Monique ChybaMonique Chyba is Full Professor of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. Her main research area concerns the development of geometric methods to solve optimal control problems. One of her central objectives is to understand the role of singular extremals in optimal strategies for nonlinear control systems. More specifically, she has been lately focusing on using differential geometric techniques to exploit in the time optimal problem the particular structure of the Lie algebra formed by the vector fields describing a controlled mechanical system. Her research is oriented towards applications with a special emphasis on the motion planning problem for autonomous underwater vehicles.

Alejandro B. AcevesAlejandro B. Aceves is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Department Chair at the Southern Methodist University. His research interests are related to Nonlinear Optics and Nonlinear Wave Propagation. Namely he is working now on modeling of nonlinear optical pulse propagation in waveguide gratings, code development to solve Maxwell’s equations in nonlinear dielectrics, noise effect due to manufacturing imperfections in the problem of light localization in nonlinear fiber arrays, modeling of intense laser light propagation in air, studying the spread of diseases, and the effect of thermal baths in dimers and oscillator chains.

Martin LazarMartin Lazar is a Research professor at University of Dubrovnik, Croatia. His fields of research are: Control theory: Control of parameter dependent systems (greedy control, averaged control), optimal control of parabolic problems. Microlocal analysis: PDEs and homogenisation, velocity averaging, microlocal defect functionals (1-scale H-measures, semiclassical measures, H-distributions), and Geophysical fluid dynamics: analytical modelling in oceanography.

NoburuSakamotoNoboru Sakamoto received the B.Sc. degree in mathematics from Hokkaido University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from Nagoya University, in 1991, 1993, and 1996, respectively. From 1996 until 2015, he held positions in the Graduate School of Engineering in Nagoya University. Currently, he is a Professor with the Science and Engineering of Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. He has held a visiting research position at University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 2005 and 2006. He received the SICE Best Paper Prizes in 1997, 2006, 2008 and 2011 and SICE Kimura Prize in 20016. His research interests include nonlinear control theory, control of chaotic systems, dynamical system theory and control applications for aerospace engineering.

2015 publicity photo of Ryan Evans. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)Ryan Evans earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware, under the supervision of Professor David A. Edwards. Currently, he is a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Under the direction of Dr. Anthony Kearsley he is pursuing his research interests in modeling transport of chemical reactants in biological system, and protein identification. This involves mathematical modeling, partial differential equations, numerical methods, and data analysis.

Jerome LoheacJérôme Lohéac is a Senior Scientific Researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes, a scientific institution linked to the CNRS in France. His fields of research are: Swimming of microorganisms; Time optimal control for PDEs; Optimal control of finite dimensional systems with state constraints; Controllability of parameter dependent systems.

Piermarco CannarsaPiermarco Cannarsa is Full Professor in Mathematical Analysis of the Department of Mathematics at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. He is also coordinator of the European Research Group (GDRE) on ‘Control of Partial Differential Equations’ (CONEDP) issued by CNRS, INdAM and Universite de Provence.

Ireneo PeralIreneo Peral Alonso is Full Professor in Mathematical Analysis of the Department of Mathematics at Universidad Autónoma of Madrid.