PLENARY Speakers
Yonina C. Eldar

Yonina C. Eldar (S’98–M’02–SM’07) received the B.Sc. degree in physics and the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering both from Tel-Aviv University (TAU), Tel-Aviv, Israel, in 1995 and 1996, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2002.

From January 2002 to July 2002, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Digital Signal Processing Group at MIT. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. She is also a Research Affiliate with the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT and a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Her research interests are in the broad areas of statistical signal processing, sampling theory and compressed sensing, optimization methods, and their applications to biology and optics.

Dr. Eldar was in the program for outstanding students at TAU from 1992 to 1996. In 1998, she held the Rosenblith Fellowship for study in electrical engineering at MIT, and in 2000, she held an IBM Research Fellowship. From 2002 to 2005, she was a Horev Fellow of the Leaders in Science and Technology program at the Technion and an Alon Fellow. In 2004, she was awarded the Wolf Foundation Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, in 2005 the Andre and Bella Meyer Lectureship, in 2007 the Henry Taub Prize for Excellence in Research, in 2008 the Hershel Rich Innovation Award, the Award for Women with Distinguished Contributions, the Muriel & David Jacknow Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Technion Outstanding Lecture Award, in 2009 the Technion’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2010 the Michael Bruno Memorial Award from the Rothschild Foundation, and in 2011 the Weizmann Prize for Exact Sciences. She is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Theory and Methods technical committee and the Bio Imaging Signal Processing technical committee, an Associate Editor for the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences, and on the Editorial Board of Foundations and Trends in Signal Processing. In the past, she served as an associate editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SIGNAL PROCESSING, the EURASIP Journal of Signal Processing, and the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications.

Birgit Jacob

Birgit Jacob received the M.Sc. degree in mathematics from the University of Dortmund, Germany, in 1992 and the Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Bremen, Germany, in 1995. She held Postdoctoral and professor positions at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, the University of Leeds, U.K., Berlin University of Technology, Germany, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and University of Paderborn, Germany. Since 2010, she has been with the University of Wuppertal, Germany, where she is a Full Professor in Analysis. She has given plenary talks at the SIAM, IWOTA, and GAMM. Her current research interests include the area of infinite-dimensional systems and operator theory, particularly well-posed linear systems, operator semigroups, controllability, observability, transfer functions, the spectrum of block operator matrices, and Volterra equations.

Frank R. Kschischang

Frank R. Kschischang is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he holds the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Communication Algorithms. His research interests are focused primarily on the area of channel coding techniques, applied to wireline, wireless and optical communication systems and networks. In 2010 he was awarded the Killam Research Fellowship by the Canada Council for the Arts. Jointly with Ralf Koetter he received the 2010 Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and served as the 2010 President of the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Dr Allen Tannenbaum

Dr. Allen Tannenbaum received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard in 1976. He has held faculty positions at Universities in Israel, Canada, Europe, and the US. Currently he is a visiting Professor at Boston University. He has (co)-authored about 400 research papers, five books, and four patents. He received the George Taylor Award, IEEE Fellow, SICE Best Paper Award, Foams 2000 Best Paper Award, MICCAI Best Paper Award, and Hugo Schuck Award. He has given plenary talks at the AMS, SIAM, IEEE CDC 2000, and SCICADE. He has done research in systems, image processing, medical imaging, computer vision, robust control, robotics, semiconductor process control, operator theory, cryptography, algebraic geometry.


Francesco Bullo

Francesco Bullo is a Professor with the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation at UC Santa Barbara. His research interest include: multi-agent networks with application to robotic coordination, distributed computing and power networks. Other areas are vehicle routing, geometric control, and motion planning. He is the co-author of "Geometric Control of Mechanical Systems" (Springer, 2004, with Andrew Lewis) and "Distributed Control of Robotic Networks" (Princeton, 2009, with Jorge Cortes and Sonia Martinez). He is an IEEE Fellow, recipient of the 2003 ONR Young Investigator Award, the 2008 IEEE CSM Outstanding Paper Award and the 2010 Hugo Schuck Award.

Fritz Colonius

Fritz Colonius was born in Göttingen, Germany, in 1950. He received a diploma degree in Mathematics from the University of Bielefeld (1975) and a doctoral degree from the University of Bremen (1979). After several postdoctoral positions, among others at the University of Graz and Brown University, he won a Heisenberg grant from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Since 1988 he is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Augsburg.

Fritz Colonius is, jointly with Wolfgang Kliemann, the author of the monograph "The Dynamics of Control" (Birkhäuser, 2000). His research interests include nonlinear control and deterministic and stochastic dynamical systems.

Jun-ichi Imura

Jun-ichi Imura received the M.S. degree in applied systems science, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1990 and 1995, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Information Science and Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research interests include analysis and control synthesis of nonlinear systems, hybrid systems, and large-scale complex dynamical networks, with applications to biological systems, industrial process systems, and robot intelligence. He is an Associate Editor of Automatica, SICE Journal of Control, Measurement, and System Integration, and Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems.

Frédérique Oggier

F. Oggier received a Ph.D. thesis in Mathematics (2005) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne.

She was a postdoctoral visitor at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) from 2005 till 2007, and at the Research Center for Information Security (RCIS) in Tokyo, Japan, from 2007 to 2008.

She is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

She is a recipient of the Singapore NRF Fellowship.

Her main research interests are in applied algebra to coding problems arising in wireless communications, distributed networked storage as well as information theoretic security.

Michael Rotkowitz

Michael Rotkowitz is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland – College Park, and has been a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne, as well as an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He obtained his PhD from Stanford University in 2005, and has also held positions at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Australian National University in Canberra. His research interests include decentralized control, sparse estimation, and various aspects of optimization, and his awards include the 2005 IEEE CDC Best Student-Paper Award, the 2008 IFAC World Congress Young Author Prize, the 2007 IEEE George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, and the 2011 SIAM Control and Systems Theory Prize.

Jacquelien Scherpen

Jacquelien M.A. Scherpen received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, in 1990 and 1994, respectively in the field of Systems and Control. Her thesis was entitled: "Balancing for nonlinear systems". From 1994 to 2006 she was at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. First, she was a post-doc both in the Circuits and Systems and Control Engineering groups of Electrical Engineering, followed by an assistant (1995) and associate (1999) professorship in the Control Engineering group. In 2003 the group merged into the Delft Center for Systems and Control of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Since September 2006 she holds a Professor position at the University of Groningen in the Industrial Technology and Management Department of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

She has held visiting research positions at the Universite de Compiegne, France, SUPELEC, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, the University of Tokyo, Japan and the Old Dominion University, VA, USA. Her research interests include nonlinear model reduction methods, realization theory, nonlinear control methods, with in particular modeling and control of physical systems with applications to electrical circuits, electro-mechanical systems and mechanical systems, as well as distributed optimal control methods with applications to smart grids. Industrial and space applications are included in her interests. She has been an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. Currently, she is associate editor of the IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information and she is in the editorial board of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control.

Konrad Swanepoel

Konrad Swanepoel obtained his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Pretoria. After 7 years of lecturing at the University of Pretoria and 6 years at the University of South Africa, he spent two years at the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany, after which he went to the London School of Economics, at which he is currently a reader in their Department of Mathematics.

His research interests are in anything that is geometric / combinatorial, such as discrete, convex and combinatorial geometry. He finds the topic of geometric Steiner minimal trees extremely fascinating, as it brings together so many interesting parts of Mathematics.

Darryl Veitch

Darryl Veitch completed a BSc.Hons. at Monash University, Australia (1985) and a mathematics Ph.D. from DAMPT, Cambridge (1990) in Dynamical System.

He worked at TRL (Telstra, Melbourne), CNET (France Telecom, Paris), KTH (Stockholm), INRIA (Sophia Antipolis and Paris, France), Bellcore (New Jersey), RMIT (Melbourne), Technicolor (Paris) and EMUlab and CUBIN at The University of Melbourne, where he is currently a Professorial Research Fellow.

His research interests are in computer networking and include traffic modelling, parameter estimation, the theory and practice of active measurement, traffic sampling and sketching, and clock synchronisation over networks.
He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Eva Zerz

Eva Zerz is a Professor of Algebra at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Previously, she held a Faculty position in the Systems and Control Group at the University of Kaiserslautern, and she received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, in 1994. Her research interests are algebraic and behavioural systems theory, its connections with coding theory, and applications of symbolic computation in control. She is an Associate Editor of "Linear Algebra and Its Applications", "Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems", and "Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing".

Enrique Zuazua

Born in Eibar (Basque Country-Spain) in 1961, in September 2008 he was appointed at Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science, as Research Professor and Scientific Director of the BCAM – Basque Center for Applied Mathematics. He is also an honorary member of Jakiunde, the Basque Academy of Sciences, Letters and Humanities. He holds a degree in mathematics from the "Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea" (Basque Country-Spain), a PhD degree from the same university (1987) and from the "Université Pierre et Marie Curie" in Paris (1988). During the academic year 1987-1988 he was a part-time lecturer at the "Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea"  and went on to become a tenured lecturer in Mathematical Analysis at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 1990 he became Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In 2001 he moved to the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

He has been a visiting fellow at the Courant Institute in New York and the Universities of Minnesota and Rice in the USA, the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris-Sud, Versailles, Orleans, Toulouse, Nice and the École Polytechnique de Paris, among others.

He is the editor-in-chief of “ESAIM:COCV", Corresponding Editor of the “SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization" and member of the editorial committee of other magazines and of scientific committees of various centres and agencies, President of the Scientific Committee of CIMPA and Chairs the 2011 Mathematics Panel for Advanced Grants of the European Research Council (ERC).

He has been awarded the Euskadi Prize for Science and Technology 2006 and the National Julio Rey Pastor Prize 2007 in Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology, the Advanced Grant NUMERIWAVES of the ERC in 2010, and more recently the best article prize of Annales de l'IHP for the year 2008 (joint with Th. Duyckaerts and X. Zhang).

With over 204 articles published, his work has had an important impact and he was recognized as a “Highly Cited Researcher" by the ISI Institute (Thomson) in 2004, also he has supervised 20 postdoctoral researchers and 25 PhD students.

His fields of expertise in the area of applied mathematics cover topics related with Partial Differential equations, Systems Control and Numerical Analysis.

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