Ali Jadbabaie

Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Network Science
Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Pennsylvania

Secondary Appointment:Departments of Computer and Information Science,
Operations and Information Management
Director, Networked and Social Systems (NETS) Program at Penn Engineering

Office Address:
Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
372 Levine Hall
3330 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Affiliated with General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory

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    Current Graduate Students

  • Michael Zargham (2008-)
  • Chinwendu Enyioha (2008-) (jointly supervised with prof. Pappas)
  • Arastoo Fazeli (2008-)
  • Shahin Shahrampour (2009-)
  • Shaudi Mahdavi (2009-)
  • Rasul Tutunov (CIS) (2011-)
  • Hoda Heidari (CIS) (jointly supervised with Prof. Michael Kearns) (2011-)
  • Amin Rahimian (2012-)
  • Vassilis Tzoumas (2012-) (jointly supervised with Geroge Pappas)
  • Stamatina Lamprinakou (2013- )
  • Saad Aleem (2013- ) (jointly supervised with George Pappas)


  • Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Ali Kakhbod, (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2012)
  • Amir Ajorlou, (Ph.D., Concordia University, 2013)
  • Former Graduate Students

  • Alex Stewart (jointly supervised) (2006-2007), M.S.
  • Ali Ahmadzadeh (2003-2008), PhD, Quantitative Strategist at Constellation Energy
  • Nima Moshtagh (2003-2008), Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at Advanced Technology Center, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • Nader Motee (2003-2007), Ph.D., Assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
  • Alireza Tahbaz-Salehi (2004-2009), Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Decision Risk, and Operations Department, Graduate School of Busniess, Columbia University
  • Jaelynn Oh (Wharton OPIM) (2011-2013), Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Operations & Information Systems Department, David Eccles School of Business, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Pooya Molavi (2008-2013), Ph.D., PhD student, Department of Economics, MIT
  • Former Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Abubakr Muhammad (2006-2007), currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Nader Motee (2007-2008), currently an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Lehigh University
  • Usman Khan (2009-2010), currently an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts University
  • Victor Preciado (2008-2012), currently an assistant professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at University of Pennsylvania
  • Serban Sabau (2012-2013), (Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2011), Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology



  • Courses


    SYS 604:Introduction to Optimization Theory, Fall 2002

    EE 605: Semidefinite Programing and Its Applications, Spring 2003, Fall 2005

    EE 500: Linear Systems, Fall 2003, Fall 2004

    ESE 406/505-MEAM 513: Control of Systems, Spring 2004

    ESE 406/505-MEAM 513: Control of Systems, Spring 2005

    ESE 504:Introduction to Optimization Theory, Fall 2006

    ESE 635:Distributed and Networked Dynamical Systems, Spring 2007 (first offered as ESE 680)

    ESE 504:Introduction to Optimization Theory, Fall 2007

    ESE 605: Modern Convex Optimization, Spring 2008

    ESE 504:Introduction to Optimization Theory, Fall 2008

    ESE 605: Modern Convex Optimization, Spring 2009

    ESE 504:Introduction to Optimization Theory, Fall 2009

    ESE 605: Modern Convex Optimization, Spring 2010

    ESE 504:Introduction to Optimization Theory, Fall 2010

    ESE 504:Introduction to Optimization Theory, Fall 2011 ESE 605: Modern Convex Optimization, Spring 2012

    ESE 504:Introduction to Optimization Theory, Fall 2012

    ESE 605: Modern Convex Optimization, Spring 2013


    ESE 504:Introduction to Optimization Theory, Fall 2013


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