WSU prof named fellow of Int’l Federation of Automatic Control

PULLMAN, Wash. – Electrical engineering professor Ali Saberi was recently elected as a fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control.

According to the IFAC website, the Fellow Award is given to people who have made outstanding contributions to the automatic control field. Saberi was selected as a fellow for “fundamental contributions to robust control, nonlinear control, and the control of linear systems under control constraints.”

Saberi joined WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1983. His research interests include nonlinear, adaptive and large-scale systems, as well as nonlinear, adaptive, linear robust and optimal control.

He has more than 170 journal publications and more than 190 conference publications, as well as five books and nine book chapters. Saberi is also an IEEE Fellow, making him part of a small, prestigious group of scientists worldwide who are both IFAC and IEEE fellows.

Saberi will attend the IFAC World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in August, 2014 to receive the award. Fellows are selected every three years.

According to the IFAC website, IFAC is made up of National Member Organizations (NMOs) from around the world, and each NMO represents the engineering and scientific societies concerned with automatic control in its own country.  Founded in 1957, the federation aims to promote the science and technology of control in the broadest sense in all systems – whether, for example, engineering, physical, biological, social or economic – in both theory and application. IFAC is also concerned with the impact of control technology on society.

Saberi received a doctorate and M.S. in electrical engineering, as well as a M.S. in operation research/systems science from Michigan State University. He also holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Tehran University.