Controls Faculty - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Thomas Bewley Flow Control Lab: stabilization, forecasting, and optimization of multiscale PDE systems. Applications: unsteady aerodynamics, electronics cooling, oil recovery, contaminant plumes, hurricanes, ocean currents. Adaptive observation with UAVs, UGVs, and AUVs. Derivative-free optimization and computational interconnect design leveraging n-dimensional sphere packings. Coordinated Robotics Lab: design and stabilization of highly agile mobile robots. Author of Numerical Renaissance: Simulation, Optimization, and Control. Recipient of ONR YIP.

Robert Bitmead Dynamical system modeling, system identification, signal processing, and methods of adaptive and model predictive control on which he has coauthored 2 books. Prior to UCSD, he spent 8 years as Exec. Director of Cooperative Research Centre for Robust & Adaptive Systems at Australian Natl. Univ., a joint venture between university, govt. labs & industry. His work with US industry has included GE, UTC, Ericsson, and Cymer. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IFAC and holds a Cymer endowed chair.


Raymond de Callafon System identification, interaction between data-based modeling and control, adaptive control and mechatronics. Applications include mechanical, servo, and structural systems, including data storage systems (hard disks and tapes) and active noise control. Raymond received his Ph.D. from Delft Univ. He directs the System Identification and Control Lab and is affiliated with CMRR. His list of industrial partners includes Western Digital, Hewlett-Packard, Quantum, Kodak, Vektrex and industrial sponsors via the INSIC program.

Jorge Cortés Distributed coordination algorithms, autonomous robotic networks, mathematical control theory, geometric mechanics and geometric integration. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering mathematics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and of the 2006 Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics Young Researcher Prize. He is the author of the book Geometric, Control and Numerical Aspects of Nonholonomic Systems.


Miroslav Krstic (CCSD Director) Adaptive control, nonlinear systems, real-time optimization, and control of systems modeled by partial differential equations, such as fluid and combustion systems, and their applications in automotive and aero engines, plasma fusion, and flexible structures. Krstic is a coauthor of six books, a Fellow of IEEE and IFAC, and a recipient of many awards and paper prizes. He holds the Jacobs School Sorenson Distinguished Professorship in Control Systems.

Sonia Martinez Distributed motion coordination algorithms, distributed estimation and data gathering, optimal control policies for robotic locomotion, motion planning for underactuated systems, and low-complexity representations of mechanical systems. She received her Ph.D. in engineering mathematics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Her research on oscillatory control systems won the Student Best Paper Award at the 2002 IEEE Conf. Decision & Control. She is an NSF Career Award recipient.


Robert Skelton Model reduction theory, integration of plant and feedback design, and control applications. Over the last decade he developed the area of modeling and control of tensegrity structures. He is a Fellow of AIAA and IEEE, held the Springer Professorship at UC Berkeley, and received the Senior Scientist Award from the von Humboldt Foundation. He has published three books. He founded the Dynamics and Control program in the MAE Department in 1997 and holds the Alspach endowed chair.

Affiliated Faculty - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Eric Lauga Locomotion of animals and cells, dynamics of fluids and of soft matter, asymptotic methods. Lauga received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 2005 and was Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT for a year before joining UCSD in 2007. Lauga is a recipient of an NSF Career Award.

Alison Marsden Optimization methods for fluid dynamics systems, including vascular flows in pediatric cardiology. Marsden received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2005. She has won a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association and a Career Award at the Scientific Interface from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.


Harold Sorenson founded the systems and control program at UCSD in 1969, co-founded Orincon, served as Air Force Chief Scientist in the 1980s and as Senior VP and General Manager at MITRE Corporation in the 1990s. He returned to UCSD in 2003 as director of the graduate program in architecture-based systems engineering, which trains executives in how to transform their enterprises into organizations centered on integrated and interoperable use of information systems. Sorenson is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal and numerous awards from the Air Force and other defense organizations.

Faculty - Mathematics


Philip Gill is a leader in numerical optimization, with interests in linear and nonlinear programming, constrained and unconstr. optimization, and nonlinear least-squares. His large-scale nonlinear programming packages NPSOL and SNOPT are used in hundreds of companies and gov. labs. He is a co-author of three books on optimization.

William Helton is an operator theorist and one of the founders of the areas of robust control for linear systems and H-infinity control for nonlinear systems. He is a co-author of two books on these subjects. His recent interests include non-commutative algebras. Helton has worked with Ford, General Atomics, and other companies. He is a Fellow of IEEE.



Melvin Leok. Computational geometric mechanics, computational geometric control theory, and numerical analysis. He received his Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from Caltech, and was the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, SciCADE New Talent Prize, Leslie Fox Prize in Numerical Analysis, and the SIAM Student Paper Prize.
Ruth Williams Stochastic systems and probability theory, with applications to networks, queuing theory, internet congesion, and the topic of mathematics of finance on which she recently published a textbook. She was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, Guggenheim and Sloan Fellow, and holds many honors in mathematics community.


Faculty - Electrical & Computer Engineering


Massimo Franceschetti Random networks, phase transitions and critical phenomena, wave propagation in random media, wireless communication, control systems with information loss, algorithms and protocols, with applications in wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks. His received the Wilts Prize for best doctoral thesis in electrical engineering at Caltech in 2003, the 2000 Walker von Brimer award for outstanding research at Caltech, and the 2005 prize paper award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society.

Tara Javidi Wireless systems, with focus on stochastic and optimal resource allocation, network design and control, multi-access control, and topology design in ad hoc systems, for scalable and optimal utilization and sharing of resources among autonomous users. Javidi received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Michigan. She won an NSF Career Award in 2004.


Kenneth Kreutz-Delgado Nonlinear and adaptive sensory-motor control, multibody systems, learning theory and pattern recognition, computational vision, and data compression. He developed a spatial operator algebra for multibody systems, as well as nonlinear dynamical reduction and differential topology techniques for control of multilimbed robots. He received his Ph.D. at UCSD (1985) and worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory before re-joining UCSD as a faculty member.

David Sworder Guidance and control; signal processing of heterogeneous streams of data, such as data from conventional radar and image data from satellites, FLIR (forward looking infrared), GPS, or Doppler radar. Sworder coauthored a book on hybrid estimation for problems with unpredictable jumps such as those arising when a fighter aircraft suddenly alters course. Sworder is an IEEE Fellow and has taught at USC before joining UCSD in 1977.


Faculty - Structural Engineering


John Kosmatka Lightweight composite structures. He developed UAVs and health monitoring systems for them under sponsorship by NSF and Los Alamos National Lab, conducted aeroelastic studies for Northrop Grumman and General Atomics, designed composite turbine blades for NASA, a composite bridges for DARPA, U.S. Army, and ONR, and innovated the design of high performance golf clubs and America’s Cup sailboats. Kosmatka holds the Callaway Golf endowed chair.

Joel Conte Nonlinear dynamic modeling and probabilistic performance assessment of civil structures, the use of sensor arrays and system identification to detect sudden damage or deterioration in structures, and control of shake tables for seismic testing. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1990. Prior to joining UCSD, he was named "Civil Engineering Professor of the Year" while at Rice University.


Michael Todd Structural dynamics, nonlinear vibrations, time series modeling, structural health monitoring for civil, mechanical, and aerospace systems, fiber optic sensor system design and noise propagation modeling. His efforts have included RFID sensor networks for civil infrastructure assessment with UAVs and the creation, jointly with Los Alamos National Lab, of the country's first graduate degree program in structural health monitoring, damage prognosis, and validated simulations.

Faculty - Economics


Ivana Komunjer Structural econometrics, inference in models with multiple equilibria, identification of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models, time series analysis with focus on forecasting, risk measurement and model evaluation. She received her Ph.D. in Finance from HEC (Paris) in 2002 and her B.Sc. at Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) in 1997. Prior to joining UCSD in 2005, she was faculty at Caltech.

Faculty - Cognitive Science


Emo Todorov Control of movement in musculo-skeletal systems. He employs stochastic optimal control techniques, Bayesian inference of sensor data, and recurrent neural networks, and tests his feedback algorithms in motor psychophysics experiments. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from MIT and was a Sloan fellow. As a high school student, Todorov won medals at several mathematics olympiads.

Faculty - Bioengineering


Jeff Hasty Computational genomics and the dynamics of gene regulatory networks which control cell function. He engineers synthetic gene networks, employing genetic switches and oscillators, in order to gain insight into the general modules of gene regulation. As an example, he has developed a positive feedback loop model, and confirmed it in experiments with E-coli, where a gene produces a protein, which in turn causes that gene to become more active. Hasty has a Ph.D. in physics from GeorgiaTech and taught at Boston University before joining UCSD.

Faculty - Physics


Henry Abarbanel Nonlinear dynamics, spatio-temporal and multi-time scale phenomena in plasmas and geophysical flows, dynamics of neural and other biological systems, synchronization in communication systems. He has led UCSD’s Institute for Nonlinear Science and its diverse range of large projects for over 20 years. Abarbanel is an author of two books on nonlinear dynamics and chaos.

Faculty - Computer Science & Engineering


Ingolf Krueger Service-oriented software and systems engineering. He holds a Ph.D. from Technical University of Munich. He has collaborated on embedded system and control software integration problems with a number of automotive companies. His other activities include homeland security, disaster response, command and control, and telecommunications applications.

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