Self portrait Paulo Tabuada
Vijay K. Dhir Professor of Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California at Los Angeles

Research interests    Awards and honors    Recent work    Publications    Group    Conferences    Contact


3/27/2023: Prof. Tabuada part of winning MURI team with the project HyDDRA: Hybrid Dynamics - Deconstruction and Aggregation
4/11/2022: Prof. Tabuada to deliver plenary talk at the 2022 Indian Control Conference.

Research interests

Control, Cyber-Physical Systems, Autonomy, Security and Privacy, Learning.

Awards and honors

Plenary speaker, ICC, 2022.
Plenary speaker, ADHS, 2021.
IFAC Fellow, 2019.
IEEE RAS IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award, 2019.
Vijay K. Dhir Endowed Chair in Engineering, 2017.
IEEE Fellow, 2017.
EMSOFT Best Paper Award, 2016.
ICCPS Best Paper Award, 2016.
IEEE CSS Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize, 2015.
ICC Best Student Paper Award, 2015.
ICCPS Best Paper Award, 2014.
Plenary speaker, NecSys, 2013.
IEEE CSS George S. Axelby Award, 2011.
EMSOFT Best Paper Award, 2010.
Plenary speaker, WODES, 2010.
Semi-plenary Speaker, ACC, 2010.
AACC Donald P. Eckman Award, 2009.
NSF CAREER Award, 2005.

Recent work

Taming AI Bots: Controllability of Neural States in Large Language Models
S. Soatto, P. Tabuada, P. Chaudhari, T.Y. Liu
arXiv preprint: 2305.18449

Learning to control known feedback linearizable systems from expert demonstrations
A. Sultangazin, L. Pannocchi, L. Fraile, and P. Tabuada
To appear in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
doi: 10.1109/TAC.2023.3272392
arXiv preprint: 2203.05012

Universal approximation power of deep residual neural networks via nonlinear control theory
P. Tabuada and B. Gharesifard
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2023
doi: 10.1109/TAC.2022.3190051
arXiv preprint: 2007.06007

Joint continuous and discrete model selection via submodularity
J. Bunton and P. Tabuada
Journal of Machine Learning Research, 2022
arXiv preprint: 2102.09029

On the computational complexity of the secure state-reconstruction problem
Y. Mao, A. Mitra, S. Sundaram, and P. Tabuada
Automatica, 2022

Being correct is not enough: efficient verification using robust linear temporal logic
T. Anevlavis, M. Philippe, D. Neider, and P. Tabuada
ACM Transactions on Computational Logic, 2022


Marcus Lucas
, (B.Sc. Caltech, M.Sc. Cal State LA), Ph.D. student (2017-)
Matteo Marchi, (B.Sc. and M.Sc. Politecnico di Milano), Ph.D. student (2019-)

Rahal Nanayakkara, (B.Sc. University of Peradeniya), Ph.D. student (2023-)

Former group members

Sabbatical visitors

Prof. Raphael Jungers, sabbatical leave from UCLouvain (2016-2017).

Postdoctoral researchers

Luigi Pannocchi, (Ph.D. Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Pisa, Italy), postdoctoral scholar (2019-2021).
Carlos Murguia, (Ph.D. TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands), postdoctoral scholar (2019-2020). Now assistant professor at TU/e.
Matthew Philippe, (Ph.D. UCLouvain), postdoctoral researcher (2018). Now at Energis in Brussels, Belgium.
Yasser Shoukry, (M.Sc. and B.Sc. Ain Shams University, Ph.D. UCLA), postdoctoral researcher (2015-2017), co-advised with S. Seshia at UC Berkeley and G. J. Pappas at UPenn. Now Assistant Professor at UC Irvine.
Eric Dallal, (Ph.D. University of Michigan), postdoctoral researcher (2014-2016). Now at AIR Worldwide.
Daniel Neider, (Ph.D. RWTH Aachen), postdoctoral researcher (2015-2016). Now Professor at
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Matthias Rungger, (Ph.D. University of Kassel and B.Sc. TUMunich), 2012-2014. Now at the European Patent Office.
Elaine Render, 2010-2011. Co-advised with Prof. Majumdar.
Pritam Roy, 2010-2011. Co-advised with Prof. Majumdar. Now at Calypto Design Systems.
Ramkrishna Pasumarthy, 2008-2009. Now Associate Professor at IIT Madras, India.
Giordano Pola, 2006-2007. Now Associate Professor at University of l'Aquila, Italy.
Ph.D. students

Jonathan Bunton, (B.Sc. Austin Peay State University), Ph.D. student (2018-2023). Now at Parallel Systems.
Yanwen Mao, (B.Sc. Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Ph.D. student (2018-2022). Now at Huawei.
Janis Anevlanis, (B.Sc. Technical University of Athens), Ph.D. student (2017-2022). Now at Amazon Robotics.
Lucas Fraile Vazquez, (B.Sc. Buenos Aires Institute of Technology, Argentina), Ph.D. student (2017-2022). Now at Parallel Systems.
Alimzhan Sultangazin, (B.Sc. Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan), Ph.D. student (2017-2022).
Mehrdad Showkatbakhsh, (B.Sc. Sharif University), Ph.D. student (2013-2019), co-advised with Prof. Diggavi.
Omar Hussien, (M.Sc. and B.Sc. Cairo University), Ph.D. student (2013-2018). Now at Mathworks.
Luigi Pannocchi, visiting Ph.D. student from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Pisa, Italy, (Winter 2018 - Spring 2018).
Ayca Balkan, (B.Sc. Middle East Technical University), Ph.D. student (2010-2017). Now at Medtronic.
Yasser Shoukry, (M.Sc. and B.Sc. Ain Shams University, Ph.D. UCLA), Ph.D. student (2011-2015), co-advised with Prof. Srivastava. Now Assistant Professor at UC Irvine.
Sina Caliskan, (M.Sc. Bilkent University and B.Sc. Middle East Technical University), Ph.D. student (2010-2015). Now at Google.
Anne-Kathrin Schmuck, Visiting Ph.D. Student from TU Berlin, Germany (March and December 2014).
Jose Araujo, Visiting Ph.D. Student from KTH, Sweden (Winter 2012-Summer 2012).
Bruno Lacerda, visiting Ph.D. Student from ISR/IST, Portugal, (Fall 2011).
Tijs Donkers, visiting Ph.D. student from TU/e, The Netherlands (Fall 2010). Now Assistant Professor at TU/e.
Manuel Mazo Jr., 2007-2010. Now Associate Professor at TU Delft, The Netherlands.
Adolfo Anta, 2006-2010. Now at Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria.
Soheil Samii, Visiting Ph.D. Student from Linkoping University, Sweden (Spring 2009 and Summer 2009).

M.Sc. students

Yskandar Gas, (B.Sc. École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers), M.Sc. student (2021-2023)
Cory Ye, (B.Sc. UCLA), M.Sc. student (2018-2020).
Bastian Schürmann, (B.Sc. TUKaiserslautern), (2013-2014). Now a Ph.D. student at TUMunich.
Suzanne Weller, visiting M.Sc. student from TUDelft, Fall 2013.
Hamza Fawzi, (B.Sc. École des Mines de Paris), 2010-2012. Now a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
Pitcha Prasitmeeboon, 2010-2011. Now a Ph.D. student at Columbia University.
Yusuf Yucel, (B.Sc. Bilkent University), 2009-2011. Currently at Rockwell Collins.
James Marcelin, 2009-2010.
Anna Davitian, (B.Sc. UCLA), 2007-2009, co-advised with Prof. Kaiser. Now at AeroVironment.
Andre Dias, (B.Sc. Instituto Superior Tecnico), 2007.

Undergraduate students

Bill Li, UCLA undergraduate student, Summer 2023.
Tameez Latib,
UCLA undergraduate student, Summer 2019.
Tameez Latib, UCLA undergraduate student, Summer 2018.
Joseph Miller, UCLA undergraduate student, Summer 2018.
Brian Raymond, UCLA undergraduate student, Summer 2018.  
Jean Auriol, Undergraduate student from MINES ParisTech, Summer 2014.
Caron Zhang, Undergraduate student, Fall 2011-Spring 2012.
Sara Asaadi, Undergraduate student, Winter 2010.
Garik Rostomyan, Undergraduate student, Summer 2009-Winter 2010. Now a Ph.D. student at USC.
Annie Chen, Undergraduate student, Winter 2009 and Spring 2009.
Wenhui Zhang, visiting undergraduate student from Fudan University, China, Summer 2008.
Catvu Bui, Winter 2008 and Spring 2008 now at DiCon Fiberoptics.
Yuan Fu, Winter 2008 and Spring 2008.
John Larson, Winter 2008 and Spring 2008.
Shilloam Won, Winter 2008 and Spring 2008.
Michael Dokhanchy, Fall 2007.

High School students

Rafael Kelley, visiting high school student from Loyola High school, Los Angeles, CA, Spring 2023.  
Alexander Swerdlow,
visiting high school student from Milken School, Los Angeles, CA, Summer 2018.  
Megan Ross, visiting High School Student from Chadwick High, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, Summer of 2008.


16th APCA International Conference on Automatic Control and Soft Computing, Controlo 2024 (Program Committee Vice-Chair)
Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control, HSCC 2023 (Program Committee)
Design Automation for CPS and IoT, DESTION 2022 (Program Committee)
Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control, HSCC 2022 (Program Committee)
International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, ICCPS 2022 (Program Committee)


Paulo Tabuada
UCLA Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.
66-147F Engineering IV Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594

 e-mail: tabuada(at)