Ali Jadbabaie Named the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor in Network Science

Penn Engineering is pleased to announce Ali Jadbabaie as the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor in Network Science in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, effective July 1, 2013.

Jadbabaie joined Penn Engineering in July 2002 as assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Control Systems in 1995 from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran; his master's in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1997; and a Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from CalTech in 2000. He then held postdoctoral positions in Control and Dynamical Systems at CalTech and in Electrical Engineering at Yale University.

Jadbabaie holds secondary appointments as professor in Penn Engineering in the Department of Computer and Information Science and in The Wharton School in the Department of Operations and Information Management.

Jadbabaie studies networked dynamic systems and their applications to science, engineering and economics. His research is focused on the emergence of global phenomena from local interactions in complex networked systems such as the internet, social and economic networks, and networks of robots and sensors. By developing new tools and protocols for analysis and design of such systems, Jadbabaie works to find mathematically rigorous answers to questions of collective decision making and group behavior, ranging from how people form agreement through networked exchange of ideas to how birds flock and fish school. He also serves as co-director of the Singh Program in Networked & Social Systems Engineering (NETS), the first undergraduate degree program designed to enable graduates to engineer tomorrow's networks, networked systems, and markets.

The Alfred Fitler Moore Professor in Network Science is one of five scholarly chairs established for the purpose of perpetuating the Moore
family name.

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