Ali Jadbabaie

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

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

Faculty member, Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences

  • During Calendar Year 2014, I am on sabbatical as a visiting Research Scientist at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT .
    My office is room 32-560 at the Dreyfoos Tower of the Stata Center at 32 Vassar Street.

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

    Faculty member, General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory

    Affiliated faculty member, Center for Technology, Innovation and Cooperation (CTIC)

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    Current Graduate Students

  • Michael Zargham (2008-2014)
  • Chinwendu Enyioha (2008-2014) (jointly supervised with prof. Pappas)
  • Arastoo Fazeli (2008-2014)
  • 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)
  • Saad Aleem (2013- ) (jointly supervised with George Pappas)


  • Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Amir Ajorlou, (Ph.D., Concordia University, 2013)
  • Former Graduate Students

  • Alex Stewart (jointly supervised) (2006-2007), M.S.
  • Stamatina Lamprinakou (2013-2014), 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

  • Ali Kakhbod (2012-2014), currently postdoctoral scholar at MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems
  • 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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