, but one might extract sufficient information by considering the history of observations. If the time series is projected onto a high-dimensional representation, one ends up with problems similar to 2. 



Some potential topics of interest are: 

- Reinforcement learning algorithms that deal with one of the aforementioned categories; 

- Bandit problems with high-dimensional action space 

- Challenging real-world applications of sequential decision-making problems that can benefit from big data. Example domains include robotics, adaptive treatment strategies for personalized health care, finance, recommendation systems, and advertising. 



The workshop will be a one-day meeting consisting of invited talks, oral and poster presentations from participants, and a final panel-driven discussion. 



We expect about 30-50 participants from invited speakers, contributed authors, and interested researchers. 



We invite researchers from different fields of machine learning (e.g., reinforcement learning, online learning, active learning), control, optimization, systems (distributed and parallel computing), as well as application-domain experts (from e.g., robotics, recommendation systems, personalized medicine, etc.) to submit an extended abstract (maximum 4 pages in AAAI format) of their recent work to Accepted papers will be presented as posters or contributed oral presentations. 


Important Dates 

Paper Submission: April 10, 2014 

Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2014 

Camera-Ready Papers: May 15, 2014 

Date of Workshop: July 27 or 28, 2014 


Organizing Committee 

- Amir-massoud Farahmand (McGill University) 

- André M.S. Barreto (Brazilian National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC)) 

- Mohammad Ghavamzadeh (Adobe Research and INRIA Lille - Team SequeL) 

- Joelle Pineau (McGill University) 

- Doina Precup (McGill University) 



6.4 DISC Summer School on Data-driven Modeling for Control 

Contributed by: S.M. van der Meer,


DISC Summer School on "Data-driven Modeling for Control"

Centerparcs park Zandvoort, Zandvoort, The Netherlands 

June 16-19, 2014 


The organizers have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the DISC Summer School on "Data-driven Modellng for Control", which is scheduled to take place from June 16-19, 2014, at “Centerparcs park Zandvoort”, Zandvoort, The Netherlands. 


The invitation is aimed at research students and staff members of DISC, and other researchers and engineers engaged in the systems and control area. Distinguished speakers will each present a series of tutorial lectures. 


The field of dynamic modeling on the basis of measurement data (or system identification) has developed towards a mature field with well-established basic methods and tools, and with applications in a wide range of fields in science and engineering. However, whereas the classical problem for relatively simple (linear time-invariant) systems has been explored extensively, many questions remain when extending the class of systems to more complex (nonlinear) cases, or when addressing questions on (optimal) experiment design for particular modeling goals, model accuracy bounds, as well as when considering structured models in terms of physical, closed-loop or network structures. 

In this 4-day summer school attention will be given to the current status of and modern developments in the area of data-driven modeling for control. 


Particular attention will be given to: 

• A historical positioning of the field 

• Bias/variance trade-offs in parametric and non-parametric modeling 

• Regularization and Bayesian methods 

• Experiment design and goal oriented identification 

• Structured systems 

• Frequency domain methods and nonlinearities 

• Subspace methods 

• Linear parameter-varying models 



The main program will consist of various speakers. Keynote lectures will be given by: 

• Prof. Michel Gevers, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 

• Prof. Lennart Ljung, University of Linköping, Sweden 

• Prof. Håkan Hjalmarsson, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 

• Prof. Alessandro Chiuso, University of Padova, Italy 

• Prof. Johan Schoukens, Free University, Brussels, Belgium 

to be complemented with contributions from the DISC community. 



The registration fee, which includes boarding and lodging, is 

1000,- Euro for non-DISC members 

800,- Euro for DISC-students and DISC-members 

The school is limited to 60 participants based on a first-come first-serve policy. The registration deadline is June 1, 2013. 

You can register at the following website: Non DISC members can also sent an email to: for registration. (Please mention your full name and university including address). 

For further information, please contact the DISC administrative office: Saskia van der Meer ( or the organizers: Paul Van den Hof (, Roland Toth (, Tom Oomen ( and Xavier Bombois ( 




7. Positions


7.1 PhD: Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Warwick, UK

Contributed by: Antonis Papachristodoulou,


The EPSRC & BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology (SynBioCDT) is an exciting new PhD programme collaboration between the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Warwick. The programme will combine world-leading expertise in engineering and the physical and life sciences across all three Universities to create the next generation of industrial and academic leaders in this important new field. Synthetic Biology provides opportunities for revolutionary advances in fundamental science and industrial technology. The CDT's four-year PhD programme of research and training has strong industrial links and will be highly multi-disciplinary, accepting students from a wide range of scientific backgrounds and focusing on the application of engineering principles to the design of biologically based parts, devices, and systems. 


A major advantage of SynBioCDT is that students are not required to choose a PhD project until after the initial taught training phase, allowing a more informed choice to be made. 


The first six months of the course are devoted to acquiring advanced theoretical and technical skills that form the backbone of Synthetic Biology, drawing from the engineering, mathematical, physical, chemical and biological sciences. This will be combined with research and communication skills training, through a combination of intensive lecture courses and project work. 


After completion of the taught training, two Exploratory Research Projects of 10 weeks duration will be undertaken, at least one of which will be in the institution to which the candidate is admitted. The substantive PhD research project then follows, also based in the host institution. 

We invite applications at either of from students with a wide range of academic backgrounds, including Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Plant Sciences, Chemistry, Statistics, Mathematics and Computing who have received, or are on target to achieve, a strong 2:1 degree or above. You can apply to SynBioCDT through the graduate admissions procedures at Oxford, Bristol or Warwick. By applying to SynBioCDT through one of these universities, you are identifying it as your preferred host institution. If you would also like to be considered for admission to any of the other collaborating universities, please indicate this in your research statement. 

Applicants are encouraged to submit a copy of an up to date CV for assessment before making a formal application for the programme. 


For Oxford, this is at 

For Bristol, this is at 

For Warwick, this is at 


Full studentships are available to home students. A limited number of studentships are available to EU and overseas students. 

Deadlines vary depending of the host University of your choice. Please check our website for more details.  



7.2 PhD:  University of Oxford, UK

Contributed by: Antonis Papachristodoulou,


EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training In Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems (AIMS) 

4-Year PhD (DPhil) Programme 

Good degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics or related disciplines 

Up to 10 fully-funded studentships for Doctoral Research 


Candidates are invited to apply to the University of Oxford’s 4-year Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems (AIMS) PhD (DPhil) programme. This new and exciting programme provides a completely new perspective to solving the issues of intelligent, autonomous systems by adopting an inter-disciplinary approach. 

In the next decade our society will be revolutionised by Autonomous, Intelligent Machines and Systems, which can learn, adapt and act independently of human control. The UK has the opportunity to become a world-leader in developing these technologies for sectors as diverse as energy, transport, environment, manufacturing and aerospace. Our CDT will deliver highly-trained individuals versed in the underpinning sciences of robotics, computer vision, wireless embedded systems, machine learning, control and verification. The CDT will advance practical models and techniques to enable computers and robots to make decisions under uncertainty, scale to large problem domains and be verified and validated. 

Holding one of these studentships will allow you to study the problems and opportunities in Autonomous, Intelligent Systems from many different perspectives, to understand the real-world challenges, and to make a contribution to solving some of the most significant problems society faces today. 

Applications will be considered from those with degrees at undergraduate (1st or 2:1) and master’s level (distinction). 

Funding is provided by EPSRC according to usual eligibility rules: Full studentships are available to UK candidates; and Partial studentships (fees only) are available for EU candidates. At present we are not able to offer these studentships to international candidates but we do welcome applications from self-funded students. For more details, to ask questions, or to learn how to apply, please contact the CDT at 


The application deadlines are 14th February 2014 and 14th March 2014. 

If you are a UK/EU candidate seeking a CDT studentship then you are advised to apply by the 14th March. 

Full detail of the programme and information on how to apply can be found at



7.3  PhD: 5.3 PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen,


Open PhD Positions 

Advanced Systems Research Laboratory ( 

Missouri University of Science and Technology ( 


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


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


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



7.4 PhD: University of Southampton, UK

Contributed by: Ati Sharma,


PhD: Control of turbulent fluids 

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics, University of Southampton 

Supervisor: Ati Sharma 


This project is a unique opportunity to develop and use new theoretical results to understand and control the physics of turbulent flows relevant to aerodynamic and hydrodynamic applications. You will become a part of a group of talented and highly motivated researchers in the Aerodynamics group, researching wall-bounded turbulence. 

The work is to design flow control surfaces to interact with turbulent flows in order to reduce drag, or stabilise recently discovered nonlinear exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations. The new understanding and methodology developed will carry over to a vast range of flow-related applications. 

The investigation will involve mostly robust control theory, fluid mechanics and some direct numerical simulation (DNS). The candidate must have a strong interest in control theory and in fluid mechanics, ideally turbulence. The successful candidate must also be self-motivated. Prospective candidates must have or be expecting a 1st class 4-year or MSc degree in a relevant subject (Engineering, Maths, Physics) and should enjoy mathematical work. Programming experience would be advantageous. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to publish and present scientific results, are essential. 

The studentship is only availabl to UK/EU students - overseas students need to cover all fees themselves in order to be considered. 

Apply here: 



7.5 PhD: University of Calgary, Canada

Contributed by: Igor Boiko,


PhD position available at University of Calgary, with actual research conducted at The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi 


Title: Development of slug-mitigating control strategies in gas lifted oil production systems 



Gas lift in oil production has a number of advantages over other methods of artificial lift. Among main disadvantages is the possibility of slug formation, which would adversely affect oil production. Methods of control of slug formation are not studied well enough. Producing optimal control would allow one to reduce the possibility of slug formation, mitigate its effect and maximize oil production from the well. Another problem related to the possible existence of slug is to control the operation of oil-gas-water separators, under the condition of possible slug existence. The project will include two parts: Slug formation control in gas lifted oil production systems focused on control of the gas lift in the well and optimal control of oil-gas-water separators used in gas lift oil production systems focused on the separator control. 

Candidates must have MSc in a relevant discipline, knowledge of process control, modeling and simulation of complex thermodynamic processes, be able to work with hardware and conduct experiments. 

Interested candidates should submit applications through University of Calgary website and contact Dr. Igor Boiko. Inquiries can be emailed directly to Dr. Igor Boiko, Electrical Engineering department, at: This position is for 3 years. 




7.6  PhD and Research Engineer: CNRS, Grenoble, France, France 

Contributed by: Hassen Fourati,


PhD and Research Engineer positions at CNRS, Grenoble, France 


The NeCS team ( has opened 3-CNRS positions (2 PhD and 1 research Eng.) in the context of the European project FP7-SPEEDD (Scalable proactive event-driven decision-making), during the period 2014-17. 

PhD thesis "Control of large traffic networks"; 

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

Software engineer position (3 years) 

Details of the proposal and the application procedures are at: 



7.7 PhD: University  West, Sweden

Contributed by: Anna-Karin Christiansson,


PhD student in Production Technology - with focus on robotic FSW, R 2014/6 


Project description: 

The automation research group at University West, Sweden, wants to further expand the knowledge of automation and robotisation of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) and related processes and is therefore searching for a new PhD candidate in Production Technology. 


More than 20 years after the invention of Friction Stir Welding, there is a fast growing number of industrial applications. Most of these are however limited to linear joints performed in stiff machines. The research at University West is focused on FSW of 3D joints using an industrial robot. These complex geometries require more advanced control strategies. Along with new applications, several FSW process variants have been developed, which are suitable for implementation on robots. 

The scientific work in the project: 

The PhD candidate will focus on process automation of FSW from both an academic and industrial perspective. This includes further development of existing force- and temperature control methods and the implementation of these methods on different FSW systems. The PhD candidate will also look at variants of the FSW process (e.g. stationary shoulder FSW, bobbin tool FSW and retractable pin FSW) and possible implementation on the existing robot system at the university. 

For this, the PhD candidate will have direct access to a robotic FSW system at the Production Technology Centre, from where the candidate will be working. The candidate will perform research on industrial relevant challenges in cooperation with an established industrial contact network. This network also provides access other FSW facilities. 

The research will be conducted within the frame of an industrial research project with collaboration from major Swedish industries. 

The research program includes, in addition to participation in third-cycle courses, implementation of an independent thesis work. Students who are employed as research students shall primarily devote themselves to their own education. A person so employed may, however, be engaged to a limited extent in education, research and administration mainly within Production Technology. Such duties, before a doctorate has been conferred, may not occupy more than 20 per cent of full-time working hours. 

Qualification requirements: 

Master in Production Technology, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or other relevant area. Good knowledge in communication in English, both spoken and written is a requirement. 

Optional requirements – Knowledge in the fields of: 

- Friction Stir Welding 

- Robot simulation software (e.g. Robotstudio) 

- Process automation and control 

- Industrial robotics 

- Robot programming (e.g. RAPID) 

- Computer programming (e.g. Matlab, LabVIEW) 

To fulfil the special eligibility requirements for a doctoral degree in Production Technology, a student must hold a degree at master’s level in a subject relevant to the doctoral degree subject. This degree may be in Production Technology or some related discipline. 

For more information please read the General syllabus for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Production Technology, Ref. No 2012/1079 B25: technology. 

Further requirements: To be successful in this project the applicant should be highly motivated, have an accurate way of working, and have good communicative and collaborative skills. The applicant should have a strong aptitude for analysis and problem solving of physical problems. The successful candidate will also be comfortable at developing computer models. The grades from courses central to the project will be an important factor when evaluating the applications. Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge in written and spoken Swedish is an advantage. 

Selection: For admission to doctoral programmes, students need to satisfy both the basic and special eligibility requirements and are otherwise to be adjudged to have the necessary capacity to complete the programme. The basic factor for selection from among qualified applicants is the ability to profit from such a programme. 

The total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study at the third level of higher education. 

The application: The application should be sent in through our digital recruitment system. Go to, Job Opportunities. Link: 

The application should include the following documents: 

1. Complete CV 

2. Personal letter/Qualifications (1-3 page) - where you introduce yourself, present your qualifications, describe your previous research fields, methodology, main research results, and also your future research plans. 

3. Other - Bachelor and master´s thesis, Degree certificates of completed education, including list of subjects and grades (Attested copies), two references that we can contact and other documents the applicant wishes to invoke. 

The application should reach University West no later than 2014-03-11. 



7.8 PhD: LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France

Contributed by: Didier Henrion,


PhD position at LAAS-CNRS, Université de Toulouse, FR (starting October 2014). 


Polynomial optimization for systems control with aerospace applications, supervised by D. Henrion and J. B. Lasserre. 


The project focuses on the application to aerospace control systems of recently developed techniques of polynomial optimization. 

More specifically, the candidate should be able to incoporate recent achievements on linear matrix inequality (LMI) formulations of occupation measure relaxations for stability analysis and optimal controller design. Theoretical investigations are motivated by ongoing industrial projects involving aerospace industrials.



7.9 PhD: Universite de Lorraine, Federation Charles Hermite, France 

Contributed by: Didier Theilliol,


Positions PhD: Universite de Lorraine, Federation Charles Hermite, Nancy, France 


Title: FDI/FT methods Design to multi-agent systems: Application to Fleet Autonomous Vehicles. 


Starting date: October 2014 

Duration: 3 years 

Application deadline: April 15th 2014 

Location: Universite de Lorraine, Federation Charles Hermite, Nancy, France 

Research Centres: CRAN ( & LORIA ( 


Brief Description: 

The main objective of the research project is to systematically develop fault detection and isolation methods and the corresponding fault tolerant (FT) method for networked multi-agent system (NMAS). Some heuristic attempts are paving the approach to FDI/FT in NMAS, the fault diagnosis techniques in NMAS are still challenging. The following research objectives will be achieved through: 

(1). Development of an effective residual generator for distributed multi-agent system; 

(2). Development of an unknown input decoupling strategy to better distinguishes the candidate faults; 

(3). Development of a systematic methodology for FDI/FT problem in distributed multi-agent system; 

(4). Application of the developed FDI/FT methods to multi-agent systems to a multi-UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) test bed. 

The solution developed in this program will first be evaluated in pure simulation with a final goal of being embedded in real systems. 



You have obtained an MSc degree by September 2014 in one or more of the following areas: Automatic control, AI /Multi-agent Systems, Fault Diagnosis, Embedded / Critical systems and networks, . 

Programming skills (preferably Matlab and C++) and a good English level are compulsory. Finally, the applicant should be autonomous, rigorous, creative and willing to share. 


We invite interested applicants to contact us for more details and/or to send a CV, a letter of application, a transcript of grades obtained during MSc studies by email e-mail to Prof. Didier THEILLIOL (CRAN) ( and Dr. Laurent CIARLETTA (LORIA) ( 



7.10 PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia

Contributed by: Daoyi Dong,


PhD Scholarship in quantum control at UNSW Australia 

Project title: Robust control of quantum ensembles 

Supervisors: Dr Daoyi Dong and Prof Ian Petersen 


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


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


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


For further information, please contact: 

Dr Daoyi Dong 

Email: or 

Phone: +61 2 6268 6285 

School of Engineering and Information Technology 

UNSW Australia, Canberra ACT 2600 Australia 



7.11 PhD: Curtin University, Australia

Contributed by: Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis,


One PhD position is available in the area of systems and control theory at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Curtin University located in Perth, Australia. 

This position covers full tuition fees plus a stipend. 

Requirements include a strong background in control theory, dynamic systems and mathematics (especially linear algebra); a Master’s degree in mathematics or engineering; and excellent skills in using Matlab and/or Mathematica. 

It is expected that the candidate have strong oral and written communication skills as well as proficiency in written and spoken English. 

The prospective PhD student is expected to start working in July-September 2014, and perform high-quality and innovative research in the area of tracking control with geometric/polynomial methods. 

For further information, follow the link: 

If you are interested, please send an email to Dr. Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis at including: 

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

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

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



Dr. Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis, Department of Mathematics and Statistics 

Curtin University, Perth (WA), Australia. 




7.12 PhD: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Contributed by: Jan Swevers,


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

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

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

The research focus is on the design, implementation, and experimental validation of Nonlinear Model Predictive Controllers for 6-7 DOF industrial robot manipulators, considering optimal trade-off between conflicting requirements such as energy efficiency, time-optimality, positioning and tracking accuracy. 

The main challenges in this research are (i) the kHz sampling rates required for these applications, (ii) the implementation of NMPC algorithms within the existing open controllers of the industrial robots that are available at KU Leuven (see pictures below), (iii) developing, implementing and optimizing NMPC as a reference and feedforward generator for the traditional joint position controllers, and (iv) developing, implementing and optimizing NMPC at joint torque level, fully controlling the 6-7 DOF robots. 

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

The remuneration will be in line with the EC rules for Marie Curie grant holders and consists of a salary augmented by a net mobility allowance 


Candidate profile: 

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

Besides a competitive salary we offer a stimulating research environment within our MECO research team (, the Optimization in Engineering Center OPTEC (, and within the TEMPO network ( 


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

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

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



7.13 PhD or Post-Doc: Technical University of Munich, Germany

Contributed by: Majid Zamani,


The Hybrid Control Systems group in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Technical University of Munich announces an opening for a postdoctoral or PhD position on the topic of “Formal Verification and Synthesis of (Stochastic) Hybrid Systems”. Particularly, the aim of this position is to propose novel techniques for formal verification and synthesis of large-scale complex systems that are interconnections of simpler subsystems using compositional approaches. 

The successful candidate for the postdoctoral (resp. PhD) position must have, or expect to have, a PhD (resp. Master) degree in a related topic such as Systems and Control, Applied Mathematics, or Computer Science and should have a strong theoretical background. The postdoctoral position is offered for the initial period of one year, with an option to renew for subsequent years. A competitive salary will be offered. The desired start date is summer or early fall 2014. 

Please send your detailed CV including a list of references and a research statement by email to Majid Zamani (



7.14  Post-Doc: University of Pennsylvania, USA

Contributed by: George Pappas,


Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering (ExCAPE) is a multi-university multi-disciplinary project funded by US National Science Foundation as part of the Expeditions in Computing program. 

The goal of ExCAPE is to transform the way programmers develop software by advancing the theory and practice of software synthesis. To achieve this goal, the ExCAPE team brings together expertise in theoretical foundations (computer-aided verification, control theory, program analysis), design methodology (human-computer interaction, model-based design, programming environments), and applications (concurrent programming, network protocols, robotics, system architecture). 

ExCAPE has funding available for multiple post-doctoral research positions. We seek applicants with domain expertise necessary to advance the practice of synthesis in one of the challenge problems as well as applicants with expertise in theory and tools for synthesis. Each post-doctoral researcher will be advised by two PIs, and will be expected to split time between the institutions of the two mentors. 


Instructions to Candidates: Review of applications will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled. 

Applicants should email the following materials to Dana Fisman ( 

- Two representative publications 

- Curriculum vitae 

- Statement of research (1-2 pages) 

- 2-3 recommendation letters (Note: Please have the referees email the letters directly to Dana) 


For more information, please feel free to contact any of the PIs. 


Application deadline is March 31, 2014.



7.15  Post-Doc: Louisiana State University, USA

Contributed by: Michael Malisoff,


One or more Postdoctoral Researcher positions are available in the Louisiana State University Department of Mathematics, starting in August 2014. 

Applications are welcomed in any area of interest to the departmental faculty, including the areas of control and optimization. A required qualification for the positions is a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in mathematics or a related area. The department seeks mathematicians for the positions who have potential for research excellence as well as a commitment to graduate and undergraduate education. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Application review will begin upon receipt and applications will be accepted until candidates are selected. To apply, go to



7.16  Post-Doc: Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Contributed by: Yi Guo,


Post-Doc: Stevens Institute of Technology, USA 


A postdoctoral researcher position is available to start in Fall 2014 (or earlier) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology. We are looking for candidates in the general area of nonlinear estimation and control. Candidates should have a PhD degree (or is expecting the degree soon) with strong mathematical/theoretical background. 

Particularly interested research areas include the following: 

1) Cooperative control of multi-agent systems; 

2) Distributed estimation; 

3) Nonlinear tracking control; 

4) PDE based dynamic systems and control. 


Candidates with research experiences in one or more of the above areas are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to work in interdisciplinary projects in the areas of robotics and controls. 


Founded in 1870 on a bluff overlooking and a few minutes from New York City, Stevens offers a full program of undergraduate and graduate degrees and a wide range of opportunities for research development. 


Interested candidates please send your inquiries together with your detailed CV to 



7.17  Post-Doc: United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Contributed by: Hassan Noura,


The Electrical Engineering Department at the United Arab Emirates University is seeking a Post-Doc for one year in the area of Fault Tolerant Control Laws for a Combat Aircraft. The candidate should have a strong background in control theory and fault diagnostic techniques and preferably with applications to aircrafts. The work will be developed in simulation using Matlab/Simulink. This research project is sponsored by Dassault-Aviation and will be developed in collaboration with this company. 

The objective of the work is to develop first a nominal control law. Then, an integrated approach considering fault diagnostic and fault-tolerant control for a combat aircraft should be designed, implemented and evaluated. The faults to be considered are actuators and aerosurfaces faults and failures. 

The applicant must have an earned a PhD in Electrical engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Aerospace Engineering. 

The work is to start in April 2014.



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

Contributed by: Joakim Jalden,


1-3 Postdoctoral Positions 


The ACCESS Linnaeus Centre at KTH, Stockholm, Sweden is looking for postdoctoral researchers within the area of complex networked communication systems. We welcome applications within the broad areas of architectures and concepts, computation and algorithms, sensing and actuation, and transmission and radio: submitted before the application deadline April 23, 2014. The full call for applications can be found at 


ACCESS - Autonomic Complex Communication nEtworks, Signals and Systems - is one of Europe’s largest university research centers in networked systems, and has enabled KTH to bring together 160 researchers from Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics in order to carry out long-term interdisciplinary research and joint PhD education on complex networked communication systems. 

See for further information. 



7.19  Post-Doc: University of Melbourne, Australia

Contributed by: Girish Nair,


A postdoctoral research position is available in the Dept. Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia to study the role of information in noncooperative distributed systems. This brings together the disciplines of systems and control, game theory and information theory, and has applications in energy systems, communication networks, and irrigation systems. 


This position is funded by an ARC Discovery Project, and is available for up to two years. For more details and to apply, please go to and search for keyword "control". 


Deadline: 23:55, 19 March 2014, Australian EST 



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

Contributed by: V. Ugrinovskii,


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

School of Engineering and Information Technology 

Research Associate (Fixed Term) 

Levels A or B 


Expression of interests are sought from suitably qualified persons regarding a forthcoming 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 position is expected to be advertised within the next few weeks on the web site, where the full details of the position including the selection criteria, position description, the information on how to apply and the closing date for applications will be given. 

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. 


For additional information about this position, please contact A/Prof V. Ugrinovskii (  



7.21  Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributed by: Jianliang Wang,


Research Fellow, 

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang 

Technological University, Singapore 


One research fellow position is currently available to work on the project `Development of Intelligent Power Management System for More-Electric Aircrafts (MEA)’ in collaboration with Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab. The main tasks include flight simulator (e.g. Flightgear simulator), flexible and scalable control architecture development. 

Applicants should have a PhD in related disciplines, preferably in aircraft electric power systems and control, and have a promising record of research publications. 

The appointment can start immediately for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension for up to another 3 years. 


If you would like to apply, please send a detailed resume (CV), a statement of research interest and goals to 

Professor Jianliang Wang 




7.22  Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributed by: Youyi Wang,


Position: Research Fellow 

EEE/Rolls-Royce @ NTU Corporate Lab, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 

Closing Date: Application closes when the position is filled 


A global leader in power and energy research, NTU, in collaboration with the Rolls-Royce group, is seeking a suitably qualified person to work in the area of advanced control of low voltage drives for marine propulsion application. 


Project Description: 

The project involves design and development of advanced control algorithm for LV drive and its hardware implementation for marine applications. The scope of work for this position includes machine online parameter estimations using extended Kalman filters, state estimations using advanced close-loop observers, advanced control for induction machine, simulation and hardware verification for the estimation and control algorithms. Research Fellows shall be expected to take a leading technical role within the project. Candidates will be called upon to supervise a research team consisting of Research Engineers and Ph.D students. 



• A Ph.D degree in the area of control theory, the motor drive experience will be an added advantage. 

• Have track record for machine control and parameter estimation research (thesis and publications). 

• Candidates having experience in various control experiences for machines, for example, sensorless control, field oriented control, flux observers, Kalman filters, to name a few. 


Salary package: 

• The monthly salary starts from 4,000 Singapore dollar, which can be negotiable based on the candidate’s experiences 

• Yearly bonus is assessed based on the researcher’s performance 

• The medical insurance will be covered 

• There are 21 days for annual leave, excluding the Singapore public holidays and weekends 


Application Procedure: 

Interested applicants please attach your full CV, with the names and contacts (including email addresses) of 2 character referees, and all relevant academic certificates to Dr. Liu Xiong, Shawn ( or Prof. Gilbert Foo ( 

Electronic submission of application is highly encouraged. 



7.23  Faculty: Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Contributed by: Hiro Mukai,


The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track faculty position as a Lecturer *

The position will start in September 2014. 


Candidates should have a doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related fields with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. The department is interested in candidates who can teach lecture courses as well as laboratory courses. Applicants in all areas of electrical and systems engineering will be considered. 


Applications will be accepted immediately, and interviews will begin any time. Applicants should prepare in electronic format (PDF) a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a list of at least three academic or professional references (names, affiliations and electronic addresses, please), a statement of teaching philosophy and a list of courses taught when applicable. 

Please apply at: 


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

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



7.24 Faculty:  Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Contributed by: Hiro Mukai,


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

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


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


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

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



7.25 Faculty: Chalmers University, Sweden 

Contributed by: Jonas Sjöberg,


Faculty: Assistant Professor, Chalmers University, Gotenburg, Sweden 


Applicants are welcome with any research focus, yet with strong background in automatic control or neighboring areas. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate outstanding potential for establishing his/her independent research by attracting funding and research projects. 


Major responsibilities 

* To perform research, individually as well as with others, including writing project proposals. 

* Supervision of PhD- and of MSc-students. 

* Lecturing. 

* Contribution to national and international projects will be part of the working duties. 



To qualify for the position of non-tenured assistant professor, you must have a doctoral degree in Mechatronics, Automatic Control, Signal Processing, Systems Theory or a relevant field. The degree should generally not be older than five years. You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education. Experience from a postdoc position or qualified research and development in industry or the public sector is meritorious. Ability to initiate new research collaborations is essential. Good communication skills in oral and written English are required. 


More information: 

At the following page, choose Department Signals and System and then the position Assistant professor in Mechatronics 


Direct link: 


Application deadline: 2014-03-31



7.26 Faculty: University of Bath, UK

Contributed by: Mark Opmeer,


Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, UK 


Applications are invited for two or more positions in Applied Mathematics at either Lecturer (Assistant Professor), or Senior Lecturer/Reader (Associate Professor) level. 

For these positions the department is particularly interested in applicants in Mathematical Control Theory and in Mathematical Biology. However, applications are welcome in any area of Applied Mathematics which strengthens and complements existing areas of expertise at Bath. 

The closing date is Wednesday 02 April 2014 and interviews will take place in the period 28th - 30th May 2014. 

See the following website for details:



7.27 Faculty: National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Contributed by: Ming-Tzu Ho,


The Department of Engineering Science invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at all levels. Areas being considered include, but are not limited to, control, system integration, and robotics. A doctoral degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or a relevant engineering discipline is required. Successful applicants should possess excellent teaching skill and the ability of developing undergraduate and graduate courses, and a strong research program. 


Application reviews are ongoing and will continue until the available position is filled. Applications must include: 

1. Curriculum vitae and certificate of current or latest position (please specify intended rank of position) 

2. Publication list and reprints or copies of publications (up to 5 papers) 

3. Three reference letters (sent by regular mail or e-mail in PDF format) 

4. A copy of doctoral degree certificate, or a letter stating the expected graduation date with the signature of the applicant’s thesis advisor 

5. Transcripts or academic records of both undergraduate and graduate studies (optional for applicants of associate and full professor position) 

6. A statement of teaching interests with course outlines 

7. A statement of research interests and plans 

8. Other materials that help demonstrate the applicant’s accomplishments (such as certificates of awards, patents, etc.) 


Application materials must be sent via both postal and e-mail addresses to 


Distinguished Prof. Teh-Lu Liao 

Department Head 

Department of Engineering Science 

National Cheng Kung University 

No. 1, University Road 

Tainan City 701, Taiwan 




7.28  Faculty: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Contributed by: Tomas McKelvey,


Assistant Professor in Intelligent Transport Systems at Chalmers University of Technology.


The position is placed in the Signal Processing group at the department of Signals and Systems and is time limited to 2+2 years. 

The main focus of the research should be on automotive ITS and especially, but not exclusively, the perception subsystem of autonomous vehicles. The goal is to support the development of an autonomous vehicle research platform in the form of an actual vehicle equipped with sensors and processing units. The developed perception subsystem should solve the following problems: 

• Positioning of the host vehicle (globally, relative to a map and relative to other road users), 

• Models to represent the current traffic situation around the host vehicle (roads, infrastructure, vehicles, VRUs, etc.), 

• Fusion algorithms to estimate the parameters in the aforementioned models using noisy sensor observations as well as vehicle-to-vehicle communication. 

The research will be conducted in a team consisting of PhD students and fellow senior researchers. The responsibilities of the Assistant Professor include to lead the running activities of the team and to co-supervise PhD students. 

For more information and application procedure please visit: 

Application deadline: 2014-03-31



7.29  Researcher: Honeywell Prague Laboratory, Czech Republic 

Contributed by: Dita Kuncirova,


The Honeywell Prague Laboratory (HPL) seeks to appoint an experienced researcher for a fixed period of 20 months starting Q2/Q3 2014. 

The successful candidate will work in the fields of building information models and ontology, performance monitoring and diagnostics, virtual sensors, and stochastic hybrid systems. 


Job description: 

The fellow researcher will devote full-time to activities within an EU funded project which focuses on advanced building diagnostics and prognostics, enhanced by virtual sensors and theoretically founded in the theory of stochastic hybrid systems. 


Responsibilities of the fellow researcher will include: 

1. Perform research independently and within the HPL research group in collaboration with the AMBI project partners (University of Oxford, TU Dresden). 

2. Design specific solutions to problems in the considered area, implement, test and report the results, being in systematic touch with all participants. 

3. Play an advisory role while integrating inputs from other researchers and giving them appropriate feedback in the way of mentoring. 

4. Provide and share expert know-how in the form of demonstration examples and lectures prepared for HPL researchers and visitors. 

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




1. 10+ years of outstanding research in areas relevant to the project. 

2. A proven research record in at least one of the following areas: industrial ontology engineering, degradation and efficiency modeling, forecasting, virtual sensors, stochastic hybrid systems. 

3. Proven ability to balance theory and algorithm science with pragmatic problem solving skills, and performing research of this nature in collaboration with other members of research teams and industrial partners. 


1. Familiarity with software analysis tools. 

2. Basic understanding of building automation and HVAC equipment. 


For further details and application submission, please go to 

Application deadline: 2014-05-31



7.30  Researchers: General Motors R&D, USA

Contributed by: Yilu Zhang,


General Motors R&D has two openings in the vehicle health management area, one at the entry level and the other at the mid-career level. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply through the following links: 


*Senior Researcher - Diagnosis and Prognosis-RES0000402* 


Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

- Develop next-generation technologies for vehicle diagnosis, prognosis, and fault-tolerant controls as well as integration. 

- Develop and execute technical plans, including concept generation, development, implementation, and evaluation. 

- Generate innovative ideas and establish new research areas. 

- Lead technical discussions and reviews as an expert in related areas of responsibility. 

- Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge in related areas of responsibility. 

- Communicate ideas, plans and results effectively via presentations and written reports. 

- Work effectively with peers, management, operations groups, and outside organizations. 



Basic Required Skills: 

- PhD in Electrical, Controls, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering or Computer Science with demonstrated research capability or equivalent experience 

- 3+ years of related work experience 

- Strong background in diagnosis, prognosis and fault-tolerant control systems analysis and synthesis. 

- Strong background in system diagnosis and prognosis algorithms development and integration. 

- Effective verbal and written communication skills. 

- Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with GM internal and external customers. 


Basic Preferred Skills: 

- 5+ years of related work experience 

- Experience in vehicle diagnosis and prognosis integration. 

- Experience in remote and on-board diagnosis and prognosis. 

- Experience in vehicle dynamics. 

- Experience in environmental sensors. 

- Experience in electromechanical actuators. 

- Experience in Matlab/Simulink and Saber. 

- Experience in dSpace rapid prototyping. 

- Experience in hardware and software development 

Location: Warren, MI 


*Researcher - Diagnosis and Prognosis-RES0000401* 


Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

- Conduct research on next-generation technologies for vehicle diagnosis, prognosis, and fault-tolerant controls as well as integration. 

- Generate innovative ideas, establish new research areas, and develop and execute technical plans. 

- Contribute to technical discussions and reviews as an expert in related areas of responsibility. 

- Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge in related areas of responsibility. 

- Communicate ideas, plans and results effectively via presentations and written reports. 

- Work effectively with peers, management, operations groups, and outside organizations. 



Basic Required Skills: 

- PhD in Electrical, Controls, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering or Computer Science with demonstrated research capability or equivalent experience 

- Strong background in diagnosis, prognosis and fault-tolerant control systems analysis and synthesis. 

- Strong background in system diagnosis and prognosis algorithms development and integration. 

- Effective verbal and written communication skills. 

- Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with GM internal and external customers. 


Basic Preferred Skills: 

- 3+ years of related work experience 

- Experience in vehicle diagnosis and prognosis integration. 

- Experience in remote and on-board diagnosis and prognosis. 

- Experience in vehicle dynamics. 

- Experience in environmental sensors. 

- Experience in electromechanical actuators. 

- Experience in Matlab/Simulink. 

- Experience in dSpace rapid prototyping. 

- Experience in hardware and software development 

Location: Warren, MI 



7.31  Research Engineer: GE Global Research, Germany 

Contributed by: Anna Bartlewski,


GE Global Research – Europe employs approximately 200 engineers and scientists from more than 30 different countries. Our scientists and technologists come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, sciences and materials research. 

Located in the heart of southern Germany, Global Research – Europe sits on the Garching campus of the Technical University of Munich. This creates a unique blend for our scientists to be in a university setting, while performing research in a world-class industrial lab that is dedicated to bringing new technologies to market. The facility also operates closely with technology teams at GE businesses across the globe, ensuring effective transition of breakthrough innovations from the lab into advanced products and services. Within the R&D community, the center maintains close partnerships with numerous universities, research institutions and technology companies in Germany and abroad. 

Current research at the facility focuses on automated manufacturing of composite parts, waste heat recovery for industrial and power applications, grid integration of renewable energies, molecular imaging for cancer diagnostics, high power electronics for stationary and mobile applications and advanced compressor technologies. 


Role Summary/Purpose: 

You will be a member of a highly motivated team of researchers that works closely with other GE Global Research sites and the GE businesses worldwide. You will provide your expertise especially in the area of systems analysis and modeling, control system design, implementation, integration and verification. You will contribute primarily to the area of wind energy systems within GE. 


Essential Responsibilities: 

Develop advanced control algorithms for load reduction and performance enhancement of wind turbines and wind farms 

Work with GE businesses to identify their controls needs and formulate system requirements 

Keep abreast of developments on control system theory, wind turbine and wind farm modeling and controls. Identify suitable 

opportunities for new technologies 

Participate in and lead projects from control system conception to implementation and validation 

Work with other engineering disciplines (mechanical, power electronics, etc.) to develop innovative solutions by using systems engineering and control approaches 

Implement and validate models and controllers in simulation and rapid-prototyping environments 

Document work in reports, conference papers, and presentations to all levels of management 



Doctorate in controls / systems theory or a related discipline; preferably with applications to wind energy systems (or M.Sc. degree and at least 3 years of relevant professional experience in the area of wind turbine or wind farm modeling and controls) 

Solid knowledge of modern control systems theory (e.g., multivariable linear and nonlinear control, system identification) 

Proficiency with MATLAB / Simulink 

Experience with implementation and validation of control algorithms 

Good knowledge in wind turbine and/or wind farm modeling and control 

Knowledge and experience in wind turbine aeroelastic simulation tool (e.g. in Bladed, HAWC2, FAST, Flex) and post-processing of the results 

Excellent academic track record and proven scientific achievements 

Excellent communication skills 

Can-do attitude 

Global mindset 

Fluency in English 


Desired Characteristics: 

Industry and/or post-doc experience in control systems analysis, design, implementation, integration and verification is an advantage 

Programming experience (e.g. in C, C++) 

Experience with working in a multidisciplinary environment 

Basic knowledge of German is an advantage.