June 2011 E-Letter

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
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June 2011

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 Contents: Transactions on Control Systems Technology

2. Misc
2.1 IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter
2.2 10to6 Competition at University of L'Aquila
2.3 Master in Automatica and Control Technologies, Politecnico di Torino

3. Books
3.1 Networked and Distributed Predictive Control
3.2 Nonlinear Model Predictive Control

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
4.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.3 Contents: Automatica
4.4 Contents: European Journal of Control
4.5 Contents: Automatica
4.6 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
4.8 CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control

5. Conferences
5.1 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
5.2 IFAC Conference on Advances in PID Control

6.  Workshops
6.1 Interdisciplinary Modelling of Cyber-Physical Systems
6.2  Formal and Resilient Methods in Aerospace
6.3 HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems
6.4 Networked Control Systems at IFAC World Congress
6.5 European Workshop on Advanced Control and Diagnosis
6.6 Workshop on Rough Paths and Combinatorics in Control Theory
6.7 IFAC Workshop on Automatic Control of Offshore Oil and Gas Production

7.  Positions
7.1 PhD: Supélec, South of Paris, France
7.2 PhD: Loughborough University
7.3 Post-Doc: CanmetENERGY, Varennes (Québec) Canada
7.4 Post-Doc: University of Pretoria, South Africa
7.5 Post-Doc: University of Oxford
7.6 Faculty: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
7.7 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China
7.8 Faculty: University of Melbourne, Australia
7.9 Faculty: University of Turkish Aeronautical Association
7.10 Control Engineer: Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 Contents: Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Contributed by: Thomas Parisini, ieeetcst@units.it

Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 19
(2011), Issue 3 (May)


A Decomposition-Based Approach to Linear Time-Periodic Distributed Control
of Satellite Formations
P. Massioni, T. Keviczky, E. Gill, and M. Verhaegen page 481

Straight Line Path Following for Formations of Underactuated Marine Surface
E. Børhaug, A. Pavlov, E. Panteley, and K. Y. Pettersen page 493

A Two-Stage Online Prediction Method for a Blast Furnace Gas System and
Its Application
J. Zhao, W. Wang, Y. Liu, and W. Pedrycz page 507

Harmonic Control Arrays Method With a Real Time Application to
Periodic Position Control
M. Dogruel and H. H. Çelik page 521

Modeling and Control of a Hybrid Two-Component Development Process
for Xerography
F. Liu, G T.-C. Chiu, E. S. Hamby, and Y. Eun page 531

A Stochastic Optimal Control Approach for Power Management in Plug-In
Hybrid Electric Vehicles
S. J. Moura, H. K. Fathy, D. S. Callaway, and J. L. Stein page 545

Model Predictive Multi-Objective Vehicular Adaptive Cruise Control
S. Li, K. Li, R. Rajamani, and J. Wang page 556

Indirect Adaptive Robust Control of Hydraulic Manipulators With
Accurate Parameter Estimates
A. Mohanty and B. Yao page 567

Ultracapacitor Assisted Powertrains: Modeling, Control, Sizing,and the
Impact on Fuel Economy
D. Rotenberg, A. Vahidi, and I. Kolmanovsky page 576

Iterative Learning Control for Multiple Point-to-Point Tracking Application
C. T. Freeman, Z. Cai, E. Rogers, and P. L. Lewin page 590

Estimation of Rotor Position and Speed of Permanent Magnet Synchronous
Motors With Guaranteed Stability
R. Ortega, L. Praly, A. Astolfi, J. Lee, and K. Nam page 601


Nonlinear Smooth Feedback Control of a Three-Pole Active Magnetic Bearing System
S.-L. Chen page 615

Improvement of a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) for Driver Assistance Using
an Event-Driven Prompting Display
B. Ravani, M. Gabibulayev, and T. A. Lasky page 622

ANN and Non-Integer Order Modeling of ABS Solenoid Valves
M. Branciforte, A. Meli, G. Muscato, and D. Porto page 628

Robust Nonsingular Terminal Sliding-Mode Control for Nonlinear Magnetic
Bearing System
S.-Y. Chen and F.-J. Lin page 636

Application of the Enhanced Dynamic Causal Digraph Method on a Three-
Layer Board Machine
H. Cheng, V.-M. Tikkala, A. Zakharov, T. Myller, and S.-L.
Jämsä-Jounela page 644

Identification of Time-Varying Systems Using Multi-Wavelet Basis Functions
Y. Li, H.-L. Wei, and S. A. Billings page 656

Design of a Nonlinear Observer for Vehicle Velocity Estimation and Experiments
L.-H. Zhao, Z.-Y. Liu, and H. Chen page 664

Adaptive Notch Filter Using Real-Time Parameter Estimation
J. Levin, N. O. Pérez-Arancibia, and P. A. Ioannou page 673

Control Performance Assessment Subject to Multi-Objective User-Specified
Performance Characteristics
C. Liu, B. Huang, and Q. Wang page 682

An Intelligent Bi-Cooperative Decoupling Control Approach Based on Modulation
Mechanism of Internal Environment in Body
Y.-S. Ding and B. Liu page 692

L2-Gain of Systems With Input Delays and Controller Temporary Failure:
Zero-Order Hold Model
X.-M. Sun, G.-P. Liu, W. Wang, and D. Rees page 699

Predictive Cruise Control: Utilizing Upcoming Traffic Signal Information
for Improving Fuel Economy and Reducing Trip Time
B. Asadi and A. Vahidi page 707


2. Misc

2.1 IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter
contributed by: Rick Middleton, richard.middleton@nuim.ie

This is an invitation to submit a brief, 800-word, article for the IEEE Smart
Grid Newsletter.

The current issue of the newsletter can be found at
http://smartgrid.ieee.org/publications/smart-grid-newsletter, where you can
sample content and ideas upon which to base your article.

Each month four articles are published. The IEEE would love to have your
contribution. If you have further questions or would like to submit a manuscript,
please contact Dr. Massoud Amin (amin@umn.edu) directly or Mr. Harold Tepper, IEEE
Technical Activities (h.tepper@ieee.org).


2.2 10to6 Competition at University of L'Aquila
Contributed by: Maria Domenica Di Benedetto, mariadomenica.dibenedetto@univaq.it

The “10to6 competition” is a project originating from a formal agreement between
University of L’Aquila and the Venture Capital network composed by Fondamenta Sgr,
M31 and Vertis Sgr. At the roots of this agreement there is the common belief in
the creation of new high-tech enterprises as a powerful instrument for enhancing
economic development and in young graduates and PhDs as the open-minded stars of
a new and better economic and social environment.

University of L’Aquila is a public teaching and research institution offering a
full range of academic programs, and is a worldwide recognized center of excellence
for research in ICT and electronics. Fondamenta Sgr, M31 and Vertis Sgr are three
leading venture capital enterprises in Italy with a portfolio of international
relations. In particular, Fondamenta and Vertis are major players in VC and seed
funding while M31 is an incubator and seed fund with facilities in Italy and
Silicon Valley.

The initiative leverages these core competencies to launch ICT startups with
breakthrough technologies, to be selected among international research institutions
and to be hosted and financed on the premises of the University of L'Aquila. The
target of the “106 Competition” is attracting innovative entrepreneurial ideas
from the best universities in the world. Ten projects will be selected by an
evaluation committee composed by Fondamenta SGR, Vertis SGR, M31 and internationally
well-known academic personalities. The selected projects will be funded using a
capital allocation of 100.000 euros and will be able to use the equipment and
competences of University of L’Aquila.

The first “call for ideas” will close on May 31st, 2011. The second call will
open on June 1st, 2011 and close in September. Detailed information can be found
on www.10to6competition.org.


2.3 Master in Automatica and Control Technologies, Politecnico di Torino
Contributed by: Giuseppe Calafiore, giuseppe.calafiore@polito.it

Master in Automatica and Control Technologies (MACT) Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Applications are open for enrollment in the Specializing Master in Automatica
and Control Technologies (MACT) at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

The specializing Master in Automatica and Control Technologies (MACT) is a
high-level educational opportunity for both newly graduated students and
experienced engineers that wish to acquire state-of-the art knowledge in the
fields of systems engineering and automatic control.

This Master course provides both methodological insight on modeling, optimization
and control of complex dynamical systems, as well as technological competencies on
industrial apparatus for control implementation.

The MACT further offers courses with focus on advanced applications such as smart
sensors, energy management, control of financial risk, automotive control systems,
aero-space control systems, precision machining, mobile robotics, industrial
networks, etc.

The MACT opens many employment opportunities, both in the local Piemonte area
and at international level. Piemonte hosts several world-leading industries that
heavily rely on automatica and control technologies, such as FIAT, COMAU, Prima
Industrie, DEA, Thales Alenia, and many others, where the MACT laureate may find
interesting opportunities as a Systems Engineer or responsible of automation and
production lines. In a global context, the high level, systemic view gained by the
MACT laureate on complex processes make him/her a precious resource for any kind of
innovative enterprise founding its business on technology and innovation.

Further information, admission requirements, course syllabus, and the application
form is available at:


Information can also be requested at: master.universitari@polito.it
(Telephone: +39-011-0905713 or +39-011-0905717). Candidates may also contact the
Master coordinator, professor Giuseppe Calafiore (giuseppe.calafiore@polito.it).


3. Books

3.1 Networked and Distributed Predictive Control
Contributed by:  Panagiotis D. Christofides, pdc@seas.ucla.edu

New Book on "Networked and Distributed Predictive Control: Methods and Nonlinear
Process Network Applications"

Panagiotis D. Christofides
Jinfeng Liu
David Muñoz de la Peña

Series: Advances in Industrial Control
230 p. 86 illus., 65 in color., Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-85729-581-1

Networked and Distributed Predictive Control presents rigorous, yet practical,
methods for the design of networked and distributed predictive control systems.
The design of model predictive control systems using Lyapunov-based techniques
to account for the influence of asynchronous and delayed measurements is followed
by a treatment of networked control architecture development. This shows how networked
control can augment dedicated control systems in a natural way and takes advantage of
additional, potentially asynchronous and delayed measurements to maintain closed loop
stability and significantly to improve closed-loop performance. The text then shifts
focus to the design of distributed predictive control systems that cooperate efficiently
in computing optimal manipulated input trajectories that achieve desired stability,
performance and robustness specifications but utilize a fraction of the time required
by centralized control systems. Key features of this book include:
· new techniques for networked and distributed control system design;
· insight into issues associated with networked and distributed predictive control
· detailed appraisal of industrial relevance using computer simulation of nonlinear
  chemical process networks and wind- and solar-energy-generation systems; and
· integrated exposition of novel research topics and rich resource of references to
  significant recent work.

A full understanding of Networked and Distributed Predictive Control requires a basic
knowledge of differential equations, linear and nonlinear control theory and optimization
methods and the book is intended for academic researchers and graduate students studying
control as well as for process control engineers. The constant attention to practical
matters associated with implementation of the theory discussed will help researchers and
engineers understand the application of the book’s methods in greater depth.

Advances in Industrial Control aims to report and encourage the transfer of technology
in control engineering. The rapid development of control technology has an impact on
all areas of the control discipline. The series offers an opportunity for researchers
to present an extended exposition of new work in all aspects of industrial control.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Chemical Processes - Control Applications - Control Engineering - Distributed
Predictive Control - Networked Control Systems - Nonlinear Systems - Solar Energy - Wind Energy

Related subjects » Applications - Chemistry - Communication Networks - Control Engineering
- Renewable and Green Energy


3.2 Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
Contributed by: Lars Gruene, lars.gruene@uni-bayreuth.de

This is to announce the release of the new book

Nonlinear Model Predictive Control. Theory and Algorithms
by Lars Grüne and Jürgen Pannek
Springer, London, Series Communications and Control Engineering, 2011
ISBN 978-0-85729-500-2

The book provides a thorough and rigorous introduction to Nonlinear Model
Predictive Control (NMPC) for discrete-time and sampled-data
systems. NMPC schemes with and without stabilizing terminal constraints
are covered and intuitive examples illustrate the performance of different
NMPC variants. An introduction to nonlinear optimal control algorithms gives
insight into how the nonlinear optimisation routine – the core of any NMPC
controller – works.
Accompanying software in MATLAB® and C++ enables readers to perform numerical
experiments exploring the possibilities and limitations of

For further information please see
http://www.springer.com/978-0-85729-500-2 or http://www.nmpc-book.com/


4.  Journals

4.1 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Contributed by: Gamar Mammadova, f_aliev@hotmail.com

TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 2, No.1, 2011
ISSN 2076-2585

Special Issue on Foliations, Dynamical Systems, Singularity Theory and Perverse
Sheaves (Proceedings of the International School and Conference held in Samarkand
State University, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, October 6-21, 2009)

1. Preface
G. Mammadova, R. Langevin, F. El Zein, A.Ya. Narmanov, A. Soleev

2. S - Parabolic Manifolds
A. Aytuna, A. Sadullaev

3. On the Meromorphic Extension along the Complex Lines
A.A. Atamuratov, M.D. Vaisova

4. Bott's Residue Formula for Singular Varieties
A. Buryak

5. Basic Aspects of Differential Geometry
M. Chaperon

6. Reduction Theorem and Normal Forms of Linear Second Order Mixed Type PDE
Families in the Plane
A. Davydov, Linh Trinh Diep

7. Renormalizations of Circle Homeomorphisms with a Break Point
A. Dzhalilov, A. Begmatov

8. On a Height of Smooth Functions with Multiple Components
A. Ikromov, A. Soleev

9. Introduction to a Few Metric Aspects of Foliation Theory
R. Langevin

10. Simple Singularities and Simple Lie Algebras
Le Dung Trang, M. Tosun

11. Foliation Theory and its Applications
A.Ya. Narmanov, G. Kaypnazarova

12. On the Isometries of Foliated Manifold
A.S. Sharipov A.Ya. Narmanov,

13. Solution of the Integral Equations in the Three-Dimensional Nonsymmetrical
Contact Problems with the Friction Taken into Account
G. Shyshkanova

14. Algebraic Properties of Generic Singularities
R. Zaare-Nahandi

15. On the Objectivity of Scientific Citation
F.A. Aliev, V.B.Larin

16. Anniversaries


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

Control Engineering Practice, Volume 19, Issue 6

Special Section: Fault Diagnosis Systems (7th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection
Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes (SAFEPROCESS) in Barcelona
30th June to 3rd July 2009)
June 2011

Editorial Board, June 2011, Page IFC

Rolf Isermann, Editorial, Special Section: Fault Diagnosis Systems (7th IFAC
Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes
(SAFEPROCESS) in Barcelona, 30th June to 3rd July 2009), June 2011, Page 523

Philippe Goupil, AIRBUS state of the art and practices on FDI and FTC in flight
control system, Special Section: Fault Diagnosis Systems (7th IFAC Symposium on
Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes (SAFEPROCESS)
in Barcelona, 30th June to 3rd July 2009), June 2011, Pages 524-539

T.J.J. Lombaerts, Q.P. Chu, J.A. Mulder, D.A. Joosten, Modular flight control
reconfiguration design and simulation, Special Section: Fault Diagnosis Systems
(7th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes
(SAFEPROCESS) in Barcelona, 30th June to 3rd July 2009), June 2011, Pages 540-554

Xiaodong Zhang, Ryan Grube, Kwang-Keun Shin, Mutasim Salman, Robert S. Conell,
Parity-relation-based state-of-health monitoring of lead acid batteries for automotive
applications, Special Section: Fault Diagnosis Systems (7th IFAC Symposium on Fault
Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes (SAFEPROCESS) in Barcelona,
30th June to 3rd July 2009), June 2011, Pages 555-563

Nadia Bedjaoui, Erik Weyer, Algorithms for leak detection, estimation, isolation
and localization in open water channels, Special Section: Fault Diagnosis Systems
(7th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes
(SAFEPROCESS) in Barcelona, 30th June to 3rd July 2009), June 2011, Pages 564-573

Publisher's Note, Special Section: Fault Diagnosis Systems (7th IFAC Symposium on
Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes (SAFEPROCESS) in
Barcelona, 30th June to 3rd July 2009), June 2011, Page 574

Celso De La Cruz, Wanderley Cardoso Celeste, Teodiano Freire Bastos, A robust navigation
system for robotic wheelchairs, June 2011, Pages 575-590

Silvere Bonnabel, Erwan Salaun, Design and prototyping of a low-cost vehicle localization
system with guaranteed convergence properties, June 2011, Pages 591-601

Mattias Henriksson, Tomas Gronstedt, Claes Breitholtz, Model-based on-board turbofan
thrust estimation, June 2011, Pages 602-610

Yoshiro Hamada, Takashi Ohtani, Takashi Kida, Tomoyuki Nagashio, Synthesis of a linearly
interpolated gain scheduling controller for large flexible spacecraft ETS-VIII, June 2011,
Pages 611-625

Yue-Yun Wang, Ibrahim Haskara, Oded Yaniv, Quantitative feedback design of air and
boost pressure control system for turbocharged diesel engines, June 2011, Pages 626-637

Xiaohua Xia, Jiangfeng Zhang, Ahmed Elaiw, An application of model predictive control
to the dynamic economic dispatch of power generation, June 2011, Pages 638-648


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

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 47 (2011), Issue 6 (June)

Special Systems Biology


Introduction to the special issue on systems biology
Frank Allgöwer and Frank Doyle

Special Issue Papers

The Glansdorff-Prigogine stability criterion for biochemical reaction networks
Michael Ederer, Ernst Dieter Gilles, Oliver Sawodny

Exact control of genetic networks in a qualitative framework: The bistable
switch example
Madalena Chaves, Jean-Luc Gouze

Inferring stable genetic networks from steady-state data
Michael M. Zavlanos, Agung Julius, Stephen P. Boyd, George J. Pappas

Analysis of autocatalytic networks in biology
Gentian Buzi, Ufuk Topcu, John C. Doyle

Robustness analysis of genetic regulatory networks affected by model uncertainty
Graziano Chesi

Robust stability and instability of biochemical networks with parametric uncertainty
Steffen Waldherr, Frank Allgower

'Closing the loop' in biological systems modelling - from the in silico to
the in vitro
Alexandros Kiparissides, Michalis Koutinas, Cleo Kontoravdi, Athanasios Mantalaris,
Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos

Modeling and analysis of DNA replication
Konstantinos Koutroumpas, John Lygeros

Model decomposition and reduction tools for large-scale networks in systems biology
James Anderson, Yo-Cheng Chang, Antonis Papachristodoulou

Robust estimation of nonlinear constitutive law from static equilibrium data
for modeling the mechanics of DNA
Harish Palanthandalam-Madapusi, Sachin Goyal

Synaptic plasticity-based model for epileptic seizures
Mazen Alamir, James Welsh, Graham C. Goodwin

Existence and robustness of phase-locking in coupled Kuramoto oscillators
under mean-field feedback.
Alessio Franci, Antoine Chaillet, William PASILLAS LEPINE

Existence criteria of periodic oscillations in cyclic gene regulatory Networks
Yutaka Hori, Tae-Hyoung Kim, Shinji Hara

Cell design in bacteria as a convex optimization problem
Anne goelzer, Vincent Fromion, Gerard Scorletti

Certifying spatially uniform behavior in reaction-diffusion PDE and compartmental
ODE systems
Murat Arcak

Robust dynamical network structure reconstruction
Ye Yuan, Guy-Bart Stan, Sean Warnick, Jorge M. Goncalves

On influences of global and local cues on the rate of synchronization of
oscillator networks
Yongqiang Wang, Francis Joseph Doyle III

Synchronization and activation in a model of a network of ?-cells
Juan Gonzalo Barajas-Ramirez, Erik Steur, Ricardo Femat, Hendrik Nijmeijer

Oscillation analysis of linearly coupled piecewise affine systems: Application to
spatio-temporal neuron dynamics
Kenji Kashima, yasuyuki kawamura, Jun-ichi Imura

Fast computation of minimal elementary decompositions of metabolic flux vectors
Raphaël Jungers, Francisca Zamorano, Vincent Blondel, Alain Vande Wouwer, Georges Bastin

An integer programming approach to optimal control problems in context-sensitive
probabilistic Boolean networks
Koichi Kobayashi, Kunihiko Hiraishi

Analysis, design and implementation of a novel scheme for in-vivo control of
synthetic gene regulatory networks
Filippo Menolascina, Mario di Bernardo, Diego di Bernardo

A control theoretic approach to Malaria immunotherapy with state jumps
H.J. Chang, Alessandro Astolfi, Hyungbo Shim


4.4 Contents: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: Maria Prandini, prandini@elet.polimi.it

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 17, Issue n.3, 2011


Editorial by the Guest Editors
Caroline Kulcsár, Henri-François Raynaud, Jean-Marc Conan

Minimum-variance control for astronomical adaptive optics with resonant deformable mirrors
Carlos Correia, Henri-François Raynaud, Caroline Kulcsár and Jean-Marc Conan

Structure of LQG Controllers Based on a Hybrid Adaptive Optics System Model
Douglas P. Looze

Distributed Force Control of Deformable Mirrors
Douglas G. MacMynowski, Rikard Heimsten, Torben Andersen

Model-based feedforward control of large deformable mirrors
Thomas Ruppel1, Wolfgang Osten, and Oliver Sawodny

Automatic tuning of the internal position control of an Adaptive Secondary Mirror
Guido Agapito, Simone Baldi, Giorgio Battistelli, Daniele Mari, Edoardo Mosca,
Armando Riccardi

Controller design for a high-sampling-rate closed-loop adaptive optics system
with piezo-driven deformable mirror
H. Song, R. Fraanje, G. Schitter, G. Vdovin, M. Verhaegen

Linear Quadratic Gaussian control applied to WFAO systems: simulation and
experimental results Anne Costille, Cyril Petit, Jean-Marc Conan, Caroline
Kulcs´ar and Henri-Francois Raynaud

Observer-based Control Techniques for the LBT Adaptive Optics under Telescope
G. Agapito, F. Quiros-Pacheco, P. Tesi, A. Riccardi, S. Esposito

Minimum Variance Split Tomography for Laser Guide Star Adaptive
L.Gilles, L.Wang and B.L.Ellerbroek


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

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 47 (2011), Issue 7 (July)

Survey Papers

Research on probabilistic methods for control system design
Giuseppe Calafiore, Fabrizio Dabbene, Roberto Tempo

Regular Papers

Sensorless supervision of linear dynamical systems: The feed-forward command
governor approach
Emanuele Garone, Francesco Tedesco, Alessandro Casavola

Information fusion strategies and performance bounds in packet-drop networks
Alessandro Chiuso, Luca Schenato

Coordinating a two-supplier and one-retailer supply chain with forecast updating
Danqin Yang, Tsan-Ming Choi, Tiaojun Xiao, T. C. E. Cheng

Sensor selection strategies for state estimation in energy constrained wireless
sensor networks
Yilin Mo, Roberto Ambrosino, Bruno Sinopoli

Observers for systems with nonlinearities satisfying incremental quadratic
Behcet Acikmese, Martin J. Corless

Bayesian methods for control loop diagnosis in the presence of temporal
dependent evidences
Fei Qi, Biao Huang

On the dynamics of competing energy sources
yacov Tsur, Amos Zemel

Asymptotic properties of consensus-type algorithms for networked systems with
regime-switching topologies
George Yin, Yu Sun, Le Yi Wang

Nonlinear minimum-time control with pre- and post-actuation
Santosh Devasia

An adaptive method for consistent estimation of real-valued non-minimum phase
zeros in stable LTI systems
Cristian Rojas, Håkan Hjalmarsson, Laszlo Gerencser, Jonas Mårtensson

Multisensor fusion for linear control systems with asynchronous, out-of-sequence
and erroneous data
Eva Besada-Portas, Jose Antonio Lopez-Orozco, Juan Besada, Jesús M de la Cruz

Brief Papers

Necessary conditions for Hadamard factorizations of Hurwitz polynomials
Carlos-Arturo Loredo-Villalobos, Baltazar Aguirre-Hernández

Reach set computation and control synthesis for discrete-time dynamical
systems with disturbances
Alex A. Kurzhanskiy, Pravin P. Varaiya

Diagonal stability of stochastic systems subject to nonlinear disturbances and
diagonal $H_2$ norms
Cedric Langbort, Valery Ugrinovskii

Actuator fault diagnosis for a class of nonlinear system and its application to
a laboratory 3D crane
Wei-tian Chen, Mehrdad Saif

Spacecraft formation reconfiguration with collision avoidance
Rune Schlanbusch, Raymond Kristiansen, Per Johan Nicklasson

Invariant ellipsoid method for minimization of unmatched disturbances effects
in sliding mode control
Andrey Polyakov, Alexander S. Poznyak

A hierarchy of LMI inner approximations of the set of stable polynomials
Mustapha Ait Rami, Didier Henrion

Multisensor fusion fault tolerant control
Alain Yetendje, Jose Adrian De Dona, Maria Seron

Dynamic sliding mode control design using attracting ellipsoid method
Jorge Angel Davila Montoya, Alexander S. Poznyak

Ultimate bounded stability and stabilization of linear systems interconnected
with generalized saturated functions
Sophie Tarbouriech, Isabelle Queinnec, Teodoro Alamo, Mirko Fiacchini, Eduardo F. Camacho

A delay decomposition approach to L-2 - L-infinity filter design for stochastic
systems with time-varying delay
Huai-Ning Wu, Jun-Wei Wang, Peng Shi

A second-order maximum principle for discrete-time bilinear control systems with
applications to discrete-time linear switched systems
Tal Monovich, Michael Margaliot

Second-order consensus in multi-agent dynamical systems with sampled position data
Wenwu Yu, Wei Xing Zheng, Guanrong Chen, Wei Ren, Jinde Cao

Positivity-preserving H-infinity model reduction for positive systems
Ping Li, James Lam, Zidong Wang, Paresh Date

Periodical-switching stability induces exponential stability of discrete-time
linear switched systems in the sense of Markovian probability
Xiongping Dai, Yu Huang, MingQing Xiao

Technical Communiques

Robust state estimation for uncertain discrete-time stochastic systems with
missing measurements
Huayong Liang, Tong Zhou

A note on existence of solution and stability for Lipschitz discrete-time
descriptor systems
Guoping Lu, Daniel W. C. Ho, Lei Zhou

A characterization of the generalized spectral radius with Kronecker powers
Jianhong Xu, MingQing Xiao

Closed-loop identification condition for ARMAX models using routine operating data
Yuri Shardt, Biao Huang

A new stability criterion for fixed-point state-space digital filters using
two's complement arithmetic
Tao Shen, Zhugang Yuan, Xiaohong Wang

Correspondence Items

Comments on "Finite-time stability theorem of stochastic nonlinear systems"
[Automatica 46 (2010), 2105-2108]
JULIANG YIN, Suiyang Khoo

Authors' reply to "Comments on "Finite-time stability theorem of stochastic
nonlinear systems" [Automatica 46 (2010) 2105-2108]"
Weisheng Chen, L.C. Jiao


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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.13, No.3 May, 2011

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Fuzzy Discontinuous Term for a Second Order Asymptotic DSMC: An

Experimental Validation on a Chemical Reactor
Authors: Mohamed Mihoub, Anis Messaoud, Majda Ltaief, Ahmed Said Nouri, and Ridha Ben

2. Paper Title: Fault Detection Model-Based Controller for Process Systems
Authors: Vu Trieu Minh, Nitin Afzulpurkar, and W. M. Wan Muhamad

3. Paper Title: Robust H? Filtering for a Class of Markovian Jump Systems with Time-

Varying Delays Based on Delta Operator Approach
Authors: Hongjiu Yang, Peng Shi, Jinhui Zhang, and Jiqing Qiu

4. Paper Title: A Symmetric Preserving Iterative Method for Generalized Sylvester Equation
Authors: Jiao-Feng Li, Xi-Yan Hu, and Xue-Feng Duan

5. Paper Title: Adaptive Synchronization of Uncertain Coupled Stochastic Complex Networks
Authors: Wenwu Yu, Guanrong Chen, and Jinde Cao

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Global Trajectory Tracking through Output Feedback for Robot Manipulators

with Bounded Inputs
Authors: Arturo Zavala-Rio, Emeterio Aguinaga-Ruiz, and Victor Santibanez

2. Paper Title: Intelligent Control of a Nonlinear Tank Reactor
Authors: Morteza Mohammadzaheri and Lei Chen

3. Paper Title: Practical Exponential Stability of Perturbed Triangular Sytems and a

Separation Principle
Authors: Amel Benabdallah, Ines Ellouze, and Mohamed Ali Hammami

4. Paper Title: Application of Quadratic Differential Forms to Designing Linear

Controllers for Nonlinearities
Authors: Ishan Pendharkar and Harish K. Pillai

5. Paper Title: Observer-Based Adaptive Fuzzy Control of Time-Delay Uncertain Nonlinear

Authors: Reza Shahnazi, Naser Pariz, and Ali Vahidian Kamyad

6. Paper Title: A Relaxed Gradient Based Algorithm for Solving Sylvester Equations
Authors: Qiang Niu, Xiang Wang, and Lin-Zhang Lu

7. Paper Title: A Recursive Maximum a Posteriori Estimator
Authors: Arpita Mukherjee and Aparajita Sengupta


4.8 CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
Contributed by: Nathan van de Wouw, N.v.d.Wouw@tue.nl

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, Special
Issue on Performance of Nonlinear Control Systems

The International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control is inviting papers
for a special issue on ‘Performance of Nonlinear Control Systems’.

Aims and Scope:
The topic of this special issue is the performance analysis and performance
oriented design of nonlinear control systems. Nonlinear control has received
wide attention in the systems & control literature and examples of the practical
application of nonlinear control in practice are widely available. Still, the
majority of the (theoretical) advances made are related to the design of stabilising
nonlinear controllers for (nonlinear) plants, indeed no easy task in general, while
not accounting for performance-related issues. Moreover, in many industries, still
the application of linear control techniques prevails. One of the main reasons is
the fact that performance is key in practical applications, be it in the form of
transient performance criteria such as rise time and overshoot or in the form of
sensitivity to perturbations such as measurement noise and external disturbances.
On the one hand, linear control techniques have been so successful since a profound
(frequency-domain) framework for performance analysis exists. On the other hand,
linear control is subject to fundamental (performance) limitations, a famous example
of which is the Bode sensitivity integral. Nonlinear control may overcome such
limitations. To harvest the full potential of nonlinear control in practice, the
further development of powerful performance analysis tools for nonlinear control
systems and matching performance-based design techniques for nonlinear controllers
are needed, hence this special issue. Resuming, topics of particular interest are,
but not limited to:
- Performance limitations in linear control systems and how nonlinear control may
  be employed to overcome such limitations;
- Tools for performance analysis of nonlinear control systems;
- Performance-based synthesis techniques of nonlinear controllers;
- (Industrial) application of high-performance nonlinear controllers.

Submission Details:
Authors are kindly requested to submit their papers by October 1st 2011 following
the link Online Submission on the journals homepage:
wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/rnc. Authors must select Nathan van de Wouw or Marcel
Heertjes as the Submitting Editor. Each submission must be clearly identified as a
submission for this special issue by entering ‘Performance of Nonlinear Control
Systems’ in the Special Issue Title Field. Manuscripts should be prepared in
accordance with the publication format described in ‘For Authors’ on the journal

Guest Editors:
Nathan van de Wouw, Marcel Heertjes, Henk Nijmeijer
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
E-mail: N.v.d.Wouw@tue.nl 


5. Conferences

5.1 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
contributed by: Maurice Heemels, m.heemels@tue.nl

IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS), 6-8 June 2012,
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The IFAC conference series on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS)
focuses on the broad area of hybrid and cyber-physical systems and has already
a long and rich history. ADHS'12 is the fourth conference in this series after
ADHS'03 in Saint Malo (France), ADHS'06 in Alghero (Italy), and ADHS'09 in
Zaragoza (Spain). In addition, the ADHS series was preceded by the successful
conference series on Automation Of Mixed Processes: ADPM'92 in Paris (France),
ADPM'94 in Brussels (Belgium), ADPM'98 in Reims (France) and ADPM'2000 in
Dortmund (Germany). As such, the ADHS series has roots of more than 2 decades

We are happy to continue this tradition and announce that the next edition of
the IFAC conference ADHS will take place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, from
6 to 8 June 2012. The aim will be to bring together international researchers
and practitioners with backgrounds in control, computer science and operations
research and to provide an overview of the recent advances in the field of
hybrid and cyper-physical systems.

The following keynote speakers agreed to share their views on hybrid systems
with us:

- Alberto Bemporad (Italy)
- George Pappas (USA)
- Andy Teel (USA)

The deadline for submissions is set to 15 November 2011.

Contributions are invited in all areas pertaining to the theory and engineering
of hybrid and cyber-physical systems including modeling, specification, analysis,
verification, controller synthesis, simulation, and implementation. Contributions
on applications of hybrid methods in various fields, such as networked control
systems, large-scale process industries, transportation systems, energy distribution
networks, communication networks, safety systems, etc, are particularly encouraged.

More information is available at


We are looking forward to welcome you in the Netherlands in June 2012 for this
inspiring event!

Maurice Heemels and Bart De Schutter


5.2 IFAC Conference on Advances in PID Control
Contributed by: Sebastian Dormido, sdormido@dia.uned.es

IFAC Conference on Advances in PID Control
28-30 March 2012, Brescia, Italy


Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controllers are undoubtedly the most employed
controllers in industry. The last meeting dedicated to PID controllers has been organised
by IFAC in 2000 in Terrassa (Spain). The conference has been a great success and it
has given a significant impulse in the research in PID controllers, as witnessed by the
large number of papers published in the last ten years on this subject. The IFAC Conference
on Advances in PID Controllers aims at gathering academic and industrial experts in the
field in order to present the recent research developments in the design of PID controllers.
In addition to provide the current state-of-the-art in the field, the meeting aims at
providing a perspective of the future requirements for PID controllers in industry.

- Topics of interest for this conference include:

• PID tuning and automatic tuning methodologies
• PID-based control structures
• Applications of PID control
• Industrial products for PID control design
• Adaptive and robust PID control
• Multivariable PID control
• Identification methods for PID control design
• Stabilising PID parameters
• Event-based PID control
• Fractional-order PID controllers
• PID control performance assessment
• CACSD tools for PID control design
• PID control education
• Fault detection techniques for PID control
• Nonlinear PID control


- Special Session proposals: 15 October 2011
- Contributed papers: 30 October 2011
- Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2011
- Final submissions due: 31 January 2012
- Early registration closes: 31 January 2012


Submissions for contributed papers have to be made electronically through the Easychair website:

Papers should be prepared according to the required IFAC styles and submitted in the required
format. For more informations see the informations for IFAC authors at

The PID'12 Conference will take place in Brescia, Italy. The city of Brescia is placed in
the Northern of Italy, close to a number of important airports (Milano, Bergamo, Verona,
Venezia, Bologna) easily connected to the city.

Thanks to its specific geographical position, Brescia has always been in contact with
several populations and was influenced by their different cultures.

It is this multicultural element that surprises visitors and makes them want to come back.
Brescia City of Art is a continuous discovery. Around the Roman Temple stands the largest
archaeological site in northern Italy.
Every street abounds in historical buildings, that were built in different ages but whose
styles combine to create a harmonious whole. The beautiful Santa Giulia Monastery houses
the City Museum, an extraordinary collection of precious objects from pre-history to the
19th century.

National Organizing Committee
Chair: Antonio Visioli (University of Brescia)
Vice-Chair: Massimiliano Veronesi (Yokogawa Italia)
Members: Manuel Beschi, Claudio Carnevale, Giovanna Finzi,
Fabrizio Padula, Enrico Pisoni, Marialuisa Volta (University of Brescia)

International Program Committee
Chair: Sebastián Dormido (UNED, Madrid)
Vice-chair from industry: Rafáel Gonzales (Repsol)
Editors: R. Vilanova (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
A. Visioli (University of Brescia)


6. Workshops and Summer Schools

6.1 Interdisciplinary Modelling of Cyber-Physical Systems
Contributed by: Manuela Bujorianu, Manuela.Bujorianu@manchester.ac.uk

International Symposium on
Interdisciplinary Modelling of Cyber-Physical Systems

25-27 May 2011

University of Manchester

Part of MaDe: Manchester Dependability Week


The Centre for Interdisciplinary Computational and Dynamical Analysis - CICADA

Co-Chairs: Manuela Bujorianu, Jonathan Shapiro, MaDe General Chair: Dave Broomhead

Cyber-physical systems are a facet of the contemporary holistic trend in engineering
and technology. These constitute a class of applications where behaviours are
characterized by a non-trivial interaction between physics and computation. Moreover,
systems are considered in their deployment context, for example in networking or multi-
agent situations. The mathematical modelling of cyber-physical systems is complex,and
its core is based on the so-called hybrid systems, a class of mathematical models based
on combinations of discrete and continuous mathematics.
There are several classes of models and techniques of hybrid systems, commonly grouped
under the names of hybrid automata, hybrid control systems and hybrid dynamical systems.
The second edition of IM-CPS will bring together researchers from academia and industry
with expertise relevant to cyber-physical systems. IM-CPS is a forum that facilitates
the interactions between various disciplines like applied mathematics, computer science,
control theories and other branches of engineering. Promoting inter-disciplinary research
is a major objective of IM-CPS.

Some priority topics include hybrid discrete/continuous mathematical models, embedded
systems, stochastic hybrid systems, symbolic verification, stochastic modelling and
model checking, aerospace applications.

The registration can be done online at


or by contacting Helen Harper (Helen.Harper@manchester.ac.uk), with whom any further
aspects can be discussed.

Lunches and beverages will be served on site. The registration fee is kept to a minimum,
which covers the very basic costs.

The number of available places is limited, therefore please book your participation in time.

• Richard Banach (University of Manchester, UK)
``Formal Control System Design across the Continuous/Discrete Modeling Interface: A Simple Train Stopping Application”
• Howard Barringer (University of Manchester, UK)
``Modelling of Supervised Component-based Systems“
• Marco Bozzano, Alessandro Cimatti, Marco Roveri (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy)
``A Model-Based Approach to the Synthesis of FDIR for Aerospace Systems”
• John Brooke (University of Manchester, UK)
``Parameterization and control of cyber-physical systems”
• Marius Bujorianu (University of Manchester, UK)
"A Stochastic Hybrid Model for Massively Parallel Systems”
• Clare Dixon (University of Liverpool, UK)
``Towards Verifying Emergent Properties of Robot Swarms"
• Michael Fisher (University of Liverpool, UK)
``Autonomy Verification"
• Steve Furber (University of Manchester, UK)
"Real-Time Brain Modelling with Massively-Parallel Embedded Processors"
• Antoine Girard (Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, FR)
``Symbolic Approaches to Control via Approximate Bisimulations"
• Tingting Han (University of Oxford, UK)
``Model Checking CTMC Against Timed-Automata Specifications``
• Agung Julius (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US)
``Control Synthesis Using Video Games"
• Joost-Pieter Katoen (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
``Observing Markov Chain Behaviour by Timed Automata"
• Margarita Korovina (University of Manchester, UK)
``Reachability In One-Dimensional Controlled Polynomial Dynamical Systems”
• Alexandru Mereacre (University of Oxford, UK)
``Quantitative Automata Model Checking of Autonomous Stochastic Hybrid Systems"
• John Moriarty (University of Manchester, UK)
``Hysteretic Regime Switching Diffusions, And Applications In The Theory Of Real Options”
• Pieter Mosterman (The MathWorks US and McGill University, Canada) and Justyna Zander (Harvard University, US)
``A Model of Time to Characterize a Computational Framework for the Design of Cyber-Physical Systems"
• Anna Philippou (Technical University of Cyprus)
``A Process-Algebraic Approach To Hierarchical Scheduling"
• William Parnell (University of Manchester, UK)
``Smart Materials For Acoustic And Elastic Wave Filtering“
• Giordano Pola University of l’Aquila, Italy
``Symbolic Controller Design for Continuous Systems"
• Mohsen Torabzadeh-Tari (Linköping University Sweden)
``Modelica and OpenModelica–its Open Source Environment”


6.2  Formal and Resilient Methods in Aerospace
Contriubted by: Manuela Bujorianu, Manuela.Bujorianu@manchester.ac.uk

FoRMA: Formal and Resilient Methods in Aerospace
A Tutorial Workshop - affiliated with the 2nd edition of International
Symposium on Interdisciplinary Modelling of Cyber Physical Systems - IMCPS2011

Organised by The Centre for Interdisciplinary Computational and Dynamical Analysis (CICADA),


Co-Chairs: Manuela Bujorianu, Dave Broomhead

Saturday 28 May 2011

Frank Adams room, Alan Turing Building, University of Manchester

This workshop continues an international workshop series called ``Formal Methods for
Aerospace - FMA”. The first edition of FMA was affiliated with the FM’2009- The Formal
methods congress in Eindhoven
And the second edition was affiliated with the top conference in control engineering CDC
The workshop consists of an industrial tutorial on Modelica, followed by two tutorials
on interdisciplinary verification, respectively autonomous space software.

The registration fee covers the costs of lunch and beverages, which will be served
on the site. Online registration is available at:



6.3 HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems
Contributed by: Maurice Heemels, m.heemels@tue.nl

The 4th HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems

We would like to attract your attention to the "The 4th HYCON2 PhD School on
Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems", which will take place on June
21-24, 2011 in Trento, Italy. The school is targeted at graduate students and
researchers who want to learn the main concepts of the appealing field of
networked control systems, as well as at graduate students and postgraduate
researchers already working in the area.

Selected speakers will lecture during the school covering the basic concepts
and results on stability and control of networked control systems, wireless
communication, event-triggered control, consensus algorithms, decentralized
control, distributed optimization, model predictive control, real-time control,
and large-scale applications such as power and traffic networks. The program of
the school includes four full days of lectures, interleaved by enough time slots
to allow scientific discussions among the participants and with the speakers.

The lectures will be given by
- Alberto Bemporad (Italy)
- Stephen Boyd (USA)
- Carlos Canudas-de Wit (France)
- Christos Cassandras (USA)
- Maurice Heemels (Netherlands)
- Hideaki Ishii (Japan)
- Kalle Johansson (Sweden)
- Jan Lunze (Germany)
- Luigi Palopoli (Italy)
- Dragoslav Siljak (USA)
- Sandro Zampieri (Italy)
- Kameshwar Poolla (USA)

The school follows an established successful tradition of organizing biannual
international PhD schools. The 1st HYCON PhD School on Hybrid Systems, the 2nd
HYCON PhD School on Hybrid Systems, and the 3rd WIDE PhD School on Networked
Control Systems took place in 2005, 2007, and 2009, respectively, in Siena,
Italy. On these schools top researchers in the field educated over 300 PhD
students from all over the world on a broad range of topics.

The full program of the school, other information and the registration procedure
can be found at


We welcome you, your students and colleagues to this interesting and inspiring event!

With the best regards,
Alberto Bemporad and Maurice Heemels


6.4 Networked Control Systems at IFAC World Congress
Contributed by: Maurice Heemels, m.heemels@tue.nl

Workshop "Networked Control Systems" at IFAC World Congress, 27 August 2011 in Milano, Italy.

In conjunction with the IFAC World Congress 2011 in Milano, we will organize a
1-day workshop on Networked Control Systems on 27 August 2011. This tutorial
workshop aims at providing a comprehensive and compact overview of various
successful research lines within NCS thereby covering all steps in a control
design process. Topics included in this workshop range from modeling of (wireless)
communication networks to stability and performance analysis using diverse theoretical
frameworks, and from estimation and controller design problems to numerical tools
supporting the design flow. During the tutorial several potential application domains
in high-tech and large-scale systems will be highlighted, including the control of
water distribution networks.

The following lectures will be given within the tutorial workshop:

- Dragan Nesic (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)
Title: Emulation-based controllers for networked control systems
- Joao Hespanha (University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, USA)
Title: Stochastic networked control systems and stochastic hybrid systems
- Mikael Johansson (KTH, Stockholm, Sweden ):
Title: Control-relevant models for wireless communication
- Maurice Heemels (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Title: Stability and stabilization of networked control systems
- Alberto Bemporad (University of Trento, Trento, Italy)
Title: MPC design methods for networked systems
- Vladimir Havlena (Honeywell, Prague, Czech Republic)
Title: Distributed and network-aware estimation

If you are interested in this workshop, see


for more information and registration.


6.5 European Workshop on Advanced Control and Diagnosis
contributed by: Balint Vanek, vanek@sztaki.hu

Call for Participation:

9th European Workshop on Advanced Control and Diagnosis (ACD 2011),
Organized by the Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
and supported by the Intelligent Control and Diagnosis (ICD) Working Group

Nov 17, 2011 - Nov 18, 2011, Budapest, Hungary

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2011

The workshop welcomes papers of two types: regular papers, which report novel
and significant contributions to the fields concerned by the workshop and work
in progress papers which present recent ideas, open problems and on-going works.
All papers (initial submission and final) are limited to 8 pages and have to be
written in standard IFAC format. All accepted papers will be organized in oral
sessions as poster presentations will not be supported this time.

Main topics: Adaptive control, Advanced control and informatics, Computational
intelligence, Design for reliability and safety, Fault detection and isolation,
Fault diagnosis, Fault tolerant control, Intelligent distributed discrete events
systems, Intelligent methods for system identification and control, Networked
controlled systems, Nonlinear control, Pattern recognition, Predictive control,
Reconfigurable control, Reliability and maintenance, Robust control, Signal and
image processing related to control and fault detection, Support for systems
operation and decision making, System identification

The main application fields are: Aerospace, Air traffic, Automotive, Distributed
systems, Industrial processes, Intelligent sensors and actuators, Safety critical
systems, Transportation systems, Vision and robotics.

Plenary Speakers are:

Philippe Goupil, Airbus, France: "Fault diagnosis and fault tolerant control in
flight control system of civil aircraft: an industrial point of view"
Jan Maciej Ko?cielny, Institute of Automatic Control and Robotics of Warsaw
University of Technology, Poland: "Diagnosis of Industrial Processes from theory
and application perspectives"
Thomas Parisini, Imperial College London, UK & University of Trieste, Italy:
"From Centralized to Distributed Fault Diagnosis of Nonlinear Systems"
András Varga, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR – German Aerospace
Center, Germany: "Solving Fault Diagnosis Problems - a Computational Perspective"


6.6 Workshop on Rough Paths and Combinatorics in Control Theory
Contributed by: Matthias Kawski, kawski@asu.edu

RPCCT2011 Workshop on Rough Paths and Combinatorics in Control Theory

July 25 to 27, 2011 at the University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Workshop WWW-site:


This three days workshop is a follow-up to the Trimester on Combinatorics
and Control, held April through June 2010 in Spain.


It aims at exploring the connections between the theory of Rough Paths and
Control Theory in the light of recent developments in Combinatorics.

Confirmed speakers include
K. Ebrahimi-Fard (Madrid, Spain),
S. Gray (Norfolk, USA),
M. Kawski (Tempe, USA),
T. Lyons (Oxford, UK),
D. Martin de Diego (Madrid, Spain),
H. Munthe-Kaas (Bergen, Norway).

The workshop will combine lectures that provide general overviews from
different points of view, presentations of recent progress and current
work, and ample room for "working" together.

Limited travel support is available, especially for Ph.D. and postdoctoral
students resident in the United States, and for members of traditionally
underrepresented groups. For details please contact M. Kawski at control@asu.edu


6.7 IFAC Workshop on Automatic Control of Offshore Oil and Gas Production
Contributed by: Lars Imsland, lars.imsland@itk.ntnu.no

First announcement and call for papers:

1st IFAC Workshop on Automatic Control of Offshore Oil and Gas Production

May 31st – June 1st 2012, NTNU campus, Trondheim, Norway



7.  Positions

7.1 PhD: Supélec, South of Paris, France
Contributed by: Antoine Chaillet, antoine.chaillet@supelec.fr

TITLE: Development of desynchronizing and destabilizing strategies for nonlinear
dynamical systems, with application to neurosciences

SUPERVISOR: Chaillet, Antoine – antoine.chaillet@supelec.fr

LAB: Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes (L2S) – Supélec, South of Paris, France

FUNDING: Scholarship from French ministry of Higher Education and Research,
around 1300 EUR/months, 3 years

- Context: This PhD thesis will be part of a more extensive attempt aiming to
adapt some Control Theory methodologiesto the field of neurosciences. The development
of formal results, based on dynamical models, allows both a better understanding of
some neurological phenomena and progresses in therapeutic treatments. In particular,
the objective of this PhD thesis is to extend and formalize some recent results in
synchronization/deynchronization to advanced models of neurons, presenting richer
dynamics and more biological relevance. Neuronal synchrony is indeed involved in
many brain functions, but can also lead to pathological symptom (such as Parkinson
disease or epilepsy). The fundamentally complex behavior of neuronal populations
(dimension, interconnection, heterogeneity, time scales, parameter sensitivity,…)
imposes the use of new analysis methods inspired from related domains involving
stability analysis of interconnected nonlinear systems, analysis of hybrid dynamics
and robust control.

This work will take place in the Framework of the FP7 Network of Excellence, managed
by F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue (L2S), HYCON2 : « Highly-complex and networked control systems
(23 partner universities), which devotes an entire chapter to the development of analysis
and control methods for neurosciences. The recruited PhD student will work among the
control engineers and applied mathematicians of L2S, and with other PhD students involved
in related topics. These studies will be at the core of the exploratory project PEPS TREMBATIC:
Control engineering and electrical stimulation : toward realistic control laws for
pathological tremor attenuation » financed by the French Council of Scientific Research
(CNRS, INSIS) and coordinated by A. Chaillet ; this project develops a partnership between
the L2S, the LIRMM, the reeducation centre PROPARA and the Hospital of Montpellier. A tight
interaction with the team of Prof. Palfi, neurosurgeon and neurophysiologist at Créteil
Hospital and URA CEA-CNRS is also expected.

- Brief scientific description: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a treatment used to reduce
  some symptoms of common neurological diseases : it relies on a permanent electrical
  stimulation of some cerebral zones, through implanted electrodes, to desynchronize
  targeted neuronal populations. Recent developments of our research team have led to a
  better insight of the mechanisms involved in this neuronal desynchronization and are
  currently yielding the development of closed-loop control laws able to desynchronize
  the behavior of these cells in a more efficient way than the (open-loop) signals currently
  used by physicians. The aim of this PhD thesis is to extend the desynchronization methodology
  developed in the framework of DBS to wider classes of nonlinear systems. The desynchronization
  objective will be formalized as the destabilization of the dynamics ruling the difference
  between the systems behaviors. The objective is to obtain rigorous analytical conditions and
  to design con trol laws under which desynchronization is guaranteed between the nonlinear
  dynamical systems involved. These control laws will first be developed by relying on the
  whole state of the systems, and then by exploiting only an output measurement. While a huge
  literature exists on synchronization of nonlinear systems, there are still few results
  regarding desynchronization without relying on chaotification techniques. Particular
  attention will be paid to the validity of the obtained results under exogenous disturbances,
  measurement noise and uncertainty.

- Prerequisite: While aiming at practical fallouts, the developments expected from this
  PhD thesis are mostly of a theoretical nature. Interest and skills in basic mathematics
  are necessary. Some background in control theory is also desired; knowledge in nonlinear
  control would be welcome. The ability to work in a team and the interest in multidisciplinary
  interaction (physics, biology, medicine,...) are requested. Skills in simulation software
  would be appreciated. Knowledge of French language is not required, but an appropriate
  level of English is necessary.

Skills developed during the PhD: Beyond gaining a good knowledge of stabilizing control
methodologies, this work will make the recruited PhD student develop both a great autonomy
and the ability to interact with colleagues inside and outside the domain. In addition, the
scientific network of L2S and regular visits from renowned researchers will contribute to
the establishment of fruitful connections.

TITLE: Development of desynchronizing and destabilizing strategies for nonlinear dynamical
systems, with application to neurosciences

CONTACT: Chaillet, Antoine – antoine.chaillet@supelec.fr


7.2 PhD: Loughborough University
Contributed by: Thomas Steffen, t.steffen@lboro.ac.uk

PhD Studentship

Intra Cycle Control of the Diesel Combustion Process

Loughborough University - Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the Department of Aeronautical
and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University, leading to the award of a
PhD degree.

The combustion process in a Diesel engine is subject to a trade-off between several
conflicting goals. High temperature, especially in a lean mixture, creates nitrous
oxides (NOx), but can achieve a high efficiency and low particle emissions. A lower
temperature slows the production of nitrous oxides, at the expense of efficiency
and potentially higher sooth levels. A richer mixture on the other hand can reduce
NOx production, but may lead to excessive soot particles. Traditional strategies
use predetermined settings and engine maps (such as air flow and injection timing)
to find a compromise. This project will investigate the use of a closed loop control
scheme for the combustion process. Since measuring the combustion temperature itself
is not viable in a production engine, it is necessary to deduce or observe it based
on available measurements. The observed value can then be used to take immediate
control action, resulting in better control, reduced combustion varia bility, and
lower emissions.

For further details please see http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ACP980/phd-studentship/


7.3 Post-Doc: CanmetENERGY, Varennes (Québec) Canada

Contributed by: Mouloud Amazouz,mamazouz@nrcan.gc.ca

Development of an automated process fault detection & diagnosis for boiler
performance monitoring and improvement.

The project aims at the development of an automated fault detection and diagnosis
(FDD) tool for a recovery boiler in a Kraft pulp mill. A PCA based detection toll
is already developed and implemented on site. It is planned to combine statistical
and artificial intelligence methods (NN, FL, Bayesian N,…….) to develop the diagnosis

The role of the post doc is to develop the knowledge base and the inference module
using simulated data and then implement the FDD system on site.

The candidate should hold a PhD in Chemical engineering, mechanical engineering,
electrical engineering or in a related area from a recognized university. He (she)
should have a strong knowledge of multivariate data analysis, FDD and control. A
good knowledge of chemical processes is an asset.

The contract could be renewed three times for the 2011 to 2014 period. Additional
information on the CanmetENERGIY centre can be found at:
http://CanmetENERGY.rncan.gc.ca/fr/index.html. The researcher will be working at
the centre in Varennes, Quebec, Canada. The salary is $49,000 per year for the first
year. More information on the fellowship conditions and application can be found at:

For additional information, please contact:
Mouloud Amazouz, PhD.
Senior project manager
Natural resources canada
Phone: (450) 652-6809; Fax: (450) 652-5918
Email: mamazouz@nrcan.gc.ca
Website: http://cetc-varennes.nrcan.gc.ca/


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

Post-Doc and PhD Opportunities on Energy Efficiency at the University of Pretoria,
South Africa

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

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

For the application of the postdoc positions, please send
(i) A cover letter
(ii) CV including education background and list of publications;
(iii) PhD thesis; and
(iv) Up to 3 representative publications
Ms Marcia Ndala

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

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

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

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

National Hub for Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management
Centre of New Energy Systems
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering,
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

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


7.5 Post-Doc: University of Oxford
Contributed by: Antonis Papachristodoulou, antonis@eng.ox.ac.uk

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford
Grade 7: Salary in the range £29,099 - £31,798 p.a.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Control
Engineering group at the Department of Engineering Science (central
Oxford). The position is funded by EPSRC under a three-institution
partnership grant, held by the University of Oxford, the University of
Cambridge and Imperial College London. The position is fixed-term for
up to 36 months with a start date of 19 September 2011.

This post will involve working in Synthetic Biology from a Control
Engineering perspective and will be collaborative with two other
postdoctoral researchers at the partner institutions. The project
involves developing control engineering-inspired design approaches for
biological systems and the position would suit a theoretician with a
control engineering or mathematical background. The successful
candidate will benefit from the international collaboration with MIT,
ETHZ and Caltech on this project and will become part of the growing
and flourishing interdisciplinary environment in Oxford, working in
Systems and Synthetic Biology.

You should have a good first degree in Engineering or Mathematics and
have completed or be about to complete a doctorate in Control
Engineering/Dynamical Systems or a relevant subject. A good
publication record commensurate with your stage of career is expected.
You must have the organisational skills and initiative to carry out
independent research; be able to work as part of an interdisciplinary
team; and have the written and verbal skills necessary to present
scientific ideas clearly. Experience of developing mathematical
algorithms and simulations in MATLAB, and of the analysis and design
of feedback control systems, is essential. Previous collaborative
research experience in Synthetic and Systems Biology would be an

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Antonis Papachristodoulou
(email: antonis@eng.ox.ac.uk).

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this
role and for further details, including a job description and
selection criteria, please click on the link below:


Only applications received before midday on 17 June 2011 can be
considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter, a brief
statement of research interests (describing how past experience and
future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of
two referees as part of your online application.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity:


7.6 Faculty: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Contributed by: He Wei, he.wei@nus.edu.sg

Full/Associate Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of
China (UESTC)

Job Opening for Full/Associate Professor in the Institute of Intelligent Systems
and Information Technology (ISIT), University of Electronic Science and Technology
of China (UESTC), Chengdu, China, has a vacancy for full-time faculty at Full/
Associate Professor level to candidates with the following qualifications:

(1) A PhD degree from a reputable overseas university in the general field of
    computer science, with no less than 3 years of overseas research experience.
(2) The PhD graduating students could be granted special admission on account of
    her/his outstanding achievements during PhD period.

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China is a research-intensive
university in China. The ISIT institute has a faculty with expertise ranging from
control theory and applications, simulation, artificial intelligence. For information
of the university and the institute, refer to the website http://www.uestc.edu.cn.

We offer:
(1) Research fund up to 200,000 RMB to 500,000 RMB according to different disciplines
    /levels of the candidate.
(2) A job opportunity for your spouse
(3) Enrollment assistance of your children to local schools

Application Procedure
Qualified candidates are invited to email the application package to the address below.
The package should include a letter of application, detailed curriculum vita, a brief
statement of teaching and research interests.

Ms Shirley Yang Su
Institute of Intelligent Systems and Information Technology
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Chengdu 611731, China
E-mail: shirleysuyang@163.com
Tel: 86-28-61830633

The position is available immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position
is filled.


7.7 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China
Contributed by: Leo Liu, scc.hitsz@gmail.com

Faculty Positions in Systems and Control
Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China
Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation
The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology,
Shenzhen Graduate School (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. Liu
School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation
HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town
Xili, Shenzhen
P. R. China 518055

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


7.8 Faculty: University of Melbourne, Australia
Contributed by:  i.mareels@unimelb.edu.au

15 Academic Appointments Levels B-E

$152,597 p.a.
(Professor Level E)
$118,466 - $130,513 p.a.
(Associate Professor Level D)
$98,387 - $113,446 p.a.
(Senior Lecturer Level C)
$80,318 - $95,375 p.a.
(Lecturer Level B)

Plus 17% superannuation.

One of the world's outstanding engineering schools, the Melbourne School of
Engineering, invites applications for up to fifteen continuing appointments from
engineering scholars of international distinction, committed to excellence and
innovation in education and research.

The Melbourne School of Engineering offers both strength and breadth, demonstrated
through an outstanding ERA performance across the full range of engineering and
IT disciplines. We are also Australia's highest ranked institution in these disciplines
in the Times Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong and QS rankings. Research income of
$90 million in 2010 reflects the scale and impact of our research, with the School
hosting major multi-partner institutes such as Bionic Vision Australia, the Institute
for Broadband Enabled Research, and the Defence Science Institute. A leader in engineering
education, the school has successfully implemented the transition to a graduate professional
qualification for engineers.

Applications are open to colleagues at all academic levels (Level B to E) with research
interests across the School's full range of engineering and information technology sub-disciplines.

We are looking for scholars with outstanding research records, who foster relationships
with industry and external stakeholders and who are dedicated to engineering education.
We seek a strong commitment to collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and scholarship
that matches our own.

In particular, applications are sought for the following specific roles:

• Deputy Dean

• Head of Department for Infrastructure Engineering

• Head of a newly forming Department in the disciplines of Computer Science and
  Information Systems

• Geotechnical Engineering (Chair)

• Engineering Education Specialists

• Academic (Teaching & Research) appointments from Levels B to E

Melbourne School of Engineering is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications
from scholars who are able to enrich the diversity of our community. Applications for
fractional appointment will also be welcomed.

To see the Position Descriptions and apply,
go to http://www.jobs.unimelb.edu.au
and search for keyword Engineering.


7.9 Faculty: University of Turkish Aeronautical Association
Contributed by: Mehmet Onder Efe, onderefe@ieee.org

University of Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK) announces open faculty
positions at the departments of

* Pilotage (3 positions)
* Aeronautical Engineering (3 positions)
* Aircraft Engineering (3 positions)
* Electrical and Electronics Engineering (3 positions)
* Mechanical Engineering (3 positions)
* Computer Engineering (3 positions)
* Mechatronics Engineering (3 positions)

The applications at all levels will be considered and applicants are expected
to send

* A detailed Curriculum Vitae with a full list of publications
* Research statement (including projects conducted)
* Teaching statement (including courses taught)
* Names and emails of four references

The university is a privately funded and non profit one established in March
2011 and the main focuses of the university are to produce and disseminate knowledge
in the aerospace sciences and relevant disciplines. The applications of non-Turkish
candidates are especially encouraged. The language of instruction at the university
is both Turkish and English, and salary is competitive.

The positions at Pilotage Department and the Department of Aeronautical Engineering
will be filled till September 2011 and those for the other engineering departments
will be filled till February 2012.

Candidates should send their application material as a single pdf file to Prof.
Dr. Mehmet Onder Efe, Email: onderefe@ieee.org


7.10 Control Engineer: Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
Contributed by: Stefano Coda, stefano.coda@epfl.ch

Control Engineer: Federal Institute of Technology, (EPFL) Lausanne, Switzerland

Real Time Control Engineer - Plasma physicist
The Plasma Physics Research Center (CRPP) of the Federal Institute of Technology
in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, invites applications for a position to manage
and develop the distributed digital real-time control system for the plasma and
heating systems of the TCV experimental fusion facility.

TCV is an experimental fusion reactor of the tokamak type and is one of the
facilities being operated in preparation for the international prototype ITER
under construction in France.

A digital control system has recently come online on TCV to control a large
actuator set, composed of several magnetic-field coils and microwave power
generators (gyrotrons) and antennae, on the basis of massively multichannel
measurement systems. The control is provided by a modular cluster of real-
time Linux PC nodes linked by a reflective memory network.

The successful applicant will maintain and manage the hardware and the software
architecture as a basic task, integrating additional components as required by
the scientific programme. Depending on background and competences, the post
permits considerable latitude for involvement in algorithm development and
creative participation in experimental activities.

The applicant should have a Master or Ph.D. degree in control engineering or
plasma physics. Experience with Simulink is necessary. Experience with control
systems, real-time networks, reflective memory technology, as well as with Linux,
Matlab, and C programming is highly desirable.

The position is offered for a period of 2 years with the possibility of reappointment.

To apply, please contact Prof. A. Fasoli (ambrogio.fasoli@epfl.ch) with a CV and
contact information for at least three references.