Prof. Athanasios Antoulas has been named a Max Planck Fellow at Max Planck Institute Magdeburg

Simulation of large-scale systems: Renowned Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering strengthens cooperation with the MPI Magdeburg

June 02, 2017
Athanasios C. Antoulas, Professor for Electrical and Computer Engineering at RICE University Houston, Texas, USA, has been named a Max Planck Fellow associated the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems Magdeburg by the beginning of 2017. Here, he will conduct research in the area of numerical simulation of complex data in his group Data-Driven System Reduction and Identification (DRI) within the next three years. The Max Planck Institute Magdeburg wins an excellent partner for its mathematical approach.

Big Data is an omnipresent topic. Large or complex data sets as they emerge from the internet, from mobile communication, financial services, energy and health sector, transportation system, social media, credit- and customer cards, surveillance cameras as well as airplanes and vehicles, are characterized as Big Data. They are recorded, processed and evaluated with the help of special software solutions.

The research of the group around Athanasios Antoulas focuses on dynamical systems and computation including model reduction of large-scale systems, such as Big Data. They are a principal tool in the modeling, prediction, and control of physical phenomena ranging from heat dissipation in complex microelectronic devices, to vibration suppression in large wind turbines, to storm surges before an advancing hurricane. Direct numerical simulation may be the only possibility for accurate prediction or control of such complex phenomena.

However, an ever-increasing need for improved accuracy requires inclusion of more detail at the modeling stage, leading inevitably to larger-scale, more complex dynamical systems. Such systems are often linked to spatial discretization of underlying time-dependent systems of coupled partial differential equations, and their simulation can create large demands on computational resources.

„Athanasios Antoulas is a renowned expert in his field. We are looking forward to an intense cooperation with Professor Antoulas, especially in the research fields of our group Computational Methods in Systems and Control Theory”, says Prof. Peter Benner, head of this research group and director at the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg.

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, Prof. Antoulas has introduced his research topic within the frame of the colloquia series at the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg.

About Prof. Athanasios C. Antoulas

Athanasios Antoulas was born in Athens, Greece. He studied at the ETH Zürich, where he obtained the Diploma of Electrical Engineering in 1975, the Diploma of Mathematics in 1975, and the Ph.D. Degree in Mathematics in 1980. Since 1982 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA, where he is currently a Professor. Between 2002 and 2015 he was Professor at the School of Engineering and Science at the Jacobs University in Bremen. He has served on the Editorial Board of many journals including the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, and Linear Algebra and its Applications. For the past 12 years he has been serving as Editor-in-Chief of Systems and Control Letters. He has held many visiting appointments, including those at the Australian National University, the University of Groningen, the Catholic University of Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kyoto University. Currently he is also Adjunct Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Max Planck Fellows

The Max Planck Fellow Programme promotes cooperation between outstanding university professors and Max Planck Society researchers. The appointment of university professors as Max Planck Fellows is limited to a three year up to a five-year period as a maximum and also entails the supervision of a small working group at a Max Planck institute. About forty Fellows in total are active at the Max Planck Institutes.

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