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Short Biography of Prof Mohamed Mansour

Mohamed Mansour was born in Damietta, Egypt, on August 30, 1928. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, in 1951 and 1953 respectively, and the Dr. sc.techn. degree in electrical engineering from ETH Zürich, Switzerland, in 1965.

He was Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at Queen's University, Canada, from 1967-1968. He has been Professor and Head of the Department of Automatic Control at ETH Zürich since 1968, he was Dean of Electrical Engineering from 1976-1978 and Head of the Institute of Automatic Control and Industrial Electronics, ETH Zürich, during 1976-1978, 1980-1982, 1984-1986, and 1989-1990.

He was Visiting Professor at IBM Research Lab., San José, California, from September to December 1974; at the University of Florida, Gainesville, from January to March 1975; at the University of Illinois, Urbana, from August to December 1981; at the University of California, Berkeley, from January to March 1983; at the Australian National University, from October to November 1989 and from February to March 1992; at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, from October to November 1992; at the University of Miami, from January to April 1994; at the Australian National University, from January to March 1995; at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nippon Steel Chair of Intelligent Control, from July to September 1995; at the University of Miami, from January to April 1996; at the University of Victoria, Canada from May to June 1997; at the University of Western Australia, Perth, from September to November 1997.

Main National and International Activities

He was President of the Supervisory Council of the Institute of Operations Research ETH from 1970 to 1978; President of the Swiss Society of Automatic Control from 1979-1985; Member of the Council and Treasurer of IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) from 1981-1993; President of the 4th IFAC/IFIP Conference on "Digital Computer Applications for Process Control" in 1974; Chairman of the International Program Committee of the IFAC Symposium on "Computer Aided Design of Control Systems" in 1979; Chairman of the International Program Committee of the 4th IFAC/IFORS Symposium on Large-Scale Systems "Theory and Applications" in 1986; Co-Chairman of the IUTAM / IFAC Symposium on "Dynamics of Controlled Mechanical Systems" in 1988; Vice-Chairman of International Program Committee of the IFAC/IFORS/IMACS Symposium on Large Scale Systems "Theory and Applications" in 1989; Co-Chairman of the International Program Committee of the first IFAC Symposium on "Design Methods of Control Systems" in 1991; Chairman of the "International Workshop on Robust Control", Ascona, in 1992; Chairman of the International Program Committee of "Fundamentals of Sampled-Data Systems" in 1992; Chairman of the Meeting of Professors of Automatic Control in Western Europe "WEPAC '92" in 1992; Co-Chairman International Workshop on Stability Theory: Centennial Hurwitz, Ascona in 1995; Vice-Chairman of the IFAC Education Committee from 1978-1981; Member of the Senate of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences from 1979-1985; Member of the Scientific Committee of INTERKAMA from 1980-1989; Member of the Evaluation Committee of the Research Program "Control of Complex Systems" of the German Research Council from 1986-1989; Member of the Scientific Committee on Fuzzy Control of the Government of North Rhein Westfalia from 1991-1996; Delegate of IFAC to the United Nations in Geneva from 1982-1990; Chairman of the Committee of "Awards and Nominations" of the IEEE Control Systems Society from 1989-1990; Chairman of the Committee for Eng. Sciences of Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) from 1991-1998; Delegate of TWAS to the United Nations from 1991-2001

Editorial Board Membership of International Journals and Book Series

  • Kybernetes, Thales Publications, London
  • Control Theory and Advanced Technology, Mita Press, Kyoto
  • Computers & Electrical Engineering, Pergamon Press, Oxford
  • Journal of Systems Engineering, Springer, London
  • Robust and Nonlinear Control, Wiley, England
  • Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Gordon and Breach, Amsterdam
  • Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Hingham, MA, USA
  • Systems and Control Encyclopedia, Pergamon Press, Oxford
  • Interdisciplinary System Research, Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel


  • Silver Medal of ETH Zürich, Switzerland 1965
  • Fellow IEEE 1985, Life Fellow IEEE 2003
  • Honorary Professor of the Gansu University of Technology, PR China 1986
  • Honorary Professor of the Guangxi University, PR China 1987
  • Associate Fellowship of the Third World Academy of Science 1989
  • IFAC Outstanding Service Award 1990
  • Gullemin-Cauer Award IEEE CAS Society 1992
  • IFAC Advisor Award 1993
  • Honorary Membership of the Swiss Society of Automatic Control 1994
  • Dedication of the World Automation Conference WAC'96 Montpellier, France 1996
  • Advisory Professor of Tongji University, Shangai, PR China 1999
  • IFAC Fellow Award 2005
  • Inclusion with CV in "2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century", International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, U.K. 2001
  • American Medal of Honour, American Biographical Institute, USA 2005

Honorary Chairmanship of International Conferences

  • Hon. Chairman of First International Symposium on "Fuzzy Logic", Zurich, Switzerland, 1995
  • Hon. Chairman of Second International Symposium on "Fuzzy Logic and Applications", Zurich, Switzerland, 1997
  • Member of Hon. Comittee of the IFAC-IFIP-IMACS International Conference on "Control of Industrial Systems", Belfort, France, 1997
  • Hon. Chairman of International Congress on "Computational Intelligence Methods and Applications", Rochester, New York, USA, 1999

Main Research Results

  • Stability Criteria
  • Mansour-Matrix for Discrete Systems (Applications: Stability, Identification, Model Reduction, Lattice Filters for one & multi-dimensional Systems)
  • Strong Theorem for Robust Stability

His fields of interest are control systems, especially stability theory and digital control, stability of power systems, and digital filters. He has published about 200 scientific papers, edited 6 books and supervised 47 Ph.D Students.

Hobbies: Languages, Philosophy and Religions, Ping Pong, Tennis