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Farrell Named President Elect of IEEE's Control Systems Society

Farrell Named President Elect of IEEE's Control Systems Society

Farrell Named President Elect of IEEE's Control Systems Society

October 10, 2012

Jay A. Farrell, Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, has been named President Elect of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society (CSS) for 2013.

His election, which was announced at the American Control Conference in Montreal in June 2012, is the first in a three-year sequence of positions: in 2014 and 2015, Farrell will serve as President and Past President, respectively.

Farrell joined the faculty in the Bourns College of Engineering in 1994 and his expertise is in estimation and control for nonlinear dynamic systems. His current research includes adaptive approximation based control systems, aided navigation systems and autonomous vehicles.

Farrell has served as Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1998-2001 and 2011-present, and as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Bourns College of Engineering from 2009-2012. He earned B.S. degrees in physics and electrical engineering from Iowa State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Farrell previously served as Vice President-Finance and Vice President of Technical Activities for the CSS. He also served as Vice General Chair of the 2011 and General Chair of the 2012 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (2008) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010) and a distinguished member of the IEEE CSS. Farrell is the author of more than 190 technical publications and author of the book "Aided Navigation: GPS with High Rate Sensors" (McGraw-Hill 2008) and co-author of the books "The Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation" (McGraw-Hill, 1998) and "Adaptive Approximation Based Control: Unifying Neural, Fuzzy and Traditional Adaptive Approximation Approaches" (John Wiley 2006).

Farrell was named a GNSS Leader to Watch for 2009-2010 by GPS World Magazine and a winner of the Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration in 2011. While at the Charles Stark Draper Lab in Cambridge, Mass., from 1989-1994, he was principal investigator on projects involving intelligent and learning control systems for autonomous vehicles. During that time, Farrell received the Engineering Vice President's Best Technical Publication Award in 1990, and Recognition Awards for Outstanding Performance and Achievement in 1991 and 1993. He was also awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems in 1993.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology. The IEEE is comprised of 38 technical societies, one of which is the Control Systems Society. Information about the IEEE CSS can be found at

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