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September 2014 - E-LETTER

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September 2014

E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing

Issue 312

September 2014 - PDF Version

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Contents

1. IEEE CSS Headlines

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

1.3 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

 

2. Awards

2.1 European PhD Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems

2.2 W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize: call for nominations

2.3 SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize

 

3. Journals

3.1 Contents: The Journal of Instrumentation, Automation and Systems

3.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

3.3 Contents: International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems

3.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

3.5 CFP: Computers in Industry

 

4. Conferences

4.1 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

4.2 International Symposium on Adanced Control of Chemical Processes

4.3 International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

4.4 International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control

4.5 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems

4.6 World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control

 

5. Workshops and Minisymposia

5.1 IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems

5.2 New trends in analysis and control of complex networks

5.3 Workshop on Human Cyber Physical System Interaction: Control for the Human Welfare

5.4 IMA Program Year on Control Theory and its Applications

5.5 Workshop on New Frontiers in Computational Intelligence: From Foundations to Applications

5.6 Minisymposium on Classification and evaluation of the cognitive-based interacting human and/or technical system 

 

6. Online Courses and Graduate Schools

6.1 Online Seminar Series on Control Systems

6.2 Online Seminar: Stochastic Networked Control Systems

6.3 Spring School on Sliding-Mode Control Theory and Applications

 

7. Positions

7.1 PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

7.2 PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

7.3 PhD: Università di Napoli Parthenope, Italy

7.4 PhD: Louisiana State University, USA

7.5 PhD/Post Doc:  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

7.6 PhD/Post-Doc: Clemson University, USA

7.7 PhD/Post-Doc: Lehigh University,USA

7.8 Post-Doc: Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

7.9 Post-Doc: University of Massachusetts, USA

7.10 Post-Doc: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

7.11 Post-Doc: University of California, Riverside, USA

7.12 Post-Doc: University of Oxford, UK

7.13 Faculty: Australian National University, Australia

7.14 Faculty: Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

7.15 Faculty: University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

7.16 Faculty: KU Leuven, Belgium

7.17 Faculty: North Carolina State University, USA

7.18 Faculty: Nazarbayev University, Republic of Kazakhstan

7.19 Faculty: University of Tasmania, Australia

7.20  Control Engineer: Ford Research Center, Aachen, Germany

7.21  Research Engineer: GE Global Research, München, Germany

 

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1. IEEE CSS Headlines

 

1.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

 

IEEE CSS Publications Content Digest

 

The IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest is a novel and convenient guide that helps readers keep track of the latest published articles. 

The CSS Publications Content Digest, available at 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.

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

 

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1.2 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control

Contributed by: Elizabeth Kovacs, ekovacs2@nd.edu

 

Please note that the contents of the IEEE-Transactions on Automatic Control, together with links to the abstracts of the papers may be found at the TAC web site: http://www.nd.edu/~ieeetac/contents.html 

 

Table of Contents 

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 

Volume 59 (2014), Issue 9 (September) 

 

- Scanning-the-Issue. p. 2309 

 

Papers 

- Optimal Controller Synthesis for Decentralized Systems over Graphs via Spectral Factorization. J. Swigart, S. Lall p. 2311 

- Stabilizing a SISO LTI Plant with Gain and Delay Margins as Large as Desired. D. L. Gaudette, D. E. Miller p. 2324 

- Control of Linear Switched Systems with Receding Horizon Modal Information. R. Essick, J-W. Lee, G. E. Dullerud p. 2340 

- Extremum Problems with Total Variation Distance and their Applications. C. D. Charalambous, I. Tzortzis, S. Loyka, T. Charalambous p. 2353 

- Stabilization of Linear Systems Over Gaussian Networks. A. A. Zaidi, T. J. Oechtering, S. Yuksel, M. Skoglund p. 2369 

- Prediction-Based Stabilization of Linear Systems Subject to Input-Dependent Input Delay of Integral-Type. D. Bresch-Pietri, J. Chauvin, N. Petit p. 2385 

- Submodular Utility Maximization for Deadline Constrained Data Collection in Sensor Networks. Z. Zheng, N. B. Shroff p. 2400 

- Structures and Transformations for Model Reduction of Linear Quantum Stochastic Systems. H. I. Nurdin p. 2413 

- A Converse Lyapunov Theorem and Robustness for Asymptotic Stability in Probability. A. R. Teel, J. P. Hespanha, A. Subbaraman p. 2426 

- Network Risk Limiting Dispatch: Optimal Control and Price of Uncertainty. B. Zhang, R. Rajagopal, D. N. Tse p. 2442 

 

Technical Notes and Correspondence 

- Design of Optimal Sparse Interconnection Graphs for Synchronization of Oscillator Networks. M. Fardad, F. Lin, M. Jovanovic p. 2457 

- Multi-Agent Consensus With Relative-State-Dependent Measurement Noises. T. Li, F. Wu, J-F. Zhang p. 2463 

- Multirate Observers for Nonlinear Sampled-Data Systems Using Input-to-State Stability and Discrete-Time Approximation. H. Beikzadeh, H. J. Marquez p. 2469 

- The Forest Consensus Theorem. P. Chebotarev, R. Agaev p. 2475 

- Bounded Hybrid Connectivity Control of Networked Multiagent Systems. G. De La Torre, T. Yucelen, E. N. Johnson p. 2480 

- Minimized Tracking Error Randomness Control for Nonlinear Multivariate and Non-Gaussian Systems Using the Generalized Density Evolution Equation. M. Ren, J. Zhang, H. Wang p. 2486 

- Controllability of Discrete Time Bilinear Systems in Finite and Infinite Dimensional Spaces. D. Alami Louati, M. Ouzahra p. 2491 

- Forward and Converse Lyapunov Theorems for Discrete Dynamical Systems. R. Jafari, A. Kable, M. T. Hagan p. 2496 

- The Observer Error Linearization Problem via Dynamic Compensation. C. Califano, C. Moog p. 2502 

- On the Linear Separability of the Safe and Unsafe State Subsets of Single-Unit Resource Allocation Systems. S. Reveliotis p. 2509 

- Optimal Stabilization Problem with Minimax Cost in a Critical Case. V. Grushkovskaya, A. Zuyev p. 2512 

- Combining iISS and ISS With Respect to Small Inputs: The Strong iISS Property. A. Chaillet, D. Angeli, H. Ito p. 2518 

- Dynamical Behaviours of an Euler Discretized Sliding Mode Control Systems. Q. Shaocheng, X. Xia, J. Zhang p. 2525 

- Stabilizability Across a Gaussian Product Channel: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions. U. Kumar, J. Liu, V. Gupta, N. Laneman p. 2530 

- Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Pareto Optimality in Infinite Horizon Cooperative Differential Games. P. V. Reddy, J. Engwerda p. 2536 

- Infinite-Horizon Continuous-Time NMPC via Time Transformation. L. Wuerth, W. Marquardt p. 2543 

- LMMSE Filtering in Feedback Systems with White Random Modes: Application to Tracking in Clutter. D. Sigalov, T. Michaeli, Y. Oshman p. 2549 

- Controlled Invariants and Trajectory Planning for Underactuated Mechanical Systems. A. Shiriaev, L. B. Freidovich, M. W. Spong p. 2555 

- Zero Forcing Sets and Controllability of Dynamical Systems Defined on Graphs. N. Monshizadeh, S. Zhang, M. K. Camlibel p. 2562 

- Formal Synthesis of Control Policies for Continuous Time Markov Processes from Time-Bounded Temporal Logic Specifications. A. Medina Ayala, S. Andersson, C. Belta p. 2568 

- Risk-Constrained Markov Decision Processes. V. Borkar, R. Jain p. 2574 

- A Class of Position Controllers for Underactuated VTOL Vehicles. A. Roza, M. Maggiore p. 2580 

- Optimal Robust Linear Quadratic Regulator for Systems Subject to Uncertainties. M. H. Terra, J. P. Cerri, J. Y. Ishihara p. 2586 

- Relationship Between Nash Equilibrium Strategies and H_2/H-infinity Control of Stochastic Markov Jump Systems with Multiplicative Noise. L. Sheng, W. Zhang, M. Gao p. 2592 

- Leader-following Connectivity Preservation Rendezvous of Multi-agent. Systems Based Only Position Measurements. Y. Dong, J. Huang p. 2598 

- Stabilisation of Singular Markovian Jump Systems with Generally Uncertain Transition Rates. K. Yonggui, J. Xie, C. Wang, H. R. Karimi p. 2604

 

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1.3 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

Contributed by: Thomas Parisini, eic-ieeetcst@units.it

 

Table of Contents 

IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology 

Volume 22 (2014), Issue 5 (September) 

 

Regular papers 

- Camera Network Coordination for Intruder Detection. F. Pasqualetti, F. Zanella, J. R. Peters, M. Spindler, R. Carli, and F. Bullo, page 1669 

- Power Optimization and Control in Wind Energy Conversion Systems Using Extremum Seeking. A. Ghaffari, M. Krstic, and S. Seshagiri, page 1684 

- Identification of Linear Models for the Dynamics of a Hovering Quadrotor. M. Bergamasco and M. Lovera, page 1696 

- LPV Control With Decoupling Performance of 4WS Vehicles Under Velocity-Varying Motion. M. Li, Y. Jia, and J. Du, page 1708 

- Backstepping Control of the Toroidal Plasma Current Profile in the DIII-D Tokamak. M. D. Boyer, J. Barton, E. Schuster, M. L. Walker, T. C. Luce, J. R. Ferron, B. G. Penaflor, R. D. Johnson, and D. A. Humphreys, page 1725 

- Robust Weighted Gain-Scheduling H∞ Vehicle Lateral Motion Control With Considerations of Steering System Backlash-Type Hysteresis. X. Huang, H. Zhang, G. Zhang, and J. Wang, page 1740 

- Nonlinear Adaptive Model Predictive Controller for a Flexible Manipulator: An Experimental Study. S. K. Pradhan and B. Subudhi, page 1754 

- Sliding Mode Control With Mixed Current and Delayed States for Offshore Steel Jacket Platforms. B.-L. Zhang, Q.-L. Han, X.-M. Zhang, and X. Yu, page 1769 

- A Comparison of the Embedding Method With Multiparametric Programming, Mixed-Integer Programming, Gradient-Descent, and Hybrid Minimum Principle-Based Methods. R. T. Meyer, M. Žefran, and R. A. DeCarlo, page 1784 

- Optimal Measurement Allocation Algorithms for Parametric Model Identification of Power Systems. A. Chakrabortty and C. F. Martin, page 1801 

- A Model Predictive Control Approach to Microgrid Operation Optimization. A. Parisio, E. Rikos, and L. Glielmo, page 1813 

- High-Order Sliding Mode Block Control of Single-Phase Induction Motor. G. Rubio-Astorga, J. D. Sánchez-Torres, J. Cañedo, and A. G. Loukianov, page 1828 

 

Brief papers 

- A Gain-Scheduled LPV Control for Oxygen Stoichiometry Regulation in PEM Fuel Cell Systems. F. D. Bianchi, C. Kunusch, C. Ocampo-Martinez, and R. S. Sánchez-Peña, page 1837 

- Nonlinear Dynamic Model-Based State Estimators for Underwater Navigation of Remotely Operated Vehicles. J. C. Kinsey, Q. Yang, and J. C. Howland, page 1845 

- Lyapunov-Based Control of the Sway Dynamics for Elevator Ropes. M. Benosman, page 1855 

- Capturability Analysis of a 3-D Retro-PN Guidance Law for Higher Speed Nonmaneuvering Targets. S. Ghosh, D. Ghose, and S. Raha, page 1864 

- Multiobjective Optimization of an Observer-Based Controller: Theory and Experiments on an Underwater Grinding Robot. P. Hamelin, P. Bigras, J. Beaudry, P.-L. Richard, and M. Blain, page 1875 

- An Observer-Based Mode Switching Control Scheme for Improved Position Regulation in Servomotors. G. Cheng and J.-G. Hu, page 1883 

- Active Diagnosability of Discrete Event Systems and Its Application to Battery Fault Diagnosis. Z. Chen, F. Lin, C. Wang, L. Y. Wang, and M. Xu, page 1892 

- Resonant Controller Design for a Piezoelectric Tube Scanner: A Mixed Negative-Imaginary and Small-Gain Approach. S. K. Das, H. R. Pota, and I. R. Petersen, page 1899 

- Distributed Energy Consumption Control via Real-Time Pricing Feedback in Smart Grid. K. Ma, G. Hu, and C. J. Spanos, page 1907 

- Mode-Independent H2 -Control of a DC Motor Modeled as a Markov Jump Linear System. R. C. L. F. Oliveira, A. N. Vargas, J. B. R. do Val, and P. L. D. Peres, page 1915 

- Neural-Adaptive Control of Waste-to-Energy Steam Generators. S. M. Takaghaj, C. J. B. Macnab, D. Westwick, and I. Boiko, page 1920 

- 3-D Path-Following Control for a Model-Scaled Autonomous Helicopter. B. Zhu and W. Huo, page 1927 

- Comparison Between the CLOE Method and the DIDIM Method for Robots Identification. A. Janot, M. Gautier, A. Jubien, and P. O. Vandanjon, page 1935 

- Optimal Control of a Network of Power Microgrids Using the Pontryagin’s Minimum Principle. H. Dagdougui, A. Ouammi, and R. Sacile, page 1942 

- Frequency Domain Performance Analysis of Lur’e Systems. A. Pogromsky and R. van den Berg, page 1949 

- Optimal Design of a Colloidal Self-Assembly Process. Y. Xue, D. J. Beltran-Villegas, X. Tang, M. A. Bevan, and M. A. Grover, page 1956 

- Sliding Mode Control-Based Autopilots for Leaderless Consensus of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. S. Rao and D. Ghose, page 1964 

- Adaptive Force/Motion Control System Based on Recurrent Fuzzy Wavelet CMAC Neural Networks for Condenser Cleaning Crawler-Type Mobile Manipulator Robot. T. Mai and Y. Wang, page 1973 

- Practical Wind-Disturbance Rejection for Large Deep Space Observatory Antenna. D. Qiu, M. Sun, Z. Wang, Y. Wang, and Z. Chen, page 1983 

- Offtake Feedforward Compensation for Irrigation Channels With Distributed Control. Y. L i. page 1991 

- Tracking Control for Differential-Drive Mobile Robots With Diamond-Shaped Input Constraints. X. Chen, Y. Jia, and F. Matsuno, page 1999 

- Torque Setpoint Tracking for Parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicles Using Dynamic Input Allocation. S. Cordiner, S. Galeani, F. Mecocci, V. Mulone, and L. Zaccarian, page 2007 

- A Stabilizing Model Predictive Controller for Voltage Regulation of a DC/DC Boost Converter. S.-K. Kim, C. R. Park, J.-S. Kim, and Y. I. Lee, page 2016 

- Design of a Proportional Integral Control Using Operator Theory for Infinite Dimensional Hyperbolic Systems. V. D. S. Martins, Y. Wu, and M. Rodrigues, page 2024 

- Gain Scheduled Control of Linear Systems Subject to Actuator Saturation With Application to Spacecraft Rendezvous. B. Zhou, Q. Wang, Z. Lin, and G.-R. Duan, page 2031 

- Model-Free Predictive H∞ Control for Grid-Connected Solar Power Generation Systems. J. Chen, F. Yang, and Q.-L. Han, page 2039 

- A DVS-MHE Approach to Vehicle Side-Slip Angle Estimation. M. Canale, L. Fagiano, and C. Novara, page 2048 

- On the Control of the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor: An Active Disturbance Rejection Control Approach. H. Sira-Ramírez, J. Linares-Flores, C. García-Rodríguez, and M. A. Contreras-Ordaz, page 2056 

- Optical Parametric Oscillator Longitudinal Modes Suppression Based on Smith Predictor Control Scheme. A. Salehiomran, R. Modirnia, B. Boulet, and M. Rochette, page 2064 

 

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2.  Awards and Honors

 

2.1 European PhD Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems

Contributed by: Luca Greco, luca.greco@lss.supelec.fr

 

2014 European PhD Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems 

 

As every year, we would like to encourage young researchers that have recently obtained their PhD degree to participate in the process for the selection of the best PhD thesis defended in a European University in the field of Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems. 

The aim is to encourage high-quality work amongst young researchers in their first research period. 

The prize consists of a certificate and a cash award of 1000 €. 

It will be delivered during the annual European Control Conference. 

 

Deadline for application: 31st October 2014 

 

To be eligible for the award, the thesis must be in English and have been defended in Europe between 15/07/2013 and 14/07/2014

 

Former recipients can be found on the webpage: http://www.eeci-institute.eu/index.php?p=PhD-Award. 

To apply, please consult the award webpage: http://www.eeci-institute.eu/PhD-Award/ 

 

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2.2 W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize: call for nominations

Contributed by: J. M. Littleton, littleton@siam.org

 

Call for nominations  

W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize 

 

SIAM will award the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT15), to be held July 8–10, 2015, in Paris, France. 

The W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize is awarded for research in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory. 

The prize may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements. 

 

Description of the Award:

The award consists of an engraved medal and a $10,000 cash prize. The prize recipient will be requested to present a lecture at the meeting and will be reimbursed for travel expenses to attend the meeting to accept the award and deliver the lecture. 

 

Nominations:

Nominations should be sent to reid_prize@siam.org by October 15, 2014. Attach your letter of nomination, including a description of achievement(s), a CV of the candidate, and letters of support from two or three experts (no more than three letters).

The letters should be addressed to: 

 

W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize Committee 

c/o J. M. Littleton 

SIAM 

3600 Market Street, 6th Floor 

Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688, USA 

 

For inquiries: 

E-mail: littleton@siam.org 

Telephone: +1-215-382-9800 ext. 303 

 

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2.3 SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize 

Contributed by: J. M. Littleton, littleton@siam.org

 

Call for nominations 

SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize 

 

The SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory Prize (SIAG/CST Prize) will be awarded at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications (CT15) to be held July 8-10, 2015, in Paris, France. 

The SIAG/CST Prize, established in 1997, is awarded every two years to a junior researcher for outstanding research contributions to mathematical control or systems theory. 

 

Eligibility: 

At least one of the papers containing this work must be published in English in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a publication date within the eligibility period and such that at least one of the following two requirements is met at the publication date: either (1) the author is not more than 35 years old, or (2) not more than six years have elapsed since the author received a PhD or equivalent degree. The eligibility period for the 2015 award is January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2014. 

 

Description of the Award: 

The award will consist of a plaque and a certificate containing the citation. An invitation will be extended to the prize recipient to attend the award ceremony to receive the award and to present the paper. 

The recipient will be reimbursed for travel expenses to attend the meeting. 

 

Nominations: 

Nominations should be sent to CST_siag_prize@siam.org by November 15, 2014. 

Attach a letter of nomination (including a description of the contributions and citation of papers), a CV for the candidate, and letters of evaluation and support from two or three experts (but no more than three letters). Letters should be addressed as below: 

 

Dr. Fariba Fahroo 

Chair, SIAG/CST Prize Committee 

c/o J. M. Littleton 

SIAM 

3600 Market Street, 6th Floor 

Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688, USA 

 

For inquiries: 

E-mail: Littleton@siam.org 

Telephone: +1-215-382-9800 ext. 303 

 

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3. Journals

 

3.1 Contents: The Journal of Instrumentation, Automation and Systems

Contributed by: Youmin Zhang, Youmin.Zhang@concordia.ca

 

Table of Contents 

The Journal of Instrumentation, Automation and Systems (JIAS) 

Vol 1, No 1 (2014) 

http://ojs.unsysdigital.com/index.php/jias/issue/current/showToc 

 

 

Editorial note 

- The Launching of the Journal of Instrumentation, Automation and Systems (JIAS). Youmin Zhang 

 

Technical papers 

- Design and Construction of a Magnetic Field Simulator for CubeSat Attitude Control Testing. Mark Andrew Post, Junquan Li, Regina Lee, pp. 1-9 

- Technical Implementation of Dual Mode Fault Tolerance. Haryono Haryono, Jazi Eko Istiyanto, Agus Harjoko, Agfianto Putra, pp. 10-17 

 

Research papers

- Development of a Coaxial MAV with Real-Time Obstacle Avoidance Capability Abhishek Abhishek, Sagar Setu, pp. 18-30 

- Robust Depth-based Planar Segmentation Algorithm Based on Gradient of Depth Feature. Bashar Enjarini, Axel Gräser, pp. 31-42 

- Transmitter and Receiver Design at L-band and X-band for FM-CW Radar Altimeter. Ashish Kumar Roy, Bakul Bapat, Chinmoy Bhattacharya, Shashikala A Gangal, pp. 43-49 

 

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3.2 Contents: Control Engineering Practice

Contributed by: Tobias Glück, cep@acin.tuwien.ac.at

 

Table of Contents 

Control Engineering Practice 

Volume 29 - August 2014 

 

- Jianyong Zhu, Weihua Gui, Chunhua Yang, Honglei Xu, Xiaoli Wang, Probability density function of bubble size based reagent dosage predictive control for copper roughing flotation, pages 1-12 

- Nacim Meslem, Vu Tuan Hieu Le, Cécile Labarre, Stéphane Lecoeuche, Jean-Luc Kotny, Nadir Idir, Set-membership methods applied to identify high-frequency elements of EMI filters, pages 13-22 

- Tim Spinner, Babji Srinivasan, Raghunathan Rengaswamy, Data-based automated diagnosis and iterative retuning of proportional-integral (PI) controllers, pages 23-41 

- Seungkeun Kim, Hyondong Oh, Jinyoung Suk, Antonios Tsourdos, Coordinated trajectory planning for efficient communication relay using multiple UAVs, pages 42-49 

- Asma Maachou, Rachid Malti, Pierre Melchior, Jean-Luc Battaglia, Alain Oustaloup, Bruno Hay, Nonlinear thermal system identification using fractional Volterra series, pages 50-60 

- Maciej Marcin Michalek, A highly scalable path-following controller for N-trailers with off-axle hitching, pages 61-73 

- T.H. de Groot, O.A. Krasnov, A.G. Yarovoy, Gradient-based optimization algorithms for networks of reconfigurable sensors, pages 74-85 

- Stan van der Meulen, Bram de Jager, Frans Veldpaus, Maarten Steinbuch, Combining extremum seeking control and tracking control for high-performance CVT operation, pages 86-102 

- Markus Grahn, Krister Johansson, Tomas McKelvey, Model-based diesel Engine Management System optimization for transient engine operation, pages 103-114 

- Thomas E. Passenbrunner, Simone Formentin, Sergio M. Savaresi, Luigi del Re, Direct multivariable controller tuning for internal combustion engine test benches, pages 115-122 

- J.J.T.H. de Best, M.J.G. van de Molengraft, M. Steinbuch, Planar feature-based motion control for near-repetitive structures, pages 123-134 

- Fredrik Dukan, Asgeir J. Sørensen, Sea floor geometry approximation and altitude control of ROVs, pages 135-146 

- Bangjun Lei, Shumin Fei, A brand new nonlinear robust control design of SSSC for transient stability and damping improvement of multi-machine power systems via pseudo-generalized Hamiltonian theory, pages 147-157 

- Thanh V. Dinh, Chris T. Freeman, Paul L. Lewin, Assessment of gradient-based iterative learning controllers using a multivariable test facility with varying interaction, pages 158-173 

- Antonio Sciarretta, Paolino Tona, Chris Manzie, Carlos Guardiola, Editorial: IFAC Workshop on Engine and Powertrain Control, Simulation and Modeling (ECOSM 2012), pages 174-175 

- Frédéric Tschanz, Stephan Zentner, Christopher H. Onder, Lino Guzzella, Cascaded control of combustion and pollutant emissions in diesel engines, pages 176-186 

- Lyle E. Kocher, Carrie M. Hall, Karla Stricker, David Fain, Dan Van Alstine, Gregory M. Shaver, Robust oxygen fraction estimation for conventional and premixed charge compression ignition engines with variable valve actuation, pages 187-200 

- Alireza Mohammadi, Chris Manzie, Dragan Nešic, Online optimization of spark advance in alternative fueled engines using extremum seeking control, pages 201-211 

- Dariusz Cieslar, Paul Dickinson, Alex Darlington, Keith Glover, Nick Collings, Model based approach to closed loop control of 1-D engine simulation models, pages 212-224 

- Rachid Attia, Rodolfo Orjuela, Michel Basset, Nonlinear cascade strategy for longitudinal control in automated vehicle guidance, pages 225-234 

- Robert Tafner, Markus Reichhartinger, Martin Horn, Robust online roll dynamics identification of a vehicle using sliding mode concepts, pages 235-246 

- C. Guardiola, B. Pla, S. Onori, G. Rizzoni, Insight into the HEV/PHEV optimal control solution based on a new tuning method, pages 247-256 

- F. Payri, C. Guardiola, B. Pla, D. Blanco-Rodriguez, A stochastic method for the energy management in hybrid electric vehicles, pages 257-265 

- Tobias Nüesch, Mu Wang, Pascal Isenegger, Christopher H. Onder, Rüdiger Steiner, Pedro Macri-Lassus, Lino Guzzella, Optimal energy management for a diesel hybrid electric vehicle considering transient PM and quasi-static NOx emissions, pages 266-276 

- Youngki Kim, Ashwin Salvi, Jason B. Siegel, Zoran S. Filipi, Anna G. Stefanopoulou, Tulga Ersal, Hardware-in-the-loop validation of a power management strategy for hybrid powertrains, pages 277-286 

- A. Sciarretta, L. Serrao, P.C. Dewangan, P. Tona, E.N.D. Bergshoeff, C. Bordons, L. Charmpa, Ph. Elbert, L. Eriksson, T. Hofman, M. Hubacher, P. Isenegger, F. Lacandia, A. Laveau, H. Li, D. Marcos, T. Nüesch, S. Onori, P. Pisu, J. Rios, E. Silvas, M. Sivertsson, L. Tribioli, A.-J. van der Hoeven, M. Wu, A control benchmark on the energy management of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, pages 287-298 

- Wissam Dib, Alexandre Chasse, Philippe Moulin, Antonio Sciarretta, Gilles Corde, Optimal energy management for an electric vehicle in eco-driving applications, pages 299-307 

 

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3.3 Contents:  International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems 

Contributed by: Young-Hoon Joo, Editor-in-Chief, journal@ijcas.com

 

Table of Contents 

International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (IJCAS) 

ISSN: 1598-6446 

http://www.springer.com/engineering/robotics/journal/12555 

Vol. 12, No. 5, October 2014 

 

- Adaptive Consensus Tracking of High-order Nonlinear Multi-agent Systems with Directed Communication Graphs. Junjie Fu and Jinzhi Wang pp. 919-929 

- Consensus for Double-Integrator Dynamics with Velocity Constraints. Tales A. Jesus, Luciano C. A. Pimenta, Leonardo A. B. Torres, and Eduardo M. A. M. Mendes pp. 930-938 

- Stabilization of Positive Switched Systems with Time-varying Delays under Asynchronous Switching. Mei Xiang, Zhengrong Xiang, and Hamid Reza Karimi pp. 939-947 

- Eigenvalue Assignment in Linear Descriptor Systems using Dynamic Compensators. Biao Zhang and Jiafeng Zhu pp. 948-953 

- A Revisit to the Design of Switched Observers for Switched Linear Systems with Unknown Inputs. Gan-Ji Huang and Wu-Hua Chen pp. 954-962 

- Exponential State Estimation for Stochastic Complex Dynamical Networks with Multi-Delayed Base on Adaptive Control. Dongbing Tong, Wuneng Zhou, and Han Wang pp. 963-968 

- Consensus of Leader-Following Multi-Agent Systems in Time-Varying Networks via Intermittent Control. Aihua Hu, Jinde Cao, and Manfeng Hu pp. 969-976 

- Fault Estimation for T-S Fuzzy Markovian Jumping Systems based on the Adaptive Observer. Shu-Ping He pp. 977-985 

- Joint Decision and Control Strategy for a Class of Nonhomogeneous Markovian Jump Systems with Input Constraints. Zhendong Wang, Jin Zhu, Wanqing Xie, and Junhong Park pp. 986-995 

- Robust Predictive Augmented Unscented Kalman Filter. Yan Zhao, She-sheng Gao, Jing Zhang, and Qiao-nan Sun pp. 996-1004 

- Stability Analysis of Discrete-Time Piecewise-Linear Systems: A Generating Function Approach. Kai Liu, Jianghai Hu, Yu Yao, Baoqing Yang, and Xin Huo pp. 1005-1010 

- A Guidance Law with Finite Time Convergence Considering Autopilot Dynamics and Uncertainties. Gui-Lin Li, Han Yan, and Hai-Bo Ji pp. 1011-1017 

- Control of Multiplicative Noise Stochastic Gene Regulation Systems by the Attractive Ellipsoid Technique. Norma Lozada-Castillo, Alexander Poznyak, and Isaac Chairez pp. 1018-1029 

- A Multidisciplinary Approach for Model Predictive Control Education: A Lego Mindstorms NXT-based Framework. Massimo Canale and Simone Casale-Brunet pp. 1030-1039 

- Adaptive Backstepping Control of Wheeled Inverted Pendulum with Velocity Estimator. Yuji Maruki, Kohei Kawano, Haruo Suemitsu, and Takami Matsuo pp. 1040-1048 

- Distributed Adaptive Flocking of Robotic Fish System with a Leader of Bounded Unknown Input. Yongnan Jia and Weicun Zhang pp. 1049-1058 

- Virtual Joint Method for Kinematic Modeling of Wheeled Mobile Manipulators. Hyunhwan Jeong, Hyungsik Kim, Joono Cheong, and Wheekuk Kim pp. 1059-1069 

- Verification of the Peak Time Approach for Detection of Step Initiation using the UTRCEXO. Dowan Cha, Hyung-Tae Seo, Sung Nam Oh, Jungsan Cho, Kab Il Kim, Kyung-Soo Kim, and Soohyun Kim pp. 1070-1076 

- Formation Control of Mobile Robots with Obstacle Avoidance based on GOACM using Onboard Sensors. Yanyan Dai and Suk Gyu Lee pp. 1077-1089 

- A Practical Position-based Visual Servo Design and Implementation for Automated Fault Insertion Test. Tassanai Banlue, Pitikhate Sooraksa, and Suthichai Noppanakeepong pp. 1090-1101 

- Scaled Jacobian Transpose based Control for Robotic Manipulators. An Yong Lee, Jongguk Yim, and Youngjin Choi pp. 1102-1109 

- Spatial Data Internet Progressive Transmission Control based on the Geometric Shapes Similarity. Luliang Tang, Xia Zhang, Zihan Kan, Bisheng Yang, and Qingquan Li pp. 1110-1117 

- Nonlinear Adaptive Control Design for Ship-to-Ship Missiles. Ki Hong Im pp. 1118-1123 

- Direct Equivalence between Geometric Conditions and Algebraic Conditions for Discrete-Time Nonlinear Observer. Hong-Gi Lee, Jung Youn Lee, Kyung-Duk Kim, and Hoon Kang pp. 1124-1130 

- Gain Scheduling Control of Nonlinear Systems based on Approximate Input-Output Linearization. Hae-Young Kwon and Ho-Lim Choi pp. 1131-1137 

 

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3.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control

Contributed by: Fu Li-Chen, lichen@ntu.edu.tw

 

Table of Contents 

Asian Journal of Control 

Vol.16, No.4 July, 2014 

 

- Almost Passivity and Simple Adaptive Control in Discrete-Time Systems. Itzhak Barkana, Ilan Rusnak and Haim Weiss 

- An Adaptive and Optimized Switching Observer for Sensorless Control of an Electromagnetic Valve Actuator in Camless Internal Combustion Engines. Paolo Mercorelli 

- Sensor-Based Long Baseline Navigation: Observability Analysis and Filter Design. Pedro Batista, Carlos Silvestre and Paulo Oliveira 

- Prediction Error Based Performance Monitoring, Degradation Diagnosis and Remedies in Offset-Free MPC: Theory and Applications. Gabriele Pannocchia, Andrea De Luca, and Michele Bottai 

- Robust Unknown Input Observer Design for Linear Uncertain Time-Delay Systems with Application to Fault Detection. Hamid Reza Karimi, Saeed Ahmadizadeh and Jafar Zarei 

- Quadratic Stabilizability for Polytopic Uncertain Switched Linear Systems via Switched Observer. Naohisa Otsuka and Takuya Soga 

- Robust Control System Design for an Uncertain Nonlinear System Using Minimax {LQG} Design. Obaid Ur Rehman, Baris Fidan and Ian Petersen 

- Sensorless inverter-fed compressor drive system using back-emf estimator with pidnn torque observer. Faa-Jeng Lin, Ying-Chih Hung, Jia-Ming Chen and Zi-Yin Kao 

- Adaptive nonlinear actuator fault diagnosis for uncertain nonlinear systems with time-varying delays. Lina Yao, Hong Wang and Vincent Cocquempot 

- Controllability of Multi-Agent Dynamical Systems with a Broadcasting Control Signal. Myung-Gon Yoon, Peter Rowlinson, Cvetkovic Dragos and Zoran Stanic 

- A Semi-tensor Product Approach to Pseudo-Boolean Functions with Application to Boolean Control Networks. Yuzhen Wang, Haitao Li and Zhenbin Liu 

- Homogeneous Feedback Control of Nonlinear Systems Based On Control Lyapunov Functions. Zhang Junfeng, Zhengzhi Han and Jun Huang 

- Stability Analysis and Controller Design of Discrete Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Systems. Long Sheng, Xiaoyu Ma 

- Consensus Control in Linear Multi-Agent Systems with Current and Sampled Partial Relative States. Zunshui Cheng and Youming Xin 

- Finite-Time Η∞ State Estimation for Discrete-Time Switched Control Systems under Asynchronous Switching. Muhammad Iqbal, Jian Xiao, and Weiming Xiang 

- Adaptive Parameter Estimation for an Energy Model of Belt Conveyor with DC Motor. Yanjun Shen and Xiaohua Xia 

- Parametric Solutions to the Generalized Discrete Yakubovich-Transpose Matrix Equation. Caiqin Song, Jun-e Feng, Xiaodong Wang, and Jianli Zhao 

- Flocking Algorithms in Networks with Directed Switching Velocity Interaction Topologies. Mohammad Haeri and Hajar Atrianfar 

- Best Tracking Performance of Networked Control Systems Based on Communication Constraints. Zhi-Hong Guan, Zhan Xisheng, Zhang, Xian-He and Fu-Shun Yuan 

- Robustness of Exact p-Controllability and Exact p-Observability to q-Type of Perturbations of the Generator. Zhan-Dong Mei and Ji-Gen Peng 

- Admissible Consensus of Multi-Agent Singular Systems. Min Li and Qi-Qiang Li 

- Optimal Control of Finite-valued Networks. Jiang Liu, Daizhan Cheng and Yin Zhao 

- On the Design of Observer for Nonlinear Time-delay Systems. Yazdan Batmani and Hamid Khaloozadeh 

- Stability and Stabilization of Networked Control Systems under Limited Communication Capacity and Variable Sampling.Yingying Liu, Weiwei Che and Yunkai Chu 

 

Brief Papers 

- Neural Network On-line Modeling and Controlling Method for Multi Variables Control of Wastewater Treatment Processes. Guang Han, Junfei Qiao, Honggui Han and Guiyang Wang 

- Finite Time Stability Analysis of Switched Systems with Stable and Unstable Subsystems. Guopei Chen, Ying Yang and Qingnian Pan 

- PID Stabilization of retarded-type time-delay system. Xiu-wei Zhao and Jian-yue Ren 

- Backward Stochastic H_2/H_infty Control with Random Jumps. Qixia Zhang 

- An improved anti-windup bumpless transfer structure design for controllers switching. Guozheng Qin, Zhisheng Duan, Guanghui Wen, Yingxin Yan and Zhichao Jiang 

- IMC-PID Design: Analytical Optimization for Performance/Robustness Tradeoff Tuning for Servo/Regulation Mode. Qie Liu, Qibing Jin, Qi Wang, Sinian Li and Zhu Wang 

 

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3.5 CFP: Computers in Industry  

Contributed by: Radu-Emil Precup, radu.precup@aut.upt.ro

 

CFP: Computers in Industry 

Special Issue on Synergy of computers, cognition, communication and control with industrial applications 

 

In nowadays industrial systems, the necessity of computers, cognition, communication, and control (CCCC) becomes more and more essential, for example, when performance specifications, unexpected upcoming system states, changing operating conditions, or environmental influences have to be integrated into the system design. Computers, automation and information technology (IT) are quickly developing, simultaneously the technologies specific to CCCC are increasingly exploited to enhance the efficiency of operating processes. 

Several modern industry-related applications such as industrial electronics, business management systems, and public sectors, deal with complex dynamical systems and with signals that are based on large amounts of data. It is expected that this will further increase. The current century is characterized by big data collections, making it more and more important to use and interpret the embedded information in the respective architectures. The synergy of CCCC supports the increasingly demanding performance specifications of these applications and helps to face special situations like unexpected condition adaptations, human interaction challenges, and goal conflicts. 

Practical industrial applications of the synergy of CCCC are networked control systems, online quality control of production items, supervision and failure analysis of dynamically changing machine states, decision support systems, prediction and control in dynamic production processes, welding processes, user profiling, process monitoring, web based control of information management flows, and resilient control architectures. 

The debate on these important issues will support the further progress of this area. 

The objective of this Special Issue is to provide papers about the recent advances of CCCC techniques in modern industrial applications. These papers should contain both practical or experimental results and theoretical ones pointing out the role of IT and of the architecture. The use of the combination of at least two of the four C’s (computers, cognition, communication, and control) should be demonstrated by validation and efficiency measured in production. 

The combination of more than two C’s is strongly encouraged. Furthermore, it should be illustrated by implementation and not by strong theoretical details and simulations. A paper that is concerned with a single technique and does not invoke other CCCC techniques is not suitable. 

Only papers with practical proofs (industry application and validation) should be submitted. Pure theoretical papers are not published in this journal. Papers that do not match the topics of the special issue are considered as out of scope, and they are not accepted. 

 

Regular papers to this special issue will include the following topics: 

- Knowledge-based, fuzzy, neuro-fuzzy, neural systems and nature-inspired evolutionary-based algorithms relevant to application driven control and communication. 

- Evolving soft computing techniques for online fault detection and decision support systems, smart systems and robotics. 

- Computer-based control systems for real-time computing, communications and discrete-event systems. 

- Embedded control systems in manufacturing. 

- Cyber-physical systems, mechatronics systems and networked control systems. 

- Plant-wide optimization, prognosis and process monitoring. 

- Solutions for supply chain and risk management systems. 

- Comparisons, limitations and validations of CCCC in transportation and automotive systems. 

 

Important dates: 

Paper submission deadline: December 31, 2014. 

The first review notification: March 15, 2015. 

Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts: April 30, 2015. 

The final review notification: June 15, 2015. 

Planned publication date: December 15, 2015. 

 

Guest editors: 

- Prof. Radu-Emil Precup, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, radu.precup@aut.upt.ro. 

- Prof. Hans Hellendoorn, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, J.Hellendoorn@tudelft.nl. 

- Prof. Plamen Angelov, Lancaster University, UK, p.angelov@lancaster.ac.uk. 

 

Please find details about the journal at the following link: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-in-industry/ 

and about the CFP at the following link: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/computers-in-industry/call-for-papers/special-issue-on-synergy-of-computers-cognition/ 

  

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4. Conferences 

 

4.1  International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Contributed by: Youmin Zhang, Youmin.Zhang@concordia.ca

 

Call for Papers: 2015 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS'15) 

 

On behalf of the ICUAS'15 Organizing Committee, this is to invite you to submit your contributions to the 2015 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS'15, http://www.uasconferences.com, to be held in Denver CO, USA, on June 9-12, 2015. The conference is co-sponsored by the IEEE CSS and RAS. 

Denver is a metropolitan city with major attractions, and Colorado is the second in Aerospace Industry companies in the U.S. June 9 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past seven years and its growth, ICUAS’15 is expected to continue on this path and attract the highest number of participants from academia, industry, federal/state agencies, government, the private sector, users, practitioners and engineers who wish to be affiliated with and contribute technically to this highly demanding and rapidly evolving and expanding field. Details may be found at http://www.uasconferences.com and related links. ICUAS’15 will be fully sponsored by the ICUAS Association, a non-profit organization; Information about the organization may be found at www.icuas.com. The theme of ICUAS’15 will focus on the very challenging and timely topic of ‘integrating UAS into the national airspace’. 

ICUAS’15 aims at bringing together different groups of qualified military and civilian representatives worldwide, organization representatives, funding agencies, industry and academia, to discuss the current state of UAS advances, and the roadmap to their full utilization in civilian and public domains. Special emphasis will be given to current and future research opportunities, and to ‘what comes next’ in terms of the essential technologies that need to be utilized to advance further UAS. 

Through Keynote/Plenary addresses, invited and solicited presentations, and round table discussions, it is expected that the outcome of the Conference will be a better understanding of what industry, the military and civilian national and international authorities need, and what are the crucial next steps that need to be completed before UAS are widely accepted even in everyday life applications. 

 

Important dates 

February 6, 2015: Full Papers/Tutorial Proposals Due 

April 24, 2015: Acceptance/Rejection Notification 

May 11, 2015: Upload Final, Camera Ready Papers 

April 24 – May 11, 2015: Early Registration 

 

Paper submission 

Papers must be submitted electronically through controls.papercept.net. Go to http://controls.papercept.net/. Click on the link “Submit a Contribution to ICUAS’15 and follow the steps. The paper format must follow IEEE paper submission rules, two-column format using 12 point fonts, Times New Roman. The maximum number of pages per paper is 10. Illustrations and references are included in the page count. Submitted papers will undergo a peer review process coordinated by the Program Chairs, the ICUAS Advisory Committee Members, the IPC and qualified reviewers. Authors will be notified of acceptance at the latest by April 24, 2015. Accepted papers must be uploaded electronically no later than May 11, 2015. Authors are encouraged to accompany their presentations with multimedia material (i.e., videos), which will be included in the Conference Digital Proceedings. Conference Proceedings will be acquired by IEEE and they appear in IEEE Xplore. 

 

General chairs 

Fulvia Quagliotti, Politecnico di Torino, fulvia.quagliotti@polito.it 

Youmin Zhang, Concordia University, youmin.zhang@concordia.ca 

Kimon Valavanis, University of Denver, kimon.valavanis@du.edu 

 

Program chairs 

Didier Theilliol, Univ. of Lorraine, Didier.Theilliol@univ-lorraine.fr 

Roberto Sabatini, RMIT Univ. AU, roberto.sabatini@rmit.edu.au 

Srikanth Saripalli, Arizona State U., Srikanth.Saripalli@asu.edu 

 

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4.2 International Symposium on Adanced Control of Chemical Processes

Contributed by: Biao Huang, biao.huang@ualberta.ca

 

ADCHEM is the triennial meeting of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) that brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss recent developments in the control of chemical, biochemical, and related process systems. Both theory and applications will be covered on such topics as: 

 

1. Batch Process Modelling 

2. Model-based Control 

3. Modeling and Identification 

4. Scheduling and Optimization 

5. Process and Control Monitoring 

6. Process Applications 

7. Energy Processes and Control 

 

The program accommodates contributions from various application areas and methodologies including those outside the classical chemical process control. ADCHEM 2015 is sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committee on Chemical Process Control and co-sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committees on Non-linear Control Systems, Biosystems and Bioprocesses, and Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety of Technical Processes. 

ADCHEM 2015 will be held in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, June 7-10, 2015. Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s premier, year-round destination. Whistler took part in the 2010 Winter Olympics as an Official Olympic venue. 

Paper/Invited Session/Workshop Proposal submission deadline: 14 OCT 2014 

Submission through: https://ifac.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl 

Workshop proposal can be submitted through email directly to adchem.2015@ualberta.ca 

For detailed information about the 9th ADCHEM, visit www.adchem2015.org 

 

NOC Chair: Biao Huang, University of Alberta 

IPC Chair: Rolf Findeisen, Otto-von Guerickle University Magdeburg 

Email: adchem.2015@ualberta.ca 

 

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4.3 International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems

Contributed by: Songhwai Oh, songhwai@snu.ac.kr

 

ICCPS 2015 Preliminary Call for Papers 

 

The 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems. 

April 14-16, 2015, Seattle, Washington (as part of CPSWeek 2015) 

URL: http://iccps.acm.org/2015/ 

 

As digital computing and communication becomes faster, cheaper and available in packages which are smaller and use less power, these capabilities are becoming embedded in many objects and structures in the physical environment. Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are physical and engineered systems whose operations are monitored, coordinated, controlled and integrated by such computing and communication. Broad deployment of cyber-physical systems is transforming how we interact with the physical world as profoundly as the world wide web transformed how we interact with one another, and harnessing their capabilities holds the possibility of enormous societal and economic impact. 

ICCPS is the premier single-track conference for reporting advances in all aspects of cyber-physical systems, including theory, tools, applications, systems, testbeds and field deployments. This year, the conference features two focus areas for submissions: one on CPS foundations (the traditional focus of ICCPS), and one on secure and resilient infrastructure CPS (the focus of the former HiCoNS conference). The entire program committee is eligible to review in both areas, but authors will be asked to specify one of the two areas during submission in order to aid with reviewer selection. 

The CPS foundations (CPSF) area focuses on core science and technology for developing fundamental principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements. Application domains include transportation, energy, water, agriculture, ecology, supply-chains, medical and assistive technology, sensor and social networks, and robotics. Among the relevant research areas are security, control, optimization, machine learning, game theory, mechanism design, mobile and cloud computing, model-based design, verification, data mining / analytics, signal processing, and human-in-the-loop shared or supervisory control. 

The secure and resilient infrastructure CPS (HiCoNS) area focuses on the confluence of cyber-security, privacy, and CPS that impacts the operation of critical infrastructures such as the smart grid, water distribution, transportation, healthcare, building automation, and process control. Of particular interest is foundational work that cuts across multiple application areas or advances the scientific understanding of underlying principles for the development of high confidence (secure, reliable, robust, and trustworthy) networked CPS. Beginning this year, this focus area of ICCPS replaces the High Confidence Networked Systems (HiCoNS) conference. 

 

Submissions and Key Dates: 

New this year: In concert with the other CPSWeek conferences, ICCPS will require that authors register paper titles and abstracts by October 13 (one week before the full paper submission deadline). 

Abstract Registration: October 13, 2014 (mandatory) 

Full Paper Submission deadline: October 20, 2014 (no extensions possible) 

Manuscripts should be no more than 10 pages in two-column ACM conference style. Formatting and submission instructions will be made available at the website. 

 

Organizers: 

General Co-Chairs 

Alexandre Bayen (UC Berkeley) 

Michael Branicky (University of Kansas) 

 

Technical Program Committee Co-Chairs 

Xenofon Koutsoukos (Vanderbilt University) 

Ian M. Mitchell (University of British Columbia) 

 

Poster / Demo / WiP Chair 

Meeko Oishi (University of New Mexico) 

 

Publications Chair 

Georgios Fainekos (Arizona State University) 

 

Publicity Co-Chairs 

Dimos Dimarogonas (KTH) 

Songhwai Oh (Seoul National University) 

Jonathan Sprinkle (University of Arizona)

 

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4.4  International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control 

Contributed by: Antoine Girard, Antoine.Girard@imag.fr

 

18th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control 

April 14-16, 2015 

Seattle, USA. 

 

URL: http://2015.hscc-conference.org/ 

 

Important dates

Abstract Submission deadline: October 13, 2014. 

Full Paper Submission deadline: October 20, 2014 (no extensions possible). 

Rebuttal phase: December 4 to December 7, 2014. 

Author notification: December 17, 2014. 

Camera-ready submission: February 3, 2015. 

Conference dates: April 14-16, 2015. 

 

Conference Scope

Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC) has long been a leading, single-track conference on foundations, techniques, and tools for analysis, control, synthesis, implementation, and applications of dynamical systems that exhibit continuous and discrete (hybrid) dynamics. Applications include cyber-physical systems (CPS), mixed signal circuits, robotics, large-scale infrastructure networks, as well as natural systems such as biochemical and physiological models. In particular, we solicit theoretical as well as applied research papers that present original work combining ideas from computer science and control systems. 

 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

- Design, synthesis and control 

- Analysis and verification 

- Computability and complexity 

- Programming languages, specification formalisms 

- Software tool engineering and experimentation 

- Real-time and resource-aware control for embedded systems 

- Network science and control over networks 

- Applications in automotive, avionics, energy, mobile robotics, medical devices, manufacturing, systems biology, transportation, and other areas 

 

HSCC 2015 will be part of the 8th CPSWeek (Cyber-Physical Systems Week) to be held in Seattle, USA, collocating 5 conferences: HSCC, the International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS), the International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), the Conference on High Confidence Networked Systems (HiCoNS), and the Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS). 

Special Issue: Authors of distinguished papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for possible publication in a special issue of the journal Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. 

Best Student Paper Award: As established in the previous years, a best student paper award will be given to a contribution which has been primarily authored by a student. Each paper nominated for this award should be co-authored primarily by a student (as certified by the student’s faculty advisor). 

Repeatability Evaluation: HSCC has a history of publishing strong papers emphasizing computational contributions; however, recreating these computational elements is hard, because details of the implementation are unavoidably absent in the paper. Following a successful inaugural run in 2014, authors of papers accepted to HSCC (in any track) that contain a computational component will be invited to participate in an optional repeatability evaluation process after final submission of the paper in February. Papers that pass will be highlighted at the conference, and all submissions will receive confidential feedback from independent reviewers on any challenges faced in recreating the computational results. Review criteria and suggestions on how to get started on reproducible research are posted at the conference web page (http://2015.hscc-conference.org). 

 

Submission Guidelines 

Submitted papers should present original research that is unpublished and not submitted elsewhere. 

Regular papers: maximum 10 pages in the 10pt, two-column ACM format. Submission by October 20, 2014 through the EasyChair system. Regular papers should present original research or industrial applications of techniques for design and/or analysis of hybrid systems, or their integration into industrial design flows. 

Tool and Case-Study papers: maximum 6 pages in the 10pt, two-column ACM format. Submission by October 20, 2014 through the EasyChair system. Tool Papers should describe an implemented tool and its novel features. Case studies should present hybrid systems tools or techniques. 

Submissions of Regular, Tool and Case-Study papers should be made through the HSCC 2015 EasyChair submission website: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hscc2015 

Demo/poster abstracts: Approximately 2 pages. Submission by January 10, 2015 through email to hscc2015@easychair.org with “HSCC demo/poster submission” in the subject line. Questions should be directed to the same address. Demo/poster abstracts serve the sole purpose of selecting contributions for the demo and poster session and will not be published in the conference proceedings. 

 

Program Chairs 

Antoine Girard, University of Grenoble, France. 

Sriram Sankaranarayanan, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. 

 

Publicity Chair 

Sayan Mitra, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. 

 

Repeatability Evaluation Chair 

Ian Mitchell, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 

 

Steering Committee 

Rajeev Alur, University of Pennsylvania, USA 

Bruce Krogh, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA 

Oded Maler, Verimag, France 

Claire Tomlin, University of California Berkeley, USA 

Werner Damm, OFFIS, Germany 

 

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4.5 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems 

Contributed by: Hyungbo Shim, conference@icros.org

 

2014 14th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2014) 

October 22(Wed)-25(Sat), 2014 

Kintex (near the downtown of Seoul), Korea 

Conference website: http://2014.iccas.org 

Email: conference@icros.org 

 

ICCAS 2014 will be held at Kintex, Korea on October 22-25, 2014 jointly with Robot World 2014. 

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. 

 

Plenary lectures: 

- Industry 4.0: Challenges and opportunities for optimization-based control. Frank Allgower (Univ. of Stuttgart, Germany) 

- Wearable Robots: Challenges in Human-Machine Integration and Control. Harry Asada (MIT, USA) 

- Synchronization, Intervention and Distributed Estimation. Lei Guo (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) 

- New Developments on Lower Extremity Exoskeleton Systems. Homayoon Kazerooni (UC Berkeley, USA) 

- Collaboration of Multiple UAVs for Transportation: Modeling and Control Design. Min-Jea Tahk (KAIST, Korea) 

- New Horizon for Signal Processing - What Control Can Contribute. Yutaka Yamamoto (Kyoto Univ., Japan) 

 

Free tutorials: 

- Basics on Differential-Algebraic Equations. Stephan Trenn (Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern, Germany) 

- Basics on Glocal Control: Concept, Fundamental Theory, and Applications to Energy Management Systems. Shinji Hara (University of Tokyo, Japan), Jun-ichi Imura (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), Koji Tsumura (University of Tokyo, Japan) 

- Basics on Collaborative Filtering and Recommendation System. Kyomin Jung (Seoul National Univ., Korea) 

 

Special sessions: 

- How to give a good presentation?. Yutaka Yamamoto (Kyoto Univ., Japan) 

- Meet the Expert: Professor Kazerooni. Homayoon Kazerooni (UC Berkeley, USA) 

- Intelligent, Multi-Purpose, Autonomous, and Decentralized Unmanned Systems. Organized by Min-Jea Tahk (KAIST, Korea) 

 

Tutorial/Workshop: 

- Sliding Mode Control and Observation. Christopher Edwards (University of Exeter, United Kingdom) 

- Introduction to Filtering Theory with Applications to Autonomous Ground Vehicle. Chan Gook Park (Seoul National Univ., Korea), Ick Ho Whang (Agency of Defense Development, Korea), Kyongsu Yi (Seoul National Univ., Korea) 

- How to use Open Platform for Robotic Services 2.0. Hong Seong Park (Kangwon National Univ., Korea) 

 

337 papers in regular sessions: 

See them at http://2014.iccas.org/. 

 

Robot world exhibition: 

ICCAS 2014 runs in parallel with Robot World 2014 (http://www.robotworld.or.kr) that are the biggest exhibition of robot industry. 

Free admission for all participants! 

 

20th anniversary of ICROS: 

This year marks 20 years since the foundation of ICROS, the managing society of ICCAS. 

The 20th anniversary celebration will be held at the farewell banquet on the last day of the conference. 

 

Early reduced rate registration due: Sept. 30, 2014 

 

Organizing Chair: Doo Yong Lee (KAIST, Korea) 

Program Chair: Hyungbo Shim (Seoul Natl. Univ., Korea)

 

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4.6 World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control 

Contributed by: Lisa Vickers, info@ifac2014.org

 

19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), 24-29 August 2014, Cape Town, South Africa 

www.ifac2014.org 

 

Successful IFAC 2014 

The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) took place from 24-29 August 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa. 

2020 delegates registered to participate in the congress and an additional 500 members of the general public attended the public lecture, Quadrocopters Dynamics: A Demonstration. 

 

The Congress program comprised technical sessions, plenary lectures, panel and milestone sessions, pre-congress tutorials and technical tours. 

The International Program Committee received 2637 papers for review as regular (2616), survey (twelve) and keynote (nine) papers. 1993 (76%) of the papers were accepted and included in the final program. 

 

The plenary speakers were: 

Prof. Hajime Asama, The University of Tokyo 

Prof. Lei Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Prof. Thomas Jones, Stellenbosch University and S-Plane Automation (Pty) Ltd 

Prof. Mustafa Khammash, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) 

Prof. Naomi E. Leonard, Princeton University 

Mr. Jack Little, MathWorks Inc. 

Dr. Joseph Z. Lu, Honeywell Process Solutions 

Prof. Richard Murray, California Institute of Technology 

Dr. Ernst Scholtz, ABB Corporate Research 

Dr. David Vos, Tebogo LLC 

Dr. Heinrich Frontzek, Festo AG 

 

A wonderful social program afforded delegates and their accompanying persons the opportunity to sample some of the best that the Cape has to offer. 

The Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception took place on Sunday, August 24 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the Congress Banquet was on Thursday August 28 at the Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden, Cape Town’s newest outdoor multipurpose green space. 

The Closing Ceremony and Farewell Reception on Friday August 29 was also held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

 

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5. Workshops and minisymposium 

 

5.1  IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems 

Contributed by: A. Galip Ulsoy, ulsoy@umich.edu

 

The 12th IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan during June 28-30, 2015. 

Invited session proposals are due by 11/14/14 and contributed manuscripts are due by 1/16/15. 

Please see the web site for further details: http://me.engin.umich.edu/dirifac/index.html 

 

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5.2 New trends in analysis and control of complex networks 

Contributed by: Carlo Piccardi, carlo.piccardi@polimi.it

 

NetCon@ECCS'14 - New trends in analysis and control of complex networks 

A Satellite Meeting of the ECCS'14 - European Conference on Complex Systems 

Lucca, Italy, September 25, 2014 

 

Organized by 

- Mario Di Bernardo, University of Bristol and University of Naples "Federico II" 

- Carlo Piccardi, Politecnico di Milano 

 

Technical sponsorship by SICC - Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity 

 

The interest on networks has dramatically increased in the last fifteen years, since it has been recognized that the network formalism is the best approach for dealing with complex systems made by discrete, interacting units like individuals, companies, computers, etc. Although plenty of methods of analysis have been developed, and many phenomena that crucially characterize network structures and dynamics can now be studied in a rigorous way, the challenge of the next decade is to transform the 'networks science' from a set of elegant theoretical results to a powerful toolbox for the everyday activity of scientists and engineers. A specific field where this development is more urgent is control, as the control and the 'network science' communities have put in common their rich theoretical knowledge only to a very little extent. 

The Satellite Meeting will be a forum for discussing recent advances in the study of network analysis and control. The workshop is intended to be fully interdisciplinary, and bring together both theoretical studies and applications to any field of science and engineering. 

Particular attention will be devoted to the following topics: 

Control and identification of complex networks; Consensus and synchronization on networks; Methods of dynamical systems and control theory applied to network analysis; Methods of network analysis applied to control problems; Networked control systems; Robustness of uncertain networked systems 

 

Invited talks (confirmed): 

- Takaaki Aoki, Kagawa University: Organization of adaptive networks as a dynamical system

- Alberto Bemporad, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca: Stochastic economic model predictive control of complex drinking water networks 

- Yang-Yu Liu, Harvard University: Controllability and observability of complex systems

- Roberto Tempo, CNR-IEIIT, Politecnico di Torino: Distributed randomized algorithms in social and sensor networks 

- Roberto Zampieri, University of Padova: Controllability metrics, limitations and algorithms for complex networks

 

The Satellite Meeting will be hosted by ECCS'14 and will be co-located with the main conference at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca. 

Satellite meeting website: http://home.deib.polimi.it/piccardi/netcon/ 

Satellite meeting email: netcon.eccs14@gmail.com 

ECCS'14 website: http://www.eccs14.eu 

 

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5.3 Workshop on Human Cyber Physical System Interaction: Control for the Human Welfare

Contributed by: Mariana Netto, mariana.netto@ifsttar.fr

 

Workshop on Human Cyber Physical System Interaction: Control for the Human Welfare, 22-23 September, Paris.

 

The aim of this workshop is to bring together multidisciplinary experts and users to identify new challenges in human-CPS interactions. 

The workshop will include two tutorials, one dedicated to the state-of-the-art on cooperative human-CPS modeling approaches and one on human-centered haptic shared control. 

In addition, sessions will address the following topics, among others: human-machine symbiosis, humans as operators of complex systems, humans as agents in multi-agent systems and the human as a part of a controlled system.

 

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5.4 IMA Program Year on Control Theory and its Applications

Contributed by: Rebecca Malkovich, rebecca@ima.umn.edu

 

For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications’ (IMA) Annual Thematic Program will be on Control Theory and its Applications. 

There will be three overarching topics, each covering one trimester of the academic year. These are: (1) dynamics and control on graphs and networks; (2) large-scale systems and PDEs: modeling, optimization, and control; and (3) control of the small and the large emergent applications. The IMA program is designed to encourage true interdisciplinary research and the cross-fertilization of ideas. An important element for success is that ideas flow across disciplines in a timely manner and that the cross-fertilization takes place in unison. 

Due to the usefulness of control, talent from control theory is drawn and often migrates to other important areas, such as biology, computer science, and biomedical research, to apply its mathematical tools and expertise. 

It is vital that while the links are strong, we bring together researchers who have successfully bridged into other disciplines to promote the role of control theory and to focus on the efforts of the controls community. 

The IMA investment in this area will be a catalyst for many advances and will provide the controls community with a cohesive research agenda. 

Opportunities are available to participate in the annual program workshops, apply for postdoctoral positions, and apply for long-term visits through the IMA general membership program. 

More information and available workshops can be found on the IMA’s website at www.ima.umn.edu/2015-1016/. 

 

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5.5 Workshop on New Frontiers in Computational Intelligence: From Foundations to Applications

Contributed by: Haibo He, he@ele.uri.edu

 

IEEE CIS Workshop on New Frontiers in Computational Intelligence: From Foundations to Applications

 

We are excited to announce an exciting IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Workshop on New Frontiers in Computational Intelligence: From Foundations to Applications to be held on October 3, 2014 at the University of Rhode Island (URI), Kingston, RI. The workshop is free to any one who is interested to attend it, but registration is required for logistics arrangement purpose. 

Workshop website: http://egr.uri.edu/cisworkshop/ 

 

This IEEE CIS workshop will feature numerous pioneers to discuss the new frontiers of Computational Intelligence (CI) research and development, covering all the key aspects from the foundations, principles, to real-world applications. This workshop will also provide a unique platform to network with the IEEE CIS community to know more of the latest researches, technologies, and applications in all fields of CI. 

 

The confirmed speakers and their tentative talk titles are as following: 

Cesare Alippi: Learning in Nonstationary Environments 

Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier: Similarities in Fuzzy Data Mining 

Pablo Estevez: Computational Intelligence Challenges and Applications on Large-Scale Astronomical Time Series Databases 

Yaochu Jin: Self-organizing Swarm Robots 

Marios M. Polycarpou: Cognitive Fault Diagnosis in Big Data Environments 

Enrique Ruspini: The Evolution of Numerical Classification 

Xin Yao: Some Applications of Evolutionary Computation 

 

In addition to the exciting technical program, you will also have the opportunity to explore the rich culture and amazing sightseeing places in Rhode Island such as the Newport, as well as the surrounding New England area such as Boston (being just 1.5 hours away from the workshop). 

 

Organizing Committee 

Haibo He and Godi Fischer 

 

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5.6 Minisymposium on Classification and evaluation of the cognitive-based interacting human and/or technical system 

Contributed by: Dirk Soeffker, soeffker@uni-due.de

 

Minisymposium on Classification and evaluation of the cognitive-based interacting human and/or technical system

 

The minisympsium will be organized as part of MathMod 2015 www.mathmod.at 

(Organizers: Profs. Troch, Breitenecker, and Kugi), the deadlines are identical. 

 

Intended sessions about 

 

Classification of 

- knowledge-based human interaction behavior, related reasoning, learning, and planning tasks; 

- knowledge-based cognitive system behavior, related reasoning, learning, and planning tasks; 

- the dynamics of (knowledge-related) Human-Machine-Systems including the interaction of humans with cognitive-technical / intelligent systems; 

- the dynamics of interactive group behavior; 

- the actual status of self-organization processes within intelligent systems

 

Evaluation of  

- planning and interaction sequences; 

- decision processes and results; 

- goal- and utility-oriented behaviors

 

Intended application fields: 

- Human-guided robotic systems 

- Assistance systems, Multi-mode interaction between autonomous and guided technical systems 

- Intelligent technical systems 

- Intelligent, soft-computed knowledge-based supervision of human interaction with technical systems 

 

What is not intended to be included: 

- Approaches not based on mathematical, algorithmic, or formal approaches 

- Work related to ergonomic analysis 

- Pure experimental results 

 

Details, deadlines etc. are given here: https://www.uni-due.de/srs/mathmod15.php and http://www.mathmod.at/ 

 

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6. Online Courses and Graduate Schools

 

6.1 Online Seminar Series on Control Systems 

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu

 

Online Seminar Series on Control Systems 

 

Started in April 2014, we have initiated a novel online forum, Control Systems Forum (http://consys.forum.mst.edu/), which is dedicated to the dissemination of cutting-edge research results and education perspectives of control systems. This nonprofit forum enables individuals from academia, government, and industry to follow the state of the art approaches being developed by experts. The audience of these seminars have a chance not only to watch speakers’ talks but also to ask “live” questions to them. 

 

The upcoming online seminars include: 

 

* Dr. Joao Hespanha (University of California, Santa Barbara): Stochastic Networked Control Systems (September 25, 2014, 12:00 pm CDT) 

* Dr. Paulo Tabuada (University of California, Los Angeles): Secure state-estimation and control for dynamical systems under adversarial attacks (October 23, 2014, 2:00 pm CDT) 

* Dr. Andrew Teel (University of California, Santa Barbara): On the modeling power of stochastic hybrid inclusions (November 13, 2014, 12:00 pm CDT) 

* Dr. Rifat Sipahi (Northeastern University): Interplay between delays, network graphs, and stability/performance in coupled dynamical systems (November 20, 2014, 2:00 pm CDT) 

 

To register for free (and learn more about these talks), please visit the Control Systems Forum: http://consys.forum.mst.edu/upcomingwebinars/ 

 

Dr. Tansel Yucelen 

Program Director of the Control Systems Forum 

Director of the Advanced Systems Research Laboratory 

Assistant Professor of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department 

Missouri University of Science and Technology 

email: yucelen@mst.edu 

http://www.asrl.us/ (Research Webpage) 

http://consys.forum.mst.edu/ (Control Systems Forum Webpage) 

 

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6.2 Online Seminar: Stochastic Networked Control Systems 

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu

 

Online Seminar of Dr. Joao Hespanha at the Control Systems Forum 

Title: Stochastic Networked Control Systems 

When: September 25, 2014, Thursday, 12:00 PM Central Time 

Where: Control Systems Forum (email to Dr. Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu, or visit http://consys.forum.mst.edu to register at no cost) 

Abstract: Network Control Systems (NCSs) are spatially distributed systems in which the communication between sensors, actuators and controllers occurs through a shared band-limited digital communication network. The use of a multi-purpose shared network to connect spatially distributed elements results in flexible architectures and generally reduces installation and maintenance costs. In this talk we review recent results on the stability analysis and design of stochastic process that arise in networked control systems. 

 

Author's Biography: João P. Hespanha was born in Coimbra, Portugal, in 1968. He received the Licenciatura in electrical and computer engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal in 1991 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and applied science from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in 1998. From 1999 to 2001, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, where he currently holds a Professor position with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Hespanha is the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB). 

His current research interests include hybrid and switched systems; multi-agent control systems; distributed control over communication networks (also known as networked control systems); the use of vision in feedback control; stochastic modeling in biology; and network security. Dr. Hespanha is the recipient of the Yale University’s Henry Prentiss Becton Graduate Prize for exceptional achievement in research in Engineering and Applied Science, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2005 best paper award at the 2nd Int. Conf. on Intelligent Sensing and Information Processing, the 2005 Automatica Theory/Methodology best paper prize, the 2006 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, and the 2009 Ruberti Young Researcher Prize. Dr. Hespanha is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE distinguished lecturer since 2007. 

 

Dr. Tansel Yucelen 

Assistant Professor of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department 

Director of the Advanced Systems Research Lab. (http://www.asrl.us) 

Missouri University of Science and Engineering

 

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6.3 Spring School on Sliding-Mode Control Theory and Applications

Contributed by: Bernard Brogliato, bernard.brogliato@inria.fr

 

Spring School on Sliding-Mode Control Theory and Applications. 

 

Location: Aussois (French Alps) 

Date: 8 to 12 June 2015 

Website: http://bipopsummerschool2015.inria.fr/ 

 

Various aspects of sliding-mode control will be tackled : sliding-mode control of infinite-dimensional systems; sliding state observers; high-order sliding-mode controllers; adaptive gains; discrete-time implementation; sliding modes in genetic networks; and with deep analysis of several applications in robotics, electro-pneumatic systems, etc. 

The school is intended for Students (Master, PhD, post-doc), and Researchers from universities and private companies. The required background is basics of Automatic Control. 

Speakers: Y. Orlov, S. Spurgeon, A. Ferrara, X. Brun, F. Plestan, W. Perruquetti, H. de Jong, B. Brogliato. 

 

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7. Positions

 

7.1 PhD: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 

Contributed by: Dimitri Jeltsema, d.jeltsema@tudelft.nl

 

PhD position at Delft University of Technology

 

This project is part of a larger NWO research program that is devoted to energy-based modelling, analysis and control of the grid, and is undertaken in collaboration with the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. 

 

The PhD position in Delft will be concerned with energy-based modelling of power systems. The first key step in this research is to revisit the existing modelling techniques and develop a comprehensive model structure that reflects the essential features and dynamics of the power network under consideration and at the same time is easily extendable to various levels of complexity and accuracy. The quantity that all power system components (synchronous generators, turbines, transmission lines, fuel cells, solar panels, wind turbines, storage devices, power electronic interfaces, etc.) have in common is energy. It is therefore most natural to take this quantity as a starting point for modelling and identify the power system components by their main physical and unifying characteristics: energy storage, energy dissipation, energy routing, and energy supply. Furthermore, as energy is a scalar quantity, this provides a simple and insightful starting point for dealing with general stability issues. The underlying mathematical framework for formulating the dynamics of complex power networks using energy functions is the theory of port-Hamiltonian systems. An important advantage of port-Hamiltonian systems is its modular character (new components can be locally added without the need for global changes of the model), ensuring easy scalability. Subsequently, the overall model will be used for stability analysis and control design. 

We are looking for a motivated candidate who has successfully completed a MSc in one of the following disciplines: applied mathematics, electrical engineering, physics, or the equivalent. You have a strong mathematical and control engineering background and an interest in pursuing theoretical research as well as in working on engineering problems. A good command of the English language (written and verbal) is required. 

 

Further information can be obtained from, and applications including CV and motivation letter can be sent to Dimitri Jeltsema, d.jeltsema@tudelft.nl, +31-152789277. 

When submitting your application, please use the subject Ph.D. Application for the ENBARK project.

 

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7.2  PhD: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen, yucelen@mst.edu

 

Advanced Systems Research Laboratory (www.asrl.us) 

Missouri University of Science and Technology (www.mst.edu) 

 

We are searching for exceptional PhD students with a strong background in systems, controls, and robotics. 

These students are expected to perform research on (1) safety-critical autonomous systems, (2) multiagent systems and robotics, and (3) modular large-scale systems. Our intention is to give our strong guidance in order to maximize the chances of our students of building a rewarding research career. If you are interested, please send an email to Prof. Tansel Yucelen at yucelen@mst.edu including your background, your interests and strengths (theoretical and experimental), your resume, and a publication of yours. 

You can visit http://www.asrl.us/ for our webpage. 

The work performed by our laboratory is focused on the creation of new information, control, and decision algorithms that reveal advanced systems such as highly capable autonomous vehicles and networked multivehicle systems. These systems are envisioned to elevate human society as well as to perform safety-critical operations with more robots and less humans. 

We place a strong emphasis both on theoretic research and experimentation for addressing fundamental and open real-world technological problems. 

Our aim is to be recognized as one of the top research laboratories in the nation by significantly advancing the knowledge and training science-based engineers and professionals to shape the future of our society. 

 

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7.3  PhD: Università di Napoli Parthenope, Italy

Contributed by: Marco Ariola, ariola@uniparthenope.it

 

The PhD School of Information Engineering at the Università di Napoli Parthenope, Napoli, Italy, offers various PhD positions in control engineering and mathematical control theory. 

Besides scholarship, help for housing is provided. Students will also get the opportunity of spending research periods outside Italy during the program with an extra funding. 

The Course has a duration of three years starting from November 2014. 

The selection is based on the evaluation of the CV, publications and reference letters. The best candidates will be invited to an oral discussion. 

Applications must be turned in no later than September 15th, 2014. 

Perspective candidates are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of the PhD board, Prof. Marco Ariola sending an e-mail to ariola@uniparthenope.it

 

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7.4 PhD: Louisiana State University, USA

Contributed by: Michael Malisoff, malisoff@lsu.edu

 

Two new graduate Research Assistant positions are available in control engineering or mathematical control theory. 

 

The positions are part of the two new US National Science Foundation funded projects "Designs and Theory of State-Constrained Nonlinear Feedback Controls for Delay and Partial Differential Equation Systems" and "Robustness of Networked Model Predictive Control Satisfying Critical Timing Constraints" which are both being directed by principal investigator Prof. Michael Malisoff; see https://www.math.lsu.edu/~malisoff/. 

The projects would provide each selected student with both a stipend of approximately $15,000 and a full tuition remission for the first school year, with continued availability of this support for up to 3 years contingent on satisfactory progress by the student. 

 

The positions are for students wishing to earn PhDs in control from LSU, in engineering or math. For math PhD students, no background in engineering is required. 

Applicants should send malisoff@lsu.edu their CV as a .pdf file with contact information for 3 

references, a plain text statement of interest, and a .pdf with a list of courses taken. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

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7.5 PhD/Post Doc:  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

Contributed by: Jeff Shamma, jeff.shamma@kaust.edu.sa

 

Research Positions in Systems, Control, and Robotics at KAUST 

 

Applications are invited for multiple doctoral and post-doctoral positions in systems, control, and robotics, with an emphasis on autonomous systems and distributed/multi-agent control as well as “intelligent infrastructure” applications in energy, transportation, agriculture, networks, and security. Of particular interest is prior experience in robotic testbeds, human-machine architectures, and/or ocean sensing. 

Prospective applicants should contact Prof. Jeff Shamma (jeff.shamma@kaust.edu.sa) with the following information in pdf format: 

1. A current CV. 

2. A one or two page statement of prior research experience and future interests. 

3. Contact information for at least two references. 

 

The start date for postdoctoral positions is flexible from January 2015 onwards. The start date for doctoral positions may be Spring 2015 or Fall 2015. 

The positions will be with the Division of Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (please visit cemse.kaust.edu.sa) at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). General information about research and education programs, graduate application procedures, and campus life at KAUST may be found online at http://www.kaust.edu.sa/.

 

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7.6  PhD/Post-Doc: Clemson University, USA

Contributed by: Yongqiang Wang, yongqiw@clemson.edu

 

PhD/Post-Doc Positions, The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University 

 

Applications are invited for doctoral and/or post-doctoral positions in the general area of dynamics and control of network systems. Competitive financial supports will be provided. 

 

Students with a strong background in systems and control and a clear interest in the general area of network systems are encouraged to apply. 

Specific areas of research include: 

- analysis of dynamical engineered or biochemical networks 

- hybrid systems 

- oscillator networks or synchronization 

Clemson University is ranked 21st among national public universities by U.S. News & World Report. It is described by students and faculty as an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. 

Clemson is located on Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty and temperate climate. It is 30 miles from Greenville, SC, a vibrant and growing city which provides many opportunities for entertainment, culture, and fine dining. 

Strong mathematical and analytic skills are desired. Candidates with a demonstrated track record in one or more of the previous area(s) will be preferred. Interested students should send a short resume, along with representative relevant publications, if applicable, to yongqiw@clemson.edu 

 

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7.7 PhD/Post Doc: Lehigh University,USA

Contributed by: Nader Motee, motee@lehigh.edu

 

Ph.D. Research Assistantship and Postdoctoral Positions in Large-Scale Control and Dynamical Networks

 

Interested students and recently graduated students are encouraged to apply for our open positions in Distributed Control and Dynamical Systems (DCDS) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Lehigh University. 

There are several open positions for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 in the form of Research Assistants and Postdoctoral Scholars. For more information about our group and current research activities, please visit our website at www.dcds-lab.com 

The central theme of our research at DCDS lab is to develop theoretical foundations for understanding underlying structure, dynamics, and holistic behaviors of complex networks of dynamical systems. Our research team aims to contribute towards the development of a theory of networks of dynamical systems that provides new insights into design, control, and optimization of such complex networks. Application areas range from network of unmanned vehicles, spatially distributed smart grids, biological networks, to financial networks. 

Students with a M.Sc. degree, preferably in Control Systems/Optimization/Applied Math or other related areas, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Undergraduate students with strong background in Control Systems, Communications, Optimization and Applied Mathematics are also encouraged to apply. Interested applicants with a Ph.D. in a related field (e.g., Control Systems/Optimization/Applied Math) are strongly encouraged to apply. 

 

Lehigh is a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. We are a coeducational, nondenominational, private university that offers a distinct academic environment of undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe. Located in Pennsylvania's scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. 

Lehigh is comprised of 2,358 acres, making it one of the largest private universities in the country. 

 

Interested applicants may contact Prof. Nader Motee (motee@lehigh.edu) with the following information: (1) one-page research statement explaining how your background fits to our current research interests, (2) CV, (3) copies of all publications. All documents should be in PDF format. 

 

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7.8 Post-Doc: Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands 

Contributed by: Maurice Heemels, m.heemels@tue.nl

 

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has the following vacancy: Post-docs on “Networked Control Systems and Beyond” in the section Control Systems Technology of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

 

The postdoc projects are financed by the prestigious Innovational Research Incentives Scheme through the VICI grant ”Wireless control systems: A new frontier in automation” awarded by NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) and STW (Dutch Technology Foundation). It focuses on the development of new fundamental control theories in the broad area of networked, distributed and cooperative control exploiting advanced communication technologies. Currently, already 3 PhD students are working on this VICI project and we are now in the process of hiring 2 Post-docs. 

 

Project description: 

The goal of the post-doc projects is to develop new theories in the area of networked, distributed, wireless and/or cooperative control systems. In particular, the interaction between the physics of the plant to be controlled, the control systems, and (unreliable) communication networks causing delays and dropouts and requiring network protocols has to be understood both qualitatively and quantitatively. As such, the projects are at the heart of the current research endeavors in the context of cyber-physical systems. A particular interest lies in the area of resource-aware control strategies such as event-triggered and self-triggered control that aim at using the computational, communication and energy resources of the system only when needed to guarantee certain control properties. One of the post-doc positions can have a more applied flavor by working towards applications in the area of cooperative and autonomous driving (e.g. platooning of cars and trucks) and the control of fleets of drones (quadcopters). Experience in these particular applications domain areas can be a pro for one of the openings. 

 

The post-docs will work in close collaboration with the three PhD students already active on the VICI project. Given that the project is financed by the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme there is lots of freedom in choosing the particular research directions, which is beneficial for carrying out high-risk high-reward research! 

 

Requirements:

A candidate for these challenging positions should have a PhD degree with a background in control theory or possibly communication technology. He/she should have a strong interest and skills in developing new mathematical theories for the analysis and design of resource-aware, networked or distributed control systems. One position can have a more applied nature. 

 

Appointment and Salary 

We offer: 

* A challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university 

* An appointment for one or two years 

* Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU): The salary is at least € 2919,- scale 10 step 4 (depending on experience this amount can be higher). Moreover, international postdocs have lucrative tax benefits in the Netherlands. 

* An attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, end of the year and holiday allowances and fantastic sport facilities at our campus) 

* If necessary, the TU/e can help you to find housing. 

 

For more information: 

* Visit www.wtb.tue.nl for more information about the department of Mechanical Engineering 

* Visit www.heemels.tue.nl for more information about the group of people involved in the project 

* If you would like to have more information on the position, please contact prof.dr.ir. Maurice Heemels (m.heemels@tue.nl) or Dr. ir. Duarte Antunes (d.antunes@tue.nl). 

 

To apply: 

Please upload your application at 

http://jobs.tue.nl/en/job/postdocs-on-%E2%80%9Cnetworked-control-systems-and-beyond%E2%80%9D-192527.html 

The information to be uploaded should include extended curriculum vitae, an explanation of your interest in the proposed research topic, a publication list, your course program and corresponding grades, references and all other information that might help us to select you for the position. 

  

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7.9 Post-Doc: University of Massachusetts, USA

Contributed by: Yossi Chait, ychait@umass.edu

 

A Post-Doctoral Fellow position is available for a multi-year NIH project. 

 

Candidates should have solid knowledge of system identification, statistics, dynamical systems, and controls. Background in physiological systems will be considered a plus, although it is not required. 

The candidate is expected to have an interest in both theoretical research and applications to biomedical systems. 

A PhD in engineering is preferable, however, a PhD in other areas that satisfy the above requirements will be considered. Candidates must have an excellent track record of high-impact scientific research, be able to work independently as well as in an interdisciplinary group (engineering, mathematics, and medical practitioners), and have a high level of motivation. Familiarity with software analysis tools such as Matlab/Simulink and statistical packages is desired. 

Candidates are expected to actively engage in dissemination of research results through publication in peer reviewed journals, presentation at conferences and workshops, etc. An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory. 

For candidates interested in pursuing an academic career, there may be an option for teaching relevant courses for additional compensation. 

For further details please send an email to Prof. Yossi Chait, ychait@umass.edu. 

 

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7.10  Post-Doc: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Contributed by: Jeff Shamma, shamma@gatech.edu

 

Post-doctoral position in Network Science

 

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position for an ARO sponsored project entitled “Coevolutionary complex networks”.

The project is a collaboration between Prof. Joshua Weitz, who is the principal investigator and with the School of Biology at Georgia Tech, and Prof. Jeff Shamma, who is with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech (and currently on leave at KAUST).

While not essential, the preference would be for someone with some background in systems biology, who could bridge research in network dynamics and host-viral interaction networks.

 

Prospective applicants should contact Prof. Jeff Shamma (shamma@gatech.edu) with the following information in pdf format:

1. A current CV.

2. A one or two page statement of prior research experience and future interests.

3. Contact information for at least two references.

 

The position will be with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. The start date is flexible, with preference of no later than January 2015. 

 

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7.11 Post-Doc: University of California, Riverside, USA

Contributed by: Fabio Pasqualetti, fabiopas@engr.ucr.edu

 

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Analysis and Control of Complex Networks 

 

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. 

The position will be in the broad area of analysis and control of complex networks, with application to the engineering, biological and social domains. The appointee will join Prof. Fabio Pasqualetti's group, lead interdisciplinary research activities, and interact with faculty and scientists across the college. 

The position is open to recent PhDs in applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, engineering, physics, and related fields, with demonstrated ability to conduct high impact research. The ideal candidate will have exceptional computational, analytical, and communication skills, and will have outstanding potential for scientific research. Competitive candidates will also have familiarity with control theory and system identification, data analysis, and network modeling. 

To apply, please email a CV, a research statement describing how your interests and expertise relate to the position, and two letters of reference to Fabio Pasqualetti at fabiopas@engr.ucr.edu. 

The appointment is currently available, with an expected duration of up to three years. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

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7.12 Post-doc: University of Oxford, UK

Contributed by: Alessandro Abate, aabate@cs.ox.ac.uk

 

Topic: Modelling and control of cascading events in dynamical networks: applications to financial and power systems 

 

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford seeks to appoint a research assistant at the postdoctoral level for a fixed period of 12 months starting in early 2015. 

The research assistant will work alongside dr. Alessandro Abate on an University of Oxford-funded project. 

Candidates must have a solid interdisciplinary research record (particularly on foundational work), in one or more of the following areas: formal verification, systems and control theory, and stochastic models. 

The successful candidate will work in the field of modelling, verification, and control. Applications are envisioned in the financial area (inter-banking market) and in the energy area (power transportation/distribution networks). 

The project includes the translation of theoretical work into a computational implementation as a prototype software tool. 

 

Job description: 

The researcher will devote full-time to the research and dissemination activities of an University of Oxford project, focusing on the development of a new, general and quantitative mathematical framework to control (that is, to mitigate) cascading effects over dynamical networks. With the objective to showcase the obtained theoretical goals, the application of the results will be tailored around models of inter-banking systems, and possibly of (transmission and distribution) power networks. More details on the project goals can be sought via the contacts below. 

 

Responsibilities of the research assistant researcher will include: 

1. Perform research independently and in collaboration with researchers in the mentioned areas 

2. Design specific solutions to problems in the considered areas; computationally implement, test and report on the results 

3. Provide and share expert know-how in the form of demonstration examples and lectures 

4. Disseminate research results through publication in peer reviewed journals, conferences and workshops 

5. Advise local MSc-level students on related projects 

6. Teaching activities are an opportunity with this post, but are not required 

 

Qualifications of the applicants: 

1. Outstanding research in areas relevant to the project 

2. A solid research record in the broad areas of formal verification, systems and control theory, stochastic models, with emphasis on foundational work 

3. Proven ability to balance theory and algorithmic science 

4. Expertise or a clear interest in the broad area of financial networks or of energy systems is considered an advantage 

 

Application process and further details: 

Please see http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk or contact Alessandro Abate at aabate@cs.ox.ac.uk or via http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/people/alessandro.abate/home.html 

 

Application deadline: 2014-10-01

 

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7.13 Faculty: Australian National University, Australia 

Contributed by: Brad Yu, brad.yu@anu.edu.au

 

Future Engineering Research Leadership Fellows at Australian National University

 

The Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University (ANU) is one of the premier engineering research institutions in the world. The ANU is supported by research intensive funding from the Australian Government to provide international research leadership across a wide range of areas and to train future international research leaders. 

We seek applications from early career researchers (with 0-5 years experience with respect to opportunity since the award of their PhD) for Future Engineering Research Leadership Fellows. These positions are 5 years research intensive positions to provide ambitious researchers with the opportunity to grow an international reputation for research excellence and mature into international research leaders. 

We offer competitive salary commensurate with experiences, ranging from AUD$$88,875 - $119,733 pa plus 17% superannuation. (i.e. at Lecturer and Senior Lecturer salary level) 

We offer FERL a range of benefits; including access to Professional Development Funding, Start Up support, Lab Spaces, and Scholarship support! 

 

For more information and to make an application, please visit: 

http://jobs.anu.edu.au/PositionDetail.aspx?p=3961 

In addition to the general contact as specified in the ad. Applicants in System & Control, and Robotics, may also contact Dr. Brad Yu for more information. 

 

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7.14 Faculty: Eindhoven University of Technology,  the Netherlands 

Contributed by: Barbara Cornelissen, b.a.cornelissen@tue.nl

 

Assistant/Associate Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology 

 

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands, has a vacancy for an Assistant/Associate Professor in Identification and control in structured networks with applications in smart energy systems in the Control Systems (CS) group of the Department of Electrical Engineering. 

 

Current day developments in modelling, control and optimization of dynamical systems require the handling of structured and (spatially) distributed systems. The modular build-up of systems, as well as structured connections of subsystems, requires modelling and control tools that effectively utilize the distributed/structured character in the related modelling, control and optimization problems. 

The introduction of smart energy systems in electricity grids (smart grids), sustainable cities and building automation requires advanced analysis and synthesis tools for design and optimal operation of structured dynamic networks. However, also in other domains such as industrial process control and process intensification, as well as in high-tech systems, the handling of structured and distributed systems is an important challenge for the systems and control domain. 

 

A position has been created for an assistant/associate professor with an electrical engineering profile, who has a background in systems and control and a strong interest in energy systems technology. Particular lines of research that we foresee will play an important role include: 

(a) Distributed control and optimization in particular related to smart energy systems 

(b) Identification and control in/of dynamic networks; 

(c) Optimal design of distributed systems 

(d) Model reduction for structured systems 

 

Control systems group: 

The current research competence of the group is in system identification, model approximation, (nonlinear) model predictive control, spatial-temporal systems, networked and event-driven control, and model-based optimization. With an international staff and close cooperation with industrial research partners, the group covers four technology domains: industrial production processes, high-tech systems, power networks and automotive systems. Courses are provided in the BSc and MSc programmes of Electrical Engineering, Automotive Systems and the MSc programme Systems and Control. The group also actively participates in the PhD programme of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC). The group consists of about 35 people, including 6 full-time academics. 

 

Information: 

For further information see the group’s website: www.cs.ele.tue.nl 

or contact Prof. Paul Van den Hof: p.m.j.vandenhof@tue.nl 

Vacancy site: http://jobs.tue.nl/nl/vacature/ass-prof-in-structured-networks-with-applications-in-smart-energy-systems-193477.html 

 

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7.15 Faculty: University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Contributed by: Jennifer Martin, jmartin@cs.ucsb.edu

 

Tenure-track appointment at the University of California, Santa Barbara

 

The University of California, Santa Barbara invites applicants for a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Computer Science, effective July 1, 2015. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in computer science or a closely related field. While exceptional individuals in all areas will be considered, we are especially interested in the broad area of Big Data, with emphasis on machine learning, statistical methods, data mining, and scalable algorithms. Qualified candidates will be considered for appointment to the Eugene Aas Endowed Chair. 

The department seeks individuals with promise and a proven track record of research excellence, a deep commitment to educating undergraduate and graduate students, and professional leadership abilities. We are particularly interested in candidates who value cross-disciplinary and collaborative research. 

UC Santa Barbara is a premier public research university. The Department of Computer Science is part of the College of Engineering, in which all five departments are ranked among the top ten by the National Research Council (NRC). With 34 full-time faculty and more than 120 doctoral students currently, the Department of Computer Science has witnessed a rapid rise over the past ten years, both in size and stature. We are looking for candidates who will add to the department's dynamic culture and stimulating intellectual environment. 

Additional information about the department and our academic programs can be found at http://www.cs.ucsb.edu. 

 

Primary consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2014, however the position will remain open until filled. Applications should be submitted electronically as PDF documents to: 

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00348 

Applications must include a detailed resume, research and teaching statements, and 3 reference letters. 

 

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

 

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7.16 Faculty: KU Leuven, Belgium 

Contributed by: Bart De Moor, bart.demoor@esat.kuleuven.be

 

KU Leuven Professorship in "Optimization for Dynamical Systems and Control" 

 

The KU Leuven Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), STADIUS Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics 

(http://www.esat.kuleuven.be/stadius/) is inviting applications for a professorship in "Optimization for Dynamical Systems and Control". 

 

More information can be found in: 

https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/52895897?lang=en (English version) 

https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/52895897?lang=nl (Dutch version) 

 

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7.17 Faculty: North Carolina State University, USA 

Contributed by: Pierre Gremaud, gremaud@ncsu.edu

 

Tenure-track position(s) at North Carolina State University

 

The Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University invites applications for one or more tenure-track position(s) beginning Fall 2015, depending on the availability of funding. We are seeking exceptionally well-qualified individuals with research interests compatible with those in the department in the general area of applied mathematics. Candidates must have a PhD in the mathematical sciences or related areas; a successful post-doctoral experience; an outstanding research program; a commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and demonstrated potential for excellence in both research and teaching. The Department of Mathematics has strong research programs in applied and pure mathematics. Many members of the department participate in interdisciplinary programs and research groups. 

Information about the department is available at http://www.math.ncsu.edu. 

 

Submit your application materials at http://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/ncsu. 

Please include curriculum vitae, at least three letters of recommendation, and a description of current and planned research. For questions concerning the position contact: math-jobs@math.ncsu.edu. 

 

North Carolina State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. The College of Sciences welcomes the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. 

Priority will be given to applications received by 15 November 2014. 

 

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7.18   Faculty: Nazarbayev University, Republic of Kazakhstan

Contributed by: Ainura Shakirova, sst@nu.edu.kz

 

Faculty: Nazarbayev University, Dept. of Robotics and Mechatronics 

 

Nazarbayev University is seeking highly qualified full-time faculty members at Assistant, Associate or Full Professor ranks to join its rapidly growing program in Robotics and Mechatronics in the School of Science and Technology. 

Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related disciplines, from a reputed research university, a demonstrated ability for research, excellent English-language communication skills and a commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching and program development. 

Applications are particularly encouraged from candidates with research interests in control engineering applied to mechatronic and/or robotic systems. 

Exceptional candidates with research interests in all topics related to control engineering are also encouraged to apply. 

 

Launched in 2010 as the premier national university of Kazakhstan, NU’s mandate is to promote the emergence of Astana as the research and educational center of Eurasia. 

The strategic development of this English-language university is based on the Western model via partnerships with top ranking world universities. 

The university is committed to be a world-class research university and has made significant investments in research infrastructure, equipment and personnel. 

Benefits include an internationally competitive salary, international health care coverage, free housing (based on family size and rank), child educational allowance, and home-leave travel twice per year. 

 

Applicants should send a detailed CV, teaching and research statements, and list of publications to sst@nu.edu.kz. Review of applications will begin immediately, and full consideration will be given to applications submitted no later than October 15th, 2014. For more information, visit http://sst.nu.edu.kz. 

 

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7.19 Faculty: University of Tasmania, Australia 

Contributed by: Bernardo A. León de la Barra, b.a.leondelabarra@ieee.org

 

Professor and Head of School of Engineering and ICT, University of Tasmania, Australia 

 

The University is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic leader as Professor and Head of School of Engineering and ICT. The newly merged School has benefited from the recent recruitment of new research staff in ICT and refreshed curricula in both engineering and ICT. There is continuing success with Sense-T and HIT Lab initiatives and alignment with the State Government’s agenda for job creation in the manufacturing sector. 

The incoming Head of School will provide the vision and strategy to meet on-going challenges around the creation of new postgraduate courses, infrastructure development, cultural diversity and the integration of courses across campuses. 

 

Applicants will have a PhD and a significant record of teaching, research and professional achievement in engineering and/or ICT together with proven ability as an academic leader. 

Demonstrated success in generating funding and effective relationship management are considered essential. 

The Professorial appointment is continuing (tenured) and the Head of School role is fixed term for three years (renewable). The position is located in Hobart and travel to other campuses is required. 

 

The closing date for applications is 19 September 2014. 

For more information, please call Jandy Godfrey, Academic Search and Onboarding Manager, University of Tasmania on +61 3 6226 8589 or email jandy.godfrey@utas.edu.au. More details at http://www.utas.edu.au/jobs/current-vacancies

 

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7.20 Control Engineer: Ford Research Center, Aachen, Germany

Contributed by: Karoline Franke, karoline.franke@kellyocg.com

 

As part of the global R&A activity of Ford Motor Company, the Vehicle System Control area is responsible for projects in vehicle control. 

 

Two positions are available as Control Engineer at Ford Research Center (Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbH) Aachen, Germany

 

* Control Engineer in Ford Research & Advanced Engineering *

 

Your Tasks: 

- Improve vehicle controls such as stop-start 

- Help to specify, implement and verify control systems using model based development 

- Validate vehicle control algorithms; evaluate and interpret measurements in the vehicle 

- Identify and resolve issues with interactions between controllers and subsystems 

- Document and meet quality, safety, and robustness goals 

- Identify and propose new research topics or projects in the area of control 

- Lead or coordinate projects 

 

Your Profile: 

- Degree (Diploma, MSc, or PhD) in relevant field of engineering or science 

- Several years of experience in the development of embedded control 

- Thorough knowledge in the area of control and modern control synthesis and analysis methods 

- Experienced with MATLAB/Simulink/Stateflow and RCP systems 

- Familiar with various subsystems in vehicles 

- Fluent in English; knowledge of German is a plus 

- Excellent communication skills; good team player 

- Highly analytical; dependable and pro-active 

 

Please apply with CV, relevant transcripts, and cover letter through our staffing partner access KellyOCG GmbH. Contact: Sabine Sorg, +49 221 95 64 90 – 499 

(https://www.access.de/fordprofiler/Default.aspx?pid=32C19EC9-1B8B-4937-8166-5B2B0D1D45E2&id=FBDA6A3A-ACA9-4cf8-8B8F-720A0EAC8E1C&sid=6abce260-545e-44c7-86d0-dd33ce311fbb&l=de-DE) 

 

* Control Engineer for Fuel Cell Systems *

 

Your Tasks: 

- Improve controls of vehicle or fuel cell systems 

- Help to specify, implement and verify control systems using model based development 

- Validate vehicle control algorithms; evaluate and interpret measurements in the vehicle 

- Integrate new functions into the vehicle control structure and software architecture 

- Document and meet quality, safety, and robustness goals 

- Identify and propose new research topics or projects in the area of function development 

 

Your Profile: 

- Degree (Diploma, MSc, or PhD) in relevant field of engineering or science 

- Control expertise 

- Thorough knowledge in the area of vehicle and subsystem functions 

- Several years of experience in the development of cross-system functions 

- Experienced with MATLAB/Simulink/Stateflow and RCP systems 

- Familiar with various subsystems in vehicles 

- Fluent in English and German 

- Excellent communication skills; good team player 

- Highly analytical; dependable and pro-active 

- Willingness to travel 

 

Please apply with CV, relevant transcripts, and cover letter through our staffing partner access KellyOCG GmbH. Contact: Sabine Sorg, +49 221 95 64 90 – 499 

(https://www.access.de/fordprofiler/Default.aspx?pid=32C19EC9-1B8B-4937-8166-5B2B0D1D45E2&id=FBDA6A3A-ACA9-4cf8-8B8F-720A0EAC8E1C&sid=5f39f492-ae25-45e2-bf28-3813205c3e3c&l=de-DE) 

 

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7.21 Research Engineer: GE Global Research, München, Germany

Contributed by: Martina Weber, martina.weber@ge.com

 

Research Engineer Advanced Controls for Subsea Systems (m/f) – 1994603 (Garching b. München) 

 

Responsibilities: 

You will provide your expertise especially in the area of systems modeling, controls systems design, implementation, integration and validation, as well as nonlinear estimation. You will initially contribute in the area of turbomachinery and subsea production systems within GE, but will have the opportunity to also work in other application domains. 

  

Your key responsibilities will include: 

- Design, implement and validate dynamic models of subsea production systems and turbomachinery 

- Develop advanced linear and nonlinear estimation and control algorithms 

- Keep abreast of developments on subsea systems and work with GE Oil & Gas and other GE business units to identify suitable opportunities for new technologies 

- Support the handoff of your research results to the GE business units 

- Contribute to the generation of intellectual property 

- Document work in reports, conference papers, and presentations to all levels of management 

 

Qualifications: 

- Doctorate Degree an engineering discipline with a focus on controls / estimation (OR Master’s degree with at least 3 years of relevant work experience in academia or industry) 

- Expertise with the theory and practice of nonlinear controls and estimation 

- Proficiency with general-purpose modeling and simulation tools (e.g. Matlab, Simulink, Mathematica, Modelica) 

- Excellent academic track record and proven scientific achievements (please include publication list with your application) 

- Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented research environment 

- Strong communication and inter-personal skills 

 

Can-do attitude 

- Global mindset 

- Fluency in English 

- Must be willing to travel internationally 

 

Desired Characteristics: 

- Experience with dynamic multiphase flow and process simulations tools (e.g. Olga, Ledaflow, Hysys, K-Spice) 

- Experience with modeling and controls of turbomachinery systems 

- Knowledge of fluid mechanics, in particular multiphase flow dynamics 

- Understanding of the oil and gas industry 

- Work experience in academia or industry in process modeling and controls is an advantage 

- Basic knowledge of German is an advantage, but not required 

 

About us: 

GE Global Research – Europe employs approximately 200 engineers and scientists from more than 30 different countries. Our scientists and technologists come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, sciences and materials research. 

For more information and current job openings visit ge.com/karriere 

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