Conference Program

Invited Speakers:

Alberto Bemporad

Alberto Bemporad  (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca)

Alberto Bemporad was born in Florence on March 26, 1970. He received a master’s (Laurea) degree in Electronic Engineering in 1993 and my PhD degree in Control Engineering in 1997 from the University of Florence, Italy. During the academic year 1996/97 he visited the Center for Robotics and Automation, Department of Systems Science and Mathematics, Washington University, St.Louis, MO. In 1997-1999, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, where he collaborated as a senior researcher until 2002. Between 1999 and 2009 he was with the University of Siena, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, where he became an associate professor in 2005. In 2010-2011, he was an associate professor at the University of Trento, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering. Since 2011 he is a full professor at the IMT (Institutions, Markets, Technologies) Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy. He was Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Hybrid Systems (HYSCOM) from 2002 to 2010. Since 2010 he is an IEEE Fellow.


George Pappas

George Pappas (University of Pennsylvania)

George J. Pappas is the Joseph Moore Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Departments of Computer and Information Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He is member of the GRASP Lab and the PRECISE Center. He currently serves as the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research focuses on control theory and in particular, hybrid systems, embedded systems, hierarchical and distributed control systems, with applications to unmanned aerial vehicles, distributed robotics, green buildings, and biomolecular networks. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and has received various awards such as the Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize, the George S. Axelby Award, and the National Science Foundation PECASE.


Andrew Teel

Andrew Teel (University of California, Santa Barbara)

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 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, and also received the 2010 IEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award with his colleagues for a paper entitled "Hybrid Dynamical Systems".  He is an area editor for Automatica, and a Fellow of the IEEE and of IFAC.