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Petros A Ioannou

A.V. "Bal" Balakrishnan Chair, University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering


  • 1978, Bachelor's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of London
  • Doctoral Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 1982, U of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, IL..

Petros A. Ioannou received the B.Sc. degree with First Class Honors from University College, London, England, in 1978 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, in 1980 and 1982, respectively. During the period 1975-1978, he held a Commonwealth Scholarship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London, England. He was awarded several prizes, including the Goldsmid Prize and the A. P. Head Prize from University College, London. From 1979 to 1982 he was a research assistant at the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois. In 1982, Dr. Ioannou joined the Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. He is currently a Professor in the same Department and the Director of the Center of Advanced Transportation Technologies. His research interests are in the areas of control and applications, adaptive and nonlinear systems, vehicle dynamics and control, intelligent transportation systems, marine transportation, congestion control of computer networks and neural networks. He was visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia in the Fall of 1988, the Technical University of Crete in summer of 1992 and served as the Dean of the School of Pure and Applied Science at the University of Cyprus in 1995. In 1984 he was a recipient of the Outstanding Transactions Paper Award for his paper, An Asymptotic Error Analysis of Identifiers and Adaptive Observers in the Presence of Parasitics, which appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Automa! tic Control in August 1982. Dr. Ioannou is also the recipient of a 1985 Presidential Young Investigator Award for his research in Adaptive Control. He has been an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, the International Journal of Control and Automatica. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Associate Editor at Large of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Member of the Control System society on IEEE ITS Council Committee and Vice-Chairman of the IFAC Technical Committee on Transportation Systems. Dr. Ioannou is a Fellow of IEEE and the author/co-author of 5 books and over 150 research papers in the area of controls, neural networks, nonlinear dynamical systems and intelligent transportation systems.

Research Summary

1.Control Systems and Applications

This research includes:
-Design and analysis of robust adaptive and nonlinear control systems for systems with unknown parameters and nonlinearities.
-Control of large flexible structures
-Control and modeling of large segmented telescopes
-Control of disk drives -Control of hypersonic aircraft
-Failure detection and accommodation and reconfigurable control designs

2. Intelligent Transportation Systems

This research includes:
-Design and analysis of Intelligent Cruise Control Systems for Vehicle Vehicle following
-Automated Highway Systems
-Control of Automated Vehicles
-Lateral and longitudinal control of vehicles and trucks
-Design and analysis of vehicle control systems based on environmental considerations
-Design, modeling and optimization of container terminals
-Scheduling,dispatching and routing of trucks in metropolitan areas

3. Congestion Control of Computer Networks Bandwidth allocation and control of queues using nonlinear control techniques


  • 2013 10th IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation (IEEE ICCA 2013) Invited Key-note speaker
  • 2012 Chinese Control Conference Invited Plenary speaker
  • 2012 “Indo-US Conference, On Preventing Road Crash Injury Through Vehicle Safety Design” Invited Key-note speaker
  • 2012 Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering Invited Keynote speaker
  • 2011 Indo-US Conference 'On Preventing Road Crash Injury Through Vehicle Safety Design” Invited Keynote Speaker
  • 2011 10th IEEE International Conference on Control & Automation, Nangzhou, China Invited Keynote Speaker
  • 2011 2012 Chinese Control Conference, Hafei, China Invited Keynote speaker
  • 2010 IEEE Transactions on ITS 2nd most productive author and the 6th most cited author
  • 2010 Department of Transportation/VOLPE Member of Expert Panel
  • 2009 Institution of Engineering and Technology (former IEE) Fellow of IET
  • 2009 Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Fellow
  • 2009 2009 IET Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control
  • 2009 Institution of Enginering and Technology (former IEE) IET Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Controls
  • 2009 2008 IEEE ITSS Outstanding ITS Application Award
  • 2009 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society IEEE Outstanding ITS Application Award
  • 2009 IEEE 17th Meditteranean Conference on Control and Automation Plenary Speaker
  • 2008 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Cancun, Mexico, Dec. 2008 Semi Plenary Speaker
  • 2007 The 2nd IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics & Applications Keynote Speaker
  • 2007 The Latter-day Saint Student Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2007 Latter-day Saint Student Association at USC Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 2006 International Federation of Automatic Control Fellow
  • 2006 11th IFAC Symposium on Transportation Systems Keynote Speaker
  • 2006 International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Professional Society Fellow of IFAC
  • 2005 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety, Oct. 14-16, 2005, Xi’an, China Plenary Speaker
  • 1992 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Fellow
  • 1992 IEEE Professional Society IEEE Fellow
  • - IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society Outstanding Research Award
  • Dir-Acad Prog, Director of the Master of Science in Financial Engineering Program (MSFINE)
  • Director of Program, Center or Institute, Director of the USC-Capital One Center for Responsible AI and Decision Making in Finance (CREDIF)
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Systems
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Daniel J Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • EEB 200B
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2562
Contact Information
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