November 2004


Table Of Contents

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

    • Personal


      Change of Address: Emilio Frazzoli Emilio Frazzoli - frazzoli@ucla.edu

      My new contact information:

      Emilio Frazzoli
      Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
      University of California at Los Angeles
      37-138 Engineering IV
      420 Westwood Plaza
      Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

      Web: http://rigoletto.seas.ucla.edu/
      Email: frazzoli@ucla.edu
      Tel: (310) 206-2533
      Fax: (310) 206-4830


      Back to top


      Awards and Honors


      AACC Awards: Call for Nominations Pradeep Misra - pmisra@cs.wright.edu

      2005 AACC Awards Nominations due December 1, 2004

      Nominations for the five AACC (American Automatic Control Council)
      awards
      for 2004 are now being solicited. The awards consist of a certificate and
      an
      honorarium, and they will be presented at the Awards Luncheon during
      the 2005
      ACC to be held in Portland, OR. Nomination packages should be
      prepared in
      accordance with the AACC Award Nomination Form and include the
      following:
      biographical information, a statement identifying and evaluating the
      accomplishments on which the nomination is based (not to exceed two
      double
      spaced pages), a minimum of three and a maximum of five reference
      letters, a
      current list of publications and patents, and any additional supporting
      material that could have bearing on the award. Please submit the
      nomination
      electronically (see instructions on www.a2c2.org/awards/) by Dec. 1,
      2004.

      Professor Pradeep Misra
      Department of ELectrical Engineering
      Wright State University
      3640 Col. Glenn Hwy
      Dayton, OH 45435
      Tel: (937) 775-5062
      pmisra@cs.wright.edu

      ****Nomination Forms**** may be downloaded from
      http://www.a2c2.org/

      The awards are described as follows:

      Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award. For distinguished career
      contributions to the theory or applications of automatic control. The
      nominee
      is to have spent a significant part of his or her career in the United
      States. Posthumous nominations are not allowed.

      Donald P. Eckman Award. For outstanding accomplishments by a young
      engineer
      in the field of automatic control. Nominees must be younger than 35
      years on
      January 1 of the year of award. The award is based on contributions
      made
      while the nominee was a resident of the United States.

      John R. Ragazzini Award. For outstanding contributions to automatic
      control
      education in any form. The awardee normally is a teacher, but there is
      no
      formal requirement that nominees be members of a university faculty.

      Control Engineering Practice Award. For significant contributions to the
      advancement of control practice including the application and
      implementation
      of innovative control concepts, methodology, and technology, for the
      planning, design, manufacture, and operation of control systems.

      O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award. For the best two papers presented at
      the
      previous American Control Conference. The papers must have been
      presented by
      the author or a co-author at the conference. Selection criteria include
      quality of the written and oral presentation, technical contribution,
      timeliness, and practicality, with one award emphasizing contributions to
      theory and the other emphasizing significant or innovative applications.


      Back to top


      Call for Nominations: SIAM Awards J.M. Littleton - littleton@siam.org

      SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems J. D. Crawford Prize

      The SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems will present the award at
      the
      SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems at Snowbird, May
      22-26,
      2005.

      The prize is awarded for recent outstanding work on a topic in dynamical
      systems and nonlinear science. The research of the candidate must
      contain
      significant contributions to the field of nonlinear science, as evidenced by
      papers published in English in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a
      publication
      date within the four calendar years preceding the award date.

      The term "nonlinear science" is used in the spirit of the SIAG/DS
      meetings;
      specifically it includes dynamical systems theory and its applications as
      well as experiments and computations/simulations.

      Description of the Award
      The award will consist of a plaque, a certificate containing the citation,
      and a cash award of $750. SIAM will reimburse reasonable travel
      expenses
      for the recipient to attend the conference.

      Nominations
      A letter of nomination, including a description of the work, should be sent
      by
      NOVEMBER 15, 2004, to:

      J. D. Crawford Prize Selection Committee
      Dr. Edgar Knobloch, Chair
      c/o J. M. Littleton
      SIAM
      3600 University City Science Center
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
      E-mail: littleton@siam.org
      Telephone: 215-382-9800
      Fax: 215-386-7999

      The SIAG/DS Moser Lecture

      The SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems will present the award at
      the
      SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems at Snowbird, May
      22-26,
      2005. The prize is awarded to a person who has made distinguished
      contributions to nonlinear science.

      The term "nonlinear science" is used in the spirit of the SIAG/DS
      meetings;
      specifically it includes dynamical systems theory and its applications as
      well as experiments and computations/simulations.

      Description of the Award
      The award will consist of a plaque, a certificate containing the citation,
      the invitation to give a plenary lecture at the conference, and a cash
      award
      of $500. SIAM will reimburse reasonable travel expenses for the
      recipient to
      attend the conference and give the lecture.

      Nominations
      A letter of nomination, including a description of contributions, should be
      sent by NOVEMBER 15, 2004, to:

      Jurgen Moser Lecture Selection Committee
      Professor Mark Levi, Chair
      c/o J. M. Littleton
      SIAM
      3600 University City Science Center
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
      E-mail: littleton@siam.org
      Telephone: 215-382-9800
      Fax: 215-386-7999

      The James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific
      Computing

      The James H. Wilkinson Prize will be awarded at the 2005 SIAM Annual
      Meeting
      to be held July 11-15, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

      The prize, established in 1979, is awarded every four years for research
      in,
      or other contributions to, numerical analysis and scientific computing
      during
      the six years preceding the award. The purpose of the prize is to
      stimulate
      younger contributors and to help them in their careers.

      Description of the Award
      The award will include a cash prize of $1,000 and a certificate containing
      the citation. The recipient will be requested to present a lecture as part
      of the prize ceremony. SIAM will reimburse travel expenses to attend the
      award ceremony and give the lecture.

      Nominations
      A letter of nomination, including a description of the contribution(s),
      should be sent by December 31, 2004, to:

      Wilkinson Prize Selection Committee
      Professor Thomas Y. Hou, Chair
      c/o J. M. Littleton
      SIAM
      3600 University City Science Center
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
      E-mail: littleton@siam.org
      Phone: 215-382-9800
      Fax: 215-386-7999

      The Ralph E. Kleinman Prize

      SIAM will present the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize at the 2005 SIAM Annual
      Meeting
      to be held July 11-15, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

      The prize is awarded to an individual for outstanding research or other
      contributions that bridge the gap between mathematics and
      applications. Work
      that uses high-level mathematics and/or invents new mathematical tools
      to
      solve applied problems from engineering, science, and technology is
      particularly appropriate. The prize may be awarded for a single notable
      achievement or for a collection of such achievements.

      Description of the Award
      The award will consist of a hand-calligraphed, framed certificate and a
      cash
      award of $5,000. SIAM will reimburse reasonable travel expenses for the
      recipient to attend the award ceremony.

      Nominations
      A letter of nomination, including a curriculum vitae and description of the
      achievement(s), should be sent to the address below. You are
      encouraged to
      send electronic files via e-mail. Supporting letters are welcome.
      Nominations must be received in the SIAM office by February 15, 2005.

      Ralph E. Kleinman Prize Selection Committee
      Professor William W. Symes, Chair
      c/o J. M. Littleton
      SIAM
      3600 University City Science Center
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
      E-mail: littleton@siam.org
      Telephone: 215-382-9800
      Fax: 215-386-7999

      SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize

      The SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize (SIAG/CST
      Prize)
      will be awarded at the Sixth SIAM Conference on Control and Its
      Applications,
      to be held July 11-14, 2005, jointly with the 2005 SIAM Annual Meeting in
      New
      Orleans, Louisiana.

      The SIAG/CST Prize, established in 1997, is awarded every three years
      to a
      young researcher for outstanding research contributions, as determined
      by the
      prize committee, to mathematical control or systems theory.
      Contributions
      must be contained in a paper or papers published in English in peer-
      reviewed
      journals.

      Eligibility
      The awardee's work must be a significant research contribution to the
      mathematical theory of systems and control, as commonly defined in the
      mathematical and engineering literature. At least one of the papers
      containing this work must be published in English in a peer-reviewed
      journal,
      bearing a publication date within the award period, and at least one
      of the following two requirements is met at the publication date: either
      (1)
      the author is not more than 35 years old, or (2) not more than six years
      have
      elapsed since the author received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

      Description of the award
      The award will consist of a plaque and a certificate containing the
      citation.
      An invitation will be extended to the prize recipient to attend the award
      ceremony to receive the award and to present the paper.

      Nominations
      A letter of nomination, including citation of paper(s), should be sent by
      January 15, 2005, to:

      SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize
      Professor Steven I. Marcus, Chair
      c/o J. M. Littleton
      SIAM
      3600 University City Science Center
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
      E-mail: littleton@siam.org
      Telephone: 215-382-9800 ext. 303
      Fax: 215-386-7999

      SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Prize

      The SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Prize (SIAG/OPT Prize) will be
      awarded at the SIAM Conference on Optimization to be held May 15-18,
      2005, in
      Stockholm, Sweden.

      The SIAG/OPT Prize, established in 1992, is awarded to the author(s) of
      the
      most outstanding paper, as determined by the prize committee, on a
      topic in
      optimization published in English in a peer-reviewed journal. The award
      period is the four calendar years preceding the year of the conference.

      Eligibility
      Candidate papers must be published in English in a peer-reviewed
      journal
      bearing a publication date within the award period. Thus, to be eligible
      for
      the prize, a paper must appear with a publication date in the 2001-2004
      calendar years. Candidate papers must contain significant research
      contributions to the field of optimization, as commonly defined in the
      mathematical literature, with direct or potential applications.

      Description of the award
      The award will consist of a plaque and a certificate containing the
      citation.
      At least one of the prize recipients is expected to attend the award
      ceremony and to present the paper at the conference.

      Nominations
      A letter of nomination, including a citation of the paper, should be sent by
      January 15, 2005, to:

      SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Prize
      Professor Robert Vanderbei, Chair
      c/o J. M. Littleton
      SIAM
      3600 University City Science Center
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
      E-mail: littleton@siam.org
      Telephone: 215-382-9800
      Fax: 215-386-7999

      SIAM Student Paper Prize

      The 2005 SIAM STUDENT PAPER PRIZE will be presented at the 2005
      SIAM Annual
      Meeting scheduled for July 12-16, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

      Principal Guidelines
      The SIAM Student Paper Prize is awarded every year to the student
      author(s)
      of the most outstanding paper(s) submitted to the SIAM Student Paper
      Competition.
      This award is based solely on the merit and content of the student's
      contribution to the submitted paper. Up to three papers will be selected
      for
      the prizes.

      The purpose of the Student Paper Prize is to recognize outstanding
      scholarship by students in applied mathematics and scientific computing.

      Selection Procedures
      Eligibility is restricted to students in good standing who have not
      received
      their Ph.D. prior to March 1 of the year in which the award is given.

      Submissions may be based on co-authored papers, provided that the
      student's
      advisor will attest that the student's work played a pivotal role in the
      results. A letter from the student's advisor or department chair must
      accompany each entry to verify these conditions.

      To enter the competition, a student must submit: (1) an extended
      abstract, in
      English, of a paper, and (2) a short biography. The total length of the
      submitted abstract (including bibliography) may not exceed five pages.
      The
      student also must submit (3) the complete paper, which will be used for
      clarification of any questions the committee may have about the
      extended
      abstract. In addition, the student's advisor or an interested faculty
      member
      must submit (4) a letter describing and evaluating the paper's
      contribution
      to the literature and the student's role in the scholarship.

      Deadline for Submissions
      All papers and accompanying documentation must be received at the
      SIAM office
      by February 1, 2005.

      Notification of Prize Winner(s)
      The SIAM President will notify the recipient(s) at least six weeks before
      the
      award date.

      Each recipient is required to present his or her paper at the meeting
      where
      the prize(s) are awarded. If attending the meeting poses a serious
      hardship,
      an exception may be granted by the SIAM President.

      Description of the Award
      Each recipient of the SIAM Student Paper Prize shall receive a framed
      certificate and a cash award of $1,000. Winners also receive $500
      toward
      travel expenses and gratis registration for the meeting.

      Student Paper Prize Selection Committee
      Professor William L. Briggs, Chair
      c/o J. M. Littleton
      SIAM
      3600 University City Science Center
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
      USA

      W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

      SIAM will present the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize at the 2005 SIAM Annual
      Meeting to be held July 11-15, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

      The award will be given for research in, or other contributions to, the
      broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory. The
      prize
      may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of
      such achievements. Committee Chair John Burns wishes to stress the
      breadth
      of the eligible fields.

      Description of the Award
      The award consists of an engraved medal and a $10,000 cash prize.
      The prize
      winner is requested to present a lecture at the meeting.

      Nominations
      A letter of nomination, including a description of achievement(s), should
      be
      sent to the address below. Nominations must be received in the SIAM
      office
      by January 15, 2005.

      W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize
      Professor John A. Burns, Chair
      c/o J. M. Littleton
      SIAM
      3600 University City Science Center
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
      E-mail: littleton@siam.org
      Telephone: 215-382-9800
      Fax: 215-386-7999


      Back to top


      Naomi Leonard named MacArthur Fellow Pradeep Misra - pmisra@cs.wright.edu

      Naomi Leonard of Princeton University was named a MacArthur Fellow for
      her research involving building miniature, autonomous underwater
      vehicles
      that mimic schooling fish.

      The MacArthur Fellows Program (supported by The John D. and Catherine
      T. MacArthur Foundation) underscores the importance of the creative
      individual in society. Fellows are selected for their originality,
      creativity, and the potential to do more in the future.

      Candidates are nominated, evaluated, and selected through a rigorous
      and confidential process. No one may apply for the awards, nor are
      any interviews conducted.

      She will receive $500,000 in "no strings attached" support over the
      next five years.


      Back to top


      Conferences


      15th International Conference on Process Control Miroslav Fikar - pc05@kirp.chtf.stuba.sk

      15th International Conference on Process Control
      Strbske Pleso, High Tatras, Slovak Republic
      June 7 - 10, 2005

      The 15th conference PC'05 will be held in the hotel Banik in Strbske
      Pleso,
      beautifully located in the heart of the High Tatras mountains in the
      northern Slovakia.

      The conference is co-sponsored by: Czech and Slovak chapters of IEEE,
      Slovak
      Society for Cybernetics & Informatics - national member organisation of
      IFAC.

      LOCATION
      Situated on the border between Poland and Slovakia, the High Tatras is
      one
      of the most impressive national parks in the Slovakia. It is home of a
      wide
      variety of wildlife. Many kilometers of well marked pathways can be
      explored ranging from easy to extreme difficult. Strbske pleso is
      renowned
      place for its winter and summer sport activities.

      SCOPE OF THE CONFERENCE
      The objective of the conference is to bring together theoretical experts
      and
      control systems specialists, to evaluate 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.

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

      CONFIRMED PLENNARY SPEAKERS
      C. Schmid (Bochum, GE): Internet based control education.
      M. Sebek (Prague, CZ): Unstable = Unsafe. On the cost of stabilisation
      of unstable plants.

      IMPORTANT DATES
      January 15, 2005 Submission of abstracts
      February 15, 2005 Notification of acceptation/rejection
      Second CFP
      April 15, 2005 Submission of camera-ready papers
      and conference fee payment
      June 7-10, 2005 Conference

      SUBMISSION
      All correspondence should be managed through the conference web
      portal. The structured abstract (200/400 words) should indicate
      problem statement and main results.

      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).

      REGISTRATION FEE
      The fee is 250 EUR, including participation at the conference and
      exhibitions, conference proceedings, hotel accommodation, all meals,
      and welcome party.

      INFORMATION
      For submission, further, and updated information, visit
      http://www.kirp.chtf.stuba.sk/pc05
      or write to
      1. e-mail: pc05@kirp.chtf.stuba.sk
      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


      Back to top


      1st Int Conf on Control and Optimization with Industrial Applications F.A. Aliev - f_aliev@yahoo.com

      1st International Conference on Control and Optimization with Industrial
      Applications

      The 1st International Conference on Control and Optimization with
      Industrial
      Application will be held in Baku (Azerbaijan) on May22-25, 2005. (see:
      www.aseu.ab.az/coia-2005/)

      Conference organizers are Ali Abbasov (Azerbaijan), Fikret Aliev
      (Azerbaijan), Panos Pardalos (USA), Alex Rubinov (Australia).

      The ICCOIA'05 will provide a forum where engineers, scientists, and
      mathematicians from academia and industry can meet to share ideas of
      latest
      research work in all branches of Science and Engineering involving the
      control and optimization with industrial applications. Prospective authors
      are invited to submit abstracts on topics related to, but not limited to,
      the following topics:

      Optimization (theory and numerical methods)
      Optimal Control
      Cooperative Systems and Cooperative Control
      Industrial Applications (in particular, applications to oil industry,
      information and communication technology, robotics)
      Operations Research and Management
      Education of Engineers, Managers and Potential Users of Optimization
      Methodology

      Prospective authors should submit a 300-word Abstract by e-mail to
      coia-2005@baku.ab.az

      The Abstract should clearly state the objectives, results and conclusions
      of
      the work undertaken and emphasize the novel aspects of the work.
      Contact
      information and affiliation of the corresponding author must be included.
      Papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference
      proceedings. A six-page camera-ready manuscript of accepted papers
      should be
      submitted by the deadline mentioned below. Selected papers will be
      published
      in special issues of some International Journals and a book.

      Proposals for half-day (3-hour) tutorials are solicited in areas related to
      the conference scope. Proposals should include the topic, expected
      background of participants, objectives, a short summary, and
      qualifications
      of the instructors).

      IMPORTANT DATES
      Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 30 December .2004
      Submission of tutorial proposal: 30 November, 2004
      Notification of acceptance: 31 January , 2 005
      Submission of six-page camera-ready manuscripts: 31 March, 2005.
      Early Registration cutoff date: 25 March, 2005
      Conference: May 22-25, 2005
      Submission of selected papers : 30 September, 2005
      REGISTRATION FEE Early (by March, 25) $US300; On-Site $US400;
      Students $US100; For the participants from Former Soviet Union $US20


      Back to top


      9th Annual IEEE Advanced Process Control Applications for Industry Workshop Greg Stewart - greg.stewart@honeywell.com

      9th Annual IEEE Advanced Process Control Applications for Industry
      Workshop
      May 9-11, 2005
      Vancouver, Canada
      http://ieee-ias.org/apc2005/

      CALL FOR PAPERS
      The workshop is a meeting of those interested in Advanced Process
      Control
      technology to improve performance of the process industries. Practical
      installation experience and results in addition to theoretical
      developments
      are presented for discussion.

      Plant operations today are faced with ever-increasing pressure to
      improve
      efficiency, quality and productivity. Without making fundamental changes
      to
      their production processes, improvement can usually be made with the
      application of advanced control technology. Using modern computer
      hardware,
      software and innovative techniques, application engineers are able to
      collect real time and historical data on their processes. Data analysis,
      modeling and simulation provide a better understanding of the dynamics
      of
      process behavior. Once the process characteristics are accurately
      identified, the options for applying suitable control methodology are no
      longer limited to conventional control techniques.

      SUBMISSION OF PAPERS
      Abstracts (200 words) should be received by December 15, 2004.
      Include a
      statement in the covering letter confirming that if the paper is accepted
      one of the authors will attend the conference to present it. Please give
      the
      full name, affiliation, full address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail
      address of the corresponding author. Notification of acceptance and
      author
      kits will be sent within two weeks of the submission deadline. The final
      manuscripts and registration payment for authors are due by February
      15,
      2005. Papers received by this date will be published in the workshop
      proceedings.

      SEND ABSTRACTS AND MANUSCRIPTS TO (prefer via e-mail in PDF format):
      e-mail: apc2005@udtech.com

      Technical Program Chair APC2005
      Universal Dynamics Technologies Inc.
      #100 - 13700 International Place
      Richmond, BC V6V 2X8 Canada
      Tel: (604) 214-3456
      Fax: (604) 214-3457

      Visit conference website for further information:
      http://ieee-ias.org/apc2005/


      Back to top


      Clustering High-Dimensional Data and its Applications Jacob Kogan - kogan@math.umbc.edu

      Clustering High-Dimensional Data and its Applications
      http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/inderjit/sdm05.html
      Sutton Place Hotel
      Long Beach, California
      to be Held in Conjunction with the
      SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM 2005)
      http://www.siam.org/meetings/sdm05/
      April 23, 2005

      The workshop is devoted to clustering high-dimensional data, which
      arises in
      diverse applications such as text/web mining and bioinformatics.

      Important Dates
      Papers Due: Jan 7, 2005
      Notification of Acceptance: Feb 4, 2005
      Camera ready: Feb 25, 2005
      Workshop: April 23, 2005

      Organizers:
      Inderjit Dhillon: inderjit@cs.utexas.edu
      Joydeep Ghosh: ghosh@ece.utexas.edu
      Jacob Kogan: kogan@math.umbc.edu

      Back to top


      Joint 20th IEEE ISIC and MED 05 Derong Liu - dliu@ece.uic.edu

      The 20th IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (ISIC'05)
      and
      The 13th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED'05)
      will
      be held on 27-29 June 2005 in the beautiful and historic island of Cyprus.

      The on-line paper submission web site is open now until the paper
      submission
      deadline November 19, 2004. Please go to
      http://www.paperplaza.net/
      to submit your papers.

      Located in the easternmost corner of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is
      an
      island of spectacular beauty with sandy beaches enclosed by rugged
      cliffs,
      cool cedar forests, scented orange groves and gentle meadows
      blanketed in
      wildflowers. A sophisticated country, whose nine-thousand-year cultural
      legacy infuses East and West. A historic island, the third largest in the
      Mediterranean, where modern travelers retrace the footsteps of figures
      as
      diverse as St. Paul, Alexander the Great and Leonardo da Vinci. And a
      romantic island, once Anthony's gift to Cleopatra and where, according to
      mythology, the goddess Aphrodite first emerged from the sea. Today,
      Cyprus
      is a modern country that joins European culture with ancient
      enchantment.
      There are many luxurious five- and four-star hotels, and sandy beaches
      where
      one can enjoy wind surfing, sailing and snorkeling.

      Cyprus can be reached by several major international airlines from
      European
      gateway cities. From North America, travelers can break up the journey
      in the
      European city of their choice or elect to keep connection time to a
      minimum.
      Popular gateways include London, Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Frankfurt,
      Zurich,
      Helsinki, Rome, Haifa etc. In addition, Cyprus Airways provides regular
      daily
      flights from many major European and Middle Eastern gateways.

      See you in Cyprus!

      General Chair: Marios M. Polycarpou
      Program Chair: Thomas Parisini


      Back to top


      Second International Symposium on Neural Networks Jun Wang - jwang@acae.cuhk.edu.hk

      The Second International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2005)
      will be
      held in Chongqing in southwestern China, as a sequel of ISNN 2004
      successfully held in Dalian, China. ISNN 2005 aims to provide a broad
      international forum for scientists, engineers, and educators working in
      the
      areas of neural networks to discuss state-of-the-art science and
      technologies, and their applications in diverse areas. The symposium will
      feature plenary speeches given by worldwide renowned scholars,
      regular
      sessions with broad coverage, and some special sessions focused on
      popular
      topics.

      Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers by the
      submission deadline. The submission of a paper implies that the paper is
      original and has not been submitted under review or copyright protected
      elsewhere and will be presented by the author if accepted. All papers
      should
      be submitted electronically via Online Submission System. The format of
      the
      initial submissions can be PDF, Word, or Postscript. Besides papers in
      regular sessions, papers in special sessions are also invited to provide
      forums for focused discussions on new topics and innovative applications
      of
      established approaches. A special session consists of at least four
      related
      papers that must be submitted through the regular review process.
      Proposals
      for special sessions including the session organizers, author names,
      paper
      titles, abstracts, and brief statements on the purpose of the session
      must
      be
      submitted to the Special Sessions Chair by December 15, 2004. All
      accepted
      papers with paid registration will be included in the Proceedings of ISNN
      2005 to be published by Springer as Lecture Notes in Computer Science
      which
      have been cited by SCI-Expanded.

      The symposium web site is at
      http://isci.cqu.edu.cn/isnn2005/ or
      http://www.acae.cuhk.edu.hk/~isnn2005

      Important Dates
      Paper submission: January 1, 2005
      Notification of acceptance: February 1, 2005
      Final version of paper submission: March 1, 2005
      Symposium date: May 30 - June 1, 2005


      Back to top


      Books


      Biomimicry for Optimization, Control, and Automation Kevin Passino - passino@ece.osu.edu

      Biomimicry for Optimization, Control, and Automation
      Kevin M. Passino
      Ohio State University

      Springer-Verlag, London, 2005.
      926 pages, ISBN 1852338040

      Springer: http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,4-
      164-22-
      25883266-0,00.html?changeHeader=true
      Amazon: Search on Passino

      This web site contains Matlab code for book examples and
      homework problems, homework hints and additional problems,
      a sample syllabus, information on an associated laboratory
      course, and some relevant publications.
      http://www.ece.osu.edu/~passino/ICbook/ic_index.html

      Table of Contents:
      Preface

      Part I: Introduction

      Chapter 1: Challenges in Computer Control and Automation
      Chapter 2: Scientific Foundations for Biomimicry
      Chapter 3: For Further Study

      Part II: Elements of Decision Making

      Chapter 4: Neural Network Substrates for Control Instincts
      Chapter 5: Rule-Based Control
      Chapter 6: Planning Systems
      Chapter 7: Attentional Systems
      Chapter 8: For Further Study

      Part III: Learning

      Chapter 9: Learning and Control
      Chapter 10: Linear Least Squares Methods
      Chapter 11: Gradient Methods
      Chapter 12: Adaptive Control
      Chapter 13: For Further Study

      Part IV: Evolution

      Chapter 14: The Genetic Algorithm
      Chapter 15: Stochastic and Nongradient Optimization for Design
      Chapter 16: Evolution and Learning: Synergistic Effects
      Chapter 17: For Further Study

      Part V: Foraging

      Chapter 18: Cooperative Foraging and Search
      Chapter 19: Competitive and Intelligent Foraging
      Chapter 20: For Further Study

      Bibliography
      Index


      Back to top


      Constrained Control and Estimation. An Optimisation Approach Maria Seron - seron@ee.newcastle.edu.au

      Constrained Control and Estimation.
      An Optimisation Approach

      Graham Goodwin, Maria Seron and Jose De Dona,

      Springer, Communications and Control Engineering Series
      2004, Approx. 355 p. 109 illus., Hardcover
      ISBN: 1-85233-548-3

      Website: http://murray.newcastle.edu.au/cce/

      This new book has been published in 2004. The book provides a
      comprehensive
      treatment of the principles underlying optimal constrained control and
      estimation. The contents progress from optimisation theory, fixed
      horizon
      discrete optimal control, receding horizon implementations and stability
      conditions, explicit solutions and numerical algorithms, moving horizon
      estimation, and connections between constrained estimation and
      control.
      Several case studies and further developments illustrate and expand the
      core
      principles.

      The book gives a self-contained treatment of the subject assuming that
      the
      reader has basic background in systems theory, including linear control,
      stability and state space methods. It is suitable for use in senior level
      courses and as material for reference and self-study.

      A companion website contains related material such as papers by the
      authors,
      lecture slides, worked examples, Matlab routines, and so on (see
      http://murray.newcastle.edu.au/cce/).

      Contents

      Part I Foundations

      1. Introduction
      2. Overview of Optimisation Theory
      3. Fixed Horizon Optimal Control with Constraints
      4. Receding Horizon Optimal Control with Constraints
      5. Constrained Linear Quadratic Optimal Control
      6. Global Characterisation of Constrained Linear Quadratic Optimal
      Control
      7. Regional Characterisation of Constrained Linear Quadratic Optimal
      Control
      8. Computational Issues in Constrained Optimal Control
      9. Constrained Estimation
      10. Duality Between Constrained Estimation and Control

      Part II Further Developments

      11. The Hessian in the QP Problem: Singular Value Structure and Related
      Algorithms
      12. Output Feedback Optimal Control with Constraints
      13. Finite Alphabet Controllers and Estimators

      Part III Case Studies

      14. Rudder Roll Stabilisation of Ships
      15. Cross-Directional Control
      16. Control over Communication Networks


      Back to top


      Feedback Control of Computing Systems Dawn Tilbury - tilbury@umich.edu

      Book Title: Feedback Control of Computing Systems
      Authors: Joseph L. Hellerstein, Yixin Diao, Sujay Parekh, and Dawn M.
      Tilbury
      Publisher: Wiley/IEEE Press
      ISBN: 0-471-26637-X

      In today's computerized economy, the profitability and availability of
      many
      businesses rely on a clear understanding of the dynamics of their
      computing
      systems, especially how they relate to changes in workloads and
      configuration. Frequent, dramatic changes in these areas can degrade
      programs and even cause failures, as often demonstrated on a
      company's
      eCommerce site.

      In the first book ever to address this vital issue,