CSL alumnus wins prestigious Canadian early career award
Coordinated Science Laboratory alumnus Serdar Yüksel has received the 2013 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics. The award recognizes exceptional research in any branch of applied mathematics done primarily in Canada or in affiliation with a Canadian university.
The prestigious award is given jointly by the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. According to Yüksel, this award signifies that the mathematics community values research in control theory and information theory, where the majority of Yüksel’s research lies.
“Serdar received this award in recognition of the fundamental contributions he has made to control and information theories since his graduation from Illinois,” CSL Professor Tamer Başar said. “As his former advisor here at Illinois, I'm proud of his scientific achievements at his academic institution, Queen's, and am very pleased to see that the Canadian scientific community has given him the recognition he deserves."
Yüksel graduated from the University of Illinois with his Master’s and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2003 and 2006, respectively. While at CSL, Yüksel worked in the Decision and Control Laboratory researching the interaction of information and control, primarily in the context of networked control systems.
Yüksel joined Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada in 2007 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He teaches graduate level courses on control theory and stochastic processes, in addition to classes on mathematical signal processing, applied analysis and ordinary differential equations. Additionally, he has been involved in organizing seminar courses on special topics, such as networked control and large deviations.
In receiving the award, Yüksel was recognized for his fundamental contributions to the study of control of systems under information constraints and decentralized control.
“CSL was, and continues to be, a primary source of innovation and a very collaborative, yet intellectually intense, environment with many inspiring and helpful professors and graduate students,” Yüksel said. “I am continuing to work in the fascinating area of information and control in the context of decentralized systems, as well as information theoretic problems, and I am grateful to Prof. Başar for introducing the field to me.”