As Vice President for Research and Innovation of the University of Hawai‘i System, Vassilis L. Syrmos is charged with providing critical leadership and coordination of systemwide research and innovation efforts, including management and direction of UH’s research support, technology transfer and many compliance functions. One of his priorities is to support significant growth in research through the University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative, which seeks to increase the state’s research enterprise over the next decade.
Dr. Syrmos has previously served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Since 1991, he has been with the department of electrical engineering at UH Mānoa, where he is a professor, and also served as the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering.
His interests include geometric and algebraic approaches in linear system theory, computational algorithms methods for signal and image processing, robust/optimal filter design in systems, medical imaging, and prognostics and diagnostics methods related to condition based maintenance systems. Dr. Syrmos is the author/coauthor of more than 100 journal and conference papers and the book Optimal Control, 2nd edition, John Wiley, 1995. He was also an associate editor of Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing. Dr. Syrmos has served in numerous international conferences in technical program committees, editorial boards and organizing committees.
Dr. Syrmos has been a consultant for the Canada France Hawai‘i Telescope (CFHT), Innovative Solutions (Nova-Sol), Science Technology International (STI) and others. He is a Boeing AD Welliver Fellow, a member of the Sigma Xi research organization and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Dr. Syrmos obtained his PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology in electrical engineering, and has a diploma in electrical engineering from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.