The last of such a workshop in the 20th Century, this workshop aims not only to summarize the state-of-the-art developments in VSS theory and applications, but also identify new promising directions perceived as being important for VSS in the 21st century. The 20th Century has witnessed the formation and consolidation of VSS theory and its applications. It has also witnessed an emerging trend of cross-fertilization and integration of VSS with other control and non-control areas such as feedback linearization, flatness, passivity based control, adaptive control, system identification, pulse width modulation, Hinf, geometric and algebraic methods, artificial intelligence, modelling and optimisation, neural networks, fuzzy logic, etc. This trend will continue and flourish in the new millennium.Special features of the book include a survey paper entitled "VSS Premise of XX Century: Evidences of a Witness" by the father of VSS theory Professor Vadim Utkin and other articles by many authoritative experts in VSS.
Discrete variable structure control; robot control with variable structure; output variable structure control; second order sliding mode control; variable structure systems and control integration; variable structure control theory; variable structure control applications.