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Dimitri P. Bertsekas

Born Athens, Greece
Residence United States
Fields Optimization, Mathematics, Control theory and Data Communication Network
Institutions Stanford University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known for Convex optimization

Dynamic Programming
Approximate Dynamic Programming

Stochastic systems and Optimal Control
Notable awards INFORMS ICS Prize 1997
Greek National Award for Operations Research
ACC John R. Ragazzini Education Award
Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering
2009 INFORMS Expository Writing Award

Dimitri Bertsekas is an applied mathematician and computer scientist, and a professor at the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts.



Dimitri P. Bertsekas was born in Greece and lived his childhood there. He studied for five years at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (a time that, by his account, was spent mostly in playing poker and chess, and dating his future wife Ioanna), for about a year and a half at the George Washington University, Wash.DC (at night, while working as a research engineer), and for about two years at MIT, where he obtained his doctorate in system science. He also taught for three years at the Engineering-Economic Systems Dept. of Stanford Univ., and for five years at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [1].

He is known for his research work, and for his fourteen textbooks and monographs in theoretical and algorithmic optimization and control, and in applied probability. His work ranges from theoretical/foundational work, to algorithmic analysis and design for optimization problems, and to applications such as data communication and transportation networks, and electric power generation. He is featured among the top 100 most cited computer science authors in the CiteSeer search engine academic database[2] and digital library. In 1995, he co-founded, a publishing company, Athena Scientific that among others, publishes most of his books.

In the late 90s Bertsekas developed a strong interest in digital photography. His photographs have been exhibited on several occasions at M.I.T.[3], and can also be accessed from his www site

Awards and honors

Bertsekas was awarded the INFORMS 1997 Prize for Research Excellence in the Interface Between Operations Research and Computer Science[4] for his book "Neuro-Dynamic Programming" (co-authored with J. N. Tsitsiklis); the 2000 Greek National Award for Operations Research; and the 2001 ACC John R. Ragazzini Education Award for outstanding contributions to education [5]. In 2001, he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering for "pioneering contributions to fundamental research, practice and education of optimization/control theory, and especially its application to data communication networks"[6]. In 2009, he was awarded the 2009 INFORMS Expository Writing Award for his ability to "communicates difficult mathematical concepts with unusual clarity, thereby reaching a broad audience across many disciplines. "[7]

Textbooks and research monographs

Bertsekas' textbooks include

all of which are used widely for classroom instruction in many universities including MIT [8][9], have been published in multiple editions, and have been translated in foreign languages.

He has also written several widely referenced research monographs[10] , which collectively contain most of his research. These include:

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