November 2009

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 254
November 2009

Magnus Egerstedt
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. General Announcements
2.1 Benchmark on Adaptive Regulation
2.2 Release of the Matlab Toolbox PESSOA
2.3 East Asia Pacific Summer Institute Program
2.4 IET Control Theory & Applications: Now publishing Brief papers
2.5 COCO 2010 Trimester in Combinatorics and Control

3. Awards and Honors
3.1 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

4. Books
4.1 Control Theory and Systems Biology
4.2 Signals and Systems: A Fresh Look
4.3 Modeling and Control of Engineering Systems
4.4 Hybrid System Handbook

5. Journals
5.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China
5.2 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems
5.3 Contents: European Journal of Control
5.4 Contents: Journal of Process Control
5.5 Contents: AIChE Journal
5.6 Contents: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
5.7 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
5.8 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
5.9 CFP: ASEE Computers in Education Journal
5.10 CFP: Automatica
5.11 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation

6. Conferences
6.1 Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems
6.2 ANTS 2010 - Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
6.4 5th International Symposium on Design, Operation and Control of Chemical Processes
6.5 1st International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS)
6.6 IFAC Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES 2010)

7.  Workshops and Schools
7.1 Course on LMI in Prague
7.2 The 2nd Workshop on Clearance of Flight Control Laws
7.3 School on Nonsmooth Contact Mechanics

8.  Positions
8.1 MS/PhD: University of Houston
8.2 PhD: University of Hong Kong
8.3 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
8.4 PhD: DCSC, TU Delft, The Netherlands
8.5 PhD: Laboratoire d'Automatique, de Génie Informatique et Signal (LAGIS)
8.6 PhD: University of Oldenburg
8.7 PhD: The University of Melbourne
8.8 PhD: University of Girona (Spain)
8.9 PhD: Brunel University, UK
8.10 PhD: University of New South Wales
8.11 PhD: K.U.Leuven
8.12 Post-Doc: University of Florida
8.13 Post-Doc: University of Maryland
8.14 Post-Doc: UCLA
8.15 Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology
8.16 Post-Doc: University of Tennessee
8.17 Post-Doc: University of Oldenburg
8.18 Post-Doc: California Institute of Technology
8.19 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne
8.20 Visiting Position: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
8.21 Faculty Position: Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
8.22 Faculty Position: University of Minnesota
8.23 Faculty Position: University of Florida
8.24 Faculty Position: University of Delaware
8.25 Faculty Position: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach, Florida
8.26 Faculty Position: Delft University of Technology
8.27 Faculty Position: Peking University


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
contributed by: C. Stewart,

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume: 54  Issue: 9   Date: Sept. 2009
Optimal Integrated Ordering and Production Policy in a Supply Chain With Stochastic Lead-Time, Processing-Time, and Demand
Dong-Ping Song
Page(s): 2027-2041
Monotonic Target Assignment for Robotic Networks
Smith, S.L.; Bullo, F.
Page(s): 2042-2057
Digital Object Identifier
Performance Optimization of Switched Systems: A Model Matching Approach
Shengxiang Jiang; Voulgaris, P.G.
Page(s): 2058-2071
Assignment of Complete Structural Properties of Linear Systems via Sensor Selection
Xinmin Liu; Zongli Lin; Chen, B.M.
Page(s): 2072-2086
Digital Object Identifier
Self-Optimizing Adaptive Vibration Controller
Niedzwiecki, M.; Meller, M.
Page(s): 2087-2099
Mistuning-Based Control Design to Improve Closed-Loop Stability Margin of Vehicular Platoons
Barooah, P.; Mehta, P.G.; Hespanha, J.P.
Page(s): 2100-2113
Almost Sure Stabilization for Feedback Controls of Regime-Switching Linear Systems With a Hidden Markov Chain
Bercu, B.; Dufour, F.; Yin, G.G.
Page(s): 2114-2125
Higher Order Sliding Mode Controllers With Optimal Reaching
Dinuzzo, F.; Ferrara, A.
Page(s): 2126-2136
Delay Analysis for Max Weight Opportunistic Scheduling in Wireless Systems
Neely, M.J.
Page(s): 2137-2150
Mean-Variance Criteria for Finite Continuous-Time Markov Decision Processes
Xianping Guo; Xinyuan Song
Page(s): 2151-2157
Global Robust Output Regulation by State Feedback for Strict Feedforward Systems
Tianshi Chen; Jie Huang
Page(s): 2157-2163
High-Gain Adaptive Control: A Derivative-Based Approach
Blanchini, F.; Parisini, T.; Pellegrino, F.A.; Pin, G.
Page(s): 2164-2169
From Continuous-Time Design to Sampled-Data Design of Observers
Karafyllis, I.; Kravaris, C.
Page(s): 2169-2174
Hammerstein Systems Identification in Presence of Hard Nonlinearities of Preload and Dead-Zone Type
Giri, F.; Rochdi, Y.; Chaoui, F.Z.
Page(s): 2174-2178
A “Globally” Convergent Controller for Multi-Machine Power Systems Using Structure-Preserving Models
Dib, W.; Ortega, R.; Barabanov, A.; Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, F.
Page(s): 2179-2185
A Differentially Flat Open-Chain Space Robot with Arbitrarily Oriented Joint Axes and Two Momentum Wheels at the Base
Agrawal, S.K.; Pathak, K.; Franch, J.; Lampariello, R.; Hirzinger, G.
Page(s): 2185-2191
Stability, l2 -Gain and Asynchronous H-infinity Control of Discrete-Time Switched Systems With Average Dwell Time
Lixian Zhang; Peng Shi
Page(s): 2192-2199
l1 Optimal Robust Steady-State Tracking for Unknown First-Order Plant
Sokolov, V.F.
Page(s): 2199-2205
A Remark on Sensor Disturbance Rejection of Nonlinear Systems
Zhiyong Chen
Page(s): 2206-2210
Parametrization of All Strictly Causal Stabilizing Controllers
Mori, K.
Page(s): 2211-2215
Switching Rule Design for Switched Dynamic Systems With Affine Vector Fields
Trofino, A.; Assmann, D.; Scharlau, C.C.; Coutinho, D.F.
Page(s): 2215-2222
A Barbalat-Like Lemma with Its Application to Learning Control
Mingxuan Sun
Page(s): 2222-2225
Performance-First Control for Discrete-Time LQG Problems
Duan Li; Fucai Qian; Jianjun Gao
Page(s): 2225-2230
Kalman Filtering Over Graphs: Theory and Applications
Ling Shi
Page(s): 2230-2234

On Structural Properties of the Lyapunov Matrix Equation for Optimal Diagonal Solutions
Roy, S.; Saberi, A.
Page(s): 2234-2238
Two Global Stabilizability Results for Homogeneous Systems From a Local Stabilizability Assumption
Hammouri, H.; Marques, J.-C.
Page(s): 2239-2244
Pareto Optimal Strategy for Stochastic Weakly Coupled Large Scale Systems With State Dependent System Noise
Mukaidani, H.; Hua Xu
Page(s): 2244-2250
On Constrained Steady-State Regulation: Dynamic KKT Controllers
Jokic, A.; Lazar, M.; van den Bosch, P.
Page(s): 2250-2254
H-infinity Delay-Scheduled Control of Linear Systems With Time-Varying Delays
Briat, C.; Sename, O.; Lafay, J.-F.
Page(s): 2255-2260
Optimal Preview Control of Markovian Jump Linear Systems
Running, K.D.; Martins, N.C.
Page(s): 2260-2266
On-Line Optimization of Switched-Mode Dynamical Systems
Ding, X.-C.; Wardi, Y.; Egerstedt, M.
Page(s): 2266-2271
Homogeneous Stabilization for Input Affine Homogeneous Systems
Nakamura, N.; Nakamura, H.; Yamashita, Y.; Nishitani, H.
Page(s): 2271-2275


2. General Announcements

2.1 Benchmark on Adaptive Regulation
Contributed by: Landau Ioan,

Benchmark on Adaptive Regulation: Rejection of unknown/time-varying multiple narrow band disturbances- The Website

The scientific objective of the benchmark is to evaluate current available procedures which may be applied in the fields of active
vibration control and noise control. The benchmark specifically will focus in testing: 1) performances, 2) robustness and 3) complexity.

The test bed is an active suspension using an inertial actuator and equipped with a shaker and a measure of the residual force. It
is located at GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble (France).

All the details concerning the benchmark can be found at the following address:

It is expected that the results will be presented at the IFAC World Congress 2011 in Milano, Italy. Therefore the schedule is as
September 2010:   Papers with preliminary results
March 2011:    Papers with final results

Organizers: I.D. Landau, J. M. Martinez-Molina, GIPSA-Lab, Control Dept., Grenoble, France,
A. Karimi, Automatic Control Lab., EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Interested persons should contact: ioan-dore.landau


2.2 Release of the Matlab Toolbox PESSOA
Contributed by: Paulo Tabuada,

It is my pleasure to announce the release of the Matlab Toolbox PESSOA.

Pessoa is a software toolbox, developed at UCLA's CyPhyLab, for the synthesis of correct-by-design embedded control software.
It is based on the recent notion of approximate bisimulation that allows one to replace differential equations, describing a
physical system, by an equivalent finite-state machine. Controller design problems can then be solved by using efficient synthesis
algorithms operating over the equivalent finite-state machine models. The resulting controllers are also finite-state, are guaranteed
to enforce the control specifications on the original physical system, and can be readily transformed into bug-free code for any
desired digital platform. The development of Pessoa was partially supported by the NSF awards 0717188 and 0820061.

Ready to use packages for Mac OS X and Linux, as well as a tutorial, and all the publications describing the theory behind Pessoa
can be obtained from the Pessoa website:

For more information about the CyPhyLab, please visit:

We would appreciate any feedback, and are open to possible collaborations to improve Pessoa and the theory behind it.


2.3 East Asia Pacific Summer Institute Program
Contributed by: Eduardo Misawa,

The U.S. NSF would like to bring to your attention a program for US graduate students
called the East Asia Pacific Summer Institute Program (EAPSI: The program
sends students to Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand for summer
research experience. Proposals are due Second Tuesday in December every year.

Additional information about this program can be found at:

For opportunities for students outside U.S., please visit:


2.4 IET Control Theory & Applications: Now publishing Brief papers
Contributed by: J. Lawrie,

The first Brief papers published in the journal will appear in Volume 3 Issue 11 (November), and can be read at:

IEEE Xplore:

IET Digital Library:


2.5 COCO 2010 Trimester in Combinatorics and Control
Contributed by: Matthias Kawski,

COCO 2010 Trimester in Combinatorics and Control
April - June 2010, Madrid and Zaragoza

Aim: Accelerate the innovation at the interface of algebraic combinatorics,
geometric control theory, and geometric numerical integration.
The common focus is the role of combinatorial Hopf algebras, which
in control build on functional expansions such as Fliess series,
and the chronological calculus, extending classical Lie theory.

The trimester is a sequel of events that address this theme at various
levels. Each part has limited capacity - for details please see the WWW-
site or contact the organizers directly.
Grant support for travel and subsistence is still pending. Researchers
who are in the early stages of their careers, including advanced graduate
students, especially from traditionally underrepresented groups are
encouraged to apply for the school, the advanced course, and other events.

Workshop: Madrid (CSIC), April 6-April 9, 2010
Contact person: David Martín de Diego

School: Zaragoza, April 12-April 16, 2010
Targeted at graduate and postdoctoral students interested in research
in the field of control and modern combinatorics.
Contact person: Eduardo Martínez

Research in Teams: Madrid, April 19-June 18, 2010
Several teams, each including 2-4 researchers, will be invited to Madrid
to work collaboratively on different projects for a period of 2-4 weeks.
Contact the organizers for modalities how to submit research proposals.
Contact person: Kurusch Ebrahimi-Fard

Advanced Course: Madrid, May, 2010
Targeted at master and first year PhD students students in mathematics and physics.
Title: Modern Algebraic Combinatorics and its Applications to Control Theory.
Contact person: Kurusch Ebrahimi-Fard

International Conference: Madrid, June 21-25, 2010
Focus: The future of the interactions between combinatorics and control
theory in a broader sense, summarizing current research results and
redefining research objectives.
Contact person: Kurusch Ebrahimi-Fard

For more information, please visit


3. Awards and Honors

3.1 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize
Contributed by: J. M. Littleton,

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize - deadline approaching, Oct. 15

The W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize is awarded annually for research in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of
differential equations and control theory.  The prize may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection
of such achievements.  Committee Chair H. T. Banks wishes to stress the breadth of the eligible fields.

The prize will be awarded at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held July 12-16, 2010, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The award consists
of an engraved medal and a $10,000 cash prize.  The prize recipient is requested to present a lecture at the meeting.  SIAM will
reimburse travel expenses for the recipient to attend the meeting and give the lecture.

Nominations, including a description of achievement(s), should be addressed to Professor H. T. Banks, Chair, W. T. and Idalia Reid
Prize Committee and sent by OCTOBER 15, 2009, to J. M. Littleton at  Inquiries should be addressed to  Complete calls for nominations for SIAM prizes can be found at


4. Books
4.1 Control Theory and Systems Biology
Contributed by: Pablo A. Iglesias,

Control Theory and Systems Biology
Edited by Pablo A. Iglesias and Brian P. Ingalls

About this book:

Issues of regulation and control are central to the study of biological and biochemical systems. Thus it is not surprising that the tools
of feedback control theory—engineering techniques developed to design and analyze self regulating systems—have proven useful in the study
of these biological mechanisms. Such interdisciplinary work requires knowledge of the results, tools and techniques of another discipline,
as well as an understanding of the culture of an unfamiliar research community.

This volume attempts to bridge the gap between disciplines by presenting applications of systems and control theory to cell biology that
range from surveys of established material to descriptions of new developments in the field.

The first chapter offers a primer on concepts from dynamical systems and control theory, which allows the life scientist with no background
in control theory to understand the concepts presented in the rest of the book. Following the introduction of ordinary differential equation
-based modeling in the first chapter, the second and third chapters discuss alternative modeling frameworks. The remaining chapters sample
a variety of applications, considering such topics as quantitative measures of dynamic behavior, modularity, stoichiometry, robust control
techniques, and network identification.


 1. Primer on Control Engineering,
    Brian P. Ingalls and Pablo A. Iglesias
 2. Modeling and Analysis of Stochastic Biochemical Networks,
    Mustafa Khammash
 3. Spatial Modeling,
    Pablo A. Iglesias
 4. Quantifying Properties of Cell Signaling Cascades,
    Simone Frey, Olaf Wolkenhauer and Thomas Millat
 5. Control Strategies in Times of Adversity: How Organisms Survive
    Stressful Conditions Hana El-Samad
 6. Synthetic Biology: A Systems Engineering Perspective
    Domitilla Del Vecchio and Eduardo D. Sontag
 7. Graphs and the Dynamics of Biochemical Networks
    David Angeli and Eduardo D. Sontag
 8.  A Control-Theoretic Interpretation of Metabolic Control Analysis
    Brian P. Ingalls
 9. Robustness and Sensitivity Analyses in Cellular Networks
    Jason E. Shoemaker, Peter S. Chang, Eric C. Kwei, Stephanie R.
    Taylor and Francis J. Doyle III
10. Structural Robustness of Biochemical Networks: Quantifying
    Robustness and Identifying Fragilities
    Camilla Trané and Elling W. Jacobsen
11. Robustness of Oscillations in Biological Systems
    Jongrae Kim and Declan G. Bates
12. A Theory of Approximation for Stochastic Biochemical Processes
     David Thorsley and Eric Klavins
13. System-Theoretic Approaches to Network Reconstruction
    Jorge Gonçalves and Sean Warnick
14. Identification of Biochemical Reaction Networks Using a
    Parameter-Free Coordinate System Dirk Fey, Rolf Findeisen and Eric Bullinger
    References Contributors Index


4.2 Signals and Systems: A Fresh Look
contributed by:

Signals and Systems: A Fresh Look, by Chi-Tsong Chen

Signals and Systems: A Fresh Look (345 pages) is free and can be downloaded
from  This book is significantly different from all other
existing books on the same subject area. It gives an overview of signals and systems
and discusses the role of signals in designing systems.  It then discusses four different
types of mathematical descriptions for the small class of systems studied.  It gives
reasons for using only one type of equation in computer computation, real-time processing
and implementation and only type of equation in qualitative analysis and design. 
It also gives reasons for not stressing some conventional topics.  Its presentation strives
to cultivate readers' ability to think critically and to develop ideas logically.


4.3 Modeling and Control of Engineering Systems
Contributed by: Haoxiang Lang,

Modeling and Control of Engineering Systems by Clarence W. de Silva, UBC, Canada

Just Released /2009/795 pp./Hard cover/ISBN:978-1-4200-7686-8/CRC Press, Taylor&Francis

Characteristics of the Book: Readability and convenient reference are given priority in the
presentation and formatting of the book; Key concepts and formulas developed and presented in
the book are summarized in windows, tables, and lists, in a user-friendly format, throughout
the book, for easy reference and recollection; A large number of worked examples are included
and are related to real-life situations and the practice of control engineering, throughout the
book; Numerous problems and exercises, most of which are based on practical situations and applications,
and carry additional useful information in modeling and control, are given at the end of each chapter;
The use of MATLAB, SIMULINK, and LabVIEW, and associated toolboxes are described and a variety of
illustrative examples are given for their use; Useful material that cannot be conveniently integrated
into the main chapters is given in three separate appendices at the end of the book; The subject of
modeling is treated using an integrated approach, which is uniformly applicable to mechanical, electrical,
fluid, and thermal systems. An inspiration is drawn from the concept of equivalent circuits and Thevenin’s
theorem in the field of Electrical Engineering; The subject of Intelligent Control, particularly, Fuzzy
Logic Control is introduced. A chapter on control system instrumentation is included, providing practical
details for experiments in an undergraduate laboratory; An Instructor’s Manual is available, which provides
suggestions for curriculum planning and development, and gives detail solutions to all the end-of-chapter
problems in the book.

Table of Contents: Modeling and Control of Engineering Systems (CONTROL ENGINEERING, APPLICATION AREAS,
Index. For a full table of contents, description of the book, and ordering information, please visit:


4.4 Hybrid Systems Handbook
Contributed by: J. Lunze, F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue

Hybrid systems are dynamical systems that consist of components
with continuous and discrete behavior. Modeling, analysis and
design of such systems raise severe methodological questions,
because they necessitate to combine continuous-variable
system descriptions like differential and difference equations
with discrete-event models like automata or Petri nets.
Consequently, hybrid systems methodology is based on principles
and results of the theories of continuous and discrete systems,
which, until recently, have been elaborated separately with contributions
coming from the different disciplines like control
theory, computer science, and mathematics.

This handbook reviews the new phenomena and theoretical problems
brought about by the combination of continuous and discrete
dynamics and surveys the main approaches, methods and results that
have been obtained during the last decade of research in this

PART I: Theory
1. Introduction
2. Survey of modeling, analysis and control of hybrid systems
3. Hybrid automata
4. Switched and piecewise affine systems
5. Further switched systems
6. Hybrid systems: quantization and abstraction
7. Stochastic hybrid systems

PART II: Tools
8. Overview
9. Verification tools for linear hybrid systems
10. Tools for modeling, simulation, control and verification
11. Modeling, simulation and optimization environments
12. Interchange formats and tool integration

PART III: Applications
13. Energy management
14. Inidustrial controls
15. Automotive control
16. Networked control
17. Solar air conditions - a benchmark for hybrid systems control

Cambridge University Press,
Cambridge 2009

ISBN: 9-780521-765053


5. Journals

5.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China
Contributed by:

Control Engineering of China
Chief Editor: Professor Tianyou. Chai
Deputy Chief Editor: Professor Hong Wang and Dr Shaowen Lu
Current Issue – September 2009

A Survey of Control Loop Performance Assessment
XUE Mei-sheng, FEI Qi, ZHANG Yi , WANG Chuan, BAI Dong-jin

Survey of Deployment Issue of Sensor Networks
BING Zhi-gang, LIU Jing-tai, WENG Song-yi, DANG Qiong, HOU Jin-sheng

Design of Robust Fault-tolerant Controller Based on Delay Model for Networked Control Systems
LI Wei, ZHANG Jian-quan, Li Ya-jie

On Active Control of Water Hammer Vibration of Hydraulic System

Temperature Control System of Distilling for Chinese Traditional Medicine Based on Adaptive Fuzzy-PID
CHENG Yue, CHENG Wen-ming, ZHENG Yan

Properties Analysis of Model Free Control Method
XUE Jing-yan, TU Lei, HAN Zhi-gang

Application of Model Free Control System on Fouth-octanlo Device
HAN Zhi-gang, LI Xiu-ying, LIAO Wei-guo

Application of PI Generalized Predictive Control with Time Stamp to Networked Control Systems
SHEN Qun-tai, CHEN Qiu-feng

Shaking Table Servo Hydraulic Control System Based on the Iterative Learning Control
LIU Yi-Jiang, ZHOU Hui-meng, PENG Chu-wu, LI Yi

Optimization of Steel Loading Problem Based on Hybrid Genetic Algorithm
XU Jun-chi, DU Bin, ZHU Jun, XI Yu-geng

Modeling and Control of Aircrafts Arrivals Process
HUA Ke-qiang, WANG Xiu-juan, ZHAO Shi-wei, CHEN Bin

Adaptive Fuzzy Control for a Class of MIMO Nonlinear System
SONG Rui-zhuo, ZHANG Hua-guang, SHI Wu-xi

Application of Robust H-infinity Control Theory to Rudder Roll Stabilization
LIU Yan-wen, LIU Sheng

Recognition of Porcelain Bottle Crack Based on GA-RBF and Moment Invariants
LIU Guo-hai, JIANG Zhi-jia

Exponential Stability for Neural Networks Systems with Discrete and Distributed Time-varying Delays
CHENG Wen-bin, JIN Li

A Reference Model Decoupling Method Based on Consistency Controller Outputs 
LIU Cheng, ZHAO Fu-yu, PENG Jin-feng, HOU Su-xia

Application of Improved Particle Filter Algorithm to Target Tracking
LI Chun-xin, WANG Xiao-tong, XU Xiao-gang

D-stability Analysis of Robust Fault-Tolerant Control Based on Output feedback
CHEN Ming, TONG Chao-Nan

LS-SVM Based Fuzzy Control of Zinc Oxide Volatilizezing Kiln
WANG Sui-ping, YANG Yu, FU Ma-li

Application of a Hybrid Controller to Electro-hydraulic Servo System
MENG Jun-xia, WANG Yu, WANG Xiang-zhou

T-S Model Identification Based on Genetic Algorithm and Support Vector Machine
DING Xue-ming, FAN Hai-jun

Adaptive Iterative Learning Control for Nonlinearly Parameterized System
WANG Yuan-liang, LI Jun-min, SUN Yun-ping

Design of Fuzzy Controller with Evolutionary Clustering Based on Quantum-behaved Particle Swarm Optimization
XUE Fu-zhen, TANG Lei, LIU Xu

Influence of  Joint Block-Diagonalization of Spatio-Temporal Correlation Matrix on Spectral Resolution
YU Hua,XING Gao-xiang, LIU Zhong

Adaptive Passive Control of a Class of Nonlinear Systems with Unknown Parameters
ZHANG Jing, WU Jun-feng, ZENG Rong

A Sliding Mode Control Approach for a Class of Uncertain T–S Fuzzy Systems  with Time-delay
HAN Yun-hao, MI Yang, LI Jun-tao, JING Yuan-wei

H∞Control for a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Singular Systems with Time-delay
WANG Tian-cheng, GAO Zai-rui

Fuzzy PID Control System for Intelligent Vehicle
PAN Xue-jun, ZHANG Zhao-hui

Inverse Kinematics Control of Biped Walking Robot Based on CMAC Neural Network
RUAN Xiao-gang, LI Zhi-qian

Robust Adaptive Control for 3-DOF Parallel Humanoid Shoulder
WANG Yue-ling, WANG Pei-ran, WANG Hong-bin

Dynamic Surface Control of Robot Manipulators Based on States Observer
ZHANG Tian-ping, HUA Sen

Hardware Design and Implementation of MVB Communication Card Based on CPCI
LIU Quan-li, WANG Xiao-lin, DANG Wei, WANG Wei

Signal Detection From Lévy Noise via Stochastic Resonance
ZHANG Wen-ying,WANG Zi-li, ZHANG Wei-dong

Measurement and Control System of Automobile EPS Test Bench on LabVIEW
LIU Hai-quan, XIAO Shi-de, CHEN Chong

Design of PID Controller for Real-time Adaptive Stepping Motor
ZHENG Xue-qin , GUO Dong-hui

Passive Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Based on Hamiltonian Model
PAN Hong-jun, QIANG Wen-yi


5.2 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems
Contributed by:

JOURNAL OF DYNAMICAL  AND CONTROL SYSTEMS Incorporating Dynamics and Control

JDCS TOC: Vol 15, No. 4 October  2009


Addendum to ``Universal Covering of Driftless Control Systems''
E. Kizil

Nonsingular alpha-Rigid Maps
O.N. Ageev

On the Spectrum of alpha-Rigid Maps
E.H. El Abdalaoui

On Local Linearization of Control Systems
L. Baratchart and J.-B. Pomet

Feasibility in Finite Time
S. D. Flaam, J.-B. Hiriart-Urruty, and A. Jourani

Realizable Growth Vectors of Affine Control Systems
S.Yu. Ignatovich

Optimal Control of Cauchy Problem for First-Order Discrete
and Partial Differential  Inclusions
E. N. Mahmudov


5.3 Contents: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: Maria Prandini,

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 15, Issue n. 6, 2009

Tracking of partially unknown trajectories for permanent magnet synchronous motors.
Luca Gentili, Andrea Paoli, Claudio Bonivento

On improved delay-dependent stability criteria for neutral time-delay systems.
Jian Sun, G. P. Liu

Decentralized Stabilization of Interconnected Systems with Time-Varying Delays.
Magdi S. Mahmoud, Naif B. Almutairi

Transfer matrices and statistical analysis of sampled-data systems with continuous periodic processes.
Bernhard P. Lampe, Efim N. Rosenwasser

Design of a Fuzzy Multi-objective Power System Stabilizer.
M. Soliman, A.-L. Elshafei, F. Bendary, W. Mansour

A Pursuit-Evasion Game with Hybrid Pursuer Dynamics.
Josef Shinar, Valery Y. Glizer, Vladimir Turetsky

List of Reviewers to volume 15 - 2009


5.4 Contents: Journal of Process Control
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,

Journal of Process Control
Volume 19, Issue 9, Pages 1413-1588 (October 2009)

An introduction to interconnection and damping assignment passivity-based control in process engineering
Pages 1413-1426
Florian Dörfler, Jørgen K. Johnsen, Frank Allgöwer

Distributed model predictive control for plant-wide hot-rolled strip laminar cooling process
Pages 1427-1437
Yi Zheng, Shaoyuan Li, Xiaobo Wang

Realistic disturbance modeling using Hidden Markov Models: Applications in model-based process control
Pages 1438-1450
Wee Chin Wong, Jay H. Lee

The PI+p controller structure and its tuning
Pages 1451-1457
Alberto Leva, Martina Maggio

A comparative study of three advanced controllers for the regulation of hypnosis
Pages 1458-1469
Sreenivas Yelneedi, S. Lakshminarayanan, G.P. Rangaiah

Inventory and flow control of the IGCC process with CO2 recycles
Pages 1470-1485
Kendell R. Jillson, Vishnu Chapalamadugu, B. Erik Ydstie

Sub-optimal PID controller settings for FOPDT systems with long dead time
Pages 1486-1495
Jan Cvejn

Subspace method aided data-driven design of fault detection and isolation systems
Pages 1496-1510
S.X. Ding, P. Zhang, A. Naik, E.L. Ding, B. Huang

Modelling and control of a class of time-varying continuous flow processes
Pages 1511-1518
Kai Zenger, Antti J. Niemi

Improvement of identification of blast furnace ironmaking process by outlier detection and missing value imputation
Pages 1519-1528
Jiu-sun Zeng, Chuan-hou Gao

Stabilization and algorithm of integrator plus dead-time process using PID controller
Pages 1529-1537
Yongli Song, Moses O. Tadé, Tonghua Zhang

Abnormal condition detection in a cement rotary kiln with system identification methods
Pages 1538-1545
Iman Makaremi, Alireza Fatehi, Babak Nadjar Araabi, Morteza Azizi, Ahmad Cheloeian

A multiscale empirical modeling framework for system identification
Pages 1546-1557
Marco S. Reis

A nonlinear observer design for an activated sludge wastewater treatment process
Pages 1558-1565
B. Boulkroune, M. Darouach, M. Zasadzinski, S. Gillé, D. Fiorelli

Neurofuzzy model based predictive control for thermal batch processes
Pages 1566-1575
J.M. Escaño, C. Bordons, C. Vilas, M.R. García, A.A. Alonso

Computing arrival cost parameters in moving horizon estimation using sampling based filters
Pages 1576-1588
Sridhar Ungarala


5.5 Contents: AIChE Journal
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,

AIChE Journal
Volume 55 Issue 11 (November 2009)

Safe-steering of batch process systems (p 2861-2872)
Siam Aumi, Prashant Mhaskar

Stochastic mixed integer nonlinear programming using rank filter and ordinal optimization (p 2873-2882)
Chengtao Wen, B. Erik Ydstie, Xiaoyan Ma

Integrated estimation of measurement error with empirical process modeling - A hierarchical Bayes approach (p 2883-2895)
Hongshu Chen, Bhavik R. Bakshi, Prem K. Goel

Translation of variables and implementation of efficient logic-based techniques in the MINLP process synthesizer MIPSYN (p 2896-2913)
Marcel Ropotar, Zdravko Kravanja


5.6 Contents: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
October 21, 2009
Volume 48, Issue 20

Branch-and-Cut Algorithmic Framework for 0−1 Mixed-Integer Convex Nonlinear Programs
Hao Wu, Hao Wen and Yushan Zhu
pp 9119–9127

Optimal Reference Trajectory Shaping and Robust Gain-Scheduling for Transition Control of Nonlinear Processes
Pietro Altimari, Lucia Russo, Erasmo Mancusi, Mario di Bernardo and Silvestro Crescitelli
pp 9128–9140

Stable Model Predictive Control for Integrating Systems with Optimizing Targets
Luz A. Alvarez, Erika M. Francischinelli, Bruno F. Santoro and Darci Odloak
pp 9141–9150

Design of Hybrid Distillation−Vapor Membrane Separation Systems
Jose A. Caballero, Ignacio E. Grossmann, Majid Keyvani and Ellen S. Lenz
pp 9151–9162

Nonlinear Batch Process Monitoring Using Phase-Based Kernel-Independent Component Analysis−Principal Component Analysis (KICA−PCA)
Chunhui Zhao, Furong Gao and Fuli Wang
pp 9163–9174

Multivariable Control with Generalized Decoupling for Disturbance Rejection
Feng-Yi Lin, Jyh-Cheng Jeng and Hsiao-Ping Huang
pp 9175–9185

Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm for a Batching Problem in the Process Industry
Lixin Tang and Ping Yan
pp 9186–9194

Pressure-Driven Dynamic Simulation for Improving the Performance of a Multistage Compression System during Plant Startup
Xiongtao Yang, Qiang Xu, Chuanyu Zhao, Kuyen Li and Helen H. Lou
pp 9195–9203

Robustness Measures for Operation Schedules Subject to Disruptions
Badarinath Karri, Rajagopalan Srinivasan and I. A. Karimi
pp 9204–9214


5.7 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernandez,

Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Volume 9, Number 3, 2009
ISSN 1562-8353;


Dominant and Recessive Solutions of Self-Adjoint Matrix Systems on Time Scales,
Douglas R. Anderson,    
p. 219

Dynamic Inequalities, Bounds, and Stability of Systems with Linear and Nonlinear Perturbations,
Jeffrey J. DaCunha,     
P. 239

Stability Properties for Some Non-autonomous Dissipative Phenomena Proved by Families of Liapunov Functionals,
Armando D'Anna and Gaetano Fiore,     

Complete Analysis of an Ideal Rotating Uniformly Stratified System of ODEs,
B.S. Desale,     
P. 263

Antagonistic Games with an Initial Phase,
Jewgeni H. Dshalalow and Ailada Treerattrakoon,     
P. 277

Robust Controller Design for Active Flutter Suppression of a Two-dimensional Airfoil,
Chunyan Gao, Guangren Duan and Canghua Jiang,     
P. 287

Filter Design for a Class of Nonlinear Neutral Systems with Time-Varying Delays,
Hamid Reza Karimi,     
P. 301

Oscillation of Solutions and Behavior of the Nonoscillatory Solutions of Second-order Nonlinear Functional Equations,
J. Tyagi,     
P. 317        
For information and subscription,
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. A.A. Martynyuk, e-mail:


5.8 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,

Asian Journal of Control, Vol 11, No. 5, September 2009

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Computational Relaxed TP Model Transformation: Restricting the Computation
to Subspaces of the Dynamic Model
Authors: Szabolcs Nagy, Zoltán Petres, Péter Baranyi, and Hideki Hashimoto

2. Paper Title: Design and Stability Discussion of an Hybrid Intelligent Controller for an
Unordinary System
Authors: Morteza Mohammadzaheri and Lei Chen

3. Paper Title: Multiple UPFC Damping Control Scheme Using ANN Coordinated Adaptive
Authors: Tsao-Tsung Ma

4. Paper Title: Robust H∞ Control for Uncertain Discrete-Time Systems with Probabilistic
State Delays
Authors: Dong Yue, Engang Tian, and Zidong Wang

5. Paper Title: Tracking Control for Switched Linear Systems with Time-Delay: a State-
Dependent Switching Method
Authors: Qing-Kui Li, Jun Zhao, and Georgi M. Dimirovski

6. Paper Title: Delay-dependent Robust Stabilization for Uncertain Stochastic Switching
Systems with Distributed Delays
Authors: Hao Shen, Shengyuan Xu, and Xiaona Song

7. Paper Title: Best Domain for Elliptic Control Problems in Cartesian Coordinates by
Means of Shape-Measure
Authors: Alireza Fakharzadeh Jahromi and Joulio E. Rubio

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Shaping Stable Periodic Motions of Inertia Wheel Pendulum : Theory and
Authors: Leonid B. Freidovich, Pedro La Hera, Uwe Mettin, Anders Robertsson, Anton

S. Shiriaev, and Rolf Johansson
2. Paper Title: Delay Dependent Stabilization of Linear Time-Varying System with Time
Authors: Seyyed Shaho Alaviani

3. Paper Title: Synthesis of PID Controllers for Integral Processes with Time-Delay
Authors: De-Jin Wang

4. Paper Title: Constrained PID Tracking Control for Output PDFs of Non-Gaussian
Stochastic System Based on LMIs
Authors: Yang Yi, Hong Shen, and Lei Guo

5. Paper Title: Adaptive Output Feedback Control for a Class of Planar Nonlinear Systems
Authors: Fang Shang, Yungang Liu, and Chenghui Zhang


5.9 CFP: ASEE Computers in Education Journal
Contributed by:

ASEE Computers in Education Journal
Special Issue: Novel Approaches in Robotics Education.  

* Submission Deadline:   April 15 2010
E-mail submissions to  
Article limited to approximately 10 pages, MS Word documents preferred

Papers addressing undergraduate education are of particular interest. A sampling of topics follows.  
For questions regarding scope, contact the editor:  
Joel Esposito, Assoc. Prof. Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy

* Descriptions of novel courses at the undergraduate or master’s levels, especially those with a laboratory or project component: 
Examples include underwater robotics, micro-robotics, biologically inspired robotics, etc. Quality submissions may include as
appropriate: motivation, learning objectives, description of laboratory or design projects, assessment and student feedback.  

* Descriptions of robotics curricula:  Examples include Bachelors and Master’s level programs granting degrees in Robotics, as
well as Minor or Certificate programs.   Issues of interest may include: intended skill set of graduates, program philosophy,
curricular structure, assessment and accreditation issues, capstone experiences, and profiles of graduates.

* Descriptions of project based learning experiences:   Examples include novel open-ended laboratories, intra-mural or inter-
collegiate competitions, challenge problems, and capstone designs.   Issues of interest may include: explanation of rules and
logistics, competition structure, required skills, sample hardware designs and intended educational outcomes are useful.

* Proposals or position papers on Introductory Robotics Courses:  Is there a consensus on a national model of what a modern first
course in robotics should include?   Are the topics entirely department or instructor dependant?   Is there an appropriate balance
between Articulated and Mobile robotic topics? What is the balance between Mechatronic, Kinematic, Learning or Algorithmic approaches? 
Are topics such as Computer Vision or Artificial intelligence at the periphery or does a balanced treatment include them in a first

Please note that courses which do not include technical content specific to robotics, but rather use robotics hardware as a “hook”
for achieving other objectives (ex. teaching introductory programming skills, or simulating interest in engineering careers) are not
appropriate for the special issue, though are generally within the scope of the journal.


5.10 CFP: Automatica
Contributed by: Frank Allgower,

CALL FOR PAPERS for an Automatica Special Issue on Systems Biology

The control community has made significant contributions
to the field of systems biology, bringing rigorous tools
from dynamic systems, feedback, modeling and robustness
analysis. These contributions range from elegant theories
to explain principles of regulation, to more technological
developments that advance the state of treatments and
therapies.  The field has reached a certain level of
maturity in both tools and applications that make the
timing opportune for a special issue capturing its
current state of development. Accordingly, this special
issue of Automatica will address the state of the art in
theories, tools, and applications of control to systems
biology. Among the topics to be covered in the special
issue are:
- Robustness in gene regulatory networks
- Information processing in signal transduction cascades
- Control architectures that shed light on biological
_ Multiple scales of length and time in biophysical
- Network inference and problems of model identification
- Synchronization phenomena in coupled oscillators at
  the cellular and subcellular level
- Control principles that led to novel approaches to
  drug target identification
- Novel approaches to biomarkers in complex biophysical
- Applications of control principles to specific disease
  problems (with clinical or experimental studies)
High quality papers on topics listed above, or related
ones, are invited for publication in the Special Issue. 

The timetable is:
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2010
Tentative Publication Date: March 2011

The Special Issue will be prepared by a team consisting
of guest editor, Francis J. Doyle III, and Automatica
Editor Frank Allgöwer.

Prospective authors should submit their contributions
by February 1, 2010 via the Automatica web-based paper
handling system, available at 
Submissions can be in either full paper format or brief
paper format.  They should be submitted as a Special
Issue Paper to Special Issue Corresponding Editor
Frank Doyle. The submission site is open starting October

Frank Allgower
Automatica Editor for
Process and Computer Control


5.11 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
Contributed by: Yaochu Jin,

IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
Special Issue on "Evolving Developmental Systems"


Computational modeling of biological development has received increasing
interest in evolutionary computation, artificial life and computational
systems biology. In the evolutionary computation community, evolutionary
algorithms using an indirect coding or generative coding are believed to be
more scalable in evolving highly complex systems, compared to those using a
direct coding. The scalability of such developmental systems can mainly be
attributed to the fact that the genetic information in the genotype can be
reused more than once during the developmental process and that many
constraints, particularly environmental constraints, can be incorporated in
the phenotype without explicit encoding. On the other hand, due to the
nonlinear nature of the genotype-phenotype mapping of such indirect or
generative representations, the efficiency of evolutionary search may
seriously degrade.

A large body of research work on computational developmental systems has
also originated from the need to modeling the early development of the body
plan and nervous systems in artificial life research. Developmental models in
different research may have quite different abstraction-levels of biological
development, ranging from a set of re-writing rules to gene regulatory network
model including metabolic reactions. In particular, developmental models based
on the early morphogenesis of multi-cellular organisms have shown several attractive
properties such as self-organization and self-repair. These systems have been
applied successfully to solving engineering problems such as circuit design and
multi-robot systems. With the recent rapid advances in systems biology and bioinformatics,
understanding of developmental processes in biology has been enhanced greatly, which will
definitely promote research on developmental systems in evolutionary computation and artificial


This special issue aims to promote a strong interdisciplinary integration
of expertise from researchers in evolutionary computation, artificial life as
well as computational biology. Topics include but are not limited to:
* Scalable evolutionary algorithms using indirect or generative encoding
* Evolution of body plans and / or nervous systems using a developmentalapproach
* Self-organizing systems based on genetic and cellular mechanisms
* Developmental approaches to engineering design, e.g., circuits design and structural design
* Analysis of evolvability and robustness of developmental systems
* Evolving gene regulatory networks
* Benchmarking evolutionary developmental systems


Manuscripts should be prepared according to the “Information for Authors” section of the
journal found at submissions should be done through
the journal website: marking “EDS Special
Issue Paper” as comments to the Editor-in-Chief.

Submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three different expert
reviewers. Submission of a manuscript implies that it is the authors’
original unpublished work and is not being submitted for possible
publication elsewhere.


* March 31, 2010: Submission deadline
* July 31, 2010: Notification of the first round review
* September 30, 2010: Revision due
* November 30, 2010: Final notice of acceptance / reject
* January 3, 2011: Final manuscript due

The expected publication of the special issue is beginning 2011.

Please pass this information on to interested colleagues. For further
information, contact one of the following guest editors.


Dr. Yaochu Jin
Honda Research Institute Europe
Carl-Legien-Str. 30
63073 Offenbach, Germany
yaochu.jin at

Prof. Andy Tyrrell
Department of Electronics
University of York
amt at


6. Conferences

6.1 Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems
Contributed by: Didier Maquin,

Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems, October 6-8, 2010, Nice, France

Conference Website:

Research Center for Automatic Control, Nancy, France

Technical Co-Sponsors:
IEEE Control Systems Society

Didier Maquin: General Chair
Ron Patton: Honorary Chair
Jozef Korbicz: Program Chair
Didier Theilliol : Program Vice Chair

Faults/failures cause undesired reactions and consequences as damage to technical parts of plants, to human life or to the
environment and a profound impact also on production cost and product quality. The design of early faults/failures detection
methods is crucial in order to preserve the machinery or human life safety and then to make the right decisions on emergency
actions and repairs. Moreover, in highly automated industrial systems where maintenance or repair cannot be carried-out immediately,
it is crucial to design Fault Tolerant systems capable of ensuring nominal performance when taking into account the occurrence of
such faults. The conference will bring together academics and engineers active in the field of fault diagnosis and fault tolerant
control and their implication in the Monitoring and Maintenance. The conference will highlight some particular recent results in
the development of methods and tools which are of a particular interest for academics and engi!
 neers. 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. Presentation of theoretical researches accompanied
with practical experience/consideration are encouraged. A broad range of topics in the general area of system monitoring and FDI/FTC
is proposed.

Important Dates:
Submission of draft papers: May 15th, 2010
Notification of acceptance: July 1st, 2010
Final version due: September 1st, 2010

More details on the conference can be found from the conference website
Access to submission web site:


6.2 ANTS 2010 - Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
Contributed by:

ANTS 2010
Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
September 8-10, 2010. Brussels, Belgium

Call for papers prepared on September 2, 2009
More details and up-to-date information at

Scope of the Conference
Swarm intelligence is a relatively new discipline that deals with
the study of self-organizing processes both in nature and in
artificial systems. Researchers in ethology and animal behavior have
proposed many models to explain interesting aspects of social insect
behavior such as self-organization and shape-formation. Recently,
algorithms and methods inspired by these models have been proposed
to solve difficult problems in many domains.

An example of a particularly successful research direction in swarm
intelligence is ant colony optimization, the main focus of which is
on discrete optimization problems. Ant colony optimization has been
applied successfully to a large number of difficult discrete
optimization problems including the traveling salesman problem, the
quadratic assignment problem, scheduling, vehicle routing, etc., as
well as to routing in telecommunication networks. Another
interesting approach is that of particle swarm optimization, that
focuses on continuous optimization problems. Here too, a number of
successful applications can be found in the recent literature. Swarm
robotics is another relevant field. Here, the focus is on applying
swarm intelligence techniques to the control of large groups of
cooperating autonomous robots.

ANTS 2010 will give researchers in swarm intelligence
the opportunity to meet, to present their latest research, and to
discuss current developments and applications.

The three-day conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on
September 8-10, 2010. Tutorial sessions will be held in the
mornings before the conference program.

Relevant Research Areas
ANTS 2010 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of swarm
intelligence. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:
+ Behavioral models of social insects or other animal societies
that can stimulate new algorithmic approaches.
+ Empirical and theoretical research in swarm intelligence.
+ Application of swarm intelligence methods, such as ant colony
optimization or particle swarm optimization, to real-world
+ Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

Publication Details
As for previous editions of the ANTS conference, proceedings will be
published by Springer in the LNCS series (to be confirmed). The
journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated to
ANTS 2010 that will contain extended versions of the best research
works presented at the conference.

Best Paper Award
A best paper award will be presented at the conference.

Further Information
Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For information about local
arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the
above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers at the
address below.

Conference Address
ANTS 2010
IRIDIA, CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
Universite' Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email:

Conference Location
Salle Dupreel, Building S, Campus du Solbosch, Universite' Libre de
Bruxelles, Av. Jeanne 44, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.

Important Dates
Submission deadline February 28, 2010
Notification of acceptance April 30, 2010
Camera ready copy May 14, 2010
Conference September 8-10, 2010


Contributed by: C.C. Cheah,

7-9 JUNE, 2010

OBJECTIVES:  The goal of the RAM 2010 is to bring together experts from the field of robotics, automation and mechatronics to discuss
on the state-of-the-art and to present new research findings and perspectives of future developments with respect to the conference
themes. The RAM 2010 is held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems (CIS 2010).
The conference welcomes paper submissions from academics, researchers, engineers, and students worldwide in but not limited to the
following areas:

Robotics and Automation in Unstructured Environment, Personal and Service Robotics, Underwater Robotics, Medical Robots and Systems,
Robotics and Automation Applications, Sensor Design, Integration, and Fusion, Computer and Robot Vision, Human-Robot Interfaces,
Haptics, Teleoperation, Telerobotics, and Network Robotics, Micro/Nano, Distributed, Cellular, and Multi Robots, Biologically-Inspired
Robots and Systems, Sensor Based Robotics, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Modeling, Planning and Control, Kinematics, Mechanics,
and Mechanism Design, Legged Robots, Wheeled Mobile Robots, Dynamics, Motion Control, Force/Impedance Control, Architecture and Programming,
Methodologies for Robotics and Automation, Discrete Event Dynamic Systems, Petri Nets, Virtual Reality, Manufacturing System Architecture,
Design, and Performance Evaluation, Computer Aided Production Planning, Scheduling, and Control, Total Quality Management, Maintenance, and
Diagnostics, etc.
About Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia A delightful mix of cross-cultural influences and traditions, Kuala Lumpur radiates an exciting, enticing
charm, which will no doubt pique your interest throughout your stay. Kuala Lumpur, affectionately known as KL, is an amazing cultural
melting pot. Here, you will wander through communities of Chinese, Malays, South Indians, East Malaysian ethnic groups, Thais, Indonesians,
Sikhs and a huge community of expats. Each community while influencing each other's culture, offers its own festivals, food, music, art
and fashion. KL has a lively nightlife scene and a fascinating art and performance culture, which blends contemporary and traditional
styles from many backgrounds. More detailed information is available on the following website:

Invited Sessions:
The conference will feature invited sessions on specialized topics of interests. The invited 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 invited sessions.

Paper Submission: Papers must be written in English and should describe original work. Papers should be submitted in the.PDF format to
http:// by January 15, 2010. The length of the paper is limited to a maximum of 6 pages (US letter
size, single spacing, Times Roman of font size 10, double columns format), including figures, tables and references. Upon acceptance,
authors will be required to register and present their papers. Papers will be published in the conference proceedings only if at least
one of the authors is officially registered. All the papers in the conference proceedings will be indexed in the IEEE Library, ISI
Proceedings, and EI Compendex database.

Important Deadlines:

Conference / Invited Session Paper Submission: 15 January 2010
Notification of Acceptance: 1 March 2010
Final Camera-Ready Manuscript: 1 April 2010


6.4 5th International Symposium on Design, Operation and Control of Chemical Processes
Contributed by: Rudiyanto Gunawan,

The 5th International Symposium on Design, Operation and Control of Chemical Processes

Riverview Hotel, Singapore
July 25-28, 2010

Following the tradition of the previous PSE Asia symposia held in Kyoto (2000), Taipei (2002), Seoul (2005) and Xi’an (2007), the 5th
International Symposium on Design, Operation and Control of Chemical Processes (PSE Asia 2010) will be held in Singapore from July 25
to 28, 2010. This symposium aims to enhance interactions and collaborations among researchers and practitioners from Asian countries
working in the area of Process Systems Engineering. Both theory and applications will be covered. Please visit the website for further information.

The symposium will include, but not limited to, technical sessions on the following topics:
• Process Modeling and Optimization
• Product and Process Design
• Process Monitoring, Operations and Control
• Supply Chain Management and Business Decision Making
• PSE for Sustainable Processes
• PSE in Life Sciences and Energy Systems
• Industrial Applications and Case Studies
• Education in Process Systems Engineering

A number of plenary and keynote presentations on the above topics are planned. Workshops, panel discussions and technical-social tours
are other highlights.

Call for Extended Abstracts
Authors are invited to submit a 2-page extended abstract in English for each paper they wish to present. Instructions and template for
preparing the extended abstract are available at All submissions will be peer-reviewed.
The authors of each accepted abstract will be requested to submit a 6-page full paper by March 31, 2010.

Important Dates
• Submission of Extended Abstract November 18, 2009
• Notification of Acceptance January 15, 2010
• Submission of Final Manuscript March 31, 2010
• Author/ Early-bird Registration Deadline April 30, 2010
• Conference July 25-28, 2010

6.5 1st International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS)
Contributed by: Bruce Krogh,

The 1st International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS) will
one of the five conferences at CPS Week 2010, April 12-16, in Stockholm,

Papers are due Dec 18., 2009.

Details can be found at the ICCPS website:


6.6 IFAC Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES 2010)
Contributed by: Joerg Raisch,

The 10th International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems will be held on the campus of TU Berlin, August 30 - September 1, 2010.

The Workshop Series on Discrete Event Systems started in 1992. Since then, workshops have been held every two years: in Prague
(1992), Antibes (1994), Edinburgh (1996), Cagliari (1998), Ghent (2000), Zaragoza (2002), Reims (2004), Ann Arbor, Michigan (2006)
and Gothenborg (2008).

WODES 2010 will provide researchers from different fields (control theoreticians and control engineers, software engineers and
computer scientists, operations research specialists) with an opportunity to exchange information and new ideas, and to discuss
new developments in the field of DES theory and applications.

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers and proposals for special sessions by March 31, 2010. The Proceedings of
WODES 2010 will be hosted on-line on the IFAC-PapersOnLine website.

For more information, please visit


7. Workshops and Schools

7.1 Course on LMI in Prague
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 8 to Friday February 12, 2010. 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.


7.2 The 2nd Workshop on Clearance of Flight Control Laws
Contributed by: Anders Hansson,

The 2nd Workshop on Clearance of Flight Control Laws

will be held January 28-29 in Stockholm. It will include talks by the invited speakers

Gary Balas, University of Minnesota, USA

Christine M. Belcastro, NASA Langley Research Center, USA

Tony Lambregts, FAA, USA

Robert Stich, EADS, Germany

and by the COFCLUO project partners AIRBUS, DLR, ONERA, FOI, University of Siena and Linkoping University.

For more information about the workshop and registration please see


7.3 School on Nonsmooth Contact Mechanics
Contributed by: Bernard Brogliato,

Message: The INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes is organizing a school from 14 to 18 June
2010 at Aussois (French Alps). It is dedicated to nonsmooth mechanical systems (impacts,
friction, and nonsmooth contact laws). The two main topics of the school will be:
modelling (impact mechanics), and numerical simulation (numerical analysis, time-stepping
and event-driven schemes, complementarity problems). These theoretical developments will
be illustrated by seminars on granular materials, hair dynamics, impacts in nuclear plants,
haptic systems, and various examples like wheel/rail contact, snake robots, rolling disks.

Visit the school web site at



8.1 MS/PhD: University of Houston
Contributed by: Prof. Javad Mohammadpour,

MS/PhD: University of Houston

PhD: Wind Turbine Modeling and Control –University of Houston Graduate Research Assistantships are available for
outstanding graduate students with a strong background in both aerodynamics and control systems. Previous
experience in aerodynamics modeling of wind turbine conversion systems is desired but not necessary. The project
will study the interaction between the individual wind turbines in a wind farm. Research is conducted in collaboration
with wind turbine manufacturers in Houston. Preferred start date of the project is January 2010.

For more information about the project, please contact Javad Mohammadpour, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4006, E-mail:


8.2 PhD: University of Hong Kong
Contributed by: Graziano Chesi,

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Hong Kong is seeking for PhD candidates
to be enrolled in Control Systems for the academic year 2010-2011. This academic year starts on September 1, 2010.
All courses and activities are conducted in English. Interested candidates should send their CV to Dr. Graziano Chesi
( and are invited to visit his webpage for research details.
Applications should be submitted to the Graduate School of the University of Hong Kong, see for instructions. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2009.


8.3 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu,

Message: PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach, Florida


PhD positions are available in the area of
under the supervision of Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu and Prof. Sergey Drakunov at the Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University located in Daytona Beach. These positions cover full tuition and fees plus a $20,000 per year stipend. 
Requirements include a strong background in control theory, dynamic systems and mathematics; a Master’s degree in engineering,
physics, or applied mathematics; and excellent skills in using Matlab and Simulink. It is also desirable that the candidates have
hands-on experience on feedback control. It is expected that the candidates have excellent GRE and TOEFL (if necessary) scores as
well as strong communication and writing skills.

For details and application procedures, please visit

Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu and Prof. Sergey Drakunov, Physical Sciences Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
Daytona Beach, Florida.

E-mail: or


8.4 PhD: DCSC, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Contributed by:

PhD Position - DCSC, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Project Title: 'Development of novel Hybrid Dynamical Models for the study of Transportation Networks'

General Description:
Transportation Networks are ubiquitous nowadays. A reliable, resilient, secure, and efficient operation
of these systems (such as road traffic networks, railway networks, electricity networks, etc.) is of paramount importance both when
the systems are operated to the limits of their performance during critical situations, as well as under regular operating conditions.
This can translate into a significant societal impact involving economic growth and quality of life and the environment. A quantitative
and formal understanding of this complex systems calls for the development of proper mathematical formalisms to model and analyze them.
Discrete-event systems are mathematical models developed to describe synchronization and con-
currency for time-dependent, resource-constrained systems shared by multiple users. Hybrid Systems are dynamical models that, by
construction, are suitable at describing complex systems, where analog/continuous/physical quantities interact with discrete/digital ones.
The major goal of this project is to introduce a novel formal mathematical framework that is capable of connecting the theory of
classes of discrete-event systems with that of (probabilistic) hybrid systems. Secondly, the project will apply the generated model
framework in the description, analysis,
verification and control of classes of transportation networks. In particular, applications in intelligent traffic control will be
developed in connection with the research team of Prof. Bart De Schutter at DCSC.

Candidate Profile:
We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree, or equivalent (expected graduates are also welcome to apply). We are seeking a
candidate with a strong background and interest in (applied) mathematics and/or systems and control theory. The candidate is expected
to be involved in fundamental
research and in applications at the boundary of several research domains. A good command of the English language is also required.

Further Information and Application Process:
Please contact Dr. Alessandro Abate (email:
More information on this position can be obtained at:∼aabate


8.5 PhD: Laboratoire d'Automatique, de Génie Informatique et Signal (LAGIS)
Contributed by: Komi Midzodzi PEKPE,
PhD position, Laboratoire d'Automatique, de Génie Informatique et Signal (LAGIS)
Title : Design of advanced algorithm for Fault detection and automatic diagnostic of
helicopters,(Eurocopter/LAGIS) France

Supervised by Prof. Jean Philppe CASSAR and Dr K. Midzodzi PEKPE at Laboratoire d'Automatique,
de Génie Informatique et Signal (LAGIS), Lille, France and Prof. Pierre-Antoine AUBOURG and
Dr. Hervé MOREL in Eurocopter group.

This thesis aims increasing availability, and security of helicopters, decreasing the
exploitation costs and improving maintenance by introducing conditional maintenance and credit
of maintenance.

Profile: The candidate must have a Master degree and a strong knowledge in automatic and
signal processing. Knowledge in technical data analysis is also desired. The candidate should
have the ability to do independent research and a good sense of human contact.

A 3-year PhD fellowship (funded by Eurocopter group) is available for this project.

Conditions: The subject will be developed in the framework of a thesis of the Lille 1 University
in collaboration with the Eurocopter Company. The successful candidate will conduct his research
within the company Eurocopter at Marseille (France). He will spend several months at the laboratory
LAGIS of the Lille 1 University. Application: please send, before 30 November 2009, your application
with a detailed curriculum vitae and a motivation letter to: Dr K. Midzodzi PEKPE

8.6 PhD: University of Oldenburg
Contributed by: Simon Doclo,

PhD Position, Univerity of Oldenburg
The Signal Processing group at the University of Oldenburg seeks
applications for PhD students in Acoustical Signal Processing for the duration
of 4 years, with a salary according to the E13 resp. E13/2 TV-L scale.

We are seeking candidates with a Master (or equivalent) degree in
electrical engineering, computer science or physics, who have excellent
grades and a solid scientific background in acoustics, signal
processing, speech processing and/or auditory perception. Familiarity
with scientific tools and programming languages such as MATLAB and C is
highly recommended. Research experience in any of the mentioned fields,
a strong interest in interdisciplinary and application-oriented work, as
well as good English language skills are desirable.

The successful applicant will join a newly established research group,
whose activities center around signal processing for acoustical
applications. More specifically, exciting research topics in the areas
of microphone array processing for speech enhancement and source
localisation, active noise control, acoustic sensor networks and hearing
aid processing are addressed. The Signal Processing group
( has close collaborations with the
Medical Physics group, the Centre for Hearing Research and the
Fraunhofer group for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology.

Apart from conducting research that leads to journal publications and a
PhD thesis, the PhD student is expected to follow some graduate courses
and to be involved on a limited scale into teaching activities and
supervision of Master students.

Applications including a letter of motivation, CV, a copy of the
university diplomas, and contact information of 1-2 possible references
should be sent to

University of Oldenburg
Institute of Physics – Signal Processing Group
Prof. Dr. ir. Simon Doclo
D-26111 Oldenburg

or electronically to Applications will be
considered until 30.11.2009.

The University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunities employer and
explicitly supports applications from female researchers. Handicapped
applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.


8.7 PhD: The University of Melbourne
Contributed by: Erik Weyer,

PhD Scholarship: Automation of large scale irrigation networks.

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Opportunities exist for graduate students to work as part of a team of academic staff and
other students conducting research in the area of automating large-scale irrigation networks.
The team has over a decade of experience with an industrial partner in this area. The ongoing
aim of the broad research program is to develop systems for automatically managing the demand
for and supply of water to yield substantial water-savings, improved delivery efficiencies and
reduced environmental impact. Problems of interest include supervisory and hierarchical supply
control, demand scheduling, channel control, fault-detection and isolation, sensor placement,
Data-driven model building and system identification.

Scholarship details: Two APA(I) scholarships of $26 140 per annum are available for three years
for Ph. D. students to commence work on the project. The scholarships are open to both local
and international students.

Candidate requirements: A successful applicant will have a strong interest in the areas of
dynamical systems, control and signal processing, in addition to a Bachelors (with 1st class Honours)
or Masters in Engineering, Applied Mathematics or a related discipline.

Academic enquiries: Erik Weyer (, Michael Cantoni, (
or Peter Dower (

Application details:  The scholarships are open for applications from October 8, 2009 until
December 1, 2009.  The application should consist of your cv (with names and contact details of two
academic referees), all academic transcripts for courses completed, or currently being completed,
and a short note (less then half a page) describing why you are interested in completing a research
degree in the project.  Please email David Strover ( with this information
by the 1st December 2009.


8.8 PhD: University of Girona (Spain)
Contributed by:

Message: The Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automatic Control is seeking for
PhD candidates to be enrolled in the following research fields: 1) Decentralized control of large-scale
networked control systems with uncertainties and time-delays; 2) Semiactive vibration mitigation with
piezoelectric and magnetorheological dampers in automotive and aeronautic systems and civil engineering
Qualified candidates should have preferably their residence in Spain or nationality from countries in
European Community and a B.Sc. (B.Eng.) degree or Master degree in systems and control, electrical
engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, mathematics, or similar disciplines. The candidates
must be enthusiastic and greatly interested in fundamental research. Good programming skills and some
experience with real-time experimental laboratory setups are welcome. In addition, excellent communication
skills are important for the position and a good command of the English language is required. 

We offer the opportunity of acquiring research background and skills in a multidisciplinary group with
possibility of interactions and stages in other international groups and laboratories. Enrollment and
salary are according to the Spanish Universities regulations.

Due to the imminent application deadline, interested applicants are invited to send an email as soon as
possible with CV, degree certificate, academic records including the list of courses and qualifications,
a list of publications, and a cover letter stating the motivation, to Prof. Ningsu Luo (


8.9 PhD: Brunel University, UK
Contributed by: Zidong Wang,

Applications are invited for two fully sponsored studentships that will fund capable individual to undertake research
leading to PhD in the field of dynamical systems, control, estimation with applications in genetic regulatory networks.
The student will join the university’s interdisciplinary Research Centre on Intelligent Data Analysis, where they will
work within a friendly and successful research team. An interest in dynamics, control and signal processing is essential.
Applicants must have at least a 2i degree in an appropriate branch of engineering or mathematics and must satisfy EPSRC
studentship eligibility criteria. Please note that only EU citizens are eligible to apply.

Please send your CV and applications to

Professor Zidong Wang
Department of Information Systems and Computing
Brunel University
Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, U.K.
Tel:  ++44/1895 266021
Fax: ++44/1895 251686


8.10 PhD: University of New South Wales
Contributed by:  Ian Petersen,

A PhD position is available in Canberra Australia on the project "Quantum Linear
System Theory." The  PhD position will be located at the Canberra Campus (ADFA) of the
University of New South Wales under the supervision of Professor Ian Petersen from UNSW@ADFA
and Professor M.R. James from the ANU. The project seeks to develop the fundamental
principles and tools of linear systems theory that take into account the special features
of quantum mechanics. The new quantum linear systems theory will provide the framework for
investigating the fundamental limitations and opportunities provided by coherent quantum
feedback, which need not necessarily involve measurement. Suitable applicants would have
a good undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics or physics. The positions will
provide a stipend and payment of tuition fees (where applicable). Further information
can be obtained from Professor Ian Petersen ( or Professor Matthew
James (


8.11 PhD: K.U.Leuven
Contributed by: Wim Michiels,

PhD position: K.U.Leuven on "Analysis and computational control of large-scale dynamical systems"

Project description:
Modeling interconnected dynamical systems naturally leads to a combination of differential and algebraic equations, where the latter
can be used to describe the interconnections and to take into account conservation laws (e.g. Kirchoff’s laws in electrical circuits).
For large-scale systems and in the presence of various types of constraints on the interconnections it is computationally not practical
or even not possible to eliminate the constraints and to compute the underlying set of differential equations in the standard, first order
form. Therefore the aim of the project is to develop, implement and apply algorithms for modeling, model reduction, analysis and control
design for large-scale interconnected systems, which directly exploit a description by differential algebraic equations. Particular
attention will be paid to infinite-dimensional systems featuring a spatio-temporal distribution of the state variables, and to systems
exhibiting time-varying parameters. The !
 methods and algorithms will be validated on real life applications, in collaboration with application oriented research groups.

systems, control and optimization, dynamical systems, infinite-dimensional systems, equations,robustness assessment and optimization,
numerical simulation, numerical linear algebra, numerical bifurcation analysis

The candidates must have a masters degree in either Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar
disciplines. They must be interested to work on this project, in collaboration with other researchers in the group, and to participate
in national and international collaborative research programs in the area of dynamical systems and control. The position will be
initially for one year. After a positive evaluation, this position will be extended for three more years.

How to apply:
Send an electronic application to Prof. Wim Michiels ( ). The application should contain a curriculum vitae,
including a short description of your qualifications and experience (i.e. courses, title and summary of Diploma or Master thesis), a
letter describing your motivation, and names and e-mail addresses of one or two scientists willing to provide a reference.

The research will be carried out at the Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics Division of the K.U.Leuven. The K.U.Leuven is one
of the oldest universities of Europe, situated in the cosy provincial town of Leuven, 20km from Brussels.


8.12 Post-Doc: University of Florida
Contributed by: Pramod Khargonekar,

Applications and letters of interest are invited for a post-doctoral position in the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering in the area of systems and control. Preferred candidates will have a PhD in any one of the following fields:
electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics or mathematics. Research projects will
involve theory and applications of advanced systems and control techniques to problems in neural engineering, biomedicine
and learning systems.

Interested candidates should send their CV and other materials to Professor Pramod P. Khargonekar by email:


8.13 Post-Doc: University of Maryland
Contributed by: Susan Frazier,

Post-Doctoral Research Appointment, ISR University of Maryland
Opportunities for Fall 2010
For Ph.D. recipients in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics and related areas.

The Institute for Systems Research (ISR) is an interdisciplinary research unit of the University of Maryland. Located in
College Park, MD, ISR generates fundamental knowledge and technologies for integrated design for control of complex
engineering systems. ISR has the following research emphases:
Global Communications Systems
Sensor-Actuator Networks
Next-Generation Product Realization Systems
Societal Infrastructure Systems
Cross-Disciplinary Systems Education
ISR’s research programs are at the forefront of advances in modern systems engineering, and incorporate sophisticated
analytical and computational methods with state-of-the-art experimental and modeling techniques.

A multi-disciplinary team of outstanding scientists and engineers is pursuing in-depth studies in the implications and
applications of modern computer technology to control and communication systems technologies. Extensive industrial
collaboration is an integral part of the program.  ISR’s research projects encompass a diverse set of systems problems;
they include intelligent control of processes, electromechanical motion control, wireless communication networks, high-speed
satellite and terrestrial communication networks, telemedicine systems, and virtual factories for the manufacture of
electromechanical devices. 

While we welcome applications from qualified parties with interests in systems, control, and communications, we are especially
seeking persons for research projects on the following topics:

Bio-inspired devices and systems
Hybrid system modeling and analysis
  (hybrid discrete/continuous systems;
  discrete/continuous control;
  stochastic systems; model checking)
Information and Coding
MEMS and nanosystems
Speech Enhancement, Assistive Speech
   Technologies, Vocal Tract Modeling,
   and Articulatory-based Speech

Please indicate the prioritized area(s) in which you are interested [not more than three].

ISR Post-doctoral appointments are available for recipients of Ph.D. degrees who have interests in systems engineering and its
applications. Candidates must have received their degrees by August 31 of the same year that the appointment begins.  Typically,
appointments are effective from September through August. Academic excellence and outstanding potential for basic research weigh
heavily in appointment selection.

ISR Post-Doctoral appointees enjoy the unique opportunity of participating in state-of-the-art research in systems engineering.
Exceptional opportunities exist for research in collaboration with leading industrial and government research laboratories.
Appointments offer generous salaries and provide excellent benefits. They are typically for one year and are renewable up to a
second year based on performance and the availability of funds.

To be considered for a post-doctoral appointment, applicants must submit the following materials:
- Curriculum vitae including a list of publications,
- Sample publications, (2 or 3 will suffice)
- A transcript from the institution where the Ph.D. was (or will be) earned, showing grades in courses taken,
- Statement of research interests and goals, including
a) the applicant’s prioritized area(s) of  interest from the list above, and
b) the reason one wishes to participate in this program,
- Three letters of recommendation.

All materials must be received by January 15, 2010 to qualify candidates for Fall 2010 consideration.

Institute for Systems Research
Attn: Post-Doctoral Appointment Review
2175 A.V. Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
For additional information, email

The Institute for Systems Research is a permanent state-supported institute of the University of Maryland, within the A. James Clark
School of Engineering and the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology.


8.14 Post-Doc: UCLA
Contributed by: Ted Iwasaki,

Postdoctoral position available at UCLA for modeling, analysis, and control of biological and/or robotic dynamics for animal
locomotion. As a part of a large multidisciplinary ONR-funded research project, our team addresses the feedback control mechanisms
for underwater vehicles inspired by ray swimming with flapping wings. Our approach combines biological and system theoretic
modeling/control techniques. Expertise or aptitude in the experimental and/or theoretical analyses of nonlinear dynamical systems
is essential. Some background in nonlinear oscillators and/or control experiments would be a plus. The candidates are expected to
have a strong interest in biological feedback control systems.

Send applications (letter, CV, contact information for three references, a pdf file of your best relevant paper) to teD iwasaki
via email (, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles,
CA 90095, USA. Web site:;

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but priorities will be given to early submissions.


8.15 Post-Doc: Delft University of Technology
Contributed by: Dr. X. Bombois,

Postdoc Control of Inkjet Printheads, Delft University of Technology

The Delft Center for Systems and Control ( of the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, announces a
Postdoc position (2 year) on the topic Control of Inkjet Printheads.

The Delft Centre for Systems and Control (DCSC) coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at Delft
University of Technology. The Centre’s research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving
dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimization and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology
development in mechatronics and microsystems, sustainable industrial processes, transportation and automotive systems, and physical
imaging systems. The group actively participates in the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC).

This project is a part of the Octopus Project, which is a joint endeavor of industrial and academic partners with the Embedded Systems
Institute (see: The academic partners are Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology,
Twente University and Radboud University Nijmegen.  The carrying industrial partner is OCE, a world-leading manufacturer of professional
printers. The Octopus project aims at improving the adaptability of OCE-printers to changing environment, changing media, changing
customer desiderata and changing printer dynamics (due to wear,  toner contamination, etc.). This project is partly funded by the Dutch
Government. This particular vacancy pertains to the strengthening of the TU Delft team for a period of two years. The TU Delft team is
led by R. Babuska and X.J.A. Bombois and its objective in the Octopus project is to develop control techniques in
order to improve the performance of inkjet printheads.

The ability of inkjet technology to deposit materials with diverse chemical and physical properties on substrate has made it an important
technology for industry. Apart from conventional document printing, Inkjet technology has been successfully applied to the manufacturing
of e.g. solar panels, PCBs and flat-panel displays. A typical drop-on-demand (DoD) inkjet printhead consists of several ink channels in
parallel. Each channel is provided with a piezo-actuator, which on application of a standard actuation voltage pulse can generate pressure
oscillations inside the ink channel to push the ink drop out of the nozzle. The print quality delivered by an inkjet printhead depends on
the properties of the jetted drop, i.e., the drop velocity, the jetting directionality and the drop volume. To meet the challenging
performance requirements posed by new applications, these drop properties have to be tightly controlled.

The performance of the inkjet printhead is limited by two operational issues. The first issue is the residual pressure oscillation. Once
the ink drop is jetted the pressure oscillations inside the ink channel takes several micro-seconds to decay. If the next ink drop is
jetted before settling of these residual oscillations, the resulting drop properties will be different from the ones of the previous drop. 
The second operational issue is the cross-talk. The drop properties through an ink channel are affected when its neighboring channels are
actuated simultaneously.
Given the nonlinear nature of the drop jetting process, a linear parameter varying (LPV) model (and/or a Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy model) can be
considered in order to describe the ink channel dynamics. Robust control techniques based on these models can then be applied to design the
actuation waveform for the piezo actuator.

We are looking for a candidate with a Ph.D. degree in systems and control. Candidates should have good analytical and modeling skills and
excellent communication skills.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: dr. ir. X.J.A. Bombois, tel. +31 15 278 5150,,
Delft University of Technology, DCSC, Mekelweg 2, NL-2628 CD Delft, the Netherlands.

Interested applicants should send their motivational letter and curriculum vitae to: or to Delft University of Technology, Ms. M. de Groot, Faculty 3mE, HR department, Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD, Delft,
The Netherlands. When applying for this position, make sure to mention vacancy number 3ME09-37.
The position stays open and applications can be submitted until a suitable candidate has been found.
More information relating to the application procedure can soon be found on


8.16 Post-Doc: University of Tennessee
Contributed by: Mingjun Zhang,

Two Post-doctoral Research Positions, University of Tennessee

Two post-doctoral research associate positions are available at the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville. One position will be working on dynamics modeling and analysis of viral-tumor-immune system
interactions, and applications for controlled drug delivery.

The other position is jointly sponsored by Dr. Wei He (
and Dr. Mingjun Zhang ( Successful candidates are expected
to work on Bio-inspired Nanoparticle and Nanofiber-enhanced scaffolds for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative

Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree in a relevant field (control theory, mathematics,
bioengineering, materials science, or chemistry).

Interested candidates should send CV and selected publications to and


8.17 Post-Doc: University of Oldenburg
Contributed by: Simon Doclo,

Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Oldenburg

The Signal Processing group at the University of Oldenburg seeks
applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Acoustical Signal Processing
for the initial duration of 2 years, with a salary according to the E14
TV-L scale. After 2 years, a long-term appointment is possible.

We are seeking candidates with a PhD (or equivalent) degree in
electrical engineering, computer science or physics, who have an
excellent research and publication record in the field of acoustics,
signal processing, speech processing and/or auditory perception. A
strong interest in interdisciplinary and application-oriented work,
familiarity with scientific tools and programming languages such as
MATLAB and C, as well as good English language skills are required.

The successful applicant will join a newly established research group,
whose activities center around signal processing for acoustical
applications. More specifically, exciting research topics in the areas
of microphone array processing for speech enhancement and source
localisation, active noise control, acoustic sensor networks and hearing
aid processing are addressed. The Signal Processing group
( has close collaborations with the
Medical Physics group, the Centre for Hearing Research and the
Fraunhofer group for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology.

Apart from conducting cutting-edge research that leads to journal
publications, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to be involved on
a limited scale into teaching activities and supervision of Master and
PhD students.

Applications including a letter of motivation, CV, a list of
publications, a copy of the university diplomas, a copy of 3 major
publications, and contact information of 2-3 possible references should
be sent to

University of Oldenburg
Institute of Physics – Signal Processing Group
Prof. Dr. ir. Simon Doclo
D-26111 Oldenburg

or electronically to Applications will be
considered until 30.11.2009.

The University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunities employer and
explicitly supports applications from female researchers. Handicapped
applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.


8.18 Post-Doc: California Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Richard Murray,

Caltech's Center for the Mathematics of Information (CMI) announces openings in
the CMI Postdoctoral Fellowship program, starting in fall 2010. The CMI is
dedicated to fundamental mathematical research with an eye to the roles of
information and computation throughout science and engineering. Areas of interest
include algorithms, complexity, algorithmic game theory, applied combinatorics,
applied probability, statistics, machine learning, information and coding theory,
control, optimization, networked systems, geometry processing, multiresolution methods,
and molecular programming.

Please apply and have three reference letters sent directly as instructed at  All candidate materials are due by
Friday, December 18, 2009 and reference letters are due by Monday, December 21, 2009.

Positions are contingent upon completion of the PhD. Caltech is an affirmative
action/equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons
are encouraged to apply.


8.19 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne
Contributed by: Erik Weyere,


Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia
The research fellow will work as part of a team of academic staff and  postgraduate students conducting
research in the area of automating large-scale irrigation networks. The team has over a decade of experience
with an industrial partner in this area. The ongoing aim of the broad research program is to develop systems
for automatically managing the demand for and supply of water to yield substantial water-savings, improved
delivery efficiencies and reduced environmental impact. Problems of interest include, supervisory and
hierarchical supply control, demand scheduling, channel control and data-driven modelling.
The research fellow must have a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering,
or equivalent, with particular emphasis on model predictive control and optimisation for large-scale dynamical
systems. Exposure to engineering applications of these ideas is desirable.
The Benefits: Salary: $A 72414 - $A 85990 p.a. (Research Fellow Level B) plus employer superannuation
contributions of 9 percent, salary packaging options and staff training and development opportunities.
Employment Type: This is a full-time (fixed-term) position available for two years.
For further details contact Michael Cantoni (, Peter Dower (
or Erik Weyer (
Position description is available at (search for position no.0022268)Applications
should also be submitted via Closing date 4th of December 2009.Position number: 0022268


8.20 Visiting Position: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Contributed by: Z.P. Jiang,

Short-term research position at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Polytechnic Institute of NYU and NYU Medical School are jointly inviting outstanding applications for a short-term visiting position
in "Emergency Preparedness".
The position is available immediately.
Current PhD students are also encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate is expected to be familiar with, or have basic working knowledge of the following topics:

- Agent-based modeling techniques;
- Theory of epidemics;
- JAVA (not a must).

If interested please direct all inquiries to Professor Jiang at

A resume with a list of publications should be attached to your email.


8.21 Faculty Position: Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Contributed by: Maryline Ouellet,

Faculty Positions in Mechanical Engineering, at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

The Institute of Mechanical Engineering within the School of Engineering at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, is seeking outstanding
tenure-track assistant professors in the broad field of mechanical engineering. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be
considered at a more senior level. In particular, applicants with interest and demonstrated innovative research in the following
areas are encouraged to apply:
- Energy systems: all aspects of sustainable and renewable energy systems including fuel cells, biofuel systems and turbomachinery.
- Theoretical and computational mechanics with emphasis on solid mechanics including soft matter and structural dynamics.
- Dynamics and control, in particular nonlinear dynamical systems, control and optimization of dynamical systems, with possible
application to mechatronic and robotic systems.

The successful applicants are expected to develop an independent and internationally recognized research program and collaborate with
other EPFL research groups as well as Swiss and international academic institutions. Besides providing leadership in research, the
new professors will be required to teach core courses in their discipline at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

EPFL offers internationally competitive salaries, start-up resources and benefits. The Institute of Mechanical Engineering has
outstanding experimental and computational facilities.

Interested individuals should include a résumé with a list of publications, a concise statement of research and teaching interests,
and the names and addresses (including e-mail) of at least five referees. Applications should be uploaded to The deadline for applications is 18 January 2010.

Enquiries may be addressed to:
Prof. John Botsis
Search Committee Chairman
IGM-STI- EPFL, Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

For additional information on EPFL, please consult the web sites:, and

EPFL aims to increase the presence of women amongst its faculty, and qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


8.22 Faculty Position: University of Minnesota
Contributed by: Kim Stelson,

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota invites applications for two openings at the
level of tenure-track assistant professor or untenured associate professor. Other levels of appointment may be considered
in exceptional cases. The Department places higher value on the overall creativity and scholarly originality of the
candidate’s research than on his or her fit into a particular area of mechanical engineering.

The Department has about 40 faculty and grants about 200 Bachelors, 40 Masters and 20 Doctoral Degrees every year.
The candidate’s engineering expertise and documented research activities must demonstrate a strong potential toward
enhancing both the Department’s research and the undergraduate and graduate teaching missions. Successful candidates
are expected to build strong, externally-funded, highly-visible research programs and to become recognized leaders
in their field.

The University of Minnesota is one of only a few comprehensive land-grant universities that are located in the heart
of a major metropolitan area. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is rated among America’s most livable cities and is home
to 19 Fortune 500 companies. More than 4000 companies have been created by alumni and faculty of the University’s
college of engineering and science.

How to Apply:
Applications are being accepted online at Review of applications will
begin immediately and applications will continue to be received until the positions are filled. Applicants may contact
the chair of the search committee at The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity
educator and employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


8.23 Facutly Position: University of Florida
Contributed by: Warren Dixon,

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida is seeking to hire
up to 5 tenured/tenure-track faculty at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor levels. At least
one position is focused on Dynamics, Systems, and Controls (DSC). All areas within DSC will be considered, but an
emphasis in aerospace systems is especially desired. Further details are provided at

8.24 Faculty Position: University of Delaware
Contributed by: Herbert Tanner,

Faculty Positions in Mechanical Engineering (all ranks), University of Delaware

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware invites nominations and applications for three tenure-track
faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor. Highly qualified candidates will be considered at the level of associate
professor or full professor (tenure or tenure-track).

We are interested in candidates in any discipline of Mechanical Engineering but have particular interests in the general areas of
composites, biomedical engineering, clean and sustainable energy, and robotics and control.

Our Center for Composite Materials, which boasts $9M of research funding per year and 240 affiliated faculty, staff, post-docs,
graduate and undergraduate students and interns, provides a forum for materials, manufacturing and nanotechnology research. Biomedical
engineering activities are closely coupled to our Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, which has more than 30 associated faculty
members and many NIH grants, including an $11M NIH Center for Biomedical Research Excellence award. In addition, the interdisciplinary
effort at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute encompasses research, education, and economic development in the life sciences with emphasis
on human health, complex environmental systems and biomaterials. This $120M initiative is housed in a 72,000 sq ft state-of-the-art
biotechnology facility. Sustainable energy activities are closely coupled to our Center for Fuel Cell Research, with research sponsored
by Department of Energy, Federal Transit Administration, the State of Delaware, and industry. The research in Robotics and Controls is
well established and is supported by multiple NSF awards along with ARO, ARL, AFOSR, NIH and NIST.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, or closely related field. Successful candidates are expected to have demonstrated
excellence in innovative research and show the potential for high quality teaching and mentoring. For positions at higher ranks, an
outstanding and internationally recognized research program, along with proven high-quality teaching and mentoring, is required.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests and achievements, and a list of at least four
references to the Mechanical Engineering link at (preferred);
or send by mail to
ME Faculty Search Committee, College of Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716.

Full consideration is guaranteed for applications received before December 1, 2009 (postmarked
before 12/1 for applications sent by regular mail) but the search will continue until the positions are filled. The University of Delaware
is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


8.25 Faculty Position: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach, Florida
Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu,

Department of Physical Sciences – Engineering Physics & Space Physics Programs
Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Building on the strength of our BS and MS programs and anticipating the start of our new PhD in Engineering Physics degree in Fall
2010, we announce several open faculty positions at the Assistant/Associate/Full Professor level.  We are particularly interested in
applicants with the following research strengths: upper atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ space instrumentation, computational
atmospheric dynamics, SPACECRAFT CONTROL SYSTEMS, and SPACECRAFT POWER & THERMAL SYSTEMS.  Applicants should have PhDs in either
engineering or physics and should have a strong desire to teach at the university level.  Successful applicants will be expected to
develop a funded research program in their specialty.  Appointment and compensation will be appropriate to the experience of the
successful applicant.

The Physical Sciences Department administers the BS programs in Engineering Physics and Space Physics, the MS in Engineering Physics,
and the new PhD program in Engineering Physics.  We also provide the foundational science course work for the entire campus.

Applicants should submit: 1. a letter of interest, 2. a full CV, 3. a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, and 4.
contact information for three references.  Screening of applicants will begin immediately, and the search will remain open until all
positions are filled.

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Mahmut Reyhanoglu at 

Please apply referencing IRC31747 for Professor - FT Faculty, IRC31707 Assistant/Associate Professor, IRC31727 Assistant Professor to (preferred), or via email to Embry-Riddle is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes
all applicants.


8.26 Faculty Position: Delft University of Technology
Contributed by: Prof. R. Babuska,

Assistant/Associate Professor Intelligent Control for Robotics, Delft University of Technology

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) at the Delft University of Technology invites applications for the above mentioned
The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) is a merger of three former systems and control groups within Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands: the groups of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics. The Center is currently
composed of 15 academic staff who supervise around 35 PhD students and 30 MSc students. The teaching and research field encompasses
the wide area of modeling, estimation and identification, robust control and optimization of continuous and hybrid dynamical systems.
Applications include, but are not limited to, mechatronics and microsystems, robotics, sustainable industrial processes, transportation
and traffic control, and physical imaging systems. DCSC is responsible for an international MSc program in Systems and Control, and
participates in the BSc and MSc programs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, applied physics and chemical engineering.
Moreover, the group actively participates in the Dutch g!
 raduate school DISC (Dutch Institute of Systems and Control).

The Center is located within the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering of Delft University of Technology, and has
extensive laboratory facilities. It participates in the research activities of the Delft Research Centre on Mechatronics and Microsystems
and the Roboned platform, which has been established to facilitate the collaboration in the area of robotics within the Netherlands.
DCSC maintains cooperative research contacts with many industrial partners. See also DCSC’s website:

• Performing and conducting research in the area of intelligent control and nonlinear control for robotics and mechatronic systems, and
contributing to the international literature in this area;
• Maintaining and extending a research laboratory in robotics;
• Supervision of undergraduate, MSc and PhD students in their research projects;
• Initiating research projects and seeking financial support from research funding agencies (EU, government, industry);
• Contribution to the teaching activities of the group in undergraduate and graduate courses and labs.

The successful candidate has an excellent background in linear and nonlinear systems and control theory, including AI-inspired and
bio-inspired approaches, such as reinforcement learning and other machine-learning methods. He or she is able to conduct research
according to international standards, proven by international publications and a PhD thesis. Additionally, the candidate has substantial
practical experience with the design and development of robotic systems. He/she is able to develop high quality applications of control
in robotics and mechatronic systems, including real-time implementations of design/control strategies in laboratory setups. The candidate
is able to effectively cooperate and communicate with colleagues in related fields, including bio-inspired robotics and computer vision
(Biomechanical Engineering department) and general AI (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at TU Delft,
the University of Amsterdam and other partner!
He/she has a stimulating and cooperative attitude in contacts with students and colleagues and in projects performed in collaboration
with other university groups and/or industrial partners. International applicants must be willing to acquire a working knowledge of the
Dutch language.

Information on this position can be obtained from:
Prof. Robert Babuska,,
Prof. Paul Van den Hof,

Interested applicants should send their resume, including names of three professional referees, copies of three significant publications,
a personal research statement, and a personal teaching statement before November 15, 2009, to: or to Delft
University of Technology, Ms. M. de Groot, Faculty 3mE, HR department, Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD, Delft, The Netherlands. When applying for
this position, make sure to mention vacancy number 3ME09-32.


8.27 Faculty Position: Peking University
Contributed by: Guangming Xie, xiegming@pku,

Faculty Positions at Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Peking University

Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) is the first national university in Chinese modern history, with a high reputation in and
outside China (More information about the university can be found at: The Department of Industrial Engineering and
Management, at College of Engineering, Peking University, invites applicants for full-time faculty positions at assistant/associate/full
professor ranks. The successful candidates should meet the following qualifications:

-        Ph.D. degree in Control, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Systems or Industrial Engineering
-        Applications are particularly sought from individuals who have knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:
Systems and Control, Game Theory, Complex Networks, Operations Research, Multi-agent Systems, Robotics, Process Automation, Engineering
-        Demonstrated excellent research and teaching abilities

Benefit: We offer highly competitive salary and start-up package.

Application Procedure:
To ensure full consideration, candidates should submit by email 1. Extended Curriculum Vitae (with complete list of publications),
2. Statement of research interests, 3. Statement of teaching philosophy, 4. Selected reprints of recent papers, and 5. The names and
full contact information of at least three references. Please send application to:

Ms. Liu Wen
College of Engineering, Yan-Nan Yuan #60,
Peking University, Beijing, China 100871,
Phone: 86-10-62756992,

Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.