October 2009

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 253
October 2009

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

2. General Announcements
2.1 National Science Foundation: Engineered Complex Systems
2.2 Benchmark on Adaptive Regulation

3. Books
3.1 Safety and Reliability in Cooperating Unmanned Aerial Systems
3.2 Networked Control Systems: Theory and Applications

3.3 Stability and Stabilization: An Introduction
3.4 Optimal Observation for Cyber-physical Systems
3.5 Hybrid Switching Diffusions: Properties and Applications

3.6 Fault-tolerant Control Systems Design and Practical Applications

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: AIChE Journal
4.2 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
4.3 Contents: European Journal of Control
4.4 Contents: Journal of Process Control
4.5 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
4.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.7 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
4.8 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS)
4.9 CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
4.10 CFP: Asian Journal of Control - Iterative Learning Control
4.11 CFP: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics 
4.12 CFP: Robotica, Special issue on ROBOTIC SELF-X SYSTEMS
5. Conferences
5.1 ICARCV 2010
5.2 HSCC10, Intern Conf on Hybrid Systems: Computation & Control
5.3 SING6
5.4 International Conference on Renewable Energy: Generation and Applications
5.5 MTNS 2010 - Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems
5.6 Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWEEK 2010)
5.7 International conference on Power, Control, Signals and Computation
5.8 IFAC Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES2010)

6.  Workshops
6.1 EECI Graduate School on Control
6.2 2009 Monie A. Ferst Award Symposium in honor of Petar V. Kokotovic
6.3 CDC/CCC 2009 Workshop on Foundations of Hybrid Systems
6.4 Embedded Reasoning: Intelligence in Embedded Systems

7.  Positions
7.1 PhD: The Research Division SISTA, University of Leuven, Belgium
7.2 PhD: Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann, Grenoble, France
7.3 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
7.4 PhD: University of Hong Kong
7.5 PhD: Northeastern University
7.6 PhD: University of Hong Kong
7.7 PhD: Clemson University
7.8 PhD: Laboratoire d'Automatique, de Génie Informatique et Signal (LAGIS)
7.9 Research Fellow: Australian National University
7.10 Post-Doc: Australian National University
7.11 Faculty Position: The National University of Singapore
7.12 Faculty Position: ETH Zurich
7.13 Faculty Position: South China University of Technology
7.14 Chair in Automatic Control: Uppsala University, Sweden


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: C. Stewart, trac@bu.edu

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume: 54  Issue: 8   Date: Aug. 2009
Model Predictive Control for Stochastic Resource Allocation
Castanon, D.A.; Wohletz, J.M.
Page(s): 1739-1750
Hybrid Invariant Manifolds in Systems With Impulse Effects With Application to Periodic Locomotion in Bipedal Robots
Morris, B.; Grizzle, J.W.
Page(s): 1751-1764
Network Formation: Bilateral Contracting and Myopic Dynamics
Arcaute, E.; Johari, R.; Mannor, S.
Page(s): 1765-1778
The Spring Loaded Inverted Pendulum as the Hybrid Zero Dynamics of an Asymmetric Hopper
Poulakakis, I.; Grizzle, J.W.
Page(s): 1779-1793
Global Stabilization of the Generalized MIMO Triangular Systems With Singular Input-Output Links
Pavlichkov, S.S.; Ge, S.S.
Page(s): 1794-1806
Data Transmission Over Networks for Estimation and Control
Gupta, V.; Dana, A.F.; Hespanha, J.P.; Murray, R.M.; Hassibi, B.
Page(s): 1807-1819
Fault Detection Schemes for Continuous-Time Stochastic Dynamical Systems
Castillo, A.; Zufiria, P.J.
Page(s): 1820-1836
A Control Approach for Thrust-Propelled Underactuated Vehicles and its Application to VTOL Drones
Minh-Duc Hua; Hamel, T.; Morin, P.; Samson, C.
Page(s): 1837-1853
Trajectory Planning for Boundary Controlled Parabolic PDEs With Varying Parameters on Higher-Dimensional Spatial Domains
Meurer, T.; Kugi, A.
Page(s): 1854-1868
Analysis of Pinning-Controlled Networks: A Renormalization Approach
Ji Xiang; Guanrong Chen
Page(s): 1869-1875
Stability Optimization of Hybrid Periodic Systems via a Smooth Criterion
Diehl, M.; Mombaur, K.; Noll, D.
Page(s): 1875-1880
Switching-Driving Lyapunov Function and the Stabilization of the Ball-and-Plate System
Casagrande, D.; Astolfi, A.; Parisini, T.
Page(s): 1881-1886
Remarks on Dwell Time Solutions and Stability of Families of Nonlinear Vector Fields
Bacciotti, A.; Mazzi, L.
Page(s): 1886-1892
Simultaneous Stabilization and Robust Control of Polynomial Nonlinear Systems Using SOS Techniques
Jun Xu; Lihua Xie; Youyi Wang
Page(s): 1892-1897
On Input-to-State Stability of Stochastic Retarded Systems With Markovian Switching
Lirong Huang; Xuerong Mao
Page(s): 1898-1902
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Fundamental Limitations in Continuous-Time Linear Output Feedback Control
Rojas, A.J.
Page(s): 1902-1907
Stability Analysis of a Max-Min Fair Rate Control Protocol (RCP) in a Small Buffer Regime
Voice, T.; Raina, G.
Page(s): 1908-1913
Monotone Piecewise Affine Systems
Aswani, A.; Tomlin, C.
Page(s): 1913-1918
Certainty Equivalence Adaptive Control of Plants With Unmatched Uncertainty Using State Feedback
Boskovic, J.D.; Zhuo Han
Page(s): 1918-1924
On the “Uniform” Observability of Discrete-Time Nonlinear Systems
Hanba, S.
Page(s): 1925-1928
Globally Optimal Distributed Kalman Fusion With Local Out-of-Sequence-Measurement Updates
Xiaojing Shen; Enbin Song; Yunmin Zhu; Yingting Luo
Page(s): 1928-1934
Modified Anti-Windup Compensators for Stable Plants
Sajjadi-Kia, S.; Jabbari, F.
Page(s): 1934-1939
Performance Analysis of Gradient Neural Network Exploited for Online Time-Varying Matrix Inversion
Yunong Zhang; Ke Chen; Hong-Zhou Tan
Page(s): 1940-1945
Infinite-Horizon Joint LQG Synthesis of Switching and Feedback in Discrete Time
Ji-Woong Lee
Page(s): 1945-1951

Reaching Time Estimation for “Super-Twisting” Second Order Sliding Mode Controller via Lyapunov Function Designing
Polyakov, A.; Poznyak, A.
Page(s): 1951-1955
A Class of Globally Convergent Velocity Observers for Robotic Manipulators
Namvar, M.
Page(s): 1956-1961
Modifying Security Policies for the Satisfaction of Intransitive Non-Interference
Yeddes, M.; Feng Lin; Ben Hadj-Alouane, N.
Page(s): 1961-1966

H-infinity Unbiased Filtering for Linear Descriptor Systems via LMI
Darouach, M.
Page(s): 1966-1972
An Analysis of a Neural Dynamical Approach to Solving Optimization Problems
Changyin Sun; Youshen Xia
Page(s): 1972-1977
Open-Loop Decoupling of MIMO Plants
Ghosh, A.; Das, S.K.
Page(s): 1977-1981
Design of Variable Structure Control System With Nonlinear Time-Varying Sliding Sector
Yaodong Pan; Kumar, K.D.; Guangjun Liu; Furuta, K.
Page(s): 1981-1986
Performance Bounds in H-infinity Optimal Control for Stable SISO Plants With Arbitrary Relative Degree
Peters, A.A.; Salgado, M.E.
Page(s): 1987-1990
An Iterative Learning Control for a Class of Partially Feedback Linearizable Systems
Marino, R.; Tomei, P.
Page(s): 1991-1996
Observer Design for Lur'e Systems With Multivalued Mappings: A Passivity Approach
Brogliato, B.; Heemels, W.P.M.H.
Page(s): 1996-2001

An Average Performance Limit of MIMO Systems in Tracking Multi-Sinusoids With Partial Signal Information
Weizhou Su; Li Qiu; Jie Chen
Page(s): 2001-2006
Dynamic Phasor Analysis of Periodic Systems
Almer, S.; Jonsson, U.
Page(s): 2007-2012
Probabilistic Supervisory Control of Probabilistic Discrete Event Systems
Pantelic, V.; Postma, S.M.; Lawford, M.
Page(s): 2013-2018
Session-Level Load Balancing for High-Dimensional Systems
Roubos, D.; Bhulai, S.
Page(s): 2018-2023


2. General Announcements

2.1 National Science Foundation: Engineered Complex Systems
Contributed by: Eduardo Misawa, emisawa@nsf.gov

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new solicitation in the area of “Engineered Complex
Systems.”  The solicitation says “The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) are collaborating
in this solicitation to provide "seed funding" for small teams of innovative engineers and mathematical scientists
(mathematicians or statisticians) to seek and develop a  theoretical basis of complex systems, with the aim of developing
formal methods for the design of engineered complex systems.”  See details at:


2.2 Benchmark on Adaptive Regulation
contributed by: Landau Ioan, ioan-dore.landau@gipsa-lab.inp-grenoble.fr

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

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

The test bed is an active suspension using an inertial actuator and equipped with a shaker and a measure of the residual force. It
is located at GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble (France) which has already experience on organizing benchmarks on test beds (see European J. of
Control, no.2, 1995 and no.1, 2003).

The disturbances are unknown/time-varying multiple narrow band disturbances located in a given frequency region. The plant model is
(almost) constant, but unknown. It should be identified by the participants from input/output data which will be provided (additional
data can be provided upon specific demands from participants).

A “black box” discrete time Matlab Simulink simulator of the plant will be also provided. The participants should give a Simulink
simulation including complete control scheme built around the “black box” model. The “test” protocol will be made available to the
participants. The simulation should be compatible with the Matlab xPC Target environment, which will be used for real-time implementation
on the test bed. Final evaluation will be performed on the basis of real-time results.

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

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

Interested persons should contact: ioan-dore.landau @gipsa-lab.inp-grenoble.fr


3. Books
3.1 Safety and Reliability in Cooperating Unmanned Aerial Systems
Contributed by: C.A. Rabbth, rabbath@ieee.org

A new book entitled "Safety and Reliability in Cooperating Unmanned Aerial Systems" (ISBN 978-981-283-699-1) is now available from
World Scientific.

The book provides a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the analysis and design of health management systems for cooperating
unmanned aerial vehicles. Such systems rely upon monitoring and fault adaptation schemes. Motivation for their study comes from the fact
that, despite the use of fault-tolerant control software and hardware embedded onboard air vehicles, overall fleet performance may still
be degraded after the occurrence of anomalous events such as systems faults and failures. Cooperative health management systems seek to
provide adaptation to the presence of faults by capitalizing on the availability of interconnected computing, sensing and actuation

Table of Contents is as follows:

1. Introduction

2. Health Management for the Individual Vehicle: A Review
2.1 Passive and Active Fault-Tolerant Control Systems
2.2 Fault/Failure Detection and Diagnosis
2.3 Control Reconfiguration
2.4 FTC and FDD Techniques for MAV and SUAV

3. Health Monitoring and Adaptation for UAS Formations
3.1 Models of Vehicle Dynamics, Flight Control, and Faults
3.2 Formation Control
3.3 Observer-Based Decentralized Abrupt Fault Detector
3.4 Signal-Based Decentralized Non-abrupt Fault Detector
3.5 UAV Command Adaptation
3.6 Simulations and Experiments

4. Decision Making and Health Management for Cooperating UAS
4.1 Coordinated Rendezvous of UAS Formations
4.2 Cooperation Despite Information Flow Faults
4.3 Numerical Simulations
4.4 Distributed and Parallel Implementation of Optimization Algorithms


3.2 Networked Control Systems: Theory and Applications
Contriubted by: Derong Liu, derongliu@gmail.com

Networked Control Systems: Theory and Applications
Fei-Yue Wand and Derong Liu (Eds.)
2008, 365 p. 122 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-84800-214-2

http://www.springer.com search prompt enter: derong liu


Networked control systems (NCS) consist of sensors, actuators and controllers the operations of which may be distributed over
geographically disparate locations and co-ordinated by the exchange of information passed over a communication network. The
communication network may be physically wired or not. The widespread applications of the Internet have been a major driving force
for research and development of NCS. NCS have advantages in terms of cost reduction, system diagnosis and flexibility, minimizing
wiring and making the addition and replacement of individual elements relatively simple; efficient data sharing makes taking globally
intelligent control decisions easier with an NCS.

The applications of NCS are very wide, from the large scale of factory automation and plant monitoring to the smaller but complicated
networks of computers in modern cars, places and autonomous robots.

Networked Control Systems presents the most recent results in stability and robustness analysis as well as new developments related to
networked fuzzy and optimal control. Many of the chapters contain details of case-studies, experimental, simulation and/or other
application-related work showing how the theories put forward can be implemented in real systems.

The state-of-the art research reported in this volume by an international team of contributors will make Networked Control Systems an
essential reference for researchers and postgraduate students in control, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering and computer

Written for:
Academic researchers and graduate students in control, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering and computer science; libraries

    * Communication Networks
    * Control
    * Control Engineering
    * Embedded Control Systems
    * Fuzzy Control
    * Networked Control Systems
    * Optimal Control
    * Real-time Control
    * Robust Control
    * Stability Analysis

Overview of Networked Control Systems.
Overview of Agent-based Control and Management for NCS.
Analysis and Design of Networked Predictive Control Systems.
Robust H-infinity Control and Filtering of Networked Control Systems.
Switched Feedback Control for Wireless Networked Systems.
Networked Control for T-S Fuzzy Systems with Time Delay.
A Discrete-time Jump Fuzzy System Approach to NCS.
Networked Boundary Control of Damped Wave Equations.
Coordination of Multi-agent Systems Using Adaptive Velocity Strategy.
Design of Robust Strictly Positive Real Transfer Functions.


3.3 Stability and Stabilization: An Introduction
Contributed by: William J. Terrell, wterrell@vcu.edu

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.

Presenting stability and stabilization of equilibria as a core problem of mathematical control theory, the book emphasizes the subject’s
mathematical coherence and unity, and it introduces and develops many of the core concepts of systems and control theory. There are five
chapters on linear systems and nine chapters on nonlinear systems; an introductory chapter; a mathematical background chapter; a short
final chapter on further reading; and appendixes on basic analysis, ordinary differential equations, manifolds and the Frobenius theorem,
and comparison functions and their use in differential equations. The five chapters on linear systems theory present the full framework of
basic state-space theory, providing just enough detail to prepare students for the material on nonlinear systems.

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

For more information on the book, including information on adoption, please visit


3.4 Optimal Observation for Cyber-physical Systems
Contributed by: Zhen Song, zhen.song@siemens.com

Optimal Observation for Cyber-physical Systems
A Fisher-information-matrix-based Approach
Song, Z., Chen, Y., Sastry, C.R., Tas, N.C.
2009, XVIII, 174 p. 75 illus., 8 in color. With online files/update., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-84882-655-7

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) embody the interaction between a computing system and a physical process, being distinguished from
traditional embedded systems by being designed as networks of interacting elements rather than as isolated devices. The wireless
sensor networks (WSNs) which are the focus of the research presented here are examples of the application of CPS in monitoring some
physical quantities of the environment and relaying the processed information to a central hub.
Optimal Observation for Cyber-physical Systems addresses the challenge, fundamental to the design of WSNs, presented by the obligatory
trade-off between precise estimates and system constraints. A unified theoretical framework, based on the well-established theory of
optimal experimental design and providing consistent solutions to problems hitherto requiring a variety of approaches, is put forward
to solve a large class of optimal observation problems. The Fisher information matrix plays a key role in this framework and makes it
feasible to provide analytical solutions to some complex and important questions which could not be answered in the past. A set of
MATLAB® files are also provided for the use of the reader (via download from www.springer.com/978-1-84882-655-7), to simulate the
experiments that are described in the book.
Optimal Observation for Cyber-physical Systems will be of interest to academic researchers in WSNs and to readers with an applied
background in WSN implementation who will find most of the theoretical understanding of the key theory of optimal experimental
design they need within this book. The use of multiple real-world examples to illustrate the theoretical parts of the book brings
the subject into sharper focus than would an abstract theoretical disquisition. Researchers interested in convex optimization and
in environmental monitoring and the estimation of diffusive pollution will also find the text of service.

Written for:
Academic researchers in wireless sensor networks and optimal experimental design; industry-based workers in wireless sensor networks;
researchers interested in convex optimization; researchers in environmental monitoring and the estimation of diffusive pollution; libraries

Communication Networks
Control Engineering
Distributed Control
Networked Control Systems
Optimal Experimental Design
Sensor Selection
Wireless Sensor Networks


3.5 Hybrid Switching Diffusions: Properties and Applications
Contributed by: George Yin, gyin@math.wayne.edu

A New Book:  Hybrid Switching Diffusions: Properties and Applications, by G. Yin and C. Zhu

This book presents a comprehensive study of hybrid switching diffusion processes and their applications. The motivations
for studying such processes originate from emerging and existing applications in wireless communications, signal processing,
queueing networks, production planning, biological systems, ecosystems, financial engineering, and modeling,
analysis, and control and optimization of large-scale systems, under the influence of random environment. One of the distinct features of
the processes under consideration is the coexistence of continuous dynamics and discrete events. This book is written for applied
mathematicians, applied probabilists, systems engineers, control scientists, operations researchers, and financial analysts. Selected
materials from the book may also be used in a graduate level course on stochastic processes and applications or a course on hybrid systems.
A large part of the book is concerned with the discrete event process depending on the continuous dynamics. In addition to the existence
and uniqueness of solutions of switching diffusion equations, regularity, Feller and strong Feller properties, continuous and smooth
dependence on initial data, recurrence, ergodicity, invariant measures, and stability are dealt with. Numerical methods for solutions
of switching diffusions are developed;  algorithms for approximation to invariant measures are investigated. Two-time-scale models are
also examined. The results presented in the book are useful to researchers and practitioners who need to use stochastic models to deal
with hybrid stochastic systems, and to treat real-world problems when continuous dynamics and discrete events are intertwined, in which
the traditional approach using stochastic differential equations alone are no longer adequate.


3.6 Fault-tolerant Control Systems Design and Practical Applications
Contributed by: Prof. Hassan Noura, hnoura@uaeu.ac.ae

Fault-tolerant Control Systems Design and Practical Applications
Series: Advances in Industrial Control. Springer.
Authors: Noura, H., Theilliol, D., Ponsart, J.-C., Chamseddine, A.
ISBN: 978-1-84882-652-6

Fault-tolerant Control Systems reports the development of fault diagnosis and fault-tolerant control (FTC) methods with their application
to real plants. After an introduction to fault diagnosis and FTC, a chapter on actuators and sensors in systems with varying degrees of
nonlinearity leads to three chapters in which the design of FTC systems is given thorough coverage for real applications:
- a winding machine typifying a subsystem in various sheet and film processes;
- a hydraulic three-tank system representative of those used widely in chemical plants; and
- an active suspension system demonstrating application in whole large-scale systems by splitting into subsystems.

Actuator and sensor faults are accommodated within the control-law design and the integration of fault diagnosis models in the FTC systems
described. Commentary is given on the recent results presented. Critical failures – the loss of system observability from total loss of a
sensor and of controllability from complete loss of an actuator – are considered. Linearized systems around an operating point and nonlinear
systems are discussed and illustrated. A complete simulation platform of the three-tank system, in closed-loop, with or without actuator and
sensor faults, is provided for the use of the reader via download from www.springer.com/978-1-84882-652-6.

With its emphasis on real application, Fault-tolerant Control Systems makes an important contribution to the literature on FTC and will be
of significant assistance to practicing control engineers with problems of this nature to solve. The book will also be of use to academic
researchers and graduate students interested in FTC, bringing to their attention the need to adapt their methods for implementation and
suggesting ways in which this can be done.

1- Introduction to Model-based Fault Diagnosis and Fault-tolerant Control
2- Actuator and Sensor Fault-tolerant Control Design
3- Application to a Winding Machine
4- Application to a Three-tank System
5- Sensor Fault-tolerant Control Method for Active Suspension System
6- Conclusion
Appendix: Three-tank System Simulation


4. Journals

4.1 Contents: AIChE Journal
Contributed by: Youqing Wang, kewangyq@engr.ucsb.edu

AIChE Journal Volume 55 Issue 9 (September 2009)

Efficient MILP formulations for the simultaneous optimal peptide tag design and downstream processing synthesis (p 2303-2317)
João M. Natali, José M. Pinto, Lazaros G. Papageorgiou

Process similarity and developing new process models through migration (p 2318-2328)
Junde Lu, Ke Yao, Furong Gao

A property-based optimization of direct recycle networks and wastewater treatment processes (p 2329-2344)
José María Ponce-Ortega, Ana Carolina Hortua, Mahmoud El-Halwagi, Arturo Jiménez-Gutiérrez

Estimation of an effective water diffusion coefficient during infrared-convective drying of a polymer solution (p 2345-2355)
N. Allanic, P. Salagnac, P. Glouannec, B. Guerrier

Multiperiod design and planning of multiproduct batch plants with mixed-product campaigns (p 2356-2369)
Gabriela Corsano, Pío A. Aguirre, Jorge M. Montagna

Morphological population balance model in principal component space (p 2370-2381)
Xue Z. Wang, Cai Y. Ma


4.2 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
Contributed by: J. Lawrie, jlawrie@theiet.org

IET Control Theory & Applications, Volume 3, Issue 10, October 2009
For more information on this journal, please go to:
To submit a paper, please go to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iet/iet-cta


Stabilisation of networked control systems with communication constraints and multiple distributed transmission delays
H. Song, L. Yu and W.-A. Zhang

Detection and isolation of actuator faults for a class of non-linear systems with application to electric motors drives
D.R. Espinoza-Trejo and D.U. Campos-Delgado

Hybrid adaptive and impulsive synchronisation of uncertain complex dynamical networks by the generalised Barbalat’s lemma
H.B. Jiang

Minimum-time feedforward technique for PID control
S. Piccagli and A. Visioli

Observer-based resilient L2–L-infinity control for singular time-delay systems
L. Li and Y. Jia

Solution of variational problems via hybrid of block-pulse and Lagrange interpolating
H.R. Marzban, H.R. Tabrizidooz and M. Razzaghi

Magnetic momentum management for a geostationary satellite platform
D. Desiderio, M. Lovera, S. Pautonnier and R. Drai

Adaptive backstepping dynamic surface control for systems with periodic disturbances using neural networks
W.S. Chen

Stabilising predictive control of non-linear time-delay systems using control Lyapunov–Krasovskii functionals
R. Mahboobi Esfanjani and S.K.Y. Nikravesh

Efficient iterative method for solving the second-order Sylvester matrix equation EVF^2-AVF-CV=BW
M. Dehghan and M. Hajarian

Integral sliding mode control of an extended Heisenberg system
M. Defoort, T. Floquet, W. Perruquetti and S.V. Drakunov

Average dwell time approach to L2–L-infinity control of switched delay systems via dynamic output feedback
L. Wu, T. Qi and Z. Feng

Stable weights dynamics for a class of differential neural network observer
I. Chairez, A. Poznyak and T. Poznyak

Special time-varying Lyapunov function for robust stability analysis of linear parameter varying systems with bounded parameter
R.C.L.F. Oliveira, M.C. de Oliveira and P.L.D. Peres


4.3 Contents: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: Maria Prandini, prandini@elet.polimi.it

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 15, Issue n. 5, 2009

Structural Analysis of the Partial State and Input Observability for Structured Linear Systems: Application to Distributed Systems
T. Boukhobza, F. Hamelin, S. Martinez-Martinez, D. Sauter

A Delay Decomposition Approach to H-infinity Control of Networked Control Systems
X.-M. Zhang, Q.-L. Han

A New Decentralized Fuzzy Model Reference Adaptive Controller for a Class of Large-scale Nonaffine Nonlinear Systems
R. Ghasemi, M.B. Menhaj, A. Afshar

Induced L2 Norm Improvement by Interpolating Controllers for Discrete-time LPV Systems
T. Péni, B. Kulcsár, J. Bokor

Impedance Model-based Control for an Electrohydraulic Stewart Platform
I. Davliakos, E. Papadopoulos

An observer for Mass-action Chemical Reaction Networks
M. Farina, S. Bittanti


4.4 Contents: Journal of Process Control
Contributed by: Youqing Wang, kewangyq@engr.ucsb.edu

Journal of Process Control Volume 19, Issue 8
2. Hybrid systems: Modeling, simulation and optimization
Page 1217
Metin Türkay, Bülent Karasözen, Lorenz T. Biegler, Thomas J. McAvoy

3. Hybrid systems of differential-algebraic equations – Analysis and numerical solution
Pages 1218-1228
Volker Mehrmann, Lena Wunderlich

4. Reference governor for constrained piecewise affine systems
Pages 1229-1237
Francesco Borrelli, Paolo Falcone, Jaroslav Pekar, Greg Stewart

5. Reformulations and algorithms for the optimization of switching decisions in nonlinear optimal control
Pages 1238-1247
Sebastian Sager

6. MPEC strategies for optimization of a class of hybrid dynamic systems
Pages 1248-1256
B.T. Baumrucker, L.T. Biegler

7. A model of angiogenesis by hybrid systems with delay on the piecewise constant part
Pages 1257-1264
Bülent Karasözen, Hakan Öktem, Mustafa Kahraman

8. MIMO control performance monitoring using left/right diagonal interactors
Pages 1267-1276
Jie Yu, S. Joe Qin

9. Neighboring-extremal updates for nonlinear model-predictive control and dynamic real-time optimization
Pages 1277-1288
Lynn Würth, Ralf Hannemann, Wolfgang Marquardt

10. MPC for battery/fuel cell hybrid vehicles including fuel cell dynamics and battery performance improvement
Pages 1289-1304
Alicia Arce, Alejandro J. del Real, Carlos Bordons

11. Detection of model-plant mismatch in MPC applications
Pages 1305-1313
Abhijit S. Badwe, Ravindra D. Gudi, Rohit S. Patwardhan, Sirish L. Shah, Sachin C. Patwardhan

12. Smooth sliding-mode observers for specific growth rate and substrate from biomass measurement
Pages 1314-1323
Jesús Picó, Hernán De Battista, Fabricio Garelli

13. A multivariable control scheme in a two-stage anaerobic digestion system described by partial differential equations
Pages 1324-1332
Efrén Aguilar-Garnica, Denis Dochain, Víctor Alcaraz-González, Víctor González-Álvarez

14. Adaptive control strategy for regulation of blood glucose levels in patients with type 1 diabetes
Pages 1333-1346
Meriyan Eren-Oruklu, Ali Cinar, Lauretta Quinn, Donald Smith

15. Root cause diagnosis of plant-wide oscillations using the concept of adjacency matrix
Pages 1347-1354
Hailei Jiang, Rohit Patwardhan, Sirish L. Shah

16. Control of an anaerobic digester through normal form of fold bifurcation
Pages 1355-1367
A. Rincon, F. Angulo, G. Olivar

17. NLPCA as a diagnostic tool for control valve stiction
Pages 1368-1376
H. Zabiri, M. Ramasamy

18. Simultaneous design and control of chemical processes with application to the Tennessee Eastman process
Pages 1377-1391
L.A. Ricardez-Sandoval, H.M. Budman, P.L. Douglas

19. A novel neural internal model control for multi-input multi-output nonlinear discrete-time processes
Pages 1392-1400
Hua Deng, Zhen Xu, Han-Xiong Li

20. The optimal drift-compensatory and fault tolerant approach for mixed-product run-to-run control
Pages 1401-1412
Bing Ai, Ying Zheng, Shi-Shang Jang, Yanwei Wang, Lin Ye, Chunjie Zhou


4.5 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Patrick Keene, patrick.keene@birkhauser.com

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing, Volume 28, Issue 5

Table of Contents:

* Taming Single Input Chaotic Systems by Fractional Differentiator-Based Controller: Theoretical and Experimental Study
Mohammad Saleh Tavazoei, Mohammad Haeri, and Saeid Jafari

* A Fully Differential Digital CMOS UWB Pulse Generator
Mario R. Casu, Mariagrazia Graziano, and Maurizio Zamboni

* New H-2 Filter for Uncertain Singular Systems Using Strict LMIs
Magdi S. Mahmoud and Hosam E. Emara-Shabaik

* A New Approach to Observer-Based Fault-Tolerant Controller Design for Takagi-Sugeno Fuzzy Systems with State Delay
Ke Zhang, Bin Jiang, and Peng Shi

* Parametric Characteristic Analysis for Generalized Frequency Response Functions of Nonlinear Systems
Xing Jian Jing, Zi Qiang Lang, and Stephen A. Billings

* Switched Discrete-Time Delay Systems: Delay-Dependent Analysis and Synthesis
Magdi S. Mahmoud, Fouad M. Al-Sunni, and Yan Shi

* Delay-Dependent Robust H-infinity Filter Design for Uncertain Linear Systems with Time-Varying Delay
Jian Sun, Jie Chen, G. P. Liu, and D. Rees

* Current-Mode Universal Biquadratic Filter with Five Inputs and Two Outputs Using Two Multi-Output CCIIs
Jiun-Wei Horng, Chun-Li Hou, Chun-Ming Chang, Wei-Yuan Chiu, and Cheng-Chi Liu

* Erratum: A Delay-Dependent Approach to Robust H-infinity Control for Uncertain Stochastic Systems with State and Input Delays
Hongyi Li, Bing Chen, Qi Zhou, and Chong Lin

For ordering information as well as electronic back issues, please visit: http://www.birkhauser.com/journal/34

Recent Special Issues:

Volume 27, Issue 2 (April, 2008): Special Issue on Digital Watermarking and Multimedia Security

Volume 26, Issue 4 (August, 2007): Special Issue on Signal Processing for Uncertain Systems


4.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Fernando Camisani, cep@up.ac.za

Message: Journal: Control Engineering Practice; Volume : 17; Issue : 10; Date : October, 2009

1) Editorial Board
Control Engineering Practice, Page IFC

2) Switching control for thruster-assisted position mooring, Pages 985-994, Dong T. Nguyen, Asgeir J. Sorensen

3) Model-based predictive motion cueing strategy for vehicle driving simulators, Pages 995-1003, Mehmet Dagdelen, Gilles Reymond,
Andras Kemeny, Marc Bordier, Nadia Maizi

4) Specification of a batch plant using process algebra and petri nets, Pages 1004-1015, Petter Falkman, Bengt Lennartson,
Michael Tittus

5) A practical approach to disturbance decoupling control, Pages 1016-1025, Qing Zheng, Zhongzhou Chen, Zhiqiang Gao

6) Development of adaptive soft sensor based on statistical identification of key variables, Pages 1026-1034, Ming-Da Ma, Jing-Wei
Ko, San-Jang Wang, Ming-Feng Wu, Shi-Shang Jang, Shyan-Shu Shieh, David Shan-Hill Wong

7) Bath temperature and AlF3 control of an aluminium electrolysis cell, Pages 1035-1043, S. Kolas, T. Store

8) Optimal control of indoor climate in agricultural storage facilities for potatoes and onions, Pages 1044-1052, Leo Lukasse, Jan
van Maldegem, Enrico Dierkes, Aart-Jan van der Voort, Janneke de Kramer-Cuppen, Gerrit van der Kolk

9) Torque and power control of electrically driven marine propellers, Pages 1053-1064, Asgeir J. Sorensen, Oyvind N. Smogeli

10) Direct adaptive control based on gradient estimation and industrial application, Pages 1065-1075, Zhong Zhao, Ning Xu, M. Nakamura,
Y. Ikegami

11) Robust constrained predictive feedback linearization controller in a solar desalination plant collector field, Pages 1076-1088,
Lidia Roca, Jose Luis Guzman, Julio E. Normey-Rico, Manolo Berenguel, Luis Yebra

12) Real-time application of discrete second order sliding mode control to a chemical reactor, Pages 1089-1095, Mohamed Mihoub, Ahmed
Said Nouri, Ridha Ben Abdennour

13) Distributed parameter control of a batch fluidised bed dryer, Pages 1096-1106, Javier A. Villegas, Stephen R. Duncan, Haigang G.
Wang, Wuquiang Q. Yang, Rambali S. Raghavan

14) A hysteresis compensation method of piezoelectric actuator: Model, identification and control, Pages 1107-1114, Changhai Ru, Liguo
Chen, Bing Shao, Weibin Rong, Lining Sun


4.7 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Paper Title: Delay Dependent Stabilization of Linear Time-Varying System with Time Delay
Authors: Seyyed Shaho Alaviani

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

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

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


4.8 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS)
Contributed by: Agnieszka Rożewska, A.Rozewska@issi.uz.zgora.pl

Message: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS)
2009, Volume 19, Number 3 (September)

Special issue: Verified Methods: Applications in Medicine and Engineering
Editors: Andreas Rauh, Ekaterina Auer, Eberhard P. Hofer and Wolfram Luther

Verified methods for computing Pareto sets: General algorithmic analysis
G.-Tóth B. and Kreinovich V.

A novel interval arithmetic approach for solving differential-algebraic equations with VALENCIA-IVP
Rauh A., Brill M. and Günther C.
Interval analysis for certified numerical solution of problems in robotics
Merlet J.-P.

Reliable robust path planning with application to mobile robots
Pepy R., Kieffer M. and Walter E.

Verification techniques for sensitivity analysis and design of controllers for nonlinear dynamic systems with
Rauh A., Minisini J. and Hofer E.P.

Nonlinear stabilizing control of an uncertain bioprocess model
Dimitrova N. and Krastanov M.

Uses of new sensitivity and DAE solving methods in SMARTMOBILE for verified analysis of mechanical systems
Auer E. and Luther W.

An object-oriented approach to simulating human gait motion based on motion tracking
Tändl M., Stark T., Erol N.E., Löer F. and Kecskeméthy A.

Derivation of physically motivated constraints for efficient interval simulations applied to the analysis of uncertain
dynamical systems
Freihold M. and Hofer E.P.

Verified solution method for population epidemiology models with uncertainty
Enszer J.A. and Stadtherr M.A.

This and other issues are currently available online at http://www.amcs.uz.zgora.pl

Publisher: University of Zielona Góra and Lubuskie Scientific Society, Poland
ISSN: 1641-876X
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Józef Korbicz
Website: http://www.amcs.uz.zgora.pl
E-mail: amcs@uz.zgora.pl
Scope: mathematical methods in computer science and engineering, modern control theory and applications, artificial
intelligence techniques, applied mathematics and mathematical optimization techniques
Indexation: Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®), Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, INSPEC, EBSCO,
Scopus-Elsevier, MathSciNet, Mathematical Reviews, Compendex, Zentralblatt MATH, Current Mathematical Publications,
Applied Mechanics Reviews, VINITI, BazTech


4.9 CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
Contributed by: Christophe Prieur, cprieur@laas.fr

- last call for papers -
Special Issue ’New directions on hybrid control systems’ of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control

Nonlinear control systems have undergone tremendous advances in the last two decades at the levels of theory
and applications. Among those, a class of particular interest is that one resulting from the interaction of a
control system with a system governed by different dynamics. This class of system lies in the hybrid and
nonlinear control systems field. In the last decade, the study of such hybrid systems, whose behavior can
be mathematically described using a mixture of logic based switching and difference/differential linear or
nonlinear equations, has attracted important research efforts. It is motivated by the fact that many physical
systems are controlled or supervised by controllers with such mixed dynamics. In many applications (like
Automotive, Networked control systems, Energy management, Biology...), analysis and design methods for
systems evolving both continuously and discontinuously components are needed.

Contributions are invited regarding for example (non-exhaustive list):
- analysis of stability of hybrid systems;
- reset control systems;
- systems subject to switching operators;
- design of hybrid controllers for linear or nonlinear control systems;
- overcoming the limitations of classical feedbacks using nonlinear or hybrid laws;
- practical and implementation aspects in nonlinear and hybrid contexts;
- numerical simulations of hybrid systems;
- analytical tools for hybrid optimal control.

Papers should be submitted online via the journals homepage http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/5510/home under Online
Submission. Authors are requested to submit their papers by 1st October 2009. Authors must select Christophe
Prieur or Sophie Tarbouriech as the Submitting Editor. Each submission must be clearly identified as a submission for this special issue
by entering New directions on hybrid control systems in the Special Issue Title Field. Manuscripts should
be prepared in accordance with the publication format described in For Authors on the journal homepage.

Guest Editors
Dr. Christophe Prieur
Dr. Sophie Tarbouriech
Email: cprieur@laas.fr , tarbour@laas.fr


4.10 CFP: Asian Journal of Control - Iterative Learning Control
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

“Iterative Learning Control”
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

Papers are solicited for a Special Issue of the Asian Journal of Control on
Iterative Learning Control. The aim of the special issue is to review the
progress of iterative learning control (ILC) since it was originally conceived
in the mid-1980s, to examine the most exciting work currently being undertaken
in this area today, and to explore the more fertile avenues for future research.
The breadth of scope for the special issue includes both theoretical research
as well as descriptions of successful industrial applications of ILC.

Plenary talks and contributed papers from the Symposium on Learning Control at
the IEEE CDC 2009 (http://dcas.gist.ac.kr/ilc2009) will be screened for rewriting
and solicited for the special issue. However, the intent is to collect papers that
represent the state-of-the-art in ILC and its connection to other fields. As such,
papers that were not presented at the symposium are also strongly encouraged.

Guest Editors:           
Prof. Hyo-Sung Ahn
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
E-mail: hyosung@gist.ac.kr

Prof. Kevin L. Moore
Colorado School of Mines
E-mail: kmoore@mines.edu

Important Dates:
Jan. 10, 2009         Call for Papers
Aug. 30, 2009         Deadline for Paper Submission
Dec. 30, 2009         Completion of First Review
Mar. 15, 2010         Completion of Final Review
Sep. 30, 2010         Publication (Tentatively Vol.12, No.5)

Potential authors are strongly encouraged to upload the electronic file of
their manuscript (in PDF format) through the journal website: http://www.ajc.org.tw.
If you encounter any submission problems, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu,

     Professor Li-Chen Fu
     Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524
     National Taiwan University
     Taipei 10617, Taiwan
     Tel: +886-2-3366-3558
     Fax: +886-2-2365-4267
     E-mail: lichen@ntu.edu.tw

All submissions should include a title page containing the title of the paper,
an abstract and a list of keywords, authors’ full names and affiliations,
complete postal and electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers. The corresponding
author should be clearly identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please
visit http://www.ajc.org.tw.


4.11 CFP: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics 
Contributed by:  Prof. Fikret Aliev, f_aliev@hotmail.com

ISSN (print): 2076-2585 
TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics 
The “Turkish World Mathematical Society( TWMS) Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics “ considers for publication high quality
papers on a broad range of topics in pure and applied mathematics. Original research results in these and related areas, that use
state-of-art mathematical tools, find in this journal a natural home and an outlet to the broader scientific community.
We consider for publication in “TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics” articles which:
• must contain original work
• must not have been published previously
• must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or book available through a library or by purchase
• must contain a short abstract ( no longer than 50 words), keywords and AMS Subject Classification, 2000

Articles based on theses for higher degrees may be submitted, as may articles presented at conferences, provided these articles do not
appear in substantially the same form in a published conference proceedings. Authors of articles are not restricted to being members of
any particular institute, society or association.
We encourage you to send us your article in electronic form so it can be refereed without postal delays and be published more quickly.
The text of articles may be submitted in any common version of TeX including LaTeX 2.09, REVTeX, AmSTeX, AmSLaTeX and plain TeX.
Please, send your article to the f_aliev@hotmail.com with the words “electronic submission for TWMS JPAM” in the subject line.
The journal will be published semiannually.

Important Dates:                               
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2009
Reviews Completed:                                       
Publication of the journal: beginning of the 2010 year


4.12 CFP: Robotica, Special issue on ROBOTIC SELF-X SYSTEMS
Contributed by: Amor A. Menezes, amenezes@umich.edu


Robotica, Cambridge Journals

Self-X systems are systems that are capable of self-assembly, self-organization, self-reconfiguration, self-repair, self-replication,
or self-reproduction.  The past 25 years have seen the development of several robotic self-X systems, often inspired by John von
Neumann's seminal efforts on self-reproducing automata in the late 1940s.  The field of Robotic Self-X Systems holds immense promise
for advances in such diverse areas as autonomous manufacturing, bioengineering, evolutionary software, and space colonization.

Theoretical and experimental works in this field of Robotic Self-X Systems are invited for a special issue of Robotica.  The issue
will balance novel papers on the hardware, planning, and control aspects of example systems.  One of the strengths of self-X systems
is their potential ability to respond to uncertain environments and execute a variety of tasks.  Hence, contributions that analyze the
response of robotic self-X systems to partial system failure and uncertain or changing environments are especially welcomed.  Technologies
that allow such systems to operate optimally in the presence of uncertainty, adapt to changes in the external environment, and respond
rapidly to applied disturbances and disruptions to the internal system states are important because systems equipped with these advances
can learn, adapt, evolve, and achieve resiliency to large-scale environment or state variations.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
* Morphology variations in self-assembling systems to accomplish changing goals.
* System adaptation through repeated self-organization.
* Scalability of hardware and control algorithms in self-reconfigurable systems.
* Learning and minimization of module self-repair.
* Self-replication in unstructured environments.
* Evolutionary behaviors that result from self-reproduction.
* Coordination between different types of self-X systems.

* General Announcement: March 10, 2009
* Submission Deadline: November 1, 2009
* Review Decision: January 1, 2010
* Final Submission: March 1, 2010
* Expected Publication: May 1, 2010

Authors are strongly encouraged to notify the guest editors of their intention to submit a paper.  Manuscripts that are submitted to
Robotica in a single-column double-spaced format should typically be 40 pages or less, and between 8,000 and 12,000 words.

The journal website is:

The submission website is:

Instructions are available at:

Professor Pierre T. Kabamba
Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

Amor A. Menezes
Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

Professor Gregory S. Chirikjian
Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University


5. Conferences

5.1 ICARCV 2010
Contributed by: secretariat@icarcv.org

Call for Papers
11th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision
7- 10 December 2010, Singapore


The 11th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2010, will be held in Singapore from 7 - 10
December 2010. The conference is organised by the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. The technical sponsors are IEEE
Control Systems Society, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and IEEE Systems, Man and
Cybernetics Society. ICARCV focuses on both theory and applications mainly covering the topics of control, automation, robotics and
vision. In addition to the technical sessions, there will be invited sessions, keynote addresses and plenary panel sessions.

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

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

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

Automation: Man-machine interactions; Process automation; Intelligent automation; Factory modeling and simulation; Home, laboratory
and service automation; Network-based systems; Planning, scheduling and coordination; Nano-scale automation and assembly; Instrumentation
systems; Biomedical instrumentation ; Computational intelligence in automation; Applications.

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

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

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

Paper Submission: Papers must be written in English and should describe original work in detail. Please download the template from the
conference website and submit the full papers online http://www.icarcv.org/ by 1 April, 2010. Upon acceptance, authors will be required
to register and present their papers.

Invited Sessions: Prospective organizers of Invited Sessions are invited to submit proposals focusing on topics of ICARCV 2010 to the
Invited Session Chairs, Professors Lihua Xie (Control) at elhxie@ntu.edu.sg, Chien Chern Cheah (Robotics and Automation) at
ecccheah@ntu.edu.sg and Eric Sung (Vision) at eericsung@ntu.edu.sg by 1 April 2010. Invited sessions are to provide a forum for focused
discussions on new topics, or innovative applications of established approaches.

Important Dates
Deadline for Full Paper submission: 1 April 2010
Deadline for Invited Session proposals: 1 April 2010
Notification of Acceptance: 1 July 2010
Deadline for Camera Ready Manuscript Submission: 1 September 2010
Deadline for Authors' Registration: 1 September 2010

For further information, please refer to Website - http://www.icarcv.org Email - secretariat@icarcv.org


5.2 HSCC10, Intern Conf on Hybrid Systems: Computation & Control
Contributed by: yi@it.uu.se

The 13th ACM International Conference on Hybrid Systems:
Computation and Control (HSCC'10) in conjunction with CPSWEEK
April 12-16, 2010, Stockholm

HSCC'10 will be part of the 3rd Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWeek) collocated in Stockholm, Sweden with RTAS (Real-Time and Embedded
Technology and Applications Symposium), IPSN (International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks), LCTES (Languages,
Compilers, and Tools for Embedded Systems) and CPSC (Cyber Physical and Social Computing).

HSCC is an international conference dedicated to the theory and practice of embedded reactive systems involving the interplay between
discrete and continuous dynamic behaviors. Academic and industrial researchers are invited to exchange information on the latest
development of applications and theoretical advancements in the analysis, design, control, optimization and implementation of hybrid
systems. Submissions are invited in all areas pertaining to the analysis, design, control, optimization, implementation, and
applications of hybrid systems.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Models of heterogeneous systems;
* Computability and complexity;
* Real-time computing and control;
* Embedded and resource-aware systems;
* Computation and control over wireless networks;
* Networked embedded systems;
* Autonomous and robotic systems;
* Tools for analysis, verification, control, and optimization;
* Programming languages support and implementation;
* Applications including automotive, communication networks, avionics, energy systems, transportation networks, manufacturing and robotics,
biology and other sciences.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission: October 3
Full paper submission: October 10
Author notification: November 30
Final version: January 9

Submission Guidelines:

Submitted papers should present original research that is unpublished and not submitted elsewhere. Papers should be no more than 10 pages,
10-point, 2-column in ACM format. Accepted papers will be published by ACM. There will also be a possibility to present work-in-progress papers.
Submission site: http://hscc10.it.uu.se

Program Chairs:
Karl Henrik Johansson, KTH, Sweden
Wang Yi, Uppsala University, Sweden

Steering Committee:
Rajeev Alur, Univ. Pennsylvania, USA
Bruce Krogh, CMU, USA
Oded Maler, VERIMAG, France
Manfred Morari, ETH, Switzerland
George Pappas, Univ. Pennsylvania, USA
Werner Damm, OFFIS, Germany


5.3 SING6
Contributed by: Laura Giarré, giarre@unipa.it

SING6 – Palermo 7-9 2010

The organizing committee has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the sixth Spain, Italy and Netherlands meeting on Game
Theory (SING 6), to be held in Palermo, Italy, July 7-9, 2010.

The meeting is under the auspices of IEEE (CSS and SMC), SIDRA and AIRO.

Game Theory is a mathematical framework dealing with models of conflict and cooperation among interdependent decision makers. It is
a central tool for economics and the social sciences, poses challenging research questions in mathematics, control, and optimization,
and is applied across a wide variety of fields, including neuroscience, philosophy, and biology.

SING 6 is the sixth in the series of Spain-Italy-Netherlands Meetings on Game Theory. Presentations will focus on new research directions
in different disciplines. The meeting provides an avenue where new research collaborations can be forged.

SING6 Topics include (but not limited to):
Mechanism design, pricing, multi stage and repeated games, cooperative game theoretical models, stackelberg games, computation of Nash,
correlated and market equilibria, learning mechanism in games, games of imperfect or asymettric information, S-modular and potential
games, price of anarchy, algorithmic game theory, evolutionary game theory, cognitive game theory, incentive and cooperation in networks,
social networks, dynamic topology in networks, biologically-inspired networks, consensus protocol,
communication networks, decentralized and cooperative optimization, biology networks, econometrics, market design, contract design

Important Dates
January, 1, 2010: Invited Session Summary  deadline
January 15, 2010: Invited Session Papers deadline
February 8, 2010: Paper Submission deadline
April 8, 2010: Notification of acceptance

For further information please visit the website
www.unipa.it/sing6 or write to: sing6@unipa.it

Local Organizing Committee:
D. Bauso, L. Giarré, F. Bagagiolo, A. Chella, S. Gaglio, G. Neglia, R. Pesenti.

Scientific Commettee: 
A. Agnetis; E. Altman, M. Bardi, M. Bilbao, G. Bischi, F. Blanchini, P. Borm, M. Dahleh, A. Di Liddo, V.Fragnelli, G. Gambarelli,
I. García Jurado, C. Herrero, J. Mercik, J. Morgan, A. Mas-Colell, A.Ozdaglar, F. Patrone,H. Peters ,C. Rafels, J. Sánchez-Soriano,
J. Shamma,J. Tejada,S. Tijs, J. Timmer, F. Valenciano, R. Van der Brink,G. Van der Laan.


5.4 International Conference on Renewable Energy: Generation and Applications
Contributed by: Hassan Noura, hnoura@uaeu.ac.ae

We are pleased to inform you that the "International Conference on Renewable Energy: Generation and
Applications (ICREGA'10)" will take place at UAE University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, March 8-10,
2010. The submission deadline is extended until October 15, 2009.

For further information, please visit the conference website:


5.5 MTNS 2010 - Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems
Contributed by: László Gerencsér, gerencser@sztaki.hu

Message: MTNS 2010 - 19th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems
5-9 July 2010; Budapest, Hungary
Conference web site: www.conferences.hu/mtns2010
General Chair: György Michaletzky                           
IPC Chair: László Gerencsér

The 19th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2010) is a prime conference in the general
area of mathematical system theory.  The symposium is interdisciplinary and attracts mathematicians, engineers and researchers
working in any aspect of system theory and its applications. 

MTNS traditionally covers areas involving a wide range of research directions in mathematical systems, networks and control theory,
with emphasis on new challenges and potential applications.  A prime objective of the MTNS 2010 Symposium is to explore and present
mathematics as a key technology for the 21st century.

The Symposium is hosted by the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) and MTA SZTAKI (Computer and Automation Research Institute of the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences).
MTNS 2010 will take place at ELTE – University Congress Center, in Budapest, Hungary, between 5-9 July 2010.

The main areas of the conference will include, but will not be limited to, the followings:
Biological Systems; Communication Systems; Computing; Control and Systems Theory; Cooperative Systems; Economics and Systems Theory;
Hybrid Systems; Mechanical Systems; Networked Control; Signal Processing; Stochastic Systems; Systems Inspired Mathematics.


The technical programme of the MTNS 2010 consists of:
* Plenary and semi-plenary sessions
* Invited sessions
* Regular sessions
* Mini-courses

For further information, and updates please visit the conference web site:


Extended abstracts submission:
15 December, 2009
Notification of authors:
15 February, 2010
Submission of full papers:
15 May, 2010
Early registration:
15 May, 2010

5.6 Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWEEK 2010)
Contributed by: Adam Dunkels, adam@sics.se

The Cyber-Physical Systems Week
Stockholm, Sweden, April 12-16 2010


The Cyber-Physical Systems week (CPSWEEK) 2010, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 12-16, 2010, brings together four
leading conferences in the areas of hybrid control systems, sensor networks, embedded systems, and real-time systems, well as
workshops and top-class tutorials in the respective areas:

HSCC  – 13th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control
IPSN  – 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks
LCTES – 2nd ACM SIGPLAN/SIGBED Conference on Languages, Compilers, and Tools for Embedded Systems
RTAS  – 16th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium

The CPSWEEK conferences invite submissions for each individual conference. Refer to each conference web site for submission details.

Important dates for submission / abstract registration deadlines:
* HSCC: October 3, 2009
* IPSN: October 23, 2009
* LCTES: October 3, 2009
* RTAS: October 5, 2009



HSCC General Chairs: Karl H. Johansson, KTH, Wang Yi, Uppsala University

IPSN General Chair: Andreas Savvides, Yale University; PC Chairs: Tarek Abdelzaher, UIUC, Thiemo Voigt, SICS, Adam Wolisz, TU Berlin

LCTES General Chair: Jaejin Lee, Seoul National University; PC Chair: Bruce Childers, University of Virginia

RTAS General Chair: Neil Audsley, University of York; PC: Marco Caccamo, UIUC

CPSWEEK Organizing Committee

Karl H. Johansson, KTH [Chair]
Karl-Erik Årzén, Lund University
Adam Dunkels, SICS
Per Gunningberg, Uppsala University
Hans Hansson, Mälardalen University
Jörgen Hansson, Carnegie Mellon University and Linköping University
Wang Yi, Uppsala University
Marie Androv, KTH
Mikael Johansson, KTH
Carlo Fischione, KTH
Henrik Sandberg, KTH

CPSWEEK Steering Committee

Bruce Krogh, Carnegie Mellon University
Insup Lee, University of Pennsylvania
George Pappas, University of Pennsylvania [Chair]
Sang Song, University of Virginia
Jack Stankovic, University of Virginia

5.7 International conference on Power, Control, Signals and Computation
Contributed by: Biswa Nath Datta, dattab@math.niu.edu

Message: An international conference on Power, Control, Signals and Computation will be hosted by Vidya Academy of Science and
Technology, Trissur, Kerala, India, January 4-6, 2010 with several workshops on January 3.

Professor Thomas Kailath of Stanford University will deliver a Key-Note Address. For a partial listing of other
invited talks and information on accomodation, transport, tourism, and procedures of paper submission, please visit the conference
web site : www.epscicon.org

The Proceedings of the conference in the form of a book is planned to be published by a leading scientific publisher.

The papers are solicited in all areas of interests and related areas.

Deadline for paper submission is OCTOBER 31, 2009.
For further information and questions,
please contact Professor Biswa Datta (dattab@math.niu.edu),the Conference hairman or Professor Sudha Balagopalan
(suadhabalagopalan@yahoo.com), Institutional Coordinator of the conference.


5.8 IFAC Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES2010)
Contributed by: Joerg Raisch, raisch@control.tu-berlin.de

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

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

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

For more information, please visit

6. Workshops

6.1 EECI Graduate School on Control
Contributed by: chaillet@ieee.org

What: 13 one-week independent modules (21h each)

- When: February to May 2010

- Where: Supelec (South of Paris, France)

- Who: For master and PhD students, and any control theoretician, high level Control Theory modules given by world-class experts:
A. Loria, W. Respondek, A. Pascoal/A. Aguiar, C. Prieur/S. Tarbouriech, J. Moehlis, A. Isidori, K.H. Johansson/V. Gupta,
F. Clarke, D. Henrion, A. van der Schaft/D. Jeltsema, E. Camacho, J. Willems/P. Rapisarda, L. Praly.

 - Registration: deadline for advance registration December 13, 2009.

- Financial support: available from the French Ministry of Research, from the Center of Excellence DIGITEO and from GdR MACS to allow
Master or PhD Students, from all over the world, to attend the 2009 EECI Graduate School on Control. Therefore a financial (trip and stay)
support of 500 EUR will be given in situ to selected students (400 EUR for selected students registered in French universities outside
Region Ile de France). To apply the student should send by e-mail (lamnabhi@lss.supelec.fr) as soon as possible (and before December 13, 2008):
- his(her) CV
- a letter of recommendation from his(her) advisor
- the EECI Graduate School on Control registration form

- Description: The detailed program is available at:


6.2 2009 Monie A. Ferst Award Symposium in honor of Petar V. Kokotovic
Contributed by: David Taylor, david.taylor@gatech.edu

Message: The Georgia Tech chapter of Sigma Xi cordially invites you to attend the 2009 Monie A. Ferst Award Symposium in honor of
Petar V. Kokotovic. The symposium will take place on October 26, 2009, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Dr. Petar V. Kokotovic is well known for several pioneering contributions to control engineering. In the 1960's, he developed the
sensitivity points method, a precursor to adaptive control, used for automatic tuning of industrial controllers. In the 1970's, he
introduced singular perturbation techniques for multi-time-scale design of control systems and flight trajectories, which found
widespread applications. In the 1980's, Kokotovic and coworkers identified the main forms of adaptive systems instability and
introduced redesigns that made adaptive controllers more robust. In the 1990's, he initiated the development of a popular nonlinear
recursive design – 'backstepping', now widely used in robust and adaptive nonlinear control. He has supervised 35 Ph.D. students and
25 postdoctoral researchers, and with them he has co-authored numerous papers and ten books, many of which are highly cited references.

9:00 – 12:00 - Presentations by former students and colleagues
Murat Arcak, University of California, Berkeley, "Passivity-Based Analysis of Large Systems: Examples from Biochemical Reaction Networks"
Jessy Grizzle, University of Michigan, "MABEL, A New Robotic Bipedal Walker and Runner"
Petros Ioannou, University of Southern California, "Robust Adaptive Control: Accomplishments and Realities"
Hassan Khalil, Michigan State University, "High-Gain Observers in Nonlinear Feedback Control"
Miroslav Krstic, University of California, San Diego, "Stochastic Averaging and Extremum Seeking: When Erratic Guidance Leads to Optimal Outcome"
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 – Poster Session
2:00 – 3:00 – Presentation by award recipient
Petar Kokotovic, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Half a Century of Control Theory: A Personal Perspective"


6.3 CDC/CCC 2009 Workshop on Foundations of Hybrid Systems
Contributed by: John Lygeros, jlygeros@ethz.ch

Organizers: John Lygeros (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), T. John Koo (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Presenters: Daizhan Cheng (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Joao Hespanha (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA),
T. John Koo (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Daniel Liberzon (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA), John Lygeros
(ETH Zurich, Switzerland), George Pappas (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Workshop length: Full-day

Abstract: The workshop aims to cover the theoretical foundations for the modeling, analysis, control and computation of hybrid systems
and stochastic hybrid systems. In the past few years these classes of systems have been a particular focus of intense investigation,
both at a theoretical and at a computational level within the systems theory and control community. Despite of this there have been
relatively few tutorials or PhD schools on hybrid systems offered in China. We hope to take this opportunity to target the workshop
primarily to students, researchers and practitioners who are interested in getting started in this area.

Date: December 15, 2009

Place: Shanghai, China

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

6.4 Embedded Reasoning: Intelligence in Embedded Systems
Contributed by: gabeh@parc.com

"Embedded Reasoning: Intelligence in Embedded Systems" will be part of the AAAI Spring Symposium Series 2010.

Date: March 22-24, 2010 at Stanford University, California.

Deadline for initial submissions: Oct 2, 2009

Embedded reasoning is seeing a surge of interest driven by advances in embedded computing power and the desire to control increasingly
complex systems safely, efficiently, and reliably. It incorporates the strengths of AI reasoning — planning, scheduling, controlling,
learning, and diagnosing — into physical systems. This advances system capabilities in solving complex tasks, in acting on high-level
goals, and in adapting to changing and uncertain states.

We invite the submission of full papers (6-8 pages), position/short papers (2-4 pages), and panel proposals.  Selected papers (long and
short) will be published as an AAAI Technical Report.  Extended abstracts are acceptable for initial submissions, with problem formulation,
methodology, work performed, results, conclusions, and key references. They should be at least 1000 words and of sufficient detail for
peer review.

The symposium aims to bring diverse perspectives on embedded reasoning from multiple disciplines including control systems, artificial
intelligence, and human factors. The goals are to bring researchers together to discuss existing techniques, to present new approaches,
and to learn about recent successful experiments and applications on the frontiers of the field. We would like to encourage the direct
comparison of theories and implementations to unify concepts from varying perspectives, and provides a venue for discussions on the
direction of the field.

For more information, please see the AAAI Spring Symposium website, http://www.aaai.org/Symposia/Spring/sss10.php, and the workshop
website, http://era.parc.com/aaai_er10


7. Positions

7.1 PhD: The Research Division SISTA, University of Leuven, Belgium
Contributed by: Bart De Moor, Bart.DeMoor@esat.kuleuven.be

The research division SISTA (Signals, Identification, System Theory and Automation) (http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/scd/)
is one of the largest research groups of the Department of Electrical Engineering and of the University of Leuven, Belgium
(www.kuleuven.be <http://www.kuleuven.be/>).

Our research activities drive on numerical linear algebra, system identification and control, algorithms for numerical optimization
and machine learning (support vector machines) and signal processing.

We also have numerous applications in industrial process control, biomedical signal processing, bio-informatics, health decision
support systems and telecommunications. We are looking for well motivated researchers to start a 4 year PhD or for experienced postdocs
to pursue research activities in these fields and application areas.

On our website (http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/scd/), one can find a description of more than 20 different specific research topics, in
which we have openings for PhDs and postdocs.  We can offer a competitive salary, a stimulating research environment, settled in the nice
historic city of Leuven and its surroundings (http://www.leuven.be/showpage.asp?iPageID=1688), within a university the origins of which go
back to 1425.

Electronic applications, including a CV, a list of publications, names of two possible references, and a brief description of your research
interests and motivation, should be submitted to bart.demoor@esat.kuleuven.be.


7.2 PhD: Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann, Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Antoine Girard, Antoine.Girard@imag.fr

PhD Thesis - 2009

Analysis and Control of Polynomial Dynamical Systems using Symbolic Abstraction Methods

Duration :  3 years
Location : Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann, Grenoble, France
Web : http://ljk.imag.fr/
Supervisors : Antoine Girard (Antoine.Girard@imag.fr)
Guillaume James (Guillaume.James@imag.fr)


This doctoral position is opened within the VEDECY project (Verification and Design of Cyber-Physical Systems) funded by the ANR.
This projects brings together hybrid systems and formal methods experts from the Laboratory Jean Kuntzmann, INRIA and Verimag.

Cyber-physical systems are integrations of computation with physical processes: embedded computers control physical processes which
in return affect computations through feedback loops. They are ubiquitous in current technology and their impact on lives of citizens
is meant to grow in the future (autonomous vehicles, robotic surgery, ``intelligent'' energy efficient buildings...).  Models of
cyber-physical systems are heterogeneous by nature: discrete dynamic systems for computations and continuous differential equations
for physical processes. The theory of hybrid systems (discrete/continuous) provides a sound modelling framework for cyber-physical


This thesis will consists in defining a methodology for analysis or control of polynomial dynamical systems. The candidate will
propose solutions for the three main steps of the approach presented below:
1. Characterization of a class of invariants for polynomial dynamical systems.
2. Construction, based on these invariants, of a discrete dynamical systems approximating the dynamics of the nonlinear system
(abstraction process).
3. Analysis of the symbolic dynamics of the discrete system and refinement of the results for analysis or control of the polynomial
dynamical system.

We will start the work by considering polynomial dynamical systems before trying to extend our approach, by approximation, to more
general nonlinear systems. A software tool implementing the proposed methodology will also be developped during the thesis. Case
studies in robotics or biology will be considered.


The successful candidate should have a Master degree or equivalent in applied mathematics or in a related area.
Knowledge of dynamical systems and a significant programming experience are required.

Please send your application file (including CV, letter of motivation, references) by email to Antoine.Girard@imag.fr


7.3 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu, reyhanom@erau.edu

PhD positions are available in the area of DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE SYSTEMS under the supervision of Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu
and Prof. Sergey Drakunov at the Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University located in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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 oral and written communication skills.

For details and application procedures, please visit


Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu and Prof. Sergey Drakunov, Physical Sciences Department, Embry-Riddle

Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.

E-mail: reyhanom@erau.edu or drakunov@erau.edu


7.4 PhD: University of Hong Kong
Contributed by: laip@ieee.hku.hk

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Hong Kong under The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme


Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) , the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims at attracting the best
and brightest students in the world to pursue their research degree programs in Hong Kong’s institutions.

(  RGC is a non-statutory advisory body established under the aegis of the University Grants Committee (UGC) responsible for advising
the Government on the needs of Hong Kong's higher education institutions in the field of academic research and for the distribution of
funding for academic research projects. Please visit the homepage of the Council at http://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/rgc/index.htm for details)


Those who are seeking admission as new full-time PhD students in UGC-funded institutions of Hong Kong, irrespective of their country
of origin and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply.  Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance,
research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000* and conference travel allowance of HK$10,000* per year for the awardees for a
maximum period of three years.  135 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in 2010/11.

*US$1 = HK$7.8 (rate for reference only)

Review Panels

Applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by two Selection Panels with experts in the broad areas, one for
science, engineering and technology and another one for humanities, social science and business studies.

Selection Criteria

While the academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Review Panels will take into account, but not limit to, the four yardsticks
below for the selection of candidates:
(i) Academic excellence;
(ii) Research ability and potential;
(iii) Communication, and interpersonal skills; and
(iv) Leadership abilities.

Application Information

Application should be made through the on-line system at
 http://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/login.jsp . 

The application deadline is 1 December 2009 (23:59 hrs, Hong Kong time).

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship application is also regarded as a formal application for PhD admission to the University of Hong Kong. 
Applicants are therefore required to fully comply with the admission requirement of the University
(see http://www.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply/).

For an overview of research on Systems, Controls, and Signal Processing in the Department, you can visit 

Each application will be processed as a normal application for PhD admission. Interview with applicants may be conducted where
necessary. Unsuccessful candidates of the Fellowship scheme may also be admitted to other postgraduate studentship schemes if
the candidates are considered to be qualified.


7.5 PhD: Northeastern University
Contributed by: Rifat Sipahi, rifat@coe.neu.edu


A PhD position is immediately available on CONTROLLING NON-LINEAR SYSTEMS UNDER DELAY CONSTRAINTS under the supervision of Prof.
Rifat Sipahi at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University
located in the heart of Boston.

This project is a continuation of our most recent developments in the field of time delay systems and control theory, and it involves
both theoretical and experimental work. Successful candidate will have strong background on control theory, dynamic systems and
mathematics; he/she is required to have a Master’s degree in a field (including but not limited
to engineering, physics, applied mathematics) relevant to the scope of the project; he/she has excellent skills in using Matlab,
Simulink and a symbolic manipulator (e.g. Mathematica, Maple, Matlab’s Symbolic toolbox). It is also desirable that the candidate
has hands-on experience on feedback control, and theoretical background on Model Predictive Control, Graph Theory and Differential
Equations. It is expected that the candidates have excellent GRE and TOEFL (if necessary) scores, and they have strong communication
and writing skills. It is preferable that candidates personally wrote and published articles in journals or conferences under
supervision and gave scientific talks in their Master’s studies.

Visit www.coe.neu.edu/~rifat
for details and application procedures.

Prof. Rifat Sipahi, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering,
Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

E-mail: rifat@coe.neu.edu
Web: www.coe.neu.edu/~rifat


7.6 PhD: University of Hong Kong
Contributed by:  Graziano Chesi, chesi@eee.hku.hk

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


7.7 PhD: Clemson University
Contributed by: Ardalan Vahidi, avahidi@clemson.edu

A Research Assistantship position in Systems and Controls is available starting Spring 2009 for a graduate student with a Masters
Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering and interested in pursuing a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University.

This research position requires strong mathematical skills and good background in modern control theory and an interest in vehicular
telematics. The experimental phase requires hands on skills and strong interest in wireless communications and distributed
computing. Previous course work or research experience in optimization, optimal control, and model predictive control is a plus.

Interested applicants should contact Prof. Ardalan Vahidi (avahidi@clemson.edu) for more information and include a resume in PDF

Web: www.clemson.edu/~avahidi/index.php


7.8 PhD: Laboratoire d'Automatique, de Génie Informatique et Signal (LAGIS)
Contributed by: Dr. K. Midzodzi PEKPE, Midzodzi.Pekpe@univ-lille1.fr

Title : Design of advanced algorithm for Fault detection and automatic diagnostic of helicopters.
Supervised by Prof. Jean Philppe CASSAR and Dr K. Midzodzi PEKPE at Laboratoire d'Automatique, de Génie Informatique et Signal
(LAGIS), Lille, France and Prof. Pierre-Antoine AUBOURG and Dr Hervé MOREL in Eurocopter group.

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

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

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

Conditions: The subject will be developed in the framework of a thesis of the Lille 1 University in collaboration with the Eurocopter
company. The successful candidate will conduct his research within the company Eurocopter at Marseille (France). He will spend several
months at the laboratory LAGIS of the Lille 1 University.
Application: please send, before 30 september 2009, your  application with a detailed curriculum vitae and a motivation letter to:
Dr K. Midzodzi PEKPE (email: Midzodzi.Pekpe@univ-lille1.fr) Prof. Jean Philppe CASSAR (email: jean-philippe.cassar@univ-lille1.fr).


7.9 Research Fellow: Australian National University
Contributed by: Matthew James, Matthew.james@anu.edu.au

Australian National University
Research Fellow in Quantum Control

Department of Information Engineering, Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering, ANU College of Engineering and Computer

Salary Package        AUD74,447 - AUD84,786 pa plus 17% superannuation

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow under the direction of Professors Matthew James (Australian National University) and Ian
Petersen (University of New South Wales). Based on initial work on quantum H-infinity and LQG control, this project seeks to develop
the fundamental principles and tools of linear systems theory that take into account the special features of quantum mechanics. The
new quantum linear systems theory will provide the framework for investigating the fundamental limitations and opportunities provided
by coherent quantum feedback, which need not necessarily involve measurement. The appointee will also have the opportunity to carry out
independent research on related topics, depending on the interests of the appointee, and to interact and collaborate with a team of
Canberra-based quantum control researchers.

Applicants are expected to have a PhD in engineering, mathematics, or physics. A relevant background in control engineering or quantum
physics or mathematics is also required. While no expertise in quantum physics is required, it is expected that the appointee will have
a keen interest in quantum control.

The position is a fixed term of 2 years, with continuation beyond the first year subject to satisfactory performance and availability
of funds.

We are also seeking PhD students to work in this research field.

For further information, including application materials, see


Closing date: 1 October 2009, although applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Enquiries: Professor Matthew James, T: 61 2 6125 4889, E: matthew.james@anu.edu.au


7.10 Post-Doc: Australian National University
Contributed by: Brian Anderson, opportunities@nicta.com.au

A project team headed by Professor Brian Anderson has a position vacant for a Postdoctoral level Researcher,
commencing from 1 December 2009 unti 31 December 2011. The position will work on cooperative multiagent formations and
networks. Other members of the team are located in Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide (Defence Science and Technology
Organisation). Adjunct status at the Australian National University is expected, with participation in supervision of
students an expectation. For further details please visit http://www.nicta.com.au/about/careers


7.11 Faculty Position: The National University of Singapore
Contributed by: Chong-Jin Ong, mpeongcj@nus.edu.sg

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (http://www.me.nus.edu.sg) at the National University of Singapore (http://www.nus.edu.sg)
invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the control of constrained/switching/hybrid system with a bias towards
aircraft/automotive control.  Candidates with a good understanding of such techniques and have experience in the use of such techniques
in the control of fuel cells, active suspension system of vehicle, transmission system of power train in vehicle and others are
encouraged to apply. Successful candidate is expected to contribute significantly to several of the identified research thrust areas
of the department.  Among them are WIG craft, Unmanned Air Vehicle, Electrical Vehicle in particular and future transportation in general.

We seek candidates who can provide inspiration and leadership in research, teaching, and professional services in the above area. 
Successful candidate will be required to develop and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses as well as to supervise students at
Master’s and PhD levels.  The department provides a supportive environment for collaborative research with other departments and faculties,
research institutes and defense organization. Faculty members are encouraged to seek research funds from the University and a number of
national funding agencies.

Starting rank and salary depend on experience and qualification and will be competitive.

All applicants must possess a doctoral or PhD degree and demonstrate potential for strong research and teaching activities. To apply,
please send: (i) Detailed Curriculum Vitae; (ii) Publication List; (iii) Statement of Teaching (max. 2 pages); (iv) Statement of
Research (max. 3 pages) - citing up to five significant publications, creative work or other scholarly contribution and explaining
their significance; and (v) list of six referees with contact details to:

Search Committee on Control of Constrained/Switching/Hybrid System
Department of Mechanical Engineering
National University of Singapore
Blk EA, #07-08
9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117576

Fax: (65)-6872-5462
E-mail: mpesec@nus.edu.sg

7.12 Faculty Position: ETH Zurich
Contributed by: John Lygeros, jlygeros@ethz.ch

Professorship in Mathematical Methods in Information and Communication Technology, ETH Zurich

The Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (www.ee.ethz.ch/en) at ETH Zurich invites applications for the
above mentioned professorship. The successful candi­date is expected to develop a strong and visible research program in the area of
Information and Communication Technology. We are looking for applicants with a strong mathematical back­ground working in any of the
following research areas: signal and image processing, communications, control, information theory, computer architecture, and networking.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree and an excellent record of accomplishments in Infor­mation and Communication Technology. In
addition, commitment to teaching and the ability to lead a research group are expected. The successful candidate will be expected to
teach under­gra­duate level courses (German or Eng­lish) and graduate level courses (English).

The position can be filled at either assistant professor (tenure track), associate or full pro­fes­sor level, depending on the
scientific track record of the applicant.

Assistant professorships have been established to promote the careers of younger scien­tists. The initial appointment is for four
years with the possibility of renewal for an additional two-year period and promotion to a permanent position.

Please submit your application including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and state­ments on future research and teaching
activities to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler, ETH Zurich, Raemistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland, no later
than January 31, 2010. With a view toward increasing the number of female professors, ETH Zu­rich specifically encourages qualified
female candidates to apply.


7.13 Faculty Position: South China University of Technology
Contributed by: Zhendong Sun, zdsun@scut.edu.cn

Job Opening for Full/Associate Professor in Automatic Control

The College of Automation Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, has a vacancy for
full-time faculty at Full/Associate Professor level to candidates with the following qualifications:

A PhD degree from a reputable university in the general field of automatic control, and a track record of competitive research
experience in terms of good journal publications. PDF or industrial experience is a plus.

South China University of Technology is a research-intensive university in China. The College of Automation Science and Engineering
has a faculty with expertise ranging from control theory and applications, robotics, biomedical engineering and more. For information
of the university and the college, refer to the website http://www.scut.edu.cn.

We offer:

* an initiating fund up to 3 million RMB (for strong candidates competing for the National Distinguished Young Scholar Foundation) and
up to 1 million RMB (for strong candidates competing for the New Century Talent Programme of the Ministry of Education) for the first
5 years. The fund is part of the 985 Programme, and the awardees are selected university-wide.

* a subsidized apartment on campus for 5 years, plus a housing allowance up to 50,000 RMB

* a job opportunity for your spouse

* enrollment assistance of your children to local schools

Application Procedure

Qualified candidates are invited to email the application package to the address below.  The package should include a letter of
application, detailed curriculum vita, a brief statement of teaching and research interests, and the names of three referees.

Prof. Zhendong Sun
College of Automation Science & Engineering
South China University of Technology
Guangzhou 510640, China
E-mail: zdsun@scut.edu.cn
Tel/Fax: +86-20-87114550

The position is available immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


7.14 Chair in Automatic Control: Uppsala University, Sweden
Contributed by: Bengt Carlsson, bc@it.uu.se

Chair in Automatic Control: Uppsala University, Sweden


The research and education at Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, are of the highest international quality.
The department is organized in 5 division, has about 200 employees including 80 teachers and 80 PhD students.  More than 3000
students take one or more courses at the department annually. At the Division of Systems and Control the activities cover a broad
spectrum within automatic control and neighbouring areas. Information about the department and the division can be found at

We invite applications from outstanding researchers for the chaired professor in automatic control. The duties of the professor
include general responsibility for research and education in automatic control, teaching and supervision at postgraduate as well
as at advanced and basic levels. Duties also include planning and raising funds for research projects. Participation in leadership
and administrative roles involving responsibility for economics and personnel can also be relevant.

The formal announcement (in English), with details how to apply (deadline November 16, 2009) is available at

Further information can be obtained from the Head of the department, Professor HÃ¥kan Lanshammar, phone +46 18 471 1087,
e-mail prefekt@it.uu.se