Antsaklis elected editor-in-chief of controls journal

by Nina Welding

Panos J. Antsaklis

Panos J. Antsaklis, H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected editor-in-chief of the journal Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), by the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS).

His responsibilities include oversight of a staff of 50 editors and associate editors from around the world, as they review more than 1,600 submissions and publish 12 issues annually. Starting this month, the Notre Dame editorial office brings under one umbrella the two previous editorial offices in Boston and Torino, Italy.

Founded in 1956, TAC is the flagship publication of the CSS and has served as the authoritative source for research results in the mathematical theory of automatic control systems for the past 50 years. Research as reported in the journal has helped make possible a variety of successful applications across many industries, including space travel and communication satellites, safer and more efficient aircraft, cleaner auto engines, better electric power grid and cleaner and more efficient industrial and chemical processes. In addition, it has shed light into the dynamic mechanisms at work in diverse areas such as the economy, finance and biological processes.

A faculty member since 1980, Antsaklis has served as the director of the center for Applied Mathematics and on many faculty and administrative committees. His research addresses problems of control and automation, including the analysis of behavior and design of control strategies for complex autonomous intelligent systems.

He has conducted extensive research in hybrid and discrete event dynamical systems with contributions that have helped shape the research directions of the field. Most recently, he has focused on networked embedded systems and problems in the interdisciplinary research area of control, computing and communication networks.

Antsaklis has authored and co-authored more than 400 journal articles and conference proceedings, as well as two graduate-level textbooks, and edited six books. He is an IEEE Fellow, former president of the IEEE CSS, founding president of the Mediterranean Control Association and has served on the Subcommittee on Networking and Information and Technology of the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He currently serves as the chair of the scientific advisory board of the Max-Planck Institute on complex systems in Magdeburg, Germany.

Antsaklis also is the recipient of a number of other professional honors, including a Fulbright Award, the IEEE Distinguished Member Award of the CSS, an IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Notre Dame’s John A. Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching and Curriculum Development, and the 2006 Brown Engineering Alumni Medal from Brown University.

A graduate of the National Technical University of Athens, Antsaklis received his master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from Brown in 1974 and 1977, respectively.