Sontag Awarded 2022 Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award

University Distinguished Professor Eduardo Sontag, electrical and computer engineering, jointly appointed in bioengineering, received the 2022 Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award—the highest recognition in control theory and engineering in the United States. He was honored “for pioneering contributions to stability analysis and nonlinear control, and for advancing the control theoretic foundations of systems biology.”

The prestigious recognition is awarded by the American Automatic Control Council, whose membership represents the following academic societies: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (informs), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Society of Automation (SA), and the Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS).

Sontag accepted the award at the 2022 American Control Conference in Atlanta, Georgia this month. His research spans a wide range of topics, from mathematical foundations of feedback systems to machine learning, molecular systems biology, immune/tumor interactions, and synthetic biology. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), American Mathematical Society (AMS), IEEE, and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). Among other awards, he was a recipient of the Reid Prize in Applied Mathematics (SIAM, 2001) and the Bode Prize (IEEE, 2002), and the Field Award in Control Systems (IEEE, 2011).

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