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  • Clarendon Scholarship, Oxford University, 2009-2012
  • Overseas Research Student Award Scheme (ORSAS), UK Government, 2009-2011


I am currently a D.Phil student in Dynamical Systems and Control Theory in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, where I have been since 2009. I have a Degree in Mathematics (BSc) and a Degree in Electrical Engineering (BE) from the University of Sydney, finishing as an undergraduate at the end of 2006. I worked for 2 years at Esso Australia (ExxonMobil) in process control, instrumentation and optimisation, which was predominantly for natural gas processing plants. In 2009, I was a research associate at Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University (ANU). In 2011, I was a visiting student at the Control and Dynamical Systems group, California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Research Interests


  • Nonlinear dynamical systems; Lyapunov theory, Invariance, Time-varying Systems, Partial Stability, Synchronisation
  • Feedback and control theory
  • Networked systems
  • Computational methods: Sum Of Squares Programming and Semidefinite Programming


  • Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • Energy


  1. E.J.Hancock and A. Papachristodoulou. Generalised Absolute Stability and Sum of Squares. In Proceedings of the 2011 American Control Conference, San Francisco, CAL, June 2011 [1]
  2. E.J.Hancock and A. Papachristodoulou. Structured Sum of Squares for Networked Systems Analysis. In Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Orlando, FL, Dec 2011 [2]
  3. E.J.Hancock and A. Papachristodoulou. Generalised Absolute Stability and Sum of Squares. Automatica (provisionally accepted).

Teaching Experience

  • 2011-12: College Lecturer - Christ Church, Oxford
  • 2011: Lab Demonstrator - Oxford University Department of Engineering
  • 2006: Tutor - Sydney University Department of Electrical and Information Engineering

Contact Information

  • Department Address: Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PJ