Online Seminar by Dr. Francesco Bullo, hosted by USF FoRCE

Date and Location

Oct 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am


University of South Florida Forum on Robotics & Control Engineering (USF FoRCE) will host Dr. Francesco Bullo (University of California, Santa Barbara) on October 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.  Specifically, Dr. Bullo will give an online seminar titled "Perspectives on the History, Sociology, and Mathematics of Influence Systems" (abstract and biography of the speaker are included below).  We hope that you will make plans to participate on this free online seminar.  Here is the WebEx information needed to connect to this online seminar:

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WebEx phone link:
+1-510-338-9438 USA Toll

The mission of the USF FoRCE is simple:  Provide free, high-quality outreach events and online seminars to reach broader robotics and control engineering communities around the globe.  To support our mission, we periodically invite distinguished lecturers to the USF FoRCE to give talks on recent research and/or education results related to robotics and control engineering.  As a consequence, the USF FoRCE aims in connecting academicians and government/industry researchers/practitioners with each other through crosscutting basic and applied research and education discussions.  We cordially hope that you will enjoy the USF FoRCE events and find them highly-valuable to your own research and education interests.

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Title:  Perspectives on the History, Sociology, and Mathematics of Influence Systems (Dr. Francesco Bullo, 12:00 PM Eastern Time, October 19, 2018)

Abstract:  This talk will present models for the evolution of opinions, interpersonal influences, and social power in a group of individuals. I will present empirical data and mathematical models for the opinion formation process in deliberative groups, including concepts of self-weight and social power. I will then focus on groups who discuss and form opinions along sequences of judgmental, intellective, and resource allocation issues. I will show how the natural dynamical evolution of interpersonal influence structures is shaped by the psychological phenomenon of reflected appraisal. Multi-agent models and analysis results are grounded in influence networks from mathematical sociology, replicator dynamics from evolutionary games, and transactive memory systems from organization science. (Joint work with: Noah E. Friedkin, Peng Jia, and Ge Chen) 

Biography:  Francesco Bullo is a Professor with the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was previously associated with the University of Padova (Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering, 1994), the California Institute of Technology (Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical Systems, 1999), and the University of Illinois. His research interests focus on network systems and distributed control with application to robotic coordination, power grids and social networks. He is the coauthor of “Geometric Control of Mechanical Systems” (Springer, 2004) and “Distributed Control of Robotic Networks” (Princeton, 2009); his “Lectures on Network Systems” (CreateSpace, 2018) is available on his website. He received best paper awards for his work in IEEE Control Systems, Automatica, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IFAC. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE, SIAM, and ESAIM journals, and is serving as 2018 IEEE CSS President.