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George Pappas
Prof. George Pappas

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George Pappas is the UPS Foundation Professor at the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Departments of Computer and Information Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. Previously, he served as the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Pappas’s research interest focus on control systems, robotics and autonomous systems, formal methods, machine learning for safe and secure cyber-physical systems. He has received numerous awards including the NSF PECASE, the Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize, the George S. Axelby Award, the O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, and the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Excellence Award. Pappas has mentored more than fifty students and postdocs, most of the faculty in leading universities around the world. Recognized for his outstanding contributions, Pappas is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2024.

Research Interests

Control systems, robotics, formal methods and machine learning for safe and secure cyber-physical systems applications

Education

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Ph.D, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, December 1998
Thesis : Hybrid Systems : Computation and Abstraction
Advisor : Prof. Shankar Sastry

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Graduate Fellow, Division of Applied Sciences, January 1994 – August 1994

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
M.S., Computer & Systems Engineering, December 1992,
Thesis : Modeling, Stabilization and Tracking Control of Nonholonomic Vehicles
Advisor: Prof. Kostas Kyriakopoulos

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Computer & Systems Engineering, December 1991

Honors and Awards

  • U.S. National Academy of Engineering, 2024
  • Outstanding Multi-Robot Systems Paper, IEEE ICRA, May 2023
  • Best Paper Award, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, October 2022
  • Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC, Dec 2021 (as advisor)
  • EE Distinguished Alumni Award, UC Berkeley EECS, February 2021
  • International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Fellow, July 2020
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE ICASSP, Barcelona, Spain, May 2020
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, American Control Conference, July 2019 (as advisor)
  • Finalist, Best Paper Award, ICCPS, Montreal, Canada, April 2019
  • IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE CSS, Dec 2018
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC, Melbourne, Australia (as advisor), December 2017
  • Finalist, Young Author Prize, IFAC World Congress, Toulouse, July 2017 (as advisor)
  • Best Conference Paper Award, IEEE ICRA, Singapore, May 2017
  • Finalist, Best Robotic Vision Paper Award, IEEE ICRA, Singapore, May 2017
  • Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring, April 2017
  • Best Poster Award, IoT Design & Implementation (IoTDI), April 2017
  • O. Hugo Schuk Best Paper Award (theory), American Automatic Control Council, July 2016
  • Finalist, Best Paper Award, ICCPS, Seattle, April 2015
  • George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, March 2015
  • O. Hugo Schuk Best Paper Award (theory), American Automatic Control Council, June 2014
  • Best Paper Award, ICCPS, Berlin, Germany, April 2014
  • Best Student Paper Award, American Control Conference, Washington, 2013 (as advisor)
  • Best Presentation Award, Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), 2012
  • Semi-Plenary Speaker, IEEE CDC & European Control Conference, Orlando, FL, December 2011
  • Finalist, Best Manipulation Paper Award, ICRA 2011, Shanghai, China, 2011
  • Plenary Speaker, Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWEEK), Chicago, April 2011
  • Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize, IEEE CSS, 2010
  • George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, IEEE CSS, 2009
  • IEEE Fellow, Class of 2009.
  • Finalist, Best Paper Award, IEEE/RSJ IROS 2007, San Diego, CA
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, ICRA 2007, Rome, Italy (as advisor)
  • N.A.E.-A. von Humboldt German-American Frontiers of Engineering Program, 2007
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC 2006, San Diego, CA (as advisor)
  • Plenary Speaker, IFAC Workshop on Multi-Vehicle Systems, Salvador, Brazil, October 2006
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC 2004, Bahamas (as co-advisor)
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, American Control Conference 2004, Boston, MA (as advisor)
  • NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award, 2004
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2002
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC 2001, Orlando, FL (as advisor)
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, American Control Conference 2001, Arlington, VA (as advisor)
  • Eli Jury Award for Excellence in Systems Research, University of California at Berkeley, 1999
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE CDC 1998, Tampa, FL (as student)

*co-supervised student

Nikolaos Bousias
Ph.D. Graduate Student, ESE
[website]
Kong Yao Chee *
Ph.D. Graduate Student, ESE
[website]
Austin Chen *
Ph.D. Graduate Student, CIS
[website]
Matthew Cleaveland *
Ph.D. Graduate Student, ESE
[website]
Nicolo Dal Fabbro
Postdoctoral Researcher, ESE
[website]
Tesshu Fujinami
Ph.D. Graduate Student, ESE
[website]
Pavlos Kallinikidis
Ph.D. Graduate Student, ESE
[website]
Shayan Kiyani *
Ph.D. Graduate Student, ESE
[website]
Sima Noorani *
Ph.D. Graduate Student, ESE
[website]
Zac Ravichandran *
Ph.D. Graduate Student, ESE
[website]
Alexander Beck Robey *
Ph.D. Graduate Student, ESE
[website]
Orlando Romero
Ph.D. Graduate Student ESE
[website]
Mahdi Sabbaghi *
Ph.D. Graduate Student ESE
[website]
Anne Somalwar *
Ph.D. Graduate Student, AMCS
[website]
Igor Spasojevic
Postdoctoral Researcher, ESE
[website]
Charis Stamouli
Ph.D. graduate student, ESE
[website]
Maria Elizabeth Tzes
Ph.D. graduate student, ESE
[website]
Ingvar Ziemann *
Postdoctoral Scholar, ESE
[website]

*co-supervised student

    Name Role and dates in the lab Where are they now?
  1. Ali Ahmadzadeh
  2. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2003 - August 2008 Quantitative Strategist, Citadel Energy Marketing
  3. Andreea Alexandru
  4. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2015 - May 2021 Cryptography Scientist, Duality Technologies
  5. Victor Amelkin
  6. Postdoctoral Researcher, ESE, July 2018– June 2020 Research Scientist, Amazon Robotics
  7. Nikolay Atanasov
  8. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2009 - August 2015 Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego
  9. Shun-ichi Azuma
  10. Postdoctoral Researcher, ESE, April 2009 - April 2010 Professor, Kyoto University
  11. Mohamed Babaali
  12. Postdoctoral Researcher, ESE, July 2004 - May 2005 Principal Software Engineer, Mathworks
  13. Thomas Beckers
  14. Postdoctoral Researcher, ESE, January 2021 - December 2022 Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Vanderbilt University
  15. Sean Bowman
  16. Ph.D. graduate student, CIS, September 2012 - December 2021 Senior Engineer, Exyn Technologies
  17. Alessandro D’Innocenzo
  18. Postdoctoral Researcher, ESE, March 2008 - December 2008 Associate Professor, University of L'Aquila
  19. Philip Dames
  20. Postdoctoral Researcher, ESE, September 2015 - June 2016 Associate Professor, Temple University
  21. Thao Dang
  22. Postdoctoral Researcher, CIS, January 2001 - December 2001 Directeur de Recherche, VERIMAG (CNRS), Grenoble, France
  23. Chinwendu Enyioha
  24. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2008 - December 2014 Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida
  25. Georgios Fainekos
  26. Ph.D. graduate student, CIS, September 2002 - August 2008 Senior Principal Scientist, Toyota Motor North America R&D
  27. Mahyar Fazlyab
  28. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, August 2018 - August 2020 Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  29. Konstantinos Gatsis
  30. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2010 - October 2019 Department Lecturer, University of Oxford
  31. Hadas Kress Gazit
  32. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2003 - August 2008 Geoffrey S.M. Hedrick Sr. Professor, Cornell University
  33. Antoine Girard
  34. Postdoctoral researcher, CIS, October 2004 - December 2005 Directeur de Recherche, Centrale Supelec (CNRS), Paris, France
  35. Shuo Han
  36. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, October 2013 - July 2017 Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  37. Radoslav Ivanov
  38. Postdoctoral researcher, CIS, August 2017 - December 2021 Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  39. Heejin Chloe Jeong
  40. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, January 2016 - May 2020 Principal AI Product Manager, Together AI
  41. A. Agung Julius
  42. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, June 2005 - December 2008 Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  43. Dionysios Kalogerias
  44. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, June 2019 - August 2020 Assistant Professor, Yale University
  45. Yiannis Kantaros
  46. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, August 2018 - December 2021 Assistant Professor, Washington University
  47. T. John Koo
  48. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, August 2000 - January 2001 Head of Digital Manufacturing, ASTRI, Hong Kong
  49. Fragkiskos Koufogiannis
  50. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2011 - July 2017 Quantitative Researcher, Tanius Technology
  51. Lars Lindemann
  52. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, November 2020 - December 2022 Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
  53. Matthew Malencia
  54. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2018 - May 2023 Autonomy Software Engineer, Zipline
  55. Fei Miao
  56. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2010 - May 2016 Pratt & Whitney Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
  57. Aritra Mitra
  58. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, August 2020 - December 2022 Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
  59. Truong Nghiem
  60. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2005 - September 2012 Associate Professor, Northern Arizona University
  61. Cameron Nowzari
  62. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, October 2013 - July 2016 Associate Professor, George Mason University
  63. Erfan Nozari
  64. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, August 2019 - June 2020 Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside
  65. Jerome Le Ny
  66. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, September 2008 - April 2012 Professor, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  67. Miroslav Pajic
  68. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, September 2012 - July 2015 Dickinson Family Associate Professor, Duke University
  69. Sergio Pequito
  70. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, August 2014 - July 2017 Associate Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
  71. Alena Rodionova
  72. Ph.D. graduat student, ESE, September 2017 - December 2022 Senior Software Engineer, Waabi
  73. Indranil Saha
  74. Postdoctoral researcher, CIS, July 2013 - August 2015 Associate Profesor, IIT Kanpur
  75. Selman Sakar
  76. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2005 - December 2010 Associate Professor, EPFL, Switzerland
  77. Brent Schlodtfelt
  78. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2016 - May 2021 Senior Software Engineer, Waymo
  79. Jacob Seidman
  80. Ph.D. graduate student, AMCS, September 2015 - September 2022 Applied Scientist, Reality Defender
  81. Yasser Shoukry
  82. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, September 2015 - July 2017 Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
  83. Shreyas Sundaram
  84. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, September 2009 - April 2010 Marie Gordon Professor, Purdue University
  85. Paulo Tabuada
  86. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, January 2002 - August 2003 Vijay K. Dhir Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
  87. Herbert Tanner
  88. Postdoctoral researcher, ESE, June 2001 - August 2003 Professor, University of Delaware
  89. Anastasios Tsiamis
  90. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2015-March 2022 Postdoctoral Researcher, ETH Zurich
  91. Vasileios Tzoumas
  92. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2012 - June 2018 Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
  93. Nicholas Watkins
  94. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2013 - December 2018 Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  95. Michael Zavlanos
  96. Ph.D. graduate student, ESE, September 2003-August 2008 Yoh Family Professor, Duke University