Interdisciplinary Distinguished Seminar Series

Fundamental problems in science and engineering have become increasingly interdisciplinary, requiring knowledge and expert input from several areas of research. This is both challenging and exciting. The primary challenge faced by researchers is to keep abreast of new developments in tangential research areas to their own, not to mention those which are considered different. The increasing complexity of newly arising problems has on the other hand, invariably required a multifaceted approach to viewing and understanding them, and ultimately produce a solution.

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To that end, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosts a regularly scheduled seminar series with preeminent and leading reseachers in the US and the world, to help promote North Carolina as a center of innovation and knowledge and to ensure safeguarding its place of leading research.

The Interdisciplinary Distinguished Speaker Series is funded through a grant provided by the US Army Research Office.

All talks are scheduled to take place at 1 pm in Room 1230 at Engineering Building II (unless noted otherwise), on NC State's award-winning Centennial Campus. Each talk will be free and open to the public.

Past Lecturers

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Jan
31
2014

Numerical Linear Algebra Methods in Data Mining

Dr. Yousef Saad, College of Science and Technology Distinguished Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
Dr. Yousef Saad spoke on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Jan
17
2014

Nonlinear Waves from Beaches to Photonics

Dr. Mark Ablowitz, Professor and the department chair of Applied Mathematics
University of Colorado
Dr. Mark Ablowitz spoke on Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

Nov
01
2013

ICA and IVA: Theory, Connections, and Applications to Medical Imaging

Tülay Adali, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Tülay Adali spoke on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Oct
18
2013

Robust compressed sensing: How undersampling introduces noise and what we can do about it

Dr. Galen Reeves, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Department of Statistical Science
Duke University
Dr. Galen Reeves spoke on Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Sep
06
2013

Featuring SAS Professionals

Dr. James Cox & Dr. Zheng Zhao, SR. Dev Manager, SAS Text Miner
SAS Institute Inc.
Dr. James Cox & Dr. Zheng Zhao spoke on Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Apr
26
2013

A Tensor Spectral Approach to Learning Mixed Membership Community Models

Dr. Anima Anandkumar, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California - Irvine
Dr. Anima Anandkumar spoke on Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Apr
19
2013

Wrinkles on Everest: Persistence and Stability in an Omniscalar World

Dr. Dmitriy Morozov, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Computational Research Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Dmitriy Morozov spoke on Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Mar
15
2013

Green Wireless Communications: A Time-Reversal Paradigm

Dr. K. J. Ray Liu, Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology
University of Maryland
Dr. K. J. Ray Liu spoke on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Feb
15
2013

Sparse Matrix Models for Finding Good Representatives and Constraining Network

Dr. Guillermo Sapiro, Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Duke University
Dr. Guillermo Sapiro spoke on Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Nov
30
2012

Let the Data Speak for Itself: Data-Driven Learning of Sparse Signal Models

Yoram Bresler, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Yoram Bresler spoke on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Nov
16
2012

Wavelets on Graphs: Theory and Applications

Dr. Antonio Ortega, Professor and Associate Chair of EE-Systems
Signal and Image Processing Institute Department of Electrical Engineering University of Southern California
Dr. Antonio Ortega spoke on Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Oct
26
2012

Sparse Subspace Classification and Clustering

Dr. Rene E. Vidal, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Center for Imaging Science, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Rene E. Vidal spoke on Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Oct
12
2012

Control over Lossy Networks: The Interplay of Coding and Control

D.B. Hassibi, Professor and Executive Officer of Electrical Engineering
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
D.B. Hassibi spoke on Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Oct
05
2012

Sparsity Control for Robustness and Social Data Analysis

Dr. Georgios B. Giannakis, ADC Chair in Wireless Telecommunications in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota
Dr. Georgios B. Giannakis spoke on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Sep
21
2012

Deep Learning of Invariant Feature Hierarchies

Yann LeCun, Silver Professor of Computer Science and Neural Science
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Center for Neural Science, New York University
Yann LeCun spoke on Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Sep
14
2012

The Road to Terabit Satellites: Science-Fiction or Science?

Claudio Sacchi, Assistant Professor
University of Trento, Dept. of Information Engineering & Computer Science, Disi, Italy
Claudio Sacchi spoke on Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Sep
07
2012

Applied Topology and Matrix Methods

Dr. Anil Hirani, Applied Mathematician
Dept. of Computer Science - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Anil Hirani spoke on Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Apr
13
2012

The Impact of Time Delays in Network Synchronization in a Noisy Environment

Gyorgy Korniss, Professor, Department of Physics and The Social and Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Gyorgy Korniss spoke on Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Apr
06
2012

Controlling Epitaxial Graphene Growth

Dr. D. Kurt Gaskill, Senior Scientist
Advanced SiC Epitaxial Research Laboratory, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375
Dr. D. Kurt Gaskill spoke on Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Mar
16
2012

Empirical Mode Decompositions, From basics to recent results

Patrick Flandrin, Research Director
Laboratoire de Physique, Eciole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
Patrick Flandrin spoke on Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Feb
24
2012

Super-Turing Computation

Dr. Hava Siegelmann, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Neuroscience
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dr. Hava Siegelmann spoke on Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Feb
17
2012

Reformation-Based Approaches to Query Optimization

Dr. Rada Chirkova, Associate Professor, Computer Science Department
North Carolina State University
Dr. Rada Chirkova spoke on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Feb
03
2012

Skewed functional processes and their applications

Dr. Ana-Maria Staicu, Assistant Professor, Statistics Department
North Carolina State University
Dr. Ana-Maria Staicu spoke on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Jan
20
2012

A Weight-Based View of Approximate Inference In Graphical Models

Alexander Ihler, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of California, Irvine
Alexander Ihler spoke on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Nov
09
2011

Compressive Sensing-Based MIMO Radar

Athina Petropulu, Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Rutgers University
Athina Petropulu spoke on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Nov
04
2011

Multiple Uses of Correlation Filters for Biometrics

Vijay Kumar, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Carnegie Mellon University
Vijay Kumar spoke on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Oct
21
2011

Greener Video Coding and Processing for the Mobile and Desktop Worlds

Dr. Ricardo L. de Queiroz, Full Professor, Computer Science Department
Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Dr. Ricardo L. de Queiroz spoke on Friday, October 21st, 2011 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Oct
14
2011

Robust Topological Features For Deformation Invariant Image Matching

Dr. Edgar Lobaton, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
NC State University
Dr. Edgar Lobaton spoke on Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Sep
23
2011

Bio-Inspired Cognition and Networks

Ali Sayed, Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of California
Ali Sayed spoke on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Aug
26
2011

Algebraic Statistics

Seth Sullivant, Associate Professor, Mathematics
NC State University
Seth Sullivant spoke on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Feb
25
2011

Statistical Inference, Topology and Geometry

Dr. Sayan Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Statistical and Computer Science
Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy
Dr. Sayan Mukherjee spoke on Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building III, Room 2213

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Feb
11
2011

Finite-dimensional variational inequalities: analysis, algorithms and applications

Dr. Shu Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Operations Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Shu Lu spoke on Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building III, Room 2213

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Jan
28
2011

FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission Systems) Machine for Smart Grid

Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
NC State University
Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya spoke on Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building III, Room 2213

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Jan
14
2011

Information Aggregation in Complex Networks

Dr. Ali Jadbabaie, Skirkanich Associate Professor of Innovation
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Ali Jadbabaie spoke on Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building III, Room 2213

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Dec
10
2010

Topology in the 21st Century

Dr. Vin de Silva, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Pomona College, California
Dr. Vin de Silva spoke on Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building III, Room 2213

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Sep
17
2010

Metric Geometry in Shape Matching

Dr. Facundo Memoli, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematics Department
Stanford University
Dr. Facundo Memoli spoke on Friday, September 17th, 2010 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building III, Room 2213

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Sep
03
2010

An MCMC Approach to Lossy Compression of Analog Sources

Dr. Dror Baron, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
NC State University
Dr. Dror Baron spoke on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 2213

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May
13
2010

Frequency Domain Bootstrap Methods for Spectral Analysis

Dr. Abdelhak M Zoubir, Fellow of the IEEE and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Dr. Abdelhak M Zoubir spoke on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 3:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Apr
30
2010

An Optimal Control Viewpoint to Fluid Registration

Marc Niethammer, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Biomedical Research Imaging Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Marc Niethammer spoke on Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

Mar
05
2010

Grand Challenge Problems in Digital Imaging

Charles A. Bouman, Michael J. and Katherine R. Birck Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
Charles A. Bouman spoke on Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Jan
22
2010

Distance and mean in the Space of Phylogenetic Trees

Megan Owen, Postdoctoral Associate at North Carolina State University
North Carolina State Universtiy
Megan Owen spoke on Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Nov
20
2009

Defending Against Biological Terrorism

Dr. C. A. Aguilar, MIT Technical staff member in Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group
MIT Lincoln Laboratories, MA
Dr. C. A. Aguilar spoke on Friday, November 20th, 2009 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Nov
06
2009

Perceptual and Predicted Color Difference Evaluations

Dr. Renzo Shamey, Lecturer, Polymer and Color Chemistry
North Carolina State University
Dr. Renzo Shamey spoke on Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Sep
18
2009

Estimating Homology of High-Dimensional Point Clouds

Dr. Yuriy Mileyko, Assistant Professor at the Mathematics Department at Duke University
Duke University
Dr. Yuriy Mileyko spoke on Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Nov
21
2008

Local Field Potential Neural Prosthetics

A. H. Tewfik, Professor of Electronic Communications
University of Minnesota
A. H. Tewfik spoke on Friday, November 21st, 2008 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Oct
24
2008

Golay, Heisenberg and Weyl

Robert Calderbank, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics
Princeton University
Robert Calderbank spoke on Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Oct
19
2008

Numerical Algebraic Geometry

DR. Andrew Sommese, Duncan Professor of Mathematics
University of Notre Dame
DR. Andrew Sommese spoke on Sunday, October 19th, 2008 at 12:30PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Oct
03
2008

Security: Content Protection and Sensor Forensics

Edward J. Delp, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
Edward J. Delp spoke on Friday, October 3rd, 2008 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Sep
19
2008

Multi-Projector Displays: Problems and Advantages

Prof. H. Joel Trussell, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
North Carolina State University
Prof. H. Joel Trussell spoke on Friday, September 19th, 2008 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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May
02
2008

Target Enumeration Via Euler Characteristic Integrals

Yuliy Baryshnikov, Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computing Engineering
University of Illinois
Yuliy Baryshnikov spoke on Friday, May 2nd, 2008 at 12:00AM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Apr
18
2008

Distributed Estimation Using Wireless Sensor Networks

Georgios B. Giannakis, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota
Georgios B. Giannakis spoke on Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 12:00AM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Mar
28
2008

Looking For Patterns In Video

Dr. Rama Chellappa, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Maryland
Dr. Rama Chellappa spoke on Friday, March 28th, 2008 at 12:30PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Mar
14
2008

Distributed Flow Detection via Timing Analysis

Dr. Lang Tong, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cornell University
Dr. Lang Tong spoke on Friday, March 14th, 2008 at 12:30PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Feb
29
2008

Arrays and Cooperative Transceivers for Wireless Localization and Communications

Mostafa Kaveh, Associate Dean for Research and Planning for the Institute of Technology
University of Minnesota
Mostafa Kaveh spoke on Friday, February 29th, 2008 at 12:30PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Feb
08
2008

Nanotechnology and the Future of Electronics

Dr. Robert Trew, Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University
Dr. Robert Trew spoke on Friday, February 8th, 2008 at 12:00AM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Sep
21
2007

Management of Images Collections

Dr. Djemel Ziou, Professor of Computer Science
Universite of Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
Dr. Djemel Ziou spoke on Friday, September 21st, 2007 at 12:30PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

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Mar
30
2007

Discreet Signaling: From the Chinese Emperors to the Internet

Dr. Pierre Moulin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois
Dr. Pierre Moulin spoke on Friday, March 30th, 2007 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1229

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Mar
02
2007

Distributed Interference: Topology Optimization

Dr. José Moura, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Central Michigan University
Dr. José Moura spoke on Friday, March 2nd, 2007 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1229

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Dec
01
2006

Data-Powered Algorithms

Bernard Chazelle, Professor of Computer Science
Princeton University
Bernard Chazelle spoke on Friday, December 1st, 2006 at 12:00PM in MRC Room 313

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Aug
06
2006

Imaging Arithmetic

Dr. Gaurav Sharma, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Rochester
Dr. Gaurav Sharma spoke on Sunday, August 6th, 2006 at 1:00PM in Engineering Building 2, Video Conference Room

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May
05
2006

Sobolev Active Contours

Dr. Anthony Yezzi, Professor of Systems and Controls
Georgia Tech
Dr. Anthony Yezzi spoke on Friday, May 5th, 2006 at 11:30AM in Engineering Building 2, Room 1213