Professor Cannon studied engineering as an undergraduate (MEng in Engineering Science) and completed a doctorate (DPhil) at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1993 and 1998. Between these, he did a master’s degree (SM) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1995.
Since 2002, Mark has been an Associate Professor in the Engineering Science Department and a Fellow of St John’s College. He is a member of the Oxford Control Group.
Mark’s research is about control and optimization of systems with constraints and model or measurement uncertainty. Constrained optimal control problems have a diverse range of applications as a result physical, environmental and economic restrictions on system operations. Feedback control systems that optimize predicted future behaviour can account for constraints explicitly, and this can provide significant improvements in performance and applicability.
He is interested in the fundamental properties of constrained control strategies such as feasibility and closed-loop stability, as well as computational issues such as convexity and efficiency of implementation for systems with fast dynamics and stochastic uncertainty.
I supervise research students in control and optimization.