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Erfan Nozari

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering
Department of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania
E-mail: enozari[at]seas[dot]upenn[dot]edu

Curriculum Vitae

I am currently a postdoc at Penn under the joint supervision of Prof. George Pappas and Prof. Danielle S. Bassett. Before that, I received my B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering-Control from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran in 2013 and an interdisciplinary (joint) Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (Mechanical Engineering) and Cognitive Science under the supervision of Prof. Jorge Cortés from University of California San Diego in 2019.

* I will start as an assistant professor at UCR Mechanical Engineering in July 2020 with a Cooperative Appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering. *

* See my interview with the Control Systems Magazine here! *

Research

Dynamical Systems and Control Theory
● Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
● System Identification and Machine Learning
● Systems and Network Neuroscience
● Complex Systems and Network Science

Publications

Journal Articles

  1. Teaching Recurrent Neural Networks to Modify Chaotic Memories by Example
    J. Kim, Z. Lu, E. Nozari, G. J. Pappas, D. S. Bassett
    submitted
    PDF

  2. Energy-transfer edge centrality and its role in enhancing network controllability
    P. V. Chanekar, E. Nozari, J. Cortés
    IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, submitted

  3. Models of communication and control for brain networks: distinctions, convergence, and future outlook
    P. Srivastava, E. Nozari, J. Z. Kim, H. Ju, D. Zhou, C. Becker, F. Pasqualetti, G. J. Pappas, D. S. Bassett
    Network Neuroscience, submitted
    PDF arXiv

  4. Hierarchical Selective Recruitment in Linear-Threshold Brain Networks - Part I: Single-Layer Dynamics and Selective Inhibition
    E. Nozari, J. Cortés
    IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, submitted
    PDF arXiv

  5. Hierarchical Selective Recruitment in Linear-Threshold Brain Networks - Part II: Multi-Layer Dynamics and Top-Down Recruitment
    E. Nozari, J. Cortés
    IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, submitted
    PDF arXiv

  6. Event-Triggered Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems with Time-Varying Sensing and Actuation Delay
    E. Nozari, P. Tallapragada, J. Cortés
    Automatica, Vol. 113, March 2020, p. 108754
    PDF ScienceDirect arXiv

  7. Heterogeneity of Central Nodes Explains the Benefits of Time-Varying Control Scheduling in Complex Dynamical Networks
    E. Nozari, F. Pasqualetti, J. Cortés
    Journal of Complex Networks, Vol. 7, No. 5, October 2019, pp. 659-701
    PDF Oxford University Press arXiv

  8. Network Identification with Latent Nodes via Auto-Regressive Models
    E. Nozari, Y. Zhao, J. Cortés
    IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, Special Issue on Approaches to Control Biological and Biologically Inspired Networks, Vol. 5, No. 2, June 2018, pp. 722-736
    PDF IEEEXplore arXiv

  9. Differentially Private Distributed Convex Optimization via Functional Perturbation
    E. Nozari, P. Tallapragada, J. Cortés
    IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2018, pp. 395-408
    Outstanding Paper Award Winner
    PDF IEEEXplore arXiv

  10. Differentially Private Average Consensus: Obstructions, Trade-Offs, and Optimal Algorithm Design
    E. Nozari, P. Tallapragada, J. Cortés
    Automatica, Vol. 81, July 2017, pp. 221-231
    PDF ScienceDirect arXiv

Conference Proceedings

  1. Network Modification Using a Novel Gramian-Based Edge Centrality
    P. V. Chanekar, E. Nozari, J. Cortés  
    Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Nice, France, 2019, to appear

  2. Oscillations and Coupling in Interconnections of Two-Dimensional Brain Networks
    E. Nozari, J. Cortés  
    Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 2019, pp. 193-198
    PDF

  3. Selective Recruitment in Hierarchical Complex Dynamical Networks with Linear-Threshold Rate Dynamics
    E. Nozari, J. Cortés
    Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Miami Beach, Florida, USA, 2018, pp. 5227-5232
    Best Student Paper Award Winner
    PDF IEEEXplore

  4. Stability Analysis of Complex Networks with Linear-Threshold Rate Dynamics
    E. Nozari, J. Cortés
    Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 2018, pp. 191-196
    Best Student Paper Award Winner
    PDF IEEEXplore

  5. Time-Invariant versus Time-Varying Actuator Scheduling in Complex Networks
    E. Nozari, F. Pasqualetti, J. Cortés
    Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA, 2017, pp. 4995-5000
    PDF IEEEXplore

  6. Event-Triggered Control for Nonlinear Systems with Time-Varying Input Delay
    E. Nozari, P. Tallapragada, J. Cortés
    Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 2016, pp. 495-500
    PDF IEEEXplore

  7. Differentially Private Distributed Convex Optimization via Objective perturbation
    E. Nozari, P. Tallapragada, J. Cortés
    Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 2016, pp. 2061-2066
    PDF IEEEXplore

  8. Differentially Private Average Consensus with Optimal Noise Selection
    E. Nozari, P. Tallapragada, J. Cortés
    5th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 2015, vol. 48, issue 22, pp. 203-208
    PDF ScienceDirect


Google Scholar

Awards

  1. 2019 Robert Skelton Systems and Control Dissertation Award, UCSD Center for Control Systems and Dynamics (2020)

  2. Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (2019)

  3. Best Student Paper Award, the 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Miami Beach, FL, USA (2018)

  4. Best Student Paper Award, the 2018 American Control Conference, Milwaukee, WI, USA (2018)

  5. Distinguished Fellowship Award, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego (2018)

  6. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Recruitment Fellowship, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego (2014)

  7. Campus-wide Best Undergraduate Student Award, Isfahan University of Technology (2013)

  8. Exceptional Talents Scholarship (3 times), Isfahan University of Technology, for acquiring the 1th rank in class of electrical engineering (2010, 2011, 2012)



Teaching

Graduate

ESE 617: Nonlinear Systems and Control (Fall 2019)