For his contributions to the theory and application of systems and control, ITS Professor Alexandre Bayen was awarded the Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Conference on Decision and Control in Florence, Italy on December 12.
The Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize was established in 2005 to honor the memory of Antonio Ruberti. It is awarded by the IEEE Control Systems Society, as part of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.
Professor Antonio Ruberti was the first to head the Department of Science and Engineering at the Sapienza University of Rome beginning in 1964. He became faculty dean and later served as rector of "La Sapienza" for 11 years. He also served as Minister of University and Scientific Research, Commissioner of the EU for Science, Research and Education, and later held several other positions in EU Commission until his death in 2000. He was one of the early pioneers of geometric control methods for nonlinear systems.
The award presented to Bayen reads, “For contributions to control and estimation of partial differential equations with applications to large scale sensing in traffic flow and shallow water systems,” in reference to the Mobile Millennium and the Floating Sensor Network projects Bayen created.