May 2003

Table Of Contents

  • Awards and Honors
  • Conferences
  • Books
  • Journals
  • Workshops
    • Positions
    • General Announcements

    • Personal

      New email convention for the Univ of Illinois Mark W. Spong -

      In this time of difficult budget cuts, the University of Illinois
      administration has decided to spend considerable amount of funds on a
      integrated software system. One of its main features is that it does not
      allow hyphens in email addresses.

      My new email address is Please update your
      address books.
      Other colleagues at Illinois will have the same problem if their email
      address contains a hyphen.

      Mark W. Spong
      Coordinated Science Lab
      University of Illinois
      1301 W. Main St.
      Urbana, IL 61801

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      Awards and Honors

      Call for Nominations: INFORMS John von Neumann Theory Prize David D. Yao -

      The John von Neumann Theory Prize is widely considered as the most
      prestigious award given by the Institute for Operations Research and the
      Management Sciences (INFORMS).

      Refer to for more
      The von Neumann Prize Committee is currently seeking nominations,
      should be in the form of a letter addressed to the prize committee chair
      (below), highlighting the nominee's accomplishments. Although the letter
      not contain a detailed account of the nominee's research, it should
      the overall nature of his or her contributions and their impact on the
      profession, with particular emphasis on the prize's criteria. If available,
      please attach the nominee's curriculum.

      Nominations should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than
      September 15.
      Committee Chair:
      David D. Yao
      IEOR Dept, Columbia University
      500 W. 120 St, New York, NY 10027, USA
      voice: +1 212-854-2934
      fax: +1 212-854-8103
      Committee Members: Alan J. Hoffman, Lawrence M. Wein
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      SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize Xun Yu Zhou -

      A paper co-authored by David Yao, Shuzhong Zhang and Xun Yu Zhou,
      "Stochastic Linear-Quadratic Control via Semidefinite Programming,"
      SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, vol 40 (2001), 801-823,
      has been selected as a winner for this year's SIAM Outstanding Paper
      (to be awarded at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Montreal, June 16-20,

      The SIAM Outstanding Paper Prizes were introduced in 1999, and are
      annually. Three winners were selected each year among all the papers
      published in the 13 SIAM journals in the four years prior to the year of

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      13th European Conf for Mathematics in Industry Paul de Haas -

      June 21-25, 2004
      Eindhoven, The Netherlands

      The 13th ECMI conference will take place from 21-25 June 2004 in
      The Netherlands. The conference will be devoted to mathematical &
      modelling, analysis and simulation of problems arising in a practical
      context. In particular the following application areas have been chosen:
      Aerospace, Electronic industry, Chemical technology, Life sciences,
      Materials, Geophysics, Financial mathematics, Water flow.

      The conference is intended for mathematicians, statisticians, scientists
      engineers, both from industry and academia. ECMI conferences have a
      tanding tradition of bringing together researchers from various
      who work on often only seemingly different disciplines. The transversality
      of mathematics makes it a versatile tool in a large variety of applications,
      in particular when using it in computational modeling.

      Following types of submissions are solicted:
      Minisymposia: A minisymposium has a slot of 2 hours and will typically
      consist of 4 speakers. A proposal should consist of a two page
      abstract, with names and affiliations of potential speakers. The details
      are left to the organizer/proposer.
      Contributed papers: A contributed oral paper will have 20 minutes. A
      proposal should contain a one page abstract and include full address.
      Posters: There will be a number of poster sessions throughout the week.

      There will be refereed conference proceedings, to be published by
      Springer Verlag.

      Submission of interest: now
      Deadline for submission of proposals for minisymposia: January 30, 2004
      Deadline for papers and posters: February 25, 2004
      Notification of acceptance: March 25, 2004
      For further information, please consult the web page

      ECMI 2004 Conference Secretariat
      Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
      PO Box 513
      5600 MB Eindhoven
      The Netherlands
      Tel: +31 40 2472753
      Fax: +31 40 2442489
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      13th IFAC Symposium on System Identification Paul Van den Hof -

      Call for Participation

      The 13th IFAC Symposium on System Identification will be held in
      The Netherlands, August 27-29, 2003. During these days around 350
      posters will be presented, including software demo's. The advance
      program of
      the symposium is now available at the symposium website

      Three plenary papers will be presented by:
      * Hakan Hjalmarsson (KTH Stockholm): From experiments to closed-loop
      * Herman van der Auweraer (LMS-Leuven): "System identification for
      dynamics and vibroacoustics design engineering"
      * Peter Bartlett (ANU Canberra): "Prediction algorithms: Complexity,
      concentration and convexity",
      while semi-plenary papers will be presented by John MacGregor, Dietmar
      Eric Walter, Stefano Soatto, Johan Schoukens, Benedikt Poetscher.

      Advance registration is open until June 15, 2003.
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      16th International Conference on Systems Engineering Olivier Haas -

      Sixteenth International Conference on Systems Engineering
      9th - 11th September 2003
      Coventry University, Coventry, UK

      Submission of full papers June 2003

      Scope of conference
      The Conference will cover the general area of Systems Engineering, with
      particular emphasis being placed on applications. It is expected to include
      sessions on the following themes: Adaptive Control and System
      Algorithms and Architectures; Biomedical Engineering Systems; Control
      and Applications; Data and Knowledge Engineering; Educational
      in Systems Engineering; Energy Efficiency and Environmental Systems;
      Detection and Condition Monitoring; Image and Signal Processing;
      and Scheduling; Manufacturing Systems; Modelling and Simulation;
      Optimisation and Communications; Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic;
      and Intelligent Robots; Supply Chain Modelling and Control

      Preliminary Arrangements
      Conference fees, provisionally estimated at BP 420 (maximum), include a
      of the Conference proceedings, lunches on the 9th, 10th and 11th, the
      Conference Banquet on the 9th and Conference Dinner on the 10th.

      Participants will have the option of being accommodated in the University
      Halls of Residence, overlooking Coventry Cathedral, or in local hotels or
      guest houses. Information on accommodation will be included in the