Panagiotis Christofides, Professor
Fellow, IFAC, 2011
Fellow, IEEE, 2009
Donald P. Eckman Award, 2004
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Panagiotis D. Christofides was born in Athens, Greece, in 1970. He received the Diploma in chemical engineering from the University of Patras, Patras, Greece, in 1992, the M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1995 and 1996, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering in 1996, all from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
His theoretical research interests include nonlinear control, singular perturbations, and analysis and control of distributed parameter systems, multiscale systems, and hybrid systems, with applications to advanced materials processing, particulate processes, biological systems, and fluid flows. His research work has resulted in a large number of articles in leading scientific journals and conferences and two books entitled Nonlinear and Robust Control of PDE Systems: Methods and Applications to Transport-Reaction Processes (Norwell, MA: Birkhäuser, 2001) and Model-Based Control of Particulate Processes (Boston, MA: Kluwer, 2002). He has also coauthored (with N. H. El-Farra) the recent book Control of Nonlinear and Hybrid Process Systems: Designs for Uncertainty, Constraints and Time-Delays (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2005).
Dr. Christofides has been a Member of the Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board, the 2004 Program Coordinator of the Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis Area of AIChE and the Program Vice-Chair for Invited Sessions for the 2004 American Control Conference. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL.
Professor Christofides research interests are in the general areas of process control, dynamics and optimization, computational modeling and simulation of complex systems, and applied mathematics. The central objective of his research is the development of novel methods for the systematic and rigorous solution of complex process control and systems engineering problems.
Awards and Recognitions
2011 IFAC Fellow
2009 IEEE Fellow
2005 Plenary Speaker, American Control Conference
2004 Donald P. Eckman Award
2004 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award
2001 ONR Young Investigator Award
2000 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award
1999 Ted Peterson Student Paper Award, AIChE
1999 Chancellor's Career Development Award
1999 NSF CAREER Award
1998 Research Initiation Award, ACS-PRF
1997 Teaching Award, Dept. Chem. Eng., UCLA