Francesco Bullo and Florian Dorfler
Francesco Bullo received a Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova in 1994, and his Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology in 1999. From 1998 to 2004, he was affiliated with the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a Professor with the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His students' papers were finalists for the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2002, 2005, 2007), and the American Control Conference (2005, 2006, 2010). He is the coauthor of the book Geometric Control of Mechanical Systems (Springer, 2004) and of the book Distributed Control of Robotic Networks (Princeton, 2009). His main research interest is multi-agent networks with application to robotic coordination, distributed computing and power networks.
Florian Dörfler received his Diplom degree in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2008. He was a visiting student at the University of Toronto in 2007/2008, a corporal research intern at EADS Astrium in 2008, a visiting researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009, and graduate research intern at Los Alamos National Labs in 2011. Since September 2009, he has been a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His main research interests include distributed systems, synchronization, and coordinated control with applications in smart power grids and robotic networks. He is recipient of the 2009 Regents Special International Fellowship, the 2010 ACC Student Best Paper Award, and the 2011 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award.