Best student paper award at the American Control Conference
Richard Mason with the chair of the American Automatic Control Council (Tariq Samad) and the Student Programs Chair (Mehran Mesbahi).Richard's paper entitled ‘Chordal Sparsity, Decomposing SDPs and the Lyapunov Equation’, was based on research carried out in the Department with Professor Antonis Papachristodoulou.
Richard’s achievement is especially impressive given the fierce competition for this award; it was chosen out of 900 papers presented. The paper develops a new computational approach for understanding the properties of large system models such as the ones arising in Biology. It takes advantage of any sparsity structure in them, abundant in large biological and other networks.