Sam Coogan

Postdoc in EECS
UC Berkeley

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About Me

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
E-mail: sam[dot]coogan[at]berkeley[dot]edu
PhD Advisor: Prof. Murat Arcak


I am currently a postdoc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. As a postdoc, I split my time working with my former PhD advisor, Prof. Murat Arcak, and working with Prof. Pravin Varaiya at Sensys Networks, a traffic solutions company cofounded by Prof. Varaiya. I received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2010, a MS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2012, and completed my PhD with Prof. Arcak at UC Berkeley in Summer 2015. My PhD was funded in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

During Summer 2012, I interned at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, and I was a visiting scholar at the Lund Center for Control of Complex Engineering Systems at Lund University, Sweden during October 2012. At UC Berkeley, I received the Leon O. Chua Award for “outstanding achievement in an area of nonlinear science” in 2014. I received the best student paper award at the 2015 Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control conference. My Erdős number is 4.

Research Interests

My interests lie at the intersection of control theory, nonlinear and hybrid systems theory, formal methods, and optimization. By drawing on these domains, my research develops scalable tools for verification and design of networked cyber-physical systems, and I apply these tools to create efficient and intelligent transportation systems.