The Annual Zaborszky Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 1990 to honor Professor John Zaborszky, the founder and first chairman of the Department of Systems Science & Mathematics (now the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering). Professor John Zaborszky passed away in 2008. Each year, a distinguished scholar is invited to present a series of three lectures in his or her field of expertise.

John Zaborszky received the Diploma of Engineering in 1937 and the DSc degree, with special honors, in 1943 from the Royal Hungarian Technological University. He joined Washington University in St. Louis in 1954, where he developed the Department of Systems Science & Mathematics. John Zaborszky had extensive service to both national and international organizations. He was a member of a panel in 1965 at the National Academy of Science to advise on the implications of the Northeast Power Blackout. He also was instrumental in the formation of the IEEE Control Systems Society, for whom he served as its president in 1970. Throughout his life, John Zaborszky was active in research. He published two books and over 200 technical papers related to theoretical and practical aspects of power systems and their dynamics. He chaired the Systems Science & Mathematics Department from 1974-1989. He continues to be missed by many of his colleagues.

John Baillieul, Boston University

  • Perception-Enabled Control---A new paradigm for biomimetics and machine autonomy
  • Control Designs that Enhance Perception by Climbing Information Gradients
  • The Standard Parts Problem and Quantization in Optimal Control

Richard Murray, California Institute of Technology

  • Specification, Design and Verification of Networked Control Systems
  • Bioplausible Approaches to Control using Highly Distributed, Slow Computing
  • Feedback and Control in Biological Circuit Design

Francis J. Doyle III, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Robustness in Nature: Challenges and Opportunities for the Systems Biology Community
  • Model-based Control Design of an Artificial Pancreas for Subjects with Type 1 Diabetes
  • Systems Analysis of Robust Timekeeping in Circadian Clock Networks

Andrew R. Teel, University of California, Santa Barbara
Hybrid Dynamical Systems: Modeling, Stability, and Control

Alberto Isidori, University of Rome

  • Robust Stabilization via Measured State Feedback
  • Asymptotic Tracking and Disturbance Rejection
  • Current Research and Open Problems

Graham C. Goodwin, University of Newcastle, Australia
Sampling and Quantization in Signals and Systems

Stephen Boyd, Stanford University
  • Convex Optimization: Recent Advances and Applications
  • Disciplined Convex Programming
  • Convex Optimization of Graph Laplacian Eigenvalues

Alan Willsky, MIT
Multi-resolution Markov Models, Graphical Model; Sensor Networks 

Roger Brockett, Harvard University
Combinatorial Optimization, Neural Networks; Adaptive Control

Allen R. Tannenbaum, Georgia Institute of Technology
Lectures on Active Vision 

A. Steve Morse, Yale University
Control Using Logic Switching

Panos J. Antsaklis, University of Notre Dame
Discrete Event Systems in Autonomous Intelligent Control 2000

Anders Lindquist (Royal Institute of Technology)
Analytic Interpolation with Degree Constraint with Applications to Systems and Control Signal Processing

Tamer Basar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Paradigms for Robustness in Controller & Filter Designs 

Leon O. Chua (University of California at Berkeley)
A Paradigm for Complexity 

Jürgen Ackermann (German Aerospace Research Establishment)
Robust Control Supports Car Drivers & Pilots 

Pravin Varaiya (University of California at Berkeley)
Intelligent Highway Transportation Systems 

Y.C. Ho (Harvard University)
Discrete Event Dynamic Systems & a New Paradigm for Performance Analysis

H. Thomas Banks, North Carolina State University
Estimation & Control in Distributed Parameter Systems 

Jan Willems (University of Groningen)
The Behavioral Approach to Systems & Control

Karl Astrom (Lund University)
Automatic Tuning and Adaptation

Arthur Krener (University of California at Davis)
Nonlinear Control and Estimation

Roger Brockett (Harvard University)
Combinatorial Optimization, Neural Networks & Adaptive Control