Ian Petersen

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Ian Petersen

IEEE Region: Region 10 Asia and Pacific

Biography

Education

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) First Class Honours, University of Melbourne, 1979.
  • Master of Science (Electrical Engineering) University of Rochester, USA, 1980.
  • Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering) University of Rochester, USA, 1984.


Career Details

  • Australian National University, 1983-1985.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Systems Engineering, Research School of Physical Sciences.
  • University of New South Wales, Canberra, 1985-present.
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Full Professor in the School of Engineering and Information Technology. Scientia Professor from 1 January 2007.
  • Cambridge University, Semester 2, 1989.
  • Visitor in the Department of Engineering while on study leave.
  • Australian National University Semester 1, 1998
  • Visitor in the Department of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences while on study leave.
  • Cambridge University Semester 2, 1998
  • Visitor in the Department of Engineering, while on study leave.
  • Australian Research Council, Feb 2002 - Feb 2004.
  • Executive Director, Mathematics, Information and Communications, while on secondment from UNSW.
  • University of New South Wales, Aug 2004 - Mar 2005.
  • Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).
  • University of New South Wales, Canberra, April 2005 - June 2007.
  • Australian Research Council - Australian Professorial Fellow.
  • University of New South Wales, Canberra, July 2006 - March 2007.
  • Acting Associate Dean (Research).
  • University of New South Wales, Canberra, July 2007 - December 2011.
  • Australian Research Council - Australian Federation Fellow.
  • University of New South Wales, Canberra, January 2012 - December 2016.
  • Australian Research Council - Australian Laureate Fellow.
  • Australian National University, January 2017 - present
  • Professor in the Research School of Engineering.

Professor Petersen's primary area of research interest is in the fields of Systems and Control and in particular in the area of Robust Control Theory. Within the area of systems and control theory, his particular research interests have been as follows:

  • Quantum Control Systems
  • Negative Imaginary Systems Theory
  • Robust Stochastic Control Theory and Risk Sensitive Control.
  • Integral Quadratic Constraints in Robust and Nonlinear Control Theory
  • H infinity Control Theory
  • Robust Kalman Filtering
  • The Quadratic Stability Approach to Robust Control System Design

SYSTEMS AND CONTROL APPLICATIONS
A component of his research has involved applying control theory and in particular robust control theory to engineering applications. These applications have included:

  • Control in Quantum Optics
  • Control of Atomic Force Microscopes
  • Control of Flexible Structures using Smart Materials
  • Aircraft and Missile Control including control of hypersonic vehicles
  • Active Noise Control.
  • Control of Electrical Machines.
  • Control and Fault detection in Chemical Processes
  • Control of Steel Mills

Positions & Affiliations

Professor in Research School of Engineering
Australian National University
Australia