JR East Professor of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Director, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS)
Director, Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC)
From the power grid to the internet, large-scale network entities shape more aspects of our lives than ever before. These dynamical systems rely on cutting-edge advances in sensing, communication, computation, and control to coordinate imperfect information distributed across vast distances. To design these networks, understand their behavior, and address vulnerabilities, we must dig into a spectrum of disciplines to analyze the dynamics of these interconnected parts across multiple scales and find the best ways to optimize them.
These are the kinds of problems that fire my imagination. From robotics and remote sensing to social networks and economics, we have much to learn when it comes to multi-agent coordination, distributed optimization, network science, and decision-making. Mathematical models can give us deep insight into these social, physical, and engineering processes to address the emerging challenges of our networked lives.