This year’s IEEE Control Systems Technology Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to control systems technology, will be awarded to Professor and Head of the Division of Systems Engineering, Christos Cassandras (ECE/SE), at the Conference on Decision and Control (CDC). He is being honored for his design and commercial development of the discrete event and hybrid system simulator, SimEvents.
Cassandras and research partner, Michael Clune of The MathWorks, collaborated between 2003 and 2008 on SimEvents, which allows users to simulate event-driven processes along with time-driven ones – for example, the stages of a manufacturing process – so that bottlenecks can be identified and resource requirements can be determined. The program also facilitates the design of hardware architectures, distributed control systems, and sensor and communication networks for aerospace, automotive, and electronics applications among many others.
“I’m very pleased to see a large part of my research in discrete event and hybrid systems turned into a product useful to many,” Cassandras says of his work with Clune. “I think this collaboration between The MathWorks and myself is recognized at this level – it promotes a good model for academia-industry cooperation.”
This CDC will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year and take place December 12-15, 2011, in Orlando, Florida.
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