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E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 258
March 2010

Editor:
Magnus Egerstedt
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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Contents

1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.4 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

2. Journals
2.1 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
2.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
2.3 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
2.4 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
2.5 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
2.6 CFP: ASEE Computers in Education Journal
2.7 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

3. Conferences
3.1 Advanced Control of Electrical Machines for Automatic Applications
3.2 IEEE Industrial Electronics Annual Conference (IECON 2010)
3.3 ESANN 2010
3.4 2010 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems & Applications
3.5 2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics- SMC 2010

4.  Workshops
4.1 Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems
4.2 IFAC International Workshops ALCOSP 2010 & PSYCO 2010
4.3 FDA'10 - 4th IFAC Workshop
4.4 IFAC Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES2010)

5.  Positions
5.1 PhD: INRIA Grenoble, France
5.2 PhD: The French Space Agency (CNES)
5.3 Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
5.4 Post-Doc: University of California, Santa Barbara
5.5 Post-Doc: University of Waterloo
5.6 Faculty Position: The LUMS School of Science & Engineering
5.7 Faculty Position: University of Sheffield
5.8 Facutly Position: Université libre de Bruxelles
5.9 Faculty Position: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
5.10 Senior Researech Fellow: Data Storage Institute

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

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IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
December 2009, Volume 54, Number 12, IETAA9 (ISSN 0018-9286)

Editorial-The Lighter Side of Reviewing, Editing, and Research in General
C.G. Cassandras
page 2729

Scanning the Issue
page 2732

Papers

Greedy Maximal Matching: Performance Limits for Arbitrary Network Graphs Under the
Node-exclusive Interference Model
C. Joo, X. Lin, N. B. Shroff
page 2734

A New Gaussian Mixture Algorithm for GMTI Tracking Under a Minimum Detectable Velocity Constraint
J. M. C. Clark, P.-A. Kountouriotis, and R. B. Vinter
page 2745

Exact Search Directions for Optimization of Linear and Nonlinear Models Based on
Generalized Orthonormal Functions
A. da Rosa, R. J. G. B. Campello, W.C. Amaral
page 2757

Stochastic Nestedness and the Belief Sharing Information Pattern
S. Yuksel
page 2773

A Structured Multiarmed Bandit Problem and the Greedy Policy
A. J. Mersereau, P. Rusmevichientong, and J. N. Tsitsiklis
page 2787

Verification of Nonconflict of Supervisors Using Abstractions
P. N. Pena, J. E. R. Cury, and S. Lafortune
page 2803

Identification and the Information Matrix: How to Get Just Sufficiently Rich?
M. Gevers, A. S. Bazanella, X. Bombois, and L. Miskovic
page 2828

Minimum Energy Transmission Over a Wireless Channel With Deadline and Power Constraints
M. Zafer and E. Modiano
page 2841

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Adaptive Backstepping Controller Design for Stochastic Jump Systems
Y. Xia, M. Fu, P. Shi, Z. Wu, and J. Zhang
page 2853

On the Control and Estimation Over Relative Sensing Networks
J. Sandhu, M. Mesbahi, and T. Tsukamaki page
2859

Adaptive Sliding Mode Control of Multi-Input Nonlinear Systems with Perturbations
to Achieve Asymptotical Stability
Y. Chang
page 2863

Hybrid Control for Connectivity Preserving Flocking
M. M. Zavlanos, H. G. Tanner, A. Jadbabaie, and G. J. Pappas

Global Analysis of Multi-Agent Systems Based on Vicseks Model
Q. Li, Z.-J. Jiang
page 2876

Transverse Linearization for Impulsive Mechanical Systems With One Passive Link
A. S. Shiriaev, L. B. Freidovich
page 2882

Prediction Error Based Adaptive Jacobian Tracking of Robots With Uncertain
Kinematics and Dynamics
H. Wang and Y. Xie
page 2889

Maximal Open-Loop Operation Under Integral Error Constraints
D. Chakraborty
page 2894

Simulation-Based Discrete Optimization of Stochastic Discrete Event Systems
Subject to Non Closed-Form Constraints
J. Li, A. Sava, and X. Xie
page 2900

A Solution to the Continuous-Time H-infinity Fixed-Interval Smoother Problem
G. A. Einicke
page 2904

Optimal Quantization of Signals for System Identification
K. Tsumura
page 2909

A Sufficient Condition for Invalidation of Linear State-Space Systems With
Uncertain Time-Varying Parameters
A. Johansson
page 2915

Comments on "Generalized Lyapunov Equation Approach to State-Dependent
Stochastic Stabilization/Detectability Criterion"
T. Hou
page 2920

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1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

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IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
January 2010, Volume 55, Number 1, IETAA9 (ISSN 0018-9286)

Editorial-Continuing the Tradition of Excellence in 2010 and Beyond
P. J. Antsaklis
page 1

Scanning the Issue
page 4

Papers

Design of Robust H-infinity Reduced-Order Unknown-Input Filter for a Class of Uncertain Linear Neutral Systems
A. Alif, M. Darouach, and M. Boutayeb
page 6

Optimization of Long-Run Average-Flow Cost in Networks With Time-Varying Unknown Demand
D. Bauso, F. Blanchini, and R. Presenti
page 20

Mobile Sensor Network Control Using Mutual Information Methods and Particle Filters
G. M. Hoffman and C. J. Tomlin
page 32

Decentralized Prognosis of Failures in Discrete Event Systems
R. Kumar and S. Takai
page 48

On the Input-Output Representation of Piecewise Affine State Space Models
S. Paoletti, J. Roll, A. Garulli, and A. Vicino
page 60

Filtering a Markov Modulated Random Measure
R. J. Elliot, T. K. Siu, and H. Yang
page 74

A Unified Approach to Infinitesimal Perturbation Analysis in Stochastic Flow Models: The Single-Stage Case
Y. Wardi, R. Adams, and B. Melamed
page 89

Gain Margins of Adaptive Control Systems
Q. Sang and G. Tao
page 104

Approximately Bisimilar Symbolic Models for Incrementally Stable Switched Systems
A. Girard, G. Pola, and P. Tabuada
page 116

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Optimal Transmission Rate Control Policies in a Wireless Link Under Partial State Information
I. Koutsopoulos and L. Tassiulas
page 127

Generalized Linear Quadratic Control
A. Gattami
page 131

Robust Region-of-Attraction Estimation
U. Topcu, A. K. Packard, P. Seiler, and G. J. Balas
page 137

A Switching Anti-windup Design Using Multiple Lyapunov Functions
L. Lu and Z. Lin
page 142

A Weighted Least-Squares Approach to Parameter Estimation Problems Based on Binary Measurements
E. Colinet and J. Juillard
page 148

Robust Stability and Stabilization of Fractional-Order Interval Systems with the Fractional Order a: The O < a < 1
J.-G. Lu and Y.-Q. Chen
page 152

Bounded-Energy-Input Convergent-State Property of Dissipative Nonlinear Systems: An iISS Approach
B. Jayawardhana, E. P. Ryan, and A. R. Teel
page 159

An ODE Comparison Theorem With Appliction in the Optimal Exit Time Control Problem
W. Zhang and J. Hu
page 164

Bisection Algorithm of Increasing Algebraic Connectivity by Adding and Edge
Y. Kim
page 170

On Stability in the Presence of Analog Erasure Channel Between the Controller and the Actuator
V. Gupta and N. C. Martins
page 175

An Improved Maximum Allowable Transfer Interval for Lp-Stability of Networked Control Systems
A. Jentzen, F. Leber, D. Schneisgen, A. Berger, and S. Siegmund
page 179

Model Predictive Control Tuning by Controller Matching
S. Di Cairano and A. Bemporad
page 185

Solving the Matrix Differential Riccati Equation: A Lyapunov Equation Approach
T. Nguyen and Z. Gajic
page 191

Almost Sure Stabilization of Uncertain Continuous-Time Markov Jump Linear Systems
M. Tanelli, B. Picasso, P. Bolzern, and P. Colaneri
page 195

Approximating Ergodic Average Reward Continuous-Time Controlled Markov Chains
T. Prieto-Rumeau and J. M. Lorenzo
page 201

H-infinity and Dwell Time Specifications of Continuous-Time Switched Linear Systems
J. C. Geromel and P. Colaneri
page 207

Euler-Lagrange Models With Complex Currents of Three-Phase Electrical Machines and Observability Issues
D. Basic, F. Malrait, and P. Rouchon
page 212

Simultaneous Design of Controllers and Instrumentation: ILQR/ILQG
S. N. Ching, P. T. Kabamba, and S. M. Meerkov
page 217

The Effective Calculation of All Assignable Polynomials to a Single-Input System Over a Bezout Domain
M. V. Carriegos, A. DeFrancisco-Iribarren, and R. Santamaria-Sanchez
page 222

Consensus Over Ergodic Stationary Graph Processes
A. Tahbaz-Salehi and A. Jadbabaie
page 225

Modelling and Control of Bi-Directional Discrete Linear Repetitive Processes
J. Bochniak, K. Galkowski, E. Rogers
page 230

Stochastic Consensus Seeking with Noisy and Directed Inter-Agent Communication:
Fixed and Randomly Varying Topologies
M. Huang and J. H. Manton
page 235

Reliable H-infinity Control of Linear Systems With Adaptive Mechanism
G.-H. Yang, D. Ye
page 242

Pole Assignment With Improved Control Performance by Means of Periodic Feedback
J. Lavaei, S. Sojoudi, and A. G. Aghdam
page 248

Robust Output Feedback Stabilization for Two New Uncertainty Structures
M. M. Fu and B. R. Barmish
page 253

Instability Mechanisms in Cooperative Control
H. Bai and M. Arcak
page 258

Output Feedback Regulation of a Chain of Integrators With an Unknown Time-Varying Delay in the Input
H.-L. Choi and J.-T. Lim
page 263

LQ Optimal Sliding Mode Supply Policy for Periodic Review Inventory Systems
P. Ignaciuk and A. Bartoszewicz
page 269

High Precision Position Control Using an Adaptive Friction Compensation Approach
A. Amthor, S. Zschaeck, C. Ament
page 274

THe Rendezvous Problem With Discontinuous Control Policies
G. Conte and P. Pennesi
page 279

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1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

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IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
February 2010, Volume 55, Number 2, IETAA9 (ISSN 0018-9286)

Scanning the Issue
page 285

Papers

Input Delay Compensation for Forward Complete and Strict-Feedforward Nonlinear Systems
M. Krstic
page 287

Output Feedback Regulation of Stochastic Nonlinear Systems With Stochastic iISS Inverse Dynamics
X. Yu and X.-J. Xie
page 304

Persistent Dwell-Time Switched Nonlinear Systems: Variation Paradigm and Gauge Design 
T.-T. Han, S. S. Ge, T. H. Lee
page 321

Modeling and Unsupervised Classification of Multivariate Hidden Markov Chains With Copulas
N. J.-B. Brunel, J. Lapuyade-Lahorgue, and W. Pieczynski

Control of Admission and Routing in Loss Networks: Hybrid Dynamic Programming Equations
Z. Ma, P. E. Caines, and R. P. Malhame
page 350

Gradient-Like Observers for Invariant Dynamics on a Lie Group
C. Lageman, J. Trumpf, and R. P. Mahony
page 367

Optimal Control Formulations of Vibration Reduction Problems
A. Dhanda and G. F. Franklin
page 378

Service Time Optimization of Mixed-Line Flow Shop Systems
K. Gokbayrak, O. Selvi page
395

The Inverse Problem of Analytic Interpolation With Degree Constraint and Weight
Selection for Control Synthesis
J. Karlsson, T. T. Georgiou, and A. G. Lindquist

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Robust Stabilization of Multi Input Plants With Saturating Actuators
M. L. Corradini, A. Cristofaro, and G. Orlando
page 419

Uniqueness of a Constrained Variational Problem and Large Deviations of Buffer Size
A. Shwartz and A. Weiss
page 425

Sufficient Conditions for Finite-Time Stability and Stabilization of Nonlinear Quadratic Systems
F. Amato, C. Cosentino, and A. Merola
page 430

A Class of Neutral-Type Delay Differential Equations That are Effectively Retarded
A. A. Stoorvogel, S. Roy, Y. Wan, and A. Saberi
page 435

Approximation and Monotonicity of the Maximal Invariant Ellipsoid for Discrete-Time
Systems by Bounded Controls 
B. Zhou, G.-R. Duan and Z. Lin
page 440

Stabilization of Sampled-Data Control Systems With Control Inputs Missing
W.-A. Zhang, L. Yu
page 447

Transient Behavior of Two-Machine Geometric Production Lines
S. M. Meerkov, N. Shimkin, L. Zhang
page 453

Absolute Stability of Second-Order Systems with Asymmetric Sector Boundaries
G. Lin, B. Balachandran, E. H. Abed
page 458

Adaptive Adversarial Multi-Armed Bandit Approach to Two-Person Zero-Sum Markov Games
H. S. Chang, J. Hu, M. C. Fu, S. I. Marcus
page 463

Snapshot-Based Balanced Truncation for Linear Time-Periodic Systems
Z. Ma, C. W. Rowley, and G. Tadmor
page 469

Parametric Identification of Hammerstein Systems With Consistency Results Using Stochastic Inputs
W.-X. Zhao
page 474

Stability Margins of L1 Adaptive Control Architecture
C. Cao, N. Hovakimyan
page 480

Distributed and Recursive Parameter Estimation in Parametrized Linear State-Space Models
S. S. Ram, V. V. Veeravalli, and A. Nedic
page 488

A Distributed Actor-Critic Algorithm and Applications to Mobile Sensor Network Coordination Problems 
P. Pennesi and I. Paschalidis
page 492

Equivalent Piecewise Affine Models of Linear Hybrid Automata
S. Di Cairano, A. Bemporad
page 498

The Feedback Robust MPC for LPV Systems With Bounded Rates of Parameter Changes
D. Li and Y. Xi
page 503

A Gramian-Based Approach to Model Reduction for Uncertain Systems
L. Li, I. R. Petersen
page 508

Stochastic Stability of the Extended Kalman Filter With Intermittent Observations
S. Kluge, K. Reif, and M. Brokate
page 514

Optimal Control Synthesis of Timed Event Graphs With Interval Model Specifications
P. Declerck and M. K. Didi Alaoui
page 518

Asymptotically Stable Interval Observers for Planar Systems With Complex Poles
F. Mazenc and O. Bernard
page 523

Unicycle Coverage Control Via Hybrid Modeling
A. Kwok, S. Martinez
page 528

Funnel Control With Saturation: Linear MIMO Systems
N. Hopfe, A. Ilchmann, and E. P. Ryan
page 532

Observer Design for (max,+) Linear Systems
L. Hardouin, C. A. Maia, B. Cottenceau, and M. Lhommeau
page 538

HOSM Observer for a Class of Non-Minimum Phase Causal Nonlinear MIMO Systems
Y. B. Shtessel, S. Baev, C. Edwards, and S. Spurgeon

Differential Flatness of a Class of n-DOF Planar Manipulators Driven by 1 or 2 Actuators
J. Franch, S. K. Agrawal, and V. Sangwan
page 548

Lyapunov Stability of Linear Predictor Feedback for Time-Varying Input Delay
M. Krstic
page 554

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1.4 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
Contributed by: Marcia O'Malley,

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The 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control will be held Wednesday through Friday,
December 15-17, 2010 at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

http://www.ieeecss.org/CAB/conferences/cdc2010/index.php

The CDC annually brings together an international community of researchers and
practitioners in the field of automatic control to discuss the latest advancements
of the discipline, shape its future directions, and promote its diffusion among
the scientific community at large.

Important Dates:
Deadline for submission of Invited Session proposals 3/15/10
Deadline for submission of contributed and invited papers 3/15/10
Notification of acceptance/rejection July 2010
Final submission and on-line registration opens August 2010
Nomination for Student Best Paper Award opens August 2010
Deadline for final submission of all papers September 2010

See: http://www.ieeecss.org/CAB/conferences/cdc2010/files/CDC10CFPv2.pdf

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2. Journals

2.1 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,

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Asian Journal of Control
Vol.12, No.2    
March, 2010
CONTENTS

Special issue on “Recent Developments in Multidimensional Systems, Control and Signals
– Theory and Applications”

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: On Multidimensional Convolutional Codes and Controllability Properties
of  Multidimensional Systems over Finite Rings
Authors: Eva Zerz

2. Paper Title: Strongly Autonomous Interconnections and Stabilization of 2D Behaviors
Authors: Diego Napp and Paula Rocha

3. Paper Title: LMI Based Stability and Stabilization of Second-Order Linear Repetitive Processes
Authors: Pawel Dabkowski, Krzysztof Galkowski, Biswa Datta, and Eric Rogers

4. Paper Title: Testing (Non-)linearity of Distributed-parameter Systems from a Video Sequence
Authors: Rafajlowicz Ewaryst and Rafajlowicz Wojciech

5. Paper Title: Multidimensional Second Order Systems with Controls
Authors: Dorota Bors and Stanislaw Walczak

6. Paper Title: A Generalization of the Poincare-Miranda Theorem with an Application to the
Controllability of Nonlinear Repetitive Processes
Authors: Dariusz Idczak and Marek Majewski

7. Paper Title: Matrix Pencil Equivalents of Symmetric Polynomial Matrices
Authors: Nicholas P. Karampetakis

8. Paper Title: Construction of 2D Isomorphism for 2D H∞-Control of Sturm-Liouville Systems
Authors: Boe-Shong Hong

9. Paper Title: Practical Stability and Asymptotic Stability of Positive Fractional 2D Linear Systems
Authors: Tadeusz Kaczorek

Regular issue

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Embryonic Systems Implementation with FPGA-based Artificial Cell Network Hardware Architectures
Authors: Csaba Szász, Virgil Chindris, and Géza Husi

2. Paper Title: Robust Stabilization for Uncertain Discrete Singular Time-Delay Systems
Authors: Xiaofu Ji, Yukun Sun, and Hongye Su

3. Paper Title: Stabilization for a Class of Complex Interlaced Systems Using Asymptotical Gain
Authors: Huawen Ye, Jianling Kang, Guoping Liu, and Weihua Gui

4. Paper Title: Maximizing or Minimizing Survival Time in the Case of Random Parameters
Authors: Mario Lefebvre

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2.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Fernando Camisani,

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Journal: Control Engineering Practice
Volume : 18
Issue : 2
Date : February, 2010
Special Issue of the 3rd International Symposium on Advanced Control of Industrial Processes

1) Editorial Board, Page IFC

2) Adconip special issue, Pages 103-104, Biao Huang

3) Design of a GPC-based PID controller for controlling a weigh feeder, Pages 105-113, T. Sato

4) Reparametrized ARX models for predictive control of staged and packed bed
distillation columns, Pages 114-130, M. Muddu, Anuj Narang, Sachin C. Patwardhan

5) Development of on-line optimization-based control strategies for a starved-feed
semibatch copolymerization reactor, Pages 131-139, L.F.T. Perea, O.E. Okorafo, R.A. Hutchinson, M. Guay

6) Self-repairing control via an unstable filter, Pages 140-146, Masanori Takahashi

7) Industrial implementation of controller performance analysis technology, Pages
147-158, Kwan Ho Lee, Edgar C. Tamayo, Biao Huang

8) Applying a novel extended Kalman filter to missile-target interception with APN
guidance law: A benchmark case study, Pages 159-167, Shuwen Pan, Hongye Su, Jian Chu, Hong Wang

9) Design of discrete time adaptive PID control systems with parallel feedforward
compensator, Pages 168-176, Ikuro Mizumoto, Daisuke Ikeda, Tadashi Hirahata, Zenta Iwai

10) Hybrid cybernetic model-based simulation of continuous production of lignocellulosic
ethanol: Rejecting abruptly changing feed conditions, Pages 177-189, Wee Chin Wong,
Hyun-Seob Song, Jay H. Lee, Doraiswami Ramkrishna

11) Min-max control using parametric approximate dynamic programming, Pages 190-197,
Hussam Nosair, Yu Yang, Jong Min Lee

12) Thermal MIMO controller for setpoint regulation and load disturbance rejection,
Pages 198-208, Hiroto Hamane, Koudai Matuki, Fujio Hiroki, Kazuyoshi Miyazaki

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2.3 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Contributed by: Gamar Mammadova,

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CONTENTS:
TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics,Vol.1, No.1, 2010
ISSN 2076-2585

Message from the president of TWMS

Message from Editor in Chief

Mathematical Modeling of the Well-Bed System During the Gaslift Operation
F.A. Aliev, M.A. Jamalbayov, S.M.Nasibov

On the Basicity from Exponents in Lebesgue Spaces with Variable Exponents
B.T.Bilalov, Z.G. Guseynov

Optimal Real-Time Control of Nondeterministic Models on Imperfect Measurements of
Input and Output Signals
R.Gabasov, F.M.Kirillova, E.I.Poyasok

Inequalities for B-convolution Operators
A. D. Gadjiev, M. G. Hajibayov

A Perturbative Approach to the Solution for Expectation Value Based Quantum
Optimal Control of Multiharmonic Oscillators under Linear Control Agents
E. Meral, M. Demiralp

On Nonclassical Limit Theorems for Sums of Independent Random Variables
Sh. Formanov, A. Akhmedov, L. Sharipova

Some Integral Formulas for Closed Minimally Immersed Hypersurface in the Unit Sphere Sn+1
M. Külahci, M. Ergüt

Identities of Dual Leibniz Algebras
A. Naurazbekova, U. Umirbaev

Log-concave Measures
D. Feyel , A. S. Üstünel

Optimal Control of the Neumann Problem for the Nonlinear Elliptic Equation without
the Differentiability of the Control-state Mapping
S. I. Serovajsky

Some Integral Formulas for Compact Surfaces
I.Kh. Sabitov

60th Birthday of professor Yusif Mammadov

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2.4 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
Contributed by: J. Lawrie,

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IET Control Theory & Applications, Volume 4, Issue 3, March 2010
For more information on this journal, please go to:
http://www.ietdl.org/IET-CTA
To submit a paper, please go to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iet-cta

CONTENTS:

Regular Papers

Computing estimates of the region of attraction for rational control systems
with saturating actuators
D.F. Coutinho and J.M. Gomes da Silva Jr.

Implementation of sliding mode controller for linear synchronous motors based
on direct thrust control theory
Y.-S. Huang and C.-C. Sung

Moving horizon state estimation for linear discrete-time singular systems
B. Boulkroune, M. Darouach and M. Zasadzinski

Estimating the stability region of singular perturbation power systems with
saturation nonlinearities: an linear matrix inequality-based method
H. Xin, D. Gan, M. Huang and K. Wang

Gain-scheduled H_2 and H_infinity control of discrete-time polytopic time-varying systems
J. De Caigny, J.F. Camino, R.C.L.F. Oliveira, P.L.D. Peres and J. Swevers

H_infinity static output feedback control for discrete-time switched linear
systems with average dwell time
D.-W. Ding and G.-H. Yang

State covariance assignment problem
H. Khaloozadeh and S. Baromand

Self-liveness of a class of Petri net models for flexible manufacturing systems
C. Zhong and Z. Li

Polynomial approach to non-linear predictive generalised minimum variance control
M.J. Grimble and P. Majecki

Proportional-integral-derivative l-tuning for integrating processes with deadtime
M.W. Foley, R.H. Julien and B.R. Copeland

Stable chaos synchronisation scheme for non-linear uncertain systems
M. Ayati and H. Khaloozadeh

New insight into internal model control filter design for load disturbance rejection
T. Liu and F. Gao

Linear matrix inequality-based novel stability criteria of the primal-dual
algorithm with heterogeneous communication delays
S. Guo, C. Dang, X. Liao and D. Liu

Robust terminal area energy management guidance using flatness approach
V. Morio, F. Cazaurang, A. Falcoz and P. Vernis

Robust H_infinity consensus analysis of a class of second-order multi-agent
systems with uncertainty
P. Lin and Y. Jia

H_infinity model reduction of linear continuous-time systems over finite-
frequency interval
X. Du and G.-H. Yang

Design of reduced-order l_2–l_infinity filter design for singular discrete-time
systems using strict linear matrix inequalities
M.S. Mahmoud and Y. Xia

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2.5 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
Contributed by: J. Lawrie,

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IET Control Theory & Applications, Volume 4, Issue 2, February 2010
For more information on this journal, please go to:
http://www.ietdl.org/IET-CTA
To submit a paper, please go to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iet/iet-cta

SPECIAL ISSUE: Advances in Complex Control Systems Theory and Applications

Guest Editors:
Dr Amir Hussain (University of Stirling)
Prof. Hong Wang (University of Manchester)
Dr Amin Nobakhti (Sharif University of Technology)

CONTENTS:

Special Issue Editorial

Decentralised H_infinity quantisers design for uncertain interconnected networked systems
N. Chen, G. Zhai, W. Gui, C. Yang and W. Liu

Co-design of predictive controllers for wireless network control
G.W. Irwin, J. Chen, A. McKernan and W.G. Scanlon

Network load minimisation design for dual-rate Internet-based control systems
Y. Li, S.H. Yang, Z. Zhang and Q.-G. Wang

Decentralised state feedback design for large-scale linear systems subject to input saturation
L. Lu, Z. Lin and A. Bateman

Novel interaction prediction approach to hierarchical control of large-scale systems
N. Sadati and M.H. Ramezani

Robust decentralised stabilisation of interval discrete-time singular large-scale systems
W.-J. Mao and J. Chu

Model predictive control of dynamically substructured systems with application to a
servohydraulically actuated mechanical plant
G. Li, D.P. Stoten and J.-Y. Tu

Stabilising systems with aperiodic sample-and-hold devices: state feedback case
H. Fujioka and T. Nakai

State convergence property of perturbed switched linear time-delay systems
Q.-K. Li, J. Zhao, G.M. Dimirovski and X.-J. Liu

Optimal usage of coal, gas and oil in a power plant
M. Kragelund, J. Leth and R. Wisniewski

Optimal operating conditions for a batch fluidised bed dryer
J.A. Villegas, S.R. Duncan, H.G. Wang, W.Q. Yang and R.S. Raghavan

Field programmable gate array implementation of wheel–rail contact laws
Y.J. Zhou, T.X. Mei and S. Freear

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2.6 CFP: ASEE Computers in Education Journal 
Contributed by: Joel Esposito,

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CFP: ASEE Computers in Education Journal Special Issue: Novel Approaches in Robotics Education

2nd Call for Papers

Submission Deadline:   April 15 2010  E-mail submissions to ed-pub at crosslink.net

* Articles should be approximately 6-10 pages, MS Word documents Papers addressing
undergraduate education are of particular interest.  A sampling of topics follows.
For questions regarding scope, contact the editor:   Joel Esposito, Assoc. Prof.
Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy esposito at usna.edu

* Descriptions of novel courses at the undergraduate or master's levels, especially
those with a laboratory or project component:  Examples include underwater robotics,
micro-robotics, biologically inspired robotics, etc. Quality submissions may include
as appropriate: motivation, learning objectives, description of laboratory or design
projects, assessment and student feedback.

* Descriptions of robotics curricula:  Examples include Bachelors and Master's level
programs granting degrees in Robotics, as well as Minor or Certificate programs. Issues
of interest may include: intended skill set of graduates, program philosophy, curricular
structure, assessment and accreditation issues, capstone experiences, and profiles of
graduates.

* Descriptions of project based learning experiences:   Examples include novel open-ended
laboratories, intra-mural or inter-collegiate competitions, challenge problems, and
capstone designs.   Issues of interest may include: explanation of rules and logistics,
competition structure, required skills, sample hardware designs and intended educational
outcomes are useful.

* Proposals or position papers on Introductory Robotics Courses:  Is there a consensus
on a national model of what a modern first course in robotics should include?   Are
the topics entirely department or instructor dependant?   Is there an appropriate
balance between Articulated and Mobile robotic topics? What is the balance between
Mechatronic, Kinematic, Learning or Algorithmic approaches?  Are topics such as Computer
Vision or Artificial intelligence at the periphery or does a balanced treatment include
them in a first course?    

Please note that courses which do not include technical content specific to robotics,
but rather use robotics hardware as a "hook" for achieving other objectives (ex.
teaching introductory programming skills, or simulating interest in engineering careers)
are not appropriate for the special issue, though are generally within the scope of the journal.

Assoc. Professor Joel M. Esposito
Dept. of Weapons and Systems Engineering
105 Maryland Ave. 
Annapolis, MD 21402
http://www.usna.edu/Users/weapsys/esposito/

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2.7 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,

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CALL FOR PAPERS
“Analysis and Control of Biological Networks”
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control
http://www.ajc.org.tw

In systems biology, one of the ultra goals is to engineer unnatural organic molecules
that function in living systems to investigate natural biological phenomena and for
a variety of applications. In control engineering, the overall aim is to synthesize
controllers which can achieve desired performance. The notion of feedback, which
is the core of control engineering, is now a central recurring theme in the design
of biological regulatory networks. In fact, feedback is so prevalent in biological
systems that it can be found at all levels of organization, from the molecular and
cellular levels, to the organism and ecological levels. It is impossible to overstate
the importance of feedback as a strategy for the maintenance and evolution of life.
Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that ideas from control theory will lead to
new understanding of the underlying biological processes, and therefore have potential
applications in system biology and synthetic biology.

The complexity of biological networks (BNs) poses many challenges for scientists and
engineers. In particular, the biological systems have apparently become dependent on
the complex infrastructure of the networks to such an extent that it is difficult to
analyse and control these networks thoroughly with our current capabilities. Therefore,
there is an urgent need to research into modelling, analysis, synchronization and control
of BNs using the available systems and control theory. Although many fundamental questions
have been addressed with the hope to understand network structures and dynamic properties,
some major problems have not been fully investigated, such as the behaviours of switching,
oscillating, stability, synchronization and chaos control for BNs, as well as their
applications in systems biology and bioinformatics.

This special issue aims to bring together the latest advances in analysis and control
of biological networks, which comprise gene regulatory networks, signal transduction
networks, metabolite networks and intra-species or interspecies communication networks
in microbial communities. Topics of this special include, but are not limited to the
following aspects: (1) systems and control analysis of BNs; (2) Modelling of BNs;
(3) dynamics analysis of regulatory motifs; (4) robustness and fragility analysis
of BNs; (5) synchronization of BNs; (6) design of synthetic BNs, and (7) methods
and algorithms for BN analysis.

Guest Editors:            
Prof. Luonan Chen
Osaka Sangyo University
Japan
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Prof. James Lam
The University of Hong Kong
China
E-mail:

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Prof. Zidong Wang
Brunel University
United Kingdom
E-mail:

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Important Dates:
Jan. 1,  2010          Call for Papers
June 30, 2010         Deadline for Paper Submission
Oct. 31, 2010         Completion of First Review
Feb. 28, 2011         Completion of Final Review
Sep. 30, 2011         Publication (Tentatively Vol.13, No.5)

Potential authors are strongly encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript
(in PDF format) through journal website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/asjc.

If you encounter any submission problem, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu, Editor-in-Chief:

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
E-mail:

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All submission 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 address, phone and fax numbers. The contacting author should
be clearly identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit http://www.ajc.org.tw.

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3. Conferences

3.1 Advanced Control of Electrical Machines for Automatic Applications
Contributed by:  Xiang Chen,

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Special Session on
ADVANCED CONTROL OF ELECTRICAL MACHINES FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS

Co-Chairs and Co-Organizers : 
Xiang Chen, University of Windsor (Canada)
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Mickaël Hilairet, University of Paris South 11 (France)
Email:

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Call for Papers

Applications of electric machines in automobiles have been explosively increased
in the last decade or so. These applications could be at component level like a
motor driven throttle valve or at system level such as electric motor drive based
traction system in a hybrid electric or a purely electric vehicle (HEV or EV). In
order to deliver optimized power management and control in an ‘electrified’ vehicle,
high performance mechatronic control solutions are highly desired which normally
consist of advanced (robust, adaptive, and/or intelligent) control of electrical
drives, high precision sensing, and innovative actuating. Moreover, such mechatronic
controls are also expected to deliver reliability and safety. This special session
is dedicated to advanced control of electrical machines for automotive applications.
Papers are solicited in the most recent development of advanced control of electric
drives with automotive related applications. Topics of interests include, but are not
limited to:
• Mechatronic control of electrical machines and drives (IM, PMSM, SRM, etc)
in various  transportation systems (HEV, EV,  train, ...),
• Model based advanced control of electric drives for automotive applications,
• Estimation and identification in electric drive systems,
• Noise and vibration control  in electrical machines,
• On-board fault diagnostics and fault-tolerant control in electrical machines and drives,
• FPGA and microprocessor-based control for electric machines,
• Sensorless solutions for electric drive control,
• Hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulation for electric machines and drives in
HEV/ EV applications,
• High precision sensing and actuating for electric drive systems.

- Deadlines -
Submission of abstracts:           March 1,, 2010
Notice of acceptance:              April 15, 2010
Submission of full papers:         June 15, 2010
Deadline for registration:         July 30, 2010

All the instructions for abstracts are included in the conference website  http://vppc2010.org/ :
- Special Session title, paper title, authors, affiliation(s), mailing and e-mail address(es),
- corresponding author clearly identified,
- Abstract of 100-300 words and a digest of 3-5 pages.

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3.2 IEEE Industrial Electronics Annual Conference (IECON 2010)
Contributed by: Timothy Chang,

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The 36th IEEE Industrial Electronics Annual Conference (IECON 2010) 7-10 November 2010,  Greater Phoenix, AZ

CFP
Industrial Electronics Conference (IECON) is an IEEE international conference on
industrial applications of electronics, control, robotics, signal processing,
computational and artificial intelligence, sensors and actuators, instrumentation
electronics, computer networks, internet and multimedia technologies. The objectives
of the conference are to provide high quality research and professional interactions
for the advancement of science, technology, and fellowship. Papers with new research
results are encouraged for submission. IECON’10 is being held concurrently with the
4th IEEE International Conference on E-Learning in Industrial Electronics (ICELIE’10)
and the Industry Forum. Participation in all three events just requires the IECON'10
registration fee.  These conferences will hold concurrent sessions and joint activities,
but each conference will publish its own proceedings.

Industry, research, and academia are cordially invited to participate in the wealth
of presentations, tutorials, and social activities for the advancement of science,
technology, engineering education, and fellowship. Topics of interest for these
three conferences include:

Control Systems & Applications       
Sensors, Actuators & System Integration
Power Electronics       
Electrical Machines & Drives
Signal Processing & Computational Intelligence       
Factory Automation & Industrial Informatics
Robotics & Mechatronics       
Emerging Technologies
Working Language: English is the working language of IECON, ICELIE, and the Industry
Forum. Complete works are to be submitted electronically, with file size limited to 2
MB. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the respective conference proceedings,
and included in the IEEE Xplore® online digital library and EI Compendex database. Detailed
information about manuscript submission is available at the following website:
http://iecon2010.njit.edu.

Proposals for Tutorials and Special Session: Please visit above website for detailed
instructions.
Registration: Participants can enjoy all three conferences and receive conference
proceedings for a single registration fee.
Venue: The Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa is conveniently located in the Greater
Phoenix area, about nineteen kilometers (12 miles) from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International
Airport (PHX). The Westgate City Center, Jobbing.com Arena, and the Univ. of Phoenix
Stadium are just steps away from the hotel. The Greater Phoenix area offers world class
shopping, dining, and excellent outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding,
and golfing. Tourist attractions such as the Grand Canyon, Tonto National Forest,
and the Red Rocks of Sedona are within hours of driving. The Phoenix International
Airport is known as America’s Friendliest Airport and one of the ten busiest in the
world with three terminals serving all major airlines. November weather is mild, with
average high temperature about 24ºC (75ºF) and low precipitation.

Important Dates for Authors:

Contributed papers: 26 April 2010
Tutorial proposals: 3 May 2010
Special Session proposals: 1 March 2010
Notification of acceptance: 1 July  2010
Final submissions due: 6 September 2010
Early registration closes: 6 September 2010

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3.3 ESANN 2010
Contributed by: michel Verleysen,

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ESANN 2010

18th European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks,
Comutational Intelligence and Machine Learning

Bruges (Belgium) - April 28-29-30, 2010

Preliminary program

The preliminary program of the ESANN 2010 conference is now available on the Web:
http://www.dice.ucl.ac.be/esann
For those of you who maintain WWW pages including lists of related machine
learning and artificial neural networks sites: we would appreciate if you
could add the above URL to your list; thank you very much!

For 18 years the ESANN conference has become a major event in the field
of neural computation and machine learning.  ESANN is a selective conference
focusing on fundamental aspects of artificial neural networks, machine learning,
statistical information processing and computational intelligence.  Mathematical
foundations, algorithms and tools, and applications are covered.  This year,
around 100 scientific communications will be presented, covering most areas
of the neural computation and related fields.

The program of the conference can be found at http://www.dice.ucl.ac.be/esann,
together with practical information about the conference venue, registration, etc.
Other information can be obtained by sending an e-mail to

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.

ESANN - European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks,
Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning
http://www.dice.ucl.ac.be/esann

* For submissions of papers, reviews, registrations:
Michel Verleysen
Univ. Cath. de Louvain - Machine Learning Group
3, pl. du Levant - B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve - Belgium
tel: +32 10 47 25 51 - fax: + 32 10 47 25 98

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* Conference secretariat
d-side conference services
24 av. L. Mommaerts - B-1140 Evere - Belgium
tel: + 32 2 730 06 11 - fax: + 32 2 730 06 00

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3.4 2010 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems & Applications
Contributed by: YangQuan Chen,

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LAST CALL FOR PAPERS
MESA10
2010 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems & Applications
http://www.asmemesa.org/
July 15-17, 2010, Qingdao, ShanDong, China

Important Dates
March 7, 2010   Full paper, proposal for special session, workshop and tutorial
May  4, 2010     Notification of acceptance
May 25,  2010   Camera ready paper submission

Objectives
Mechanical and electrical systems show an increasing integration of mechanics with electronics
and information processing. hThis integration is between the components (hardware) and the
information-driven functions (software), resulting in integrated systems called mechatronic
systems. The development of mechatronic systems involves finding an optimal balance between
the basic mechanical structure, sensor and actuators, automatic digital information processing
and control in which embedded systems play a key role. The field of embedded system and
mechatronics is becoming evermore challenging; issues in embedded software lie at the focus
of researchers both in industry and academia. The goal of this 6th IEEE/ASME MESA, MESA10,
is to bring together experts from the fields of mechatronic and embedded systems, disseminate
the recent advances made in the area, discuss future research directions, and exchange application
experience. The conference program is organized in a number of symposia.

Steering Committee Chair
Harry H. Cheng, University of California, Davis, USA

General Chair
YangQuan Chen, Utah State University, USA

General Co-Chairs
Dongming Guo, Dalian University of Technology, China
Tianmiao Wang, Beihang University, China

Program Chair
Primo Zingaretti, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy

Keynote Speech
Suhada Jayasuriya, National Science Foundation, USA

Award Banquet Speech
Masayoshi Tomizuka, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Plenary Speakers
Kazem Kazerounian, University of Connecticut, USA
Max Qing-Hu Meng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dongming Guo, Dalian University of Technology, China

Sponsor
IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society

Technical Co-sponsors:
ASME Division of Design Engineering
IEEE Control System Society
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chinese Association for Automation
Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society
National Natural Science Foundation of China

Paper Submission
Complete manuscripts in PDF format must be electronically submitted to the conference website http://www.asmemesa.org.
Submitted manuscripts should be six (6) pages or less in IEEE two-column format, including figures, tables, and references.
Please use the LaTeX style file or Microsoft Word template available from the conference website to prepare your manuscript.
All accepted papers will be indexed under IE index and IEEEXplore index.

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3.5 2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics- SMC 2010
Contributed by: Okyay Kaynak,

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2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics- SMC 2010
10-13 October 2010, Istanbul,TURKEY
http://www.smc2010.org

We have lined up a very distinguished set of plenary speakers for this conference as follows:

Prof. Dr.- Ing. habil. Edgar Koerner, President, Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH, Germany
Expected to talk about the latest developments regarding ASIMO.

Prof. Kewin Warwick, University of Reading, UK.
He is the author of the book, I, Cyborg, and will talk about Cyborgs.

Dr. Paul J. Werbos, Brookings Institution: Legislative Fellow, US
As you may be aware, Dr. Werbos was originally renown for his pioneering work in
Neural Networks but lately his activities are related to (http://www.werbos.com/ ):
a. Key Challenges To Basic Scientific Understanding
B. Key Broader Challenges to Humanity

Additionally there will be a number of workshops (one of them will be on Brain-
Machine Interfaces) and tutorials.

Please note that the deadline for paper submission is March 15th, 2010. We hope
that you will propose a contribution.

We hope that we will have the pleasure of seeing you in Istanbul.

SMC 2010 Organizasyon Komitesi

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4. Workshops

4.1 Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems
Contributed by:

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NecSyS’10

2nd Workshop* on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems
*(Awaiting IFAC  & CSS approval to be organized as an IFAC workshop, co-sponsored by CSS)
September 13-14, 2010
Centre de Congrès de L’Impérial Palace, Annecy, France

http://necsys2010.inrialpes.fr
Paper submission deadline: 
April 16, 2010

SCOPE

The 2nd Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems (NecSys’10)
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 the 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.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
J. Sifakis (VERIMAG, F)
F. Baccelli (INRIA, F)
K.H. Johansson (KTH, SW)
G. Vinnicombe (Cambridge, UK)
M. Morari (ETH, CH)
F. Bullo (UCSB, USA)
S. Zampieri (UNIPD, IT)
B. Hassibi (CalTech, USA)

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4.2 IFAC International Workshops ALCOSP 2010 & PSYCO 2010
Contributed by: Okyay Kaynak,

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IFAC International Workshop on the Adaptation and Learning in Control and Signal
Processing (ALCOSP 2010) and IFAC International Workshop on Periodic Control Systems
(PSYCO 2010)

that will take place in Antalya, Turkey,  during 26-28 August 2010.
www.ifacworkshops.org

A unique feature of ALCOSP 2010 and PSYCO 2010 is that they will be held concurrently
to maximize the participants' experience from technical, social and financial points
of view -- one registration fee grants access to both workshops!

Presently we have Prof. Frank Lewis (The University of Texas at Arlington, US) and
Prof. Kumpati Narendra (Yale University US) as confirmed plenary speakers and hope to
have 2 more equally notable names in the near future. The details of the workshops can
be found at the URL

www.ifacworkshops.org

If you would like to organize a special session for ALCOSP 2010 and PSYCO 2010, please
contact the Special Sessions Chair;  Prof. Fouad Giri (

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), and the
General Chair; Prof. Okyay Kaynak (

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).

We hope that you will be able to participate. Aside from being amply rewarded technically,
you will be surprised by what you can do in Antalya as well.

We hope we will have the pleasure of seeing you in Antalya.

ALCOSP 2010 & PSYCO 2010
Organization Committee

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4.3 FDA'10 - 4th IFAC Workshop 
Contributed by: YangQuan Chen,

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FRACTIONAL DIFFERENTIATION AND ITS APPLICATIONS’2010
University of Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain, October 18-20, 2010
INVITATION TO SPECIAL SESSION

“Fractional Calculus: Basic Theory and Neighbouring Fields”
dedicated to Professor emeritus Rudolf Gorenflo (FU Berlin, Germany) on the
occasion of his 80th anniversary

Dear colleagues and friends,
It is a big pleasure for us to initiate a special session “Fractional Calculus:
Basic Theory and Neighbouring Fields” dedicated to Professor emeritus Rudolf Gorenflo
on the occasion of his 80th anniversary and to invite you to participate in this
event, proposed to take place at the FDA’10 workshop,  October 18 - 20, 2010 at the
University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain.

The special session will be devoted but not restricted to topics in Fractional
Calculus related to the all-round scientific activities of Professor Rudolf
Gorenflo including e.g.: Abel type integral equations, general inverse problems,
integral transforms, ordinary and partial differential equations of fractional
order, special functions and operational methods in FC, FC models in the linear
viscoelasticity, anomalous diffusion, and other applications, and the numerical
methods in FC. Important part of this special session will be to honor Professor
Rudolf Gorenflo for his valuable contributions to Fractional Calculus and its
applications.

Some important dates, as announced generally for FDA’10:
• Deadline for submission of the draft papers: 15 April 2010
• Notification of acceptance: 6 June 2010
• Final manuscript and registration: 25 July 2010
Please indicate on your manuscript that it is devoted to the 80’th anniversary
of Professor Rudolf Gorenflo. Selected papers presented at this special session
will be considered for possible publication, after peer-reviewing, in a special
issue of "Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis" and other journals related to FDA'10.
For more information and all details concerning the FDA’10.

see its web-site: http://www.tuke.sk/fda10/.  Please do not hesitate to contact
us, via  Y. Luchko:

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, in case of any questions or suggestions.
Organizers of the Session: Yury Luchko, Virginia Kiryakova, Francesco Mainardi,
Igor Podlubny, Masahiro Yamamoto

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4.4 IFAC Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES2010)
Contributed by:

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The 10th International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES2010)
will be held on the campus of TU Berlin, August 30 - September 1, 2010.

The Workshop Series on Discrete Event Systems started in 1992. Since
then, workshops have been held every two years: in Prague
(1992), Antibes (1994), Edinburgh (1996), Cagliari (1998), Ghent (2000),
Zaragoza (2002), Reims (2004), Ann Arbor, Michigan (2006)
and Gothenborg (2008).

WODES 2010 will provide researchers from different fields (control
theoreticians and control engineers, software engineers and
computer scientists, operations research specialists) with an
opportunity to exchange information and new ideas, and to discuss
new developments in the field of DES theory and applications.

The workshop will cover all topics in discrete event theory and
applications, including (but not limited to) the following:
a) Formalisms and modelling methodologies: Petri nets, automata,
statecharts, process algebras, max-plus algebra...
b) Control of discrete-event systems with emphasis on supervisory
control and on real time control
c) Performance evaluation, diagnosis, optimisation, implementation and
scheduling
d) Discrete approaches for hybrid systems and reactive systems
e) Applications including manufacturing systems, transportation systems,
process control, distributed systems, software engineering, office
automation, telecommunication systems ...

Plenary talks will be presented by:
Rajeev Alur, University of Pennsylvania
Rene Boel, Ghent University
Paulo Tabuada, UCLA

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers and proposals for
special sessions by March 31, 2010. The Proceedings of
WODES 2010 will be hosted on-line on the IFAC-PapersOnLine website.

For more information, please visit
www.wodes2010.org

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5. Positions

5.1 PhD: INRIA Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Bernard Brogliato,

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A PhD position in the field of sliding mode control opens at INRIA
Grenoble (France). This thesis will focus on the specific issues related to the
digital implementation of sliding mode controllers, with both analytical
(stability, finite-time convergence) and numerical studies.This topic is
suitable for a master student in applied mathematics, or theoretical automatic
control (nonlinear and/or hybrid systems), both with basic knowledge in C++ and
MatLab/SciLab. Gross income: 1947,80 € per month. French speaking is not required
(INRIA offers free French lessons to foreign students during the PhD). More
informations at http://www.inria.fr/travailler/opportunites/doc.en.html
(subject no 205).

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5.2 PhD: The French Space Agency (CNES)
Contributed by: Jean-Claude Berges,

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Subject: PhD position in space relative dynamics and model predictive
control techniques, Toulouse, France

A PhD position will be available from (earliest) September 2010 at the French
space agency (CNES) in Toulouse, France. The home Laboratory will be the LAAS-CNRS
(Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes – Toulouse – MAC (Methods
and Algorithms in Control) Group: http://www.laas.fr/laas09/MAC-EN/ ). The duration
of this contract is one year, renewable twice. The candidates will be funded by the
CNES (French space agency) with a co-financing agreement with EADS/Astrium.

You can read more about the position at these links:

http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-en/7430-research-grants.php
http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-en/7441-how-to-apply.php
and about the subject description at these links:
http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-en/7432-topics-2009.php?view=item&item=2285
Subject short description :
The candidate will contribute to the development of autonomous orbital rendezvous
guidance algorithms in the general framework of the model predictive control
techniques. To provide rendezvous guidance algorithms with robustness property,
an intuitive idea frequently used in the space industry consists in the following
iterative procedure:

1. Generating a constrained maneuvers plan that leads the deputy vehicle to reach
a final relative state in fixed time from its current state at the time t0.
2. Performing the first maneuver of the plan at the time t1 > t0.
3. Estimating the new current relative state at the time t2 > t1 (e.g. just after
performing the first maneuver).
4. From this new state, generating a new plan of maneuvers to reach the target,
and return to Step 2.

Although this heuristic method looks like a closed loop strategy, it is not based
upon a formal and rigorous analysis that solely ensures stability and robustness
with respect to uncertainties and allows performances quantification.

To cope with these issues, we intend to tackle the guidance problem in the general
framework of the model predictive control (MPC) techniques. Albeit these methods
take up the reasoning described above – e.g. optimizing control actuation under
constraints on a receding horizon – they are mainly designed to take advantage
from the feedback pieces of information about the gap between nominal and actual
positions and also from the control sequence itself so that it becomes possible
to online adapt the control law, soften the constraints or even evolve the model
used in the algorithm. It is noteworthy that the feedback concept used in this
framework is set upon a specific control structure, adaptive or not, for which
the cost function – which quantifies the rendezvous accuracy – will be an influent
factor on the stability of the whole system. The prospective nature of this way
of investigation consists in replacing the previous heuristics by a formal approach
that sets the stability, ensures robustness against uncertainty and provides good
online performances.

Requirements:
For thesis contracts, university candidates or graduates of a Grande Ecole or
engineering school must hold a Master 2 degree awarded by a university, or a suitable
degree enabling them to enrol for their thesis at the relevant doctoral school. To
this subject, knowledge on space relative dynamics and control techniques will also
be appreciated.

Application:

The application deadline is 31th of March 2010 . The successful candidates might be
selected for an interview process in spring and have to be available for a start between
September and December 2010. Further enquiries should also be directed to these email
address:

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,

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BERGES Jean-Claude
CNES
DCT/SB/MO
18 avenue Edouard Belin
31401 Toulouse Cedex 9, France

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5.3 Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Contributed by: Lihua Xie,

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A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the area of control of hard
disk systems. The objective of the research is to (1) Study the effects of plant
properties such as minimum phase (MP), in-phase (IP) and positive realness (PR)
on servo performance (e.g. servo bandwidth, vibration attenuation);
(2) Investigate mechanical structure in relation to required plant properties for
high servo performance; (3) Develop effective control methodologies for disturbance
rejection, particularly for high frequency disturbances; (4) Develop an integrative
approach to joint mechanical structure and control design for optimal performance.

Expertise or aptitude in dynamic modeling and control is essential. Some background
in measurement and signal processing and experience in high performance positioning
systems are desired. The candidates are expected to have a strong interest in advanced
control system design for hard disk drives.

Send applications (cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, a pdf
file of your best relevant paper) to Professor Lihua Xie via email (

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),
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University,
Singapore 639798. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled,
but priority will be given to early submissions.

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5.4 Post-Doc: University of California, Santa Barbara
Contributed by: Frank Doyle,

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS

i) Systems Biology/Circadian Rhythms
ii) Biomedical Engineering/Diabetes

Departments of Chemical Engineering  and  Biomolecular Science & Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

There are two project openings, to be filled immediately, in the following areas:

i) Systems Biology of Coupled Oscillations in Circadian Rhythm Generation
(ARO and NIH funded) The proposed research will yield an improved understanding
of the organizational principles of coupled biological oscillators and provide
insights into circadian disorders that adversely affect human sleep, physiology
and cognitive functioning.  The assembled research team is comprised of an
experimental biologist with expertise in the intracellular and intercellular
processes responsible for mammalian circadian rhythm generation and synchronization,
chemical engineers with expertise in developing and analyzing mathematical
models of gene regulatory and signal transduction networks and of large systems
of coupled biological oscillators, a numerical analyst with expertise in
deterministic and stochastic simulation and the development of professional
grade simulation codes, and an applied mathematician with expertise in large
interacting systems and nonlinear stochastic partial differential equations.

ii) Control Algorithm Design for an Artificial Pancreas (NIH and JDRF funded)

This project seeks to combine continuous glucose sensing with automated
insulin delivery in a closed-loop system in order to achieve glucose normalization
in subjects with type 1 diabetes. The end result of this line of research will
be an artificial pancreas that will provide around-the-clock glucose regulation
through electronically-controlled short- and long-term insulin delivery in response
to detected patterns of change in glucose levels. Algorithm design and mathematical
modeling are aims for the engineering component of the project. The project
involves collaborations with medical doctors who will conduct the clinical trials.

Candidates for either position should have a Ph.D. Degree in Chemical Engineering,
Bioengineering, or related disciplines with experience or extensive exposure to
mathematical modeling, systems biology, control and dynamics. Strong oral and written
communication skills are a requisite.

UCSB offers competitive salary and benefits. Applicants should send a CV, a statement
of their professional interests (not longer than 1 page) and the names, e-mail
addresses of at least three technical references to:

Professor Francis J. Doyle III
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

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Submission of application material by e-mail is strongly encouraged.

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5.5 Post-Doc: University of Waterloo
Contributed by: Brian Ingalls,

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Postdoctoral Position: Mathematical Systems Biology

Application are invited for a postdoctoral position to work with Brian Ingalls
of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, starting
Fall 2010.  Potential projects involve modelling and analysis of biochemical and
genetic networks, with a particular interest in understanding the role of feedback
and regulation.  Interested applicants should send a CV, a short statement of
research interests, and contact information for three references to

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5.6 Faculty Position: The LUMS School of Science & Engineering
Contributed by:

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Faculty Openings in Electrical Engineering

The LUMS School of Science & Engineering (http://sse.lums.edu.pk), Pakistan invites
applications for tenure-track faculty positions at the ranks of Assistant, Associate
or Full Professor in the following broadly defined areas of Electrical Engineering:

1 Electronics and Embedded Systems
2 Devices, Optics and Electromagnetics
3 Communications, Signals and Systems
4 Energy Systems and Modern Power Engineering

Applicants should have earned a doctoral degree from a top-tier university in
Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline. All applicants must have
a strong commitment to research and teaching. Salaries are among the best in
Pakistan and are determined according to the successful applicant’s accomplishments,
experience and qualifications. SSE prizes engineering research of high scholarly
value that also stimulates local, regional and global industry.

In all disciplines, LUMS is ranked among Pakistan’s best institutions of higher
education. Its SSE, launched in 2008, will prepare engineers and scientists of the
future emphasizing the concept of “no boundaries” between six areas of teaching
and research: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics,
Biology, and Chemistry. The research-oriented environment will encourage students
to continue for PhDs with SSE’s world class faculty.

The School plans to build a faculty of 90, with a target student-faculty ratio
of less than 10:1 in steady state. Each year it admits 200 of Pakistan’s most
promising high-school graduates following a rigorous, highly competitive process,
and ensures a diverse student body with generous need-based financial aid. After
studying a strong undergraduate core curriculum based on science and mathematics,
students choose their majors at the end of their first year.  Electrical Engineering
is the most heavily subscribed major in the school. Instructional and research labs
are being developed in the newly constructed 300,000 square foot SSE complex, and
SSE curriculum reflects a contemporary breadth and interdisciplinary flavor.

Lahore is one of the subcontinent’s historic cities, with a strong cultural and
intellectual life. Many faculty members choose to live on the LUMS campus, which
is considered one of the Pakistan’s most attractive and secure.

Interested candidates should email their curriculum vitae, a statement of research
and teaching interests, and the name of at least three references to the Faculty
Search Committee at

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5.7 Faculty Position: University of Sheffield
Contributed by: Visakan Kadirkamanathan,

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The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield are currently
seeking applications for 5 unique prized Lectureship positions.  These academic
posts are open to outstanding individuals in any area of Engineering, Materials
or Computer Science for appointment at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Readership level.

For further information please see:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/jobs
Closing date:  Friday 5th March

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5.8 Facutly Position: Université libre de Bruxelles
Contributed by: Michel Kinnaert,

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Faculty position in Control Engineering at “Université libre de Bruxelles”
(Brussels, Belgium) - Faculty of Applied Sciences/ Ecole polytechnique

Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) invites applications for a faculty position in
control engineering, including control theory and applications, mathematical modelling
of dynamical systems and system identification.  The applicant should have a doctoral
degree, a postdoctoral experience and a list of publications in recognized scientific
journals and conferences. A teaching experience, as well as an experience in the
preparation and management of research projects, are considered as advantages. The
successful applicant is expected to develop an independent and internationally
recognized research programme, and to collaborate with other research groups within
ULB, the other Belgian Universities and international academic institutions.  The
applicant should be able to teach in English, and also in French, possibly after a
transition period of one or two years.

The successful applicant will initially be hired on a fixed term contract for a
maximum duration of 5 years.  If he/she has performed satisfactorily during this
initial period, he/she will then obtain the tenure.

The « Ecole Polyechnique » of Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is located in the
Solbosch Campus of ULB, in the South of Brussels.  It has close ties with other
major Engineering Faculties in Europe, notably through the TIME network.  With
more than 21000 students, 29% of whom come from abroad, ULB is intrinsically an
international institution open to both Europe and to the whole world.

How to apply can be found on the web site of “Université libre de Bruxelles”:
http://www.ulb.ac.be/ulb/vacances/academiques/index-12.html (reference 2009/051).
The closing date for the applications is March 31, 2010.  The appointment will
start in October 2010.

Interested applicants can obtain further details from Professor Michel Kinnaert   
Email:

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5.9 Faculty Position: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
Contributed by: Xiang Qiu,

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Faculty Position: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Xiang Qiu
The College of Information Engineering
Zhejiang University of Technology
HangZhou, China ,  310023

Additional questions about the position, the discipline, the treatment or further
information regarding the application process may be addressed to Mr. Xiang Qiu
via e-mail at

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    or     please call  +86-13867469319

Additional information about the ZJUT:

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

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

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5.10 Senior Researech Fellow: Data Storage Institute
Contributed by:

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Senior Researech Fellow: Data Storage Institute

You will be engaged in research on aircraft structural health monitoring and
diagnosis using active sensor networks. You will also work on algorithm
verification on test beds to achieve intelligent structural health monitoring
and diagnosis.

Requirements:
• A PhD in Mechanical/Electrical/Control Engineering; Information Technology/Computer Science
• Experience, skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Sensor networks
- Data mining/pattern recognition
- Structural Health Monitoring
- Discrete-event systems
- Artificial Intelligence
- Basic Fracture Mechanics
• An excellent research publication track record in high-quality journals and conferences
• Ability to communicate in good spoken and written English
• Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a team of experts with varied technical backgrounds

Interested applicants, kindly submit an online application at:
http://sg.dimension.jobsdb.com/career/Default.asp?PID=3&AC=ASTAR&EC=001&GC=&JobID=3562&LID=1&SP=1&SGB17847231626510

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