International recognition for Engineering researchers

February 15 / 151

Professor Girish Nair receiving the 2014 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (L) and Professor Michael Cantoni receiving the 2014 Control Systems Technology Award (R)
Professor Girish Nair receiving the 2014 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (L) and Professor Michael Cantoni receiving the 2014 Control Systems Technology Award (R)

Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have recently received international recognition of their work, receiving two significant prizes from the Control Systems Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at a ceremony in Los Angeles.


•    Professors Michael Cantoni, Iven Mareels and Erik Weyer received the 2014 Control Systems Technology Award in recognition of their 'outstanding contributions to control systems technology, either in design and implementation or in project management'.

It was awarded for their work, in a 15-year collaboration with Rubicon Water, in irrigation and water management.

During this collaboration, researchers from the School and Rubicon devised techniques to improve the operation of large-scale networks of open irrigation channels, designed to benefit regions such as the Goulburn Valley, Australia's vitally important food bowl.

•    Professor Girish Nair received the 2014 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award for his paper 'A Nonstochastic Information Theory for Communication and State Estimation', IEEE TAC, vol. 58, no. 6, June 2013, pp. 1497-1510.

The honour was presented for a paper published in the IEEE journal Transactions on Automatic Control, and is based on 'originality, clarity, potential impact on the theoretical foundations of control, and practical significance in applications'.  The paper is also the basis of his Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.

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