John Baillieul holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Boston University where he has held appointments in three departments. He is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor Baillieul is active in the IEEE Control Systems Society where he served as President in 2006. He has also served in various capacities on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. From 1992 to 1998, he was Editor-in-Chief of this journal, which was the most highly cited of all journals in Electrical Engineering in both 2006 and 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to nonlinear control theory, robotics, and the control of complex mechanical systems. He received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He is also Fellow of SIAM and a Fellow of IFAC. Baillieul has held leadership positions in both TAB and PSPB, including past IEEE VP of Publication Services and Products. Professor Baillieul has published extensively in systems and control, robotics, machine autonomy, optimization, and applied differential geometry.
Jón Atli Benediktsson received the Cand.Sci. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, in 1984, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He is currently President/Rector of the University of Iceland and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are in remote sensing, biomedical analysis of signals, pattern recognition, image processing, and signal processing, and he has published extensively in those fields. Prof. Benediktsson was the 2011-2012 President of the IEEE Geoscience and and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) and has been on the GRSS AdCom since 2000. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS) from 2003 to 2008 and has served as Associate Editor of TGRS since 1999 and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing.Letters since 2003. He was the Chairman of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (J-STARS) 2007-2010. Prof. Benediktsson is a co-founder of the biomedical start up company Oxymap. Dr. Benediktsson has received many awards for his research papers. He received the Stevan J. Kristof Award from Purdue University in 1991 as outstanding graduate student in remote sensing. In 1997, Dr. Benediktsson was the recipient of the Icelandic Research Council's Outstanding Young Researcher Award, in 2000, he was granted the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, in 2004, he was a co-recipient of the University of Iceland's Technology Innovation Award, in 2006 he received the yearly research award from the Engineering Research Institute of the University of Iceland, and in 2007, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of SPIE.