Kirsten Morris


PhD, University of Waterloo

Kirsten Morris
Telephone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 46218
Office: MC 6126

Prof. Kirsten Morris’ research interests are control and estimation of systems modelled by partial differential equations and also systems, such as smart materials, involving hysteresis. Her recent research has focused on improving performance through attention to actuator location as part of controller design, and sensor location as part of estimator design.  She has written several books “Controller Design for Distributed Parameter Systems” and  "Introduction to Feedback Control", and was editor of the book  “Control of Flexible Structures”. She is a professor in the Applied Mathematics Department at the University of Waterloo and a Faculty of Mathematics Research Chair. She has held visiting positions at ICASE (NASA Langley), the Fields Institute, the Institute for Mathematics & Applications, and the Institut de Mathematiques in Bordeaux. Prof. Morris served as a vice-president of  the  IEEE Control System Society from 2013-2016, vice-chair of the SIAM Control & Systems Theory group 2016-2017 and chair 2018-2019. She was an associate editor with the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control  the SIAM Journal on Control & Optimization. She is currently an advising editor for Mathematics of Control, Signals & Systems, a member of the editorial boards of the Asian Journal of Control and  the SIAM book series Advances in Design & Control and a member of the SIAM Book Committee. Prof. Morris is  Fellow of  IEEE, IFAC and SIAM and  has received other honors in recognition in her accomplishments, including the IEEE  Control Systems Society Distinguished Member Award.

Research interests

  • Infinite-dimensional  systems
  • Control & estimation for systems modelled by partial differential equations
  • Estimator and controller design using machine learning and other data-driven methods
  • Optimal actuator/sensor location
  • Robust control of smart materials
  • Hysteresis

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