May 2009

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 248
May 2009

Magnus Egerstedt
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
Tel: +1 404 894 3484
Fax: +1 404 894 4641

Welcome to the May issue of the Eletter. With this issue, we are making a number of changes, as requested
by the readership of the Eletter:
1. We are introducing a CSS headlines section. Since the Eletter is generated and maintained by the IEEE Control
Systems Society, we will start putting items that are directly sponsored by the IEEE CSS first.
2. We will post the online version of the Eletter at the time of submissions since a number of you prefer just to
click on a link and get the html version directly.
3. Due to popular demand, we are re-introducing the option of searching for .** to navigate to the next item
in the Eletter.

The online version of this Eletter is available at

To submit new articles, go to the Eletter website and select “Article

The next Eletter will be mailed out in the beginning of June, 2009.



1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Awards and Honors
2.1 European PhD Award on Embedded and Networked Control

3. Books
3.1 Automotive Engines: Control, Estimation, Statistical Detection
3.2 Model Predictive Control System Design and Implementation Using MATLAB

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Automatica
4.2 Contents: Connection Science
4.3 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
4.4 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
4.5 Contents: Enterprise Information Systems

4.7 Contents: International Journal of Information and Systems Sciences
4.8 Contents: Asian Journal of Control                     
4.9 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.10 Contents: International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics

4.11 CFP: Robotica - Special issue on ROBOTIC SELF-X SYSTEMS
4.12 CFP: Asian Journal of Control - Special issue on Iterative Learning Control

4.13 CFP: International Journal of Social Robotics
4.14 CFP: IEEE Embedded Systems Letters

5. Conferences
5.1 International Conference on Systems Engineering

6. Workshops
6.1 Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems
6.2 Tutorial Workshop on Switching in Systems and Control

7. Positions
7.1 PhD: University of Kent, Canterbury

7.2 PhD: Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
7.3 PhD: Clemson University
7.4 PhD: Delft University of Technology

7.5 PhD: Idaho State University
7.6 PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
7.7 Post-Doc: Northeastern University

7.8 Post-Doc: University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
7.9 Post-Doc: The University of Hong Kong
7.10 Post-Doc: University of NSW@ADFA, Canberra, Australia
7.11 Research Associate: University of Glasgow


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

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

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume: 54, Issue: 3, Date: March 2009

Detectability and Stabilizability of Discrete-Time Switched Linear Systems
Ji-Woong Lee; Khargonekar, P.P.
Page(s): 424-437

On Feedback Stabilizability of Linear Systems With State and Input Delays in Banach Spaces
Hadd, S.; Qing-Chang Zhong
Page(s): 438-451

Self-Triggered Feedback Control Systems With Finite-Gain L2 Stability
Xiaofeng Wang; Lemmon, M.D.
Page(s): 452-467
On Solvability of a Decentralized Supervisory Control Problem With Communication
Hiraishi, K.
Page(s): 468-480

Markov Chain Monte Carlo Data Association for Multi-Target Tracking
Songhwai Oh; Russell, S.; Sastry, S.
Page(s): 481-497

Cross-Term Forwarding for Systems With Time Delay
Jankovic, M.
Page(s): 498-511

Energy-Efficient Decentralized Cooperative Routing in Wireless Networks
Madan, R.; Mehta, N.B.; Molisch, A.F.; Jin Zhang
Page(s): 512-527

Ensemble Control of Bloch Equations
Li, J.-S.; Khaneja, N.
Page(s): 528-536

Compensation of Complex Hysteresis and Creep Effects in Piezoelectrically Actuated Systems —A New
Preisach Modeling Approach
Kuhnen, K.; Krejci, P.
Page(s): 537-550

An Improved Link Model for Window Flow Control and Its Application to FAST TCP
Jacobsson, K.; Andrew, L.L.H.; Ao Tang; Low, S.H.; Hjalmarsson, H.
Page(s): 551-564

Intelligent Packet Dropping for Optimal Energy-Delay Tradeoffs in Wireless Downlinks
Neely, M.J.
Page(s): 565-579

Extremum Seeking With Stochastic Perturbations
Manzie, C.; Krstic, M.
Page(s): 580-585

Controllability of Spacecraft Attitude Using Control Moment Gyroscopes
Bhat, S.P.; Tiwari, P.K.
Page(s): 585-590

Sensitivity Minimization by Strongly Stabilizing Controllers for a Class of Unstable Time-Delay Systems
Gumussoy, S.; Ozbay, H.
Page(s): 590-595

Recursive Noise Adaptive Kalman Filtering by Variational Bayesian Approximations
Sarkka, S.; Nummenmaa, A.
Page(s): 596-600

Attitude Tracking and Disturbance Rejection of Rigid Spacecraft by Adaptive Control
Zhiyong Chen; Jie Huang
Page(s): 600-605

Simultaneous H-infinity Control for Nonlinear Systems
Jenq-Lang Wu
Page(s): 606-610

A Necessary and Sufficient Frequency Domain Criterion for the Passivity of SISO Sampled-Data Systems
Fardad, M.; Bamieh, B.
Page(s): 611-614

Flatness of Switched Linear Discrete-Time Systems
Millerioux, G.; Daafouz, J.
Page(s): 615-619

Explicit Computation of the Sampling Period in Emulation of Controllers for Nonlinear Sampled-Data Systems
Nesic, D.; Teel, A.R.; Carnevale, D.
Page(s): 619-624

Non-Fragile Exponential Stability Assignment of Discrete-Time Linear Systems With Missing Data in Actuators
Zhan Shu; Lam, J.; Junlin Xiong
Page(s): 625-630

Generalization of Cayley–Hamilton Theorem for Multivariate Rational Matrices
Wei Xing
Page(s): 631-634

Inequality-Based Properties of Detectability and Stabilizability of Linear Time-Varying Systems in
Discrete Time
Ji-Woong Lee
Page(s): 634-641

On Hankel Singular Values and Reflected Zeros of Linear Dynamical Systems
Koshita, S.; Abe, M.; Kawamata, M.; Antoulas, A.C.
Page(s): 641-646

Likelihood Gradient Evaluation Using Square-Root Covariance Filters
Kulikova, M.V.
Page(s): 646-651

Analysis and Synthesis of State-Feedback Controllers With Timing Jitter
Skaf, J.; Boyd, S.
Page(s): 652-657

Inverse Agreement Protocols With Application to Distributed Multi-Agent Dispersion
Dimarogonas, D.V.; Kyriakopoulos, K.J.
Page(s): 657-663

On a Property of a Class of Offset-Free Model Predictive Controllers
Bageshwar, V.L.; Borrelli, F.
Page(s): 663-669

Comments on “Robust Kalman Filter for Descriptor Systems”
Tong Zhou; Guang-Lei Zhang
Page(s): 669-672

Author's Reply to the “Comments on Robust Kalman Filter for Descriptor Systems”
Ishihara, J.Y.; Terra, M.H.
Page(s): 673-673


2. Awards and Honors

2.1 2009 European PhD Award on Embedded and Networked Control
Contributed by:  Antoine Chaillet - Christophe Prieur,

Call for Nominations for the 2009 European PhD Award on Embedded and Networked Control
Deadline June 15, 2009

The EECI PhD Award is given annually in recognition of the best PhD thesis in Europe in the field of
Embedded and Networked Control. The aim is to encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers in
their first research period. The prize consists of a certificate and a cash award. The domain of research
of candidates should be included in the large multidisciplinary area of the control of hybrid, nonlinear,
embedded or networked systems.

For more information consult the web-pages:

The deadline for application is June 15, 2009. To be eligible for the
award, the thesis must have been defended in Europe between June 16, 2008 and June 15, 2009. To apply,
please consult the award web page:


3. Books

3.1 Automotive Engines: Control, Estimation, Statistical Detection
Contributed by: Alexander Stotsky,

Author: Stotsky, Alexander A.
ISBN: 978-3-642-00163-5
Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg 2009

Increasing demands on the output performance, exhaust emissions, and fuel consumption necessitate the
development of a new generation of automotive engine functionality. This monograph is written by a long
year developmental automotive engineer and offers a wide coverage of automotive engine control and
estimation problems and its solutions. It addresses idle speed control, cylinder flow estimation, engine
torque and friction estimation, engine misfire and cam profile switching diagnostics, as well as engine
knock detection. The book provides a wide and well structured collection of tools and new techniques useful
for automotive engine control and estimation problems such as input estimation, composite adaptation, threshold
detection adaptation, real-time algorithms, as well as the very important statistical techniques. It
demonstrates the statistical detection of engine problems such as misfire or knock events and how it can be
used to build a new generation of robust engine functionality. This book will be useful for practicing automotive
engineers, black belts working in the automotive industry as well as for lecturers and students since it provides
a wide coverage of engine control and estimation problems, detailed and well structured descriptions of useful
techniques in automotive applications and future trends and challenges in engine functionality.


3.2 Model Predictive Control System Design and Implementation Using MATLAB
Contributed by: Liuping Wang,

Message: Model Predictive Control System Design and Implementation Using MATLAB
By Liuping Wang, Springer 2009.

1 Discrete-time MPC for Beginners
2 Discrete-time MPC with Constraints
3 Discrete-time MPC Using Laguerre Functions
4 Discrete-time MPC with Prescribed Degree of Stability
5 Continuous-time Orthonormal Basis Functions
6 Continuous-time MPC
7 Continuous-time MPC with Constraints
8 Continuous-time MPC with Prescribed Degree of Stability
9 Classical MPC Systems in State-space Formulation
10 Implementation of Predictive Control Systems


4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 45 (2009), Issue 4 (April)

Regular Papers:

Harmonic analysis of pulse-width modulated systems
Stefan Almer, Ulf T. Jonsson

Optimal dynamic advertising with an adverse exogenous effect on brand goodwill
Luca Grosset, Bruno Viscolani

Games with coupled propagated constraints in optical networks with multi-link topologies
Yan Pan, Lacra Pavel

A game theoretic algorithm to compute local stabilizing solutions to HJBI equations in nonlinear H-infinity
Yantao Feng, Brian D.O. Anderson, Michael Rotkowitz

Valuation of electricity swing options by multistage stochastic programming
Gido Haarbruecker, Daniel Kuhn

Output tracking of constrained nonlinear processes with offset-free input-to-state stable fuzzy predictive
Tiejun Zhang, Gang Feng, Xiao-jun Zeng

Analytical expression of explicit MPC solution via lattice piecewise-affine function
Chengtao Wen, Xiaoyan Ma, B. Erik Ydstie

Barrier Lyapunov functions for the control of output-constrained nonlinear systems
Keng Peng Tee, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Eng Hock Tay

A separation theorem for nonlinear systems
Sinan Kilicaslan, Stephen Banks

High-gain observers in the presence of measurement noise: A switched-gain approach
Jeffrey Ahrens, Hassan K. Khalil

Tracking and identification of regime-switching systems using binary sensors
George Yin, Le Yi Wang, Shaobai Kan

Towards identification of Wiener systems with the least amount of a priori information on the nonlinearity:
IIR cases
Er-Wei Bai, John Reyland

Brief Papers:

L2 gain analysis for a class of switched systems
LIANG LU, Zongli Lin, Haijun Fang

Optimal switching instants for a switched-capacitor DC/DC power converter
Ryan Christopher Loxton, Kok Lay Teo, Volker Rehbock, Wing-Kuen Ling

Suppressing intersample behavior in iterative learning control
Tom Oomen, Jeroen van de Wijdeven, Okko H. Bosgra

Optimal solutions to a class of power management problems in mobile robots
Wei Zhang, Yung-Hsiang Lu, Jianghai Hu

Backstepping controller design for a class of stochastic nonlinear systems with Markovian switching
Zhaojing Wu, Xue-Jun Xie, Peng Shi, Yuanqing Xia

Perturbation analysis and condition numbers of symmetric algebraic Riccati equations
Liangmin Zhou, Yiqin LIN, Yimin Wei, Sanzheng Qiao

Controlling the motion of charged particles in a vacuum electromagnetic field from boundary
Luis Suazo, Weijiu Liu

Adaptive motion coordination: Using relative velocity feedback to track a reference velocity.
He Bai, Murat Arcak, John T. Wen

Synthesis of phase-lead/lag compensators with complete information on gain and phase margins
De-Jin Wang

H-infinity filtering for nonlinear discrete-time stochastic systems with randomly varying sensor delays
Bo Shen, Zidong Wang, Huisheng Shu, Guoliang Wei

H-infinity functional filtering for stochastic bilinear systems with multiplicative noises
Souheil HALABI, Harouna Souley Ali, Hugues Rafaralahy, Michel Zasadzinski

Adaptive input shaping for manoeuvring flexible structures using an algebraic identification technique
Emiliano Pereira, Juan Ramon Trapero, Iván Muñoz, Vicente Feliu

Redundancy vs multiple starting points in nonlinear systems related inverse problems
Mazen Alamir, James Welsh, Graham C. Goodwin

Minimization of the effect of noisy measurements on localization of multi-agent autonomous formations
Iman Shames, Baris Fidan, Brian D.O. Anderson

Convex invariant sets for discrete-time Lur'e systems
Teodoro Alamo, Alfonso Cepeda, Mirko Fiacchini, Eduardo Camacho

A generalized relay identification method for time delay and non-minimum phase processes
Tao Liu, Furong GAO

Enlarging the domain of attraction of stable MPC controllers, maintaining the output performance
Alejandro, Hernan Gonzalez, Darci ODLOAK

Subspace like identification incorporating prior information
Pavel Trnka, Vladimir Havlena

Technical Communiques:

Stabilizing controllers design for switched nonlinear systems in strict-feedback form
Jenq-Lang Wu

A Kushner approach for small random perturbations of the Duffing-vander Pol system
Shambhu N. Sharma


4.2 Contents:  Connection Science
Contributed by: Lorna Morris,

Connection Science: Volume 21 Issue 1

This new issue contains the following articles:

Connection Science gets the key of the door
Pages 1 - 2
Author: Noel E. Sharkey 

Place cognition and active perception: a study with evolved robots
Pages 3 - 14
Authors: Orazio Miglino; Michela Ponticorvo; Paolo Bartolomeo 

The dual-route hypothesis: evaluating a neurocomputational model of fear conditioning in rats
Pages 15 - 37
Authors: Robert Lowe; Mark Humphries; Tom Ziemke 

Predictive models in the brain
Pages 39 - 74
Author: Keith L. Downing 

The importance of low spatial frequency information for recognising fearful facial expressions
Pages 75 - 83
Authors: Martial Mermillod; Patrik Vuilleumier; Carole Peyrin; David Alleysson; Christian Marendaz 


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

Contents for IET Control Theory & Applications
Volume 3 Issue 5, May 2009

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


Reduced-order L2–L1 filtering for a class of nonlinear switched stochastic systems
L. Wu and D.W.C. Ho

Smoothness priors support vector method for robust system identification
S. Totterman and H.T. Toivonen

Robust tracking control for a class of uncertain electrically driven robots
Y.-C. Chang and H.-M. Yen

On the sensitivity of the control structure selection problem in large-scale multivariable systems
A. Nobakhti, M. Brown and H. Wang

Bond graph toolbox for handling complex variable
B. Umesh Rai and L. Umanand

H1 fuzzy filtering design for non-linear sampled-data systems
Y.-F. Li and C.S. Tseng

Robust PDF control with guaranteed stability for non-linear stochastic systems under modelling errors
L. Guo and L. Yin

Simultaneous fault detection and control for uncertain linear discrete-time systems
H. Wang and G.-H. Yang

Blind force/position control on unknown planar surfaces
Y. Karayiannidis and Z. Doulgeri


4.4 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Regina Gorenshteyn,

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Volume 28, Issue 2

Table of Contents:

* Guest Editorial: New Trends in Optimal and Robust Filtering for Stochastic Systems
Michael Basin and Peng Shi

* A Generalized Parameter-Dependent Approach to Robust H-infinity Filtering of Stochastic Systems
Xiangyu Meng, James Lam, and Zhongyang Fei

* H-infinity Fuzzy Filtering for Discrete-Time Nonlinear Systems via Fuzzy Lyapunov Function Approach
Jinhui Zhang, Yuanqing Xia, Peng Shi, and Lin Wang

* Optimal Filtering for Incompletely Measured Polynomial Systems with Multiplicative Noise
Michael Basin and Dario Calderon-Alvarez

* Delay-Dependent Robust H-infinity Filtering for Uncertain Neutral Stochastic Time-Delay Systems
Bo Song, Shengyuan Xu, and Yun Zou

* Robust Continuous-Time Matrix Estimation under Dependent Noise Perturbations: Sliding Modes Filtering and
LSM with Forgetting
J. Escobar and A. Poznyak

* Robust H-infinity Filtering for 2-D Systems with Intermittent Measurements
Xiuming Liu, Huijun Gao, and Peng Shi

* Central Suboptimal H-infinity Filter Design for Linear Time-Varying Systems with State or Measurement Delay
Michael Basin, Peng Shi, Dario Calderon-Alvarez, and Jianfei Wang

* Delay-Range-Dependent L 2–L infinity Filtering for Stochastic Systems with Time-Varying Interval Delay
Qi Zhou, Bing Chen, Hongyi Li, and Chong Lin


4.5 Contents: Enterprise Information Systems
Contributed by:  Lorna Morris,

Enterprise Information Systems: Volume 3 Issue 2

This new issue contains the following articles:
Enterprise system implementation issues: learning from field study in Poland
P. Soja
An adaptive distributed localisation in wireless sensor network
Authors: Shancang Li;  Xinheng Wang; Deyun Zhang

Assembly information modelling and sequences generation algorithm of autobody
Authors: Shanshan Zhao; Zongbin Li

Enterprise resource planning: technology acceptance in Thai universities
Authors: Vichita Vathanophas; Lindsay Stuart

Open process and open-source enterprise systems
Authors: Sang M. Lee;  D. L. Olson; Sang-Heui Lee


Contributed by: Dr. M. Mahmoud,

We would like to welcome you all to the fifth volume - second issue - of The Mediterranean Journal of
Measurement and Control. This issue of the journal, comprising of five papers, is dedicated to the latest
research work being done in the analyses of modeling and control of dynamic systems, power control, and
soft computing.

Table of Contents

Volume 5 / Number 2 / 2009

O. Bouhali, S. Labiod, C. Saudemont, E. M. Berkouk, 51-59

H. Piao, Zh. Wang, H. Zhang, 60-70

Z. Qin, J. Gu, 71-77

N. Bizon, 78-90

K. M. Aljebory, L. Barazane, M. M. Krishan, A. Khwaldeh, 91-100


4.7 Contents: International Journal of Information and Systems Sciences
Contributed by: Guofeng Zhang,

Special Issue on Multi-agent Systems: Modeling, Control and Applications

Volume 5/Number 2/2009.

Distributed control for consensus of networked multi-agent robotic systems with time delays,
L. Sheng and Y. Pan

Coordination stabilization for multi-agent networks and control parametrization,
X. Wang

Swarm intelligent over random networks,
F. Chen, Z. Chen, L. Xiang, Z. Liu and Z. Yuan

Information control in a united framework of consensus seeking,
H. Aguesse, H. Wang and K. Tanaka

Formation control of multiple mobile robots via switching strategy,
J. Wu and Z. Jiang

Linguistic consensus on a circle,
B. Wu, L. Wang, G. Zhang and J. Wang

Recent advances in personal recommender systems,
J. Liu, M. Chen, J. Chen, F. Deng, H. Zhang, Z. Zhang and T. Zhou

Modeling and decentralized control of complex dynamic interconnected systems,
X. Ouyang and X. Chen

Multi-agent resource conversion processes simulation,
K. Aksyonov, E. Bykov, D. Kolosov, E. Smoliy and A. Khrenov


4.8 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: J. Lichen,

Asian Journal of Control, Vol.11, No.2, March, 2009
Special issue on “Advanced Control Methods for Scanning Probe Microscopy”

Perspective paper:
Industrial Perspectives of AFM Control
Chanmin Su

Regular papers:
Video-rate Scanning Probe Control Challenges: Setting the Stage for a Microscopy Revolution
M. J. Rost, G. J. C. van Baarle, A. J. Katan, W. M. van Spengen, P. Schakel, W. A. van Loo,
T. H. Oosterkamp, and J. W. M. Frenken

Identification, Control and Hysteresis Compensation of a 3 DOF Metrological AFM
Roel Merry, Mustafa Uyanik, René van de Molengraft, Richard Koops, Marijn van Veghel, and
Maarten Steinbuch

High-Speed Serial-Kinematic SPM Scanner: Design and Drive Considerations
Kam K. Leang and Andrew J. Fleming

Rapid AFM Imaging of Large Soft Samples in Liquid with Small Forces
Szu-Chi Tien and Santosh Devasia

Image-Based Hysteresis Modeling and Compensation for AFM Piezo-Scanner
Yudong Zhang, Yongchun Fang, Xianwei Zhou, and Xiaokun Dong

Brief papers:
A Comparison of Control Architectures for Atomic Force Microscopes
Jeffrey A. Butterworth, Lucy Y. Pao, and Daniel Y. Abramovitch

Adaptive Creep and Hysteresis Compensation for Nanomanipulation using Atomic Force Microscope
Qinmin Yang

Semi-Automatic Tuning of PID Gains for Atomic Force Microscopes
Daniel Y. Abramovitch, Storrs Hoen, and Richard Workman

Regular issue:
Regular papers:
Force/Motion Sliding Mode Control of Three Typical Mechanisms
Rong-Fong Fung and Chin-Fu Chang

A New Potential Field Method for Mobile Robot Path Planning in the Dynamic Environments
Lu Yin, Yixin Yin, and Cheng-Jian Lin

On Stability and Stabilizability of Uncertain Positive Delay Systems
Ligang Wu, James Lam, Zhan Shu, and Baozhu Du

Delay-dependent H-infinity Control of Parameter-varing Delayed Systems via Parameter-dependent Lyapunov
Function Approach
Shaosheng Zhou and Wei Xing Zheng


4.9 Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Fernando Camisani,

Control Engineering Practice
Volume : 17
Issue  : 5
Date   : May, 2009

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Optimal and robust epidemic response for multiple networks, Pages 525-533,
Michael Bloem, Tansu Alpcan, Tamer BaÅŸar

A modelling methodology for natural dam-river network systems, Pages 534-540,
X. Zhuan, G. Zheng, X. Xia

A fuzzy sliding mode control approach for nonlinear chemical processes, Pages 541-550,
A. Shahraz, R. Bozorgmehry Boozarjomehry

Closed-loop model re-identification of processes under MPC with zone control, Pages 551-563,
Oscar A.Z. Sotomayor, Darci Odloak, Lincoln F.L. Moro

Real-time scheduling method for networked discrete control systems, Pages 564-570,
Dong-Sung Kim, Dong-Hyuk Choi, Prasant Mohapatra

Two air path observers for turbocharged SI engines with VCT, Pages 571-578,
Guillaume Colin, Gérard Bloch, Yann Chamaillard, Floriane Anstett

Multi-phase current control using finite-state model-predictive control, Pages 579-587,
M.R. Arahal, F. Barrero, S. Toral, M. Duran, R. Gregor

Flatness-based hypersonic reentry guidance of a lifting-body vehicle, Pages 588-596,
Vincent Morio, Franck Cazaurang, Philippe Vernis

Automatic robotic tasks in unstructured environments using an image path tracker, Pages 597-608,
G.J. Garcia, J. Pomares, F. Torres

Hydraulic actuated automotive cooling systems—Nonlinear control and test, Pages 609-621,
M.H. Salah, P.M. Frick, J.R. Wagner, D.M. Dawson

Control Engineering Practice
Volume : 17
Issue : 6
Date : June, 2009

Editorial Board, Page IFC

By-pass valve control to improve energy efficiency of pneumatic drive system, Pages 623-628,
Aimin Yang, Junsheng Pu, C.B. Wong, Philip Moore

A two-stage scheduling method for hot rolling and its application, Pages 629-641,
Jun Zhao, Wei Wang, Quanli Liu, Zhigang Wang, Peng Shi

Driver steering assistance for lane departure avoidance, Pages 642-651,
N. Minoiu Enache, M. Netto, S. Mammar, B. Lusetti

Sliding mode predictive control of a solar air conditioning plant, Pages 652-663,
Winston Garcia-Gabin, Darine Zambrano, Eduardo F. Camacho

Optimal control of a fuel-fired auxiliary heater for an improved passenger vehicle warm-up, Pages 664-675,
Eric A. Muller, Christopher H. Onder, Lino Guzzella, Marcus Kneifel

Structured model-following neuro-adaptive design for attitude maneuver of rigid bodies, Pages 676-689,
J. Rajasekaran, A. Chunodkar, R. Padhi

Fuzzy observers for anaerobic WWTP: Development and implementation, Pages 690-702,
S. Carlos-Hernandez, E.N. Sanchez, J.F. Beteau

Optimization and implementation of dynamic anti-windup compensators with multiple saturations in flight
control systems, Pages 703-713,
J.-M. Biannic, S. Tarbouriech

Intelligent position tracking control for LCM drive using stable online self-constructing recurrent neural
network controller with bound architecture, Pages 714-722,
Chun-Fei Hsu

Robust nonlinear H[infinity] control of hyperbolic distributed parameter systems, Pages 723-732,
Eleni Aggelogiannaki, Haralambos Sarimveis

Model-based control for throughput optimization of automated flats sorting machines, Pages 733-739,
A.N. Tarau, B. De Schutter, J. Hellendoorn


4.10 International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics
Contributed by: Fikret Aliev, Tamer Basar,

Applied and Computational Mathematics, Vol.8, No.1, 2009
(ISSN 1683-3511,

Advances for the Pooling Problem: Modeling, Global Optimization, and Computational Studies (Survey)
Ruth Misener and Christodoulos A. Floudas

Classification via Mathematical Programming (Survey)
Panos M. Pardalos, O. Erhun Kundakcioglu

On Linear Stationary System Identification at Regular and Irregular Measurements
Alexander S. Apostolyuk, Vladimir B. Larin

Robust Optimal Control on Imperfect Measurements of  Dynamic Systems States
R. Gabasov, F.M. Kirillova, E.I. Poyasok

Feedback Control Design For Subsonic Cavity Flows
X. Yuan, E. Caraballo, J. Little, M. Debiasi, A. Serrani, H. Özbay, J.H. Myatt, and M. Samimy

Optimization Methods and the k-Committees Algorithm for Clustering of Sequence Data
J.L. Yearwood, A.M. Bagirov, A.V. Kelarev

Statistical Approach for an Optimal Placement of the Letters of Different Alphabets on a Computer
A.Abbasov, A.Hajiyev, G. Afandiyev

Linear Control Systems: Feedback and Separation Principles
D. Petrova, A. Cheremensky

On a statistical interrelation between boiling point and elastic modulus
Eugen Grycko and Werner Kirsch

Computation of the eigenpairs for a linear differential operator using a variational approximation with
finite elements and numerical quadrature
Rahhal Janane 

Cole-Hopf Transformation as Numerical Tool for the Burgers Equation
Taku Ohwada

70th  Birthday of prof. Otto Moeschlin


4.11 Robotica - Special issue on ROBOTIC SELF-X SYSTEMS
Contributed by: Amor A. Menezes,

Robotica, Cambridge Journals

Self-X systems are systems that are capable of self-assembly, self-organization, self-reconfiguration,
self-repair, self-replication, or self-reproduction.  The past 25 years have seen the development of
several robotic self-X systems, often inspired by John von Neumann's seminal efforts on self-reproducing
automata in the late 1940s.  The field of Robotic Self-X Systems holds immense promise for advances in
such diverse areas as autonomous manufacturing, bioengineering, evolutionary software, and space colonization.

Theoretical and experimental works in this field of Robotic Self-X Systems are invited for a special issue
of Robotica.  The issue will balance novel papers on the hardware, planning, and control aspects of example
systems.  One of the strengths of self-X systems is their potential ability to respond to uncertain environments
and execute a variety of tasks.  Hence, contributions that analyze the response of robotic self-X systems to
partial system failure and uncertain or changing environments are especially welcomed.  Technologies that allow
such systems to operate optimally in the presence of uncertainty, adapt to changes in the external environment,
and respond rapidly to applied disturbances and disruptions to the internal system states are important because
systems equipped with these advances can learn, adapt, evolve, and achieve resiliency to large-scale environment
or state variations.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
* Morphology variations in self-assembling systems to accomplish changing goals.
* System adaptation through repeated self-organization.
* Scalability of hardware and control algorithms in self-reconfigurable systems.
* Learning and minimization of module self-repair.
* Self-replication in unstructured environments.
* Evolutionary behaviors that result from self-reproduction.
* Coordination between different types of self-X systems.

* General Announcement: March 10, 2009
* Submission Deadline: August 1, 2009
* Review Decision: October 1, 2009
* Final Submission: December 1, 2009
* Expected Publication: March 1, 2010

Authors are strongly encouraged to notify the guest editors of their intention to submit a paper.  Manuscripts that
are submitted to Robotica in a single-column double-spaced format should typically be 40 pages or less, and between
8,000 and 12,000 words.

The journal website is:

The submission website is:

Instructions are available at:

Professor Pierre T. Kabamba
Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

Amor A. Menezes
Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

Professor Gregory S. Chirikjian
Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University


4.12 CFP: Asian Journal of Control - Special issue on Iterative Learning Control
Contributed by:  Li-Chen Fu,

“Iterative Learning Control”
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

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

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

Guest Editors:            
Prof. Hyo-Sung Ahn
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology

Prof. Kevin L. Moore
Colorado School of Mines

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

Potential authors are strongly encouraged to upload the electronic file of
their manuscript (in PDF format) through the journal website:
If you encounter any submission problems, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu,
Professor Li-Chen Fu
Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524
National Taiwan University
Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-3366-3558
Fax: +886-2-2365-4267

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


4.13 CFP: International Journal of Social Robotics
Contributed by: Dr. Guido Herrmann,

International Journal of Social Robotics

Towards Safety in Human Robot Interaction

Would you feel confident of approaching and touching a heavy duty
production assembly robot in operation? Possibly not…

The future goal is to bring generations of humans and humanoid
robots together, which requires safe interaction of humans with

The aspect of safety might be achievable by the following
* active and passive compliance in the robot
* the impression of trust created through the way the robot moves and interacts with a human
* recognition of the human through multi-modal sensory action, e.g. vision and touch
* suitable avoidance strategies which prevent the robot from forcefully interacting with a human
* integration of many possible approaches to allow for humans and robots to interact safely and confidently

The guest editors, Dr Guido Herrmann and Professor Chris Melhuish,
would like to invite researchers from the field of robotics and
human machine/robot interaction to contribute to the special issue
of International Journal of Social Robotics in the field of
*Safety in Human Robot Interaction*

* General Announcement: May  1, 2009
* Submission Deadline:  Sept 15, 2009
* Review Decision:  Dec 15, 2009
* Final Submission: Jan 15, 2010
* Expected Publication: April, 2010

SUBMISSION Authors are strongly encouraged to notify the guest
editors ( of their intention to submit a paper.

Prospective authors are invited to make submissions by 15 September
2009 to
Acronym: Safe Humanoid Robots

Guest Editors:

Dr Guido Herrmann (Univ. of Bristol & Bristol Robotics Lab.)
Professor Chris Melhuish (Director, Bristol Robotics Lab.)
Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Professor Shuzhi Sam Ge
Interactive Digital Media Institute,
National University of Singapore,


4.14 CFP: IEEE Embedded Systems Letters
Contributed by:  Tabuada,

Announcing New Journal: IEEE Embedded Systems Letters

CALL FOR PAPERS: IEEE Embedded Systems Letters

IEEE Embedded Systems Letters seeks to provide a forum for quick dissemination of research results
in the domain of embedded systems with a target turn-around time of three months. Submissions are
welcome on any topic in the broad area of embedded systems and embedded software, especially but
not limited to:
- Testing, validation, and verification of embedded software;
- Embedded sensor networks and embedded control systems: design, analysis and application to cyber-physical
- Architectural and micro-architectural design of embedded systems: micro-architectures, customizable
processors, signal processing, multi-processor SOC and NOC architectures;
- Design automation algorithms, methods, and tools for VLSI implementations: specification languages,
models and synthesis methods;
- Component modeling and component-based development methodologies; hardware-software co-design, co-design
methodologies, design exploration tools;
- Compilation and managed runtime environments for embedded systems; Profiling, measurement, analysis techniques
for embedded applications; OS, middleware and support systems for embedded-system design;
- Programming languages and software engineering for embedded or real-time applications;
- Non-functional aspects of embedded systems including low power, reliability, dependability and availability.
Low power design and power management;
- Embedded systems security;
- Applications of embedded systems and software: military, avionics, and automotive: case studies, applications
of new methodologies and tools to applications with increased system heterogeneity and scale.

Submitted letters must be four pages or fewer, including all figures, tables, and references. Submissions exceeding
this length will be returned without review. Papers should use 7.875in x 10.75in (20cm x 27.30cm) trim size and the
IEEE transactions two-column format in 9-pt. font. In word counts, this corresponds to roughly 2200 words.

Submissions to IEEE ESL must consist of original work that has not been previously published nor is currently under
review elsewhere.

Please mail manuscripts to


5  Conferences

5.1 International Conference on Systems Engineering
contributedy by: Jens G. Linden,

Twentieth International Conference on Systems Engineering
8-10 September 2009, Coventry University, UK
Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to inform you that the 20th International Conference on
Systems Engineering, ICSE2009, will take place at Coventry University,
UK, and is organised through the Control Theory and Applications
Centre, an interdisciplinary research centre based within the Faculty
of Engineering and Computing.
For further information, please, visit:
We are looking forward to receiving your contribution to ICSE2009
and to seeing you in Coventry in September.
Conference Secretary ICSE2009
Postal Address:
Control Theory and Applications Centre,
Faculty of Engineering and Computing,
Coventry University,
Priory Street,
Coventry CV1 5FB,
United Kingdom.


6. Workshops

6.1 Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems
Contributed by: Magnus Egerstedt,

Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems

June 22-26, 2009 - Georgia Tech Atlanta Campus

Deadline for early registration: June 1, 2009

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) are systems that rely on a tight integration
of computation, communication, and controls, for their operation and
interaction with the physical environment in which they are deployed. Such
systems must be able to operate safely, dependably, securely, efficiently
and in real-time, in potentially highly uncertain or unstructured
environments. CPS are expected to have great technical, economic and
societal impacts in the near future.

The Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems aims at bringing
together researchers from industry and academia. The format of the Summer
School will be a five-day meeting, organized around different aspects of
Cyber Physical Systems. The topical areas to be covered are:
- Formal Methods
- Distributed, Embedded Systems
- Networked Control Systems
- Embedded Software
- Scheduling
- Platforms
- Applications

- Rajiv Alur (UPenn)
- Nikil Dutt (UC Irvine)
- Magnus Egerstedt (Geiorgia Tech)
- Eric Feron (Georgia Tech)
- Bonnie Heck Ferri (Georgia Tech)
- Phil Koopman (CMU)
- Bruce Krogh (CMU)
- Insup Lee (UPenn)
- Raj Rajkumar (CMU)
- John A Stankovic (University of Virginia)
- Paulo Tabuada (UCLA)
- Wayne Wolf (Georgia Tech)
- Fumin Zhang (Georgia Tech)

Attendance to the CPS Summer School is FREE! However, you will need to
register your attendance, using the instructions on the website. The
dealine for registration is June 1, 2009.

It is expected that scholarships will be available to help pay for the

- Magnus Egerstedt (
- Wayne Wolf (


6.2 Tutorial Workshop on Switching in Systems and Control
Contributed by: Michael Margaliot,

One Day Tutorial Workshop on Switching in Systems and Control

The Israeli Association for Automatic Control is organizing a one day workshop entitled Switching in Systems
and Control, to be held on Monday, June 1, 2009, at Daniel Hotel, Herzliya, Israel. 

The main speaker at the workshop will be Prof. Daniel Liberzon, Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more details see the Israeli Association for Automatic Control site:   
(follow the "upcoming events" tab)
To attend the workshop, please register via this site, or contact Ms. Mira Aran at:  <>

Registration fees:  400 NIS for early registration (prior to May 23); 450 NIS for late registration (this is
approximately 100 USD).

Michael Margaliot
Workshop Organizer


7. Positions

7.1 PhD: University of Kent, Canterbury
Contributed by: Professor Sarah Spurgeon,

PhD Research Studentship in Control and Monitoring: Output Feedback Control for Uncertain Variable Structure
Systems with Resets

Discontinuous systems are studied in very different research fields such as economics, electrical circuit theory,
mechanical engineering (impact theory, plasticity theory), biosciences, systems and control theory. Such systems
are typically viewed as a simple model of hybrid systems, consisting of a finite family of subsystems, equipped
with rules determining how to switch between them. The literature on robust control of complex nonlinear systems
with set-valued equilibrium such as discontinuous systems using output information is very sparse. This project
seeks to extend a framework that has been developed for output feedback control of continuous systems to robust
control of complex discontinuous systems using only measured output information. The practical need for such a
framework has been demonstrated by recent applications to biped robots, for example, and is also supported by
the needs of industry where tighter controls on efficiency are producing increasing levels of monitoring.
Incorporating this information in the control loop is a natural next step and discontinuous systems often result.
The applied research will focus on the production of significant implementation studies relating to control of impact
mechanical systems and the control of industrial production processes to demonstrate the efficacy of the underlying
philosophy and the new design algorithms. These are pertinent design studies to inform the development of the theoretical
research programme as well as being used to illustrate the research outcomes. The successful candidate will be involved
in both theoretical and application aspects of the project and will have the opportunity to work with an industrial
collaborator  to implement appropriate control systems on a food processing plant.

Candidates should have, or be expecting to obtain in the near future, a first class or good 2.1 honours degree, or
recognised equivalent, in a relevant branch of engineering, mathematics or a related discipline. An appropriate degree
at Masters level would be an advantage.
This studentship will be provided for a period of three years rates and cover all tuition fees and include a non-taxable
subsistence allowance, of approximately £13,000 p.a. with a budget for IT equipment, books, software and travel to
conferences and project meetings.
Applications consisting of a covering letter and full CV along with contact details of two referees should be sent to
Professor S K Spurgeon ( The closing date for receipt of applications is 1/06/09.
Further details about the research carried out at the Instrumentation, Control and Embedded Systems Research Group at
the University of Kent, Canterbury can be found at


7.2 PhD: Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France

PHD Studentship in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Ecole Centrale de Lyon

Robust observers for uncertain systems

Dr E. Blanco, Pr G. Scorletti

The position is open for candidates fluent in French.


7.3 PhD: Clemson University
Contributed by:

PhD: Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research

Message: A Research Assistantship position is available for prospective graduate students interested in pursuing
a PhD degree at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in the Automotive Engineering program, at Clemson University,
in the area of vehicle fault diagnosis and prognosis.

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is an advanced-technology research campus
where academia, industry and government organizations engage in synergistic collaboration.  With more than $200 million
in commitments, CU-ICAR represents the ultimate public/private partnership, directly fueling a knowledge base critical
to the automotive industry.

The interested applicants are expected to have good mathematical skills and strong background in modern control theory.
Basic knowledge of stochastic processes, signal processes, quantized systems, discrete event systems, automatons and
state machines is desirable. Particularly relevant areas of research include observer design, robust diagnostic schemes,
automatic thresholds, and fault tolerant control.

In addition, familiarity with computer programming languages such as MATLAB/Simulink is required. A Master's degree in
mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or systems and controls is required.

The RA position is starting from Fall 2009 and will be open until filled. We offer an initial salary of $16,000/year plus
graduate student tuition reduction.

The interested applicants should contact Professor Pierluigi Pisu ( for more information and apply online
for the graduate school admission at
For more information regarding the Clemson University Automotive Engineering Program interested applicants should contact
Tameka Boyce at or call at +1-864-656-0999.
For more information regarding CU-ICAR, visit


7.4 PhD: Delft University of Technology
Contributed by:  Bart De Schutter,

PhD position on "Control of Smart Infrastructures" at Delft University of Technology (NL)

The Delft Center for Systems and Control ( of Delft University of Technology,
The Netherlands has a vacancy for a PhD position on "Control of Smart Infrastructures".

The extent to which complex large-scale infrastructure systems that are the backbone of our society, such as road traffic
networks, railway networks, electricity networks, water networks, etc. can operate in a reliable and cost-efficient way
has a significant impact on economic growth, quality of life, and the environment. Improper control and insufficient
coordination of these infrastructures can lead to a highly inefficient performance, or worse, to severe malfunctions.
In order to prevent this, anticipative and coordinated on-line control is necessary.

Infrastructure systems are increasingly being equipped with sensors, communication devices, and local control units, which
results in an increased intelligence inside the systems (hence, the name "smart infrastructures"), and which opens up
opportunities for new control methods.

The goal of the research is to develop new anticipative and coordinated on-line control methods for these smart infrastructures.

We propose to use a hierarchical control set-up in which the control tasks are distributed over time and space. In such a
set-up, systems of supervisory and strategic functionality reside at higher levels, while at lower levels the single units,
or local agents, must guarantee specific operational objectives. At any level, the local agents must negotiate their outcomes
and requirements with lower and higher levels. To obtain coordination with and across the various control levels, we will use
Model Predictive Control (MPC), which has already proven its usefulness for control of small-scale systems, but which cannot
yet be fully applied to large-scale systems due to computational, coordination, and communication problems. We will solve
these issues and to develop new MPC methods for smart infrastructure systems, both under normal operation conditions, and in
the presence of uncertainty and disturbances.

In order to carry out this project we are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree and a strong background and interest in
(applied) mathematics and/or systems and control engineering.  The candidate is expected to be interested in fundamental
research and in working on the boundary of several research domains. A good command of the English language is required.

We offer the opportunity to do fundamental and scientifically challenging research. The PhD student will work with other
researchers in a multi-disciplinary research group. The PhD student will also be able to participate in the research school
DISC. The appointment will be for up to 4 years. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary, as
well as excellent secondary benefits. Assistance with accommodation can be arranged.

More information on this position and on how to apply can be found at
or by contacting Bart De Schutter (b.deschutter at


7.5 PhD: Idaho State University
Contributed by: D. Subbaram Naidu,

PhD Research Assistantship Position in Embedded Hierarchical Real-Time Systems and Control at Idaho State University, USA

A PhD Research Assistantship position in Embedded Hierarchical Real-Time Systems and Control will be available starting in
August 2009 in the Measurement and Control Engineering Research Center (MCERC), College of Engineering, Idaho State University
(ISU), Pocatello, Idaho, USA.

The PhD student will join a research team whose interest is centered on developing a novel Smart Hand Prosthesis. Topics of
the project include EMG signal processing, estimation theory, system identification, robotics, embedded systems and intelligent
control, bio-signaling and bio-sensing, image processing, sensor design and related topics. 

Applicants for the PhD research assistantship position should have a Master’s degree in Biomedical, Electrical, Computer, or
Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science or closely related discipline, with strong credentials and background/strong
interest in the area of Embedded Hierarchical Real-Time Systems and Control.

The Research Assistantship covers tuition and fees, medical insurance and a monthly stipend.
Interested students must contact and subsequently submit their resumes, along with transcripts and statement of purpose,
to Dr. Steve Chiu (email: and/or Dr. Subbaram Naidu (email: and apply for admission to
ISU Graduate School ( satisfying the admission requirements for PhD in Engineering and Applied


7.6 PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Contributed by: Thor I. Fossen,

PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

The position is at the Centre of Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS) which is an international research centre at
NTNU, designated as a Centre of Excellence by the Research Council of Norway. The aim of CeSOS is to develop
fundamental knowledge for the design and operation of future ships, offshore structures, floating bridges and
airports, facilities for aquaculture and production of renewable energy from the oceans by integrating theoretical
and experimental research in marine hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and automatic control, see

We are looking for a young and ambitious researcher. The general research theme involves fault-tolerant control
for dynamic positioning systems (DP-system), power management system and local thruster control systems. The goal
is for an industrial state-of-the-art DP-system to develop a generic and systematic framework for fault-tolerant
control handling hardware redundancy, redundancy decision algorithms in software, integrity control methods for
feedback and command signals, and robust integration between the DP control, power management, and local thuster
control systems.

The interested applicants must have a Master’s degree in one of the areas of control systems, engineering cybernetics
or electrical engineering. A good command of the English language is required.

The fellowship period for doctoral studies will be 3 years. A fourth year as teaching assistant is optional.  The annual
gross salary for doctoral students will be approx. EUR 40.000.

If you are interested, please send by email ( your curriculum vitae, authorized documentation of
previous education, study record, e.g. with list of subjects and grades obtained, publication list, work experiences
as well as possible achievements in research.

Application deadline: 2009-07-01


7.7 Post-Doc: Northeastern University
Contributed by: Dagmar Sternad,

Post-Doc: Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Technician in Motor Control

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work in the area of sensorimotor control and computational
neuroscience. Our research is on motor control and learning, with a focus on stability and variability in human
sensorimotor systems. In addition to ongoing NIH and NSF supported projects we are starting new projects in collaboration
with colleagues in Engineering at Northeastern.

Our expanding laboratory has several experimental setups, ranging from a virtual reality set-up with a robot manipulandum,
3D motion analysis system and surface EMG. The lab will also acquire more data collection systems in the near future.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Kinesiology, Physical and Engineering Sciences,
Physics, or Neuroscience. The postdoc applicant should demonstrate an academic record of scientific excellence, independent
research, and a strong interest in an interdisciplinary approach to motor control and should have expertise in at least
one of the following fields: motor control, biomechanics, dynamic modeling. Experience in programming is expected (Matlab,
C++, Graphics programming, Statistics packages, etc.). The postdoc is expected to get involved in existing research projects
but is also encouraged to bring to bear his/her expertise into the research project. The Research Technician is expected to
be instrumental in setting up the lab but will also get involved in research projects.

The Action Lab is located in the Department of Biology at Northeastern University with affiliations to the Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics as well as the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Complex Systems.
Northeastern University is located in the heart of Boston and our lab has collaborations with colleagues in other institutions
in the Boston area which, with its unparalleled academic environment, provides stimulating opportunities for interdisciplinary

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, including a list of publications, and two letters of recommendation to be sent to
the address below. The positions are expected to be filled by August 2009.

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


7.8 Post-Doc: University of KwaZulu Natal, South Aftica
Contributed by: Prof. Ed Boje,

Post-doc: University of KwaZulu Natal, South Aftica

Recent doctoral graduates are invited to apply for a 2-year post-doctoral position at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
It is intended to fund the successful candidate via the Claude Leon Foundation ( The fellowships
will be available from January 2010 for two years and are valued at R150 000 per annum.

Please contact Prof. Ed Boje ( if you are interested and can contribute to any of the following projects:

(1) Multivariable control using quantitative feedback methods - We would like to advance knowledge in design of multiloop
and multivariable systems.
(2) Power plant modelling and control. This project will develop soft-sensing approaches to give improved information for
control of coal fired power plants.
(3) Power line inspection robot - A project is underway to develop a power line inspection robot. Skills required include
vision systems for navigation and line inspection.


7.9 Post-Doc: The University of Hong Kong
Contributed by:  James Lam,

A Postdoctoral Fellow is being recruited at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, in
the general area of control systems and applications. The initial application deadline is 31 May 2009 and the position
has to be filled by 1 September 2009. The appointment is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory performance
reviews. The ideal candidate is one who has recently completed, or is about to finish, his/her PhD in the area of control
systems and applications with strong background in mathematics and control theory. The themes of research are, but not
limited to, robust control and filtering, biological networks, multi-agent systems, networked control and estimation,
reduced-order modelling.

The monthly salary of the position is HKD 22K (1 USD approximately equals 7.8 HKD).

Interested candidates should send their CV to Professoor James Lam, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of
Hong Kong, via email .

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching
and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. Of a number of recent
indicators of the University's performance, one is its ranking at 26 among the top 200 universities in the world by the UK's
Times Higher Education Supplement. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines,
with 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 50 countries, and a complement of 1,200 academic members of staff,
many of whom are internationally renowned


7.10 Post-Doc: University of NSW@ADFA, Canberra, Australia
Contributed by: V. Ugrinovskii,

Expressions of interest are invited for a postdoc position available in the
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of
NSW @ Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia.

The position is supported by the research grant "Constructive Control of
Interconnected Systems" funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
The successful candidate will develop new theories of robust feedback
control for large-scale interconnected systems. The offer will be for one
year in the first instance, with a pssibility of extension for up to a year
subject to satisfactory progress and availability of funds.

The applicants for this position are anticipated to have a PhD or equivalent in
Electrical Engineering or Applied Mathematics, with specialization in control
theory. Applicants are expected to possess excellent communication and research

Potential applicants should contact Associate Professor V. Ugrinovskii
( Please attach a detailed CV, including email
addresses of three referees, and a cover letter detailing the applicant's
research interest and its relevance to the project.

7.11 Research Associate: University of Glasgow
Contributed by: Jongrae Kim,

Research Associate at Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Starting Date: July 2009
Duration: 36 Months
Salary Range: £31,513 - £35,469 per annum

A Research Associate position is available in the Department of  Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow,
Glasgow, UK. The candidate will work on an EPSRC funded project about Robustness Analysis of Large-Scale Stochastic
Systems. The successful applicant will be required to continue development of algorithms and theories related to the
robustness analysis, where the particular interest is on systems biology applications.

Applicants must have an appropriate first degree and PhD required in Engineering, Physics, Mathematical Biology or
elated discipline and extensive theoretical and practical knowledge in systems biology, stochastic dynamics and/or
control theory. Appropriate ability of programming in C or Fortran is required and experience on parallel programming
would be advantageous. It is essential to have 1-2 years post-doctoral experience and appropriate publication record
in relevant subjects.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jongrae Kim,
Email:, Tel. +44-(0)141-330-8646, Fax. +44-(0)141-330-5560.