Mathias Hudoba de Badyn

About me

I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Automatic Control Lab at ETH Zürich working with John Lygeros and Roy Smith. Before coming here, I did my PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington with Mehran Mesbahi.

I work on problems involving the control and estimation of networked dynamical systems. Such systems appear everywhere in both nature and engineering, for example in swarms of robotic vehicles, social networks, gene networks, animal flocking and spacecraft formation flight. My focus is on networked systems that have an intrinsic state-dependent graph structure, meaning that the dynamical process on the network changes the communication links between agents in the network. Such processes are highly nonlinear and are difficult to analyze with standard techniques. Pretty much all real-world networked systems are state-dependent. The goal of my research is to find methods of analysis that allow one to formulate controllers and estimators for such state-dependent networked systems.

In my previous life as an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, I worked at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics under the supervision of James Owen. We studied how X-ray heating contributes to the dispersal of protoplanetary discs. I also had the good fortune to work with Richard Marchand and Richard Sydora at the University of Alberta, where we worked on how to use electrodynamics space tethers for removing radiation belts around the Earth. In my final year, I did two Honours theses. I worked with Greg Martin on the Hilbert-Pólya and pair-correlation conjectures, and with Joanna Karczmarek’s string theory group studying the geometry of membranes emerging from the Berenstein-Dzienkowski Hamiltonian.

News and Updates

  • Feb. 26, 2021: My paper "H-infinity network optimization for edge consensus" with Omar Farhat and Dany Jaoude was accepted to the 2021 European Control Conference. Stay tuned for the preprint!
  • Jan. 3, 2021: I'm offering a master's thesis project on distributed control for the life support system of a lunar colony. Check out the posting here!
  • Dec. 9, 2020: We posted a preprint of our work on input-convex neural networks for model predictive control of smart buildings. Check it out here!
  • Nov. 27, 2020: I'm offering a mater's thesis project on distributed MPC for smart buildings. This project is now taken.
  • Sept. 6, 2020: I gave a talk on optimizing graphs for consensus at the Séminaire du LaCIM on September 18.
  • Aug. 25, 2020: I'm offering a master's thesis project on distributed attitude and formation control of satellite swarms. The project is now taken.
  • June. 15, 2020: I'm offering a master's thesis project on distributed MPC for building and energy hubs control with Mohammad Khosravi and Felix Buenning. The project is now taken.
  • May. 17, 2020: My paper "Graph Theoretic Optimization for Edge Consensus" with Dillon Foight, Daniel Calderone, Mehran Mesbahi, and Roy Smith was accepted to the 24th International Symposium on the Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems. The conference has been postponed until August 2021, but the preprint can be accessed here.
  • Mar. 7, 2020: My paper "Performance and Design of Consensus on Matrix-Weighted and Time Scaled Graphs" with Dillon Foight and Mehran Mesbahi was provisionally accepted to the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. The preprint may be found here!

Recent Publications

Below are some recent publications; see here for a full list.