Florian Dörfler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California Los Angeles, and he is affiliated with the Center for Nonlinear Studies at the Los Alamos National Laboratories. He received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2013, and a Diplom degree in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart in 2008.

His primary research interests are centered around distributed control, complex networks, and cyber-physical systems with applications to smart power grids and robotic coordination. He is recipient of the 2009 UC Regents Special International Fellowship, the 2011 Peter J. Frenkel Foundation Fellowship, the 2010 ACC Student Best Paper Award, and the 2011 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award. As a co-advisor and a co-author, he has been a finalist for the ECC 2013 Best Student Paper Award.

  My full curriculum vitae can be found here.

Publications & Preprints

My full list publications, preprints, and technical reports can be found here.

    My profile on Google Scholar can be found here.

For the network-minded among you, my Erdös number is 4. Here is my connection:

  1. F. Dörfler and B.A. Francis. “Geometric Analysis of the Formation Problem for Autonomous Robots”. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 55, no. 10, October 2010, pages 2379-2384.

  2. M. Vidyasagar, H. Schneider and B.A. Francis. “Algebraic and topological aspects of feedback stabilization”. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 27, no. 4, August 1982, pages 880-894.

  3. M.V. Subbarao and M. Vidyasagar. “On Watson's quintuple product identity”. Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 26, 1970, pages 23-27.

  4. P. Erdös and M.V. Subbarao. “On the iterates of some arithmetic functions”. The Theory of Arithmetic Functions: Proceedings of the conference at Western Michigan University, April 29-May 1, 1971, pages 119-125.


I received my Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara under the guidance of Prof. Francesco Bullo in the field of Control, Dynamical Systems, & Computation. Duringmy Ph.D. studies I also spent a lot of time at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at the Los Alamos National Laboratories primarily working with Michael Chertkov. My prior diploma education was in the field of Engineering Cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart advised by Prof. Frank Allgöwer and at the Systems Control Group at the University of Toronto advised by Prof. Bruce Francis.

If you are interested to see what I did during my Ph.D. studies, then take a look at my Ph.D. webpage.

Extracurricular Interests

When I am not working as a scientist, I try to follow my passion in all mountain sport disciplines, including rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, trail running, and mountaineering. I am pursuing all of the above leisure activities on an amateur level, but I try as hard as possible to have a good adventure on every trip!