Automatica, December 1999, Volume 35, No. 12

Editorial

Mituhiko Araki succeeds Editor Katsuhisa Furuta

When Katsuhisa Furuta accepted to be AUTOMATICA Editor for Control System Applications in 1996 his condition was that the appointment would be for a limited time period only. This period has now come to an end, and Katsuhisa is moving on to new activities. He did a very good job during these three years, and managed to attract many interesting papers that he handled efficiently.  I am very grateful to Katsuhisa for this.

Mituhiko Araki of Kyoto University meanwhile succeeded Professor Furuta as Editor for Control System Applications on October 1, 1999. His editorial interests are further clarified by the keywords robotics, mechatronics, transportation and vehicles, power systems, scheduling and risk control. Since several members of Katsuhisa's team of Associate Editors are withdrawing as well a more or less renewed team is being formed. I warmly welcome Mituhiko and his Associate Editors.

Huibert Kwakernaak
Editor-in-Chief

araki.gif (11853 bytes) Mituhiko Araki
Editor - Control System Applications

Mituhiko Araki was born on September 25, 1943. He received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electronic engineering, from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1966, 1968, and 1971, respectively. Since 1971 he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyoto University, where he is currently a Professor. He visited Imperial College, London, from 1973 to 1975, Santa Clara University, California, in 1979, and Waterloo University, Ontario, in 1982.

His research interests have been in systems and control theory such as large-scale systems theory, two-degree-of-freedom controllers, control of plants with pure delays, multirate digital control, frequency-domain theory of sampled-data systems, and scheduling problems. He has also been interested in applications such as control of power systems, control and scheduling of steel producing systems, and the design of two-degree-of-freedom PID controllers. Recently, he has been engaged in several co-operative projects with medical doctors, such as control of blood pressure of patients under surgery, control of blood sugar after surgery, control of intraocular pressure during eye surgery, and applications of system-theoretic methods to medical problems.

Dr. Araki is a member of the IEEE and of many Japanese academic societies. He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control and the editor-in-chief of Systems, Control and Information (a Japanese Journal). Besides editor of Automatica he is currently the editor-in-chief of the Transactions of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers in Japan.