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Insoon Yang

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Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering


  • 2015, PhD, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley
  • 2013, Masters, Mathematics, UC Berkeley
  • 2012, Masters, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley
  • 2009, Bachelors, Mathematics / Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University


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 and a Ph.D. in EECS 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 semi-autonomous 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.

Research Summary

1. Data-driven stochastic control and risk management: distributionally robust stochastic control, data-driven stochastic optimization, safety- and risk-aware control, information-constrained control
2. Cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things: control-oriented applications of CPS and IoT, optimization and control of dynamical networks, semi-autonomous systems
3. Energy and power systems: energy management systems, energy storage, renewable energy integration, demand-side management, energy policy


  • 2013 UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
  • 2013 UC Berkeley EECS Distinguished Student Teaching Award
  • 2015 UC Berkeley Eli Jury Award for "outstanding achievement in the area of Systems, Communication, Control or Signal Processing"
  • 2015 UC Berkeley Eli Jury Award
  • 2016 IEEE CDC Student Best Paper Award finalist
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems

  • EEB 316
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2563

  • (213) 740-2351

  • insoonya@usc.edu

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