Editors' Gallery

Frank Allgöwer, Editor for Process and Computer Control
Frank Allgöwer was born in Heilbronn, Germany, in 1962. He studied Engineering Cybernetics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Stuttgart. 

Since 1999 he is Professor for Systems Theory in Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Engineering Cybernetics of the University of Stuttgart, and Director of the Institute for Systems Theory in Engineering. Prior to this, he held a professorship in the Electrical Engineering department at ETH Zurich, and was head of the Nonlinear Systems Group there. Prof. Allgöwer was a visiting research associate at the California Institute of Technology and the NASA Ames Research Center, and spent a year as visiting research scientist with the Central Research and Development Organization of the DuPont Company in Wilmington, DE.

Prof. Allgöwer's main research interest is in the area of process control, with a focus on the development of new methods for the analysis and control of nonlinear process systems and their identification.

He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Process Control and serves on the international advisory board of Chemical Engineering Science. He has been an Associate Editor for Automatica since 1997, and in 2002 he became an Editor of Automatica. He is organizer or co-organizer of several international workshops and conferences, and published over 100 scientific articles.

Tamer Basar
Tamer Basar, Editor-in-Chief
Tamer Basar was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on January 19, 1946. He received B.S.E.E. degree from Robert College, Istanbul, in 1969, and M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and applied science from Yale University, in 1970, 1971 and 1972, respectively. After stints at Harvard University, Marmara Research Institute (Gebze, Turkey), and Bogaziçi University (Istanbul), he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, where he is currently the Fredric G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Research Professor at the Coordinated Science Laboratory. He has spent sabbatical years at Twente University of Technology (the Netherlands; 1978-79), and INRIA (France; 1987-88, 1994-95).

Dr. Basar has authored or co-authored over 150 journal articles and book chapters, and over 200 conference publications in the general areas of optimal, robust, and adaptive control; large-scale and decentralized systems and control; dynamic games; stochastic control; estimation theory; stochastic processes; information theory; communication systems and networks; and mathematical economics. He is co-author of the text Dynamic Noncooperative Game Theory (Academic Press, 1982; second edition, 1995; latest edition in SIAM Series in Classics in Applied Mathematics, 1999), editor of the volume Dynamic Games and Applications in Economics (Springer-Verlag, 1986), co-editor of Differential Games and Applications (Springer-Verlag, 1988), co-editor of Advances in Dynamic Games and Applications (Birkhäuser, 1994), co-author of the text H-infinity Optimal Control and Related Minimax Design Problems (Birkhäuser, 1991; second edition, 1995), and Editor of the centennial volume Control Theory: Twenty-Five Seminal Papers (1932-1981) (IEEE Press, 2001). His current research interests are robust nonlinear and adaptive control; routing, pricing, and congestion control in communication networks; control over wired and wireless networks; mobile computing; and risk-sensitive estimation and control.

Tamer Basar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (of the USA), and also carries memberships in several scientific organizations, among which are SIAM, SEDC (Society for Economic Dynamics and Control), ISDG (International Society of Dynamic Games), GTS (Game Theory Society), AMS (American Mathematical Society), European Academy of Sciences, and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 1983, and has served its Control Systems Society in various capacities, among which are: Past President (2001), President (2000), President-Elect (1999), Vice-President for Financial Affairs (1998), Vice-President for Publications (1997), the Editor for Technical Notes and Correspondence for its Transactions on Automatic Control (1992-1994), and as the general chairman (1992) and program chairman (1989) of its flagship conference (Conference on Decision and Control). He has also been active in IFAC, in the organization of several workshops and symposia, and as Editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of its flagship journal Automatica Automatica, from 1992 until 2003, and since 2004 as Editor-in-Chief and Chair of its editorial board. During the period 1990-1994, he was the President of the International Society of Dynamic Games (ISDG) , and is currently the Managing Editor of the Annals of ISDG (published by Birkhäuser), the Series Editor of Systems & Control: Foundations and Applications (published by Birkhäuser), and Honorary Editor of Applied and Computational Mathematics. He is also a subject editor of Wireless Networks and an associate editor of Systems and Control Letters, and is on the editorial and advisory boards of a number of other international journals. Among some of the recent honors and awards he has received are: Hendrik W. Bode Lecture Prize of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2004), Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award of the College of Engineering of UIUC (2004), election to the National Academy of Engineering (of the USA) (2000), IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), Nearing Distinguished Professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1998), Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (1995) and Distinguished Member Award (1993) of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and Medal of Science of Turkey (1993).

Edmond A. Jonckheere, Editor for Book and Software Reviews
Edmond A. Jonckheere was born in Belgium, in 1950. He received the Electrical Engineer degree from the Université de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 1973; the Doctor in Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France, in 1975; and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1978.

From 1973 to 1975, he was with the Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes, Toulouse, France, as a Research Fellow of the European Space Agency. From 1975 to 1978, he was a Fulbright/Hays Fellow and a Teaching and Research Assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering--Systems and subsequently a Research Associate in the same department. From 1978 to 1979 he was with the Royal Military Academy, Brussels, Belgium. From 1979 to 1980, he was with the Philips Research Laboratory, Brussels, Belgium. In 1980, he returned to the University of Southern California, where he is currently a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, an Associate Member of the Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences (CAMS), and a member of the newly established Center for Computer Systems Security (CCSS) of the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the University of Southern California.

Dr. Jonckheere is the (sole) author of the book, Algebraic and Differential Topology of Robust Stability, Oxford University Press, New York, 1997. His past research interests included topological methods in robust control, "complicated" non linear dynamics, and propulsion control of aerospace vehicles. Still active among these past research activities are control of hovercraft and control of a spacecraft to a rendez-vous with a Trojan asteroid in libration around the Jupiter Lagrange L4 point. His currently active and long term biomedical projects are motor failure rehabilitation and cardiac dynamics. Dr. Jonckheere's most recent research interests are in Cyber security, network traffic modeling, and coarse hyperbolic geometry of networks. From 2003 until 2006, he was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

Dr. Jonckheere was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1991, for Contributions to the spectral theory of linear-quadratic and H-infinity control. In 1999, he was listed in the Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Andrew R. Teel
Andrew R. Teel, Editor for Nonlinear Systems and Control

Andrew R. Teel received his A.B. degree in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1987, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 and 1992, respectively. After receiving his Ph.D., he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Ecole des Mines de Paris in Fontainebleau, France. In 1992 he joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota, where he was an assistant professor until 1997. Subsequently, he joined the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is currently a professor.

His research interests are in nonlinear and hybrid dynamical systems, with a focus on stability analysis and control design. He has received NSF Research Initiation and CAREER Awards, the 1998 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Prize Paper Award, the 1998 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, and was the recipient of the first SIAM Control and Systems Theory Prize in 1998. He was also the recipient of the 1999 Donald P. Eckman Award and the 2001 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, both given by the American Automatic Control Council. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.  He has served as an associate editor for Automatica since 1999.

Miroslav Krstic, Editor for Adaptive and Distributed Parameter Systems


Miroslav Krstic was born on September 14, 1964. He received his B.S. degree at University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at University of California at Santa Barbara, all in electrical engineering, in 1989, 1992, and 1994, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He started his academic career in 1995 at University of Maryland, College Park, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute of Systems Research. He moved to UCSD in 1997 and was promoted to Professor in 1999.

Miroslav is a coauthor of the books Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Design (New York: Wiley, 1995), Stabilization of Nonlinear Uncertain Systems (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1998), Flow Control by Feedback (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002), and Real Time Optimization by Extremum Seeking Control (New York: Wiley, 2003). He is a coauthor of two patents on control of aero-engine compressors and combustors. His research efforts have included adaptive nonlinear control, continuous-time stochastic nonlinear control, extremum seeking, and applications to turbulent fluid flows and fusion. His current focus is on developing design tools for boundary control of systems modeled by partial differential equations.

He received the UCSB Best Dissertation Award, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and the O. Hugo Schuck Award for the Best Paper at the American Control Conference. He was elected Fellow of IEEE in 2001. In 2005 he received the UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Award for Excellence in Research, as the first engineering professor to receive this recognition in sixteen years of existence of this award.

Miroslav has served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, the International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, Systems and Control Letters, and the Journal for Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete, and Impulsive Systems. He has also served as Vice President for Technical Activities, a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and Vice-Chair in his department at UCSD.

Huibert Kwakernaak
Huibert Kwakernaak, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Huibert Kwakernaak was born in Rijswijk (Z.H.), The Netherlands, in 1937. He obtained the diploma in Engineering Physics from the Delft University of Technology in 1960, the M. S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1962 and the Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1963, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

He worked at Delft University of Technology from 1964, first in the Engineering Physics Department and later also in the Mathematics Department, until in 1970 he was appointed Professor in the Applied Mathematics Department (now part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science) of the University of Twente. He retired from his faculty position in 2002.

Dr. Kwakernaak's research interests are in linear control and systems theory. He co-authored three books, the best known of which is Linear Optimal Control Systems, with R. Sivan, Wiley-Interscience, 1972.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and holds the Distinguished Service Award of IFAC. From1994 until the end of 2003 he was Editor-in-Chief of Automatica. From 1995 until the end of 1999 he was the Scientific Director of the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control DISC, which is a national graduate school and research institute in the systems and control area in The Netherlands.

Manfred Morari
Manfred Morari, Editor for Survey Papers
In 1994 Manfred Morari was appointed head of the Automatic Control Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Before that he was the McCollum-Corcoran Professor of Chemical Engineering and Executive Officer for Control and Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He obtained the diploma from ETH Zurich and the Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota, both in chemical engineering. 

His interests are in the areas of process control and design, robust control and predictive control. In recognition of his research contributions he received numerous awards, among them the Donald P. Eckman Award of the Automatic Control Council, the Allan P. Colburn Award and the Professional Progress Award of the AIChE, the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award of the ASEE and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (US). 

Professor Morari has held appointments with Exxon R & E and ICI and has consulted internationally for a number of major corporations. He is an Associate Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals.

Ian R. Petersen, Editor for Control and Estimation Theory
Ian R. Petersen was born in Victoria, Australia in 1956. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1984 from the University of Rochester. From 1983 to 1985 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University. In 1985 he joined the School of Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy and he is currently a Full Professor. He was seconded to the Australian Research Council from 2002 to 2003 where he served as Executive Director for Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences.

He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Systems and Control Letters, Automatica and SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization. He was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1999.

His research interests include optimal control theory, robust control theory, stochastic control theory, robust state estimation and applications of control theory.

Berç Rüstem, Editor for Systems Engineering, Economics and Finance
Berç Rüstem, FIMA, CMath, received BSME from Robert College, Istanbul, and MSc, PhD from University of London. During 1977-80, he was research officer, Department of Economics at LSE. Subsequently, he was EPSRC Advanced Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Reader at Department of Computing, Imperial College, London, where he is currently Professor of Computational Methods in Operations Research.

He has researched optimization and minimax algorithms and software, robust decision making under uncertainty in computational economics, finance and process systems engineering. He is currently President of the Society for Computational Economics, Co-Editor of Computational Management Science, Advisory Editor of Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control (JEDC). He was editor of JEDC, 1987-2002, and chair of IFAC TC on Computation in Economics & Finance, 1992-2000.

He has published extensively, edited journal special issues, book volumes and is the author of three research monographs on optimization algorithms, multiple-objective decisions, minimax worst-case-robust decision making and risk management.

Torsten Soederstroem
Torsten Söderström, Editor for System Parameter Estimation
Torsten Söderström was born in Malmö, Sweden, in 1945. He received the MSc degree ("civilingenjör") in engineering physics in 1969 and the PhD degree in automatic control in 1973, both from Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

In the period 1967-1974 he held various teaching positions at the Lund Institute of Technology. Since 1974, he has been at the Department of Technology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, where he now is a professor of automatic control, and has been the head of the Systems and Control Group since 1975.

Dr Söderström is the author or coauthor of many technical papers. His main research interests are in the fields of system identification, signal processing, and adaptive systems. He is the (co)author of four books: "Theory and Practice of Recursive Identification," MIT Press, 1983 (with L. Ljung), "The Instrumental Variable Methods for System Identification," Springer Verlag, 1983 (with P. Stoica), "System Identification," Prentice Hall, 1989 (with P. Stoica) and "Discrete-Time Stochastic Systems,'' Prentice Hall, 1994. In 1981 he was, with coauthors, given an Automatica Prize Paper Award.

Within IFAC he has served in several capacities including vice-chairman of the TC on Modelling, Identification and Signal Processing, 1993-present, IPC chairman of the IFAC SYSID'94 symposium, and Council member 1996-1999. Within Automatica he was an associate editor during 1984-1991, guest associate editor or editor of three special issues, and is an editor for the area of System Parameter Estimation since 1992.

Toshiharu Sugie
Toshiharu Sugie, Editor for Control System Applications
Toshiharu Sugie was born in Osaka, Japan in 1954. He received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering form Kyoto University, Japan, in 1976, 1978 and 1985, respectively. Since 1998, he has been Professor at the Department of Systems Science, Kyoto University. He was a research member of Musashino Electric Communication Laboratory in Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, Japan (1978-1980), a research associate at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Osaka Prefecture (1984-1988), and an associate professor at the Department of Applied Systems Science, Kyoto University (1988-1997).

His research interests are in robust control, nonlinear control, identification for control, and their application to mechanical systems. He published a few books, one of which won the Best Book Award from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Japan (SICE) in 1994. He also received Best Paper Awards from SICE in 1994, 2000, 2003 and 2007, and from the Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers, Japan in 1991 and 1998.

Dr. Sugie has served as Associate Editor of Automatica since 1997. He was also an Associate Editor of Asian Journal of Control (1998-2005) and International Journal of Systems Science (2003-2005). He is an IEEE Fellow.

Roberto Tempo, Editor for System and Control Theory
Roberto Tempo was born in Cuorgné, Italy, in 1956. In 1980 he graduated in Electrical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. From 1981 to 1983 he was with the Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino. In 1984 he joined the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) at the research institute CENS (presently IEIIT-CNR), Torino, where he is currently a Director of Research of Systems and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Tempo has held visiting and research positions at Columbia University in New York, German Aerospace Research Organization in Oberpfaffenhofen and University of Wisconsin at Madison.

His main research areas include robustness analysis and control of uncertain systems and identification of complex systems subject to bounded errors. In 1993, he received the "Outstanding Paper Prize Award" from the International Federation of Automatic Control for a paper published in Automatica.

Dr. Tempo has been an Associate Editor of Systems and Control Letters and he is currently an Editor of Automatica and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He has served as program Vice-Chair for short papers of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Phoenix, 1999. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an appointed member of the Board of Governors of the Control Systems Society. He is also a member of the EUCA (European Union of Control Associations) Council.

André L. Tits, Editor for Rapid Publications
André L. Tits was born in Verviers, Belgium on April 13, 1951. He received the  'Ingénieur Civil' degree from the University of Liège, Belgium and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering, in 1974, 1979, and 1980, respectively.

Since 1981, Dr. Tits has been with the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and he holds a permanent joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research. He has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley, at the Lund Institute of Technology, at INRIA, at the Catholic University of Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium and at the Australian National University.

Dr. Tits' main research interests lie in various aspects of numerical optimization, optimization-based system design and robust control with emphasis on numerical methods. In addition to carrying out fundamental research work in these areas, researchers in Dr. Tits' group have developed several software packages. Especially popular is FSQP, a tandem of sophisticated software suites for nonlinear constrained optimization, in use at over 1000 sites around the world. Dr. Tits received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of IEEE.

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