Morse Receives Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award


A. Stephen Morse, the Dudley Professor of Engineering, has won the prestigious Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award from the American Automatic Control Council which is the U. S. national member organization of the International Federation of Automatic Control. The Bellman Award is given for distinguished career contributions to the theory or application of automatic control and is the highest recognition of professional achievement for U.S. control systems engineers and scientists. Morse was cited for his "fundamental contributions to linear systems theory, geometric control theory, logic-based and adaptive control, and distributed sensing and control." Morse will be presented with the Bellman Heritage Award at the 2013 American Control Conference on June 18, in Washington D.C.

Morse was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002. He is the 1999 recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics {IEEE} Control Systems Award. Morse is well known for his work in linear systems theory, adaptive control, and network science. Early in his career, Morse co-authored a field-defining paper on linear geometric control which was subsequently cited by the IEEE Control Systems Society as one of the twenty-five most influential papers published in the field of automatic control in the twentieth century. In 2003 he co-authored the widely referenced paper Coordination of groups of mobile autonomous agents using nearest neighbor rules, which created a new sub-field and served to explained the emergent swarming behavior of a system of self-driven particles.