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IT Innovations 09 Keynote Speakers

We are very pleased to welcome Pravin Varaiya as one of our conference keynote speakers

Pravin Varaiya


Measurement, monitoring, and management of urban traffic


Advances in wireless fixed and mobile sensors permit a comprehensive measurement of the state of the urban traffic network—ranging from urban streets to freeways and parking.  These measurements can be fed to a real-time database network to monitor the performance of the traffic network and to archive historical data.  The database can be used to implement real-time signal control strategies to improve performance.  


Pravin Varaiya is Nortel Networks Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.  From 1975 to 1992 he was also Professor of Economics at Berkeley.  From 1994 to 1997 he was Director of the California PATH program, a multi-university research program dedicated to the solution of California’s transportation problems.  His current research is concerned with communication networks, transportation, and hybrid systems.  He has taught at MIT and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Varaiya has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Miller Research Professorship.  He received Honorary Doctorates from L’Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse and L’Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, and the Field Medal and Bode Lecture Prize of the IEEE Control Systems Society.  He is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is on the editorial board of "Discrete Event Dynamical Systems" and "Transportation Research---C". He has co-authored three books and 300 technical papers.  The second edition of “High-Performance Communication Networks” (with Jean Walrand and Andrea Goldsmith) was published by Morgan-Kaufmann in 2000.  “Structure and interpretation of signals and systems” (with Edward Lee) was published by Addison-Wesley in 2003.  Varaiya is a member of the Board of Directors of Sensys Networks.


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