Christos G. Cassandras is Head of the Division of Systems Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. He is also co-founder of Boston University’s Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE). He received degrees from Yale University (B.S., 1977), Stanford University (M.S.E.E., 1978), and Harvard University (S.M., 1979; Ph.D., 1982). In 1982-84 he was with ITP Boston, Inc. where he worked on the design of automated manufacturing systems. In 1984-1996 he was a faculty member at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts/Amherst. He specializes in the areas of discrete event and hybrid systems, stochastic optimization, and computer simulation, with applications to computer and sensor networks, manufacturing systems, and transportation systems. He has published over 300 refereed papers in these areas, and five books. He has guest-edited several technical journal issues and serves on several journal Editorial Boards. He has recently collaborated with The MathWorks, Inc. in the development of the discrete event and hybrid system simulator SimEvents.
Dr. Cassandras was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control from 1998 through 2009 and has also served as Editor for Technical Notes and Correspondence and Associate Editor. He is the 2012 President of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) and has served as Vice President for Publications and on the Board of Governors of the CSS. He has chaired the CSS Technical Committee on Control Theory, and served as Chair of several conferences. He has been a plenary speaker at many international conferences, including the American Control Conference in 2001 and the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in 2002, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. 
He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award, the Distinguished Member Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2006), the 1999 Harold Chestnut Prize (IFAC Best Control Engineering Textbook) for Discrete Event Systems: Modeling and Performance Analysis, a 2011 prize for the IBM/IEEE Smarter Planet Challenge competition, a 1991 Lilly Fellowship and a 2012 Kern Fellowship. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IFAC.


Hassan K. Khalil (F’89) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1973 and 1975, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1978, all in electrical engineering.
Since 1978, he has been with Michigan State University (MSU), where he is currently University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has consulted for General Motors and Delco Products, and published several papers on singular perturbation methods and nonlinear control. He is the author of Nonlinear Systems (Macmillan 1992; Prentice Hall 1996 & 2002) and coauthor of Singular Perturbation Methods in Control: Analysis and Design (Academic Press 1986; SIAM 1999).
Dr. Khalil was named IFAC Fellow in 2007. He received the 1989 IEEE-CSS George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, the 2000 AACC Ragazzini Education Award, the 2002 IFAC Control Engineering Textbook Prize, the 2004 AACC O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, and the 2009 AGEP Faculty Mentor of the Year Award. At MSU he received the 2003 Teacher Scholar Award, the 1994 Withrow Distinguished Scholar Award, and the 1995 Distinguished Faculty Award. He served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions On Automatic Control, Automatica, and Neural Networks, and as Editor of Automaticafor nonlinear systems and control. He was Registration Chair of the 1984 CDC, Finance Chair of the 1987 ACC, Program Chair of the 1988 ACC, and General Chair of the 1994 ACC.

Lennart Ljung received his PhD in Automatic Control from Lund Institute of Technology in 1974. Since 1976 he is Professor of the chair of Automatic Control In Linkoping, Sweden, and is currently Director of the Strategic Research Center "Modeling, Visualization and Information Integration" (MOVIII). He has held visiting positions at Stanford and MIT and has written several books on System Identification and Estimation.
He is an IEEE Fellow, an IFAC Fellow and an IFAC Advisor. He is as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering, an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
He has received honorary doctorates from the Baltic State Technical University in St Petersburg, from Uppsala University, Sweden, from the Technical University of Troyes, France, from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. In 2002 he received the Quazza Medal from IFAC, and in 2003 he recieved the Hendrik W. Bode Lecture Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society, and he was the 2007 recepient of the IEEE Control Systems Award.


Professor Om P. Malik has done pioneering work in the development of adaptive and artificial intelligence based controllers for application in electric power systems over the past 40 years. After extensive testing in the laboratory and in actual power systems, these controllers are now employed on large generating units.
He has published over 700 papers including over 360 papers in international Journals such as IEEE Transactions and IET (formerly IEE) Proceedings. He is the coauthor of one book on Distribution Systems.
Professor Malik graduated in 1952 from Delhi Polytechnic, India. After working for nine years in electric utilities in India, he returned to academia and obtained a Master’s Degree from Roorkee University, India in 1962, a Ph.D. from London University and a DIC from the Imperial College, London in 1965.
He was teaching and doing research in Canada from 1966 to 1997 and continues to do research as Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada. Over 80, including 43 Ph.D., students have completed their graduate studies under his supervision.
Om Malik has been doing volunteer work for IEEE at the Section, Council, Region and IEEE corporate level for over 40 years. He was Director, IEEE Region 7 and President, IEEE Canada during 2010-11. He is also actively involved in the IEEE Power and Energy Society.
Professor Malik is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of IET, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada and World Innovation Foundation. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and has received many awards from IEEE, EIC, APEGGA and the University of Calgary.


Witold Pedrycz (IEEE- M’88, SM’90, F’99) is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC - Computational Intelligence) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. He also holds an appointment of special professorship in the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK. In 2009 Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data mining, fuzzy control, pattern recognition, knowledge-based neural networks, relational computing, and Software Engineering. He has published numerous papers in this area. He is also an author of 14 research monographs covering various aspects of Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering. WitoldPedrycz has been a member of numerous program committees of IEEE conferences in the area of fuzzy sets and neurocomputing.
Dr. Pedrycz is intensively involved in editorial activities. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - part A. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a member of a number of editorial boards of other international journals. He has edited a number of volumes; the most recent one is entitled “Handbook of Granular Computing” (J. Wiley, 2008). In 2007 he received a prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Council. He is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal 2008. In 2009 he has received a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing for “pioneering and multifaceted contributions to Granular Computing”.

Manuel Silva received the industrial-chemical engineering degree from the University of Sevilla in 1974, and a specialization and Ph.D. degrees in control engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble in 1975 and 1978, respectively. In 1978 he started the Group of Systems Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Zaragoza, where he was appointed professor in 1982. At present, his research interests include modelling, validation, performance evaluation, and implementation of large concurrent systems using Petri nets. He is the author of the book Las Redes de Petri en la Automática y la Informática (AC, 1985; reprinted: Thomson, 2003), co-author of Practice of Petri Nets in Manufacturing (Chapman & Hall, 1993), and co-editor of several special issues in journals.
Dean of the Centro Politécnico Superior, Univ. of Zaragoza (1986 to 1992), has been president of the Aragonese Research Council (CONAI) and of the Research and Innovation Committee of the French-Spanish Comisión de Trabajo de los Pirineos (CTP), from 1993 to 1995. He has been associate editor of the IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, of the European Journal of Control and of the Journal of Discrete Event Systems. Associate editor of the Trans. on Petri Nets and Other Models of Concurrency, is advisory member of the IEICE Trans. on Fundamentals on Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences and of the Journal of Discrete Event Systems. Member of the Steering Committees of the Int. Conf. on Application and Theory of Petri Nets (ICATPN) and IFAC Conf on Analysis and Design of Hybrid Systems (ADHS), also in the past for the Int. Workshops on Discrete Event Systems (WODES). Founder member of the Asociación Española de Robótica, interested in the history of technology, he is the editor of the encyclopaedia Técnica e Ingeniería en España (seven volumes edited). Distinguished with a medal from Lille, by the Association of Telecommunication Engineers of Aragón, and Doctor Honoris Causa by the Université de Reims-Champagne-Ardennes, he is member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain.