March 2009

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 246
March 2009

Magnus Egerstedt
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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1. General Announcements
1.1 Call for nominations for the IEEE CSS Board of Governors

2. Awards and Honors
2.1 Call For IEEE CIS Awards Nonimations

3. Books

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Automatica Volume 45 (2009), Issue 3 (March)
4.2 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
4.3 Contents: International Journal of Systems Science
4.4 Contents: Enterprise Information Systems Volume 3 Issue 1
4.5 Contents: Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence
4.6 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control,
4.7 Contents: Multidimensional Systems and Signal processing
4.8 Contents: Kybernetika
4.9 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
4.10 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications March 2009
4.11 CFP: Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems
4.12 CFP: EJC Special Issue on Stochastic Hybrid Systems
4.13 CFP: Iterative Learning Control - A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control
4.14 CFP: IJSCC Special Issue on Networked Control Systems

5. Conferences
5.1 14th IFAC International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Control
5.2 12th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC)
5.3 2009 IEEE Conference in Africa (AFRICON)
5.4 ROBOCOMM 2009
5.5 14th BFG Conference on Optimization
5.6 16th Polish Teletraffic Symposium

6. Workshops
6.1 Thematic School on Modelling Complex Biological Systems
6.2 Symposium on Control and Modeling of Alternative Energy Systems
6.3 1st IFAC Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems (NecSys'09)
6.4 Control Fundamentals - Theory and Practice
6.5 2009 IFAC Workshop on Networked Robotics (NetRob09)

7. Positions
7.1 Summer Internships in Autonomous Robotics: Science Foundation Ireland
7.2 PhD: Northeastern University
7.3 PhD: The Eindhoven University of Technology
7.4 PhD: Numerical aspects of polynomial optimization for systems control
7.5 PhD: The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
7.6 Research Associate/Research Assistant and PhD Studentship: Imperial College
7.7 Research Assistantships: M.S. and Ph.D. level, The University of Wyoming
7.8 Post-Doc: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
7.9 Post-Doc: INRIA
7.10 Post-Doc: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
7.11 Post-Doc: University of Namur, Belgium
7.12 Post-Doc Research Associate: University of Cambridge
7.13 Faculty: The Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
7.14 Faculty: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
7.15 Faculty: Hong Kong University
7.16 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology
7.17 Visiting Professor or Researcher: Texas Tech University


1. General Announcements

1.1 Call for nominations for the IEEE CSS Board of Governors
Contributed by Mario Sznaier,

The CSS invites nominations for election to its Board of Governors. All member
are eligible to nominate and/or serve in this board. Nominations may be made by
submitting a petition signed by 2% of the members of the society to the
society's Executive Director by March 15, 2009. Prior to submission of a
nomination petition, the petitioner shall have determined that the nominee
named in the petition is willing to serve, if elected; evidence of such
willingness to serve shall be submitted with the petition. Nomination and
accompanying signatures should  be submitted electronically (preferred) or by
mail. The name of each member signing petition shall be clearly printed or
typed. For identification purposes of signatures on paper petitions, membership
numbers or addresses as listed in the official IEEE membership records should
be included.

In addition to these formal nominations, the nominating committee also
encourages society members to suggest suitable candidates for consideration for
the slate of candidates. These suggestions can be made by directly contacting
the chair of the committee, Professor David Castañon.


2. Awards and Honors

2.1 Call For IEEE CIS Awards Nominations
Contributed by: Gary G. Yen,

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society's awards annually recognize significant contributions and
meritorious service in the field of computational intelligence.  A list of the current awards include:
Neural Networks Pioneer Award, Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award, Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award,
Meritorious Service Award, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE Transactions
on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper
Award, Outstanding Chapter Award, and Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award.

Nominations are now being solicited through CIS Awards Nomination Website at

Please visit CIS Awards Webpage at for more details. 

The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2009.  If you have any questions regarding the IEEE/CIS
Awards Program, please feel free to contact CIS Awards Committee Chair, Gary Yen, at +1-405-744-7743


3. Books


4. Journals

4.1 Contents:  Automatica Volume 45 (2009), Issue 3 (March)
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Regular Papers

Integrated marketing communications in markets with uncertainty and competition
Ashutosh Prasad, Suresh P. Sethi

A system theoretic study on a treatment of AIDS patient by achieving long-term non-progressor
Hyungbo Shim, Nam H. Jo, H.J. Chang, Jin H. Seo

Identification of ARX systems with non-stationary inputs - asymptotic analysis with application to
adaptive input design
Laszlo Gerencser, HÃ¥kan Hjalmarsson, Jonas MÃ¥rtensson

Robust and adaptive design of numerical optimization-based extremum seeking control
Chunlei Zhang, Raul Ordonez

Boundary control of hyperbolic conservation laws using a frequency domain approach
Xavier Litrico, Vincent Fromion

Multi-agent stabilization of the psychological dynamics of one-dimensional crowds
Kevin Spieser, Daniel E. Davison

On feedback stabilization of the tokamak plasma vertical instability
Michael Walker, David Humphreys

Smooth patchy control Lyapunov functions
Rafal Goebel, Christophe Prieur, Andrew R. Teel

Robust H-infinity control for a class of nonlinear discrete time-delay stochastic systems with missing
Zidong Wang, Daniel W. C. Ho, Yurong Liu, Xiaohui Liu

Brief Papers

Adaptive quantized control for linear uncertain discrete-time systems
Tomohisa Hayakawa, Hideaki Ishii, Koji Tsumura

Computational complexity analysis of set membership identification of Hammerstein and Wiener systems
Mario Sznaier

Decentralized cooperative control of multiple nonholonomic dynamic systems with uncertainty
Wenjie Dong, Jay A. Farrell

Optimal allocation of heterogenous resources in cooperative control scenarios
Brandon Moore, Jorge Finke, Kevin Passino

An adaptive optimization scheme with satisfactory transient performance
Elias Kosmatopoulos

Analysis of partial stability problems using sum of squares techniques
James Fisher, Raktim Bhattacharya

On using least-squares updates without regressor filtering in identification and adaptive control of
nonlinear systems
Miroslav Krstic

Identification of a modified Wiener-Hammerstein system and its application in electrically stimulated
paralyzed skeletal muscle modeling
Er-Wei Bai, Zhijun Cai, Shauna Dudley-Javorosk, Richard K. Shields

New delay-dependent stability criteria for systems with interval delay
Hanyong Shao

Spacecraft relative rotation tracking without angular velocity measurements
Raymond Kristiansen, Antonio Loria, Antoine Chaillet, Per Johan Nicklasson

An H-infinity approach to the controller design of AQM routers supporting TCP flows
Feng Zheng, John Nelson

Networked-based robust H-infinity control design using multiple levels of network traffic
Sung Hyun Kim, PooGyeon Park

Stability analysis of systems with aperiodic sample-and-hold devices
Hisaya Fujioka

Probabilistic sorting and stabilization of switched systems
Hideaki Ishii, Roberto Tempo

Computing the L2 gain for linear periodic continuous-time systems
Michael Cantoni, Henrik Sandberg

The strong stabilization of a one-dimensional wave equation by non-collocated dynamic boundary feedback control
Bao-Zhu Guo, Wei Guo

Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional for uniform stability of coupled differential-functional equations
Keqin Gu, Yi Liu

Simultaneous linear and anti-windup controller synthesis using multiobjective convex optimization
Eric F. Mulder, Pradeep Tiwari, Mayuresh V. Kothare

A duality-based convex optimization approach to L2-gain control of piecewise affine slab differential inclusions
Behzad Samadi, Luis Rodrigues

Robustness of quantized control systems with mismatch between coder/decoder initializations
Tatiana Kameneva, Dragan Nesic

Generalized asymptotic regulation with Guaranteed H2 performance: An LMI solution
Hakan Koroglu, Carsten W. Scherer

A parameter space approach to constrained variance PID controller design
P. B. Dickinson, Andrew, Thomas Shenton

Robust filtering with stochastic nonlinearities and multiple missing measurements
Guoliang Wei, Zidong Wang, Huisheng Shu

Technical Communiques

D-stability and D-stabilization of linear discrete time-delay systems with polytopic uncertainties
Wei-Jie Mao, Jian Chu

Book and Software Reviews

Introduction to Quantum Control and Dynamics, Domenico D'Alessandro; Chapman & Hall/Crc Applied Mathematics
& Nonlinear Science, ISBN 1-58488-884-9
Alireza Shabani

Engineering Dynamics, Jerry Ginsberg; Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 978-0-521-88303-0
Guy Campion


4.2 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization - Volume: 48 - Issue: 1
Contributed by: Brian Fauth,

Special Issue on Control and Optimization in Cooperative Networks
Francesco Bullo, Jorge Cortes, and Benedetto Piccoli, p. vii

Convergence Speed of Unsteady Distributed Consensus: Decay Estimate Along the Settling Spanning-Trees
David Angeli and Pierre-Alexandre Bliman, pp. 1-32

Convergence Speed in Distributed Consensus and Averaging
Alex Olshevsky and John N. Tsitsiklis, pp. 33-55

Consensus Optimization on Manifolds
Alain Sarlette and Rodolphe Sepulchre, pp. 56-76

Consensus Problems with Distributed Delays, with Application to Traffic Flow Models
Wim Michiels, Constantin-Irinel Morarescu, and Silviu-Iulian Niculescu, pp. 77-101

Average Consensus with Packet Drop Communication
Fabio Fagnani and Sandro Zampieri, pp. 102-133

Coordination and Consensus of Networked Agents with Noisy Measurements: Stochastic Algorithms and
Asymptotic Behavior
Minyi Huang and Jonathan H. Manton, pp. 134-161

Controllability of Multi-Agent Systems from a Graph-Theoretic Perspective
Amirreza Rahmani, Meng Ji, Mehran Mesbahi, and Magnus Egerstedt, pp. 162-186

Maintaining Limited-Range Connectivity Among Second-Order Agents
Ketan Savla, Giuseppe Notarstefano, and Francesco Bullo, pp. 187-205

Control of Minimally Persistent Formations in the Plane
Changbin Yu, Brian D. O. Anderson, Soura Dasgupta, and Baris Fidan, pp. 206-233

Coordinated Path-Following in the Presence of Communication Losses and Time Delays
R. Ghabcheloo, A. P. Aguiar, A. Pascoal, C. Silvestre, I. Kaminer, and J. Hespanha, pp. 234-265

Estimation of Spatially Distributed Processes Using Mobile Spatially Distributed Sensor Network
Michael A. Demetriou and Islam I. Hussein, pp. 266-291

A Geometric Optimization Approach to Detecting and Intercepting Dynamic Targets Using a Mobile Sensor
Silvia Ferrari, Rafael Fierro, Brent Perteet, Chenghui Cai, and Kelli Baumgartner, pp. 292-320

Sequential Localization of Sensor Networks
J. Fang, M. Cao, A. S. Morse, and B. D. O. Anderson, pp. 321-350

Nonuniform Coverage and Cartograms
Francois Lekien and Naomi Ehrich Leonard, pp. 351-372

Payoff-Based Dynamics for Multiplayer Weakly Acyclic Games
Jason R. Marden, H. Peyton Young, Gurdal Arslan, and Jeff S. Shamma, pp. 373-396

Minimal Interconnection Topology in Distributed Control Design
Cedric Langbort and Vijay Gupta, pp. 397-413


4.3 Contents: International Journal of Systems Science
Contributed by: Lorna Morris,

International Journal of Systems Science: Volume 40 Issue 2 is now available online at informaworld.

Special Issue: Innovative Production Machines and Systems,
Guest Editors: Duc-Truong Pham, Anthony Soroka and Eldaw Eldukhri
This new issue contains the following articles:

Editorial, Pages 119 - 120
Authors: Duc-Truong Pham; Anthony Soroka; Eldaw Eldukhri  
Early analysis of design concepts using rough set theory, Pages 121 - 130
Authors: D. Alisantoso; L. P. Khoo 
Integration of genetic optimisation and neuro-fuzzy approximation in parametric engineering design, Pages 131 - 145
Authors: Kostas Saridakis; Argyris Dentsoras 
Application of genetic algorithms to robot kinematics calibration, Pages 147 - 153
Author: Kesheng Wang 

A method for optimising the nesting of multiple, highly complex shapes using a modified simulated annealing algorithm,
Pages 155 - 161
Author: R. La Brooy 
Automated visual inspection system for wood defect classification using computational intelligence techniques, Pages 163 - 172
Authors: Gonzalo A. Ruz; Pablo A. Estévez; Pablo A. Ramírez 

A flexible visual inspection system based on neural networks,  Pages 173 - 186
Authors: P. Liatsis; J. Y. Goulermas; X. -J. Zeng; E. Milonidis 
An object-oriented framework for virtual intelligent product manuals,  Pages 187 - 204
Authors: Charilaos Pasantonopoulos; Stefan S. Dimov; Rossitza M. Setchi; Duc T. Pham 


4.4 Contents:  Enterprise Information Systems Volume 3 Issue 1
Contributed by: Lorna Morris,

Enterprise Information Systems Volume 3 Issue 1 is available online at informaworld:
Integration of industrial information systems: from syntactic to semantic integration approaches, 1 – 57
Author: S. Izza
Collaborative conceptualisation: towards a conceptual foundation of interoperable electronic product catalogue
system design, 59 – 94
Author: Jingzhi Guo
Receptivity of India's small and medium-sized enterprises to information system adoption, 95 – 115
Author: Milind K. Sharma


4.5  Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence
Contributed by:  Lorna Morris,

Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence: Volume 21 Issue 1 is now available online at informaworld.
This new issue contains the following articles:

Symbolism and enactivism: an experimental test of conflicting approaches to artificial intelligence, Pages 1 - 18
Authors: S. F. Worgan; R. I. Damper 
The effect of borderline examples on language learning, Pages 19 - 42
Author: Katia Lida Kermanidis 
On the influence of imputation in classification: practical issues, Pages 43 - 58
Authors: Eduardo R. Hruschka; Antonio J. T. Garcia; Estevam R. Hruschka Jr; Nelson F. F. Ebecken 
Natural human role in supervising complex control systems, Pages 59 - 77
Authors: Henry Hexmoor; Brian McLaughlan; Gaurav Tuli 


4.6 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by:  C. Stewart,

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control,
Volume: 54  Issue: 1   Date: Jan. 2009
Inclusion Principle for Descriptor Systems
Delin Chu; Ohta, Y.; Siljak, D.D.
Page(s): 3-18

Maximum Likelihood Estimation of State Space Models From Frequency Domain Data
Wills, A.; Ninness, B.; Gibson, S.
Page(s): 19-33

Identification of Systems With Regime Switching and Unmodeled Dynamics
Yin, G.G.; Shaobai Kan; Le Yi Wang; Cheng-Zhong Xu
Page(s): 34-47

Distributed Subgradient Methods for Multi-Agent Optimization
Nedic, A.; Ozdaglar, A.
Page(s): 48-61

On System Gains, Nonlinearity Measures, and Linear Models for Nonlinear Systems
Schweickhardt, T.; Allgower, F.
Page(s): 62-78

Root Locus for Random Reference Tracking in Systems With Saturating Actuators
ShiNung Ching; Kabamba, P.T.; Meerkov, S.M.
Page(s): 79-91

Quantum Risk-Sensitive Estimation and Robustness
Yamamoto, N.; Bouten, L.
Page(s): 92-107

Optimal Control of Multi-Stage Discrete Event Systems With Real-Time Constraints
Jianfeng Mao; Cassandras, C.G.
Page(s): 108-123

Distributed Control for Identical Dynamically Coupled Systems: A Decomposition Approach
Massioni, P.; Verhaegen, M.
Page(s): 124-135

Stochastic Passivity and its Application in Adaptive Control
Yaesh, I.; Shaked, U.

Exponential Stability of a Class of Boundary Control Systems
Villegas, J.A.; Zwart, H.; Le Gorrec, Y.; Maschke, B.
Page(s): 142-147

Delay-Dependent Exponential Stability of Neutral Stochastic Delay Systems
Lirong Huang; Xuerong Mao
Page(s): 147-152

Asymptotic Optimality of Multicenter Voronoi Configurations for Random Field Estimation
Graham, R.; Cortes, J.
Page(s): 153-158

Information Filtering and Array Algorithms for Discrete-Time Markovian Jump Linear Systems
Terra, M.H.; Ishihara, J.Y.; Jesus, G.
Page(s): 158-162

Feedback Stabilization Over a First Order Moving Average Gaussian Noise Channel
Middleton, R.H.; Rojas, A.J.; Freudenberg, J.S.; Braslavsky, J.H.
Page(s): 163-167

Admissible Pole Locations for Tracking Random References
ShiNung Ching; Kabamba, P.T.; Meerkov, S.M.
Page(s): 168-171

Mapping Based Algorithm for Large-Scale Computation of Quasi-Polynomial Zeros
Vyhlidal, T.; Zitek, P.
Page(s): 171-177

A Simplified Design for Strict Lyapunov Functions Under Matrosov Conditions
Mazenc, F.; Malisoff, M.; Bernard, O.
Page(s): 177-183

Optimization of PID Controller Based on Maximization of the Proportional Gain Under Constraints on Robustness
and Sensitivity to Measurement Noise
Sekara, T.B.; Matausek, M.R.


4.7 Contents: Multidimensional Systems and Signal processing
Contributed by:

Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing
Volume 20, Issue Number 1, 2009

N. K. Bose

Multidimensional perfect reconstruction filter banks: an approach of algebraic geometry
Lei Zhang and Anamitra Makur

Reduced stability testing set for a diamond-type family of quasipolynomials
J. A. Torres-Muñoz, V. L. Kharitonov and M. B. Ortiz-Moctezuma

LMI approach to stability of 2D positive systems
Tadeusz Kaczorek

Wavelet-based acoustic detection of moving vehicles
Amir Averbuch, Valery A. Zheludev, Neta Rabin and Alon Schclar

Intensity surface stretching technique for contrast enhancement of digital photography
Do-Hyeon Kim and Eui-Young Cha


4.8 Contents: Kybernetika
Contributed by: Lubomir Bakule,

Kybernetika: Volume 45, Issue 1, 2009 is now available online at

Table of Contents:

Special Issue on Decentralized Control of Large Scale Complex Systems
Lubomir Bakule (Guest Editorial)

Decentralized Structural Controller Design for Large-Scale Discrete-Event Systems Modelled by Petri Nets
Aydin Aybar and Altug Iftar

Non-Fragile Controllers for a Class of Time-Delay Nonlinear Systems
Lubomir Bakule and Manuel de la Sen

Decentralized Output Regulation of Large Scale Nonlinear Systems with Delay
Zhengtao Ding

Robust Decentralized H_2 Control of Multi-Channel Descriptor Systems with Norm-Bounded Parametric Uncertainties
Weihua Gui, Ning Chen, and Guisheng Zhai

A New Nyquist-Based Technique for Tuning Robust Decentralized Controllers 
Alena Kozakova, Vojtech Vesely, and Jakub Osusky

Flocking Control of Multi-Agent Systems with Application to Nonholonomic Multi-Robots 
Qin Li and Zhong-Ping Jiang

Robust H-infinity Control of an Uncertain System via a Stable Decentralized Output Feedback Controller
Ian R. Petersen

Decentralized Robust Tracking Control of Uncertain Large Scale Systems with Multiple Delays in the
Hansheng Wu

A Study on Decentralized H-infinity Feedback Control Systems with Local Quantizers 
Guisheng Zhai, Ning Chen, and Weihua Gui

Decentralized Control and Synchronization of Time-Varying Complex Dynamical Network
Wei-Song Zhong, Jovan D. Stefanovski, Georgi M. Dimirovski, and Jun Zhao


4.9 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, vol. 1, no. 3, Jan., 2009
Contributed by: Changan Jiang,

The articles can be retrieved on:

A new fuzzy visual servoing with application to robot manipulator
Marco A. Moreno-Armendariz, Wen Yu, pp. 157-167

Discrete-time H2-optimal output tracking control for an experimental hydraulic positioning control system
Yang Lin, Yang Shi, Richard Burton, pp. 168-174

Iterative feedback control of snake-like robot based on principal fibre bundle modelling
Masato Ishikawa, pp. 175-182

Strongly stable GPC-based PID controller
T. Sato, pp. 183-193

Design of low-cost unmanned underwater vehicle for shallow waters
W.H. Wang, X.Q. Chen, A. Marburg, J.G. Chase, C.E. Hann, pp. 194-202

Sliding mode control for slosh-free motion-A class of underactuated system
B. Bandyopadhyay, Shailaja Kurode, P.S. Gandhi, pp. 203-213

Control system design of mine hoists by using robust right coprime factorisation
Chengjiang Han, Shengjun Wen, pp. 214-222

Robust fuzzy controller development for a PEM fuel cell system
K.K.T. Thanapalan, G.P. Liu, J.G. Williams, D. Rees, pp. 223-230


4.10 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications March 2009
Contributed by:  J. Lawrie,

IET Control Theory & Applications
Volume 3 Issue 3, March 2009

For more information on this journal, please go to:
To submit a paper, please go to:


Implementation of predictive controllers as outer-loop controllers
F. Tadeo and T. Alvarez

Robust stability bounds for networked controlled systems with unknown, bounded and varying delays
L. Dritsas and A. Tzes

Design and CPG-based control of biomimetic robotic fish
W. Zhao, Y. Hu, L. Zhang and L. Wang

Evaluation and tuning of robust PID controllers
B. Lennartson and B. Kristiansson

Dynamic inversion with zero-dynamics stabilisation for quadrotor control
A. Das, K. Subbarao and F. Lewis

Improved robust H1 filtering for uncertain discrete-time switched systems
K. Hu and J. Yuan

Robust attitude synchronisation controllers design for spacecraft formation
J. Erdong and S. Zhaowei

Modelling and analysis of traffic light control systems
Y.-S. Huang and P.-J. Su

Robust H1 filtering for uncertain discrete Markov jump singular systems with mode-dependent time delay
S. Ma and E.K. Boukas

Smart deadlock prevention policy for flexible manufacturing systems using Petri nets
Z. Li and M. Shpitalni


4.11  CFP:  Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems
Contributed by:  Ljubo Vlacic,

Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Springer

This special issue, being focused on a broad spectrum of cooperative systems - regardless of whether they are
embodied as cooperative machines, cooperative robots, cooperative unmanned vehicles, cooperative software agents,
cooperative computer games or just cooperative embedded systems - seeks submissions from scientists and researchers
affiliated with both academic and industrial research institutes, as well as government institutions, on topics
related (but not limited) to

Cooperative Real-Time Decision Making & Control Models, Algorithms and Techniques for:
* Cooperative Robots
* Cooperative Embedded Systems
* Cooperative Unmanned Vehicles (terrain and urban road vehicles, underwater and air vehicles)
* Cooperative Machines
* Cooperative Software Agents
* Cooperative Computer Games
* Cooperative Systems

Related to these topics are also
* Cooperative System Architectures
* Cooperative Communication Protocols and
* Real-time Data Exchange techniques between on-board sensors and on-board processing units, as well as between robots,
machines and systems themselves.

Submissions addressing practical applications and in-field experimental testing are strongly encouraged.

* 30 March 2009: Call for Papers
* 30 May 2009: Expression of Interest
* 01 June 2009: Opening Paper Submission
* 30 October 2009: Closing Paper Submission
* 28 February 2010: Paper Acceptance Announcement
* 15 April 2010: Camera-ready Paper Submission
* July/August 2010: Expected Publication

Letters of intent are not compulsory. However, the authors are strongly encouraged to inform Professor Ljubo Vlacic of
their intention to submit a paper.

Authors are advised to follow the electronic paper submission requirements, as per the Information for Authors Guidelines
published at the journal’s web site. The entire paper electronic submission process as well as the paper review process
will be managed via the journal’s web site at  The authors should click on to the Special
Issue on Coop RM&S menu option from the Article Type List.

In case of any difficulty with the submission process, authors are encouraged to contact the Editorial Manager Ms Gabriela de
Poel via .

* Professor Ljubo Vlacic, Griffith University, Australia, Fax: +61 7 3875 5198, Email:
* Professor Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan, Fax: +81 5 2789 3115. Email: 
* Dr Michel Parent, INRIA, France, Fax: +33 1 3963 5491, Email:


4.12 CFP: EJC Special Issue on Stochastic Hybrid Systems
Contributed by: Maria Prandini,

As previously announced, the European Journal of Control is organizing a special issue on
* Stochastic hybrid systems: theoretical challenges and emerging applications *

The deadline for paper submission has been extended from February 28, 2009 to April 30, 2009.

Please find more details on the call for papers at


4.13 CFP: Iterative Learning Control - A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control 
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Iterative Learning Control”, A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

Papers are solicited for a Special Issue of the Asian Journal of Control on Iterative Learning Control.
The aim of the special issue is to review the progress of iterative learning control (ILC) since it was
originally conceived in the mid-1980s, to examine the most exciting work currently being undertaken in
this area today, and to explore the more fertile avenues for future research. The breadth of scope for the
special issue includes both theoretical research as well as descriptions of successful industrial applications
of ILC.

Plenary talks and contributed papers from the Symposium on Learning Control at the IEEE CDC 2009
( will be screened for rewriting and solicited for the special issue.
However, the intent is to collect papers that represent the state-of-the-art in ILC and its connection to
other fields. As such, papers that were not presented at the symposium are also strongly encouraged.

Guest Editors:            
Prof. Hyo-Sung Ahn, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, E-mail:
Prof. Kevin L. Moore, Colorado School of Mines, USA, E-mail:

Important Dates:
Jan. 10, 2009  Call for Papers
Aug. 30, 2009  Deadline for Paper Submission
Dec. 30, 2009  Completion of First Review
Mar. 15, 2010  Completion of Final Review
Sep. 30, 2010  Publication (Tentatively Vol.12, No.5)

Potential authors are strongly encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript (in PDF format) through
the journal website:

If you encounter any submission problems, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu,

     Professor Li-Chen Fu
     Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524
     National Taiwan University
     Taipei 10617, Taiwan
     Tel: +886-2-3366-3558
     Fax: +886-2-2365-4267

All submissions should include a title page containing the title of the paper,
an abstract and a list of keywords, authors’ full names and affiliations,
complete postal and electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers. The corresponding
author should be clearly identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please

4.14 IJSCC Special Issue on Networked Control Systems
Contributed by: Dimitris Hristu-Varsakelis,

A special issue of the International Journal on Systems, Control and Communications (IJSCC).
Submissions accepted until: April 15, 2009. (Deadline Extended)
See also:

This special issue aims at disseminating the latest in interdisciplinary research on the theory and application
of Networked Control Systems (NCS). The increasing use of heterogeneous communication media as part of the control
loop, challenges conventional assumptions of perfect communication and instantaneous observation, and has given rise
to a number of complementary efforts to devise analysis and design tools for NCS. The special issue focuses on presenting,
in a coherent context, research that attempts to address control and communication issues simultaneously. In particular,
authors are encouraged to submit cross-disciplinary contributions, emphasizing the importance of control, communication,
networking, and sensor aspects of NCS.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Control and Stability (e.g., control of networks, control over networks, hybrid, and distributed control).
* Networks (e.g., fieldbuses, wireless & sensor networks, scheduling, fault-tolerance, security).
* Architecture (e.g., integrated communication and control, multi-layering, cross-layering, QoS)
* Analysis (e.g., formal modeling, verification, evaluation, validation, simulation)
* Applications (e.g., robotics & multi-agent systems, embedded systems, factory and building automation, energy and
environment, transportation).

All papers will be refereed through a peer review process. Submitted papers should present original work and should not have
been previously published, nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Potential authors of this special
issue are invited to electronically submit paper manuscripts to one of the Special Issue guest editors below:

Prof. Huijun Gao ( )
Space Control and Inertial Technology Research Center
Harbin Institute of Technology
Harbin 150001, China

Prof. Dimitris Hristu-Varsakelis (Chief editor,
Department of Applied Informatics
University of Macedonia
Egnatia 156
Thessaloniki, 54006 Greece
Fax: +30-2310-891290

Prof. Karl H. Johansson (
ACCESS Linnaeus Centre
Electrical Engineering
Royal Institute of Technology
SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

Prof. Feng-Li Lian (
Electrical Engineering, MD717
National Taiwan University
No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road
Taipei, 10617, Taiwan
Tel.: 886-2-3366-3606
Fax: 886-2-2367-1909

with a copy to:
IEL Editorial Office

For author guidelines and document templates, please see the IJSCC main web page, or visit Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue,
the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor.


5. Conferences

5.1 14th IFAC International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Control
Contributed by: Krzysztof Pietrusewicz,

The 14th IFAC International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Control (MMAR’09) is to be held
August 19-21, 2009 in Międzyzdroje (Poland). The conference aims to bring together engineers and scientists from
academia, research institutes and industry so that they can discuss the latest developments and requirements in
traditional and non-traditional areas of Automation and Robotics.
Technical programme will include a broad range of topics covering

New theoretical and technological developments and applications in:
– linear and non-linear predictive control
– robust and adaptive control
– networked control systems
– fuzzy logic, neural networks and intelligent control
– modelling and identification
– distributed parameter systems
– discrete events and hybrid systems
– cooperative, coordinated and decentralized control
– computer aided control systems design and other computational aspects
– marine  and aerospace guidance and control
– advanced process control
– fault detection, diagnosis and fault tolerant control
– recent drive systems in robotics
– kinematics and dynamics of robots
– mathematical foundations of robotics
– motion planning and algorithms
– human-robot interaction
– advanced robotics
– robot control modeling
– nonholonomic systems
– sensory feedback in robots, visual systems feedback
– various applications of robotic systems
– hybrid control in robotics

Apart from plenary and invited sessions the programme will also include invited and tutorial sessions, panel discussions,
software demonstrations and hardware displays.

The Conference, organized by the Institute of Control Engineering, West Pomeranian University of Technology (fromerly known
as Szczecin University of Technology) is to be held under the auspices of:
- IFAC Technical Committee on Nonlinear Control Systems
- IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronics
- IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
- IEEE Control Systems Society
- Commitee of Automation and Robotics Polish Academy of Sciences

The media sponsorship is to be held by the Control Engineering Poland magazine.

The official Conference website is:


5.2 12th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC)
Contributed by: Rupak Majumdar and Paulo Tabuada,

Dear colleague, we would like to invite you to attend the 12th International Conference on Hybrid Systems:
Computation and Control (HSCC) to be held Monday through Wednesday, April 13-15, 2009 in San Francisco. HSCC
will be part of the 2nd Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWeek) which is the collocated cluster of three conferences:
HSCC, RTAS (Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium), and IPSN (International Conference on
Information Processing in Sensor Networks). Through CPSWeek, the three conferences will have a shared registration
process, joint invited speakers and poster sessions, and joint social events.

Further details including the list of accepted papers and associated workshops can be found on the conference website:

Rupak Majumdar and Paulo Tabuada
HSCC09 General Chairs


5.3 IEEE Conference in Africa (AFRICON)
Contributed by: Ramiro Velázquez,


2009 IEEE Conference in Africa (AFRICON)
Nairobi, Kenya, 23-25 September, 2009

You are kindly invited to submit your work and to participate in the 9th IEEE Conference in Africa (AFRICON)
to be held in Nairobi, Kenya next September.

AFRICON, the top-event of IEEE in Africa, is a forum for professionals, academia and industry to exchange
ideas, present their newest research findings and to network. In particular, topics of interest include,
but are not limited to:
- Control and Automation
- Robotics and Mechatronics
- Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
- Instrumentation and Measurement
- Modeling and Simulation
- Computer, Information Systems and Software Engineering
- Computational Methods and Applications
- Computational Semiotics
- Communication and Signal Processing
- Electromagnetics and Antennas
- Engineering Applications and Health
- Electron Devices and Circuits
- Education and Engineering Skills development
- Energy and ICT for rural areas
- Engineering Management
- Energy and Power Systems

Prospective authors are invited to electronically submit full papers of their work in English (6 pages, ~4500
words, in pdf format), following the instructions available on the web page. Accepted papers will be published in an
IEEE proceedings volume that will be indexed by EI and IEEExplore, and available at the time of the conference.

Submissions due: 31 March, 2009
Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2009
Final camera-ready papers: 30 June 2009
Early Registration deadline: 30 June, 2009
Late Registration deadline: 23 August, 2009
Conference: 23-25 September, 2009


5.4 ROBOCOMM 2009
Contributed by: Sonia Martinez,

ROBOCOMM 2009 - Call for Participation
31 March -- 2 April 2009, Odense, Denmark

Early registration: 1 March 2009
Late registration: 22 March 2009
Information and on-line registration:

The Second International Conference on Robot Communication and Coordination targets the convergence of robotics and
communications, acting as a common forum for the two communities. The event will promote cross-pollination of these
two areas, adding to our understanding of the interaction between these two exciting computer science research areas.
Robotics is an interdisciplinary field, having benefited greatly from interactions with mechanics, control theory, and
electronics. Lately, with the unprecedented growth of wireless communication technologies, the growing attention devoted
to sensor networks and ad-hoc networks, and the emergence of commodity robotics platforms, networked robotics represents
an exciting new research direction. Networked robotics offers a framework for coordination of complex mobile systems, thus
providing the natural common ground for convergence of information processing, communication theory and control theory. It
poses significant challenges, requiring the integration of communication theory, software engineering, distributed sensing
and control into a common framework. Furthermore, robots are unique in that their motion and tasking control systems are
co-located with the communications mechanisms. This allows the co-exploitation of individual subsystems to provide completely
new kinds of networked or distributed autonomy.

Topics of Interest:
ROBOCOMM is a leading-edge conference where prominent researchers with different backgrounds can exchange ideas for a
common framework that will enable new applications based on large scale networks of mobile or modular robots.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Robotic interactions with sensors
* Communication protocols for tele-operated and tele-reflexive robots
* Intra-sensor communications within individual robots
* Communication protocols for flocks and swarms of networked robots
* Distributed coordination of modular robots or mobile robots
* Situated and embodied communication
* Biologically-inspired or biomimetic robot communication
* Exploiting the interactions between communications and autonomy
* Localization and tracking using robotic communications
* Industrial applications of networked robotics
* Real-time software for robot teams or modular robots
* Wired networking for robots
* Advanced communication systems for single tele-operated robots

The proceedings will be published by IEEE through their digital library (IEEExplore).

Two tutorials entitled “Building Ubiquitous Robot Systems: A hands-on tutorial” and “Introduction to Spatial Computing” will
be held on Tuesday 31 April.

Conference Facilities:
The conference will take place in modern conference facilities located at the University of Southern Denmark. The university
is on the outskirts of Odense, which is the 4th largest town in Denmark and the birthplace of the fairytale-writer H.C. Andersen.


5.5 14th BFG Conference on Optimization
Contributed by: Wim Michiels,

14th Belgian-French-German Conference on Optimization (BFG09)
September 14-18, 2009, Leuven, Belgium
Special Topic: Optimization in Engineering

This international conference is the 14th of the series of French-German meetings which started in Oberwolfach in
1980. This time, it is organized jointly with Belgian optimizers, and takes place in Belgiums oldest university town,
Leuven, in the heart of Europe, close to Brussels. The conference will consist of 12 invited plenary talks, parallel
contributed sessions, mini-symposia, and a poster session. It will address all aspects of optimization and its applications.
Prizes for the best non-plenary talk and best poster will be awarded.

- talk abstract submission april 15th, 2009
- early registration fee june 1st, 2009
- BFG09 conference september 14-18, 2009

The conference is organized by OPTEC, the "Optimization in Engineering Center" of Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven, in
co-operation with CORE, the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics of the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL).

More info: see or email to


5.6 16th Polish Teletraffic Symposium
Contributed by: Andrzej Bartoszewicz,

The 16th Polish Teletraffic Symposium will be held in Lodz, Poland on the 24-25 September 2009. All manuscripts accepted
for the conference will be printed in the conference proceedings and selected papers will be published in Theoretical
and Applied Informatics and also in Journal of Applied Computer Science. For more detailed information please visit

Important Dates:
Full paper submission: 01.05.2009
Authors’ notification: 15.06.2009
Camera ready papers due: 15.07.2009
PTS’2009 Conference: 24-25.09.2009


6. Workshops
6.1 Thematic School on Modelling Complex Biological Systems
Contributed by: Jean-Luc Gouze,

You are warmly invited to participate to the Thematic Research School on "Modelling Complex Biological Systems in the
Context of Genomics" from March 30th to April 3rd 2009, in La Colle sur Loup, on the French Riviera, between Nice and

To benefit from the low fees, registration must be made online until March 12th at
(French version


6.2 Symposium on Control and Modeling of Alternative Energy Systems
Contributed by: Shreyas Sundaram,

Dates: April 2-3, 2009
Venue: Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The inaugural Symposium on Control and Modeling of Alternative Energy Systems will be held at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign on April 2-3rd, 2009. The goal of the Symposium is to expose members of academia and industry to the
systems, control, and modeling challenges facing the development of sustainable energy solutions, and to drive future research
towards addressing these challenges.

The Symposium will be a two day, single track event consisting of three main sessions relating to the production, management,
and consumption of energy, respectively. Each session will contain a series of one hour presentations describing the control,
modeling, and systems challenges pertaining to a particular alternative energy technology. The speakers for the Symposium were
chosen from both industry and academia, with the main selection criteria being relevance, expertise, and the ability to discuss
specific and pressing control and modeling challenges for a particular topic. The list of speakers and topics can be found at:

The Symposium will also include a two-hour poster session showcasing current controls research in alternative and renewable
energy. The Symposium will conclude with a panel discussion that will provide an interactive environment conducive to exchanging
ideas and formulating strategies to address the open problems in the design of renewable and alternative energy systems.

More details, including registration information, can be found at the
Symposium website:


6.3 1st IFAC Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems (NecSys'09)
Contributed by: Luca Schenato,

Networked systems are complex dynamical systems composed of a large number of simple systems interacting through a
communication medium. These systems arise as natural models in many areas of engineering and sciences, such as sensor
networks, autonomous unmanned vehicles,  biological networks,  and animal cooperative aggregation and flocking.

The workshop will focus on the most innovative mathematical methods proposed in the last few years for the analysis
and design of networked systems. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from control, computer
science, communication, game theory, statistics, mathematics and other areas to discuss emerging topics in networked
systems of common interest.

* Coordinated control and estimation over networks.
* Consensus problems.
* Multivehicle systems, flocking.
* Control with communication constraints (quantization effects).
* Decentralized algorithms for computation over sensor networks.
* Randomized algorithms, gossip algorithms.
* Message passing algorithms. Belief propagation.
* Graph models for networks. Percolation. Network coding.
* Distributed and decentralized signal processing
* Decentralized and cooperative optimization
* Distributed and decentralized signal processing

The workshop will be single track and will consist of two days of research presentations (24-25 Sep.) and one day of tutorials
(26 Sep.). The research presentations will include 10 invited talks by international experts and 4 interactive sessions of
contributed papers (2 per day). The poster/interactive sections will not be in parallel with invited talks. This untraditional
choice of oral presentation only for the invited speakers and interactive presentations for all contributed papers, is motivated
by the interdisciplinary topics of this workshop. In fact, the invited oral presentations will be of tutorial nature while the
contributed papers will be organized in interactive poster sessions with limited number of contributions and with ample reserved
time slots, thus hopefully stimulating discussions and promoting ideas exchanges. The tutorial day will consist of 4 double
lectures surveying the most recent results related to the conference topics, specifically tailored to PhD students and scholars
interested in an introduction to the area of networked systems. The workshop will be hosted in an environment suitable for
research interactions and spontaneous discussions.

Raffaello D'Andrea, ETH
Ali Jadbabaie, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Jose' Moura, Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Asu Ozdaglar, MIT
Anders Rantzer, Lund Univ.
Rodolphe Sepulchre, Univ. of Liege
Devavrat Shah, MIT
Jeff Shamma, Georgia Tech
Martin Wainwright, UC Berkeley

SPONSORS: IFAC, IEEE Control Systems Society

* Full paper due: 27 March 2009, 12.00 p.m. CET
* Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2009
* Final version due: 20 June 2008

Sandro Zampieri, Univ of Padova, General Chair
Luca Schenato, Univ. of Padova, General co-Chair
Karl H. Johansson, KTH, Tech Program co-Chair
Asu Ozdaglar, MIT, Tech Program co-Chair
Stephen Boyd, Stanford, Advisory Committee
Michael Jordan, UC Berkeley, Advisory Committee
P.R. Kumar, UIUC, Advisory Committee
José M.F. Moura, CMU, Advisory Committee
Richard Murray, CalTech, Advisory Committee
John Tsitsiklis, MIT, Advisory Committee
Angelo Cenedese, Univ. of Padova, Publicity Chair
Alessandro Chiuso, Univ. of Padova, Local Arrangements Chair


6.4 Control Fundamentals - Theory and Practice
Contributed by:

The ACTC is pleased to announce a new control engineering training course, "Control Fundamentals - Theory and Practice"
which will be held on 24th to 26 March 2009 in Glasgow.

The course provides a basic introduction to control engineering, covering linear system modelling, stability analysis
and classical control theory such as PID and Lead-lag. Hands-on sessions are used to illustrate the learning, allowing
the delegate to design and analyse classical controllers.

Further details on this course, including online registration, are available on the following web-page:


6.5 2009 IFAC Workshop on Networked Robotics (NetRob09)
Contributed by: Kevin L. Moore,

Papers are solicited for the 2009 IFAC Workshop on Networked Robotics (NetRob09), a single-track event spanning three days,
aimed at promoting development of a theoretical basis for combining control and telecommunication techniques in the field
of networked robot, as well as demonstrating the current state-of-the-art in applications. NetRob 2009 will be held
Tuesday-Thursday, October 6-8, 2009 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, USA. The workshop is sponsored
by IFAC and by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Workshop areas of focus include, but are not limited to: Networked robots,
Networked UAVs, Control through networks, Control of networks, Mobile sensor-actuator networks (MAS-NET), Mobile sensor networks,
Tele-robotics, tele-presence, Telematics methods, Tele-operations, tele-maintenance, Remote control, Remote sensor data
acquisition, Robot path planning, autonomous decision-making and control, Robotics, Mobile ad hoc networks, Communication
algorithms, and applications of telematics.

The deadline for submission is April 1, 2009. For more information, go to or contact
Kevin L. Moore ( or Klaus Schilling (


7. Positions

7.1 Summer Internships in Autonomous Robotics
Contributed by: Rick Middleton,

Applications are invited from outstanding undergraduate students not yet in their final year of studies to undertake 10-week
research projects in Autonomous Robotics at NUI Maynooth, Ireland.

The goal of the Summer Internships in Autonomous Robotics (SIAR) is to engage students in research projects which focus on
the technological issues surrounding autonomous humanoid robotic soccer.  The programme is funded by Science Foundation
Ireland through the UREKA (Undergraduate Research Experience & Knowledge Award) Programme (

Internships are available for a period of 10 weeks, commencing on 8th June 2009. Successful students will receive a scholarship
of €300/week. Support for travel costs is also available for international students. A full social programme is in place as well
as seminars and tutorials in areas such as scientific writing, patenting and presentation skills.

The internships are available to selected students studying a bachelor’s degree in Computing, Electronic Engineering,
Applied Mathematics or other related disciplines.

Further information on the SIAR Programme and the application process can be obtained at
Completed applications must be emailed to
The closing date for applications is 8th March 2009.


7.2 PhD: Northeastern University
Contributed by: Rifat Sipahi,

We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student to work in the area of coordination and control of human movements. Our
specific research is on motor control and motor learning, with a focus on stability and variability in human sensorimotor
systems, with extensions to clinical populations and rehabilitation. Our interdisciplinary research program bridges the areas
of motor control, biomechanics and engineering, neuroscience and psychology, and physics. The overall goal of our research is
to understand the generation of perceptually controlled behavior in biological systems.

Several experimental stations are available, ranging from two virtual reality set-ups with a robot manipulandum, 3D motion
analysis system with surface EMG. The lab will also acquire more data collection systems in the near future. Our laboratory
is currently supported by the National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health and the Office of Naval Research.

Candidates should demonstrate excellent academic record, the ability to do independent research, and a strong interest in an
interdisciplinary approach. Background in dynamical systems and feedback control theory is a plus and experience in programming
is expected (Matlab, C++, Graphics programming, Statistics packages, etc.).

The Action Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Northeastern University with affiliations to the Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics as well as the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Complex Systems.
The lab director is Professor Dagmar Sternad and she can be reached at

Professor Sternad's contact details are:

Dagmar Sternad,
Departments of Biology, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Physics
134 Mugar Life Science Building
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115
Phone: 617-373-5093
Fax: 617-373-3724


7.3 PhD: The Eindhoven University of Technology
Contributed by: Ines Lopez,

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has an open PhD position at the Dynamics and Control Department of
Mechanical Engineering. In the section Dynamics and Control of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, research
is focused on the sub-areas nonlinear dynamics and control, acoustics; active noise control, structural optimization
and vehicle dynamics. The goal of the project titled ‘Suppression of thermo-acoustic instabilities in central heating
equipment by burner design optimization and active control’ is to suppress acoustic instabilities in boilers with complex
burner deck configurations by means of design-stage (passive) and active model-based control strategies. This project,
sponsored by STW, is a joint project of the groups Dynamics and Control and Combustion Technology with 2 PhD positions
(one at each of the groups). The 2 PhD students will work in close cooperation.

The PhD project at the section Dynamics and Control of the Department of Mechanical Engineering focuses on two main aspects.
Firstly, an acoustic model of the boiler should be built and validated with experimentally determined transfer functions.
This model will be used to analyze the acoustic stability/instability regions of the burner+boiler system. Secondly, a
model-based controller with time-delay should be developed that is robust for modeling uncertainties and changes in operating

Within this project, we are looking for a candidate with a MSc-degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical or
Control Engineering with an interest to work in an interdisciplinary project such as ‘Active Control of Thermoacoustic
instabilities’. He/she should have a strong interest in (thermo)acoustics and control theory.
The candidate should have excellent communication skills in English and an attitude to collaborate in a cooperative
project such as the ‘Active Control of Thermo-acoustic instabilities’ project.

Appointment and Salary
-a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university.
-a full-time employment for 4 years, with an intermediate evaluation after 1 year.
-Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU ), increasing
from € 2000 per month initially, to € 2558 in the fourth year. Moreover, 8% holiday allowance is provided annually.
-assistance for finding accommodation can be given.
-support with your personal development and career planning.
-attractive secondary labor conditions (including excellent work facilities, child care, end of the year allowance and
excellent sport facilities).

If you would like to have more information on the position, please contact Dr. I. Lopez and Prof.dr. H. Nijmeijer
(, +31 40 2472611) M.A.J. Hurkmans, Personnel Department, tel.: +31 (0)40 2474163, email:
Visit for more information about the group Dynamics and Control;

Please send your written application with extended curriculum vitae to: ir. A.W.J. Bruekers (email:, Department
of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513 , 5600MB Eindhoven , The Netherlands, mentioning
vacancy number 35.410.


7.4 PhD: Numerical aspects of polynomial optimization for systems control,
Contributed by: Didier Henrion,

Numerical aspects of polynomial optimization for systems control, supervised by D. Henrion and J. B. Lasserre at
LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France

The PhD topic lies on the boundary of several branches of applied mathematics: numerical analysis (stability of
algorithms, linear algebra), real algebraic geometry (polynomial equations and inequalities), functional analysis
(theory of moments), mathematical programming (convex optimization over the cone of positive semidefinite matrices),
with systems control engineering applications (automatic control, linear and nonlinear dynamical systems). At the end
of the project the candidate should be able to solve numerically some difficult problems like fixed-order robust controller
design. A good background in applied mathematics is required (numerical analysis, functional analysis, mathematical programming),
as well as a good knowledge of the scientific computing package Matlab. Some knowledge of systems control is welcome.

A 3-year PhD fellowship (funded by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research) is available for this project,
interested candidates please contact D. Henrion at before 31 May 2009.


7.5 PhD: The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Contributed by: Olsen Wenche,

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim represents academic eminence in technology and
the natural sciences as well as in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine,
architecture to fine art. Cross-disciplinary cooperation results in innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions with
far-reaching social and economic impact.
Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering
Department of Engineering Cybernetics:
Up to 2 PhD research fellowship positions within the strategic university program “Control, Information and Communication
Systems for Environmental and Safety Critical Systems”, financed by the Norwegian Research Council, are vacant. The positions
are offered for a period of 3 years. The PhD scholars will work on challenging research problems in an active research team
with extensive industrial and international cooperation.

The topics of the PhD research will be within the following projects:
* Information network communication and coordination for environmental surveillance
- Contact: Professor Kristin Y. Pettersen (
* Information, communication and control systems for subsea oil well drilling with automatic detection and handling of gas kicks
- Contact: Professor Ole Morten Aamo (
* Safety Critical Control, Information and Transportation Systems: Parametric Resonance
- Contact: Professor Thor I. Fossen ( and Professor Anton Shiriaev (
* Optimization of fuel efficiency and control of diesel electric marine vessels subject to data communication constraints
- Contact: Professor Tor Arne Johansen (
* Control, Information and Communication Systems for internal combustion engines in marine applications
- Contact: Professor J. Tommy Gravdahl (

Further information about the research program and projects can be found at

Applications should be sent to: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Faculty of Information Technology,
Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway, or by e-mail to

Deadline: April 1st  2009.
Applications should be marked:  IME 017-2009.

See for more information.


7.6 Research Associate / Research Assistant and PhD Studentship at Imperial College
Contributed by: Dr. Eric Kerrigan,

Real-time Numerical Optimization in Reconfigurable Hardware with Application to Model-Predictive Control
Research Associate salary range: £29,550 – £34,740
Research Assistant salary range: £26,580 – £29,550
Fixed term appointment for up to three years.

Imperial College is ranked in the top ten universities of the world, according to the 2008 Times Higher Education Supplement
league tables.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate or a Research Assistant in the Control and/or Circuits and Systems groups,
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Applications are also invited for an associated funded PhD studentship.
The positions will be based at the South Kensington campus of Imperial College London, and will begin on 1st April 2009 or as
soon as possible thereafter.

You will be working on a new EPSRC-funded interdisciplinary and inter-institutional project, formed as a collaboration between
Dr George A. Constantinides and Dr Eric C. Kerrigan at Imperial College, Prof Jan M. Maciejowski at Cambridge University, and
Prof Ling Keck Voon at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). Industrial partners associated with the project include
Xilinx, The MathWorks, and the European Space Agency.

The project aims to use systems and control theory to help devise efficient implementations of numerical algorithms in
Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based computation. We also intend to bring the power of FPGA-based computation to bear on
model-predictive control applications, where optimization problems need to be solved in real-time.

You will have a strong analytical background, and exposure to one or more of the following areas: numerical analysis, optimization,
nonlinear control theory, model-predictive control, FPGA-based computation, digital hardware design. 

For a Research Associate appointment, you will have completed your Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant area. For a Research Assistant
or a PhD appointment, you will have completed, or be about to complete an M.Eng. or M.Sc. degree with first class honours or
distinction in Engineering, Computing, Mathematics, or a closely related subject. Further information can be obtained from Dr 
George A. Constantinides ( and Dr Eric C. Kerrigan ( Candidates are asked to provide
three copies of their application form and a CV with at least two references.

Please obtain application forms from Mrs Wiesia Hsissen, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College
London, South Kensington campus, London SW7 2AZ, e-mail Tel. +44 (0) 20 7594 6261. Please quote GAC\RTNO.

Closing date: 6th March 2009

Valuing diversity and committed to equality of opportunity


7.7 Research Assistantships: M.S. and Ph.D. level, The University of Wyoming
Contributed by: John McInroy,

The University of Wyoming is rapidly expanding its graduate focus on robotics and control systems, with seven
robotics/controls faculty and a large number of funded grants. With both its Wind Energy Research Center and
the Wyoming Robotics Initiative heavily funded, it has research assistantships available for graduate study at
both the M.S. and Ph.D. level in control systems and robotics. Some of the topics include: Computer Vision and
Coordinated Control of Nano-Satellites for Space Situational Awareness; Situational Awareness for Unmanned Ground
Vehicles; Real-Time Flame Recognition and Understanding Using a Mobile, High Performance, Stereoscopic Computer
Vision System; Detecting Motion from a Moving Vehicle;  Satellite Maneuvering to Obtain High Quality Space Imagery;
Flexible Structure Control; Control of Utility-Scale Wind Turbines; Adaptive Control of Launch Vehicles; and Optical
Systems Control. If you are interested in obtaining a robotics/controls M.S. or Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming
in Electrical Engineering, then please forward a short resume to Prof. John McInroy,


7.8 Post-Doc: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Contributed by Ling Shi,

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at The Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology, Hong Kong.  Potential candidates with research interests in networked sensing, estimation, and control,
distributed estimation and control, wireless sensor networks, etc., are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate should
have a strong background in both control theory and mathematics. Knowledge on communication networks is a plus but not strictly

The desired expertise includes dynamical systems modeling and analysis, networked control systems analysis, design and verification.
The postdoctoral scholar will work jointly with Professors Li Qiu and Ling Shi and will interact with project participants at the
partner universities.

The positions are available immediately. Monthly stipend (20K-30K HK$) will be provided based on qualification and experience.
The initial appointment is for one year, with a possibility of reappointment, subject to mutual interest.

The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology is a truly international university in Asia's world city Hong Kong and its
Engineering School has been consistently ranked among the worlds' top 25 since 2004. The high-quality of our faculty, students
and facilities provide outstanding opportunities to develop highly visible research programs. All formal instruction is given
in English.

Interested applications should send a curriculum vitae including a full list of publication, a research statement, and names and
contacts of at least three references to Professor Ling Shi (


7.9 Post-Doc: INRIA
Contributed by Bernard Brogliato,

This post-doc subject concerns the modelling and the simulation of a class of discontinuous switching dynamical systems,
embedded into Filippov's differential inclusions. The objective is to find a suitable general formalism, and then to derive
and study implicit time-stepping (also called event-capturing) numerical methods. The advantage of such algorithms is their
intrinsic robustness with respect to the Zeno phenomena (infinite switching in finite time), and also their ability to smoothly
stabilize the trajectories on the sliding surfaces.  In a second part of the work, the method will be applied to examples of genetic
regulatory networks in bacteria, in collaboration with microbiologists. From a general simulation point of view, the proposed
simulation method may be considered as in-between pure digital methods (neglecting the dynamics) and pure analogic methods
(where the transitions are modelled with a sigmoid function). One of the objectives of the work is to demonstrate the capabilities
of implicit time-stepping schemes when the transition sigmoids are stiff. The numerical implementations will be done on the siconos
platform of the INRIA (

The applicants for this one-year position should preferably possess a strong background in applied mathematics, and/or control and
analysis of hybrid dynamical systems. In addition, they are expected to have an interest in biological applications. The post-doc
will be carried out in the INRIA research teams BIPOP for the numerical part ( and IBIS for the
biological application part (


7.10 Post-Doc: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Contributed by: Marty Brenner,

Applicants to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center MUST BE U.S. CITIZENS

The NASA Dryden Postdoctoral Program offers unique research opportunities to highly talented individuals to engage in ongoing
NASA research programs. This is a one-to-three year fellowship appointment which is designed to advance NASA’s mission objectives.

Dryden Flight Research Center is NASA’s premier flight research and test organization for the validation
of high-risk, pioneering aerospace technology, space exploration concepts, and the conduct of science
mission observations. Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Dryden is uniquely
situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area, and visibility to test
some of the nations most exciting air vehicles.

For 60 years, projects at Dryden have led to major advancements in the design and capabilities of many
state-of-the-art civilian and military aircraft. The newest, the fastest, the highest all have made their debut
in the vast, clear desert skies over Dryden.

Dryden Flight Research Center plays a vital role in advancing technology and science through flight. Here,
we demonstrate America’s leadership in aeronautics and space technology as we continue to push the envelope
to revolutionize aviation and pioneer aerospace technology.

Currently, at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center we are seeking a highly-motivated & independent Post Doctoral Fellow.
We are interested in the following broad areas of research:

- Adaptive Multiresolution Analysis of Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics
- Advanced Concepts in Analysis, Simulation, and Identification for Adaptive Control-Oriented Objectives of Aerospace Vehicles
- Application of Structure Detection Methodology for Black-Box Model Development of Advanced Aircraft
- Health Monitoring of Aeroelastic Structures
- Identification Techniques for Nonlinear Aeroelastic Systems
- Robust Nonlinear Identification of Aerospace Systems
See: under Dryden Fght Research Center

If you are interested in these or other related research topics please contact:
Martin J. Brenner
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Edwards, CA, USA 93523-0273
Phone: 661-276-3793


7.11 Post-Doc: University of Namur, Belgium
Contributed by:  Winkin Joseph

We invite applications for postdoctoral research positions in the framework of the "Programme institutionnel des
bourses de recherche post‐doctorale FUNDP-CERUNA". This programme, which involves researchers at the University of
Namur, shall explore the five aforementioned projects. Successful candidates will work in the teams led by the promoters
in charge of the projects. Further information on the projects can be obtained from the program Web site at‐fundp
Candidates (not older than 40 years) must have a PhD obtained after September 1, 2004 and before September 1, 2009 from
a non-Belgian university in the required field of research. The award will include a two-way airline ticket and health
insurances, and is offered with a fellowship of 2100 EUR per month for 12 consecutive months.

Applications must include a CV, a motivation letter, and three letters of recommendation.
They should be addressed to:
Prof. Michel JADOT
Chairman of the Research Council
FUNDP - University of Namur‐ ADRE
61 rue de Bruxelles, B‐5000 Namur, BELGIUM
Electronic submission should be mailed to

The positions are available for the next academic year 2009‐2010 (starting October 1, 2009); applications will be accepted
until April 6, 2009.
For general information, contact the Research administration at;
for scientific questions concerning the projects, contact the promoters at the email addresses indicated below.

Positive Stabilizability and Positive Stabilization of Infinite‐Dimensional State Space Systems
Promoter: Professor J. WINKIN
Faculty of Sciences
Department of Mathematics

The candidate should have a Ph D degree in Applied Mathematics (or equivalent) and a scientific experience in dynamical
systems and control, especially in distributed parameter systems, ie more specifically in infinite dimensional state space systems.


7.12 Post-Doc Research Associate: University of Cambridge
Contributed by: Prof. J.M. Maciejowski,

Real-time Numerical Optimization in Reconfigurable Hardware with Application to Model-Predictive Control

Fixed term appointment for up to three years.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the Control Group of the Department of Engineering, to work on a
new EPSRC-funded interdisciplinary and inter-institutional project, formed as a collaboration between Prof Jan Maciejowski
at Cambridge University, Dr George A. Constantinides and Dr Eric C Kerrigan at Imperial College London, and Prof Keck Voon
Ling at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. To start on 1 April 2009 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project aims to use systems and control theory to help devise efficient implementations of numerical algorithms in
Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based computation. We also intend to bring the power of FPGA-based computation to
bear on model-predictive control applications, where  optimization problems need to be solved in real-time. You will have
a strong analytical background, and exposure to one or more of the following areas: control theory, model-predictive control,
numerical analysis, optimization, FPGA-based computation.

Salary scale: 27183-35469 GBP. Closing date: 6th March 2009.

Further details may be viewed at . The cover sheet for applications,
PD18 is available from  Part I and Part III only, should be
sent, with a letter and CV to Rachel Fogg, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, England
(Fax +44 01223 332662, email


7.13 Faculty: The Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Contributed by: Ellen van der Mierden,

Full Professor"Systems Design" (V35.409) at Systems Design Department of Mechanical Engineering: The Technische Universiteit
Eindhoven (TU/e)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering considers as the core of their activities design, realization and analysis of new
products, processes and materials. Besides the basis of (solid and fluid) mechanics, materials, control and thermodynamics,
parts of mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing science are important supporting tools. The field is explored by a
combination of modeling using fundamental concepts and applied engineering and technology. Automotive Engineering Science
and Micro- amp; Nano-Scale Engineering are important departemental themes. The Mechanical Engineering Department comprises
about 1000 students and 250 staff members. In view of the retirement of the current chair holder, the department is seeking
a new full professor in Systems Design

The design and manufacturing of high-tech systems, including MRI scanning machines, lithographic machines, copying machines,
and bonding machines, play an important role in the Dutch economy, especially in the South-Eastern part of the Netherlands.
An important aspect of these complex systems is the degree of concurrency: There are many machine components, which have to
function smoothly at the right time, and possibly in parallel, in a complicated machine to carry out a variety of tasks
(discrete event systems). New models for such systems have started to appear based on a variety of mathematical tools,
including control theory (for systems safety), operations research (for systems performance), and computer science (for
systems verification). Indeed, the tight coupling between the physical process on one hand and the supervisory control on
the other hand of these systems has caused a paradigm shift. To improve the quality, to decrease the design and manufacturing
times (time to market), and to reduce the total cost of a system model-based engineering is becoming central in this field.

Systems Design has a variety of goals, such as safety and performance. The implementation and migration of the models are error
prone, and the development of proper, objective verification and quality control procedures are an integral part of the design.
Depending on the successful applicant’s expertise, the focus of the research can be on the further development of systems design,
systems control, the development of supporting simulation tools, or combinations.

The teaching will encompass courses in the BSc curriculum Mechanical Engineering, the MSc curriculum Mechanical Engineering, and
the MSc curriculum Embedded Systems. Courses for PhD students will be given within the framework of the graduate schools Institute
for Programming and Algorithmics (IPA) and Engineering Mechanics (EM).
Applicants should:
- Have a PhD in engineering sciences, in applied physics or applied mathematics, and several years of experience thereafter;
- Be an authority in the development and application of modern in systems design and control, in particular in fields like
systems performance and systems safety, as evident from papers in reputed scientific journals, invited lectures, membership of
editorial boards, scientific committees, filed patents, etc;
- Have a proven record in the acquisition and management of research grants at a national and an international level;
- Have ample experience in teaching courses at different levels and proven didactic skills.

Appointment and Salary
We offer:
- A challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious University
- An appointment for four years
- Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Salary will be
based on your knowledge and experience
- An attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, end of the year allowance and sport facilities)

- Me information about this position can be obtained from R. de Borst (Dean, Department of Mechanical Engineering),
- ore information about the TU/e can be found at

Please e-mail your application with extended curriculum vitae mentioning vacancy number V35.409 to
You can apply for this job before 16-04-2009


7.14 Faculty: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, india
Contributed by: P.S.V. Nataraj,

The Systems and Control Engineering Group at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, invites applications for faculty positions
in Systems Science (theory and applications), Systems Engineering (theory and applications), Systems Optimization (theory and
applications), Control Systems (theory and applications), and related areas. The advertisement is for faculty positions at all
levels: Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree and have a strong commitment to
undergraduate/graduate engineering education and research.  Applications with a curriculum vitae and names of at least three
references should be sent to the Convener, Systems and Control Engineering Group, ACRE Building, Indian Institute of Technology
Bombay, Mumbai 400076 India, and also by email to The Systems and Control Engineering Group website is


7.15 Faculty: Hong Kong University
Contributed by:  Ling Shi,

Faculty position: Assistant Professor Hong Kong University
The Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology invites applications
for a faculty position in the Assistant Professor level in the area of Medical and/or Bio-inspired  Robotics. Applicants should
have a Ph.D. in related area of with demonstrated strength in research and commitment to teaching.

The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology is a truly international university in Asia’s world city, Hong Kong, and
its Engineering School has been consistently ranked among the world's top 25 since 2004. The high-quality of our faculty,
students and facilities provide outstanding opportunities for faculty to develop highly visible research programs. All formal
instruction is given in English and all faculty members are expected to conduct research and teach both undergraduate and
graduate courses. The department has excellent computing resources, state-of-the art teaching and research laboratories and
currently has about 40 faculty members, 800 undergraduate students and 400 postgraduate students. Starting rank and salary
will depend on qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits including medical and dental benefits, annual leave and housing
will be provided where applicable. Initial appointment will normally be on a three-year contract. A gratuity will be payable
upon successful completion of contract. Re-appointment will be subject to mutual agreement. More information about the department is
available on our web-site (

Applications including full curriculum vitae, list of publications, names of five referees should be sent by email to addressed to: Professor Hoi Sing Kwok, Chairman of Search Committee, Department of  Electronic & Computer
Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

The search will continue until all the positions are filled.


7.16 Faculty: Georgia Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Wassim H. Haddad,

Faculty Positions in Solid Mechanics, Structures, and Structural Dynamics

The School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology invites nominations and applications for two faculty
positions in the areas of solid mechanics, structural mechanics and materials behavior, and structural dynamics. Appointments
at all ranks will be considered. While candidates in all related areas of research will be considered, candidates with a strong
experimental background in high temperature materials or high strain rate phenomena, or with expertise in structural and material
concepts for energy generation, composites or multi-scale analysis as applied to structural material characterization are
particularly sought.

An earned doctorate in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field is required.  The successful candidates will be expected
to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, supervise graduate students, and interact with the faculty on the development of
externally funded research programs. Applications will be reviewed continuously until the positions have been filled. 

The School of Aerospace Engineering presently has 40 full-time faculty members and its undergraduate and graduate programs are
nationally ranked among the top aerospace engineering programs. The research interests of the faculty cover a broad spectrum of
aerospace engineering including gas dynamics, propulsion, combustion, aerodynamics, structural mechanics, flight dynamics, and
control. Information about the School can be found at  

Applicants should send (electronically or via mail) a curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching interests, and name
and contact information of at least three references to: Professor Massimo Ruzzene, Search Committee Chair, School of Aerospace
Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 30332-0150. Phone: (404) 894 3078, e-mail:

The Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Selection process will include
passing a background check.


7.17 Visiting Professor or Researcher: Texas Tech University
Contributed by Qing Hui,

A short visiting professor or researcher position is available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech
University. The duration is from March 1st to July 21st, 2009. The research includes some of the following areas but not
limited to: coordinated control of multiagent network systems, transient hybrid stabilization of power systems, control of
spatially distributed systems using dynamical system theory, network flow control, and smart attack control for the internet.
Interested candidiates should contact Dr. Qing Hui ( for more information and send his CV to
as soon as possible.