The Louvain School of Engineering has the honor of welcoming Professor Rodolphe Sepulchre in the context of a Francqui Chair during the months of February and March 2015.
Rodolphe Sepulchre is Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and extraordinary professor at the Université de Liège. He has
been an associate member of the Royal Academy of Belgium since 2013 and a Fellow of the IEEE since 2010. In 2008, he received the IEEE CSS
Ruberti young researcher prize. Professor Sepulchre has co-authored two books: "Constructive Nonlinear Control" (1997) and "Optimization Algorithms on Matrix Manifolds" (2008).
The Francqui Chair is an initiative that has been established by the Francqui Foundation with the goal of inviting Belgian or non-Belgian scientists for stays at Belgian universities, where they participate in the scientific life and provide specialized teaching.
The series of six Francqui lectures on the theme of "Local methods for nonlinear science and engineering" started on Wednesday 4th February with an inaugural lecture that attracted more than 120 attendees. Entitled "Encounters between the local and the global - Hubs of simplicity in a complex world", the inaugural lecture offered an enlightening introduction to the forthcoming talks. Professor Sepulchre addressed several questions from a responsive audience, and the event was concluded with laudatory words from the Rector of the university.