November 2008

1. Personal
    1.1 Change of address for Dan Fuhrmann

2. General Announcements
    2.1 Information Meeting in DC for new NSF Program on Cyber-Physical Systems
2.2 Beta Release of the Matlab Toolbox for the iRobot Create (MTIC)
2.3 Course on LMI in Prague, February 2009
2.4 3rd WIDE PhD School on Networked Control Systems
2.5 EECI Graduate School on Control 2009

3. Books
    3.1 Estimation and Control over Communication Networks, A. Matveev, A. Savkin

4. Journals
    4.1 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
4.3 Contents: International Journal of Control - Vol 82 Issue 1
4.4 Contents: Automatica Volume 44 (2008), Issue 12 (December 2008)
4.5 Contents: Automatica Volume 44 (2008), Issue 11 (November)
4.6 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications December 2008
4.7 CFP: Asian Journal of Control Special Issues
4.8 Applied and Computational Mathematics: Special Issue on Bioinformatics
4.9 Contents: International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics
4.10 Contents: European Journal of Control
4.11 CFP: EJC Special Issue on Stochastic Hybrid Systems
4.12 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory

5. Conferences
    5.1 Call for Papers, MED 09, June 24-26, 2009, Thessaloniki
5.2 Mathematical Methods in Reliability (MMR'09)
5.3 6th International Conference on CIRAS
5.5 MESA09- Sym on Learning control and diagnosis in mechatronic systems
5.6 2009 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (2009 DSCC)
5.7 IROS 2009 Call For Papers
5.8 7th International Conference on Control and Automation (ICCA’09)
5.9 6th IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design (ROCOND'09)
5.10 2nd IFAC Int. Conf. on Intelligent Control Systems and Signal Processing

6. Workshops
    6.1 Trends in Bifurcation Analysis: Methods and Applications
6.2 The First International Symposium on Cyber Physical Systems (ISCPS)
6.3 The 2009 Symposium on Learning Control
6.4 1st Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems (NecSys'09)

7. Positions
    7.1 PhD (4), Post-Doc: KTH, Sweden
7.2 Faculty: University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
7.3 Research Engineer: University of California Santa Barbara, USA
7.4 Post-Doc: University of Connecticut, USA
7.5 Post-Doc: National University of Singapore, Singapore
7.6 Faculty: UT Dallas, USA
7.7 Research Positions: ABB Corporate Research, India
7.8 Post-Doc: Universities of Hull and York, UK
7.9 Post-Doc: Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
7.10 Faculty: KAUST, Saudi Arabia
7.11 PhD: Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
7.12 Faculty: United States Naval Academy, USA
7.13 PDF, PhD: Concordia University, Canada
7.14 Post-Doc: Linköping University, Sweden
7.15 PhD (5): Dutch National Science Foundation STW, Netherlands
7.16 PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia
7.17 Post-Doc: CEA-INAC-SBT, France
7.18 Faculty: ESIEE, France
7.19 PhD: Texas Tech University, USA
7.20 Post-Doc: Hamilton Institute, Ireland
7.21 PhD: Technical University of Catalunya, Spain
7.22 PhD, PDF: Ryerson University, Canada
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1. Personal
    1.1 Change of address for Dan Fuhrmann

Contributed by: Dan Fuhrmann,

I have moved to Michigan Technological University and have begun a new
position as ECE department chair.

Daniel R. Fuhrmann
Michigan Technological University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
118 EERC
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931

(w) 906-487-2871
(fax) 906-487-2949
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2. General Announcements
    2.1 Information Meeting in DC for new NSF Program on Cyber-Physical Systems

Contributed by: Bruce Krogh,

A public information meeting on the newly announced NSF research program on
Cyber-Physical Systems will be held December 15, 2008, in northern Virginia,
near NSF. Registration is now open at
Seating will be limited - so, please register early. Probable webcast
arrangements will also be available at the website.

The CPS Program Solicitation (NSF 08-611) is available at:
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2.2 Beta Release of the Matlab Toolbox for the iRobot Create (MTIC)

Contributed by: Joel Esposito,

iRobot's Create is a mobile robotics platform based on the popular Roomba
vacuum cleaner robot. It is well suited for education, research and outreach.
The Create can be connected to a base station PC via wired or wireless serial
connection; or via a Bluetooth adapter.

MTIC provides a set of intuitive, high-level Matlab functions that allow you
to control the actuators and sensors from a base station running the Matlab
programming environment. The toolbox also has limited compatibility with
older Roomba platforms.

Download MTIC at
We welcome all feedback on the beta version at
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2.3 Course on LMI in Prague, February 2009

Contributed by: Didier Henrion,

Course on LMI optimization with applications in control
by Didier Henrion, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France
and Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Venue and dates:
The course is given at the Czech Technical University in Prague,
Charles Square, down-town Prague (Karlovo Namesti 13, 12135 Praha 2)
from Monday February 2 to Friday February 6, 2009. It consists of
six two-hour lectures and two two-hour Matlab labs. There is no
admission fee, students and reseachers from external institutions
are particularly welcome, but please send an e-mail to to register.

This is a course for graduate students or researchers with some
background in linear algebra, convex optimization and linear control
systems. The focus in on semidefinite programming (SDP), or
optimization over linear matrix inequalities (LMIs), an extension of
linear programming to the cone of positive semidefinite matrices.

In the first part of the course, historical developments of LMIs and
SDP are surveyed. Convex sets that can be represented with LMIs are
classified and studied. LMI relaxations are introduced to solve
non-convex polynomial optimization problems, with a focus on the
theory of measures and moments. Finally, interior-point algorithms
are described to solve LMI problems and latest achievements in software
and solvers are reported. The second part of the course focuses on
the application of LMI techniques to solve control problems. Standard
control problems are revisited thanks to recent results on invariant
measures and SDP. Finally, more difficult control problems, such as
robustness analysis of linear systems, or design of fixed-order robust
controllers with H-infinity specifications, are addressed thanks
to the flexibility of the LMI framework. The originality of the approach
is in the simultaneous use of algebraic or polynomial techniques
(as opposed to classical state-space methods) and modern convex
optimization techniques. For the labs we use YALMIP, GloptiPoly,
SeDuMi and PENNON under a Matlab environment.
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2.4 3rd WIDE PhD School on Networked Control Systems

Contributed by: Mikael Johansson,

The "3rd WIDE PhD School on Networked Control Systems" will take place in
Siena, Italy on July 7-9, 2009.

The lectures are given by leading researchers in the field and cover main
concepts of networked control systems, including fundamental technological
challenges and industrial applications, modeling and simulation, fundamental
limitations of unreliable and capacity-limited channels, techniques for
analaysis and control synthesis, event-triggered and self-triggered control,
estimation and consensus, cooperative and decentralized control, distributed
optimization and networked model-predicitive control.

The full program of the school and other information can be found at

The school is targeted at graduate students and researchers who want to learn
the main concepts of networked control systems, as well as at graduate
students and postgraduate researchers already working in the area.

The school builds on the successful tradition of Hycon PhD Schools offered in
2005 and 2007, each attended by over 100 participants from several different
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2.5 EECI Graduate School on Control 2009

Contributed by: A. Chaillet,

- What: 16 one-week independent modules (21h each)
- When: January to May 2005
- Where: Supelec (South of Paris, France)
- Who: High level Control Theory modules given by world-class experts. For
master and PhD students, and any control theoretician !

- Registration: deadline for advance registration December 18, 2008.

- Financial support: Financial support available from the French Ministry of
Research and from the Center of Excellence DIGITEO for allowing Master or PhD
Students, from all over the world, to attend the 2009 EECI Graduate School on
Control. Therefore a financial (trip and stay) support of 500 EUR will be
given in situ to selected students (400 EUR for selected students registered
in French universities outside Region Ile de France.). To apply the student
should send by e-mail ( as soon as possible (and
before December 18, 2008) :
- his(her) CV
- a letter of recommendation from his(her) advisor
- the EECI Graduate School on Control registration form

- Description: The detailed program is available at:
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3. Books
    3.1 Estimation and Control over Communication Networks, A. Matveev, A. Savkin

Contributed by: Dorothy Mazlum,

Estimation and Control over Communication Networks
By Matveev, Alexey S., Savkin, Andrey V.

2009, XIV, 533 p. 95 illus., Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-8176-4494-9

Table of contents


Topological Entropy, Observability, Robustness, Stabilizability, and Optimal

Stabilization of Linear Multiple Sensor Systems via Limited Capacity
Communication Channels

Detectability and Output Feedback Stabilizability of Nonlinear Systems via
Limited Capacity Communication Channels

Robust Set-Valued State Estimation via Limited Capacity Communication Channels

An Analog of Shannon Information Theory: State Estimation and Stabilization of
Linear Noiseless Plants via Noisy Discrete Channels

An Analog of Shannon Information Theory: State Estimation and Stabilization of
Linear Noisy Plants via Noisy Discrete Channels

An Analog of Shannon Information Theory: Stable in Probability Control and
State Estimation of Linear Noisy Plants via Noisy Discrete Channels

Decentralized Stabilization of Linear Systems via Limited Capacity
Communication Networks

H-infinity State Estimation via Communication Channels

Kalman State Estimation and Optimal Control Based on Asynchronously and
Irregularly Delayed Measurements

Optimal Computer Control via Asynchronous Communication Channels

Linear-Quadratic Gaussian Optimal Control via Limited Capacity Communication

Kalman State Estimation in Networked Systems with Asynchronous Communication
Channels and Switched Sensors

Robust Kalman State Estimation with Switched Sensors

Appendix A: Proof of Proposition 7.6.13

Appendix B: Some Properties of Square Ensembles of Matrices

Appendix C: Discrete Kalman Filter and Linear-Quadratic Gaussian Optimal
Control Problem

Appendix D: Some Properties of the Joint Entropy of a Random Vector and
Discrete Quantity

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4. Journals
    4.1 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

Contributed by: Fernando Camisani,

Journal: Control Engineering Practice
Volume : 17
Issue : 1
Date : January, 2009

Editorial Board, page IFC.

Ian Craig, Feedback on the status of Control Engineering Practice, Pages 1-2.

Dukman Lee, C.H. Moon, S.C. Moon, H.D. Park, Development of healing control
technology for reducing breakout in thin slab casters, Pages 3-13.

Giovanni Fiengo, Domenico Di Domenico, Luigi Glielmo, A hybrid procedure
strategy for vehicle localization system: Design and prototyping, Pages

P. Dickinson, A.T. Shenton, Dynamic calibration of fuelling in the PFI SI
engine, Pages 26-38.

Elias Akkari, Sylvie Chevallier, Lionel Boillereaux, Global linearizing
control of MIMO microwave-assisted thawing, Pages 39-47.

Iain K. Peddle, Thomas Jones, Johann Treurnicht, Practical near hover flight
control of a ducted fan (SLADe), Pages 48-58.

Hui Peng, Jun Wu, Garba Inoussa, Qiulian Deng, Kazushi Nakano, Nonlinear
system modeling and predictive control using the RBF nets-based quasi-linear
ARX model, Pages 59-66.

C.N. Lim, M.A. Gilbertson, A.J.L. Harrison, Characterisation and control of
bubbling behaviour in gas-solid fluidised beds, Pages 67-79.

E. Balmes, M. Basseville, L. Mevel, H. Nasser, Handling the temperature
effect in vibration monitoring of civil structures: A combined subspace-based
and nuisance rejection approach, Pages 80-87.

E.J. Van Henten, J. Bontsema, Time-scale decomposition of an optimal control
problem in greenhouse climate management, Pages 88-96.

Adarsha Swarnakar, Horacio Jose Marquez, Tongwen Chen, A design framework for
overlapping controllers and its industrial application, Pages 97-111.

Fernando Torres, Santiago Puente, Carolina Diaz, Automatic cooperative
disassembly robotic system: Task planner to distribute tasks among robots,
Pages 112-121.

Enrico Fedrigo, Riccardo Muradore, Davide Zilio, High performance adaptive
optics system with fine tip/tilt control, Pages 122-135.

A. Zavala-Rio, C.M. Astorga-Zaragoza, O. Hernandez-Gonzalez, Bounded positive
control for double-pipe heat exchangers, Pages 136-145.

F. Caccavale, P. Cilibrizzi, F. Pierri, L. Villani, Actuators fault diagnosis
for robot manipulators with uncertain model, Pages 146-157.

Gabriel Hugh Elkaim, System identification-based control of an unmanned
autonomous wind-propelled catamaran, Pages 158-169.

Yang-Hung Chang, Chung-Shu Liao, Wei-Hua Chieng, Optimal motion cueing for
5-DOF motion simulations via a 3-DOF motion simulator, Pages 170-184.

E. Alfaro-Cid, E.W. McGookin, D.J. Murray-Smith, A comparative study of
genetic operators for controller parameter optimisation, Pages 185-197.

M.N. Varvatsoulakis, Design and implementation issues of a control system for
rotary saw cutting, Pages 198-202.

J. De Temmerman, S. Drakunov, H. Ramon, B. Nicolai, J. Anthonis, Design of an
estimator for the prediction of drying curves, Pages 203-209.

Oldrich Mikus, Nejat Olgac, Rifat Sipahi, An actively controlled harmonic
force generator, Pages 210-220.

Chunhui Zhao, Fuli Wang, Yingwei Zhang, Nonlinear process monitoring based on
kernel dissimilarity analysis, Pages 221-230.
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4.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: C. Stewart,

Volume: 53 Issue: 8 Date: Sept. 2008

$H^{infty}$ Control of Linear Quantum Stochastic Systems
James, M.R.; Nurdin, H.I.; Petersen, I.R.
Page(s): 1787-1803
Asynchronous Consensus in Continuous-Time Multi-Agent Systems With Switching
Topology and Time-Varying Delays
Feng Xiao; Long Wang
Page(s): 1804-1816
Phase Transitions on Fixed Connected Graphs and Random Graphs in the Presence
of Noise
Jialing Liu; Yadav, V.; Sehgal, H.; Olson, J.M.; Haifeng Liu; Elia, N.
Page(s): 1817-1825
Agreeing Asynchronously
Ming Cao; Morse, A.S.; Anderson, B.D.O.
Page(s): 1826-1838
A Framework for Fault-Tolerant Control of Discrete Event Systems
Qin Wen; Kumar, R.; Jing Huang; Haifeng Liu
Page(s): 1839-1849
On an Optical Inertial Navigation System—Part I
Iyer, R.; Meixner, J.; Buckalew, R.
Page(s): 1850-1863
On an Optical Inertial Navigation System—Part II
Iyer, R.; Toda, M.; Holsapple, R.
Page(s): 1864-1875
Time Optimal Swing-Up of the Planar Pendulum
Mason, P.; Broucke, M.; Piccoli, B.
Page(s): 1876-1886
Finite-Time Semistability and Consensus for Nonlinear Dynamical Networks
Qing Hui; Haddad, W.M.; Bhat, S.P.
Page(s): 1887-1900
Distributed LQR Design for Identical Dynamically Decoupled Systems
Borrelli, F.; Keviczky, T.
Page(s): 1901-1912
Stable Scheduling Policies for Maximizing Throughput in Generalized
Constrained Queueing Systems
Chaporkar, P.; Sarkar, S.
Page(s): 1913-1931
Design of Asymptotically Convergent Frequency Estimator Using Contraction Theory
Sharma, B.B.; Kar, I.N.
Page(s): 1932-1937
Evaluation of Stochastic Effects on Biomolecular Networks Using the
Generalized Nyquist Stability Criterion
Jongrae Kim; Bates, D.G.; Postlethwaite, I.
Page(s): 1937-1941
Optimal Adaptive Control—Contradiction in Terms or a Matter of Choosing the
Right Cost Functional?
Krstic, M.
Page(s): 1942-1947
The iISS Property for Globally Asymptotically Stable and Passive Nonlinear
Chen Wang; Weiss, G.
Page(s): 1947-1951
Weight Selection in Feedback Design With Degree Constraints
Takyar, M.S.; Amini, A.N.; Georgiou, T.T.
Page(s): 1951-1955
Violation Probability in Processor-Sharing Queues
Chen, N.; Jordan, S.
Page(s): 1956-1961
Improvement on Stability Analysis for Linear Systems Under State Saturation
Xiaofu Ji; Yukun Sun; Tailiu Liu
Page(s): 1961-1963
Every Continuous Nonlinear Control System Can be Obtained by Parametric
Convex Programming
Baes, M.; Diehl, M.; Necoara, I.
Page(s): 1963-1967
An Improved Path-Following Method for Mixed ${H} _{2} /{H}_{infty}$
Controller Design
Ostertag, E.
Page(s): 1967-1971
Containment Control in Mobile Networks
Ji, M.; Ferrari-Trecate, G.; Egerstedt, M.; Buffa, A.
Page(s): 1972-1975
Windup in Control: Its Effects and Their Prevention (Hippe, P.; 2006)
Teel, A.R.
Page(s): 1976-1977
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4.3 Contents: International Journal of Control - Vol 82 Issue 1

Contributed by: Lorna Morris,

International Journal of Control: Volume 82 Issue 1 is now available
online at informaworldTM.
This new issue contains the following articles:

Robust state-derivative pole placement LMI-based designs for linear
F. A. Faria; E. Assuno; M. C. M. Teixeira; R. Cardim; N. A. P. da Silva

Autonomous robot navigation using optimal control of probabilistic
regular languages
Goutham Mallapragada; Ishanu Chattopadhyay; Asok Ray

Improved model identification for non-linear systems using a random
subsampling and multifold modelling (RSMM) approach
H. L. Wei; S. A. Billings

Flocking of multi-agent systems with a dynamic virtual leader
Hong Shi; Long Wang; Tianguang Chu

Robust performance for an energy sensitive wireless body area network -
an anti-windup approach
M. Walsh; M. Hayes; J. Nelson

Robust analysis and synthesis for the gradient-like behaviour of
uncertain pendulum-like systems
Ao Dun; Zhiyong Geng; Lin Huang

State feedback controller design of networked control systems with
multiple-packet transmission
Xun-Lin Zhu; Guang-Hong Yang

Decentralised robust flow controller design for networks with multiple
nci Munyas; zen Yelbai; Enis Biberovi; Altu ftar; Hitay zbay

A fault tolerant control framework for periodic switched non-linear
Hao Yang; Bin Jiang; Vincent Cocquempot

Optimal piecewise-constant signal design for active fault detection
D. Choe; S. L. Campbell; R. Nikoukhah

Linear quadratic suboptimal control for time delays systems
O. Santos; S. Mondi; V. L. Kharitonov

Numerical algorithms and existence results on LQ control of descriptor
systems with conditions on x(0-) and stability
Joven Stefanovski

Observer-based fault detection and isolation filter design for linear time-
invariant systems
Zhenhai Li; Imad M. Jaimoukha

New results on robust H ∞ filtering design for discrete-time piecewise
linear delay systems
Jianbin Qiu; Gang Feng; Jie Yang
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4.4 Contents: Automatica Volume 44 (2008), Issue 12 (December 2008)

Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 44 (2008), Issue 12 (December)


Editorial George S. Axelby (1922 - 2008)
Tamer Basar

Regular Papers

Uncertainty propagation in nonlinear systems
Igor Mezic, Thordur Runolfsson

Space and time complexities and sensor threshold selection in quantized
Le Yi Wang, George Yin, Ji-Feng Zhang, Yanlong Zhao

Collective circular motion of multi-vehicle systems
Nicola Ceccarelli, Mauro Di Marco, Andrea Garulli, Antonio Giannitrapani

Discrete time sliding mode control with application to induction motors
Bernardino Castillo-Toledo, Stefano Di Gennaro, Alexander G. Loukianov, Jorge

Probabilistic performance of state estimation across a lossy network
Michael Epstein, Ling Shi, Abhishek Tiwari, Richard M. Murray

State estimation and detectability of probabilistic discrete event systems
Shaolong Shu, Feng Lin, Hao Ying, Xinguang Chen

Multivariable harmonic balance for central pattern generators
Tetsuya Iwasaki

Identification for control of multivariable systems: controller validation and
experiment design via LMIs
Marta Barenthin, Xavier Bombois, HÃ¥kan Hjalmarsson, Gerard Scorletti

Brief Papers

Input-to-state stability and interconnections of discontinuous dynamical systems
Maurice Heemels, Siep Weiland

An LFT approach to parameter estimation
Kenneth Hsu, Tyrone Vincent, Greg Wolodkin, Sundeep Rangan, Kameshwar Poolla

A $\mbox{\boldmath $\mu$}$-based optimal finite-word-length controller design
Jun Wu, Gang Li, Sheng Chen, Jian Chu

Criteria for global pinning-controllability of complex networks
Maurizio Porfiri, Mario Di Bernardo

On the horizons in constrained linear quadratic regulation
Xiaodong Zhao, Zongli Lin

An ellipsoidal off-line MPC scheme for uncertain polytopic discrete-time systems
David Angeli, Alessandro Casavola, Giuseppe Franze, Edoardo Mosca

Practical stability, controllability and optimal controls of stochastic
markovian jump systems with time-delays
Ping Zhao

Partial state observers for linear systems with unknown inputs
Shreyas Sundaram, Christoforos Hadjicostis

Generic uniform observability analysis for bilinear systems
taha boukhobza

Blind maximum likelihood identification of Hammerstein systems
Laurent Vanbeylen, Rik Pintelon, Johan Schoukens

Fundamental limitations in control over a communication channel
Alejandro J. Rojas, Julio H. Braslavsky, Rick Middleton

Semi-global finite-time observers for nonlinear systems
Yanjun Shen, Xiaohua Xia

Input-to-state stabilization for nonlinear dual-rate sampled-data systems via
approximate discrete-time model
Xi Liu, Horacio J. Marquez, Yanping Lin

Initial state iterative learning for final state control in motion systems
Jian-Xin Xu, Deqing Huang

Rigid body attitude coordination without inertial frame information
He Bai, Murat Arcak, John T. Wen

Dynamic anti-windup scheme for feedback linearizable nonlinear control systems
with saturating inputs
Seong-Sik Yoon, Jong-Koo Park, Tae-Woong Yoon

LQG optimality and separation principle for general discrete time partially
observed systems over finite capacity communication channels
Charalambos D. Charalambous, Alireza Farhadi

Reachability analysis of continuous-time piecewise affine systems
Abdullah Omar Hamadeh, Jorge M. Goncalves

Synchronization of coupled harmonic oscillators with local interaction
Wei Ren

Technical Communiques

Point-to-point navigation of underactuated ships
Ji-Hong Li

Modelling and control of networked control systems with both network-induced
delay and packet-dropout
Wen-An Zhang, Li Yu

Controller synthesis with guaranteed closed-loop phase constraints
Wassim M. Haddad, VijaySekhar Chellaboina, Behnood Gholami

Improved delay-dependent stability criteria for systems with a delay varying
in a range
Hanyong Shao

Some remarks on static-feedback linearization for time-varying systems
Paulo Sergio Pereira da Silva

Stability and stabilization of nonuniform sampling systems
Young Soo Suh


Corrigendum to “Robust exponential stabilization for Markovian jump systems
with mode-dependent input delay"
Minhui Sun, James Lam, Shengyuan Xu, Yun Zou

Book and Software Reviews

Mobile Agents: Principles of Operation and Applications, Editor: A. Genco; WIT
Press, ISBN: 978-1-84564-060-6
Nazli E. Kahveci
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4.5 Contents: Automatica Volume 44 (2008), Issue 11 (November)

Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 44 (2008), Issue 11 (November)

Regular Papers

Maximum likelihood identification of Wiener models
Anna Hagenblad, Lennart Ljung, Adrian George Wills

On the equivalence of least costly and traditional experiment design for control
Cristian Rojas, Juan C Aguero, James Welsh, Graham C. Goodwin

Adaptive critic motion control design of autonomous wheeled mobile robot by
dual heuristic programming
Wei-Song Lin, Ping-Chieh Yang

Probabilistic reachability and safety for controlled discrete time stochastic
hybrid systems
Alessandro Abate, Maria Prandini, John Lygeros, Shankar Sastry

Lyapunov characterizations of input-to-state stability for impulsive systems
Joao Hespanha, Daniel Liberzon, Andrew R. Teel

Piecewise linear solution paths with application to direct weight optimization
Jacob Roll

Adaptive control allocation
Johannes Tjønnås, Tor Arne Johansen

Optimal consensus algorithms for cooperative team of agents subject to partial
Elham semsar Kazerooni, Khashayar Khorasani

Control of 1-D parabolic PDEs with Volterra nonlinearities—Part I: Design
Rafael Vazquez, Miroslav Krstic

Control of 1-D parabolic PDEs with Volterra nonlinearities -- Part II: Analysis
Rafael Vazquez, Miroslav Krstic

Fuzzy motion control strategy for cooperation of multiple automated vehicles
with passengers comfort
Francesco Maria Raimondi, Maurizio Melluso

A dynamical systems approach to weighted graph matching
Michael M. Zavlanos, George J. Pappas

Subspace identification of circulant systems
Paolo Massioni, Michel Verhaegen

Brief Papers

A new approach to the cheap LQ regulator exploiting the geometric properties
of the Hamiltonian system
Domenico Prattichizzo, Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis, Giovanni Marro

Observer design for wired linear networked control systems using matrix
Dragan B. Dacic, Dragan Nesic

Non-fragile $H_infnty$ filter design for linear continuous-time systems
Guang-hong Yang, Wei-Wei Che

Growth rate of switched homogeneous system
S. Emre Tuna

Tracking and disturbance rejection for fully actuated mechanical systems
Bayu Jayawardhana, George Weiss

Stochastic affine quadratic regulator with applications to tracking control of
quantum systems
Weihai Zhang, Bor-Sen Chen

Controller design for flexible structure vibration suppression with robustness
to contacts
Matthew Owen Thomas Cole, Theeraphong Wongratanaphisan, Radom Pongvuthithum,
Wichaphon Faskkaew

Identifiability of discrete-time nonlinear systems: The local state
isomorphism approach
Floriane Anstett, Gerard Bloch, Gilles Millerioux, Lilianne Denis-Vidal

Sporadic event-based control of first-order linear stochastic systems
Toivo Henningsson, Erik Johannesson, Anton Cervin

Spacecraft coordination control in 6DOF: Integrator backstepping vs
passivity-based control
Raymond Kristiansen, Per Johan Nicklasson, Jan Tommy Gravdahl

Delay-dependent stability for discrete systems with large delay sequence based
on switching techniques
Xi-Ming Sun, Guoping Liu, David Rees, Wei Wang

Tracking and synchronisation for a class of PWA systems
Nathan Van De Wouw, Alexey Pavlov

New IIR filter-based adaptive algorithm in active noise control applications:
Commutation error-introduced LMS algorithm and associated convergence
assessment by a deterministic approach
Jong-Yih Lin, Ching-Wen Liao

Optimal control problems with multiple characteristic time points in the
objective and constraints
Ryan Christopher Loxton, Kok Lay Teo, Volker Rehbock

Lyapunov tools for predictor feedbacks for delay systems: Inverse optimality
and robustness to delay mismatch
Miroslav Krstic

Technical Communiques

Feasibility of horizon-switching predictive control under positional and
incremental input saturations
Edoardo Mosca, Pietro Tesi, Jingxin Zhang

Improved ellipsoidal bound of reachable sets for time-delayed linear systems
with disturbances
Jin-Hoon Kim

$H_infnty$ model reduction for uncertain switched linear discrete-time systems
Lixian Zhang, Peng Shi, El-Kebir Boukas, Changhong Wang

A small gain theorem for systems with non-causal subsystems
Hakki Ulas Unal, Altug Iftar

Stabilization of discrete-time Markovian jump linear systems via time-delayed
and impulsive controllers
Jitao Sun, Shouwei Zhao

Injectivity Analysis using Interval Analysis. Application to Structural
Sebastien Lagrange, Nicolas Delanoue, Luc Jaulin

Improved stability criterion and its applications in delayed controller design
for discrete-time systems
Baoyong Zhang, Shengyuan Xu, Yun Zou

Stability analysis of neutral systems with mixed delays
Xu-Guang Li, Xinjian ZHU, Arben Cela, Abdellatif REAMA

On the non-conservatism of a novel LMI relaxation for robust analysis of
polytopic systems
Graziano Chesi

Simplified parallel-damped passivity-based controllers for dc-dc power converters

Stabilization via homogeneous feedback controls
Emmanuel MOULAY

Necessary and sufficient stability condition of fractional-order interval
linear systems
Hyo-Sung Ahn, YangQuan Chen

Elimination of overflow oscillations in direct form digital filters using
saturation arithmetic
Vimal Singh

Correspondence Items

Comments on "Further studies on LMI-based relaxed stabilization conditions for
nonlinear systems in Takagi-Sugeno's form"
Likui Wang, Xiaodong Liu

Reply to "Comments on 'Further studies on LMI-based relaxed stabilization
conditions for nonlinear systems in Takagi-Sugeno's form'"
Baocang Ding

Comments on "Adaptive multiple-surface sliding control for non-autonomous
systems with mismatched uncertainties"
Suiyang Khoo, Zhihong Man, Shengkui Zhao


Erratum for the paper "Design and analysis of robust residual generators for
systems under feedback control" vol.41, pp.251-264. 2005
David Henry, Ali Zolghadri
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4.6 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications December 2008

Contributed by: Joanna Lawrie,

Contents for IET Control Theory & Applications
Volume 2 Issue 12, December 2009

For more information on this journal, please go to:
To submit a paper, please go to:


New improved delay-dependent H1 filter design for uncertain neutral systems
F.O. Souza, R.M. Palhares and K.A. Barbosa

Time domain sinusoidal acceleration controller for an electrodynamic shaker
L. Della Flora and H.A. Grundling

Robust fuzzy-neural sliding-mode controller design via network structure
P.-Z. Lin, C.-F. Hsu, T.-T. Lee and C.-H. Wang

Adaptive neural-networks-based fault detection and diagnosis using unmeasured
C.-S. Liu, S.-J. Zhang and S.-S. Hu

Formation control of multiple underactuated surface vessels
W. Dong and J.A. Farrell

Bifurcations in iterative decoding and root locus plots
C.M. Kellett and S.R. Weller

New approach to stabilisation of networked control systems with time-varying
W.-A. Zhang and L. Yu

Robust control for regenerative braking of battery electric vehicle
M. Ye, Z. Bai and B. Cao
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4.7 CFP: Asian Journal of Control Special Issues

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,

“Recent Developments in Multidimensional Systems, Control and Signals - Theory
and Applications”
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

The key unique feature of a multidimensional (nD) system is the dependency of
the plant or process dynamics (input, output, and state variables) on more
than one indeterminate and hence information is propagated in many independent
coordinate directions. Many physical processes have a clear nD structure.
Additionally, the nD approach frequently is used as an analysis tool to
assist, or in some cases to enable, the solution of a wide variety of
problems. What makes
multidimensional systems theory to an exciting field of research is the fact
that applications areas for such system classes can be found within a broad
spectrum of disciplines like Systems, Control and Signal Processing (and many

The purpose of this issue is to provide the choice of recent interesting
developments in various aspects of multidimensional (nD) systems, related to
theory and applications.

Guest Editors:
Prof. Krzysztof Galkowski
University of Zielona Gora and Nicolaus Copernicus University in

Prof. Eric Rogers
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

Important Dates:
June 30, 2008 Call for Papers
Dec. 30, 2008 Deadline for Paper Submission
May 30, 2009 Completion of First Review
Sep. 30, 2009 Completion of Final Review
Mar. 30, 2010 Publication (Tentatively Vol.12, No.2)


“Petri Nets for System Control and Automation”
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

The rapid evolution of computing, communication, network, and sensor
technologies has brought about the proliferation of computer-integrated
systems, mostly technological and often highly complex. These systems,
indispensable for our modern life, include air traffic control systems;
automated manufacturing systems; computer and communication
networks; embedded and networked systems; and software systems.
The challenge for the researchers and engineers is the planning,
modeling, analysis, verification, control, scheduling, and control
implementation. Petri nets are increasingly becoming one of the most
important mathematical tools to handles the above problems. Although
the last two decades have seen more and more significant
contributions to the area, which are based on Petri net theory, many
problems remain open. This special issue intends to present the recent
developments in the following, but not limited to, targeted subject areas:

• Control and monitoring of factory automation systems using Petri nets
• Petri net based supervisory control theory
• Supervisory control implementation techniques based on Petri nets
• Petri nets based system scheduling
• Intelligent control and scheduling based on Petri nets and artificial
• Petri net-based deadlock resolution
• Computationally efficient deadlock control and scheduling algorithms
• Performance comparison of deadlock control policies
• Petri net-based real-time control of complex systems
• Novel Petri net modeling strategies and methodologies
• System analysis and verification based on Petri nets
• Petri nets in system biology
• Reliable computation using Petri nets
• Novel applications of Petri nets to system control and automation

Guest Editors:
Prof. MengChu Zhou
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Prof. ZhiWu Li
Xidian University

Important Dates:
Aug. 20, 2008 Call for Papers
Feb. 15, 2009 Deadline for Paper Submission
July 15, 2009 Completion of First Review
Nov. 30, 2009 Completion of Final Review
May 31, 2010 Publication (Tentatively Vol.12, No.3)

Potential authors are strongly encouraged to upload the electronic file of
their manuscript (in Postscript, PDF or WORD format) through on-line
submission interface on the journal website . In
case you encounter any submission problem, you are free to contact
Prof. Li-Chen Fu, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Journal of Control at the
following address:

Professor Li-Chen Fu
Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524
National Taiwan University
Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-3366-3558
Fax: +886-2-2365-4267

All submission should include a title page containing the title of the
paper, full names and affiliations, complete postal and electronic
address, phone and fax numbers, an abstract and a list of keywords.
The contacting author should be clearly identified. For more detailed
information about manuscript preparation, please visit the web site of
Asian Journal of Control at
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4.8 Applied and Computational Mathematics: Special Issue on Bioinformatics

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev,

Applied and Computational Mathematics
(ISSN 1683-3511,

Special Issue on Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is the unified discipline formed from the combination of
biology, computer science, and information technology. It is a fast
growing field of biology in the genomics and post-genomics era, with a
huge impact on the healthcare and agriculture productivity of any
country, and a lot of future biological R&D is going to be based around
this field of study, including the earlier diagnostics of diseases, the
development of novel therapies and new drugs, which can give a huge
boost to the pharmaceutical industry. This research area has thus a
huge potential of impact on the healthcare of any country, a cost which
is difficult to calculate at this time.

Guest editors: Prof. Ilham Shahmuradov (Azerbaijan, Pakistan),
Dr. Alexander Kel (Germany)

Topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to the
- Tools for sequence analysis
- Tools for analysis of Gene Expression Data
- Databases and other WEB resources
- Genomics
- Proteomics
- Gene expression
- Systems biology
- Data and text mining
- Phylogenetics
- Genetic and population analysis
- Medical Informatics
- Pharmacogenomics
- Computational Biology

Submission of high quality work is solicited in all areas of bioinformatics,
development of tools and their applications. Only original and
unpublished work will be considered. All manuscripts should be sent by
e-mail to,,
and must be in MS Word and PDF format.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2008
Reviews Completed: January 31, 2009
Publication of the special Issue: March, 2009

We are sorry for misprint. In this announcement in Eletter October,
2008 instead of January 31, 2008 and March, 2008 should be
January 31, 2009 and March, 2009, correspondingly.
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4.9 Contents: International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics

Contributed by: Fikret Aliev, Tamer BaÅŸar,

Applied and Computational Mathematics, Vol.7, No.2, 2008
(ISSN 1683-3511,

Pages: 141-161
Perturbation Methods in Linear Algebra and Control (Survey)
Mihail M. Konstantinov, Petko H. Petkov

Pages: 162-167
On Solutions of the Lyapunov Equations
V.B. Larin

Pages: 168-178
Optimization of Progressive Motions for Multibody Systems
F.L. Chernousko

Pages: 179-191
Relations Between Stochastic Stability of Markovian Jump Linear Systems
and Stabilization of Deterministic Switched Linear Systems
Patrizio Colaneri, Valeska Martins de Souza

Pages: 192-205
Uniform Trace Theorem and Application to Shape Optimization
A. Boulkhemair, A. Chakib and A. Nachaoui

Pages: 206-213
Higher Order Two-Step Methods for Root Finding
Min Chen, Tsu-Shuan Chang

Pages: 214-222
Parametrical Identification of the Filtration Models of Gas with
Condensed Mixture
G.I. Jalalov, G.F. Kuliyev, K.A. Feyzullayev, A.A. Damirov

Pages: 223-234
On Robust on-line Parameter Reconstruction
V.I. Maksimov, M.S. Blizorukova

Pages: 235-241
A Method for Solving Dual Fuzzy General Linear Systems
Reza Ezzati

Pages: 242-254
Using Fuzzy Sets for Filtering Topographic Map Images
R. Samet, M. Namazov

Pages: 255-268
Unification of Space-Time-Matter-Energy
Garret Sobczyk, Tolga Yarman

Page: 269
Appreciation from the Editors
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4.10 Contents: European Journal of Control

Contributed by: Maria Prandini,

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 14, Issue n. 6, 2008

“Hybrid model predictive control of a solar refrigeration plant: a benchmark”

Guest Editorial
E.F. Camacho

Supervisory Control of a Solar Air Conditioning Plant with Hybrid Dynamics
Christian Sonntag, Hao Ding, Sebastian Engell

Hierarchical control of a hybrid solar air conditioning plant
Darine Zambrano, W. Garcia-Gabin

Logic embedded NMPC of a Solar Air Conditioning Plant
M. Rodríguez, C. De Prada, F. Capraro, S. Cristea

Hybrid Model Predictive Control of a Solar Air Conditioning Plant
P. Menchinelli, A. Bemporad


Global output stability for systems described by retarded functional
differential equations: Lyapunov characterizations
Iasson Karafyllis, Pierdomenico Pepe, Zhong-Ping Jiang

Input-to-output stability for systems described by retarded functional
differential equations
Iasson Karafyllis, Pierdomenico Pepe, Zhong-Ping Jiang

List of Reviewers to volume 14 - 2008
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4.11 CFP: EJC Special Issue on Stochastic Hybrid Systems

Contributed by: Maria Prandini,

European Journal of Control
Call for papers for a special issue on
* Stochastic Hybrid Systems: Theoretical Challenges and Emerging Applications *

Guest editors: John Lygeros (ETH Zurich, and
Maria Prandini (Politecnico di Milano,

Hybrid systems are a class of dynamical systems characterized by
interleaved continuous and discrete dynamics. Driven by a range of
applications, hybrid systems have been a subject of intense research
activity from different communities, including control theorists, computer
scientists, and applied mathematicians, since the early 90s.
The inherent or environmental uncertainty that affects practical systems
implies that, for many applications, deterministic hybrid systems may be a
somewhat restricted modelling framework. For example, the trajectory of
an aircraft is subject to unpredictable weather perturbations, the traffic
in a computer network may fluctuate, components in engineering
systems may break down at random intervals, and stochastic noise is
present in fundamental biological processes such as gene regulation in the cell.

To obtain more widely applicable models which incorporate uncertainty,
hybrid systems have been extended to the class of stochastic hybrid
systems. The price one pays for the enhanced modelling flexibility and
expressiveness of stochastic hybrid systems is that the resulting
modelling, analysis and control problems are in general much more
challenging: Sophisticated tools from stochastic process theory are
needed to characterize the properties of the solutions of stochastic
hybrid systems; analytical solutions to analysis and control problems are
generally impossible to obtain; and, compared with the many software
packages simulating deterministic hybrid systems, few effective general
algorithms exist for the numerical simulation of stochastic hybrid systems.
Many problems well studied in the deterministic case remain open for
stochastic hybrid systems.

The aim of this special issue is to provide an overview of recent advances
in stochastic hybrid systems theory and highlight some of the most
prominent applications of the theoretical results.
Contributed papers should cover theoretical problems in the analysis,
control, and identification of stochastic hybrid systems, motivated by
emerging applications such as telecommunication and computer
networks, biological systems, and transportation systems. Contributed
papers should be rigorous, but at the same time make the results
accessible to readers that are new to the field.

Deadline for paper submission: February 28, 2009.

Papers should be formatted according to the guidelines in
the “Instructions for Authors” at and
submitted by sending a pdf file to
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4.12 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory

Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernandez,

Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Volume 8, Number 3, 2008
ISSN 1562-8353;

Professor Myron K. Grammatikopoulos ,
J.R. Graef, A.A. Martynyuk and I.P. Stavroulakis, p. 217

2. Synchronization of Different Hyperchaotic Maps for Encryption,
A.Y. Aguilar-Bustos, C. Cruz-Hernandez, R.M. Lopez-Gutierrez and
C. Posadas-Castillo, p. 221

3. Approximation of Solutions to a Class of Second Order History-valued
Delay Differential Equations,
D. Bahuguna and M. Muslim, p. 237

4. An Extension of Barbashin--Krasovskii--LaSalle Theorem to a Class,
of Nonautonomous Systems,
Radu Balan, p. 255

5. DTC based on Fuzzy Logic Control of a Double Star Synchronous
Machine Drive,
D. Boudana, L. Nezli, A. Tlemcani, M.O. Mahmoudi and M. Djemai, p.269

6. Existence and Exponential Stability of Almost Periodic Solutions for
a Class of Neural Networks with Variable Delays,
Yingpeng Cao and Baotong Cui, p. 287

7. Approach using Neural Networks for Complex Systems Modeling
and Identification,
S. Talmoudi, K. Abderrahim, R. Ben Abdennour and M. Ksouri, p. 299

For information and subscription,
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. A.A. Martynyuk, e-mail:
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5. Conferences
    5.1 Call for Papers, MED 09, June 24-26, 2009, Thessaloniki

Contributed by: F.L. Lewis,

JUNE 24-26, 2009

January 15, 2009: Contributed, papers, invited session proposals,
Workshop / Tutorial proposals, due.

The 17th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED'09,
will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki, the Cultural Capital of
Europe 1997, is a beautiful port city on the Aegean Sea. It is the centre
of the Greek North and the country' s second largest city. The conference
venue is the seafront Makedonia Palace Hotel. King Cassander of
Macedonia founded Thessaloniki in 315 B.C. and named the new city
after his wife, Thessaloniki, the sister of Alexander the Great. Throughout
its long history, the city has received several designations which are
indicative of Thessaloniki's grandeur and glorious past: Capital of
Macedonia, Joint-administrative capital of the Byzantine Empire.
Thessaloniki has witnessed in the 2300 years of its life the might and
glory of the Macedonians, the power of Rome and the grandeur of
Byzantium. Its position and the contribution it has made have helped it
play a major role in world history. Standing as undeniable proof of that
role are its many antiquities, monuments and other impressive
archaeological finds, representing every historical period. Within fifty
kilometers of Thessaloniki are the beautiful beaches of Halkidiki and
several sites of exceptional historical importance. There is Olympus, the
mountain of the gods and seat of ancient Greek mythology. Athos, "the
Holy Mountain," is a sanctuary for a unique monastic community,
safeguarding orthodox Christian tradition and priceless historical
treasures. Pella, the ancient capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, features
the palace of Alexander the Great, with its exquisite mosaics. Vergina
became known worldwide when golden urns containing the remains of
Phillip II and his wife - the parents of Alexander the Great - were
unearthed during excavation of royal Macedonian tombs. The numerous
historical sites, as well as the plethora of natural beauty spots and
endless emerald-green shores less than an hour away, establish
Thessaloniki as a fascinating journey into art, civilization and relaxation.
The conference, through its technical program, will provide a unique
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. For
up-to-date information on MED’09, visit

General Chairs:

Vassilios Petridis, Automation & Robotics Lab, Dept. of Electrical &
Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece,

Frank L. Lewis, Automation & Robotics Research Institute, The University
of Texas at Arlington,
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5.2 Mathematical Methods in Reliability (MMR'09)

Contributed by: Vladimir Rykov,

Mathematical methods in reliability. Theory. Methods. Applications.
22-29 June, 2009, Moscow.

This international conference is the sixth in the series and the first time
it will take place in Russia. The first conference was held in Bucharest,
Romania, in 1997, the second conference was held in Bordeaux, France, in 2000,
the third in Trondheim, Norway, in 2002 and the fourth in Sante Fe, New
Mexico, USA in 2004, the fifth in Glasgow, United Kingdom in 2007.

The conference is hosted by:
* Gubkin Russian State Oil&Gas University,
* Russian Peoples' Friendship University,
* Institute of Radio-engineering and Electronics of RAS,
* Institute for Management Problems of RAS,
* Institut de Mathématiques de Bordeaux.

Conference topics and speakers.
Both invited as well as contributed sessions are planned.
Invited sessions and session organizers:
• Aging in engineering and biological systems (M. Finkelstein),
• Repairable System Data Analysis (V. Krivtsov),
• Applications of reliability theory in science and engineering (I. Ushakov),
• Artificial intelligence in reliability engineering (G. Levitin),
• Reliability and Warranties (K.Suzuki),
• Computer intensive methods in statistical inference on System Reliability
(A. Andronov, E. Chepurin),
• Computer tools for statistical analysis of data on reliability (B. Lemeshko),
• Copula applications in Reliability and Survival Analysis (Kolev N.),
• Reliability in Rail Transport Industry (P. Dersin),
• Reliability approaches in biology and medicine (C. Huber, F.Vonta),
• Reliability approach in carcinogenesis studies (H-D.I.Wu),
• Recent Advances in Lifetime Data Analysis (M.L. Lee),
• Reliability in nuclear industry (A. Antonov, M. Yastrebenetsky),
• Reliability in oil and gas industry (M. Sukharev),
• Reliability and related financial models (B. Dimitrov),
• Reliability Centered Maintenance, Risk Based Maintenance, Risk Based
Inspection. (G.Zwingelstein),
• Probabilistic models for fatigue, wear and degradation (B. Kharlamov, I.
Gertsbakh, Yu Paramonov),
• Reliability and quality control (V. Kashtanov),
• Reliability in aircraft industry (Yu. Paramonov),
• Reliability, safety, risks (V. Rykov, T. Bedford),
• Symmetries of a reliability system and their applications (F. Spizzichino),
• Statistical methods in reliability theory (V. Bagdonavichcius, M. Nikulin),
• Statistical service and consulting in reliability (L.Denis),
• Survivability and defense against external impacts (G. Levitin),
• Dependability and quality management,
• Empirical Byesian approach in reliability problems (I. Volodin),
• Fuzzy Information in Reliability Analysis (R. Viertl),
• Light traffic analysis of complex systems reliability (I. Kovalenko),
• Markov processes and reliability analysis of complex systems (V. Korolyuk,
N. Limnios),
• Mathematical problems in reliability theory (V. Solev),
• Modeling of degradation and failure time data (A.Lehmann, W.Kahle),
• Multi-state and continuous-state system models in reliability (A. Lisnianski),
• Non-parametric problems in reliability (H. Lauter, H. Liero),
• Ordered and extremal statistics in reliability (V. Nevzorov),
• Order statistics (V.Nevzorov),
• Planning of accelerated trails (L. Gerville-Reache),
• Simulations and Computations in Reliability and Survival Analysis (V.Couallier),
• Statistical methods for quality control in reliability theory,
• Statistics for accelerated trails (W.Q. Meeker),
• Reliability approaches in the Quality of Life (M.Mesbah) ,
• Methods of Survival Analysis in Reliability and Life Longevity (Yu. Belyaev),
• Unbiased estimation in reliability theory (Ya. Lumelskii),
• Network Reliability and Survivability,
• Step-stress models and inference (U. Kamps),
• Runs and Scans with applications in quality control (M. Koutras),
• Distributions and Models with Applications in Reliability (N. Balakrishnan)
• Bayesian reliability modeling (R. Soyer)
• Special topics in reliability (R. Soyer)

Additional events:
• Plenary reports (invited speakers): up to 2-3 one-hour reports
• Review reports (invited speakers): duration 30-45 minutes
• Software Exhibition dedicated to reliability and risks
• Book Exhibition dedicated to reliability and risks
• Organizers of sessions (session is supposed to include 3-4 20-25 min.
presentation) in the framework of given or additional section as well as
participants in Exhibitions of software for Reliability and Risk analysis are

Call for Papers: Papers are invited in the form of extended abstracts. Papers
must conform to the submission policy, detailed in the conference web page.

March 1, 2009 - contributed paper submission;
April 1, 2009 - paper submission;
May 1, 2009 - notification of acceptance;
May 15, 2009 - early conference fee payment.

For the most up to date information please continue to visit the conference

General Co-Chairs
N. Balakrishnan (McMaster University, Canada),
Mikhail Nikulin (Institut de Mathématiques de Bordeaux, France),
Vladimir Rykov (Gubkin University of Oil and Gas, Russia).
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5.3 6th International Conference on CIRAS

Contributed by: Prahlad Vadakkepat,

6th International Conference on Computational Intelligence, Robotics and
Autonomous Systems

The Congress proceedings will be published by Springer.

Selected good papers will be published in the following two International
(1) International Journal of Social Robotics
(2) International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics

OBJECTIVES: The International Conference on Computational Intelligence,
Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CIRAS) will be held in Incheon, Korea in
August 2009 under the auspicious of FIRA RoboWorld Congress 2009.

We look forward to receive your paper submission in the areas including, but
not limited to:
Intelligent Control and Real Time Control
Autonomous Systems, Survivability, Multi-Agent Systems
Neuro-computing, DNA Computing and Life Science
Fuzzy Systems, Neural-Fuzzy Systems, and Neural Networks (NN)
Distributed Systems, Embedded systems, Power Systems, and Evolutionary Systems
Educational Technology, Humanoids, Rough Sets, and Evolvable Hardware
Interaction and collaboration between robots, Robot-ethics in human society
Systems Design Automation, Multimodal Sensor Fusion, Data Mining, and
Evolutionary Logistics
Cooperative Robotics, Evolutionary Robotics and Robot Soccer Systems
Hybrid CI Algorithms, Genetic Algorithm, and Multi-objective Evolutionary
Evolutionary Computation (EC), Distributed and Real Time Evolutionary

PAPER SUBMISSION: Authors are invited to submit the complete manuscripts in
PDF format. [The online submission URL will be made available on the
conference homepage].

SUBMISSION : 01 Feb 2009
ACCEPTANCE : 10 Mar 2009
FINAL SUBMISSION : 01 April 2009

SPECIAL SESSIONS: The Congress solicits special session proposals. The special
sessions are intended to usher in, in-depth discussions in special areas
relevant to the conference theme. The session organizers will coordinate the
associated review process. The conference proceedings will include all papers
from the special sessions.

12th FIRA RoboWorld Congress 2009 Korea, 16-18 August, 2009
14th FIRA RoboWorld Cup 2009 Korea, 18-20 August 2009
Global Fair and Festival 2009, Incheon, Korea, 7 August-25 October 2009
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Contributed by: YangQuan Chen,

MESA09 – 2009 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and
Embedded Systems and Applications, August 30 – September 2, 2009,
San Diego Convention Center.

Mechanical and electrical systems show an increasing integration of mechanics
with electronics and information processing. This integration is between the
components (hardware) and the information-driven functions (software),
resulting in integrated systems called mechatronic systems. The development of
mechatronic systems involves finding an optimal balance between the basic
mechanical structure, sensor and actuators, automatic digital information
processing and control in which embedded systems play a key role. The field of
embedded system and mechatronics is becoming evermore challenging; issues in
embedded software lie at the focus of researchers both in industry and academia.
The goal of this 5th ASME/IEEE MESA, MESA09, is to bring together experts from
the fields of mechatronic and embedded systems, disseminate the recent
advances made in the area, discuss future research directions, and exchange
application experience. The conference program is organized in a number of

MESA09-2: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
MESA09-3: Embedded Soft Computing
MESA09-4: Embedded System Infrastructure and Theory
MESA09-5: Mechatronic and Embedded System Applications
MESA09-6: Sensors and MEMS
MESA09-7: Mechatronics Control and Electrical Vehicles
MESA09-8: Autonomous Systems and Ambient Intelligence
MESA09-9: Automation & Robotics in Environmental and Agricultural Applications
MESA09-10: Bio-Mechatronics and Bio-sensors
MESA09-11: Learning Control and Diagnosis in Mechatronic Systems
MESA09-12: Robotics and Mobile Machines
MESA09-13: Sensor Networks
MESA09-14: Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technologies and Applications
MESA09-15: Mechatronics and Embedded Systems Education
MESA09-16: Other Emerging Topics in Mechatronics and Embedded Systems

Paper Submission
Complete manuscripts in PDF format must be electronically submitted to
the conference website:

Technical Co-Sponsors
ASME Division of Design Engineering
IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society
IEEE Control Systems Society

Important Dates
February 06, 2009: Abstract, Proposal for Special Session
February 13, 2009: Full paper due
April 24, 2009: Author Notification of Acceptance
April 24, 2009: Submission of 1903 Form (Copyright)
May 15, 2009: Submission of Final Paper
August 30, 2009: First day of conference
September 2, 2009: Last day of conference

Companion Web Site

General Chair
Harry H. Cheng, Univ. of California, Davis, USA
Program Chair
YangQuan Chen, Utah State University, Logan, USA
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5.5 MESA09- Sym on Learning control and diagnosis in mechatronic systems

Contributed by: Wen Chen,

The First International Symposium on Learning Control and Diagnosis in
Mechatronics Systems as a part of the The Fifth ASME/IEEE International
Conference on Mechatronics and Embedded Systems and Applications

Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2009, San Diego Convention Center/Omni San Diego Hotel

Ever since the original idea was first proposed in the 1980s, research in ILC
theory has been growing rapidly. Numerous theories and methods have been well
developed over a couple of decades. ILC applications can be found in robotic
systems, hard-drive systems, and manufacturing processes, etc. The diverse
ranges of potential applications could be from classical robotic systems to
aerodynamics, vibration suppression and most recently to stroke
rehabilitation. Fault diagnosis and monitoring has seen her rapid development
over the last decades. Numerous new approaches and strategies have been
explored. The aim
of this symposium is to seek new theories and methods, and potential
applications and various experiment of ILC and fault diagnosis in mechatronic
systems. Papers with synthesized ILC and fault diagnosis are particularly

Manuscripts are solicited in the following topics but not limited to:
1. Survey of recent development of fault diagnosis and monitoring; Fault
detection and identification; Fault-tolerant control;
2. Survey of recent development of ILC; ILC applied to various engineering
3. Implementation and experiment of ILC;
4. Linear ILC; Nonlinear ILC; ILC in frequency domain;
5. Discrete-time ILC; Optimal ILC or parameter optimization ILC;
6. Repetitive learning control; Observer-based ILC;
7. Synthesized ILC with other control strategies;
8. ILC with actuator faults (dead zone, actuation, freeze, stuck etc.);
9. ILC with sensor faults; other topics related to ILC.

Full manuscripts with the e-mail addresses of the authors must be submitted
before February 6, 2009 via the web (select MESA09; then select Symposium
“Learning and Fault diagnosis in Mechatronics systems”. For further
information, please contact the Symposium Chair:

Wen Chen, Ph.D.
Wayne State University
Division of Engineering Technology
Detroit, MI, 48202, USA
Tel: 1-281-709-1334
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5.6 2009 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (2009 DSCC)

Contributed by: George Chiu,

The 2nd Annual Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) conference sponsored by the
Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) of ASME International will be held
October 12-14, 2009 in Hollywood, California. All those interested in dynamic
systems and control are encouraged to attend this new conference. This
conference is becoming the major venue for DSCD technical activities,
professional meetings, and the DSCD awards banquet. All accepted papers will
be published on CD as part of the conference proceedings and be accessible via
the Engineering Index.

The technical program covers topics from dynamic systems modeling, simulation,
analysis and design, control theory, industrial applications, and dynamic
systems and control education through technical, interactive, and tutorial
sessions. Research presentations spanning a broad range of applications
including engineered energy, complex, and biological systems will be included.
There will be several “frontier topics” sessions and invited talks in the
program. For the most current information, visit the conference website:

Key Dates
Deadline for all submissions and proposals: March 20, 2009
Notification of acceptance/rejection: June 1, 2009
Final manuscript submission deadline: July 1, 2009

Contributed papers are classified as regular or short. Regular papers are
intended to be a complete description of finished work. Short papers are
intended to be an exposition of a novel idea or preliminary results.

Invited session proposals should present a unifying theme from a diversity of
viewpoints and consist of a summary statement and six full papers.

Frontier research session proposals should create a forum for discussion and
formation of future research areas. These proposals should present a grand
challenge theme from a diversity of viewpoints and consist of a summary
statement and a list and endorsement of guaranteed session participants.

Education/Tutorial sessions should address state-of-the-art dynamic systems
and/or control theory and industrial applications. Education and tutorials
sessions are encouraged to have panel discussions.

Exhibits should be related to the theory and practice of control or control

More details can be found at the conference website at:

General Chair
Rahmat Shoureshi
University of Denver

Program Chair
Nejat Olgac
University of Connecticut
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5.7 IROS 2009 Call For Papers

Contributed by: Jindong Tan,

IROS 2009 Call For Papers

The 2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
(IROS) will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront at St. Louis,
Missouri, USA, from October 11 to 15, 2009. St. Louis is known as the "Gateway
City", as it is seen as the Eastern/Western US dividing mark. It’s also called
"Gateway to the West" on behalf of the many people who migrated west through
St. Louis via the Missouri River. Following the exploration spirit of St.
Louis, the conference theme is “Exploring New Horizons in Intelligent Robots
and Systems,” reflecting the growing spectrum and recent developments in
intelligent robots and systems.

Papers are solicited in all related areas in robotics and intelligent systems.
All apers must be in PDF format prepared strictly following the IEEE PDF
Requirements for Creating PDF Documents for Xplore. The standard number of
pages is 6 and the page limit is 8 with extra payment for pages beyond 6.
Detailed instructions are available on the conference website. We also solicit
organized/special sessions on emerging areas and innovative applications of
new technologies.

Papers in organized/special sessions must be submitted through the regular
submission process, while the proposals must be submitted to the co-chairs.
Proposals for tutorials and workshops are welcome, and are encouraged to
address the conference theme, to discuss new technologies in robots and
intelligent systems, and to attract industrial participation. Proposals must be
submitted directly to one of the co-chairs of workshop/tutorials.

Important Dates:

February 15, 2009: Proposals for organized/special sessions
March 1, 2009: Submission of full-length papers and videos
March 1, 2009: Proposals for tutorials/workshops
May 31, 2009: Notification of paper and video acceptance


Ning Xi, General Chair, Michigan State University, USA
William R. Hamel, Program Chair, University of Tennessee, USA
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5.8 7th International Conference on Control and Automation (ICCA’09)

Contributed by: Ben M. Chen, Publicity Chair,

The 7th International Conference on Control and Automation
December 9–11, 2009
Christchurch, New Zealand


The 7th International Conference on Control and Automation (ICCA’09) will be
held on December 9 to 11, 2009, in Christchurch, New Zealand. The conference
is jointly organized by the IEEE Control Systems Chapter, Singapore and IEEE
New Zealand South Section, and technically sponsored by IEEE Control Systems
Society, Technical Committee of Control Theory, Chinese Association of
Automation, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and North China University
of Electric Power. It is to create a forum for scientists and practicing
engineers throughout the world to present the latest research findings and
ideas in the areas
of control and automation.

The city of Christchurch is famous for natural beauty and a wealth of things
to do. Christchurch has a lively entertainment scene, strong cultural
heritage. In 1996, Christchurch was acknowledged as the outstanding garden
city from 620 international entries and in 1997, was judged Overall Winner of
Major Cities in the Nations in Bloom International Competition to become
'Garden City of the World'!

ICCA Proceedings are included in ISI Proceedings (ISTP), EI Compendex and IEEE

Topics of interest include but not limited to:

• Modeling of Complex Systems
• Linear Systems
• Robust and H Control
• Nonlinear Systems and Control
• Fuzzy and Neural Systems
• Estimation and Identification
• Fault Detection
• Process Control & Instrumentation
• Motion Control
• Flexible Manufacturing Systems
• Integrated Manufacturing
• Factory Modeling and Automation
• Petri-Nets and Applications
• Micro and Nano Systems
• Sensor networks and networked control
• Optimal Control
• Discrete Event Systems
• Adaptive Control
• Learning Systems
• Intelligent and AI Based Control
• Real-time Systems
• Sensor/data fusion
• Robotics
• Automated Guided Vehicles
• Control Education
• Control Applications
• Process Automation
• Man-machine Interactions
• Smart Structures
• Multi-agent systems

Submission of Papers:

Authors should submit the full version of their manuscripts online through the
conference web site at (or General inquiries should be addressed
directly to Program Chair, Professor Cishen Zhang, at Nanyang Technological
Uni-versity (e-mail: Proposals for invited sessions in
the related areas are also solicited and should be submitted through email to
Invited Session Chair, Professor
Gary Feng at City University of Hong Kong (e-mail:

All materials must be written in English, and a paper should be submitted only
if you intend to pre-sent the paper at the conference. The manuscript to be
submitted to the conference should contain sufficient details including key
concepts and novel features of the work. It should include the title, authors,
mailing addresses, affiliations, telephone and fax numbers and email addresses.

Important Dates:

Submission of Manuscripts: April 1, 2009
Notification of Acceptance: July 1, 2009
Submission of Final Papers: September 1, 2009
Conference: December 9–11, 2009

Conference General Chairs: Lihua Xie, Singapore; Xiaoqi Chen, New
Zealand; Jizhen Liu, China

Conference Program Chairs: Cishen Zhang, Singapore; Wenhui Wang,
New Zealand; Zhengtao Ding, UK
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5.9 6th IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design (ROCOND'09)

Contributed by: Per-Olof Gutman,

6th IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design (ROCOND'09), 16-18 June 2009,
Haifa, Israel


March 15, 2009 Notification of acceptance
March 15, 2009 Registration opens
April 15, 2009 Final paper submission deadline
May 1, 2009 Early registration deadline

All papers and session proposals should be submitted electronically through in
PDF format. You can find
submission instructions at:


The early registration fee is EUR 380. It includes access to technical
sessions, an industrial tour, tea/coffee breaks, full lunches, welcome and
farewell receptions, symposium banquet, as well as a CD-ROM with the symposium
preprints and a printed book of abstracts.

Zalman J. Palmor
General Chair of ROCOND'09

Mario Sznaier
IPC Chair of ROCOND'09
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5.10 2nd IFAC Int. Conf. on Intelligent Control Systems and Signal Processing

Contributed by: Okyay Kaynak,

2nd IFAC International Conference on
Intelligent Control Systems and Signal Processing
ICONS 2009
September 21-23, 2009, Istanbul, TURKEY

Invitation to ICONS 2009: The organizing committee of ICONS 2009 extends a
cordial invitation to you to come to Istanbul to meet renowned scholars and
practitioners from all over the world at a place that is reputed to be one of
the most attractive cities of the Europe. Those interested in organizing a
special session are requested to approach the pecial Sessions Chair; Prof.
Annamaria R. Varkonyi-Koczy ( together with a photo and a
very short bio (< 200 words) for approval. If it is approved, the description
of the session and
the photo and the bio will be put on the website of the conference.

Objectives: ICONS 2009 will be a forum to bring together experts and
practitioners from the major computational intelligence areas (neural
networks, evolutionary algorithms, fuzzy systems, probabilistic reasoning),
and from control systems, signal processing, optimization and statistics, to
exchange knowledge and experience and to discuss the state of art and the
future direction in both theory and applications. It is desired to foster
cross-fertilization between conventional computing and computational
intelligence and to explore opportunities provided by
individual computational intelligence methodologies and their hybrids. While
control systems methods and applications will be the dominant theme, the
conference is not limited to these subjects. Rather, it aims to be a
multidisciplinary forum to promote discussion and transfer of knowledge
between people from different backgrounds, including industry, albeit related
to the main theme.

Further information about the conference can be obtained from the web site, or the organizers, at:

Submission of Full Papers: 21 March 2009
Special Session and Tutorial Proposals: 21 March 2009
Notification of Peer Review Results: 7 May 2009
Camera-ready Submission of Full Papers: 5 June 2009

We hope we will have the pleasure of meeting you in Istanbul...

Related event: International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies - ISOT
2009 will run in parallel to ICONS 2009. The participants of ISOT 2009 will
have free access to the sessions of ICONS 2009
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6. Workshops
    6.1 Trends in Bifurcation Analysis: Methods and Applications

Contributed by: Carlo Piccardi,

Milan, Italy, June 3-5, 2009.

International workshop jointly organised by:
SICC - Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity, and
DEI, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Nonlinear dynamical systems are ubiquitous in science and engineering,
and bifurcation theory provides, by far, the strongest methods for the
investigation of their dynamics. Analytic al and numerical methods for
bifurcation analysis are therefore of crucial and increasing importance, as
both traditional and emergent fields of application can benefit from the
advances in bifurcation analysis. However, although bifurcation theory is
now well established for finite-dimensional and smooth systems, new
challenges are posed by nonsmoothness and infinite dimensionality, as
well as by the design and implementation of suitable numerical techniques.

The workshop is intended to convene researchers and PhD students, to
exchange ideas and discuss the analysis, control, and applications of
bifurcations in smooth as well as nonsmooth and hybrid systems. The
workshop combines tutorial lectures given by highly reputed experts with
short talks regarding the state of the art of theory and applications.

Participants can apply as simple auditors, or submit a proposal for a
short talk (25 minutes including discussion). The abstracts of all selected
prese ntations will be made available together with notes and/or papers
related to the topics discussed in the tutorial lectures. The official
language is English.

Directors of the workshop:
Fabio Dercole (Politecnico di Milano, IT) and
Yuri Kuznetsov (University of Utrecht, NL).

Invited speakers (confirmed)

Wolf-Juergen Beyn (Bielefeld University, DE),
Alan Champneys (University of Bristol, UK),
Eusebius Doedel (Concordia University, CAN),
Willy Govaerts (Ghent University, BE),
Yuri Kuznetsov (University of Utrecht, NL).

Scientific committee:
Wolf-Juergen Beyn (Bielefeld University, DE), Alan Champneys (University
of Bristol, UK), Alessandro Colombo (Politecnico di Milano, IT), Fabio
Dercole (Politecnico di Milano, IT), Mario di Bernardo (Universita' degli
Studi di Napoli Federico II, IT) Eusebius Doedel (Concordia University,
CAN), Willy Govaerts (Ghent University, BE), Yuri Kuznetsov (University of
U trecht, NL), Carlo Piccardi (Politecnico di Milano, IT), Sergio Rinaldi
(Politecnico di Milano, IT).

Further information on the program and the online registraton form can
be found on the website at
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6.2 The First International Symposium on Cyber Physical Systems (ISCPS)

Contributed by: YangQuan Chen,

The First International Symposium on Cyber Physical Systems (ISCPS)
as a part of the The Fifth ASME/IEEE International Conference on
Mechatronics and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA2009)
ASME IDETC09 Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2009, San Diego Convention
Center/Omni San Diego Hotel
(Click MESA09 conference then click CPS symposium)

In recent years, the combination of physical systems and networks has
brought to light a new generation of engineered systems: Cyber-Physical
Systems (CPS). CPS could be informally defined as: ``Computational
thinking and integration of computation around the physical dynamic
systems form Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) where sensing, decision,
actuation, computation, networking and physical processes are mixed."
CPS is foreseen to become a highly researched area harnessing the 20th
century IT revolution in the years to come. CPS applications can be found
in medical devices and systems, patient monitoring devices, automotive
and air traffic control, advanced automotive systems, process control,
environmental monitoring, avionics, instrumentation, oil refineries, water
usage control, cooperative robotics, manufacturing control, buildings,
etc. Manuscripts are solicited in the following topics but not limited to:
- Human-centric Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)
- Enabling embedded components in CPS
- New mission scenarios of CPS
- Cooperative Sensing policy in CPS
- Cooperative Actuation policy in CPS
- Mobility (e.g. mobile sensors and mobile actuators) in CPS
- Information sharing and agreement in CPS
- Random delay effects and communication management in CPS
- Virtualization and virtual organization (VO) in CPS
- Complexity measures for CPS
- Multi-scale analysis of CPS; Scale-free network structure of CPS
- Applications (environmental, ecological etc.)
Full manuscripts with the e-mail addresses of the authors must be
submitted to one of following organizers before February 6, 2009. All
manuscripts after a successful review procedure will be published in the
conference proceedings. For further information, please contact the 1st
ISCPS Chairs:

YangQuan Chen, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems (CSOIS);
Graduate Coordinator, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering;
Utah State University; Logan, UT 84322-4160, USA
Tel: 1-435-797-0148; Fax: 1-435-797-3054
E:; W:

XiaoQi Chen, Ph.D.
Director, Mechatronics Programme
Dept of Mechanical Engineering
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Tel/Fax: +64 3 364-2987 x7221 / 364-2078
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6.3 The 2009 Symposium on Learning Control

Contributed by: Ying Tan,

Iterative Learning Control (ILC) and Repetitive Learning Control (RLC) study
techniques whereby dynamic systems learn from previous experience to improve
their transient response and control performance. Since a large number of
industrial processes are repetitive to some extent, for example, robotic
motion, wafer manufacturing processes, batch reactor processes, IC welding
processes, and various assembly lines and production lines, both ILC and RLC
have significant potential for improving control system performance in many
practical industrial applications.

The concept of ILC was introduced in English by Professor Arimoto at the 1984
Conference on Decision and Control (CDC). Following a fifteen-year formative
period, the first workshop on ILC/RLC was held at the IEEE Conference on
Decision and Control in 1998. In the decade since that first ILC/RLC workshop,
a growing number of researchers and industrial, engineers have shown interest
in ILC and RLC and have generated numerous new results and applications. It is
thus the perfect time to provide an international interactive forum for
researchers and
practitioners in the area of ILC/RLC. Thus “The 2009 Symposium on Learning
Control” is going to be held in Shanghai, December 14-15 2009, two days before
48th IEEE conference on Decision and Control 2009 (Shanghai). By coupling the
event with the CDC, we commemorate 25 years of highly creative and productive
research since the concept of ILC was introduced by Professor Arimoto at the
1984 CDC.

The symposium will provide researchers and practitioners in the area of
ILC/RLC with a highly interactive forum. The aim of this symposium is to
foster communication among researchers and practitioners, introduce new
researchers to the field, present original ideas, report state-of-the-art and
in-progress research results, discuss future trends and challenges, establish
fruitful contacts and promote interactions between ILC/RLC and cross disciplines.

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

- Hybrid ILC/RLC
- Spatial-based ILC/RLC
- Nonlinear ILC/RLC;
- Performance analysis for ILC/RLC;
- Stochastic ILC/RLC
- Optimal ILC/RLC
- Industrial ILC/RLC applications;
- Lyapunov methods and learning control
- Machine learning and ILC/RLC
- Learning theory
- Information theory and learning control
- Adaptive ILC/RLC
- ILC/RLC cross-disciplines
- Multi-pass control and discrete-repetitive processes

Important dates:
Paper submission: June 30, 2009
Acceptance notification: July 15 2009
Final submission: Oct. 15 2009
Registration: Nov. 1 2009

More information of the symposium can be found in the website of the

General inquiries should be addressed directly to the following committee
members of the symposium
Ying Tan (University of Melbourne, Australia):
Chris Freeman (University of Southampton, UK):
Minxuan Sun (Zhejiang Uni. of Tech., China):
Douglas Bristow (Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA):
Hyo-Sung Ahn (Gwangju Inst. Science & Technology, Korea):
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6.4 1st Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems (NecSys'09)

Contributed by: Luca Schenato,

1st Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems (NecSys'09)

DATES: 24-26 September, 2009
VENUE: Venice (Italy)

Networked systems are complex dynamical systems composed of a large number of
simple systems interacting through a communication medium. These systems arise
as natural models in many areas of engineering and sciences, such as sensor
networks, autonomous unmanned vehicles, biological networks, and animal
cooperative aggregation and flocking.

There are two features that are common to all these systems: first, they deal
with complex dynamics; second designing globally optimal behavior for these
systems requires the solution of large-scale optimization problems, which
typically necessitate a prohibitive amount of computational effort. Desirable
features of the operation of these systems include robustness to uncertainties
and disturbances, and adaptability to environmental changes.

The workshop will focus on the most innovative mathematical methods proposed
in the last few years for the analysis and design of networked systems.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from control,
computer science, communication, game theory, statistics, mathematics and
other areas to discuss emerging topics in networked systems of common interest.

* Coordinated control and estimation over networks.
* Consensus problems.
* Multivehicle systems, flocking.
* Control with communication constraints (quantization effects).
* Decentralized algorithms for computation over sensor networks.
* Randomized algorithms, gossip algorithms.
* Message passing algorithms. Belief propagation.
* Graph models for networks. Percolation. Network coding.
* Distributed and decentralized signal processing
* Decentralized and cooperative optimization
* Distributed and decentralized signal processing

The workshop will consist of two days of research presentations (24-25 Sep.)
and one day of tutorials (26 Sep.).

The research presentations will be 12 invited talks by international experts
and 4 interactive sessions of contributed papers (2 per day). The
poster/interactive sections will NOT be in parallel with invited talks and the
number of contributions per section will be limited to promote interactions
with all participants.

The tutorial day will consist of 4 double lectures surveying the most recent
results related to the conference topics, specifically tailored to PhD
students and scholars interested in an introduction to the area of networked
systems. The workshop will be hosted in an environment suitable for research
interactions and spontaneous discussions.

Cultural Center "Don Orione Artigianelli" , Venice, Italy

* Full paper due: 27 March 2009, 12.00 p.m. CET
* Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2009
* Final version due: 20 June 2008
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7. Positions
    7.1 PhD (4), Post-Doc: KTH, Sweden

Contributed by: HÃ¥kan Hjalmarsson,

The Automatic Control Lab at KTH conducts research in networked control
systems, control of communication systems, and system identification. We
perform fundamental research and engage in industrial projects with partners
such as ABB, Scania, GM, Ericsson, and Honeywell. Much of the research is
conducted within the Linnaeus Centre ACCESS, Sweden’s largest research effort
in networked systems, and in EU-projects in collaboration with top
universities in Europe and USA. We have a large international academic network
and collaborate regularly with UC Berkeley, Caltech, ETH, and Stanford among

More information is available at our home page

We are looking for up to 4 Ph.D. students and 1 Post-Doc within the areas

Optimization of Internet and Wireless Communication Networks

A future challenge is to scale up today’s Internet to meet tomorrow’s need for
increased communication capacity and speed. Two critical bottlenecks in
present systems are the dynamics of individual protocols (for example TCP/IP),
and the interaction between different components and subsystems (for example
allocation of subcarriers to users in different radio cells).

We are looking for talented and motivated individuals who want to develop new
theory and methodology for systematic design of protocols and resource
allocation mechanisms for communication networks. You will have the
possibility to participate in creating the Internet protocol of tomorrow,
based on state-of-the-art models we have developed in earlier projects. The
work lies in the intersection of optimization theory, automatic control, and
communication theory. A good knowledge in one or some of these areas, and a
desire to learn the others is required for this position.

If selected you will work with applications in the future’s fixed and mobile
communication networks and/or with resource limited wireless sensor networks.
Partners in this project are Ericsson Research, Caltech, SICS, and some of
Europe’s top scientists in the excellence network EuroNF.

Modeling and Control of Complex Networked Systems

It is increasingly common that engineering systems are built from components
that are interconnected in complex networks. Examples are found in the vehicle
and IT industry, in energy and material distribution, and in industrial
process control. This project concerns development of systematic modeling
techniques for large-scale complex networks. You will for example work with
system identification and/or model reduction of complex networked systems. The
models are to be used for control, fault detection, or system design. We will
also study theoretical aspects of control, such as large-scale model
predictive control, and control design using wireless sensor networks.

For this project we are looking for students with an interest in mathematical
modeling, control theory, and optimization. Partners in this project are
Honeywell and ABB, scientists in the EU-project WIDE and US scientists at for
example Caltech.

More information about these positions, and contact information, can be
found at
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7.2 Faculty: University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Contributed by: Monique Grant,

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of
California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty
position in the broad area of control and dynamical systems, with an effective
appointment date of July 1, 2009. For more details please visit Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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7.3 Research Engineer: University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Contributed by: Mustafa Khammash,

A research position is available in the Center of Control, Dynamical-systems,
and Computations at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This position
is in the area of Systems Biology and is part of a joint NSF project between
UC Santa Barbara and MIT.

The goal of this project is to develop theory and computational methods for
the analysis and design of complex stochastic biological networks. We use gene
regulatory systems as the starting point for our study, but the tools to be
developed also find application in the scope of cellular and ecosystem

The ideal candidate should have expertise in control and dynamical systems,
and probability and statistics. We are open to hiring someone with an MS
degree or a PhD degree in Control or a related field.

Interested applicants should contact one of us for more details

Mustafa Khammash

Joao Hespanha

Roger Nisbet
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7.4 Post-Doc: University of Connecticut, USA

Contributed by: Nejat Olgac,

Two doctoral positions are available at the Mechanical Engineering Department,
University of Connecticut, (starting Jan. 2009)

(1) New computational perspective to Time Delayed Control of Nonlinear
Multi-agent Swarms. The project involves the modeling and control of
nonlinear swarm dynamics under hostility and uncertainties. This effort
builds upon a time-delay paradigm which was recently launched by the group. It
offers some uncharted mathematical knowledge. Candidates with high level
dynamic simulation experience, computational geometry and control theory are
especially encouraged to apply.
(2) Development and control of a novel micro-injector which is used in
molecular cell biology, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and other cellular
nuclear transfers. This device has a unique cell-piercing capability.
Prototypes and field tests have shown promising results. Further automation
and micro-electronics integration are planned in the second phase of the
research. Micro-electronics, mechatronics, instrumentation, real-time control
background are highly recommended.
Both positions are open to students with Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

Please visit
Contact Prof. Nejat Olgac, (860) 486 2382,

ALARM Lab is a SYSTEMS oriented laboratory and it is within the Mechanical
Engineering Department in the University. Electrical Engineering background
should not be considered a handicap but an advantage. We have graduated many
students who came to us with EE, Math and Mechatronics background.
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7.5 Post-Doc: National University of Singapore, Singapore

Contributed by: Shuzhi Sam GE,

Post-doctoral research fellow (Control theory and application)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
National University of Singapore

We invite applications for a Research Fellow position (tenuable minimum of 2
years) available in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at
the National University of Singapore. The Research Fellow will join a team
under one of our projects on control theory and applications.

- PhD in Engineering, usually in Electrical, Mechanical Engineering with a
specialty in Control.
- background in a relevant subject such as electronics, mechanical, robotics,
computer science, physics or math.
- Excellent communicator, ability to learn quickly and enthusiastically It
would be a plus if the applicant possesses:
- strong C / C++, programming skills
- hardware development experience

Qualified candidates are invited to express their interest in the vacancy or
ask for more detailed information. Remunerations will commensurate with
qualifications and experience. To be considered for the Research Fellow
appointment, the following materials must be submitted electronically by the
1. Duly completed Personal Particular Form and Recommendation Form
2. Brief CV (resume) including a list of publications
3. Statement of research interests and goals, including the reason for
participation in this program,
4. Copies of three best research publications (if any),

For further details contact Prof. Shuzhi Sam GE, email:
Position description is available at
To find more information of our Social Robotics Lab at
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7.6 Faculty: UT Dallas, USA

Contributed by: Mark W. Spong,

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Positions
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Sciences

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The
University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) invite applications for faculty positions
at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level in all areas of
Mechanical Engineering. Of particular interest are candidates whose
research interests span multiple disciplines and emerging applications,
e.g., energy, environment, healthcare, MEMS/NEMS. Applicants must
have a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field.
Qualified candidates must have a strong commitment to undergraduate
and graduate education, and the potential to develop an externally
funded research program. Candidates for positions at the Associate
Professor or Full Professor level must have a strong record of scholarly
and professional achievements, and overall qualifications commensurate
with an equal rank at UTD.

The newly approved Department of Mechanical Engineering at UTD offers
the B.S. and M.S. degrees, with preliminary approval for a Ph.D. degree.
In addition to the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Jonsson
School of Engineering is home to the Departments of Electrical
Engineering, Computer Science, and Material Science and Engineering
and has strong interdisciplinary programs in Computer Engineering,
Telecommunications Engineering and Software Engineering. In addition,
a new Biomedical Engineering program is currently being developed in
collaboration with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,
located in Dallas. The close proximity to the Medical School offers a
number of additional interdisciplinary opportunities for new faculty
interested in biomedical applications.

UTD is situated in Richardson, one of the most attractive suburbs of the
Dallas metropolitan area with several hundred high-tech companies
within a few miles of the campus, including Texas Instruments, Lockheed
Martin, Raytheon, Lennox, Rockwell-Collins, Nortel Networks, Alcatel,
Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Fujitsu, Cisco Systems, EDS, Zyvex,
and Intervoice. Opportunities for joint university-industry research
projects are excellent. The Erik Jonsson School is experiencing a very
rapid growth as part of a $300 million program of funding from public and
private sources. As a result, the school is expanding its existing
programs, recruiting outstanding faculty and Ph.D. students, increasing
funded research, and establishing new programs. A $100 million state-
of-the art building for interdisciplinary research in science and
engineering was recently inaugurated.

For more information about the Jonsson School of Engineering, visit or send e-mail to Dr. Philip Loizou, Search
Chair, at The search committee will begin
evaluating applications as soon as they are received and will continue
until the position is filled.

Applications should mail their resume with a list of at least three
academic or professional references to:

Academic Search #7094
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd., AD 42
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Indication of gender and ethnic origin for affirmative action statistical
purposes is requested as part of the application process but is not
required for consideration.

UTD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages
application from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the
university’s faculty and administration.
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7.7 Research Positions: ABB Corporate Research, India

Contributed by: Venkateswaran Narayanan,

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and
industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental
impact. Technology plays a key role for ABB. It has 9 research centers, 6,000
scientists and 70 university collaborations across the world – all working to
develop unique technologies that make ABB’s customers more competitive. The
ABB Corporate Research in Bangalore, one of ABB’s nine research centers, has
positions open for research engineers with expertise in Control Systems.

Job Description:
Research engineers are responsible for analysis, design, prototyping and
validation of advanced control solutions in the areas of industrial automation
and power generation. They are expected to explore research opportunities with
business units and R&D managers, prepare project proposals and execute them.
Proactive collaboration with identified academic partners is a plus. They are
also strongly encouraged to create intellectual property, publish papers in
journals and participate in reputed international conferences.

- Fresh or experienced, PhD’s in Engineering, typically Electrical, Mechanical
or Chemical disciplines with specialization in Control engineering.
- Expertise in one or several of the control topics that include system
identification, system modeling and simulation, classical control,
multi-variable control, nonlinear control, optimal control, Model Predictive
Control, estimation and Kalman filtering, hybrid systems, multi-objective
optimization, intelligent control concepts and their applications, advanced
signal processing, etc.
- Reasonable knowledge of industrial systems and their control aspects
- Excellent skills in use of tools such as Matlab/Simulink, Dymola
- Excellent communication skills & ability to articulate points of view
- Be able to adapt to the changing needs of research priorities
- Ability to work on multi-disciplinary topics of research
- Proactive in collaboration with researchers across other global labs of the

Interested candidates may please send their resumes by email to:

Dr. Venkateswaran Narayanan
ABB Global Services Limited
Block 1, Bhoruka Tech Park
Mahadevapura, Whitefield Road
Bangalore, Karnataka, 560 048, INDIA
Cell: +91 - 99014 90108
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7.8 Post-Doc: Universities of Hull and York, UK

Contributed by: R J Patton,

This post is to support a joint EPSRC / BBSRC funded multi-disciplinary
project involving the Universities of Hull and York, concerned with the
application of Control Engineering methodologies to the biological
mechanisms responsible for the regulation and control of normal bone
turnover processes and the adaptation of bone in response to changes
in mechanical load. (see also at ) .

The project involves research into the biological mechanisms that control
the remodelling of bone – especially the sensing role of osteocytes and
the communication provided by the lacuno-canalicular network – and
identification and application of engineering control methods that could
be used to simulate those biological control processes. This will require
the inclusion of representative cell population dynamics and local and
systemic signalling mechanisms. Issues of scaling will also be examined,
including consideration of the options for parallelisation and
implementation on a high performance computer for very large scale
models. The successful applicant will have a first degree in engineering
or possibly life sciences, together with a PhD, or equivalent experience,
in an engineering or biomechanics field. S/he must have experience of
relevant modern control engineering methodologies, with excellent
programming skills. S/he will work closely with other researchers working
on bone modelling projects and the Control and Intelligent Systems
Engineering Research group and bone biology
experts (at York University).

This is a one year appointment from February 1st 2009

For further information, contact:
Professor M J Fagan , or
Professor Ron J Patton
University of Hull,
Hull, UK
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7.9 Post-Doc: Royal Institute of Technology Sweden

Contributed by: Ulf T. Jonsson,

The Linnaeus Center ACCESS (Autonomic Complex Communication Networks,
Signals and Systems) at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm,
Sweden invites applications from outstanding candidates for post-doctoral
research positions. ACCESS is a recently formed research center aimed at
developing a fundamental understanding and engineering principles for
designing self-managed and scalable communication networks in which
applications may share real-time information and cooperate in an
efficient, affordable, and reliable manner.

Our ongoing research in this area pertains to the ACCESS project in
traffic control which aims at designing provably well-performing and
scalable solutions for congestion control for Internet and mobile
communication systems(
We are seeking candidates to conduct research in traffic control for
wide-area networks, in particular the Internet. The candidate should have
experience in advanced performance evaluation and should have a strong
background in one or more of the fields: control theory, dynamical
systems, queuing theory, stochastic modeling, and large-scale simulation.
Good knowledge of the transmission control protocol, TCP, is a merit.

The project offers a rare possibility to work with and learn from experts in
control, systems and networking theories. The current group consists of
Professors Hakan Hjalmarsson, Karl Henrik Johansson and Gunnar Karlsson;
Associate Professor Ulf Jonsson, and Assistant Professor Henrik Sandberg.

Candidates should have a PhD (or be near completion) in a relevant field,
a strong research and publication record is required. The duration of the
position is 12 months and may be extended an additional 12 months. The
position is already available and we expect the selected candidate to start
at the earliest convenience, but no later than June 2009.

Applications should include: detailed CV, publication list, and
references. The applications will be reviewed continuously until the
position has been filled, starting from December 15. For more
information, please contact:

Associate Professor Ulf Jonsson , Division of
Optimization and Systems Theory,
Department of Mathematics,

Professor Karl Henrik Johansson , Automatic

Professor Gunnar Karlsson , Laboratory for Communication

The applications should be sent to Ms. Anneli Strom
with the subject "ACCESS traffic control post-doc."
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7.10 Faculty: KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Contributed by: Liliana Rivera,

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Faculty Openings in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is being
established in Saudi Arabia as an international graduate-level research
university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement that
will benefit the region and the world. As an independent and merit-based
institution and one of the best endowed universities in the world, KAUST
intends to become a major new contributor to the global network of
collaborative research. It will enable researchers from around the globe to
work together to solve challenging scientific and technological problems. The
admission of students, the appointment, promotion and retention of faculty and
staff, and all the educational, administrative and other activities of the
University shall be conducted on the basis of equality, without regard to
race, color, religion or gender.

KAUST is located on the Red Sea at Thuwal (80km north of Jeddah). Opening in
September 2009, KAUST welcomes exceptional researchers, faculty and students
from around the world. To be competitive, KAUST will offer very attractive
base salaries and a wide range of benefits. Further information about KAUST
can be found at

KAUST invites applications for faculty position at all ranks (Assistant,
Associate, Full) in Applied Mathematics (with domain applications in the
modeling of biological, physical, engineering, and financial systems) and
Computer Science, including areas such as Computational Mathematics,
High-Performance Scientific Computing, Operations Research, Optimization,
Probability, Statistics, Computer Systems, Software Engineering, Algorithms
and Computing Theory, Artificial Intelligence, Graphics, Databases,
Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Vision and Perception, Robotics, and
Bio-Informatics (this list is not exhaustive). KAUST is also interested in
applicants doing research at the interface of Computer Science and Applied
Mathematics with other science and engineering disciplines. High priority will
be given to the overall originality and promise of the candidate’s work rather
than the candidate’s sub-area of specialization within Applied Mathematics and
Computer Science.

An earned Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computational
Mathematics, Computational Science and Engineering, Operations Research,
Statistics, or a related field, evidence of the ability to pursue a program of
research, and a strong commitment to graduate teaching are required. A
successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the graduate level
and to build and lead a team of graduate students in Master’s and Ph.D. research.

Applications should include a curriculum vita, brief statements of research
and teaching interests, and the names of at least 3 references for an
Assistant Professor position, 6 references for an Associate Professor
position, and 9 references for a Full Professor position. Candidates are
requested to ask references to send their letters directly to the search
committee. Applications and letters should be sent via electronic mail to The review of applications will begin
immediately, and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications as
soon as possible; however, applications will continue to be accepted until
December 2009, or all 10 available positions have been filled.

In 2008 and 2009, as part of an Academic Excellence Alliance agreement between
KAUST and Stanford University, the KAUST faculty search committee consisting
of professors from the Computer Science Department and the Institute of
Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University, will
evaluate applicants for the faculty positions at KAUST. However, KAUST will
be responsible for all hiring decisions, appointment offers, recruiting, and
explanations of employment benefits. The recruited faculty will be employed by
KAUST, not by Stanford. Faculty members in Applied Mathematics and Computer
Science recruited by KAUST before September 2009 will be hosted at Stanford
University as Visiting Fellows until KAUST opens in September 2009.
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7.11 PhD: Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Contributed by: Nathan van de Wouw,

PhD position available at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the

A PhD position is available within the research project ‘Connect & Drive’ on
“Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control based on WiFi Communication between
Vehicles and Infrastructure” in the section Dynamics and Control of the
Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering considers as the core of their
activities design, realization and analysis of new products, processes and
materials. Besides the basis of (solid and fluid) mechanics, materials,
dynamics and control and thermodynamics, parts of mathematics, physics,
chemistry and computing science are important supporting tools. The field is
explored by a combination of modeling using fundamental concepts and applied
engineering and technology. Automotive Engineering Science and
Micro/Nano-Scale Engineering are important departmental themes. The Mechanical
Engineering Department comprises about 1000 students and 250 staff members.

The Eindhoven University of Technology has a PhD vacancy at the
Department of Mechanical Engineering within the project “Connect & Drive”.
This project is collaboration between three technical universities and several
companies in the Netherlands.
It concerns the development of cooperative adaptive cruise control technology
for a network of vehicles coupled over a wireless network.
The overall goal is increased traffic flow (i.e. to reduce traffic jams) and
increased fuel economy.

Project description:
The PhD project at the section Dynamics and Control of the Department of
Mechanical Engineering focuses on two main aspects. Firstly, cooperative
adaptive cruise controllers should be designed ensuring vehicle string
stability and increased traffic flow speeds in the face of human-induced
perturbations and changing vehicle strings. Secondly, the developed
controllers should be robust for uncertainties induced by the wireless
communication between the vehicles, such as delays, information loss etc.

We are looking for:
Within this project, we are looking for a candidate with a MSc-degree in
Mechanical Engineering, Electrical or Control Engineering with an interest to
work in an interdisciplinary project such as `Connect & Drive’. He/she should
have a strong interest in dynamical systems and control theory. The candidate
should have excellent communication skills in English and an attitude to
collaborate in a cooperative project such as the `Connect & Drive’ project.

We offer:
* a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university
* a full-time employment for 4 years, with an intermediate evaluation after 1
* Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective
Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), increasing from €
2000 per month initially, to € 2558 in the fourth year. Moreover, 8% holiday
allowance is provided annually.
* assistance for finding accommodation can be given.
* support with your personal development and career planning.
* attractive secondary labor conditions (including excellent work facilities,
child care, end of the year allowance and excellent sport facilities).

For more information:
• If you would like to have more information on the position, please contact
Dr. N. van de Wouw and Prof.dr. H. Nijmeijer (, +31 40 2473358)
• Visit for more information about the group Dynamics and Control;

To apply:
If you are interested in this PhD position, please send by email
( a detailed curriculum vitae, an explanation of your
interest in the proposed research topic, a publication list, references and
all other information that might help us to select you for the position.
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7.12 Faculty: United States Naval Academy, USA

Contributed by: Edwin Zivi,

The Systems Engineering Department at the United States Naval
Academy invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position
at the Assistant Professor level. The department teaches a major that
emphasizes applied automatic control in a laboratory intensive, ABET
accredited curriculum. We seek candidates who can contribute to a
broad field of study, which currently includes robotics, dynamics and
control, applied microcomputers, and signal processing. Of special
interest are qualifications that could expand the program in new
directions such as bioengineering, MEMS, and engineering management.
The Naval Academy is an undergraduate institution dedicated to teaching
excellence. Class sizes are small and laboratories are generously
equipped. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate is expected
to publish scholarly work and play a significant role in advising student
design projects. An earned doctorate in engineering or a related field is
required. Excellent opportunities exist for collaboration with faculty
within the department as well as nearby research organizations.
Filling the position is contingent on availability of funding. Preference will
be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The Naval Academy is
an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and provides
reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities.
Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Send a cover letter and resume to: Search Committee, c/o Kiriakos
Kiriakidis, Weapons and Systems Engineering Department, 105 Maryland
Ave., Annapolis, MD 21402-5025.
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7.13 PDF, PhD: Concordia University, Canada

Contributed by: Luis Rodrigues,

One Postdoctoral position and one PhD position in Control of Multiagent
and Networked Systems will be available at the Department of
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of Concordia University, Montréal,
Québec, Canada. The PhD position can start as a Masters in Mechanical,
Industrial or Aerospace but it is a requirement that the candidate intends
to pursue the PhD program. Control applications to control of UAVs and
flight control and simulation using Concordia’s flight simulator are highly
encouraged. Concordia University is located in Montréal, a lovely,
charming and unique city with a mix of French, English and American
cultural environments. Montréal is the capital of the Aeronautical
industries in Canada. Concordia has tight connections with industry,
having an Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation. Industrial
partners in that institute range from Pratt and Whitney to Bombardier,
Bell Helicopter, CAE, CMC and others. For more information, please see Research information about Concordia’s Hybrid
Control Laboratory can be found at The starting date for the
postdoc is January 2009 and for the PhD program is September 2009 but
it is possible and desirable that the PhD candidates start their research
during the summer (anytime from June 2009 to September 2009).

The applicants are expected to conduct research on novelle control
analysis and/or synthesis techniques for several classes of complex
dynamical systems, namely, hybrid systems, strongly nonlinear systems
and piecewise-affine systems. There is a particular interest in
applications of these techniques to the fields of vehicle dynamics,
aeronautical systems, control of complex fluid phenomena, control of
biological systems (e.g, human speech), optimal control of nonlinear
dynamical systems, control of ensembles of autonomous vehicles and
distributed control.

The Postdoctoral Fellow position is for a fixed term of one year with a
possibility of renewal for a second year. The successful applicant would
be expected to have finished or to be about to complete a PhD in a
relevant discipline of Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Applied
Mathematics, with previous experience on Control Theory with
applications to nonlinear or hybrid systems. Good knowledge on at least
two of the areas - Physical Modeling, Convex Optimization, Stochastic
Control, Lyapunov Theory, Signal Processing - and good programming
skills (C++ , Matlab,Simulink, MEX files, real time operating systems)
would be a plus.

The successful PhD applicant should have at least a Bachelor in a
relevant discipline of Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Applied
Mathematics, with previous experience on Analysis of Dynamical Systems
and/or Control Synthesis Techniques, with an outstanding record of
grades in the relevant areas for the research. A Master in one of these
areas would be a plus.

Anyone interested in more details should send a detailed cv, list of
publications and three contact references to Professor Luis Rodrigues to
the email address , fax number (514)8483175
or by regular mail to:

Prof. Luis Rodrigues
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Concordia University
1515 St. Catherine West, EV 4.243
Montréal, Québec, Canada H3G 2W1
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7.14 Post-Doc: Linköping University, Sweden

Contributed by: Lennart Ljung,

Post-doc positions with a contract duration of 12-24 months are available
at the Division of Automatic Control/Sensor Informatics
in Linköping, Sweden.

The Automatic control group in Linköping has broad activities in control,
modeling, sensor fusion, optimization and robotics. The group collaborates
with other research groups and industry in several Centers, with problems on
autonomy, visualization and decision support. See for
an account of the research areas and the Centers.

We are now looking for one or several postdocs to join the research activities.

Qualifications: A PhD in control or related areas. Interest in control
applications and cross-disciplinary work. Good communication skills. Teaching
experience is a plus.

Questions are answered by Lennart Ljung,
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7.15 PhD (5): Dutch National Science Foundation STW, Netherlands

Contributed by: Michel Verhaegen,

The field of smart optics systems is characterized by the use of deformable
mirrors, lenses and wavefront sensors and intelligent image processing to
enhance the image quality in real-time of scientific observation equipment.
The improvement of the resolution of images is crucial in all areas of image
analysis, ranging from (biomedical) imaging, astronomy, lithography to optical
communication and laser material processing. The development of the next
generation of smart optics systems in order to enhance the widescale
industrial use of this technology, a new development strategy has been
proposed by leading researchers from the TU Delft. This new strategy calls for
the optimization of both smart optics components as well as their interaction,
i.e. a global systems optimization view. Sponsored by the Dutch National
Science Foundation STW a program with 20 PhD students has been approved in
November, 2008. Within this program (,
new microscopic instruments, active mirrors for lithography, integrated image
processing and active optics and active laser technology will be developed.
These new instrument developments will be done in multidisciplinary research
projects bringing together the universities of Delft, Eindhoven, Twente,
Utrecht and Rotterdam, the research laboratories TNO and FOM Institute for
Plasma Physics and industrial partners, like ASML, Zeiss, Leica, Philips, Nikon.
In you have top qualifications and are interested in the innovative control
engineering aspects (robust nonlinear, adaptive data driven control with 3D
images) that need to be tackled in each of the 5 ambitious teams of
PhD/postdoc's developing these new instruments, please contact Prof. Michel
Verhaegen of the Delft Center for Systems and Control, at

Brief summary of the 5 PhD projects:

1.Integrated High Resolution Observing through Turbulence (active partners in
addition to the systems and control lab, TNO, Astronomical Institute of
Utrecht University): Robust 2D-distributed image feedback control.
Application: diffraction limited observation with (solar) telescopes,
longe-range cameras, surveillance camera's and free optical communication.
2.Integrated Smart Microscopy (active partners in addition to the systems and
control lab, TU Delft – Electronic Instrumentation lab, TU Delft – Dept. of
imaging science & tech, Biomedical Imaging Group, Erasmus university,
Rotterdam and Optical Imaging Centre, Erasmus university, Leica, Scientific
Volume Imaging, Flexible Optical): Integrated optimization of adaptive optics
control and adaptive post-processing of 3D image data. Application: biomedical
imaging with improved resolution optical (confocal) microscopes.
3.Smart Microscopy of Biological systems (active partners in addition to the
systems and control lab, Molecular Biophysics group and Astronomical
Institute of Utrecht University of the Utrecht University, Nikon, TNO, Philips
and Flexible Optical): Improving convergence speed of adaptive optics
correction taking nonlinear aberrations and measurements into account.
Application: Molecular biophysics.
4.Image Manipulation for Wafer Plane Conformity in Optical Lithography systems
( active partners in addition to the systems and control lab, TU Delft –
Mechatronic System Design group, TU Eindhoven – Control Systems Technology,
ASML, TNO): Reducing static and dynamic aberrations in the optical path in a
lithographic process using EUV.
5.Adaptive Optics: high resolution optics by adjustable component (active
partners in addition to the systems and control lab, TU Delft – Mechatronic
System Design group, TU Eindhoven – Control Systems Technology, ASML, TNO):
Data driven control for Adaptive Optics and vibration reduction in
lithographic processes.
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7.16 PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia

Contributed by: V. Ugrinovskii,

PhD Scholarship in Control of Interconnected Systems

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship available in the School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of NSW @
Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia.

The scholarship consists of the base University of New South Wales
International Postgraduate Award (UIPA) or University College Postgraduate
Research Scholarship (UCPRS) award of $21,207 per annum plus a top-up and will
provide living allowance. The successful candidate is expected to have
qualifications sufficient to secure one of the above awards. The scholarship
is paid in fortnightly installments and is tax free.

The scholarship is supported by the research grant "Constructive Control of
Interconnected Systems" funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and is
available for 3 years (subject to satisfactory performance) to support
full-time PhD research study commencing in 2009. The offer is for one year in
the first instance, with renewal for a further two years if progress on the
project is satisfactory.

The proposed thesis topic will involve the student developing new theories of
robust feedback control for large-scale systems.

Application Process: The successful applicants are anticipated to have a
first-class honours degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Applied
Mathematics, or other relevant areas, with specialization in control theory
and control applications. All applicants are expected to possess excellent
communication and research skills. Applications should include a detailed CV,
including email addresses of two referees, a copy of academic transcripts and
a cover letter detailing the applicant's research interest and its relevance
to the project. The applicants should satisfy UNSW admission requirements for
the PhD program. Potential applicants should discuss the application and send
the paper work to Associate Professor V. Ugrinovskii

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2009 or until the position is
filled, for a possible starting date of July 2009 or earlier. Applications
should be sent by email.
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7.17 Post-Doc: CEA-INAC-SBT, France

Contributed by: Mazen Alamir,

Today, many scientific facilities make use of high magnetic fields.
Superconducting magnets are generally used to create these fields. The
operation of a superconductor requires that its temperature be held below its
critical point (4.2K for a niobium titanium superconductor, for example).
Low-temperature holding of the magnet requires considerable cooling power.
Only helium refrigerators can supply this power. On existing installations the
refrigerators have been designed for quasi-stationary operating conditions. In
this context, static modeling of the refrigerator is sufficient. To overcome
the inevitable perturbations to these conditions, various "pseudo-devices" are
used to make the refrigerator supply an almost constant cooling load. The
control command of refrigerators currently revolves essentially around
programmable logic controllers. A combination of sequence and PID regulation
is then used to run the installation. Certain more specific applications make
use of more sophisticated linear controls for regulation purposes such as RST
regulators, PID control with disturbance compensation or cascade control loops.

When strong disturbances occur, however, the coupled character of these
systems may induce an emergency procedure that lead to the installation being
stopped which is highly undesirable for security, economic and operational
reasons. The explicit handling of the constraints and the coupled nature of
the system by means of advanced control strategies is a key issue to be
addressed. To do this, it is worth disposing of a dynamic model that
faithfully represents the coupled dynamics while keeping a reasonable level of
complexity in order to be used by the control algorithm.

Research Proposal
A current phd work is partially addressing this issue in the case of a
particular 400W station available at the CEA-INAC-SBT department. Since this
station is highly instrumented and easy to manipulate, the current modelling
approach is based on on-line small-signals identification. The main objectives
of the post-doctoral position are to study more complex configurations (more
turbines, controlled compressors, etc.) including the cryogenic system of the
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The preliminary idea
is to use a multi-physics approach in order to perform three tasks:
- Construct a complete modular simulator of a complex installation. This task
may be achieved by completing some existing work in the CEA.
- Derive a simplified model of components or subset of components that define
a partition of the overall system in order to obtain a fast and faithful
simulator. This can for instance be obtained by emulating an identification
- Validate the proposed control strategy (of the current phd work) on the
wider context and propose different ones based on the available results and
hints. In particular, it will be worth focusing on energy related measures.
The successful candidate will have to work both at (CEA) near the real-world
systems and at (Gipsa-lab) with a time sharing that is to be determined based
on the task achievement.

Required skills: Process Modelling and Control.
Starting Date: As soon as possible.
Please, send CV to:

for a complete description of the proposal, see:

For further informations:
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7.18 Faculty: ESIEE, France

Contributed by: Arben Cela,

This permanent position is associated with ESIEE’s Embedded Systems Department.

You are required to teach subjects related to real-time embedded and
distributed systems in the engineering curriculum of students in ESIEE. Your
learning experiences should have a flair for the transmission of knowledge and
educational development.

Your research areas will be in Real-time and Distributed Embedded Systems
Development, in conjunction with the Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'Institut
Gaspard Monge (Joint Research Unit UMLV-ESIEE-CNRS) at the University of
Paris-East, in line with the theme of competitiveness cluster ADVANCITY.

You should have expertise in the Design and Verification of Distributed
Real-time Systems and mastered the fundamentals of this discipline. You should
have a successful experience of teaching and research in this field, validated
by an Authorization to Conduct Research (called HDR in French Education
System) or equivalent i.e. you should be authorized to guide / supervise the
Ph.D. students.

The research that you have conducted and supervised must have the evidence of
showing a strong potential and a high degree of autonomy for research and
development activities as well as a good aptitude in multidisciplinary
research. You should have a real interest for industrial applications and the
transfer of technology to enterprises. Experiences in research and development
within or in cooperation with industrial laboratories would be appreciated.

Open to the international dimension of education and research, you can
instruct in English.

Applications must include full curriculum vitae, reprints of a relevant recent
publications and a short description of present and future research programs.

Applications received by December 30, 2008 will receive priority consideration.

Application materials must be sent to the following address:

Doyen du Corps Professoral
Cité Descartes – BP99
93162 Noisy-le-Grand cedex - France
Tél. : (33) 01 45 92 65 16
Télécopie : (33) 01 45 92 66 99
Email :
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7.19 PhD: Texas Tech University, USA

Contributed by: Qing Hui,

PhD Student Research Assistantships are available in the Department of
Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University. Applicants are expected
to have solid mathematical and analytical skills. The research is in the
area of cooperative networks, hybrid systems, large-scale systems, and
biomedical systems. In particular, sucessful candidates are expected to
work in some of the following projects: coordinated and decentralized
control of large-scale networked systems, modeling and control design
for biological and physiological systems, transient hybrid stabilization of
power systems, control of spatially distributed systems using dynamical
system theory, and network flow control.

Applications are invited for Spring or Fall 2009. Interested students
should contact Dr. Qing Hui ( for more information and
apply online for the graduate school admission at
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7.20 Post-Doc: Hamilton Institute, Ireland

Contributed by: Rick Middleton,

Applications are invited for 2 postdoctoral positions of 5 years duration in
the Hamilton Institute at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in
collaboration with Professor Rick Middleton. The vacancies are in the broad
area of systems, control and dynamics. Candidates should hold a PhD in
Engineering, Applied Mathematics or a related field, and have a sound
scientific record in the area of systems, control and mathematical modelling.
(1) Applications of Dynamics and Control in Systems Biology
The Hamilton Institute has an active Systems Biology research group where
there are a number of projects relating to the dynamics of biological systems.
Of particular interest is modelling, system identification and analysis of
models of neuronal energy metabolism with potential application to Parkinson’s
disease. This position is open to recent PhD graduates and offers a
remuneration of approximately €45,000 per annum.
For further information, see:
(2) Dynamics and Control of Networked Systems
The Hamilton Institute has a number of active research groups including
Computer Networks, Control and Robotics. The successful applicant will be
expected projects such as: fundamental analysis of feedback control
performance over communication limited channels; distributed control systems;
control of internet traffic flows and queues, and autonomous robotics. This
position is open to applicants who already have post-doctoral research
experience and with a starting salary in the range €50,000 to €60,000 per
annum depending on experience and qualifications.
For further information, see:
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7.21 PhD: Technical University of Catalunya, Spain

Contributed by: Jose Rodellar,

We offer 4 year grant to work in a research project on automatic control of
irrigation canals, with theoretical developments and experimental
implementations in a new instrumented experimental canal.

The position is in the School of Civil Engineering at the Technical University
of Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) supervised by the group on Control, Dynamics
and Applications - Department of Applied Mathematics.
The grant also includes to give small teaching assistance on courses on
applied differential equations.

The salary is around 1100 euros per month plus insurance. The tuition fees
for the PhD program are also covered.

We are preferably seeking for engineers with background in control
systems and solid mathematical level or civil engineers with background in
control and modelling. A master degree is not required but can be a
merit. Since teaching assistance is required, candidates have to be fluent
in Spanish or Catalan.

For further details, candidates should contact as soon as possible
to Prof. Jose Rodellar:

Send by email a CV along with the academic record.
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7.22 PhD, PDF: Ryerson University, Canada

Contributed by: Krishna Kumar,

Four Ph.D. studentships and one postdoctoral fellowship are available in
Spacecraft Dynamics and Control. The student will work in the Department of
Aerospace Engineering, Ryerson University ( The
research will be supervised by Dr. Krishna Kumar, Canada Research Chair. Dr.
Kumar’s areas of research include Nonlinear Dynamics and Control, Sliding Mode
Control, Intelligent
Control, Orbit and Attitude Dynamics and Control, Formation Flying, and
Underactuated Systems(refer to the web page: http:// . These
are challenging research and involve theoretical and experimental work. The
candidate should have a Master's/Ph.D. degree in dynamics and nonlinear
control. The candidate must have a strong background in mathematics, dynamics
and control. Experience with MATLAB is essential. Knowledge of orbital or
attitude dynamics is desirable. The prospective candidate should send
(preferably by email)
their resumes along with names and contact information of two references as
well as copies of research papers before December 18, 2008 to:

Dr. Krishna Kumar, Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Space Systems
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada
Tel: +1-416-979-5000 Ext. 4908; Fax: +1-416-979-5056
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