Leah Dickstein is currently a third-year student at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She does research with Professor Sahai and Dr. Gireeja Ranade in Control Theory; her project focuses on the tradeoff between Delay and Control/System instability. In control systems, the plant needs regular feedback from the controller in a short timeframe, and delay will increase the instability of the system. At the same time, however, delay means we are sending more bits across a channel before taking a control action, leading to higher precision in the message and higher reliability of decoding success. In this case, delay increases the stability of the system.
Last summer, Leah spent 9 weeks at Los Alamos National Laboratory Dynamics Summer School, where she worked on a robotics project. In her spare time, Leah enjoys running, indoor/outdoor rock climbing, knitting, exploring new restaurants, reading fantasy/sci-fi and watching Korean dramas!