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MIT Professor Pablo Parrilo

Pablo Parrilo, the Finmeccanica Career Development Professor at MIT's Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, has developed a set of techniques and algorithms for analyzing nonlinear systems.

Credit: Patrick Gillooly / MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Pablo Parrilo has developed a set of techniques that makes it easier to understand nonlinear systems. Parrilo uses algorithms for analyzing nonlinear systems, which takes away much of the guesswork involved in tackling these types of problems.

Although Parrilo's approach only works with certain kinds of nonlinear equations, the properties that make equations susceptible to his approach are properties common to physical systems in the real world, says Russ Tedrake, a robotics researcher at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. "The impact he's had has been huge. Huge," Tedrake says.

Parrilo's techniques have been used in several fields, including robotics, aircraft engineering, quantum mechanics, and microbiology.

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