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Institute of Mathematics


Giovanni Prodi Visiting Professorship Summer Semester 2022

Erik I. Verriest is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Mathematical System Theory Laboratory (MASTLab).

His present interests are in mathematical system theory, with a focus on modeling and control of systems with time-delays. Other problems he has worked on are control with communication constraints, periodic and hybrid systems, and causal modeling of impulsive systems. He has also applied optimal control in applications to path planning and locomotion, in particular, smooth gait transitions in robotic systems by developing a notion of “maximal persistence of behavior”.

He received the ’Burgerlijk Electrotechnisch Ingenieur’ degree from the State University of Ghent, Belgium. He obtained his MSc and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He joined Georgia Tech in 1980 and spent three years at the satellite campus, Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France. He had visiting positions at the KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Stanford University. He served on several IPC’s and is a member of the IFAC Committee on Linear Systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Francqui Fellow (Belgian American Educational Foundation), and an elected member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

During the Summer semester of 2022 Professor E.I.Verriest will give a course on optimal control with application to time-delay systems, as well a master seminar on topics in system theory (please see