Professor Francesco Bullo - Research Group

Current PhD Students

  • Xiaoming Duan (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB, xiaomingduan.zju at

  • Pedro Cisneros-Velarde (Ph.D. student, ECE UCSB, pacisne at

  • Elizabeth Y. Huang (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB, eyhuang at

  • Kevin D. Smith (Ph.D. student, ECE UCSB, kevinsmith

  • Francesco Seccamonte (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB, fseccamonte at

Current Postdoctoral Scientists

  • Saber Jafarpour “Stabilizing the Power System in 2035 and Beyond” (postdoc, ME UCSB, saber.jafarpour at

  • Dario Paccagnan “Distributed Control and Game Theory” (postdoc, ME UCSB, dariop at

Former PhD Students

  • Shadi Mohagheghi Ph.D., ECE UCSB, March 2020, Network Science of Teams: Dynamics, Algorithms, and Implications (pdf), Navigation and Geo-Positioning Engineer, Aerospace Corporation, LA

  • Mishel George Ph.D., ME UCSB, June 2018, Collective Cell Behavior and Design of Stochastic Surveillance Strategies (pdf), Autonomy Software Engineer, Doordash, San Francisco, California

  • Wenjun Mei Ph.D. ME UCSB, Mar 2018, Modeling and Analysis of Social Network Dynamics: Propagation, Learning and Structural Balance (pdf), PostDoctoral Scientist, ETH, Zurich

  • Jeffrey R. Peters Ph.D. ME UCSB, Jun 2017, Cooperative robotics and mixed teams (pdf), Senior Research Engineer and Robotics AI Expert, United Technology Research Center, East Hartford, Connecticut

  • Pushkarini Agharkar, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Jan 2016, Path Planning Algorithms for Robotic Agents (pdf), Data Software Engineer, Google, Toronto

  • John W. Simpson-Porco, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Aug 2015, Distributed Control of Inverter-Based Power Grids (pdf), Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada

  • Rush Patel, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Apr 2015, Robotic Surveillance and Deployment Strategies (pdf), Principal Research Engineer, Systems Technology Inc, Hawthorne, CA

  • Florian Dorfler, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Sep 2013, Dynamics and Control in Power Grids and Complex Oscillator Networks (pdf), Associate Professor, Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zurich

  • Anahita Mirtabatabaei, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Jun 2013, Opinion Dynamics with Heterogeneous Interactions and Information Assimilation (pdf), Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Glassdoor

  • Vaibhav Srivastava, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Dec 2012, Stochastic Search and Surveillance Strategies for Mixed Human-Robot Teams (pdf), Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University

  • Fabio Pasqualetti, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Sep 2012, Secure Control Systems: A Control-Theoretic Approach to Cyber-Physical Security (pdf), Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UC Riverside

  • Joey W. Durham, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Jun 2011, Distributed Coordination for Teams of Robots (pdf), Manager of Research and Advanced Development, Amazon Robotics

  • Sandra H. Dandach, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Jun 2011, Topics in Sequential Decision Making: Analysis and Applications (pdf), Research Scientist, Apple

  • Karl J. Obermeyer, Ph.D., ME, UCSB, Jun 2010, Visibility Problems for Sensor Networks and Unmanned Air Vehicles (pdf), Tracking Research Lead, Standard Cognition

  • Shaunak D. Bopardikar, Ph.D., ME, UCSB, Mar 2010, Pursuit Strategies for Autonomous Vehicles (pdf), Senior Research Scientist, UTRC

  • Stephen L. Smith, Ph.D., ME, UC Santa Barbara, Aug 2009, Task Allocation and Vehicle Routing in Dynamic Environments (pdf), Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

  • Sara Susca, Ph.D., ECE, UC Santa Barbara, Dec 2007, Distributed Boundary Estimation and Monitoring (pdf), Systems Engineer, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Nikolaj Nordkvist, Ph.D., Math, Technical University of Denmark, Jan 2008, Motion Control along Relative Equilibria (pdf), Research Scientist, Numerica Corporation

  • Ketan Savla, Ph.D., ECE, UCSB, Dec 2007, Multi UAV Systems with Motion and Communication Constraints (pdf), Associate Professor & John and Dorothy Shea Early Career Chair in Civil Engineering, University of Southern California

  • Anurag Ganguli, Ph.D., ECE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Apr 2007, Motion Coordination for Mobile Robotic Networks with Visibility Sensors (pdf), PlusAI

  • Giuseppe Notarstefano, Ph.D., Information Eng., Universita’ di Padova, Mar 2007, Optimization Strategies for Constrained Control Systems and Robotic Networks (pdf), Professor, Universita’ di Bologna, Italy

  • W. Todd Cerven, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003, Efficient Hierarchical Global Motion Planning for Autonomous Vehicles (pdf), Senior Engineer, Aerospace Corporation

  • Gregory J. Toussaint, Ph.D., ECE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2000, Robust Control and Motion Planning for Nonlinear Underactuated Systems (pdf), (Assistant Professor, USAF Academy)

Former Postdocs and Research Associates