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Hector Perez and Scott Moura - Application Award

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

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.