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Sérgio Pequito, Soummya Kar, and George J. Pappas - Theory Award

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

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.