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Professor N. Sri Namachchivaya appointed University Research Chair

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Professor N. Sri Namachchivaya has been appointed a University Research Chair in recognition of his outstanding research contributions to the field of dynamical systems, estimation and control. Waterloo’s designation of University Research Chair recognizes exceptional achievement of faculty and their pre-eminence in a field of knowledge.

Namachchivaya joined the Department of Applied Mathematics in 2018 and leads the Fields-CQAM Laboratory for Inference and Prediction. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, he was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1985-2017. His research focuses on understanding the stability and bifurcations in noisy dynamical systems and developing new algorithms and tools for the collection and assimilation of data using multidisciplinary mix of approaches from asymptotic methods, modeling, statistical learning and simulations.

“In the past 30 years, Sri has worked in the fields of nonlinear systems, random dynamical systems, estimation and filtering theory,” said Sivabal Sivaloganathan, Chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics. “He is internationally renowned and this recognition is much deserved.”

Professor Namachchivaya has received numerous awards, recognitions, and professorships, including: the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1990); two Xerox Research Professor awards (1989, 1993); ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Outstanding Professional Service Award (2007); MSRI Research Professorship (2007) and Russell Severance Springer Distinguished Professorship (2011) at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been invited as a distinguished visiting professor at numerous institutions world-wide. He is a Fellow of ASME.

Namachchivaya’s appointment to a seven-year term as University Research Chair is effective July 1, 2019.He is the fourth faculty member in the Department of Applied Mathematics to be appointed a University Research Chair, following Professor Achim Kempf (2014), Professor Chris Bauch (2013), and Professor Sivabal Sivaloganathan (2011).