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Dynamics and Control of Nonlinear Systems with Application to Aircraft and Spacecraft Navigation

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    Prof Matthew Peet
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The research topic is on advanced Sum-of-Squares convex optimization methods for analysis and control of dynamic pursuit-evasion strategies for aircraft and spacecraft. The goal is to develop algorithms for flight control which autonomously adapt to changing environments and conditions with little to no input from the user. This involves identification of nonlinear dynamic models and unsafe regions, and computation of optimal strategies for avoidance and navigation.

The ideal candidate is an engineering student with an aptitude for mathematics and who is interested in solving high-impact, difficult problems in the fields of dynamics, control and machine intelligence.

Particularly relevant skills can include a background in Physics, Algorithms, Parallel computing, Mathematical analysis, Optimization, and all areas of Control. Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Mathematics, or a related discipline.

Additional information is available on the lab website:

Eligibility: Students must have a 2.1, first class honors or equivalent from a top 100 university as per AWRU, USNWR or other major ranking system. For non-UK students, an undergraduate GPA of 3.6 (US), 90 (China), 18(Iran), 8(India), 9.0 (Mexico) is required. Other countries will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If eligible, apply for the position by sending a cv, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if relevant) directly to [Email Address Removed]. Additionally, students must apply separately to the university online at

Funding Notes

A fully funded PhD position is available in the Cybernetic Systems and Controls Lab (CSCL) in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University. Funding includes tuition, a 12-month stipend of up to $2000/mo, travel and expenses. Applications are accepted until June 1, 2018 or until the position is filled.


ASU, based in Tempe, AZ, is the largest research university (1) in the United States. ASU was ranked 2nd nationally (2) in the 2015 US News and World Report list of “up and coming” universities for making significant investments in academics and research. The graduate Aerospace Engineering Program at ASU was ranked 23rd (3) in US News and World Report for 2015. The Electrical Engineering Program is ranked 9th (4) in research by HERD in 2014. Overall, the graduate Engineering Program was ranked 42th nationally (5) and 51-75th globally (6) by ARWU in 2015.


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