LSU College of Science Appoints Michael Malisoff to Roy Paul Daniels Professorship

02/28/2013 04:05 PM

BATON ROUGE – In recognition of his many contributions to mathematics education and research, professor Michael Malisoff is the third faculty member to be appointed a Roy Paul Daniels Professor.


A faculty member since 2001, Malisoff has been awarded more than $1 million in federal research grants as principal investigator, including two three-year grants from the National Science Foundation’s Mathematical Sciences Priority Area Program. One of his current projects involves the development of controllers for marine robots that can be used to search for residual pollution from oil spills.


Malisoff also serves on the boards of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and Systems and Control Letters, two of the nation’s leading journals on theory, design and applications of control engineering.


Malisoff received his Ph.D. in 2000 from Rutgers University with doctoral research in optimal control and Hamilton-Jacobi theory. He was a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, research associate in the Department of Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis as part of the Joint Force Air Component Commander Project.


His main research involves controller design combined with analysis for nonlinear control systems with time delays and uncertainty and their applications in engineering. Malisoff has contributed more than 70 publications on control theory and its applications. He published his first book, “Constructions of Strict Lyapunov Functions,” in 2009, and has received a number of awards, including five best presentation awards in American Control Conference sessions.


“I am very thankful to receive this distinguished professorship,” said Malisoff. “Exploring interdisciplinary mathematics, and working with colleagues and students from engineering and mathematics, has always been a great pleasure and a privilege for me.”


After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Malisoff partnered with a colleague at Georgia Tech, Fumin Zhang, and Mark Patterson from the College of William and Mary to design marine robotic methods for conducting surveys on the weathered crude oil off the coast of Louisiana. Malisoff’s team spent three weeks conducting fieldwork at Grand Isle during the summer of 2011. Currently, their work aims to better understand how to compensate for communication delays, which result from unfriendly sea conditions.


The project’s long-term objectives are to develop marine survey methods that are adaptive, fault tolerant, repeatable and robust to uncertainty. Marine robots are useful due to the high costs and hazards involved with human-based surveys. The robots can retrieve water and sediment samples, making it possible to monitor the long-term impacts of environment disasters, hazards, and stresses.

Dawn  Jenkins 
LSU College of Science

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013