Harvard Professor Yu-Chi Ho visit Tsinghua representing the history of System and Control subject

Yu-Chi Ho, professor of Harvard University and chair professor of Tsinghua University, represented an academic lecture titled by “The developing history of System and Control subject” in the building of information institute on September 2, 2013. More than 100 teachers and students from Tsinghua University, Peking University, System Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Automation Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Institute of Technology attended this lecture. Professor Ho introduced the important events and developing history of System and Control subject in four aspects, with abundant research experience and feeling of himself.

First, Professor Ho told the story between Kalman and him and introduced the basic theory of Kalman filter. Then he introduced his understanding of the Witsenhausen Problem and distributed control, followed by his research on perturbation analysis with the real problems in the automation of industry production. Finally, he told a story about the inspiration of ordinal optimization and introduced the conception of ordinal optimization in his own understanding.

The whole report was in a funny and lively story style, representing the history of System and Control subject from 1959 to 2013. The audience were all impressed by Professor Ho’s passion and persistence on academic research, and showed great interest in the proposed conception of ordinal optimization. After the report, some audiences communicated research attitude, study method and the research in modern control with Professor Ho.

Yu-Chi Ho, the academician of National Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Science. He got his S.B. and S.M. degrees from M.I.T., and went further study in Harvard University and got his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Then he has taught at Harvard, and since 1969 he has been Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics.