Roy S. Smith

Professor

Automatic Control Laboratory
Department of Electrical Engineering
ETH Zurich
Physikstrasse 3
8092 Zurich
Switzerland.

Office: ETL K 14.2

Phone: +41 44 632 8783
Email: rsmith@control.ee.ethz.ch

Photo: Roy Smith (photo
        credit: Nicola Spaldin)

Brief Biography

Roy Smith is a Professor in the Automatic Control Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zurich) in Switzerland. From 1990 to 2010 he was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Dept. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his undergraduate education at Canterbury University in New Zealand (1980) and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (1990).

His research interests include: the identification and control of uncertain systems, and distributed estimation, communication and control systems. His application experience includes: process control, automotive engines, flexible space structures, aeromanoeuvring Mars entry vehicles, formation flying of spacecraft, magnetically levitated bearings, high energy accelerator control, airborne wind energy, and energy control for buildings. He has been a long time consultant to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on guidance, navigation and control aspects of interplanetary and deep space science spacecraft.

Honours

Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), 2020.

Plenary speaker: IFAC 2018 Symposium on System Identification.

Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 2011.

Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2008.

Additional activities

In 1990 Professor Smith worked with the Kanchenjunga School Project development charity, installing solar powered vaccine refrigerators in a remote region of Nepal. Since 2007 he has been active with Engineers Without Borders, USA, advising a student group on engineering infrastructure designs for a remote village in Kenya. The infrastructure developed to date includes rainwater collection systems, electrification of a health clinic, borehole drilling, development of a well pump and water distribution system, and an incinerator for medical waste. Most years, between 2008 and 2016, he travelled with a team of students to a village on the shore of Lake Victoria, Kenya, to complete the installations.

Publications

All of my IfA publications can be requested from the IfA database. Items listed as "submitted" will be downloadable after acceptance.