Control Group

Cambridge University Department of Engineering

Richard T. Pates

Background - Research - Publications

Position: Research Associate

Office Location: BN4-86

E-mail: rtp22 [at]


2013 -- Present: Research Associate, University of Cambridge

2009 -- 2012: PhD, University of Cambridge (supervisor Dr Glenn Vinnicombe)

2005 -- 2009: MEng, University of Cambridge

Research Interests

Stability and Performance of Large Networks: In many networks maintaining performance independent of size is essential. For example a power system must maintain its operating frequency and voltage as consumers join and leave the grid. I am interested in how to design a network to have this property.

My PhD thesis was concerned with the above, where we demonstrated that provided the building blocks of an (electrical) network are interconnected in a particular way, the network inherits the designed properties of each piece (stability, l2 gain, etc). We use this approach to show how, for example, stability of an electrical power system with many generating areas can be deduced from one with two.


I have conducted small group teaching (1-3 people) for courses on:

Dynamics and Vibration (2014), Systems and Control (2013–14). Mechanics (2012). Vector calculus, linear algebra and probability (2010–12)

Selected Publications

Stability certificates for networks of heterogeneous linear systems. In IEEE 51st Annual Conference on Decision and Control, December 2012