Ph.D. student Christian Claudel has won the Leon O. Chua Award for his work on applications of Hamilton-Jacobi equations to traffic monitoring systems. Claudel works under the supervision of Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Alexandre Bayen on the Mobile Millennium project, which is managed by the California Center for Innovative Transportation.
Claudel's work uses viability theory and generalizations of viscosity solutions to the Hamilton-Jacobi equation to pose data assimilation problems for traffic using convex optimization. This work has been successfully applied to the Mobile Millennium system and is currently implemented in the live Mobile Millennium system.
The Leon O. Chua award was made possible by a donation in 1999 from Professor Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang, a former student of Professor Chua, and currently the Chancellor of UC Merced. Kang was also formerly the Dean of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. The award is presented annually by the Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department to an undergraduate or graduate student, or to a recent alumnus, for outstanding achievement in an area of nonlinear science from any discipline, including biological, engineering, mathematical, physical and social sciences.