Submission Instructions

Submission site:

Papers and all other proposals must be submitted electronically using the IFAC PaperCept conference manuscript management system:

When connected on Web page, scroll down to 'Conferences in 2018' and select "Submit a contribution to Joint ROCOND18, LPVS18".To get direct access to the submission site Click Here.

Choosing a submission type:

Though ROCOND18 and LPVS18 are being jointly organized and will share a common program and registration, the proceedings will be organized separately. Hence, for each contribution the authors should explicitly choose if they are submitting to ROCOND or LPVS. In this case, four types of submission are possible:

  • ROCOND Regular papers
  • ROCOND Open Track papers
  • LPVS Regular paper
  • LPVS Open Track papers
  • Review and acceptance of papers submitted to ROCOND will be managed by the ROCOND IPC. Review and acceptance of papers submitted to LPVS will be managed by the LPVS IPC. It should be pointed out that one author can have different papers submitted to ROCOND and LPVS. For example, an author can submit one paper to ROCOND (regular or open track) and a different one to LPVS (regular or open track). The authors may verify the scope of ROCOND18 and of LPVS18 on the website.

    Open Track Sessions

    As introduced in the last World IFAC Congress, an Open Track session corresponds to a kind of invited session on a specific topic. However, differently from the classical invited session, it is open in the sense that anyone can contribute. The definition and proposals of the Open Tracks are managed by the IPCs The list of approved open tracks is displayed bellow. Each open track has a code. Authors willing to submit to an open track, must choose the Open Track papers type and use the corresponding code in the submission. The review process of the Open Track papers will be exactly the same of the Regular papers.

    List of Available Open Tracks

    Rocond'18 Open Track 1: Controller analysis and design based on integral quadratic constraints.

    Code: 8j9u3

    Abstract:Integral quadratic constraints and their relation to absolute stability theory have received a renewed interest recently. This can be attributed to novel emerging links between input-output analysis and dissipation theory of dynamical systems, with impact on networked systems, uncertain and parameter varying systems, or even algorithm design in optimization. The purpose of this open track is to further promote the development of IQC theory and to address all facets of their very wide range of applications.

    Rocond'18 Open Track 2: Distribute estimation, control and optimization.

    Code: a5gpr

    Abstract:The problem of distributed estimation and control is not new in control systems theory, but the recent adoption of multi-agents having the ability to cooperate and to take autonomous decisions without any supervisory system has led to the new paradigm of cooperative estimation and control. This Open Track has the objective of collecting contributions related to distributed estimation, control and optimization in the context of multi-agents systems. The application and testing in real case studies are also encouraged.

    Rocond'18 Open Track 3: Reliability analysis, optimization and control in smart grids.

    Code: 5u1v9

    Abstract:The increasing use of renewable energy, the emergence of distributed energy resources (e.g., generation and storage systems), and the concept of "smart grids", have brought new challenges for reliability analysis, control, planning and management of distributed energy resources. This Open Track has the objective of collecting contributions related to optimization and control methods for the reliability enhancement, planning and management of smart grids that include renewable energy, storage systems, distributed generation, buildings with demand response capabilities, microgrids, etc. The application and testing of the proposed approaches to real case studies and research infrastructures are encouraged.

    Rocond'18 Open Track 4: Robust identification and robust control in pharmaceutics and biomedicine

    Code: x2592

    Abstract:The purpose of this Open Track session is to map the current state of art in the challenging field of control applications in biology and medicine. This is motivated by the increasing role of control systems technology in advancing the state of the art in these domains. It thus aims at bringing together practitioners and academics for the following: (i) dealing with positive systems (e.g. living organisms, patients, etc.); (ii) proposing alternative solutions to classical control algorithms; (iii) including robustness to inter-data variability (e.g. patient intra- and patient inter-variability, etc.); (iv) dealing with incomplete data and artefacts.

    Topics of common interests include (but are not limited to): theoretical and implementation challenges which arise in medical systems; the role of control algorithms in drug delivery systems and treatment management; novel data-driven modeling techniques capturing the dynamics of biomedical systems; robust identification and/or robust control schemes for dealing with uncertainty and variability in data; case studies on real data; application areas in healthcare and medical systems; applications in pharmaceutical sciences and drug development; applications in non-invasive diagnostic and monitoring devices. Contributions that include a major part of analysis of real data or experimental validation are strongly encouraged and preferred to purely mathematical/simulation studies.

    LPVS'18 Open Track 1: Aerospace Applications of Robust LPV Control Techniques

    Code: tg28g

    Abstract:With a constant need for more autonomy, aerospace applications remain quite challenging for the development of safe control systems that have to cope with large operating domains. In this fileld where the certification process imposes stringent technical constraints, robust parameter-varying controllers are of high interest and generally prefered to adaptive control solutions. There exist however close connections between indirect adaptive schemes and LPV control which deserve futher investigations. This track aims at bringing together not only practitioners but also academics in order to further promote the development of robust LPV control methods in the aerospace context. A specific attention may be devoted to the following topics:

  • (i) LPV control vs adaptive strategies
  • (ii) finite-horizon LPV control

  • LPVS'18 Open Track 2: Identification, modeling and control of nonlinear systems through quasi-LPV approaches

    Code: hy2n7

    Abstract:LPV approach is today known to be well-suited to handle system nonlinearities through the so-called quasi-LPV framework. The quasi-LPV approach is based on the possibility of rewriting the plant in a form where nonlinear terms can be replaced by time-varying parameters that depend on the system state. In this case, techniques of LPV control can be applied to analysis and synthesis of the closed-looped systems. In particular, the controller can be designed as an LPV one, i.e. a time-varying linear control law scheduled by the state dependent parameter. One advantage in this case is that the controller synthesis and the analysis (stability, performance, robustness, etc) of the closed-loop system can be performed in a framework based on LMI constraints and convex optimization. To name but a few examples, the approach has also allowed to account for physical constraints (on parameter, state, input and output variables), or to represent switching systems. LPV models can then represent several classes of systems according to the parameter dependency. In particular, the modeling of nonlinear systems using Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy approach can be seen as a quasi-LPV model. However, in most cases the quasi-LPV or T-S fuzzy models represent the nonlinear system only regionally. If a region of validity of the model is not considered, the stability guarantee obtained with the LPV system in a global context will fail for the nonlinear closed-loop system, which may be only locally stable. The analysis and design methods in this case should ensure a region of safe behavior included in the region of attraction of the equilibrium point of interest. This track aims at bringing together researchers dealing with nonlinear systems using the quasi-LPV approach. Theoretical and applicative papers are welcome.

    Paper Formatting


    Both first and final submissions should comply with the IFAC Style. Templates for Latex and Word as well as further instructions to prepare the manuscript can be found in:

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    Number of pages

  • Initial submissions: up to 8 pages in the required format
  • Final submissions: up to 6 pages in the required format are allowed without extra fees. Up to two (2) additional pages are tolerated. In this case, a fee of EUR50 per additional page will be charged.
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    Nominations will be done via PaperCept, starting on May 1st, 2018. For the procedures and rules regarding the nominations, please see Young Author Award

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