May 2011

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 272
May 2011

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Contents

1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Books
2.1 Stability and Stabilization: An Introduction

3. Journals
3.1 Contents: Dynamic Games and Applications
3.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
3.3 Contents: Journal of Process Control
3.4 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
3.5 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
3.6 Contents: AIChE Journal
3.7 Contents: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

4.  Workshops and Summer Schools
4.1 HYCON2 PhD School on Control of Networked and Large-Scale Systems
4.2 Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems

5.  Positions
5.1 PhD: K.U.Leuven, Belgium
5.2 PhD: NeCS/GIPSA-LAB/INRIA Grenoble, France
5.3 Post-Doc: University of Toulouse, France
5.4 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
5.5 Faculty: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
5.6 Faculty: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
5.7 Researcher: Nanyang Technological University
5.8 Researcher: United Technologies Research Center
5.9 Research Associate: University of New South Wales at ADFA, Canberra
5.10 Research Scientist: United Technologies Research Center
5.11 Project Leader: United Technologies Research Center

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

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

Table of Contents for Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 56 (2011), Issue 4 (April)

Scanning the Issue page 721

Papers

Maximally Permissive Hierarchical Control of Decentralized Discrete Event Systems
K. Schmidt and C. Breindl page 723

Delay-Integral-Quadratic Constraints and Stability Multipliers for Systems with
MIMO Nonlinearities
D. A. Altshuller page 738

Retroactivity Attenuation in Bio-mMlecular Systems Based on Timescale Separation
S. Jayanthi and D. Del Vecchio page 748

Worst-Case Identification of Errors-in-Variables Models in Closed Loop
L.-H. Geng, D.-Y. Xiao, T. Zhang, and J.-Y. Song page 762

Minimum Data Rate for Mean Square Stabilizability of Linear Systems with
Markovian Packet Losses
K. You and L. Xie page 772

Bounded Real Properties for a Class of Annihilation-Operator Linear Quantum Systems
A. I. Maalouf and I. R. Petersen page 786

Robust Stabilization of Non-Minimum Phase Nonlinear Systems Using Extended
High-Gain Observers
S. Nazrulla and H. K. Khalil page 802

Characterizing and Computing the ${cal H}_{2}$ Norm of Time-Delay Systems by
Solving the Delay Lyapunov Equation
E. Jarlebring, J. Vanbiervliet and W. Michiels page 814

Limitations of Linear Control Over Packet Drop Networks
N. Elia and J. Eisenbeis page 826

Delay Reduction via Lagrange Multipliers in Stochastic Network Optimization
L. Huang and M. J. Neely page 842

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Robust Stability of Singularly Perturbed Descriptor Systems with Nonlinear Perturbation
L. Zhou and G. Lu page 858

Improved Dead Zone Modification for Robust Adaptive Control of Uncertain Linear
Systems Described by Input-Output Models With Actuator Faults
B. A. Charandabi, F. R. Salmasi and A. K. Sedigh page 863

A Less Conservative LMI Condition for Robust D-Stability of Polynomial Matrix
Polytopes-A Projection Approach
D. Lee, J. B. Park, and Y. H. Joo page 868

Supervisory Control and Measurement Scheduling for Discrete-Time Linear Systems
J.-W. Lee and G. E. Dullerud page 873

Path Following for Nonlinear Systems with Unstable Zero Dynamics: An Averaging Solution
D. B. Dacic, D. Nesic, A. R. Teel, and W. Wang page 880

When is the Achievable Discrete-Time Delay Margin Non-Zero?
D. L. Gaudette and D. E. Miller page 886

LMI Characterization of General Stability Regions for Polynomials
Y. Dolgin and E. Zeheb page 890

Recursive Identification for MIMO Hammerstein Systems
X.-M. Chen and H.-F. Chen page 895

Constructing and Implementing Motion Programs for Robotic Marionettes
P. Martin, E. Johnson, T. Murphey, and M. Egerstedt page 902

Sampled-Data Stabilization; A PBC Approach
S. Monaco, D. Normand-Cyrot, and F. Tiefensee page 907

A Maximum Principle for Single-Input Boolean Control Networks
D. Laschov and M. Margaliot page 913

On the Covariance Completion Problem Under a Circulant Structure
F. P. Carli and T. T. Georgiou page 918

Stability Margin Scaling Laws for Distributed Formation Control as a Function
of Network Structure
H. Hao, P. Barooah, and P. G. Mehta page 923

A New Iterative Algorithm to Solve Periodic Riccati Differential Equations
with Sign Indefinite Quadratic Terms
Y. Feng, A. Varga, B. D. O. Anderson, and M. Lovera page 929

Synchronization of Networks of Nonidentical Euler-Lagrange Systems With Uncertain
Parameters and Communication Delays
E. Nuno, R. Ortega, L. Basanez, and D. J. Hill page 935

Further Results on Global Asymptotic Regulation Control for a Class of Nonlinear
Systems with iISS Inverse Dynamics
Y. Wu, J. Yu, and Y. Zhao page 941

Disturbance Impulse Controllability in Descriptor System
Z. Yan page 946

System Design for Nonlinear Plants Using Operator-Based Robust Right Coprime
Factorization and Isomorphism
N. Bu and M. Deng page 952

Stationary Waiting Times in m-Node Tandem Queues with Production Blocking
D.-W. Seo and H. Lee page 958

Model Following Controller Design for Large-Scale Systems with Time-Delay
Interconnections and Multiple Dead-Zone Inputs
C.-C. Hua and S. X. Ding page 962

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2. Books

2.1 Stability and Stabilization: An Introduction
Contributed by: William J. Terrell, wterrell@vcu.edu

Stability and Stabilization: An Introduction
William J. Terrell
Princeton University Press, 2009

Stability and Stabilization is the first intermediate-level textbook that covers
stability and stabilization of equilibria for both linear and nonlinear time-
invariant systems of ordinary differential equations. Designed for advanced
undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the sciences, engineering,
and mathematics, the book takes a unique modern approach that bridges the gap
between linear and nonlinear systems. Major features include:

1. Focuses on stability and feedback stabilization
2. Bridges the gap between linear and nonlinear systems for advanced under-
   graduates and beginning graduate students
3. Balances coverage of linear and nonlinear systems
4. Covers cascade systems
5. Includes many examples and exercises
6. Includes hints and solutions for selected exercises

The book presents stability and stabilization of equilibria as a core problem
of mathematical control theory, and emphasizes the mathematical coherence and
unity of the subject. It introduces and develops many of the core concepts of
mathematical control theory. After an introductory chapter and a chapter on
mathematical background from differential equations and linear algebra, there
are five chapters that present the full framework of basic linear state-space
theory, providing enough detail to prepare students for the material on nonlinear
systems in chapters 8-16. There is a short final chapter on further reading, and
appendices on basic analysis, ordinary differential equations, manifolds and the
Frobenius theorem, and comparison functions and their use in differential equations.

CHAPTER OUTLINE

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Mathematical Background
Chapter 3. Linear Systems and Stability
Chapter 4. Controllability of Linear Time Invariant Systems
Chapter 5. Observability and Duality
Chapter 6. Stabilizability of LTI Systems
Chapter 7. Detectability and Duality
Chapter 8. Stability Theory
Chapter 9. Cascade Systems
Chapter 10. Center Manifold Theory
Chapter 11. Zero Dynamics
Chapter 12. Feedback Linearization of Single-Input Nonlinear Systems
Chapter 13. An Introduction to Damping Control
Chapter 14. Passivity
Chapter 15. Partially Linear Cascade Systems
Chapter 16. Input-to-State Stability
Chapter 17. Some Further Reading
Appendices: A Notation, B Analysis in R and R^n, C Ordinary Differential Equations,
D Manifolds and the Preimage Theorem, Distributions and the Frobenius Theorem, E
Comparison Functions and a Comparison Lemma, F Hints and Solutions for Selected
Exercises

For more information on the book please visit
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8962.html

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3.  Journals

3.1 Contents: Dynamic Games and Applications
Contributed by: Ben Cronin,ben.cronin@birkhauser-science.com

Announcing a new journal from Birkhäuser: "Dynamic Games and Applications"

Dynamic Games and Applications is devoted to the development of all classes
of dynamic games: differential games, discrete-time dynamic games, evolutionary
games, repeated and stochastic games, and their applications in all fields.
Various topics covered are of particular pertinence to control theory, including
dynamical systems, complex networks, data processing, and optimal control.

DGA seeks original research that makes significant methodological, conceptual,
algorithmic, or empirical contributions to these fields and others. It also
considers relevant work in static game theory and dynamic optimization provided
that authors establish a clear, potential link to dynamic games. The journal
publishes regular papers, technical notes, survey articles, and case studies
written by experts in math, science, and engineering.

Table of Contents for Volume 1, Issue 1:

*Preface
Georges Zaccour

*Opinion Dynamics and Learning in Social Networks
Daron Acemoglu and Asuman Ozdaglar

*Prices of Anarchy, Information, and Cooperation in Differential Games
Tamer Ba?ar and Quanyan Zhu

*Some Recent Aspects of Differential Game Theory
R. Buckdahn, P. Cardaliaguet and M. Quincampoix

*Dynamic Games in the Economics of Natural Resources: A Survey
Ngo Van Long

*Social Control and the Social Contract: The Emergence of Sanctioning Systems for
Collective Action
Karl Sigmund, Christoph Hauert, Arne Traulsen and Hannelore De Silva

*Zero-Sum Repeated Games: Recent Advances and New Links with Differential Games
Sylvain Sorin

See more about the journal at www.birkhauser-science.com/journal/13235 and view
its latest online articles at www.springerlink.com/content/2153-0785/preprint/.

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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 19
Issue 5
May 2011

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Zhiqiang Ge, Tao Chen, Zhihuan Song, Quality prediction for polypropylene
production process based on CLGPR model, Pages 423-432

Pierre-Antoine Gedouin, Emmanuel Delaleau, Jean-Matthieu Bourgeot, Cedric Join,
Shabnam Arbab Chirani, Sylvain Calloch, Experimental comparison of classical PID
and model-free control: Position control of a shape memory alloy active spring,
Pages 433-441

Erik Hockerdal, Erik Frisk, Lars Eriksson, EKF-based adaptation of look-up tables
with an air mass-flow sensor application, Pages 442-453

Mohammad Anwar Hosen, Mohd Azlan Hussain, Farouq S. Mjalli, Control of polystyrene
batch reactors using neural network based model predictive control (NNMPC): An
experimental investigation, Pages 454-467

Hao Fang, Lihua Dou, Jie Chen, Roland Lenain, Benoit Thuilot, Philippe Martinet,
Robust anti-sliding control of autonomous vehicles in presence of lateral
disturbances, Pages 468-478

Udo Schubert, Uwe Kruger, Harvey Arellano-Garcia, Thiago de Sa Feital, Gunter
Wozny, Unified model-based fault diagnosis for three industrial application studies,
Pages 479-490

Bin Zi, Zhen-cai Zhu, Jing-li Du, Analysis and control of the cable-supporting
system including actuator dynamics, Pages 491-501

M. Truntic, M. Milanovic, K. Jezernik, Discrete-event switching control for buck
converter based on the FPGA, Pages 502-512

H. El Fadil, F. Giri, Climatic sensorless maximum power point tracking in PV
generation systems, Pages 513-521

Zhong Zhao, Ning Xu, M. Nakamura, Y. Ikegami, Retraction notice to 'Direct adaptive
control based on gradient estimation and industrial application' [Control Eng. Pract.
17 (2009) 1065-1075], Page 522

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3.3 Contents: Journal of Process Control
Contributed by: Youqing Wang, wang_youqing@mail.buct.edu.cn

Journal of Process Control,
Volume 21, Issue 4, Pages 437-682 (April 2011)

2. Frequency analysis and experimental validation for stiction phenomenon in multi-
loop processes Original Research Article
Pages 437-447
M. Ale Mohammad, B. Hung

3. Frequency parameterization of H-infinity PID controllers via relay feedback: A graphical
approach Original Research Article
Pages 448-461
Yin-Ya Li, Guo-Qing Qi, An-Dong Sheng

4. Robust monitoring and fault reconstruction based on variational inference component
analysis Original Research Article
Pages 462-474
Zhiqiang Ge, Zhihuan Song

5. Graphical computation of gain and phase margin specifications-oriented robust PID
controllers for uncertain systems with time-varying delay Original Research Article
Pages 475-488
Yuan-Jay Wang

6. A reduced order soft sensor approach and its application to a continuous digester
Original Research Article
Pages 489-500
Hector J. Galicia, Q. Peter He, Jin Wang

7. Lyapunov stability of economically oriented NMPC for cyclic processes Original
Research Article
Pages 501-509
Rui Huang, Eranda Harinath, Lorenz T. Biegler

8. A semi-implicit approach for fast parameter estimation by means of the extended
Kalman filter Original Research Article
Pages 510-518
A. Gryzlov, M. Leskens, R.F. Mudde

9. Control and optimization strategies for thermo-mechanical pulping processes: Nonlinear
model predictive control Original Research Article
Pages 519-528
Eranda Harinath, L.T. Biegler, Guy A. Dumont

10. Maximal closed loop admissible set for linear systems with non-convex polyhedral
constraints Original Research Article
Pages 529-537
Emilio Pérez, Carlos Ariño, F. Xavier Blasco, Miguel A. Martínez

11. A new control method for MIMO first order time delay non-square systems Original
Research Article
Pages 538-546
Juan Chen, Ze-Fang He, Xin Qi

12. Soft sensor design by multivariate fusion of image features and process measurements
Original Research Article
Pages 547-553
Bao Lin, Sten Bay Jørgensen

13. IMC-like analytical design with S/SP mixed sensitivity consideration: Utility in
PID tuning guidance Original Research Article
Pages 554-563
S. Alcántara, W.D. Zhang, C. Pedret, R. Vilanova, S. Skogestad

14. Double EWMA controller using neural network-based tuning algorithm for MIMO non-
squared systems Original Research Article
Pages 564-572
Wei Wu, Chi-Yao Maa

15. Stable MPC for tracking with maximal domain of attraction Original Research Article
Pages 573-584
A.H. González, E.J. Adam, M.G. Marcovecchio, D. Odloak

16. Identification of process and measurement noise covariance for state and parameter
estimation using extended Kalman filter Original Research Article
Pages 585-601
Vinay A. Bavdekar, Anjali P. Deshpande, Sachin C. Patwardhan

17. PEM fuel cell low flow FDI Original Research Article
Pages 602-612
Amir M. Niroumand, Walter Mérida, Mehrdad Saif

18. Reset observers applied to MIMO systems Original Research Article
Pages 613-619
D. Paesa, C. Franco, S. Llorente, G. Lopez-Nicolas, C. Sagues

19. Classification of dynamic processes and PID controller tuning in a parameter
plane Original Research Article
Pages 620-626
Tomislav B. Šekara, Miroslav R. Mataušek

20. A method for multiphase batch process monitoring based on auto phase identification
Original Research Article
Pages 627-638
Wei Sun, Yan Meng, Ahmet Palazoglu, Jinsong Zhao, Hao Zhang, Jia Zhang

21. A two-degree-of-freedom PI controller based on events Original Research Article
Pages 639-651
J. Sánchez, A. Visioli, S. Dormido

22. A comparison of nonlinear observers for output feedback model-based control of
seeded batch crystallization processes Original Research Article
Pages 652-666
Ali Mesbah, Adrie E.M. Huesman, Herman J.M. Kramer, Paul M.J. Van den Hof

23. Valve friction and nonlinear process model closed-loop identification Original
Research Article
Pages 667-677
Rodrigo Alvite Romano, Claudio Garcia

24. Assessment minimum output variance with PID controllers
Pages 678-681
Farzam Shahni, G.M. Malwatkar

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

Journal: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Volume: 49
Issue: 2

http://link.aip.org/link/sjcodc/v49/i2?type=ALERT

Impulsive Consensus for Complex Dynamical Networks with Nonidentical Nodes
and Coupling Time-Delays
Bin Liu and David J. Hill
pp. 315-338

Metric Regularity of Newton's Iteration
F. J. Aragon Artacho, A. L. Dontchev, M. Gaydu, M. H. Geoffroy, and V. M. Veliov
pp. 339-362

Tracking Control of the Uncertain Heat and Wave Equation via Power-Fractional
and Sliding-Mode Techniques
Alessandro Pisano, Yury Orlov, and Elio Usai
pp. 363-382

Convex Formulations of Data Assimilation Problems for a Class of HamiltonJacobi
Equations
Christian G. Claudel and Alexandre M. Bayen
pp. 383-402

Asymptotics for Shapes of Singularly Perturbed Reachable Sets
Elena Goncharova and Alexander Ovseevich
pp. 403-419

Stabilization of Parabolic Nonlinear Systems with Finite Dimensional Feedback
or Dynamical Controllers: Application to the NavierStokes System
Mehdi Badra and Takeo Takahashi
pp. 420-463

On Riccati Equations in Banach Algebras
Ruth Curtain and Amol Sasane
pp. 464-475

Asymptotic Controllability by Means of Eventually Periodic Switching Rules
Andrea Bacciotti and Luisa Mazzi
pp. 476-497

Stability of Neutral Systems with Commensurate Delays and Poles Asymptotic
to the Imaginary Axis
Catherine Bonnet, Andre R. Fioravanti, and Jonathan R. Partington
pp. 498-516

Wave Equation Stabilization by Delays Equal to Even Multiples of the Wave
Propagation Time
Jun-Min Wang, Bao-Zhu Guo, and Miroslav Krstic
pp. 517-554

Holder Regularity for Viscosity Solutions of Fully Nonlinear, Local or Nonlocal,
HamiltonJacobi Equations with Superquadratic Growth in the Gradient
Pierre Cardaliaguet and Catherine Rainer
pp. 555-573

A Continuous Dynamical Newton-Like Approach to Solving Monotone Inclusions
H. Attouch and B. F. Svaiter
pp. 574-598

An Extension of the Schwarzkopf Multiplier Rule in Optimal Control
Francis Clarke, Yuri Ledyaev, and Maria do Rosario de Pinho
pp. 599-610

Asymptotically Optimal Controls for Time-Inhomogeneous Networks
Milica Cudina and Kavita Ramanan
pp. 611-645

Estimation of Monotone Functions via $P$-Splines: A Constrained Dynamical
Optimization Approach
Jinglai Shen and Xiao Wang
pp. 646-671

Spectral Conditions Implied by Observability
Fatima-Zahrae El Alaoui, Hans Zwart, and Ali Boutoulout
pp. 672-685

Lyapunov Equations, Energy Functionals, and Model Order Reduction of Bilinear
and Stochastic Systems
Peter Benner and Tobias Damm
pp. 686-711

Consistency of Sequential Bayesian Sampling Policies
Peter I. Frazier and Warren B. Powell
pp. 712-731

Invariance Entropy of Control Sets
Christoph Kawan
pp. 732-751

Converse Lyapunov Theorems for Switched Systems in Banach and Hilbert Spaces
Falk M. Hante and Mario Sigalotti
pp. 752-770

Almost Sure Asymptotic Stability of Stochastic Partial Differential
Equations with Jumps
Jianhai Bao, Aubrey Truman, and Chenggui Yuan
pp. 771-787

Optimal Control with Hysteresis Nonlinearity and Multidimensional
Play Operator
Anastasia Gudovich and Marc Quincampoix
pp. 788-807

Analysis of Discrete-Time Linear Switched Systems: A Variational Approach
Tal Monovich and Michael Margaliot
pp. 808-829

Semismooth Newton Methods for Optimal Control of the Wave Equation with
Control Constraints
Axel Kroner, Karl Kunisch, and Boris Vexler
pp. 830-858

On Optimal Harvesting Problems in Random Environments
Qingshuo Song, Richard H. Stockbridge, and Chao Zhu
pp. 859-889

Semantics and Computability of the Evolution of Hybrid Systems
Pieter Collins
pp. 890-925

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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.13, No.3 May, 2011
CONTENTS

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Fuzzy Discontinuous Term for a Second Order Asymptotic DSMC:
An Experimental Validation on a Chemical Reactor
Authors: Mohamed Mihoub, Anis Messaoud, Majda Ltaief, Ahmed Said Nouri, and Ridha Ben Abdennour

2. Paper Title: Fault Detection Model-Based Controller for Process Systems
Authors: Vu Trieu Minh, Nitin Afzulpurkar, and W. M. Wan Muhamad

3. Paper Title: Robust H-infinity Filtering for a Class of Markovian Jump Systems with
Time-Varying Delays Based on Delta Operator Approach
Authors: Hongjiu Yang, Peng Shi, Jinhui Zhang, and Jiqing Qiu

4. Paper Title: A Symmetric Preserving Iterative Method for Generalized Sylvester Equation
Authors: Jiao-Feng Li, Xi-Yan Hu, and Xue-Feng Duan

5. Paper Title: Adaptive Synchronization of Uncertain Coupled Stochastic Complex Networks
Authors: Wenwu Yu, Guanrong Chen, and Jinde Cao

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Global Trajectory Tracking through Output Feedback for Robot
Manipulators with Bounded Inputs
Authors: Arturo Zavala-Rio, Emeterio Aguinaga-Ruiz, and Victor Santibanez

2. Paper Title: Intelligent Control of a Nonlinear Tank Reactor
Authors: Morteza Mohammadzaheri and Lei Chen

3. Paper Title: Practical Exponential Stability of Perturbed Triangular Sytems
and a Separation Principle
Authors: Amel Benabdallah, Ines Ellouze, and Mohamed Ali Hammami

4. Paper Title: Application of Quadratic Differential Forms to Designing Linear
Controllers for Nonlinearities
Authors: Ishan Pendharkar and Harish K. Pillai

5. Paper Title: Observer-Based Adaptive Fuzzy Control of Time-Delay Uncertain
Nonlinear Systems
Authors: Reza Shahnazi, Naser Pariz, and Ali Vahidian Kamyad

6. Paper Title: A Relaxed Gradient Based Algorithm for Solving Sylvester Equations
Authors: Qiang Niu, Xiang Wang, and Lin-Zhang Lu

7. Paper Title: A Recursive Maximum a Posteriori Estimator
Authors: Arpita Mukherjee and Aparajita Sengupta

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3.6 Contents: AIChE Journal
Contributed by: Youqing Wang, wang_youqing@mail.buct.edu.cn; kewangyq@gmail.com

AIChE Journal,
Volume 57, Issue 5, Pages 1104-1376

Spectra data analysis and calibration modeling method using spectra subspace
separation and multiblock independent component regression strategy (pages 1202–1215)
Chunhui Zhao, Furong Gao and Fuli Wang

Surrogate-based superstructure optimization framework (pages 1216–1232)
Carlos A. Henao and Christos T. Maravelias

A bidirectional between-set statistical analysis method and its applications
(pages 1233–1249)
Chunhui Zhao and Furong Gao

Stochastic inventory management for tactical process planning under uncertainties:
MINLP models and algorithms (pages 1250–1277)
Fengqi You and Ignacio E. Grossmann

Robust processes through latent variable modeling and optimization (pages 1278–1287)
Francois Yacoub and John F. MacGregor

Local learning-based adaptive soft sensor for catalyst activation prediction
(pages 1288–1301)
Petr Kadlec and Bogdan Gabrys

New efficient breadth-first/level traversal tree search method for the design and
upgrade of sensor networks (pages 1302–1309)
Duy Quang Nguyen and Miguel J. Bagajewicz

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3.7 Contents: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,wang_youqing@mail.buct.edu.cn; kewangyq@gmail.com

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume 50, Issue 8, Pages 4217-4800

A Dynamic, Distributed Model of Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers Undergoing Crude Oil Fouling
Francesco Coletti and Sandro Macchietto
pp 4515–4533

Fault Diagnosis of Batch Chemical Processes Using a Dynamic Time Warping (DTW)-Based Artificial Immune System
Yiyang Dai and Jinsong Zhao
pp 4534–4544

Performance Assessment by Simulation of a Gas-Recycle Oxosynthesis Plant with Propylene Recovery
Emil-Florin Tu and Grigore Bozga
pp 4545–4552

Optimal Design and Operation of Flexible Energy Polygeneration Systems
Yang Chen, Thomas A. Adams, II, and Paul I. Barton
pp 4553–4566

Optimal H2 IMC-PID Controller with Set-Point Weighting for Time-Delayed Unstable Processes
Anggi A. Nasution, Jyh-Cheng Jeng, and Hsiao-Ping Huang
pp 4567–4578

Plantwide Control of a Hybrid Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle/Methanol Plant
Patrick J. Robinson and William L. Luyben
pp 4579–4594

Design and Control of a Methyl Methacrylate Separation Process with a Middle Decanter
Yi Chang Wu, C. S. Hsu, Hsiao-Ping Huang, and I-Lung Chien
pp 4595–4607

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4. Workshops and Summer Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With the best regards,
Alberto Bemporad and Maurice Heemels

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4.2 Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems
Contributed by: Magnus Egerstedt, magnus@gatech.edu

Call for Participation:

3rd Georgia Tech Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems

June 27-29, 2011 - Georgia Tech Atlanta Campus
http://www.ece.gatech.edu/research/labs/esl/Activities/CPS-2011/index.html

Deadline for early registration: May 20, 2011

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 3rd 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

Registration
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 20, 2011.

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

Organizers:
- Magnus Egerstedt (magnus@gatech.edu)
- Marilyn Wolf (marilyn.wolf@ece.gatech.edu)

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5.  Positions

5.1 PhD: K.U.Leuven, Belgium
Contributed by: Jan Swevers,jan.swevers@mech.kuleuven.be

Two open PhD positions at K.U.Leuven/Belgium in the IMESCON Initial Training
Network

IMESCON (Innovative Methods of Separated Flow Control in Aeronautics) is an
Initial Training Network (ITN) Nr. 264672, funded under the FP7 Marie Curie
programme of the European Commission.

PhD Position 1: Non-linear model based control
Phd Position 2: Iterative Learning control for multi-variable systems

Detailed description on these phd positions, requirements and information for
applicants can be found by following the indicated link.

http://people.mech.kuleuven.be/~jswevers/imescon/IMESCON_esr_kuleuven.pdf

Financing: available
Source of Funding: FP7 Marie Curie programme of the European Commission
Duration of the Project : 4 years

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5.2 PhD: NeCS/GIPSA-LAB/INRIA Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Alain Kibangou,alain.kibangou@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr

PhD position at NeCS/GIPSA-LAB/INRIA Grenoble, France

Finite-time consensus and its applications to distributed estimation for
intelligent transportation systems
(see http://necs.inrialpes.fr/media/documents/jobs/2011.04.04-PhD-Consensus_finite_time.pdf)

The thesis will be with the NeCS (Networked Control Systems ) team, a joint
GIPSA-LAB and INRIA team. It will be funded by the the French ministry of research
and will address the problem of distributed estimation using consensus algorithms.
By the early 80's, the consensus concept has been studied mainly from the community
of parallel computing. In the last decade, significant advances have been achieved
through different contributions from control and signal processing communities,
including application areas such as data fusion, fleet control (Autonomous Underwater
Vehicles, robots, ...), fault detection and isolation, navigation, synchronization, etc..
Following the discrete-time formalism and unlike approaches in the literature guaranteeing
asymptotic convergence of consensus, we developed a new approach that allows reaching,
in the ideal case, exact average consensus in finite time owing to a sequence of matrices
jointly diagonalizable and dependent on the graph Laplacian matrix modeling the communication
network. The entries of these matrices can be viewed as solutions of a non-convex
optimization problem with topology constraints. Another recent result consider properties
of the Bose-Mesner algebra for distance-regular graphs. Through consensus in finite time,
we can better assess the energy consumption due to communication, and thus better plan for
the lifetime of the network while ensuring good properties associated with the estimators.
In the case of non-ideal communications (additive noise, quantization, fading, multipath, ...),
finite-time consensus can be the basis for periodic protocols similar to Monte-Carlo simulations.
However, the convergence speed and the accuracy of the algorithms are then impacted by
the choice of the weighting matrices of the finite-time consensus algorithm. The objective
of this thesis is, whatever the graph, to better characterize the solution space allowing
to achieve consensus in finite time, to explore new solutions that are not necessarily based
on the Laplacian matrix, and to distribute the computation of these. Therefore, it is mandatory
to reformulate the optimization problem and solve it as adequately as possible. Then, the
optimality of the solutions in the case of non-perfect communications will be studied, as well
as the robustness to network failures. Finally, the optimal strategies will be adapted and
implemented for solving the problem of estimating densities of vehicles using heterogeneous
measures from magnetic sensors, video and communicating devices embedded in vehicles. Indeed,
the estimated density can be seen as a problem of reconstru ction of a time-varying spatial
field from heterogeneous and irregular measurements. Using properly chosen basis functions,
the problem reduces to the estimation of expansion coefficients of the field on that basis.
For least squares estimators, the implementation of such an estimation task can be distributed
using consensus algorithms developed during the thesis.

Candidate profile: Strong skills in Mathematics and Systems Theory are involved (Estimation
theory, Data analysis, Random processes, Nonlinear filtering). Application should be sent
electronically with a complete CV and records from Master and/or engineering degrees. The
knowledge of French is not requested.

Deadline: june 10, 2011

Contact: A. KIBANGOU (alain.kibangou@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr)

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5.3 Post-Doc: University of Toulouse, France
Contributed by: Didier Henrion, henrion@laas.fr

We are seeking candidates for a one-year post-doctoral position at
LAAS-CNRS, University of Toulouse, France, within an ongoing project
focusing on semidefinite programming and algebraic geometry for
polynomial optimal control. The project may focus on software
implementation (under our existing Matlab toolbox GloptiPoly
for solving generalized problems of moments), transfer of knowledge
to the French aerospace industry (contracts with EADS Astrium and
the French space agency CNES), or more fundamental research activities
covering real algebraic geometry (polynomial equations and inequalities),
functional analysis (theory of moments), mathematical programming
(convex optimization over the cone of positive semidefinite matrices),
and nonlinear dynamical systems control. A strong background in applied
mathematics is required. Some knowledge of systems control is welcome.

Interested candidates please send your detailed curriculum vitae
to Didier Henrion, http://homepages.laas.fr/henrion

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5.4 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
Contributed by: qiuxiang@zjut.edu.cn

The discipline of Information Processing and Automation Technology belongs to
the College of Information Engineering of Zhejiang University of Technology
(ZJUT), and is one of prior disciplines in Zhejiang province. The discipline
consisted of faculty with expertise ranging broadly from control, electronics,
Computer Science and Engineering.
For further information of the university, please visit http://www.zjut.edu.cn

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

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

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

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

Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:
Mr. Xiang Qiu
The College of Information Engineering
Zhejiang University of Technology
HangZhou, China , 310023
Additional questions about the position, the discipline, the treatment?or further
information regarding the application process may be addressed to Mr. Xiang Qiu
via e-mail at qiuxiang@zjut.edu.cn 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 under-
graduates and diplomats, together with 2,300 postgraduates. The university has
a faculty of 2,800, among whom over 800 are professors and associate professors.
ZJUT now has one academician of CAE (Chinese Academy of Engineering), and three
academicians of CAE and CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) whom ZJUT shares with
other institutions of high education or research. Now it runs 14 doctoral degree
programs?71 master degree programs, and 55 undergraduate programs. Its 60,000-
square-meter university library now has collected books of over 3,200,000 volumes
(with electronic books included) and over 17,000 kinds of Chinese and foreign
journals and periodicals.

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5.5 Faculty: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Contributed by: Mingjun Zhang, mizhang@utk.edu

A term-based Research Assistant Professor position is available immediately
to work on an ONR YIP sponsored project: "Energy Efficient Swimming Mechanism:
an Inspiration from Micro-scale Biological Systems".

For swimming micro-organisms in low nutrient environments, their flagella spend
a significant percentage of the total available energy to budget on movement.
It is believed that a high energy efficiency of swimming was selected over the
course of evolution. However, it is not clear how micro/nano-scale dynamics,
control and morphology of the flagella may contribute to the overall system
performance.

The goal of this research is to learn micro-organisms’ design principles of
energy efficient swimming and robust attachment mechanisms, and employ the
principles learned from biology for innovation in propulsion system design.
Though focusing on fundamental science, this research will pursue prototype
bio-inspired propulsion device development.

Interested applicants please send CV along with a half-page of statement of
interest to mjzhang@utk.edu

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5.6 Faculty: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Contributed by: Hiro Mukai, facsearch@ese.wustl.edu

Washington University in St. Louis
Preston M. Green Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering

The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri invites applications for a full-
time faculty position as a Lecturer, for the academic year 2011-2012.

Candidates should have a doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering,
or related fields. The department is interested in candidates with a strong
commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Applicants in
all areas of electrical and systems engineering will be considered.

Applications will be accepted immediately, and interviews will begin any time.
Please send your curriculum vita, teaching statement, list of courses taught
and three letters of reference to facsearch@ese.wustl.edu.

Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
employer, and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women and
minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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5.7 Researcher: Nanyang Technological University
Contributed by: Danwei Wang, edwwang@ntu.edu.sg

Research job openings are available in the School of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Interested candidate
should send CVs, sample publications and queries, if any, to Prof Danwei Wang,
Email: edwwang@ntu.edu.sg. The positions are open until filled and remuneration
depends on qualification from S$3600 for RFs and S$3200 for RAs (US$=S$1.22 as
at 1st May 2011). These positions are for the following projects.

(1) Attitude control and fault tolerant control for satellite with reaction wheels
    /thrusts. Research involves dynamics, control designs and reaction wheel
    saturation and failures. This is a three year projects with development of
    theory and simulation platform. One Research Fellow (RF) and one Research
    Associate (RA) vacancies are available. The RF position requires Ph.D degree
    and the RA position requires Master degree with solid training in dynamics
    and control areas and simulation skills in Matlab/SIMULINK platform.
(2) Traffic light control in multi-junctions. Research involves dynamic modeling
    for traffic systems at multi-junctions, development of traffic light control
    algorithm and an experimental test-bed for real-time implementation. This is
    a five year project with development of theory and a prototype system. One
    Research Fellow (RF) and one Research Associate (RA) vacancies are available.
    The RF position requires Ph.D degree and the RA position requires Master degree
    in electrical engineering with solid training in dynamics/control areas. For
    RA candidate, hardware implementation experience is preferred.
(3) Surface & Sub-Sea Sensor Data Fusion for Coastal Environment Mapping & Monitoring:
    One Research Fellow (RF) position is available in the area of SLAM and sensor
    fusion. This is a two year project and applicant should have a Ph.D degree and/
    or relevant research experiences. 

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5.8 Researcher: United Technologies Research Center
Contributed by: Tara O'Sullivan, ccosullt@utrc.utc.com

UTRCI Research Scientist, Building Energy Modeling
Job Reference: 2063264

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is an internationally recognized
corporate research organization of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) that
conducts research and development across a range of technology areas to drive
its mission of “growth through innovation.” UTRC partners with UTC business
units and external research organizations to accelerate organic growth of the
Corporation through identification and maturation of product and process
technologies. The operating units of UTC include: Pratt & Whitney (aircraft
engines and land based power generation including GT’s, solar, wind and
geothermal), Sikorsky (helicopters), Otis (elevators and escalators), Carrier
(HVAC and refrigeration products), Hamilton Sundstrand (aerospace and industrial
products), UTC Power (Fuel Cells for stationary and transportation applications),
and UTC Fire & Security (surveillance and fire safety products & services). Our
headquarters are in Connecticut, USA with partnerships w orldwide and research
offices in Cork, Ireland and Shanghai, China.

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRCI) is UTRC’s newly-opened
European research hub, created to further leverage a global network of innovation.
UTRCI will work with universities, research institutes, and industry throughout
Europe and beyond to further its research and development mission in the areas
of energy and security. UTRCI invites qualified individuals to apply for the
following position in its Cork office. A competitive compensation and benefits
package will be provided to the successful candidates.

Job Responsibilities

UTRCI seeks candidates with expertise in thermal and energy management systems
analysis for high performance buildings. The successful candidate will conduct
research in modeling and analysis, and will support technology demonstrations of
advanced building energy and control systems. The position requires analytical
skills and experience with programming and the development and use of computational
modeling tools. An understanding of building physics, including heat transfer,
fluid flow and humidity propagation is required. Applications include the modeling
of building envelope, loads and/or HVAC systems. The successful candidates will
work as part of technology teams in developing new technologies that will provide
a competitive advantage for UTC’s business units. Multiple positions are available.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who works well in an international teaming
environment, is extremely well-organized and has excellent interpersonal, leadership
and communication skills. Besides technical excellence, an entrepreneurial attitude
towards innovation is essential.

Education

A minimum of a doctoral degree in mechanical, systems or environmental engineering,
or a master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of industrial or academic experience
related to modeling and analysis of high performance buildings is required. A PhD
with post-doctorate industrial or academic experience is preferred.

Essential Experience/Qualifications
• Experience with development /application of simulation programs for building envelope
   and/or HVAC equipment performance modeling.
• Familiarity with air distribution and building management systems.
• Field experience with implementation or monitoring of building system technologies
   and experience working with Government agencies and proposal development is desirable.

• Exceptional communication skills, demonstrated commitment to deliver results,
adaptability and the ability to work in a teaming environment.

• Ability to execute technology research plans to successfully achieve desired technical
outcomes within time and budget constraints.
• Some travel required.
• Experience with MATLAB, TRNSYS, EnergyPlus, IES and Dymola is a plus.

Additional Comments
This position is based at UTRC’s European hub in Cork, Ireland. To be eligible to apply,
candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland.

Candidates can apply online at: http://www.utrc.utc.com/pages/Career/Job_openings.
html by selecting “Ireland” from the “Country” pull-down menu and clicking “Begin Search”

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5.9 Research Associate: University of New South Wales at ADFA, Canberra
Contributed by: Ian Petersen,i.r.petersen@gmail.com

Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow Level Position)

School of Engineering and Information Technology
University of New South Wales at ADFA (Canberra)

Level A/B

Salary: Level A: $AU 58,300 - $AU 77,733pa + super
Level B: $AU 81,629 - $AU 96,231pa + super

Fixed term: 2 years

We are seeking to appoint one or more Research Associates to contribute to the
research in a project funded by the Australian Research Council. The Research
Associates will undertake research and help conduct experiments in the control
of quantum optical systems. The Research Associates will also develop new control
theory in the areas of negative imaginary systems and robust Kalman filtering with
an emphasis on theoretical results which have applications to the theory and
implementation of quantum control systems. The Research Associates will provide
support to experimental quantum optics and cavity ring down spectroscopy research
through the implementation of controllers and filters on dSPACE and FPGA hardware.
The positions may also involve some teaching at both a postgraduate and undergraduate
level. The applicants should have a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or
related discipline.

Enquiries:

Ian Petersen, T +61 2 6268 8446, E: i.petersen@adfa.edu.au

Application procedure and closing date:

A position description and selection criteria are available from
http://hr.unsw.adfa.edu.au/employment/index.html

The closing date is 16 May, 2011; however, consideration of applications will
be on going until the position is filled.

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5.10 Research Scientist: United Technologies Research Center
Contributed by: Tara O'Sullivan, ccosullt@utrc.utc.com

Job Reference: 2063258
UTRCI Research Scientist, Control System

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is an internationally recognized
corporate research organization of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) that
conducts research and development across a range of technology areas to drive
its mission of “growth through innovation.” UTRC partners with UTC business
units and external research organizations to accelerate organic growth of the
Corporation through identification and maturation of product and process
technologies. The operating units of UTC include: Pratt & Whitney (aircraft
engines and land based power generation including GT’s, solar, wind and geothermal),
Sikorsky (helicopters), Otis (elevators and escalators), Carrier (HVAC and
refrigeration products), Hamilton Sundstrand (aerospace and industrial products),
UTC Power (Fuel Cells for stationary and transportation applications), and UTC
Fire & Security (surveillance and fire safety products & services). Our headquarters
are in Connecticut, USA with partnerships w orldwide and research offices in Cork,
Ireland and Shanghai, China.

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRCI) is UTRC’s newly-opened
European research hub, created to further leverage a global network of innovation.
UTRCI will work with universities, research institutes, and industry throughout
Europe and beyond to further its research and development mission in the areas
of energy and security. UTRCI invites qualified individuals to apply for the
following position in its Cork office. A competitive compensation and benefits
package will be provided to the successful candidates.

Job Responsibilities
UTRCI seeks candidates with expertise in control system design and analysis for
high performance buildings. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated
ability to synthesize optimal, supervisory control system architectures and
algorithms, develop control-oriented modeling methods, and perform control
system rapid prototyping with applications to buildings and energy microgrid
systems. The position requires analytical skills related to control and optimization,
with experience using computational modeling tools for development and analysis.
An understanding of building physics, including heat transfer and fluid flow,
is preferred. The successful candidate will work as part of technology teams
in developing new technologies that will provide a competitive advantage for
UTC’s business units.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who works well in an international teaming
environment, is extremely well-organized and has excellent interpersonal,
leadership and communication skills. Besides technical excellence, an
entrepreneurial attitude towards innovation is essential.

Education
A minimum of a doctoral degree in mechanical, electrical or control engineering,
or a master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of industrial or academic relevant
experience is required. A PhD with post-doctorate industrial or academic experience
is preferred.

Experience/Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have experience in several of the following areas:
• Experience applying system identification techniques and knowledge of MIMO
   systems parameter identification methods. Experience with estimation techniques,
   such as Kalman Filters.
• Ability to develop physics-based, non-linear dynamic control and analysis-oriented
   system level models for building and distributed power systems.
• Demonstrated ability to analyze and optimize complex systems including nonlinear,
   time-varying dynamical subsystems with uncertain parameters.
• Experience in selecting control algorithm/architecture based on scientific principles
   and product integration needs. Control problems encountered in the applications
   of interest require a wide range of solutions including SISO controllers (PID,
   lead-lag, and gain scheduling), as well as MIMO controllers (typically based on
   optimization techniques including MPC techniques) for time-varying nonlinear subsystems.
• Ability to incorporate system input and state constraints into control algorithm
   design as well as dealing with uncertain parameters and disturbances.
• Experience providing control implementation specifications both for rapid prototyping
   and industrial code implementation.
• Experience with development/application of modeling and simulation programs to analyze
   building and distributed power systems, thermal and electrical loads and performance.
• MATLAB, Simulink, C, C++, modeling languages for optimization programming (e.g. AMPL),
   linear and non-linear optimization software (e.g. IpOpt, CPLEX, Gurovi).
• Exceptional communication skills, demonstrated commitment to deliver results,
   adaptability and the ability to work in a teaming environment.
• Ability to execute technology research plans to successfully achieve desired technical
   outcomes within time and budget constraints.
• Some travel required.
In addition, experience in the following areas will be highly regarded:
• Ability to synthesize controllers for hybrid systems where switching occurs between
   several modes of operation, each one with different continuous dynamics.
• Hierarchical control or distributed control background.
• Familiarity with time delay and nonlinearity compensation.
• Familiarity with rapid prototyping methodologies and environments. Demonstrated
   experience with automatic code generation tools and control design validation procedures
   would be a definite asset. Experience with HIL incorporating system simulations would
   be ideal.
• Field experience with implementation of building control systems.
• Familiarity with HVAC equipment performance including vapor compression products,
   air distribution and building management systems.
• Familiarity with Distributed Power and Energy storage systems, including solar PV,
   wind turbines, biomass, cogeneration, and battery technologies.
• Experience working with Government agencies and proposal development.

Additional Comments
This position is based at UTRC’s European hub in Cork, Ireland. To be eligible to
apply, candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland.

Candidates can apply online at: http://www.utrc.utc.com/pages/Career/Job_openings.html
by selecting “Ireland” from the “Country” pull-down menu and clicking “Begin Search”

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5.11 Project Leader: United Technologies Research Center
Contributed by: Tara O'Sullivan, ccosullt@utrc.utc.com

UTRCI Project Leader, Energy Systems
Job Reference: 2068041

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is an internationally recognized corporate
research organization of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) that conducts research
and development across a range of technology areas to drive its mission of “growth
through innovation.” UTRC partners with UTC business units and external research
organizations to accelerate organic growth of the Corporation through identification
and maturation of product and process technologies. The operating units of UTC include:
Pratt & Whitney (aircraft engines and land based power generation including GT’s, solar,
wind and geothermal), Sikorsky (helicopters), Otis (elevators and escalators), Carrier
(HVAC and refrigeration products), Hamilton Sundstrand (aerospace and industrial products),
UTC Power (Fuel Cells for stationary and transportation applications), and UTC Fire &
Security (surveillance and fire safety products & services). Our headquarters are in
Connecticut, USA with partnerships w orldwide and research offices in Cork, Ireland and
Shanghai, China.

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRCI) is UTRC’s newly-opened European
research hub, created to further leverage a global network of innovation. UTRCI will work
 with universities, research institutes, and industry throughout Europe and beyond to further
its research and development mission in the areas of energy and security. UTRCI invites
qualified individuals to apply for the following position in its Cork office. A competitive
compensation and benefits package will be provided to the successful candidates.

Job Responsibilities

UTRCI seeks an experienced candidate for a position as a senior level position as a project
leader with expertise in developing and delivering technologies for low energy sustainable
buildings. In this position, the candidate will lead technology teams in the areas of: a)
building demand-side energy management (HVAC, lighting, etc), b) building supply-side (microgrid)
energy management, c) building energy diagnostics, d) wireless sensing for low energy buildings
and e) microgrid power electronics and power control. The successful candidate will work as
part of technology teams in developing new technologies that will provide a competitive advantage
for UTC’s business units.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who works well in an international teaming environment, is
extremely well-organized and has excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills.
Besides technical excellence, an entrepreneurial attitude towards innovation is essential.

Education

A minimum of a doctoral degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Systems Engineering with 5+ years
experience, or a master’s degree with a minimum of 7 years of industrial or academic experience,
including leading projects and/or people in research and development in the areas of design and
operation of building energy demand and supply management systems is required. Experience in
technologies applied to low energy sustainable building systems and establishing network of
contacts and partnerships in the European academia community, is highly regarded.

Essential Experience/Qualifications
• Build and lead high energy multi-disciplinary and international teams to successfully achieve
   desired technical outcomes within time and budget constraints.
• Communicate effectively with executive level technical and management teams.
• Demonstrate strategic leadership, innovative thinking and deep technical expertise in
   areas relevant to low energy sustainable building systems.
• Assure technical excellence and rigor in project execution through the identification
   and recruitment of technical skills in selected areas.
• Develop employees through both formal and informal training and through mentoring.
• Demonstrate superior project management and communication skills, providing timely
   and accurate reports and presentations to senior management and functional teams.
• Develop, articulate and realize technology roadmaps in areas related to low energy
   sustainable building systems, expanding the portfolio of technology maturation projects.
• Actively pursue external funding and collaborative opportunities in the area of high
   efficiency buildings with partners including companies, national labs and universities.
• Some travel required.

Additional Comments
This position is based at UTRC’s European hub in Cork, Ireland. To be eligible to apply,
candidates must be legally entitled to work and reside in Ireland.

Candidates can apply online at: http://www.utrc.utc.com/pages/Career/Job_openings.html
by selecting “Ireland” from the “Country” pull-down menu and clicking “Begin Search”

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