Jorge Cortés


Jorge's picture Jorge Cortés is a Professor with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received the Licenciatura degree in mathematics from the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree in engineering mathematics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, in 2001. He held postdoctoral positions at the Systems, Signals and Control Department of the University of Twente in 2002 and at the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2002 to 2004. He was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 2004 to 2007.

Dr. Cortés is the author of "Geometric, Control and Numerical Aspects of Nonholonomic Systems" (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002) and co-author of "Distributed Control of Robotic Networks" (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009). He received a NSF CAREER award in 2006 and was the recipient of the 2006 Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics Young Researcher Prize. He has co-authored papers that have won the 2008 IEEE Control Systems Outstanding Paper Award, the 2009 SIAM Review SIGEST selection from the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, and the 2012 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award in the Theory category. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer. He served in the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2010-2012), IEEE Control Systems Magazine (2012-2016), Systems and Control Letters (2009-2012), and European Journal of Control (2006-2009) and in the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2005-2009). He currently serves in the editorial board of IEEE Access and Journal of Geometric Mechanics.

Dr. Cortés' research interests are in the area of systems and control, distributed control, network science, game theory, multi-agent coordination in robotics, power systems, and neuroscience, geometric and distributed optimization, nonsmooth analysis, and geometric mechanics. He is interested in designing and analyzing motion planning strategies and distributed coordination algorithms for autonomous mobile networks performing spatially-distributed sensing tasks. Application areas include mobile robotics, environmental adaptive sampling, and autonomous deployment of unmanned multi-vehicle networks. His PhD thesis work was focused on the geometric, numerical, and control aspects of nonholonomic systems. Detailed information is available at Dr. Cortés' resume.

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Jun 17
Ashish Cherukuri has successfully defended his PhD! The title of his thesis is Coordination and Competition in Optimal Dispatch: Distributed Algorithms, Saddle-Point Dynamics, and Iterative Bidding. He will be soon on to new, exciting challenges as a postdoc at ETH

Jun 17
Google Scholar has released "Classic Papers: Articles That Have Stood The Test of Time", a collection of highly-cited papers in their area of research that have stood the test of time. Our paper on robust rendezvous has made it to the top three in Automation & Control Theory!

Jun 17
Elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society for the three-year term Jan 2018-Dec 2020

Feb 17
Pavan Tallapragada starts as Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Science

Mar 16
MURO lab's robots are in the cover of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine April issue and the Jacobs School of Engineering Spring newsletter

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May 24-26, 17
American Control Conference 2017, Seattle, Washington

Jun 19-20, 17
Symposium of Controlling Complex Systems, JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

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