Lecture Series 1996

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There has been a steady growth in the interactions between control theory and various branches of the physical and biological sciences. These interactions have been significantly influenced by the increasing role of the dynamical systems perspective in these sciences. This series of talks is designed to highlight some of the exciting developments now taking place at the forefront of research in Control and Dynamical Systems and to draw attention to some of the emerging interdisciplinary connections. Contributions by engineers and mathematicians will be complemented by presentations of work in areas of growing interest such as biological control, molecular dynamics, computational neuroscience etc.

This series is supported in part by the Army Research Office under the ODDR&E MURI97 Program Grant No. DAAG55-97-1-0114 to the Center for Dynamics and Control of Smart Structures (through Harvard University).

The CDS lecture series is associated with the Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory and the Center for Dynamics and Control of Smart Structures. Please visit the ISL Events web site for a listing of all past and future CDS lectures.

Lecture Schedule

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Please click on speaker's name for a brief biography.

Wednesday, May 15, 1996, 2:00pm
A. V. Williams Bldg, Room 2460
Host: P. S. Krishnaprasad

Linking PET Imaging in Humans to a Model of Neural Mechanisms of Grasping
Michael A. Arbib
Center for Neural Engineering, University of Southern California

Thursday, April 25, 1996, 2:00pm
A. V. Williams Bldg, Room 2460
Host: P. S. Krishnaprasad

Control Concepts for the Intervention and Interrogation of Molecular Dynamics
Herschel Rabitz
Department of Chemistry, Princeton University

Friday, March 1, 1996, 12:00pm
Zoology-Psychology Building, Room 1208
University of Maryland, College Park
Jointly Hosted by P. S. Krishnaprasad and Center for Neural and Cognitive Sciences (CNACS)

Adaptive Behavior in Natural and Artificial Organisms
Randall D. Beer
Santa Fe Institute and Case Western Reserve University, Departments of Computer Engineering and Science and Biology

Wednesday Feb 28, 1996, 1:30pm
A. V. Williams Bldg, Room 2460
Host: P. S. Krishnaprasad

Geometry and Nonlinear Control, 300 Years After Johann Bernoulli's Brachistochrone Problem
Hector J. Sussmann
Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University