Usman Khan

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Usman Khan

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Tufts University

Office: 135 Halligan,
161 College Ave.,
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-5299
Email: khan AT ece DOT tufts DOT edu


B.S., University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore-Pakistan, 2002
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2009 (graduation photo with Prof. José Moura)
Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2010


My research interests lie in the areas of data and network science, systems and control, and optimization theory and algorithms with applications in autonomous multi-agent systems, Internet of Mobile Things (IoMTs), fleets of driverless vehicles, and smart-and-connected cities.

I spent Spring 2015 in the ACCESS Linnaeus Centre at KTH Sweden as a Guest Professor on sabbatical leave from Tufts, where I taught a course on Information processing on Graphs.

I am the director of Signal Processing and RoboTic Networks (SPARTN) laboratory at Tufts. I received the NSF CAREER award in Jan. 2014. I am a Senior Member of IEEE and an associate editor for IEEE Cntrol System Letters.

Arxiv profile
Google scholar profile
Demos from our lab: Formation flying, Target tracking, Indoor navigation.
Slides from the SPS Winter School talk at Concordia, Nov. 02, 2016

Research Team



An attempt at my mathematical genealogy
My Erdös number is 4 (U. Khan → Ali Jadbabaie → Pablo A. Parrilo → Persi W. Diaconis → Paul Erdös)
An "award-winning picture" I took at Monterey, CA, during Asilomar conference, 2007

Some interesting readings

The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
The secret life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

Electrical and Computer Engineering
School of Engineering
Tufts University