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George J. Pappas is the Joseph Moore Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Departments of Computer and Information Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He is member of the GRASP Lab and the PRECISE Center. He has previously served as the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research focuses on control theory and in particular, hybrid systems, embedded systems, hierarchical and distributed control systems, with applications to unmanned aerial vehicles, distributed robotics, green buildings, and biomolecular networks. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and has received various awards such as the Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize, the George S. Axelby Award, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, the National Science Foundation PECASE, and the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Excellence Award.


Research Interests

Control systems, hybrid control systems, embedded control systems, cyber-physical systems, hierarchical and distributed control systems, networked control systems, with applications to robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and internet of things.

Education

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Ph.D, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, December 1998
Thesis : Hybrid Systems : Computation and Abstraction
Advisor : Prof. Shankar Sastry

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Graduate Fellow, Division of Applied Sciences, January 1994 - August 1994

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
M.S., Computer & Systems Engineering, December 1992,
Thesis : Modeling, Stabilization and Tracking Control of Nonholonomic Vehicles
Advisor: Prof. Kostas Kyriakopoulos

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Computer & Systems Engineering, December 1991

Honors and Awards

    • O. Hugo Schuk Best Paper Award (theory), American Automatic Control Council, July 2016
    • Finalist, Best Paper Award, ICCPS, Seattle, April 2015
    • George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, March 2015
    • O. Hugo Schuk Best Paper Award (theory), American Automatic Control Council, June 2014
    • Best Paper Award, ICCPS, Berlin, Germany, April 2014
    • Best Student Paper Award, American Control Conference, Washington, 2013 (as advisor)
    • Best Presentation Award, Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), 2012
    • Semi-Plenary Speaker, IEEE CDC & European Control Conference, Orlando, FL, December 2011
    • Finalist, Best Manipulation Paper Award, ICRA 2011, Shanghai, China, 2011
    • Plenary Speaker, Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWEEK), Chicago, April 2011
    • Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize, IEEE CSS, 2010
    • George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE CSS, 2009
    • IEEE Fellow, Class of 2009.
    • Finalist, Best Paper Award, IEEE/RSJ IROS 2007, San Diego, CA
    • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, ICRA 2007, Rome, Italy (as advisor)
    • N.A.E.-A. von Humboldt German-American Frontiers of Engineering Program, 2007
    • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC 2006, San Diego, CA (as advisor)
    • Plenary Speaker, IFAC Workshop on Multi-Vehicle Systems, Salvador, Brazil, October 2006
    • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC 2004, Bahamas (as co-advisor)
    • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, American Control Conference 2004, Boston, MA (as advisor)
    • NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award, 2004
    • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2002
    • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC 2001, Orlando, FL (as advisor)
    • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, American Control Conference 2001, Arlington, VA (as advisor)
    • Eli Jury Award for Excellence in Systems Research, University of California at Berkeley, 1999
    • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC 1998, Tampa, FL (as student)

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