Decision and Control

One of the major areas of research in the Coordinated Science Laboratory is control. In fact CSL was originally named “Control Systems Laboratory” when it was founded in 1951. From then on, CSL has become one of the leading research centers in the field of control (Ranked 2nd worldwide). This great success is due to the CSL’s unique collaborative environment that promotes interdisciplinary research.

The Decision and Control session in CSL Student Conference provides an opportunity for researchers in this area to gather and discuss the latest advances in the field of control. The session includes a keynote lecture by a distinguished speaker followed by several student talks presenting their current research. We invite students across ALL majors to present their work in the areas related to (but not limited to) control theory, optimization, game theory, and robotics.

Confirmed Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Professor Allen Tannenbaum, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Allen Tannenbaum is an applied mathematician and presently Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics & Statistics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is also Investigator of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. 

Tannenbaum has done research in numerous areas including robust control, computer vision, and biomedical imaging, having more than 500 publications. He pioneered the field of robust control with the solution of the gain margin and phase margin problems using techniques from Nevanlinna–Pick interpolation theory, which was the first H-infinity type control problem solved. He was one of the first to introduce partial differential equations in computer vision and biomedical imaging co-inventing an affine-invariant heat equation for image enhancement. Tannenbaum and collaborators further formulated a new approach to optimal mass transport (Monge-Kantorovich) theory. In recent work, he has developed techniques using graph curvature ideas for analyzing the robustness of complex networks. 

His work has won several awards including IEEE Fellow, O. Hugo Schuck Award of the American Automatic Control Council in 2007 (shared with S. Dambreville and Y. Rathi), and the George Taylor Award for Distinguished Research from the University of Minnesota in 1997. He has given numerous plenary talks at major conferences including the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control of the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2000, the International Symposium on the Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS) in 2012, and the SIAM Conference in 2017.