May 2010

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 260
May 2010

Magnus Egerstedt
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.2 2010 American Control Conference (ACC)

2.  Awards and honors
2.1 Award to Professor Thomas Kailath

3. Journals
3.1 Announcement: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS)
3.2 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems
3.3 Contents: Automatica
3.4 Contents: European Journal of Control
3.5 Contents: Control Engineering of China
3.6 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics
3.7 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
3.8 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
3.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
3.10 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

4. Conferences
4.1 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
4.2 IEEE Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel
4.3 Application of Control Theory and Optimization Techniques in Biomechanical Pathways
4.4 Dynamics Days South America 2010
4.5 ICIRA 2010

5.  Workshops
5.1 Model Reduction for Complex Dynamical Systems
5.2 2nd Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems
5.3 Informal Workshop on -Wo-man-Robot Interaction

6.  Positions
6.1 PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
6.2 PhD: INRIA Grenoble -Rhone-Alpes (France)
6.3 PhD: Optimization in Engineering Center OPTEC
6.4 PhD: Technical University of Catalunya (UPC) Barcelona (Spain)
6.5 Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
6.6 Post-Doc: University of Maryland at College Park
6.7 Post-Doc: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
6.8 Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
6.9 Post-Doc: Automatic Control, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
6.10 Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
6.11 Post-Doc: University of South Wales, Canberra, Australia
6.12 Post-Doc: Imperial College London
6.13 Faculty Position: Karlstad University, Sweden 
6.14 Faculty Position: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China
6.15 Faculty Position: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
6.16 Faculty Position: The Wichita State University (WSU)
6.17 Faculty Position: University of Groningen, the Netherlands
6.18 Researcher: University of Michigan
6.19 Researcher: University of Michigan
6.20 Researcher: Narvik University College (NUC) Norway


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth kovacs,

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
April 2010 Volume 55 Number 4 IETAA9 (ISSN 0018-9286)

Scanning the Issue page 817


Synchronization Between Adaptively Coupled Systems with Discrete and Distributed
W. Lin and H. Ma page

Model Predictive Control Using Segregated Disturbance Feedback
C. Wang, C.-J. Ong, and M. Sim
page 831

Strict Lyapunov Function Constructions Under LaSalle Conditions With an
Application to Lotka-Volterra Systems
F. Mazenc and M. Malisoff
page 841

Robust Fault Reconstruction in Uncertain Linear Systems Using Multiple
Sliding Mode Observers in Cascade
C. P. Tan and C. Edwards
page 855

New Approach to Recursive Identification for ARMAX Systems
H.-F. Chen
page 868

Convergence Rates of Distributed Average Consensus with Stochastic Link Failures
S. Patterson, B. Bamieh, and A. El Abbadi
page 880

Transverse Linearization for Controlled Mechanical Systems With Several Passive
Degrees of Freedom
A. S. Shiriaev, L. B. Freidovich, and S. V. Gusev
page 893

Robust Asymptotic Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems with Non-Hyperbolic
Zero Dynamics
L. Marconi, L. Praly, and A. Isidori
page 907

Constrained Consensus and Optimization in Multi-Agent Networks
A. Nedic, A. Ozdaglar, P. A. Parrilo
page 922

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Consensus of Data-sampled Multi-agent Systems With Random Communication
Delay and Packet Loss
Y. Zhang and Y.-P. Tian
page 939

Composite Adaptation for Neural Network-Based Controllers
P. M. Patre, S. Bhasin, Z. D. Wilcox, and W. E. Dixon
page 944

Finite-Time Consensus Problems for Networks of Dynamic Agents
L. Wang and F. Xiao
page 950

Characterization of Majorization Monotone Quantum Dynamics
H. Yuan
page 955

On the Dynamic Response of a Saturating Static Feedback-Controlled
Single Integrator Driven by White Noise
Z. Wen, S. Roy, and A. Saberi
page 959

Multiple Time Scalings of a Multi-Output Observer Form
Y. Wang and A. F. Lynch
page 966

Time Complexity of Decentralized Fixed-Mode Verification
J. Lavaei and S. Sojoudi
page 971

The Carleman Approximation Approach to Solve a Stochastic Nonlinear
Control Problem
G. Mavelli and P. Palumbo
page 976

Reduction Principles and the Stabilization of Closed Sets for Passive Systems
M. I. El-Hawwary and M. Maggiore
page 982

High gain observer for structured multi-output nonlinear systems
H. Hammouri, G. Bornard, and K. Busawon
page 987

Efficient LMI-based Quadratic Stabilization of Interval LPV Systems With
Noisy Parameter Measures
L. Jetto and V. Orsini
page 993

Assessing Asymptotic Stability of Linear Continuous Time-Varying Systems
by Computing the Envelope of all Trajectories
G. Garcia, P. L. D. Peres, S. Tarbouriech
page 998

Finite-Time Stability of Linear Time-Varying Systems: Analysis and Controller Design
F. Amato, M. Ariola, and C. Cosentino
page 1003

Synthesis of Linear Quantum stochastic Systems via Quantum Feedback Networks
H. I. Nurdin
page 1008

Structural Instability and Minimal Realizations
L. H. Keel and S. P. Bhattacharyya
page 1014

Sensitivity Penalization Based Robust State Estimation for Uncertain Linear Systems
T. Zhou
page 1018

Stability Analysis for Continuous-Time Positive Systems With Time-Varying Delays
X. Liu, W. Yu, and L. Wang
page 1024

Sliding Mode Control of Uncertain Multivariable Nonlinear Systems with Unknown
Control Direction via Switching and Monitoring Function
T. R. Oliveira, A. J. Peixoto, and L. Hsu
page 1028

Further Results on the Uniform Observability of Discrete-Time Nonlinear Systems
S. Hanba
page 1034

An Extension to Balanced Truncation With Application to Structured Model Reduction
H. Sandberg
page 1044


1.2 2010 American Control Conference (ACC)
Contributed by: May-Win Thein

The 2010 American Control Conference (ACC) will be held Wednesday
through Friday, June 30 – July 2, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
in Baltimore, Maryland.

The ACC is the annual conference of the American Automatic Control Council
(AACC).  The 2010 ACC, held in cooperation with IFAC, will present a technical
program consisting of new developments in theory and practice in the area of
automatic control.  The technical program will consist of over 1100 presentations. 
In addition to regular technical sessions, this includes 27 invited sessions,
5 special sessions, 8 tutorial sessions, and 7 pre-conference workshop (an
additional one just added) sessions.

Baltimore, home of the Orioles and Ravens, has a beautiful Inner Harbor with
a scenic and popular waterfront. Baltimore is also rich with history, as the
place where Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner"
as he watched soldiers of Fort McHenry defend Baltimore from the Royal Navy in
the War of 1812. Other attractions include the Baltimore Aquarium, the Maryland
Science Center, and wide variety of other museums. Baltimore also hosts a wealth
of famous restaurants and outdoor entertainment such as street entertainers,
fireworks, cruise boats, and open-air theatres. Since the conference ends just
before America's Independence Day, attendees can also enjoy the July 4 festivities
held throughout the U.S.

Please refer to the 2010 ACC website --

Important deadlines:
   Advance registration:     *** May 9, 2010 ***
   Hotel reservations:       June 1, 2010 (or subject to availability)

For more information, please contact:

Glenn Y. Masada - 2010 ACC General Chair,

Richard D. Braatz - 2010 ACC Program Chair,


2. Awards and Honors

2.1 Award to Professor Thomas Kailath
Contributed by: Biswa Datta,

The 2009 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information
and Communication Technologies category has been awarded to engineer and
mathematician Thomas Kailath for creating knowledge with transformative impact
on the information and communication technologies that permeate everyday life.
These pioneering developments laid the mathematical foundations enabling solutions
to some of the challenging problems in this area and have also served to break
through the barrier of chip miniaturization.

Kailath, the Hitachi America Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus,
was cited as “that rare combination: a scientist with the ability to solve profound
mathematical problems and translate them into practical applications, generating
new technologies and transferring them to industry.

He was nominated by the President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jose M.
F. Moura, at the Carnegie Mellon University, with  supporting letters from individuals
at the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering; the Institute of Advanced Studies of
the Technical University of Munich; the School of Engineering of Stanford University;
the Department of Mathematics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Princeton
School of Engineering and Applied Science; the Israel Institute of Technology; and the
Imperial College, London.

In the course of his teaching career, the awardee has mentored over a hundred
doctoral and postdoctoral students. "I was able to see the opportunities and
enter new fields because I learned to use my students as intelligence amplifier",
says Kailath. "So I regard this prize as a tribute also to them, to their brilliance
and dedication."

The prize, which carries a purse of 400,000 Euros, will be awarded at ceremonies
in Madrid in June 2010.
The BBVA Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of the BBVA Group,
a multinational financial services corporation based in Spain. BBVA collaborated
with the Spanish National Research Council in the awards process.



3.1 Announcement: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS)
Contributed by: Eduardo Sontag,

We are delighted to announce that, effective immediately, Professor Lars
Gruene (Department of Mathematics, University of Bayreuth, Germany) has been appointed
co-Editor in Chief of the journal Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS).
Jan H. van Schuppen and Eduardo Sontag will remain in their roles as (co-)Editor in
Chief and Advising Editor, respectively.

We want to use this opportunity to remind readers that MCSS is interested in high-
level theoretical contributions to systems and control theory, and encourage you
to submit your best work to the journal!

Eduardo D. Sontag
Jan H. van Schuppen


3.2 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems

Contributed by:

Incorporating Dynamics and Control
Vol 16, No. 2 April  2010


Dynamics Control by a Time-Varying Feedback
A. A. Agrachev and M. Caponigro

Nonlinear Neumann Boundary Stabilization
of the Wave Equation Using Rotated Multipliers
P. Cornilleau, J.-P. Loheac, and A. Osses

Exponential Stabilization of The Timoshenko System
by a Thermo-Viscoelastic Damping
A. Djebabla and N. Tatar

General Energy Decay Rates
for a Weakly Damped Timoshenko System
M. I. Mustafa and S. A. Messaoudi

Stabilization and Riesz Basis of a Star-Shaped Network 
of Timoshenko Beams
Z.-J. Han and G.-Q. Xu

Delay Induced Travelling Wavefronts in a Diffusive Vector
Disease Model with Distributed Delay
W. Guo

Ducks on the Torus: Existence and Uniqueness
I. V. Schurov


3.3 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 46 (2010), Issue 5 (May)

Regular Papers

On resampling and uncertainty estimation in linear system identification
Simone Garatti, Robert Bitmead

Interconnection-based performance analysis for a class of decentralized
Somayeh Sojoudi, Amir G. Aghdam

Approximate dynamic programming with a fuzzy parameterization
Lucian Busoniu, Damien Ernst, Bart De Schutter, Robert Babuska

Unknown-state, unknown-input reconstruction in discrete-time nonminimum-phase
systems: Geometric methods
Giovanni Marro, Elena Zattoni

An MPC approach to the design of two-layer hierarchical control systems
Bruno Picasso, Daniele De Vito, Riccardo Scattolini, Patrizio Colaneri

Dynamic coupling switching control incorporating support vector machines for
wheeled mobile manipulators with hybrid joints
Zhijun Li, Yu Kang

Observability analysis of conewise linear systems via directional derivative
and positive invariance
Jinglai Shen

Adaptive T-S fuzzy-neural modeling and control for general MIMO unknown
nonaffine nonlinear systems using projection update laws
Wei-Yen Wang, Yi-Hsing Chien, Yih-Guang leu, Tsu-Tian Lee

Identification of block-oriented systems in presence of nonparametric
input nonlinearities of switch and backlash types
Youssef Rochdi, Fouad Giri, Jean-Baptiste Gning, Fatima-Zahra Chaoui

Online actor-critic algorithm to solve the continuous-time infinite horizon
optimal control problem
Kyriakos Vamvoudakis, Frank L. Lewis

Brief Papers

Stability and reliable data reconstruction of uncertain dynamic systems
over finite capacity channels
Alireza Farhadi, Charalambos D. Charalambous

Linear matrix inequality tests for frequency domain inequalities with
affine multipliers
Matthew Graham, Mauricio C. de Oliveira

Discretized Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional for coupled differential-
difference equations with multiple delay channels
Hongfei Li, Keqin Gu

Moving horizon partition-based state estimation of large-scale systems
Marcello Farina, Giancarlo Ferrari-Trecate, Riccardo Scattolini

Finite-time control of discrete-time linear systems: Analysis and design conditions
Francesco Amato, Marco Ariola, Carlo Cosentino

Issues in sampling and estimating continuous-time models with stochastic disturbances
Lennart Ljung, Adrian George Wills

Branch and bound method for multiobjective pairing selection
Vinay Kariwala, Yi Cao

Some new results for system decoupling and pole assignment problems
Musheng Wei, Qian Wang, Xuehan Cheng

Technical Communiques

A note on fractional-order derivatives of periodic functions
Mohammad Saleh Tavazoei

Reachable set bounding for delayed systems with polytopic uncertainties:
The maximal Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional approach
Zhiqiang Zuo, Daniel W. C. Ho, Yijing Wang

Asynchronously switched control of switched linear systems with average dwell time
Lixian Zhang, Huijun Gao


3.4 Contents: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: Maria Prandini,

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 16, Issue n.3, 2010

Generalized Linear Dynamic Factor Models - An Approach via Singular Autoregressions
M. Deistler, B.D.O. Anderson, A. Filler, Ch. Zinner, W. Chen

Closed-loop identification of MIMO systems: a new look at identifiability and
experiment design
Alexandre Sanfelice Bazanella, Michel Gevers, Ljubiša Mišković

Identification of ARX and ARARX models in the presence of input and output noises
Roberto Diversi, Roberto Guidorzi and Umberto Soverini

Stability Analysis of Finite-Level Quantized Discrete-Time Linear Control Systems
Carlos E. de Souza, Daniel F. Coutinho, Minyue Fu

Robust stability analysis and tuning of a predictive sliding mode controller
M. Pérez,  E. Jiménez, E.F. Camacho

Representation of a Class of MIMO Systems via Internally Positive Realization
Alfredo Germani, Costanzo Manes, Pasquale Palumbo


3.5 Contents: Control Engineering of China
Contributed by:

Control Engineering of China
Chief Editor: Professor Tianyou. Chai
Deputy Chief Editor: Professor Hong Wang and Dr Shaowen Lu
Current Issue: Mar. 2010

On Nonlinear Control of Evaporation Process via Simulation
WANG Yong-gan, CHAI Tian-you

Sliding Mode Control for Trajectory Tracking of Hydraulic Excavator
HUANG Ru-nan, Gu Bo

Simulation of Protection Control of Aircraft Power Supply System
LIU Hui-ying, YAO Yuan, ZHANG Guo-chun

On Wide Band Networked Control System for Video LED Screen
BAI Rui-lin, SHANG Jia-liang, LIU Wei

Continuous-time and Sampled-data Synchronization Control of Chaotic
with Diverse Structures
WU Zhong-qiang, KUANG Yu, TANG Hui

Complex Control Based on Fuzzy-neural for Mechanical Servo Systems
XV Chun-mei

PMSM Gain Scheduling Control Based on Hamiltonian Feedback Dissipation
QIU Jun, ZHAO Guang-zhou, QI Dong-lian

H-infinity Design for Sampled—data Control Systems Using Lifting Technique
LIU Yan-wen, LIU Sheng, GAO Zhen-guo

Controller Design of Hybrid Maglev Systems Based on Hyper—stability
LI Yun-gang, CHEN Shu-wen, CHEN Hui-xing

Control and Optimization of Endocrine Disruptor Benzene Moving in Complex System
LIU Pei-yong, ZHANG Qing-ling, ZHANG Yue, YANG Xiao-guang

Control System for Mixture of Ceramic Materials Based on Kalman Filter
TANG De-cui, LI Hu-shan

On Flywheel Battery Power Conversion Control Based on BP Neural Network
JIANG Yu, TANG Shuang-qing, LI Zhi-xiong, LIU Kan

Model Predictive Control of Ship Course with LS—SVM
LIU Sheng, HUANG Shao-bo, CHANG Xu-cheng

An Analytical Auto-Tuning Method for Fuzzy PI Control
SHEN Ping, DUAN Xiao-gang, LI Han-xiong

CMAC Control and Case Simulation for Intelligent Prosthetic Leg
YU Hong-liu, SHEN Ling, ZHAO Zhan, XU Zhao-hong, QIAN Xing-san

A Motion Planning Method for Lunar Rover via Discretization C-Space
JU He-hua, YUAN Ye

Optimization of Path Planning for Mobile Robot Based on Staged Searching
LI Jin-song, SONG Li-bo, GE Zhi-fei, XU Zhao-hong, YAN Guo-zheng

First—Principle Modeling of Polypropylene Melt Index for Dual—loop Reactor
TIAN Hua-ge, CHE Rong-jie, TIAN Xue-min

Improved Modeling and Optimal Algorithm for Combination Stacking
WANG Zhi-gang, LIU Quan-li, WANG Wei

Nonconvex Rate Control Algorithm in TCP Network Using Particle Swarm Optimization
TANG Mei-qin, GUAN Xin-ping

Parameter Establishment of Particle Swarm Optimization Based on Uniform Design
JIANG Shan-he, WANG Qi-shen, JIANG Ju-lang

On Optimization Model and Algorithm for Aircraft Assigning
LI Yao-hua, TAN Na

CFD Simulation on an Internal Loop Air-lift Bioreactor with a Volume of 16 L
YUAN Jing-qi, ZHANG Zhe, ZHU Xin-jie, LIU Bo-ning, WU Hong-tao, JIA Qian

Prediction Model of Process Parameter Based on KPLS and LS-SVM
ZHU Hong-qiu, YANG Chun-hua, GUI Wei-hua

On Multiple Traveling Salesman Problem with Minimum Completion Time Based on
Hierarchical Genetic Algorithm
ZHOU Hui-ren, TANG Wan-sheng, WEI Ying-hui

Dynamic Decoupling Control for Radial Position of Bearingless Induction Motor
SUN Xiao-dong, ZHU Huang-qiu, ZHANG Tao, WU Xi

A Novel Hill—climb Search Algorithm Applied in Large Inertia Wind Power System
HUANG Shou-dao, LU Ji-ning, HUANG Ke-yuan

Soft Objects Grasping Control Based on External Torque Control Loops
WANG Xue-lin, ZHOU Jun, JI Chang-ying, JIANG Li

Heuristics Algorithm for Motion Planning Based on 3D Environment Model
CHEN Hong-jun, CHEN Wei, TIAN Feng

Anti-Swing Control of Ship-borne Vertical Loader Machine Based on Hierarchical
Sliding Mode Control
QU Jun, LIU Wei

Locomotion Control for Miniature Pneumatic Robots
YU Lian-zhi, YU Ling-wei, LIU Guo-xian

Homography-Based Camera Calibration Method and its Applications
ZHANG Xue-bo, FANG Yong-chun, MA Bo-jun

Design of Print Module Based on S3C2440 Processor
YE Xiao-ling, YANG Xu

Design of Visual Automatic Programming Platform for Medical Images
CHEN De-xing, GUO Lei, NIE Jin-xing
DSR Protocol Based on Congestion Control and Energy Balance Strategy
WU Chun-xue, SONG Lan-zhong, WANG Jia-bing


3.6 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics
Contributed by: Fikret Aliev, Alexander Kel,

Applied and Computational Mathematics, Vol.9, Special Issue, 2010
(ISSN 1683-3511,

Special Issue on Bioinformatics

Pages: 3
Message from Editors

Pages: 4-18
Robust Clustering by Double Bisection Crossing Minimization
A. Abdullah

Pages: 19-33
Functional and Evolutionary Role of Plastid DNA Insertions in Rice Genome
Y.Yu. Akbarova, V.V. Solovyev, I.A. Shahmuradov

Pages: 34-49
ExPlainTM - WAX: Causal Analysis of Gene Batteries and Identification of Key Nodes
in Signal Transduction Networks
S. Becker, N. Homeyer, T. Konovalova, P. Stegmaier, B. Lewicki-Potapov, N. Voss, A. Kel

Pages: 50-55
Two Splice Forms of JOINT LESS-1 are Involved in Abscission Formation of Tomato Plants
K.G. Gasimov

Pages: 56-65
Annotation of Protein-Coding Genes in Fungal Genomes
D. Martinez, I. Grigoriev, A. Salamov

Pages: 66-81
Mono- and Bi-Cistronic Chimeric mRNAs in Arabidopsis and Rice Genomes
I.A. Shahmuradov, A.U. Abdulazimova, V.V. Solovyev, R. Qamar, S.N. Chohan, J.A. Aliyev

Pages: 82
Bio of Professor Jalal Alirza Aliyev


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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.12, No.3   May, 2010


Special issue on "Petri Nets for System Control and Automation"

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Design of Liveness-enforcing Supervisors via Transforming Plant Petri Net
       Authors: Chunfu Zhong and Zhiwu Li

2. Paper Title: Colored Timed Petri Nets for Modeling and Analysis of Cluser Tools
       Authors: NaiQi Wu and MengChu Zhou

3. Paper Title: Process VS Resource-oriented Petri Net Modeling of Automated Manufacturing
       Authors: NaiQi Wu and MengChu Zhou

4. Paper Title: A Petri Nets-based Process Planning System for Wastewater Treatment
       Authors: Albert W. L. Yao, Zhiming Ji, and H. T. Liao

5. Paper Title: Petri Nets Based FPGA Controller of PDP Sustainer with Half-Voltage Energy
Recovery Circuit
       Authors: Jian-Long Kuo, Li-Shiang Lee, and Kai-Lun Chao

6. Paper Title: Constructing an Abstract Model for Ladder Diagram Diagnosis Using Petri Nets
       Authors: Jui-I Tsai and Ching-Cheng Teng

7. Paper Title: Non-blocking Decentralized Control of Discrete Event Systems Based on Petri
       Authors: Feihua Lu, Weimin Wu, Hongye Su, Jian Chu

8. Paper Title: Synthesis of Deadlock Prevention Policy Using Petri Nets Reachability Graph
       Authors: Yi-Sheng Huang, Ta-Hsiang Chung and Pin-June Su

9. Paper Title: A Deadlock Prevention Approach for a Class of Timed Petri Nets Using
Elementary Siphons
       Authors: Jinwei Guo and ZhiWu Li

10. Paper Title: An Optimal Maintenance Policy Based on Generalized Stochastic Petri Nets
and Periodic Inspection
       Authors: Ching-Kao Chang and Chen-Liang Hsiang

11. Paper Title: Improved Controllability Test for Dependent Siphons in S3PR Based on
Elementary Siphons
       Authors: Daniel Y. Chao

Regular issue

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Chattering Reduction of Sliding Mode Control by Low-Pass Filtering the Control
       Authors: Ming-Lei Tseng and Min-Shin Chen

2. Paper Title: Design of Nonlinear Terminal Guidance/Autopilot Controller for Missiles with
Pulse Type Input Devices
       Authors: Fu-Kuang Yeh

3. Paper Title:Optimal Grade Transition Control for Liquid-propylene Polymerization Reactor
       Authors: Mohammad Al-haj Ali

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Robust Unscented Kalman Filtering for Nonlinear Uncertain Systems
       Authors: Kai Xiong, C. L. Wei, and L. D. Liu

2. Paper Title: Explicit Nonlinear Predictive Control for a Magnetic Levitation System
       Authors: A Ulbig, S. Olaru, D. Dumur, and P. Boucher


3.8 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernández,

Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Volume 10, Number 1, 2010
ISSN 1562-8353;

Abstracted/indexed by Zentralblatt MATH, Mathematical Reviews, PASCAL Database


Professor V.I. Zubov,
A.Yu. Aleksandrov, A.A. Martynyuk and A.P. Zhabko,   
p. 1

Decoupled-natural-dynamics Model for the Relative Motion of two Spacecraft
without and with J2 Perturbation,
R. Bevilacqua, M. Romano and F. Curti,    
p. 11

On the PLF Construction for the Absolute Stability Study of Dynamical Systems
with Non-Constant Gain,
W. Bey, Z. Kardous and N. Benhadj Braiek,    
p. 21

Special Solutions to Rotating Stratified Boussinesq Equations,
B. S. Desale and V. Sharma,    
p. 29

Operational Calculus in Noncooperative Stochastic Games,
J. H. Dshalalow and A. Treerattrakoon,    
p. 39

Delay-Dependent Stability Analysis for Large Scale Production Networks of
Autonomous Work Systems,
H.R. Karimi, S. Dashkovskiy and N.A. Duffie,    
p. 55

Training a Neural Network Using Hierarchical Genetic Algorithm for Modeling
and Controlling a Nonlinear System of Water Level Regulation,
I. Ben Omrane and A. Chatti,    
p. 65

Semilinear Hyperbolic Integrodifferential Equations with Nonlocal Conditions,
D. N. Pandey, A. Ujlayan and D. Bahuguna,    
p. 77

A Short Note on Semilinear Elliptic Equations in Unbounded Domain,
V. Raghavendra and R. Kar,    
p. 93

The Boundedness of Solutions to Nonlinear Third Order Differential Equations,
C. Tunc,    
p. 97        

For information and subscription,
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. A.A. Martynyuk, e-mail:


3.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-chen Fu,

“Analysis and Control of Biological Networks”
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

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

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

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

Guest Editors:            
Prof. Luonan Chen
Osaka Sangyo University

Prof. James Lam
The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Zidong Wang
Brunel University
United Kingdom

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

Potential authors are strongly encouraged to upload the electronic file of their
manuscript (in PDF format) through journal website:
If you encounter any submission problem, 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 submission should include a title page containing the title of the paper, an abstract
and a list of keywords, authors’ full names and affiliations, complete postal and
electronic address, phone and fax numbers. The contacting author should be clearly
identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit


3.10 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Contributed by: Giovanni Cherubini,

Call for Papers:
IEEE TCST Special Issue on Advanced Servo Control for Emerging Data Storage Systems

Contributions are invited for a special issue of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL
SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY devoted to the subject of Advanced Servo Control for Emerging
Data Storage Systems. The purpose of this special issue is to document the current
status of research in this field, through a collection of original high-quality papers.
 The emphasis will be on the role control systems technology plays in advancing the
state of the art in well-established data storage systems based on magnetic and optical
recording, as well as in recently proposed systems that hold potential for enabling a
dramatic increase in the achievable storage capacity, for example scanning-probe devices
and holographic drives. Contributions from industrial researchers are particularly

The areas targeted by this special issue include, but are not limited to
• Modeling and control of dual-stage micro-actuators in hard-disk drives
• Control of rotary actuators for disk drives
• Dynamics and control of track-following systems
• MIMO control of reel-to-reel servo in tape drives
• Dynamics and control of MEMS/NEMS for probe-based storage devices
• Tracking control for holographic data storage
• Modeling and control of piezo-based positioning systems

Only contributions that contain significant experimental results will be included.
Papers must contain high-quality original contributions and be prepared in accordance
with the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology standards. Prospective authors
are advised to consult the “Information for Authors” prior to submitting a paper: Contributions should
be submitted via by October 31, 2010. Prospective
authors should state in their cover letter and in the "notes" section of the submission
site that their manuscript is intended for the special issue on “Advanced Servo Control
for Emerging Data Storage Systems”. Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously
published or be under review for possible publication elsewhere. All papers will be
rigorously reviewed according to the standards of the IEEE Transactions on Control
Systems Technology.

Guest Editors:

Giovanni Cherubini
IBM Research - Zurich
CH-8803 Rueschlikon, Switzerland

Chung Choo Chung
Division of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Hanyang University
Seoul 133-791, Republic of Korea

William C. Messner
Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburg, PA 15213, U.S.A.

Reza Moheimani
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia


4. Conferences

4.1 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
Contributed by: B. Horner,

September 29 – October 1, 2010

The Forty-Eighth Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
will be held from Wednesday, September 29 through Friday, October 1, 2010, at Allerton
House, the conference center of the University of Illinois.  Papers presenting original
research are solicited in the areas of communication systems, communication and computer
networks, detection and estimation theory, information theory, error control coding,
source coding and data compression, queueing networks, control systems, robust and
nonlinear control, adaptive control, optimization, dynamic games, large-scale systems,
robotics and automation, manufacturing systems, discrete event systems, intelligent
control, multivariable control, computer vision-based control, learning theory, neural
networks, VLSI architectures for communications and signal processing, and automated
highway systems.  Manuscripts must be submitted by Wednesday, June 16, 2010, following
the instructions at the Conference website! -

Allerton House is located twenty-six miles southwest of the Urbana-Champaign campus
of the University in a wooded area on the Sangamon River. It is part of the fifteen-
hundred acre Robert Allerton Park, a complex of natural and man-made beauty designated
as a National natural landmark. Allerton Park has twenty miles of well-maintained trails
and a living gallery of formal gardens, studded with sculptures collected from around
the world.

Plenary Lecture: Professor Benjamin F. Hobbs of Johns Hopkins University will deliver
this year’s plenary lecture. It is scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2010.

NOTICE: Deadlines are earlier than in previous years.  Final versions of papers to be
presented at the conference must be submitted electronically by August 25, 2010.
Conference Co-Chairs: Pramod Viswanath and Sean Meyn

Sponsors:  Coordinated Science Laboratory and the Department Of Electrical And Computer
Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


4.2 IEEE Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel
Contributed by: Michael Margaliot,

Switched Systems

Dear Colleague,
I was asked to organize a special session on Switched Systems for the

This will take place in Eilat, Israel, Nov. 17-20, 2010.  
Eilat is Israel's southernmost city located at the northern tip of the Red
Sea. Eilat's arid desert climate is moderated by proximity to a warm sea.
Average day temperature in Eilat during the month of November is 27
Centigrade (81 Fahrenheit). The city's beaches, coral reefs, fine hotels,
nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination for domestic
and international tourism.
If you are interested in presenting a paper in this special session, please
contact me as soon as possible.

With Best Regards,

Dr. Michael Margaliot
School of Elec. Eng. – Systems
Tel Aviv University, Israel


4.3 Application of Control Theory and Optimization Techniques in Biomechanical Pathways
Contributed by: Vijaysekhar Chellaboina,

PATHWAYS: A Satellite Meeting of the International Congress of Mathematics (ICM 2010)

Venue: Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India,
Dates: 16-18 August, 2010

Organisers :
Dr. Somdatta Sinha, Mathematical & Computational Biology Group, Centre for Cellular
& Molecular Biology (CSIR), Hyderabad 500007, INDIA

Prof. M. Vidyasagar, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science, The
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75080- 3021, USA

Control theory is concerned with designing strategies that ensure the robust
performance of a system by automatically adapting to changes in the environment.
Biochemical pathways in the cell are responsible for processing environmental signals,
inducing appropriate cellular responses, and regulating internal events such as gene
expression. Through elaborate mechanisms, they allow cells and entire organisms to
perform their basic functions. The key role played by feedback in life are manifested
in the homeostatic control and regulation of biochemical pathways, which break down
nutrients and provide the cell with energy and materials, and their appropriate timing
in functions. Recent years have witnessed remarkable advances in elucidating the
components of cellular pathways and networks of genes. They provide a snapshot of the
complete genetic activity of a cell, yet the overall connectivity and functional
characteristics are still poorly understood - a fundamental lacuna in understanding
their control architecture. Several mathematical tools based on control-theoretic
thinking have already begun making a contribution in the understanding of the robustness
and evolvability in designs of real biochemical pathways. Some examples are the theory of
monotone input-output systems, feedback control theory, etc. Optimization techniques
(Flux Balance Analysis) are being applied to pathways as it is assumed that biological
organisms generally optimize their metabolic pathways for growth. Such applications
are useful in designing pathways for addressing host-parasite interactions and pathway
engineering. This satellite symposium will explore the close analogies between biochemical
regulatory networks and engineered automatic control systems. Feedback, which is a central
theme in such analogies, and the role of stochasticity, common in intracellular setting,
will be explored in connection to fault-tolerant systems in pathways. At the symposium,
internationally known researchers will discuss relevant mathematical foundations and model
systems from biology that would enhance the interdisciplinary discussions. In contrast to
other workshops in similar areas, this one will emphasize rigorous mathematical theory
along with their application.

Plenary Speakers:
Antonis Papachristodoulou, University of Oxford, UK

Mogens Høgh Jensen, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Eberhard Voit, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Pablo A. Parrilo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Mustafa Khammash, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Philip Maini, University of Oxford, UK

Participation:    Mathematicians, Physicists, Engineers, and Biologists who are working
in the area of Control Theory and Optimisation techniques with an interest in applying
it to biological systems, specifically to model biochemical pathways. Senior graduate
students, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists are encouraged to apply.

Total number of participants:   40

Important Dates
Last date for Early Bird Registration: June 15, 2010, Fees: Rs.4000 (Indians);
$100 (participants from outside India)

Last date for Late Registration: July 15, 2010, Fees: Rs.5000 (Indians);
$125 (participants from outside India)

Onsite Registration (Depending on availability), Fees: Rs.6000 (Indians);
$150 (participants from outside India)

Registration fee includes Lunch, Tea/Coffee during meeting and Registration material

For more information contact:
Dr. Somdatta Sinha
Programme Link :

Accommodation: Shared accommodation will be arranged on request in nearby Budget
Hotels and Guest Houses

Financial Assistance : Limited financial assistance may be available for students,
postdoctoral fellows and young scientists. The application for funding support and
other information will be available soon.


4.4 Dynamics Days South America 2010
Contributed by: Elbert E. N. Macau,


July 26-30, 2010
São José dos Campos – São Paulo – Brazil

The system is now open for receiving submissions (contributive talks, posters, minisymposium).

DEADLINE: April, 30th

The Dynamics Days is a series of major international conferences founded in 1980
aimed at covering the entire field of dynamics and nonlinearity. It has been
bringing together researchers from a wide range of backgrounds including physics,
biology, engineering, chemistry and mathematics for interdisciplinary research in
nonlinear science. The Organization Committee of this Dynamics Days South America
2010 welcomes you to participate of this outstanding event to be held in São José
dos Campos, SP, Brazil, from 26 to 30 July, 2010. This is the longest standing and
most respected international meeting devoted to the field of dynamics and nonlinearity.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together for the first time in South America
researchers from a wide range of backgrounds who share a common interest in the
theory and applications of nonlinear dynamics. As so, researchers with background
in physics, biology, engineering, chemistry and mathematics will have a forum to
promote regional as well as international scientific and technological exchanges
and collaborations specially, but not exclusively, on problems that are specially
relevant for the development of science and technology in the South America region.

Special focus will be put on students, as they will have the opportunity to be in
contact with important, challenge and relevant research issues as well as the proper
methodology that should be used to tackle specific problems.


The conference will be structured in plenary invited talks, minisymposiums,
contributed talks and poster sessions. It will cover a broad range of topics, including:

* Applications in Engineering and Nanoscience
* Applications of Dynamical Systems in Medicine and Health Sciences
* Applications of Nonlinear Sciences
* Astrodynamics
* Bifurcation theory and analysis
* Celestial Mechanics
* Chaos in Hamiltonian Systems
* Chaotic Dynamics
* Climate Dynamics
* Collective Phenomena
* Communication with Chaos
* Complex Networks
* Control of Chaos and applications
* DNA Translocation Dynamics
* Dynamics of Biosystems
* Dynamics of Granular Materials
* Fluid Dynamics, Plasma and Turbulence
* Formation and Dynamics of Patterns
* Neural Dynamics
* Optoelectronic and Granular Matter
* Population Dynamics and Epidemiology
* Self-organization
* Stochastic Dynamics
* Synchronization
* Time series analysis


* Paper submission due                April 30, 2010
* Notification of acceptance          May 15, 2010
* Registration                        June 15, 2010


Contributed papers for oral or poster presentations are invited for the technical
sessions. Papers will be selected on the basis of the content of the abstract. With
one or two A4 page in length, the abstract should be a self-contained description of
the contribution of the paper and why it would be of interest to conference attendees.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the International Advisory Committee. The authors are
requested to indicate their preferred type of presentation (oral: 15 min plus 5 min
of discussion, or poster), and the corresponding technical topic. Notification of
acceptance will be sent by e-mail by June 15, 2010.


4.5 ICIRA 2010
contributed by:

2010 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications (ICIRA 2010)
November 10-12, 2010
Shanghai, China

The 2010 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications (ICIRA
2010) will be held in Shanghai, China, November 10-12, 2010. The theme of the
conference is “Robotics Harmonizing Life,” reflecting the ever-growing interest
in research, development and applications in the dynamic and exciting areas of
intelligent robotics.

Shanghai is China's commercial and financial centre. Its modern, international
and fashionable reputation entice travelers and visitors from all over the world,
who come to delight in its shopping heavens and to enjoy its wide variety of
entertainment, or simply to experience the glamour of China's most cosmopolitan city.

In general, the topics of interest for the 2010 International Conference on Intelligent
Robotics and Applications include, but are not limited to:

1. Robotics, mechatronics, automation, control system
2. Mechanisms, structures, elements and their design
3. Sensor design, multi-sensor data fusion
4. Computer vision, image/video processing, and artificial intelligence
5. Tele-robotics, human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction
6. Control system modeling, simulation techniques, and control applications
7. Intelligent control, neural control, fuzzy control, and their applications
8. Biomedical and rehabilitation engineering, and medical robotics
9. Industrial process control, manufacturing processes, and automation
10. Humanoid robots, service robots, defense robots, and other robotics applications

Important Dates are:
Submission of special session                April 20, 2010
Submission of papers:                        May 10, 2010, extended to May 20, 2010
Paper acceptance:                            July 10, 2010
Submission of final papers:                  August 10, 2010
Early bird registration:                     August 10, 2010
Conference:                                  November 10-12, 2010

For the most up to date information, please visit the conference website

General Chair:
Zhongqin Lin (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
Youlun Xiong (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)

Program Chair:
Xiangyang Zhu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
Honghai Liu (Portsmouth University, UK)

Conference Secretariats:
Xinjun Sheng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Tel: (86)-21-3420-6547, Fax: (86)-21-3420-6086

5. Workshops

5.1 Model Reduction for Complex Dynamical Systems
Contributed by: Tatjana Stykel,

Model Reduction for Complex Dynamical Systems
December 2-3, 2010
TU Berlin, Germany

This workshop of the BMBF research network SyreNe (
aims to bring together researchers and users of model order reduction
techniques with special emphasis on applications in micro- and
nanoelectronics. Contributions from other areas such as
computational electromagnetics, mechanical systems,
computational fluid dynamics and related disciplines are welcome.  

Invited speakers:
 * Michel S. Nakhla  (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
 * Joel R. Phillips  (Cadence Research Laboratories, Berkeley, USA)
 * Timo Reis         (TU Hamburg-Harburg, Germany)

Important dates:
Abstract submission:               July 1, 2010
  Please submit an abstract of your talk (up to 1 page) using
  the LaTeX template.
Acceptance notification:    September 1, 2010
Registration:               November 1, 2010

Organizing Committee:
 Peter Benner                (TU Chemnitz)
 Matthias Bollhöfer         (TU Braunschweig)
 Heike Faßbender         (TU Braunschweig)
 Michael Hinze                (Universität Hamburg)
 Patrick Lang                 (ITWM Kaiserslautern)
 Tatjana Stykel         (TU Berlin)
For further information, please visit


5.2 2nd Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems
Contributed by: Magnus Egerstedt,

Call for Participation:

2nd Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems

June 23-25, 2010 - Georgia Tech Atlanta Campus

Registration deadline (NEW): May 15, 2010

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 2nd 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 three-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

The speakers at the summer school are:
- Xialoi Ma (Georgia Tech)
- Chris Gill (Washington University)
- Prabir Barooah (University Florida)
- Scott Midkiff (Virginia Tech)
- Marilyn Wolf (Georgia Tech)
- Magnus Egerstedt (Georgia Tech)
- Sudha Yalamanchili (Georgia Tech)
- Jorge Cortes (UC San Diego)
- Frank Mueller (NC State)
- Michael Branicky (NSF)

Attendance to the CPS Summer School is FREE! However, you will need to register
your attendance, using the instructions on the website. The deadline for registration
is May 15, 2010.

It is expected that scholarships will be available to cover the cost of the accommodations.

- Magnus Egerstedt (
- Marilyn Wolf (


5.3 Informal Workshop on -Wo-man-Robot Interaction
Contributed by: Per-Olof Gutman,

Informal Workshop on -Wo-man-Robot Interaction

Invitation and Call for Papers

Monday 13 September –Tuesday 14 September, 2010

CEA, LIST DIASI/ Interactive Robotics Laboratory
18 Route du Panorama
92265 Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
tel: 33 1 46548670,  fax: 33 1 46548980

-Wo-man-Robot Interaction is seen as an increasingly important enabling technology for the future of robotics,
being central for the use of robots in manufacturing, assembly, tele-manipulation, the service sector, vehicles,
etc for improved productivity and safety. New and emerging robotics areas such as haptics, exoskeletons, are also
fully related to this topic. Since the human operator interacts with the system, his dynamics have an influence on
the whole system behavior. Since the human dynamics are highly uncertain, robust control strategies have to be considered.
The conventional strategy is to use passivity results, which guarantee stability without further modeling the operator.
These approaches are relatively conservative and can be improved if a better model of the operator is utilized. We then
have to take into account uncertainties, and here is why modern robust control shows up!

This workshop is meant to provide an informal forum for leading academic and industrial researchers to freely exchange
ideas, problems and recent developments and results. The presented presentations may be informal, tentative or speculative,
as well as of publication-ready maturity. The contributions may deal with various aspects of man-robot interaction
within the framework of e.g. tele-operation, cobotics, impedance control, robust control, sub-system control, modeling
and simulation, and experimental studies. The submitted abstracts and papers will be considered as pre-prints and be
accessible on the workshop web site to participants and other interested parties, and will not constitute a formal
publication; in other words, the papers may be submitted for publication elsewhere.

The Informal Workshop on –Wo-man-Robot Interaction will be held in Fontenay-aux-Roses, 6 km south of Paris,
13  –  14 September, 2010, in the Interactive Robotics Laboratory on the CEA Campus. Paris is easily accessible with car,
bus (no. 195, 295, 394), and RER B train. Paris in September is an ideal city to visit with fewer tourists, glorious but
not too hot weather, and all the regular cultural activities starting up after the summer holidays. The weekend preceding
the workshop is thus the ideal time for the participants, their families and guests, to fully enjoy all that Paris has to offer. 


The Informal Workshop on –Wo-man-Robot Interaction will be held on Monday 13 September  and Tuesday 14 September, 2010, at the
Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) Interactive Robotics Laboratory in Fontenay-aux-Roses.


If you wish to receive further information about the Workshop, please send your request by e-mail to Mme Anne Goue,

indicating your interest and providing an electronic address.  Your emailed agreement to participate should reach Mme Goue
not later than 2 July 2010, accompanied by an abstract, extended summary, or the full paper.


There is no registration fee.  Coffee breaks and  lunches are offered by CEA. A Workshop Dinner will be arranged on September
13.  A free visit to the museum of the first French atomic reactor located on the CEA Campus will be arranged, as well as a
visit to some of the laboratories.


The participants are encouraged to arrange their own accommodation via the internet, or a travel agency of their choice.


Prospective participants are invited to contact the Chair:

Dr. Frederic Colledani

A home page of the The Informal Workshop on –Wo-man-Robot Interaction is being prepared.


The Workshop is organized by researchers at CEA,LIST DIASI/Interactive Robotics Laboratory who are interested in man-robot interaction,
including Frederic Colledani (chair), Per-Olof Gutman, Yvan Measson, and Yann Perrot.


The Workshop is sponsored by
GDR-Robotique (Groupe de Recherche – Robotique)
GDR-MACS (Groupe de Recherche – Modélisation, Analyse et Command de Systèmes Dynamiques),
subgroup  MOSAR (Méthodes et Outils pour la Synthèse et l'Analyse en Robustesse)


2 July 2006: Submission of Abstracts, Extended Abstracts, and Papers, together with the agreement to participate.
The submitted contributions will be made accessible to the  participants via the internet prior to the workshop.

13-14 September 2010: Workshop


6.  Positions

6.1 PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by:

The Delft Center for Systems and Control of the Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands, announces an open position for a PhD position
(four years) on the topic

Advanced Autonomous Model-Based Operation of Industrial Process Systems

Department description
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.

Job/project description
This PhD project is a part of the AUTOPROFIT Project. This project is a joint
endeavor of an international consortium of industrial and academic partners.
Academic partners are Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), Eindhoven
University of Technology (The Netherlands), RWTH Aachen (Germany) and KTH Stockholm
(Sweden). The industrial partners are ABB (Sweden), Boliden (Sweden) and SASOL
(South Africa). This project is funded by the European Union via the Seventh
Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7).

The AUTOPROFIT project aims at a significant increase in applicability, life time
benefits and performance of model-based operation support systems in the process
industry by decreasing the modeling cost and by automating just-in-time maintenance
based on economic criteria.

In this particular vacancy, the objective is to develop a self-regulating, autonomous
control system for industrial processes. This system will continuously monitor the
control loop, detect any drop in performance, and use the least costly experiments
to update the model and adapt the control laws. To control costs even more tightly,
the system will only start this updating procedure if it is assessed as being
economically attractive.

The work shall lead to scientific publications and to a PhD thesis and will be
performed in close cooperation with the other academic and industrial partners.

We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in systems and control,
(applied) physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering,
chemical engineering or a related field. Candidates should have good analytical and
modeling skills and good communication skills.  Furthermore, the candidate should
have an interest for both academic and applied research.

For more information:


6.2 PhD: INRIA Grenoble -Rhone-Alpes (France)
Contributed by: Alain Kibangou,

A PhD position in the field of Distributed estimation is opened at INRIA
Grenoble -Rhone-Alpes (France). The thesis focuses on space-time distributed
estimation/filtering using wireless sensor networks with application to the
problem of parameter estimation of the characteristic curves used for representing
the flow/density in a road traffic and to detection of capacity changes due to
roadworks or accidents in a given road section. The derived algorithms will be
validated using real-time data, provided by the Grenoble Traffic Lab (GTL), from
measurements performed by a new wireless sensor network for traffic monitoring and
control implemented in the Grenoble roccade sud. The research activity will be
conducted within the NeCS team ( The project is well
suited to candidates with a master degree having good skills in system/control
theory, estimation/filtering and optimization.  Additional information can be found at (Thesis offer no 212).

Interested candidates should contact:
Alain Kibangou:
Carlos Canudas de Wit :


6.3 PhD: Optimization in Engineering Center OPTEC
Contributed by:  Jan Swevers,

Embedded optimization for motion control

Description: The aim of this phd project is to develop, implement and
experimentally validate efficient numerical solution methods for
optimizing in real-time the motion of machine tools and robot manipulators.
Both open- and closed-loop methods are considered. The former methods generate
optimal motion trajectories on-line, which are then given to the lower level
controller; the closed-loop methods are fast MPC algorithms. For both types
of control problems, optimality with respect to execution time, energy, dynamic
machine loading and residual vibrations will be investigated, taking into account
system constraints such as actuator saturation, maximal velocity and acceleration.
The main challenge is the high sampling rate, in the range of kHz, at which the
embedded optimization problems must be solved. Different problem classes can be
defined according to complexity of the considered system and degree of desired
 motion accuracy and robustness: linear time invariant systems, linear parameter
varying systems, nonlinear dynamic (robot) systems, considering parameter
uncertainty and tracking accuracy tolerances. The developed optimal control
algorithms will be implemented and experimentally validated on an industrial
pick-and-place machine and robot manipulator.

This research project is a continuation of the research described on:

Besides a competitive salary we offer a stimulating research environment within
our division PMA ( and the Optimization in
Engineering Center OPTEC( This phd project will
be supervised by Prof. Jan Swevers, and Prof. Moritz Diehl.

The requirements are a strong background in control and dynamic system
modeling, numerical optimization, programming, the ability to communicate
with mathematical optimizers, strong interest and experience for work on real-
world experiments, and enthusiasm for the project. Proficiency in English is
a requirement.

Apply now if you are interested in this PhD position. Send your electronic
application to Professor  Jan Swevers:

Subject of your email should be: “Embedded optimization for motion Control”.
Include a CV, certificates with university marks, Toefl test results (if applicable), 
a list of publications, names and email addresses of two possible references,
and a brief description of your research interests are most welcome.


6.4 PhD: Technical University of Catalunya (UPC) Barcelona (Spain)
Contributed by: Francesc Pozo,

We seek for candidates to apply for PhD grants with the Research Group
Control, Dynamics and  Applications (CoDAlab) at the Department of Applied
Mathematics III of the Technical University of Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona (Spain).

These positions are in the framework of two research projects: (1)
Identification and control of structural systems with hysteresis and
(2) Decentralized control of networked systems with application to
large 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

For further details, candidates should contact as soon as possible
to Dr. Francesc Pozo ( or Dr. Leonardo Acho (

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


6.5 Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by:

The Delft Center for Systems and Control of the Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands, announces an open position for a Postdoc position
(12 months) on the topic
Adaptive and Learning Control for Robotics

Department description

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).

Job/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 particular Postdoc 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.


The candidate must hold a PhD degree in control systems, machine learning, or
similar, with a strong background in mathematics. 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). The starting date is as soon
as possible.

More information:

6.6 Post-Doc: University of Maryland at College Park
Contributed by: Benjamin Shapiro,

Postdoc Position Announcement
Manipulation of Living Cells and Nanoscopic Objects by Feedback Control

Benjamin Shapiro, Fischell Department of Bio-Engineering, University of Maryland
at College Park

Our lab has deep expertise in using advanced control tools to manipulate matter
in biological and nanoscale systems, both in theory and in experiments (for
details see ). We have demonstrated control of cells,
including live swimming cells, quantum dots, and magnetic nanoparticles; by
fluid flow, electrostatics, and magnetic actuation. By incorporating feedback,
we have allowed simple devices to show amazing precision – we recently showed
that flow control can steer and hold single quantum dots to nanometer accuracy,
a capability that has not been achieved by any other means.
We are now looking to hire a postdoctoral scholar to advance the state-of-the-art
in this area. Applicants must have a PhD or be about to receive one. The skill
sets that we need are 1) advanced control theory, 2) micro-scale fabrication
expertise (preferably micro-fluidics), and 3) cell biology expertise, e.g.
handling of living cells. It is unlikely that we will find any single individual
that has a track record in all three areas, so for this position competitive
candidates should have a track record in 1) control theory and at least one of
the other two areas, either 2) fabrication or 3) biology laboratory skills.

This postdoc position is for a two year time period with an option to continue
on longer (for a 3rd or 4th year) if so desired. This position is in the Control
of Miniaturized Systems lab, and, as a senior position in this lab, will involve:
a) planning and conducting research, both theory and experiments;
b) writing journal articles and presenting finding at conferences (both in
   controls and in MEMS/biology conferences);
c) assisting with grant applications (especially for candidates that are looking
   to pursue a faculty position after this postdoc);
d) coordinating activities with other members of the team. We are looking for a
   person that can design and lead his or her own research efforts.

If you wish to apply for this position, please send one email to Dr. Benjamin
Shapiro ( with the title “Postdoc MicroObject Control:”
a short cover letter and contact information for 4 references in the body of
the email, and attach PDF files for your CV (please name the file as “_MicroControl_CV.pdf”)
and 2-3 of your best journal paper publications. Candidates will be reviewed
until the position is filled.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


6.7 Post-Doc: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
Contributed by: richard Kiang,

Post-Doc: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

Wyle Information Systems
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland

Post-doctoral Research Scientist is needed to utilize remote sensing technology
to monitor, predict, and facilitate the control of infectious disease transmission.
Climate changes are now apparent across the globe and expected to grow.  The observed
changes are causing a wide range of impacts – rising temperature, changing precipitation
patterns, significant shift in ecosystems, and increased invasive species and disease
pathogens.  As environmental and climatic factors have a profound role in initiating,
promoting and sustaining the transmission of infectious diseases, the objective of
the research is to develop empirical and theoretical models and techniques for
disease surveillance and control. This research includes aspects of ecological
modeling in climate change scenarios.

The position requires a recent Ph.D. (within 2 years from graduation) in Earth
sciences, physics, mathematics, computer sciences, theoretical ecology or engineering
with emphases on modeling diseases or biological systems.  Familiarity with statistical
methods (biostatistics desirable), numerical methods, artificial intelligence techniques,
dynamic system modeling, common geospatial and GIS techniques, and in particular, with
C, R, Matlab and ArcGIS are definite assets.  U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
is required.

Applicants should send a CV and names of three technical references to Dr. Lawrence
Klein, Group Manager, Wyle Information Systems, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,


6.8 Post-Doc: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
contributed by:

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

Expertise in dynamic modeling and control is essential. Some background in
measurement and signal processing and experience in high performance positioning
systems are desired. The candidates are expected to have a strong interest in
advanced control system design for hard disk drives.
Send applications (cover letter, CV, contact information for three references,
a PDF file of your best relevant paper) to Professor Lihua Xie via email
(, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang
Technological University, Singapore 639798. Review of applications will continue
until the position is filled, but priority will be given to early submissions.


6.9 Post-Doc: Automatic Control, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Contributed by: HÃ¥kan Hjalmarsson,

The Automatic Control Lab at KTH announces one open
position for a post-doc on the topic

Identification of Complex, Structured and Networked Systems

The Automatic Control Lab at KTH conducts research in networked control systems,
control of communication systems, systems biology and system identification. Much
of the research is conducted within the Linnaeus Centre ACCESS, Sweden's largest
research effort in networked systems, and in EU-projects.

It is increasingly common that engineering systems are built from components that
are interconnected in complex networks. Examples are found in the vehicle and IT
industry, in energy and material distribution, and in industrial process control.
This project concerns development of systematic system identification techniques
for large-scale complex networks.

We are also partner in the new EU project AUTOPROFIT (Advanced Autonomous Model-
Based Operation of Industrial Process Systems)  where the objective is to develop
methodologies which decrease the modeling cost and provide efficient model maintenance
in process control applications. Here we will develop a system identification framework
for model predictive control.

Deadline: June 15

More information:

6.10 Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Ellen van den Berg,

Post-doc: Delft University of Technology.

The Delft Center for Systems and Control of the Delft University of Technology,
The Netherlands, announces a Postdoc position (18 months) on the topic Control
of Inkjet Printheads.

Project description
This project is a part of the Octopus Project, which is a joint endeavor of
industrial and academic partners with the Embedded Systems Institute
(see: The academic partners are Delft University of Technology,
Eindhoven University of Technology, Twente University and Radboud University Nijmegen.
The carrying industrial partner is OCE, a world-leading manufacturer of professional
printers. The Octopus project aims at improving the adaptability of OCE-printers to
changing environment, changing media, changing customer desiderata and changing printer
dynamics (due to wear, toner contamination, etc.). This project is partly funded by
the Dutch Government. This particular vacancy pertains to the strengthening of the
TU Delft team for a period of 18 months. The TU Delft team is led by R.
Babuska and X.J.A. Bombois and its objective in the Octopus project is to
develop control techniques in order to improve the performance of inkjet printheads.

Candidate profile We are looking for a candidate with a Ph.D. degree in systems and
control. Candidates should have good analytical and modeling skills and excellent
communication skills.

For detailed information and how to apply:


6.11 Post-Doc: University of South Wales, Canberra, Australia
Contributed by: Valery Ugrinovskii,

Postdoc in Control of Interconnected Systems at the UNSW@ADFA, Canberra, Australia

Expressions of interest are invited for a postdoc position available in the
School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales
at the 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 decentralized and distributed
control for large-scale interconnected systems. The position can be offered as
a one-year research-only position, or as a research and teaching position. In
the latter case, there is a possibility of extension for up to one more year
subject to availability of funds and satisfactory research and teaching performance.

The applicants for this position are anticipated to have a PhD or equivalent
in Electrical Engineering or Applied Mathematics, with specialization in
decentralized and distributed control theory, robust control theory or
nonlinear control theory. Applicants are expected to possess excellent
communication and research skills demonstrated by a record of high quality
international publications. Applicants for research and teaching position
must demonstrate ability to teach in a range of engineering disciplines.

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


6.12 Post-Doc: Imperial College London
Contributed by: Guy-Bart Stan,

EPSRC Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation, Imperial College London

A post-doctoral Research Associate position is available for 36 months in the
first instance to work with Dr Guy-Bart Stan at the new EPSRC Centre for
Synthetic Biology and Innovation at Imperial College London. The research
project will be responsive to the applicant’s research history and interests
but will fall broadly into the research goals of the Centre: (i) to build
foundational tools for the robust and modular design of synthetic biology
circuits and (ii) to derive applications using synthetic biology. The project
is also an excellent opportunity for a skilled individual to cross-over into
the exciting field of synthetic biology.

Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent) in either, Applied Mathematics,
Theoretical (Bio)physics, Control Engineering, Computational Biology, a closely
aligned discipline or an equivalent level of professional qualifications
and experience. Previous experience in nonlinear dynamical systems, control,
stochastic modelling of gene expression, systems biology, or equivalent
research and industrial or commercial experience is desirable. Previous
research on synthetic biology is also desirable but is not a requirement.

More information can be found at
Informal enquires may be directed to Dr Guy-Bart Stan:

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at the following
link: (select “Job Search” and enter the
job reference no EN20100087). Please complete and upload an application form
as directed and submit any other relevant supporting documents such as your full CV.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact
Barbara Skene at

Closing date: June 1, 2010


6.13 Faculty Position: Karlstad University, Sweden
Contributed by:  Magnus Mossberg,

Karlstad University, Sweden invites applications for Associate Professor
/ Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. Application deadline is June 1,
2010. Please see
for all information.


6.14 Faculty Position: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China
Contributed by: Xinghua Liu,

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
Posted: April 12, 2010

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
P. R. China 518055

or email the documents to


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

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

For further information of the university, please visit

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

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

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

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

Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:
Mr. Xiang Qiu
The College of Information Engineering
Zhejiang University of Technology
HangZhou, China ,  310023

Additional questions about the position, the discipline, the treatment or
further information regarding the application process may be addressed to
Mr. Xiang Qiu via e-mail at or please call  +86-13867469319

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

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


6.16 Faculty Position: The Wichita State University (WSU)
Contriubted by: John Watkins,

The Wichita State University (WSU) Aerospace Engineering and Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) departments have a joint position available
in the area of controls.  The tenure track position, at the Assistant Professor
rank, includes teaching, research, scholarship, and service responsibilities. 

Applicants must hold a doctorate in aerospace or electrical engineering or a
strongly related engineering discipline. Additionally, applicants must have at
least one degree in aerospace or electrical engineering or have notable related
industry/research lab experience in both the electrical and aeronautical engineering
disciplines.  Research experience, a good publication record, appropriate communication
skills, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity are also required.  Teaching
experience is preferred.

WSU, located in the Air Capital, has a proud history. Each department’s undergraduate
and graduate (MS & PhD) programs are strong and play an important educational and
research role in the city, region, and nation. In fact, the National Science
Foundation ranked WSU third among all U.S. universities in aerospace research
and development expenditures (for fiscal year 2007). Furthermore, the departments
and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) are home to an outstanding
collection of laboratories. 

The WSU campus is an attractively landscaped architectural showplace with
approximately 15,000 students. Wichita, a community of approximately 450,000
people, is home to aerospace leaders Cessna Aircraft, Hawker-Beechcraft, Bombardier
Learjet, Boeing IDS, Airbus, and Spirit AeroSystems. Wichita tops Newsmax Magazine’s
ranking of “Most Uniquely American City” and ranks sixth in Forbes’ “America’s
best bang-for-the-buck cities”.

To ensure full consideration, the complete application package, consisting of
a detailed resume, letter of application, discussion of teaching and research
philosophies, and a list of three references, must be received by May 1, 2010.
Applications are to be submitted on-line at Applications
will be continuously reviewed after that date until determinations are made with
regard to filling the positions. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion
of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Board of Regents policy.
Questions can be addressed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Scott Miller
( or John Watkins ( WSU is
an EEO/AA employer.


6.17 Faculty Position: University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Contributed by: Jacquelien Scherpen,

The Institute for Industrial Technology and Management (ITM) of the Faculty of
Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a vacancy for a full professor position
in Smart Manufacturing Systems.

Knowledge of and a track record in one or a combination of the following research
areas: manufacturing systems, networked systems, discrete event and hybrid systems
with applications, distributed optimization.

For more information and how to apply, see
vacancy number 210148. The deadline for applications is 24 May 2010.


6.18 Researcher: University of Michigan
Contributed by:

Researcher or Post-Doctoral Position in Control of Combustion and
Engine Applications at the University of Michigan.

Period: 2 years with possible extension
Staring date: June 2010 but overall flexible

Compensation: Competitive upon qualifications, benefits, travel budget

Applicants should have documented background and interest in switching
control, stochastic dynamics, physics-based modeling and parameterization,
optimization, estimation and real-time implementation issues. Experience
in automotive engines and combustion is desirable. Familiarity with software
tools such as Matlab and Simulink is necessary.

Additional important qualifications: 1) Ability to work and lead inter-
disciplinary research with a large team of professors, students, industrial
collaborators, and scientists. 2) Dexterity in processing data and 3) Strong
motivation in experimentally implementing and verifying advanced control algorithms.

CV in pdf and further enquiries should be directed by e-mail to Anna G. Stefanopoulou
( with “Engine Control Position” in the subject.

6.19 Researcher: University of Michigan
Contributed by:

Researcher or Post-Doctoral Position in Control of Electrochemical
Energy Storage and Conversion Systems at the University of Michigan.

Period: 2 years with possible extension
Staring date: June 2010 but overall flexible

Compensation: Competitive upon qualifications, benefits, travel budget

Applicants should have documented background and interest in modeling,
identification, estimation, and adaptive control. Experience in electrochemical
energy storage and conversion such as batteries, fuel cells, and capacitors
is desirable. Familiarity with software tools such as Matlab and Simulink is needed.

Additional important qualifications: 1) Ability to work and lead interdisciplinary
research with a large team of professors, students, industrial collaborators,
and scientists. 2) Dexterity in processing data and 3) Strong motivation in
experimentally implementing and verifying advanced control algorithms.

CV in pdf and further enquiries should be directed by e-mail to Anna G.
Stefanopoulou ( with “Energy Controls” in the subject.


6.20 Researcher: Narvik University College (NUC) Norway
Contributed by: Raymond Kristiansen,

A position as Researcher in UAV control and path planning is available
at Narvik University College (NUC) in Norway.

We are looking for a young and ambitious researcher interested in both fundamental
and applied research, and in working together with PhD-students and other researchers
on the boundary of several research fields.

The work will involve optimal path planning for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),
as single units or as parts of a formation with other agents. The position is a
part of the project "Arctic Earth Observation and Surveillance Technologies",
aiming at developing methods for using UAVs as a platform for Earth observation,
complementing data collected from satellites. The candidate will focus on path
planning algorithms for automatic generation of reference trajectories, to enable
time-optimal coverage of geographical areas.   

The candidate should have a PhD degree in applied mathematics or aerospace
guidance and control, with competence in mathematical modelling, path planning
and/or automatic control. A good command of the English language is required.

The candidate will be engaged for a one year period, and receive a salary
according to the State salary scale, code 1109, grade 57, with a gross salary
of NOK 438.700 (approx. EUR 52.000). A higher salary can be considered for
highly qualified candidates.

The candidate will be affiliated with the research group for electromechanical
systems at Narvik University College. The activity will involve cooperation
with Norut research institute, Department of Physics and Technology at the
University of Tromsø, and the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at the
Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Further information on the
position is available from Associate professor Raymond Kristiansen,,
or dean Arne Lakså,

If you are interested in this position, 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 achievements in research.

Applications should be received preferably by May 20, 2010. After that date,
the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.