March 2011

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 270
March 2011

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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Contents

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

2. Books
2.1 Steady Aircraft Flight and Performance
2.2 Swarm Stability and Optimization
2.3 Optimal Control for Nonlinear Parabolic Distributed Parameter Systems
2.4 Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications

3. Journals
3.1 Contents: European Journal of Control
3.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
3.3 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
3.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
3.5 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
3.6 CFP: IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics

4. Conferences
4.1 IEEE International Joint Conferences: CIS and RAM 2011
4.2 IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation
4.3 Australian Control Conference 2011
4.4 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS)
4.5 IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems
4.6 ICUMT 2011
4.7 Joint Conference: ASME DSC and Bath/ASME FPCD

5.  Workshops and Summer Schools
5.1 HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems
5.2 LCCC Focus Period on Dynamics, Control and Pricing in Power Systems
5.3 International Workshop on Wireless Networked Control Systems

6.  Positions
6.1 PhD: Université de Liège
6.2 PhD: Delft Univ. of Technology, The Netherlands
6.3 PhD: Ryerson University, Toronto
6.4 PhD: INRIA
6.5 PhD: The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis
6.6 PhD: University of Alberta, Edmonton
6.7 PhD: Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
6.8 Post-Doc: INRIA
6.9 Post-Doc: Univeristy of Toronto, Canada
6.10 Post-Doc: The Royal Institute of Technology
6.11 Faculty: Texas Tech University
6.12 Faculty: Ilmenau University of Technology
6.13 Faculty: Université de Liège, Belgium
6.14 Faculty: Grenoble Institute of Technology
6.15 Faculty: Grenoble Institute of Technology
6.16 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China
6.17 Faculty: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
6.18 Faculty: Univeristy of Oklahoma
6.19 Faculty: Université de Liège, Belgium
6.20 Faculty: Texas Tech University
6.21 Researcher: Australian National University
6.22 Researcher: university of Melbourne

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference
Contributed by: Laura Menini & Luca Zaccarian (Publicity Co-Chairs), menini@disp.uniroma2.it

50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference
December 12-15, 2011
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel, Orlando, FL, USA
http://control.disp.uniroma2.it/cdcecc2011/

* Deadline for submissions extended to March 15, 2011 *

The 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) and European Control Conference
(ECC) will be held Monday through Thursday, December 12-15, 2011 at the Hilton Orlando
Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida. The conference will be preceded by technical workshops
on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

This conference IS SPECIAL: CDC will celebrate its 50th anniversary and CDC and ECC will
be held as a joint conference for the second time. Our successes in the last 50 years
testify to the maturity of decision and control as a broad and interdisciplinary discipline.
There will be special social events in the evenings, with a whole four days of technical
presentations of contributed papers and invited sessions, and an unusually large number
of plenary and semi-plenary sessions with distinguished researchers.

All papers and session proposals must be submitted through the conference submission website
http://css.paperplaza.net
and must conform to the policy found at the conference web page requiring, in particular,
that all submissions must be written in English.

IMPORTANT DATES (2011):
Submissions site opens: January 5
Deadline for invited session proposals: March 15
Deadline for contributed and invited papers: March 15
Notification of acceptance/rejection: July
Final submission and on-line registration site opens: August 3
Deadline for final submissions: September 7

More details can be obtained from the conference website:
http://control.disp.uniroma2.it/cdcecc2011/

General Chair: Edwin K.P. Chong
Program Chair: Marios M. Polycarpou
CSS General Vice-Chair: Jay A. Farrell
EUCA General Vice-Chair: Eduardo F. Camacho

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

Table of Contents
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume 56 (2011), Issue 2 (February)

Papers

On Normal Forms of Nonlinear Systems Affine in Control
X. Liu and Z. Lin, page 239

N-Skart: A Nonsequential Skewness- and Autoregression-Adjusted Batch-Means
Procedure for Simulation Analysis
A. Tafazzoli, N. M. Steiger, and J. R. Wilson, page 254

Iterative Encoder-Controller Design for Feedback Control over Noisy Channels
L. Bao, M. Skoglund, and K. H. Johansson, page 265

Distributed Consensus with Limited Communication Data Rate
T. Li, M. Fu, L. Xie, and J.-F. Zhang, page 279

On Lossless Approximations, the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem, and Limitations
of Measurements
H. Sandberg, J-C. Delvenne, and J. C. Doyle, page 293

Coherent H-infinity Control for a Class of Annihilation Operator Linear Quantum Systems
A. I. Maalouf and I. R. Petersen, page 309

On the Convergence of Linear Switched Systems
U. Serres, J.-C. Vivalda, and P. Riedinger, page 320

On State Aggregation to Approximate Complex Value Functions in Large-Scale Markov
Decision Processes
Q-S. Jia page, 333

Ensemble Control of Finite-Dimensional Time-Varying Linear Systems
J-S. Li page, 345

Global Inverse Optimal Control with Guaranteed Convergence Rates of Input Affine
Nonlinear Systems
N. Nakamura, H. Nakamura, H. Nishitani, page 358

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Input-to-State Stability of Packetized Predictive Control Over Unreliable Networks
Affected by Packet-Dropouts
D. E. Quevedo and D. Nesic ,page 370

Kalman Filtering With Intermittent Observations: Convergence for Semi-Markov Chains
and an Intrinsic Performance Measure
A. Censi page, 376

Robust Stability and Stabilization of Linear Switched Systems with Dwell Time
L. Allerhand and U. Shaked, page 381

On the Convergence Time of Asynchronous Distributed Quantized Averaging Algorithms
M. Zhu and S. Martinez, page 386

Regulator Synthesis for Bimodal Linear Systems
Z. Wu and F. Ben Amara, page 390

Controllability for a Class of Linear Time-Varying Impulsive Systems With Time
Delay in Control Input
Y. Liu and S. Zhao, page 395

A Filtered Repetitive Controller for a Class of Nonlinear Systems
Q. Quan and K-Y. Cai, page 399

A Distributed Algorithm for Proportional Task Allocation in Networks of Mobile Agents
H. Sayyaadi and M. Moarref, page 405

Stability Analysis for Linear Systems with Singular Second-Order Vector Differential
Equations
S-L. Tung, Y-T. Juang, and W-Y. Huang, page 410

Approximate Moment Dynamics for Chemically Reacting Systems
A. Singh and J. P. Hespanha, page 414

Global Finite-Time Observers for Lipschitz Nonlinear Systems
Y. Shen, Y. Huang, and J. Gu, page 418

Stability of Singular Stochastic Systems With Markovian Switching
L. Huang and X. Mao, page 424

A General Alignment Repulsion Algorithm for Flocking of Multi-Agent Systems
H-T. Zhang, C. Zhai, and Z. Chen, page 430

Observability Forms for Switched Systems With Zeno Phenomenon or High Switching
Frequency
L. Yu, J.-P. Barbot, D. Boutat, and D. Benmerzouk, page 436

Krylov Subspace Methods for Linear Infinite-Dimensional Systems
C. Harkort and J. Deutscher, page 441

Zeno Stability of the Set-Valued Bouncing Ball
Y. Or and A. R. Teel, page 447

Square Root Modified Bryson-Frazier Smoother
R. G. Gibbs, page 452

An Almost Global Tracking Control Scheme for Maneuverable Autonomous Vehicles
and its Discretization
A. Sanyal, N. Nordkvist, M. Chyba, page 457

From Extremal Trajectories to Token Deaths in P-time Event Graphs
P. Declerck, page 463

Advanced Clustering with Frequency Sweeping Methodology for the Stability Analysis
of Multiple Time-Delay Systems
R. Sipahi and I. I. Delice, page 467

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2. Books

2.1 Steady Aircraft Flight and Performance
Contributed by:  Princeton University Press, text_assistant@press.princeton.edu

New from Princeton
Steady Aircraft Flight and Performance
by N. Harris McClamroch
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9497.html

* Offers the best introduction to steady aircraft flight and
performance
* Provides a comprehensive treatment of the full range of steady
flight conditions
* Covers steady flight performance and flight envelopes, including
maximum and minimum air speed, maximum climb rate, minimum turn radius,
and flight ceiling
* Uses mathematics and engineering to explain aircraft flight
* Features case studies of actual aircraft, illustrated using MATLAB
* Seamlessly bridges steady flight and translational flight dynamics

"Steady Aircraft Flight and Performance is very well written, and it
contains many useful figures and illustrations. The level of
presentation is readily accessible to its intended
audience--undergraduate students in aerospace engineering--and the
numerous examples and problems help solidify the concepts presented in
the book. MATLAB code is included for many problems, facilitating the
transition from concepts to computation."--Robert F. Stengel, Princeton
University

"This book is right on the mark. McClamroch's theoretical developments
are, as usual, very rigorous and detailed."--Eric Feron, Georgia
Institute of Technology

N. Harris McClamroch is professor of aerospace engineering at the
University of Michigan. He has been an educator and researcher in flight
dynamics and control for more than forty years.

Cloth $65.00
978-0-691-14719-2
416 pp. 7 x 10. 70 line illus. 23 halftones. 2011

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

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

More information is available at:

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

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2.3 Optimal Control for Nonlinear Parabolic Distributed Parameter Systems
Contributed by: Quan-Fang Wang, quanfangwang@hotmail.com

New Book: Optimal Control for Nonlinear Parabolic Distributed Parameter Systems
Author: Quan-Fang Wang

In this work, we have studied the quadratic cost optimal control problems and
their numerical analysis of nonlinear parabolic distributed parameter systems.
After established the fundamental existence and uniqueness results, we have
developed the nonlinear optimal control theory for the equations having uniform
Lipschitz continuous nonlinearity. Then we have applied the theoretical results
to practical nonlinear parabolic partial differential equations including reaction-
diffusion equations, diffusion Hopfield neural network equations. Furthermore,
numerical evidences for these issues have also been solved by using variational
method and finite element approach.

* Hardcover: 108 pages
* Publisher: LAMBERT Academic Publishing, (Feb. 1, 2011)
* ISBN: 978-3-8443-0396-4
* ISBN-10: 3844303960
* EAN: 9783844303964
* https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/optimal-control-for-nonlinear-parabolic-distributed-parameter-systems/isbn/978-3-8443-0396-4
* http://www.amazon.com/Optimal-Nonlinear-Parabolic-Distributed-Parameter/dp/3844303960/

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2.4 Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications
Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernández, ccruz@cicese.mx

Stability, Oscillations and Optimization of Systems: Volume 4,
432+xxii pp., 2010 ISBN 978-1-904868-57-6 ?55

C. Cruz-Hernández (Ed.)
Department of Electronics and Telecommunications,
Scientific Research and Advanced Studies Center of Ensenada (CICESE), Ensenada,
México.

A.A. Martynyuk (Ed.)
Institute of Mechanics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

This volume presents the latest investigations in chaotic dynamics and its
interrelated problems in diverse disciplines, from theoretical and practical
viewpoints, incorporating the main engineering applications. The volume provides
new trends for future promising researches in chaotic dynamics and its applications.
Some issues covered in the volume include:

-chaotic characterization: chaos in hybrid systems, entropy and chaos of star maps
-chaos theory: strange attractors, analysis of transitions to chaotic vibrations
in mechanical systems, coupled mechanical and electrical fields in piezoceramic media
-chaos control: inverted pendulum, bouncing ball, and convective loop systems
-chaos synchronization: continuous and discrete-time systems through filtering,
model-matching, Hamiltonian forms, and observer design
-chaos and complexity: studies on oscillations of a star in the field of a galaxy
-calculation of Lyapunov exponents from time series observations of chaotic
time varying systems
-applications: chaotic encryption and secure chaotic communication

The Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications may be useful for graduate
students and researchers in applied mathematics and physics, control, nonlinear
science, and engineering.

CONTENTS
Preface to the series • Preface • Contributors • An Overview • Chaotic Dynamics
characterization • Chaos theory • Chaos control • Chaos synchronization • Chaos
and complexity • Engineering applications • Index

Please send order form to:
Cambridge Scientific Publishers
PO Box 806, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8RT Telephone: +44 (0) 1954 251283
Fax: +44 (0) 1954 252517 Email: janie.wardle@cambridgescientificpublishers.com
Or buy direct from our secure website: www.cambridgescientificpublishers.com

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3.  Journals

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

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 17, Issue n.1, 2011

SPECIAL SECTION ON NONSMOOTH ANALYSIS, CONTROL AND OPTIMIZATION

Guest Editorial
Maria do Rosario de Pinho, Fernando A.C.C. Fontes, Delfim F.M. Torres

The Second Euler-Lagrange Equation of Variational Calculus on Time Scales
Zbigniew Bartosiewicz, Natalia Martins, and Delfim F.M. Torres

Optimal Control of Servo Actuators with Flexible Load and Coulombic Friction
Bahne Christiansen, Helmut Maurer, Oliver Zirn

Optimal control with random parameters: a multiscale approach
Martino Bardi and Annalisa Cesaroni

Pontryagin Maximum Principle revisited with Feedbacks
Zvi Artstein

Some applications of Hamilton-Jacobi inequalities for classical and impulsive
optimal control problems
Vladimir Dykhta and Olga Samsonyuk

REGULAR PAPERS

Semistability and Robustness Analysis for Switched Systems
Qing Hui

A Reinforcement Learning Approach to Call Admission and Call Dropping Control
in Links with Variable Capacity
Antonio Pietrabissa

Modeling and Identification of a Nuclear Reactor with Temperature Effects
and Xenon Poisoning
Attila Gábor, Csaba Fazekas, Gábor Szederkényi, Katalin M. Hangos

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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 19
Issue 3
Special Section: IFAC World Congress Application Paper Prize Papers
March 2011

Editorial Board, Issue 3, Special Section: IFAC World Congress Application Paper
Prize Papers, March 2011, Page IFC

Francisco G. Rossomando, Carlos Soria, Ricardo Carelli, Autonomous mobile robots
navigation using RBF neural compensator, Issue 3, Special Section: IFAC World
Congress Application Paper Prize Papers, March 2011, Pages 215-222

Fabio Caponetti, Morten Rufus Blas, Mogens Blanke, Stochastic automata for outdoor
semantic mapping using optimised signal quantisation, Issue 3, Special Section:
IFAC World Congress Application Paper Prize Papers, March 2011, Pages 223-233

Byungyong You, Minsung Kim, Dukman Lee, Jookang Lee, J.S. Lee, Iterative learning
control of molten steel level in a continuous casting process, Issue 3, Special
Section: IFAC World Congress Application Paper Prize Papers, March 2011, Pages 234-242

Giuseppe Fusco, Mario Russo, Nonlinear control design for excitation controller and
power system stabilizer, Issue 3, Special Section: IFAC World Congress Application
Paper Prize Papers, March 2011, Pages 243-251

C. Poussot-Vassal, O. Sename, L. Dugard, P. Gaspar, Z. Szabo, J. Bokor, Attitude and
handling improvements through gain-scheduled suspensions and brakes control, Issue 3,
Special Section: IFAC World Congress Application Paper Prize Papers, March 2011, Pages
252-263

Tianyou Chai, Jinliang Ding, Fenghua Wu, Hybrid intelligent control for optimal operation
of shaft furnace roasting process, Issue 3, Special Section: IFAC World Congress Application
Paper Prize Papers, March 2011, Pages 264-275

Tomohiko Jimbo, Yoshikazu Hayakawa, A physical model for engine control design via role
state variables, Issue 3, Special Section: IFAC World Congress Application Paper Prize
Papers, March 2011, Pages 276-286

Philippe Moulin, Jonathan Chauvin, Modeling and control of the air system of a turbocharged
gasoline engine, Issue 3, Special Section: IFAC World Congress Application Paper Prize
Papers, March 2011, Pages 287-297

Martin Kozek, Christian Benatzky, Alexander Schirrer, Anton Stribersky, Vibration damping
of a flexible car body structure using piezo-stack actuators, Issue 3, Special Section:
IFAC World Congress Application Paper Prize Papers, March 2011, Pages 298-310

Su Ki Ooi, Erik Weyer, Detection of oscillations in control loops in irrigation channels,
Issue 3, Special Section: IFAC World Congress Application Paper Prize Papers, March 2011,
Pages 311-319

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3.3 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Contributed by:  ccruz@cicese.mx

Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Volume 11, Number 1, 2011
ISSN 1562-8353
http://www.sciencearea.com.ua; http://www.e-ndst.kiev.ua

Abstracted/indexed by Zentralblatt MATH, Mathematical Reviews, PASCAL Database
(INIST-CNRS) and SCOPUS

CONTENTS
PERSONAGE IN SCIENCE,
Academician A.A. Martynyuk,
J.H. Dshalalow, N.A. Izobov and S.N. Vassilyev, p. 1

Stability in the Models of Real World Phenomena,
A.A. Martunyuk, p. 7

Stability of Hybrid Mechanical Systems with Switching Linear Force\\ Fields,
A.Yu. Aleksandrov, Y. Chen, A.A. Kosov and L. Zhang, p. 53

Existence and Uniqueness of Solutions of Strongly Damped Wave Equations with
Integral Boundary Conditions,
J. Dabas and D. Bahuguna, p. 65

Mean Square Stability of Ito--Volterra Dynamic Equation,
S. Sanyal, p. 85

An Oscillation Criteria for Second-order Linear Differential Equations,
J. Tyagi, p. 93

Internal Multiple Models Control Based on Robust Clustering Algorithm,
A. Zribi, M. Chtourou and M. Djemel, p. 99

For information and subscription,
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. A.A. Martynyuk, e-mail: anmart@stability.kiev.ua

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3.5 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Contributed by:  Brian Fauth, fauth@siam.org

Journal: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Volume: 49, Issue 1
http://link.aip.org/link/sjcodc/v49/i1?type=ALERT

Internal Stabilization by Noise of the NavierStokes Equation Viorel Barbu and
Giuseppe Da Prato pp. 1-20

Estimates for Trajectories Confined to a Cone in $\mathbb{R}^n$ Piernicola Bettiol,
Alberto Bressan, and Richard B. Vinter pp. 21-41

Admissible Strategies in Semimartingale Portfolio Selection Sara Biagini and
Ales Cerny pp. 42-72

Blowup Time Optimal Control for Ordinary Differential Equations Ping Lin and
Gengsheng Wang pp. 73-105

State Observers with Random Sampling Times and Convergence Analysis of Double-
Indexed and Randomly Weighted Sums of Mixing Processes Le Van Thanh, G. George
Yin, and Le Yi Wang pp. 106-124

Backward Stochastic Difference Equations and Nearly Time-Consistent Nonlinear
Expectations Samuel N. Cohen and Robert J. Elliott pp. 125-139

Strong Local Optimality for a Bang-Bang Trajectory in a Mayer Problem Laura
Poggiolini and Marco Spadini pp. 140-161

Reachability of a Class of Discrete-Time Positive Switched Systems Ettore Fornasini
and Maria Elena Valcher pp. 162-184

Nonlinear BlackScholes Equations in Finance: Associated Control Problems and
Properties of Solutions Rudiger Frey and Ulrike Polte pp. 185-204

Stability of Linear VolterraStieltjes Differential Equations Pham Huu Anh Ngoc
pp. 205-226

Consensus in Networks of Multiagents with Switching Topologies Modeled as Adapted
Stochastic Processes Bo Liu, Wenlian Lu, and Tianping Chen pp. 227-253

Optimal Mixed Impulse-Equity Insurance Control Problem With Reinsurance Hui Meng
and Tak Kuen Siu pp. 254-279

On Weak Convergence of the DouglasRachford Method B. F. Svaiter pp. 280-287

Optimal Robust Stabilization and Dissipativity Synthesis by Behavioral Interconnection
H. L. Trentelman, Shaik Fiaz, and K. Takaba pp. 288-314

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3.6 CFP: IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics
Contributed by:  lixianzhang@hit.edu.cn

Call for Papers: Special Section on “Advances in Theories and Industrial Applications
of Networked Control Systems”(http://tii.ieee-ies.org/ss/SS_NCS.pdf)

The Theme: Networked control systems are presently commonly seen in a variety of
industrial processes, such as telerobotics, smart grids, intelligent transportation
systems, and even in medical, military and aerospace applications. Characterized
by the components of a control system being spatially distributed and connected
by networks, they offer great advantages, such as low cost, reduced weight and
power requirements, simple installation and maintenance, and high reliability.
However, the common shortcomings of the communication networks, such as transmission
delays, packets drops and disorder, and data quantization are also unavoidably
experienced in the loops of the networked system and a number of extensive studies
have appeared in the literature to alleviate these network-induced problems. However,
more challenging problems such as network-based nonlinear control, remote sensing,
multi-agent control warrant further in-depth investigations to enable wider and
more succe ssful applications.

The objective of this Special Section is to present the advances in the field of
networked control systems to the Industrial Informatics audience. Both theoretical
and application-oriented papers are sought for, addressing the issues of network-
based control, sensing, multi-agent control systems, etc. Topics of interest include,
but are not limited to:

Modeling of network communication channels
Multi-objective control with limited network communication capacity
Network-based nonlinear control systems
Remote sensing with networked media
Fault detection and fault tolerant control in network environment
Distributed sensor networks
Cooperation control and networked multi-agent systems
Network congestion control
Simulation tools for networked control systems
Industrial applications: industrial processes, transportation, telerobotics, smart grids, etc.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

Follow the guidelines in “Information for Authors” in the IEEE Transaction on Industrial
Informatics http://tii.ieee-ies.org/

Please submit your manuscript in electronic form through Manuscript Central web site:
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tii. On the submitting page #1 in popup menu of manuscript
type, select: SS on Networked Control Systems

Submissions to this Special Section must represent original material that has been
neither submitted to, nor published in, any other journal. Extended versions of papers
previously published in conference proceedings may be eligible for consideration if
conditions listed in http://tii.ieee-ies.org/o/PC.pdf are fulfilled. Before submitting
manuscript check the review criteria (http://tii.ieee-ies.org/o/RC.pdf) and other
information (http://tii.ieee-ies.org/o/DI.pdf)

Note: The recommended papers for the section are subject to final approval by the Editor-
in-Chief. Some papers may be published outside the special section, at the EIC discretion.

Timetable:
Deadline for manuscript submissions June 30, 2011
Expected publication date (tentative) July 2012

Guest Editors:
Lixian Zhang, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, tel: +86-0451-85957668,
Fax: +86-0451-85957668, lixianzhang@hit.edu.cn

Huijun Gao, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, tel: +86-0451-86402350,
Fax: +86-451-86402351, hjgao@hit.edu.cn

Frank L. Lewis, The University of Texas at Arlington, Ft. Worth, Texas, USA,
tel: +1-817-272-5972, Fax: +1-817-272-5952, lewis@uta.edu

Okyay Kaynak (Corresponding Guest Editor), Bogazici University, Bebek, Istanbul, Turkey,
tel: +90-212-287 2475, Fax: +90-212-287 2465, okyay.kaynak@boun.edu.tr

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4. Conferences

4.1 IEEE International Joint Conferences: CIS and RAM 2011
Contributed by:  elewling@nus.edu.sg

Call for Papers

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems (CIS 2011)

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM 2011)

September 17-19, 2011, Qingdao, China
http://www.cis-ram.org/

Important dates:
Invited session proposals due: March 15, 2011
Paper submission deadline: March 15, 2011

Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Robotics and Automation in Unstructured Environment, Personal and Service Robotics, Underwater
Robotics, Medical Robots and Systems, Social Robotics, Robotics and Automation Applications,
Sensor Design, Integration, and Fusion, Computer and Robot Vision, Human-Robot Interfaces, Haptics,
Tele-operation and Tele-robotics, Network Robotics, Micro/Nano, Distributed, Cellular, and Multi-
robot Systems, Biologically-Inspired Robots and Systems, Sensor Based Robotics, Intelligent
Transportation Systems, Modeling, Planning and Control, Kinematics, Mechanics, and Mechanism
Design, Legged Robots, Wheeled Mobile Robots, Dynamics, Motion Control, Force/Impedance Control,
Architecture and Programming, Methodologies for Robotics and Automation, Discrete Event Dynamic
Systems, Petri Nets, Virtual Reality, Manufacturing System Architecture, Design, and Performance
Evaluation, Computer Aided Production Planning, Scheduling and Control, Total Quality Management,
Maintenance and Diagnostics, et c.

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

CIS 2011 paper submission website is now open and can be accessed through
http://www.cis-ram.org/2011/onl-pap.html

Potential organizers are invited to enlist six or more papers with cohesive topics to form invited
sessions. Please contact our invited sessions chairs listed on the conference website or program
chairs for more details if you would like to organize invited sessions.

A social function tour to Qingdao Beer factory will be organized during the conference. Details
will be released later.

We look forward to seeing you in Qingdao, China!

General Chairs
Shuzhi Sam Ge, NUS Singapore/UESTC China
Tiezhu Zhang, Qingdao Univ., China

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4.2 IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation
Contributed by: ieee-icca2011@ntu.edu.sg

The 9th IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation
December 19-21, 2011, Santiago, Chile
http://uav.ece.nus.edu.sg/~icca11/

Important dates:
Invited session proposals due: April 15, 2011
Paper submission deadline: April 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2011

The 9th IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation (IEEE ICCA’11)
will be held from December 19 to 21, 2011, in Santiago, Chile. Santiago is the
capital of Chile. It was founded by Pedro de Vadivia on February 12th in 1541 in
the Río Mapocho Valley at the foothills of the Santa Lucia hill. It is located in
the Central Valley, between the Cordillera de la Costa and Cordillera de los Andes.
The climate of this area is Mediterranean and warm. The most important wineries
in the country are located in the valleys surrounding Santiago, a few kilometers
away from the city. Its proximity to the Andes lets visitors enjoy winter sports
in Valle Nevado, Portillo and Farellones ski resorts. Its proximity to the Pacific
Ocean allows also visiting the colorful Valparaiso and the nice beaches of Viña
del Mar.

ICCA’11 aims to create a forum for scientists and practicing engineers throughout
the world to present the latest research findings and ideas in the areas of control
and automation. The conference will feature plenary lectures given by world renowned
scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and some special sessions focusing
on popular topics. The conference welcomes paper submissions from researchers,
practitioners, and students in but not limited to the following areas:

Modeling of Complex Systems, Linear Systems, Robust and H? Control, Nonlinear Systems
and Control, Fuzzy and Neural Systems, Estimation and Identification, Fault Detection,
Process Control & Instrumentation, Motion Control, Flexible Manufacturing Systems,
Integrated Manufacturing, Factory Modeling and Automation, Petri-Nets and Applications,
Micro and Nano Systems, Sensor networks, networked control, Optimal Control, Discrete
Event Systems, Adaptive Control, Learning Systems, Intelligent and AI Based Control,
Real-time Systems, Sensor/data fusion, Robotics, Automated Guided Vehicles, Control
Education, Control Applications, Process Automation, Man-machine Interactions, Smart
Structures, Multi-agent systems

Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers (6 pages normally and
8 pages maximum) by the submission deadline through the online submission system. All
papers accepted by and presented at ICCA’11 will be published by IEEE and be indexed
by ISI Proceedings, and EI Compendex database.

ICCA’11 paper submission website is
https://controls.papercept.net/conferences/

Potential organizers are invited to enlist six or more papers with cohesive topics
to form invited sessions. Please contact Invited Sessions Chairs, Professor Gary Feng
(Email: megfeng@cityu.edu.hk) and Professor Jianxin Xu (Email: elexujx@nus.edu.sg) for
more details if you would like to organize invited sessions.

Attached please find the pdf version of the CFP. Please feel free to distribute to your
colleagues or friends who may interest. Thanks. We look forward to seeing you in Santiago,
Chile!

General Chairs
Youyi Wang, Nanyang Tech Univ., Singapore
Manuel Duarte-Mermoud, Univ. of Chile, Chile

Program Chairs
Hai Lin, National Univ of Singapore, Singapore
Marcos Orchard, Univ. of Chile, Chile

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4.3 Australian Control Conference 2011
Contributed by: Vaughan Clarkson, v.clarkson@uq.edu.au

Second Call for Papers
Australian Control Conference 2011
10th–11th November,2011 -o- Melbourne, Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4.4 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS)
Contributed by: Maurice Heemels, m.heemels@tue.nl

ANNOUNCEMENT: 4th IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
(ADHS), 6-8 June 2012, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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

We are happy to continue this tradition and announce that the next edition of
the IFAC conference ADHS will take place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, from 6
to 8 June 2012. The aim will be to bring together international researchers and
practitioners with backgrounds in control, computer science and operations research
and to provide an overview of the recent advances in the field of hybrid systems.
In particular, contributions that present hybrid tools for the analysis and design
of Networked Control Systems are encouraged. As the development of systematic methods
for hybrid automation systems is a key issue in industrial information and control
technology, also many applications of hybrid systems theory will be presented at
ADHS'12. The following keynote speakers agreed to share their views on hybrid systems
with us:

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

The deadline for submissions is set to 15 November 2011.

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

More information is available at http://www.adhs12.org/

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

Maurice Heemels and Bart De Schutter

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4.5 IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems
Contributed by:  cisram2011@gmail.com

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems

September 17-19, 2011, Qingdao, China
http://www.cis-ram.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CIS 2011 paper submission website is
http://www.cis-ram.org/2011/onl-pap.html

Potential organizers are invited to enlist six or more papers with cohesive topics to
form invited sessions. Please contact our invited sessions chairs listed on the conference
website or program chairs for more details if you would like to organize invited sessions.

We look forward to seeing you in Qingdao, China!

General Chairs
Shuzhi Sam Ge, NUS Singapore/UESTC China
Tiezhu Zhang, Qingdao Univ., China

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4.6 ICUMT 2011
Contributed by: Antonio Bicchi, bicchi@centropiaggio.unipi.it

Call for Papers

ICUMT 2011

3rd International Congress on Ultra Modern
Telecommunications and Control Systems
October 5-7, 2011, Budapest, Hungary
http://www.icumt.org

Publication: IEEE Xplore (confirmation pending)

Publication of extended best papers: a journal special issue

Important dates:
- paper submission: June 15, 2011
- acceptance notification: August 5, 2011
- camera ready: September 1, 2011

Paper submission: EDAS http://edas.info//N10145

ICUMT is an annual international congress providing an open forum for
researchers, engineers, network planners and service providers targeted on
newly emerging algorithms, systems, standards, services, and applications,
bringing together leading international players in telecommunications,
control systems, automation and robotics. The event is positioned as a
major international annual congress for the presentation of original and
fundamental research and engineering results.

Following the success of the first two events that took place in St.
Petersburg (2009) and in Moscow (2010), each time attracting 200-300
participants from both academia and industry, ICUMT 2011 is a three-days
event offering a number of plenary sessions, technical sessions, and
specialized workshops. The conference will consist of two tracks, i.e.
ICUMT-T (Conference on Telecommunications), and ICUMT-CS (Conference on
Control Systems, Automation and Robotics).

ICUMT-CS is an annual international conference providing an open forum for
researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in control, automation
and robotics targeted on newly emerging algorithms, systems, standards and
applications.

The authors are encouraged to submit full papers describing original,
previously unpublished, complete research, not currently under review by
another conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research and
development in all areas of computer networking and data communications.
All papers will be reviewed.

ICUMT-CS topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Control Systems:
- Adaptive control
- Robust control
- Process control
- Complex systems
- Mechatronic systems
- Co-operative control
- Identification and estimation
- Nonlinear systems
- Intelligent systems
- Hybrid systems
- Networked control systems
- Neural networks
- Fuzzy systems
- Genetic algorithms
- Evolutionary computation and control
- Precision motion control
- Control applications
- Control engineering education

Robotics and Automation:
- Robot design, development and control
- Human-robots interfaces
- Mobile robots and autonomous systems
- Human augmentation and shared control
- Space and underwater robot
- Telerobotics and Teleoperation
- Industrial networks and automation
- Intelligent warehouses
- Modeling, simulation and architectures
- Vision, recognition and reconstruction
- Virtual Reality
- Control and supervision systems
- Instrumentation systems
- Biomedical instrumentation and applications
- Web-based control
- Autonomous agents
- Petri nets

For further and up-to-date information please visit official web page of
the Conference http://www.icumt.org

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4.7 Joint Conference: ASME DSC and Bath/ASME FPCD
Contributed by:  paliwal@tcnj.edu

2011 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
and
Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control

The 4th Annual Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) conference, sponsored by the
Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) of ASME International, will be held
October 31 – November 2 , 2011 in Arlington, Virginia, jointly with Bath/ASME
Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control sponsored by the Fluid Power Control
Division (FPCD) of ASME International.

All those interested in dynamic systems and control, and fluid power controls
are encouraged to attend this conference, This conference is becoming the major
venue for DSCD technical activities, professional meetings, and the DSCD awards
banquet. The conference will feature a high-quality technical program, invited
sessions, the Nyquist Lecture, plenary and keynote sessions, special sessions,
as well as social events.

All accepted papers will be published on CD as part of the conference proceedings,
and be accessible via the Engineering Index. The technical program will cover
topics from dynamical systems modeling, simulation, analysis and design, control
theory, industrial applications, fluid power control, and dynamical systems and
control education in technical, interactive, and tutorial sessions. For the most
current information, visit the conference website http//www.dsc-conference.org.

Key Dates
Deadline for all submissions and proposals: March 15, 2011
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: May 15, 2011
Final manuscript submission deadline: June 15, 2011

Contributed papers will be classified as regular or short. Regular papers are
intended to be a complete description of finished work. Short papers are intended to
be an exposition of a novel idea or preliminary results.

Invited session proposals should present a unifying theme from a diversity of viewpoints
and consist of a summary statement and six full papers.

Frontier research session proposals these sessions aim to create a forum for discussion
and formation of future research areas. The proposal should present a theme from a diversity
of viewpoints and consist of a summary statement and a list and endorsement of guaranteed
session participants.

Education/Tutorial sessions should address state-of-the-art dynamic systems and/or control
theory and industrial applications. Tutorials are encouraged to have panel discussions.
Proposals for tutorial sessions are encouraged to include panel discussions.

Workshops will provide a forum for one-day intense discussions of emerging topics or an
opportunity for a professional development on a new area.

Exhibits related to the theory, practice and education of dynamic systems and controls
are invited.

More details can be found at the conference website. Contributors are encouraged to
contact the appropriate chair of the organizing committee for further information
http//www.dsc-conference.org.

DSCC-2011 Paper Submission, Publication and Registration Policy

• Paper Submission Format: All papers submitted to the DSCC-2011 for review must be
prepared in the standard 2-column Proceedings format. See the Author’s Kit at the
conference web site for Word and LaTeX style files. For the purposes of review, regular
and invited papers are limited to 8 pages and short papers to 3 pages. Papers exceeding
these limits will NOT be reviewed. All papers will be submitted through the DSCC-2011
submission website: http://asmedscd.papercept.net.

• Paper Publication: Accepted papers should follow the strict formatting requirements –
manuscripts that do not conform to formatting guidelines may not be included in the
conference proceedings. Papers exceeding the respective page limits will be published
in the Proceedings only after payment for each extra page is received.

• Registration Fee: One regular registration fee at the advance registration rates
must be paid by one of the authors before uploading the final version.

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5. Workshops and Summer Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

The full program of the school, other information and the registration procedure can be
found at http://control.ing.unitn.it/4hycon2/

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

With the best regards,
Alberto Bemporad and Maurice Heemels

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5.2 LCCC Focus Period on Dynamics, Control and Pricing in Power Systems
Contributed by: Anders Rantzer, rantzer@control.lth.se

A focus period on Dynamics, Control and Pricing in Power Systems is organized
in May 2011 by the research center LCCC at Lund University with an invited
workshop on May 18-20. A limited number of openings for appointment as visiting
scholar during the periods May 2-20 or May 17-27 is hereby announced.

For more information see http://www.lccc.lth.se.

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

First International Workshop on Wireless Networked Control Systems - WNCS 2011

The First International Workshop on WNCSs will be held in Conjunction with The
2nd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies
(ANT 2011), September 19-21, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

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

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

Workshop Objective and Scope

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

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia
and industry to present their work and participate in dialog. We expect the
workshop to act as a leading forum for the WSN research community to discuss
their ideas on addressing the most current challenges, potential solutions and
future developments of WNCSs.

Paper Submission

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

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

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6.  Positions

6.1 PhD: Université de Liège
Contributed by: Rodolphe Sepulchre, r.sepulchre@ulg.ac.be

PhD positions-
University of Liege
School of Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Institut Montefiore)
at ULg invites applications for several (5 to 7) research positions for PhD students.

The two-year position can be renewed at most twice and is intented to lead to a
PhD degree. The position also includes a participation in the teaching activities
of the department. Teaching and research areas include electrical engineering,
computer science and biomedical engineering.

Applications are to be sent by email to Rodolphe Sepulchre (r.sepulchre@ulg.ac.be),
Department Chair, by May 15, 2011.

The application will include a full resume and a short description of the research
interests of the candidate. The priority will be given to outstanding candidates with
a master degree in engineering or in computer science. The knowledge of french at the
time of the application is not a prerequisite.

Founded in 1817, the Université de Liège offers a complete range of university courses
at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. It is divided into nine faculties and schools:
Philosophy and Letters; Law and School of Criminology; Sciences; Medicine; Applied
Sciences; Veterinary Medicine; Psychology and Educational Sciences; HEC Management
School-ULg; and the Institute for Human and Social Sciences.

Within the Faculté des Sciences appliquées (school of engineering), the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers several programs to undergraduate
and graduate students.The department has a strong tradition of excellence and is
committed to offer an international and attractive environment for research and teaching.

Further information about the departement can be obtained at
http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/index.php

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6.2 PhD: Delft Univ. of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Dr. Gabriel Lopes, g.a.delgadolopes@tudelft.nl

The Delft Center for Systems and Control of the Delft University of Technology,
The Netherlands, announces a PhD position on the topic, Adaptive and Learning
Control for Robotics.

The Delft Centre for Systems and Control (DCSC) coordinates the education and
research activities in systems and control at Delft University of Technology.
The Centre’s research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems
dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory,
optimization and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology
development in mechatronics and microsystems, sustainable industrial processes,
transportation and automotive systems, and physical imaging systems. The group
actively participates in the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC).

Project description

At the Delft Center for Systems and Control we are exploring new ideas about
learning control, by augmenting traditionally model-based controllers with
adaptation and learning capabilities. Ultimately, we aim to develop novel
control paradigms for autonomous mobile robots, moving away from the traditional
well-structured settings typically found in the area of industrial robotics.
Drawing analogies from nature, we find that a priori knowledge can play a
fundamental role in the learning speed of a generic learning controller. Although
animal brains are very plastic, (at the extreme level) it is the prior information
encoded in their DNA that endows them with, not only their physical morphology,
but also with the proper brain “wiring” that allows for learning to actually be
possible.

The research subject of this PhD vacancy is to explore and develop novel learning
control frameworks that can be realized in physical robots. To that end, our group
has a number robotic platforms including wheeled mobile robots, bi-pedal and multi-
pedal legged robots and a humanoid robotic arm.
Candidate profile
We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree, or equivalent (expected graduates
are also welcome to apply). We are seeking a candidate with a strong background and
interest in (applied) mathematics. The candidate is expected to be involved in
fundamental research at the boundary of several research domains. It is preferable
that the candidate has excellent knowledge and skills in programming (C++, Matlab,
Mathematica). Required are good communication skills in writing as well as oral,
in English (knowledge of Dutch is not required).
Conditions of employment
The appointment will be for up to 4 years. As an employee of the university the student
will receive a competitive salary starting at EUR 2042 gross per month in the first
year and rising to a maximum of EUR 2612 gross per month based on a full-time appointment,
as well as excellent secondary benefits in accordance with the Collective Agreement (CAO)
of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). Assistance with accommodations
can be arranged.

Information and application

If you are interested in this position, please send, along with a brief cover letter,
1. a detailed curriculum vitae,
2. copy of official transcript for your BSc and MSc course program with corresponding grades,
3. a publication list and copies of the two most relevant articles (if applicable),
4. names and addresses of (at least) two reference persons,
5. and all other information that might be relevant to support your application.

Interested applicants should send their motivational letter and curriculum vitae to:
Application-3mE@tudelft.nl attn. Ms. A. Gerretsen, HR department. When applying for this
position, make sure to mention vacancy number 3ME11-04.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Gabriel Lopes
(email: g.a.delgadolopes@tudelft.nl) or Prof. Robert Babuska (email: r.babuska@tudelft.nl)

More information on this position can be obtained from Dr. Gabriel Lopes, at
http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl/~glopes

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6.3 PhD: Ryerson University, Toronto
Contributed by: Prof. Krishna Dev Kumar, kdkumar@ryerson.ca

Ph.D. & Postdoctoral Fellowships -- Spacecraft Design, Embedded System Design,
Dynamics & Control

Two Ph.D. Studentships and one Postdoctoral Fellowship are available in Spacecraft
Design, Embedded System Design, Dynamics and Control, and Sensors and Actuators.
Successful candidates will work in the Space Systems Dynamics and Control Laboratory,
Ryerson University, Toronto.

The research will be supervised by Dr. Krishna Kumar, Canada Research Chair. Dr.
Kumar’s areas of research include Nonlinear Dynamics and Control, Embedded System
Design, Sensors and Actuators, Wireless Sensor Networks, Sliding Mode Control,
Intelligent Control, Orbit and Attitude Dynamics and Control, Formation Flying and
Underactuated Systems (refer to: http://www.kdkumar.com). The research involves
theoretical and experimental work.

Candidates should have Master's/Ph.D. Degrees in Mathematics/Physics or Mechanical
/Aerospace/ Electrical Engineering, with a focus on Dynamics, Nonlinear Control,
Embedded System Design, and Sensors and Actuators. Candidates must have strong
backgrounds in Mathematics, Dynamics and Control. Experience with MATLAB is essential.

Prospective candidates should send (preferably by email) their resumes, along with
the names and contact information of two references, as well as copies of research
papers, before March 15, 2011, to:

Dr. Krishna Kumar,
Associate Professor &
Canada Research Chair in Space Systems
Ryerson University
Department of Aerospace Engineering
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3 Canada

Tel.: 416-979-5000, Ext. 4908
Fax: 416-979-5056
Email: kdkumar@ryerson.ca
Website: http://www.kdkumar.com

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6.4 PhD: INRIA
Contributed by: Bernard BROGLIATO, bernard.brogliato@inrialpes.fr

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

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

This topic is suitable for a master student in applied mathematics, or theoretical
automatic control (nonlinear and/or hybrid systems), with basic knowledge in C++.
Applicants are invited to contact us and must apply before end of April 2011 on-line at:

http://en.inria.fr/institute/recruitment

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6.5 PhD: The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis
Contributed by: Dr. Eng. Philippe WERNERT, philippe.wernert@isl.eu

The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL, France) is looking to
fill two PhD positions within its Guidance, Navigation and Control group.

The French-German Research Institute is a bi-national institution established
by the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on the basis of a
treaty signed in 1958. The original mission of the ISL is: "Research, scientific
studies and basic predevelopment in the armament domain". The classical working
areas of ISL include: laser-matter interaction, laser development, detonics,
perforation, protection, ballistics, the environment and protection of the soldier,
acoustics, power electronics, high power microwaves, aerodynamics and flight
mechanics, optronics, sensors. Recently the ISL has reinforced its activities on
problems of civil security and counter-measures against terrorism encountered both
at home and during overseas military operations.

The institute is situated in Southern Alsace, near the German and Swiss border.

The positions are concerned with the development of guidance, navigation and control
schemes for novel airborne system concepts.

Desired qualifications: Engineer Diploma from a reputable Engineering School or
Master’s Degree with a strong background in (at least one of) the following areas,

• Automatic control of dynamical systems: linear or nonlinear control techniques,
robust control, adaptive control, …
• Signal processing: Kalman filtering, nonlinear estimation technique, …

Additional knowledge of the following topics is a plus,
• Design of Autopilots for unmanned aerial systems,
• Flight mechanics.

Programming languages:
The guidance, navigation and control algorithms will be developed in the MATLAB-
Simulink environment. Experience in working with MATLAB-Simulink is therefore required.

ISL offers an outstanding work environment, with frequent interactions and collaborations
with a number of industrial and state-affiliated partners, as well as attractive wages.

European citizenship is required.

How to apply? Send your electronic application to:
Dr. Eng. Philippe WERNERT
Head, GNC department (Guidance, Navigation, Control)
French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL), www.isl.eu
Email: philippe.wernert@isl.eu

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6.6 PhD: University of Alberta, Edmonton
Contributed by: Alan Lynch, alynch.uav@gmail.com

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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

The Ph.D. positions last between 3 and 5 years, and M.Sc. positions are roughly 2
years. Ph.D./M.Sc. students are expected to begin their degree program in September
2011. Students with an appropriate background could start research work immediately
and prior to their program start in September 2011. Ph.D./M.Sc. candidates should meet
the admission requirements of the ECE Department:
http://www.ece.engineering.ualberta.ca/Graduate/GradApply.aspx

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

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

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

Interested candidates you should email Prof. Alan Lynch i) a detailed CV, ii) a
transcript of your grades, iii) copies of your best publications, and iv) the names
and contact data of three academic references. Positions are available immediately,
and will remain open until filled. I will review your application and, if your
background is appropriate, contact you directly. Successful applicants must submit
an application for admission by March 30 (Chinese/Nigerian applicants), April 30
(International applicants), and July 31 (Canadian applicants).

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6.7 PhD: Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Contributed by:  Francesc Pozo, francesc.pozo@upc.edu

We are now receiving applications from candidates to apply for PhD grants with
the Control, Dynamics and Applications (CoDAlab) research group at the Department
of Applied Mathematics III of the Technical University of Catalunya
(UPC - http://www.upc.edu) in Barcelona (Spain).

These positions are in the framework of two research lines:
(1) Identification and control of structural systems with hysteresis and
(2) Advanced control for stabilization of offshore windfarm structures.

Grants are for 3-4 years and the salary is around 1100 euros per month plus insurance.
The tuition fees for the PhD program are also covered.

Our group is composed by engineers and mathematicians. We are preferably seeking for
engineers with background in control systems and acceptable mathematical level or
mathematicians with background in dynamical systems and control and motivation for
applied research. Typical profiles would be: civil engineers, mechanical engineers,
electrical engineers, control engineers and applied mathematicians.

For further details, candidates should contact as soon as possible Dr. Francesc
Pozo (francesc.pozo@upc.edu) or Dr. Mauricio Zapateiro (mauricio.zapateiro@upc.edu).

Webpage: http://www-ma3.upc.es/codalab

Send by e-mail a CV (with picture) along with the academic record.

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6.8 Post-Doc: INRIA
Contributed by: Bernard BROGLIATO, bernard.brogliato@inrialpes.fr

Post-doctoral position: The topic concerns the continuation of on-going research
work on the design of state observers for nonsmooth dynamical systems like
differential inclusions, evolution variational inequalities or complementarity
dynamical systems. Such systems usually are set-valued, with nonsmooth solutions
(possibly with state jumps in some cases). More specifically extensions of
previous works to the case of inclusions into normal cones to non-convex sets,
or with non-linear single-valued vector fields, and with state jumps (like simple
mechanical systems with frictionless unilateral constraints, or electrical circuits
with piecewise linear components like ideal diodes) will be considered.

The applicant should possess skills in Systems and Control, or in Applied Mathematics,
and basic knowledge of C++. The candidates with a background in nonlinear systems
and/or hybrid systems are most welcome. It is mandatory that the PhD has been
obtained after September 2010 or in 2011. Candidates who defended their thesis
before September 2010 will not be considered. Gross income: 2398 euros per month.

Apply online on the INRIA website before March 15, 2011. More details on:

http://en.inria.fr/institute/recruitment/offers

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6.9 Post-Doc: Univeristy of Toronto, Canada
Contributed by: Lacra Pavel, pavel@control.utoronto.ca

A postdoctoral position is offered in the Systems Control Group at the University
of Toronto. The position is going to be funded in part by National Science and
ENgineering Research Council Canada (NSERC CRD) and Alcatel-Lucent (Bell Labs)
on a project on green efficient (optical) communication networks. Our group is
addressing different problems related to distributed, robust control algorithms
for such large-scale optical networks. This includes design of distributed control
architectures/algorithms that are scalable and robust to subsystem failures, stability
robustness in the presence of route switching, distributed, cross-layer vs hierarchical
control architectures, noncooperative vs cooperative strategies, consensus algorithms.

We are looking for candidates with interdisciplinary background (communications,
distributed and robust control, game theory) and demonstrated independent research
skills, who will work with the group members and with our partners at Bell-Labs. We
expect the position to be available as early as April, 2011.

To apply for this positions and for additional details, please send your CV, 2-3
of your best journal paper publications to

pavel@control.utoronto.ca

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6.10 Post-Doc: The Royal Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Xiaoming Hu, hu@kth.se

The Royal Institute of Technology announces
1-3 Positions for Postdoctoral Researchers at ACCESS Linnaeus Centre

The ACCESS Linnaeus Centre at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH),Stockholm,
Sweden, invites applications from outstanding candidates for postdoctoral research
positions in systems, control, and signals. ACCESS is one of Europe’s largest
university research centers in networked systems. 35 senior researchers and 80
PhD students are involved in developing fundamental understanding and engineering
principles for designing self-managed and scalable communication, control and
sensor networks in which applications may share real-time information and cooperate
in an efficient,affordable, and reliable manner.

The duration of the position is 12 months and may be extended an additional 12
months. The starting date is during fall or winter of 2011.

The application (including CV, publication list and brief research statement)
should be sent by email (as a single pdf file) to access-postdoc@ee.kth.se or
in hard copy to:

Royal Institute of Technology
KTH School of Electrical Engineering
Att: Marie Androv
Teknikringen 33
SE-100 44 Stockholm
Sweden

Deadline April 15, 2011
Position reference number E-2011-0038
Write this reference number on your application.

Contact
Professor Karl Henrik Johansson, Director, email: kallej@kth.se
Ms Marie Androv, Public Relations Officer, email: androv@kth.se

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6.11 Faculty: Texas Tech University
Contributed by: qing.hui@ttu.edu

Professor, Whitacre Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University is actively
seeking to fill the newly endowed Whitacre Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering.
This chair was created to establish a world class research program at Texas Tech.
The $2 million endowed chair position, at the full professor level, carries a
competitive salary and start-up package. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mechanical
Engineering or a related field with significant experience in engineering, as well
as a demonstrated outstanding record of research in their area of specialty within
mechanical engineering. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability
to work with a diverse body of students and colleagues are necessities. Duties will
include quickly establishing an externally funded research program, supervising graduate
students, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering.
It is anticipated that the successful candidate will have a very strong record of
scholarship supported by extramural funding and that externally sponsored research
will be brought to Texas Tech.

Texas Tech is a part of the comprehensive state-supported Texas Tech University System,
which also includes Law and Medical Schools on a single campus. Lubbock is a community
of 220,000 people, located at the southern edge of the Texas Panhandle. Lubbock’s altitude
and semi-arid climate are conducive to outdoor activities. The city hosts frequent musical,
theatrical, and sporting events. Lubbock offers numerous options for shopping and fine dining.
A wide variety of other cultural and recreational opportunities, including several major
metropolitan centers, natural attractions and wilderness areas, and skiing, are easily accessible
by car. Lubbock is served by several major airlines, operating to and from Lubbock-Preston
Smith International Airport. The cost of living index has historically been low compared to
national norms.

Applications must be submitted online at http://jobs.texastech.edu. Refer to Requisition
No. 80814. The complete application package consists of 1) a detailed curriculum vita, 2)
a letter of application, and 3) contact information for at least three references. Additional
questions about the position, the department, or further information regarding the application
process may be addressed to Ms. Linda Whitebread via e-mail at linda.whitebread@ttu.edu.

Texas Tech University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly
encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and we consider the needs of dual-
career couples.

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6.12 Faculty: Ilmenau University of Technology
Contributed by: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johann Reger,reger@ieee.org

Junior Professor (W1) for Automation Systems

The Faculty of Computer Science and Automation at Ilmenau University of Technology
invites applications for the position of a

Junior Professor (W1) for Automation Systems

which is to be filled as soon as possible. The position is equivalent to an assistant
professorship. The appointment will be for an initial period of three years. Upon
positive evaluation of performance the position will be extended to an over-all
duration of six years.

Research experience is expected in at least one of the following areas:

- discrete event systems and hybrid systems
- process control systems and distributed control systems
- data processing in automation systems
- bioprocess engineering

Teaching contributions are expected in courses on automation systems within the
bachelor and master education of the faculty. A disposition of the candidate to offer
non-elective courses in German language is required, elective courses may be taught
in English.

Candidates are expected to have an excellent scientific record in the area of automation
systems, feature pedagogical aptitude and qualification to independently conduct
fundamental research in the field of automation. These abilities are typically supported
by an outstanding Ph.D./doctorate degree from a university. Further academic achievements,
e.g. experience in third-party funding, are desirable.

The institute of automation and systems engineering, where the candidate will be affiliated
to, is in strong relationship with the local Application Center System Technology AST of
the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB).
In collaborative research, the Ilmenau Fraunhofer IOSB-AST opens up the possibility to the
candidate to put his/her automation solutions into industrial practice.

Ilmenau University of Technology pursues the strategic goal of substantially increasing
the proportion of women in research and education and thus expressly invites qualified
female scientists to apply for this position.

In cases of substantially equal eligibility, preferential consideration will be given to
disabled candidates.

Applications with the usual supporting information (CV, certificates, credentials, etc.,
list of publications including reprints of the most important papers) should be submitted to:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jens Haueisen
Dean, Faculty of Computer Science and Automation
Ilmenau University of Technology
P.O. Box 100565
98684 Ilmenau, Germany

or by Email to:

dekanat-ia@tu-ilmenau.de

Deadline for applications: April 14, 2011.

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6.13 Faculty: Université de Liège, Belgium
Contributed by: Rodolphe Sepulchre, r.sepulchre@ulg.ac.be

Université de Liège, Belgium
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Institut Montefiore)
http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/

The department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at ULg
invites applications for a full-time faculty position in the field of smart grids.
The position is sponsored by SPE Luminus, the second largest energy producer and
supplier in Belgium.

The new faculty member will develop research in the field of smart grids. He will
also take part in the teaching activities of the department, both at the undergraduate
and graduate level. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: planning
and operation of electric power generation/transmission/distribution systems under
uncertainties and environmental pressure; monitoring, control, and protection of
active transmission and distribution grids to support renewable/dispersed generation
sources, energy storage systems, and demand side management; integrated management
of electric power systems with domestic and industrial heat production systems and
with terrestrial person and goods transportation systems.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to research and teaching.
They should have a doctoral degree, a high-level research experience in at least
one of the targeted areas, and a recognized scientific publication record.

Appointment level will depend on the candidates and their records of accomplishment.
Applicants should be able to teach in English but are also expected to teach in French,
possibly after a transition period.

Founded in 1817, the Université de Liège offers a complete range of university
courses at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. It is divided into nine faculties
and schools: Philosophy and Letters; Law and School of Criminology; Sciences; Medicine;
Applied Sciences; Veterinary Medicine; Psychology and Educational Sciences; HEC
Management School-ULg; and the Institute for Human and Social Sciences.

Within the Faculté des Sciences appliquées (school of engineering), the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers several programs to undergraduate
and graduate students. Teaching and research areas include electrical engineering,
computer science and biomedical engineering. The department has a strong tradition
of excellence and is committed to offer an international and attractive environment
for research and teaching.

Further information about the positions can be obtained from
Professor Rodolphe Sepulchre, Email: r.sepulchre@ulg.ac.be

For fullest consideration, applications should be sent by April 30, 2011. However,
the positions will remain open until filled. Applicants are invited to follow the
application procedure described at

http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/

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6.14 Faculty: Grenoble Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Olivier Sename, olivier.sename@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (Maître de conférences) IN
MODELLING AND CONTROL OF DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS : APPLICATION TO SMART GRIDS

This position is offered in the framework of an Excellence Research Chair
held by the CNRS and Grenoble Institute of Technology. It then requires a
high level candidate.

Teaching : ENSE3 is an engineering school in Energy, Water and Environmental
sciences that belongs to the Grenoble Institute of Technology.
(http://ense3.grenoble-inp.fr/). The study syllabus includes post-graduate
and graduate programs, where Automatic Control is needed for regulation and
monitoring of complex systems.

The assistant professor will be involved in Control and Information technology
courses in the ENSE3 engineering program (http://ense3.grenoble-inp.fr/). More
particularly, he will be part of the Control teaching team in Practical
Laboratory Work, Tutorials in Matlab/Simulink, and courses at the various course
levels of ENSE3. He will be involved in the student projects in Control.

Research: The Control Systems Department of Gipsa-lab develops theoretical
and applied research concerning the analysis and the design of controlled
dynamic systems. In particular, the SLR (Linear Systems & Robustness) team
is involved in advancing the system theory related to distributed parameter
systems, time delay systems and Linear Parameter Varying systems.

The SLR team is interested in applying such methods to the domain of green
energy, in particular, in the nuclear, transport and building sectors. Among
other examples, one may cite thermonuclear fusion, electric networks, electrical/
hybrid propulsion systems, building ventilation and fuel cells to cite but a
few examples.

The control systems department aims at enlarging its traditional topics by
addressing novel ones that are viewed as crucial for the future economic and
societal issues related to the energy sector. These novel topics include, among
others, distributed control and optimization, model reduction, interconnected
systems and dynamic consensus achievement.

The successful candidate must show solid scientific skills in some of the above
-mentioned topics in order to propose innovative solutions in the future Institute
for Green Energy (Institut de l'Energie Decarbonné). More particularly, "Smart Grids"
must be viewed as a privileged domain of Investigation, although not the unique one.
Research work has to be jointly developed with the local partners of both research
and teaching entities.

Finally, applications showing evident scientific open-mindedness and strong national
and international collaborations would be highly appreciated.

The selected applicant will join the SLR team of GIPSA-lab and can develop joint
work with the members of the SYSCO team (Nonlinear Systems and Complexity) since
the energy-related work is commonly developed through close cooperation between
these two teams.

Contact:
TEACHING : O.Sename, olivier.sename@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr Tel +33 4 76 82 62 32
RESEARCH : J-M. Thiriet (GIPSA-lab) jean-marc.thiriet@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr
Tel +33 (0)4 76 82 64 14

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6.15 Faculty: Grenoble Institute of Technology
contriubted by: jean-marc.thiriet@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr

PROFESSOR (Professeur) IN
Automatic Control and Signal for monitoring of complex systems

Teaching:
ENSE3 is an engineering school in Energy, Water and Environmental sciences
that belongs to the Grenoble Institute of Technology. (http://ense3.grenoble-inp.fr/).
The study syllabus includes post-graduate and graduate programs, where Automatic
Control is needed for regulation and monitoring of complex systems. The Professor
will join the teaching team in Automatic Control, Fault Detection and Isolation
and Dependability in the Master's degree programs 'Nuclear and Energy engineering'
and 'Automatic control, systems, Information technologies'. As a professor, he
will assume pedagogical responsibility in ENSE3.

Grenoble INP is a French-speaking institution. Candidates must therefore have a
working knowledge of that language (some of the courses could be given in English).

Research profile :
The Professor will be a member of the SAIGA (Signal and Automatic for surveillance,
diaGnosis and biomechAnics) research team of GIPSA-lab. This team is composed of
researchers in the field of Automatic Control and others in the field of Signal
Processing. The selected applicant will work in the field of Automatic Control
with potential collaborations with Signal Processing colleagues. Within the SAIGA
research team, he/she will be required to develop research themes emphasizing a
synergy between the various disciplines of the team.

The research work will be focused on the monitoring of complex systems, by developing
innovative approaches in the field of Fault Detection and Isolation. He/she will
propose methods which reduce the cognitive load of the operators, thus facilitating
decision-making for monitoring. He/she should be able to show that he/she is
interested in validating the developed methods onto real systems. Energy and
environmental issues are the targeted application fields in the research team.
The professor will aim at strengthening the influence of the research team and
of the laboratory by developing collaborations with industrial and academic
partners through contracts and projects. He will seek involvement in research
networks and the development exchanges with international research laboratories
recognized in the field.

Contacts
TEACHING : JL.Schanen, direction-etudes@grenoble-inp.fr,
Tel : +33 .4.76.82.71.05
RESEARCH : J-M. Thiriet (GIPSA-lab) jean-marc.thiriet@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr
Tel +33 (0)4 76 82 64 14

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

Faculty Positions in Systems and Control
Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate
School, Shenzhen, China

Department: Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering/ Systems and
Control Center

The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of
Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSG) invites applications for several
faculty positions at all ranks. We are seeking candidates with excellent credentials
in the areas of systems and control, wind energy, power systems and smart grids.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in electrical, mechanical and power
systems engineering and need to show strong research record and potential.
Successful candidates will be received a joint appointment in the Center of
Systems and Control. The Division currently has 11 full-time faculty members,
and is expected to grow to 20 faculties in the next few years.

HITSG offers a competitive salary and the salary levels at HITSG for these
positions are substantially higher than those provided by most universities
in China, with full professor in the range of RMB 170K to 230K per year,
associate professor in the range of RMB130K to 160K per year, and assistant
professor in the range of RMB 90K to 110K per year. Bonus is a plus for all
levels, subject to faculty’s performance.

Interested candidates can send detailed CV, list of publications, statement
of research (no more than 3 pages), teaching interests (no more than 2 pages),
and a cover letter including contact information of three references to:

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

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

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6.17 Faculty: University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Contributed by: Shuzhi Sam Ge, samge@nus.edu.sg

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

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

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

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

We offer:
(1) one-time subsidization of 500,000 RMB
(2) Research fund up to 1 million to 3 million RMB according to different
disciplines/levels of the candidate.
(3) a job opportunity for your spouse
(4) enrollment assistance of your children to local schools

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

Prof. Shuzhi Sam Ge
Institute of Intelligent Systems and Information Technology
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Chengdu 611731, China
E-mail: samge@nus.edu.sg
Tel: 86-28-61830633

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

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6.18 Faculty: Univeristy of Oklahoma
Contributed by: Thordur Runolfsson, runolfsson@ou.edu

Endowed Professorship, Univeristy of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma School of Electrical and Computer Engineering invites
applications for the OG&E Professorship. Candidates are sought in the area of
electric energy systems, including but not limited to generation portfolio optimization
and risk valuation, power system operation including smart grid, generation technologies
including renewable resources, power electronics, as well as other areas of power systems.
Salary and startup will be highly competitive based on qualifications. The position
requires an earned doctorate in electrical and/or computer engineering, or a closely
related discipline, and a record of professional achievement sufficient for tenured or
tenure-track appointment to an endowed position at the rank of Professor. Exceptional
candidates with a record of professional achievement sufficient for tenured or tenure-track
appointment to an endowed position at the rank of Associate Professor will also be given
serious consideration.

The successful candidate will be expected to (a) provide leadership in establishing an
externally funded and nationally recognized research program; (b) teach at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels; (c) contribute to an academic program with thrust
in preparing students for the emerging competitive environment in the energy industry;
(d) create and maintain strong working relationships with local energy-related industries.
Emphasis will be given to applicants with strong interest in commercial application of
academic developments.

Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive public research university
offering a wide array of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and extensive
continuing education and public service programs. Its 2000 acre Norman Campus houses 15
colleges with approximately 1300 faculty serving more than 26,000 students. The new 277
acre adjacent Research Campus houses more than 750,000 square feet among nine buildings
constructed since 2003, including the National Weather Center, Stephenson Research and
Technology Center, Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, and several Partners Place
buildings that co-locate University offices with more than 350 private sector employees
across more than a dozen companies. The newly completed Devon Energy Hall, a 100,000
square foot state-of-the-art building containing research laboratories, offices, and
classrooms, is the new home to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Energy
has long been a c ornerstone of the economy of Oklahoma, and the University has long-term,
energy-related research programs ongoing.

Confidential review of nominations, indications of interest and applications will begin
March 1, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are invited to submit
a letter of interest describing their research vision and demonstrating how they fulfill
the qualifications noted above, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of five
references who will be contacted only upon approval by the applicant. Minorities and women
are especially encouraged to apply. Electronic submission in PDF format is preferred, and
all application information and inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair:

Dr. Musharraf Zaman, Associate Dean
c/o School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
110 W. Boyd St., Rm. 150
Norman, OK 73019-1102
Voice: 405.325.2621
Fax: 450.325.7066
E-mail: ecesearch@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and
encourages diversity in the workplace.

ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP IN ELECTRIC ENERGY SYSTEMS

The University of Oklahoma School of Electrical and Computer Engineering invites applications
for the OG&E Professorship. Candidates are sought in the area of electric energy systems,
including but not limited to generation portfolio optimization and risk valuation, power
system operation including smart grid, generation technologies including renewable resources,
power electronics, as well as other areas of power systems. Salary and startup will be highly
competitive based on qualifications. The position requires an earned doctorate in electrical
and/or computer engineering, or a closely related discipline, and a record of professional
achievement sufficient for tenured or tenure-track appointment to an endowed position at the
rank of Professor. Exceptional candidates with a record of professional achievement sufficient
for tenured or tenure-track appointment to an endowed position at the rank of Associate Professor
will also be given serious consideration.

The successful candidate will be expected to (a) provide leadership in establishing an externally
funded and nationally recognized research program; (b) teach at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels; (c) contribute to an academic program with thrust in preparing students for
the emerging competitive environment in the energy industry; (d) create and maintain strong
working relationships with local energy-related industries. Emphasis will be given to applicants
with strong interest in commercial application of academic developments.

Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive public research university
offering a wide array of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and extensive
continuing education and public service programs. Its 2000 acre Norman Campus houses 15 colleges
with approximately 1300 faculty serving more than 26,000 students. The new 277 acre adjacent
Research Campus houses more than 750,000 square feet among nine buildings constructed since
2003, including the National Weather Center, Stephenson Research and Technology Center,
Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, and several Partners Place buildings that co-locate
University offices with more than 350 private sector employees across more than a dozen companies.
The newly completed Devon Energy Hall, a 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art building containing
research laboratories, offices, and classrooms, is the new home to the School of Electrical and
Computer Engineering. Energy has long been a c ornerstone of the economy of Oklahoma, and the
University has long-term, energy-related research programs ongoing.

Confidential review of nominations, indications of interest and applications will begin March
1, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are invited to submit a letter of
interest describing their research vision and demonstrating how they fulfill the qualifications
noted above, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of five references who will be contacted
only upon approval by the applicant. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.
Electronic submission in PDF format is preferred, and all application information and inquiries
should be directed to the search committee chair:

Dr. Musharraf Zaman, Associate Dean
c/o School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
110 W. Boyd St., Rm. 150
Norman, OK 73019-1102
Voice: 405.325.2621
Fax: 450.325.7066
E-mail: ecesearch@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages
diversity in the workplace.

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6.19 Faculty: Université de Liège, Belgium
Contributed by: Rodolphe Sepulchre, r.sepulchre@ulg.ac.be

The department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at ULg
invites applications for three full-time faculty positions in Computer Science:

• Algorithms for large-scale systems (distributed systems, large-scale data mining,
information networks, communication networks, ...)
• Algorithms for systems in interaction with their physical environment (computer
vision, multimedia signal analysis, sensor and actuator networks, fusion of
physical and heterogenous data, autonomous systems, intelligent systems, ...)
• Distributed computer systems and security (data security management, cryptography,
cybersecurity, computer networks and distributed computing security, …)

Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to research and teaching. They
should have a doctoral degree, a high-level research experience in at least one
of the targeted areas, and a recognized scientific publication record. Appointment
level will depend on the candidates and their records of accomplishment. Applicants
should be able to teach in English but are also expected to teach in French, possibly
after a transition period.

Founded in 1817, the Université de Liège offers a complete range of university
courses at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. It is divided into nine faculties
and schools: Philosophy and Letters; Law and School of Criminology; Sciences; Medicine;
Applied Sciences; Veterinary Medicine; Psychology and Educational Sciences; HEC
Management School-ULg; and the Institute for Human and Social Sciences.

Within the Faculté des Sciences appliquées (school of engineering), the Department
of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers several programs to undergraduate
and graduate students. Teaching and research areas include electrical engineering,
computer science and biomedical engineering. The department has a strong tradition of
excellence and is committed to offer an international and attractive environment for
research and teaching.

Further information about the positions can be obtained from
Professor Rodolphe Sepulchre, Email: r.sepulchre@ulg.ac.be

For fullest consideration, applications should be sent by March 31st, 2011. However,
the positions will remain open until filled. Applicants are invited to follow the
application procedure described at

http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/

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6.20 Faculty: Texas Tech University
Contributed by: qing.hui@ttu.edu

Faculty Position in Mechanical Engineering – Texas Tech University

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University is seeking
candidates for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. The
scope of the search is broad and we are interested in candidates with expertise
in emerging technologies in areas such as, but not limited to, energy,
nanotechnology and MEMS, bioengineering, biological and soft materials and
other advanced materials, computational methods, and multi-agent control.
Candidates need to demonstrate strong potential in scholarship and in securing
extramural funding. A PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a PhD in a related field
is required. Experience in a Mechanical Engineering curriculum is preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to work
with a diverse body of students and colleagues are necessities. Duties will
include teaching and developing ME undergraduate and graduate courses in areas
of expertise, maintaining an externally funded research program with extensive
involvement of graduate and undergraduate students, and performing service to
the department, college, and university.

Texas Tech University is supportive of multidisciplinary research. Applications
must be submitted on–line at http://jobs.texastech.edu. Refer to Requisition No.
83141. The complete application package should consist of 1) a detailed CV, 2)
a letter of application that includes teaching and research philosophy, and 3)
contact information for at least three references.

Applications will be evaluated as they are received; review will continue until
the position is filled. Requests for further information should be addressed to
Ms. Linda Whitebread via e-mail at linda.whitebread@ttu.edu.

Texas Tech University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We
strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, and veterans, and we
consider the needs of dual-career couples.

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6.21 Researcher: Australian National University
Contributed by:  Matthew James, Matthew.James@anu.edu.au

Research Fellow: Australian National University

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Australian National University

Level B

Fixed term: 2 years

Position Description

We are seeking to appoint Research Fellows to contribute to the research in a
project funded by the Australian Research Council and involving researchers
at ANU, UNSW@ADFA, and Aberystwyth University (UK). The aim of this project
is to address fundamental stabilization problems in quantum feedback control
systems, leading to new systematic methods of designing controllers for the
nonlinear quantum systems arising in emerging areas of quantum technology.
The appointee will also have the opportunity to carry out independent research
on related topics, depending on the interests of the appointee, and to interact
and collaborate with a team of Canberra-based and international quantum control
researchers.

Applicants are expected to have a PhD in physics, mathematics, or engineering.
A relevant background in quantum physics, mathematics or control theory is also
required. Applicants with a strong background in quantum probability and stochastic
processes are particularly encouraged to apply.

We are also seeking PhD students to work in this research field.

Enquiries:

Matthew James, T: +61 2 6125 4889, E: matthew.james@anu.edu.au

Application procedure and closing date:

Selection criteria are available upon request. The closing date is April 1, 2011;
however, consideration of applications will be on going until the position is filled.

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6.22 Researcher: university of Melbourne
Contributed by: Girish Nair,gnair@unimelb.edu.au

The Australian Research Council is funding a project at the Dept. Electrical
and Electronic Engineering on the topic of Feedback Entropy in Dynamical Systems.
This is an emerging area that brings together the disciplines of dynamical systems,
automatic control and information theory. As part of this project, the research fellow
will study the relationships between entropy, complexity and performance in various
classes of feedback control systems. A strong background in dynamical systems and/or
control theory is essential, and a solid understanding of entropy is desirable.

This position is available full-time for two years. Salary: AU$77,978 - AU$92,597
p.a. plus 9% superannuation.

To get further details and apply, go to www.jobs.unimelb.edu.au and search for
the keyword 0025888 . Closing date: 23 Mar 2011, AEST.

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