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ICINCO is organized by INSTICC - Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication.


The purpose of the 1st International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the application of informatics to Control, Automation and Robotics. Three simultaneous tracks will be held, covering Intelligent Control Systems, Optimization, Robotics, Automation, Signal Processing, Systems Modeling and Control.

Informatics applications are pervasive in many areas of Control, Automation and Robotics; This conference intends to emphasize this connection, therefore, authors should highlight the benefits of Information Technology (IT) in these areas. Ideas on how to solve problems using IT, both in R&D and industrial applications, are welcome. Papers describing advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques and general survey papers indicating future directions are also encouraged. Papers describing original work are invited in any of the areas listed below. Accepted papers, presented at the conference by one of the authors, will be published in the Proceedings of ICINCO, with an ISBN. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. Both full research reports and work-in-progress reports are welcome. There will be both oral and poster sessions.

Special sessions, dedicated to case-studies and commercial presentations, as well as tutorials dedicated to technical/scientific topics are also envisaged: companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies or researchers interested in holding a tutorial are invited to contact the conference secretariat. Additional information can be found at


Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:
  1. Intelligent Control Systems and Optimization
  2. Robotics and Automation
  3. Signal Processing, Systems Modeling and Control

    Decision support systems
    Distributed control systems
    Expert systems for industry
    Intelligent fault detection and identification
    Knowledge-based systems applications
    Machine learning in control applications
    Hybrid learning systems
    Mechatronic systems
    Neural networks based control systems
    Optimization algorithms
    Software agents for intelligent control systems
    Soft computing
    Fuzzy control
    Genetic algorithms
    Evolutionary computation and control

    Robot design, development and control
    Human-robots interfaces
    Network robotics
    Mobile robots and autonomous systems
    Human augmentation and shared control
    Space and underwater robots
    Intelligent transportation technologies and systems
    Vehicle control applications
    Telerobotics and Teleoperation
    Industrial networks and automation
    Intelligent warehouses
    Modeling, simulation and architectures
    Vision, recognition and reconstruction
    Virtual Reality
    Image processing
    Control and supervision systems
    Web-based control
    Autonomous agents
    Petri nets (system design/verification with nets, protocols and networks)

    Speech recognition
    Signal reconstruction
    Computer and microprocessor-based control
    Hierarchical control
    Instrumentation networks and software
    Real-time systems control
    Environmental monitoring and control
    Time series and system modeling
    Time-frequency analysis
    Feature extraction
    Information-based models for control
    Discrete event systems
    Hybrid dynamical systems
    System identification
    Adaptive signal processing and control
    Nonlinear signals and systems
    Optimization problems in signal processing
    Change detection problems


Artificial Neural Networks: data preparation techniques and application development (ANNs 2004)
Workshop on e-learning and Virtual and Remote Laboratories (VIRTUAL-LAB’2004)


Kevin Warwick, University of Reading, U.K.
Albert Cheng, University of Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Wolfgang Arndt, Fachhochschule Konstanz, Germany
Nuno Martins, M.I.T., U.S.A.
Kurosh Madani, Université Paris 12, France
Rosalind W. Picard, M.I.T., U.S.A.


"Introduction to ANNs, data preparation techniques & application development"
Waseem Asrar Ahmed
"MEMS enabled Microsystems: Cogent sensing and intelligent applications"
Dr. Elena Gaura and Dr. Robert Newman


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support. A book including a selection of the best conference papers will be edited and published by Springer.


ICINCO 2004 Secretariat
Address: Av. D.Manuel I, 27 r/c esq.
              2910-595 Setúbal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 185
Fax: +351 265 520 186


The conference will be held in Setúbal, a Portuguese city located on the right bank of Sado River, in front of Tróia, approximately 48 km to the south-east of the Portuguese capital - Lisboa where we can find the airport.
Setúbal is since 1926 capital of district and is one of the most interesting cities of Portugal, giving its visitors great fun activities, places and monuments and flaring landscapes, conjugated with an important industrial implantation. This city also has an harbor where people can visit Tróia using the ferryboats, and enjoy the beaches, the golf courses and ancient ruins.


Joaquim Filipe, E.S.T. Setúbal, Portugal


Helder Araújo, I.S.R. Coimbra, Portugal
Alves Vieira, E.S.T. Setúbal, Portugal


Luis Antonio Aguirre, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Frank Allgöwer, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Péter Arató, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Artur Arsénio, M.I.T CSAIL, U.S.A.
Hajime Asama, University of Tokyo, Japan
Robert Babuska, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Mark Balas, University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.A.
Aldo Balestrino, University of Pisa, Italy
Bijnan Bandyopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Ruth Bars, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Alberto Bemporad, University of Siena, Italy
Andreas Birk, International University Bremen, Germany
David Bonyuet, Delta Search Labs, U.S.A.
Patrick Boucher, Service Automatique, Supelec, France
Abhay Bulsari, Nonlinear Solutions Oy, Finland
Edmund Burke, University of Nottingham, U.K.
Kevin Burn, University of Sunderland, U.K.
Clifford R. Burrows, University of Bath, U.K.
Martin Buss, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Luis M. Camarinha-Matos, New University of Lisbon/Uninova, Portugal
Marco Campi, University of Brescia, Italy
Javier Fernández de Cañete, University of Malaga, Spain
Jorge L. Martins de Carvalho, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Christos G. Cassandras, Boston University, U.S.A.
Raja Chatila, LAAS-CNRS, France
Tongwen Chen, University of Alberta, Canada
Albert M. K. Cheng, University of Houston, U.S.A.
Ryszard S. Choras, University of Technology & Agriculture, Poland
Henrik I. Christensen, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Andrzej Cichocki, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan
Carlos Coello Coello, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico
José Cordeiro, Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal, Portugal
Luis Correia, FC - University of Lisbon, Portugal
João Paulo Costeira, ISR/IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Carlos Couto, University of Minho, Portugal
Yechiel Crispin, Embry-Riddle University, U.S.A.
Luis Custódio, ISR/IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Rüdiger Dillmann, University of Karsruhe, Germany
Denis Dochain, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
António Dourado, FCTUC - University of Coimbra, Portugal
Wlodzislaw Duch, Nicholaus Copernicus University, Poland
Heinz H. Erbe, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Gerardo Espinosa-Perez, Autonomous Nacional University of Mexico, Mexico
Ali Feliachi, West Virginia University, U.S.A.
David Dagan Feng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Jean-Louis Ferrier, University of Angers, France
Nicola J. Ferrier, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
Gustavo Arroyo Figueroa, Electric Research Institute, Mexico
Florin Gheorghe Filip, National Institute for R&D in Informatics, Romania
Joaquim Filipe, Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal, Portugal
Colin Fyfe, University of Paisley, U.K.
Dragan Gamberger, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Croatia
Adolfo Steiger Garção, FCT - New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Lazea Gheorghe, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Fathi H. Ghorbel, Rice University, U.S.A
Maria Gini, University of Minnesota, U.S.A
Andrew Goldenberg, University of Toronto, Canada
Luis Gomes, New University of Lisbon / Uninova, Portugal
Jorge Gonçalves, California Institute of Technology, U.S.A
John Gray, University of Salford, U.K.
Thomas Gustafsson, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Wolfgang Halang, University of Hagen, Germany
John Hallam, The University of Edinburgh, U.K.
Riad Ibrahim Hammoud, Delphi-Delco & Indiana University, U.S.A.
Uwe Hanebeck, Institute of Computer Design and Fault Tolerance, Germany
Dominik Henrich, University of Bayreuth, Germany
João Pedro Hespanha, University of California, U.S.A.
Weng Khuen Ho, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Atsushi Imiya, Chiba University, Japan
Sirkka-Liisa Jämsä-Jounela, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Ray Jarvis, Monash University, Australia
Karel Jezernik, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Ben Jonker, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Gabriel Juhas, K. U. Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
Nicos Karcanias, City University, U.K.
Fakhreddine Karray, University of Waterloo, Canada
Tohru Katayama, Kyoto University, Japan
Dusko Katic, Mihailo Pupin Institute, Yugoslavia
Lydia E. Kavraki, Rice University, U.S.A.
Hiroyuki Kawano, Kyoto University, Japan
Okyay Kaynak, Bogazici University, Turkey
Uwe Kiencke, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Maria Kihl, Lund University, Sweden
Rudibert King, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Michel Kinnaert, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Nadir Ould Khessal, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
Hannu Koivisto, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Jozef Korbicz, University of Zielona Gora, Poland
Bart Kosko, University of Southern California, U.S.A.
Kazuhiro Kosuge, Tokohu University, Japan
Zdenko Kovacic, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Croatia
Murat Kunt, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Jean-Claude Latombe, Stanford University, U.S.A.
Fátima Silva Leite, ISR/FCTUC - University of Coimbra, Portugal
Jesse Leitner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, U.S.A.
Kauko Leiviska, University of Oulu, Finland
Frank Lewis, The University of Texas at Arlington, U.S.A.
Gordon Lightbody, University College Cork, Ireland
Jan Ligus, Technical University of Košice, Slovakia
Zongli Lin, University of Virginia, U.S.A
Lennart Ljungn, Linköping University, Sweden
Joachim Lückel, University of Paderborn, Germany
Bruno Maione, Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
Frederic Maire, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Om Malik, University of Calgary, Canada
Jacek Mañdziuk, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Margareth Simões Meirelles, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil
Max Meng, University of Alberta, Canada
Basil G. Mertzios, Democritus Univerity of Thrace, Greece
Arturo Molina, CSIM-ITESM, Mexico
Eugenio Aguirre Molina, University of Granada, Spain
Laszlo Monostori, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Manfred Morari, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Vladimír Mostýn, Technical University Ostrava, Czech Republic
David J. Murray-Smith, University of Glasgow, U.K.
Kenneth R. Muske, Villanova University, U.S.A.
Sergiu Nedevschi, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Hendrik Nijmeijer, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Djamila Ouelhadj, University of Nottingham, U.K.
Markos Papageorgiou, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Thomas Parisini, DEEI - University of Trieste, Italy
Gabriella Pasi, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Carlos Pereira, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Marco A. Arteaga Pérez, Autonomous National University of Mexico, Mexico
Joaquim Norberto Pires, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Marios Polycarpou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Marie-Noelle Pons, Lab. Chemical Engineering Sciences/CNRS, France
Omer F. Rana, University of Waikato, New Zealand
John Reed, Silsoe Research Institute, U.K.
Maria Isabel Ribeiro, ISR/IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Robert C. Richardson, University of Manchester, U.K.
John Ringwood, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Thomas Rist, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany
Brian Roffel, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Agostinho Rosa, ISR/IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Danilo De Rossi, Interdepartmental Center "E.Piaggio", Italy
António E. B. Ruano, University of Algarve, Portugal
Antonio Sala, Polytechnical University of Valencia, Spain
Ricardo Sanz, Polytechnical University of Madrid, Spain
Nilanjan Sarkar, Vanderbilt University, U.S.A.
Jurek Sasiadek, Carleton University, Canada
Carsten W. Scherer, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Klaus Schilling, University of Würzburg, Germany
João Sentieiro, ISR/IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
João Silva Sequeira, ISR/IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Rodolfo Soncini Sessa, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Bruno Siciliano, University of Naples, Italy
Clarence W. de Silva, University of British Columbia, Canada
Mark W. Spong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.
Johan Stahre, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Gerrit van Straten, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Mario Sznaier, The Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A
Stanislaw Tarasiewicz, University of Laval, Canada
Andrea G. B. Tettamanzi, University of Milan, Italy
Daniel Thalmann, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Lena Valavani, M.I.T, U.S.A.
Nicolas Kemper Valverde, Autonomous Nacional University of Mexico, Mexico
Marc M. Van Hulle, K. U. Leuven, Belgium
Annamaria R. Varkonyi-Koczy, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Manuela M. Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A
Ljubisa Vlacic, Griffith University, Australia
Axel Walthelm, University of Lübeck, Germany
Jun Wang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Lipo Wang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Alex Yakovlev, University of Newcastle, U.K.
Gary G. Yen, Oklahoma State University, U.S.A.
Shuji Yoshizawa, Saitama University, Japan
Yanqing Zhang, Georgia State University, U.S.A.
Albert Y. Zomaya, The University of Sydney, Australia
Detlef Zuehlke, Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
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