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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Call for Nominations for 2017 Awards
1.2 CFP: IEEE Control Systems Society Outreach Fund
1.3 IEEE Control Systems Society Technically Cosponsored Conferences
1.4 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
1.5 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.6 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.7 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems

2. PhD & Summer Schools
2.1 7th oCPS PhD School on Cyber-Physical Systems
2.2 Summer School on “Approximation of Large-Scale Dynamic Models”
2.3 DISC Summer School “A Systems and Control Perspective on Privacy, Safety, and Security in Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems”

3. Journals
3.1 Contents: Automatica
3.2 Contents: IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
3.3 Contents: System & Control Letters
3.4 Contents: European Journal of Control
3.5 Contents: Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
3.6 Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
3.7 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
3.8 Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
3.9 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
3.10 Contents: International Journal of Control
3.11 Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
3.12 CFP: IEEE Internet of Things Journal
3.13 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

4. Conferences
4.1 Workshop on Brain Dynamics and Neurocontrol Engineering
4.2 Japan-Korea Joint Symposium on Networked and Distributed Systems and Control
4.3 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems
4.4 ACC Workshop on “Control Engineering in Julia: Modelling, Control Design and Optimization”
4.5 IFAC World Congress Workshop on “Iterative Learning Control and Repetitive Control: Theoretical Advances and Emerging Applications”
4.6 IFAC World Congress Workshop on “Process Data Analytics”

5. Positions
5.1 Technical Writer for IEEE Control Systems Magazine
5.2 PhD: Université Laval, Canada
5.3 PhD: Université Grenoble Alpes/GIPSA-lab, France
5.4 PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium
5.5 PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium
5.6 PhD: University of South Florida, USA
5.7 PhD: University of Connecticut
5.8 PhD: Johannes Kepler University Linz, Autria
5.9 PhD: Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
5.10 PhD: University of Leicester, UK
5.11 PhD: European Southern Observatory, Germany
5.12 PhD: Technical University of Kosice, Slovak Republic
5.13 PhD: University of Stuttgart, Germany
5.14 PostDoc: National University of Singapore, Singapore
5.15 PostDoc: Cornell University, USA
5.16 PostDoc: Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
5.17 PostDoc: University of Leicester, UK
5.18 Research Fellow: University of Hull, UK
5.19 Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
5.20 Faculty: IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
5.21 Faculty: IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
5.22 Engineer: CROASAEN, USA

1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1. IEEE Control Systems Society Call for Nominations for 2017 Awards
Contributed by: Joao Hespanha,

IEEE Control Systems Society Call for Nominations for 2017 Awards

Nominations will open April 15 and are due by May 15, for the following IEEE Control Systems Society Awards (see for full details).

- George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper published in 2015 or 2016 in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control);

- IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper published in 2015 or 2016 in the IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology);

- IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award (for an article published in 2015 or 2016 in the IEEE Control Systems Magazine);

- IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper published in 2015 or 2016 in the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems)

- IEEE Control Systems Technology Award (for outstanding individual or team contributions to control systems technology);

- Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award (for a distinguished contributor to the transition of control and systems theory to practice);

- Antonio Ruberti Outstanding Young Researcher Prize (for a young researcher for innovation and impact on systems and control).

- IEEE Control Systems Society Award for Excellence in Aerospace Control (for a team or individual contribution to Aerospace Control in the previous 36 months)

The IEEE Control Systems Society strongly encourages its members to speak up and reach out to colleagues to initiate award nominations. Each year, many highly qualified individuals, teams, and papers are overlooked for nominations simply because colleagues assumed that a nomination was already being prepared by someone else on the individual's, team's or authors' behalf. You may be surprised to find out that your colleagues would be very pleased to nominate you, if they had just been encouraged to do so.

1.2. CFP: IEEE Control Systems Society Outreach Fund
Contributed by: Daniel E. Rivera,

The IEEE CSS Outreach Task Force is providing notice that the window for submission of proposals to the
IEEE-CSS Outreach Fund for its 2017 spring solicitation will be held from April 3 to 28, 2017. Please note
that this time window is earlier than usual. Information regarding the program can be found in:

Requests for application forms (as well as inquiries and notices of intention to submit) should be made
directly to Daniel E. Rivera, Outreach Task Force Chair, at

1.3. IEEE Control Systems Society Technically Cosponsored Conferences
Contributed by: Luca Zaccarian, CSS AE Conferences,

The following conferences have been recently included in the list of events technically cosponsored by the
IEEE Control Systems Society:

- XXVI International Conference on Information, Communication and Automation Technologies (ICAT
2017). Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oct 26 - Oct 28, 2017.
- 21st International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing (ICSTCC 2017). Sinaia, Roma-
nia. Oct 19 - 21, 2017.
- 6th International Conference on Systems and Control (ICSC 2017). Batna, Algeria. May 7 - May 9, 2017.
- 2017 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS’17). Miami (FL), United States.
Jun 13 - Jun 16, 2017.

For a full listing of CSS technically cosponsored conferences, please visit,
and for a list of the upcoming and past CSS main conferences please visit

1.4. IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

CSS Publications Content Digest
The IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest is a novel and convenient guide that helps readers keep track of the latest published articles. The CSS Publications Content Digest, available at provides lists of current tables of contents of the periodicals sponsored by the Control Systems Society.

Each issue offers readers a rapid means to survey and access the latest peer-reviewed papers of the IEEE Control Systems Society. We also include links to the Society’s sponsored Conferences to give readers a preview of upcoming meetings.

1.5. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

Table of Contents
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume 62 (2017), Issue 3 (March)

Please note that the contents of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, together with links to the abstracts of the papers may be found at the TAC web site:
The IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Submission and Review Management System

Control Systems and the Quest for Autonomy, P. Antsaklis p. 1013

List of Reviewers for 2016, p. 1017

Scanning the Issue
p. 1026

- Approximation of Markov Processes by Lower Dimensional Processes via Total Variation Metrics, I. Tzortzis, C. D. Charalambous, T. Charalambous, C. N. Hadjicostis, M. Johansson p. 1030
- Tradeoffs in Networked Feedback Systems: From Information-Theoretic Measures to Bode-Type Integrals, S. Fang, H. Ishii, J. Chen p. 1046
- Linear Quadratic Risk-Sensitive and Robust Mean Field Games, J. Moon, T. Basar p. 1062
- Basis Marking Representation of Petri Net Reachability Spaces and Its Application to the Reachability Problem, Z. Ma, Y. Tong, Z. Li, A. Giua p. 1078
- Stabilization and Entropy Reduction via SDP-Based Design of Fixed-Order Output Feedback Controllers and Tuning Parameters, G. Chesi p. 1094
- Fundamental Limits of Remote Estimation of Autoregressive Markov Processes under Communication Constraints, J. Chakravorty, A. Mahajan p. 1109
- On Repetitive Scenario Design, G. C. Calafiore p. 1125
- State Estimation for the Individual and the Population in Mean Field Control with Application to Demand Dispatch, Y. Chen, A. Busic, S. Meyn p. 1138
- Non-Asymptotic Pseudo-State Estimation for a Class of Fractional Order Linear Systems, X. Wei, D-Y. Liu, D. Boutat p. p. 1150
- A Framework for Robust Assessment of Power Grid Stability and Resiliency, T. L. Vu, K. Turitsyn p. 1165
- A Distributed Feedback Motion Planning Protocol for Multiple Unicycle Agents of Different Classes, D. Panagou p. 1178
- Centralized Versus Decentralized Optimization of Distributed Stochastic Differential Decision Systems with Different Information Structures-Part I: A General Theory, C. D. Charalambous, N. U. Ahmed p. 1194
- Temporal Logics for Learning and Detection of Anomalous Behavior, Z. Kong, A. Jones, C. Belta p. 1210
- Relaxed Logarithmic Barrier Function Based Model Predictive Control of Linear Systems, C. Feller, C. Ebenbauer p. 1223
- Voltage Stabilization in Microgrids via Quadratic Droop Control, J. W. Simpson-Porco, F. Dörfler, F. Bullo p. 1239
- Accessibility of Nonlinear Time-Delay Systems, C. Califano, C. H. Moog p. 1254
- Control under Stochastic Multiplicative Uncertainties: Part I, Fundamental Conditions of Stabilizability, T. Qi, J. Chen, W. Su, M. Fu p. 1269
- Control under Stochastic Multiplicative Uncertainties: Part II, Optimal Design for Performance, W. Su, J. Chen, M. Fu, T. Qi p. 1285
- Petri-net Controller Synthesis for Partially Controllable and Observable Discrete Event Systems, J. Luo, M. Zhou p. 1301
- Fundamental Limits on Uncertain Delays: When is a Delay System Stabilizable by LTI Controllers? T. Qi, J. Zhu, J. Chen p. 1314
- Characterization of Admissible Marking Sets in Petri Nets with Conflicts and Synchronizations, Z. Ma, Z. Li, A. Giua 1329
- Density Flow in Dynamical Networks via Mean-field Games, D. Bauso, X. Zhang, A. Papachristodoulou p. 1342
- Anytime Capacity of a Class of Markov Channels, P. Minero, M. Franceschetti p. 1356
- Low-Complexity Modeling of Partially Available Second-Order Statistics: Theory and an Efficient Matrix Completion Algorithm, A. Zare, Y. Chen, M. Jovanovic, T. T. Georgiou p. 1368
- Diagnosability Analysis of Labeled Time Petri Net Systems, F. Basile, M. P. Cabasino, C. Seatzu p. 1384

Technical Notes and Correspondence
- On Passivity Analysis and Passivation of Event-Triggered Feedback Systems Using Passivity Indices, F. Zhu, M. Xia, P. J. Antsaklis p. 1397
- Linear Machine Solution to Point Location Problem, A. Airan, M. Bhushan, S. Bhartiya p. 1403
- On Stabilization of Decentralized Systems Across Analog Erasure Links, J. Liu, V. Gupta p. 1411
- Approaches to Determining a Box Consistent Parameter Set for Polytopic Output Constraints on Linear Fractional Models using Structured Singular Values, M. Kishida p. 1417
- H2 Optimal Coordination of Homogeneous Agents Subject to Limited Information Exchange, D. Madjidian, L. Mirkin, A. Rantzer p. 1424
- Partial Stabilization of Input-Output Contact Systems on a Legendre Submanifold, H. Ramirez, B. Maschke, D. Sbarbaro p. 1431
- Observer Design and Exponential Stabilization for Wave Equation in Energy Space by Boundary Displacement Measurement Only p. 1438, H. Feng, B-Z. Guo p. 1438
- Interval Homogeneity-Based Control for a Class of Nonlinear Systems with Unknown Power Drifts, Z. Su, C. Qian, J. Shen p. 1445
- Multiplayer Reach-Avoid Games via Pairwise Outcomes, M. Chen, Z. Zhou, C. J. Tomlin p. 1451
- Robust Sampled-data Output Synchronization of Nonlinear Heterogeneous Multi-Agents, X. Chen, Z. Chen p. 1458
- Distributed Reinforcement Learning via Gossip, A. Mathkar, V. S. Borkar p. 1465
- Maximum Entropy Kernels for System Identification, F. P. Carli, T. Chen, L. Ljung p. 1471
- Finite-Time Stabilization via Sliding Mode Control, J. Song, Y. Niu, Y. Zou p. 1478
- Unbiased Estimation of Sinusoidal Signal Parameters via Discrete-Time Frequency-Locked-Loop Filters, F. Tedesco, A. Casavola, G. Fedele p. 1484
- Efficiently Attentive Event-Triggered Control Systems with Limited Bandwidth, L. Li, X. Wang, M. D. Lemmon p. 1491
- On the Computation of Lambda-Contractive Sets for Linear Constrained Systems, M. Schulze Darup, M. Cannon p. 1498
- Design of Robust Controller for a Class of Uncertain Discrete-Time Systems Subject to Actuator Saturation, T. Binazadeh, M. Bahmani p. 1505
- Gradient-based Parameter Estimation in Pairwise Linear Gaussian System, M. V. Kulikova p. 1511
- Fault Detection and Isolation of Linear Periodic Systems Using the Geometric Approach, S. Longhi, A. Monteriù p. 1518
- Performance Analysis and Coherent Guaranteed Cost Control for Uncertain Quantum Systems Using Small Gain and Popov Methods, C. Xiang, I. R. Petersen, D. Dong p. 1524
- MMSE State Estimation Approach for Linear Discrete-Time Systems with Time-delay and Multi-error Measurements, Y. Sun, F. Jing, Z. Liang, M. Tan p. 1530

- February 2017 Table of Contents p. 1537

1.6. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

Table of Contents
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume 62 (2017), Issue 4 (April)

Scanning the Issue
p. 1541

- Decentralized Q-Learning for Stochastic Teams and Games, G. Arslan, S. Yuksel p. 1545
- Integral Action in Output Feedback for Multi-Input Multi-Output Nonlinear Systems, D. Astolfi, L. Praly p.1559
- Robust Linear Static Anti-Windup with Probabilistic Certificates, S. Formentin, F. Dabbene, R. Tempo, L. Zaccarian, S. M. Savaresi p.1575
- Distributed Continuous-Time Convex Optimization with Time-Varying Cost Functions, S. Rahili, W. Ren p.1590
- Convergence of Self-Organizing Pulse Coupled Oscillator Synchronization in Dynamic Networks, J. Klinglmayr, C. Bettstetter, M. Timme, C. Kirst p. 1606
- Regularity and Lyapunov Stabilization of Weak Entropy Solutions to Scalar Conservation Laws, S. Blandin, X. Litrico, M. L. Delle Monache, B. Piccoli, A. Bayen p. 1620
- A Convex Sum-of-Squares Approach to Analysis, State Feedback and Output Feedback Control of Parabolic PDEs, A. Gahlawat, M. M. Peet p.1636
- Finite-Time Consensus on the Median Value with Robustness Properties, M. Franceschelli, A. Giua, A. Pisano p. 1652
- Distributed Coordination of Dynamical Multi-agent Systems Under Directed Graphs and Constrained Information Exchange, A. Abdessameud, I. G. Polushin, A. Tayebi p. 1668
- Dissipativity Theory for Nonlinear Stochastic Dynamical Systems: Input-Output and State Properties, and Stability of Feedback Interconnections, T. Rajpurohit, W. M. Haddad p. 1684
- On the Synthesis of Boundary Control Laws for Distributed Port Hamiltonian Systems, A. Macchelli, Y. Le Gorrec, H. Ramirez, H. Zwart p. 1700
- Sparse Resource Allocation for Linear Network Spread Dynamics, J. Abad Torres, S. Roy, Y. Wan p. 1714
- Networked State Estimation over a Shared Communication Medium, M. Xia, V. Gupta, P. J. Antsaklis p. 1729
- Robust Stabilization of Uncertain Time-Delay Systems with Fractional Stochastic Noise Using the Novel Fractional Stochastic Sliding Approach and its Application to Stream Water Quality Regulation, K. Khandani, V. J. Majd, M. Tahmasebi p. 1742
- Solving the Infinite-Horizon Constrained LQR Problem using Accelerated Dual Proximal Methods, G. Stathopoulos, M. Korda, C. N. Jones p. 1752
- An Optimized Algorithm of General Distributed Diagnosability Analysis for Modular Structures, Lina Ye, Philippe Dague p. 1768
- Feedback Refinement Relations for the Synthesis of Symbolic Controllers, G. Reissig, A. Weber, M. Rungger p. 1781
- The Invariant Extended Kalman Filter as a Stable Observer, A. Barrau, S. Bonnabel p. 1797
- Marking Observer in Labeled Petri Nets with Application to Supervisory Control, M. P. Cabasino, C. N. Hadjicostis, C. Seatzu p. 1813
- A Characterization of Switched Linear Control Systems with Finite L_2-Gain, Y. Chitour, P. Mason, M. Sigalotti p. 1825
- Intermittent Redesign of Analog Controllers via the Youla Parameter, L. Mirkin p. 1838
- A Novel a priori State Computation Strategy for the Unscented Kalman Filter to Improve Computational Efficiency, S. K. Biswas, L. Qiao, A. G. Dempster p. 1852
- Variance-Constrained Risk Sharing in Stochastic Systems, I. Yang, D. S. Callaway, C. J. Tomlin p. 1865
- Sensor Scheduling in Variance Based Event Triggered Estimation with Packet Drops, A. S. Leong, S. Dey, D. E. Quevedo p. 1880
- Semidefinite Programming Approach to Gaussian Sequential Rate-Distortion Trade-offs, T. Tanaka, K-Ki K. Kim, P. A. Parrilo, S. K. Mitter p. 1896
- Extremum Seeking for Static Maps with Delays, T. R. Oliveira, M. Krstic, D. Tsubakino p. 1911

Technical Notes and Correspondence
- Output Feedback Stabilization for Discrete-Time Systems under Limited Communication, Y. Feng, X. Chen, G. Gu p. 1927
- Adaptive Sliding Mode Control of Markov Jump Nonlinear Systems with Actuator Faults, H. Li, P. Shi, D. Yao p. 1933
- Observer Design for Parameter Varying Differentiable Nonlinear Systems, with Application to Slip Angle Estimation, Y. Wang, R. Rajamani, D. M. Bevly p. 1940
- A Tool for the Global Stabilization of Stochastic Nonlinear Systems, T. Bian, Z-P. Jiang p. 1946
- Accuracy Improvement of Extremum Seeking Control, K. Atta, A. Johansson, T. Gustafsson p. 1952
- Trajectory Tracking Control of Planar Underactuated Vehicles, H. Ashrafiuon, S. Nersesov, G. Clayton p. 1959
- Robust Stability Analysis and Synthesis for Uncertain Discrete-Time Networked Control Systems Over Fading Channels, L. Su, G. Chesi p. 1966
- A Missing Data Approach to Data-Driven Filtering and Control, I. Markovsky p. 1972
- The Cooperative Output Regulation Problem of Discrete-Time Linear Multi-Agent Systems by the Adaptive Distributed Observer, J. Huang p. 1979
- Relay Control Design for Robust Stabilization in a Finite-Time, A. Polyakov, L. Hetel p. 1985
- Fault Tolerant Corrective Control With Bounded Delays, J-M. Yang p. 1992
- Distributed Feedforward Approach to Cooperative Output Regulation Subject to Communication Delays and Switching Networks, M. Lu, L. Liu p. 1999
- Conic Bounds for Systems Subject to Delays, L. J. Bridgeman, J. R. Forbes p. 2006
- Consensus of Quantum Networks with Directed Interactions: Fixed and Switching Structures, G. Shi, S. Fu, I. R. Petersen p.2014
- Passivity-Based Asynchronous Control for Markov Jump Systems, Z-G. Wu, P. Shi, Z. Shu, H. Su, R. Lu p. 2020
- Boundary Control of Coupled Reaction-Advection-Diffusion Systems with Spatially-Varying Coefficients, R. Vazquez, M. Krstic p. 2026
- Scaling in Bidirectional Platoons with Dynamic Controllers and Proportional Asymmetry, I. Herman, D. Martinec, Z. Hurak, M. Sebek p. 2034
- Myopic Allocation Policy with Asymptotically Optimal Sampling Rate, Y. Peng, M. C. Fu p. 2041
- Minimum Variance Distortionless Response Estimators For Linear Discrete State-Space Models, E. Chaumette, P. Benoit, F. Vincent, G. Pages, A. Dion p. 2048
- Iterated Posterior Linearisation Smoother, ¡. F. GarcÌa-Fern·ndez, L. Svensson, S. Sarkka p. 2056
- Deadlock Analysis of Parameterized-Chain Networks, M. H. Zibaeenejad, J. G. Thistle p. 2064
- Event-triggered Adaptive Control for a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems, L. Xing, C. Wen, Z. Liu, H. Su, J. Cai p. 2071

1.7.  IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems
Contributed by: Denise Joseph,

Table of Contents
IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems
Volume 4 (2017), Issue 1 (March)

The contents of the IEEE-Transactions on Control of Network Systems, with links to the abstracts of the papers are available on

- Guest Editorial Special Issue on Secure Control of Cyber-Physical Systems Peng Cheng ; Ling Shi ; Bruno Sinopoli p. 1
- Optimal Linear Cyber-Attack on Remote State Estimation, Ziyang Guo ; Dawei Shi ; Karl Henrik Johansson ; Ling Shi p. 4
- Dynamic State Recovery for Cyber-Physical Systems Under Switching Location Attacks, Chensheng Liu ; Jing Wu ; Chengnian Long ; Yebin Wang p. 14
- Security Assessment of Electricity Distribution Networks Under DER Node Compromises, Devendra Shelar ; Saurabh Amin p.23
- A Clean Slate Approach to Secure Ad Hoc Wireless Networking-Open Unsynchronized Networks, Jonathan Ponniah ; Yih-Chun Hu ; P. R. Kumar p.37
- Secure State Estimation Against Sensor Attacks in the Presence of Noise, Shaunak Mishra ; Yasser Shoukry ; Nikhil Karamchandani ; Suhas N. Diggavi ; Paulo Tabuada p. 49
- A Graph-Theoretic Characterization of Perfect Attackability for Secure Design of Distributed Control Systems p. 60, Sean Weerakkody ; Xiaofei Liu ; Sang Hyuk Son ; Bruno Sinopoli
- Dynamic Games With Asymmetric Information and Resource Constrained Players With Applications to Security of Cyberphysical Systems, Abhishek Gupta ; Cédric Langbort ; Tamer Başar p.71
- Attack-Resilient State Estimation for Noisy Dynamical Systems, Miroslav Pajic ; Insup Lee ; George J. Pappas p.82
- Event-Triggered Control Systems Under Denial-of-Service Attacks, V. S. Dolk ; P. Tesi ; C. De Persis ; W. P. M. H. Heemels p. 93 - 105
- Coding Schemes for Securing Cyber-Physical Systems Against Stealthy Data Injection Attacks, Fei Miao ; Quanyan Zhu ; Miroslav Pajic ; George J. Pappas p.106 - 117
- Differential Privacy in Linear Distributed Control Systems: Entropy Minimizing Mechanisms and Performance Tradeoffs, Yu Wang ; Zhenqi Huang ; Sayan Mitra ; Geir E. Dullerud p.118 - 130

2. PhD & Summer Schools

2.1. 7th oCPS PhD School on Cyber-Physical Systems
Contributed by: Maurice Heemels,

The 7th oCPS PhD School on Cyber-Physical Systems

We would like to attract your attention to the "7th oCPS PhD School on Cyber-Physical Systems," which will take place Monday June 12 to Thursday June 15, 2017 in Lucca, Italy. The school is targeted at graduate students and researchers who want to learn the main concepts of cyber-physical systems (CPSs), as well as at graduate students and postgraduate researchers already working in the area. The school is an event organized by oCPS, which is a Training Network (Marie Curie) receiving funding from the European Union’s 2020 framework programme for research and innovation, see more on

The lecturers are
Prof. Alf Isaksson, ABB Corporate Research
Prof. Christos Cassandras, Boston University, USA
Prof. Joost-Pieter Katoen, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Prof. Samarjit Chakraborty , TU Munich, Germany
Prof. Maurice Heemels, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
Prof. Henrik Sandberg, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
Prof. Gerhard Neumann, University of Lincoln, UK
Prof. Alberto Bemporad, IMT Lucca, Italy
Prof. Dimitri Bertsekas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Prof. Magnus Egerstedt , Georgia Tech, USA
Prof. Marios Polycarpou , University of Cyprus, Cyprus

These speakers will lecture during the school covering the basic concepts and results on
- Discrete-event and hybrid systems techniques for CPS
- Machine learning
- Resource-aware control
- Formal methods for embedded control
- Security in control of CPS
- Model predictive control
- Approximate dynamic programming and optimisation
- Fault-tolerant control of distributed CPS
- Multi-agent systems
- Industrial perspectives on CPS.

The program of the school includes four days of lectures, interleaved by enough time slots to allow scientific discussions among the participants and with the speakers.

Registration deadline: April 15, 2017. First-come-first-serve basis. Registration fee: EUR 290 (including coffee breaks, banquet, etc)

The oCPS PhD school on Cyber-Physical Systems is also the 8th edition of a series of biannual PhD schools with a focus on hybrid, networked and cyber-physical systems, which educated over 500 PhD students (!) worldwide since 2003, see for earlier editions!!

The full program of the school, other information and the registration procedure can be found soon at

We welcome you, your students and colleagues to this interesting and inspiring event!

Maurice Heemels
Alberto Bemporad
Samarjit Chakraborty

2.2. Summer School on “Approximation of Large-Scale Dynamic Models”
Contributed by: Antoneta Iuliana BRATCU,


Location and Date: Grenoble (France) - September 11 to 15, 2017
Scientific Chair: Charles POUSSOT-VASSAL (ONERA, Toulouse)

This Summer School aims at presenting the main mathematical tools and model approximation algorithms, in order to bridge the gap between complexity and representativeness required in control design, analysis, simulation and optimisation. To this end, domain experts will be present to share their expertise and cutting-edge research results.

The Summer School is mainly intended to PhD students, researchers and scholars interested in applying approximation of large-scale dynamic models, being meanwhile open to industrial participants. Basic knowledge in automatic control and mathematics will be useful.

Thanos ANTOULAS (Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA)
Sara GRUNDEL (Max Planck Institute, Magdeburg, Germany)
Serkan GUGERCIN (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA)
Christian HIMPE (Münster University, Münster, Germany)
Martine OLIVI (INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France)
Charles POUSSOT-VASSAL (ONERA, Toulouse, France)
Pierre VUILLEMIN (ONERA, Toulouse, France)

Early registrations are encouraged (registration link will become available by April 20 2017).

The number of participants is limited to 50.

Registration dead-line is July 13th 2017.

For further information, please contact:
Antoneta Iuliana BRATCU

2.3. DISC Summer School “A Systems and Control Perspective on Privacy, Safety, and Security in Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems”
Contributed by: Martha,

From July 3-6, 2017 the DISC Summer School "A Systems and Control Perspective on Privacy, Safety, and Security in Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems” will take place at NH Atlantic, the Hague (Kijkduin), The Netherlands.

The increasing adoption of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and internet-of-things (IoT) introduces new control problems beyond the traditional tasks of stabilization and optimization. Some of the control challenges are related to the operation of future, highly interconnected CPS in a safety- or mission-critical environment, and to the protection of security and privacy where sensor and actuator data, and other control parameters are communicated in a networked CPS. Recent denial-of-service attacks to critical infrastructure and several accidents involving autonomous cars are some of the instances where new theoretical developments in the systems and control field are needed.

In this summer school program, we will present recent developments towards this endeavor and particular attention will be given to:
-differential privacy concept in a control and networked systems context
-analysis and design of resilient and secure control systems
-safety control of CPS

Keynote lectures will be given by:
-Fabio Pasqualetti, University of California, USA
-Jerome Le Ny, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
-Rafael Wisniewski, Aalborg University, Denmark
-Yiannis Papadopoulos, University of Hull, United Kingdom
-Henrik Sandberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
-Manuel Mazo, Delft University of Technology, NL
-Peyman Mohajerin Esfahani, Delft University of Technology, NL
-Claudio de Persis, University of Groningen, NL

For more information about the program and registration please visit

3. Journals

3.1. Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Elisa Capello,

Table of Contents
Vol. 78, April 2017

- Frédéric Mazenc, Michael Malisoff, “Extensions of Razumikhin’s theorem and Lyapunov–Krasovskii functional constructions for time-varying systems with delay”, pages 1-13.
- Huu Chuong La, Andreas Potschka, Hans Georg Bock, “Partial stability for nonlinear model predictive control”, pages 14-19.
- Khaled F. Aljanaideh, Dennis S. Bernstein, “A behavioral equation framework for time-domain transmissibilities”, pages 20-24.
- Soumya Kundu, Marian Anghel, “A multiple-comparison-systems method for distributed stability analysis of large-scale nonlinear systems”, pages 25-33.
- Milan Korda, Colin N. Jones, “Stability and performance verification of optimization-based controllers”, pages 34-45.
- Daniel Silvestre, Paulo Rosa, João P. Hespanha, Carlos Silvestre, “Stochastic and deterministic fault detection for randomized gossip algorithms”, pages 46-60.
- Da-Yan Liu, Gang Zheng, Driss Boutat, Hao-Ran Liu, “Non-asymptotic fractional order differentiator for a class of fractional order linear systems”, pages 61-71.
- Wuchen Li, Jun Lu, Haomin Zhou, Shui-Nee Chow, “Method of evolving junctions: A new approach to optimal control with constraints”, pages 72-78.
- Yongqiang Li, Zhongsheng Hou, Yuanjing Feng, Ronghu Chi, “Data-driven approximate value iteration with optimality error bound analysis”, pages 79-87.
- Shaunak D. Bopardikar, Alberto Speranzon, Cédric Langbort, “Convergence analysis of Iterated Best Response for a trusted computation game”, pages 88-96.
- Kristin Y. Pettersen, “Lyapunov sufficient conditions for uniform semiglobal exponential stability”, pages 97-102.
- Yaguang Yang, “An efficient algorithm for periodic Riccati equation with periodically time-varying input matrix”, pages 103-109.
- Fabrizio Dabbene, Didier Henrion, Constantino M. Lagoa, “Simple approximations of semialgebraic sets and their applications to control”, pages 110-118.
- Wenling Li, Yingmin Jia, Junping Du, “Non-augmented state estimation for nonlinear stochastic coupling networks”, pages 119-122.
- J. Frederico Carvalho, Sérgio Pequito, A. Pedro Aguiar, Soummya Kar, Karl H. Johansson,“Composability and controllability of structural linear time-invariant systems: Distributed verification”, pages 123-134.
- Zbigniew Bartosiewicz, “Local observability of nonlinear positive continuous-time systems”, pages 135-138.
- Eloy Garcia, David W. Casbeer, Meir Pachter, “Active target defense using first order missile models”, pages 139-143.
- Bahare Kiumarsi, Frank L. Lewis, Zhong-Ping Jiang, “H_infinity control of linear discrete-time systems: Off-policy reinforcement learning”, pages 144-152.
- Moshe Idan, Jason L. Speyer, “An estimation approach for linear stochastic systems based on characteristic functions”, pages 153-162.
- Jinwen Hu, Min Zhou, Xiang Li, Zhao Xu, “Online model regression for nonlinear time-varying manufacturing systems”, pages 163-173.
- Marco M. Nicotra, Roberto Naldi, Emanuele Garone, “Nonlinear control of a tethered UAV: The taut cable case”, pages 174-184.
- Wei Xu, Zhi Guo Feng, Jian Wen Peng, Ka Fai Cedric Yiu, “Optimal switching for linear quadratic problem of switched systems in discrete time”, pages 185-193.
- Kemi Ding, Yuzhe Li, Daniel E. Quevedo, Subhrakanti Dey, Ling Shi, “A multi-channel transmission schedule for remote state estimation under DoS attacks”, pages 194-201.
- Haotian Zhang, Raid Ayoub, Shreyas Sundaram, “Sensor selection for Kalman filtering of linear dynamical systems: Complexity, limitations and greedy algorithms”, pages 202-210.
- Xin-Ge Liu, Feng-Xian Wang, Mei-Lan Tang, “Auxiliary function-based summation inequalities and their applications to discrete-time systems”, pages 211-215.
- Sérgio Pequito, George J. Pappas, “Structural minimum controllability problem for switched linear continuous-time systems”, pages 216-222.
- Fangfei Li, Yang Tang, “Set stabilization for switched Boolean control networks”, pages 223-230.
- Derui Ding, Zidong Wang, Daniel W.C. Ho, Guoliang Wei, “Distributed recursive filtering for stochastic systems under uniform quantizations and deception attacks through sensor networks”, pages 231-240.
- Frédéric Mazenc, Jérome Harmand, Michael Malisoff, “Stabilization in a chemostat with sampled and delayed measurements and uncertain growth functions”, pages 241-249.
- Zhiyong Sun, Myoung-Chul Park, Brian D.O. Anderson, Hyo-Sung Ahn, “Distributed stabilization control of rigid formations with prescribed orientation”, pages 250-257.
- James B. Rawlings, Michael J. Risbeck, “Model predictive control with discrete actuators: Theory and application”, pages 258-265.
- M. Mahdi Ghazaei Ardakani, Sei Zhen Khong, Bo Bernhardsson, “On the convergence of iterative learning control”, pages 266-273.
- Mohamed Adlene Maghenem, Antonio Loría, “Strict Lyapunov functions for time-varying systems with persistency of excitation”, pages 274-279.
- Jin Guo, Le Yi Wang, George Yin, Yanlong Zhao, Ji-Feng Zhang, “Identification of Wiener systems with quantized inputs and binary-valued output observations”, pages 280-286.
- Adel Djaballah, Alexandre Chapoutot, Michel Kieffer, Olivier Bouissou, “Construction of parametric barrier functions for dynamical systems using interval analysis” pages 287-296.
- Lucian Buşoniu, Jamal Daafouz, Marcos Cesar Bragagnolo, Irinel-Constantin Morărescu, “Planning for optimal control and performance certification in nonlinear systems with controlled or uncontrolled switches”, pages 297-308.
- Bin Zhou, Qingsong Liu, “Input delay compensation for neutral type time-delay systems”, pages 309-319.
- Francisco Javier Muros, José María Maestre, Encarnación Algaba, Teodoro Alamo, Eduardo F. Camacho, “Networked control design for coalitional schemes using game-theoretic methods”, pages 320-332.
- Xiaojun Tang, Yang Shi, Li-Lian Wang, “A new framework for solving fractional optimal control problems using fractional pseudospectral methods”, pages 333-340.

- Tamer Başar, Alberto Isidori, Obituary, pages 341-342.
- Tamer Başar, The New Editor-in-Chief, page 343.
- Andrew R. Teel, Transition in an editorship, page 344.

3.2. Contents: IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
Contributed by: Yan Ou,

IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
Volume 4 (2017), Issue 1 (January)

Table of Contents

- PDP: Parallel Dynamic Programming. F.-Y. Wang, J. Zhang, Q. L. Wei, X. H. Zheng, L. Li, page 1

- Toward Cloud Computing QoS Architecture: Analysis of Cloud Systems and Cloud Services. M. H. Ghahramani, M. C. Zhou, C. T. Hon, page 6
- Social Media Based Transportation Research: the State of the Work and the Networking. Y. S. Lv, Y. Y. Chen, X. Q. Zhang, Y. J. Duan, N. Q. Li, page 19
- Review on Cyber-physical Systems. Y. Liu, Y. Peng, B. L. Wang, S. R. Yao, and Z. H. Liu, page 27

- Determination of Polynomial Degree in the Regression of Drug Combinations. B. Q. Wang, X. T. Ding, F.-Y. Wang, page 41
- Observer-based Adaptive Optimal Control for Unknown Singularly Perturbed Nonlinear Systems With Input Constraints. Z. J. Fu, W. F. Xie, S. Rakheja, J. Na, page 48
- Synthesis of Fractional-order PI Controllers and Fractional-order Filters for Industrial Electrical Drives. P. Lino, G. Maione, S. Stasi, F. Padula, A. Visioli, page 58
- Maximum Power Point Tracking With Fractional Order High Pass Filter for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell.J. X. Liu, T. B. Zhao, Y. Q. Chen, page 70
- Constrained Fractional Variational Problems of Variable Order. D. Tavares, R. Almeida, D. F. M. Torres, page 80
- Robust Attitude Control for Reusable Launch Vehicles Based on Fractional Calculus and Pigeon-inspired Optimization. Q. Xue, H. B. Duan, page 89
- Numerical Solutions of Fractional Differential Equations by Using Fractional Taylor Basis. V. S. Krishnasamy, S. Mashayekhi, M. Razzaghi, page 98
- Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm-based Parameter Estimation of Fractional-order Chaotic System with Time Delay. W. J. Gu, Y. G. Yu, W. Hu, page 107
- Stability Analysis, Chaos Control of Fractional Order Vallis and El-Nino Systems and Their Synchronization. S. Das, V. K. Yadav, page 114
- Distributed Model Predictive Load Frequency Control of Multi-area Power System with DFIGs. Y. Zhang, X. J. Liu, B. Qu, page 125
- Secure Consensus Control for Multi-Agent Systems With Attacks and Communication Delays. Y. M. Wu,X. X. He, page 136
- Bad-scenario-set Robust Optimization Framework With Two Objectives for Uncertain Scheduling Systems. B. Wang, X. D. Xia, H. X. Meng, T. Li, page 143
- Adaptive Maneuvering Frequency Method of Current Statistical Model. W. Sun, Y. J. Yang, page 154

3.3. Contents: System & Control Letters
Contributed by: John Coca,

System & Control Letters
Volume 101
March 2017

- Jochen Trumpf, Harry L. Trentelman, A converse to the deterministic separation principle, Pages 2-9
- Jan Willem Polderman, Post unimodular transformations and isomorphisms for linear behaviors, Pages 10-14
- Keith Glover, Andrew Packard, Some numerical considerations in control, Pages 15-20
- Arjan van der Schaft, Modeling of physical network systems, Pages 21-27
- S.C. Jugade, Debasattam Pal, Rachel K. Kalaimani, Madhu N. Belur, Fast modes in the set of minimal dissipation trajectories, Pages 28-36
- T.M. Maupong, P. Rapisarda, Data-driven control: A behavioral approach, Pages 37-43
- Roger W. Brockett, Thermodynamics with time: Exergy and passivity, Pages 44-49
- A.R.F. Everts, M.K. Camlibel, When is a linear multi-modal system disturbance decoupled?, Pages 50-57
- Timothy H. Hughes, Malcolm C. Smith, Controllability of linear passive network behaviors, Pages 58-66

3.4. Contents: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: John Coca,

European Journal of Control
Volume 34
March 2017

- Kumar Pakki Bharani Chandra, Halim Alwi, Christopher Edwards, Fault detection in uncertain LPV systems with imperfect scheduling parameter using sliding mode observers, Pages 1-15
- Yadong Shu, Yuanguo Zhu, Stability and optimal control for uncertain continuous-time singular systems, Pages 16-23
- Hugo Mesnage, Mazen Alamir, Nicolas Perrissin-Fabert, Quentin Alloin, Nonlinear model-based control for minimum-time start of hydraulic turbines, Pages 24-30
- Arvo Kaldmäe, Ülle Kotta, Input–output decoupling of discrete-time nonlinear systems by dynamic measurement feedback, Pages 31-38
- Saeid Rastegar, Rui Araújo, Jalil Sadati, Jérôme Mendes, A novel robust control scheme for LTV systems using output integral discrete-time synergetic control theory, Pages 39-48
- David Gómez-Gutiérrez, C. Renato Vázquez, Sergej Čelikovský, Antonio Ramírez-Treviño, Bernardino Castillo-Toledo, On the distinguishability and observer design for single-input single-output continuous-time switched affine systems under bounded disturbances with application to chaos-based modulation, Pages 49-58
- Sathyam Bonala, Bidyadhar Subudhi, Sandip Ghosh, On delay robustness improvement using digital Smith predictor for networked control systems, Pages 59-65

3.5. Contents: Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Contributed by: John Coca,

Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Volume 60
April 2017

- Seyyed Hamid Samareh Moosavi, Vahid Khatibi Bardsiri, Satin bowerbird optimizer: A new optimization algorithm to optimize ANFIS for software development effort estimation, Pages 1-15
- Mohammad Shokouhifar, Ali Jalali, Optimized sugeno fuzzy clustering algorithm for wireless sensor networks, Pages 16-25
- Luís Amaral, Rui Castro, Offshore wind farm layout optimization regarding wake effects and electrical losses, Pages 26-34
- Sugandh P. Singh, Tapan Prakash, V.P. Singh, M. Ganesh Babu, Analytic hierarchy process based automatic generation control of multi-area interconnected power system using Jaya algorithm, Pages 35-44
- Hu-Chen Liu, Jian-Xin You, ZhiWu Li, Guangdong Tian, Fuzzy Petri nets for knowledge representation and reasoning: A literature review, Pages 45-56
- Seyyed Mojtaba Bidoki, Saeed Jalili, Asghar Tajoddin, PbMMD: A novel policy based multi-process malware detection, Pages 57-70
- Pranab K. Muhuri, Amit K. Shukla, Semi-elliptic membership function: Representation, generation, operations, defuzzification, ranking and its application to the real-time task scheduling problem, Pages 71-82
- Wensheng Gan, Jerry Chun-Wei Lin, Philippe Fournier-Viger, Han-Chieh Chao, Justin Zhan, Mining of frequent patterns with multiple minimum supports, Pages 83-96
- Varun Kumar Ojha, Ajith Abraham, Václav Snášel, Metaheuristic design of feedforward neural networks: A review of two decades of research, Pages 97-116
- Frank A. Ruiz, Claudia V. Isaza, Andrés F. Agudelo, John R. Agudelo, A new criterion to validate and improve the classification process of LAMDA algorithm applied to diesel engines, Pages 117-127
- José-Ramón Cano, Naif R. Aljohani, Rabeeh Ayaz Abbasi, Jalal S. Alowidbi, Salvador García, Prototype selection to improve monotonic nearest neighbor, Pages 128-135
- K. Verbert, R. Babuška, B. De Schutter, Bayesian and Dempster–Shafer reasoning for knowledge-based fault diagnosis–A comparative study, Pages 136-150
- Sandip Joardar, Amitava Chatterjee, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Ujjwal Maulik, Multi-size patch based collaborative representation for Palm Dorsa Vein Pattern recognition by enhanced ensemble learning with modified interactive artificial bee colony algorithm, Pages 151-163
- Harish Garg, Novel intuitionistic fuzzy decision making method based on an improved operation laws and its application, Pages 164-174
- Pablo Muñoz, María D. R-Moreno, Bonifacio Castaño, 3Dana: A path planning algorithm for surface robotics, Pages 175-192
- MD. Qutubuddin, Narri Yadaiah, Modeling and implementation of brain emotional controller for Permanent Magnet Synchronous motor drive, Pages 193-203

3.6. Contents: Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems
Contributed by: Lars Gruene,

Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems (MCSS)
Volume 29, Number 1

- Boundary controllability of a nonlinear coupled system of two Korteweg–de Vries equations with critical size restrictions on the spatial domain, Roberto A. Capistrano-Filho, Fernando A. Gallego, Ademir F. Pazoto, 37 pages
- On an invariance principle for differential-algebraic equations with jumps and its application to switched differential-algebraic equations, Pablo Ñañez, Ricardo G. Sanfelice, Nicanor Quijano, 42 pages
- The converging-input converging-state property for Lur’e systems, Adam Bill, Chris Guiver, Hartmut Logemann, Stuart Townley, 50 pages
- Lipschitz continuity of the value function in mixed-integer optimal control problems, Martin Gugat, Falk M. Hante, 15 pages
- Boundary local null-controllability of the Kuramoto–Sivashinsky equation, Takéo Takahashi, 21 pages
- Optimal control of semi-Markov processes with a backward stochastic differential equations approach, Elena Bandini, Fulvia Confortola, 35 pages

3.7. Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Lichen Fu,

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.19, No.2 March, 2017

[Regular Paper]
1. Paper Title: A Simultaneous Mixed LQR/H∞ Control Approach to the Design of Reliable Active Suspension Controllers (pages 415–427), Jenq-Lang Wu
2. Paper Title: L2–Optimal Fopdt Models of High–Order Transfer Functions (pages 428–437), Daniele Casagrande, Wieslaw Krajewski and Umberto Viaro
3. Paper Title: Hysteresis-Based Design of Dynamic Reference Trajectories to Avoid Saturation in Controlled Wind Turbines (pages 438–449),Christian Tutivén, Yolanda Vidal, Leonardo Acho and José Rodellar
4. Paper Title: Improved control performance of the 3-DoF aeroelastic wing section: a TP model based 2D parametric control performance optimization (pages 450–466), Alexandra Szollosi and Peter Baranyi
5. Paper Title: More Relaxed Non-Quadratic Stabilization Conditions Using Ts Open Loop System and Control Law Properties (pages 467–481), Navid Vafamand and Mokhtar Shasadeghi
6. Paper Title: Alignment Motion Control for an Automated Human Ear Surgery via Vision-Servoing (pages 482–493), Wenchao Gao, Wenyu Liang and Kok Kiong Tan
7. Paper Title: Stability of Local On-Ramp Metering Control Laws (pages 494–509), Luis Alvarez-Icaza, Oscar Rosas-Jaimes and María Elena Lárraga
8. Paper Title: Synchronization of General Linear Multi-Agent Systems With Measurement Noises (pages 510–520), Wenhui Liu, Chunjie Yang, Feiqi Deng and Jiarong Liang
9. Paper Title: Fractional Order Modeling And Nonlinear Fractional Order Pi-Type Control For PMLSM System (pages 521–531), Bao Song, Shiqi Zheng, Xiaoqi Tang and Wenjun Qiao
10. Paper Title: Observability and Controllability Analysis for Micro-Positioning Stage Described by Sandwich Model with Hysteresis (pages 532–542), Na Luo, Yonghong Tan and Ruili Dong
11. Paper Title: A Delay-Dependent Approach to Robust Fast Adaptive Fault Estimation Design for Uncertain Neutral Systems with Time-Varying Interval Delay (pages 543–553), Fuqiang You, Hui Li, Fuli Wang and Shouping Guan
12. Paper Title: An Efficient Finite Difference Method for The Time-Delay Optimal Control Problems With Time-Varying Delay (pages 554–563), Amin Jajarmi and Mojtaba Hajipour
13. Paper Title: Event-Based Semiglobal Consensus of Homogenous Linear Multi-Agent Systems Subject to Input Saturation (pages 564–574), Bo Zhou, Xiaofeng Liao, Tingwen Huang, Huaqing Li and Guo Chen
14. Paper Title: Robust Finite-Time H∞ Control of a Class of Disturbed Systems using Lmi-Based Approach (pages 575–586), Xiaoyu Zhang, Jihong Zhong, Quan Zhang and Kemao Ma
15. Paper Title: Smith Predictor Based Fractional-Order-Filter PID Controllers Design for Long Time Delay Systems (pages 587–598), Maamar Bettayeb, Rachid Mansouri, Ubaid Al-Saggaf and Ibrahim Mustafa Mehedi
16. Paper Title: Output Feedback Control of Surge and Rotating Stall in Axial Compressors (pages 599–605), Hanlin Sheng, Wei Huang and Tianhong Zhang
17. Paper Title: Crossed Synchronization of Multiple Subnets Complex Network System with Time-Varying Delay (pages 606–613), Zhou Bi-feng, Lou Yi-ping and Zhong Yao-xiang
18. Paper Title: Distributed Consensus of Multi-Agent Networks Via Event-Triggered Pinning Control (pages 614–624), Dan Liu, Aihua Hu and Dan Zhao
19. Paper Title: Robust Output Feedback Controller Design for Time-Delayed Teleoperation: Experimental Results (pages 625–635), I. Sharifi, H. A. Talebi and M. Motaharifar
20. Paper Title: Fault Diagnosis and Sliding Mode Fault Tolerant Control for Non-Gaussian Stochastic Distribution Control Systems Using T-s Fuzzy Model (pages 636–646), Yao Lina and Lei Chunhui
21. Paper Title: Performance Analysis of The Auxiliary-Model-Based Multi-Innovation Stochastic Newton Recursive Algorithm for Dual-Rate Systems (pages 647–658), Pengfei Cao and Xionglin Luo
22. Paper Title: Non-Fragile Observer-Based ℋ∞ Control for Uncertain Neutral-Type Systems via Sliding Mode Technique (pages 659–671), Zhen Liu, Cunchen Gao, Huimin Xiao and Yonggui Kao
23. Paper Title: L2-gain analysis and anti-windup design of switched linear systems subject to input saturation (pages 672–680), Xinquan Zhang
24. Paper Title: Event-Triggered Control for Couple-Group Multi-Agent Systems with Logarithmic Quantizers and Communication Delays (pages 681–691), Mei Yu, Chuan Yan and Dongmei Xie
25. Paper Title: Modeling and Control Approach to Coupled Tanks Liquid Level System Based on Function-Type Weight RBF-ARX Model (pages 692–707), Feng Zhou, Hui Peng, Xiaoyong Zeng, Xiaoying Tian and Jun Wu
26. Paper Title: Delay-Dependent Stability Criterion for Discrete-Time Systems with Time-Varying Delays (pages 708–716), Changchun Hua, Shuangshuang Wu, Zhenhua Bai and Xinping Guan
27. Paper Title: A Matrix Approach to the Analysis and Control of Networked Evolutionary Games with Bankruptcy Mechanism (pages 717–727), Shihua Fu, Yuzhen Wang and Guodong Zhao
28. Paper Title: Modal Kalman Filter (pages 728–738), Gh. Mohammaddadi, N. Pariz and A. Karimpour
29. Paper Title: New Upper Matrix Bounds with Power Form for the Solution of the Continuous Coupled Algebraic Riccati Matrix Equation (pages 739–747), Jianzhou Liu, Yanpei Wang and Juan Zhang
30. Paper Title: Vector-Based Adaptive Attitude Observer and Controller on Special Orthogonal Group (pages 748–764), Xuhui Lu, Yingmin Jia and Fumitoshi Matsuno
31. Paper Title: Fault-Tolerant Finite Frequency H∞ Control for Uncertain Mechanical System with Input Delay and Constraint (pages 765–780), Shidong Xu, Guanghui Sun and Weichao Sun

[Brief Paper]
1. Paper Title: Iterative Path Integral Approach to Nonlinear Stochastic Optimal Control Under Compound Poisson Noise (pages 781–786), Okumura Yuta, Kenji Kashima and Yoshito Ohta
2. Paper Title: Exponential Stability for Multi-Area Power Systems with Time Delays Under Load Frequency Controller Failures (pages 787–791), Xu Li, Rui Wang, Shu-Nan Wu and Georgi M. Dimirovski
3. Paper Title: Homogeneous Control of Pneumatic Cylinders Based on Time Delay Model and Artstein Transformation (pages 792–798), E. Edjekouane, S. Riachy, M. Ghanes and J.-P. Barbot
4. Paper Title: A Robust Fault Estimation Scheme for a Class of Nonlinear Systems (pages 799–804), W. S. Chua, C. P. Tan, M. Aldeen and S. Saha
5. Paper Title: Algebraic Connectivity Estimation Based on Decentralized Inverse Power Iteration (pages 805–812), Yue Wei, Hao Fang, Jie Chen and Bin Xin
6. Paper Title: Particle Smoother for Nonlinear Systems With One-Step Randomly Delayed Measurements (pages 813–819), Huang Yu-Long and Zhang Yong-Gang

3.8. Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
Contributed by: Kathryn Roberts,

Contents, IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information 34:01

A new issue of IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information is now available online.
The Table of Contents below can be viewed at:

- Xiu-Feng Miao; Long-Suo Li, Observers design for a class of Lipschitz discrete-time systems,
- V. V. Alexandrov; D. I. Bugrov; G. Corona Morales; K. V. Tikhonova, Tent-method application for minmax stabilization and maxmin testing,
- Vassilios A. Tsachouridis, A complex line homotopy algorithm for coupled algebraic Riccati equations,
- Wenhui Liu; Shengyuan Xu; Baoyong Zhang; Yun Zou, Global asymptotic stabilization of a class of high-order feedforward systems with unknown control directions,
- Reza Dehghan; Mohammad Keyanpour, A numerical approximation for delay fractional optimal control problems based on the method of moments,
- Xiu Fang Liu; Gen Qi Xu, Exponential stabilization for Timoshenko beam with different delays in the boundary control,
- Aws Ben Hamed; Bassem Ben Hamed, Bogdanov–Takens bifurcation in a Hopfield network model with bidirectional connection and multiple delays,
- Min Zhao; Ronghua Liu; Yanbo Gao, Dissipative lag synchronization of chaotic Lur'e systems with unknown disturbances,
- N. Otsuka; H. Saito; G. Conte; A. M. Perdon, Robust controlled invariant subspaces and disturbance decoupling for uncertain switched linear systems,
- Nacim Meslem; Nacim Ramdani, Reliable stabilizing controller based on set-value parameter synthesis,
- Marios Lestas; Petros Ioannou; Andreas Pitsillides; George Hadjipollas, Global asymptotic stability of max–min congestion control schemes,
- Rafig Teymurov, Optimal scanning control for heat equation,
- Lu Lu; Jun-Min Wang; Dong Zhao, Stabilization of a pendulum in dynamic boundary feedback with a memory type heat equation,
- R. Sakthivel; Srimanta Santra; K. Mathiyalagan; S. Marshal Anthoni, Reliable dissipative sampled-data control for uncertain systems with actuator failures and application to vehicle dynamics,
- Mahmood Dadkhah; Mohammad Hadi Farahi; Aghileh Heydari, Optimal control of a class of non-linear time-delay systems via hybrid functions,
- H. A. Tehrani; J. Esmaeili, Stability of fractional-order periodic discrete-time linear systems,
- Héctor Jasso-Fuentes; José Daniel López-Barrientos; Beatris Adriana Escobedo-Trujillo, Infinite-horizon non-zero-sum stochastic differential games with additive structure,
- Zhongqi Sun; Yuanqing Xia; Xitai Na, Consensus-based formation control with dynamic role assignment and obstacle avoidance,
- K. Sivaranjani; R. Rakkiyappan; S. Lakshmanan; C. P. Lim, Robust stochastic sampled-data control for offshore steel jacket platforms with non-linear perturbations,

3.9. Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Martin Böck,

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 61
April 2017

- Hongjiu Yang, Yang Yu, Jinhui Zhang, Angle tracking of a pneumatic muscle actuator mechanism under varying load conditions,Pages 1-10
- Ivan Arsie, Andrea Cricchio, Matteo De Cesare, Francesco Lazzarini, Cesare Pianese, Marco Sorrentino, Neural network models for virtual sensing of NOx emissions in automotive diesel engines with least square-based adaptation,Pages 11-20
- Gionata Cimini, Gianluca Ippoliti, Giuseppe Orlando, Sauro Longhi, Rosario Miceli, A unified observer for robust sensorless control of DC–DC converters,Pages 21-27
- Ehsan Hashemi, Mohammad Pirani, Amir Khajepour, Alireza Kasaiezadeh, Shih-Ken Chen, Bakhtiar Litkouhi, Corner-based estimation of tire forces and vehicle velocities robust to road conditions,Pages 28-40
- Mauro Candeloro, Anastasios M. Lekkas, Asgeir J. Sørensen, A Voronoi-diagram-based dynamic path-planning system for underactuated marine vessels,Pages 41-54
- Seok-Kyoon Kim, Robust adaptive speed regulator with self-tuning law for surfaced-mounted permanent magnet synchronous motor,Pages 55-71
- Le Yao, Zhiqiang Ge, Moving window adaptive soft sensor for state shifting process based on weighted supervised latent factor analysis,Pages 72-80
- Sheetla Prasad, Shubhi Purwar, Nand Kishor, Non-linear sliding mode load frequency control in multi-area power system,Pages 81-92
- Milton C.P. Santos, Lucas V. Santana, Alexandre S. Brandão, Mário Sarcinelli-Filho, Ricardo Carelli, Indoor low-cost localization system for controlling aerial robots,Pages 93-111
- Yihui Wang, Zhibin Liao, Tao Tang, Bin Ning, Train scheduling and circulation planning in urban rail transit lines,Pages 112-123
- Jack Haddad, Optimal coupled and decoupled perimeter control in one-region cities,Pages 134-148
- Martin R. Licea, Ilse Cervantes, Robust indirect-defined envelope control for rollover and lateral skid prevention,Pages 149-162
- John Cortés-Romero, Alexander Jimenez-Triana, Horacio Coral-Enriquez, Hebertt Sira-Ramírez, Algebraic estimation and active disturbance rejection in the control of flat systems,Pages 173-182
- Z.H. Rather, D. Flynn, Impact of voltage dip induced delayed active power recovery on wind integrated power systems,Pages 124-133
- Wenlei Bai, Ibrahim Eke, Kwang Y. Lee, An improved artificial bee colony optimization algorithm based on orthogonal learning for optimal power flow problem,Pages 163-172
- Lars Eriksson, Gianfranco Rizzo, Yann Chamaillard, CEP special issue section on automotive control @ World Congress 2014 & AAC 2013
- Radek Beno, Daniel Pachner, Vladimír Havlena, Robust numerical approach to steady-state calibration of mean-value models,Pages 186-197
- Pierre Michel, Alain Charlet, Guillaume Colin, Yann Chamaillard, Gérard Bloch, Cédric Nouillant, Optimizing fuel consumption and pollutant emissions of gasoline-HEV with catalytic converter,Pages 198-205
- M.C.F. Donkers, J. Van Schijndel, W.P.M.H. Heemels, F.P.T. Willems, Optimal control for integrated emission management in diesel engines,Pages 206-216
- Mitra Pourabdollah, Bo Egardt, Nikolce Murgovski, Anders Grauers, Effect of driving, charging, and pricing scenarios on optimal component sizing of a PHEV,Pages 217-228
- Gunter Heppeler, Marcus Sonntag, Uli Wohlhaupter, Oliver Sawodny, Predictive planning of optimal velocity and state of charge trajectories for hybrid electric vehicles,Pages 229-243
- Engin Ozatay, Umit Ozguner, Dimitar Filev, Velocity profile optimization of on road vehicles: Pontryagin's Maximum Principle based approach,Pages 244-254
- Jiyu Zhang, Giorgio Rizzoni, Andrea Cordoba-Arenas, Alessandro Amodio, Bilin Aksun-Guvenc, Model-based diagnosis and fault tolerant control for ensuring torque functional safety of pedal-by-wire systems,Pages 255-269
- M. Doumiati, J. Martinez, O. Sename, L. Dugard, D. Lechner, Road profile estimation using an adaptive Youla–Kucera parametric observer: Comparison to real profilers,Pages 270-278
- Balázs Németh, Péter Gáspár, Nonlinear analysis and control of a variable-geometry suspension system,Pages 279-291
- Nils Pletschen, Klaus J. Diepold, Nonlinear state estimation for suspension control applications: a Takagi-Sugeno Kalman filtering approach,Pages 292-306
- Matthew Brown, Joseph Funke, Stephen Erlien, J. Christian Gerdes, Safe driving envelopes for path tracking in autonomous vehicles,Pages 307-316

3.10. Contents: International Journal of Control
Contributed by: Bing Chu,

International Journal of Control
Volume 90, Issue 4, 2017

- Identification and control of nonlinear electro-mechanical systems, Alexandre Janot, Peter C. Young, Hugues Garnier & Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, pages: 641-642
- Identification and control of electro-mechanical systems using state-dependent parameter estimation, Alexandre Janot, Peter C. Young & Maxime Gautier, pages: 643-660
- Dynamic modelling and parameter estimation of a hydraulic robot manipulator using a multi-objective genetic algorithm, A. Montazeri, C. West, S. D. Monk & C. J. Taylor, pages: 661-683
- Model identification and vision-based H∞ position control of 6-DoF cable-driven parallel robots, R. Chellal, L. Cuvillon & E. Laroche, pages: 684-701
- Controller–observer design and dynamic parameter identification for model-based control of an electromechanical lower-limb rehabilitation system, A. Valera, M. Díaz-Rodríguez, M. Valles, E. Oliver, V. Mata & A. Page, pages: 702-714
- Ultimate uniform bounded-stability of inertial coupling electromechanical system via nonlinear time-varying feedback, Patricio Ordaz & Mario Ordaz, pages: 715-728
- Identification of systems with unknown inputs using indirect input measurements, Jonas Linder & Martin Enqvist, pages: 729-745
- Enhancing feedforward controller tuning via instrumental variables: with application to nanopositioning, Frank Boeren, Dennis Bruijnen & Tom Oomen, pages: 746-764
- Adaptive hysteresis compensation on an experimental nanopositioning platform, Łukasz Ryba, Jakub Dokoupil, Alina Voda & Gildas Besançon, pages: 765-778
- A new frequency-domain subspace algorithm with restricted poles location through LMI regions and its application to a wind tunnel test, F. Demourant & C. Poussot-Vassal, pages: 779-799
- Real-time neural inverse optimal control for a linear induction motor, Victor G. Lopez, Edgar N. Sanchez, Alma Y. Alanis & Jorge D. Rios, pages: 800-812
- A robust nonlinear position observer for synchronous motors with relaxed excitation conditions, Alexey Bobtsov, Dmitry Bazylev, Anton Pyrkin, Stanislav Aranovskiy & Romeo Ortega, pages: 813-824
- Sampled-data observer design with time-varying scalar gain for sensorless control of induction motors, J.-F. Massieu, P. Dorléans & V. Van Assche, pages: 825-833
- State reference design and saturated control of doubly-fed induction generators under voltage dips, Andrea Tilli, Christian Conficoni & Ahmad Hashemi, pages: 834-854
- A new adaptive control strategy for a class of nonlinear system using RBF neuro-sliding-mode technique: application to SEIG wind turbine control system, Godpromesse Kenné, Armel Simo Fotso & Françoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, pages: 855-872
- Optimal input design for parameter estimation of nonlinear systems: case study of an unstable delta wing, J. Qian, M. Nadri & P. Dufour, pages: 873-887
- Feature-based robot navigation using a Doppler-azimuth radar, Robin P. Guan, Branko Ristic, Liuping Wang, Bill Moran & Rob Evans, pages: 888-900

3.11. Contents: TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Contributed by: Gamar Mammadova,

TWMS Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 8, No.1, 2017
ISSN 2076-2585


1. On q-Bernardi Integral Operator, K.I. Noor, S. Riaz, M.A. Noor
2. Research and Development of Johnson's Algorithm Parallel Schemes in GPGPU Technology, S.D. Pogorilyy, M.S. Slynko, Y.I. Rustamov
3. Structure of the General Solution of the Moment Problem in Normed Spaces and its Applications, M.I. Mustafayev, A.O. Atagun, M. Ekici
4. Some New Fixed Point Results in Ultra Metric Space, Lj. Gajic, M. Arshad, S.U. Khan, Latif ur Rahman
5. Riesz Lacunary Almost Convergent Double Sequence Spaces Defined by Sequence of Orlicz Functions over N-Normed Spaces, M. Mursaleen, S.K. Sharma
6. Characterizations of Bi-Hyperideals and Prime Bi-Hyperideals in Ordered Krasner Hyperrings, S. Omidi , B. Davvaz
7. Stability and Bifurcation Analysis in a Discrete-Time Generalist Predator-Prey Dynamics, Model with Fractional-Order, M. El-Shahed, A.M. Ahmed, I.M.E. Abdelstar
8. On Ideal Convergence of Double Sequences in the Topology Induced by a Fuzzy 2-Norm, L.D.R. Kočinac, M.H.M. Rashid
9. Events

3.12. CFP: IEEE Internet of Things Journal
Contributed by: Alex Leong,

CFP: IEEE Internet of Things Journal
Special Issue on Feedback Control for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a networked system that allows physical objects to be sensed and controlled with or without frequent human intervention. It thereby creates opportunities for a more direct integration between the physical world and cyber-systems. This brings potential gains in efficiency, accuracy and economic benefits. From an applications perspective, IoT solutions are being conceived of and implemented across the spectrum: smart homes, buildings, environments and cities, industrial plants, health care, smart grids and modern transportation systems.

Whilst in this first wave of IoT, most attention has concentrated on wireless sensors, cloud connectivity, big data analytics and mobile apps, the vision of IoT extends to closed loop operation: Sensors connect through algorithms to actuators, communication is over the Internet. Careful design of such control systems would enable a whole range of novel functionalities, including the capacity to coordinate systems that are not physically connected or collocated in real-time. However, control design for IoT imposes significant challenges, some of which can be tackled using, and further developing, contemporary feedback control methods. The papers in this special issue will present state-of-the-art fundamental and applied research on feedback control for the IoT. We solicit papers that cover a wide range of topics of interest that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- control architectures for IoT
- control over nondeterministic networks
- cloud-supported control of dynamical systems
- control in the presence of latency and jitter
- control with resource constraints
- predictive maintenance of dynamical systems
- formal methods for verification of IoT control systems
- IoT control applications

Important Dates
Submissions Deadline: July 15, 2017
First Reviews: October 15, 2017
Second Reviews / Notification: December 15, 2017
Final Manuscript Due: December 31, 2017
Publication Date: 2018

Guest Editors
Daniel Quevedo, Paderborn University, Germany
Rolf Findeisen, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
Hideaki Ishii, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Karl H. Johansson, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
Tariq Samad, University of Minnesota, USA

Further details can be found at:

3.13. CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Contributed by: Guillaume Mercère,

CFP: Special Issue on System identification and control in biomedical applications in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

Contributions are invited for a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology devoted to the subject of System Identification and Control in Biomedical Applications. The purpose of this special issue is to document the current status of research in this field through an original collection of diverse, high-quality papers. The emphasis is on the role control systems technology plays in advancing the state of the art in the challenges of applying feedback control in living organisms, with emphasis on biomedicine. Specifically, we aim at (i) pointing out theoretical and practical issues specific to bio-medical systems, (ii) bringing together solutions developed under different settings with specific attention to the validation of these tools in bio-medical settings using real-life datasets and experiments, and (iii) introducing significant case studies. Topics of common interests include (but are not limited to) the following:
- theoretical and implementation challenges which arise in medical systems,
- control engineering tools for solving specific system design problems in medical technology,
- novel data-driven modeling techniques capturing the dynamics of biomedical systems, and accounting for intra- and inter-individual variability,
- evidence of successful projects in biomedicine enabled by system identification and control, such as the artificial pancreas and closed-loop anesthesia.
- application areas in healthcare and medical systems, such as assistive devices and therapeutics in medical rehabilitation, and mathematical models of infectious disease spread.
- prevention and treatment of chronic, relapsing disorders and illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and HIV.

Only contributions that include significant results based on analysis of real data or experimental validation will be included. Papers must contain high-quality original contributions and be prepared in accordance with the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology standards. Prospective authors should state in their cover letter and in the notes section of the submission site that their manuscript is intended for the special issue on “system identification and control in biomedical applications.” Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or be under review for possible publication elsewhere.

Time line:
Manuscripts Due: November 1, 2017
Notification to authors (after the first round of reviews): March 1, 2018
Notification of final decision: June 1, 2018
Publication Date: January 2019

Authors can submit their manuscripts via

Information for Authors prior to submitting a paper is available via

All inquiries should be directed to G. Mercère you can contact via his email address:

Guest Editors:
Guillaume Mercère, Université de Poitiers, France (LEAD)
Bayu Jayawardhana, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Alexander Medvedev, Uppsala University, Sweden
Daniel E. Rivera, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Caterina Scoglio, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

4. Conferences

4.1. Workshop on Brain Dynamics and Neurocontrol Engineering
Contributed by: ShiNung Ching,

2017 Workshop on Brain Dynamics and Neurocontrol Engineering, June 26-27, 2017

We are pleased to invite participants to the 2017 Workshop on Brain Dynamics and Neurocontrol Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO, USA), to be held this summer (June 26-27).

** Travel awards are available for students, postdocs and junior faculty. **

Spurred by the development of both new technologies and new scientific initiatives, interest is coalescing around the use of dynamical systems and control theory to study the workings of the human brain. Neuroscience affords several research challenges and opportunities for the dynamics and control community, due to the immense complexity of the system at hand, the dynamics of which span many spatial and temporal scales. Understanding how these dynamics mediate brain function is a pivotal neuroscience question that is well-aligned with methodological approaches innate to systems and control engineering. The goal of this workshop is to provide a focused forum for the discussion of research synergy between experts from the dynamics, control and neuroscience communities.

For full information, including speaker list, award and registration details, please visit:

4.2. Japan-Korea Joint Symposium on Networked and Distributed Systems and Control
Contributed by: Hyo-Sung Ahn,

The 1st Japan-Korea Joint Symposium on Networked and Distributed Systems and Control - Toward future research collaborations, June 16-17, 2017, GIST, Gwangju, Korea

Call for participation: As control, communications, sensing, and computational technologies are advanced, networked and distributed systems become more realistic in our daily life as well as in industry. The networked and distributed control systems may include a remote control of tele-operated systems, synchronization and consensus of large-scale complex systems, cyber-physical systems, distributed coordination of energy and power systems, and formation control of mobile agent systems. As the computational speed of embedded processors connected via networks becomes extremely fast, a higher-level control in these systems becomes more and more important. In the sense of higher-level control, analysis and control from topological perspective of networked and distributed systems have attracted significant research interest. In analysis, there are many issues such as synchronization of dynamical agents, convergence characteristics, graph topology, and connectivity between neighboring agents. In control, there could be various issues in terms of sensing and control variables, i.e., centralized control, distributed control, and decentralized control. In this joint symposium, we are specifically interested in networked robots, synchronization of distributed and social agents, energy and resource allocations, and formation control of multi-agent systems. The main purpose of the symposium is to introduce recent advancements on these issues that have been developed in Japan and Korea. However, in the symposium, we would further seek some possible collaborations among the participants by way of discussing issues and sharing ideas. If you are interested in attending this symposium as audience or as speaker, please send your "intention for participation" to one of the following contacts: (Prof. Hyo-Sung Ahn, GIST) from Korea, or (Prof. Takeshi Hatanaka, Tokyo Tech) from Japan

by May 30, 2017.

Outline of tentative program: The symposium will consist of keynote technical talks and problem definition sessions. Two technical sessions will include four keynote talks. In the problem definition session, individual speaker will be allowed to present his/her problems within a five minute in one slide. In the problem definition session, we would like to discuss the problems intensively. Students will be allowed to present their on-going works via 3-minute presentations, if they want. The symposium will also have some social events.

Specially invited speakers:
Kazunori Sakurama, Tottori University, Japan
Hyungbo Shim, Seoul National University, Korea
Takeshi Hatanaka, Tokyo Tech, Japan
Hyo-Sung Ahn, GIST, Korea

4.3. International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems
Contributed by: Hye-Soo Kim,

2017 17th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2017)
October 18(WED)-21(SAT), 2017
Ramada Plaza, Jeju Island, Korea


The aim of the ICCAS is to bring together researchers and engineers worldwide to present their latest works, and disseminate the state-of-the-art technologies related to control, automation, robotics, and systems.

Paper Submission: Authors are invited to submit regular papers (3 - 6 pages) or research poster papers (1 - 2 pages) to the website.

Indexed in: IEEE Xplore, EI compendex, SCOPUS

Proposal for Invited/Organized Session (Mini-symposium)
- June 10, 2017: Submission deadline
Regular Papers (3 - 6 pages) & Invited/Organized Session Papers (1 - 6 pages)
- June 15, 2017: Submission deadline
- August 1, 2017: Notification of acceptance
- August 31, 2017: Submission of final camera-ready papers
Research Poster Papers (1 - 2 pages)
- August 22, 2017: Submission deadline
- August 31, 2017: Notification of acceptance
- September 7, 2017: Submission of final camera-ready papers

- Richard D. Braatz (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., USA)
- Reza Moheimani (Univ. of Texas, USA)
- Antonella Ferrara (Univ. of Pavia, Italy)
- Huijun Gao (Harbin Inst. of Tech., China)
- Atsuo Takanishi (Waseda Univ., Japan)

Organized by Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems (ICROS)

General Chair: Dong-il “Dan” Cho (Seoul Nat’l Univ., Korea / ICROS President)
Organizing Chair: Doyoung Jeon (Sogang Univ., Korea)
Program Chair: Hyosung Ahn (GIST, Korea)

4.4. ACC Workshop on  “Control Engineering in Julia: Modelling, Control Design and Optimization”
Contributed by: Cristian R. Rojas,

2017 ACC Workshop on Control Engineering in Julia: Modelling, Control Design and Optimization

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Seattle, WA, USA, at the 2017 American Control Conference

Julia is a recent high-level, high-performance, free and open-source programming language for technical computing. It has a syntax similar to other technical computing environments and possesses a number of very attractive features for the control and optimization communities: its sophisticated compiler results in run-times comparable to C, it has native support for distributed parallel execution, it includes an extensive mathematical function library, and can be executed stand-alone, in a powerful browser-based graphical notebook interface (IJulia) or in a network-based environment which does not require any local installation (JuliaBox). In addition, the Julia developer community is contributing a number of external packages through Julia’s built-in package manager at a rapid pace.

Over the last years, several Julia packages have been developed to complement the work of control engineers. These include several toolboxes for convex and nonconvex optimization, automatic differentiation, simulation of ordinary differential equations and noncausal models, statistics, machine learning, data-driven modeling and control.

This workshop is being organized for the purpose of disseminating and promoting the Julia language and several of its control and optimization-related packages to those who work in control theory, education and applications. Many of the talks will be hands-on, in order to provide the audience with a real, interactive Julia experience. Participants from industry and teachers may find Julia to be a powerful and solid alternative to commercial software. Those who do research in control and identification theory will acknowledge that the open platforms developed for these disciplines can provide a attractive means of developing and promoting their own research, by contributing to these packages with their new algorithms.

For more information, including registration details, please visit:

4.5. IFAC World Congress Workshop on “Iterative Learning Control and Repetitive Control: Theoretical Advances and Emerging Applications”
Contributed by: Bing Chu,

2017 IFAC World Congress Workshop on "Iterative Learning Control and Repetitive Control: Theoretical Advances and Emerging Applications”

Date and Place: Sunday, 9 July 2017, at the IFAC World Congress Venue, Toulouse, France

Organizers: Bing Chu, Christopher Freeman, Tom Oomen, Kira Barton, Ying Tan

Speakers: Kevin L Moore (Colorado School of Mines, USA); David H Owens (Zhengzhou University, China and University of Sheffield, UK; Tom Oomen (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands); Ying Tan (University of Melbourne, Australia); Kira Barton (University of Michigan, USA); Bing Chu (University of Southampton, UK); Chris Freeman (University of Southampton, UK); Deqing Huang (Southwest Jiaotong Univeristy, China); Mikael Norrlöf (Linköping University, Sweden)

Iterative Learning control (ILC) and repetitive control (RC) are high performance tracking control design methods for systems operating in a periodic or repetitive manner. To achieve this they both adapt the control effort based on information collected from previous trials (periods). Compared to conventional control design approaches, ILC and RC potentially lead to significantly better performance even without accurate system model information. Originating from robotic research, ILC and RC have attracted intensive research effort and have proven to be extremely successful in achieving attractive system performance in a wide range of application domains, including manufacturing processes, mechanical testing equipment, chemical batch processes and next generation health care.

After more than 30 years, ILC and RC have progressed considerably in both theoretical research and its practical application. This workshop, together with an open invited track within the main conference, aims to provide an overview of the latest advances in ILC and RC and to create a forum for high quality discussion of both theoretical and practical perspectives. In particular, the workshop aims to:

• Bring together results representing the dominant analysis and design paradigms, including internal model design, norm-optimal design, frequency domain design, and design for nonlinear systems
• Address new theoretical challenges in ILC and RC, including robustness and flexibility to varying tasks, networked systems, etc.
• Present new emerging and non-traditional applications
• Discuss future challenges and opportunities in ILC and RC

The workshop also features a poster session providing a great opportunity for the participants to showcase their work both to the ILC/RC community and to the broad audience.

For more information please see

Students can register at a discounted rate (see

4.6. IFAC World Congress Workshop on “Process Data Analytics”
Contributed by: Sirish L. Shah,

2017 IFAC World Congress workshop on:
Process Data Analytics

Speakers: Tongwen Chen, Biao Huang, Sirish L. Shah, Nina Thornhill and Jiandong Wang

For more details and registration visit link at:

Time: Sunday, 9th July 2017; 9:00-17:30

Workshop outline
Process data analytic methods rely on the notion of sensor fusion whereby data from many sensors and alarm tags are combined with process information, such as physical connectivity of process units, to give a holistic picture of health of an integrated plant. The fusion of information from such disparate sources of data is the key step in devising methodologies for a smart strategy for process data analytics
In the context of the application of analytics in the process industry, the objective in this workshop is to introduce participants to tools, techniques and a framework for seamless integration of information from process and alarm databases complemented with process connectivity information. The discovery of information from such diverse and complex data sources can be subsequently used for process and performance monitoring including alarm rationalization, root cause diagnosis of process faults, hazard and operability (Hazop) analysis, safe and optimal process operation. Such multivariate process data analytics involves information extraction from routine process data, that is typically non-categorical (as in numerical process data from sensors), plus categorical (or non-numerical or qualitative and binary) data from Alarm and Event (A&E) logs combined with process connectivity or topology information that can be inferred from the data through causality analysis or as obtained from piping and instrument diagrams of a process. The later refers to the capture of material flow streams in process units as well information flow-paths in the process due to control loops.

Target audience: The intended audience for this workshop would be industrial practitioners of control including vendors working in the area of on-line data logging and archiving, graduate students with interests in statistical learning and data science and academics.

Workshop Program
The following topics will be discussed in this workshop. Each topic will be accompanied by one or more industrial case study to convey the utilitarian value of the learning, discovery and diagnosis from process data.

• Overview of the broad analytics area with emphasis on its use in the process industry.
• Basic definitions and introduction to supervised and unsupervised learning: simple regression, classification and clustering.
• Data visualization methods; examination and analysis of data in a multivariate framework (in the temporal as well as the spectral domains).
• Data quality assessment: Outlier detection; filtering and data segmentation.
• Elements of statistical inference and learning including
• Bayesian methods.
• Multivariate methods for data analysis: SVD, PCA, PLS, SVR.
• Case studies on nearest neighbour methods for multivariate detection and diagnosis of transient disturbances.
• Alarm data analysis: Detection and removal of nuisance alarms; root-cause analysis of alarms and alarm floods.
• Data-based causality analysis for identification of process topology.
• Future areas to explore in the use of statistical learning, data science and analytics for improved process operation.

5. Positions

5.1. Technical Writer for IEEE Control Systems Magazine
Contributed by: Jonathan How,

Technical Writer for IEEE CSM

The IEEE Control Systems Magazine (CSM) seeks to hire a technical writer (TW) to help produce the print and electronic, peer review content that is well written and accessible to a technologically literate, interdisciplinary audience. CSM articles are evaluated on both the technical presentation of the authors' work and its interest to readers - not just its scientific novelty or perceived impact on the field. The TW would help the Editor-in-Chief to provide feedback to the authors to improve the prose of the articles before they are accepted for publication and check the page proofs when returned from IEEE.

The ability to write well and critique other authors/contributors, especially with regard to highly technical and complex proposals, is a necessary skill set for this position. Several years' experience in a technical publishing leadership role is highly desirable. Extensive experience in publication planning, and scheduling, and knowledge of the publications process is critical to keeping the publication current and on schedule. Subject matter knowledge would be beneficial, but is not necessary.

The load is heaviest every 2 month, has tight deadlines, and averages about 40hrs/month. Compensation in the range of $30 - $50 per hour that will be commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send a short CV, examples of past work, and references to the CSM EiC (

Authors Guide:

5.2. PhD: Université Laval, Canada
Contributed by: André Desbiens,

PhD: Université Laval, Canada

Three PhD positions are available at the LOOP (Laboratoire d’observation et d’optimisation des procédés – Process Observation and Optimization Laboratory), Université Laval, Québec City, Canada. The projects are in collaboration with the multinational biopharmaceutical Pfizer. They address industrial problems and the solutions will have significant impacts for Pfizer.

For pharmaceutical industries, automation and continuous processing is a way to become more competitive, to reduce production time, energy consumption and the amount of waste produced. Towards this objective, the projects are:

Project #1 - Coating of the tablets: development of an in-line vision sensor providing film-coating properties (coating level, distribution across tablets, esthetical defects, etc.).
- Fractional factorial design
- Multivariate Image Analysis
- Partial Least Squares regression
- Validation of the machine vision sensor

Project #2 – Novel continuous drying of the granules (before they are compressed into tablets): safe and robust in-line minimization of the drying time and/or energy consumption while insuring a desired final humidity of the particles and avoiding their overheating.
- First-principles modelling and model calibration
- State estimation
- Model predictive control
- Real-time optimization

Project #3 - Freeze-drying of vials: safe and robust in-line minimization of the primary drying time and/or energy consumption while insuring that sublimation is completed and avoiding to exceed the collapse temperature.
- First-principles modelling and model calibration
- State estimation
- Model predictive control
- Real-time optimization
- Heating policies for various vials arrangements

The final stage of the three projects is to implement and validate the most promising approaches on pilot units.

Candidate profile:
- should have completed, or about to complete, a MSc degree in Electrical or Chemical Eng., or related areas,
- strong background in multivariate statistics and/or first-principles modelling and/or systems and control,
- solid programming skills in Matlab,
- ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams,
- excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English - a plus if knowledge of French (courses are given in French).

Please send a complete CV, a motivation letter and transcripts to Prof. André Desbiens ( with the subject "E-Letter PhD position”.

5.3. PhD: Université Grenoble Alpes/GIPSA-lab, France
Contributed by: Emmanuel Witrant,

PhD Position Université Grenoble Alpes / GIPSA-lab (France)
Supervisors: Prof Emmanuel Witrant and Dr. Vincent Talon

PhD topic: Estimation and Control for Networks of Gas Mixtures with Application to EGR in Car Engines
Starting date: June/July 2017, for a duration of 3 years

Modeling and control of fluid flow networks has been a challenging topic during the last decades. This research is motivated by engineering applications such as car engines, mine ventilation systems, gas pipelines, water channels, traffic flow dynamics, heat exchangers, etc. Estimation and control of gas mixtures are of prime interest for car engines and more precisely to control the gas composition in the admission air-path while taking into account the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) inner and outer loop. Engineering models for gas networks are typically based on Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws, combined with the fluid dynamical equations of individual branches.

The aim of this thesis is to propose new estimation and control solutions for these systems and take benefit of the partial differential equations analysis to propose efficient algorithms that can be embedded in electronic control units. The theoretical results will be applied to car engines with EGR, on problems such as the estimation of gas composition, of time delays and of humidity, and such as optimal control design taking into account the transport phenomena.

This PhD is part of the European project EMPHYSIS (within the framework of ITEA3), whose European leader is Bosch and the French leader is Siemens PLM (

The Ph.D. candidate should hold a Master degree in Automatic Control or Applied Mathematics, and have a keen interest in fluid dynamics.

- CV with contact details
- Bachelor and master transcripts (including list of courses with corresponding grades)
- A summary of (or an e-link to) your master thesis
- Name and email of two references

Closing date for applications

5.4. PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium
Contributed by: Jan Swevers,

The KU Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering is searching for a young, motivated and skilled PhD researcher with a strong background in numerical optimization, systems and control, and robotics.

RESEARCH PROJECT: This project focuses on optimal contact-free motion control of serial robots operating in changing environments. Changing environments require real-time motion planning, which is very challenging due to complex robot kinematics and dynamics and continuously changing collision constraints. The overall project goal is to develop and experimentally validate an effective MPC approach for serial robots that realizes contact-free optimal robot motion planning and control in real-time. This research will be supported by an MPC toolchain development in order to integrate all software in an open and modular fashion as to create a workflow from problem specification to deployment. All developments will be validated experimentally on industrial robotic set-ups in the lab.

YOUR PROFILE: An ideal candidate has a master degree in engineering (mechanical, control ...) and a strong background in control and dynamic system modelling, robotics, numerical optimization, programming (Matlab, C/C++), a strong interest and experience in work on real-world experiments, and enthusiasm for the project. Proficiency in English is a requirement. Applicants whose mother tongue is neither Dutch nor English must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Required minimum scores are:
• TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 100 (internet-based test)
• IELTS: 7 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
• CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

OUR OFFER: A fully funded PhD position for four years at the KU Leuven (more information for PhD students at the KU Leuven is found here). KU Leuven is among the top European universities and a hub for interdisciplinary research in the field of optimization. You will be embedded in the MECO research team of the department of Mechanical Engineering located at the campus in Leuven and the new mechatronics research group, established in 2015, and located at the campus in Bruges. Theoretical work and lab experiments, which will be the main part of the work, will be carried out at the campus in Leuven. Industrial applications will be implemented at the campus in Bruges.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, send email to Subject of your email should be: “ROBOT MPC PhD application”. Deadline: April 30, 2017! Include:
• an academic CV,
• a Pdf of your diplomas and transcript of course work and grades,
• statement of research interests and career goals (max. 2 pages),
• sample of technical writing (publication or thesis),
• contact details of at least two referees,
• proof of English language proficiency test results.

5.5. PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium
Contributed by: Goele Pipeleers,

One fully funded open PhD position at KU Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering

The KU Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering is searching for a young, motivated and skilled PhD researcher with a strong background in numerical optimization, systems theory and control.

In motion planning one seeks for the fastest, most energy efficient… trajectory to move a motion system from its current position to its destination, while accounting for the system’s kinematic and dynamic constraints and avoiding collisions with all obstacles in the environment. It plays a vital role in the control of autonomous guided vehicles, CNC machine tools, serial robots… As motion planning is often performed on line, in a model predictive control fashion, solving the resulting optimization problems efficiently and reliably is of the utmost importance. Recently, we have developed an effective motion planning method based on B-splines. The motion trajectory is parameterized as a polynomial spline and the properties of the B-spline basis functions are exploited to efficiently enforce constraints over the considered time horizon. The method is implemented in the open source Python toolbox OMGtools ( In this research project you will extend this motion planning approach to a broad range of systems, and in collaboration with experts in numerical optimization, you will supply it with tailored optimization routines. In addition, you will contribute to the underlying B-spline based optimization approaches and explore additional uses of these approaches in model predictive control.

An ideal candidate holds a degree in engineering, computer science, or applied mathematics. He or she has a solid background in numerical optimization, systems theory and control, a strong interest and experience in mathematical programming (Matlab, Python, C/C++), and enthusiasm for scientific research. Team player mentality, independence, and problem solving skills are expected, and proficiency in English is a requirement.

A fully funded PhD position for four years at the KU Leuven (more information for PhD students at the KU Leuven is found at KU Leuven is among the top European universities and a hub for interdisciplinary research in the field of control and optimization. You will be embedded in the MECO research team of the department of Mechanical Engineering ( The MECO research team focuses on the identification, analysis and control of mechatronic systems such as machine tools, active suspensions, robots... Herein theoretical developments are combined with experimental validations on lab-scale as well as industrial setups.

To apply, send an email to with subject “BSpline PhD application”. Include:
* an academic CV
* a pdf of your diplomas and transcript of course work and grades
* statement of research interests and career goals (max. 2 pages)
* sample of technical writing (publication or thesis)
* contact details of at least two referees
* proof of English language proficiency, in case your mother to.ngue is neither Dutch nor English

Deadline: April 30, 2017

5.6. PhD: University of South Florida, USA
Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen,

The Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems (LACIS, at the University of South Florida is looking for exceptional doctoral students with solid background and creative skills. The LACIS is a highly-active research laboratory on systems and control with past and current projects from a diverse set of funding agencies, where the researchers at the LACIS have the opportunity to collaborate with many researchers around the world. These students to be hired are expected to perform high-quality research on distributed control and robust adaptive systems with applications to swarm of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. Our intention is to give a strong guidance to maximize the chances of our students for building a rewarding career.

The intended start date for these open positions is Summer or Fall 2017. In addition, basic application requirements for these open positions include: 1) A Master of Science degree in a related field such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or mathematics. 2) A strong record of courses taken related to systems and control (including, for example, linear control systems and nonlinear control systems). 3) If the candidates already have published and/or submitted research papers related to systems and control, this will be considered positively during the application process.

If you are interested in joining the LACIS to do transformative research, please send an email to Dr. Tansel Yucelen (, the Director of the LACIS, and include A) your resume (resume needs to include a list of undergraduate and graduate courses taken related to systems and control as well as mathematics - with grades on these courses, and it should also include list of published and/or submitted papers, if any) and B) a concise paragraph explaining your theoretical and experimental experience related to systems and control. Please also include contact information (name, affiliation, and email) of your current advisor and at least one other reference.

Dr. Tansel Yucelen
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems (LACIS,
Director of the Control Systems Forum (CSF,
University of South Florida

5.7. PhD: University of Connecticut
Contributed by: Abhishek Dutta,

Two PhD positions are available starting in Summer or Fall 2017 in my group which is roughly based on robust design, control and learning in the departments of mechanical and electrical & computer engineering at the University of Connecticut. The research emphasizes theoretical analysis involving the interplay of dynamics, control and optimization under uncertainty and is strongly driven by two broad applications:

(i) Biology Track: Neuroscience (understanding and solving complex phenomena/disorders)
(ii) Mechatronics Track: Disaster management (weather related i.e. drought etc. amongst other humanitarian problems).

Both the projects would involve collaborations across disciplines and some product design and prototyping (undergrads may be available to help). Funding for buying equipments will be available.

A masters degree in electrical/mechanical engineering, applied mathematics with strong skills in controls, optimization, learning, mathematics and mechatronics is preferred. Some level of hands-on experience with hardware design is a bonus.

Please send in a 1 page cover letter describing background and research interests and a CV to:

Abhishek Dutta, Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
University of Connecticut

5.8. PhD: Johannes Kepler University Linz, Autria
Contributed by: Nadja Aichinger,

PhD: Johannes Kepler University Linz, Insititue for Design and Control of Mechatronical Systems, Autria;
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Luigi del Re

Opening for PhD in the Field of Modeling and Control with Focus on Biomedical Applications

The Institute for Design and Control of Mechatronical Systems at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, has a long tradition in performing control engineering research with a main focus on automotive and biomedical applications. There exist strong links with academic and industrial partners active in both areas. Besides other projects, the institute is currently involved in the development of control algorithms for adaptive, predictive replacement therapy for diabetes patients with type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, the institute is active in designing advanced algorithms for the data processing in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems.
In this framework, a PhD position is available, initially for one year, which in the case of successful cooperation can be extended up to the end of the PhD study (typically 3 to 4 years).

The tasks associated to this position will include help in data analysis, integration of physiological understanding with modern modeling approaches, algorithmic development, participation in testing and evaluation, in the administration of projects, in teaching and in the direction of Bachelor and Master students in this field. The candidate should have a degree with a focus on automatic control or biomedical engineering, mathematics or computer sciences and be interested in the field of medical systems and stochastic models. Team player qualities are essential.

The salary will be between € 2.048,25/month gross (75%) and 2.731,00/month gross (100%) both 14 times a year.

The position can be filled anytime from 04/2017 to 10/2017.

For more information contact please Prof. Luigi del Re ( Applications to be sent to:

5.9. PhD: Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Contributed by: George Nikolakopoulos,

Two PhD- Student positions in Robotics
[Ref: 1070-2017]

The Robotic Team of the Control Engineering Group (CEG) at the department of Computer Science and Electrical and Space Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, is now looking for two PhD student positions contributing to our growing activities in the area of aerial and ground robotics. The PhD students will be part of a strong research team with intense expertise in the area of aerial field robotics and will have the pleasure to work in multiple European and National research projects in Robotics.

The research topics will focus in the following areas:

- Multiple camera view cooperative perception for UAVs
- Collaborative SLAM
- Cooperative Task allocation, scheduling and planning
- Aerial cooperative Visual Servoing
- Augmented Reality for robotics
- Event based constrained remote control
- Safe and robust navigation for aerial and ground robots in featureless or reduced feature environments (e.g. mines)
- Visual Odometry on low light environments
- Environmental perception and online mission configuration for UAVs
- 6D real time Localization for aerial and ground robotic applications in mines
- Ultra Wide Band Localization
- Field Robotics demonstration of the corresponding research topics outcomes

The ideal candidate will perform research with substantial experimental components that should be published in peer-reviewed international journals and at major conferences. The position will include supervision of MSc students, Teaching Assistant tasks and support in acquire funding for future research projects from research funding agencies/councils, EU framework program or industry. The candidate will need to represent the group in different occasions, both in Sweden and abroad, as well as to have an excellence in speaking English. A doctoral student's main responsibility is to pursue doctoral studies with the aim to successfully defend a doctoral dissertation. The position may include departmental duties (typically teaching) with up to 20% of full-time employment.

The research tasks require a solid mathematical background with proven advanced experimental capabilities and excellent programming skills (e.g. C++). The candidates should have a strong vision to evaluate and demonstrate the research findings in real life operating conditions, in an approach to close the gap among pure theory and experimental verifications.

For further information, please contact Professor George Nikolakopoulos +46 920 491298,

Union representatives: SACO-Daina Dagis , +46 (0)920-493880 and OFR- Lars Frisk, +46 (0)920-491792

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University's core values ​​are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.

The application should include a CV, personal motivation letter, reference letters, and copies of verified and translated diplomas Universities. Your application must be written in English. Mark your application with the reference number below.
Reference number: 1070-2017

Final day to apply:

URL to this page:

5.10. PhD: University of Leicester, UK
Contributed by: Matteo Rubagotti,    

PhD Position University of Leicester (UK)
Supervisors: Dr Matteo Rubagotti and Prof Matthew Turner

Project title: Predictive control of an integrated energy storage facility

A fully funded PhD position is available for UK and EU students (subject to a competitive selection process) at the Computational Engineering and Control Group at the University of Leicester, UK.

Starting date: 25 September 2017.
Deadline for application: 10 April 2017, 12pm (midday).

Project description:

The research activity of this PhD proposal is aimed at designing and testing advanced control methods for the real-time management of an Integrated Energy Storage Test and Verification (IESTV) facility. The facility will include state-of-the art energy storage devices, and give the opportunity to design and test advanced algorithms that can have an impact on real-life implementations. The combined use of multiple storage systems (e.g., electrochemical batteries, supercapacitors, compressed air energy storage, and pumped hydro storage) can simultaneously exploit all their advantages, but requires the ability to manage their complex interaction in real time. The proposed PhD activity will be aimed at designing a strategy that takes into account the practical characteristics of the IESTV.
The energy flow to/from the IESTV will depend on the power demand, and the power produced by photovoltaic renewable sources. The designed management system will carry out the tasks of (a) deciding in real time how much power to be drawn from the grid, or possibly “selling” electricity to the grid itself in case of excess storage, and (b) how to split the storage between the elements taking operative constraints into account (e.g., limiting the charge/discharge cycles on batteries, or the depth of charge/discharge of the different elements). The management problem will be solved by continuously predicting the consumer demand and the future power flow from renewable energy sources (via weather forecast), and re-planning the optimal strategy in order to minimise the total energy consumption, or the overall expense for buying electricity from the grid. This approach is known as Model Predictive Control (MPC), a control technique that has been applied to many practical problems in industry, and is now, for instance, a standard in petrochemical plants.

Candidate profile:

- first class (or equivalent) bachelor-level degree in engineering or a relevant subject (to be obtained before 25th September 2017)
- strong background in control systems
- solid programming skills in Matlab
- fluency in English (written and verbal)
- ability to work independently

- Master's degree (at Merit/Distinction level) in engineering or a relevant subject
- knowledge of MPC, numerical optimisation techniques, and/or modelling of energy storage systems
- experience with interfacing control systems with physical processes (e.g. using dSPACE)

Detailed information and application procedure:

5.11. PhD: European Southern Observatory, Germany
Contributed by: Niek Doelman,

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) invites applications for a PhD position in Adaptive Optics Systems Engineering on 'Advanced Control Laws for Exoplanet Imaging Adaptive Optics'.

The successful applicant will be part of the Adaptive Optics Systems Group (SAOSY) of the System Engineering Department within the Directorate of Engineering. SAOSY supports telescope and instrument projects at ESO for what regards Adaptive Optics with the ultimate goal to provide the ESO astronomical community with worldwide competitive ground-based Adaptive Optics (AO) observing capabilities overcoming the limitation of atmospheric turbulence. The direct imaging of potentially habitable Exoplanets is one prime science case for ESO's 39-m Extremely Large Telescope, the E-ELT. In order to reach this demanding science goal with the dedicated instrument PCS (planetary camera and spectrograph), a comprehensive R&D programme for the key technologies has been developed. SAOSY is involved in the R&D of the extreme Adaptive Optics (XAO) system, which will control many thousands of actuators at a frame-rate of several Kilohertz. In order to achieve the highest possible imaging contrast, two major terms of XAO error budget have to be minimized:
A) The chromaticity of the refractive index of air leads to slightly different optical wavefronts at the science wavelength (NIR) and the AO wavefront sensing wavelength (red optical). The difference shows up as a residual wavefront error, which is proportional to the incoming uncorrected wavefront and dominates the error budget at the smallest angular separations.
B) The finite temporal correction bandwidth of the XAO system leads to an imperfect correction of very rapid changes of the wavefront, which dominate the residual error at somewhat larger angular separations.

Task Description
The student will first be asked to investigate how to minimize the effects of refractive index chromaticity and temporal bandwidth error on the XAO residual image by analyzing the nature of the problem. S/he will then propose adapted control algorithms and strategies to cope with the errors. After developing the concepts and verifying them through numerical simulations, the student should confirm the effectivity of the proposed concepts by experiment. ESO's Adaptive Optics laboratory provides a versatile test environment, the high-order test-bench (HOT), for this purpose. It might also be possible to implement and test these advanced control algorithms at the telescope using the SPHERE high-contrast imaging instrument at the VLT in Chile.

For further information, see

Closing date for applications is 12 May 2017.

5.12. PhD: Technical University of Kosice, Slovak Republic
Contributed by: Ivo Petras,

PhD: Technical University of Kosice, FBERG, Slovak Republic

Multiple PhD positions in Process Control

PhD candidates should have a strong background in control engineering with an experience in mathematical modeling of systems. The topics of these positions are related to the fractional calculus and its application in mathematical modeling and control of systems.

Required qualifications of candidate:
1) Master degree in control engineering, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, or a related field
2) Excellent communication skills in English
3) Proficiency in some scientific programming language, such as MATLAB, or C/C++, etc.

To express interest, please send the following documents:
1) One page cover letter describing your research interests and background
2) CV or resume with contact details
3) Name and email of two references

To apply and for further information on positions, contact: prof. Ivo Petras,
Closing date for applications: 31.05.2017

5.13. PhD: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Contributed by: Frank Allgower,

PhD: University of Stuttgart, Germany

Multiple PhD positions in Intelligent Systems, including Control, at the new International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart and Tubingen, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Universities of Stuttgart and Tubingen are collaborating to offer a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems. This new doctoral program is starting in fall 2017 and will enroll about 100 Ph.D. students over the next six years.
This school is a key element of the state’s “Cyber Valley” initiative to accelerate basic research and commercial development in the broad field of artificial intelligence. Students are sought who want to earn a doctorate in the broad area of intelligent systems, including control systems.

The participating faculty are Frank Allgower, Matthias Bethge, Michael J. Black, Andres Bruhn, Peer Fischer, Andreas Geiger, Philipp Hennig, Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Hendrik Lensch, Georg Martius, Ludovic Righetti, Stefan Schaal, Bernhard Scholkopf, Metin Sitti, Alexander Sprowitz, Ingo Steinwart, Marc Toussaint, Ulrike von Luxburg, and Felix Wichmann.

Intelligent systems that can successfully perceive, act, and learn in complex environments hold great potential for aiding society. To advance human knowledge in this domain, we need doctoral students who are curious, creative, and passionate about research to join our school. Learn more at

All aspects of the program are in English. You may join our program in late summer or early fall 2017. You will be mentored by our internationally renowned faculty. You will register as a university graduate student and conduct research for approximately three years. You can take part in a wide variety of scientific seminars, advanced training workshops, and social activities. Your doctoral degree will be conferred when you successfully complete your Ph.D. project. Our dedicated coordinator will assist you throughout your time as a doctoral student.

People with a strong academic background and a master’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Mathematics, Control Theory, Neuroscience, Materials Science, Physics, or related fields should apply.

We seek to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented, so we explicitly encourage women to apply. We are committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourage them to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our institutions.

Admission will be competitive. If selected, you will receive funding via an employment contract, subject to the rules of the Max Planck Society and the two participating universities.

In case of interest, please specify the desired main academic advisor with your application.

You can apply at before midnight PST on April 17, 2017.

5.14. PostDoc: National University of Singapore, Singapore
Contributed by: Shuzhi Sam Ge,

Post-doctoral Research Fellow Positions at National University of Singapore on Learning Control of Semi-submersible Floatel under Shielding Effects

Job Place:
Robotics Research Lab/Social Robotics Lab, Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore

Job Description:
Demand by use of floatel system to do maintenance of aging FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) is expected to substantially increase in the near future. To ensure the smoothness, safety and efficiency of operation between floatel and FPSO, constant relative position and orientation between the floatel and FPSO has to be kept. Controlling the floatel becomes challenging once we consider the large amount of shielding effects due to FPSO in the vicinity. The research project will develop robust adaptive learning control schemes to compensate the shielding effects on the floatel and design an appropriate robust dynamic positioning control system for floatel to counteract against the environmental load and also react to follow with FPSO low frequency yaw motion.

Prospective candidates applying for this position will join a team working with researchers from both NUS and the offshore industry to develop control algorithms and software packages to maintain the relative position of the floatel. In particular, 1) a robust adaptive control scheme to be developed to compensate for shielding effects on the floatel; 2) a high fidelity and efficient simulation software package to be developed to assist control designing and verification process, and provide understanding for actual implementation.


• Post-doctoral Research Fellow on Intelligent Control Design and Development
- Active, energetic and optimistic young researcher.
- PhD in with a background in control modelling and designing.
- Strong mathematics and good programming skills.
- Excellent communicator, ability to working in great team and learn quickly and enthusiastically.
- Project management experience
- Preferably working experience on software development and system integration in relevant subjects.

• Post-doctoral Research Fellow on User-friendly Dynamic Positioning Simulation Software Development
- Active, energetic and optimistic young researcher.
- PhD in with a background in electrical engineering.
- Good mathematics and Strong programming (C/C++) skills.
- Excellent communicator, ability to working in great team and learn quickly and enthusiastically.
- Project management experience
- Preferably working experience on software development and system integration in relevant subjects.

Remunerations will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Qualified candidates are invited to express their interest in applying the position by sending us the following documentations to us by email:

1. Detailed CV (resume).
2. Copies of recent representative works (publications, project summaries and etc).
3. Any other supporting documents that can display working experiences in related areas.

Shuzhi Sam Ge
Professor, Fellows of IEEE, IFAC, IET, and Academy of Engineering (SG),
Director of Robotics Research Laboratory/ Social Robotics Laboratory,
National University of Singapore

5.15. PostDoc: Cornell University, USA
Contributed by: Elaine Shi,

The Computer Science Department of Cornell University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on the security of Cyber-Physical Systems. The postdoctoral researcher will be hosted in Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

An ideal candidate for this position should have or be expecting a Ph.D. degree or equivalent from Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent, and should be familar with a subset but not necessarily all of the following:

-- secure software/hardware systems
-- program analysis
-- cyber-physical systems
-- control systems

The postdoctoral position is for 1 year and based on performance, renewable up to 3 years.

To apply for this position, please contact Prof. Elaine Shi (elaine at cs dot cornell dot edu).
There is no deadline for application.

5.16. PostDoc: Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Contributed by: George Nikolakopoulos,

Post Doctoral position in control engineering with specialization in robotics
[Ref: 1069-2017]

The Robotic Team of the Control Engineering Group (CEG) at the Department of Computer Science and Electrical and Space Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, is now looking for one Post Doctoral contributing to our growing activities in the area of aerial an ground robotics. The candidate will be part of a strong research team with intense expertise in the area of aerial field robotics and will have the pleasure to work in multiple European and National research projects in Robotics, while contributing to the vision and goals of the group. The contract for this position will be one year, with possibility to be extended up to 2 years in total.

Project description

Characteristic, but not limited, research topics will focus in the following areas:
- Vision for Robotics
- Multiple camera views cooperative perception for UAVs
- Collaborative SLAM
- Cooperative Task allocation, scheduling and planning
- Aerial cooperative Visual Servoing
- Augmented Reality for robotics
- Event based constrained remote control
- Safe and robust navigation for aerial and ground robots in featureless or reduced feature environments (e.g. mines)
- Visual Odometry on low light environments
- Environmental perception and online mission configuration for UAVs
- 6D real time Localization for aerial and ground robotic applications in mines
- Ultra Wide Band Localization
- Field Robotics demonstration of the corresponding research topics outcomes

The research tasks require a solid mathematical background with proven advanced experimental capabilities and excellent programming skills (e.g. C++). The candidate should have a strong vision to evaluate and demonstrate the research findings in real life operating conditions, in an approach to close the gap among pure theory and experimental verifications. Part of the everyday work of the Post Doc will be also linked with management of the LTU tasks in the project Horizon 2020 project SIMS ( A PhD diploma in engineering is also a must to have qualification.

The ideal candidate will perform research with substantial experimental components that should be published in peer-reviewed international journals and at major conferences. The position will include supervision of MSc students, teaching and support in acquire funding for future research projects from research funding agencies/councils, EU framework program or industry. The candidate will need to represent the group in different occasions, both in Sweden and abroad, as well as to have an excellence in speaking English.

For further information, please contact Professor George Nikolakopoulos +46 920 491298,

Union representatives: SACO-Daina Dagis , +46 (0)920-493880 and OFR- Lars Frisk, +46 (0)920-491792

Luleå University of Technology is actively working on equality and diversity that contributes to a creative study- and work environment. The University's core values ​​are based on respect, trust, openness and responsibility.

Final day to apply: 2017-04-10

Application URL:

5.17. PostDoc: University of Leicester, UK
Contributed by: Matthew Turner,

Post-doc: University of Leicester, UK

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate in the area of constrained adaptive control systems. The research is funded by the EPSRC and is available until February 2019. The successful candidate will have a good first degree in a relevant subject (engineering, mathematics or computer science) and have, or be in the process of completing, a PhD in an area of control engineering. The candidate should have a good understanding of nonlinear control systems and some experience with constrained control systems and, in particular, anti-windup would be advantageous. The research associate will be encouraged to scrutinise carefully adaptive control algorithms and so applications will be welcomed from both candidates with a traditional adaptive control background, but also from candidates with experience in other relevant areas such as robust control. Part of the work will involve the development and assessment of adaptive control algorithms for constrained systems, and part of the work will be practical, involving the validation of these algorithms on real systems. The post would therefore suit candidates with both strong theoretical backgrounds and also an appreciation of practical implementation of controllers.

Application: Please follow the process described at:

Informal enquiries: Dr. Matthew Turner (

Closing date: 13th April 2017

5.18. Research Fellow: University of Hull, UK
Contributed by: Ron J Patton,

Research Fellow: Fault-tolerant control and dependable systems engineering
The University of Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull, UK

Deadline for applications: 18th April.

Following the very successful developments led by Professor Ron Patton the University of Hull has available a full-time Senior Research Fellowship in Fault-tolerant Control for a 5 year fixed term structured-research development programme period from June 1st 2017.

This is one of seven important research only fellowships being offered by the University within a developing research institute focused on the interface between sustainable energy and environmental resilience.

A researcher with suitable focus and experience in fault tolerant control will make an important contribution to a rapidly growing team of expertise in the application of control and dependable engineering systems to renewable marine energy systems (wave, wind, tidal). The research will continue a strategy of developing overseas partnerships with other international research teams focussed on the enhancement of sustainable, reliable, efficient and dependable fault tolerant control operation, using advanced control methods encompassing robustness, nonlinear strategies, adaptive control estimation.

We welcome applicants who are engaged in research fellowships in the UK or abroad who have a substantial record of appropriate archival publication and who have proven ability to attract research grant funding. Information about the application procedure can be found at:

Please contact Professor Ron Patton for further information about the fellowship role.

5.19. Faculty: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Rudy Negenborn,

Assistant Professor "Quantitative Methods for Large-Scale Transport Systems and Logistics"

The Dept. of Maritime & Transport Technology at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is seeking an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods for Large-Scale Transport Systems and Logistics, with a particular fascination in control for large-scale (stochastic) vehicle routing and waterborne/maritime/port applications.

You will work on challenges at the equipment, system, and network levels. You will make an active contribution to the group’s research and education curriculum for both the Bachelor and Master programmes. You will develop and give lectures and supervise Master students in their final year. Initiating and carrying out high-level research projects and publishing research in leading journals are essential parts of the job.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• A PhD and strong track record in the domain of large-scale transport engineering and logistics;
• Knowledge of (stochastic) vehicle routing, operations research, mathematical modelling, (distributed) control & optimisation heuristics, relevant simulation and analysis software;
• Excellent scientific credentials;
• Experience with and ability to work in teams in an academic, interdisciplinary environment with mechanical engineers as well as people in other disciplines;
• Excellent didactic qualities and experience in teaching.

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position.

See for more application information:

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

For more information about this position, please contact:

Rudy Negenborn,
Associate Professor
Control & Coordination for Real-Time Logistics
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

phone: +31 (0)15-2786718

5.20. Faculty: IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
Contributed by: IMT School for Advanced Studies,

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca invites expressions of interest for positions in Cyber security at different levels of seniority, from early career onward. Candidates should have experience or willingness to work in the area of cyber security broadly construed, ideally complementing IMT's current strengths. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
•access control;
•distributed ledgers;
•formal verification of security protocols;
•network security;
•security requirements elicitation;
•web security.

Since multidisciplinary research is a founding value of the School, inclination to work at the intersection with other core disciplines of IMT relevant to cybersecurity will be considered an asset. We seek to hire fixed-term (i.e., non tenure-track) and tenure-track assistant professors and tenured associate professors.

5.21. Faculty: IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
Contributed by: Alberto Bemporad,

Assistant Professor position in Systems, Control, and Optimization at IMT Lucca.

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca invites expressions of interest for an Assistant Professor position (“Type-A Ricercatore”) to carry out research in the areas of systems, control, and optimization. Research experience is expected in one of the following areas: control systems, numerical optimization, systems identification, machine learning. Research experience in model predictive control or convex optimization will be considered as a plus.

Candidates must have an excellent record of high-impact international publications and demonstrate enthusiasm for performing research. Activities include: research, tutorship and mentoring of PhD students, graduate teaching. The successful candidate will be part of the research unit Dynamical Systems, Control and Optimization ( at IMT Lucca.

The position is for 3 years, extendable for further 2 years. The indicative starting gross salary is EUR 34.898/year, net income may vary depending on income taxes, local taxes, retirement plan, health care deduction and tax exemptions. New employees who have worked in research-based positions abroad for the past two years may be eligible for a substantial tax rebate for the first three fiscal years of employment.

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca ( is a public graduate school and research institute, ranked #1 among all public Italian universities for quality of research in the last national research evaluation. IMT is an interdisciplinary research environment, blending scientific competencies of management science, engineering, computer science, neuroscience, physics, and management of cultural heritage, striving to reach the fusion of theoretical comprehension and practical relevance in concrete applications. The working language at IMT Lucca is English.

For further information about the position, applicants can refer to the website

The deadline for applications is June 5, 2017.

5.22. Engineer: CROASAEN, USA
Contributed by: Eunjeong Lee,


Harvard robotics startup CROASAEN (Create Robots and Save Energy) is looking for research scientists with strong background on Computational Fluid Dynamic simulations inside gas, oil, or multi-phase pipelines.

We are developing a bi-directional internal pipeline repair/inspection robot for oil/gas industry. Our motivation to develop an internal pipeline repair robot stems from the needs to mitigate methane emission from pipelines for climate change, and the desire to ensure pipeline safety to protect life and infrastructures from accidents. Our world-class team aims to commercialize our robot by 2019. Our operation involves global manufacturers and super oil major companies in the US, France, Netherlands, Germany, Korea, Norway, China, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, etc. We are located in Cambridge, MA, the center of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We contribute more than ten percent of our equity to educational outreach for the Middle Eastern refugees in Europe. We offer a generous compensation and stock option.

If you are a highly talented CFD scientist, please join us to design and analyze the robot operation inside live oil and gas pipelines.

Job Responsibilities
- Perform CFD analysis on the robotic system in gas, oil, or multi-phase pipeline flows
- Help design robot components based on the CFD analysis
- Work with robotics and control engineers to iteratively predict performance and improve designs through detailed CFD simulations and experiments
- Work with testing engineers to cross validate test results and CFD simulation results
- Create simulation reports and provide design recommendations
- Publish in prestigious journals and conferences
- Write proposals

Qualifications and Desired Skills
- MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Ocean Engineering, or related field
- 2+ years of industry/academic experience in CFD
- Strong CFD capability is a must (ANSYS, OpenFOAM, or both)
- CFD experiences with rotating turbo-machinery strongly desired
- Strong CFD experience for robotic propulsion or robotic fish is desirable
- Creativity, imagination and innovation
- Strive to perform at the highest level and challenge the impossible
- Experience in soft robotics or robotic fish is a plus
- Familiarity with 3D CAD modeling (preferably SolidWorks) is a plus
- Consideration for others to work as a team and self-motivation
- Ability to work with a fast-paced development schedule for commercialization
- Strong verbal and written communication skills

Application: send CV and cover letter to Eunjeong Lee,