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 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 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. 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), 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 in the editorial board of Journal of Nonlinear Science. 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

December 2022
After 4 fun-filled and work-intensive years, I am finishing up my term as Director of Operations of the IEEE Control Systems Society. I will certainly miss the jolly ExCom meetings!

August 2022
Elevated to IFAC Fellow. Check out IFAC's website for the list of Fellows elected for the period 2020-2023. I'm in the company of giants!

August 2022
Masih Haseli has successfully defended his PhD! The title of his thesis is Data-Driven System Analysis Using the Koopman Operator: Eigenfunctions, Invariant Subspaces, and Accuracy Bounds. He will be continuing as a postdoc in my research group for one more year to finish up several exciting ongoing projects

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.

September 2021
Pio Ong and Priyank Srivastava successfully defended their PhD! The title of Pio's thesis is Uniting and Balancing Control Objectives: Safety, Stability, Smoothness, and Resource Conservation. The title of Priyank's thesis is Constrained Network Optimization: Algorithms, and Applications in Frequency Regulation They are on to new, exciting challenges, both as postdocs, Pio at Caltech and Priyank at MIT.

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October 28, 2022
Electrical and Systems Engineering Seminar, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

December 6-9, 2022
IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2022, Cancún, Mexico

February 3, 2023
Mechanical and Civil Engineering Seminar, Caltech, Pasadena

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