Automatica, October, 1996, Volume 32, No. 10


Two More Editorial Appointments

In the July, 1996, issue of AUTOMATICA several editorial resignations and new appointments were announced. When the July editorial was written it was known that also Editor Yaman Arkun planned to resign, but no successor had been found. Yaman Arkun was appointed Editor for Applications and Computer Control in 1992 after having been an Associate Editor. He saw many interesting papers to a good end.

Applications papers are of key interest to AUTOMATICA. I am therefore very pleased to announce that two distinguished members of the international scientific control community have been found willing to assume the position of Editor for AUTOMATICA to deal with a wide range of applications papers.

Papers on these subjects may be submitted directly and immediately to the two new editors --- see the Information for Authors. Brief biographies of the two new appointees follow this editorial.

Huibert Kwakernaak

Editor-in-Chief, Automatica


Computer programs follow their rules. When my database management system was instructed to sort all AUTOMATICA authors by their frequency of publications, as I did when I prepared my editorial "Cumulative Table of Contents and Indices 1963-1995" for the June, 1996, issue, it did precisely that. The query correctly listed P.V. Kokotovic as the author of 19 papers and P.V. Kokotovi as the author of 7 papers. The computer could not know, but I should have noticed, that the two entries refer to the same author Petar Kokotovic. Petar therefore ranks fourth, and not ninth, among the top ten AUTOMATICA authors. I am obliged to Editor Chang-Chieh Hang for pointing out this mistake.

Huibert Kwakernaak

Editor-in-Chief, Automatica

K. Furuta Katsuhisa Furuta, AUTOMATICA Editor for Control System Applications

Katsuhisa Furuta was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1940. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1962, 1964 and 1967, respectively. He was a postdocoral fellow at Laval University (Quebec, Canada) from July 1967 to August 1969. Since then he has been on the teaching staff of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he is currently a Professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering.

Katsuhisa Furuta's research interest lies in the areas of linear system theory, digital control and its applications, and robot control. He has been interested in the control of inverted pendulums like the swing-up of a single pendulum and stabilization of multiple inverted pendulums, which has been used as a laboratory experimental apparatus in many universities. His group developed in 1977 a program package for computer aided control system design named DPACS. The package is widely used by the Japanese industry, and Professor Furuta has been consulting for several companies. He is the author or co-author of six textbooks in Japanese, one of which was translated into English (State Variable Methods in Automatic Control, John Wiley, 1988). He received the Paper Award from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (Japan) in 1974 and the Aida Technical Award from the Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity in 1992. His present research interest includes discrete-time variable structure systems and the direct design of control systems from the impulse response.

Professor Furuta is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society since 1994, and is a co-chairman of the Program Committee of the 1996 IEEE CDC. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control from 1991 to 1993 and as Chairman of the International Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society from 1992 to 1994.He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and also a Fellow of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (Japan).

Professor Furuta has been involved in several IFAC symposia as an IPC member. He was the IPC chairman of the Third IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education in 1994. He was a member of the IFAC Technical Board from 1993 to 1995 and a member of the IPC of the 1996 IFAC Congress. Since 1994 he is a member of the IFAC Council.

S. Skogestad Sigurd Skogestad, AUTOMATICA Editor for Process Control and Computer Control Applications

Sigurd Skogestad was born in Norway in 1955. He received the Siv.Ing. degree (Diploma Engineer) in chemical engineering from NTNU in Trondheim in 1978. From 1980 to 1983 he worked with Norsk Hydro in the areas of process design and simulation at their Reseach Center in Porsgrunn, Norway. He then spent 3.5 years in the US working towards his Ph.D. under the guidance of Manfred Morari, receiving the Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. He has been a professor of chemical engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since 1987.

The goal of Dr. Skogestad's research is to develop simple yet rigorous methods to solve problems of engineering significance. His research interests include robust control, distillation columns control and dynamics, and interactions between process design and control. He heads a group of about 8 Ph.D. students and is the Head of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering in Trondheim (PROST).

The author of more than 50 journal publications and 100 conference publications, he is the principal author together with Ian Postlethwaite of the book ``Multivariable feedback control,'' published by Wiley in May 1996.
Dr. Skogestad was awarded "Innstilling to the King" for his Siv.Ing. degree in 1979, a Fullbright fellowship in 1983, received the Ted Peterson Award from AIChE in 1989, the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from IEEE in 1990, and the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from the American Automatic Control Council in 1992.