Christopher Kellett

Professor and Director, School of Engineering

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Ian Ross Building (31), R204


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Control theory, economics of climate change, nonlinear systems, robust control systems, signals and systems, social systems, stability theory.


Professor Kellett’s research interests are broadly in areas referred to as mathematical systems theory, autonomous systems, control engineering, or (new) cybernetics, with a focus on analysis and design of nonlinear systems. He is particularly interested in stability and performance of nonlinear systems with applications in power networks, telecommunications, signal processing, social systems, and the economics of climate change.


Professor Kellett has been the Director of the ANU School of Engineering since 2020. Prior to this, he held several roles at the University of Newcastle (UON), including Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment. He is currently maintaining a conjoint appointment at UON in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Professor Kellet has held several research fellowships, including an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship while at UON, a Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany, 2012-2013), and positions at the Hamilton Institute (Ireland), the University of Melbourne (Australia), and the Ecole des Mines de Paris (France).

Professor Kellett received his BSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at the University of California Riverside in 1997, and his MSc and PhD, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2000 and 2002, respectively.

Activities & Awards

Professor Kellett serves as the Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Control Systems Letters, and Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems. He has previously served as the Associate Editor for the European Journal on Control (2013-2019), and was a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board from 2007-2017. He has served on the International Program Committees for several International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC) conferences.

In 2017, jointly with co-authors Salman Hafeez (UON) and Professor S. Weller (UON) he received the inaugural IFAC Foundation Award for demonstrating contributions of systems and control techniques in the area of sustainable development.

2011 UON Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment.

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