July 2011

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 274
July 2011

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

2. Awards
2.1 EECI-ICO PhD Award

3. Software
3.1 Matlab Software for Robustness Analysis of LFR Models

4. Books
4.1 Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications

5. Journals
5.1 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
5.2 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
5.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
5.4 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
5.5 Contents: Control Engineering of China
5.6 Contents: Journal of Process Control
5.7 Contents: AIChE Journal
5.8 Contents: International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics
5.9 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
5.10 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
5.11 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
5.12 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
5.13 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

6. Conferences
6.1 ISCIE International Symposium on Stochastic Systems Theory and Its Applications
6.2 International Conference on Advances in Control & Optimization of Dynamical Systems
6.3 International Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety

7.  Workshops
7.1 IROS11 Workshop on Robotics for Neurology and Rehabilitation
7.2 IFAC Workshop on Embedded Guidance, Navigation & Control in Aerospace
7.3 Workshop on Uncertain Dynamical Systems

8.  Positions
8.1 PhD: Oregon State University
8.2 PhD: University of Exeter
8.3 PhD/Post-Doc: NTNU
8.4 PhD/Post-Doc: Tel Aviv University
8.5 Post-Doc: Georgia Tech
8.6 Post-Doc: Northeastern University
8.7 Post-Doc: INRIA Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, France
8.8 Post-Doc: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
8.9 Post-Doc: Institute of Computer Science - FORTH, Heraklion, Greece
8.10 Post-Doc: INRIA, Grenoble, France
8.11 Post-Doc: University of Texas at Dallas
8.12 Post-Doc: University of Michigan
8.13 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia
8.14 Faculty: University of Turkish Aeronautical Association
8.15 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
8.16 Faculty: University of Melbourne, Australia
8.17 Control Engineer: INRIA, Montbonnot


1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 Contents: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

The IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Submission and Review Management System

Table of Contents of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control Volume 56 (2011),
Issue 6 (June)


Budget Allocation for Effective Data Collection in Predicting an Accurate DEA
Efficiency Score
W. P. Wong, L. H. Lee, and W. Jaruphongsa page 1235

A Small Gain-Condition for Interconnections of ISS Systems With Mixed ISS
S. Dashkovskiy, M. Kosmykov, and F. R. Wirth page 1247

Adaptive and Distributed Algorithms for Vehicle Routing in a Stochastic
and Dynamic Environment
M. Pavone, E. Frazzoli, and F. Bullo page 1259

Regular Positive-Real Functions and Five-Element Network Synthesis for
Electrical and Mechanical Networks
J. Z. Jiang and M. C. Smith page 1275

Distributed Subgradient Methods for Convex Optimization over Random Networks
I. Lobel and A. Ozdaglar page 1291

Model-Predictive Control of Discrete Hybrid Stochastic Automata
A. Bemporad and S. Di Cairano page 1307

Stability and Completion of Zeno Equilibria in Lagrangian Hybrid Systems
Y. Or and A. D. Ames page 1322

Asynchronous Broadcast-Based Convex Optimization Over a Network
A. Nedich page 1337

Fundamental Limits on Synchronizing Clocks Over Networks
N. M. Freris, S. R. Graham, and P. R. Kumar page 1352

Controllability and Stability Analysis of Planar Snake Robot Locomotion
P. Liljeback, K. Y. Pettersen, O. Stavdahl, and J. T. Gravdahl page 1365

Scheduling Continuous-Time Kalman Filters
J. L. Le Ny, E. Feron, and M. A. Dahleh page 1381

Technical Notes and Correspondence

Stability Analysis of Interconnected Systems with "Mixed" Negative-Imaginary
and Small-Gain Properties
S. Patra and A. Lanzon page 1395

Stochastic Maximum Principle for Optimal Control Problems of Forward-Backward
Systems Involving Impulse Controls
Z. Wu and F. Zhang page 1401

Computationally Efficient Identification of Global ARX Parameters with
Guaranteed Stability
U. Nallasivam, S. Srinivasan, K. Kuppuraj, R. Rengaswamy, and M. N.
Karim page 1406

Near-Optimal Deterministic Filtering on the Rotation Group
M. Zamani, J. Trumpf, R. Mahony

Distributed Coordinated Tracking with a Dynamic Leader for Multiple
Euler-Lagrange Systems
J. Mei, W. Ren, and G. Ma page 1415

Linear Input-Output Equivalence and Row Reducedness of Discrete-Time
Nonlinear Systems
U. Kotta, Z. Bartosiewicz, S. Nomm, and E. Pawluszewicz page 1421

Local Agent Requirements for Stable Emergent Group Distributions
J. Finke and K. M. Passino page 1426

A Generalized Zames-Falb Multiplier
D. Materassi and M. V. Salapaka page 1432

Consensus in Directed Networks of Agents with Nonlinear Dynamics
W. Yu, G. Chen and M. Cao page 1436

Comments on "Assessing the Stability of Linear Time-Invariant Continuous
Interval Dynamic Systems"
O. Pastravanu, and M.-H. Matcovschi page 1442

Strong Stabilization of a Class of MIMO Systems
A. N. Gundes and H. Ozbay

Design of Observer-Based H-Infinity Robust Repetitive-Control System
J. She, M. Wu, and L. Zhou page 1452

Structure Preserving Moment Matching for Port-Hamiltonian Systems:
Arnoldi and Lanczos
R. V. Polyuga and A. J. van der Schaft page 1458

A Quasi-Newton Interior Point Method for Low Order H-Infinity Controller Synthesis
D. Ankelhed, A. Helmersson, and A. Hansson page 1462

Plant Friendly Input Design: Convex Relaxation and Quality
S. Narasimhan and R. Rengaswamy page 1467

Decentralized Adaptive Stabilization of Large-scale Nonlinear Time-Delay
Systems With Unknown High-Frequency-Gain Signs
X. Ye page 1473

Covariance Matching for Continuous-Time Errors-in-Variables Problems
M. Mossberg and T. Soderstrom page 1478

Observer-Based Speed Tracking Control for Sensorless Permanent Magnet
Synchronous Motors with Unknown Load Torque
P. Tomei and C. M. Verrelli page 1484

Correction to "D-Stability and Delay-Independent Stability of Homogeneous
Cooperative Systems"
V. S. Bokharaie, O. Mason and M. Verwoerd page 1489


2. Awards

2.1 EECI-ICO PhD Award
Contributed by: christophe.prieur@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr

Call for applications: EECI-ICO PhD Award

The EECI-ICO PhD Award is given annually in recognition of the best PhD thesis
in Europe in the field of Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems. Former
recipients can be found on the webpage


The aim of the award is to encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers
in their first research period. The prize consists of a certificate and a cash award.
The domain of research of candidates should be included in the large multidisciplinary
area of the control of hybrid or nonlinear systems, control of complex or heterogeneous
systems, and embedded or networked control systems.

For more information consult the web-page :


This year, the deadline for application is *July 15, 2011*. To be eligible for the
award, the thesis must have been defended in Europe between June 16,
2010 and June 15, 2011.

To apply, please consult the award webpage:



3. Software

3.1 Matlab Software for Robustness Analysis of LFR Models
Contributed by: Andrea Garulli, garulli@ing.unisi.it

LFR_RAI: Matlab software for Robustness Analysis of LFR models.

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:


We will appreciate any feedback or suggestion on how to improve the LFR_RAI toolbox.


4. Books

4.1 Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications
Contributed by: ccruz@cicese.mx

Advances in Chaotic Dynamics and Applications

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: janie.wardle@cambridgescientificpublishers.com
Or buy direct from our secure website: www.cambridgescientificpublishers.com


5.  Journals

5.1 Contents: SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Contributed by: Brian Fauth, fauth@siam.org

SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Volume: 49, Issue: 3

Risk Averse Shape Optimization
Sergio Conti, Harald Held, Martin Pach, Martin Rumpf, and Rudiger Schultz
pp. 927-947

Weak Dynamic Programming Principle for Viscosity Solutions
Bruno Bouchard and Nizar Touzi
pp. 948-962

Feedback Stabilization of Magnetohydrodynamic Equations
Catalin-George Lefter
pp. 963-983

Mixed Finite Element Method for Dirichlet Boundary Control Problem Governed
by Elliptic PDEs
Wei Gong and Ningning Yan
pp. 984-1014

Optimal Shape Design Subject to Elliptic Variational Inequalities
M. Hintermuller and A. Laurain
pp. 1015-1047

Geometry of the Limit Sets of Linear Switched Systems
Moussa Balde and Philippe Jouan
pp. 1048-1063

Finite Element Approximation for Shape Optimization Problems with Neumann and
Mixed Boundary Conditions
Dan Tiba
pp. 1064-1077

Penalty Method for Finite Horizon Stopping Problems
L. Stettner
pp. 1078-1099

Stabilization by Means of Approximate Predictors for Systems with Delayed Input
Iasson Karafyllis
pp. 1100-1123

On the Existence of Time Optimal Controls with Constraints of the Rectangular
Type for Heat Equations
Qi Lu and Gengsheng Wang
pp. 1124-1149

Space-Time Adaptive Wavelet Methods for Optimal Control Problems Constrained
by Parabolic Evolution Equations
Max D. Gunzburger and Angela Kunoth
pp. 1150-1170

On the Robust Stability, Stabilization, and Stability Radii of Continuous-Time
Infinite Markov Jump Linear Systems
Marcos G. Todorov and Marcelo D. Fragoso
pp. 1171-1196

Trigger Strategy Equilibriums in Stochastic Differential Games with Information
Time Lags: An Analysis of Cooperative Production Strategies
Tao Yao, Susan H. Xu, and Bin Jiang
pp. 1197-1220

Some Results on the Controllability of Coupled Semilinear Wave Equations: The
Desensitizing Control Case
Louis Tebou
pp. 1221-1238

Controller Design for a Class of Uncertain Systems with Guaranteed Performance
Jianming Lian and Stanislaw H. .Zak
pp. 1239-1261

Output-Feedback Stabilization of Stochastic High-Order Nonlinear Systems under
Weaker Conditions
Wuquan Li, Xue-Jun Xie, and Siying Zhang
pp. 1262-1282

An Approximation Method for Exact Controls of Vibrating Systems
Nicolae Cindea, Sorin Micu, and Marius Tucsnak
pp. 1283-1305

Pontryagin Maximum Principle on Almost Lie Algebroids
Janusz Grabowski and MichalJozwikowski
pp. 1306-1357

3D Shape Optimization in Viscous Incompressible Fluid under Oseen Approximation
Michael Zabarankin and Anton Molyboha
pp. 1358-1382


5.2 Contents: International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems
Contributed by: Mingcong Deng, deng@cc.tuat.ac.jp

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, vol. 3, no. 1, 2011

The articles can be retrieved on IEEE Xplore:

Guest Editors: Changan Jiang, Lihua Jiang, Shuhui Bi
pp. 1-2

Extensions to experiment design and identification algorithms for large-scale
and stochastic processes
Kaushik Subramanian, Siddhartha Kumar, Sachin C. Patwardhan, Vinay Prasad
pp. 3-13

Development of static friction compensation for feed drive motions of machine tools
Syh-Shiuh Yeh, Jin-Tsu Sun
pp. 14-23

HVAC control strategies for thermal comfort and indoor air quality
Jiaming Li, Josh Wall, Glenn Platt
pp. 24-32

A novel power swings blocking scheme verified with a new power swing simulation model
Jianbo Xin, Xiangning Lin, Zhengtian Li, Hanli Weng
pp. 33-43

Fault detection for stator inter-turn short circuit in doubly fed induction
generators using adaptive observers
Qian Lu, Timofei Breikin
pp. 44-53

Asymptotic parameter sensitivity for polynomial dynamical systems
A. Ben-Zvi, K. Aschbacher
pp. 54-64

Turbofan aero-engine full flight envelope control using H? loop-shaping control technique
Haiquan Wang, Dongyun Wang, Mingcong Deng
pp. 65-76


5.3 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: Thomas Meurer, cep@acin.tuwien.ac.at

Control Engineering Practice
Volume 19
Issue 7
July 2011

Editorial Board, Page IFC

Vishal Mahulkar, Douglas E. Adams, Mark Derriso, Derivative free filtering in
hydraulic systems for fault identification, Pages 649-657

Ihab Samy, Ian Postlethwaite, Da-Wei Gu, Survey and application of sensor fault
detection and isolation schemes, Pages 658-674

Bwo-Ren Ke, Chun-Liang Lin, Chi-Wen Lai, Optimization of train-speed trajectory
and control for mass rapid transit systems, Pages 675-687

C. Olalla, I. Queinnec, R. Leyva, A. El Aroudi, Robust optimal control of bilinear
DC-DC converters, Pages 688-699

Gongsheng Huang, Model predictive control of VAV zone thermal systems concerning
bi-linearity and gain nonlinearity, Pages 700-710

Faa-Jeng Lin, Syuan-Yi Chen, Ming-Shi Huang, Adaptive complementary sliding-mode
control for thrust active magnetic bearing system, Pages 711-722

Anisur Rahman, M.A.A. Shoukat Choudhury, Detection of control loop interactions
and prioritization of control loop maintenance, Pages 723-731

G. Valencia-Palomo, J.A. Rossiter, Efficient suboptimal parametric solutions to
predictive control for PLC applications, Pages 732-743

Laurent Vermeiren, Antoine Dequidt, Thierry Marie Guerra, Helene Rago-Tirmant,
Michel Parent, Modeling, control and experimental verification on a two-wheeled
vehicle with free inclination: An urban transportation system, Pages 744-756

Yi Zheng, Shaoyuan Li, Ning Li, Distributed model predictive control over network
information exchange for large-scale systems, Pages 757-769


5.4 Contents: Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Contributed by: Ben Cronin, ben.cronin@birkhauser-science.com

Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing:
Volume 30, Issue 4

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

Table of Contents:

*Guest Editorial: Embedded Signal Processing Circuits and Systems for Cognitive
 Radio-Based Wireless Communication Devices
 A. P. Vinod, Edmund M.-K. Lai,
 Pramod Kumar Meher, Jacques Palicot & Shahriar Mirabbasi

*A Wideband RF Frontend Architecture for Software Defined Radio
Abhinav Kumar
 Tyagi & R. V. Rajakumar

*Design and Analysis of Frequency-Tunable Amplifiers using Varactor Diode
 Topologies \ Tayfun Nesimoglu

*High IIP3 and Low-Noise CMOS Mixer Using Non-linear Feedback Technique 
 Amir Amirabadi, Mojtaba Chehelcheraghi & Mahmoud Kamarei

*Design of a Noise-Canceling CMOS Wideband Receiver Front-End with Inherent
 Active Balun
 Bo Shi & Michael Yan Wah Chia

*Multistandard Analogue Baseband Filters for Software-Defined and Cognitive
 Radio Receivers
 Yichuang Sun, James Moritz & Xi Zhu

*Quadrature Sigma-Delta Modulators for Cognitive Radio—I/Q Imbalance Analysis and
 Complex Multiband Principle
 Jaakko Marttila, Markus Allén & Mikko Valkama

*Flexibility and Reusability in the Digital Front-End of Cognitive Radio
 Navin Michael, A. P. Vinod, Christophe Moy & Jacques Palicot

*A Cooperative Spectrum Sensing Technique with Dynamic Frequency Boundary
 Detection and Information-Entropy-Fusion for Primary User
 Nguyen Duy Duong, Surya Dharma Tio & A. S. Madhukumar

*A Carrier Recovery Loop for Cognitive Radio Applications
 Adel Metref,
 Daniel Le Guennec & Jacques Palicot

*Pseudo-Parallel Datapath Structure for Power Optimal Implementation of
 128-pt FFT/IFFT for WPAN
 J. Mathew, K. Maharatna, B. R. Jose, H. Rahaman
 & D. K. Pradhan

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


5.5 Contents: Control Engineering of China
Contributed by: lusw@mail.neu.edu.cn

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

Study on Control of STATCOM Via Feedback Linearization Method
ZHANG Xiao-hua, XU Chuan-ming, GUO Yuan-bo

Internal Model Control for Current Loop of Small Rotational Inertia PMSM
JIANG Xue-cheng, PENG Xia-fu

Study on Direct Torque Control of Induction Motor Based on DENN-ADRC
WU Qi-zhou

Control Technology of Continuous Sizing Press
CHEN Zai-gen, PAN Lei, WU Yi-ping

Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm Based Iterative Learing Algorithm for
Batch Processes
JIA li, CHENG Da-shuai, SHI Ji-ping, QIU Min-seng

Research State Feedback H-Two/ H-infinity Voltage Regulator for Diesel-
Generator Set
HUANG Man-lei, WEI Zhi-da, SONG Ke-ming

Fast Template Matching Algorithm Based on Multi-Valued Differential
Wu Xiao-hong, YAO San-pin, LIU Jin-bao

Self-Tuning of PID Controller Parameters Based on HS-PSO Algorithm
CAO Fang, WANG Wei, WANG Jie-sheng, LIU Yu-chao , CHAO Sheng-xi

Control Performance Simulation Research on Heave Compensation System
Based on Dynamic
Vibration Absorber
LIU Shao-jun, ZENG Feng-yan, LI Liu-jun

The Study of Fuzzy-PID Control Based on Predictive Model and Its Simulation
GUO Qi, YANG Xiu-li, REN Fang, GAO Jian

Road Image Segmentation Based on an Adaptive Region Growing
XIAO Xiao-ming, MA Zhi, CAI Zi-xing, TANG Jin

CSTR ControlBased on Active Disturbance Rejection Control
YANG Hui-zhong, SU SI-xian

Parameter Estimation for a Class ofNonlinear Systems
DING Feng, LIU Jing-fan, XIAO Yong-song

Aircraft Angle-Following Using Discrete-Time Fuzzy Sliding-Mode Control
CAO LI-jia, YAN Si-yuan, ZHANG Sheng-xiu, QIU Zhao-hui

Ball Mill Grinding Process Simulation Based on Population Balance Model
WU Xing-gang, YUAN Ming-zhe, YU Hai-bin

Research of Flux Weakening Strategy of an Surface Mounted Permanent
Magnet Synchronous Motor
TANG Zhao-hui, DING Qiang, YU Shou-yi, GUI Wei-hua

Research on Model Structure and Input Variable Selection for Industry Soft Sensing
ZHU Qun-xiong, LANG Na

Three-Dimensional Robust Nonliear Guidance Laws Against Maneuvering Target
YAN Han, JI Hai-bo

Research on Speaker-Depended Isolated-Word Speech Recognition System
PENG Hui, WEI Wei, LU Jian-hua

Control of Intelligent Vehicle Based on Fractional Order PID
WU Zhen-yu, ZHAO Liang, FENG Lin

Performance Aassessment for a Class of Non-Linear Systems Based on LS-SVM
WANG Zhi-guo, LIU Fei

Application of VAR Dynamic Compensate in Power Supply System of Electric
Arc Furnace
YANG Xian-zhao, CHENG Geng-guo, LIU Hui-kang

A Control Law Reconfiguration Method Based on Condition Constraint Genetic
Algorithm for Underwater Vehicles
HU Wei-li, ZHU Da-qi, LIU Jing

Time-Optimal Control Based on Hybrid Genetic Algorithm
ZHAO Rui-yan, LI Shu-rong

Research on the Scheduling of Single Batching Machine with Non-identicalJob Size
FENG Da-guang, TANG Li-xin

Design of Energy Center System for an Iron and Steel Enterprise
NIE Qiu-ping, WU Ming, ZHANG Chao, XIONG Yong-hua

Design of the Integrated Fuzzy Feedback Scheduler in Networked Control System
LIU Nian, ZHOU Xu-lun, SHEN Yan-de

Research of Behavior Control for Transmission Line De-icing Robot
WANG Yao-nan, ZHOU Yuan-li, TAN Lei, YANG Yi-min

Research on Motion Control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Controlled by
Thruster and Rudders
WANG Bo, SUN Yu-shan, CAO Jian, ZHANG Guo-cheng

Analysis of Zero-Disturbance Direction for Space Robots During Target Capture
SHUI Hai-tao, PENG Sheng-jun, YANG Qing, MA Hong-xu

LQG Controller Design for Networked Control Systems with Communication Sequences
DOU Li-qian, ZHONG Qun, SUN Lian-kun, JI Yue-hui

Novel Star-up Method of PMSM Motors Utilising Inductance Variation
CHEN Ning, WANG Zhi-hong, YU Shou-yi, GUI Wei-hua

Application of Logarithmic Terminal Sliding Mode in High-Order SISO Nonlinear Systems
CAO Ling-zhi, LI Xin-bo, LOU Fei-peng, LI Chun-wen

Global Robust Control for a Class of Singularly Perturbed Systems with Uncertainties
WANG Chang-you, GONG Hui

Design and Implementation of LabVIEW Monitoring Software for Target Tracking
CHEN Guan-sheng, XU Bu-gong

Motion Modeling of Crawling Robot Based on Layer Controlled Hybrid Petri Net
GAO Qing-ji, WU Xiao-xia, LIU Fang, LI Wan-min

Energy Saving Control Strategy in the Central Air-conditioning Based-on Variable
Water Volume
and Variable Air Volume
ZHOU Hong-yu, CHEN Xiao-jian, CHEN Zi-hu

Experments to Get and Analyse Anti-Pinch Data for Vehicle Windows
TIAN Lu, WU Zhi-jie, CHEN Hong

Applications of PFPN in Fault Diagnosis of Civil Aircaft
ZHANG Peng, WANG Ting-ting, YU Li-ming


5.6 Contents: Journal of Process Control
Contributed by: Youqing Wang, wang_youqing@mail.buct.edu.cn

Journal of Process Control
Volume 21, Issue 6, Pages 817-986 (July 2011)

2 Statistical analysis and online monitoring for handling multiphase batch
processes with varying durations
Pages 817-829
Chunhui Zhao, Shengyong Mo, Furong Gao, Ningyun Lu, Yuan Yao

3 A virtual metrology model based on recursive canonical variate analysis with
applications to sputtering process
Pages 830-839
Tian-Hong Pan, Bi-Qi Sheng, David Shan-Hill Wong, Shi-Shang Jang

4 PI and PID auto-tuning procedure based on simplified single parameter optimization
Pages 840-851
Julio Ariel Romero, Roberto Sanchis, Pedro Balaguer

5 Modelling, validation, and control of an industrial fuel gas blending system
Pages 852-860
C.J. Muller, I.K. Craig, N.L. Ricker

6 Multivariable control of the polymer molecular weight in emulsion polymerization
Pages 861-873
Nida Sheibat-Othman, Sami Othman, Olivier Boyron, Mazen Alamir

7 RTO: An overview and assessment of current practice
Pages 874-884
Mark L. Darby, Michael Nikolaou, James Jones, Doug Nicholson

8 Performance metrics for web-forming processes
Pages 885-892
Vesa Hölttä, Heikki Koivo

9 An adaptive high-gain observer for wastewater treatment systems
Pages 893-900
Frederic Lafont, Eric Busvelle, Jean-Paul Gauthier

10 Shaping probability density functions using a switching linear controller
Pages 901-908
Bertrand Pigeon, Michel Perrier, Bala Srinivasan

11 Constrained particle filter approach to approximate the arrival cost in
Moving Horizon Estimation
Pages 909-919
Rodrigo López-Negrete, Sachin C. Patwardhan, Lorenz T. Biegler

12 High-purity control of internal thermally coupled distillation columns
based on nonlinear wave model
Pages 920-926
Xinggao Liu, Yexiang Zhou, Lin Cong, Feng Ding

13 Plantwide process control with asynchronous sampling and communications
Pages 927-948
Shichao Xu, Jie Bao

14 Batch process monitoring based on support vector data description method
Pages 949-959
Zhiqiang Ge, Furong Gao, Zhihuan Song

15 Optimized fractional order conditional integrator
Pages 960-966
Ying Luo, YangQuan Chen, YouGuo Pi, Concepción A. Monje, Blas M. Vinagre

16 Real-time guaranteed cost control of MIMO networked control systems with
packet disordering
Pages 967-975
Jinna Li, Qingling Zhang, Haibin Yu, Min Cai

17 IMC-like analytical design with S/SP mixed sensitivity consideration:
Utility in PID tuning guidance
Pages 976-985
S. Alcántara, W.D. Zhang, C. Pedret, R. Vilanova, S. Skogestad

18 Erratum to “IMC-like analytical design with S/SP mixed sensitivity
consideration: Utility in PID tuning guidance” [J. Process Control 21
(2011) 554–563]
Page 986


5.7 Contents: AIChE Journal
Contributed by: Youqing Wang, wang_youqing@mail.buct.edu.cn

AIChE Journal
Volume 57, issue 7, pages: 1654-1972

Robust model predictive control and fault handling of batch processes (pages
Siam Aumi and Prashant Mhaskar

Relay feedback identification for processes under drift and noisy environments
(pages 1809–1816)
Jietae Lee, Jin-Su Kim, Jeonguk Byeon, Su Whan Sung and Thomas F. Edgar

Localized Fisher discriminant analysis based complex chemical process
monitoring (pages 1817–1828)
Jie Yu


5.8 Contents: International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics
Contributed by: Fikret Aliev, f_aliev@yahoo.com

International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics
Vol.10, No.2, 2011
(ISSN 1683-3511, www.science.az/acm)

pages: 213-241
Lipschitz Continuity of the Scattering Operator for Nonlinear Klein-Gordon Equations
P. Brenner

pages: 242-249
Simple Low-Order and Integral-Action Controller Synthesis for MIMO Systems with Time Delays
A.N. Günde?, A.N. Mete

pages: 250-261
Some Properties of Crystallographic Reliability Index - Rfactor: Effect of Twinning
G.N. Murshudov

pages: 262-270
Application of Homotopy-Padé Technique to the Volterra's Prey and Predator Problem
S.A. Faghidian, M. Moghimi Zand, Y. Farjami, G.H. Farrahi

pages: 271-282
Non Zero Solutions of the Fully Fuzzy Linear Systems
T. Allahviranloo, N. Mikaeilvand

pages: 283-288
Mark Sets in Digraphs
S. Pirzada, T.A. Naikoo

pages: 289-293
Structural Stability for FitzHugh-Nagumo Equations
G.N. Aliyeva and V.K. Kalantarov

pages: 294-308
Two Metaheuristic Approaches to Solving the P-Ary Transitive Reduction Problem
M. Milanovi?, D. Mati?, A. Savi?, J. Kratica

pages: 309-320
Iterative Projection Methods for General Nonconvex Variational Inequalities
M.A. Noor, K.I. Noor, E. Al-Said

pages: 321-339
Decision Making with the Induced Generalized Adequacy Coefficient
J.M. Merigo, A.M. Gil-Lafuente, J.Gil-Aluja

pages: 340-355
Generalization Capability of Neural Networks Based on Fuzzy Operators
R. Lovassy, L.T. Kóczy, L. Gál

pages: 356-360
Comments on "A Structured Doubling Algorithm for Discrete-Time Algebraic Riccati
Equations with Singular Control Weighting Matrices" by Chun-Yueh Chiang, Hung-
Yuan Fan and Wen-Wei Lin
F.A. Aliev, V.B. Larin

page: 361
95th Birthday of professor Golubentsev Alexandr Nikolaevich


5.9 Contents: International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
Contributed by: AMCS, amcs@uz.zgora.pl

International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS)
2011, Volume 21, Number 2 (June)
Special section: Efficient Resource Management for Grid-Enabled Applications
Editors: Joanna Ko?odziej, Fatos Xhafa


S p e c i a l  s e c t i o n
Terzo O., Mossucca L., Cucca M. and Notarpietro R. Data intensive scientific
analysis with grid computing 219
Carpen-Amarie A., Costan A., Cai J., Antoniu G. and Bougé L. Bringing introspection
into BlobSeer: Towards a self-adaptive distributed datamanagement system 229
Ko?odziej J. and Xhafa F. Modern approaches to modeling user requirements on
resource and task allocation in hierarchical computational grids 243
Hall-May M., Surridge M. and Nossal-Tüyeni R. Resilient critical infrastructure
management with a service oriented architecture: A test case using airport
collaborative decision making 259
González-Vélez H. and Kontagora M. Performance evaluation of MapReduce using
full virtualisation on a departmental cloud 275
Di Modica G., Tomarchio O. and Vita L. Resource and service discovery in SOAs:
A P2P oriented semantic approach 285
López-Fuentes F.A. P2P video streaming combining SVC and MDC 295

R e g u l a r  s e c t i o n
Karthikeyan S. and Balachandran K. Constrained controllability of nonlinear
stochastic impulsive systems 307
El Mouatasim A., Ellaia R. and Souza de Cursi E. Random perturbation of the
projected variable metric method for nonsmooth nonconvex optimization problems
with linear constraints 317
Hunek W.P. and Latawiec K.J. A study on new right/left inverses of nonsquare
polynomial matrices 331
Clempner J.B. and Poznyak A.S. Convergence method, properties and computational
complexity for Lyapunov games 349
Walas K. and Belter D. Supporting locomotive functions of a six-legged walking robot 363
Kaczorek T. Singular fractional linear systems and electrical circuits 379
Zydek D., Selvaraj H., Borowik G. and ?uba T. Energy characteristic of a processor
allocator and a network-on-chip 385
Wi?niewski R., Barkalov A., Titarenko L. and Halang W.A. Design of microprogrammed
controllers to be implemented in FPGAs 401
This and other issues are currently available online at http://www.amcs.uz.zgora.pl

Publisher: University of Zielona Góra and Lubuskie Scientific Society, Poland
ISSN: 1641-876X
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Józef Korbicz
Website: http://www.amcs.uz.zgora.pl
E-mail: amcs@uz.zgora.pl
Scope: modern control theory and practice; artificial intelligence methods and their
applications; applied mathematics and mathematical optimisation techniques; mathematical
methods in engineering, computer science, and biology
Indexation: Science Citation Index Expanded, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition,
Scopus-Elsevier, Google Scholar, INSPEC, EBSCO, MathSciNet, Mathematical Reviews,
Compendex, Zentralblatt MATH, Current Mathematical Publications, Computer Abstracts
International Database, Applied Mechanics Reviews, ACM Digital Library, VINITI, BazTech,
Polish Virtual Library of Science/Mathematical Collection, Zielona Góra Digital Library
Impact Factor: 0.794 (2010), 0.684 (2009)

20th Jubilee: 1991-2011



5.10 Contents: Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Contributed by: ccruz@cicese.mx

Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory
Volume 11, Number 2, 2011
ISSN 1562-8353
http://www.sciencearea.com.ua; http://www.e-ndst.kiev.ua

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 Equation,
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 Equations,
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: anmart@stability.kiev.ua


5.11 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

“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
E-mail: Riccardo.Caponetto@dieei.unict.it

Prof. Alessandro Pisano
University of Cagliari, Italy
E-mail: pisano@diee.unica.it

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, Editor-

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
E-mail: lichen@ntu.edu.tw

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 contacting author should be clearly
identified. For detailed submission guidelines, please visit


5.12 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Li-Chen Fu, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

“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
E-mail: msbai@pme.nthu.edu.tw

Dr. Lixi Huang
University of Hong Kong, China
E-mail: lixi@hkucc.hku.hk

Prof. Brian Mace
University of Auckland, New Zealand
E-mail: b.mace@auckland.ac.nz

Prof. Xiaojun Qiu
Nanjing University, China
E-mail: xjqiu@nju.edu.cn

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
E-mail: lichen@ntu.edu.tw

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
http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/asjc. All manuscripts will be refereed in
the normal manner.


5.13 CFP: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology 
Contributed by: Lorenzo Fagiano, lorenzo.fagiano@polito.it


Contributions are invited for a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Control
Systems Technology, devoted to the topic of control applications in wind energy.
The objective of this special issue is to illustrate the potential of control engineering,
in its broader sense, to advance the state of the art of wind energy, by producing
significant improvements in many aspects of this field. The special issue aims to collect
high-quality, original technical papers with the most advanced research results concerned
with modeling, identification and control aspects of wind technology; topics include but
are not limited to

- blade pitch and rotor speed control
- wind models and wind forecasting
- wind turbine modeling
- load monitoring and mitigation
- wind farm modeling and control
- optimal siting of wind turbines
- grid integration
- power quality improvement
- wind energy storage management
- offshore wind turbine control
- structural control of wind turbines
- fault tolerant control of wind turbines
- distributed blade control systems
- new concepts of wind energy.

As a general rule, only papers containing significant experimental results and/or
applications to experimental data will be included. In applications where experimental
data may be very hard to obtain, like deep-sea offshore turbines, numerical results with
high-fidelity models might be also accepted. The authors should possibly emphasize to what
extent their research can contribute to solve the actual issues in wind energy, which still
prevent high market penetration levels. Contributions from industry are particularly encouraged,
as well as contributions with a strong interdisciplinary component. Papers must be prepared
in accordance with the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology standards. Prospective
authors are advised to consult the "Information for Authors" prior to submitting a paper:
-technology. Contributions should be submitted via http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcst by
December 15, 2011. Prospective authors should state in their cover letter and in the "notes"
section of the submission site that their manuscript is intended for the special issue "To
tame the wind: advanced control applications in wind energy". Submitted manuscripts must not
have been previously published or be under review for possible publication elsewhere.

All papers will be rigorously reviewed according to the standards of the IEEE Transactions
on Control Systems Technology.

Guest editors:

Dr. Lorenzo Fagiano
Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino and
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Prof. Manfred Morari
Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zurich

Prof. Mario Rotea
Mechanical Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Greg Stewart
Honeywell Automation & Control Solutions


6. Conferences

6.1 ISCIE International Symposium on Stochastic Systems Theory and Its Applications 
Contributed by: Valeri Kroumov, val@ee.ous.ac.jp


The 43rd ISCIE International Symposium on Stochastic Systems Theory and Its
Applications (SSS’11) will be held on October 28–29, 2011, at Biwako–Kusatsu
Campus, Ritsumeikan University, and on the ship Bianca in Lake Biwa, Shiga, Japan.


These include but not restricted to:
- Modeling, Filtering and Control of Stochastic Systems and Stochastic Processes
- Analysis of Stochastic Systems and Stochastic Processes
- System Identification and Parameter Estimation
- Time Series Analysis and Spectral Estimation
- Signal Detection and Statistical Signal Processing
- Stochastic Optimization Methods and Evolutionary Methods
- Mathematical Finance
- Fault Detection and Diagnosis
- Control of Networks
- Chaos and Fractal
- Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems
- Image Processing
- Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision and 3-D Information Processing
- Probabilistic Robotics
- Medical and Biomedical Systems
- Data Mining and Text Mining
- Applications in Engineering related to Stochastic Processes and Stochastic Systems

-July 30, 2011: Submission of Extended Abstracts -July 30, 2011: Submission of
 Organized Session Proposals
-August 20, 2011: Notification of Acceptance
-October 21, 2011: Submission of Final Paper

For more information and complete instructions for submission of manuscripts, go
the conference web site: http://sci-sss.org


6.2 International Conference on Advances in Control & Optimization of Dynamical Systems
Contributed by: Ramakalyan Ayyagari, rkalyn@nitt.edu

SYSTEMS (ACODS 2012), 16-18 February, 2012, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, INDIA


Contributed by: Ramakalyan Ayyagari, rkalyn@nitt.edu:


The 2nd ACODS-2012 aims to bring together engineers, scientists and academics working
in advanced areas of control and optimization of dynamical systems. The theme of the
conference is broad enough to encompass both theory and applications. Application areas
include, but are not restricted to robotics, aerospace vehicles, manufacturing, process
control, computer aided control, biomedical engineering, automation, and mechanical
and electrical systems.

Call for Papers:
Papers are invited in these and other areas where control and optimization of dynamical
systems plays an important role. We invite contributed papers in two categories: Regular
(up to 10 pages) and short (up to 5 pages). The regular papers are expected to describe
fairly detailed account of completed work and the short papers will cover preliminary
results or new ideas. The papers will be peer-reviewed with rigour, maintaining the
highest quality in accepted papers.
File size of the submitted papers should not exceed 5 MB.

The deadline for submissions is set to 30 September 2011.

More information is available at http://www.acods.org

The Host:
Established in 1909, Indian Institute of Science is widely recognized to be the best
and most prolific scientific and engineering institute for advanced research in India.
Bangalore is located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka state
and is India’s fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. It is a “Beta World City” and
is home to heavy industries, aerospace, telecommunications, and defence organisations,
and is also known as the Silicon Valley of India. Besides, there are a lot of historical
places in close proximity.

Ramakalyan Ayyagari, Radhakant Padhi


6.3 International Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety
Contributed by: Jan Lunze, Lunze@atp.rub.de

Safeprocess 2012
8th International Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety
of Technical Processes

Mexico City, Mexico, August 29 - 31, 2012

SAFEPROCESS is a major international gathering of leading experts in
industry and academia. It aims at strengthening contacts between
academia and industry to build up new networks and cultivate existing
relations. High-level speakers will present the global spectrum of
fault diagnosis, process supervision and safety monitoring,
state-of-the-art applications and emerging research directions. The
symposium is also meant as a forum for young scientists from all over
the world, with the opportunity to introduce their research ambitions
and scientific work to an audience of international experts.


- Model-based diagnosis of linear, nonlinear and hybrid systems
- Fault-tolerant control, control reconfiguration
- Process supervision
- Condition monitoring, maintenance engineering
- Diagnosis and fault-tolerant control of discrete-event systems
- Statistical methods for reliability and safety
- Neural and fuzzy methods
- Computing methods: interval methods, numerical methods
- Structural methods of fault diagnosis and fault-tolerant control
- Artificial Intelligence methods for fault diagnosis
- Active diagnostic methods
- Safety-critical systems

Application areas

- Aeronautics and aerospace systems
- Automotive applications
- Marine systems
- Mechanical and electro-mechanical systems
- Mining, minerals, metal applications
- Digitally networked systems
- Process engineering applications
- Power systems and networks
- Robotics
- Biosystems

Important dates

Invited session proposals: 30 September 2011
Submission of draft papers: 15 October 2011
Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2012
Final paper submission: 15 May 2012
Early registration: 15 May 2012
Symposium: 29 - 31 August 2012

International Programme Committee

IPC Chair: Jan Lunze
IPC Co-Chair: Jin Jiang
IPC Secretary Yannick Nke

National Organizing Committee

Chair: Cristina Verde
Vice Chair from industry: Ruban Morales
Editor: Carlos Astorga
Co-Editor Arturo Morales

Paper submission and publication

Authors are invited to submit full draft papers electronically through
the conference submission website (paperplaza) by October 15, 2011.
Detailed formatting instructions and the link to the paper submission
site are found at the symposium web-site. Draft papers should clearly
indicate the merits of the new contributions, the relevance to the
topics and areas of SAFEPROCESS 2012 and related literature to allow a
fair reviewing procedure by the International Program Committee. Only
unpublished material may be submitted.

Invited session proposals should be sent to the IPC chair
(Lunze@atp.rub.de) by September 30, 2011. The proposal should include
the title of the session, name, affiliation and address of the
organizer, a brief summary of the session topic, and a list of the
invited papers (authors and titles). Upon receipt of the proposal, a
session identification number will be assigned. Authors of the invited
sessions must submit their full draft papers by the October 15
deadline, specifying the invited session to which they belong.

Further information

For current information visit the symposium web-site

or contact the SAFEPROCESS 2012 secretariat by email:

Web site:



7. Workshops

7.1 IROS11 Workshop on Robotics for Neurology and Rehabilitation
Contributed by: Mitsuhiro Hayashibe, hayashibe@lirmm.fr

Call for papers for IROS11 Workshop on Robotics for Neurology and Rehabilitation
Full Day Workshop
Friday, September 30th, 2011
San-Francisco, California, USA

The recent advances in computational models of the human body, in
measuring technology and in neuro-stimulation have led to cutting edge
applications in the field of Neurology and Rehabilitation. Applications
of Robotics in those fields are now common. However there is still a
lack of common ground and common knowledge so that these
interdisciplinary fields find a proper balance.

We propose to bridge a gap between the clinical and robotics aspects in
order to exchange new ideas and approaches. This workshop covers at once
several aspects of Robotics for neurology and rehabilitation: the human
body dynamics modeling, the functional electrical stimulation, the
neuro-muscular modeling as well as the clinical development of robotics
systems for rehabilitation.

For more information, please visit the website of the workshop:

Submitting Abstracts:
We propose to add 3 or 4 speakers among the invited presenters selected
(see: http://www.tuat.ac.jp/~venture/iros/program.htm).
These speakers will be selected by the program committee. Before
submission, intended presenters are welcome to contact the organizers of
the workshop as soon as possible to verify that planned submission falls
within the scope.

If you intend to submit a paper:
1. Send the following information asap to:
venture"at"cc.tuat.ac.jp, Mitsuhiro.Hayashibe"at"inria.fr

* Title of the paper
* Authors (Name, Institution, email, homepage)
* Abstract (less than 400 words)

2. Prepare a 2 to 4 pages paper with the IEEE standards
* Deadline for 2 to 4 pages paper submission: June 20th
* Notification of acceptance: July 1st

Thank you for your participation,

Best regards

Mistuhiro Hayashibe, Thierry Keller, Philippe Fraisse, Gentiane Venture


7.2 IFAC Workshop on Embedded Guidance, Navigation & Control in Aerospace
Contributed by: Ramakalyan Ayyagari, rkalyn@nitt.edu

(EGNCA 2012), 13-15 February, 2012, Department of Aerospace Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, INDIA



The aim of this IFAC sponsored Embedded Guidance,
Navigation and Control in Aerospace (EGNCA) -2012 international workshop aims
to bring together engineers, academicians, scientists, professionals and students,
to discuss and share the ideas about the recent developments in Embedded Guidance,
Navigation and Control related to various challenging aerospace applications.
The workshop will cover a wide variety of applications related to aircrafts,
helicopters, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles etc. Topics such as cooperative
/distributed control for multiple aerospace vehicles such as formation flight,
air traffic control etc. will also be within the domain of this workshop.
Promising philosophies verified from simulation studies are also welcome,
even though they have not yet been tested from hardware experiments. Efficient
computational techniques that can be implemented in on-board processors are
welcome as well. All contributed original papers will be archived at IFAC-Papers

Call for Papers:

The deadline for submissions is set to 30 September 2011.

More information is available at

The Host:

The IFAC-EGNCA workshop is going to be held in the Department of Aerospace Engineering
at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

Established in 1909, Indian Institute of Science is widely recognized to be the best
and most prolific scientific and engineering institute for advanced research in India.
Bangalore is located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka
state and is India’s fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. It is a “Beta World City”
and is home to heavy industries, aerospace, telecommunications, and defense organizations,
and is also known as the Silicon Valley of India. Besides, there are a lot of historical
places in close proximity. Many of India’s most distinguished scientists have been
associated with the Institute. The Institute also hosts many distinguished visitors from
India and abroad every year (including Nobel laureates) and is the venue for many major
national and international academic events. More details about the institute can be
found at http://www.iisc.ernet.in

Aerospace Engineering department is the largest department in the institute and has
about 35 faculty members. Many faculties work in close association with Indian space
and defense research organizations as well as with many multi-national companies such
as Boeing, Pratt & Whitney and General Motors etc. A large number of international
collaborations exist including those with several top ranking universities from USA,
Canada, countries from European Union, Republic of Korea, Japan etc. Major research
areas of the department include advanced guidance and control of flight vehicles,
aerospace electronic systems, development of unmanned and micro aerial vehicles,
helicopter dynamics and control, image classification and vision guidance, fundamental
and computational aspects of fluid dynamics, high enthalpy aerodynamics, experimental
aerodynamics, shock wave applications, non-destructive evaluation and structural health
monitoring, composite materials and structures, smart and multifunctional materials
and systems, micro and nanotechnologies, multi-body systems, nonlinear mechanics,
combustion and propulsion etc. The research focus has recently been broadened beyond
traditional aerospace engineering by including various evolving aspects of autonomous
flight, modern guidance and control techniques, bio-inspired designs, human factors,
nano-bio technologies etc.

Ramakalyan Ayyagari, Radhakant Padhi


7.3 Workshop on Uncertain Dynamical Systems
Contributed by: Stefano Miani, miani.stefano@uniud.it

The triennial "Workshop on Uncertain Dynamical Systems" will be held in Udine,
Italy, from August 24th till August 26th.

The single track speakers talks will be organized in 2.5 days and will include
also two dedicated sessions on applications in biology and on validation and
verification methods.

The workshop venue, program and registration details can be found at the web
address:  http://www.diegm.uniud.it/smiani/robust_workshop/index.html


8.  Positions

8.1 PhD: Oregon State University
Contributed by: Jonathan Hurst, jonathan.hurst@oregonstate.edu

The Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University seeks a graduate
student or Postdoc to pursue control research with the ATRIAS class of Spring-
Mass bipedal robots, and to assume responsibility for their continued software
development: http://mime.oregonstate.edu/research/drl/Site%20Pages/Atrias.html

The successful candidate will be able to work in a team environment, with the
aim of implementing real-time controllers for running and walking gaits on the
monopedal and bipedal ATRIAS robots. The candidate will manage and contribute
to software for the robots, work with students to perform experiments with the
robots, and co-author publications.

Research interests are flexible, the only hard requirement is interest and experience
in software development and robot control. The ideal candidate would have experience
in several of the following areas:

- Project management (general)
- Software engineering project management
- Robot Operating System (ROS)
- Real-Time systems (we use RTAI)
- Embedded software (XMega chips)
- EtherCAT bus
- Matlab
- Printed circuit board design

To apply, please email Jonathan Hurst (jonathan.hurst@oregonstate.edu) with a cover
letter describing your research background and career plans, a resume or CV, and
the names and contact information for at least three references.


8.2 PhD: University of Exeter
Contributed by: Declan Bates, D.G.Bates@Exeter.ac.uk

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to work with Prof.
Declan Bates and Dr. Prathyush Menon on a number of European Space Agency funded
projects in Advanced Control of Space Systems. The studentship will be available
from the 1st of October in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical
Sciences of the University of Exeter. The studentship includes full fees and
maintenance, is open to applicants of any nationality and will be awarded solely
on the basis of academic merit. The studentship is available for three years, and
the student is not required to undertake any teaching activities. The student will
join a research group working on a number of space related control research projects,
e.g. flying qualities analysis for hypersonic re-entry vehicles, worst-case analysis
of autonomous satellite rendezvous systems, LFT-modelling for satellite applications
and robust flight control of launcher systems. The student will also have the
opportunity to work closely with industrial control engineers from a number of
leading space companies, as well as research scientists from the European Space Agency.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a young researcher to obtain direct experience
of cutting-edge control research in a number of European space programmes. Candidates
should have an outstanding academic record and a first-class Bachelors degree in
Electrical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.

The ideal candidate would also have a Masters degree in Systems or Control theory,
or Aerospace Engineering with a specialism in flight control and dynamics.

Candidates should apply in the first instance by email to Dr. Declan Bates
(D.G.Bates@exeter.ac.uk), attaching a detailed CV and the names of up to three referees.
Applications will be accepted until the post is filled.


8.3 PhD/Post-Doc: NTNU
Contributed by: Lars Imsland, lars.imsland@itk.ntnu.no

3 PhD research fellowship positions and 1 post doctoral position at the Department
of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU, and 1 PhD research fellowship position at the
Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics, within the research
project "Intelligent drilling – automated underbalanced drilling operations"

4 PhD research fellowship positions and 1 post doc position are vacant within
the research project "Intelligent drilling – automated underbalanced drilling
operations", funded by the Norwegian Research Council and Statoil ASA. The PhD
scholars and Post Doc will work on challenging research problems in an active
research team at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics and the Department
of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics, NTNU, in close interaction
with researchers from Statoil and International Research Institute of Stavanger
(IRIS), and with extensive international cooperation.

The main research objective is to develop intelligent closed-loop control concepts
for improved safety and efficiency of offshore underbalanced drilling operations
(UBD). UBD with complete control over borehole hydraulics will be an enabling
technology for getting access to reserves in mature fields which are unreachable
with conventional drilling technologies. Moreover, such UBD technology will provide
a number of other enhancements in safety and efficiency of drilling operations.

Relevant research themes are
- Holistic automated pressure and flow control for underbalanced drilling
- Two-phase flow modeling, estimation and control
  in underbalanced drilling
- Autonomous and adaptive control and observer designs for underbalanced drilling
- Fault detection, and fault tolerant and robust control for underbalanced drilling
- Well control and barriers in automated UBD wells
- Modeling and control of slugging in UBD wells

The full announcement can be found at http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=75936,
and applications are to be submitted electronically through that site. Preferably,
we want the attachments in one file. Applications should be marked: IME 028-2011,
and in addition you have to state the themes which are of interest.

Contact person for all positions: Professor Lars Imsland,
e-mail: lars.imsland@itk.ntnu.no.

Application deadline: August 8th 2011.


8.4 PhD/Post-Doc: Tel Aviv University
Contributed by: Michael Margaliot, michaelm@eng.tau.ac.il

PhD and Postdoc Scholarships: School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University

A PhD/Postdoc position in designing converters for renewable energy power generators
is available at the School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Project Details: It is expected that in the coming years, the proportion of power
generators using renewable energy sources will increase dramatically in many countries.
One of the central problems now being investigated by many teams is how to connect
large scale renewable energy sources to the electrical grid without jeopardizing
the grid stability. The project will involve the theoretical analysis, design and
construction of novel DC/AC converters that mimic the behavior of synchronous
generators together with their controllers. The project is funded by the Israel
Strategic Alternative Energy Fund; see http://www.i-saef.org/

The successful applicant is anticipated to have a first-class honors degree or
equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or other relevant areas,
with specialization in either power conversion or control theory. Experience in
implementing control algorithms using digital signal processors is most welcome.

All applicants are expected to possess good communication skills in English (Hebrew
is not required) and should satisfy the academic admission requirements for the PhD
program of Tel Aviv University.

Applications should include a detailed CV,
including e-mail addresses of two referees, a copy of academic transcripts and a
cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interest and its relevance to the

Potential applicants should discuss their application and forward their paperwork
via e-mail to either Michael Margaliot, michaelm@eng.tau.ac.il, or George Weiss,

Further information can be obtained by e-mail from the persons named above.


8.5 Post-Doc: Georgia Tech
contributed by: Eric Feron, feron@gatech.edu

Post-Doctoral Position:
Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA and NASA, Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA

Autocoding of control software with formal certification support

Keywords: Adaptive Control; Formal Methods; Abstract Interpretation ; Unmanned
Aerial Vehicle ; Lyapunov Theory ; Robust control ; Certified compiling ;

With the enforcing of soon-to-be standard DO-178C, formal methods are going to
be increasingly present in the verification and validation process of safety
critical, air-borne control software. This research aims at drawing from control
engineering domain-specific knowledge to apply computer science techniques of
formal verification with better success. Indeed it has been shown already that
useful code-level invariants can be drawn from the high level proof of stability
of a controller.

Goals of the project include providing control engineers with easy interfaces to
include proofs in the control design they feed to an autocoder, implementing a
'credible' autocoder, able to carry/convert the proof information as it translates
the controller design to code, and enhancing current static analysis techniques to
handle invariant sets of increasingly complex shape.

Extensive programming experience in C/C++ or OCaml or equivalent language required.

Location: Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA and NASA, Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA.

Contact: Eric Feron (feron@gatech.edu) or Arnaud Venet (arnaud.j.venet@nasa.gov)


8.6 Post-Doc: Northeastern University
Contributed by: Rifat Sipahi, rifat@coe.neu.edu

Postdoctoral Position at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,
Northeastern University, Boston, USA

A postdoctoral position will be available in September 2011 at the Department of
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (www.coe.neu.edu), Northeastern University,
Boston, USA, under the supervision of Professor Rifat Sipahi (www.coe.neu.edu/~rifat).
The position will have financial support for at least a year, and up to maximum of
two years.

The postdoc will lead the research efforts with Professor Rifat Sipahi on a project
that combines both theory and experimental work based on control theory, nonlinear
dynamics and control, and control of human-machine interfaces.

The success of the project requires that the postdoc has the following technical credentials:

(1) PhD dissertation (completed, or to be completed in the next two months) directly
    related to feedback control theory and nonlinear systems, executed through theory
    and/or experiments
(2) Experience with data acquisition, implementation of digital controllers, and
    real-time control
(3) Strong programming and software skills, especially with MatLab and its toolboxes
    relevant to control design and real-time control implementation

Further, it is preferable that the postdoc has demonstrable experience on the following:

(1) Experience with human subjects experiments and IRB protocols
(2) Strong understanding of human factors
(3) Experience with haptic devices, programming and creation of 2D/3D virtual environments

Other important credentials of the postdoc are:

(1) Strong record of publishing high-quality journal articles
(2) Strong skills in preparing and giving public talks/presentations
(3) Strong skills in writing high-quality technical articles
(4) Strong desire to be a team player, to give guidance to graduate students,
    and passion for research
(5) Strong communication skills
(6) Independent thinking, creativity, hardworking, collegial

In supervision of and in collaboration with Prof. Rifat Sipahi, the responsibilities
of the postdoc include:

(1) Development of theoretical aspects as well as experimental setup of the project.
    Theoretical part includes real-time robust control of nonlinear systems with
    uncertainties, and possibly with delays, while experimental part includes the setting
    up of the real-time control sensing/actuation schemes, setting up appropriate virtual
    environments with appropriate scenarios relevant to the goals of the project and
    consistent with human subjects testing.
(2) Preparation of IRB documentation, and systematic reporting of research progress
(3) Leadership in writing technical articles as well as conference papers
(4) Collaboration with other NU faculty who have expertise in control systems, real-time
    control, mechatronics, human subjects testing, neuroscience, and biology.
(5) Demonstration of leadership in the research laboratory that currently has 3 PhD students


Please email the following information to Professor Sipahi at rifat@coe.neu.edu

(1) Resume, including

a. list of all publications (articles, conferences, and others)
b. list of schools attended, years of attendance, GPAs, thesis titles, contacts of thesis
   major advisors
c. awards, honors, if any,
d. work experience (TA, RA, industry) with contacts of colleagues in this work who could
   be a reference for the postdoc candidate
e. list of three academic references, one which is the PhD advisor of the candidate
(2) One-page length of statement of purpose describing the candidate’s past and future
    academic path, his/her academic experience, and why the candidate is interested with
    the posted position, and where he/she is willing to move on after completing the
    postdoc position.
(3) A reference letter of maximum of two pages recently written by the candidate’s PhD
    advisor, including contact details of the PhD advisor.
(4) The best three published (or accepted) journal articles in PDF form that the candidate
    has taken significant responsibility to write.

Details: For more details about the project, please contact Professor Sipahi via email.

This document was submitted by Prof. Rifat Sipahi on June 22, 2011.


8.7 Post-Doc: INRIA Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, France
Contributed by: Antoine Girard, Antoine.Girard@imag.fr

Postdoc Position at INRIA Grenoble -- Rhône-Alpes, France

Starting: As soon as possible
Duration : 12 months
Location : POP ART team, INRIA Grenoble -- Rhône-Alpes, France
Supervisors : Gregor Goessler and Antoine Girard (Antoine.Girard@imag.fr)

Scientific Context: This position is opened within the VEDECY project (Verification
and Design of Cyber-Physical Systems) funded by the ANR:

This project brings together hybrid systems and formal methods experts from INRIA
and the Laboratories Jean Kuntzmann and Verimag.

The succesful candidate will work with Gregor Goessler at INRIA and Antoine Girard
at the Laboratory Jean Kuntzmann and will have the opportunity to interact with the
other members of the VEDECY project.

Job Scope: The position deals with the development of sound approaches for the synthesis
of discrete embedded controllers for switched systems. Recently, a new promising approach
based on the use of approximately bisimilar symbolic abstractions has been proposed. The
main idea is to relax the requirement of exact equivalence in order to be able to handle
more general classes of systems. Most of the current techniques relies on a uniform
discretization of the continuous state space and thus suffers from the state explosion

The members of the VEDECY project have proposed new approaches based on multiscale discrete
abstractions defined on a hierarchy of embedded grids. Depending on the control objectives,
it might be useful to compute a discrete abstraction that is very accurate in some parts of
the state space and less accurate in other parts. Whenever the specification cannot be ensured
at the coarser level, the abstraction is locally and incrementally refined in order to
synthesize an admissible controller. As the discrete abstractions can be computed on the
fly, this synthesis techniques avoid exploring too many states and therefore increase the
efficiency of our approach.

The purpose of the job is the development of a toolbox for controller synthesis using multi-
scale discrete abstractions. This includes the choice of efficient data structures, high-
quality implementation of existing algorithms and development of new techniques in
collaboration with members of the VEDECY project.

Candidate Profile: The succesful candidate should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Applied
Mathematics or Control. A significant programming experience is required. Knowledge of the
domain of formal methods in computer science, scientific computing or control is a plus.

Please send your application file (including CV, references) by email to Antoine.Girard@imag.fr


8.8 Post-Doc: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Contributed by: Burce A. Conway, bconway@uiuc.edu

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Department of Aerospace Engineering
University of Illinois
Salary: $45,000/year

I am seeking a post-doctoral research assistant to join my research group in
numerical optimization of dynamical systems (with an emphasis on aerospace systems).
The position is funded for two years; it has already begun so that the present end
date is 1 April 2013. The starting date is flexible. There is a possibility for
funding for a 3rd year but it is not guaranteed.

The project involves the development of both theory and numerical simulations for
the solution of differential games of the pursuer/evader type, for aerospace vehicles.
The work will involve a knowledge of classical and optimal control theory and numerical
optimization. Experience with nonlinear programming theory or evolutionary algorithms
and particularly programming solutions using these methods would be very beneficial.
A recent Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical
Engineering would thus be commensurate with the experience required.

The most desirable candidate will also be fluent in MATLAB programming and also in
some other programming language such as FORTRAN or C++.

This post-doc is limited to US citizens.

Interested candidates should please send a cover letter, a CV (with publication record),
and the names of 3 professional references. (The candidate will be informed before
these references are contacted.)

Please send this information (as an email attachment if possible) to:

Prof. Bruce Conway

Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
306 Talbot Laboratory, MC-236
Urbana, IL 61820
217 333-4979


8.9 Post-Doc: Institute of Computer Science - FORTH, Heraklion, Greece
Contributed by: Dimitris Tsakiris, tsakiris@ics.forth.gr

The Institute of Computer Science of FORTH (www.ics.forth.gr) in Heraklion,
Greece, has immediate openings for two full-time technical staff positions at
the postdoctoral level, to work in the context of soft-bodied robotic systems
in aquatic environments.

1. Bio-inspired Control:
The first research associate will focus on the development of bio-inspired control
strategies for continuous and compliant robotic systems. Candidates are expected
to have professional expertise relevant to robotic locomotion and manipulation,
nonlinear control, mechanics, computational modeling and simulation, and implementation
of robotic systems. Experience relevant to processing and use of sensory information,
as well as to neural networks, both in the context of robot control, is also desirable.

2. Elastodynamics:
The second research associate will focus on the development of finite element methods
for nonlinear elasticity, targeting the accurate simulation of forced motion for
robotic arms consisting of rubber-like materials with complex structure. The aim
is the development of control strategies for such robotic systems. Candidates are
expected to have professional expertise relevant to dynamic motion of continuous
media, to the underlying theory of governing equations and to computational methods
used for their numerical solution. Experience relevant to the control of such systems
is also desirable.

We are looking for highly motivated young scientists, able to work as part of an
interdisciplinary team in the framework of funded research projects. Good computing
skills are necessary for both positions (including C/C++ and MATLAB/Simulink), as
well as excellent verbal and written English communication skills.

The successful candidates will be offered a contract for one year, with the possibility
of renewal. Interested candidates should submit by email a curriculum vitae, a
statement of research qualifications and interests, a list of at least 3 references
and a few representative publications to Dr. Dimitris Tsakiris (tsakiris@ics.forth.gr).
Candidates should indicate which position they are applying for. Consideration of
applications will begin immediately.


8.10 Post-Doc: INRIA, Grenoble, France
Contributed by: Federica Garin, federica.garin@inrialpes.fr

A post-doc position for 1 year, starting in fall 2011 is open in the NeCS team,
at INRIA in Grenoble, France.

The research topic is: “Distributed estimation and detection using wireless
sensor networks.” This research is funded by Schneider Electric, and will allow
to do some theoretical work on the algorithmic tools needed for monitoring complex
large-scale systems, by distributed and collaborative estimation.

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a Ph.D. degree in Control Engineering
or a related discipline. Strong background in estimation and fault detection and/or
in decentralized and collaborative algorithms will be a plus.

More details can be found here:

For more information and for applications, please contact:
Alain Kibangou, alain.kibangou@gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr
Federica Garin, federica.garin@inria.fr


8.11 Post-Doc: University of Texas at Dallas
Contributed by: Mario A. Rotea, rotea@utdallas.edu

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 faculty.

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 rotea@utdallas.edu.

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 rotea@utdallas.edu. 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.


8.12 Post-Doc: University of Michigan
Contributed by: Jing Sun, jingsun@umich.edu

A postdoctoral position in the area of dynamics and control is available,
beginning August 1, 2011, in the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine
Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. This position
provides opportunities to work on government and industry sponsored multi-
disciplinary projects, to interact with industrial partners, and to develop
new research projects in the areas of control methodology development and
applications. Current active projects include control and optimization for
integrated power systems (sponsored by ONR and US Army), advanced control
methodology for powertrain system calibration and optimization (Ford and
Toyota), and energy management for hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric
vehicles (DoE and NSF).

Candidates must hold a Ph.D degree in relevant disciplines, specializing
in dynamics and control. Research experiences in adaptive control and
optimization-based control such as the model predictive control are desirable.
Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a statement of research,
together with names and email addresses of three references to:

Prof. Jing Sun
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


8.13 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia
Contributed by: i.mareels@unimelb.edu.au

Two (Senior) Research Fellows,
Melbourne School of Engineering

Full-time, Fixed Term (2 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 http://www.jobs.unimelb.edu.au
and search for keyword Engineering.

Close date: 17 July 2011.


8.14 Faculty: University of Turkish Aeronautical Association
Contributed by: Mehmet Onder Efe, onderefe@ieee.org

University of Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK) announces open faculty
positions at the departments of

* Pilotage (3 positions)
* Aeronautical Engineering (3 positions)
* Aircraft Engineering (3 positions)
* Electrical and Electronics Engineering (3 positions)
* Mechanical Engineering (3 positions)
* Computer Engineering (3 positions)
* Mechatronics Engineering (3 positions)

The applications at all levels will be considered and applicants are expected
to send

* A detailed Curriculum Vitae with a full list of publications
* Research statement (including projects conducted)
* Teaching statement (including courses taught)
* Names and emails of four references

The university is a privately funded and non profit one established in March
2011 and the main focuses of the university are to produce and disseminate knowledge
in the aerospace sciences and relevant disciplines. The applications of non-Turkish
candidates are especially encouraged. The language of instruction at the university
is both Turkish and English, and salary is competitive.

The positions at Pilotage Department and the Department of Aeronautical Engineering
will be filled till September 2011 and those for the other engineering departments
will be filled till February 2012.

Candidates should send their application material as a single pdf file to Prof.
Dr. Mehmet Onder Efe, Email: onderefe@ieee.org


8.15 Faculty: Harbin Institute of Technology
Contributed by: Leo liu, scc.hitsz@gmail.com

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 scc.hitsz@gmail.com


8.16 Faculty: University of Melbourne, Australia
Contributed by: i.mareels@unimelb.edu.au

15 Academic Appointments Levels B-E


$152,597 p.a. (Professor Level E)

$118,466 - $130,513 p.a.(Associate Professor Level D)

$98,387 - $113,446 p.a. (Senior Lecturer Level C)

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

Plus 17% superannuation.

One of the world's outstanding engineering schools, the Melbourne School of
Engineering, invites applications for up to fifteen continuing appointments from
engineering scholars of international distinction, committed to excellence and
innovation in education and research.

The Melbourne School of Engineering offers both strength and breadth,
demonstrated through an outstanding ERA performance across the full range of
engineering and IT disciplines. We are also Australia's highest ranked institution
in these disciplines in the Times Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong and QS rankings.
Research income of $90 million in 2010 reflects the scale and impact of our research,
with the School hosting major multi-partner institutes such as Bionic Vision Australia,
the Institute for Broadband Enabled Research, and the Defence Science Institute. A
leader in engineering education, the school has successfully implemented the transition
to a graduate professional qualification for engineers.

Applications are open to colleagues at all academic levels (Level B to E) with research
interests across the School's full range of engineering and information technology

We are looking for scholars with outstanding research records, who foster relationships
with industry and external stakeholders and who are dedicated to engineering education.
We seek a strong commitment to collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and scholarship
that matches our own.

In particular, applications are sought for the following specific roles:

• Deputy Dean

• Head of Department for Infrastructure Engineering

• Head of a newly forming Department in the disciplines of Computer Science and
Information Systems

• Geotechnical Engineering (Chair)

• Engineering Education Specialists

• Academic (Teaching & Research) appointments from Levels B to E

Melbourne School of Engineering is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications
from scholars who are able to enrich the diversity of our community. Applications for
fractional appointment will also be welcomed.

To see the Position Descriptions and apply,
go to http://www.jobs.unimelb.edu.au
and search for keyword Engineering.

Closing date: 17 July, 2011, AEST.


8.17 Control Engineer: INRIA, Montbonnot
Contributed by: Carlos canudas de wit, carlos.canudas-de-wit@inpg.fr

Collaborative source seeking control

Supervisors: C. Canudas de Wit and F. Garin

Context: NeCS (http://necs.inrialpes.fr) 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 http://www.lag.ensieg.inpg.fr/connect/).
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 : Florence Polge florence.polge@inrialpes.fr accompanied of:
1) A complete CV,
2) a scanned copy of the rate reached at the last university curses, and
3) Two recommendation letters.

In absence of these documents the application will be discarded.