December 2010

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 267
December 2010

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

1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Books
2.1 Advanced Control and Supervision of Mineral Processing Plants
2.2 Block-oriented Nonlinear System Identification
2.3 Induction Motor Control DesignSeries: Advances in Industrial Control
2.4 Active Braking Control Systems Design for Vehicles
2.5 Intelligent Infrastructures
2.6 Nonsmooth Modeling and Simulation for Switched Circuits

3. Journals
3.1 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
3.2 Contents: Royal society - Theory of Hybrid Dynamical Systems
3.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
3.4 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
3.5 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
3.6 Contents: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
3.7 Contents: AIChE Journal
3.8 Contents: Journal of Process Control
3.9 CFP: Cognitive Computation
3.10 CFP: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
3.11 CFP: Discontinuous Dynamicial Systems: Theory and Numerical Methods

4. Conferences
4.1 IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems
4.2 Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation
4.3 International Conference on Control and Optimization with Industrial Applications
4.4 ASME/IEEE MESA

5. Workshops
5.1 WIDS@MIT: Information and Decision in Social Networks
5.2 Hybrid Autonomous Systems HAS 2011
5.3 Controls for Societal Challenges: Transitioning to a Sustainable Infrastructure
5.4 EECI Graduate School on Control

6.  Positions
6.1 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
6.2 PhD: The University of Agder
6.3 PhD: Czech Technical University in Prague
6.4 PhD: KTH, Sweden
6.5 PhD: Chalmers University of Technology
6.6 PhD: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
6.7 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
6.8 PhD/Post-Doc: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
6.9 PhD/Post-Doc: UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
6.10 PhD/Post-Doc: University of Alberta, Canada
6.11 Post Doc: Northwestern University
6.12 Post-Doc: University of Southampton
6.13 Faculty: University of Groningen
6.14 Faculty: Delft University of Technology
6.15 Faculty: University of Tornoto
6.16 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China
6.17 Faculty: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
6.18 Faculty: University of Michigan
6.19 Faculty: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6.20 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
6.21 Faculty: University of Louisville
6.22 Faculty: Rensselaer Polytechnic Insttitute
6.23 Faculty: École Polytechnique de Montréal
6.24 Lecturer: University of Western Sydney, Australia
6.25 Lecturer: University of Pretoria, South Africa
6.26 Lecturer: Cranfield Defence and Security
6.27 Researcher: University of Cambridge, UK
6.28 Researcher: John Deere, Waterloo, IA
 
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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

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

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Table of Contents, Volume 55 (2010), Issue 10 (October)

Scanning the Issue page 2217

Papers

A Scalable Robust Stability Criterion for Systems with Heterogeneous LTI Components
U.T. Jönsson and C.-Y. Kao page 2219

Stochastic Averaging in Continuous Time and Its Applications to Extremum Seeking
S.-J. Liu and M. Krstic page 2235

A Linear Representation of Dynamics of Boolean Networks
D. Cheng and H. Qi page 2251

Analysis of Lyapunov Method for Control of Quantum States
X. Wang and S. G. Schirmer page 2259

Stable LPV Realization of Parametric Transfer Functions and Its Application to
Gain-Scheduling Control Design
F. Blanchini, D. Casagrande, S. Miani, and U. Viaro page 2271

Realization Theory For Linear Hybrid Systems
M. Petreczky and J. H. van Schuppen page 2282

The Cost of Complexity in System Identification: Frequency Function Estimation
of Finite Impulse Response Systems
C. R. Rojas, M. B. Syberg, J. S. Welsh, and H. Hjalmarsson page 2298

Types of Asynchronous Diagnosability and the Reveals-Relation in Occurrence Nets
S. Haar page 2310

Model Reduction by Moment Matching for Linear and Nonlinear Systems
A. Astolfi page 2321

Technical Notes and Correspondence

H-infinity Positive Filtering for Positive Linear Discrete-Time Systems: An
Augmentation Approach
P. Li, J. Lam, and Z. Shu page 2337

A Negative Imaginary Lemma and the Stability of Interconnections of Linear
Negative Imaginary Systems
J. Xiong, I. R. Petersen, and A. Lanzon page 2342

Dynamical Analysis of Neural Networks of Subgradient System
S. Qin and X. Xue page 2347

Robust Stability of Time-Varying Uncertain Systems with Rational Dependence
on the Uncertainty
G. Chesi page 2353

Adaptive Control for Uncertain Continuous-Time Systems Using Implicit Inversion
of Prandtl-Ishlinskii Hysteresis Representation
X. Chen, T. Hisayama, and C-Y. Su page 2357

Linear Moving Horizon Estimation With Pre-Estimating Observer
D. Sui, T. A. Johansen, and L. Feng page 2363

Reduced-Order Observer in the Sliding Mode Control of Nonlinear Nonaffine Systems
G. Bartolini and E. Punta page 2368

Minimum Data Rate for Mean Square Stabilization of Discrete LTI Systems
Over Lossy Channels
K. You and L. Xie page 2373

Geometric Analysis of the Formation Problem for Autonomous Robots
F. Dörfler and B. Francis page 2379

Stability of Time-Delay Feedback Switched Linear Systems
L. Vu and K. A. Morgansen page 2385

Bearings-Only Guidance of a Unicycle-Like Vehicle Following a Moving Target
with a Smaller Minimum Turning Radius
A. V. Savkin and H. Teimoori page 2390

Consensus of Multi-Agent Systems With Unbounded Time-Varying Delays
X. Liu, W. Lu, and T. Chen page 2396

Manufacturing Systems With a Production Dependent Failure Rate: Structure
of Optimality
F. Martinelli page 2401

Delay-Independent Minimum Dwell Time for Exponential Stability of Uncertain
Switched Delay Systems
W.-H. Chen and W. X. Zheng page 2406

Attaining Mean Square Boundedness of a Marginally Stable Stochastic Linear
System With a Bounded Control Input
F. Ramponi, D. Chatterjee, A. Milias-Argeitis, P. Hokayem, and J. Lygeros page 2414

Robust Adaptive Output-Feedback Tracking for a Class of Nonlinear Time-Delayed Plants
B. Mirkin and P.-O. Gutman page 2418

Stability of Unfalsified Adaptive Switching Control in Noisy Environments
G. Battistelli, E. Mosca, M. G. Safonov, and P. Tesi page 2424

Exponential Stability with L2-Gain Condition of Nonlinear Impulsive Switched Systems
H. Xu and K. L. Teo page 2429

Time-Delay Systems: Design of Delay-Free and Low-Order Observers
H. M. Trinh, P. S. Teh, and T. L. Fernando page 2434

On Synthesis of Linear Quantum Stochastic Systems by Pure Cascading
H. I. Nurdin page 2439

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1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Table of Contents, Volume 55 (2010), Issue 11 (November)

Scanning the Issue page 2445

Papers

Minimization of Dynamic Sensor Activation in Discrete Event Systems for the
Purpose of Control
W. Wang, S. Lafortune, F. Lin, and A. Girard page 2447

Distributed Moving Horizon Estimation for Linear Constrained Systems
M. Farina, G. Ferrari-Trecate, and R. Scattolini page 2462

Design of Affine Controllers via Convex Optimization
J. Skaf and P. Boyd page 2476

Smooth Regularization of Bang-Bang Optimal Control Problems
C. Silva and E. Trélat page 2488

LMI Techniques for Optimization Over Polynomials in Control: A Survey
G. Chesi page 2500

Control of Continuum Models of Production Systems
M. La Marca, D. Armbruster, M. Herty, and C. Ringhofer page 2511

Model Abstraction of Nondeterministic Finite-State Automata in Supervisor Synthesis
R. Su, J. H. van Schuppen and J. E. Rooda page 2527

Polytopic Approximation of Explicit Model Predictive Controllers
C. N. Jones and M. Morari page 2542

Dynamic Vehicle Routing for Translating Demands: Stability Analysis and
Receding-Horizon Policies
S. D. Bopardikar, S. L. Smith, F. Bullo, J. P. Hespanha page 2554

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Global Output Feedback Stabilization of a Chemostat With an Arbitrary Number of Species
F. Mazenc and Z.-P. Jiang page 2570

Stability and Incremental Improvement of Suboptimal MPC Without Terminal Constraints
K. Graichen and A. Kugi page 2576

Sensor Deployment for Network-Like Environments
L. Greco, M. Gaeta and B. Piccoli page 2580

Sufficient Conditions on Observability Grammian for Synchronization in Arrays
of Coupled Linear Time-Varying Systems
S. E. Tuna page 2586

A Necessary and Sufficient Feedback Dropout Condition to Stabilize Quantized
Linear Control Systems With Bounded Noise
Q. Ling and M. Lemmon page 2590

Robust Constraint Satisfaction for Continuous-Time Nonlinear Systems in Strict-Feedback Form
M. B. Bürger and M. Guay page 2597

Transfer Equivalence and Realization of Nonlinear Input-Output Delta-Differential
Equations on Homogeneous Time Scales
D. Casagrande, Ü. Kotta, M. Tõnso, and M. Wyrwas page 2601

Balanced Truncation for Discrete Time Markov Jump Linear Systems
G. Kotsalis and A. Rantzer page 2606

Optimal Steady-State Control for Isolated Traffic Intersections
J. Haddad, B. De Schutter, D. Mahalel, I. Ioslovich, and P.-O. Gutman page 2612

Cucker-Smale Flocking With Inter-Particle Bonding Forces
J. Park, H. J. Kim, and S.-Y. Ha page 2617

Design of Sliding Mode Control Subject to Packet Losses
Y. Niu and D. W. C. Ho page 2623

Matrix Sign Function Methods for Solving Projected Generalized Continuous-Time
Sylvester Equations
Y. Lin, L. Bao, and Y. Wei page 2629

CLF-Based Control Design for Unknown Multiinput Nonlinear Systems With Good
Transient Performance
E. B. Kosmatopoulos page 2635

Randomized Receding Horizon Navigation
H. G. Tanner and J. L. Piovesan page 2640

Integral HOSM Semiglobal Controller for Finite-Time Exact Compensation of
Unmatched Perturbations
A. Estrada and L. M. Fridman page 2645

A Bode Plot Characterization of All Stabilizing Controllers
L. H. Keel and S. P. Bhattacharyya page 2650

Maximally Stabilizing Task Release Control Policy for a Dynamical Queue
K. Savla and E. Frazzoli page 2655

A General Stability Test for Switched Positive Systems Based on a Multidimensional
System Analysis
H. Alonso and P. Rocha page 2660

A High-Order Internal Model Based Iterative Learning Control Scheme for Nonlinear
Systems with Time-Iteration-Varying Parameters
C. Yin, J.-X. Xu, and Z. Hou page 2665

A Computationally Efficient Adaptive IIR Solution to Active Noise and Vibration
Control Systems
A. Montazeri and J. Poshtan page 2671

Correction to "Output Feedback Stabilization of a One-Dimensional Schrödinger
Equation by Boundary Observation with Time Delay"
B.-Z. Guo and K. Yang page 2676

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2. Books

2.1 Advanced Control and Supervision of Mineral Processing Plants
Contributed by: Charlotte Cross, charlotte.cross@springer.com

Advanced Control and Supervision of Mineral Processing Plants
Series: Advances in Industrial Control
Sbárbaro, Daniel; Villar, René (Eds.)
1st Edition., 2010, XX, 311 p. 126 illus., 9 in color. With online files/update.,
Hardcover; ISBN: 978-1-84996-105-9

Modern mineral processing plants are required to be safe and profitable and to
minimize their environmental impact. The consequent quest for higher operational
standards at reduced cost is leading the industry towards automation technologies
as capital-effective means of attaining these objectives.

Advanced Control and Supervision of Mineral Processing Plants describes the use
of dynamic models of major items of mineral processing equipment in the design
of control, data reconciliation and soft-sensing schemes; through examples, it
illustrates tools integrating simulation and control system design for comminuting
circuits and flotation columns. Full coverage is given to the design of soft
sensors based on either single-point measurements or more complex measurements
like images. The chief issues concerning steady-state and dynamic data reconciliation
and their employment in the creation of instrument architecture and fault diagnosis
are surveyed. In consideration of the widespread use of distributed control and
information management systems in mineral processing, the book describes the current
platforms and toolkits available for implementing such advanced systems.

Applications of the techniques described in real mineral processing plants are used
to highlight their benefits; information for all of the examples, together with
supporting MATLAB® code can be found at www.springer.com/ISBN.

The provision of valuable tools and information on the use of modern software
platforms and methods will benefit engineers working in the mineral processing
industries, and control engineers and academics interested in the real industrial
practicalities of new control ideas. The book will also be of interest to graduate
students in chemical, metallurgical and electronic engineering looking for
applications of control technology in the treatment of raw materials.

Contents:
Introduction.- Sensor Systems and Measurement Processing.- Soft-sensing.- Vision-
based Sensors.- Dynamic Modeling, Simulation and Control of Comminution Systems.-
Dynamic Modeling and Control of Flotation Columns.- Industrial Products for Advanced
Control of Mineral Processing Plants.- Appendices: Software Packages Used in Soft-
sensor Model Development; Mineral Processing Toolbox for MATLAB® and Simulink®.

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2.2 Block-oriented Nonlinear System Identification
Contributed by: Charlotte Cross, charlotte.cross@springer.com

Block-oriented Nonlinear System Identification
Series: Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Vol. 404
Giri, Fouad; Bai, Er-Wei (Eds.)
1st Edition., 2010, XIX, 431 p. 50 illus., Softcover
ISBN: 978-1-84996-512-5

Block-oriented Nonlinear System Identification deals with an area of research
that has been very active since the turn of the millennium. The book makes a
pedagogical and cohesive presentation of the methods developed in that time.
These include:

• iterative and over-parameterization techniques;
• stochastic and frequency approaches;
• support-vector-machine, subspace, and separable-least-squares methods;
• blind identification method;
• bounded-error method; and
• decoupling inputs approach.

The identification methods are presented by authors who have either invented
them or contributed significantly to their development. All the important
issues e.g., input design, persistent excitation, and consistency analysis,
are discussed. The practical relevance of block-oriented models is illustrated
through biomedical/physiological system modeling. The book will be of major
interest to all those who are concerned with nonlinear system identification
whatever their activity areas. This is particularly the case for educators
in electrical, mechanical, chemical and biomedical engineering and for
practising engineers in process, aeronautic, aerospace, robotics and vehicles
control. Block-oriented Nonlinear System Identification serves as a reference
for active researchers, newcomers, industrial and education practitioners and
graduate students alike.

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2.3 Induction Motor Control DesignSeries: Advances in Industrial Control
Contributed by: Charlotte Cross, charlotte.cross@springer.com

Induction Motor Control DesignSeries: Advances in Industrial Control
Marino, Riccardo, Tomei, Patrizio, Verrelli, Cristiano M.
1st Edition., 2011, XX, 351 p. 161 illus., 137 in color., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-84996-283-4

Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Design for Induction Motors is a unified exposition
of the most important steps and concerns in the design of estimation and control
algorithms for induction motors. A single notation and modern nonlinear control
terminology is used to make the book accessible to readers who are not experts
in electric motors at the same time as giving a more theoretical control viewpoint
to those who are. In order to increase readability, the book concentrates on
the induction motor, eschewing the much more complex and less-well-understood
control of asynchronous motors. The concepts of stability and nonlinear control
theory are presented in appendices. Important features of the book include:

• thorough coverage of speed sensorless control, important for applications;
• a wide-ranging discussion of nonlinear adaptive controls containing parameter
  estimation algorithms;
• coverage of the design of adaptive observers and parameter estimators which
  can complement state feedback design techniques;
• comparative simulations of different control algorithms on the same motor to
  clarify the advantages and drawbacks of each.

The content is organized in a pedagogical, progressive exposition starting from
basic assumptions, structural properties, modelling, state feedback control and
estimation algorithms, and moving on to more complex output feedback control
algorithms and modelling for speed sensorless control. Adaptive output feedback
controls are based on stator current measurements, both alone and in connection
with rotor speed. The induction motor exhibits many typical and unavoidable
nonlinear features and so the material presented in this volume will be of value
to engineers engaged in the control of electric motors and to a broader audience
interested in nonlinear control design.

Contents:
Dynamical Models and Structural Properties.- State Feedback Control.- Flux Observers
and Parameters Estimation.- Output Feedback Control.- Speed Sensorless Feedback
Control.- Comparative Performances.- Appendices: Stability; Nonlinear Control Theory.

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2.4 Active Braking Control Systems Design for Vehicles
Contributed by: Charlotte Cross, charlotte.cross@springer.com

Active Braking Control Systems Design for Vehicles
Series: Advances in Industrial Control
Savaresi, Sergio M., Tanelli, Mara
1st Edition., 2011, XXII, 255 p. 168 illus., 18 in color., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-84996-349-7

Active Braking Control Systems Design for Vehicles focuses on two main brake system
technologies: hydraulically-activated brakes with on–off dynamics and electromechanical
brakes, tailored to brake-by-wire control. The physical differences of such actuators
enjoin the use of different control schemes so as to be able fully to exploit their
characteristics. The design of such control systems forms the core of this monograph.
The authors show how these different control approaches are complementary, each having
specific peculiarities in terms of either performance or of the structural properties
of the closed-loop system. They also consider other problems closely related to the
design of braking control systems, namely:

• longitudinal wheel slip estimation and its relationship with braking control system
  design;
• tyre–road friction estimation;
• direct estimation of tyre–road contact forces via in-tyre sensors, with the aim
  of providing a comprehensive treatment of active vehicle braking control from a wider
  perspective linked to both advanced academic research and industrial reality.

The high degree of cooperation with the automotive industry in the research which
generated much of the work presented here, coupled with survey sections in which
problems and methodologies are introduced in a historical and tutorial framework,
makes this book accessible from three standpoints: a methodological one for academic
research; an application-oriented one for automotive engineers and practitioners;
and a source of study and tuition for graduate students interested in vehicle control
systems.

Contents:
Introduction.- Active Control of Road Vehicles: An Overview.- Active Braking Control:
Dynamic Modeling and Basic Controller Design.- Active Braking Control with Classical
Hydraulic Braking Systems with On/Off Dynamics.- Linear Approaches to Brake-by-wire
Control.- Nonlinear Approaches to Brake-by-wire Control.- Estimation and Identification
Problems for Braking Control Systems.- Analyzing the Interaction between Braking Control
and Speed Estimation.

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

by R.R. Negenborn, Z. Lukszo, and H. Hellendoorn (Eds.),
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Vol. 42 in the Springer series "Intelligent Systems,
Control and Automation: Science and Engineering",
2010, XXI, 529p., Hardcover
ISBN 978-90-481-3597-4

Abstract:
Modern societies heavily depend on infrastructure systems
such as road-traffic networks, water networks, and electricity
networks. Nowadays infrastructure systems are large-scale,
complex networked, socio-technical systems, that almost
everybody uses on a daily basis, and that have enabled us to
live closely together in large cities. The complexity
of these systems is defined by their multi-agent and multi-actor
character, their multi-level structure, their multi-objective
optimization challenges, and by the adaptivity of their agents
and actors to changes in their environment.

This book concentrates on a wide range of problems in the way
infrastructures are functioning today and discusses novel advanced,
and intelligent methods and tools for the operation and control of
existing and future infrastructures.

Table of contents:

Part I Generic Infrastructures
Chapter 1. Intelligence in Transportation Infrastructures via
Model-Based Predictive Control
by R.R. Negenborn and H. Hellendoorn

Chapter 2. Model Factory for Socio-Technical Infrastructure Systems
by K.H. van Dam and Z. Lukszo

Part II Electricity Infrastructures
Chapter 3. Prevention of Emergency Voltage Collapses in Electric
Power Networks using Hybrid
Predictive Control
by S. Leirens and R.R. Negenborn

Chapter 4. Module-Based Modeling and Stabilization of Electricity
Infrastructure
by L. Xie and M.D. Ilic

Chapter 5. Price-based Control of Electrical Power Systems
by A. Jokic, M. Lazar, and P.P.J. van den Bosch

Chapter 6. Survivability and Reciprocal Altruism: Two Strategies
for Intelligent Infrastructure with Applications to Power Grids,
by P. Hines

Chapter 7. Multi-agent Coordination for Market Environments
by R. Duan and G. Deconinck

Chapter 8. Intelligence in Electricity Networks for Embedding
Renewables and Distributed Generation
by J.K. Kok, M.J.J. Scheepers, and I.G. Kamphuis

Chapter 9. Social and Cyber Factors Interacting over the
Infrastructures: A MAS Framework for Security Analysis
by E. Bompard, R. Napoli, and F. Xue

Chapter 10. Distributed Predictive Control for Energy Hub
Coordination in Coupled Electricity and Gas Networks
by M. Arnold, R.R. Negenborn, G. Andersson, and B. De Schutter

Part III Road Traffic Infrastructures
Chapter 11. Model-based Control of Intelligent Traffic Networks
by B. De Schutter, H. Hellendoorn, A. Hegyi, M. van den Berg,
and S.K. Zegeye

Chapter 12. Intelligent Road Network Control
by J.L.M. Vrancken and M. dos Santos Soares

Chapter 13. An Integrated Dynamic Road Network Design Approach
with Stochastic Networks
by H. Li, M.C.J. Bliemer, and P.H.L. Bovy

Chapter 14. Dealing with Uncertainty in Operational Transport Planning
by J. Zutt, A. van Gemund, M. de Weerdt, and C. Witteveen

Chapter 15. Railway Dynamic Traffic Management in Complex and
Densely used Networks
by F. Corman, A. D’Ariano, D. Pacciarelli, and M. Pranzo

Part IV Water Infrastructures
Chapter 16. Flood Regulation by Means of Model Predictive Control
by T. Barjas Blanco, P. Willems, P-K. Chiang, K. Cauwenberghs,
B. De Moor, and J. Berlamont

Chapter 17. Predictive Control for National Water Flow Optimization
in The Netherlands
by P.J. van Overloop, R.R. Negenborn, B. De Schutter, and
N.C. van de Giesen

Chapter 18. Decentralized Model Predictive Control for a Cascade
of River Power Plants
by A. Sahin and M. Morari

Chapter 19. Enhancing the Reliability and Security of Urban Water
Infrastructures through Intelligent Monitoring, Assessment, and Optimization
by W. Wu and J. Gao

Chapter 20. Long-term Sustainable Use of Water in Infrastructure Design
by R. van der Brugge and J. van Eijndhoven

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2.6 Nonsmooth Modeling and Simulation for Switched Circuits
Contributed by: Bernard Brogliato, berrnard.brogliato@inrialpes.fr

The monograph "Nonsmooth Modeling and Simulation for Switched Circuits" has
just been released in the Springer Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
series, vol.69. The objective of the book is to show the efficiency of
nonsmooth models and numerical methods when multivalued devices like ideal
diodes, transistors, etc are included in an analog circuit. Many comparisons
with existing numerical software like those based on Spice models or hybrid
models, are proposed. More informations can be found at Springer's website:

http://www.springer.com/engineering/mathematical/book/978-90-481-9680-7

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3. Journals

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

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing:
Volume 29, Issue 6

Table of Contents:

* H-infinity Control with Limited Communication for Networked Control Systems
  Yafeng Guo & Shaoyuan Li

* CMOS Readout Circuit with New Background Suppression Technique for Room-
  Temperature Infrared FPA Applications
  X. Y. Li, S. Y. Yao & Y. Q. Zhao

* Stability of Nonlinear Networked Control System with Uncertainties 
  Yingwei Zhang, Xue Chen & Qingfeng Meng

* Dynamic Resource Allocation for Downlink Multiuser MIMO-OFDMA/SDMA Systems
  Chongxian Zhong, Luxi Yang & Mingli You

* Mixed-Mode Oscillations in a Modified Chua’s Circuit
  Wieslaw Marszalek & Zdzislaw Trzaska

* Adaptive Variable Structure Control for Uncertain Switched Delay Systems
  Jie Lian & Jun Zhao

* An Approach to Intra-Pulse Modulation Recognition Based on the Ambiguity
  Function
  Deguo Zeng, Hui Xiong, Jun Wang & Bin Tang

* A High-Transconductance Voltage-to-Current Converter Design
  M. Mathew, K. Hayatleh & B. L. Hart

* Bilateral Laplace Transforms on Time Scales: Convergence, Convolution, and
  the Characterization of Stationary Stochastic Time Series
  John M. Davis, Ian A. Gravagne & Robert J. Marks

* Multiple Input Single Output Universal Biquad Filter with Current Feedback
  Operational Amplifiers
  S. Nikoloudis & C. Psychalinos

* New CCII and ICCII Based Realizations of L-C and L-R Mutators
  Ahmed M. Soliman

* Hybrid Architecture and VLSI Implementation of the Cosine–Fourier–Haar
  Transforms
  Khan A. Wahid, M. A. Islam, Samia S. Shimu, Moon Ho Lee & Seok-Bum Ko

* An Adaptive Multiuser Detection Algorithm for CDMA Systems Using Antenna Diversity
  K.-L. Du & M. N. S. Swamy

* Wide-Dynamic-Range and High-Sensitivity Current-to-Voltage Converters
  Chunyan Wang

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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3.2 Contents: Royal Society - Theory of Hybrid Dynamical Systems
Contributed by:  Geoff Russell, geoffreylrussell@gmail.com

The Royal Society has recently published 'Theory of hybrid dynamical systems
and its applications to biological and medical systems', compiled and edited
by Kazuyuki Aihara.

Further information on the title can be found here:
http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/site/issues/hybrid_dynamical_systems.xhtml

The articles from the issue can be accessed here:
http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/368/1930.toc

The print issue can be purchased at the price of £47.50 (usually £58) by
contacting debbie.vaughan@royalsociety.org

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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 18
Issue 12
December 2010

Editorial Board, Page IFC

B. Boukhezzar, H. Siguerdidjane, Comparison between linear and nonlinear control
strategies for variable speed wind turbines, Pages 1357-1368

Yildiray Yildiz, Anuradha M. Annaswamy, Diana Yanakiev, Ilya Kolmanovsky, Spark
ignition engine fuel-to-air ratio control: An adaptive control approach, Pages 1369-1378

Hai Jiang, Raul Ordonez, Robert Penno, Analysis of synchronized coupled oscillators
with application to radar beam scanning, Pages 1379-1385

Mauro Manetti, Marco Morandini, Paolo Mantegazza, High precision massive shape
control of magnetically levitated adaptive mirrors, Pages 1386-1398

Yih-Fang Chang, Truong-Giang Nguyen, Chia-Pin Wang, Design and implementation
of look-ahead linear jerk filter for a computerized numerical controlled machine,
Pages 1399-1405

Bin Li, Richard Otten, Vikas Chandan, William F. Mohs, Jeff Berge, Andrew G.
Alleyne, Optimal on-off control of refrigerated transport systems, Pages 1406-1417

J.C. Atuonwu, Y. Cao, G.P. Rangaiah, M.O. Tade, Identification and predictive
control of a multistage evaporator, Pages 1418-1428

Daniel Ambuhl, Olle Sundstrom, Antonio Sciarretta, Lino Guzzella, Explicit
optimal control policy and its practical application for hybrid electric
powertrains, Pages 1429-1439

Tomoyuki Nagashio, Takashi Kida, Takashi Ohtani, Yoshiro Hamada, Design
and implementation of robust symmetric attitude controller for ETS-VIII
spacecraft, Pages 1440-1451

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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 18
Issue 11
Special Issue on Automotive Control Applications
2008 IFAC World Congress
November 2010

Editorial Board, Issue 11, Special Issue on Automotive Control Applications,
2008 IFAC World Congress, November 2010, Page IFC

Ivan Arsie, Gianfranco Rizzo, Marco Sorrentino, Effects of engine thermal
transients on the energy management of series hybrid solar vehicles, Issue 11,
Special Issue on Automotive Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World Congress,
November 2010, Pages 1231-1238

Cristiano Spelta, Sergio M. Savaresi, Luca Fabbri, Experimental analysis
of a motorcycle semi-active rear suspension, Issue 11, Special Issue on
Automotive Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World Congress, November 2010,
Pages 1239-1250

Guido Koch, Oliver Fritsch, Boris Lohmann, Potential of low bandwidth
active suspension control with continuously variable damper, Issue 11,
Special Issue on Automotive Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World Congress,
November 2010, Pages 1251-1262

Daniel Alberer, Markus Hirsch, Luigi del Re, A virtual references design
approach for diesel engine control optimization, Issue 11, Special Issue
on Automotive Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World Congress, November
2010, Pages 1263-1271

Hyungseuk Ohn, Seongeun Yu, Kyoungdoug Min, Spark timing and fuel injection
strategy for combustion stability on HEV powertrain, Issue 11, Special Issue
on Automotive Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World Congress, November 2010,
Pages 1272-1284

Jiangyan Zhang, Tielong Shen, Riccardo Marino, Model-based cold-start speed
control scheme for spark ignition engines, Issue 11, Special Issue on Automotive
Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World Congress, November 2010, Pages 1285-1294

Nicolo Cavina, Enrico Corti, Davide Moro, Closed-loop individual cylinder
air-fuel ratio control via UEGO signal spectral analysis, Issue 11, Special
Issue on Automotive Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World Congress, November
2010, Pages 1295-1306

Marcello Canova, Shawn Midlam-Mohler, Pierluigi Pisu, Ahmed Soliman, Model-
based fault detection and isolation for a diesel lean NOx trap aftertreatment
system, Issue 11, Special Issue on Automotive Control Applications, 2008 IFAC
World Congress, November 2010, Pages 1307-1317

Erik Hellstrom, Jan Aslund, Lars Nielsen, Design of an efficient algorithm
for fuel-optimal look-ahead control, Issue 11, Special Issue on Automotive
Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World Congress, November 2010, Pages 1318-1327

Per Sahlholm, Karl Henrik Johansson, Road grade estimation for look-ahead
vehicle control using multiple measurement runs, Issue 11, Special Issue
on Automotive Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World Congress, November
2010, Pages 1328-1341

Vincenzo Manzoni, Mara Tanelli, Sergio M. Savaresi, Francesco Taroni,
Automatic end-of-line tuning for a motion inverter in agricultural tractors,
Issue 11, Special Issue on Automotive Control Applications, 2008 IFAC World
Congress, November 2010, Pages 1342-1355

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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.12, No.6 November, 2010
CONTENTS

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Intelligent Predictive Control of a Model Helicopter's Yaw Angle
Authors: Morteza Mohammadzaheri and Lei Chen

2. Paper Title: Neural-Network-Based Predictive Controller Design: An Application to
Temperature Control of a Plastic Injection Molding Process
Authors: Chi-Huang Lu, Ching-Chih Tsai, Chi-Ming Liu, and Yuan-Hai Charng

3. Paper Title: Constrained Multivariable Stable Predictive Control Based on Toeplitz
Equation
Authors: Bin Liu, Hongye Su, Zheng Jiang, and Kangling Fang

4. Paper Title: Delay-Range-Dependent H? Control for Markovian Jump Systems with
Mode-Dependent Time Delays
Authors: Guoliang Wang, Qingling Zhang, and Victor Sreeram

5. Paper Title: Deterministic Learning and Nonlinear Observer Design
Authors: Cong Wang and David J. Hill

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: State Estimation for Multi-Channel Stochastic Singular Systems with
Multiplicative Noise
Authors: Dongsheng Chu, Shouwan Gao, and Lina Guo

2. Paper Title: Delay-dependent Robust Stabilization for Uncertain Singular Systems
with Multiple Time-varying State Delays
Authors: Lili Liu, Qingling Zhang, and Zhaoping Du

3. Paper Title: Robust Stability Criteria for Uncertain Neutral System with Interval
Time Varying Discrete Delay
Authors: LiangDong Guo, Hong Gu, DaQing Zhang

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3.6 Contents: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Contributed by:  Youqing Wang, kewangyq@gmail.com; wang_youqing@mail.buct.edu.cn

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume 49, Issue 22

Design and Maintenance of Multichannel Protective Systems
Yue-Cheng Liao and Chuei-Tin Chang
pp 11421–11433

Recursive Least Squares-Based Adaptive Control of a Biodiesel Transesterification Reactor
Ho Yong Kuen, Farouq S. Mjalli, and Yeoh Hak Koon
pp 11434–11442

Design of Nonlinear Unknown Input Observer for Process Fault Detection
Jafar Zarei and Javad Poshtan
pp 11443–11452

Simultaneous Cyclic Scheduling and Control of Tubular Reactors: Single Production Lines
Antonio Flores-Tlacuahuac, Ignacio E. Grossmann
pp 11453–11463

Effect of Internal Structure on Flue Gas Desulfurization with Rapidly Hydrated
Sorbent in a Circulating Fluidized Bed at Moderate Temperatures
Jie Zhang, Changfu You, and Changhe Chen
pp 11464–11470

Smith Predictor-Based Control Schemes for Dead-Time Unstable Cascade Processes
Pedro Garca, Tito Santos, Julio E. Normey-Rico, and Pedro Albertos
pp 11471–11481

Design of a Robust Nonlinear Model Predictive Controller Based on a Hybrid
Model and Comparison to Other Approaches
Rosendo Daz-Mendoza and Hector Budman
pp 11482–11490

Optimal Scheduling of Pipeline Systems with a Resource?Task Network Continuous-
Time Formulation
Pedro M. Castro
pp 11491–11505

Energy Integration and Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Based Microcombined
Heat and Power Systems and Other Renewable Systems Using Biomass Waste Derived Syngas
Jhuma Sadhukhan, Yingru Zhao, Matthew Leach, Nigel P. Brandon, and Nilay Shah
pp 11506–11516

Determination of Catalyst Loading and Shortcut Design for Binary Reactive Distillation
Jian-Kai Cheng, Jeffrey D. Ward, and Cheng-Ching Yu
pp 11517–11529

Development of Self-Validating Soft Sensors Using Fast Moving Window Partial
Least Squares
Jialin Liu , Ding-Sou Chen and Jui-Fu Shen
pp 11530–11546

Operating Parameters and Selectivity in Batch Reactive Distillation
Wei Qi and Michael F. Malone
pp 11547–11556

Modified Problem Table Algorithm for Energy Targeting
Santanu Bandyopadhyay and Gopal Chandra Sahu
pp 11557–11563

Heuristic Design of Reaction/Separation Processes
William L. Luyben
pp 11564–11571

Response Identification under Inherent-Type Load Disturbance with Application
to Injection Molding
Tao Liu, Feng Zhou, Yi Yang, and Furong Gao
pp 11572–11581

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3.7 Contents: AIChE Journal
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,kewangyq@gmail.com; wang_youqing@mail.buct.edu.cn

AIChE Journal
Volume 56, Issue 12

High-efficiency power production from coal with carbon capture (pages 3120–3136)
Thomas A. Adams II and Paul I. Barton

Constant number Monte Carlo simulation of population balances with multiple
growth mechanisms (pages 3137–3145)
Samira Khalili, Yulan Lin, Antonios Armaou and Themis Matsoukas

Convergence depth control for interior point methods (pages 3146–3161)
Weifeng Chen, Zhijiang Shao, Kexin Wang, Xi Chen and Lorenz T. Biegler

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3.8 Contents: Journal of Process Control
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,kewangyq@gmail.com; wang_youqing@mail.buct.edu.cn

Journal of Process Control
Volume 20, Issue 10

2 Control of mixing in a Stokes’ fluid flow Original Research Article
Pages 1103-1115
Ian J. Couchman, Eric C. Kerrigan

3 PSO-based intelligent integration of design and control for one kind of
curing process Original Research Article
Pages 1116-1125
Xin Jiang Lu, Han-Xiong Li, Xiang Yuan

4 Passivity-based adaptive inventory control Original Research Article
Pages 1126-1132
Keyu Li, Kwong Ho Chan, B.Erik Ydstie, Rahul Bindlish

5 An integrated method of independent component analysis and support vector
machines for industry distillation process monitoring Original Research Article
Pages 1133-1140
Cuimei Bo, Xu Qiao, Guangming Zhang, Yangjin Bai, Shi Zhang

6 Full-order observer-based actuator fault detection and reduced-order observer-
based fault reconstruction for a class of uncertain nonlinear systems Original
Research Article
Pages 1141-1149
Fanglai Zhu, Feng Cen

7 Stability of a class of discrete-time nonlinear recursive observers
Original Research Article
Pages 1150-1160
Rui Huang, Sachin C. Patwardhan, Lorenz T. Biegler

8 Boundary control of a parallel-flow heat exchanger by input–output
linearization Original Research Article
Pages 1161-1174
Ahmed Maidi, Moussa Diaf, Jean-Pierre Corriou

9 H-infinity Controller design for spectral MIMO models by convex optimization
Original Research Article
Pages 1175-1182
Gorka Galdos, Alireza Karimi, Roland Longchamp

10 Computation of stabilizing PID gain regions based on the inverse Nyquist
plot Original Research Article
Pages 1183-1187
Bin Fang

11 Multivariate statistical monitoring of two-dimensional dynamic batch
processes utilizing non-Gaussian information Original Research Article
Pages 1188-1197
Yuan Yao, Tao Chen, Furong Gao

12 A branch and bound method for isolation of faulty variables through
missing variable analysis Original Research Article
Pages 1198-1206
Vinay Kariwala, Pabara-Ebiere Odiowei, Yi Cao, Tao Chen

13 Data-driven latent-variable model-based predictive control for continuous
processes Original Research Article
Pages 1207-1219
D. Laurí, J.A. Rossiter, J. Sanchis, M. Martínez

14 The setpoint overshoot method: A simple and fast closed-loop approach
for PID tuning Original Research Article
Pages 1220-1234
Mohammad Shamsuzzoha, Sigurd Skogestad

15 Control performance assessment for nonlinear systems Original Research Article
Pages 1235-1242
W. Yu, D.I. Wilson, B.R. Young

16 Conditions for which linear MPC converges to the correct target
Original Research Article
Pages 1243-1251
L.R.E. Shead, K.R. Muske, J.A. Rossiter

17 A novel calibration approach of soft sensor based on multirate data
fusion technology Original Research Article
Pages 1252-1260
Yao Wu, Xionglin Luo

18 Minimizing energy consumption in reverse osmosis membrane desalination
using optimization-based control Original Research Article
Pages 1261-1269
Alex R. Bartman, Aihua Zhu, Panagiotis D. Christofides, Yoram Cohen

19 A harmonic balance approach to robust neural control of MIMO nonlinear
processes applied to a distillation column Original Research Article
Pages 1270-1277
J. Fernandez de Canete, S. Gonzalez, P. del Saz-Orozco, I. Garcia

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3.9 CFP: Cognitive Computation
Contributed by:  Dr. M. Anwar Mughal, drmughal@comsats.net.pk

Springer’s Cognitive Computation

Special Issue on
Intelligent Autonomous Systems: Emerging Technologies and Applications

Guest Editors:

Lead Guest editor:
Dr Raza Samar (rsamar@jinnah.edu.pk)
Guest co-editors:
Dr M. Anwar Mughal
Dr Xuelong Li
Dr Yuan Yuan
Dr. Pingkun Yan

Cognitive computing is the science of integrating technology with concepts
derived from understanding of the human brain, and its ability to think,
decide and plan. This Special Issue is aimed at exploring algorithms, strategies
and applications that could lead to the development of next generation cognitive
technology and applications. In recent times, progress in established technologies
such as control, simulation and signal processing together with high speed processing
technology has given a new impetus to the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science.
Intelligent (semi)-autonomous systems are already seen at work in small and simple
household appliances, as well as in large-scale industrial systems such as thermal
regulators, steel rolling mills, oil refineries, autonomous unmanned vehicles,
spacecraft and satellite systems. This Special Issue aims to advance current state-
of-the-art by inviting original papers that fall under the theme: “Intelligent Autonomous
Systems: Emerging Technologies and Applications”. This announcement is open to all
researchers working in the areas of intelligent control, simulation, signal processing
and other related fields that cover aspects of Intelligent Autonomous Systems. Papers
of interest include those that describe theory, analytical techniques, applications,
and technological developments in the field and are in line with the journal theme.

Topics covered by this special issue include the followings:
- Intelligent Control Theory Analysis and Design
- Intelligent Control
- Autonomous Control
- Multi-sensor Data Fusion, Tracking and Control
- Intelligent Autonomous and Unmanned Systems
- Intelligent Aerospace Guidance and Control
- Intelligent Mission Control and Operations
- Intelligent Diagnostics and Fault-Tolerant Control Systems Design 
- Hardware in the Loop Simulation for Intelligent Autonomous Systems
- Artificial Intelligence Simulation Techniques and Applications
- Self-Organizing Adaptive Simulations
- Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Simulation Techniques
- DSP Algorithms and Techniques for Intelligent Systems
- DSP VLSI Implementation and Applications for Autonomous Systems
- Image and Multi-dimensional Signal Processing for Intelligent Autonomous Systems
- Pattern Recognition and Computer/Machine Vision for Intelligent Autonomous Systems
- Machine Learning and Data Mining for Intelligent Autonomous Systems
- Efficient Implementation of Intelligent Algorithms on Embedded Systems
- Intelligent Robot Assisted Surgeries

We invite papers with emphasis on applications of cognitive computation including,
but not limited to, the areas mentioned above.

Important Dates:

Submissions Deadline: DEC 31, 2010
First notification of acceptance: APR 15, 2011
Submission of revised papers: JUN 15, 2011
Final notification to the authors: SEP 15, 2011
Submission of final/camera-ready papers: OCT 15, 2011
Publication of special issue: 2011/12 (tentative)

Submission Requirements:
All papers should follow the manuscript preparation requirements for the Springer
Cognitive Computation submissions, see http://www.springer.com/biomed/neuroscience/journal/12559.
The authors are requested to submit their manuscripts via the online submission
manuscript system, available at http://www.editorialmanager.com/cogn/. During
submission, authors should explicitly choose “SI: Intelligent Autonomous Systems”
in the Subject line. Should there be any further enquries, please feel free to address
them to the lead guest editor: Dr. Raza Samar (rsamar@jinnah.edu.pk)

Further Information:
Springer Cognitive Computation journal is now indexed in DBLP –
See: http://dblp.uni-trier.de:80/db/journals/cogcom/index.html - where you will find
links to all papers published until now. Indexing in ISI and PubMed is currently in progress.

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3.10 CFP: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
Contributed by: Bjoern Rueffer, brueffer@unimelb.edu.au

Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS)

CALL FOR PAPERS

MCSS special issue on

ROBUST STABILITY AND CONTROL OF
LARGE-SCALE NONLINEAR SYSTEMS

Aims and scope of the special issue:

This topic is currently a very active research area due to recent
breakthroughs achieved for nonlinear interconnected systems and new
emerging application areas like biological systems, telecommunication
networks, power networks, or logistics networks. While research in
large-scale systems analysis and synthesis can be traced back to at
least the 1970s, the developed theory is mostly linear. Recently,
interest in this subject has been revived by new contributions
centered on nonlinear systems, nonlinear stability concepts and
control approaches. It is to be expected that the interest in this
area will continue to increase, due to, e.g., current research efforts
in distributed model predictive control, next generation smart
electricity grids, incorporating green and renewable energy sources,
or bio- and neuro-engineering. The journal Mathematics of Control,
Signals, and Systems (MCSS) is soliciting papers for a special issue
on this important subject. The aim of this special issue is to collect
the latest theoretical achievements, highlight contemporary
applications in this area as well as to provide surveys about the
current state of the art to motivate and enable readers, in particular
younger graduates, to join this newly revived research
direction. Original and high-quality papers with mathematically
rigorous aspects of robust stability and control of nonlinear
interconnected systems are invited to contribute to this special
issue.

Topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited

-) Stability and robustness of decentralized nonlinear systems
-) Characterization and quantification of stability and robustness in
large-scale systems
-) Input-to-state stability and related concepts, passive and
dissipative distributed systems
-) Stochastic, uncertain or hybrid distributed systems
-) Stability of decentralized controlled systems
-) Stability of control under communication constraints
-) Decentralized sensing and estimation
-) Network topology identification

Submission details:

All manuscripts must be submitted via the "Editorial Manager" (EM)
system of MCSS at http://www.editorialmanager.com/mcss. When
submitting a manuscript for this special issue via EM, please select
the entry "Special issue on robust stability and control of
large-scale nonlinear systems" from the article type menu in order for
the manuscript to be considered for this special issue. All papers
will be reviewed by at least two reviewers and may be sent back to the
authors for a revision that should be completed within at most one
month. The final publication decision based on the recommendations of
the guest editors will be taken by the Editors-in-Chief. The editorial
policy of MCSS is to publish original and high-quality research papers
concerned with mathematically rigorous system theoretic aspects of
control and signal processing (see the journal home page). Please note
that the two criteria high-quality and mathematically rigorous are
taken very seriously and are not at the discretion of the guest
editors. Due to volume size limitation, some accepted papers may be
recommended to be published as regular papers in MCSS.

Important dates:

Deadline for the initial submission of manuscripts ....... May 1, 2011
Notification about the first decision .............. September 1, 2011
Revised manuscripts due ............................... October 1, 2011
Notification about final acceptance decision ........ November 1, 2011
Publication of the special issue ........................... Early 2012

Guest Editors:

Sergey Dashkovskiy, University of Bremen (Germany), dsn/at/math.uni-bremen.de
Zhong-Ping Jiang, Polytechnic Institute of NYU (US), zjiang/at/control.poly.edu
Bjoern Rueffer, University of Melbourne (Australia), bjoern/at/rueffer.info

Journal homepage:

http://www.springer.com/mathematics/applications/journal/498

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3.11 CFP: Discontinuous Dynamicial Systems: Theory and Numerical Methods
Contributed by:  Bernard Brogliato, berrnard.brogliato@inrialpes.fr

There is a growing realization within the engineering, physical, biological,
medical and social sciences that many nonlinear behaviors can be explained by
discontinuities. A system with a discontinuous nonlinearity is sometimes
referred to as a discontinuous dynamical system (DDS) or a nonsmooth dynamical
system (NSDS), which are both collective names to encompass such systems. The
mathematical formalisms which are commonly used are differential inclusions,
complementarity dynamical systems, evolution variational inequalities and
piecewise-smooth systems. The common point between all these formalisms is
a certain degree of nonsmoothness (they all possess solutions which are at
most continuous, sometimes with jumps). The discontinuities in DDSs can have
many different origins and manifestations. One classic example is a mechanical
system that can experience discontinuities in the forms of both impacts and
friction. These two phenomena are modelled in different ways and also lead
to different dynamical behaviours. Analysis of DDSs in general often requires
special theoretical attention and novel techniques since analysis methods for
smooth dynamicial systems are not always sufficient. In recent years there has
also been an increased amount of research into numerical methods for DDSs.
However, the large number of possible system types together with a variety
of different discontinuities makes it very hard to develop numerical methods
that can deal with all the possibilities. Therefore, to develop general
analytical and numerical methods for DDSs remain open areas of research, but
any success would have huge implications in many fields of science.

The Guest Editors of the Special Issue Discontinuous Dynamicial Systems:
Theory and Numerical Methods invite you to submit a paper for possible
publication in Elsevier's Journal MATCOM (http://ees.elsevier.com/matcom).

The deadline for the submission is June 30, 2011.

The Guest Editors of the Special Issue:

Bernard Brogliato (Bernard.Brogliato@inrialpes.fr)
Tassilo Küpper (kuepper@math.uni-koeln.de)
Luciano Lopez )lopezl@dm.uniba.it)
Petri Piiroinen (petri.piiroinen@nuigalway.ie)

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4. Conferences

4.1 IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems
Contributed by: Cong Wang, wangcong@scut.edu.cn

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems
September 17-19, 2011, Qingdao, China
http://www.cis-ram.org/

General Chairs
Shuzhi Sam Ge
Tiezhu Zhang

Program Chairs
Hai Lin
Cong Wang
Zhenkuan Pan

Important dates:
Invited session proposals due: March 15, 2011
Paper submission deadline: March 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2011

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems
(CIS 2011) will be held in Qingdao, China, during September 17-19, 2011. Qingdao,
famous for Qingdao beer, is a beautiful city surrounded by the sea on three sides.
The red roofs, green trees, blue sea, and azure sky paint a bright and colorful
picture of Qingdao; while the Eight Passes Villas, Zhan Bridge, Wusi Square,
and Mt. Laoshan form a unique and historic image of Qingdao.

CIS 2011 aims to bring together experts from the field of cybernetics and
intelligent systems to discuss on the state-of-the-art and to present new
research findings and perspectives of future developments with respect to the
conference themes. The CIS 2011 is held together with the IEEE Conference on
Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM 2011). The conference will feature
plenary lectures given by world renowned scholars, regular sessions with broad
coverage, and some special sessions focusing on popular topics. The conference
welcomes paper submissions from researchers, practitioners, and students in
but not limited to the following areas:

Cybernetics: Automation and Control, Cooperative Systems and Control, Multi-
Agent Systems, Discrete Event Systems, Supervisory Control, Hybrid Systems,
Networked Dynamical Systems, Mechatronics.

Intelligence: Computational Intelligence, Swarm Intelligence, Soft Computing,
Fuzzy Systems, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithm, Evolutionary Computation,
Image Processing, Computer Vision.

Systems: Modeling & Control, Smart Sensor Networks, Environmental Systems,
Systems Biology, Cyber-physical Systems, Human/Machine Systems, Transportation
Systems, Power Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Decision Support Systems,
System of Systems.

Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers (6 pages normally
and 8 pages maximum) by the submission deadline through the online submission
system. All papers accepted by and presented at CIS 2011 will be published by
IEEE and be indexed by ISI Proceedings, and EI Compendex database.

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4.2 Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation
Contributed by: Argyrios Zolotas, a.c.zolotas@lboro.ac.uk

The 19th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED'11)

June 20-23, 2011, Corfu, Greece
http://www.med2011.org/

INTRODUCTION
The organizing committee of MED'11 extends a cordial invitation to you to the
19th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation which will be held on
the beautiful island of Corfu, Greece.

GENERAL INFORMATION
The Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation is a series of meetings
that has been running since 1993, coordinated and supervised by the Mediterranean
Control Association, with MED'11 being the 19th conference of the series. The
conference, through its technical program, will provide a unique opportunity for
the academic and industrial community to address new challenges, share solutions
and discuss future research directions. A broad range of topics is proposed,
following current trends of combining control/systems theory with software/
communication technologies. For up-to-date information on MED'11, please visit
the Conference site: http://www.med2011.org/

General Chair: Anthony Tzes
Program Chair: George J. Pappas
Tutorial/Workshop Chair: Panagiotis Tsiotras
Invited Session Chair: Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos

detailed information on Chairs and IPC can be found on the following site of the conference:
http://www.med2011.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=18

TOPICS
For information regarding the coverage of topics, please visit the following site of the conference:
http://www.med2011.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=29

PAPER SUBMISSION
Prospective participants are invited to electronically submit the full version
of their work by the indicated deadlines, following the guidelines available on
the Conference web site: http://www.med2011.org. Submitted papers will undergo a
peer review process, coordinated by the International Program Committee, and accepted
papers will be published in a proceedings volume that will be available at the time
of the conference.

IMPORTANT DATES
Contributed, papers, invited session proposals,
Workshop/Tutorial proposals, due January 30, 2011
Notification of acceptance/rejection March 31, 2011
Final papers, due April 30, 2011

Sponsor: Mediterranean Control Association

For more information about the Conference, please contact the Conference
secretariat: med2011_secretariat@ece.upatras.gr, or the General or Program Chairs
at tzes@ece.upatras.gr and pappasg@seas.upenn.edu,
respectively.

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4.3 International Conference on Control and Optimization with Industrial Applications
Contributed by: F.A. Aliev, f_aliev@yahoo.com

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

3rd International Conference on Control and Optimization with Industrial Applications
– COIA 2011

Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey 22-24 August 2011

The 3rd International Conference on Control and Optimization with Industrial
Applications (COIA 2011) will be held at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey,
during 22—24 August, 2011 (one week before the IFAC World Congress in Milano, Italy).
The conference will provide a forum where engineers, scientists and mathematicians
from academia, industry and government organizations can meet to share ideas on
recent advances in all disciplines of science and engineering involving control
and optimization. Latest industrial applications of the control and optimization
theory will be presented in thematic special sessions. Selected papers will be
published in Applied and Computational Mathematics (ISSN 1683-3511) indexed
in Scopus and in Science Citation Index Expanded.

Detailed instructions for paper submission will be posted on the conference web site,
http://www.ee.bilkent.edu.tr/~coia2011

Conference topics include (but not limited to):
- Numerical Methods in Optimization (dynamic, convex, quadratic, integer, nonlinear
  and stochastic programming techniques; inverse problems).
- Control Theory (linear, nonlinear, distributed parameter, large scale, fuzzy,
  discrete event, hybrid and networked systems; classical PID, adaptive, robust,
  stochastic, decentralized and optimal control methods; modeling and system
  identification; fault detection).
- Applications of Control and Optimization in various fields:
• signal processing (audio, image and video processing; sensor fusion; data
  mining; applications in biomedical systems, radar, sonar, military electronics
  and earth sciences)
• information theory and telecommunications
• networks (computer, communication, sensor, biological and social)
• mechatronics, robotics and manufacturing systems
• logistics, transportation and vehicle systems
• chemical process control (mining, metal and oil industry; bio-systems; pharmaceutics)
• power systems (power generation and distribution)
• social systems (economic and business systems; international relations)

Social events will include conference banquet, visits to old Ankara and Museum
of Anatolian Civilizations. Additionally, pre and post conference tours to
Cappadocia and Istanbul will be organized depending on the demand.

Important Dates:
Extended Abstract Submission: February 15, 2011
Author Notification: April 30, 2011
Early Registration and Submission of the Final Extended Abstract: May 31, 2011

For further information please contact the secretariat: coia2011@ee.bilkent.edu.tr

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4.4 ASME/IEEE MESA
Contributed by:  Martin Horauer, horauer@ieee.org

ASME/IEEE MESA 2011 Call for Papers

The 7th ASME/IEEE International Conference on
Mechatronics & Embedded Systems & Applications (MESA 2011)

Co-sponsored by ASME DED, IEEE ITSS and IEEE CSS
August 28-31, 2011, Washington, DC, USA

Website: http://iel.ucdavis.edu/mesa/MESA11

Mechanical and electrical systems show an increasing integration of mechanics with
electronics and information processing. This integration is between the components
(hardware) and the information-driven functions (software), resulting in integrated
systems called mechatronic systems. The development of mechatronic systems involves
finding an optimal balance between the basic mechanical structure, sensor and actuators,
automatic digital information processing and control in which embedded systems play
a key role. The goal of the 7th ASME/IEEE MESA11, is to bring together experts from the
fields of mechatronic and embedded systems, disseminate the recent advances made in
the area, discuss future research directions, and exchange application experience.
The conference is organized in a number of symposia under the umbrella of the ASME
IDETC 2011 (http://www.asmeconferences.org/IDETC2011).

Call for Papers

The MESA program committee invites technical papers that will undergo the standard
ASME and IEEE peer review process and will appear in a conference proceedings and
in the ASME digital library.

The following symposia will address various topics of relevance to the conference:

* Autonomous Systems & Ambient Intelligence
* Bio-Mechatronics
* Cyber-Physical & Cooperative Systems
* Diagnosis & Monitoring in Mechatronic Systems
* Design & Verification Tools for Embedded Systems
* Embedded Systems Infrastructure & Theory
* Fractional Derivates and their Applications
* Mechatronic & Embedded Energy Systems
* Mechatronic & Embedded Systems Applications
* Mechatronics & Embedded Systems Education
* Mechatronic Control & Electrical Vehicular Systems
* Robotics & Mobile Machines
* Sensors & Actuators
* Sensor Networks & Networked Embedded Systems
* Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technologies and Applications
* Virtual Prototyping in Mechatronics

Important Dates:

Submission of Abstract 11-02-2011
Submission of Full-Length Paper 18-02-2011
Author Notification of Acceptance 20-05-2011
Submission of Copyright Form 27-05-2011
Submission of Final Paper 30-05-2011

Manuscripts shall be no longer than 10 pages and shall adhere to the ASME author
guidelines. Word and LATEX templates are available from ASME to assist authors in
preparing their papers for publication. Final papers in PDF format must be
electronically submitted to:

https://www.asmeconferences.org/IDETC2011

For more information and complete instructions for submission of manuscripts, go
the conference web site: http://iel.ucdavis.edu/mesa/MESA11

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5. Workshops

5.1 WIDS@MIT: Information and Decision in Social Networks
Contributed by:  blondel@mit.edu

Workshop on Information and Decision in Social Networks
May 31 - June 1, 2011

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Organizers
Vincent Blondel, UCLouvain (Belgium) and LIDS, MIT
Munther Dahleh, LIDS, MIT
Asu Ozdaglar, LIDS, MIT
John Tsitsiklis, LIDS, MIT

Interdisciplinary workshop for researchers working on information propagation
and decision making in social networks. The workshop covers rigorous models
as well as empirical and simulations studies of how people exchange information,
influence each other, make decisions and develop social interactions.

Attendance is free of charge but, due to limited seating, registration is
required. Registration will open in January 2011. An invitation to register
will be sent to all those on the conference mailing list. To be included on
the workshop mailing list, please send an email to wids@mit.edu with
"subscribe" in the subject line.

Further information from: http://wids.lids.mit.edu/

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5.2 Hybrid Autonomous Systems HAS 2011
Contributed by: manuela Bujorianu, Manuela.Bujorianu@manchester.ac.uk

HAS 2011

HYBRID AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

A satellite event of
European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software
ETAPS 2011
2-3 April, 2011,
Saarbrucken, Germany

2nd Call for Papers
URL: http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/Manuela.Bujorianu/HAS.htm
ETAPS: http://www.etaps.org/workshops

CHAIRS
Manuela Bujorianu, University of Manchester, UK
Martin Fränzle, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, DE
Antonios Tsourdos, Cranfield University, UK

SCOPE
The variety of autonomous systems is increasing both in industry and academia.
Such systems must operate with limited human intervention in a changing environment
and they must be able to compensate for significant system failure without external
intervention. In highly autonomous systems, the system behavior is normally so
complex that it is either impossible or inappropriate to describe it with conventional
mathematical system models.

The complexity of the system model needed in design depends on both the complexity of
the physical system and on how demanding the design specifications are. The most
appropriate models of autonomous systems can be find in the class are hybrid systems
(which study continuous-state dynamic processes via discrete-state controllers) that
interact with their environment. The symposium will bring together researchers
interested in all aspects of autonomy and adaptivity of hybrid systems.

PLENARY SPEAKERS
Howard Barringer, University of Manchester, UK
Mike Hinchey, Lero-the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, IE
Joost-Pieter Katoen, RWTH Aachen, DE
Pieter J. Mosterman, The MathWorks, CA
Holger Voos, University of Luxembourg, LU

TOPICS OF INTEREST
These include, but are not restricted to:
- new modelling paradigms for autonomous systems;
- extending hybrid systems with autonomous behaviours;
- formal methods for autonomous systems
- verification and safety certification techniques
- modelling, analysis and control of hybrid systems,
- uncertainty and stochastic modelling;
- multi-agent systems;
- algebraic and categorical methods
- reports on practical experiments

SUBMISSION
All submitted papers will undergo a thorough review process; each paper will be
refereed by at least three experts in the field based on relevance, originality,
significance, quality and clarity.

Submissions should:
- contain original contributions that have not been published or submitted to
  other conferences/journals in parallel with this event;
- clearly state the problem being addressed, the goal of the work, the results
  achieved, and the relation to other works;
- be in PS or PDF and formatted according to ENTCS Instructions for authors:
  http://www.entcs.org/prelim.html;
- be in English and in a form that can be immediately included in the proceedings
  without major revision;
- be with a maximum length of 16 pages
- be attached (if necessary) by an Appendix that contains proofs, figures,
  tables etc. The Appendix content will be reviewed.
- be sent electronically (as a PostScript or PDF file) through the submissions
  link to the conference website: https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=has2011

Submission deadline (NEW!): 21st December 2010

PUBLICATION
Accepted papers will be included in HAS 2011 Proceedings. At least one of the
authors will be required to register and attend the symposium to present the
paper in order to include the paper in the proceedings.

All accepted papers will be published by Elsevier in the Electronic Notes in
Theoretical Computer Science journal. The extended submissions might be considered
for inclusion in a book, edited jointly with a related event.

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5.3 Controls for Societal Challenges: Transitioning to a Sustainable Infrastructure
Contributed by:  Ufuk Topcu, utopcu@cds.caltech.edu

How can controls contribute to solving problems that impact society?

This question motivated the creation of a special session entitled "Controls for
Societal Challenges: Transitioning to a Sustainable Infrastructure" at the 2011
American Control Conference. The session will include two or three keynote speakers
and two panel discussions. Its aim is to start a dialogue and to promote brainstorming
and interdisciplinary collaboration. The organizers would like to narrow the scope
of the session and shape its content with inputs from the broader control systems
community. We welcome contributions through the following channels:

* The wiki at http://www.cds.caltech.edu/controlsforsociety can be used to post
thoughts about the session and other sustainability related issues. Interested
parties are invited to either reflect on these issues from their perspective or
to create and maintain wiki pages on related topics.

* A mailing list (ControlsForSociety@caltech.edu) has been created.
Email utopcu@cds.caltech.edu for membership.

* Contributions can sent be directly to the organizers at utopcu@cds.caltech.edu
and dennice@cds.caltech.edu.

* An informal gathering at the 2010 Conference on Decision and Control will
provide more information and an opportunity to share thoughts with the session
organizers. The meeting is tentatively scheduled to December 15th at 6pm (EST)
in Room 314 at the conference venue. Please inform the organizers at the
email utopcu@cds.caltech.edu of your intention to attend and follow the mailing
list for updates.

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5.4 EECI Graduate School on Control
Contributed by: Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, lamnabhi@lss.supelec.fr

The 2011 EECI Graduate School on Control edition is posted at
http://www.eeci-institute.eu/GSC2011 with the description of the courses,
the registration form, etc...

Advance registration deadline: 21 December 2010
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*M1* from 17/01/2011 to 21/01/2011
Flatness and Nonlinear Estimation Techniques
by Michel Fliess

*M2* from 24/01/2011 to 28/01/2011
Controlled Synchronisation of Dynamical Systems
by Antonio Loria & Elena Panteley

*M3* from 31/01/2011 to 04/02/2011
The Behavioral Approach to Modeling and Control
by Harry L. Trentelman & Paolo Rapisarda

*M4* from 07/02/2011 to 11/02/2011
LMI, Optimization and Polynomial Methods
by Didier Henrion

*M5* from 14/02/2011 to 18/02/2011
Optimization on Matrix Manifolds
by Rodolphe Sepulchre & Pierre Antoine Absil

*M6* from 21/02/2011 to 25/02/2011
Cooperative Navigation and Control of Multiple Robotic Vehicles
by Antonio M. Pascoal & Antonio P. Aguiar

*M7* from 28/02/2011 to 04/03/2011
Normal Forms for Nonlinear Control Systems
by Witold Respondek

*M8* from 07/03/2011 to 11/03/2011
High-Gain Observers in Nonlinear Feedback Control
by Hassan Khalil

*M9* from 14/03/2011 to 18/03/2011
An Introduction to Networked Control Systems
by Karl Henrik Johansson & Vijay Gupta

*M10* from 21/03/2011 to 25/03/2011
Specification, Design and Verification of Distributed Embedded Systems
by Richard Murray & Ufuk Topcu

*M11* from 28/03/2011 to 01/04/2011
Modeling and analysis of biological networks
by Mustafa Khammash

*M12* from 04/04/2011 to 08/04/2011
Control of Highly Nonlinear Systems
by Claude Samson & Pascal Morin

*M13* from 26/04/2011 to 29/04/2011
Model Predictive Control
by Eduardo F. Camacho

*M14* from 02/05/2011 to 06/05/2011
Robust Hybrid Control Systems
by Ricardo G. Sanfelice

*M15* from 09/05/2011 to 13/05/2011
Optimality, Stabilization, and Feedback in Nonlinear Control
by Francis Clarke
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Financial support: financial (travel and stay) supports of 500 EUR (or 1000
EUR for two modules or more) will be given in situ to SELECTED students from
all over the world (400 EUR, or 800 EUR for two modules, for selected students
registered in French universities outside Region Ile de France). Application
should be sent by e-mail BEFORE 21 December 2010 to:

admin-eeci@lss.supelec.fr

with
- a detailed CV
- a letter of recommendation from your advisor
- the EECI GSC 2011 registration form

Please indicate the following subject to the e-mail: "ECCI GSC 2011 financial
support application". This support by cash will be given during the first
day of the (first) module.

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Elena Panteley , Antoine Chaillet , Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue

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6.  Positions

6.1 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu, reyhanom@erau.edu

DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE SYSTEMS

PhD positions are available in the area of DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE SYSTEMS
under the supervision of Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Prof. Sergey Drakunov, and
Prof. William MacKunis at the Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University located in Daytona Beach. These positions cover full tuition and fees plus
a $20,000 per year stipend. Requirements include a strong background in control theory,
dynamic systems and mathematics; a Master’s degree in engineering, physics, or applied
mathematics;and excellent skills in using Matlab and Simulink. It is also desirable
that the candidates have hands-on experience on feedback control. It isexpected that the
candidates have excellent GRE and TOEFL (if necessary) scores as well as strong
communication and writing skills.

For details and application procedures, please visit
http://www.erau.edu/db/degrees/phd-engineeringphysics.html

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

E-mail: reyhanom@erau.edu

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6.2 PhD: The University of Agder
Contributed by: Professor Hamid Reza Karimi, hamid.r.karimi@uia.no

Research Fellowship in Industrial Mathematics. Ref. 73/10, The University of Agder

The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment
as PhD Research Fellow in Industrial Mathematics for a period of three years, at
the Faculty of Engineering and Science. The purpose of the PhD position is research
training leading to the successful completion of a doctoral degree. The position
is currently located in Grimstad, Norway. The starting date in 2011 is negotiable.

The PhD candidate will participate in the activities of the NORCOWE research
centre (Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy), with a particular focus on
control systems. The PhD Research Fellow will contribute to controller designs
for models of coupled aero-structural-hydro dynamics in floating wind turbine
installations. Reducing the complexity of models is essential for both controller
design and performance guarantees.

The candidate will be expected to investigate, extend, and implement:

1. Certain order reduction algorithms for large offshore wind turbine systems with
   non-linear behaviour.
2. Different semi-active control methodologies for floating offshore wind turbine
   systems in the presence of coupled aero-structural-hydro loads.
3. Numerical and experimental result validation. At UiA a new Stewart platform
   is available for motion compensation, and this equipment will provide the basis
   for the experimental work in the research project.

The following qualifications and experience will be particularly emphasised:
Completed master’s degree in applied mathematics, mechatronics, or equivalent,
with a grade average of B or better for the entire 2-year post-graduate program.

Strong academic skills, experience or interest in the following areas: system
and control theory, robust control, stochastic control, structural dynamics,
numerical methods for PDEs (partial differential equations) and instrumentation.
Theoretical and practical experience with wind turbine systems and programming
skills in Matlab and C++ are expected.

Closing date: 15 December 2010

For further information please contact Professor Hamid Reza Karimi,
phone +47 37 23 32 59, email: hamid.r.karimi@uia.no. For more information on
this position, see http://uia.easycruit.com/vacancy/473630/35071?iso=gb

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6.3 PhD: Czech Technical University in Prague
Contributed by:  Petr husek, husek@fel.cvut.cz

PhD: PID control of MIMO systems, Czech Technical University in Prague

Despite the progress in development of advanced control methods PID controllers
remain explicitly the most used controllers for technological processes at the
lowest level especially due to their simple realization and ability to achieve
satisfactory behaviour for stable nonoscillatory or overdamped systems with small
transport delay. Even though the structure is simple their tuning is a complicated
procedure even for SISO systems. Unfortunately, the existing tuning algorithms for
MIMO systems, even if with great application potential, do not consider robustness
or disturbance attenuation or even do not guarantee stability.

The research topics include: design of decentralized PID controllers guaranteeing
closed-loop performance, design involving decoupling with respect to robustness
and disturbance attenuation and development of adaptive algorithms based on
closed-loop identification. The candidates should have a solid background in
control systems theory.

Petr Husek
Dept. of Control Engineering,
Fac. of Electrical Engineering,
Czech Technical University in Prague,
Czech Republic
e-mail: husek@fel.cvut.cz

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6.4 PhD: KTH, Sweden
Contributed by: Dimos Dimarogonas, dimos@ee.kth.se

Openings for PhD Studies in Automatic Control, KTH

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 and environmental engineering.
KTH has 13,300 full-year undergraduate students, 1,500 postgraduate students and
3,900 employees.

The School of Electrical Engineering conducts research and education in the fields
of electrical engineering, information and communication technology, systems
engineering, electrical power engineering, and plasma physics. Our research projects
are carried out in close collaboration with Swedish industry and universities world-
wide. The School has strong undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Automatic Control Lab(http://www.kth.se/ees/omskolan/organisation/avdelningar/ac?l=en_UK)
conducts fundamental research in networked control systems, control of communication
systems, systems biology and system identification. Industrial projects involve partners
such as ABB, Ericsson and Scania.

A major part of the research is conducted within the ACCESS Linnaeus Centre, Sweden's
largest university research centre in networked systems, and in EU-projects in
collaboration with European industry and universities. We have a large academic
network and collaborate with researchers at Caltech, ETH Zurich, MIT, UC Berkeley,
Stanford, among others.

We are currently looking for 1-3 PhD students with a strong background and
interest in mathematics, control, optimization, networking and systems theory.
Two of our existing research projects will support these PhD students:

one project is within the area of distributed control of multi-agent systems and
the other project is within the area of wireless sensor networks. The research in
these two projects involve the modeling, analysis and design of control of multi-
agent systems and networking protocols with heterogeneous characteristics that
aim at achieving global tasks through local actions.

Qualifications of Candidates

We seek highly motivated individuals holding an MSc degree in electrical engineering,
engineering physics, computer science or similar. The candidates should have
excellent grades and very good skills in oral and written communication. They should
be ready to contribute to an international research group and a scientific
research agenda of major importance for European industry and society. KTH aims to
employ a diversity of talent and thus welcomes applicants who will add to the
variety of the University.

Employment

PhD positions are intended for those who pursue their own doctoral studies. The
positions include about 80% research and 20% teaching assistance duties. The salary
is based on the existing employment agreement for PhD position at the School of
Electrical Engineering.

Application

The application shall include a CV, a brief statement on why the applicant wishes
to pursue PhD studies, contact information to three references, the degree certificate,
and official transcripts of records.

The application should quote the reference number above and be sent to:

KTH School of Electrical Engineering
Att: Kathy Hammar
Osquldas väg 10
SE – 100 44 Stockholm
Sweden

or to 0501@ee.kth.se in pdf format (only), with all documents merged into one single pdf-file,
with the reference number in the subject field.

Application deadline: 2010-12-15
Employers reference number: E-2010-0501

Contacts

Dimos Dimarogonas, Assistant Professor, dimos@ee.kth.se, http://www.s3.kth.se/~dimos/
Carlo Fischione, Assistant Professor, carlofi@ee.kth.se, http://www.ee.kth.se/~carlofi/index.html
Karl H. Johansson, Professor, kallej@kth.se, http://www.ee.kth.se/~kallej/

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6.5 PhD: Chalmers University of Technology
Contributed by: Paolo Falcone, falcone@chalmers.se

PhD position: "Automotive Active Safety: Non-Hit Car and Truck"
(Chalmers University of Technology)

The Mechatronics Group at the Department of Signals and Systems of the Chalmers
University of Technology has a vacancy for a PhD position.

The Non-hit Car and Truck project aims at supporting Volvo Cars' 2020 safety
vision, which states that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured
in a Volvo car, as well as the Volvo Group vision of zero accidents with Volvo
products. To achieve these goals, new and improved safety functions with real-life
benefits need to be investigated across the whole safety domain, ranging from
strategic drive to in-crash activities. As part of the project, a Ph.D. student
will be recruited with a focus on Threat Assessment and Decision Making.

Threat assessment and decision making algorithms will be based on mathematical
models describing the evolution of the surrounding environment. In particular,
the concept of traffic model will be central to develop effective threat assessment
and decision making algorithms. This includes predicting the evolution of the
environment, i.e., surrounding vehicles trajectories. This might be based on
traffic rules, communication of intents (blinkers, stop lights) and estimation
of surrounding vehicles state. The traffic model, and in general the environment
model, will rely on information provided by Sensor Data Fusion algorithms, but
will also be based on an adaptive model of the driver behavior. The resulting
traffic situation will be used to assess possible threats and evaluate the effect
of various possible automatic interventions by the vehicle.

We look for candidates with a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer
Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics, Engineering Physics or similar. A
strong background in Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Control and Signal
Processing is an advantage.

For details and application procedures, please visit the following link

http://www.chalmers.se/s2/EN/news/vacancies-at-signals/positions/ph-d-student-in
 
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6.6 PhD: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Contributed by: Tommy Gravdahl, tommy.Gravdahl@itk.ntnu.no

PhD position at Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of
Engineering Cybernetics, invites applicants for 1 PhD position in the area
of robotics within the research project ‘Next Generation Robotics for Norwegian
Industry’ (NextGenRob). The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council
and Norwegian industry. The position is offered for a period of 3 years.

The title of the PhD will be Efficient control of robot manipulators through
learning and is part of the NextGenRob work package ‘Autonomy’. The work will
be carried out in a research group with participants from the Department as
well as SINTEF ICT.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, a relevant master's degree
within control engineering and robotics is needed. Solid scientific qualifications,
relevant MSc research topics and personal qualities are important. Foreign
applicants must document a TOEFL score of 600 or higher. Moreover, the candidate
must qualify for admittance as a PhD student at NTNU. See page
http://www.ime.ntnu.no/english/research/phd for information about PhD education
at NTNU. The PhD scholarship holder will be required to work in Trondheim, together
with the rest of the research group.

For further information about the PhD scholarship, please contact Professor Jan
Tommy Gravdahl, e-mail: Jan.Tommy.Gravdahl@itk.ntnu.no.

NTNUs PhD-rules require a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years
of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing
grades (A best). Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested
to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail
the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with
the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/rec_qual/recognition/diploma_en.html

The position is placed in salary code 1017, which currently corresponds to a
yearly gross income of NOK 383 700 (pay scale level 48). From this 2 % will be
deducted for mandatory membership in the National Pension Fund.

The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations with
supplementary rules for research fellowship appointments in universities and
polytechnics. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study
programs within the period of the appointment. The successful applicant must
agree to the conditions laid down for public employees.

Candidates will be required to enroll in a PhD program within the period of
employment, and must sign a contract regulating the period of employment.

According to Norwegian policies, the government workforce should, as closely as
possible, reflect the diversity of the population at large. It is therefore a
goal of NTNU, as a government institution, to have a workforce which is balanced
with respect to age and gender, and to recruit persons of immigrant background.
NTNU also wishes to increase the number of women on its workforce, and women
are specifically encouraged to apply.

The application must include information about education, exams and earlier
experience. Certified copies of certificates and diplomas must be enclosed.
Relevant scientific works should be submitted. Joint works will be taken
into account. In cases where it is difficult to determine the applicant’s
contribution, a short note of explanation should be supplied.

Applications are to be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no
Preferably, we want the attachments in one file. Applications should be marked:
IME 043-2010. Application deadline: December 22, 2010.

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6.7 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Contributed by: Z.P. Jiang, zjiang@poly.edu

Outstanding applications are solicited for a full-time PhD position at the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of
NYU, Brooklyn, U.S.A. The successful candidate is expected to start in Fall
2011 or earlier, and will receive a stipend of over $20,000/year and a full
tuition. Preference will be given to students who

- have or will receive a Master's degree in electrical engineering;
- have strong background in automatic control, or power systems;
- have working knowledge of smart grid.

Please apply directly through the school website: www.poly.edu

In case of questions feel free to contact Professor Jiang by e-mail at
zjiang@poly.edu

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6.8 PhD/Post-Doc: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
Contributed by: Sean McLoone, sean.mcloone@eeng.nuim.ie

Postdoc and PhD Positions: Data Mining/Machine Learning for virtual metrology
and predictive maintenance

The Dynamics and Control Research Group (http://www.eeng.nuim.ie/dac) at NUI
Maynooth, in partnership with the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR)
(http://www.icmr.ie/), are currently recruiting both postgraduate and postdoctoral
researchers for research projects in data mining, statistical analysis, and
predictive modelling for industrial applications. Projects will involve developing
data driven virtual metrology and predictive maintenance algorithms and methodologies
for a range of manufacturing processes using state-of-the-art machine learning and
data mining techniques.

For further information on the positions available and the application process see
http://dac.eeng.nuim.ie/vacancies.php

The initial closing date for applications for the postdoc positions is 5 pm on
Wednesday 15th December, but if suitable candidates have not applied at this time
the positions will remain advertised until filled. The PhD positions are available
on an ongoing basis.

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6.9 PhD/Post-Doc: UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Contributed by: Raimund Ober, ober@utdallas.edu

Post-doc/Ph.D. in Stochastic Modeling of Protein Dynamics observed by Single
Molecule Microscopy

Post-doc/Ph.D. positions are available to work on the stochastic modeling of
protein dynamics observed by single molecule microscopy. The project is carried
out in a joint research group with Prof. E.S. Ward at UT Southwestern Medical
Center at Dallas.

The positions will provide the opportunity to not only work on projects of
significant technical interest but also to become familiar with the fundamental
biological questions that are being addressed in the laboratory. Specifically
the laboratory investigates the development of new therapeutics for the treatment
of diseases such as cancer and auto-immunity.

For candidates for the post-doctoral position, experience in stochastic modeling,
stochastic differential equations etc. would be desirable but is not necessary.

For further details on the research carried out in our group please see
www4.utsouthwestern.edu/wardlab.

Please send inquiries (resume, names of referees etc.) to

Prof. Raimund J. Ober
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
email: ober@utdallas.edu

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6.10 PhD/Post-Doc: University of Alberta, Canada
Contributed by: Prof. Alan Lynch, alynch.uav@gmail.com

Postdoc, Ph.D., and M.Sc. positions: University of Alberta, Canada

I am looking for a postdoc and a number Ph.D./M.Sc. candidates to perform
research on navigation and control of helicopter UAVs for visual inspection
of electrical transmission lines. The project involves the application and
theory of controls, vision, and robotics.

The postdoc position is for 1 to 3 years with annual renewals. The Ph.D.
positions last between 3 and 5 years, and M.Sc. positions are roughly 2 years.
Ph.D./M.Sc. students are expected to begin Sep. 2011 and postdocs can begin
as soon as possible. Students with an appropriate background could be employed
immediately and prior to their program start in Sep. 2011. Ph.D./M.Sc.
candidates should meet the requirements of the CS or ECE Department with
the relevant department depending on student background. ECE Department
requirements for admission:

http://www.ece.engineering.ualberta.ca/Graduate/GradApply.aspx and
CS requirements: http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/prospective-students/graduate-studies/applications-admissions

Supervisors: Profs. A. Lynch (ECE) and M. Jaegersand (CS), P. Musilek (ECE).

Job description: The tasks involve various aspects of indoor and outdoor
autopilot development for helicopter UAVs. This research involves mathematical
modelling, model identification, navigation and control algorithm design,
hard/software implementation, multiview geometry, 3D modeling from images,
and real-time visual tracking.

Requirements: We are looking for motivated candidates with a strong background
in areas such as the theory of computer vision, nonlinear control, physical
modelling, dynamics, and applied mathematics. Hands-on skill in the area of
unmanned robotics systems is desirable, eg. electronics, C/C++ programming,
and mechanical aptitude. Students with backgrounds in the fields of ECE, CS,
Physics, Applied Mathematics, or Mechanical Engineering or related discipline
are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates you should email Prof. Alan Lynch i) a detailed CV, ii)
a transcript of your grades, iii) copies of your best publications (a maximum
of three papers), and iv) the names and contact data of two professional references.
Positions are available immediately, and will remain open until filled. To ensure
full consideration for CS graduate admission, application material has to be
submitted by Dec. 15, 2010 (see above web link). For ECE graduate admission
material should be received by March 1, 2011. Later applications will be considered
if there is both space in the program and funding available.

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6.11 Post Doc: Northwestern University
Contributed by: Randy Freeman, freeman@eecs.northwestern.edu

Postdoctoral Position in Cooperative Multi-agent Control at Northwestern University

The departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science at Northwestern University, partnered with the Naval Research Laboratory,
are investigating control and estimation for multi-agent mobile sensor networks
for applications such as environmental monitoring and search and rescue.

We are currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral position on this
project. The successful applicant will have a strong background in control
and estimation theory and an interest in robot motion planning and hardware
implementations. Applicants should have a Ph.D.in mechanical or electrical
engineering, or a related area.

The duration of the postdoctoral fellowship is expected to be one year,
with other durations possible. The position is available immediately. Pay
is competitive.

To apply for the position, email a cover letter describing your professional
interests and future goals and a CV with contact information for three
references to Prof. Prof. Kevin Lynch (kmlynch@northwestern.edu) or to
Prof. Randy Freeman (freeman@eecs.northwestern.edu). Both documents should
be in pdf format.

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6.12 Post-Doc: University of Southampton
Contributed by: Ivan Markovsky, im@ecs.soton.ac.uk

A post-doctoral research position on Numerical Methods for Structured Low-rank
Approximation is available from January 2011 in the Information: Signals,
Images, Systems (ISIS) research group of the School of Electronics and
Computer Science (ECS). The position is funded by an ERC starting grant
and is offered initially for three years, with an extension of two more
years.

The key objectives of the project are: data approximation by low-complexity
models and model-free data processing. Specific topics of interest are:
effective heuristics for low-rank approximation, robust and efficient
local optimisation methods, recursive identification methods, and application
of low-rank approximation in systems and control, signal and image processing,
computer algebra, and machine learning.

We are looking for applicants with strong background in linear algebra and
optimization, having ample experience in numerical software development.
Knowledge in system theory, identification, signal processing, machine
leaning, and computer algebra is an asset.

Informal enquiries regarding the position and applications should be
submitted to Ivan Markovsky (im@ecs.soton.ac.uk). The required application
documents are:
- CV,
- summary of PhD thesis (1 page),
- statement of current research (1 page), and
- names and addresses of two references.
The closing date for applications is 7th January 2011.

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6.13 Faculty: University of Groningen
Contributed by: j.m.a.scherpen@rug.nl

Four Rosalind Franklin Fellowships (tenure-track)
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

To promote the participation of women in Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences
the University of Groningen offers a prestigious fellowship programme, named
after Rosalind Franklin, whose X-ray studies of DNA were crucial to solving
its structure. Four fellowships are available in the Faculty of Mathematics
and Natural Sciences. The fellowships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural
Sciences are awarded to outstanding female scientists from any country and from
any of the disciplines mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology,
pharmacy, environmental studies, computer science, industrial engineering
and artificial intelligence.
 
For further information see http://www.rug.nl/fwn/onderzoek/rff/index

Applicants must have:
- A PhD and post-doctoral experience, preferably in different research institutions
(Dutch applicants should have minimally two years of post-doctoral experience
outside the Netherlands)

- Publications in first rate international scientific journals
- Experience in supervising research projects
- The ability to successfully compete for external research funding
- Affinity to teaching
- International recognition
- The candidate has the potential to develop into a leader who guides and inspires

The 6-year fellowship comprises:
- a gross annual salary commensurate with experience and in accordance with
national standards, starting around € 4,082,- per month (full time position)
- a start-up grant including a PhD student position

During these five years the fellow will be expected to focus on research,
with teaching duties comprising maximally 30% of the time. The fellows are
expected to develop their own independent line of research, while working
in the unit of one of our professors.

Following a favorable evaluation at the end of the 6 years the fellow will
be awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor for a
period of 7 years. After a further 4 - 7 years another evaluation will take
place and if this proves favorable, promotion to full professor will follow.

APPLICANTS SHOULD SUBMIT:
1. a full curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications
2. a list of five selected “best papers” (preferably including copies)
3. a 3-5 page statement of research accomplishments and future research goals
4. the names and contact information (including e-mail address) of 3 referees

The deadline for application is January 7th, 2011. Applications should be sent to:
Dr. L.J.A. van Putten
Faculty Board office
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
University of Groningen
PO Box 407
9700 AK Groningen
The Netherlands

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6.14 Faculty: Delft University of Technology
Contributed by: Ellen van den Berg, n.vandenberg-moor@tudelft.nl

Assistant Professor position: "Control of Mechatronic Systems", Delft University
of Technology.

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) is a merger of three former
systems and control groups within Delft University of Technology: the groups
of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Applied Physics. The
Center is currently composed of 15 academic staff who supervise around 35
PhD students and 30 MSc students. The teaching and research field encompasses
the wide area of modeling, estimation and identification, robust control and
optimization of continuous and hybrid dynamical systems. Applications include,
but are not limited to, mechatronics and microsystems, robotics, sustainable
industrial processes, transportation and traffic control, and physical imaging
systems. DCSC is responsible for an international MSc program in Systems and
Control, and participates in the BSc and MSc programs in mechanical engineering,
electrical engineering, applied physics, and chemical engineering. Moreover,
the group actively participates in the Dutch graduate school D ISC (Dutch
Institute of Systems and Control).

Project/job description

The candidate will

• perform research with a substantial experimental component in mechatronics
  and robotics, published in peer-reviewed international journals and at major
  conferences;
• contribute to educational activities of the group, gives lectures, coordinates
  and supervises projects in the area of mechatronics and embedded control systems;
• build and maintain a network of contacts and collaborations both internationally
  as well as within the Netherlands, including high-tech industry;
• advice MSc and PhD students and acquires funding for PhD and Postdoc projects
  from research funding agencies, EU, government, or industry.

Requirements

The candidate has an academic degree in Systems and Control with subsequent
specialization in mechatronics and preferably also in embedded control systems. He
or she is able to conduct research according to international standards, proven
by international publications and a PhD thesis. The candidate has already gained
international reputation in his or her field of research. Additionally, the candidate
has substantial practical experience with the design and development of mechatronic
systems, including real-time implementation of control systems. The candidate is
able to effectively cooperate and communicate with colleagues in related fields.
He or she has a stimulating and cooperative attitude in contacts with students,
engineers, and colleagues within the group and in projects performed in collaboration
with other university groups and/or industrial partners. International applicants must
be willing to acquire a working knowledge of the Dutch language.

See detailed information on: http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl/Other/vacancies.html

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6.15 Faculty: University of Tornoto
Contributed by:  Manfredi Maggiore, maggiore@control.utoronto.ca

The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at
the University of Toronto invites applications for a faculty position in the
area of SYSTEMS CONTROL, starting, July 1, 2011. Applications are welcomed
from outstanding candidates in all areas of systems control, including candidates
whose research is interdisciplinary in nature.

Successful candidates are expected to pursue excellence in research and teaching
at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and must have (or be about to receive)
a Ph.D. in the relevant area.

The ECE department ranks among the top 10 in North America. It attracts
outstanding students, has excellent facilities, and is ideally located in the
middle of a vibrant, artistic, and diverse cosmopolitan city. The department
offers competitive salaries and start-up funding, and faculty members have
access to significant Canadian operational and infrastructure research grants.
Additional information on the department can be found at: www.ece.utoronto.ca.

Applications for this position should be addressed to Professor Manfredi Maggiore,
Chair of the Systems Control Search Committee, and sent by email to:
ControlSearch@ece.utoronto.ca. Please submit only Adobe Acrobat PDF documents and
include a curriculum vitae, a summary of previous research and proposed new
directions, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests.

Applications should be received by January 15, 2011.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community
and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women,
Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups,
and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent
residents will be given priority. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications
and experience.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of
Electrical & Computer Engineering
10 King's College Road
Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 3G4

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6.16 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, China
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
Posted: December 15, 2010
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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6.17 Faculty: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Contributed by:  Auke Ijspeert, auke.ijspeert@epfl.ch

Faculty Position in Autonomous Robotics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale
de Lausanne (EPFL)

The School of Engineering at EPFL invites applications for the position of
tenure-track assistant professor in the area of Autonomous Robotics for the
newly launched Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for
Robotics. This is a broad search in all areas of autonomous robotics, with
relevant fields including materials and components (e.g. soft bodies, artificial
muscles, intelligent material), manipulation (dexterous and compliant manipulation,
grasping, interaction with humans), field robotics (outdoor robots, intelligent
vehicles, system design and integration, energy harvesting) and medical microrobotics
(inner body monitoring, drug delivery, surgery).

As a faculty member of the School of Engineering, the successful candidate
will be expected to initiate independent, creative research programs and
participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Internationally competitive
salaries, start-up resources and benefits are offered.

EPFL has a long-standing tradition in robotics, with special emphasis on the
science and engineering of autonomous, intelligent, and bio-mimetic systems.
EPFL has been selected by the Swiss Federal Government to house the NCCR for
Robotics, a multi-year center of excellence federating and promoting robotics
research in Switzerland. A new building on campus with laboratory space, prototyping
and educational facilities for all robotics researchers will be completed in 2013.

The EPFL, located in Lausanne, Switzerland, is a dynamically growing and well-
funded institution fostering excellence and diversity. It has a highly international
campus at an exceptionally attractive location boasting first-class infrastructure.
As a technical university covering computer and communication sciences, engineering,
environment, basic and life sciences, management of technology and financial engineering,
EPFL offers a fertile environment for research cooperation between different disciplines.
The EPFL environment is multi-lingual and multi-cultural, with English often serving
as a common interface.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a concise
statement of research and teaching interests, and the names of at least five referees.
Applications should be uploaded in PDF format to the recruitment web site:
http://robotics-search10.epfl.ch

Evaluation of candidates will begin on 15 January 2011, and will continue until the
position is filled.  Further questions can be addressed to:
Prof. Auke Ijspeert
Search Chairman
e-mail: hiring.robotics@epfl.ch

For additional information on EPFL, please consult the web sites
http://www.epfl.ch, http://sti.epfl.ch and http://www.nccr-robotics.ch.

EPFL is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, and strongly encourages
women to apply.

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6.18 Faculty: University of Michigan
Contributed by: Jim Freudenberg, jfr@eecs.umich.edu

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Division of the Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor invites applications for junior or senior faculty positions.
Successful candidates will have a relevant doctorate or equivalent experience
and an outstanding record of achievement and impactful research in academics,
industry and/or at national laboratories. They will have a strong record or
commitment to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, and to providing
service to the university and profession. Research areas of particular interest
are power electronics and energy conversion systems, control theory and
applications, and nanotechnology.

The ECE Division (www.eecs.umich.edu/ece) prides itself on the mentoring
of young faculty towards successful careers. Ann Arbor is highly ranked as
a best-place-to-live and for its family friendly atmosphere.

For full consideration applications must be received by January 10, 2011.

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6.19 Faculty: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contributed by: cwatras@buyerads.com

Faculty Positions (tenure-track)
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is seeking applicants for tenure
-track faculty positions with potential starts in September 2011. Department
programs encompass aircraft, spacecraft, transportation, information, and
communication systems. We are searching for exceptional candidates in any
discipline relevant to aerospace. We are particularly interested in identifying
top candidates in the following areas: aerospace materials and structures,
autonomous systems, aircraft propulsion, and air transportation. Our goal is
to hire candidates who have deep expertise in one or more core disciplines and
who have the potential and intellectual flexibility to become world leaders
through integration of these disciplines to define and address new opportunities.
Faculty duties include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, research,
and supervision of student research. Further information on this search and Department
may be found at http://web.mit.edu/aeroastro/a bout/jobs.html.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics or a related
field by the beginning of the appointment period. The search is for the Assistant
Professor level, but qualified candidates at all levels will be considered.

Applications must be submitted in PDF format online at https://facsearch.mit.edu.
Applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a 2-3 page statement
of research and teaching interests and goals, and the names and contact information
of at least three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Applicants
should request that letters of recommendation be submitted online at
https://facsearch.mit.edu by the recommenders. Applications should be addressed to
Professor David W. Miller, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, MIT Department of
Aeronautics and Astronautics. Applications will be considered complete when both
the applicant’s materials and at least three letters of recommendation are received.
Applicants are encouraged to apply by January 1, 2011.

MIT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and under-
represented minorities are encouraged to apply.

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6.20 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
Contributed by:  Xiang Qiu, qiuxiang@zjut.edu.cn

The discipline of Information Processing and Automation Technology belongs
to the College of Information Engineering of Zhejiang University of Technology
(ZJUT), and is one of prior disciplines in Zhejiang province. The discipline
consisted of faculty with expertise ranging broadly from control, electronics,
Computer Science and Engineering.

For further information of the university, please visit http://www.zjut.edu.cn

Excellent PhD and Distinguish Professor are needed in the discipline of Information
Processing & Automation Technology in the College of Information Engineering at
Zhejiang University of Technology. Applicants are welcome from various research
directions such as Advanced Control Theory, Embedded Systems & Applications, Motion
Control, Network Technology, also likely in areas such as intelligent systems and
information technology. The applicants are expected to have a strong interest in
pursuing academic research in information processing & automation technology.

Requirements:
- have an earned PhD degree from a reputable university;
- have performed high-quality research with a good track record of competitive
  research experience in terms of good journal publications and research grants;
- have good command of English and Chinese;
- have the potential to reach excellence in the research field;
- have an ambition to build a research group and attract external funding;
- Strong leadership skills, along with an entrepreneurial attitude towards innovations.

Treatments:
- well research environment and development of space;
- preferential allowance and other insurance, welfare, and so on;
- sufficient research funding;
- grants for purchase housing and other well treatment;

Credentials:
- one resume about personal information, detailed learning and working Experience,
  research and teaching achievements, and your request;
- research projects and funding recently five years;
- research achievements and awards, published paper recently five years;

Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:
Mr. Xiang Qiu
The College of Information Engineering
Zhejiang University of Technology
HangZhou, China , 310023

Additional questions about the position, the discipline, the treatment or further
information regarding the application process may be addressed to Mr. Xiang Qiu
via e-mail at qiuxiang@zjut.edu.cn or please call +86-13867469319

Additional information about the ZJUT:
The year 1953 saw the establishment of a new Zhejiang University of Technology
in Hangzhou, the picturesque historical and cultural city in China. The present
university, as a provincial key comprehensive university, can offer not only
engineering courses, but also a large range of disciplines. And with a national
key laboratory and three post-doctoral programs, the University is entitled to
confer degrees of master, doctor, MBA. In addition, it has been granted the right
to recommend outstanding undergraduates as candidates for graduate programs in
other universities without entrance examinations and the right to recruit international
students as well as students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

The university now consists of 3 campuses, covering a total area of over 213
hectares with a floor space of 840,000 square meters. It has 21 colleges and 2
departments. At present, there are about 30,000 registered full-time undergraduates
and diplomats, together with 2,300 postgraduates. The university has a faculty of
2,800, among whom over 800 are professors and associate professors. ZJUT now has
one academician of CAE (Chinese Academy of Engineering), and three academicians
of CAE and CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) whom ZJUT shares with other institutions
of high education or research. Now it runs 14 doctoral degree programs?71 master
degree programs, and 55 undergraduate programs. Its 60,000-square-meter university
library now has collected books of over 3,200,000 volumes (with electronic books
included) and over 17,000 kinds of Chinese and foreign journals and periodicals.

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6.21 Faculty: University of Louisville
Contributed by:  Dr. John Naber, www.ece.louisville.edu

Assistant Professor Positions in the
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
J.B. Speed School of Engineering
University of Louisville

Applications and nominations are solicited for multiple tenure-track, Assistant
Professor positions within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
at the University of Louisville. A preference will be to applicants who specialize
in either the communications or power areas:

Communications or a communications-related area (Job opening ID #26458)

Power and energy-related area (Job opening ID #26455)

Candidates are expected to have an earned doctorate in electrical or computer
engineering, a solid commitment to research, a commitment to excellence in teaching
and have effective communication and administrative skills. Candidates should be
willing and capable of teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in ECE
and be committed to growing the research presence of the department.

The ECE Department has 180 undergraduate students, 100 master students, 50
doctoral students, 20 faculty, $3.5M in annual research expenditures, and a
number of exemplary research facilities, including several high-end super-
computing facilities and one of the top 10 micro/nano academic cleanrooms
in the nation. The department is nationally recognized in the areas of nanotechnology,
MEMS, electro-optics, computer vision and image processing, medical imaging, and
computational intelligence.

Louisville is the sixteenth largest city in the US. Its low cost of living combined
with its unique amenities and quality of life have recently earned Louisville the
recognition as the nation’s best city for relocating families.

Applicants must apply online (at www.louisville.edu/jobs) using the above listed
job opening ID codes. The review of applications will begin on January 7, 2011
and continue until the positions are filled. In addition, a cover letter, curriculum
vitae (including visa and professional engineer licensure status), five references
with full contact information and a statement on teaching and research interests
should be forwarded to:

John Naber, Search Committee Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
E-mail Power Search (Job opening ID #26455): ecepowersearch@louisville.edu
E-mail Communications Search (Job opening ID #26458): ececommsearch@louisville.edu

Additional information concerning the department and position is available at
www.ece.louisville.edu. Minority and female candidates are encouraged to apply.
The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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6.22 Faculty: Rensselaer Polytechnic Insttitute
Contributed by: Agung Julius, agung@ecse.rpi.edu

The Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at RENSSELAER
POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE invites faculty applications at all levels. We seek
innovative faculty members dedicated to providing a high-quality, innovative research
and learning experience for our students. Candidates with research areas in (1) control,
systems, and synthetic biology, (2) energy sources and systems, (3) communications,
networks, and cyber physical systems, and (4) computer engineering, energy efficient
(“green”) computing, and ubiquitous and embedded systems, are encouraged to apply.
The expected start date is the Fall semester 2011, pending budgetary approval.

The strategic research directions of Rensselaer include biotechnology, energy and environment,
computation and information technology, nanotechnology, and media and the
arts. New facilities on campus include the $100M Center of Computational Nanotechnology
Innovation providing one of the fastest university-based supercomputers in the
world, and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center offering advanced audiovisual
equipment and space for research and performance. Within ECSE, established research
thrust areas include microelectronics and photonics; image and signal processing,
including spatial data analysis; communications and networking; robotics and control;
and energy sources and systems, including power electronics. We are in a period of robust
growth, including the recent designation of a National Science Foundation Smart
Lighting Engineering Research Center in the department.

Rensselaer is situated in the Capital District of upstate New York. The Adirondack and
Catskill Mountains are nearby as are Lake George and Lake Champlain. In addition to
year round outdoor activities, the region is rich with arts and entertainment. Competitive
salary, benefits and start-up packages will be offered commensurate with experience.
Electronic applications only, including a resume, statement of professional interests and
plans, and contact information for four professional references, should be submitted to:
employment@ecse.rpi.edu

Questions may be addressed to:
Audrey Hayner, Administrative Assistant to the Faculty Search Committee
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, JEC 6009
Troy, New York 12180-3590
Email: audrey@ecse.rpi.edu
Phone: 518-276-6019, Fax: 518-276-6261

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6.23 Faculty: École Polytechnique de Montréal
Contributed by: Lahcen Saydy, lahcen.saydy@polymtl.ca

The Electrical Engineering Department and the Computer and Software Engineering
Department at École Polytechnique de Montréal invite applications for a tenure
track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professors. The areas of
interest are:

• avionic systems (including flight instrumentation, flight management systems,
  navigation systems, flight control systems, warning systems);
• design, integration and certification of avionic systems and embedded computing
  (including architecture and qualification, certification and validation);
• avionic data networks (including data networks architecture, protocols and
  real time operating systems)

Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal is a French speaking institution. Candidates must
therefore have a working knowledge of that language. For further information,
please see http://www.polymtl.ca/ge/

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6.24 Lecturer: University of Western Sydney, Australia
Contributed by: Wei Xing Zheng, w.zheng@uws.edu.au

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics – Control Theory at University
of Western Sydney, Australia

Ref 1212/10 Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Applied and Industrial Mathematics,
School of Computing & Mathematics

The School of Computing & Mathematics is a leader in innovative education, research
and scholarship offering courses at the undergraduate and post graduate levels in
Mathematics, Statistics and Computing. The School is now seeking to expand its
current academic offerings and research strengths in Applied Mathematics, with
particular emphasis on the field of Systems and Control Theory and related areas.
The School of Computing & Mathematics is part of a dynamic and developing College
of Health and Science that includes the Schools of Medicine, Biomedical and Health
Science, Engineering, Nursing and Midwifery, and Natural Sciences.

Applications are invited for a position as Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Applied
and Industrial Mathematics (Level B or C) with expertise in systems and control
theory or related area, to complement the existing research expertise in the School.
The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic and experienced teacher and researcher
who will be expected to take a major role in the School to develop a research program
that complements the School’s existing research efforts, and to augment the quality
teaching already established in this area.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Mathematics or related discipline and be able to
demonstrate the capacity to play a significant role in scholarship, research, and
professional development activities. These roles will involve active engagement in
the development of a program of research and supervision of higher degree research
students. The applicant is expected to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in
teaching mathematics both to mathematics students and students from other disciplines,
as well as a proven ability to undertake high quality and independent research that
has resulted in a significant internationally recognised suite of publications. The
appointee will also play a major role in developing both undergraduate and postgraduate
courses in Mathematics. The potential to attract external research funding is essential.

The appointment will be for three years in the first instance, but will be converted
to a continuing position subject to evidence of establishing a successful research
program and demonstration of innovative and effective contributions to learning and teaching.

The appointee will be based at one of the Campbelltown, Kingswood or Parramatta Campuses
of UWS, but multi-campus teaching may be required.

Applicants must address the selection criteria specified in the Position Statement,
which is available from the University Website https://uws.nga.net.au/cp/. For information
about the School please visit the UWS website http://www.uws.edu.au/computing_mathematics/scm,
and the School website http://www.scm.uws.edu.au/.

Remuneration Package: Lecturer (Academic Level B) $93,187 to $109,962 p.a.; Senior
Lecturer (Academic Level C) $113,291 to $129,956 p.a. (comprising Salary Level B $78,744
to $92,984 p.a.; Level C $95,829 to $110,073 p.a., 17% Superannuation, and Leave Loading).

Position Enquiries: Professor Simeon Simoff, Head of School, phone: (02) 9685 9179,
or email: s.simoff@uws.edu.au

Closing Date: 2 December 2010
Click here to view Position Description Level B
Click here to view Position Description Level C

How to Apply:
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If you require assistance, please email recruitment@uws.edu.au or phone Recruitment
Helpline on 02 9678 7536.
The UWS Applicant Guide is available to assist you.

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6.25 Lecturer: University of Pretoria, South Africa
Contributed by: Ian K. Craig, icraig@postino.up.ac.za

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING

SENIOR LECTURER POSITION IN CONTROL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

The Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University
of Pretoria (UP) prides itself on its research achievements and close links with
industry. With 27 faculty, it is one of the largest engineering department in South
Africa, with all the associated advantages of a large staff complement: specialization
by individual lecturers, critical mass research groups, low lecturing load, and multi-
disciplinary research and development work.

Minimum requirements
•A Doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
•A proven record of research supported by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
•At least four (4) years’ lecturing experience at a tertiary level.

Duties:
Successful candidates should be committed to excellence in undergraduate and
post-graduate teaching, and will be expected to develop a research programme
in their area of expertise.

Recommended requirement:
Candidates must preferably be registerable with the Engineering Council of South Africa.

The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level
of qualification and experience, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP subscribes
to BESTMED’s TopCare option and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Applicants should submit their applications at www.up.ac.za. Follow the link “Careers
at UP” to access the Careers@UP portal. The Job ID number is 20176.

In application for this post, please attach:

• A comprehensive CV;
• Certified copies of qualifications;
• Names and contact details of 3 contactable referees (telephone and e-mail details);
• Names and contact details of peer reviewers (academic and research);
• Self-evaluation.

CLOSING DATE: 15 December 2010

Assumption of duties: as soon as possible

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not
comply with at least the minimum requirements.

Enquiries:
For more information, please contact Prof. Ian Craig at icraig@postino.up.ac.za.
More detail about the Department can be found at: http://www.ee.up.ac.za/main/en/index

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 28 February 2011, please
accept that your application was unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.
In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment
Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates
from under represented designated groups. All candidates who comply with the requirements
for appointment are invited to apply. The University of Pretoria reserves the right
not to make an appointment to the posts as advertised.

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6.26 Lecturer: Cranfield Defence and Security
Contributed by: Professor Antonios Tsourdos, a.tsourdos@cranfield.ac.uk

Cranfield Defence and Security
Department of Informatics and Systems Engineering

Lecturer in Guidance, Navigation & Control (GNC)
£38,011 to £42,369 per annum

Cranfield University’s work at CDS (Shrivenham) on Guidance, Navigation & Control
(GNC), led by Prof Tsourdos from the Autonomous Systems Group, has unique research
strength because the Group has historically had deep expertise in each of the
three areas and, at the same time, harnessed that expertise for the purposes of
integrating Guidance, Navigation & Control, as required by industrial practice and
true innovation. This approach of individual and integrative expertise has been
recognised by national and international experts from Academia, Government and
Industry, and has led to substantial and prestigious funding in the last ten years.

The Appointee will be expected to maintain and expand the GNC teaching and research
portfolio. The skills required for this Lecturer post are: expertise in flight
dynamics & control, guidance and navigation, with a PhD in one of these areas.
Also needed is the ability to communicate complex information clearly.

For further particulars, please contact the GNC area leader, Professor Antonios
Tsourdos, tel: 01793 785841, e-mail: A.Tsourdos@cranfield.ac.uk.

Please apply online at www.cranfield.ac.uk/hr or alternatively, application forms
and further details may be obtained from the HR Department, Cranfield University,
Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 8LA.
Tel (01793) 785758, quoting ref R/DISE003.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 15 December 2010.

Interviews will be held on Monday 20 December 2010.

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6.27 Researcher: University of Cambridge, UK
Contributed by: Prof. Jan Maciejowski, jmm@eng.cam.ac.uk

Research Associate in Real-time Numerical Optimisation in Reconfigurable Hardware
with Application to MPC.

Closing date for applications 19 November 2010.

Vacancy Reference No: NA07346. Salary: 27,319-35,646 GBP.

A fixed-term position will be available from 1 January 2011 until February 2013
for a Research Associate to work on Real-time Numerical Optimization in
Reconfigurable Hardware with Application to Model-Predictive Control under
the supervision of Prof. J.M. Maciejowski. The project is funded by the EPSRC
and will involve collaboration with Imperial College London, NTU Singapore, Xilinx,
The MathWorks, and the European Space Agency. The aim of the project is to bring
the power of FPGA-based computation to bear on model-predictive control applications,
and to use systems and control theory to help devise efficient implementations of
numerical algorithms in FPGA-based computation. The successful candidate will have
a PhD in Control Engineering or a related field. Preference will be given to
candidates with a strong analytical background, and experience of one or more of
the following areas: control theory, model-predictive control, numerical analysis,
optimization, FPGA-based com putation.

To apply, complete form CHRIS /6 (cover sheet for C.V.s) available at
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/ and send with your C.V. and covering
letter to Mrs Janet Milne, Department of Engineering, div-f@eng.cam.ac.uk

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6.28 Researcher: John Deere, Waterloo, IA
Contributed by: Chad Haedt, haedtchada@johndeere.com

John Deere is searching for a managerial level control systems candidate for
a position in our 1500 engineer product development center in Waterloo, IA.
The osition will supervise 9 Deere employees and 9 contract employees.

What You’ll Do

At John Deere Ag & Turf Division as Engineering Supervisor – Electronic Control
Systems, you will provide daily supervision of administrative and technical
issues for a group of electronic control and software engineers and engineering
support personnel who work on embedded control systems for tractor programs.

In addition you will:

• Participate in the planning process for the electronics / electro-hydraulic
  functions of agricultural tractors focusing on project concerns such as cost,
  completion dates, resource allocation, quality/reliability, etc.
• Supervise the implementation of multiple, complex embedded control projects
  for programs using Enterprise Product Delivery Process (EPDP) to ensure that
  the product program goals are met.
• Assist in the resolution of complex software and electro-hydraulic technical issues.
• Provide technical leadership and counsel to less experienced employees within
  the embedded software and electro-hydraulic control system area.
• Perform administrative duties related to performance management, salary pay
  plan, succession planning, resource planning, training, and development of direct reports.
• Develop, track and meet capital and expense budget for area of responsibility.

What It Takes

We need a strong leader who thrives on working in a team environment. Ideally you
will have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical, Mechanical or related Engineering
discipline. In addition we require:

• Expert knowledge and experience in development of embedded software systems
  for control of mobile machine functions.
• Experience and expertise in C programming language, software architecture and
  software development tools for embedded micro-controllers.
• Expert knowledge and experience in developing control systems utilizing electro-
  mechanical or electro-hydraulic actuators and components.
• Knowledge of electronic controllers and circuits as they are used on mobile machines.
• Strong leadership capability.

A strong candidate would also have a Masters degree in engineering with emphasis
on control systems or embedded software, experience developing electro-hydraulic
control systems on agricultural or construction machines, deep understanding of
control system theory and application and prior experience leading an engineering
group responsible for embedded control systems.

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