SICE International Symposium on Control Systems 2016
March 7-10, 2016
Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan

Important dates

Initial submission due:November 9, 2015 November 23, 2015 (Extended)
Notification of acceptance:December 1, 2015 December 11, 2015
Final submission due: December 25, 2015 January 8, 2016 January 15, 2016 (Extended)


February 26, 2016:Venue and Social Events updated
February 4, 2016:Technical program available
February 4, 2016:MSCS plenaries information updated
January 29, 2016:Invited talks information updated
January 9, 2016:Invited talks information updated
January 6, 2016:Final submission due extended to January 15, 2016
December 11, 2015:Final submission due extended to January 8, 2016
December 11, 2015:Registration and Visa information updated
December 2, 2015:Awards information updated
November 9, 2015:Initial submission due extended to November 23, 2015
October 21, 2015:Registration information updated
September 26, 2015:Symposium web-site launched

Overview of SICE ISCS 2016

The SICE International Symposium on Control Systems (ISCS) is a new event launched in 2015 by the Control Division of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE). The ISCS provides an opportunity for interactions among researchers, students, and engineers who are working on various aspects of control systems, from theory to application.

Specific topics of interest include, but not limited to:

The 2nd SICE ISCS will take place as a part of the 3rd SICE Multi-Symposium on Control Systems (MSCS) [Web (in Japanese)], which will be held Monday through Thursday, March 7-10, 2016 at Nagoya Campus, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.

The 2nd SICE ISCS invites you to submit contributed papers. We provide you of two categories of paper submissions: regular papers and position papers. The former is a full contributed paper of a completed work, while the latter is aimed for a timely review of research, a case study, a technical discussion, and so forth. The papers will be peer-reviewed. Regular papers will be included to the Xplore Digital Library. See [Paper Submission] for more detail. The accepted papers will be assigned to an oral session in English.

The symposium venue is Nagoya Campus of Nanzan University, and enjoys easy access by trains or subways. See [Venue].


Technical Program

The technical program is available at here [PDF].

Special Lectures:

MSCS Plenaries (14:40-16:20, Monday, March 7)

The following two plenary lectures of the 3rd SICE MSCS will be delivered in English. ISCS participants are welcome to attend these sessions. The lectures will be held at Flatten Hall ([No. 13 in Campus Guide]), Nagoya Campus of Nanzan University. You can also find more detail information at [here] for access to Flatten Hall from the symposium venue (Building S).

CSS President Special Lecture (14:40-15:40)

Francis J. Doyle, III, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, United States of America

Title: Model Predictive Control of the Artificial Pancreas

Abstract: Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is a chronic autoimmune disease affecting approximately 35 million individuals world-wide, with associated annual healthcare costs in the US estimated to be approximately $15 billion. Current treatment requires either multiple daily insulin injections or continuous subcutaneous (SC) insulin infusion (CSII) delivered via an insulin infusion pump. Both treatment modes necessitate frequent blood glucose measurements to determine the daily insulin requirements for maintaining near-normal blood glucose levels. More than 30 years ago, the idea of an artificial endocrine pancreas for patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) was envisioned. The closed-loop concept consisted of an insulin syringe, a blood glucose analyzer, and a transmitter. In the ensuing years, a number of theoretical research studies were performed with numerical simulations to demonstrate the relevance of advanced process control design to the artificial pancreas, with delivery algorithms ranging from simple PID, to H, to model predictive control. With the advent of continuous glucose sensing, which reports interstitial glucose concentrations approximately every minute, and the development of hardware and algorithms to communicate with and control insulin pumps, the vision of closed-loop control of blood glucose is approaching a reality. In the last 10 years, our research group has been working with medical doctors on clinical demonstrations of model predictive control algorithms for the artificial pancreas. In this talk, I will outline the difficulties inherent in controlling physiological variables, the challenges with regulatory approval of such devices, and will describe a number of control systems engineering algorithms we have tested in clinical experiments, including outpatient studies, for the artificial pancreas.

Biography: Frank Doyle is the John A. Paulson Dean of the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he also is the John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor. Prior to that he was the Mellichamp Professor at UC Santa Barbara, where he was the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Director of the UCSB/MIT/Caltech Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. He received a B.S.E. degree from Princeton, C.P.G.S. from Cambridge, and Ph.D. from Caltech, all in Chemical Engineering. He has also held faculty appointments at Purdue University and the University of Delaware, and held visiting positions at DuPont, Weyerhaeuser, and Stuttgart University. He has been recognized as a Fellow of multiple professional organizations including: IEEE, IFAC, AIMBE, and the AAAS. He is the President for the IEEE Control Systems Society, and is the Vice President of the International Federation of Automatic Control. In 2005, he was awarded the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the AIChE for his innovative work in systems biology, and in 2015 received the Control Engineering Practice Award from the American Automatic Control Council for his development of the artificial pancreas. His research interests are in systems biology, network science, modeling and analysis of circadian rhythms, and drug delivery for diabetes.

Kimura-Award Commemorative Lecture (15:40-16:20)

Hiroshi Ito, Department of Systems Design and Informatics, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

Title: Stability from modules with nonlinearity and saturation

Abstract: Stability addresses regularity, transient or asymptotic behavior, stationary properties and robustness of dynamical systems. Nonlinearity renders such properties diverse and it allows us to appreciate and make use of dynamics in a huge variety of ways, which sharply contrasts with linearity providing the beauty of uniformity. One may think that nonlinearity only makes things tough and challenging. It, however, resides everywhere in our natural world. Such mechanisms are not complicated by nature and not too hard for us to understand either if we find a way to get rid of uniformity. A recently developed framework based on integral input-to-state stability (iISS) addresses stability of systems by utilizing nonlinearities of components. Its mathematical idea is only to allow for curves and infinity. Naturally, operator-theoretic approaches break down. If one sticks to the state space where the dynamics evolves, the concept of energy accept curves and infinity. An example of nonlinearities the iISS framework covers is saturation mechanism which denies input-to-state stability (ISS). This talk briefly presents the iISS framework that extends and goes beyond the existing ISS framework by reforming the theory of constructing Lyapunov functions.

Biography: Hiroshi Ito received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Keio University, Japan in 1995. He has been with Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan since 1995. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Systems Design and Informatics. He received the 1990 Young Author Prize of The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), and the Pioneer Award of SICE Control Division in 2008. He was awarded from Asian Journal of Control the Best Paper Award of Years 2013-2014. He has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of Automatica, and European Journal of Control. He is also on the IEEE CSS Conference Editorial Board and the SICE JCMSI Editorial Board. He serves as the Chair of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Nonlinear Systems and Control. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Invited Talks (10:00-11:40, Wednesday, March 9)

Patrizio Colaneri, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Title: Improving performances via switching: theory and applications

Abstract: There is a growing demand in industry for methods to model, analyze, and to understand systems incorporating both logic-based and continuous components. Switching control is ubiquitous in diverse engineering fields, including automotive systems, industrial plants, communication networks, biochemical systems, power electronics, computer science. In this talk the basic theoretical results on stabilization, cooperative control and consensus, and optimization of linear switched systems are first recalled. A few examples are briefly discussed. These concern the design of limit cycle in capacitor switching systems, the semi-active control of suspension systems, the therapy scheduling for virus load mitigation in HIV infection, and the hierarchical exothermic reaction control of a continuous stirred-tank reactor.

Biography: Patrizio Colaneri was born in Palmoli, Italy, in 1956. He received the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering in 1981 and the PhD degree (Dottorato di Ricerca) in Automatic Control in 1987. After a few years in industry and at the National Research Council of Italy, he joined the Politecnico di Milano where he is full professor of Automatica and served as head of the PhD school on ICT (2007-2009). He spent a semester at the Systems Research Center of the University of Maryland (1989) and at the Hamilton Institute of the National University of Ireland (2009). He also collaborates with the Institute for Design and Control of Mechatronical Systems of Johannes Kepler University in Linz (Austria) since 2000. Dr. Colaneri was the chair the IFAC Coordinating Committee on Design Methods for six years, the chair of the Technical Committee on Control Design for six years, a member of the Council of EUCA (European Union Control Association) for three years, an Associate Editor of Automatica for six years (certificate of outstanding service). He is at present a member of the Technical Board of IFAC, a subject editor of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, a senior Editor of the IFAC journal Nonlinear Hybrid Systems and a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control. He was elevated to the degree of IEEE Fellow for contributions on periodic and switching control. He is also a Fellow of IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control). His main interests are in the area of periodic systems and control, robust filtering and control, and switching control. He has authored/co-authored more than 220 papers and seven books, including the following four international monographies: "Control Theory and Design: an RH2 and RH viewpoint", Academic Press 1997, gPeriodic Systems: Filtering and Controlh, Springer Verlag, 2009, gPositive Markov Jump Systemsh, Now Publishing 2015, "Switched Positive Linear Systems", Now Publishing 2015.

Satoshi Satoh, Faculty of Engineering, Hiroshima University, Japan

Title: A unified framework for nonlinear stochastic control problems based on path integral analysis

Abstract: Control of stochastic systems, whose dynamics intrinsically possess probabilistic uncertainties, plays an important role in many fields such as engineering, applied chemistry, economics, biophysics and so on. The aim of this talk is to provide a new iterative solution method for nonlinear stochastic control problems involving optimal control on finite or infinite time interval, that with input saturation and H control. First, we review a particular nonlinear partial differential equation called the stochastic Hamilton-Jacobi (SHJ) equation, which the above problems reduce to. Second, we provide an iteration law for solving the SHJ equation, and show that an explicit solution of each iteration is given by the Feynman-Kac formula. Third, we derive a suboptimal feedback controller at each iteration by using the path integral analysis. The convergence property of the proposed method is also discussed. Finally, we show some numerical simulations demonstrating the validity of this method.

Biography: Satoshi Satoh received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan, in 2005, 2007 and 2010, respectively. He is currently an assistant professor of Faculty of Engineering, Hiroshima University, Japan. He has held a visiting research position at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands in 2011. He received The 10th Asian Control Conference The Best Paper Award in 2015, SICE Young Author's Award in 2010, and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Japan Chapter Young Award in 2008. His research interests include nonlinear control theory and its application to stochastic systems and robotics.

Paper Submission

[Call for Papers]

All of the papers for both of initial and final submissions must be in English. The deadline of initial submissions is November 9, 2015 November 23, 2015 (Extended).

Two categories of paper submissions are provided for authors:

The author or at least one of the authors of each accepted paper is required to registers for participation and publication to the 3rd SICE MSCS, which includes this symposium, make payments, and present the paper.

Submissions of all the papers to the 2nd ISCS are made in the paper submission site [PaperCept]. Both of regular and position papers for the 2nd ISCS are supposed to follow the symposium style, which can be found below:

The acceptance will be notified to the authors on December 11, 2015. The final camera-ready manuscript due is January 15, 2015 (Extended).


It is mandatory that the author or at least one of the authors of each accepted paper should register to the 3rd SICE MSCS, which includes the 2nd SICE ISCS, for attendance and paper publication, and should make payments before uploading the final paper. Be careful not to forget to pay the publication fee in addition to the registration fee if your papers are accepted. Advance registration will provide low prices for attendance and only accept credit-card payments via the registration site shown below. On-site registration will only accept payments by cash. All the types of payments will be made in Japanese yen (JPY).

Publication fee:

Registration of attendance:

*These items include members of SICE, members of IEEE and members of Japanese societies that SICE MSCS/ISCS is held in association with. Visit the 3rd MSCS site to find the list of societies of the last category.

Registration of attendance includes a copy of the Proceedings of the 3rd MSCS. Those who registers to the 3rd SICE MSCS can attend all the symposia of the 3rd MSCS as well as the ISCS 2016.

For authors of accepted papers:

First, complete registration and payment at the registration site of the 3rd SICE Multi-Symposium on Control Systems (3rd SICE MSCS) [click here]. The 3rd SICE MSCS includes the SICE ISCS 2016 as one of the symposiums held at the same time. Below are additional instructions:

Upon your registration, a personal account is created for you in the registration site and, upon your payment, the VOUCHER CODE is provided for each of your papers that you registered. The voucher codes will be found in your personal account page.

With the voucher code you obtained, your final manuscript can be uploaded at the paper submission site [PaperCept]. (Enter the voucher code as "upload fee code.")

The final manuscript due is

Friday, January 15, 2016 (Server time of PaperCept, Extended)
See also [Visa Information] below.

For potential participants of SICE ISCS 2016:

To obtain early-bird prices for registration, visit the registration site of the 3rd SICE Multi-Symposium on Control Systems (3rd SICE MSCS) [click here], which includes the SICE ISCS 2016 as one of the symposiums held at the same time.

Visa Information

For authors of accepted manuscripts, we will prepare an invitation letter written in English for your visa application upon request.

In principle, this procedure is applicable only to the authors of accepted papers who have already paid the registration fee through the conference registration system. We only support visa application for attending the conference.

A list of countries with visa exemptions can be found [here] (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan).

Process for issuing an invitation letter for Visa application:

Authors should satisfy all the following conditions from 1) to 5).
1) have submitted their final manuscripts;
2) have registered for the conference and paid the registration fees;
3) have booked their flights and accommodations;
4) have filled out the [Visa Information Form] ; and
5) have sent the form to the ISCS2016 Secretariat: sice_iscs_secret[at] (Replace [at] with @).

ATTENTION: It is imperative that this form be returned to the Secretariat until December 25, 2015.


SICE and SICE Control Division provide several awards at this symposium. Authors who are members of SICE are encouraged to apply for the awards. The deadline of the application has been extended. The details will be found at the MSCS web page in Japanese.

Please visit [this page] to apply for the SICE Young Authors Award. Note that the winner/awardee must be a member of SICE and must be less than 30 years of age at the time of application for the Awards for Basic Research, and less than 35 years of age for the Awards for Practical Application.

In case you wish your paper to be screened/judged for the SICE Control Division Young Author's Award, please check "Wish to be screened/judged for SICE Control Division Young Author's Award" in the registration web page. Note that the winner/awardee must be a member of the SICE and must be below 27 years old at the time of presentation.


Access to the symposium venue

The symposium venue, Nagoya Campus of Nanzan University, is located in 8 minutes walk from Yagoto Nisseki Station, Subway Meijo Line, Transportation Bureau, City of Nagoya. Click [here] for access to Nagoya Campus from Nagoya Station and Central Japan International Airport (Centrair). Trains and subways provide useful transportations between Nagoya Campus and plenty of hotels in Nagoya. You can also find more detail information at [here] for access to the symposium venue from Yagoto Nisseki and Nagoya Daigaku Stations, Subway Meijo Line.

Floor guide

The technical sessions of the 3rd SICE MSCS will be held at Building S ([No. 14 in Campus Guide]), Nagoya Campus of Nanzan University. Floor map of the building is available at [here].

Registration desk:

The registration desk will open at Entrance Hall, the 3rd floor of Building S.


A cloakroom will be available at Room S44, the 4th floor of Building S.

Social Events


The banquet will be held from 18:30 through 20:30, Tuesday March 8, 2016, at Alumni Association Center/Dining Hall ([No. 19 in Campus Guide]), Nagoya Campus of Nanzan University, which is located on the walking distance from the symposium venue. You can also find more detail information at [here] for access to the banquet venue from the symposium venue (Building S).

ISCS Sponsors

Sponsor and Organizer:
Control Division, the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)

Technical Co-Sponsors:
IEEE Control Systems Society
Nanzan University


MSCS General Chair:
Noboru Sakamoto (Nanzan Univ.)

MSCS Coordinating Program Chair:
Masato Ishikawa (Osaka Univ.)

MSCS Treasurer:
Osamu Yamanaka (Toshiba Corp.)

ISCS Steering Committee Chair:
Yasumasa Fujisaki (Osaka Univ.)

ISCS Program Chair & ISCS Steering Committee Vice Chair:
Izumi Masubuchi (Kobe Univ.)

ISCS Program Vice Chair:
Hitoshi Katayama (Shizuoka Univ.)

ISCS Program Committee:
Takehito Azuma (Utsunomiya Univ.)
Yasumasa Fujisaki (Osaka Univ.)
Tomohisa Hayakawa (Tokyo Inst. of Technology)
Hiroyuki Ichihara (Meiji Univ.)
Kenji Kashima (Kyoto Univ.)
Koichi Kobayashi (Hokkaido Univ.)
Kiminao Kogiso (Univ. of Electro-Communications)
Chiaki Kojima (Univ. of Tokyo)
Yasuaki Oishi (Nanzan Univ.)
Kazunori Sakurama (Tottori Univ.)
Masayuki Sato (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Satoshi Satoh (Hiroshima Univ.)
Daisuke Tsubakino (Nagoya Univ.)
Yuji Wakasa (Yamaguchi Univ.)

ISCS Working Group:
Tomohisa Hayakawa (Tokyo Inst. of Technology)
Kenji Kashima (Kyoto Univ.)
Kiminao Kogiso (Univ. of Electro-Communications)
Chiaki Kojima (Univ. of Tokyo)
Kazunori Sakurama (Tottori Univ.)
Satoshi Satoh (Hiroshima Univ.)


Contact e-mail address: sice_iscs_secret[at] (Replace [at] with @)

Last update: March 1, 2016
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