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2018

July

July 17. The 2018 Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (ARWU-2018) was published: (link) SPbSU took 32nd place in TOP-100 of the best universities of the world in the Shanghai subject rating of 2018 (ARWU-2018) in the subject "Automation and control". None of the Russian universities have been raised so high in the world rankings yet!. Among European universities, St. Petersburg State University took the 7th place, right after the Cambridge University. As in 2017, a half of the SPbSU publications were related to the Department of Theoretical Cybernetics. As for the publications in the 5 top journals - 2/3 of the SPbSU publications of the SPbSU were born at the Department of Theoretical Cybernetics. (link) 12 out of 35 publications in the top journals in 2012-2016, counted in the ARWU-2018 were produced with the participation of the staff of the CCS Lab. Congratulations to the SPbSU and the Department of Theoretical Cybernetics!

July 3. Professor Igor Furtat became the winner of the "Youth" competition of the RSF Presidential Program of Research Projects of 2018. Name of the project: "Control of network systems under conditions of uncertainties and delays with application to the control of electricity networks".Congratulations!

June

June 12. Workshop on recent Advances in Adaptive, Nonlinear and Networked Control on occasion of Alexander Fradkov’s 70th birthday took place at the European control conference (ECC-2018, Limassol, Cypris): (link) The workshop opened with a lecture by the IFAC President Professor Frank Allgower.

June 5. Professors Ilya Blekhman and Alexander Fradkov were awarded with the A.A. Andronov prize of RAS in 2018 by the decision of the Presidium of RAS for the collection of works "Synchronization and control of nonlinear oscillations" Congratulations!

May

May 31. Alexey Nechunaev has defended his Candidate of Sciences Thesis at Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU. (link) Congratulations!

May 22. International Scientific Conference "FRontiers of ADaptive and nonlinear CONtrol (FRADCON 2018)”, timed to the 70th anniversary of A.L. Fradkov. (link)

April

April 30. City seminar on Control Theory. Professor Laurent Praly (Centre Automatique et Systemes, MINES-ParisTech, Paris, France) has made a talk on "Convergence of Nonlinear Observers on R^n with a Riemannian Metric". (link)

April 25. City seminar on Control Theory. Professor Alexey Pavlov (Dept. Petroleum Cybernetics, NTNU, Trondheim, Norwey) has made a talk on "Stable inversion of nonlinear nonminimum-phase systems". (link)

April 23. Sad news: Gennady Alekseevich Leonov, RAS Corresponding Member, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of St. Petersburg State University, Head of the Information Processing Systems Laboratory of the IPME suddenly passed away at the age 71. Obituary (pdf)

April 9 - 13. At the city seminar "Control Theory" a series of lectures on Control of Complex Networks was delivered by Professor Eckehard Schoell from TU Berlin. Topics of the lectures: "Controlling partial synchronization patterns: Chimera states and beyond"; "Chimera states in complex networks: interplay of topology, noise, and delay"; "Coherence resonance chimeras in dynamical networks and their control by time-delayed feedback". (link)

March

March 26. City seminar on Control Theory. Professor A.S. Matveev (St. Petersburg State University) has made a talk on "Algorithms of reactive navigation for the environment of multiple targets in three-dimensional space."


2017

October

From October 16 to November 9, Professor Alexander Fradkov made a scientific visit to China in the cities of Hangzhou and Shanghai. Visited Hangzhou Dianzi University и East China Normal University.

August

On August 23 the interview with the head of the CCS Laboratory Prof. Alexander Fradkov was published in the newspaper "Poisk". The conversation concerned the inclusion of the St. Petersburg State University in the top 100 of the Shanghai subject ranking, in what a considerable merit employees of the Department of Theoretical Cybernetics, SPbSU and working part-time scientists of CSS Laboratory. (link)

July

On July 17-19 CSS Laboratory scientists took part in the 8th International Conference on Physics and Control 2017 at Florence (link). At the opening of the conference Alexander Fradkov read the plenary report «Cybernetical Physics-2017».

On July 9-14 Toulouse (France) hosted the 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC World Congress) (link) The International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC), which in 2017 celebrates its 60th anniversary, organizes such congresses every three years. The first Congress of IFAC was held in 1960 in Moscow. In 2017, the Congress gathered a record number of participants: 3462 delegates from 68 countries. 11 reports with the participation of the scientists of CSS Laboratory were presented at the IFAC Congress-2017. IFAC awards were presented before the Congress at a special meeting. Alexander Fradkov was awarded the title of IFAC Fellow. This title is a special award, emphasizing the recognition of merits of the scientist in the field of automatic control. (link)

June

At the XI-th International Chetaev Conference "Analytical Mechanics, Stability and Control" (Kazan, June 13-17), A Fradkov, R Seifullaev, and I Furtat made plenary presentations. (link)

On June 28 published a rating of the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 (link). It includes 12 Russian universities. St. Petersburg state University was in the top 100 of this list in the direction of “automation and control” (link). Significant progress of the University in this rating was provided by the CSS Lab members, who work part-time and at the Department of theoretical Cybernetics St. Petersburg state University. See interview with A. L. Fradkov, the newspaper «Poisk»: (link).

March

The theme issue "Horizons of Cybernetical Physics" of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A is published online on Jan.23, 2017, see (link) Note that Philosophical Transactions was launched in 1665 and it is the world's first journal dedicated to science.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • Introduction: Horizons of cybernetical physics

    Alexander L. Fradkov

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160223;

  • Common foundations of optimal control across the sciences:evidence of a free lunch

    Benjamin Russell, Herschel Rabitz

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160210;

  • Partially controlling transient chaos in the Lorenz equations

    Ruben Capeans, Juan Sabuco, Miguel A. F. Sanjuan, James A. Yorke

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160211;

  • Control methods for localization of nonlinear waves

    Alexey Porubov, Boris Andrievsky

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160212;

  • Control of autoresonance in mechanical and physical models

    A. Kovaleva

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160213;

  • Cone separation, quadratic control systems and control of spin dynamics in the presence of decoherence

    Navin Khaneja

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160214;

  • Controllability of networked higher-dimensional systems with one-dimensional communication

    Lin Wang, Xiaofan Wang, Guanrong Chen

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160215;

  • Synchronization patterns: from network motifs to hierarchical networks

    Sanjukta Krishnagopal, Judith Lehnert, Winnie Poel, Anna Zakharova, Eckehard Scholl

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160216;

  • Feedback traps for virtual potentials

    Momcilo Gavrilov, John Bechhoefer

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160217;

  • Dissipative open systems theory as a foundation for the thermodynamics of linear systems

    Jean-Charles Delvenne, Henrik Sandberg

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160218;

  • Finding limiting possibilities of thermodynamic systems by optimization

    Stanislaw Sieniutycz, Anatoly Tsirlin

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160219;

  • Modelling non-equilibrium thermodynamic systems from the speed-gradient principle

    Tatiana A. Khantuleva, Dmitry S. Shalymov

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160220;

  • Tumour chemotherapy strategy based on impulse control theory

    Hai-Peng Ren, Yan Yang, Murilo S. Baptista, Celso Grebogi

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160221;

  • Nonlinear dynamics as an engine of computation

    Behnam Kia, John F. Lindner, William L. Ditto

    Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2017 375 20160222

February

Prof. Igor Furtat was awarded with the medal of RAS of 2016 for young researchers for the set of works "Unified theory of dynamic compensation of disturbances in complex engineering systems" Congratulations!

January

The IPACS open access journal 'Cybernetics and Physics' is finally accepted for inclusion in Scopus database! It may take a few months until the papers are indexed in Scopus. We will keep you informed about the progress and invite you to submit your papers RIGHT NOW!


2016

December

Sergei Plotnikov has defended his Cand. of Sciences Thesis at Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU on December 21, 2016. Congratulations!

Mikhail Lipkovich has defended his Cand. of Sciences Thesis at IPME RAS on December 21, 2016. Congratulations!

Dmitry Gorlatov has defended his Cand. of Sciences Thesis at Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU on December 13, 2016. Congratulations!

October:

90th Anniversary of Vladimir Andreevich Yakubovich (1926-2012), one of the founders of modern control theory, was celebrated on October 21, 2016.

The paper 'Network science on belief system dynamics under logic constraints' was published on Oct.21 in the high prestige journal 'Science' The paper is coauthored by Anton Proskurnikov, the senior researcher of CCS Lab, former student of Prof. Yakubovich. Congratulations, Anton!

July:

The IFAC has decided to award Prof. Alexander Fradkov with the title "IFAC Fellow" with citation "For contributions to adaptive and nonlinear control theory and the deterministic approximation of stochastic systems" was taken. Congratulations!

June:

The 8th Traditional Jouth Summer School "Control, Information, Optimization" took place on June 14-19 in the resort "Repino" near Saint Petersburg. Site of the school: (link)

A number of the students from SPbSU and ITMO, affiliated with CCS Lab attended: Sergei Plotnikov, Tatiana Bryntseva, Denis Nikitin, Staniskav Tomschevsky, Julia Chugina, Natalia Ten. Alexander Fradkov and Dmitry Tomchin worked in the Organizing Committee.

May:

On May 2-6 the lectures of the EECI International Graduate School on Control 2016 (EECI-IGSC-2016)) took place in Saint Petersburg.

Prof. A. Stephen Morse, Yale University, USA delivered the course "Distributed control and computation" attended by 32 students from five countries.

February:

Egor Usik has defended his Cand. of Sciences Thesis at Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU on February 17, 2016. Congratulations!


2015

December:

More that 50 papers were published by the CCS Lab members in 2015, including 36 papers in the journals or proceedings indexed in Web of Science, Scopus.

The collective monograph "Problems of network control", edited by A.L.Fradkov was published. It is coauthored by Natalia Amelina, Mikhail Ananyevskiy, Boris Andrievsky, Oleg Granichin, Ibragim Junussov, Alexey Matveev, Anton Proskurnikov, Irina Pchelkina, Anton Selivanov, Alexander Fradkov, Emilia Fridman and Igor Furtat. It is the first book published in Russia on this subject.

The Prize of the Saint Petersburg State University "For fundamental achievement in science" is awarded in 2015 to the set of the works by Sergey Gusev, Alexey Matveev and Alexander Fradkov 'Control under information constraints with application to the networked, robotic and physical-technological systems'. Congratulations!

September:

Ruslan Seifullaev has defended his Cand. of Sciences Thesis at Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU on September 30, 2015. Congratulations!

June:

The 1st International Conference "Modelling, Identification and Control of Nonlinear Systems" (MICNON 2015) took place in St. Petersburg, Russia on June 24-26, 2015. The conference was dedicated to the memory of Vladimir Andreevich Yakubovich (1926-2012), one of the founders of modern control theory, corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences honorary professor of St. Petersburg State University.

The Conference was the first of a new series of international conferences in the field of systems theory and automatic control, organized by the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). It was attended by about 250 experts from 38 countries, including more than 120 foreign scientists and some "stars" of control field: Rudolf Kalman (ETH Zurich), Karl Astrom (Lund, Sweden), Roger Brockett (Harvard, USA), David Hill (Hong Kong - Sydney) and others. Former IFAC President Alberto Isidori (Rome, Italy), the future president of IFAC Frank Allgower (Stuttgart, Germany), General IFAC Secretary Kurt Schlaher (Linz, Austria). A number of the talks were devoted to the works of V.A. Yakubovich and his research school, including the plenary talk of Alexander Fradkov entitled "Legacy of Vladimir Yakubovich".

April:

On April 20-24 the lectures of the EECI International Graduate School on Control 2015 (EECI-IGSC-2015)) took place in Saint Petersburg. Prof. Vladimir Kharitonov from SPbSU delivered a course: Time-delay systems: Lyapunov functional and matrices.

Part-time researcher of CCS Lab, 3rd year student of SPbSU Denis Nikitin has won two gold medals at the International Robotic Contest RobotChallenge-2015 in Wien, Austria. 640 robots from 40 countries were competing in 17 nominations. Denis' robots have won the race of quadrotors and contest on objects' assembly.

February:

The 16th Saint-Petersburg Olympiad on Cybernetics was organized by ITMO University jointly with SPbSU and CCS Lab (Mikhail Ananyevskiy and Alexander Fradkov are members of the Organizing Committee).


2014

October:

A.Fradkov is elected as Head of the Department of Theoretical Cybernetics athe Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of SPbSU, Site of Dept: (link).

September:

Anton Selivanov has defended his Cand. of Sciences Thesis at Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU on September 24, 2014. Congratulations!

July:

Lab CCS has won the grant of Russian Science Foundation on "Control of Complex Physical-Technical Systems (grant 14-29-00142).

June:

A.Fradkov is elected as Head of the Department "Control of Complex Systems" in the ITMO University (Dept. in partnership with the CCS Lab), Site of Dept: (link).

April:

On April 14-19 first time lectures of the EECI International Graduate School on Control 2014 (EECI-IGSC-2014)) took place in Saint Petersburg.

Theme: Nonlinear Control of Physical Systems

Lecturers: Roger W. Brockett, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, USA and Alexander Fradkov, IPME, SPbSU, ITMO, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

February:

The 15th Saint-Petersburg Olympiad on Cybernetics was organized by ITMO University jointly with SPbSU and CCS Lab (Mikhail Ananyevskiy and Alexander Fradkov are members of the Organizing Committee).


2013

In 2009-2013 Lab CSS has won several grants for invitation of active international researchers:

  • Prof. Anton Shiriaev (NTNU, Trondheim, Norvey);
  • Prof. Emilia Fridman (Tel Aviv University, Israel);
  • Prof. Dmitry Peaucelle (LAAS, CNRS, Toulouse, France);
  • Prof. Daniel Liberzon (University of Illinois, Urbana-Shampain, USA).

February:

The 14th Saint-Petersburg Olympiad on Cybernetics was organized by ITMO University jointly with SPbSU and CCS Lab (Mikhail Ananyevskiy and Alexander Fradkov are members of the Organizing Committee).


2012

August:

Vladimir A. Yakubovich, one of the founders of modern control theory, passed away on August 17, 2012. He was 85 years old.

See biography of V.A.Yakubovich in Wikipedia, in the topical issue of the journal "Automation and Remote Control" dedicated to V.A.Yakubovich's 80th birthday.

Obituary in IEEE Control Systems Magazine.

May:

Grigory Grigoriev has defended his Cand. of Sciences Thesis at Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU on May 30, 2012. Congratulations!

April:

Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) has awarded the 2012 Andronov Prize to the Corresponding member of RAS G.A. Leonov, Dr. Phys&Math V.I. Nekorkin and Dr. Phys&Math V.D. Shalfeev for the set of the works "Development of the synchronization and analysis methods for periodic and chaotic oscillations in collective automatic phase control systems". Congratulations!

Natalia Amelina has defended her Cand. of Sciences Thesis at Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU on April 25, 2012. Congratulations!

March:

Igor Furtat has defended his Doctor of Sciences Thesis at IPME on March 15, 2012. Congratulations!

February:

On Feb.24, 2012 the Foundation Meeting of the interregional Researchers' Society has taken place. Alexander Fradkov has been elected to the Society Council.


2011

December:

A new international journal is launched by the IPACS and IPME: Cybernetics and Physics (CAP) The CAP Editorial Board consists of about 30 internationally recognized experts from 17 countries.

Interview of A.E.Ossadtchi to the newspaper "Sankt-Peterburgskie Vedomosti" (in Russian)

The 2011 publication list of the Lab is posted.

October:

In October we selebrated the 85th birthday of Prof. Vladimir Andreevich Yakubovich and 80th birthday of prof. Arkady Khaimovich Gelig.

On Oct.31 a special session of the St.Petersburg seminar on Control Theory dedicated to those events took place.

The 2nd Electronic Edition of Yakubovich's complete collection of the works was published on CD-ROM.
The CD-ROM contains more than 300 full text publications including 8 books, 188 journal papers, more than 100 papers published in or translated to English.
Extra 10 journal papers was published by V.A.Yakubovich after release of the 1st Edition in 2006.
Additionally, a collection of about 40 papers selected by V.A.Yakubovich himself is in preparation.

New members have joined our Lab Dr.Sc Phys&Math Oleg Granichin, Ph.D. Alexey Osadchii, Cand.Sc., Engineering Igor Furtat.

September:

On Sept.19-20 the 6th Swedish-Russian Control Conference (SweRuCon2011) was held in NRU ITMO (8, Birjevaja linia). There were 13 attendees from Sweden and 17 from Russia. Conference Program is here.

On Sept.21-23 the 14th International (Baltic) student Olympiad on Automatic Control (BOAC 2011) took place in in NRU ITMO (8, Birjevaja linia). The BOAC 2014 program included 33 talks of students and young researchwrs from 14 universities of Russia, Belorussia, Sweden, Ukraine. Two distinguished lecturers gave the lectures for BOAC participants: Member of Russian Academy of Sciences Prof. Alexander Kurzhanski (Moscow State Univ) and Member of Swedish Academy of Engineering Prof. Anders Lindquist (Royal Inst. Technology, Stokholm). Both lectures were based on the materials of authors' plenary talks at the IFAC World Congress that took place in Milano just a month ago.

The BOAC winners were awarded with diploms and books. Absolute winner of the Olympiad was Igor Furtat who was affiliated with Astrakhan State Technical Unifersity (later he joined our Lab). Congratulations!

The 5th International Conference on Physics and Control (Physcon 2011) was held in Leon, Spain, on September 5-8, 2011. 203 participants from 31 different countries attended the conference organized by University of Leon and IPACS. About 50 participants from Russia attended Physcon 2011. Details see at: http://physcon.unileon.es/

By the way, The 4th International Conference on Physics and Control (Physcon 2009) organized by University of Catania and IPACS was held in Catania, Italy on September 1-4, 2009. About 200 participants from more than 30 different countries (including some 40 people from Russia) attended the conference, see at http://www.physcon2009.diees.unict.it/

Laboratory coordinates activities of the Research-Educational Center "Control of Complex Systems" (REC CCS) . REC CCS joins CCS Lab, The Department of Theoretical Cybernetics of Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU and The Department of Control Systems and Informatics of NRU ITMO.
Our joint results were presented at numerous conferences and exhibitions. Some videos related to our activities are presented on TV and YouTube:
Here one can see

July:

New books are published by St.Petersburg "Nauka" in the series "Steps into Cybernetics":
V.G.Bykov "From Pendulum to Robot".
R.M.Luchin "Programming of Embedded Systems: from Model to Robot".
S.A.Filippov "Robotics for Children and Parents. 2nd edition".
All books are edited by A.L.Fradkov.

Publication list of the Laboratory for 2010 is posted.


2010

July:

The CCS Lab celebrated its 20th bnirthday in June, 2010.

During first 10 years (1990-2000) the members of the Lab have published 8 books, 4 textbooks, 68 journal and 185 conference papers, have made about 60 scientific visits abroad. Five international conferences are organized, three Cand.Sci. theses are defended. Nine volumes of collected papers are published under our edition.

During next 10 years (2001-2010) the members of the Lab have published 17 books, 3 textbooks, 9 edited volumes, 210 journal and 180 conference papers. Eight international conferences are organized in Saint Petersburg and four conferences are organized outside of Russia, dosens of research visits abroad are made. Two Dr.Sci. theses and three Cand.Sci. theses are defended. Six volumes of collected papers, five conference proceedings and three special issues of international journals are edited and published.

We maintain fruitful scientific and personal links with leading researchers and educators worldwide. Particularly we keep links with the former CCS Lab members and it is very important for the Lab. We run joint projects and we proudly publish joint papers with our former members.

Ibragim Junussov has defended his Cand. of Sciences Thesis in Math&Mech Faculty of SPbSU on June 16, 2010. Congratulations!

Released books:

  • S.A.Filippov. Robotics for Children and Parents. Edited by Alexander Fradkov St.Petersburg, 2010. (In Russian).
  • From Physics to Control Through an Emergent View. Edited by Luigi Fortuna (University of Catania, Italy), Alexander Fradkov (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia), & Mattia Frasca (University of Catania, Italy). World Scientific Series on Nonlinear Science, Series B.

    Research report and publication lists of the Laboratory for 2009 are posted.


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