Optimal control has applications in many scientific fields, ranging from the physical sciences and engineering to economics and the social sciences. Optimal control theory is the science of maximizing the returns from and minimizing the costs of the operation of physical, social, and economic processes. Optimal control deals with the problem of finding a control law for a given system such that a certain optimality criterion is achieved. An optimal control problem is a set of differential equations describing the paths of the control variables that minimize cost.
| Paul Armsworth ||Ecology & Evolutionary Biology||Applications of mathematical modeling, statistics and optimization to inform conservation of biodiversity and the management of ecosystem services|
| Judy Day ||Mathematics; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science||Mathematical modeling and control, dynamical systems, model predictive control, acute inflammation/immunology|
| Louis Gross ||Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Mathematics||Mathematical ecology. Director, NIMBioS; Director, The Institute for Environmental Modeling (TIEM)|
| Suzanne Lenhart ||Mathematics||Optimal control, population and environmental models, natural resource modeling, disease models|
| Xiaopeng Zhao ||Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering||Biommedical signal processing, medical informatics, dynamics and control, computational biology|