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Jr-Shin Li

Das Family Distinguished Career Development Associate Professor
Dr. Li joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2006 after earning a doctorate in Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. He runs the Applied Mathematics Laboratory in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. In 2008, Dr. Li was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and in 2010, he was awarded a Young Investigator Award from Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). These prestigious awards are granted to outstanding young researchers in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. Li is Associate Editor of SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization (SICON), and has served on Program Committees for the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), the American Control Conference (ACC), and the IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control (MSC).
Dr. Li’s current research interests are at the interface between systems science and mathematics, control engineering, biology, neuroscience, and quantum physics. He is particularly interested in studying the problems involving the control and optimization of large-scale complex systems arising from these emerging areas. Dr. Li has had extensive collaboration with medical researchers and experimentalists to conduct transdisciplinary research projects on the topics including MRI pulse design, brain stimulation, synchronization and entrainment of nonlinear oscillating systems, and optimal surgical treatment of obesity.
Selected Publications
A. Zlotnik and J.-S. Li, Optimal Subharmonic Entrainment of Weakly Forced Nonlinear Oscillators, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 1654-1693, 2014.

J.-S. Li, I. Dasanayake, and J. Ruths, Control and Synchronization of Neuron Ensembles, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 58, No. 8, pp. 1919-1930, 2013.

A. Zlotnik, Y. Chen, I. Z. Kiss, H.-A. Tanaka, and J.-S. Li, Optimal Waveform for Fast Entrainment of Weakly Forced Nonlinear Oscillators, Physical Review Letters, Vol. 111, 024102, 2013.

J. Ruths and J.-S. Li, Optimal Control of Inhomogeneous Ensembles, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 57, No. 8, pp. 2021-2032, 2012.

J.-S. Li, J. Ruths, T.-Y. Yu, H. Arthanari, and G. Wagner, Optimal Pulse Design in Quantum Control: A Unified Computational Method, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 108, No. 5, pp. 1879-1884, 2011.

J.-S. Li, Ensemble Control of Finite-Dimensional Time-Varying Linear Systems, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 345-357, 2011.

D. Stefanatos, H. Schaettler, and J.-S. Li, Minimum-Time Frictionless Atom Cooling in Harmonic Traps, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, Vol. 49, No. 6, pp. 2440-2462, 2011.

J.-S. Li and N. Khaneja, Ensemble Control of Bloch Equations, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 528-536, 2009. .

Selected Research
Title: Optimal Control and Sensorless Manipulation of Complex Ensemble Systems Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: NSF

Title: Ensemble Control with Applications to Spectroscopy, Imaging, and Computation Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: NSF (CAREER)

Title: Robust Manipulation and Computation for Inhomogeneous Quantum Ensembles Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: AFOSR (Young Investigator Program)

Title: Theory and Applications of Ensemble Control Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: NSF

Contact Jr-Shin Li
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1042
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Office Green Hall, Room 1120B
Phone (314) 935-7340
Fax (314) 935-7500
Email jsli@wustl.edu
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PhD, Harvard University, 2006
SM, Harvard University, 2004
MS, National Taiwan University, 1998
BS, National Taiwan University, 1996

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

Green Hall, CB 1042, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO, USA 63130
Phone: (314) 935-5565, Fax: (314) 935-7500

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