Automatica, November 2004, Volume 40, No. 11

CALL FOR PAPERS for an Automatica Special Issue on Optimal Control Applications to Management Sciences

Dynamic systems, discrete time or continuous time, deterministic or stochastic, arise in all walks of life.  Optimal control theory is an important technique dealing with optimization of these systems. Until the late fifties or early sixties, the use of optimal control methods was limited to problems in physical sciences and engineering.  Since then, optimal control has found many new areas of applications.  It is some of these new applications to which this special issue of Automatica will be devoted.  High quality papers involving applications of deterministic and stochastic optimal control, robust control, and differential games to such areas as management of production, inventory, supply chains and marketing are invited for publication in the Special Issue.  The timetable for the special issue is as follows:

Submission Deadline:  April 1, 2005
Tentative Publication Date:  May 1, 2006

The Special Issue will be prepared by a team consisting of two guest editors, Suresh P. Sethi and Qing Zhang, and Automatica Editor Berç Rüstem.

Guest and Corresponding Editor 
Suresh P. Sethi
Ashbel Smith Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas
School of Management, SM30 
P.O. Box 830688 
Richardson, TX 75083-0688
Tel:  +1 972 883-6245
  Guest Co-Editor
Qing Zhang
Department of Mathematics
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

+1 706 542-2616

Prospective authors should submit their contributions by April 1, 2005 through the Automatica web-based paper handling system, available at Submissions can be in either full paper format or brief paper format. Papers for the Special Issue should be submitted as a Special Issue Paper to Special Issue Editor Suresh P. Sethi only.