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Insoon Yang is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at USC. He received B.S. degrees in Mathematics and in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from Seoul National University in 2009; and an M.S. in EECS, an M.A. in Mathematics (advisor: Prof. Lawrence C. Evans) and a Ph.D. in EECS (advisor: Prof. Claire Tomlin) from UC Berkeley in 2012, 2013 and 2015, respectively. Before joining USC, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT. His research interests are in stochastic control, dynamic games and optimization in systems and control with applications to Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular, he works on control methods, risk management solutions and incentive mechanisms for networked CPS (e.g., smart grids) and the IoT (e.g., smart home) with limited information. He is a recipient of the 2015 Eli Jury Award and a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2016.


Ph.D. Students


Gary Rostomyan

  • Ph.D. Student in EE, USC (2016-)
  • M.S. in EE, UCLA (2013)
  • B.S. in EE and Math, UCLA (2011)

Gary's research interests include hybrid systems and control, embedded systems, IoT, and distributed systems. Prior to joining USC, he was a member of Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory at UCLA under supervision of Prof. Paulo Tabuada. Gary also worked as an electrical engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he helped to develop high speed LDPC Encoder/Decoder. Gary also worked on desigining and testing advanced implantable neuromodulatory devices at Boston Scientific. Moreover, he designed LTE dual band MMIC power amplifiers at Skyworks Solutions.



Samantha Samuelson

  • Ph.D. Student in EE, USC (2016-)
  • M.S. in ECE, UCSB (2016)
  • B.S. in EE, Yale (2014)

Samantha's research interests are in stochastic control, statistical learning and optimization theory. Her Masters research at UCSB (advisor: Prof. Katie Byl) involved analyzing and planning new efficient rolling gaits for JPL's Robosimian. Prior to that she graduated from Yale University in 2014, where she was vice president of the Yale Robotics club.


M.S. Students


Yingxiang Liu

  • M.S. Student in EE, USC (2016-)
  • B.S. in EE, U. Washington (2016)