Professor Francesco Bullo - Research Group

Current PhD Students

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

  • Alexander Davydov (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB, davydov at

  • Veronica Centorrino (Ph.D. student, SSM, Napoli), joint supervision with Prof Giovanni Russo

  • Gilberto Diaz-Garcia (Ph.D. student, ECE, UCSB), joint supervision with Prof Jason Marden

  • Sean Jaffe (Ph.D. student, CS UCSB), joint supervision with Prof Ambuj Singh

  • Anand Gokhale (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB)

  • Yohan John (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB)

  • Abed Musaffar (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB)

Former PhD Students

  • Kevin D. Smith (Ph.D., ECE UCSB, Mar 2023) Control and Estimation in Network Systems (pdf), Senior Software Engineer, Utilidata

  • Pedro Cisneros-Velarde (Ph.D., ECE UCSB, Jun 2021) Network Systems: Social networks, Epidemics, Optimization and Contraction Theory (pdf), Postdoc, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Elizabeth Y. Huang (Ph.D., ME UCSB, Dec 2020) Networks of Coupled Oscillators and Social Network Structures of Teams (pdf), Research Engineer, Systems Technology Inc, Hawthorne, CA

  • Xiaoming Duan (Ph.D., ME UCSB, Dec 2020), Markov Chain-Based Stochastic Strategies for Robotic Surveillance (pdf), Postdoc, UT Austin

  • 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), Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, Peking University

  • Jeffrey R. Peters Ph.D. ME UCSB, Jun 2017, Cooperative robotics and mixed teams (pdf), Technical Account Manager, Yardi Systems Inc

  • 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 Toronto, Canada

  • Rush Patel, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Apr 2015, Robotic Surveillance and Deployment Strategies (pdf), Control Systems Senior Specialist, Virgin Hyperloop

  • 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), Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UC Riverside

  • Joey W. Durham, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Jun 2011, Distributed Coordination for Teams of Robots (pdf), Sr. 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), Lead 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), Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University

  • Stephen L. Smith, Ph.D., ME, UC Santa Barbara, Aug 2009, Task Allocation and Vehicle Routing in Dynamic Environments (pdf), Professor and Canada Research Chair, 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), Head of Perception, 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