Santa Clara University



Dragoslav Šiljak


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Dragoslav Šiljak received his Doctor of Science Degree (D.Sci) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1963, where he was promoted to the rank of Docent. He published a paper in 1962 with co-author R. Petrović, which is credited for the beginning of stochastic computing (see Stochastic Computing and John von Neumann, Wikipedia). He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara in 1964, where he taught courses in control theory and applications. He developed parameter space methods for control design which were published in his book Nonlinear Systems (Wiley, 1969). The methods were used at NASA Marshall Space Center in control design of Saturn V rocket which powered Apollo astronauts to the Moon. In the early 1970’s, Dr. Šiljak initiated research in mathematical theory of large complex dynamic systems and applied his analysis to a wide variety of models in areas as diverse as control of electric power systems, population biology, large space structures, competitive equilibrium in mathematical economics, and arms race, which were presented in his book Large-Scale Dynamic Systems (Elsevier, 1978). Dr. Šiljak’s research group on complex dynamic systems at Santa Clara University has been joined over the years by numerous researchers from all over the world. Research of the group was supported generously by NASA, NSF, DOE, EPRI and DARPA. The obtained results have been published in over 250 journals as well as in his book Decentralized Control of Complex Systems (Academic Press, 1991). His recent results in complex system theory have been obtained in collaboration with Dr. Aleksandar Zečević and have been published in the book Control of Complex Systems: Structural Constraints and Uncertainty (Springer, 2010). Dr. Šiljak is an International Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a Life Fellow of IEEE. He was a Fellow of the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science, a Hoam Professor at Seoul University, and a recipient of the Fulbright Foundation Award. In 2010, Dr. Šiljak received the prestigious Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award from the American Automatic Control Council with Citation: For fundamental contributions to the theory of large-scale systems, decentralized control, and parametric approach to robust stability.

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