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Radu Marculescu
Professor, Department Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Noon – 1 p.m.
Goldwater Center 487, Tempe campus [map]

Abstract
Radu Marculescu has always been fascinated by science, drawn to stories about Nobel Prize laureates and dreaming of their discoveries. After becoming an engineer, he came to appreciate the power and transformative nature of computing in all human endeavors.

In recent years, due to the advent of cyber-physical systems (CPS), he has found a renewed interest and opportunities to revisit long forgotten topics in math and physics realizing that they can offer a deeper understanding of modeling and optimization. Marculescu says that while designing cyber-physical systems often feels more like art than science, the community needs to reach beyond the established confines of computer systems design and re-define a new science of CPS design.

Starting from these overarching ideas, he will discuss the theoretical foundations and practical implications of using a network-centric approach to develop new mathematical models and understanding of CPS optimization and control for life sciences applications. This talk is precisely about the subtle interplay between science and engineering and the joy of seeing things come full circle.

Bio
Radu Marculescu is a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Melon University. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1998. He has received several best paper awards in the area of design automation and embedded sytems design. He has been involved in organizing several international symposia, conferences and workshops, as well as guest editor of special issues in archival journals and magazines. His research focuses on modeling and optimization of embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, social and biological systems. Radu Marculescu is an IEEE Fellow.

 

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