Sanjoy K. Mitter, professor of electrical engineering and principal investigator and former director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT, has been selected as Fellow by the International Federation of Automatic Control. He is cited in this honor “for fundamental contributions to nonlinear filtering, stochastic control, optimization, optimal control, hybrid systems theory, and the unification of communication and control.”
Prof. Mitter’s research has spanned the broad areas of Systems, Communication and Control. Although his primary contributions have been on the theoretical foundations of the field, he has also contributed to significant engineering applications, notably in the control of interconnected power systems, character recognition, and automatic recognition and classification of electrocardiograms. His current research interests are theory of stochastic dynamical systems, nonlinear filtering, stochastic and adaptive control; mathematical physics and its relationship to system theory; image analysis and computer vision; and structure, function and organization of complex systems.
After receiving his PhD from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, in 1965, Prof. Mitter taught at Case Western Reserve University for four years, joining the MIT faculty in 1969. He joined the Electron Systems Laboratory (renamed the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems in 1978), where he was director from 1981 to 1999. From 1986-2000, Professor Mitter held the position of Director of the Center for research on the foundations of Intelligent Control Systems, an inter-university (Brown-Harvard-MIT).
Professor Mitter has served on several advisory committees and editorial boards for IEEE, SIAM, AMS, NSF and ARO. He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Mathematics and Optimization; Random and Computational Dynamics; Sankhya and the Ulam Quarterly and Editor-at-Large for Communications in Information and Systems. He is a fellow of the IEEE and was the recipient of the 2000 IEEE Control Systems Award. He was elected a Foreign Member of Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in 2003. In 1988 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.