Ali Jadbabaie

JR East Professor of Engineering
Institute for Data, Systems and Society and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Director, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
Director, Sociotechnical Systems Research Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Office Address (IDSS and CEE):
Institute for Data Systems and Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
E18-309C
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
77 Massachusetts Avenue
1-270
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

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    Current Graduate Students

  • Amin Rahimian (2012-2017), starting an IDSS postdoctoral fellowship
  • Vassilis Tzoumas (2012-) (jointly supervised with Geroge Pappas)
  • Andreea Alexandru (2015 - ) (jointly advised with Prof. George Pappas)
  • Chulhee Yun (2016-) MIT, EECS
  • Amir Tohidi , Social and Engineering Systems PhD program (2017 - ), IDSS, MIT
  • Paolo Bertolotti, Social and Engineering Systems PhD program (2017 - ), IDSS, MIT

  • Postdoctoral Scholars and Research Scientists

  • Amir Ajorlou, Ph.D., Concordia University. Research Scientist, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT
  • Santiago Segarra , PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Alan Malek , PhD, UC Berkeley
  • Milad Siami , PhD, Lehigh University
  • Michael Schaub, Marie Curie Fellow, PhD, Applied Mathematics, Imperial College, London, UK

  • Former Graduate Students at Penn

  • Alex Stewart (jointly supervised by Prof. Dan Lee) (2006-2007), M.S., now a senior Engineer at Oxbotica
  • Stamatina Lamprinakou (2013-2014), M.S., PhD student at Columbia Univerity
  • Ali Ahmadzadeh (2003-2008), PhD, Lead Quantitative Analyst at Constellation Energy Group
  • Nima Moshtagh (2003-2008), Ph.D., Senior Staff Engineer, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Nader Motee (2003-2007), Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
  • Alireza Tahbaz-Salehi (2004-2009), Ph.D., Associate Professor, Manegerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern 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
  • Michael Zargham (2008-2014), Director of Data Science, Cross Media Networks
  • Chinwendu Enyioha (2008-2014), Ph.D., Postdoctoral scholar, Harvard University
  • Arastoo Fazeli (2008-2014),Ph.D., Data Scientist at YouTube
  • Shahin Shahrampour Postdoctoral scholar, Harvard University
  • Saad Aleem (2013-2016 ), M.S>, staff Engineeer, Oracle
  • Rasul Tutunov (CIS) (2011-2017)
  • Hoda Heidari (CIS) (jointly supervised with Prof. Michael Kearns) (2011-2017), postdoctoral associate at ETH
  • Former Postdoctoral Scholars at Penn

  • Ali Kakhbod (2012-2014), currently postdoctoral scholar at MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems and PhD student at MIT Economics
  • 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 Taught at Penn (2002-2016)


    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


    ESE 605: Modern Convex Optimization, Spring 2016



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