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Randomized Algorithms for the Design of Uncertain Complex Systems

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When Nov 18, 2011
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Engr IV - Tesla Room 53-125
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Roberto Tempo
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

In recent years, we have seen a growing interest in probabilistic methods for the design of uncertain complex systems. In this lecture, we provide a perspective of this research area and discuss several randomized algorithms. In particular, we present sequential and non-sequential algorithms for convex and non-convex control problems. Furthermore, we demonstrate the utility of these randomized algorithms for studying specific applications, such as the design of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles and the computation of PageRank in Google.

Roberto Tempo is a Director of Research of Systems and Computer Engineering at IEIIT-CNR, Politecnico di Torino, since 1991. He has held visiting and research positions at Kyoto University, The University of Tokyo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Columbia University in New York. His research activities are mainly focused on complex systems with uncertainty, and related applications which include the design of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the computation of PageRank. On these topics he has published more than 170 research papers in international journals, books and conferences.

He is also a co-author of the book "Randomized Algorithms for Analysis and Control of Uncertain Systems". He is a recipient of the "Outstanding Paper Prize Award" from the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) for a paper published in Automatica, and a "Distinguished Member Award" from the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and IFAC.

Dr. Tempo is currently an Editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Automatica and he has been Editor for Technical Notes and Correspondence of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control during the period 2005-2009. He was Program Chair of the first joint IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference which was held in Seville, Spain, in 2005. In 2010 he has served the IEEE Control Systems Society as President.

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