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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest: Call for Participation

1.2 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.3 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.4 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems

1.5 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology


2. Misc

2.1 New Fellow On-line System

2.2 Online Control Systems Seminars

2.3 Online Seminar on Aircraft Loss of Control: Future Research and Technology Directions

2.4 New Directions Short Course, University of Minnesota

2.5 CONNECT2SEA project: call for proposals


3. Books

3.1 Autonomous Tracked Robots in Planar Off-Road Conditions. Modelling, Localization, and Motion Control

3.2 Multisensor Data Fusion: Call for Contribution 


4. Journals

4.1 Contents: Nonlinear Studies & Mathematics in Engineering Science and Aerospace 

4.2 Contents: Foundations and Trends in Systems and Control

4.3 Contents: Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics

4.4 Contents: Control Theory and Technology

4.5 Contents: Unmanned Systems

4.6 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

4.7 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.8 CFP: Control Theory and Technology

4.9 CFP: Transactions on Network Science and Engineering

4.10 Outstanding Paper Award: Unmanned Systems 


5. Conferences

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

5.2 European Control Conference

5.3 Australian Conference on Control

5.4 International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing

5.5 World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

5.6 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing 

5.7 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems 

5.8 International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems 

5.9 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence

5.10 IEEE Symposium on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning


6. Workshops

6.1 Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning

6.2 Time Delay Systems

6.3 Control of large-scale distributed and cooperating systems: Recent achievements within the Network of Excellence HYCON2

6.4 Distributed Control and Estimation for Robotic Vehicle Networks

6.5 NetCon meeting


7. Positions

7.1  PhD: University of Bremen, Germany

7.2  PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

7.3  PhD: Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France

7.4  PhD: Université de Lorraine, France

7.5  PhD: Queen Mary University of London, UK

7.6  PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

7.7  PhD: University of Groningen, The Netherlands

7.8  PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium 

7.9  PhD: Texas Tech University, USA

7.10 PhD: University of Sheffield, UK 

7.11 Post-Doc/PhD: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 

7.12 Post-Doc: INRIA, France

7.13 Post-Doc: Petroleum Institute Research Center of the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

7.14 Post-Doc: University of Picardie Jules Verne, France

7.15 Post-Doc: INCAS³, The Netherlands

7.16 Post-Doc: INRIA, France

7.17 Post-Doc: Texas Tech University, USA

7.18 Post-Doc: MINES-Paristech, France

7.19 Post-Doc: University of Melbourne, Australia

7.20 Research Fellow: National University of Singapore, Singapore

7.21 Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

7.22 Post Doctoral Researcher/Deputy Director, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

7.23 Research Associate: University of New South Wales, Australia 

7.24 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, China 

7.25 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, China 

7.26 Faculty/Post doc: Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, China 

7.27 Faculty/Post doc: Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, China 

7.28 Faculty: Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia

7.29 Faculty: University of Melbourne, Australia

7.30 Faculty: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 

7.31 Faculty: ETH Zurich, Switzerland 

7.32 Research Scientist/Engineer: National University of Singapore

7.33 Research Engineer: Intel, USA

7.34 Associate Scientist/Scientist: ABB, India




1. IEEE CSS Headlines


1.1 IEEE CSS Video Clip Contest: Call for Participation

Contributed by: Frank Allgöwer,


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


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


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


For more information, go to


Important Dates:

May 2, 2014: Submission site opens

August 1, 2014: Deadline for video clip submissions

August 31, 2014: Winners are notified

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


The contest is hosted by the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, University of Stuttgart (



1.2 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. 



1.3 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: 


IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 

Volume 59 (2014), Issue 5 (May) 

Table of Contents 



- Human-Inspired Control of Bipedal Walking Robots. A. Ames p. 1115 

- Fast Distributed Gradient Methods. D. Jakovetic, J. Xavier, J. M. F. Moura p. 1131 

- Stochastic Sensor Scheduling for Networked Control Systems. F. Farokhi, K. H. Johansson p. 1147 

- Language-Guided Controller Synthesis for Linear Systems. E. Aydin Gol, M. Lazar, C. Belta p. 1163 

- Design and Stability of Load-Side Primary Frequency Control in Power Systems. C. Zhao, U. Topcu, N. Li, S. Low p. 1177 

- Soft Constrained Model Predictive Control with Robust Stability Guarantees. M. N. Zeilinger, M. Morari, C. N. Jones p. 1190 

- Delay-Adaptive Control for Nonlinear Systems. D. Bresch-Pietri, M. Krstic p. 1203 

- Modeling and Control of Weight-Balanced Timed Event Graphs in Dioids. B. Cottenceau, L. Hardouin, J-L. Boimond p. 1219 

- Rate Analysis of Inexact Dual First Order Methods. Application to Dual Decomposition. I. Necoara, V. Nedelcu p. 1232 

- Optimal Control of Markov Decision Processes with Linear Temporal Logic Constraints. X. Ding, S. L. Smith, C. Belta, D. Rus p. 1244 

- Optimal Control of Boolean Control Networks. E. Fornasini, M. E. Valcher p. 1258 

- Optimal Distributed Kalman Filtering Fusion with Singular Covariances of Filtering Errors and Measurement Noises. E. Song, J. Xu, Y. Zhu p. 1271 


Technical Notes and Correspondence 

- Unified Cooperative Control of Multiple Agents on a Sphere for Different Spherical Patterns. W. Li, M. W. Spong p. 1283 

- Getting Robustness Against Unstructured Uncertainty: A Tube-Based MPC Approach. P. Falugi, D. Q. Mayne p. 1290 

- Stability of Sequence-Based Control with Random Delays and Dropouts. D. E. Quevedo, I. Jurado p. 1296 

- A Combined Homogeneous Domination and Sign Function Approach to Output-Feedback Stabilization of Stochastic High-Order Nonlinear Systems.N. Duan, X-J. Xie, C-R. Zhao p. 1303 

- On the Linearization up to Multi-Output Injection for a Class of Nonlinear Systems with Implicitly Defined Outputs. S. Rodrigues, A. P. Aguiar p. 1310 

- Optimal stabilization using Lyapunov measures. A. Raghunathan, U. Vaidya p. 1316 

- A Switched LQ Regulator Design in Continuous Time. P. Riedinger p. 1322 

- Supervisor Localization of Discrete-Event Systems Based on State Tree Structures. K. Cai, W. M. Wonham p. 1329 

- Asymptotic Tracking Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems with Unknown Actuator Nonlinearity. Z. Zhang, S. Xu, B. Zhang p. 1336 

- Clustering and Coverage Control for Systems with Acceleration-Driven Dynamics. Y. Xu, S. Salapaka, C. L. Beck p. 1342 

- Cooperative Global Output Regulation for a Class of Nonlinear Multi-Agent Systems. Y. Dong, J. Huang p. 1348 

- New Results on Output Feedback H_infinity Control for Linear Discrete-Time Systems. X-H. Chang, G-H. Yang p. 1355 

- Input-Output-to-State Stability Tools for Hybrid Systems and their Interconnections. R. G. Sanfelice p. 1360 

- Observers and Observer-Based Control for Descriptor Systems Revisited. M. Darouach p. 1367 

- Measures and LMIs for Impulsive Nonlinear Optimal Control. M. Claeys, D. Arzelier, D. Henrion, J. B. Lasserre p. 1374 

- Periodically Time-Varying H-infinity Memory Filter Design for Discrete-Time LTI Systems with Polytopic Uncertainty. D. H. Lee, Y. H. Joo, M. H. Tak p. 1380 

- Corrections to ``Stochastic Barbalat's Lemma and Its Applications''. X. Yu, Z. Wu p. 1386 

- Comments on ìPolynomial Time Verification of Decentralized Diagnosability of Discrete Event Systemsî vs. ìDecentralized Failure Diagnosis of Discrete Event Systemsî: Complexity Clarification. R. Kumar, S. Takai p. 1391 



1.4 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems

Contributed by: Denise Joseph,


IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems 

Volume 1 (2014), Issue 1 (March) 

Table of Contents 


- TCNS-Inaugural-Editorial, Ioannis Paschalidis, Magnus Egerstedt, 1 

- Compositional Transient Stability Analysis of Multi-Machine Power Networks, Sina Y. Caliskan, Paulo Tabuada, 4 

- Convex Relaxation of Optimal Power Flow, Part I: Formulation and Equivalence, Steven Low, 15 

- Optimal control of scalar conservation laws using Linear/Quadratic Programming: application to transportation networks,Yanning Li,Edward Canepa,Christian Claudel, 28 

- Controllability Metrics, Limitations and Algorithms for Complex Networks, Fabio Pasqualetti, Sandro Zampieri, Francesco Bullo, 40 

- Distributed Control with Low-Rank Coordination, Daria Madjidian, Leonid Mirkin, 53 

- An O(1/k) Gradient Method for Network Resource Allocation Problems, Amir Beck, Angelia Nedich, Asu Ozdaglar, Marc Teboulle, 64 

- Optimal Turn Prohibition for Deadlock Prevention in Networks with Regular Topologies, Mark Karpovsky, Lev Levitin, Mehmet Mustafa, 74 

- Optimal Routing and Energy Allocation for Lifetime Maximization of Wireless Sensor Networks with Non-ideal Batteries, Christos G. Cassandras, Tao Wang, Sepideh - Pourazarm, 86 

- Optimal Resource Allocation for Network Protection Against Spreading Processes, Victor M. Preciado, Michael Zargham, Chinwendu Enyioha, Ali Jadbabaie, George J. Pappas, 99 

- Message Passing Optimization of Harmonic Influence Centrality, Luca Vassio, Fabio Fagnani, Paolo Frasca, Asu Ozdaglar, 109 

- Collective Decision-Making in Ideal Networks: The Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff, Vaibhav Srivastava, Naomi Ehrich, 121 



1.5 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

Contributed by: Thomas Parisini,

IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology 

Volume 22

(2014), Issue 3 (May)

Table of Contents 

Editorial, T. Parisini 825

2013 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award, N. Zimmert, A. Pertsch, and O. Sawodny, 827


- Disturbance Attenuation Control for Power-Assist Wheelchair Operation on Slopes, S. Oh and Y. Hori, 828

- Self-Tuning Shape Control of Massively Actuated Adaptive Mirrors, M. Manetti, M. Morandini, and P. Mantegazza, 838

- Coupled Controls-Computational Fluids Approach for the Estimation of the Concentration From a Moving Gaseous Source in a 2-D Domain With a Lyapunov-Guided Sensing Aerial Vehicle, M. A. Demetriou, N. A. Gatsonis, and J. R. Court, 853

- Multispace Total Projection to Latent Structures and its Application to Online Process Monitoring, C. Zhao and Y. Sun, 868

- Stable Discrete-Time Impedances for Haptic Systems With Vibration Modes and Delay, P. Ciáurriz, I. Díaz, and J. J. Gil, 884

- Model-Based Stochastic Optimal Air–Fuel Ratio Control With Residual Gas Fraction of Spark Ignition Engines, J. Yang, T. Shen, and X. Jiao, 896

- Model Predictive Control for Power and Thermal Management of an Integrated Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Turbocharger System, S.-R. Oh, J. Sun, H. Dobbs, and J. King, 911

- Indirect Intelligent Sliding Mode Control of Antagonistic Shape Memory Alloy Actuators Using Hysteretic Recurrent Neural Networks, J. H. Wiest and G. D. Buckner, 921

- On Sensor Fusion for Airborne Wind Energy Systems, L. Fagiano, K. Huynh, B. Bamieh, and M. Khammash, 930

- Adaptive Neural Network Feedforward Control for Dynamically Substructured Systems, G. Li, J. Na, D. P. Stoten, and X. Ren, 944

- Model-Based Predictive Control of Weld Penetration in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Y. K. Liu and Y. M. Zhang, 955

- Iterative Learning Control for Improved Aerodynamic Load Performance of Wind Turbines With Smart Rotors, O. Tutty, M. Blackwell, E. Rogers, and R. Sandberg, 967

- Robust, Distributed Estimation of Internal Wave Parameters via Inter-Drogue Measurements, M. Ouimet and J. Cortés, 980

- Gravity-Compensation-Driven Position Regulation for Robotic Systems Under Input/Output Delays, Y.-C. Liu and N. Chopra, 995

- Predictive Control Using an FPGA With Application to Aircraft Control, E. N. Hartley, J. L. Jerez, A. Suardi, J. M. Maciejowski, E. C. Kerrigan, and G. A. Constantinides, 1006

- Stochastic MPC With Learning for Driver-Predictive Vehicle Control and Its Application to HEV Energy Management, S. D. Cairano, D. Bernardini, A. Bemporad, and I. V. Kolmanovsky, 1018

- Adaptive Neural Network Control of Robot Based on a Unified Objective Bound, X. Li and C. C. Cheah, 1032


Brief papers

- Aperiodic Disturbance Rejection in Repetitive-Control Systems, M. Wu, B. Xu, W. Cao, and J. She, 1044 

- Convergence and Energy Analysis for Iterative Adaptive ON-OFF Control of Piezoelectric Microactuators, B. Hahn and K. R. Oldham, 1052

- Distributed Fault Detection and Isolation Filter Design for a Network of Heterogeneous Multiagent Systems, M. R. Davoodi, K. Khorasani, H. A. Talebi, and H. R. Momeni, 1061

- Optimal Control Based Dynamics Exploration of a Rigid Car With Longitudinal Load Transfer, A. Rucco, G. Notarstefano, and J. Hauser, 1070

- Self-Learning Cruise Control Using Kernel-Based Least Squares Policy Iteration, J. Wang, X. Xu, D. Liu, Z. Sun, and Q. Chen, 1078

- Adaptive Boundary Control of a Nonlinear Flexible String System, W. He, S. Zhang, and S. S. Ge, 1088

- Evacuation Modeling from the Control Perspective and Corresponding Sequential-Based Optimal Evacuation Guidance, N. Li and Y. Xu, 1094

- Trajectory Tracking of Underactuated Surface Vessels: A Linear Algebra Approach, M. E. Serrano, G. J. E. Scaglia, S. A. Godoy, V. Mut, and O. A. Ortiz, 1103

- Bounded Nonlinear Stabilizing Speed Regulators for VSI-Fed Induction Motors in Field-Oriented Operation, G. C. Konstantopoulos, A. T. Alexandridis, and E. D. Mitronikas, 1112

- An Active Vibration Control Strategy to Prevent Nonlinearly Coupled Rotor–Stator Whirl Responses in Multimode Rotor-Dynamic Systems, C. Chamroon, M. O. T. Cole, and T. Wongratanaphisan, 1122

- Evaluation of Steering Algorithm Optimality for Single-Gimbal Control Moment Gyroscopes, F. A. Leve, 1130

- Design and Vehicle Implementation of Preview Active Suspension Controllers, C. Göhrle, A. Schindler, A. Wagner, and O. Sawodny, 1135

- Frequency Locking of an Optical Cavity Using a Time-Varying Kalman Filtering Approach, S. Z. S. Hassen and I. R. Petersen, 1143

- Influence of Nonminimum Phase Zeros on the Performance of Optimal Continuous-Time Iterative Learning Control, D. H. Owens, B. Chu, E. Rogers, C. T. Freeman, and P. L. Lewin, 1151

- Finite-Time Synchronous Control for Multiple Manipulators With Sensor Saturations and a Constant Reference, B. Zhang, Y. Jia, J. Du, and J. Zhang, 1159

- Detection of Bias in GPS Satellites’ Measurements: A Probability Ratio Test Formulation, M. F. Abdel-Hafez, 1166

- Improved Direct Power Control for Rectifier Based on Fuzzy Sliding Mode, J. Huang, A. Zhang, H. Zhang, Z. Ren, J. Wang, L. Zhang, and C. Zhang, 1174

- Control of Magnetic Shape Memory Actuators Using Observer-Based Inverse Hysteresis Approach, M. Ruderman and T. Bertram, 1181

- Reducing Cyclic Variability While Regulating Combustion Phasing in a Four-Cylinder HCCI Engine, E. Hellström, J. Larimore, S. Jade, A. G. Stefanopoulou, and L. Jiang, 1190

- Stochastic Model Predictive Control for Building Climate Control, F. Oldewurtel, C. N. Jones, A. Parisio, and M. Morari, 1198

- Multiple Model Predictive Control of Dissipative PDE Systems, I. Bonis, W. Xie, and C. Theodoropoulos, 1206

- Experimental Evaluation of a Surge Controller for an AMB Supported Compressor in the Presence of Piping Acoustics, S. Y. Yoon, Z. Lin, and P. E. Allaire, 1215

- Exponential Stabilization of Switched-Reluctance Motors via Speed-Sensorless Feedback, A. Loria, G. Espinosa-Pérez, and E. Chumacero, 1224 

- Control of Crane Payloads That Bounce During Hoisting, J. Yoon, S. Nation, W. Singhose, and J. E. Vaughan, 1233  





2. Misc


2.1 New Fellow On-line System

Contributed by: Rosann Marosy, 


The task of nominating a Senior Member for Fellow grade got easier with the new Fellow On-line System.  Multiple upgrades were incorporated, but three main enhancements will please nominators.  After a nominator logs in the system, the first requirement will be to input the nominee’s member number.  Entering this information will immediately let the nominator know if the nominee meets the requirements of being an active IEEE Senior or Life Senior Member and if the nominee has been a member in good standing for five years or more.  If a nominee is ineligible, the system will prevent the nominator from filling out the entire form and avoid any unnecessary time. 

Another new feature that’s required is inputting the member number of the references.  The nomination must include at least five, but no more than eight references who are IEEE Fellows.  Entering this information will immediately inform the nominator, if a reference is eligible or not. 

The best feature is allowing nominators the capability to make changes to main text, update e-mail addresses, add and delete reference and endorsement names, and to delete nominations they prepared out of the system up to the 1 March deadline.  Providing nominators this kind of flexibility will give them the opportunity to prepare a better nomination. 

After the deadline has been reached, the system will authenticate all the data and verify that each nomination package is complete.  As soon as this process is finished, a confirmation will be sent to the nominator letting them know whether the nomination will or will not be considered.

The system is now open and ready to accept nominations for the class of 2016.  Starting the process early will alleviate last minute issues. You can visit the Fellow Web Site at, then click “Online Nomination Form” to begin.



2.2 Online Control Systems Seminars 

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen,


Online Control Systems Seminars 


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


The upcoming online seminars include: 

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

2) "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 

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


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

Please visit CSF ( to register and learn more! 


Dr. Tansel Yucelen 

Program Director of the Control Systems Forum 

Director of the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL) 

Asst. Prof. of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department 

Missouri University of Science and Technology 

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



2.3 Online Seminar on Aircraft Loss of Control: Future Research and Technology Directions

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen,


Online Seminar on Aircraft Loss of Control: Future Research and Technology Directions 


Where: Control Systems Forum ( 

When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 2:00 PM CDT 

To register (for free), visit: or contact with Dr. Tansel yucelen at 


Abstract: Aircraft loss of control is a leading cause of fatal accidents across all transport airplane and operational classes. Aircraft loss-of-control (LOC) accidents are highly complex in that they can result from numerous causal and contributing factors acting alone or (more often) in combination. Hence, there is no single intervention strategy to prevent these accidents. This presentation will define LOC as a dynamics and control problem, summarize LOC accident analysis results, and discuss current NASA research that supports a holistic approach for significantly reducing aircraft LOC accidents for current and future aircraft. The approach includes onboard systems technologies for LOC prevention and recovery, as well as a parallel effort for their validation. 

The onboard systems technologies provide improved situational awareness, guidance, and control under realistic LOC hazards, and include: hazards effects detection and mitigation; upset detection, prevention and recovery; and multiple hazards mitigation. Validation technologies include analytical, simulation, and experimental methods, tools and testbeds as well as the development of a comprehensive set of realistic LOC test scenarios. Future research directions will also be discussed. 


Biography: Christine M. Belcastro received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in May 1980, and the Master of Engineering Degree in May 1986, both from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in December 1994 from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Belcastro has been a research engineer at the Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) since June 1980. She is a Senior Research Engineer and Project Scientist for Assuring Safe and Effective Aircraft Control under Hazardous Conditions within the Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies (VSST) Project of NASA’s Aviation Safety Program (AvSP). 

Her research interests include resilient aircraft control for multiple hazards mitigation, vehicle upset prevention and recovery, real-time aircraft flight safety assessment and assurance, multidisciplinary modeling of vehicle dynamics under highly nonlinear and adverse conditions, analysis of uncertain nonlinear systems under adverse conditions, and the validation of complex integrated systems that provide real-time prediction, detection, identification, and mitigation of hazardous conditions and their implications for flight critical aircraft applications. 



2.4 New Directions Short Course, University of Minnesota 

Contributed by: Richard Braun,


The Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) is accepting applications for its New Directions Short Course (NDSC). 


The NDSC is on "Topics in Control Theory" and will be held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus from May 27 to June 13, 2014. This intensive three-week course offers another extraordinary opportunity for established mathematicians to branch into new research directions. Participants are able to delve deeply into a new area, learn about open problems, and meet potential collaborators. Beyond that, it  would be an excellent lead-in for the 2015-2016 program year on "Control Theory and its Applications." Decisions on short-course applications have already begun and will continue until capacity is reached. 


More detailed information can be found at 


Richard Braun 

Associate Director 

Institute for Mathematics and its Applications 

University of Minnesota



2.5 CONNECT2SEA project: call for proposals

Contributed by: Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue,


The CONNECT2SEA project launches a call for proposals for European and South East Asian (SEA) R&D ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) teams to initiate and to broaden R&D ICT collaboration. 


CONNECT2SEA is a Support Action funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration, aiming at promoting synergies between ICT-related research, development and innovation actors, activities and programmes in EU and in SEA. 


This call addresses bottom up collaboration initiatives, offering Individual Travel Grants (up to 2 000 Euros) as well as Event or Cooperation Grants (up to 10 000 Euros). It is expected to provide 10-20 grants. ICT specialists from EU and SEA organisations shall be supported in advancing in the internationalisation process with their counterparts working on similar strategic topics and societal challenges. 


Are you an ICT specialist from EU or SEA willing to broaden R&D collaboration? Check out the call description on and submit the application form before May 31st 2014.




3. Books


3.1 Autonomous Tracked Robots in Planar Off-Road Conditions. Modelling, Localization, and Motion Control  

Contributed by: Ramón González,


It is our pleasure to announce that Springer has recently published our book titled: “Autonomous Tracked Robots in Planar Off-Road Conditions. Modelling, Localization, and Motion Control” under the series: Studies in Systems, Decision and Control. 


Authors: Ramón González (, Francisco Rodríguez, José Luis Guzmán. 


This monograph is framed within the context of off-road mobile robotics. In particular, it discusses issues related to modelling, localization, and motion control of tracked mobile robots working in planar slippery conditions. Tracked locomotion constitutes a well-known solution for mobile platforms operating over diverse challenging terrains, for that reason, tracked robotics constitutes an important research field with many applications (e.g. agriculture, mining, search and rescue operations, military activities). The specific topics of this monograph are: historical perspective of tracked vehicles and tracked robots; trajectory-tracking model taking into account slip effect; visual-odometry-based localization strategies; and advanced slip-compensation motion controllers ensuring efficient real-time execution. Physical experiments with a real tracked robot are presented showing the better performance of the suggested novel approaches to known techniques. 


Keywords: longitudinal slip, visual odometry, slip-compensation control, robust predictive control, trajectory tracking. 


Table of Contents 

 1. Introduction. 

 2. Modelling Tracked Robots in Planar Off-Road Conditions. 

 3. Localization of Tracked Robots in Planar Road Conditions. 

 4. Adaptive Motion Controllers for Tracked Robots. 

 5. Robust Predictive Motion Controllers for Tracked Robots. 

 6. Conclusions and Future Works. 


Book website with extra material (i.e. videos of physical experiments): 

Springer website:



3.2 Multisensor Data Fusion: Call for Contribution 

Contributed by: Fourati Hassen,


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


We are editing with Dr. Kris Iniewski (Redlen Technologies, a book on Multisensor Data Fusion for CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), part of the “Devices, Circuits and Systems Series” ( 

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




Architectures and algorithms 

 Multisensor fusion system architectures and algorithmic issues 

 Fusion system computational resources and demands optimization 

 Distributed and collaborative wireless sensor network design 


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


Important dates 

 Submission due: September 15, 2014 

 Publication: February-March, 2015 


If you are interested, please confirm me ( rapidly your acceptance and send me a short bio(s) and a chapter outline (<1 page) by 15 May 2014.




4. Journals


4.1 Contents: Nonlinear Studies & Mathematics in Engineering Science and Aerospace 

Contributed by: seenith Sivasundaram,


Nonlinear Studies

Vol 21, No 1 (2014) 

Table of Contents 



- Krasnoselskii’s unification, Volterra’s integrodifferential equation, and the method of Aizerman. T.A. Burton, I.K. Purnaras 1-19 

- Bloch-periodic functions and some applications. Maximilian F Hasler, Gaston M N'Gu'er'ekata 21-30 

- Controllability Results for Second Order Impulsive Neutral Functional Integrodifferential Equations with Infinite Delay. S Selvi, M Mallika Arjunan 31-44 

- On existence of component dominating solutions for fractional differential equations. J Vasundhara Devi, M.P.K. Kishore,R.V.G. Ravi Kumar 45-52 

- Stability theory of discrete-time dynamical systems involving non-monotonic Lyapunov functions. Anthony N. Michel, Ling Hou 53-75 

- Mathematics of dynamic universe model explain pioneer anomally. SNP Gupta, JVS Murty, SSV Krishna 77-97 

- Stepanov type weighted pseudo almost automorphic sequences and their applications to difference equations. Syed Abbas, Yong Kui Chang, Mokhtar Hafayed 99-111 

- Existence of solutions for some classes of parabolic problems involving variable exponents. Jacson Simsen, Mariza Stefanello Simsen, Franco Bassi Rocha 113-128 

- Generalization of Titchmarsh’s theorem for the Jacobi transform in the space Lp (α,β)(R+). R. Daher, M El Hamma, H Lahlali 129-133 

- Solution bounds of the hyper-chaotic Lorenz-Haken system. Okba Zehrour, Ahmed Diar, Momammed Denche 135-140 

- Gradient-driven dynamics on Finsler manifolds: The Jacobi action-metric theorem and an application in ecology. Peter L Antonelli, Eduardo S.G. Leandro, Solange F Rutz 141-152 

- Extension of the pre- integral to an integral. Mahmoud Mohamed Laila 153-161 


Mathematics in Engineering Science and Aerospace

Vol 5, No 1 (2014) 

Table of Contents 



- Genetic algorithm design of type-1 and type-2 fuzzy logic systems for airplane control. Oscar Castillo, Leticia Cervantes 1-16 

- Controlled complexity in pulse conduction: Traveling solitons from neural to optical fibers. Vladimir G Ivancevic, Darryn J Reid 17-32 

- Smoothness of solutions with respect to multi-strip integral boundary conditions for second order ordinary differential equations. Johnny Henderson, Vy K Nguyen 33-46 

- A simpler velocity quasi-potential PDE in fluid mechanics, MHD included. Richard Selescu 47-82 

- Geometric conditions of thrusters for 3D attitude control of a free-floating rigid spacecraft. Takashi Matsuno, Yasuhiro Yoshimura, Shinji Hokamoto 83-95 

- Extension of relations between local values of intensive properties and corresponding fluxes to some nonlinear processes. V Novozhilov, Vladimir Kulish 97-109 

- The natural transform decomposition method for linear and nonlinear partial differential equations. Haci Mehmet Baskonus, Hasan Bulut, Yusuf Pandir 111-126 

- Application of the HPM for nonlinear (3+1)-dimensional breaking soliton equation. Seyma Tuluce Demiray, Haci Mehmet Baskonu,Hasan Bulut 127-133 



4.2 Contents:  Foundations and Trends in Systems and Control 

Contributed by: Alessandro Astolfi,


Foundations and Trends in Systems and Control 


is pleased to announce its inaugural issue. 


This unique journal is a resource for graduate students and researchers looking for a high-level introduction to a new area. Primarily published as a monograph-style journal, each issue comprises a state-of-the-art review (50-200 pages) of its subject written by research leaders. By combining the peer-review of research journals with the high usage of reference works and the pedagogy of textbooks, FnT fulfils an important need in graduate-level education. 


The first issue is: 


H. Lin and P. J. Antsaklis, 

"Hybrid Dynamical Systems: An Introduction to Control and Verification," 

Foundations and Trends in Systems and Control, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1.172, 

Mar. 2014. ISBN: 978-1-60198-784-6, E-ISBN: 978-1-60198-785-3 


It can be downloaded for free from: 



The methods for hybrid systems are distributed across a wide spectrum, ranging from methods known in the discrete (cyber-)domain at one end, to traditional approaches for the continuous physical systems at the other. 

Rooted at opposite ends, both computer scientists and control theorists have made significant contributions to the field of hybrid systems by extending traditional methods from the traditional discrete or continuous domain to deal with hybrid systems. However, in general, there has been little work on integrating methods from these two domains. This is possibly because the formal methods pursued in computer science traditionally lie in the realm of discrete mathematics, while control theory approaches lie mainly in the realm of continuous mathematics. 

A noticeable trend in the recent hybrid system literature emphasizes the synthesis of hybrid controllers for continuous or hybrid dynamical systems to satisfy complicated temporal logic specifications. This is known as symbolic control or hybrid supervisory control, which can be seen as a crosstalk between these two schools of thoughts. 

Hybrid Dynamical Systems balances the emphasis on methods from both computer science and control theory, and gives the readers a complete picture of the whole field of hybrid dynamical systems. As well as providing a concise overview for a researcher in the field, the tutorial style makes it suitable for use in a course and by students. 


Table of contents 

1. Introduction 

2. Modeling of Hybrid Systems 

3. Stability, Stabilization and Optimal Control 

4. Verification of Hybrid Systems 

5. Hybrid Supervisory Control 

6. Concluding Remarks References 


To order the print copy of this issue at the discounted price of $35.00, go to: 



4.3 Contents: Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics

Contributed by: Gamar Mammadova,


TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 5, No.1, 2014 ISSN 2076-2585 

Table of contents


- On Generalized Metric Spaces: a Survey.  Z. Kadelburg, S. Radenovic 

- Expansion Approach for Solving Nonlinear Volterra Integro-Differential Equations.  J. Rashidinia , A. Tahmasebi 

- The Symmetric P-stable Hybrid Obrechko Methods for the Numerical Solution of Second Order IVP's.  A. Shokri 

- Existence and Uniqueness of Solution of Nonstationary Boltzmann's Moment System Equations in Third Approximation. A. Sakabekov, E. Auzhani 

- Fixed Point Theorems for F-Weakly Contractive Mappings in Partially Ordered Metric Spaces. M.E. Gordji, M. Ramezani, S. Pirbavafa 

- On the Existence and Uniqueness of Solution for a Class of Fractional Order Boundary Value Problem. A. Babakhani 

- Statistically Convergent and Statistically Cauchy Sequence in a Cone Metric Space. N.R. Das, R. Dey, B.C. Tripathy 

- On Intuitionistic Fuzzy Soft Topological Spaces. S. Bayramov, C. Gunduz 

- Impact and Optimal Control of Movement on a Multipatch Hepatitis C Virus Model. K.O. Okosun 

- Numerical Conformal Mapping via a Boundary Integral Equation with the Adjoint Generalized Neumann Kernel. M.M.S. Nasser, A.H.M. Murid, A.W.K. Sangawi 

- On Generalized Class of p-Valent Functions with Negative Coefficients. R.M. EL-Ashwah, M.K. Aouf, H.M. Zayed 

- Algorithm to Solution of Optimization Problem with Periodic Condition and Boundary Control. N.S. Mukhtarova 

- Book Review. Probability, Entire Functions and Estimations of Wiman-Valiron Type for Evolution Equations. Reviewed by V.A. Il'in 

- Events 

- Anniversaries 



4.4 Contents: Control Theory and Technology

Contributed by: Zou Tiefeng,


Control Theory and Technology (formerly Journal of Control Theory and Applications)

Vol. 12, No. 2, May 2014 ISSN: 2095-6983 CODEN: CTTOAM 

Table of contents 


- Engineering cybernetics: 60 years in the making. Z. Gao P.97 

- Parameter estimation and reliable fault detection of electric motors. D. Progovac, L. Y. Wang, G. Yin P.110 

- A novel trajectory-based online controller design approach to fault accommodation in NREL’s 5MW wind turbine systems. T. Jain, J. J. Yam′e, D. Sauter P.122 

- Dynamic optimization for multi-agent systems with external disturbances. X. Wang, P. Yi, Y. Hong P.132 

- Integral sliding mode based optimal composite nonlinear feedback control for a class of systems. Z. Zheng, W. Sun, H. Chen, J. T. W. Yeow P.139 

- Global sampled-data output feedback control for a class of feedforward nonlinear systems. Z. Wang, J. Zhai, S. Fei P.147 

- Analysis of synchronization in a supermarket refrigeration system. R. Wisniewski, J. Leth, J. G. Rasmussen P.154 

- Capital injections with negative surplus and delays: models and analysis. Z. Jin, G. Yin P.163 

- Solving type-2 fuzzy relation equations via semi-tensor product of matrices. Y. Yan, Z. Chen, Z. Liu P.173 

- Robust graph coloring based on the matrix semi-tensor product with application to examination timetabling. M. Xu, Y. Wang, A. Wei P.187 

- Semi-tensor product approach to networked evolutionary games. D. Cheng, H. Qi, F. He, T. Xu, H. Dong P.198 



4.5 Contents: Unmanned Systems 

Contributed by: Ben M Chen,


Unmanned Systems 

Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2014 

Table of contents 


Research Papers 

- Hybrid Systems Modeling and Reachability-Based Controller Design Methods for Vehicular Automation, pp.101-119. J. Park, A. Kurt and Ü. Özguner 

- Systematic Design and Implementation of a Micro Unmanned Quadrotor System, pp.121-141. S. K. Phang, K. Li, K. H. Yu, B. M. Chen and T. H. Lee 

- Informative Path Planning for Improving Classification Performance Through Kinematic Decisions, pp.143-156. B. Hyun, W. Zhang, P. Kabamba and A. Girard 

- Tracking of Ground Mobile Targets by Quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, pp.157-173. R. Tan and M. Kumar 


Review Papers 

- A Survey of Small-Scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Recent Advances and Future Development Trends, pp.175-199. G. Cai, J. Dias and L. Seneviratne 

- Mission Accomplished: An Introduction to Formal Methods in Mobile Robot Motion Planning and Control, pp.201-216. H. Lin 


Please note that all manuscripts published in Unmanned Systems up to April 2014 can be downloaded for free from the journal website at



4.6 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Fu Li-Chen,


Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.16, No.2 March, 2014 

Table of contents 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Brief Paper 

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

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

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

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



4.7  Contents: Control Engineering Practice 

Contributed by: Tobias Glück,


Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 26 - May 2014 

Table of contents 


- David Cabecinhas, Rita Cunha, Carlos Silvestre, A nonlinear quadrotor trajectory tracking controller with disturbance rejection, pages 1-10 

- Jiani Du, Zhitao Liu, Youyi Wang, State of charge estimation for Li-ion battery based on model from extreme learning machine, pages 11-19 

- M. Khanchoul, M. Hilairet, D. Normand-Cyrot, A passivity-based controller under low sampling for speed control of PMSM, pages 20-27 

- Unai Ugalde, Rafael Bárcena, Koldo Basterretxea, Generalized sampled-data holds to reduce energy consumption in resonant systems, pages 28-40 

- Matthew O.T. Cole, Theeraphong Wongratanaphisan, Optimal LQ feedforward tracking with preview: Practical design for rigid body motion control, pages 41-50 

- Ergin Kilic, Melik Dolen, Hakan Caliskan, Ahmet Bugra Koku, Tuna Balkan, Pressure prediction on a variable-speed pump controlled hydraulic system using structured recurrent neural networks, pages 51-71 

- Jiawei Dong, Won-Jong Kim, Bandwidth allocation and scheduling of networked control systems with exponential and quadratic approximations, pages 72-81 

- Michiel A. Beijen, Dirk Tjepkema, Johannes van Dijk, Two-sensor control in active vibration isolation using hard mounts, pages 82-90 

- Abderrahim El Fadili, Fouad Giri, Abdelmounime El Magri, Rachid Lajouad, Fatima Zahra Chaoui, Adaptive control strategy with flux reference optimization for sensorless induction motors, pages 91-106 

- Lothar Kiltz, Cédric Join, Mamadou Mboup, Joachim Rudolph, Fault-tolerant control based on algebraic derivative estimation applied on a magnetically supported plate, pages 107-115 

- Bin Zhang, Yongqiang Ye, Keliang Zhou, Danwei Wang, Case studies of filtering techniques in multirate iterative learning control, pages 116-124 

- Ingyu Lim, Kira L. Barton, Pareto iterative learning control: Optimized control for multiple performance objectives, pages 125-135 

- Shima Khatibisepehr, Biao Huang, Swanand Khare, Elom Domlan, Fangwei Xu, Aris Espejo, Ramesh Kadali, A probabilistic framework for real-time performance assessment of inferential sensors, pages 136-150 

- Javad Akbari Torkestani, Elham Ghanaat Pisheh, A learning automata-based blood glucose regulation mechanism in type 2 diabetes, pages 151-159 

- Payman Shakouri, Andrzej Ordys, Nonlinear Model Predictive Control approach in design of Adaptive Cruise Control with automated switching to cruise control, pages 160-177 

- R. Delpoux, M. Bodson, T. Floquet, Parameter estimation of permanent magnet stepper motors without mechanical sensors, pages 178-187 

- Wolfgang Birk, Miguel Castaño, Andreas Johansson, An application software for visualization and control configuration selection of interconnected processes, pages 188-200 

- Sandira Gayadeen, Stephen R. Duncan, Design of an electron beam stabilisation controller for a synchrotron, pages 201-210 

- Abdelmajid Abouloifa, Fouad Giri, Ibtissam Lachkar, Fatima Zahra Chaoui, Mohamed Kissaoui, Younes Abouelmahjoub, Cascade nonlinear control of shunt active power filters with average performance analysis, pages 211-221 

- Hendrik M. Odendaal, Thomas Jones, Actuator fault detection and isolation: An optimised parity space approach, pages 222-232 

- Mikael Thor, Bo Egardt, Tomas McKelvey, Ingemar Andersson, Using combustion net torque for estimation of combustion properties from measurements of crankshaft torque, pages 233-244 

- Walid Hassani, Samer Mohammed, Hala Rifaï, Yacine Amirat, Powered orthosis for lower limb movements assistance and rehabilitation, pages 245-253 



4.8  CFP: Control Theory and Technology 

Contributed by: Zou Tiefeng,


Call for Papers of Control Theory and Technology (formerly Journal of Control Theory and Applications) 


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

Guest Editors: 

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

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

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


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

The design of systems that learn online how best to control dynamical processes is well developed. Adaptive control is a proven method for learning feedback controllers for systems with unknown dynamic models, exogenous disturbances, nonzero setpoints, and uncertain nonlinearities and unmodeled dynamics. Adaptive control has been applied for years in process control, industry, aerospace systems, vehicle systems, and elsewhere. Reinforcement learning (RL) refers to a broad class of methods for improving control policies based on observation of the performance or value of current policies. RL allows the learning of optimal controls in real-time using data measured along system trajectories. RL is closely tied theoretically to both adaptive control and optimal control. 

Recent work has shown how to use RL to develop new forms of adaptive controllers that converge to optimal control solutions in real time and to effectively deal with some existing open problems in adaptive control such as handling unmatched uncertainties. Developed methods include approximate dynamic programming, integral reinforcement learning, temporal difference, adaptive function approximation, and others. 

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


Topics of interest in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to: Extensions of adaptive control and RL to cooperative multi-agent systems; Reinforcement learning on different time scales for mission planning and feedback control in cooperative control systems; Optimal Adaptive learning cooperative control systems based on generalized performance measures with reduced or intermittent information; Iterative learning control for cooperative systems and synchronization; Use of past stored data to improve cooperative control learning systems; Design of cooperative learning systems with limited data, actuator limitations, process noise, and measurement noise; Relations of model predictive control and approximate dynamic programming for cooperative synchronization; Applications of adaptive and reinforcement learning multi-player games in cooperative control on graphs; Adaptive and reinforcement learning methods in distributed and hybrid systems; Model-free or data-driven, or distributed control approaches for linear or nonlinear cooperative systems. 


For Further Information about Paper Submissions please email Dr. Tengfei Liu, 


Time Line and Deadlines: 

June 30, 2014 Submissions due 

November 2014 Anticipated publication date 


Submission of Manuscript: 

Papers should be prepared in English and should be submitted on the journal website and conform to the guidelines listed there. Manuscripts should be clearly marked as being submitted to the Special issue on learning and control in cooperative multi-agent systems, Editors F. L. Lewis, Z. P. Jiang and Tengfei Liu (Please clarify in the cover note if the paper is submitted to this special issue). After submission, please send an email to Dr. Tengfei Liu, 


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


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



4.9 CFP: Transactions on Network Science and Engineering 

Contributed by: Kimberly Sperka,


The newly launched IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering seeks submissions of technical articles in the interdisciplinary, emerging area of network science and engineering. The focus of the new Transactions is on publishing high-quality, original submissions that focus on modeling, rigorous theoretical analysis, synthesis, and empirical investigations and experiments in various areas of network science and engineering, ranging from technological and infrastructure networks to social, economic, and biological networks as well as network mathematics. Lead by Editor-in-Chief Ali Jadbabaie, the IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering seeks submissions that combine state-of-the-art, domain-specific knowledge of various sub-disciplines viewed through the interdisciplinary lens of network science and engineering. To learn more about the journal or to submit a paper, please visit



4.10 Outstanding Paper Award: Unmanned Systems 

Contributed by: Ben M. Chen,


Unmanned Systems SG-UAV Outstanding Paper Award 


Award Information: The SG-UAV Outstanding Paper Award is to recognize an outstanding paper published in the Unmanned Systems. Sponsored by Singapore UAV (SG-UAV) Private Limited, the award consists of a cash prize up to US$3,000 in total each year starting from 2015. The winners will be announced each year by December 1. Authors of papers published in Unmanned Systems during the two calendar years preceding the year of the award are eligible for the award. Nominated work will be judged by an award committee based on its originality, relevance of the application, clarity of exposition, and demonstrated impact on unmanned systems technology. 


Nomination Procedure: Please send nomination describing the outstanding features of the paper to the editors-in-chief of Unmanned Systems by June 30. Nominations must be submitted electronically and should include: a letter from the nominator describing the outstanding features of the paper; and up to two additional supporting letters from individuals who are familiar with the paper. The names and contact information of the individuals who have been asked to provide additional supporting letters must be included in the nomination package. 


The Journal: Unmanned Systems, published quarterly by the World Scientific Publishing Co., aims to cover all subjects related to the development of automatic machine systems, which include advanced technologies in unmanned hardware platforms (aerial, ground, underwater and unconventional platforms), unmanned software systems, energy systems, modeling and control, communications systems, computer vision systems, sensing and information processing, navigation and path planning, computing, information fusion, multi-agent systems, mission management, machine intelligence, and innovative application case studies. 


Journal Website: 




5. Conferences 


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

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram,


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 European Control Conference 

Contributed by: Mazen Alamir,


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

Call for papers


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. 



5.3 Australian Conference on Control

Contributed by: Jochen Trumpf,


The 2014 Australian Conference on Control will be held on 17-18 November 2014 in Canberra at the campus of the Australian National University. Since 2011, AUCC has brought together researchers, students and control engineers from industry and Government organisations in the field of control and systems theory providing a forum to present a breadth of research activities and industry practice to a dynamic and varied audience. 


Two types of contributions are sought: 

- Regular papers, 8 pages for submission, 6 pages for proceedings. 

- Industrial abstracts, 2 pages. 


The proceedings will be available from the Engineers Australia online library and from IEEE Xplore, and will be indexed by EI. 

The Australian Control Conference (AUCC) is organised by Engineers Australia through its National Committee for Automation, Control and Instrumentation (NCACI). It is technically sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society. 


Important Dates 

Submission of papers: 16 May 2014 

Author notification: 4 August 2014 

Final papers due: 19 September 2014 

Conference: 17-18 November 2014 


Conference web page: 



5.4 International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing  

Contributed by: Mihaela-Hanako Matcovschi,


18-th International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing ICSTCC 2014 

October 17-19, 2014, Sinaia, Romania 



ICSTCC 2014 aims at bringing together under a unique forum, scientists from Academia and Industry, to discuss the state of the art and the new trends in System Theory, Control and Computer Engineering, promoting professional interactions and fellowship. 


ICSTCC 2014 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Control Systems Society. 

The Proceedings will be published in IEEE Xplore Digital Library and will be submitted for indexing in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (formerly ISI Proceedings). 


Important dates - New Deadlines: 

 - May 18, 2014: Initial paper submission 

 - June 30, 2014: Notification of acceptance 

 - July 30, 2014: Final camera ready paper due 

 - July 30, 2014: Early registration ends 


The main areas of interest are: Automation and Robotics; Computer Science and Engineering; Electronics and Instrumentation 


Proposed Invited Sessions: 

Advances in Automotive Control; Biological and Bio-Inspired Dynamical Systems for Computational Intelligence; Fractional Order Modelling and Control; Industrial Control based on Embedded Systems; Interactions in Complex Systems; Real Time Systems Applications; Robotics and Intelligent Systems: Applications and New Trends; The Internet of Things. Questions Concerning Information and Society; Visual Computing 


All papers should be submitted via the online submission system at 

For further information please contact the organizing committee at 



5.5 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 


Final Programme now available 

The final programme is now available at The final programme has over 2000 papers organised into about 340 sessions with up to 25 parallel tracks. The programme also includes 12 plenary sessions with well-known experts covering a huge range of topics in automatic control. The programme is rounded off with a public lecture. 


IFAC Committee Meetings and Side Meetings 

A preliminary schedule of all IFAC Committee Meetings and Side Meetings is available on the website - 

This schedule is subject to change and chairs and attendees are advised to re-check the schedule prior to their meetings. 


Airport Transfers 

IFAC 2014 is proud to be partnered with The Green Cab, South Africa’s first cost-effective and uncompromisingly green transport solution. Delegates can book transfers from Cape Town International Airport to one of the official congress hotels via the online booking form here. A transfer is R275.00 per person. 

Alternatively, delegates are able to make use of Cape Town's new MyCiti Busses, Cape Town's public bus system. A ticket from the airport to Cape Town Civic Centre costs R62.00 per person. Busses depart daily every 20 minutes from 04:55 – 22:20. Please note that the MyCiti busses stop at set stops, and will not take you directly to your hotel. Kindly note, you will need to buy a MyCiti card should you need to get onto a different MyCiti bus at the Civic Centre to take you to your hotel. 

Please visit the website for further information: 


Registration rates

The early registration rates deadline was Wednesday, 30 April 2014. Thereafter the regular registration rates will apply. To qualify for an early registration rate, you should have registered and paid before 30 April. Attendees who have registered but not paid by 30 April will be required to pay regular registration rates. 

Visit for more information on IFAC 2014 registration fees. 

Go to to register. 

Feel free to contact the Congress Secretariat on if you have any questions about registering for the congress. 



5.6 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing 

Contributed by: Denise Lewis,


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. 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. 


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. 


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. 


September 30, 2014 – Opening Tutorials 

Coordinated Science Laboratory, Urbana, Illinois



5.7 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems 

Contributed by: Hyungbo Shim,


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 

May 2, 2014: Submission of full papers (Extended) 

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 Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems

Contributed by: Youmin Zhang,


10th International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems 

ICIUS 2014,

September 29 - October 1, 2014, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada 


The ICIUS 2014 Organizing Committee invites you to submit your contributions to the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS 2014,, to be held in a beautiful and unique city of Montreal (at the campus of Concordia University), Quebec, Canada, September 29 - October 1, 2014. 

The ICIUS 2014 conference banquet is planning to be held on Oct. 1, 2014 at a most beautiful small, touristy town at the conference season in north of Montreal (about one hour driving distance): Mont-Tremblant, together with the tour to Mont-Tremblant for all conference attendee. 


The 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. 


Important Dates: 

Invited Session Proposals: May 06, 2014 (Final Extended) 

Submission of Full Papers: May 08, 2014 (Final Extended) 

Paper Acceptance Notice: June 15, 2014 

Submission of Final Papers: July 31, 2014 

Early Bird Registration: July 31, 2014 

Conference: Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2014 


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

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


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

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

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


*Contributed Papers: 

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

*Invited Sessions: 

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


Please see more details on papers submission at: 


The ICIUS 2014 Organizing Committee



5.9 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence

Contributed by: Haibo He,


2014 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI'14) 

December 9 to 12, 2014, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. 


Welcome to the sunshine Orlando, Florida for the IEEE SSCI 2014, a flagship international conference sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) promoting all aspects of Computational Intelligence (CI). The IEEE SSCI 2014 co-locates multiple exciting symposiums at one single location, providing a unique opportunity to encourage cross-fertilization and collaborations in all areas of CI. The IEEE SSCI 2014 features a large number of keynotes, tutorials, and special sessions. The IEEE SSCI 2014 will also offer a number of travel grants as well as an exciting Doctoral Consortium. 


Important dates: 

Paper submission: June 15, 2014 

Notification to authors: September 5, 2014 

Final submission: October 5, 2014 

Early registration: October 5, 2014 



For paper submissions, please go to the conference website: and click the "Paper Submission" from the left panel, or directly go the paper submission link at: 


Honorary Chairs: Marios Polycarpou, Cyprus, David Fogel, USA 

General Chair: Haibo He, USA 

General Program Chair: Cesare Alippi, Italy 



5.10 IEEE Symposium on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning 

Contributed by: Lucian Busoniu,


2014 IEEE Symposium on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning 

2nd CFP, with updates on keynote and special sessions 


Part of IEEE SSCI 2014, 9-12 December 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA ( 


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


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


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


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


Keynote and special sessions: 

We are happy to announce that Prof. Dimitri Bertsekas, widely known in all communities connected to ADP and RL for his influential work, will be giving a keynote talk on "Exact and Approximate Dynamic Programming: A Survey and Recent Developments". 

Moreover, several special sessions will be organized by well-known researchers, including e.g.: 

* "Approximate Dynamic Programming for Energy and Sustainability", by Boris Defourny and Warren Powell 

* "Learning Control and Optimization based on Adaptive Dynamic Programming", by Dongbin Zhao, Haibo He, and Derong Liu 

* "Reinforcement Learning and Optimization in Stochastic Multi-objective Environments", by Madalina Drugan and Bernard Manderick 


Important dates: 

Paper submission: 15 June 2014 

Notification to authors: 5 September 2014 

Final papers due: 5 October 2014 

Early registration: 5 October 2014 

Conference: in the interval 9-12 December 2014 



Huaguang Zhang, Northeastern University, China ( 

Jagannathan Sarangapani, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA ( 

Lucian Busoniu, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania ( 




6. Workshops


6.1 Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning   

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen,


Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Adaptive Systems and Learning 

2014 American Control Conference Workshop 


Tansel Yucelen (Missouri University of Science and Technology) 

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (University of Kansas) 

Anuradha Annaswamy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 

Naira Hovakimyan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 

Susan Frost (NASA) 

Margareta Stefanovic (University of Wyoming) 


Workshop Link: 


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

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



6.2 Workshop on Time Delay Systems 

Contributed by: A. Galip Ulsoy,


The 12th IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan during June 28-30, 2015, immediately preceding the 2015 American Control Conference in Chicago. All topics related to time delay systems, both theoretical and applied are of interest. Further information is available at the website 



6.3  Workshop on Control of large-scale distributed and cooperating systems: Recent achievements within the Network of Excellence HYCON2

Contributed by: Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue,


HYCON2 Workshop on June 24, 2014 in the framework of the ECC'14, Strasbourg: 

Workshop #3: "Control of large-scale distributed and cooperating systems: Recent achievements within the Network of Excellence HYCON2" 


This full day Workshop is dedicated to recent achievements within the Network of Excellence HYCON2 on large-scale distributed and cooperating control systems. The main goal is to demonstrate the potential and the role of control science and technologies for facing crucial societal challenges. 



6.4 Distributed Control and Estimation for Robotic Vehicle Networks

Contributed by: Nisar Ahmed,


Reminder: 2-4 page extended abstracts are due 5/15/2014 via e-mail to 

Workshop homepage and registration: (early registration for RSS now open until 5/15) 


Important dates: 

- April 1, 2014: submission period open for extended abstracts 

- May 15, 2014: submission deadline (e-mail extended abstracts to 

- June 1, 2014: decision notification 

- June 15, 2014: final materials due 

- July 12, 2014: workshop at 2014 RSS Conference, UC Berkeley 

Final workshop schedule will be posted to: 


Confirmed invited speakers and proposed topics:  

- Jay Farrell, UC Riverside: "Distributed Camera Control for Opportunistic Visual Sensing" 

- Jonathan How, MIT: "Multi-agent Mission Planning in Contested Communication Environments" 

- Gaurav Sukhatme, USC: "Exploring the Ocean with Robots: Is Communication the Challenge?" 

- Silvia Ferrari, Duke University: "Distributed Optimal Control for Target Tracking" 

- Solmaz Kia, UCSD: "Decentralized Recursive Cooperative Localization for Groups of Mobile Robots " 

- Stergios Roumeliotis, University of Minnesota: "Distributed 3D Localization and Mapping Using Mobile Devices" 

- Mark Campbell, Cornell University: “Distributed Bayesian Estimation over Communication Networks” 


Submission instructions: 

We invite all interested participants to submit extended 2-4 page abstracts describing new/ongoing work related to distributed multi-robot vehicle control and estimation. Submissions should be in .pdf format using the RSS paper template (see website for links). 


Please e-mail .pdf file of 2-4 page extended poster abstracts to with subject line “RSS DCE Workshop Submission”. 

- Best submissions will be selected for poster presentation during the workshop following a single-blind review process (please include all author names and affiliations). Final instructions for poster presentations and spotlight talks will be posted on the workshop website, after decision notifications are sent out. 

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

- See website for possible topics on interest 


Organizing committee: 

- Nisar Ahmed, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder ( 

- Sonia Martinez, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego ( 

- Jorge Cortes, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego ( 

For any questions or clarifications, please contact the organizing committee. 



6.5 NetCon meeting

Contributed by: Carlo Piccardi,


NetCon@ECCS'14 - New trends in analysis and control of complex networks

A Satellite Meeting of the ECCS'14 - European Conference on Complex Systems 

Lucca, Italy, September 25, 2014 


Organized by 

- Mario Di Bernardo, University of Bristol and University of Naples "Federico II" 

- Carlo Piccardi, Politecnico di Milano 

Technical sponsorship by SICC - Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity 


The interest on networks has dramatically increased in the last fifteen years, since it has been recognized that the network formalism is the best approach for dealing with complex systems made by discrete, interacting units like individuals, companies, computers, etc. Although plenty of methods of analysis have been developed, and many phenomena that crucially characterize network structures and dynamics can now be studied in a rigorous way, the challenge of the next decade is to transform the 'networks science' from a set of elegant theoretical results to a powerful toolbox for the everyday activity of scientists and engineers. A specific field where this development is more urgent is control, as the control and the 'network science' communities have put in common their rich theoretical knowledge only to a very little extent. 

The Satellite Meeting will be a forum for discussing recent advances in the study of network analysis and control. The workshop is intended to be fully interdisciplinary, and bring together both theoretical studies and applications to any field of science and engineering. 

Particular attention will be devoted to the following topics: 

Control and identification of complex networks; Consensus and synchronization on networks; Methods of dynamical systems and control theory applied to network analysis; Methods of network analysis applied to control problems; Networked control systems; Robustness of uncertain networked systems 


Invited speakers (confirmed) 

- Takaaki Aoki, Kagawa University 

- Yang-Yu Liu, Harvard University 

- Alberto Bemporad, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca 

- Roberto Tempo, CNR-IEIIT, Politecnico di Torino 


Call for abstracts 

Researchers interested in giving a contributed talk (15min) are required to submit a one-page proposal including title, authors (with affiliation), and abstract of their contribution. 

Abstract submission deadline: June 15 

Notification of acceptance: July 1 


The Satellite Meeting will be hosted by ECCS'14 and will be co-located with the main conference at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca. 

Satellite meeting website: 

Satellite meeting email: 

ECCS'14 website: 




7. Positions


7.1 PhD: University of Bremen, Germany

Contributed by: Matthew Holzel,


The University of Bremen is offering – conditional to the release of budgetary funds - Up to two full PhD positions (Reference-No. A67/14) in the newly established "Parallel Computing for Embedded Sensor Systems" group at the University of Bremen/DLR. 


Salary is according to the German Federal pay scale TV-L 13. 

The group is a collaboration with the DLR (German Aerospace Center), and hence facilities and resources of the DLR may be made available upon request. 

As the group is completely new, I am looking for highly motivated students to help shape the direction of the group. Although a lot of autonomy to design your own research plan will be afforded, the intention is that the group will use OpenCL-based parallel computing on mobile devices for the optical navigation of quadcopters in formation flight. 

The students will have funding on the order of three years. Conference attendance is strongly encouraged, and hence funding for 1 conference per year is afforded. 



The applicants should have a control-theory-related Master's degree before the intended start date so that they can directly enter the PhD program. Furthermore, the thesis must be written in English. Hence a moderate level of English proficiency is required. German is useful for getting around, but no German knowledge is actually required. 


As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification, disabled persons will be given priority. Applicants with a migration background are welcome. 


Please send your application with reference number not later than 31.05.2014 to: 

Prof. Matthew Hölzel 

Universität Bremen 

Fachbereich 3 

Postfach 33 04 40 

28334 Bremen 


For a paper-based application, please make sure to only send document copies as all received application material will be destroyed after the selection process. 



7.2 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. 



7.3 PhD: Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France

Contributed by: Yannick Morel,


Ph.D. in Bio-inspired Robotics and Sensing Applied to Remotely Operated Robotic Arms 


In recent years, significant advances were made in the field of bio-inspired sensing (with application to robotics). Among other achievements, researchers have managed to emulate the electric sensing capacities of weakly electric fish. The developed technology was successfully applied to enhance unmanned vehicles’ perception of their environment. The Bio-inspired Robotics Group at IRCCyN has played a key role in such developments, in particular through the European FET project Angels. 


In parallel, the last decades have seen a rapid development of technologies related to remotely operated robotics. The Interactive Robotics Laboratory (LRI, part of CEA LIST) has been a prominent contributor to this field, in particular through its work on remotely operated robotic arms. Applications of interest involve manipulation in hostile environments, where the operator uses a master arm (from a safe location) to remotely control movements of a slave arm (operating in a hazardous environment). 


Some of the more stringent limitations of remotely operated robotics technology are directly linked to difficulties in providing the operator with a complete and detailed representation of the remotely operated arm’s direct environment. The offered research project proposes to transcend such limitations through the use of novel, bio-inspired sensing modalities, in particular that of the aforementioned electric sense. In practice, an active electric sensor will be used to generate an electric field around the remotely operated arm. Presence of foreign objects (obstacles) within this field will be detected, and the user made aware of detection through adjustment of the force feedback response of the master arm. Applications considered include robotic arms operating in (typically turbid) water, but also in the air. 


This Ph.D. position provides an excellent opportunity for an outstanding, motivated student, with a strong background in robotics and sensing, to work, learn and develop in direct contact with research groups internationally recognized in the field of bio-inspired robotics and remotely operated robotics. Candidates with background in automatic control theory, dynamical system theory, and/or applied mechatronics will receive special consideration. 



Franck Geffard 




DIGITEO Labs - Bâtiment 660 

Rue Noetzlin, 91190 GIF-SUR-YVETTE 

Voice: (+33) 1 69 08 07 84 



Host University / Graduate School 

Nantes, Sciences et Technologies de l'Information et de Mathématiques (STIM) - Nantes 


Thesis Supervisor 

Frédéric Boyer 


Ecole des Mines de Nantes 

4, rue Alfred Kastler, BP 20722 

44307 NANTES Cedex 3 

Voice: (+33) 2 51 85 83 08 




7.4 PhD: Université de Lorraine, France

Contributed by: Samuel Martin,


PhD position at the Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy, Université de Lorraine, France 

Title: "Control of highly constrained multi-agent systems with applications to social networks" 

Keywords: multi-agent system, saturated systems, social networks, centrality 

Advisors: Marc Jungers, Samuel Martin 

The PhD thesis will start September 1st 2014 and last for 3 years. 

Details of the proposal can be found at : 


In order to complete your application for this PhD thesis, please be sure to send us the following documents: 

a resume, a ranking in your last diplomas; a copy of your passport; a motivation letter; recommendation letter(s).



7.5 PhD: Queen Mary University of London, UK

Contributed by: Guang Li,


A full PhD studentship is available in control systems in Queen Mary University of London. Queen Mary is a member of the Russell group and was ranked 11th in the UK in last research assessment exercise. The successful candidate will conduct a comprehensive study of control theory and control applications so that a solid background in control engineering can be built up. The potential applications will be in hot and multidisciplinary areas such as renewable energy, energy storage management and novel dynamic testing methods. By the end of the study, the candidate is expected to not only gain expertise in some specific application areas, but also have the ability to adaptably use the knowledge and experiences to solve other engineering problems. For any informal discussions about the study, please contact Dr Guang Li, Email: 


Supervisor: Dr Guang Li School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) 

Research Area: Modelling, Control and Simulation in Engineering Systems 


QMUL Research Studentship Details 

• Available to Home/EU/International Applicants 

• Full Time research degree programme only 

• Applicants will be required to start the degree programme in September/October 2014. 

• The studentship arrangement will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend (£15,836 in 2013/14) for up to three years. 

• The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline. 

• International applicants should refer to the following website at 

• If English is not your first language then you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking). 

Contact Details: For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Dr Guang Li E-mail: 

Application Method: To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the Mechanical Engineering programme (Full Time, Semester 1 start) please follow the instructions detailed in section 3 of the following webpage: During the online application process you will be asked to provide details of any funding you are applying for, please be sure to include a reference to ‘2014 SEMS GL’ to associate your application with this studentship opportunity. For General Enquiries in regards to the application process please email the SEMS Research Administrator, Mr Jonathon Hills on 

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



7.6 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu,


PhD positions are available in the areas of nonlinear dynamics, controls, and robotics at the Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University located in Daytona Beach. These positions cover full tuition and fees plus a stipend. Requirements include a strong background in control theory, dynamic systems and mathematics; a Master’s degree in engineering, physics, or applied mathematics; and excellent skills in using Matlab and Simulink. It is also desirable that the candidates have hands-on experience on feedback control. It is expected that the candidates have excellent GRE and TOEFL (if necessary) scores as well as strong oral and written communication skills. 

For details and application procedures, please visit 


Contact: Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Physical Sciences Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida. E-mail: 



7.7 PhD: University of Groningen, The Netherlands 

Contributed by: Pietr Tesi,


The Smart Manufacturing Systems group ( at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, has one PhD position vacancy on: Resilient control for cyber-physical systems 


We are looking for candidates with an MSc degree in systems and control or applied mathematics, and with a strong background or interest in digital, hybrid systems, and control over networks. The project aims at developing methodologies and control algorithms that achieve robustness and adaptation against communication failures in networked systems, possibly due to attacks. The project aims at complementing the research activity carried out within the group, which focuses on the analysis and synthesis of dynamical network systems and cyber-physical systems with applications in smart grids. 

The Smart Manufacturing Systems group currently consists of two staff members (Prof. De Persis and Dr. Pietro Tesi), 2 postdoctoral associates and 6 Ph.D. students. 

A good command of the English language is required. 

The appointment will be up to 4 years. As an employee of the university, the successful applicant will receive a competitive salary. 

The successful applicant is expected to be available to commence his/her studies no later than 1 August 2014. 

Interested candidates please send your inquiries together with your detailed CV and a 1-page letter of motivation or research statement to: (with in cc). 

Please specify the following text in the subject: Resilient control for cyber-physical systems - PhD application. 



7.8 PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium

Contributed by: Jan Swevers,


PhD position: Dept. Mechanical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium 


The KU Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering is looking for one PHD researcher (Early-stage Researcher) within the TEMPO ITN project on the subject: Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) for fast mechatronic systems. 

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, 

(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. 


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 with algorithm development and in work on real-world experiments, and enthusiasm for the project. 

Proficiency in English is a requirement. 

Besides a competitive salary + mobility allowance we offer a stimulating research environment within our MECO research team (, 

the KU Leuven 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: and the TEMPO website at 

The TEMPO project started on February 1, 2014, but applications are still 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 also beyond the end of the TEMPO project). 



7.9 PhD: Texas Tech University

Contributed by: Qing Hui,


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

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

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

For more information about these positions, please contact Dr. Qing Hui ( for details with your detailed CV. 



7.10 PhD: University of Sheffield, UK 

Contributed by: Matthew Ham,


The University of Sheffield, UK 

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc. 


Full information available at: 

Deadline: 31st July 2014



7.11 Post-Doc/PhD: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Contributed by: Ljubisa Miskovic,


Postdoctoral and PhD fellow positions 


The Laboratory of Computational Systems Biotechnology (LCSB) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) invites applications for Post-doctoral Fellows and PhD students to work on the mathematical modeling and analysis of metabolic networks and associated cellular processes. We seek outstanding applicants to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research in three areas: 

1. Design and analysis of novel metabolic pathways for industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and fuels. 

2. Metabolic flux balance analysis and cellular bioenergetics of living organisms. 

3. Development and analysis of kinetic models for genome-scale metabolic networks. 

All LCSB’s research efforts are performed in close collaboration with experimental scientists from Switzerland, Europe, and USA. 


* Team: 

The successful applicants will be joining a team composed of 5 Post-Doctoral fellows and 7 PhD students. The Post-doctoral and PhD appointments are renewed on a yearly basis. The duration of PhD studies is usually 3-4 years, according to the funding program. Post-doctoral positions can be extended up to 4 years. The EPFL offers a full benefits package, and the salary commensurate with skills and experience, starting from 80,000 Swiss Francs (for Post-Doctoral Fellows) and 51,000 Swiss Francs (for PhD students). 

Funding provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the (The Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology), the European Commission, and EPFL. 

* Prerequisites: 

We encourage applications from scientists with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and the desire to contribute in a highly collaborative environment. Applicants’ background may include studies in: Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, General Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry  and Physics. 

A strong background in metabolism, working knowledge of FBA analysis, optimization fundamentals, and familiarity with databases such as KEGG, MetaCyc, ModelSEED, and efficiency in programming in MATLAB, C++ and/or Python are an asset. 

* Applying: 

Applications should include a letter of motivation and research interests, and a CV including the names of two references. For applications and further inquiries please contact, Professor Vassily Hatzimanikatis:



7.12 Post-Doc: INRIA, France 

Contributed by: Mitsuhiro Hayashibe,


Postdoctoral position: Adaptive Brain-Motor Mapping 


Neuroprosthetics is an interdisciplinary field related to neuroscience, bioelectronics and biomedical engineering, which aims to substitute a motor, sensory or cognitive function that might have been damaged as a result of an injury or a disease. One of the challenging issues in motor prosthesis is the large variety of patient situations depending on the type of neurological disorder. To overcome the current limited performance of such systems, a robust bio-signal processing and a model-based control taking about the actual sensory motor state with biosignal feedback would bring a break-through and allow to progress toward adaptive neuroprosthesis. 

Recent advances of Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCI) have opened a new communication channel for patients, who can transmit their movement intention via brain signals. 

The functionality and controllability of motor prosthesis can be further improved by taking advantage of computational mapping between EMG (Electromyography) of muscle, EEG (Electroencephalography) of brain, and other modalities of biofeedback information. 

The first objective is to enhance the classification algorithm to extract the subject's motor intention from EEG signal in motor-imagery based BCI. The computational modeling between multichannel EMG and EEG will involve advanced feature extraction, dimension reduction and classification algorithms. Moreover EMG signals of multiple muscles and muscle modeling including skeletal dynamics models will help in obtaining the detailed motion intention of the subject. 

The second objective is to develop a bilateral learning architecture. In BCI, adaptive decoding of EEG signals is desirable because brain signals change over time during the learning of the task. In motor control, it is also known that we change how we use our joints and a way to deal with redundancy problems in articulation. In EMG analysis, the change of motor usage can be captured. Adaptive modeling of EMG allows the evaluation of skill acquisition. 

By jointly analyzing both the EEG and EMG modifications, we investigate how EEG signal may change along with actual motor coordination changes. 

By modeling both of these adaptive features, this framework will try to capture the bilateral learning architecture of both the brain and the motor system. 

This project is associated with INRIA OpenVibe project ( 

Required skills: 

A strong background in signal processing, control, and machine learning is required. Fluency in English, and excellent programming skills (C++ and Matlab) are necessary. 


To start from Sep/Oct 2014, for 1-2 years. 

To apply for this position, please contact 

Maureen Clerc ( 

Mitsuhiro Hayashibe ( 



7.13 Post-Doc: Petroleum Institute Research Center of the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Contributed by: Igor Boiko,


A Postdoctoral position is currently available in the Petroleum Institute Research Center of the Petroleum Institute (Abu Dhabi, UAE) under the project “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 PhD in Mechanical, Electrical, System Engineering or related discipline, expertise in process control (basic and advanced), modeling and simulation of complex thermodynamic processes, be able to work with hardware and conduct experiments. 


Qualifications: Interested candidates should have a PhD in Mechanical, Electrical, System Engineering or related discipline, expertise in process control (basic and advanced), modeling and simulation of complex thermodynamic processes, be able to work with hardware and conduct experiments, and demonstrate expertise in control system applications. 

We are particularly interested in candidates with the following qualities: 

• Strong background in advanced control and process control; 

• Process control hardware experience 

• Self-independent and self-motivated; 

• Very good mathematical background. Experience in Modeling is a great advantage; 

• Very good written and oral communication skills; 

• Work experience in relevant research projects is preferable. 


Salary/Benefits: Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The total compensation package includes a tax-free 12-month base salary, and a benefits allowance that covers relocation, housing, initial furnishings, utilities, transportation (automobile purchase loan), health insurance, child(ren) education, end-of-service benefit and annual leave travel. Applicants must be in excellent health and will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination. 

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit all materials online. This is a fixed term position for two years with possibility of extension. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. 

Additional information about the position may be obtained by contacting Dr. Igor Boiko by email: 



7.14 Post-Doc: University of Picardie Jules Verne, France

Contributed by: Olivier Pages,


We propose a post-doctoral position at MIS (Modeling, Information and Systems) laboratory (University of Picardie Jules Verne, science faculty, Amiens, France). The position for one year with the possibility of renewing for one another year is available from now. 

The post-doctoral position is part of the European project INTERREG IVA entitled CEREEV (Combustion Engine for Range-Extended Electric Vehicle) in which cooperate three research teams: IRSEEM (Research Institute of Embedded Electronic Systems) of ESIGELEC Rouen (France), the University of Brighton (England), MIS at the University of Picardie Jules Verne. In this project, the partners will have to propose a new diesel engine: a split-cycle diesel engine which is energetically more efficient. 

The scientific objective for this post-doctoral position is the development of a mathematical model of the split-cycle diesel engine for the synthesis of control laws in order to minimize fuel consumption as well as to reduce emissions of pollutants. The post-doc researcher is expected to work in research team COVE (control and vehicles) at MIS laboratory. 

The candidate must have a strong background in control of non linear systems. Knowledge in fuzzy model and control is desirable. 


Interested candidates may send a detailed CV, a list of publications, a statement of research, and three reference letters to: 

Olivier Pagès 

Laboratoire MIS (Modélisation, Information et Systèmes) 

University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV) 

UFR des sciences 

33 rue Saint-Leu 

80039 Amiens cedex 1, France 

Email address : 

Phone number : + 33 3 22 82 59 08 

Web : 

For more information, contact: 



7.15 Post-Doc: INCAS³, The Netherlands 

Contributed by: Arturo Tejada,


The Systems and Controls group at INCAS³ has two vacancies for post-doctoral researchers on cyber-physical systems. 

We are looking for two researchers with a Ph.D. degree in either electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automatic control, applied mathematics, or other related disciplines, and that are interested in the practical application of advanced distributed control techniques over wireless sensors/actuator networks. 

Specifically, the researchers will participate in the design, deployment, and operation of wireless sensor/actuator network test beds that will be used for the theoretical study (and practical testing) of distributed control techniques in two application domains: drinking water distribution systems and server farm temperature control systems. Thus, these positions contain a well-balanced mix of theoretical and applied research. 

The positions are available immediately and will remain open until filled. To apply, please send a cover letter and a CV to Complete details about these vacancies are available at our website 

For further information about the application procedure please contact Moniek Potze (HR Manager) at, and for specific questions regarding the vacancies please contact Arturo Tejada (Head of Systems and Controls) at 



7.16 Post-Doc: INRIA, France 

Contributed by: Benoît Caillaud,


Postdoc Position for 18 Months in Hybrid Systems Modeling 

INRIA, Rennes, France 

Hybrid systems modellers support the modelling of cyber physical systems, with ordinary differential equations (ODE) and differential algebraic equations (DAE). The research activity will aim at new hybrid modelling language features and compilation techniques, enhancing the reusability of DAE-based hybrid models, for instance: 

- Supporting variable index hybrid DAE systems, with state-dependent data-flow orientation; 

- Exploring the relationship between Non-Smooth Dynamical Systems and DAE Hybrid Systems. 


For further inquiries: Dr Benoît Caillaud, 



7.17 Post-Doc: Texas Tech University, USA  

Contributed by: Qing Hui,


Dr. Hui's research group at TTU invites applications for a post-doctoral position beginning in the fall semester in 2014. The successful applicant will primarily work under a project about fast observation, estimation, and control of large-scale geographic physical networks. Research areas may include but not limited to the following thrust areas: 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



7.18 Post-Doc: MINES-Paristech, France 

Contributed by:  Laurent Praly,


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


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

CAS ( is a research laboratory whose main activity is about control theory. 

Wandercraft ( is a startup company (currently having 10 employees) operating in the field of robotics. Wandercraft is developing an exoskeleton for people with myopathy or paraplegia. 


The scientific goals for the position are: 

i) the design of a control law achieving a stable dynamic walking gait of the exoskeleton, 

ii) its real-time implementation on several prototypes set-up by Wandercraft. 

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


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

1- About robot walk: Foot-placement based gait design, Zero-moment point (ZMP) based gait design, Virtual constraints based gait design, Analytical mechanics 

2- About non linear control system theory: hybrid systems, non linear stabilization, optimization (e.g. dynamic programming) 

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


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

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



7.19 Post-Doc: University of Melbourne, Australia

Contributed by: Girish Nair,


A postdoctoral research position is available in the Dept. Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia, to study estimation, system identification and control schemes in networked systems that are subject to communication and quantization constraints. This position is funded by an Australian Research Council project and is available for 12 months. 


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

Closing date: May 4, Aust. EST. 

Position no: 0033143 

For more details and to apply, please go to



7.20 Research Fellow: National University of Singapore, Singapore

Contributed by: Chee Khiang Pang, Justin,


Research Fellow 


We are looking for an intelligent, hardworking, and motivated post-doctoral researcher who is interested in doing high-quality and high-impact research to join our research group. The Candidate should possess a Ph.D. degree from a renowned university (or submitted his/her Ph.D. dissertation) with a strong publication record. He/She should also have a good mastery of control theory and mathematics, particularly in areas of graph theory and multi-agent systems. 

We work on multiple exciting projects related to and applied on various high-performance engineering systems. These research works are conducted in our own NUS-ECE Centre of Intelligent Control (CIC) at the Advanced Control Technology (ACT) Laboratory, Control and Simulation (C&S) Laboratory, and Mechatronics and Automation (M&A) Laboratory. They are also executed in collaboration with various national-level research facilities, e.g., A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI), A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), and A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), etc. On a global scale, we also work closely with many top universities and multi-national corporations. 

If you are interested in this position, please send me your full CV and publication list to join our vibrant team! Only short-listed candidates will be notified.



7.21 Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributed by: Jianliang Wang,


2 Research Fellow positions 

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 


One research fellow position is currently available to work on the project `Fruitdove’ in collaboration with Temasek Laboratories at National University of Singapore. The main tasks include the guidance, control and navigation of quadrotor UAVs in search and flocking operations in a sparsely forested area or urban canyon via vision-based control. Active (as opposed to reactive) obstacle avoidance involving obstacle avoidance and dynamic motion planning is required. 

Applicants should have a PhD in related disciplines and have a promising record of research publications. The appointment can start immediately for a period of two years.

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


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, email: 



7.22 Post Doctoral Researcher/Deputy Director, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 

Contributed by: Markus Waibel,


Post Doctoral Researcher/Deputy Director, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control 


The Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich has one open position in the general area of dynamic systems and control, starting as soon as possible. 

This position comprises roughly equal parts of research, teaching, and management, with the detailed split and specific topics negotiable based on the type of candidate. For more information on past and current projects, please refer to the following websites: 

ETH is one of the leading institutes of technology in the world and offers internationally competitive salaries and research infrastructure. 



Candidates should have a PhD and a strong publication record in fields related to dynamic systems and controls as well as demonstrated leadership experience. The ideal candidate should also have strong expertise in system design and hands-on experience with real-world autonomous and/or interactive robotic systems. 

*Application process 

Please mail your application, including your current CV, your official transcript, with ranking information, your research statement, references, to the following address: 

D'Andrea Research Position Application 

Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control 

ETH Zurich 

ML K 32.3 

Sonneggstrasse 3 

CH-8092 Zurich 



Deadline and starting date: The starting date is as soon as possible. Applications will be processed as they arrive until the position is filled. 

Contact: Please send any inquiries to: Katharina Munz, 



7.23 Research Associate: University of New South Wales, Australia 

Contributed by: Daoyi Dong,


This is a 12 month full time fixed term appointment 

Salary: Level A: $65,654 - $87,540 (+9% super) 


An exciting position exists within the School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra, for a Research Associate. The aim of the advertised position is to undertake research on an ARC Discovery related project “Enhancing control capabilities and robustness in the engineering of quantum ensembles”. 

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

For application and position description information, please visit our website: 


For additional information about this position, please contact Dr Daoyi Dong on (02) 6268 6285 or email 

An applicant may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role. 

Applications must be submitted online using the Apply Now Button through 

Applications Close: 9:00 am on 5 May 2014 



7.24 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, China 

Contributed by: Qiu Xiang,


Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China 

Contributed by: Kexin Xing, Email: 


The discipline of Control Science and Engineering belongs to the College of Information Engineering of Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), and is one of prior disciplines in Zhejiang province. The discipline consisted of faculty with expertise ranging broadly from control, electronics, Computer Science and Engineering. For further information of the university, please visit 

Excellent PhD and Distinguish Professor are needed in the discipline of Control Science and Engineering in the College of Information Engineering at Zhejiang University of Technology. The applicants are expected to have a strong interest in pursuing academic research in information processing & automation technology. 

Furthermore, we sincerely welcome distinguished scholars to join us to apply for various kinds of governments' talent projects. 

- ZheJiang 1000 Person Plan, 

- National 1000 Person Plan, 

- ZheJiang QianJiang talent Plan, 


Applicants research field: 

- Control Science and Engineering:Advanced Control Theory, Robotics technology,Pattern Recognition,Intelligent Transportation,Embedded Systems & Applications; 

- Electric Engineering:Power electronic and electric drive,Motion Control,Smart Grid,new power source; 

- Computer engineering:Smart City,Wisdom Medical,Computer Vision,Video Technique,Big Data,Cloud Computing; 


- have an earned PhD degree from a reputable university; 

- have performed high-quality research with a good track record of competitive research experience in terms of good journal publications and research grants; 

- have good command of English and Chinese; 

- have the potential to reach excellence in the research field; 

- have an ambition to build a research group and attract external funding; 

- Strong leadership skills, along with an entrepreneurial attitude towards innovations. 


- well research environment and development of space; 

- preferential allowance and other insurance, welfare, and so on; 

- sufficient research funding; 

- grants for purchase housing and other well treatment; 

- salary treatments: 

- housing treatments: 


- one resume about personal information, detailed learning and working Experience, research and teaching achievements, and your request; 

- research projects and funding recently five years; 

- research achievements and awards, published paper recently five years; 


Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to: 

Mr. Kexin Xing 

The College of Information Engineering 

Zhejiang University of Technology 

HangZhou, China , 310023 


Additional questions about the position, the discipline, the treatment,or further information regarding the application process may be addressed to Mr. Kexin Xing via e-mail at or please call +86-15858241050. 


Additional information about the ZJUT: 

Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), located in Hangzhou, a city famous for its pretty landscape, was established in 1953. Yet its history can be dated back further to 1910 when its original body—Zhejiang Intermediate Industrial School-- was founded. ZJUT is a key comprehensive university of Zhejiang province, covering a large range of disciplines like liberal arts, science, law, economics, pharmaceutical science, industrial and commercial management and education, etc. 

ZJUT has 3 campuses, covering a total area of over 3200 Mu (equivalent to 213 hectares) with a floor space of over 830,000 square meters. ZJUT has 21 schools and 2 departments with full-time undergraduates of 28,000 and postgraduates of 1,600. Among its 2,800 staff members, there are over 800 professors and associate professors. ZJUT now has one academician of CAE (Chinese Academy of Engineering), and three academicians of CAE and CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) whom ZJUT shares with other institutions of high education or research. The value of ZJUT's fixed assets totals about 1.82 billion RMB. The university library has a collection of about 2,80 million volumes (including electronic books) and over 17,000 kinds of Chinese and foreign journals and periodicals. 



7.25 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, China

Contributed by: Ms. Zhao,


Faculty Positions in Systems and Control 

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

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation 


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

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

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


Ms. Zhao 

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation 

HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town 

Xili, Shenzhen 


P. R. China 518055 

or email the documents to



7.26  Faculty/Post-Doc: Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, China 

Contributed by: Haoyao Chen,


Faculty Positions & Postdoctoral Fellows Available at Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School 


About Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) at Shenzhen:

Established in 2002,approved by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) at Shenzhen aiming at full-time post-graduate education, was co-founded by Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) and Shenzhen Municipal Government. There are 2500 graduate students on campus now and this number will reach 9000 in the year 2020, among which 3500 are graduate candidates and 5500 undergraduate students (international students included). 

Located in the University Town of beautiful Shenzhen, HIT at Shenzhen is jointly run by Chinese key universities and Shenzhen City. HIT at Shenzhen is a research-intensive institution and has a strong reputation for research innovation and excellence. With the support from Shenzhen City, HIT at Shenzhen has become a home of many outstanding professors and researchers worldwide, by offering them with a thriving intellectual climate and extraordinary opportunities for multi-disciplinary interaction and ground-breaking collaborative research locally and worldwide. 

For more information, please visit our website: 


*Salary and Benefit 

HIT at Shenzhen offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package. Salary and rank will commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) at Shenzhen invites applications from qualified individuals for four (4) faculty positions at the rank of Full/Associate/Assistant Professor, in  the areas of microgrid control and management, renewable energy converter and distributed generation, electrical drive auto, power electronics. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, electrics engineering, Control Theory and Control Engineering, or a closely related discipline and have demonstrated evidence of research and teaching excellence. Each successful candidate is expected to establish and/or sustain a vigorous research program in electrical engineering of one or more aforementioned areas and to contribute to high-quality undergraduate and graduate education in his/her specialized areas by using English and/or Chinese. 


Closing date for applications is September 1, 2014. Since then, the review of applications will begin. Preferred starting date of the Job is March 1, 2015. Applicant please submit electronically a complete application package including cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research interests, a plan for future research, names and contact information of three referees, preferably electronically, to: 

Ms. Hong Yuang 

School of mechanical engineering and automation 

Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School 

HIT Campus, ShenZhen University Town, XiLi, ShenZhen 518055 P.R. China 


Ms. Rui Tian 

Human Resources Department 

Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School 

HIT Campus, ShenZhen University Town, XiLi, ShenZhen 518055 P.R. China 



Postdoctoral Fellows Requirements 

- Applicants must be holders of PhD Degree from related disciplines. 

- Applicants shall be in good academic standing. 

- Applicants must be engaged in full-time research or teaching in Shenzhen. 

- Priority will be given to applicants who have made significant achievements in scientific research 

*Positions Available 

Positions are available in the areas of microgrid control and management, renewable energy converter and distributed generation, electrical drive auto, power electronics. 

*Salary and Benefit 

Salary is negotiable. A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered. 


Please send your CV to: 

Ms. Hong Yuang 

School of mechanical engineering and automation 

Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School 

HIT Campus, ShenZhen University Town, XiLi, ShenZhen 518055 P.R. China 


Ms. Li Du 

Human Resources Department 

Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School 

HIT Campus, ShenZhen University Town, XiLi, ShenZhen 518055 P.R. China 




7.27 Faculty/Post-Doc: Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, China 

Contributed by: Haoyao Chen,


Faculty & Postdoc Positions available in Institute for Turbulence-Noise-Vibration Interaction and Control (TNVIC) at Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSZ) 

Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSZ) offers full-time post-graduate education. It was co-founded by Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) and Shenzhen Municipal Government. Right now there are 2500 postgraduate students in campus and this number will reach 9000 in the year of 2020, among which 3500 would be postgraduate students and 5500 would be undergraduate students. 


Located in the University Town of Shenzhen, HITSZ is a research-orientated institution and has a strong reputation for research and innovation excellence. With the support from Shenzhen City, HITSZ has become the home of many outstanding Professors/researchers worldwide, by offering them with a thriving intellectual climate and extraordinary opportunities for multi-disciplinary interaction and ground-breaking collaborative research locally and worldwide. 

For more information about HITSZ, please visit our website: For more information about Institute for Turbulence-Noise-Vibration Interaction and Control (TNVIC), please visit: 


*Qualifications & Responsibility 

HITSZ invites applications from qualified individuals for two faculty positions at the rank of Full/Associate/Assistant Professor in Institute for Turbulence-Noise-Vibration interaction and control. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in disciplines related to turbulence-noise-vibration interaction and control, and have demonstrated evidence of research and teaching excellence, potential for establishing a significant externally funded research program, and a strong interest in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

*Salary and Benefit 

Salary will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. HITSZ offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package. Shenzhen city government also offers qualified individuals government subsidies (from 0.8 million RMB to 1.5million RMB). HITSZ will also support the qualified applicants to apply for the Chinese National Recruitment program the “1000 Talents” and “Youth 1000 Talents” fellowship. 


Interested applicants should submit a complete application package (including cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research interests, a plan for future research, names and contact information of three references), preferably electronically, to: Prof. Yu Zhou, Institute for Turbulence-Noise-Vibration Interaction and Control, School of Mechnical Engineering and Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, University Town of Shenzhen, Xili, Nanshan district, Shenzhen 518055 China(e-mail: ). Applications will be accepted until the posts are filled. 


Postdoc Positions 


- Applicants must be holders of PhD Degree from disciplines related to turbulence-noise-vibration interaction and control. 

- Applicants should have very strong record of research accomplishments. 

*Salary and Benefit 

Salary will be highly competitive (130k to 300k RMB/year), commensurate with qualifications and experience. HITSZ offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package. 


Interested Applicant should submit a complete application package (including curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, names and contact information of three references), preferably electronically, to: Prof. Yu Zhou, Institute for Turbulence-Noise-Vibration Interaction and Control, School of Mechnical Engineering and Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, University Town of Shenzhen, Xili, Nanshan district, Shenzhen 518055 China

(email: ). Applications will be accepted until the posts are filled. 



7.28 Faculty: Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia 

Contributed by: Erin Sullivan,


Faculty Positions in Energy Systems 

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia 


The new Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow seeks candidates in science and technology for tenured and tenure-track positions to begin late 2014 or thereafter. 

Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Skoltech integrates strong foundational graduate educational programs and cutting-edge basic and applied research with an ecology of innovation and entrepreneurship to establish a new model for advancing knowledge, developing technology, and creating economic value to improve the Russian Federation and our world. The innovative concept includes organization of approximately 15 research centers, rather than departments, covering five science and technology themes: energy, biomedical, nuclear, space and IT. 

The Center for Energy Systems at Skoltech will address the fundamental research challenges facing the energy industry in Russia and the world. The research program concentrates around smart grids, energy infrastructures (electric power, gas and heat), energy markets and regulation, and power electronics and devices. We aim to addressthose challenges by an interdisciplinary approach combining the efforts of engineers, physicists, mathematicians, statisticians, economists and social scientists. The Center is generously funded to collaborate closely with MIT and other top universities in the world. Our ambition is to establish Skoltech as a world-class center of energy systems research. 

We encourage applications for positions in Energy Systems and in and across Skoltech’s five technical focus themes, as well as in cross-cutting areas and in innovation and entrepreneurship. Applications in Skoltech priority areas listed above are of particular interest, but strong candidates in all areas of science and technology related to major themes are encouraged to apply. 

Faculty will lead the development of a new curriculum and innovative research structure, with the opportunity to spend a portion of their first year at MIT to develop classroom materials and launch new research collaborations. Teaching and research will be carried out in the English language. Internationally competitive salary and benefits, startup packages, and opportunities for substantial research funding will be provided. 


Application Procedure:

Please visit for more information, directions on how to apply, as well as full descriptions for our other priority research areas. 

Complete applications may be reviewed as they are submitted but must be received by June 15, 2014 for consideration in this round of recruiting. 

Skoltech is committed to diversity and equality, and all are invited to apply without regard for gender, race, or national origin. 



7.29 Faculty: University of Melbourne, Australia

Contributed by: Dragan Nesic,


We are seeking to appoint up to three continuing (tenure-track) academic staff to join the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of Melbourne, Australia. 


The Department maintains a vibrant research and teaching program, with internationally competitive strengths in the following areas: control and signal processing fundamentals and applications in water, power and sensor networks; and photonic and electronic system design for communication networks and biomedical applications. You will have demonstrated capacity to conduct fundamental and applications-oriented research in areas that are aligned with the strategic directions of the department. 

Expertise in the areas of electronics, signal processing, telecommunications, and dynamical networks, especially power systems, are of particular interest to the department at this time. 

You will be expected to build a well-funded research program over time. Active collaboration within the Melbourne School of Engineering and internationally is encouraged, as is interaction with industry and government agencies. A commitment to teach a variety of subjects at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level is required, as is a willingness to fill administrative roles commensurate with the position of Lecturer (Level B) or Senior Lecturer (Level C). The positions are continuing (tenure track) and report to the Head of Department. 


Closing date: 8 June 2014, AEST 

Position number: 0033032 

For further information and to apply, please go to 



7.30 Faculty: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributed by: Changyun Wen,


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in the Field of Cyber-security 


The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore has a vacancy for tenure-track assistant professor in Cyber-security to candidates with the minimum qualification as follows: 

A Ph.D degree from a reputable university on topics related to Cyber-security including Cyber-physical system security, Insider threats, Side-channel attack, Vulnerability detection and security risk assessment, Software security, Cybersecurity policies, Security testing, Internet/information privacy or other cyber-security related areas; a track record of competitive research experience in terms of good publications and good potential to win research grants; good command of English and able to teach at undergraduate and post graduate levels. 


Application Procedure: 

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit a completed application. Please refer to the Guidelines for Submitting an Application for Faculty Appointment at . The post applied for should be clearly stated. 


Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to: 

Professor Changyun Wen 

Chairman, School Search Committee (Cyber-security) 

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering 

Nanyang Technological University 

50 Nanyang Avenue 

Block S2 

Singapore 639798 



Application closes when the position is filled.



7.31 Faculty: ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Contributed by: Martina Basler,


Professor of Systems and Control 


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


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

Please apply online at 

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



7.32 Research Scientist/Engineer: National University of Singapore

Contributed by: Ben M. Chen,


Research Scientist/Engineer: National University of Singapore 


The Control Science Group of Temasek Laboratories at National University of Singapore is seeking a research scientist (with a PhD degree) or engineer (without a PhD degree but with sufficient working experience) in vision-based detection and machine learning to work on a team project, which aims to develop advanced techniques for automatic day and night GPS-less perching of unmanned air vehicles for urban surveillance. The successful candidate is expected to investigate and implement novel detection and machine learning methodologies for autonomous perching location detection and image registration between Google aerial images and FLIR images. Interested candidates, please send your CV along with 2-3 representative publications/reports to Professor Ben M. Chen at 

For further information or to apply online please visit our website at



7.33 Research Engineer: Intel, USA  

Contributed by: Martin W. Braun,


Intel Corporation has one position open for Image Analysis Engineer at the Chandler, AZ, USA campus: 


Job Description: This position involves research and development of image processing applications that are of potential use within Intel. The work includes applying various image processing and analytical methods to specific problems of interest. Of special interest are novel techniques tied to variational segmentation, classification methodologies, 3-D image processing techniques, and texture analysis. In addition to image analysis, responsibilities include working with process owners to determine next-generation analysis capabilities; interacting with software engineers to integrate new techniques into automation systems; and designing/modifying hardware and associated systems to enable new imaging technology for the analysis. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

You must possess the minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Experience would be obtained through your educational level research and/or relevant job/internship experiences. 

Recent PhD in electrical engineering, computer science or similar discipline. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

Experience applying Matlab and OpenCV to meaningful research and practical engineering problems in the area of image processing. 

Work or educational experience in the following areas: image analysis, signal processing, or systems and control theory. 

Experience with 3-D image processing techniques, texture analysis, variational segmentation and classification methodologies. 

Experience coding in C++/C# is a plus. 

Experience designing hardware in standard CAD packages is a plus. 

Excellent communication and presentation skills. 

Ability to perform in a highly matrixed organization, with competing priorities/objectives. 

For more information please visit and search for req 731939 



7.34 Associate Scientist/Scientist: ABB, India

Contributed by: Vinay Kariwala,


Associate Scientist/Scientist in ABB Corporate Research Centre, Bangalore 



- In the technology field of “Integrated Engineering of Automation Systems,” we are looking to strengthen the technical capabilities of our interdisciplinary team for the development of innovative systems engineering solutions. 

- The project involves development of innovative ideas, concepts or prototypes to improve the efficiency of automation engineering. 

- The processes concerned range from planning, implementation and testing to commissioning, and cover the full automation pyramid from field level to control station. 

- Tasks encompass the development of innovative workflows & methods and the evaluation and application of new technologies for both power & process plants. 

- Work processes are analysed, potential improvements identified and SW-prototypes developed. 



Candidate with an excellent degree in an Engineering discipline, including (but not restricted to) Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Process Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering. A PhD/MS/M.Tech degree is appreciated but not a prerequisite. Relevant experience in industrial automation and desire to apply this knowledge to advancing the development of the latest technologies, design concepts and processes is desired. Proven expertise or a sound global understanding within several of the following areas of automation engineering is needed: 

- Design and execution of automation projects (including internship projects or demo installations) 

- Field device integration as part of process planning or electrical planning 

- Commissioning or simulation of electrical systems (secondary equipment) 

- Hardware or subsystem integration (protection & control) 

- Electrical systems engineering (e.g. switchgear or process electrification) 


Candidates’ strengths include dealing creatively with the competing challenges of customer and user requirements, the evolution of existing systems, and the adaptation of cutting-edge technologies. Useful aptitudes are a rapid grasp of the essentials, analysis of alternatives, and good presentation of recommendations and designs. Experience with engineering software like Matlab and Dymola or programming languages like VB and C# will be considered to be an advantage. 

A command of spoken and written English is a prerequisite. We also expect flexibility, enthusiasm for learning, aptitude for teamwork, self-motivation, and good communication skills. 

Interested candidates should send their CVs to Vinay Kariwala at