Lucy Y. Pao

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Lucy Y. Pao received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and she is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has interests in the areas of control systems (with applications to flexible structures, disk drives, tape systems, wind turbines, atomic force microscopes, and power systems),multisensor data fusion (with applications to unmanned autonomous vehicles, satellites, and automotive active safety systems), and haptic and multimodal visual/haptic/audio interfaces (with applications to scientific visualization and spatial communication).

Professor Pao has received a number of awards and has been active in many professional society committees and positions. Selected recent awards include a 2003 Subaru Teaching Excellence Award, the Best Commercial Potential Award at the 2004 International Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environments and Teleoperator Systems, and the Best Paper Award at the 2005 World Haptics Conference. She was also a plenary speaker at the 2006 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. Selected recent and current professional society activities include serving as Program Chair for the 2004 American Control Conference (ACC), an elected member of the IEEE Control Systems Society Board of Governors for 2005-2007, and a member of the 2008 IFAC Congress Young Author Prize Selection Committee. She is on the Organizing Committee for the 2010 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, and she will also be General Chair for the 2013 ACC.  More information about Professor Pao can be found at

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University of Colorado
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Elec, Comp, & Energy Engr Dept., 425 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-4025
United States