There are a number of opportunities for strong and motivated PhD research students who would like to do a PhD degree under my supervision. Tentative research topics are shown below. 

The UNSW @ ADFA offers a number of competitive scholarships to individuals who are interested in pursuing full-time research towards a PhD degree. For more information, please see UNSW Research Student Unit website.
If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact me by email:

The successful applicant is anticipated to have a first-class honours degree or equivalent in Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or other relevant areas, with specialization in control theory. All applicants are expected to possess excellent communication and research skills and should satisfy UNSW admission requirements for the PhD program. Applications should include a detailed CV, including email addresses of two referees, a copy of academic transcripts and a cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interest and its relevance to the topic of distributed control and distributed filtering theory.
There is no specific deadlines for contacting me, but there are deadlines for scholarship applications.

Research in decentralized and distributed control and filtering

Interconnected control systems are widespread in engineering, defence and communications applications. Examples of such systems include a team of unmanned aerial vehicles pursuing a set of coordinated objectives, a platoon of vehicles on the highway, an array of actuated micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), to name a few. Such systems are coupled dynamically or via team objective constraints and are characterized by a high level of complexity including modelling uncertainties and changes in the system configuration. The project will look into methodologies of robust control design for distributed and large-scale uncertain systems, which make use of the interconnection structure of the system.

Secure control and estimation

The emergence of technologies relying on information networks have brought into prominence new challenges in the area of cyber-security concerned with security of industrial control and data acquisition systems. This project will involve research into the theory of cyber secure distributed control and estimation systems networks, focused on systems cooperation in the presence of strategic adversaries. It will develop methodologies
for mitigation of stealthy attacks on complex control systems interconnected in the topology of a network. These methodologies will provide a systematic means for achieving a tradeoff between system performance and its resilience to cyber threats of malicious nature. There is a number of directions this research can take, therefore more than one student are welcome to undertake this project.


© Valeri Ougrinovski, 2015. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not represent the views of UNSW Australia.