Sergio Pequito

Assistant Professor
Sergio Pequito

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 2014/8-2017/7
  • Trainee, Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) systems group, European Space Agency (ESA), European Space Research and Technology Center, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 2009/2-2009/8
  • Young Researcher, Dynamical System and Ocean Robotics (DSOR), Institute for System and Robotics, Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, PT, 2008/2-2009/2
Focus Area: 
optimization and control, actuation-sensing-communication design, large scale systems, network science, cyber-physcial systems, neuroscience, and biomedicine
Education: 

B.Sc., Applied Mathematics and Computation, Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, Lisbon PT, 2007
M.Sc., Applied Mathematics, Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, Lisbon PT, 2009
Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 2014
Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, PT, 2014

Awards & Honors: 

American Automatic Control Council, O. Hugo Schuck Award (Theory Category), 2016
European Embedded Control Institute (EECI), European PhD Award on Control for Complex and Heterogeneous Systems (finalist), 2016
ECE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, CMU, 2012
CMU Graduate Teaching Award (university-wide) [Honorable Mention], 2012
Best student paper award finalist at 48th Conference on Decision and Control, 2009

Selected Publications: 
  1. Sergio Pequito, Soummya Kar and A. Pedro Aguiar, A framework for structural input/output and control configuration selection of large-scale systems, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. February 2016
  2. Sergio Pequito, Soummya Kar and A. Pedro Aguiar, On the complexity of the constrained input selection problem for structural linear systems, Automatica, December 2015
  3. Sergio Pequito, and George J. Pappas, Structural minimum controllability problem for linear continuous-time switching systems, Automatica, April 2017
  4. Sergio Pequito, Victor Preciado, Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and George J. Pappas, Trade-os between driving nodes and time-to-control in complex networks, Scientic Reports, January 2017
  5. Joao F. Carvalho, Sergio Pequito, A. Pedro Aguiar, Soummya Kar, and Karl Johansson, Distributed verification of structural controllability for linear time-invariant systems, Automatica, April 2017