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Mines professor awarded for work to support nation’s security
Release Date Tuesday, July 29, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 29, 2014) – Charles Tolle, Ph.D., associate professor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and senior researcher at the Idaho National Laboratory, and his teammates were recently recognized with a special Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) award for leadership in the development and advancement of research in the new field of resilient, cyber-physical systems.

At the School of Mines, Tolle is also a graduate education coordinator for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. At the Idaho National Laboratory, Tolle is a senior researcher for the Instrumentation, Control and Intelligent Systems (ICIS) program. The ICIS team includes more than 50 scientists and engineers who specialize in resilient control systems, sensors, intelligent automation, robotics and intelligent systems and human-system integration.

The IEEE Region 6 Director’s Special Award recognizes their research, which addresses national and homeland security needs and has transformed Idaho National Laboratory’s approach to resilient control systems to support the nation’s challenges in critical infrastructure protection.

Tolle’s research has included system identification, fractals, analysis of signals, target detection, chaos and complexity theory, control of thermal mechanical processes such as welding and tube making, signal motivation, vector quantization for image compression, fuzzy logic modeling and control, biological and biomedical control systems and aircraft guidance.

Additionally, Tolle serves as chairman of the Technical Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Robotics Coalition.


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