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E-LETTER on Systems, Control, and Signal Processing
Issue 357
May 2018

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1. New IEEE Data Privacy Policy and Its Impacts on E-Letters

2. IEEE CSS Headlines
2.1 IEEE Control Systems Society Call for Nominations for 2018 Awards (due on May 15)
2.2 CFP: CSS Outreach Fund
2.3 IEEE Control Systems Society Technically Cosponsored Conferences
2.4 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
2.5 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems
2.6 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
2.7 IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest

3. Awards
3.1 2017/2018 Indian National Science Academy PC Ray Chair Award

4.1 Summer School on “Modelling and control of miniaturized mechatronic systems – applications in nanosciences and nanorobotics”
4.2 XXII Italian PhD school on Automatic Control “SIDRA 2018”
4.3 Online Seminar by Dr. Hassan Khalil
4.4 Real-World Application of Extremum Seeking Control

5. Books
5.1 Nonlinear Model Reduction by Moment Matching
5.2 Economic Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
5.3 Logical Control of Complex Resource Allocation Systems
5.4 Errors-in-Variables Methods in System Identification
5.5 Freeway Traffic Modelling and Control
5.6 Contracts for System Design

6. Journals
6.1 Contents: Automatica
6.2 Contents: Systems & Control Letters
6.3 Contents: IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
6.4 Contents: Asian Journal of Control
6.5 Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
6.6 Contents: Control Engineering Practice
6.7 Contents: Mechatronics
6.8 Contents: Journal of Process Control
6.9 Contents: Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
6.10 Contents: ISA Transactions
6.11 Contents: Journal of the Franklin Institute
6.12 Contents: IFAC Journal of Systems and Control
6.13 Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
6.14 Contents: International Journal of Control
6.15 Contents: Evolutions Equations and Control Theory
6.16 CFP: European Journal of Control

7. Conferences
7.1 Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
7.2 International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems
7.3 International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing
7.4 IFAC Conference on Cyber-Physical & Human Systems
7.5 International Conference on the Internet of Things
7.6 IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
7.7 Biennial International Conference on Powertrain Modelling and Control Testing, Mapping and Calibration
7.8 World Congress: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences
7.9 International Workshop on Applied Verification for Continuous and Hybrid Systems
7.10 Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security
7.11 International Conference on AC/DC Power Conversion/Transmission
7.12 International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems
7.13 International Conference on Systems and Control
7.14 Latin American Congress on Automatic Control
7.15 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
7.16 CSME Workshop on “Platforms for Control System Education and Research”

8. Positions
8.1 PhD: French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France
8.2 PhD: L2S, France
8.3 PhD: Paris Saclay, France
8.4 PhD: Imperial College London, UK
8.5 PhD: Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France
8.6 PhD: University of Lille/CNRS/Schneider Electric, France
8.7 PhD: University of Alabama, USA
8.8 PhD: GIPSA-Lab, France
8.9 PhD: University of Leicester, UK
8.10 PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium
8.11 PhD: University of South Florida, USA
8.12 PhD: UCLouvain, Belgium
8.13 PhD: Newcastle University, UK
8.14 PhD: University of Agder, Norway
8.15 PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
8.16 PhD/PostDoc: City University of New York, USA
8.17 PhD/PostDoc: ETH, Zurich
8.18 PhD/PostDoc: University College Dublin, Ireland
8.19 PhD/PostDoc: Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
8.20 PostDoc: Aston University, UK
8.21 PostDoc: Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
8.22 PostDoc: Cornell University, USA
8.23 PostDoc: University of Chalmers, Sweden
8.24 PostDoc: Aarhus University, Denmark
8.25 PostDoc: University of Texas at Dallas, USA
8.26 PostDoc: McGill University, Canada
8.27 PostDoc/Engineer: Argonne National Laboratory, USA
8.28 Research Scientist: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
8.29 Faculty: Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
8.30 Faculty: University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
8.31 Faculty: MINES ParisTech, France
8.32 Faculty: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

1. New IEEE Data Privacy Policy and Its Impacts on E-Letters

Dear E-Letter subscribers,

Starting from May 25, 2018, a new regulation will take effect and impact the way IEEE units and IEEE volunteers interact with customers, members and volunteers. The General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), enacted by the European Union, requires IEEE to obtain consent from customers, members and other individuals to allow continued communication with them, including the continued distribution of E-Letters.

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Jianghai Hu

2. IEEE CSS Headlines

2.1. IEEE Control Systems Society Call for Nominations for 2018 Awards (due on May 15)
Nominations for the IEEE Control Systems Society Awards listed below

Open mid-March and are due on May 15.

The IEEE Control Systems Society strongly encourages its members to speak up and reach out to colleagues to initiate award nominations. Each year, many highly qualified individuals, teams, and papers are overlooked for nominations simply because colleagues assumed that a nomination was already being prepared by someone else on the individual's, team's or authors' behalf. You may be surprised to find out that your colleagues would be very pleased to nominate you, if they had just been encouraged to do so.

- George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper published in 2016 or 2017 in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control);

- IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper published in 2016 or 2017 in the IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology);

- IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award (for an article published in 2016 or 2017 in the IEEE Control Systems Magazine);

- IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Outstanding Paper Award (for a paper published in 2016 or 2017 in the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems)

- IEEE Control Systems Technology Award (for outstanding individual or team contributions to control systems technology);

- Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award (for a distinguished contributor to the transition of control and systems theory to practice);

- Antonio Ruberti Outstanding Young Researcher Prize (for a young researcher for innovation and impact on systems and control).

- IEEE Control Systems Society Award for Excellence in Aerospace Control (for a team or individual contribution to Aerospace Control in the previous 36 months)

See for full details of the different awards.

2.2. CFP: CSS Outreach Fund
Contributed by: Daniel E. Rivera,

The IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Outreach Fund provides grants for projects that will benefit CSS members and the controls community in general.  Since its inception in 2011, the Fund has made 60 grants on behalf of a diverse group of CSS member-led activities.

The CSS Outreach Task Force is pleased to announce that the window for proposal submission for its 2018 spring solicitation will be held from May 1 to 25, 2018. Information regarding the program, which includes proposal requirements and descriptions of current and past funded projects, can be found in:

Potential applicants are encouraged to watch a 10-minute video describing the CSS Outreach Fund that is available from

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

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

- 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing. Monticello (IL), United States. Oct 2 - Oct 5, 2018.

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

- 2nd IFAC Conference on Cyber-Physical and Human Systems. Miami (FL), United States. Dec 14 - Dec 15, 2018.

- 37th Chinese Control Conference (CCC2018), Wuhan, China. Jul 25 - Jul 27, 2018.

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

2.4. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Alessandro Astolfi,

Table of Contents
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume 63 (2018), Issue 4 (April)

Scanning the Issue, p. 913

- Stochastic Online Shortest Path Routing: The Value of Feedback, M. S. Talebi, Z. Zou, R. Combes, A. Proutiere, M. Johansson, p. 915
- Stochastic Thermal Load Management, T. Voice, p. 931
- Phase Limitations of Zames-Falb Multipliers, S. Wang, J. Carrasco, W. P. Heath, p. 947
- LMI-Based Fixed Order Output Feedback Synthesis for 2D Mixed Continuous-Discrete-Time Systems, G. Chesi, R. H. Middleton, p. 960
- Robust Distributed Estimation for Linear Systems under Intermittent Information, Y. Li, S. Phillips, R. G. Sanfelice, p. 973
- Optimal Periodic-gain Fractional Delayed State Feedback Control for Linear Fractional Periodic Time-delayed Systems, A. Dabiri, E. Butcher, M. Poursina, M. Nazari, p. 989
- Kalman Filtering over Gilbert-Elliott Channels: Stability Conditions and Critical Curve, J. Wu, G. Shi, B. D.O. Anderson, K. H. Johansson, p. 1003
- Cooperative Q-learning for Rejection of Persistent Adversarial Inputs in Networked Linear Quadratic Systems, K. G. Vamvoudakis, J. P. Hespanha, p. 1018
- PID Passivity-Based Control of Port-Hamiltonian Systems, M. Zhang, P. Borja, R. Ortega, Z. Liu, H. Su, p. 1032
- Distributed Semidefinite Programming with Application to Large-scale System Analysis, S. Khoshfetrat Pakazad, A. Hansson, M. S. Andersen, A. Rantzer, p. 1045
- Stochastic Consentability of Linear Systems with Time Delays and Multiplicative Noises, X. Zong, T. Li, G. Yin, L. Y. Wang, J-F. Zhang, p. 1059
- How to Systematically Distribute Candidate Models and Robust Controllers in Multiple-Models Adaptive Control: A Coverage Control Approach, S. Kersting, M. Buss, p. 1075

Technical Notes and Correspondence
- Online Recalibration of the State Estimators for a System with Moving Boundaries Using Sparse Discrete-in-Time Temperature Measurements, Bryan Petrus, Zhelin Chen, Joseph Bentsman, Brian G. Thomas, p. 1090
- Track Extraction with Hidden Reciprocal Chains, George Stamatescu, Langford B White, Riley Bruce-Doust, p. 1097
- On the Convergence Time of Dual Subgradient Methods for Strongly Convex Programs, Hao Yu, Michael J. Neely, p. 1105
- On the Convergence of a Regularized Jacobi Algorithm for Convex Optimization, Goran Banjac, Kostas Margellos, Paul J. Goulart, p. 1113
- Subspace Identification of Individual Systems Operating in a Network (SI2ON), Chengpu Yu, Michel Verhaegen, p. 1020
- Subspace Identification of Local Systems in 1D Homogeneous Networks, Chengpu Yu, Michel Verhaegen, Anders Hansson, p. 1126
- Fault Estimation Filter with Guaranteed Stability Using Markov Parameters, Yiming Wan, Tamas Keviczky, Michel Verhaegen, p. 1132
- A Bounded Complementary Sensitivity Function Ensures Topology-Independent Stability of Homogeneous Dynamical Networks, Franco Blanchini, Daniele Casagrande, Giulia Giordano, Umberto Viaro, p. 1140
- Data-Driven Inversion-Based Control of Nonlinear Systems with Guaranteed Closed-Loop Stability, Carlo Novara, Simone Formentin, p. 1147
- EKF-based Enhanced Performance Controller Design for Non-linear Stochastic Systems, Yuyang Zhou, Qichun Zhang, Hong Wang, Ping Zhou, Tianyou Chai, p. 1155
- Input Matrix Factorizations for Constrained Control Allocation, Martin Kirchengast, Martin Steinberger, Martin Horn, p. 1163
- Distributed Consensus of Second-order Multi-agent Systems with Nonconvex Velocity and Control Input Constraints, Peng Lin, Wei Ren, Chunhua Yang, Weihua Gui, p. 1171
- Distributed Fictitious Play for Multi-Agent Systems in Uncertain Environments, Ceyhun Eksin, Alejandro Ribeiro, p. 1177
- A Linearly Relaxed Approximate Linear Program for Markov Decision Processes, Chandrashekar Lakshminarayanan, Shalabh Bhatnagar, Csaba Szepesvári, p. 1185
- Codiagnosability Analysis of Bounded Petri Nets, Ning Ran, Hongye Su, Alessandro Giua, Carla Seatzu, p. 1192
- Control via Leadership of Opinion Dynamics with State and Time-Dependent Interactions, Florian Dietrich, Samuel Martin, Marc Jungers, p. 1200
- Regularization and Interpolation of Positive Matrices, Kaoru Yamamoto, Yongxin Chen, Lipeng Ning, Tryphon T. Georgiou, Allen Tannenbaum, p. 1208
- Some Results on Exponential Synchronization of Nonlinear Systems, Vincent Andrieu, Bayu Jayawardhana, Sophie Tarbouriech, p. 1213
- Robust Stability of Hybrid Limit Cycles in Hybrid Dynamical Systems, Xuyang Lou, Yuchun Li, Ricardo G. Sanfelice, p. 1220

2.5. IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems
Contributed by: Maureen Stanton,

IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems
Volume 5 (2018), Issue 1 (March)

- Online Leader Selection for Improved Collective Tracking and Formation Maintenance, A. Franchi and P. R. Giordano, p. 3
- Robust Distributed Fault Estimation for a Network of Dynamical Systems, J.-W. Zhu and G.-H. Yang, p. 14
- A Multiple Lyapunov Function Approach to Distributed Synchronization Control of Multi-Agent Systems With Switching Directed Communication Topologies and Unknown Nonlinearities, S. Su and Z. Lin, p. 23
- Coordinate Dual Averaging for Decentralized Online Optimization With Nonseparable Global Objectives, S. Lee, A. Nedić, and M. Raginsky, p. 34
- On the Necessity of Symmetric Positional Coupling for String Stability, D. Martinec, I. Herman, and M. Šebek, p. 45
- Distributed Coordination of Multiple Unknown Euler-Lagrange Systems, Z. Feng, G. Hu, W. Ren, W. E. Dixon, and J. Mei, p. 55
- Tracking Performance and Optimal Adaptation Step-Sizes of Diffusion-LMS Networks, R. Abdolee, V. Vakilian, and B. Champagne, p. 67
- Modified Order-Reduction Method for Distributed Control of Multi-Spacecraft Networks With Time-Varying Delays, Z. Zhang, Y. Shi, Z. Zhang, H. Zhang, and S. Bi, p. 79
- An Online Algorithm for Data Collection by Multiple Sinks in Wireless-Sensor Networks, R. Deng, S. He, and J. Chen, p. 93
- Minimum-Rank Dynamic Output Consensus Design for Heterogeneous Nonlinear Multi-Agent Systems, D. H. Nguyen, p. 105
- Compositional Construction of Approximate Abstractions of Interconnected Control Systems, M. Rungger and M. Zamani, p. 116
- Co-Design of Arbitrated Network Control Systems With Overrun Strategies, D. Soudbakhsh, L. T. X. Phan, A. M. Annaswamy, and O. Sokolsky, p. 128
- Distributed Optimal Control of Sensor Networks for Dynamic Target Tracking, G. Foderaro, P. Zhu, H. Wei, T. A. Wettergren, and S. Ferrari, p. 142
- Integration of Price-Responsive Appliances in the Energy Market Through Flexible Demand Saturation, A. De Paola, D. Angeli, and G. Strbac, p. 154
- Event-Triggered Quantized Communication-Based Distributed Convex Optimization, S. Liu, L. Xie, and D. E. Quevedo, p. 167
- Stability of Boolean Networks With Delays Using Pinning Control, F. Li, p. 179
- Analysis of Model and Iteration Dependencies in Distributed Feasible-Point Algorithms for Optimal Control Computation, M. A. Fabbro, I. Shames, and M. Cantoni, p. 186
- Distributed Cycle Detection and Removal, G. Oliva, R. Setola, L. Glielmo, and C. N. Hadjicostis, p. 194
- Robust Synchronization in Multi-Agent Networks With Unstable Dynamics, S. Z. Khong, E. Lovisari, and C.-Y. Kao, p. 205
- A Distributed Algorithm for Solving Positive Definite Linear Equations Over Networks With Membership Dynamics, J. Lu and C. Y. Tang, p. 215
- Distributed Source Seeking Without Global Position Information, R. Fabbiano, F. Garin, and C. Canudas-de-Wit, p. 228
- Quickest Change Detection in Adaptive Censoring Sensor Networks, X. Ren, K. H. Johansson, D. Shi, and L. Shi, p. 239
- Consensus Driven by the Geometric Mean, H. Mangesius, D. Xue, and S. Hirche, p. 251
- Interdependent Security Games on Networks Under Behavioral Probability Weighting, A. R. Hota and S. Sundaram, p. 262
- Formal Traffic Characterization of LTI Event-Triggered Control Systems, A. S. Kolarijani and M. Mazo, p. 274
- Convergence Analysis of Quantized Primal-Dual Algorithms in Network Utility Maximization Problems, E. Nekouei, T. Alpcan, G. N. Nair, and R. J. Evans, p. 284
- Optimal Resource Allocation for Competitive Spreading Processes on Bilayer Networks, N. J. Watkins, C. Nowzari, V. M. Preciado, and G. J. Pappas, p. 298
- A Formal Methods Approach to Pattern Recognition and Synthesis in Reaction Diffusion Networks, E. Bartocci, E. A. Gol, I. Haghighi, and C. Belta, p. 308
- Scalable Stability and Time-Scale Separation of Networked, Cascaded Systems, K. Sakurama, E. I. Verriest, and M. Egerstedt, p. 321
- A Semidistributed Approach for the Feasible Min-Max Fair Agent-Assignment Problem With Privacy Guarantees, Y. Xu, E. Alfonsetti, P. C. Weeraddana, and C. Fischione, p. 333
- Multi-Agent Coordination to High-Dimensional Target Subspaces, K. Sakurama, S.-I. Azuma, and T. Sugie, p. 345
- Distributed Averaging of Exponential-Class Densities With Discrete-Time Event-Triggered Consensus, G. Battistelli, L. Chisci, and D. Selvi, p. 359
- Resiliency of Mobility-as-a-Service Systems to Denial-of-Service Attacks, J. Thai, C. Yuan, and A. M. Bayen, p. 370
- DoS Attack Energy Management Against Remote State Estimation, H. Zhang, Y. Qi, J. Wu, L. Fu, and L. He, p. 383
- Differentially Private Distributed Convex Optimization via Functional Perturbation, E. Nozari, P. Tallapragada, and J. Cortés, p. 395
- Event-Driven Cooperative Receding Horizon Control for Multi-Agent Systems in Uncertain Environments, Y. Khazaeni and C. G. Cassandras, p. 409
- Model-Based Reinforcement Learning in Differential Graphical Games, R. Kamalapurkar, J. R. Klotz, P. Walters, and W. E. Dixon, p. 423
- Decentralized Synchronization of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems With a Reputation Algorithm, J. R. Klotz, A. Parikh, T.-H. Cheng, and W. E. Dixon, p. 434
- Whittle Index Policy for Crawling Ephemeral Content, K. E. Avrachenkov and V. S. Borkar, p. 446
- Performance Measures for Linear Oscillator Networks Over Arbitrary Graphs, T. W. Grunberg and D. F. Gayme, p. 456
- Globally Stable Wireless Data Flow Control, T. Wigren and R. Karaki, p. 469
- On Social Optimal Routing Under Selfish Learning, W. Krichene, M. S. Castillo, and A. Bayen, p. 479
- Consensus of Euler-Lagrange Systems Using Only Position Measurements, E. Nuño, p. 489
- Power Grid State Estimation Following a Joint Cyber and Physical Attack, S. Soltan, M. Yannakakis, and G. Zussman, p. 499
- Optimal Power Flow With Inelastic Demands for Demand Response in Radial Distribution Networks, M. Khonji, C.-K. Chau, and K. Elbassioni, p. 513
- Symmetry Reduction for Performance Certification of Interconnected Systems, A. S. R. Ferreira, C. Meissen, M. Arcak, and A. Packard, p. 525
- Pure Nash Equilibrium in a Capacitated Selfish Resource Allocation Game, S. R. Etesami and T. Başar, p. 536
- Modeling and Design of Adaptive Video Streaming Control Systems, G. Cofano, L. De Cicco, and S. Mascolo, p. 548
- Partition-Based Distributed Kalman Filter With Plug and Play Features, M. Farina and R. Carli, p. 560
- Asynchronous Distributed Blind Calibration of Sensor Networks Under Noisy Measurements, M. S. Stanković, S. S. Stanković, and K. H. Johansson, p. 571
- Adaptive Mitigation of Multi-Virus Propagation: A Passivity-Based Approach, p. Lee, A. Clark, B. Alomair, L. Bushnell, and R. Poovendran, p. 583
- On Regret-Optimal Learning in Decentralized Multiplayer Multiarmed Bandits, N. Nayyar, D. Kalathil, and R. Jain, p. 597
- Relay Selection and Operation Control for Optimal Delay Anonymity Tradeoff in Anonymous Networks, O. Javidbakht and P. Venkitasubramaniam, p. 607
- Analyzing Connectivity of Heterogeneous Secure Sensor Networks, J. Zhao, p. 618
- Distributed Adaptive Consensus Disturbance Rejection for Multi-Agent Systems on Directed Graphs, J. Sun, Z. Geng, Y. Lv, Z. Li, and Z. Ding, p. 629
- A Smooth Distributed Feedback for Global Rendezvous of Unicycles, A. Roza, M. Maggiore, and L. Scardovi, p. 640
- Optimal Decentralized Control With Asymmetric One-Step Delayed Information Sharing, N. Nayyar, D. Kalathil, and R. Jain, p. 653
- Nonlinear Sliding Mode Control for Interconnected Systems With Application to Automated Highway Systems, J. Mu, X.-G. Yan, S. K. Spurgeon, and D. Zhao, p. 664
- Robust Sampled-Data Bilateral Teleoperation: Single-Rate and Multirate Stabilization, H. Beikzadeh and H. J. Marquez, p. 675

2.6. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Contributed by: Michelle Colasanti,

Table of Contents
IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Volume 26 (2018), Issue 3 (May)

- LPV Model Order Reduction by Parameter-Varying Oblique Projection, J. Theis, P. Seiler, and H. Werner, page 773
- Hovercraft Control With Dynamic Parameters Identification, D. Cabecinhas, P. Batista, P. Oliveira, and C. Silvestre, page 785
- Robust Fractional-Order Compensation in the Presence of Uncertainty in a Pole/Zero of the Plant, N. Sayyaf and M. S. Tavazoei, page 797
- Sustainable Model-Predictive Control in Urban Traffic Networks: Efficient Solution Based on General Smoothening Methods, A. Jamshidnejad, I. Papamichail, M. Papageorgiou, and B. De Schutter, page 813
- Data-Driven PID Controller and Its Application to Pulp Neutralization Process, Y. Zhang, Y. Jia, T. Chai, D. Wang, W. Dai, and J. Fu, page 828
- Feedback Control of the Contour Shape in Heavy-Plate Hot Rollin, F. Schausberger, A. Steinboeck, and A. Kugi, page 842
- Distributed Control of High-Altitude Balloon Formation by Extremum-Seeking Control, I. Vandermeulen, M. Guay, and P. J. Mclellan, page 857
- Controlled Lagrangian Particle Tracking: Error Growth Under Feedback Control, K. Szwaykowska and F. Zhang, page 874
- Nuclear Norm-Based Recursive Subspace Identification for Wind Turbine Flutter Detection, S. T. Navalkar and J. W. van Wingerden, page 890
- A Bioinspired Dynamics-Based Adaptive Tracking Control for Nonlinear Suspension Systems, H. Pan, X. Jing, W. Sun, and H. Gao, page 903
- Indoor Tracking With the Generalized t-Distribution Noise Model, L. Yin, S. Liu, W. K. Ho, and K. V. Ling, page 915
- Nonlinear Adaptive Control of Hydraulic System With Observing and Compensating Mismatching Uncertainties, C. Wang, L. Quan, Z. Jiao, and S. Zhang, page 927
- 3-D Decentralized Prioritized Motion Planning and Coordination for High-Density Operations of Micro Aerial Vehicles, X. Ma, Z. Jiao, Z. Wang, and D. Panagou, page 939
- A Robust Utility Learning Framework via Inverse Optimization, I. C. Konstantakopoulos, L. J. Ratliff, M. Jin, S. S. Sastry, and C. J. Spanos, page 954
- Discovering Association Rules of Mode-Dependent Alarms From Alarm and Event Logs, W. Hu, T. Chen, and S. L. Shah, page 971
- Reconfigurable Model Predictive Control for Multievaporator Vapor Compression Systems, D. J. Burns, C. Danielson, J. Zhou, and S. Di Cairano, page 984
- A Reduced-Order Model of a Lithium-Ion Cell Using the Absolute Nodal Coordinate Formulation Approach, D. W. Limoge, P. Y. Bi, A. M. Annaswamy, and A. Krupadanam, page 1001
- Multiobjective Optimal Control With Safety as a Priority, K. Lesser and A. Abate, page 1015
- Distributed Model Predictive Control for On-Connected Microgrid Power Management, Y. Zheng, S. Li, and R. Tan, page 1028
- An Evaluation of Stochastic Model-Dependent and Model-Independent Glider Flight Management, A. A. Menezes, D. D. Shah, and I. V. Kolmanovsky, page 1040

- Impact Fault Detection for Linear Vapor Compressor Using RISE Observer, M. Mohebbi, M. L. McIntyre, and J. Latham, page 1057
- H∞ Control of Two-Time-Scale Markovian Switching Production-Inventory Systems, Q.-K. Li, Y.-G. Li, and H. Lin, page 1065
- Gain-Scheduled Flight Controller Using Bounded Inexact Scheduling Parameters, M. Sato, page 1074
- Distributed Maneuvering of Autonomous Surface Vehicles Based on Neurodynamic Optimization and Fuzzy Approximation, Z. Peng, J. Wang, and D. Wang, page 1083
- Static Antiwindup Design for Nonlinear Parameter Varying Systems With Application to DC Motor Speed Control Under Nonlinearities and Load Variations, N. us Saqib, M. Rehan, N. Iqbal, and K.-S. Hong, page 1091
- Probabilistic Energy Management Strategy for EV Charging Stations Using Randomized Algorithms, P. Pflaum, M. Alamir, and M. Y. Lamoudi, page 1099
- Model Predictive Control for Distributed Microgrid Battery Energy Storage Systems, T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak, R. P. Aguilera, and V. G. Agelidis, page 1107
- Line-Independent Plug-and-Play Controllers for Voltage Stabilization in DC Microgrids, M. Tucci, S. Riverso, and G. Ferrari-Trecate, page 1115
- Dynamics and Estimator-Based Nonlinear Control of a PEM Fuel Cell, K. Sankar and A. K. Jana, page 1124
- Temperature Model Identification of FTU Liquid Lithium Limiter, M. L. Apicella, A. Buscarino, C. Corradino, L. Fortuna, G. Mazzitelli, and M. G. Xibilia, page 1132
- A Two-Step Approach for an Enhanced Quadrotor Attitude Estimation via IMU Data, J. Chang, J. Cieslak, J. Dávila, J. Zhou, A. Zolghadri, and Z. Guo, page 1140
- Adaptive Command-Filtered Backstepping Control of Robot Arms With Compliant Actuators, Y. Pan, H. Wang, X. Li, and H. Yu, page 1149

2.7. IEEE Control Systems Society Publications Content Digest
Contributed by: Kaiwen Chen,

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

The CSS Publications Content Digest, available at provides lists of current tables of contents of the periodicals sponsored by the Control Systems Society.

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

3. Awards

3.1. 2017/2018 Indian National Science Academy PC Ray Chair Award
Contributed by: Vadim Sokolov,

Indian National Science Academy Chair Award for Biswa Datta

Biswa Nath Datta, Distinguished Research Professor at Northern Illinois University has received the 2017/2018 PC Ray Chair Award by Indian National Science Academy (INSA). Named after Sir Prafulla Chandra Ray, eminent Indian scientist, educator and entrepreneur, it is one of three awards given to a distinguished foreign scientist.

An award ceremony in honor of Professor Datta was held on the eve of the International Conference on "Power, Control, Signals and Computation", January 6-9, 2018 at Vidya Academy of Science and Technology, Thrissur, Kerala. Professor Datta was nominated for this ward by Vidya Academy and Abdul Kalam Technology University in Kerala . The ceremony was attended by scientists and engineers from India, USA, and other foreign countries and several dignitaries from India. At this ceremony, a plaque of honor was presented to him by Distinguished Control Theorist, Professor Pramod Khargonekar, currently the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Distinguished Research Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California-Irvine.

As an awardee, Professor Datta visited several institutes of higher education in India and delivered lectures on interdisciplinary research blending applied and computational mathematics and optimization with control and vibration engineering. These institutes include Vidya Academy of Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi, IIT-Madras, IIT-Tirupati, IIT-Kharagpur and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, West Bengal.


4.1. Summer School on “Modelling and control of miniaturized mechatronic systems – applications in nanosciences and nanorobotics”
Contributed by: Antoneta Iuliana BRATCU,

Summer School on “Modelling and control of miniaturized mechatronic systems – applications in nanosciences and nanorobotics”


Location and Date: Grenoble (France) - September 3 to 7, 2018

Scientific Chair: Alina VODA (GIPSA-lab, Grenoble, France)


Pre-registration link:

For French participants:

Early registrations are encouraged (the number of participants is limited to 50).
Pre-registration dead-line is June 30th 2018.
Registration dead-line is July 13th 2018.

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

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

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

For further information, please contact Antoneta Iuliana BRATCU

4.2. XXII Italian PhD school on Automatic Control “SIDRA 2018”
Contributed by: Elena Valcher,

The Italian PhD school on Automatic Control "SIDRA 2018" will be held in Bertinoro

- Beginning on Monday, July 9 at 9:00
- Ending on Saturday, July 14 at 13:00.

The two themes of this edition are:
- "Adaptive Control Systems: Methodologies for Analysis and Synthesis” coordinated by Andrea Serrani (Ohio State University);
- "Optimization Methods for Decision Making over Networks” coordinated by G. Notarstefano (Univerisita' del Salento) and Maria Prandini (Politecnico di Milano).

All the relative information is available in the web page:
where in due time (end of June) you will be able to access to all the teaching material.
The classes will be taught in English.
Participants will be housed at the University Centre of Bertinoro (Ce.UB). The avaialble rooms will be assigned based on the booking date. Information about the Center is available on the web page; the contact person at the Ce.UB is Ms. Monica Michelacci ( - Tel. 0543 446 500).

The participation fee includes the registration fee and the cost of staying with half board (bed, breakfast and lunch). Rates are 500,00 Euro for accommodation in a double room and 630,00 Euro for single room accommodation (from the afternoon of Sunday, July 8 till the afternoon of Saturday, July 14).

The request to participate has to be submitted through the application form that will be available on the web from Ce.UB and it represents a formal commitment to attend the school.

The registration process follows the following "steps":

- June 5, 2018: Deadline for submission of application (see (in this web site there is also other general information on the school)

- June 15, 2018: communications of admission to school will be sent out

- June 26, 2018: deadline for payment of the fee, to be paid according to the procedures that will be indicated on the entry form (which will be available on the web Ce.UB). Upon departure, the Centre will release a receipt of the expenses incurred. For logistics contact Ms. Michelacci.

All students attending the school will receive a certificate of participation.
For those who are interested, a final test will also be offered.
The School welcomes foreign PhD students.

For additional information you can contact
Claudio Melchiorri (University of Bologna)
Elena Valcher (University of Padova)

4.3. Online Seminar by Dr. Hassan Khalil
Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen,

Online Seminar by Dr. Hassan Khalil - 12:00 PM Eastern Time, May 9, 2018 (Wednesday)

University of South Florida (USF) Forum on Robotics & Control Engineering (USF FoRCE, will host Dr. Hassan Khalil on May 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. Specifically, Dr. Khalil will give an online seminar titled HIGH-GAIN OBSERVERS IN NONLINEAR FEEDBACK CONTROL (abstract and biography of the speaker are included below). We hope that you will make plans to participate on this free online seminar. Here is the WebEx information needed to connect to this online seminar:

WebEx direct link:

WebEx indirect link: (use 624 206 946 for the meeting number and DSRmviXN for the password)

WebEx phone link: +1-510-338-9438 USA Toll (global call-in numbers:

The mission of the USF FoRCE is simple: Provide free, high-quality outreach events and online seminars to reach broader robotics and control engineering communities around the globe. To support our mission, we periodically invite distinguished lecturers to the USF FoRCE to give talks on recent research and/or education results related to robotics and control engineering. As a consequence, the USF FoRCE aims in connecting academicians and government/industry researchers/practitioners with each other through crosscutting basic and applied research and education discussions. We cordially hope that you will enjoy the USF FoRCE events and find them highly-valuable to your own research and education interests.

Visit for more information and to access previously recorded events. For any questions, email the USF FoRCE director, Dr. Tansel Yucelen (


Abstract: High-gain observers play an important role in the design of feedback control for nonlinear systems. This lecture overviews the essentials of this technique. A motivating example is used to illustrate the main features of high-gain observers, with emphasis on the peaking phenomenon and the role of control saturation in dealing with it. The use of the observer in feedback control is discussed and a nonlinear separation principle is presented. The use of an extended high-gain observer as a disturbance estimator is covered. Challenges in implementing high-gain observers are discussed, with the effect of measurement noise as the most serious one. Techniques to cope with measurement noise are presented. The lecture ends by listing examples of experimental testing of high-gain observers.

Biography: Hassan K. Khalil received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1973 and 1975, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1978, all in electrical engineering. Since 1978, he has been with Michigan State University (MSU), where he is currently University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has consulted for General Motors and Delco Products, and published over 100 papers on singular perturbation methods and nonlinear control. He is the author of High-Gain Observers in Nonlinear Feedback Control (SIAM 2017), Nonlinear Control (Pearson 2015), Nonlinear Systems (Macmillan 1992; Prentice Hall 1996 & 2002) and coauthor of Singular Perturbation Methods in Control: Analysis and Design (Academic Press 1986; SIAM 1999). Dr. Khalil was named IEEE Fellow in 1989 and IFAC Fellow in 2007. He received the 1989 IEEE-CSS George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, the 2000 AACC Ragazzini Education Award, the 2002 IFAC Control Engineering Textbook Prize, the 2004 AACC O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, the 2009 AGEP Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, and the 2015 IEEE-CSS Bode Lecture Prize. At MSU he received the 1983 Teacher Scholar Award, the 1994 Withrow Distinguished Scholar Award, and the 1995 Distinguished Faculty Award. He was named University Distinguished Professor in 2003. He served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Automatica, and Neural Networks, and as Editor of Automatica for nonlinear systems and control. He was Registration Chair of the 1984 CDC, Finance Chair of the 1987 ACC, Program Chair of the 1988 ACC, and General Chair of the 1994 ACC.

4.4. Real-World Application of Extremum Seeking Control
Contributed by: Mario Rotea,

Real-world application of Extremum Seeking Control

If you are interested in real-world applications of extremum seeking control (ESC), then let me refer you to an article recently published (early access category) in the IEEE TCST. The experimental data in this article support the hypothesis that ESC could lead to significant improvements in the annual energy production of wind turbines.

*CART3 Field Tests for Wind Turbine Region-2 Operation with Extremum Seeking Controllers,* in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. doi: 10.1109/TCST.2018.2825450

*Abstract*: For wind turbines operating in below-rated wind-speed conditions (Region 2), the primary objective is to maximize energy capture. This brief presents the results of a comprehensive field-test evaluation of extremum seeking control (ESC) for Region 2. The test has been conducted on the 600-kW CART3 facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The ESC algorithm tested uses feedback of the rotor power only to control the torque gain and/or blade pitch angle for maximum power production. The results show that ESC control increases the energy capture by 8%-12% relative to a baseline controller.

5. Books

5.1. Nonlinear Model Reduction by Moment Matching
Contributed by: Tanya Capawana,

Foundations and Trends in Systems and Control:
Nonlinear Model Reduction by Moment Matching
By: Giordano Scarciotti (Imperial College London) and Alessandro Astolfi (Imperial College London and Università di Roma “Tor Vergata)

Reduced order models, or model reduction, have been used in many technologically advanced areas to ensure the associated complicated mathematical models remain computable. For instance, reduced order models are used to simulate weather forecast models and in the design of very large scale integrated circuits and networked dynamical systems.

For linear systems, the model reduction problem has been addressed from several perspectives and a comprehensive theory exists. Although many results and efforts have been made, at present there is no complete theory of model reduction for nonlinear systems or, at least, not as complete as the theory developed for linear systems.

This monograph presents, in a uniform and complete fashion, moment matching techniques for nonlinear systems. This includes extensive sections on nonlinear time-delay systems; moment matching from input/output data and the limitations of the characterization of moment based on a signal generator described by differential equations. Each section is enriched with examples and is concluded with extensive bibliographical notes.

This monograph provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction into model reduction for researchers and students working on non-linear systems.

1: Introduction
2: Model reduction by moment matching
3: Model reduction of time-delay systems
4: Data-driven model reduction
5: Model reduction with explicit signal generators
6: Conclusions.

5.2. Economic Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
Contributed by: Tanya Capawana,

Foundations and Trends in Systems and Control:
Economic Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
By: Timm Faulwasser, Lars Grüne and Matthias A. Müller

Model Predictive Control (MPC) can be dated back to the 1960s, and can now be regarded as a mature control method, which has had significant impact on industrial process control. It is applied in many control systems and has been extended to include non-linear dynamics and non-convex constraints.

Of increasing importance in all such control systems in the economic benefits within the design of the system. Traditionally, the so-called control pyramid has been the main technique to do this, whereby economic targets are translated into setpoints and reference trajectories, which are in turn stabilized by control techniques such as MPC. At the same time, in process systems engineering and other fields of application, one aims at economic process operation and much attention has been given to this and the term Economic Model Predictive Control (EMPC) has been coined.

Economic Nonlinear Model Predictive Control provides a concise overview of different approaches on the question of stability and optimality in different formulations of EMPC. It is the first monograph to cover approaches both with and without terminal constraints and end penalties, and turnpike/dissipativity-based settings as well as Lyapunov-based approaches.

This monograph is an accessible tutorial on the state-of-the-art in model predictive control. Students and researchers will find a clear exposition of current knowledge upon which they can build their own research.

1. Introduction
2. Revisiting Stabilizing NMPC
3. Economic MPC with Terminal Constraints
4. EMPC without Terminal Constraints and Penalties
5. Performance Bounds
6. EMPC with Averaged Constraints
7. EMPC with Generalized Terminal Constraints
8. Lyapunov-based Approach
9. Multi-objective Approach
10. Conclusions and Outlook

5.3. Logical Control of Complex Resource Allocation Systems
Contributed by: Tanya Capawana,

Foundations and Trends in Systems and Control:
Logical Control of Complex Resource Allocation Systems
By: Spyros Reveliotis (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)

Logical Control of Complex Resource Allocation Systems provides a comprehensive tutorial on solutions to the supervisory control problem. The reader is shown results that are theoretically rigorous yet offer rich practical applications. These resource allocation techniques have major implications for many modern-day and future applications. They also point the way forward for the necessary further research to successfully solve the scheduling problems in such systems.

1. Introduction
2. Sequential Resource Allocation Systems and their Supervisory Control Problem of Deadlock Avoidance
3. RAS Classes Admitting Maximally Permissive Deadlock Avoidance of Polynomial Complexity
4. Efficient Implementations of the Maximally Permissive DAP as a Classifier
5. RAS Logical Analysis and Control through Petri Net Theory
6. Suboptimal Deadlock Avoidance for the Considered RAS
7. Some Concluding Remarks

5.4. Errors-in-Variables Methods in System Identification
Contributed by: Yasmin Brookes,

Errors-in-Variables Methods in System Identification by Torsten Söderström
ISBN: 978-3-319-75000-2
April 2018, Springer
Hardcover, 485 pages, $179.99/€149,99

This book presents an overview of the different errors-in-variables (EIV) methods that can be used for system identification. Readers will explore the properties of an EIV problem. Such problems play an important role when the purpose is the determination of the physical laws that describe the process, rather than the prediction or control of its future behaviour. EIV problems typically occur when the purpose of the modelling is to get physical insight into a process. Identifiability of the model parameters for EIV problems is a non-trivial issue, and sufficient conditions for identifiability are given. The author covers various modelling aspects which, taken together, can find a solution, including the characterization of noise properties, extension to multivariable systems, and continuous-time models. The book finds solutions that are constituted of methods that are compatible with a set of noisy data, which traditional approaches to solutions, such as (total) least squares, do not find.

A number of identification methods for the EIV problem are presented. Each method is accompanied with a detailed analysis based on statistical theory, and the relationship between the different methods is explained. A multitude of methods are covered, including:
• instrumental variables methods;
• methods based on bias-compensation;
• covariance matching methods; and
• prediction error and maximum-likelihood methods.

The book shows how many of the methods can be applied in either the time or the frequency domain and provides special methods adapted to the case of periodic excitation. It concludes with a chapter specifically devoted to practical aspects and user perspectives that will facilitate the transfer of the theoretical material to application in real systems.

Errors-in-Variables Methods in System Identification gives readers the possibility of recovering true system dynamics from noisy measurements, while solving over-determined systems of equations, making it suitable for statisticians and mathematicians alike. The book also acts as a reference for researchers and computer engineers because of its detailed exploration of EIV problems.


1. Introduction
2. The Static Case
3. The Errors-in-Variables Problem for Dynamic Systems
4. Identifiability Analysis
5. Modeling Aspects
6. Elementary Methods
7. Methods Based on Bias-Compensation
8. Covariance Matching
9. Prediction Error and Maximum Likelihood Methods
10. Frequency Domain Methods
11. Total Least Squares
12. Methods for Periodic Data
13. Algorithmic Properties
14. Asymptotic Distributions
15. Errors-in-Variables Problems in Practice

5.5. Freeway Traffic Modelling and Control
Contributed by: Yasmin Brookes,

Freeway Traffic Modelling and Control by Antonella Ferrara, Simona Sacone and Silvia Simona
ISBN: 978-3-319-75959-3
April 2018, Springer
Hardcover, 316 pages, $179.99/€149,99

This monograph provides an extended overview of modelling and control approaches for freeway traffic systems, moving from the early methods to the most recent scientific results and field implementations. The concepts of green traffic systems and smart mobility are addressed in the book, since a modern freeway traffic management system should be designed to be sustainable. Future perspectives on freeway traffic control are also analysed and discussed with reference to the most recent technological advancements

The most widespread modelling and control techniques for freeway traffic systems are treated with mathematical rigour, but also discussed with reference to their performance assessment and to the expected impact of their practical usage in real traffic systems. In order to make the book accessible to readers of different backgrounds, some fundamental aspects of traffic theory as well as some basic control concepts, useful for better understanding the addressed topics, are provided in the book.

This monograph can be used as a textbook for courses on transport engineering, traffic management and control. It is also addressed to experts working in traffic monitoring and control areas and to researchers, technicians and practitioners of both transportation and control engineering. The authors’ systematic vision of traffic modelling and control methods developed over decades makes the book a valuable survey resource for freeway traffic managers, freeway stakeholders and transportation public authorities with professional interests in freeway traffic systems.


Part I Introduction
1. Freeway Traffic Systems
2. Fundamentals of Traffic Dynamics
Part II Freeway Traffic Modelling
3. First-Order Macroscopic Traffic Models
4. Second-Order Macroscopic Traffic Models
5. Microscopic and Mesoscopic Traffic Models
6. Emission Models for Freeway Traffic Systems
7. State Estimation in Freeway Traffic Systems
Part III Freeway Traffic Control
8. An Overview of Traffic Control Schemes for Freeway Systems
9. Implementation-Oriented Freeway Traffic Control Strategies
10. Control Strategies for Sustainable Mobility in Freeways
11. Emerging Freeway Traffic Control Strategies

5.6. Contracts for System Design
Contributed by: Albert Benveniste,

Contracts for system design
Albert Benveniste, Benoit Caillaud, Dejan Nickovic, Roberto Passerone, Jean-Baptiste Raclet, Philipp Reinkemeier, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Werner Damm, Thomas A. Henzinger, and Kim G. Larsen

Contract-based design has been proposed as an “orthogonal” approach that complements system design methodologies proposed so far to cope with the complexity of system design. Contract-based design provides a rigorous scaffolding for verification, analysis, abstraction/refinement, and even synthesis. A number of results have been obtained in this domain but a unified treatment of the topic that can help put contract-based design in perspective was missing. This monograph intends to provide such a treatment where contracts are precisely defined and characterized so that they can be used in design methodologies with no ambiguity. In particular, this monograph identifies the essence of complex system design using contracts through a mathematical “meta-theory”, where all the properties of the methodology are derived from a very abstract and generic notion of contract. We show that the meta-theory provides deep and illuminating links with existing contract and interface theories, as well as guidelines for designing new theories. Our study encompasses contracts for both software and systems, with emphasis on the latter. We illustrate the use of contracts with two examples: requirement engineering for a parking garage management, and the development of contracts for timing and scheduling in the context of the Autosar methodology in use in the automotive sector.

The table of contents follows:
1. Introduction, industrial context
2. Contract based design, a primer on contracts
3. Positioning of this monograph and bibliographical note
4. A mathematical meta-theory of contracts
5. Assume/Guarantee contracts
6. Synchronous Moore Interfaces and Assume/Guarantee contracts
7. Rely/Guarantee reasoning and Assume/Guarantee contracts
8. Interface theories: interface automata and modal interfaces
9. Scheduling contracts and contracts for timing
10. Contracts in Requirement Engineering
11. Contracts for timing in Autosar
12. Conclusion, status of research, status of practice

6. Journals

6.1. Contents: Automatica
Contributed by: John Coca,

Vol. 91
May 2018

- Konstantinos Gatsis, Alejandro Ribeiro, George J. Pappas, Random access design for wireless control systems, Pages 1-9
- Kevin S. Galloway, Biswadip Dey, Collective motion under beacon-referenced cyclic pursuit, Pages 17-26
- Yu-Long Wang, Qing-Long Han, Network-based modelling and dynamic output feedback control for unmanned marine vehicles in network environments, Pages 43-53
- Jihene Ben Rejeb, Irinel-Constantin Morărescu, Jamal Daafouz, Control design with guaranteed cost for synchronization in networks of linear singularly perturbed systems, Pages 89-97
- Ravi Gondhalekar, Eyal Dassau, Francis J. Doyle, Velocity-weighting & velocity-penalty MPC of an artificial pancreas: Improved safety & performance, Pages 105-117
- Marcos G. Todorov, Marcelo D. Fragoso, Oswaldo Luiz do Valle Costa, Detector-based H∞ results for discrete-time Markov jump linear systems with partial observations, Pages 159-172
- Xiaofeng Zong, George Yin, Le Yi Wang, Tao Li, Ji-Feng Zhang, Stability of stochastic functional differential systems using degenerate Lyapunov functionals and applications, Pages 197-207
- Philippe Martin, Lionel Rosier, Pierre Rouchon, Controllability of the 1D Schrödinger equation using flatness, Pages 208-216
- Miloje S. Radenković, Miroslav Krstić, Distributed adaptive consensus and synchronization in complex networks of dynamical systems, Pages 233-243
- Biao Lu, Yongchun Fang, Ning Sun, Modeling and nonlinear coordination control for an underactuated dual overhead crane system, Pages 244-255
- Bin Zhou, Improved Razumikhin and Krasovskii approaches for discrete-time time-varying time-delay systems, Pages 256-269
- K.D. Do, A.D. Lucey, Stochastic stabilization of slender beams in space: Modeling and boundary control, Pages 279-293
- Huiping Li, Yang Shi, Weisheng Yan, Fuqiang Liu, Receding horizon consensus of general linear multi-agent systems with input constraints: An inverse optimality approach, Pages 10-16
- Xinghu Wang, Youfeng Su, Dabo Xu, A nonlinear internal model design for heterogeneous second-order multi-agent systems with unknown leader, Pages 27-35
- Xingwen Liu, Qianchuan Zhao, Shouming Zhong, Stability analysis of a class of switched nonlinear systems with delays: A trajectory-based comparison method, Pages 36-42
- Alex S. Leong, Subhrakanti Dey, Daniel E. Quevedo, Transmission scheduling for remote state estimation and control with an energy harvesting sensor, Pages 54-60
- Efstathios Bakolas, Finite-horizon covariance control for discrete-time stochastic linear systems subject to input constraints, Pages 61-68
- Kun-Zhi Liu, Xi-Ming Sun, Miroslav Krstic, Distributed predictor-based stabilization of continuous interconnected systems with input delays, Pages 69-78
- Hua-Cheng Zhou, Hongyinping Feng, Disturbance estimator based output feedback exponential stabilization for Euler–Bernoulli beam equation with boundary control, Pages 79-88
- Ji Ma, Haibo Ji, Dong Sun, Gang Feng, An approach to quantized consensus of continuous-time linear multi-agent systems, Pages 98-104
- Nacim Ramdani, Louise Travé-Massuyès, Carine Jauberthie, Mode discernibility and bounded-error state estimation for nonlinear hybrid systems, Pages 118-125
- Bo-Chao Zheng, Xinghuo Yu, Yanmei Xue, Quantized feedback sliding-mode control: An event-triggered approach, Pages 126-135
- Karina A. Barbosa, Carlos E. de Souza, Daniel Coutinho, Admissibility analysis of discrete linear time-varying descriptor systems, Pages 136-143
- Niklas Everitt, Giulio Bottegal, Håkan Hjalmarsson, An empirical Bayes approach to identification of modules in dynamic networks, Pages 144-151
- Abdelkader Abdessameud, Abdelhamid Tayebi, Distributed output regulation of heterogeneous linear multi-agent systems with communication constraints, Pages 152-158
- Irina V. Alexandrova, Alexey P. Zhabko, A new LKF approach to stability analysis of linear systems with uncertain delays, Pages 173-178
- Zhao-Yan Li, James Lam, Yong Wang, Stability analysis of linear stochastic neutral-type time-delay systems with two delays, Pages 179-189
- Hadi Taghvafard, Anton V. Proskurnikov, Ming Cao, Local and global analysis of endocrine regulation as a non-cyclic feedback system, Pages 190-196
- Aivar Sootla, Alexandre Mauroy, Damien Ernst, Optimal control formulation of pulse-based control using Koopman operator, Pages 217-224
- Haichao Gui, Anton H.J. de Ruiter, Global finite-time attitude consensus of leader-following spacecraft systems based on distributed observers, Pages 225-232
- Ngoc-Tu Trinh, Vincent Andrieu, Cheng-Zhong Xu, Output regulation for a cascaded network of 2 × 2 hyperbolic systems with PI controller, Pages 270-278
- Jianying Zheng, Jiu-Gang Dong, Lihua Xie, Stability of discrete-time positive switched linear systems with stable and marginally stable subsystems, Pages 294-300
- Guanyu Lai, Zhi Liu, Yun Zhang, C.L. Philip Chen, Shengli Xie, Adaptive backstepping-based tracking control of a class of uncertain switched nonlinear systems, Pages 301-310
- Nicoletta Bof, Ruggero Carli, Luca Schenato, Is ADMM always faster than Average Consensus?, Pages 311-315
- Yuqian Guo, Weihua Gui, Chunhua Yang, Redefined observability matrix for Boolean networks and distinguishable partitions of state space, Pages 316-319
- Suchitra Pandey, Bhupendra Das, Siva Kumar Tadepalli, Comments on “New finite-sum inequalities with applications to stability of discrete time-delay systems”, Pages 320-321

Vol. 92
June 2018

- Zepeng Ning, Lixian Zhang, James Lam, Stability and stabilization of a class of stochastic switching systems with lower bound of sojourn time, Pages 18-28
- Nikolaos Bekiaris-Liberis, Miroslav Krstic, Compensation of actuator dynamics governed by quasilinear hyperbolic PDEs, Pages 29-40
- Tao Liu, Jie Huang, Leader-following attitude consensus of multiple rigid body systems subject to jointly connected switching networks, Pages 63-71
- Kaihua Xi, Johan L.A. Dubbeldam, Hai Xiang Lin, Jan H. van Schuppen, Power-Imbalance Allocation Control of Power Systems-Secondary Frequency Control, Pages 72-85
- Ioannis Kordonis, Petros Maragos, George P. Papavassilopoulos, Stochastic stability in Max-Product and Max-Plus Systems with Markovian Jumps, Pages 123-132
- Kan Xie, Qianqian Cai, Minyue Fu, A fast clock synchronization algorithm for wireless sensor networks, Pages 133-142
- Hidenori Shingin, Yoshito Ohta, Reduction of state variables based on regulation and filtering performances, Pages 143-154
- Xingkang He, Wenchao Xue, Haitao Fang, Consistent distributed state estimation with global observability over sensor network, Pages 162-172
- Yaning Lin, Tianliang Zhang, Weihai Zhang, Pareto-based guaranteed cost control of the uncertain mean-field stochastic systems in infinite horizon, Pages 197-209
- Delphine Bresch-Pietri, Frédéric Mazenc, Nicolas Petit, Robust compensation of a chattering time-varying input delay with jumps, Pages 225-234
- Yu Feng, Xiang Chen, Guoxiang Gu, Robust stabilization subject to structured uncertainties and mean power constraint, Pages 1-8
- Li Dai, Yulong Gao, Lihua Xie, Karl Henrik Johansson, Yuanqing Xia, Stochastic self-triggered model predictive control for linear systems with probabilistic constraints, Pages 9-17
- Cemal Tugrul Yilmaz, Halil Ibrahim Basturk, Rejection of sinusoidal disturbances for known LTI systems in the presence of output delay, Pages 41-48
- Hideki Sano, Low order stabilizing controllers for a class of distributed parameter systems, Pages 49-55
- Eyal Weiss, Michael Margaliot, Guy Even, Minimal controllability of conjunctive Boolean networks is NP-complete, Pages 56-62
- Carine Jauberthie, Lilianne Denis-Vidal, Qiaochu Li, Zohra Cherfi-Boulanger, Optimal input design for parameter estimation in a bounded-error context for nonlinear dynamical systems, Pages 86-91
- Ping Gong, Weiyao Lan, Adaptive robust tracking control for uncertain nonlinear fractional-order multi-agent systems with directed topologies, Pages 92-99
- Lucian Buşoniu, Előd Páll, Rémi Munos, Continuous-action planning for discounted infinite-horizon nonlinear optimal control with Lipschitz values, Pages 100-108
- Bernard Vau, Henri Bourlès, Generalized convergence conditions of the parameter adaptation algorithm in discrete-time recursive identification and adaptive control, Pages 109-114
- Hossein Sartipizadeh, Tyrone L. Vincent, A new robust MPC using an approximate convex hull, Pages 115-122
- Cheng Song, Yuan Fan, Coverage control for mobile sensor networks with limited communication ranges on a circle, Pages 155-161
- Jinpeng Yu, Peng Shi, Lin Zhao, Finite-time command filtered backstepping control for a class of nonlinear systems, Pages 173-180
- Chengpu Yu, Michel Verhaegen, Data-driven fault estimation of non-minimum phase LTI systems, Pages 181-187
- Yûki Nishimura, Hiroshi Ito, Stochastic Lyapunov functions without differentiability at supposed equilibria, Pages 188-196
- Sung-Mo Kang, Hyo-Sung Ahn, Shape and orientation control of moving formation in multi-agent systems without global reference frame, Pages 210-216
- Jinsha Li, Daniel W.C. Ho, Junmin Li, Adaptive consensus of multi-agent systems under quantized measurements via the edge Laplacian, Pages 217-224
- Shan Zuo, Yongduan Song, Frank L. Lewis, Ali Davoudi, Adaptive output containment control of heterogeneous multi-agent systems with unknown leaders, Pages 235-239
- Ross Drummond, Stephen Duncan, The Aizerman and Kalman conjectures using symmetry, Pages 240-243
- Yilin Wang, Shuanghe Yu, An improved dynamic quantization scheme for uncertain linear networked control systems, Pages 244-248
- Kiyoshi Nishiyama, A computationally reduced version of the fast H∞ filter, Pages 249-253
- Zhi-gang Su, Chunjiang Qian, Yong-sheng Hao, Ming Zhao, Global stabilization via sampled-data output feedback for large-scale systems interconnected by inherent nonlinearities, Pages 254-258
- Pubudu N. Pathirana, Phan T. Nam, Hieu M. Trinh, Stability of positive coupled differential-difference equations with unbounded time-varying delays, Pages 259-263
- Zhiyong Sun, Na Huang, Brian D.O. Anderson, Zhisheng Duan, Comments on “Distributed event-triggered control of multi-agent systems with combinational measurements”, Pages 264-265
- Yuan Fan, Gang Feng, Yong Wang, Cheng Song, Authors’ reply to comments on “Distributed event-triggered control of multi-agent systems with combinational measurements”, Page 266

6.2. Contents: Systems & Control Letters
Contributed by: John Coca,

Systems & Control Letters
Vol. 114
April 2018

- Guangming Zhuang, Qian Ma, Baoyong Zhang, Shengyuan Xu, Jianwei Xia, Admissibility and stabilization of stochastic singular Markovian jump systems with time delays, Pages 1-10
- Shuzhen Yang, The necessary and sufficient conditions for stochastic differential systems with multi-time state cost functional, Pages 11-18
- H. Hammouri, F.S. Ahmed, S. Othman, Observer design based on immersion technics and canonical form, Pages 19-26
- Jianhui Huang, Haiyang Wang, Zhen Wu, A sufficient stochastic maximum principle for a kind of recursive optimal control problem with obstacle constraint, Pages 27-30
- Mattia Mattioni, Salvatore Monaco, Dorothée Normand-Cyrot, Nonlinear discrete-time systems with delayed control: A reduction, Pages 31-37
- György Lipták, Katalin M. Hangos, Mihály Pituk, Gábor Szederkényi, Semistability of complex balanced kinetic systems with arbitrary time delays, Pages 38-43
- Peng Yi, Jinlong Lei, Yiguang Hong, Distributed resource allocation over random networks based on stochastic approximation, Pages 44-51
- Hsueh-Ju Chen, Alexander Lanzon, Closed-loop stability analysis of discrete-time negative imaginary systems, Pages 52-58
- Weixin Han, Harry L. Trentelman, Zhenhua Wang, Yi Shen, Towards a minimal order distributed observer for linear systems, Pages 59-65
- Fei Ye, Bo Sun, Linlin Ou, Weidong Zhang, Disturbance observer-based control for consensus tracking of multi-agent systems with input delays from a frequency domain perspective, Pages 66-75

Systems & Control Letters
Vol. 115
May 2018

- Mingxuan Shen, Weiyin Fei, Xuerong Mao, Yong Liang, Stability of highly nonlinear neutral stochastic differential delay equations, Pages 1-8
- Zbigniew Bartosiewicz, Positive realizations of nonlinear input–output discrete-time systems, Pages 9-14
- Jing Chen, Feng Ding, Yanjun Liu, Quanmin Zhu, Multi-step-length gradient iterative algorithm for equation-error type models, Pages 15-21
- Daizhan Cheng, Changxi Li, Fenghua He, Observability of Boolean networks via set controllability approach, Pages 22-25
- Zehor Belkhatir, Taous Meriem Laleg-Kirati, Parameters and fractional differentiation orders estimation for linear continuous-time non-commensurate fractional order systems, Pages 26-33
- Kai Zhao, Yongduan Song, Jiye Qian, Jin Fu, Zero-error tracking control with pre-assignable convergence mode for nonlinear systems under nonvanishing uncertainties and unknown control direction, Pages 34-40
- Dong Zhao, Steven X. Ding, Youqing Wang, Yueyang Li, Krein-space based robust H∞ fault estimation for two-dimensional uncertain linear discrete time-varying systems, Pages 41-47
- Tao Bian, Zhong-Ping Jiang, Stochastic and adaptive optimal control of uncertain interconnected systems: A data-driven approach, Pages 48-54
- Patrizio Tomei, Cristiano Maria Verrelli, Advances on adaptive learning control: The case of non-minimum phase linear systems, Pages 55-62

6.3. Contents: IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
Contributed by: Yan Ou,

Table of Contents
IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
Volume 5 (2018), Issue 3 (May)

- Advances in Vision-Based Lane Detection: Algorithms, Integration, Assessment, and Perspectives on ACP-Based Parallel Vision. Y. Xing, C. Lv, L. Chen, H. J. Wang, H. Wang, D. P. Cao, E. Velenis, and F.-Y. Wang, page 645

- Deep Scalogram Representations for Acoustic Scene Classification. Z. Ren, K. Qian, Z. X. Zhang, V. Pandit, A. Baird, and B. Schuller, page 662
- A Mode-Switching Motion Control System for Reactive Interaction and Surface Following Using Industrial Robots. D. Nakhaeinia, P. Payeur, and R. Laganiere, page 670
- Adaptive Proportional-Derivative Sliding Mode Control Law With Improved Transient Performance for Underactuated Overhead Crane Systems. M. H. Zhang, X. Ma, R. Song, X. W. Rong, G. H. Tian, X. C. Tian, Y. B. Li, page 683
- On "Over-Sized" High-Gain Practical Observers for Nonlinear Systems. D. Carnevale, C. Possieri, and A. Tornambe, page 691
- H∞ Tracking Control for Switched LPV Systems With an Application to Aero-Engines.K. W. Zhu, J. Zhao, and G. M. Dimirovski, page 699
- Neural-Network-Based Terminal Sliding Mode Control for Frequency Stabilization of Renewable Power Systems. D. W. Qian and G. L. Fan, page 706
- Gait Recognition by Cross Wavelet Transform and Graph Model. S. A. More and P. J. Deore, page 718
- Containment Control of Fractional Order Multi-Agent Systems With Time Delays. H. Y. Yang, F. Y. Wang, and F. J. Han, page 727
- Preparation of Hadamard Gate for Open Quantum Systems by the Lyapunov Control Method. N. Ghaeminezhad and S. Cong, page 733
- Group Decision Making With Consistency of Intuitionistic Fuzzy Preference Relations Under Uncertainty. Y. Lin and Y. M. Wang, page 741
- Dynamic Case Retrieval Method With Subjective Preferences and Objective Information for Emergency Decision Making. J. Zheng, Y. M. Wang, and S. Q. Chen, page 749
- Refined Jensen-Based Multiple Integral Inequality and Its Application to Stability of Time-Delay Systems. J. D. Wang, Z. S. Wang, S. B. Ding, and H. G. Zhang, page 758

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

Asian Journal of Control
Vol.20, No.2 March, 2018

[Invited Paper]
1. Fault-Tolerant Control Allocation for Overactuated Nonlinear Systems (Pages: 621-634), Andrea Cristofaro, Marios M. Polycarpou and Tor Arne Johansen

[Regular Paper]
2. Determining Dissipativity of Switched Nonlinear Systems Using Linearization (Pages: 635-645), Hanmei Wang and Jun Zhao
3. Distributed Fixed-Time Coordinated Tracking for Nonlinear Multi-Agent Systems Under Directed Graphs (Pages: 646-658), Boda Ning, Zongyu Zuo, Jiong Jin and Jinchuan Zheng
4. Output Tracking for One-Dimensional Schrödinger Equation subject to Boundary Disturbance (Pages: 659-668), Jun-Jun Liu, Jun-Min Wang and Ya-Ping Guo
5. Stabilization of Non-Linear Fractional-Order Uncertain Systems (Pages: 669-677)
Author: Yude Ji, Mingxing Du and Yanping Guo
6. Velocity Reversal Systems: A Simple Friction Model for Telescopes (Pages: 678-688), T. S. Kumar and Ravi N. Banavar
7. An Extended Car-Following Model With Consideration of the Driver's Memory and Control Strategy (Pages: 689-696), Yi-ming Zheng, Rong-jun Cheng, Hong-xia Ge and Siu-ming Lo
8. Incomplete Logical Control System and its Application to Some Intellectual Problems (Pages: 697-706), Xiao Zhang, Yuanhua Wang and Daizhan Cheng
9. Control and Synchronization Of A Class Of Uncertain Fractional Order Chaotic Systems Via Adaptive Backstepping Control (Pages: 707-720), Manoj Kumar Shukla and B.B. Sharma
10. Suboptimal Output Consensus for Time-Delayed Singular Multi-Agent Systems (Pages: 721-734), Jiajing Wang, Ming He, Jianxiang Xi and Xiaogang Yang
11. Composite Disturbance-Observer-Based Control and H∞ Control for High Speed Trains with Actuator Faults (Pages: 735-745)
Authors:Hairong Dong, Xue Lin, Xiuming Yao, Weiqi Bai and Bin Ning
12. WDOP-based Summation Inequality and its Application to Exponential Stability of Linear Delay Difference Systems (Pages: 746-754), Xian Zhang, Wanzhen Shang and Yantao Wang
13. Dynamic Output Feedback Robust MPC With one Free Control Move for LPV Model With Bounded Disturbance (Pages: 755-767), Baocang Ding, Pengjun Wang and Jianchen Hu
14. Full Adaptive Integral Backstepping Controller for Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (Pages: 768-779), Mohsen Hoshyar and Mirhamed Mola
15. Adaptive Neural Dynamic Surface Control for Stochastic Nonlinear Time-Delay Systems with Input and Output Constraints (Pages: 780-789), Wen-Jie Si, Xun-De Dong and Fei-Fei Yang
16. Frequency Interval Gramians Based Structure Preserving Model Order Reduction for Second Order Systems (Pages: 790-801), Shafiq Haider, Abdul Ghafoor, Muhammad Imran and Fahad Mumtaz Malik
17. Uncertain Saturated Discrete-Time Sliding Mode Control for A Wind Turbine Using A Two-Mass Model (Pages: 802-818), Chaker Zaafouri, Borhen Torchani, Anis Sellami and Germain Garcia
18. Stochastic Stability and Stabilization of Singular It ô-type Markovian Jump Systems with Uncertain Transition Rates: An LMI Approach (Pages: 819-828), Baoping Jiang, Cunchen Gao and Yonggui Kao
19. Stabilization Criteria for Singular Fuzzy Systems With Random Delay and Mixed Actuator Failures (Pages: 829-838), Sakthivel Rathinasamy, M. Rathika, B. Kaviarasan and Hao Shen
20. Direct Adaptive Fuzzy Backstepping Control for Stochastic Nonlinear SISO Systems with Unmodeled Dynamics (Pages: 839-855), Xiumei Zhang, Xikui Liu and Yan Li
21. Backstepping Control for Flexible Joint with Friction Using Wavelet Neural Networks and L2-Gain Approach (Pages: 856-866), Ming Chu, Qingxuan Jia and Hanxu Sun
22. Desired Compensation Adaptive Repetitive Control of Electrical-Optical Gyro-Stabilized Platform with High-Precision Disturbance Compensation (Pages: 867-880), Yuefei Wu and Dong Yue
23. Stability Analysis of Periodic Solution for a Complex-valued Neural Networks With Bounded and Unbounded Delays (Pages: 881-892)
Author: Bo Du
24. Adaptive Failure Compensation for Uncertain Systems with Unknown Utility Decrement of Actuators (Pages: 893-905), Jianping Cai, Meng Zhang, Lantao Xing and Lujuan Shen
25. Control of Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems with Microinverters: New Theoretical Design and Numerical Evaluation (Pages: 906-918), Abdelhafid Yahya, Hassan El Fadil, Mustapha Oulcaid, Leila Ammeh, Fouad Giri and Josep M. Guerrero

[Brief Paper]
1. Discrete-Time Consensus Filters for Average Tracking of Time-Varying Inputs on Directed Switching Graphs (Pages: 919-934), Shuai Li and Yi Guo
2. Controllability of Fractional Differential Equation of Order α∈(1,2] With Non-Instantaneous Impulses (Pages: 935-942), Malik Muslim and Avadhesh Kumar
3. Distributed Consensus-Based Optimization of Multiple Load Aggregators for Secondary Frequency Control (Pages: 943-955), Qian Tang, Hong Zhou, Zhi-Wei Liu and Qi-Jun Deng
4. Distributed Consensus of Third-order Multi-agent Systems with Communication Delay (Pages: 956-961), Wenying Hou, Minyue Fu and Huanshui Zhang
5. Model Free Adaptive Control for a Class of Nonlinear Systems Using Quantized Information (Pages: 962-968), Xuhui Bu, Yingxu Qiao, Zhongsheng Hou and Junqi Yang

6.5. Contents: IET Control Theory & Applications
Contributed by: Alexandria Lipka,

IET Control Theory & Applications
Volume 12
May 2018

- Yuzhu Huang, Optimal guaranteed cost control of uncertain non-linear systems using adaptive dynamic programming with concurrent learning, Pages 1025 – 1035
- Yifan Liu, Zhiqiang Pu, Jianqiang Yi, Observer-based robust adaptive T2 fuzzy tracking control for flexible air-breathing hypersonic vehicles, Pages 1036 – 1045
- Yan Zheng, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Yaonan Wang, Non-weighted filtering for positive switched delay systems, Pages 1046 – 1054
- Can Li, Jie Lian, Estimator design of switched linear systems under unknown persistent excitation, Pages 1055 – 1063
- Rajamani Doraiswami, Lahouari Cheded, Robust Kalman filter-based least squares identification of a multivariable system, Pages 1064 - 1074
- Siyi Wang, Yabing Gao, Jianxing Liu, Ligang Wu, Saturated sliding mode control with limited magnitude and rate, Pages 1075 - 1085
- Zhuoyue Song, Chao Duan, Housheng Su, Jinchang Hu, Full-order sliding mode control for finite-time attitude tracking of rigid spacecraft, Pages 1086 - 1094
- Hamidreza Modares, Rohollah Moghadam, Frank L. Lewis, Ali Davoudi, Static output-feedback synchronisation of multi-agent systems: a secure and unified approach, Pages 1095 – 1106
- Yu-Qun Han, Hong-Sen Yan Adaptive multi-dimensional Taylor network tracking control for SISO uncertain stochastic non-linear systems, Pages 1107 – 1115
- Iván Salgado, Manuel Mera, Isaac Chairez, Suboptimal adaptive control of dynamic systems with state constraints based on Barrier Lyapunov functions, Pages 1116 - 1124
- Gustavo Cruz Campos, Joao Manoel Gomes da Silva Jr., Sophie Tarbouriech, Carlos Eduardo Pereira, Stabilisation of discrete-time systems with finite-level uniform and logarithmic quantisers, Pages 1125 - 1132
- Teng Shao, Quanbo Ge, Zhansheng Duan, Junzhi Yu, Relative closeness ranking of Kalman filtering with multiple mismatched measurement noise covariances, Pages 1133 - 1140
- Jiwei Wen, Sing Kiong Nguang, Peng Shi, Xudong Zhao, Stability and control of discrete-time switched systems via one-step ahead Lyapunov function approach, Pages 1141 - 1147
- Ziheng Zhou, Xiaoli Luan, Fei Liu, Finite-frequency fault detection based on derandomisation for Markov jump linear system, Pages 1148 - 1155
- Bharat Verma, Prabin K. Padhy, Optimal PID controller design with adjustable maximum sensitivity, Pages 1156 - 1165

6.6. Contents: Control Engineering Practice
Contributed by: John Coca,

Control Engineering Practice
Vol. 74
May 2018

- Zhangming He, Yuri A.W. Shardt, Dayi Wang, Bowen Hou, Haiyin Zhou, Jiongqi Wang, An incipient fault detection approach via detrending and denoising, Pages 1-12
- Zhengrong Chu, Yuming Sun, Christine Wu, Nariman Sepehri, Active disturbance rejection control applied to automated steering for lane keeping in autonomous vehicles, Pages 13-21
- Patricio Colmegna, Fabricio Garelli, Hernán De Battista, Ricardo Sánchez-Peña, Automatic regulatory control in type 1 diabetes without carbohydrate counting, Pages 22-32
- Wei He, Carlos Abraham Soriano-Rangel, Romeo Ortega, Alessandro Astolfi, Fernando Mancilla-David, Shihua Li, Energy shaping control for buck–boost converters with unknown constant power load, Pages 33-43
- Pawel Nowak, Jacek Czeczot, Tomasz Klopot, Robust tuning of a first order reduced Active Disturbance Rejection Controller, Pages 44-57
- Gianluca Palli, Salvatore Strano, Mario Terzo, Sliding-mode observers for state and disturbance estimation in electro-hydraulic systems, Pages 58-70
- Alireza Bafandeh, Shamir Bin-Karim, Ali Baheri, Christopher Vermillion, A comparative assessment of hierarchical control structures for spatiotemporally-varying systems, with application to airborne wind energy, Pages 71-83
- Gian Antonio Susto, Andrea Schirru, Simone Pampuri, Alessandro Beghi, Giuseppe De Nicolao, A hidden-Gamma model-based filtering and prediction approach for monotonic health factors in manufacturing, Pages 84-94
- Attila Garami, Bernadett Csordás, Árpád Palotás, Pál Tóth, Reaction zone monitoring in biomass combustion, Pages 95-106
- M. Brunot, A. Janot, P.C. Young, F. Carrillo, An improved instrumental variable method for industrial robot model identification, Pages 107-117
- Sina Sharif Mansouri, Christoforos Kanellakis, Emil Fresk, Dariusz Kominiak, George Nikolakopoulos, Cooperative coverage path planning for visual inspection, Pages 118-131
- Abhishek Jain, Aranya Chakrabortty, Emrah Biyik, Distributed wide-area control of power system oscillations under communication and actuation constraints, Pages 132-143
- Jinlin Zhu, Zhiqiang Ge, Zhihuan Song, Quantum statistic based semi-supervised learning approach for industrial soft sensor development, Pages 144-152
- Satja Sivčev, Matija Rossi, Joseph Coleman, Gerard Dooly, Edin Omerdić, Daniel Toal, Fully automatic visual servoing control for work-class marine intervention ROVs, Pages 153-167
- Ikram Belhajem, Yann Ben Maissa, Ahmed Tamtaoui, Improving low cost sensor based vehicle positioning with Machine Learning, Pages 168-176
- Ali Taherifar, Gholamreza Vossoughi, Ali Selk Ghafari, Assistive-compliant control of wearable robots for partially disabled individuals, Pages 177-190
- Sönke Rhein, Knut Graichen, Constrained trajectory planning and actuator design for electromagnetic heating systems, Pages 191-203

6.7. Contents: Mechatronics
Contributed by: John Coca,

Vol. 51
May 2018

- Bradley A. Reinholz, Lindsey Reinholz, Rudolf J. Seethaler, Optimal trajectory operation of a cogging torque assisted motor driven valve actuator for internal combustion engines, Pages 1-7
- M. Bianchi, M. Cempini, R. Conti, E. Meli, A. Ridolfi, N. Vitiello, B. Allotta, Design of a Series Elastic Transmission for hand exoskeletons, Pages 8-18
- Nima Karbasizadeh, Mojtaba Zarei, Ali Aflakian, Mehdi Tale Masouleh, Ahmad Kalhor, Experimental dynamic identification and model feed-forward control of Novint Falcon haptic device, Pages 19-30
- Zhengyuan Wang, Umberto Montanaro, Saber Fallah, Aldo Sorniotti, Basilio Lenzo, A gain scheduled robust linear quadratic regulator for vehicle direct yaw moment Control, Pages 31-45
- Yicheng Li, Zhaozheng Hu, Yuezhi Hu, Duanfeng Chu,
Integration of vision and topological self-localization for intelligent vehicles, Pages 46-58
- Sara Sharifzadeh, Istvan Biro, Niels Lohse, Peter Kinnell, Abnormality detection strategies for surface inspection using robot mounted laser scanners, Pages 59-74
- Hui Zuo, Siyuan He, Double stage FPCB scanning micromirror for laser line generator, Pages 75-84
- Noppadol Ajjanaromvat, Manukid Parnichkun, Trajectory tracking using online learning LQR with adaptive learning control of a leg-exoskeleton for disorder gait rehabilitation, Pages 85-96
- Kourosh Darvish, Francesco Wanderlingh, Barbara Bruno, Enrico Simetti, Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, Giuseppe Casalino, Flexible human–robot cooperation models for assisted shop-floor tasks, Pages 97-114
- Nabilah Farhat, Christopher P. Ward, Roger M. Goodall, Roger Dixon, The benefits of mechatronically-guided railway vehicles: A multi-body physics simulation study, Pages 115-126
- Seung-Ju Lee, Bum-Keun Kim, Yong-Gi Chun, Dong-June Park, Design of mastication robot with life-sized linear actuator of human muscle and load cells for measuring force distribution on teeth, Pages 127-136
- T.L. Nguyen, S.J. Allen, S.J. Phee, Direct torque control for cable conduit mechanisms for the robotic foot for footwear testing, Pages 137-149

6.8. Contents: Journal of Process Control
Contributed by: John Coca,

Journal of Process Control
Vol. 64
April 2018

- F. Jamil, M. Abid, M. Adil, I. Haq, A.Q. Khan, S.F. Khan, Kernel approaches for fault detection and classification in PARR-2, Pages 1-6
- Wentao Tang, Prodromos Daoutidis, Network decomposition for distributed control through community detection in input–output bipartite graphs, Pages 7-14
- Yulei Ge, Shurong Li, Peng Chang, An approximate dynamic programming method for the optimal control of Alkai-Surfactant-Polymer flooding, Pages 15-26
- C. Toffanin, S. Del Favero, E.M. Aiello, M. Messori, C. Cobelli, L. Magni, Glucose-insulin model identified in free-living conditions for hypoglycaemia prevention, Pages 27-36
- Mania Navi, Nader Meskin, Mohammadreza Davoodi, Sensor fault detection and isolation of an industrial gas turbine using partial adaptive KPCA, Pages 37-48
- Zehan Zhang, Teng Jiang, Shuanghong Li, Yupu Yang, Automated feature learning for nonlinear process monitoring – An approach using stacked denoising autoencoder and k-nearest neighbor rule, Pages 49-61
- Yue Liu, Zhiqiang Ge, Weighted random forests for fault classification in industrial processes with hierarchical clustering model selection, Pages 62-70
- Falah Alobaid, Start-up improvement of a supplementary-fired large combined-cycle power plant, Pages 71-88
- Bruno Didier Olivier Capron, Darci Odloak, A robust LQR-MPC control strategy with input constraints and control zones, Pages 89-99
- K. Prinz, A. Steinboeck, A. Kugi, Optimization-based feedforward control of the strip thickness profile in hot strip rolling, Pages 100-111
- Jun Shang, Maoyin Chen, Hongquan Ji, Donghua Zhou, Isolating incipient sensor fault based on recursive transformed component statistical analysis, Pages 112-122
- Junhua Zheng, Zhihuan Song, Semisupervised learning for probabilistic partial least squares regression model and soft sensor application, Pages 123-131
- Marc Oliver Wagner, Thomas Meurer, Flatness-based feedforward control design and two-degrees-of-freedom tracking control for semilinear plug flow reactors, Pages 132-140
- J.R. Salvador, T. Alamo, D.R. Ramirez, D. Muñoz de la Peña, Model predictive control of partially fading memory systems with binary inputs, Pages 141-151

Journal of Process Control
Vol. 65
May 2018

- Younghoon Kim, Seoung Bum Kim, Optimal false alarm controlled support vector data description for multivariate process monitoring, Pages 1-14
- Jun-Sheng Wang, Guang-Hong Yang, Data-driven compensation method for sensor drift faults in digital PID systems with unknown dynamics, Pages 15-33
- Chudong Tong, Ting Lan, Xuhua Shi, Yuwei Chen, Statistical process monitoring based on nonlocal and multiple neighborhoods preserving embedding model, Pages 34-40
- Yang Yu, Xiaochuan Luo, Qiang Liu, Model predictive control of a dynamic nonlinear PDE system with application to continuous casting, Pages 41-55
- Zhonggai Zhao, Youqin Wang, Fei Liu, A multi-way LPV modeling method for batch processes, Pages 56-67
- Xuhui Feng, Boris Houska, Real-time algorithm for self-reflective model predictive control, Pages 68-77
- José M. Igreja, Costas Marakkos, João M. Lemos, Finite dimensional models of the hydraulic hammer effect and solar tower control, Pages 78-83
- Xiaoli Luan, Qiang Chen, Pedro Albertos, Fei Liu, Conversion of SISO processes with multiple time-delays to single time-delay processes, Pages 84-90
- Jinlin Zhu, Zhiqiang Ge, Zhihuan Song, Le Zhou, Guangjie Chen, Large-scale plant-wide process modeling and hierarchical monitoring: A distributed Bayesian network approach, Pages 91-106
- Zhiqiang Ge, Distributed predictive modeling framework for prediction and diagnosis of key performance index in plant-wide processes, Pages 107-117

6.9. Contents: Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Contributed by: John Coca,

Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Vol. 71
May 2018

- Wenyu Wang, Jin-Kao Hao, Qinghua Wu, Tabu search with feasible and infeasible searches for equitable coloring, Pages 1-14
- Mehdi Nourbakhsh, Javier Irizarry, John Haymaker, Generalizable surrogate model features to approximate stress in 3D trusses, Pages 15-27
- Kaveh Amouzgar, Sunith Bandaru, Amos H.C. Ng, Radial basis functions with a priori bias as surrogate models:A comparative study, Pages 28-44
- Jagdish Chand Bansal, Pushpa Farswan, Atulya K. Nagar, Design of wind farm layout with non-uniform turbines using fitness difference based BBO, Pages 45-59
- Shuai Liu, Witold Pedrycz, Adam Gacek, Yaping Dai, Development of information granules of higher type and their applications to granular models of time series, Pages 60-72
- Khaoula Tidriri, Teodor Tiplica, Nizar Chatti, Sylvain Verron, A generic framework for decision fusion in Fault Detection and Diagnosis, Pages 73-86
- Harel Yedidsion, Roie Zivan, Alessandro Farinelli, Applying max-sum to teams of mobile sensing agents, Pages 87-99
- Harish Garg, Rishu Arora, Novel scaled prioritized intuitionistic fuzzy soft interaction averaging aggregation operators and their application to multi criteria decision making, Pages 100-112
- Llorenç Burgas, Joaquim Melendez, Joan Colomer, Joaquim Massana, Carles Pous, N-dimensional extension of unfold-PCA for granular systems monitoring, Pages 113-124
- Hossein Azgomi, Mohammad Karim Sohrabi, A game theory based framework for materialized view selection in data warehouses, Pages 125-137
- Miltiadis Alamaniotis, Jino Mathew, Alexander Chroneos, Michael E. Fitzpatrick, Lefteri H. Tsoukalas, Probabilistic kernel machines for predictive monitoring of weld residual stress in energy systems, Pages 138-154
- Andrés Camero, Javier Arellano-Verdejo, Enrique Alba, Road map partitioning for routing by using a micro steady state evolutionary algorithm, Pages 155-165
- Hongbo Zhu, Yan Gao, Yong Hou, Li Tao, Multi-time slots real-time pricing strategy with power fluctuation caused by operating continuity of smart home appliances, Pages 166-174
- Charu Gupta, Amita Jain, Devendra Kumar Tayal, Oscar Castillo, ClusFuDE: Forecasting low dimensional numerical data using an improved method based on automatic clustering, fuzzy relationships and differential evolution, Pages 175-189
- C.L. Yeung, W.M. Wang, C.F. Cheung, Eric Tsui, Rossitza Setchi, Rongbin W.B. Lee, Computational narrative mapping for the acquisition and representation of lessons learned knowledge, Pages 190-209
- Slaheddine Zgarni, Hassen Keskes, Ahmed Braham, Nested SVDD in DAG SVM for induction motor condition monitoring, Pages 210-215
- Fuyuan Xiao, A novel multi-criteria decision making method for assessing health-care waste treatment technologies based on D numbers, Pages 216-225
- Himanshu Mittal, Mukesh Saraswat, An optimum multi-level image thresholding segmentation using non-local means 2D histogram and exponential Kbest gravitational search algorithm, Pages 226-235
- Marzieh Eskandari-Khanghahi, Reza Tavakkoli-Moghaddam, Ata Allah Taleizadeh, Saman Hassanzadeh Amin, Designing and optimizing a sustainable supply chain network for a blood platelet bank under uncertainty, Pages 236-250
- Davor Antanasijević, Jelena Antanasijević, Viktor Pocajt, Prediction of the transition temperature of bent-core liquid crystals using fuzzy “digital thermometer” model based on artificial neural networks, Pages 251-258
- N. Baklouti, A. Abraham, A.M. Alimi, A Beta basis function Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Neural Network for time series applications, Pages 259-274
- Ali Mortazavi, Vedat Toğan, Ayhan Nuhoğlu, Interactive search algorithm: A new hybrid metaheuristic optimization algorithm, Pages 275-292
- Carol Martinez, Carlos Sampedro, Aneesh Chauhan, Jean François Collumeau, Pascual Campoy, The Power Line Inspection Software (PoLIS): A versatile system for automating power line inspection, Pages 293-314

6.10. Contents: ISA Transactions
Contributed by: John Coca,

ISA Transactions
Vol. 75
April 2018

- Ruimei Zhang, Deqiang Zeng, Xinzhi Liu, Shouming Zhong, Qishui Zhong, Improved results on state feedback stabilization for a networked control system with additive time-varying delay components' controller, Pages 1-14
- Zhibao Song, Junyong Zhai, Adaptive output-feedback control for switched stochastic uncertain nonlinear systems with time-varying delay, Pages 15-24
- Yang Li, Hongbin Zhang, Asynchronous L1-gain control of uncertain switched positive linear systems with dwell time, Pages 25-37
- Huihui Ji, He Zhang, Chenlong Li, Tian Senping, Junwei Lu, Yunliang Wei, H∞ control for time-delay systems with randomly occurring nonlinearities subject to sensor saturations, missing measurements and channel fadings, Pages 38-51
- Qunxian Zheng, Hongbin Zhang, Mixed H∞ and passive filtering for switched Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy systems with average dwell time, Pages 52-63
- Changhui Wang, Jinwu Gao, Mei Liang, Identification of look-up tables using gradient algorithm, Pages 64-75
- Weiqi Bai, Hairong Dong, Xiuming Yao, Bin Ning, Robust fault detection for the dynamics of high-speed train with multi-source finite frequency interference, Pages 76-87
- Xiangwei Bu, Guangjun He, Ke Wang, Tracking control of air-breathing hypersonic vehicles with non-affine dynamics via improved neural back-stepping design, Pages 88-100
- Mengli Xiao, Yongbo Zhang, Zhihua Wang, Huimin Fu, An adaptive three-stage extended Kalman filter for nonlinear discrete-time system in presence of unknown inputs, Pages 101-117
- Huiliao Yang, Bin Jiang, Hao Yang, Hugh H.T. Liu, Synchronization of multiple 3-DOF helicopters under actuator faults and saturations with prescribed performance, Pages 118-126
- Quanyi Liang, Lei Wang, Qiqi Hao, Zhikun She, Synchronization of heterogeneous linear networks with distinct inner coupling matrices, Pages 127-136
- Yong Ma, Mengqi Hu, Xinping Yan, Multi-objective path planning for unmanned surface vehicle with currents effects, Pages 137-156
- J. Sánchez, M. Guinaldo, A. Visioli, S. Dormido, Identification of process transfer function parameters in event-based PI control loops, Pages 157-171
- Yuanlong Xie, Xiaoqi Tang, Bao Song, Xiangdong Zhou, Yixuan Guo, Data-driven adaptive fractional order PI control for PMSM servo system with measurement noise and data dropouts, Pages 172-188
- Prakash Dwivedi, Sandeep Pandey, A.S. Junghare, Robust and novel two degree of freedom fractional controller based on two-loop topology for inverted pendulum, Pages 189-206
- Kenneth Renny Simba, Ba Dinh Bui, Mathew Renny Msukwa, Naoki Uchiyama, Robust iterative learning contouring controller with disturbance observer for machine tool feed drives, Pages 207-215
- Donya Ashtiani Haghighi, Saleh Mobayen, Design of an adaptive super-twisting decoupled terminal sliding mode control scheme for a class of fourth-order systems, Pages 216-225
- Lu Liu, Siyuan Tian, Dingyu Xue, Tao Zhang, YangQuan Chen, Continuous fractional-order Zero Phase Error Tracking Control, Pages 226-235
- Chung Duc Tran, Rosdiazli Ibrahim, Vijanth Sagayan Asirvadam, Nordin Saad, Hassan Sabo Miya, Internal model control for industrial wireless plant using WirelessHART hardware-in-the-loop simulator, Pages 236-246
- Ming Ren, Bo Song, Tianxin Zhuang, Shujing Yang, Optical partial discharge diagnostic in SF6 gas insulated system via multi-spectral detection, Pages 247-257

ISA Transactions
Vol. 76
May 2018

- Mehran Mazandarani, Naser Pariz, Sub-optimal control of fuzzy linear dynamical systems under granular differentiability concept, Pages 1-17
- Xiao-Lei Wang, Guang-Hong Yang, Event-triggered fault detection for discrete-time T-S fuzzy systems, Pages 18-30
- Komal, Reliability analysis of a phaser measurement unit using a generalized fuzzy lambda-tau(GFLT) technique, Pages 31-42
- Zhen Tian, Jingqi Yuan, Xiang Zhang, Lei Kong, Jingcheng Wang, Modeling and sliding mode predictive control of the ultra-supercritical boiler-turbine system with uncertainties and input constraints, Pages 43-56
- Zhen Ruan, Wu-Hua Chen, Xiaomei Lu, Dual-stage periodic event-triggered output-feedback control for linear systems, Pages 57-66
- Onder Tutsoy, Duygun Erol Barkana, Harun Tugal, Design of a completely model free adaptive control in the presence of parametric, non-parametric uncertainties and random control signal delay, Pages 67-77
- Bao-Ran An, Guo-Ping Liu, Chong Tan, Group consensus control for networked multi-agent systems with communication delays, Pages 78-87
- Lei Deng, Guoqi Li, Jing Pei, Jiangshuai Huang, L0 norm constraint based external control source allocation for the minimum cost control of directed networks, Pages 88-96
- Mengli Xiao, Yongbo Zhang, Huimin Fu, Zhihua Wang, Nonlinear unbiased minimum-variance filter for Mars entry autonomous navigation under large uncertainties and unknown measurement bias, Pages 97-109
- Aprajita Salgotra, Somnath Pan, Model based PI power system stabilizer design for damping low frequency oscillations in power systems, Pages 110-121
- Ahmadreza Jenabzadeh, Behrouz Safarinejadian, Tracking control of nonholonomic mobile agents with external disturbances and input delay, Pages 122-133
- Zewei Zheng, Mir Feroskhan, Liang Sun, Adaptive fixed-time trajectory tracking control of a stratospheric airship, Pages 134-144
- Tomasz Klopot, Piotr Skupin, Mieczyslaw Metzger, Patryk Grelewicz, Tuning strategy for dynamic matrix control with reduced horizons, Pages 145-154
- A. Cuenca, J. Alcaina, J. Salt, V. Casanova, R. Pizá, A packet-based dual-rate PID control strategy for a slow-rate sensing Networked Control System, Pages 155-166
- Isuru A. Udugama, M.T. Munir, Rob Kirkpatrick, Brent R. Young, Wei Yu, Side draw control design for a high purity multi-component distillation column, Pages 167-177
- Hui Li, Fuli Wang, Hongru Li, Abnormal condition identification and safe control scheme for the electro-fused magnesia smelting process, Pages 178-187
- S. Kapil Arasu, J. Prakash, Experimental validation of predictor-corrector approach based control schemes on the laboratory scale non-linear system, Pages 188-196
- Nailu Li, Anle Mu, Xiyun Yang, Kaman T. Magar, Chao Liu, A novel composite adaptive flap controller design by a high-efficient modified differential evolution identification approach, Pages 197-215
- Miaomiao Ma, Liyang Shao, Xiangjie Liu, Coordinated control of micro-grid based on distributed moving horizon control, Pages 216-223
- Nan-Chyuan Tsai, Chi-Ting Yeh, Hsin-Lin Chiu, Linear magnetic clutch to automatically control torque output, Pages 224-234
- Mohamad Bahrami, Mahyar Naraghi, Mohammad Zareinejad, Adaptive super-twisting observer for fault reconstruction in electro-hydraulic systems, Pages 235-245
- Tomislav Matić, Ivan Aleksi, Željko Hocenski, Dieter Kraus, Real-time biscuit tile image segmentation method based on edge detection, Pages 246-254

6.11. Contents: Journal of the Franklin Institute
Contributed by: John Coca,

Journal of the Franklin Institute
Vol. 355, Iss. 7
May 2018

- Jediael Machín Almeida, Alexander G. Loukianov, José M. Cañedo Castañeda, Jorge Rivera Dominguez, Robust sensorless observer-based adaptive sliding modes control of synchronous motors, Pages 3221-3248
- Kai Wang, Junghui Chen, Zhihuan Song, Fault diagnosis for processes with feedback control loops by shifted output sampling approach, Pages 3249-3273
- Xinwei Wang, Chao Han, Yuanjin Yu, Zhaohua Yang, A modified adaptive backstepping method for shaft deflection tracking control of magnetically suspended momentum wheel with nonlinear magnetic torque, Pages 3274-3287
- Rui Wang, Jinkun Liu, Trajectory tracking control of a 6-DOF quadrotor UAV with input saturation via backstepping, Pages 3288-3309
- Baolong Zhu, Mingliang Suo, Ying Chen, Zhiping Zhang, Shunli Li, Mixed H∞ and passivity control for a class of stochastic nonlinear sampled-data systems, Pages 3310-3329
- Yueyang Li, Hamid Reza Karimi, Choon Ki Ahn, Yuan Xu, Dong Zhao, Optimal residual generation for fault detection in linear discrete time-varying systems with uncertain observations, Pages 3330-3353
- K. Langueh, G. Zheng, T. Floquet, Impulsive fixed-time observer for linear time-delay systems, Pages 3354-3366
- A. Yu. Aleksandrov, E.B. Aleksandrova, Delay-independent stability conditions for a class of nonlinear difference systems, Pages 3367-3380
- Feiyan Chen, Feng Ding, Ling Xu, Tasawar Hayat, Data filtering based maximum likelihood extended gradient method for multivariable systems with autoregressive moving average noise, Pages 3381-3398

Journal of the Franklin Institute
Vol. 355, Iss. 8
May 2018

- Javier A. Gallegos, Manuel A. Duarte-Mermoud, Rafael Castro-Linares, Mixed order robust adaptive control for general linear time invariant systems, Pages 3399-3422
- Yueyuan Zhang, Cheng-Chew Lim, Fei Liu, Robust mixed H2/H∞ model predictive control for Markov jump systems with partially uncertain transition probabilities, Pages 3423-3437
- Zhiguo Yan, Yunxia Song, Ju H. Park, Quantitative mean square exponential stability and stabilization of stochastic systems with Markovian switching, Pages 3438-3454
- Ernesto Aranda-Escolástico, Carlos Rodríguez, María Guinaldo, José Luis Guzmán, Sebastián Dormido, Asynchronous periodic event-triggered control with dynamical controllers, Pages 3455-3469
- Bailing Tian, Hanchen Lu, Zongyu Zuo, Qun Zong, Multivariable uniform finite-time output feedback reentry attitude control for RLV with mismatched disturbance, Pages 3470-3487
- Damiano Rotondo, Tor Arne Johansen, Analysis and design of quadratic parameter varying (QPV) control systems with polytopic attractive region, Pages 3488-3507
- Xiaohang Li, Hamid Reza Karimi, Yueying Wang, Dunke Lu, Shenghui Guo, Robust fault estimation and fault-tolerant control for Markovian jump systems with general uncertain transition rates, Pages 3508-3540
- Tito L.M. Santos, Taniel S. Franklin, Enhanced Finite Spectrum Assignment with disturbance compensation for LTI systems with input delay, Pages 3541-3566
- Yun Ho Choi, Sung Jin Yoo, Robust event-driven tracking control with preassigned performance for uncertain input-quantized nonlinear pure-feedback systems, Pages 3567-3582
- Jason Sheng-Hong Tsai, Hsuan-Han Wang, Shu-Mei Guo, Leang-San Shieh, Jose I. Canelon, A case study on the universal compensation-improvement mechanism: A robust PID filter-shaped optimal PI tracker for systems with/without disturbances, Pages 3583-3618
- Syed Imranul Islam, Cheng-Chew Lim, Peng Shi, Functional observer based controller for stabilizing Takagi–Sugeno fuzzy systems with time-delays, Pages 3619-3640
- Jian Han, Dong Shen, Chiang-Ju Chien, Terminal iterative learning control for discrete-time nonlinear systems based on neural networks, Pages 3641-3658
- Weimin Chen, Qian Ma, Baoyong Zhang, State estimation of neutral Markovian jump systems: A relaxed L–K functional approach, Pages 3659-3676
- Xian-He Zhang, Guang-Song Han, Zhi-Hong Guan, Juan Li, Ding-Xue Zhang, Rui-Quan Liao, Robust multi-tracking of heterogeneous multi-agent systems with uncertain nonlinearities and disturbances, Pages 3677-3690
- K. Sivaranjani, R. Rakkiyappan, Young Hoon Joo, Event triggered reliable synchronization of semi-Markovian jumping complex dynamical networks via generalized integral inequalities, Pages 3691-3716
- Shaoyan Guo, Lipo Mo, Yongguang Yu, Mean-square consensus of heterogeneous multi-agent systems with communication noises, Pages 3717-3736
- Feng Ding, Huibo Chen, Ling Xu, Jiyang Dai, Qishen Li, Tasawar Hayat, A hierarchical least squares identification algorithm for Hammerstein nonlinear systems using the key term separation, Pages 3737-3752
- Najmeh Daroogheh, Nader Meskin, Khashayar Khorasani, An improved particle filtering-based approach for health prediction and prognosis of nonlinear systems, Pages 3753-3794
- Ming Yin, Zongze Wu, Deyu Zeng, Panshuo Li, Shengli Xie, Sparse subspace clustering with jointly learning representation and affinity matrix, Pages 3795-3811
- Zhi Li, Sihai Guan, Diffusion normalized Huber adaptive filtering algorithm, Pages 3812-3825
- Tai-Fang Li, Jun Fu, A correction to “Event-triggered control of switched linear systems”, Pages 3826-3827

6.12. Contents: IFAC Journal of Systems and Control
Contributed by: John Coca,

IFAC Journal of Systems and Control
Vol. 1
September 2017

- Robert R. Bitmead, A timely emergence, Page 1
- Brian D.O. Anderson, Zhiyong Sun, Toshiharu Sugie, Shun-ichi Azuma, Kazunori Sakurama, Formation shape control with distance and area constraints, Pages 2-12
- A.M. de Oliveira, O.L.V. Costa, H∞-filtering for Markov jump linear systems with partial information on the jump parameter, Pages 13-23
- Mohammed-Tahar Laraba, Sorin Olaru, Silviu-Iulian Niculescu, Analysis of PWA control of discrete-time linear dynamics in the presence of variable input delay, Pages 24-36
- Nicolás Faedo, Sébastien Olaya, John V. Ringwood, Optimal control, MPC and MPC-like algorithms for wave energy systems: An overview, Pages 37-56

IFAC Journal of Systems and Control
Vol. 2
December 2017

- Hildo Bijl, Thomas B. Schön, Jan-Willem van Wingerden, Michel Verhaegen, System identification through online sparse Gaussian process regression with input noise, Pages 1-11
- Andreas Hansen, Yutong Li, J. Karl Hedrick, Invariant sliding domains for constrained linear receding horizon tracking control, Pages 12-17
- Gopal Krishna Kamath, Krishna Jagannathan, Gaurav Raina, The modified optimal velocity model: stability analyses and design guidelines, Pages 18-32

IFAC Journal of Systems and Control
Vol. 3
March 2018
- Ai Hui Tan, Impulse response estimation of massive multi-input systems, Pages 1-9
- Philipp Braun, Timm Faulwasser, Lars Grüne, Christopher M. Kellett, Steven R. Weller, Karl Worthmann, Hierarchical distributed ADMM for predictive control with applications in power networks, Pages 10-22
- Diego Eckhard, Lucíola Campestrini, Emerson Christ Boeira, Virtual disturbance feedback tuning, Pages 23-29
- Chandrashekhar M. Sakode, Radhakant Padhi, Nonlinear impulsive optimal control synthesis with optimal impulse timing: A pseudo-spectral approach, Pages 30-40

6.13. Contents: IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information
Contributed by: Charis Edworthy,

IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information 35:01

The Table of Contents below can be viewed at:

- Hongji Tang, Xiaomei Zhang, Hong Zhu, and Jing Lv, Quantized feedback control for time-delay systems via sliding mode observers,
- Akbar Zada, Tongxing Li, Muhammad Arif, and Dhaou Lassoued, Criteria for the exponential stability of linear evolution difference equations,
- Lijun Pan and Jinde Cao, Synchronization for coupled networks with Markov switching: ergodicity and M-matrix method,
- Ruixia Liu, Ming Liu, Zhaowei Sun, and Jicheng Ding, Impulse variance control for spacecraft autonomous rendezvous with an observer-based approach,
- A. Khazari, A. Boutoulout, and F. Z. El Alaoui, Regional boundary gradient observability of semilinear hyperbolic systems via HUM approach,
- Hongxia Li, Junmin Li, Xiaojun Zhu, Haibin Wu, and Zhongxue Gan, Distributed adaptive consensus of heterogeneous multi-agent systems with unknown coupling weights,
- G. M. Bahaa, Fractional optimal control problem for variational inequalities with control constraints,
- Khosro Sayevand and Mohammadreza Rostami, Fractional optimal control problems: optimality conditions and numerical solution,
- Efredy Delgado-Aguilera, Manuel A Duarte-Mermoud, and Norelys Aguila-Camacho, Adaptive synchronization of Lorenz systems using a reduced number of control signals and parameters without knowing bounds on system parameters and trajectories,
- Xiuyan Zhang, Murat Uzam, Zhiwu Li, and Naiqi Wu, On the synthesis of liveness-enforcing supervisors for flexible manufacturing systems using global idle places,
- Hamid Reza Marzban and Sayyed Mohammad Hoseini, Optimal control of linear multi-delay systems with piecewise constant delays,
- Soumya Ranjan Sahoo, Soumya Prakash Sahoo, Amit Jena, and K. C. Pati, Optimal control on Schrödinger Lie group and the behaviour of the dynamics,
- Maryam Kazerooni, Alireza Khayatian, and Aliakbar Safavi, Fault estimation for a class of interconnected non-linear systems with time-varying delay using robust adaptive unknown input observers,
- Chaker Jammazi and Azgal Abichou, Controllability of linearized systems implies local finite-time stabilizability: applications to finite-time attitude control,
- Zijia Li, Josef Schicho, and Hans-Peter Schröcker, A survey on the theory of bonds,
- V. Vijayakumar, Approximate controllability results for abstract neutral integro-differential inclusions with infinite delay in Hilbert spaces,
- Said Boulite, Said Hadd, and Rachid Saij, Error feedback regulation problem for regular linear systems,

6.14. Contents: International Journal of Control
Contributed by: Bing Chu,

International Journal of Control
Volume 91, Issue 5, 2018

- Optimal motion planning using navigation measure, Umesh Vaidya, pages: 989-998
- Smith predictor-based multiple periodic disturbance compensation for long dead-time processes, Fang Tan, Han-Xiong Li & Ping Shen, pages: 999-1010
- A new formation control of multiple underactuated surface vessels, Wenjing Xie, Baoli Ma, Tyrone Fernando & Herbert Ho-Ching Iu, pages: 1011-1022
- Controllability of multi-agent systems with periodically switching topologies and switching leaders, Lingling Tian, Bin Zhao & Long Wang, pages: 1023-1033
- A hybrid approach to parameter identification of linear delay differential equations involving multiple delays, Hamid Reza Marzban, pages: 1034-1052
- Prescribed performance distributed consensus control for nonlinear multi-agent systems with unknown dead-zone input, Guozeng Cui, Shengyuan Xu, Qian Ma, Yongmin Li & Zhengqiang Zhang, pages: 1053-1065
- Flocking with connectivity preservation for disturbed nonlinear multi-agent systems by output feedback, Ping Li, Baoyong Zhang, Qian Ma, Shengyuan Xu, Weimin Chen & Zhengqiang Zhang, pages: 1066-1075
- Sampled-data chain-observer design for a class of delayed nonlinear systems, M. Kahelras, T. Ahmed-Ali, F. Giri & F. Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, pages: 1076-1090
- Boundary control for a constrained two-link rigid–flexible manipulator with prescribed performance, Fangfei Cao & Jinkun Liu, pages: 1091-1103
- Modelling and strategy optimisation for a kind of networked evolutionary games with memories under the bankruptcy mechanism, Shihua Fu, Haitao Li & Guodong Zhao, pages: 1104-1117
- Grey-box state-space identification of nonlinear mechanical vibrations, J. P. Noël & J. Schoukens, pages: 1118-1139
- Adaptive control of a quadrotor aerial vehicle with input constraints and uncertain parameters, Trong-Toan Tran, Shuzhi Sam Ge & Wei He, pages: 1140-1160
- Almost output regulation of LFT systems via gain-scheduling control, Chengzhi Yuan, Chang Duan & Fen Wu, pages: 1161-1170
- Finite time state and disturbance estimation for robust performance of motion control systems using sliding modes, Bhagyashri Tamhane & Shailaja Kurode, pages: 1171-1182
- Robust pinning control of heterogeneous complex networks with jointly connected topologies and time-varying parametric uncertainty, Sabato Manfredi, pages: 1183-1194
- A set-theoretic model reference adaptive control architecture for disturbance rejection and uncertainty suppression with strict performance guarantees, Ehsan Arabi, Benjamin C. Gruenwald, Tansel Yucelen & Nhan T. Nguyen, pages: 1195-1208
- An event-triggered control approach for the leader-tracking problem with heterogeneous agents, Eloy Garcia, Yongcan Cao & David W. Casbeer, pages: 1209-1221

6.15. Contents: Evolutions Equations and Control Theory
Contributed by: Irena Lasiecka,

New Issue of Evolutions Equations and Control Theory (EECT)
Volume 7, Issue 1,
March 2018

6.16. CFP: European Journal of Control
Contributed by: Heng Zhang,

CFP: European Journal of Control Special Issue on Advanced Control Theory and Applications for Next-Generation Engineered Systems

Recent years has witnessed great advances and in‐depth integration of modern control, communication, and computing technologies. They have prompted the born of nextgeneration engineered systems, including networked cyber‐physical systems, Internet of Things, smart power grids, artificial intelligence robots, intelligent transportation systems, and smart buildings, etc. It is well recognized that the next‐generation engineered systems have brought great benefits for humanʹs manufacture and life. However, their multi‐device composition, heterogeneous architecture, complex connection and interaction mechanisms, and limited resources, indeed pose substantial design and operation challenges. It is obvious that constructing the model of system evolution should jointly consider the objectives of system control, as well as limited resources. In our control and automation society, an intractable problem is how to jointly design decentralized/distributed cooperative control policies, and resource‐efficient allocation approaches to achieve the best operation performances, e.g., stability, robustness, and efficiency.

Since existing data transmission for remote state estimation and control in the nextgeneration engineered systems relies on wireless technologies, adversaries can illegally invade the system at remote side, secretly steal the sensitive information or malicious manipulate the control system to an abnormal state. It is reported that a great number of potential security breaches have been found in industrial control systems. For example, if the security breaches are malevolently used to destroy the smart grid by the attackers, power stations may work disorderly or cannot generate electricity. Different from traditional cyber attacks which only destroy the cyber layer, new emerging attacks can adopt both cyber and physical approaches to disrupt the operation of systems. Thus, from perspective of system control, it is crucial to design proper secure control methodologies to actively defend cyber‐physical attacks.

Besides, it is still difficult to apply the existing control theory to practice. Most of the theoretical verification work is accomplished by computer simulations. It is clear that there exists a huge gap between the simulation platform and the practical environment. Thus, the simulations cannot perfectly imitate the running of engineered systems under operation designed theory. More practical platforms and testbeds are desired to fill the gap between the theoretical results and the practical applications.

In general, traditional control technologies have remarkably improved the system performances. However, due to the integration and interaction of cyber space and physical world in the next‐generation engineered systems, it is required to explore new control methods to integrally operate the systems to achieve the higher requirements.

Recently, the researches on control theory and applications for next‐generation engineered systems are becoming critical and urgent and have drawn increasing attention from both academia and industry. They have been included as either specific technical sessions or important topics in top conferences, such as IEEE CDC, ECC, ACC, and IFAC World Congress. There are also several journal special issues/sections on control theory and applications for next‐generation engineered systems ‐‐‐“Sliding Mode Control and Observation for Complex Industrial Systems”, “New Technique Trends for Power Converters in Distributed Power Generation Systems” in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, “Smart Agents and Cyber‐Physical Systems for Future Industrial Systems” in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and“Secure Control of Cyber Physical Systems” in IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. Note that, the former three special issues/sections are interested in system design for specific industrial systems, while the latter mainly focuses on secure control of CPSs. Unlike them, we emphasize on advanced control theory and applications for next‐generation engineered systems.

The advanced control theory and applications for next‐generation engineered systems is a hot research topic in European Journal of Control. Since January 2015, the journal has published about 30 papers on this topic. However, there is no special issue in European Journal of Control specified to this topic. Thus, it is important and timely to launch a special issue to highlight the importance of advanced control theory for the nextgeneration engineered systems and to link the practical challenges and requirements with the most recent theoretical and technical advances in this area. We also believe that this special issue will attract the attention of a large audience including researchers and developers from control, automation, robotics, and industrial communities.


This special issue will seek latest significant contributions on advanced control theory and applications for next‐generation engineered systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Modeling of next‐generation engineered systems
- System stability and performance analysis
- Decentralized/distributed control for next‐generation engineered systems
- Resilient/secure feedback controller design
- Data‐driven/event‐driven control for next‐generation engineered systems
- Robust control for next‐generation engineered systems
- Fault tolerant control for next‐generation engineered systems
- Switching control strategy for next‐generation engineered systems
- Resource allocations/optimization for next‐generation engineered systems
- Intelligent autonomous control for next‐generation engineered systems
- Experiments, platforms and applications for next‐generation engineered systems


Full paper submission deadline: June 30, 2018
First notification: August 31, 2018
Final notification: October 31, 2018
Final paper due: November 30, 2018
Publication date (tentative): March, 2019

Guest Editors:

Dr. Heng Zhang, School of Computing, Engineering & Math, University of
Western Sydney, Australia, Email:

Dr. Yanzheng Zhu, Security Control Research Center, Shandong University of
Science and Technology, China, Email:

Prof. Michael V. Basin, Department of Physical and Mathematical Sciences,
Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Email:

Dr. Dawei Shi, John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences,
Harvard University, United States, Email:

Prof. Zhengtao Ding, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering,
University of Manchester, UK, Email:

7. Conferences

7.1. Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing
Contributed by: Peggy Wells,

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

Call for Papers: Submission Deadline: July 9, 2018
Manuscripts can be submitted from June 15-July 9, 2018 with the submission deadline of July 9th being firm. Please follow the instructions at


JULY 9 — Submission Deadline
AUGUST 6 — Acceptance Date Authors will be notified of acceptance via email by August 6, 2018, at which time they will also be sent detailed instructions for the preparation of their papers for the Conference Proceedings.
AFTER AUGUST 6 — Registration Opens
OCTOBER 2 — Opening Tutorial Lectures given by Paulo Tabuada and Joao Hespanha at the Coordinated Science Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
OCTOBER 3-5 — Conference Sessions at the University of Illinois Allerton Park & Retreat Center. The Allerton House is located 26 miles southwest of the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois in a wooded area on the Sangamon River. It is part of the 1,500 acre Robert Allerton Park, a complex of natural and man-made beauty designated as a National natural landmark. Allerton Park has 20 miles of well-maintained trails and a living gallery of formal gardens, studded with sculptures collected from around the world.
PLENARY SPEAKER — A. Stephen Morse, Dudley Professor of Electrical Engineering at Yale University
OCTOBER 7 — Final Paper Deadline Final versions of papers that are presented at the conference must be submitted electronically in order to appear in the Conference Proceedings and IEEE Xplore.

7.2. International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems
Contributed by: Zee Yeon Lee,

2018 18th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2018)
October 17~20, 2018YongPyong Resort, PyeongChang, GangWon Province, Korea

Call for Papers:

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.

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

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


Indexed in: IEEE Xplore, EI compendex, and SCOPUS

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

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

General Chair: Chul Joo Hwang (President of ICROS; Jusung Engineering, Korea)
Organizing Chair: Sungwan Kim (Seoul Nat’l Univ., Korea)
Program Chair: Jung Kim (KAIST, Korea)Organized by Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems (ICROS)

7.3. International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing
Contributed by: Marian Barbu,

22nd International Conference on System Theory, Control and Computing - ICSTCC 2018
October 10-12, 2018, Sinaia, Romania

ICSTCC 2018 aims at bringing together under a unique forum, scientists from Academia and Industry, to discuss the state of the art and the new trends in System Theory, Control and Computer Engineering, promoting professional interactions and fellowship.

ICSTCC 2018 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Control Systems Society.
In accordance with the Letter of Acquisition signed with IEEE, the Proceedings of ICSTCC 2018 will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore Digital Library. The Proceedings will also be submitted for indexing in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (formerly ISI Proceedings).

ICSTCC 2018 conference will be hosted by the beautiful International Center for Conferences – CASINO Sinaia. Sinaia is one of the most famous and oldest mountain tourist resorts in Romania, known as “The Carpathian Pearl”. It is best known for being the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. We are planning a number of field trips: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and Peles Castle.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Alberto BEMPORAD - Recent Advances in Embedded Model Predictive Control
Gildas BESANCON - Some 'exciting' issues in the problem of observer design
Emilia FRIDMAN - Sampled-data and Networked Control Systems: A Time-Delay Approach
Ion NECOARA - Optimization in control: recent advances and challenges
Dorothee NORMAND-CYROT - Nonlinear digital Lyapunov based stabilizing control
Sigurd SKOGESTAD - The BigPicture: Economic plantwide control for complete processing plants

Important dates:
- April 27, 2018: Invited Session proposal submission
- May 4, 2018: Initial paper submission
- June 29, 2018: Notification of acceptance
- July 27, 2018: Final submission and registration payment

The main areas of interest are: Automation and Robotics; Computer Science and Engineering; Electronics and Instrumentation

All papers should be submitted via the online submission system at

For further information please contact the organizing committee at:

7.4. IFAC Conference on Cyber-Physical & Human Systems
Contributed by: Yue Wang,

The 2nd IFAC Conference on Cyber-Physical & Human Systems
December 14-15, 2018, Miami, USA

Submission Deadline: April 23, 2018
Acceptance notification: September 1, 2018
Final Submission Deadline: October 1, 2018

The field of Cyber-Physical Systems has evolved due to the growing intersection of controls, communications, networks and computing with domain expertise in biology, chemistry, aerospace, electrical, or mechanical engineering and applications including transportation in ground, air, water, and space, energy, robotics, healthcare, and manufacturing. The relationship between CPS and humans is of late of increasing interest, with roles of humans in technical systems becoming more complex, beyond users and consumers, as active agents, operators, decision-makers and enablers of efficient and resilient infrastructures. This relationship and its underpinnings not only in engineering and physical and computational sciences, but also in social, behavioral and economic sciences needs to be explored in all its breadth and depth, and forms the focus of this conference series on Cyber-Physical & Human Systems (CPHS).

The second IFAC conference on CPHS is intended to bring together researchers and practitioners in related fields from academia and industry to share revolutionary advances and explore a deeper understanding of the interactions between cyber-physical systems & humans. We are interested not only in the potential impact of control systems, open and new solutions, or new theoretical developments to recent challenges, as well as the study of ethics, public policies and negative impacts that need to be considered and avoided by suitable actions.

The aim of CPHS 2018 is to follow the success of CPHS 2016 and H-CPS-I in 2014 through multidisciplinary exchanges. Indeed, we believe that removing the barriers between the different disciplines and application domains is essential to identify new open problems and to discuss the actual challenges to be overcome by scientific investigation.

To achieve this goal, we invite submissions in the following categories:
• Full conference papers (6-8 pages) addressing topics of interest, to be carefully reviewed, presented at the conference (if accepted). The conference program will only include papers selected on the highest standard by the IPC, according to the IFAC guidelines, and published in open access in partnership with Elsevier in the IFAC-PapersOnline series, hosted on the ScienceDirect platform
• Extended abstracts (a minimum of 500 words) addressing topics of interest, subject to the same review process as full papers, and invited to present at the conference (if accepted). Abstracts will be included on the conference “preprints” (USB drive) but not published on-line.
• Invited sessions, consisting of 6 full papers and/or short abstracts, to fill a two-hour block
• Accepted papers will be presented in oral or poster format.
• Special sessions, such as panel sessions, to be presented over lunch or in the early evening (approximately 60-90 minutes)
Tutorials and/or workshops, a half-day or full-day event either before or after the conference (please contact the organizers for guidance and details)

All authors should refer to the Preprints, Proceedings and Copyright Conditions prior to submitting their papers/abstracts. We encourage submissions on human-centered technologies in a wide-range of applications including transportation (ground, air, and space), energy, robotics, manufacturing, and health-care. Example of topics include the following:

1. Human-Machine Symbiosis
o Control of smart prosthetics
o Neurostimulation
o Exoskeletons
o Biomedical implants
o Augmented Human
2. Humans as supervisors/operators of complex engineering systems
o Aircraft control, Human-Machine interaction in aircraft
o Automotive cooperated control (ADAS, etc)
o Process plant operation
o Robotic surgery
o Spacecraft control
o Control in hazardous environments
o Automated or semi-automated trains
o Remote operation of robotic teams e.g. in rescue scenarios
3. Humans as agents in multi-agent systems - Intelligent road transportation
o Next-generation air traffic management
o Flexible manufacturing
o Assistive robotics
o Smart Grid and Demand Response
o Urban mobility
4. Humans as elements in controlled systems - Comfort control in homes
o Smart cities
o Rescue robotics
o Assistive devices
o Smart infrastructure
o Connected buildings
5. General CPHS topics
o Semiautonomous and mixed-initiative systems
o Shared control
o Cognitive control
o Decision-support for human operators
o Recent theoretical developments impacting the open problems
o Ethics, public policy, and regulatory issues
o Potential impact and open problems

Operating Committee
General Chair Anuradha Annaswamy, MIT, USA
General Chair Dawn Tilbury, UMichigan, USA
Program Chair Sandra Hirche, TU Muenchen, Germany
Vice Chair, Invited Sessions Goldie Nejat, UToronto, Canada
Vice Chair, Industry Tariq Samad, UMinnesota, USA
Editor Berenice Mettler, ICSI, Berkeley, USA
Finance Chair Rifat Sipahi, Northeastern University, USA
Publicity Chair Yue Wang, Clemson University, USA
Registration Chair Yildiray Yildiz, Bilkent University, Turkey
Local Arrangements Chair Tansel Yucelen, Univ. South Florida, USA
Special Sessions Chair Neera Jain, Purdue University, USA
Advisory Board Mariana Netto, IFSTTAR, France
Advisory Board Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, CNRS, University of Paris-Saclay, France
Advisory Board Pramod Khargonekar, UC Irvine, USA

7.5. International Conference on the Internet of Things
Contributed by: Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis,

Call for Papers
8th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2018) Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Conference Chairs
Krzysztof Janowicz (UCSB)
Werner Kuhn (UCSB)

Program Chairs
Federica Cena (University of Torino)
Armin Haller (Australian National University)
Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis (Virginia Tech)

Driven by connected low-cost sensing and actuation and the large host of scientifically and economically relevant application scenarios that they enable, the Internet of Things has become a central research area with a broad reach across many fields in information technology and adjacent domains. The vision for the Internet of Things has always been the creation of complex interacting systems that allow for seamless information exchange between physical and digital objects. Thanks to the wide availability of smartphones, not only companies but also consumers are part of this networked world. This interconnectivity together with large-scale data processing, machine learning, robotics, and new fabrication techniques leads to a transfer of innovation and business patterns from the digital space into the physical world — indicating that we are at the brink of another industrial revolution.

The International Conference on Internet of Things (IoT) has become the premier gathering place where visionary, ground-breaking research in the IoT field meets leading industry experts. Since its beginnings in the year 2008, IoT has been backed by strong support from leading academic institutions as well as industry and we are happy to announce its eight iteration will take place from October 15-18th 2018 in Santa Barbara, CA, USA.

Topics of Interest

IoT 2018 solicits original, high impact research papers on all topics related to the development and social adoption of the Internet of Things – topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Architectures for IoT
- Internet of Things Architecture: Novel information architecture design on field, edge, and cloud devices; object access and networking technology; investigation of technologies that support the mobility of functions and executions across system entities.
- Web Technologies for the IoT: Web-based discovery, search, and service composition to facilitate interactions between devices on the IoT and with users.
- Integration of Physical and Virtual Artifacts and Events: Advanced object identification, classification, and localization
- Description and Discovery of IoT devices, including mobile and moving devices: Ontologies and data models for the description and discovery of mobile systems and applications, including autonomous systems and wearable, urban or sensory computing devices.

Human-Object Interactions (HOI)
- IoT Interactions: Novel methods and techniques for seamless human-to-object interactions, including Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality interactions, Tangible and Gestural Interfaces.
- Novel affordances for IoT and Smart Objects: design of novel affordance for IoT-based smart objects

Object-Object Interactions (OOI)
- Interoperability of IoT Systems: Service discovery and composition, synchronization in distributed systems, overcoming siloization of IoT systems, semantic data description frameworks.
- Object-objects Interactions: methods and protocols for co-operations and coordination among objects, social internet of things, trust among objects

Privacy/security in IoT
- Social Acceptance of IoT Systems: Data security, authentication and authorization. Privacy protection, data sharing technologies (incl. blockchain technology), tampering protection and detection in IoT systems.
- Privacy/Security/Real-Time Fault Correction: Ensure privacy across integrated and wireless IoT systems while also being resilient to attackers.

IoT applications
- Real World Applications of IoT technology: Evaluation of challenges of real world deployments of Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet, and GS1 implementations, including planned deployments (e.g., in advanced Manufacturing and Logistics).
- Physical World Event Processing and Understanding: Novel data collection, deep learning, reality mining, and prediction methods based on physical world observations. This might include real-time decision making, event processing, and extracting information from large datasets.
- Internet of Things and implications for user modeling: holistic user model based on IoT-enabled data gathering, novel personalized intelligent services and applications based on user model

Submission Information

Papers have to be submitted via the EasyChair ( conference system, must be written in English and contain original material that has not been published or is currently undergoing review elsewhere. Papers should not exceed 8 pages, including figures and references. The paper layout should follow the SIGCHI Conference format. Papers are peer-reviewed by a committee of experts in the IoT field and selected based on technical novelty, integrity of the analysis, and practical relevance and impact. Accepted papers will be listed on DBLP and published via the ACM Digital Library. Cases of plagiarism or multiple submissions will be subject to disciplinary action as per ACM rules and regulations, and no-shows at the conference will result in an exclusion from the ACM Digital Library.

Important Dates
- Paper Submission: June 7, 2018
- Acceptance notice: July 9, 2018
- Camera-Ready Submission: July 23, 2018
- Early Bird Registration deadline: September 7, 2018

7.6. IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
Contributed by: Alessandro Abate,

ADHS 2018 Call for Papers
The 6th IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems
Oxford University, UK, July 11-13, 2018.

* Official Program: Early May, 2018

* Accepted papers:

* Keynote Speakers: Erika Abraham, Calin Belta, and Raphael Jungers

The Organising Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 6th IFAC Conference on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS 18) to be held at Oxford University, UK, July 11-13, 2018.

ADHS 2018 will be held at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.

ADHS will be hosted within FLOC 2018 ( and will precede CAV 2018 ( The conference happens under the auspices of IFAC and is sponsored by the IFAC Technical Committee on Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems.

ADHS 2018 will host the ARCH workshop on Friday 13, 2018 —

Student bursaries are available (check the conference website in due time).

7.7. Biennial International Conference on Powertrain Modelling and Control Testing, Mapping and Calibration
Contributed by: Kambiz Ebrahimi,

Call for Papers
4th Biennial International Conference on “Powertrain Modelling and Control Testing, Mapping and Calibration”
10th – 11th September 2018, Loughborough, UK
Recent advances and developments in new generation of hybrid and electric powertrains, covering dynamics, control, testing, characterization and calibration.

• Electric Drivetrains
• Hybrid Powertrains
• Battery Management System
• Powertrain Optimization
• Emission Legislation
• Powertrain / engine testing
• Tribology and Friction
• Noise, Vibration and Harshness
• Fuel Cells
• Combustion Engine Modelling
• Performance / Drivability
• ECU development
• Drive Cycles
• Mapping and Calibration
• Hardware -in-Loop testing
• Driveline and Transmission

Solicited Papers:
Research papers reporting on new developments in powertrain design, modelling and control for conventional, hybrid and electric vehicles.
Industry and development papers reporting on actual developments of technology, products, systems and solutions.
In addition, PMC 2018 solicits special session proposals to stimulate in-depth discussions in special areas relevant to the conference theme.

Important dates:
Abstract submission: 15 May 2018
Abstract acceptance: 15 June 2018
Submission of Full Paper: 30 June 2018
Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2018
Final paper: 1 August 2018
Registration: 15 August 2018

Prof Kambiz Ebrahimi,
Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Loughborough University, UK. ,
Tel: 0044(0)1509 227289

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

World Congress: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Aerospace and Sciences
WHEN: July 3, 2018 – July 6, 2018
WHERE: American University of Armenia, Yerevan

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

Co-Sponsored by: AIAA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
IFIP: International Federation of Information Processing
American University of Armenia, Yerevan

The proceedings will be published by the American Institute of Physics.

7.9. International Workshop on Applied Verification for Continuous and Hybrid Systems
Contributed by: Kostiantyn Potomkin,

5th Int. Workshop on Applied Verification for Continuous and Hybrid Systems (Part of ADHS), Oxford, UK, July 13, 2018
The workshop on applied verification for continuous and hybrid systems (ARCH) brings together researchers and practitioners to establish a curated set of benchmarks and test them in a friendly competition.

Call for Submissions
Verification of continuous and hybrid systems is increasing in importance due to new cyber-physical systems that are safety- or operation-critical. This workshop addresses verification techniques for continuous and hybrid systems with a special focus on the transfer from theory to practice. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Proposals for new benchmark problems (not necessarily yet solvable)
- Tool presentations
- Tool executions and evaluations based on ARCH benchmarks
- Experience reports including open issues for industrial success
- Reports on results of our friendly competition (separate call)
Researchers are welcome to submit examples, tools and benchmarks that have already appeared in brief form, but whose details were omitted. The online benchmark repository allows researchers to include modeling details, parameters, simulation results, etc. Submissions are encouraged, but not required, to include executable data (models, configuration files, code etc.). It is not required to show that the benchmark has a solution; it suffices that the problem is described in enough detail that somebody else can try to solve it.

Prize (tentative)
The paper with the most promising benchmark results receives a prize of 500 Euros sponsored by Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany. The winner is preselected by the program committee and determined by an audience voting.

General Submission Guidelines
Submissions consist of papers (ideally 3-8 pages) and optional files (e.g. models or traces) submitted through the ARCH'18 EasyChair web site ( ARCH18 will provide proceedings in the EasyChair EPiC series, indexed by DBLP. Detailed submis-
sion guidelines can be found here: Submissions receive at least 3 anonymous reviews, including one from industry and one from academia.
Benchmark papers: A zip archive with additional data (description details, model files, sample traces, code, known results, etc.) is to be submitted together with the extended abstract. Benchmarks can be academic or industrial, of small size or extensive case studies.

Evaluation Criteria for Benchmarks
While the review criteria for tool presentations, benchmark results, and experience reports are more general, benchmark proposals should address the following criteria:
- Relevance: How typical is the benchmark for its application domain or academic topic? How important (scientifically or practically) are the phenomena it exhibits? Does the benchmark correspond to an existing real-world system?
- Clarity: How easy is it to create a working model from the description? How clear is the specification of the properties to be verified?
- Verification advantages: Can verification show properties of the benchmark that are difficult to obtain using other approaches (stochastic simulation etc.)?

Important Dates
Submission deadline - April 27, 2018 (extended)
Notification of acceptance - May 20, 2018 (extended)
Final version - June 13, 2018
Workshop - July 13, 2018

PDF-Version of the Call
There is a pdf ( of the call (reduced content to make it fit on a single page).

Program chairs:
Goran Frehse, University Joseph Fourier-Verimag, France -
Matthias Althoff, Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany -
Publicity chair:
Sergiy Bogomolov, Australian National University, Australia -
Evaluation chair:
Taylor T. Johnson, Vanderbilt University, USA -

7.10. Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security
Contributed by: Linda Bushnell,

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

Conference Co-Chairs: Tamer Başar & Radha Poovendran

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

Conference website:

Paper submissions are through the conference website:

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

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

Tutorial Track: Game Theory and Deception

Special Track: Adversarial AI

7.11. International Conference on AC/DC Power Conversion/Transmission
Contributed by: Sajjad Fekriasl,

The International Conference on AC/DC Power Conversion and Transmission (ACDC 2019)

5-7 February 2019
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Coventry, UK

Deadline for submission of abstract: 16 May 2018

Call for paper submission (abstract):


The 15th IET International conference on AC and DC Power Conversion and Transmission (ACDC 2019)

ACDC power conversion and transmission technologies and projects have been gathering pace, structure and importance for the power sector. New technologies have been developed with potential benefits to asset managers and system operators, particularly with regards to high voltage transmission. ACDC 2019 is an opportunity to meet and share your latest research with AC and DC specialists worldwide. There will be more than 100 sessions and posters and workshops over 3 days at ACDC 2019, featuring leading researchers and industry experts from all around the world.

Benefits of ACDC 2019:
* Gain updates on the latest advances in HVDC and HVAC technologies, including FACTS devices
* Discover the recent AC and DC projects being implemented worldwide, and
* Understand the challenges arising from environmental, regulatory, political and social factors, and how they impact on the development of transmission networks

ACDC 2019 will examine key developments in the market, including Escalation in offshore generation, Vast distance transmission requirements, and Improvements in the reliability and efficiency of ageing grid systems. There will be 200+ T&D engineers and attending as an author, so ACDC 2019 comes with significant publication benefits too - it is an exciting international conference to showcase your latest AC and DC Power research focusing on the impact of new challenges on the development of power transmission schemes that are arising from environmental, regulatory, political and social factors.

*** Deadline for submission of an abstract is 16 May 2018. ***

7.12. International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems
Contributed by: Ted Pavlic,

CALL FOR PAPERS – DARS 2018 (May 15 deadline)
October 15–17, 2018
University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Paper submission: May 15, 2018, 11.59pm Pacific Time
Author Notification: July 30, 2018
Camera ready submission: September 1, 2018

Now in its 14th edition, the International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS) provides a forum for scientific advances in the theory and practice of distributed autonomous robotic systems. It is a highly selective, single-track meeting that is soliciting submissions presenting significant, original, and previously unpublished research.

Distributed robotics is an interdisciplinary and rapidly growing area, combining research in computer science, communication and control systems, and electrical and mechanical engineering. Distributed robotic systems can autonomously solve complex problems while operating in highly unstructured real-world environments. They are expected to play a major role in addressing future societal needs, for example, by improving environmental impact assessment, food supply, transportation, manufacturing, security, and emergency and rescue services. DARS 2018 will build upon past successes and provide an exciting environment for researchers to present and discuss the latest technologies, algorithms, system architectures, and applications. All interested researchers and engineers are invited to take part in DARS 2018.

Papers are solicited in all areas of distributed autonomous robotics, including, but not restricted to:

* Architectures for teams of robots
* Self-organizing and self-assembling robotic systems
* Swarm robotic systems
* Hybrid symbiotic teams (humans and robots, animals and robots)
* Learning and adaptation in teams of robots
* Modular robotics
* Localization and navigation in multi-robot systems
* Multi-robot and multi-vehicle motion coordination
* Distributed cooperative perception
* Distributed cooperative action
* Distributed control and planning
* Control issues in multi-robot systems
* Performance metrics for robot teams
* Distributed decision making
* Sensor and actuator networks
* Networking issues in multi-robot systems
* Wireless and robotic sensor networks
* Multi-robot applications in exploration, inspection, coverage, search and rescue, service, environmental monitoring, etc.


Please submit your paper using

Papers should be formatted according to the style files of Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics (SPAR). The page limit is 12 pages.


All accepted contributions will be included as full-length papers in the Proceedings of DARS 2018. The proceedings will likely be published in the Springer SPAR series (Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics).


DARS 2018 provides four sponsor packages: platinum, gold, silver, and bronze. Sponsors currently include the University of Colorado at Boulder (gold), UC-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science (silver), Modular Robotics (silver), and Robotic Materials (bronze).

If you wish to become a sponsor of, or exhibitor at, DARS 2018, please visit or contact industry chair Christoffer Heckman ( for more information.


General Chair: Nikolaus Correll (University of Colorado at Boulder)
General Co-Chair: Mac Schwager (Stanford University)

See for more information about the Program Committee.

7.13. International Conference on Systems and Control
Contributed by: Driss MEHDI,

The 2018 7th International Conference on Systems and Control

The 7th edition of the International Conference on Systems and Control will be held on October 24-26, 2018, at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.

Paper submission: Papers must be submitted electronically via the Web upload system only. The guidelines are given at the ICSC'18 Web site

The authors are invited to submit the full version of their manuscripts online through the online paper submission

Important Dates:
Contributed papers, invited session papers: May 30, 2018
Notification of Acceptance / Rejection: July 20, 2018
Final, Camera ready papers due: September 15, 2018
Conference opening: October 24, 2018


Program Chairs
Joseba Quevedo, Spain
Driss Mehdi, France
Abdelouahab Aitouche, France

General Chair :
Pedor Albertos, Spain

For more information please feel free to contact Prof. D. MEHDI (

7.14. Latin American Congress on Automatic Control
Contributed by: Oscar Camacho,

The CLCA 2018 will be held from October 24th to October 26th at the campus of Escuela Politécnica Nacional in Quito, Ecuador.

===Deadline Extended===
The submission deadline for the CLCA 2018 - The Latin American Congress on Automatic Control 2018 - has been extended to May 15th, 2018. Also the best papers will be indexed in SciELO and Latindex

**Call for papers**
We kindly invite you to submit your contributions to the Latin American Congress on Automatic Control to be held in Quito, Ecuador.

The Latin American Congress on Automatic Control is the largest meeting in Latin America of experts who present recent contributions, current trends, new challenges and opportunities that frame all the areas related to: process control, electrical power systems, control systems, mechatronics, robotics and other associated topics.

The conference is an excellent opportunity for all attendees to establish networks and interact with important Latin American researchers.

CLCA 2018 will be held from October 24th to October 26th at the campus of Escuela Politécnica Nacional in Quito, Ecuador. The conference will include keynote and contributed paper presentations, tutorials and workshops.

**Paper presentation**
All papers are limited to a maximum of 6 pages (in the standard IFAC conference double column format), including figures, tables and references. Details of the presentation format will be also available on the conference website.

Workshops will be held before the conference technical days, on October 22nd and 23rd. This space will provide an interactive forum for participants to discuss emerging and active research areas related with the conference topics."

7.15. ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
Contributed by: Yue Wang,

The ASME 2018 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
September 30 - October 3, 2018, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The 2018 Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) Conference will be held on October 1-3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The venue is one of the top Atlanta luxury hotels and is connected to the MARTA transit system and blocks away from major attractions such as Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. On behalf of the 2018 DSCC Organization Committee and the Dynamics Systems and Control Division (DSCD) of ASME, we cordially invite you to enjoy an exciting technical program and a unique opportunity to network.

The DSC conference is the showcase technical forum of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division. It provides a focused and intimate setting for dissemination and discussion of the state of the art in dynamic systems and control research, with a mechanical engineering focus. The 2018 DSC Conference Technical Program will consist of sessions in all of the usual areas of interest to the Division that include, but are not limited to, automotive and transportation systems, bio-systems and health care, energy systems, mechatronics, modeling, identification, intelligent systems, robotics, vibrations, and smart structures. Highlights of the 2018 DSCC will include:

- Four plenary talks given by distinguished scholars, including the Oldenburger Lecture and the Nyquist Lecture.
- Workshops and tutorials that are focused on emerging topics.
- Invited and special sessions on technical tracks and funding programs that are of interest to the DSC community.
- Student programs including Best Student Paper competition, networking with faculty recruiters, and networking with industry.
- Exhibits by industry.
- Extensive networking opportunities during the opening reception, continental breakfasts, the banquet, and the farewell lunch.

All accepted papers must be presented on-site at the conference by an author of the paper. Papers which are not presented (no-shows) will be removed from the official conference proceedings and will not be indexed through the ASME Digital Collection.

Online access to conference papers will be given to all registered attendees at the start of the conference. Following the event, the official proceedings of the conference are published in the ASME Digital Collection, and will be submitted to all major indexers including EI Complex, Scopus, and the ISI Conference Proceedings Citation Index.

Important Dates
- Submission of invited session proposals - April 2, 2018
- Submission of contributed and invited papers - April 9, 2018
- Notification of acceptance/rejection - May 28, 2018
- Submission of final papers - July 2, 2018

Conference Organizers
General Chair
Michigan State University

Program Chair
Michigan State University

7.16. CSME Workshop on “Platforms for Control System Education and Research”
Contributed by: Zuzana Fabusova,

CSME Workshop on "Platforms for Control System Education and Research"

May 27, 2018, 1 – 4 pm EDT, York University, Toronto, Canada

With the rise of technologies like unmanned vehicles and robotics, the importance of understanding feedback control is becoming more and more prevalent. Unfortunately, many regard control systems as a very theoretical and abstract course. Having a comprehensive lab component to a control systems course is vital to connecting abstract theory to practical applications. Further, it is important to have well-designed labs to ensure the experience is learning about control systems, and not tinkering with hardware or tedious programming.
The goal of this workshop is to introduce Quanser’s solutions and approach to control systems for teaching and research. Three systems will be demonstrated: the Quanser AERO, Active Suspension, and Coupled Tanks. The Quanser AERO is a multi-configurable aerospace-based system used for control system teaching and research. The Active Suspension is double spring mass damper system with an automotive application. Finally, the Coupled Tanks is a process control system with different configurations geared towards controlling fluid level.
The workshop will also include a hands-on portion where attendees will have the opportunity to learn about classic and modern control techniques and see examples of how Quanser solutions are used in academic research. The Rotary Servo Base Unit will be used to explore PID-based control, and the Rotary Servo Flexible Link and Rotary Flexible Joint will be used to demonstrate vibration mitigation for robotics type systems that exhibit flexibilities using state-feedback.

For more details, visit

8. Positions

8.1. PhD: French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France
Contributed by: Spilios Theodoulis,

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

To apply for this position, send a CV, transcripts and motivation letter to

8.2. PhD: L2S, France
Contributed by: Antoine Girard,

PhD Position: Efficient synthesis of controllers using symbolic models

Supervisors: Antoine Girard (
Location: Gif-sur-Yvette, France Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes - L2S
Institution: CNRS – CentraleSupélec – Univ. Paris-Sud – Univ. Paris-Saclay
Department: Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes - L2S
Duration: Three years, starting October 2018
Position funded by European project (ERC consolidator) PROCSYS

Context and Objectives

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

Work description

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

Background of the candidate

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

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

8.3. PhD: Paris Saclay, France
Contributed by: Antoine Chaillet,

PhD offer at Paris Saclay: Contributions to the input-to-state stability of nonlinear time-delay systems

Input-to-state stability (ISS) has become a central tool in the stability and robustness analysis of dynamical systems, with a wide range of practical applications. This ISS property refers to systems whose internal dynamics is stable, and for which the disturbances deteriorate moderately this nominal behavior. One of the great strength of this property lies in its characterization using Lyapunov theory, which makes it relatively easy to check in practice. The ISS property was originally developed in a finite-dimensional context, meaning for systems ruled by ordinary differential equations. More recently, it has been extended to systems involving time-delays and more general infinite-dimensional systems. However, one of the important limitations of these works lies in the fact that the corresponding characterization requires a dissipation in terms of the whole Lyapunov function itself. This feature makes this property harder to check in an infinite-dimensional context. In a recent paper, we have conjectured that ISS for time-delay systems would also hold under the weaker requirement of a dissipation in terms of the current value of the state only, which would allow a much easier applicability.

The first goal of this PhD thesis is to deepen the investigations around this question and to either prove this conjecture (at least for specific classes of systems) or disprove it through a counter-example. Depending on the answer to this question, the objective will be to adapt the ISS framework accordingly. In particular, we expect to provide relaxed characterizations of ISS and of the related (though weaker) notions of integral ISS (iISS) and Strong iISS. We will also extend stability analysis results for interconnected systems (in cascade or in feedback form) using these new formulations. We will also make use of these new characterizations to study incremental stability properties of time-delay systems.

The main developments expected from this PhD thesis are of a theoretical nature. The candidate should have a strong background and interest in mathematics, specifically in dynamical systems theory and/or functional analysis. Some knowledge in control theory, particularly for nonlinear systems, would be useful. It is not mandatory to be able to speak French.

Candidates are invited to contact Antoine Chaillet ( for further information.

8.4. PhD: Imperial College London, UK
Contributed by: Diego Oyarzun,

PhD studentship in Network Cancer Medicine
Department of Mathematics
Imperial College London

We have an exciting opportunity for a student to work at the interface of cancer biology, network theory and data science.

The project is part of a thriving collaboration between the Biomathematics Group and the Cancer Metabolism & Systems Toxicology Group at Imperial College London. The student will be based at EPSRC Centre for Mathematics of Precision Healthcare in South Kensington, at the heart of London's cultural and scientific quarter.

For more details please check the advert here or

8.5. PhD: Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France
Contributed by: Gildas Besancon,

PhD: Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Gipsa-lab Control Systems Department (coll. Geosciences Dep.)

TITLE: "Modeling and information reconstruction from heterogeneous data in the context of gravitational hazards – Application to Harmaliere landslide "

CONTEXT: The PHD will be held within the context of Univ. Grenoble Alpes (France), which is
one of the major research-intensive French universities, enjoying an international reputation in many scientific fields, and having been ranked as the 5th most innovative city in the world. Its campus additionally benefits from a natural environment and a high quality of life and work environment.

SHORT PROJECT DESCRIPTION: In the challenging context of environmental monitoring, the PHD will focus on the case-study of Harmalière landslide (Isère, France), for a purpose of anticipation/estimation of the associated hazards (e.g. predictions of mass propagation and headscarp regression), and with a special attention to the problem of heterogeneity in data (ground/remote sensors, signals/images, instrumental/testimonial data, synchronous/asynchronous measurements, etc.). It will be based on available measurements, underlying mechanics, and system approach, to develop an appropriate dynamical model of the landslide behavior. This in short includes suitable data processing, model structure definition and calibration, observer-based evolution/fault prediction.
The PHD will be mainly located in GIPSA-lab. However, this multidisciplinary project will be conducted in the frame of a close collaboration between three research departments of Univ. Grenoble Alpes (GIPSA-lab, IRSTEA, ISTerre).

Applicants shall have a strong background and solid skills in control and information technology. Additional knowledge in mechanical modeling and/or geosciences would be an advantage.
A good level in French and English is an asset.

Applicants must hold a Master degree (or be about to obtain one) or have a university degree equivalent to a European Master (5-year duration).

Applicants will attach a file including:
- Their CV
- A cover letter / letter of motivation
- A summary of previous work done/publications in Master 1 and Master 2
- A record of the grades of Master 1 and Master 2
- A copy of their latest diploma
The application should be sent to:,,

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 31, 2018 at 17:00 (CET)
TYPE of CONTRACT: temporary 3 year-doctoral contract, full time, starting on October 1, 2018
with gross salary of 1768€ / month.

8.6. PhD: University of Lille/CNRS/Schneider Electric, France
Contributed by: Mihaly Petreczky,

PhD position at University of Lille/CNRS/Schneider Electric, France.

We are looking for a PhD candidate with a background in one of the following disciplines: machine learning, control theory, systems identification, statistics or probability theory. Knowledge of either machine learning or system identification/control theory is a plus.
The project is a collaborative one between University of Lille, CNRS and Schneider Electric.
The prospective student will spend a significant part of his/her time at Schneider Electric and he/she will be expected to carry out both fundamental and applied research.

Obtaining good models is one of the bottlenecks of the developmental cycle of controllers. While there are many theoretically sound methods for calculating controller based on suitable models of the underlying physical processes, it remains a non-trivial task to estimate those models from data. There are two approaches for obtaining such models. One is system identification, which is a classical branch of control theory which aims at learning dynamical models (difference/differential equations) from data and use these models for decision making (control). Another one is machine learning, especially in deep learning. The strength of machine learning algorithms based on neural networks (deep learning) is that they often generate models which are good at predicting the behavior of complex processes. A disadvantage is that the models produced by those algorithms tend to fall into classes of models for which there exist few theoretically sound algorithms for control design. In contrast, system identification was conceived for producing models useful for control, however, existing system identification algorithms tend to work for relatively simple processes. If we could combine these two fields, we might obtain a framework for producing high quality models of complex processes which are useful for control. Such a framework would shorten the developmental cycle of new controllers, make them easier to adapt to new requirements of the clients.

Hence, the goal of thisJ student is expected to validate the obtained results on practical cases studies provided by Schneider Electric.

Contact persons:
Mihaly Petreczky ( CNRS,
Stefan Capitaneanu ( Schneider Electric.
Lotfi Belkoura ( University of Lille

8.7. PhD: University of Alabama, USA
Contributed by: Qingbin Gao,

Funded Ph.D. research assistant positions are available for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa starting from Fall 2018. The Ph.D. advisor will be Dr. Qingbin Gao who will be joining the department at the same time.

The research is in the general areas of Control and Robotics. Research topics will include but not limited to dynamic systems and control, time-delay systems, multi-agent systems, connected/autonomous vehicles, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and vibrations.

The candidates are expected to have the background in one or multiple of the following areas: Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Automation, Robotics, Control, or equivalent fields. Previous research experience, especially in the abovementioned areas are highly desirable. Solid background in mathematics and programming skills using MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++, or equivalent programming languages are necessary. A competitive stipend with full tuition waiver and healthcare will be offered. Financial support for travels to professional conferences can be expected as well. Review of applications will begin immediately and positions will be available until filled.

To apply, please email a single PDF file containing a cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, a detailed CV, transcripts, GRE/TOEFL scores, and an optional Research Statement (encouraged though not necessary) and contact information for three references to Dr. Qingbin Gao ( Please include the phrase "Ph.D. applicant 2018" in the Subject line of the email. Additional details of Dr. Gao’s research can be found at

The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa is located on a beautiful 1,168-acre residential campus in Tuscaloosa, a dynamic and resilient community of over 150,000 in central Alabama. Tuscaloosa is conveniently located between Atlanta, New Orleans, and the white sandy beaches of the Gulf coast. The area offers excellent climate, minimal urban congestion, and abundant outdoor recreation. The Tuscaloosa community provides rich cultural, educational, and athletic activities for a broad range of lifestyles. Moreover, the state of Alabama is home to a growing and highly successful automotive industry spearheaded by Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota Powertrains. Numerous automotive suppliers are located in and around the region, as well, including ZF, Lear, Brose, and Faurecia. Further information about the university can be found at

8.8. PhD: GIPSA-Lab, France
Contributed by: Paolo Frasca,

PhD Student on “Modeling and Control of Social Dynamics in Static and Dynamic Networks”

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

Key dates: To receive full consideration, applicants need to contact the supervisors no later than June 10. Position starts in October 2018

Context: This work will be carried out in the NeCS team (Networked Control Systems), a joint CNRS/INRIA team at GIPSA-Lab laboratory in Grenoble, France. The team’s research concerns modeling, estimation and control of networked systems, with a broad spectrum of theoretical and applied topics including traffic networks, intelligent vehicles, social dynamics, large-scale complex networks, sensor networks, and security and privacy in cyber-physical systems.

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

For more information please visit

8.9. PhD: University of Leicester, UK
Contributed by: Andrea Lecchini-Visintini,

PhD Studentship in Engineering - Interface with the Life Sciences

Modelling and estimation of physiological and pathological dynamics at the calyx of Held giant synapse

Dr Andrea Lecchini-Visintini (first supervisor)
Computational Engineering and Control Group
Department of Engineering
University of Leicester, UK

Professor Ian Forsythe and Dr Vincenzo Marra (co-supervisors)
Molecular Neurophysiology Laboratory
Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour
University of Leicester, UK

Project Highlights:
- Modelling and estimation project in support of fundamental research on the functioning of neural synapses
- Methodological research on the combination of modelling from first principles with system identification from experimental data
- Close collaboration with a leading neuroscience laboratory generating experimental data and opportunity to contribute to the design of experiments

The project offers the unique opportunity to develop research in system identification and modelling of dynamical systems, parameter estimation and Bayesian statistics, in close collaboration with a leading neuroscience laboratory generating real experimental data. In addition to the opportunity to develop theoretical knowledge in modelling and estimation, the perspective student will have the opportunity to gain experience in data processing for electrophysiology. The student will also gain access to a large database of experimental data obtained under different conditions and to contribute to the design of new experiments (e.g. input design).

The studentship offers: a full UK/EU fee waiver for 3.5 years, an annual tax free stipend of £14,777 (2018/19), a Research Training Support Grant to support project costs, and conferences.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in Engineering, Physics, or Applied Mathematics and an interest in applying modelling and estimation techniques in the life sciences. A background in physiology and biochemistry is not required.

The full advert is available online at:

Applications should be submitted at: (Ref. EPSRC-ENG1-VISI)

The closing date is Friday, May 11, 2018.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Lecchini-Visintini (

8.10. PhD: KU Leuven, Belgium
Contributed by: Jan Swevers,

PhD: University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium

Three fully funded PhD positions in an international context for four years at the KU Leuven:
a top European university and a hub for interdisciplinary research in the fields of systems, control and optimization.


Details can be found at:

8.11. PhD: University of South Florida, USA
Contributed by: Tansel Yucelen,

Doctoral Student - Open Position (U.S. Citizen Only)

We are searching for an exceptional U.S. Citizen Ph.D. student, with a strong background in dynamical systems and automatic controls, to work on a funded Graduate Research Assistant position at the Laboratory for Autonomy, Control, Information, and Systems (LACIS,, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida. This student is expected to start working on Fall 2018 (or Spring 2019) and perform high-quality and innovative research related to nonlinear control of aerospace 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 Asst. Professor Tansel Yucelen at including:

(1) Your resume (applications are expected to either hold a M.Sc. degree or soon to receive a M.Sc. degree).

(2) Official or unofficial transcript for both B.Sc. and M.Sc. (please apply if you already took courses related to nonlinear control theory).

(3) two contact information (including name, e-mail, and phone number of the person) for letter of recommendation requests (one of these two contact information must include your current advisor).

The interdisciplinary research performed at the LACIS is focused on the discovery of novel control, information, and decision systems that reveal next generation highly-capable autonomous vehicles and robotic swarms. Visit our website for more information.

Dr. Tansel Yucelen, Asst. Professor, LACIS Director
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of South Florida

8.12. PhD: UCLouvain, Belgium
Contributed by: Julien Hendrickx,

Two fully funded PhD fellowships in the context of RevealFlight, a multidisciplinary project bridging control, multi-agent systems, aerodynamics and biomechanics, with the ambition of re-creating bird formation flight from first principles in order to shed light on their interplay and how it leads to the remarkable energy efficiency of birds.

We are looking for

1) a PhD student in control and modeling of multi-agent system. The successful candidate will be in charge of understanding the inter-bird interactions in the formation. (S)he will in particular develop different models of interactions, bird “social” behaviors and of optimizing their actions. These will be tested using both simulations and theoretical analysis.
(full description:

2) a PhD student in flight control. The successful candidate will develop controllers allowing birds to fly and maneuver, including within turbulent flows, using biologically compatible actuation. Optimization and machine learning could play an important role. (full description:

Exceptional candidates at the postdoc level will also be considered

Project website:

8.13. PhD: Newcastle University, UK
Contributed by: Sadegh Soudjani,

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

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

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

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

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

Interested individuals should send their detailed curriculum vitae and other supporting documents to Dr Sadegh Soudjani ( Only potential suitable candidates will be contacted.

8.14. PhD: University of Agder, Norway
Contributed by: Jing Zhou,

PhD: Department of Engineering Sciences, University of Agder, Norway
Title of the project: Control of offshore crane systems

The University of Agder invites applications for a PhD fellowship in Control of offshore crane systems. The position is linked to the Department of Engineering Sciences and SFI Offshore Mechatronics Center ( The contract is for a period of 3 years. Starting date is August 2018/ or negotiated with the faculty.

Brief Description of the Research Project:
• modelling and analysis of coupled dynamics between crane, vessel, wire and payloads,
• dynamic positioning control, motion compensation and heave compensation,
• and implementing and testing the developed models and control algorithms.

To be regarded as an eligible applicant, the applicant should have:
• strong knowledge in systems and control
• the average grade for courses included in the bachelor's degree should be B or higher
• the average grade for courses included in the master's degree should be B or higher
• the master's thesis should have a grade B or higher
• Applicants whose mother tongue is neither Norwegian nor English must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are:
• TOEFL – 550 (paper-based test), or 80 (internet based test)
• IELTS – 6.0.

Salary: The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, code 1017, salary NOK 435 500 gross per year.

Interested individuals should send their detailed curriculum vitae, copies of their recent transcripts, and if applicable TOEFL/IELTS test scores to Prof. Jing Zhou (email: Candidates that expect to complete their Master degree studies by summer 2018 can apply. Deadline: 31 May, 2018!

8.15. PhD: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Contributed by: Morten Breivik,

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is now announcing 48 PhD positions within 9 projects that will contribute to digital transformation in Norway, see

One of the projects is about developing autonomous all-electric passenger ferries for urban areas - Autoferry. Such ferries can create new transport possibilities in cities and in the long term revitalize transport and traffic in coastal areas.

We have already built a 5 meter prototype of the ferry, which had its first sea trials in November 2017. This will be our main development platform on the road toward a full-scale ferry.

Excellent test opportunities exist at Nyhavna in Trondheim and the project collaborates with Trondheim Harbor, DNV GL, Maritime Robotics and Kongsberg Seatex. These will provide additional competence, equipment and infrastructure in collaboration with the project team. A strong team of international researchers will also contribute to the project.

The main hypothesis of the project is that such ferries can operate safely alongside other vessels in confined and congested environments such as urban water channels. Verifying this requires a broad multi-disciplinary approach, where the research methods combine theory, simulations and experimental testing and validation. Therefore, the project involves 19 researchers from three faculties and all three NTNU campuses. These have competence in the fields of control systems, autonomous systems, sensor fusion, robotic vision, instrumentation systems, communication systems, artificial intelligence, cyber security, risk management, power systems and human factors, constituting a unique multi-disciplinary project team, which is required to solve the challenges of this project.

Six PhD positions within automation and autonomy; multi-sensor tracking; all-electric power and propulsion; human-machine interaction and remote control; communications and cyber security; and risk management are now announced: - with application deadline on May 27.

About NTNU, Trondheim and Norway:

- About NTNU:
- NTNU Facts and Figures:
- NTNU International Researcher Support:
- About Trondheim:
- About Norway:
- Working in Norway:
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8.16. PhD/PostDoc: City University of New York, USA
Contributed by: Hao Su,

PostDoc and PhD positions in wearable and surgical robots at the City University of New York

** Description of the position **
The Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab ( at the City University of New York, City College is seeking full-time post-doc fellows and PhD students in wearable and surgical robots. The selected candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team and will collaborate closely with physical therapists and surgeons at Cornell University, Harvard University, and several other top medical schools in the United States.

Postdoc Position #1: Mechanical design of wearable robots and surgical robots. Experience in actuator design, cable transmission, series elastic actuators, electric motors, or pneumatics is a plus.

Postdoc Position #2: Developing force and position control algorithms for our wearable robot and soft bi-manual humanoid robot. Experience in impedance control and haptics is a plus. This is a great opportunity to pioneer research in a new generation of wearable and humanoid robot platforms alongside several PIs who have expertise in mechatronics, computer vision, and machine learning.

The successful postdoc candidate will be offered a fixed-term contract (12 months) with a highly competitive salary, commensurable with qualifications and experience. PhD students can be admitted in Fall 2018. PhD students will receive tuition scholarship and stipend support.

** About the lab and City University of New York **
The Biomechatronics lab was established in 2017 and is a 1000 sq ft facility with the latest generation motion capture system, state of the art physiology measurement devices, cameras, IMUs, motor motion control systems, and more. The lab is a vibrant workplace; students can work on a diverse set of projects, conduct hands-on experiments, and publish high-quality papers.

The candidates can work with our Zahn Innovation Center, a startup incubator that has helped create $6M in startup revenue and over 100 internships for students. They can also work with the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering (NYCBE), a consortium of New York City medical research institutions established in 1994 to serve as a focal center for collaborative biomedical engineering research in the New York metropolitan area. Partner institutions include Columbia University, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York University, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Located in Manhattan, CCNY is as diverse, dynamic, and visionary as New York City itself.

** Application **
Applications (assembled as a single PDF file) should contain a CV, a list of publications, and copies of up to three scientific papers. Applications should be emailed to Professor Hao Su ( at

Hao Su, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Director, Lab of Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics (BIRO)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
City University of New York, City College
275 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031

8.17. PhD/PostDoc: ETH, Zurich
Contributed by: Roy Smith,

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

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

Qualifications (for Ph.D. applicant): a solid background in control at the Master's level, together with strong mathematical skills; a strong Masters project in controls, identification, or a related field. Applications must have (or be close to completing) a Masters degree from a recognised university.

Qualifications (for Post-doctoral applicants): a Ph.D. in identification, optimisation, or control systems from a recognised university. Experience in one of the application areas is a benefit but not essential, especially in strong theoretical theses.

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

To apply: please submit the following (in PDF format) to Prof. Roy Smith (
- a current curriculum vitae
- a one page summary of your research interests and motivation
- a copy of your most recent transcripts (for Ph.D. applicants)
- the names and contact information for 2 to 3 references in a position to assess your research potential.

8.18. PhD/PostDoc: University College Dublin, Ireland
Contributed by: Robert Shorten,

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

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

The positions will involve the development of theory at the interface of control theory, applied probability, economics, and computer science, as well as the realisation of a number of practical (mobility based) demonstrators. Some of the research will be conducted in collaboration with IBM Research, with potential for significant interaction with other industrial companies.

Applications should be submitted to, to be received by June 15th, 2018. Applicants should submit a CV and the names of 3 referees. All Ph.D. candidates will be expected to fulfil the English Language requirements for admission to the Ph.D. programme at University College Dublin (

All positions are funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

8.19. PhD/PostDoc: Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
Contributed by: Stefan Streif,

The Automatic Control & System Dynamics Lab in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Chemnitz University of Technology offers several positions for Research Associates (PhD students as well as postdocs; full-time positions; initially limited to three years and with the possibility of continuation).

Job and project descriptions:

You will work on research projects and aim for publications of your results in reputed journals and participate at international conferences. Your research addresses but is not limited to:

* learning-based and adaptive optimal control (with particular focus on MPC and ADP);
* set-based and probabilistic methods for control and fault diagnosis;
* hierarchical control and scheduling for networked systems;
* formal verification of control systems.

Besides theoretical research topics, we offer a variety of applications (e.g. energy and automation, agriculture and food production). You will be given large freedom for own research ideas and/or practical implementations. New offices, laboratories and IT facilities provide an ideal working environment. Furthermore, postdocs are given the chance to build up their own group and actively strengthen and shape the above activities by supervision of doctoral students and interaction with industrial and academic partners. The salary is competitive (Germany's standard remuneration group 13 TV-L; salary after-tax and with full health insurance is at least 2200 € / month or usually higher depending on your experience).

Your profile:

* strong background in control theory;
* ability and/or interest to apply theory in application-oriented projects or experience with controller implementation and experiments is an advantage in some of the projects;
* postdocs must have a high-quality publication record with a clear relation to our research and application profile; furthermore, project supervision and coordination skills are desirable;
* excellent writing and communication skills;
* basic knowledge of German is an advantage outside of the university, but not strictly required.

Application process:

To apply or to request more information, please contact as soon as possible. Application documents should include CV, publication record, and contact details of references.

Application deadline:

31 May 2018

8.20. PostDoc: Aston University, UK
Contributed by: Randa Herzallah,

A postdoc position “Harmonisation of Behavioural Dynamics of Quasi-Independent Agents of Limited Information” at Aston University, UK.

A three-year postdoctoral position with competitive salary is available in the Systems Analytics Research Institute (SARI) within the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University. The potential candidate has to be skilled, enthusiastic, motivated and dynamic, have a strong mathematical, signal processing and control background, and has excellent interpersonal skills to work on an innovative research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

For further information and how to apply please follow the following link

If you are interested please apply before 23 April to be considered for the first round of interview. However, application will still be open until 13 May.

SARI research institute, Aston University, Birmingham,UK

8.21. PostDoc: Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
Contributed by: Weidong Zhang,

Postdoctoral position in Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

The Optimization & Control Engineering Research Center of Shanghai (in the Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China) seeks to fill 3 postdoctoral positions as soon as possible thereafter. We are interested in candidates in broad areas of advanced control theory, multi-agents, machine learning, pattern recognition, networked control systems, etc.

Applied conditions as follows:
-PhD degree
-Experience in theory or engineering research
-Good communication skills in English or Chinese
-Strong work ethic and passion for research

Main tasks:
-To conduct original research
-Assist in writing proposals for new research and write reports for existing research
-Supervision of student projects and thesis at both master and Ph.D levels

Salary and others:
-RMB 120-200k/year (approximately, 18-30kUSD)
-It is a 2 year position and can be extended to 5 years

Required documents
-Detailed curriculum vitae and list of publications;
-Names and contact information of three references.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Weidong Zhang, Email:, tel: +86-21-34204019. Address: Dongchuan Road 800, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240, China.

8.22. PostDoc: Cornell University, USA
Contributed by: Mark Campbell,

Postdoc positions in robotics, self-driving cars and sensor networks, Cornell University

The Autonomous Systems Lab at Cornell University invites applications for postdoctoral fellow positions in several areas of robotics, including learning and perception in self-driving cars, distributed information fusion for mobile sensor networks, and security of cyber-physical systems. The focus will be on developing theory and algorithms, with validation via our in-house experiments which include a self-driving car with a full array of sensors and processing; a suite of 8 small robots with lidar/vision/GPUs; and experiments with human-robot teams.

Applicants should have finished a PhD in Engineering or Computer Science or a related field, and ideally have extensive experience in one or more of the following: estimation/perception, probabilistic graphical models, planning/optimization, and machine learning. The appointments are renewable 1-3 years postdoctoral fellowships, with a salary based on experience and research interests. All hires will be working as a part of an interdisciplinary team, typically with other university collaborators.

Applicants should email a single pdf file which contains: 1) a cover letter with a summary of interests, 2) a full CV with publications, and 3) the names and contact information for three references. Applications should be emailed as a link or attachment to with the subject line "POSTDOC APPLICATION". The positions will remain open until filled.

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Professor Mark Campbell
S. C. Thomas Sze Director
John A. Mellowes '60 Professor
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cornell University

8.23. PostDoc: University of Chalmers, Sweden
Contributed by: Jonas Sjöberg,

Postdoctoral position in Optimal energy management in miscellaneous traffic

The energy management system (EMS) in vehicles controls the amount of energy delivered or absorbed by the power-train components, including decisions on acceleration, splitting power among components and engine on/off and gear selection. This system is instrumental for minimizing energy consumption and emissions of both electrified and automated conventional vehicles. An active research on the EMS is the optimal control of multiple buffers, including the chemical, electric, kinetic, potential and thermal energy storage.

The main objective of this project is to build upon the optimization methodology of previous studies, by developing an online implementable EMS that minimizes fuel consumption and keeps a safe distance to surrounding vehicles. The goal is to use model based optimization techniques that are closely in line with the strong trend in vehicle industry to rely more on mathematical models in the control design work, and to verify control functions as far as possible in simulations. Particular attention will be placed on the development of a model-based and cooperative predictive controller with tractable in-vehicle (or cloud) computations, while taking into consideration the surrounding traffic, which may consist of both manually and self-driven vehicles. The focus will be kept on the interaction with a slow moving leading vehicle, in a possibly hilly terrain. In particular, for the case of a manually driven or non-cooperative leading vehicle, this project will investigate the scenarios of optimally approaching the leading vehicle and the potential benefit from varying the distance to, or overtaking the leading vehicle. In the case of a self-driven and cooperative leading vehicle, this project will investigate the spontaneous merging into a platoon formation and scenarios where it might be beneficial to split/leave the platoon.

The position is at the division of Systems and Control within the Mechatronics group at Chalmers, where a team of PhD students, post-docs and senior researchers is working on convex modeling and numerical optimization of problems in the area of optimal energy management and autonomous maneuvering/driving. The group is a part of the Department of Electrical Engineering (E2), which to a large extent deals with the modeling and development of efficient systems for extracting and processing information. For more information on E2, see also

Application deadline: 13 May2018

More information and application procedure at:

For questions, please contact:
Jonas Sjöberg, Systems and Control,, tel: +46 31 7721855
Nikolce Murgovski, Systems and Control,, +46-31-772 4800

8.24. PostDoc: Aarhus University, Denmark
Contributed by: Erdal Kayacan,

The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a 1-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on advanced autonomy in aerial robotics.

We are looking for enthusiast a post doctoral researcher who wishes to investigate embedded guidance, control and navigation problem of unmanned aerial systems using artificial intelligence/machine learning methods with emphasis on reinforcement learning, deep neural networks, learning controls for robotics. Our aim is to leverage the current state-of-the-art autonomy level towards more smarter robots which will learn and interact with their environment, collaborate with people and other robots, plan their future actions and execute the given task accurately.

The position is available from September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description
You are expected to contribute to [the aerial robotics laboratory activities, e.g.:

Manage laboratory facilities and support research projects
Ensure processes and procedures are executed in compliance to the University’s policy framework.
Code and develop novel UAV controllers, necessary interfaces for the communication of the on-board computer with the ground stations.
Support to develop journal and conference articles.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in automatic control engineering, mechatronics engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or other related disciplines from reputable universities. The PhD should have been completed within the last 5 years at most. Candidates, who will complete and defend their PhD thesis by Summer 2018, are welcome.

The candidate should have:
Excellent verbal and writing skills in English with very good communication skills,
Demonstrated ability to translate theory into practice,
A solid publication track record in peer-reviewed journals and conferences,
Concrete knowledge in C/C++,
Experience in aerial robotics,
A background in robotics, control theory and machine/deep learning would be a distinct advantage,
Hands on experience in UAVs is a plus,
Experience of Robot Operating System (ROS) is a plus,
Demonstrated experience in team coordination and fund-raising is a plus.

About the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section
Electrical and computer engineering are closely related engineering disciplines that focus on the development of hardware and software for intelligent units and networks. This includes hardware at system and component levels as well as many different types of software for controlling electronic devices and networks.

The research areas within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section at Department of Engineering support the development within this area. The outcome greatly influences our daily lives as advanced technologies are incorporated into an increasing number of products, for example in industrial processes, at hospitals and in information infrastructures.

Place of Work and area of Employment
The place of work is Aabogade 34, 8200 Aarhus N., Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information
Further information about the position may be obtained from Associate Professor Erdal Kayacan,
erdal {at}

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

Deadline: 31.05.2018

All applications must be made online and received by:

8.25. PostDoc: University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Contributed by: Mario Rotea,

Open Research Associate Position in Optimization & Control of Wind Energy Systems

The wind energy team at the University of Texas at Dallas seeks to fill a postdoctoral research associate position in optimization and control of wind energy systems. The successful candidate will be part of a team of faculty members, graduate students and industry partners developing methodology and new technologies to enhance the performance and reliability of wind energy systems and their integration to the power grid. UT Dallas is home to a site of WindSTAR, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for use-inspired R&D to advance wind energy science & technology.

Ph.D. in Engineering or Computer Science required. Must be recent Ph.D. graduate within the past three years. To apply for this position go to

For information about WindSTAR activities, members and outcomes see the annual report at

For recent news on center outcomes see main banner at the NSF website

8.26. PostDoc: McGill University, Canada
Contributed by: Ahmad Haidar,

Position Title: Post-doc Researcher –Parameter Estimation and Filtering for Continuous Glucose Sensors

The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University is seeking outstanding candidates for a Postdoc position. The successful candidate will develop a calibration algorithm (real-time filtering, observer design, and parameter estimation) for a novel, under-development, continuous glucose sensor. A disposable probe is inserted under the skin, and generates continuous electrical current proportional to the glucose concentrations in the interstitial liquid. The probe is connected to a transmitter, which holds a calibration algorithm that estimates plasma glucose levels using electric current signal and intermittent capillary glucose values. Continuous glucose sensors are currently used in clinical practice and form essential components of artificial pancreas systems.

The successful candidate will design and optimize the calibration algorithm using data collected in clinical experiments, and will consequently work with our industrial partner on the real-time implementation of the algorithm in the transmitter. This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated applicant who wants to utilize their expertise in filtering methods to tackle medical problems.

Our lab is highly multi-disciplinary and includes researchers with backgrounds of endocrinology, control engineering, nutrition, pediatrics, and computer science. Our department offers unique courses on intellectual property, regulatory affairs, and clinical trials tailored specifically for biomedical engineers who wish to pursue career in industry.

McGill University ranks 1st in Canada among medical-doctoral universities (Maclean’s) and is Canada’s most international university. McGill is located in the vibrant multicultural Montreal in the francophone province of Quebec. Montreal is a city steeped in culture and is named the best student city in the world (QS Ranking).

Desired Skills:
• Strong expertise in estimation algorithms, observers, Kalman filtering, and parameter estimation methods.
• Strong programming skills.

Starting Date:
• As soon as possible.

Apply with your curriculum vitae to Prof. Ahmad Haidar (

Please refer to for more information on our research program. For information on registration instructions, rights and responsibilities, and how to get a work permit if you're joining us from abroad, please refer to

8.27. PostDoc/Engineer: Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Contributed by: Dominik Karbowski,

The Vehicle and Mobility Simulation group at Argonne National Laboratory (near Chicago, USA) has an opening for an engineer/post-doc to research energy efficiency in the context of new mobility forms, esp. Connected and Automated Vehicles. Strong control background is encouraged, as eco-driving and multi-vehicle coordination are major topics to be tackled.

To apply, please submit your application at (search for REQ. 404020).

8.28. Research Scientist: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Contributed by: Jeff Shamma,

Research Scientist: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), KSA

The Robotics, Intelligent Systems, and Control (RISC) lab at KAUST ( is seeking a Research Scientist with a background in areas such as distributed decision making and control, game theory, and optimization, with particular interest in research experience relevant to smart cities, e.g., renewable energy integration, urban mobility, green buildings, etc.

The Research Scientist position involves conducting independent research as well as working with post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. Accordingly, the desired profile should have some experience following the PhD degree.

Prospective applicants should contact Jeff Shamma ( with (i) a current CV; (ii) a brief statement of prior research experience and future interests; and (iii) contact information for 3 references.

For more information about life at KAUST, please visit

8.29. Faculty: Polytechnique Montreal, Canada
Contributed by: Jerome Le Ny,

Position summary
Polytechnique Montreal is one of Canada’s leading engineering schools in terms of its student population and the scope of its research activities with more than 8,000 students and 1,000 employees. Polytechnique Montreal is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position with the Department of Electrical Engineering, at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels. This position falls within the application areas of the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO,, an academic initiative bringing together researchers form HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and the Université de Montréal. The successful candidate will receive support from IVADO and its members.

The collective agreement includes, among other benefits, specific work-family balance accommodations and maternity, paternity and adoption leave over and above the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (

Polytechnique Montréal applies an employment equity program and encourages women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities to apply. Accommodation can be provided to persons with disabilities based on their characteristics.

The Department of electrical engineering has 31 professors, one senior lecturer, 26 support staff, many postdoctoral researchers, professional researchers and research assistants, 413 undergraduate and 169 graduate students. The department leads internationally-recognized research, in close collaboration with industry, in several core areas such as: automation and systems, biomedical engineering, power systems and networks, microelectronics, telecommunications and microwaves, clustering and recognition, machine learning, big data.

Major responsibilities
The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the basic duties of this position with a dynamic and creative approach. In particular, he/she will:
- take part in teaching and in laboratory activities for undergraduate and graduate courses in electrical engineering;
- supervise and lead graduate students;
- initiate and carry out leading-edge research projects;
- collaborate with research teams within Polytechnique Montreal and other institutions, notably IVADO;
- develop and maintain collaborations with industry.

Area of expertise
The applicant will have to demonstrate a deep understanding of theoretical and technological tools of data science, including optimization in and estimation from big data, deep learning, reinforcement learning, support vector machines, hidden Markov models, etc. and of their application to areas connected to electrical engineering or systems theory. More specifically, applications may fall within, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Cyberphysical systems, e.g., analysis of massive sensor data for anomaly detection anomalies, system vulnerability and failure characterization; data-driven learning of high performance control schemes; machine based perception in robotics and autonomous systems.
- Electrical networks, e.g., data-based learning of the aggregate behavior of renewable energy sources; anticipation of vulnerable system states and data based learning and identification of corrective actions; disaggregation of loads based on smart meter and substation provided data.
- Communications systems, e.g., machine learning for optimal usage of the frequency spectrum in cognitive radio; learning of Internet traffic to improve network structure and routing algorithms, to increase communication speed and to decrease energy usage (Green Internet); data based speech and signal processing.
- Medical image analysis using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, integration of genomic, proteomic, metabolomic data with clinical image analysis, big data science applied to medical imaging, etc.

Start date: September 2018.

Essential qualifications
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate (PhD) in a relevant field of expertise. The successful candidate will be registered on the roll of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) as an engineer, or take the necessary measures to be registered on the roll of the OIQ as an engineer before applying for tenure. Relevant industry experience is an asset. Although knowledge of French is not a prerequisite, faculty are expected to be able to teach and work in French after 2 years (and are provided with support to help them reach this objective).

Conditions of employment
This faculty position is tenure-track. Salary and benefits will be set in accordance with the collective agreement. The collective agreement includes, among other benefits, specific work-family balance accommodations and maternity, paternity and adoption leave over and above the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (

Candidates should submit an application file that consists of a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching goals and research priorities, a roadmap for integration of their activities into those of IVADO, records of teaching effectiveness, official records of diplomas, the names of three references, several examples of work relevant to the position and examples of recent contributions. Applications must be sent by April 28th, at 5 PM, to the following address:

Yves Goussard, Professor and Chairman
Department of Electrical Engineering
École Polytechnique
Case postale 6079, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3A7

This posting may be extended past April 28th. Examination of applications will begin as soon as possible and continue until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply; however, in accordance with immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

8.30. Faculty: University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Contributed by: SDU Mechatronic,

Assistant professor position in applied AI and machine learning

Do you want to join SDU Mechatronics in our quest towards making intelligent mechatronic systems? We are looking for a full-time assistant professor in applied AI and machine learning. SDU Mechatronics, located in Sønderborg, Denmark, is a young team of experts from different engineering fields: mathematical modeling, control, embedded software, digital manufacturing and cyber-physical systems. The competences we are looking for include machine learning, artificial intelligence, with a strong expertise on their application and implementation on mechatronic systems. As our new colleague, you will take active part in research and teaching at the University of Southern Denmark, ranked among the top 50 young universities in the world.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about The Faculty of Engineering.

You can only apply for the position through our website

Your application must be registered in our system on the 15/05/2018 at 23.59.59 CET at the latest.

8.31. Faculty: MINES ParisTech, France
Contributed by: Nicolas Petit,

Developing its research and teaching activities in the field of Automatic Control, MINES ParisTech, member of PSL Research University, opens an assistant professor position. This 3-years position (for an initial period of one year, renewable twice) is aimed at a young researcher (man or woman), who appreciates a multidisciplinary work combining fundamental research and industrial applications. The successful candidate will take part to the partnership research work of his/her team and contribute to industrial and economic innovation. He/She will also have the opportunity of defining a PhD subject during his/her first year at Centre Automatique et Systèmes (CAS) that he/she will supervise together with a senior member of the team who is officially accredited for such a task.

The position is to evolve into a permanent lecturer and researcher work within 3 years in the framework of a Tenure Track procedure.

MINES ParisTech is a top-level engineering school in France. The school has developed research and graduate education, in conjunction with industry and academic partners. Within it, the Centre Automatique et Systèmes (CAS) is a research laboratory specialized in automatic control theory. The research developed at CAS is focused on industrial needs and is the subject of scientific publications. CAS also provides courses for engineering Master students and PhD students.

The laboratory wishes to strengthen its team of 8 researchers, based in Paris and Fontainebleau, and is looking for a person capable of contributing to the field of automatic control theory by developing scientific research relevant to real-world applications.

The successful candidate is expected to have already proven his/her ability to elaborate academic research in Automatic Control. He/she is expected to develop an independent and creative research program devoted to his/her topics, initiate an externally funded research program, and establish a strong relationship with academic communities and technological companies.

CAS wants to strengthen his team in the field of nonlinear control theory, and in particular in observer theory and output feedback theory. The successful candidate will develop an independent and creative research program devoted to these topics, supervise PhD students, publish in the best journals and international conferences and be an active player in the development of the center’s joint research activities.

Teaching activities
The successful candidate will be encouraged to set up or resume small classes or courses that are part of the educational offer of MINES ParisTech. The teacher may also be involved in the Common Core Teachings and the Option (MAREVA) of his Department in the cycle "Civil Engineer" and the cycle "Engineer Isupfere". He will also be able to intervene in the modules of Generalist Engineer making use of the resources of the Centers of the School. He will finally be able to tutor Acts of Undertaking. He will participate in the selection and graduation of students in the cycles that will appeal to him. He will supervise PhD students, students with Bac +5 or Bac + 6 and engineering students. He will also be able to intervene in the PSL courses. If necessary, it will contribute to the institution's e-learning offer or to international replications of the School's courses at its international partners, in both french and english. He will have to prove an educational experience in the field of the job. He will assume his share of the administrative work of organization of the lessons and the industrial visits.

The ability to deliver English lessons or MOOCs is required. An experience of digital education is a plus.

Special features of the candidate’s profile
At the time of the appointment, the applicant must have a doctoral degree in Automatic Control or Applied Mathematics (nonlinear control theory, observers theory, output feedback, stability and stabilization, normal forms, differential geometry, adaptive control) or related subject. The applicant must show interest for science and technology applied to industry applications. As the position implies cooperation with international partners, strong social skills as well as good knowledge of English language are required. Post-doctoral experience in a foreign laboratory would be an asset for this position.

The applicant will have to show his/her capacity to conduct research work in a multidisciplinary context, together with an aptitude for teamwork. A first experience in academic or industrial joint research would be appreciated.

The position will evolve to a permanent position after 3 years for an excellent candidate.

The application file should include:
• a cover letter;
• the candidate’s research project showing the connectivity with research conducted at CAS ;
• a detailed CV;
• a list of research work and publications;
• if available, the review reports on the candidate’s doctoral thesis;
• possibly three reference letters directly sent to CAS from specialists selected by the candidate. If not, the file will include at least the names and contact details of three scientific leading figures who could be contacted to give their opinion about the candidate’s work and abilities.

The file should be sent at the latest on October, 1st, 2018 at the following address:

Centre Automatique et Systèmes – MINES ParisTech
60 bd St Michel - 75272 PARIS
to Nicolas PETIT and/or by e-mail to

For any further information, please contact the human resources department of MINES ParisTech, and/or Nicolas PETIT.

8.32. Faculty: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Contributed by: Morten Breivik,

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, hereby invites applications for a professorship/associate professorship in Systems Engineering for Control Applications, which is one out of two new complementary positions within systems engineering being established at NTNU.

The position announced here will be affiliated with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics (Institutt for teknisk kybernetikk, ITK – at NTNU’s Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering in Trondheim, Norway. The other position is affiliated with the Department of Electronic Systems. The successful candidates are expected to jointly develop a world-leading research community within systems engineering, together with existing faculty.

ITK has 25 professors, 17 adjunct professors, about 15 postdocs and researchers as well as 70 PhD candidates. Approximately 160 candidates graduate annually from the three MSc programs in cybernetics, which comprise over 700 students in total. The department is involved in numerous research projects and centers, including the Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS,

Relevant control applications include unmanned aerial systems, autonomous marine vessels, small satellite systems, underwater robots and other cyber-physical systems. In this context, systems engineering provides a holistic view on issues such as mission and requirements analysis, system/HW/SW architecture, functional design, modelling and simulation, system integration, regulatory frameworks, certification, safety, reliability, verification, environmental factors (temperature, pressure, humidity, mechanics and vibrations, emissions, radiation, etc.), electromagnetic compatibility, energy management, packaging, documentation and quality management.

Relevant areas of expertise include:
• Optimization, systems and control theory
• Modelling and simulation of dynamics
• Sensor and navigation systems
• Autonomous systems, robotics and artificial intelligence
• Aerospace engineering
• Safety and reliability engineering
• Industrial computer systems
• Industrial electronics and EMC
• Embedded and real-time software engineering
• Human-machine interaction
• Design thinking and user centered design

Research activities are expected to have a strong international profile and impact, with a long-term perspective and to be concentrated around basic challenges and enabling technologies with relevance and importance for applications and industry.

The department has strong relationships with Norwegian and international industry, with numerous joint research projects including applications in the maritime, offshore, energy, process, aquaculture and medical industries.

The research activities at the department rely significantly on external funding, and the development of educational programs may also receive external funding. The successful applicant is expected to work actively to obtain research grants and other external funding from the Research Council of Norway, European research and educational agencies, relevant industry and other available sources.

The candidate will join a research community at ITK which was rated "excellent from an international perspective" in the Norwegian Research Council’s evaluation of 53 ICT communities in Norway in 2012, as one of only three ICT communities to receive such a rating in the Norwegian university and college sector. Currently, two of ITK’s professors are IEEE Fellows.

The full announcement can be found at, with application deadline on Friday June 1.

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