Awards Banquet

Time: Thursday, October 18, 8pm-10pm

Location: Salon A&B&D&E

Description: The ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division is hosting its annual Awards banquet at DSCC/MOVIC 2012 to recognize the exceptional achievements and careers of this year's prestigious award recipients. This page lists the awards that will be presented to these recipients, and summarizes their biographies and outstanding accomplishments.


Rufus T. Oldenberger Medal (ASME Society Award)

Recipient: Mathukumalli Vidyasagar

Award Description: The Rufus T. Oldenburger Medal is a prestigious society award for lifetime achievements in automatic control. Inaugurated in 1968, the medal recognizes significant contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of automatic control. Such achievements may be, for example, in the areas of education, research, development, innovation, and service to the field and profession. The award was established to honor Rufus Oldenburger for his distinctive achievements in the field and his service to the Society and Division.

Citation: For his fundamental contributions to robust control theory, specifically L1-optimal control theory for linear control systems; nonlinear control theory, especially input-output stability theory; robotics, including the control of flexible beams; statistical learning theory and machine learning; and computational biology
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Mathukumalli Vidyasagar was born in Guntur, India on September 29, 1947.  He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1965, 1967, 1969 respectively.  After finishing his Ph.D., he taught for one year at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, ten years at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and nine years at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.  In 1989, twenty years after finishing his Ph.D., he returned to his native India to set up a new R&D laboratory called Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Bangalore, under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.  During this period CAIR grew into a nationally recognized laboratory with more than 40 scientists and about 85 persons in all. In 2000 he moved to the private sector to join Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest software and services company, and now one of the world's top ten such companies.  He joined TCS as an Executive Vice President, based in Hyderabad.  His responsibilities included setting up the Advanced Technology Center, consisting of more than 80 scientists and engineers, encompassing a wide variety of areas such as e-security, identity management, open source software, computational biology, and quantitative finance.  In 2009 he retired from TCS and joined the University of Texas at Dallas as Cecil & Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science.  In 2010 he became the Founding Head of the newly created Bioengineering Department.

During his professional career of more than four decades, Vidyasagar has worked in a number of areas, including control and system theory applied to both linear as well as nonlinear systems, robotics, neural networks, statistical learning theory, and most recently, the computational biology of cancer.  He prefers to change his area of research at regular intervals, and to write a research monograph once he has made some useful contributions to the new area.  To date he has published ten books and nearly 140 research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

In recognition of his research Vidyasagar has received a number of awards, including Fellowship of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific society in continuous existence, the IEEE Control Systems Award, and a Distinguished Service Citation from his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Oldenburger Medal Recipients:

1968 Rufus Oldenberger 1969 Nathaniel B. Nichols
1970 John B. Ragazzini 1971 Charles S. Draper
1972 Albert J. Williams, Jr. 1973 Clesson B. Mason
1974 Herbert W. Ziebolt 1975 Hendrick W. Bode & Harry Nyquist
1976 Rudolph E. Kalman 1977 Gordon S. Brown & Harold L. Hazen
1978 Yasundo Takahashi 1979 Henry M. Paynter
1980 Arthur E. Bryson, Jr. 1981 Shih-Ying Lee
1982 Bernard Friedland 1983 J. Lowen Shearer
1984 Herbert H. Richardson 1985 Karl J. Astrom
1986 Eliahu I. Jury 1987 Walter R. Evans
1988 Robert H. Cannon 1989 Iakov Z. Tsypkin
1990 Harold Chestnut 1991 John G. Truxal
1992 Isaac M. Horowitz 1993 Lotfi A. Zadeh
1994 Howard H. Rosenbrock 1995 George Leitmann
1996 George D. Zames 1997 Thomas B. Sheridan
1998 David G. Luenberger 1999 Yu-Chi Ho
2000 Iowan Landau 2001 No Award
2002 Masayoshi Tomizuka 2003 Vadim L. Utkin
2004 Sir Alistair MacFarlane 2005 Roger Brockett
2006 J. Karl Hedrick 2007 Suguru Arimoto
2008 A. Galip Ulsoy 2009 Neville Hogan
2010 Rolf Isermann 2011 Haruhiko H. Asada
2012 Mathukumalli Vidyasagar    


Michael J. Rabins Leadership Award (ASME DSCD Award)

Recipient: Jeffrey L. Stein

Award Description:Nominations for the Michael J. Rabins Award are considered biannually and the award is given to a DSCD member who has demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership contributions to the DSCD, to ASME, and to fields of interest to the DSCD.

 Citation: For distinguished and steadfast leadership within the Dynamics Systems and Control Division, for promoting efficiency and integrity in division governance, and for advancing the reputation of the division nationally and internationally.

Description: Stein_Jeffrey_2.jpgProf. Stein has been on faculty at The University of Michigan since 1983 becoming a Full Professor in 1996.  He received his B.S. in premedical studies with a minor in Psychology (1973) from the Univ. of Massachusetts; S.B. and S.M. (1976) and Ph.D. (1983) all in Mechanical Engineering and all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the Program Chair, 2012 Dynamics Systems and Control Conference, He is the former chair of the Executive Committee and Honor and Awards Committee of the Dynamics Systems and Control Division (DSCD).  He is a former Associate Editor of the ASME Transactions: Journal of Dynamics Systems Measurement and Control and Area Editor of Simulation: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International and the current Associate Editor of Simulation Modelling: Practice and Theory.

Prof. Stein’s specialty is in the use of computer based modeling and simulation tools for system design and control.  He is known for the development of the field of Proper Modeling having developed algorithms for automating the development of dynamic mathematical models with physical state variables and parameters that have the minimum yet sufficient complexity.  He has applied these ideas to the fields of prosthetics design, machine tool design and monitoring and automotive engineering.  He is currently the PI for the NSF EFRI Project “EFRI-RESIN: A Multi-Scale Design and Control Framework for Dynamically Coupled Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructures, with Application to Vehicle-to-Grid Integration".

He also received the ASME Dedicated Service Award (2010) is an ASME Fellow (2006) and a NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award recipient (1987).

Michael J. Rabins Leadership Award Recipients:

1996 Michael J. Rabins (Texas A&M) 1998 Devendra P. Garg (Duke University)
2000 Masayoshi Tomizuka (UC Berkeley) 2002 A. Galip Ulsoy (Univ. of Michigan)
2004 Wayne Book (Georgia Inst.of Technology) 2006 Rahmat Shoreshi (Univ. of Denver)
2008 Suhada Jayasuriya (Texas A&M) 2010 Eduardo A. Misawa (National Science Foundation)
2012 Jeffrey L. Stein (Univ. of Michigan)    

Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award (ASME DSCD Award)

Recipient: Asok Ray

Award Description:Nominations for the Henry M. Paynter Award are considered biannually and the award is given to a DSCD member who has demonstrated sustained outstanding research contributions, either basic or applied, as a mechanical engineering professional to fields of interest to the DSCD.

Citation:For fundamental contributions to statistical pattern recognition, life extending control of dynamical systems for structural durability, and integrated communication & control in the science of autonomy.

Description: C:\Users\SUNYIR~1\AppData\Local\Temp\rayPicture.jpgAsok Ray earned the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, and also graduate degrees in each discipline of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science.  Dr. Ray joined the Pennsylvania State University in July 1985, and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Graduate Faculty of Electrical Engineering.  Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Ray held research and academic positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie-Mellon University as well as research and management positions at GTE Strategic Systems Division, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, and MITRE Corporation.  Dr. Ray had been a Senior Research Fellow at NASA Glenn Research Center under a National Academy of Sciences award.  Dr. Ray's research experience and interests include:  Control and optimization of continuously varying and discrete-event dynamical systems; Intelligent instrumentation for real-time distributed systems; and Modeling and analysis of complex dynamical systems from thermodynamic perspectives in both deterministic and stochastic settings, as applied to Aeronautics and Astronautics, Undersea Vehicles and Surface Ships, Power and Processing plants, and Robotics.  Dr. Ray has authored or co-authored over four hundred and fifty research publications including about two hundred and sixty scholarly articles in refereed journals such as transactions of IEEE, ASME, and AIAA, and research monographs.  Dr. Ray is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of ASME, and a Fellow of World Innovative Foundation (WIF).  Further details are available in the web address

Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award Recipients:


1996 Masayoshi (Tomi) Tomizuka (UC Berkeley) 1998 Haruhiko (Harry) Asada (MIT)
2000 Karl Hedrick (UC Berkeley) 2002 Suhada Jayasuriya (Texas A&M)
2004 A. Galip Ulsoy (Univ. of Michigan) 2006 Clarence de Silva (Univ. of British Columbia)
2008 Neville Hogan (MIT) 2010 Roberto Horowitz (UC Berkeley)
2012 Asok Ray (Pennsylvania State Univ.)    


Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award (ASME DSCD Award)

Recipient: Anthony Phillips

Award Description:Nominations for the Charles Stark Draper Award are considered biannually and the award is given to a DSCD member for either excellent sustained contributions or for an outstanding major, singular contribution in innovative applications of dynamic systems, measurement, or control in engineering practice.

Citation: For innovations in control engineering for conventional and electrified vehicles; for establishing uniform architectures in vehicle control systems; and for developing a formal controls development process for complex vehicle system design.

Anthony M. Phillips is a Senior Technical Leader at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.  He joined Ford as a Product Development Engineer in 1996 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering.  He has been part of the Research and Advanced Engineering staff since 1998.  In his current role, he has responsibility for Ford’s advanced vehicle and battery control system development for all electrified vehicle applications.  He also oversees a portfolio of research projects spanning both in-vehicle control system technologies and control system development processes.  His recent work has focused on connected vehicle control, battery management systems, and system engineering and model-based design processes.  Dr. Phillips holds over 35 U.S. and international patents and has published numerous papers on automotive controls.  He was recognized with Ford’s President’s Award as part of the team that developed the 2010 Hybrid Ford Fusion that won the North American Car of the Year and Motor Trend Car of the Year honors.  Dr. Phillips is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Alternative Propulsion.  He also serves as Ford's Corporate Advisory Board Member to the International Council of System Engineering and is the current chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD).

Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award Recipients:


1996 Davorin D. Hrovat (Ford Motor Company) 1998 Daniel E. Whitney (Draper Laboratory)
2000 David Auslander (UC Berkeley) 2002 John J. Moskwa (Univ. of Wisconsin)
2004 No Award 2006 Suresh Joshi (NASA Langley Research Center)
2008 Steven E. Shladover (UC Berkeley) 2010 Bradley E. Paden (UC Santa Barbara)
2012 Anthony M. Phillips (Ford Motor Company)    


Rudolph Kalman Best Paper Award (ASME DSCD Award)

Recipients: Nicoleta Minoiu Enache, Said Mammar, Benoit Lusetti, and Yazid Sebsadj

Award Description: The Rudolph Kalman Best Paper Award is a Division award for best paper published in the Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control in the previous year as selected by the Honors and Awards Committee from nominations received from the Editor of the Journal.

This year’s award is for “Active Steering Assistance for Lane Keeping and Lane Departure Prevention,” Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control, Volume 133, Issue 6, November 2011.

Nicoleta Minoiu Enache received her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, (2004) and the M.S. degree in control and signal processing from the Université Paris Sud, France, (2005). She received her PhD degree in Automatic Control from Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne, France, in November 2008. Dr. Minoiu Enache is the recipient of the award Best PhD Thesis in Automatic Control presented by “Groupe de Recherche Modélisation, Analyse et Conduite de Systèmes Dynamiques” GdR MACS, France, in 2009 and of the Excellence Award for the Master Thesis presented by the SEW-EURODRIVE Foundation, Germany, in 2005. Currently she is working at Renault SAS (France) as research and development engineer in the area of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and automatic control.


Description: C:\Users\SUNYIR~1\AppData\Local\Temp\photo_septembre_2012_reduit.jpgSaïd Mammar received the Dipl.-Ing. degree from the École Supérieure d’Électricité, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, in 1989, the Ph.D. degree in automatic control from the Université Paris XI-Supélec, Orsay, France, in 1992, and the Habilitation to Direct Research degree from the Université d’ Évry val d’Essonne, France, in 2001. From 1992 to 1994, he held a research position with the French National Institute on Transportation Research and Safety, Versailles , France , where he was involved in research on traffic network control. From 1994 to 2002, he was an Assistant Professor with the Université d’Évry val d’Essonne, where he has been a Professor since 2002. From 2006 to September 2009, he was a Scientific and University Attaché with the French Embassy, Hague, The Netherlands. He is the Head of the Laboratoire Informatique, Biologie Intégrative et Systèmes Complexes, Université d’Évry Val d’Essonne, since January 2010. He is a senior member of IEEE. His actual research interests include robust control, vehicle longitudinal and lateral control for driving assistance, and intelligent transportation systems.

Benoit Lusetti received a master degree in industrial systems from Université Evry Val d’Essonne, France, in 2002. He is currently engineer in the Interactions Vehicle Infrastructure-Drivers Research Laboratory (LIVIC INRETS/LCPC), in Versailles, France. He works on development and testing of the experimental vehicle prototype.






Yazid Sebsadji was born in Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria, 1979. He is graduated from the University of Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria, in 2005, with an Engineer’s degree, and from the University of Evry Val d'Essonne, France, 2009, with a Ph.D. in Automatic Control and Robotics.  He carried out his Ph.D at laboratory of Ponts et Chaussée (LCPC), Paris, France between 2006 and 2009, working on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.  He subsequently held a post-doctoral position at Laboratoire Régional de Strasbourg (LRPC) , France, for a year in the same field (ADAS). Since 2010, he has held an Engineer and a Researcher position at GINT Services, Angers, France. His current works focus on robust controls and observers, computer vision, pattern recognition, in both fields of ADAS and image processing.



Rudolph Kalman Best Paper Award Recipients:


Joseph Beaman & Karl Hedrick


Steven Dubowski


Brad Paden, Degang Chen, Ragnar Ledesma & Eduardo Bayo


Tsu-Chin Tsao & Masayoshi Tomizuka


T. Yoshikawa, Y. Yokokohji, T. Matsumoto & X. Z. Zheng


Michael Pelletier


W.C. Sun & K.A. Stelson


Asok Ray, Kamal Youcef-Toumi & Ting-Jen Yeh


Karl Hedrick & P.P Yip


J.W. Glass & Matt Franchek


L.-K. Chen & A. G. Ulsoy


Quinn Y.J. Smithwick, Per G. Reinhall, Juris Vagners & Eric J. Seibel


S. Parthasarathy, S. Mantell & K. Stelson


G. Shaver, J.C. Gerdes, M. Roelle, P. Caton & C. Edwards


E. Maslen, D. Montie, T. Iwasaki


Sergio M. Savaresi, Mara Tanelli & Carlo Cantoni


Hans DeSmidt , Kon-Well Wang & Edward C. Smith


Soo Jeon, Masayoshi Tomizuka & Tetsuaki Katou


Aravind Seshadri & Prabhakar R. Pagilla


Nicoleta Minoiu Enache, Saïd Mammar, Benoit Lusetti & Yazid Sebsadj