Biography

Mihailo R. Jovanovic is a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the founding director of the Center for Systems and Control at the University of Southern California. He received the Dipl. Ing. and M.S. degrees from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2004, under the direction of Bassam Bamieh. He was a visiting researcher with the Department of Mechanics, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, from September to December 2004, and a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, from December 2004 until January 2017. He has held visiting positions with Stanford University and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications.

Professor Jovanovic's expertise is in modeling, dynamics, and control of large-scale and distributed systems and his current research focuses on large-scale and distributed optimization, design of controller architectures, sparsity-promoting optimal control, fundamental limitations in the design of large dynamic networks, and dynamics/control of fluid flows. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems and had served as a Guest Editor (of the Special Issue on Analysis, Control and Optimization of Energy System Networks in the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems), the Chair of the American Physical Society External Affairs Committee, a Program Vice-Chair of the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, an Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board.

Professor Jovanovic is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007, an Early Career Award from the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment in 2010, a Resident Fellowship within the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota in 2012, the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2013, the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship in 2014, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara in 2014. Papers of his students were finalists for the Best Student Paper Award at the American Control Conference in 2007 and 2014.

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Mihailo R. Jovanovic is a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the founding director of the Center for Systems and Control at the University of Southern California. He was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, from December 2004 until January 2017, and has held visiting positions with Stanford University and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. His current research focuses on large-scale and distributed optimization, design of controller architectures, dynamics and control of fluid flows, and fundamental limitations in the control of large networks of dynamical systems. He serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems and had served as a Guest Editor (of the Special Issue on Analysis, Control and Optimization of Energy System Networks in the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems), the Chair of the APS External Affairs Committee, a Program Vice-Chair of the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, an Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board. Prof. Jovanovic is a fellow of APS and IEEE. He received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007, the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2013, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UC Santa Barbara in 2014.

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Selected Honors and Awards

For contributions to modeling, optimization, and control of large-scale distributed systems.

For profound contributions to stability and flow control, and the application of control-theoretic and optimization techniques to the analysis of wall-bounded shear flows, drag reduction, and viscoelastic fluids.

In recognition of outstanding research contributions to fluid dynamics, control, and optimization.

  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, 2014 American Control Conference, Portland, OR (as advisor).

For paper “Coherence in Large-Scale Networks: Dimension-Dependent Limitations of Local Feedback”, IEEE Trans. Automat. Control, vol. 57, no. 9, pp. 2235-2249, September 2012.

  • IEEE Senior Member, 2013.

  • U of M Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment Early Career Award, 2010.

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2007.

  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, 2007 American Control Conference, New York City, NY (as advisor).

  • Outstanding Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2005.

Education

  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004.

Advisor: Bassam Bamieh

  • MS, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 1998.

  • Dipl. Ing., University of Belgrade, Serbia, 1995.

cdc2019 

During the IEEE Control Systems Society Awards Ceremony at the 58th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Nice, France; December 2019.

Image Credit: Prashant Mehta

necsys2019 

During the plenary talk at the 8th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems (NecSys 2019) in Chicago, IL; September 2019.

ecc2016 

During the semi-plenary talk at the 2016 European Control Conference in Aalborg, Denmark; July 2016.

cdc2013 

With Francesco Bullo, the Vice President for Publication Activities of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), during the IEEE CSS Awards Ceremony at the 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Florence, Italy; December 2013.

cdc2013 

With Carl Meinhart during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California Santa Barbara; October 2014.

Image Credit: UCSB Mechanical Engineering.