I am truly excited to be part of the EAI. I was part of a research group designing stochastic reinforcement learning algorithms in 1970, in 1972 wrote a book on AI, and have since followed the field closely, working on computational learning theory.

– Eduardo Sontag, Faculty Leadership Committee Member, EAI

Eduardo Sontag is a University Distinguished Professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and BioEngineering. He is also a research affiliate at the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems and a faculty member for the Program in Therapeutic Science at Harvard Medical School. 

Sontag’s research interests lie in control and dynamical systems theory, AI and machine learning, systems molecular biology, cancer and immunology, synthetic biology, and computational biology. He has authored more than 500 research papers, monographs, and book chapters, with more than 53,000 citations. Sontag is a fellow of various professional societies including, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Mathematical Society (AMS), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the International Federation of Accounts. He is also a member of the Society for Mathematical Biology and the Biomedical Engineering Society. 

In the past, Sontag served as director and vice-chair of the Activity Group in Control and Systems Theory of SIAM, and chair of the AMS Committee on Human Rights of Mathematicians, and sat on other committees. He received the Reid Prize in Mathematics, the Hendrik W. Bode Lecture Prize, IEEE’s Control Systems Field Award, the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research from Rutgers, and the Teacher/Scholar Award from Rutgers. 

Before joining Northeastern, Sontag served as a faculty member at Rutgers University for both the departments of electrical and computer engineering and computer science and was named Distinguished Professor of mathematics. He was also a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and undergraduate head of Biomathematics Interdisciplinary, graduate director of the Center for Quantitative Biology, and director of Graduate Studies of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine.

He earned his licenciado degree in mathematics at the University of Buenos Aires and received his doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of Florida.