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Samuel Burden

  • Assistant Professor

Sam Burden earned his BS with Honors in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2014,  and subsequently spent one year there as a postdoctoral scholar. In 2015, Burden returned to UW ECE as an assistant professor. Burden is broadly interested in discovering and formalizing principles of sensorimotor control. Specifically, he focuses on applications in dynamic and dexterous robotics, neuromechanical motor control and human-cyber-physical systems. In his spare time, he teaches robotics to students of all ages in K-12 classrooms and at Maker Fairs and campus events.

Research Interests

Controls and robotics.

Representative Publications

  • N. Napp, S.A. Burden, and E. Klavins. Setpoint regulation for stochastically interacting robots. Autonomous Robots 30:57–71, 2011. [ Link ]
  • S. Revzen, S.A. Burden, J.M. Mongeau, T.Y. Moore, and R.J. Full. Instantaneous kinematic phase reflects neuromechanical response to lateral perturbations of running cockroaches. Biological Cybernetics 107(2):179–200, 2013. [ Link ]
  • S.A. Burden, S. Revzen, and S.S. Sastry. Model reduction near periodic orbits of hybrid dynamical systems. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 60(10):2626–2639, 2015. [ Link ]
  • S.A. Burden, H. Gonzalez, R. Vasudevan, R. Bajcsy, and S.S. Sastry. Metrization and simulation of controlled hybrid systems. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 60(9):2307–2320, 2015. [ Link ]
  • Lillian J. Ratliff, Samuel A. Burden, S. Shankar Sastry. On the Characterization of Local Nash Equilibria in Continuous Games. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2016. [ Link ]
  • I. Yang, S.A. Burden, R. Rajagopal, S.S. Sastry, and C.J. Tomlin. Approximation algorithms for combinatorial dynamical systems. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2016 [ Link ]
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  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, 2014
    University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering with College Honors, Cum Laude, 2008
    University of Washington