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Ardeshir Guran (Canada)

László Keviczky (Hungary)

Štefan Kozák (Slovakia)

Janos Gertler (USA)




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Professor Štefan Kozák

Prof. Štefan Kozák, PhD. graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in 1970, and received his PhD in Technical Cybernetics from the Slovak Academy of Sciences in 1978. Since 1984 he is with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. He was head of the Department of Automatic Control Systems (1998-2006), and vice-dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies (2006 – 2009). In 2013 he was appointed the first head of the newly established Institute of Automotive Mechatronics, where heis currently professor in Control Engineering.

He was organizer and Chairman of International Program Committees of 5 IFAC events held in Slovakia (2 IFAC Workshops on New Trends in Design of Control Systems in 1994 and 1997, 2 IFAC conferences on Control Systems Design in 2000, 2003, and the 8th IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design ROCOND’15 in 2015). He is a member of 3 IFAC Technical Committees, and since 1998 Chair of the Slovak Society for Cybernetics and Informatics which is the Slovak IFAC NMO (National member organization) and the Slovak ECCAI Member Society.

His research interests include robust control, predictive control, integrated control and communications, networked control and autonomy, hybrid and embedded control, mechatronics, and control applications in industries.



Janos Gertler

Janos Gertler was educated in Hungary. He received the Candidate of Science (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Science degrees, in Control Engineering, from The Hungarian Academy of Sciences. For 10 years, he served as Vice Director of a large research institute in Hungary. He came to the US in 1981, and held visiting appointments at Case Western Reserve University and the New York Polytechnic University. He joined GMU in 1985 as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Gertler’s research interests have concerned various aspects of computer control and monitoring of engineering processes, including high-level programming, systems identification and, in the past 25 years, fault detection and diagnosis. He is the author of more than 170 papers, and a monograph on engineering diagnostics, and was a plenary speaker at nine international conferences. He is a Fellow of IEEE and of IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control), a Foreign Member of the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences, and the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Research Faculty Award of the School of IT&E. Most recently, Dr. Gertler has been involved in “hobby research” concerning the effect of offshoring on the US economy.


László Keviczky

László KEVICZKY graduated at the Electrical Engineering Faculty of the Technical University of Budapest (TUB) in 1968. He is the Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences where he was the Secretary General, then the Vice-President. He is a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is professor of Department of Automation and Informatics at the TUB and professor of the Department of Informatics at the Széchenyi University Györ. Research professor at the Institute of Computer Science and Control, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His special fields of interest are system identification and parameter estimation, adaptive optimal control of industrial processes, computer controlled systems, simulation and modeling, intelligent and expert controls, C3I (Control, Communication, Computation, Intelligence.) He had several positions within IFAC (TB chairman, Council member, Awards, Election and Policy Committee Chairman).

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Prof. Ardeshir Guran

Professor Ardeshir Guran received his basic education in Medicine (Tehran University, Medical School) and in Structural Engineering (Aryamehr University of Technology). Received postgraduate degrees from McGill University (MEng in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics), MMath (in Mathematics), and PhD (in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) both from the University of Toronto. He was a post doctoral fellow at US Army Research office, Triangle Park, in North Carolina, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (Virginia Polytechnic Institute), Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Catholic University of America) and Full Professor of Electricaring Engineering (University of Southern California). He also was an invited professor (with the rank of full professor) at the University of Bordeaux (France), Johannes Kepler University (Austria), Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), Vekua Institute of Applied Mathematics of Tbilisi State University (Georgia). In 1996 he recieved the award of French ministry of higher education and research. In 2002 he recieved the certificate of distinction for both his teaching and research from the rector of the Johannes Kepler University (Austria). Dr. Guran was the plenary speaker in many scientific meetings including Second Conference of the Euro-American Consortium for Promoting the Application of Mathematics in Technical and Natural Sciences (Amitans 2010), Tenth International Conference on Vibration Problems (ICOVP 2011), Seventeenth Czeck International Conference on Engineering Mechanics (IM 2001), Second Georgian International Conference on Nonclassical Problems of Mechanics (2012) Fouth International Congress of Serbian Society of Mechanics (29th Yugoslavian, 2013), XVIII. Slovak - Polish International Scientific Conference on Machine Modeling and Simulation (MMS 2013). His book on Theory of Elasticity (co-author Teodor Atanackovic) and published by Birkhauser first in 2000 is translated into French, Russian, Serbian and Georgian languages. Professor Guran is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of series on Stability, Vibrations and Control of Systems.