James H. Taylor received his BSEE (with Distinction) and MSEE from the University of Rochester, and his PhD in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. From 1969 to 1972, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. In 1973, he joined The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Reading, MA, where he developed several new analysis techniques for nonlinear systems. During 1978-81, he was an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Dr. Taylor was a Research Engineer at GE Corporate Research & Development from 1981 to 1992. There he conducted research in nonlinear systems analysis and design, computer-aided control engineering (CACE), and expert systems for control (both for CACE and for real-time control). He became Manager of Control and Manufacturing at Odyssey Research Associates, Inc., Ithaca, New York in March 1992, where he led an ARPA Project in Theory and CAE for Intelligent Nonlinear Hybrid Controls.
Finally, in July 1994 he joined UNB as NSERC/Monenco AGRA Professor of Instrumentation & Control. Current research projects focus on the development of theory, design methodologies and software tools for nonlinear &/or intelligent systems, with applications ranging from semiconductor manufacturing to paper production to petroleum production to autonomous vehicles to distributed generators . . . (see Research Projects). Methodologies include nonlinear control system synthesis approaches based on describing function techniques, applied artificial intelligence (rule-based systems, fuzzy logic, neural nets) for real-time control and for CACE (computer-aided control engineering), self-optimizing supervisory control, rigourous modelling and simulation of hybrid systems with discontinuous dynamics, and development of nonlinear controls CACE tools and software environments. He officially retired in 2005, but continued to teach until 2008, and guide graduate students and conduct research until 2011.
Dr. Taylor is a Life Member of the IEEE (Board of Governors, Control System Society, 1992-94), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and a former member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME; Chairman, Dynamic Systems and Control Division, 1992-93), The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and The American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He has served as Finance Chair, Publications Chair and Program Co-chair for several IEEE Conferences, and was appointed General Chair of the IEEE Conference on Control Applications, held in Hartford, CT in October 1997. He has numerous publications in intelligent control, nonlinear systems theory and computer-aided control engineering (see Publications).
His career has been enriched by a number of significant collaborations abroad. Three years teaching in India (1969-1972) taught him to enjoy the warm people and culture there, as well as allowing him to co-author a textbook. A six-month sabbatical in 2001 provided opportunities to (1) get to learn of the rich history and civilization of Israel during a four-month stay teaching and collaborating with a colleague at the Technion, (2) get an introduction to Egypt for a month (working with a professor at Cairo University and touring) and (3) revisit South India and the Indian Institute of Science on a one-month stay there. In the winter term of 2006 Dr. Taylor had the opportunity to spend four months in Egypt, where he taught a course at the Akhbar Elyom Academy and particularly enjoyed making a good number of new friends, as well as appreciating their culture (ancient and modern) and food.
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