44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control


European Control Conference 2005

December 12-15, 2005

Sevilla, Spain

The CDC-ECC'05 Technical Program includes 21 parallel tracks of sessions with 1470 papers selected from 3044 submissions,  2 plenary sessions,  and 4 semi-plenary sessions, 5 tutorial sessions, 2 panel discussions, special lunchtime sessions and evening panel sessions organized by some of our industrial sponsors. In addition, there are 9 full-day and 3 half-day  workshops on Sunday, December 11. Industrial and publisher exhibits will be available throughout the conference.  The social program includes the conference banquet and welcome ane farewell receptions.


Technical Program

The CDC-ECC'05 advance program is available at  https://www.paperplaza.net/conferences/CDCECC05/program.

Plenary Sessions

The Theory-Practice Gap: Where Are We ?
Professor Edward J. Davison
University of Toronto

Monday, December 12
08:20 – 09:30
Giralda I


Reducing Highway Congestion: An Empirical Approach (Bode Lecture)

Professor Pravin Varaiya

University of California

Thursday, December 15
17:00 – 18:15


Semi-plenary Sessions                                                                    Top of page


Dynamic Programming and Suboptimal Control: From ADP to MPC

Professor Dimitri Bertsekas

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tuesday, December 13
08:30 – 09:30
Giralda I


Control Strategies in Atomic Force Microscopy

Professor Andreas Stemmer

Swiss Federal Inst. of Tech.

Tuesday, December 13
08:30 – 09:30

Santa Cruz


Identification for control: from the early achievements to the revival of  experiment design

Professor Michel Gevers

Université Catholique de Louvain

Wednesday, December 14
08:30 – 09:30 
Giralda I


Fun-To-Drive By Feedback

Professor Carlos Canudas de Witt

Laboratorie d'Automatique de Grenoble

Wednesday, December 14
08:30 – 09:30

Santa Cruz


 Tutorial Sessions                                                            Top of page

Energy Management and Drivability Control of Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

Organizer: Rizzoni, Giorgio The Ohio State Univ.
Monday, December 12, 16:00 – 18:00   Ecija

Molecular Systems Biology and Control
Organizer: Sontag, Eduardo D. Rutgers Univ.
Tuesday, December 13, 10:00 – 12:00   Estepa

Airspace De-Confliction
Organizer: Parthasarathy, Sanjay Honeywell Tech. Center
Organizer: Samad, Tariq Honeywell Lab.
Tuesday, December 13th, 16:00 – 18:00 Giralda V

Sensor Networks and Cooperative Control
Organizer: Cassandras, Christos G. Boston Univ.
Wednesday, December 14, 10:00 – 12:00  Giralda II

Hybrid Control of Networked Embedded Systems
Organizer: Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, Francoise CNRS
Wednesday, December 14, 16:00 – 17:40  Giralda I

Panel discussions                                                        Top of page

An industrial view on the areas for future controls research

Organizers: Mike Grimble, and Reza Katebi

Panel (provisional): Alkis Konstantellos, EU Programme Officer, Chris Elston, RWEnpower, Matt MacDonald, SELEX-SAS, Andy Scarisbrick, Ford, UK, Chris Fryer, Alstom, Ron Patton, Hull.

Monday, December 12, 18:15 – 19:15  Santa Cruz


Control Aspects of the Cassini / Huygens – Mission to Explore the Saturnian System

Organizer: Klaus Schilling

Panel: Bob Mitchell (NASA / JPL, Pasadena), Claudio Sollazzo (ESA / ESTEC, Darmstadt) and Klaus Schilling (Univ. of Werzburg).

Tuesday, December 13, 18:15 – 19:15   Santa Cruz


Workshops                                                                     Top of page

There are nine full-day and three half-day workshops. All of these will be held on Sunday, December 11. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For instructions on pre-registering, please see the Conference Registration Page: https://www.paperplaza.net/registration

Full-day workshops:

FD-1 Control, estimation, and optimization of  interconnected systems: from theory to industrial applications.

Sunday, December 11, 8:30 - 17:30 Prado

FD-2 Embedded Control Systems  (CANCELLED *)

FD-3  State of the Art Computational Methods and Software for Computer-Aided Control Systems Design and Analysis  (CANCELLED *)

FD-4 Discrete-time nonlinear control systems  (CANCELLED *)

FD-5 Fault Detection and Diagnosis Based on Explicit Models and on Principal Components (CANCELLED *)

FD-6  Iterative Learning Control: Algebraic Analysis and Optimal Design (CANCELLED *)

FD-7 Model Predictive Control of Hybrid Systems

Sunday, December 11, 8:30 - 17:30 Nervión III

FD-8  The Behavioral Approach to Systems and Control: Introduction and Recent Advances

Sunday, December 11, 8:30 - 17:30 Arenal III

FD-9 New Developments in Control Performance Limitation Research: A Tale in the Network Age.

Sunday, December 11, 8:30 - 17:30 Nervión II

Half-day workshops:

HD-1 Dynamics and Control of Smart Structures (CANCELLED *)

HD-2 Advanced Control in Siderurgy (CANCELLED *)

HD-3 Identification of Hybrid Systems

Sunday, December 11, 8:30 - 12:30 Triana


 *  If you are registered in a cancelled workshop you can either register in another Workshop of the same duration (just e-mail registration co-chair Carlos Bordons) or  you can have  the money refunded. You can also register in another Workshop if you wish (go to  PaperPlaza). If we do not hear from you  by Nov 14th we will refund the money.

Special Lunchtime Sessions                                         Top of page

How do control system design engineers use models and simulation ?

Pieter J. Mosterman
Corporate Communications, The MathWorks

Monday, December 12
12:15 – 13:15
Giralda I

In control system design, we typically model the plant in detail and then make the model amenable to control law synthesis. With this law at its core, the controller model is gradually refined with implementation detail. Physical models are combined with computational models to ensure we can realize the design. At present, computational modeling increasingly replaces physical modeling. This requires sophisticated modeling formalisms and tools. For example, in plant modeling, domain specific languages for, e.g., multi-body systems and image processing systems as well as extensive tool infrastructure, are needed.

The challenges we face to further this trend are (i) providing domain-specific modeling formalisms, (ii) providing tool support, (iii) combining different formalisms, and (iv) automatic model translation.

We discuss the role of models in control system design and address questions such as: Is there a set of sufficient semantic notions for our modeling languages or a general ‘computing API’ to combine different formalisms? Is simulation a sufficiently powerful technology? What is the best approach to generating modeling formalisms (libraries, meta-modeling, API, other)? Is there an optimal formalism to translate between formalisms? Can we derive denotational or operational models from axiomatic specifications (i.e., generate models from ‘scenarios’)? How about producing target specific code? How can style guidelines be enforced and is there a need to configure tools for controller design? How about support for enterprise-wide modeling? Can model reduction techniques handle industrial models for control synthesis? How can you guarantee model composability? How can we obtain explicit models (e.g., hybrid automata) from models in a more practicable representation?



Making Research Breakthroughs and Breaking Glass Ceilings: The Communication Challenges of Women in Higher Education

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Chair, CSS Technical Committee on Control Education and Anna Maria Pardon, Chair, CSS Standing Committee on Women in Control

Keynote Speaker:
Diana Carlin, University of Kansas

"Women in Research Funding", Fahmida Chowdhury and Mary Ann Horn, NSF; Fahroo Fariba and Sharon Heise, AFOSR; and Alkis Konsstantellos, European Union

Wednesday, December 14
12:00 - 13:30
The Terrace Room (lunch provided), Melia Sevilla Hotel, Seville, Spain

Diana Carlin is Dean of the Graduate School and International Programs and a professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research interests are in political communication and gendered communication. She has taught courses on communication and gender and women in politics and has conducted research on attitudes toward women politicians. She is a frequent speaker for professional women's associations on topics related to gender and communication and women in organizations.

Cheryl Schrader is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)--a program supported and administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is a professor and Dean of the College of Engineering at the Boise State University, has a distinguished record of mentoring at both her present institution and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She has demonstrated an enduring, strong, and personal commitment to providing students with useful faculty guidance.

Women in Research Funding Panel Discussion Although the overall proportion of women funded is comparatively low, statistics show that this is more a reflection of the number of proposals received from women, rather than a bias against women at the funding stage. Through a presentation of some of the recent trends and statistics, we hope to generate discussion on issues such as how the low numbers of women receiving funding may affect students and younger researchers, why fewer women submit proposals, and what the community can do to improve the situation.

Evening Panel Session

Math, Science and Technology in Control Engineering Education

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Chair, CSS Technical Committee on Control Education

Panel Discussion with:
Michael Athans, Alain Bensoussan, John Baras, Sergio Bittanti, Peter Caines, Tyrone Duncan, P.R. Kumar, Lennart Ljung, Sanjoy Mitter, Victor Solo, Pravin Varaiya.

Tuesday, December 13
6:00 - 7:30 pm
The Terrace Room, Melia Sevilla Hotel, Seville, Spain

The session will address important education issues of balancing math, science and technology in engineering education. The session has been organized as a part of the ongoing national and international dialogue after some "alarming reports" have been issued and will try to respond to the question:" What we, scientists and educators, should do about cultivating student interest in math, science and engineering, in particular control engineering?".





Social Program                                                                    Top of page

Welcome Reception
Grand Hall
Sunday, December 11
20:00 - 22:00
All conference attendees and their accompanying guests are invited to attend the Welcome Cocktail. Invitations can be found in the registration pack.

Companion Orientation
Bar Corona
Monday, December 12
11:00 - 12:00
A get-together for companions of conference attendees will be held, and information on activities and local attractions will be provided.

Students/Newcomers Reception
Terrace Room
Monday, December 12
19:00 - 20:00
An informal get-together for students and CDC and ECC newcomers to socialize, make new friends and meet some of the award winners and officers of the Control Systems Society and EUCA. Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Guided Tour
Jardines del Real Alcázar de Sevilla
Monday, December 12, 19:30
Tuesday, December 13, 19:30
There will be a complementary guided tour of the "Jardines del Real Alcázar de Sevilla" on Monday and Tuesday at 19:30. The tickets will be distributed with the registration pack. Monday tickets will be distributed first. Tuesday tickets will be given once (and if) all Monday tickets have been given out.
There is a limited number of tickets which will be distributed on a first in first served basis (a maximun number of 2 per person) . If you do not wish to go on the visit please do not ask for the tickets or hand them back to the registration personnel.

Awards Ceremony and Reception
Torreón de la Juliana
Wednesday, December 14
19:30 - 21:00
At the ceremony, award winners both from the Control Systems Society and the IEEE will be honored for their exceptional and outstanding contributions. A brief reception will follow the ceremony. The ceremony location is situated 12 Kms outside Seville. A complimentary bus service will be provided to take attendees to the Award Ceremony location and back. Buses will leave the venue hotel (Melia Sevilla) at 6:45 p.m and will return at 9:00 pm (for those attendees who do not have a banquet ticket).

Conference Banquet
Torreón de la Juliana
Wednesday, December 14
21:00 - 23:00
One banquet ticket will be provided in each registration pack (except for reduced-registration attendees). Additional tickets may be pre-ordered through the advance registration process or purchased on-site. Please notice that this location is situated 12 Kms outsideSeville. A complimentary bus service will be provided to take attendees to the banquet location and back. The first buses will leave the venue hotel (Melia Sevilla) at 7:30 p.m. and return after the banquet (11:00 pm onwards).

Farewell Reception
Grand Hall
Thursday, December 15
18:30 - 20:30
All attendees and their accompanying guests are invited to attend, unwind, say good-bye to friends, and make plans for the next ECC and CDC. Drinks and food will be provided at the cocktail

Conference Exhibits
Hall level -2
Monday-Wednesday, December 12-14, 8:30-18:00
Thursday, December 15, 8:30-12:30
A number of exhibitors will participate, including Scilab Consortium National Instruments, Priceton University Press, Springer, Wiley & Sons and Siam.