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New Book in 2017 by Prof. Pante Stanica

Prof. Pante Stanica co-authored (with T.W. Cusick) the second edition of his book on Cryptographic Boolean Functions and Applications, published by Elsevier-Academic Press. Boolean functions are the building blocks of symmetric cryptographic systems. Symmetrical cryptographic algorithms are fundamental tools in the design of all types of digital security systems (i.e. communications, financial and e-commerce). The book is a concise reference that shows how Boolean functions are used in cryptography. Currently, practitioners who need to apply Boolean functions in the design of cryptographic algorithms and protocols need to patch together needed information from a variety of resources (books, journal articles and other sources). This book compiles the key essential information in one easy to use, step-by-step reference.  CLick here to see the book: https://www.elsevier.com/books/cryptographic-boolean-functions-and-applications/cusick/978-0-12-811129-1

 


New Book in 2016 by Prof. Ralucca Gera

Book

Prof. Ralucca Gera co-edited a new book entitled “Graph Theory Favorite Conjectures and Open Problems”.  More details about the book can be found here.


NPS wide awards: December 2016

NPS wide awards: December 2016

A hearty congratulations to LT Nicholas J. Sharpe, USCG for receiving the Monterey Council Navy League Award for Highest Academic Achievement at the ceremony held on the Quarterdeck in December 2016

IEEE Control Systems 2016

IEEE Control Systems 2016

Prof. Art Krener was honored with the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Award, Dec. 13. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to control systems engineering, science or technology. Throughout a long and distinguished career, Dr. Krener has made seminal and myriad contributions to the development of methods for the control and estimation of nonlinear dynamical systems and stochastic processes. Modern linear control and estimation theory can trace its beginnings back to several key developments around 1960. One of them was the definition, by Kalman, of the basic concepts of linear control theory. However, Kalman’s work did not produce a similar theory for nonlinear systems. Working with Robert Hermann, Dr. Krener conducted seminal research in nonlinear systems, resulting in a 1977 paper that provided the definitive treatment of controllability and observability for nonlinear systems. It is difficult to overstate the importance of this 1977 paper. Dr. Krener’s work would go on to be selected by the IEEE Control Systems Society as one of the Twenty-Five Seminal Papers in Control published across the entirety of the twentieth century. The remarkable progress and evolution in the development of nonlinear systems theory that has occurred in the decades since Dr. Krener’s original publication would not have been possible without his foundational work. The impact of an innovator can be measured not by how they effect change in one field, but across multiple fields of endeavor. By this measure, Dr. Krener’s impact has been almost without equal. While he is known for the depth of his insights, Dr. Krener’s efforts are remarkably broad, and span nonlinear representation theory, observer design, feedback linearization, control of bifurcations, optimal/bang-bang control, nonlinear H-infinity control, solutions to Hamilton-Jacobi PDEs, and the estimation and analysis of stochastic systems. When we speak of “giants” in our profession, we speak of individuals like Dr. Krener.


The Department of Applied Mathematics announces the graduation of yet another Mathematics of Secure Communication Academic Certificate cohort in 2016.

The Department of Applied Mathematics announces the graduation of yet another Mathematics of Secure Communication Academic Certificate cohort in 2016.

The group is composed of representatives from various branches of the US armed forces, as well as civilian Scholarship for Service (SFS) students: (first row from left) Prof. Pante Stanica (Program Manager); 2LT Tom Knuth,USA; 1LT Brian Weaver, USA; 1LT Austin Harris, USA; 2LT Bijesh Shrestha, USA; Assoc. Prof. David Canright; CDR Thor Martinsen, USN (PMP); 1LT Marcelo Presa, USA; 2LT Oliver Dinallo, USA; CPT Daniel Meadows, USA; Mr. Michio Poppleton, Prof. Craig Rasmussen (Math Dept Chair); Ms. Pauline Ballesteros; LT Daniel Lukaszewski, USN;LT Nicholas Sharpe, USCG; LT David Justamante, USN; 1stLT Rachel Cline, USMC; Capt Victor Castro, USMC.

NPS wide awards: September 2016

NPS wide awards: September 2016

A hearty congratulations to 2LT Tom Knuth, Prof. Ralucca Gera and LT Zack Lukens at the ceremony held on the Quarterdeck on September 13th, 2016.  


Left: 2LT Tom Knuth receivedThe General Stillwell Chapter award for Outstanding Army Student.  
Middle: Dr. Ralucca Gera received the Richard Hamming Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising.

Right: LT Zack Lukens received the CNO Undersea Warfare Award.


Promotions in 2016

Promotions in 2016

A hearty congratulations to our colleagues who were promoted this year. Lucas Wilcox was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure at a ceremony held on the Quarterdeck.


NUMO Ocean Model Mentioned in Nature Article

NUMO Ocean Model Mentioned in Nature Article

Through funding from the Department of Energy, Prof. Frank Giraldo in Applied Mathematics, Prof. Wieslaw Maslowski in Oceanography and Dr. Michal Kopera at the University of California - Santa Cruz are developing a nonhydrostatic ocean model for simulating narrow fjords around Greenland.

The NUMO model has already garnered much attention from the climate sciences and ocean modeling communities as is evident by its being mentioned in the following Nature article.  For more information see the NUMO website.


2016 William Randolph Church Award

2016 William Randolph Church Award

An award is presented annually in honor of Prof. Warren Randolph Church, former chairman of the Mathematics Department.  This award was first presented in June 1972 and is administered through the Faculty Scholarship Committee and the Department of Applied Mathematics.  It is presented to a student at the June Pre-Graduation Awards Ceremony in recognition of outstanding performance in mathematical courses. This year's recipient is CPT Ryan Miller, who is now an instructor at the United States Military Academy West Point

SIAM update

SIAM update

Professor Wei Kang was elected in 2016 as the Program Director of the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory. He will also be a Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for 2017 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications.