Problem Paper from CMU Portugal Alumni Awarded
Sérgio Pequito and two colleagues received the O. Hugo
Schuck Best Paper Award at the 2016 American Control Conference.
The paper “Minimum Cost Constrained
Input-Output and Control Configuration Co-Design Problem: A Structural Systems
Approach,” written by CMU Portugal Alumni Sérgio Pequito, CMU Alumni Soummya
Kar, and George J. Pappas, the Joseph Moore Professor and Chair of the
Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of
Pennsylvania, received the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award at the 2016 American
Control Conference, that took place last July.
was pleased, honored and humbled to accept this award since it is one of the
major recognitions in my field. Also, being recognized for your hard work
motivates you to work even harder to excel”, recalls Sérgio Pequito.
The former CMU Electrical and Computer
Engineering PhD student highlights that this award was only possible due to his
“I received the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper
Award at the 2016 American Control Conference for a paper that was only
possible due to the techniques developed during my PhD”, refers Sérgio Pequito.
“We gave new insights in what to measure
and control, and to which actuator do we need to provide the measurements;
thus, unveiling a relationship that remained elusive for quite some time”,
explains Sérgio Pequito.
According to the American Automatic Control
Council, “the O. Hugo Schuck Award is given to recognize the best two papers
presented at the previous Automatic Control Council. One award is for a paper
emphasizing contributions to theory and the other emphasizing significant or
Pequito’s co-authored paper was selected
thanks to the written and oral presentation, the technical contribution,
timeliness, and practicality.
Sérgio Pequito is a postdoctoral researcher
in general robotics, automation, sensing & perception laboratory (GRASP
lab) at University of Pennsylvania. Sérgio has been linked to CMU Portugal
Program since 2009, as a dual degree doctoral student at the Instituto Superior
Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and CMU. He received his BSc and
MSc in Applied Mathematics from the IST.
Pequito's research consists of
understanding the global qualitative behavior of large scale networked systems
from their structural or parametric descriptions and providing a rigorous
framework for the design, analysis, optimization and control of large scale
(real-world) systems. He was awarded with the best student paper finalist in
the Conference of Decision and Control 2009, the ECE Outstanding Teaching
Assistant Award at CMU and Carnegie Mellon Graduate Teaching Award
(university-wide) [Honorable Mention], both in 2012. Besides the 2016 O. Hugo
Schuck Award in the Theory Category, Pequito was finalist at the 2016 EECI
European PhD Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems.
Sérgio Pequito Gives
a Talk on "A Framework for Structural Input/Output and Control
Configuration Selection of Large-Scale Systems"
Receives ECE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at CMU
University Gives Two Awards to Sérgio Pequito