November 2010

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 266
November 2010

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 AACC Awards Nominations

2. Honors and Awards
2.1 Achievement Certificate for Professor Arthor Krener
2.2 W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize

3. Misc
3.1 Change of Address: Qing-Chang Zhong

4. Books
4.1 Stability and Stabilization: An Introduction

4.2 Algorithms for Reinforcement Learning
4.3 Active Control of Flexible Structures: From Modelling to Implementation

5. Journals

5.1 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
5.2 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
5.3 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
5.4 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
5.5 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
5.6 Contents: Automatica
5.7 Contents: TWMS journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
5.8 Contents: Automatica
5.9 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
5.10 Contents: Automatica
5.11 Contents: Control Engineering of China
5.12 CFP: Control Engineering Practice
5.13 CFP: International Journal of Innovational Computing and Information Control
5.14 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
5.15 CFP: Applied and Computational Mathematics

6. Conferences

6.1 ASCC 2011
6.2 Multi-Conference on Systems and Control
6.3 IEEE ICIEA 2011
6.4 18th International Conference on Process Control
6.5 5th IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM)
6.6 2011 International Conference on Communications, Computing and Control Applications

6.7 23rd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems

7.  Workshops
7.1 Workshop on Stochastic Systems Biology
7.2 CDC 2010 Pre-Conference Workshop: Half-Century’s Excellence in Systems and Control Engineering

8.  Positions
8.1 PhD: Delft University of Technology
8.2 PhD: University of Twente, Netherlands
8.3 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
8.4 PhD: Carnegie Mellon University
8.5 PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia
8.6 PhD: A&M University, Houston, TX
8.7 PhD/Post-Doc: Tel Aviv University
8.8 PhD/Post-Doc: Tel Aviv University
8.9 Post-Doc: University of Pretoria, South Africa
8.10 Post-Doc: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
8.11 Post-Doc: Robotics Laboratory of UCF
8.12 Post-Doc: Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
8.13 Post-Doc: Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
8.14 Post-Doc: University of California San Diego
8.15 Post-Doc: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
8.16 Faculty: Lehigh University
8.17  Faculty: University of Minnesota
8.18  Faculty: École Polytechnique de Montréal
8.19 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
8.20 Faculty: Univesity of Central Florida
8.21 Faculty: Yale University
8.22 Faculty: Wayne State University
8.23 Faculty: University of New Mexico
8.24 Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

8.25  Research Associate: University of Cambridge


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 AACC Awards Nominations
Contributed by: Pradeep misra,

2011 AACC Awards Nominations
Deadline: November 1, 2010

Nominations for the five AACC (American Automatic Control Council) awards
for 2011 are now being solicited. The awards consist of a certificate and an
honorarium, and they will be presented at the Awards Luncheon during the 2011
ACC to be held in San Francisco, CA. Nomination packages should be prepared in
accordance with the AACC Award Nomination Forms. Please convert the form and
any supporting documentation in PDF files and combine all files into a single
zip archive. The nomination package is due by November 1, 2010. It should
be sent via email to:

**** Nomination Forms may be downloaded from links given below ****

The awards are described as follows:

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

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

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

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

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


2. Honors and Awards

2.1 Achievement Certificate for Professor Arthor Krener
Contributed by: S. Xia,

Professor Arthor Krener was awarded an "Achievement Certificate" at the 8th
IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems (NOLCOS 10), Bologna, Italy,
September 1-3 2010, by the IFAC Technical Committee of Nonlinear Systems.
This award is made to an individual for the excellency in scientific merits
and services to this community, on the occasion of NOLCOS which is held
every three years.

Arthur Krener is a mathematician whose research interests are in developing
methods for the control and estimation of nonlinear dynamical systems and
stochastic processes. In 1971 he received the PhD in Mathematics from the
University of California, Berkeley and joined the faculty of the University
of California, Davis. He retired from UCD in 2006 as a Distinguished Professor
of Mathematics and he currently is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the
Naval Postgraduate School. He has also held visiting positions at Harvard
University, Imperial College, NASA Ames Research Center, the University of
California, Berkeley, the University of Paris, the University of Maryland,
the University of Padua and North Carolina State University.

The Achievement Certificate adds to the long list of awards and honors of
Professor Krener. These include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002,
a Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute University Fellow
in 2004, the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize from SIAM “for fundamental contributions
to the control and estimation of nonlinear dynamical systems and stochastic
processes” and the IEEE Control System Society Bode Prize Lecture in 2006.
A Symposium on New Trends in Nonlinear Dynamics and Control and Their Applications
was held at the Naval Postgraduate School, October 18-19, 2002 in conjunction
with his 60th birthday.


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

Call for Nominations - W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize - deadline November 15

SIAM will award the W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize during ICIAM 2011, July 18-22,
in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Nominations, including a description of achievement(s), should be addressed
to W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize Committee and sent by November 15, 2010, to
J. M. Littleton at Inquiries should be addressed to The complete call for nominations can be found at

SIAM awards the Reid Prize 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.

The prize will be awarded at the joint SIAM/CAIMS/MITACS Prizes and Awards
Luncheon to be held at ICIAM 2011. It consists of an engraved medal and a
$10,000 cash prize. The recipient will be requested to present a lecture
at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT11), July 25-27,
2011, in Baltimore, Maryland. SIAM will reimburse travel expenses for the
recipient to attend the meeting and to give the lecture.


3. Misc

3.1 Change of Address: Qing-Chang Zhong
Contributed by: Qing-Chang Zhong,

Change of address:

I have recently moved to Loughborough University, UK to take up a Chair in
Control Engineering. My new contact details are:

Qing-Chang Zhong, FIET, SMIEEE
Professor of Control Engineering
Head of Control and Reliability Group
Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Eng.
Loughborough University
Leicestershire LE11 3TU
Tel +44 (0)1509 227223
Fax +44 (0)1509 227275

Email: Q.Zhong at


4. Books

4.1 Stability and Stabilization: An Introduction
Contributed by: William J. Terrell,

Stability and Stabilization: An Introduction
William J. Terrell
Princeton University Press, 2009

Stability and Stabilization is the first intermediate-level textbook that covers
stability and stabilization of equilibria for both linear and nonlinear time-
invariant systems of ordinary differential equations. Designed for advanced
undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the sciences, engineering,
and mathematics, the book takes a unique modern approach that bridges the gap
between linear and nonlinear systems. Major features include:

1. Focuses on stability and feedback stabilization
2. Bridges the gap between linear and nonlinear systems for advanced undergraduates
   and beginning graduate students
3. Balances coverage of linear and nonlinear systems
4. Covers cascade systems
5. Includes many examples and exercises
6. Includes hints and solutions for selected exercises

The book presents stability and stabilization of equilibria as a core problem
of mathematical control theory, and emphasizes the mathematical coherence and
unity of the subject. It introduces and develops many of the core concepts of
mathematical control theory. After an introductory chapter and a chapter on
mathematical background from differential equations and linear algebra, there
are five chapters that present the full framework of basic linear state-space
theory, providing enough detail to prepare students for the material on nonlinear
systems in chapters 8-16. There is a short final chapter on further reading, and
appendices on basic analysis, ordinary differential equations, manifolds and the
Frobenius theorem, and comparison functions and their use in differential equations.


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Mathematical Background
Chapter 3. Linear Systems and Stability
Chapter 4. Controllability of Linear Time Invariant Systems
Chapter 5. Observability and Duality
Chapter 6. Stabilizability of LTI Systems
Chapter 7. Detectability and Duality
Chapter 8. Stability Theory
Chapter 9. Cascade Systems
Chapter 10. Center Manifold Theory
Chapter 11. Zero Dynamics
Chapter 12. Feedback Linearization of Single-Input Nonlinear Systems
Chapter 13. An Introduction to Damping Control
Chapter 14. Passivity
Chapter 15. Partially Linear Cascade Systems
Chapter 16. Input-to-State Stability
Chapter 17. Some Further Reading
Appendices: A Notation, B Analysis in R and R^n, C Ordinary Differential Equations,
D Manifolds and the Preimage Theorem, Distributions and the Frobenius Theorem,
E Comparison Functions and a Comparison Lemma, F Hints and Solutions for Selected Exercises

For more information on the book please visit


4.2 Algorithms for Reinforcement Learning
Contributed by: Csaba Szepesvari,

The following new book from Morgan & Claypool Publishers is available:

Algorithms for Reinforcement Learning by Csaba Szepesvári, University of Alberta
ISBN: 1608454924 / 9781608454921
Publication Date: July 2010
List Price: $35.00 / ?19.99

Reinforcement learning is a learning paradigm concerned with learning to control
a system so as to maximize a numerical performance measure that expresses a long-term
objective. What distinguishes reinforcement learning from supervised learning is
that only partial feedback is given to the learner about the learner's predictions.
Further, the predictions may have long term effects through influencing the
future state of the controlled system. Thus, time plays a special role. The
goal in reinforcement learning is to develop efficient learning algorithms,
as well as to understand the algorithms' merits and limitations. Reinforcement
learning is of great interest because of the large number of practical
applications that it can be used to address, ranging from problems in artificial
intelligence to operations research or control engineering. In this book, we
focus on those algorithms of reinforcement learning that build on the powerful
theory of dynamic programming. We give a fa irly comprehensive catalog of
learning problems, describe the core ideas, note a large number of state of
the art algorithms, followed by the discussion of their theoretical properties
and limitations.

Contents: Markov Decision Processes / Value Prediction Problems /
Control / For Further Exploration

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that have licensed the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer
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This book can also be purchased in paperback format directly from the Morgan
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4.3 Active Control of Flexible Structures: From Modelling to Implementation
Contributed by: Charlotte Cross,

Active Control of Flexible Structures: From Modelling to Implementation.

Cavallo, A., Maria, G. de, Natale, C., Pirozzi, S.

1st Edition., 2010, XIV, 195 p. 40 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-84996-280-3

Active Control of Flexible Structures deals with vibration control for large-
scale flexible structures which are, or may be, subject to a broadband primary
vibration field. The authors present a complete rationale for solving problems
of vibration, from experimental structural characterization to controller
implementation. In reaching this objective they address the following steps:

• experimental identification of the dynamic model of the structure;
• optimal placement of sensors and actuators;
• formulation of control constraints in terms of controller frequency response
  shape, based on the specification and characteristics of sensors and actuators;
• controller design and simulation; and
• controller implementation and rapid prototyping.

The experimental identification procedure is based on a gray-box approach tailored
to the estimation of modal parameters of large-scale flexible structures. The
actuator/sensor placement algorithm maximizes a modal controllability index so
as to improve the effectiveness of the control action. Taking into account the
physical limitations of sensors and actuators, the controller is chosen as a
stable, band-pass MIMO system resulting from the closed-form solution of a
robust control problem. The closed-form solution is particularly attractive
for large-scale control systems, overcoming possible numerical problems caused
by ill-conditioned solutions. Experimental results on an aeronautical stiffened
skin panel are presented using rapid-prototyping hardware.

Adaptive Control of Flexible Structures will be of interest to academics and
practising engineers working on vibration-reduction problems in aerospace and
other transportation environments; to civil engineers concerned with seismic
vibration in buildings; and to graduate students taking courses in mechanical,
aeronautical and control engineering, particularly when involved with smart
structures and actuators.

Table of Contents:
Introduction.- Modeling of Flexible Structures.- Identification of Flexible
Structures.- Active Control of Flexible Structures.- Implementation Issues.-
Experimental Results.- Appendix.


5. Journals

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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.12, No.5 September, 2010

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Approximation and Complexity Trade-off by TP Model Transformation in
Controller Design: a Case Study of the TORA system
Authors: Zoltan Petres, Peter Baranyi, and Hideki Hashimoto

2. Paper Title: Fault Tolerant Control Design via Hybrid Petri Nets
Authors: Hao Yang, Bin Jiang, Vincent Cocquempot, and Peng Shi

3. Paper Title: Optimal Control of Fuel Processing System Using Generalized Linear
Quadratic Gaussian and Loop Transfer Recovery Method
Authors: Huan-Liang Tsai and Jium-Ming Lin

4. Paper Title: Identification Based Adaptive Iterative Learning Controller
Authors: Suhail Ashraf, Ejaz Muhammad, and Amin Al-Habaibeh

5. Paper Title: Structural Design of Composite Nonlinear Feedback Control for Linear
Systems with Actuator Constraint
Authors: Weiyao Lan and Dan Wang

6. Paper Title: Online Identification of Nonlinear Multivariable Processes Using
Self-Generating RBF Neural Networks
Authors: Karim Salahshoor and Amin Sabet Kamalabady

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Vector Control for Induction Motor Drives Based on Adaptive Variable
Structure Control Algorithm
Authors: Oscar Barambones and Patxi Alkorta

2. Paper Title: Exact Controllability of Wave Equations with Variable Coefficients
Coupled in Parallel
Authors: Jieqiong Wu, Shengjia Li, and Shugen Chai

3. Paper Title: Disturbance Decoupled Fault Reconstruction Using Sliding Mode Observers
Authors: Kok Yew Ng, Chee Pin Tan, Rini Akmeliawati, and Christopher Edwards

4. Paper Title: Delay-Dependent Robust H2/H-infinity Control for Time-Delay Systems with
Polytopic Uncertainty
Authors: Man Sun and Yingmin Jia


5.2 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
Contributed by: Mingcong Deng,

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, vol. 2, no. 4, 2010
The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:

Special Issue on Networking, Sensing and Control:
pp. 217-218

Hydrogen gas diffusion imaging using multiple FET type gas sensors
T. Kiwa, T. Yamaguchi, K. Tsubota, W. Naruyama, H. Yamada, K. Tsukada
pp. 219-224

Adaptive control scheme achieving smooth control input in the presence of input saturation
Natsuki Takagi, Masahiro Oya, Toshihiro Kobayashi, Qiang Wang
pp. 225-235

Road edge recognition for mobile robot using laser range finder
Hongbo Wang, Zhengwei Hu, Hongnian Yu
pp. 236-245

Body-conducted speech retrieval from a noisy environment using differential acceleration
Shunsuke Ishimitsu, Masashi Nakayama, Seiji Nakagawa
pp. 246-253

Wireless manual control for human adaptive mechatronics
Kalevi Tervo, Maurizio Bocca, Lasse M. Eriksson, Aino Manninen
pp. 254-270

Additional papers:

Mechatronic design and control of a planar cooperative robot
Rahul Maheshwari, Rahul Gupta, Rachit Jaiwant, Haresh Patolia, P.M. Pathak, S.C. Jain
pp. 271-280

Behaviour based planning and control of leader follower formations in wheeled mobile robots
R.M. Kuppan Chetty, M. Singaperumal, T. Nagarajan
pp. 281-296


5.3 Contents: Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
Contributed by: Mingcong Deng,

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, vol. 2, no. 3, 2010
The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:

Special Issue on Fuzzy Neural Control for Mechatronic Systems:
pp. 139-140

Fuzzy-neural control theory applied to task-oriented proactive seamless migration
De-gan Zhang, Huai-bin Wang
pp. 141-147

Adaptive NN control of a class second-order non-linear systems with unknown
dead zones
Min Yu, Shaojun Li, Hongbin Du
pp. 148-153

Optimal operation control of the raw slurry blending process using the case-
based reasoning and neural network
Bai Rui, Shao-cheng Tong, Jian Zhang, Tian-you Chai
pp. 154-163

Recurrent neural network model for reheating furnace based on sequential
learning with unscented Kalman filter
Ying-Xin Liao, Jin-Hua She, Min Wu
pp. 164-173

Magnetostrictive micropositioning device with fuzzy-neural-based controller
Juan C. Campos Rubio, Jaime G. Duduch
pp. 174-181

Non-linear model predictive control based on neural network model with
modified differential evolution adapting weights
A.M. An, X.H. Hao, H.Y. Su, Q. Wang
pp. 182-191

Perception neural network versus fuzzy neural network for controlling
the inverted pendulum
Mohamed A. Belal
pp. 192-203

Design of optimal MLP and RBF neural network classifier for fault diagnosis
of three phase induction motor
V.N. Ghate, S.V. Dudul
pp. 204-216


5.4 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Ben Cronin,

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing:
Volume 29, Issue 5

Table of Contents:

* H-infinity Control with Limited Communication for Networked Control Systems \ Yafeng Guo & Shaoyuan Li

* CMOS Readout Circuit with New Background Suppression Technique for Room-Temperature
  Infrared FPA Applications \ X. Y. Li, S. Y. Yao & Y. Q. Zhao

* Stability of Nonlinear Networked Control System with Uncertainties \ Yingwei
  Zhang, Xue Chen & Qingfeng Meng

* Dynamic Resource Allocation for Downlink Multiuser MIMO-OFDMA/SDMA Systems \
  Chongxian Zhong, Luxi Yang & Mingli You

* Mixed-Mode Oscillations in a Modified Chua’s Circuit \ Wieslaw Marszalek & Zdzislaw Trzaska

* Adaptive Variable Structure Control for Uncertain Switched Delay Systems \ Jie Lian & Jun Zhao

* An Approach to Intra-Pulse Modulation Recognition Based on the Ambiguity Function
  \ Deguo Zeng, Hui Xiong, Jun Wang & Bin Tang

* A High-Transconductance Voltage-to-Current Converter Design \ M. Mathew, K. Hayatleh & B. L. Hart

* Bilateral Laplace Transforms on Time Scales: Convergence, Convolution, and the
  Characterization of Stationary Stochastic Time Series \ John M. Davis, Ian A. Gravagne & Robert J. Marks

* Multiple Input Single Output Universal Biquad Filter with Current Feedback
  Operational Amplifiers \ S. Nikoloudis & C. Psychalinos

* New CCII and ICCII Based Realizations of L-C and L-R Mutators \ Ahmed M. Soliman

* Hybrid Architecture and VLSI Implementation of the Cosine–Fourier–Haar Transforms
  \ Khan A. Wahid, M. A. Islam, Samia S. Shimu, Moon Ho Lee & Seok-Bum Ko

* An Adaptive Multiuser Detection Algorithm for CDMA Systems Using Antenna Diversity
  \ K.-L. Du & M. N. S. Swamy

* Wide-Dynamic-Range and High-Sensitivity Current-to-Voltage Converters \ Chunyan Wang

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Recent Special Issue:

Volume 29, Issue 1 (January, 2010): Special Issue on Low-Power Digital Filter Design
Techniques and Their Applications


5.5 Contents: control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Thomas Meurer,

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 18
Issue 10
October 2010

Editorial Board, Page IFC

E.A. Tannuri, A.C. Agostinho, H.M. Morishita, L. Moratelli Jr, Dynamic positioning
systems: An experimental analysis of sliding mode control, Pages 1121-1132

Linda Brus, Darine Zambrano, Black-box identification of solar collector dynamics
with variant time delay, Pages 1133-1146

Toni Barjas Blanco, Patrick Willems, Po-Kuan Chiang, Niels Haverbeke, Jean
Berlamont, Bart De Moor, Flood regulation using nonlinear model predictive control,
Pages 1147-1157

Liuping Wang, Chris T. Freeman, Eric Rogers, David H. Owens, Experimentally
validated continuous-time repetitive control of non-minimum phase plants with
a prescribed degree of stability, Pages 1158-1165

Ilhwan Kim, Nobuaki Nakazawa, Sungsoo Kim, Chanwon Park, Chansu Yu, Compensation
of torque ripple in high performance BLDC motor drives, Pages 1166-1172

Ah-Lam Lee, Jung-Han Kim, 3-Dimensional pose sensor algorithm for humanoid robot,
Pages 1173-1182

J. Henriques, P. Gil, A. Cardoso, P. Carvalho, A. Dourado, Adaptive neural output
regulation control of a solar power plant, Pages 1183-1196

T. Raghunathan, D. Ghose, An online-implementable differential evolution tuned
all-aspect guidance law, Pages 1197-1210

Gang Li, S. Joe Qin, Yindong Ji, Donghua Zhou, Reconstruction based fault
prognosis for continuous processes, Pages 1211-1219

N. Guelton, A. Lerouge, Coating weight control on ArcelorMittal's galvanizing
line at Florange Works, Pages 1220-1229


5.6 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 46 (2010), Issue 10 (October)

Regular Papers

Stochastic consensus over noisy networks with Markovian and arbitrary switches
Minyi Huang, Subhrakanti Dey, Girish Nair, Jonathan H. Manton

Controller synthesis for networked control systems
Marieke Cloosterman, Laurentiu Hetel, Nathan Van De Wouw, Maurice Heemels, Jamal Daafouz,
Hendrik Nijmeijer

Representation and identification of nonparametric nonlinear systems of short term memory
and low degree of interactions
Er-Wei Bai, Roberto Tempo

A comparison between LQR control for a long string of SISO systems and LQR control of the
infinite spatially invariant version
Ruth F. Curtain, Orest V. Iftime, Hans Zwart

Recovering the initial state of an infinite-dimensional system using observers
Karim RAMDANI, M. Tucsnak, George Weiss

Optimization of a nonlinear area traffic control system with elastic demand
Suh-Wen Chiou

Statistical control of control-affine nonlinear systems with nonquadratic cost functions:
HJB and verification theorems
Chang-Hee Won, Ronald Diersing, Bei Kang

A small-gain condition for iISS of interconnected retarded systems based on Lyapunov-Krasovskii
Hiroshi Ito, Pierdomenico Pepe, Zhong-Ping Jiang

Change-point monitoring for online stochastic approximations
Kim Levy, Felisa J. Vázquez-Abad

Brief Papers

Two nonlinear optimization methods for black box identification compared
Anne Van Mulders, Johan Schoukens, Marnix Volckaert, Moritz Diehl

Distributed H-infinity-consensus filtering in sensor networks with multiple
missing measurements: The finite-horizon case
Bo Shen, Zidong Wang, Yeung Sam Hung

A filter for a state space model with fractional Gaussian noise
Robert Elliott, Jia Deng

Stabilization of Markov jump linear systems using quantized state feedback
Nan Xiao, Lihua Xie, Minyue Fu

Adaptive dynamic surface control for linear multivariable systems
Chenliang Wang, Yan Lin

On observability of nonlinear steady-state generators
Zhiyong Chen

Explicit use of probabilistic distributions in linear predictive control
Basil Kouvaritakis, Mark Cannon, Sasa V. Rakovic, Qifeng Cheng

Lyapunov matrices: Existence and uniqueness issues
Vladimir Kharitonov

Pseudo state feedback stabilization of commensurate fractional order systems
Christophe Farges, Mathieu Moze, Jocelyn Sabatier

Technical Communiques

A note on state and parameter estimation in a Van der Pol oscillator
Gildas Besancon, Alina Voda-Besancon, Guillaume Jouffroy

Remarks on output feedback stabilization of two-species chemostat models
Frederic Mazenc, Michael Malisoff


5.7 Contents: TWMS journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Contributed by:

TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol.1, No.2, 2010
ISSN 2076-2585

1. LC Slant Helix on Hypersurfaces in Minkowski Space
Siddika Özkaldi, Ismail Gök, Yusuf Yayli, H. Hilmi Hacisalihoglu

2. Dynamical (Time-Harmonic) Axisymmetric Stress Field in the Pre-Stretched
Non- Linear Elastic Bi-Layered Slab Resting on the Rigid Foundation

3. The Classification of 4-Dimensional P-adic Filiform Leibniz Algebras
Sh.A. Ayupov, T.K. Kurbanbaev

4.Generalization of Some Determinantal Identities for Non-Square Matrices
Based on Radic's Definition
Ali Amiri, Mahmood Fathy, Morteza Bayat

5. Adaptive Hybrid Finite Element/Difference Method for Maxwell’s Equations
L. Beilina, Marcus J.Grote

6. Optimality Conditions for Degenerate Inequality Constrained
Optimization Problems
O. Brezhneva, A. Tret’yakov

7. On an Nonnegative Solutions of the Heat Equation with a Singular Potential
in the Conical Domain

8. Non-Polynomial Approximations for the Solution of Singularly-Perturbed
Boundary Value Problems
J. Rashidinia, R. Mohammadi

9. A Note on Self Similar Vector Fields in Plane Symmetric Static Space-Times
Ghulam Shabbir, Suhail Khan

10. On Basicity of a System of Exponents with Degenerating Coefficients
S.G. Veliyev, A.R. Safarova

11. Book Review
M.Dj.Mardanov "Investigation of Optimal Processes with Delay in the
Presence of Constraints"
Reviewed by R.Gabasov

12. Announcements


5.8 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 46 (2010), Issue 11 (November)

Regular Papers

Robust H-infinity finite-horizon filtering with randomly occurred nonlinearities
and quantization effects
Bo Shen, Zidong Wang, Huisheng Shu, Guoliang Wei

Unbalance estimation using linear and nonlinear regression
Peter Naucler, Torsten Soderstrom

Conditions for stabilization of the tokamak plasma vertical instability using
only a massless plasma analysis
J. William Helton, Kevin McGown, Michael Walker

Direct data-driven filter design for uncertain LTI systems with bounded noise
Mario Milanese, Fredy Ruiz, Michele Taragna

Brief Papers

Minimax state estimation for linear discrete-time differential-algebraic equations
Sergey Zhuk

Small-gain control method for stochastic nonlinear systems with stochastic iISS
inverse dynamics
Xin Yu, Xue-Jun Xie, Na Duan

A new concept of strong controllability via the Schur complement for ARX models
in adaptive tracking
Bernard Bercu, Victor Vazquez

Stability and H-2 objective characterizations in control: A comparative study
Kwan Ho Lee, Joon Hwa Lee

Sensor control for multi-object state-space estimation using random finite sets
Branko Ristic, Ba-Ngu Vo

Backstepping design for global stabilization of switched nonlinear systems in
lower triangular form under arbitrary switchings
Ruicheng Ma, Jun Zhao

On the geometric and dynamic structures of the H-2 optimal and H-infinity
central controllers
Po-Feng Wu, Chee-Fai Yung

Observer forms for perspective systems
Ola Dahl, Yebin Wang, Alan Francis Lynch, Anders Heyden

Design of highly-synchronizable and robust networks
Ernesto Estrada, Silvia Gago, Gilles Caporossi

A unified framework for the numerical solution of optimal control problems
using pseudospectral methods
Divya Garg, Michael Patterson, William Hager, Anil Rao, David Benson, Geoffrey Huntington

Fault-tolerant control for a class of nonlinear sampled-data systems via Euler
approximate observer
Zehui Mao, Bin Jiang, Peng Shi

Insensitive H-infinity filter design for continuous-time systems with respect
to filter coefficient variations
Guang-Hong Yang, Xiang-Gui Guo

A maximum-likelihood Kalman filter for switching discrete-time linear systems
Angelo Alessandri, Marco Baglietto, Giorgio Battistelli

Power-shaping control of reaction systems: The CSTR case
Audrey Favache, Denis Dochain

Passive position error correction in internet-based teleoperation
Alejandro Fernández Villaverde, Antonio Barreiro, José Cesáreo Raimúndez

Convergence of the iterative algorithm for a general Hammerstein system identification
Er-Wei Bai, Kang Li

Componentwise ultimate bound and invariant set computation for switched linear systems
Hernan Haimovich, Maria Seron

Stabilization of linear strict-feedback systems with delayed integrators
Nikolaos Bekiaris-Liberis, Miroslav Krstic

Technical Communiques

Stability analysis for linear systems with input backlash through sufficient LMI conditions
Sophie Tarbouriech, Christophe Prieur, Isabelle Queinnec

Quasi-continuous HOSM control for systems with unmatched perturbations
Antonio Estrada, Leonid M. Fridman

A line search improvement of efficient MPC
Basil Kouvaritakis, Shuang Li, Mark Cannon

Correspondence Items

Comments on "Modified criterion for global asymptotic stability of fixed-point
state-space digital filters using two’s complement arithmetic" [Automatica 46 (2010), 475-478]

Author's Reply to "Comments on "Modified criterion for global asymptotic stability
of fixed-point state-space digital filters using two’s complement arithmetic"
[Automatica 46 (2010), 475-478]"
Vimal Singh

Comments on "State estimation for linear systems with state equality constraints"
[Automatica 43 (2007), 1363-1368]
Tianshi Chen

Authors' reply to "Comments on "State estimation for linear systems with state
equality constraints" [Automatica 43 (2007), 1363-1368]"
Sangho Ko, Robert Bitmead


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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.12, No.6 November, 2010

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Intelligent Predictive Control of a Model Helicopter's Yaw Angle
Authors: Morteza Mohammadzaheri and Lei Chen

2. Paper Title: Neural-Network-Based Predictive Controller Design: An Application to
Temperature Control of a Plastic Injection Molding Process
Authors: Chi-Huang Lu, Ching-Chih Tsai, Chi-Ming Liu, and Yuan-Hai Charng

3. Paper Title: Constrained Multivariable Stable Predictive Control Based on Toeplitz
Authors: Bin Liu, Hongye Su, Zheng Jiang, and Kangling Fang

4. Paper Title: Delay-Range-Dependent H? Control for Markovian Jump Systems with
Mode-Dependent Time Delays
Authors: Guoliang Wang, Qingling Zhang, and Victor Sreeram

5. Paper Title: Deterministic Learning and Nonlinear Observer Design
Authors: Cong Wang and David J. Hill

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: State Estimation for Multi-Channel Stochastic Singular Systems with
Multiplicative Noise
Authors: Dongsheng Chu, Shouwan Gao, and Lina Guo

2. Paper Title: Delay-dependent Robust Stabilization for Uncertain Singular Systems
with Multiple Time-varying State Delays
Authors: Lili Liu, Qingling Zhang, and Zhaoping Du

3. Paper Title: Robust Stability Criteria for Uncertain Neutral System with Interval
Time Varying Discrete Delay
Authors: LiangDong Guo, Hong Gu, DaQing Zhang


5.10 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 46 (2010), Issue 9 (September)

Regular Papers

A new algorithm for solving convex parametric quadratic programs based on graphical
derivatives of solution mappings
Panagiotis Patrinos, Haralambos Sarimveis

Stabilization of sets with application to multi-vehicle coordinated motion
Sergey G. Nersesov, Parham Ghorbanian, Amir Aghdam

Stabilization of a chemostat model with Haldane growth functions and a delay
in the measurements
Frederic Mazenc, Michael Malisoff

Globally optimal flight path update with adding or removing out-of-sequence measurements
Xiaojing Shen, Yingting Luo, Yunmin Zhu, Enbin Song, Zhisheng You

Brief Papers

Stochastic source seeking for nonholonomic unicycle
Shujun Liu, Miroslav Krstic

Virtual motion camouflage based phantom track generation through cooperative
electronic combat air vehicles
Yunjun Xu, Basset Gareth

When is the discretization of a spatially distributed system good enough for control?
Bryn LI. Jones, Eric C. Kerrigan

Offset-free reference tracking with model predictive control
Urban Maeder, Manfred Morari

Modal and transition dwell time computation in switching systems: A
set-theoretic approach
Franco Blanchini, Daniele Casagrande, Stefano Miani

An adaptive high-gain observer for nonlinear systems
Nicolas Boizot, Eric Busvelle, Jean-Paul Gauthier

Abstraction-based verification of codiagnosability for discrete event systems
Klaus Schmidt

Towards the optimal control of Markov chains with constraints
Boris Miller, Gregory Miller, Konstantin V. Siemenikhin

Output feedback strict passivity of discrete-time nonlinear systems and
adaptive control system design with a PFC
Ikuro Mizumoto, Satoshi Ohdaira, Zenta Iwai

Reliable supervisory control for general architecture of decentralized
discrete event systems
Fuchun Liu, Hai Lin

Constrained robust model predictive control via parameter-dependent
dynamic output feedback
Baocang Ding

Output feedback pole placement for linear time-varying systems with
application to the control of nonlinear systems
bogdan marinescu

Fault detection for discrete event systems using Petri nets with
unobservable transitions
Maria Paola Cabasino, Alessandro Giua, Carla Seatzu

Convex relaxations for mixed integer predictive control
Daniel Axehill, Lieven Vandenberghe, Anders Hansson

Min-max optimal data encoding and fusion in sensor networks
Gleb Zherlitsyn, Alexey S. Matveev

Technical Communiques

Near optimal control for a class of stochastic hybrid systems
Chunyue Song, Ping Li

Input-output finite-time stabilization of linear systems
Francesco Amato, Roberto Ambrosino, Carlo Cosentino, Gianmaria De Tommasi

Periodic compensation of a class of decentralized systems with fixed modes
Arun Ghosh, Sarit K. Das

Correspondence Items

Comments on "Distributed nonlinear control algorithms for network consensus"
Xiwei Liu

Author's reply to "Comments on 'Distributed nonlinear control algorithms
for network consensus'"
Qing Hui, Wassim M. Haddad


5.11 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 2010

Present Status and Future Developments of Detection Method for Mill Load
TANG Jian, ZHAO Li-jie, YUE Heng, CHAI Tian-you

Design of Internal Model Decoupling Control for Multi-variable System
JIN Qi-bing , SUN Xiao-tian?ZHANG Yao, WANG Zai-fu, REN Shi-bing

Model Validation of PID Control Loop Based on Correlation Analysis
XUE Mei-sheng, BAI Dong-jin, ZHANG Yi, HE Dan-yu

Robust Dynamic Inversion Control for Cargo Extraction during Airdrop at Super Low Attitude
FENG Yan-li, SHI Zhong-ke

Robust Stabilization of Uncertain Time-delay Singular Bilinear Systems
ZHANG Xiu-hua WANG Juan LIU Shao-ting

Design of Robust Controller for Neutral Systems with Uncertain Nonlinear Perturbations
ZHAO Zhong-hua, WANG Yan-qing ,YANG Zhan-min

Algorithm of Discrete-time Sliding Mode Control Based on TD Filter
SUN Biao, SUN Xiu-xia

An H-infinity Control Approach for Rudder / Fin Roll Stabilization
LIU Yan-wen, MIAO Qiu-yan, LIU Sheng, Gao Zhen-guo

Brushless DC Motor Control System Based on Variable Universe Fuzzy Control
LI Hong-wei

On Decoupling Control Strategy of Permanent Magnet Bearingless Motor
HUANG Shou-dao , GUAN Xiao-wen, SHE Feng

Identification of Ultrasonic Motors Based on Neural Networks
DUAN Meng-fan, TAN Yong-hong

Small Infrared Target Detection Based on Artificial Neural Network
JIAO Jian-bin, YANG Shu, LIU Feng

On Inverted Pendulum Swing Up Control Based On Genetic Algorithm
LIU Bai-yan, ZENG Yong

Robust Control for a Class of Uncertain Switched Fuzzy Tine-delay System

Robust Control for a Class of T-S Fuzzy Systems with Interval Time-varying Delay
WANG Tian-cheng, LIU Xiao-mei, LI Sheng-tao

An Improved Design Method of Three-dimensional Fuzzy Control
HAN Zhi-gang, SHEN Yong

Face Recognition Using Wavelet Packet Re-constructed Coefficient Matrix and Improved SVD
CUI Fa-yi?ZHENG De-zhong

Application of Fuzzy Rough Set Theory to Sample Normalization
PANG Qing-le

Parallel Tasks Matching and Scheduling Based on Adaptive Genetic Algorithms
WANG Zi-yun, LI Yan-sheng

Design of Multi-functional Wireless Gateway based on GPRS
YANG Jiang,WU Zhi- qiang, CHEN Qiong

Design of Control System for Diverse Glass Grinding Device
ZHOU Hua-ping, CHEN Hui, LI Jing-zhao

Analysis and Design of Comprehensive Evaluation Support System and Its Implementation
GAO Bin, TANG Jia-fu

Rapid Prototype Technology Based on Real-time Windows Targets
GUO Yuan-peng, LU Zi-guang, HAN Yan, CUI Liu

Application of WINCC and S7-300 to Test System in Electric Energy Return AC Drives
ZHOU Xiao-jun, LIU Hong-liang, HU Kang

Three-dimensional Garage Scheduling Optimization Based on Improved Genetic Algorithm
LI Jian-feng, DUAN Wen-jun, FANG Bin, QING Jian-xi

Multi-model Modeling Method Based on Quadratic Discriminant Analysis
YANG Hui-zhong, JIA Shu-kuang,
A Harmony Search Algorithm Based on Iterated Local Search
ZHENG Lian-wei , LIANG Hai-ling

Three-dimensional Obstacle Avoidance Algorithm for Manipulator
LI Dong-jie, QIU Jiang-yan, YOU Bo, WANG Huan-ling

A Fixed Turn Angle Real-Time Path Planning Avoiding Dead Circulation
SHAN Jian-hua

Behavior Decomposition Formation Algorithm Based on Dynamic Target Point
ZUO Guo-yu, ZHANG Hong-liang, HAN Guang-sheng, FANRui-yuan

Control Strategy of Quickly Reversion Function in Induction Motor DTC System
YU Shou-yi, WANG Shao-jun, HE Jian-jun, GUI Wei-hua

An Artificial Brain System of Maze-like Robot
RUAN Xiao-gang, XU Xiao-ming, LI Xin-yuan

On Robot System Modeling Based on ANFIS
WANG Hong-rui, ZHANG Yong-xing, LIU Cong-na

Kinematics Analysis of Virtual Robot in Visual Speech
YANG Zhi-xiao, HAN Jin-chi, DING Mi

On Signal De-noising Method of Airborne Inertial Sensors

Revenue Sharing Contract with Competition between Multiple Loss-Averse Retailers
HU Zhi-jun, WANG Yong-li, XIANG Shu-wen

GA/LP Algorithm for Single Machine Scheduling Problem with Family Setup Times
LIU Zhen-gang, WANG Dao-ping


5.12 CFP: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Håkan Hjalmarsson,

Call for Papers

Control Engineering Practice

Special Issue on

Wiener-Hammerstein System Identification Benchmark
System identification of nonlinear systems has seen significant progress over
the last decade with both advances in computational techniques as well as introduction
of new modeling concepts. This has lead to a rich variety of methods. In an effort
to highlight different properties of existing algorithms as well as revealing open
problems, Control Engineering Practice invites submissions for a special issue on
a System Identification Benchmark Problem. The benchmark consists in identifying
an electronic device, exhibiting Wiener-Hammerstein characteristics, based on a
real-life data sequence. The problem description as well as all necessary information
is available at

Papers must contain high-quality original contributions and be prepared in
accordance with the Control Engineering Practice standards.

Submitted papers must not have been previously published or be under consideration
for publication elsewhere. All papers will be rigorously reviewed.

Papers must be submitted at

and authors should note in the "Comments to the Editor" field that their paper
belongs to the “Wiener-Hammerstein System Identification Benchmark” special issue.
The due date for submissions is February 28, 2011. Authors are encouraged to send
a prior notice (by January 1, 2010) to one of the Guest Editors indicating their
intention to submit a paper.

For additional information, please contact one of the Guest Editors.

Guest Editors:
Håkan Hjalmarsson
Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46(0) 8 790 8464

Daniel E. Rivera
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, USA
Tel: +1(480) 965-9476

Cristian R. Rojas
Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: + 46(0) 8 790 74 27


5.13 CFP: International Journal of Innovational Computing and Information Control
Contributed by: MingQing Xiao,

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue: Advances on Computational Intelligence and
Information Security. in Int. Journal of Innovational Computing and Information Control.

Guest Editors: Hailin Liu, Yiu-ming Cheng, Yuping Wang, and MingQing Xiao.

With the rapid growth of communication through internet, information processing
and management are becoming more and more challenging. One critical issue is
how to find effective ways to protect information systems, networks and sensitive
data within our communication systems. Traditional techniques such as well-selected
passwords and change of file permission are far from being enough to meet today's
security requirement. Additional effort deems to be necessary and new techniques
are being highly demanded to ensure a safe and secure information environment.

Computational intelligence has emerged as powerful tools for information processing,
decision making, and knowledge management. The techniques of computational
intelligence have been successfully developed in areas such as neurocomputing,
fuzzy systems, evolutionary algorithms, data minding, Web service, multi-agent
systems, etc. It is predictable that in the near future computational intelligence
will play more and more critical role in tackling the issues of information security.

This special issue will focus on the issues in computational intelligence and
information security. Topics include, but not limited to, the issues in information
security such as data minding with security protection, evolutionary algorithms,
fuzzy systems, image and signal processing, multi-agent systems, neural network,
pattern recognition, watermarking, and Web service.

The intention for this special issue is (i) to present the state-of-art methodology
in the field of computational intelligence; (ii) to promote the research in dealing
with information security problems by using various computational intelligence techniques.

Papers should be submitted to one of above guest editors by emailing the PDF file
by March 30, 2011 and will be required to go through the regular journal review
process. Manuscript layout requirement can be found at


5.14 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Contributed by: Giovanni Cherubini,

The deadline for the submission of papers for the special issue of the IEEE
Transactions on Control Systems Technology on "Advanced Servo Control for Emerging
Data Storage Systems" has been extended to November 30, 2010. The original Call
for Papers can be found in the May 2010 issue of the E-Letter.

The areas targeted by this special issue include, but are not limited to
- Modeling and control of dual-stage micro-actuators in hard-disk drives
- Control of rotary actuators for disk drives
- Dynamics and control of track-following systems
- MIMO control of reel-to-reel servo in tape drives
- Dynamics and control of MEMS/NEMS for probe-based storage devices
- Tracking control for holographic data storage
- Modeling and control of piezo-based positioning systems

Contributions should be submitted via
Prospective authors should state in their cover letter and in the "notes"
section of the submission site that their manuscript is intended for the
special issue on “Advanced Servo Control for Emerging Data Storage Systems”.
Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or be under
review for possible publication elsewhere.


5.15 CFP: Applied and Computational Mathematics
Contributed by:

Special Issue on Fuzzy Set Theory and its Applications of the Journal of Applied
and Computational Mathematics dedicated to Professor Lotfi Zadeh on his 90th birthday.

Submission deadline: January 25, 2011.

FOCUS: This special issue aims at disseminating the latest in interdisciplinary
research on Fuzzy Set Theory and Its Applications. The Special Issue focuses on
presenting, in a coherent context, research that attempts to address control
and communication issues simultaneously.

TOPICS: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Fuzzy Theory and Systems
• Annals of Fuzzy Sets, Fuzzy Logic, Soft Computing and Applications
• Fuzzy Mathematics
• Fuzziness and Knowledge-Based Systems
• Fuzzy Decision Making and Support Systems
• Fuzzy Information Systems and Intelligent Data Analysis
• Fuzzy Control Systems, Optimization, Stability and Applications
• Fuzzy Economic Review
• Rough Set Theory
• Medical Imaging Systems
• Neurofuzzy Systems

All papers will be refereed through a special peer review process by guest editors.
Submitted papers should present original work. Potential authors of this Special
Issue are invited to electronically submit paper manuscripts to one of the Special
Issue Guest Editors below:

1. Professor Mo Jamshidi
2. Professor H.R. Berenji
3. Associate professor Sh. Shahbazova


6. Conferences

6.1 ASCC 2011
Contributed by: Kai-Tai Song,

As ASCC 2011 will be held next year during May 15~18, 2011,we would like to
inform you that due to popular request, we have decided to extend the deadline
of ASCC 2011 paper submission.

The submission deadline of invited session proposals has been extended to 9
October 2010.  The submission deadline of regular/invited papers has been
extended to 31 October 2010. ASCC is a major international conference sponsored
by Asian Control Association ( The 8th Asian Control
Conference (ASCC 2011) will be held on May 15-18, 2011 at the Splendor Hotel,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Kaohsiung is the 2nd largest city and the largest port in
Taiwan. For paper submission and further information, please visit the official
conference website

Looking forward to seeing you in Taiwan.

Best regards,

Chin-Teng Lin, General Chair, ASCC 2011
Jin-Chern Chiou, Kai-Tai Song, Program Chairs


6.2 Multi-Conference on Systems and Control
Contributed by: Maria Elena Valcher,


This call invites IEEE CSS members to submit a proposal to organize the 2015
Multi-Conference on Systems and Control.

If you are an IEEE CSS member, with past experience in conference organization,
and you are interested in organizing and chairing the MSC 2015, you are invited
to submit a proposal to the CSS Vice President for Conference Activities, Maria
Elena Valcher (

The proposal should contain the following information:
- proposed Conference Venue;
- proposed General Chair;
- proposed period when the conference could take place (the indication of the
  month will be enough);
- a rough estimate of the member/nonmember registration fees.

As a part of the proposal, the proponent should provide a brief curriculum (at most 2 pages)
of the person proposed as General Chair. The curriculum should highlight past
experience of the candidate in conference organization and, in particular, in
CSS-sponsored conferences (ACC, MSC, CDC) or in conferences that have received
the CSS technical co-sponsorship (e.g. the SICE conference, the Allerton Conference
on Communication, Control and Computing, the Mediterranean Conference on Control
and Automation, etc.).

The proponent should briefly describe the proposed venue, by providing information
about the potential hotels, conference centers etc. where the conference could
be host (for planning purposes, you may assume approximately 400 attendees and
at least 10 parallel tracks). In addition, it is important to highlight the
existence of a sufficient number of hotels, in the nearby area, to host conference
participants at various ranges of prices. Information about the accessibility of
the conference venue from within the country and from abroad (by airplanes, trains
etc) should also appear in the proposal. Finally, information about the weather
in the period of the year when the conference should take place will be appreciated.
The entire proposal should not exceed three pages.

Submission deadline: 20 November 2010, midnight CET.

Proposals received by the deadline will be evaluated by the CSS Executive Committee,
and a short list created at the ExCom meeting in Atlanta, during the 49th Conference
on Decision and Control, CDC 2010 (December 15-17, 2010).

The outcome of the selection will be communicated to the proponents by December 31,
2010, and the short listed candidates will be invited to submit a more detailed
proposal by May 1, 2011.

The winning proposal will be announced based on further evaluation of detailed
proposals during the American Control Conference 2011 (June 29-July 1, 2011).


6.3 IEEE ICIEA 2011
Contributed by:

21 - 23 June 2011, Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China

Dear Colleagues,
In response to overwhelming request from international researchers, we are pleased
to extend the deadline for ICIEA2011 paper submission to 15 November 2010. We would
also appreciate it if you could forward this message to those who might be interested.
We apologise if you have received multiple copies.

As a premier international conference, ICIEA2011 aims to provide an important forum
for scientists, researcher, engineers and practitioners throughout the world to present
and share their latest research and technology advancement in Industrial Electronics.
ICIEA2011 is jointly organized by IEEE Industrial Electronics Chapter of Singapore
and Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, and will be held from 21-23
June 2011, at Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China.

The Proceedings of ICIEA will be included in the IEEE Xplore database and indexed
by EI Compendex and ISI Proceedings.

The conference scope includes, but is not limited to, the following technical tracks:

Industrial Informatics
Computational Intelligence
Control and Systems
Energy and Environment
Power Electronics
Signal Processing
Network and Communication Technologies
Engineering Education
Invited and Special Sessions

In addition to the technical sessions, KEYNOTE ADDRESSES on the State-of-the-Art
in various tracks of Industrial Electronics will be delivered by:

Prof. Anil K. Jain, Michigan State University, USA
Prof. Zhong-Ping Jiang, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, USA
Prof. Bohu Li, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China

Prof. Muhammad Rashid, University of West Florida, USA
Prof. Clarence de Silva, Univ British Columbia, Canada

Prof. Michael Yu Wang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Important Dates
Extended Deadline for Full Paper submission 31 October 2010
Notification of Acceptance 31 January 2011
Deadline for Camera Ready Manuscript Submission 15 March 2011
Please submit your papers through the conference website: More Details on the conference can be found in the
attached Call for Papers and also from the website.

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions soon.

Dr. Zhengguo LI
Conference General Chair, ICIEA 2011

Professor Zongxia JIAO
Conference General Co-Chair, ICIEA 2011

Dr Wenxiang XIE
Technical Program Chair, ICIEA 2011

6.4 18th International Conference on Process Control
Contributed by: Michal Kvasnica,

18th International Conference on Process Control
Strbske Pleso, High Tatras, Slovak Republic
June 14 - 17, 2011

The 18th conference PC'11 will be held in the hotel Banik in Strbske
Pleso, beautifully located in the heart of the High Tatras mountains
in the northern Slovakia.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Slovak Society for Cybernetics and
Informatics -- national member organisation of IFAC.

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

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

1. Linear and Non-linear Control System Design
2. Modelling, Simulation, and Identification of Processes
3. Process Measurements and Devices
4. Process Optimisation
5. Robust and Adaptive Control
6. Control Education
7. Intelligent Control Systems
8. Industrial Automation
9. Applications and Case Studies
10. Model Predictive Control
11. Algorithms and Computing for Control
12. MATLAB Computing and Toolboxes

D. Bonvin (EPFL, CH)
G. Papafotiou (ABB, CH)

D. Henrion (LAAS, F): Polynomial optimisation, LMI and dynamical systems
C.N. Jones (ETH, CH): Recent Development in Real-Time MPC

January 31, 2011 Submission of full papers
April 1, 2011 Notification of acceptance
May 2, 2011 Submission of camera-ready papers
June 14-17, 2011 Conference

Papers can be uploaded through the on-line conference management
system. The submitted full papers will be subject to a peer-review
process. Papers should be written in English (no page restrictions).

One of the authors is supposed to take part in the conference.
The working language will be English.

The fee is 390 EUR (290 EUR for PhD students) and includes participation
at the conference and exhibitions, conference proceedings, hotel
accommodation, full board, and banquet.

For more information, visit
or write to
1. e-mail:
2. Institute of Information Engineering, Automation, and Mathematics
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Radlinskeho 9, 812 37 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
phone: (+421) (2) 59325366, fax: (+421) (2) 59325340


6.5 5th IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM)
Contributed by: Yuanqing Xia,

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM),
September 17-19, 2011, Qingdao, China
The conference is organized by:
IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics (SMC) Singapore Chapter
IEEE Robotics & Automation (R&A) Singapore Chapter
IEEE Singapore Section
IEEE Chengdu Section
and technically supported by:
Centre for Intelligent Control, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Centre for Intelligent Machines, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Mechatronics Group, SIMTech, Singapore
The Robotics Institute, UESTC, China

The goal of the RAM 2011 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 2011 is held in conjunction with the IEEE International
Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems (CIS 2011). 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, Social Robotics, Robotics and
Automation Applications, Sensor Design, Integration, and Fusion, Computer and
Robot Vision, Human-Robot Interfaces, Haptics, Teleoperation, Tele-robotics,
Network Robotics, Micro/Nano, Distributed, Cellular, and Multi-robot Systems,
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.

Conference / Invited Session Paper Submission: 5 March, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: 1 June, 2011
Final Camera-Ready Manuscript: 15 July, 2011
Notification of acceptance: December 13, 2010
Registration: 15 July, 2011
RAM Conferences: 17-19 September, 2011
Papers must be written in English and should describe original work. Papers
should be submitted in the form *.pdf to
by 15 March 2011. The length of the paper is limited to a maximum of 6 pages
(A4 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.
Organizing Committee
General Chairs
Shuzhi Sam Ge, China
Tiezhu Zhang, China
Program Chairs
Abdullah Al Mamun, Singapore
Yuanqing Xia, China
Haisheng Yu, China
Invited Sessions Chairs
Xiangyang Zhu, China
Guido Herrmann, UK
Warren Dixon, USA
Bernardino Castillo-Toledo, Mexico
Han Wang, Singapore
Finance Chair
Cabibihan, John-John, Singapore
Local Arrangement Chair
Bing Liu, China
Publication Chairs
Domenico Campolo, Singapore
Sujin Kim, Singapore
Publicity Chairs
Xiaolin Dai, China
Chun-Yi Su, Canada
Aldo Pardo, Colombia
Marcelo Ang, Singapore
Thomas Braunl, Australia
Award Committee Chair
Chee Meng Chew, Singapore
Registration Chair
Bing Chen, China
Liu Xiaomeng, Singapore

The 5th IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM)


6.6 2011 International Conference on Communications, Computing and Control Applications
Contributed by: Achraf Jabeur Telmoudi,

2011 International Conference on Communications, Computing and Control Applications

CCCA'11 will include the Workshop:
State of the Art Computational Methods and Software for Computer-Aided Control
Systems Design and Analysis.

Workshop Detail:

Lecturer: Biswa Nath Datta (IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Research Professor),
Northern Illinois University, USA

Purpose: This workshop is designed to give a complete overview of of the state
of-the art computational methods and the associated software for computer-aided
control systems design and analysis.


6.7 23rd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems
Contributed by: Karl-Erik Arzen,

Call for Papers; ECRTS 2011

Porto, Portugal, July 5-8, 2011

The twenty-third EUROMICRO Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS’11) is a forum aimed at covering state-of-the-art
research and development in real-time computing. Papers on all aspects of real-time systems are welcome. These include,
but are not limited to:
- APPLICATIONS: consumer electronics; multimedia and entertainment;  process control; avionics, aerospace; automotive; 
telecommunications; cyber-physical systems.
- INFRASTRUCTURE AND HARDWARE: communication networks; embedded devices;
 hardware/software co-design; power-aware and other  resource-constrained techniques; systems on chip; time engines and 
time synchronization; wireless sensor networks.
- SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES: compiler support; component-based approaches;  middleware and distribution technologies; programming
languages and  operating systems.
- SYSTEM DESIGN AND ANALYSIS: modelling and formal methods;  probabilistic analysis for RT systems; quality of service support; 
reliability, security and survivability in RT systems; scheduling  and schedulability analysis; worst-case execution time analysis; 
validation techniques.


Full papers must be submitted electronically through our web form in
PDF format (see "submission page" at
Submitted papers must be unpublished and not under submission elsewhere.
Submissions must be in the same format as in the final published
proceedings (10 pages maximum, 2 columns, 10 pt).  Papers exceeding the
maximum length will not be reviewed.  See the submission page for more

- SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 23, 2011 (this is a firm deadline -- it
will not be extended for any reason)
- WORKSHOPS: July 5, 2011
- CONFERENCE: July 6-8, 2011

Pursuing a successful tradition in the ECRTS series, a special Work in
Progress (WiP) session will be organized.  This session is mainly
intended for presentation of on-going and recent work.  Additionally, a
set of Satellite Workshops focusing on hot topics will be
organized. These include the continuation of the already successful
Worst-Case Execution Time (WCET) (the eleventh edition) and Operating Systems Platforms for Embedded Real-Time Applications
(OSPERT, the seventh edition) Workshops and the second edition of RTSOPS, the Real-Time Scheduling Open Problems Seminar. A
separate call for papers will be issued later for both WiP and satellite workshops. Please visit the website later for further

The main conference will include three Keynote Sessions, one per day,
which will be announced well in advance to the event.  In addition,
a Best Paper Award will given and a selection of best papers will
be invited for a special issue of an international journal.

GENERAL CHAIRS: Eduardo Tovar, Stefan M. Petters, Polytechnic or Porto, Portugal
PROGRAM CHAIR: Karl-Erik Årzen, Lund University, Sweden
University of Kaiserslautern, Germany


7. Workshops

7.1 Workshop on Stochastic Systems Biology
Contributed by:

Workshop on Stochastic Systems Biology

Dates: 19-23 July 2011

Location: Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verita, Switzerland

Organizers: Mustafa Khammash (U.C. Santa Barbara), John Lygeros (ETH Zurich),
Joerg Stelling (ETH Zurich)

Scope and Aim: Uncertainty and randomness play a central role in many processes
in biology. For example, uncertainty is inherent in the biochemical reactions
governing all aspects of cell behavior; it is therefore a fact of life, quite
literally, at the molecular level. In addition to random encounters between
molecules giving rise to chemical reactions, uncertainty also manifests itself
at other levels of the biological organization, from random encounters between
cells giving rise to organogenesis to random encounters between animals in population

The aim of this three day workshop is to expose the synergies that will allow
methods from mathematics, engineering, computer science, physics, and biology
to jointly address the challenges randomness poses in our understanding of biological
systems. The workshop will bring together leading researchers from all these fields
that have faced and addressed the issue of uncertainty in biological processes from
different perspectives. Our hope is that this interaction will promote a new, common
understanding of the issues, sparking follow on research in this novel and challenging

Format: The workshop will be organized around themes (origins of stochasticity in
biological systems, experimental methods, computational tools, etc). Each theme
will be introduced by a keynote address setting the stage, followed by technical
presentations exposing details of particular aspects, poster sessions to provide
the opportunity to students and junior researchers to present their work, and
brain storming discussions to summarize the key concepts and lessons learned.
The keynote addresses will have a substantial tutorial element, to introduce
the non-experts to the different fields. This will make the workshop ideal for
students and young researchers who are interested in getting involved in this
area. Students and researcher with an established interest are encouraged to
submit proposals for abstracts to be included in the poster sessions.

For more information abstract submission and registration, please visit the
workshop website at:


7.2 CDC 2010 Pre-Conference Workshop: Half-Century’s Excellence in Systems and Control Engineering
Contributed by: Arvin Dehghani,

Title: Half-Century’s Excellence in Systems and Control Engineering
A workshop dedicated to Professors Brian D. O. Anderson’s 70th Birthday

Workshop Abstract:

The exceptional career of Professor Brian D. O. ANDERSON (IEEE Life Fellow,
IFAC Fellow) in the Systems and Control community deserves a special celebration
at the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC’10) in Atlanta, which
coincides with a special occasion. The primary goal of this workshop is to
celebrate Professor Anderson’s 70th Birthday and pay tribute to his long-lasting
contributions in the fields of systems and control engineering.

Twelve renowned speakers (Fellow IEEE) will cover a broad range of contemporary
topics in the areas of systems, control and signal processing. The workshop will
thus be a forum to inspire future generation of research leaders.

Organizers: Arvin Dehghani (The University of Melbourne) and Brad Yu
(The Australian National University)

Date: 14-Dec-2010

Venue: Hilton Atlanta Hotel (CDC'10 venue) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Further information is available at the workshop website: and


8.  Positions

8.1 PhD: Delft University of Technology
Contributed by: Bart De Schutter,

PhD position: "Multi-level control of cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems"
(Delft University of Technology)

The Delft Center for Systems and Control ( of Delft University
of Technology, The Netherlands has a vacancy for a PhD position on "Multi-level
control of cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems".

The aim of this project is to develop an on-line model-based traffic management
system for cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems (CVIS). CVIS use integration
and cooperation between intelligent vehicles and the roadside infrastructure via
in-vehicle navigation, telecommunication, and information systems. The goal
considered in this project is to provide a balanced CVIS-based transportation
system that takes into account various sustainability objectives and constraints
(such as emissions, fuel consumption, noise, safety, fairness, livability, etc.).
In order to compute on-line and in real-time appropriate settings and actions for
the various traffic control measures in large-scale CVIS networks, we propose
the use of a multi-level, multi-scale distributed approach.

In such a multi-level traffic management control approach, at each control level
the controllers use models to predict the future behavior of the traffic flows
in the network and apply on-line multi-criteria optimization to determine the
appropriate settings for the traffic control measures in such a way that the
predicted multi-criteria performance of the traffic network is optimized and
such that the constraints are satisfied. In case they cannot attain the required
performance or satisfy all the constraints, the local controllers or control agents
negotiate and coordinate their actions with their neighbors or with a higher-
level supervisor.

The objective of this project is therefore to develop agent-based control and
negotiation approaches that yield efficient coordination within and across the
various levels of the control hierarchy. To this aim we propose to use a combination
of conventional distributed control algorithms, consensus algorithms, and
optimization methods.

We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in systems and control or applied
mathematics, and with a strong background or interest in control, traffic, and
optimization. The candidate is expected to work on the boundary of several research
domains. A good command of the English language is required.

We offer the opportunity to do scientifically challenging research in a multi-
disciplinary research group. The PhD student will also be able to participate
in the research schools DISC and TRAIL. The appointment will be for up to 4 years.
As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary, as well
as excellent secondary benefits. Assistance with accommodation can be arranged.

More information on this position and on how to apply can be found at or by contacting Bart
De Schutter (b.deschutter _at_


8.2 PhD: University of Twente, Netherlands
Contributed by: Hil Meijer,

The project PaInsight investigates the role of ascending and descending pathways
of the nociceptive system. These subsystems can be altered by nociceptive or
neuropathic mechanisms, potentially leading to a chronic pain state. Characterization
of malfunctioning of either pathway would permit a better understanding of the
development of chronic pain. We will develop experimental methods for psychophysical
threshold tracking with controlled electrical stimulation.

Your role will be to turn the experimental data into meaningful characterizations
of the ascending and descending nociceptive system. For this you will develop
suitable algorithms for parameter identification. You will also make (improved)
models of relevant neurophysiological processes to gain insight in the dynamic
properties of the nociceptive system. You will collaborate closely with the project
team in the design and optimization of experimental protocols.

We are looking for applicants with a Msc degree in any relevant area of Mathematics,
Physics or Biomedical Engineering. Skills in applied analysis or system and
control theory are appreciated. Candidates are goal oriented and can work
accurately and independently. Moreover, we look for team players with good
communication skills.

For further information about the position and application procedure, see


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

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


PhD positions are available in the area of
under the supervision of Prof. Mahmut
Reyhanoglu, Prof. Sergey Drakunov, and
Prof. William MacKunis 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, Physical Sciences Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, Daytona Beach, Florida.



8.4 PhD: Carnegie Mellon University
Contributed by: Bruce H. Krogh,

Ph.D. Research in Architectures and Formal Methods for Cyber-Physical Systems

Ph.D. research assistantships are available in a new project focusing on formal
methods for specifying and verifying cyber-physical systems at the architectural
level. Themes in this research include: developing architectural abstractions to
manage relationships among heterogeneous models typically developed for cyber-
physical systems; formal methods for verifying structural and semantic consistency
between different architectural views corresponding to traditional models for
simulation, analysis and design; and compositional methods for efficient system-
level specification and verification of cyber-physical systems. Funded as a GOALI
(Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaisons with Industry) project in the NSF
Cyber-Physical Systems Program, this team project involves researchers in control
and computer science and collaboration with a major industrial partner. Qualified
candidates should have a strong background in both discrete and continuous mathematics.
Experience in design and implementation of embedded control systems is desirable.
Interested students should submit applications for January 2011 admission to the
Ph.D. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University
before December 15, 2010. For further information see or contact Prof. Bruce H. Krogh .


8.5 PhD: University of New South Wales, Australia
Contributed by: Valery Ugrinovskii,

PhD Scholarship: University of New South Wales @ ADFA, Canberra, Australia

A PhD position in decentralized and distributed control and filtering is available
at the School of Engineering and IT, University of New South Wales @ ADFA, Canberra,

Project Details:

The coordination of multi-agent systems is one of the most active topics in the
current control and systems literature. One of the central problems here is to
develop distributed control and filtering algorithms based on local information
that enables all agents to reach an agreement on quantities of interest (the
consensus problem). The project will involve the development of generalized
consensus rules and corresponding control and filtering algorithms to allow
the agents to be connected into a network so that they achieve agreement when
their dynamics are subject to noise and uncertain disturbances.

Application Process:

The successful applicant is anticipated to have a first-class honours degree
or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or other relevant
areas, with specialization in control theory and control applications.

All applicants are expected to possess excellent communication and research
skills and should satisfy UNSW admission requirements for the PhD program.
Admission details are available at (
Applications should include a detailed CV, including email addresses of two
referees, a copy of academic transcripts and a cover letter detailing the applicant’s
research interest and its relevance to the project.

Potential applicants should discuss their application and forward their paperwork
via email to Associate Professor Valery Ugrinovskii, email:
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2011 or until the position filled, for
a possible starting date of July 2011 or earlier.

Further information can be obtained from:

Associate Professor Valery Ugrinovskii
School of Engineering and Information Technology
UNSW@ADFA, Northcott Drive
Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
Phone: +61 2 6268 8219
Fax: +61 2 6268 8443


8.6 PhD: A&M Univesity
Contributed by: Prof. Yongqeng Zhang,

One PhD student is needed from 2011 Fall, with full coverage graduate research

Requirements: solid background in mathematics, power electronics, and/or control
theory. The student is expected to enroll in the PhD program in Electrical
Engineering, and work on digital controller design for power electronics and/or
mechatronics systems. Experience in real-time embedded system design is a plus.
GPA 3.0 for undergraduate, GPA 3.2 for graduate. TOEFL and GRE are required. All interested
candidates please send your resume, transcripts, TOEFL and GRE test scores to

Prairie View A&M University is a branch campus in Texas A&M University System, located in the
suburb of Houston, Texas. With 6 million population in its metropolitan area, Houston is the
cluster for industries in energy,
manufacturing, aeronautics, transportation, and health care. Its job market is quite stable in
recent years despite of global economy downturn.

Yongpeng Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor
Prairie View A&M University
Tel: 936-261-9869


8.7 PhD/Post-Doc: Tel Aviv University
Contributed by: George Weiss,

PhD or Postdoc position: School of Electrical Engineering,
Tel Aviv University

Contributed by: George Weiss

PhD and Postdoc Scholarships: School of Electrical Engineering,
Tel Aviv University

A PhD/Postdoc position in the study of coupled
infinite-dimensional systems is available at the School of
Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Project Details:

A coupled system consists of two (or more) systems, usually
described by different equations, which interact via their input
and output signals. When an engineering system interacts with a
distributed parameter system (DPS) (such as a beam, an
electromagnetic field or a reaction diffusion system), the
interaction usually takes place via actuators and sensors. Often
the dynamics of the actuator or sensor are somehow neglected,
but a closer look reveals that they are usually finite
dimensional systems coupled with the DPS. The engineering world
interacts with the actuator or sensor, and only indirectly with
the DPS. This research proposes to examine coupled systems
consisting of a finite-dimensional subsystem and a DPS connected
in feedback (passivity, controllability, stability etc).

Application Process:

The project is funded by the Israel Science Foundation. The
successful applicant is anticipated to have a first-class
honours degree or equivalent in Engineering or Applied
Mathematics, with a strong background in functional analysis and
control theory. All applicants are expected to possess good
communication skills in English (Hebrew in not required) and
should satisfy the academic admission requirements for the PhD
program of Tel Aviv University.
Applications should include a detailed CV, including e-mail
addresses of two referees, a copy of academic transcripts and a
cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interest and its
relevance to the project. Potential applicants should discuss
their application and forward their paperwork via e-mail to
George Weiss, The deadline for applications
is 31 January 2010 or until the position filled, for the
starting date we are flexible.


8.8 PhD/Post Doc: Tel Aviv University
Contributed by: Michael Margaliot,

PhD and Postdoc Scholarships: School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University

A PhD/Postdoc position in designing converters for renewable energy power generators
is available at the School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Project Details:
It is expected that in the coming years, the proportion of power generators using
renewable energy sources will increase dramatically in many countries. One of the
central problems now being investigated by many teams is how to connect large scale
renewable energy sources to the electrical grid without jeopardizing the grid
stability. The project will involve the theoretical analysis, design and construction
of novel DC/AC converters that mimic the behavior of synchronous generators together
with their controllers. The project is funded by the Israel Strategic Alternative
Energy Fund; see

The successful applicant is anticipated to have a first-class honours degree or
equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or other relevant areas,
with specialization in either power conversion or control theory. Experience in
building electronic circuits involving digital signal processors is most welcome.

All applicants are expected to possess good communication skills in English
(Hebrew is not required) and should satisfy the academic admission requirements for
the PhD program of Tel Aviv University. Applications should include a detailed CV,
including e-mail addresses of two referees, a copy of academic transcripts and a
cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interest and its relevance to the

Potential applicants should discuss their application and forward their paperwork
via e-mail to Michael Margaliot,, or George Weiss,
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2010 or until the position filled, for
the starting date we are flexible. Further information can be obtained by e-mail
from the persons named above.


8.9 Post-Doc: University of Pretoria, South Africa
Contributed by: Jiangfeng Zhang,

Post-Doc and PhD Opportunities on Energy Efficiency at the University of Pretoria,
South Africa

The University of Pretoria has been awarded to host the South African National
Hub for the Postgraduate Programme in Energy Efficiency and Demand-side Management
(DSM) from 2008. In response to this, the University of Pretoria has established
postgraduate degree programmes specialised in energy efficiency and DSM. Analytic
techniques from engineering and optimisation are the main tools in the quantitative
study of energy efficiency related topics such as power system scheduling, power
system efficiency with alternative energy resources and co-generation, motor and
transportation efficiency, fuel efficiency, and energy efficient architecture and
housing. The study extends also to DSM schemes, smart load control and computer
networks, and efficient lighting. The current key research topics include industrial
energy optimisation (e.g. conveyor belt and pumping systems), building energy
management, and the applications of control systems in general energy systems.

A postdoctoral position and two PhD positions are now available in the Hub. The
initial appointment for the three positions is one year with the possibility to
be further extended for another two years depending on the progress of the
candidates. The incumbents are expected to work in one of the above key research
topics, but can also work on any energy efficiency related topic that the incumbents
have interest and/or expertise. Strong background in power or energy system,
mathematical modeling and optimisation, or control theory is a plus.

For the application of the Post-doc position, please send
(i) A cover letter
(ii) CV including education background and list of publications;
(iii) PhD thesis; and
(iv) Up to 3 representative publications


Ms Marcia Ndala

For the application of PhD positions, please send
(i) A cover letter
(ii) CV including education background and list of publications;
(iii) Undergraduate and postgraduate transcripts;
(iv) Master’s thesis; and
(v) Representative publications, if applicable


Ms Marcia Ndala

For PhD applicants who did not complete their studies in an English medium
university, TOEFL or IELTS exam scores must also be provided.

General enquiry concerning the above positions can be made to
Prof. X. Xia (Professor and Director, Fellow IEEE, Email: or
Dr. J. Zhang (Senior Lecturer, Email:

National Hub for Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management
Centre of New Energy Systems
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering,
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

Detailed information on the Hub can be found at
Information on the University of Pretoria and the Pretoria city are available
at, or wiki:


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

PostDoc: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Control theory for cellular systems: available January 2011.

We are seeking one Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on control theory
for cellular systems. This research is a 3-year collaborative effort with
Vanderbilt University, and a unique opportunity for candidates with background
in control theory to pursue future career in nanobiotechnology or systems biology.
Candidates with solid mathematics and control theory background are encouraged
to apply.

Interested applicants, please submit CVs and research papers to Mingjun Zhang


8.11 Post-Doc: Robotics Laboratory at UCF
Contributed by: Zhihua Qu,

The controls and robotics laboratory at UCF announces two openings of postdoctor
researchers,starting in Spring 2011 or earlier. The current interests of the
laboratory include distributed control, distributed and scalable game algorithms,
distributed optimization, and networked control systems. The successful candidates
will conduct research in the aforementioned areas and also undertake applications
in autonomous vehicles or smart power grids.

Please apply and have three reference letters sent directly to
Applications will be reviewed as they arrive until the positions are filled.


8.12 Post-Doc: Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
contributed by:

The Distributed Space Systems Laboratory at the Technion – Israel Institute of
Technology ( invites applications for multiple
full-time post-doctoral positions from highly-motivated and independent Ph.D.
recipients with expertise in at least one of the following disciplines:
Astrodynamics, distributed spacecraft systems, space systems design, vision-aided
navigation, and autonomous agents.

The successful candidates will be responsible for both theoretical and applied
research in the broad area of autonomous distributed space systems.

The position is for a period of at least 12 months and is available until filled.
The application review process will begin on November 1, 2010.

Applications should include the following:
- A full CV, including a list of publications
- Two copies of sample publications
- Names, postal and email addresses of three referees

Please send all applications and inquiries via e-mail to:


8.13 Post-Doc: Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic
Contributed by:  Zdenek Hurak,

Post-Doc position: Algorithms for distributed/collaborative/networked control.

A postdoctoral position is available at the Department of Control Engineering,
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech
Republic. A successful candidate is expected to conduct research in algorithms
for distributed control of spatially invariant systems and/or the related areas
of collaborative control, networked control and consensus algorithms. A minor
bias is towards invoking techniques from the theoretical domains of multidimensional
systems and signals but the candidates are also encouraged to propose their
own research approaches.

Applicants should have a solid background in control theory and mathematics proved
by a few solid journal publications, most preferably in the directions relevant for
the proposed research. Some familiarity with multidimensional systems and signals
is an advantage but is not required. Depending on the profile of the candidate,
the work may (but need not) also include conducting or supervising some experimental
work (distributed temperature control, experimenting with platoons of robotic vehicles, ...).

The department is lead by Prof. Michael Sebek - a researcher in control-oriented
algorithms for polynomials and polynomial matrices, also a co-founder of PolyX
company producing Polynomial Toolbox for Matlab. He will be the key scientific
supervisor for this project. Among other professors are Prof. Vladimir Kucera -
one of the pioneers of the polynomial approach to linear control, Prof. Vladimir Havlena
- a "fellow" researcher in Prague Honeywell Laboratory specializing in estimation and
filtering for industrial processes, and Prof. Sergej Celikovsky - a renowned expert
in nonlinear systems theory. Apart from the theoretical domains represented by these
professors and their research assistants and students, the department has a strong
local industrial collaboration in diverse areas of industrial automation.

The appointment is for one year, starting January 1, 2011, with the possibility
of reappointment for one additional year.

Knowledge of Czech language not needed.

Interested candidates should contact Prof. Michael Sebek (
with a copy sent to Dr. Zdenek Hurak ( The application should
contain a CV, a formal letter of interest, a list of the candidate's conference
and journal publications, with the best three publications attached. Contact
details for three researchers who are willing to provide a reference must be
also given.


8.14 Post Doc: University of California San Diego
Contributed by: William McEneaney,

Start Date: September, 2011

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Fellow positions in the Controls
Group within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University
of California San Diego. We are seeking candidates with strong mathematical
skills for research in Control Theory, Nonlinear Systems, Stochastic Processes
and Game Theory. The candidate should also possess some computing capability.
The selected researchers will work with Prof. William M. McEneaney on grant-
funded research. For information on the type of research,
see The MAE department at UCSD
is ranked in the top ten within the US, as measured by the NRC doctoral program
rankings. The controls group consists of eight faculty in MAE plus additional
faculty in Mathematics and elsewhere.

The initial appointments will be for one year starting either January or September
2011, with possibility of extension for a second year dependent on performance.
A Ph.D. in Mathematics or Engineering is required. The closing date for application
to the first position is November 30, 2010 and January 15 for the second; early
applications are encouraged. Procedures to apply: Send your vita and a statement
of research interests, and arrange to have letters of recommendation sent to:
Prof. William M. McEneaney, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Eng. MC 0411,
University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0411,


8.15 Post-Doc: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Contributed by: Ed Boje,

Post Doctoral Positions at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Please contact Prof. Ed Boje if you are interested and can contribute to any
of the following projects, broadly in state estimation, quantitative feedback/
robust control design and robotics (navigation and image processing)

(1) Multivariable control using quantitative feedback methods - We would like
    to advance knowledge in design of multiloop and multivariable systems. We
    would like to investigate the relationship between simultaneous stabilisation
    problems from H_inf and quantitative feedback design for multivariable systems.
(2) Power plant modelling and control. This project will develop soft-sensing
    approaches to give improved information for control of coal fired power plants.
(3) Power line inspection robot - A project is underway to develop a power line
    inspection robot. Skills required include mechatronics, vision systems for
    navigation and line inspection.

The posts are funded by the university at R120000 (tax free) per annum for up to
two years. Candidates should have good publication record.


8.16 Faculty: Lehigh University
Contributed by: Eugenio Schuster,

Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Lehigh University

Lehigh University is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position
at the Associate or Assistant Professor level in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering and Mechanics in Computational Modeling, Optimization and Control
of Energy Systems starting in Fall 2011. Candidates will be responsible for
teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, developing and sustaining an
extramurally funded research program, and participating in multi-disciplinary
research efforts. The successful candidate is expected to be a significant
contributor to the continued growth of campus-wide cross-disciplinary research
activities focusing on Energy, Environment and Infrastructure. Areas of interest
include, but are not limited to, high-performance predictive simulation and
control of plasmas in nuclear-fusion reactors; computational analysis and design
of advanced nuclear-fission reactors and fuel cycle concepts; computational
fluid dynamics with emphasis on fluid-structure interaction and control in
energy generation and distribution systems; large-scale simulation of inter-
connected energy systems; micro and macro-grid stabilization and optimization;
computational analysis and design of energy storage and conversion systems;
large-scale optimization and control of fossil-fuel and renewable energy
systems for environmentally friendly power generation and distribution.

Candidates must have well-established records of success in research and
education at the boundary of computational methods, control and optimization,
and energy systems, and should hold Ph.D. degrees in physics, mechanical,
electrical, nuclear or chemical engineering, mathematics or in related
disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral
experience. Using online application at:, candidates must
submit a curriculum vitae that includes a statement of research plans and
professional goals, a list of refereed publications and invited presentations,
a summary of teaching experience and philosophy, and the names and addresses
of four referees. For questions regarding this position contact Barbara
McGuire ( Review of applications will begin upon receipt
and will continue until the post is filled.

Lehigh University is ranked 37th among national universities in the 2010
US News & World Report, and placed in the most competitive category in both
Peterson’s Guide and Barron’s Profile of American Colleges. For nearly 140
years, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning
opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The
institution is among the nation's most selective, highly ranked private
research universities. Lehigh’s four colleges provide graduate and undergraduate
education to 6,800 students. Lehigh is located in eastern Pennsylvania, on a
scenic, 1,600-acre campus in historic Bethlehem, 50 miles north of Philadelphia
and 75 miles southwest of New York City. Lehigh Valley International Airport,
served by most major airlines, is 15 minutes from campus.

Lehigh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Applications from
women and minorities are strongly encouraged. Excellent benefits, including
domestic partner, are offered (see


8.17  Faculty: University of Minnesota
Contributed by: Kim Stelson,

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Faculty Openings

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota invites
applications for two or more 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 encourages applications
of individuals with a strong foundation in one of the Department's areas of
strength, including research in heat and mass transfer, aerosols, combustion
and plasmas, biomechanics and biotransport, design, systems and controls.
Candidates should have a strong vision to build a program in one of the
broad areas of:

- Medical devices;
- Drive train and engines research;
- Indoor environment research.

Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will continue
to be received until the positions are filled. Additional information and
application instructions can be found at Candidates 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.


8.18  Faculty: École Polytechnique de Montréal
Contributed by:  Lahcen Saydy,

Electrical Engineering Department
Position available in Control Engineering

The Electrical Engineering Department at École Polytechnique de Montréal invites
applications for tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate
Professor. The broad area of interest is control engineering with an emphasis
on the control of complex systems, including for exemple, electric power networks
and smart grids, as well as networked control systems.

The department seeks individuals who can assume leadership roles in teaching,
research and outreach. The new professors will be required to teach at both the
undergraduate and the graduate levels, supervise graduate students and demonstrate
strong interpersonal skills in order to favor close collaborations with existing
research groups.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering or in a
related engineering discipline. Industrial experience is desirable. The teaching
language is French. Candidates should send a CV, selected reprints/preprints of
previous or current research contributions, names and addresses of three references
and a brief statement outlining their research and teaching goals to:

Professor Yvon Savaria, chairman
Electrical Engineering Department
Ecole Polytechnique
P.O. Box 6079, Station Centre-ville
Montreal (Quebec), Canada
H3C 3A7

Further information available here:

Following Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to citizens
and permanent residents of Canada. Ecole Polytechnique is committed to employment


8.19 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Xinghua Liu,

Faculty Positions in Systems and Control
Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen, China
Department: Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering/ Systems and Control Center
Posted: Octobor 13, 2010
The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology,
Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSG) invites applications for several faculty positions at
all ranks. We are seeking candidates with excellent credentials in the areas of systems
and control, wind energy, power systems and smart grids. Applicants must have a Ph.D.
or equivalent in electrical, mechanical and power systems engineering and need to show
strong research record and potential. Successful candidates will be received a joint
appointment in the Center of Systems and Control. The Division currently has 11 full-time
faculty members, and is expected to grow to 20 faculties in the next few years.

HITSG offers a competitive salary and the salary levels at HITSG for these positions are
substantially higher than those provided by most universities in China, with full professor
in the range of RMB 170K to 230K per year, associate professor in the range of RMB130K to
160K per year, and assistant professor in the range of RMB 90K to 110K per year. Bonus
is a plus for all levels, subject to faculty’s performance.

Interested candidates can send detailed CV, list of publications, statement of research
(no more than 3 pages), teaching interests (no more than 2 pages), and a cover letter
including contact information of three references to:

Mr. Xinghua Liu
Control and Mechatronics Engineering Division
HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town
Xili, Shenzhen
P. R. China 518055

or email the documents to


8.20 Faculty: Univesity of Central Florida
Contributed by: Zhihua Qu,

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Faculty Positions Available

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is looking for
exceptional tenure-track faculty, primarily at the assistant professor level.
The department is particularly interested in hiring candidates with an established
record of research and publications in energy systems, though exceptional
candidates in other areas will also be considered. Specific technical areas
include but are not limited to smart grids, power quality, power system optimization
and control with intelligent devices, power network planning with renewable energy,
and renewable and distributed power generation.

Located in Orlando, UCF has over 56,000 students and is the nation's third largest
university. Applicants must have an earned doctorate degree in EE or closely related
field, and these positions require strong commitment to academic activities, including
teaching, scholarly publications and sponsored research. Full details on these positions,
the department, and application procedure can be found at http:/
UCF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


8.21 Faculty: Yale University
Contributed by: Vivian Smart,

Senior Faculty Position: Yale University

The Department of Electrical Engineering at Yale University would like to post
an ad in E- Letter and online IEEE CSS Newsletter for a Senior Faculty position
here at Yale. We would like for the ad to run for two months (October and November).
I am attaching below the ad and the Yale Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.
Please feel free to contact me by e-mail at or by phone
at 203-432-2214 if you have any questions or concerns.

Senior Position in Electrical Engineering at Yale

Yale University’s Electrical Engineering Department invites applications from
qualified individuals for a senior faculty position in either computer systems
or signals & systems. Subfields of interest include wireless communications,
networking, and systems on a chip, embedded systems, and emerging computing
methodologies inspired by advances in the biological sciences, quantum computing,
and other novel research directions. All candidates should be strongly committed
to both teaching and research and should be open to collaborative research.
Candidates should have distinguished records of research accomplishments and
should be willing and able to take the lead in the shaping of Yale’s expanding
programs in either computer engineering or signals & systems. Yale University is
an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among
its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women
and underrepresented minorities. The review process will begin November 1, 2010.
Applicants should send curriculum vitae to:

Electrical Engineering Search Committee
Yale University
P.O. Box 208284
New Haven, CT 06520-8284

Yale University's Equal Opportunity Statement

The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission,
education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities
and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body
qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as
delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions,
educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that
individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a special
disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran, or national
or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation
or gender identity or expression.

University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of
women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, special disabled
veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and other covered veterans.

Inquiries concerning these policies may be referred to Valarie Stanley, Director
of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, 221 Whitney Avenue; 3rd Floor,


8.22 Faculty: Wayne State University
Contributed by: George Yin,

Tenure Track Position, Wayne State University

Two tenure-track positions for Fall 2011. The first priority is algebra. Strong
candidates from any field of mathematics, particularly probability or topology,
are also encouraged to apply. Applications should include a signed, detailed vita,
description of current research interests, and four letters of recommendation,
one of which should address teaching.

Applications received by December 1, 2010 will be given priority. The position
is posted at Applicants must apply online through this
website. For further information, please consult the department's website,

Wayne State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


8.23 Faculty: University of New Mexico
Contributed by: Rafael Fierro,

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University
of New Mexico invites applications for full-time probationary appointment positions
leading to a tenure decision at all levels to begin in the Fall 2011. Candidates
should be in the general area of Energy Systems with emphasis on Controls or Microelectronics.

The application information may be found at:

The preferred expertise areas for the Energy Control Systems position include,
but are not limited to cyber-physical systems modeling and control; distributed
power/energy management; power conversion, protection and control; smart grid
infrastructure; intelligent transportation systems; and energy-efficient sensor
networks. The specific areas of interest for the Energy Microelectronic Systems
position include, but are not limited to smart grid and renewable energy technologies;
hardware security; low-power microelectronics; and power-aware microarchitectures.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and
experience. The positions require the development of a world-class research program,
supervising graduate students, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in
Electrical & Computer Engineering. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D., in Electrical
or Computer Engineering or a closely related field by August 1st, 2011. Applicants
should demonstrate their potential to establish a high-profile research program.
They should also outline their skills to be an effective teacher and mentor.

The ECE Department has 30 tenure-track faculty, 2 endowed chairs, and 27 research
faculty. It is currently undergoing a period of aggressive growth, having hired
10 new faculty members in the last 5 years. Sponsored research expenditures for
the 2009/10 academic year were over $12M, including research performed by ECE
faculty and students in Centers associated with the Department. The Department
interacts extensively with the federal laboratories in New Mexico (Air Force
Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory)
as well as high-tech companies in the Albuquerque area such as Intel, Lockheed
Martin, Boeing, etc. The new faculty member will also be expected to establish
research collaborations with these organizations. For additional information
about the ECE Department at the University of New Mexico please visit our
website at

The University of New Mexico is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution
and a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, with nearly 35,000 students
on the main and branch campuses. UNM is located in Albuquerque, the largest city
in New Mexico. Albuquerque is an ethnically diverse city of half a million residents
that has been listed among the smartest U.S. cities and best places to relocate
in America. The city has a rich culture and a location offering unparalleled
opportunities for outdoor adventure. The University is located within one hour
of Santa Fe, and within minutes of the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges, which
offer great opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing and skiing.

For best consideration, complete applications must be received by December 6, 2010.
The positions will remain open until filled. Each application must include a cover
letter summarizing the applicant’s experience, a detailed CV, a statement of teaching
and research interests, and the names, mailing addresses, e-mails, and telephone
numbers of at least three references.

Applications should be submitted online through, by referencing
posting # 0808518.

Inquiries should be sent to:

The University of New Mexico is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer
and educator. We especially encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.


8.24  Research Fellow: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Contributed by: Danwei Wang,

Research Fellow vacancy is available on the topics of satellite attitude control
and fault tolerant control. The position is with School of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The research project is
to develop a high fidelity modeling of satellite attitude with reaction wheels and
other actuators in certain configurations; design satellite attitude controllers
with input saturation; and fault tolerant control methodologies in presence of
actuation faults. Candidates with previous experiences in this area are encouraged
to apply. Candidates with relevant backgrounds will be carefully considered. This
position is open until it is filled. Interested candidates please send updated CV
and two relevant published papers to Professor Danwei Wang at


8.25  Research Associate: University of Cambridge
Contributed by: Prof. Jan Maciejowski,

University of Cambridge, UK.

Research Associate in Real-time Numerical Optimisation in Reconfigurable Hardware with Application to MPC.

Closing date for applications 19 November 2010.

Vacancy Reference No: NA07346. Salary: 27,319-35,646 GBP.

A fixed-term position will be available from 1 January 2011 until February 2013 for a Research Associate to work
on Real-time Numerical Optimization in Reconfigurable Hardware with Application to Model-Predictive Control under
the supervision of Prof. J.M. Maciejowski. The project is funded by the EPSRC and will involve collaboration with
Imperial College London, NTU Singapore, Xilinx, The MathWorks, and the European Space Agency. The aim of the project
is to bring the power of FPGA-based computation to bear on model-predictive control applications, and to use systems
and control theory to help devise efficient implementations of numerical algorithms in FPGA-based computation. The
successful candidate will have a PhD in Control Engineering or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates
with a strong analytical background, and experience of one or more of the following areas: control theory,
model-predictive control, numerical analysis, optimization, FPGA-based com putation.

To apply, complete form CHRIS /6 (cover sheet for C.V.s) available at and
send with your C.V. and covering letter to
Mrs Janet Milne, Department of Engineering,