Joao P. Hespanha

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Joao P. Hespanha received the Licenciatura in electrical and computer engineering from the Instituto Superior Tacnico, Lisbon, Portugal in 1991 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and applied science from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in 1994 and 1998, respectively. He currently holds a Professor position with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1999 to 2001, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. Hespanha is the associate director for the Center for Control, Dynamical-systems, and Computation (CCDC) and an executive committee member for the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB), an Army sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). His research interests include hybrid and switched systems; the modeling and control of communication networks; distributed control over communication networks (also known as networked control systems); the use of vision in feedback control; stochastic modeling in biology; and game theory. He is the author of over one hundred technical papers and the PI and co-PI in several federally funded projects. Dr. Hespanha is the recipient of the Yale University's Henry Prentiss Becton Graduate Prize for exceptional achievement in research in Engineering and Applied Science, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2005 best paper award at the 2nd Int. Conf. on Intelligent Sensing and Information Processing, the 2005 Automatica Theory/Methodology best paper prize, and the 2006 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award. Since 2003, he has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. More information about Dr. Hespanha's research can be found at

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