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. Most recent update 01/25/07.


There has been a steady growth in the interactions between control theory and various branches of the physical and biological sciences. These interactions have been significantly influenced by the increasing role of the dynamical systems perspective in these sciences. This series of talks is designed to highlight some of the exciting developments now taking place at the forefront of research in Control and Dynamical Systems and to draw attention to some of the emerging interdisciplinary connections. Since its establishment in 1996, this series has included contributions by engineers, mathematicians, physicists, and biologists engaged at the forefront of research in control systems, computation, cell biology, robotics, networking, cooperative pheonomena and other areas.

This series has been supported in part by the Army Research Office under the ODDR&E MURI97 Program Grant No. DAAG55-97-1-0114 to the Center for Dynamics and Control of Smart Structures (through Harvard University), and the ODDR&E MURI01 Program Grant No. DAAD19-01-1-0465 to the Center for Communicating Networked Control Systems (through Boston University), and by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under AFOSR Grant No. F49620-01-0415.

The CDS lecture series is associated with the Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory and the Center for Dynamics and Control of Smart Structures. Please visit the listing of all previous CDS lectures.

Lecture Schedule, Academic Year 2005-2006

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Please click on speaker's name for a brief biography.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 3:00 p.m.
AV Williams Building, Room 2328
Hosts: P. S. Krishnprasad and Steven Marcus
Multi-Vehicle Networks
Raja Sengupta
Civil and Environmental Engineering
PATH Networking Lab
University of California, Berkeley

Monday, June 19, 2006, 11:00 a.m.
AV Williams Building, Room 2168
Hosts: P. S. Krishnaprasad and Michael Fu
Reinforcement Learning with Supervision by Combining Multiple Learnings and Expert Advices
Hyeong Soo Chang
Computer Science and Engineering
Sogang University
Seoul, Korea

Monday, February 20, 2006, 4:00 p.m.
AV Williams Building, Room 2460
Host: P.S. Krishnaprasad
Control and Navigation for Autonomous Exploration of Flooded Caverns
George Kantor
Robotics Institute
Center for the Foundations of Robotics
Field Robotics Center
Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, January 13, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
AV Williams Building, Room 2168
Host: P.S. Krishnaprasad and Michael Fu
An Analysis of Finding Near-Optimal Solutions for Hard Discrete Optimization Problems Using Local Search Algorithms
Sheldon H. Jacobson
Simulation and Optimization Laboratory
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, November 21, 12:30 p.m.
AV Williams Building, Room 2168
Host: P.S. Krishnaprasad
Control of Systems in a Dimensionless Framework
Andrew Alleyne
Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, November 18, 10:00 a.m.
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Room 1110
Hosts: P.S. Krishnaprasad and Cynthia Moss
How Flies Fly
Michael Dickinson
Department of Bioengineering
Dickinson Lab
California Institute of Technology

Friday, September 23, 3:00 p.m.
Hosts: P.S. Krishnaprasad and Steven Marcus
Optimization and the Price of Anarchy in a Dynamic Newsboy Model
Sean Meyn
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Coordinated Science Laboratory
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign