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Asu Ozdaglar


Steven and Renee Finn Innovation Fellow
METU, BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 1996
MIT, SM, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1998
MIT, PhD, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2003

Biographical Overview

Since completing her graduate studies at MIT in 2003, Dr. Ozdaglar has been a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. She is affiliated with LIDS and the Operations Research Center. Her research focuses on problems that arise in the analysis and optimization of large-scale dynamic multi-agent networked systems including communication networks, transportation networks, and social and economic networks.

 Research Areas

  • Nonlinear and Convex Optimization: Theory and Algorithms
  • Game Theory
  • Network Resource Allocation (wireline and wireless networks)
  • Social and Economic Networks: Equilibrium, Learning, and Information Dynamics
  • Distributed Optimization Methods

Selected Publications

A. Ozdaglar and R. Srikant, “Incentives and Pricing in Communication Networks,” in Algorithmic Game Theory, Noam Nisan, Tim Roughgarden, Eva Tardos, and Vijay Vazirani, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2007.

D. Bertsekas, A. Nedic, and A. Ozdaglar, Convex Analysis and Optimization, Athena Scientific, Cambridge, Mass., 2003.

D. Acemoglu, M.A. Dahleh, I. Lobel, and A. Ozdaglar, “Bayesian Learning in Social Networks,” LIDS report 2780, 2009.

A. Nedic, A. Olshevsky, A. Ozdaglar, and J.N. Tsitsiklis, “On Distributed Averaging Algorithms and Quantization Effects,” to appear in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2009.

A. Nedic and A. Ozdaglar, “Approximate Primal Solutions and Rate Analysis for Dual Subgradient Methods,” to appear in SIAM Journal on Optimization, 2009.

D. Acemoglu, K. Bimpikis, and A. Ozdaglar, “Price and Capacity Competition,” Games and Economic Behavior, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 1-26, 2009.

N. Stein, A. Ozdaglar, and P.A. Parrilo, “Separable and Low-Rank Continuous Games,” International Journal of Game Theory, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 475-504, 2008.

D. Acemoglu and A. Ozdaglar, “Competition and Efficiency in Congested Markets,” Mathematics of Operations Research, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 1-31, 2007.

A. Simsek, A. Ozdaglar and D. Acemoglu, “Generalized Poincare-Hopf Theorem for Compact Nonsmooth Regions,” Mathematics of Operations Research, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 193-214, 2007.

A. Jadbabaie, A. Ozdaglar, and M. Zargham, “A Distributed Newton Method for Network Optimization,” Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2009.

P. Njoroge, A. Ozdaglar, N. Stier-Moses, and G. Weintraub, “Competition, Market Coverage, and Quality Choice in Interconnected Platforms,” Proceedings of the Workshop on the Economics of Networked Systems (NetEcon), 2009.

I. Lobel and A. Ozdaglar, “Convergence Analysis of Distributed Subgradient Methods over Random Networks,” Proceedings of the Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2008.

A. Ozdaglar, “Pseudonormality and a Lagrange Multiplier Theory for Constrained Optimization,” PhD thesis, January 2003, MIT, EECS Department, Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Dimitri P. Bertsekas.

A. Ozdaglar, “Using Multiresolution Range-Profiled Real Imagery in a Statistical Object Recognition System”, Master's thesis, June 1998, MIT, EECS Department, Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Jeffrey H. Shapiro.

Recent Educational Activities

6.207/14.15: Networks
6.254: Game Theory with Engineering Applications
6.252: Nonlinear Programming  
6.251/15.081: Introduction to Mathematical Programming
6.231: Dynamic Programming and Stochastic Control
6.041: Probabilistic Systems Analysis
6.011: Introduction to Communication, Control, and Signal Processing

Awards and Grants

Microsoft Fellow 2001
Graduate Student Council Teaching Award for the School of Engineering, MIT 2004
NSF CAREER Award 2005
Class of 1943 Career Development Chair 2006
AACC Donald P. Eckman Award 2008

NSF Career Grant, “Distributed Multi-agent Control and Optimization: Where Game Theory Meets Network Optimization.” 
AFOSR/MURI, “Distributed Learning and Information Dynamics in Networked Autonomous Systems," joint with Profs. Shamma, Balcan (Gatech), Abed, Baras, Martins (UMaryland),Young (UOxford), and Dahleh, Kaelbling (MIT).
AFOSR, “Dynamics of Beliefs, Culture, and Social Interactions,” joint with Profs.
Acemoglu, Dahleh (MIT), and Shamma (Gatech).
NSF, “Optimization and Control of Stochastic Wireless Networks,” joint with Prof. Parrilo (MIT).
DARPA, “Control of Mobile Ad-hoc Networks,” joint with Prof. Medard (MIT).
DARPA, “ITMANET, the FLoWS project,” joint with Profs. Goldsmith, Boyd, Johari (Stanford), Effros (Caltech), Coleman, Meyn, Moulin (UIUC), and Medard, Shah, Zheng (MIT).
NSF, “An Analytic Framework for Political and Social Change: Conflict, Beliefs, and Dynamics,” joint with Profs. Acemoglu, Dahleh, and Shah (MIT).
NSF, “Future Optical Network Architectures,” joint with Profs. Chan and Shah (MIT).

Asu Ozdaglar

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