Faculty & Research

Munther Dahleh

  • William A. Coolidge Professor

Munther A. Dahleh is the William A. Coolidge Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.  

He is currently the acting director of the Engineering Systems Division, interim director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, and director-designate of a potential new organization addressing major societal problems through unification of the intellectual pillars in statistics, information and decision sciences, and human and institution behavior.  Previously, he held the position of Associate Department Head of EECS.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, and has consulted for various national research laboratories and companies.

Dahleh is interested in networked systems with applications to social and economic networks, transportation networks, and the power grid.  Specifically, he focuses on the development of foundational theory necessary to understand, monitor, and control systemic risk in interconnected systems.  His work draws from various fields including game theory, optimal control, distributed optimization, information theory, and distributed learning. His collaborations include faculty from all five schools at MIT.

Dahleh is the coauthor (with Ignacio Diaz-Bobillo) of the book Control of Uncertain Systems: A Linear Programming Approach, published by Prentice-Hall, and the coauthor (with Nicola Elia) of the book Computational Methods for Controller Design, published by Springer. He is the three-time recipient of the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award for best paper in IEEE Transactions on automatic control. He was also the 1993 recipient of  the Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Control Council for the best control engineer under 35.  He has given many keynote lectures at major conferences. 

Dahleh received his BS in electrical engineering from Texas A & M University, and his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Rice University.