(ISCAS 2002 – May 27, 2002, Scottsdale, AZ)

Hideki Asai, B. Burdiek, Geoffrey Coram, Rui de Figueiredo, Leonid Goldgeisser (Chair-elect), Gian Mario Maggio (Secretary), Shinasaku Mori, Tetsuo Nishi, Yoshifumi Nishio (Track Chair for ISCAS 2002), Josef Nossek, Maciej Ogorzalek, Kohshi Okumura, Tamas Roska, Toshimichi Saito, Irwin Sandberg, Arturo Sarmiento Reyes, Gianluca Setti (Chair), Mamoru Tanaka, Ljiljana Trajkovic, Tetsushi Ueta, Joos Vandewalle, and Wei Xing Zheng.



During the period 2001-2002, the members of the Nonlinear Circuits and Systems Technical Committee (TC-NCAS) edited five special issues in related journals, published two technical books in the field of nonlinear circuits and systems, organized several special sessions, and participated in numerous major conferences and workshops.

Special Issues in CAS-related Journals:

  • G. Chen edited a special issue on “Chaos Control and Synchronization,” in the Int. J. Bifurcation Chaos, Vol. 12, No. 5, May 2001.
  • G. Chen, J. L. Moiola, and H. O. Wang edited a special issue on “Controlling Bifurcations,” in Latin American Applied Research Journal, Vol. 31, No. 3, June 2001.
  • L. Kocarev, G. M. Maggio, M. J. Ogorzalek, L. Pecora, and K. Yao edited a special issue on “Applications of Chaos in Modern Communication Systems,” in the IEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. I, published in December 2001.
  • M. Hasler, G. Mazzini, M. J. Ogorzalek, R. Rovatti, and G. Setti edited a special issue on “Applications of Nonlinear Dynamics to Electronic and Information Engineering,” in the Proc. of the IEEE, published in May 2002.
  • M. di Bernardo, H. S. H. Chung, C. K. Tse, A. Ioinovici, M. Kazimierczuk, and T. Saito, plan to edit a special issue on “Analysis, Design and Applications of Switching Circuits and Systems,” in the IEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. I, to appear in September 2003.Books:
  • G. R. Chen and T. Ueta edited a book entitled: “Chaos in Circuits and Systems,” World Scientific Series on Nonlinear Science, Series B – Vol. 11 to appear in summer 2002 (http://www.wspc.com/books/chaos/4945.html).
  • G. R. Chen, X. Yu, and D. J. Hill, are editing a two-volume book entitled “Chaos and Bifurcation Control: Theory and Applications,” Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Springer-Verlag, 2003.Conferences, Workshops, Schools:
  • 2001 Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems (NDES’01), Delft University of Technology, June 21-23, 2001;
  • First Asia-Pacific Workshop in Chaos Control and synchronization (organized and chaired by G. R. Chen), Shanghai, China, June 28-29, 2001.
  • Fifteenth European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design (ECCTD’01), Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland, August 28-31, 2001.
  • Second International Symposium on Intelligent and Complex Systems (ISICS’01), Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China Three-Gorge Yantze River Cruise, October 17-21, 2001.
  • 2001 International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications (NOLTA’01), Miyagi Zao Royal Hotel, Miyagi, Japan, October 28 – November 1, 2001.
  • Winter School on: “Nonlinear Phenomena in Communication Networks,” (organized by G. M. Maggio and L. Kocarev) held at UCSD, January 13-16, 2002. The presentations are available online at: http://rfic.ucsd.edu/chaos/ws2002.html
  • 2002 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS’02), Scottsdale Princess Resort, May 26-29, 2002.
  • The International Conference on Communications, Circuits and Systems & West Sino-Expo 2002 (ICCCAS & WeSino Expo’02) will be held in Chengdu City, capital of Sichuan Province, China, June 26-28, 2002.
  • 2002 International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications (NOLTA’02) will be held in Xi’an City, China, October 7-11, 2002.Special Sessions/Tutorials organized:
  • ISCAS’01: Special Session on “Applications of Chaos to Communication Systems,” Organizers: G. M. Maggio and G. Kolumban.
  • ISCAS’01: Tutorial Session on “Statistical Approach to Discrete-time Chaotic Systems,” Organizers and Speakers: G. Setti, G. Mazzini, and R. Rovatti.
  • ECCTD’01: Tutorial on “Application of Chaos – State of the Art,” Organizer: M. Ogorzalek, Speakers: M. Delgado, G. Setti, and V. Porra.
  • ECCTD’01: Tutorial on “Design Principles of Chaotic Oscillators,” Organizer: E. Lindberg, Speakers: M. Delgado and E. Lindberg.
  • ECCTD’01: Special Session on “Analogic Wave Algorithms,” Organizers: T. Roska, C. Rekeczky, and M. Gilli.
  • ECCTD’01: Special Session on “Nonlinear Circuits in Communication Systems (NCCS),” Organizers: W. Mathis and O. Feely.
  • ECCTD’01: Special Session on “Applications of Chaos I and II,” Organizers: M. Ogorzalek and P. Kennedy.
  • ISCAS’02: Special Session on “Statistical Methodologies for Nonlinear Signal Processing,” Organizers: G. Setti, R. Rovatti, and G. Mazzini.WWW Site and Mailing List:
  • The NCAS TC WWW page: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ljilja/tcncas contains TC news, TC meeting minutes, conference reports, useful information regarding past and future conferences, and links to other sites of interest.
  • We continue to maintain the majordomo list (automatic mailing system) for the NCAS Technical Committee members and guests. The list is private and supports geographically diverse membership. It currently consists of 68 subscribing members. The NCAS TC email address is: ncastc-ieee@sfu.ca. The members can subscribe and unsubscribe by sending email to ljilja@eecs.berkeley.edu or ljilja@cs.sfu.ca.

CHAIR REPORT ON THE TC CHAIRS MEETINGS (Jan. 11, 2002, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ):

1. Several different situations for TCs

  • TC on Analog Signal Processing had the largest number of paper to review (>370) with 40 members involved (NCAS TC >100 and >20).
  • TC on NN and CNN had a relative small number of papers at ISCAS. Proposal of merging the committees (at least for the ISCAS track).
  • TC on CAS for communication is rapidly growing.
  • TC on CAD has not ISCAS as its major conferences (second choice submission).
  • TC on Gigascale and Nanoelectronics and on Biomedical Engineering has great importance in “spreading” new technologies inside CAS. VP opinion: Play an active role as much as possible.2. “Benchmarking” of CAS papers
  • Project initiated with previous VPs.
  • Goals are (a) to give publicity to the most important papers, (b) to give a comprehensive overview over a specific research topic.
  • Discussion:
    * Prof. Michael Green started a debate regaridng benchmark publications (as proposed by M. Hasler).
    * Dr. G. M. Maggio pointed out that, at least in the case of printed publications, the IEEE may grant authorization to re-publish manuscripts without violating copyright laws. Web-based publications need to be investigated further.
    * Prof. Tamas Roska encouraged the use of CASE (Circuits and Systems Expositions). This is one of the options for submitting a paper to TCAS-I (other than a full paper or a transactions brief). This could be one way to deal with the benchmark publications.


  • Prof. Rui de Figueiredo announced a new conference relevant to the CAS society: the 1st International Conference on Circuits and Systems for Communications (ICCSC’02), St. Petersburg State Technical University, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 26-28 2002.
  • Prof. Ljiljana Trajkovic, a Special Sessions Co-Chair of ISCAS 2003 (with Prof. Gert Cauwenberghs), encouraged NCAS members to contribute to the ISCAS 2003 Special Sessions. Detailed information is available from the ISCAS 2003 Web site http://www.iscas2003.org, under link: Special Sessions.


Prepared by: G. Setti, L. Goldgeisser, G. M. Maggio, Y. Nishio, and Lj. Trajkovic.
(A copy of these minutes will be also posted on the Web)