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Professor Ali Jadbabaie

JR East Professor of Engineering

Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Core Faculty, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS)

Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems 

My research is focused on understanding of collective phenomena and group decision making in social and engineering systems.  My group and I use tools of control theory, network science, dynamical systems, optimization theory and related disciplines to address questions related to decision making, opinion dynamics, social learning, judgement aggregation in social networks. My group also studies optimization theory for machine learning, with the hope of bridging the gap in bridging the theory-practice divide in this area. We also study learning for dynamics and dynamics of learning algorithms.