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Biography

Sean Meyn received the B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1982 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Canada, in 1987 (with Prof. P. Caines, McGill University).  He is now Professor and Robert C. Pittman Eminent Scholar Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida,  the director of the Laboratory for Cognition & Control, and director of the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy. His academic research interests include theory and applications of decision and control, stochastic processes, and optimization.  He has received many awards for his research on these topics, and is a fellow of the IEEE.  
 
He has held visiting positions at universities all over the world, including the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during 1997-1998 where he was a Fulbright Research Scholar. During his latest sabbatical during the 2006-2007 academic year he was a visiting professor at MIT and United Technologies Research Center (UTRC).  
 
His award-winning 1993 monograph with Richard Tweedie, Markov Chains and Stochastic Stability, has been cited thousands of times in journals from a range of fields. The latest version is published in the Cambridge Mathematical Library.  
 
For the past ten years his applied research has focused on engineering, markets, and policy in energy systems.  He regularly engages in industry, government, and academic panels on these topics, and hosts an annual workshop at the University of Florida.

Research Interests

  • Markov processes (with or without control), spectral theory and large deviations
  • Stochastic approximation, reinforcement learning and simulation
  • Communication networks: capacity, control, and resource allocation
  • Detection and inference
  • Inventory models: control, visualization, and performance
  • Economics with applications to energy markets

 

In the News

 

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With the help of students and colleagues at Florida and elsewhere, I am launching the new 

Laboratory for Cognition & Control in Complex Systems

There you may find more information about my research, and upcoming events at the university

 

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