August 2011 E-Letter

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

Issue 275

August 2011


Magnus Egerstedt

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control

1.2 Contents: Transactions on Control Systems Technology


2. Honors and Awards

2.1 Prof. Athans honored


3. Books

3.1 Adaptive Control – Algorithms, Analysis and Applications

3.2 Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications

3.3 Cooperative Control Design: A Systematic, Passivity-Based Approach

3.4 Stability and Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems


4. Journals

4.1 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

4.2 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory

4.3 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems

4.4 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems

4.5 Contents: European Journal of Control

4.6 Contents: Journal of Process Control

4.7 Contents: AIChE Journal

4.8 CFP: International Journal of Imaging and Robotics

4.9 CFP: International Journal of Mathematics and Computation

4.10 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

4.11 CFP: Asian Journal of Control


5. Software

5.1 LFR_RAI: Matlab software for Robustness Analysis of LFR models


6. Conferences

6.1 Chinese Control and Decision Conference

6.2 Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society

6.3 ICNPAA 2012 World Congress


7.  Workshops

7.1 Control Theory of Digitally Networked Dynamical Systems

7.2 2nd Workshop on Mathematical Aspects of Network Synthesis


8.  Positions

8.1 PhD: INRIA/CNRS-Grenoble, France

8.2 PhD: University of Plymouth, UK

8.3 PhD: University of Padova

8.4 PhD: University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich, Germany

8.5 PhD: University of Twente

8.6 PhD: K.U.Leuven, Belgium

8.7 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University

8.8 Post-Doc: University of Texas at Dallas

8.9 Post-Doc: San Antonio Center for Cardiovascular Systems Biology

8.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology

8.11 Faculty: Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China

8.12 Faculty: National Cheng Kung University

8.13 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia

8.14 Researcher: Applied Materials

8.15 Researcher: NUI Maynooth (NUIM), Ireland

8.16 Control Systems Engineer: John Deere Power Systems

8.17 Staff Advanced controls Engineer: John Deere Power Systems

8.18 Controls Engineer: John Deere Power Systems





1. IEEE CSS Headlines


1.1 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control

Contributed by: Maja Matijasevic,


The 2011 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC 2011) will be held

in the Rocky Mountains Region, in Denver, Colorado, on September 28 – 30, 2011.


MSC 2011 includes three international Conferences sponsored and promoted by the

IEEE Control Systems Society:


* The IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA)

* The IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control (ISIC)

* The Joint Symposium on Computer-Aided Control System Design

and Systems with Uncertainty (CACSD-SU).



MSC 2011 features a top-quality technical program, featuring 259 peer-reviewed

technical papers to be presented in regular and invited paper sessions, five

plenary keynote talks and one plenary talk presented by the winner of the

IEEE CSS Transition to Practice Award, and three workshops.


The advanced Technical program is available at PaperPlaza:



The keynote speakers (in alphabetical order) and titles of their talks are:

* Brian D. O. Anderson, Australian National University Canberra

"Control of formation shape in multiagent systems"

* Mark Balas, University of Wyoming

"Will Adaptive Control Take Over the World: Theory into Practice?"

* Stephen Boyd, Stanford University

"Optimization and control: past, present, and future"

* Manfred Morari, ETH Zurich

"Fast MPC"

* Rush D. Robinett III, Sandia National Laboratory

"Renewable Energy Electric Grid Integration"


The Transition to Practice Award will be presented to Drs. Markos Papageorgiou

and Ioannis Papamichail by the IEEE CSS President, Dr. Rick Middleton.

The title of the plenary talk is:

* Markos Papageorgiou, DPEM, Technical University of Chania

"Freeway Traffic Control"



The MSC 2011 program will also include three workshops (to take place on

September 27, 2011):


* Workshop on Robustness in Biological Systems

* Workshop on Probabilistic Methods for Robust Optimization

* Workshop on Nonlinear Power Flow Control Design: Utilizing Exergy,

Entropy, Static and Dynamic Stability, and Lyapunov Analysis.



are also members of the IEEE Control Systems Society. (For how to apply see

the web site.)


The Conference venue is the recently remodeled and innovated Sheraton Denver

Downtown Hotel, which is centrally located in the heart of Denver, next to the

16th Street Mall and pedestrian area. Denver is a vibrant metropolitan city

with lot to offer, and a gateway to the Rocky Mountains area and Colorado's

state and national parks, scenic hot springs, outdoor adventures, and more.


On behalf of the MSC 2011 Organizing Committee, we invite you join us in Denver!


* General Chair: Kimon Valavanis, University of Denver

* Program Chair (CCA): Jagannathan Sarangapani, Missouri Univ. of Science & Tech

* Program Chair (ISIC): Stjepan Bogdan, University of Zagreb

* Program Chair (CACSD/SU): Graziano Chesi, University of Hong Kong






1.2 Contents: Transactions on Control Systems Technology

Contributed by: Thomas Parisini,


Table of Contents for Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 19

(2011), Issue 4 (July)




LMI-Based Multivariable PID Controller Design and its Application to the Control

of the Surface Shape of Magnetic Fluid Deformable Mirrors

Z. Wu, A. Iqbal, and F. Ben Amara page 717


Adaptive Control of a Pneumatic Valve Actuator for an Internal Combustion Engine

J. Ma, G. G. Zhu, and H. Schock page 730


Nonlinear Dual-Mode Control of Variable-Speed Wind Turbines With Doubly Fed

Induction Generators.

C. Y. Tang, Y. Guo, and J. N. Jiang page 744


Nonlinear Control for Magnetic Levitation Systems Based on Fast Online Algebraic

Identification of the Input Gain

R. Morales, V. Feliu, and H. Sira-Ramírez page 757


Predictive Control Allocation for a Thermal Management System Based on an Inner

Loop Reference Model—Design, Analysis, and Experimental Results

C. Vermillion, J. Sun, and K. Butts page 772


Adaptive Cylinder Balancing of Internal Combustion Engines

F. Östman and H. T. Toivonen page 782


A Distributed Deterministic Annealing Algorithm for Limited-Range Sensor Coverage

A. Kwok and S. Martínez page 792


Robust Gain Scheduled Control of a Hydrokinetic Turbine

V. J. Ginter and J. K. Pieper page 805


Nonlinear Model Predictive Control With Neural Network Optimization for Autonomous

Autorotation of Small Unmanned Helicopters

K. Dalamagkidis, K. P. Valavanis, and L. A. Piegl page 818


Position and Compliance Control of a Pneumatic Muscle Actuated Manipulator for

Enhanced Safety

T.-Y. Choi, B.-S. Choi, and K.-H. Seo page 832


Nonlinear Network-Induced Time Delay Systems With Stochastic Learning

H. C. Cho and M. S. Fadali page 843


Discrete-Time Sliding-Mode Congestion Control in Multisource Communication

NetworksWith Time-Varying Delay

P. Ignaciuk and A. Bartoszewicz page 852




PI Control Plus Electric Current Loops for PM Synchronous Motors

V. M. Hernández-Guzmán and R. Silva-Ortigoza page 868


A Power-Based Time Domain Passivity Control for Haptic Interfaces

Y. Ye, Y.-J. Pan, Y. Gupta, and J. Ware page 874


Logic-Based Guidance Law for Interceptor Missiles Steered by Aerodynamic Lift

and Divert Thruster

Y. Li and N. Qi page 884


A Risk-Based Model Predictive Control Approach to Adaptive Interventions in

Behavioral Health. A. Zafra-Cabeza, D. E. Rivera, L. M. Collins, M. A. Ridao,

and E. F. Camacho page 891


Optimal Online Sampling Period Assignment: Theory and Experiments

A. Cervin, M. Velasco, P. Martí, and A. Camacho page 902


Simultaneous State and Dead-Zone Parameter Estimation for a Class of Bounded-

State Nonlinear Systems

S. Ibrir and C.-Y. Su page 911


Automated Multiple Robust Track-Following Control System Design in Hard Disk Drives

E. Azadi Yazdi, M. Sepasi, F. Sassani, and R. Nagamune page 920


Distributed Containment Control for Multiple Autonomous Vehicles With Double-

Integrator Dynamics: Algorithms and Experiments .

Y. Cao, D. Stuart, W. Ren, and Z. Meng page 929


Fast Evaluation of Quadratic Control-Lyapunov Policy

Y. Wang and S. Boyd page 939


Neural Network Control of a Robot Interacting With an Uncertain Viscoelastic

Environment .

S. Bhasin, K. Dupree, P. M. Patre, and W. E. Dixon page 947





2. Honors and Awards


2.1 Prof. Athans Honored

Contributed by: Michael Athans,


Prof. Athans was honored on June 3, 2011 by receiving an honorary PhD from the

Instituto Instituto Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Athans is a retired Professor

of EE&CS from MIT and also from the Instituto Superior Tecnico.





3. Books


3.1 Adaptive Control – Algorithms, Analysis and Applications

Contributed by: Landau Ioan,


Adaptive Control – Algorithms, Analysis and Applications

Ioan D. Landau , Rogelio Lozano, Mohammed M’Saad, Alireza Karimi

Springer, London, 2011 (second edition)

Control and Communications Engineering Series (ISBN 978-0-85729-663-4)

Book website:


Adaptive Control (second edition) shows how a desired level of system performance

can be maintained automatically and in real time, even when process or disturbance

parameters are unknown and variable. It is a coherent exposition of the many aspects

of this field, setting out the problems to be addressed and moving on to solutions,

their practical significance and their application. Discrete-time aspects of adaptive

control are emphasized to reflect the importance of digital computers in the application

of the ideas presented.


The second edition is thoroughly revised to throw light on recent developments in

theory and applications with new chapters on:


- multimodel adaptive control with switching;

- direct and indirect adaptive regulation; and

- adaptive feedforward disturbance compensation.


Many algorithms are newly presented in MATLAB® m-file format to facilitate their

employment in real systems. Classroom-tested slides for instructors to use in teaching

this material are also now provided. All of this supplementary electronic material

can be downloaded from

and for the book website :

The core material is also up-dated and re-edited to keep its perspective in line with

modern ideas and more closely to associate algorithms with their applications giving

the reader a solid grounding in:

- synthesis and analysis of parameter adaptation algorithms;

- recursive plant model identification in open and closed loop;and

- robust digital control for adaptive control;

- robust parameter adaptation algorithms;

- practical considerations and applications, including flexible transmission systems,

active vibration control (unknown narrow band and broadband disturbance rejection),

hot dip galvanizing and a phosphate drying furnace.


Control researchers and applied mathematicians will find Adaptive Control of significant

and enduring interest and its use of example and application will appeal to practitioners

working with unknown- and variable-parameter plant or disturbances.




3.2 Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications

Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernández,


Stability, Oscillations and Optimization of Systems: Volume 4,

432+xxii pp., 2010 ISBN 978-1-904868-57-6 ?55


C. Cruz-Hernández (Ed.)

Department of Electronics and Telecommunications,

Scientific Research and Advanced Studies Center of Ensenada (CICESE), Ensenada,



A.A. Martynyuk (Ed.)

Institute of Mechanics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine


This volume presents the latest investigations in chaotic dynamics and its

interrelated problems in diverse disciplines, from theoretical and practical

viewpoints, incorporating the main engineering applications. The volume provides

new trends for future promising researches in chaotic dynamics and its applications.

Some issues covered in the volume include:


-chaotic characterization: chaos in hybrid systems, entropy and chaos of star maps

-chaos theory: strange attractors, analysis of transitions to chaotic vibrations

in mechanical systems, coupled mechanical and electrical fields in piezoceramic media

-chaos control: inverted pendulum, bouncing ball, and convective loop systems

-chaos synchronization: continuous and discrete-time systems through filtering,

model-matching, Hamiltonian forms, and observer design

-chaos and complexity: studies on oscillations of a star in the field of a galaxy

-calculation of Lyapunov exponents from time series observations of chaotic

time varying systems

-applications: chaotic encryption and secure chaotic communication


The Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications may be useful for graduate

students and researchers in applied mathematics and physics, control, nonlinear

science, and engineering.



Preface to the series • Preface • Contributors • An Overview • Chaotic


characterization • Chaos theory • Chaos control • Chaos synchronization •


and complexity • Engineering applications • Index


Please send order form to:

Cambridge Scientific Publishers

PO Box 806, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8RT Telephone: +44 (0) 1954 251283

Fax: +44 (0) 1954 252517 Email:

Or buy direct from our secure website:




3.3 Cooperative Control Design: A Systematic, Passivity-Based Approach

Contributed by: Cooperative Control Design: A Systematic, Passivity-Based Approach


Announcement of a new book “Cooperative Control Design: A Systematic, Passivity-Based Approach”


He Bai

Murat Arcak

John T. Wen



Series: Communications and Control Engineering

209 p., 78 illus., Hard cover

ISBN 978-1-4614-0013-4


Cooperative Control Design: A Systematic, Passivity-Based Approach discusses

multi-agent coordination problems, including formation control, attitude coordination,

and agreement. The book introduces passivity as a design tool for multi-agent systems,

provides exemplary work using this tool, and illustrates its advantages in designing

robust cooperative control algorithms. The discussion begins with an introduction to

passivity and demonstrates how passivity can be used as a design tool for motion

coordination. This is followed by adaptive designs for reference velocity recovery,

including a basic design and a modified design with enhanced parameter convergence

properties. Formation control is presented as an example illustrating the passivity-

based framework and its adaptive designs. The coverage is concluded with a comprehensive

discussion of the agreement problem with examples using attitude dynamics and Euler-

Lagrangian systems.


This book also:

-Provides a unified passivity-based framework for multi-agent coordination problems,

 including formation control, attitude coordination, and synchronized path following;

-Discusses control algorithms that are modular, scalable and decentralized and can be

 easily tailored to different cooperative control problems;

-Covers complex and heterogeneous nonlinear agent dynamics, including Lagrangian and

 Hamiltonian systems.


Cooperative Control Design: A Systematic, Passivity-Based Approach is an ideal volume

for researchers and engineers working in control and engineering design.



1 Introduction.

2 Passivity As a Design Tool for Cooperative Control.

3 Adaptive Design for Reference Velocity Recovery: Internal Model Approach.

4 Adaptive Design for Reference Velocity Recovery: Parameterization Approach.

5 Attitude Coordination Without Inertial Frame Information.

6 The Agreement of Euler-Lagrange Systems.

7 Synchronized Path Following.

8 Cooperative Load Transport.

9 Caveats for Robustness.




3.4 Stability and Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems

Contributed by: Zhong-Ping Jiang,


New Book "Stability and Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems"

Authors: I. Karafyllis and Z. P. Jiang

Publisher: Springer-Verlag, June 2011


Forward by E.D. Sontag

Table of Contents:

Chap. 1 Introduction to Control Systems

Chap. 2 Internal Stability: Notions and


Chap. 3 Converse Lyapunov Results

Chap. 4 External Stability: Notions and


Chap. 5 Advanced Stability Methods and


Chap. 6 Robust Output Feedback Stabilization

Chap. 7 Applications

Chap. 8 Open Problems


For more information, click on the link:





4.  Journals


4.1 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

Contributed by: Thomas Meurer,


Control Engineering Practice

Volume 19

Issue 8

August 2011


Editorial Board, Page IFC


Amol A. Khalate, Xavier Bombois, Robert Babuska, Herman Wijshoff, Rene Waarsing,

Performance improvement of a drop-on-demand inkjet printhead using an optimization

-based feedforward control method, Pages 771-781


Tore Hagglund, A shape-analysis approach for diagnosis of stiction in control valves,

Pages 782-789


J.F. Guerrero-Castellanos, N. Marchand, A. Hably, S. Lesecq, J. Delamare, Bounded

attitude control of rigid bodies: Real-time experimentation to a quadrotor mini-

helicopter, Pages 790-797


Alberto Leva, Luigi Piroddi, FPGA-based implementation of high-speed active noise

and vibration controllers, Pages 798-808


Pal J. From, Jan T. Gravdahl, Tommy Lillehagen, Pieter Abbeel, Motion planning and

control of robotic manipulators on seaborne platforms, Pages 809-819


Hyo-Jun Kim, Robust roll motion control of a vehicle using integrated control

strategy, Pages 820-827


Stone Cheng, Chi-Wei Li, Fuzzy PDFF-IIR controller for PMSM drive systems,

Pages 828-835


Danijel Pavkovic, Josko Deur, Anton Lisac, A torque estimator-based control strategy

for oil-well drill-string torsional vibrations active damping including an auto-tuning

algorithm, Pages 836-850


Eric Duviella, Pascale Chiron, Philippe Charbonnaud, A reactive control strategy for

networked hydrographical system management, Pages 851-861


Chamil Abeykoon, Kang Li, Marion McAfee, Peter J. Martin, Qun Niu, Adrian L. Kelly,

Jing Deng, A new model based approach for the prediction and optimisation of thermal

homogeneity in single screw extrusion, Pages 862-874


Sai-Kit Wu, Garrett Waycaster, Xiangrong Shen, Electromyography-based control of active

above-knee prostheses, Pages 875-882


SangJoo Kwon, Jaewoong Hwang, Kinematics, pattern recognition, and motion control of

mask-panel alignment system, Pages 883-892


Ashfaque A. Hashmani, Istvan Erlich, Delayed-input power system stabilizer using

supplementary remote signals, Pages 893-899


Ilya Ioslovich, Jack Haddad, Per-Olof Gutman, David Mahalel, Optimal traffic control

synthesis for an isolated intersection, Pages 900-911


Farzad Keynejad, Chris Manzie, Cold start modelling of spark ignition engines, Pages 912-925




4.2 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory

Contributed by: C. Cruz-Hernández,


Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory

Volume 11, Number 2, 2011

ISSN 1562-8353;


Abstracted/indexed by Zentralblatt MATH, Mathematical Reviews, PASCAL Database




Periodic Solutions of Singular Integral Equations,

T.A. Burton and B. Zhang, p. 113


Analysis of an In-host Model for HIV Dynamics with Saturation Effect and Discrete

Time Delay,

P. Das, D. Mukherjee, A. Sen, Z. Mukandavire and C. Chiyaka, p. 125


Existence of a Regular Solution to Quasilinear Implicit Integrodifferential

Equations in Banach Space,

Reeta S. Dubey, p. 137


Stability Analysis of Phase Synchronization in Coupled Chaotic Systems Presented

by Fractional Differential Equations,

G.H. Erjaee and H. Taghvafard, p. 147


Self Recurrent Wavelet Neural Network Based Direct Adaptive Backstepping Control

for a Class of Uncertain Non-Affine Nonlinear Systems,

A. Kulkarni, M. Sharma and S. Puntambekar, p. 155


Existence of Almost Automorphic Solutions of Neutral Functional Differential


I. Mishra, D. Bahuguna and S. Abbas, p. 165


Quantum Dynamics of a Nonlinear Kicked Oscillator,

S. Mukhopadhyay, B. Demircioglu and A. Chatterjee, p. 173


Analysis of Periodic Nonautonomous Inhomogeneous Systems,

J. Slane and S. Tragesser, p. 183


Passive Delayed Static Output Feedback Control for a Class of T-S Fuzzy Systems,

X. Song, J. Lu, S. Xu and H. Shen, p. 199


Existence and Uniqueness for Nonlinear Multi-variables Fractional Differential


J.M. Yu, Y.W. Luo, S.B. Zhou and X.R. Lin, p. 213


For information and subscription,

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. A.A. Martynyuk, e-mail:




4.3 Contents: Journal of Dynamical and Control Systems

Contributed by:



Incorporating Dynamics and Control


Vol 17, No. 3 (July) 2011




Boundaries of Local No-Return Sets for Control Systems

I. Graf



Asymptotic Integration of Nonoscillatory Differential Equations:

A Unified Approach

S. Bodine and D. A. Lutz



Approximate Controllability for Neutral Impulsive

Differential Inclusions with Nonlocal Conditions

Xianlong Fu



Min-max and Min-min Stackelberg Strategies

with Closed-Loop Information Structure

M. Jungers, E. Trelat, and H. Abou-Kandil



Existence of Traveling Wavefronts of Nonlocal Delayed

Lattice Differential Equations

Xiaojun Li



Frequency Control of Singularly Perturbed

Forced Duffing's Oscillator

R. Vrabel and M. Abas





4.4 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems

Contributed by: Mingcong Deng,


International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, vol. 3, no. 2, 2011

The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:




Guest Editors: Changan Jiang, Lihua Jiang, Shuhui Bi

pp. 77-78


Effect of physical constraints on the AGC dynamic behaviour in an inter-

connected power system

Hemin Golpira, Hassan Bevrani, Heris Golpira

pp. 79-87


WAM-signal-based decentralised fuzzy control for large power systems

with unavailable states

Chun-xia Dou, Fang Zhao, Zhi-qian Bo, Xing-bei Jia, Dong-le Liu

pp. 88-97


Robust H-infinity reliable control of uncertain stochastic switched non-linear systems

Zhengrong Xiang, Changhui Qiao, Ronghao Wang

pp. 98-108


An exterior-point approach to the robust D-stability control with output feedback

Y. Kami, E. Nobuyama

pp. 109-118


Modelling and multivariable robust controller for a power plant

Mohammad Reza Gharib, Saeed Kamelian, Seyyed Alireza Seyyed Mousavi, Iman Dabzadeh

pp. 119-128


Multi-objective dynamic state and output feedback controllers for MIMO system

using evolutionary algorithm and eigenstructure assignment

S. Sutha, T. Thyagarajan

pp. 129-138


Impulsive synchronisation for a class of non-linear coupled reaction-diffusion systems

Wanli Yang, Suwen Zheng, Li Huang

pp. 139-147


Application of matching pursuits of power quality disturbance classification

Ning Wang, Qing-quan Jia, Chun-xia Dou, Zhi-qian Bo

pp. 148-156




4.5 Contents: European Journal of Control

Contributed by: Maria Prandini,


European Journal of Control

Table of Contents

Volume 17, Issue n.4, 2011


On the Filtering Problem for Continuous-Time Markov Jump Linear Systems with

no Observation of the Markov Chain

O.L.V. Costa, M.D. Fragoso and M.G. Todorov


On a small gain theorem for ISS networks in dissipative Lyapunov form

Sergey Dashkovskiy, Hiroshi Ito, Fabian Wirth


State feedback fuzzy adaptive control for active shimmy damping

Gaétan Pouly, Thai-Hoang Huynh, Jean-Philippe Lauffenburger, Michel Basset


Analytical Solution of Optimized Energy Consumption of Induction Motor Operating

in Transient Regime

Riadh Abdelati and M. Faouzi Mimouni


Single Pan and Tilt Camera Indoor Positioning and Tracking System

T. Gaspar and P. Oliveira


Multivariable Robust Control for a 500W Self-Humidified PEMFC System

Fu-Cheng Wang, Liu-Hus Lin, Ming-Cheng Chou




4.6 Contents: Journal of Process Control

Contributed by: Youqing Wang,


Journal of Process Control

Volume 21, Issue 7, Pages 987-1126 (August 2011)


2 Robust design of feedback integrated with iterative learning control for batch

processes with uncertainties and interval time-varying delays

Pages 987-996

Limin Wang, Shengyong Mo, Donghua Zhou, Furong Gao


3 Closed-loop identification with routine operating data: Effect of time delay

and sampling time

Pages 997-1010

Yuri A.W. Shardt, Biao Huang


4 Integrating independent component analysis and local outlier factor for plant-

wide process monitoring

Pages 1011-1021

Jaeshin Lee, Bokyoung Kang, Suk-Ho Kang


5 Control of mold level in continuous casting based on a disturbance observer

Pages 1022-1029

Minsung Kim, SungWoong Moon, Changheum Na, Dukman Lee, Yeongsub Kueon, Jin S. Lee


6 Multivariable control architecture for a cryogenic test facility under high

pulsed loads: Model derivation, control design and experimental validation

Pages 1030-1039

F. Clavel, M. Alamir, P. Bonnay, A. Barraud, G. Bornard, C. Deschildre


7 Online adaptive least squares support vector machine and its application in

utility boiler combustion optimization systems

Pages 1040-1048

Yanping Gu, Wenjie Zhao, Zhansong Wu


8 Specific growth rate estimation in (fed-)batch bioreactors using second-order

sliding observers

Pages 1049-1055

Hernán De Battista, Jesús Picó, Fabricio Garelli, Alejandro Vignoni


9 Closed-loop identification using direct approach and high order ARX/GOBF-ARX models

Pages 1056-1071

Abhijit S. Badwe, Sachin C. Patwardhan, Ravindra D. Gudi


10 The Parallel Control Structure for Transparent Online Tuning

Pages 1072-1079

Giridharan Karunagaran, Cai Wenjian


11 Unified approach for minimal output dead time compensation in MIMO processes

Pages 1080-1091

Rodolfo C.C. Flesch, Bismark C. Torrico, Julio E. Normey-Rico, Marcus U. Cavalcante


12 Extremum-seeking algorithm design for fed-batch cultures of microorganisms

with overflow metabolism

Pages 1092-1104

L. Dewasme, B. Srinivasan, M. Perrier, A. Vande Wouwer


13 Observers design for uncertain Takagi–Sugeno systems with unmeasurable premise

variables and unknown inputs. Application to a wastewater treatment plant

Pages 1105-1114

A.M. Nagy Kiss, B. Marx, G. Mourot, G. Schutz, J. Ragot


14 Enhanced predictive ratio control of interacting systems

Pages 1115-1125

Minh H.T. Nguyen, Kok Kiong Tan, Sunan Huang




4.7 Contents: AIChE Journal

Contributed by: Youqing Wang,


AIChE Journal

August 2011, Volume 57, Issue 8, Pages: 1974-2290


Synthesis of heat exchanger networks at subambient conditions with compression

and expansion of process streams (pages 2090–2108)

Achim Wechsung, Audun Aspelund, Truls Gundersen and Paul I. Barton


Semisupervised Bayesian method for soft sensor modeling with unlabeled data

samples (pages 2109–2119)

Zhiqiang Ge and Zhihuan Song


Stochastic pooling problem for natural gas production network design and operation

under uncertainty (pages 2120–2135)

Xiang Li, Emre Armagan, Asgeir Tomasgard and Paul I. Barton


New sensor network design and retrofit method based on value of information (pages 2136–2148)

DuyQuang Nguyen and Miguel J. Bagajewicz


Optimal process operation for the production of linear polyethylene resins with

tailored molecular weight distribution (pages 2149–2163)

K. V. Pontes, M. Embiruçu, R. Maciel, A. Hartwich and W. Marquardt


An iteratively refined distillation line method (pages 2164–2173)

Chris Hassan and Angelo Lucia


Reactive extrusion processing of polypropylene/TiO2 nanocomposites by in situ

synthesis of the nanofillers: Experiments and modeling (pages 2174–2184)

Walid Bahloul, Olivier Oddes, Véronique Bounor-Legaré, Flavien Mélis, Philippe

Cassagnau and Bruno Vergnes


Improvement of state profile accuracy in nonlinear dynamic optimization with the

quasi-sequential approach (pages 2185–2197)

Martin Bartl, Pu Li and Lorenz T. Biegler




4.8 CFP: International Journal of Imaging and Robotics

Contributed by:


Call for Special Issue Proposals: International Journal of Imaging

and Robotics


International Journal of Imaging and Robotics (ISSN 2231-525X)


Editors-in-Chief of the International Journal of Imaging and Robotics

(ISSN 2231-525X) [ ] would like to invite scholars

of image processing and robotics to submit a special issue proposal. The

purpose of the special issue is to provide readers with a collection of

articles on a specific topic of imaging and robotics. For any inquiry,

please contact Editor-in-Chief at: eic.ijts[at] and a copy to





4.9 CFP: International Journal of Mathematics and Computation

Contributed by:


International Journal of Mathematics and Computation (IJMC).

ISSN 0974-570X (Online); ISSN 0974-5718 (Print)



Call for Papers :


Dear Colleague,

Papers are invited for the International Journal of Mathematics and Computation

(IJMC). The IJMC is a peer-reviewed journal, published two times in a year. The



IJMC publishes refereed, well-written original research articles, and studies

that describe the latest research and developments in the area of mathematics

and computations. This is a broad-based journal covering all branches of mathematics

and computations. It's also published interdisciplinary research.


The International Journal of Mathematics & Computation (IJMC) is reviewed, abstracted

and indexed by the MathSciNet, Mathematical Review and Zentralblatt MATH (Zentralblatt


für Mathematik).


Manuscripts can also be sent to the publisher via e-mail to Editor-in-Chief

( and a copy at eic.ijai [at] Detailed instructions on

how to prepare your manuscript are available at Author Instructions


Editor-in-Chief: Professor Haydar Akca



United Arab Emirates University

Faculty of Sciences

Mathematical Sciences Department,

P.O. Box 17551, Al Ain, UAE





4.10 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu,



“Advances in Fractional Order Control and Estimation”

A Special Issue of Asian Journal of Control


Fractional Calculus (FC) is simultaneously a new and old research issue. The

concept of fractional (or, more precisely, non integer) differentiation appeared

first in a famous correspondence between Marquise de L’Hospital and G. Leibniz,

in 1695. Many mathematicians have further developed this area and we can mention

the studies of Euler (1730), Laplace (1812), Abel (1823), Liouville (1832) and

Riemann (1847), to cite a few. However, FC remained for centuries a purely

theoretical topic, with little if any connections to practical problems of

physics and engineering.


In the last decades non integer differentiation has become a more and more popular

tool for modeling the complex behaviours of physical systems from diverse domains

such as mechanics, electricity, chemistry, biology, economics, and many others.


The long-range temporal or spatial dependence phenomena inherent to the Fractional

Order Systems (FOS, i.e., systems described by means of fractional-order integro-

differential operators) present unique and intriguing peculiarities, not supported

by their integer-order counterpart, which raise exciting challenges and opportunities

related to the development of control and estimation methodologies involving fractional

order dynamics. This special issue aims to bring together the latest advances in the

theory and application of fractional control and estimation for dynamical systems.


Topics of this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:


(1) Fractional control of linear, nonlinear and distributed-parameter systems;

(2) State observation and fault detection in FOS

(3) Practical engineering applications of fractional controllers and observers.



Guest Editors:


Prof. Riccardo Caponetto

University of Catania, Italy



Prof. Alessandro Pisano

University of Cagliari, Italy




Important Dates:


May 10, 2011 Call for Papers

Nov. 30, 2011 Deadline for Paper Submission

Mar. 31, 2012 Completion of First Review

July 31, 2012 Completion of Final Review

Jan. 31, 2013 Publication (Tentatively Vol.15, No.1)



How to submit:


Potential authors are encouraged to upload the electronic file of their manuscript

(in PDF format) through the journal’s online submission website:


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



Professor Li-Chen Fu

Department of Electrical Engineering, EE II-524

National Taiwan University

Taipei 10617, Taiwan

Tel: +886-2-3366-3558

Fax: +886-2-2365-4267



All submission should include a title page containing the title of the paper, an

abstract and a list of keywords, authors’ full names and affiliations, complete

postal and electronic address, phone and fax numbers. The contacting author should

be clearly identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit




4.11 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


The idea of active control of sound dates back to Paul Lueg in 1934 but it was not

until the 1980s that a device, based on analogue componentry, came close to any practical

application. Since then the advent of modern digital computing and digital signal

processing has vastly advanced the possibility of practical benefits of combating noise

and vibration using active techniques. Currently, practical applications include anti-noise

earphones, active duct silencers, active control of propeller-driven aircraft cabin noise,

active vibration control of vehicle suspensions, active tuned mass dampers, acoustic echo

cancellation in telecoms, etc. However, judging by the elegant mathematical promise, the

quantity of research effort and the substantial decrease in cost of sensors, actuators and

digital controllers, one can expect many more success stories to be told in the future.


At this stage of technological development, it is perhaps time to take stock: there

are many questions which affect future directions of research, development and

implementation. For example, what are the theoretical limits from the control theory

perspective and what recent advances in control theory and algorithm development will

advance the frontiers of active control? What is the bottleneck in practical applications?

Is it the capabilities of sensors, digital signal processors or actuators, or are

robustness and cost the limiting factors?


The main purposes of this Special Issue are to review the state of the art and to

highlight advances in the active control of sound and vibration. Common sense tells us

that control of the source of sound and vibration is the better option if possible. One

such example is the control of instability in air flows that would otherwise lead to

exponential growth of velocity and pressure oscillations and ultimate damage to machinery.

Active intervention at the first stages of instability can produce major effects. In

addition to more conventional applications to active control of sound and vibration, we

would therefore also welcome contributions on the active control of dynamic system

instability that would otherwise cause structural vibration and/or sound radiation.



Guest Editors:


Prof. Mingsian R. Bai

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan



Dr. Lixi Huang

University of Hong Kong, China



Prof. Brian Mace

University of Auckland, New Zealand



Prof. Xiaojun Qiu

Nanjing University, China




Important Dates:


July 1, 2011 Call for Papers

Dec. 31 2011 Deadline for Paper Submission

Apr. 30, 2012 Completion of First Review

Aug. 31, 2012 Completion of Final Review

Sep. 30, 2012 Receipt of Final Manuscript

Mar. 31, 2013 Publication (Tentatively Vol.15, No.2)



How to submit:


Authors who wish to contribute may contact any of the guest editors or the editorial

office (below) as soon as possible, giving a tentative title for the paper and a list

of authors. These can be changed later. Manuscripts should be submitted by uploading

the electronic file (in PDF format) through the journal’s online submission 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.





5. Software


5.1 LFR_RAI: Matlab software for Robustness Analysis of LFR models

Contributed by: Andrea Garulli,


We would like to announce the first release of the LFR_RAI toolbox.

LFR_RAI is a Matlab-based toolbox for robustness analysis of uncertain models in

Linear Fractional Representation (LFR). It is an extended version of a code originally

developed by Alfio Masi, Andrea Garulli, Simone Paoletti and Ercument Turkoglu within

the EU founded project COFCLUO.


Several advanced techniques for assessing robust stability of LFR models are provided.

The software comes with a user-friendly graphical user interface which allows to easily

setup the problem, run the robustness analysis tools and analyze the results.


Uncertain models must be coded according to the LFR Toolbox. The semidefinite programs

arising in the considered conditions are solved by using YALMIP and SDPT3.

The toolbox can be downloaded from the website:





6. Conferences


6.1 Chinese Control and Decision Conference

Contributed by:




Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC) is an annual conference. The

2012 Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC 2012) is the 24th of the

series and will be held in


Taiyuan, China, May 23 – 25, 2012.


Conference Website:



-Northeastern University (NEU), China

-IEEE Industrial Electronics (IE) Chapter, Singapore

-IEEE Harbin Section Control Systems Society Chapter


Local Organisers

-Taiyuan University of Technology, China

-Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, China


Technical Co-Sponsors

- IEEE Control Systems Society

- Systems Engineering Society of China (SESC)

- Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI)

- Technical Committee on Control Theory, Chinese Association of Automation (TCCT)


The Proceedings of the 24th CCDC will be indexed by ISTP and included in

the IEEE Xplore database, as well as indexed by EI Compendex.


2012 CCDC covers both theory and applications in all the areas of systems,

control and decision. In addition to the technical sessions, KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

and DISTINGUISHED LECTURES covering the State-of-the-Art in these areas will

be given by prominent researchers.


Invited Keynotes will be delivered by

Prof. Christos G. Cassandras, Boston University;

Prof. Lei Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS);

Prof. Francis J. Doyle III, University of California, Santa Barbara;

Prof. H. Khalil, Michigan State University.


Invited Distinguished Lectures will be delivered by

Prof Tongwen Chen, University of Alberta;

Prof. Gary Feng, City University of Hong Kong;

Prof. Farshad Khorrami, Polytechnic University, New York;

Prof. Campi Marco, University of Brescia;

Prof. Dragan Nesic, The University of Melbourne;

Prof. Lucy Pao, University of Colorado at Boulder.


Other keynote speakers and distinguished lecturers of the 24th CCDC are in the process of confirmation.


Important Dates:

Deadline for Full Paper submission

15 October 2011

Deadline for Invited Session Proposals

15 October 2011

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection

15 January 2012

Deadline for Camera Ready Manuscript Submission

01 March 2012

Deadline for Advance Registration

01 March 2012


Please submit your papers through the conference website:




6.2 Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society

contributed by: Steve Kirkland,


The 17th Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society will be held

in Braunschweig, Germany, 22-26 August, 2011. The conference will feature plenary

and contributed talks as well as minisymposia, on a broad range of topics in pure

and applied linear algebra. There will also be a special emphasis on younger

researchers, with several of the plenary lectures being given by early-career

scholars working in linear algebra.




6.3 ICNPAA 2012 World Congress

Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram,


Call for Papers

ICNPAA 2012 World Congress:

Mathematical problems in engineering, sciences and aerospace

Vienna, Austria

July 11-14, 2012

On behalf of the International Organizing Committee, it gives us great pleasure

to invite you to the ICNPAA 2012 World Congress: 9th International Conference

on Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences, which will be

held at Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria


Please visit the web site : for all details

AIAA, IFIP co-sponsored event





7. Workshops


7.1 Control Theory of Digitally Networked Dynamical Systems

Contributed by:


The 2nd PhD School of the DFG-Priority Program 1305 "Control Theory of Digitally

Networked Dynamical Systems"


We would like to attract your attention to the 2nd PhD School of the DFG-Priority

Program 1305 "Control Theory of Digitally Networked Dynamical Systems", which is

an interdisciplinary research topic with contributions from control theory,

communication, mathematics and computer science. The school will take place on

September 26-30, 2011 in Rodt (near Cologne, Germany) and is targeted at graduate

students, PhD students and researchers who want to get introductions to the main

concepts and to learn advanced methods that have been elaborated recently in this

field. It includes five days of lectures combined with time slots to allow scientific

discussions among the participants and the speakers. Exercises should help the

participants to get detailed insight into the methods presented.


The lectures will be given by

-Mikael Johansson (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

*Distributed optimisation of networked systems

-Magnus Egerstedt (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

*Graph-theoretic methods for multi-agent networks

-Paulo Tabuada (University of California Los Angeles, USA)

*Event-triggered and self-triggered control

-Maurice Heemels (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)

*Stability and stabilisation of networked systems

-Jakob Stoustrup (Aalborg University, Denmark)

*Plug and play control

-Pau Marti (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain)

*Resource management in networked control systems

-Rolf Findeisen (Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany)

*Model-predictive control of networked systems


As the organization of the event is financed by DFG, all participants outside of

the priority program just have to pay the conference package for the hotel accommodation

and catering of approx. 450 €. No registration fee will be charged.


Registration deadline is August 31, 2011. As the number of participants is limited,

applications will be processed in the order of arrival.



The full program of the school, other information and the registration procedure

can be found at


We would like to invite you, your students and colleagues to this event.


With kind regards

Jan Lunze and René Schuh




7.2 2nd Workshop on Mathematical Aspects of Network Synthesis

Contributed by: Malcolm C. Smith,


2nd Workshop on Mathematical Aspects of Network Synthesis


26-27 September 2011


Department of Engineering

University of Cambridge

Trumpington Street

Cambridge, UK


Organiser: Malcolm C. Smith


Sponsored by: EPSRC Programme Grant EP/G066477/1


Invited speakers: R.E. Kalman, P. Dewilde, U. Helmke, J.C. Willems


Registration: Contact by 19 September 2011







8.  Positions


8.1 PhD: INRIA/CNRS-Grenoble, France

Contributed by: Carlos canudas de Wit, 


Ph.D INRIA/CNRS-Grenoble France: Collaborative source seeking control


Supervisors: C. Canudas de Wit and F. Garin


Context: NeCS ( is a joint CNRS (GIPSA-lab)-INRIA team.

The team is a bi-located at INRIA (Montbonnot) and at the GIPSA-lab (at the Grenoble

campus).The team goal is to develop a new control framework for assessing problems

raised by the consideration of communication and computation constraints in some

applications like the maximum seeking via collaborative control for a set of multi-

agents considered in this proposal.


Maximum seeking control is a well-known control strategy for real-time optimization.

Extremum seeking is also a method for adaptive control dealing with the problem of

stabilizing a system to his known optimal (extremum) operation point. Application

concerns; ABS systems, bioreactors, combustion engines, electric distribution systems,

compressors, optical amplifiers, exercise machines, etc. The basic idea of the extremum

seeking control is get an on-line approximation of the gradient of the function to be

minimized, and then to decent/ascent the search in gradient direction. This is mainly

done by injecting a proving signal to ensure a certain level of persistence of excitation

as required in adaptive control. There are approaches based on deterministic/stochastic,

continuous-time/discrete-time, but most of this work has been performed using a single

sensor measuring the system output. The case of using several sensors (i.e. a sensor

network) has been explored recently in o ur group in connection with the search an

underwater source extremum, (see video demonstration at

The purpose of this thesis is to generalize the study to other cases of “collaborative

source seeking control”, where a networks of moving (or fixed) sensors are used to

explore the source field, and by a collaborative exchange of information allows to

locate and/or stabilize the system at the unknown extremum operation point. See more

details at


APPLICATIONS CONDITIONS: this position concern students with background in control

theory and optimization. Student should have a master degree or an equivalent.

Application should be send to the following 3 addresses:


Accompanied of:


1) A complete CV,

2) a scanned copy of the rate reached at the last university grades, and

3) Two recommendation letters.


In absence of these documents the application will be discarded.




8.2 PhD: University of Plymouth, UK

Contributed by:


PhD studentship available at the Center for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS),

the University of Plymouth, UK.


The studentship will cover 3 years full-time Home/EU tuition fees plus a

stipend of £13,590 per annum. The position is open all applicants, although

candidates required to pay overseas fees must be able to cover the difference

between Home/EU and overseas tuition fees (approximately £9,250 per annum).


Applicants should have a minimum of a first class or upper second class

bachelor degree. Applications from candidates with a relevant Masters

qualification will be welcomed. The ideal candidate will have a background in

electrical engineering, bioengineering, computer science, mathematics or a

related field, ideally with knowledge of control theory or signal processing.

Good programming skills are mandatory.


For further information on the project or for an informal discussion, please

contact Dr Chenguang Yang at


More details are available at


For an application form and full details on how to apply, please visit Applicants should send a completed application

form, CV and a covering letter detailing their suitability to Mrs Carole

Watson, Room A103 Portland Square, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus,

Plymouth, PL4 8AA or via email to




8.3 PhD: University of Padova

Contributed by: Luca Schenato,


Energy market has seen major changes in recent years, due in particular to the

spread of use of renewable energy sources. An important novelty that is under

study in major research centers both in Europe and in America is the smart micro

grid, i.e. an electrical grid serving a neighborhood that is made smart by a

control and communication system. This allows the minimization of the distribution

losses while guaranteeing the quality of the electrical service to the users. In

the project the following issues will be addressed:


1. Electrical characterization of the smart micro grids, with particular interest

   for the use of energy storage devices and the implementations of "islands" that

   are able to operate even in the absence of supply from the main distribution


2. Optimal distributed control of the smart micro grids, in order to minimize the

   distribution losses, while improving at the same time the quality of the

   electrical service in terms of flexibility and reliability.

3. Dynamic estimation of the parameters and structure of the smart micro grid as

   necessary element for the distributed control techniques by power-line communications.


The research activity will benefit from the interdisciplinary group working on micro

grids as well from the experimental laboratory available at our Department. The

scholarship provides further financial support to allow the Ph.D. students to spend

some months abroad at a research institution to further strengthen his/her research



For further information please visit link

or contact:

Prof. Stefano Tomasin





8.4 PhD: University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich, Germany

Contributed by: Gunther Reissig,


Efficient and guaranteed estimation of reachable sets of nonlinear systems


University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Institute of Control Engineering


Open to applicants worldwide; no special security clearance necessary.


In recent years, there has been a growing interest in using finite state models

(or `discrete abstractions') for the analysis and synthesis of continuous and

hybrid systems. This approach allows one to apply fully automated methods so

that continuous and hybrid systems are formally verified, and to design finite

state controllers that provably enforce complex, predefined specifications.

However, obtaining suitable abstractions constitutes a challenging problem,

in which its solution requires estimating (as opposed to just approximating)

a large number of reachable sets of continuous-time control systems. The project,

which is funded by the German Research Foundation

(, aims at developing new computational methods that apply

to general nonlinear systems, yield provably correct results, and are highly

efficient. This will open up new and exciting areas of application of abstraction

based techniques. The project involves theoretical work, software development,

and, on a small scale, experimental work.


Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in dynamical systems and control

and a Masters degree in an Engineering field or Applied Mathematics. Experience in

at least two of the following fields is required: Numerical mathematics and optimization;

convex geometry;

nonlinear control; formal methods in control; semidefinite programming; software

development (C or Ada). Fluency in oral and written English is as essential as the

willingness to collaborate with both engineers and mathematicians.


The position is available immediately and for an initial duration of two years. Salary

depends on experience and marital status and is not less than 28 kEuro gross per yr plus

benefits (75 percent of a full position according to the tariff ``TVOeD Bund, E 13'',

see Exceptionally qualified candidates

may be considered for a full position, depending on funding availability.


Please send your application (and any inquiries) via e-mail to Gunther Reissig

(, subject: PhD reachable sets, file format: PDF). Applications

should include a CV (in English) with photo, a letter of motivation (in English),

university transcripts (grades record, in English or German), and possibly a list

of publications. Please describe your qualifications with respect to the particular

requirements of the project as defined above. Screening of applications will begin

on Sep 1, 2011. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.




8.5 PhD: University of Twente

Contributed by: P.H. Veltink,


We offer PhD position at University of Twente in the INTERACTION project:

short description:

Continuous daily-life monitoring of the functional activities of stroke survivors

in their physical interaction with the environment is essential for optimal

guidance of rehabilitation therapy by medical professionals and coaching of

the patient. Such performance information cannot be obtained with present

monitoring systems.



Please react through option "apply now"




8.6 PhD: K.U.Leuven, Belgium

Contributed by: Jan Swevers,


Two open PhD positions at K.U.Leuven/Belgium in the IMESCON Initial Training Network


IMESCON (Innovative Methods of Separated Flow Control in Aeronautics) is an

Initial Training Network (ITN) Nr. 264672, funded under the FP7 Marie Curie

programme of the European Commission.


PhD Position 1: Non-linear model based control

Phd Position 2: Iterative Learning control for multi-variable systems


Detailed description on these phd positions, requirements and information for

applicants can be found by following the indicated link.


Financing: competitive scholarship is available

Source of Funding: FP7 Marie Curie programme of the European Commission


Duration of the Project : 4 years


The project start date will be determined in consultation with the selected candidate.




8.7 PhD: Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Contributed by: Prof. Zhong-Ping Jiang,


Ph.D. Position at NYU Poly, available immediately


Outstanding applications are solicited for a Ph.D. Position in the Department

of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York



The successful candidate is expected to have working knowledge in two of the

following areas:


- Nonlinear control theory;

- Computation intelligence;

- Dynamic programming;

- Numerical analysis


All interested applicants must apply directly through the admission office of

NYU Poly ( It is suggested to send a copy of his/her resume and

a statement of research plan to Professor Jiang at




8.8 Post-Doc: University of Texas at Dallas

Contributed by: Mario A. Rotea,


Postdoctoral position in advanced control of wind turbines


A Postdoctoral Position is available in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering

and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. The successful candidate

will work on advanced control systems for improving the reliability of next generation

large-scale offshore wind turbines. This project will build upon the work of Lackner

and Rotea (2011), which has demonstrated that structural control systems have the

potential to significantly improve the structural response and reliability of

offshore systems. The goal of the project is to develop advanced algorithms for

structural control with constraints, integrate algorithms with other turbine controls,

and demonstrate solutions in computer simulations using FAST-SC (Lackner and Rotea,

2011). There is an option of building a laboratory scale experimental test-bed.


The Erik Jonsson School is experiencing very rapid growth as part of a $200 million

program with funding from public and private sources. As a result, the school is

expanding its existing programs, establishing new programs, and recruiting outstanding



The University of Texas at Dallas is situated in Richardson, one of the most attractive

suburbs of the Dallas metropolitan area with several hundred high-tech companies within

a few miles of the campus. Opportunities for industry/university interactions are outstanding.


The successful candidate will have a strong background in robust control of systems with

constraints and demonstrated proficiency with Matlab/Simulink. Experience with modeling

and control of resonant systems is preferred. For additional information, contact Dr.

Mario A. Rotea at


Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until August 5, 2011.


The University of Texas at Dallas is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,

color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era

or special disabled veteran’s status, or sexual orientation.


To apply for this position, applicants should submit (a) cover letter, (b) curriculum

vitae, (c) a single relevant publication, and (d) the names and contact information for

at least three professional references via email to Dr. Mario A. Rotea at Application materials should be sent as a single PDF file.




Lackner MA, Rotea MA (2011a), Structural control of floating wind turbines, MECHATRONICS,

Volume: 21, Issue: 4, Special Issue on Past, present and future modeling and control

of wind turbines Pages: 704-719.


Lackner MA, Rotea MA (2011b), Passive structural control of offshore wind turbines,

WIND ENERGY, Volume: 14, Issue: 3, Pages: 373-388.




8.9 Post-Doc: San Antonio Center for Cardiovascular Systems Biology

Contributed by: Yufang Jin,




The San Antonio Center for Cardiovascular Systems Biology is recruiting for

multiple immediate postdoctoral fellow positions. Our center is dedicated to

performing cardiovascular research that involves: 1) developing multidimensional

approaches to examine the mechanisms whereby the cardiovascular system responds

to stress or injury; 2) applying the knowledge gained to develop therapeutic

strategies to prevent, slow, or reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease;

and 3) disseminating our results to scientific, medical, and general communities

and educating new generations of cardiovascular scientists. Included in our

research program is the UTHSCSA Cardiovascular Proteomics Center, one of 7

proteomic centers in the nation funded by the NHLBI, as well as several NIH

T32 training programs. Candidates (MD and/or PhD) must have solid experience

with contemporary techniques, preferably with emphasis in cardiovascular biology.

Expertise with rodent cardiac surgery, prote omics, cell biology, standard

engineering or computational biology approaches is preferred. Suitable candidates

must also have excellent organizational and communication skills, be enthusiastic

about their work, and be highly motivated to succeed. Positions are available

in the laboratories of the following principal investigators:


Seema S. Ahuja, MD: murine models of atherosclerosis, diabetes, and arthritis

to explore the role of chemokines and chemokine receptors in dendritic cells,

macrophages and lymphocyte biology and function.


Hai-Chao Han, PhD: artery and left ventricular tissue remodeling under mechanical

stresses. We use theoretical analysis, computational simulation, and experimental

testing to better understand artery tortuosity, arteriogenesis, and post-myocardial

infarction (MI) left ventricular responses


Yufang Jin, PhD: modeling, computational simulation, and experimental testing of

left ventricular remodeling in response to injury and aging. Our projects also

include parameter estimation and stability analysis of remodeling outcomes using

theoretical analysis, analysis of disease specific protein interaction network

and protein-drug interactions.


Claude LeSaux, PhD: pulmonary and cardiac remodeling, caveolin-1 roles in preventing

fibrosis by regulation of transforming growth factor-beta, the relationship between

vasculature structural changes in response to secondary pulmonary hypertension and

lung fibrosis in mouse models and in humans; comparing and contrasting cardiac

fibrosis models with lung fibrosis models


Merry L. Lindsey, PhD: inflammatory and fibrotic responses to MI, focusing on matrix

metalloproteinase (MMP) roles in post-MI left ventricular remodeling. We use techniques

in physiology, pathology, pharmacology, biochemistry, engineering, cell biology,

proteomics, and computational biology to better understand cardiac responses to injury.


Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of at least

three (3) references to: Charlene Loeffler, Senior Research Coordinator, The

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, email:



All postdoctoral appointments are designated as security sensitive positions.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer




8.10 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology

Contributed by: Leo Liu,


Faculty Positions in Systems and Control

Organization/Institution: Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School,

Shenzhen, China

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation


The Division of Control and Mechatronics Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology,

Shenzhen Graduate School (HITSG) invites applications for several faculty positions

at all ranks. We are seeking candidates with excellent credentials in the areas of

systems and control, wind energy, power systems and smart grids. Applicants must

have a Ph.D. or equivalent in electrical, mechanical and power systems engineering

and need to show strong research record and potential. Successful candidates will

be received a joint appointment in the Center of Systems and Control. The Division

currently has 11 full-time faculty members, and is expected to grow to 20 faculties

in the next few years.


HITSG offers a competitive salary and the salary levels at HITSG for these positions

are substantially higher than those provided by most universities in China, with full

professor in the range of RMB 170K to 230K per year, associate professor in the range

of RMB130K to 160K per year, and assistant professor in the range of RMB 90K to 110K

per year. Bonus is a plus for all levels, subject to faculty’s performance.


Interested candidates can send detailed CV, list of publications, statement of research

(no more than 3 pages), teaching interests (no more than 2 pages), and a cover letter

including contact information of three references to:


Mr. Liu

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation

HIT Campus Shenzhen University Town

Xili, Shenzhen


P. R. China 518055


or email the documents to




8.11 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.



- 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 innovations.



- 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.




8.12 Faculty: National Cheng Kung University

Contributed by: Ming-Tzu Ho,


National Cheng Kung University

Department of Engineering Science


The Department of Engineering Science invites applications for a tenure-track

faculty position at all levels. Areas being considered include, but are not

limited to, control, signal processing, and robotics. A doctoral degree in

electrical engineering or a relevant engineering discipline is required.

Successful applicants should possess excellent teaching skill and the ability

of developing undergraduate and graduate courses, and a strong research program.


Application reviews are ongoing and will continue until the available position

is filled. Applications must include: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) transcripts

(undergraduate and graduate), (3) three recommendation letters, (4) a

publication list, (5) reprints of selected papers, and (6) a statement of

teaching and research plans. Application materials must be sent via both

postal and e-mail addresses to


Distinguished Prof. Teh-Lu Liao

Department Head

Department of Engineering Science

National Cheng Kung University

No. 1, University Road

Tainan City 701, Taiwan





8.13 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia

Contributed by:


Two (Senior) Research Fellows,

Melbourne School of Engineering




Full-time, Fixed Term (3 years).


An Exemption has been granted under Section 83 of the Equal Opportunity Act

1995 (No. A108/2011). Only female candidates are eligible to apply.


Salary: $98,387 - $113,446 p.a. (Level C)


or $80,318 - $95,375 p.a. (Level B).


Plus 9% superannuation.


The University of Melbourne has sought an exemption from the Equal Opportunity

Act under section 83 in order to advertise for and appoint two female academic

staff to the position of Research Fellow (Level B/C) within the Melbourne School

of Engineering. The difficulties in attracting women into the Engineering profession

have been well documented over a lengthy period - both in Australia and internationally.

The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE; formerly the Faculty of Engineering) at

the University of Melbourne has viewed addressing this imbalance as a key priority.

In support of this initiative, MSE will also implement an induction, mentoring and

development program to support the incumbent(s) through the initial years of

employment at the University of Melbourne.


The Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow will form part of a team comprising

other researchers, academic staff and postgraduate students and will conduct high

quality research within the School.


To see the Position Descriptions and apply,

go to

and search for keyword Engineering.


Close date: 31 Aug 2011.




8.14 Researcher: Applied Materials

Contribured by: Chunlei Zhang,


Applied Materials is looking for an intern working on temperature control system

on Etch chambers, such position is target for full time (2-3 month), and could

be part time once the semester is starting. The intern project will focus on

temperature controller design (include physical system modeling, parameter

estimation, simulation, and hardware implementation).


An ideal candidate could be EE/ME background requires education and research

experiences on control system (nonlinear control, adaptive control, MPC, etc)

and heat transfer. Minimum 3.0 GPA , preferable M S candidate or above. Strong

background in physics and chemistry (such as plasma), numerical analysis,

statistics are preferred.




8.15 Researcher: NUI Maynooth (NUIM), Ireland

Contributed by: John Ringwood,


We are looking for an experienced engineering researcher to join our interdisciplinary

research group at NUI Maynooth (NUIM), Ireland.



NUIM is currently coordinating an interdisciplinary Marie-Curie Industry-Academia

Pathways and Partnership (IAPP) project, called Electrospray-Mediated Delivery of

Biological Molecules into Mammalian Cells, ‘TaylorMed’. The project aims to research

and develop a novel process involving electrospray to deliver drugs into mammalian

cells. The IAPP action represents a high level intersectoral collaboration between

partners in Ireland and the UK with complementary expertise in biological drug

delivery, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and microfluidics technologies.

The researcher recruited to NUIM will work on a collaborative project between the

Department of Electronic Engineering and the Institute of Immunology at NUIM and the

Department of Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. The focus of the

project will be the development of advanced control systems for drug delivery via



Additional Requirements Desired:

- Broad / flexible engineering skills and strong work ethic

- Practical engineering skills such as PCB design, rig construction and instrumentation

- Ability to multi-task and work on different projects simultaneously

- Highly effective verbal and written communication skills

- Self-motivated and driven

- Experience working as part of a team


Minimum Requirements: BEng with MEng or PhD (or industry-based research since BEng)

- >4 years full-time research experience since BEng

- specific training such as laser training or biological safety will be provided.


Eligibility: For recruitment under the FP7 Marie Curie IAPP, the candidate must not

have resided or carried out their main activity in Ireland for more than 12 months

in the last 3 years prior to selection under the project. There are no restrictions

on the nationality of the candidate.


Contract: 18 months in NUIM, Ireland (after 3-month probationary period)

Possible start date: Oct/Nov 2011

Salary: Gross salary in the region of € 50,000


Contact: For further information on the position or for queries regarding eligibility,

contact Dr. Shirley O’Dea ( with comprehensive CV and Cover

Letter by 10th Aug 2011.




8.16 Control Systems Engineer: John Deere Power Systems

Contributed by: Chad Haedt,


More power. Lower emissions. Record-setting fuel efficiency. Cleaner air. You

make it happen as an employee of John Deere Power Systems. It takes groundbreaking

powertrain technologies to satisfy the performance needs and environmental

regulations of tomorrow. You'll meet these challenges as part of a global

team working together to integrate engines, drivetrain components and electronics

into machines that are worth more than the sum of their parts.


What You'll Do


At John Deere Power Systems as a Staff Engine Control Systems Engineer you will

lead a team in the development of the complete engine control systems simulation.

In addition you will:


-Lead integration of the complete engine control system simulation with the

 engine and vehicle system models.

-Drive model based software design processes and tools for engine embedded

 controls development.

-Collaborate with other engineers in the development of control algorithms

 and feature modeling.


What It Takes


We need an excellent communicator, who thrives on solving problems and working

in a team environment. Ideally you will have a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering

with a Controls emphasis or B.S. Mechanical Engineering with a Controls emphasis.

In addition we require:


-3+ years experience working with Matlab doing model based design.

-3+ years experience working with Simulink doing model based software development.

-3+ years experience with embedded software development.


A strong candidate will have also have:


-Masters degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with a Controls emphasis.

-5+ years experience working with Matlab .

-5+ years experience working with Simulink.

-3+ years experience with Stateflow.

-Experience with engine calibration (preferably diesel).

-Previous experience leading a team.




8.17 Staff Advanced controls Engineer: John Deere Power Systems

Contributed by: Chad Haedt,


More power. Lower emissions. Record-setting fuel efficiency. Cleaner air. You

make it happen as an employee of John Deere Power Systems. It takes groundbreaking

powertrain technologies to satisfy the performance needs and environmental

regulations of tomorrow. You'll meet these challenges as part of a global team

working together to integrate engines, drivetrain components and electronics

into machines that are worth more than the sum of their parts.


What You'll Do


At John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) as Staff Advanced Controls Engineer, you will

provide technical leadership & direction for the engine controls technology

development process (TDP). You will provide technical guidance to other development

team members and be regarded as an expert on controls technology development. In

addition you will:


-Work with unit, division and enterprise partners to assess the needs and control

 system requirements to meet future regulatory challenges, partner & customer demands,

 and to provide improved control system robustness and stability.

-Identify unique technologies and solutions that help provide enterprise partners

 with a competitive advantage.

-Identify, initiate, and lead specific projects to effectively provide solutions

 to meet these needs. Potential scope of projects is broad, extending from sub-system

 controls and algorithm development including nonlinear and adaptive controls to

 systems integration and optimization and up to, and including, defining future

 controls architecture.

-Document design solutions, simulate solutions using Matlab/Simulink environment,

 and contribute to the embedded software implementation and verification as required.

 As innovative solutions are developed, will file necessary documents to protect

 trade secrets and patentable inventions.

-Work with suppliers and other institutions to identify & assess new technologies

 being offered or developed to clearly understand the business proposition for

 JDPS and our partner/customers.

-Support requests to analyze and evaluate feasibility of new control system

 technologies, provide risk assessments, and resource estimates.

-Maintain knowledge of industry trends and advanced control methods and evaluate

 opportunities for practical implementation.

-Interface with the enterprise electronics TDP initiatives to help guide these activities.


What It Takes


We need an excellent communicator who thrives on solving problems in a team

environment. Ideally, you will have an Advanced degree in Engineering (Electrical,

Mechanical, Computer, Computer Science or similar) with graduate study in controls.


In addition we require:


-5+ years experience in application of controls theory to automotive, mobile machinery

 or heavy-duty control systems development.

-Experience in advanced control techniques including those needed for non-linear

 and multiple-input/multiple-output systems.

-Proficient at use of Matlab/Simulink or equivalent modeling tools.

-Demonstrated project management skills.

-Mentoring, coaching or other demonstrated leadership skills.


A strong candidate will also have diesel engine controls experience, product

development experience through all phases from conception to launch and experience

with CAN networks using SAE J1939 protocol.




8.18 Controls Engineer: John Deere Power Systems

Contributed by: Chad Haedt,


More power. Lower emissions. Record-setting fuel efficiency. Cleaner air. You

make it happen as an employee of John Deere Power Systems. It takes groundbreaking

powertrain technologies to satisfy the performance needs and environmental

regulations of tomorrow. You'll meet these challenges as part of a global

team working together to integrate engines, drivetrain components and electronics

into machines that are worth more than the sum of their parts.


What You'll Do


At John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) as a Controls Engineer you will address

issues related to the modeling and simulation of engine controls software.

In this position you will:


-Perform Engine Controls Software modeling and simulation.

-Develop Engine Controls system models.

-Support engine controls simulation and development efforts.


We need an excellent communicator who thrives on solving problems in a team

environment. Ideally, you will have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in

Electrical Engineering or a related discipline with appropriate experience.


In addition we require:


-Experience with controls model based software development and simulation.

-Experience with Mathworks tools including Matlab, and Simulink.


A strong candidate will also have experience with model based engine controls

development, experience with Mathworks tools such as Stateflow, V&V Toolbox,

Realtime Workshop, S-Function creation with Legacy Code Tool, experience with

embedded software development in C, experience with Microsoft Visual Studio

and experience with engine performance.