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Nikolai Matni

Nikolai Matni

Assistant Professor, ESE

Nikolai Matni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. Prior to joining Penn, Nikolai was a postdoctoral scholar in EECS at UC Berkeley. He has also held a position as a postdoctoral scholar in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech. He received his Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from Caltech in June 2016. He also holds B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. His research interests broadly encompass the use of learning, optimization, and control in the design and analysis of safety-critical and data-driven cyber-physical systems.

Research Areas


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Ph.D. Students

Bruce Lee

PhD, ESE


Farhad Nawaz

PhD, ESE


Anne Somalwar

PhD, AMCS


Fengjun Yang

PhD, CIS


Thomas Zhang

PhD, ESE


Alumni

Bernadette Bucher

PHD, CIS '23, The Boston Dynamics AI Institute


Kendall Queen

Robotics MSE '19, PhD ESE '23, PostDoc CIS '23 - Asylon Robotics


Nikolai Matni

Research Areas

  • Perception-based Control
  • Distributed and Decentralized Control
  • Hybrid Control Systems
  • Learning for Control Systems
  • Nonlinear Control Systems
  • Perception-based Control
  • Robust and Optimized Control
  • Autonomy
  • Machine Learning