The 36th Southern California Control Workshop was hosted by the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on May 31, 2019. This biannual event brought together 130 graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from seven Southern California universities working in broad areas of systems and control; it was organized by Assistant Professor Ashutosh Nayyar, Associate Professor Ketan Savla, and Professor Mihailo Jovanovic and it was sponsored by the Ming Hsieh Institute. The objective of the workshop is to provide a forum for graduate students to present their work, interact with fellow students and faculty, discuss common research interests, and establish connections with other colleagues in the field.
“The Southern California Control Workshop has been a remarkably successful biannual tradition for almost 20 years, providing a forum for the graduate students from USC, Caltech and the UC campuses in Southern California (UCSB, UCLA, UCR, UCI, and UCSD) to present their research and interact with faculty and fellow students from all these institutions. The impact of this unique SoCal tradition has been amply evident and felt over the years at different levels. First and foremost, by the quality of the works being presented, and then by the collaborations and friendships that have resulted during these critical and formative years of our students’ education. We are all grateful for the excellent organization and hospitality by the host Institution, USC, and the Ming Hsieh Institute,” said Tryphon T. Georgiou, Distinguished Professor, UC Irvine.
“This student-centric event gives our graduate students vital presentation experience and exposure to the state-of-the-art in the field. The workshops have been organized since 2000 and, as a graduate student at UC Santa Barbara, I benefited tremendously from attending eight of these and from presenting at three of them. As a faculty, I have been attending the workshops regularly ever since I joined USC in 2017 and I always encourage my graduate students and postdocs to actively participate. The SoCal controls community is exceptionally strong, and we are fortunate to get together twice a year, learn about the problems that our colleagues are excited about, and interact with our graduate students in a relaxed atmosphere. As hosts of the workshop, we also had a valuable opportunity to showcase exciting developments in the ECE department and across the Viterbi School of Engineering to our peers in Southern California,” said Jovanovic. See more pictures from the event here.