Professor Francesco Bullo - Research Group

Current PhD Students

  • Jeffrey R. Peters “Cooperative robotics and mixed teams” (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB, jrpeters at

  • Wenjun Mei “Network epidemics, competitive propagation and group decision making” (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB, meiwenjunbd at

  • Mishel George “Collective cell behavior and robotic surveillance” (Ph.D. student, ME UCSB, mishelgeorge

  • Shadi Mohagheghi “Network systems” (Ph.D. student, ECE UCSB, shadi.mohagheghi at

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

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

Current Postdoc

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

Current MS Students

  • Franklin Zheng “UAVs and Radars” (MS student, ME UCSB,

  • Celeste Bean “Virtual-oscillator control in microgrids” (MS student, CE UCSB, celestebean

Visitors 16/17

  • Professor Ge Chen, Assistant Professor, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science (AMSS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China

  • Barbara Franci, PhD student, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Politecnico di Torino

Former PhD Students

  • Pushkarini Agharkar, Ph.D., ME UCSB, Jan 2016, Path Planning Algorithms for Robotic Agents (pdf), Data Scientist, Uber, San Francisco

  • 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), Senior Engineer, Northrop Grumman

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

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

  • 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), Exploratory Scientist, Apple

  • Karl J. Obermeyer, Ph.D., ME, UCSB, Jun 2010, Visibility Problems for Sensor Networks and Unmanned Air Vehicles (pdf), Applied Mathematician and Software Developer

  • 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), Assistant 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), Senior Member of Research Staff, Palo Alto Research Center

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

  • 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