**(Co-Director)**

**(Co-Director)**

**( Julian T. Hightower Endowed Chair in Systems and Controls)**

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**Wassim Haddad**

Dr. Wassim M. Haddad received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL in 1983, 1984, and 1987, respectively, with specialization in dynamical systems and control. From 1987 to 1994 he served as a consultant for the Structural Controls Group of the Government Aerospace Systems Division, Harris Corporation, Melbourne, FL. In 1988 he joined the faculty of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Florida Institute of Technology where he founded and developed the Systems and Control Option within the graduate program. Since 1994 he has been a member of the faculty in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology where he holds the rank of Professor. Dr. Haddad’s research contributions in linear and nonlinear dynamical systems and control are documented in over 470 archival journal and conference publications. His recent research is concentrated on nonlinear robust and adaptive control, nonlinear dynamical system theory, large-scale systems, hierarchical nonlinear switching control, analysis and control of nonlinear impulsive and hybrid systems, system thermodynamics, thermodynamic modeling of mechanical and aerospace systems, network systems, nonlinear analysis and control for biological and physiological systems, and active control for clinical pharmacology. More…

**Spyros Reveliotis**

Dr. Reveliotis’ research interest is in the area of Discrete Event Systems theory and its applications. His current research focuses on: (i) the logical / structural control of flexibly automated production systems, workflow management systems and guidepath-based traffic systems; (ii) the development of effective scheduling policies for these environments; and (iii) the development of customized implementations / algorithms of approximate dynamic programming and machine learning theory for the aforementioned application contexts.

His teaching activity focuses on topics related to: (i) applied operations research, (ii) production planning and control, and (iii) supervisory control of Discrete Event Systems. (see also the **“Courses”** section, below)

Finally, he has an active interest in the web-based multimedia technology as a research and education enabler. A product of his activity in this area is a “prototype electronic textbook” for Linear Programming and the Simplex Algorithm. More…

**Panagiotis Tsiotras**

Panagiotis Tsiotras joined the faculty of the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998 as an Associate Professor. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, Dr. Tsiotras was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia. From 1993 to 1994 he was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Purdue University and during 1989 he was affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center of Applied Mathematics at Virginia Tech, where he worked on trajectory optimization for aerospace vehicles. He has also held visiting appointments with INRIA, Rocquencourt, the Laboratoire d’ Automatique de Grenoble, and the Ecole des Mines de Paris in France. He has published over 150 journal and conference papers in the area of dynamics and control of mechanical and aerospace systems. His current research interests include analysis and control of spacecraft, real-time optimal control, and control of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. Dr. Tsiotras is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Sigma Xi President and Visitor’s Award for Excellence in Research as well as numerous fellowships and scholarships. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Control Systems Magazine, and a past Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics and of Dynamics and Control. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. More…

**Patricio Antonio Vela**

Patricio Vela was born in Mexico City, Mexico and grew up in California. He earned his bachelor of science degree in 1998 and his doctorate in 2003 at the California Institute of Technology, where he did his graduate research on geometric nonlinear control androbotics. Dr. Vela came to Georgia Tech as a post-doctoral researcher in computer vision and joined the ECE faculty in 2005. His research interests lie in the geometric perspectives to control theory and computer vision. Recently, he has been interested in the role that computer vision can play for achieving control-theoretic objectives of (semi-)autonomous systems. His research also covers control of nonlinear systems, typically robotic systems. More…

**Erik Verriest**

Erik I. Verriest received the degree of ‘Burgerlijk Electrotechnisch Ingenieur’ from the State University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium in 1973, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1975 and 1980, respectively. He was employed by the Control Systems Laboratory and the Hybrid Computation Centre, Ghent, Belgium, where he worked on process simulation and control in 1973-74. His doctoral research at Stanford was on the algebraic theory and balancing for time varying linear systems and array algorithms. He joined the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech in 1980. He spent the 1991-92, 1993-94 and 1994-95 academic years at Georgia Tech Lorraine. He has contributed to the application of the theory of systems over finite fields in cryptography, data compression, sensitivity analysis of array algorithms with applications in estimation and control, algorithms for optical computing. More recently he contributed to the theory of periodic and hybrid systems, delay – differential systems, model reduction for nonlinear systems, and control with communication constraints. He served on several IPC’s and is a member of the IFAC Committee on Linear Systems. More…

**Yang Wang**

Dr. Yang Wang is an assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1998 and 2001, respectively, from the Department of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. At Stanford University, Dr. Wang completed his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering in 2007, as well as an M.S. degree. More…

**Yorai Wardi**

Yorai Wardi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences under the guidance of Professor E. Polak at UC Berkeley in 1982. From 1982 to 1984 he was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories and Bell Communications Research. Since 1984 he has been at Georgia Tech where currently he is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He spent the 1987-88 academic year at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben Gurion University, Israel. Dr. Wardi is an associate editor of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications, a past associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2001-2003), and a past member of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board (1999-2000). More…

**Fumin Zhang**

Dr. Fumin Zhang is Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a PhD degree in 2004 from the University of Maryland (College Park) in Electrical Engineering, and held a postdoctoral position in Princeton University from 2004 to 2007. His research interests include marine autonomy with environment modeling, underwater robotics, control systems, and theoretical foundations for cyber-physical systems. He received the NSF CAREER Award in September 2009, the Lockheed Inspirational Young Faculty Award in March 2010, the ONR Young Investigator Program Award in April 2010, and the GT Roger P. Webb Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in April 2011.More…

**Anthony Yezzi**

Anthony Yezzi was born in Gainsville, Florida and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He obtained both his Bachelor’s degree and his Ph.D. in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota with minors in mathematics and music. After completing his Ph.D., he continued his research as a post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. His research interests fall broadly within the fields of image processing and computer vision. In particular he is interested in curve and surface evolution theory and partial differential equation techniques as they apply to topics within these fields (such as segmentation, image smoothing and enhancement, optical flow, stereo disparity, shape from shading, object recognition, and visual tracking). Much of Dr. Yezzi’s work is particularly tailored to problems in medical imaging, including cardiac ultrasound, MRI, and CT. He joined the Georgia Tech faculty in the fall of 1999 where he has taught courses in DSP and is working to develop advanced courses in computer vision and medical image processing. Professor Yezzi consults with industry in the areas of visual inspection and medical imaging. His hobbies include classical guitar, opera, and martial arts. More…