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Controls Research Activities

Activities & faculty include but are not limited to:

Computer Vision, Graphics, and Computational Imaging

Methods to interpret images and map them to objects. Methods to digitally synthesize images on a computer — Faculty

Control, Optimization and Game Theory

The theory of optimal design and operation of systems, including those with strategic interaction among multiple agents — Faculty

Information Theory and Statistical Inference

The theory of processing, storage, and communication of data in noisy environments with a probabilistic point of view — Faculty

Machine Learning and Data-Driven Methods

Methods to learn and predict from data — Faculty

Networked and Cyber-Physical Systems

The theory of operating networked systems in which physical, cyber, and human components are intertwined, e.g., transportation networks — Faculty

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Systems that perform complicated tasks with a high degree of autonomy, e.g., robots, self-driving vehicles — Faculty

Signal and Image Processing

The design of algorithms and hardware to manipulate and process signals, e.g., audio, images, video, or sensor data — Faculty

Wireless Communication & RF Sensing

Theory and practice of sensing, communicating and inferring information via wireless communication systems and sensors — Faculty

Controls Research Overview

Control systems research studies how to manipulate the parameters affecting the behavior of a system to produce a desired or optimal outcome. The tools that form the body of knowledge, known as control theory, are applicable to a wide variety of systems, including electrical, mechanical, chemical, biological, economic, and social systems. 

UCSB is a world-renowned leader in control systems engineering, with a large number of highly recognized control faculty engaged in very high-impact research. Control systems research at UCSB is coordinated through the multi-disciplinary Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation (CCDC). Currently, the Center consists of faculty and graduate students from the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics.

For more detailed descriptions of faculty research and activities, please follow the links to the various research centers, labs, and groups indicated on this page.

Controls UCSB Affiliations

Controls Faculty Groups / Labs

Name Group / Lab Research Interests
Mahnoosh Alizadeh Smart Infrastructure, Cyber-physical Systems, Network Systems
Katie Byl Robotics, Autonomous Systems, Dynamics, Control, Manipulation, Locomotion, Learning
Shiv Chandrasekaran Fast Algorithms for Partial Differential Equations, Signal and Image Processing
João Hespanha Hybrid and Switched Systems; the Modeling and Control of Communication Networks; Distributed Control over Communication Networks (also known as networked control systems); the Use of Vision in Feedback Control; Game Theory; and Stochastic Modeling in Biology
Jason Marden Game Theoretic Methods for Coordination of Large Scale Distributed Systems
Yasamin Mostofi Mobile Sensor/Vehicle Networks, Wireless Communications, Networked Control Systems
Andrew Teel Development of Feedback Control Algorithms for Nonlinear and Hybrid Dynamical Systems