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Usman Khan (bio)

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


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


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.


Lead Guest Editor, Proceedings of the IEEE Special Issue on Optimization for Data-driven Learning and Control, Publication date: Late-2020
Guest Associate Editor, IEEE Letters to Control System Society Special Issue on Learning and Control, Publication date: Late-2020

Technical Area Chair, Track C: Networks, Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Nov. 1-4, 2020
Track Chair, Signal Processing for Self Aware and Social Autonomous systems, IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Systems, Aug. 12-14, 2020

Associate Editor, IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing, 2019-present
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks, 2019-present
Associate Editor, IEEE Letters to Control System Society, 2018-present
Editor, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2014-2017

Guest Professor, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre, KTH Sweden, Spring 2015
NSF CAREER award, Jan. 2014

Arxiv profile
Google scholar profile
Demos from our lab: Formation flying, Target tracking, Indoor navigation


  • Feb. 2020: Gradient tracking and variance reduction for decentralized optimization and machine learning, Arxiv
  • Dec. 9, 2019: Variance-reduced decentralized stochastic optimization with accelerated convergence, Arxiv



An attempt at my mathematical genealogy
My Erdös number is 3 (U. A. Khan → K. H. Johansson → B. Bollobás → Paul Erdös)

Electrical and Computer Engineering
School of Engineering
Tufts University