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Fourth SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications

Sponsored by SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory

The deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals has been extended to October 8, 1997.

In today's technological world, the field of control theory is at the center of the interplay between mathematics, engineering and computer science. Contemporary manufacturing, transportation, and medical advances depend on accurate process and machine control. This conference will showcase a wide range of new results in control and systems theory and novel applications. The challenges of control and computation in different types of systems will be highlighted. Newer areas of control like neural networks and learning in control will be represented. Extensions of the classical Pontryagin Maximum Principle involving non-smooth analysis will be included.

Who Should Attend?

This conference will bring together scientists, engineers, and mathematicians with interdisciplinary interests and with control theory as a common tool. The conference will provide a forum for the dissemination of the latest research findings in the broad field of control.

Conference Themes

The themes of the 1998 conference will include, but are not limited to

Control and computation
Viscosity solutions for infinite dimensional systems
Maximum principle and higher order optimality conditions
Neural networks
Control and identification of distributed parameter systems
Nonlinear filtering
Stochastic control
Learning in control
Real time control
Industrial applications
Adaptive control
Optimization in control and systems theory
Robust control
Fluid flow control
Control of nonlinear systems

Invited Presentations

SIAM and the Conference Organizing Committee are proud to announce that the following renowned mathematicians and scientists have accepted invitations to speak at the conference. (Titles are tentative).

Estimation and Control in Smart Materials Structures
H. T. Banks
North Carolina State University
Applications of Geometry and Nonlinear Dynamics in Systems and Control
Christopher I. Byrnes
Washington University
Singularities of Solutions to Hamilton-Jacobi Equations with Applications to Optimal Control
Piermarco Cannarsa
Universita di Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy
Linear Operator Inequalities and the Positive-Real Lemma for Infinite-Dimensional Linear Systems
Ruth F. Curtain, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
On the Control of Incompressible Viscous Flow Modeled by the Navier-Stokes Equations
Roland Glowinski
University of Houston
Intelligent Materials in Control of Systems
Karl-Heinz Hoffmann
Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany
Recent Advances in Nonlinear Control
Petar V. Kokotovic
University of California, Santa Barbara
Active Control of Fluids with Applications to Propulsion and Power Systems
Richard Murray
California Institute of Technology
Hybrid Control Issues in Air Traffic Management Systems
Shankar Sastry
University of California, Berkeley
Invariant Curvature Flows in Computer Vision and Image Processing
Allen Tannenbaum
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Accounting for Saturation in Nonlinear Control Design
Andrew Teel
University of California, Santa Barbara

Organizing Committee

Roger Brockett
Harvard University
John Burns
(President of SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
William Hager
University of Florida
Alberto Isidori
University of Rome and Washington University
Belinda King
Oregon State University
Suzanne Lenhart
(Chair, Organizing Committee)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Steven Marcus
University of Maryland, College Park
Clyde Martin
Texas Tech University
H. Mete Soner
Carnegie Mellon University
Hector Sussmann
Rutgers University
Fredi Troeltzsch
Technical University of Chemnitz-Zwickau, Germany

How to Contribute


A minisymposium is a two-hour session consisting of four presentations on a well-focused topic. A number of minisymposia will be invited by the conference Organizing Committee to supplement the conference themes. The Organizing Committee also encourages proposals for minisymposia in areas related to the conference themes. Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not to exceed 100 words), and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations. Each minisymposium speaker must submit a 75-word abstract in LaTeX format to A minisymposium proposal fill-in form is available through the World Wide Web at Complete the form and submit it to SIAM.

Contributed minisymposia will be refereed by the Organizing Committee. The number of minisymposia may need to be limited to retain an acceptable level of parallelism in the conference sessions.

Deadline for submission of minisymposium proposals and minisymposium speakers' abstracts has been extended to October 8, 1997.

Contributed Presentations in Lecture or Poster Format

The Organizing Committee invites you to submit abstracts of papers to be considered for presentation at the conference in either of the following formats:

A lecture consists of a 15-minute oral presentation with an additional five minutes for discussion. A poster presentation consists of the use of visual aids, such as 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, mounted on a 4' x 6' poster board. A poster session is two hours long. Each contributor must submit a title and a brief abstract not to exceed 75 words. Submissions must be transmitted electronically in LaTeX format to LaTeX macros can be accessed through the World Wide Web at If you do not have access to the Web, contact and the macro will be sent to you via e-mail.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to limit the number of contributed presentations a single speaker may present.

Deadline for submission of contributed abstracts for a lecture or poster: October 15, 1997.

About the Conference Headquarters

The Omni Jacksonville Hotel is conveniently located at the Riverfront, downtown Jacksonville. It is immediately across from the Jacksonville Landing Festival Marketplace and the Civic Auditorium. At the Landing, you will find dining, entertainment, shopping, a fabulous river view -- all in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The hotel is only 25 minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport.


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The conference program and registration information will be produced electronically and will be available on the World Wide Web at in mid-January, 1998. A 4-page announcement which contains the highlights of and critical information about the conference will appear in the January 1998 issue of SIAM News and will be mailed to participants and attendees. To ensure receiving your copy, please complete and submit the fill-in reply form.

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