I am a Fourth-year PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania's Electrical and Systems Engineering Department. I am honoured to be supervised by Professor Saswati Sarkar and Professor Santosh S. Venkatesh .
My thesis is on the optimal control of epidemics in the presence of heterogeneity. I am interested in seeing how a more granular view of the spread of an epidemic can help us to design better policies.
My expertise is in various optimization and modeling methods, but I love solving all sorts of problems!
July '15 (upcoming) - My paper, "Optimal Battery Pricing and Energy Management for Microgrids" (with Rakesh M. Patil), will be presented at ACC '15, Chicago, IL
March '15 - Our team, Schoogle, won the Penn Public Policy Challenge! Onwards to Nationals!
February '15 - My paper, "Visibility-Aware Optimal Contagion of Malware Epidemics" (with Santosh S. Venkatesh and Saswati Sarkar), was presented at ITA '15, La Jolla, CA
January '15 - Our team, Schoogle, made it into the Finals of the Penn Public Policy Challenge!
December '14 - I defended my proposal on the "Optimal Control of Epidemics in the Presence of Heterogeneity"! (December 14)
November '14 - I was chosen as the Co-Chair of the Penn Graduate Case Competition!
University of Pennsylvania
Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Sharif University of Technology
Optimal Control, Dynamic Programming, Convex Optimization , Advanced Algorithms & Complexity,
Advanced Probability, Stochastic Processes, Random Process Models, Estimation & Detection,
Game Theory, Dynamic Games & Social Learning, Information Theory,
Distributed Dynamic Systems, Network Theory, Energy Infrastructure, Green Buildings
Linear Control, Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods, Engineering Maths, ODEs, Probability,
Speech Processing, Digital Signal Processing & Lab, Signals & Systems,
C++ Programming, Machine Language & Architecture, Microprocessors
Wireless Communication, Digital Communication & Lab, Traffic Control,
Power Systems Analysis, Electrical Machines (I, II, & Lab), Fields and Waves
Completed Penn Center for Teaching and Learning's (CTL) Course in College Teaching, a semester-long program.
Teaching Assistant for Fourier Analysis (ESE325), & Digital Signal Processing (ESE576)
I held recitations, office hours, posed and graded homework & exam problems and projects
Teaching Assistant for Computer Structure, Analog Circuits, Digital Logic, and Principles of EE,
Lab Assistant for Microprocessor Lab
I held recitations, supervised lab sessions, posed and graded homework & exam problems and projects
10/'10 - Offered Research Fellowship for PhD studies by the University of Pennsylvania
10/'09 - Offered Unconditional Acceptance to Sharif University of Technology's MSc program in Electrical Engineering as an exceptional talent
08/'06 - Iranian National Elite Foundation Scholarship
06/'06 - Best combined result in the history of Iran's national university entrance exams:
Azad Math-Physics: 1st/600k, National Foreign Languages: 1st/250k, National Math-Physics: 15th/400k
Optimal Control of Epidemics,
Influence, Learning, and Disagreement in Social Networks,
Management, Pricing, and Scheduling Policies for the Smartgrid
NEC Labs America
I devised optimal stochastic grid management policies.
Iran Telecommunications Research Center
I worked on MIMO and random matrix theory.
Eshghi, S., Khouzani, M., Sarkar, S., Venkatesh, S., "Optimal Patching in Clustered Epidemics of Malware", Accepted, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Networking, 2015
Eshghi, S., Khouzani, M., Sarkar, S., Shroff, N., Venkatesh, S., "Optimal Energy-Aware DTN Epidemic Routing", Accepted, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2015
Eshghi, S., Patil, Rakesh M.,"Optimal Battery Pricing and Energy Management for Microgrids", To be presented at the American Control Conference (ACC), 2015
Eshghi, S. , Sarkar, S., Venkatesh, S.S., "Visibility-Aware Contagion of Malware Epidemics", Presented at the IEEE Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA), San Diego, California, February 2015
Khouzani, M., Eshghi, S., Sarkar, S., Venkatesh, S., "Optimal Patching in Clustered Epidemics of Malware", Presented at the IEEE Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA), San Diego, California, February 2012
Khouzani, M., Eshghi, S., Sarkar, S., Shroff, N., Venkatesh, S., "Optimal Energy-Aware Epidemic Routing in DTNs", Presented at the ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, June 2012
Eshghi, S., Preciado, V., Sarkar, S., Venkatesh, S.S., "Optimal Control of Influence under Consensus Dynamics"
Eshghi, S., Ghosh, A., Sarkar, S. , "Optimal Two-sided Markets in the Smartgrid"
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering
IEEE Communication Letters
ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems
IEEE, IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Communications Society
Res Novae Partners, Consultant and Partner (2014-)
We advised the CEO of a Penn Medicine bio-pharma startup on commercialization strategy. We were hired due to our performance in PGCC'14.
Penn Graduate Case Competition
I am co-ordinating the logistics, advertising, client selection, and sponsorship of the competition.
Finalist, Team Member (2014)
We formulated an exit strategy for a Penn Medicine bio-pharma startup, leading to the above engagement.
Third Place, Team Member (2012)
We developed an entry strategy for the transdermal delivery of Fluasterone for diabetes.
Penn Public Policy Challenge
Winner, Team Member (2014-2015)
We are proposing an app front-end to the Philadelphia School District's inventory management system.
Semifinalist, Team Member (2013-2014)
We proposed an analytic app/website solution to connect students to mentors in Philadelphia high schools
STEP Consulting Engineers ,Market Research Intern (Summer 2008)
I advised the CEO on the market for 4 fields, including pinch analysis, which led to their biggest contract in 5 years.
Penn Biotech Group (PBG), Penn Graduate Consulting Club(PGCC), & Penn Algorithmic Research Club Member
C/C++, MATLAB + Simulink (esp. CVX, GPOPS, and PROPT) , R ,
Assembly (x85, x51, PIC), Python, HTML, VHDL, Visual BASIC and PASCAL
MS Suite (Excel, Powerpoint, Word), LATEX, Beamer, Prezi, AutoCAD, GNU (Ubuntu), Windows
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English (Fluent- iBT 117, GRE 800-640-4.5, CPE), Persian (Native),
Arabic (Basic), French (Basic)