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S. Shankar Sastry

S. Shankar Sastry is currently the dean of engineering at University of California, Berkeley and the faculty director of the Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies. From 2004 to 2007 he was the director of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) an interdisciplinary center spanning the UC campuses of Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz. He has served as chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley from January 2001 through June 2004. From 1999 to early 2001, he was director of the Information Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). From 1996 to 1999, he was the director of the Electronics Research Laboratory at Berkeley.

Sastry received his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of California, Berkeley. He was was an assistant professor MIT from 1980 to 1982 and at Harvard University as a chaired Gordon McKay professor in 1994.

Research Interests

Areas of research are resilient network control systems, cybersecurity, autonomous and unmanned systems (especially aerial vehicles), computer vision, nonlinear and adaptive control, control of hybrid and embedded systems, and software.

Most recently he has been concerned with critical infrastructure protection, in the context of establishing a 10-year NSF Science and Technology Center, TRUST (Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technologies).