Institute for Information Sciences

Tyrone Duncan

Professor, Mathematics
Primary office:
(785) 864-7349
Nichols Hall
Room 353
Second office:
(785) 864-3032
Snow Hall
Room 512


Tyrone Duncan joined the Mathematics at KU in August 1974 where he is currently Professor.  He has been a Courtesy Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 2013.

Tyrone Duncan received his bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. He has held regular positions at the University of Michigan, the State University of New York-Stony Brook, and the University of Kansas. He has held visiting positions at the University of California--Berkeley, Harvard University, and the University of Bonn. He is the author or co-author of more than 125 papers in the areas of stochastic optimal control, adaptive control, filtering and communication as well as related topics in probability. He is member of the editorial boards of SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. His research focuses on stochastic systems and contol and probability of its applications. 


B.E.E. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1963

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1964

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1967


Stochastics of Mathematical Finance, Stochastic Analysis and its Applications, Stochastic Adaptive Control of Linear Partial Differential Equations, Applied Mathematics Seminar, Differential Equations, Probability Theory

Research Interests:

Explicitly solvable stochastic control problems, Stochastic control of distributed parameter systems, Stochastic adaptive control of linear and nonlinear systems, Mathematics of finance and stochastic modeling, Mathematics and telecommunication, Math education.

Professional Affiliations:


University of Michigan 1967-1971

University of California, Berkeley 1969-1970

Stony Brook University 1971-1974

University of Bonn 1978-1979

Harvard University 1979-1980

University of Kansas 1974-present

Selected Awards & Honors

IEEE (Life) Fellow (1999)

Olin K. Petefish Award in the Basic Sciences of the Higuchi Endowment

IFAC Fellow 2010

SIAM W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics 2013

SIAM Fellow 2015

Simons Fellow 2015

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