November 2005


Table Of Contents

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

  • Personal


    Change of Address: Majura Selekwa Majura Selekwa - majura.selekwa@ndsu.edu

    My address changed since August 15th 2005; the new address is:

    Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics,
    North Dakota State University,
    Dolve 111
    Fargo, ND 58105

    Phone: 701-231-5667
    Fax:701-231-8913
    email: majura.selekwa@ndsu.edu
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    Awards and Honors


    AACC Awards: Call for Nominations Pradeep Misra - pradeep.misra@wright.edu

    2006 AACC Awards Nominations due December 1, 2005

    Nominations for the five AACC (American Automatic Control Council)
    awards
    for 2006 are now being solicited. The awards consist of a certificate and
    an
    honorarium, and they will be presented at the Awards Luncheon during
    the 2006
    ACC to be held in Minneapolis, MN. 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,
    2005.

    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.


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

    Calls for Nominations - W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize and George Polya Prize

    SIAM will present the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize and the George Polya
    Prize
    at the 2006 SIAM Annual Meeting to be held July 10-14, 2006, in Boston,
    Massachusetts. The nomination deadline for both prizes is December 31,
    2005.

    W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize
    ===========================
    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 H. T. Banks 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

    W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize
    Professor H. T. Banks, Chair

    c/o J. M. Littleton at the address below. Nominations must be received in
    the
    SIAM office by December 31, 2005.

    George Polya Prize
    ==================
    The George Polya Prize honors the memory of George Polya and is given
    in
    even-numbered years for notable contributions in two alternating
    categories:
    (1) for a notable application of combinatorial theory; (2) for a notable
    contribution in another area of interest to George Polya, such as
    approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal
    polynomials,
    probability theory, or mathematical discovery and learning.

    The 2006 award will be given in the second category listed above, a
    notable
    contribution in another area of interest to George Polya.

    Eligibility
    There are no restrictions except that the prize is broadly intended to
    recognize specific recent work. Strong preference will be given to
    selecting
    one person as the prize winner.

    Description of Award
    The award will consist of an engraved medal and a $20,000 cash prize.
    Travel
    expenses to the award ceremony will be provided by the prize fund.

    Nominations
    A letter of nomination, including a description of achievement(s) should
    be
    sent to

    George Polya Prize Selection Committee
    Professor Peter D. Lax, Chair

    c/o J. M. Littleton at the address below. Nominations must be received in
    the
    SIAM office by December 31, 2005.

    The SIAM Activity Group on Analysis of PDE Prize
    ================================================
    The SIAM Activity Group on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations
    (SIAG/APDE) Prize, established in 2005, is awarded to the author(s) of
    the
    most outstanding paper, as determined by the prize committee, on a
    topic in
    Partial Differential Equations published in English in a peer-reviewed
    journal
    within the four calendar years preceding the year of the award.

    The SIAG/APDE will present the award at the SIAM Conference on
    Analysis of PDE
    (PD06) to be held July 10-12, 2006, jointly with the SIAM Annual Meeting
    in
    Boston, Massachusetts.

    Eligibility
    A candidate paper must be published in English in a peer-reviewed
    journal
    bearing a publication date within the award period, between January 1,
    2002,
    and December 31, 2005. It must contain significant research
    contributions to
    the field of analysis of partial differential equations, 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.

    Description of the Award
    The award will consist of a plaque and a certificate containing the award
    citation. At least one of the awardees is expected to attend the award
    ceremony and to present the paper as a plenary lecture at the meeting.
    One of
    the plenary lectures at the meeting will be reserved for this purpose.
    Travel
    expenses will be available to reimburse the speaker. Should more that
    one
    author be involved in presenting the plenary lecture, reimbursement will
    be
    made only to one of the authors.

    Nominations
    Nominations, including bibliographic citation and a justification, should be
    sent by December 31, 2005, preferably by e-mail (or hard copy), to
    SIAG/APDE Prize Selection Committee
    c/o J. M. Littleton at the address below. Nominations must be received in
    the
    SIAM office by December 31, 2005.

    The SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra Prize
    ===============================================
    The SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra (SIAG/LA) Prize is awarded to
    the
    author(s) of the most outstanding paper on a topic in applicable linear
    algebra published in a peer-reviewed journal in the three calendar years
    preceding the year of the award.

    The SIAG/LA will present the award at the Joint GAMM-SIAM Conference
    on
    Applied Linear Algebra to be held July 24-27, 2006, in Duesseldorf,
    Germany.

    Eligibility
    Candidate papers must be published in English in a peer-reviewed
    journal
    bearing the publication date between January 1, 2003 and December 31,
    2005.
    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.

    Description of the Award
    The award consists of a plaque and a certificate containing the citation.
    The
    awardee (in the case of multiple authors, at least one of the awardees)
    is
    expected to attend the award ceremony and to present the paper at the
    meeting.

    Nominations
    Nominations, including a copy of the nominated paper, should be sent to
    SIAG/LA Prize Selection Committee
    Professor Anne Greenbaum, Chair

    c/o J. M. Littleton at the address below. Nominations must be received in
    the
    SIAM office by January 15, 2006.

    J. M. Littleton
    SIAM
    3600 University City Science Center
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
    USA

    E-mail: littleton@siam.org
    Telephone: +1-215-382-9800 ext. 303
    Fax: +1-215-386-7999


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    Conferences


    12th International Symposium on Dynamic Games and Applications Vladimir Gaitsgory - v.gaitsgory@unisa.edu.au

    12th International Symposium on Dynamic Games and Applications will
    be held
    in Sophia-Antipolis, France in July 3-6, 2006.
    (http://www-sop.inria.fr/coprin/Congress/ISDG06/)

    Three days (July 3-5) of state-of-the-art presentations will be followed
    by
    a one-day tutorial on July 6.

    The topics include (but are not limited) to the following: Dynamic games
    and applications; Repeated games; Stochastic games; Learning and
    adaptive
    games; Evolutionary games; Cooperative equilibria; H-infinity control
    and
    robust controller designs; Theory of optimal control and dynamic games;
    Numerical methods and computer implementation of game models;
    Dynamic
    bargaining; Pursuit-Evasion games; Search, encounter and inspection
    games;
    Application of dynamic games in fields such as: networking (e.g.
    telecommunications and transportation), economics and finance,
    management
    and marketing, environment, energy and resource management, biology,
    social
    sciences and others.

    The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2005. The details about
    the
    format of submissions, registration fees, etc. can be found on the
    symposium
    web site:
    (http://www-sop.inria.fr/coprin/Congress/ISDG06/


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    2006 Intl. Conf. on Information Fusion, July 10-13, Florence Italy Peter Willett - willett@engr.uconn.edu

    The 9th International Conference on Information Fusion will be held in
    Florence, Italy, on 10-13 July 2006.
    The objective of the conference is to provide a forum to discuss
    advances and applications for fusion technologies. The conference will
    feature keynote speeches, special sessions on topics of current
    interest, a tutorials program to assist new researchers in the field,
    and a student paper award.

    Prospective authors are invited to submit 4-8 page papers by 15 January
    2006. The Call for Papers (PDF format) is available for download on the
    conference website www.fusion2006.org. Submission instructions and
    paper
    templates will be soon provided on the web site. Proposals for special
    sessions, panel discussions and tutorials are encouraged.

    Please note the following important deadlines:

    Special session proposal 1 December 2005
    Tutorial proposal 15 January 2006
    Regular paper submission 15 January 2006
    Acceptance of papers 1 April 2006
    Final papers 15 May 2006
    Early registration 1 June 2006

    For further and updated information, please visit the conference website
    www.fusion2006.org.

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    45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control Andrea Serrani - serrani@ece.osu.edu

    45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
    December 13-15, 2006 Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California
    USA
    http://www.ieeecss.org/CAB/conferences/cdc2006/

    Call for Papers
    The 45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control will be held
    Wednesday
    through Friday, December 13-15, 2006 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt
    Hotel in
    San Diego, California USA. The conference will be preceded by technical
    workshops on December 11-12, 2006. The CDC annually brings together
    an
    international community of researchers and practitioners in the field of
    automatic control to discuss the latest advancements of the discipline,
    shape
    its future directions, and promote its diffusion among the scientific
    community at large.

    San Diego is California's second largest city, blessed by an ideal climate,
    miles of pristine beaches, and unique world-class attractions, including
    Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Lego Land, San Diego Wild Animal Park
    and Sea
    World.

    The 45th CDC will feature the presentation of contributed and invited
    papers,
    as well as tutorial sessions and workshops. In addition to the standard
    oral
    presentations, the conference will also feature interactive presentations
    in
    order to encourage an interaction exchange with the audience. Topics
    for the
    interactive sessions will be selected specifically to benefit from the time
    for interaction and discussion that are not available in a typical lecture
    session, and the authors will be encouraged to make creative use of
    poster
    boards as well as hands-on computer simulations and demonstrations.

    The 45th CDC is hosted by the IEEE Control Systems Society and is held
    in
    cooperation with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
    (SIAM),
    the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
    (INFORMS),
    the Japanese Society for Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), and
    the
    European Union Control Association (EUCA).

    Call for Contributed Papers: Papers are invited in the form of regular
    manuscripts (allotted 6 Proceedings pages). Note that short manuscripts
    are
    not considered. Papers must conform to the submission policy, described
    below,
    requiring that all manuscripts be in 2-column format and meet strict page
    limits.

    Call for Invited Sessions: Invited sessions consist of six papers
    presenting a
    unifying theme from a diversity of viewpoints. Proposals must clearly
    describe
    the motivation and relevance of the session. Proposals must be
    accompanied by
    full versions of each paper, which will be individually reviewed together
    with
    the proposal itself. Individual papers may be removed from a proposed
    session
    and replaced by appropriate contributed papers. In case an entire
    proposed
    session is rejected, selected papers may be accepted as contributed
    ones.

    Call for Tutorial Sessions: Tutorial sessions addressing state-of-the-art
    control theory and advanced industrial applications are solicited. Panel
    discussions are strongly encouraged.

    Call for Interactive Papers: Papers are invited in the form of interactive
    papers to be presented in a way that involves interaction with the
    viewers,
    including simulations, experimental setup, visual demonstrations, and
    virtual
    reality tools.

    Call for Workshops and Tutorials: Workshops and tutorials to be held
    prior to
    the conference are solicited on all related topics. Proposals for workshops
    addressing novel control methodologies and nonstandard control
    applications
    are strongly encouraged.

    Exhibits related to control education, control theory, and industrial
    applications are invited.

    All papers and session proposals must be submitted through the
    conference
    submission website www.paperplaza.net and must conform to the policy
    found at
    the conference web site www.ieeecss.org/CAB/conferences/cdc2006/
    All submissions must be written in English.

    Submission policy:
    * All papers submitted to the 45th CDC, either for review or publication
    (after acceptance), must be formatted in the standard 2-column
    Proceedings format.
    * For the purposes of REVIEW, regular and invited papers are limited to 8
    pages. Papers exceeding these limits will NOT be reviewed.
    * For PUBLICATION in the Proceedings, accepted regular and invited
    papers are
    limited to 6 pages.
    * Papers exceeding these limits will be published only after payment of a
    page
    overlength fee.
    At least one of the authors of the paper must register for the conference
    at
    full member/non-member rate to upload the final manuscript.

    Important Dates:
    Paper submissions site www.paperplaza.net opens: January 10,
    2006
    Deadline for submission of Invited Session proposals: February
    17, 2006
    Deadline for submission of all papers: February
    24, 2006
    Notification of acceptance: July 20,
    2006
    Final submission and on-line registration opens: August 1, 2006
    Deadline for Final submission of all papers: September
    10, 2006


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    9th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision Dr W Sardha Wijesoma - eswwijesoma@ntu.edu.sg

    CALL FOR PAPERS
    9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONTROL, AUTOMATION,
    ROBOTICS AND VISION
    ICARCV 2006
    5 - 8 December 2006, Singapore
    Home Page: http://www.icarcv.org/

    The 9th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and
    Vision, ICARCV 2006, will be held in Singapore from 5 - 8 December 2006.
    The
    conference is organised by the School of Electrical and Electronic
    Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Institution
    of
    Engineers, Singapore. The technical sponsors are IEEE Control Systems
    Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and IEEE Systems, Man
    and
    Cybernetics Society. The conference focuses on both theory and
    applications
    mainly covering the topics of control, automation, robotics and vision. In
    addition to the technical sessions, there will be invited sessions,
    tutorials and keynote addresses.

    The Proceedings of ICARCV are indexed by ISI Proceedings, EI
    Compendex and
    included in the IEEE Xplore.

    The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    CONTROL: Adaptive control; Robust control; Process control; Complex
    systems;
    Identification and estimation; Nonlinear systems; Intelligent systems;
    Discrete event systems; Hybrid systems; Networked control systems;
    Delay
    systems; Neural networks; Fuzzy systems; Control of biological systems;
    Precision motion control; Control applications; Control engineering
    education.

    AUTOMATION: Man-machine interactions; Process automation; Intelligent
    automation; Factory modelling and simulation; Home, laboratory and
    service
    automation; Network-based systems; Planning, scheduling and
    coordination;
    Nano-scale automation and assembly; Instrumentation systems;
    Biomedical
    instrumentation and applications.

    ROBOTICS: Modelling and identification; Robot control; Mobile robotics;
    Mobile sensor networks; Perception systems; Micro robots and micro-
    manipulation; Visual servoing; Search, rescue and field robotics; Robot
    sensing and data fusion; Localization, navigation and mapping;
    Dexterous
    manipulation; Medical robots and bio-robotics; Human centred systems;
    Space
    and underwater robots; Tele-robotics; Mechanism design and
    applications.

    VISION: Image/video analysis; Feature extraction, grouping and
    segmentation;
    Scene analysis; Pattern recognition; Learning in vision; Human-computer
    interaction; Tracking and surveillance; Biometrics; Biomedical Image
    analysis; Activity/behaviour recognition; Applications.

    BEST PAPER AWARD:
    Selection of the best paper will be made at the Conference based on
    both the
    technical content and presentation. The winner will be chosen by the
    Technical Program Committee in consultation with the International
    Advisory
    Committee.

    PAPER SUBMISSION:
    Papers must be written in English and should describe original work in
    detail. Please download the template from the conference website and
    submit
    the full papers online by 1 April, 2006. Upon acceptance, authors will be
    required to register and present their papers.

    INVITED SESSIONS:
    The Technical Program Committee is soliciting proposals for invited
    sessions
    focusing on topics of ICARCV 2006. Prospective organisers should submit
    proposals to the Invited Session Chairman eericsung@ntu.edu.sg by 1
    March,
    2006. Invited sessions are to provide a forum for focused discussions on
    new
    topics, or innovative applications of established approaches.

    Important Dates
    Full Paper Submission Deadline : 1 April 2006
    Notification of Acceptance : 1 July 2006
    Camera-Ready Manuscript Submission Due : 1 September 2006
    Author's registration : 1 September 2006


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    Artificial Intelligence in Energy Systems and Power ICSC Interdisciplinary Research - jeanny@icsc.ab.ca

    First International ICSC Symposium on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN
    ENERGY
    SYSTEMS AND POWER AIESP 2006
    Madeira, Portugal
    February 7