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O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award

The O. Hugo Schuck Award is given to recognize the best two papers presented at the previous ACC. One award is for a paper emphasizing contributions to theory and the other emphasizing significant or innovative applications. The papers must have been presented by one of the coauthors. Criteria for selection include the quality of the written and oral presentation, the technical contribution, timeliness, and practicality.

Nominations for these awards must be from someone who certifies that he or she attended the talk. As the award is for presentation as well as the written paper, self-nomination (including by co-authors) is inappropriate. The nomination form is available on the AACC web site. This fact, as well as the requirement that nomination be by someone who attended the talk, is announced at the ACC in general and by the session chairs--who can and should be nominators as appropriate.

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2016: Sérgio Pequito, Soummya Kar, and George J. Pappas - Theory Award
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
“Minimum Cost Constrained Input-Output and Control Configuration Co-Design Problem: A Structural Systems Approach,” pages 4099-4105.

Biography:

Sérgio Pequito is a postdoctoral researcher in general robotics, automation, sensing & perception laboratory (GRASP lab) at University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and Instituto Superior Técnico, through the CMU-Portugal program, in 2014. Previously, he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the Instituto Superior Técnico in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Pequito’s research consists in understanding the global qualitative behavior of large-scale systems from their structural or parametric descriptions and provide a rigorous framework for the design, analysis, optimization and control of large scale (real-world) systems. Currently, his interests span to neuroscience, where control theoretic tools can be leveraged to develop new analysis tools for brain dynamics that, ultimately, will lead to new diagnostics and treatments of neural disorders. Further, these tools can be used to improve brain-computer and brain-machine-brain interfaces that will improve people's life quality. Pequito was awarded with the best student paper finalist in the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2009). In addition, Pequito received the ECE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Carnegie Mellon Graduate Teaching Award (university-wide) honorable mention, both in 2012.

 

 

 

Soummya Kar received a B.Tech. in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in May 2005 and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 2010. From June 2010 to May 2011 he was with the Electrical Engineering Department at Princeton University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He is currently an Assistant Research Professor of ECE at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests span several aspects of decision-making in large-scale networked dynamical systems with applications to problems in network science, cyber-physical systems and energy systems.

 

 

 

 

 

George J. Pappas is the Joseph Moore Professor and Chair of 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 a member of the GRASP Lab and the PRECISE Center. He has previously served as 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, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, the National Science Foundation PECASE, and the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Excellence Award.

2016: Hector Perez and Scott Moura - Application Award
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
“Sensitivity-Based Interval PDE Observer for Battery SOC Estimation,” pages 323-328.

Biography:

Hector Perez received the B.S. degree from California State University, Northridge, CA, USA, and the M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, in 2010 and 2012, respectively, in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. He is currently a Graduate Student Researcher in the Energy, Controls, and Applications Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. In 2010–2012, he was a Graduate Student Research Assistant in the Powertrain Control Laboratory, University of Michigan. He was a Propulsion Engineer at the Boeing Company in 2012–2013, and helped return the Boeing 787 into service following the battery failure events in 2013. His current research interests include modeling, optimal control, and experimental validation of energy storage systems. Mr. Perez received the Ford Foundation Predoctoral and GEM Fellowships, the University of California, Berkeley Special State Fund for Strategic Research Award and Graduate Division Grant Award. He has received the Best Student Paper Award at the American Control Conference in 2015, the Energy Systems Best Paper Award at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in 2015, and the Best Paper Award in the Renewable Energy Systems Session at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in 2012.

 

Scott Moura is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 2011, the M.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 2008, and the B.S. degree from the UC Berkeley, in 2006 - all in Mechanical Engineering. He was a postdoctoral scholar at UC San Diego in the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics, and a visiting researcher in the Centre Automatique et Systèmes at MINES ParisTech in Paris, France. He is a recipient of the Hellman Faculty Fellows Award, UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Michigan Distinguished ProQuest Dissertation Honorable Mention, University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellowship, College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award. He has received multiple conference best paper awards – as an advisor and student. His research interests include control & estimation theory for PDEs, optimization, machine learning, batteries, electric vehicles, and the smart grid.

2015: Richard P. Mason and Antonis Papachristodoulou
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
“Chordal Sparsity, Decomposing SDPs and the Lyapunov Equation”, pages 531-537

Biography:

Richard Mason received the MEng degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, UK in 2010. Currently, he is working towards the DPhil degree in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Papachristodoulou. His PhD research is focussed on exploiting sparsity within optimisation problems in control theory. Mr. Mason received the Student Best Paper Award at the 2014 American Control Conference.
 
Antonis Papachristodoulou is an Associate Professor in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at Worcester College. Currently, he is an EPSRC Fellow for Growth in Synthetic Biology and Director of the EPSRC & BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology. He holds an MA/MEng degree in Electrical and Information Sciences from the University of Cambridge (2000) and a PhD in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology, with a PhD Minor in Aeronautics (2005). In 2015 he was awarded the European Control Award for his contributions to robustness analysis and applications to networked control systems and systems biology. His research interests include large-scale nonlinear systems analysis, sum of squares programming, synthetic and systems biology, networked systems and flow control. He is associate editor for Automatica and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.
 

2015: M.J. Bellman, T.H. Cheng, R.J. Downey, and W.E. Dixon
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
“Stationary Cycling Induced by Switched Functional Electrical Stimulation Control”, pages 4802-4809

Biography:

Matthew Bellman has been a member of the Nonlinear Controls and Robotics group since May 2009, and has since received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, magna cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomechanics from the University of Florida. Matthew is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering as a National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Fellow, with a continued focus on the theoretical development of robust, adaptive control systems for applications involving functional electrical stimulation, specifically those involving rehabilitation and mobility of the lower extremities. 
 
Teng-Hu Cheng received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from National Taiwan University, Taiwan in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He joined the Nonlinear Controls and Robotics lab at the University of Florida as a doctoral student under the supervision of Dr. Warren Dixon in August 2011. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, he was a research intern with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Eglin AFB and University of Florida REEF, aiding in designing cooperative control for networked systems with time-varying network topologies and developing event-driven control for networked systems. His research interests include networked system control, switched control, event-driven control, and nonlinear control.
 

2014: Davood Babaei Pourkargar and Antonios Armaou
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
(Application) “Control of dissipative partial differential equation systems using APOD based dynamic observer designs”

2014: Konstantinos Gatsis, Alejandro Ribeiro, and George J. Pappas
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
(Theory) “Optimal Power Management in Wireless Control Systems”

2013: Laurent Lessard and Sanjay Lall
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
Optimal Controller Synthesis for the Decentralized Two-Player Problem with Output Feedback

2012: Douglas MacMynowski and Mattias Bjorklund
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
Large aperture segmented space telescope (LASST): Can we control a 12000 segment mirror?

2012: Cameron Nowzari and Jorge Cortés
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
Self-triggered coordination of robotic networks for optimal deployment

2011: F. Dorfler and F. Bullo
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Synchronization and Transient Stability in Power Networks and Non-Uniform Kuramoto Oscillators"

2011: F. Bu, H. S. Tan, and J. Huang
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Design and Field Testing of a Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control System"

2010: Y. Yan, Q. Zou, and Z. Lin
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"A Control Approach to High-Speed Probe-Based Nanofabrication"

2010: L. Vu and K. A. Morgansen
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Stability of Feedback Switched Systems with State and Switching Delays"

2009: K. Stegath, N. Sharma, C. M. Gregory, and W. E. Dixon
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Nonlinear Tracking Control of a Human Limb via Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation"

2009: R. D. Gregg and M. W. Spong
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
“Reduction-based Control with Application to Three Dimensional Bipedal Walking Robots”

2008: N. Motee, A. Jadbabaie
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Optimal Control of Spatially Distributed Systems"

2008: L.-Shien Fong, S. Dubljevic
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
“Pacing Real-Time Spatiotemporal Control of Cardiac Alternans”

2007: S. Dambreville, Y. Rathi, A. Tannenbaum
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Tracking Deformable Objects with Unscented Kalman Filtering and Geometric Active Contours"

2007: R. Rajamani, D. Piyabongkarn, J. Y. Lew, and J. A. Grogg
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
“Algorithms for Real-Time Estimation of Individual Wheel Tire-Road Friction Coefficients”

2006: T. Keviczky and G.J. Balas
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Flight Test of a Receding Horizon Controller for Autonomous UAV Guidance"

2006: N.C. Martins and M.A. Dahleh
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Fundamental Limitations of Performance in the Presence of Finite Capacity Feedback"

2005: H.K. Khalil
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Output Feedback Sampled-Data Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems"

2005: X. Sun, L. Munoz and R. Horowitz
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Mixture Kalman Filter Based Highway Congestion Mode and Vehicle Density Estimator and its Application”

2004: D. Ni, Yiming Lou, P. D. Christofides, L. Sha, S. Lao, and J. P. Chang
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"A Method for Real-Time Control of Thin Film Composition Using OES and XPS"

2004: B. Yao
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Integrated Direct/Indirect Adaptive Robust Control of SISO Nonlinear Systems in Semi-Strict Feedback Form"

2003: P. Seiler, A. Pant, and K. Hedrick
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Disturbance propagation in large interconnected systems"

2002: B-S. Kim, J. Li, and T-C. Tsao
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Control of a Dual Stage Actuator System for Noncircular Cam Turning Process"

2002: J. Mareczek, M. Buss, and M. Spong
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Invariance Control of Normal Forms with Input Driven Internal Dynamics"

2001: L. Zaccarian, A. R. Teel, and J. J. Marcinkowski
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Anti-windup for an Active Vibration Isolation Device: Theory and Experiments"

2001: R. Yedavalli
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"A Necessary and Sufficient Extreme Point Solution for Checking Robust Stability of Polytopes of Matrices"

2000: A. Armaou and P. Christofides
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Wave suppression by Nonlinear Finite-Dimensional Control"

2000: B. Bamieh and M. Dahleh
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Disturbance Energy Amplification in Three Dimensional Channel Flows"

1999: H. A. Hindi, B. Hassibi, and S. P. Boyd
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Multiobjective H2/H-Infinity Optimal Control via Finite Dimensional Q-Parametrization and Linear Matrix Inequalities"

1999: S. Tatiraju, M. Soroush, and R. Mutharasan
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Multi-Rate Nonlinear State and Parameter Estimation in a Bioreactor"

1998: V. Lioatta, C. Georgakis, and M. S. El-Aasser
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Real-Time Estimation and Control of Particle Size in Semi-Batch Emulsion Polymerization"

1998: M. Glaum and G. Zames
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"A function Calculus For Identification and System Analysis"

1996: M. Krstic
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Asymptotic properties of Adaptive Nonlinear Stabilizer"

1995: F. Paganini, R. D'Andrea, and J. C. Doyle
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Behavioral Approach to Robustness Analysis"

1995: J. Chai, R. H. Lyon, and J. H. Lang
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Non-Invasive Diagnostics of Motor-Operated Valves"

1994: H. O. Wang and E. H. Abed
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Control of Nonlinear Phenomena at the Inception of Voltage Collapse"

1994: R. J. Furness, A. Galip Ulsoy, and C. L. Wu
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Supervisory Control of Drilling"

1993: K. Poolla, P. Khargonekar, A. Tikku, J. Krause, and K. Nagpal
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"A Time- Domain Approach to Model Validation"

1992: E. W. Jacobsen and S. Skogestad
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Control of Unstable Distillation Columns"

1991: G. T. Yamaguchi and F. E. Zajac
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Modeling FES Actuation and Control of Multisegment Limb Movements"

1990: H. Kazerooni and W.K. Foslien
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"On the Control and Stability of Robots Worn By Human: Theory"

1989: A. Miele, T. Wang, and W.W. Melvin
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Optimization and Guidance of Penetration Landing Trajectories in a Windshear"

1988: E. Kamei, H. Namba, K. Osaki, M. Ohba
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Application of Reduced Order Model to Automotive Engine Control System"

1987: B. Wahlberg
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"On Model Reduction in System Identification"

1986: H. Asada and K. Youcef-Toumi
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Analysis and Design of a Direct-Drive Arm with a Five-Bar Link Parallel Drive Mechanism"

1984: K. Glover and D.J. N. Limebeer
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Robust Multivariable Controls System Design Using Optimal Reduced Order Plant Models"

1983: H. Johnson
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Adaptive Control of Nonlinear Self-Oscillating Systems Using MRAS Technique"

1982: J. Kenneth Salisbury and J. J. Craig
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Articulated Hands:Force Control and Kinematic Issues"

1981: T. Westerlund
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Identification and Control of an Industrial Dry Process Cement Kiln"

1980: W. B. Rouse
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
"Understanding and Aiding the Human in Fault Diagnosis Tasks"