George Pappas Receives Axelby Outstanding Paper Award

December 22, 2009

George PappasPHILADELPHIA –- George J. Pappas, the Joseph Moore Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Deputy Dean for Research at Penn Engineering, has been awarded the 2009 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE COntrol Systems Society for the paper "Approximation Metrics for Discrete and Continuous Systems." This award is given to a paper published in the past two years in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and is based on originality, potential impact on the theoretical foundations of control, importance and practical significance in applications.

A member of the faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Science since 2000, Pappas’s research focuses on developing methods for the control of next-generation hierarchical and distributed systems. His research group focuses on developing analysis and design algorithms and tools for hybrid systems, which merge control systems with computing systems.  Their methods have been used in developing algorithms for coordinated motion of fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles and multi-robot systems, analyzing the safety of next generation medical devices, and understanding the macroscopic behavior of biological networks.

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