Murti Salapaka

Professor Murti Salapaka

Murti Salapaka

Professor, Vincentine Hermes-Luh Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Kenneth H. Keller Hall
Room 5-161
200 Union Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D., EE, 1997, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
M.S., EE, 1993, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
B.Tech., ME, 1991, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

Professional Background

Control and dynamic systems, and application to nano- and bio-interrogation

Research Interests

Salapaka Research Group Site

My research spans control theory and its applications to nano-interrogation and bio-manipulation at the molecular scale using laser tweezers and atomic force microscopes.

Teaching Subjects
EE 4231 Linear Control
EE 5231 Linear System Optimal Control

Honors and Awards

2019 IEEE Fellow for application of control and systems technology in nanoscience
2019 Vincentine Hermes-Luh Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering
2008 July 6-11, Keynote Lecture “Control and Systems Approaches to Atomic Force Microscopy”, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), 17th IFAC World Congress, Seoul, Korea
2007 Student Deepak Sahoo’s paper, selected one of the top 5 papers at the American Control Conference
2005 Students Tathagatha De and Abu Sebastian’s paper highlighted in Photonics magazine
2005 Thermally Driven Non-contact Atomic Force Microscopy highlighted in Nature, September 22, 2005 issue 
2002 Litton Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
2001 ISU, Young Engineering Faculty Research Award
1998 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
1992 Dean’s Fellowship for outstanding graduate performance, University of California, Santa Barbara 

Selected Publications


Tathagata De, Pranav Agarwal, Deepak R. Sahoo, and Murti V. Salapaka. “Real-time detection of probe loss in atomic force microscopy”. Applied Physics Letters, 89 (2006): 133119.

Anil Gannepalli, Abu Sebastian, Jason Cleveland, and M. V. Salapaka. “Thermally driven non-contact atomic force microscopy”. Applied Physics Letters, 87.11 (2005): 111901.

Xin Qi(s), M. V. Salapaka, Petros G. Voulgaris, and Mustafa Khammash. “Structured optimal and robust control with multiple criteria: A convex solution”. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 49.10 (October 2004): 1623-1640.

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