The Systems Theory Lab at Washington University in St. Louis carries out fundamental research in the broad area of systems and control theory. A current strong research focus of our group lies in the analysis and control of complex dynamical systems. Here we are exploring fundamental principles and limits, and are seeking to develop useful computational solutions and methods. We are also dedicated to teaching in all areas related to systems, dynamics, and controls, at all levels.

News and Updates:


Oct 2021: New Preprint: S. Zeng, On the geometric construction of a stabilizing time-invariant state feedback controller
                        for the nonholonomic integrator, to appear in Automatica.

Aug 2021: We are excited to be offering a new research-oriented FL21 course on
                         “Data-Integrated Frameworks for Systems Analysis and Control Design”.

Jun 2021: Shen Zeng appointed faculty member
                         in the Division of Computational & Data Sciences (DCDS) at Washington University.

May 2021: Invited talk of Shen Zeng at the ACC 2021 Full Day Workshop on Control of Distributions.

                         Invited talk of Shen Zeng at the SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems 
                         in the session on Control via Koopman Operators.

Jul 2020:  We hosted a workshop on Analysis, Control, and Learning of Dynamic Ensemble and Population Systems
                        at the IFAC World Congress 2020.

                        At the same conference, Shen Zeng also gave an invited talk in the workshop
                        on Data-based Methods for Interconnected Systems

Oct 2019: NSF project “Holistic Analysis and Control of High-Dimensional Dynamical Systems
                        via Operator-Theoretic and Data-Driven Approaches” (WUSTL news story).

Jul 2019:  We hosted a workshop on data-driven methods for complex large-scale systems
                        at the 2019 American Control Conference.

Mar 2019: We will be hosting this year’s 8th Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory (April 27-28).

                        Invited talk in the session “Control Techniques based on Koopman Operator Theory”
                        at the SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (DS19)

Jan 2019: Upcoming workshop on data-driven methods for complex large-scale systems
                        at the 2019 American Control Conference in July 2019. Organized with Jr-Shin Li.

Dec 2018: Zeng appointed faculty member in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

Sep 2018: NSF project “Targeted Coordination of Dynamic Populations:
                        Fundamentals, Computational Methods, and Emerging Applications” (WUSTL news story).

Sep 2018: Two new openings for graduate students.

May 2017: Full-day workshop on ensemble control at the 2017 American Control Conference.