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O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award

The O. Hugo Schuck Award recognizes up to one application paper and one theory paper presented at the previous ACC. The papers must have been presented by a coauthor.

Self-nomination (including by co-authors) is inappropriate. The nomination form is available at http://a2c2.org/node/add/nomination. This fact is announced at the ACC in general and by the session chairs---who can and should be nominators as appropriate.

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2020: Chao Ning and Fengqi You
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
2019 ACC Paper (Application): Data-Driven Adaptive Robust Optimization Framework for Unit Commitment under Renewable Energy Generation Uncertainty

Biography:

Chao Ning received the B.Eng. degree in Automation from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2012, and M.S. degree in Control Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 2015. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Cornell University, USA. His research interests include data-driven optimization under uncertainty, learning for dynamics and control, big data analytics and machine learning, power systems operations, and renewable energy systems.
 
Fengqi You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York), and is affiliated with the Graduate Fields of Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Operations Research and Information Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Applied Mathematics. He also serves as Chair of Cornell Systems Engineering PhD Studies and Associate Director of Cornell Energy Systems Institute. He earned a B.Eng. from Tsinghua University and received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. Fengqi was on the faculty of Northwestern University from 2011 to 2016, and worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an Argonne Scholar from 2009 to 2011. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has an h-index of 57. Some of his research results have been editorially highlighted in Science and Nature, featured on multiple journal covers, and reported by major media outlets (e.g. The New York Times, BBC, BusinessWeek, and National Geographic). His recent awards include an NSF CAREER Award, W. Curtis McGraw Research Award from ASEE, Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award, and ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award, as well as W. David Smith, Jr. Publication Award, Sustainable Engineering Research Excellence Award, Environmental Division Early Career Award, Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Outstanding Young Researcher Award, and Excellence in Process Development Research Award from AIChE. He is currently an Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering, an Associate Editor of AAAS Journal Science Advances, a Consulting Editor of AIChE Journal, and an editorial board member of several other journals. His research focuses on novel computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical machine learning methods, and multi-scale systems analytics tools for smart manufacturing, digital agriculture, energy systems, and sustainability. For more information about his research group: www.peese.org.

2020: Junjie Qin, Sen Li, Kameshwar Poolla, and Pravin Varaiya
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
2019 ACC Paper (Theory): Distributed Storage Investment in Power Networks

Biography:

Junjie Qin is a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, working with Prof. Kameshwar Poolla and Prof. Pravin Varaiya. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering and a Bachelor of Economics degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Computational and Mathematical Engineering (2018) from Stanford University, where he also received a M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011) and a M.S. degree in Statistics (2017). His research interests include electric energy systems and transportation networks. He is a recipient of the Satre family fellowship on energy and sustainability and a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2016.
 
Sen Li is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Between 2017-2019, he was a postdoctoral fellow at The University of California, Berkeley, working with Prof. Kameshwar Poolla and Prof. Pravin Varaiya. He received his B.S. from Zhejiang University, and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Previously, he was an intern at the Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory, and a visiting student at Harvard University. Dr. Li's research interest lies in the intersection of control, optimization and game theory with applications in the smart city. He is particularly interested in renewable energy integration and intelligent transportation systems. He is a finalist of Best Student Paper Award at 2018 European Control Conference.
 
Kameshwar Poolla is the Cadence Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley in EECS and ME. His current research interests include many aspects of future energy systems including economics, security, and commercialization. He served as the Founding Director of the IMPACT Center for Integrated Circuit manufacturing. Dr. Poolla co-founded OnWafer Technologies which was acquired by KLA-Tencor in 2007. He has served as a technology and mergers/acquisitions consultant for Cadence Design Systems. Dr. Poolla has been awarded a 1988 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1993 Hugo Schuck Best Paper Prize, the 1994 Donald P. Eckman Award, the 1998 Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of California, the 2005 and 2007 IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing Best Paper Prizes, and the 2009 IEEE CSS Transition to Practice Award.
 
Pravin Varaiya is a Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 2010. He has co-authored four books and 350+ articles. His current research is devoted to electric energy systems and transportation networks. Varaiya has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Miller Research Professorship. He has received three honorary doctorates, the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award, the Field Medal and Bode Lecture Prize of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and the Outstanding Researcher Award of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of IFAC, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

2019: Li Wang, Dongkun Han, and Magnus Egerstedt
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
2018 ACC Paper (Application): “Permissive Barrier Certificates for Safe Stabilization Using Sum-of-squares”

2019: Shumon Koga, Iasson Karafyllis, and Miroslav Krstić
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
2018 ACC Paper (Theory): “Input-to-State Stability for the Control of Stefan Problem with Respect to Heat Loss at the Interface”

2018: Marius Schmitt, Chithrupa Ramesh, Paul Goulart, and John Lygeros - Theory Award
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
“Convex, Monotone Systems are Optimally Operated at Steady-State,” 2017 ACC paper # 761.

2018: Luca Furieri, Thomas Stastny, Lorenzo Marconi, Roland Siegwart, and Igor Gilitschenski - Application Award
Recipient of O. Hugo Schuck Award

Paper:
“Gone with the Wind: Nonlinear Guidance for Small Fixed-Wing Aircraft in Arbitrarily Strong Windfields,” 2017 ACC paper # 1430.

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

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

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”

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

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

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?

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"

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"

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: 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”

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"

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

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

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

Paper:
"Optimal Control of Spatially Distributed Systems"

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”

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"

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

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

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"

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"

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"

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

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

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

Paper:
"Behavioral Approach to Robustness Analysis"

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

Paper:
"Supervisory Control of Drilling"

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"

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"