Javad Lavaei


Assistant Professor

E-mail : lavaei@berkeley.edu

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Academic History

• Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research: July 2015 -

present

University of California, Berkeley

• Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering: July 2012 - June 2015

Columbia University

• Postdoctoral Scholar in Electrical Engineering & Precourt Institute for Energy:

2011- 2012

Stanford University

Mentors: Abbas El Gamal and Stephen Boyd

• Ph.D. in Computing and Mathematical Sciences: 2007 - 2011

California Institute of Technology

Thesis: Large-Scale Complex Systems: From Antenna Circuits to Power Grids

Advisors: John Doyle and Richard Murray

• M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering: 2005 - 2007

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Thesis: High-Performance Robust Decentralized Control of Interconnected Systems

• B.S. in Electronics Engineering: 1999 - 2003

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


Selected Awards and Honors

1. Donald P. Eckman Award given by American Automatic Control Council, 2016.

2. INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers, 2015.

3. DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2015.

4. Prize paper award of the IEEE PES Power System Analysis Computing and Economics

Committee for the paper “zero duality gap in optimal power flow”, 2015.

5. One of the 2 nominees of Columbia University for Packard Fellowships for Science and

Engineering, 2015.

6. Finalist (as an advisor) for the best student paper award at the 53rd IEEE Conference on

Decision and Control, 2014.

7. Invited to participate in National Academy of Engineering's 2014 US Frontiers of

Engineering Symposium, 2014.

8. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2014.

9. NSF CAREER Award, 2014.2

10. Resonate Award, 2014 (selected by Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute and

Fortune Magazine as one of the five innovators worldwide with breakthrough

achievements in the field of sustainability).

11. Google Faculty Research Award, 2013.

12. Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize (best university-wide Ph.D. thesis at Caltech),

2011.

13. New Face of Engineering, named by the National Engineers Week Foundation in the

United States, 2011.

14. Senior Member of IEEE, since July 2010.

15. Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master's Thesis Award (best master's

thesis in the category of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering written in

2007-2009 in more than 120 participating universities including Cornell, Harvard, Yale,

McGill, and University of Toronto), 2010.

16. Governor General of Canada’s Gold Medal (best campus-wide master's/Ph.D. thesis at

Concordia University), 2008.

17. F. A. Gerard Prize (best master's thesis in the school of engineering at Concordia

University), 2008.

18. Postgraduate Scholarship of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of

Canada, 2008-2010.

19. Several scholarships including Power Corporation Fellowship and Engineering Graduate

Scholarship.

20. Best paper in session in CDC 2006, ACC 2007, ACC 2008, ACC 2010 (twice).

21. Silver Medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad, Romania, 1999.

22. Gold Medal in the National Mathematical Olympiad, Iran, 1998.


Professional Activities

Editorial Boards and Committee Members:

1. Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, December 2014-present

2. Guest Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid; Special issue: “Distributed

Control and Efficient Optimization Methods for Smart Grid”, 2016

3. Guest Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid; Special issue: "Theory of

Complex Systems with Applications to Smart Grid Operations", 2015

4. Conference Editorial Board (CEB) Associate Editor for IEEE Control Systems Society,

July 2013-present

5. Conference Editorial Board (CEB) Associate Editor for European Control Association,

June 2013-present

6. Member of the Best Student Paper Award Committee for American Control Conference

2016

7. Associate Editor for 55th Conference on Decision and Control 2016

8. Member of the program committee for INFORMS Optimization Society Conference

2016.

9. Associate Editor for American Control Conference 2016

10. Associate Editor for European Control Conference 2016

11. Member of the Technical Program Committee for ACM e-Energy Conference 20163

12. Member of the program committee for Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control 2015

13. Associate Editor for European Control Conference 2015

14. Associate Editor for American Control Conference 2015

15. Associate Editor for 54th Conference on Decision and Control 2015

16. Member of the Technical Program Committee for IEEE SmartGridComm 2015,

Symposium: Data Management, Grid Analytics, and Dynamic Pricing.

17. Member of the program committee for Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems

2014

18. Member of the program committee for Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control 2014.

19. Associate Editor for European Control Conference 2014

20. Associate Editor for 53rd Conference on Decision and Control 2014

21. Associate Editor for American Control Conference 2014

22. Member of the Technical Program Committee for IEEE SmartGridComm 2013,

Symposium: Smart Grid Services and Management Models

23. Member of the Technical Program Committee for IEEE SmartGridComm 2013,

Symposium: Support for Storage, Renewable Resources and Micro-grids

24. Member of the Technical Program Committee for IEEE SmartGridComm 2013,

Symposium: The Whole Picture - Sense, Communicate, Compute, Control

25. Member of the International Program Committee of the European Control Conference

2013

26. Member of the International Program Committee of IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems

and Control 2013

27. Associate Editor for Systems Science & Control Engineering, November 2012-present

28. Member of the Technical Program Committee of IEEE SmartGridComm 2012

29. Member of the Technical Program Committee of IEEE SmartGridComm 2011

30. Member of the International Program Committee of IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems

and Control 2011

Conference Organizing:

1. Organizer of the session "Large-scale Semidefinite Programs" in INFORMS International

Meeting 2016

2. Organizer of the session "Efficient Optimization Methods for Power Systems" in

INFORMS International Meeting 2016

3. Program Co-chair for International Conference on Smart Grids for Smart Cities 2015

4. Organizer of the session "Nonlinear Optimization for Power Systems" in International

Symposium on Mathematical Programming 2015

5. Co-chair of the symposium “Demand Response and Dynamic Pricing” for IEEE

SmartGridComm 2014

6. Co-organizer of the panel “The Future of Optimal Power Flow” in IEEE Power & Energy

Society General Meeting 2014

7. Organizer of the invited session “Control and Optimization for Smart Grid” in IEEE

Conference on Decision and Control 2013

8. Co-organizer of the panel "Distributed control – bringing together the power and control

communities" in IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting 20124

9. Co-chair of Tutorials and Workshops in 25th IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical

and Computer Engineering 2012

10. Co-chair of the Control & Robotics Symposium in 24th IEEE Canadian Conference on

Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2011

11. Co-chair of the Control & Robotics Symposium in 23rd IEEE Canadian Conference on

Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010

Session Chair:

1. Chair of the session "Large-scale Semidefinite Programs" in INFORMS International

Conference 2016

2. Chair of the session "Stochastic Planning in Energy" in INFORMS International

Conference 2016

3. Chair of the session "Efficient Optimization Methods for Power Systems" in INFORMS

International Conference 2016

4. Chair of the session “Tutorial Session: Nonlinear Programming Challenges in the

Optimal Power Flow Problem” in INFORMS Optimization Society Conference 2016

5. Chair of the session "Nonlinear Optimization for Power Systems" in International

Symposium on Mathematical Programming 2015

6. Co-chair of the session "Computational Methods II" in 54th Conference on Decision and

Control 2015

7. Co-chair of the session “LMIs” in 53rd Conference on Decision and Control 2014

8. Co-chair of the session “Decentralized and Distributed Control” in 52nd Annual Allerton

Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing 2014

9. Chair of the session “The Future of Optimal Power Flow” in IEEE Power & Energy

Society General Meeting 2014

10. Chair of the session “Optimization II” in 52nd Conference on Decision and Control 2013

11. Chair of the session “Control and Optimization for Smart Grid” in 52nd Conference on

Decision and Control 2013

12. Chair of the session “Support for Storage, Renewable Resources and Micro-grids I” in

IEEESmartGridComm 2013

13. Chair of the session "Distributed control – bringing together the power and control

communities" in IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting 2012

14. Co-chair of the session "Energy Markets" in American Control Conference 2012

15. Chair of the session "Biologically-Inspired Methods and Applications" in American

Control Conference 2011

16. Co-chair of the session "Power Systems II" in American Control Conference 2011

17. Co-chair of the session "Stability of Linear Systems" in American Control Conference

2009

18. Chair of the session "Stochastic Systems III" in 48th Conference on Decision and Control

2009

Reviewer for Journals:

IEEE      Transactions      on Automatic    Control,       IEEE     Transactions      on Power  Systems,     IEEE

Transactions on   Smart     Grid,      SIAM      Journal  on   Optimization, SIAM      Journal  on   Control   and 5

Optimization, Operations  Research,   Mathematical     Programming,    Mathematical

Programming       Computation, European      Journal  of    Operational   Research,     Journal  of    Global

Optimization, IEEE     Transactions      on Control of  Network      Systems,     Systems      &   Control

Letters,  IEEE     Transactions      on Control Systems      Technology, Networks,    Automatica,

International Journal  of    Control,  International Journal  of    Robust   and Nonlinear      Control,

IET  Generation   Transmission&     Distribution,  International Journal  of    Adaptive Control   and

Signal    Processing, Journal of  Selected      Topics  in   Signal   Processing, Systems      Man     &

Cybernetics, Journal of  Optimal Control Applications and      Methods,     Mathematical

Reviews,       IEEE     Transactions      on Parallel and      Distributed  Systems,     Transactions      on

Modeling       and      Computer    Simulation,  Nonlinear    Dynamics,   IEEE     Power  Engineering

Letters,  and IEEE      Transactions on   Industrial       Informatics.

Grant Reviewer:

1. National Science Foundation: Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and

Engineering, March 2013

2. MIT-Skoltech, March 2013

3. National Science Foundation: Cyber-Physical Systems, July 2014

4. National Science Foundation: Energy, Power, Control and Networks, February 2015

5. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Discover Program,

January 2015

6. France-Berkeley Fund, UC Berkeley, March 2016

7. Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study, UC Berkeley, April 2016


Publications

Submitted Papers: (PDF copies are available at http://www.ieor.berkeley.edu/~lavaei/)

1. Ramtin Madani, Javad Lavaei and Ross Baldick, “Power System State Estimation with a

Limited Number of Measurements,” under review for Operations Research, 2016.

2. Somayeh Sojoudi, Salar Fattahi and Javad Lavaei, “Convexification of Generalized

Network Flow Problem,” under review for Mathematical Programming, 2016.

3. Yu Zhang, Ramtin Madani and Javad Lavaei, “Power System State Estimation with Line

Measurements,” under review for IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 2016.

4. Ramtin Madani, Javad Lavaei and Ross Baldick, “Constraint Screening for Security

Analysis of Power Networks,” under review for IEEE Transactions on Power Systems,

2016.

5. Ramtin Madani, Ghazal Fazelnia, Somayeh Sojoudi and Javad Lavaei, “Finding Lowrank Solutions of Sparse Linear Matrix Inequalities using Convex Optimization,” under

review for SIAM Journal on Optimization, 2015.

Journal Papers:6

1. Somayeh Sojoudi and Javad Lavaei, “Semidefinite Relaxations for Nonlinear

Optimization Problems,” INFORMS Optimization Society Newsletter, pp. 20-29, 2016.

2. Ghazal Fazelnia, Ramtin Madani, Abdulrahman Kalbat and Javad Lavaei, “Convex

Relaxation for Optimal Distributed Control Problems,” to paper in IEEE Transactions on

Automatic Control, pp.1-16, 2016.

3. Ramtin Madani, Morteza Ashraphijuo and Javad Lavaei, “Promises of Conic Relaxation

for Contingency-Constrained Optimal Power Flow Problem,” vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 1297-

1307, Mar. 2016.

4. Ramtin Madani, Somayeh Sojoudi and Javad Lavaei, "Convex Relaxation for Optimal

Power Flow Problem: Mesh Networks," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 30,

no.1, pp. 199-211, Jan. 2015.

5. Somayeh Sojoudi and Javad Lavaei, "Exactness of Semidefinite Relaxations for

Nonlinear Optimization Problems with Underlying Graph Structure," SIAM Journal on

Optimization, vol.24, no. 4, pp. 1746–1778, Oct. 2014.

6. Javad Lavaei, David Tse and Baosen Zhang, "Geometry of Power Flows and

Optimization in Distribution Networks," IEEE Transactions on Power System, vol. 29,

no. 2, pp. 572-583, Mar. 2014.

7. Matt Kraning, Eric Chu, Javad Lavaei and Stephen Boyd, "Message Passing for Dynamic

Network Energy Management," Foundations and Trends in Optimization, vol. 1, no. 2,

pp. 73-126, Jan. 2014.

8. Javad Lavaei, "Decentralized Implementation of Centralized Controllers for

Interconnected Systems," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 57, no. 7, pp.

1860-1865, Jul. 2012.

9. Javad Lavaei and Steven Low, "Zero Duality Gap in Optimal Power Flow Problem,"

IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 92-107, Feb. 2012.

10. Javad Lavaei and Richard M. Murray, "Quantized Consensus by Means of Gossip

Algorithm," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 19-32, Jan.

2012.

11. Javad Lavaei, Aydin Babakhani, Ali Hajimiri and John C. Doyle, "Solving Large-Scale

Hybrid Circuit-Antenna Problems," IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, vol.

58, no. 2, pp. 374-387, Feb. 2011.

12. Javad Lavaei and Somayeh Sojoudi, “Time Complexity of Decentralized Fixed Mode

Verification,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 971-976,

Apr. 2010.

13. Javad Lavaei, Somayeh Sojoudi and Amir G. Aghdam, “Pole Assignment with Improved

Control Performance by Means of Periodic Feedback,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic

Control, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 248-252, Jan. 2010.

14. Javad Lavaei and Amir G. Aghdam, “Performance Improvement of Robust Controllers

for Polynomially Uncertain Systems,” Automatica, vol. 46, vol. 1, pp. 110-115, Jan.

2010.

15. Somayeh Sojoudi, Javad Lavaei and Amir G. Aghdam, “Robust Controllability and

Observability Degrees of Polynomially Uncertain Systems,” Automatica, vol. 45, no. 11,

pp. 2640-2645, Nov. 2009.

16. Javad Lavaei and Amir G. Aghdam, “Overlapping control design for multi-channel