John Tsitsiklis, director of MIT's Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems (LIDS), has won the IEEE Control Systems Award for 2018.
The IEEE Control Systems Society award recognizes outstanding work in control systems engineering, science, or technology. Tsitsiklis, who is also the Clarence J. LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received the award for “contributions to the theory and application of optimization in large dynamic and distributed systems,” according to the society.
Tsitsiklis’s research interests are in the fields of systems, optimization, control, and operations research. He co-authored several books, including “Parallel and Distributed Computation: Numerical Methods” (1989), “Neuro-Dynamic Programming” (1996), “Introduction to Linear Optimization” (1997), and “Introduction to Probability” (2nd edition, 2008). He is also a co-inventor for seven awarded U.S. patents.
Tsitsiklis has received many awards and honors for his work, including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Sigmetrics Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the IEEE and of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). In 2007, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering; in 2008, he received an honorary doctorate (docteur honoris causa) from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.