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 has been an IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer (2010-2014) and is an IEEE Fellow. 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

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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Latest news

Dec 19
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.

Oct 19
Plenary talk at Congreso Nacional de Control Automático (CNCA 2019), Puebla, México

Sep 19
Our paper on using opportunistic state-triggered control to synthesize convergence-rate-matching discretizations of accelerated optimization flows accepted at NIPS 2019!

Jul 19
Yifu Zhang anf Erfan Nozari have successfully defended their PhD! The title of Yifu's thesis is Transient Frequency Analysis and Distributed Synthesis for Power Networks. The title of Erfan's thesis is Networked Dynamical Systems: Privacy, Control, and Cognition They will be soon on to new, exciting challenges, Yifu at MathWorks and Erfan as a postdoc at UPenn.


Oct 23-25, 19
Congreso Nacional de Control Automático, Puebla, México

Dec 11-13, 19
IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2019, Nice, France

Jan 24, 20
Southern California Control Workshop, UC San Diego

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