(Semi-)Plenaries

Plenary speakers

John A. Burns
“Applying Distributed Parameter Systems Theory to Physics Based Modeling”
John A. Burns is the Hatcher Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Tech and Technical Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathmatics.  He received his B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees in Mathematics from Arkansas State University (1967 and 1968) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma (1970 and 1973). He spent a year as a Research Postdoc Fellow in the Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems at Brown University (1973).  He has served on more than 12 editorial boards and he was the founding Editor of the SIAM Book Series on Advances in Design and Control.  He served as Vice President of SIAM, is the past Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Systems and Control and is a Fellow of the IEEE and SIAM.  In 2012 he was awarded the W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics for his fundamental contributions in computational methods for and applications in control, design and optimization of infinite dimensional dynamical systems. Dr. Burns’ primary interests concern the development of rigorous and practical computational algorithms for control, optimization and design of complex engineering systems.

Kirsten Morris
Actuator/Sensor Location
Kirsten Morris is a professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at  the University of Waterloo and is cross-appointed to the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Professor Morris has held visiting positions at the Fields Institute and worked as a consultant for the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (ICASE) at NASA Langley Research Center for a number of years. Prof. Morris has served as associate editor with the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and the SIAM Journal on Control & Optimization  and is currently a member of the editorial board of the SIAM  book series Advances in Design &  Control. She is also a vice-president of the IEEE Control System Society. She wrote the textbook “Introduction to Feedback Control”, and was editor of “Control of Flexible Structures”. Her main research interests are in controller design for systems modelled by partial differential equations and also in systems, such as smart materials, involving hysteresis.

Rodolphe Sepulchre
Multiresolution feedback systems
Rodolphe Sepulchre received the engineering degree (1990) and the Ph.D. degree (1994), both in mathematical engineering, from the Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He was a BAEF fellow in 1994 and held a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1994 to 1996. He was a research associate of the FNRS at the Universite Catholique de Louvain from 1995 to 1997. Since 1997, he has been professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Universite de Liege. He was department chair from 2009 to 2011. He held visiting positions at Princeton University (2002-2003) and the Ecole des Mines de Paris (2009-2010) and part-time positions at the University of Louvain (2000-2011)and at INRIA Lille Europe (2012-2013). He is now a Professor in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. In 2008, he was awarded the IEEE Control Systems Society Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize. He is an IEEE fellow and an IEEE CSS distinguished lecturer since 2010.

Daniel A. Spielman
Laplacian Matrices of Graphs
Daniel Alan Spielman received his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Yale in 1992, and his Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from M.I.T. in 1995. He spent a year as a NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoc in the Computer Science Department at U.C. Berkeley, and then taught in the Applied Mathematics Department at M.I.T. until 2005.  Since 2006, he has been a Professor at Yale University.  He is presently the Henry Ford II Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics.
He has received many awards, including the 1995 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the 2002 IEEE Information Theory Paper Award, the 2008 Godel Prize, the 2009 Fulkerson Prize, the 2010 Nevanlinna Prize, an inaugural Simons Invesigator Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship.  He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.  His main research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, graph theory, machine learning, error-correcting codes and combinatorial scientific computing.

Semi-plenary speakers

Murat Arcak
An input/output approach to predicting and engineering emergent network behavior
Murat Arcak is an associate professor at U.C. Berkeley in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department.  He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey (1996) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1997 and 2000). His research is in dynamical systems and control theory with applications to synthetic biology and multi-agent systems. Prior to joining Berkeley in 2008, he was a faculty member at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2003, the Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council in 2006, and the Control and Systems Theory Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2007. He is a member of SIAM and a fellow of IEEE.

Carolyn Beck
“Aggregation for control, and control in aggregation”
Carolyn Beck received her Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering) from California Institute of Technology in 1996, her M.S. (Electrical and Computer Engineering) from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985, and her B.S. (Electrical and Computer Engineering) from California State Polytechnic University in 1984. From 1985 through 1989 she was a Research and Development Engineer for Hewlett-Packard in Silicon Valley.  She now holds the position of Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, and has held visiting positions at KTH, Stanford University and Lund University.  Prof. Beck has been the recipient of national research awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.  Her research interests lie in the development of model reduction and control analysis theory, clustering and aggregation methods, and learning theory, with applications to biomedical engineering and networks.

Madalena Chaves
“Predictive analysis for biological regulatory systems – combining discrete and continuous formalisms”
Madalena Chaves joined INRIA Sophia Antipolis (France) in 2007, where she is a research scientist in the team BIOCORE. M. Chaves obtained a PhD in Mathematics (2003) from Rutgers University, USA. She was a visiting scientist at Sanofi-Aventis (New Jersey, USA) between 2003 and 2005, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control (University of Stuttgart, Germany) in 2006. In July 2007 she was a visiting member at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (Santa Barbara, USA). Her research interests include the analysis of dynamical systems, in particular problems related to stability, robustness and control of nonlinear systems, with applications to the modelling and analysis of biological networks.
Web page http://www-sop.inria.fr/members/Madalena.Chaves.

Christina Fragouli
A Linear Programming Approach to Information-Theoretical Secrecy
Christina Fragouli is an Associate Professor at UCLA in the Electrical Engineering Department. She received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 1996, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1998 and 2000, respectively. She has worked at the Information Sciences Center, AT\&T Labs, Florham Park New Jersey, and the National University of Athens. She also visited Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, and DIMACS, Rutgers University. Between 2006-2007, 2007-2012 and 2012-2013 she was an FNS Assistant Professor, an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor, respectively,  in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL, Switzerland.
She received the Fulbright Fellowship for her graduate studies, the Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award 2000-2001, UCLA, Electrical Engineering Department, the Zonta award 2008 in Switzerland,  the Starting Investigator ERC award in 2009, the Mobihoc 2013 best paper award,  and the MASCOTS 2011 best paper award. She served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Communications Letters,  for Elsevier Computer Communication, for IEEE Transactions on Communications, and for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Communications. She served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Information Theory Society for 2012-2013.

Hideaki Ishii
PageRank Computation via A Distributed Randomization Approach
Hideaki Ishii received the M.Eng. degree in applied systems science from Kyoto University in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto in 2002. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate of the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2001 to 2004, and a Research Associate of the Department of Information Physics and Computing, The University of Tokyo from 2004 to 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor of the Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has served as an Associate Editor for Automatica and the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He is the Chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Networked Systems. His research interests are in networked control systems, multi-agent systems, hybrid systems, and probabilistic algorithms.

Dmitry Kaliuzhnyi-Verbovetskyi
Realizations of lossless positive-real functions of several variables
Dmitry Kaliuzhnyi-Verbovetskyi received his PhD  degree from Kharkiv National University (Kharkiv,  Ukraine) in 2001 (with supervisor D. Z. Arov). He  held two postdoctoral positions at Weizmann Institute  of Science (Rehovot, Israel) in 2001-2003 and at  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Be’er Sheva,  Israel) in 2003-2005, and then joined the Department  of Mathematics at Drexel University (Philadelphia,  PA) where currently he is an Associate Professor.  His research interests include multivariable  Operator, Function, and System Theories, Harmonic  Analysis, and Noncommutative (Free) Analysis.

Margreta Kuijper
Finite algebra minimal bases and applications in linear algebraic coding
Margreta Kuijper is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Melbourne (Australia) where she has been employed since 1995. From 1992 to 1995 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematics Department of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. From 1988 to 1992 she worked at the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), Amsterdam, where she obtained her PhD degree in 1992. She obtained her Master degree cum laude in Mathematics from Free University (VU), Amsterdam in 1985. In the years 1985-1988 she worked at the National Aerospace Laboratory, Amsterdam. In her research she is mainly interested in the interplay between systems theory and communications. Her research interests include polynomial matrix theory, behavioral system theory, convolutional coding, Reed-Solomon coding, systems and codes over finite fields and rings, network coding and erasure coding, including distributed storage coding. She served as an Associate Editor for SIAM Journal of Control and Optimization (2009-2013) and for IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information (2008-2014).

Daniel Liberzon
Control of switched systems with limited information
Daniel Liberzon was born in the former Soviet Union in 1973. He did his undergraduate studies in the Department of Mechanics and Mathematics at Moscow State University from 1989 to 1993.  In 1993 he moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies in mathematics at Brandeis University, where he received the Ph.D. degree in 1998 (supervised by Prof. Roger W. Brockett of Harvard University).  Following a postdoctoral position in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Yale University from 1998 to 2000 (with Prof. A. Stephen Morse), he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is now a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Coordinated Science Laboratory.  His research interests include nonlinear control theory, switched and hybrid dynamical systems, control with limited information, and uncertain and stochastic systems.  He is the author of the books “Switching in Systems and Control” (Birkhauser, 2003) and “Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory: A Concise Introduction” (Princeton Univ. Press, 2012).  His work has received several recognitions, including the 2002 IFAC Young Author Prize and the 2007 Donald P. Eckman Award. He delivered a plenary lecture at the 2008 American Control Conference. He has served as Associate Editor for the journals IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems. He is a fellow of IEEE.

Harish Pillai
Another look at the Riccati equations
Harish Pillai obtained his BTech in Electrical Engg from IIT Kharagpur in  1990, his MTech in Systems and Control Engg from IIT Bombay in 1993 and  his PhD in Electrical Engg from IIT Bombay in 1997. After spending about 4  years in Europe doing a couple of postdocs in the Netherlands and the UK,  he joined as a faculty member at IIT Bombay in 2001. He is currently a  Professor in the Department of Electrical Engg at IIT Bombay. He flits  between control theory, numerical linear algebra, combinatorial  optimization, coding theory and electromagnetics.

Anders Rantzer
Scalable Analysis and Control of Positive Systems
Anders Rantzer received his PhD in 1991 from KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. After postdoctoral positions at KTH and at IMA, University of Minnesota, he joined Lund University in 1993 and was appointed professor of Automatic Control in 1999. The academic year of 2004/05 he was visiting associate faculty member at Caltech. Since 2008 he coordinates the Linnaeus center LCCC at Lund University. For the period 2013-15 he is also chairman of the Swedish Scientific Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences. Prof. Rantzer has been associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and several other journals. He is a winner of the SIAM Student Paper Competition, the IFAC Congress Young Author Price and the IET Premium Award for the best article in IEE Proceedings – Control Theory & Applications. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. His research interests are in modeling, analysis and synthesis of control systems, with particular attention to uncertainty, optimization and distributed control.

Paolo Rapisarda
From outside in: external structures and internal properties in linear systems
Paolo Rapisarda got a Laurea (M.Sc.) degree in Computer Science at the University of Udine, Italy; and a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, working under the supervision of Jan C. Willems and Harry L. Trentelman. He has worked as a Lecturer at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Electronics Engineering of the University of Trieste, Italy; and at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Currently he is Senior Lecturer at the Communications, Signal Processing and Control group of the School of Electronics and Computer Science of the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

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“Linearization of nonlinear control systems: state-space, feedback, orbital, and dynamic
Witold Respondek received Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Mathematics, Polish Academy of Sciences in 1981. He has held positions at the Technical University of Warsaw and at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 1994 he has been at INSA de Rouen, France. His main research concerns are geometry and singularities of nonlinear control systems and Pfaff equations. He is a co-editor of 6 books and author of several papers devoted to linearization of nonlinear control systems, nonlinear observers, classification of control systems and Pfaff equations, dynamic feedback, high-gain feedback, systems with nonholonomic constraints and, recently, symmetries and bifurcations of nonlinear control systems. He has held visiting research positions at the University of California, Davis, Twente University, Enschede, the Netherlands, Rome University “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy, Mittag-Leffler Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Pierre Rouchon
Feedback Control of Quantum Systems
Pierre Rouchon graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1983, has obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Mines ParisTech in 1990. In 2000, he obtained his “habilitation à diriger des recherches” in Mathematics at University Paris-Sud Orsay. From 1993 to 2005, he was associated professor at Ecole Polytechnique in Applied Mathematics. From 1998 to 2002, he was the head of the Centre Automatique et Systèmes of Mines ParisTech. He is now professor at Mines ParisTech. His fields of interest include nonlinear control and system theory with their applications. While his earlier work concentrated on differential flatness and nonlinear observers with symmetries, his current research concentrates, in collaboration with physicists, on estimation and stabilization of quantum systems.

Tatjana Stykel
Model reduction of parameterized dynamical systems: algorithms and applications
Tatjana Stykel received her M.Sc. degree in Mathematics from the Novosibirsk State University, Russia, in 1996 and her Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the TU Berlin, Germany, in 2002. After a PIMS postdoctoral position at the University of Calgary in Canada, she became head of a junior research group at the DFG research center MATHEON at the TU Berlin followed by a visiting professorship in 2010. Since 2011 she is a professor at the University of Augsburg. Her research interests include numerical analysis, optimization, control and model reduction of differential-algebraic equations with applications in multibody dynamics and circuit simulation. She received several prizes for her work including the Second Leslie Fox Prize 2003 in Numerical Analysis, the Forschungsverbund Berlin Young Researcher Prize 2003, and the Richard von Mises Prize 2007 of GAMM.

Hans Zwart
Partial differential equations as port-Hamiltonian systems
Hans Zwart received his master and Ph.D. degree  in mathematics at the University of Groningen. Both thesis were written under the supervision of Ruth Curtain. Since 1988, he has been working at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Since 2012 he also holds a part-time position at mechanical engineering, Eindhoven university. He is the (co-) author of 3 books, of which the one with Ruth Curtain has become a standard reference on infinite-dimensional systems theory. Furthermore, he has published more than 70 research articles, treating various aspects of infinite-dimensional systems. His current research interests include stability, controllability, well-posedness and control of infinite-dimensional systems and in particular for port-Hamiltonian systems.

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