Visionary researchers to receive doctoral honors

Published Nov 01, 2016

Two visionary researchers in the fields of particle physics and information technology will be awarded honorary doctorates at KTH’s annual ceremony for awarding PhDs and installing new professors in November.

The two honorees are: Claire J. Tomlin, Professor at University of California Berkley, in the US; and Manfred Lindner, Professor with the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany.

Tomlin is the Charles A. Desoer Chair in the College of Engineering at Berkley and a Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

A research leader and visionary

“Professor Tomlin is an exceptional, inspiring teacher,” the KTH Faculty Council statement says. “She has a strong international commitment and a genuine drive as a research leader and visionary, not least within the area of information technology’s use to improve health and the environment.”

As an internationally renowned instructor, researcher and leader, Tomlin has furthered KTH’s activities through various collaborations in hybrid regulation systems, cyberphysical systems, and neighboring areas of information and communications technology and software engineering.

Tomlin says: “It is an honor and a delight to be awarded an honorary doctorate from KTH. I have very much enjoyed and benefited from long-standing collaborations with faculty colleagues at KTH, and I look forward to continuing these and establishing new connections in the years to come. I would like to thank the faculty at KTH for this award, and I am looking forward to returning to Stockholm.”

Architect of neutrino physics tool

Lindner is the originator and one of the architects behind one of the most widely-used simulation tools within the phenomenology of neutrino physics. “He is active in theoretical, as well as experimental, particle physics. Professor Lindner’s involvement has been crucial within particle physics and astrophysics at the Department of Theoretical Physics at KTH. This partnership has resulted in a number of collaborative publications,” the Faculty Council says.

“I feel of course very much honored,” Lindner says, “especially since KTH has a high reputation and also since it is an internationally very well-known institution in this exciting field of research.”

The doctoral degrees will be awarded at Stockholm City Hall on November 18.

David Callahan

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