Abraham H. Haddad

Biographical Sketch

  • Education and Employment

    A. H. Haddad received the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1966. In September 1966, he joined the University of Illinois, Urbana, where at the time of his resignation in August 1981, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory. During the academic year 1972-73, he was Visiting Associate Professor at Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel, while on sabbatical leave from the University of Illinois. From 1968 to 1979, he was an advisor to the U.S. Army Missile Command. In 1979 he was a Senior Staff Consultant with the Dynamics Research Corporation, Wilmington, MA. He served as Program Director for Systems Theory and Operations Research at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC from August, 1979 to June, 1983. From June, 1983 to August, 1988, he was at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA as Professor of Electrical Engineering and served as Director of the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems Program in 1987-88. He was also a consultant for Lockheed-Georgia Company in Marietta, GA.

    On September 1, 1988 he joined Northwestern University as Henry and Isabelle Dever Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (the department name became ECE from September 1, 1996 until August 31, 2005) and served as Chairman of the Department from 1988 to 1998. As of September 1, 1998 he is also serving as Director of the Master of Information Technology Program at Northwestern. He served as Interim Chairman of the ECE Department during the academic years 2001-02 and 2004-05.

  • Professional Activities

    Dr. Haddad served as a member of the U.S. Army Missile Command Scientific Advisory Group in 1975 and 1976. His service with IEEE has been extensive including: membership on the Publication Board (1982, 1983, 1992); TAB/USAB Research and Development Committee (1982, 1983); Technical Activities Board (1984-1987, 1992); Chairman of PUB Long Range Planning Committee (1983); Chairman of TAB Periodicals Committee (1984-1986); Chairman of TAB Meetings Committee (1987-88), member of the TAB Technical Meetings Council (1989-98), Chairman of the IEEE Piore Award Committee (1993 to 1995), member of the IEEE Edison Medal Committee in 1995 and 1996, and Chairman of the Committee and member of the IEEE Awards Board in 1997-1999.

    He served the IEEE Control Systems Society as: Associate Editor for Estimation and Chairman of the Estimation Committee (1977-1978); SecretaryTreasurer (1979-1981); General Chairman of the 23rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (1984); Chairman, Publication Committee (1982-1983); Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control from June, 1983 to December 1988 and Associate Editor at Large from 1997 to 2003; Vice-President for Financial Affairs (1989, 1990); President-Elect in 1991, and President in 1992.

    His involvement with IFAC include his service as member of the Policy Committee from 1993 to 1996, Chair of the Ploicy Committee from 1996 to 2002, and Chair of the IFAC Awards Committee from 2002 to 2005. As of July 2005 he is a member of the IFAC Council and Vice Chair of the Administration & Finance Committee. He is also serving as Associate Editor of the IFAC Journal Control Engineering Practice since 1999.

    He is the recipient of an IFAC Outstanding Service Award in July 2005. He is a recipient of an IEEE Centennial Medal (1984), IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Member Award (1985), and an IEEE Third Millenium Medal (2000). He is a Fellow of IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. From 1990 through 2003 he was Secretary of the American Automatic Control Council and served as General Chair of the 1993 American Control Conference. At Georgia Tech he received the Faculty Member of the Year Award in 1987.

  • Research Interests

    His interests include estimation, identification, and control for systems subject to uncertainties with application to communications, control, and manufacturing. Recent work deals with detection, estimation, and control for stochastic hybrid systems, namely systems whose model may change based on an underlying discrete-event process, with applications to flow control in communications channels.