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1. IEEE CSS Headlines
1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
1.3 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
1.4 IEEE Control Systems Society Technically Cosponsored Conferences
1.5 CFP: IEEE-CSS Outreach Fund

2. Summer Course
2.1 Summer Course: The role of systems engineering in medical assist devices

3. Books
3.1 Nonlinear Systems Tracking

4. Journals
4.1 Contents: Automatica
4.2 Contents: Control Theory and Technology
4.3 Contents: International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems
4.4 Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal
4.5 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
4.6 CFP: IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
4.7 CFP: Distributed Control and Optimization with Resource-Constrained Networked Systems
4.8 CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
4.9 CFP: Asian Journal of Control
4.10 CFP: Asian Journal of Control

5. Conferences
5.1 American Control Conference
5.2 International Conference on Foundations of Systems Biology in Engineering
5.3 Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems
5.4 International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics
5.5 World Congress: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences
5.6 International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
5.7 International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems
5.8 IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems
5.9 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems
5.10 International Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Automation
5.11 IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine System

6. Positions
6.1 PhD: University of Lorraine, France
6.2 PhD: University of Texas at Dallas, USA
6.3 PhD Research Fellow: University of Agder, Norway
6.4 PostDoc: ONERA The French Aerospace Lab
6.5 PostDoc: Universita del Salento, Italy
6.6 PostDoc: University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Italy
6.7 PostDoc: North Carolina A&T State University, USA
6.8 Faculty: University of Maryland, USA
6.9 Researcher: General Motors Research & Development, USA

1. IEEE CSS Headlines

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

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

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

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

Table of Contents
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume 61 (2016), Issue 3 (March)
Please note that the contents of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, together with links to the
abstracts of the papers may be found at the TAC web site: ieeetac/contents.html

- Scanning-the-Issue, p. 569
- Synthesis of Optimal Insertion Functions for Opacity Enforcement, Y-C. Wu, S. Lafortune p. 571
- Spectrum White Space Trade in Cognitive Radio Networks, G. S. Kasbekar, S. Sarkar p. 585
- String Submodular Functions with Curvature Constraints, Z. Zhang, E. K. P. Chong, A. Pezeshki, W. Moran p. 601
- Distributed Coordination Control for Multi-Robot Networks Using Lyapunov-Like Barrier Functions, D. Panagou, D. M. Stipanovic, P. G. Voulgaris p. 617
- A Tractable Fault Detection and Isolation Approach for Nonlinear Systems with Probabilistic Performance, P. Mohajerin Esfahani, J. Lygeros p. 633
- Invariance-Like Theorems and "lim inf" Convergence Properties, G. Scarciotti, L. Praly, A. Astolfi p. 648
- On a New Paradigm for Stock Trading Via a Model-Free Feedback Controller, B. R. Barmish, J. A. Primbs p. 662
- Robust Stability for Multiple Model Adaptive Control: Part I - The Framework, M. French, D. Buchstaller p. 677
- Robust Stability for Multiple Model Adaptive Control: Part II - Gain Bounds, M. French, D. Buchstaller p. 693
- A Payoff-based Learning Approach to Cooperative Environmental Monitoring for PTZ Visual Sensor Networks, T. Hatanaka, Y. Wasa, R. Funada, A. G. Charalambides, M. Fujita p. 709
- Homogeneity based Uniform Stability Analysis for Time-Varying Systems, H. RÌos, D. Efimov, L. M. Fridman, J. A. Moreno, W. Perruquetti p. 725
- Maximum Hands-Off Control: A Paradigm of Control Effort Minimization, M. Nagahara, D. Quevedo, D. Nesic p. 735

Technical Notes and Correspondence
- On the Analysis of the Eigenvalues of Uncertain Matrices by mu and nu: Applications to Bifurcation Avoidance and Convergence Rates, M. Kishida, R. D. Braatz p. 748
- A New Generalised Consensus Problem and its CRT-Based Solution, G. Campobello, L. Galluccio, S. Palazzo, A. Leonardi p. 754
- Feedback Stabilization for the Mass Balance Equations of a Food Extrusion Process, M. Diagne, P. Shang, Z. Wang p. 760
- LMI Stability Conditions for 2D Roesser Models, O. Bachelier, W. Paszke, N. Yeganefar, D. Mehdi, A. Cherifi p. 766
- Stability Analysis for Time-Varying Systems with Delay using Linear Lyapunov Functionals and a Positive Systems Approach, F. Mazenc, M. Malisoff p. 771
- On Distributed and Parameterized Supervisor Synthesis Problems, L. Lin, A. Stefanescu, R. Su p. 777
- Common I/O Decoupling for Multi Model Descriptor Systems, F. N. Koumboulis p. 783
- Simple Covariance Approach to H Infinity Analysis, A. Gattami, B. Bamieh p. 789
- Analysing the Stability of Linear Systems via Exponential Chebyshev Polynomials, V. Yu. Protasov, R. M. Jungers p. 795
- Nonblocking Supervisory Control of Discrete Event Systems Modeled by Mealy Automata with Nondeterministic Output Functions, T. Ushio, S. Takai p. 799
- Distributed Mixed H2/H_infinity Fusion Estimation with Limited Communication Capacity, B. Chen, G. Hu, W-A. Zhang, L. Yu p. 805
- Stability Analysis for LTI Control Systems with Controller Failures and its Application in Failure Tolerant Control, W. Xiang, G. Zhai, C. Briat p. 811
- Distributed Nonlinear MPC of Multi-Agent Systems with Data Compression and Random Delays, S. El Ferik, B. Siddiqui, F. L. Lewis p. 817
- An Ensemble Kushner-Stratonovich-Poisson Filter for Recursive Estimation in Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, M. Venugopal, R. M. Vasu, D. Roy p. 823
- Discussion Aspects of High Order Sliding Mode Control, V. I. Utkin p. 829
- Time-Varying Input and State Delay Compensation for Uncertain Nonlinear Systems, R. Kamalapurkar, N. Fischer, S. Obuz, W. E. Dixon p. 834
- L1 Adaptive Control for a Class of Uncertain Nonaffine-in-Control Nonlinear Systems, R. Choe, E. Xargay, N. Hovakimyan p. 840

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

Table of Contents
IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Volume 24 (2016), Issue 2 (March)

T. Parisini, page 381

2015 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award
page 383

- Electrochemical Model-Based State of Charge and Capacity Estimation for a Composite Electrode Lithium-Ion Battery, A. Bartlett, J. Marcicki, S. Onori, G. Rizzoni, X. G. Yang, and T. Miller, page 384
- Robust Landing and Sliding Maneuver Hybrid Controller for a Quadrotor Vehicle, D. Cabecinhas, R. Naldi, C. Silvestre, R. Cunha, and L. Marconi, page 400
- Design, Analysis, and Experimental Validation of a Distributed Protocol for Platooning in the Presence of Time-Varying Heterogeneous Delays, M. di Bernardo, P. Falcone, A. Salvi, and S. Santini, page 413
- Further Results on Hysteresis Compensation of Smart Micropositioning Systems With the Inverse Prandtl-Ishlinskii Compensator, M. Al Janaideh, M. Rakotondrabe, and O. Aljanaideh, page 428
- A Multiobjective Optimization Framework for Online Stochastic Optimal Control in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, A. A. Malikopoulos, page 440
- Nonlinear Control of Systems Preceded by Preisach Hysteresis Description: A Prescribed Adaptive Control Approach, Z. Li, X. Zhang, C.-Y. Su, and T. Chai, page 451
- Predictive Control for Energy-Aware Consolidation in Cloud Datacenters, M. Gaggero and L. Caviglione, page 461
- Monitoring Moving Objects Using Aerial Mobile Sensors, J. Haugen and L. Imsland, page 475
- Minimum-Time Path-Following for Highly Redundant Electric Vehicles, R. de Castro, M. Tanelli, R. Esteves Araújo, and S. M. Savaresi, page 487
- Robust L2 Stable Networked Control of Wireless Packet Queues in Delayed Internet Connections, T. Wigren, page 502
- Lorentz-Augmented Spacecraft Formation Reconfiguration, L. A. Sobiesiak and C. J. Damaren, page 514
- Optimal Control Approaches for Analysis of Energy Use Minimization of Hybrid Ground-Coupled Heat Pump Systems, E. Atam, D. Patteeuw, S. P. Antonov, and L. Helsen, page 525
- Electropneumatic Cylinder Backstepping Position Controller Design With Real-Time Closed-Loop Stiffness and Damping Tuning, F. Abry, X. Brun, S. Sesmat, É. Bideaux, and C. Ducat, page 541
- Vision-Based Model Predictive Control for Steering of a Nonholonomic Mobile Robot, Z. Li, C. Yang, C.-Y. Su, J. Deng, and W. Zhang, page 553
- Reconfiguration of the Air Control System of a Bark Boiler, W. Birk and N. Dudarenko, page 565
- Thrust Allocation With Dynamic Power Consumption Modulation for Diesel-Electric Ships, A. Veksler, T. A. Johansen, R. Skjetne, and E. Mathiesen, page 578
- Automatic Retraction and Full-Cycle Operation for a Class of Airborne Wind Energy Generators, A. U. Zgraggen, L. Fagiano, and M. Morari, page 594
- Optimal Trajectories for Vibration Reduction Based on Exponential Filters, L. Biagiotti, C. Melchiorri, and L. Moriello, page 609
- Control-Oriented Concentrated Solar Power Plant Model, Q. Luo, K. B. Ariyur, and A. K. Mathur, page 623

- Observer-Based State Feedback Control for Vehicle Chassis Stability in Critical Situations, H. Dahmani, O. Pagès, and A. El Hajjaji, page 636
- Control of Shunt Active Filters With Actuation and Current Limits, A. Tilli and C. Conficoni, page 644
- Design of Stable and Broadband Remote Vibration Controllers for Systems With Local Nonminimum Phase Dynamics, U. Ubaid, S. Daley, S. A. Pope, and I. Zazas, page 654
- Optimal Control of Multiroom HVAC System: An Event-Based Approach, Z. Wu, Q.-S. Jia, and X. Guan, page 662
- New Switching and Nonswitching Type Reaching Laws for SMC of Discrete Time Systems, A. Bartoszewicz and P. Le ´sniewski, page 670
- Minimum Error Dissipative Power Reduction Control Allocation via Lexicographic Convex Optimization for Momentum Control Systems, D. Dueri, F. Leve, and B. Açikmese, page 678
- Consensus Control Under Communication Delay in a Three-Robot System: Design and Experiments, W. Qiao and R. Sipahi, page 687
- A Receding Horizon Control Strategy for Autonomous Vehicles in Dynamic Environments, G. Franzè and W. Lucia, page 695
- A Constrained Optimization Approach to Dynamic State Estimation for Power Systems Including PMU and Missing Measurements, L. Hu, Z. Wang, I. Rahman, and X. Liu, page 703
- 3-D Velocity Regulation for Nonholonomic Source Seeking Without Position Measurement, J. Lin, S. Song, K. You, and C. Wu, page 711
- Binary Control Design for a Class of Bilinear Systems: Application to a Multilevel Power Converter, L. Hetel, M. Defoort, and M. Djemaï, page 719
- Leader-Follower Formation and Tracking Control of Mobile Robots Along Straight Paths, A. Loria, J. Dasdemir, and N. Alvarez Jarquin, page 727
- Robust Direct Adaptive Regulation of Unknown Disturbances in the Vicinity of Low-Damped Complex Zeros—Application to AVC, A. Castellanos Silva, I. D. Landau, and P. Ioannou, page 733
- Nonlinear Control for Tracking and Obstacle Avoidance of a Wheeled Mobile Robot With Nonholonomic Constraint, H. Yang, X. Fan, P. Shi, and C. Hua, page 741
- Intelligent Sampling Technique for Path Tracking Controllers, F. Auat Cheein, page 747
- Theoretical Analysis and Experimental Validation of a Simplified Fractional Order Controller for a Magnetic Levitation System, S. Folea, C. I. Muresan, R. De Keyser, and C. M. Ionescu, page 756

1.4 IEEE Control Systems Society Technically Cosponsored Conferences
Contributed by: Luca Zaccarian, CSS AE Conferences,
The following conferences have been recently included in the list of events technically cosponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society:

- The 35th Chinese Control Conference. Chengdu, China. Jul 27 - Jul 29, 2016.
- 20th International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing (ICSTCC 2016). Sinaia, Romania. Oct 13 - Oct 15, 2016.
- 2017 Indian Control Conference. Guwahati, India. Jan 4 - Jan 6, 2017.
- 14th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV 2016). Phuket, Thailand. Nov 13 - Nov 15, 2016.

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

1.5. CFP: IEEE-CSS Outreach Fund
Contributed by: Daniel E. Rivera,

The IEEE CSS Outreach Task Force is providing initial notice that the window for submission of proposals to the IEEE-CSS Outreach Fund for its 2016 spring solicitation will be held from May 2 to 27, 2016. Information regarding the program  can be found in:

Inquiries, notices of intent, and requests for application forms should be made directly to Daniel E. Rivera, Outreach Task Force Chair, at

2. Summer Courses

2.1. Summer Course: The role of systems engineering in medical assist devices
Contributed by: Dana Copot,

Invitation to the summer course on "The role of systems engineering in medical assist devices"

This year's edition of our traditional Summer Course is honoring the topic of Medical Devices and Systems. In today's healthcare, strong emphasis is put on personalized medicine. This is only possible at the confluence of several disciplines, eg. engineering, information technology, clinical practice, etc. The emerging technologies require medical devices which contain a manifold of multidisciplinary interfaced applications and algorithms meant to ease the task of today's care giver. The central role is obviously handed to the patient, and patient well-being and safety are of utmost importance when overall quality is measured. Mixture of digital and analogue information is delivered through cyber-physical systems for medical device technologies. A satellite but equally important feature in this inter-connected healthcare system is the pharmaceutical industry which has to cope with increasing demand for novel and efficient drugs and faster times to market. This course is an up-to-date for any post-graduate level in engineering, (bio)medicine and computational and interfacing systems.

The role of this course is to provide the necessary context where control and system engineering play in important role in the development of medical assist devices and improving healthcare problems in general. This is achieved by introducing to the participants concepts from modeling drug response, patient dynamics, integration of this response into prediction models used in regulatory loops, interfacing with patient database and monitoring devices, modular programming architecture for patient monitoring systems. Additionally, the participants will also have the opportunity to learn how to bring their innovations to the market, which is an essential knowledge and tech transfer step in order to introduce their work to the clinical practice. The participants will gain unique but complementary skills and the competence view the bigger context of their specific research topic.

This year's edition of Summer Course will be closed with the celebration of 30 years expertize of our department in the application of control theory to various fields.

3. Books

3.1. Nonlinear Systems Tracking
Contributed by: Lyubomir T. Gruyitch, lyubomir

Nonlinear Systems Tracking
Lyubomir T. Gruyitch
January 2, 2016 by CRC Press
Reference - 478 Pages - 16 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498753258 - CAT# K27341

- Covers a very large class of time-varying nonlinear systems that incorporate the any-order input-output systems and those determined by the classical state-space description
- Presents new theories and concepts that begin by defining new system and control properties and end with the criteria or with the conditions on the system
- Solves the problem of achieving the tracking control task whatever the physical (biological, chemical, economical, electrical, electromechanical, mechanical, or social) nature of the plant
- Addresses the dynamical and control problems caused by the complexity of the system
- Uses the new simple vector and matrix notation analogous to the scalar notation

Tracking is the goal of control of any object, plant, process, or vehicle. From vehicles and missiles to power plants, tracking is essential to guarantee high-quality behavior. Nonlinear Systems Tracking establishes the tracking theory, trackability theory, and tracking control synthesis for time-varying nonlinear plants and their control systems as parts of control theory. Treating general dynamical and control systems, including subclasses of input-output and state-space nonlinear systems, the book:
- Describes the crucial tracking control concepts that comprise effective tracking control algorithms
- Defines the main tracking and trackability properties involved, identifying properties both perfect and imperfect
- Details the corresponding conditions needed for the controlled plant to exhibit each property
- Discusses various algorithms for tracking control synthesis, attacking the tracking control synthesis problems themselves
- Depicts the effective synthesis of the tracking control, under the action of which, the plant behavior satisfies all the imposed tracking requirements resulting from its purpose
With clarity and precision, Nonlinear Systems Tracking provides original coverage, presenting discovery and proofs of new tracking criteria and control algorithms. Thus, the book creates new directions for research in control theory, enabling fruitful new control engineering applications.

4. Journals

4.1. Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: Elisa Capello,

Vol. 65, March 2016

- “Pursuit-evasion games in the presence of obstacles", Dave W. Oyler, Pierre T. Kabamba, Anouck R. Girard, pages 1-11.
- “Event-based state estimation of discrete-state hidden Markov models", Dawei Shi, Robert J. Elliott, Tongwen Chen, pages 12-26.
- “Non-predictor controller for feedforward and non-feedforward nonlinear systems with an unknown time-varying delay in the input", Min-Sung Koo, Ho-Lim Choi, pages 27-35.
- “Enhanced nonlinear damping for a class of singularly perturbed interconnected nonlinear systems", Donghoon Shin, Wonhee Kim, Youngwoo Lee, Chung Choo Chung, pages 36-42.
- “New unified image dynamic observer design for linear systems with unknown inputs", Nan Gao, Mohamed Darouach, Holger Voos, Marouane Alma, pages 43-52.
- “Reset strategy for consensus in networks of clusters", Marcos Cesar Bragagnolo, Irinel-Constantin Morarescu, Jamal Daafouz, Pierre Riedinger, pages 53-63.
- “Structural modeling and convergence analysis of consensus-based time synchronization algorithms over networks: Non-topological conditions", Yu-Ping Tian, Siheng Zong, Qingqing Cao, pages 64-75.
- “Range-only based circumnavigation of a group of moving targets by a non-holonomic mobile robot", Alexey S. Matveev, Anna A. Semakova, Andrey V. Savkin, pages 76-89.
- “Event-triggered zero-gradient-sum distributed consensus optimization over directed networks", Weisheng Chen, Wei Ren, pages 90-97.
- “Direct learning of LPV controllers from data", Simone Formentin, Dario Piga, Roland Tóth, Sergio M. Savaresi, pages 98-110.
- “Finite-time sliding mode control synthesis under explicit output constraint", Jun Song, Yugang Niu, Yuanyuan Zou, pages 111-114.
- “Consensus of generalized integrators: Convergence rate and disturbance attenuation property", Kwang-Kyo Oh, Byeong-Yeon Kim, Hyun Rok Cha, Kevin L. Moore, Hyo-Sung Ahn, pages 115-119.
- “Distributed multi-agent optimization subject to nonidentical constraints and communication delays", Peng Lin, Wei Ren, Yongduan Song, pages 120-131.
- “Transverse function control of a motorboat", Tarek Hamel, Claude Samson, pages 132-139.
- “Asymptotic behaviour of contraction non-autonomous semi-flows in a Banach space: Application to first-order hyperbolic PDEs", Ilyasse Aksikas, pages 140-146.
- “Ground-state stabilization of quantum finite-level systems by dissipation", Yu Pan, Valery Ugrinovskii, Matthew R. James, pages 147-159.
- “New results on pseudospectral methods for optimal control", Xiaojun Tang, Zhenbao Liu, Yu Hu, pages 160-163.
- “A chain observer for nonlinear long constant delay systems: A matrix inequality approach", Alaleh Vafaei, Mohammad Javad Yazdanpanah, pages 164-169.
- “The Box-Jenkins Steiglitz-McBride algorithm", Yucai Zhu, Håkan Hjalmarsson, pages 170-182.
- “Adaptive continuous higher order sliding mode control", Christopher Edwards, Yuri B. Shtessel, pages 183-190.
- “Output feedback control for uncertain nonlinear systems with input quantization", Lantao Xing, Changyun Wen, Yang Zhu, Hongye Su, Zhitao Liu, pages 191-202.
- “Digital repetitive controller design via sampled-data delayed signal reconstruction", Masaaki Nagahara, Yutaka Yamamoto, pages 203-209.

4.2. Contents: Control Theory and Technology
Contributed by: Zou Tiefeng,

Control Theory and Technology
(The original title: Journal of Control Theory and Applications)
Vol. 14, No. 1, February 2016
ISSN: 2095-6983 CODEN: CTTOAM en/ch/index.aspx

Special issue dedicated to Daizhan Cheng
Editorial: Y. Hong, Z. Xi P.1

- A survey on the security of cyber-physical systems, G. Wu, J. Sun, J. Chen P.2
- Distributed non-cooperative robust MPC based on reduced-order models, Y. Long, S. Liu, L. Xie, K. H. Johansson P.11
- Consensus of single integrator multi-agent systems with directed topology and communication delays, X. Xu, L. Liu, G. Feng P.21
- Observer-based leader-following tracking control under both Fixed and switching topologies, J. Wang, P. Zhang, Z. Liu, X. Hu P.28
- Matrix expression and vaccination control for epidemic dynamics over dynamic networks, P. Guo, Y. Wang P.39
- Output regulation problem for discrete-time linear time-delay systems by output feedback control, Y. Yan, J. Huang P.49
- New results in global stabilization for stochastic nonlinear systems, T. Bian, Z.-P. Jiang P.57
- Model reference adaptive impedance control for physical human-robot interaction, B. Alqaudi, H. Modares, I. Ranatunga, S. M. Tousif, F. L. Lewis, D. O. Popa P.68
- A robust online path planning approach in cluttered environments for micro rotorcraft drones, S. Lai, K. Wang, H. Qin, J. Q. Cui, B. M. Chen P.83

4.3. Contents: International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems
Contributed by: Young Hoon Joo,

International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (IJCAS)
Vol. 14, No. 1, February 2016
ISSN: 1598-6446

Special Issue on Time-delay Systems and Their Applications
- Guest Editorial Special Issue on Time-delay Systems and Their Applications Ju H. Park and PooGyeon Park, 1-2
- AuxiJ Park*,Won Il Lee, and Seok Young Lee, 3-11
- Enhancement on Stability Criteria for Linear Systems with Interval Time-varying Delays Oh Min Kwon, Myeong Jin Park, Ju H. Park*, and Sang Moon Lee, 12-20
- Stability Analysis for T-S Fuzzy Systems with Time-varying Delay via Free-matrix-based Integral Inequality Zhi Lian, Yong He*, Chuan-Ke Zhang, MinWu, 21-28
- Local Stability and Local Stabilization of Discrete-Time T?S Fuzzy Systems with Time-delay Donghwan Lee, Young Hoon Joo*, and In-Ho Ra, 29-38
- Dissipative based Adaptive Reliable Sampled-data Control of Time-varying Delay Systems Srimanta Santra, Hamid Reza Karimi, Rathinasamy Sakthivel*, and S. Marshal Anthoni, 39-50
- Constrained Model Predictive Control for Time-varying Delay Systems: Application to an Active Car Suspension Sofiane Bououden, Mohammed Chadli*, Lixian Zhang and Ting Yang, 51-58
- Dynamic Output-feedback H8 Control for Active Half-vehicle Suspension Systems with Time-varying Input Delay Hyun Duck Choi, Choon Ki Ahn, Myo Taeg Lim*, and Moon Kyou Song*, 59-68
- Mean Square Consensus of Multi-agent systems with multiplicative noises and time delays under directed fixed topologies Lei Song, Dan Huang*, Sing Kiong Nguang, and Shan Fu, 69-77

Regular Papers
- Saddle Point MPC Approach to Nonlinear Robust Sampled-Data Control Problem Maxime Penet*, Herve Gueguen, and Aziz Belmiloudi, 78-89
- Adaptive Backstepping Control That Is Equivalent to Tuning Functions Design Maoli Wang, Zhengqiang Zhang*, and Yanmei Liu, 90-98
- Adaptive Nonsingular Fast Terminal Sliding Mode Guidance Law with Impact Angle Constraints Junhong Song, Shenmin Song*, and Huibo Zhou, 99-114
- Sliding Mode Control based on a Modified Linear Control Input Takehito Fujio, Hiroki Shibasaki, Ryo Tanaka, Takahiro Murakami, and Yoshihisa Ishida*, 115-127
- Mixed H2/H8 Control for Linear Infinite-Dimensional Systems Kai-Ning Wu*, Baozhu Guo, Weihai Zhang, and Bor-Sen Chen, 128-139
- Iterative Identification Algorithms for Input Nonlinear Output Error Autoregressive Systems Junxia Ma, Weili Xiong, and Feng Ding*, 140-147
- Optimal LPV Control with Hard Constraints Andrew White, Guoming Zhu, and Jongeun Choi*, 148-162
- Distance-based Acyclic Minimally Persistent Formations with Non-steepest Descent Control Myoung-Chul Park and Hyo-Sung Ahn*, 163-173
- Stability Criterion of Linear Delayed Impulsive Differential Systems with Impulse TimeWindows Huamin Wang, Shukai Duan*, Chuandong Li, Lidan Wang, and Tingwen Huang, 174-180
- A Generalized Pade Approximation of Time Delay Operator Yiheng Wei, Yangsheng Hu, Yi Dai, and Yong Wang*, 181-187
- Observability and Controllability Analysis for Sandwich Systems with Dead-zone Na Luo, Yonghong Tan*, and Ruili Dong, 188-197
- Robust Adaptive Fault-Tolerant H8 Control of Reentry Vehicle Considering Actuator and Sensor Faults Based on Trajectory Optimization Ming-Zhou Gao, Guo-Ping Cai*, and Ying Nan, 198-210
- Synchronization for Fractional Order Chaotic Systems with Uncertain Parameters Qiao Wang* and Dong-Lian Qi, 211-216
- An Adaptive Attitude Tracking Control Approach for an Unmanned Helicopter with Parametric Uncertainties and Measurement Noises Shouzhao Sheng* and Chenwu Sun, 217-228
- Range/Optical Flow-aided Integrated Navigation System in a Strapdown `Sensor Configuration Sukchang Yun, Young Jae Lee, and Sangkyung Sung*, 229-241
- Model-free Control of Quad-rotor Vehicle via Finite-time Convergent Extended State Observer Dang-Jun Zhao* and De-Gui Yang, 242-254
- Output-Feedback Control of Underwater Gliders by Buoyancy and Pitching Moment Control: Feedback Linearization Approach Ji Hyun Moon, Sung Chul Jee, and Ho Jae Lee*, 255-262
- Wet Area and Puddle Detection for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Using a Stereo Camera Jisu Kim, Jeonghyun Baek, Hyukdoo Choi, and Euntai Kim*, 263-271
- Design and Analysis of A Modular Learning Based Cross-Coupled Control Algorithm for Multi-Axis Precision Positioning Systems Nurcan Gecer Ulu, Erva Ulu, and Melih Cakmakci*, 272-281
- Entry Optimization using Mixed Integer Linear Programming Seungmin Baek, Sungwon Moon, and H. Jin Kim*, 282-290
- Passivity Based Adaptive Control for Upper Extremity Assist Exoskeleton Abdul Manan Khan, Deokwon Yun, Mian Ashfaq Ali, Khalil Muhammad Zuhaib, Chao Yuan, Junaid Iqbal, Jungsoo Han, Kyoosik Shin, and Changsoo Han*, 291-300
- Hierarchical Saliency: A New Salient Target Detection Framework Xuezhuan Zhao, Bin Chen*, Lishen Pei, Tao Li, and Mingxia Li, 301-311
- Development and Experimental Testing of an Autonomous Jellyfish Detection and Removal Robot System Donghoon Kim, Jae-Uk Shin, Hyungjin Kim, Hanguen Kim, Donghwa Lee, Seung-Mok Lee, and Hyun Myung*, 312-322
- A Sum of Squares Approach for Polynomial Fuzzy Observer Design for Polynomial Fuzzy Systems with Unknown Inputs Ali Chibani, Mohammed Chadli*, and Naceur Benhadj Braiek, 323-330
- Design of Model Following Control Systems with Discrete-valued Signal Constraints Yuki Minami, 331-339
- A Simple Fuzzy-approximation-based Adaptive Control of Uncertain Unmanned Helicopters Yun Ho Choi and Sung Jin Yoo*, 340-349
- Implementation of Symmetrical Rank Based Formation for Multiple Robots Hahmin Jung and Dong Hun Kim*, 350-355

4.4. Contents: Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal
Contributed by: Fikret Aliev,

Applied and Computational Mathematics an International Journal
Vol.15, No.1, February 2016

- Ernest K. Ryu, Stephen Boyd, A primer on monotone operator methods (Survey), pages: 3-43
- Kovkov D., Khafizov F., ARQ analytical model, pages: 44-50
- Criado-Aldeanueva F., Davitashvili T., Meladze H., Tsereteli P., Sanchez J.M., Three-layer factorized difference schemes and parallel algorithms for solving the system of linear parabolic equations with mixed derivatives and variable coefficients, pages: 51-66
- Pakdemirli M., Sari G., Elmas N., Approximate determination of polynomial roots, pages: 67-77
- Afanas'ev A.P., Dzyuba S.M., Emelyanova I.I., Ramazanov A.B, Optimal control with feedback of some class of nonlinear systems via quadratic criteria, pages: 78-87
- Ahmet Bekir, Ozkan Guner, Esin Aksoy, Periodic and hyperbolic solutions of nonlinear fractional differential equations, pages: 88-95
- Dag I., Irk D., Kacmaz O, Adar N., Trigonometric b-spline collocation algorithm for solving the RLW equation, pages: 96-105
- Mao-Ting Chien, Ssu-Ting Fang, Yu-Xuan Su, A generalization of Gershgorin circles, pages: 106-111
- Larin V.B., Vladimir Larin -80, pages: 112
- Basar T., TAMER BASAR - 70, pages: 113

4.5. Contents: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Fu Li-Chen,

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.18, No.1 January, 2016

Special Issue on “Recent Developments on Modeling and Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles”
1. Comparative Study and Accommodation of Biodiesel in Diesel-Electric Hybrid Vehicles Coupled with Aftertreatment Systems, Junfeng Zhao, Pingen Chen, Umar Ibrahim and Junmin Wang
2. Performance of an Eco-Driving Model Predictive Control System for HEVs during Car Following, Kaijiang Yu, Qing Liang, Zhiguo Hu, Junqi Yang and Hongwei Zhang
3. A Comparative Analysis of Route-Based Energy Management Systems for PHEVs, Amir Taghavipour, Mahyar Vajedi, Nasser L. Azad and John McPhee
4. The Coordinate Control Strategy of Torque Recovery for the Parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Feng-Qi Zhang, Yu-Hui Hu, Jun-Qiang Xi and Yao Li
5. An Integrated Cooperative Antilock Braking Control of Regenerative and Mechanical System, for a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Based on Intelligent Tire, Hongxiao Yu, Saied Taheri, Jianmin Duan and Zhiquan Qi
6. Optimal Distribution Control of Non-Linear Tire Force of Electric Vehicles with In-Wheel, Motors, Boyuan Li, Haiping Du and Weihua Li
7. Stabilizing Vehicle Lateral Dynamics with Considerations of State Delay of AFS for Electric Vehicles via Robust Gain-Scheduling Control, XianJian Jin, Guodong Yin, Yanjun Li and Jianqiu Li
8. Coordinated Active Steering and Four-Wheel Independently Driving/Braking Control with Control Allocation, Jinxiang Wang, Rongrong Wang, Hui Jing and Nan Chen
9. A Feasible Approach for the Force Control of Traction Wheels Driven by Electric Motors, Jieh-Shian Young and Kuan-Jung Chen
10. A Robust Predictive Control Design for Nonlinear Active Suspension Systems, Mohammed Chadli and Hamid Reza Karimi
11. A Fast Model-Predictive Speed Controller for Minimised Charge Consumption of Electric Vehicles, Tim Schwickart, Holger Voos, Jean-Régis Hadji-Minaglou and Mohamed Darouach
12. Hybrid Model Predictive Power Management of a Battery-Supercapacitor Electric Vehicle, Richard T. Meyer, Raymond A. DeCarlo and Steve Pekare
13. Nonlinear Adaptive Control of a Hybrid Fuel Cell Power System for Electric Vehicles – a Lyapunov Stability Based Approach, Abdelouahad Tahri, Hassan Elfadil, Fouad Giri and Fatima-Zahra Chaou i
14. A New Electric Hydraulic Actuator Adopted the Variable Displacement Pump Wei, Wei Shen, Yunfei Mai, Xiaoyu Su, Jinbao Zhao and Jihai Jiang

[Regular Paper]
1. On the Existence and Design of Functional Observers for LTI Systems, with Application to User Modeling, Neda Eskandari, Z. Jane Wang and Guy A. Dumont
2. Deadlock Control for a Class of Generalized Petri Nets Based on Proper Resource Allocation, YiFan Hou, Mi Zhao and Ding Liu
3. Robust Integral Sliding-Mode Consensus Tracking for Multi-Agent Systems with Time-Varying, Delay, YuLian Jiang, JianChang Liu and ShenQuan Wang
4. A Learning Model for Racket Motion Decision in Ping-Pong Robotic System, Guodong Chen, Zaojun Fang and Min Tan
5. Multivariable Output Feedback Adaptive Terminal Sliding Mode Control for Underwater Vehicles, Yaoyao Wang, Linyi Gu, Ming Gao and Kangwu Zhu
6. A Necessary and Suffi cient Condition for Stabilization of Switched Descriptor Time-Delay Systems Under Arbitrary Switching, Jiemei Zhao, Lijun Zhang and Xue Qi
7. Robust Disturbance Attenuation in Hamiltonian Systems Via Direct Digital Control, Yaprak Yalçin, Leyla Gören-Sümer and Salman Kurtulan
8. On The Timing of Antiwindup Compensation, Vinicius Binotti and Fernando A. Bender
9. The t Decomposition Method for PID Controllers of First Order Delayed Unstable Processes, Tiao-Yang Cai, Hua-Guang Zhang, Fei-Sheng Yang and Xiang-Peng Xie
10. Control of Natural Oscillation Gait for Mechanical Locomotors in Three Dimensional Space, Junping Zhang, Lijun Zhu and Zhiyong Chen
11. Trajectory Linearization Control Based Output Tracking Method for Nonlinear Uncertain System Using Linear Extended State Observer, Shao Xingling and Wang Honglun
12. Stabilization of Singular Markovian Jump Systems by Generally Observer-based Controllers, Guoliang Wang and Haiying Bo
13. A Novel Robust MM Filter Against Outliers, Yong Liu, Yan Liang, Zhun-Ga Liu and Quan Pan

[Brief Paper]
1. Formation Tracking Control of Multi-Vehicle Systems,  Runsha Dong and Zhiyong Geng
2. A Global Detectability Condition for Consensus Tracking of Linear Multi-Agent Systems with Stochastic Disturbances, Miao Diao, Zhisheng Duan and Guanghui Wen
3. Output Swarm Stability and Stabilization for High-Order Linear Swarm Systems, Jianxiang Xi, Hao Liu, Zhiyong Yu, Bailong Yang and Guangbin Liu
4. Fault Detection for Linear Discrete Time-Varying Systems with Intermittent Observations and Quantization Errors, Yueyang Li, Shuai Liu and Zhonghua Wang
5. A New Model of Networked Control Systems in Robust Control Framework, Kai Wen, Zhiyong Geng, Zhenyong Zhang and Lijia Zhang
6. A Novel Evolution Kalman Filter Algorithm for Short-Term Climate Prediction, Qingyu Yang, Dou An and Yuanli Cai
7. Design of a Class of Sliding Mode Observer with Time-Varying Delay, Fa-Xiang Xie and Bo-Hai Ji

4.6. CFP: IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
Contributed by: Yan Ou,

CFP: IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
Special Issue on IoT-based Smart and Complex Systems

The Internet of Things (IoT), also called Industrial Internet, has been defined as a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving interoperable information and communication technologies. It has been considered as another technological revolution. More and more smart and complex systems are based on IoT, such as Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Smart Factories, Smart Homes, Smart Buildings and Smart Cars. They are able to intelligently respond to their environment and offer value-added services to their clients. Their discrete-event nature and hybrid modeling, control, scheduling, simulation and security management pose a deluge of theoretically significant and practically meaningful issues to researchers in many fields. They often require interdisciplinary efforts and mathematical modeling and optimization approaches to move this field forward.

The aim of this special issue is to seek the original cutting-edge research results on advances in IoT-based Smart and Complex Systems, with particular emphasis on system modeling/analysis/control methods, system design and evaluation, and security management.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Formal modeling and analysis methods for IoT-based Smart and Complex Systems;
- Fundamental control and security issues related to IoT-based Smart and Complex Systems;
- IoT applications arising from sensor networks, social networks, cyber-physical systems, modern production systems, hardware/software systems, process-aware information systems, service-oriented systems, and intelligent transportation systems, and other smart systems.

Important Dates:
15 April 2016 Deadline for manuscript submission
1 July 2016 Notification of authors
1 August 2016 Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts
1 October 2016 Final decision of acceptance
1 January 2017 Publication date

4.7. CFP: Distributed Control and Optimization with Resource-Constrained Networked Systems
Contributed by: Jianping He,

Distributed Control and Optimization with Resource-Constrained Networked Systems

In recent years, we have been witnessing booming development of a new generation of networked systems in a vast number of applications, e.g., in cyber-physical systems such as power grids, transportation networks, environmental monitoring, emergency response, etc. Numerous functionalities of networked systems can be posed as control and optimization problems. Control and optimization over networked systems are often distributed in nature. However, most real-world networked systems have constrained resources in communication, networking and computing, such as energy budget, bandwidth, network throughput, media access, computational capability and so on, degrading the system performance and further confining the utility of the whole system. The utilization of distributed control and optimization is still severely limited to communications, networking and computation capabilities, bringing new problems into the picture. It is, consequently, of great interest to investigate distributed control and optimization over resource-constrained networked systems.

The proposed special issue is expected to capture theoretical advances as well as practical challenges and requirements in distributed control, estimation and optimization with resource-constrained networked systems. Some urgent research directions include but not limited to the following:
- Resource-constrained sensor scheduling in wireless sensor networks
- Distributed resource allocation under communication/energy constraints
- Event-based state estimation, event-triggering control and consensus algorithms
- Distributed routing and sensing algorithms subject to communication/energy constraints
- Multi-agent formation control with limited communication capacity
- Consensus-based distributed control and optimization
- Distributed convex optimization
- Distributed sequential decision process subject to unreliable communications
- Security and privacy in distributed control and optimization
- Data fusion in resource-constrained network systems
- Energy-efficiency distributed optimization algorithm development
- Distributed energy dispatch and optimization in power grid
- Distributed fault detection and fault-tolerant control
- Applications and case study of distributed control and optimization

The proposed timetable is as follows:
Paper submission deadline: 05/25/2016
First round author notification: 09/25/2016
Revised manuscripts deadline: 12/25/2016
Expected publication: 02/15/2017

4.8. CFP: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
Contributed by: Jianping He,

Extended Submission Deadline: March 31, 2016

International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Consensus-based Applications in Networked Systems

In recent years, networked systems have received a lot of attentions from various scientific researchers in various research fields, e.g., network and communication engineering, network computing, network economics, etc. Networked systems are often distributed in nature, and thus are viewed as distributed systems. Distributed systems have the advantages of strong robustness, flexibility scalability, and high efficiency.

Consensus, a popular distributed strategy, defines a set of local rules regulating the updating iteration of nodes in the systems, under which an agreement regarding a certain quantity of interest that depends on the initial states of all agents can be reached. Recent studies showed that consensus can be achieved in dynamic networked systems in finite time, which enables numerous applications in conventional research areas such as flocking and formation control, load balancing in networks, as well as other newly emerging distributed systems, e.g., distributed scheduling and optimization in wireless networks, economic dispatch in smart grid, opinion dynamics in social networks, privacy-preserving data aggregation, and so on. These new applications give rise to new challenges and opportunities to algorithm design, theoretical analysis and system implementation of consensus technologies. Meanwhile, most existing works have rarely considered consensus in practical application scenarios, especially for the newly emerging distributed networked systems such as wireless sensor networks (WSNs), cyber physical systems and smart grids. Therefore, there exist rich research opportunities in both theoretical and practical aspects.

This special issue is expected to link the practical challenges and requirements with the theoretical advances in systematic study of consensus applications in networked systems that include the consensus applications development, application-oriented algorithm design and theoretical analysis, system implementation and optimization, etc. The topics relevant to this special issue include but are not limited to:

- Consensus-based time synchronization in sensor networks
- Consensus algorithms in mobile sensor/robot networks
- Nonlinear consensus algorithms for networked systems
- Consensus algorithms for multi-agent systems
- Consensus and cooperation in networked systems
- Consensus-based data aggregation in smart grid systems
- Consensus-based economic dispatch in smart grid systems
- Synchronization in power systems
- Consensus seeking in social networks
- Consensus-based distributed scheduling and optimization
- Security and privacy consensus algorithm and theory
- Security and privacy issues in consensus-based applications
- Robustness analysis of consensus algorithms in applications

Submission Details:
Authors are requested to submit their manuscript online no later than February 28, 2016 at the journal submission website at: When submitting, please select manuscript type ‘Consensus-Based Applications in Networked Systems' and answer ‘Yes' to the question, ‘Is this submission for a Special Issue?

Please also refer to the journal's Author Guidelines for manuscript submission at:

4.9. CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Fu Li-Chen,

Asian Journal of Control
Special Issue on “Theoretical and Practical Challenges in Learning Control”

Learning control, including iterative learning control (ILC) and repetitive learning control (RLC), has been widely used in industry such as chemical reactors, batch processes, robotic manipulators, high precision CNC machining, hard disc drives, milling and laser cutting, traffic flow control systems, and rehabilitation robotic systems. Although learning control algorithms have been successfully applied to various engineered applications, there are still many challenges including the fundamental problem of robust design in the presence of model uncertainty, disturbance and noise, novel applications and the development of new analysis tools.

This special issue invites original articles that address both theoretical and application-oriented challenges in the area of learning control, including novel applications, performance improvement along iteration domain and time domain, new analysis tools, and any related technologies in learning control. Topics of potential interest include, but are not limited to:
1. Robust design methods
2. Performance improvement
3. New stability/convergence analysis tools
4. Novel applications

Important Dates:
March 31, 2016 Deadline for submissions
July 31, 2016 Completion of First Review
November 30, 2016 Completion of Final Review
December 31, 2016 Receipt of Final Manuscript
July 1, 2017 Publication (Tentatively Vol.19, No. 4)

About AJC
The Asian Journal of Control, an ACA (Asian Control Association) affiliated journal, is the first international journal originating from the Asian Pacific region and being recognized by the major body of control researchers in this region. The Asian Journal of Control publishes bimonthly high-quality papers on original theoretical and experimental research and development in the areas of control, involving all facets of control theory and its application. Functionally, this journal not only provides a forum where control researchers and practitioners can exchange their knowledge and experiences in control areas, but also serves as an educational means for students and any others who would like to learn new topics in this technical area. The journal aims to be a key interface between control communities within the Asian Pacific region and throughout the world and is listed by Science Citation Index Expanded.

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

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

4.10. CFP: Asian Journal of Control
Contributed by: Fu Li-Chen,

Asian Journal of Control
Special issue on “Advances in Control and Optimization over Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks”

As different from traditional sensor networks which are deemed as open-loop information gathering systems, the emerging wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSANs) are closed-loop systems of wireless-capable sensors and actuators which can facilitate intimate interactions between human and the physical world. For their low cost, ease of maintenance, convenient upgrading and the ability to enhance system intelligence, WSANs have found promising applications in a variety of fields such as environment monitoring and control, building automation, industrial control, smart grid management, and intelligent transportation.

WSANs are an integrated technology of control and communication. However, control engineers and network experts often work separately to design control algorithms and communication protocols without closely examining their intimate interactions and interdependencies in WSANs, resulting in system overall performance underexplored. WSANs are systems of heterogeneous sensors and actuators which call for joint control and optimization of issues such as task scheduling, node coordination and resource allocation. Also, large-scale WSANs call for distributed and cooperative control schemes where each node make decisions based on only limited local information. Recently, mobile WSANs are emerging where the network connectivity becomes dynamic and even stochastic. In such a dynamic environment, it calls for advanced control and optimization schemes with abilities such as mobility control, path planning, and robust control against topology dynamics.

This special issue seeks original contributions which address recent emerging issues of control and optimization over WSANs. We solicit on (but not limited to) the following topics:
1. Sensor-actuator and actuator-actuator coordination in WSANs
2. Estimation and control over wireless networks
3. Distributed and collaborative control over WSANs
4. Control and communication co-design in WSANs
5. Cross-layer optimization and resource allocation for WSANs
6. Wireless sensor/robot networks and mobile WSANs
7. Energy efficiency, security and privacy issues of WSANs
8. Emerging applications, simulation tools, experiments, test-beds and prototyping systems

5. Conferences

5.1. American Control Conference
Contributed by: Rifat Sipahi,

2016 American Control Conference will take place in the heart of Boston, on July 6-8, 2016:
with workshops planned for July 5.

Different from previous years, this year's Conference features a number of new and exciting programs. One of them is the ** APPLICATIONS FRIDAY ** which will take place on Friday July 8, 2016

The programs on that Friday aim to reach a broad audience with minimal one-day registration fees, with the objective to bring control systems to everyone's life via public talks, tutorials, company exhibits, special lunch time sessions, and undergraduate student poster competitions.

Details can be found at the conference website.

5.2. International Conference on Foundations of Systems Biology in Engineering
Contributed by: Rolf Findeisen,

October 9-12, 2016, Magdeburg

On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to invite you to submit papers and proposals for invited sessions to the 6th International Conference on Foundations of Systems Biology in Engineering (FOSBE 2016) which will take place in the historical city of Magdeburg, Germany, October 9-12, 2016.

Computational and engineering methods are at the core of systems biology, synthetic biology and systems medicine. The integration of quantitative data from a variety of sources together with model inference and analysis techniques as well as control theory have proven valuable to decipher biological systems ranging from intracellular mechanisms to human disease.
FOSBE aims at stimulating discussion and fostering collaborations among scientists, from method to theory oriented engineers to experimental and theoretical biologists, interested in or working on systems thinking applied to life sciences. Major conference topics are:
- Modelling of complex biological systems
- Multi-scale and multi-omics data integration and modelling
- Network interference and modeling (signaling, regulation, metabolic)
- Analysis and modeling of stochastic and heterogeneous systems,
- Dynamics and control of biological systems
- Design and control of synthetic biological systems and circuits
- Systems biology for (red, green, blue and white) biotechnology
- Systems medicine
- Synthetic biology
- Next generation methods and tools for systems and synthetic biology

FOSBE 2016 will take place in the historical city of Magdeburg, Germany, at the Elbe river. Magdeburg and the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt have many historical sights to visit. It is often called the birth cradle of German history and culture.

For detailed information about the 6th FOSBE, visit

invited session proposals 11 MAR 2016
regular & invited papers, workshop proposals 20 MAR 2016
abstracts contributions 15 JUN 2016
Acceptance notification 30 JUN 2016
Final contributions 15 JUL 2016

Conference Website:

IFAC copyright conditions:

5.3. Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems
Contributed by: Christophe Aubrun,

SysTol'16: 3rd Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems
September 7-9, 2016 - Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (

The two previous editions of the International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems (Systol'10 and Systol'13) were a success and demonstrated the demand for establishing a permanent scientific forum in the general area of system monitoring, fault diagnosis and fault-tolerant control. The third conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems (Systol'16), through its technical program, will provide a unique opportunity for the academic and industrial community to formulate new challenges, share solutions and discuss future research directions.

Faults/failures in technical systems may have many undesired consequences as damage to technical parts of plants, endangering of human life or pollution of the environment. Equipment failures may also have profound negative impact on production costs and product quality. The development of fault diagnosis methods allowing early detection of faults/failures is crucial in order to protect complex manufacturing machineries, to increase human life safety and to support decision making on emergency actions and repairs. Moreover, in highly automated industrial systems where maintenance or repair cannot be carried-out immediately, it is crucial to employ fault-tolerant control systems capable of ensuring acceptable performance even in the presence of faults. The conference will bring together academics, engineers and practitioners active in the fields of fault diagnosis, fault tolerant control and their application in process monitoring and maintenance.

Important Dates:
Invited session proposals, Workshop/Tutorial proposals due: March 7, 2016
Contributed papers, Invited session papers due: March 14, 2016
Notification of acceptance/rejection: June 1, 2016
Final submission and on-line registration, due: July 4, 2016

Paper Submission:
All papers accepted and presented at SYSTOL'16 will be published in the conference proceedings, and included in the IEEE Xplore on line digital library and EI Compendex database.All papers must be submitted and uploaded electronically. Go to Click on the link ``submit a contribution to SysTol'16" and follow the steps.

5.4. International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics
Contributed by: Pawel Dworak,

CFP: 21st International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics
29 August - 1 September 2016
Amber Baltic Hotel, Miedzyzdroje, Poland

It is our great pleasure to invite You to participate in the 21st International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics, MMAR 2016 to be held in Miedzyzdroje, Poland, from August 29th to September 1st, 2016. The Conference will be a good opportunity for highlighting the new results and directions of Automatic Control theory, technology and applications. As such, it mainly will concentrate on the following key points:
- emphasis on invited lectures including plenaries,
- industry participation promotion,
- attract young people to study and work in the field.

The participants of the 21st International MMAR Conference will have the opportunity to take part in the wide spectrum of categories for technical presentations, including plenary lectures, regular papers of both lecture and poster session types, and panel discussion. We look forward to seeing our old and new friends in Poland. You are kindly invited to participate in the 21st International MMAR Conference in Miedzyzdroje, Poland.

The proceedings of the conference will be submitted for review and approval for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library and will be submitted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (ISI Web of Science).

For more information see

5.5. World Congress: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences
Contributed by: Seenith Sivasundaram,

World Congress: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences
WHEN: 05-08 July 2016
WHERE: La Rochelle, France, University of La Rochelle

Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Science have stimulated cooperation among scientists from a variety of disciplines. Developments in computer technology have additionally allowed for solutions of mathematical problems. This international forum will extend scholarly cooperation and collaboration, encouraging the dissemination of ideas and information. The conference will have a pool of active researchers, with a proper balance between academia and industry, as well as between senior and junior researchers, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. It is anticipated that such a balance will provide both senior and junior researchers an opportunity to interact and to have a wider picture of recent advances in their respective fields. The conference, especially, enables the setting up of new interdisciplinary research directions among its participants by establishing links with world renowned researchers, making possible joint international projects that will no doubt bring about fresh and innovative ideas and technologies in engineering, aerospace and sciences

Co-Sponsored by: AIAA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
IFIP: International Federation of Information Processing
La Rochelle, France, University of La Rochelle

The proceedings will be published by the American Institute of Physics.
AIP Conference Proceedings are indexed in:
- Astrophysics Data System(ADS)
- Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
- Crossref
- EBSCO Publishing
- Electronic Library Information Navigator (ELIN), Sweden
- Elsevier - SCOPUS
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Thomson Reuters (ISI)

5.6. International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
Contributed by: Carlo Pinciroli,

ANTS 2016
Tenth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence
September 7-9, 2016. Brussels, Belgium

Call for papers prepared on October 5, 2015
More details and up-to-date information at

Scope of the Conference:
Swarm intelligence is the discipline that deals with the study of self-organizing processes both in nature and in artificial systems. Researchers in ethology and animal behavior have proposed a number of models to explain interesting aspects of social insect behavior such as self-organization and shape-formation. Recently, algorithms and methods inspired by these models have been proposed to solve difficult problems in many domains.

An example of a particularly successful research direction in swarm intelligence is ant colony optimization, the main focus of which is on discrete optimization problems. Ant colony optimization has been applied successfully to a large number of difficult discrete optimization problems including the traveling salesman problem, the quadratic assignment problem, scheduling, vehicle routing, etc., as well as to routing in telecommunication networks. Another interesting approach is that of particle swarm optimization, that mainly focuses on continuous optimization problems. Here too, a number of successful applications can be found in the recent literature. Swarm robotics is another relevant field. Here, the focus is on applying swarm intelligence techniques to the control of large groups of cooperating autonomous robots.

ANTS 2016 will give researchers in swarm intelligence the opportunity to meet, to present their latest research, and to discuss current developments and applications.

The three-day conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium, on September 7-9, 2016.

Relevant Research Areas

ANTS 2016 solicits contributions dealing with any aspect of swarm intelligence. Typical, but not exclusive, topics of interest are:
- Behavioral models of social insects or other animal societies that can stimulate new algorithmic approaches.
- Empirical and theoretical research in swarm intelligence.
- Application of swarm intelligence methods, such as ant colony optimization or particle swarm optimization, to real-world problems.
- Theoretical and experimental research in swarm robotics systems.

Publication Details:
Conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS. series.

The journal Swarm Intelligence will publish a special issue dedicated to ANTS 2016 that will contain extended versions of the best research works presented at the conference. Further details will soon be published on the web site.

Conference Location:
Auditorium R42.4.502, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Campus du Solbosch, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Av. F.D. Roosevelt 42, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.

Best Paper Award:
A best paper award will be presented at the conference.

Further Information:
Up-to-date information will be published on the web site For information about local arrangements, registration forms, etc., please refer to the above-mentioned web site or contact the local organizers at the address below.

Conference Address:
ANTS 2016
IRIDIA CP 194/6 Tel +32-2-6502729
Universita Libre de Bruxelles Fax +32-2-6502715
Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium email:

Important Dates:
Submission deadline March 2, 2016
Notification of acceptance May 4, 2016
Camera ready copy May 18, 2016
Conference September 7-9, 2016

5.7. International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems
Contributed by: Youmin Zhang,

Call-for-Papers: The 12th International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems
(ICIUS 2016,

On behalf of the ICIUS 2016 Organizing Committee, this is to invite you to submit your contributions to the 2016 International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS 2016),, to be held at the famous historical city: Xi'an, China, during Aug. 23-25, 2016.

The 2016 International Conference on Intelligent Unmanned Systems (ICIUS 2016) will be held in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China, from August 23rd to 25th, 2016. The conference offers a unique and interesting platform for scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world to present and share their most recent research and innovative ideas in the areas of unmanned systems, robotics, automation, and intelligent systems.

The aim of the ICIUS2016 is to stimulate among researchers active in the areas pertinent to intelligent unmanned systems. The topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
- Unmanned Systems: Micro air vehicle, Underwater Vehicle, Micro-satellite, Unmanned aerial vehicle, Multi-agent systems, Autonomous ground vehicle, Blimp, Swarm intelligence.
- Robotics and Biomimetics: Artificial muscle actuators, Smart sensors, Design and applications of MEMS/NEMS system, Intelligent robot system, Evolutionary algorithm, Control of biological systems, Biological learning control systems, Neural networks, Bioinformatics.
- Control and Computation: Distributed and embedded systems, Embedded intelligent control, Complex systems, Pervasive computing, Soft computing, Discrete event systems, Hybrid systems, Networked control systems, Delay systems, Identification and estimation, Nonlinear systems, Precision motion control, Control applications, Control engineering education, Computer Architecture & VLSI, Signal, Image and Multimedia Processing
- Intelligent System: Ubiquitous computing, Algorithms, Distributed intelligence, Distributed/decentralized intelligent control, Fuzzy systems, AI and expert systems, Virtual Reality, Wearable computers, Information Systems and Retrieval, Software engineering, Knowledge Data Engineering, Data communications and compression.

All accepted papers would be further reviewed for post conference journal publications in International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems (IJIUS), Journal of Unmanned System Technology (JUST), Journal of Instrumentation, Automation and Systems (JIAS), and International Journal of Mechatronics and Robotics (IJMR).A special issue with selected papers will also be published at journal Unmanned Systems (US), Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (JINT), and International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics (IJICC). Any contributed or invited paper can be nominated for the ICIUS 2016 Best Conference Paper Award and the ICIUS 2016 Best Student Paper Award. The final evaluation by the awards committee will take into account the presentations at ICIUS 2016.

Contributed Papers:
Prospective authors are invited to submit the full version of their manuscripts in MS Word or LaTeX format. A maximum of 6 pages in the standard ICIUS format is allowed for each paper. Detailed instructions for paper submission are available on the conference website.

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

Xi'an was once called "Chang' an" in the Han Dynasty. The connotation of this name is "permanent peace". Xi'an marked the starting point of the world famous Silk Road. It obtained its present name in the year 1369. Xi'an ranks first on the list of the country's seven largest ancient capitals. Xi'an is the home of the world famous landscape "Terracotta Warriors". From 11th century B.C. onwards, Xi'an or its vicinity has been established as the capital city by 15 kingdoms or feudal dynasties successively, including the Western Zhou, the Qin, the Han, the Sui and the Tang. It serves as an ancient capital city beyond comparison with regard to the number of dynasties and span of time. And it was regarded as one of the "Four Ancient Civilizations of the World", the other three being Rome, Athens, and Istanbul. Xi'an is situated in the middle of the Yellow River reaches and at the center of the Central Shaanxi Plain. Within Xi'an one can find a large number of historic attractions, such as the remains of Banpo Village, a Neolithic matriarchal clan community, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Walking around this old city is like going through thousands of years back in history.

Important Dates:
Deadline for Submission: April 1, 2016
Acceptance Notification: May 1, 2016
Deadline for Final Papers: June 1, 2016
Deadline for Early Bird Registration: July 31, 2016
Conference: August 23-25, 2016

5.8. IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems
Contributed by: Hideaki Ishii,

NecSys 2016
6th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems
September 8th-9th, 2016, Tokyo, Japan

Deadline for paper submission: April 15th, 2016

NecSys 2016 will be held at the Tokyo International Exchange Center, Plaza Heisei, Tokyo, Japan. It is located on the island Odaiba, which is only a few stations away from the core of downtown Tokyo, and is part of the Tokyo Academic Park.

Context and Scope:
Networked Systems and complex dynamical systems are composed of a large number of simple systems interacting through a communication medium. These systems arise as natural models in many areas of engineering and sciences, such as sensor networks, autonomous, unmanned vehicles, power networks, biological networks, and animal cooperative aggregation.

The workshop will focus on the most innovative mathematical methods proposed in the last few years for the analysis and design of networked systems. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from control, computer science, communication, game theory, statistics, mathematics and other areas to discuss emerging topics in networked systems of common interest.

5.9. International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems
Contributed by: ICCAS2016,

2016 16th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2016)
October 16(SUN)-19(WED), 2016
HICO, Gyeongju, Korea

ICCAS 2016 will be held at HICO. Gyeongju, Korea on October 16(SUN)-19(WED), 2016. The aim of the ICCAS is to bring together researchers and engineers worldwide to present their latest works, and disseminate the state-of-the-art technologies related to control, automation, robotics, and systems.

Important Dates
May 6, 2016: Submission of organized session proposals
May 13, 2016: Submission of full papers
July 15, 2016: Notification of paper acceptance
August 12, 2016: Submission of final camera-ready papers

Plenary Speakers
Andrew Schwartz (Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA)
Maria Prandini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Sangchul Won (POSTECH, Korea)
Satoshi Tadokoro (Tohoku Univ., Japan)
James Ashton-Miller (Univ. of Michigan, USA)
Huijun Gao (Harbin Institute of Technology, China)
Song K. Choi (Univ. of Hawaii, USA)

5.10. International Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Automation
Contributed by: Tua Tamba,

2nd Call-for-Papers: The 4th International Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Automation 2016 (ICA'16)
Dates & Location: August 29-31, 2016; Bandung, Indonesia
Technical co-sponsor: IEEE Indonesia Section

On behalf of the ICA'16 Organizing Committee, this is to invite you to submit your contributions to the 4th International Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Automation 2016, ICA'16,, which will be held in Bandung, Indonesia during August 29-31, 2016. The conference is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Indonesia Section and fully organized by the Instrumentation & Control Research Group at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. Details of the conference may be found at

Conference topics include (but not limited to):
(i) INSTRUMENTATION: Metrology, Optical Instrumentation, Ultrasonic Instrumentation, Bioengineering & Systems Biology, Medical Instrumentation, Non-invasive Instrumentation & Measurement Techniques, Tomography & Imaging Instrumentation, Industrial Process Instrumentation, Energy & Power Systems Instrumentation, Software Development for Measurement & Instrumentation Supports;
(ii) CONTROL: PID Control, Linear/Nonlinear Analysis & Control, Multivariable Control, Model Predictive Control, Robust Control, Distributed Control, Geometric Control, Networked Control Systems, Intelligent & Learning-based Control, Optimal Control, Stochastic Control, Neural Networks, Process Control, System Theory, Hybrid Dynamical Systems & Discrete Event Systems, Simulation Methods, System Identification & Filtering, Parameter & State Estimation, Robotics & Motions, Space Vehicles & Aircraft Systems, Design & Control of Unmanned Systems, Signal Processing, Game Theory, Adaptive Control, Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy & Expert Systems, Fault Detection & Isolation System, Analysis & Control of Biological Systems;
(iii) AUTOMATION: Human Machine Interaction, Safety Instrumented Systems, Process Automation, Asset & Data Management Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Supply Chain Network, Precision Motion, CADbased Simulations & Control, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Automation in Biotechnology & Health Systems, DNA Chip Fabrication & Screening.

Important Dates:
Submission site open: January 11, 2016
Initial paper submission due: April 15, 2016
Decision notification: May 31, 2016
Final paper submission due: July 15, 2016
Workshop proposal submission due: 15/5/2016
Conference dates: August 29-31, 2016

Paper Submission:
All papers must be submitted and uploaded electronically. Go to Click on the link "Submit a Contribution to ICA'16" and follow the steps.

5.11. IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine System
Contributed by: Vahid Hassani,

10th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems
Trondheim, Norway, September 13-16, 2016
CAMS 2016 website:
Download the CFP:
Paper submission is open from papercept

Since 1989, every three years the International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC) has organized a Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems (CAMS). CAMS returns to Trondheim after 21 years and will be organized by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in cooperation with the Norwegian Society of Automatic Control (NFA), the national member organization for Norway in the IFAC.

CAMS 2016 will provide an excellent opportunity for the presentation and discussion of research results and development in the areas of control applications for surface & underwater vessels, floating & sub-sea structures, and other marine systems. The conference opens possibilities for industry, universities and research facilities to explore the future trends in application of control theory to marine systems, and to establish new and innovative activities for applying advanced solutions to marine systems.

The keynote speakers for CAMS 2016 will include Prof. John J. Leonard (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Prof. Jing Sun (University of Michigan), Prof. Maarja Kruusmaa (Tallinn University of Technology), Dr. Nils Albert Jenssen (Kongsberg), Prof. Zoran Vukic (University of Zagreb), Prof. Mark Moline (University of Delaware).

Furthermore, CAMS 2016 will organize a Workshop on Marine Robotics on September 13, 2016. The Workshop is hosted by Gianluca Antonelli, Thor Inge Fossen, and Asgeir Sorensen. For more detail, visit CAMS 2016 website.

Areas and Topics (including but not limited to)
- Guidance, navigation and control (GNC) of marine vessels and unmanned marine vehicles
- Modeling, identification, simulation, and control of marine systems
- Ship roll stabilization techniques
- Modeling and control of high speed-craft
- Fault-tolerant control and fault handling for marine vehicles
- Intelligence and autonomy in marine systems and operations
- Cooperative navigation and control in marine systems
- Marine robotics and biomimicry
- Maritime safety and security for ports and ships
- Risk and life cycle assessment in marine systems
- Actuators, thrusters, propulsion systems, and sensors in marine systems
- Hybrid power plants in marine systems
- Surveillance and supervision systems in marine applications
- Control applications in aquaculture
- Control applications in marine renewable energy
- Condition-based monitoring in marine systems
- Applications of autonomous and remotely operated (surface and underwater) marine vessels
- Applications of marine vessels and robotics to environmental monitoring, mapping and surveillance, search and rescuing operations, marine habitat mapping, marine biology and geology, and hydrographic exploration

Important dates:
- Paper submission deadline: March 21, 2016
- Paper Acceptance/Rejection: May 17, 2016

Submission Procedure:
To submit a paper, please follow the link "Submission" located on the top line of the conference website or directly under the papercept link:

Proposals for Invited Sessions are welcome and should be sent by email to the Technical Program Chair by February 15th 2016. The proceedings of the Symposium will be published on-line on the website.

For further information on CAMS 2016 please contact the Technical Program Chair or

6. Positions

6.1. PhD: University of Lorraine, France
Contributed by: Marion Gilson,

PhD: CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), University of Lorraine, France

The validation of the attitude control algorithms uses high fidelity simulators with the most accurate possible models of satellite dynamics and orbital environment. Some parameters of these models are nevertheless difficult to identify on ground (disturbing torques amplitude, satellite inertia, flexible modes characteristics), or are submitted to large uncertainties. To get more accurate numerical values, flight telemetry can be used, but the identification process is complex due to physical characteristics of the measurements (low sampling rate, noise, bias etc) and due to operational constraints: the necessary attitude profiles allowing the observability of the parameters cannot always be performed (out of flight envelop profiles, or mission interruption required). In some other more critical cases, accurate identification of the parameters is a pre-requisite for the attitude control feasibility: for example, on very low altitude orbits a small knowledge error on the position of the center of mass can lead to a non-optimal guidance profile, with respect to aerodynamic disturbances and to the loss of the satellite due to actuator saturations. Finally, on elliptic orbit with very low perigee, the disturbing torques change rapidly and it would be interesting to compute a time-variant control law adapting to amplitude and frequency changes of the disturbances in satellite frame. To this aim, one needs to identify time-varying models.

From a theoretical point of view, accurate parametric identification of ``grey box" models, the search of optimal inputs (for excitation signals generation) and time-varying parameters model identifications are topics of great interest in academic research, also with more and more numerous industrial applications. A lot of methodological and numerical tools exist that can better meet the requirements.

The PhD objectives are to develop new closed-loop identification techniques for time-varying parameters, either for the validation of attitude control laws with more accurate models of the satellite dynamics and environment or for adaptive control laws design. The foreseen tasks are the following:
  1. Closed-loop recursive identification of time-varying parameter grey box models by using telemetry: design of new algorithms and comparison to existing ones (Kalman filters for example). This problem raises several open questions, as the choice of nonlinear functions for domains where the physical behavior is more difficult to know. This choice is often the result of a trade-off between model flexibility and parsimony. Model flexibility allows the model to include complex nonlinear phenomena, whereas parsimony aims at using the minimum number of parameters to model these nonlinear phenomena. Once this choice is done, the relevant parametric estimation method must be developed and the (in-) validation of the obtained model performed. Besides, some critical aspects of grey box identification will be studied: identifiability and sensitivity analysis of physical parameters, robustness of the proposed algorithms to initial conditions or measurement noise, or computation of uncertainty regions for the estimated parameters.
  2. Input signal selection: as the model can be accurately identified only if the input/output data contain enough information, the selection of suitable excitation inputs for identification of closed-loop and time-varying system is an important issue.
Implementation and validation of the new approach with real flight telemetry, and comparison with existing tools
Desired profile
Master in automatic control

Structure description
Host Laboratory : Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy (CRAN)
Laboratory Responsible : Marion GILSON -
CNES Responsible : Christelle PITTET -

Requests for further information should be sent to and and include:
1. Covering/Motivation letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact details of two academic referees.


6.2. PhD: University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Contributed by: Tyler Summers,

Multiple PhD positions in Control and Optimization in Dynamical Networks

Several fully funded PhD positions for highly motivated students are available starting in Fall 2016 in the Control, Optimization, and Networks Laboratory ( in the Departments of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. The lab seeks to understand the rich interplay of dynamics, control, optimization, information, and uncertainty in large-scale networks. The research emphasizes theoretical analysis and computational tools and is strongly driven by a variety of applications, including future power grids and distributed multi-robot systems.

Outstanding eligible candidates may be nominated for special university fellowships that offer increased stipends and other professional development opportunities. Applications from underrepresented minorities are encouraged.

Required qualifications:
(1) B.S. in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or a related field
(2) Strong background in systems and control theory, optimization, and mathematics, including relevant coursework and/or work experience
(3) Excellent communication skills
(4) Proficiency in at least one scientific programming language, such as MATLAB, Python, Julia, C/C++, etc.

Preferred qualifications:
(1) M.S. degree
(2) Publications in reputable control, optimization, robotics, or power systems conferences or journals
(3) Hands-on experience with robotic systems is a plus for candidates interested in robotics applications

How to apply:
Please send the following documents to
(1) One page cover letter describing your research interests, background, and professional goals
(2) CV or resume
(3) Transcripts

Candidates will also need to apply through UT Dallas Graduate Admissions; for details, please see or

6.3. PhD Research Fellow: University of Agder, Norway
Contributed by: Michael Ruderman,

PhD Research Fellow in Technology with specialization in Mechatronics

Project title: Design and Verification Methods for Hybrid Control Systems

The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term position as Research Fellow in Mechatronics for a period of three years, at the Department of Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Science. The position is located in Grimstad, Norway. The starting date is negotiable.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science has a core group of more than 16 academic staff members in the field of mechatronics. The group is responsible for the BSc, MSc, and PhD programmes in mechatronics at the University of Agder and has an extensive network of Norwegian and international partner universities and university colleges.

Background for the position:
Modern control systems often combine hybrid automata for integrating discrete behavior with continuous-time dynamics. The switched and impulsive systems allow for discrete transitions corresponding to the changes between the different state subspaces (set of modes) or impulsive jumps within particular mode of a hybrid system. Various application examples are in power systems with on-off switches, geared mechanical engines, digital hydraulics, programmable logic controllers employed for automation, and others. There is a growing need and correspondingly research on topics related to the formal design and verification methods for hybrid control systems.

The objective of this PhD project is in (i) systematic analysis of the formal design and verification methods suitable for the hybrid control systems, (ii) elaboration of a methodology how to integrate verification tools and techniques in the design flow so as to improve the overall system reliability, (iii) selection, specification, and realization of application case(s) based on the standard and developed software and hardware. The elaborated solutions will be tested and demonstrated by taking advantage of the experimental facilities.
- Mechatronic Innovation Lab (MIL) in Grimstad.
- Norwegian Motion Laboratory (Motion Lab) in Grimstad.
- Partners in SFI WP3.
It is expected that the candidate will perform both the theoretical and experimental work using the available mechatronic resources of the above-mentioned facilities.

The successful applicant should hold a master's degree in mechatronics, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering that covers the above fields. The position places great demands on the applicant's capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, and any previous research and development work. Relevant industrial experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasized.

The following requirements must be met:
- Strong academic skills, experience and interest in the following areas: control design, hybrid systems and finite automaton, formal verification methods.
- Hands on experience with PLC and dSpace and programming skills in Matlab/Simulink, C/C++.
- Strong background in systems and control theory.
The following admission requirements apply to the PhD program:
- The average grade for courses included in the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) must be B (or equivalent) or higher;
- The average grade for courses included in the master's degree (or equivalent) must be B (or equivalent) or higher;
- The master's thesis (or equivalent) must have a grade B (or equivalent) or higher when the candidate is admitted to the PhD program;
- The successful applicant must have written and spoken English proficiency;
- The position places great demands on the applicant's capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate as well as good communication and team-work skills in cooperation with research colleagues both inside and outside the university.

Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:
- TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT)
- IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0.
Please check this list
to see if an English test is required.

Admission requirements:
The candidate will be enrolled in the PhD programme in technology at the Faculty of Engineering and Science. The applicant must qualify for admission to this PhD Programme. More information about the program and a complete list of admission requirements to the PhD programmes can be found here

Applications from applicants who already hold a PhD will normally not be considered.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews.

For more details on this position and application procedure see

Closing date: 31.03.2016

For further information please contact Associate Professor Michael Ruderman, e-mail

In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University's intention to exercise this right.

6.4. PostDoc: ONERA The French Aerospace Lab
Contributed by: Clement Roos,

Postdoctoral position at ONERA The French Aerospace Lab
Modeling, identification and control of an unmanned aircraft on ground

The proposed postdoctoral position deals with modeling, identification and control of an unmanned aircraft on ground (before takeoff and after landing). The objective will be first to create an accurate dynamic model of the aircraft behavior, including the highly nonlinear tires-ground interactions, and then to identify the most relevant parameters on the basis of experimental data. This model will finally be used to design control and guidance laws, so as to ensure stability and performance during various maneuvers, despite perturbations such as crosswind, backlash and delays, and whatever the runway state.

The selected candidate will conduct his/her research activities within the Systems Control and Flight Dynamics Department (DCSD) of ONERA The French Aerospace Lab, Toulouse, France. He/She will be involved in a large-scale European project gathering several industrial and research partners.

ONERA-DCSD has a strong expertise in the fields of systems modeling, identification techniques and control theory. Its know-how is recognized by the main aeronautical companies in Europe.

Duration: 18 months.

A PhD in control engineering is required to be eligible. A good knowledge in systems modeling, identification techniques, control theory, flight dynamics and Matlab/Simulink software will be appreciated, as well as a very good English level.

Send a resume and contact information for one-two references to Carsten Döll [], Alexandre Janot [] and Clément Roos [].

6.5. PostDoc: Università del Salento, Italy
Contributed by: Giuseppe Notarstefano,

Postdoc (Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy - ERC starting grant project)

A postdoc position will be soon available within the project OPT4SMART funded under the ERC Starting Grant excellence program. Research will be conducted at the Università del Salento (Lecce, Italy), under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Notarstefano.

About the position
We are looking for motivated, talented PhDs from all over the world, who wish to:
- undertake/continue research at the cutting edge of optimization and control in cyber-physical networks;
- contribute to the startup of an excellent, international new research group;
- work in one of the most beautiful Italian cities with a great quality of life.

The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance. The salary is competitive (very competitive for the life cost in Italy). The postdoctoral researcher will work in a group with about six PhD students and will have the possibility to take the co-supervision of one or more of them.

About OPT4SMART (Distributed optimization methods for smart cyber-physical networks):
OPT4SMART is a 5 years research project funded under the EU Horizon 2020 excellence program ``ERC Starting Grant",, supporting investigator-driven frontier research on the basis of scientific excellence. OPT4SMART will investigate a novel distributed, large-scale optimization framework and its application to big-data estimation, learning, decision and control problems in cyber-physical networks.

About Lecce
Lecce is a beautiful Baroque city in the South-East of Italy. It is a lively, graceful but relaxed university town in the Salento peninsula, the heel of Italy's boot. For a 36-hours tour of Lecce you can google The New York Times: ``36 hours in Lecce, Italy".

Who should apply
The desired candidate holds a PhD degree in Controls, Optimization, Signal Processing or related fields, and has
- an excellent publication record (few high-impact papers in high-quality journals and conferences);
- a strong mathematical background including optimization and preferably control theory or signal processing;
- strong interest in optimization and at least one of: control theory, estimation, machine learning;
- excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.
The above skills and background should clearly appear from the candidate CV, from few (the most important) publications, and from the PhD thesis.

For further information about the position and the official call you can send an email with subject ``OPT4SMART Postdoc last-name" to

See also

6.6. PostDoc: University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Italy
Contributed by: Gabriele Oliva,

Postdoc position: Distributed Control and Security Cyber-Physical Systems,
University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Italy.

The Complex Systems & Security Laboratory, within the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, is looking for talented researchers with a strong research track record for a project in the field of Distributed Control and Security Cyber-Physical Systems.

The aim of the research is to develop next-generation methods to control and secure Cyber-Physical Systems adopting decentralized approaches. In particular, emphasis will be posed on the ability of the system to detect and withstand cyber attacks to the SCADA control system, aimed at disrupting or altering the physical condition of the system. The main envisaged applications will be in the field of Critical Infrastructures and smart water networks.

Strong applicants will have a background in at least two of the following areas of expertise:
distributed systems, distributed control, fault detection, critical infrastructure modelling, SCADA& ICS systems, industrial networks, ethical hacking.
Additional required competencies include fluency in English and good programming skills (Matlab and C/C++/Java are preferred; LABVIEW, and iFIX SCADA suite are a plus).

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in Control, Computer Science or a closely related subject. Suitable applicants nearing completion of a PhD will be considered.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with the students and faculty in the Complex Systems & Security Laboratory on different aspects of our research agenda, including an active role in the ongoing nationally and internationally funded projects and in the submission of new project applications. Relevant research topics include, among others, critical infrastructure protection, distributed systems and indoor localization.

Interested candidates should send their CV, a research statement, and list of references to Professor Gabriele Oliva at

6.7. PostDoc: North Carolina A&T State University, USA
Contributed by: Ali Karimoddini,

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in the general area of Machine Learning. Specific areas of research include:
(1) approximate reasoning in particular Fuzzy Type-2 and handling of uncertainty;
(2) data representation, data management and learning.
This is a non-tenure-track, year-to-year appointment, renewable annually for up to four years subjected to satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the Center. The research results of this project are expected to reach a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to be applied to testing and evaluation of autonomous vehicles. We thus look for applicants that have a demonstrated track record in the applications of Machine Learning techniques to systems and control problems. Programming skills and practical experiences with embedded real-time systems is a plus. U.S. citizenship is preferred and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. If interested, please apply electronically by sending detailed curriculum vitae copies of your top three publications, the summary of your PhD thesis, names and addresses of three reference persons, and other information that might be relevant to your application to:

Ali Karimoddini, PhD
Director, ACCESS Laboratory (
Deputy Director, TECHLAV Center (
North Carolina A&T State University
Tel: 336-285-3313

6.8. Faculty: University of Maryland, USA
Contributed by: Derek Paley,

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park ( is seeking highly qualified candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in specific areas of aerospace engineering. Candidates with demonstrated technical expertise, creativity, and leadership are sought in the areas of guidance, navigation, and control, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and autonomy. Candidates should have demonstrated a proven record or have high potential for excellence in instruction in flight dynamics and control, development and execution of externally funded research programs, and mentorship of students.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering is a dynamic and growing department with 24 faculty, six named faculty professorships and annual research expenditures of more than $14M. The department has strong research and instructional programs in several core areas, including aerodynamics and propulsion, smart and composite structures, space systems, rotorcraft, autonomous unmanned vehicles, and hypersonics. Close proximity to key elements of the state and federal research and development infrastructure provides substantial opportunities for collaborative research in problems of national interest and importance. In addition, the University of Maryland UAS Test Site offers researchers, students, government and industry access to extensive resources and pools of expertise in every aspect of UAS research.

For best consideration, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching philosophy, and the names of at least four references should be submitted online by March 30, 2016 to the following website:

Information on the department is available at

6.9. Researcher: General Motors Research & Development, USA
Contributed by: ChenFang Chang,

Position: Researcher, General Motors Research & Development Warren, MI, USA

General Motors Global Research and Development, located in Warren, Michigan, invites outstanding candidates to apply for the position of Researcher - Powertrain Controls, to join a dynamic group developing the state of the art powertrain control technologies. Interested candidates please apply for the position (Req#: RES0000684) by submitting your resume on-line at http:\\

Envision, generate, and demonstrate powertrain control/diagnostic concepts that lead to a quantum leap in sustainable mobility through improved fuel economy, reduced harmful emissions, and superior vehicle performance.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop next-generation control and diagnostic algorithms for engine/powertrain systems
- Lead research in developing capabilities for controls that enable deployment of advanced engines and aftertreatment systems to meet future fuel economy and emissions standards
- Develop math models and simulation of engine/powertrain systems to facilitate a computer-aided control system design environment that enables an acceleration of the vehicle development process
- Develop rapid prototyping engine controllers, including their software, for test cells and advanced technology demonstration vehicles
- Conduct experiments in dynamometer test cells and at proving ground facilities to collect required data and validate research concepts
- Write timely and high-quality research reports, external publications, and records of invention to document new ideas and research results in his/her areas of research
- Manage relationships with divisional staffs and development partners to facilitate technology transfer
- Lead technical discussions and reviews as an expert in powertrain control technology
- Generate innovative ideas, suggest new research areas, and establish technical plans
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry and technical developments affecting areas of responsibility

- Ph.D. in Mechanical, Electrical, Automotive, or Aerospace Engineering specialized in Controls
- Strong background in control theory, system modeling & simulation, and control system synthesis
- Knowledge of microprocessor-based control system software and hardware development
- Knowledge of control system simulation and rapid control prototyping tools (e.g., Matlab, SIMULINK, dSPACE, NI, etc.)
- Effective verbal and written communication skills
- Strong knowledge in internal combustion engine and emissions control systems desirable
- R&D experience in powertrain controls preferred