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), 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 Control Systems Magazine, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, IEEE Access, and Journal of Geometric Mechanics.

Dr. Cortés' research interests are in the area of systems and control, sensor networks, game theory, engineering mathematics, and geometric mechanics. More specifically, 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

Oct 15
Our MURO lab webpage is live here

Sep 15
Undergraduate student researchers working in our Multi-Agent Robotics (MURO) Laboratory are featured in the news of the UCSD School of Engineering in "Undergraduates find a future in robotics lab over summer"

Aug 15
David Mateos has successfully defended his PhD! The title of his thesis is Distributed Algorithms for Convex Optimization: Noisy Channels, Online Computation, Nuclear Norm Regularization, and Separable Constraints. He will soon start working as a postdoc at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Aug 15
Dean Richert is the inaugural recipient of the "Robert E. Skelton Systems and Control Dissertation Award'' for the academic year 2013-2014

Jul 15
Mike Ouimet has started in his new position as Engineer at the Unmanned Maritime Vehicles Laboratory, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, San Diego!

Distributed Control of Robotic Networks

F. Bullo, J. Cortés, and S. Martínez

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Jan 27-28, 16
Workshop on "Frontiers in distributed optimization and control of sustainable power systems", National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

Feb 12, 16
Department Seminar, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Apr 1, 16
Department Seminar, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio

Apr 11-15, 16
Emphasis Workshop: Control And Observability of Network Dynamics, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University

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