Jorge Cortés


Cymer Corporation Endowed Chair

Jorge's picture Jorge Cortés is a Professor and holder of the Cymer Corporation Endowed Chair in High Performance Dynamic Systems Modeling and Control at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received the Licenciatura degree in mathematics from the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree in engineering mathematics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, in 2001. He held postdoctoral positions at the Systems, Signals and Control Department of the University of Twente in 2002 and at the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2002 to 2004. He was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 2004 to 2007.

Dr. Cortés is the author of "Geometric, Control and Numerical Aspects of Nonholonomic Systems" (New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002) and co-author of "Distributed Control of Robotic Networks" (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009). He received the NSF CAREER award in 2006 and was the recipient of the 2006 Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics Young Researcher Prize. He has co-authored papers that have won the 2008 and the 2021 IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award, the 2009 SIAM Review SIGEST selection from the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, the 2012 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award in the Theory category, and the 2019 and the 2023 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Outstanding Paper Award. At the IEEE Control Systems Society, he has been a Distinguished Lecturer (2010-2014), an elected member (2018-2020) of its Board of Governors, and the Director of Operations (2019-2022) of its Executive Committee, and has also received the Distinguished Member Award. He served in the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2010-2012), IEEE Control Systems magazine (2012-2016), IEEE Access (2015-2017), Journal of Nonlinear Science (2018-2023), Systems and Control Letters (2009-2012), European Journal of Control (2006-2009), and Journal of Geometric Mechanics (2011-2022) and in the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2005-2009). He currently serves as Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and in the editorial board of Geometric Mechanics. He is a Fellow of IEEE, SIAM, and IFAC.

Dr. Cortés' research interests are in the area of systems and control, cooperative control, network optimization, distributed decision making and autonomy, systems orchestration, network science and complex systems, game theory, multi-agent coordination in robotics, transportation, power systems, and neuroscience, nonsmooth analysis, and geometric mechanics. His research is characterized by its interdisciplinary character and the connections between solid theoretical foundations, development of computational methods, and applications. His research program seeks to unveil the science and engineering that explains and enhances the operation of network systems. The ultimate aim is to understand the mechanisms that make complex networks function they way they do, and to use this knowledge to develop systematic methods to design better networks. Detailed information is available at Dr. Cortés' resume.

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Latest news

May 2024
Distinguished lecture at 36th Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC 2024), Xi'an, China

February 2024
Plenary speaker at Decision and Control Laboratory (DCL) Student Symposium, Georgia Tech, Atlanta

December 2023
I have received the IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award for significant technical contributions to cooperative control and outstanding long-term service to the IEEE Control Systems Society. I feel both honored and humbled!

December 2023
Our paper on "Time-varying optimization of LTI systems via projected primal-dual gradient flows" is the winner of the 2023 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Outstanding Paper Award! This award is given to a paper published in the past two years in the IEEE TCNS and the basis for judgment is originality, potential impact on the foundations of network systems, importance and practical significance in applications, and clarity.

October 2023
Priyank Srivastava starts as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Check out his webpage!

April 2023
Masih Haseli is the recipient of the "Robert E. Skelton Systems and Control Dissertation Award'' for the academic year 2022-2023! Check out his thesis on Data-Driven System Analysis Using the Koopman Operator: Eigenfunctions, Invariant Subspaces, and Accuracy Bounds.

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December 13-15, 2023
IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Singapore

February 23, 2024
Decision and Control Student Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia

May 25-27, 2024
36th Chinese Control and Decision Conference, Xi'an, China

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