CSC@USC Seminar Series is sponsored by the Ming Hsieh Institute and it presents a unique opportunity to engage students, faculty, and industry, and exchange ideas and experiences in interdisciplinary research topics within the overarching theme of Control and Dynamical Systems. To this end, our objective is to organize a seminar series that builds on the ongoing activities within the Center for Systems and Control at the University of Southern California (CSC@USC). We aim to provide an invaluable educational forum for our graduate students by bringing in leading researchers and industrial talent to our campus.

To optimize the use of resources and avoid potential overlap, the seminar series is jointly organized and cross-listed with MHI CommNetS Seminars. Unless otherwise noted, the seminars are taking place on Mondays, at 2pm, in Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) 132.

To suggest speakers and visitors, please contact Mihailo Jovanovic, Eva Kanso, Ashutosh Nayyar, or Ketan Savla.

Spring 2019


Behrouz Touri, University of California, San Diego
Stochastic adventures in systems and controls

April 22, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Suman Chakravorty, Texas A&M University
A decoupling principle in stochastic optimal control and its implications

April 17, 2019, 3:00pm; EEB 132 (note day change)
Cross-listed with CCI-MHI Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems


Jason Marden, University of California, Santa Barbara
If agents could talk … what should they say?

April 8, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Panagiotis Tsiotras, Georgia Institute of Technology
Uncertainty synthesis for stochastic systems

April 5, 2019, 11:00am; EEB 248 (note day/time/room change)


Niklas Karlsson, Verizon Media
Adaptive optimization and control in online advertising

April 1, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Michael Demetriou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dynamic-data driven real-time estimation of plumes using adaptive sampling

Mar 25, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Antonis Papachristodoulou, University of Oxford
Exploiting sparsity in semidefinite and sum of squares programming

Mar 20, 2019, 3:00pm; EEB 132 (note day change)
Cross-listed with CCI-MHI Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems


Margareta Stefanovic, University of Denver
Robust stabilization with guaranteed performance in heterogeneous multi-agent systems with nonlinear uncertain couplings

Mar 18, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Muriel Medard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding (GRAND)

Mar 4, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Jorge Cortes, University of California, San Diego
The role of network structure in controlling complex networks

Feb 25, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Paul Newton, University of Southern California
Adaptive chemotherapy

Feb 11, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Shaunak Bopardikar, Michigan State University
Sensor selection via randomized sampling

Feb 4, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Frank Lewis, University of Texas at Arlington
Reinforcement learning structures for real-time optimal control and differential games

Jan 28, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Dominique Duncan, University of Southern California
Analytic tools for identifying biomarkers of epileptogenesis after traumatic brain injury using multi-modal data and virtual reality to correct segmentation errors in MRI

Jan 14, 2019, 2:00pm; EEB 132

Fall 2018


Geir Dullerud, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Automata-switched systems, decentralized control, and team games

Nov 26, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Munther Dahleh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A marketplace for data: An algorithmic solution

Nov 12, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Sonja Glavaski, ARPA-E
Building efficient, sustainable and resilient grid by controlling the edge

Nov 5, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Amir Rahmani, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Swarm autonomy and a new era of space exploration

Oct 29, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Rayadurgam Srikant, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
On the loss surface of neural networks for binary classification

Oct 22, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Stanley Chan, Purdue University
Understanding plug-and-play ADMM: convergence, objective function, and generalization

Oct 15, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Murat Arcak, University of California, Berkeley
Scalable symbolic control

Oct 8, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Vanessa Jonsson, City of Hope Beckman Research Institute
Adaptive clinical trial design to address acquired resistance and therapeutic failure

Oct 1, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


James Anderson, California Institute of Technology
Private models and distributed control of networked systems

Sept 24, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Soon-Jo Chung, California Institute of Technology
Multi-agent cooperative control and estimation for flying cars and spacecraft swarms

Sept 17, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Meisam Razaviyayn, University of Southern California
Finding a local optimum of a constrained non-convex optimization and its connections to global optimality

Sept 10, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Jason Lee, University of Southern California
Towards theoretical understanding of over-parametrization in deep learning

Aug 27, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132

Spring 2018


Steven Brunton, University of Washington
Data-driven discovery and control of nonlinear systems

Apr 23, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


John Baras, University of Maryland
Networked Cyber-Physical Systems (Net-CPS)

Apr 16, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Anders Rantzer, Lund University
Towards a scalable theory of control

Apr 9, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Jorge Poveda, University of California, Santa Barbara
Robust model-free control, optimization, and learning in cyber-physical societal systems

Apr 2, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


B. Ross Barmish, University of Wisconsin, Madison
From the Kelly-Shannon collaboration to stock trading based on feedback control

Mar 26, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Ali Jadbabaie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Near-optimal sparse sensor and actuator selection

Mar 19, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Pramod Khargonekar, University of California, Irvine
Electric grid integration of renewable generation and distributed control

Mar 5, 2018, 11:00am; EEB 132 (note time change)


Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology
Long-range autonomy and constraint-based coordination of multi-robot systems

Feb 28, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132 (note day change)
Cross-listed with CCI-MHI Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems


Frank Doyle, Harvard University
Controlling the artificial pancreas

Feb 26, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Sean Meyn, University of Florida
Reinforcement learning: hidden theory, and new super-fast algorithms

Feb 21, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132 (note day change)
Cross-listed with CCI-MHI Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems


Richard Murray, California Institute of Technology
Safety-critical autonomous systems: What is possible? What is required?

Feb 12, 2018, 11:00am; EEB 132 (note time change)


Douglas Smith, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
AFOSR – Unsteady Aerodynamics and Turbulent Flows: An introduction

Feb 5, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Zhisheng Niu, Tsinghua University
A wait-and-see two-threshold optimal sleeping policy for a single server queue with bursty traffic

Feb 2, 2018, 11:00am; EEB 132 (note day change)


Ulrich Muenz, Siemens
Future power system control functions: an industry perspective

Jan 29, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Miroslav Krstic, University of California, San Diego
Traffic congestion control: A PDE backstepping perspective

Jan 22, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Bassam Bamieh, University of California, Santa Barbara
Multiplicative noise as a structured stochastic uncertainty problem

Jan 8, 2018, 2:00pm; EEB 132

Fall 2017


Maxim Raginsky, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Decentralized online optimization with global objectives and local communication

Nov 27, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Srinivas Shakkottai, Texas A&M University
Towards a market-mediated software defined communications ecosystem at the wireless edge

Nov 20, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Victor Preciado, University of Pennsylvania
From local network structure to global graph spectrum

Nov 15, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132 (note day change)
Cross-listed with CCI-MHI Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems


Francesco Bullo, University of California, Santa Barbara
Network systems and Kuramoto oscillators

Nov 7, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132 (note day change)


Jordan Berg, National Science Foundation
Dynamics, controls, and robotics programs at NSF: a biased perspective

Nov 6, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Anil Aswani, University of California, Berkeley
Making robust decisions from data

Oct 30, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Fabio Pasqualetti, University of California, Riverside
Synchronization patterns in networks of Kuramoto oscillators: A network-theoretic approach for analysis and control

Oct 23, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Bin Hu, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dissipativity theory for optimization and machine learning research

Oct 16, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Allen Tannenbaum, Stony Brook University
Optimal mass transport and the robustness of complex networks

Oct 9, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Carolyn Beck, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Epidemic processes over topologically varying networks

Oct 4, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132 (note day change)
Cross-listed with CCI-MHI Joint Seminar Series on Cyber-Physical Systems


Aaron Ames, California Institute of Technology
Unified control of dynamic robotic systems
Oct 2, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Evangelos Theodorou, Georgia Institute of Technology
The science of autonomy: a “happy” symbiosis among learning, control, and physics

Sep 26, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 248 (note day/room change)


Angelia Nedich, Arizona State University
Fast distributed algorithms for optimization and resource sharing in networks

Sep 25, 2017, 11:00am; EEB 248 (note time/room change)

Andrzej Banaszuk, Andrew Sparks, and Fu Lin, United Technologies Research Center
Systems and control research at United Technologies Research Center

Sep 18, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132

Ramtin Pedarsani, University of California, Santa Barbara
Robust scheduling for flexible stochastic networks

Sep 11, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 248 (note room change)


Terence Sanger, University of Southern California
Rate coding, spike coding, and biological control

Aug 28, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132


Peter Schmid, Imperial College, London
Model-based and data-based flow analysis using optimization

Aug 21, 2017, 2:00pm; EEB 132