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That's me!

Maryam Kamgarpour
Prof. Dr., Professor

Automatic Control Laboratory
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Physikstrasse 3, ETL I 24.2
8092 Zurich

Phone: +41 44 632 7042
Fax: +41 44 632 1211


The following presentation summarises my research. ETH Inaugural Lecture, May 10, 2017.

Power grid system: My goal is to understand how advanced control algorithms could help in achieving a stable and secure grid despite increasing uncertainties from the renewable energy sources and the liberalised electricity markets. To this end, I work on developing theory and algorithms for control of large-scale systems accounting for uncertainties and multiple objectives. The tools I use include distributed control and game theory. I currently lead an ERC project on this topic.

Formal methods and control: I have been working on stochastic hybrid systems as a framework to capture specifications defined by finite state deterministic automata for uncertain dynamical systems. Building on this framework, my vision is to develop provably safe feedback policies that can adapt to an underspecified changing environment to achieve complex specifications. The application I address within this framework is search and rescue mission in uncertain environments. Currently, I have an SNSF project on this topic and am looking for suitable doctoral students.

Air traffic system: My focus is on developing scalable optimal control algorithms for safe and fuel-efficient aircraft trajectory planning, taking into account environmental uncertainties. An interesting and challenging aspect of this optimal control problem is to ensure the developed algorithms are compatible with air traffic procedures so that they have high levels of human trust and acceptance.

  • Publications
  • Students

    PhD applicants: I welcome applications from students with a strong background in control theory. If you are interested in a PhD position, please contact me with your transcripts, CV, a brief statement of your research interests and goals, and contact information of three references.

    Semester and Masters' students: The following is a list of ongoing Semester and Masters' projects. You are also welcome to contact me if you have your own ideas within the context of my research. Please include your transcript and CV when applying for a project.

  • Student Projects


    I currently teach two Master's level courses: Linear System Theory and Game Theory. Other courses I have taught are: Hybrid Systems (UC Berkeley, Electrical Engineering), Nonlinear Control (UC Berkeley , Mechanical and Electrical Engineering), Intermediate Dynamics (UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering), Calculus II (UC Berkeley, Mathematics).

  • Lectures
  • Personal

    In addition to control systems, I am passionate about enabling equal education and life opportunities for all people. In the past I worked with YWCA to teach engineering to elementary school girls and with Engineers without Border to raise awareness on engineering solutions for the developing world. I support Skateistan in memory of my dear friend Floraine Berthouzoz, to empower girls through sports. I am always happy to discuss these issues with people who share the same vision.

    Brief Bio

    Maryam Kamgarpour obtained her Master's and Ph.D. in Control Systems at the University of California, Berkeley (2007, 2011) and her Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Systems Design Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada (2005). Her research is on safety verification and optimal control of large-scale uncertain dynamical systems with applications in air traffic and power grid systems. She is the recipient of NASA High Potential Individual Award, NASA Excellence in Publication Award (2010) and the European Union (ERC) Starting Grant 2015. Here is a more detailed CV.