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Annual Reviews in Control
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Call For Papers
The field of Control is changing very fast now, with new themes, buzzwords and technology-driven "grand challenges". Indeed, increasingly both economic developments and societal needs depend upon collections of diverse systems working together to provide needed services, comfort, health, safety and security. Consequently, there is an increasing demand for methodological and technical approaches which allow multiple, independent, heterogeneous systems to operate cooperatively to provide broader capabilities than are available from individual systems. Such considerations apply in a large number of different domains including, transportation, health care, energy and water management, smart cities, defense, social services, manufacturing supply chains and more. The design of such systems requires understanding the joint dynamics of computers, software, networks, physical, chemical and biological processes and human in the loop.

The aim of Annual Reviews in Control is to provide comprehensive and visionary views of the field, by publishing the following types of review articles:

    Survey Article:- Review papers on main methodologies or technical advances,
    Vision Article: Cutting-edge and emerging topics with visionary perspective on the future of the field or how it will bridge multiple disciplines, and
    Tutorial research Article: Fundamental guides for future studies.

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Special Issues
Special Issue on Systems & Control Research Efforts Against COVID-19 and Future Pandemics
Submission Date: 2021-05-15

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causes a severe, potentially fatal acute respiratory syndrome, COVID-19, that has paralyzed our societies, leading to prolonged self-isolation and quarantine. Indeed, COVID-19 is a major threat to humans, with alarming levels of spread and death tolls. The WHO situation report published on 30 March 2020 estimated that confirmed cases were almost 700 000, with more than 33 000 deaths. Being that COVID-19 is a global threat, tackling the pandemic requires a global effort involving not only all countries, but also the scientific community at large, across all fields and disciplines. This call invites the Control Community to contribute from different perspectives to the fight against COVID-19, including the development of appropriate theoretical foundations of epidemiology that may impact the response to future outbreaks of viral or bacterial infections. Several new data sets conveying either epidemiological or clinical information are being made available daily; however, fast data integration at different levels is needed. Modeling and control insight can be crucial to explain and predict the complex dynamics of the disease evolution, and to devise the best strategies to contain the contagion and treat COVID-19 patients. Containing the virus is a mixed discrete-continuous control problem under multiple objectives. Besides various uncertainties, social and economic costs need to be considered in the control strategies. Our control community can contribute to the solution of several problems, using our technical tools. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: COVID-19 transmission networks for the different affected countries Social networks, social interactions and their effect in the COVID-19 pandemic Control strategies on complex networks to mitigate and prevent the spread of the infection. Nonlinear observers and parameter estimation to predict a global situation from data-driven models of the pandemic In-host models, representing the interactions between the virus and the immune system, to be used as computational tools to evaluate new therapies Algorithms to differentiate genetic and epigenetic factors in pandemic diseases Control of ventilators in intensive care patients, as well as fast industrial development of ventilators How to allocate available human and physical resources to achieve optimal patient outcomes Paper Submission Owing to the severity of COVID-19, this call will be divided into two Special Sections: COVID-19 is the first Special Section to appear in the ARC October 2020 issue. COVID-19 – deadline 30 June 2020 – in this first deadline we request “Fast Solutions” into how control systems methods and practice can impact our response to COVID-19. NOW CLOSED. PANDEMICS is the second Special Section to appear in the ARC April 2021 issue. PANDEMICS – deadline 15 May 2021 – in the second deadline we request medium/long term solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic as well as control theoretical approaches that can help us in future pandemics. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before their acceptance for publication. Guest Editors: Esteban A. Hernandez-Vargas ( Institute of Mathematics, UNAM, Mexico & Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany Giulia Giordano University of Trento, Italy Eduardo Sontag Northeastern University, USA Geoff Chase University of Canterbury, New Zealand Victor M. Preciado University of Pennsylvania, USA Hyeygjeon Chang College of Engineering Kookmin University, South Korea Alessandro Astolfi Imperial College London, UK
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