Miroslav Krstic


Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research, UC San Diego


Director, Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics


Daniel L. Alspach Endowed Chair in Dynamic Systems and Control


Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



E-Mail: krstic@ucsd.edu

ALL OTHER CONTACTS (office locations, assistants, phones, mailing addresss…)





As Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Krstic oversees the following UCSD units:

·       Organized Research Units

       17 cross-campus institutes and centers

       among directors: 8 members of NAS/NAE/NAM and one National Medal of Science awardee

       ~$100M/yr budget

       promotion oversight for over 150 research faculty (Research Scientists and Project Scientists)

·       Research Proposal Development Services (RPDS) and Limited Submissions

·       Center Launch and Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarship (CRES) programs

·       Postdoctoral Affairs (~1,500 postdocs; largest number in UC system)

·       Research Personnel Affairs

·       Shared Research Facilities

·       Matching funds for research proposals





Summary of my research:    SHORT     LONG, with citations       Interview on my research trajectory and some personal interests                

For the curious: my 4 representative papers     Sample TALKS


Control Theory: Nonlinear & adaptive control. Stabilization of PDEs. Extremum seeking. Delay systems. Stochastic averaging and stabilization in probability. Non-cooperative games.

Applications (click on the link for papers): Fluid/thermal dynamics (flow instabilities and aerodynamic drag, mixing, vortex shedding, jet engine/gas turbine compressors, fluid networks, thermal/flow instabilities, combustion). Fusion/plasmas, magnetohydrodynamics, accelerators, lasers. Source seeking in GPS-denied environments. Locomotion of fish and cells. Automotive engines. Marine vehicles. Aircraft endurance, aircraft wing rock, helicopter noise, satellites. Flexible beams. Biological and chemical reactors. 


[B1]       Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Design, Wiley, 1995.

[B2]       Stabilization of Nonlinear Uncertain Systems, Springer, 1998.

[B3]       Flow Control by Feedback, Springer, 2002.

[B4]       Real-Time Optimization by Extremum Seeking Control, Wiley, 2003.

[B5]       Control of Turbulent and Magnetohydrodynamic Channel Flows, Birkhauser, 2007.

[B6]       Boundary Control of PDEs: A Course on Backstepping Designs, SIAM, 2008.

[B7]       Delay Compensation for Nonlinear, Adaptive, and PDE Systems, Birkhauser,  2009.

[B8]       Adaptive Control of Parabolic PDEs, Princeton University Press, 2010

[B9]       Stochastic Averaging and Stochastic Extremum Seeking, Springer, 2012. 

[B10]    Nonlinear Control Under Nonconstant Delays, SIAM, 2013. 

[B11]    Predictor Feedback for Delay Systems: Implementations and Approximations, Birkhauser, 2013. 

[B12]    Model-Free Stabilization by Extremum Seeking, Springer, 2017. 

[B13]    Input-to-State Stability for PDEs, Springer 2018.


Books by topic (click on the icon):


Nonlinear Control

Extremum Seeking

PDE Control


Flow Control

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Detailed citation summary from Google Scholar, including h-index.        


       Erdös number: 3 (via this paper with Ruth Williams)











   Stephen Chen

  Z.-H. Li, 1997 (UMd

  Rafael Vazquez, 2006

  Andras Balogh (1998-2002) 

   Leobardo Camacho

  Faycal Ikhouane, 1997 (EMI) 

  Nick Killingsworth, 2007

  Weijiu Liu (1998-99) 

   Shumon Koga

  H.-H. Wang, 1998 (UMd

  Jennie Cochran, 2008

  Eduardo Cerpa (2007-2008)

   Mostafa Bagheri

  Hua Deng, 2000 

  Antranik Siranosian, 2009

  Shujun Liu (2008-2009)

   Huan Yu

  Dejan Boskovic, 2001 

  Nima Ghods, 2011

  Andrey Smyshlyaev (2007-2010)

   John Holloway

  Ole Morten Aamo, 2002 (NTNU) 

  Paul Frihauf, 2012

  Florent Di Meglio (2011-2012)

   Nick Willems

  Kartik Ariyur, 2002 

  James Krieger, 2012

  Beibei Ren (2010-2013)

   Imoleayo Abel

  Lawrence Yuan, 2002 

  Alex Scheinker, 2012

  Scott Moura (2011-2013)

   Drew Steeves

  J.-Y. Choi, 2002 (Pohang U)

  Nikos Bekiaris-Liberis, 2013

  Federico Bribiesca (2012-2014)

  Olga Koroleva, 2004 

  Halil Basturk, 2013

  Mamadou Diagne (2013-2015)


  Eugenio Schuster, 2004

  Azad Ghaffari, 2013

  Guillaume Olive (2015-2016)


  C.-L. Zhang, 2006 (U Dayton)

  Shuxia Tang, 2016


  Andrey Smyshlyaev, 2006

  Greg Mills, 2016













PLENARY and other major LECTURES   

1.         Mathematical Theory of Systems and Control, Hong Kong, 2018

2.         2nd International Symposium on Autonomous Systems, Chongqing, China, 2018

3.         Asian Control Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 2017

4.         ASME Oldenburger Medal Lecture, Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, 2017

5.         IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, Ohrid, Macedonia, 2017

6.         IEEE Intl. Conf. on the Science of Electrical Engineering, Eilat, Israel, 2016

7.         IcETRAN, Zlatibor, Serbia, 2016

8.         ASME Nyquist Lecture, Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Columbus, OH, 2015

9.         IFAC Workshop on Advanced Control and Navigation for Autonomous Aerospace Vehicles, Sevilla, Spain, 2015

10.      IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Los Angeles, 2014 (video)

11.      World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, Shenyang, China

12.      IcETRAN, Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia

13.      Congreso Nacional de Control Automático, Mexico, 2013

14.      IFAC Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations, Paris, 2013

15.      IFAC Nonlinear Control Systems Symposium (NOLCOS), Toulouse, France, 2013

16.      IFAC Workshop on Adaptation and Learning in Control and Signal Proc., Caen, France, 2013

17.      IEEE Workshop on Open Problems and Challenges in Automotive Control, Washington DC, 2013

18.      7th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Automation, Singapore, 2012

19.      IEEE International Conference on Electronics and Automation, Chengdu, China, 2012

20.      Diamond Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer, Coordinated Science Laboratory, U. Illinois

21.      11th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics, and Vision, Singapore, 2010

22.      52nd National Symposium on Automatic Control (TOK'10), Gebze, Turkey, 2010

23.      IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control, Yokohama, Japan, 2010 (movie, pdf)

24.      18th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, Nara, Japan, 2010

25.      IFAC Workshop on Time-Delay Systems, Prague, Czech Republic, 2010

26.      ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Hollywood, California, 2009.

27.      Mediterranean Control Conference, Ajaccio, France, 2008.

28.      Conf. Control of Physical Systems and PDEs, Paris, France

29.      Chinese Control and Decision Conference, Yantai, 2008.

30.      IFAC Symp. Adaptive Systems in Control and Signal Processing, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2007.

31.      IFAC NOLCOS Symposium, Pretoria, South Africa, 2007.

32.      IEEE Adv. Process Control Workshop, Vancouver, Canada, 2007.

33.      Chinese Control Conference, Harbin, 2006.


       “Leaders in Engineering,” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2017

       “Kwan Chao-Chi Distinguished Lecture,” Chinese Academy of Science, 2017

       Diamond Anniversary Lecture (movie), Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois, 2011.

       Nokia Distinguished Lecture (movie), UC Berkeley, 2008.


       Lecture tour of the UK, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2013

       Distinguished Lecturer, EECI Graduate School on Control, Belgrade, Serbia, 2013 and 2014

       Distinguished Lecturer, International Summer School on Automatic Control, Grenoble, France, 2012.

       Distinguished Lecturer, Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC), Summer School on “Optimization and Control,” 2012

       Distinguished Lecturer, HYCON-EECI Graduate School on Control, Supelec, France, 2012

       Eastern Canada Lecture Tour (5 universities), IEEE Control Systems Society,  2009

       Distinguished Lecturer, Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC), Summer School on “Nonlinear Control,” 2007

       Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2006-2010.

       Southwest Mechanics Lecture Tour, Distinguished Lecturer, 2003. 


       Kokotovic Fest, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009

       Sontag Fest, Rutgers University, 2012

       Bastin Fest, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 2012

       Spong Fest, University of Texas, Dallas, 2012

       Praly Fest, Ecole des Mines de Paris, 2015

       Coron Fest, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 2016

       Basar Fest, 2017





       IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Senior Editor, 2009-

       Automatica, Editor for Adaptive and Distributed Parameter Systems, 2005-

       ESAIM: Control, Optimisation, and Calculus of Variations, Associate Editor, 2009-

       Int. J. Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, Associate Editor, 1995- 2011

       IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Associate Editor, 1997-2000

       Systems & Control Letters, Associate Editor, 1998-2003

       J. Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete, and Impulsive Systems, Associate Editor, 2000-2006

       Int. J. Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Editorial Board member, 2008-

       Int. J. of Differential Equations, Editorial Board member, 2008-








·       Program Chair, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, 2013

·       General Co-Chair, 20th International Conference on Magnetically Levitated Systems and Linear Drives, 2008.


Consulting and Expert Witness Experience    


Portrait photo downloadable in jpg, pdf, eps.

Short bio for seminars and pubs.

Short bio for Office of Research Affairs functions.