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Laurent Lessard

Associate Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Research Focus

control theory, linear systems, optimization algorithms, machine learning

Education

  • PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2011
  • MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2005
  • BASc, Engineering Science, Aerospace Option, University of Toronto, 2003

Honors & Awards

  • National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2018

Professional Affiliations

  • IEEE
  • SIAM
  • INFORMS

Research Overview

control theory, linear systems, optimization algorithms, machine learning

Selected Research Projects

  • A Control-Theoretic Approach to Distributed Optimization
    Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Analysis and Design of Decentralized Control Systems in the Presence of Uncertain Latency
    Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • CAREER: Automated Analysis and Design of Optimization Algorithms
    Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • A. Sundararajan, B. Van Scoy, L. Lessard, Analysis and Design of First-Order Distributed Optimization Algorithms Over Time-Varying Graphs,
    IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 2020, 1-1
  • B. Hu, P. Seiler, L. Lessard, Analysis of Biased Stochastic Gradient Descent Using Sequential Semidefinite Programs, Mathematical Programming, 2020, 1-26
  • L. Lessard, X. Zhang, X. Zhu, An Optimal Control Approach to Sequential Machine Teaching, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, 2019
  • B. Hu, L. Lessard, Dissipativity Theory for Nesterov’s Accelerated Method, International Conference on Machine Learning, 2017
  • L. Lessard, B. Recht, A. Packard, Analysis and Design of Optimization Algorithms Via Integral Quadratic Constraints, SIAM Journal on Optimization, 2016

Faculty

Sep 02, 2020

New Faculty Spotlight: Laurent Lessard

Laurent Lessard joins the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department in August 2020 as an Associate Professor.

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