September 2010

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 264
September 2010

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

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 CSS Outreach Fund
1.2 The 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Misc
2.1 Change of Address: Daniel Coutinho

3. Awards and Honors
3.1 Graham Goodwin Receives the Nordic Process Control Award

4. Books
4.1 Modeling Biomolecular Networks in Cells: Structures and Dynamics
4.2 Adaptive Control of Parabolic PDEs
4.3 Reinforcement Learning and Dynamic Programming Using Functions Approximators
4.4 Graph Theoretic Methods in Multiagent Networks

5. Journals
5.1 Contents: European Journal of Control
5.2 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
5.3 Contents: Journal of Systems Science and Complexity
5.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
5.5 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
5.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
5.7 Contents: Journal of Process Control
5.8 Contents: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
5.9 Contents: AIChE Journal
5.10 CFP: MCS Special Issue on Numerical Software Verification
5.11 CFP: Applied and Computational Mathematics, Special Issue on Fuzzy Set Theory and its Applications
5.12  CFP: NLAA Special Issue in Inverse Problems in Science and Industry

6. Conferences
6.1 1st IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications
6.2 Australian Control Conference
6.3 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT11)

7. Workshops
7.1 NSF Workshop: Control, Optimization, and Functional Analysis: Synergies and Perspectives
7.2 CDC 2010 Pre-Conference Workshop
7.3 Workshop on -Wo-man-Robot Interaction

8.  Positions
8.1 PhD: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
8.2 PhD: University of Lecce, Italy
8.3 PhD: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
8.4 PhD: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
8.5 Post-Doc: University of Lecce (Università del Salento), Lecce, Italy
8.6 Post-Doc: University of California, Davis
8.7 Post-Doc: National University of Singapore
8.8 Post-Doc: TAMU-Qatar
8.9 Post-Doc: MIT
8.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
8.11 Faculty: Technische Universität München
8.12 Faculty: University of California, Santa Barbara
8.13 Researcher: General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, Michigan
8.14 Researcher: The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL, France)
8.15 Lecturer: Northwestern University
8.16 Lecturer: The University of Sheffield


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 CSS Outreach Fund
Contributed by: Tariq Samad,

CSS Outreach Fund launched--funding available for projects

IEEE Control Systems Society has launched an "Outreach Fund." Monies are
available for projects that will benefit CSS and the controls community in general.
Examples of projects that we can support include (not an exhaustive list):

- Outreach activities for pre-university students and teachers
- Promotional materials for CSS or the field
- Workshops on control-related topics
- CSS membership drives

Please see for more information. Proposals
for the first round of Outreach Fund awards will be due November 30, 2010.


1.2 The 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
Contributed by: Marcia O'Malley,

The 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control will be held Wednesday through Friday,
December 15-17, 2010 at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

Registration is now OPEN!

Go to:


1.3 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
August 2010 Volume 55 Number 8 IETAA9 (ISSN 0018-9286)

Scanning the Issue page 1749


Sensor Selection for Structural Observability in Discrete Event Systems Modeled
by Petri Nets
Y. Ru and C.N. Hadjicostis page 1751

Architectures for Distributed Controller With Sub-Controller Communication Uncertainty
V. Yadav, M. V. Salapaka, and P. G. Voulgaris page 1765

Networked Control Systems With Communication Constraints: Tradeoffs Between
Transmission Intervals, Delays and Performance
M. Heemels, A. R. Teel, A. R. van de Wouw, and D. Nesic page 1781
Finite Controllability of Infinite-Dimensional Quantum Systems
A. M. Bloch, R. Brockett, and C. Rangan page 1797

Quantum Dissipative Systems and Feedback Control Design by Interconnection
M. R. James and J. E. Gough page 1806

Multiple Model Adaptive Control With Mixing
M. Kuipers and P. Ioannou page 1822

Distributed Coverage Verification in Sensor Networks without Location Information
A. Tahbaz-Salehi and A. Jadbabaie page 1837

Awareness Coverage Control Over Large-Scale Domains With Intermittent Communications
Y. Wang and I. Hussein page 1850

Topological Identification in Networks of Dynamical Systems
D. Materassi and G. Innocenti page 1860

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Further Results on Global Controllability of Planar Nonlinear Systems
Y. Sun page 1872

Iterative Procedures in Application of the LQG Approach to Control Problems
for Polynomial Stochastic Systems
P. Kaczynski and L. Socha page 1875

Synthesis of Over-Approximating Inference-Based Decentralized Supervisors
for Discrete Event Systems
S. Takai and R. Kumar page 1881

Stabilizability of Controlled Lagrangian Systems of Two Degrees of Freedom
and One Degree of Under-Actuation by the Energy Shaping Method
D. E. Chang page 1888

Parameter Space Design of Repetitive Controllers for Satisfying a Robust
Performance Requirement
B. Demirel and L. Guvenc page 1893

On the Characterization of Strict Positive Realness for General Matrix
Transfer Functions
M. Corless and R. Shorten page 1899

Disturbance Observer for Estimating Higher Order Disturbances in Time
Series Expansion
K-S. Kim, K-H. Rew, and S. Kim page 1905

Efficient Model Predictive Control for Nonlinear Systems via Function
Approximation Techniques
M. Canale, L. Fagiano, and M. Milanese page 1911

Razumikhin-Type Theorems on pth Moment Exponential Stability of Impulsive
Stochastic Delay Differential Equations
S. Peng and Y. Zhang page 1917

Uniting Two Control Lyapunov Functions for Affine Systems
V. Andrieu and C. Prieur page 1923

ITAE Optimal Sliding Modes for Third-Order Systems With Input Signal
and State Constraints
A. Bartoszewicz and A. Nowacka-Leverton page 1928

Linear Copositive Lyapunov Functions for Continuous-Time Positive Switched Systems
E. Fornasini and M. E. Valcher page 1933

On Gaussian Optimal Smoothing of Non-Linear State Space Models
S. Sarkka and J. Hartikainen page 1938

Further Results on Stabilization of Shock-Like Equilibria of the Viscous Burgers PDE
A. Smyshlyaev, T. Meurer and M. Krstic page 1942

On Almost Sure Stability of hybrid Stochastic Systems With Mode-Dependent Interval Delays
L. Huang and X. Mao page 1946

An Interactive Term Approach to Non-parametric FIR Nonlinear System Identification
E.-W. Bai and M. Deistler

Stability Analysis for a String of Coupled Stable Subsystems With Negative
Imaginary Frequency Response
C. Cai and G. Hagen page 1958

Decentralized Dynamic Output Feedback Control of Nonlinear Interconnected Systems
K. Kalsi, J. Lian, and S. H. Zak page 1964

Reconstructing Sliding Surfaces for SISO Variable Structure Output Feedback
Control Systems Using Inverse Method
C.-F. Lin and W.-C. Su page 1970

Partially Coupled Stochastic Gradient Identification Methods for Non-Uniformly
Sampled Systems
F. Ding, G. Liu, and X. P. Liu page 1976


2. Misc

2.1 Change of Address: Daniel Coutinho
Contributed by: Daniel Coutinho,

I have moved to the Department of Automation and Systems, Federal University of
Santa Catarina, Brazil. My new contact data as of August 2010 are:

Daniel Coutinho
Departamento de Automação e Sistemas - DAS
Centro Tecnológico - CTC
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina – UFSC
Caixa Postal 476
Florianópolis – SC – Brazil – 88040-900
Phone/Fax number +55 48 3721-9934


3. Awards and Honors

3.1 Graham Goodwin Receives the Nordic Process Control Award
Contributed by: Sigurd Skogestad,

Graham Goodwin receives the Nordic Process Control Award

The Nordic Process Control Award is awarded for lasting and significant contributions
to the field of process control. The eleventh recipient of this award is Professor
Graham C. Goodwin. Graham C. Goodwin is known for his unique ability to combine deep
theoretical research with strong contributions to engineering practice. He has also
the ability to present his results via excellent plenary lectures and appreciated text

The award was presented to Professor Goodwin on August 26, 2010 during the 16th Nordic
Process Control Workshop held in Lund, Sweden. The title of his inspiring award lecture
was "Architectural Issues in Control System Design".

Previous award winners:
1995: Howard H. Rosenbrock
1997: Karl Johan Åstrøm
1998: F. Greg Shinskey
2000: Jens G. Balchen
2001: Charles R. Cutler
2003: Roger W. Sargent
2004: Ernst Dieter Gilles
2006: Manfred Morari
2007: Jacques Richalet
2009: John MacGregor


4. Books

4.1 Modeling Biomolecular Networks in Cells: Structures and Dynamics
Contributed by: Charlotte, Cross,

Modeling Biomolecular Networks in Cells: Structures and Dynamics

Chen, L., Wang, R., Li, C., Aihara, K.

1st Edition., 2010, Approx. 330 p. 108 illus., 8 in color., Hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-84996-213-1

Taking ideas from nature has been a theme of humanity’s technological progress
but it is only our newfound expertise in molecular manipulation and complex
nonlinear dynamics that allows us the prospect of conscripting the building
blocks of life as a means of furthering our abilities in circuits, systems
and computers by the control of cellular networks.

Modeling Biomolecular Networks in Cells shows how the interaction between
the molecular components of basic living organisms can be modelled mathematically
and the models used to create artificial biological entities within cells. Such
forward engineering is a difficult task because of the ill-posed nature of the
problems and because of the fundamental complexity of the interactions within
even the most primitive biological cell. The nonlinear dynamical methods espoused
in this book simplify the biology so that it can be successfully understood and
the synthesis of simple biological oscillators and rhythm-generators made feasible.
Such simple but, from an engineering point of view, unconventional units can then
be co-ordinated using intercellular signal biomolecules. The formation of such
man-made multicellular networks with a view to the production of biosensors,
logic gates, new forms of integrated circuitry based on "gene-chips" and even
biological computers is an importan t step in the design of faster and more flexible
"electronics" for the future. The book also provides theoretical frameworks and
tools with which to analyze the nonlinear dynamical phenomena, such as collective
behaviour, which arise from the connection of building blocks in a biomolecular

Researchers and graduate students from a variety of disciplines: engineering,
applied mathematics, computer science and quantitative biology will find this
book instructive and valuable. The text assumes a basic understanding of
differential equations and the necessary molecular biology is dealt with
chapter by chapter so only high-school biology is required.


4.2 Adaptive Control of Parabolic PDEs
Contributed by: Miroslav Krstic,

Adaptive Control of Parabolic PDEs
Andrey Smyshlyaev & Miroslav Krstic

Cloth | 2010 | $55.00 / £37.95
342 pp. | ISBN: 978-1-4008-3536-2

This book introduces a comprehensive methodology for adaptive control design
of parabolic partial differential equations with unknown functional parameters,
including reaction-convection-diffusion systems ubiquitous in chemical, thermal,
biomedical, aerospace, and energy systems. Andrey Smyshlyaev and Miroslav Krstic
develop explicit feedback laws that do not require real-time solution of Riccati
or other algebraic operator-valued equations. The book emphasizes stabilization
by boundary control and using boundary sensing for unstable PDE systems with an
infinite relative degree. The book also presents a rich collection of methods for
system identification of PDEs, methods that employ Lyapunov, passivity,
observer-based, swapping-based, gradient, and least-squares tools and parameterizations,
among others.

Including a wealth of stimulating ideas and providing the mathematical and control-
systems background needed to follow the designs and proofs, the book will be of
great use to students and researchers in mathematics, engineering, and physics.
It also makes a valuable supplemental text for graduate courses on distributed
parameter systems and adaptive control.

Endorsement: "Unique and excellent, this book systematically and rigorously develops
design and analysis tools and clearly explains technical concepts. As the first book
to cover its topics, it significantly expands the scope of adaptive control knowledge.
I strongly recommend this book as either a reference or an advanced textbook for
researchers and graduate students who study and work in engineering and applied
sciences."--Gang Tao, University of Virginia


Preface ix
Chapter 1. Introduction 1
1.1 Parabolic and Hyperbolic PDE Systems 1
1.2 The Roles of PDE Plant Instability, Actuator Location, Uncertainty Structure,
    Relative Degree, and Functional Parameters 2
1.3 Class of Parabolic PDE Systems 3
1.4 Backstepping 4
1.5 Explicitly Parametrized Controllers 5
1.6 Adaptive Control 5
1.7 Overview of the Literature on Adaptive Control for Parabolic PDEs 6
1.8 Inverse Optimality 7
1.9 Organization of the Book 7
1.10 Notation 9

Chapter 2. State Feedback 13
2.1 Problem Formulation 13
2.2 Backstepping Transformation and PDE for Its Kernel 14
2.3 Converting the PDE into an Integral Equation 17
2.4 Analysis of the Integral Equation by Successive Approximation Series 19
2.5 Stability of the Closed-Loop System 22
2.6 Dirichlet Uncontrolled End 24
2.7 Neumann Actuation 26
2.8 Simulation 27
2.9 Discussion 27
2.10 Notes and References 33

Chapter 3. Closed-Form Controllers 35
3.1 The Reaction-Diffusion Equation 35
3.2 A Family of Plants with Spatially Varying Reactivity 38
3.3 Solid Propellant Rocket Model 40
3.4 Plants with Spatially Varying Diffusivity 42
3.5 The Time-Varying Reaction Equation 45
3.6 More Complex Systems 50
3.7 2D and 3D Systems 52
3.8 Notes and References 54

Chapter 4. Observers 55
4.1 Observer Design for the Anti-Collocated Setup 55
4.2 Plants with Dirichlet Uncontrolled End and Neumann Measurements 58
4.3 Observer Design for the Collocated Setup 59
4.4 Notes and References 61

Chapter 5. Output Feedback 63
5.1 Anti-Collocated Setup 63
5.2 Collocated Setup 65
5.3 Closed-Form Compensators 67
5.4 Frequency Domain Compensator 71
5.5 Notes and References 72

Chapter 6. Control of Complex-Valued PDEs 73
6.1 State-Feedback Design for the Schrödinger Equation 73
6.2 Observer Design for the Schrödinger Equation 76
6.3 Output-Feedback Compensator for the Schrödinger Equation 79
6.4 The Ginzburg-Landau Equation 81
6.5 State Feedback for the Ginzburg-Landau Equation 83
6.6 Observer Design for the Ginzburg-Landau Equation 98
6.7 Output Feedback for the Ginzburg-Landau Equation 101
6.8 Simulations with the Nonlinear Ginzburg-Landau Equation 104
6.9 Notes and References 107

Chapter 7. Systematization of Approaches to Adaptive Boundary Stabilization of PDEs 111
7.1 Categorization of Adaptive Controllers and Identifiers 111
7.2 Benchmark Systems 113
7.3 Controllers 114
7.4 Lyapunov Design 115
7.5 Certainty Equivalence Designs 117
7.6 Trade-offs between the Designs 121
7.7 Stability 122
7.8 Notes and References 124

Chapter 8. Lyapunov-Based Designs 125
8.1 Plant with Unknown Reaction Coefficient 125
8.2 Proof of Theorem 8.1 128
8.3 Well-Posedness of the Closed-Loop System 132
8.4 Parametric Robustness 134
8.5 An Alternative Approach 135
8.6 Other Benchmark Problems 136
8.7 Systems with Unknown Diffusion and Advection Coefficients 142
8.8 Simulation Results 147
8.9 Notes and References 149

Chapter 9. Certainty Equivalence Design with Passive Identifiers 150
9.1 Benchmark Plant 150
9.2 3D Reaction-Advection-Diffusion Plant 154
9.3 Proof of Theorem 9.2 157
9.4 Simulations 163
9.5 Notes and References 164

Chapter 10. Certainty Equivalence Design with Swapping Identifiers 166
10.1 Reaction-Advection-Diffusion Plant 166
10.2 Proof of Theorem 10.1 169
10.3 Simulations 175
10.4 Notes and References 175

Chapter 11. State Feedback for PDEs with Spatially Varying Coefficients 176
11.1 Problem Statement 176
11.2 Nominal Control Design 177
11.3 Robustness to Error in Gain Kernel 179
11.4 Lyapunov Design 185
11.5 Lyapunov Design for Plants with Unknown Advection and Diffusion Parameters 190
11.6 Passivity-Based Design 191
11.7 Simulations 195
11.8 Notes and References 197

Chapter 12. Closed-Form Adaptive Output-Feedback Contollers 198
12.1 Lyapunov Design--Plant with Unknown Parameter in the Domain 199
12.2 Lyapunov Design--Plant with Unknown Parameter in the Boundary Condition 205
12.3 Swapping Design--Plant with Unknown Parameter in the Domain 210
12.4 Swapping Design--Plant with Unknown Parameter in the Boundary Condition 216
12.5 Simulations 223
12.6 Notes and References 225

Chapter 13. Output Feedback for PDEs with Spatially Varying Coefficients 226
13.1 Reaction-Advection-Diffusion Plant 226
13.2 Transformation to Observer Canonical Form 227
13.3 Nominal Controller 228
13.4 Filters 230
13.5 Frequency Domain Compensator with Frozen Parameters 232
13.6 Update Laws 233
13.7 Stability 235
13.8 Trajectory Tracking 242
13.9 The Ginzburg-Landau Equation 244
13.10 Identifier for the Ginzburg-Landau Equation 246
13.11 Stability of Adaptive Scheme for the Ginzburg-Landau Equation 248
13.12 Simulations 255
13.13 Notes and References 255

Chapter 14. Inverse Optimal Control 261
14.1 Nonadaptive Inverse Optimal Control 262
14.2 Reducing Control Effort through Adaptation 265
14.3 Dirichlet Actuation 267
14.4 Design Example 267
14.5 Comparison with the LQR Approach 268
14.6 Inverse Optimal Adaptive Control 271
14.7 Stability and Inverse Optimality of the Adaptive Scheme 273
14.8 Notes and References 275

Appendix A. Adaptive Backstepping for Nonlinear ODEs--The Basics 277
A.1 Nonadaptive Backstepping--The Known Parameter Case 277
A.2 Tuning Functions Design 279
A.3 Modular Design 289
A.4 Output Feedback Designs 297
A.5 Extensions 303
Appendix B. Poincaré and Agmon Inequalities 305
Appendix C. Bessel Functions 307
C.1 Bessel Function Jn 307
C.2 Modified Bessel Function In 307
Appendix D. Barbalat's and Other Lemmas for Proving Adaptive Regulation 310
Appendix E. Basic Parabolic PDEs and Their Exact Solutions 313
E.1 Reaction-Diffusion Equation with Dirichlet Boundary Conditions 313
E.2 Reaction-Diffusion Equation with Neumann Boundary Conditions 315
E.3 Reaction-Diffusion Equation with Mixed Boundary Conditions 315

References 317
Index 327


4.3 Reinforcement Learning and Dynamic Programming Using Functions Approximators
Contributed by: Damien Ernst,

Recent release of the book:
"Reinforcement Learning and Dynamic Programming Using Functions Approximators"
authored by Lucian Busoniu, Robert Babuska, Bart De Schutter, and Damien Ernst
in the Automation and Control Engineering series of Taylor & Francis CRC Press.

Book information:

Reinforcement learning (RL) can optimally solve decision and control problems
involving complex dynamic systems, without requiring a mathematical model of the
system. If a model is available, dynamic programming (DP), the model-based
counterpart of RL, can be used. RL and DP are applicable in a variety of disciplines,
including artificial intelligence, automatic control, economics, and medicine.
Recent years have seen a surge of interest RL and DP using compact, approximate
representations of the solution, which enable algorithms to address realistic problems.

This book provides an in-depth introduction to RL and DP with function approximators,
with a focus on continuous-variable control problems. A concise description of
classical RL and DP (Chapter 2) builds the foundation for the remainder of the book.
This is followed by an extensive review of the state-of-the-art in RL and DP with
approximation, which combines algorithm development with theoretical guarantees,
illustrative numerical examples, and algorithm comparisons (Chapter 3). Each of the
final three chapters (4 to 6) is dedicated to a representative algorithm from the
authors' research. These three algorithms respectively belong to the three major
classes of methods: approximate value iteration, approximate policy iteration,
and approximate policy search. The features and performance of these algorithms
are highlighted in comprehensive experimental studies on a range of control applications.

* A concise introduction to the basics of RL and DP
* A detailed treatment of RL and DP with function approximators, including theoretical
  results and illustrative examples
* A thorough treatment of policy search techniques
* Comprehensive experimental studies on a range of control problems, including
  real-time control results
* An extensive, illustrative convergence and consistency analysis of an approximate
  value iteration algorithm

For graduate students and others new to the field, this book offers a thorough
introduction to both the basics and emerging methods. And for those researchers and
practitioners working in the fields of optimal and adaptive control, machine learning,
artificial intelligence, and operations research, this resource offers a combination
of practical algorithms, theoretical analysis, and comprehensive examples that they
will be able to adapt and apply to their own work.

Access the book's website at for additional
information, including computer code used in the experimental studies, information
about ordering the book, etc.


4.4 Graph Theoretic Methods in Multiagent Networks
Contributed by: Magnus Egerstedt,

New Book:
Graph Theoretic Methods in Multiagent Networks
Mehran Mesbahi and Magnus Egerstedt
Princeton University Press, 2010

This accessible book provides an introduction to the analysis and design of dynamic
multiagent networks. Such networks are of great interest in a wide range of areas in
science and engineering, including: mobile sensor networks, distributed robotics such
as formation flying and swarming, quantum networks, networked economics, biological
synchronization, and social networks. Focusing on graph theoretic methods for the
analysis and synthesis of dynamic multiagent networks, the book presents a powerful
new formalism and set of tools for networked systems.

The book's three sections look at foundations, multiagent networks, and networks as
systems. The authors give an overview of important ideas from graph theory, followed by
a detailed account of the agreement protocol and its various extensions, including the
behavior of the protocol over undirected, directed, switching, and random networks.
They cover topics such as formation control, coverage, distributed estimation, social
networks, and games over networks. And they explore intriguing aspects of viewing networks
as systems, by making these networks amenable to control-theoretic analysis and automatic
synthesis, by monitoring their dynamic evolution, and by examining higher-order interaction
models in terms of simplicial complexes and their applications.

Part 1. Foundations
1. Introduction
2. Graph Theory
3. The Agreement Protocol: Part I - The Static Case
4. The Agreement Protocol: Part II - Lyapunov and LaSalle
5. Probabilistic Analysis of Networks and Protocols

Part 2. Multiagent Networks
6. Formation Control
7. Mobile Robots
8. Distributed Estimation
9. Social Networks, Epidemics, and Games

Part 3. Networks as Systems
10. Agreement with Inputs and Outputs
11. Synthesis of Networks
12. Dynamic Graph Processes
13. Higher-order Networks

A.1. Analysis
A.2. Matrix Theory
A.3. Control theory
A.4. Probability
A.5. Optimization and Games

For more information, visit



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

European Journal of Control
Table of Contents
Volume 16, Issue n.5, 2010

This issue of the European Journal of Control is composed by three parts:
1) critical view essay; 2) special session; 3) regular papers.

1) Critical View Essay

In order to give our scientific community the opportunity to reflect on the
deeper questions of where our field is going, the European Journal of Control
(EJC) has decided that, besides the regular technical contributions, it will
from time to time publish some more philosophical papers that focus on the
fundamental questions of our discipline. These papers are called Critical
View Essays. Their purpose is to reflect on the big picture of the evolution
of our discipline and on the important shifts in our paradigms.

The first Critical view Essay is published in this issue.

Editorial ‘Critical View Essay, a new initiative of EJC’
S. Bittanti and M. Gevers

‘Why resorting to fate is wise? A critical look at randomized algorithms in
systems and control’
M.C. Campi

Discussions by S. Mitter (Comments on ‘Why Resorting to Fate is Wise’);
A. Nemirovski (Why resorting to fate is wise? - Some additional illustrations);
and J.C. Willems (Probability in Control?)

Reply by M.C. Campi

2) Special Section on Iterative Learning Control
Guest Editor Hyo-Sung Ahn

Hyo-Sung Ahn

On the Theory and Design of Linear Ripetitive Control Systems
Richard W. Longman

Norm Optimal Iterative Learning Control with Application to Problems in
Accelerator based Free Electron Lasers and Rehabilitation Robotics
E. Rogers, D. H. Owens, H. Werner, C. T. Freeman, P. L. Lewin, S. Kichhoff,
C. Schmidt, G. Lichtenberg

3) Regular Papers

The relation between the virtual actuator and the dual observer
Jan H. Richter, Jan Lunze and Thomas Steffen

Analysis of Uncertain Discrete-Time Linear Periodic Systems based on System
Lifting and LMIs
Y. Ebihara, D. Peaucelle, D. Arzelier

Control by Interconnection and Energy Shaping Methods of Port Hamiltonian
Models - Application to the Shallow Water Equations
Boussad Hamroun, Alexandru Dimofte, Laurent Lefevre, Eduardo Mendes

Switching control for a class of non-linear systems with an application
to post-harvest food storage
Hans Zwart, Simon van Mourik, Karel Keesman


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

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

Table of Contents:

* Robust and Retunable State Realizations of Transfer Functions with known Poles
  and Zeros
  David Turer and Ray DeCarlo

* High Frequency and High Precision CMOS Half-Wave Rectifier
  Montree Kumngern, Boonying Knobnob and Kobchai Dejhan

* Acoustic Source Localization in Wireless Sensor Network
  Zoran M. Saric, Dragan D. Kukolj and Nikola D. Teslic

* Hybrid Joint Source Channel Decoding for Progressive JPEG Image Transmission 
  T. P. Fowdur and K. M. S. Soyjaudah

* Positive Hybrid Real-Trigonometric Polynomials and Applications to Adjustable
  Filter Design and Absolute Stability Analysis
  Bogdan Dumitrescu, Bogdan C. ?icleru and Radu ?tefan

* Further Results on Robust Variance-Constrained Filtering for Uncertain Stochastic
  Systems with Missing Measurements
  Yijing Wang and Zhiqiang Zuo

* Realization of Tunable Pole-Q Current-Mode OTA-C Universal Filter
  Pipat Prommee and Thanate Pattanatadapong

* Robust l2–l-infinity Filter for Uncertain Discrete-Time Switched Time-Delay Systems
  Dongsheng Du, Bin Jiang and Peng Shi

* AC-Boosting Frequency Compensation with Double Pole-Zero Cancellation for
  Multistage Amplifiers
  M. T. Tan, P. K. Chan, C. K. Lam and C. W. Ng

* Wavelet-Based Transistor Parameter Estimation
  Sudipta Majumdar and Harish Parthasarathy

* Convergence of Unilateral Laplace Transforms on Time Scales
  John M. Davis, Ian A. Gravagne and Robert J. Marks

* Sensitivity Analysis of Third and Fourth-Order Filters
  P. V. Ananda Mohan

For ordering information as well as electronic back issues, please visit:

Recent Special Issue:

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


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

Journal of Systems Science and Complexity (JSSC)
Volume 23, Issue 3, June 2010

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

Asymptotic limits and stabilization for the 1D nonlinear Mindlin-Timoshenko
system (414-430)
F. D. Araruna, P. Braz E Silva and E. Zuazua
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0137-8

Boundary control of two PDE’s separated by interface conditions (431-437)
Orazio Arena and Walter Littman
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0138-7

An approximation scheme for Black-Scholes equations with delays (438-455)
Mou-Hsiung Chang, Tao Pang and Moustapha Pemy
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0139-6

An augmented BV setting for feedback switching control (456-466)
Falk M. Hante, Günter Leugering and Thomas I. Seidman
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0140-0

Interior penalty bilinear IFE discontinuous Galerkin methods for elliptic
equations with discontinuous coefficient (467-483)
Xiaoming He, Tao Lin and Yanping Lin
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0141-z

Interest rate risk premium and equity valuation (484-498)
Zhuang Kang and Srdjan D. Stojanovic
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0142-y

Nonhomogeneous boundary value problems for the Korteweg-de Vries equation
on a bounded domain (499-526)
Eugene F. Kramer and Bingyu Zhang
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0143-x

Recent progress on controllability/observability for systems governed by
partial differential equations (527-545)
Hongheng Li, Qi Lü and Xu Zhang
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0144-9

Four step scheme for general Markovian forward-backward SDES (546-571)
Jin Ma, Jiongmin Yong and Yanhong Zhao
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0145-8

Stock loan valuation under a regime-switching model with mean-reverting
and finite maturity (572-583)
David Prager and Qing Zhang
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0146-7

Optimal inverse LQG control for certain ode and PDE stationary processes (584-599)
David L. Russell
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0147-6

Convergence rates of Markov chain approximation methods for controlled
diffusions with stopping (600-621)
Qingshuo Song and Gang George Yin
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0148-5

Signal estimation with binary-valued sensors (622-639)
Leyi Wang, Gang George Yin, Chanying Li and Weixing Zheng
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0149-4

Estimation of time dependent carbon transfer coefficients using net ecosystem
exchange data (640-664)
Luther White
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0150-y

Stability for the mix-delayed Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with nonlinear
impulse (665-680)
Yong Zhao, Qishao Lu and Zhaosheng Feng
DOI: 10.1007/s11424-010-0151-x

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 18
Issue 9
September 2010

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Balint Vanek, Gary J. Balas, Roger E.A. Arndt, Linear, parameter-varying control
of a supercavitating vehicle, Pages 1003-1012

Dat H. Nguyen, Dong T. Nguyen, Ser T. Quek, Asgeir J. Sorensen, Control of marine
riser end angles by position mooring, Pages 1013-1021

Ying Luo, YangQuan Chen, Hyo-Sung Ahn, YouGuo Pi, Fractional order robust control
for cogging effect compensation in PMSM position servo systems: Stability analysis
and experiments, Pages 1022-1036

J.-C. Ponsart, D. Theilliol, C. Aubrun, Virtual sensors design for active fault
tolerant control system applied to a winding machine, Pages 1037-1044

R.A. de Callafon, J. Zeng, C.E. Kinney, Active noise control in a forced-air cooling
system, Pages 1045-1052

Shouzhao Sheng, Ashfaq Ahmad Mian, Zhao Chao, Bin Jiang, Autonomous takeoff and
landing control for a prototype unmanned helicopter, Pages 1053-1059

Salah Bouhouche, Laib Laksir Yazid, Sissaoui Hocine, Jurgen Bast, Evaluation using
online support-vector-machines and fuzzy reasoning. Application to condition monitoring
of speeds rolling process, Pages 1060-1068

A. Hansson, M. Servin, Semi-autonomous shared control of large-scale manipulator
arms, Pages 1069-1076

Wilfried Gilbert, Didier Henrion, Jacques Bernussou, David Boyer, Polynomial LPV
synthesis applied to turbofan engines, Pages 1077-1083

Madhavan Shanmugavel, Antonios Tsourdos, Brian White, Rafal Zbikowski, Co-operative
path planning of multiple UAVs using Dubins paths with clothoid arcs, Pages 1084-1092

Ron J. Patton, Faisal J. Uppal, Silvio Simani, Bernard Polle, Robust FDI applied to
thruster faults of a satellite system, Pages 1093-1109

Philippe Goupil, Oscillatory failure case detection in the A380 electrical flight
control system by analytical redundancy, Pages 1110-1119


5.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Thomas Meurer,

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 18
Issue 8
August 2010

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Ian Craig, Valedictory editorial, Pages 837-838

Cedric Damour, Michel Benne, Brigitte Grondin-Perez, Jean-Pierre Chabriat, Soft-
sensor for industrial sugar crystallization: On-line mass of crystals, concentration
and purity measurement, Pages 839-844

Yong Hee Lee, Seung Ho Hong, Dependency on prioritized data in the delay analysis
of foundation fieldbus, Pages 845-851

Herbert Schweinzer, Georg Kaniak, Ultrasonic device localization and its potential
for wireless sensor network security, Pages 852-862

P.J. van Overloop, I.J. Miltenburg, X. Bombois, A.J. Clemmens, R.J. Strand, N.C.
van de Giesen, R. Hut, Identification of resonance waves in open water channels,
Pages 863-872

Daniel Rupp, Lino Guzzella, Adaptive internal model control with application to
fueling control, Pages 873-881

G.J.L. Naus, J. Ploeg, M.J.G. Van de Molengraft, W.P.M.H. Heemels, M. Steinbuch,
Design and implementation of parameterized adaptive cruise control: An explicit
model predictive control approach, Pages 882-892

Mariagrazia Dotoli, Maria P. Fanti, Agostino M. Mangini, Gabriella Stecco, Walter
Ukovich, The impact of ICT on intermodal transportation systems: A modelling
approach by Petri nets, Pages 893-903

Remy Nouailletas, Eduardo Mendes, Damien Koenig, Hybrid modeling and identification
of dry friction systems, application to a clutch actuator, Pages 904-917

Hossein Mirzaeinejad, Mehdi Mirzaei, A novel method for non-linear control of wheel
slip in anti-lock braking systems, Pages 918-926

J.-C. Olivier, L. Loron, F. Auger, J.-C. Le Claire, Improved linear model of self
oscillating systems such as relay feedback current controllers, Pages 927-935

Mitsuaki Ishitobi, Masatoshi Nishi, Kazuhide Nakasaki, Nonlinear adaptive model
following control for a 3-DOF tandem-rotor model helicopter, Pages 936-943

Menno de Graaf, Ronald Aarts, Ben Jonker, Johan Meijer, Real-time seam tracking
for robotic laser welding using trajectory-based control, Pages 944-953

Celine Casenave, Emmanuel Montseny, Henri Camon, Identification of nonlinear
dynamic models of electrostatically actuated MEMS, Pages 954-969

Uri Nenner, Raphael Linker, Per-Olof Gutman, Robust feedback stabilization of
an unmanned motorcycle, Pages 970-978

Dejan Dovzan, Igor Skrjanc, Predictive functional control based on an adaptive
fuzzy model of a hybrid semi-batch reactor, Pages 979-989

Lidia Auret, Chris Aldrich, Change point detection in time series data with
random forests, Pages 990-1002


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

Journal of Process Control
Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 1-124
Real-time hybrid predictive modeling of the Teniente Converter
Pages 3-17
M. Schaaf, Z. Gómez, A. Cipriano

4. Properties and control of the quadruple-tank process with multivariable
Pages 18-28
D. Shneiderman, Z.J. Palmor

5. Cascaded two-degree-of-freedom control of seeded batch crystallisations
based on explicit system inversion
Pages 29-44
Tobias Kleinert, Martin Weickgenannt, Bernd Judat, Veit Hagenmeyer

6. On unscented Kalman filtering with state interval constraints
Pages 45-57
Bruno O.S. Teixeira, Leonardo A.B. Tôrres, Luis A. Aguirre, Dennis S. Bernstein

7. Estimation of process parameters on a moving horizon for a class of
distributed parameter systems
Pages 58-62
Stephan Studener, Khaled Habaieb, Boris Lohmann, Roland Wolf

8. Generalized predictive control and tuning of industrial processes with
second order plus dead time models
Pages 63-72
A.R. Neshasteriz, A. Khaki Sedigh, H. Sadjadian

9. Adaptive peak seeking control of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell
Pages 73-82
Ravi N. Methekar, Sachin C. Patwardhan, Ravindra D. Gudi, Vinay Prasad

10. Time delay estimation for MIMO dynamical systems – With time-frequency
domain analysis
Pages 83-94
Boyi Ni, Deyun Xiao, Sirish L. Shah

11. Free-living inferential modeling of blood glucose level using only noninvasive inputs
Pages 95-107
Derrick K. Rollins, Nidhi Bhandari, Jim Kleinedler, Kaylee Kotz, Amber Strohbehn,
Lindsay Boland, Megan Murphy, Dave Andre, Nisarg Vyas, Greg Welk, Warren E. Franke

12. Development of Box–Jenkins type time series models by combining conventional
and orthonormal basis filter approaches
Pages 108-120
Lemma D. Tufa, M. Ramasamy, Sachin C. Patwardhan, M. Shuhaimi

13. Corrigendum to “On the control of non-linear processes: An IDA-PBC approach”
(H. Ramírez et al., Journal of Process Control 19 (1) (2009) 405–414)
Pages 121-122
Carles Batlle, Romeo Ortega, Daniel Sbarbaro, Hector Ramírez

14. Acknowledgement to the Referees


5.8 Industrial @ Engineering Chemistry Research
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,

Industrial @ Engineering Chemistry Research

Preface to the Edgar Special Issue
B. Wayne Bequette
pp 7701–7703

Controlled Formation of Nanostructures with Desired Geometries.
1. Robust Static Structures
Earl O. P. Solis, Paul I. Barton and George Stephanopoulos
pp 7728–7745

Controlled Formation of Nanostructures with Desired Geometries.
2. Robust Dynamic Paths
Earl O. P. Solis, Paul I. Barton and George Stephanopoulos
pp 7746–7757

Ontological Mathematical Modeling Knowledge Management in Pharmaceutical Product
Development, 1: Conceptual Framework
Pradeep Suresh, Shuo-Huan Hsu, Pavan Akkisetty, Gintaras V. Reklaitis and Venkat Venkatasubramanian
pp 7758–7767

OntoMODEL: Ontological Mathematical Modeling Knowledge Management in Pharmaceutical
Product Development, 2: Applications
Pradeep Suresh, Shuo-Huan Hsu, Gintaras V. Reklaitis and Venkat Venkatasubramanian
pp 7768–7781

Quantitative Optimal Experimental Design Using Global Sensitivity Analysis
via Quasi-Linearization
Yunfei Chu and Juergen Hahn
pp 7782–7794

Controller and Estimator Design for Regulation of Film Thickness, Surface Roughness,
and Porosity in a Multiscale Thin Film Growth Process
Xinyu Zhang, Gangshi Hu, Gerassimos Orkoulas and Panagiotis D. Christofides
pp 7795–7806

Area Methods for Relay Feedback Tests
Jietae Lee and Su Whan Sung, Thomas F. Edgar
pp 7807–7813

Faster Dynamic Process Simulation using In Situ Adaptive Tabulation
Sidharth Abrol, Mingder Lu, David Hill, Aaron Herrick and Thomas F. Edgar
pp 7814–7823

Constrained Nonlinear Estimation for Industrial Process Fouling
Benjamin J. Spivey, John D. Hedengren and Thomas F. Edgar
pp 7824–7831

Optimal Selection of Dominant Measurements and Manipulated Variables for
Production Control
Wuendy Abi Assali and Thomas McAvoy
pp 7832–7842

Automatic Detection of Stress States in Type 1 Diabetes Subjects in Ambulatory Conditions
Daniel A. Finan, Howard Zisser, Lois Jovanovi, Wendy C. Bevier and Dale E. Seborg
pp 7843–7848

Reconstruction-Based Contribution for Process Monitoring with Kernel Principal
Component Analysis
Carlos F. Alcala and S. Joe Qin
pp 7849–7857

Multivariate Statistical Process Monitoring Based on Statistics Pattern Analysis
Jin Wang and Q. Peter He
pp 7858–7869

A Modular Approach to Sustainability Assessment and Decision Support in
Chemical Process Design
Mohamad R. Othman, Jens-Uwe Repke, Gnter Wozny and Yinlun Huang
pp 7870–7881

Fast Offset-Free Nonlinear Model Predictive Control Based on Moving Horizon Estimation
Rui Huang, Lorenz T. Biegler and Sachin C. Patwardhan
pp 7882–7890

Optimal Design and Operation of a Spatially Distributed Multiscale Process, with
Regard to Layered Heterostructure Growth
Christopher M. Behrens and Antonios Armaou
pp 7891–7900

Fault Detection and Diagnosis Using Hidden Markov Disturbance Models
Wee Chin Wong and Jay H. Lee
pp 7901–7908

Simultaneous Scheduling and Control of Multiproduct Continuous Parallel Lines
Antonio Flores-Tlacuahuac, Ignacio E. Grossmann
pp 7909–7921

Mathematical Modeling, Steady-State and Dynamic Behavior, and Control of
Fuel Cells: A Review
Mona Bavarian and Masoud Soroush, Ioannis G. Kevrekidis and Jay B. Benziger
pp 7922–7950

On the Effects of Tunable Parameters of Model Predictive Control on the Locations
of Closed-Loop Eigenvalues
Jorge L. Garriga and Masoud Soroush, H. M. Soroush
pp 7951–7956

A Quasi-decentralized Approach for Networked State Estimation and Control of
Process Systems
Yulei Sun and Nael H. El-Farra
pp 7957–7971

Optimization of Energy and Water Consumption in Corn-Based Ethanol Plants
Elvis Ahmetovi, Mariano Martn and Ignacio E. Grossmann
pp 7972–7982

Multiple Model Predictive Control Strategy for Disturbance Rejection
Matthew Kuure-Kinsey and B. Wayne Bequette
pp 7983–7989

Multi-Scale Modeling of Heterogeneities in Mammalian Cell Culture Processes
Srinivas Karra, Brian Sager and M. Nazmul Karim
pp 7990–8006

Maximum-Likelihood Parameter Estimation for the Thin-Shell Quasi-Newtonian Model
for a Laboratory Blown Film Extruder
J. C. Pirkle, Jr., M. Fujiwara and R. D. Braatz
pp 8007–8015

Area Method for a Biased Relay Feedback System
Jietae Lee and Su Whan Sung, Thomas F. Edgar
pp 8016–8020

Inference-Based Scheme for Controlling Product End-Use Properties in Reactive
Extrusion Processes
S. C. Garge, M. D. Wetzel and B. A. Ogunnaike
pp 8021–8034
On the Calculation of Operability Sets of Nonlinear High-Dimensional Processes
Christos Georgakis and Lin Li
pp 8035–8047

Energy Flow Patterns and Control Implications for Integrated Distillation Networks
Sujit S. Jogwar and Prodromos Daoutidis
pp 8048–8061


5.9 Contents: AIChE Journal
Contributed by: Youqing Wang,

AIChE Journal 56(9)

A multi-QMOM framework to describe multi-component agglomerates in liquid
steel (pages 2347–2355)
L. Claudotte, N. Rimbert, P. Gardin, M. Simonnet, J. Lehmann and B. Oesterlé

Synthesis of mechanical driver and power generation configurations,
Part 1: Optimization framework (pages 2356–2376)
Frank L. Del Nogal, Jin-Kuk Kim, Simon Perry and Robin Smith

Synthesis of mechanical driver and power generation configurations,
Part 2: LNG applications (pages 2377–2389)
Frank L. Del Nogal, Jin-Kuk Kim, Simon Perry and Robin Smith


5.10 CFP: MCS Special Issue on Numerical Software Verification
Contributed by: Georgios Fainekos,

This Mathematics in Computer Science ( Special Issue
follows on from the third workshop on Numerical Software Verification
( that was held in
Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 15th, 2010, as part of the Federated Logic Conference
FLoC 2010,affiliated with the Conference on Computer Aided Verification CAV
2010 and the Symposium on Logic in Computer Science LICS 2010.

This Special Issue is dedicated, but not limited, to papers resulting from
this workshop. It is dedicated to the current development and future prospects
on applying logical and mathematical techniques for reasoning about numerical
aspects of software.

The scope includes the following topics:
* Models and abstraction techniques,
* Specifications of correctness for numerical programs,
* Formal verification of numerical programs,
* Quality of finite precision implementations,
* Propagation of uncertainties, deterministic and probabilistic models,
* Numerical properties of control software,
* Hybrid systems verification,
* Validation for avionics, automotive and real-time applications,
* Validation for scientific computing programs,
* Benchmarks and tools for numerical software verification.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted manuscripts should be prepared using LaTeX and according to the
instructions for authors available on the MCS webpage
(, and submitted via easychair

There is no strict page limit, but we expect the length of papers to be approximately between 15 and 20 pages.

All submitted papers will be refereed according to the usual MCS refereeing process.
If a submission is accepted, then LaTeX sources must be provided.

Important Dates

* Submission deadline: November 1, 2010,
* Initial reviews: January 31, 2011,
* Revised version: March 28, 2011,
* Final decision: April 25, 2011,
* Expected publication: Summer 2011.

Guest Editors
Georgios Fainekos (Arizona State University),
Eric Goubault (CEA LIST, France),
Sylvie Putot (CEA LIST, France),
Stefan Ratschan (Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic).


5.11 CFP: Applied and Computational Mathematics, Special Issue on Fuzzy Set Theory and its Applications
Contributed by: Professor Aliev Fikret and Ismat Beg,

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

Contributed by: prof. Aliev Fikret and Ismat Beg
Submission deadline: January 01, 2011. See also:
FOCUS: This special issue aims at disseminating the latest in interdisciplinary
research on the theory and application of Fuzzy Set Theory and Its Applications.
The special issue focuses on presenting, in a coherent context, research that
attempts to address control and communication issues simultaneously.

TOPICS: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Fuzzy Theory
• Soft Computing
• Fuzzy Logic (Zadeh’s Logic)
• Fuzzy Set
• Fuzzy Mathematics
• Fuzzy Systems
• Fuzzy Decision Support Systems
• Fuzzy Information Systems
• Fuzzy Control

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

Prof. Nikravesh Masoud (Berkley, USA), e-mail:
Prof. Kacprzyk Janusz (Warsaw, Poland), e-mail:


5.12  CFP: NLAA Special Issue in Inverse Problems in Science and Industry
Contributed by:  Eric Chu,

Call for Papers:

Special Issue in Inverse Problems in Science and Industry, dedicated to Biswa Datta

We are pleased to announce a special issue of Numerical Linear Algebra with
Applications in Inverse Problems in Science and Industry, dedicated to Biswa Datta.

All papers submitted must meet the publication standards of Numerical Linear Algebra
with Applications and will be subject to the normal refereeing procedure.
In particular, we encourage papers related to Biswa's work areas, including

- inverse problems in science and industry,

- numerical algorithms for control, systems, and signal processing,

- active vibration control,

- model updating,

- numerical linear algebra in applications,

but other papers involving inverse problems and within the scope of the journal are most welcome.

The deadline for submission of papers is February 28, 2011.

Please submit your papers directly via the online submission system for NLAA
(, mentioning that the paper is for a special
issue. Please give also the special issue title (Special issue on Inverse Problems
dedicated to Biswa Datta). Guidelines regarding paper style, which is not compulsory
until a paper is accepted for publication, can be found at

Guest editors:

Eric King-wah Chu
School of Mathematical Sciences
Monash University
VIC 3800, Australia

Wen-Wei Lin
Department of Mathematics
National Taiwan University
Taipei 106, Taiwan

Lothar Reichel
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242, USA
The responsible Associate Editor of the special issue is:

Maya Neytcheva
Scientific Computing
Department of Information Technology
Uppsala University


6. Conferences

6.1 1st IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications
Contributed by: Heather Ann Sweeney,

Leading International Energy Experts to Address Global Power Issues at 1st IEEE
International Conference on Smart Grid Communications.
SmartGridComm to Host More Than 100 Presentations Dedicated to the Latest Results
in Smart Grid Communications from 4 – 6 October 2010 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

The 1st IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm),
an international forum dedicated to the advance of the latest Smart Grid information
technologies, recently announced its inaugural technical and keynote programs,
which will be highlighted by the presentation of more than 100 global energy
experts representing numerous corporate leaders such as IBM, Google, Cisco and

Scheduled from 4 – 6 October 2010 at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, IEEE SmartGridComm was designed
by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) to explore nearly every communications
area related to the upgrade of the world’s energy grids as well as the urgent need
to decrease energy use, enhance emergency resiliency and increase eco-friendliness.
This includes reviewing the latest pathways for supporting the two-way flow of
information and energy, advancing remote monitoring capabilities, quickly isolating
and restoring power outages, integrating renewable energy sources and empowering
consumers with the tools needed for better optimizing their energy consumption.

“The need to upgrade the world’s power grid systems is an economic, environmental,
and societal imperative,” says Dr. Stefano Galli, a General Co-Chair of IEEE
SmartGridComm and a Director at Panasonic. “Billions of people worldwide are
dependent on electricity for the performance of everyday tasks, as well as demanding
business and entertainment activities. “SmartGridComm’s goal is to bring together the
leading world experts to exchange their latest ideas in how to revolutionize the world’s
power delivery infrastructure through the development and implementation of innovative
communications technologies that will ensure environmental sustainability and create
a robust and secure infrastructure.”

Highlighting the conference’s keynote agenda will be Paul De Martini, Vice President
and CTO of the Smart Grid Business Unit at Cisco, who will address attendees on the
“Future of Global Electronic Networks” and the development of intelligent grid
systems that are “more observable, controllable, automated and integrated.” Other
prominent industry leaders scheduled to join De Martini as keynote speakers are Guido
Bartels, General Manager, Global Energy and Utilities Industry at IBM Sales and
Distribution; Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist,
Google: Emmanuel Darmois, Vice President of Corporate Standards at Alcatel-Lucent;
Patrick D. Gallagher, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and Patricia A Hoffman, Assistant Secretary,
Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

In addition, the technical program at SmartGridComm has been developed by industry
experts to address a variety of key topic areas ranging from electric vehicle
communications, distributed generation at virtual power plants and wide-area monitoring
and control to metering, field trial deployments and regulatory issues. Specific subjects
to be addressed across nearly 20 different sessions include “New Concepts for a Smarter
Power Grid,” “Distributed Generation and Renewables,” “Advanced Metering,” “Smart Grid
Networking,” “Service, Computation and Smart Grid Network Integration,” “Standards and
Regulations,” and “Secure Communications and Privacy.”

“The modernization of the global electric grid will transform the way we use and manage
energy,” adds Dr. George Arnold, also General Co-Chair of IEEE SmartGridComm and the
National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST). “This conference will help researchers, government
agencies and utilities throughout the world to advance new technologies that will
intertwine the flow of energy and information to create a greener and more energy-efficient

IEEE SmartGridComm is hosted by the IEEE Communications Society and technically co-sponsored
by thirteen IEEE societies and councils, including the IEEE Control Systems Society. For
more information on IEEE SmartGridComm 2010 including registration details, please visit or contact Heather Ann Sweeney of the IEEE Communications
Society at 212-705-8938 or


6.2 Australian Control Conference
Contributed by: Vaughan Clarkson,


The Australian Control Conference (AUCC) is a new conference series that is
organised by the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) through its National
Committee for Automation, Control and Instrumentation (NCACI). It is technically
sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society. The purpose of the conference is
to provide a forum for Australian researchers, students and control engineers
from industry and government organisations to exchange ideas and recent results,
as well as discuss current problems, arising in control engineering research and
industrial practice. At the same time, international contributions are encouraged
and will be solicited for.

The conference will be organised annually and will be held in various locations
in Australia. The inaugural AUCC will be held in Melbourne in 2011. The strategic
direction and decisions are provided by the AUCC Steering Committee, a sub-committee
of NCACI, IEAust. Each year the Steering Committee appoints Organising and Technical
Committees that are responsible for organising the conference in a given year.

The technical programme of the conference consists of oral presentations, poster
presentations, keynote lectures and special industrial sessions whose purpose is
to encourage a better exchange between practising control engineers and researchers
in universities and government agencies. Postgraduate students will be encouraged
to attend through reduced registration fees.

The proceedings will be available from the Engineers Australia online library and
from IEEEXplore (subject to final confirmation).

Important Dates:
Submission of camera-ready papers: 25th April, 2011
Author notification: 11th July, 2011
Final upload of papers: 11th August, 2011


6.3 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT11)
Contributed by: Kirsten Wilden,

SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT11)
July 25-27, 2011
Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The field of control theory is central to a wide range of aerospace, industrial,
automotive and advanced technological systems and increasingly recognized as
fundamental for emerging fields ranging from nanotechnology to cell regulation.
Moreover, in addition to its traditional ubiquity in process regulation for the
physical sciences and engineering, control concepts now pervade the biological,
computer, and social sciences. This conference will showcase a wide range of
topics in control and systems theory. The topics and applications include
real-time optimization and data assimilation, cellular and biological regulation,
control of hybrid systems, numerical methods for control and optimization, control
techniques for financial mathematics, cooperative control for unmanned autonomous
vehicles, differential games, biomedical control, risk sensitive control and filtering,
control of smart systems, flow control and quantum control. This conference is a
continuation of a series of meetings started in 1989 in San Francisco.


7. Workshops

7.1 NSF Workshop: Control, Optimization, and Functional Analysis: Synergies and Perspectives
Contributed by: Miroslav Krstic,

NSF Workshop "Control, Optimization, and Functional Analysis: Synergies and Perspectives"

in honor of Professor Bill Helton in his 65th year

October 2-4, University of California San Diego


All interested researchers are welcome to attend the workshop. Please refer to
the web site for the workshop venue and hotel information.

Jim Agler, UCSD (Math)
Jeff Allen, SPAWAR
Joe Ball, Virginia Tech (Math)
Estelle Basor, AIM (Math)
Bob Bitmead, UCSD (Eng)
Mike Crandall, UCSB (Math)
Raul Curto, U of Iowa (Math)
Ron Douglas, Texas A&M (Math)
Juan Camino, U of Campinas (Eng)
John Doyle, Cal Tech (Eng)
Harry Dym, Weizmann Inst. (Math)
Larry Fialkow, SUNY New Paltz (Math)
Keith Glover, U of Cambridge (Eng)
Roger Howe, Yale (Math)
Matt James, ANU (Eng)
Dmitry Kaliuzhnyi-Verbovetsky, Drexel U (Math)
Rien Kaashoek, Free U of Amsterdam (Math)
Igor Klep, Slovenia (Math)
Salma Kuhlmann, U Konstanz (Math)
Art Krener, Naval Postgraduate School
Miroslav Krstic, UCSD (Eng)
Sanjay Lall, Stanford (Eng)
Mihai Putinar, UCSB (Math)
Leiba Rodman, William & Mary (Math)
Scott McCullough, U Florida (Math)
Bill Mc Eneaney, UCSD (Eng)
Jiawang Nie, UCSD (Math)
Mauricio de Oliveira, UCSD (Eng)
Pablo Parrilo, MIT (Eng)
Reka Thomas, U Washington (Math)
Bob Skelton, UCSD (Eng)
Eduardo Sontag, Rutgers (Math)
Berndt Sturmfels, UC Berkeley (Math)
Mark Stankus, CalPoly San Loius Obispo (Math)
Allen Tannenbaum, Georgia Tech (Eng)
Victor Vinnikov, Beer Sheva (Math)
Dan Voiculescu, UC Berkeley (Math)
Marshall Whittlesey, Cal State San Marcos (Math)
Hugo Woerdeman, Drexel (Math)
Nicholas Young, Leeds (Math)


7.2 CDC 2010 Pre-Conference Workshop
Contributed by: Paulo Tabuada,

CDC 2010 Pre-Conference Workshop, December 14, 2010.
Correct-by-design embedded control software synthesis

Workshop Abstract:

Embedded control systems are examples of more general cyber physical systems
that tightly coordinate discrete computation with the continuous control of
physical resources. Unfortunately, design principles for such systems are still
not understood. For this reason, formal verification of embedded control software
is currently the only existing methodology capable of providing assurance of
correct behavior and desired performance. Despite recent advances in hybrid
systems, formal verification is only applicable to systems with relatively
simple continuous dynamics. In this workshop we introduce a different paradigm,
termed correct-by-design synthesis, that leads to provably correct embedded
control software. Building on recent results on approximate abstractions of
control systems, we will present a design methodology that is applicable to
a large class of control systems including nonlinear and switched systems.
We will also introduce the participants to the Matlab based tool Pessoa that
automates the design process. The workshop includes a hands-on tutorial of
Pessoa during which the participants will install Pessoa in their own computers
and will synthesize several controllers enforcing a mix of continuous control
requirements with discrete logic requirements. This workshop is supported by
the recently published book:

Verification and Control of Hybrid Systems: A Symbolic Approach, Springer, 2009.


The workshop is organized by Antoine Girard (Universite Joseph Fourier),
Giordano Pola (University of l'Aquila), and Paulo Tabuada (UCLA).

Further information is available at the workshop website:


7.3 Workshop on -Wo-man-Robot Interaction
Contributed by: Per-Olof Gutman,

Informal Workshop on -Wo-man-Robot Interaction
Invitation to Participate

Monday 13 September –Tuesday 14 September, 2010

CEA, LIST DIASI/ Interactive Robotics Laboratory
18 Route du Panorama
92265 Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
tel: 33 1 46548670, fax: 33 1 46548980

-Wo-man-Robot Interaction is seen as an increasingly important enabling technology
for the future of robotics, being central for the use of robots in manufacturing,
assembly, tele-manipulation, the service sector, vehicles, etc for improved productivity
and safety. New and emerging robotics areas such as haptics, exoskeletons, are also
fully related to this topic.

Since the human operator interacts with the system, his dynamics have an influence
on the whole system behavior. Since the human dynamics are highly uncertain, robust
control strategies have to be considered. The conventional strategy is to use passivity
results, which guarantee stability without further modeling the operator. These approaches
are relatively conservative and can be improved if a better model of the operator is
utilized. We then have to take into account uncertainties, and here is why modern robust
control shows up!

This workshop is meant to provide an informal forum for leading academic and
industrial researchers to freely exchange ideas, problems and recent developments
and results.


Visit to the CEA Robotics Laboratories.
Visit to the museum of the first French atomic reactor located on the CEA Campus

Lectures (not in order of appearance):

Daniel Alazard (ISAE - Supaéro): Impedance Active control of flight control
 devices for kinestesic feedbacks of flight operational conditions to human pilots.

Anders Robertsson (Lund - Suède): Robot applications and experiments with force
control feedback from single and dual force/torques sensors.

Hoai Nam Nguyen (Supelec), Per-Olof Gutman (Technion and CEA-LIST), Sorin Olaru
(Supelec), and Frederic Colledani (CEA-LIST): Improved vertex control for
uncertain linear discrete-time systems with control and state constraints.

Yvan Measson (CEA): De la téléopération à la cobotique.

Serge Grygorowicz (RB3D) : Premières applications industrielles de la cobotiques.
Enjeux, points durs et perspectives...

Xavier Lamy (CEA): Force amplification with industrial robots: theoretical and
experimental performance limitations.

Per-Olof Gutman (Technion and CEA): Stability margins and passivity for the
control of robots operating in varying-impedance environments

Silviu Niculescu (Supelec): TBA

Laurent Barbé, Bernard Bayle, Edouard Laroche and Michel De Mathelin (LSIIT,
CNRS, Université de Strasbourg) : Télémanipulation à retour d'effort: synthèse
par autoréglage et analyse de la robustesse.


The Informal Workshop on –Wo-man-Robot Interaction will be held on Monday 13
September and Tuesday 14 September, 2010, at the Commissariat à l’Energie
Atomique (CEA) Interactive Robotics Laboratory in Fontenay-aux-Roses, 6 km
south of Paris. The venue is easily accessible by car, bus (no. 195, 295, 394),
and the RER B train in combination with bus 394.

Paris in September is an ideal city to visit with fewer tourists, glorious
but not too hot weather, and all the regular cultural activities starting up
after the summer holidays. The weekend preceding the workshop is thus the ideal
time for the participants, their families and guests, to fully enjoy all that
Paris has to offer.


If you wish to participate in the Workshop, please send your request by e-mail
immediately to Mme Anne Goue,

with the following data: Family name, Given name, Date and place of birth,
Nationality, Home address, Job title, Name of employer, Electronic address.


There is no registration fee. Coffee breaks and lunches are offered by CEA.
A Workshop Dinner will be arranged on September 13. A free visit to the museum
of the first French atomic reactor located on the CEA Campus will be arranged,
as well as a visit to some of the laboratories.


The participants are encouraged to arrange their own accommodation via the internet,
or a travel agency of their choice.


For further information, please contact the Chair:

Dr. Frederic Colledani


The Workshop is organized by researchers at CEA,LIST DIASI/Interactive Robotics
Laboratory who are interested in man-robot interaction, including Frederic Colledani
(chair), Per-Olof Gutman, Yvan Measson, and Yann Perrot.


The Workshop is sponsored by
GDR-Robotique (Groupe de Recherche – Robotique)
GDR-MACS (Groupe de Recherche – Modélisation, Analyse et Command de Systèmes Dynamiques),
subgroup MOSAR (Méthodes et Outils pour la Synthèse et l'Analyse en Robustesse)


OPEN: There is still a possibility to accommodate one or two more presentations.
You are invited to send an abstract, extended summary or full paper to Mme Goue,.

13-14 September 2010: Workshop


8.  Positions

8.1 PhD: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Uk
Contributed by: Dr. Reza Katebi,

An EPSRC PhD Research Studentship (RS) is available immediately to work on the
development of models and haptic control systems for a RIO surgical robot. This
is a multidisciplinary project which brings together the Industrial Control Centre,
the Strathclyde Bioengineering Units for Orthopaedic devices, Biomechanics and
user movement evaluation, and the MAKO Surgical Corporation of Florida, USA.

The current RIO surgical system offers effective and efficient uni-compartmental
knee surgery. However from clinical practice undertaken in over 30 medical
centres in the USA It has been shown that using the robot both the length of the
operation and of patient stay can be significantly reduced leading to better
outcome at less cost. With the robot it is possible for a surgeon to operate on
more patients a day the vast majority of whom will be admitted that day and go
home the next. The limiting factor for this at the moment is a poor haptic control
system which is non ergonomic and leads to surgeon fatigue. This project will
continue the development of the RIO system in two ways, one by building a non-
linear model of the system so that improvements in the control algorithms can
be studied and Two by addressing the current ergonomic issues experienced by
the user when conducting multiple procedures in a day by implementing improved
and ergonomic control system.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for report writing during the
term of this project, and may be required to attend various project meetings, and
liaise with MAKO in Florida. They would also be expected to prepare, and, when
required, present, conference and journal publications.

The applicant should have a minimum 2:1 Honours degree, in Engineering or Science,
preferably with some demonstrable background in control engineering and robotics.
It would be desirable for applicants to have some appreciation or experience in:
modelling software such as Matlab/Simulink or Labview. This role entails both
theoretical and practical (i.e. laboratory trial) elements and extensive training
will be provided as a part of PhD study.

Applicants should email their CV to:

Dr Reza Katebi


8.2 PhD: University of Lecce, Italy
Contributed by: Giuseppe Notarstefano,

The PhD School of Information Engineering at the University of Lecce
(Università del Salento), Lecce, Italy, offers Ph.D. scholarships on different
topics related to ICT.

The Control Optimization and Robotics group at the University of Lecce, Italy,
is looking for strongly motivated students with strong background in Mathematics
and Physics and basic background in control, optimization, identification and
estimation theory.

The PHD scholars will work with professors and researchers of the Control
Optimization and Robotics group at the University of Lecce (
Topics of interest include: nonlinear optimal control, vehicle modeling and dynamic
exploration, distributed control and optimization, underwater robotics, and
fault/intrusion detection.

Interested candidates may download the application form at

DEADLINE: September 20th 2010

For further information about the application procedure, contact Prof.
Giuseppe Notarstefano - -


8.3 PhD: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Contributed by: Mingjun Zhang,

Control theory for cellular systems: available January 2011.

We are seeking one Postdoctoral Research Associate and one Ph.D. Graduate Research
Assistant to work on control theory for cellular systems. The work will be 80% theory
and 20% experimental study. The experimental study will be conducted using an MEMS-based
system for yeast system control through collaboration with Vanderbilt University. This
is a unique opportunity for candidates with background in control theory to pursue
future career in micro/nano-scale biological system control. Candidates with solid
mathematics and control theory background are encouraged to apply.

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

Sincerely yours,

Mingjun Zhang


8.4 PhD: 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 academic
year under this program starts on October 1st, 2011, and the deadline of the
application is November 11th, 2010. 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 include:
Imura: hybrid systems control theory, robot intelligence, systems biology
Hayakawa: dynamical systems theory, stochastic systems, adaptive 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.


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

Postdoc position: "Distributed control and optimization of multi-agent cooperative 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 This e-mail address is being protected from
spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. An official call for applications
will be available in the next months on

The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of reappointment for one
additional year.


8.6 Post-Doc: University of California, Davis
Contributed by:

The University of California, Davis is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Scholar to
conduct research on the control of optical MEMS devices, particularly focusing
on (1) design and implementation of open and closed-loop control systems for
optical MEMS arrays and (2) modeling and characterizing the dynamics of MEMS
devices with bandwidths exceeding 1 MHz.

Successful candidates should have a strong background and experience in the
following areas: (1) modeling and analysis of dynamic systems; (2) implementation
of digital real-time control systems; (3) experimental characterization of control
system performance including time and frequency response methods, evaluation of
disturbance rejection and command tracking. Familiarity and experience with
MEMS devices is desirable.

The research will be conducted at the UC Davis campus under the direction of
Professor David Horsley, the UC Davis co-director of the Berkeley Sensor and
Actuator Center (BSAC), the NSF Industrial/University Cooperative Research Center
on MEMS. The candidate will be working on a high-profile DARPA contract in close
collaboration with researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Information
about Professor Horsley's research group can be found on the BSAC website
( and at (

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or
a related field. The Ph.D. must have been conferred within the past five years.
The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility for extension.

Qualified applicants should submit a formal letter of interest and a resume
including the names of two to three references to: Professor David Horsley,


8.7 Post-Doc: National University of Singapore
Contributed by:  Kai-Yew lum,

Department Information:

Temasek Laboratories is a research institute at the National University of
Singapore. Our mission is to conduct research in selected areas of science and
technology critical to Singapore's defense and security.

The Control Science Group at Temasek Laboratories engages in analysis and feedback
control of dynamical systems in aeronautics and defense. The main types of control
systems of interest are autonomous aerial vehicles, unmanned marine vessels and,
more generally, multi-agent systems such as squadrons of unmanned vehicles. The
current focus of the group is on formation control and collaborative tasking of
multi-agent systems, based on ideas such as hybrid systems, stochastic and
heuristic world models, communication topology, and consensus in estimation.

For more information, please visit

Job/Project Description:

We are inviting applications for a full-time post-doctoral research position in
the Control Science Group. The successful candidate shall develop novel ideas
and algorithms for path planning and formation control, particularly for problems
of search and exploration by, for example, a team of UAVs. Emphasis is placed on
1) distributed and cooperative approaches,
2) adaptation and optimization,
3) learning and self organization.

The position is for a 2-year period.


Candidates must hold a PhD in a control-related field with a strong theoretical
foundation, and a background in dynamics, control and optimization. Experience
in flight control, simulation and practical application will be favorable. The
successful candidate must be capable of high-quality theoretical research as well
as algorithm development.

How to apply:

To apply for this position, please send your CV, 2-3 of your best journal paper
publications, and contact information for at least three references to Kai-Yew
Lum (


8.8 Post-Doc: TAMU-Qatar
Contributed by: Aniruddha Datta,

Start Date: September 1st, 2010

This is a 3-year postdoctoral opportunity for an EE Ph.D. (Controls) to conduct
cutting edge research on a project under the supervision of Shankar Bhattacharyya
and Aniruddha Datta from TAMU-College Station and Hazem Nounou and Mohamed Nounou
from TAMU-Qatar. The project builds upon a new measurement based model free technique
that has already been developed for static systems such as large DC resistive networks.
The focus now will be on the development of results applicable to dynamical systems
which in turn will lead to novel approaches for carrying out model-free controller
designs, both adaptive and non-adaptive. Practical applications to be considered
include the control of chemical processes and treatment design in cancer. While
it is not expected that any candidate would simultaneously have expertise in all
these areas, the ideal candidate will possess expertise in one or more of these areas w
with a willingness to branch out into the others, as needed, given appropriate supervision.
The source of funding requires that the postdoc relocate to Qatar for the duration
of the project.

The salary and benefits are as follows:

Salary: $3k - 3.5k (depending on background and experience)

Benefits according to (Texas A & M University, Qatar) TAMUQ's policy:
(i) Fully-furnished apartment including utilities,
(ii) Local transportation allowance (currently about $375),
(iii) Annual travel allowance,
(iv) Relocation allowance at the beginning and upon completion of contract, and
(v) Health insurance.

If interested, please send a CV with cover letter to Shankar Bhattacharyya
( , with copy to Hazem Nounou (
preferably by August 15th, 2010.


8.9 Post-Doc: MIT
Contributed by: Anuradha Annaswamy,

The Active-adaptive Control Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
at MIT ( has an opening for a Postdoctoral Associate to work
in the area of nonlinear state estimation with application to power grids. The position
is associated with the MIT Energy Initiative (
and is in collaboration with the Siemens Center for Knowledge Interchange.

We are seeking outstanding and responsible post-doctoral researchers to contribute
to stochastic state estimation framework in a power distribution network that enables
distributed state-estimation, supports 3-phase unbalanced network and provides real-
to near real-time operation. The candidate must have a doctorate in engineering with
specialization in power systems and control. A strong publication record, the ability
to work well both independently and as a team member, and strong verbal and written
communication skills are desirable.

The initial appointment will be for one year starting September 1. Screening of
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Remunerations will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should
email the following to Anuradha Annaswamy at for consideration:

(i) Brief CV (resume) including a publication list,
(ii) Copies of three best publications (if any)
(iii) Two recommendation letters


8.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Xinghua liu,

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

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

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

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

or email the documents to


8.11  Faculty: Technische Universität München
Contributed by:

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technische
Universität München invites applications for the position of

Professor for Distributed Sensor-Actuator-Systems (W2, tenured)

to be filled as soon as possible.

The applicant should have an excellent scientific record in the area of distributed
measurement systems and sensor technology. It is expected that s/he is an expert in
one or several of the following areas:

- Methods, components, and engineering of distributed sensor-actuator systems
- Autonomous measurement and test systems
- Information transmission in measurement systems and sensor data fusion
- Wireless sensor networks
- Energy-efficient multi-sensor-multi-actuator-systems

Experience in application areas of distributed sensor-actuator-systems such as
automation, industrial information technology, smart buildings, or environmental
monitoring and measurement technologies are desirable, as well as experience in
the acquisition, organization, and management of large-scale projects.

Responsibilities in teaching include the engagement in the programs for vocational
school teachers and various Bachelor/Master programs of the faculty.

Preconditions for employment are a degree from a university or an accredited college
of applied science, pedagogical aptitude, Ph.D./doctorate and a postdoctoral lecturing
qualification or certification of an equivalent academic achievement, which may have
been obtained as a junior professor or outside a university environment.

In cases of substantially equal eligibility, preferential consideration will be
given to disabled candidates.

The Technische Universität München offers assistance for double-career couples and
families through the service of the TUM Munich Dual Career Office.

As part of the excellence initiative of the German federal and state governments,
the Technische Universität München pursues the strategic goal of substantially
increasing the proportion of women in research and education and thus expressly
invites qualified female scientists to apply for this position.

Applications with the usual supporting information
(see for reference) should be submitted by

September 16, 2010

Dekan der Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik (
Technische Universität München,
Arcisstrasse 21,
80333 München, Germany


8.12 Faculty: University of California, Santa Barbara
Contributed by:


The Departments of Mechanical and Electrical/Computer Engineering at the University
of California, Santa Barbara seek to hire a highly creative and productive
individual to fill a Mellichamp Chair in Systems Biology, made possible by
a generous gift by Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp. Candidates at all levels and
in all areas of Systems Biology will be considered, with preference given to
candidates who incorporate an experimental element to their research.

UCSB is emerging as a leader in the field of Systems Biology. Current efforts
focus on the computational modeling, simulation, analysis, and mechanical manipulation
of biological networks, bio-image informatics, as well as the development of new
sensors/devices for biomolecular analysis. A number of important biological processes
are under investigation, including gene regulation, protein translocation, bioadhesion,
and cellular mechanosensation.

The Systems Biology program is supported by superb interdisciplinary research and
education centers on campus, including the Center for Control Dynamical Systems and
Computation, the ARO-sponsored Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, the California
NanoSystems Institute, the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, the Neuroscience
Research Institute, the Materials Research Laboratory, Center for Bio-image Informatics,
and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

UCSB College of Engineering has an outstanding record of multidisciplinary recruiting.
Highly qualified individuals from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Primary and/or Joint appointments in related departments are possible. The University
is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence
of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Applications must be submitted electronically at:

Applications should contain a letter briefly outlining career plans, a statement of
research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information
for 3 - 5 references. Although the position will remain open until filled, applicants
are encouraged to submit their applications by November 30, 2010 for priority consideration.
Please note this is a new search; prior applicants must reapply.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to the Chair of the Search
Committee, Professor Megan Valentine, at:

The University of California is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


8.13  Researcher: General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, Michigan
Contributed by: ChenFang Chang,

General Motors Research and Development Center, located in Warren, Michigan,
invites outstanding candidates to apply for the position of Researcher –
Powertrain Controls (Job number RES0000032). Interested candidates, please
apply for the position by submitting your resume on-line at

Job Summary:
Generation, development, and demonstration of engine and powertrain control /
diagnostic concepts and algorithms that lead to improved fuel economy, reduced
harmful exhaust gases, and superior vehicle performance over the life time of a vehicle

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop and establish next-generation control and diagnostic algorithms for
  engine/powertrain systems
• Conduct research in developing capabilities for controls in implementing future
  technologies in engines and aftertreatment systems to meet future fuel economy
  and emissions standards
• Develop math models and simulation of engine/powertrain systems to facilitate a
  computer-aided control system design environment that enables an acceleration of
  the vehicle development process
• Develop rapid prototyping engine controllers, including their software, for test
  cells and advanced technology demonstration vehicles
• Conduct experiments in dynamometer test cells and at proving ground facilities to
  collect required data and validate research ideas
• Write timely and high-quality research reports, external publications, and records
  of invention to document new ideas and research results in his/her areas of research
• Interact closely with divisional staffs and development partners to meet project objectives
• Participate in technical discussions and reviews as an expert in powertrain control technology
• Generate innovative ideas, suggest new project areas, and establish technical plans
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry and technical developments affecting areas
  of responsibility

• Ph.D. in Mechanical, Electrical, Automotive, or Aerospace Engineering
• Strong background in control system design methodology, control system modeling
  and simulation, and control theory
• Strong knowledge in internal combustion engine and emissions control systems
• Research experience in powertrain or vehicle control system design
• Knowledge in computer-aided control system design
• Effective verbal and written communication skills


8.14 Researcher: The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL, France)
Contributed by: Philippe Wernert, philippe.wernert@isl.ed

The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL, France) is looking to
fill a Researcher/Engineer position within its Guidance, Navigation and Control group.

The French-German Research Institute is a bi-national institution established
by the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on the basis of a
treaty signed in 1958. The original mission of the ISL was: "Research, scientific
studies and basic predevelopment in the armament domain". The classical working
areas of ISL include: laser-matter interaction, laser development, detonics,
perforation, protection, ballistics, the environment and protection of the soldier,
acoustics, power electronics, high power microwaves, aerodynamics and flight
mechanics, optronics, sensors. Recently the ISL has reinforced its activities on
problems of civil security and counter-measures against terrorism encountered both
at home and during overseas military operations.

The institute is situated in Southern Alsace, near the German and Swiss border.

The position is concerned with the development of guidance, navigation and control
schemes for novel airborne system concepts.

Desired qualifications: Ph.D. in Engineering (preferred), Engineer Diploma from
a reputable Engineering School or Master’s Degree with a strong background in
(atleast one of) the following areas,

- Automatic control of dynamical systems: linear or nonlinear control techniques,
  robust control, adaptive control, etc,
- Signal processing: Kalman filtering, nonlinear estimation techniques,
- Six degree of freedom flight mechanics.

Additional knowledge of the following topics is a plus,
- Design of Autopilots for unmanned aerial systems,
- Inertial Measurement Units and navigation algorithms.

Programming languages:
The guidance, navigation and control algorithms will be developed in the
MATLAB-Simulink environment. Experience in working with MATLAB-Simulink is
therefore required. Additional knowledge of C, C++ and FORTRAN is welcomed.

ISL offers an outstanding work environment, with frequent interactions and
collaborations with a number of industrial and state-affiliated partners,
as well as attractive wages.

French citizenship required.

Dr. Eng. Philippe WERNERT
Head, GNC department (Guidance, Navigation, Control)
French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL),
5, rue du Général Cassagnou
Phone: 0033(0)389695062
Fax: 0033(0)389695048


8.15 Lecturer: Northwestern University
Contributed by: Kevin Lynch,


Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science is
looking for a dynamic educator and practitioner in electromechanical design to
further develop Northwestern's broad offerings in mechatronics. The ideal applicant
will have an MS or PhD in electrical, mechanical, or computer engineering, or a
related field; experience in, and enthusiasm for, working with undergraduates on
design projects; and several years of experience in electromechanical design.
Specifically, the applicant should be experienced in

* embedded computing with microcontrollers
* analog and digital circuit design, including PCB layout
* selection of sensors, actuators, and mechanical components
* CAD, mechanical design, and fabrication
* dynamics and system modeling
* real-time control

Job responsibilities include

* managing the Northwestern Mechatronics Design Lab, including coordinating
  use among several departments
* advising students on design projects for courses and independent projects,
  for both internal and external clients
* coordinating the annual robot Design Competition
* curriculum development and support of existing courses
* curriculum development and teaching for new courses and professional short courses
* overseeing the mechatronics wiki
* consulting with faculty on research projects

This will be a non-tenure track appointment for a three year term, renewable
based on excellent performance and availability of funds. Compensation will be
determined based on experience and qualifications.

To apply: Send a single pdf file to This file
should contain a cover letter, CV, contact information for at least three references,
and a portfolio of any significant electromechanical design projects you have undertaken.
If cited projects were group projects, please indicate portions for which you
were responsible. This portfolio may consist of one or more links to websites with
more information about the design, or figures and/or text descriptions embedded
in the pdf file. Apart from links to websites, the application must be fully
self-contained in the single pdf file.

Applications received by Sept 20, 2010, will receive full consideration.


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