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, the 2012 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award in the Theory category, and the 2019 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Outstanding Paper Award. At the IEEE Control Systems Society, he has been a Distinguished Lecturer (2010-2014), and is currently its Director of Operations and an elected member (2018-2020) of its Board of Governors. He served in the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2010-2012), IEEE Control Systems magazine (2012-2016), IEEE Access (2015-2017), 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 Journal of Nonlinear Science and Journal of Geometric Mechanics. He is a Fellow of IEEE and SIAM.

Dr. Cortés' research interests are in the area of systems and control, cooperative control, network optimization, distributed decision making and autonomy, systems orchestration, network science and complex systems, game theory, multi-agent coordination in robotics, transportation, power systems, and neuroscience, nonsmooth analysis, and geometric mechanics. His research is characterized by its interdisciplinary character and the connections between solid theoretical foundations, development of computational methods, and applications. His research program seeks to unveil the science and engineering that explains and enhances the operation of network systems. The ultimate aim is to understand the mechanisms that make complex networks function they way they do, and to use this knowledge to develop systematic methods to design better networks. Detailed information is available at Dr. Cortés' resume.

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Latest news

November 2020
Plenary talk at International Automatic Control Conference (CACS 2020), Hsinchu, Taiwan

June 2020
Erfan Nozari is the recipient of the "Robert E. Skelton Systems and Control Dissertation Award'' for the academic year 2018-2019!

March 2020
Elevated to SIAM Fellow. Check out SIAM Announces Class of 2020 Fellows

March 2020
Aaron Ma has successfully defended his PhD! The title of Aaron's thesis is Model-Based Reinforcement Learning for Cooperative Multi-Agent Planning: Exploiting Hierarchies, Bias, and Temporal Sampling. He will be soon on to new, exciting challenges at Shield AI.

December 2019
Our paper on "Differentially private distributed convex optimization via functional perturbation" is the winner of the 2019 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Outstanding Paper Award! This award is given to a paper published in the past two years in the IEEE TCNS and the basis for judgment is originality, potential impact on the foundations of network systems, importance and practical significance in applications, and clarity.


July 1-3, 20
2020 American Control Conference, Denver, Colorado

November 4-7, 20
2020 International Automatic Control Conference, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Dec 8-11, 20
IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2020, Juju Island, South Korea

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