April 2011

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 271
April 2011

Editor:
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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Contents

1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 Contents: IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control

2. Misc
2.1 Public Input to National Research Council Study on NASA Technology Roadmaps

3. Books
3.1 Theoretical Modeling of WDM Optical Networks: Design, Analysis and Algorithms
3.2 Swarm Stability and Optimization
3.3 Impact of Control Technology: Overview, Success Stories, and Grand Challenges

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
4.2 Contents: Journal of Process of Control
4.3 Contents: Automatica
4.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.5 Contents: Automatica
4.6 Contents: Automatica
4.7 Contents: Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing
4.8 CFP: Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications

5. Conferences
5.1 Stochastic Systems Biology conference
5.2 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
5.3 TAROS 2011: 12th Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems
5.4 Asia Pacific Vibration Conference
5.5 Advanced Industrial Control Applications
5.6 Australian Control Conference
5.7 IEEE Colombian Conference on Automatic Control

6. Workshops and Summer Schools
6.1 International Workshop on Advanced Computational Intelligence
6.2 Santa Barbara Control Workshop: Decision, Dynamics and Control in Multi-Agent Systems
6.3 Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems
6.4 DISC Summer School on Dynamics and Control Problems in Medical Robotics
6.5 Formal and Interdisciplinary Methods in Resilience Engineering
6.6 The First National Control Engineering Students Workshop
6.7 First International Workshop on Wireless Networked Control Systems

7. Positions
7.1 PhD: University of Nancy, France
7.2 PhD: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
7.3 PhD: INRIA, France
7.4 PhD: University of Sheffield
7.5 PhD: INRIA, France
7.6 Post-Doc/PhD: University of Pretoria, South Africa
7.7 Post-Doc: Peking University
7.8 Post-Doc: University of Hong Kong
7.9 Post-Doc: University of Exeter
7.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
7.11 Lecturer: The University of Manchester
7.12 Researcher Assistant: University of Stuggart
7.13 Research Associate: The University of Manchester
7.14 Research Associate: University of New South Wales
7.15 Researcher: Imperial College, London
7.16 Researcher: United Technologies Research Centre, Ireland
7.17 Control System Engineer: United Technologies Research Centre, Ireland
7.18 Project Leader: United Technologies Research Centre, Ireland

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 Contents: IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

The IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Submission and Review Management System

Table of Contents for Volume 56 (2011), Issue 3 (March)

Scanning the Issue page 481

Papers

Computationally Efficient Kalman Filtering For a Class of Nonlinear Systems
A. Charalampidis and G. P. Papavassilopoulos page 483

Stochastic State Dependent Population Games in Wireless Communication
P. Wiƒôcek, Y. Hayel and E. Altman page 492

On the Convergence of an Ffficient Algorithm for Kullback-Leibler Approximation
of Spectral Densities
A. Ferrante, F. Ramponi, F. Ticozzi page 506

Distributed Control in Multiple Dimensions: A Structure Preserving Computational Technique
J. K. Rice and M. Verhaegen page 516

Decentralized Parameter Estimation by Consensus Based Stochastic Approximation
S. S. Stanković, M. S. Stanković, and D. M. Stipanović page 531

Edge Agreement: Graph-theoretic Performance Bounds and Passivity Analysis
D. Zelazo and M. Mesbahi page 544

Robust Model Predictive Control With Integral Sliding Mode in Continuous-Time
Sampled-Data Nonlinear Systems
M. Rubagotti, D. M. Raimondo, A. Ferrara, and L. Magni page 556

Design and Stability Analysis for Anytime Control via Stochastic Scheduling
L. Greco, D. Fontanelli, and A. Bicchi page 571

Event-Triggering in Distributed Networked Control Systems
X. Wang and M. D. Lemmon page 586

A Gaussian Mixture Filter For Range-Only Tracking
J. M. C. Clark, P. A. Kountouriotis, and R. B. Vinter
page 602

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Finite Time Stabilization of a Perturbed Double Integrator - Part I: Continuous
Sliding Mode-Based Output Feedback Synthesis
Y. Orlov, Y. Aoustin, and C. Chevallereau page 614

New Stability Criteria for Linear Discrete-Time Systems With Interval-Like
Time-Varying Delays
H. Shao, Q.-L. Han page 619

A Unified Framework for Bias Compensation Based Methods in Correlated Noise Case
L.-J. Jia, R. Tao, S. Kanae, Z.-J. Yang, and K. Wada page 625

Remarks on "Synchronized Output Regulation of Linear Networked Systems"
J. Huang page 630

New Results and Application of Singular Control
J. Stefanovski page 632

Compensating the Distributed Effect of Diffusion and Counter-Convection in
Multi-Input and Multi-Output LTI Systems
N. Bekiaris-Liberis and M. Krstic page 637

Sufficient Conditions for Local Asymptotic Stability and Stabilization for
Discrete-Time Varying Systems
A. Stamati and J. Tsinias page 643

Consensus Over Numerosity-Constrained Random Networks
N. Abaid and M. Porfiri page 649

Lyapunov Stability of Linear Predictor Feedback for Distributed Input Delays
N. Bekiaris-Liberis and M. Krstic page 655

Dissipativity-Based Switching Adaptive Control
T. Liu, D. J. Hill, and C. Wang page 660

Equivalence of Linear Time-Delay Systems
A. Garate-Garcia, L. A. Marquez-Martinez, and C. H. Moog page 666

Optimal Control in Two-Hop Relay Routing
E. Altman, T. Basar, F. De Pellegrini page 670

An Efficient Chebyshev Algorithm for the Solution of the Optimal Control Problems
H. Ma, T. Qin, and W. Zhang page 675

Switched Observers for Switched Linear Systems With Unknown Inputs
F. J. Bejarano and A. Pisano page 681

On the Robustness of Sampled-Data Systems to Uncertainty in Continuous-Time Delays
I. Alterman and L. Mirkin page 686

Design of Stabilizing Controllers With a Dynamic Gain for Feedforward Nonlinear
Time-Delay Systems
X. Zhang, L. Baron, Q. Liu, and E.-K. Boukas page 692

High-Speed Digital Realizations of Fractional Operators in the Delta Domain
G. Maione page 697

A Lyapunov Function for Economic Optimizing Model Predictive Control
M. Diehl, R. Amrit, and J. B. Rawlings page 703

Comments on "Distributed Control of Spatially Invariant Systems"
R. Curtain page 707

Computation of the General (J,J')-Lossless Factorization
C. Oară and R. Andrei page 710

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2. Misc

2.1 Public Input to National Research Council Study on NASA Technology Roadmaps
Contributed by: Jonathan How, jhow@mit.edu

NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) has drafted a set of 14 Space
Technology Area Roadmaps as an initial point of departure for mapping NASA's
future investments in technology. (The President's FY 2012 budget request includes
$1B for space technology.) The Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the
National Research Council (NRC) has appointed a steering committee and six panels
to solicit external inputs to and evaluate each of the roadmaps. As part of this
effort, the NRC is soliciting public comment regarding the proposed technologies
contained in the roadmaps. In addition, each of the 14 roadmaps will be discussed
during a public workshop held by one of the NRC study panels, which are occurring
in March 2011.

You can download the 14 draft Space Technology Area Roadmaps at:
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/home/roadmap/index.html

General information on the NRC's NASA Technology Roadmaps Study, including the
membership of the steering committee and panels:
http://www.nationalacademies.org/NASAroadmaps

The topic of Panel 2 is: Robotics, Communications, and Navigation Panel

Workshop Details:
Dates of sessions open to the public: March 29-30
Location: Washington, D.C. (exact location TBD)
Roadmaps covered by this workshop:

- TA05 Communication and Navigation Systems (March 29)
- TA04 Robotics, Tele-Robotics, and Autonomous Systems (March 30)

If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Rod Howard (rhoward@nas.edu)
at least 10 days prior to the workshop.

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3. Books

3.1 Theoretical Modeling of WDM Optical Networks: Design, Analysis and Algorithms
Contributed by: Quanyan Zhu, zhu31@illinois.edu

An efficient and intelligent resource allocation mechanism is the heart of modern
control and management of engineering systems. A dynamic, distributed and online
control algorithm is much in need to deal with such Achilles' heel in today's
increasingly complex systems. To address this problem, we study the ubiquitous
network systems and, in particular, WDM optical networks, in the context of coupled
channel power resource management, as it represents a rich class of typical nonlinear
distributed systems arising from underlying physical constraints. Based previous
work on game theoretical approach and direct OSNR optimization technique, this book
explores at length link level end-to-end power control models from different perspectives.

* Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (February 21, 2010)
* ISBN-10: 3838331761
* ISBN-13: 978-3838331768
* http://www.amazon.com/Game-Theoretical-Modeling-WDM-Optical-Networks

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3.2 Swarm Stability and Optimization
Contributed by: Veysel Gazi, veyselgazi@gmail.com

A new book on multi-agent dynamic systems entitled "Swarm Stability and
Optimization" has been just published by Springer.

More information is available at:

http://www.springer.com/engineering/mathematical/book/978-3-642-18040-8

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3.3 Impact of Control Technology: Overview, Success Stories, and Grand Challenges
Contributed by: Anuradha Annaswamy, aanna@mit.edu

Impact of Control Technology: Overview, Success Stories, and Grand Challenges
Edited by Tariq Samad and Anuradha Annaswamy
Published by IEEE Control Systems Society
February 2011
http://ieeecss.org/main/IoCT-report

Aircraft and spacecraft, process plants and factories, homes and buildings,
automobiles and trains, cellular telephones and networks . . . these and other
complex systems are testament to the ubiquity of control technology. At the
same time, decades of successful applications have hardly exhausted the potential
or vitality of the field. Fundamental advances in emerging areas such as biomedicine,
renewable energy, and critical infrastructures are expected to be enabled by control
systems. The Impact of Control Technology report discusses and showcases the role of
control systems both for products, solutions, and systems today and for addressing
outstanding problems facing society and industry tomorrow. The 250-page report
includes contributions from over fifty researchers and engineers from across the
globe, representing numerous theoretical and application areas of control science
and engineering.

The report consists of four main parts:
- Part 1: Overviews of control applications and opportunities in a number of domains
- Part 2: Two-page flyers highlighting about 20 “success stories” in control
- Part 3: Discussions of emerging research areas for the field
- Part 4: An additional set of about 20 two-page flyers summarizing “grand challenges”
for control technology

The report is published by IEEE Control Systems Society. Additional sponsors include
the Institute for Advanced Study and the CoTeSys program at the Technical University
of Munich, Deutsche Forschungs-Gemeinschaft, and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The report can be accessed online at http://ieeecss.org/main/IoCT-report. All content
can be reused freely with acknowledgment of the source.

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4. Journals

4.1 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.13, No.2, March, 2011
CONTENTS

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: An Intelligent Approach to the Lateral Forces Usage in Controlling
the Vehicle Yaw Rate
Authors: Ali Ghaffari, S. Hamed Tabatabaei Oreh, Reza Kazemi, and Reza Karbalaei M. A.

2. Paper Title: Delay-Dependent Stability Criterion and H-infinity Analysis for Markovian
Jump Systems with Time-Varying Delays
Authors: Xudong Zhao, Mingxiang Ling, and Qingshuang Zeng

3. Paper Title: An Autonomous Dynamic Balance of Electrical Bicycle in Motion Using
Variable Structure Under-Actuated Control
Authors: Chih-Lyang Hwang, Hsiu-Ming Wu, and Ching-Long Shih

4. Paper Title: Stochastic Switched Controller Design of Networked Control Systems
with a Random Long Delay
Authors: Chun-Xi Yang, Zhi-Hong Guan, and Jian Huang

5. Paper Title: Networked Predictive Control for Hammerstein Systems
Authors: Jian Sun, Guoping Liu, Jie Chen, and David Rees

6. Paper Title: GNSS Signals Processing via Linear and Extended Kalman Filters
Authors: Chingiz Hajiyev

7. Paper Title: Combination Framework of Rendezvous Algorithm for Multi-Agent Systems
with Limited Sensing Ranges
Authors: Yuan Fan, Gang Feng, and Yong Wang

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Improving Performance of Saturation-Based PID Controllers for Rigid Robots
Authors: Victor Manuel Hernandez-Guzman and Ramon Silva-Ortigoza

2. Paper Title: A Note on Static Output-Feedback for Affine Nonlinear Systems
Authors: M. D. S. Aliyu and J. Luttamaguzi

3. Paper Title: Robust H2 Guaranteed Cost Fuzzy Control for Uncertain Discrete-Time
Fuzzy Systems via Poly-Quadratic Lyapunov Functions
Authors: Mourad Kchaou, Mansour Souissi, and Ahmed Toumi

4. Paper Title: Operator-Based Robust Control for Nonlinear Plants with Uncertain
Non-Symmetric Backlash
Authors: Mingcong Deng, Changan Jiang, and Akira Inoue

5. Paper Title: Integral Criteria for Optimal Tuning of PI/PID Controllers for
Integrating Processes
Authors: Ahmad Ali and Somanath Majhi

6. Paper Title: H-infinity Performance Analysis for Discrete-Time Systems With Additive
Time-Varying Delays
Authors: Xian-Ming Tang and Jin-Shou Yu

7. Paper Title: A Data-Driven Bilinear Predictive Controller Design Based on Subspace Method
Authors: Hua Yang and Shaoyuan Li

8. Paper Title: Analysis and Design for Singular Discrete Linear Systems Subject
to Actuator Saturation
Authors: Xiaofu Ji, Yukun Sun, and Hongye Su

9. Paper Title: Delay-Range-Dependent Robust H-infinity Filtering for Uncertain Linear Systems
with Interval Time-Varying Delays
Authors: Huaicheng Yan, Max Qing-Hu Meng, and Hao Zhang

10. Paper Title: Asymptotic Stability and Stabilization for a Class of Nonlinear
Descriptor System with Delay
Authors: Jiancheng Wu, Songlin Wo, and Guoping Lu

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2010 IEEE Control Systems Award

Congratulations go to Prof. Graham C. Goodwin who has been presented with the 2010 IEEE
Control Systems Award, having been judged to have made a lasting impact on both the theory
and real-world industrial applications of control systems science.

You can read the paper at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asjc.201/pdf to
discover some of Professor Goodwin's work:
Title: Analysis and Design of Networked Control Systems Using the Additive Noise Model
Methodology
Authors: Graham C. Goodwin, Eduardo I. Silva, and Daniel E. Quevedo

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4.2 Contents: Journal of Process of Control
Contributed by: Youqing Wang, wang_youqing@mail.buct.edu.cn

Journal of Process Control
Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 309-436 (March 2011)

2 Preface to Thomas McAvoy Special Issue
Pages 309-310
S. Joe Qin, Dale E. Seborg

3 A two-layer architecture for economically optimal process control and operation
Pages 311-321
Lynn Würth, Ralf Hannemann, Wolfgang Marquardt

4 Analysis and generalization of fault diagnosis methods for process monitoring
Pages 322-330
Carlos F. Alcala, S. Joe Qin

5 Improved blood glucose control for critically ill subjects
Pages 331-342
Matteo Ottavian, Massimiliano Barolo, Howard Zisser, Eyal Dassau, Dale E. Seborg

6 A fast and versatile technique for constrained state estimation Original Research
Article
Pages 343-350
Sidharth Abrol, Thomas F. Edgar

7 Multiple models and neural networks based decoupling control of ball mill coal-
pulverizing systems Original Research Article
Pages 351-366
Tianyou Chai, Lianfei Zhai, Heng Yue

8 Controlling the evolution of resistance
Pages 367-378
Rutao Luo, LaMont Cannon, Jason Hernandez, Michael J. Piovoso, Ryan Zurakowski

9 On the design of integral observers for unbiased output estimation in the presence
of uncertainty Pages 379-390
L. Bodizs, B. Srinivasan, D. Bonvin

10 Development of a multi-parametric model predictive control algorithm for insulin
delivery in type 1 diabetes mellitus using clinical parameters
Pages 391-404
M.W. Percival, Y. Wang, B. Grosman, E. Dassau, H. Zisser, L. Jovanovi?, F.J. Doyle III

11 Instabilities and multiplicities in non-isothermal blown film extrusion including
the effects of crystallization
Pages 405-414
J. Carl Pirkle Jr., Richard D. Braatz

12 Model predictive control with robust feasibility
Pages 415-435
Xiang Li, Thomas E. Marlin

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4.3 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger, rebeccal@illinois.edu

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 47 (2011), Issue 3 (March)

Editorials

In Memoriam Charles A. Desoer, 1926-2010
Becky Lonberger

Regular Papers

On a class of generalised eigenvalue problems and equivalent eigenvalue problems
that arise in systems and control theory
Martin J. Corless, Robert Shorten

Distributed dynamic programming for discrete-time stochastic control, and
idempotent algorithms
William McEneaney

Adaptive tracking control of uncertain MIMO nonlinear systems with input constraints
mou chen, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Beibei Ren

Linear minimum mean square filter for discrete-time linear systems with Markov
jumps and multiplicative noises
Oswaldo Luiz V. Costa, Guilherme Rafael A. Molina Benites

A frequentist approach to mapping under uncertainty
Suman Chakravorty, Roshmik Saha

Passivity-based control for bilateral teleoperation: A tutorial
Emmanuel Nuño, Luis Basanez, Romeo Ortega

Opacity of discrete event systems and its applications
Feng Lin

Scheduled control for robust attenuation of non-stationary sinusoidal disturbances
with measurable frequencies
Hakan Koroglu, Carsten W. Scherer

A method for guidance and control of an autonomous vehicle in problems of border
patrolling and obstacle avoidance
Alexey S. Matveev, Hamid Teimoori Sangani, Andrey V. Savkin

Generating positive and stable solutions through delayed state feedback
Frederic Mazenc, Silviu-Iulian Niculescu

Brief Papers

Approaches to extended non-quadratic stability and stabilization conditions for
discrete-time Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy systems
Dong Hwan Lee, Jin Bae Park, Young Hoon Joo

Feedback control of nonlinear stochastic systems for targeting a specified
stationary probability density
chenxuan zhu, Weiqiu Zhu

On the identifiability of errors-in-variables models with white measurement errors
Giulio Bottegal, Giorgio Picci, Stefano Pinzoni

Optimal memoryless control in Gaussian noise: A simple counterexample
Gabriel-Mihai Lipsa, Nuno C. Martins

Balanced truncation model reduction for systems with Inhomogeneous Initial Conditions
Matthias Heinkenschloss, Timo Reis, Athanasios C. Antoulas

Global sliding-mode observer with adjusted gains for locally Lipschitz systems
Denis Efimov, Leonid M. Fridman

Using hash tables to manage time-storage complexity in point location problem:
Application to explicit MPC
Farhad Bayat, Tor Arne Johansen, Ali Akbar Jalali

Conditions when minimum variance control is the optimal experiment for
identifying a minimum variance controller
Jonas Mårtensson, Cristian Rojas, Håkan Hjalmarsson

Output regulation for the TORA benchmark via rotational position feedback
Fabio Celani

Improving the state estimation for optimal control of stochastic processes
subject to multiplicative noise
Frédéric Crevecoeur, Rodolphe J. Sepulchre, jean-louis thonnard, Philippe Lefèvre

Model matching inclusion for input/state asynchronous sequential machines
JUNG MIN YANG

Controllability of Boolean control networks with time-delays in states
Fangfei Li, Jitao Sun

A continuous optimization framework for hybrid system identification
Fabien Lauer, Gerard Bloch, Rene Vidal

Technical Communiques

Stability analysis of nonlinear quadratic systems via polyhedral Lyapunov functions
Francesco Amato, Francesco Calabrese, Carlo Cosentino, Alessio Merola

Stochastic feedback and its relation to the entropy criterion
Soohee Han

LMI conditions for time-varying uncertain systems can be non-conservative
Graziano Chesi

Sufficient conditions for the convergence of a class of nonlinear distributed
consensus algorithms
Amir Ajorlou, Ahmadreza Momeni, Amir G. Aghdam

A simple proof of the Pontryagin maximum principle on manifolds
Dong Eui Chang

Stability of discrete-time systems joined with a saturation operator on the
state-space: Generalized form of Liu-Michel’s criterion
Vimal Singh

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4.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Thomas Meurer, cep@acin.tuwien.ac.at

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 19
Issue 4
April 2011

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Gou Nishida, Kentaro Takagi, Bernhard Maschke, Takaaki Osada, Multi-scale
distributed parameter modeling of ionic polymer-metal composite soft actuator,
Pages 321-334

Abhijit Chakraborty, Peter Seiler, Gary J. Balas, Nonlinear region of attraction
analysis for flight control verification and validation, Pages 335-345

Ming-Feng Hsieh, Junmin Wang, Design and experimental validation of an extended
Kalman filter-based NOx concentration estimator in selective catalytic reduction
system applications, Pages 346-353

J.K. Gruber, J.L. Guzman, F. Rodriguez, C. Bordons, M. Berenguel, J.A. Sanchez,
Nonlinear MPC based on a Volterra series model for greenhouse temperature control
using natural ventilation, Pages 354-366

Nazatul Aini Abd Majid, Mark P. Taylor, John J.J. Chen, Marco A. Stam, Albert Mulder,
Brent R. Young, Aluminium process fault detection by Multiway Principal Component
Analysis, Pages 367-379

Andrew White, Jongeun Choi, Ryozo Nagamune, Guoming Zhu, Gain-scheduling control
of port-fuel-injection processes, Pages 380-394

Tatiana F.P.A.T. Pazelli, Marco H. Terra, Adriano A.G. Siqueira, Experimental
investigation on adaptive robust controller designs applied to a free-floating
space manipulator, Pages 395-408

Ming-Feng Hsieh, Junmin Wang, Development and experimental studies of a control-
oriented SCR model for a two-catalyst urea-SCR system, Pages 409-422

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4.5 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,rebeccal@illinois.edu

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 47 (2011), Issue 4 (April)

Regular Papers

Active fault tolerant control of discrete event systems using online diagnostics
Andrea Paoli, Matteo Sartini, Stephane Lafortune

Nonlinear gray-box identification using local models applied to industrial robots
Erik Wernholt, Stig Moberg

A trend-following strategy: Conditions for optimality
H. Tin Kong, Qing Zhang, George Yin

Identification of switched linear systems via sparse optimization
Laurent Bako

Reconfigurable control of piecewise affine systems with actuator and sensor
faults: Stability and tracking
Jan Richter, Maurice Heemels, Nathan Van De Wouw, Jan Lunze

On singular perturbations due to fast actuators in hybrid control systems
Ricardo G. Sanfelice, Andrew R. Teel

Identification of Boolean control networks
Daizhan Cheng, Yin Zhao

Parametric identification of structured nonlinear systems
Carlo Novara, Tyrone Vincent, Kenneth Hsu, Mario Milanese, Kameshwar Poolla

Robust adaptive boundary control of a flexible marine riser with vessel dynamics
Wei He, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Bernard Voon Ee How, Yoo Sang Choo, Keum-Shik Hong

Brief Papers

Optimal tracking and two-channel disturbance rejection under control energy
constraint
Baoxian Wang, Zhi-Hong Guan, Fu-Shun Yuan

An Adaptive Learning Regulator for Uncertain Minimum Phase Systems with
Undermodeled Unknown Exosystems
Riccardo Marino, Patrizio Tomei

Initial condition of costate in linear optimal control using convex analysis
Bin Liu

Robust mixed H-2/H-infinity control of networked control
systems with random time delays in both forward and backward communication links
Yang Shi, Bo Yu

Model reduction of homogeneous-in-the-state bilinear systems with input constraints
Ian Jesse Couchman, Eric C. Kerrigan, Christoph Bohm

On a reachability problem for affine hypersurface systems on polytopes
Zhiyun Lin, Mireille Broucke

Formation control using range-only measurements
Ming Cao, Changbin (Brad) YU, Brian D.O. Anderson

Bisimilarity control of partially observed nondeterministic discrete event systems
and a test algorithm
Fuchun Liu, Hai Lin, Zbigniew Dziong

Input-to-state stability for networked control systems via an improved impulsive
system approach
Wu-Hua Chen, Wei Xing Zheng

On H_infinity and H-2 performance regions of multi-agent systems
Zhongkui Li, Zhisheng Duan, Guanrong Chen

A multivariable MRAC scheme with application to a nonlinear aircraft model
Jiaxing Guo, Gang Tao, Yu Liu

Parametric identification of complex modulus
Agnes Rensfelt, Torsten Soderstrom

Adaptive state-feedback stabilization for a large class of high-order stochastic
nonlinear systems
Wu-Quan Li, Yuanwei Jing, Si-Ying Zhang

Pseudospectral methods for solving infinite-horizon optimal control problems
Divya Garg, William Hager, Anil Rao

An analysis of signal transformation approach to triangular waveform tracking
Ali Bazaei, S.O. Reza Moheimani, Abu Sebastian

Multi-agent consensus with diverse time-delays and jointly-connected topologies
Peng Lin, Yingmin Jia

Technical Communiques

A fast nonlinear control method for linear systems with input saturation
Hendrik Lens, Jürgen Adamy, Dilyana Domont-Yankulova

An improved robust model predictive control design in the presence of actuator saturation
He Huang, Dewei Li, Zongli Lin, Yugeng Xi

Establishing improved convergence properties for the adaptive learning control
Cristiano Maria Verrelli

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4.6 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger, rebeccal@illinois.edu

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 47 (2011), Issue 2 (February)

Regular Papers

A BSDE approach to a risk-based optimal investment of an insurer
Robert Elliott, Tak Kuen (Ken) Siu
Pages 253-261

Asymptotic stabilization of passive systems without damping injection: A
sampled integral technique
Daniele Casagrande, Alessandro Astolfi, Romeo Ortega
Pages 262-271

Accuracy analysis of a covariance matching approach for identifying errors
-in-variables systems
Torsten Soderstrom, Magnus Mossberg
Pages 272-282

Timing and liveness in continuous Petri nets
Carlos Renato Vazquez, Manuel Silva
Pages 283-290

Prediction error identification of linear systems: A nonparametric Gaussian
regression approach
Gianluigi Pillonetto, Alessandro Chiuso, Giuseppe De Nicolao
Pages 291-305

Brief Papers

An improved treatment of saturation nonlinearity with its application to
control of systems subject to nested saturation
Bin Zhou, Wei Xing Zheng, Guang-Ren Duan
Pages 306-315

A parametric periodic Lyapunov equation with application in semi-global
stabilization of discrete-time periodic systems subject to actuator saturation
Bin Zhou, Guang-Ren Duan, Zongli Lin
Pages 316-325

MPC of constrained discrete-time linear periodic systems - a framework for
asynchronous control: Strong feasibility, stability and optimality via periodic invariance
Ravi Gondhalekar, Colin Neil Jones
Pages 326-333

Constrained linear systems with hard constraints and disturbances: An extended
command governor with large domain of attraction
Elmer G. Gilbert, Chong-Jin Ong
Pages 334-340

Lossless convexification of a class of optimal control problems with non-
convex control constraints
Behcet Acikmese, Lars Blackmore
Pages 341-347

Robust adaptive control of nonlinear non-minimum phase systems with uncertainties
Saeed Mohammad Hoseini, Mohammad Farrokhi, Ali Koshkouei
Pages 348-357

A model predictive control approach to the periodic implementation of the
solutions of the optimal dynamic resource allocation problem
Jiangfeng Zhang, Xiaohua Xia
Pages 358-362

Frequency domain subspace-based identification of discrete-time power spectra
from uniformly spaced measurements
Huseyin Akcay
Pages 363-367

Adaptive second-order consensus of networked mobile agents with nonlinear dynamics
Housheng Su, Guanrong Chen, Xiaofan Wang, Zongli Lin
Pages 368-375

Signal-to-noise ratio fundamental constraints in discrete-time linear output
feedback control
Alejandro J Rojas
Pages 376-380

Sliding mode boundary control of a parabolic PDE system with parameter variations
and boundary uncertainties
Meng-Bi Cheng, Verica Radisavljevic, Wu-Chung Su
Pages 381-387

Observer-based control of a class of time-delay nonlinear systems having
triangular structure
Salim Ibrir
Pages 388-394

Observability of switching structured linear systems with unknown input: A
graph-theoretic approach
Taha Boukhobza, Frédéric Hamelin
Pages 395-402

Redesign of adaptive observers for improved parameter identification in
nonlinear systems
Øyvind Nistad Stamnes, Ole Morten Aamo, Glenn-Ole Kaasa
Pages 403-410

Guaranteed cost control of stochastic uncertain systems with slope bounded
nonlinearities via the use of dynamic multipliers
Ian R Petersen
Pages 411-417

Sequential linear quadratic control of bilinear parabolic PDEs based on
POD model reduction
Chao Xu, Yongsheng Ou, Eugenio Schuster
Pages 418-426

Correspondence Items

Comments on "Model predictive control for systems with stochastic multiplicative
uncertainty and probabilistic constraints" [Automatica 45 (2009), 167-172]
Yang Su, Kok Kiong Tan, Tong Heng Lee
Pages 427-428

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4.7 Contents: Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Ben Cronin, ben.cronin@birkhauser-science.com

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing:
Volume 30, Issue 3

Table of Contents:

*A Configurable Digital Cellular Neural Network with Template Decomposition
Sung-Nien Yu, Chien-Nan Lin & Yun-Kai Hsu

*A New Post-filter Algorithm Combined with Two-step Adaptive Beamformer
Zoran M. Saric, Dragan P. Simic & Slobodan T. Jovicic

*A Delay Partitioning Approach to H-infinity Filtering for Continuous Time-Delay
Systems
Zhicheng Li, Hongyang Liu & Huijun Gao

*MIMO Instantaneous Blind Identification Based on Second-Order Temporal Structure
and Steepest-Descent Method
Xizhong Shen & Guang Meng

*New Adaptive All-pass Based Notch Filter for Narrowband/FM Anti-jamming GPS
Receivers
Wei-Lung Mao, Wann-Jiun Ma, Ying-Ren Chien & Chia-Hao Ku

*Adaptive Least Squares Interpolation of Infrared Images
H. I. Ashiba, K.
H. Awadalla, S. M. El-Halfawy & F. E. Abd El-Samie

*On General Factorizations for n-D Polynomial Matrices
Jinwang Liu, Dongmei
Li & Mingsheng Wang

*Multiplierless Mumford and Shah Functional Implementation
Maurizio Martina
& Guido Masera

*Adaptive Complex-Coefficient 2D FIR Trapezoidal Filters for Broadband Beamforming
in Cognitive Radio Systems
Thushara K. Gunaratne & Len T. Bruton

*Finite-Time Gain-Scheduled Control on Stochastic Bioreactor Systems with
Partially Known Transition Jump Rates
Yanyan Yin, Fei Liu & Peng Shi

*Sliding Mode Control for Linear Systems with Time-Varying Input and State Delays
Yuanqing Xia, Hongjiu Yang, Mengyin Fu & Peng Shi

*Novel Cascadable All-Pass/Notch Filters Using a Single FDCCII and Grounded
Capacitors
Sudhanshu Maheshwari, Jitendra Mohan & Durg Singh Chauhan

*Fault Tolerant Control for a Class of Nonlinear Systems with Application to
Near Space Vehicle
Yufei Xu, Bin Jiang, Gang Tao & Zhifeng Gao

*Simplification of Signal Flow Graphs
V. C. Prasad

For ordering information as well as electronic back issues, please visit:
http://www.birkhauser-science.com/journal/34

Recent Special Issue:

Volume 29, Issue 1 (January, 2010): Special Issue on Low-Power Digital Filter
Design Techniques and Their Applications
http://springerlink.com/content/u6hp45q55632/

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4.8 CFP: Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications

NLAA Special Issue in Inverse Problems in Science and Industry
Contributed by: Eric Chu, eric.chu@monash.edu

NLAA Special Issue in Inverse Problems in Science and Industry, In Honour of
Biswa Datta --- deadline extended

Call for Papers:

Special Issue in Inverse Problems in Science and Industry, dedicated to Biswa Datta

We are pleased to announce a special issue of Numerical Linear Algebra with
Applications in Inverse Problems in Science and Industry, dedicated to Biswa Datta.

All papers submitted must meet the publication standards of Numerical Linear Algebra
with Applications and will be subject to the normal refereeing procedure.
In particular, we encourage papers related to Biswa's work areas, including

- inverse problems in science and industry,

- numerical algorithms for control, systems, and signal processing,

- active vibration control,

- model updating,

- numerical linear algebra in applications,

but other papers involving inverse problems and within the scope of the journal
are most welcome.

The deadline for submission of papers has been revised to July 31, 2011.

Please submit your papers directly via the online submission system for NLAA
(http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nla), mentioning that the paper is for a special
issue. Please give also the special issue title (Special issue on Inverse Problems
dedicated to Biswa Datta). Guidelines regarding paper style, which is not compulsory
until a paper is accepted for publication, can be found at
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/5957/home/ForAuthors.html

Guest editors:

Eric King-wah Chu
School of Mathematical Sciences
Monash University
VIC 3800, Australia
eric.chu@monash.edu

Wen-Wei Lin
Department of Mathematics
National Taiwan University
Taipei 106, Taiwan
wwlin@math.nctu.edu.tw

Lothar Reichel
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242, USA
reichel@math.kent.edu

The responsible Associate Editor of the special issue is:

Maya Neytcheva
Scientific Computing
Department of Information Technology
Uppsala University
Maya.Neytcheva@it.uu.se

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5. Conferences

5.1 Stochastic Systems Biology conference
Contributed by: John Lygeros, jlygeros@ethz.ch

Registration open: Stochastic Systems Biology conference

19-23 July 2011, Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verita, Switzerland.

http://control.ee.ethz.ch/~ssb/

Organizers: Mustafa Khammash (U.C. Santa Barbara), John Lygeros (ETH Zurich),
Joerg Stelling (ETH Zurich)

The aim of this three day conference is to expose the synergies that will allow
methods from mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, and biology to
jointly address the challenges randomness poses in our understanding of biological
systems. The conference will bring together leading researchers from all these
fields that have faced and addressed the issue of uncertainty in biological
processes from different perspectives. Our hope is that this interaction will
promote a new, common understanding of the issues, sparking follow on research
in this novel and challenging field.

Preregistration for the conference in now open:

http://www.bi.id.ethz.ch/eventsOnline/anonymous/registerParticipantForConference.
faces?webboname=Conference&loadid=3l3o75s-zgvkyu-gbvv97mh-1-geqy8i4p-792

Presentations are scheduled to start in the morning of July 20 and finish in the
afternoon of July 22. We therefore recommend that participants make plans to arrive
on July 19 and depart on July 23. We anticipate to finalize the list of participants
by April 15, 2011. Information on payment procedures will be provided at this stage.

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5.2 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
Contributed by: Becky Longberger, rebecca@illinois.edu

49th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

Conference Co-Chairs: Sean Meyn and Bruce Hajek

Dates: September 28 – 30, 2011

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois

Website: www.csl.uiuc.edu/allerton

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you,
Barb Horner
bhorner@illinois.edu

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5.3 TAROS 2011: 12th Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems
Contributed by: Roderich Gross, r.gross@sheffield.ac.uk

TAROS 2011: 12th Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems

Final Call for Papers

Due to numerous requests, the submission deadline has been extended to
March 25, 2011.

TAROS 2011
12th Conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems

31 August - 2 September 2011. Sheffield, United Kingdom

More details and up-to-date information at
http://www.taros.org.uk/

ABOUT TAROS

Now in its 12th edition, TAROS is the UK's premiere annual conference for autonomous
robotics. The meeting encompasses topics across the entire range of robotics research
and is open to worldwide contributors and participants.

TAROS 2011 will be a single-track conference, which includes a limited number of
invited talks as well as oral and poster presentations of high quality, original
research. Submissions by authors who are new to TAROS are encouraged.

An extra day (Friday 2nd September) has been added to this year's meeting to host
a symposium on links between the academic and industrial robotics communities.

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Joseph Ayers (Northeastern University)
Simon Blackmore (UniBots Ltd)
Yiannis Demiris (Imperial College London)
Paul Newman (The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group)

PUBLICATION DETAILS

Accepted full papers and extended abstracts will be published by Springer in the
LNAI/LNCS series (http://www.springer.com/lncs) and authors will be required to
follow the Springer publishing guidelines. The series is listed in various indexing
services (e.g., ISI Proceedings, Scopus, ACM, and EI).

The journal Robotics and Autonomous Systems will publish a special issue dedicated
to TAROS 2011.

ULRICH NEHMZOW BEST PAPER AWARD
(In Memoriam of Professor Ulrich Nehmzow, founder of TAROS)

A best paper award will be presented at the conference. The selection is based on
the originality and quality of the submission and its potential impact.

SUBMITTING TO TAROS 2011

TAROS 2011 invites both full papers (up to 12 pages, LNCS format) and extended
abstracts (2 pages, LNCS format). Full papers are invited from researchers at any
stage in their career but should present significant findings and advances in robotics
research; more preliminary work would be better suited to extended abstract submission.
All contributions will be fully refereed by at least three members of the programme
committee. Full papers will be accepted for either oral presentation or poster presentation.
Extended abstracts will be accepted for poster presentation only.

Papers are solicited in all areas of robotics, including, but not restricted to:

- Advanced applications of autonomous robots (industrial and research)
- Advanced materials
- Advanced medical robotics, robots for surgery
- Analysis of robot-environment interaction
- Applications development
- Assistive robotics
- Autonomous assembly robotics
- Autonomous vehicles
- Biohybrid robotic systems
- Biomimetic and bio-inspired robotics
- Cognitive robotics
- Cooperative robotics
- Developmental robotics
- Ethical and societal issues in robotics
- Evolutionary robotics
- Field robotics
- Flying robots (unmanned- and micro- air vehicles)
- Hardware issues, devices and techniques, advanced sensor and actuator hardware
- Human-Robot interaction and interfaces
- Humanoid robotics
- Intelligent prostheses
- Learning and adaptation
- Legged robots
- Long-term interaction and operation
- Modelling and analysis of robot models
- Modular reconfigurable robots
- Navigation, localisation, map building and path planning
- Personal robotics
- Robot autonomy including energy self-sufficiency
- Robot communication and language
- Robot control architectures
- Robots in education, the arts and entertainment
- Robot vision, sensing and perception
- Service robotics
- Space and planetary robotics
- Swarm robotics

The submission system and detailed instructions are available on http://www.taros.org.uk/.

ABOUT SHEFFIELD

The City of Sheffield is built on seven hills and near the confluence of five rivers,
it borders on to the UK's first national park (the Peak District). The city is known for
its industrial heritage, current hi-tech industries, and as a cultural hub for South
Yorkshire. The City hosts two Universities - Sheffield Hallam University (http://www.shu.ac.uk/)
who will host TAROS 2011 and the University of Sheffield (http://www.shef.ac.uk/) who will
co-organise the event. The two Universities house many active robotic research groups
who are working together to organise the meeting.

DEADLINES

March 25, 2011, 23:59 PCT Submission deadline
May 11, 2011 Notification of acceptance
May 27, 2011 Camera ready copy
August 31 - September 2, 2011 Conference

INDUSTRIAL PARTICIPATION

The participation of representatives of the industry is welcome both in the main conference
and particularly in the academic-industry 1-day symposium. Exhibition space is available.
Please contact info@taros.org.uk.

TAROS 2011 SPONSORS

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society - UKRI Chapter (co-sponsor)

Looking forwards to seeing you in Sheffield.

Jacques Penders & Tony Prescott
Conference chairs, TAROS 2011

http://www.taros.org.uk
info@taros.org.uk

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5.4 Asia Pacific Vibration Conference
Contributed by: James Lam, james.lam@hku.hk

The 14th Asia Pacific Vibration Conference

Conference Date:
5 ~ 8 December 2011

Conference Venue:
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong SAR, China

Information on the Asia Pacific Vibration Conference (APVC) Series:

The APVC is an international refereed conference held once every two years with
the presentation and publication of outputs of research and development activities
in aspects of dynamic control, sound and vibration, condition monitoring, damping,
response to earthquake ground motions as well as other aspects of dynamic response.

The conference series originated in Tokyo in July 1985 during a JSME Vibration
Conference when the conference chairman, Professor T. Shimogo, organized a special
session which involved the participation of scholars from China, Korea and Singapore
to discuss the specific need for an Asia-based vibration conference. A series was thus
born which in 1989 was broadened and titled the Asia Vibration Conference.

The title was expanded to include the Asia-Pacific region at the fourth meeting held
in Melbourne, Australia in 1991 to reflect the participation of Australia, New Zealand
and other countries of the Asia-Pacific rim.

The previous thirteen series conferences were held in Japan (1985), Korea (1987), China
(1989), Australia (1991), Japan (1993), Malaysia (1995), Korea (1997), Singapore (1999),
China (2001), Australia (2003), Malaysia (2005), Japan, (2007) and New Zealand (2009).

All academics, engineers, scientists and research students from but not limited to areas
around the Asia Pacific rim are invited to come together to share their knowledge in this
important discipline that has impacts on many aspects of our daily life.

International Steering Committee
Chairman :

Shigehiko Kaneko
University of Tokyo, Japan

Members :

Andy C.C. Tan
Queensland University of Technology,
Australia

Nong Zhang
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Athol J Carr
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Hong Hee Yoo
Hanyang University, Korea

Young Jin Park
KAIST, Korea

M Salman Leong
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Roslan Abdul Rahman
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Siu Seong Law
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Li Cheng
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Shozo Kawamura
Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan

Yoshihiro Narita
Hokkaido University, Japan

Yi Min Zhang
Northeastern University, China

Zhi Chao Hou
Tsinghua University, China

Local Organizing Committee

Co-Chairman:
Siu Seong Law (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Li Cheng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Secretary:
Yong Xia (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Zhong Qing Su (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Members:
WH Liao (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
CW Lim (City University of Hong Kong)
Randolph Chi Kin Leung (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Yat Sze Choy (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Chung Fai Ng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Yi Qing Ni (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Yuk Lung Wong (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Siu Lai Chan (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Chih Chen Chang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Francis T. K. Au (University of Hong Kong)
James Lam (University of Hong Kong)
Hoat Joen Pam (University of Hong Kong)
Ka Veng Yuen (University of Macau)

The Theme of this Conference is

Dynamics for Sustainable Engineering

The Conference welcomes contributions to but not limited to the following topics:

* Analytical and Computational Methods
* Biomechanics and Applications
* Bridge Dynamics
* Damping
* Dynamics of Machines and Structures
* Dynamic Behavior of Materials
* Dynamic Load Estimation
* Dynamic Model Updating and System Identification
* Dynamics of Plant Structures and Systems
* Earthquake Engineering
* Educational Aspects in Dynamics
* Effects of Noise and Vibrations
* Experimental Modal Analysis
* High Speed Train Dynamics
* Impact Dynamics
* Industrial Noise and Vibration
* Machine Condition Monitoring
* Maintenance and Reliability
* Modal Analysis
* Multi-Scale Dynamics
* Noise Sources and Control Elements
* Nonlinear Vibration and Chaos
* Optimization
* Rotor Dynamics and Turbo-machinery
* Noise and Vibration Control
* Noise and Vibration Isolation and Reduction
* Sensor Technology
* Signal Processing
* Stochastic Dynamics
* Structural Health Monitoring
* Structural Condition Assessment
* Traffic Induced Vibration
* Uncertainties
* Vehicle Dynamics and Control
* Wind Engineering
* Other Related Topicic

Important Dates:

Deadline for submitting abstracts April 16, 2011

Notification of provisional acceptance of abstracts
May 31, 2011

Registration starts May 15, 2011

Deadline for submitting full papers
July 30, 2011

Notification of acceptance of full papers
August 31, 2011

Deadline for registration of authors
September 7, 2011

Fees:

All fees are quoted in US Dollars.

Normal Registration $400
Student Registration $150
Reduced Fee for Local Day Registration
$120 per day

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

* Professor Nobuo TANAKA
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Tokyo Metropolitan University

* Professor Key-Chyuan TSAI
Department of Civil Engineering
National Taiwan University

* Professor Jie PAN
School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering
University of Western Australia

* Professor Young Jin PARK
Department of Mechanical Engineering
KAIST

* Professor You-Lin XU
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

* Professor Chan-Ghee KOH
Department of Civil Engineering
National University of Singapore

* Professor Amr M. Baz
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland

* Professor R. Singh
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Ohio State University

This Conference will be supported by the following Engineering Societies:

* Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Civil Division)
* Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Structural Division)
* Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics
* Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers
* Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers
* Chinese Vibration Engineering Society
* Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers

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5.5 Advanced Industrial Control Applications
Contributed by: francesc.pozo@upc.edu

Seminar for Advanced Industrial Control Applications, SAICA 2011
November 7-8, 2011
Escola Industrial de Barcelona – UPC BarcelonaTECH
Barcelona, Spain

The Seminar for Advanced Industrial Control Applications, SAICA 2011, is the
forth biannual seminar on industrial control topics since its first edition in
2005. SAICA’s main goal is to gather people from both industry and academia in
order to openly debate topics on industrial control and automation, from traditional
up to cutting-edge technologies. It is a two-day seminar where participants will
have the opportunity of presenting their works and expose their ideas in discussion
forums on real-life control problems.

This year’s theme is “Control for energy efficiency”. Advanced control has many
things to contribute with in order to stop the climate change in fundamental areas
such as:

• Energy efficiency with direct savings in conventional energy, in areas such as air
conditioning, combined cycles, clean carbon technologies, etc.
• Renewable energies. Since the main source of renewable energies (wind, sun, sea)
is intrinsically variable and beyond our control, it is necessary to use complex
regulation techniques in order to exploit these resources in an efficient way.
• Clean technologies, including CO2 recycling technologies and carbon footprint
reduction.
• Safe operation at industrial facilities.

Authors are kindly invited to submit their works to SAICA 2011. A one-page abstract
should be submitted by May 15th, 2011 through the seminar webpage.

Important dates:

• Deadline for abstract submissions: May 15th, 2011
• Notification of abstract acceptance: June 15th, 2011
• Full paper submissions August 31st, 2011

For further information, please visit:
• Invitation from the chairmen:
http://www-ma3.upc.es/saica2011/Home_files/Carta%20SAICA%202011-ingle%CC%81s.pdf
• SAICA 2011 website: http://www-ma3.upc.edu/saica2011/Home.html
• SAICA 2011 brochure:
http://www-ma3.upc.es/saica2011/Home_files/SAICA2011_triptico_r.pdf

We look forward to meeting you in Barcelona!

José Rodellar, Pedro Balsa, Conference Chairmen

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5.6 Australian Control Conference
Contributed by: Vaughan Clarkson, v.clarkson@uq.edu.au

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

Australian Control Conference 2011
10th–11th November, 2011
Melbourne, Australia

Inaugural Australian Control Conference
http://www.aucc.org.au

The Australian Control Conference (AUCC) is a new conference series that is
organised by the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) through its National
Committee for Automation, Control and Instrumentation (NCACI). It is technically
sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society. Its purpose is to provide a forum
for Australian researchers, students and control engineers from industry and government
organisations to exchange ideas and recent results, as well as discuss current problems
arising in control engineering research and industrial practice. International contributions
are encouraged.

The technical programme consists of oral presentations, poster presentations, keynote
lectures and special industrial sessions whose purpose is to encourage a better exchange
between practising control engineers and researchers in universities and government agencies.

The proceedings will be available from the Engineers Australia online library and from IEEEXplore.

Plenary Speakers:
• Ian R. Petersen (ADFA), Negative Imaginary Systems Theory in the Robust Control of Highly
Resonant Flexible Structures.
• G. Hood (Simul-Tech Pty. Ltd.), Challenges for Information-Enabled Automation Systems.

Important Dates:
Submission of camera-ready papers: 25th April, 2011 <- SOON!
Author notification: 11th July, 2011
Final upload of papers: 11th August, 2011

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5.7 IEEE Colombian Conference on Automatic Control
Contributed by: patino-d@javeriana.edu.co

Call for Papers LARC-LARS & CCAC 2011
XI Latin American Robotics Competition
& IX Latin American Robotics Symposium
& IEEE Colombian Conference on Automatic Control

October 1-4, 2011 / Bogotá-Colombia

Submission site:
www.ieeelarc.org

Call for Papers: http://www.ieeelarc.org/templates/ieeer9/docs/CallforPapers.pdf)

Location:
The conference will be held at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (www.javeriana.edu.co)
Bogotá-Colombia. Bogotá is the capital city of Colombia. Bogotá is the largest city
in Colombia, one of the biggest of Latin America. It figures amongst the thirty largest
cities of the world and it is the third-highest capital city in the world. Bogotá was a
typical colonial city in the beginning, but around the turn of the 20th Century, other
European tendencies began to replace the dominant Spanish influence. France's influence
is evident in many of the palaces built during this period. Residential areas show English
influence in houses built during the mid-20th Century. And finally, one can feel the
United States' influence in the new skyscrapers and huge shopping centers built toward
the end of the 20th Century. The best way to experience this vast variety of architectures
is by visiting Bogota's distinct districts, which retain their rich individual characters.
Immerse yoursel f in the city's culture, entertainment and varied cuisine.

Important Dates:
May
22, 2011: Papers submission deadline

July
11, 2011: Papers acceptance notification

August 15, 2011: Final manuscripts in camera-ready format

Scope: The Latin American Robotics Competition (LARC), The Latin American Robotics
Symposium (LARS) and The Colombian Conference on Automatic Control (CCAC) will be held
on October 24-26, 2011 in Bogotá-Colombia. The objective of the Conference is to gather
academic and industrial researchers and practitioners, to discuss the state of the art,
research and developments in advance control-robotics and its applications for sharing
and encouraging technology development in Colombia and the Latin American region.

The thematic emphasis of the Conference will be covering the theory, the implementation
issues and the experiences related to the applications of control, automation and robotics
methods in research, academy and industry. The main topics for the event include, but
are not limited to, the following:

Manufacturing and logistics Alarm management and safe process operating systems, Applied
control for industrial and non-industrial areas, Applied control for Robots, Artificial
intelligence, Artificial vision, Automation and technology Management, Bio and ecological
systems, Biomimetics, Cognition and communication, Computers, Control architectures, Design
methods, Diagnosis and asset maintenance, Discrete event systems, Distributed systems,
Education, Fault detection, Flexible manufacturing systems, Human machine interaction,
Human robotics, Hybrid systems, Intelligent control, Learning, Social systems Manufacturing
and logistics systems, Mechatronics, Mobile robots, Modeling of dynamic Systems, Monitoring,
Motion and goal planning, Multi-Robot systems, Process and power systems, Process automation,
Process optimization, Robotics and components, Sensing and sensor fusion, Signal processing
and state estimation, Supervision, System Identification Systems and signals, Tele-operation,
Transportation and vehicle systems.

Robotics competition:Latin American Robotics Competition is divided into categories established
by IEEE Latin-American and RoboCup:

1)IEEE-Latin-American: SEK, OPEN, Very Small;
2)RoboCup Latin-American: F180 (small size), Humanoids, Simulation 2D and 3D;
3) RoboCup

Junior: Rescue, Dance, Soccer.

Paper submission: The program committee invites you to submit 4 to 6 pages long papers in
English or Spanish through www.ieeelarc2011.org. The submitted papers are grouped as follows:
Regular papers (four to six pages, English language),
Students paper (four to six pages, either English or Spanish)
Industrial papers (two to six pages, either English or Spanish)

Conference organizers: IEEE CSS, RAS & IAS Colombian Chapters, IEEE-Colombia, Colombian Academic
and Scientific Community (CSS-RAS-IAS chapter’s members), Universidad Militar “Nueva Granada”,
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana y Universidad Nacional de Colombia

We look forward to seeing you in Bogotá, Colombia!

General Chair: Leonardo Solaque, Ph.D.
Robotics Technical Chair: Carlos Parra, Ph.D.
Control Technical Chair: Diego Patiño, IAS Technical Chair: Jenifer Castillo.
Industry Chair: Victor Grisales,
Executive Chair: Johanna Castellanos -
LARC Chair: Juan Calderon,
Tutorial Chair: Fredy Ruiz

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6. Workshops and Summer Schools

6.1 International Workshop on Advanced Computational Intelligence
Contributed by: Danchi Jiang,Danchi.Jiang@utas.edu.au

Fourth International Workshop on Advanced Computational Intelligence (IWACI2011)

October 19-21, 2011 Wuhan, China
WWW site: http://www.iwaci.org/index.htm

Call for Papers:
The fourth International Workshop on Advanced Computational Intelligence
(IWACI2011) will be held in Wuhan, China during October 19-21, 2011, as a sequel
of IWACI 2008 (Macao), IWACI2009 (Mexico City) and IWACI2010 (Suzhou).
IWACI2011 aims to explore advanced topics on computational intelligence covering
the whole spectrum of the research fields.
IWACI2011 Proceedings will be published by the IEEE to be included in EI
Compendex. In addition, special issues of extended accepted papers may be
published by SCI-indexed journals.

The workshop includes all topics on neural networks, fuzzy systems, evolutionary
computation, and their diverse applications. The workshop will favor papers
representing advanced theories and innovative applications. Papers will be selected
based on originality, significance, technical quality, and clarity.
Authors are invited to submit full length papers in the double-column IEEE paper
style not exceeding 8 pages to IWACI2011 Online Paper Submission System by July
1, 2011.

Important Dates:
Special session proposals deadline: May 1, 2011
Paper submission deadline: July 1, 2011
Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2011
Camera-ready copy and author registration: September 1, 2011

Contacts:
(1) Email address: iwaci2011@gmail.com
(2) Telephone numbers: +86-02787543630
(3) Fax number: +86-02787543631

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6.2 Santa Barbara Control Workshop: Decision, Dynamics and Control in Multi-Agent Systems
Contributed by: Francesco Bullo, bullo@engineering.ucsb.edu

The 2011 Santa Barbara Control Workshop: Decision, Dynamics and Control in Multi-Agent Systems

University of California at Santa Barbara, June 24, 2011
http://motion.me.ucsb.edu/SBControlWorkshop

Abstract

This one-day workshop will be held on the UCSB campus and will focus on recent
advances in the broad area of multi-agent systems and control. Relevant application
domains include sensor and camera networks, multi-vehicle and robotic systems,
social networks, smart grids, and biological systems. The workshop aims to bring
together researchers working on the theoretical and technological aspects of multi
-agent systems. Technical themes include:

1. decision, learning and game theory,
2. dynamics of complex networks and cooperative control, and
3. distributed computation and graph theoretical methods.

Technical Program

The workshop will consist of 25-minute presentations by invited speakers and is
organized by the UCSB Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation.
Confirmed speakers are:

1. Frank Allgöwer
2. John Baillieul
3. Alexandre M. Bayen
4. Jorge Cortés
5. Bruce A. Francis
6. Laura Giarré
7. Christoforos N. Hadjicostis
8. J. Karl Hedrick
9. Steve H. Low
10. Sonia Martínez
11. Mehran Mesbahi
12. Sean P. Meyn
13. Amit K. Roy-Chowdhury
14. Gaurav S. Sukhatme

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6.3 Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems
Contributed by: Magnus Egerstedt, magnus@gatech.edu

Call for Participation:

3rd Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems

June 27-29, 2011 - Georgia Tech Atlanta Campus
http://www.ece.gatech.edu/research/labs/esl/Activities/CPS-2011/index.html

Deadline for early registration: May 20, 2011

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) are systems that rely on a tight integration of
computation, communication, and controls, for their operation and interaction
with the physical environment in which they are deployed. Such systems must
be able to operate safely, dependably, securely, efficiently and in real-time,
in potentially highly uncertain or unstructured environments. CPS are expected
to have great technical, economic and societal impacts in the near future.

The 3rd Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems aims at bringing
together researchers from industry and academia. The format of the Summer School
will be a three-day meeting, organized around different aspects of Cyber Physical
Systems. The topical areas to be covered are:
- Formal Methods
- Distributed, Embedded Systems
- Networked Control Systems
- Embedded Software
- Scheduling
- Platforms
- Applications

Registration
Attendance to the CPS Summer School is FREE! However, you will need to register
your attendance, using the instructions on the website. The deadline for registration
is May 20, 2011.

Scholarships
It is expected that scholarships will be available to cover the cost of the accommodations.

Organizers:
- Magnus Egerstedt (magnus@gatech.edu)
- Marilyn Wolf (marilyn.wolf@ece.gatech.edu)

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6.4 DISC Summer School on Dynamics and Control Problems in Medical Robotics
Contributed by: s.m.vandermeer@tudelft.nl

Invitation

The organizers have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the DISC Summer
School on "Dynamics and Control Problems in Medical Robotics", which is scheduled
to take place between June 20-23, 2011, at the NH Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst,
Noordwijkerhout (near Leiden), The Netherlands.

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

Medical robotics has quickly emerged as an interdisciplinary topic, solving problems
within the medical sciences while utilizing fundamental principles from various engineering
disciplines. There exist several design and control challenges that need to be addressed
in order to develop reliable medical robotic systems. This summer school focuses on topics
that are relevant to the dynamics and control of such systems:

• Teleoperation ? robot control and teleoperation
• Visual servoing ? computer vision, visual servoing, and ultrasound guidance
• Passivity-based control ? modeling the interaction of dynamical systems and passivity theory

Lecturers

The main program will consist of the following speakers:
Teleoperation
Blake Hannaford (University of Washington, USA).

Visual servoing
Gregory Hager (Johns Hopkins University, USA), Tim Salcudean (University of British
Columbia, Canada), and Seth Hutchinson (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA).

Passivity-based control
Arjan van der Schaft (University of Groningen, The Netherlands).
Registration

The registration fee, which includes boarding and lodging, is
1100,- Euro for non-DISC members
700,- Euro for DISC-students and DISC-members

The school is limited to 60 participants based on a first-come first-serve policy.
Registration deadline is May 15, 2011.

All details about the summer school, including a preliminary program, are available
at the DISC website: http://www.disc.tudelft.nl/education/medical-robotics.html

You can register at following website: https://disc-forum.nl
Non DISC members can also sent an email to: secr@disc.tudelft.nl for registration.
(Please mention your full name and university).

For further information, please contact the DISC administrative office: Saskia van
der Meer (s.m.vandermeer@tudelft.nl) or the organizers: Sarthak Misra
(s.misra@utwente.nl), Stefano Stramigioli (s.stramigioli@utwente.nl), Dragan Kosti?
(d.kostic@tue.nl) or Gabriel Lopes (g.a.delgadolopes@tudelft.nl).

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6.5 Formal and Interdisciplinary Methods in Resilience Engineering
Contributed by: Manuela Bujorianu, Manuela.Bujorianu@manchester.ac.uk

FIRE: Formal and Interdisciplinary methods in Resilience Engineering

23-25 May 2011

A research school organised by
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Computational and Dynamical Analysis (CICADA)
University of Manchester, UK

Part of MaDe: Manchester Dependability Week
http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/Manuela.Bujorianu/MaDe.html

“Safety is the sum of events that do not occur. While accident research
has focussed on that occurred and try to understand why, safety research
should focus on the accidents that did not occur and try to understand why”
`` Resilience Engineering: concepts and precepts"

Structure

1 Course + 5 tutorials + 2 lectures:

Course on ``Probabilistic Model Checking”
By Prof. Joost-Pieter Katoen ; Duration: 4 hours

Tutorial on ``Probabilistic Models and Tools for Information Security Decisions”
By Prof. Aad van Moorsel ; Duration: 2 hours,

Tutorial on ``Introduction to object-oriented Modeling and Simulation with
Modelica using OpenModelica”
By Dr. Mohsen Torabzadeh-Tari ; Duration: 2 hours,

Tutorial on ``Solving discrete time control systems under severe uncertainty
using imprecise probabilities”
By Prof. Matthias Troffaes ; Duration: 2 hours,

Tutorial on ``Algorithmic Game Theory”
By Prof. Anna Philippou ; Duration: 2 hours,

Lecture on ``The Road to Resilience: Autonomy, Fault Tolerance, Verification”

By Dr. Manuela Bujorianu ; Duration: 1 hour,

Lecture on ``Resilience Engineering: A Quick Tour”

By Dr. Manuela Bujorianu ; Duration: 1 hour,

Tutorial on ``Steering Computer Simulation Of Physical Systems”

By Prof. John Brook ; Duration: 2 hours,

Organisation

Contact: Manuela Bujorianu, John Brooke and Helen Harper - CICADA;

Place and time:
9.30 am - 5.00 pm
Frank Adams rooms, Alan Turing Building, Manchester University

Registration
Registration website will be open soon. Registration fee will be around 30GBP.
Payment can be also made at the site. The phD students can apply for fee waiving
grant. If you would like to register your interest in the event, please contact
Helen Harper (Helen.Harper at Manchester.ac.uk) in the first instance.

Accommodation
There are several hotels near to the Alan Turing Building. Please consult the
school webpage for details.

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6.6 The First National Control Engineering Students Workshop
Contributed by: Nikhil Chopra,nchopra@umd.edu

The First National Control Engineering Students Workshop

We would like to bring to your attention "The First National Control Engineering
Students Workshop" that will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park
from April 28-May 1, 2011. This workshop follows the successful Northeast Control
Workshops organized earlier at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland,
College Park, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Johns Hopkins.

This workshop is intended as a forum for graduate students and postdoctoral
researchers from universities across the nation to present their research, and
to interact with their peers and with faculty members. The workshop will also
feature invited lectures by renowned researchers on topics like biology, hybrid
systems, cyber-physical systems, scientific presentations, and animal-borne imaging.

The invited lectures will be given by Panganamala R. Kumar, University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign; Munther A. Dahleh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, University of Texas at Dallas; Andrew Teel, University
of California, Santa Barbara; Miroslav Krstic, University of California, San Diego;
Michael Alley, Penn State University; Greg Marshall, Vice President, Remote Imaging,
National Geographic Society.

Additional details about the workshop can be found at http://tiny.cc/q1d19.
We look forward to your participation in the event.

Best Regards,
Nikhil Chopra and Danielle Tarraf

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6.7 First International Workshop on Wireless Networked Control Systems
Contributed by: James H. Taylor, jim.taylor@ieee.org

First International Workshop on Wireless Networked Control Systems - WNCS 2011

The First International Workshop on WNCSs will be held in Conjunction with The
2nd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies
(ANT 2011), September 19-21, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. Sponsorship by the
IEEE Control System Society has been applied for.

Important Dates:
o Paper Submission: April 30, 2011
o Author's Notification: May 31, 2011
o Paper Registration: June 15, 2011
o Final Manuscipt: June 30 2011

Preliminary Call for Papers: http://myweb.dal.ca/naslam/wncs-11/

Workshop Objective and Scope

WSNs have been widely used because of flexibility, lower costs and scalability
that they have been shown to provide. The pace of application in the context of
wireless networked control systems (WNCSs) has been significantly impeded, however,
by the reluctance of industry to make the accommodations necessary to allow wireless
paths to be incorporated in process control loops. Many sensors in a modern industrial
plant are used for closed-loop control, so the numerous potential WSN applications
that exist in the process and manufacturing industries make this impediment extremely
serious. One problem is that there are conflicts between maintaining control loop
performance on one hand, which can be degraded by many WSN issues, such as delays
in wireless paths (latency), low data rates, irregular arrival of data (jitter) and
electromagnetic interference; and meeting the usual objectives in managing a WSN,
namely freedom to configure the network and to adjust data rates at will, to maximize
efficiency and to conserve energy consumption in the network nodes. The objective of
this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry to present
their work and participate in dialog. We expect the workshop to act as a leading forum
for the WSN research community to discuss their ideas on addressing the most current
challenges, potential solutions and future developments of WNCSs.

Paper Submission

Every submitted paper will be carefully reviewed by at least two members of the Technical
Program Committee and external reviewers. All accepted papers will be published by Elsevier
Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series (on-line and CD).

WSNs have been widely used because of flexibility, lower costs and scalability that they
have been shown to provide. The pace of application in the context of wireless networked
control systems (WNCSs) has been significantly impeded, however, by the reluctance of
industry to make the accommodations necessary to allow wireless paths to be incorporated
in process control loops. Many sensors in a modern industrial plant are used for closed-loop
control, so the numerous potential WSN applications that exist in the process and manufacturing
industries make this impediment extremely serious. One problem is that there are conflicts
between maintaining control loop performance on one hand, which can be degraded by many WSN
issues, such as delays in wireless paths (latency), low data rates, irregular arrival of
data (jitter) and electromagnetic interference; and meeting the usual objectives in managing
a WSN, namely freedom to configure the network and to adjust data rates at will, to maximize
efficiency and to conserve energy consumption in the network nodes. The objective of this
workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry to present their work
and participate in dialog. We expect the workshop to act as a leading forum for the WSN
research community to discuss their ideas on addressing the most current challenges,
potential solutions and future developments of WNCSs.

Paper Submission

Every submitted paper will be carefully reviewed by at least two members of the Technical
Program Committee and external reviewers. All accepted papers will be published by Elsevier
Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series (on-line and CD).

Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically using the online conference
management system managed by easychair.org, in PDF format. If you have used this system
before, you can use the same username and password. If this is your first time using
EasyChair, you will need to register for an account by clicking "I have no EasyChair
account" button. Upon completion of registration, you will get a notification email
from the system and you are ready to submit your paper. You can upload and re-upload
the paper to the system by the submission due date.

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7. Positions

7.1 PhD: University of Nancy, France
Contributed by: Christophe Aubrun, christophe.aubrun@cran.uhp-nancy.fr

The Centre of Research in Automation of Nancy (http://www.cran.uhp-nancy.fr/)
University of Nancy (France), invites application for a PhD scholarship.

The project is granted by the French Ministry of High Education and Research for
3 years. The PHD student should be eligible to the grant conditions required by
the French Ministry of High Education and Research (see http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr
and search “contrat doctoral”. The grants are expected to start on 1st October 2011.
The selection of candidates will be done before the end of May 2011. The Applications
should be sent to Dr. Samir Aberkane (samir.aberkane@cran.uhp-nancy.fr) or Pr. C.
Aubrun (christophe.aubrun@cran.uhp-nancy.fr) and considered until 1st May.

Project description: Reconfigurable Control Systems: A Semi-Markovian Jump System Approach

Fault Tolerant Control Systems (FTCS) aim at guaranteeing that a process keeps
fulfilling its mission even in the presence of failures, although possibly in a
degraded mode. For the design problem, two basic approaches have been studied:
passive fault tolerance rely on robust control principles where the faults are
considered as modeling uncertainties. Active Fault Tolerant Control (AFTC), on
the other hand, involves automatically detecting and identifying the failed
components using a Fault Detection and Identification (FDI) scheme and then
reconfiguring the control law on-line in response to the FDI algorithm decisions.
Despite the evident interaction between FDI and reconfiguration algorithms, the
research on FDI and reconfiguration methods has often evolved separately. Typically,
in the reconfiguration literature, it is usually assumed that a perfect FDI device
is available (i.e. no detection delays, no false alarms, no missed detection, etc.).
On the other hand, an FDI a lgorithm is judged satisfactory if it detects failures
quickly and generates few false alarms, regardless of the performance of the closed-
loop reconfigured system. However, when the FDI output is feedback into a reconfiguration
closed-loop control, a short detection delay and a low false alarm rate do not
guarantee stable operation of the reconfigurable system. This makes the synthesis of
reconfigurable controllers that take explicitly into account the inherent imperfections
of the FDI process of great importance.

The candidates are expected to have a Master in computer science, electrical
engineering or related areas with experience in one (or more) of the following areas:

• Control theory
• Stochastic differential (difference) equations
• Probability theory
• Optimization

How to Apply?

In brief, you will need to submit electronically,
• A detailed CV including a list of publications
• A motivation letter including a brief statement about research interests and motivation
to join the project, and the name and contact of 2 references

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7.2 PhD: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
Contributed by: Amol Sasane, sasane@math.kth.se

PhD student position in the Doctoral Programme in Mathematics at the Division of
Optimization and Systems Theory, Department of Mathematics, Royal Institute of
Technology (KTH), Stockholm

KTH is the largest technical university in Sweden. Education and research cover
a broad spectrum within natural sciences and engineering, as well as architecture,
industrial engineering and management, urban planning, work science and environmental
engineering. There are circa 12,000 full-year undergraduate students, 1,400 post-
graduate students and 3,100 employees.

The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international
front line, from fundamental disciplines such as physics and mathematics, to engineering
mechanics with applications such as aeronautics and vehicle engineering. We also offer
University degree programs in Engineering Physics, Vehicle Engineering, 'Engineering and
Education', and 'Open Entrance', as well as a number of International Masters Programs.
For more information about the School of Engineering Sciences please visit http://www.kth.s/sci?l=en_UK

The Division of Optimization and Systems Theory within the Department of Mathematics
offers a position as a PhD student in the research area of Mathematical Control
Theory. Optimization and Systems Theory is a discipline in applicable mathematics
in which theory and methods are developed for a broad range of applications in
control, logistics, planning, and signal processing. In particular, the PhD project
involves solving control theoretic problems for infinite-dimensional systems, where
tools from functional analysis and complex analysis are used.

Certain departmental duties are included in the employment, such as teaching up to 20%
of the time over the whole period of employment. The salary is determined by the
collective agreement for PhD students, and the employment is time limited to five years.

Qualifications: We seek a person with a strong background in mathematics (in particular
in analysis), with an interest in control theory. The successful applicant should also
be highly motivated, should have the ability to work independently and should have good
communication skills.

Employment: The employment starts 2011-09-01 or as agreed upon.

Application deadline: 2011-05-13

Application procedure: Please quote the reference number S-2011-0290 in your application.
The application should include:
(1) curriculum vitae
(2) a copy of grades
(3) a covering letter.

The application should be sent by mail to: Maria Axelsson, Department of Mathematics,
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden.

For more information about the position, please contact: Dr. Amol Sasane (Associate
Professor, Phone: +46 8 7907320 ;
E-mail: sasane@math.kth.se )

Union representative: Lars-Gunnar Andersson, SACO
Tel: +46 8 553 781 07, lgan@kth.se

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7.3 PhD: INRIA, France
Contributed by: Mitsuhiro Hayashibe, hayashibe@lirmm.fr

PhD: INRIA, France (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control)

Whole body control framework for lower limb stability in computational rehabilitation

In FES, movement synthesis and control are still challenging tasks due to the
complexity of whole body dynamics computation and the nonlinearity of stimulated
muscle dynamics. One of the challenge concerns the biofeedback that can be used
to control joint angle, torque or stiffness. The goal of this PhD work is to study
the optimization-based motion synthesis and real-time control framework which can
generate stimulation patterns from the pre-computed motion synthesis database.
Motion capture system together with the estimation of the Center of Mass would be
used to assess the strategies. This work aims at the development of automatic method
to establish deficient limb stability in computer-aided rehabilitation.

This PhD work is performed under the project named @walk (artificial walking) between
INRIA DEMAR project and AI lab of Stanford University. http://www.lirmm.fr/~fraisse/@WALK/

- research background: Master in control engineering, computer science, biomechanics, robotics.
- Starting date: between Sept. 1st 2011 and Jan. 1st 2012
- working place: LIRMM, Montpellier, France

Contact: Mitsuhiro Hayashibe, Philippe Fraisse
Mitsuhiro.Hayashibe@inria.fr

You can see the detail and apply on-line here.
http://en.inria.fr/institute/recruitment/ PhD: University of Sheffield
Contributed by: Peter Fleming, P.Fleming@sheffield.ac.uk

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7.4

PhD Scholarship: Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield

The research topic is “Learning in Multiobjective Optimisation” and it will be
applied to control and monitoring system architecture design studies.

This fully funded PhD programme (fees plus living expenses) will be undertaken in
the in the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Control and Systems Engineering
at University of Sheffield.
For more details of the position and how to apply, please see
http://www.shef.ac.uk/acse/news/releases/dhpa2011.html. Closing date: 22nd April 2011

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7.5 PhD: INRIA, France
Contributed by: Bernard Brogliato, bernard.brogliato@irialpes.fr

PhD: INRIA (The National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control)

PhD position on Discrete-time Sliding Mode Control Analysis and Implementation:
this PhD thesis will concern sliding-mode control in discrete-time: numerical
simulation, discrete-time implementation without chattering with matched or
mismatched uncertainties, computation of the controller when the switching
surface has co-dimension larger than two..This is part of on-going research
work in our team (Acary, Brogliato, Systems and Control Letters, 59, 284-293,
2010, and Acary, Brogliato, Numerical Simulation for Nonsmooth Dynamical Systems,
Springer LNACM vol.35, 2008).

This topic is suitable for a master student in applied mathematics, or theoretical
automatic control (nonlinear and/or hybrid systems), with basic knowledge in C++.
Gross salary: 1957 euros per month.

Applicants are invited to contact us and must apply to PhD offer no 102 before end
of April 2011 on-line at:

http://en.inria.fr/institute/recruitment/offers/phd-positions-offered/phd-positions-offered

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7.6 Post-Doc/PhD: University of Pretoria, South Africa
Contributed by: J. Zhang, zhang@up.ac.za

The University of Pretoria has been awarded to host the South African National
Hub for the Postgraduate Programme in Energy Efficiency and Demand-side Management
(DSM) from 2008. In response to this, the University of Pretoria has established
postgraduate degree programmes specialised in energy efficiency and DSM. Analytic
techniques from engineering and optimisation are the main tools in the quantitative
study of energy efficiency related topics such as power system scheduling, power
system efficiency with alternative energy resources and co-generation, motor and
transportation efficiency, fuel efficiency, and energy efficient architecture and
housing. The study extends also to DSM schemes, smart load control and computer
networks, and efficient lighting. The current key research topics include industrial
energy optimisation (e.g. conveyor belt and pumping systems), building energy management,
and the applications of control systems in general energy systems.

2~3 postdoctoral position and 2~3 PhD positions are now available in the Hub. The
initial appointment for the these positions is one year with the possibility to be
further extended for another two years depending on the progress of the candidates.
The incumbents are expected to work in one of the above key research topics, but
can also work on any energy efficiency related topic that the incumbents have
interest and/or expertise. Strong background in power or energy system, mathematical
modelling and optimisation, or control theory is a plus. There are also possibilities
for the incumbents to participate the many practical projects that the Hub is currently
running.

For the application of the Post-doc position, please send

(i) A cover letter
(ii) CV including education background and list of publications;
(iii) PhD thesis; and
(iv) Up to 3 representative publications

to
Ms Marcia Ndala
marcia.ndala@up.ac.za

For the application of PhD positions, please send

(i) A cover letter
(ii) CV including education background and list of publications;
(iii) Undergraduate and postgraduate transcripts;
(iv) Master’s thesis; and
(v) Representative publications, if applicable

to
Ms Marcia Ndala
Email: marcia.ndala@up.ac.za

For PhD applicants who did not complete their studies in an English medium university,
TOEFL or IELTS exam scores must also be provided.

General enquiry concerning the above positions can be made to Prof. X. Xia (Professor
and Director, Fellow IEEE, Email: xxia@postion.up.ac.za ) or
Dr. J. Zhang (Associate professor, Email: zhang@up.ac.za )

National Hub for Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management
Centre of New Energy Systems
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering,
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
Email: xxia@postino.up.ac.za

Detailed information on the Hub can be found at http://eehub.up.ac.za
Information on the University of Pretoria and the Pretoria city are available
at http://www.up.ac.za, or wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Pretoria http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretoria

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7.7 Post-Doc: Peking University
Contributed by: Guangming Xie, xiegming@pku.edu.cn

Several Postdoctoral Fellows are being recruited at the Center for Systems and
Control, College of Engineering, Peking University, in the general areas of control
systems, robotics, systems/industrial engineering and applications. The appointment
is for a period of two years. The ideal candidate is one who has recently completed,
or is about to finish, his/her PhD. The themes of research are, but not limited to,
robotics, networked control systems, multi-agent systems, hybrid systems, computational
intelligence, systems engineering, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering.

Interested candidates should send their CV to Professor Guangming Xie at
xiegming@pku.edu.cn.

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7.8 Post-Doc: University of Hong Kong
Contributed by: James Lam, james.lam@hku.hk

A Postdoctoral Fellow is being recruited at the Department of Mechanical Engineering,
The University of Hong Kong, in the area of control systems and applications. The
initial application deadline is 15 May 2011 and the position may begin from 1 September
2011, or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment is for a period of one year
initially, with a possibility of renewal for two one-year contracts, subject to satisfactory
performance reviews.

The ideal candidate is one who has recently completed, or is about to finish, his/her
PhD in the area of control systems and applications with strong background in mathematics
and control theory. The main themes of research are, but not limited to, positive systems,
compartmental networks, and biological networks.

The monthly salary of the position is HKD 22,295 (1 USD approximately equals 7.8 HKD).

Interested candidates should send their CV to Professor James Lam, Department of Mechanical
Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, via email james.lam@hku.hk .

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international
standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront
of academic scholarship for many years. Of a number of recent indicators of the University's
performance, one is its ranking at 21 among the top 200 universities in the world by the UK's
Times Higher Education Supplement. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes
and research disciplines, with 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 50 countries,
and a complement of 1,200 academic members of staff, many of whom are internationally renowned.

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7.9 Post-Doc: University of Exeter
Contributed by: Declan Bates, D.G.Bates@exeter.ac.uk

Two Postdoctoral Researcher Positions on Deciphering and Applying Evolutionary
Design Principles Underlying Robustness

These posts, available immediately, will be part of a multidisciplinary project
led by Dr. Orkun S. Soyer, Dr. Ozgur Akman and Prof. Declan Bates at the University
of Exeter, UK. The successful applicant will contribute towards research related to
the project entitled "Evolving controllers and controlling evolution" and funded by
the EPSRC.

In this project, we will combine tools and ideas from the fields of control theory
and evolutionary theory to study specific molecular systems in order to derive
evolutionary design principles underlying their robustness. In particular, we are
interested in understanding which evolutionary conditions can result in the emergence
of robustness in these systems and through what kinds of molecular or network-level
mechanisms it is underpinned. We will then combine this evolutionary insight with
in silico evolution approaches to design robust synthetic systems and engineering
applications, in particular in aerospace control engineering.

For further information and application details, please see the online ad at:
https://jobs.exeter.ac.uk/hrpr_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=1971873ZNQ&WVID=3817591jNg&LANG=USA

To apply please send your application CV, covering letter and the details of three
referees to Dr Orkun S. Soyer at O.S.Soyer@exeter.ac.uk quoting the reference number
N3289 in any correspondence.

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7.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Sally Ma, scc.hitsz@gmail.com

Faculty Positions in Systems and Control
Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School,
Shenzhen, China
Department: Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering/ Systems and Control Center

The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology,
Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSG) 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.

HITSG 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:

Mr. Xinghua Liu
Control and Mechatronics Engineering Division
HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town
Xili, Shenzhen
Guangdong
P. R. China 518055

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

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7.11 Lecturer: The University of Manchester
Contributed by: Dr Zhengtao Ding, Zhengtao.Ding@manchester.ac.uk

Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering Decommissioning
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester
Closing date: 22/04/2011
Reference: EPS/11899

The University of Manchester has a bold and exciting plan to be one of the
top 25 Universities in the world by 2015. Towards this strategy, the University
of Manchester has established the Dalton Nuclear Institute to make the University
a leading world centre for nuclear research and education.

To support this centre and to facilitate the involvement of the School of
Electrical and Electronic Engineering within it, the University of Manchester
wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering Decommissioning, specialising
in Control Engineering, with experience in Autonomous Systems and Robotics. The
post is available from 1 June 2011 for a fixed term of three years, in the first
instance.

The successful candidate will be based at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility, located
close to Workington in Cumbria, and will work closely with researchers in the School o
f Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Nuclear Decommissioning Research Centre.
Specifically, the successful candidate will strengthen and expand the University's
portfolio of research in autonomous systems and robotics, with specific application
in the area of Nuclear Decommissioning. Applicants working in this area with expertise
in autonomy, control systems, automation and robotics would be particularly welcome.
The successful applicant will have a strong track record in systems and control research,
including a PhD and high quality publications. Experience in nuclear decommissioning is
desirable, but not essential.

The successful applicant will also contribute to the School's undergraduate and
postgraduate teaching, which includes the MSc in Advanced Control and Systems
Engineering. A generous travel and subsistence allowance will enable the successful
candidate to divide their time between Manchester and Cumbria.

The successful applicant must be able to satisfy the security clearance requirements
of the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS)

Salary
£36,862 - £45,336 p.a.

Informal enquiries
Professor Andrew Gibson
Email: andrew.gibson@manchester.ac.uk

Please visit http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/vacancies/academic/vacancy/?ref=100875
for further information and application procedures.

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7.12 Researcher Assistant: University of Stuggart
Contributed by: Carsten Scherer, carsten.scherer@mathematik.uni-stuttgart.de

We solicit applications for one research assistant positions in Mathematical
Systems Theory at the University of Stuttgart.

We are searching candidates with prior exposure to mathematical systems theory,
preferably (but not necessarily) with a special expertise on

* numerical aspects of optimization, convex optimization and semi-definite
programming in control, structure exploitation

* graph theoretical methods in distributed control of large-scale networked systems

Interested applicants with a very strong mathematical background should send

* a complete resume
* a letter of motivation
* the names of two professional referees

to carsten.scherer@mathematik.uni-stuttgart.de

Carsten Scherer
Mathematical Systems Theory
Department of Mathematics
University of Stuttgart
Pfaffenwaldring 57
70569 Stuttgart
Germany
Email: carsten.scherer@mathematik.uni-stuttgart.de
http://www.imng.uni-stuttgart.de/simtech/Scherer/jobs.html

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7.13 Research Associate: The University of Manchester
Contributed by: Dr Zhengtao Ding,Zhengtao.Ding@manchester.ac.uk

Research Associate in Processing Nonlinear Periodic Signals for Mass Spectrometry
The University of Manchester (REF: EPS/12045)
Salary £29,099 to £35,788 p.a.
Six-month fixed-term contract, from 1st May 2011.

Mass spectrometry is a commonly used analytical technique that measures the mass
-to-charge ratio of charged particles. Electrostatic Ion Beam Traps (EIBTs) are
being developed aiming at detecting individual ions, in which the ions travel
between two electrode mirrors. The success of EIBTS relies on the correct identification
of the characters of non-harmonic periodic signals. A considerable amount of research
has been carried out by the researchers in School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
on processing non-harmonic periodic signals in nonlinear dynamic systems. With the financial
support from EPSRC and Shimadzu Research Laboratory (SRL), we are seeking to appoint a
postdoctoral researcher to develop methods for processing nonlinear periodic signals
for mass spectrometry. The project will involve several engineering topics, including
nonlinear systems, optimisation and data analysis and processing.

The appointee should hold a minimum of a 2:1 degree and a PhD degree (or equivalent)
in an engineering discipline and have academic knowledge of nonlinear dynamic systems,
optimisation methods, with knowledge and/or industrial experience in data analysis and
processing. Knowledge and experience of programming in Matlab or C is also required,
as well as skills in software development, project management, team working and report
writing. The appointee will be expected to work closely with engineers in SRL in Manchester
so excellent communication skills are also essential.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Zhengtao Ding, tel: 0161 306 4663 or email
zhengtao.ding@manchester.ac.uk.

Please visit http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/vacancies/ for further details
and application procedures.

Closing date: 3 May 2011, Please quote reference: EPS/12045

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7.14 Research Associate: University of New South Wales
Contributed by: Ian Petersen, i.r.petersen@gmail.com

Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow Level Position)

School of Engineering and Information Technology
University of New South Wales at ADFA (Canberra)

Level A/B

Salary: Level A: $AU 58,300 - $AU 77,733pa + super
Level B: $AU 81,629 - $AU 96,231pa + super

Fixed term: 2 years

We are seeking to appoint one or more Research Associates to contribute to the
research in a project funded by the Australian Research Council. The Research
Associates will undertake research and help conduct experiments in the control
of quantum optical systems. The Research Associates will also develop new control
theory in the areas of negative imaginary systems and robust Kalman filtering with
an emphasis on theoretical results which have applications to the theory and
implementation of quantum control systems. The Research Associates will provide
support to experimental quantum optics and cavity ring down spectroscopy research
through the implementation of controllers and filters on dSPACE and FPGA hardware.
The positions may also involve some teaching at both a postgraduate and undergraduate
level. The applicants should have a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or
related discipline.

Enquiries:

Ian Petersen, T +61 2 6268 8446, E: i.petersen@adfa.edu.au

Application procedure and closing date:

A position description and selection criteria are available from
http://hr.unsw.adfa.edu.au/employment/index.html

The closing date is 30 April, 2011; however, consideration of applications will
be on going until the position is filled.

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7.15 Researcher: Imperial College, London
contributed by: David Angeli, d.angeli@imperial.ac.uk

Research Associate in Analysis of Chemical Reaction Networks
Imperial College London - Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Salary in the range of £30,680 - £36,040 per annum
Fixed Term Appointment for 2 years

Applicants are invited for a Research Associate position in the Control and
Power Research Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The
position is available to undertake research on conditions for oscillation in
chemical reaction networks.

Applicants should have a PhD (or proven research experience/equivalent) in
Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Mathematics, or be close to achieving
the degree. Applicants will be expected to apply tools from the theory of dynamical
systems and bifurcation theory, linear and exterior algebra and computational
graph theory to problems arising in the theory of chemical reaction networks.

For a description of the Control and Power Research Group and for more information
on the staff and research team, please visit our website at www.imperial.ac.uk/controlandpower

Our preferred method of application is online via our website
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment (please select "Job Search" then enter the j
ob title or vacancy reference number EN20110053RS into "Keywords"). Please complete
and upload an application form as directed.

Closing Date: 27 April 2011 (midnight GMT/BST)

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7.16 Researcher: United Technologies Research Centre, Ireland
Contributed by: Tara O'Sullivan, ccosullt@utrc.utc.com

Building Energy Systems

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland is seeking candidates with expertise
in thermal and energy management systems analysis for high performance buildings.
The successful candidate will conduct research in modeling and analysis, and will
support technology demonstrations of advanced building energy and control systems.
The position requires analytical skills and experience with programming and the
development and use of computational modeling tools. An understanding of building
physics, including heat transfer, fluid flow and humidity propagation is required.
Applications include the modeling of building envelope, loads and HVAC systems.
In this position, researchers with expertise in the areas of thermal and energy
management systems analysis for high performance buildings will work as part of
technology teams in developing new technologies that will provide a competitive
advantage for UTC’s business units.

The successful candidate is a self-starter that works well in an international
teaming environment, is well-organized with excellent interpersonal, leadership
and communication skills.

• Experience with development /application of modeling and simulation programs to
analyze building systems, thermal loads and performance.
• Familiarity with HVAC equipment performance including vapor compression products,
air distribution and building management systems.
• Exceptional communication skills, demonstrated commitment to deliver results,
adaptability and the ability to work in a teaming environment.
• Field experience with implementation or monitoring of building system technologies
and experience working with Government agencies and proposal development is desirable.
• Ability to execute technology research plans to successfully achieve desired
technical outcomes within time and budget constraints.
• Some travel required.

MS degree in mechanical, systems or environmental engineering with 5+ years experience
in modeling and analysis of high performance buildings.

A Ph.D. with 3+ years experience in mechanical, systems or environmental engineering
is preferred.

Software skills preferred: MATLAB, TRNSYS, EnergyPlus, IES, Dymola

This position will be located at UTRC-Ireland's new office opening in Cork,
Ireland and report to the in-country General Manager. To be eligible to apply for the
position, candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland.

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7.17 Control System Engineer: United Technologies Research Centre, Ireland
Contributed by: Tara O'Sullivan, ccosullt@utrc.utc.com

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland is seeking candidates with expertise
in control system design and analysis for high performance buildings. The successful
candidate will have demonstrated ability to synthesize optimal, supervisory control
system architectures and algorithms, develop control-oriented modeling methods, and
to perform control system rapid prototyping with applications to buildings and energy
microgrid systems. The position requires analytical skills related to both controls
and optimization, with experience using computational modeling tools for both development
and analysis. An understanding of building physics, including heat transfer and fluid
flow is preferred. In this position, researchers with expertise in control system
design and analysis will work as part of technology teams in developing new technologies
that will provide a competitive advantage for UTC’s business units.

The successful candidate is a self-starter that works well in an international teaming
environment,is well-organized with excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication
skills.

• Experience applying system identification techniques. Knowledge of nonlinear MIMO
systems parameter identification methods is highly desirable. Experience with estimation
techniques, such as Kalman Filters is a plus.
• Ability to develop physics-based, non-linear dynamic control and analysis-oriented
system level models for building and distributed power systems. Demonstrated ability
to analyze and optimize complex systems including nonlinear, time-varying dynamical
subsystems with uncertain parameters.
• Experience selecting control algorithm/architecture based on scientific principles
and product integration needs. Control problems encountered in the applications of
interest require a wide range of solutions including SISO controllers (PID, lead-lag,
and gain scheduling),as well as MIMO controllers (typically based on optimization techniques
including MPC techniques) for time-varying nonlinear subsystems. Hierarchical control or
distributed control background is a plus. Ability to incorporate system input and state
constraints into control algorithm design as well as dealing with uncertain parameters
and disturbances is essential. Familiarity with time delay and nonlinearity compensation
is desirable. Ability to synthesize controllers for hybrid systems where switching occurs
between several modes of operation, each one with different continuous dynamics is of interest.
• Experience providing control implementation specifications both for rapid prototyping
and industrial code implementation. Familiarity with rapid prototyping methodologies and
environments is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience with automatic code generation
tools and control design validation procedures would be a definite asset. Experience with
HIL incorporating system simulations would be ideal.
• Experience with development /application of modeling and simulation programs to analyze
building and distributed power systems, thermal and electrical loads and performance.
• Familiarity with HVAC equipment performance including vapor compression products, air
distribution and building management systems.
• Familiarity with Distributed Power and Energy storage systems, including solar PV, wind
turbines, biomass, cogeneration, and battery technologies.
• Exceptional communication skills, demonstrated commitment to deliver results, adaptability
and the ability to work in a teaming environment.
• Field experience with implementation building control system and experience working with
Government agencies and proposal development is desirable.
• Ability to execute technology research plans to successfully achieve desired technical
outcomes within time and budget constraints.
• Some travel required.

MS degree in mechanical, electrical or control engineering with 6+ years experience in
control system design and analysis for high performance buildings.

A Ph.D. with 4+ years experience in mechanical, electrical or control engineering is preferred.

Software skills preferred: MATLAB, Simulink, C, C++, modeling languages for optimization
programming (e.g. AMPL), linear and non-linear optimization software (e.g.IpOpt, CPLEX, Gurovi)

This position will be located at UTRC-Ireland's new office opening in Cork, Ireland and
report to the in-country General Manager. To be eligible to apply for the position,
candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland.

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7.18 Project Leader: United Technologies Research Centre, Ireland
Contributed by: Tara O'Sullivan, ccosullt@utrc.utc.com

Job Responsibilities
UTRCI seeks an experienced candidate for a senior level position as a project
leader with expertise in developing and delivering technologies for low energy
sustainable buildings. In this position, the candidate will lead technology
teams in the areas of:

a) building demand-side energy management (HVAC, lighting, etc),
b) building supply-side (microgrid) energy management,
c) building energy diagnostics,
d) wireless sensing for low energy buildings and e) microgrid power electronics
and power control, in developing new technologies that will provide a competitive
advantage for UTC’s business units.

The successful candidate is a self-starter that works well in an international
teaming environment and is well-organized with excellent interpersonal, leadership
and communication skills.

Education M.S. in Mechanical, Electrical or Systems Engineering with 7+ years experience including
leading projects and or people in research and development in the area of design and
operation of building energy demand and supply management systems is required.

A Ph.D. with 5+ years experience in technologies applied to low energy sustainable
building systems and an established network of contacts and partnerships in the
European academia community is highly preferred.

Experience/Qualifications

• Build and lead high energy multi-disciplinary and international teams to successfully
achieve desired technical outcomes within time and budget constraints.
• Communicate effectively with executive level technical and management teams.
• Demonstrate strategic leadership, innovative thinking and deep technical expertise in
areas relevant to low energy sustainable building systems.
• Assure technical excellence and rigor in project execution through the identification
and recruitment of technical skills in selected areas.
• Develop employees through both formal and informal training and through mentoring.
• Demonstrate superior project management and communication skills, providing timely
and accurate reports and presentations to senior management and functional teams.
• Develop, articulate and realize technology roadmaps in areas related to low energy
sustainable building systems, expanding the portfolio of technology maturation projects.
• Actively pursue external funding and collaborative opportunities in the area of high
efficiency buildings with partners including companies, national labs and universities.

Some travel required.

This position will be located at UTRC-Ireland's new office opening in Cork, Ireland and
report to the in-country General Manager. To be eligible to apply for the position,
candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland.

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