CCC2017 Plenary Speakers

  Karl Johan Åström is Senior Professor at Lund University. He has has broad interests of theory and applications of control, currently his research is focused on modeling, event based control and relay tuning. Åström received an MS in Engineering Physics in 1957 and a TeknL in 1960 from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH). After graduating he worked for the IBM Nordic Laboratory in Stockholm and the IBM Research Laboratories in Yorktown Heights and San Jose. In 1965 he was appointed Professor to the Chair of Automatic Control at Lund Institute of Technology/Lund University, where he established a new department. From 2002-2009 he was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of California Santa Barbara. Åström has held many visiting appointments in Asia, Europe and USA. Åström is the author of many research articles and eight books; four of them: Introduction to Stochastic Control 1970, Computer Controlled Systems 1984 (with B. Wittenmark), Adaptive Control 1989 (with B. Wittenmark) and Feedback Systems 2008 (with Richard M. Murray) are translated to Chinese. He holds three patents one of them with T. Hägglund has led to significant industrial production. His group has produced several computer tools for modeling and control system design. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the Russian Academy of Science and the Hungarian Academy of Science. Åström is a Fellow of IFAC, a Life Fellow of IEEE, and he has Erdös number 3. He has received many honors among them, six honorary doctors degrees, the 1985 Rufus Oldenburger Medal from ASME, the 1987 Quazza Medal from the IFAC, the 1990 IEEE Control Systems Award, the 1993 IEEE Medal of Honors. In 2003 he was inducted in the Process Control Hall of Fame.


  Tianyou Chai received the Ph.D. degree in control theory and engineeringin 1985 from Northeastern University, Shenyang, China, where he became a Professor in 1988. He is the founder and Director of the Center of Automation, which became a National Engineeringand Technology Research Center and a State Key Laboratory. He is a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, IFAC Fellow and IEEE Fellow, director of Department of Information Science of National Natural Science Foundation of China.
  His current research interests include modeling, control, optimization and integrated automation of complex industrial processes.
  He has published 170 peer reviewed international journal papers. His paper titled Hybrid intelligent control for optimal operation of shaft furnace roasting process was selected as one of three best papers for the Control Engineering Practice Paper Prize for 2011-2013. He has developed control technologies with applications to various industrial processes. For his contributions, he has won 4 prestigious awards of National Science and Technology Progress and National Technological Innovation, the 2007 Industry Award for Excellence in Transitional Control Research from IEEE Multiple-conference on Systems and Control.


  Jie Chen is a Chair Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. He received the B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xi’an, China in 1982, the M.S.E. degree in electrical engineering, the M.A. degree in mathematics, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, all from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1985, 1987, and 1990, respectively.
  Prior to joining City University, he was with School of Aerospace Engineering and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia from 1990 to 1993, and with University of California, Riverside, California from 1994 to 2014, where he was a Professor and served as Professor and Chair for the Department of Electrical Engineering from 2001 to 2006. His main research interests are in the areas of linear multivariable systems theory, system identification, robust control, optimization, time-delay systems, networked control, and multi-agent systems. He is the author of several books, among which most related to time-delay systems are Stability of Time-Delay Systems (with K. Gu and V.L. Kharitonov, Birkhauser, 2003), Limits of Stability and Stabilization of Time-Delay Systems: A Small-Gain Approach (with J. Zhu and T. Qi, Springer, 2017), and Perturbation Techniques with Applications to Control Theory (with C.F. Mendez-Barrios and S-I. Niculescu, Birkhauser, 2017).
  An elected Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of AAAS, Fellow of IFAC and a Yangtze Scholar/Chair Professor of China, Dr. Chen was a recipient of 1996 US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2004 Japan SICE International Award, and 2006 Natural Science Foundation of China Outstanding Overseas Young Scholar Award. He served on a number of journal editorial boards, as an Associate Editor and a Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, a Guest Editor for IEEE Control Systems Magazine, an Associate Editor for Automatica, and the founding Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Control Science and Engineering. He is currently an IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Lecturer and serves as an Associate Editor for SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization. He was a member on IEEE CSS Board of Governors in 2014 and has served as IEEE CSS Chapter Activities Chair since 2015.


  Denis Dochain received his degree in Electrical engineering in 1982 from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He completed his Ph.D. thesis and a « thèse d’agrégation de l’enseignement supérieur » in 1986 and 1994, respectively, also at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He has been CNRS associate researcher at the LAAS (Toulouse, France) in 1989, and Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada in 1987-88 and 1990-92. He has been with the FNRS (Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, National Fund for Scientific Research), Belgium since 1990. Since September 1999, he is Professor at the ICTEAM (Institute), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and Honorary Research Director of the FNRS. He has been invited professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada between 2002 and 2004. He is full professor at the UCL since 2005. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Process Control and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control and of Automatica. He is active in IFAC since 1999 (Council member, Technical Board member member, TC and CC chair, chair and presently member of the IFAC Publication Committee). He received the IFAC outstanding service award in 2008 and is an IFAC fellow since 2010.
  His main research interests are in the field of nonlinear systems, thermodynamics based control, parameter and state estimation, adaptive extremum seeking control and distributed parameter systems, with application to microbial ecology, environmental, biological and chemical systems, pulp and paper processes, polymerisation reactors, and electric systems. He is the (co-)author of 4 books, more than 130 papers in refereed journals and 230 international conference papers.


  A. Stephen Morse was born in Mt. Vernon, New York. He received a BSEE degree from Cornell University, MS degree from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University. He was associated with the Office of Control Theory and Application {OCTA} at the NASA Electronics Research Center in Cambridge, Mass. Since 1970 he has been with Yale University where he is presently the Dudley Professor of Engineering.
  His main interest is in system theory and he has done research in network synthesis, optimal control, multivariable control, adaptive control, urban transportation, vision-based control, hybrid and nonlinear systems, sensor networks, and coordination and control of large groupings of mobile autonomous agents. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, an IFAC Fellow, a past Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Control System Society, and a co-recipient of the Society’s 1993 and 2005 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Awards. He has twice received the American Automatic Control Council’s Best Paper Award and is a co-recipient of the Automatica Theory/Methodology Prize. He is the 1999 recipient of the IEEE Technical Field Award for Control Systems. He is the 2013 recipient of the American Automatic Control Councils Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.


  Xiaohua Xia obtained his PhD degree at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China, in 1989. He stayed at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow in May 1994 and for two years, followed by two short visits to Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France and National University of Singapore during 1996 and 1997, respectively, both as a post-doctoral fellow. He joined the University of Pretoria, South Africa, since 1998, and became a full professor in 2000. He also held a number of visiting positions, as an invited professor at IRCCYN, Nantes, France, in 2001, 2004 and 2005, as a guest professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, and as a Cheung Kong chair professor at Wuhan University, China. He is an IEEE fellow, served as the South African IEEE Section/Control Chapter Chair, as the chair of the Technical Committee of Non-linear Systems, as a member of the Technical Board (both of IFAC). He is an A-rated scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa, an elected fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering, and an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He has been an Associate Editor of Automatica, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II, and the Specialist Editor (Control) of the SAIEE Africa Research Journal. His research interests include: non-linear feedback control, observer design, time-delay systems, hybrid systems, modelling and control of HIV/AIDS, control and handling of heavy-haul trains and energy modelling and optimisation. He is a registered professional engineering by the Engineering Council of South Africa, and a certified measurement and verification professional by the American Association of Energy Engineers. He is the director of both the Centre of New Energy Systems at the University of Pretoria and the National Hub for the Postgraduate Programme in Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management. He is an elected board member of measurement and verification council of South Africa (MVCSA) since 2014. He is the founding director of Onga Energy Efficiency and Management Pty Ltd - the first SANAS accredited M&V Company against ISO 17020 and he is invited as a technical assessor for the South African National Accreditation Systems (SANAS) for M&V inspection bodies in South Africa. He has been a judge for the prestigious national eta award in South Africa since 2009.


  Zong-Ben Xu received his PhD degree in Mathematics in 1987 from Xi`an Jiaotong University, China. In 1998, he was a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics, The University of Strathclyde. He worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from 1992 to 1994, and 1996 to 1997, at The Chinese University of Hong Kong; a visiting professor in the University of Essex in 2001, and Napoli University in 2002. He has been with the School of Mathematics and Statistics, Xi`an Jiaotong University since 1982, where he served as a professor of mathematics and computer science, Dean of Sciences (1997-2003), and VP of the university (2003-2014). From 2007 on, he was appointed as a Chief Scientist of National Basic Research Program of China (973 Project), and the Principle Scientist of Beijing Research Center for Mathematical and Information Sciences.
  Professor Xu currently makes several important services for government and professional societies, including Consultant Expert for National (973) Program in Key Basic Science Research and Development (Information group), Ministry of Science and Technology of China; Evaluation Committee Member for Mathematics Degree, Academic Degree Commission of the Chinese Council; Committee Member in Scientific Committee of Education Ministry of China (Mathematics and Physics Group); Director of the Teaching Guidance Committee for Mathematical Education in Universities, the Education Ministry of China; Chairman of the Expert Evaluation Committee for Natural Science Foundation of China (Applied Mathematics group); Editor-in-chief of the Textbooks on Information and Computational Sciences, Higher Education Press of China; Co-editor of more tan 10 international journals.
  Professor Xu has published over 280 academic papers on nonlinear functional analysis, optimization, intelligent information processing and machine learning, most of which are in international journals. His current research interests include sparsity modeling, machine learning and big data research. Professor Xu holds the title “Owner of Chinese PhD Degree Having Outstanding Achievements” awarded by the Chinese State Education Commission (CSEC) and the Academic Degree Commission of the Chinese Council in 1991. He is owner of the National Natural Science Award of China in 2007,and winner of CSIAM Su Buchin Applied Mathematics Prize in 2008. He delivered a 45 minute talk at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2010) upon the invitation of the congress committee. He was elected as a member of Chinese Academy of Science in 2011.

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