Automatica, January 2006, Volume 42, No. 1


Change of an editorship and renaming of an area

Robert R. Bitmead, who has been Editor for Adaptive and Intelligent Control since January 2002, is retiring from his position with Automatica effective with this issue, due to increased administrative responsibilities he has taken on recently at his university, the University of California at San Diego. During his four-year long tenure with Automatica, Bob has been successful in maintaining a good balance between adaptive control and intelligent control, and was instrumental in rejuvenating this multi-topical area. I thank him for his service and contributions to Automatica, and wish him well in his future endeavors.

As Bob's successor, I am pleased to announce that Miroslav Krstic is taking over the Editorship of this area, again effective with this issue. Miroslav has not been involved with Automatica in any official capacity before, but he has had ample editorial experience through his associations with several other journals in the systems and control field.

Miroslav Krstic
Editor for Adaptive and
Distributed Parameter Systems
Miroslav Krstic was born on September 14, 1964. He received his B.S. degree at University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at University of California at Santa Barbara, all in electrical engineering, in 1989, 1992, and 1994, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He started his academic career in 1995 at University of Maryland, College Park, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute of Systems Research. He moved to UCSD in 1997 and was promoted to Professor in 1999.

Miroslav is a coauthor of the books Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Design (New York: Wiley, 1995), Stabilization of Nonlinear Uncertain Systems (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1998), Flow Control by Feedback (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002), and Real Time Optimization by Extremum Seeking Control (New York: Wiley, 2003). He is a coauthor of two patents on control of aero-engine compressors and combustors. His research efforts have included adaptive nonlinear control, continuous-time stochastic nonlinear control, extremum seeking, and applications to turbulent fluid flows and fusion. His current focus is on developing design tools for boundary control of systems modeled by partial differential equations.

He received the UCSB Best Dissertation Award, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and the O. Hugo Schuck Award for the Best Paper at the American Control Conference. He was elected Fellow of IEEE in 2001. In 2005 he received the UCSD Chancellor's Associates Award for Excellence in Research, as the first engineering professor to receive this recognition in sixteen years of existence of this award.

Miroslav has served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, the International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, Systems and Control Letters, and the Journal for Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete, and Impulsive Systems. He has also served as Vice President for Technical Activities, a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and Vice-Chair in his department at UCSD.

Miroslav Krstic will be covering at Automatica all the topical areas that Bob Bitmead had been covering, but in addition also the topic of Distributed Parameter Systems (which has been until now in Editor Roberto Tempo's domain). This shift in coverage responsibilities is reflected in the new domain titles and subtitles that can be seen in the inside cover of this issue. What used to be "Adaptive and Intelligent Control" now reads "Adaptive and Distributed Parameter Systems", carrying also the subtitle including adaptive and intelligent control. Editor Tempo's domain name remains the same, but its subtitle now reads including systems with uncertainty, and control system design.

I welcome the new editor Miroslav Krstic to Automatica, and again express our appreciation to the retiring editor, Bob Bitmead.

Tamer Başar