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[2008.9] Doctors of Tsinghua Talked about CFINS

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[2008.8] Attending IEEE CASE 2008 meeting

IEEE CASE 2008 held in Washington DC, USA from Aug 22 to Aug 26. Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, Prof. Peter B. Luh, Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao and CFINS students Yan-Jia Zhao and Ming-Yang Li attended the meeting.

Prof. Peter B. Luh presented two paper jointly with Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao and CFINS phd student Jin Sun. Yan-Jia Zhao presented a paper jointly with CFINS student Chao-Bo Yan, Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan and Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao. Prof. Peter B. Luh and CFINS student Jin Sun won the best conference paper Modeling and Optimization of Crowd Guidance for Building Emergency Evacuation jointly wrote with Wang, Peng (University of Connecticut) and Chang, Shi-Chung (National Taiwan University).

IEEE CASE 2008
IEEE CASE 2008

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[2008.8] Prof. Qianchuan Zhao visited Prof. Ho during this summer

Prof. Qianchuan Zhao visited Prof. Ho during this summer (August 20). They discussed the CFINS phd student admission.

Prof. Ho and Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao

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[2008.7] Attending PES 2008 general meeting

The PES 2008 General Meeting held at Pittsburgh PA, USA from July 19 to 25. Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, Prof. Peter B. Luh and Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao attended the meeting. Prof. Peter B. Luh and Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao presented a poster paper jointly with Ming-Yang Li, a CFINS phd. student. Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao also presented a paper jointly with Li Xiao, who is a research assistant in CFINS.

PES 2008
PES 2008

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[2008.7.6-11] Attending IFAC WC'08

The 17th IFAC World Congress (IFAC WC'08) was held, 6-11 July 2008, in Seoul, Korea. Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho, Prof. Xi-Ren Cao, Prof. Christos G. Cassandras, Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao, A. Prof. Xi Chen, Lec. Qing-Shan Jia and Yan-Kai Xu joined this event. Prof. Xi-Ren Cao gave plenay talk on stochastic leaning and optimization. Lec. Qing-Shan Jia and Yan-Kai Xu gave talks on their work.

IFAC WC'08
IFAC WC'08
IFAC WC'08

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[2008.7.6-11] Prof. Xi-Ren Cao was elected as IFAC Fellow at IFAC WC'08
[2008.7.6-11] Prof. Christos Cassandrasis was elected as IFAC Fellow at IFAC WC'08
[2008.6.29] The 7th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation

Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho, Prof. Peter B. Luh, Prof. Xi-Ren Cao, Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan and Lec. Qing-Shan Jia attended the 7th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation during June 25-27 in the International Convention Center, Chongqing, China. Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho was the Honorary Chair. Prof. Peter B. Luh was the General Chair. Prof. Xi-Ren Cao and Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan were the Steering Committee members. And Lec. Qing-Shan Jia was the International Program Committee member. In the closing cemerony, Prof. Ho awarded the Ho-Pan-Ching-Yi Best Paper Award for years 2006-2007. The winning paper is: Guo, X., Constrained optimization for average cost continuous-time Markov decision processes, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2007, 52(6): 1139-1143. The winner is Prof. Xian-Ping Guo from Sun Yat-sen University.

[2008.6.23] Dr. Mosterman on MathWorks Visited CFINS and Gave a Talk

Invited by Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, Dr. Pieter J. Mosterman visited our center on June 23. Pieter J. Mosterman is a senior research scientist at The MathWorks, Inc., who is a world famous expert in Computer Automated Multiparadigm Modeling (CAMPAM). At 10:00 am, June 23, Dr. Mosterman delivered a wonderful lecture at FIT Room 1-315, titled as Model-Based Design - An overview and research. The lecture was hosted by Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan. After the lecture, Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao and Lec. Qing-Shan Jia and Prof. Christos G. Cassandras on Boston University discussed with Dr. Mosterman deeply.

Abstract: Model-Based Design - An overview and research

Model-Based Design is increasingly adopted in industry. This has resulted in a need for supporting an enterprise-wide use of models. As such, it has to be dealt with computational models that are designed in many different formalisms, that have very different computational semantics, and that capture the same parts at very different levels of detail or in different stages of design. A Computer Automated Multiparadigm Modeling (CAMPaM) framework is outlined that can be used to support and facilitate Model-Based Design. In addition to recent CAMPaM research, hybrid dynamic systems are presented as a mathematical framework for execution. Paradigmatic and pathological behaviors are illustrated by means of a multiple phase space transition ontology.

Biography

Pieter J. Mosterman is a senior research scientist at The MathWorks, Inc. in Natick, MA. Before, he was a research associate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen. He has a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente, Netherlands. His primary research interests are in Computer Automated Multiparadigm Modeling (CAMPAM). He designed the Electronics Laboratory Simulator, nominated for The Computerworld Smithsonian Award by Microsoft Corporation. He was awared the IMechE Donald Julius Groen Prize for a paper on HYBRSIM, a hybrid bond graph modeling and simulation environment. Dr. Mosterman is currently Editor-in-Chief of SIMULATION: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International for the Methodology section, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and of Applied Intelligence. He was Guest Editor of special issues of SIMULATION, ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation and IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology on the topic of CAMPAM.

[2008.6.21] International Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Systems and Control

On June 21, 2008, International Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Systems and Control was hold in FIT-1-315, FIT building, Tsinghua University. The workshop was hosted by CFINS. The program is as follow:

  • 9:00-9:45a.m. Modeling and Optimization for Crowd Guidance in Building Emergency Evacuation. By Peter B. Luh
  • 9:45-10:30a.m. Some Recent Research Thoughts. By Weibo Gong
  • 10:30-10:45a.m. Break
  • 10:45-11:30a.m. Achieving Cooperation in Networks with Minimal Communication: Asynchronous Distributed Optimization and Applications to Wireless Sensor Networks. By Christos G. Cassandras
  • 11:30a.m.-12:15p.m. Some Emerging Issues in Systems Engineering. By Xiaohong Guan
  • 12:15-13:30p.m. Lunch break
  • 13:30-14:15p.m. Derivative Estimation for Stochastic Activity Networks. By Michael Fu
  • 14:15-15:00p.m. Recent Advances in Nested Partitions Method. By Leyuan Shi
  • 15:00-15:15p.m. Break
  • 15:15-16:00p.m. Progresses and Problems in General Assembly Lines with Material Handling. By Qianchuan Zhao
  • 16:00-16:30p.m. The Road Ahead - Career Advice for Young Scholars. By Yu-Chi Ho

All Professors
Prof. Cassandras
Prof. Michael Fu
Prof. Wei-Bo Gong
Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan
Prof. Yu-Chi Ho
Prof. Peter B. Luh
Lec. Qing-Shan Jia
Prof. Le-Yuan Shi
Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao

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[2008.6.16] Dr. Qing-Shan Jia attended the American Control Conference 2008

Lec. Qing-Shan Jia attended the American Control Conference 2008 in Seattle, WA during June 10th through June 15th. He gave a talk on A Potential-Based Method for Finite-Stage Markov Decision Processes and won the best presentation in his session.

Dr. Jia attended ACC 2008

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[2008.5.26-27] Prof. Roger W. Brockett from Harvard University gave a talk

On 10:30am of May 26th, Prof. Roger W. Brockett from Harvard University gave a talk titled Optimal Control of Observable Continuous Time Markov Chains, in Room 1-515, FIT Building. Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, the director of CFINS, hosted the talk. Prof. Meerkov, Prof. Jingshan Li and Dr. Liang Zhang, who were visiting CFINS, and the professors and students of CFINS attended this talk. The abstract of this talk is as follows:

We consider the optimal control of time varying, finite horizon, continuous time Markov chains. We assume perfect observability and that the Markov chains are controllable through the adjustment of the transition rates, subject to a quadratic penalty on the amount of the rate adjustment. We derive an ordinary differential equation whose solution gives the minimum return function for a wide class of such systems and show how the optimal feedback control law depends on the minimum return function. The results bear some resemblance to the solution of the quadratic regulator problem for linear systems, but because of the bilinear structure the stochastic equation, the details are quite different.

On 9:00am of May 27th, Prof. Roger W. Brockett gave another talk titled Noise Models for Quantum Systems and Controlling for Minimal Decoherence, in Room 1-315, FIT Building. The talk was hosted by Prof. Rui-Xi Yuan. Prof. Chun-Wen Li and his Quantum Control group, the professors and students of CFINS, and some students from other departments and Chinese Academy of Sciences attended this talk. The abstract of this talk is as follows:

Quantum mechanical models for systems with spin are among the simpler Quantum systems to study. Take into account the "heat bath", the evaluation of the systems is governed by $$ \dot{\rho } =- [A+uB,\rho ] + [R\eta (t), \rho] $$, where $\rho $ is a Hermitean density matrix, $u$ is a scalar control function representing the effect of a externally applied radio frequency field and the stochastic term $\eta $ representing the heat bath dynamics. If $\eta $ is approximated by white noise of variance $k$ then the expected value of $\rho $ satisfies $$\mathcal E \dot{\rho } = [A+uB, \mathcal E \rho ] +k [R,[R,\rho ]]$$. These considerations help shape a relevant control problem in the following way. When an NMR experiment is designed for spectroscopic purposes then one is interested in the eigenvalues of $A=-A^*$. When $u$ is set to zero the response with $k=0$ is purely oscillatory and the Fourier transform of the signal it radiates serves to identify its eigenvalues. On the other hand, the effect of $R$ is to introduce damping, in this context called decoherance, making the spectrum of the observed signal harder to measure accurately. In this talk we will attempt to explain this background and present some newer results on the control theoretic description of decoherance free trajectories.

Biography of Prof. Roger W. Brockett

Roger Brockett received his B.S. in 1960, his M.S. in 1962, and his Ph.D. in 1964, all from Case Western Reserve University. Roger Brocket joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963 as an assistant professor and Ford Foundation Fellow, working in automatic control. In 1969 he was appointed Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard, where he became An Wang Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in 1989.

Dr. Brockett has held visiting positions at a number of universities. He has also held a variety of consulting positions from 1965 to the present. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Brockett has been involved in the professional activities of IEEE, SIAM, AMS and Tau Beta Pi, having served on the advisory committees and editorial boards for several groups in these societies, including IEEE's Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, and Systems and Control Letters.

Dr. Brockett owns three patents and published four books. In 1965, he received the Best Joint Automatic Control Conference Paper Award, and he was the Recipient of the American Automatic Control Council's 1967 Donald P. Eckman Award for Contributions to the Field of Automatic Control. In 1989, he received the American Automatic Control Council's Richard E. Bellman Award, and in 1991, he received the IEEE Control Systems and Engineering Field Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991. In 1996 he received SIAM's Reid Prize for his work in differential equations and control, and he received the ASME Oldenberger Award in 2005

Prof. Roger W. Brockett
Prof. Roger W. Brockett
Prof. Roger W. Brockett
Prof. Roger W. Brockett

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[2008.5.21] Prof. Zabinsky Visited CFINS and Gave a Talk

Invited by Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, Prof. Zelda B. Zabinsky visited CFINS on May 21 and 22. Prof. Zelda B. Zabinsky is a Professor in Industrial Engineering at the University of Washington, who is a world famous expert in operations research theory and global optimization algorithms. At 4:00 pm, May 21, Prof. Zabinsky delivered a wonderful lecture at FIT Room 1-515, titled as Incorporating Uncertainty into a Multicriteria Supplier Selection Problem. The lecture was hosted by Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan. After the lecture, Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan and Lec. Qing-Shan Jia discussed with Prof. Zabinsky deeply about optimization researches and cooperation chances between two groups. At 1:30 pm, May 22, Prof. Zabinsky attended the weekly meet of the manufacture and optimization group of CFINS, and presented another two lectures in titles Stochastic Adaptive Search Methods for Global Optimization: Theory and Applications and The Interacting-Particle Algorithm with Dynamic Heating and Cooling.

Prof. Zabinsky Visited CFINS and Gave a Talk
Prof. Zabinsky Visited CFINS and Gave a Talk
Prof. Zabinsky Visited CFINS and Gave a Talk
Prof. Zabinsky Visited CFINS and Gave a Talk

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[2008.5.5] Prof. Cassandras's New Duty

Prof. Christos G. Cassandras was appointed as the head of the newly established Division of Systems Engineering of Boston University. A division is a graduate education unit different from undergraduate departments. Prof. Christos G. Cassandras is the visiting professor of CFINS and will visit CFINS in June 2008.

[2008.4.4] Prof. Ho's blog articles are selected in the collection of best and most popular blog articles in ScienceNet China

The editorial office of ScienceNet China just published a collection of their best and most popular blog articles since the establishment of their blog pages last January. Here is the URL dexcribing the content and purchasing information http://www.sciencenet.cn/blog/user_content.aspx?id=19800. A total of 11 Professor Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho's blog articles were selected for inclusion in the volume - the highest number among all bloggers represented. His articles dealt mostly with post graduate education and research methodlogy. These articles can be considered as a sequel of the little red book he co-authored with other CFINS professors - INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF SCIENCE FOR YOUNG SCHOLARS (in Chinese and English, with Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, Prof. Xi-Ren Cao, Prof. Wei-Bo Gong, Prof. Peter B. Luh, Prof. Hou-Min Yan) Tsinghua University Press, 2004.

[2008.3.24] Three PhD students passed the qualification exam and proposed the research topics

Three PhD students in CFINS, Zhi-Yuan Chen, Jing Yuan and Ming-Yang Li, passed the qualification exam and proposed the research topics for their theses this morning. Prof. Chundi Mu, Prof. Rui-Xi Yuan, Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao, Prof. Hou-Min Yan, A. Prof. Xi Chen, and A. Prof. Bi-Qing Huang composed the committee. Lec. Qing-Shan Jia was the secretary. Prof. Peter B. Luh also attended Ming-Yang Li's proposal through Internet-Phone. Their research topics are:

Zhi-Yuan Chen and Ming-Yang Li also passed the defense of their Master theses. The title of their Master theses are:

[2008.3.7] Zhen Shen's Talk at Boston University

Zhen Shen, the Ph.D. student in CFINS, is currently visiting Boston University. He gave a seminar titled Quantifying Heuristics in the Ordinal Optimization Framework. Prof. Christos G. Cassandras hosted this seminar. The attendees had a lively discussion. More details of the talk is as followed:

11:00 AM, 15 St. Mary's Street, Room 116

Zhen Shen, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University

Quantifying Heuristics in the Ordinal Optimization Framework

Design problems in real world are generally difficult to solve optimally. They are complex in many aspects. Difficulties in evaluating performance for given designs and large search space are two obstacles. People have to search for good enough solutions which are believed much easier to find. This is the main idea of soft computing. Various heuristics are introduced to implement soft computing for hard problems. The question is, are the heuristic design(s) good enough? In recent years, Ordinal Optimization (OO) has emerged as one of such techniques in the optimization of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (DEDS). Comparing with many other soft computing tools, one important feature of OO is that the quality of solutions obtained by OO is quantified. In this paper, following the OO idea, by comparing the heuristic designs with the set of uniformly sampled designs we measure the ordinal quality of heuristic design(s). Mathematically, Hypothesis Testing (HT) is employed to establish criteria to quantify whether the heuristic designs are good enough or not, and the Type II error is bounded within a confidence level.

Zhen Shen Zhen Shen obtained his B.E. from Department of Automaton, Tsinghua University, China, in the year 2004 and currently is a Ph.D candidate of Department of Automation, Tsinghua University.

Host: Prof. Christos Cassandras

[2008.1.8] Call for papers - Ho-Pan-Qing-Yi Best Paper Award

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[2008.1.4] Prof. Tong started to visit CFINS

Prof. Lang Tong started the half-month visit to CFINS since today.

[2007.12] Prof. Yu-Chi Ho was invited to be the Editor-in-Chief of WSP new book series

World Scientific Publishing will soon annouce the new book series - System Engineering and Applied Mathematics. The editoral board has been formed. Our CFINS Chief scientist Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho was inviated to be the Editor-in-Chief. Prof. Chun-Hung Chen at George Mason University, Dr. Lee Loo Hay at National University of Singapore and Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao at CFINS was invited to be Editors. The objective of this book series is to provide a medium for publication of new developments and advances in high level research and education in the field of systems engineering, industrial engineering, and operations research. Detailed information will be available at publisher's website soon.

[2007.12.26] Prof. Shi started to visit CFINS

Prof. Le-Yuan Shi started the one-month visit to CFINS since today.

[2007.12.19] Dr. Jia received the National New Faculty Funding for Universities with Doctoral Program

The Chinese Ministry of Education announced the projects to support by the National New Faculty Funding for Universities with Doctoral Program (http://www.cutech.edu.cn/cn/zxgz/2007/12/1194500969181032.htm). Lec. Qing-Shan Jia's project "Ordinal Optimization for Maintenance Strategy Optimization of Large Scale Remanufacturing System with the Constraint of Descriptive Complexity" is approved (20070003110). This is a three-year project, from Jan. 2008 to Dec. 2010.

[2007.12.10] Dr. Bob Hobbs Visited Tsinghua

Dr. Bob Hobbs and his colleagues from UTC visited the Tsinghua-UTC Research Institute for Building Energy, Safety and Control System this afternoon. Prof. Rui-Xi Yuan, Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao, and Lec. Qing-Shan Jia attended this meeting, together with several graduate students who also participate in the research projects in this research institute. Lec. Qing-Shan Jia reported the progress on the research projects in the meeting, and got good evaluation from Dr. Hobbs.

[2007.12.5] Prof. Guan hosted the speech of Mr. George David, the Chairman and CEO of UTC, in Tsinghua

Mr. George David, the Chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) gave a speech titled "sustainability in the 21st Century" in the lecture hall in the main building this afternoon. This is the tenth talk in the talk series "the Tsinghua schoolroom of Great foreign Masters." Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan hosted this talk. Over 100 professors and students from the department of automation, the department of building sciences, and the center for public security research attended this talk. After the speech, Mr. David had a good discussion with the audience on topics related to the sustainable development. The bio of Mr. David and the introduction to the UTC are as follows.

George David

Biography of GEORGE DAVID, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, United Technologies Corporation

George David is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Technologies Corporation. He was elected UTC's President in 1992 and Chief Executive Officer in 1994. He joined UTC's Otis Elevator subsidiary in 1975 and became its President in 1986.

He received his B.A. from Harvard and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. He is a board member of Citigroup and a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable, and Vice Chairman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He has chaired the boards of the Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Fine Arts.

He was awarded in 1999 the Order of Friendship from the Russian Federation for contributions to that nation's economy and especially its aerospace industry. In 2002, France named him to its Legion of Honor.

About United Technologies Corporation

United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified manufacturer of high technology products and a top supplier of support services to the commercial building systems and aerospace industries. UTC's industry-leading business units include Otis, Carrier, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Hamilton Sundstrand, UTC Fire & Security and UTC Power.

The company has a disciplined and proven approach to profitability and environmental responsibility. UTC has been measuring its environmental progress for more than a decade and continuously sets rigorous company-wide goals to reduce impact. From 1997 to 2006, UTC reduced energy and water consumption by 19 percent and 49 percent, respectively, while revenues doubled. As part of its latest set of environmental targets, UTC has set a goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent over the next four years and will invest $100 million toward co-generation and energy conservation projects. UTC is a founding member of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the U.S. Green Building Council, and is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

UTC pursues environmental goals the same way it pursues financial and business goals: by continuously improving processes at every level of the company.

[2007.11.30-2007.12.2] The 168th Tsinghua Forum for Doctoral Candidates

The 168th Tsinghua forum for Doctoral candidates was held successfully at Sanbao from Nov. 30th to Dec. 2nd. Thirteen Ph.D. candidates of CFINS, including Li Zhao, Jianghai Li, Yunjun Han, Yong He, Chaobo Yan, Yanjia Zhao, Xin Li, Jing Yuan, Han Yan, Da Wang, Mingyang Li, Qiang Li, and Yuheng Li, took part in the forum and eleven of them presented their work orally or through posters on various research fields, such as optimization, complex system and complex network, intelligent information processing and application, etc. Lec. Qing-Shan Jia of CFINS was invited to the forum and shared his successful research experiences with all the students. Chaobo Yan won a Third Prize of the Excellent Presentation (3/132), and Yanjia Zhao won an Excellent Innovation Prize (6/132) of the forum.

The 168th Tsinghua Forum for Doctoral Candidates
The 168th Tsinghua Forum for Doctoral Candidates
The 168th Tsinghua Forum for Doctoral Candidates
The 168th Tsinghua Forum for Doctoral Candidates
The 168th Tsinghua Forum for Doctoral Candidates
The 168th Tsinghua Forum for Doctoral Candidates

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[2007.11.16] Prof. Michael Fu has been elected as IEEE fellow

recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the ieee fellow committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the institute's most prestigious honors, elevation to ieee fellow.

the ieee board of directors at its meeting in november 2007 elevated Prof. Michael Fu to ieee fellow for contributions to stochastic gradient estimation and simulation optimization, effective 1 january 2008.

Prof. Michael Fu is tyser professor of management science in the robert h. smith school of business, with a joint appointment in the institute for systems research and affiliate faculty appointment in the department of electrical and computer engineering, all at the university of maryland. he has visited cfins several times since 2004, giving lectures and doing joint research. he also participated the national collaboration project that cfins received since year 2006 as a foreign member. he received degrees in mathematics and ee/cs from mit, and a ph.d. in applied mathematics from harvard university. his research interests include simulation optimization and applied probability, with applications in supply chain management and financial engineering. he teaches courses in applied probability, stochastic processes, simulation, computational finance, and supply chain/operations management, and in 1995 was awarded the maryland business school's allen j. krowe award for teaching excellence. he was named a university of maryland distinguished scholar-teacher for 2004--2005. he has published four books: conditional monte carlo: gradient estimation and optimization applications (co-author j.q. hu), which received the informs college on simulation outstanding publication award in 1998; simulation-based algorithms for markov decision processes (co-authors h.s. chang, j. hu, s.i. marcus); perspectives in operations research (co-editors f.b. alt, b.l. golden); and advances in mathematical finance (co-editors r.a. jarrow, j.-y. yen, r.j. elliott). he currently serves as stochastic models and simulation department editor for management science, serves as an associate editor for mathematics of operations research, served as simulation area editor of operations research 2000-2005, and also served on the editorial boards of informs journal on computing, iie transactions, and production and operations management.

[2007.11.14] Prof. Pravin Varaiya from U. C. Berkeley gave an talk

On 9:00 pm of Nov 14th, Prof. Pravin Varaiya from UC Berkeley gave a talk titled Wireless sensor networks for measuring traffic, in Room 1-415, FIT Building. Prof. Pravin Varaiya is Nortel Networks Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1975 to 1992 he was also Professor of Economics at Berkeley. His research is concerned with communication networks, transportation, and hybrid systems. Prof. Pravin Varaiya has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Miller Research Professorship. He has received two Honorary Doctorates, and the Field Medal and Bode Prize of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science. He is on the editorial board of Discrete Event Dynamical Systems and Transportation Research--C. He has co-authored three books and 300 technical papers. The second edition of High-Performance Communication Networks (with Jean Walrand) was published by Morgan-Kaufmann in 2000. Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems (with Edward Lee) was published in 2003 by Addison-Wesley.

Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, the director of CFINS, hosted the talk. The professors and students of CFINS and ITS Lab, and many other students attended this talk. The abstract of this talk is as follows:

wireless magnetic sensor networks offer an attractive, low-cost alternative to inductive loops, video, and radar for traffic measurement. the network comprises sensor nodes glued to the pavement where vehicles are to be detected. the nodes send their data via radio to the "access point" or ap on the side of the road. the ap forwards sensor data to the traffic management center via gprs or to the signal controller.
vehicles are detected by measuring the change in the earth's magnetic field caused by the presence of a vehicle near the sensor. two sensors placed apart a few feet measure speed. a vehicle's magnetic "signature" can be processed to classify the vehicle type. measurements from an array of nodes provide a "fingerprint" that can be used to re-identify vehicles. the talk will present experimental results.
the key engineering challenge is to reduce power consumption so that the nodes can last in the pavement for 10 years under battery power and can withstand the impact of heavy trucks.

pravin varaiya was giving his talk
pravin varaiya was giving his talk

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[2007.11.8] The extension of our chair professor group approved by the university

in the tsinghua university management meeting on nov. 8, the extension of our chair professor group has been approved. please see also http://xxbg.cic.tsinghua.edu.cn/oath/detail.jsp?boardid=2706&seq=69542.

[2007.10.8] The six-year birthday party of cfins

In the evening on oct. 8, the department of automation held a celebration party for the six-year birthday of our center for intelligent and networked systems (cfins) at the unisplendour international center. the theme of this event is "take root in tsinghua, cultivate for six years" ("植根清华,耕耘六载"). over 40 guests from the academy of mathematics and systems science, chinese academy of sciences (cas), the institute of automation, cas, the engineering school of peking university, and tsinghua university attended this party. prof. zhang zuo presided the meeting. prof. guan xiaohong, also the director of cfins gave a brief report on the work that cfins did in the past six years. he mentioned that cfins always follows the people-oriented principle, and gives the highest priority to establish a team of distinguished professors and to train high quality graduate students. cfins has achieved a series of outstanding accomplishments, including that a series of graduate courses won the teaching award of tsinghua university, and that a phd whom a young faculty member of cfins supervised in part has won the national best phd thesis award. the research topics in cfins focus on intelligent and networked systems. cfins not only makes the resident professors work as a team, but also recruit high level faculty members such as the ones funded by the "one-hundred-people program". cfins has received various funding and projects from the national science foundation china, the hi-tech research and development program of china, the united technology research center in the research topics on scheduling and utilization of resources and active defense of large scale network, the united technology corporation in security and optimization for intelligent building, security monitoring and emergency response, and the general motors corporation, just to name a few. these projects and the international collaboration are going on very well, which starts to put cfins and the department of automation in the international academic map. the chair professors also give valuable suggestions to the development of the science and technology in china, to make tsinghua a world class university, and to the development of the control science and engineering.

in the speeches, prof. ni wei-dou, who is a member of chinese academy of engineering, the former associate president of tsinghua university, and professor in the department of thermal engineering, confirmed the great progress that the ho-yu-chi chair professor group has made in the past six years, and hoped that cfins can do cross-disciplinary research on the key scientific questions related to power and water resource, which are important to the national economic and the social development. prof. chen han-fu, who is a member of chinese academy of sciences, confirmed that the chair professors do a great job for international collaboration in the system and control area. prof. lu qiang, who is a member of chinese academy of sciences, praised that professors and students in cfins do good cross-disciplinary research, do problem-driven research, and really hardworking.

prof. ho yu-chi, who is the chief scientist of cfins, member of us national academy of engineering, foreign member of chinese academy of sciences, foreign member of chinese academy of engineering, gave a speech in behalf of the chair professors. he first thanked the leaders in tsinghua university and the chinese colleagues for the total support in the past six years, then emphasized the importance of people-oriented principle and the importance of establishing a group of distinguished resident professors and educating high quality graduate students. he also introduced to all the guests the first monograph on ordinal optimization theory that is written by him, prof. zhao qianchuan, and lecturer jia qing-shan, and is recently published by springer. prof. ho also looked forward with confidence the great future of cfins and tsinghua at the one hundred anniversary of tsinghua university in 2011.

prof. ho yu-chi, who is the chief scientist of cfins, member of us national academy of engineering, foreign member of chinese academy of sciences, foreign member of chinese academy of engineering, gave a speech in behalf of the chair professors. he first thanked the leaders in tsinghua university and the chinese colleagues for the total support in the past six years, then emphasized the importance of people-oriented principle and the importance of establishing a group of distinguished resident professors and educating high quality graduate students. he also introduced to all the guests the first monograph on ordinal optimization theory that is written by him, prof. zhao qianchuan, and lecturer jia qing-shan, and is recently published by springer, and also the booklet on useful information for scholars new to the world science that is written by all members of cfins. these are tangible products of the cooperation of oversea and resident members of cfins for the past six years. prof. ho also looked forward with confidence the great future of cfins and tsinghua at the one hundred anniversary of tsinghua university in 2011.

prof. hu he-ping, who is the associate president and the associate executive secretary of the party committees of tsinghua university, attended the party and gave a speech. he confirmed the contribution that the chair professors and cfins has made in the past six years, emphasized the excellent achievements in helping the local members, educating the graduate students, and international collaboration, and sincerely hope that all the chair professors keep a good health and keep on contributing to make tsinghua become a world-class university.

prof. dai ru-wei, member of chinese academy of sciences and professor in the institute of automation, cas, prof. guo lei, member of chinese academy of sciences and the dean of the academy of mathematics and systems science, chinese academy of sciences (cas), and prof. li yan-da, member of the chinese academy of sciences and professor of the department of automation, also attended this party. the leaders from the personnel office, the office of international cooperation and exchange, the educational foundation, the publisher, of tsinghua university, and the professors and students in the information school and in the department of automation spent a good night together.

the official report on this party from tsinghua university can be found at http://news.tsinghua.edu.cn/new/news.php?id=16366.

addressing
prof. ho(left) and he-ping hu(right)
wei-dou ni(middle), xiao-hong guan(left) and xi chen(right)
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[2007.6.20] prof. michael fu gave an academic talk

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Prof. Michael Fu, a visiting professor of cfins, gave an academic talk titled model-based randomized methods for global optimization in room 1-415, fit building. the talk was hosted by Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao. 6 instructors and 15 students attended the talk, including Prof. Peter B. Luh and Prof. Xi-Ren Cao. this talk attracted all audients and they discussed some problems with Prof. Michael Fu actively. the abstract of the talk is:

we survey some randomized search methods for global optimization that are based on sampling from an underlying probability distribution "model" on the solution space. in this approach, the probability model is updated iteratively after evaluating the performance of the samples at each iteration. such model-based methods include estimation of distribution algorithms (edas), the cross-entropy (ce) method, and the recently proposed model reference adaptive search (mras). this is based on joint work with jiaqiao hu and steve marcus.

prof. michael fu was giving his talk

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prof. michael fu

michael c. fu is tyser professor of management science in the robert h. smith school of business, with a joint appointment in the institute for systems research and affiliate faculty appointment in the department of electrical and computer engineering, all at the university of maryland. he received degrees in mathematics and ee/cs from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a ph.d. in applied mathematics from Harvard University. his research interests include simulation optimization and applied probability, with applications in supply chain management and financial engineering. he teaches courses in applied probability, stochastic processes, simulation, computational finance, and supply chain/operations management, and in 1995 was awarded the maryland business school's allen j. krowe award for teaching excellence. he was named a university of maryland distinguished scholar-teacher for 2004--2005. he has published four books: conditional monte carlo: gradient estimation and optimization applications (co-author j.q. hu), which received the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) college on simulation outstanding publication award in 1998; simulation-based algorithms for markov decision processes (co-authors h.s. chang, j. hu, s.i. marcus); perspectives in operations research (co-editors f.b. alt, b.l. golden); and advances in mathematical finance (co-editors r.a. jarrow, j.-y. yen, r.j. elliott). he currently serves as stochastic models and simulation department editor for management science, serves as an associate editor for mathematics of operations research, served as simulation area editor of operations research 2000-2005, and also served on the editorial boards of informs journal on computing, iie transactions, and production and operations management.

[2007.6.18] prof. michael fu began his visit to cfins

Prof. Michael Fu from the university of maryland started his visit to cfins.

[2007.6.15] prof. peter luh gave an academic talk

on 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. of june 15th, Prof. Peter B. Luh gave his talk coherent modeling and effective coordination for building emergency evacuation. the talk was hosted by Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao. around 10 instructors and students from cfins and other departments attended that lecture and communicated with Prof. Peter B. Luh on some academic topics. the abstract of the talk is as followed:

for emergency evacuation, building systems need to operate in a coordinated and timely fashion. for instance, the guidance of people to safely evacuate from a building via its egress paths must be accompanied by properly pressurizing certain areas with fresh air through hvac airflow control while sealing off unsafe areas. however, most of current egress and hvac systems are modeled and controlled separately with little or no attention to such interdependencies. this paper presents coherent modeling and effective coordination for building emergency evacuation. to coordinate the two systems without sharing detailed information, our key idea is to let each have a local representation of the global problem by aggregating its own detail model and sending the aggregate model to the other. for model aggregation, an approach is developed based on wavelet transformations that systematically and coherently link states and decisions across different scales and over distinct time periods. with the other's aggregate model, each system solves its own problem by using dynamic programming within the surrogate optimization framework. a heuristics is then developed to coordinate the two systems for a feasible solution. the novelty of our approach lies in coherent transformations of states, decisions, and multipliers across different scales for systems with discrete variables. numerical results demonstrate that solutions obtained from multiscale models are consistent, and effective coordination is achieved based on aggregate models.

prof. peter luh was giving his talk
prof. peter luh was giving his talk

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[2007.6.17] li xia defended ph.d. thesis

Li Xia defended the final thesis for the ph.d. degree successfully.

li xia defended ph.d. thesis
li xia defended ph.d. thesis

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[2007.6.15] jin-qian liang defended ph.d. thesis

Jin-Qian Liang defended the final thesis for the ph.d. degree successfully.

jin-qian liang defended ph.d. thesis
jin-qian liang defended ph.d. thesis

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[2007.6.13] four master candidates defended master degree thesis

four master candidates, Zhi Yang, Zhu Li, Xin Zhang and Wen Tang, defended the final thesis for the master degree successfully.

zhu li defended master degree thesis
zhi yang defended master degree thesis
xin zhang defended master degree thesis
wen tang defended master degree thesis

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[2007.6.5] an express meeting of cfins nonresident scholars in washington, d.c.

some cfins nonresident scholars made an express meeting in washington, d.c. figures from left to right in the following photo are: Prof. Chun-Hung Chen, Prof. Christos G. Cassandras, Prof. Le-Yuan Shi, Dr. Lee Loo Hay, Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho and Prof. Michael Fu.

a meeting of cfins nonresident scholars in washington, d.c.

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[2007.6.4] prof. peter luh gave an academic talk

on 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. of june 4th, Prof. Peter B. Luh gave his talk optimal auctions for deregulated electricity market. the talk was hosted by Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan. around 20 instructors and students from cfins and other departments attended that lecture and communicated with Prof. Peter B. Luh on some academic topics. the abstract of the talk is as followed:

in deregulated electricity markets, auction mechanisms are used to select supply bids for energy and ancillary services. currently, most independent system operators in the us use a "bid cost minimization" auction mechanism that minimizes total supply bid costs to select bids, and afterwards settle the market based on market-clearing prices. consequently, the consumer payments could be significantly higher than the minimized bid cost from the auction. this gives rise to "payment cost minimization", an alternative auction mechanism that directly minimizes consumer payments. a review of literature shows that with the same set of supply bids, payment cost minimization leads to reduced consumer payments as compared to bid cost minimization. while methods for minimizing offer costs abound, limited approaches for minimization of payment costs have been reported. this talk presents an effective method for directly minimizing payment costs. in view of the specific features of the problem including the non-separability of its objective function, the discontinuity of offer curves, and the maximum term in defining mcps, our key idea is to use augmented lagrangian relaxation, and to form and solve offer and mcp subproblems by using the surrogate optimization framework. numerical testing results demonstrate that the method is effective, and the resulting payment costs are significantly lower than what are obtained by minimizing the offer costs for a given set of offers. additionally, strategic behaviors of suppliers are studied within the game theoretic framework for the two auction mechanisms. general matrix games are solved by using the approximate nash concept and with our auction algorithms developed as the core. testing results demonstrate the cost savings for consumers under payment cost minimization as compared to bid cost minimization.

prof. peter luh was giving his talk
prof. peter luh was giving his talk

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[2007.5.14] prof. stephen morse gave a talk

on 1:30 pm of may 14th, Prof. Stephen Morse gave a talk titled sensor localization and rigid point formations, in room 1-415, fit building. this talk was hosted by Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, the director of cfins. the professors and students of cfins, and many other students from department of automation attended this talk. after the talk, they had a free one-on-one academic discussion with Prof. Stephen Morse. the abstract of this talk is as follows:

in this talk we will explain the connection between the problem of localizing a network of sensors and the classical problem of deciding whether or not a structure consisting of rigid bars and flexible joints is rigid. such structures and networks can be modeled as "point formations". we explain why the sensors in a network in which distance information is all that is variable, can be localized if and only if the network's point formation model is globally rigid. we explain the difference between a rigid formation and a globally rigid formation and we review characterizations of both from graph theory. finally we outline tractable algorithms for sequentially localizing certain classes of sensor networks in the plane which are provably correct in the absence of measurement errors.

prof. stephen morse was giving his talk
prof. stephen morse was giving his talk

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[2007.5.12] stephen morse began his visit to cfins

Prof. Stephen Morse on Yale University has started his visit at cfins.

prof. stephen morse

a. stephen morse, dudley professor of Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University. b. s., Cornell University, 1962. m. s., University of Arizona, 1964. ph.d., Purdue University, 1967

from 1967 to 1970, morse was associated with the office of control theory and application, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) electronics research center, cambridge, mass. since july 1970, he has been with Yale University where he is a professor of Department of Electrical Engineering and computer science. his main interest is in system theory, and he has done research in network synthesis, optimal control, multivariable control, adaptive control, urban transportation, vision-based control and hybrid and nonlinear systems, and most recently coordination and control of large groupings of autonomous agents.

morse is a member of the national academy of engineering. he is a member of Sigma Xi and eta kappa nu. he is a fellow of IEEE, a distinguished lecturer of IEEE Control Systems Society, and a co-recipient of the society's george s. axelby outstanding paper award. he has twice received American Automatic Control Council (AACC)'s best paper award. he is the 1999 recipient of the ieee technical field award for control systems.

he has served as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and as a director of American Automatic Control Council (AACC) representing the society for industrial and applied mathematics. he has served as a special guest editor for 1999 issue of automatica on hybrid systems and is on the editorial boards of european journal of control and journal of adaptive control and signal processing.

[2007.5] prof. ho's blog

Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho just announced his latest blog at http://www.sciencenet.cn/blog/何毓琦.htm, which includes thoughtful and experienced comments on, but not restricted to, scientific research and academic career. this blog is for the benefit of chinese students and young faculty members. you are welcomed to visit and comment.

[2007.4.19] Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan on a meeting

Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan attended the meeting titled the development of information science in the 21st century and the requirement on the talents, and had a good discussion with bill gates, prof. andrew chi-chih yao, and other vips in microsoft research asia. more details: http://it.sohu.com/20070419/n249558000.shtml.

[2007.3.7] Prof. Peter B. Luh and t-ase

Prof. Peter B. Luh does a great job as the first editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (t-ase), which gives automation greater visibility and credibility. more details: http://bmsmail3.ieee.org:80/u/5787/08524043.

[2007.4.7] Prof. Xi-Ren Cao began his visit to cfins

Prof. Xi-Ren Cao began his visit to cfins.

[2007.4.7] Prof. Ross Baldick visited cfins and gave a talk

Prof. Ross Baldick visited cfins and gave a talk titled computing the electricity market equilibrium: uses of market equilibrium models. the professors and students of cfins, dept. of electrical engineering, and school of software attended the talk and discussed with Prof. Ross Baldick.

prof. ross baldick

ross baldick is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the university of texas at austin. he received his b.sc. and b.e. degrees from the university of sydney, australia and his m.s. and ph.d. from the university of california, berkeley. from 1991-1992 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the lawrence berkeley laboratory. in 1992 and 1993 he was an assistant professor at worcester polytechnic institute. dr. baldick has published over forty refereed journal articles and has research interests in a number of areas in electric power. his current research involves optimization and economic theory applied to electric power system operations, the public policy and technical issues associated with electric transmission under deregulation, and the robustness of the electricity system to terrorist interdiction. he has recently completed a textbook based on a graduate class, "optimization of engineering systems" that he teaches in the electrical and computer engineering department at the university of texas. he also teaches a three-day short-course "introduction to electric power for legal, accounting, and regulatory professionals" and a one-day short-course "locational marginal pricing" for non-technical professionals in the electricity industry. he is an editor of ieee transactions on power systems and the chairman of the system economics sub-committee of the ieee power engineering society power systems analysis, computation, and economics committee. dr. baldick is a fellow of the ieee.

ross baldick was giving his talk
ross baldick was giving his talk

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[2007.3.30] Prof. Le-Yuan Shi visited cfins

Prof. Le-Yuan Shi visited cfins.

[2007.3.29] Lec. Qing-Shan Jia gave a talk at Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Science

Lec. Qing-Shan Jia gave a talk titled ordinal optimization: soft optimization for hard problems at Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Science. Prof. Lei Guo hosted the talk.

qing-shan jia was giving his talk
qing-shan jia was giving his talk

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[2007.3.6] Zhi-Yuan Chen started the joint phd program at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Zhi-Yuan Chen started the joint phd program at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) under the supervision of Prof. Hou-Min Yan.

[2007.1.17] prof. xiao-yang gao visited cfins and gave his talk

invited by Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, prof. xiao-yang gao on University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass) visited cfins and gave his talk.

[2006.12] Prof. Hou-Min Yan Visited CFINS
[2006.12] Prof. Le-Yuan Shi Visited CFINS
[2006.12.29] Yong-Cai Wang Won Doctorial Thesis Defense
The Defense Commission
Yong-Cai Wang and Prof. Da-Zhong Zheng
Yong-Cai Wang and His Classmates

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[2006.12.13-15(U.S. Pacific Time)] X.H. Guan, Q.S. Jia and Li Xia at the 45th IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control

Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan, Lec. Qing-Shan Jia and Li Xia attended the 45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control at San Diego, CA, U.S.A. On the morning of Dec. 13th, Li Xia gave a talk with title Aggregation of Perturbation Realization Factors and Service Rate-Based Policy Iteration for Queueing Systems.

[2006.12.8] Prof. Lang Tong Visited CFINS

Prof. Lang Tong visited CFINS. In the early time of this year, he once worked on wireless sensor network with Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao, who visited Cornell University in last summer. Today, he gave a talk titled as Wireless Networking with Secrecy Constraints:

Wireless networks are vulnerable to intrusion and attack. Even the strongest encryption and authentication are not sufficient to protect the network. Because signals propagate in shared media, the very acts of transmission, easily detectable using simple devices, reveal crucial aspects of networking. For example, by listening the widely used RTS-CTS exchanges, an eavesdropper can guess the transmitter-receiver pair without decoding the content of the transmission. If eavesdropping sensors are geographically distributed in the network, a malicious attacker can obtain medium access control (MAC) and routing information and track messages propagating in the network, which allows him to jam the network at a crucial time or launch a denial-of-service attack.
We present in this talk two related problems. The first is the detection of information flow where we address some of the following questions: Can a route be discovered by eavesdropping sensors? What are the fundamental limits of hiding the information flow in a multihop setup? What are the effective ways of detecting information flows when they are detectable? This problem is also related to the so-called stepping-stone detection. The second problem is on defending eavesdropping via randomized scheduling. Here we are interested in the achievable network flow under secrecy constraints.

Prof. Lang Tong

Lang Tong received the B.E. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China in 1985, and PhD degree in EE from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana in 1991. He was a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate at the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University in 1991.

He joined Cornell University in 1998 where he is now the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Professor in Engineering. Prior to joining Cornell University, he was on faculty at the West Virginia University and University of Connecticut. He was also the 2001 Cor Wit Visiting Professor at the Delft University of Technology.

His research is in the general areas of signal processing, communications, networking, and information theory. He is a Fellow of IEEE for his contribution to statistical signal processing for wireless communications and networking. He was the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research, the Outstanding Young Author Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the 2004 best paper award (with Min Dong) from IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the 2004 Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society (with Parvathinathan Venkitasubramaniam and Srihari Adireddy). He is also a coauthor of five student paper awards including the 2000 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Young Author Award (Qing Zhao) and Student Paper Awards in ICASSP 2005 (Ting He, Youngchul Sung) and Student Paper Awards in ICASSP 2006 (Anima Anandkumar, Parv Venkitasubramaniam).

[2006.12.5(U.S. Pacific Time)] Lecturer Qing-Shan Jia Visited Stanford University

Lec. Qing-Shan Jia started his one-week visit at Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University. On Dec. 6, he gave a talk with the title Ordinal Optimization: Soft Optimization for Hard Problems in Department of Computer Science, hosted by Prof. Gene Golub. He is currently working with Prof. David Wolpert on the possible combination of ordinal optimization and probabilistic collectives, and the combination of game theory and information theory.

[2006.11.20] Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan Has Been Elevated to IEEE Fellow!

Great Congratulations to Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan for His Elevation to IEEE Fellow!

The IEEE Board of Directors, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, at its meeting on November 19, 2006, elevated Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan to IEEE Fellow, effective 1 January 2007, with the citation "for contributions to optimization of hydrothermal generation scheduling".

[2006.11.3 (US EDT)] Q.C. Zhao and Q.S. Jia Visited UTRC

Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao and Lec. Qing-Shan Jia visited United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) on Nov. 3 (US EDT). They discussed the joint project on Intelligent Building between CFINS and UTRC.

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[2006.11.2 (US EDT)] Q.C. Zhao and Q.S. Jia Visited UConn

Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao and Lec. Qing-Shan Jia visited Prof. Peter B. Luh in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut on Nov. 2 (US EDT). Lec. Qing-Shan Jia gave a talk: Ordinal Optimization - Soft Optimization for Hard Problems.

Q.C. Zhao & Q.S. Jia in UConn
Q.S. Jia Was Giving His Talk

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[2006.10.14] Prof. Hou-Min Yan Visited CFINS

Prof. Hou-Min Yan started his one week's visit to CFINS on October 14th.

[2006.10] Prof. Le-Yuan Shi Visited CFINS

Prof. Le-Yuan Shi visited CFINS.

[2006.10.6] Prof. Peter B. Luh Visited CFINS

Prof. Peter B. Luh had visited CFINS from June 5th to June 29th. During his stay, Prof. Peter B. Luh advised the Ph.D students in CFINS on their researches. Prof. Peter B. Luh gave two talks: Automation in the 21st Century on June 13 in Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and How to Publish Papers in International Journal at Institute of System Science, China Academy of Science on June 14. Prof. Peter B. Luh had a short visit to CFINS during October 6th to October 7th, before he left for Shanghai to attend CASE06 (IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering).

[2006.10] Prof. Zhao Visited Harvard University

Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao visited Harvard University during Oct. 2nd-6th, and discussed the detailed issues on the monograph on ordinal optimization with Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho and Lec. Qing-Shan Jia.

[2006.9] Dr. Lee Loo Hay Visited CFINS

Dr. Lee Loo Hay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore, since 1997. He received his B.S (Electrical Engineering) degree from Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University in 1992 and his S.M and PhD degrees in 1994 and 1997 from Harvard University. He is currently a senior member of IEEE, vice president of ORSS, and member of Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). He is also an editor of European Journal of Operational Research and an associate editor for Asia-Pacific journal of Operational Research. His research interests include simulation-based optimization, production scheduling and sequencing, logistics and supply chain planning, and vehicle routing.

[2006.9] Dr. Qing-Shan Jia's Ph.D Thesis Was Awarded

Lec. Qing-Shan Jia's Ph.D Thesis won the 2006 First Class Doctorial Thesis Award of Tsinghua University. (Totally 20 doctorial theses won this award this year.)

Dr. Qing-Shan Jia at Harvard University
[2006.8.21] Dr. Qing-Shan Jia Is Visiting Harvard University

Lec. Qing-Shan Jia started his 6 months' visit at Harvard University on August 21, working with Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho and Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao for a monograph on ordinal optimization.

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[2006.7.22] Prof. Guan Visited Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell Univ.

Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan visited University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University from July 22th to August 11th.

[2006.7.12] Prof. Guan Attended An Academic Conference in Universida de Castilla.

Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan attended an academic conference in Universida de Castilla on July 12th.

[2006.7.11] Prof. Zhao Is Visiting Cornell University

Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao started his 4 months' visit at Cornell University on July 15. He is doing joint research with Prof. Lang Tong on communication channel optimization in sensor network and self-organizing network.

[2006.6] Ph.D Candidate Qing-Shan Jia Has Succeeded in Thesis Defense
Doctorial Thesis Defense
Prof. Ho and Qing-Shan Jia

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[2006.6] 6 Master Candidates Succeeded in Thesis Defense
6 Master Candidates Succeeded in Thesis Defense

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[2006.6] Prof. Ho Is Visiting CFINS

Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho has reached Beijing on June 18th, and began his academic visit on next day. He will attend doctorial thesis defense procession of his doctorial graduate student Lec. Qing-Shan Jia.

[2006.6] GM delegation will visit CFINS

General Motors Corporation delegation lead by Dr. Samuel P. Marin will visit CFINS to review our CFINS-GM joint project.

[2006.6] Prof. Leyuan Shi Is Visiting CFINS

Prof. Le-Yuan Shi is visiting CFINS.

[2006.6] Prof. Peter B. Luh is visiting CFINS

Prof. Peter B. Luh is visiting CFINS.

[2006.5] UTRC delegation lead by Dr. Mauro Atalla visited CFINS

UTRC delegation lead by Dr. Mauro Atalla visited CFINS.

[2006.4] Jin Sun, Zhen Shen and Prof. Zhao Awarded by UTRC

CFINS team (Ph.D candidates Jin Sun and Zhen Shen, and Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao) was awarded a UTRC Outstanding Achievement Award (for the year 2005) due to past efforts in a CFINS-UTRC project. This award is the highest award in UTRC for recognizing exceptional performance.

[2006.4] Qing-Shan Jia will attend ICRA 2006 and visit Prof. Ho

CFINS Ph.D candidate Lec. Qing-Shan Jia will attend the "2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2006)" to present his paper. He will also visit his advisor, Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho at Harvard University after the conference.

[2006.4] Tao Sun and Jin Sun visit University of Connecticut

CFINS Ph.D candicates Tao Sun and Jin Sun have arrived at University of Connecticut and started the visit to their advisor Prof. Peter B. Luh. They will also attend "2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2006)" to present their papers.

[2006.3] Prof. Peter B. Luh has been appointed the head of ECE, UConn

Prof. Peter B. Luh has been appointed the head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut and this appointment will be effective after July 2006.

[2006.3] CFINS faculty members received three grants from NSFC

CFINS faculty members received three grants from National Sciences Foundation of China (NSFC):

  1. On localization and tracking of wireless sensor networks, PI Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan (Approval No. 60574087, Jan 2006 - Dec 2008)
  2. On layered control and optimization for hybrid systems based on policy iterations, PI A. Prof. Xi Chen (Approval No. 60574064, Jan 2006 - Dec 2008)
  3. On anlysis and control of dynamic Boolean Networks based on structural properties, PI Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao (Approval No. 60574067, Jan 2006 - Dec 2008)
[2006.3] CFINS faculty members received contract from GM

CFINS faculty members received one contract from General Motors Corporation:

On assembly line optimization, PI Prof. Qian-Chuan Zhao (March 2006 - Dec 2007)

[2006.3] National University of Singapore delegation visited CFINS

On March 1st, The delegation of Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore visited CFINS.

[2006.1] Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan awarded

Prof. Xiao-Hong Guan's team at Xi'an Jiaotong University received on January 1, 2006 Second Prize of National Natural Science Award, China for the year 2005

[2006.2] Long-term major research topics by government.
[2005.11.10] UTRC team visited CFINS

UTRC team lead by Lisa Sylvia (Director of UTRC's Otis Program) and Vikrant Trilokekar (Director of UTRC China) visited CFINS on Nov. 10, 2005.

[2005.10.2] Professor Yu-Chi Ho's visit at CFINS (Oct. 2nd-Oct. 31st)
  1. Arrival at Tsinghua University. One month's visit expected (Oct 2nd)
  2. Contents of lectures in the course "Performance Evaluation and Optimization of Complex Systems" (6B203, 8:00AM-9:35AM)
  3. Elements of Simulation (Oct.10)
  4. Ordinal Optimization (I) (Oct.17)
  5. Ordinal Optimization (II) (Oct.24)
[2005.10.4] Dr. David Wolpert's visit at CFINS(Oct. 4th-Oct. 21st)

Coordinator: Li Zhao, zhaoli04@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn. Tel: 62792491, 13811800082

Contents of lectures (6B310, 2:30PM-5:00PM every day listed below):

  1. Probability Collectives (PC) for Adaptive Distributed Control (Oct.6)
  2. Coevolutionary Free Lunches, and PC II (Oct.11)
  3. Predictive Game Theory, and PC III (Oct.13)
  4. Self-dissimilarity: an empirical complexity signatuture, and PC IV. (Oct.18)
  5. On the computational capabilities of physical systems, and PC V. (Oct.20)
[2005.7] Professor Yan's work has been chosen by Decision Sciences Editor to highlight on website

Decision Sciences Editor Vicki Smith-Daniels has chosen Professor Yan's work, "Quantity Flexibility Contracts: Optimal Decisions with Information Updates", to showcase as one of only seven "Highlight" articles on the journal's homepage within our publisher's website, Blackwell Synergy.

To view the listing, once you open http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/deci, click on the words, "Journal Homepage", toward the right of the screen. You will see the "Highlights" links are provided at the bottom of the resulting Homepage screen.

[2005.7] Professor Ho: advisory board of the Journal on System Science and Complexity

Professor Ho has been appointed to the advisory board of the Journal on System Science and Complexity, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Springer-Kluwer publisher

[2005.6] Congratulations to Prof. Cao's well deserved appointment as Chair Professor of HKUST

HKUST recently realized the need to establish the so called chair professorship (remember, all the other HK universities have chair professors, but not HKUST). Prof.Cao is among the first group who have been appointed as Chair professors, effective July 1. The title will be something like Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering.

[2005.5] Distributed intelligent networks and systems is reconginzed as one of the most important new areas

From IEEE

"Emerging technologies often cut across the boundaries of many of the IEEE's societies' traditional fields," says Leah Jamieson, chair of the New Technologies Directions Committee (NTDC), also under TAB, which is responsible for carrying out the initiative. "One of the key goals of the Focus on Technologies initiative is to identify opportunities for collaboration, so that the IEEE can quickly build new communities and hold workshops and conferences on emerging areas."

One of the more difficult tasks was to pick which technologies to focus on. Starting with a list of 35 fields to consider, the committee narrowed it down to six: biotechnology and bioengineering, digital intellectual property, display technologies and information interaction, distributed intelligent networks and systems, future power and alternative energy technologies, and security for public and personal safety.

[2005.2] Li Xia's paper awarded

Li Xia, Xi Chen, Qianchuan Zhao, Yongheng Jiang and Xiaohong Guan's paper, "The Introduction of Wireless Sensor Network and Its Application" on Automatic Panorama, 1st edition, 2004, pp. 34-37, has been awared the Outstanding Paper for 2004.

See here for details.

[2005.2] Guoyu Tu has been visiting University of Connecticut

As a Ph.D. student of Professor Peter B Luh, Guoyu Tu has been visited his Manufacturing Systems Laboratory in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Connecticut, the United States. During her stay in the United States, she gave a presentation seminar in United Technology Research Center (UTRC) at East Hartford and had good discussion with people there. She also visited Professor Y.C. Ho (also our chief scientist in CFINS) in Harvard University.

At the gate of University of Connecticut, Storrs
In front of the world's first Computer (Harvard Science Center, Cambridge)

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[2005.2] Prof. Ho will retire as the editor-in-chief of JDEDS

After 15 years as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems which he founded, Professor Y.C. Ho will retire from the post and assume the title of "founding editor". Xiren Cao of USTHK, another nonresident professor of CFINS will assume the post of editor-in-chief. They expect to transfer of duties to take place gradually over 2005.

[2005.1] Prof. Houmin Yan's paper has been awarded

Chung-Yee Lee, Sitong Tan and Houmin Yan's paper, "Designing an assembly process with stochastic material arrivals," IIE Transactions, volume 35, September 2003, pp. 803-815, has been awarded the Best Paper Award for the focus issues on Operations Engineering for 2003-2004.

Chung-Yee Lee, Sitong Tan and Houmin Yan's paper, "Designing an assembly process with stochastic material arrivals," IIE Transactions, volume 35, September 2003, pp. 803-815, has been awarded the Best Paper Award for the focus issues on Operations Engineering for 2003-2004.

The paper will be presented in the Annual Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC). The conference will be held in the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 100 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 30303 on May 14-18, 2005. For further information about the conference please check the conference web site at http://www.iieannual.org.

[2004.12] Prof. Xiaohong Guan awarded

Prof. Xiaohong Guan as the leader of the XJTU research group got the First Prize of the Natural Science Award of Ministry of Education with others. There is only one First Prize in Control and Management nationwide in 2004.

[2004.12] Prof. Qianchuan Zhao awarded

Prof. Qianchuan Zhao got the New Century Young Investigator Award of Ministry of Education. This is a very prestige award in MOE nationwide and an important step towards National Outstanding Young Investigator Award.

[2004.12] Guoyu Tu at CDC'04
Guoyu Tu at CDC'04
Guoyu Tu at CDC'04

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[2004.12] Prof. Y. C. Ho awarded

Prof. Y. C. Ho received the inaugural Isaacs Award from the International Society of Dynamic Games on December 21, 2004 at their bi-annual meeting for seminal contributions he made to zero-sum/nonzero-sum differential games and information structures in multiperson decision problems during the period 1965-1975.

Here is the photo taken at the bi-annual meeting of the International Society of Dynamic Games where Prof. Ho receied the inaugural Isaacs award (see CFINS news item 12/2004). In the picture with Ho are well known control scientists Tamer Basar, George Leitman, and Harold Kusher.

Prof. Y. C. Ho awarded

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[2004.10] SANBAO Ph.D Forum

See here for details.

[2004.10] International Symposium on Intelligent and Networked Systems (ISINS' 2004)

International Symposium on Intelligent and Networked Systems (ISINS'2004)

October 11-14, 2004, in BeiJing and Xi'an, China

See here for details.

[2004.6] Prof. Xiaohong Guan's paper won the 2004 Ho-Pan-Ching-Yi Award

Prof. Xiaohong Guan's paper "PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF DISCRETE EVENT DYNAMIC SYSTEM USING IMPROVED STANDARD CLOCK" received the 2004 Ho-Pan-Ching-Yi Award on Discrete Event Dynamic Systems, at the Congress WCICA 2004, Hangzhou June 18, 2004.

The World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation(WCICA) is a bi-annual event and a major control event held in China. The conference provides worldwide researchers, engineers and professionals excellent opportunities to get together and exchange their findings and views. The conference focuses on both theory and applications.Topics include but are not limited to: System and Control Theory. Nonlinear Systems. Large-Scale Systems. Hybrid Systems and DEDS. Distributed Control Systems. Modeling, Identification, and Estimation. Advanced Control (Adaptive Control, Variable Control, Robust Control, H-infi Control). Optimal Control and Optimaization. Nonlinear Control. Fault Diagnosis. Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems Neural Networks. Fuzzy Algoriths, Genetic Algoriths and Evolutionary Computing. Intelligent Control, Fuzzy Control, Learning Control. CIMS and Manufacturing Systems. Intelligent Scheduling and Planning, ERP and MES. Simulation and CAD, Modeling, Control and Optimization of Industrial Processes. Sensor, Measurement and Intelligent Instruments. Motion Control. Intelligent Robot. Power Systems. Human-Machine Systems. Intelligent Transportation Systems. Environmental and Bio-engineering. Applications in Various Fields.

Professor Guan (First from left) is accepting the award from Professor Larry Ho (Third from left) and Professor Xiren Cao (First from right)

[2004.7] Qingshan Jia attended Santa Fe Institute CSSS2004 at Qingdao University

Qingshan Jia left Beijing to attend Santa Fe Institute Complex System Summer School (CSSS2004) at Qingdao University on July 4th.

CSSS is the flagship of SFI's educational programs. These schools are an intensive four-week introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems, intended for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The school will last from July 5th to 30th. A brief introduction to the summer school this year can be found in the following link.

[2004.7] Dr. Chun-Hung Chen gave a speach at CFINS

Academic Report by Dr. Chun-Hung Chen

Title: Fast Simulation-based Optimization for Stochastic Systems Design

Time: 3:30pm July 19th

Location: Rm407 Main Building

Organizor: CFINS

Speaker: Dr. Chun-Hung Chen, Department of Systems Engineering & Operations Research, George Mason University Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

ABSTRACT

Discrete-event simulation is a popular tool for designing large, complex, stochastic systems, since closed-form analytical solutions generally do not exist for such problems. While the advance of new technology has dramatically increased computational power, efficiency is still a big concern when using simulation for large system design, in which case many alternative designs must be simulated. This presentation gives our new development to address such an efficiency issue. A key component of our methodologies is a new control-theoretic simulation technique called Optimal Computing Budget Allocation (OCBA) developed by the speaker. We will demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach via a series of network design problems. We will also present an on-going project about efficient simulation and management of the US air traffic network.

BIOGRAPHICAL

Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, in 1994. Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor of Systems Engineering & Operations Research at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. He was an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, before joining GMU. His interests cover a wide range of areas in discrete event systems modeling and simulation, optimization, network management, and systems design under uncertainty. Sponsored by NSF, NASA, and FAA, Dr. Chen has recently worked on several critical issues, such as runway slots auction, in the analysis and management of the US air traffic network. Dr. Chen won the 1994 Harvard University Eliahu I. Jury Award for the Best Thesis in the field of Control. He is one of the recipients of the 1992 MasPar? Parallel Computer Challenge Award. Dr. Chen is an IEEE senior member and is listed in Who'sWho in America and Who'sWho in Engineering Education.

[2004.7] Dr. LOO HAY LEE gave a speach at CFINS

Academic Report by Dr. LOO HAY LEE

Title: Optimal Computing Budget Allocation for Multi-Objective Simulation Models

Time: 10:30 am July 14th

Location: Rm508 Main Buildig

Organizor: CFINS

Speaker: Dr. LOO HAY LEE, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore

Abstract

Simulation plays a vital role in identifying the best system design from among a set of competing system designs. To improve simulation efficiency, ranking and selection techniques are often used to determine the number of simulation replications required so that a pre-specified level of correct selection is guaranteed at the least possible computational expense. As most real-life systems are multi-objective in nature, in this paper, we consider a multi-objective ranking and selection problem, where the system designs are evaluated in terms of more than one performance measures. We incorporate the concept of Pareto optimality into the ranking and selection scheme, and try to find all the non-dominated designs rather than a single "best" one. A simple sequential solution method is proposed to allocate the simulation replications. Computational results show that, the proposed algorithm is efficient in terms of total number of replications needed to find the Pareto set.

LOO HAY LEE is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore, since 1997. He received his B.S (Electrical Engineering) degree from the National Taiwan University in 1992 and his S.M and PhD degrees in 1994 and 1997 from Harvard University. He is currently a senior member of IEEE, vice president of ORSS, and member of INFORMS. He is also an associate editor for Asia-Pacific journal of Operational Research. His research interests include simulation-based optimization, production scheduling and sequencing, logistics and supply chain planning, and vehicle routing.

[2004.7] Dr. Michael Fu gave a speach at CFINS

Academic Report by Dr. Michael Fu

Title: Population-Based Evolutionary Approaches for Solving Markov Decision Processes

Time: 10:30am July 5th

Location: Rm 508 Main Building

Organizor: CFINS

Speaker: Dr. Michael Fu, Professor of Management Science, Dept. of Decision & Information Technologies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1815

Abstract

We discuss two algorithms for solving infinite horizon discounted reward Markov Decision Process (MDP) problems that are based on evolving a population of policies, in contrast to the usual policy iteration approach, which updates a single policy. The computational complexity of the algorithms is polynomial in the size of the state space, and is insensitive to the size of the action space; thus the algorithms should be effective for problems with large or uncountable action spaces. Convergence in a certain sense, meaning that the population contains an optimal policy, can be established under appropriate conditions. Numerical studies illustrate the algorithm and compare it with existing procedures.

[2004.6] Prof. Yu-Chi Ho gave a public lecture

Prof. Yu-Chi Ho gave a public lecture "Optimization II - The Rise of Distributed Intelligence" on June 9th, 2004. For more information about the lecture.

Optimization II - The Rise of Distributed Intelligence by Yu-Chi Ho

Time: 10:00-11:30a.m., June 9

Location: Architecture Building Meeting Room, Tsinghua University

Abstract

This is a sequel to Prof. Ho's 1999 plenary address at IFAC World Congress in Beijing. Starting with minimal assumptions, we explore the implications of the No Free Lunch Theorem and the engineering limits to complexity and systems. Then taking clues from the natural and human made world, we explore the possibilities and principles of distributed intelligence and control as a way to deal with complex systems. Although the talk is design to address a system audience, it should nevertheless be accessible to general science and engineering students.

Reference

Y. C. Ho, Q.C. Zhao and D. Pepyne, The No Free Lunch Theorem, Complexity and Computer Security, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, v. 48, n. 5, pp.783-793, May 2003. Y.C. Ho, Plenary Address, American Control Conference, June 2004, Boston, MA. Y.C. Ho and D. Pepyne, Conceptual Frameworks for Distributed Intelligence in Agent-Based Complex Control Systems, submitted to 2004 Conference on Decision and Control, Dec. 2004, Nassau, Bahamas.

Biography

Yu-Chi Ho received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. Except for three years of full time industrial work he has been on the Harvard faculty. Since 1969 he has been Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics. In 1988, he was appointed to the T. Jefferson Coolidge Chair in Applied Mathematics and Gordon McKay Professor of Systems Engineering at Harvard and as visiting professor to the Cockrell Family Regent's Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin. In 2001, he retired from teaching duties at Harvard and became a Research Professor and also was appointed to be a chair professor and chief scientist (part time), at the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems (CFINS), Tsinghua University, Beijing China.

He has published over 120 articles and four books, one of which (co-authored with A.E. Bryson, Jr.) has been translated into both Russian and Chinese and made the list of Citation Classics as one of the most referenced works on the subject of optimal control. He is on the editorial boards of several international journals and is the editor-in-chief of the international Journal on Discrete Event Dynamic Systems. He is the recipient of various fellowships and awards including the Guggenheim (1970), the IEEE Field Award for Control Engineering and Science (1989), the Chiang Technology Achievement Award (1993), The American Automatic Control Council Bellman Control Heritage Award (1999), and the ASME Rufus Oldenburger Award (1999). He is an IEEE Life Fellow and an INFORMS Inaugural Fellow (elected 2002), a Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In addition to services on various governmental and industrial panels, and professional society administrative bodies, he was the President of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society in 1988 and co-founder of Network Dynamics, Inc., a software firm specializing in industrial automation.

His research interests ranges from differential games, information structure, multi-person decision analysis, to incentive control, and since 1983, exclusively in discrete event dynamic systems, ordinal optimization, decentralized optimization, perturbation analysis, and manufacturing automation.

[2003.12] Prof. Zhao's promotion to full professor status

Prof.Zhao has been just promoted to professor. Prof.Zhao is also the associated director of CFINS.

[2003.8] Prof. Guan's appointment as head of Automation Department

Prof.Guan has been appointed to the head of Automation Department, Tsinghua University. Prof.Guan is also the director of CFINS.

[2003.10] Professor Peter Luh awarded

Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, September 2003

Kayamori Best Automation Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2003, for his paper: M. Ni, P. B. Luh, and B. Moser, "An Optimization-Based Approach for Distributed Project Design," Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Taipei, Taiwan, September 2003, pp. 1756-1761.

[2003.10] QingShan Jia received the first place prize for presentation at Doctor and Forum of Department of Automation

Award name: first place prize for presentation at Doctor and Forum of Department of Automation, 2003.

Paper title: Performance potentials in finite-stage Markov Decision Processes.

The award was announced in Doctorand Forum of department of automation, Sept. 28th, 2003.

[Oct.2003] Professor Peter Luh was named the Editor-in-Chief of the newly created IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, with the first issue to appear in July 2004.

Professor Peter Luh was named the Editor-in-Chief of the newly created IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, with the first issue to appear in July 2004.

[2003.10] Prof.Zhao received the 9th GUAN ZHAO ZHI best paper award for young scholars

Award name: 9th GUAN ZHAO ZHI best paper award for young scholars.

Award winning paper title: "Inseparability of min-max systems".

The award was announced in 22nd Chinese Control Conference, August, 2003.

[2003.10] Professor Y.C. Ho has been invited to be a director of the scientific committee of the new research center for complex systems in the Institute

Professor Yu-Chi Ho has been invited to be a director of the scientific committee of the new research center for complex systems in the Institute for Mathematics and System Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

[2001.6] Prof. Y.C. Ho: Symposium Honoring Professor Yu-Chi Ho in June 21-23, 2001, at Harvard University
Symposium Honoring Professor Yu-Chi Ho

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[2003.2] 'Performance Evaluation and Optimization of Complex Systems' awarded

Prof. Y.C. Ho and Prof. Qianchuan Zhao's course: Performance Evaluation and Optimization of Complex Systems, has been selected as the first class graduate student course in Tsinghua University.

[2003.2] 'Modeling and Optimization of Complex Networked System' awarded

Prof. Peter Luh and Prof. Shiji Song's course: Modeling and Optimization of Complex Networked Systems, has been selected as the first class graduate student course of Tsinghua University.

[2003.2] Professor Weibo Gong is appointed as the Program Chair of the 2004 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

Professor Weibo Gong is appointed as the Program Chair of the 2004 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.

[2002.11] Professor Y.C. Ho has been elected to receive the inaugural Fellow Award from the INFORMS society

Professor Y.C. Ho has been elected to receive the inaugural Fellow Award from the INFORMS society, the largest Operation Research Management Science society in the world, on 11/18/2002.

INFORMS has recently established this new honorary member grade.

Prof. Weibo Gong received the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award from UMASS

Professor Weibo Gong received the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award from the college of Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst on May 24,2002 for his achievements in research, teaching and service.

Prof. Weibo Gong is the co-editor of the just published special issue of the IEEE Transaction

Prof. Weibo Gong is the co-editor of the just published (June 2002) special issue of IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control dedicated to the system and control methods for communication networks.

[2002.5] Dr. Qianchuan Zhao was invited to be an Associated Editor of JOTA

Dr. Qianchuan Zhao, our CFINS young resident research member, was invited to be an Associated Editor of the international journal "JOURNAL OF OPTIMIZATION THEORY AND APPLICATION" (JOTA,published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers) by the Editor-in-Chief Dr. Angelo Miele in this May. Dr. Zhao was nominated and recommended by Professor Yu-Chi Ho who is our CFINS cheif scientist.

[2002.4] Students of the Center Won the First Scilab Prize

In April this year, our center's two students, Xia Li and Jia Qingshan, joined the "2002 Scilab Contest", and won the first prize.

This contest is an important contest and held by the France and China Science Academy together and its goal is to promote the application of the free software scilab.

Xia Li ,Jia Qingshan and other three students of Tsinghua University consisted a team and joined this contest. Their works is a toolbox about the simulation and analysis of Queuing Networks. At last their works got the contest committee's appreciation and won the first prize.

The Scilab is a free software to handle the science compution and it is produced by the France Science Academy. It is just like the computing software Matlab, but the Matlab is a commercial software while Scilab is a free one. Anyone who wants it can downloads it from Internet and gets its sourcecode and modify it to fit his personal requirement better.

Prize from 2002 Scilab Contest

 

The Agreement Signing Ceremony of the project of UTRC is held at CFINS

The Agreement Signing Ceremony of the project of UTRC is held at CFINS on April 8th. The project focuses on the efficient simulation and optimization of the service network. The delegate of Tsinghua University, vice-president Cen Zhangzhi, and the derictor of the UTRC, Dr. Bob Hobbs signed on the agreement.

United Technology Research Center (UTRC) focuses on researching and developing high-tech productions. It has strong ability in both research and economy. And it is famous for its production of helicopters, airplane engines, elevators, air-conditioning etc.

The delegation of UTRC visited the laboratory of CFINS after the signing ceremony. The group of CFINS reported the progress of the project. Both sides hope to cooperate further and more broadly in the future.

CFINS' first research project has contracted with UTRC

CFINS have got the first research contract with UTRC (United Technologies Researching Center).This is an international collaboration project between China and US, and it has special significance to CFINS.