Dr. Yuri Shtessel

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, ECE


301 Sparkman Drive
Engineering Building
Room 263F
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Shtessel has been working on a wide variety of research topics encompassing Nonlinear Nonminimum Phase Output Tracking on Sliding Modes with Application to Flight and Space Vehicle Control. Breakthrough is achieved in nonminimum phase output tracking on traditional and higher order sliding modes in causal systems. New results on a higher order sliding mode (HOSM) observer design for nonminimum phase nonlinear systems have been achieved as well. Novel adaptive sliding mode control algorithms that allow not overestimating the sliding mode control gains in systems with bounded disturbances and unknown bounds have been developed. The traditional and HOSM control and observation techniques have been used for designing controllers and observers: (a) For attitude tracking and bending mode control of a launch vehicle. (b) For damaged aircraft (both square and tailless configurations) reconfigurable anti-windup control. (c) In integrated autopilot/guidance system for hit-to-kill missile interceptors. (d) For output tracking in multiple-modular nonminimum phase boost and buck-boost DC-DC electric power converters. (e) For robust control of tight formations of unmanned air vehicles. (f) For the robust feedback stabilization of the blood glucose concentration level in diabetic patients. (g) For preserving a connectivity in mobile communication, data-gathering networks that consist of uncontrolled and controlled agents.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, South Ural State University, Russia, 1978
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, South Ural State University, Russia, 1971

Honors & Awards

  • A recipient of the UAH College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Professor Award, 2013.
  • A recipient of Distinguished Visiting Fellowship of The Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, 2008.
  • A recipient of the UAH Research and Creative Achievement Award, 2004.
  • A recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal for the outstanding contribution to control systems engineering, 2000.


  • Sliding mode control and observation. Launch vehicle control. Missile-interceptor guidance and control. DC/DC converters control. Blood-glucose concentration control.

Recent Publications

  • Lejun Chen, Christopher Edwards, Halim Alwi, Masayuki Sato, Shamila Nateghi, Yuri Shtessel “Sliding Mode Observers for Robust Fault Estimation in LPV Systems,” International Journal on Robust and Nonlinear Control, Vol. 33, Issue 15, pp. 9084-9108, October 2023, https://doi.org/10.1002/rnc.6307

  • R. Jesionowski, Y. Shtessel, and F. Plestan, "Sliding Mode Control Design Using Generalized Relative Degree Approach: Aerospace Application," The Journal of the Franklin Institute, Volume 360, Issue 14, 2023, pp. 10605-10632,

  • S. Rouquet, M. Ghanes, J. -P. Barbot, Y. B. Shtessel and L. Merienne, "A Batteryless Series Hybrid Electric Vehicle Control," in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 1032-1041, May 2023,

  • S. Nateghi, Y. Shtessel, C. Edwards, and J-P. Barbot, “Resilient Control of Cyber-Physical Systems Using Adaptive Super-Twisting Observer,” Asian Journal of Control, Vol. 23, Issue 3, May 2023pp 1775–1790,

  • S. Kode, Y. Shtessel, A. LevantJ. Rakoczy, M. Hannan, and J. Orr, “Development of Relative Degree Based Aerospace Sliding Mode Control MATLAB Toolbox with Cases Study”, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, 2023,–published on-line.

  • P. P. Menon, C. Edwards, and Y. Shtessel, "An Adaptive Sliding Mode Observer for A Complex Network of Dynamical Systems," Int. J. Adapt. Control Signal Process, 2016-published online: 25 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/acs.2670.

  • Polk Yu, Y. Shtessel, and C. Edwards, "Continuous Higher Order Sliding Mode Control with Adaptation of Air Breathing Hypersonic Missile," Int. J. Adapt. Control Signal Process, 2016- published on-line: 19 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/acs.2664.

  • C. Edwards and Y. Shtessel "Adaptive Continuous Higher Order Sliding Mode Control," Automatica, Vol. 65, 2016, pp 183-190.

  • P. Lanza, Y. Shtessel, and J. Stensby, "Improved Acquisition in a Phase-Locked Loop Using Sliding Mode Control Techniques," The Journal of the Franklin Institute, 352, 2015, pp. 4188–4204.

  • R. Ashok and Y. Shtessel, "Control of Fuel Cell- based Electric Power System Using Adaptive Sliding Mode Control and Observation Techniques," The Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol. 352, 2015, pp. 4911-4934.