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Karen Rudie received her Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Toronto in the Systems Control Group of the Department of Electrical Engineering, under the supervision of W.M. Wonham. From 1992-93, she worked for one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications in Minnesota. Since 1993 she has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's where she is currently a Professor. In 1995 she was cross-appointed to the Department of Computing and Information Science. In 1999-2000 she was a visiting professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. For four years she served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (1996-1999). Since 2000 she has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems and in 2003 was an Associate Editor for IEEE Control Systems Magazine. From 2001-2003 she was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. She has also served on the Technical Program Committees of the 1999 American Control Conference and the 2000, 2001 and 2003 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. Karen was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer from 2004-2006. She is a recipient of the following teaching awards: two Queen's Golden Apple Awards in Applied Science, in 1998 and 2002; a 1998 Professor of the Year Award for 4th year teaching in the ECE Department, and a 2001 Award from the 2nd year ECE students for Excellence in Teaching. She has been listed for five years in the Maclean's Guide to Canadian Universities in their list of "Popular Profs" at Queen's University (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005). She is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario.
Karen Rudie works in the area of control of discrete-event systems. This is the study of processes whose behaviour is described by sequences of events or actions and which require control to make them behave in some desirable way. Work in this area focuses on mathematically modeling such systems and on searching for solutions to control problems. The mathematical tools used include formal languages and automata theory, mathematical logic, and algebra. Karen's area of expertise is decentralized control of discrete-event systems, namely, those cases where multiple agents act on the system and yet each agent has only a partial view and partial control of the events that occur within the system. In such systems, the development of solutions is complicated by issues of coordination and potential lack of communication between agents. Karen's current research interests and joint work with graduate students and colleagues includes (1) developing a discrete-event systems model for emergency response to medical outbreaks or large-scale disasters; (2) using discrete-event systems theory to determine where to inject concurrency control into software; and (3) using cognitive science to understand the way people solve discrete-event systems problems so that this can improve software tools for such problems; (4) incorporating communication between agents into decentralized discrete-event systems; and (5) using mathematical logic models of knowledge to help guide agent decision-making in distributed systems problems. She is also supervising the development of a discrete-event systems software tool called IDES.
Telephone: (613) 533-2966/2925
Fax: (613) 533-6615
E-mail: karen.rudie at queensu.ca