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Dr. Héctor J. Sussmann to be awarded the W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

May 25, 2007 - The 2007 W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize will be awarded to Dr. Héctor J. Sussmann on Sunday, July 1, at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications in San Francisco. Dr. Sussmann, of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is being recognized for his fundamental contributions to nonlinear control, especially in the area of differential-geometric control theory.

Following the presentation of the award at 8:45 a.m., Dr. Sussmann will deliver the Reid Prize Lecture. The session is scheduled for 8:45 through 9:30 a.m. in the Grand Peninsula Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Dr. Sussmann will receive an engraved medal and a $10,000 cash prize.

The Reid Prize is awarded to any member of the scientific community for research in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory. The prize may be given either for a single notable achievement or a collection of such achievements.

The Reid Prize was established in 1993 by SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and is awarded annually. It is funded by an endowment from the late Mrs. Idalia Reid to honor the memory of her husband. Members of the 2007 prize committee are: H.T. Banks (Chair), Terry L. Herdman, James P. Keener, Alan J. Laub, and John Mallet-Paret.

Dr. Sussmann has worked on a variety of problems in systems and control theory including research on differential geometric methods, nonlinear controllability, optimal control, nonlinear filtering, and feedback stabilization. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in 1969 and has been a Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University since 1972. Dr. Sussmann has also been a Visiting Professor at numerous institutions worldwide, most recently at the University of Padova, Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Padova, Italy. He is a member of SIAM and AMS (American Mathematical Society) and has been a Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) since 1995.


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