A Journal of IFAC, the International Federation of Automatic Control





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Automatica publishes papers on original theoretical and experimental research and development in the control of systems, involving all facets of automatic control theory and its applications. Preferably, theoretical papers should include applications; papers dealing with components and systems should include theoretical background and, where appropriate, economic implications.

It is intended to publish only those papers, including those based on IFAC meeting presentations, which may be regarded as new, worthwhile contributions in this field. Papers should be intelligible to the general body of control engineers, which requires that specialized techniques, terminology and acronyms be well defined and/or referenced.

Automatica has a tradition of publishing definitive papers covering a topic in depth, papers which are referred to for many years. For such papers the length requirements may be relaxed at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

The scope of the journal is extensive. Topics include: the theory and design of control systems and components, encompassing robust and distributed control using geometric, optimal, stochastic and nonlinear methods, game theory and state estimation; adaptive control, including robotics, neural networks, parameter estimation and system fault detection; additional topics including artificial intelligence, fuzzy and expert systems, hierarchical and man-machine systems, all parts of systems engineering which consider the reliability of components and systems; data processing; and computers for computer-aided design, manufacturing, and control of various industrial processes, space vehicles and aircraft, ships, traffic, biomedical systems, national economies, power systems, agriculture and natural resources.

Submitted articles may be Survey Papers (extensive reviews of established or emerging research topics or application areas), Papers (detailed discussions involving new research, applications or developments), Brief Papers (brief presentations of new technical concepts and developments), Technical Communiques (new useful ideas and brief pertinent comments of a technical nature), and Correspondence (Letters to the Editor about the journal or to authors commenting on previously published papers. In the latter case, the Editor will give the authors an opportunity to respond). The journal also publishes the following features: Special Issues on the subject of increasing importance, Tutorial Papers, Book Reviews and Software Reviews.

Additional information about Automatica, including a list of recently accepted papers, a cumulative table of contents (1963-present) and recent and advance editorials, can be found at the home of the Automatica On-Line Review Management System click here. At this location, papers may also be submitted on-line for possible publication.

For more details on the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), visit their home page at click here


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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