Jay Farrell

Jay Farrell Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Academic Personnel
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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

Research Areas

Controls and Robotics, Intelligent Systems

Contact Information

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

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 where he serves as Associate Dean.

He has served as Vice President Finance and Vice President of Technical Activities, on the Board of Governors from 2003-2006 and 2012-2014, and as President in 2014 for the IEEE Control Systems Society. He was Finance Chair of the 1995, 2001, and 2003; Vice General Chair of the 2011, and General Chair of the 2012 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. He has served on the board of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association, the IEEE Fellows Committee, the IEEE Financial Committee, as IEEE Educational Activity Board Treasurer in 2017, and will serve as American Automatic Control Council Vice President in 2018.

He was named a GNSS Leader to Watch for 2009-2010 by GPS World Magazine in May 2009 and a winner of the Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge by the U.S. Department of Transportation`s (DOT`s) Research and Innovative Technology Administration in July 2011.

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).


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 Vehicle Systems, June 28 - 30, 1993, Washington, D.C.

IEEE Fellow, 2008

2010 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)