Optimal Control of Switched Systems: An Embedding Approach with Application to Real Time MPC of a Boost Converter

Raymond DeCarlo
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
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Raymond DeCarlo, a native of Philadelphia, PA, received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 and 1974, respectively. In 1976, he received his Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Richard Saeks from Texas Tech University. After a year lecturing at Texas Tech he joined Purdue as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1977, became an Associate and full Professor in 1982 and 2005 respectively. He worked at the General Motors Research Labs during the summers of 1985 and 1986. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (1989), past Associate Editor for Technical Notes and Correspondence and past Associate Editor for Survey and Tutorial Papers, both for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He was secretary-administrator of the IEEE Control Systems Society, a member of the Board of Governors from 1986 through 1992 and from 1999 through 2003. He was Program Chairman for the 1990 IEEE CDC (Honolulu), and was General Chairman of the 1993 IEEE CDC (San Antonio). He was the VP for Financial Activities for the IEEE CSS during 2001 and 2002. He received CSS's distinguished member award in 1990, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000, the EATON award in ECE in 2002, the Motorola Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006, and the award for Best Theoretical Paper in Automatica in 2008. He has coauthored three books, has numerous journal, conference, and book chapter/reprint articles. His research interests are varied and often interdisciplinary ranging from variable structure control, hybrid optimal control and stability, and Hybrid Electric Vehicle modeling and control, to biological modeling and control as well as the control and modeling of the software test process. He is former Chair of the Purdue University Senate and a CIC Faculty Fellow.