Shankar Sastry is currently the Thomas Siebel Professor of Computer Science, the director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, and the co-Director of the C3 Digital Transformation Institute. He is also the faculty Director of the FHL Vive Center for Enhanced Reality. He has faculty appointments in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering. From 2007-2018 he was the Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering. From 2004 to 2007 he was the Director of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology in the Interests of Society) an interdisciplinary center spanning UC Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz. He has served as Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley from January, 2001 through June 2004. From 1999-2001, he was the Director of the Information Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, VA. Dr. Sastry received his Ph.D. degree in 1981 from the University of California, Berkeley. He was on the faculty of MIT as Asst. Professor from 1980-82 and Harvard University as a chaired Gordon Mc Kay professor in 1994. His areas of personal research are AI and Machine Learning, resilient cyber physical systems, mechanism design and incentive theory for the digital transformation system of complex societal scale systems networks, cybersecurity, autonomous robotic vehicles and robots, computer vision, nonlinear and adaptive control, control of hybrid and embedded systems. From 2006-2017 he led a ten year NSF Science and Technology Center (with multi-university partners), TRUST (Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technologies) and its successor five-year center 2013-19, FORCES (Foundations of Resilient Cyber Physical Systems).
- Theory of Reinforcement Learning, Fall 2020. Visiting Scientist.