The Center for Control Systems and Dynamics at UC San Diego integrates, at a fundamental level, system design, modeling, and control disciplines, including applications to robotics and aerospace engineering, to obtain improved performance of the dynamic response of engineering systems using feedback. CCSD's students and faculty work on theoretical advances in nonlinear control, system identification, multi-agent systems, delay systems and PDE control, and optimization. Their technological focus includes power networks, robotics, semiconductor manufacturing, traffic, aerospace vehicles, and numerous other application domains.

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Research Focus

The Center’s mission is to maintain the highest international academic profile of UC San Diego’s control program, serve as a catalyst for interaction with industry, foster collaborations with researchers from other fields, and recruit outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in control systems to UCSD.

Control Theory. The CCSD team includes world leaders in the development of the mathematical and theoretical tools for control and dynamical system modeling, analysis, estimation, and design. These theories, while frequently engendered by specific applications, form the intellectual core of Control and Dynamic Systems and are applicable to a wide range of problem domains, some of which are mentioned below. The ability to access and to invent new theory is critical to the formulation of approaches to real problems and to the provision of performance specifications and guarantees.

CCSD’s research applications span a broad range:

Robotic Systems. From control of individual manipulators, such as in robotic surgery, to autonomous robotic vehicles and their networks and swarms.

Power networks. Control, stabilization, and optimization in power networks, including those that incorporate renewable and intermittent sources, such as wind turbines and ptohovoltaics.

Control of Fluids, Propulsion, and Engines. Gas turbines and aeroengines, aerodynamics, automotive engines, magnetic fusion control, magnetically levitated trains, and a wide spectrum of applications in control and estimation of fluid, thermal, and plasma dynamics.

Sensor Networks and Unmanned Systems. We have active efforts in unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles, a leading group in coordinated motion control, a unique effort in command and control of military operations subject to incomplete or deceptive information, and a group working on control problems related to wireless communication systems.

Aircraft Control and Optimization. From control of aircraft with highly uncertain aerodynamics to multidiciplinary optimization in aircraft design.

Control of Positioning Systems. Our activities in mechanical motion control systems include applications to hard disk drives, semiconductor manufacturing, and an effort in atomic force microscopes.

Biological Systems. We have a large and growing array of efforts and interests in biological systems, from sensory-motor control in musculo-skeletal and neural systems, to animal locomotion, to control of genetic expression in regulatory networks, to medical devices.

As mentioned above, besides applications, the center’s faculty are leaders in many areas of mathematical control theory, including robust control, nonlinear control, stochastic systems, adaptive control, system identification, optimal control and dynamic games, geometric mechanics and nonholonomic systems, delay systems, and distributed parameter systems.

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