Farkas Prize is most prestigious award in optimization for a mid career researcher
Pablo Parrilo, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and principal investigator in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, has been selected by the INFORMS Optimization Society for the 2013 Farkas Prize.
Professor Parrilo is cited by the INFORMS Optimization Society “for his significant and fundamental contributions to the field of optimization.” The citation continues,” His work builds new bridges between semidefinite optimization and real algebraic geometry, and expands the impact and applications of optimization to new areas of engineering, control theory, and recently machine learning. Parrilo's contributions span areas as diverse as game theory and quantum computation.”
Prior to joining the MIT faculty in 2004, Pablo Parrilo was an assistant professor of Analysis and Control Systems at the Automatic-Control Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) from 2001. He received an Electronics Engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1994, a PhD in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology in 2000, and held short-term visiting appointments at UC Santa Barbara, Lund Institute of Technology and UC Berkeley.
Prof. Parrilo’s research interests include optimization methods for engineering applications, control and identification of uncertain complex systems, robustness analysis and synthesis, and the development and application of computational tools based on convex optimization and algorithmic algebra to practically relevant engineering problems.
Prof. Parrilo has received several distinctions, including a Finmeccanica Career Development Chair, the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, and the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory (SIAG/CST) Prize. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the MOS/SIAM Book Series on Optimization. He is also currently on the Board of Directors of the Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) society. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and a member of the Editorial Board of the MPS/SIAM Book Series on Optimization.