Background
Blondel, Vincent Daniel was born on April 28, 1965 in Antwerp, Belgium. Son of Alfred and Marie Gabrielle (Verougstraete) Blondel.
Blondel, Vincent Daniel was born on April 28, 1965 in Antwerp, Belgium. Son of Alfred and Marie Gabrielle (Verougstraete) Blondel.
Blondel studied philosophy, mathematics, engineering and computer science in Louvain-la-Neuve, Grenoble, London and Oxford. He completed a master thesis in engineering at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, he holds a MSc in mathematics from Imperial College of Science and Technology and a degree in philosophy, a master's degree in engineering (summa cum laude) and a PhD in applied mathematics from Université catholique de Louvain.
Blondel's research lies in the area of mathematical control theory and theoretical computer science. He is mostly known for his contributions in computational complexity in control, multi-agent coordination and complex networks. In 1993-1994 he was a Göran Gustafsson Fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm) and in 1994-1995 he was a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in Paris.
From 1995 to 1999 he was an assistant professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the Université de Liège before joining the School of Engineering of the Université catholique de Louvain where he has been since then. He was a research visitor with the Australian National University, the University of California at Berkeley, the Santa Fe Institute, the Mittag-Leffler Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Harvard University. He was a visiting professor of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure in Lyon in 1998 and at the Université Paris VII - Diderot in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
In 2005-2006 he was a visiting professor and a Fulbright scholar with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2010-2011 he was a visiting professor with the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an editor of the journal Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems He has published about 100 journal articles and 6 books.
At UCL, Blondel has founded the Group on Large Graphs and Networks. He has supervised 20 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and 15 visiting professors. He was department head in 2003-2010 and a university president candidate in 2009.
In 2013, Blondel has become the dean of the Louvain School of engenering. He was elected the Rector of the Université catholique de Louvain for the term 2014-2019. In 2012, he is in charge of the following courses at Université catholique de Louvain : LINMA 1691 : Discrete mathematics I : Graphs algorithmics and theory LINMA 1702 : Optimisation Models and Methods LINMA 2111 : Discrete mathematics II: Algorithms and complexity LINMA 2120 : System theory seminar LINMA 2472 : Special questions about discrete mathematics.
The last course is following the online course of M. Chiang from Princeton University : "20Q about networks : Friends, Money and Bytes".
(Simultaneous Stabilization of Linear Systems is devoted t...)
Member London Mathematics Society, American Mathematics Society, European Mathematics Society, Belgian Mathematics Society, Swedish Mathematics Society, Society Industrial and Applied Mathematics.