Murad Abu-Khalaf

Executive Director

Murad Abu-Khalaf is the executive director of the Kuwait-MIT Center for Natural Resources and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Dr. Abu-Khalaf's research focus is on adaptive and intelligent systems, neural networks and bioinspired learning systems, brain-like intelligence, networked systems, and mathematical control theory, with application domain interests from robotics to energy grids. His work on approximate dynamic programming and Hamilton-Jacobi theory to bridge reinforcement and machine learning with optimal control theory is highly cited. He is a referee to a number of periodicals and conferences in the area and has served on related review panels at the National Science Foundation. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems. He was a senior software engineer with MathWorks in Natick, MA, USA, where he developed computer-aided control system design tools.

Dr. Abu-Khalaf received his B.Sc. from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul Turkey in 1998, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2000, 2005 respectively. He is the author/co-author of numerous publications including the book "Nonlinear H2/H∞ Constrained Control, A Practical Approach Using Neural Networks" by Springer Verlag in 2006. He is a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and the International Neural Networks Society.