Sanjay Lall is Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Information Systems Laboratory and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He received a B.A. degree in Mathematics with first-class honors in 1990 and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering in 1995, both from the University of Cambridge, England. His research group focuses on the development of advanced engineering methodologies for the design of control, optimization and signal processing algorithms which occur in a wide variety of electrical, mechanical and aerospace systems. Before joining Stanford he was a Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in the Department of Control and Dynamical Systems, and prior to that he was a NATO Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems. He was also a visiting scholar at Lund Institute of Technology in the Department of Automatic Control. He has significant industrial experience applying advanced algorithms to problems including satellite systems at Lockheed Martin, advanced audio systems at Sennheiser, Formula 1 racing, and integrated circuit diagnostic systems, in addition to several startup companies. Professor Lall has served as Associate Editor for the journal Automatica, on the steering and program committees of several international conferences, and as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, DARPA, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He is the author of over 130 peer-refereed publications.


Current Courses

Past Courses

Decentralized Control of Linear Systems

We have written a number of papers addressing the problem of finding state-space realizations for optimal decentralized controllers.

Model reduction

We addressed several problems in the area of model reduction, looking at linear dynamical systems, Markov chains, and Lagrangian systems.


Adaptive Optics

These images were taken at Palomar observatory. The image on the right shows a single star observed using an adaptive optics algorithm, and that on the left shows the same star observed without it. Details are in the papers below.

Former Students



  • Julia Gillespie
  • 365 Packard
  • 650-723-2681

Mailing Address

  • Professor Sanjay Lall
  • Stanford University
  • Packard Building
  • Mail Code 9505
  • 350 Serra Mall
  • Stanford, CA 94305