November 2002

Table Of Contents

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

    • Personal

      Change of Address: Hong Wang Hong Wang -

      Change of address: Hong Wang

      With effective of the 1st of November, 2002, I will move to the Control
      Systems Centre of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics,
      UMIST, Manchester, UK.

      My new contacting information is as follows:

      Professor Hong Wang
      The Control Systems Centre
      Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics
      UMIST, P O Box 88
      Manchester, M60 1QD
      The United Kingdom
      Tel: (+44) 161 200 4655
      Fax: (+44) 161 200 4647
      mobile: (+44) 771 434 2633
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      Change of Address: Ratnesh Kumar Ratnesh Kumar -

      Please make a note of my new address at Iowa State University:

      Ratnesh Kumar
      Iowa State University
      Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
      2215 Coover Hall
      Ames, IA 50011-3060

      Phone: 515-294-8523
      Fax: 515-294-8432
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      Change of Address: S. S. Sritharan S. S. Sritharan -

      Hello Controls Colleague. My new address is:

      S. S. Sritharan
      Head, Department of Mathematics
      University of Wyoming
      Laramie, WY 82071
      Ph: 307-766-4221
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      Awards and Honors

      Biswa Datta honored by ANS William R. Ferng -

      Biswa Datta has been elected as an Academician of the Academy of Nonlinear
      Sciences(ANS). The ANS is an international organization with its headquarters
      in Moscow, Russia. The admittance to membership of the Academy recognizes
      outstanding contributions of theoretical and applied significance and highly
      acknowledged leadership in mathematics, mechanics and control.

      Biswa traveled to Moscow last June for his induction and was presented with
      a diploma certifying his admittance to the Academy as a member, following
      his one-hour plenary lecture at the Second International Congress on
      Nonlinear Analysis, sponsored by the ANS.

      The details can be found in the NIU Mathematics Department Web Site
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      Call for IEEE Fellow Nominations Jessy W. Grizzle -

      Nominations for IEEE Fellow are due at IEEE Headquarters by March 15, 2003,
      hence the first steps must be taken well before that date. Fellow nominees
      must be active IEEE Senior members and have been IEEE members for at least
      five years in any grade. A successful nomination requires a qualified
      candidate and a well-prepared nomination package. A key preliminary step is a
      careful reading of the IEEE Guide for Fellow Grade Nominations, which
      contains the nomination forms. These materials can be found in the Fellow
      nomination kits that will be made available in late November on the web at Five to eight references are required for
      the nomination; they must be IEEE Fellows. A list of Fellows is contained in
      the IEEE Membership Directory and is available on-line. If you have questions
      or need assistance, you may contact Professor Jessy W. Grizzle, Chair of the
      Control Systems Society Standing Committee on Fellow Nominations, Electrical
      Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, Ann
      Arbor, MI 48109-2122; +1 734 763 3598, fax: +1 734 763 8041,
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      Call for Nominations: SIAG/LA Prize Joanna Littleton -

      SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra Prize
      The SIAG/LA Prize

      The SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra (SIAG/LA) will present the award at
      the SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra in July 2003 at The College of
      William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. The prize is awarded to the authors
      of the most outstanding paper on a topic in applicable linear algebra
      published in a peer-reviewed journal.

      Candidate papers must be published in English in a peer-reviewed journal
      bearing a publication date between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2002.
      The papers must contain significant research contributions to the field of
      linear algebra, as commonly defined in the mathematical literature, with
      direct or potential applications. Nominations should include a full
      bibliographic citation for the paper and a brief statement outlining the
      justification for the nomination in terms of its importance and impact.

      The award consists of a plaque and a certificate containing the citation.

      Nominations, including a copy of the nominated paper, should be sent by
      January 31, 2003, to:
      Professor Stephen Vavasis
      Chair, SIAG/LA Prize Selection Committee
      c/o A. G. Bogardo
      3600 University City Science Center
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
      Telephone: 215-382-9800 ext. 302
      Fax: 215-386-7999
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      11th Medit. Conf. on Control and Automation Maja Matijasevic -

      Announcement and Call for Papers
      11th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation
      Rodos Palace Hotel, Rhodes, Greece
      June 17-20, 2003

      Co-sponsored by
      Mediterranean Control Association and IEEE Control Systems Society

      The MED'03 conference will provide an opportunity for the academic and
      industrial community to address new challenges, share solutions and discuss
      future research directions. A broad range of topics is proposed, following
      current trends of combining control/systems theory with software/
      communication technologies, as well as new developments in robotics and
      mechatronics, with the goal of strengthening cooperation of control and
      automation scientists with industry.

      The conference will be held at the Rodos Palace Resort Hotel and Convention
      Center on the island of Rhodes in Greece.

      January 17, 2003: Full Papers, Proposals, Due
      February 28, 2003: Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
      March 31, 2003: Final, Camera Ready Papers, Due

      Frank L. Lewis (ARRI, University of Texas at Arlington, USA)
      Kimon P. Valavanis (DPEM, Technical University of Crete, Greece)

      Dr. Stjepan Bogdan
      Faculty of Electrical Engineering and
      Computing, University of Zagreb
      Unska 3
      HR-10000 Zagreb, CROATIA
      Tel: +385 (0)1 6129-796
      Fax: +385 (0)1 6129-809

      Ongoing updates about this conference, including a call for papers, and
      submission guidelines may be found at
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      2003 IEEE SMC Conference Robin Qiu -

      2003 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics
      October 5-8, 2003
      Hyatt Regency, Washington, D.C., USA.

      In light of the world's recent forced awareness of its vulnerability to many
      kinds of attack, the theme for this conference is System Security and
      Assurance. Papers relating to this topic are especially solicited, including
      those in the areas of security, intrusion/eavesdrop detection in computer,
      communication and other systems, fault tolerance, threat diagnosis, and safe
      architectures. In addition, and as always, the SMC Conference aims to provide
      a forum for presentation and discussion of the state of the art in systems
      engineering, in human systems & human/machine interactions, and in the broad
      field of cybernetics.

      Other themes are: Systems Modeling and Control; Manufacturing Systems;
      Decision Support Systems/Informatics; Intelligent Systems; Data Mining and
      Management; Fuzzy Systems; Quality/Reliability & Systems Engineering;
      Internet/Electronic Commerce; Human/Machine Systems; Soft Computing; Image
      Processing and Pattern Recognition; Intelligent Transport Systems; Petri Nets
      & Discrete Event Systems; Computational Intelligence.

      Important Dates:
      January 17, 2003: Deadline for proposals for tutorial sessions.
      February 12, 2003: Deadline for proposals for invited sessions.
      March 19, 2003: Deadline for abstracts for regular papers.
      May 5, 2003: Acceptance/Rejection notification.
      June 23, 2003: Final camera-ready papers due in electronic form.

      Call for Contributed Papers:
      Prospective authors are invited to submit their single-page paper proposals
      electronically through the conference website. These proposals should be
      concise, but contain sufficient detail and references to allow critical
      review. Each proposal will be judged by at least two referees.

      Call for Invited Sessions:
      The goal of invited sessions (5 papers) and tracks (at least two sessions) is
      to provide a focused discussion of new or innovative topics. Each organizer
      must submit a proposal, including the title of the session, authors with
      contact information, and one-page proposals from each author.

      Conference Website:
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      CFP: Process Control 2003 M. Fikar -

      14th International Conference on Process Control
      Strbske Pleso, High Tatras, Slovak Republic
      June 8 - 11, 2003

      The 14th conference PC'03 will be held in the hotel Banik in Strbske
      Pleso, beautifully located in the heart of the High Tatras mountains,
      northern Slovakia.

      The objective of the conference is to bring together theoretical experts and
      control systems specialists, to evaluate the new possibilities of techniques,
      design procedures and instruments in process control projects. Papers for
      presentation may range from theoretically rigorous research works to
      industrial applications.

      1. Linear and Non-linear Control System Design
      2. System Identification and Modelling of Processes
      3. Process Measurements and Devices
      4. Optimisation Problems (including H2, Hinf, ...)
      5. Robust and Adaptive Control
      6. Simulation and Education
      7. Intelligent Control Systems
      8. Information Technologies in Automation
      9. Applications and Case Studies

      January 15, 2003 Submission of abstracts
      February 15, 2003 Notification of acceptation/rejection
      April 15, 2003 Submission of camera-ready papers
      and conference fee payment
      June 8-11, 2003 Conference

      The structured abstract (200/400 words) should indicate:
      1. Title
      2. Authors and Mailing Address
      3. Keywords
      4. Problem Statement
      5. Main Results - Contribution

      One of the authors is supposed to take part in the conference. Papers
      should be written in English (no page restrictions). The working
      languages will be English, Slovak, Czech (English preferred).

      The fee is 220 USD, including the conference and exhibitions, conference
      proceedings, hotel accommodation, all meals, and welcome party.

      For submission, further, and updated information, visit
      or write to
      1. e-mail:
      2. Department of Information Engineering and Process Control,
      FCHPT STU, Radlinskeho 9, 812 37 Bratislava
      Slovak Republic
      tel.: (+421) (2) 52495269, fax: (+421) (2) 52496469
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      Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems Margarita V. Grishina -

      10th St Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems
      May 26-28, 2003 , Saint Petersburg, Russia

      * Integrated navigation systems for marine, land and aerospace applications
      * Guidance, navigation, and control components and systems for vehicle
      applications * Sensors, algorithms, and software * High precision systems
      * Inertial and other autonomous systems * Micromechanics and its applications
      * Geodesy and surveying applications * Attitude determination * Testing
      * GLONASS, Galileo, GPS and augmentation systems

      The Conference languages are English and Russian. Simultaneous interpretation
      will be provided.

      Chairman - Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences
      Prof. V. Peshekhonov - Russia

      Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 December 2002.
      Applications of non-authors interested in participating in the Conference
      should be sent to the Organizing Committee by 15 February 2003.
      Fax: +7(812) 232 33 76, e-mail:

      State Research Center of Russia
      Central Scientific & Research Institute Elektropribor
      30, Malaya Posadskaya St., Saint Petersburg, 197046
      Tel: +7(812) 238 81 57
      Fax: +7(812) 232 33 76

      INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET (Section "Conferences")
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      Contemporary Issues in Systems Stability and Control with Applications Derong Liu -

      Contemporary Issues in Systems Stability and Control with Applications
      A Workshop in Honor of Anthony N. Michel
      Notre Dame, Indiana
      April 5, 2003

      On April 5, 2003, the University of Notre Dame will host a one-day workshop in
      honor of Anthony N. Michel on the occasion of his retirement. Tony has served
      on the faculty at Notre Dame since 1984. He has served as the Chair of the
      Department of Electrical Engineering from 1984 to 1988 and as the Matthew H.
      McCloskey Dean of Engineering from 1988 to 1998. Prior to that, he was on the
      faculty at Iowa State University for 16 years.

      Tony has been a pioneer in many research fields including large scale
      dynamical systems, nonlinear systems stability analysis, recurrent neural
      networks, and recently, qualitative analysis of hybrid dynamical systems. He
      has also rendered extensive service to our community as General Chair of the
      IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, General Chair of the IEEE
      International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, Distinguished Lecturer of the
      IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits
      and Systems, President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, just to name
      a few. For more information about Tony's career highlights, please go to

      The workshop will provide a venue for researchers, colleagues, friends, and
      students to honor Tony's contributions while discussing contemporary issues in
      nonlinear systems stability analysis. Speakers at the workshop will discuss
      topics ranging from stability analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems to many
      application areas.

      The workshop will be held in the DeBartolo Hall located on the campus of the
      University of Notre Dame. Parking is available near the campus entrance at the
      Guest Parking Lot on Notre Dame Avenue.

      For more information about the workshop, please contact the General Chair,
      Panos Antsaklis, at, (574) 631-5792
      or contact the Program Chair, Derong Liu, at, (312) 355-4475

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      IEEE Conference on Decision and Control Jie Huang -

      42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
      December 9-12, 2003
      The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii USA

      Sponsors: IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), Society for Industrial and
      Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Institute for Operations Research and
      the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
      Co-sponsors: Society of Instrument a Control Engineers, Japan (SICE) and
      the European Union Control Association (EUCA).

      TECHNICAL PROGRAM: The 2003 CDC will feature contributed and invited papers,
      as well as tutorial sessions and workshops. In addition to the standard oral
      presentations, the 2003 CDC will also feature poster/interactive (P/I) papers
      in order to encourage exchange of information with the audience. The
      conference will cover a broad range of topics relevant to all aspects of the
      theory and practice of control and automation. A Student Best Paper
      competition will be held at the 2003 CDC.

      PAPER SUBMISSION: Please check the full Call For Papers on the website prior
      to any submission. The submission procedure for all Contributed Papers,
      Poster/Interactive Papers, and Invited Sessions is on-line via the Internet.
      Please check the CDC website for details and URL for submission.

      All submissions are due March 1, 2003. Subsequently, instructions for
      preparation and submission of accepted manuscripts for the Proceedings will
      be posted on the conference site.

      CONFERENCE VENUE: The 42nd IEEE CDC will be held at the Hyatt Regency Maui,
      Hawaii on December 9-12, 2003. Information about the hotel can found at:

      TRAVEL: Direct international flights arrive and depart from Maui's Kahului
      airport. Travel assistance is available for participants from developing
      nations and for students. Please see the website for details.

      General Chair
      Professor Frank L. Lewis
      Automation and Robotics Research Institute
      The University of Texas at Arlington
      7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S
      Ft. Worth, Texas 76118-7115, USA
      Tel: +1 (817)-272-5972, Fax. +1 (817)-272-5989

      Program Chair
      Professor Chaouki T. Abdallah
      Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
      University of New Mexico
      Albuquerque, NM 87131-1356, USA
      Tel: +1 (505) 277-0298, Fax: +1 (505) 277-1439
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      IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium Yaodong Pan -

      IV 2003 - IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium
      Columbus, OH, USA, June 9-11, 2003

      The Intelligent Vehicles (IV) Symposium is one of two professional meetings
      annually sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Council. IV
      is an open forum on basic research, present and future applications for
      Intelligent Vehicles and Intelligent Infrastructures. This symposium is
      characterized by a single session format so that all the attendees remain in
      a single room for multilateral communications in an informal atmosphere. As
      another tradition, the meetings have enthusiastic participation from
      industry, as well as research centers and universities.

      Papers dealing with all aspects of vehicle-related intelligent systems and
      cooperation between vehicles and infrastructures are solicited for IV2003.
      Topics include: Driver Assistance & Inform. Systems; Driver monitoring;
      Infrastructure Intelligence; Special Automated Road Vehicles; Impact on
      Traffic Flows; System Architectures; Imaging and Vision; Human-machine
      Interfaces; Communications and Networks; Impact on Drivers; Sensors; Vehicle
      Control; Active Safety; AHS

      PAPER SUBMISSION: Prospective authors are requested to send an extended
      abstract by e-mail, preferably through the Web page no later than December
      1st, 2002. The extended abstract must be 2 to 4 pages including figures with
      enough detail for review for content and appropriateness. A separate cover
      page should include (1) the title of the paper, (2) the name of the authors,
      (3) the name, mailing address, telephone and fax number, and e-mail address
      of the contact author. Special session organization is encouraged. Organizers
      should contact Dr. Sadayuki Tsugawa with a proposal by November 1st, 2002.
      TUTORIAL and TOURS Tutorial sessions and tours are going to be held on June 8.

      Extended Abstracts due for review: December 1st, 2002
      Organized Session Proposal: November 1st, 2002
      Notification of acceptance: February 1st, 2003
      Camera-ready full paper for proceedings due: April 1st, 2003

      IV2003 website
      General Chair/Conference Secretariat (
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      Int Conference on Physics and Control Alexander Fradkov -

      August, 20-22, 2003, Saint-Petersburg, RUSSIA ( )

      The topics for the Conference PhysCon03 include but are not limited to:
      - Nonlinear dynamics and control;
      - Quantum information and control;
      - Molecular dynamics and control;
      - Control of bifurcations, oscillations and chaos;
      - Modeling and identification of physical systems;
      - Complexity and adaptivity;
      - Synchronization in micro- and macroworld;
      - Self-organization and control of nanostructures;
      - Microelectromechanical systems;
      - Applications in science and technology (control of lasers, control
      of plasma, beam control, control of turbulence, chaotic mixing,
      control in chemistry, biology, medicine).

      The Nobel Laureat 2000 in Physics, Academician of RAS, Zh.I.ALFEROV
      Academician of RAS, V.G.PESHEKHONOV

      The Organizing Committee invites the prospective authors to submit their
      full text draft papers (4-6 two-column pages) by December 15, 2002 to the
      Organizing Committee. All contributions will be subject to reviewing.
      The title should be followed by the authors' names, affiliations, addresses
      (including FAX and E-mail address) and abstracts (60-100 words). Electronic
      submission in PDF or PS formats is preferable.

      Authors are encouraged to organize invited sessions focused on topics of
      special interest. The invited session proposal should contain the letter from
      the organizer explaining the scope and importance of the proposed theme. The
      list of 5-6 contributions including the title, authors' full names,
      affiliations, e-mails and extended abstracts (1-2 pages) of each paper
      should be attached. The invited session proposals should be submitted to the
      Organizing Committee by December 15, 2002. They will be reviewed according
      to standard procedures.

      Prof.A.L.Fradkov, Institute for Problems of Mechanical Engineering
      61 Bolshoy ave. V.O., 199178, St.Petersburg, RUSSIA
      Tel: +7(812)321-4766, Fax: +7(812)321-4771 E-mail:
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      Integ of Knowledge Intensive Multi-Agent Syst Mitch Kokar -

      Integration of Knowledge Intensive Multi-Agent Systems: KIMAS'03:
      Modeling, Exploration, and Engineering
      Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge MA
      1-3 October 2003

      Sponsored by IEEE Boston Section in cooperation with IEEE NN Society
      and IEEE SMC Society, AAAI, INNS, US Air Force, US Army, US Navy,

      General Chair L. Perlovsky, US AF
      Program Chair A. Meystel, Drexel University

      The following fundamental ideas will be the focal themes at this
      1. Models and Similarity Measures for Image Recognition, Natural
      Language Processing, Situation Analysis
      2. Multiagent Calculus: Theoretical Fundamentals for Analysis of
      Knowledge Intensive Systems
      3. Multiresolutional Systems for Knowledge Representation
      4. Mechanisms of Integration: Algorithms and Processes of
      5. Architectures of Intellect-like Computational Processes
      6. Search for Exploring Bodies of Data, Information, and Knowledge
      7. Hypotheses Generation and Disambiguation in Knowledge Intensive

      Researchers from academia, commerce, and defense research centers will
      exchange ideas. Program managers will inform on the directions of
      research and development. The conference will include invited and
      contributed sessions, plenary lectures and discussions, and tutorials.

      A 1 - 2 page abstract may be submitted. The deadline for submission is
      1 February 2003.

      Electronic submissions may be sent to:
      Hard copy submissions may be sent to:
      Alex Meystel
      KIMAS '03 Technical Program Chair
      ECE Dept., Drexel University
      Philadelphia, PA, USA 19104

      Proposals for tutorials and sessions 1 December 2002
      Abstract due 1 February 2003
      Notification of acceptance 1 March, 2003
      Paper due 1 July, 2003

      For more information about the conference scope and other general
      information, please visit the conference web site.
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      International Conf on Advanced Robotics R. Cortesao -

      ICAR 2003 - 11th International Conference on Advanced Robotics
      University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
      June 30- July 3, 2003

      Technical Co-Sponsors: IEEE-RAS, IEEE-IES, RSJ, JARA, ISR

      ICAR 2003 continues to follow the scope of this conference series of
      promoting state of the art information exchange and international cooperation
      in the field of advanced robotics.

      Paper and Video Submissions
      Authors are invited to submit full papers in PDF format through the
      conference website. Digital video submission is welcome associated with a
      paper submission.

      Tutorials and Workshops
      Proposals for tutorials and workshops that address topics related to the
      conference themes are welcome.

      Special Sessions
      Special sessions consist of four/five related papers that are submitted
      through the regular review process.

      Industry-Focused Sessions
      Industry-oriented papers are also solicited. By bringing together researchers
      from industry and academia, the Technical Program Committee hopes to foster
      collaboration and promote transfer of ideas among these communities.

      December 1, 2002: Proposals for workshop/tutorials
      December 15, 2002: Submission of papers, videos, and special sessions
      December 15, 2002: Notification of workshop/tutorial acceptance
      March 15, 2003: Notification of paper acceptance
      April 30, 2003: Submission of final camera-ready papers and videos

      Rui Cortesao
      ICAR 2003 Publicity Co-Chair
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      Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control Alessandro Astolfi -

      2nd IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control
      3-5 April 2003
      Seville, Spain

      New technologies have created engineering problems where successful controller
      designs must account for nonlinear effects, yet existing theory for general
      nonlinear systems often proves insufficient. Moreover, most of the existing
      nonlinear control design methods do not take into account the physical
      properties of the system and tend to compensate for any nonlinear effect.
      However, it has been recognised that nonlinearities are not necessarily a
      drawback and several beneficial nonlinear phenomena exist.

      The workshop will present new approaches to nonlinear control that exploit
      the structure and the properties of mechanical and electromechanical system,
      namely the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian structure. This workshop will cover new
      developments in nonlinear control theory, design methods and applications
      where techniques have been effectively tailored to exploit the mechanical and
      electromechanical system structure. The workshop program will include
      contributed papers as well as a number of invited papers by leading
      international authorities. In-depth discussions by all participants on basic
      problems and future directions will be encouraged.

      Topics to be covered include among others:
      - control of mechanical, electromechanical and electrical systems
      - control of autonomous vehicles
      - Hamiltonian and Lagrangian control systems
      - use of symplectic, Poisson and Dirac structures in control
      - role of symmetry, reduction and integrability in control
      - analysis of global phase space structure and qualitative phenomena with
      application to control
      - effect of physical and feedback-controlled dissipation
      - nonholonomic control systems
      - geometric nonlinear control of Hamiltonian and Lagrangian systems
      - tracking and regulation for Hamiltonian and Lagrangian systems
      - infinite dimensional Hamiltonian and Lagrangian systems
      - control of mechanical and electromechanical systems in the presence of
      delays and transmission lines

      Important Deadlines
      Submission of draft papers: 30 November, 2002
      Notification of acceptance: 15 January, 2003
      Final paper submission: 15 February, 2003

      Further information may be found on the workshop web site:

      Contact address:
      Silvia Vallejo. Workshop Secretariat
      Depto. de Ing. de Sistemas y Autom