Jeff S. Shamma

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Jeff S. Shamma
Born New York City
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American
Fields Control theory
Game theory
Institutions Georgia Institute of Technology
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor Michael Athans
Notable awards Donald P. Eckman Award

Jeff S. Shamma (born c. 1961) is an American control theorist and the Professor and Julian T. Hightower Chair in Systems & Control Systems and Controls at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is known for his early work in nonlinear and adaptive control, particularly on gain scheduling,[1][2][3] robust control,[4] and more recently, distributed systems.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Shamma was born in New York City and raised in Pensacola, Florida. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Systems Science and Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988. His Ph.D. thesis, Analysis and Design of Gain Scheduled Control Systems, was advised by Michael Athans.[6]

Academic career[edit]

After graduating from MIT, Shamma held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, University of Texas, Austin, and University of California, Los Angeles. He also held visiting positions at the California Institute of Technology and MIT. Shamma returned to Georgia Tech to join the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007, and is currently the Julian T. Hightower Chair in Systems & Control Systems and Controls.


Shamma is a recipient of the NSF Research Initiation Award and the NSF Young Investigator Award. He received the American Automatic Control Council Donald P. Eckman Award in 1996 (32 years after his Ph.D. advisor Michael Athans received the award in 1964[7]), and was made an IEEE Fellow in 2006.


  1. ^ Shamma, J.S.; Athans, M. (1992), "Gain scheduling: potential hazards and possible remedies", Control Systems Magazine, IEEE 12 (3): 101–107, doi:10.1109/37.165527 
  2. ^ Shamma, J.S.; Athans, M. (1990), "Analysis of gain scheduled control for nonlinear plants", Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on 35 (8): 898–907, doi:10.1109/9.58498 
  3. ^ Shamma, J.S.; Athans, M. (1991), "Guaranteed properties of gain scheduled control for linear parameter-varying plants", Automatica 27 (3): 559–564, doi:10.1016/0005-1098(91)90116-J 
  4. ^ Shamma, J.S. (1994), "Robust stability with time-varying structured uncertainty", Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on 39 (4): 714–724, doi:10.1109/9.286248 
  5. ^ Olfati-saber, R.; Shamma, J.S. (2005), "Consensus Filters for Sensor Networks and Distributed Sensor Fusion", Decision and Control, 2005 and 2005 European Control Conference. CDC-ECC'05. 44th IEEE Conference on: 6698–6703 
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