Dr. John Tsitsiklis Wins 2016 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award

ACM SIGMETRICS is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. John Tsitsiklis of MIT as the recipient of the 2016 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement Award in recognition of his fundamental contributions to decentralized control and consensus,approximate dynamic programming and statistical learning.
Dr. Tsitsiklis is Clarence J. Lebel Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT, where he has been on the faculty since 1984. He also received a B.Sc. in Mathematics and in Electrical Engineering, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. His research interests include optimization, control, applied probability and operations research. Areas of emphasis include communication networks, distributed decision making, decentralized detection, network science, parallel computation, computational complexity in systems and control theory, and large scale dynamic programming. He is the author of numerous papers and of the books Parallel and Distributed Computation: Numerical Methods; Neuro-Dynamic programming; Introduction to Probability (all three with D.P. Bertsekas), and Introduction to Linear Optimization (with D. Bertsimas). Optimization and stochastic modeling are foundational intellectual pillars for modern system design and performance analysis.
John Tsitsiklis has made fundamental contributions to both these fields that have impacted practice across disciplines. He has an ability to see the essence of a problem area, and to make contributions that have impact across many application domains. Next to being a prolific scholar, John has an impressive track record in mentoring students, with alumni of his group at many top academic institutions, across business schools, operations research groups, and electrical engineering departments.
John Tsitsiklis has received numerous honors and awards for his work over the years, including an honorary doctorate at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2008), and election to the National Academy of Engineering (2007).
Additional information is available on his website: http://www.mit.edu/~jnt/home.html.

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