Dr. Pravin Varaiya, Nortel Networks Distinguished Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of California at Berkeley, has greatly influenced the current thinking of stochastic control systems. Applications of his work range from wireless networks to urban economics and power systems. His research in transportation led to the prototype Performance Measurement System, which will be deployed throughout California in July, 2002. A Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, he has written or co-authored more than 250 technical papers and has written such books as Stochastic Systems: Estimation, Identification, and Adaptive Control.
Dr Varaiya’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and an IEEE Control Systems Best Paper Award. From 1979 to 1989, he co-chaired the Faculty of Human Rights in Central America.