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Andrew Lamperski

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota

Research Summary

The two main themes of my research are on control with uncertainty in time and decentralized control.

Time is central to control both in engineering and in biology. In engineered systems, high precision clocks and time synchronization protocols mitigate problems that arise from imperfect timing, and thus, existing control theory typically assumes that timing is perfect. Humans, however, show great variability in time estimation and action timing. Despite imperfect timing, humans produce highly skilled movements. My work aims to explain this capability by developing a theory of control with imperfect timing. Moreover, the theory will be used to reduce the reliance on precise timing in engineered systems.

My other research theme focuses on decentralized control. In decentralized control, numerous agents control a physical plant by using a combination of local measurements and information passed over a communication network. My work on decentralized control gives tractable methods for computing optimal control strategies over communication networks.

Work History

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota

Whitaker Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Cambridge, October 2012 - August 2014
Advisor: Daniel Wolpert

Postdoctoral Scholar, Mechanical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, July 2012 - September 2012
Advisor: Noah Cowan

Postdoctoral Scholar, Control and Dynamical Systems, California Institute of Technology, June 2011- June 2012
Advisor: John C. Doyle


Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems, California Institute of Technology, 2011
Advisor: John C. Doyle

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics, The Johns Hopkins University, 2004