University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Profile: Jay Farrell

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Jay Farrell

Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jay Farrell

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame, 1989

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering                                                        341 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2159
Facsimile: 951-827-2425
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Former Institution: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Jay A. Farrell received B.S. degrees (1986) in physics and electrical engineering from Iowa State University, and M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. At Charles Stark Draper Lab (1989-1994), he was principal investigator on projects involving intelligent and learning control systems for autonomous vehicles. Dr. Farrell received the Engineering Vice President's Best Technical Publication Award in 1990, and Recognition Awards for Outstanding Performance and Achievement in 1991 and 1993. He is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He has served as Vice President Finance and Vice President of Technical Activities for the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is Vice General Chair of the 2011 and Genral Chair of the 2012 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (2008) and author of over 150 technical publications. He is author of the book “Aided Navigation: GPS with High Rate Sensors” (McGraw-Hill 2008). He is also co-author of the books “The Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation” (McGraw-Hill, 1998) and “Adaptive Approximation Based Control: Unifying Neural, Fuzzy and Traditional Adaptive Approximation Approaches” (John Wiley 2006).


  • B.S. Physics & Electrical Engineering 1986 Iowa State University
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering 1988 University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering 1989 University of Notre Dame


  • President of the IEEE Control Systems Society, 2014
  • Distinguished Member of IEEE CSS, CSS
  • General Chair of IEEE CDC 2012
  • Notre Dame Center for Applied Mathematics Fellowship
  • Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Recognition Award, May 1991
  • Engineering Vice President's Annual Award for Best Technical Publication, 1990
  • Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Recognition Award, May 1993
  • Distinguished Service Award, Association for Unmanned Vechicle Systems, June 28 - 30, 1993, Washington, D.C.
  • IEEE Fellow, 2008
  • 2010 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Research Areas

Research Specialization: Dr. Farrell's expertise is in estimation and control for nonlinear dynamic systems. Current research includes adaptive approximation based control systems, aided navigation systems and autonomous vehicles.

Selected Publications

Dr. Farrell has published three books and over 150 technical papers. He has presented three workshops at IEEE sponsored conferences. His sponsored research exceeds $3.0M. Below is a list of selected publications:

  • J. Farrell, T. Givargis, M. Barth, ''Real-time differential carrier phase GPS-aided INS,'' IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol8, no. 4, pp. 709-721, 2000.
  • J.Y. Choi, J.A. Farrell, ''Adaptive observer based backstepping control using neural networks,'' IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, vol12, no. 5, pp. 1103-1112, 2002.
  • J.A. Farrell, J. Murlis, W. Li, R.T. Carde, ''Filament-Based Atmospheric Dispersion Model to Achieve Short Time-Scale Structure of Odor Plumes,'' Environmental Fluid Mechanics, vol. 2 2002, pp. 143-169, 2002.
  • J.A. Farrell, S. Pang, W. Li, ''Chemical Plume Tracing via an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle,'' IEEE J. of Oceanic Engineering, 30, 2, 428-442, 2005.
  • S. Pang, J.A. Farrell, ''Chemical Plume Source Localization,'' IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part B: Cybernetics, 36, 5, 1068-1080, 2006.
  • W. Dong, J.A. Farrell, ''Cooperative Control of Multiple Nonholonomic Mobile Agents,'' IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 53, 6, 1434-1448, 2008.
  • J.A. Farrell, M. Polycarpou, M. Sharma, W. Dong, ''Command Filtered Backstepping,'' IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 54, 6, 1391-1395, 2009.
  • W. Dong, J.A. Farrell, M.M. Polycarpou, V. Djapic, M. Sharma, ''Command Filtered Adaptive Backstepping,'' February, IEEE Trans. on Control Systems Technology, 20,3, 566 – 580, 2012.
  • W. Dong, Y. Zhao, Y. Chen, J.A. Farrell, ''Tracking Control for Nonaffine Systems: A Self-organizing Approximation Approach,'' IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, 23, 2, 223 - 235, 2012.
  • A. Vu, A. Ramanandan, A. Chen, J.A. Farrell, M. Barth, ''Real-Time Computer Vision/DGPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System for Lane-Level Vehicle Navigation,'' December, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 13, 2, 899-913, 2012
  • C. Ding, B. Song, A. Morye, J.A. Farrell, and A. Roy-Chowdhury, ''Collaborative Sensing In A Distributed PTZ Camera Network,'' December,IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 21(7), 3282-3295, 2012.

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