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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


My goal is to advance fundamental understanding of multi-agent decision making in uncertain and dynamic environments. To this end, I develop theory and algorithms for dynamical games, stochastic and hybrid dynamical systems. I address applications ranging from air traffic control and robotics to power grid systems. The following presentation summarises my research. ETH Inaugural Lecture, May 10, 2017.

Power grid system: Our goal is to develop advanced optimisation and control algorithms to help in achieving a stable and secure electrical power grid despite increased uncertainties from the renewable energy sources and the liberalised electricity markets. To this end, we develop distributed control and game theory to analyse and optimise multi-player decision making in uncertain environments. I currently lead an ERC project on this topic.

Formal methods and control: We 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, our vision is to develop provably safe feedback control policies that can adapt to an underspecified changing environment to achieve complex specifications. The applications we address include autonomous driving and search and rescue missions. Currently, I have an SNSF project on this topic and am looking for suitable doctoral students.

Air traffic system: Our focus is on developing scalable optimal control algorithms for safe and fuel-efficient aircraft trajectory synthesis, taking into account environmental uncertainties. We use forecast data on wind and storms to determine safe airspace regions and to optimise aircraft trajectories accordingly. A challenging aspect of this control problem is ensuring the developed algorithms are compatible with air traffic procedures so that they have high levels of human trust and acceptance. To address this issue, we develop our models and analysis in collaboration with air traffic controllers.

  • Publications
  • Students

    PhD applicants: I welcome applications from students with a strong background and interest in mathematics and control theory. If you are interested in a PhD position, please contact me with your undergraduate and M.S. 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 make sure to 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 is an assistant professor at ETH Zurich, Automatic Control Laboratory. She obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Control Systems from 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 multi-agent decision making and control, game theory, hybrid systems and stochastic systems with applications in air traffic, robotics 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.