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Rm 5532, BH
Electrical Engineering Department
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594
Phone: 4-1015

Ph.D., 1996,
Chemical Engineering,
University of Minnesota


Panagiotis D. Christofides  [Email]
IEEE Fellow

Panagiotis D. Christofides was born in Athens, Greece, in 1970. He received the Diploma in chemical engineering from the University of Patras, Patras, Greece, in 1992, the M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1995 and 1996, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering in 1996, all from the University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis.

His theoretical research interests include nonlinear control, singular
perturbations, and analysis and control of distributed parameter systems, multiscale systems, and hybrid systems, with applications to advanced materials processing, particulate processes, biological systems, and fluid flows. His research work has resulted in a large number of articles in leading scientific journals and conferences and four books entitled Nonlinear and Robust Control of PDE Systems: Methods and Applications to Transport-Reaction Processes (Norwell, MA: Birkhï¿œuser, 2001), Model-Based Control of Particulate Processes (Boston, MA: Kluwer, 2002), Control of Nonlinear and Hybrid Process Systems: Designs for Uncertainty, Constraints and Time-Delays (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2005 - coauthored with N. H. El-Farra) and Control and Optimization of Multiscale Process Systems
(New York: Springer-Verlag, 2008 - coauthored with A. Armaou, Y. Lou
and A. Varshney).

Dr. Christofides has been a Member of the Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board, the 2004 Program Coordinator of the Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis Area of AIChE and the Program Vice-Chair for Invited Sessions for the 2004 American Control Conference. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATIC CONTROL. He has received the Teaching Award from the AIChE Student Chapter of UCLA in 1997, a Research Initiation Award from the ACS-Petroleum Research Fund in 1998, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 1998, the 1999 Ted Peterson Student Paper Award and the 2008 Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Computing and Systems Technology Division of AIChE and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2001. He has also received twice the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award in 2000 (with A. Armaou) and 2004 (with D. Ni, Y. Lou, L. Sha, S. Lao and J. P. Chang), and the Donald P. Eckman Award in 2004, all from the American Automatic Control Council. He was a Plenary Speaker in the 2005 American Control Conference. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Our research interests are in the general areas of process control, dynamics and optimization, computational modeling and simulation of complex systems, and applied mathematics. The central objective of our research is the development of novel methods for the systematic and rigorous solution of complex process control and systems engineering problems. Our research team is part of the UCLA Center for Systems, Dynamics and Control and of the Process Systems Engineering Group.

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