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Release: Feb. 23, 2004

UI Engineering Lecture Scheduled Feb. 26

Brian D.O. Anderson, Distinguished Professor of Systems Engineering at the Australian National University and the Chief Scientist of National ICT Australia Limited, will deliver a Caterpillar Colloquium Series Seminar on engineering controls and systems at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

The seminar, titled "Two Decades of Adaptive Control Pitfalls" and hosted by the UI department of electrical and computer engineering graduate seminar, is free and open to the public.

Anderson, who will be coming to Iowa City Feb. 24-29 to collaborate on research with Soura Dasgupta, UI professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and has been awarded the Order of Australia, the Australian equivalent of knighthood. An expert in the electrical engineering field of controls and systems, he is the author of more than 700 publications including several books, making him one of the world's most prolific engineering scholars.

In 1966, Anderson earned his doctorate from Stanford University, where he served as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. He returned to Australia in 1967 to become Foundation Professor and head of electrical engineering at the University of Newcastle. In 1981, he became founding head and professor of systems engineering in the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the Australian National University. In 1994, he became the founding director of the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering, a position he recently relinquished.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia. He holds Honoris Causa Doctorates from Universite Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and the University of Sydney. He is a past president of International Federation of Automatic Control and the Australian Academy of Sciences.

The Caterpillar Colloquium Series is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance the UI College of Engineering department of electrical and computer engineering at 319-335-5197.

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