September 2009

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 252
September 2009

Magnus Egerstedt
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
Tel: +1 404 894 3484
Fax: +1 404 894 4641

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Systems with Uncertainty
1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.3 2010 American Control Conference

2. General Announcements
2.1 US NSF Funding Opportunity
2.2 Suggestion for 2011 EFRI topic
2.3 Matlab Toolbox for the iRobot Create

3. Awards and Honors
3.1 Richard C. DiPrima Prize - Call For Nominations
3.2 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize - Call For Nominations

4. Books
4.1 Piezoelectric-based Vibration Control; From Macro to Micro/Nano Scale Systems
4.2 Set-Valued Analysis
4.3 Control and Optimization of Multiscale Process Systems
4.4 Delay Compensation for Nonlinear, Adaptive, and PDE Systems
4.5 Viability Theory

4.7 Controlling Chaos: Suppression, Synchronization and Chaotification

5. Journals
5.1 Contents: Journal of Process Control
5.2 Contents: Automatica
5.3 Contents: Control Engineering of China
5.4 Contents: Journal of Systems Science and Complexity
5.5 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
5.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
5.7 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
5.8 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
5.9 CFP: Automatica Special Issue on Systems Biology
5.10 CFP: Robotica, Special issue on ROBOTIC SELF-X SYSTEMS
5.11 CFP: A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

6. Conferences

6.2 International conference "COMPENG 2010"
6.3 Minisymposium, International Conference on Dynamics, Vibration and Control (ICDVC-2010)
6.4 Minisymposium, International Conference on Dynamics, Vibration and Control (ICDVC-2010)

7. Workshops
7.1 NE{S|T}COC - Call for Participation
7.2 Workshop GeoLMI on the geometry and algebra of linear matrix inequalities
7.3 A Pre-conference workshop on "Network Science"

8.  Positions
8.1 PhD/MS: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
8.2 PhD: University of Girona (Spain)
8.3 PhD: The University of Agder

8.4 PhD: Multi-university NSF Expeditions
8.5 PhD: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
8.6 PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
8.7 PhD: The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
8.8 PhD: Ghent University at Ghent, Belgium
8.9 PhD: Carnegie Mellon

8.10 Post-Doc/PhD: TOBB University
8.11 Post-Doc: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
8.12 Post-Doc: University of Florida
8.13 Post-Doc: UCLA
8.14 Post-Doc: Institute of Mathematics, Julius-Maximilians-Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany
8.15 Post-Doc: Institute of Mathematics, Julius-Maximilians-Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany
8.16 Post-Doc: Institute of Mathematics, Julius-Maximilians-Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany

8.17 Post-Doc: MAE-UCSD
8.18 Post-Doc: IFP
8.19 Post-Doc: University of Lecce (Università del Salento), Lecce, Italy

8.20 Post-Doc: Peking University
8.21 Post-Doc: INRIA Rhone-Alpes, Grenoble, France
8.22 Faculty Position: Technion - IIT
8.23 Faculty Position: Nanyang Technological University
8.24 Researcher: Eindhoven University of Technology

8.25 Research Fellow: The University of Melbourne
8.26 Senior Research Scientist: University of Duisburg-Essen
8.27 Research Engineer: Data Storage Institute
8.28 Senior Research Fellow: Data Storage Institute

8.29 Researcher: Augmented Vison Group of DFKI - Kaiserslautern/Germany
8.30 Control Engineer: DEIMOS Space
8.31 Control Engineer: ASM Assembly Automation Ltd, (Hong Kong)


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Systems with Uncertainty
Contributed by: Graziano Chesi,

IEEE CSS has recently activated the Technical Committee on Systems with Uncertainty (TC-SU). Systems with uncertainty
is a wide class comprising systems of various nature (continuous/discrete, linear/nonlinear, etc) characterized by the
presence of unknown parameters. In these systems, the target is typically to carry out analysis and synthesis tasks for
a family of admissible values of the uncertainty, in order to determine various possible behaviors of the system as well
as design robust control strategies. The TC-SU aims to provide researchers working in this area with a network of resources,
events, contacts, and other. For details, resources and news, please visit the TC-SU webpage


1.2 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: C. Stewart,

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume: 54  Issue: 7,Date: July 2009

New Results on Modal Participation Factors: Revealing a Previously Unknown Dichotomy
Hashlamoun, W.A.; Hassouneh, M.A.; Abed, E.H.
Page(s): 1439-1449
LTV Model Reduction With Upper Error Bounds
Helmersson, A.
Page(s): 1450-1462

Optimal Output Feedback Control Using Two Remote Sensors Over Erasure Channels
Gupta, V.; Martins, N.C.; Baras, J.S.
Page(s): 1463-1476
Computation of Diagnosable Fault-Occurrence Indices for Systems With Repeatable Faults
Changyan Zhou; Kumar, R.
Page(s): 1477-1489
Abstractions, Architecture, Mechanisms, and a Middleware for Networked Control
Graham, S.; Baliga, G.; Kumar, P.R.
Page(s): 1490-1503
L2 Gain Stability of Switched Output Feedback Controllers for a Class of LTI Systems
Santarelli, K.R.; Dahleh, M.A.
Page(s): 1504-1514
Convergence Results for Some Temporal Difference Methods Based on Least Squares
Huizhen Yu; Bertsekas, D.P.
Page(s): 1515-1531
Distance Measures for Uncertain Linear Systems: A General Theory
Lanzon, A.; Papageorgiou, G.
Page(s): 1532-1547

Synthesis Method for Hierarchical Interface-Based Supervisory Control
Leduc, R.J.; Pengcheng Dai; Raoguang Song
Page(s): 1548-1560
Regular Implementability and Stabilization Using Controllers With Pre-Specified Input/Output Partition
Fiaz, S.; Trentelman, H.L.
Page(s): 1561-1568

Asymptotic Stability in Hybrid Systems via Nested Matrosov Functions
Sanfelice, R.G.; Teel, A.R.
Page(s): 1569-1574
Stability of Networked Control Systems With Uncertain Time-Varying Delays
Cloosterman, M.B.G.; van de Wouw, N.; Heemels, W.P.M.H.; Nijmeijer, H.
Page(s): 1575-1580
Relaxed Conditions for the Exponential Stability of a Class of Linear Time-Varying Systems
Jetto, L.; Orsini, V.
Page(s): 1580-1585
Reachability Properties of Continuous-Time Positive Systems
Valcher, M.E.
Page(s): 1586-1590

Robust and Adaptive Observer-Based Partial Stabilization for a Class of Nonlinear Systems
Efimov, D.V.; Fradkov, A.L.
Page(s): 1591-1595
Constrained Control of Positive Systems with Delays
Xingwen Liu
Page(s): 1596-1600

An Inner-Loop Controller Guaranteeing Robust Transient Performance for Uncertain MIMO Nonlinear Systems
Juhoon Back; Hyungbo Shim
Page(s): 1601-1607
Consensus of Multi-Agent Systems in Directed Networks With Nonuniform Time-Varying Delays
Yuan Gong Sun; Long Wang
Page(s): 1607-1613
A Continuous-Time Recursive Fixed-Lag Smoother Converging in Finite Time
Bo Kyu Kwon; Soohee Han; Wook Hyun Kwon
Page(s): 1613-1618
Robust Nonlinear Model Predictive Control With Variable Block Length
Hanba, S.
Page(s): 1618-1622
Optimal Kinematic Control of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Biggs, J.; Holderbaum, W.
Page(s): 1623-1626
Probabilistic Constrained MPC for Multiplicative and Additive Stochastic Uncertainty
Cannon, M.; Kouvaritakis, B.; Xingjian Wu
Page(s): 1626-1632
L2 Gain of Periodic Linear Switched Systems: Fast Switching Behavior
Roberson, D.G.; Stilwell, D.J.
Page(s): 1632-1637
Fault Detection for Linear Periodic Systems Using a Geometric Approach
Longhi, S.; Monteriu, A.
Page(s): 1637-1643

Least-Squares Approximation of Structured Covariances
Fu Lin; Jovanovic, M.R.
Page(s): 1643-1648
Decentralized Learning in Finite Markov Chains: Revisited
Hyeong Soo Chang
Page(s): 1648-1653
Optimal Planar Turns Under Acceleration Constraints
Bhat, S.P.; Venkatraman, A.
Page(s): 1654-1660
Delay-Dependent Stochastic Stability and H-infinity Control of Uncertain Neutral Stochastic Systems With Time Delay
Wu-Hua Chen; Wei Xing Zheng; Yanjun Shen
Page(s): 1660-1667
Output Feedback Stabilization of Networked Control Systems With Random Delays Modeled by Markov Chains
Yang Shi; Bo Yu
Page(s): 1668-1674
Coordinating Batch Production and Pricing of a Make-to-Stock Product
Liuxin Chen; Youyi Feng; Jihong Ou
Page(s): 1674-1680
Robust Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems With Bounded and State-Dependent Uncertainties
Pin, G.; Raimondo, D.M.; Magni, L.; Parisini, T.
Page(s): 1681-1687
Input-to-State Stabilization of Stabilizable, Time-Delay, Control-Affine, Nonlinear Systems
Pepe, P.
Page(s): 1688-1693
Linear Controllability Versus Global Controllability
Yimin Sun
Page(s): 1693-1697
Properties of the Parametric Lyapunov Equation-Based Low-Gain Design With Applications in Stabilization of Time-Delay
Bin Zhou; Zongli Lin; Guang-Ren Duan
Page(s): 1698-1704
LMI Conditions for the Stability of Linear Uncertain Polynomially Time-Varying Systems
Jetto, L.; Orsini, V.
Page(s): 1705-1709
Non-Linear Symmetry-Preserving Observers on Lie Groups
Bonnabel, S.; Martin, P.; Rouchon, P.
Page(s): 1709-1713

Input Nonlinearity Recovering in a Class of Systems
Greblicki, W.
Page(s): 1714-1717
H-infinity Bumpless Transfer Under Controller Uncertainty
Kai Zheng; Basar, T.; Bentsman, J.
Page(s): 1718-1723
State Convergence of Passive Nonlinear Systems With an L2 Input
Jayawardhana, B.; Weiss, G.
Page(s): 1723-1727
Multisensor Out of Sequence Data Fusion for Estimating the State of Discrete Control Systems
Besada-Portas, E.; Lopez-Orozco, J.A.; Besada, J.A.; de la Cruz, J.M.
Page(s): 1728-1732
Correction to: "Delay-Dependent Exponential Stability of Neutral Stochastic Delay Systems" [Jan 09 147-152]
Huang, L.; Mao, X.
Page(s): 1733-1733


1.3 2010 American Control Conference
Contributed by: May-Win Thein,

2010 American Control Conference: Call for Papers

The 2010 American Control Conference (ACC) will be held Wednesday through Friday, June 30 – July 2, 2010 at the Baltimore
Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland. The ACC is the annual conference of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC).
The 2010 ACC, held in cooperation with IFAC, will present a technical program consisting of new developments in theory and
practice in the area of automatic control. The technical program will consist of papers in regular technical sessions, invited
sessions, special sessions, education/tutorial session, and pre-conference workshops. Special themes for the 2010 ACC include:
Control in Medicine, Control of Robotic Systems, and Control of Green Energy Systems.

Baltimore, home of the Orioles and Ravens, has a beautiful Inner Harbor with a scenic and popular waterfront. Baltimore is also
rich with history, as the place where Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” as he watched soldiers of
Fort McHenry defend Baltimore from the Royal Navy in the War of 1812. Other attractions include the Baltimore Aquarium, the Maryland
Science Center, and a wide variety of other museums. Baltimore also hosts a wealth of famous restaurants and outdoor entertainment
such as street entertainers, fireworks, cruise boats, and open-air theatres.

Submissions for the 2010 ACC program are invited. Contributors are encouraged to consult the conference website and contact
appropriate organizing committee members for more information.

Contributed papers can be submitted in regular or short paper categories. Regular papers are intended to be complete descriptions
of finished work.  Short papers are intended to present novel ideas or preliminary results.  Invited session proposals should present
topics from multiple viewpoints with unifying themes. Each proposal should consist of a summary statement and six regular papers. 
Special session proposals should address emerging research areas, industry and government initiatives, and other topics of broad
interest.  Education/Tutorial session proposals should address state-of-the-art control theory and industrial applications. Tutorials
are encouraged to have panel discussions.  Pre-conference workshop proposals addressing topics of current interest to the controls
community are invited. We also invite exhibit proposals related to control theory, practice, and education. The ACC exhibit area
typically features booths by book publishers, local and national organi!
 zations, and suppliers of software and hardware systems.

Please visit for complete conference information. You may also contact the General Chair,
Glenn Masada (, or the Program Chair, Richard Braatz (

Glenn Masada, General Chair 2010 ACC
Richard Braatz, Program Chair 2010 ACC

Key Dates:
Deadline for all submissions and proposals: September 15, 2009
Notification of acceptance/rejection: January 31, 2010
Final manuscript submission deadline: March 15, 2010


2. General Announcements

2.1 US NSF Funding Opportunity
Contributed by: Eduardo Misawa,

FY 2010 SOLICITATION: NSF-DOE-EPA - FY 2010 EFRI Solicitation was been released.  This year the topics are: Renewable Energy
Storage (RESTOR) and Science in Environmental and Energy Design (SEED): Engineering Sustainable Buildings.  Details are available


2.2 Suggestion for 2011 EFRI topic
Contributed by: Eduardo Misawa,

From US NSF: Suggestion for 2011 EFRI topic.


Colleagues: As you may know since last year, NSF has initiated to collect potential EFRI topic suggestions by the research
community through a Dear Colleague Letter.  The new DCL has been released, with September 15 as the deadline for submission
of ideas. 

DCL url:

Info Webcast: August 20, 1-3 p.m. (info will be at EFRI website:

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2009


2.3 Matlab Toolbox for the iRobot Create
Contributed by: Joel Esposito,

We are please to release Version 1.0 (2009) of MTIC, which provides a set of intuitive, high-level Matlab functions that allow you
to easily control iRobot Create and Roomba robots from a base station running Matlab.

New since the Beta (2008) version are:
* The addition of two new functions for navigation via dead reckoning
* Several bug fixes and documentation updates
* An improved serial communication protocol that substantially improves reliability

More information and downloads at:

We welcome all user feedback.


3. Awards and Honors

3.1 Richard C. DiPrima Prize - Call For Nominations
Contributed by: J.M. Littleton,

Richard C. DiPrima Prize

The Richard C. DiPrima Prize is awarded every two years to a junior scientist, based on an outstanding doctoral dissertation
in applied mathematics. 

The prize will be awarded at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held July 12-16, 2010, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The award consists
of a hand-calligraphed certificate and a cash prize of $1,000.  Travel expenses to the award ceremony will be provided by SIAM. 

Candidates for the prize must have completed their doctoral dissertations and all other requirements for their doctorates during the
period running from three years prior to the award date to one year prior to the award date (July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2009).  The
doctorate must have been awarded at least eight months prior to the award date.  The requirements for the doctorate must have been
equivalent to those for an American doctorate.

Nominations, along with a copy of the dissertation, should be addressed to DiPrima Prize Selection Committee and sent by October 15,
2009, to J. M. Littleton at  Complete calls for nominations for SIAM prizes can be found at  Inquiries should be addressed to


3.2 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize - Call For Nominations
Contributed by: J.M. Littleton,

W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

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

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

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


4. Books

4.1 Piezoelectric-based Vibration Control; From Macro to Micro/Nano Scale Systems
Contributed by: Nader Jalili,

New Book: Piezoelectric-based Vibration Control; From Macro to Micro/Nano Scale Systems
By: Nader Jalili
With 851 Equations, 293 Figures and 31 Tables
Publication Date: November 24, 2009

Contributed by: Nader Jalili,

Starting from an elementary level in mechanical vibrations, this self-contained book provides readers with a comprehensive
understanding and physical principles, while also highlighting recent advances, in piezoelectric materials and structures used
in a variety of vibration-control systems.  The contents are cohesively divided into three major parts, each containing several
chapters.  The first part of the book itself can serve as a single-source book on introduction to mechanical vibrations starting
from some mathematical preliminaries and tools, followed by a unified approach to vibrations of discrete and continuous systems. 
The second part presents the fundamentals of piezoelectric-based systems with an emphasis to their constitutive modeling as well
as vibration absorption and control techniques using piezoelectric actuators and sensors.  Building based on the first two parts,
the last part of the book provides readers with advanced topics in piezoelectric-based micro/nano sensors and actuators with applications
ranging from molecular manufacturing and precision mechatronics to molecular recognition and functional nanostructures.

Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction and Overview of Mechanical Vibrations
1. Introduction
2. An Introduction to Vibrations of Lumped-parameters Systems
3. A Brief Introduction to Variational Mechanics
4. A Unified Approach to Vibrations of Distributed-parameters Systems

Part II: Piezoelectric-based Vibration-Control Systems
5. An Overview of Active Materials utilized in Smart Structures
6. Physical Principles and Constitutive Models of Piezoelectric Materials
7. Hysteretic Characteristics of Piezoelectric Materials
8. Piezoelectric-based Systems Modeling
9. Vibration Control using Piezoelectric Actuators and Sensors

Part III: Piezoelectric-based Micro/Nano Sensors and Actuators
10. Piezoelectric-based Micro- and Nano-positioning Systems
11. Piezoelectric-based Nanomechanical Cantilever Sensors
12. Nanomaterials-based Piezoelectric Actuators and Sensors
Appendix A: Mathematical Preliminaries
Appendix B: Proofs of Selected Theorems


4.2 Set-Valued Analysis
Contributed by: Patrick Keene,

Set-Valued Analysis

Jean-Pierre Aubin, Université de Paris-Dauphine and CNRS, Paris, France
Hélène Frankowska, Université de Paris-Dauphine and CNRS, Paris, France

Newly released as a softcover edition

Available / 2009 / XIX, 461 pp. / 11 illus. / Softcover / $49.95 / ISBN: 978-0-8176-4847-3 / Birkhäuser
Series - Modern Birkhäuser Classics

"An elegantly written, introductory overview of the field, with a near perfect choice of what to include and what not, enlivened
in places by historical tidbits and made eminently readable throughout by crisp language. It has succeeded in doing the near-impossible—
it has made a subject which is generally inhospitable to nonspecialists because of its ‘family jargon’ appear nonintimidating even to a
beginning graduate student." (The Journal of the Indian Institute of Science)

"The book under review gives a comprehensive treatment of basically everything in mathematics that can be named multivalued/set-valued
analysis. It includes…results with many historical comments giving the reader a sound perspective to look at the subject…The book is
highly recommended for mathematicians and graduate students who will find here a very comprehensive treatment of set-valued analysis."
(Mathematical Reviews)

Table of Contents:

Introduction * Continuity of Set-Valued Maps * Closed Convex Processes * Existence and Stability of an Equilibrium * Tangent Cones
* Derivatives of Set-Valued Maps * Epiderivatives of Extended Functions * Graphical & Epigraphical Convergence * Measurability and
Integration of Set-Valued Maps * Selections and Parametrization * Differential Inclusions * Bibliographical Comments * Bibliography
* Index

For a full table of contents, description of the book, and ordering information, please visit:


4.3 Control and Optimization of Multiscale Process Systems
Contributed by: Patrick Keene,

Control and Optimization of Multiscale Process Systems

Panagiotis D. Christofides, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Antonios Armaou, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
Yiming Lou, United Technologies Corporation, Pomona, CA, USA
Amit Varshney, Westminster, CO, USA

Available / 2009 / XX, 232 pp. / 100 illus. / Hardcover / $69.95 / ISBN: 978-0-8176-4792-6 / Birkhäuser
Series - Control Engineering

This book---the first of its kind---presents general methods for feedback controller synthesis and optimization of multiscale systems,
illustrating their application to thin-film growth, sputtering processes, and catalytic systems of industrial interest. The authors
demonstrate the advantages of the methods presented for control and optimization through extensive simulations.

Included in the work are new techniques for feedback controller design and optimization of multiscale process systems that are not
included in other books. The book also contains a rich collection of new research topics and references to significant recent work.

'Control and Optimization of Multiscale Process Systems' requires basic knowledge of differential equations, probability theory, and
control theory, and is intended for researchers, graduate students, and process control engineers.

Table of Contents:

List of Figures * List of Tables * Preface * Introduction * Multiscale Process Modeling and Simulation * Control Using Kinetic Monte
Carlo Models * Construction of Stochastic PDEs * Feedback Control Using Stochastic PDEs * Optimization of Multiscale Process Systems
* Dynamic Optimization of Multiscale PDE/kMC Process Systems * References * Index

For a full table of contents, description of the book, and ordering information, please visit:


4.4 Delay Compensation for Nonlinear, Adaptive, and PDE Systems
Contributed by: Patrick Keene,

Delay Compensation for Nonlinear, Adaptive, and PDE Systems

Miroslav Krstic, University of California, La Jolla, CA, USA

Forthcoming / August 2009 / Approx. 475 pp. / 52 illus. / Hardcover / $99.00 / ISBN: 978-0-8176-4876-3 / Birkhäuser
Series - Systems & Control: Foundations & Applications

Some of the most common dynamic phenomena that arise in engineering practice---actuator and sensor delays---fall outside the scope of
standard finite-dimensional system theory. The first attempt at infinite-dimensional feedback design in the field of control systems---
the Smith predictor---has remained limited to linear finite-dimensional plants over the last five decades. Shedding light on new
opportunities in predictor feedback, this book significantly broadens the set of techniques available to a mathematician or engineer
working on delay systems.

The book is a collection of tools and techniques that make predictor feedback ideas applicable to nonlinear systems, systems modeled by
PDEs, systems with highly uncertain or completely unknown input/output delays, and systems whose actuator or sensor dynamics are modeled
by more general hyperbolic or parabolic PDEs, rather than by pure delay. Numerous examples and a detailed  treatment of individual classes
of problems will help the reader master the techniques.

"Delay Compensation for Nonlinear, Adaptive, and PDE Systems" is an excellent reference guide for graduate students, researchers, and
professionals in mathematics, systems control, as well as chemical, mechanical, electrical, computer, aerospace, and civil/structural
engineering. Parts of the book may be used in graduate courses on general distributed parameter systems, linear delay systems, PDEs,
nonlinear control, state estimator and observers, adaptive control, robust control, or linear time-varying systems.

Table of Contents:

Preface * Introduction * Part I. Linear Delay-ODE Cascades * Part II. Adaptive Control * Part III. Nonlinear Systems * Part IV. PDE-ODE
Cascades * Part V. Delay-PDE and PDE-PDE Cascades * Appendices * References * Index

For a full table of contents, description of the book, and ordering information, please visit:


4.5 Viability Theory
Contributed by: Patrick Keene,

Newly released as a softcover edition

Viability Theory

Jean-Pierre Aubin, Université de Paris-Dauphine and CNRS, Paris, France

Available / 2009 / XXVIII, 544 pp. / 10 illus. / Softcover / $69.95 / ISBN: 978-0-8176-4909-8 / Birkhäuser
Series - Modern Birkhäuser Classics

This work examines viability theory and its applications to control theory and differential games. The emphasis is on the construction
of feedbacks and dynamical systems by myopic optimization methods. Systems of first-order partial differential inclusions, whose solutions
are feedbacks, are constructed and investigated. Basic results are then extended to the case of fuzzy control problems, distributed control
problems, and control systems with delays and memory. Aimed at graduate students and research mathematicians, both pure and applied, this
book offers specialists in control and nonlinear systems tools to take into account general state constraints. Viability theory also allows
researchers in other disciplines—artificial intelligence, economics, game theory, theoretical biology, population genetics, cognitive
sciences—to go beyond deterministic models by studying them in a dynamical or evolutionary perspective in an uncertain environment.

"The book is a compendium of the state of knowledge about viability...Mathematically, the book should be accessible to anyone who has had
basic graduate courses in modern analysis and functional analysis… The concepts are defined and many proofs of the requisite results are
reproduced here, making the present book essentially self-contained." —Bulletin of the AMS

"Because of the wide scope, the book is an ideal reference for people encountering problems related to viability theory in their research…
It gives a very thorough mathematical presentation. Very useful for anybody confronted with viability constraints." —Mededelingen van het

Table of Contents:

Introduction * Outline of the Book * Viability Theorems for Ordinary and Stochastic Differential Equations * Set-Valued Maps * Viability
Theorems for Differential Inclusions * Viability Kernels and Exit Tubes * Invariance Theorems for Differential Inclusions * Regulation of
Control Systems * Smooth and Heavy Viable Solutions * Partial Differential Inclusions of Tracking Problems * Lyapunov Functions
* Miscellaneous Viability Issues * Viability Tubes * Functional Viability * Viability Theorems for Partial Differential Inclusions
* Differential Games * Bibliographical Comments * Bibliography * Index

For a full table of contents, description of the book, and ordering information, please visit:


Contributed by: Jason Lim,

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the analysis and design of health management systems for cooperating
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4.7 Controlling Chaos: Suppression, Synchronization and Chaotification
Contributed by: Derong Liu,

Message: Controlling Chaos: Suppression, Synchronization and Chaotification
by Huaguang Zhang, Derong Liu, and Zhiliang Wang
2009, XX, 344 p. 178 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-84882-522-2

Controlling Chaos offers its reader an extensive selection of techniques to achieve three goals: the suppression, synchronization and
generation of chaos, each of which is the focus of a separate part of the book. The text deals with the well-known Lorenz, Rossler and
Henon attractors and the Chua circuit, and with less celebrated novel systems. Modeling of chaos is accomplished using difference equations
and ordinary and time-delayed differential equations. The methods directed at controlling chaos benefit from the influence of advanced
nonlinear control theory: inverse optimal control is used for stabilization; exact linearization for synchronization; and impulsive
control for chaotification. Notably, a fusion of chaos and fuzzy systems theories is
employed, with the Takagi–Sugeno model and the authors’ own fuzzy hyperbolic
model utilized in the modeling and control of chaotic systems. Time-delayed
systems are also studied with many synchronization methods being explored. All the results presented are general for a broad class of
chaotic systems.

This monograph is self-contained with introductory material providing a review
of the history of chaos control and the necessary mathematical preliminaries
for working with dynamical systems.

Academics from electrical, systems, mechanical and chemical engineering
backgrounds working in control theory related to nonlinear dynamical and
chaotic systems and to graduate students of chaos control.

* Chaos Suppression
* Chaos Synchronization
* Chaotification
* Chua's Circuit
* Control
* Control Theory
* Fuzzy Hyperbolic Model
* Fuzzy Models
* Henon System
* Lorenz System
* Neural Networks
* Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
* Rossler System
* Takagi–Sugeno Model


5. Journals

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

Journal of Process Control
Volume 19, Issue 7, Pages 1067-1214 (July 2009)
Adaptive generalized predictive control based on JITL technique
Pages 1067-1072
Yasuki Kansha, Min-Sen Chiu

Control of a ceramic tiles cooling process based on water spraying
Pages 1073-1081
R. Sanchis, I. Peñarrocha

Robust stability of homogeneous large-scale bilinear systems with time delays and uncertainties
Pages 1082-1090
Cheng-Yi Chen, Chien-Hua Lee

Fault tolerant control for a dearomatisation process
Pages 1091-1102
M. Sourander, M. Vermasvuori, D. Sauter, T. Liikala, S.-L. Jämsä-Jounela

Dynamic numerical reconstruction of a fungal biofiltration system using differential neural network
Pages 1103-1110
I. Chairez, I. García-Peña, A. Cabrera

Noise modeling concepts in nonlinear state estimation
Pages 1111-1125
S. Kolås, B.A. Foss, T.S. Schei

A spatio-temporal Volterra modeling approach for a class of distributed industrial processes
Pages 1126-1142
Han-Xiong Li, Chenkun Qi, Yongguang Yu

Quality index framework for plant-wide performance evaluation
Pages 1143-1148
Vesa Hölttä, Heikki Koivo

A new state estimation method for high-mix semiconductor manufacturing processes
Pages 1149-1161
Amogh V. Prabhu, Thomas F. Edgar

Optimal control of a nonlinear fed-batch fermentation process using model predictive approach
Pages 1162-1173
Ahmad Ashoori, Behzad Moshiri, Ali Khaki-Sedigh, Mohammad Reza Bakhtiari

Support vector method for identification of Wiener models
Pages 1174-1181
Stefan Tötterman, Hannu T. Toivonen

Improving continuous–discrete interval observers with application to microalgae-based bioprocesses
Pages 1182-1190
G. Goffaux, A. Vande Wouwer, O. Bernard

Optimal design of dispersive tubular reactors at steady-state using optimal control theory
Pages 1191-1198
F. Logist, P.M.M. Van Erdeghem, I.Y. Smets, J.F. Van Impe

Minimum variance performance map for constrained model predictive control
Pages 1199-1204
Christopher A. Harrison, S. Joe Qin

Disturbance observer based multi-variable control of ball mill grinding circuits
Pages 1205-1213
X.S. Chen, J. Yang, S.H. Li, Q. Li


5.2 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 45 (2009), Issue 9 (September)


CALL FOR PAPERS for an Automatica Special Issue on Systems Biology
Frank Allgower, Tamer Basar

Regular Papers

Swing-up control based on virtual composite links for n-link underactuated robot with passive first joint
Xin Xin, Jin-Hua She, Taiga Yamasaki, Yannian Liu

Stability of sampled-data piecewise affine systems: A time-delay approach
Behzad Samadi, Luis Rodrigues

Analysis and synthesis of attractive quantum Markovian dynamics
Francesco Ticozzi, Lorenza Viola

Practical multiagent rendezvous through modified circumcenter algorithms
Sonia Martinez

A covariance matching approach for identifying errors-in-variables systems
Torsten Soderstrom, Magnus Mossberg, Mei Hong

Brief Papers

Fault detection and isolation of discrete-time Markovian jump systems with application to a network of multi-Agent systems
having imperfect communication channels
Nader Meskin, Khashayar Khorasani

Global stabilization of nonlinear cascaded systems with a Lyapunov function in superposition form
Zhiyong Chen

Set invariance and performance analysis of linear systems via truncated ellipsoids
Thomas Thibodeau, Wenchan Tong, Tingshu Hu

Active fault detection and control: Unified formulation and optimal design
Miroslav Simandl, Ivo Puncochar

An LMI approach to H-infinity boundary control of semilinear parabolic and hyperbolic systems
Emilia Fridman, Yury Orlov

Stochastic linear quadratic regulation for discrete-time linear systems with input delay
Song Xinmin, Huanshui Zhang, Lihua Xie

Adaptive trajectory tracking despite unknown input delay and plant parameters
Delphine Bresch-Pietri, Miroslav Krstic

Robust output feedback model predictive control of constrained linear systems: Time varying case
David Q. Mayne, Sasa V. Rakovic, Rolf Findeisen, Frank Allgower

Bearings only single-sensor target tracking using Gaussian mixtures
Darko Musicki

Robust PID controller tuning based on the Heuristic Kalman algorithm
Rosario Toscano, patrick lyonnet

Quadratic boundedness via dynamic output feedback for constrained nonlinear systems in Takagi-Sugeno's form
Baocang Ding

Passive control and synchronization of general complex dynamical networks
Jing Yao, Zhi-Hong Guan, David J. Hill

Adaptive inverse dynamics control of robots with uncertain kinematics and dynamics
Hanlei Wang, Yongchun Xie

Passivity-based sliding mode control of uncertain singular time-delay systems
Ligang Wu, Wei Xing Zheng

Stability independent of delay using rational functions
Fernando de Oliveira Souza, Mauricio C. de Oliveira, Reinaldo M. Palhares

Kalman filtering over a packet-delaying network: A probabilistic approach
Ling Shi, Lihua Xie, Richard M. Murray

Periodic stabilizability of switched linear control systems
Guangming Xie, Long Wang

Technical Communiques

Extension of unbiased minimum-variance input and state estimation for systems with unknown inputs
Chien-Shu Hsieh

Consensus of second-order discrete-time multi-agent systems with nonuniform time-delays and dynamically changing
Peng Lin, Yingmin Jia

Discrete-time output feedback sliding mode control for spatial control of a large PHWR
Datatreya Reddy Gollapudi, Youngjin Park, Bijnan Bandyopadhyay, Akhilanand Pati Tiwari

Robust backstepping for the Euler approximate model of sampled-data strict-feedback systems
Romain Postoyan, Tarek Ahmed-Ali, Françoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue

Finite-time output stabilization with second order sliding modes
Francesco Dinuzzo, Antonella Ferrara


Erratum to: Comments on "Optimally switched linear systems" [Automatica 45 (6) (2009) 1588-1590]
Becky Lonberger

Book and Software Reviews

Advances in control, communication networks, and transportation systems: In honor of Pravin Varaiya. Edited by E. H. Abed,
Birkhauser Boston, 2005
Margareta Stefanovic, Suresh S. Muknahallipatna


5.3 Contents: Control Engineering of China
Contributed by: Dr. Shaowen Lu,

Control Engineering of China

Chief Editor: Professor Tianyou. Chai
Deputy Chief Editor: Professor Hong Wang and Dr Shaowen Lu
Current Issue – July 2009

Adaptive Sliding Mode Tracking Control of Nonlinear System with Time-varying Uncertainty
CONG Shuang, LIANG Yan-yang

Robust Adaptive Controller for a Class of Nonlinear System
WANG Xian-fang, DU Zhi-yong, PAN Feng

Adaptive Predictive Control Strategy for Evaporator of Air-Conditioning
JIA Li, CHEN Guangbo, CHIU Min-sen

Kalman Filter Based Model Predictive Control for Batch Reactor
LI Shao-yuan, CUI Yuan

Delay-Dependent Robust Stability Analysis for a Class of Linear Uncertain Systems with Delays

Test Signal Design for High/Low Pass Multivariable System Identification
LIU Bo, ZHAO Jun, QIAN Jixin

Resonant Frequency Control of Electro-hydraulic Proportional System Based on Back-stepping
ZHANG Ping-jun, JIANG Xin-hua, ZHU Jing, HUANG Jia-shan

Performance Analysis of RELS Identification for Non-uniformly Sampled Mutlirate ARMAX Systems
LIU Yan-jun, XIE Li

Researches and Applications of Robust Multivariable Predictive Control
ZHANG Shao-gang

Output Feedback Nonlinear Predictive Control for Constrained Hammerstein Systems
HE De-feng, YU Li, ZOU Tao

Sliding Mode Controller of Micro-differential Pressure of Converter Mouth
ZHANG Jia-yan, LANG Jia-yong, WANG Jin-zhong

Robust H∞ Control for Uncertain Linear Systems with Dependent Time-delay
SUN Xin-zhu, JIANG Ming, CHEN Qi-gong

Adaptive Internal Model Control Method and Its Application to Grinding Process
ZHAO Da-yong, CHAI Tian-you

Model Prediction Iterative Learning Control of Ram Velocity for Injection Molding Machines
LI Qian, XIA Bo-kai

Short-term Load Forecasting Based on LSSVM and Deterministic Annealing Clustering
Gaorong, Liu Xiao-hua

Optimal control of Distributed Parameter Systems Via Taylor Series
Wang Jian-hua, Zhang Yi, Gu Xing-sheng

Robust H-infinity Control of Networked Control Systems with Control Constraints
QU Bai-da, HONG Li-min, REN Hua

Stable Generalized Predictive Control for Systems with Uncertainties
LI Yin-kun, LIU Xiao-hua

Prediction Model of TPC Reception Iron Amount Based on PCA-GA-BP
HUANG Ying-lei, LIU Ye-feng, HUANG Hui, ZHENG Bing-lin

Iterative Learning Control of Stochastic Distribution Control Systems
SONG Zhen-guo, ZHOU Jing-lin

Adaptive Neural Network Predictive Control Based on PSO Algorithm
SU Cheng-li, WU Yun, LIU Xiao-qin

Sugeno Fuzzy Neural Network Control for Double Inverted Pendulum
LI Ping, ZHANG Chong-yang, TAO Wen-hua, YAO Ling-hong

Application of Fuzzy Neural Network in Decoupling Control
PING Yu-huan , LI Zong-yao

Novel Dynamic Fuzzy Neural Networks Algorithm
ZHANG De-feng, LU Qing-hua, ZHOU Yan

Gaussian Wavelet SVM and Its Applications to Chaotic Time Series Forecasting
ZHENG Yong-kang, CHEN Wei-rong, DAI Chao-hua

Fuzzy Control for Buck Converter Based on Current Mode Control
ZHANG Hua-guang, LU Wen-ze, LIU Xiu-chong

Soft-sensor Based on Bootstrap Aggregated Neural Network
Zhou Chang, Zhang Jie, LV Wen-xiang , Liu Xian-guang, Huang De-xian

Design of LPV Gain-Scheduling Controller to Uncertain Tailless Aircraft
LI Wen-qiang, ZHENG Zhi-qiang

Fuzzy Control for Uniform-Velocity Walking to Self-balancing Mechanical Systems
RUAN Xiao-gang, CHENG Huai-yu, SUN Liang, GONG Dao-xiong

Robust Adaptive Control of Electrical-driven Robot Arm
WANG Yun-jian, LIU He-ping

On Control System Architecture of Deep Seabed Mining Robot
CHEN Yong, GUI Wei-hua, WANG Sui-ping

Direct Torque Control for Transmission System Test Platform
DU Xiu-xia, LI Ping-kang

Integrated Automation System for Shaft Furnace Roasting Process
Wang Zhi-wen, Guo Ge, Luo Dong-song

Measurement of the Repose Angle of the Solids in Rotary Kilns Based on Image Processing
LIU Xiao-yan, ZHOU Sheng-jian, ZHANG Xiao-gang
On Order Planning with Production Path Flexibility
Xu Duan, Tu Nai-wei, SUN Liang-liang, ZHENG Bing-lin


5.4 Contents: Journal of Systems Science and Complexity
Contributed by: JSSC,

Journal of Systems Science and Complexity (JSSC)
Volume 22, Issue 1, March 2009

Edited by: Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Published by: Springer Boston
ISSN: 1009-6124 (Print) 1559-7067 (Online)

A new statistical approach for the analysis of uncertain systems  (1-34) 
Xinjia Chen, Kemin Zhou, Jorge Aravena
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9144-z

H-infinity control of networked multi-agent systems (35-48)
Zhongkui Li, Zhisheng Duan and Lin Huang
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9145-y

Minimizing a linear fractional function subject to a system of sup- T equations with a continuous Archimedean triangular
norm  (49-62)
Pingke Li and Shu-Cherng Fang
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9146-x

Optimal substructure of set-valued solutions of normal-form games and coordination (63-76)
Norimasa Kobayashi and Kyoichi Kijima
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9147-9

Performance evaluation for damping controllers of power systems based on multi-agent models (77-87)
Ancheng Xue and Yiguang Hong
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9148-8

A probabilistic characterization of a fault-tolerant gossiping algorithm  (88-108) 
Xiaohu Li, Paul Parker and Shouhuai Xu
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9149-7

Stability analysis of decentralized adaptive backstepping control systems with actuator failures (109-121)
Wei Wang, Changyun Wen and Guanghong Yang
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9150-1

Stochastic differential equations and stochastic linear quadratic optimal control problem with Lévy processes  (122-136)
Huaibin Tang and Zhen Wu
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9151-0

New results about the relationship between optimally weighted least squares estimate and linear minimum variance estimate
Juan Zhao  and Yunmin Zhu
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9152-z

Fruit nutritive factor network (150-158) 
Yanqing Qu, Yumei Jiang and Daren He
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-009-9153-y

For submission and subscription information please visit the Journal
website at
or email to

Editorial Office:
Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science
Chinese Academy of Sciences
No.55 Zhongguancundonglu
Beijing 100190


5.5 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
Contributed by: J. Lawrie,

IET Control Theory & Applications, Volume 3, Issue 9, September 2009
For more information on this journal, please go to:
To submit a paper, please go to:


Three-dimensional modelling of a humanoid in three planes and a motion scheme of biped turning in standing
E. Kim, T. Kim and J.-W. Kim

Synchronisation analysis and impulsive control of complex networks with coupling delays
Y. Dai, Y. Cai and X. Xu

Quantum optimal control of nuclei in the presence of perturbation in electric field
Q.-F. Wang

Fixed final time optimal control approach for bounded robust controller design using Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman solution
D.M. Adhyaru, I.N. Kar and M. Gopal

Position control of permanent magnet stepper motors using conditional servocompensators
S. Seshagiri

Recursive subspace identification of Hammerstein models based on least squares support vector machines
L. Bako, G. Merce` re, S. Lecoeuche and M. Lovera

Stability and robust stabilisation for uncertain discrete stochastic hybrid singular systems with time delay
S. Ma and E.K. Boukas

Non-conservative robust Kalman filtering using a noise corrupted measurement matrix
W.-S. Ra, I.-H. Whang and J.B. Park

Robust non-linear control and tracking design for multi-input multi-output non-linear perturbed plants
M. Deng, S. Bi and A. Inoue

Simultaneous localisation and mapping algorithm for topological maps with dynamics
N.L. Doh, K. Lee, W.K. Chung and H. Cho

Coordinated decentralised hybrid adaptive output feedback fuzzy control for a class of large-scale non-linear systems with strong
Y.-S. Huang, D.-Q. Zhou, S.-P. Xiao and D. Lin

New stability criteria for Cohen–Grossberg neural networks with time delays
L. Hu, H. Gao and P. Shi

Repetitive control by output error for a class of uncertain time-delay systems
Q. Quan, D. Yang, K.-Y. Cai and J. Jiang

Exponential stability and static output feedback stabilisation of singular time-delay systems with saturating actuators
A. Haidar, E.K. Boukas, S. Xu and J. Lam


5.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Fernando Camisani,

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.11, No.4   
July, 2009

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: Preservation of Properties in Discrete-Time Systems Under Substitutions
Authors: Guillermo Fernandez-Anaya, Jose-Job Flores-Godoy, and Jose Alvarez-Ramirez

2. Paper Title: Topological Entropy and Data Rate for Practical Stability: A Scalar Case
Authors: Li Xie

3. Paper Title: Worst-case Optimal Control for an Electrical Drive System with Time-delay
Authors: Yu Gao, Olga Kostyukova, and Kil To Chong

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Distributed Leader-Follower Flocking Control
Authors: Zongyao Wang and Dongbing Gu

2. Paper Title: Synchronization of Leader-Followers Networks with Coupling Delays via
Variable Structure Control
Authors: Jing Yao, Zhi-Hong Guan, and Hua O. Wang

3. Paper Title: Robust D-Stability Analysis for Uncertain Singular Delay Systems
Authors: Renquan Lu, Hongye Su, and Jian Chu

4. Paper Title: Output Feedback Variable Structure Control of Uncertain Linear Systems in
the Presence of Actuator Dynamics
Authors: Ning Wang, Wenli Xu, and Feng Chen

5. Paper Title: A New Delay-dependent Stability Criterion for Time-delay Systems
Authors: Jian Sun and Guoping Liu

6. Paper Title: Optimization of Dependently Controlled Jump Rates of JLQG Problem
Authors: Yankai Xu and Xi Chen

7. Paper Title: Composite Disturbance-Observer-Based Control and H∞ Control for Nonlinear
Time-delay Systems
Authors: Xinjiang Wei, Lingyao Wu, and Lei Guo

8. Paper Title: Design of Nonlinear H∞ Controllers Using Describing Functions with
Application to Servomechanism
Authors: Amir Nassirharand and S. R. Mousavai Firdeh

9. Paper Title: Global Sliding-Mode Controller with Generalized Sliding Dynamics
Authors: Yu-Sheng Lu and Chien-Wei Chiu

10.Paper Title: Output Feedback Stabilization for Delayed Large-Scale Stochastic Systems
with Markovian Jumping Parameters
Authors: Baoyong Zhang, Shengyuan Xu, and Yun Zou


5.9 CFP: Automatica Special Issue on Systems Biology
Contributed by: Frank Allgower,

CALL FOR PAPERS for an Automatica Special Issue on Systems Biology

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

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

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

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

Frank Allgower
Automatica Editor for
Process and Computer Control


5.10 CFP: Robotica, Special issue on ROBOTIC SELF-X SYSTEMS
Contributed by: Amor A. Menezes,


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


5.11 CFP: A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,

“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 ( 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

Prof. Kevin L. Moore
Colorado School of Mines

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:
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

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


6. Conferences

Contriubted by: Changyun Wen,

May 26-28, 2010
Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

Conference Website:

- Northeastern University,  China
- IEEE Industrial Electronics (IE) Chapter, Singapore

Local Organiser
- China University of Mining and Technology

Technical Co-Sponsors:
- IEEE Control Systems Society
- IEEE Industrial Electronics Society 
- Automatic Control Society, Chinese Association of Aeronautics
- Technical Committee on Control Theory, Chinese Association of Automation
- Simulation Methods and Modeling Society, Chinese Association for System Simulations
- Intelligent Control & Management Society, Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence

The Proceedings (Papers in English ) of 2010 CCDC will be indexed by ISTP and included in the IEEE Xploredatabase, as well as
indexed by EI Compendex.

2010 CCDC covers both theory and applications in all the areas of systems, control and decision. In addition to the technical
sessions, Plenary Talks and Semi-Plenary Talks on the State-of-the-Art in these areas will be given by prominent researchers.

INVITED PLENARY TALKS will be delivered by
- Professor David John Hill, Australian National University
- Professor  Frank Lewis, The University of Texas at Arlington

INVITED SEMI-PLENARY TALKS will be delivered by
- Professor Murat Arcak ; University of California, Berkeley
- Professor Gang (Gary) Feng; City University of Hong Kong
- Professor Zhong-Ping Jiang ; Polytechnic Institute of New York University
- Professor Lorenzo Marconi; University of Bologna
- Professor George J. Pappas, University of Pennsylvania

Important Dates:
- Deadline for Full Paper submission
15 October 2009
- Notification of Acceptance
15 January  2010
- Deadline for Camera Ready Manuscript Submission
10 March 2010
- Deadline for Authors' Registration 
10 March 2010

Please submit your papers through the conference website:

More Details on the conference can be found from the conference website


6.2 International conference "COMPENG 2010"
Contributed by: Alessandro Rizzo,

The first edition of the international conference "COMPENG 2010"- Complexity in Engineering, organized by IEEE Italy Section and AEIT,
the Italian Federation of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Automation Engineers, will be held in Rome from 22nd to 24th of
February 2010.

COMPENG is intended to provide an international forum for experts and professionals working on the latest developments in the fields
of complexity theory and its application in an engineering perspective, with special emphasis to electrical and communication networks,
automatic control, distributed robotics, critical infrastructure, electronic and control systems, data collection and mining, management
of large engineering systems.

Accepted papers will appear on IEEExplore Digital Library

Deadline for submission: October 1st, 2009

More information at


6.3 Minisymposium, International Conference on Dynamics, Vibration and Control (ICDVC-2010)
Contributed by: Dirk Soeffker,

Call for Papers


Monitoring and Maintenance-Oriented Control of Dynamical Engineering Systems and Structures

as part of

The Third International Conference on Dynamics, Vibration and Control ICDVC-2010

May 12-14, 2010 Hangzhou, China

Homepage of ICDVC2010:

Contributions in, but not limited to, the following areas
  - Dynamics and control of elastic dynamical systems (rotordynamics, structural dynamics, etc.)
  - Fault detection, diagnosis, and isolation of dynamical systems and structures
  - Signal- and/or model-based diagnosis of elastic mechanical structures/sensors/actuators
  - Vibration-based structural health monitoring
  - Supervision, monitoring and control in the context of Condition-Monitoring
  - Safe and reliable system operation and design
  - Other related topics
are welcome and authors are invited to participate in the mini-symposium and the conference.

Please send a one-page abstract before September 30th, 2009 to the Symposium organizer:

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Söffker, Chair of Dynamics and Control,
Institute of Mechatronics and System Dynamics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Ulbrich, Chair of Applied Mechanics,
Institute of Mechatronics, Technische Universität München,
Munich, Germany.


6.4 Minisymposium, International Conference on Dynamics, Vibration and Control (ICDVC-2010)
Contributed by: Dirk Soeffker,

Call for Papers


Advanced Control Technologies for Aeroelastic Systems and Relevant Applications in Aerospace Engineering

as part of

The Third International Conference on Dynamics, Vibration and Control ICDVC-2010

May 12-14, 2010 Hangzhou, China

Homepage of ICDVC2010:

Contributions in, but not limited to, the following areas
-Methodologies and applications of active and adaptive aeroelastic control
-Robust and reliable control approaches on aeroelastic dynamics and stability
-Highly-flexible intelligent control in complex aeroelastic systems
-Robust control generalized or highly specialized in aerospace applications
-Visionary perspectives regarding the future of control methodologies and applications in aerospace engineering are welcome and authors
are welcome and authors are invited to participate in the mini-symposium and the conference.

Please send a one-page abstract before September 30th, 2009 to the Symposium organizers:

Prof. Dr. Chao Yang,
Director of Aeroelasiticity Lab,  Department of Aircraft Design,
School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing, China.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Söffker, Chair of Dynamics and Control,
Institute of Mechatronics and System Dynamics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany.


7. Workshops

7.1 NE{S|T}COC - Call for Participation
Contributed by: Frank Allgower,

Call for Participation

- Symposium on Recent Trends in Networked Systems
  and Cooperative Control
- Workshop on Network Induced Constraints in Control
September 28/29, 2009
Stuttgart, Germany

The NE{S|T}COC Symposium and Workshop will be held on
September 28/29, 2009 in Stuttgart Germany. This two
day event is meant to give an overview over the rapidly
developing field of networked systems and cooperative
control and will serve as a platform to discuss current
issues and future trends in the field.

On the first day, eight invited speakers will give
plenary talks on recent trends in networked systems and
cooperative control within the "Symposium on Recent
Trends in Networked Systems and Cooperative Control"
(NESCOC). Confirmed speakers are:
- Murat Arcak (Berkeley)
- Pierre-Alexandre Bliman (INRIA)
- Francesco Bullo (UCSB)
- Joao Hespanha (UCSB)
- Ali Jadbabaie (UPenn)
- Karl Henrik Johansson (KTH)
- Antonis Papachristodoulou (Oxford)
- Rodolphe Sepulchre (Liege)

On the second day, a tutorial "Workshop on Network
Induced Constraints in Control" (NETCOC) provides
introductory presentations to different aspects of
network induced constraints in control and serves as
a platform for discussion. This workshop will deal
with different aspects of network induced constraints
like quantization or loss and delay of packets. It
is perfectly suited as an introduction to this
expanding area.

The registration fee is Euro 90 (Euro 120 when
registering after August 14) and includes lunches and
an evening banquet on September 28. Please register
online at

The events take place on the occasion of the 10th
Anniversary of the Institute for Systems Theory and
Automatic Control (IST) at the University of Stuttgart.

Further information about NE{S|T}COC can be found at
the conference web page at
or by contacting the conference organizers

Frank Allgower, Ulrich Muenz and Peter Wieland
Tel. +49-711-68567734
Fax. +49-711-68567735


7.2 Workshop GeoLMI on the geometry and algebra of linear matrix inequalities
Contributed by: Didier Henrion,

Workshop GeoLMI on the geometry and algebra of linear matrix inequalities
19-20 November 2009, LAAS-CNRS, University of Toulouse, France

The workshop aims at studying connections between real algebraic geometry
and semidefinite programming, with the objective of designing algorithms
to model convex semi-algebraic sets as linear matrix inequalities (LMI,
affine sections and projections of the cone of positive semidefinite

Confirmed invited speakers (alphabetical order):
- Anita Buckley, Univ. Ljubljana (SI)
- Luca Chiantini, Univ. Siena (IT)
- Aris Daniilidis, Univ. Barcelona (SP)
- Tomaz Kosir, Univ. Ljubljana (SI)
- Francois Glineur, Univ. Cath. Louvain (BE)
- Jean-Bernard Lasserre, LAAS-CNRS Univ. Toulouse (FR)
- Olivier Ruatta, Univ. Limoges (FR)
- Mark Spivakovsky, IMT-CNRS Univ. Toulouse (FR)
- Victor Vinnikov, Univ. Negev (IL)

- Daniele Faenzi, Univ. Pau (FR)
- Didier Henrion, LAAS-CNRS Univ. Toulouse (FR) and Czech Tech. Univ. Prague (CZ)
- Roland Hildebrand, LJK-CNRS Univ. Grenoble (FR)
- Jerome Malick, LJK-CNRS Univ. Grenoble (FR)
- Jean Valles, Univ. Pau (FR)

There is no registration fee, but please register by contacting
Ms Christele Soler at <>

For updated information, see


7.3 A Pre-conference workshop on "Network Science"
Contributed by: Nader Motee,

A Pre-conference workshop on "Network Science: New Directions in Control Systems", the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and
Control and 28th Chinese Control Conference, December 15, 2009, Shanghai, China.

For more information please check the following website:



8. Positions

8.1 PhD/MS: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Contributed by: Tomohisa Hayakawa,

The Department of Mechanical and Environmental Informatics at Tokyo Institute of Technology invites applications for master's and
doctoral degrees under International Graduate Program. This program is tailored to international students so that all the academic
activities are conducted in English. Professors J. Imura and T. Hayakawa have several open positions with financial support for both
prospective master and doctoral course students. (The master course students under this program are highly expected to continue
toward the doctoral degree.) The academic year under this program starts on October 1st, 2010, and the deadline of the application
is November 11th, 2009. Note that all the documents required for application should be ready by this date. For further information
about the program, please visit Professors Imura and Hayakawa's research interests
Imura: hybrid systems control theory, robot intelligence, systems biology
Hayakawa: dynamical systems theory, stochastic systems, formation control
In case you want to pursue a degree under the supervision of Imura or Hayakawa, their further research profiles can be found at and, respectively. If you are interested in the program, please
choose EITHER Imura or Hayakawa for your expected academic adviser and make contact at or as soon as you decide to apply.


8.2 PhD: University of Girona (Spain)
Contributed by: Ningsu Luo,

The Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automatic Control is seeking for PhD candidates to be enrolled in the
following research fields: 1) Decentralized control of large-scale networked control systems with uncertainties and time-delays;
2) Damage identification, vibration suppression and damage tolerant control in smart aircraft structures with wireless sensor network;
3) Semiactive vibration mitigation with piezoelectric and magnetorheological dampers in automotive and aeronautic systems and civil
engineering structures.

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

Qualified candidates should have a Master degree and a background in e.g., systems and control, electrical engineering, mechanical
engineering, civil engineering, mathematics, or similar disciplines. The candidates must be enthusiastic and greatly interested in
fundamental research. Good programming skills and some experience with real-time experimental laboratory setups are welcome. In addition,
excellent communication skills are important for the position and a good command of the English language is required.

Interested applicants are invited to send an email, as soon as possible, with CV, master degree certificate, academic records including
the list of courses and qualifications, a list of publications, a brief summary of master thesis and a cover letter stating the
motivation, to Prof. Ningsu Luo (


8.3 PhD: The University of Agder
Contributed by: Hamid Reza Karimi,

Message: PhD Research Fellowship in Mechatronics, Faculty of Engineering and Science.

Ref. 69/09

The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as Research Fellow in Mechatronics for a period
of three years, at the Faculty of Engineering and Science. The position is currently located in Grimstad, Norway. The starting date
is negotiable.

The Research Fellow will work at the Norwegian Centre for Offshore Energy (NORCOWE), in the field of offshore wind turbine control
systems, with a particular focus on multi-objective optimization and multivariable control algorithms for a variable speed and variable
pitch of a single offshore wind turbine system in the presence of random perturbations (waves, turbulent winds) and the fatigue loads
affecting the mechanical structure of the plant.

The following qualifications and experience will be particularly emphasised:
* Fundamentals of wind turbine systems: Linear and non-linear dynamic modelling
* Vibration analysis: Modelling, control and experiments in real structures
* Advanced control theory and design: Nonlinear, multivariable, robust control

The successful applicant will have a master's degree in a relevant field and must be enthusiastic and greatly interested in basic and
experimental research.

A high level of oral and written proficiency in English is required.

The position places great demands on the applicant's capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention
to detail. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, and any previous research and development work.
Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised.

The Research Fellow must be admitted to a PhD programme within three months of appointment. The Research Fellow is expected to complete a
doctoral dissertation within the period of employment.

Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions
of Employment for the Post of Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident, available for download at

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their teaching qualifications, usually in the form of a trial
lecture. With the applicant's permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

The Civil Service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society in its work force. It is therefore a goal of personnel policy in the
Civil Service to achieve balanced gender representation, include different age groups and recruit civil servants from immigrant backgrounds.
Persons from immigrant backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply for the position.

Appointment is made by the University of Agder's Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. The successful applicant will
have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the Civil Service. Organisational changes and changes in the duties
and responsibilities of the position must be expected.

The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, salary grade 45 (NOK 353.000). A 2 % compulsory
pension contribution will be deducted and paid to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund according to current statutory provisions.

Applicants must submit their application and CV online. In addition, the following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the
online application:

- Certified copies of diplomas and references
- List of academic publications
- Master's thesis
- Other academic publications

Please use the link "Send application".

The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation with their application. The application and all documentation should
be in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, or English.

In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants.
The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University's intention to
exercise this right.

Closing date: 15 September 2009.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Hamid Reza Karimi, phone +47 37 25 32 59, e-mail: Assistant
Faculty Director Anne Bergit Jørgensen, phone: +47 918 73 555, e-mail: may also be contacted concerning the position.

The full text of this announcement is also available online at


8.4 PhD: Multi-university NSF Expeditions
Contributed by: Bruce Krogh,

Compositional Methods for Hybrid Systems

Applicants are sought for a Ph.D. position in a new multi-university NSF Expeditions in Computing Project (  This
project aims to extend model checking and abstract interpretation to systems with complex continuous dynamics and probabilistic behaviors.
Challenge problems include understanding the precursors of pancreatic cancer, predicting the onset of atrial fibrillation, and obtaining
deep design-time insights into the behavior of automotive and aerospace control systems. 

Applicants are sought for the Spring 2010 semester, which has an application deadline of October 1, 2009. Complete application instructions
can be found at:

Inquiries concerning this position should be sent to Bruce Krogh <>.


8.5 PhD: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Contriuted by:

Two PhD graduate research assistantship.
One is on cellular system control. The other is on systems biology. Available Spring 2010.

To apply: send CV to


8.6 PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Contributed by: Lars Imsland,

PhD research fellowship position at Department of Engineering Cybernetics at Norwegian University of Science and Technology within
nonlinear model predictive control.

For more information, see


8.7 PhD: The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
Contributed by: Erjen Lefeber,

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has the following vacancy
PhD student ''Observer design for networks and distributed control''
(V35.430) at Systems Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering

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

The Systems Engineering group aims to develop quantitative methods for
the analysis, design and implementation of (embedded) mechanical
engineering systems exhibiting concurrent behavior, with particular
focus on manufacturing machines and networks. The objectives are to
generate theory, to develop techniques, to build computational tools,
and to apply these in selected cases from industry. The group builds
upon engineering mechanics, process algebras, control theory and
(stochastic) operations research.

The PhD position focuses on observer design for networks of switching
servers and on distributed control. In a manufacturing system machines
might require cleaning before a different type of job can be processed,
in an urban road network some time passes after a direction has been
turned red before another direction is turned green. Due to this setup
time it is advantageous to serve more than one job once the server has
been set up. We are interested in the control of these networks. Servers
need to decide which type of jobs to serve and for how long. They need
to decide when to switch to an other type of job. Our aim is to design
tailor made policies for these servers such that desired feasible
network behavior is achieved. These tailor made controllers are usually
central controllers (or state-feedback controllers) which determine for
each server when to switch to what job type, based on global state
information. In a manufacturing setting this can be implemented
relatively easily.  However, for controlling urban road networks with
traffic lights, implementing a central controller is almost infeasible.
In the latter case, distributed controllers are needed, i.e. each
intersection should have its own controller which, based on local
information only, decides what to do. This relates to the concept of
dynamic output feedback from control theory. In this project, observers
are used for deriving distributed policies for switching networks.

As PhD Student, you will
* Perform scientific research
* Present results on international conferences
* Publish results in scientific journals
* Spend a few months of your research abroad

Within this project, we are looking for a candidate with:
* A MSc-degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Electrical or
Control Engineering, Stochastic Operations Research with an
interest to work in an interdisciplinary project such as
''Controller design for flow networks of switched servers with
setup times''.
* He/she should have a strong interest in control theory and
* The candidate should have excellent communication skills in
English and an attitude to collaborate in this cooperative

Appointment and Salary
We offer:
* A challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious University
* An appointment for four years
* Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labor
Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), increasing from
EUR 2042 per month initially, to EUR 2612 in the fourth year.
* An attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work
facilities, end of the year allowance and sport facilities)

If you would like to have more information on the position, please:
* Contact Dr. A.A.J. Lefeber and J.E. Rooda
(, +31 40 2475821)
* Visit for more information about the Systems
Engineering group.
* Visit for more information about
the project.

Attach with your application a detailed curriculum vitae, an explanation
of your interest in the proposed research topic, a publication list,
your course program and corresponding grades, references and all other
information that might help us to select you for the position.

Please send your written application mentioning vacancy number V35.430

Eindhoven University of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
HR Services, W-hoog 1.05
P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands


8.8 PhD: Ghent University at Ghent, Belgium
Contributed by: Luc Knockaert,

Several fully paid 4 year Ph.D. positions are available to work on macromodelling and parameterized model order reduction.
The positions are funded by grants of the Research Foundation ­Flanders and are open to applicants of any nationality with
good knowledge of English and/or Dutch. The projects aim to develop novel macromodelling methods for parameterized modelling
and model order reduction applied to data output from dedicated software tools (e.g. EM solvers, etc.)
No prior knowledge of these software tools is required. However, a strong technical background in
engineering or mathematics is desirable and a keen interest in getting involved in linear and nonlinear systems and control
related research is necessary, since a number of the proposed techniques make use of advanced system theoretic ideas.
Typical profiles are  candidates with Master degrees in engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics with strong
interdisciplinary interest in modelling and simulation. Good programming skills (e.g. Matlab, etc.) are also highly desirable.
For further details please see (about the Dept. of Information Technology)  and (about SUrrogate MOdelling Lab.)
We invite applicants to send their resume (with names of referees, research interests, etc.), by e-mail to
Prof. Luc Knockaert ( ) and Prof. Tom Dhaene ( )


8.9 PhD: Carnegie Mellon
Contributed by: Bruno Sinopoli,

Seeking an ECE PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon.

We are encouraging the application of a talented student to work on a project related to improving energy efficiency in data centers.
Prospective applicants can contact me directly and submit an application to CMU for spring admission  (planning to start their PhD
in January 2010).

Bruno Sinopoli
Assistant Professor
Department of ECE
5000 Forbes Ave
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
ph:  +1 412 268-9432
fax: +1 412 268-3890
e-mail: brunos at ece cmu edu


8.10 Post-Doc/PhD: TOBB University
Contributed by: Veysel Gazi,

Two Short-Term Post-Doc/Visiting Researcher/Visiting Scholar/PhD Positions

The Swarm Systems Research Laboratory ( at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at TOBB
University of Economics and Technology situated in Ankara, Turkey invites application for two postdoctoral positions.

The candidates will work in the context of the European FP6 research project GUARDIANS ( The topics
include but are not limited to: multi-robot cooperation; cooperative navigation and positioning; communication constrained control,
coordination, and navigation of a group of mobile robots; cooperative SLAM; cooperative search and exploration; olfactory based swarm
navigation and chemical plume localization. The focus will be on both theoretical and implementation aspects of the above (or related)
algorithms. Implementations will be done using the Player/Stage simulator and on a real mobile robotic system composed of 9 Khepera 3
mobile robots. The positions are available immediately and will last until January 31, 2010.   

Candidates with backgrounds in Multi-Robot Systems, Mobile Robotics, Automatic Control, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine
Learning, Computer Science, Mechatronics, and other related areas are encouraged to apply. Strong theoretical background and analytical
skills or extensive implementation experience is considered an advantage. Candidates are also expected to be experienced with programming
in C and Matlab as well as program development under Linux. The candidates applying for a Post-Doc/Visiting Researcher position should
hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in one of the above or a closely related field. PhD students in the final stage of their studies who are
working on one of the above mentioned or closely related topics are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications should include statement of intent, curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the names and email addresses of at least
three references.

For more information please contact Veysel Gazi at
Applications should also be sent by email to


8.11 Post-Doc: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Contributed by: Z.P. Jiang,

Postdoc in Network Science or Image Fusion, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

A short-term postdoc position is available at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University for one of the following general topic:

- Network Science

- Image Fusion

Any candidate with a working experience in areas related to one of the above general topics is welcome to apply through email at
(A resume with a list of pubications and two names of references is needed.)

US citizenship or permanent residency is required.


8.12 Post-Doc: University of Florida
Contributed by: Warren Dixon,

Image registration objectives for the remote sensing intelligence community (IC) are challenging because of the need for
geolocation based on multiview, multitemporal, and multimodal images. Feature tracking between similar views is an available
technology. However, these methods are particularly challenging to apply when comparing a near Nadir image (directly overhead
image) with a hand-held video because there may be few groups of features that correspond in a manner that facilitates template
matching (because of the vastly different perspective views). This project will focus on new methods to address the geolocation
problem that are particularly suited to needs of the remote sensing IC.

The post-doc position will work with Dr. Warren Dixon at the University of Florida and with a liaison in the IC. Competitive
funding is available for two years with an optional third year. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen (no exceptions) and will
obtain a security clearance. This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with the IC with significant opportunities
for future employment within the IC. Candidates will be considered that have experience in any of the general or related areas of
image processing, and/or estimation theory. 

The position is immediately open and all interested candidates should send a CV to Warren Dixon at


8.13 Post-Doc: UCLA
Contributed by: Paulo Tabuada,

Postdoctoral researcher, UCLA
The research groups of Prof. Rupak Majumdar (UCLA Computer Science) and Prof. Paulo Tabuada (UCLA Electrical Engineering)
currently have a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of formal modeling and analysis of embedded control software.
The candidates should have a PhD in engineering/applied mathematics/theoretical computer science and published work reflecting
their capability to rigorously solve challenging research problems. The position is for one year, possibly extendable to another
year, and starts on October 1st 2009 (or earlier if desired by the applicant). Applicants should send a CV, a brief statement of
research interests, and the names and contact information of three references to Prof. Rupak Majumdar ( or to
Prof. Paulo Tabuada (


8.14 Post-Doc: Institute of Mathematics, Julius-Maximilians-Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany
Contributed by: Uwe Helmke,

A postdoctoral position is available from 1.1.2010 or earlier.

The postdoctoral researcher will work at the Chair of Mathematics II, Dynamical Systems and Control Theory.

The main duties (40 %) include administrative assistance for the research management of the new center "Computational Mathematics and
Systems Research" (CMSR) at the Institute of Mathematics. An engagement in establishing interdisciplinary research collaborations
between CMSR and other faculties of the University of Wuerzburg is expected.
There is a teaching load of 5 hours per week during each semester.

We are looking for highly motivated researchers with a PhD in
Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physics, with some track record
in interdisciplinary research between Mathematics, Science and Engineering.
Applicants should be fluent in English and/or German language.

The position is initially for 3 years, with an extension possible.

The prospective candidates should send by email their resumes, short research statement
along with names and contact information of 2 references, as
well as copies of 4 research papers, before October 1, 2009, to

Prof. Dr. Uwe Helmke


8.15 Post-Doc: Institute of Mathematics, Julius-Maximilians-Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany
Contributed by: Uwe Helmke,

A postdoctoral position is available from 1.1.2010 or earlier.

At the Chair of Mathematics II, Dynamical Systems and Control Theory there is an opening
for a postdoctoral researcher in the broad areas of systems and control theory, signal processing,
model reduction and data analysis.

Applicants with special interests in bio-medical application areas like mathematical biology, bio-imaging, bio-informatics,
or algebraic statistics are particularly welcome.

We are looking for highly motivated researchers with a PhD in
Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physics, with some track record
in interdisciplinary research between Mathematics, Science and Engineering.
Applicants should be fluent in English and/or German language.

The position is initially limited to 2 years, starting January 1, 2010, or earlier if desired.

The prospective candidates should send by email their resumes, a brief research statement
along with names and contact information of 2 references, as
well as copies of 4 research papers, before October 1, 2009, to

Prof. Dr. Uwe Helmke 


8.16 Post-Doc: Institute of Mathematics, Julius-Maximilians-Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany
Contributed by: Uwe Helmke,

At the chair of Mathematics II (Dynamical Systems & Control Theory) there is a vacancy for a PhD position in Quantum Control and
Quantum Information. Possible research topics include: Parameter identification in quantum systems / quantum process tomography,
Robust control for bilinear / quantum systems, and Controllability issues of particular quantum systems like the Hubbard model.

The position is within the international doctorate programme on “Identification, Optimization and Control with Applications in Modern
Technologies”. The program is a joint effort of the Universities of Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Wuerzburg, sponsored by the Elite
Network of Bavaria (ENB). It offers outstanding young academics the opportunity to earn their PhD under the supervision of an advisor,
selected by the members of the participating Ph.D program, to best match the candidate’s qualifications. Detailed information may be
found at
The applicants should relate their research interest to Quantum Control or Quantum Information. Applications should include a resume,
copies of certificates, a summary of their master’s thesis, two letters of recommendation, and an explicit expression of interest in
the Quantum-project at University of Wuerzburg.
Please inspect the official position announcement available at the above web site. Applications should be sent in electronic form no
later than 1 October 2009 to
Prof. Dr. G. Leugering
Department of Mathematics
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Martensstr. 3
91058 Erlangen


8.17 Post-Doc: MAE-UCSD
Contributed by: Sonia Martinez,

A postdoctoral position to work on NSF-Cyber Physical Systems project "Modeling and Software-synthesis for self-deployable mobile
sensors in river environments," is available at MAE-UCSD.

The project
The project aims to develop modeling tools and control algorithms for a network of 20 floaters to be deployed in the delta of the
San Joaquin river in the San Francisco area. This topic falls within the broad area of Cyber Physical Systems, i.e., systems that
rely on their integration with the physical environment where they are deployed and the joint explotation of their computation,
communication, and control capabilities.

Candidate qualifications
The holder of the position will be expected to work on collaborative research with Prof. Sonia Martinez and other faculty/students at
the MAE department of UCSD, and in coordination with research groups at UC Berkeley and U of Arizona.

The candidate must hold a PhD in control engineering/applied math, preferably with a background in nonlinear (hybrid) systems and
cooperative control. Good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills are required. In addition, the candidate should be
capable of working with minimum supervision, be independent, show initiative, and is expected to co-supervise graduate students.

Appointment length
Starting dates are flexible, the position may start in September/October/December 2009 or until it is filled. The initial appointment
will be for one year, renewable for one more year. To apply, send a cover letter, CV and contact information for at least three references
to Dr Sonia Martinez at soniamd at ucsd dot edu.

For more information you may contact Dr. Martinez.


8.18 Post-Doc: IFP
Contributed by: Mongi Ben Gaid,

IFP is a world-class public-sector research and training center, aimed at developing the technologies and materials of the future
in the fields of energy, transport and the environment. It provides public players and industry with innovative solutions for a
smooth transition to the energies and materials of tomorrow – more efficient, more economical, cleaner and sustainable.

The department of Control, Signal Processing and Real-Time Computing of IFP has a vacancy for a Post-Doctoral position on the
"Flexible Real-Time co-simulation with Modelica".

The successful candidate will develop innovative solutions for the flexible real-time co-simulation involving models described in
the Modelica language. These solutions have to be validated on an gasoline engine Modelica simulator, which has been developed at
IFP. This work is a part of the European ITEA2 Modelisar Project.

The appointment is for a period of one year, with the possibility of extension for up to a year. This postdoctoral position will
ideally start in fall 2009 and is located in Rueil-Malmaison near Paris.

Applicants should have completed (or be near to completion) a PhD degree in the areas of real-time computing, applied mathematics,
electrical engineering or closely related disciplines. Useful skills would include C/C++ programming.

To apply please send a cover letter, including a detailed resume (CV), a statement of research interest and goals and the e-mail
addresses of two referees.



8.19 Post-Doc: University of Lecce (Università del Salento), Lecce, Italy
Contributed by: Giuseppe Notarstefano,

Postdoctoral position: "Distributed control and optimization in multi-agent control systems"

A postdoctoral position is available at the Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Lecce (Università del Salento),
Lecce, Italy (
The position is associated with the European Framework VII research project CHAT "Control of Heterogeneous Automation Systems:
Technologies for Scalability, Reconfigurability and Security" (
The main topics of the project include distributed control and optimization, distributed fault and intrusion detection, cooperative
control and vehicle routing in multi-agent (networked) systems with application to logistics in industrial automation.
Applicants should have strong background in control, optimization and estimation theory. Theoretical skills in distributed control
and cooperative control of multi-agent systems are desirable. Interest or expertise in vehicle routing , path planning and control,
and/or fault detection is a plus.
The postdoctoral scholar will work with professors and researchers of the Control Optimization and Robotics group at the University
of Lecce ( He/she will have the opportunity to work in a stimulating research team and to collaborate with the
other (academic and industrial) partners of the project (University of Pisa, Lund University, University College of London, University
of Trento, Elsag Datamat, Siemens AG, Sofidel).
Interested candidates may contact Prof. Giuseppe Notarstefano ( at
An official call for applications will be available in the next months (no later than December 2009) on
The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of reappointment for one additional year.


8.20 Post-Doc: Peking University
Contributed by: Guangming Xie,

Postdoctoral Fellow College of Engineering, Peking University

One Postdoctoral Fellow is being recruited at the Center for Systems and Control, College of Engineering, Peking University,
in the general areas of control systems, robotics, systems/industrial engineering and applications. The appointment is for a period
of two years. The ideal candidate is one who has recently completed, or is about to finish, his/her PhD. The themes of research are,
but not limited to, robotics, networked control systems, multi-agent systems, hybrid systems, computational intelligence, systems
engineering, cognitive and brain science.

Interested candidates should send their CV to Professoor Guangming Xie at This e-mail address is being protected
from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Professor Long Wang at


8.21 Post-Doc: INRIA Rhone-Alpes, Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Antoine Girard,

Controller Synthesis for Continuous Systems Using Multiscale Symbolic Abstractions

Starting: October 2009
Duration : 24 months
Location : POPART Project, INRIA Rhone-Alpes, Grenoble, France
Web :
Supervisors : Gregor Goessler (,
Antoine Girard (


This post-doc 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 INRIA and the Laboratories Jean Kuntzmann 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...). Cyber-physical
systems applications are often safety critical and therefore reliability is a major requirement. To provide assurance of reliability,
model based approaches and formal methods are appealing. Models of cyber-physical systems are heterogeneous by nature: discrete dynamic
systems for computations and continuous differential equations for physical processes.

The candidate will be co-supervised by Gregor Goessler at INRIA and Antoine Girard at the Laboratory Jean Kuntzmann and will have the
opportunity to interact with the other members of the VEDECY project.


The post-doc position deals with the development of sound approaches for the synthesis of discrete embedded controllers for continuous
or switched systems. Recently, a new promising approach based on the use of approximately bisimilar symbolic abstractions has been
proposed. The main idea is to relax the requirement of exact equivalence in order to be able to handle more general classes of systems.
The current techniques relies on a uniform discretization of the continuous state space and thus suffers from the state explosion problem.

However, depending on the control objectives, it might be useful to compute a discrete abstraction that is very accurate in some parts
of the state space and less in other parts. For that purpose, we propose to consider multiscale discrete abstractions defined on a
hierarchy of embedded grids. There are some technical difficulties to solve as non-determinism is introduced  in the abstraction when
zooming from a resolution to a finer one.
We shall first consider simple safety or reachability properties.
In order to ensure these properties, discrete controller synthesis will be performed on a discrete abstraction of the continuous system.
Whenever safety cannot be ensured at the coarser level at the abstraction, we intend to locally and incrementally refine the level of
abstraction in order to synthesize an admissible controller. As the discrete abstractions can be computed on the fly, this synthesis
techniques should avoid exploring too many states and therefore increase the efficiency of our approach. A part of the job will be
devoted the development of a tool for embedded controller design.


The succesful candidate should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related area. Expertise in formal methods or controller synthesis for
discrete event systems and a significant programming experience are required. Knowledge of the domain of hybrid systems is plus.


8.22 Faculty Position: Technion - IIT
Contributed by: Zalman J. Palmor,

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology -- invites applications from outstanding
individuals for a tenure track full-time faculty position in Control at all academic ranks. All areas of control theory and control
systems engineering will be considered. Candidates must have a PhD in Mechanical / Aerospace / Electrical / Chemical Engineering or
a related field and will be expected to maintain an independent research program and perform academic duties associated with our
undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Faculty currently has 40 full time faculty members, 35 advanced research laboratories, about 1000 undergraduate students and
over 250 graduate students. It offers BSc, MSc, ME, and PhD degrees in all areas of Mechanical Engineering and is committed to
excellence in research and education. All teaching is conducted in Hebrew. Detailed information is available on our website at

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to send a letter of application, complete
curriculum vita, a brief statement of teaching and research interests, and a list of three references to:
Professor Z. J. Palmor
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa 32000, Israel


8.23 Faculty Position: Nanyang Technological University
Contributed by: CC Cheah,

Job Opening for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Robotics

The Division of Control and Instrumentation, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University,
Singapore has a vacancy for tenure-track assistant professor to candidates with the following qualification:

A Ph.D degree from a reputable university on topics of robotics and intelligent systems; a track record of competitive research
experience in terms of good journal publications; good command of English and able to teach at undergraduate and post graduate

Nanyang Technological University is a research-intensive university in Singapore. The Division of Control and Instrumentation,
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a faculty with expertise ranging from control and applications, robotics,
computer vision, machine learning, biomedical engineering and more. For information of the division, you can visit

Application Procedure

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit a completed application. Please refer to the Guidelines for Submitting an
Application for Faculty Appointment  The post applied for should be
clearly stated.

Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:

Dr. C.C. Cheah
School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
Block S1, Nanyang Avenue

Application closes when the position is filled.

8.24 Researcher: Eindhoven University of Technology
Contriubted by: Maurice Heemels,

A new EU project called MOBY-DIC (Model-based synthesis of digital electronic circuits for embedded control) will commence in December
in which the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) will participate. The persons involved from TU/e are Dr. Maurice Heemels and
Dr. Mircea Lazar.

The goal of MOBY-DIC is to develop a highly automated design flow for embedded controllers that is based on piecewise affine (PWA)
control. On the one hand the control community developed many analysis and design methods (based on e.g. model predictive control or
LMIs) to obtain (optimal) PWA control laws. On the other hand, various techniques exist to create circuit implementations of special
(canonical) PWA profiles. However, the circuit and electronics community and the control community have developed over the last
decades as disjointed research disciplines. This gap between the disciplines forms a major obstacle in harvesting the potential that
is present in the piecewise-affine framework for embedded control design. MOBY-DIC will bridge this gap by unifying these research

The role of the TU/e is the circuit-oriented control design, i.e. on providing systematic analysis/synthesis methods for implementation-
aware PWA controllers. The key feature of these novel design methods is the possibility of balancing implementation complexity vs. closed-
loop performance.

We are looking for a candidate with a background in systems and control theory and/or mathematics with an interest to work on piecewise
affine and hybrid control systems (model predictive control and LMI) with an eye towards the circuit-implementation aspects of the
controllers. The candidate should have a M.Sc. degree with excellent communication and writing skills in English and an attitude to
collaborate in an international project such as MOBY-DIC.

We offer:

*        a challenging job in the enthusiast and ambitious “Dynamics and Control Technology” of TU/e full of young and international
researchers (;

*        full-time employment for 4 years, with an intermediate evaluation after 1 year;

*        salary of € 2042 per month (gross) in the first year, increasing to € 2612 per month (gross) in the fourth year. Moreover,
8% holiday allowance is provided annually;

*        assistance for finding accommodation and attractive secondary labor conditions (including excellent work facilities, child
care, excellent sport facilities).

If you are interested in this PhD position, please send by email ( and a detailed curriculum vitae,
an explanation of your interest in the proposed research topic, a publication list, your course programme and corresponding grades,
references and all other information that might help us to select you for the position!

See for full text for the vacancy!


8.25 Research Fellow: The University of Melbourne
Contributed by: Peter Dower,

A research fellow is sought in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia
to conduct focused research in nonlinear systems theory, with specific emphasis on the following:
(a) the formulation and development of optimization methodologies for characterizing transient and gain bounds associated with
input-to-state stability, L2-gain, and other stability related properties;
(b) the development of numerically tractable solution techniques implementation of these optimization methodologies;
(c) the application of these methodologies to the computation of tight estimates for transient and gain bounds for specific problems
in small gain based feedback control system design.


8.26 Senior Research Scientist: University of Duisburg-Essen
Contributed by: Dirk Soeffker,

At the University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Engineering, Chair of Dynamics and Control a position as
Senior Research Scientist (Besoldungsgruppe A13 BBesO A) is open. The contract will be given for three years and can be extended for
additional three years.

Cooperative and collaborate research at the Chair of Dynamics and Control within one of the research fields
- Mechanics/Dynamics, especially modeling, simulation, and control of elastic mechanical systems (machine dynamics, rotor
dynamics, structural dynamics, etc.)
- Experimental mechanics, especially using modal analysis approaches for modeling, diagnosis, and control
- Adaptronics/Mechatronics/Smart Structures, especially for theoretical and applied realization of safe and reliable technical

It is expected that the candidate has experiences and is able to apply for, to contribute to and to organize as well as to assist
industry and also public research projects. The Chair is international oriented, the working languages are German and English. The
position is combined with teaching duties (1-2 courses), the position allows further scientific qualification (Habilitation).

Candidate’s profile:
-Shown and strong knowledge in system theoretic-based dynamics and related mathematical basics
-Shown and strong knowledge in mechanics/dynamics resp. structural dynamics
-Knowledge about control theory and advanced methods of control theory
-Scientific university education (Master or Diplom) of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical engineering, Mechatronics or similiar
studies, finished Ph.D./Dr.-Ing. research qualification
-Shown language skills in german AND english.

Details about the Chair Dynamics and Control are given here:,
details about the position are given here:

Applications should be send to the head of the Chair Prof. Söffker via


8.27 Research Engineer: Data Storage Institute
Contributed by:

Position: Research Engineer (Intelligent Fiber Bragg)

Your responsibilities and duties include but will not be limited to:
– designing/developing embedded hardware and firmware in support of active sensor networks and relevant data acquisition systems
– schematic capture and analog and digital circuit design and analysis of embedded processors
– FPGAs digital logic design and verification using VHDL and Quartus II
– digital signal processing, sensor interfaces, sensor signal conditioning
– sensor data acquisition systems, power conversion

• A Master’s Degree in related fields from a well-recognised institution
• You should possess experience, skills and knowledge in the following areas:
– MSEE and 3+ years of digital/analog experience
– VHDL, FPGA, signal processing
– Equipment system design experience
• Ability to communicate in good spoken and written English
• Fresh graduates are welcome to apply

For more information about Data Storage Institute, kindly visit our website at:

For application of the position, kindly submit online at:


8.28 Senior Research Fellow: Data Storage Institute
Contributed by:

Position: Senior Research Fellow (Intelligent Fiber Bragg)

Your responsibilities and duties will include but not be limited to:
– research on aircraft structural health monitoring/diagnosis using active sensor networks
– algorithm verification on test beds to achieve intelligent structural health monitoring/ diagnosis
– producing reports and papers from the research
– supervising less senior researchers where appropriate

• A PhD relevant to Electrical Engineering/Control Engineering/Information Technology or Computer Science
• Experience, skills and knowledge in the following areas:
– Sensor networks
– Diagnosis
– Structural Health Monitoring
– Discrete-event systems
– Artificial Intelligence
• A substantial research publication track record in high-quality journals and conferences
• Ability to communicate in good spoken and written English
• Ability to work in teams and joint research projects

For more information about Data Storage Institute, kindly visit our website at:

For application of position, kindly submit online at:


8.29 Researcher: Augmented Vison Group of DFKI - Kaiserslautern/Germany
Contributed by: Gustaf Hendeby,

The Augmented Vision ( group at the Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (German
Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI, in Kaiserslautern, is looking for new research members.

The Augmented Vision group is a fast growing research group with interests in the area of virtual and augmented reality,
sensor interpretation and fusion, and computer vision.  The activities range from 3D reconstruction from stereo images and
image-based interaction to visual-inertial tracking and motion tracking using inertial sensors.  The group is looking for
new members to join the European project PAMAP (Physical Activity Monitoring of Aging People, and
related upcoming projects.

In PAMAP, inertial sensors are used to monitor physical activity of aging people.  The aim is to be able to characterize
the type and amount of physical activity of a subject, and individual limb movements for physiotherapeutical purposes. 
We are involved in the design and development of the wireless network of tiny MEMS and the estimation of appropriate
biomechanical parameters of the human body. It is also our responsibility to do the software integration of the different
parts of the system.

In the near future, the group will also be involved in a project where the inertial setup is combined with one or more cameras
placed at different positions on the body.  Doing this will allow for more detailed tracking of limb movements, for example
using a wrist mounted camera to track fine motor skills of the hand.  This will be used to identify and classify workflows and
thus provide user monitoring.  The ultimate goal is to allow for cognitive workflow patterns to be analyzed, learnt, recorded
and subsequently rendered in a user-adaptive manner.

In this, the Augmented Vision group will mainly be involved in developing sensor fusion algorithms, the hand reconstruction from
the wrist camera, and the workflow recognition and monitoring.  We are also responsible for the integration of the different parts
of the system.

In order to fulfill our engagements and to strengthen the group we are looking for skilled, ambitious, and motivated people with
excellent communication and collaboration skills matching any of the following profiles:

* Sensor fusion specialist
  - Strong background in statistical signal processing, filtering, and systems theory.
  - Experience of sensor systems, in particular inertial sensors combined with magnetometers and/or cameras.
  - Bio-signal processing/biomechanics.
  - Programming in C++ under Windows and/or Linux.
* System integrator
  - Background in statistical signal processing, filtering, and systems theory.
  - Excellent programming skills in C++ under Windows and/or Linux.
  - Willingness to  integrate different software projects.
  - Knowledge of embedded systems, in particular sensor networks, sensor synchronization, and wireless communication.

The Augmented Vision group is a multi-disciplinary and international team.  We have a warm atmosphere and excellent working
conditions with interesting research topics.  In the field of innovative software technologies, the German Research Center for
Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is the leading research institute in Germany, and in the international science community the DFKI
ranks among the most important "Centers of Excellence" worldwide.  The positions are open from the beginning of 2010 for PhD students
and Post-Docs, and are in a first step limited to two years.

Please, send us your application to:

Prof. Dr. Didier Stricker
German Research Center for Artificial
Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH
Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern

Phone: +49 (0)631 / 205-75 350
Fax:   +49 (0)631 / 205-75 352


8.30 Control Engineer: DEIMOS Space
Contributed by: Luis F. Peñín,

DEIMOS Space ( is selecting a control engineer to be part of the Simulation and Control Section of its
Advanced Project Division. The work in this section is oriented to Space Systems Engineering, focusing on technology research,
innovation and development of Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) systems for future Earth Observation, Science, Exploration
and Space Transportation missions.

- Design and implementation of control systems for space vehicles
- Development of control design engineering tools specific for space scenarios
- Validation of the control designs in a simulation environment.
- Participation in the design of complete Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) systems for space vehicles.
- Support in the development of realistic simulation environments for the validation of control systems, including the development
of specific real world models.

Minimum Requirements:
- A well recognized engineering degree complemented with a Master's degree (or equivalent) in the area of control systems.
- Industrial/academic experience of at least 2-3 years in control system design for practical applications.
- Solid background in control and estimation theory
- Good knowledge of classical (e.g. PID, loopshaping) control techniques
- Master of at least one modern control technique (e.g. robust control, non-linear control, adaptive control, MPC, etc)
- Excellent knowledge of the Matlab/Simulink environment
- Good programming skills in the C-language.
- Willingness to work in a group and in an international environment
- Initiative to solve complex problems with innovative contributions

- Experience in guidance, navigation and control for space systems, ascent/re-entry systems or aircraft
- EU citizen or possess a current EU working permit

Interested applicants should send their CV and references to Ms. Anna-Katharina Fuchs ( making reference to
APD-CSDE-3 position.


8.31 Control Engineer: ASM Assembly Automation Ltd, (Hong Kong)
Contributed by: Dr. Liao Dazhang,

Control Engineer or/and Senior Control Engineer: ASM Assembly Automation Ltd, (Hong Kong)

The positions are responsible for control design and tuning for semiconductor packaging equipments. Our company is the world's
largest assembly and packaging equipment supplier for the semiconductor industry.  For details of company profile and its
products, please visit our website:

1. Review and analysis for specification of products. Work out system limitation by Feasibility study.
2. Control design and evaluation of product.
3. Control development and deployment of new control technology
4.  Provide technical support to production
1. Ph.D. degree in controls or relevent
2. Preference to candidates with experience in servo control, robust control, system identification/modeling. Estimation and
filtering, intelligent control.

Candidates who are interested to apply for the above positions, kindly send application to Dr. Liao Dazhang at