Peter Edwin Caines

James McGill Professor
Academic title(s): 

Macdonald Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information
Email address: 
peter.caines [at]
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Peter Caines received the BA in mathematics from Oxford University in 1967 and the PhD in systems and control theory in 1970 from Imperial College, University of London, under the supervision of David Q. Mayne, FRS. After pe- riods as a postdoctoral researcher and faculty member at UMIST, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Toronto and Harvard, he joined McGill University, Montreal, in 1980, where he is James McGill Professor and Macdonald Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2000 the adaptive control paper he coauthored with G. C. Goodwin and P. J. Ramadge (IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 1980) was recognized by the IEEE Control Systems Society as one of the 25 seminal control theory papers of the 20th century. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of SIAM, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (UK) and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2003. In 2009 he received the IEEE Control Systems Society Bode Lecture Prize and in 2012 a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Peter Caines is the author of Linear Stochastic Systems, John Wiley, 1988, and his research interests include stochastic, mean field, decentralized and hybrid sys- tems theory together with their applications in engineering, physics, economics and biology.


Ph.D., London

Area of expertise: 
  • Stochastic systems theory: filtering, identification and adaptive control
  • Hybrid and nonlinear systems
  • Mean Field (Nash Certainty Equivalence) stochastic control theory and its applications in control engineering, communications, networks, economics and biology
Research areas: 
Systems and Control
Selected publications: