John Baillieul

Distinguished Professor (ME, SE, ECE)

Distinguished Professor (ME, SE, ECE)

  • Primary Appointment Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Education Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Additional Affiliations Division of Systems Engineering
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Honors and Awards Fellow, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), 2011
    Fellow, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), 2009
    Fellow, IEEE, 1993
    Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 1987
  • Areas of Interest Robotics * Control of mechanical systems * Mathematical system theory * Information-based control theory
  • Research Areas Professor Baillieul focuses on robotics, the control of mechanical systems, and mathematical system theory. His work in the late 1980’s led to seminal papers on motion planning for kinematically redundant manipulators. Earlier work on nonlinear optimal control theory foreshadowed much of the current literature on singular Riemannian geometry. Current research focuses on extending and applying principles from nonlinear control theory to complex mechanical systems composed of interconnected rigid and elastic components.

    Dr. Baillieul has developed a laboratory system for experiments involving real-time control of mechanical systems, research fundamental to the design of lightweight, high-performance manipulator arms and other advanced robotic devices. He also investigates geometric effects in nonlinear rotational mechanics, with potential applications in stabilization and vibration suppression in rotating machinery, and the theory of control and motion planning for mechanical systems with relatively few actuators for the control of a large number of degrees of freedom.

    A Fellow of the IEEE, he is the former editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He is also affiliated with Boston University’s Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE).


Affiliation: Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ECE), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (SE), Primary Faculty (SE),