Jorge Cortés


Jorge's picture Jorge Cortés is a Professor with 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 a 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 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Outstanding Paper Award. At the IEEE Control Systems Society, he has been a Distinguished Lecturer (2010-2014) and an elected member (2018-2020) of its Board of Governors, and is currently its Director of Operations. He served in the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2010-2012), IEEE Control Systems magazine (2012-2016), IEEE Access (2015-2017), Systems and Control Letters (2009-2012), and European Journal of Control (2006-2009) and in the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2005-2009). He currently serves in the editorial board of Journal of Nonlinear Science and Journal of Geometric Mechanics. He is a Fellow of IEEE and SIAM.

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

March 2022
Plenary talk at VII Iberoamerican Meeting on Geometry, Mechanics and Control

December 2021
Our paper on "Tutorial on dynamic average consensus: the problem, its applications, and the algorithms" is the winner of the 2021 IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award! This award is given to a paper published in the society magazine, IEEE Control Systems, during the past two years and the basis for judgment is impact on and benefit to society members.

June 2021
Keynote at 7th International Conference on Event-based Control, Communication, and Signal Processing

May 2021
Prof. Cameron Nowzari has won the 2021 Young Investigator Award from ONR with his project on "The Cycle of Emergence: Structure, Agency, and the Environment"!

May 2021
Masih Haseli is the winner for the ACC21 Best Student Paper Award with "Data-driven approximation of Koopman-invariant subspaces with tunable accuracy"!

October 2020
Co-PI in $39M infrastructure grant from NSF to build national, remotely-accessible, large-scale testing site at UCSD for validation and transitioning of future technologies for autonomous energy grids
Press releases from NSF, UCSD, Jacobs School of Engineering


Mar 7-11, 2022
VII Iberoamerican Meeting on Geometry, Mechanics and Control, virtual

Jun 8-10, 2022
American Control Conference 2022, Atlanta, Georgia

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