Core faculty

The core CDS faculty below are responsible for administering the CDS graduate programs and undergraduate minor.

James L. Beck

Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

Professor Beck conducts research in computational stochastic dynamics (reliability analyses, Bayesian system identification, state estimation and control), using probability to treat uncertainties in modeling the system and its excitation. Applications of current interest are: dynamics of structural systems under earthquakes and a stochastic mechanics approach to quantum mechanics.

Office: 
206 Steele House, x4132

Joel W. Burdick

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering

Professor Burdick's current research is divided between traditional robotics research, and collaborations with neuroscientists to develop technology for paralyzed nervous systems. Current work includes robot motion planning in dynamic, cluttered environment; grasping and mobile manipulation; and neural prosthetics.

Office: 
319 Thomas, x4139

John C. Doyle

John G. Braun Professor of Control & Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Bioengineering

Professor Doyle's current research interests are in theoretical foundations for complex networks, primarily in engineering and biology, but also multiscale physics and financial markets, and the interplay between robustness, feedback, control, dynamical systems, computation, communications, and statistical physics.

Office: 
210 Annenberg, x4808

Richard M. Murray

Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control & Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering

Professors Murray's research is in the application of feedback and control to networked systems, with applications in biology and autonomy. Current projects include novel control system architectures, biomolecular feedback systems and networked control systems.

Office: 
109 Steele Lab, x6460

Houman Owhadi

Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics and Control & Dynamical Systems

Professor Owhadi does research in multi-scale analysis, stochastic processes, homogenization, ergodic theory, large deviations and dynamical systems, anomalous diffusion in disordered media, turbulence (structure, emergence and super-diffusivity), and partial differential equations.

Office: 
201 Steele House, x4547