A Journal of IFAC, the International Federation of Automatic Control





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Automatica is a leading archival publication in the field of systems and control. The field encompasses today a broad set of areas and topics, and is thriving not only within itself but also in terms of its impact on other fields, such as communications, computers, biology, energy and economics. Since its inception in 1963, Automatica has kept abreast with the evolution of the field over the years, and has emerged as a leading publication driving the trends in the field.

After being founded in 1963, Automatica became a journal of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) in 1969. It features a characteristic blend of theoretical and applied papers of archival, lasting value, reporting cutting edge research results by authors across the globe. It features articles in distinct categories, including regular, brief and survey papers, technical communiqués, correspondence items, as well as reviews on published books of interest to the readership. It occasionally publishes special issues on emerging new topics or established mature topics of interest to a broad audience.

Automatica solicits original high-quality contributions in all the categories listed above, and in all areas of systems and control interpreted in a broad sense and evolving constantly. They may be submitted directly to a subject editor or to the Editor-in-Chief if not sure about the subject area. Editorial procedures in place assure careful, fair, and prompt handling of all submitted articles. Accepted papers appear in the journal in the shortest time feasible given production time constraints.

Additional information about Automatica, including a list of recently accepted papers and a cumulative table of contents (1963-present), can be found at the website Papers should be submitted using the on-line review management system Pampus


Automation and control engineers, systems researchers, electronic and electrical engineers.

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Editor-in-Chief T. Basar Coordinated Science Lab., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1308 West Main Street, Champaign, IL 61801-2307, USA, Fax: +1217 244 1653, Editor - Systems and Control Theory: R. Tempo IRITI-CNR, Politecnico di Torino, corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy, Fax: +39 011 090-5429, Editor - Control and Estimation Theory: I. Petersen School of Electrical Engineering, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of Newcastle, Northcott Drive, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia, Editor - Nonlinear Systems and Control: A. Teel Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560, USA, Fax: +1 805 893 3262, Editor - Adaptive and Distributed Parameter Systems: M. Krstic Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California at San Diego (UCSD), 9500 Gilman Drive; EBU-II, La Jolla, 92093-0411, USA, Editor - System Parameter Estimation T. Soderstrom Systems & Control Group, Uppsala Universitet, Box 337, 751 05 Uppsala, Sweden, Fax: +46 18 511925, Editor - Control System Applications T. Sugie Dept. of Systems Science, Kyoto University, 36-1 Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, 611-0011 Kyoto, Japan, Editor - Process and Computer Control F. Allgower Institute for Systems Theory in Engineering, Universität Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 9, 10550 Stuttgart, Germany, Fax: +49 711 685 7735, Editor - Systems Engineering, Economics and Finance: B. Rustem Dept. of Computing, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London, 180 Queens Gate London, SW7 2AB, UK, Fax: 0207 581 8024, Editor - Survey Papers: J. Baillieul Dept. of Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 110 Cummington St, Boston, MA 02215, USA, Fax: +1 617 353 5866, Editor - Rapid Publications A. Tits Inst. Systems Research, University of Maryland, 2271 AV Williams bldg., College Park, MD 20742, USA, Fax: +301 405 6707, Editor - Book and Software Reviews E. Jonckheere Dept. of E.E. Systems, University of Southern California (USC), 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089-2563, USA, Fax: 213-821-1109, Founding Editor-in-Chief (1969-1993) G.S. Axelby , Editor-in-Chief Emeritus (1994 - 2003) H. Kwakernaak , The Editorial Board consists of the Editor-in-Chief, Subject Editors and: C. Greenwell Elsevier Ltd., Kidlington, Oxford, UK, J.P. Fleming University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, Associate Editors: A.P. Aguiar Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, P. Albertos Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, D. Angeli Imperial College London, London, England, UK, M. Arcak Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, A. Astolfi Imperial College London, London, UK, E.W. Bai University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA, M.V. Basin Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, M. Basseville Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Rennes, France, R. D. Braatz Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, M. Breton Ecoles des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Montreal, Montréal, QC, Canada, Y.Y. Cao Indianoplis, IN, USA, C.C. Cheah Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore, J. Chen City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, T. Chen , G. Chesi The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, A. Chiuso Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova, Italy, D. Chu National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, O.L.V. Costa Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil, F. Dabbene Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy, B. De Schutter Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, W. Dixon University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, D. Dochain Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, M. Enqvist Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden, G. Ferrari-Trecate Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy, E. Fridman Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, H. Gao Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, S.S. Ge National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, Singapore, G. Gu Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, K. Gu Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Edwardsville, IL, USA, X. Guan Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi"an, China, M. Guay Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada, J. Hahn Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, Y. Hayakawa Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, M. Heemels Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Net
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