Stephen P. Boyd is the Samsung Professor of Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Director of the Information Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. His current interests include computer-aided control system design, and convex programming applications in control, signal processing, and circuit design. Professor Boyd received an AB degree in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from Harvard University in 1980, and a PhD in EECS from U. C. Berkeley in 1985. In 1985 he joined the faculty of Stanford's Electrical Engineering Department.
Professor Boyd has held visiting Professor positions at Katholieke University (Leuven), McGill University (Montreal), Ecole Polytechnique Federale (Lausanne), Qinghua University (Beijing), Universite Paul Sabatier (Toulouse), and Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm). In 1999, during a leave from Stanford, he co-founded the company Barcelona Design, which develops tools for CMOS analog and mixed-signal circuit synthesis. Professor Boyd is the author of many research articles and three books: Linear Controller Design: Limits of Performance (with C. Barratt, 1991), Linear Matrix Inequalities in System and ControlTheory (with L. El Ghaoui, E. Feron, and V. Balakrishnan, 1994)and Convex Optimization (with L. Vandenberghe, 2003). Professor Boyd's honors include an ONR Young Investigator Award, a Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1992 AACC Donald P. Eckman Award, and a Hugo Schuck best paper award (with H. Hindi and B. Hassibi). His teaching awards include the Perrin Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in the School of Engineering, and an ASSU Graduate Teaching Award. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and a Fellow of the IEEE. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE control systems society from 1989 to 1992.