University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty Profile

Bassam Bamieh


Mechanical Engineering

Bassam Bamieh


Department of Mechanical Engineering
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

tel: 805-893-4490
fax: 805-893-8651

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Tomographic sensing of 3D environments

Tomographic sensing of 3D environments

Mathematical simulation of Acoustic Tomography of 3D temperature distributions. Left Picture: Ultrasonic transceivers (red dots) make line integral measurements (blue lines) of a 3D temperature distribution (iso-surfaces shown). Right Picture: Tomographic reconstruction of temperature distribution shows that bimodal nature of distribution is clearly visible.

Research Description

Professor Bamieh's research interests are in the general area of Control and Dynamical Systems, as well as the applications of systems and feedback techniques in several physical and engineering systems. Aside from basic research on the theory of Robust and Optimal Control, his group carries out several research activities including the theory of quantum control, distributed control and dynamical systems, shear flow transition and turbulence, and the use of feedback in thermoacoustic energy conversion devices.


Bamieh joined the College of Engineering faculty in 1998, prior to which he was with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Bamieh is a Fellow of the IEEE, an IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer, a past receipient of the IEEE Control Systems Society G. S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, the AACC Hugo Schuck best paper award and a National Science Foundation CAREER award.


  • Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation


  • IEEE Fellow, 2008
  • IEEE Control Systems Society G.H. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, 2004
  • American Automatic Control Council Hugo Schuck best paper Award, 2000
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1996
  • National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award, 1993

Selected Publications

  • A convex characterization of distributed control problems in spatially invariant systems with communication constraints, Systems and Control Letters, vol. 54, issue 6, 2005, 575-583, Bassam Bamieh and Petros Voulgaris, web link
  • Characterization of electrostatically coupled microcantilevers, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 14(2), 2005, 295-304, M. Napoli, W. Zhang, K. Turner and B. Bamieh, web link
  • Componentwise Energy Amplification in Channel Flows, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 543, 2005, 145-183, Mihailo Jovanovic and Bassam Bamieh, web link
  • A capacitive microcantilever: Modelling, validation, and estimation using current measurements, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 126(2), 2004, 319-326, M. Napoli, B. Bamieh, and K. Turner, web link
  • Parametric resonance in spatially distributed systems, Proc. American Control Conference,, 2003, 119-125, M. Jovanovic, B. Bamieh and M. Grebeck, web link
  • Distributed Control of Spatially-Invariant Systems, IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, 47 (7), 2002, 1091-1107, B. Bamieh, F. Paganini and M.A. Dahleh, web link
  • Energy amplification in channel flows with stochastic excitation, Physics of Fluids, 13 (11), 2001, 3258-3269, Bassam Bamieh and Mohammed Dahleh, web link
  • Modeling flow statistics using the linearized navier-stokes equations, Proc. 40'th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2001, Mihailo Jovanovic and Bassam Bamieh, web link
  • The spatio-temporal impulse response of the linearized Navier-Stokes equations, Proc. of the 2001 American Control Conference, 2001, Mihailo Jovanovic and Bassam Bamieh, web link
  • A Novel Sensing Scheme for the Displacement of Electrostatically Actuated Microcantilevers, Proceedings of the 2005 American Control Conference, Portland, OR, M. Napoli, C. Olroyd, B. Bamieh and K. Turner, web link

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