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I am a postdoctoral researcher at GRASP (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. I received my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Carnegie Mellon University, and Instituto Superior Técnico from the University of Lisbon (dual degree), in 2014. Additionally, I hold B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Instituto Superior Técnico in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

My research consists of understanding the global qualitative behavior of large-scale systems from their structural or parametric descriptions and provide a rigorous framework for the design, analysis, optimization and control of large scale (real-world) systems. Particularly, I am interested in the co-design of actuation-sensing-communication schemes, and in understanding the interplay of these and networked dynamical systems. Understanding interaction of these allows to cope with privacy and resilience issues in networked dynamical systems, and, subsequently, cyber-physical systems.

My current research extends to neuroscience, bio-engineering and medicine, where dynamical systems and control theoretic tools can be leveraged to develop new analysis tools for brain dynamics that, ultimately, will lead to new diagnostics and treatments of neural disorders. In addition, these tools can be used towards effective personalized medicine and improve brain-computer and brain-machine-brain interfaces that will improve people's life quality.



 2017 American Control Conference

Emerging Control Applications


 Check our new paper on "Trade-offs between driving nodes and time-to-control in complex networks", Scientific Reports


  Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science

University of Pennsylvania
363 Levine Hall

3330 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6309

sergo (at) seas (dot) upenn (dot) edu

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