Projects and Honors

Current Projects:


  • Capers W. McDonald and Marion K. McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising, 2020
  • Donald P. Eckman Award, 2019
  • ONR Young Investigator Award, 2019.
  • Best student paper award finalist in 2018 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), as an adviser.
  • Harvard Physical Sciences and Engineering Accelerator Award, 2018.
  • Harvard Climate Change Solutions Fund Award, 2018.
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award, 2017
  • NSF Career Award, 2016
  • One of the 2 nominees of Harvard University for Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering 2015
  • Best Student Paper Award Finalist in 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Dec. 2011

Student Honors:

  • 05/2020: Undergraduate student Darrel Huang's senior thesis of "Teleoperation of Multi-Robot Systems Using Gesture-Based Control" won Dean's design awards honorable mention.
  • 05/2019: Undergraduate student Aldis Elfarsdottir's senior thesis of "Thermal Dynamic Model Development and Model Predictive Building Control using an Extensive Sensor Network" won Dean's design awards.
  • 08/2018: PhD student Xin Chen received the best student paper award finalist in IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA). 
  • 06/2017: Master student from ETH Meier Yannick won the Outstanding Master Thesis award, ETH Zurich for his thesis under my supervision.
  • 04/2015, PhD student Ariana Minot received "Runner-up for 1st Place" award in the poster session of AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics) Research Symposium

Past Projects:

  • PI, NSF: Eager: Real-Time: Learning, Selection, and Control in Residential Demand Response for Grid Reliability, 10/01/2018-09/30/2020 (coPI: David Parkes; Senior Personnel: Jun Shimada, Founder & CTO of ThinkEco Inc.)
  • PI, AFOSR Young Investigator Award: Distributed Coordination in Multi-Agent Networked Systems: Algorithms and Fundamental Limits, 12/15/2017-12/14/2020.
  • PI, Harvard Climate Change Solutions Fund Award: Identifying the challenges and technical pathways toward a reliable carbon-free energy system in the United States, 01/15/2018- 01/14/2020.
  • PI, Harvard Physical Sciences and Engineering Accelerator Award: Singularity: AI-Powered Distributed Energy Networks, 02/01/2018-01/31/2019.
  • PI, NSF Collaborative Research: Towards Communication-Cognizant Voltage Regulation and Energy Management for Power Distribution Systems, 08/01/1016-07/31/2019.
  • PI(Subcontractor), ARPA-E NODES: Real-time optimization and control of next-generation, 08/01/2016- 07/31/2019.  (Leading PI: National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
  • PI, Guodian Nanjing Automation Co., Ltd: Optimal Bidding Strategy and Assets Allocation Plan for Generation Companies, 04/01/2016-03/31/2018.
  • co-PI, NSF Eager: Limited Communications Demand Control in the Power Grid, 08/15/2015-12/31/2017.
  • PI, Lincoln Laboratory, Optimization of Distributed Space Systems, 09/01/2014-08/31/2015.