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Richard M. Murray

Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of
Control & Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering

Division of Engineering and Applied Science
California Institute of Technology

Papers Research Group Teaching Contact

Other Activities:

Feedback Systems

Molecular Programming Project

Sabbatical note: I am on sabbatical from Caltech until Fall 2010. During this time, I will not be able to host visitors, take on new postdocs or sponsor new undergraduate projects (including SURF). I will be continuing to advise my existing students and participate in ongoing projects. If you are a Caltech student and would like to meet with me, I'll be returning to campus a few days every month or two.

Prospective graduate students: I admit students through the CDS, BE and CS graduate programs at Caltech. Many of my students also come from the BMB, CNS, EE and ME departments, but I do not actively participate in admissions decisions in those programs.

Prospective postdocs: I typically make decisions about postdocs in the April-May timeframe, when I know what my grants look like for fall. Caltech has several postdoc programs that admit exceptionally qualified postdocs for independent study at Caltech:


Recent publications:



My group's research is in the application of feedback and control to networked systems, with applications in biology and autonomy. Current projects include verification and validation of distributed embedded systems, analysis of insect flight control systems, and biological circuit design. Template:Active projects [Archive]


Dionysios Barmpoutis (CNS)
Andrea Censi (CDS)
Fei Chen† (Bio/EE)
Sawyer Fuller (BE)
Elisa Franco (CDS)
Shuo Han (EE)
Vanessa Jonsson* (CDS)
Javad Lavaei* (CDS)
Dominic Rizzo (CS/ME)
Ufuk Topcu (CDS)
Pete Trautman (CDS)
Ophelia Venturelli (BMB)
Floris van Breugal* (CDS)
Nok Wongpiromsarn (ME)
Mumu Xu (ME)
Francisco Zabala* (CDS)

* co-advised students + visiting researchers ° rotation students † undergraduates

Former graduate students:

Robert Behnken (thesis)
Francesco Bullo (thesis)
Robert Bodenheimer*
Tim Chung*
Lars Cremean (thesis)
Raff D'Andrea*
Samantha (Feakins) Daly#
Domitilla Del Vecchio (thesis)
William Dunbar (thesis)
Alex Fax (thesis)
Jimmy Fung (thesis)
Martha Grover (Gallivan) (thesis)
Vijay Gupta (thesis)
Sonja Glavaski*
Adam Hayes*
Sean Humbert (thesis)
Zhipu Jin (thesis)
Scott Kelly (thesis)
Dmitriy Kogan#
Andrew Lewis (thesis)
Robert M'Closkey (thesis)
Mark Milam (thesis)
Michiel van Nieuwstadt (thesis)
Muruhan Rathinam (thesis)
Clancy Rowley*
Ben Shapiro (thesis)
Demetri Spanos (thesis)
Sudipto Sur (thesis)
Amber Thweatt#
Jorge Tierno*
Abhishek Tiwari (thesis)
David van Gogh#
Tony Vanelli# (thesis)
Yong Wang (thesis)
Steve Waydo* (thesis)
Simon Yeung (thesis)

# Masters or Engineers degree    * Co-advised student

Former postdocs:

Raktim Bhattacharya (2002-04)
Brianno Coller (1995-97)
Tamer Inanc (2002-04)
Eric Klavins* (2001-03)
Feng-Li Lian (2001-02)
Kristi Morgansen (1999-2001)
Pascal Morin (1996-97)
Yasamin Mostofi (2004-06)
Reza Olfati-Saber (2001-04)
Yizhar Or (2007--09)
Nicolas Petit (2001-02)
Henrik Sandberg (2005-07)
B. N. Shashikanth* (1998-2000)
Willem Sluis (1994-96)
Herbert Streumper (1997-99)

Additional group alumni:   SURF    Senior thesis    Visitors


The list below is the courses that I have taught at Caltech (or at least most of them). The course links will take you to the (current) course homepage, where you can find the syllabus, handouts, and homework sets. The links for specific terms take you to the course homepage for that term. Links to older courses are available on a separate page.

  • CS/EE/ME 75 - Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Systems Engineering (04-05, 06-07)
  • CDS 90 - Senior Thesis in Control and Dynamical Systems (04-05, 05-06, 07-08. 08-09)
  • CDS 101/110a - Analysis and Design of Feedback Systems (Fa97, Fa01, Fa02, Fa03, Fa04, Fa06, Fa07, Fa08)
  • CDS 110b - Optimization-Based Control (Wi98, Wi02, Wi03, Wi04, Wi06, Wi07, Wi08)
  • CDS 202 - Geometry of Nonlinear Systems (Wi93, Wi94, Wi04, Wi09)
  • CDS 270 - Networked Control Systems (Sp06)
  • CDS 273 - Frontiers in Control and Dynamical Systems (Sp01, Sp02, Sp03, Sp04, Sp05, Sp06)
  • Older courses (not taught in the last 5 years)
  • Guest lectures - individual lectures I have given in various courses


Mailing Address

Richard M. Murray
Control and Dynamical Systems 107-81
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125 USA

Contact information

E-mail: murray@cds.caltech.edu
Office: 109 Steele, (626) 395-6460
Asst: Anissa Williams, x4140
Lab: 12 Steele

Other links

Engineering and Applied Science
Information Science and Technology

Control and Dynamical Systems