Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
University of California at San Diego
Sonia Martínez received her Ph.D. degree in Engineering
Mathematics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, in May
2002. Following a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied
Mathematics at the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain, she
obtained a Postdoctoral Fulbright Fellowship and held appointments at
the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign during 2004, and at the Center for Control, Dynamical
systems and Computation (CCDC) of the University of California, Santa
Barbara during 2005. From January 2006 to July 2010, she was an
Assistant Professor with the department of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.
In a broad sense, Dr Martínez' main reseach interests include networked control systems, multi-agent systems, nonlinear control theory and robotics. In particular, she has focused on the modeling and control of robotic sensor networks, the development of distributed coordination algorithms for groups of autonomous vehicles, and the geometric control of mechanical systems. For her work on the control of underactuated mechanical systems she received the Best Student Paper award at the 2002 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. She was the recipient of a NSF CAREER Award in 2007. For the paper "Motion coordination with Distributed Information," co-authored with Jorge Cortés and Francesco Bullo, she received the 2008 Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award. For more biographical information please look here
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