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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 American Control Conference
1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.3 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Awards and Honors
2.1 W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize

3. Books
3.1 Domain of Attraction: Analysis and Control via SOS Programming

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China
4.2 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
4.3 Contents: Automatica
4.4 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications
4.5 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
4.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
4.7 Contents: Automatica
4.8 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
4.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

5. Conferences
5.1 ESANN 2012
5.2 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
5.3 International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision
5.4 Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control

6. Workshops
6.1 Monterey Workshop on Computational Issues in Nonlinear Control
6.2 IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems
6.3 MathMod Minisymposium on Cognitive Technical Systems
6.4 Cyber-Physical Systems

7. Positions
7.1 PhD: Institute of Applied Mechanics and Informatics
7.2 PhD: George Washington University, Washington DC
7.3 PhD: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
7.4 PhD: Volvo Cars Corporation/Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden
7.5 PhD: University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany
7.6 PhD: University of Texas at Arlington
7.7 PhD: Lund University
7.8 Post-Doc: University of Leicester, UK
7.9 Post-Doc: University Central Florida
7.10 Post-Doc: Iowa State University
7.11 Post-Doc: Umeå University, Sweden
7.12 Post-Doc: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7.13 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 American Control Conference
Contributed by: Meeko Oishi,

2012 American Control Conference
June 27-29, 2012
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

** Call for Contributions **

The 2012 American Control Conference (ACC) will be held Wednesday through Friday,
June 27-29, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montreal. The conference will be
the first ACC outside the United States.

The ACC program will feature plenary and semi-plenary lectures, contributed and
invited papers, and tutorial and special sessions. Several pre-conference workshops
will be held. The conference will also feature theme tracks in aerospace systems
and smart grids.

Montreal, the UNESCO city of design and the second largest city in Canada, is a
vibrant center of commerce, industry, culture, finance, and world affairs. With
its amazing, narrow streets, restored buildings, and old houses, as well as modern
skyscrapers, theaters, museums, restaurants, and glittering nightlife, Montreal
truly is Canada's "cultural capital". The Montreal Jazz Festival, the world's
largest, will start on June 28, 2012.

Submissions for the 2012 ACC program are invited in several categories. Contributors
are encouraged to consult the conference website and to contact appropriate organizing
committee members for more information.

* Contributed papers are intended to present complete descriptions of finished work.
* Invited session proposals should present topics from multiple viewpoints with
unifying themes. Each proposal should consist of a summary statement and six papers.
* Special session proposals should highlight emerging research areas, industry and
government initiatives, and other topics of broad interest.
* Tutorial session proposals should address state-of-the-art control theory and
industrial applications. Panel discussions are encouraged in tutorial sessions.
* Pre-conference workshop proposals should focus on topics of current interest to the
control community.

The conference's exhibits floor will showcase control-related publications, products,
services, and demonstrations, and is open to all organizations, public and private,
with a control connection.

Contributions related to the themes of aerospace systems and smart grids are welcomed
in all submission categories. For initial submissions, all regular and invited papers
are limited to eight (8) pages. Please see the conference website for details of
submission and registration policies.

** Deadline for all submission and proposals: September 23, 2011
** Notification of acceptance / rejection: January 31, 2012
** Final submissions due: March 15, 2012


1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 56 (2011), Issue 7 (July)

Scanning the Issue page 1493


Distributed Function Calculation via Linear Iterative Strategies in the Presence
of Malicious Agents
S. Sundaram and C. N. Hadjicostis page 1495

A Kinship Function Approach to Robust and Probabilistic Optimization under
Polynomial Uncertainty
C. Feng, F. Dabbene and C. M. Lagoa page 1509

Real-Time Suboptimal Model Predictive Control Using a Combination of Explicit
MPC and Online Optimization
M. N. Zeilinger, C. N. Jones and M. Morari page 1524

Direct and Indirect Couplings in Coherent Feedback Control of Linear Quantum Systems
G. Zhang and M. R. James page 1535

On Codiagnosability and Coobservability with Dynamic Observations
W. Wang, A. Girard, S. Lafortune and F. Lin page 1551
Robust Filtering Through Coherent Lower Previsions
A. Benavoli, M. Zaffalon and E. Miranda page 1567

Stability Robustness in the Presence of Exponentially Unstable Isolated Equilibria
D. Angeli and L. Praly page 1582

On Ergodicity, Infinite Flow, and Consensus in Random Models
B. Touri and A. Nedic page 1593

Optimal Control Strategies in Delayed Sharing Information Structures
A. Nayyar, A. Mahajan and D. Teneketzis page 1606

On Tractable Instances of Modular Supervisory Control
R. Gummadi, N. Singh and R. S. Sreenivas page 1621

Uniting Local and Global Output Feedback Controllers
C. Prieur and A. R. Teel page 1636

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Theory of Stochastic Dissipative Systems
Z. Wu, M. Cui, X. Xie, and P. Shi page 1650

An Efficient Algorithm for Computing the H-infinity Norm
M. N. Belur and C. Praagman page 1656

Convergence and Equivalence Results for the Jensen's Inequality - Application
to Time-Delay and Sampled-Data Systems
C. Briat page 1660

Decomposable Dissipativity and Related Stability for Discrete-Time Switched Systems
B. Liu and D. J. Hill page 1666

Robust Adaptive Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems in the Presence of Input
Saturation and External Disturbance
C. Wen, J. Zhou, Z. Liu and H. Su page 1672

Polynomial Time Verification of Decentralized Diagnosability of Discrete Event Systems
M. V. Moreira, T. C. Jesus and J. C. Basilio page 1679

Stability Analysis of Positive Switched Linear Systems With Delays
X. Liu and C. Dang page 1684

Global Disturbance Rejection of Lower Triangular Systems With an Unknown
Linear Exosystem
L. Liu, Z. Chen and J. Huang page 1690

Discrete and Intersample Analysis of Systems With Aperiodic Sampling
L. Hetel, A. Kruszewski, W. Perruquetti, and J.-P. Richard page 1696

Nash Equilibrium Problems with Scaled Congestion Costs and Shared Constraints
H. Yin, U. V. Shanbhag and P. G. Mehta page 1702

An Easy-to-Use H-infinity/LTR Control Solution with Mixed-
Sensitivity Properties
C. F. de Paula and L. H. C. de Ferreira page 1709

Efficient System Identification of Heterogeneous Distributed Systems via a
Structure Exploiting Extended Kalman Filter
J. Rice and M. Verhaegen page 1713

Stabilization Over Power-Constrained Parallel Gaussian Channels
Z. Shu and R. H. Middleton page 1718

Small-Gain Type Sufficient Conditions for Sampled-Data Feedback Stabilization
for Autonomous Composite Systems
J. Tsinias page 1725

The Two-Dimensional Power Spectral Density: A Connection Between 2-D Rational
Functions and Linear Systems
G. W. Pulford page 1729

An Exact Method for the Stability Analysis of Linear Consensus Protocols
with Time Delay
R. Cepeda-Gomez and N. Olgac page 1734

Robust Control of Linear Systems With Disturbances Bounded in a State Dependent Set
R. Ghaemi, I. V. Kolmanovsky and J. Sun page 1740

Correction to "On Gaussian Optimal Smoothing of Nonlinear State Space Models"
S. Sarkka and J. Hartikainen page 1746


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

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 56 (2011),
Issue 8 (August)

Scanning the Issue page 1749


Minimum Variance Control over a Gaussian Communication Channel
J. S. Freudenberg, R. H. Middleton and J. H. Braslavsky page 1751

Optimal Control of Logical Control Networks
Y. Zhao, Z. Li and D. Cheng page 1766

Adaptive Gaussian Sum Filters for Space Surveillance
J. T. Horwood and A. B. Poore page 1777

Leader-Enabled Deployment Into Planar Curves: A PDE-Based Approach
P. Frihauf and M. Krstic page 1791

Controllability and Observability of Linear Time-Invariant Uncertain Systems
Irrespective of Bounds of Uncertain Parameters
T. Hashimoto and T. Amemiya page 1807

Designing Compact and Maximally Permissive Deadlock Avoidance Policies for

Complex Resource Allocation Systems Through Classification Theory: The Linear Case
A. Nazeem, S. Reveliotis, Y. Wang and S. Lafortune page 1818

Distributed Algorithms for Environment Partitioning in Mobile Robotic Networks
M. Pavone, A. Arsie, E. Frazzoli and F. Bullo page 1834

Hamilton-Jacobi Formulation for Reach-Avoid Differential Games
K. Margellos and J. Lygeros page 1849

Opinion Dynamics with Decaying Confidence: Application to Community
Detection in Graphs
I.-C. Morarescu and A. Girard page 1862

Solutions to the Hamilton-Jacobi Equation with Algebraic Gradients
T. Ohtsuka

A Framework for Control System Design Subject to Average Data-Rate
E. I. Silva, M. S. Derpich and J. Ostergaard page 1886

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Fast Sensor Scheduling for Spatially Distributed Sensors
S. Arai, Y. Iwatani and K. Hashimoto page 1900

Fault Detection and Isolation of Linear Impulsive Systems
N. Meskin and K. Khorasani page 1905

Canonical Forms of Generic Piecewise Linear Continuous Systems
U. Montanaro, M. di Bernardo and S. Santini page 1911

A Necessary and Sufficient Condition for Consensus of Continuous-Time
Agents Over Undirected Time-Varying Networks
L. Cao, Y. F. Zheng and Q. Zhou page 1915

State-Feedback Control of High-Order Stochastic Nonlinear Systems with
SiISS Inverse Dynamics
X.-J. Xie, N. Duan and X. Yu page 1921

A Hybrid Statistical Technique for Modeling Recurrent Tracks in a Compact Set
C. Griffin, R. R. Brooks and J. Schwier page 1926

Continuous Piecewise Affine Dynamical Systems do not Exhibit Zeno Behavior
L. Q. Thuan and K. Camlibel page 1932

Cardinality Constrained Linear-quadratic Optimal Control
J. Gao and D. Li page 1936

Robust Tubes in Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
M. Cannon, J. Buerger, B. Kouvaritakis and S. V. Rakovic page 1942

Optimal Design for Synchronization of Cooperative Systems: State Feedback,
Observer, and Output Feedback
H. Zhang, F. L. Lewis and A. Das page 1948

Second-Order Switching Time Optimization for Non-linear Time-Varying Dynamic
E. R. Johnson and T. D. Murphey page 1953

Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Consensus of Double-Integrator Multi-
Agent Systems With Measurement Noises
L. Cheng, Z.-G. Hou, M. Tan and X. Wang page 1958

Common Lyapunov Functions for Some Special Classes of Stable Systems
T. Buyukkoroglu, O. Esen and V. Dzhafarov page 1963

An Achievable Data-Rate Region Subject to a Stationary Performance Constraint
for LTI Plants
E. I. Silva, M. S. Derpich and J. Ostergaard page 1968

On Observation of Time-Delay Systems With Unknown Inputs
G. Zheng, J.-P. Barbot, D. Boutat, T. Floquet and J.-P. Richard page 1973

Eighty Univariate Distributions and Their Relationships Displayed in a Matrix Format
W. Song and Y.-C. Chen page 1979

The Almost Sure Asymptotic Stability and pth Moment Asymptotic Stability of
Nonlinear Stochastic Differential Systems With Polynomial Growth
L. Liu, Y. Shen and F. Jiang page 1985

An Iterative Ensemble Kalman Filter
R. Lorentzen and G. Naevdal page 1990


2. Awards and Honors

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

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

SIAM awards the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize annually for research in, or other
contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and
control theory.

SIAM will award the Reid Prize at the 2012 SIAM Annual Meeting (AN12), to be
held July 9-13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The prize consists of an engraved
medal and a $10,000 cash prize. The recipient will be requested to present
a lecture at AN12. SIAM will reimburse travel expenses to attend the meeting
and give the lecture.

A nomination letter, including a description of achievement(s), should be
addressed to W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize Committee and sent by OCTOBER 15,
2011, to J. M. Littleton at Inquiries should be addressed
to The complete call for nominations can be found at

The results of this submission may be viewed at:


3. Books

3.1 Domain of Attraction: Analysis and Control via SOS Programming
Contributed by: Graziano Chesi,

New book: G. Chesi, "Domain of Attraction: Analysis and Control via SOS Programming",
Springer 2011.

This new book addresses the estimation and control of the domain of attraction
(DA) of equilibrium points via sums of squares (SOS) programming, i.e. optimization
techniques based on SOS polynomials that amount to solving convex optimization
problems with linear matrix inequality (LMI) constraints. Specifically, it is
shown how the estimation and control of the DA can be addressed under a unified
framework in various cases depending on the nature of the nonlinear systems, such
as polynomial, uncertain polynomial, and non-polynomial, and on the type of the
Lyapunov function, such as quadratic, polynomial, common, parameter-dependent,
fixed and variable. The methodology proposed in the book is illustrated through
various examples with fictitious and real systems, such as chemical reactors,
electric circuits, mechanical devices, and social models. Also, the book offers
a concise and simple description of the main features of SOS programming which
can be used for general purpose, in particular introducing the LMI characterization
of SOS polynomials and SOS matrix polynomials, and addressing typical problems
such as investigating positivity and non-positivity of polynomials and matrix
polynomials, computing lower bounds of the minimum of rational functions verifying
their tightness, and determining the solutions of systems of polynomial equations,
all these problems with either unconstrained variables or variables constrained
over a semialgebraic set. The techniques described in the book are being implemented
in the new Matlab toolbox SMRSOFT, which is available at the webpage of the author


4. Journals

4.1 Contents: Control Engineering of China
Contributed by:

Control Engineering of China
Chief Editor: Professor Tianyou. Chai
Deputy Chief Editor: Professor Hong Wang and Dr Shaowen Lu
Current Issue – July 2011

Fault Detection Filter Design for a Class of Linear Discrete Time-varying Systems
LI Yueyang, Zhong Maiying

Soft Measurement Model of Raw Meal Decomposition Rate in Cement Clinker
Production Process
QIAO Jinghui, ZHOU Xiaojie, CHAI Tianyou

A review on electromechanical systems prognostics
TAO Laifa, FAN Huanzhen, LU Chen, LUAN Jiahui

Quality-related Monitoring and Control in Hot Strip Mill Process
PENG Kaixiang, ZHOU Donghua , LI Na

A fault prognosis method based on time-delayed SDG and ICA for multi-
mode industrial processes
LU Ning-yun, WANG Lei, JIANG Bin

A New Two-dimension PID Fuzzy Controller
LI Qing-chun, SHEN De-yao

Design of Embedded Ethernet Control System based onμC/OS-Ⅱ

Stability analysis of discrete singular T-S fuzzy systems
DU Fu,LIANG Jia-Rong ,ZHANG Jing-Hua

Information Fusion of Navigation System Based on Adaptive Kalman Filter
Cui Ping-yuan ,Hou You-xuan , Pei Fu-jun

Fault identification based on fault reconstruction
XIAO Ying-wang

Hydrodynamic Coefficients of VVP Prediction based on LS-SVM
Zheng Xiu-li,Liu Sheng,Li Bing

Implementation of Smart Camera's Communication Interface Based on Modbus/TCP
SHI Peng-fei, BAI Rui-lin, JI Feng, XU Yi-zhao

Multi-model Switch Control for Nonlinear Systems Based on Fractal Dimension
LUO Wen-guang,LAN Hongli,MA Zhaomin,YANG Xu

Shot Boundary Detection Based on a Kernel Supervised Non-Locality
Preserving Projection
XIAO Yongliang , XIA Limin

Design of the Vehicle Dynamic HiL Simulation System Based on xPC Target
WU Zhijie,GUO Hongyan,LIU Zhihai, CHEN Hong

Investigation of Aircraft Collision Avoidance and Early Warning
Algorithm Based on ADS-B
LUO Wen-tian,ZHAO Ze-rong,ZhANG De-yin

Two-Step Hybrid Genetic Algorithm and its Application at Atmospheric
Distillation Column
Yin Weibing , Luo Xionglin, Qi Zheng, Tao Xue, Weng Xingyong

Aircraft Vertical Trajectory Performance Optimization and Simulation
SUN Shuguang,DAI Bo,ZHANG Peng

Anti-theft tracking and ignition advance angle control of digital igniter
LIANG Shan,HU Ying, XIAN Xiao-dong,LIU Fei,WANG Ke-zhi

An Overview of the Development of Internal Model Control
DAI Wen-zhan, DING Liang, YANG Ai-ping

Soft Measurement Model of Raw Meal Decomposition Rate in Cement Clinker
QIAO Jing-hui, ZHOU Xiao-jie, CHAI Tian-you, ZHENG Xiu-ping

Multi-Grade Resin Quality Estimation for Industrial Polyethylene Process
Based on Adaptive Estimation
ZHAO Zhong, LIU Yang

Hydrogen Concentration Test Systems based on Thermal Conductivity Sensor
SUN Dong-mei , LIU Lin, XV Hai-bin

Multi-Objective Evaluation Based Optimizing Setting Method
YAN Ai-jun, WANG Peng-xiao, XU Zhe, WANG Pu

Design of Control System for Hover of Longitudinal Double Ducted-Fan
LI Ming-xi, XIANG Chang-le,XU Bin-YUAN Wei-song, ZHI Jin-ning

Multi-model Soft-Sensor Modeling Based on Feature-Weighted Fuzzy
YANG Hui-zhong, ZHANG Wen-qing

Design and Implementation of LED Large Screen Synchronous Display
Control Systems
LIU Quan-li, WANG Chen-kai, WANG Wei, GAO Cong

Design and Implementation of Wireless Combustible Gas Detection System
WANG Kai, WANG Ya-gang, SHAO Hui-he

Application of Improved Moving Average Filter to Identification of PSO
GONG Xiang-yang , ZHAO Zhen-xing

Mapping Supervisor Synthesis Based On Algebra Operations on the
Incidence Matrixes
ZHAO Po, LUO Ji-liang, QI Peng-fei, CHEN Xue-kun

Robust Predictive Palstance Control of Combine Cylinder Threshing
ZHANG Jun, ZHAO De-an, SHEN Hui-liang

Data-Driven Prediction Modeling of Sinter Components
SHANG Xiu-qin, LU Jian-gang

On Vibratory Gyroscopes Based on a Novel Adaptive Approach
YANG Yu-zheng , FEI Jun-tao

Sliding Mode Control of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems Based on LSSVM
WANG Xian-fang, ZHENG Yan-bin , FENG Nai-qin

Improved Empirical Mode Decomposition and its Application to Wind
Power Forecasting
WANG Peng, CHEN Guo-chu, XU Yu-fa,YU Jin-shou

On Output Power Control Stragety of Variable Speed Wind Generation
ZHANG Guang-ming, JI Bao-jian

On-line Monitoring the Winding Condition of Power Transformer Under
Sudden Short-circuit Based on the Vibration Analysis Method
WANG Feng-hua, LI Qing, Jin Zhi-jian

Optimal Selection of Parameters of LSSVM for Predicting Time Series
of Returned Material Compositions' in Alumina Production
HE Peng, WANG Y-lin, XIE Yong-fang, GUI Wei-hua

Altitude Control of Multi-Rotor Type Aircraft Based on Pressure Sensor
WANG Wei, ZHOU Yong, WANG Feng, CHENG Yong,SONG Yu-ze, NONAMI Kenzo


4.2 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Contributed by: Brian Fauth,

SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Volume: 49, Issue: 4

Relaxation of Hypotheses in LaSalleKrasovskii-Type Invariance Results
Anthony N. Michel and Ling Hou
pp. 1383-1403

Exact Boundary Controllability for Quasilinear Hyperbolic Systems on a Tree-
Like Network and Its Applications
Qilong Gu and Tatsien Li
pp. 1404-1421

Stabilization of Systems with One Degree of Underactuation with Energy
Shaping: A Geometric Approach
Bahman Gharesifard
pp. 1422-1434

Noncoincidence of Approximate and Limiting Subdifferentials of Integral Functionals
Abderrahim Jourani and Lionel Thibault
pp. 1435-1453

Internal Exponential Stabilization to a Nonstationary Solution for 3D
NavierStokes Equations
Viorel Barbu, Sergio S. Rodrigues, and Armen Shirikyan
pp. 1454-1478

Boundary Controllers and Observers for the Linearized Schrodinger Equation
Miroslav Krstic, Bao-Zhu Guo, and Andrey Smyshlyaev
pp. 1479-1497

Convergence Results for Smooth Regularizations of Hybrid Nonlinear Optimal
Control Problems
T. Haberkorn and E. Trelat
pp. 1498-1522

A Generalization of the Averaging Procedure: The Use of Two-Time-Scale Algorithms
Abdelkader Mokkadem and Mariane Pelletier
pp. 1523-1543

Invariance Principles for Switched Systems with Restrictions
J. L. Mancilla-Aguilar and R. A. Garcia
pp. 1544-1569

Ergodic Rate Control Problem for Single Class Queueing Networks
Amarjit Budhiraja, Arka P. Ghosh, and Chihoon Lee
pp. 1570-1606

The Topological Derivative of Homogenized Elastic Coefficients of Periodic
Anca-Maria Toader
pp. 1607-1628

Optimal Control of a Class of Variational Inequalities of the Second Kind
Juan Carlos De Los Reyes
pp. 1629-1658

Stochastic Nash Equilibrium Seeking for Games with General Nonlinear Payoffs
Shu-Jun Liu and Miroslav Krstic
pp. 1659-1679

The Total $s$-Energy of a Multiagent System
Bernard Chazelle
pp. 1680-1706

Optimal Control of Three-Dimensional State-Constrained Induction Heating Problems
with Nonlocal Radiation Effects
Pierre-Etienne Druet, Olaf Klein, Jurgen Sprekels, Fredi Troltzsch, and Irwin Yousept
pp. 1707-1736

Large Deviations for Two-Time-Scale Systems Driven by Nonhomogeneous Markov Chains
and Associated Optimal Control Problems
Qi He, George Yin, and Qing Zhang
pp. 1737-1765

Particle Approximation of the Intensity Measures of a Spatial Branching Point Process
Arising in Multitarget Tracking
Francois Caron, Pierre Del Moral, Arnaud Doucet, and Michele Pace
pp. 1766-1792

The Effect of Anisotropic Mesh Adaptation on PDE-Constrained Optimal Control Problems
Stefano Micheletti and Simona Perotto
pp. 1793-1828

Discrete HamiltonJacobi Theory
Tomoki Ohsawa, Anthony M. Bloch, and Melvin Leok
pp. 1829-1856

Exact Boundary Controllability of a System of Mixed Order with Essential Spectrum
F. Ammar Khodja, K. Mauffrey, and A. Munch
pp. 1857-1879


4.3 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 47 (2011), Issue 8 (August)

Regular Papers

Parameterization and identification of multivariable state-space systems: A
canonical approach
Guillaume Mercère, Laurent Bako

Multi-player non-zero sum games: Online adaptive learning solution of coupled
Hamilton-Jacobi equations
Kyriakos Vamvoudakis, Frank L. Lewis

Optimal control of risk process in a regime-switching environment
Chao Zhu

Time and output warping of control systems: Comparing and imitating motions
Peter Kingston, Magnus Egerstedt

Computation of approximate optimal policies in a partially observed inventory
model with rain checks
Alain Bensoussan, Metin Cakanyildirim, Suresh P. Sethi, Ruixia Shi

Gait generation and control for biped robots with underactuation degree one
Yong Hu, Gangfeng Yan, Zhiyun Lin

Supply chain coordination with risk sensitive retailer under target sales rebate
Chun Hung Chiu, Tsan-Ming Choi, Xun Li

A virtual closed loop method for closed loop identification
Juan C Aguero, Graham C. Goodwin, Paul M.J. Van den Hof

Explicit/multi-parametric MPC of linear discrete-time systems by dynamic and
multi-parametric programming
Konstantinos Kouramas, Nuno Faisca, Christos Panos, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos

Parameter estimation with scarce measurements
Feng Ding, Guangjun Liu, Peter X. Liu

A generalized instrumental variable estimation method for errors-in-variables
identification problems
Torsten Soderstrom

Max-plus representation for the fundamental solution of the time-varying differential
Riccati equation
Ameet Deshpande

Brief Papers

Root mean square gain of discrete-time switched linear systems under dwell time
Patrizio Colaneri, Paolo Bolzern, Jose C. Geromel

Robust stability analysis of Smith predictor-based congestion control algorithms
for computer networks
Luca De Cicco, Saverio Mascolo, Silviu-Iulian Niculescu

Sensor data scheduling for optimal state estimation with communication energy constraint
LING SHI, Peng Cheng, Jiming Chen

Actuators fault detection and compensation under feedback control
Denis Efimov, Ali Zolghadri, Tarek Raissi

Finite-time consensus algorithm for multi-agent systems with double-integrator dynamics
Shihua Li, Haibo Du, Xiangze Lin

Dynamic output feedback H-infinity control of switched linear systems
Grace S. Deaecto, Jose C. Geromel, Jamal Daafouz

Identification and data-driven model reduction of state-space representations of
lossless and dissipative systems from noise-free data
Paolo Rapisarda, Harry L. Trentelman

Control of LTI plants over erasure channels
Eduardo I. Silva, Sebastian A. Pulgar

Delay-varying repetitive control with application to a walking Piezo actuator
Roel Merry, Dirk Kessels, Maurice Heemels, René van de Molengraft, Maarten Steinbuch

Leader localization in multi-agent systems subject to failure: A graph-theoretic approach
Saeid Jafari, Amir Ajorlou, Amir G. Aghdam

Partial unknown input reconstruction for linear systems
Francisco Javier Bejarano

Cascade cavity realization for a class of complex transfer functions arising in
coherent quantum feedback control
Ian R Petersen

Minimal-time bioremediation of natural water resources
Pedro Gajardo, Hector Ramirez, Alain Rapaport, Jérome Harmand

Convex parametric piecewise quadratic optimization: Theory and algorithms
Panagiotis Patrinos, Haralambos Sarimveis

Virtual reference feedback tuning for non minimum phase plants
Luciola Campestrini, Diego Eckhard, Michel Gevers, Alexandre S. Bazanella

An optimization approach to adaptive Kalman filtering
Maja Karasalo, Xiaoming Hu

Set-membership LPV model identification of vehicle lateral dynamics
Vito Cerone, Dario Piga, Diego Regruto

A novel approach to coordination of multiple robots with communication failures
via proximity graph
Yuan Fan, Gang Feng, Yong Wang, Jianbin Qiu

Making parametric Hammerstein system identification a linear problem
Zhijun Cai, Er-Wei Bai

Stability and stabilization of discrete-time periodic linear systems with
actuator saturation
Bin Zhou, Wei Xing Zheng, Guang-Ren Duan

Gain-scheduled control via filtered scheduling parameters
Izumi Masubuchi, Iori Kurata

Parameter identification of Hammerstein systems containing backlash operators
with arbitrary-shape parametric borders
Fouad Giri, Youssef Rochdi, Adil Brouri, Fatima-Zahra Chaoui

Technical Communiques

On the existence of periodic solutions in time-invariant fractional order systems
Masoud Yazdani, Hassan Salarieh

Further result on reachable set bounding for linear uncertain polytopic systems
with interval time-varying delays
Nam Phan T., Pubudu N. Pathirana

Frequency-truncated system norms
Gjerrit Meinsma, Hanumant Singh Shekhawat

Correspondence Items

Comments on "Parameter-dependent robust H-infinity filtering for uncertain
discrete-time systems" [Automatica 45 (2009), 560-565]
Likui Wang


4.4 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications
Contributed by: Zou Tiefeng,

Journal of Control Theory and Applications
Vol. 9, No. 3, Aug. 2011

Special issue on approximate dynamic programming and reinforcement learning

Editorial -- 309

Approximate policy iteration: a survey and some new methods -- Dimitri P.

A review of stochastic algorithms with continuous value function approximation
and some new approximate policy iteration algorithms for multidimensional
continuous applications -- Warren B. POWELL, Jun MA 336

Adaptive dynamic programming for online solution of a zero-sum differential
game -- Draguna VRABIE, Frank LEWIS 353

Online optimal control of nonlinear discrete-time systems using approximate
dynamic programming -- Travis DIERKS, Sarangapani JAGANNATHAN 361

Approximate dynamic programming solutions with a single network adaptive critic
for a class of nonlinear systems -- Jie DING, S. N. BALAKRISHNAN 370

Finite horizon optimal control of discrete-time nonlinear systems with unfixed
initial state using adaptive dynamic programming -- Qinglai WEI, Derong LIU 381

A model-based approximate lambda-policy iteration approach to online evasive
path planning and the video game Ms. Pac-Man -- Greg FODERARO, Vikram RAJU,
Silvia FERRARI 391

Asymptotic tracking by a reinforcement learning-based adaptive critic controller
-- Shubhendu BHASIN, Nitin SHARMA, Parag PATRE, Warren DIXON 400

Stable reinforcement learning with recurrent neural networks -- James Nate KNIGHT,
Charles ANDERSON 410

Semi-Markov adaptive critic heuristics with application to airline revenue
management -- Ketaki KULKARNI, Abhijit GOSAVI, Susan MURRAY, Katie GRANTHAM 421

Multiresolution state-space discretization for Q-Learning with pseudorandomized
discretization -- Amanda LAMPTON, John VALASEK, Mrinal KUMAR 431

Hierarchical state-abstracted and socially augmented Q-Learning for reducing
complexity in agent-based learning -- Xueqing SUN, Tao MAO, Laura RAY, Dongqing
SHI, Jerald KRALIK 440

Moving least-squares approximations for linearly-solvable stochastic optimal
control problems -- Mingyuan ZHONG, Emanuel TODOROV 451


4.5 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Lichen Fu,

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.13, No.5 September, 2011

Special issue on "Analysis and Control of Biological Networks"
Authors: Luonan Chen, James Lam and Zidong Wang

Regular papers:
1. Paper Title: The role of feedback mechanisms in biological network models—A
Authors: Nicole Radde

2. Paper Title: A parameter condition for ruling out multiple equilibria of the
photosynthetic carbon metabolism
Authors: Hong-Bo Lei, Xin Wang, Ruiqi Wang, Xin-Guang Zhu, Luonan Chen and Ji-Feng Zhang

3. Paper Title: Stability of genetic regulatory networks with interval time-varying
delays and stochastic perturbation
Authors: Yong He, Ling-Yun Fu, Jin Zeng and Min Wu

4. Paper Title: Robust stochastic stability of genetic regulatory networks with
time delays and parametric uncertainties
Authors: J. Li, G. Chesi and Y. S. Hung

5. Paper Title: Robust stability of delayed genetic regulatory networks with
different sources of uncertainties
Authors: Wei Pan, Zidong Wang and Jun Hu

6. Paper Title: Robust stability of Markovian jumping genetic regulatory networks
with disturbance attenuation
Authors: Yingtao Yao, Jinling Liang and Jinde Cao

7. Paper Title: Robust H∞ observer-based tracking control of stochastic immune
systems under environmental disturbances and measurement noises
Authors: Bor-Sen Chen, Ying-Po Lin and Yung-Jen Chuang

8. Paper Title: Bifurcation search via feedback loop breaking in biochemical
signaling pathways with time delay
Authors: Steffen Waldherr, David Dylus and Frank Allgöwer

9. Paper Title: Adaptation of simple molecular networks to time-dependent stimulus
Authors: Xiao Chang, Dengyu Liu, Zengrong Liu, Luonan Chen and Ruiqi Wang

10. Paper Title: Synchronization in networks of genetic oscillators with delayed coupling
Authors: Ping Li and James Lam

11. Paper Title: Bio-entity network for analysis of protein–protein interaction networks
Authors: Li-Hong Ren, Yi-Zhen Shen, Yong-Sheng Ding and Kuo-Chen Chou

12. Paper Title: Spice simulation of intracellular transport: Free diffusion
Authors: Gabriel Vasilescu and Luonan Chen

Brief papers:
1. Paper Title: Exponential H-infinity filtering for switched stochastic genetic regulatory
networks with random sensor delays
Authors: Dan Zhang, Li Yu and Qing-Guo Wang


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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 19
Issue 9
Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of
Discrete Systems
September 2011

Editorial Board, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on
Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011, Page IFC

Jean-Marc Faure, Maria Pia Fanti Mariagrazia Dotoli, Janan Zaytoon, Preface,
Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control
of Discrete Systems, September 2011, Pages 927-928

Doaa Soliman, Georg Frey, Verification and validation of safety applications
based on PLCopen safety function blocks, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 -
The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011,
Pages 929-946

Julien Provost, Jean-Marc Roussel, Jean-Marc Faure, Translating Grafcet specifications
into Mealy machines for conformance test purposes, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09
- The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011,
Pages 947-957

Mariagrazia Dotoli, Maria Pia Fanti, Agostino M. Mangini, Walter Ukovich,
Identification of the unobservable behaviour of industrial automation systems by
Petri nets, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable
Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011, Pages 958-966

Anooshiravan Saboori, Christoforos N. Hadjicostis, Coverage analysis of mobile agent
trajectory via state-based opacity formulations, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 -
The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011,
Pages 967-977

Matthias Roth, Jean-Jacques Lesage, Lothar Litz, The concept of residuals for fault
localization in discrete event systems, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd
IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011, Pages 978-988

M.P. Cabasino, A. Giua, M. Pocci, C. Seatzu, Discrete event diagnosis using labeled
Petri nets. An application to manufacturing systems, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'
09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011,
Pages 989-1001

Alexandre Philippot, Moamar Sayed-Mouchaweh, Veronique Carre-Menetrier, Bernard Riera,
Generation of candidates' tree for the fault diagnosis of discrete event systems,
Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of
Discrete Systems, September 2011, Pages 1002-1013

K. Andersson, B. Lennartson, P. Falkman, M. Fabian, Generation of restart states
for manufacturing cell controllers, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd
IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011, Pages

Gabriel M. Hoffmann, Haomiao Huang, Steven L. Waslander, Claire J. Tomlin, Precision
flight control for a multi-vehicle quadrotor helicopter testbed, Issue 9, Special
Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems,
September 2011, Pages 1023-1036

R. Sanchis, J.A. Romero, J.M. Martin, A new approach to averaging level control,
Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of
Discrete Systems, September 2011, Pages 1037-1043

G. Boschetti, D. Richiedei, A. Trevisani, Delayed reference control for multi-degree-
of-freedom elastic systems: Theory and experimentation, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'
09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011,
Pages 1044-1055

Roberto Arnanz, Luis J. Miguel, Jose R. Peran, Antonio Mendoza, A modified direct
torque control with fault tolerance, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd
IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011, Pages

Antonio Nevado, Ricardo Requena, Daniel Viudez, Emilio Plano, A new control strategy
for IKN-type coolers, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd IFAC Workshop on
Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011, Pages 1066-1074

Mikael Bjorkbom, Shekar Nethi, Lasse M. Eriksson, Riku Jantti, Wireless control
system design and co-simulation, Issue 9, Special Section: DCDS'09 - The 2nd IFAC
Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems, September 2011, Pages 1075-1086


4.7 Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

Table of Contents of Automatica Volume 47 (2011), Issue 9 (September)

Regular Papers

Implicit discrete-time systems and accessibility
Karl Rieger, Kurt Schlacher

Separability of scalar random multisine signals
Martin Enqvist

Numerical solution of a conspicuous consumption model with constant control delay
Tony Huschto, Gustav Feichtinger, Richard F. Hartl, Peter Kort, Sebastian Sager,
Andrea Seidl

Average TimeSynch: A consensus-based protocol for clock synchronization in wireless
sensor networks
Luca Schenato, Federico Fiorentin

Auxiliary signal design for robust active fault detection of linear discrete-time systems
Alireza Esna Ashari, Ramine Nikoukhah, Stephen L Campbell

Difference algebra and system identification
Christian Lyzell, Torkel Glad, Martin Enqvist, Lennart Ljung

On identification of FIR systems having quantized output data
Boris I Godoy, Graham C. Goodwin, Juan C Aguero, Damián Edgardo Marelli, Torbjörn Wigren

Discontinuities and hysteresis in quantized average consensus
Francesca Ceragioli, Claudio De Persis, Paolo Frasca

No-beacon collective circular motion of jointly-connected multi-agents
Zhiyong Chen, Haitao Zhang

The cost of complexity in system identification: The output error case
Cristian Rojas, Märta Barenthin Syberg, James Welsh, Håkan Hjalmarsson

Brief Papers

Equilibrium-independent passivity: A new definition and numerical certification
George Hines, Murat Arcak, Andrew K. Packard

Dynamic switching surfaces for output sliding mode control: An $H_infty$ approach
Fernando Castaños, Leonid M. Fridman

Finite-time distributed consensus via binary control protocols
Gang Chen, Frank L. Lewis, Lihua Xie

On frequency-domain criterion of finite-time convergence of second-order sliding
mode control algorithms
Igor Boiko

Transfer function representation of cyclic consensus systems
Myung-gon Yoon, Koji Tsumura

Consensus of multiple second-order vehicles with a time-varying reference signal
under directed topology
Jiahu Qin, Wei Xing Zheng, Huijun Gao

Optimal linear estimation for networked systems with communication constraints
Wen-An Zhang, Li Yu, Gang Feng

An effective analytical criterion for stability testing of fractional-delay systems
Min Shi, Zaihua Wang

Distributed consensus over digital networks with limited bandwidth and time-
varying topologies
Tao Li, Lihua Xie

A global piecewise smooth Newton method for fast large-scale model predictive control
Panagiotis Patrinos, Pantelis Sopasakis, Haralambos Sarimveis

On consensus algorithms of multiple uncertain mechanical systems with a
reference trajectory
Wenjie Dong

Output-feedback global tracking for unknown control direction plants with application
to extremum-seeking control
Tiago Roux Oliveira, Liu Hsu, Alessandro Jacoud Peixoto

A convex optimization approach to robust iterative learning control for linear
systems with time-varying parametric uncertainties
Dinh Hoa Nguyen, David Banjerdpongchai

Cooperative exploration of level surfaces of three dimensional scalar fields
Wencen Wu, Fumin Zhang

Output feedback model predictive control for LPV systems based on quasi-min-max
Jee-Hun Park, Tae-Hyoung Kim, Toshiharu Sugie

Differential constraints for bounded recursive identification with multivariate
Coen. C. de Visser, Quping Chu, J.A. (Bob) Mulder

On vehicle placement to intercept moving targets
Shaunak D. Bopardikar, Stephen L. Smith, Francesco Bullo

Generalised theory on asymptotic stability and boundedness of stochastic functional
differential equations
Qi Luo, Xuerong Mao, Yi Shen

Convexity and convex approximations of discrete-time stochastic control problems
with constraints
Eugenio Cinquemani, Mayank Agarwal, Debasish Chatterjee, John Lygeros

Lyapunov formulation of ISS cyclic-small-gain in continuous-time dynamical networks
Tengfei Liu, David J. Hill, Zhong-Ping Jiang

Reachability determination in acyclic Petri nets by cell enumeration approach
Duan Li, Xiaoling Sun, Jianjun Gao, Shenshen Gu, Xiaojin Zheng

Reset passivation of nonlinear controllers via a suitable time-regular reset map
Fulvio Forni, Dragan Nesic, Luca Zaccarian

A Kalman-Yakubovich-Popov-Type lemma for systems with certain state-dependent constraints
Christopher King, Wynita M. Griggs, Robert Shorten

A novel approach to multiparametric quadratic programming
Arun Gupta, Sharad Bhartiya, P.S.V. Nataraj

Technical Communiques

Note on stability of linear systems with time-varying delay
Jin-Hoon Kim

Domains of PID controller coefficients which guarantee stability and performance
for LTI time-delay systems
Mohammad Bozorg, Faezeh Termeh

Stability analysis for linear delayed systems via an optimally dividing delay
interval approach
Huaguang Zhang, Zhenwei Liu

Stationary consensus of heterogeneous multi-agent systems with bounded communication
Cheng-Lin Liu, Fei Liu

Optimal ripple-free deadbeat control using an ITSE index
Francisco J. Vargas, Mario E. Salgado, Eduardo I. Silva

Book and Software Reviews

Vortex Rings, D. G. Akhmetov; Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heildelberg, 2009,
ISBN: 978-3-642-05015-2
Scott Beatty


4.8 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Lichen Fu,

"Advances in Fractional Order Control and Estimation"
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

Fractional Calculus (FC) is simultaneously a new and old research issue. The
concept of fractional (or, more precisely, non integer) differentiation appeared
first in a famous correspondence between Marquise de L'Hospital and G. Leibniz,
in 1695. Many mathematicians have further developed this area and we can mention
the studies of Euler (1730), Laplace (1812), Abel (1823), Liouville (1832) and
Riemann (1847), to cite a few. However, FC remained for centuries a purely
theoretical topic, with little if any connections to practical problems of
physics and engineering.

In the last decades non integer differentiation has become a more and more popular
tool for modeling the complex behaviours of physical systems from diverse domains
such as mechanics, electricity, chemistry, biology, economics, and many others.

The long-range temporal or spatial dependence phenomena inherent to the Fractional
Order Systems (FOS, i.e., systems described by means of fractional-order integro-
differential operators) present unique and intriguing peculiarities, not supported
by their integer-order counterpart, which raise exciting challenges and opportunities
related to the development of control and estimation methodologies involving
fractional order dynamics. This special issue aims to bring together the latest
advances in the theory and application of fractional control and estimation for
dynamical systems.

Topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
(1) Fractional control of linear, nonlinear and distributed-parameter systems;
(2) State observation and fault detection in FOS
(3) Practical engineering applications of fractional controllers and observers.

Guest Editors:

Prof. Riccardo Caponetto
University of Catania, Italy

Prof. Alessandro Pisano
University of Cagliari, Italy

Important Dates:

May 10, 2011 Call for Papers
Nov. 30, 2011 Deadline for Paper Submission
Mar. 31, 2012 Completion of First Review
July 31, 2012 Completion of Final Review
Jan. 31, 2013 Publication (Tentatively Vol.15, No.1)

How to submit:

Potential authors are encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript
(in PDF format) through the journal's online submission website:

If you encounter any submission problem, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu,

Professor Li-Chen Fu
Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524
National Taiwan University
Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-3366-3558
Fax: +886-2-2365-4267

All submission should include a title page containing the title of the paper,
an abstract and a list of keywords, authors' full names and affiliations, complete
postal and electronic address, phone and fax numbers. The contacting author should
be clearly identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit


4.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Lichen Fu,

"Advances in Active Control of Sound and Vibration"
A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control

The idea of active control of sound dates back to Paul Lueg in 1934 but it was
not until the 1980s that a device, based on analogue componentry, came close to
any practical application. Since then the advent of modern digital computing and
digital signal processing has vastly advanced the possibility of practical benefits
of combating noise and vibration using active techniques. Currently, practical
applications include anti-noise earphones, active duct silencers, active control
of propeller-driven aircraft cabin noise, active vibration control of vehicle
suspensions, active tuned mass dampers, acoustic echo cancellation in telecoms,
etc. However, judging by the elegant mathematical promise, the quantity of research
effort and the substantial decrease in cost of sensors, actuators and digital
controllers, one can expect many more success stories to be told in the future.

At this stage of technological development, it is perhaps time to take stock: there
are many questions which affect future directions of research, development and
implementation. For example, what are the theoretical limits from the control
theory perspective and what recent advances in control theory and algorithm
development will advance the frontiers of active control? What is the bottleneck
in practical applications? Is it the capabilities of sensors, digital signal
processors or actuators, or are robustness and cost the limiting factors?

The main purposes of this Special Issue are to review the state of the art and
to highlight advances in the active control of sound and vibration. Common sense
tells us that control of the source of sound and vibration is the better option
if possible. One such example is the control of instability in air flows that
would otherwise lead to exponential growth of velocity and pressure oscillations
and ultimate damage to machinery. Active intervention at the first stages of
instability can produce major effects. In addition to more conventional applications
to active control of sound and vibration, we would therefore also welcome contributions
on the active control of dynamic system instability that would otherwise cause
structural vibration and/or sound radiation.

Guest Editors:

Prof. Mingsian R. Bai
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Dr. Lixi Huang
University of Hong Kong, China

Prof. Brian Mace
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Prof. Xiaojun Qiu
Nanjing University, China

Important Dates:

July 1, 2011 Call for Papers
Dec. 31 2011 Deadline for Paper Submission
Apr. 30, 2012 Completion of First Review
Aug. 31, 2012 Completion of Final Review
Sep. 30, 2012 Receipt of Final Manuscript
Mar. 31, 2013 Publication (Tentatively Vol.15, No.2)

How to submit:

Authors who wish to contribute may contact any of the guest editors or the editorial
office (below) as soon as possible, giving a tentative title for the paper and a
list of authors. These can be changed later. Manuscripts should be submitted by
uploading the electronic file (in PDF format) through the journal's online submission

If you encounter any submission problems, feel free to contact Prof. Li-Chen Fu,


Professor Li-Chen Fu
Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524
National Taiwan University
Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-3366-3558
Fax: +886-2-2365-4267

All submissions should include a title page containing the title of the paper, an
abstract and a list of keywords, authors' full names and affiliations, complete
postal and electronic address, phone and fax numbers. The contact author should
be clearly identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit All manuscripts will be refereed in
the normal manner.


5. Conferences

5.1 ESANN 2012
Contributed by:

ESANN 2012: European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks,
Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning
Bruges, Belgium, 25 to 27 April 2012 -20th anniversary !-

First announcement and call for papers and
Call for proposals for special sessions

We are pleased to inform you that preliminary information about ESANN 2012 is available:
see ESANN 2012 will take place in Bruges, Belgium
from 25 to 27 April 2012.

The call for papers is available at

You will find at a call for special
session proposals. If you are interested in organizing a special session at ESANN 2012,
please send an e-mail to, and we will send you the guide for session
organizers. The deadline for submitting special session proposals is August 15th, 2011.

ESANN 2012 builds upon a successful series of conference organized each year since 1993.
ESANN has become a major scientific event in the machine learning, computational
intelligence and artificial neural networks fields over the years.

The conference will be organized in Bruges, one of the most beautiful medieval towns
in Europe. Designated as the "Venice of the North", the city has preserved all the
charms of the medieval heritage. Its centre, which is inscribed on the Unesco World
Heritage list, is in itself a real open air museum.


5.2 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
Contributed by: Maurice Heemels,

ANNOUNCEMENT: 4th IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS),
6-8 June 2012, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The IFAC conference series on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS) focuses
on the broad area of hybrid dynamical systems and has already a long and rich history.
ADHS'12 is the fourth conference in this series after ADHS'03 in Saint Malo (France),
ADHS'06 in Alghero (Italy), and ADHS'09 in Zaragoza (Spain). In addition, the ADHS
series was preceded by the successful conference series on Automation Of Mixed
Processes: ADPM'92 in Paris (France), ADPM'94 in Brussels (Belgium), ADPM'98 in
Reims (France) and ADPM'2000 in Dortmund (Germany). As such, the ADHS series has
roots of more than 2 decades ago.

We are happy to continue this tradition and announce that the next edition of the
IFAC conference ADHS will take place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, from 6 to 8
June 2012. The aim will be to bring together international researchers and practitioners
with backgrounds in control, computer science and operations research and to provide
an overview of the recent advances in the field of hybrid systems. In particular,
contributions that present hybrid tools for the analysis and design of Networked
Control Systems are encouraged. As the development of systematic methods for hybrid
automation systems is a key issue in industrial information and control technology,
also many applications of hybrid systems theory will be presented at ADHS'12. The
following keynote speakers agreed to share their views on hybrid systems with us:

- Alberto Bemporad (Italy)
- George Pappas (USA)
- Andy Teel (USA)

The deadline for submissions is set to 15 November 2011.

Contributions are invited in all areas pertaining to the theory and engineering of
hybrid dynamical systems including modeling, specification, analysis, verification,
controller synthesis, simulation, and implementation. Contributions on applications
of hybrid methods in various fields, such as networked control systems, large-scale
process industries, transportation systems, energy distribution networks,
communication networks, safety systems, etc, are particularly encouraged. Synthetic
presentations of hybrid-system problems in these fields are also encouraged.

More information is available at

We are looking forward to welcome you in the Netherlands in June 2012 for this
inspiring event!

Maurice Heemels and Bart De Schutter


5.3 International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision
Contributed by: WANG HAN,

12th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision
5 – 7 December 2012, Guangzhou, China


The 12th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision,
ICARCV 2012, will be held in Guangzhou, China in December 2012. The conference is
co-organised by the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Chinese University
of Hong Kong and IEEE Guangzhou Control Chapter.

ICARCV focuses on both theory and applications mainly covering the topics of control,
automation, robotics and vision. In addition to the technical sessions, there will
be invited sessions, panel sessions and keynote addresses.

The Proceedings of ICARCV were indexed by ISI Proceedings, EI Compendex and included
in the IEEE Xplore.

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates:
Deadline for Full Paper submission 1 April 2012
Notification of Acceptance 1 July 2012
Deadline for Camera Ready Manuscript Submission 1 September 2012
Deadline for Authors' Registration 1 September 2012

For further information, please refer to
Website -
Email -


5.4 Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control
Contributed by: Georgios Fainekos,

Call for Papers -- HSCC 2012
15th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control
Beijing, China in mid-April 2012

Conference Scope

Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control is a leading, single-track
conference focusing on research into systems in which the interplay
between discrete (or symbolic or switching) and continuous dynamical
behaviors plays a key role. Such interplay often arises in embedded,
reactive and cyber-physical systems, but also appears in other new
contexts; for example, systems biology, or mixed-signal electronic
circuits. Academic and industrial researchers are invited to submit
manuscripts detailing the latest developments in practice and theory
pertaining to the analysis, design, control, optimization,
verification, implementation and applications of such hybrid systems.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Models of heterogeneous systems;
* Computability and complexity issues;
* Real-time computing and control;
* Embedded and resource-aware control;
* Computation and control over wireless networks;
* Tools for analysis, verification, control, and design;
* Programming languages support and implementation;
* Modeling and analysis for applications and new domains, including
automotive, communication networks, avionics, transportation
networks, energy systems, mobile robotic networks, manufacturing,
analog and mixed-signal electronics, systems biology, and other

HSCC 2012 will be held as part of the fifth CPSWeek (Cyber-Physical
Systems Week) collocating HSCC, RTAS (Real-Time and Embedded
Technology and Applications Symposium), LCTES (Languages, Compilers,
and Tools for Embedded Systems), IPSN (International Conference on
Information Processing in Sensor Networks), and ICCPS (International
Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems). Proposals for workshops and
tutorials are invited, and should be submitted through the CPSWeek
website (

Submission Guidelines

* Regular papers. Papers of no more than ten pages (in ten point,
two-column in ACM format) presenting original research that is
unpublished and not submitted elsewhere can be submitted
electronically in PDF format through the conference web site.
Submitted papers will be reviewed by the program committee, and
authors will be invited to submit brief rebuttals of the reviews
before the final acceptances are made.

* Tool presentations. Papers of no more than four pages (in ten point,
two-column ACM format) describing the implemented tool and its novel
features. A demonstration and/or poster is expected to accompany a
tool presentation at the larger CPSWEEK demo session.

Important Dates

Initial submission: October 14 (common to all CPSWeek conferences)
Rebuttal phase: November 25-30
Author notification: December 16
Final version: January 16

Program Chairs
Thao Dang, Verimag, France
Ian Mitchell, University of British Columbia, Canada


6. Workshops

6.1 Monterey Workshop on Computational Issues in Nonlinear Control
Contributed by: Arthur J Krener,

The Second Monterey Workshop on
Computational Issues in Nonlinear Control
Marriott Hotel, Monterey, California
November 7 and 8, 2011

Over the past several decades there has been tremendous progress in the development
of nonlinear systems theory but application of these ideas has lagged behind because
of the lack of effective computational tools. Computational nonlinear control is
currently in a stage of development similar to that of computational linear control
in the early 1980s. At that time there was a well-developed theory of linear control
but computational tools lagged behind. About that time comprehensive tools such as
MATLAB and Matrix X were developed and put to great use in implementing the linear

Advancements in numerical methods together with the exponential increase in
computational power have made it possible to solve complex nonlinear problems, many
of which are closely related to control system applications. Developing computational
algorithms and software tools for control system applications has been accelerating
during the past few years. Computation is needed, and being developed, both for off-
line functions such as feedback design, simulation, and analysis as well as for on-
line functions associated with real-time feedback control that is implemented in
embedded and/or networked processors. Computations on digital computers are done
in finite steps. Control algorithms must be solved or implemented using finite
arithmetic. These key issues have led to many open questions. For nonlinear control
systems, certain computational issues have been a long time bottleneck for many
important topics including Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations; numerical calculation
of o ptimal trajectories; real-time numerical computations in closed-loop feedback,
and numerical calculation of invariant manifolds for filtering, robust control,
and output regulation.

This workshop is intended to bring together people from diverse communities with
a focus on the following topics: numerical calculation of optimal trajectories;
computational PDEs with control; model predictive control; and applications including
aero and space engineering, atmospheric physics, engine control, system biology, etc.

The First Monterey Workshop in 2009 was very successful in bringing together a
diverse group of participants and we expect that this workshop will expand on those

Monterey is a beautiful city on the central coast of California about 125 miles
south of San Francisco. Among other attractions is the world famous Monterey Aquarium,
Carmel, and the Big Sur coastline.

Monterey is served by Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) and there is regular bus
service from both San Jose Airport (SJC) and San Francisco Airport (SFO) by Monterey
Airbus (

Persons interested in attending and/or speaking at the workshop should contact
the organizers.

Wei Kang
Arthur Krener
William McEneaney

This workshop is sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School and UC San Diego.
Partial support for this workshop is expected from NSF and AFOSR.


6.2 IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems
Contributed by: Rifat Sipahi,

The next IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems will be held in Boston, MA, USA on
June 22-24, 2012. Details and call for papers can be found at

- Chair of the National Organizing Committee (NOC): Professor Nejat Olgac,
University of Connecticut

- NOC Vice-Chair: Dr. Martin Hosek, Tekrona LLC

- IPC Chair: Prof. Tomas Vyhlidal, Czech Technical University in Prague

- IPC Co-Chair: Prof. Qing-Chang Zhong, Loughborough University

- Editor: Prof. Rifat Sipahi, Northeastern University


6.3 MathMod Minisymposium on Cognitive Technical Systems
Contributed by: Dirk Soeffker,

Call for Papers:

MathMod Minisymposium on 'Cognitive Technical Systems (CTS): Modeling and

MATHMOD 2012 continues the conferences series MATHMOD Vienna in February 2012.
MATHMOD 2012 - 7th Vienna International Conference on Mathematical Modelling -
takes place February 15 - 17, 2012

Intended sessions of the Minisymposium CTS about


Modeling of interaction; Algorithmic development concerning reasoning, learning,
and planning; Mathematical Modeling of memory/sensored experiences, Mathematical
Modeling of Human-Machine-Systems; Mathematical modeling of group behavior,
Mathematical Modeling of self organization of intelligent systems, Formal methods
describing cognitive architectures, …

and Simulation:

Simulation of formal learning, planning, and reasoning in complex environments,
Simulation environments for cognition of dynamical behaviors
Intended application fields
- Robotics, Autonomous Systems
- Intelligent, softcomputed control based on knowledge
- Cognitive interfaces
- Intelligent systems
- Automatic control, Process informatics, Control engineering
- Human-guided robotic systems, Assistance systems
- …

Short description:
Since a few years a formal understanding of cognition is used and applied in
several disciplines realizing situational, flexible behaviors for interactions
and model-based supervision. Based on cognitive functions (perception, interpretation,
planning) or procedures (learning, reasoning, memorizing, …) with the use of
representations and soft-/intelligent computing techniques tasks of control and
supervision of dynamical systems are discussed in a new sense. Applications fields
like Human-Machine-Systems or Cognitive Interfaces are discussed in a method-oriented
formal manner. Technical cognition is becoming a known term also in engineering, as
well as a popular term in information science. But what is behind? This minisymposium
should bring together and organize discussions of scientists on all levels related to
technical and formal-oriented cognition with respect to qualitative and quantitative
modeling and simulation or related model-based applications.

What is not intended to be included?

- Modeling of neuro-effects on a microscale
- Modeling based on classical formal logic


- Submission/Review Abstract: November 1, 2011
(Abstracts to the minisymposium should be send to the minisymposiums organizer)
- Notification of acceptance: December 1, 2011
- Final contributions: December 31, 2011
- Payment/Enrollment (@MathMod 2012): December 31, 2011

Details (organization conference, formats, …) are given here:


6.4 Cyber-Physical Systems
Contributed by: Becky Lonberger,

The Symposium on Emerging Topics in Control and Modeling: Cyber-Physical Systems
will be held on Oct 20-21, 2011, at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The goal of this two-day, single-track event is to expose researchers to control
and modeling challenges in cyber-physical systems (CPS) with the aim of exchanging
knowledge and fostering collaborations between academia, industry, and government
agencies. The proposed symposium will cover several applications of cyber-physical
systems such as networked systems of unmanned vehicles, power grids, systems involved
in oil production, green buildings, transportation systems and health-care systems
via invited talks, poster presentations and a panel discussion. Academic researchers,
representatives from industry and government agencies, and graduate students from
various universities will be invited to attend the symposium.

Please visit the Symposium website,, for
more information.


7. Positions

7.1 PhD: Institute of Applied Mechanics and Informatics
Contributed by: N.V. Truong,

PhD Student (Parameter Estimation and Sensorless Control of Induction Motor)-
Ref No. PhD1

A PhD student position, doing research on Parameter estimation and sensorless
control of induction motor, is available at IRAL, Institute of Applied Mechanics
and Informatics (IAMI), Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST).
Successful candidate is required to enroll full-time into the PhD program in
applied mechanics/ mechatronics at IAMI and VAST, and receives salary as per
research officer level.


Good Bachelor and Master degree in Engineering (BEng), usually in electrical
and computer engineering/ mechatronic engineering from reputable universities.
A background on relevant subjects, such as: electronics, mechanical, robotics,
control engineering, computer science and maths
Strong C/C++ programming skills
Experience with Matlab and relevant toolboxes
Experience in DSP and microcontroller programing Benefits
Remunerations will be commensurate with the qualification and experience.

Fresh graduate, however, is welcome to apply.

Opportunity of going further study in (Master/PhD degree level) at either
VAST or our international educational partners.
Qualified candidates are invited to express their interests in the vacancy or
ask for further in-detail information.To be considered for such an appointment,
the following documents must be submitted electronically:
CV (resume) with photo including publication list if any
Samples of two best publication if any
Duplicate Education Certficate
Statements of Research Interests and Goals
Two reference letters or contacts (preferably academic)
A photocopy of National ID card or passport
For further details, please contact Dr. N.V. Truong, email: nvtruong at
Application will be closed when positions are filled. Visit


7.2 PhD: George Washington University, Washington DC
Contributed by:

Two PhD/Postdoc positions are available immediately at the Department of
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the George Washington University,
Washington DC (

This project involves the development of both nonlinear control theory and
experimental systems for complex maneuvers of aerospace systems. One position
will be focused on theoretical analyses and numerical simulations, and another
position will be responsible for hardware developments and control system

1. Nonlinear Control
The first research associate will develop robust adaptive control systems for
multiple rigid bodies, with applications to quadrotor UAVs and small satellites.
Backgrounds in all or some of the following areas are desirable: Lagrangian/Hamiltonian
mechanics, Lyapunov stability, optimization, differentiable geometry, and Matlab

2. Hardware Development
The second research associate will design and develop a hardware system for a
quadrotor UAV. This includes utilizing a vision-based motion capture system for
accurate position and attitude estimation. Successful candidates are expected to
have strong backgrounds in electric circuit design, real time operating systems,
and C programming.

Candidates should apply by email to Dr. Taeyoung Lee ( with a CV
summarizing backgrounds and research experiences. Please, feel free to send any
inquiry about the project and conditions.


7.3 PhD: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Contributed by: Jing Zhou,

PhD Studentships are available in the Faculty of Engineering and Industry,
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. The studentship is AUD $22,500
per annum tax free, paid fortnightly for 3 years.

The candidate should have a Bachelor Degree with First Class or Upper Second
Class Honours. Applications from candidates with Master degree will be welcomed.
The ideal candidate would have a background in electrical engineering, mathematics,
or computer science. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in dynamical
systems and control.

For an application form and full details on how to apply, please visit
-Postgraduate-Research-Award.html Or contact Dr.Zhou at with
a cover letter describing your research background and plan, and a resume, before
OCT 25, 2011.


7.4 PhD: Volvo Cars Corporation/Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden
Contributed by: Paolo Falcone,

The PhD Program will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop your career
within the automotive industry. We offer you a position, where you will be given
the opportunity of in depth-studying within a science of strategic importance for
Volvo Cars Corporation. As a PhD candidate in the program you will be assigned
both an academic and an industrial supervisor. Furthermore you will be part of
a network with PhD candidates in related scientific areas. After graduation you
will be assigned a position within a strategic area at Volvo Cars Corporation.

We are now looking for a PhD candidate for the research project "Towards
Autonomous Driving".

Autonomous driving will be an extension of current driver support functions such
as Adaptive Cruise Control Queue Assist and Lane Keeping Aid. It offers increased
convenience for the customer, as he or she will be provided the choice of manual
driving or autonomous driving in specific traffic situations, e.g. traffic jams
or highway driving. The ultimate goal is a vehicle that is able to drive on normal
public roads without any extra infrastructure features, except possibly infrastructure
communication. Research in towards this target may also bring about spin-off features
that can be implemented before full autonomous drive is possible.

It is proposed that this project will focus on motorway driving. The goal would be
to be able to travel autonomously from one entry ramp to the desired exit ramp.

When extending current functionality toward autonomous driving, a number of new
research problems will be encountered in areas such as: Low-speed dynamics, Multi-
target selection, Multi-target path planning, Road-edge detection, V2X communication,
Positioning, and Digital maps among others. The interactions between the vehicle and
the driver/passenger and between the vehicle and other road users are also critical.

The department "96400 Safety Electronics and Functions" develops systems and functions
for active/passive safety and driver support. This position is placed within section
"96410 Innovation" that handles research, advanced engineering and leads the innovation
process. The team is driven by a strong motivation to be world-leading within the area
of integrated safety and driver support, and has contributed with a number of automotive
"world first" developments during in recent years, such as the "Driver Alert", "City
Safety" and "Pedestrian Detection" systems. The team has several ongoing industrial
PhD candidates and an extensive academic and industrial collaboration ongoing, both
within Sweden and internationally.


The successful candidate will be employed by Volvo Cars Corporation, in Gothenburg,
Sweden, at the Department Safety Electronics and Functions within the business area
of Research & Development. The academic supervisor will be a senior researcher at the
Mechatronics Group of the Department of Signals and Systems at Chalmers University of
Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.


University master degree
Excellent Swedish and English skills, verbally and in writing
Strong analytical skills
Good listening and communication skills
Strong drive for results and ability to act independently and to take the initiative
Ability to cooperate and work within a team
An interest and ability to lead individuals and groups
Since Volvo Cars operates globally, it is meritorious if you have experience
from multiple cultures.


Jonas Ekmark , tel +46 31 325 35 18
Erik Coelingh. Mail:, tel: +46 31 59 71 55
Paolo Falcone. Mail:, tel: +46 31 772 1803


7.5 PhD: University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany
Contributed by: Gunther Reissig,

Efficient and guaranteed estimation of reachable sets of nonlinear systems

University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Institute of Control Engineering

Open to applicants worldwide; no special security clearance necessary.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in using finite state
models (or `discrete abstractions') for the analysis and synthesis of
continuous and hybrid systems. This approach allows one to apply fully
automated methods so that continuous and hybrid systems are formally
verified, and to design finite state controllers that provably enforce
complex, predefined specifications. See
However, obtaining suitable abstractions constitutes a challenging
problem, in which its solution requires estimating (as opposed to just
approximating) a large number of reachable sets of continuous-time
control systems. The project, which is funded by the German Research
Foundation (, aims at developing new
computational methods that apply to general nonlinear systems, yield
provably correct results, and are highly efficient. This will open up
new and exciting areas of application of abstraction based
techniques. The project involves theoretical work, software
development, and, on a small scale, experimental work.

Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in dynamical systems
and control and a Masters degree in an Engineering field or Applied
Mathematics. Experience in at least two of the following fields is
required: Numerical mathematics and optimization; convex geometry;
nonlinear control; formal methods in control; semidefinite programming;
software development (C or Ada). Fluency in oral and written English is
as essential as the willingness to collaborate with both engineers and

The position is available immediately and for an initial duration of
two years. Salary depends on experience and marital status and is not
less than 28 kEuro gross per yr plus benefits (75 percent of a full
position according to the tariff ``TVOeD Bund, E 13'', see Exceptionally qualified
candidates may be considered for a full position, depending on funding

Please send your application (and any inquiries) via e-mail to Gunther
Reissig (subject: PhD reachable sets, file format: PDF). Applications
should include a CV (in English) with photo, a letter of motivation (in
English), university transcripts (grades record, in English or German),
and possibly a list of publications. Please describe your qualifications
with respect to the particular requirements of the project as defined above.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


7.6 PhD: University of Texas at Arlington
Contributed by: Frank L. Lewis,

A Graduate Research Assistantship is available immediately for a PhD student in
the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington,
Arlington, Texas USA. Information about UTA is at Arlington is in
the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in North Texas. Pursuit of the PhD degree takes
about 4 years. The project is sponsored by NSF and involves cooperative multi-
agent adaptive control based on reinforcement learning, with applications to
electric power microgrids. The applicant should have knowledge of feedback
control systems, adaptive control, optimal control, and electric power systems.
Experience with MATLAB/SIMULINK is needed. Experience with cooperative control
systems will strengthen the application. Prior publications will make the candidate
stronger. Effective communication skills in English both oral and especially
written are needed.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and
contact information for three professional references via email to Dr. Frank L.
Lewis,, Automation & Robotics Research Institute, UTA, website Application materials should be sent as a single PDF file.


7.7 PhD: Lund University
Contributed by: Anders Rantzer,

A position for employment of PhD students in Automatic Control at Lund University
is announced on


7.8 Post-Doc: University of Leicester, UK
Contributed by: Dr Guido Herrmann,

Postdoctoral Research Associate: University of Leicester, UK

Contributed by Dr Guido Herrmann & Prof. Chris Edwards, e-mail:,

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Control, Department of Engineering, University of
Leicester, UK

"Robustness and adaptivity: advanced control and estimation algorithms for the
transverse dynamic atomic force microscope"

Applications are invited for a 36 month full-time research associate position. The
post is available from 1st October 2011 and we hope that the successful candidate
will start on, or as soon as possible, after this date. The applicant will contribute
to the recently awarded EPSRC funded project "Robustness and adaptivity: advanced
control and estimation algorithms for the transverse dynamic atomic force microscope".
The research will be carried out in close collaboration with the project partner,
the University of Bristol. The project will develop novel control and estimation
methods to create a high-speed transverse dynamic force microscope (HS-TDFM) at
the recently opened Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information at the University
of Bristol. The modern control approaches that will be employed will include linear
robust control, nonlinear sliding mode control, nonlinear adaptive control, modern
estimation/observer techniques using sliding modes, and adaptive principles. The
challenges will be to achieve practical control at sub-nanometer precision and at
bandwidths above 1MHz; and to understand and exploit the nonlinear HS-TDFM dynamics
for better data interpretation.

Applicants should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in control or a related discipline.
Experience in nonlinear adaptive control or sliding mode techniques will be an advantage.

For more information: Please contact Prof. Chris Edwards, e-mail: or Dr
Guido Herrmann, e-mail:


7.9 Post-Doc: University Central Florida
Contributed by: Zhihua Qu,

The controls laboratory at University Central Florida announces an opening of
postdoctor researcher, starting on October 1, 2011. The current interests of
the laboratory include distributed control, distributed and scalable game
algorithms, distributed optimization, and networked control systems. The
successful candidates will conduct research in the aforementioned areas
and also undertake applications in autonomous vehicles or smart power grids.

Please apply and have three reference letters sent directly to

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive until the position is filled.


7.10 Post-Doc: Iowa State University
Contributed by: Domenico D'Alessandro,

Postdoctoral position in Control of Quantum Systems

A postdoctoral position is available in the area of control of
quantum systems at the department of Mathematics of Iowa State
University starting January 1-st 2012. The position is for a period
from a minimum of one year to a maximum of five. The supervisor for
the project will be Professor Domenico D'Alessandro. The successful
candidate is expected to conduct research in the area of quantum
control and to teach up to one course per semester. Given the
interdisciplinary nature of the project, candidates with expertise
in different fields of mathematics and physics are encouraged to
apply. These include but are not limited to: Geometric control, Lie
groups and Lie algebras, Infinite dimensional control systems,
stochastic systems, quantum field theory, quantum mechanics and
quantum information. The project is part of a multi university
initiative involving (beside Iowa State University) the University
of Southern California, University of Massachusetts Boston,
University of California, Riverside, Princeton University and
Griffith University (Australia). This project covers aspects of
quantum control from theoretical to experimental. The successful
candidate is therefore expected to interact with an
interdisciplinary team and participate in conferences and meetings
with other participants in the project. If interested please send a
Curriculum Vitae, A letter describing scientific achievements and
interests and two letters of recommendation by either e-mail or
regular mail to
Professor Domenico D'Alessandro
Department of Mathematics
Iowa State University
440 Carver Hall
Ames IA 50011,
In order to receive full consideration complete applications should
be received by November 10-th 2011.


7.11 Post-Doc: Umeå University, Sweden
Contributed by: Leonid Freidovich,

Postdoctoral scholarship (2 years) in Automation of Forestry Cranes at the
Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Umeå University, Sweden

Within the field of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, we are now searching for
persons with competence in Control Systems Design, Automation, Sensor Fusion,
Visualization, Human-Machine Interfaces, and/or Computer Vision, especially in
outdoor environments. The successful applicant is expected to have a strong
academic background in one of these subjects, as well as a sincere interest
and competence to become a key contributor for either of the following two

Project 1: "Library of autonomous motions for a forwarder crane"

The goal of this project is to develop and test a procedure for building a
library of autonomously executable useful point-to-point motions for a commercial
forestry crane. A particular forwarder crane is available for experimental studies.
Various sensors (encoders, cameras, etc.) are installed together with dSpace
prototyping hardware interfacing to Matlab/Simulink so that experiments for
control and model identification can be carried out.

Project 2: "Computer vision and human-machine interface for a crane"

The first goal of this project is to develop a virtual reality model for the
commercial crane and its (forest) environment, which should be reconstructed
from proximity sensors that are either already available in the lab or expected
to be purchased. The second goal is to add additional features to the developed
model necessary for a comfortable human-to-robot interface allowing the driver
to select pre-planned trajectories from the library of autonomously executable
point-to-point motions.

Some information on the current state of the projects described above can be found at

Applicants should have earned a PhD in robotics or a related field relevant for
the position, preferably not more than three years ago. Excellent communication
skills in written and spoken English are required.

- A complete application should include:
- A cover letter with contact information
- A Curriculum Vitae with a complete list of publications
- Statements of research interests and of motivation for involvement in one of the
two projects
- A brief description of relevant background and experience, certified if possible
- A copy of completed PhD thesis
- Copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed academic courses
and obtained grades
- Copies of a maximum of 5 original research publications. If these publications have
several authors, the contribution made by the applicant should be made clear
- Contact information to 3 persons willing to act as references

For further information, please see the extended description available at and
do not hesitate to contact Docent Leonid Freidovich, +46-(0) 90-786 76 46, and/or Prefect Åke Fransson, +46-(0)90-786 50 33,

For a general presentation of Umeå University, please look at the homepage: More information about the city of Umeå is found at the

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 53 65, SEKO civil,
+46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

Your application, marked with ref no 223-1707-11, should be sent to
(state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87
Umeå, Sweden to arrive October 15, 2011 at the latest.


7.12 Post-Doc: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Prof. Richard D. Braatz,

Postdoctoral position in Fault-Tolerant Model Predictive Control
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Salary in the range $45,000-$50,000
Term: One year initial commitment with renewal based on performance

A postdoctoral position is available for the development of
algorithms that integrate model predictive control and fault
detection and diagnostic systems, for the design of fault-tolerant
control systems. The algorithms will be evaluated in a realistic
simulation case study for a refining process with a wide variety
of fault scenarios, process disturbances, actuator and state
constraints, and model uncertainties.

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in control, mechanical,
chemical, or electrical engineering, or a closely related field,
with a strong background in model predictive control and an
interest in learning methods for the design of integrated fault
diagnosis systems.

Applications should email

(i) a cover letter,
(ii) CV including educational background and publication list,
(iii) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
(iv) up to three representative publications,
(v) names and emails of at least three technical references,


Prof. Richard D. Braatz
Massachussetts Institute of Technology

The first set of applications will be reviewed on September 15, 2012.


7.13 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Lanhui Fu,

Faculty Positions in Systems and Control
Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School,
Shenzhen, China
Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation

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

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

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

Mr. Liu
School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation
HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town
Xili, Shenzhen
P. R. China 518055

or email the documents to