June 2018 E-Letter

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358
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June 2018
E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 358
June 2018 - pdf version
 
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E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 358
June 2018

Editor:
Jianghai Hu
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
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Contents

1. E-Letters under the New IEEE Data Privacy Policy

2. IEEE CSS Headlines
2.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Technically Cosponsored Conferences
2.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
2.3 IEEE Control Systems Letters
2.4 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

3. MISC
3.1 Summer School on Complex Networked and Control Systems
3.2 Short Course on Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control
3.3 EURASIP Summer School on Tensor-Based Signal Processing
3.4 Summer School on Modelling and Control at Micro, Nano and Quantum Scale
3.5 ACC Workshop on “From Theory to Practice in Control: Enhancing Innovation and Impact”
3.6 Magnus Egerstedt Named School Chair for Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

4. Books
4.1 Scalar, Vector, and Matrix Mathematics: Theory, Facts, and Formulas, 3rd Ed.
4.2 Reinforcement Learning for Optimal Feedback Control: A Lyapunov-Based Approach
4.3 Control Theory Tutorial: Basic Concepts Illustrated by Software Examples
4.4 Robotic Manipulators and Vehicles: Control, Estimation and Filtering

5. Journals
5.1 Contents: Systems & Control Letters
5.2 Contents: Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems
5.3 Contents: European Journal of Control
5.4 Contents: Journal of the Franklin Institute
5.5 Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
5.6 Contents: Control Theory and Technology
5.7 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
5.8 Contents: International Journal of Control
5.9 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
5.10 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
5.11 Contents: Mechatronics
5.12 Contents: Journal of Process Control
5.13 Contents: Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
5.14 Contents: International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems
5.15 CFP: Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems

6. Conferences
6.1 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems
6.2 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
6.3 Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security
6.4 Australian & New Zealand Control Conference
6.5 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
6.6 World Congress: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences

7. Positions
7.1 PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
7.2 PhD: Maynooth University, Ireland
7.3 PhD: University of Bolzano, Italy
7.4 PhD: Lakehead University, Canada
7.5 PhD: French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France
7.6 PhD: CNRS, Paris-Saclay, France
7.7 PhD: University of Bordeaux, France
7.8 PhD: University of Toulon, France
7.9 PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
7.10 PhD: University of Bristol, UK
7.11 PhD: UNSW, Australia
7.12 PhD: Aalto University, Finland
7.13 PhD: Kiel University, Germany
7.14 PhD: Newcastle University, UK
7.15 PhD: Khalifa University of Science and Technology, UAE
7.16 PhD/PostDoc: University of Seville, Spain
7.17 PhD/PostDoc: University of Seville, Spain
7.18 PhD/PostDoc: University College Dublin, Ireland
7.19 PhD/PostDoc: ETH Zurich, Switzerland
7.20 PostDoc: Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany
7.21 PostDoc: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
7.22 PostDoc: University of Sydney, Australia
7.23 PostDoc: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
7.24 PostDoc: University of Utah, USA
7.25 PostDoc: Khalifa University of Science and Technology, UAE
7.26 PostDoc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
7.27 Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia
7.28 Faculty: Uppsala University, Sweden
7.29 Faculty: Linkoping University, Sweden
7.30 Faculty: University of Tehran, Iran
7.31 Research Scientist: French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France
7.32 Engineer: NIO, USA
7.33 Engineer: NIO, USA
7.34 Engineer: Intuitive Surgical, USA
7.35 Engineer: GE Global Research, USA
7.36 Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany
7.37 Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany
7.38 Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany
7.39 Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany
7.40 Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany

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1. E-Letters under the New IEEE Data Privacy Policy

As announced in the previous issue of E-Letter, starting from May 25, 2018, an updated IEEE Data Privacy Policy has been in effect to conform with the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) by the European Union.  The updated policy requires IEEE to obtain consent from customers, members and other individuals to allow continued communication with them.

We have received confirmation from IEEE that, since this mailing list is by self subscription, we can continue using it without the need of consent acquisition provided that: 1) it is used only for E-Letters; 2) instructions are given for the subscribers to unsubscribe at any time. As such, we will resume the email distribution of E-Letters. Please note that, to unsubscribe, simply follow the instructions provided at the beginning of each issue. Thank you for your patience and support.

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2. IEEE CSS Headlines

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

 - 2018 Summer School on Smart Cities. Stockholm, Sweden. Jul 2 - Jul 6, 2018. https://www.itrl.kth.se/events/summer-school-on-sma

 - 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing. Monticello (IL), United States. Oct 2 - Oct 5, 2018. http://allerton.csl.illinois.edu/

 - 18th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2018). PyeongChang, South Korea. Oct 17 - Oct 20, 2018. http://2018.iccas.org/

 - 2nd IFAC Conference on Cyber-Physical and Human Systems. Miami (FL), United States. Dec 14 - Dec 15, 2018. http://www.cphs2018.org/

 - 37th Chinese Control Conference (CCC2018), Wuhan, China. Jul 25 - Jul 27, 2018. http://ccc2018.cug.edu.cn/English/Home.htm

 - 22nd International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing (ICSTCC 2018), Sinaia, Romania. Oct 10 - Oct 12, 2018. http://www.icstcc.ugal.ro/
 
For a full listing of CSS technically cosponsored conferences, please visit http://ieeecss.org/conferences/technically-cosponsored and for a list of the upcoming and past CSS main conferences please visit http://ieeecss.org/conferences

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2.2. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Alessandro Astolfi, ieeetac@imperial.ac.uk

Table of Contents
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume 63 (2018), Issue 5 (May)

Scanning the Issue, p. 1229

Papers
- Non-conservative discrete-time ISS small-gain conditions for closed sets, N. Noroozi, R. Geiselhart, L. Gruene, B. S. Rüffer, F. Wirth, p. 1231
- Convex Liftings: Theory and Control Applications, N. A. Nguyen, M. Gulan, S. Olaru, P. Rodriguez-Ayerbe, p. 1243
- Computation of Lyapunov Functions for Nonlinear Differential Equations via a Massera-Type Construction, A. I. Doban, M. Lazar, p. 1259
- Resource Allocation Game under Double-sided Auction Mechanism: Efficiency and Convergence, S. Zou, Z. Ma, X. Liu, p. 1273
- A Novel Reduced Model for Electrical Networks with Constant Power Loads, N. Monshizadeh, C. De Persis, A. van der Schaft, J. M.A. Scherpen, p. 1288
- Unicycle with only Range Input: An Array of Patterns, T. Tripathy, A. Sinha, p. 1300
- The Role of Symmetry in Rigidity Analysis: A Tool for Network Localisation and Formation Control, Geoff Stacey, Robert Mahony, p. 1313
- ADD-OPT: Accelerated Distributed Directed Optimization, Chenguang Xi, Usman A. Khan, p. 1329
- Solving the Dual Problems of Dynamic Programs via Regression, Helin Zhu, Fan Ye, Enlu Zhou, p. 1340
- Convergence of Limited Communications Gradient Methods, Sindri Magnusson, Chinwendu Enyioha, Na Li, Carlo Fischione, Vahid Tarokh, p. 1356
- Distributed Constrained Optimization and Consensus in Uncertain Networks via Proximal Minimization, Kostas Margellos, Alessandro Falsone, Simone Garatti, Maria Prandini, p. 1372
- A Quantum Hamiltonian Identification Algorithm: Computational Complexity and Error Analysis, Yuanlong Wang, Daoyi Dong, Bo Qi, Jun Zhang, Ian R. Petersen, Hidehiro Yonezawa, p. 1388
- A Hybrid Design Approach for Output Feedback Exponential Stabilization of Markovian Jump Systems, Jun Song, Yugang Niu, James Lam, Zhan Shu, p. 1404

Technical Notes and Correspondence
- Cyber Physical Attacks with Control Objectives, Yuan Chen, Soummya Kar, Jose' M. F. Moura, p. 1418
- A Fractional-Order Repetitive Controller for Periodic Disturbance Rejection, Giuseppe Fedele, p. 1426
- Distributed Adaptive Convex Optimization On Directed Graphs Via Continuous-Time Algorithms, Zhenhong Li, Zhengtao Ding, Junyong Sun, Zhongkui Li, p. 1434
- Safe Markov Chains for ON/OFF Density Control with Observed Transitions, Nazli Demirer, Mahmoud El Chamie, Behcet Acikmese, p. 1442
- Robust Exponential Stability and Disturbance Attenuation for Discrete-Time Switched Systems under Arbitrary Switching, Weiming Xiang, Dung Tran, Taylor T Johnson, p. 1450
- Synthesis of Similarity Enforcing Supervisors for Nondeterministic Discrete Event Systems, Naoki Kushi, Shigemasa Takai, p. 1457
- Analysis of Gradient Descent Methods with Non-Diminishing, Bounded Errors, Arunselvan Ramaswamy, Shalabh Bhatnagar, p. 1465
- Two-Dimensional Peak-to-Peak Filtering for Stochastic Fornasini-Marchesini Systems, Choon Ki Ahn, Peng Shi, Michael V. Basin, p. 1472
- Robust Regulation of Infinite-Dimensional Port-Hamiltonian Systems, Jukka-Pekka Humaloja, Lassi Paunonen, p. 1480
- Stability Analysis for Positive Singular Systems with Time-varying Delays, Yukang Cui, Jun Shen, Zhiguang Feng, Yong Chen, p. 1487
- Asymptotic Regulation of Time-Delay Nonlinear Systems with Unknown Control Directions, Wei Lin, Radom Pongvuthithum, Kanya Rattanamongkhonkun, p. 1495
- On The Design Of Output Feedback Controllers For LTI Systems Over Fading Channels, Lanlan Su, Graziano Chesi, p. 1503
- A General Approach to Coordination Control of Mobile Agents with Motion Constraints, Shiyu Zhao, Dimos V. Dimarogonas, Zhiyong Sun, Dario Bauso, p. 1509
- The Quadratic Regulator Problem and the Riccati Equation for a Process Governed by a Linear Volterra Integrodifferential Equations, Luciano Pandolfi, p. 1517
- Constructive Nonlinear Internal Models for Global Robust Output Regulation and Application, Dabo Xu, p. 1523
- Very Strictly Passive Controller Synthesis with Affine Parameter Dependence, Alex Walsh, James Richard Forbes, p. 1531
- Stochastic Super-Twist Sliding Mode Controller, Alexander Poznyak, p. 1538
- Corrections to “Multi-Sensor Kalman Filtering With Intermittent Measurements”, Chao Yang, Jianying Zheng, Xiaoqiang Ren, Wen Yang, Hongbo Shi, Ling Shi, p. 1545

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2.3. IEEE Control Systems Letters
Contributed by: Francesca Bettini, bettini@dei.unipd.it

Table of Contents
IEEE Control Systems Letters
Volume 2 (2018), Issue 2 (April)

Please note that IEEE Control Systems Letters is accessible in IEEE Xplore through the web page: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=7782633

Papers
- A Track-to-Track Fusion Method for Tracks With Unknown Correlations, M. Zarei-Jalalabadi, S. M. B. Malaek, and S. S. Kia - p. 189
- Towards Encrypted MPC for Linear Constrained Systems, M. S. Darup, A. Redder, I. Shames, F. Farokhi, and D. Quevedo - p. 195
- Time-Optimal Collaborative Guidance Using the Generalized Hopf Formula, M. R. Kirchner, R. Mar, G. Hewer, J. Darbon, S. Osher, and Y. T. Chow - p. 201
- Generalized Absolute Stability Using Lyapunov Functions With Relaxed Positivity Conditions, R. Drummond, G. Valmorbida, and S. R. Duncan - p. 207
- Exploiting Symmetry for Discrete-Time Reachability Computations, J. Maidens and M. Arcak - p. 213
- The Interconnection of Quadratic Droop Voltage Controllers Is a Lotka-Volterra System: Implications for Stability Analysis, M. Jafarian, H. Sandberg, and K. H. Johansson - p. 218
- Conic-Sector-Based Analysis and Control Synthesis for Linear Parameter Varying Systems, S. Sivaranjani, J. R. Forbes, P. Seiler, and V. Gupta - p. 224
- Stability Analysis and State-Feedback Control of LPV Systems With Piecewise Constant Parameters Subject to Spontaneous Poissonian Jumps, C. Briat - p. 230
- Adaptive Output Formation-Tracking of Heterogeneous Multi-Agent Systems Using Time-Varying L2-Gain Design, S. Zuo, Y. Song, F. L. Lewis, and A. Davoudi - p. 236
- Static Output-Feedback Stabilization for MIMO LTI Positive Systems Using LMI-based Iterative Algorithms, S. Bhattacharyya and S. Patra - p. 242
- Distributed Utility Estimation With Heterogeneous Relative Information, M. Menci, G. Oliva, M. Papi, R. Setola, and M. Zoppello - p. 248
- Controllability of Boolean Networks via Mixed Controls, D. Cheng, C. Li, X. Zhang, and F. He - p. 254
- State Tracking of Linear Ensembles via Optimal Mass Transport, Y. Chen and J. Karlsson - p. 260
- Optimal Covariance Control for Stochastic Systems Under Chance Constraints, K. Okamoto, M. Goldshtein, and P. Tsiotras - p. 266
- A Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Cepstrum, O. Lauwers, O. M. Agudelo, and B. De Moor - p. 272
- Design of Stabilizing Dynamic Output Feedback Controllers for Hidden Markov Jump Linear Systems, A. M. de Oliveira, O. L. V. Costa, and J. Daafouz - p. 278
- Primal–Dual Algorithms for Convex Optimization via Regret Minimization, N. Ho-Nguyen and F. Kılınç-Karzan - p. 284
- Bistability and Resurgent Epidemics in Reinfection Models, R. Pagliara, B. Dey, and N. E. Leonard - p. 290
- Improving the Region of Attraction of a Non-Hyperbolic Point in Slow-Fast Systems With One Fast Direction, H. Jardón-Kojakhmetov and J. M. A. Scherpen - p. 296
- Bregman Parallel Direction Method of Multipliers for Distributed Optimization via Mirror Averaging, Y. Yu, B. Açıkme¸se, and M. Mesbahi - p. 302

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2.4. IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
Contributed by: Alessandro Astolfi, ieeetac@imperial.ac.uk

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 http://ieeecss.org/publications-content-digest 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.

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3. MISC

3.1. Summer School on Complex Networked and Control Systems
Contributed by: Martin Steinberger, martin.steinberger@tugraz.at

Summer School on Complex Networked and Control Systems

Date: July 17th till July 20th 2018 (Tuesday till Friday)

Location: Graz University of Technology, Inffeldgasse Campus, 8010 Graz, Austria

Homepage: https://www.tugraz.at/projekte/dependable-things/events/summer-school-on...

The summer school is organized by the LEAD Project "Dependable Internet of Things in Adverse Environments", which has been funded through an excellence initiative sponsored by Graz University of Technology to foster excellent research areas of strategic importance. The school will address scientific challenges associated with networked optimization and control, wireless networking and signal processing. It will feature four tutorial lectures:

1) Johannes Schiffer (University of Leeds), "Dynamics and Distributed Control in Power Systems"
2) Ruggero Carli (University of Padova), "Distributed Convex Optimization Algorithms over asynchronous and lossy networks"
3) Gerald Matz (Vienna University of Technology), "Complexity-constrained data processing with graphs"
4) Thomas Watteyne (Inria Paris), "Getting Your Hands Dirty with the Industrial IoT and SmartMesh IP"

In addition, there will be a PhD forum where the participants will give a 5min presentation on their current research topic.

Registration:

Registration will be possible via the easyChair-link provided on the webpage. It is expected to open on May 15, 2018.
Details about the registration will be available soon on the webpage.

Fee: EUR 120,- (includes lectures, lunch, coffee breaks, social event)
Grants: participation free of charge for 5 participants

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3.2. Short Course on Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control
Contributed by: Manolis Diamantis, dmanolis@dssl.tuc.gr

13th Short Course 2018

Dynamic Traffic Flow Modeling and Control

Lecturer: Prof. Markos Papageorgiou
Date: 19-23 November 2018
Location: Chania (Crete), Greece
Fee: 1.700 € (for graduate students: 1.300 €)
(20% reduction is granted in case of more than one participation from the same institution)

Scope

The design, analysis, and evaluation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) requires good knowledge of traffic flow modelling and control techniques as well as of powerful methodologies from the areas of optimisation, control, networks and dynamic systems. The purpose of the intensive 5-day course is to cover the basic theory, methods and tools necessary for efficient design and evaluation of ITS on road and freeway networks. After a basic introduction to dynamic systems and control, the course continues with traffic flow modelling and validation issues, the modelling of traffic networks, dynamic traffic assignment and simulation tools. Measurement devices and estimation problems in traffic networks, including automatic incident detection and OD estimation, are presented and discussed. The state-of-the-art techniques in freeway traffic control, road traffic control and integrated traffic control, employing ramp metering, signal control, variable speed limits and route guidance, along with several field-implemented case studies are presented. Future prospects and challenges related to emerging vehicle automation and communication systems are discussed. Brief accounts of some optimisation, control and estimation techniques are provided. Some 50 exercises are used for consolidation of the provided knowledge. Extensive written materials, including all transparency copies, are handed out.

Who Should Attend

Graduate students, faculty members, engineers, researchers, consultants, and government employees who are interested in improving their understanding of advanced traffic flow modelling and control tools and in becoming familiar with their application in ITS.

Please forward the information about the Short Course to any of your colleagues who may be interested.

For more information

For more information (Detailed Course Contents, About the Lecturer, Registration Form, Location, Accommodation, Evaluation of Previous Courses), please visit the site: http://www.dssl.tuc.gr/en/shortcourse/ShortCourseAnnouncement.pdf or email shortcourse@dssl.tuc.gr or contact:

Prof. Markos Papageorgiou
Director
Dynamic Systems & Simulation Laboratory
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
University Campus
GR-73100 Chania, GREECE

Tel: +30-28210-37240
Fax: +30-28210-37584/69410
E-mail: markos@dssl.tuc.gr
Web: http://www.dssl.tuc.gr

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3.3. EURASIP Summer School on Tensor-Based Signal Processing
Contributed by: Lieven De Lathauwer, Lieven.DeLathauwer@kuleuven.be

EURASIP Summer School on Tensor-Based Signal Processing
August 27-31, 2018
Leuven, Belgium

Higher-order tensor methods are intensively studied in many disciplines nowadays. The developments gradually allow us to move from classical vector and matrix based methods in applied mathematics and mathematical engineering to methods that involve tensors of arbitrary order. This transition is pivotal for signal processing, data analysis and many related fields. An important trend is the joint analysis of multiple data sets by coupled decompositions of several matrices and/or tensors.

The first two days of this summer school will provide a basic yet solid introduction to tensor decompositions and applications in signal processing, through lectures and computer exercises. After this general introduction, the next three days will feature invited lectures by experts. The second part also includes an end-of-project knowledge transfer from ERC Biotensors under the form of lectures and demos. Participants will be given the opportunity to present their own work in a poster and obtain feed-back from the course tutors.

The summer school is supported by the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP), the KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School for Science, Engineering & Technology and the IEEE-EMBS Benelux chapter.

For more information, please visit: https://homes.esat.kuleuven.be/~sistawww/biomed/biotensorssummerschool18...

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3.4. Summer School on Modelling and Control at Micro, Nano and Quantum Scale
Contributed by: Antoneta Iuliana BRATCU, antoneta.bratcu@gipsa-lab.fr

Summer School on “Modelling and control at micro, nano and quantum scale”

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Location and Date: Grenoble (France) - September 3 to 7, 2018
Scientific Chair: Alina VODA (GIPSA-lab, Grenoble, France)
Website: http://www.gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr/summerschool/EEAUTO2018/

Pre-registration link:
https://www.azur-colloque.fr/DR11/inscription/preinscription/159

For French participants:
https://www.azur-colloque.fr/DR11/inscription/preinscription/159/fr

Early registrations are encouraged (the number of participants is limited to 50).

Pre-registration dead-line is June 30th 2018.

Registration dead-line is July 13th 2018.

Systems miniaturisation becomes more and more necessary in all domains of science, technology and daily life.
Micro- and nano-systems are dedicated to various applications due to advancements in physics, material science, electronics, biology, etc.
Such kind of systems are very challenging from control and estimation viewpoints, as they exhibit complex phenomena
such as high-frequency resonance, nonlinearities, noise.
Modelling and control of these mechatronic systems are nowadays well established; some advanced methods – like high-order modelling,
robust or nonlinear control – have proved their effectiveness.

The aim of this Summer School is to offer the opportunity of a scientific forum from both control systems and robotics communities,
around the various challenges and methodologies dedicated to miniaturized systems.
To this end, domain experts will be present to share their expertise and cutting-edge research results.

Speakers:
- G. BESANÇON (Grenoble Alpes University, France)
- M. BOUDAOUD (Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France)
- A. FERREIRA (University of Bourges, Bourges, France)
- M. FRUCHARD (University of Orléans, Orléans, France)
- Ph. LUTZ (University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France)
- Y. LE GORREC (University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France)
- F. MARCHI (Néel Institute, Grenoble, France)
- I. PETERSEN (ANU, Canberra, Australia)
- A. POPESCU (Grenoble Alpes University, France)
- M. RAKOTONDRABE (University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France)
- S. REGNIER (Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France)
- A. SARLETTE (INRIA Paris, France)
- A. VODA (Grenoble Alpes University, France)

For further information, please contact Antoneta Iuliana BRATCU

(antoneta.bratcu@gipsa-lab.fr)

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3.5. ACC Workshop on “From Theory to Practice in Control: Enhancing Innovation and Impact”
Contributed by: Tariq Samad, tsamad@umn.edu

From Theory to Practice in Control: Enhancing Innovation and Impact

Full-day Workshop at the 2018 American Control Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Tuesday, January 206, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

How can the control community—including students, researchers, practitioners, and technology managers—excel at innovation? This workshop will present insights and recommendations for advancing the societal and industry impact of advanced control. Presenters include senior representatives of a diverse set of major corporations (including Amazon, General Motors, Honeywell, and United Technologies) who will present key areas for innovation in their companies and offer guidance on how to achieve successful careers in industry. In addition, entrepreneurial academics who have taken research to commercial offerings will discuss their experiences in bridging the theory-practice gap, and thought leaders on technology management will review societal trends and provide their perspectives on innovation practices. The presenters also include current and former leaders at NSF and professional organizations.

In addition to formal presentations, the agenda will include two discussion sessions with the audience. The first discussion will be held in the morning and will identify key issues and challenges. The second will conclude the workshop and will focus on articulating recommendations for students, faculty, and the community. The target audience for the workshop includes graduate students interested in corporate careers; faculty, students, and other innovators with research developments that could be candidates for new ventures; junior R&D staff in industry who aspire to be future leaders, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs; and graduate students and faculty seeking to identify industry-relevant research topics.

This workshop is an activity of the IFAC Industry Committee, of which the lead organizer is the founding chair. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to continue the discussion through Industry Committee channels that are being established.

Workshop presenters include:
- Ankur Ganguli (Engineering Director, General Motors);
- Sahika Genc (Senior Scientist, Amazon Artificial Intelligence);
- Atul Kelkar (National Science Foundation, Iowa State University, and co-founder of four tech startups);
- Pramod Khargonekar (Vice Chancellor for Research, Univ. of California, Irvine; former head of NSF Engineering Directorate);
- Lucia Quintero (Univ. EAFIT, Colombia, and industry/government consultant);
- Tariq Samad (Univ. of Minnesota; ex-Corporate Fellow, Honeywell);
- Andrew Sparks (United Technologies)
- Greg Stewart (Senior Fellow, Honeywell, Canada).

For more details about the workshop, including its agenda, abstracts of presentations, and biosketches of presenters, please visit https://tli.umn.edu/2018-American-Control-Conference. More information about ACC and registration instructions are available at http://acc2018.a2c2.org/.

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3.6. Magnus Egerstedt Named School Chair for Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Contributed by: Jackie Nemeth, jackie.nemeth@ece.gatech.edu

Magnus Egerstedt Named School Chair for Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Magnus Egerstedt has been appointed as the new Steve W. Chaddick School Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, effective August 1. Egerstedt is currently the executive director for Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines. He also holds the Julian T. Hightower Chair in Systems and Controls in ECE, along with courtesy appointments in the School of Interactive Computing, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering.

“Magnus is a distinguished investigator, world-class expert in his field and a respected mentor,” said Steve McLaughlin, dean of the College of Engineering and Southern Company chair. “His unique combination of administrative and academic experience has prepared him well to transition to an academic leadership role. An award-winning teacher and researcher, Magnus has also been at the forefront of our online classes in robotics. His unique perspective in the delivery of coursework will certainly serve him well in his role as chair in meeting the needs of our future students.”

Egerstedt succeeds McLaughlin, who became dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech in September 2017. Dr. Raheem Beyah has been serving as interim chair for the School.

As the new chair, Egerstedt will oversee a School that is consistently ranked as one of the nation's most prominent programs of its kind in both graduate and undergraduate education. The School is one of the largest producers of electrical and computer engineers in the United States, with more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students and 110 faculty members. In FY 2017, ECE faculty members acquired an impressive $53,500,000 in research grants and contracts from government and industrial sources.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected as the next Steve W. Chaddick School Chair in ECE at Georgia Tech, which has been my home for more than 15 years,” Egerstedt said. “In today’s rapidly evolving innovation landscape, ECE finds itself at the forefront of a number of societal-level challenges that can only be met through multidisciplinary collaboration. Our combination of size, diversity and quality uniquely positions us to address these challenges and lead the charge in defining what a modern Electrical and Computer Engineering program could look like. I look forward to continuing to build on our world-class program and help write the next chapter in this amazing School’s story together with our outstanding faculty, students, staff and alumni."

Egerstedt earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2001 after completing a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard University. Egerstedt is a Fellow of the IEEE and he received the John R. Ragazzini Education Award from the American Automatic Control Council; the Alumnus of the Year Award from the Royal Institute of Technology; and the W. Marshall Leach, Jr./Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award.

Egerstedt’s research group works in the general areas of control theory and robotics. During the last decade, his research has focused on control and coordination of complex networks, such as swarms of mobile robots. His research has produced more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and resulted in more than $8 million in sponsored research. Egerstedt has graduated over 30 Ph.D. students, and his massive open online course (MOOC) “Control of Mobile Robots,” has enrolled more than 150,000 students worldwide.

The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech is the largest of its kind in the country with more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The college ranks in the top five in undergraduate and graduate engineering education by U.S. News and World Report.

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of the top-ranked schools in the nation. ECE’s first-class education and research programs offer a multitude of customizable options: flexible pathways with 11 technical interest areas, 300-plus student organizations, more than 80 study abroad programs, and 19 Georgia Tech research centers. In addition to the main campus in Atlanta, Georgia, ECE also has permanent operations at Georgia Tech-Lorraine in France and Georgia Tech-Shenzhen in China.

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4. Books

4.1. Scalar, Vector, and Matrix Mathematics: Theory, Facts, and Formulas, 3rd Ed.
Contributed by: Dennis Bernstein, dsbaero@umich.edu

Scalar, Vector, and Matrix Mathematics: Theory, Facts, and Formulas
Third Edition, Princeton University Press
Dennis S. Bernstein

This expanded edition of Matrix Mathematics is 1600 pages with more than 3000 references with extensive material on scalar and vector mathematics. Beginning with preliminaries on sets, logic, relations, and functions, this book covers all of the major topics in matrix theory, such as transformations and decompositions, polynomial matrices, generalized inverses, and norms. Additional topics include graphs, groups, convex functions, polynomials, and linear systems. The book also features extensive material on scalar inequalities, geometry, combinatorics, series, products, and integrals.

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4.2. Reinforcement Learning for Optimal Feedback Control: A Lyapunov-Based Approach
Contributed by: Yasmin Brookes, yasmin.brookes@springer.com

Reinforcement Learning for Optimal Feedback Control: A Lyapunov-Based Approach by R. Kamalapurkar, P. Walters and W. Dixon
ISBN: 978-3-319-78383-3
May 2018, Springer
Hardcover, 293 pages, $169.99/€139,99

https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319783833

Reinforcement Learning for Optimal Feedback Control develops model-based and data-driven reinforcement learning methods for solving optimal control problems in nonlinear deterministic dynamical systems. In order to achieve learning under uncertainty, data-driven methods for identifying system models in real-time are also developed. The book illustrates the advantages gained from the use of a model and the use of previous experience in the form of recorded data through simulations and experiments. The book’s focus on deterministic systems allows for an in-depth Lyapunov-based analysis of the performance of the methods described during the learning phase and during execution.

To yield an approximate optimal controller, the authors focus on theories and methods that fall under the umbrella of actor–critic methods for machine learning. They concentrate on establishing stability during the learning phase and the execution phase, and adaptive model-based and data-driven reinforcement learning, to assist readers in the learning process, which typically relies on instantaneous input-output measurements.

This monograph provides academic researchers with backgrounds in diverse disciplines from aerospace engineering to computer science, who are interested in optimal reinforcement learning functional analysis and functional approximation theory, with a good introduction to the use of model-based methods. The thorough treatment of an advanced treatment to control will also interest practitioners working in the chemical-process and power-supply industry.

Contents

1. Optimal Control
2. Approximate Dynamic Programming
3. Excitation-Based Online Approximate Optimal Control
4. Model-Based Reinforcement Learning for Approximate Optimal Control
5. Differential Graphical Games
6. Applications
7. Computational Considerations

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4.3. Control Theory Tutorial: Basic Concepts Illustrated by Software Examples
Contributed by: Yasmin Brookes, yasmin.brookes@springer.com

Control Theory Tutorial: Basic Concepts Illustrated by Software Examples
by Steven A. Frank
ISBN: 978-3-319-91706-1
May 2018, Springer
Softcover, 111 pages, $24.99/€19,99

https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319917061

This open access brief introduces the basic principles of control theory in a concise self-study guide. It complements the classic texts by emphasizing the simple conceptual unity of the subject. A novice can quickly see how and why the different parts fit together. The concepts build slowly and naturally one after another, until the reader soon has a view of the whole. Each concept is illustrated by detailed examples and graphics. The full software code for each example is available, providing the basis for experimenting with various assumptions, learning how to write programs for control analysis, and setting the stage for future research projects. The topics focus on robustness, design trade-offs, and optimality. Most of the book develops classical linear theory. The last part of the book considers robustness with respect to nonlinearity and explicitly nonlinear extensions, as well as advanced topics such as adaptive control and model predictive control. New students, as well as scientists from other backgrounds who want a concise and easy-to-grasp coverage of control theory, will benefit from the emphasis on concepts and broad understanding of the various approaches.

Contents

1 Introduction

Part I Basic Principles
2 Control Theory Dynamics
3 Basic Control Architecture
4 PID Design Example
5 Performance and Robustness Measures

Part II Design Tradeoffs
6 Regulation
7 Stabilization
8 Tracking
9 State Feedback

Part III Common Challenges
10 Nonlinearity
11 Adaptive Control
12 Model Predictive Control
13 Time Delays
14 Summary

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4.4. Robotic Manipulators and Vehicles: Control, Estimation and Filtering
Contributed by: Yasmin Brookes, yasmin.brookes@springer.com

Robotic Manipulators and Vehicles: Control, Estimation and Filtering
by Gerasimos G. Rigatos and Krishna Busawon
ISBN: 978-3-319-77850-1
May 2018, Springer
Hardcover, 734 pages, $219.99/€169,99

https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319778501

This monograph addresses problems of:
• nonlinear control, estimation and filtering for robotic manipulators (multi-degree-of freedom rigid-link robots, flexible-link robots, underactuated, redundant and cooperating manipulators and closed-chain robotic mechanisms); and
• nonlinear control, estimation and filtering for autonomous robotic vehicles operating on the ground, in the air, and on and under water, independently and in cooperating groups.

The book is a thorough treatment of the entire range of applications of robotic manipulators and autonomous vehicles. The nonlinear control and estimation methods it develops can be used generically, being suitable for a wide range of robotic systems. Such methods can improve robustness, precision and fault-tolerance in robotic manipulators and vehicles at the same time as enabling the reliable functioning of these systems under variable conditions, model uncertainty and external perturbations.

Contents

1 Rigid-Link Manipulators: Model-Based Control
2 Underactuated Robotic Manipulators
3 Rigid-Link Manipulators: Model-Free Control
4 Closed-Chain Robotic Systems and Mechanisms
5 Flexible-Link Robots
6 Micro-manipulators
7 Unicycles and Two-Wheel Autonomous Ground Vehicles
8 Four-Wheel Autonomous Ground Vehicles
9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
10 Unmanned Surface Vessels
11 Autonomous Underwater Vessels
12 Cooperating Autonomous Vehicles

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5. Journals

5.1. Contents: Systems & Control Letters
Contributed by: John Coca, j.coca@elsevier.com

Systems & Control Letters
Vol. 116
June 2018

- Xiaodi Li, Peng Li, Qing-guo Wang, Input/output-to-state stability of impulsive switched systems, Pages 1-7
- João Fábio S. dos Santos, Paulo C. Pellanda, Alberto M. Simões, Robust pole placement under structural constraints, Pages 8-14
- Aldo-Jonathan Muñoz-Vázquez, Vicente Parra-Vega, Anand Sánchez-Orta, Gerardo Romero-Galván, Quadratic Lyapunov functions for stability analysis in fractional-order systems with not necessarily differentiable solutions, Pages 15-19
- Shiguo Peng, Feiqi Deng, Yun Zhang, A unified Razumikhin-type criterion on input-to-state stability of time-varying impulsive delayed systems, Pages 20-26
- Mehdi Sadeghpour, Gábor Orosz, Can a finite number of discrete delays approximate stochastic delay?, Pages 27-31
- Jingfang Huang, Xin Yu, Kangsheng Liu, Semidiscrete finite element approximation of time optimal control problems for semilinear heat equations with nonsmooth initial data, Pages 32-40
- Zhenhua Wang, Cheng-Chew Lim, Yi Shen, Interval observer design for uncertain discrete-time linear systems, Pages 41-46
- Yongqiang Guan, Long Wang, Controllability of multi-agent systems with directed and weighted signed networks, Pages 47-55
- Qian Feng, Sing Kiong Nguang, Dissipative delay range analysis of coupled differential–difference delay systems with distributed delays, Pages 56-65
- Yuta Yaegashi, Hidekazu Yoshioka, Unique solvability of a singular stochastic control model for population management, Pages 66-70
- Damián Marelli, Mohsen Zamani, Minyue Fu, Brett Ninness, Distributed Kalman filter in a network of linear systems, Pages 71-77

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5.2. Contents: Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems
Contributed by: John Coca, j.coca@elsevier.com

Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems
Vol. 29
August 2018

- Sergio Galeani, Mario Sassano, Hybrid output regulation for nonlinear systems: Steady-state vs receding horizon formulation, Pages 1-19
- Simone Baldi, Weiming Xiang, Reachable set estimation for switched linear systems with dwell-time switching, Pages 20-33
- Xiangze Lin, Xueling Li, Chih-Chiang Chen, Shihua Li, Smooth output feedback stabilization for a class of high-order switched nonlinear systems, Pages 34-53
- Jinnan Luo, Wenhong Tian, Shouming Zhong, Kaibo Shi, Wenqin Wang, Non-fragile asynchronous event-triggered control for uncertain delayed switched neural networks, Pages 54-73
- Jason Sheng-Hong Tsai, Jiunn-Shiou Fang, Jun-Juh Yan, Ming-Cheng Dai, Shu-Mei Guo, Leang-San Shieh, Hybrid robust discrete sliding mode control for generalized continuous chaotic systems subject to external disturbances, Pages 74-84
- Yuechao Ma, Nannan Ma, Lin Chen, Synchronization criteria for singular complex networks with Markovian jump and time-varying delays via pinning control, Pages 85-99
- Junqi Yang, Xudong Zhao, Xuhui Bu, Wei Qian, Stabilization of switched linear systems via admissible edge-dependent switching signals, Pages 100-109
- Zhi Liu, Xianfu Zhang, Xiaodong Lu, Qingrong Liu, Stabilization of positive switched delay systems with all modes unstable, Pages 110-120
- Feiyue Wu, Jie Lian, A parametric multiple Lyapunov equations approach to switched systems with actuator saturation, Pages 121-132
- M.A. Davó, F. Gouaisbaut, A. Baños, S. Tarbouriech, A. Seuret, Exponential stability of a PI plus reset integrator controller by a sampled-data system approach, Pages 133-146
- Dong Yang, Jun Zhao, Feedback passification for switched LPV systems via a state and parameter-triggered switching with dwell time constraints, Pages 147-164
- Antonio Cicone, Nicola Guglielmi, Vladimir Yu. Protasov, Linear switched dynamical systems on graphs, Pages 165-186
- Hong Sang, Hong Nie, Asynchronous H∞ control for discrete-time switched systems under state-dependent switching with dwell time constraint, Pages 187-202
- Chang-Hua Lien, Ker-Wei Yu, Jer-Guang Hsieh, Long-Yeu Chung, Jenq-Der Chen, Simple switching signal design for H∞ performance and control of switched time-delay systems, Pages 203-220
- Bing Li, Stability of stochastic functional differential equations with impulses by an average approach, Pages 221-233
- Ping Zhao, Di-Hua Zhai, Yuangong Sun, Yueyang Li, Adaptive finite-time control of a class of Markovian jump nonlinear systems with parametric and dynamic uncertainties, Pages 234-246
- Jinling Wang, Jinling Liang, Abdullah M. Dobaie, Controller synthesis for switched T–S fuzzy positive systems described by the Fornasini–Marchesini second model, Pages 247-260
- Alberto Olivares, Ernesto Staffetti, Switching time-optimal control of spacecraft equipped with reaction wheels and gas jet thrusters, Pages 261-282
- R. Rakkiyappan, K. Maheswari, K. Sivaranjani, Young Hoon Joo, Non-fragile finite-time l2−l∞ state estimation for discrete-time neural networks with semi-Markovian switching and random sensor delays based on Abel lemma approach, Pages 283-302
- Ruimei Zhang, Deqiang Zeng, Shouming Zhong, Kaibo Shi, Jinzhong Cui, New approach on designing stochastic sampled-data controller for exponential synchronization of chaotic Lur’e systems, Pages 303-321
- In Seok Park, Nam Kyu Kwon, PooGyeon Park, A linear programming approach for stabilization of positive Markovian jump systems with a saturated single input, Pages 322-332
- JunMin Park, Seok Young Lee, PooGyeon Park, An improved fragmentation approach to sampled-data synchronization of chaotic Lur’e systems, Pages 333-347
- Jaepil Ban, Wookyong Kwon, Sangchul Won, Sangwoo Kim, Robust H∞ finite-time control for discrete-time polytopic uncertain switched linear systems, Pages 348-362
- Na Zhang, Yuangong Sun, Fanwei Meng, State bounding for switched homogeneous positive nonlinear systems with exogenous input, Pages 363-372
- Chaoqun Xu, Sanling Yuan, Tonghua Zhang, Average break-even concentration in a simple chemostat model with telegraph noise, Pages 373-382
- Liangliang Li, Chuandong Li, Hongfei Li, Fully state constraint impulsive control for non-autonomous delayed nonlinear dynamic systems, Pages 383-394
- Pengfei Wang, Yu Hong, Huan Su, Stabilization of stochastic complex-valued coupled delayed systems with Markovian switching via periodically intermittent control, Pages 395-413

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5.3. Contents: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: John Coca, j.coca@elsevier.com

European Journal of Control
Vo. 41
May 2018

- Maria Thomas, Shyam Kamal, Bijnan Bandyopadhyay, Leena Vachhani, Continuous higher order sliding mode control for a class of uncertain MIMO nonlinear systems: An ISS approach, Pages 1-7
- Yun Sun, Yuanguo Zhu, Uncertain saddle point equilibrium differential games with non-anticipating strategies, Pages 8-15
- Zhenwei Liu, Meirong Zhang, Ali Saberi, Anton A. Stoorvogel, Passivity based state synchronization of homogeneous discrete-time multi-agent systems via static protocol in the presence of input delay, Pages 16-24
- Joel Gonzalez, Christophe Sueur, Unknown input observer with stability: A structural analysis approach in bond graph, Pages 25-43
- Matthew C. Turner, Murray Kerr, A nonlinear modification for improving dynamic anti-windup compensation, Pages 44-52
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Emre Sariyildiz, İlhan Mutlu, Rahim Mutlu, A disturbance observer-based robust controller design for systems with right half plane zeros and poles, Pages 53-62
- Amir A. Ghavifekr, Amir R. Ghiasi, Mohammad A. Badamchizadeh, Farzad Hashemzadeh, Paolo Fiorini, Stability analysis of the linear discrete teleoperation systems with stochastic sampling and data dropout, Pages 63-71
- Damir Rušiti, Tiago R. Oliveira, Greg Mills, Miroslav Krstić, Deterministic and Stochastic Newton-based extremum seeking for higher derivatives of unknown maps with delays, Pages 72-83

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5.4. Contents: Journal of the Franklin Institute
Contributed by: John Coca, j.coca@elsevier.com

Journal of the Franklin Institute
Vol. 355 Issue. 9
June 2018

- Bo Zhang, Feiqi Deng, Shiguo Peng, Shengli Xie, Stabilization and destabilization of nonlinear systems via intermittent stochastic noise with application to memristor-based system, Pages 3829-3852
- Zhaohui Chen, Zhong Cao, Qi Huang, Stephen L. Campbell, Reliable H∞ control on saturated linear Markov jump system with uncertain transition rates and asynchronous jumped actuator failure, Pages 3853-3872
- Ze-Hao Wu, Bao-Zhu Guo, Approximate decoupling and output tracking for MIMO nonlinear systems with mismatched uncertainties via ADRC approach, Pages 3873-3894
- Xiandong Chen, Xianfu Zhang, Chenghui Zhang, Le Chang, Global asymptotic stabilization for input-delay chained nonholonomic systems via the static gain approach, Pages 3895-3910
- Xianglei Jia, Shengyuan Xu, Junwei Lu, Yongmin Li, Yuming Chu, Zhengqiang Zhang, Adaptive control for uncertain nonlinear time-delay systems in a lower-triangular form, Pages 3911-3925
- Qian Liu, Senping Tian, Panpan Gu, P-type iterative learning control algorithm for a class of linear singular impulsive systems, Pages 3926-3937
- Amin Jajarmi, Mojtaba Hajipour, Ehsan Mohammadzadeh, Dumitru Baleanu, A new approach for the nonlinear fractional optimal control problems with external persistent disturbances, Pages 3938-3967
- Wenxi Zhang, Vibration avoidance method for flexible robotic arm manipulation, Pages 3968-3989
- R. Manivannan, Yang Cao, Design of generalized dissipativity state estimator for static neural networks including state time delays and leakage delays, Pages 3990-4014
- Bo Liu, Xin-Chun Jia, New absolute stability criteria for uncertain Lur’e systems with time-varying delays, Pages 4015-4031
- Zhipeng Li, Minyue Fu, Huanshui Zhang, A new distributed Kalman filtering based on means-quare estimation upper bounds, Pages 4032-4049
- Linwei Li, Xuemei Ren, Fumin Guo, Modified multi-innovation stochastic gradient algorithm for Wiener–Hammerstein systems with backlash, Pages 4050-4075

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Journal of the Franklin Institute
Vol. 355 Issue. 10
July 2018

- Gisela Pujol-Vazquez, Leonardo Acho, Saleh Mobayen, Amelia Nápoles, Vega Pérez, Rotary inverted pendulum with magnetically external perturbations as a source of the pendulum’s base navigation commands, Pages 4077-4096
- Hong-Xia Rao, Yong Xu, Chang Liu, Jun-Yi Li, Finite-time control for periodic systems with Markov jump sensor nonlinearities and random input gains, Pages 4097-4110
- Yanzhi Wu, Jiangping Hu, Observer-based output regulation of cooperative-competitive high-order multi-agent systems, Pages 4111-4130
- Jianzhong Zhou, Yuncheng Zhang, Yang Zheng, Yanhe Xu, Synergetic governing controller design for the hydraulic turbine governing system with complex conduit system, Pages 4131-4146
- Shaohua Luo, Ruizhen Gao, Chaos control of the permanent magnet synchronous motor with time-varying delay by using adaptive sliding mode control based on DSC, Pages 4147-4163
- Hao An, Qianqian Wu, Hongwei Xia, Changhong Wang, Control of a time-varying hypersonic vehicle model subject to inlet un-start condition, Pages 4164-4197
- Chang-Jiang Li, Guo-Ping Liu, Consensus for heterogeneous networked multi-agent systems with switching topology and time-varying delays, Pages 4198-4217
- Hongjiu Yang, Hui Li, Yuanqing Xia, Li Li, Nonuniform sampling Kalman filter for networked systems with Markovian packets dropout, Pages 4218-4240
- Michael Gil’, Norm estimates for function Lyapunov equations and applications, Pages 4241-4247
- Ping Li, Shengyuan Xu, Weimin Chen, Yunliang Wei, Zhengqiang Zhang, A connectivity preserving rendezvous for unicycle agents with heterogenous input disturbances, Pages 4248-4267
- Yumiao Li, Litan Yan, Stability of delayed Hopfield neural networks under a sublinear expectation framework, Pages 4268-4281
- Xingping Sheng, A relaxed gradient based algorithm for solving generalized coupled Sylvester matrix equations, Pages 4282-4297
- Jinsha Li, Sanyang Liu, Junmin Li, Adaptive iterative learning protocol design for nonlinear multi-agent systems with unknown control direction, Pages 4298-4314
- Hongtao Yu, Reza Langari, A neural network-based detection and mitigation system for unintended acceleration, Pages 4315-4335
- Li-Juan Liu, Hamid Reza Karimi, Xudong Zhao, New approaches to positive observer design for discrete-time positive linear systems, Pages 4336-4350
- Xiao-Xiao Zhang, Jin-Liang Wang, Yan-Li Huang, Shun-Yan Ren, Analysis and adaptive control for synchronization and H∞ synchronization of coupled partial differential systems with multiple time-varying delays, Pages 4351-4378
- Shuihan Qiu, Yanli Huang, Shunyan Ren, Finite-time synchronization of coupled Cohen–Grossberg neural networks with and without coupling delays, Pages 4379-4403
- C. Sowmiya, R. Raja, Jinde Cao, X. Li, G. Rajchakit, Discrete-time stochastic impulsive BAM neural networks with leakage and mixed time delays: An exponential stability problem, Pages 4404-4435
- Yaning Lin, Tianliang Zhang, Weihai Zhang, Infinite horizon linear quadratic Pareto game of the stochastic singular systems, Pages 4436-4452
- Qin Fu, Lili Du, Guangzhao Xu, Jianrong Wu, Consensus control for multi-agent systems with distributed parameter models via iterative learning algorithm, Pages 4453-4472
- Zhe Jiang, Xiaohong Shen, Haiyan Wang, Throughput of underwater acoustic networks with significant multipath delays, Pages 4473-4492

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5.5. Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
Contributed by: Charis Edworthy, charis.edworthy@oup.com

Contents, IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information 35:suppl_1

A new supplementary issue of IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information is now available online.

The Table of Contents below can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/2IEKY0Z

- Juan Diego Sánchez-Torres, David Gómez-Gutiérrez, Esteban López, and Alexander G Loukianov, A class of predefined-time stable dynamical systems, http://bit.ly/2wDHI1c
- Jian-Zhong Xiao, Xing-Hua Zhu, and Zhong-Hao Yao, Controllability results for second order semilinear functional differential inclusions based on Kuratowski product measures, http://bit.ly/2Kl1sbK
- Atte Aalto, Spatial discretization error in Kalman filtering for discrete-time infinite dimensional systems, http://bit.ly/2KnnFGd
- Rigoberto Medina, Carlos Martinez, and Claudio Vidal, Exponential stability criteria for systems with multiple time delays, http://bit.ly/2L2BrPw

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5.6. Contents: Control Theory and Technology
Contributed by: Zou Tiefeng, tfzou@scut.edu.cn

Table of Contents

Control Theory and Technology
(formerly entitled Journal of Control Theory and Applications)
Vol. 16, No. 2, May 2018

ISSN: 2095-6983 CODEN: CTTOAM
http://www.springer.com/engineering/control/journal/11768

Special issue on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

Editorial
K. P. Valavanis P.81

- Flocking control of a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles, A. Belkadi, Z. Liu, L. Ciarletta, Y. Zhang, D. Theilliol P.82
- Distributed output feedback stationary consensus of multi-vehicle systems in unknown environments, V. Rezaei, M. Stefanovic P.93
- Consensus controller for multi-UAV navigation, P. Kolaric, C. Chen, A. Dalal, F. L. Lewis P.110
- Ranging-aided relative navigation of multi-platforms, H. L. Pei, R. Xia P.122
- Nonlinear robust control of a quadrotor helicopter with finite time convergence, G. Zheng, B. Xian P.133
- Experimental evaluation of a real-time GPU-based pose estimation system for autonomous landing of rotary wings UAVs, A. Benini, M. J. Rutherford, K. P. Valavanis P.145

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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.20, No.3 May, 2018
CONTENTS

[Special Issue: Theoretical and Practical Challenges in Learning Control]

1. Optimal Estimation of Rational Feedforward Control via Instrumental Variables: With Application to a Wafer Stage (Pages: 975-992), Frank Boeren, Lennart Blanken, Dennis Bruijnen and Tom Oomen
2. Rohrs' Example Revisited: On the Robustness of Adaptive Iterative Learning Control (Pages: 993-1002), Berk Altın and Kira Barton
3. Learning Control of Robot Manipulators in Task Space (Pages: 1003-1013), K. M. Dogan, E. Tatlicioglu, E. Zergeroglu and K. Cetin
4. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Formation Using Learning Based Model Predictive Control (Pages: 1014-1026), Ahmed T. Hafez, Sidney N. Givigi and Shahram Yousefi
5. Adaptive Iterative Learning Boundary Control of a Flexible Manipulator with Guaranteed Transient Performance (Pages: 1027-1038), Zhijie Liu and Jinkun Liu
6. Improved D‐Type Anticipatory Iterative Learning Control for a Class of Inhomogeneous Heat Equations (Pages: 1039-1046), Deqing Huang and Xuefang Li
7. Improving Robustness Filter Bandwidth in Repetitive Control by Considering Model Mismatch (Pages: 1047-1057), Arnfinn A. Eielsen, Yik R. Teo and Andrew J. Fleming
8. Quantized Iterative Learning Control Design For Linear Systems Based On A 2‐D Roesser Model (Pages: 1058-1066), Yin Yanling, Bu Xuhui and Liang Jiaqi
9. Estimation of Road Friction Coefficient and Vehicle States by 3‐DOF Dynamic Model and HSRI Model Based on Information Fusion (Pages: 1067-1076), Ying Xu, Biyun Chen and Cheng Chi
10. Networked Iterative Learning Control Design for Nonlinear Systems with Stochastic Output Packet Dropouts (Pages: 1077-1087), Jian Liu and Xiaoe Ruan
11. Event‐Triggered Iterative Learning Control for Multi‐Agent Systems with Quantization (Pages: 1088-1101), Ting Zhang and Junmin Li
12. Intermittent and Successive ILC for Stochastic Nonlinear Systems with Random Data Dropouts (Pages: 1102-1114), Dong Shen Chao and Zhang Yun Xu
13. Adaptive Controller Based Unified Power Flow Control for Low Power Oscillation Damping (Pages: 1115-1124), Nadia Zeb, Bilal Khan, Sahibzada Muhammad Ali, Chaudhry Arshad Mehmood, Rabia Sajjad, Umar Farid and Ayesha Bibi
14. Distributed Control Design for Spatially Interconnected Markovian Jump Systems With Time‐Varying Delays (Pages: 1125-1134), Hongyan Feng, Huiling Xu, Shengyuan Xu and Weimin Chen
15. An E‐HOIM Based Data‐Driven Adaptive TILC of Nonlinear Discrete‐Time Systems for Non‐Repetitive Terminal Point Tracking (Pages: 1135-1144), Na Lin Ronghu, Chi Biao Huang, Chiang‐Ju Chien and Yuanjing Feng
16. State Space Constrained Iterative Learning Control for Robotic Manipulators (Pages: 1145-1150), Kaloyan Yovchev, Kamen Delchev and Evgeniy Krastev

[Regular Paper]
1. Adaptive Output‐Feedback Control of Nonlinear Systems with Multiple Uncertainties (Pages: 1151-1160), Yaxin Huang and Yungang Liu
2. ℓ2 Gain Estimation and Visualization of A Control Parameter Set in 3D Space Using Plant Response Data (Pages: 1161-1170), Masami Saeki
3. Decentralized Sliding Mode Control for Multi‐Input Complex Interconnected Systems Subject to non‐smooth Nonlinearities (Pages: 1171-1181), Wen‐Jeng Liu
4. Robust Double‐integral T‐S Fuzzy Output Regulation for Nonlinear Systems (Pages: 1182-1193), Kuang‐Yow Lian, Chien‐Hung Liu and Chian‐Song Chiu
5. Sliding Mode Disturbance Observer‐based Motion Control for a Piezoelectric Actuator‐based Surgical Device (Pages: 1194-1203), Jun Yik Lau, Wenyu Liangm, Hwee Choo Liaw and Kok Kiong Tan
6. Globally Stable Adaptive Dynamic Surface Control for Cooperative Path Following of Multiple Underactuated Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (Pages: 1204-1220), Hao Wang, Yiping Li and Kaizhou Liu
7. Adaptive Fractional Order PI Controller Design for a Flexible Swing arm System Via Enhanced Virtual Reference Feedback Tuning (Pages: 1221-1240), Yuanlong Xie, Xiaoqi Tang, Shiqi Zheng, Wenjun Qiao and Bao Song
8. Adaptive Terminal Sliding Mode Control for Motion Tracking of a Micropositioning System (Pages: 1241-1252), Guangwei Wang and Qingsong Xu
9. Generalized Extended State Observer Based Control for Networked Interconnected Systems with Delays (Pages: 1253-1262), Yao‐Wei Wang, Wen‐An Zhang, Hui Dong and Jun‐Wei Zhu
10. Stabilization of Uncertain Multi‐Order Fractional Systems Based on the Extended State Observer (Pages: 1263-1273), Liping Chen, Gang Chen, Ranchao Wu, J.A. Tenreiro Machado, António M. Lopes and Suoliang Ge
11. EID‐Estimation‐Based Periodic Disturbance Rejection for Sintering Ignition Process with Input Time Delay (Pages: 1274-1287), Xin Chen, Wei Jiao, Min Wu and Weihua Cao

[Brief Paper]
1. Backstepping and Sliding‐Mode Techniques Applied to Distributed Secondary Control of Islanded Microgrids (Pages: 1288-1295), Jian Li and Dezhen Zhang
2. Robust H∞ Control of Discrete‐time Singular Systems via Integral Sliding Surface (Pages: 1296-1302), Jianjun Bai, Renquan Lu, Zhengguang Wu, Ridong Zhang, Xiaodong Zhao and Anke Xue
3. On the Design of Event‐Triggered Suboptimal Controllers for Nonlinear Systems (Pages: 1303-1311), Yazdan Batmani

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5.8. Contents: International Journal of Control
Contributed by: Bing Chu, b.chu@soton.ac.uk

International Journal of Control
Volume 91, Issue 6, 2018

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tcon20/current

- Adaptive dynamic programming for discrete-time linear quadratic regulation based on multirate generalised policy iteration, Tae Yoon Chun, Jae Young Lee, Jin Bae Park & Yoon Ho Choi, pages: 1223-1240
- Robust control for spacecraft rendezvous system with actuator unsymmetrical saturation: a gain scheduling approach, Qian Wang & Anke Xue, pages: 1241-1250
- Partial stabilisation of non-homogeneous bilinear systems, Z. Hamidi & M. Ouzahra, pages: 1251-1258
- Finite-time and fixed-time leader-following consensus for multi-agent systems with discontinuous inherent dynamics, Boda Ning, Jiong Jin, Jinchuan Zheng & Zhihong Man, pages: 1259-1270
- Rendezvous of multiple nonholonomic unicycles-based on backstepping, Ke-cai Cao, Bin Jiang & Dong Yue, pages: 1271-1283
- Telemanipulation of cooperative robots: a case of study, Javier Pliego-Jiménez & Marco Arteaga-Pérez, pages: 1284-1299
- Finite-time stabilisation of a class of switched nonlinear systems with state constraints, Shipei Huang & Zhengrong Xiang, pages: 1300-1313
- Discrete-time switching periodic adaptive control for time-varying parameters with unknown periodicity, Miao Yu, Deqing Huang & Wanqiu Yang, pages: 1314-1324
- Global finite-time attitude stabilization for rigid spacecraft in the exponential coordinates, Xiao-Ning Shi, Zhi-Gang Zhou & Di Zhou, pages: 1325-1337
- Finite-time output feedback stabilization of high-order uncertain nonlinear systems, Meng-Meng Jiang, Xue-Jun Xie & Kemei Zhang, pages: 1338-1349
- Periodic motion planning and control for underactuated mechanical systems, Zeguo Wang, Leonid B. Freidovich & Honghua Zhang, pages: 1350-1362
- Observer-based perturbation extremum seeking control with input constraints for direct-contact membrane distillation process, Fadi Eleiwi & Taous Meriem Laleg-Kirati, pages: 1363-1375
- Distributed consensus for discrete-time heterogeneous multi-agent systems, Huanyu Zhao & Shumin Fei, pages: 1376-1384
- Gap-metric-based robustness analysis of nonlinear systems with full and partial feedback linearisation, A. Al-Gburi, C. T. Freeman & M. C. French, pages: 1385-1402
- Prediction-based control for LTI systems with uncertain time-varying delays and partial state knowledge, V. Léchappé, E. Moulay & F. Plestan, pages: 1403-1414
- Explicit reference governor for linear systems, Emanuele Garone, Marco Nicotra & Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis, pages: 1415-1430
- Reach a nonlinear consensus for MAS via doubly stochastic quadratic operators, Rawad Abdulghafor, Sherzod Turaev, Akram Zeki & Imad Al-Shaikhli, pages: 1431-1459
- Stability, performance and sensitivity analysis of I.I.D. jump linear systems, Jorge R. Chávez Fuentes, Oscar R. González & W. Steven Gray, pages: 1460-1472

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5.9. Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
Contributed by: Alexandria Lipka, alipka@theiet.org

IET Control Theory & Applications
Volume 12
June 2018

http://digital-library.theiet.org/content/journals/iet-cta/12/9

- Bin Liu, David J. Hill, Zhijie Sunp, Stabilisation to input-to-state stability for continuous-time dynamical systems via event-triggered impulsive control with three levels of events, Pages 1167 –1179
- Shan Zuo, Yongduan Song, Frank L. Lewis, Ali Davoudi, Bipartite output containment of general linear heterogeneous multi-agent systems on signed digraphs, Pages 1180 –1188
- Shiju Yang, Chuandong Li, Tingwen Huang, State-dependent impulsive synchronisation of complex dynamical networks with non-linear coupling, Pages 1189 –1200
- Zhu Wang, Dong Wang, Jianzhong Sun, Wei Wang, Exponential convergence rate of distributed optimisation for multi-agent systems with constraints set over a directed graph, Pages 1201 –1207
- Mengling Li and Feiqi Deng, Moment exponential input-to-state stability of non-linear switched stochastic systems with Lévy noise, Pages 1208 –1215
- Mrinal Kanti Sarkar, Ark Dev, Pankhuri Asthana, Daijiry Narzary, Chattering free robust adaptive integral higher order sliding mode control for load frequency problems in multi-area power systems, Pages 1216 –1227
- Kiran Kumari, Abhisek K. Behera, Bijnan Bandyopadhyay, Event-triggered sliding mode-based tracking control for uncertain Euler–Lagrange systems, Pages 1228 –1235
- Pouya Badri and Mahdi Sojoodi, Robust fixed-order dynamic output feedback controller design for fractional-order systems, Pages 1236 –1243
- Chao Yang, Wen Yang, Hongbo Shi, DoS attack in centralised sensor network against state estimation, Pages 1244 –1253
- Komeil Nosrati and Masoud Shafiee, Kalman filtering for discrete-time linear fractional-order singular systems, Pages 1254 –1266
- Maziar Ebrahimi Dehshalie, Mohammad Bagher Menhaj, Ali Ghasemi, Mehdi Karrari, Finite-time distributed global optimal control for linear time-varying multi-agent systems: a dynamic output-feedback perspective, Pages 1267 –1275
- Javier A. Gallegos and Manuel A. Duarte-Mermoud, Robust mixed order backstepping control of non-linear systems, Pages 1276 –1285
- Fangfang Dong, Xiaomin Zhao, Jiang Han, Ye-Hwa Chen, Optimal fuzzy adaptive control for uncertain flexible joint manipulator based on D-operation, Pages 1286 –1298
- Hong-Xia Rao, Yong Xu, Bin Zhang, Deyin Yao, Robust estimator design for periodic neural networks with polytopic uncertain weight matrices and randomly occurred sensor nonlinearities, Pages 1299 –1305
- Ho Jun Kim, Jin Bae Park, Young Hoon Joo, Intelligent digital redesign for T–S fuzzy systems: sampled-data filter approach, Pages 1306 –1317
- Kaveh Hooshmandi, Farhad Bayat, Mohammad Reza Jahed-Motlagh, AliAkbar Jalali, Robust sampled-data control of non-linear LPV systems: time-dependent functional approach, Pages 1318 –1331
- Luis F. Ramírez, Belem Saldivar, Juan Carlos Ávila Vilchis, Saúl Montes de Oca, Lyapunov–Krasovskii approach to the stability analysis of the milling process, Pages 1332 –1339
- Xiaoping Wang, Lei Shi, Jingliang Shao, Containment control for high-order multi-agent systems with heterogeneous time delays, Pages 1340 –1348
- Xiaomei Lu, Wu-Hua Chen, Feifei Xue, Impulsive natural observers for vector second-order Lipschitz non-linear systems, Pages 1349 –1356
- Yajing Ma and Jun Zhao, Distributed event-triggered consensus using only triggered information for multi-agent systems under fixed and switching topologies, Pages 1357 –1365

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5.10. Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: John Coca, j.coca@elsevier.com

Control Engineering Practice
Vol. 75
June 2018

- Sina Sharif Mansouri, Christoforos Kanellakis, George Georgoulas, Dariusz Kominiak, Thomas Gustafsson, George Nikolakopoulos, 2D visual area coverage and path planning coupled with camera footprints, Pages 1-16
- V. Gibert, F. Plestan, L. Burlion, J. Boada-Bauxell, A. Chriette, Visual estimation of deviations for the civil aircraft landing, Pages 17-25
- Hoai-Nam Nguyen, Paolino Tona, Short-term wave force prediction for wave energy converter control, Pages 26-37
- Javier Albusac, D. Vallejo, J.J. Castro-Schez, C. Gzlez-Morcillo, An expert fuzzy system for improving safety on pedestrian crossings by means of visual feedback, Pages 38-54
- Daniel Viegas, Pedro Batista, Paulo Oliveira, Carlos Silvestre, Discrete-time distributed Kalman filter design for formations of autonomous vehicles, Pages 55-68
- Dimitrios Papageorgiou, Mogens Blanke, Hans Henrik Niemann, Jan H. Richter, Friction-resilient position control for machine tools—Adaptive and sliding-mode methods compared, Pages 69-85
- Junpeng Niu, Mingzhou Xie, Jun Xu, Lihua Xie, Li Xia, SMR drive performance analysis under different workload environments, Pages 86-97
- M. Levy, T. Shima, S. Gutman, Full-state autopilot-guidance design under a linear quadratic differential game formulation, Pages 98-107
- A. Riani, T. Madani, A. Benallegue, K. Djouani, Adaptive integral terminal sliding mode control for upper-limb rehabilitation exoskeleton, Pages 108-117
- Jiang You, Mahinda Vilathgamuwa, Negareh Ghasemi, DC bus voltage stability improvement using disturbance observer feedforward control, Pages 118-125
- Qian Sang, Niklas Karlsson, Jiaxing Guo, Feedback control of event rate in online advertising campaigns, Pages 126-136

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5.11. Contents: Mechatronics
Contributed by: John Coca, j.coca@elsevier.com

Mechatronics
Vol. 50
April 2018

- Gang Chen, Bo Jin, Ying Chen, Nonsingular fast terminal sliding mode posture control for six-legged walking robots with redundant actuation, Pages 1-15
- Xiao Liang, Yongchun Fang, Ning Sun, He Lin, Dynamics analysis and time-optimal motion planning for unmanned quadrotor transportation systems, Pages 16-29
- Alejandro Suarez, Antonio Enrique Jimenez-Cano, Victor Manuel Vega, Guillermo Heredia, Angel Rodriguez-Castaño, Anibal Ollero, Design of a lightweight dual arm system for aerial manipulation, Pages 30-44
- S.D. Lee, S. Jung, A compensation approach for nonlinear gimbal axis drift of a control moment gyroscope, Pages 45-54
- Joshua Pinskier, Bijan Shirinzadeh, Leon Clark, Yanding Qin, Development of a 4-DOF haptic micromanipulator utilizing a hybrid parallel-serial flexure mechanism, Pages 55-68
- Yinan Wu, Yongchun Fang, Xiao Ren, A high-efficiency Kalman filtering imaging mode for an atomic force microscopy with hysteresis modeling and compensation, Pages 69-77
- E. Villagrossi, L. Simoni, M. Beschi, N. Pedrocchi, A. Marini, L. Molinari Tosatti, A. Visioli, A virtual force sensor for interaction tasks with conventional industrial robots, Pages 78-86
- Sung Mok Kim, Byung-Ju Yi, Joono Cheong, Min Gun Kim, Wheekuk Kim, Implementation of a revolute-joint-based asymmetric Schönflies motion haptic device with redundant actuation, Pages 87-103
- J.T. Scruggs, J.J. McCullagh, Analysis and design of vibratory energy harvesters employing three-phase AC transduction, Pages 104-120
- Mohammad Pournazeri, Amir Khajepour, Yanjun Huang, Improving energy efficiency and robustness of a novel variable valve actuation system for engines, Pages 121-133
- Giseo Park, Seibum B. Choi, Dongyoon Hyun, Jounghee Lee, Integrated observer approach using in-vehicle sensors and GPS for vehicle state estimation, Pages 134-147
- M. Soltani, M. Bozorg, M.R. Zakerzadeh, Parameter estimation of an SMA actuator model using an extended Kalman filter, Pages 148-159
- Ali Aflakian, Alireza Safaryazdi, Mehdi Tale Masouleh, Ahmad Kalhor, Experimental study on the kinematic control of a cable suspended parallel robot for object tracking purpose, Pages 160-176
- Scott Schnelle, Junmin Wang, Richard Jagacinski, Hai-jun Su, A feedforward and feedback integrated lateral and longitudinal driver model for personalized advanced driver assistance systems, Pages 177-188
- Gianmarco Rallo, Simone Formentin, Sergio Matteo Savaresi, On-line model-based wheel speed filtering for geometrical error compensation, Pages 189-195
- B.L. Boada, M.J.L. Boada, V. Diaz, A robust observer based on energy-to-peak filtering in combination with neural networks for parameter varying systems and its application to vehicle roll angle estimation, Pages 196-204
- Fadi Dohnal, Tuning transient dynamics by induced modal interaction in mechatronic systems, Pages 205-211
- Simon Olma, Andreas Kohlstedt, Phillip Traphöner, Karl-Peter Jäker, Ansgar Trächtler, Observer-based nonlinear control strategies for Hardware-in-the-Loop simulations of multiaxial suspension test rigs, Pages 212-224
- Thomas Riel, Rudolf Saathof, Andelko Katalenic, Shingo Ito, Georg Schitter, Noise analysis and efficiency improvement of a pulse-width modulated permanent magnet synchronous motor by dynamic error budgeting, Pages 225-233
- Khaled Elgeneidy, Niels Lohse, Michael Jackson, Bending angle prediction and control of soft pneumatic actuators with embedded flex sensors – A data-driven approach, Pages 234-247
- Thorben Hoffstadt, Jürgen Maas, Model-based self-sensing algorithm for dielectric elastomer transducers based on an extended Kalman filter, Pages 248-258
- Andreas Pfeffer, Tobias Glück, Florian Schausberger, Andreas Kugi, Control and estimation strategies for pneumatic drives with partial position information, Pages 259-270
- Michael R.P. Ragazzon, J. Tommy Gravdahl, Marialena Vagia, Viscoelastic properties of cells: Modeling and identification by atomic force microscopy, Pages 271-281
- Jurgen van Zundert, Tom Oomen, On inversion-based approaches for feedforward and ILC, Pages 282-291
- Clemens C. Maier, Alexander Schirrer, Martin Kozek, Real-time capable nonlinear pantograph models using local model networks in state-space configuration, Pages 292-302
- Arathi Pai, Markus Riepold, Ansgar Trächtler, Model-based precision position and force control of SMA actuators with a clamping application, Pages 303-320
- P.D. Hubbard, N. Farhat, C.P. Ward, G.A. Amarantidis, Contact force estimation in the wheel/rail interface for curving scenarios through regions of reduced adhesion, Pages 321-327
- Vignesh Rajaram, Shankar C. Subramanian, Heavy vehicle collision avoidance control in heterogeneous traffic using varying time headway, Pages 328-340
- Haoan Wang, Antonio Tota, Bilin Aksun-Guvenc, Levent Guvenc, Real time implementation of socially acceptable collision avoidance of a low speed autonomous shuttle using the elastic band method, Pages 341-355
- Zhaojian Li, Tianshu Chu, Ilya V. Kolmanovsky, Xiang Yin, Xunyuan Yin, Cloud resource allocation for cloud-based automotive applications, Pages 356-365
- Peng Liu, Arda Kurt, Umit Ozguner, Synthesis of a behavior-guided controller for lead vehicles in automated vehicle convoys, Pages 366-376
- Diana Hernandez-Alcantara, Luis Amezquita-Brooks, Ruben Morales-Menendez, Olivier Sename, Luc Dugard, The cross-coupling of lateral-longitudinal vehicle dynamics: Towards decentralized Fault-Tolerant Control Schemes, Pages 377-393
- Jian Chen, Jiangze Yu, Kaixiang Zhang, Yan Ma, Control of regenerative braking systems for four-wheel-independently-actuated electric vehicles, Pages 394-401
- Jinxiang Wang, Mengmeng Dai, Guodong Yin, Nan Chen, Output-feedback robust control for vehicle path tracking considering different human drivers’ characteristics, Pages 402-412
- James Brusey, Diana Hintea, Elena Gaura, Neil Beloe, Reinforcement learning-based thermal comfort control for vehicle cabins, Pages 413-421
- Hongyan Guo, Jun Liu, Dongpu Cao, Hong Chen, Ru Yu, Chen Lv, Dual-envelop-oriented moving horizon path tracking control for fully automated vehicles, Pages 422-433

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5.12. Contents: Journal of Process Control
Contributed by: John Coca, j.coca@elsevier.com

Journal of Process Control
Vol. 66
June 2018

- Ali Kamel H. Al Jibouri, Simant R. Upreti, Jiangning Wu, Optimal control of continuous ozonation of non-biodegradable pollutants, Pages 1-11
- Erdal Aydin, Dominique Bonvin, Kai Sundmacher, Computationally efficient NMPC for batch and semi-batch processes using parsimonious input parameterization, Pages 12-22
- Xiaohui Wang, Zhichuan Guan, Yuqiang Xu, Yang Tian, Signal analysis of acoustic gas influx detection method at the bottom of marine riser in deepwater drilling, Pages 23-38
- Faramarz Pazhooh, Farhad Shahraki, Jafar Sadeghi, Mohammad Fakhroleslam, Multivariable adaptive neural network predictive control in the presence of measurement time-delay; application in control of Vinyl Acetate monomer process, Pages 39-50
- Fei He, Lingying Zhang, Prediction model of end-point phosphorus content in BOF steelmaking process based on PCA and BP neural network, Pages 51-58
- Xiangjie Liu, Jinghan Cui, Economic model predictive control of boiler-turbine system, Pages 59-67
- Suraj Yerramilli, Arun K. Tangirala, Detection and diagnosis of model-plant mismatch in multivariable model-based control schemes, Pages 84-97
- Jingxiang Liu, Tao Liu, Junghui Chen, Pan Qin, Novel common and special features extraction for monitoring multi-grade processes, Pages 98-107
- Roberto Baratti, Stefania Tronci, Alexander Schaum, Jesus Alvarez, Open and closed-loop stochastic dynamics of a class of nonlinear chemical processes with multiplicative noise, Pages 108-121
- Hariprasad Kodamana, Biao Huang, Rishik Ranjan, Yujia Zhao, Ruomu Tan, Nima Sammaknejad, Approaches to robust process identification: A review and tutorial of probabilistic methods, Pages 68-83

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5.13. Contents: Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Contributed by: John Coca, j.coca@elsevier.com

Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Vol. 72
June 2018

- María Navarro-Cáceres, Sara Rodríguez, Javier Bajo, Juan Manuel Corchado, Applying case-based reasoning in social computing to transform colors into music, Pages 1-9
- Janaína Schwarzrock, Iulisloi Zacarias, Ana L.C. Bazzan, Ricardo Queiroz de Araujo Fernandes, Leonardo Henrique Moreira, Edison Pignaton de Freitas, Solving task allocation problem in multi Unmanned Aerial Vehicles systems using Swarm intelligence, Pages 10-20
- Alex G.C. de Sá, Adriano C.M. Pereira, Gisele L. Pappa, A customized classification algorithm for credit card fraud detection, Pages 21-29
- P.P. Gao, Y.P. Li, J. Sun, G.H. Huang, A Monte-Carlo-based interval De Novo programming method for optimal system design under uncertainty, Pages 30-42
- Yan Zhang, Erhu Zhang, Wanjun Chen, Yajun Chen, Jinghong Duan, Sparsity-based inverse halftoning via semi-coupled multi-dictionary learning and structural clustering, Pages 43-53
- Sarah Shukri, Hossam Faris, Ibrahim Aljarah, Seyedali Mirjalili, Ajith Abraham, Evolutionary static and dynamic clustering algorithms based on multi-verse optimizer, Pages 54-66
- Xing Qi, Rotor resistance and excitation inductance estimation of an induction motor using deep-Q-learning algorithm, Pages 67-79
- Rishu Arora, Harish Garg, A robust correlation coefficient measure of dual hesitant fuzzy soft sets and their application in decision making, Pages 80-92
- Ronald R. Yager, Fuzzy rule bases with generalized belief structure inputs, Pages 93-98
- C. De Stefano, M. Maniaci, F. Fontanella, A. Scotto di Freca, Reliable writer identification in medieval manuscripts through page layout features: The “Avila” Bible case, Pages 99-110
- Judae Lee, Unil Yun, Gangin Lee, Eunchul Yoon, Efficient incremental high utility pattern mining based on pre-large concept, Pages 111-123
- Zhuang Yang, Cheng Wang, Zhemin Zhang, Jonathan Li, Random Barzilai–Borwein step size for mini-batch algorithms, Pages 124-135
- Jerry Chun-Wei Lin, Shifeng Ren, Philippe Fournier-Viger, Jeng-Shyan Pan, Tzung-Pei Hong, Efficiently updating the discovered high average-utility itemsets with transaction insertion, Pages 136-149
- Mingli Lu, Benlian Xu, Brett Nener, Tracking of multiple cells with ant pheromone field evolution, Pages 150-161
- Marina Torres, David A. Pelta, José L. Verdegay, PRoA: An intelligent multi-criteria Personalized Route Assistant, Pages 162-169
- S.N. Danial, F. Khan, B. Veitch, A Generalized Stochastic Petri Net model of route learning for emergency egress situations, Pages 170-182
- Tim Lu, Shiang-Tai Liu, Fuzzy nonlinear programming approach to the evaluation of manufacturing processes, Pages 183-189
- Rubén San-Segundo, Henrik Blunck, José Moreno-Pimentel, Allan Stisen, Manuel Gil-Martín, Robust Human Activity Recognition using smartwatches and smartphones, Pages 190-202
- Melika Hamian, Ayda Darvishan, Mehdi Hosseinzadeh, Milad Janghorban Lariche, Noradin Ghadimi, Alireza Nouri, A framework to expedite joint energy-reserve payment cost minimization using a custom-designed method based on Mixed Integer Genetic Algorithm, Pages 203-212
- Jianyun Lu, Qingsheng Zhu, Quanwang Wu, A novel data clustering algorithm using heuristic rules based on k-nearest neighbors chain, Pages 213-227
- Yoonjae Cho, Jaewoong Yoon, Sukjun Lee, Using social network analysis and gradient boosting to develop a soccer win–lose prediction model, Pages 228-240
- Zhengming Li, Zheng Zhang, Zizhu Fan, Jie Wen, An interactively constrained discriminative dictionary learning algorithm for image classification, Pages 241-252
- N.C. Cruz, J.D. Álvarez, J.L. Redondo, M. Berenguel, P.M. Ortigosa, A two-layered solution for automatic heliostat aiming, Pages 253-266
- Amir Mohammad Fathollahi-Fard, Mostafa Hajiaghaei-Keshteli, Reza Tavakkoli-Moghaddam, The Social Engineering Optimizer (SEO), Pages 267-293
- Lei Wu, Qi Liu, Fengde Wang, Wensheng Xiao, Yaowen Yang, Heuristic algorithm for RPAMP with central rectangle and its application to solve oil–gas treatment facility layout problem, Pages 294-309
- Majda Lachhab, Cédrik Béler, Thierry Coudert, A risk-based approach applied to system engineering projects: A new learning based multi-criteria decision support tool based on an Ant Colony Algorithm, Pages 310-326
- Xiangfu Zhao, LinearMerge: Efficient computation of minimal hitting sets for conflict sets in a linear structure, Pages 327-339
- Jing Wang, Qilun Wang, Jinglin Zhou, Xiaohui Wang, Long Cheng, Operation space design of microbial fuel cells combined anaerobic–anoxic–oxic process based on support vector regression inverse model, Pages 340-349
- Eren Bas, Crina Grosan, Erol Egrioglu, Ufuk Yolcu, High order fuzzy time series method based on pi-sigma neural network, Pages 350-356
- Arezoo Sarkheyli-Hägele, Dirk Söffker, Learning and representation of event-discrete situations for individualized situation recognition using fuzzy Situation-Operator Modeling, Pages 357-367
- Luiz Souza, Luciano Oliveira, Mauricio Pamplona, Joao Papa, How far did we get in face spoofing detection?, Pages 368-381
- Bingyin Zhou, Biao Song, Mohammad Mehedi Hassan, Atif Alamri, Multilinear rank support tensor machine for crowd density estimation, Pages 382-392
- Armin Cheraghalipour, Mostafa Hajiaghaei-Keshteli, Mohammad Mahdi Paydar, Tree Growth Algorithm (TGA): A novel approach for solving optimization problems, Pages 393-414
- Luis H.S. Vogado, Rodrigo M.S. Veras, Flavio. H.D. Araujo, Romuere R.V. Silva, Kelson R.T. Aires, Leukemia diagnosis in blood slides using transfer learning in CNNs and SVM for classification, Pages 415-422
- Rui Wang, Kai Yang, Lixing Yang, Ziyou Gao, Modeling and optimization of a road–rail intermodal transport system under uncertain information, Pages 423-436
- C.X. Wang, Y.P. Li, X.W. Zhuang, Conjunctive water management under multiple uncertainties: A centroid-based type-2 fuzzy-probabilistic programming approach, Pages 437-448
- Pradeep Jangir, Narottam Jangir, A new Non-Dominated Sorting Grey Wolf Optimizer (NS-GWO) algorithm: Development and application to solve engineering designs and economic constrained emission dispatch problem with integration of wind power, Pages 449-467

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5.14. Contents: International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems
Contributed by: Keum-Shik Hong, journal@ijcas.com

International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (IJCAS)
ISSN: 1598-6446
http://www.springer.com/engineering/robotics/journal/12555

Table of contents
Vol. 16, No. 3, June 2018

- Finite-time Stabilization with Output-constraints of A Class of Highorder Nonlinear Systems, Ruicheng Ma*, Bin Jiang, and Yan Liu pp.945-952
- MPC-based Co-design of Control and Routing for Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks, Dai Satoh, Koichi Kobayashi*, and Yuh Yamashita pp.953-960
- Fuzzy H∞ FIR Filtering for T?S Fuzzy Systems with Quantization and Packet Dropout, Chang Joo Lee and Myo Taeg Lim* pp.961-971
- Adaptive Observer and Fault Tolerant Control for Takagi-Sugeno Descriptor Nonlinear Systems with Sensor and Actuator Faults, Dhouha Kharrat, Hamdi Gassara, Ahmed El Hajjaji*, and Mohamed Chaabane pp.972-982
- Decentralized Event-triggered Stability Analysis of Neutral-type BAM Neural Networks with Markovian Jump Parameters and Mixed Time Varying Delays, M. Syed Ali, R. Vadivel, and Ohmin Kwon* pp.983-993
- IMC based Controller Design for Automatic Generation Control of Multi Area Power System via Simplified Decoupling, Idamakanti Kasireddy*, Abdul Wahid Nasir, and Arun Kumar Singh pp.994-1010
- Unscented Kalman Filtering for Nonlinear State Estimation with Correlated Noises and Missing Measurements, Long Xu, Kemao Ma*, and Hongxia Fan pp.1011-1020
- Finite Frequency Vibration Suppression for Space Flexible Structures in Tip Position Control, Shidong Xu, Guanghui Sun*, and Zhan Li pp.1021-1029
- Stability and Exponential Stability of Complex-valued Discrete Linear Systems with Delay, Jingwen Zhu, and Jitao Sun* pp.1030-1037
- Distributed Adaptive Synchronization Control with Friction Compensation of Networked Lagrange Systems, Naijing Jiang, Jian Xu, and Shu Zhang* pp.1038-1048
- Kalman Filters for Continuous-time Fractional-order Systems Involving Fractional-order Colored Noises Using Tustin Generating Function, Zhe Gao pp.1049-1059
- Regional Optimal Control Problem Governed by Distributed Bi-linear Hyperbolic Systems, Rabie Zine* and Maawiya Ould Sidi pp.1060-1069
- Recursive Identification Methods for Multivariate Output-error Moving Average Systems Using the Auxiliary Model, Qinyao Liu, Feng Ding*, Ahmed Alsaedi, and Tasawar Hayat pp.1070-1079
- Design of Preview Controller for Linear Continuous-time Systems with Input Delay, Yonglong Liao and Fucheng Liao* pp.1080-1090
- Robust Control for a Class of Time-delay Nonlinear Systems via Output Feedback Strategy, Kang Wu, Zhen-Guo Liu, and Chang-Yin Sun* pp.1091-1102
- An Adaptive Control Technique for Motion Synchronization by On-line Estimation of a Recursive Least Square Method, Sang-Deok Lee and Seul Jung* pp.1103-1111
- Distributed Formation Control based on Orientation Alignment and Position Estimation, Kwang-Kyo Oh and Hyo-Sung Ahn pp.1112-1119
- Design of Large-scale Boolean Networks Based on Prescribed Attractors, Jinfeng Pan, Jun-e Feng*, Min Meng, and Jianli Zhao pp.1120-1128
- Adaptive Dynamic Surface Control for Spacecraft Terminal Safe Approach with Input Saturation Based on Tracking Differentiator, Guan-Qun Wu, Shen-Min Song*, and Jing-Guang Sun pp.1129-1141
- A New Parameter Identification Algorithm for a Class of Second Order Nonlinear Systems: An On-line Closed-loop Approach, Roger Miranda-Colorado pp.1142-1155
- Discrete Time Sliding Mode Controller Using a Disturbance Compensator for Nonlinear Uncertain Systems, Jalel Ghabi* and Hedi Dhouibi pp.1156-1164
- Adaptive Fuzzy Super-twisting Backstepping Control Design for MIMO Nonlinear Strict Feedback Systems, Soochang Park, Hyun Lee, Seongik Han, and Jangmyung Lee* pp.1165-1178
- Event-triggered Consensus of Linear Discrete-time Multi-agent Systems with Time-varying Topology, Zhongkuan Tang pp.1179-1185
- Further Improvement on Delay-range-dependent Stability Criteria for Delayed Recurrent Neural Networks with Interval Time-varying Delays, Pin-Lin Liu pp.1186-1193
- On Stability and Inverse Optimality for a Class of Multi-agent Linear Consensus Protocols, Keun Uk Lee, Jae Young Lee, Yoon Ho Choi*, and Jin Bae Park pp.1194-1206
- H∞ Filtering Problem of Singular Systems with Uncertainties in the Difference Matrix, Tianbo Xu, Qingling Zhang*, and Feng Zhao pp.1207-1216
- On p-th Moment Exponential Stability for Stochastic Cellular Neural Networks with Distributed Delays, Changjin Xu*, Lilin Chen, and Peiluan Li pp.1217-1225
- Inertial Parameter Estimation of an Excavator with Adaptive Updating Rule Using Performance Analysis of Kalman Filter, Kwang-seok Oh* and Ja-ho Seo pp.1226-1238
- An Impulse-time Perturbation Approach for a Symmetric Extrainsensitive Input Shaper, Chang-Wan Ha*, Dongwook Lee, Keun-Ho Rew, and Kyung-Soo Kim pp.1239-1246
- Stability Analysis and Antiwindup Design of Switched Linear Systems with Actuator Saturation, Xinquan Zhang* and Chengli Su pp.1247-1253
- Event-based Consensus Control of Multi-agent Systems by L∞ Theory, Yang Liu and Yingmin Jia* pp.1254-1262
- A Sequential Estimation Algorithm of Particle Filters by Combination of Multiple Independent Features in Evidence, Hoon Kang*, Hyun Su Lee, Young-Bin Kwon, and Ye Hwan Park pp.1263-1270
- Robust Output Disturbance, Actuator and Sensor Faults Reconstruction Using H∞ Sliding Mode Descriptor Observer for Uncertain Nonlinear Boiler System, Hesam Komari Alaei* and Alireza Yazdizadeh pp.1271-1281
- State Prediction of High-speed Ballistic Vehicles with Gaussian Process, Il-Chul Moon*, Kyungwoo Song, Sang-Hyeon Kim, and Han-Lim Choi pp.1282-1292
- Kinematics-based Fault-tolerant Techniques: Lane Prediction for an Autonomous Lane Keeping System, Chang Mook Kang, Seung-Hi Lee, Seok-Cheol Kee, and Chung Choo Chung* pp.1293-1302
- Consensus Tracking for Teleoperating Cyber-physical System, Lingmin Zhang, Jing Yan*, Xian Yang, Xiaoyuan Luo, Fuxiao Tan, and Xinbin Li pp.1303-1311
- Double Iterative Compensation Learning Control for Active Training of Upper Limb Rehabilitation Robot, Xuefeng Zhu* and Jianhui Wang pp.1312-1322
- Optimal Controller Switching for Resource-constrained Dynamical Systems, Kooktae Lee* and Raktim Bhattacharya pp.1323-1331
- Global Localization Using Low-frequency Image-based Descriptor and Range Data-based Validation, Chansoo Park and Jae-Bok Song* pp.1332-1340
- A Thermo-electromagnetically Actuated Microrobot for the Targeted Transport of Therapeutic Agents, Gwangjun Go, Van Du Nguyen, Zhen Jin, Jong-Oh Park*, and Sukho Park* pp.1341-1354
- A New Closed-loop Control Allocation Method with Application to Direct Force Control, Wendong Gai, Jie Liu, Jing Zhang, and Yuxia Li* pp.1355-1366
- Sensorless Reaction Force Estimation of the End Effector of a Dual-arm Robot Manipulator Using Sliding Mode Control with a Sliding Perturbation Observer, Karam Dad Kallu,Wang Jie, and Min Cheol Lee* pp.1367-1378
- Normalized Learning Rule for Iterative Learning Control, Byungyong You pp.1379-1389
- Adaptive Tracking Control of Nonholonomic Mobile Manipulators Using Recurrent Neural Networks, Guo Yi, Jianxu Mao*, Yaonan Wang, Siyu Guo, and Zhiqiang Miao pp.1390-1403
- Synchronization Control of Riemann-Liouville Fractional Competitive Network Systems with Time-varying Delay and Different Time Scales, Hai Zhang*, Miaolin Ye, Jinde Cao, and Ahmed Alsaedi pp.1404-1414
- A Novel Actuator Fault-tolerant Control Strategy of DFIG-based Wind Turbines Using Takagi-Sugeno Multiple Models, Samir Abdelmalek, Ahmad Taher Azar*, and Djalel Dib pp.1415-1424
- An Optimized Fuzzy-Pade Controller Applied to Attitude Stabilization of a Quadrotor, Sepideh Salehfard, Taleb Abdollahi, Cai-Hua Xiong*, and Yong-Heng Ai pp.1425-1434
- Delay Dependent Local Stabilization Conditions for Time-delay Nonlinear Discrete-time Systems Using Takagi-Sugeno Models, Luis F. P. Silva, Valter J. S. Leite*, Eugenio B. Castelan, and Gang Feng pp.1435-1447
- Performance Comparison of Neural Network Training Approaches in Indirect Adaptive Control, Ayachi Errachdi* and Mohamed Benrejeb pp.1448-1458
- Robust Finite-time Extended Dissipative Control for a Class of Uncertain Switched Delay Systems, Hui Gao, Jianwei Xia*, and Guangming Zhuang pp.1459-1468
- HIV Infection Control: A Constructive Algorithm for a State-based Switching Control, Paolo Di Giamberardino* and Daniela Iacoviello pp.1469-1473
- Practical Implementation of a Factorized All Pass Filtering Technique for Non-minimum Phase Models, Sang-Deok Lee and Seul Jung* pp.1474-1481

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5.15. CFP: Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems
Contributed by: George Nikolakopoulos, geonik@ltu.se

Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems

Special Issue on: “Visual Perception for Micro Aerial Robots”

---- Introduction

During the last decades, aerial robots have emerged from a concept to a leading-edge technology with the enormous potential to become a valuable tool in multiple applications, in terms of human life safety and task execution efficiency. So far, the commercial use of aerial robots is mainly restricted within the photography-filming industry, but its growth is rapid, investing nowadays in applications that require autonomous inspection and environmental interaction. The vision of integrating aerial robotic platforms in the industrial process is in its infancy, with quite a few open challenges remaining. One of the backbone functionalities that these platforms should possess to enable and support such tasks are advanced perception capabilities. Specifically, from a scientific point of view, reliable localization, navigation, mapping and object perception are topics that have received a lot of attention, but still require further developments to reify aerial robot autonomous inspection and physical interaction.

---- Thematic Scope

The purpose of this special issue is to address theoretical and application-oriented problems in the general area of visual perception for micro-aerial robots and to identify and provide key perception solutions that meet the real-time constraints posed by aerial vehicles, following recent advances in computer vision and robotics. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

· Vision-based control and visual servoing
· Visual navigation, mapping, and SLAM
· Cooperative perception using multiple platforms
· Vision-assisted floating-base manipulation
· Deep Learning for visual perception
· Object recognition, tracking, semantic and 3D vision techniques
· Fusion of vision with other sensing systems, e.g., laser scanner
· Advanced visual sensors and mechanisms (event-based, solid state sensors, LiDAR, RGB-D, time-of-flight cameras, etc.)
· Aerial robot applications on key enabling perception technologies
· Model predictive control for vision-based autonomous navigation
· Reinforcement learning for visual perception

---- Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should describe original and previously unpublished results which are currently not considered for publication in any other journal. All the manuscripts shall be submitted electronically at http://www.editorialmanager.com/jint/, and will undergo a peer-review process.
Editorial Manager®
www.editorialmanager.com
Full-Function Web-Enabled Manuscript Submission and Tracking System for Peer Review

---- Additional Information

For further details, please, consult the Journal website at http://www.springer.com/engineering/robotics/journal/10846 or contact the Guest Editors.

---- Important Deadlines

Manuscript Submission: 22nd of October 2018
First decision after review: 28th of January 2019
Final acceptance decision: 26th of March 2019

Guest Editors

George Nikolakopoulos
Head of Robotics Team
Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden

Andreas Nüchter
Robotics and Telematics
University of Würzburg
Germany

Pantelis Sopasakis
KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

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6. Conferences

6.1. International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems
Contributed by: Zee Yeon Lee, conference@icros.org

2018 18th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2018)
October 17~20, 2018, YongPyong Resort, PyeongChang, GangWon Province,
Koreahttp://2018.iccas.org

Call for Papers: http://icros.org/data/download/ICCAS2018/ICCAS2018_CFP.pdf

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
- June 17, 2018 : Submission of Regular Papers (3~6 pages)(Extended)
- June 30, 2018 : Submission of Organized Session/Mini-symposium Proposal with Papers and Research Poster Papers (1~2 pages)
- July 31, 2018 : Notification of Acceptance
- August 31, 2018 : Submission of Final Camera-ready Papers

PAPER SUBMISSION:
The conference invites three types of submission: "Regular Paper", "Research Poster Paper", and "Organized (Invited) Session/Mini-symposium Paper".
To submit papers, go "Online Paper Submission" on the website: http://sigongji.2018.iccas.org/

PAPER SUBMISSION GUIDELINE: http://2018.iccas.org/?page_id=81

Indexed in: IEEE Xplore, EI compendex, and SCOPUS

PLENARY SPEAKERS
- Edwin K. P. Chong (Colorado State Univ., USA)
- Mattew W. Smuck (Stanford Univ., USA)
- Janan Zaytoon (Univ. of Reims, France)
- Xiaoyan Zhu (Tsinghua Univ., China)
- Hideaki Ishii (Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Japan)

-- Welcome to PyeongChang, 2018 Winter Olympics Venue --
PyeongChang is a county in Gangwon Province, South Korea. It’s known for Odaesan National Park, with trails crisscrossing the Taebaek Mountains. The park is also home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa Temple, with its 9-story octagonal pagoda. Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village explores the life of early-20th-century poet Lee Hyo-seok. On the Heungjeong Valley bank are the 7 themed gardens of Herbnara Farm.

General Chair: Chul Joo Hwang (President of ICROS; Jusung Engineering, Korea)Organizing Chair: Sungwan Kim (Seoul Nat’l Univ., Korea)Program Chair: Jung Kim (KAIST, Korea)Organized by Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems (ICROS)
Technically Co-sponsored by: IEEE CSS; IEEE RAS; IEEE IES; SICE; ACA; ISA; CACS; TCCT, CAA; ECTI; CAAI

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6.2. Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
Contributed by: Peggy Wells, pwells@illinois.edu

56th Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing – October 2-5, 2018
CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS | Negar Kiyavash & Daniel Liberzon

Call for Papers: Submission Deadline: July 9, 2018

Manuscripts can be submitted from June 15-July 9, 2018 with the submission deadline of July 9th being firm. Please follow the instructions at allerton.csl.illinois.edu.

IMPORTANT DATES
- JULY 9 — Submission Deadline
- AUGUST 6 — Acceptance Date Authors will be notified of acceptance via email by August 6, 2018, at which time they will also be sent detailed instructions for the preparation of their papers for the Conference Proceedings.
- AFTER AUGUST 6 — Registration Opens
- OCTOBER 2 — Opening Tutorial Lectures given by Paulo Tabuada and Joao Hespanha at the Coordinated Science Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- OCTOBER 3-5 — Conference Sessions at the University of Illinois Allerton Park & Retreat Center. The Allerton House is located 26 miles southwest of the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois in a wooded area on the Sangamon River. It is part of the 1,500 acre Robert Allerton Park, a complex of natural and man-made beauty designated as a National natural landmark. Allerton Park has 20 miles of well-maintained trails and a living gallery of formal gardens, studded with sculptures collected from around the world.

PLENARY SPEAKER
— A. Stephen Morse, Dudley Professor of Electrical Engineering at Yale University

OCTOBER 7 — Final Paper Deadline Final versions of papers that are presented at the conference must be submitted electronically in order to appear in the Conference Proceedings and IEEE Xplore.

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6.3. Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security
Contributed by: Linda Bushnell, LB2@uw.edu

9th Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security – October 29-31, 2018, Seattle, WA

Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Başar & Radha Poovendran

Keynote Speaker (confirmed): João P. Hespanha (UC Santa Barbara)

Conference website: http://www.gamesec-conf.org

Paper submissions are through the conference website: http://www.gamesec-conf.org/papers.php

Important Dates:
Abstract submission (optional): 1 June 2018
Paper submission: 15 June 2018
Decision notification: 6 August 2018
Camera-ready submission: 13 August 2018

Introduction:
Recent advances in information and communication technologies pose significant security challenges that impact all aspects of modern society. The 9th Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security in Seattle, Washington, USA, focuses on protection of heterogeneous, large-scale and dynamic systems as well as managing security risks faced by critical infrastructures through rigorous and practically-relevant analytical methods. GameSec 2018 invites novel, high-quality theoretical and practically-relevant contributions, which apply decision and game theory, as well as related techniques such as distributed optimization, dynamic control and mechanism design, to build resilient, secure, and dependable networked systems. The goal of GameSec 2018 is to bring together academic and industrial researchers in an effort to identify and discuss the major technical challenges and recent results that highlight the connections between game theory, control, distributed optimization, economic incentives and real-world security, reputation, trust and privacy problems.

Tutorial Track: Game Theory and Deception

Special Track: Adversarial AI

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6.4. Australian & New Zealand Control Conference
Contributed by: Ljubo Vlacic, l.vlacic@griffith.edu.au

The 2018 Australian & New Zealand Control Conference – ANZCC 2018
07 – 08 December 2018, Melbourne, Australia
www.anzcc.org.au/ANZCC2018/

IMPORTANT DATES (FINAL):

Submission of draft papers (all types): 15 June 2018
Invited Session proposals: 10 June 2018
Workshop & Tutorial proposals: 15 June 2018
Author notification: 25 August 2018
Final papers: 01 September 2018
Early registration: 30 August 2018
The Award Nominations: 15 October 2018
Workshops/Tutorials: 06 December 2018
Conference: 7 – 8 December 2018

In addition to traditional paper type submissions, ANZCC 2018 is also seeking
submissions of:
* Practitioner papers, 2 – 6 pages; and
* Presentation-only papers 2 – 6 pages.

Further details can be obtained from
www.anzcc.org.au/ANZCC2018/
or
by sending email to the ANZCC 2018 General Chair Ljubo Vlacic at l.vlacic@griffith.edu.au

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6.5. IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
Contributed by: Alessandro Abate, aabate@cs.ox.ac.uk

Call for Participation
The 6th IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
Department of Computer Science, Oxford University, UK, July 11-13, 2018
Website: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/conferences/ADHS18/

* Official Program: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/conferences/ADHS18/programme

* Keynote Speakers: Raphael Jungers, Calin Belta, and Erika Abraham - http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/conferences/ADHS18/speakers

* Early Registration Deadline: June 6th, 2018 - https://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/conferences/ADHS18/registration

* Accommodation: https://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/conferences/ADHS18/venue

*** Bursaries are available to students and young researchers ***

We intend to provide a few bursaries to support the participation of students or young researchers to ADHS18.
Bursaries might be used to pay off registration costs to ADHS18.
Students or young researchers wishing to get a bursary are asked to present a poster about their work (if applicable, beyond their scheduled oral presentation at ADHS18). An internal committee will select applications.

Please submit a poster title and short abstract before May 31st to aabate@cs.ox.ac.uk

The Organising Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 6th IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS18) to be held at Oxford University, UK, July 11-13, 2018.

ADHS18 will be held at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.

ADHS18 will be hosted within FLOC 2018 (http://www.floc2018.org) and will precede CAV 2018 (http://cavconference.org/2018/). The conference happens under the auspices of IFAC and is sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committee on Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems.

ADHS18 will host the ARCH workshop on Friday 13, 2018 — cps-vo.org/group/ARCH/

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6.6. World Congress: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences
Contributed by: Seenithi Sivasundaram, seenithi@gmail.com

World Congress: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences
WHEN: 05-08 July 2016
WHERE: La Rochelle, France, University of La Rochelle
Website: http://www.icnpaa.com
http://www.internationalmathematics.com/icnpaa/

ICNPAA's AIM
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.

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7. Positions

7.1. PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Contributed by: Anders Lyngvi Fougner, anders.fougner@ntnu.no

A fully funded PhD research fellowship position within “Modelling and System identification for Artificial Pancreas Applications” is available at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Candidates that expect to complete their Master degree studies by summer 2018 can apply.

Further information and application form can be found at https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/152279/phd-fellowship-in-...
Application deadline: 15 July 2018.

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7.2. PhD: Maynooth University, Ireland
Contributed by: John Ringwood, john.ringwood@mu.ie

1 PhD Position (4 year studentship@ €18k [tax free] per annum + fees) starting Sept./Oct. 2018

The Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER) at Maynooth University, Ireland has a further opportunity for well-qualified applicants interested in undertaking a research degree at PhD level.

The PhD project is in estimation and forecasting for wave energy applications, using moment-based methods. A variety of control algorithms have been developed for wave energy devices (WEDs), which provide optimal load force signals for a WED, given current and future knowledge of the excitation force on the device. However, the wave excitation force cannot be measured directly and future knowledge of the excitation force is required for the majority of WED controllers, which are non-causal.

This project will directly address the problem of excitation force estimation and prediction, by developing estimation and prediction algorithms suitable for both linear and nonlinear WED models, and linear and nonlinear wave descriptions. Recently, moment-based methods have been shown to be useful in a modelling and control context for wave energy systems, and this PhD project will build on these results and extend them to WED estimation and forecasting problems.

The project is part of the SFI-funded MaREI (Marine Renewable Energy Ireland) Research Centre (http://www.marei.ie/), of which COER is a constituent partner, and the successful candidate will join a dynamic group of postdoctoral, PhD and other researchers in COER, along with the wider MaREI community. COER has a wide range of industrial and academic collaborators and this specific PhD project is in close collaboration with Prof. Alessandro Astolfi and Dr. Giodano Scarciotti of Imperial College London. It is expected that the successful candidate will spend some time at Imperial College as part of the project.

Candidates should be well-qualified academically to bachelors (preferably H1) or masters level. The project will require a mix of skills, including mathematical, modelling, programming and simulation skills, as well as the development of state estimation and forecasting algorithms. However, strong mathematical skills are mandatory. Applicants with backgrounds in mechanical, mechatronics and electrical/electronic engineering, applied mathematics or control systems are especially suitable, though other areas such as fluid mechanics, hydrodynamics, etc may also be considered. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills and programming ability.

Further information on COER is available at: http://www.eeng.nuim.ie/coer/
or contact Prof. John Ringwood
john.ringwood@mu.ie
Tel: +353 1 708 4766

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7.3. PhD: University of Bolzano, Italy
Contributed by: Karl von Ellenrieder, kvonellenrieder@unibz.it

The Sustainable Energy Technologies PhD Program at the University of Bolzano is announcing 14 PhD positions, including positions in the areas of Automatic Control and Mechatronics.

For additional information and application instructions, please visit
https://www.unibz.it/en/faculties/sciencetechnology/phd-sustainable-ener...

Please email any questions about the Program to: PhD_FaST@unibz.it

The application deadline is 9 July, 2018.

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7.4. PhD: Lakehead University, Canada
Contributed by: Abdelhamid Tayebi, atayebi@lakeheadu.ca

A PhD position in the area of Geometric Control and Observers Design with applications to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is available at Lakehead University, Department of Electrical Engineering, starting in September 2018. A strong mathematical and control background will be an asset.

The PhD student will be supervised by Prof. Abdelhamid Tayebi (http://flash.lakeheadu.ca/~tayebi).

Please e-mail your CV to:

Abdelhamid Tayebi
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Lakehead University
E-mail: atayebi@lakeheadu.ca
http://flash.lakeheadu.ca/~tayebi/

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7.5. PhD: French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France
Contributed by: Spilios Theodoulis, Spilios.Theodoulis@isl.eu

The Guidance, Navigation & Control (GNC) group of the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL) is inviting applications (only EU citizenship applications will be considered) for three (3) fully funded PhD positions in the general area of flight dynamics and robust guidance and control of aerial vehicles. The successful candidate must hold (or soon complete) an MSc degree on automatic control with additional skills in flight mechanics being also appreciated. Excellent programming skills in MATLAB/Simulink are also required. The positions are to be filled starting from October 2018 and are in collaboration with industry and academia from France and Germany. The institute offers an attractive salary, a multidisciplinary working environment with great scientific interactions and is located near the metropolitan area of Basel.

To apply for this position, send a CV, transcripts and motivation letter to Spilios.Theodoulis@isl.eu

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7.6. PhD: CNRS, Paris-Saclay, France
Contributed by: Antoine Girard, antoine.girard@l2s.centralesupelec.fr

PhD Position at CNRS, Paris-Saclay, France

Subject: Efficient synthesis of controllers using symbolic models
Supervisors: Antoine Girard (Antoine.Girard@l2s.centralesupelec.fr)
Institution: CNRS – Univ. Paris-Saclay
Department: Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes - L2S
Duration: Three years, starting October 2018
Position funded by European project (ERC consolidator) PROCSYS

Context and Objectives

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) consist of computational elements monitoring and controlling physical entities. The main objective of the PROCSYS project is to propose a general framework for the design of programmable CPS that will allow engineers to develop advanced functionalities using a high-level language for specifying the behaviors of a CPS while abstracting details of the dynamics. Controllers enforcing the specified behaviors will be generated from a high-level program using an automated model-based synthesis tool. Correctness of the controllers will be guaranteed by following the correct by construction synthesis paradigm through the use of symbolic control techniques [1,2]: the continuous physical dynamics is abstracted by a symbolic model, which is a discrete dynamical system; an interface consisting of low-level controllers is designed such that the physical system and the symbolic model behaves identically; a high-level symbolic controller is then synthesized automatically from the high-level program and the symbolic model.

Work description

We will develop efficient controller synthesis techniques based on incremental exploration of the dynamics of the symbolic model, which can be computed on the fly while synthesizing the controller. This has been the approach developed in our preliminary work [3], which has demonstrated significant improvements in terms of scalability for safety specifications and deterministic symbolic models. The main idea is to define priorities on the transitions of the symbolic model and explore the transitions with higher priority first. The transitions of lower priority are only explored if the control specification cannot be met with the former transitions. In the PhD thesis, we will develop efficient controller synthesis algorithms, which extend the work above in the following directions:
1. Non-deterministic symbolic models, extending the applicability of the approach to a broad class of systems
2. General specifications defined in the high-level language developed within the PROCSYS project, describing rich and complex behaviors
3. Additional synthesis objectives (timing constraints, quantitative performance criteria, robustness)
Applications to case studies, e.g. in the field of autonomous driving will be considered.

Background of the candidate

The candidate must hold a Master in control theory or computer science with a strong mathematical background. A prior experience in the area of hybrid systems is recommended. Programming skills are also needed.

References
[1] Belta, C., Yordanov, B., & Gol, E. A. (2017). Formal Methods for Discrete-Time Dynamical Systems (Vol. 89). Springer.
[2] Tabuada, P. (2009). Verification and control of hybrid systems: a symbolic approach. Springer Science & Business Media.
[3] Girard, A., Gössler, G., & Mouelhi, S. (2016). Safety controller synthesis for incrementally stable switched systems using multiscale symbolic models. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 61(6), 1537-1549.

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7.7. PhD: University of Bordeaux, France
Contributed by: Christophe Farges, christophe.farges@ims-bordeaux.fr

PhD Student on “Stochastic approach for the internal behavior modeling of long memory systems”

Supervisor: Christophe Farges (christophe.farges@ims-bordeaux.fr)

Employment: 3 years, full French PhD salary (≈ 1500 euros per month after taxes) + insurances, conditional to positive admission into the doctoral school

Key dates: To receive full consideration, applicants need to contact the supervisors no later than July 2018. Position starts in October 2018

Context: This work will be carried out in the CRONE team of IMS Laboratory in Talence (close to Bordeaux, south of France). One of the main research topics of the team is the development of analysis and design methods based on fractional order differentiation. Fractional order models are indeed able to describe accurately, and with a limited number of parameters, the input output behavior of so-called long memory models in various fields such as electrochemistry ; heat science ; biology ; mechanics ; acoustics ; robotics ; electronic engineering ; image processing ; economics. The objective of the PhD thesis is the study of internal stochastic processes that can generate a long memory input-output behavior (that can be captured accurately using fractional order models).

Candidate profile: The candidate will have a MS degree in Applied Mathematics, Control Systems, or related disciplines.

For more information please visit : https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZ18Db7ZuLemWaDwCtfiiy6BFBCr4z4p...

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7.8. PhD: University of Toulon, France
Contributed by: Thirion-Moreau Nadège, thirion@univ-tln.fr

PhD title: ``Deterministic and stochastic optimization for coupled matrix and tensor decompositions. Application to multi-dimensionnal sinal processing and large size inverse problems in image processing''

Keywords: Multi-dimensional data analysis, coupled matrix/tensor factorization algorithms, non-linear optimization, constrained optimization (non-negativity, sparsity), stochastic algorithms, (Canonical) Polyadic decompositions (CanDecomp, Parafac) CP, Tucker, parallelization, distributed computing.

Practical informations
The PhD will take place in the LIS laboratory, UMR CNRS 7020 (SeaTech School of Engineering, University of Toulon in the South of France, Toulon, France)

The advisors are:
Nadège Thirion-Moreau: Full Professor,
Laboratoire LIS, UMR CNRS 7020, Equipe SIIM,
Tél: 04.94.14.24.56, email: thirion@univ-tln.fr
Cyril Prissette: Assistant Professor
Candidate profile:
Applicants should be at graduate level (Master degree or equivalent engineering degree). They should have skills in at least one of the following topics: optimization, signal and image processing, scientific computing and computer sciences.

The PhD will start on September or October 2018. The PhD grant is from the French Minister of Higher Education and Research (ED 548, Sea and Sciences). The net income is fixed at 1367,80 euros per month for 36 months. During the second year, possibility of an amendment to apply for teaching activities.

For further information or to apply, please contact the PhD advisors or send them a detailed CV, a copy of the last obtained diploma and a copy of the marks.

Application deadline: june 21 2018

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7.9. PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Sergio Grammatico, s.grammatico@tudelft.nl

PhD position: Cooperative Network Games.
Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

We are looking for a talented candidate with an M.Sc. degree (or close to completion) in Systems and Control, or Applied Mathematics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or related field, with theoretical background and interest in System Theory, Automatic Control, Optimization, Game Theory, and with good command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required).

Project description: The candidate will conduct multi-disciplinary research on complex multi-agent systems characterized by the presence of: (i) mixed cooperative and noncooperative agents; (ii) high volume of historic data (big data) and forecast on the uncertain variables; (iii) nonlinear system dynamics. The key challenges are to extract the knowledge hidden in the historic data, e.g. via statistical learning, and to coordinate the states and the decisions of the agents to an efficient equilibrium solution, e.g. via the principles of the sharing economy. With this aim, distributed statistical learning shall be developed for cooperative game theory. The main application area is distributed, peer-to-peer, energy trading in smart power grids.

The PhD position is in the context of the research project "Enabling peer-to-peer energy trading by leveraging prosumer analytics" (P2P-TALES), funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) as collaborative project on Energy Systems Integration and Big Data (ESI-BIDA).

Conditions of employment: The appointment will be for 4 years. The PhD student will participate in the training and research activities of the TU Delft Graduate School and of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC). As an employee of TU Delft, the PhD student will receive a competitive salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO), from 2.2k EUR/month (gross, 1st year) to 2.8k EUR/month (gross, 4th year), possibly from 1.7k EUR/month (after taxes, 1st year) to 2.0k EUR/month (after taxes, 4th year), plus holiday allowance (8% of gross annual income) and end-of-year allowance (8.3% of gross annual income), travel budget, secondary benefits, discounts for health insurance and sport membership. Assistance with accommodation can be arranged.

Applications shall include the following documents:
• curriculum vitae;
• statement of motivation and research interests (up to one page);
• transcripts of all exams taken and obtained degrees (in English);
• names and contact information of up to three references (e.g. project/thesis supervisors);
• up to two research-oriented documents (e.g. thesis, conference/journal publication).

Applications or inquires shall be emailed to prof. Sergio Grammatico (s.grammatico@tudelft.nl).

The call for applications will remain open until the ideal candidate is found. The starting date is flexible, but ideally would be July/August/September 2018.

More information: s.grammatico@tudelft.nl, https://sites.google.com/site/grammaticosergio.

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7.10. PhD: University of Bristol, UK
Contributed by: Guido Herrmann, g.herrmann@bris.ac.uk

PhD-Scholarship: Versatile Dual-Arm Manipulation – Learning and Generalizing from Human Operators

A PhD studentship is available at the University of Bristol under the theme of the Nonlinear Robotic Control Group (NRCG) of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory: Humans provide dexterous, versatile and easily adapted two-arm manipulation of objects. This is enabled by two five fingered hands and two highly multi-degree of freedom arms, coupled with human intelligence, allowing for easily adapted tasks. For that reason, human operators are still essential to work in high-risk environments or on non-trivial, possibly strenuous tasks. Hazardous operations, such as in biological or chemical laboratories or at nuclear decommissioning sites, are best carried out by a human, often carefully protected by specially designed gloves within a glovebox arrangement.

Learning such tasks in a repeatable fashion has guaranteed to replace tedious operations and created exciting products such as automated dual-armed robotic cooks. Robustness of such products is required when the setting, e.g. environment, space, for the task changes. Thus, a purely learned, repetitive process may “be disrupted” by seemingly small modifications, which a human can easily deal with. At the same time, bimanual manipulation of an object can create an additional complexity which in such tasks requires a high level of robustness and failure tolerance.

This project looks at an important aspect of human-robot interaction, where the robot has to conduct a single complex dual-arm, bimanual task in a human-like fashion. The methods which will be explored on the lowest level are adaptive, learning-enabled, distributed control methods to guarantee dual-arm cooperation and object manipulation. This will have to be supported by high-level learning techniques to allow the robust succession of specific primitive movements/task components.

The interested PhD-candidate should have a (prospective) excellent degree in engineering and a keen, well-founded interest in control, robotics and dynamics.

This PhD will be sponsored by UK’s Engineering, Physics and Science Council and an industrial sponsor, Sellafield Ltd., UK. Normally to be eligible for a full award, a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education, http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/documents/news/terms-and-conditions-of-research-co...). The PhD will be carried out at the University of Bristol.

Enquiries about this PhD-opportunity should be sent to

Dr. Guido Herrmann, SenMIEEE, FIET, CEng
http://eis.bris.ac.uk/~mexgh/gherrmann.htm
Reader in Control and Dynamics
University of Bristol
e-mail: g.herrmann@bristol.ac.uk

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7.11. PhD: UNSW, Australia
Contributed by: Daoyi Dong, dongdaoyi@hotmail.com

Scientia PhD Scholarship at UNSW: Machine learning for quantum estimation and control

This project aims to develop effective estimation and control methods using machine learning for quantum systems. Benchmarking and controlling quantum systems have been an important task in next generation technology. However, efficient methods for the estimation and control of complex quantum systems are lacking. The project will advance key knowledge and provide effective methods to enable us to identify and control complex quantum systems for wide applications arising in this emerging technological revolution. The research outcomes will make an important contribution to accelerating practical applications of future quantum technology. The scholarship provides the following support:
• Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
• $40K a year stipend for four years
• Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
• Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
• Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations

More application information could be found at:
http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please contact A/Prof Daoyi Dong (d.dong@unsw.edu.au), Dr Hidehiro Yonezawa (h.yonezawa@unsw.edu.au) or Prof Valeri Ougrinovski (v.ougrinovski@adfa.edu.au)

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7.12. PhD: Aalto University, Finland
Contributed by: Themistoklis Charalambous, themistoklis.charalambous@aalto.fi

PhD student position in Wireless Networked Control Systems

A fully-funded PhD student position is available at the Distributed Systems Group, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, under the supervision of Professor Themistoklis Charalambous. The doctoral candidate position is fixed-term and filled initially for 1 year with an option for extension until the end of 4-year PhD studies. It is a full-time position available from August 2018. As a PhD student at Aalto University, the successful candidate will have access to an outstanding PhD program, with competitive salary and benefits.

Subject: Wireless Networked Control Systems (WNCSs) have a wide range of applications in a plethora of areas, such as factory automation networks and autonomous systems, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSs) and Robotics. As a result, we have been witnessing a great surge in both research and industrial interest towards the realization of such systems. The PhD candidate will work on the development of control-aware communication strategies and communication-aware control strategies for WNCSs.

Candidate’s profile: The applicant should have an M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a strong mathematical background with good knowledge in control theory, excellent programming skills and proficiency in English.

How to apply: Please send your application as a single PDF file by June 29, 2018, through the recruitment system via http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/jobs/view/1877/. The application should include:
1) Letter of motivation (maximum 1 page in 10pt font size)
2) CV with contact details
3) Degree certificates and Transcripts (if not in English, a certificated English translation)
4) Contact details of at least two referees

Additional information: For further information, please contact Professor Themistoklis Charalambous (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi), and questions related to recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Jaana Hanninen (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi). Applications via email will NOT be taken into account.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

AALTO (Aalto University) has six schools with nearly 11,000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. The School of Electrical Engineering fosters basic research as well as the development of the latest technologies, providing top-quality engineering education. AALTO’s Shanghai subject ranking 2016 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering is 51-75 world wide and 13-17 in Europe.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is a part of AALTO’s School of Electrical Engineering. Hosting a multitude of international and world-leading researchers, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation provides a truly inspirational ecosystem, where scientists and engineers from different fields interact and work together by crossing traditional boundaries to solve the most challenging scientific and technological problems, provide an excellent education and produce greater wellbeing for society in general. Its main research focus areas are: control, robotics, autonomous systems, power systems, and Industrial electronics and informatics. The department develops technologies, data models and standards supporting the integration of industrial information systems.

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7.13. PhD: Kiel University, Germany
Contributed by: Thomas Meurer, tm@tf.uni-kiel.de

PhD Position: Synchronization of Memristively Coupled Oscillator Networks

The Automatic Control Chair (http://www.control.tf.uni-kiel.de) at the Institute of Electrial Engineering and Information Technology of the Faculty of Engineering at Kiel University, Kiel, Germany is seeking an excellent candidate in the field of analysis, synchronization and control of complex oscillator networks motivated by neuronal dynamics. The PhD position is embedded in the Research Unit RU 2093 'Memristive devices for neuronal systems' funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

In cooperation with different subprojects in the Research Unit RU 2093 this project aims at the study of the synchronization of coupled oscillator networks with dynamically weighted graphs. This will involve the topological characterization of synchronization in these networks, the observer-based (self-)synchronization and extensions to spatial-temporal oscillator networks using continuum models. As a particular coupling element between the oscillators we will study memristive devices to mimic neuronal system dynamics. Evaluations of the theoretical results in terms of hardware oriented emulation and experiments will be conducted in cooperation with other groups in RU 2093. The salary is competitive (Germany's standard remuneration group 13 TV-L, 75% of a full position; monthly salary before tax about 2.750 € depending also on your previous work experience).

Required qualifications are a very solid background in system and control theory with strong mathematical skills proven by an excellent Master degree from a recognized university in applied mathematics, electrical engineering, cybernetics or related fields.

To apply please submit the following in a single PDF file to Prof. Thomas Meurer (tm@tf.uni-kiel.de):

* a curriculum vitae
* an official or unofficial transcript of records for both your B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree
* the names and contact information for 2 or 3 references to request a letter of recommendation (one of these should be your M.Sc. thesis advisor)

Applications should be submitted before June 30th, 2018.

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7.14. PhD: Newcastle University, UK
Contributed by: Sadegh Soudjani, Sadegh.Soudjani@ncl.ac.uk

A fully funded Ph.D. position is available in the area of "Formal Verification and Synthesis of Cyber-Physical Systems" in the School of Computing at Newcastle University.

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are systems of collaborating computational elements controlling physical entities. Composition of continuous and discrete models is essential for capturing the behaviour of such systems. Verification and synthesis of CPS are algorithmically studied using abstraction techniques and model checking tools. The goal of this research is to focus on formal verification and controller synthesis of CPS models by addressing robustness and scalability of the algorithms, while taking uncertainty into account, utilising available data from the system and synthesising optimal controllers. Application areas of the research include, among others, smart grids, energy networks and systems biology.

This studentship provides a unique opportunity to perform interdisciplinary, high-impact research within a group of interdisciplinary researchers. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr Soudjani and will join the AMBER group, which gives possibility of collaboration and interaction with scientists in CESI centre on energy applications and in ICOS group on Biosystems.
The successful candidate has an excellent first degree in, e.g., computer science, mathematics, or engineering. For this interdisciplinary research, the candidate is expected to have a strong background in one of the three areas (control theory, computer science, probability theory) and wish to gain knowledge on the other areas.

The School of Computing, including the AMBER group, has recently moved in a new, state-of-the-art, £58 million building which is highly sensorised and can be used as a unique research facility.

Application closing date is 15 July 2018 or until funding a suitable candidate. Expected start date is October 2018 or soon thereafter. The appointment will be for 3 years.

Interested individuals should send their detailed curriculum vitae and other supporting documents to Dr Sadegh Soudjani (sadegh.soudjani@ncl.ac.uk). Only potential suitable candidates will be contacted. Official advert can be found at: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/sources/allstudents/comp006.html

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7.15. PhD: Khalifa University of Science and Technology, UAE
Contributed by: Igor Boiko, i.boiko@ieee.org

Research Associate (on the project “Development of adaptive control based on non-parametric auto-tuning for grid-connected converters”)

Job description
- This position is for a 3-year research project “Development of adaptive control based on non-parametric auto-tuning for grid-connected converters” funded by Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The objective of this research project is to develop adaptive control for grid connected converters, based on the non-parametric auto-tuning principle.
- The research associate (RA) will focus on modeling of the grid connected converters, closed-loop control of these converters and the development of tuning rules for the PID controllers used in the auto-tuning algorithms.
- Participation in this research project may be transitional towards PhD studies. RA tries their best to acquire the skills necessary to advance their career with guidance from the advisor/post-doctoral fellow. High level of motivation for advancing the research is a must.
- The required skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to present research plans and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written formats, the ability to assist in master level research works, the ability to establish contacts and network with colleagues pursuing a similar research agenda, the ability to assist in graduate level courses.
- To provide high quality research support and undertake internationally competitive research aimed at publication thereby contributing to the academic and research mission of the University.
- Ability to present research plans and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written modes of communication.

Required qualifications and experience
- A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization is Power Electronics or related field (thesis focused on application to power electronic system will be an added advantage).
- In depth knowledge on modeling of the power converters, power system modeling, closed loop control of grid connected converters, simulation using MATLAB. Exposure to non-linear control, parametric and non-parametric tuning, adaptive controls is an added advantages.
- In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in generic computational tools, such as, MATLAB, ETAP or similar.
- In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in programming TEXAS DSP/dSPACE based digital controllers or equivalent.
- The ability to formulate research problems and write scientific papers.
- A high level of personal responsibility, initiative, and ability to work in a project team with minimum guidance.
- The ability to guide UG senior and Master students in relevant topics.
- Excellent inter-personal communication skills.
- Excellent English language skills, spoken and written.
- Experience in hardware with experimental work on power electronic converters (IGBT and SIC MSOFET based),
- Experience in power circuit testing, troubleshooting, and power circuit analysis using high-end instruments.
- Experience in TEXAS DSP or similar DSP systems and/or dSPACE controller or equivalent, programming these controllers
- Experience in design of printed circuit boards, interfacing controller with power circuit, testing and troubleshooting.

The job will start on July 1, 2018. Applications can be emailed to Prof. Igor Boiko at igor.boiko@ku.ac.ae

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7.16. PhD/PostDoc: University of Seville, Spain
Contributed by: Eduardo F. Camacho, efcamacho@us.es

The Automatic Control Department of the University of Seville has three open PhD and three PostDoc open positions in the following topics:
PhD/PostDoc position 1: Design, Modelling and simulation fleet of mobile sensors
PhD/PostDoc position 2: Dynamic models of solar plants with spatial irradiance estimation.
PhD/PostDoc position 3: Coalitional MPC algorithms for large scale processes

Duration: Up to three years for PhDs and up to five years for PostDoc positions, starting September 2018.

Positions funded by the European Research Council under the Advanced Research Grant OCONTSOLAR.

Context and Objectives
Technology developments in many fields advance much faster than the methodologies needed to apply them in industry. This is the case of many devices used in our daily life such as sensors installed in cell phones or drones. These devices can supply a huge amount of information over extended geographical areas that can be used to extend the capability of control systems to heights unforeseen in the past. OCONTSOLAR aims to develop new control methods using mobile sensors mounted on drones and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) as an integral part of the control systems. Sensors mounted on vehicles have been used for surveillance and for gathering information, however these mobile sensors have not been used so far as an integral part of control systems. Solar power plants will be used as a case study, with the aim of optimizing their operation using spatial irradiance estimations and predictions. Many results will be applicable to other systems such as traffic control in highways and cities, energy management in buildings, micro-grids, agriculture (irrigation and plague control) and flood control.

Work description

PhD/PostDoc position 1: designing and modelling a fleet of mobile sensors mounted on drones and UGVs and their corresponding docking stations. Different granularity models (ranging from simple models for planning the missions to more precise models for simulating the mobile sensors) of the mobile UGVs, drones and sensors will be developed. The design will be based on proven off-the-shelf products able to provide a technically sound solution to produce a spatially distributed estimation of the irradiance

PhD/PostDoc position 2: developing dynamical models of solar plants with a spatially distributed solar irradiance. The modelling stage will require the use of complexity reduction techniques in order to get models that can be used both for simulation and control. A library of elements will be built, and these elements will be validated in two reference plants.

PhD/PostDoc position 3: developing cooperative MPC algorithms for large scale systems formed by dynamically coupled units with changing topologies. Coalitional control ideas will be considered for this purpose. In order to form the different coalitions of cooperating controllers, different approaches will be used.

Background of the candidate

PhD positions: The candidate must hold a Master in engineering or computer science with a strong background on control. A prior experience in the technical areas related to the applied PhD position is desired. Programming skills and a good level of English are also needed.
PostDoc positions: The candidate must hold a PhD in control engineering with a strong mathematical background and prior experience in the technical areas rellevant to the corresponding PostDoc position. Programming skills and a good level of English are also needed.

Salary and others:
- PhD positions 20-25 keuros. It is a 1 year position that can be extended to 3 years in total.
- PostDoc positions 30-40keuros. It is a 1 year position that can be extended to almost 5 years in total.
- Application closing date is 30 of June 2018 or until finding a suitable candidate. Expected start date is September 2018 or soon thereafter.

Applications: please submit the following (in PDF format) to Prof. Eduardo F. Camacho (efcamacho@us.es, cc: svallejo@us.es ). Indicate in the subject “Application PhD #” or “Application PostDoc #”.
a) CV, b) a one page summary of your research interests and motivation, c) a copy of your most recent transcript (PhDs), d) contact information for up to three references to assess your research potential and e) copies of your three most relevant publications (PostDocs).

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7.17. PhD/PostDoc: University of Seville, Spain
Contributed by: José Ángel Acosta, jaar@us.es

The Robotics Laboratory (GRVC) at the University of Seville (Spain) has currently 8 RESEARCH POSITIONS available in the context of the H2020 ERC ADVANCED GRANT GRIFFIN.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

* PROJECT: H2020 ERC ADVANCED GRANT GRIFFIN dealing with safe and long endurance flapping wing aerial robots with perching and manipulation capabilities,

* AERIAL ROBOTICS TOPICS: mechanical and mechatronic design, aerodynamic modelling and control, aerial soft robotics and compliance, perception and control for landing and manipulation, bioinspired perception and control, motion planning with dynamic awareness, estimation and sensor fusion, machine learning, SLAM and real-time perception systems,

* POSITIONS:

- Senior researcher positions with strong publication record, as well as experience and solvency in managing robotic projects and work teams. Contract with gross yearly amount to be negotiated

- Postdoc researcher positions with publication record and experience in technically developing projects. Candidates should have experience in the above topics, and in participating in complex R&D projects. Excellent English writing skills and capacity to prepare project deliverables. Contract with gross yearly amount greater than 33.000 EUR.

- PhD positions for motivated early stage researchers in aerial robotic systems control/planning and perception. Candidates must have Master of Science degree and a strong background and/or interest in
some of the above aerial robotics topics. Contract, or scholarship including full social security + bonus depending on performance, reaching up to 25,000 EUR

Selected applicants should have team working skills, have good or excellent English and scientific writing skills. Should combine a strong interest in scientific research with eagerness to transfer the
technology developed.

For all positions, the initial contract will be for a period of 1 year and will start in the third quarter of 2018. This contract could be extended for a total of 3 or 4 years (depending on the project and performance).

* LAB: The candidate will be integrated in the Robotics & Control group Laboratory (GRVC) at the University of Seville (https://grvc.us.es), one of the most relevant laboratories in aerial robotics. GRVC is currently composed of more than 75 members with heterogeneous and synergetic engineering background and skills (aeronautics, mechatronics, computer science, telecommunication, electronics, mechanical engineering) with long tradition in aerial robotics, since 1998. In the last 10 years the GRVC researchers have led or participated in more than 75 projects in aerial robotics, including 20 Framework Program European projects (leading 5) and receiving more than 21 Million euros of external funding. Currently, it is participating in 13 active H2020 projects. The GRVC is at the School of Engineering of Seville (http://www.etsi.us.es/en). With more than 6.000 students and 19 Engineering Bs. and MSc. degrees and 5 PhD programs, it is one of the largest engineering academic centres in Europe.

* HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your application by sending an email to grvc.candidates@gmail.com and copy to jaar@us.es with the following information:

1) Type of position (Senior researcher, Postdoc or PhD.) and particular aerial robotics topics (see list above) you are applying.

2) A motivation letter briefly describing the motivation of your application: what do you consider the best facts in your CV? What are your reasons to ask for the position? Why would you like to work at the GRVC?

3) A detailed CV including a list of publications (if available).

4) If available: 1-3 English language documents describing your earlier research (e.g., scientific papers, PhD thesis, MSc. thesis, project report, etc.). These documents do not need to be on the topic of the position.

5) For PhD positions: a transcript of your educational record (list of courses per year, number of obtained credits, obtained marks). It does not need to be an official document at this stage. A (rough) indication or estimate of your rank among other students (e.g., top 10% among 35 students in my master).

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7.18. PhD/PostDoc: University College Dublin, Ireland
Contributed by: Robert Shorten, robert.shorten@ucd.ie

A. Sharing Economy Systems

We are seeking excellent candidates to work in the following areas as part of a sharing economy project. Currently we have 5 Ph.D. positions and one Postdoc position available in the following areas.

1.Dimensioning and control of Sharing Economy System
2. Congestion management and behavioural analytics for Sharing Economy Systems
3. Human-in-the-loop data-science
4. Blockchain and DAGS for high frequency sharing economy micropayments
5. Design of Cyber-Physical Systems

The positions will involve the development of theory at the interface of control theory, statistics, economics, and computer science, as well as the realisation of a number of practical (mobility based) demonstrators. Some of the research will be conducted in collaboration with industrial companies.

B. Advanced Manufacturing

We have one Ph.D. position in the area of cyber-physical systems for 3D manufacturing applications. The focus of the positions will be in the area of cooperative control involving humans and machines, as well as cognitive computing with a focus of operator-machine optimisation. This is part of the new I-FORM centre.

C. Automotive

We are also seeking candidates for our mobility work in the context of the Enable-S3 project and for our work with Lero. The project seeks to develop tools to test and evaluate autonomous vehicles, and to develop distributed control/optimization algorithms for connected car projects. As part of both of these projects we will also explore closed loop design of recommender systems.

To apply

Applications should be submitted to robert.shorten@ucd.ie, to be received by June 15th. Applicants should submit a CV and the names of 3 referees. All Ph.D. candidates will be expected to fulfil the English language requirements for admission to the Ph.D. programme at University College Dublin.

For further information, please contact robert.shorten@ucd.ie or refer to https://robertshorten.com/vacancies/. All positions are funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

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7.19. PhD/PostDoc: ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Contributed by: Roy smith, rsmith@control.ee.ethz.ch

PhD and Postdoctoral positions in Control and System Identification at ETH, Zurich.

The Automatic Control Laboratory (in the Department of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering) at ETH, Zurich has two open Ph.D. positions and one open Post-doctoral Researcher position in a project managed by Prof. Roy Smith. The research project is focused on modeling, identification and control of systems characterised by periodic behaviour. Both theoretical and application topics will be studied with the application work addressing several areas in the energy domain: multiple grid energy systems; autonomous kites for airborne wind energy; and thermoacoustic machines.

The PhD projects will run for four years and the Post-doctoral position is currently funded for three years. The positions are open from May 2018 and will remain open until filled. The start date is negotiable but ideally within the next 3 months. The Automatic Control Laboratory has four faculty members, 10 post-docs and about 30 PhD students. The working language is English.

Please apply via the ETH online Job Portal. The online applications are available via the following links:

PhD position:
https://apply.refline.ch/845721/6248/pub/1/index.html

Postdoc position:
https://apply.refline.ch/845721/6249/pub/1/index.html

Specific questions about the project can be directed to Roy Smith (rsmith@control.ee.ethz.ch). Applications must be made via the online links above.

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7.20. PostDoc: Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany
Contributed by: Esteban Hernandez-Vargas, vargas@fias.uni-frankfurt.de

Postdoc position in control theoretical approaches against infections

The group of Systems Medicine at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies invites applications for a Postdoc position in control theoretical approaches against infections.

Major duties:
* Analyze clinical and experimental data from collaborators using machine learning and statistical approaches.
* Develop novel control and observer algorithms to combat diseases.
* Develop mathematical models describing diseases using deterministic models, stochastic models, and compartmental models.
* Publish research findings in scientific journals and present them at major scientific meetings.

Qualifications:
* A PhD degree in a quantitatively-oriented field, such as engineering, computer science or mathematics.
* Excellent command of English.
* Knowledge in analytical and quantitative methods.
* Experience in MATLAB, Python or R, and LaTex.
* Knowledge of immunology is a plus.

Please send questions or your application with a motivation letter, outlining your interest in the position, along with your curriculum vitae which should include the names and contact details of three referees, to

vargas@fias.uni-frankfurt.de

Positions are open until filled.

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7.21. PostDoc: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Contributed by: Balazs Kulcsar, kulcsar@chalmers.se

Postdoctoral position in safety aware vehicular routing using on-car sensors at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

At the department of Electrical Engineering research and education are performed in the areas of Communication and Antenna systems, Systems and Control, Computer vision, Signal processing and Biomedical engineering, and Electric Power Engineering. Our knowledge is of use everywhere where there is advanced technology with integrated electronics. We work with challenges for a sustainable future in society of today, for example in the growing demands concerning efficient systems for communications and electrifying.

We offer a dynamic and international work environment with about 200 employees from more than 20 countries, and with extensive national and international research collaborations with academia, industry and society.

The department provides about 100 courses, of which most are included in the Master’s Programs ”Biomedical Engineering”, “Electric Power Engineering”, ”Systems, Control and Mechatronics” and ”Communication Engineering”. Read more at www.chalmers.se/en/departments/e2

Major responsibilities
Our main goal is to develop real-time vehicle routing and resource allocation strategies for a vehicular network, with emphasis on accident scenarios in large-scale road networks.

We will rely on an inter-disciplinary approach between traffic theory, communication technologies, and accident risk management. The postdoc will be placed at the Automatic Control group, but will be shared with the Communication Systems and the Vehicle Safety Groups at Chalmers University of Technology. The postdoc will be involved in the work of the SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Research Center.

In addition, the postdoc will work in 2018 for at least 50% of her/his time on the COPPLAR project, an interdisciplinary project on cooperating automated vehicles, collaborating with researchers in communication, sensing, and control, leading both theoretical and experimental activities.

The working time of post-doctoral staff is mainly devoted to research. The position is jointly funded by SAFER, Transport Chalmers Area of Advance, and the Department of Electrical Engineering. The appointment is a full-time employment (not a scholarship), with an attractive salary and full social benefits, for a period of 1 year, with the possibility to extend, based on the candidate's performance and available funding.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to 1 year.

Qualifications
A PhD (or close to completion) in transportation, statististical signal processing, control theory, or a relevant field to the description is required. Background in at least one of the following areas is preferred: modeling of transportation network, distributed optimal control, cooperative sensing and communication, multi-target tracking, constrained and optimal control. Ability to initiate research collaborations, work in a team and be open for the application of results is important. Good communication skills, good command of English is essential; good programming skills. We especially encourage female candidates to apply.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180290 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically http://www.chalmers.se/en/about-chalmers/Working-at-Chalmers/Vacancies/P...

Deadline June 15th 2018

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7.22. PostDoc: University of Sydney, Australia
Contributed by: Ian Manchester, ian.manchester@sydney.edu.au

Two post-doctoral research fellow positions are open at the University of Sydney's new Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems. We are looking for people to spearhead new research directions in a variety of fundamental and applied areas in robotics, control, and perception systems.

The positions are two-years fixed-term, salary: 102k p/a (AUD) + superannuation. For full details and appliction go to
https://sydney.nga.net.au
and do a "Job search" for reference 845/0518F

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7.23. PostDoc: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Contributed by: Mikael Johansson, mikaelj@kth.se

We are looking for 1-2 postdocs with a deep interest in developing theory and methodology for large-scale optimization, decision-making and machine learning.

The positions are with the department of Automatic Control at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. The department consists of 80 faculty members, researchers, and PhD students who contribute to a high professional standard of intensive work and quality results, as well as to a friendly and open environment. The staff has a multicultural background and the working language is English. The department is internationally well established, has many research collaborations with excellent partners worldwide, and is involved in several European and national projects.

This specific opening is part of the national research program Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (http://wasp-sweden.org/) and a collaborative project on multi-agent reinforcement learning between KTH and NTU, Singapore.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in a relevant area; a vision, ambition and joy for research; and track record of scientific accomplishments (e.g. publications in leading international conferences and journals). We are particularly interested in candidates that can broaden and enrich the current research group with new competencies and perspectives.

Applications should contain a CV, a motivational letter summarizing past achievements and current research interest, and contact information for one or two references. Applications should be addressed to Mikael Johansson, mikaelj@kth.se

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7.24. PostDoc: University of Utah, USA
Contributed by: Masood Parvania, masood.parvania@utah.edu

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah is looking to hire three talented and self-motivated Postdoctoral Research Associates to work on projects in the Utah Smart Energy Lab (https://usmart.ece.utah.edu). The positions are benefitted and the salary commensurate with experience. The positions are available immediately with initial appointments of one year, but are renewable for up to three years. The position requirements include:

- Holding a PhD in a relevant discipline (Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science)
- Strong research experience in at least one of the following fields:
o Mathematical optimization and stochastic optimal control
o Power system operation with energy storage and distributed energy resources
o Microgrid control and hardware-in-the-loop simulation
o Cyber security of power systems
- Publication in reputable power system/control journals

Applicants should apply for the positions online at http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/77496

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the posting is open until the positions are filled.

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7.25. PostDoc: Khalifa University of Science and Technology, UAE
Contributed by: Igor Boiko, i.boiko@ieee.org

Postdoctoral Fellow (on the project “Development of adaptive control based on non-parametric auto-tuning for grid-connected converters”)

Job description
 This position is for a 3-year research project “Development of adaptive control based on non-parametric auto-tuning for grid-connected converters” funded by Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The objective of this research project is to develop adaptive control for grid connected converters, based on the non-parametric auto-tuning principle.
 The Postdoctoral fellow will focus on modeling of the grid connected converters, closed-loop control of these converters and the development of tuning rules for the PID controllers used in the auto-tuning algorithms.
 To provide high quality research support and undertake internationally competitive research aimed at publication thereby contributing to the academic and research mission of the University.
 Since the Postdoctoral experience is transitional to becoming an independent researcher or faculty member, the Postdoctoral tries their best to acquire the varied skills necessary to advance their career with guidance from the advisor. These skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to present research plans and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written modes of communication, the ability to understand research group management and supervision of others, the ability to establish contacts and network with colleagues pursuing a similar research agenda, the ability to organize and teach a class or a course if more inclined towards a teaching career.

Required qualifications
 A PhD degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization is control (thesis related to power electronic system will be an advantage) or related field.
 In-depth knowledge of the power converters modeling, power system modeling, closed-loop control of grid connected converters, simulation using MATLAB/Simulink, adaptive control methods, parametric and non-parametric controller tuning.
 In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in generic computational tools, such as, MATLAB, ETAP or similar.
 In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in programming TEXAS DSP/dSPACE based digital controllers or equivalent.
 The ability to formulate research problems and write scientific papers.
 A high level of personal responsibility, initiative, and the ability to work in a project team with minimum supervision.
 The ability to guide Master and PhD students in relevant topics.
 Excellent inter-personal communication skills.
 Excellent English language skills, spoken and written.

The job will start on July 1, 2018. Applications can be emailed to Prof. Igor Boiko at igor.boiko@ku.ac.ae

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7.26. PostDoc: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Contributed by: Riccardo M.G. Ferrari, r.ferrari@tudelft.nl

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands has vacancy for

One Postdoc Position on Fault Diagnosis and Predictive Maintenance of Maritime Structures

Project Description:

We are looking for a talented post-doctoral research fellow with background and interest in System Theory, Structural Health Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance; strong mathematical skills and proficiency in numerical simulations; a track record of publications in high-quality journals and/or conferences; and an excellent command of the English language (knowledge of Dutch is not required).

The researcher will conduct fundamental theoretical and algorithmic research on model-based fault diagnosis and prognosis of large scale structures, with possible applications to structures in the Wind Energy or Offshore sectors.
The researcher will join a multi-disciplinary team lead by Dr. Xiaoli Jiang, from the Maritime and Transport Technology department, and by Dr. Riccardo Ferrari, from the Delft Center for Systems and Control.
She/He will be supposed to bridge the expertise of the two departments by developing predictive maintenance strategies rooted on novel model-based diagnosis and prognosis techniques, and applying them to the context of Maritime and Offshore field.

Requirements:

- Ph.D. degree (or close to completion) in Systems and Control, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architectures and Offshore Engineering or a related field.
- Strong mathematical skills, along with proficiency in numerical simulations of large structures via methods such as Finite Element Modeling and interest to work at the intersection of several technical research domains, in particular System Theory and Maritime Technology.
- Good programming skills (e.g., in Matlab).
- Excellent command of the English language and communication skills.

Expertise in either structural health monitoring, fault diagnosis and/or predictive maintenance is highly appreciated.

Conditions of Employment:

The position will start preferably on September 1st, 2018, and run for one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Candidates actually in the process of obtaining their PhD degree can be considered subjected to the condition of having completed it no later than the required starting date.

About Delft University of Technology:

TU Delft is an internationally recognized research university that has been ranked 18th in the Engineering and Technology section of the THE World University Ranking 2018. TU Delft is an equal opportunity employer and committed to increase the diversity of its staff. Female candidates are encouraged to apply, more information on gender related initiatives and policies can be found at https://www.tudelft.nl/en/about-tu-delft/strategy/diversity-policy/dewis... .

Application and More Information:

Please send your application including a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae and contact information for two academic references to Dr. Riccardo Ferrari (r.ferrari@tudelft.nl). The vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.

For more information on the research activities of the two departments, please see: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/3me/organisation/organisation/departments/mari... and http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl/~riccardoferrar.

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7.27. Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia
Contributed by: Peter M. Dower, pdower@unimelb.edu.au

Research Fellow: University of Melbourne, Australia.

A research fellow with a solid background in applied mathematics (or equivalent) is sought to conduct mathematical systems theory research in the area of optimal control for continuous time nonlinear dynamical systems, with an emphasis on the development of new theory and computationally efficient methods arising from min/max plus analysis of dynamic programming. Initial appointment is for one year, with a possible extension to two years.

Closing date for applications: 18 June 2018.
All application / submission details: Search jobs.unimelb.edu.au for "0043014" or "optimal control”.
http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/894532/research-fellow-in-optimal-...

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7.28. Faculty: Uppsala University, Sweden
Contributed by: Alexander Medvedev, alexander.medvedev@it.uu.se

Tenure Track Position as Associate Senior Lecturer in Automatic Control at Uppsala University, Sweden

Duties: The position includes teaching, research and administration. Teaching duties include course responsibility, course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. The holder shall also keep abreast of developments within the subject area and the developments in wider community that are significant for the work at the university. A position as associate senior lecturer is intended to qualify the holder for a teaching position with higher qualification requirements.

Appointment Period: The position can be held for a maximum of four years. An associate senior lecturer can apply for promotion to senior lecturer. If the associate senior lecturer is deemed suitable and fulfills the criteria for promotion established by the Faculty Board he/she shall be promoted to and employed as senior lecturer.

Qualifications Required: According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance those qualified for appointment as associate senior lecturer are persons who have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved the equivalent competence. Applicants who have obtained a doctoral degree or achieved the equivalent competence in seven years or less prior to the end of the application period will be given priority.

According to Uppsala University´s appointments regulations, teaching expertise is an eligibility requirement for appointment as an associate senior lecturer. To obtain teaching expertise, the applicant should have participated in teacher training for higher education of relevance to operations at the University, comprising at least five weeks, or be considered to have acquired the equivalent competence. If it has not been possible to acquire this qualification prior to employment, qualifying training for teachers in higher education shall be completed during the first two years of employment.

A general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must possess the personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment.

Documented ability to teach in Swedish and/or English is a requirement unless special reasons prevail. The holder is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

For more information, please see
http://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/details/?positionId=201872

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7.29. Faculty: Linkoping University, Sweden
Contributed by: Martin Enqvist, martin.enqvist@liu.se

Faculty: Linkoping University, Sweden

Professor in Systems Architectures for Autonomous Systems

Linkoping University is looking for a full professor in Systems Architectures for Autonomous Systems. The position is an initiative within the national Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP, http://www.wasp-sweden.org). WASP is Sweden’s largest ever individual research program, and provides a platform for academic research and education, fostering interaction with Sweden’s leading technology companies. The program addresses research on autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. Software is the main enabler in autonomous systems, and is an integrated research theme of the program. WASP’s key value is Research excellence in autonomous systems and software for the benefit of Swedish industry.

The primary focus of the present position is design and analysis of networked digital hardware systems involving sensing, processing, storage and communication of information. This includes hardware/software co-design approaches with a strong connection between the algorithms and the associated programmable hardware, as well as research on new system architectures that enable and support, e.g., learning and adaptation. Autonomous systems developed using such digital systems are typically heterogeneous, distributed and with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous components embedded in other systems, e.g. vehicles, machines or consumer products. Communication can be wired or wireless. The system topology may range from a static architecture with a fixed set of physical processing, sensing, and communication elements to self-modifying ad-hoc networks of lightly coupled elements. The nature of autonomous systems often imposes constraints on power consumption, flexibility, adaptability, resilience, safety and security in addition to other non-functional requirements.

While autonomous systems typically involve also e.g. software, mechanics, electronics and sensors the focus of the present position is digital hardware and systems software for information processing, storage and communication.

Subject to decision by WASP the position comes with a substantial recruitment package including full funding for the new professor to recruit two PhD candidates (four years each) and 2 post docs (2 years each).

Application deadline: August 19, 2018
More information: https://liu.se/en/work-at-liu/vacancies?rmpage=job&rmjob=8227&rmlang=UK

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7.30. Faculty: University of Tehran, Iran
Contributed by: Hamed Kebriaei, kebriaei@ut.ac.ir

The University of Tehran offers up to three tenure track assistant professor position in the field of Control in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

University of Tehran (UT) is the first modern and highest rank university in Iran. School of ECE, with more than 2000 students, 84 faculty members, 80 research Laboratories is the largest school in University of Tehran. ECE-UT holds the “Control and Intelligent Processing Center of Excellence” of the country and the Control department of ECE attracts the highest ranked students of the country in the field.

For more information about the control department of ECE you can visit:
http://ece.ut.ac.ir/en/control

The applicants must hold a PhD degree from renowned international universities and have a solid background in Control Systems with a strong academic records and proved world class capabilities in research.

The areas of interest are included: Hybrid/Switched Control Systems, Learning Control Systems, Data Driven Control Systems, Control of Network Systems and Automation Control Systems. The application areas are included but not limited to: Systems Biology, Energy, Cyber Physical Systems, and Complex Networks.

As assistant professor your role will be to:

-Perform fundamental and applied research at the forefront of the systems and control domain;
-Publish in renowned scientific journals and conferences;
-Set up and teach inspiring courses and lab projects in the BSc, MSc and PhD programs at ECE-CS; -Supervise PhD and MSc students as well as BSc student projects;
-Maintain and expand an effective network of cooperation partners in academia, institutes and industry;
-Contribute to acquiring funding for research projects from (inter)national research funding agencies;

What is required in an application pack?

•Cover letter stating your interest in the faculty position in Control department
•A full academic CV,
•Your statement of purpose,
•Details of three references.

Interested candidates should send their application pack for consideration to Dr. Hamed Kebriaei: kebriaei@ut.ac.ir

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7.31. Research Scientist: French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France
Contributed by: Mrs. Borchert, humanresources@isl.eu

The French German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL), a leader in Europe in research on guided projectiles, is urgent¬ly looking for the head of its department “guidance, navigation, control, and system analysis”. This department belongs to the division “Flight Techniques for Projectiles”, comprising also aerodynamics, real flight experiments and sensors & communication systems departments. Their research is applied to all kinds of guided projectiles, mostly gun-launched. The position is challenging as the division’s roadmap schedules ambitious deadlines for demonstrating the feasibility of an innovative long-range guided projectile concept.

We are currently looking for a

Research scientist (m/f),
Head of the department ”guidance, navigation, control, and system analysis”.

Your tasks
- Develop and maintain, at the highest level, research capabilities in innovative solutions on guidance, navigation and control systems for the needs in guided projectiles, in synergy with the other departments of the division.
- Develop and maintain, at the highest level, evaluation capabilities of performances of guided projectiles concepts.
- Leverage the expertise of academic partners, other research institutes and industry to the benefit of the objectives of the department.
- Engage proactively with industry, so as to anticipate best their needs in terms of research output.
- Establish the research department program in accordance with the strategy and priorities of the division and with theneeds of the French and German Ministries of Defence.
- Manage, plan and evaluate the research carried out in the department.
- Monitor closely the research work of the scientists, engineers and PhD students of the department.

The incumbent is expected to carry out personally research, in addition to the management of the department.
The department possesses recognised skills and has developed so far quite innovative solutions.

Other duties

- Manage the department’s human and financial resources as well as scientific equipment.
- Optimise the use of the department’s capabilities for the proper execution of the research program.
- Involve strongly in the department’s life, cohesion and development.
- Involve strongly in a synergetic approach in particular with the other departments of the division as key for success.
- Increase the scientific reputation of our Institute through high-level publications, involvement in conferences, external communication, etc.

Your profile
- PhD in automatic control applied to flight mechanics.
- At least 10 years of experience in high-level research (with a demonstrated prominence in your scientific community), including the effective management of a research team of 10 collaborators at least.
- Skills in guidance, navigation and control, and in system analysis for flying vehicles; additionally, skills in flight mechanics, aeroballistics, aerodynamics, mechatronics would be highly desirable.
- Knowledge in projectile and missile technologies.
- Organisational skills, ability to work effectively as the leader of the team, communication skills.
- An effective work experience in a multinational context and experience in managing multi-partners projects would be valued.
- Excellent command of English; understanding or even ability to express yourself efficiently in one or both of the
- French and German languages would be of course a very desirable plus.

The ISL offers an attractive salary, flexible work arrangements and a very friendly work environment.

If these challenges appeal to you and you feel you have the right profile, we are looking forward to receive your complete application mentioning the following keyword “GNC-S”.

French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis
Mrs. Isabel BORCHERT
5 rue du Général Cassagnou
BP 70034
68301 SAINT LOUIS CEDEX, France
Phone: +33 (0)3 89 69 51 31
humanresources@isl.eu

For more information please visit www.isl.eu.

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7.32. Engineer: NIO, USA
Contributed by: Malini Suresh, malini.suresh@nio.io

Senior Autonomous Controls Engineer – Path/Motion Planning

SAN JOSE, CA - AUTONOMOUS DRIVING, FULL-TIME

Team charter:

The Advanced Technologies and Autonomy team is responsible for delivering highly available, high quality systems to enable NIO’s Autonomous driving vehicles. Our mission is to provide the next generation of hardware, software and algorithmic solutions. This includes but not limited to sensing, compute, storage as well as vehicle controls and safety system compute.

What the team works on:

• Autonomy hardware and software architecture
• Design, development, integration, and test of autonomous compute and sensing hardware
• Mass storage and Event Data Recorders
• Vehicle and Safety Controller HW and related functions
• Environment and Sensor modeling and simulation
• Autonomy Al and Controls
• Autonomy R&D Tools
• Autonomy compute and sensing HW and SW redundancy
• Sensing, GPS and IMU hardware, software, and integration
• Autonomy compute communication (sensing, compute, and controller inter-ECU communication)

You will be part of a team working towards NIO’s autonomous vehicle vision. You will be architecting and contributing to system that processes input from a variety of vehicle sensors, evaluates possible vehicle strategies/trajectories, and automates the safe control of the vehicle.

Responsibilities
Excellent knowledge and practical application of path planning, motion planning, optimization and (real-time) search algorithms (A*, RRT(*), CC-RRT, ... etc..)
Excellent knowledge on optimization techniques with emphasis on real-time optimization.
Excellent knowledge on predictive control logic and algorithms (MPC, NMPC, RHC, ...etc)
Knowledge of control theory and applications
Knowledge on vehicle state estimation
Familiarity with vehicle modeling and dynamics, motion prediction, and kinematics
A practical, creative, hands-on approach to apply the theory required to solve autonomous driving related problems
Passion for product excellence and quality. Strong desire to create high quality product, working as an integral part of a highly capable team
Desire to work in a fast-paced, production oriented environment
Collaborate with other teams to ensure a smooth, robust implementation
Self-driven/enthusiastic/motivated to solve challenging engineering problems

Qualifications
MS with at least 2 years of work experience or PhD in computer science, applied mathematics, aerospace, mechanical, robotics, or related field(s).
Preferred Qualifications
Hands-on experience in robotic and/or autonomous vehicle system design and implementation
Proficient in high level design and analysis
Experience in low level software implementation
Knowledge of ROS
Experience working in an automotive, aerospace, etc. environments
Experience working in a larger team
Experience with C/C++ software development

About NIO (NEXTEV USA, Inc d/b/a NIO)

The automotive industry is on the cusp of a profound change. Our goal is to lead the way into the future with smart, electric and autonomous vehicles. Our aspiration is make life better for millions of people around the world. Our vision is to give people their time back to be everything they want to be. We are confident that we will be the first to deliver the next generation experiences in the car of the future. We believe that your car will be the smartest device you own and we are designing for the best user experience from the wheels up. Want to be a part of this? Join us!

NIO is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, present or past history of mental disability, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.

About NIO
Our mission is to shape a joyful lifestyle for our users by offering smart, premium electric vehicles and providing the best user experience. We are a global company with world-class research and development, design and manufacturing centers in Shanghai, Beijing, San Jose, Munich, London and nine other locations. NIO U.S. is our Global Advanced Technology Center and North American headquarters.

Our global company has achieved many great milestones such as:
· Securing the inaugural Formula E Drivers’ Championship title in 2015
· Unveiling the fastest electric car in the world, the EP9, and setting a lap record for an electric vehicle at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2016
· Unveiling its vision car, EVE, in 2017
· Setting a new world speed record for an autonomous vehicle with the EP9 at the Circuit of the Americas in 2017
· Launching the ES8, a seven-seat high performance electric SUV, on December 16 with deliveries slated to begin in 2018.

Want to be a part of this? Join us!

NIO is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, present or past history of mental disability, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.

NIO US is an E-Verify employer.

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7.33. Engineer: NIO, USA
Contributed by: Malini Suresh, malini.suresh@nio.io

Senior Autonomous Controls Engineer – Control Systems Theory

SAN JOSE, CA – AUTONOMOUS DRIVING, FULL-TIME

Team charter:

The Advanced Technologies and Autonomy team is responsible for delivering highly available, high quality systems to enable NIO’s Autonomous driving vehicles. Our mission is to provide the next generation of hardware, software and algorithmic solutions. This includes but not limited to sensing, compute, storage as well as vehicle controls and safety system compute.

What the team works on:

• Autonomy hardware and software architecture
• Design, development, integration, and test of autonomous compute and sensing hardware
• Mass storage and Event Data Recorders
• Vehicle and Safety Controller HW and related functions
• Environment and Sensor modeling and simulation
• Autonomy Al and Controls
• Autonomy R&D Tools
• Autonomy compute and sensing HW and SW redundancy
• Sensing, GPS and IMU hardware, software, and integration
• Autonomy compute communication (sensing, compute, and controller inter-ECU communication)

You will be part of a team working towards NIO’s autonomous vehicle vision. You will be architecting and contributing to system that processes input from a variety of vehicle sensors, evaluates possible vehicle strategies/trajectories, and automates the safe, robust and reliable control of the vehicle.

Responsibilities
Excellent knowledge and practical application of control theory ranging from modern control to advanced control strategies. (Robust/Nonlinear/Adaptive control (H-inf., mu-synthesis, Loop-shaping, Lyapunov based approach … etc) / Optimal Control theory / Real-Time Control Systems / Real-Time Optimization strategies)
Excellent knowledge of Matlab, Simulink and simulation environment.
Familiarity with vehicle modeling & dynamics, motion prediction, and kinematics
Familiarity with system identification, vehicle modeling and validation
Familiarity with estimation theory (filtering techniques …)
Familiarity with stochastic systems.
Experience with C/C++ software development and embedded coding
Proficient in high level algorithm design and transition to low level software implementation
A practical creative hands-on approach to apply the theory required to solve autonomous driving challenges
Passion for product excellence and quality. Strong desire to create high quality product, working as an integral part of a highly capable team
Desire to work in a fast-paced, production oriented environment
Collaborate with other teams to ensure a smooth, robust implementation
Self-driven/enthusiastic/motivated to solve challenging engineering problems

Qualifications
MS with at least 2 years of work experience or PhD in a relevant field
Major in applied mathematics, aerospace, mechanical, robotics, computer science or related field.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience working in an automotive/aerospace/robotics based engineering environment
Experience working in a larger team with great communication skills
Hands-on experience in robotic or autonomous vehicle system design and implementation

About NIO
Our mission is to shape a joyful lifestyle for our users by offering smart, premium electric vehicles and providing the best user experience. We are a global company with world-class research and development, design and manufacturing centers in Shanghai, Beijing, San Jose, Munich, London and nine other locations. NIO U.S. is our Global Advanced Technology Center and North American headquarters.

Our global company has achieved many great milestones such as:
· Securing the inaugural Formula E Drivers’ Championship title in 2015
· Unveiling the fastest electric car in the world, the EP9, and setting a lap record for an electric vehicle at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2016
· Unveiling its vision car, EVE, in 2017
· Setting a new world speed record for an autonomous vehicle with the EP9 at the Circuit of the Americas in 2017
· Launching the ES8, a seven-seat high performance electric SUV, on December 16 with deliveries slated to begin in 2018.

Want to be a part of this? Join us!

NIO is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, present or past history of mental disability, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.

NIO US is an E-Verify employer.

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7.34. Engineer: Intuitive Surgical, USA
Contributed by: James Zhang, James.Zhang@IntuSurg.com

Intuitive Surgical, the global leader in surgical robots, has the following full-time in its Sunnyvale, CA headquarter - Systems Analyst (Robotics Control Engineer). Enclosed is the job description. If you have the matching qualifications, please send me your resume and links of related projects to James.Zhang at IntuSurg.com. Please start your email subject with "Full-time".

Joining Intuitive Surgical, Inc. means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.

Primary Function of Position:
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. produces the da Vinci® Surgical System, a minimally invasive highly-complex robotic surgery system that uses proprietary control software, advanced mechanics, and enhanced visualization to extend surgical technique and precision beyond the limits of the human hand.

Systems Analysts, with a vital and wide-ranging role, are primarily responsible for generating, debugging and tuning the key algorithms associated with Intuitive Surgical products, and providing technical analytic assistance to other engineering groups. The Systems Analyst will investigate and resolve design issues that impact the production process and system performances in the field. The successful candidate will have both the technical depth to resolve complex control algorithm issues and initiate improvements, and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team to troubleshoot higher level system issues. A strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward is required as well as a high level commitment and passion to technically challenging problems and high product reliability.

Roles and Responsibilities:
* Design, develop, implement, and test key product control and safety software algorithms including calibration and diagnostics
* Address issues at production and also in the field, perform analysis, evaluate risk, determine root causes, propose design improvements, and provide solutions
* Analyze complex medical electro-mechanical devices and servo control systems for safety and clinical risk, anticipate potential failure modes, and provide risk mitigation strategies

Skill/Job Requirements:
This position represents a core competitive capability for Intuitive. Specific requirements for the position are:
* Requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD without experience; or equivalent work experience
* Preferred: PhD or MS in EE, ME, Aerospace or similar field relating to robotics or mechatronics with an emphasis on Dynamic Systems and Control
* Thorough theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in robot manipulator kinematics, dynamics, and embedded real-time control including motion and vision sensing
* Demonstrated sound engineering judgment and technical skills in real problem solving - from improving and optimizing performance levels to identifying issues, and making improvements
* In-depth knowledge of software principles, practices and techniques including testability, maintainability and scalability. The ability of writing efficient and reliable codes that really, really work on real systems is essential
* Proficient in Matlab and C/C++ is a must, and experience of other high level programming languages, e.g. Python and JavaScript, is a plus
* Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills with the ability to clearly present to different audiences
* Strong motivation and desire to learn. Be detail-oriented, results-driven, and able to develop an effective and reliable solution to challenging problems and drive the solution to completion and really make an impact

We are an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.

Regards,

James Zhang, PhD
Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
1266 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Email: James.Zhang at IntuSurg.com

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7.35. Engineer: GE Global Research, USA
Contributed by: Eric Westerveltg, westerve@ge.com

Control System Research Engineer
Location: Niskayuna, NY. Relocation assistance available.
Start Date: ASAP

Job Description: The Control Systems Research Engineer will develop models, advanced controls, optimization, estimation, and detection technologies for a variety of GE product applications including turbo-machinery, renewable energy systems, locomotives, and healthcare systems. Opportunities to learn business cases development and to create new business models.

Hiring all experienced levels. Apply online:
- New graduate: https://jobs.gecareers.com/ShowJob/Id/50408/Control-Systems-Engineer/
- Experienced: https://jobs.gecareers.com/ShowJob/Id/49509/Lead-Control-Systems-Engineer/
- Highly experienced: https://jobs.gecareers.com/ShowJob/Id/47741/Senior-Control-Systems-Engin...

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7.36. Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany
Contributed by: Marco Sagliano, Marco.Sagliano@dlr.de

Electronics Development, Test, and Verification of Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems for Space Applications

The GNC Systems Department is involved into the Mission to the Moon of PTScientists, the first European Moon landing mission, as an official partner. The mission objective is to be the first private company to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon, to explore the area around the Apollo 17 landing site with two rovers, and to send pictures and videos down to Earth. In the frame of this project, the GNC Systems Department leads the development of the GNC subsystem as scientific partner. The work comprises the development of optical navigation technologies, the controller synthesis for descent and soft landing, the optimization of the landing trajectory as well as the comprehensive verification of all associated elements.

Within this context, we are looking for a scientific staff member to conduct the following tasks within the GNC Appliances Research Group:
- specification, selection, procurement, and incoming inspection of electric and electronic components for GNC systems
- inspection, startup, and check of electronic components and assemblies
- planning, fabrication, test, and integration of cable harness and connectors in all development phases
- integration of components and systems, support of system-level AIV/AIT processes
- design and further development of electronic circuitries and PCB designs with Altium Designer
- fabrication of prototypes and support of fabrication of flight hardware
- support for the development and operation of measurement, experimental, or simulation setups
- production, technical review, and auditing of scientific and technical documentation
- derivation and monitoring of requirements for the development processes
- documentation, presentation, and publication of results
- supervision of student internships, project and semester reports, and theses
- commitment to group activities such as maintenance and development of laboratories, development and improvement of procedures, knowledge management, or acquisition of external funding

Your qualifications:
- successfully completed university degree on master's level or equivalent (according to § 7 II Tarifvertrag über die Entgeltordnung des Bundes – TV EntgO Bund) in the domain of electrical engineering, electronics, automation technology, information and communication technology, or similar
- knowledge about handling, integration, inspection, and verification of electronic components and assemblies using the state-of-the-art measurement technology
- practical experience with manufacturing and testing of electronic assemblies and cable harness
- experience with the creation of schematics and PCB designs with Altium Designer, CadSoft EAGLE, or similar
- fluent in written and spoken English,ideally with work experience abroad
- conformance with the personal requirements for handling of export controlled goods and information according to German, European and American export control laws
- willingness to domestic and international travels on official Business
- development of technical systems for space applications according to space-typical norms and standards (e.g. ECSS)is a plus
- training and/or certifications in the following areas is an asset: manual soldering of high-reliability electrical connections (e.g. according to ECSS-Q-ST-70-08), repair and modification of electronic assemblies (e.g. according to ECSS-Q-ST-70-28), high-reliability soldering for surface-mount and mixed technology (e.g. according to ECSS-Q-ST-70-38), solder-free high-reliability connection technologies like crimp/wire-wrap connections (e.g. according to ECSS-Q-ST-70-26, ECSS-Q-ST-70-30)
- experience with version control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion)is advantageous
- practical experience with writing scientific and technical documents with LaTeX is a plus
- ideally scientific publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference contributions, etc.)
- supervision of student seminar papers and theses is an asset
- mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage
- experience and successes with acquisition of external funding are advantageous

Your benefits:
Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

For further information:

https://www.dlr.de/dlr/jobs/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10596/1003_read...

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7.37. Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany
Contributed by: Marco Sagliano, Marco.Sagliano@dlr.de

Development of Embedded Software for Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems for Space Applications

The GNC Systems Department is involved into the Mission to the Moon of PTScientists, the first European Moon landing mission, as an official partner. The mission objective is to be the first private company to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon, to explore the area around the Apollo 17 landing site with two rovers, and to send pictures and videos down to Earth. In the frame of this project, the GNC Systems Department leads the development of the GNC subsystem as scientific partner. The work comprises the development of optical navigation technologies, the controller synthesis for descent and soft landing, the optimization of the landing trajectory as well as the comprehensive verification of all associated elements.

Within this context, we are looking for scientific staff members to conduct the following tasks within the GNC Appliances Research Group:
- Programming of flight-critical and non-flight-critical software for embedded systems in C/C++
- Implementation of algorithms in the domains of guidance, navigation, and control in software
- Adaption of existing software to new hardware, operating systems, and frameworks
- Run-time optimization of existing software and algorithms
- Planning, creation, establishment, and auditing of quality assurance measures and tools for software development (bug tracking, internal programming standards, test strategies and frameworks, code analyses and reviews, etc.)
- Test, validation, and verification of the developed software
- Planning and drafting of software architectures for embedded systems
- Department-internal consulting and coaching for software engineering
- Support for the execution of Processor-in-the-Loop (PiL) and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) tests of GNC systems
- Production, technical review, and auditing of scientific and technical documentation
- Documentation, presentation, and publication of results
- Supervision of student internships, project and semester reports, and theses
- Commitment to group activities such as maintenance and development of laboratories, development and improvement of procedures, knowledge management, or acquisition of external funding

This job ad looks for up to four students.

Your qualifications:
- Successfully completed university degree on master's level or equivalent (according to § 7 II Tarifvertrag über die Entgeltordnung des Bundes – TV EntgO Bund) in the domain of embedded software engineering, aerospace/space computer science, computer engineering, or similar
- Very good programming skills in C and C++ for safety-critical embedded systems
- Excellent knowledge of the software development process for embedded systems (cross-compiling toolchains, debugging, profiling, etc.)
- Profound knowledge of common hard- and software architectures of embedded systems and real-time operating systems (e.g., RTEMS, QNX, Rodos)
- Experience with modelling software, e.g. using UML, as well as in-code documentation along the software development (e.g. with Doxygen)
- Experience with using development tools like GitHub, GitLab, JIRA, Manits, Jenkins, etc.
- profound knowledge about quality assurance measures and tools for software engineering
- Professional utilization of Linux operating systems and version control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion)
- Fluent in written and spoken English, ideally with work experience abroad
- Conformance with the personal requirements for handling of export controlled goods and information according to German, European and American export control laws
- Willingness to domestic and international travels on official business
- Several years of professional experience with the development of embedded software with larger teams
- Model-based software development/generation (e.g. using MATLAB/Simulink with MATLAB/Simulink Coder and Embedded Coder)
- Application and tailoring of guidelines for software development (like MISRA-C/MISRA-C++, JPL C Coding Standard, CERT C++, etc.)
- Static and dynamic software analysis methods
- Hardware-oriented programming of software in Assembler, driver programming
- Practical experience with writing scientific and technical documents with LaTeX
- Scientific publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference contributions, etc.)
- Supervision of student seminar papers and theses
- Mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage
- Experience and successes with acquisition of external funding

Your benefits:
Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

For further information:

https://www.dlr.de/dlr/jobs/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10596/1003_read...

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7.38. Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany
Contributed by: Marco Sagliano, Marco.Sagliano@dlr.de

Development of Technologies for Navigation Systems for Space Applications

The GNC Systems Department is involved into the Mission to the Moon of PTScientists, the first European Moon landing mission, as an official partner. The mission objective is to be the first private company to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon, to explore the area around the Apollo 17 landing site with two rovers, and to send pictures and videos down to Earth. In the frame of this project, the GNC Systems Department leads the development of the GNC subsystem as scientific partner. The work comprises the development of optical navigation technologies, the controller synthesis for descent and soft landing, the optimization of the landing trajectory as well as the comprehensive verification of all associated elements.

Within this context, we are looking for scientific staff members to conduct the following tasks within the Navigation Research Group:
- development of strapdown integration algorithms for inertial measurements in scenarios such as space transportation, operation in the vicinity of Earth and other planetary bodies, and landing on the Moon, Mars, and asteroids
- development of navigation filters/data fusion algorithms with the focus on the combination of inertial measurements and measurements of GNSS receivers, cameras, star trackers, altimeters, Sun sensors, etc.
- modelling of realistic environments, dynamics, and sensor signals
- full characterization of inertial sensors
- integration and utilization of sensors such as cameras, IMUs, etc. in a real-time environment
- project/activity results documentation, presentation, and publication
- commitment to group activities such as maintenance and development of laboratories, development and improvement of procedures, knowledge management, or acquisition of external funding

Your qualifications:
- successfully completed university degree on master's level or equivalent (according to § 7 II Tarifvertrag über die Entgeltordnung des Bundes – TV EntgO Bund) in the domain of aerospace/space engineering, control engineering, mathematics, computer science, or similar
- practical experience in methods of sensor data fusion and state estimation (Kalman-Filter)
- knowledge in the area of inertial navigation and GNSS navigation
- good programming skills in C, C++, MATLAB/Simulink
- fluent in written and spoken English, ideally with work experience abroad
- experience with scientific publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference contributions, etc.)
conformance with the personal requirements for handling of export controlled goods and information according to German, European and American export control laws
- willingness to domestic and international travels on official business
- practical experience with methods of inertial navigation is an asset: modelling of space vehicle dynamics in the vicinity of Earth and other planetary bodies, modelling of inertial sensors (accelerometers and gyros), strapdown integration algorithm implementation for measurements of inertial sensors in several types of reference frames (Earth-Centered Earth-Fixed, Inertial, Local, etc.), estimation of sensor parameters
- experience in modelling complementary sensors such as GNSS receivers, cameras, star trackers, altimeters, Sun sensors is advantageous
- experience in methods of parameter estimation is a plus
- experience in handling hardware is an asset
- PhD in the area of INS/GNSS navigation is an advantage
- supervision of Bachelor or Master theses is advantageous
- Mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage

Your benefits:
Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

For further information:

https://www.dlr.de/dlr/jobs/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10596/1003_read...

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7.39. Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany
Contributed by: Marco Sagliano, Marco.Sagliano@dlr.de

Development, Simulation, Test, and Verification of Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems for Space Applications

The GNC Systems Department is involved into the Mission to the Moon of PTScientists, the first European Moon landing mission, as an official partner. The mission objective is to be the first private company to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon, to explore the area around the Apollo 17 landing site with two rovers, and to send pictures and videos down to Earth. In the frame of this project, the GNC Systems Department leads the development of the GNC subsystem as scientific partner. The work comprises the development of optical navigation technologies, the controller synthesis for descent and soft landing, the optimization of the landing trajectory as well as the comprehensive verification of all associated elements.

Within this context, we are looking for scientific staff members to conduct the following tasks within the GNC Appliances Research Group:
- Your qualifications:
- Successfully completed university degree on master's level or equivalent (according to § 7 II Tarifvertrag über die Entgeltordnung des Bundes – TV EntgO Bund) in the domain of embedded systems, aerospace/space engineering, mechatronics, computer science, electronics, or similar
- Knowledge about usual hard- and software architectures of embedded systems
- Good programming skills in C, C++, and MATLAB/Simulink as well as good knowledge of the software development process for embedded systems (cross-compiling toolchains, debugging, profiling, etc.)
- Experiences with modelling and simulation of sensors and actuators as well as with implementation, validation, and execution of real-time simulations (e.g. with dSPACE systems)
- Fluent in written and spoken English, ideally with work experience abroad
- Conformance with the personal requirements for handling of export controlled goods and information according to German, European and American export control laws
- Willingness to domestic and international travels on official business
- Generation of C/C++ code for embedded systems out of MATLAB/Simulink using MATLAB/Simulink Coder and Embedded Coder
- Development of technical systems for space applications according to space-typical norms and standards (e.g. ECSS)
- Handling and programming of microcontrollers and FPGAs
- Knowledge in the domain of electrical engineering, analog and digital electronics; practical experience with developing electronic assemblies as well as with measurement technology for electronics development
- Knowledge in the domain of mechanical engineering and the development of draft conceptions for mechanical systems using CAD software (e.g., CATIA V5, Inventor)
- Experience with Linux operating systems (ideally Ubuntu) and version control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion)
- Practical experience with writing scientific and technical documents with LaTeX
- Scientific publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference contributions, etc.)
- Supervision of student seminar papers and theses
- Mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage
- Experience and successes with acquisition of external funding

Your benefits:
Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

For further information:

https://www.dlr.de/dlr/jobs/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10596/1003_read...

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7.40. Engineer: Institute of Space Systems, Germany
Contributed by: Marco Sagliano, Marco.Sagliano@dlr.de

Development of Technologies for Guidance & Control Systems for Space Applications

The GNC Systems Department is involved into the Mission to the Moon of PTScientists, the first European Moon landing mission, as an official partner. The mission objective is to be the first private company to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon, to explore the area around the Apollo 17 landing site with two rovers, and to send pictures and videos down to Earth. In the frame of this project, the GNC Systems Department leads the development of the GNC subsystem as scientific partner. The work comprises the development of optical navigation technologies, the controller synthesis for descent and soft landing, the optimization of the landing trajectory as well as the comprehensive verification of all associated elements.

Within this context, we are looking for scientific staff members to conduct the following tasks within the Guidance & Control Research Group:
- analysis and design of G&C methods for planetary landing, including trajectory optimization
- implementation and V&V of powered descent guidance methods
- analysis and design of attitude and orbit control systems for satellites
- modelling and simulation of realistic environments, dynamics, and sensor signals
- integration and adaption of GNC functions to real-time processing environments
- processor and hardware-in-the-loop testing of onboard GNC functions
- project/activity results documentation, presentation, and publication
- general support to G&C development for current and future projects
- commitment to group activities such as maintenance and development of laboratories, development and improvement of procedures, knowledge management, or acquisition of external funding

Your qualifications:
- successfully completed university degree on master's level or equivalent (according to § 7 II Tarifvertrag über die Entgeltordnung des Bundes – TV EntgO Bund) in the domain of aerospace/space engineering, control engineering, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or similar
- knowledge in classic and modern control theory
- knowledge in optimization theory
- good programming skills in C, C++, MATLAB and Simulink
- experience with real-time systems (e.g. dSPACE)
- fluent in written and spoken English, ideally with work experience abroad
- conformance with the personal requirements for handling of export controlled goods and information according to German, European and American export control laws
- willingness to domestic and international travels on official Business
- practical experience with robust or nonlinear control design methods for complex dynamic systems is an asset
- practical experience with optimal control, optimization and transcription methods is a plus
- experience with Linux operating systems (ideally Ubuntu) and version control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion) is advantageous
- practical experience with writing scientific documents with LaTeX is of advantage
- scientific publications (articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference contributions, etc.)are an asset
- ideally supervision of student seminar papers and theses
- mastery of written and spoken German is an advantage
- experience and successes with acquisition of external funding are an asset
- PhD in the area of G&C design or optimization is an advantage

Your benefits:
Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

For further information:

https://www.dlr.de/dlr/jobs/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10596/1003_read...

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