Research Overview

The focus of my research group is on the areas of control, dynamical systems, optimization, and learning. In particular, we are interested in studying complex large-scale systems arising from emerging physical, biological, and medical applications. Our interests lead to an interdisciplinary research program across boundaries of science and engineering.

NMR Spectroscopy and Imaging

Applied Mathematics Lab

Research Interests

Neural Engineering and Control

Ensemble Control

About Me

I am Professor of Systems Science and Mathematics in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. I am also a faculty member in the Computational and Systems Biology and Computational and Molecular Biophysics programs in the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS). I am Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization (SICON) and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology (TCST). I am grateful to have received an NSF Career Award (2008) and an AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2010).

Before joining Washington University, I was a graduate student at Harvard Applied Mathematics in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences. [CV]

Jr-Shin Li

Computational Optimal Control and Optimization

Professor of Systems Science and Mathematics

Electrical and Systems Engineering

Professor, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences

Washington University in St. Louis

Green Hall 1120B

Phone: 314-935-7340                           Email:

Mathematical and Applied Control

Computational Mathematics

Computational Biology and Neuroscience

Quantum Control

Dynamic Learning & Applied Geometry

Data-Driven Methods for Dynamical Systems

Stochastic Control & Financial Engineering

Current Research Projects


I am looking for highly motivated students and postdocs to join my research group.

Prospective Postdocs:

Position 1: Control and Learning for Large-Scale Complex Systems

  1. Applicants with expertise in systems, control, and learning and interested in interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Applications, including a CV and a brief description of interests and goals, should be sent to

Position 2: Control and Optimization of Neural Activity

  1. Please check here for more details. Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received, until the positions are filled.

Prospective Students:

I supervise students from both Electrical Engineering (EE) and Systems Science and Mathematics (SSM) PhD programs in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, as well as students from the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) at Washington University.