AcademiaNet member Ülle Kotta, senior scientist at the Tallin University of Technology in Estonia, received the prestigious Estonian National Science Award for her research work in exact sciences. The award is handed out annually by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. Eleven scientists are honoured in three categories for excellent research results.
Ülle Kotta can already look back on a long and successful career in mathematics, information technologies and software science. She won the award in recognition of her work on “Algebraic methods in mathematical control theory”, which has made significant contributions in developing algebraic methods for continuous as well as discrete-time nonlinear control systems. Together with her research group she proved that autonomous systems can operate with only one sensor and actuator, respectively. She also defined two broad classes of discrete time systems which can be decomposed into observable and unobservable subsystems. Her group’s research also notably works on robust control systems, modeling of control systems, learning and planning in robotic systems as well as formal testing and verification methods for distributed and embedded systems.
The Estonian National Science Award is worth 50 000 Euros. In 1996, she already won this very award for her work on “Inversion method in the discrete-time nonlinear control systems synthesis problems”.