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Issue 3 • Date June 2013

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): C1
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  • [Table of contents]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 2 - 4
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  • Control Science or Control Engineering? [From the Editor]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 6 - 7
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  • Estimation and Uncertainties [About This Issue]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 8 - 10
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  • Citing Others? Work [President's Message]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 12 - 14
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  • [CSS News]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 15
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  • [25 Years Ago]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 16
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  • IEEE Control Systems Magazine Board

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 16
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  • 2013 CSS Fellows Class [Member Activities]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 17 - 19
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  • Model-Based Approaches for Fast and Robust Fault Detection in an Aircraft Control Surface Servo Loop: From Theory to Flight Tests [Applications of Control]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 20 - 84
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    Many innovative solutions have been developed by the aeronautical sector toward achieving the future "sustainable" aircraft that will be cleaner, quieter, smarter, and more affordable. Weight reduction is one of the most significant contributors to sustainability, as it improves aircraft performance (fuel consumption, noise, range) and consequently decreases its environmental footprint. This article deals with two challenging electrical flight control system (EFCS) failure cases, which may affect structural loading. A simple model-based approach is presented for the robust and rapid detection of such failures. The techniques were tested and validated at the Airbus test facility, and real flight tests have confirmed that a high level of performance and robustness can be obtained. View full abstract»

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  • Ronald J. Patton [People in Control]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 31 - 34
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  • Jay H. Lee [People in Control]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 34 - 35
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  • Rodolphe Sepulchre [People in Control]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 36 - 37
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  • Acceptance Speech by Alberto Isidori [People in Control]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 37 - 39
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  • The blind tricyclist problem and a comparative study of nonlinear filters: A challenging benchmark for evaluating nonlinear estimation methods

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 40 - 54
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    Dynamic filters can provide powerful means to estimate hidden system states based on sensor data. For linear problems with Gaussian noise, the Kalman filter is the known optimal solution and has been available for a long time [1], [2]. Exact optimal solutions are rarely available for nonlinear problems, and the user typically selects from a variety of approximate techniques. These techniques include the traditional extended Kalman filter (EKF) [3]?[5], the iterated EKF (IEKF) [4], the unscented Kalman filter (UKF) [5]?[7], the particle filter (PF) [5], [8], [9], and the Gaussian mixture filter (GMF) [5], [10]?[12]. The EKF is widely used but is known to have degraded accuracy, or even to lose stability, for certain problems [5], [13], [14]. View full abstract»

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  • Voltage Regulation of a Boost Converter in Discontinuous Conduction Mode: A Simple Robust Adaptive Feedback Controller

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 55 - 65
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    Ideal switches in power converters are typically implemented using unidirectional semiconductor devices that may lead to a new operation mode generically called discontinuous conduction mode (DCM). The DCM arises when the ripple, that is, sustained oscillations of small amplitude, is large enough to cause the polarity of the signal (current or voltage) applied to the switch to reverse. Due to the presence of diodes, switches are assumed to operate unidirectionally, but in DCM this unidirectionality assumption is violated. In classicalconverter topologies, DCM appears very frequently in low load operating modes. More interestingly, to achieve high performance some new converters are purposely designed to operate all the time in DCM [1]. View full abstract»

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  • Teaching Mathematics to Control Engineers [Focus on Education]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 66 - 67
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    How can mathematics courses be taught so as to be more effective for the training of control engineers? Without doubt, the range of mathematical techniques relevant to at least one branch of control engineering is large and includes multivariable calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, real and complex analysis, linear algebra, multivariable statistics, convex optimization, functional analysis, and differential geometry. To be effective in applications, a control engineer should also be versed in at least one other engineering discipline (such as electrical, mechanical, or aeronautical) as an understanding of a system is required before an effective control system can be designed. A control engineer should also be trained in systems and control problems and techniques, such as model identification, experimental design, fault detection and diagnosis, dynamic optimization, model predictive control, robust control, and nonlinear control. Collectively, the number of courses needed to cover all of these topics would be too high to fit into one curriculum, or even two curricula, which means that most control engineers take courses in only some of these topics. View full abstract»

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  • Book announcements [Bookshelf]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 68 - 72
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  • 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2012 [Conference Reports]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 73 - 84
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  • 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Florence, Italy [CDC Preview]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 85 - 89
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  • IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control (MSC 2013) [MSC Preview]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 90 - 91
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  • James Boyd Pearson [Obituary]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 92 - 93
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  • [Conference Calendar]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 94
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  • Minutes of the IEEE Control Systems Society Board of Governors Meeting [CSS Business]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 95 - 101
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  • Sampling [On the Lighter Side]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 102
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IEEE Control Systems Magazine is the largest circulation technical periodical worldwide devoted to all aspects of control systems.

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Jonathan P. How
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