Education

I received my Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara under the guidance of Prof. Francesco Bullo in the field of Control, Dynamical Systems, & Computation. Duringmy Ph.D. studies I also spent a lot of time at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at the Los Alamos National Laboratories primarily working with Michael Chertkov. My prior diploma education was in the field of Engineering Cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart advised by Prof. Frank Allgöwer and at the Systems Control Group at the University of Toronto advised by Prof. Bruce Francis.

On the Job

I am an Associate Professor at the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zürich. From 2013 to 2014 I was an Assistant Professor at the EE department of the University of California Los Angeles.

My students were winners or finalists for Best Student Paper awards at the 2013/2019 European Control Conference, the 2016 American Control Conference, and the 2017 PES PowerTech Conference. I am furthermore a recipient of the 2010 ACC Student Best Paper Award, the 2011 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, the 2012- 2014 Automatica Best Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Circuits and Systems Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award, and the 2015 UCSB ME Best PhD award.

My general research interests are centered around distributed control and optimization in complex, cyber-physical, and networked systems with applications to smart power grids, robotic coordination, and social networks. Topics of recent interest include stability and control in low-inertia power grids, online feedback optimization with applications to power systems operation, distributed and plug-and- play control and optimization, data-driven control, social network dynamics and formation, and synchronization in complex networks.

  My full curriculum vitae can be found here.

  A short curriculum vitae can be found here.

Publications & Preprints

My full list publications, preprints, and technical reports can be found here.

  My profile on Google Scholar can be found here. My Google Patents are here.

My Orcid ID is 0000-0002-9649-5305, you find me on the math genealogy project, and my Erdös number is 4. For the network-minded among you, here is my connection:

  1. F. Dörfler and B.A. Francis. “Geometric Analysis of the Formation Problem for Autonomous Robots”. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 55, no. 10, October 2010, pages 2379-2384.

  2. M. Vidyasagar, H. Schneider and B.A. Francis. “Algebraic and topological aspects of feedback stabilization”. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 27, no. 4, August 1982, pages 880-894.

  3. M.V. Subbarao and M. Vidyasagar. “On Watson's quintuple product identity”. Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 26, 1970, pages 23-27.

  4. P. Erdös and M.V. Subbarao. “On the iterates of some arithmetic functions”. The Theory of Arithmetic Functions: Proceedings of the conference at Western Michigan University, April 29-May 1, 1971, pages 119-125.

Extracurricular Interests

When I am not working as a scientist, I try to follow my passion in all mountain sport disciplines, including rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, trail running, and mountaineering. I am pursuing all of the above leisure activities on an amateur level, but I try as hard as possible to have a good adventure on every trip!