University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty Profile

Bassam Bamieh


Mechanical Engineering
Electrical & Computer 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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Distributed Systems Dynamics and Control

Distributed Systems Dynamics and Control

An overview of spatially distributed systems theory in both discrete (graph-based) and continuum space. A diverse set of dynamic phenomena and control problems in areas such as vehicular formations, distributed power generation as well as shear flow turbulence and control can be treated in a unified manner.

Research Description

My 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, I also work in the areas of networked and multi-agent systems, 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 (twice), the AACC Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award and a National Science Foundation CAREER award.


  • Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation, (Associate Director)


  • IEEE Control Systems Society G.H. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, 2013
  • International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Fellow, 2011
  • 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
  • Componentwise Energy Amplification in Channel Flows, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 543, 2005, 145-183, Mihailo Jovanovic and Bassam Bamieh, 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

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