Professor Francesco Bullo - Biography


Francesco Bullo is a Professor and Chair the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received the Laurea degree “summa cum laude” in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology in 1999. From 1998 to 2004, he was an Assistant Professor with the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2004 he has been at University of California, Santa Barbara; he is currently affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, and the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation.

Professor Bullos’ research focuses on modeling, dynamics and control of multi-agent network systems, with applications to robotic coordination, power systems, distributed computing and social networks. Previous work includes contributions to geometric control, Lagrangian systems, vehicle routing, and motion planning. Professor Bullo has published more than 250 papers in international journals, books, and refereed conferences. He is the coauthor, with Andrew D. Lewis, of the book “Geometric Control of Mechanical Systems” (Springer, 2004, 0-387-22195-6), with Jorge Cortés and Sonia Martínez, of the book “Distributed Control of Robotic Networks” (Princeton, 2009, 978-0-691-14195-4), and with Stephen L. Smith of the book “Lectures on Robotics Planning and Kinematics” (SIAM, 2016, under review); his forthcoming “Lectures on Network Systems” is available on his website.

Professor Bullo is a Fellow of IEEE and IFAC. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Control Systems Society. His articles received the 2008 CSM Outstanding Paper Award from IEEE CSS, the 2011 Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from AACC, the 2013 SIAG/CST Best Paper Prize from SIAM, the 2014 Automatica Best Paper Prize from IFAC, the 2016 Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award from IEEE CAS, and the 2016 TCNS Outstanding Paper Award from IEEE CSS. Professor Bullo served as advisor or co-advisor of 19 graduated PhD students. He received the 2015 UCSB Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award and the 2004 UIUC COE Outstanding Advisor Award. His students’ papers were finalists for the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2002, 2005, 2007), and the American Control Conference (2005, 2006, 2010).

Professor Bullo has served, for the IEEE Control Systems Society, as 2011-2012 Vice-President for Technical Activities, as 2013-2014 Vice-President for Publications, as 2007-2009 Elected Member of the Board of Governors and as Program Chair for the 2016 IEEE Conference in Decision and Control. He will serve as President Elect / President / President Past of the IEEE Control Systems Society during the triennum 2017–2019. Additionally, he served on the Editorial Boards of “IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control,” “ESAIM: Control, Optimization, and the Calculus of Variations,” “SIAM Journal of Control and Optimization,” and “Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems”.

Since July 2013, Professor Bullo serves as Mechanical Engineering Department Chair at UCSB. In this role he has responsibilities over academic personell matters, educational programs, facilities management, governance, finances, and communication/development.


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Francesco Bullo is a Professor with the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was previously associated with the University of Padova, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois. His research interests focus on network systems and distributed control with application to robotic coordination, power grids and social networks. He is the coauthor of “Geometric Control of Mechanical Systems” (Springer, 2004) and “Distributed Control of Robotic Networks” (Princeton, 2009); his forthcoming “Lectures on Network Systems” is available on his website. He received best paper awards for his work in IEEE Control Systems, Automatica, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IFAC. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE, SIAM, and ESAIM journals, and will serve as IEEE CSS President in 2018.

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