Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

MAE 297 Seminar – Professor Solmaz Kia


Dr. Solmaz Kia

UC’s President Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, San Diego 

Distributed Algorithm Design for Cooperative Networked Systems 


The recent advances in ad-hoc networking and affordability of fast and reliable processing and sensing devices in small sizes have provided the means to use multi-agent engineered networks to perform tasks well beyond the capabilities of each individual agent. Multi-agent networks are broadly characterized by collection of interacting autonomous agents where each agent is capable of computing, communicating and, depending on the application, sensing and actuating, as well. The desired operation for networked systems is a distributed/decentralized operation where there is no central authority. In decentralized operations, while the agents, either cooperatively or competitively, work towards a goal, they do not necessarily have access to information held by all other agents. The task is accomplished through local interactions among neighboring agents. In this talk, I present my results on developing efficient distributed algorithms in the areas of convex optimization over networks and cooperative localization for mobile robots. These algorithms play a crucial role in realizing many engineered networked systems.

About the speaker

Solmaz S. Kia is a University of California (UC) President Postdoctoral fellow at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department of UC San Diego. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc., both with honor, in Aerospace Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, in 2001 and 2004, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from UC Irvine in 2009. Before starting her appointment at UC San Diego, she worked as a senior research engineer in SySense Inc and a research specialist in UC Irvine. Her main research interests, in a broad sense, include networked control systems, multi-agent systems, nonlinear control theory and robotics. She was the recipient of UCI Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, UCI Holmes Endowed Fellowship, Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Aviation in 2008, and Irene Goldsmith scholarship when she was briefly a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering department of the University of Kansas in 2004-2005.


Date(s) - 03/06/2014
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

1062 Bainer Classroom


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