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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 EEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
1.2 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

1.3 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.4 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.5 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Books

2.1 Small Unmanned Aircraft: Theory and Practice

2.2 Applications of Optimal Filter Theory

3. Journals
3.1 Contents: Journal of Control Theory and Applications

3.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

3.3 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing 
3.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
3.5 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
3.6 Contents: International Journal of Control

3.7 Contents: International Journal of Systems Science

3.8 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems
3.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control   

4. Conferences

4.1 International Conference on Communications, Computing and Control Applications

4.2 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications

4.3 International Conference on Neural Information Processing
4.4 IASTED International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science
4.5 European Control Conference

4.6 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
4.7 International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing  

5.  Workshops
5.1 Future of Aerospace Decision and Control

5.2 Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems

5.3 Sustainable Control of Offshore Wind Turbines
5.4 Information and Control in Networks
5.5 Fault-tolerant and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

6.  Positions

6.1 MS: Université de Grenoble
6.2 PhD: University of Poitiers, France

6.3 PhD: TU, Delft

6.4 PhD: L2S, Supélec, France 
6.5 PhD: University of Cambridge
6.6 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

6.7 PhD: Grenoble Institute of Technology

6.8 PhD: University of Western Ontario, Canada

6.9 Post-Doc: NICTA, Canberra, Australia
6.10 Post-Doc: UPENN

6.11 Post-Doc: Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

6.12 Post-Doc: INRIA, Grenoble, France
6.13 Post-Doc: University of Grenoble, France

6.14 Post-Doc: Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden

6.15 Post-Doc: University of Oxford

6.16 Post-Doc: Boston University

6.17 Post-Doc: University of Western Ontario, Canada

6.18 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology

6.19 Faculty: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
6.20 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China

6.21 Researcher: Center for Advanced Sensors and Sensor Systems, Assen, The Netherlands

6.22 Project Scientist: University of California, Santa Barbara 

6.23 Engineer: Kongsberg Maritime, Norway


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 EEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs,

CSS Publications Content Digest

New item on
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.

The index in the Digest contains the Table of Contents for our 3 journals
(Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC), Transactions on Control Systems Technology
(TCST), and Control Systems Magazine (CSM)) with hyperlinks to the abstracts as well
as the full articles in Xplore. Since TAC and CSM are published bimonthly, and TAC
is published monthly, we will post the corresponding two TOCs in each (monthly)
Digest. We also include links to the Society's sponsored Conferences to give readers
a preview of upcoming meetings.


1.2 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Contributed by: Thomas Parisini,

Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 20
(2012), Issue 3 (May)

2012 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award
page 565


Command Filtered Adaptive Backstepping
W. Dong, J. A. Farrell, M. M. Polycarpou, V. Djapic, and M. Sharma page 566

A Stochastic Approach to “Dynamic-Demand” Refrigerator Control
D. Angeli and P.-A. Kountouriotis page 581

MPC-Based Energy Management of a Power-Split Hybrid Electric Vehicle
H. Borhan, A. Vahidi, A. M. Phillips, M. L. Kuang, I. V. Kolmanovsky, and S.
Di Cairano page 593

Switched and Symmetric Pursuit/Evasion Games Using Online Model Predictive
Control With Application to Autonomous Aircraft
J. M. Eklund, J. Sprinkle, and S. S. Sastry page 604

Feedback Dithering for Decorrelating Quantization Noise and Enhancing SNDR
S.-H. Yu page 621

Flexible Piecewise Function Evaluation Methods Based on Truncated Binary Search
Trees and Lattice Representation in Explicit MPC
F. Bayat, T. A. Johansen, and A. A. Jalali page 632

Plasma Position and Elongation Regulation at FTU Using Dynamic Input Allocation
L. Boncagni, S. Galeani, G. Granucci, G. Varano, V. Vitale, and L. Zaccarian
page 641

Single-Link Flexible Manipulator Control Accommodating Passivity Violations:
Theory and Experiments
J. R. Forbes and C. J. Damaren page 652

On the Stability and Agility of Aggressive Vehicle Maneuvers: A Pendulum-Turn
Maneuver Example
J. Yi, J. Li, J. Lu, and Z. Liu page 663

An Intelligent Mill Load Switching Control of the Pulverizing System for an
Alumina Sintering Process
T. Chai, L. Zhang, C.-Y. Su, and H. Wang page 677

Physics-Based Model Predictive Control of HCCI Combustion Phasing Using Fast
Thermal Management and VVA
A. Widd, K. Ekholm, P. Tunestål, and R. Johansson page 688

Simultaneous H-inf Vibration Control of Fluid/Plate System via Reduced-Order
B. Robu, L. Baudouin, C. Prieur, and D. Arzelier page 700

Closed-Loop Neural Network-Based NMES Control for Human Limb Tracking
N. Sharma, C. M. Gregory, M. Johnson, and W. E. Dixon page 712

Identification of Coulomb Friction-Impeded SystemsWith a Triple-Relay
Feedback Apparatus
S.-L. Chen, K. K. Tan, and S. Huang page 726


Cycle Adaptive Feedforward Approach Controllers for an Electromagnetic
Valve Actuator
J. Tsai, C. R. Koch, and M. Saif page 738

Online Tuning of Retinal Imaging Adaptive Optics Systems
M. Ficocelli and F. Ben Amara page 747

Modeling and Distributed Control of Transition in Plane Poiseuille Flow
S. S. Chughtai and H. Werner page 755

Optimal Control of a Fractional-Order HIV-Immune SystemWith Memory
Y. Ding, Z. Wang, and H. Ye page 763

Comparing Fuzzy and Intelligent PI Controllers in Stop-and-Go Manoeuvres
V. Milanés, J. Villagrá, J. Godoy, and C. González page 770

Control of a Stand-Alone Wound Rotor Synchronous Generator: Two Sliding Mode
Approaches via Regulation of the d-Voltage Component
A. Dòria-Cerezo, V. I. Utkin, R. S. Muñoz-Aguilar, and E. Fossas page 779

Data Driven Adaptive Predictive Control for Holonomic Constrained Under-
Actuated Biped Robots
S. S. Ge, Z. Li, and H. Yang page 787

Model Predictive Control for the Operation of Building Cooling Systems
Y. Ma, F. Borrelli, B. Hencey, B. Coffey, S. Bengea, and P. Haves page 796

Adaptive Two-Point Modulation ofWireless Phase Locked Loops
G. J. Ballantyne and B. Sun page 804

A Hybrid Control Approach to Nonlinear Plant Stabilization, Suppression of
Disturbance, and Compensation of Deviation Errors
T. Zhang, M. Uchida, and M. Nakamura page 808

Optimal Equivalent Fuel Consumption for Hybrid Electric Vehicles
N. Kim, S. W. Cha, and H. Peng page 817

Complementary PID Controller to Passivity-Based Nonlinear Control of Boost
Converters With Inductor Resistance
Y. I. Son and I. H. Kim page 826

Online Parameter Optimization-Based Prediction for Converter Gas System by
Parallel Strategies
J. Zhao, W. Wang, W. Pedrycz, and X. Tian page 835

Local Adjustment and Global Adaptation of Control Periods for QoC Management
of Control Systems
Y.-C. Tian, X. Jiang, D. C. Levy, and A. Agrawala page 846


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

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

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 57 (2012), Issue 4 (April)


Near Optimal Power and Rate Control of Multi-hop Sensor Networks with Energy Replenishment:
Basic Limitations with Finite Energy and Data Storage
Z. Mao, C. E. Koksal, N. B. Shroff p. 815

Input to State Stabilizing Controller for Systems with Coarse Quantization
Y. Sharon, D. Liberzon p. 803

On a class of hierarchical formations of unicycles and their internal dynamics
L. Consolini, F. Morbidi, D. Prattichizzo, M. Tosques p. 845

Robustness in Experiment Design
C. R. Rojas, J. C. Ag¸ero, J. S. Welsh, G. C. Goodwin, A. Feuer p. 860

Dynamic Quantization of Nonlinear Control Systems
S.-i. Azuma, T. Sugie p. 875

Circumnavigation Using Distance Measurements Under Slow Drift
I. Shames, S. Dasgupta, B. Fidan, B. D.O. Anderson p. 889

Distributed Seeking of Nash Equilibria with Applications to Mobile Sensor Networks
M. S. Stankovic, K. H. Johansson, D. M. Stipanovic p. 904

Synchronization of Coupled Oscillators is a Game
H. Yin, P. G. Mehta, S. Meyn, U. V. Shanbhag p. 920

Stability and Transient Performance of Discrete-Time Piecewise Affine Systems
S. Mirzazad Barijough, J-W. Lee p. 936

Exploiting isochrony in self-triggered control
A. Anta, P. Tabuada p. 950

Delay-Independent Stability Test for Systems with Multiple Time-Delays
I. I. Delice, R. Sipahi p. 963

Optimized Dynamic Policy for Receding Horizon Control of Linear Time-Varying Systems
with Bounded Disturbances
A. Gautam, Y-C. Chu, Y. C. Soh p. 973

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Multivariable Adaptive Backstepping Control: A Norm Estimation Approach
C. Wang, Y. Lin p. 989

High gain observer design for some networked control systems
T. Ahmed-Ali, F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue p. 995

Various ways to compute the continuous-discrete Extended Kalman Filter
P. Frogerais, J.-J. Bellanger, L. Senhadji p. 1000

Controlled Hopwise Averaging and Its Convergence Rate
J. Lu, C. Y. Tang p. 1005

Networked Markov Decision Processes with Delays
S. Adlakha, S. Lall, A. Goldsmith p. 1013

Decentralized Robust Control Invariance for a Network of Storage Devices
M. Baric, F. Borrelli p. 1018

Computation of Zames-Falb Multipliers Revisited
M. Chang, R. Mancera, M. G. Safonov p. 1024

Decentralized Control via Groebner Bases and Variable Elimination
H. S. Shin, S. Lall p. 1030

Strict Lyapunov Functions for the Super-Twisting Algorithm
J. A. Moreno, M. Osorio p. 1035

Multiple Model Adaptive Mixing Control: the Discrete-time Case
S. Baldi, P. A. Ioannou, E. Mosca p. 1040

Synthesis for Constrained Nonlinear Systems using Hybridization and Robust
Controllers on Simplices
A. Girard, S. Martin p. 1046

Partial Pole Placement with Controller Optimization
S. DATTA, D. Chakraborty, B. Chaudhuri p. 1051

Adaptive Asymptotic Rejection of Unmatched General Periodic Disturbances in Output-
Feedback Nonlinear Systems
P. Chen, M. Sun, Q. Yan, X. Fang p. 1056

Cooperative Output Regulation of Linear Multi-Agent Systems
Y. Su, J. Huang p. 1062

Parameterization of Decoupling Controllers in the Generalized Plant Model
K. Park p. 1067

Model reduction for a class of convergent nonlinear systems
B. Besselink, N. Van De Wouw, H. Nijmeijer p. 1071

Exact Differentiation of Signals with Unbounded Higher Derivatives
A. Levant, M. Livne p. 1076

Corrections to "Switching rule design for switched dynamic systems with affine
vector fields"
A. Trofino, C. C. Scharlau, D. Coutinho p. 1080


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

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

The IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Submission and Review Management

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 57 (2012),
Issue 5 (May)


Chattering-free digital sliding-mode control with state observer and disturbance
B. Brogliato, V. Acary, Y. Orlov p. 1087

On the Relationship between the Enforced Convergence Criterion and the Asymptotically
Optimal Laguerre Pole
A. Dankers, D. Westwick p. 1102

Optimal Supervisory Control of Probabilistic Discrete Event Systems
V. Pantelic, M. Lawford p. 1110

On Saturation, Discontinuities, and Delays, in iISS and ISS Feedback Control Redesign
P. Pepe, H. Ito p. 1125

Nonlinear Stabilization under Sampled and Delayed Measurements, and with Inputs
Subject to Delay and Zero-Order Hold
I. Karafyllis, M. Krstic p. 1141

Opacity-Enforcing Supervisory Strategies via State Estimator Constructions
A. Saboori, C. Hadjicostis p. 1155

A Beamlet-based Graph Structure for Path Planning Using Multiscale Information
(FP-10-588, Full Paper)
Y. Lu, X. Huo, P. Tsiotras p. 1166

Max Weight Learning Algorithms for Scheduling in Unknown Environments
M. J. Neely, S. T. Rager, T. La Porta p. 1179

Nash Equilibrium Seeking in Noncooperative Games (FP-11-270, Full Paper)
P. Frihauf, M. Krstic, T. Basar p. p. 1192

Stability and stabilizability criteria for discrete-time positive switched systems
E. Fornasini, M. E. Valcher p. 1208

Periodic Schedules for Bounded Timed Weighted Event Graph
A. Benabid-Najjar, C. Hanen, O. Marchetti, A. Munier-Kordon p. 1222

Blocking in Fully Connected Networks of Arbitrary Size
S. Nazari, J. G. Thistle p. 1233

Technical Notes and Correspondence

On Stability of Discrete-Time LTI Systems with Varying Time Delays
C-Y. Kao p. 1243

Convergence and Mean Square Stability of Suboptimal Estimator for Systems with
Measurement Packet Dropping
H. Zhang, X. Song, L. Shi p. 1248

Power control in wireless networks: stability and delay independence for a general
class of distributed algorithms
I. Lestas p. 1253

Distributed Failure Prognosis of Discrete Event Systems with Bounded-Delay
S. Takai, R. Kumar p. 1259

Verification of Infinite-Step Opacity and Complexity Considerations
A. Saboori, C. Hadjicostis p. 1265

Nonlinear adaptive learning control with disturbances of unknown periods
X. Ye p. 1269

Rigid Body Attitude Control Using a Single Vector Measurement and Gyro
M. Namvar, A. Khosravian p. 1273

Improper L-infinity optimal/suboptimal controllers
D. Pal, M. N. Belur p. 1280

H-infinity Control of Switched Nonlinear Systems in p-Normal Form Using Multiple
Lyapunov Functions
L. Long, J. Zhao p. 1285

Distributed Event-Triggered Control for Multi-Agent Systems
D. V. Dimarogonas, E. Frazzoli, K. H. Johansson p. 1291

A Nonconservative LMI Condition for Stability of Switched Systems with Guaranteed
Dwell Time
G. Chesi, P. Colaneri, J. C. Geromel, R. H. Middleton, R. Shorten p. 1297

A fast algorithm for errors-in-variables filtering
R. Diversi p. 1303

A framework for the observer design for networked control systems
R. Postoyan, D. Nesic p. 1309

On the Nearest Quadratically Invariant Information Constraint
M. C. Rotkowitz, N. C. Martins p. 1314

Stability and Robustness Analysis for Curve Tracking Control using Input-to-
State Stability
M. Malisoff, F. Mazenc, F. Zhang p. 1320

Small-gain based Output-feedback Controller Design for a Class of Nonlinear Systems
with Actuator Dynamic Quantization
T. Liu, Z-P. Jiang, D. J. Hill p. 1326

Attitude Estimation Using Biased Gyro and Vector Measurements with Time-Varying
Reference Vectors
H. F. Grip, T. I. Fossen, T. A. Johansen, A. Saberi p. 1332

Optimal Pruning for Multi-Step Sensor Scheduling
M. F. Huber p. 1338


1.5 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Diego Regruto,

"Relaxation methods in identification and estimation problems"
A Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Considerable efforts have been devoted in the last years to the problem of
approximating the global solution of some classes of nonconvex optimization
problems. The common idea behind all these approaches is to construct specific
convex relaxations which are guaranteed to converge, under proper assumptions
and conditions, to the global optima of the original nonconvex problem. The topic
of convex relaxation is relevant for applications since many problems from different
engineering fields lead to nonconvex optimization problems whose global optimal
solution cannot be obtained exploiting common local optimization algorithms (gradient
method, etc.). In particular, the problem of convexification of the estimation problems
has become one of the major topics in system identification in the last years;
enforcements of stability constraints, parameter bounds computation for errors-in-
variables model structures, identification of hybrid and nonlinear block-structured
models, optimal input design for identification, initialization of gradient-based
identification algorithms, state estimation for linear Gaussian Markov model and state
smoothing by sum-of-norms regularization are only some examples. The aim of this
special issue is twofold: firstly, to highlight that many challenging open problems
in system identification and estimation can be reliably addressed if a convexification
relaxation approach is taken; secondly, to show that the interplay between the
optimization and the control communities can suggest new exciting research directions
in identification and estimation problems.

The topics relevant to this special issue include (but are not limited to) the
following relaxation approaches to identification and estimation problems:

- Convex relaxations
– LMI/SDP relaxations
– L1-based sparsification approaches
– probabilistic/randomized methods
– rank/nuclear-norm minimization

Both theoretical and application-driven contributions are welcome.

Guest Editors:

Diego Regruto (Corresponding Guest Editor)
Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica,
Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 10129 Torino,
Italy. E-mail:

Fabrizio Dabbene
CNR-IEIIT c/o Politecnico di Torino,
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 10129 Torino,
Italy. E-mail:

Daniel E. Rivera
School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy,
Mail Stop 876106 Arizona State University,
Tempe, Arizona 85287-6106, USA.

Important dates:

Paper submission DEADLINE: October 1, 2012;
Acceptance: April 2, 2013;
Tentative Publication: Late 2013.

Submission Details:

All papers submitted to the special issue will be subject to peer review in
accordance with the established practices of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic
Control. Papers that do not fall within the scope of the special issue will be
returned to the authors without review, to enable resubmission as regular papers
through the normal channels.

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Corresponding Guest
Editor, Diego Regruto, through the Transactions submission site
The TACON site will be open for submissions starting May 1st 2012.
The manuscript format should follow the guidelines posted at the website:

For further details, please contact the Corresponding Guest Editor Diego Regruto


2. Books

2.1 Small Unmanned Aircraft: Theory and Practice
Contributed by: Randy Beard,

Small Unmanned Aircraft: Theory and Practice
by Randal W. Beard, Timothy W. McLain

Cloth | 2012 | $99.50 / £69.95 | ISBN: 9780691149219
320 pp. | 7 x 10 | 126 line
illus. 8 tables.
eBook | 2012 | $99.50 | ISBN: 9781400840601

Autonomous unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are critical to current and future military,
civil, and commercial operations. Despite their importance, no previous textbook has
accessibly introduced UAVs to students in the engineering, computer, and science
disciplines--until now. Small Unmanned Aircraft provides a concise but comprehensive
description of the key concepts and technologies underlying the dynamics, control,
and guidance of fixed-wing unmanned aircraft, and enables all students with an
introductory-level background in controls or robotics to enter this exciting and
important area.

The book explores the essential underlying physics and sensors of UAV problems,
including low-level autopilot for stability and higher-level autopilot functions
of path planning. The textbook leads the student from rigid-body dynamics through
aerodynamics, stability augmentation, and state estimation using onboard sensors,
to maneuvering through obstacles. To facilitate understanding, the authors have
replaced traditional homework assignments with a simulation project using the
MATLAB/Simulink environment. Students begin by modeling rigid-body dynamics, then
add aerodynamics and sensor models. They develop low-level autopilot code, extended
Kalman filters for state estimation, path-following routines, and high-level path-
planning algorithms. The final chapter of the book focuses on UAV guidance using
machine vision.

Designed for advanced undergraduate or graduate students in engineering or the
sciences, this book offers a bridge to the aerodynamics and control of UAV flight.


2.2 Applications of Optimal Filter Theory
Contributed by: Samuel L. Fagin,

Available: "Applications of Optimal (Kalman) Filter Theory" edited by Samuel L. Fagin.

For  price of postage send for a copy to Samuel L. Fagin (, 200 Central
Park South 12E, New York, NY 10019.


3. Journals

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

Vol. 10, No. 2, May 2012

Regular papers
Microscopic car-following model for the traffic flow: the state of the art
Y. Li, D. Sun P.133

Convergence and error bounds of adaptive filtering under model structure and
regressor uncertainties
B. G. Fitzpatrick, G. G. Yin, L. Y. Wang P.144

Nonlinear robust H-infinity filtering for a class of uncertain systems via
M. Abbaszadeh, H. J. Marquez P.152

Infinite horizon H-two/H-infinity control for descriptor systems: Nash game
Z. Yan, G. Zhang, J. Wang P.159

Process data compression based on recursive identification of nonuniformly
sampled systems
B. Ni, D. Xiao P.166

On formalism and stability of switched systems
J. Leth, R. Wisniewski P.176

Robust nonlinear control strategy to maximize energy capture in a variable
speed wind turbine with an internal induction generator
E. Iyasere, M. H. Salah, D. M. Dawson, J. R. Wagner, E. Tatlicioglu P.184

On estimation of attraction domain for port-controlled Hamiltonian systems
subject to actuator saturation
A. Wei, Y. Wang P.195

Deterministic learning of completely resonant nonlinear wave systems with
Dirichlet boundary conditions
T. Peng, C. Wang P.201

Brief papers
Matrix expression and reachability analysis of finite automata
X. Xu, Y. Hong P.210

State feedback stabilization of discrete linear switching systems subject to
nonsymmetrical state and control bounds
Z. Liu, G. Fan, H. Chen P.216

Newton-conjugate gradient (CG) augmented Lagrangian method for path constrained
dynamic process optimization
Q. Zhang, S. Li, Y. Lei, X. Zhang P.223

Quasi-equality constrained risk-sensitive filtering for nonlinear discrete-time
L. Shen, Y. Lin P.229

Robust observer-based control for uncertain discrete-time piecewise affine systems
Y. Gao, Z. Liu, H. Chen P.236

Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) control of a photovoltaic system based on dual
carrier chaotic search
L. Zhou, Y. Chen, Q. Liu, J. Wu P.244

Multiscale prediction of wind speed and output power for the wind farm
X. Wang, H. Li P.251

Steady-state weights solution to affine projection algorithm
Y. Zhi, J. Zhang, Y. Li P.259

Design of longitudinal predictive re-entry guidance law based on variable universe
fuzzy-PI composite control
Y. Wang, Y. Lu P.264

A class of second-order sliding mode controller for servo systems
D. Zhang, T. C. Kong, R. Du P.268

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

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 20
Issue 6
June 2012

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Ingemar Andersson, Mikael Thor, Tomas McKelvey, The torque ratio concept for
combustion monitoring of internal combustion engines, Pages 561-568

Jean-Philippe Gauthier, Philippe Micheau, Adaptive control of a continuously
variable transmission subject to wear, Pages 569-574

Ugo Andreaus, Michele Colloca, Daniela Iacoviello, An optimal control procedure
for bone adaptation under mechanical stimulus, Pages 575-583

R. Moreau, M.T. Pham, M. Tavakoli, M.Q. Le, T. Redarce, Sliding-mode bilateral
teleoperation control design for master–slave pneumatic servo systems, Pages

Mark Karpenko, Nariman Sepehri, Electrohydraulic force control design of a
hardware-in-the-loop load emulator using a nonlinear QFT technique, Pages 598-609

Milan Ristanović, Žarko Ćojbašić, Dragan Lazić, Intelligent control of DC motor
driven electromechanical fin actuator, Pages 610-617

Q.Q. Chai, C.H. Yang, K.L. Teo, W.H. Gui, Optimal control of an industrial-scale
evaporation process: Sodium aluminate solution, Pages 618-628

Jun Zhao, Ying Liu, Xiaoping Zhang, Wei Wang, A MKL based on-line prediction for
gasholder level in steel industry, Pages 629-641


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

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Volume 31, Issue 3

Table of Contents:

* A Novel Ultra-Low-Power Low-Voltage Femto-Ampère Current Mirror \ Khalil Monfaredi,
  Hassan Faraji Baghtash & Seyed Javad Azhari

* Binary Genetic Encoding for the Synthesis of Mixed-Mode Circuit Topologies \ Miguel
  Aurelio Duarte-Villaseñor, Esteban Tlelo-Cuautle & Luis Gerardo de la Fraga

* Nullor Equivalents of Active Devices for Symbolic Circuit Analysis \ Wen-Chung Huang,
  Hung-Yu Wang, Ping-Shou Cheng & Yang-Chiuan Lin

* A Simple Schmitt Trigger Circuit with Grounded Passive Elements and Its Application
  to Square/Triangular Wave Generator \ Shahram Minaei & Erkan Yuce

* Decentralized L2 - L-infinity Filtering for Interconnected
  Markovian Jump Systems with Delays \ Yongmin Li, Shumin Fei, Baoyong Zhang & Yuming

* Adaptive Fuzzy Control of Nonlinear in Parameters Uncertain Chaotic Systems Using
  Improved Speed Gradient Method \ Moosa Ayati

* H2 Filtering for Discrete-Time Affine Nonlinear Descriptor Systems \
  M. D. S. Aliyu & M. Perrier

* New Predictive Control Scheme for Networked Control Systems \ Bo Liu, Yuanqing Xia,
  Magdi S. Mahmoud, Harris Wu & Shisheng Cui

* A Class of Multimode Transmultiplexers Based on the Farrow Structure \ Amir Eghbali,
  Håkan Johansson & Per Löwenborg

* FPGA-Implementation of Discrete Wavelet Transform with Application to Signal Denoising
  \ Mohammed Bahoura & Hassan Ezzaidi

* An Integral Transform and Its Applications in Parameter Estimation of LFM Signals
  \ Xihui Zhang, Jingye Cai, Lianfu Liu & Yuangwang Yang

* GLRT-based Detection Algorithm for Polarimetric MIMO Radar Against SIRV Clutter
  \ Guolong Cui, Lingjiang Kong & Xiaobo Yang

* Dynamic Partial Reconfigurable FFT for OFDM Based Communication Systems \ C.
  Vennila, G. Lakshminarayanan & Seok-Bum Ko

* Complex Adaptive LMS Algorithm Employing the Conjugate Gradient Principle for
  Channel Estimation and Equalization \ Ying Liu, Raghuram Ranganathan, Matthew T.
  Hunter & Wasfy B. Mikhael

* An Objective Video Quality Metric for Compressed Stereoscopic Video \ Jungdong Seo,
  Xingang Liu, Donghyun Kim & Kwanghoon Sohn

* Particle Swarm Optimization of Compression Measurement for Signal Detection \Yongjie
  Li, Rongfang Song & Wennai Wang

* A Low Complexity High Resolution Cooperative Spectrum-Sensing Scheme for Cognitive
  Radios \ Mengda Lin & A. P. Vinod

* A Note on the Generation of Generalized Impedance Converter Circuits Using NAM
  Expansion \ Ahmed M. Soliman

* A Contraction Method for Locating All the DC Solutions of Circuits Containing Bipolar
  Transistors \ Micha? Tadeusiewicz & Stanis?aw Ha?gas

* Extending the Frequency Tuning Range of VCOs Using Varactor Arrays: Design Guidelines
  \ Luis Moura

* A Novel Decimal Logarithmic Converter Based on First-Order Polynomial Approximation
  \ Dongdong Chen & Seok-Bum Ko

* Reliable H ∞ Filtering for Discrete-Time Switched Singular Systems with Time-Varying
  Delay \ Jinxing Lin, Shumin Fei & Qi Wu

* Fundamental Limit of OFDM Range Estimation in a Separable Multipath Environment \
  Donglin Wang, Michel Fattouche & Fadhel Ghannouchi

* Reducing the Multiplier-Complexity of Massively Parallel Polyphase 2D IIR Broadband
  Beam Filters \Arjuna Madanayake, Thushara K. Gunaratne & Leonard T. Bruton

* A New Design Method of 9-7 Biorthogonal Filter Banks Based on Odd Harmonic Function
  \ Chen Jiazhong, Gao Weixue, Ju Zengwei, Xia Tao, Ling Hefei, Chen Changnian & Wang Xian

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

Most Recent Special Issue:

Volume 30, Issue 4 (August 2011): Special Issue on Embedded Signal Processing Circuits
and Systems for Cognitive Radio-Based Wireless Communication Devices Guest Editors:
A. P. Vinod, Edmund M.-K. Lai, Pramod Kumar Meher, Jacques Palicot & Shahriar Mirabbasi


3.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: li-Chen Fu,

Vol.14, No.2 March, 2012

Regular papers:

1. Paper Title: Globally Exponential Controller/Observer for Tracking in Robots
without Velocity Measurement
Authors: Srinivasulu Malagari and Brian J. Driessen

2. Paper Title:Improvement of Takagi-Sugeno Fuzzy Model for the Estimation of Nonlinear
Authors: Agustín Jiménez, Basil M. Al-Hadithi, Fernando Matía and Rodolfo Haber-Haber

3. Paper Title: Passivity-Based Control for Large-Signal Stability of High-Order
Switching Converters
Authors: R. Leyva, C. Olalla, I. Queinnec, S. Tarbouriech, C. Alonso and L. Martinez-

4. Paper Title: Systematic Robustness Analysis of Least Squares Mobile Robot Velocity
Estimation Using a Regular Polygonal Optical Mouse Array
Authors: Sungbok Kim and Hyunbin Kim

5. Paper Title: Continuous- and Discrete-Time Fixed-Gain Controller Designs for the
Control of Vehicle Lateral Dynamics
Authors: Chien-Shu Hsieh and Der-Cherng Liaw

6. Paper Title: Discrete-Time Adaptive Control for Nonlinear Systems with Periodic
Parameters: A Lifting Approach
Authors: Deqing Huang and Jian-Xin Xu

7. Paper Title: Structure Reduction of Liveness-Enforcing Petri Nets Using Mixed
Integer Programming
Authors: Shao-Yong Li and Zhi-Wu Li

8. Paper Title: Reconstruction of 3D Contour with an Active Laser-Vision Robotic
Authors: Wen-Chung Chang, Van-Truong Nguyen and Ping-Rung Chu

9. Paper Title: Battery Power Loss Compensated Fractional Order Sliding Mode Control
of a Quadrotor UAV
Authors: Mehmet Önder Efe

10. Paper Title: A Framework for Globally Optimal State Estimation for Systems with
Unknown Inputs (I): Transformation Approach
Authors: Chien-Shu Hsieh

11. Paper Title: The Design of Smooth Switching Control with Application to V/STOL
Aircraft Dynamics under Input and Output Constraints
Authors: Pang-Chia Chen

12. Paper Title: Estimation of the Variances of TCP/RED Using Stochastic Differential
Authors: Hua Fan, Yong Ren and Xiuming Shan

13. Paper Title: Stabilization of Nonlinear Networked Probabilistic Interval Delay
Systems with Sensor random packet dropout
Authors: Yong Zhang, Huajing Fang and Baoxian Wang

14. Paper Title: Proportional Multiple-integral Observer Design for Continuous-time
Descriptor Linear Systems
Authors: Ai-Guo Wu, Guang-Ren Duan and Wanquan Liu

15. Paper Title: Input-to-state Stability of Min-max MPC Controller Design for Nonlinear
Time-varying Delay Systems
Authors: Qiu-Xia Chen, De-Feng He and Li Yu

16. Paper Title: Robust Estimation for Discrete Time-Varying Systems with Limited
Communication Capacity
Authors: Bao-Feng Wang and Ge Guo

17. Paper Title: Robust H-infinity Fuzzy Observer-Based Tracking Control Design for a Class
of Nonlinear Stochastic Markovian Jump Systems
Authors: Ran Huang, Yan Lin and Zhongwei Lin

18. Paper Title: Exponential Stabilization of Uncertain Time-Delay Linear Systems With
Markovian Jumping Parameters
Authors: He Huang and Gang Feng

19. Paper Title: Bounds on the Optimal Quantization Performance of Dynamically Quantized
Linear Systems with Bounded Noise
Authors: Qiang Ling, Huihui Gu, Hai Lin and Yu Kang

Brief papers:

1. Paper Title: Spectral Density Based Estimation of Continuous-time ARMAX Process Parameters
Authors: M. Mossberg

2. Paper Title: Robust Attitude and Vibration Control of a Nonlinear Flexible Spacecraft
Authors: Maryam Malekzadeh, Abolghasem Naghash and H. A. Talebi

3. Paper Title: A New Anti-windup Strategy for PID Controllers with Derivative Filters
Authors: Shyi-Kae Yang

4. Paper Title: Augmented Lyapunov Functional Approach for Stability of Neutral Systems
with Mixed Delays
Authors: Wei Qian, Juan Liu and Shumin Fei

5. Paper Title: An Improved Delay-dependent Bounded Real Lemma (BRL) and H-infinity
Controller Synthesis for Linear Neutral Systems
Authors: Mehmet Nur Alpaslan Parlakçi

6. Paper Title: A Simple Derivation of All Stabilizing Proportional Controllers for
First Order Time-Delay Systems
Authors: B. S. Nesimioglu and M. T. Soylemez

7. Paper Title: Dynamic Inversion Control for a Class of Pure-feedback Systems
Authors: Dao-Xiang Gao, Zeng-Qi Sun and Jin-Hao Liu


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

Journal: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Volume: 50
Issue: 2

An Approach to the Optimal Time for a Time Optimal Control Problem of an Internally
Controlled Heat Equation Gengsheng Wang and Guojie Zheng pp. 601-628

Optimal Switching with Constraints and Utility Maximization of an Indivisible Market
Qingshuo Song, G. George Yin, and Chao Zhu pp. 629-651

Symplectic Transformation Based Analytical and Numerical Methods for Linear Quadratic
Control with Hard Terminal Constraints Zhi-Gang Wu and Mehran Mesbahi pp. 652-671

Adaptive Sampling for Linear State Estimation Maben Rabi, George V. Moustakides, and
John S. Baras pp. 672-702

Classical Solutions of Nonlinear Beam Equations: Existence and Stabilization Gareth
Hegarty and Stephen Taylor pp. 703-719

Singularly Perturbed Discounted Markov Control Processes in a General State Space
O. L. V. Costa and F. Dufour pp. 720-747

Optimal Control for Stochastic Volterra Equations with Completely Monotone Kernels S.
Bonaccorsi, F. Confortola, and E. Mastrogiacomo pp. 748-789

Optimal Investment with High-watermark Performance Fee Karel JaneCek and Mihai Sirbu
pp. 790-819

Boundary Controllability and Observability of a Viscoelastic String P. Loreti, L.
Pandolfi, and D. Sforza pp. 820-844

Quantum Measurement-Based Feedback Control: A Nonsmooth Time Delay Control Approach
Shuzhi Sam Ge, Thanh Long Vu, and Tong Heng Lee pp. 845-863

Optimization and Convergence of Observation Channels in Stochastic Control Serdar Yuksel
and Tamas Linder pp. 864-887

The Higher Integrability and the Validity of the EulerLagrange Equation for Solutions to
Variational Problems Giovanni Bonfanti, Arrigo Cellina, and Marco Mazzola pp. 888-899

Some Controllability Results for Linear Viscoelastic Fluids J.L. Boldrini, A. Doubova, E.
Fernandez-Cara, and M. Gonzalez-Burgos pp. 900-924

Backstepping Control in Vector Form for Stochastic Hamiltonian Systems Zhaojing Wu, Mingyue
Cui, and Peng Shi pp. 925-942

Directional Sparsity in Optimal Control of Partial Differential Equations Roland Herzog,
Georg Stadler, and Gerd Wachsmuth pp. 943-963

A Stochastic Maximum Principle for a Markov Regime-Switching Jump-Diffusion Model and Its
Application to Finance Xin Zhang, Robert J. Elliott, and Tak Kuen Siu pp. 964-990

The Bounded Slope Condition for Functionals Depending on $x$, $u$, and $\nablau$ A. Fiaschi
and G. Treu pp. 991-1011

Invariance Kernels of Single-Input Planar Nonlinear Systems Manfredi Maggiore, Barry Rawn,
and Peter Lehn pp. 1012-1037

Approximations of Equilibrium Problems
Ruben Lopez
pp. 1038-1070


3.6 Contents: International Journal of Control
Contributed by: Alison Oliver,

Please see the latest two issues of International Journal of Control at - full content details below

International Journal of Control Vol 85, Issue 5

Original Articles

Constrained agreement protocols for tree graph topologies
Rahul Chipalkatty & Magnus Egerstedt
pages 457-474

Global convergence conditions in maximum likelihood estimation
Yiqun Zou & William P. Heath
pages 475-490

Initial alignment for nonlinear inertial navigation systems with multiple
disturbances based on enhanced anti-disturbance filtering
Lei Guo, Songyin Cao, Chuntang Qi & Xiaoying Gao
pages 491-501

Application of the VFO method to set-point control for the N-trailer vehicle
with off-axle hitching
Maciej Michałek
pages 502-521

Speed tracking control of PM synchronous motor by internal model design
Zhaowu Ping & Jie Huang
pages 522-532

Parameter-optimal iterative learning control using polynomial representations
of the inverse plant
David H. Owens, Bing Chu & Mutita Songjun
pages 533-544

Nonstationary LPV control for trajectory tracking: a double pendulum example
Mazen Farhood
pages 545-562

Event-based control with communication delays and packet losses
D. Lehmann & J. Lunze
pages 563-577

Efficient computation of higher order frequency response functions for nonlinear
systems with, and without, a constant term
J.C. Peyton Jones & K. Choudhary
pages 578-593

Flatness-based linear output feedback control for disturbance rejection and
tracking tasks on a Chua's circuit
H. Sira-Ramírez, A. Luviano-Juárez & J. Cortés-Romero
pages 594-602

Control via interconnection and damping assignment of linear time-invariant systems:
a tutorial
Romeo Ortega, Zhitao Liu & Hongye Su
pages 603-611

page 612

Vol 85, Issue 4:

On input-to-state stability of stochastic nonlinear systems with Markovian
jumping parameters
Ping Zhao, Yu Kang & Dihua Zhai
pages 343-349

Output consensus for high-order linear time-invariant swarm systems
Jianxiang Xi, Zongying Shi & Yisheng Zhong
pages 350-360

Stable predictive control horizons
Raúl Estrada, Antonio Favela, Angelo Raimondi, Antonio Nevado, Ricardo Requena
& Francisco Beltrán-Carbajal
pages 361-372

Robust stability and control for uncertain neutral time delay systems
R. Sakthivel, K. Mathiyalagan & S. Marshal Anthoni
pages 373-383

Consensus and its 2-gain performance of multi-agent systems with intermittent
information transmissions
Guanghui Wen, Zhisheng Duan, Zhongkui Li & Guanrong Chen
pages 384-396

Low-sensitivity H-infinity filter design for linear delta operator systems with sampling
time jitter
Xiang-Gui Guo & Guang-Hong Yang
pages 397-408

Centralised fusion over unreliable networks
Cui Zhu, Yuanqing Xia, Liping Yan & Mengyin Fu
pages 409-418

A model-based gain scheduling approach for controlling the common-rail system
for GDI engines
Alessandro di Gaeta, Umberto Montanaro, Giovanni Fiengo, Angelo Palladino & Veniero Giglio
pages 419-436

Nonlinear generalised dynamic inversion for aircraft manoeuvring control
Ismail Hameduddin & Abdulrahman H. Bajodah
pages 437-450

Stabilisation and polynomial decay estimate for distributed semilinear systems
M. Ouzahra, A. Tsouli & A. Boutoulout
pages 451-456


3.7 Contents: International Journal of Systems Science
Contributed by: Alison Oliver,

Please see the latest issues of International Journal of Systems Science at

Vol 43, Issue 6:

Spare parts allocation by improved genetic algorithm and Monte Carlo simulation
S. Li & Z.Z. Li
pages 997-1006

A generalised maintenance policy with age-dependent minimal repair cost for a
system subject to shocks under periodic overhaul
Shey-Huei Sheu, Suh-Huey Li & Chin-Chih Chang
pages 1007-1013

A pattern recognition and data analysis method for maintenance management
Fausto Pedro García Márquez & Jesús Miguel Chacón Muñoz
pages 1014-1028

Direct adaptive fuzzy control of a class of MIMO non-affine nonlinear systems
Sofiane Doudou & Farid Khaber
pages 1029-1038

An EPQ model for deteriorating items with inventory-level-dependent demand and
permissible delay in payments
Jie Min, Yong-Wu Zhou, Gui-Qing Liu & Sheng-Dong Wang
pages 1039-1053

A fuzzy multi-objective model for capacity allocation and pricing policy of provider
in data communication service with different QoS levels
Wei Pan, Xianjia Wang, Yong-guang Zhong, Lean Yu, Cao Jie, Lun Ran, Han Qiao,
Shouyang Wang & Xianhao Xu
pages 1054-1063

On jointly optimising the changes of seasonable goods and inventory replenishment
Zhaolin Li, Feng Tao & Daewon Sun
pages 1064-1076

Experimental analysis of multi-attribute decision-making based on Atanassov
intuitionistic fuzzy sets: a discussion of anchor dependency and accuracy functions
Ting-Yu Chen
pages 1077-1103

Investigations on the dynamic coupling in AUV-manipulator system and the manipulator
trajectory errors using bond graph method
T. Periasamy, T. Asokan & M. Singaperumal
pages 1104-1122

Optimal pricing policies for services with consideration of facility maintenance costs
Ruey Huei Yeh & Yi-Fang Lin
pages 1123-1132

HGO-based decentralised indirect adaptive fuzzy control for a class of large-scale
nonlinear systems
Yi-Shao Huang, Xiaoxin Chen, Shao-Wu Zhou, Ling-Li Yu & Zheng-Wu Wang
pages 1133-1145

Reliability-based measures for a system with an uncertain parameter environment
Chuen-Horng Lin, Jau-Chuan Ke & Hsin-I Huang
pages 1146-1156

Locally regularised two-stage learning algorithm for RBF network centre selection
Jing Deng, Kang Li & George W. Irwin
pages 1157-1170

New Rothe-wavelet method for solving telegraph equations
M.M. Hosseini, Syed Tauseef Mohyud-Din & A. Nakhaeei
pages 1171-1176

Vibration control of a nonlinear quarter-car active suspension system by reinforcement
İ.Ö. Bucak & H.R. Öz
pages 1177-1190

Vol 43, Issue 5:

Distributed observer-based cooperative control of multiple nonholonomic mobile agents
Wenjie Dong
pages 797-808

Nonlinear dynamical systems of fed-batch fermentation and their optimal control
Chongyang Liu, Zhaohua Gong, Enmin Feng & Hongchao Yin
pages 809-819

Delay-fractioning-dependent robust H ∞ control for linear systems with delay in state
or input and its applications
Engang Tian, Dong Yue & Chen Peng
pages 820-833

Aggregation-based fuzzy dual-mode control for nonlinear systems with mixed constraints
Jiwei Wen & Fei Liu
pages 834-844

A Lyapunov–Razumikhin approach for stability analysis of logistics networks with
Sergey Dashkovskiy, Hamid Reza Karimi & Michael Kosmykov
pages 845-853

Game theory approach to state and input simultaneous estimation for discrete-time
LTV systems
Fu-qiang You, Fu-li Wang & Shou-ping Guan
pages 854-860

Single machine total completion time minimization scheduling with a time-dependent
learning effect and deteriorating jobs
Ji-Bo Wang, Ming-Zheng Wang & Ping Ji
pages 861-868

User-perceived reliability of unrepairable shared protection systems with functionally
identical units
Hirokazu Ozaki, Atsushi Kara & Zixue Cheng
pages 869-883

Ectopic beats in approximate entropy and sample entropy-based HRV assessment
Butta Singh, Dilbag Singh, A.K. Jaryal & K.K. Deepak
pages 884-893

Less conservative delay-dependent stability criteria for linear systems with interval
time-varying delays
Hanyong Shao & Qing-Long Han
pages 894-902

A replenishment policy for items with price-dependent demand, time-proportional
deterioration and no shortages
R. Begum, R.R. Sahoo & S.K. Sahu
pages 903-910

Economical production and transshipment policy for coordinating multiple production
Taebok Kim & Suresh Kumar Goyal
pages 911-919

Multi-criteria decision-making methods with optimism and pessimism based on Atanassov's
intuitionistic fuzzy sets
Ting-Yu Chen
pages 920-938

Decentralised direct adaptive output feedback fuzzy controller for a class of large-
scale nonaffine nonlinear systems and its applications
De-Qun Zhou, Yi-Shao Huang, Ke-Jun Long & Qi-Xin Zhu
pages 939-951

Fault detection for nonlinear networked control systems with stochastic interval
delay characterisation
Yong Zhang, Huajing Fang & Tianyu Jiang
pages 952-960

Novel compensation-based non-fragile H ∞ control for uncertain neutral systems
with time-varying delays
Zhenwei Liu, Huaguang Zhang & Qingling Zhang
pages 961-971

Applying genetic programming and ant colony optimisation to improve the geometric
design of a reflector
Chih-Ming Hsu
pages 972-986

Backup agreements with penalty scheme under supply disruptions
Jing Hou & Lindu Zhao
pages 987-996


3.8 Contents: Control and Intelligent Systems
Contributed by: Michael Whitaker,

Control and Intelligent Systems
Editor-in-chief: Prof. Clarence W. de Silva

Table of Contents

Current issue:
Volume 40, Number 2 (April 2012)

Improvement of Efficiency of an FLC Based IPMSM Drive by Incorporating Loss
Minimization Algorithm
Mohammad N. Uddin, Ronald S. Rebeiro

A Robust Controller Based on Fractional Structure for MIMO Plant with Multiple
Moussa Sedraoui, Sofiane Gherbi, Samir Abdelmalek

Tuning Employing Fuzzy and ANFIS for a pH Process
Komala S. Saji, Madhavan Sasikumar

Frequency Domain Approach for Sliding Mode Control of DC–DC Buck Converter
Sumant G. Kadwane

Design of Integral Sliding Mode Observers for State, Fault and Unknown Input
Rahul Sharma, Mohammad Aldeen

Design of Optimal Discrete Sliding Mode Controllers
Mija S.J., Susy Thomas

About Control and Intelligent Systems
First published in 1972, this journal covers all aspects of control theory and
related computational techniques and practical applications. Apart from conventional
control, the journal publishes papers in the field of intelligent control and soft
computing; particularly, intelligent systems, fuzzy logic, neural networks, genetic
algorithms/evolutionary computing, and probabilistic techniques. It also includes
book reviews, conference notices, calls for papers, and announcements of new


3.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: li-Chen Fu,

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

FThe 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:

Mar. 31, 2012 Deadline for Paper Submission
Jul. 31, 2012 Completion of First Review
Nov. 30, 2012 Completion of Final Review
Dec. 31, 2012 Receipt of Final Manuscript
Jul. 31, 2013 Publication (Tentatively Vol.15, No.4)

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 website:

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

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

All submissions should include a title page containing the title of the paper, an
abstract and a list of keywords, authors’ full names and affiliations, complete postal
and electronic 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.


4. Conferences

4.1 International Conference on Communications, Computing and Control Applications
Contributed by:

The 2nd International Conference on Communications, Computing and Control
Applications (CCCA’12) will be held on September 12-14, 2012 at Marseilles,
France. Nestled between the sea and hills, Marseilles is a surprising, seasonless
and enthusiastic city. Marseilles is the second largest city in France after
Paris and the centre of the third largest metropolitan area in France after
Paris and Lyon. CCCA’12 is intended to serve as a major international forum
for the exchange of ideas. It is intended to provide a platform for effective
interaction between researchers in different relevant areas to share their
innovative and creative views and to present their original contributions. It
aims to provide an overview of academic research in field of Control,
Communications/Information Technology and Computer Sciences. The goal of
this scientific conference is to propose both theoretical as well as/or
methodological papers which present practical cases where they are efficiently

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Control: Adaptive Control, Control Applications, Control strategies, Cooperative
  Control, Energy Control, Micro and Nano Systems, Motion Control, Nonlinear
  Systems, Optimal Control, Process Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation,
  Surveillance Strategies…

· Manufacturing Systems: Continuous Manufacturing, Diagnosis, Fault Detection,
  Discrete Event Systems, Factory Modeling and Automation, Flexible Manufacturing
  Systems, Human Factors, Integrated Manufacturing, Maintenance,
  Scheduling, Reliability, Sensor/data fusion, …

· Intelligent Systems Based: Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy Systems, Intelligent
  and AI Based Control, Learning Systems, Modeling and Simulation, Multiagent
  systems, Neural Network, Sensor networks and networked control, …

· Control Applications: Automated Guided Vehicles, Embedded Systems, Robotics,...

Communications/Information technology
· Communications: Communications Receivers, Communications Software, Services,
  and Multimedia Applications, Communication Theory, Digital Communications,
  DSP For Communications, OFDM and CDMA, Space-Time Coding,
  Mobile and Wireless Communications, Networks and QOS, Next Generation Networks, …
· Information technology: Coding theory and practice, E-Learning, e-Commerce
  and e-Health, Image Processing, Information practice, Information theory, Pattern
  recognition and learning, Signal Processing, Shannon theory, Video and Multimedia
  Signal Processing,

Computer Sciences
Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Client/Server Computing, Computational
Statistics, Database, Distributed Objects, Game and Entertainment Technologies,
Hardware Systems, Internet Computing, Modeling, Networking, Operating Systems,
Programming languages, Security and Cryptology, Software Engineering, Theoretical
Computer Sciences,…

Submission of Papers
All papers must be written in English and should describe original work. The
length of the paper is limited to a maximum of 6 pages (in the standard
IEEE conference double column format), including figures, tables and
references. For up-to-date information and paper submission, please visit the
Conference web site:

Important Dates
Submissions of papers open March 01, 2012
Special Session proposal March 30, 2012
Deadline for submission of papers April 25, 2012
Notification of acceptance May 30, 2012
Submission of final paper June 30, 2012
Deadline for author registration July 20, 2012

Further Information
CCCA’12 Conference Secretariat
Tel.:+33(0)491056026/27 email:

4.2 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications
Contributed by: Xinjun Sheng,

The 2012 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications
(ICIRA 2012)
October 3-5, 2012, Montreal, Canada

It is our pleasure to announce The 2012 International Conference on Intelligent
Robotics and Applications (ICIRA 2012) will be held from October 3 - 5, 2012 in
Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is the perfect time to enjoy the splendid view of
maple leaves and experience the unique autumn feeling in Montreal. The conference
offers a unique and interesting platform for scientists, engineers and practitioners
throughout the world to present and share their most recent research and innovative
ideas in the areas of robotics, automation and mechatronics.

All accepted papers will be published on a Conference CD-ROM. Selected papers will
be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. All published
papers will be indexed in EI.

Important Dates
Invited Session Proposals: April 2, 2012
Submission of Papers: April 10, 2012 (Extended to April 25, 2012)
Paper Acceptance: June 10, 2012
Submission of Final Papers: July 10, 2012
Early Bird Registration: June 10, 2012

Contributed Papers
Prospective authors are invited to submit the full version of their manuscripts
in MS Word or LaTeX format. A maximum of 12 pages in the standard ICIRA format is
allowed for each paper, including figures, tables and references. Detailed instructions
for paper submission are available on the conference website.

Invited Sessions
The conference will feature invited sessions on new topics and innovative applications.
These sessions will consist of 5-6 articles and undergo a regular review process.
Prospective organizers should include a brief statement of purpose for the session
as well as the abstracts of the papers.


4.3 International Conference on Neural Information Processing
Contributed by: Tingwen Huang,

The 19th International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP 2012)

Date: November 12-15, 2012, Doha, Qatar

Qatar has one of the world's fastest-growing economies and the highest income
per capita. Qatar has made significant investment in education, especially
higher education. Qatar aims to become one of the world's strongest knowledge
societies. Also, Qatar is a major regional leisure and sports destination
(Qatar is the host nation of 2022 FIFA World Cup).

ICONIP 2012 will provide a high-level international forum for scientists,
researchers, industrial professionals, and students worldwide.
ICONIP2012 is proud to offer a number of Travel Fellowships mainly to students,
and to researchers from developing countries.

All accepted papers will be published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
and/or special issues of SCI journals. Already confirmed special issues will be
published in the following SCI journals:

- Neural Computing and Applications
- Neurocomputing
- Cognitive Computation

Keynote Speakers

Shun-ichi Amari, former President of the International Neural Network Society (INNS)
and former President of Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication
Engineers, Japan.

Leon Chua, "father of nonlinear circuit theory and cellular neural networks", the
first to conceive the theories behind, and postulate the existence of, the solid-
state memristor, UC Berkeley, USA

Rebort Desimone, member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, MIT, USA

Stephen Grossberg, former President of INNS, founder of Neural Networks, Fellow of
the American Psychological Society, the founder and Director of the Center for Adaptive
Systems, Boston University, USA

Michael Jordan, member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of
Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, UC Berkeley, USA

Plenary Speakers

Majid Ahmadi, IEEE Fellow, Director of the Research Center for Integrated
Microsystems, University of Windsor, Canada

Guanrong Chen, IEEE Fellow, Chair Professor and the Founding Director of the Centre
for Chaos and Complex Networks, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Nikola Kasabov, IEEE Fellow, Director of the Knowledge Engineering and
Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI), Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Juergen Kurths, member of the Academia Europaea, chair of the research domain Trans-
disciplinary Concepts of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, University
of Potsdam, Germany

Erkki Oja, member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences, IEEE Fellow,
Director of the Adaptive Informatics Research Centre, Aalto University, Finland

Marios M. Polycarpou, President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, IEEE
Fellow, Director of the KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks,
University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Leszek Rutkowski, IEEE Fellow, President and Founder of the Polish Neural Networks
Society, Chairman of the Computer Engineering Department, Technical University of
Czestochowa, Poland

Ron Sun, President of International Neural Networks Society, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, USA

Jun Wang, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Fellow, Chinese University of
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

4.4 IASTED International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science
Contributed by: Liu Lei,

2012 IASTED International Conference on Engineer
ing and Applied Science

December 27 – 29, 2012
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The IASTED International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science (EAS 2012)
will serve as a major forum for international researchers, professionals, and
students to present their latest research, developments, applications, and ideas
in all branches of engineering and applied science. EAS 2012 aims to strengthen
relations between industries, research laboratories, and universities. The papers
submitted to this conference will be chosen through a double-blind evaluation by
at least two reviewers. Awards are planned for Best Paper and Best Student Paper.
Selected papers submitted to this conference will be considered for possible
publication in a special issue of the journal Control and Intelligent Systems

•Control Systems
•Industrial Electronics
•Industrial Applications
•Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
•Nano Technologies
•Power and Energy
•Soft Computing
•Applied Mechanics
•Solid Mechanics and Materials
•Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
•Transportation Systems
•Civil Engineering
•Communication Engineering and Science
•Transportation Systems

Important Dates:
Submissions Due August 15 2012
Notification of Acceptance October 1 2012
Final Manuscripts Due October 15 2012
Registration Deadline November 1 2012

For any questions/inquiries about the conference, please contact Soha Makady


4.5 European Control Conference
Contributed by: Colin Jones,

2013 European Control Conference (ECC13)
July 17 - 19, 2013, Zurich, Switzerland

It is our pleasure to announce the 12th European Control Conference (ECC13),
 which will be held in Zurich, Switzerland from July 17 - 19, 2013, hosted at
the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and organized under
the auspices of the European Control Association (EUCA). The conference aims
to bring together academic and industrial professionals in the field of systems
and control, and to promote scientific cooperation and exchanges within the
European Union and between Europe and the rest of the world. The ECC13 program
will feature plenary lectures, semi-plenary lectures, contributed papers, invited
papers, tutorial sessions and pre-conference workshops.

Important dates
- October 19, 2012 Submission deadline
- Late February 2013 Acceptance/rejection decisions
- April 26, 2013 Final paper submission

Contributed papers
Prospective authors are invited to submit the full versions of their manuscripts
through the conference management system. Detailed instructions are available on
the conference website

Invited session proposals
Proposals are invited from participants wishing to organize invited sessions,
comprising six thematically coherent papers. The session should provide 'added
value' over the individual papers, focusing for example on emerging challenges,
or diverse views on established problems that one would not normally find together
in a contributed paper session. Detailed submission instructions are available on
the conference website

Pre-conference workshops
Pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Interested
instructors are requested to submit a brief proposal through the conference
management system (details available at

We look forward to welcoming you in Zurich, Switzerland.

General Chair:
Prof. M. Morari, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
General Vice-Chair:
Prof. L. Guzzella, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
International Program Committee Chair:
Prof. J. Lygeros, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

4.6 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
Contributed by: Angie Ellis and Wendy Kunde,

Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Basar and Bruce Hajek

Dates: October 1-5, 2012

Location: Allerton House, Monticello, Illinois

The Fiftieth Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
will be held from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5, 2012, at Allerton
House, the conference center of the University of Illinois. Papers presenting
original research are solicited in the areas of communication systems, communication
and computer networks, detection and estimation theory, information theory, error
control coding, source coding and data compression, network algorithms, control
systems, robust and nonlinear control, adaptive control, optimization, dynamic
ames,multi-agent systems, large-scale systems, robotics and automation, manufacturing
systems, discrete event systems, multivariable control, computer decision-based
control, learning theory, cyber-physical systems, security and resilience in networks,
VLSI architectures for communications and signal processing, and intelligent
transportation systems. Manuscripts must be submitted by Tuesday, July 10, 2012,
following the instructions at the Conference website:

Allerton Conference will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year. Because of
this special occasion, the conference will be longer than its usual 2 ½ days format,
to accommodate some special sessions and events in connection with the 50th celebration.

Allerton House is located twenty-six miles southwest of the Urbana-Champaign campus
of the University in a wooded area on the Sangamon River. It is part of the fifteen-
hundred acre Robert Allerton Park, a complex of natural and man-made beauty designated
as a National natural landmark. Allerton Park has twenty miles of well-maintained trails
and a living gallery of formal gardens, studded with sculptures collected from around
the world.

Notices: Final versions of papers to be presented at the conference will need to be
submitted electronically by October 5, 2012.

Conference Co-Chairs: Bruce Hajek and Tamer Basar Email: URL: Sponsors: Coordinated Science Laboratory and the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-



4.7 International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing
Contributed by: Viorel Minzu,

16th International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing
ICSTCC 2012 Joint Conference
October 12 - 14, 2012

Technically co-sponsored by IEEE Control System Society.

The papers presented at the conference will be indexed in IEEE Xplore.

Selected papers will be invited to appear in a special issue dedicated to the
conference of the Journal of Control Engineering and Applied Informatics (ISI

Other selected papers will be invited to appear in: Bulettin of the Polytechnic
Institute of Iaşi; Annals of the University of Craiova; The Annals of "Dunarea de
Jos" University of Galati.

Plenary speakers (confirmed):

Seddik BACHA, Grénoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory – France
Topic: Vehicle to Grid problems and control solutions

Denis DOCHAIN, Université Catholique de Louvain – Belgium
Topic: Automatic control and biological systems: a long quiet river?

Florin G. FILIP, Romanian Academy – Romania
Topic: Designing Information Systems: A decision making perspective

Mircea LAZAR, University of Technology Eindhoven – Netherlands
Topic: Minkowski functions of proper C-polytopic sets as Lyapunov functions

Frank L. LEWIS, The University of Texas at Arlington – USA
Topic: Adaptive Learning Structures for Real-Time Optimal Control and Differential

Andreas VARGA, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics – Germany
Topic: Model-based robust fault diagnosis: are linear systems techniques timely?

May 1st, 2012: Submission of proposals for INVITED SESSIONS
May 15th, 2012: Submission of papers
July 5th, 2012: Notification of acceptance for papers and invited sessions
September 1st, 2012: Final camera ready manuscript and registration payment of at
least one of the authors

Web site:


5. Workshops

5.1 Future of Aerospace Decision and Control
Contributed by: Eric Feron,

Future of Aerospace Decision and Control: Georgia Tech

Dear Control Systems professional,

The School of Aerospace Engineering and the Decision and Control Laboratory at
the Georgia Institute of Technology are pleased to welcome you to their workshop
on the Future of Aerospace Decision and Control, which will be held in the School
of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech on June 11 and 12, 2012.

Two keynote speakers (R John Hansman, MIT, and John Junkins, Texas A&M University),
and a broad array of industry, government and academic experts will present their
views on where Aerospace Decision and Control is headed in the future.

For more information about the workshop and to register, you may visit:

You may also contact

Margaret Ojala (
Vivian Robinson-O’Neal (

We are looking forward to seeing you soon at Tech.

Eric Feron, workshop organizer,
Dutton/Ducoffe Professor of Aerospace Software Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology


5.2 Modeling and Control of Distributed Parameter Systems
Contributed by: Christophe Prieur,

The registrations are now open for the 33th International Summer School of
Automatic Control. Here are the basic informations. Please do not hesitate to
distribute them.

Location: Grenoble, France
Dates: September, 10-14, 2012
Deadline for registration: July, 15, 2012

Confirmed lecturers:
F. Alabau-Boussouira, Univ. Metz, France;
G. Bastin, UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium;
E. Cerpa, Univ. Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaiso, Chile;
J.-M. Coron, Univ. P. et M. Curie, Paris, France;
M. Krstic, Univ. of California at San Diego, USA;
B. Maschke, Univ. of Lyon, Lyon, France;
E. Trélat, Univ. P. et M. Curie, Paris, France ;
C. Prieur, Gipsa-lab, CNRS, Grenoble, France;
E. Witrant, Gipsa-lab, Univ. of Grenoble, France;
H. Zwart, University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Registration for students: 150 euros (see the website for other registration

Contacts: Christophe Prieur and Alexandre Seuret


5.3 Sustainable Control of Offshore Wind Turbines
Contributed by: Professor Ron J Patton,

Participation is invited for the 2-day workshop “Sustainable Control of Offshore
Wind Turbines” to be held 19/20th September at Hull University, UK. Please check
the details at


5.4 Information and Control in Networks
Contributed by: Giacomo Como,

The Lund Center for Control of Complex Engineering Systems (LCCC) will be hosting
a focus period on Information and Control in Networks from October 1 to
November 2, 2012. The focus period will include a workshop with approximately 25
distinguished speakers, to be held at the Old Bishop's Palace, Lund, from October
17 to October 19, 2012.

In control of complex networked systems a central role is played by information.
The system dynamics and the information flows evolve in an intertwined way. While
control theory and information theory have traditionally developed independently
from each other, the need for a convergence of the two has strongly emerged in the
last years, and is now a very active research field. In addition to efforts in control
and information theory, strong research is witnessed in computer science, mathematics,
mathematical statistics. The aim of this focus period is to bring together leading
researchers from some of these communities to create exciting cross-fertilization and
new ideas. At any particular time, there will be room for up to 10 invited researchers.
A typical visit will be 2-5 weeks.

Interested visitors are encouraged to contact Giacomo Como (
or Bo Bernhardsson (


5.5 Fault-tolerant and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Contributed by: Youmin Zhang,

Conference Workshop and Tutorial on "Fault-tolerant and Cooperative Control of Unmanned
Aircraft Systems" at ACC'12 and ICUAS'12

1) Conference Tutorial: "Fault-tolerant Control and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aerial
System (UAS) with Applications to Quadrotor Helicopter and Fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles (UAVs)", to be given by Youmin Zhang et al on June 12, 2012 at the 2012
International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS'12), Philadelphia, USA,
June 12-15, 2012.

Conference website:
Early Registration: Before May 15, 2012.

2) 2012 American Control Conference (ACC 2012) Pre-Conference Workshop: "Health Management,
Fault-tolerant Control, and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aircraft", June 26, 2012,
Hotel Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada.

Registration Fee (before / after May 1): Regular: $225 / $275
Student/Retiree: $115 / $140
Please see ACC 2012 website for details:

Welcome to register and attend the following Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop to be
offered at the 2012 American Control Conference (ACC) on June 26th, 2012 at Montreal,

"Health Management, Fault-tolerant Control, and Cooperative Control of Unmanned Aircraft"

Organizers and Speakers: Youmin Zhang (Concordia University, Canada), Camille Alain
Rabbath (Defence R&D Canada, Canada), YangQuan Chen (Utah State University, USA),
Christopher Edwards (University of Leicester, UK), Cameron Fulford (Quanser Inc., Canada),
Hugh H.-T. Liu (University of Toronto, Canada), Liang Tang (Pratt & Whitney, USA), Didier
Theilliol (University of Lorraine, France), Antonios Tsourdos (Cranfield University, UK)

Unmanned systems including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems (UAVs or UAS), Unmanned
Ground Vehicles (UGVs), and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) etc are gaining more
and more attention during the last a few years due to their important contributions
and cost-effective applications in several tasks such as monitoring, surveillance,
search, rescue, as well as military and security applications. Benefited from the
recent significant advances and development of UAVs, development and application of
fault-tolerant control as well as cooperative control techniques with small/miniature
UAVs have been emerged and developed quickly in recent years, since UAVs provide a
cheap and operative experimental testbed for development, implementation, and testing
the latest developed health management, fault-tolerant, and cooperative guidance,
navigation and control techniques.

The workshop will demonstrate the state-of-the-art techniques and development in health
management, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant guidance, navigation and control (GNC),
as well as multi-vehicle cooperative GNC techniques. Overview of past, current and
future research activities and research and development outcomes on the health management,
fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant control, and cooperative control applications with emphasis
to UAVs will be presented, which include aircraft such as quadrotor rotary-wing and fixed
-wing UAVs; Linear and nonlinear techniques for modeling, fault diagnosis, fault-tolerant
control, path and trajectory planning/re-planning, cooperative/formation flight guidance,
navigation and control, based on a set of quadrotor helicopter and fixed-wing UAVs testbeds,
with practical application scenarios on persistent surveillance and coverage control with
multiple unmanned aircraft, will be presented; Multiple UAS operations toward verifiable
autonomy and assessment of the potential insertion of UAS in the air transportation system,
as well as reliability and safety aspects of UAVs will also be discussed, based on the
experience and latest development from world-leading researchers (North America and Europe).

Audience will have opportunity to visit a set of quadrotor helicopter UAVs and fixed-wing
UAVs at the Networked Autonomous Vehicles Lab (NAVL) of Concordia University for REAL flight
demonstrations of fault-tolerant and cooperative control techniques presented in the workshop.

As the future engineers/researchers in this active research, developement and application
field, students are particuly welcome to register and to attend this workshop.

Please see more details at following websites:

Workshop website at North America:

Workshop website at Europe:

Workshop website at ACC 2012:
Advance Registration at the ACC 2012 Registration Site due: May 1, 2012

Associate Professor
Diagnosis, Flight Control and Simulation Lab (DFCSL)
Networked Autonomous Vehicles Lab (NAVL)
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
& Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI)
Concordia University
1515 St. Catherine W, EV12-103
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 2W1
Tel: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5225
Fax: (514) 848-3175


6.  Positions

6.1 MS: Université de Grenoble
Contributed by: Emmanuel Witrant,

Persyval-lab scholarships for a Master degree in Grenoble

Université de Grenoble, through its excellence center (labex) Persyval-lab,
launches a scholarship programme for attracting excellent candidates in the
second year of one of its Masters related to the Persyval-lab disciplines:
Computer Science, Control, Mathematics or Signal Processing.

This grant of €8,000 is intended to support excellent students whose income is
insufficient to cover their fees and who wish to obtain a master degree from
Université de Grenoble and then to apply to a doctoral programme within one of
the laboratories associated with Persyval-lab. A maximum of 10 grants will be
allocated for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Please apply at:

The INnovation Center for Advanced Sensors and Sensor Systems (INCAS3) located
in Assen, The Netherlands, is seeking for candidates to fill an industrial
researcher position in the area of Mathematical Modeling and Control.

The successful candidate will mathematically model industrial problems on a
project basis, and will interact closely with the Systems and Controls group
at INCAS3, which develops novel control and verification techniques for these
problems. The focus of this position will be on the modeling aspects.

The candidate should hold a PhD in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace
or related), Physics or Mathematics, and should have previous experience with
control systems. Hands-on practice experience with real-world control deployments
and knowledge of formal verification techniques are a plus.

More details about the position and INCAS3 can be found here:

For further details email: Dr. Manuel Mazo Jr. <>
Application deadline: 15th April


6.2 PhD: University of Poitiers, France
Contributed by: Guillaume Mercère,

Experimental modeling of heat exchangers: a comparison of LPV and 2D model identification

Due to the increasing exploitation of heat exchangers in different industrial frameworks,
it is necessary to have access to reliable and relevant models of such processes. The
determination of such efficient models is the main objective of this PhD program. Although
some interesting results can be found in the heat exchanger modeling literature, several
important practical and theoretical problems remain to be solved as far as heat exchanger
system identification is concerned. One of them has to do with the selection of a proper
model structure. Indeed, looking closer at the literature, most of the developments dedicated
to heat exchanger identification deal with linear time-invariant (LTI) models or black-box
artificial neural networks. The different experiments carried out by the researchers involved
in this PhD program have shown that using only LTI black-box models leads to inaccurate
models because of the non-linearities, as well as some varying parameters governing the
behavior of heat exchangers. In order to circumvent this difficulty, two complementary
approaches could be considered.

First, the linear-parameter varying (LPV) model structure can be considered. Indeed, when
thermodynamics or heat transfer laws are studied, it can be shown that important physical
parameters such as the heat transfer coefficients, are directly related to specific state
vector components such as the inlet mass flow rates. Thus, a model structure taking account
of this dependency explicitly could improve the accuracy of the final model. Such a structure
is called linear-parameter-varying or LPV. LPV models are linear systems depending on time-
varying parameters. These parameters are dependent on time-varying exogenous signals (called
the scheduling parameters) that are assumed to be measured in real life. By this way, the
model structure is close to the standard LTI one but with a structural flexibility able to
picture time-varying, even non-linear behaviors.

Second, a particular attention could be paid to 2-D models. 2-D systems refer to those
described by two independent variables, whether they are time/space, space/time, time/time,
or space/space. Discrete 2-D systems can be represented by either transfer function models
using the 2-D z-transform, or by using state space models. A number of 2-D state space
models can be found in the literature, such as those proposed by Roesser, Attasi, Fornasini
and Marchesini. It is now well-accepted that the Roesser model can represent most 2-D causal
systems of interest. In addition, it has been shown that some partial differential equation
models can be formulated as a Roesser state space model. That is the main reason why this PhD
program should mainly focus on this specific Roesser model.

The successful PhD candidate will be employed by the University of Poitiers. France, at
the Laboratoire d'Informatique et d'Automatique pour les Systèmes (
The position will be available from October 2012. Most of the PhD program will be realized
at the University of Poitiers. However, because the test beds used in this PhD are available
at the University of Valenciennes, several stays at the TEMPO laboratory (http://www.univ- will be required in order to carry out experiments required for the
validation of the theoretical developments suggested by the PhD student. As far as 2-D systems
are concerned, a collaboration with Prof. J. Ramos from Nova Southeastern University, Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, USA, will be required for the good achievement of this task. Prof. J.
Ramos is indeed one of the most productive researchers as far as 2-D system identification
is concerned.

Please send your application (and any inquiries) via e-mail to Guillaume Mercère
( Applications should include a CV (in English or
in French) with photo, a letter of motivation (in English and in French), university
transcripts (grades record in English or in French), and possibly a list of publications.
Please describe your qualifications with respect to the particular requirements of the
project as defined above.

University Masters Degree in a technical field.
Excellent skills in Mathematics and Automatic Control.
Excellent English skills, verbally and in writing.
Good French skills, verbally and in writing.
Ability to cooperate and work with a team of researchers.


6.3 PhD: TU, Delft
Contributed by: Roland Toth,

PhD position: Data-Driven Learning of Linear Parameter-Varying Models


Faculty/department: Control Systems group, Electrical Engineering department, TU/e
Maximum employment: Maximum of 38 hours per week (1 FTE)
Duration of contract: 4 years
Salary scale: €2042 gross (with annual increase)

Research group:

The Control Systems group has a long tradition in modeling, system identification
and control of dynamical systems. The group aims to be a nationally and internationally
acknowledged center in mastering complexity of dynamic systems. Currently, the Control
Systems group focuses its fundamental research around model approximation, networked
systems, model predictive control and spatial-temporal systems. The group covers a wide
variety of applications in modeling and control system design in projects. These include
power networks, electromechanical systems, automotive systems, chemical production processes,
and various applications in the process industry. We disseminate our expertise and knowledge
to students, the scientific community and to industry. Currently about 30 people work at
the Control Systems group, including postdocs and PhD students.

Project description:

Linear Parameter-Varying (LPV) systems are flexible models capable of representing nonlinear
/time-varying dynamical systems in terms of a linear structure. Signal relations in this
structure depend on a so-called scheduling variable, which embeds time-variance, nonlinear
dynamical aspects, etc., into the behavior of the LPV model.

The LPV framework provides computationally efficient and robust control-synthesis approaches
for nonlinear/time-varying systems — making it attractive to chemical-process and high-tech
mechatronic applications. However, systematic LPV modeling based on measured data or first-
principle knowledge is still unresolved — a widely recognized shortcoming of this promising
theory. Currently it is not understood how (1) to achieve an exact and low-complexity
embedding of a nonlinear behavior into an LPV structure, (2) to find optimally parameterized
representations of LPV behaviors, and (3) to efficiently estimate them based on measured data.

This Phd project aims to surmount these challenges by establishing an innovative synergy
between the Machine Learning (ML) and LPV frameworks. The aim is to develop computationally
efficient model learning approaches capable of supporting control synthesis. The emerging
ML framework provides powerful data-driven approaches to facilitate non-parametric learning
of complicated data-relations. The flexibility of the ML framework in defining learning
objectives (aim-relevant estimation) and its ability to facilitate optimal recovery of
structural relationships (model structure selection) provide novel perspectives in terms
of developing dedicated methods to solve the limiting problems (1)-(3) of the current LPV

The results of the fundamental research will be applied to modeling problems in complex
physical/chemical and/or electrical/mechatronic systems as e.g. high-purity distillation
columns and high-performance positioning applications.


• Study the literature of machine learning and LPV identification.
• Development of data-driven modeling approaches which are capable to surmount the
  challenges (1)-(3).
• Achieve controller objectives based model learning to support control synthesis
  directly by the developed identification approaches.
• Stochastic analysis of consistency and convergence of the results and empirical
   validation of the techniques on complex physical/chemical and/or electrical/mechatronic
• Dissemination of the results of your research in international and peer-reviewed journals
  and conferences.
• Writing a successful dissertation based on the developed research and defending it.
• Assume educational tasks like the supervision of Master students and internships.


We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:
• You are a talented and enthusiastic researcher.
• You have experience with or a strong background in systems and control, mathematics,
  statistics and signal processing. Preferably you finished a master in Systems and
  Control, (Applied) Physics, (Applied) Mathematics, Information Technologies, Electrical
  Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
• You have good programming skills and experience (Mathematica and/or Matlab is an asset).
• You have good communicative skills, and the attitude to partake successfully in the
  work of a research team.
• You are creative and ambitious, hard working and persistent.
• You have good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required).

What we offer:

We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university through a fixed-term
appointment for the period of 4 years. The research in this project must be concluded
with the attainment of a PhD degree.As an employee of the university you will receive
a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions. A salary is offered
starting at EUR 2042 per month (gross) in the first year and increasing up to EUR 2612
per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is
provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. The university
offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure,
child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities.

TU/e offers opportunities for personal development by developing your social and communication
skills. We do this by offering every PhD student a series of courses that are part of the
PROOF program as an excellent addition to your scientific education.

Information and application

More information on the vacancy and project can be obtained from Dr.Ir. Roland Tóth
( or Prof.Dr.Ir. P.M.J. Van den Hof (

For terms of employment please contact: Mrs. C.C.W.M. Gijsbers (,
HR –advisor of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

If you are interested in this position, please go to the website

and upload (1) a detailed curriculum vitae, (2) an application letter motivating your
interest in the offered position and research topic, and summarizing your views on the
research area, (3) a publication list, (4) a copy of your best publication in English,
(5) course lists of your Masters and Bachelor programs (incl. grades), (6) results of
a recent English language test (like IELTS) and the (6) names of two references. In
addition, please indicate when you would be available to assume a position.


6.4 PhD: L2S, Supélec, France
Contributed by: Antoine Chaillet,

PhD Title: Control laws for innovative deep brain stimulation in the treatment of
Parkinson disease: provable approaches based on optogenitics experimental data

Supervisors: Antoine Chaillet (main advisor) and William Pasillas-Lépine

Brief description: This Ph.D. thesis aims at adapting methodologies issued from
control theory and dynamical systems to the field of neuroscience. The development
of formal analytical results allows a better understanding of some neurological
phenomena, and is a necessary requirement for the achievement of significant progresses
in therapeutic treatments such as deep brain stimulation. Recent experimental and
theoretical breakthroughs now make such analytical studies reasonable. In particular,
this work will focus on neuronal synchrony, which is involved in many healthy brain
functions but can also lead to pathological phenomena (such as Parkinson's disease).
The objective of this work is to develop new analysis and control methods, able to
cope with the fundamentally complex behavior of neuronal populations (interconnection,
heterogeneity, uncertainties, delays…). These methods will be inspired from related
domains involving stability analysis of interconnected nonlinear systems, analysis
of hybrid dynamics and robust control. More precisely, the Ph.D. thesis will comprise:
the development a spike-rate model of the basal ganglia network based on experimental
optogenetics data of healthy and parkinsonian primates, the confrontation of this
model with a single-unit numerical model, the formal analysis of pathological
oscillations onset based on the spike-rate model, and the development of realistic
DBS control laws to alter these pathological oscillations.

Environment: The Ph.D. thesis will take place at Laboratoire des Signaux et
Systèmes (L2S) – Supélec, South of Paris (France), in a team composed of applied
mathematicians and control theoreticians.

Prerequisite: Although aiming at practical fallouts and relying on state-of-the-art
experimental data, the contributions expected from this Ph.D. thesis are mostly of
a theoretical nature. The candidate must have a background in applied mathematics,
nonlinear/hybrid control theory, or computational neuroscience. Interests in
interdisciplinary research are required. Skills in simulation software are desirable.
Knowledge of French language is not required, but an appropriate level of English
is necessary.



6.5 PhD: University of Cambridge
Contributed by: Glenn Vinnicombe,

The MathWorks Studentship in Engineering

Funding is available to support a PhD studentship in Control Systems in the
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, generously provided by
MathWorks (the developers of MATLAB® and Simulink® engineering software). The
studentship is tenable for 3 years from 1 October 2012 and includes:

- The cost of College and University fees at home/EU rate and a maintenance
grant at the EPSRC recommended standard rate
- Paid internships for up to 10 weeks each year at MathWorks Cambridge offices

Research in any area of systems of control will be considered. Some current
areas of interest include:

Systems biology: Circadian rhythms, Gene regulatory networks, Information
processing Control of large interconnections: Power networks, Communication
networks, Air-traffic control

Candidates should have a degree in Engineering, Mathematics or Science, with
an excellent academic record and strong mathematical aptitude. Any applicant
for PhD study in the Cambridge control group will be considered automatically
for this studentship.

Potential applicants may contact Dr G. Vinnicombe ( to register
their interest in the studentship, and for further information if necessary.
Completed applications for PhD study should reach Student Registry by 31 May 2012.

* Limit of tenure: 30 September 2015.
Quote Reference: NA15591,Closing Date: 31 May 2012
Interview Date(s): June 2012


6.6 PhD: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Contributed by: Mahmut Reyhanoglu,


PhD positions are available in the area of DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF AEROSPACE SYSTEMS
under the supervision of Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Prof. Sergey Drakunov, and
Prof. William MacKunis at the Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University located in Daytona Beach. These positions cover full tuition and fees plus
a $20,000 per year stipend. Requirements include a strong background in control theory, dynamic
systems and mathematics; a Master’s degree in engineering, physics, or applied mathematics;
and excellent skills in using Matlab and Simulink. It is also desirable that the candidates have
hands-on experience on feedback control. It is expected that the candidates have excellent GRE
and TOEFL (if necessary) scores as well as strong communication and writing skills.

For details and application procedures, please visit

Prof. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Physical Sciences Department,
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach,



6.7 PhD: Grenoble Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Hassen Fourati,

PhD Position: Multi-sensors estimation and fault-tolerant real-time control
of unmanned aerial vehicle

Supervisor: Daniel Simon (Junior Researcher INRIA, HDR),,
+33 (0)4 76 61 53 28

Co-supervisor: Dr. Hassen Fourati (Associate Professor, UJF),, +33 (0)4 76 82 64 25

Laboratory: GIPSA-lab (Grenoble Images Parole Signal Automatique), UMR 5216 CNRS, Joseph Fourier University-
Grenoble I, Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG)
Research team: NeCS (GIPSA/INRIA – National Institute for Research in
Computer Science and Control)

Dates: October 2012 – September 2015

Candidate profile: Preferably with a Master's degree in Automatic or Robotics.

Type of funding: Doctoral contract. Gross income: 1 676,55 euros per month.

Application: CV, cover letter for application, certificates and notes,
recommendation letter.

Project description:

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are aircrafts capable of flying and
realizing a mission without people on board. Originally developed as part
of military activities, there is now great potential for civilian activities
(monitoring, mapping...). Many constraints remain unresolved for the use of
UAV in public space. Among the key aspects to be tackled are embedded decision
autonomy, the ability to perceive the environment at all times, safety and
dependability. These characteristics will in future be subject to a certification
process under development, but current UAVs still suffering from a lack of
robustness and autonomy.

The flight control systems (combining Inertial Measurement Unit, sensors, motors,
actuators...) provide stability and control functions and navigation of UAVs. For
example, an inertial unit, is necessary to calculate the attitude of the UAV in flight,
is often composed mainly of triads of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)
accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes. These sensors are prone to defaults
(magnetic disturbances, biases...) which subsequently affects the control system
(the calculation of the attitude of the UAV and its stability in flight).
Many approaches for the attitude estimation are still unreliable and often drift
over time. Preliminary works have been developed in [1], [2] and possible improvements
in the strategies of robust estimation, combining inertial, magnetic data and / or GPS,
are still possible. On the other hand, the purely tele-operated control of an UAV,
especially in a cluttered environment is a delicate task that must be facilitated
by the autonomous execution of local actions such as for monitoring or avoidance of

In this context, the proposed thesis can be developed in two parts with the following

1. In the first part of the thesis, we will focus on the problem of attitude estimation
(3D spatial orientation) of the UAV. This information is often necessary for navigation
 (stabilization of the UAV) in flight condition. The results of previous works in literature
at this level are encouraging but significant discrepancies are still observed in the
attitude estimation in case of sudden and accelerated movements of the UAV [3]. To solve
this problem, we propose new data fusion approaches based on complementary filtering for
the states estimation and observation by combining inertial measurements (accelerometers
and gyroscopes)and magnetic measurements (magnetometers) and without resorting at each time
to GPS and velocity measurements.

The proposed methods until now for the attitude estimation in the case of UAVs are based
on the triad of sensors mentioned latter; we will search if it is possible at a final step
to overcome the gyro data and its intrinsic bias. In this case the method will be reduced
to the use of accelerometer and magnetometer.

2. In the second part of the thesis, we will develop some fault-tolerant controls (sensors
and actuators defaults, but also real-time execution defaults and / or loss of connection
with the master station) using the sensors measurements and the available execution resources.
The approaches we propose will be based on the design of observers for the isolation and
estimation of defaults, as well as the design and implementation of robust control laws
and flexible real-time scheduling as outlined in [4].


[1] H. Fourati, N. Manamanni, L. Afilal, and Y. Handrich. A nonlinear filtering approach
    for the attitude and Body Acceleration estimation based on inertial and magnetic sensors:
    Bio-logging application. IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 233-244, January 2011.
[2] H. Fourati, N. Manamanni, L. Afilal, and Y. Handrich. Posture and body acceleration
    tracking by inertial and magnetic sensing: Application in behavioural analysis of free-
    ranging animals. Biomedical Signal Processing & Control (BSPC), Elsevier, vol. 6, no. 1,
    pp. 94-104, January 2011.
[3] R. Mahony, T. Hamel, and J. M. Pflimlin. Nonlinear Complementary Filters on the Special
    Orthogonal Group. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 53, no. 5, pp. 1203-1218.
[4] C. Berbra, S. Gentil, S. Lesecq and D. Simon. Control and Diagnosis for an Unmanned Aerial
    Vehicle, in: Co-design approaches for dependable networked control systems, ISTE Wiley,
    January 2010.


6.8 PhD: University of Western Ontario, Canada
Contributed by: Jin Jiang,

Doctoral Fellowships in Control Systems and Power System Dynamics

A number of doctoral fellowships are available in the Control, Instrumentation
and Electrical Systems Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

The lab houses a number of state-of-the-arts industrial grade and dedicated research
facilities in distributed control systems, power plant simulators, as well as a
small scale microgrid with diverse physical energy sources (PV, wind, fuel cell,
and synchronous generators), and controllable loads and energy storage devices
(batteries, super-caps, controllable electronic loads, and wireless-enabled smart

The successful candidates will be working with a group of dynamic researchers
on the design, analysis, and proof-of-concept implementation of control systems
for power plants, power systems, and smart grids. The lab offers an inspiring
and challenging environment for a self-motivated individual. An ideal candidate
should have an advanced degree (MESc) in control system engineering or power
system engineering. Previous experience on multivariable control systems, power
electronic converters/inverter controls, and power dynamics and control will
favourably be considered.

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae to:

Prof. Jin Jiang
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Western Ontario
London, Ont.
N6A 5B9

The selection process will commence as the applications arrive.


6.9 Post-Doc: NICTA, Canberra, Australia
Contributed by: Adrian N. Bishop,

Expressions of interest are invited for a post-doctoral position available in the Control
and Signal Processing Research Group, at NICTA in Canberra, Australia.

The position is at a starting level (equivalent to postdoctoral fellow), to work on a joint
NICTA/DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organization, Australia) project on Distributed
Control and Estimation in Networked Environments, led by Professor Brian Anderson. This project
deals with the development of techniques for the characterisation, diagnosis and assurance of
health and quality in formations, typically UAV formations. and sensor networks, including
wireless networks. Other topics in distributed control and/or estimation in networked environments
are also considered and the current research group is highly active in the converging field of
control and systems theory with communications, signal processing and distributed systems.

The appointee will be expected to conduct research, maintain collaboration with other team
members (Dr Adrian N. Bishop, Dr Changbin (Brad) Yu [in Canberra] and Dr Guoqiang Mao [in Sydney])
and DSTO and supervise students in conjunction with the project, and also develop follow-on or
related projects. The appointee will also be expected to seek adjunct status at the Australian
National University, a partner of NICTA. Appointment in the first instance will be for two years,
with the possibility of a one year extension subject to satisfactory performance. A starting
date of 1st October 2012 is targeted.

Applicants will be expected to have a PhD qualification or PhD anticipated with near completion
date and specialised expertise in one of signal processing, control systems or communication/
computer networks.

To obtain further details or to apply, please go to
and search under keyword 'DICERESCRL' in current job opportunities.

Enquiries should be addressed to Prof Brian Anderson (


6.10 Post-Doc: UPENN
Contributed by: George Pappas,

Postdoctoral Research Positions in Synthesis

Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering (ExCAPE) is
a multi-university multi-disciplinary project funded by US National Science
Foundation as part of the Expeditions in Computing program.
The goal of ExCAPE is to transform the way programmers develop software
by advancing the theory and practice of software synthesis. To achieve this goal,
the ExCAPE team brings together expertise in theoretical foundations (computer-aided
verification, control theory, program analysis), design methodology (human-computer
interaction, model-based design, programming environments), and applications
(concurrent programming, network protocols, robotics, system architecture).
More information on the project, along with the list of Principal Investigators, is
available at

ExCAPE has funding available for multiple post-doctoral research positions starting Fall 2012.
We seek applicants with domain expertise necessary to advance the practice of synthesis in
one of the challenge problems as well as applicants with expertise in theory and tools for
synthesis.Each post-doctoral researcher will be advised by two PIs, and will be expected to split time
between the institutions of the two mentors.

To apply, following material should be submitted electronically, by April 30, 2012, to
Liz Ng (
1. Candidate's CV
2. Two representative publications
3. Statement of research (1-2 pages)
4. Two or three letters of reference

For more information, feel free to contact any of the PIs.

6.11 Post-Doc: Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Contributed by: Tal Shima,

A post-doctoral position in the area of guidance/motion planning and task assignment
for unmanned vehicles is available at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion
- Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel.

The work will involve both theoretical and algorithmic aspects as well as numerical
studies. Emphasis will be given to cooperative problems involving teams of unmanned
vehicles, mainly aerial but also marine and ground.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in either engineering (aerospace,
mechanical, electrical, or similar), computer science or operations research, with
an emphasis on search algorithms and/or optimization.

Application material should include:
- a cover letter
- detailed curriculum vitae, including educational background and a list of
- unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- at least two letters of recommendation and/or contact information for at least
  two referees

The material should be submitted in pdf via e-mail to Prof. Tal Shima,

Applications will be handled in strict confidentiality and will be reviewed as they
arrive until the position is filled.

For further inquiries, please contact Tal Shima at: 


6.12 Post-Doc: INRIA, Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Alain Kibangou,

Post-Doc Research Proposal: Robust Traffic Prediction for Fluid Traffic Models
Location: INRIA, Grenoble, France

Start: Any time in 2012 Duration: 12 M, Salary: 2620 E Brut

Context: NeCS is a joint CNRS (GIPSA-lab)-INRIA team. The team is bi-located at
INRIA (Montbonnot) and at the GIPSA-lab (at the Grenoble campus).This work will
be achieved in the framework of HYCON 2 (Highly-Complex and Networked Control Systems)
an european network of excellence ( whose applications domain
include Transportation systems, and the national project MOCOPO (
for travelling time bounds prediction. The work will be validated using real-time
traffic data from our data collection center, named “Grenoble Traffic Lab”
(GTL, typically used in our team for model
validation and performance assessment of new estimation algorithms for traffic prediction
and control.

Topic description: One crucial component in traffic management and information systems
is the prediction of traffic states [1]. Unlike several approaches in the literature devoted
to transportation systems, we consider a model-based approach by resorting to fluid traffic
models that can be described by partial differential equations (PDE) of hyperbolic type.
There exist a large variety of these models in the literature, but most of our works relay
on the use of the Cell Transmission Model (CTM) which is a switched model and is built from
the fundamental diagram characteristics. CTM has been used as a basis to design density
observers which allow reconstructing the initial conditions in cells not equipped with
sensors, and are the first step for traveling time and density time-ahead prediction
[2], [3].

The efficiency of such observers is strongly related to the accuracy of the parameters
derived from the fundamental characteristic curve.

The proposed work concern the issues of short-time prediction of both densities and
travelling time under uncertainties of different types: unknown but possibly bounded
future demand, splitting coefficients, and fundamental diagrams mismatches. The main
goal of this work is to derive new prediction and estimation methods sufficiently robust
to these uncertainties. Moreover, we aim to provide confidence intervals for predictions
on travelling time and density evolutions. To carry out this study, we will first use
the data from an already calibrated micro simulator of the Grenoble south ring, and then
we will make use of data supplied by the Grenoble Traffic Lab (GTL) from measurements
obtained by means of a new sensor network under deployment.

Candidate profile: Strong skills in Systems (control) theory are required (Estimation
theory, Model-based Observers design, Robust control & observation).

Related bibliography:
[1] Chrobok, R., Kaumann, O., Wahle, J., and Schreckenberg, M., “Different methods of
    traffic forecast based on realdata”, European Journal of operational Research 155
    (2004) 558-568.
[2] Morarescu, I-C., and C. Canudas de Wit, “Highway Traffic model-based density estimation”,
    2011 American Control Conference - ACC 2011, Jun 2011, San Francisco, CaL. USA.
[3] Canudas de Wit, C., Leon Ojeda, L.R., and Kibangou, A.Y. “Graph constrained-CTM
    observer design for the Grenoble south ring”, 13th IFAC sysmposium on Control in
    Transportation systems, CTS 2012 (Submitted).


6.13 Post-Doc: University of Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Antoine Girard,

Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann, University of Grenoble, France

Starting: September 2012
Duration : 12 months
Supervisors : Antoine Girard (Antoine.Girard@imag.f), Gregor Goessler
Web :

This position is opened within the SYMBAD project (Symbolic Approaches to the
Design of Cyber-Physical Systems) funded by the University of Grenoble.

The position deals with the development of sound approaches for the synthesis
of discrete embedded controllers for cyber-physical systems.

A promising approach has been proposed, based on the use of symbolic abstractions
that are approximately bisimilar to the continuous dynamics of the physical
components of the system. The goal of the SYMBAD project is double. The first
goal is to develop the theory of controller synthesis using approximately bisimilar
abstractions. Several challenging theoretical problems still need to be addressed:
compositional synthesis; safe, robust and efficient controller refinement techniques;
fine estimates of the precision of the symbolic models... The second goal is to
continue the development of a toolbox for controller synthesis that has been
initiated within the VEDECY project (
Depending on his/her profile, the successful candidate will work on one or several of
the aspects of the SYMBAD project.

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Computer
Science or Control. Knowledge of at least one of the domains of formal methods
in computer science, scientific computing, or control is required.

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


6.14 Post-Doc: Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
Contributed by: Bo Egardt,

Postdoctoral position in Systems and Control Engineering of Hybrid Powertrains
at the Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University.

Chalmers has a long tradition of research in transportation systems, with
intensive collaboration with society and automotive industry. A large part
of such research is performed at the Department of Signals and Systems, where
this post-doctoral position is announced. The position is with the Automatic
Control group, belonging to the Control, automation and mechatronics division.
At the division, research is conducted on various aspects of dynamics, supervision
and control. One of the research themes within the Automatic Control group is
the electrification of road transport.

The aim of the proposed research is to address systems engineering issues at the
level of complete hybrid powertrains. The interdependence between the design,
optimization and control of the complete powertrain and the combustion engine,
respectively, is of particular interest.

The postdoctoral position is an appointment that offers an opportunity to qualify
for further research positions within academia or industry. The majority of your
working time is devoted to your own research. Included in your work is also to
take part in supervision of Ph.D. students and M.Sc. thesis students. Teaching
of undergraduate students may also be included to a small extent.

The employment is limited to a maximum of 2 years (1+1).

Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in the systems and control area, preferably
with experience from vehicle or automotive applications. Experience from research
on vehicle powertrains is highly valued. Ability to initiate new research collaborations
is essential.

Good communication skills in oral and written English is a requirement.

To apply, search for the position Ref. 20120146 at the following link


6.15 Post-Doc: University of Oxford
Contributed by: Antonis Papachristodoulou,

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford
Grade 7: Salary in the range £29,249 - £35,938 p.a.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Control Engineering
group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The position is
funded by EPSRC under a 3-institution partnership grant, held by the University
of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. The position
is fixed-term for up to 29 months with a start date of 1 July 2012.

This post will involve working in Synthetic Biology from a Control Engineering
perspective and will be collaborative with two other postdoctoral researchers at
the partner institutions. The project involves developing control engineering-
inspired design approaches for biological systems and the position would suit a
theoretician with a control engineering or mathematical background. The successful
candidate will benefit from the international collaboration with MIT, ETHZ and
Caltech on this project and will become part of the growing and flourishing
interdisciplinary environment in Oxford, working in Systems and Synthetic Biology.

You should have a good first degree in Engineering or Mathematics and have
completed or be about to complete a doctorate in Control Engineering/Dynamical
Systems or a relevant subject. A good publication record commensurate with your
stage of career is expected. You must have the organisational skills and initiative
to carry out independent research; be able to work as part of an interdisciplinary
team; and have the written and verbal skills necessary to present scientific ideas
clearly. Experience of developing mathematical algorithms and simulations in MATLAB,
and of the analysis and design of feedback control systems, is essential. Previous
collaborative research experience in Synthetic and Systems Biology would be an

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Antonis Papachristodoulou

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and
for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please
click on the link below:

Only applications received before midday on 28 May 2012 can be considered. You will
be required to upload a covering letter, a brief statement of research interests
(no more than three pages, describing how past experience and future plans fit with
the advertised position), CV and the details of three referees as part of your online
application. Please do not upload any additional documents such as papers or reports,
if they are important to your application make reference to them in your CV or research
interests statement.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity:


6.16 Post-Doc: Boston University
Contributed by: Yannis Paschalidis,

The Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) at Boston University
is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with strong research background in optimization,
control, and stochastic processes interested to apply her/his expertise in problems
arising in multi-agent control and coordination and machine learning. The candidate
should have a Ph.D. in Electrical, Computer, Industrial, or Systems Engineering,
Operations Research, or a related field.

The candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Yannis Paschalidis. The
position is available for one year, starting as early as possible, with possibility
for extension depending on funding availability.

Interested candidates should send their CV to Prof. Paschalidis (


6.17 Post-Doc: University of Western Ontario, Canada
Contributed by: Jin Jiang,

Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Advanced Control Systems Area

A number of postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the Control,
Instrumentation and Electrical Systems Laboratory at the University of Western
Ontario in Canada.

The lab houses a number of state-of-the-arts industrial grade and dedicated
research facilities in distributed control systems, power plant simulators,
as well as a small scale microgrid with diverse physical energy sources (PV,
wind, fuel cell, and synchronous generators), and controllable loads and energy
storage devices (batteries, super-caps, controllable electronic loads, and wireless-
enabled smart meters).

The successful candidates will be working with a group of dynamic researchers on
the design, analysis, and implementation of control systems of industrial processes,
such as nuclear power plants, and smart grids. The lab offers an inspiring and
challenging environment for a self-motivated individual. An ideal candidate should
have (or about to receive) a PhD degree in control system engineering with background
in either electrical engineering or process control areas, who has a solid background
in control theory/practice and has the desire to investigate how those advanced theories
can be effectively applied to practical systems. Previous experience on multivariable
control systems, power electronic converters/inverter controls, and power dynamics and
control will be considered favourably.

The initial offer of these positions will be one year. However, the positions can be
converted to a more permanent one with demonstrated performance. Interested applicants
should send their curriculum vitae to:

Prof. Jin Jiang
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Western Ontario
London, Ont.
N6A 5B9

The selection process will commence as the applications arrive.


6.18 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Ms. Zhao,

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:

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

or email the documents to


6.19 Faculty: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Contributed by: Bo Egardt,

Applications are invited for a position as assistant professor at Chalmers
University in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The position is tied to the Energy Area of Advance at Chalmers and concerns
systems and control aspects of tomorrow's smart grid. The position aims at
strengthening the research collaboration between the research groups in Electric
Power Systems and Automatic Control. This is an opportunity for excellent young
researchers who want to contribute to create synergies between existing research
groups, in addition to developing their own research. The position comes with
an extensive offer, including a financed PhD position.

The official announcement with full information and contact details can be found
(Ref. No. 20120105).


6.20 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
Contributed by: Xiang Qiu,

The discipline of Information Processing and Automation Technology belongs to
the College of Information Engineering of Zhejiang University of Technology
(ZJUT), and is one of prior disciplines in Zhejiang province. The discipline
consisted of faculty with expertise ranging broadly from control, electronics,
Computer Science and Engineering.

For further information of the university, please visit

Excellent PhD and Distinguish Professor are needed in the discipline of Information
Processing & Automation Technology in the College of Information Engineering at
Zhejiang University of Technology. Applicants are welcome from various research
directions such as Advanced Control Theory, Embedded Systems & Applications, Motion
Control, Network Technology, also likely in areas such as intelligent systems and
information technology. The applicants are expected to have a strong interest in
pursuing academic research in information processing & automation technology.

And more,
- ZheJiang 1000 Person Plan,
- National 1000 Person Plan,
- ZheJiang QianJiang talent Plan,

- have an earned PhD degree from a reputable university;
- have performed high-quality research with a good track record of competitive
  research experience in terms of good journal publications and research grants;
- have good command of English and Chinese;
- have the potential to reach excellence in the research field;
- have an ambition to build a research group and attract external funding;
- Strong leadership skills, along with an entrepreneurial attitude towards

- well research environment and development of space;
- preferential allowance and other insurance, welfare, and so on;
- sufficient research funding;
- grants for purchase housing and other well treatment;

- one resume about personal information, detailed learning and working Experience,
  research and teaching achievements, and your request;
- research projects and funding recently five years;
- research achievements and awards, published paper recently five years;

Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:
Mr. Xiang Qiu
The College of Information Engineering
Zhejiang University of Technology
HangZhou, China , 310023
Additional questions about the position, the discipline, the treatment,or further
information regarding the application process may be addressed to Mr. Xiang Qiu
via e-mail at or please call +86-13867469319

Additional information about the ZJUT:
The year 1953 saw the establishment of a new Zhejiang University of Technology
in Hangzhou, the picturesque historical and cultural city in China. The present
university, as a provincial key comprehensive university, can offer not only
engineering courses, but also a large range of disciplines. And with a national
key laboratory and three post-doctoral programs, the University is entitled to
confer degrees of master, doctor, MBA. In addition, it has been granted the right
to recommend outstanding undergraduates as candidates for graduate programs in other
universities without entrance examinations and the right to recruit international
students as well as students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

The university now consists of 3 campuses, covering a total area of over 213
hectares with a floor space of 840,000 square meters. It has 21 colleges and
2 departments. At present, there are about 30,000 registered full-time under-
graduates and diplomats, together with 2,300 postgraduates. The university has
a faculty of 2,800, among whom over 800 are professors and associate professors.
ZJUT now has one academician of CAE (Chinese Academy of Engineering), and three
academicians of CAE and CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) whom ZJUT shares with
other institutions of high education or research. Now it runs 14 doctoral degree
programs,71 master degree programs, and 55 undergraduate programs. Its 60,000-
square-meter university library now has collected books of over 3,200,000 volumes
(with electronic books included) and over 17,000 kinds of Chinese and foreign
journals and periodicals.


6.21 Researcher: Center for Advanced Sensors and Sensor Systems, Assen, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Manuel Mazo, Jr.,

The INnovation Center for Advanced Sensors and Sensor Systems (INCAS3) located
in Assen, The Netherlands, is seeking for candidates to fill an industrial
researcher position in the area of Mathematical Modeling and Control.

The successful candidate will mathematically model industrial problems on a
project basis, and will interact closely with the Systems and Controls group
at INCAS3, which develops novel control and verification techniques for these
problems. The focus of this position will be on the modeling aspects.

The candidate should hold a PhD in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace
or related), Physics or Mathematics, and should have previous experience with
control systems. Hands-on practice experience with real-world control deployments
and knowledge of formal verification techniques are a plus.

More details about the position and INCAS3 can be found here:

For further details email: Dr. Manuel Mazo Jr. <>
Application deadline: 15th April


6.22 Project Scientist: University of California, Santa Barbara
Contributed by: Frank Doyle,

The Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) at the University of California,
Santa Barbara, invites applications for an open Assistant Project Scientist position,
in the field of engineered sensor networks, network synchronization and control systems.

More details available at: 


6.23 Engineer: Kongsberg Maritime, Norway
Contributed by: Morten Breivik,

Principal Engineers in Applied Maritime Cybernetics

The Offshore division of Kongsberg Maritime is a leading provider of dynamic
positioning, navigation and automation products. We have a proud and successful
history within our product areas which is tightly linked to our strong in-house
competence in applied maritime cybernetics. Know-how in matters of modeling,
estimation and control have been fundamental to our competitive edge.

In order to further strengthen our ability to innovate we have recently established
a dedicated Cybernetics R&D Group with the aim of building up a world-leading
professional community in applied maritime cybernetics. We are therefore currently
looking for several ambitious and talented professionals to join our team, see

The ideal candidate has a PhD or MSc degree in one of the following fields:
• Nonlinear, adaptive, hybrid, fault-tolerant or model-predictive control methods
• Hydrodynamic modeling and simulation
• Nonlinear estimation and navigation methods
• Artificial intelligence and machine learning
• Software architecture and real-time systems

We consider an optimal team to consist of both practically-oriented and
theoretically-inclined people, who are enthusiastic and creative individuals
with a strong passion for challenges in applied cybernetics.

Do you want to join us?

Work tasks:
• Developing advanced technology solutions for challenging maritime applications
• Participating in cross-disciplinary R&D projects in applied cybernetics
• Collaborating with professionals at leading universities and research institutions

Desired qualifications:
• PhD or MSc degree in relevant fields
• Experience with Matlab/Simulink and C/C++ programming
• Strong interest in maritime applications of cybernetics
• Enthusiastic, self-propelled, creative and team-oriented
• Good communication skills in English, both verbally and written

We can offer:
• Unique R&D challenges and possibilities
• A team of enthusiastic and highly qualified colleagues
• Competitive salary and working conditions

You can apply for the available positions by visiting the KONGSBERG career pages
at before 19. April 2012, reference number (KMC-12/048).