Ming Cao awarded IEEE Fellow

Prof. Ming Cao has been elevated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to the grade of IEEE Fellow for his contributions to multi-agent control systems for sensor, robotic and social networks.

Becoming an IEEE Fellow is IEEE’s highest honor. Yearly, a select group of IEEE members is recognized as IEEE fellow. The institute awards the honour to less than 0.1 percent of its members. The Fellow title is recognized by the international engineering community as a prestigious honour and achievement. The grade of Fellow is being awarded since 1912.

The total number of IEEE Fellows in the Jan C. Willems center now stands at six: Jan C. Willems (awarded 1980), Ruth Curtain (awarded 1991), Arjan van der Schaft (awarded 2002), Harry Trentelman (awarded 2015), Jaqcuelien Scherpen (awarded 2021) and Ming Cao (2022).

New multi-disciplinary research on social dynamics attracts broad attention

Prof. Ming Cao, his postdocs, Mengbin Ye and Lorenzo Zino, and their collaborators in the marketing department of the Faculty of Economics and Business,  have just published a paper in Nature Communications on how a committed minority may change social conventions. Both agent-based modeling and human behavioral experiments have been implemented to disclose the mechanism of the sudden establishment of new social norms. The university website’s front page has prominently featured this work and other news sources, e.g. phys.org and Science Daily, have also reported about it.

Prof. Juan Peypouquet joins Bernoulli Institute as new staff member

Prof. Juan Peypouquet (currently Associate Professor at the Mathematical Engineering Department, University of Chile, Santiago) has accepted the offer for full professor in Optimization from the University of Groningen (Bernoulli Institute, Department of Mathematics). He will join us early next year. Welcome Juan!

His main research interest is the study of the asymptotic behavior of dynamical systems in a broad sense, along with their applications in variational analysis and optimization. Especially, he studies algorithms for constrained variational inequalities and optimization problems, and evolution equations governed by non-autonomous monotone operators.

Again top results at ARWU Ranking

The “Automation and Control” field at the University of Groningen, primarily represented by the Jan C. Willems Center for Systems and Control, was again highly ranked by the ARWU World Ranking (Shanghai Ranking): 1st place in Netherlands, 3rd place in Europe and 16th place worldwide! The University of Groningen as a whole was ranked 69th worldwide.