CDS Academic Information

PhD in Control and Dynamical Systems

Caltech CDS offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that provides rigorous training in mathematics, dynamics, and control, coupled with intensive study of application areas in science and engineering. The program offers a unique combination of analytical, computational, and experimental activities, and connects to diverse research across the Caltech campus.

Students in the CDS program are expected to have exceptional analytical capabilities, combined with solid domain knowledge in at least one application area. The first year curriculum strengthens mathematical capabilities through courses in linear operator theory and differential geometry, combined with a sequence of courses in dynamical systems and feedback control. All CDS students are additionally required to take graduate level courses in an application area relevant to their thesis research.

Students in CDS can work with any member of the Caltech faculty and are strongly encouraged to explore new areas of research where CDS principles and tools are relevant. Joint advising among multiple faculty is common. Several CDS courses are offered to help students explore new application domains and to bring together CDS students with faculty and students in Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Communications, Environmental Science, and other areas.

There are currently 25 graduate students enrolled in the program, along with approximately 10 postdocs and 6 visitors (long and short term). The program has graduated over 40 Ph.D. students since 1996, with about half in academia (including ETH, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Penn, Stanford and UIUC).

Minor in Control and Dynamical Systems

Students pursuing research in other areas of study can get a subject minor in CDS by taking a selected set of courses and performing a research project related to control theory and/or dynamical systems.

Graduate Minor

Control and Dynamical Systems (CDS) may be pursued as a minor concentration by graduate students who are taking degrees in science, mathematics, or engineering. The CDS minor is intended to supplement one of Caltech's normal graduate degrees and is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge beyond their normal major. Students completing the minor requirements below in CDS will have the phrase "minor in Control and Dynamical Systems" added to their transcript and their graduating degree materials.

Undergraduate Minor

Control and Dynamical Systems (CDS) may be pursued as a minor concentration by undergraduates who are taking degrees in science, mathematics, or engineering. The CDS minor is intended to supplement one of Caltech's normal undergraduate degrees and is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge beyond their normal major or who may wish to pursue a graduate program involving control or dynamical systems. Students completing the minor requirements below in CDS will have the phrase "minor in Control and Dynamical Systems" added to their transcript and their graduating degree materials.