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Daniel Liberzon

Richard T. Cheng Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory (director, Decision and Control group)
Affiliate Professor, Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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"Nothing is more practical than a good theory." Kurt Lewin
"Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics." G. H. Hardy
"Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time' is like saying 'I don't want to.'" Laozi
"Power is nothing without control." Pirelli Tires slogan


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Contact information:

Daniel Liberzon
Coordinated Science Laboratory (MC-228)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
1308 W. Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801, U.S.A.

Office: 144 CSL (campus map)
Email: liberzonuiuc.edu
Phone: (217) 244-6750
Fax: (217) 244-1764

Administrative assistant: Stephanie McCullough, 153 CSL, phone: (217) 244-1033, email: smccu4 at illinois.edu

Education and previous positions:

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Research Associate Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug 2006 - Aug 2012

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Research Assistant Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug 2000 - Aug 2006

Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratory for Control Science and Engineering (A. Stephen Morse, Director), Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Jan 1998 - Aug 2000

Ph.D. in Mathematics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Feb 1998
Thesis adviser: Roger W. Brockett, Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Undergraduate student in Mathematics, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, Sep 1989 - Jan 1993
Research adviser: Andrei A. Agrachev

My entry in the Mathematics Genealogy Project

A brief biographical sketch

A full CV (does not include the most recent papers)

Interview (2007)

Theoretical research areas:

Application areas:

More detailed research descriptions

Publications and preprints

Lectures at workshops and conferences

Collaborators and students

Recent sponsored projects:

See my Google Scholar profile for my h-index and other citation-related info

My Erdös number is 3 (DL→J. Yu→M. Szegedy→PE)

Courses taught:

ECE 486: Control Systems (Fall 2023, Fall 2019*, Spring 2017, Spring 2016*, Fall 2012*, Fall 2011, Spring 2006, Spring 2003)

ECE 528: Analysis of Nonlinear Systems (Spring 2024, Spring 2018*, Spring 2015*, Spring 2009*, Spring 2002*)

ECE 586 DL: Hybrid Systems and Control (Spring 2023*, Fall 2018*, Fall 2015*, Fall 2013*, Fall 2009, Fall 2005*, Fall 2002, Spring 2001)

ECE 515: Control System Theory and Design (Fall 2022, Fall 2017*, Spring 2012*, Fall 2008, Fall 2004*, Fall 2001)

ECE 553: Optimum Control Systems (Spring 2022*, Fall 2020*, Spring 2019, Fall 2016*, Spring 2015*, Spring 2013*, Spring 2010*, Spring 2007*, Spring 2005*)

ECE 517: Nonlinear and Adaptive Control (Fall 2021*, Fall 2019*, Fall 2018*, Fall 2016*, Fall 2015*, Fall 2013, Fall 2012*, Fall 2009*, Fall 2007*, Fall 2003, Fall 2000)

ECE 490: Introduction to Optimization (Spring 2004)

*For the courses marked with an asterisk, appeared on the UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students

Outside UIUC:

EECI Graduate School on Control: Switched Systems and Control (Spring 2018, Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2009, Spring 2007)

Awards and honors:

ACM SIGBED HSCC Best Paper Award, 2019, with G. Yang (leading author) and J. P. Hespanha

IFAC Fellow, elected in 2016 (for contributions to the theory of switched and hybrid systems, nonlinear control, and control with limited information)

IEEE Fellow, Class of 2013

AACC Donald P. Eckman Award, 2007 (citation: "For contributions to the theories of switched systems and nonlinear control, and their application to control design under limited information")

UIUC CoE Xerox Award for Faculty Research, 2007

Senior Member of IEEE, 2004

IFAC Young Author Prize, 2002 (for this paper)

NSF CAREER Award, 2002 (more info about the project)


Some quotes on research

Some quotes on teaching

Some thoughts on peer review

How to write a good paper

How to give a good talk

How much do professors work?

Is an academic job right for you?

What are we optimizing: short-term sum or long-term max?

Ten reasons why conference papers should be abolished (by Donald Geman, Johns Hopkins University)

What does procrastination tell us about ourselves? (from The New Yorker magazine)

A mathematician's apology (famous 1940 essay by British mathematician G. H. Hardy)

The proof of innocence, or how to scientifically contest a traffic citation (by Dmitri Krioukov, UCSD)

Goodbye, my funding (from The New Yorker magazine)

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