John Ringwood, Professor Electronic Engineering and Director of the Centre for Ocean Energy Research at Maynooth University, has been elevated to Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is the 17th IEEE Fellow in Ireland and the first within the domain of control systems, nominated within the IEEE Control Systems Society, for his work on the development of energy-maximising control techniques for wave energy systems. Elevation to IEEE Fellow is a significant distinction, with a maximum of 0.1% of the total IEEE membership elevated in any one year. There is no application process – prospective Fellows must be independently nominated by another Fellow and supported by another 5 Fellows, distributed internationally. From the nominations, only around 30% are elevated.

At the recent IEEE Conference on Decision and Control held in Singapore, John, along with co-authors from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy and Imperial College, London, was awarded the 2023 Outstanding Paper Prize for the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, which is the top global journal in the control applications area. The award was made for the paper:

Faedo, N., Scarciotti, G., Astolfi, A. and Ringwood, J.V. Nonlinear energy-maximising optimal control of wave energy systems: A moment-based approach, IEEE Trans. on Control Systems Technology, Vol.29, No.6, pp 2533-2547, 2021.

John was also recently elevated to  Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA).