# Chris Phelps - cdphelps@ucsc.edu

## Applied Mathematics and Statistics

### University of California, Santa Cruz

*I am Chris Phelps and I am currently an Applied Math and Statistics graduate student at the University of Santa Cruz, California. I am interested in the field of computational optimal control. I am originally from Sacramento and did my undergraduate studies at the University of Santa Barbara, California, where I double-majored in Mathematics and Physics. *

Research Interests:

- Nonlinear control theory, optimal control theory, computational optimal control, numerical optimization, stochastic optimization, operations research
- Worked on a US Navy-funded project to determine optimal strategies for search and detection
- Developed a computational framework to numerically solve dynamic optimization problems with uncertainty
- Designed an algorithm for the solution of dynamic optimization problems based on Monte Carlo integration
- Used numerical analysis to demonstrate correctness and convergence properties of said algorithm
- Used variational analysis to derive necessary conditions for dynamic optimization problems with uncertainty

Peer-Reviewed Papers:

- Chris Phelps, et. al. ''A Numerical Algorithm for Optimal Control of Systems with Parameter Uncertainty''.
*Working paper*
- Chris Phelps, et. al. ''Sample Average Approximations in the Optimal Control of Uncertain Systems''.
*Working paper*
- Chris Phelps, et. al. ''Consistent Approximation of a Nonlinear Optimal Control Problem with Uncertain Parameters''.
*Automatica* *In review*
- Chris Phelps, et. al. ''Sample Average Approximations in Optimal Control of Uncertain Systems''.
*Proceedings of the 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) * Florence, Italy, *2013*
- Chris Phelps, et. al. ''Consistent Approximation of an Optimal Search Problem''.
*Proceedings of the 51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)* Maui, Hawaii, USA, *2012*

Hobbies and Interests:

- Basketball
- Soccer
- Classic Literature
- History
- Trivia