Claire J. Tomlin

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Claire Tomlin
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Waterloo;
Imperial College London;
University of California, Berkeley,
Spouse(s)S. Shankar Sastry
AwardsMacarthur Fellowship Program
Scientific career
FieldsHybrid control systems
InstitutionsStanford University;
University of California, Berkeley

Claire Jennifer Tomlin (born 1969 Southampton, England) is a British researcher in hybrid systems, distributed and decentralized optimization and control theory and holds the Charles A. Desoer Chair at the University of California, at Berkeley.


She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A.Sc. in 1992, from Imperial College London with a M.Sc. in 1993, and from the University of California, Berkeley, with a PhD in 1998.[1] She held the positions of Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1998-2007,[2] where she was a director of the Hybrid Systems Laboratory. She currently holds the Charles A. Desoer Chair in Engineering at UC Berkeley.[3]

Prof. Tomlin's research focuses on applications, unmanned aerial vehicles, air traffic control and modeling of biological processes. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in September 2006.


She received the Erlander Professorship of the Swedish Research Council in 2009, a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006, and the Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council in 2003. In 2003, she was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[4]

She became a Fellow of the IEEE in 2010.[5] She was awarded the IEEE Transportation Technologies Award in 2017 "for contributions to air transportation systems, focusing on collision avoidance protocol design and avionics safety verification".[6] She was elected a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2016 for "outstanding contributions to the development of mathematical models that link molecular networks to the cellular processes they control".[7] She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.[8]


  • Maria Domenica Di Benedetto, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, eds. (2001). "Lateral Inhibition through Delta-Notch Signaling". Hybrid systems: computation and control : 4th International Workshop. Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-41866-5.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Rajeev Alur, George J. Pappas, eds. (2004). "Inference Methods for Autonomous Stochastic Linear Hybrid Systems". Hybrid systems: computation and control : 7th international workshop. Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-21259-1.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Alberto Bemporad, Antonio Bicchi, Giorgio C. Buttazzo, eds. (2007). "A New Hybrid State Estimator for Systems with Limited Mode Changes". Hybrid systems: computation and control : 10th international conference. Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-71492-7.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)


  1. ^ "Forty under 40: Claire J. Tomlin". San Jose Business Journal. October 6, 2006.
  2. ^ "Claire Tomlin". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  3. ^ "Claire Tomlin | EECS at UC Berkeley". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  4. ^ "2003 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2003. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "IEEE Awards | EECS at UC Berkeley". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  6. ^ "IEEE IEEE Transportation Technologies Award". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  7. ^ "Claire J. Tomlin, Ph.D. COF-1880 - AIMBE". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  8. ^ "New 2019 Academy Members Announced". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. April 17, 2019.

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