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Sam Coogan

Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA
Email: scoogan[at]ucla[dot]edu
Office: 6731E Boelter Hall

Affiliated with:
UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
UCLA Center for Engineering Economics, Learning, and Networks

Biographical Sketch

Sam Coogan received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Prof. Murat Arcak. In 2015, he was a postdoctoral research engineer at Sensys Networks, Inc. with Prof. Pravin Varaiya, and in 2012 he was a research intern at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. He received the Eli Jury Award from UC Berkeley EECS in 2016 for "outstanding achievement in the area of systems, communications, control, or signal processing," the Leon O. Chua Award from UC Berkeley EECS in 2014 for "outstanding achievement in an area of nonlinear science," and the best student paper award at the 2015 Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control conference.

Research Interests

My research is broadly in the area of dynamical systems and autonomy where I am developing scalable tools for verification and control of networked, cyber-physical systems. I am especially interested in applying these tools to create efficient, intelligent, and autonomous transportation systems. My research contributes to and draws from domains including control theory, nonlinear and hybrid systems theory, formal methods, learning in probabilistic systems, and optimization.