Professor Alberto Isidori, who was a faculty member of the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering from 1990 to 2006, received the 2012 IEEE Control Systems Award for his research and groundbreaking work that has changed the way the control systems community thinks about nonlinear control. The IEEE Control Systems Award is a technical field award given to an individual "for outstanding contributions to control systems engineering, science, or technology." The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium. It is an IEEE-level award, but is sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society.
Professor Isidori's career and work has influenced the development of design methodologies for nonlinear systems by pursuing new ideas and techniques to solve challenging problems and helping to define the field of nonlinear control. Based on his geometric theory research, Professor Isidori's book, Nonlinear Control Systems, is often credited as shaping and popularizing the field and made nonlinear control theory accessible to non-specialists. IEEE is the world's largest professional organization for the advancement of technology, and is proud to recognize Isidori with the 2012 IEEE Control Systems Award. Professor Isidori received his award during the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Maui, Hawaii, in December 2012. For a description of this award and a list of the recipients, visit http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/tfas/controlsys.html and http://www.ieee.org/documents/control_sys_rl.pdf
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