Bio

I work with Prof. José Bento as a post-doctoral researcher at the Computer Science department at Boston College. I received my Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at Tufts University under the supervision of Prof. Usman A. Khan, in 2017. I received my M.Sc. degree (with Distinction) in Automated Systems and Control, from University of Sheffield in 2011 and my B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran in 2007. My research interests include machine learning, distributed algorithms, control systems, multi-agent networks and robotics.

Publications

Journals

S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “Revisiting finite-time distributed algorithms via successive nulling of eigenvalues,” IEEE Signal Processing Letters, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 54-57, Jan. 2015.
S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “Leader-follower consensus in mobile sensor networks,” IEEE Signal Processing Letters, vol. 22, no. 12, pp. 2249-2253, Dec. 2015.
S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “Asymptotic stability of stochastic LTV systems with applications to distributed dynamic fusion,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 62, no. 11, pp. 5888-5893, Nov. 2017. Also available at ArXiv.
S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “Localization in mobile networks via virtual convex hulls,” IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks, 2017.
S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “An opportunistic linear-convex algorithm for localization in mobile robot networks,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 875-888, Aug. 2017.
S. Safavi, U. A. Khan, S. Kar, and J. M. F. Moura, “Distributed Localization in: A linear theory,” Proceedings of the IEEE, Dec. 2017.

Conferences

S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “On the convergence rate of swap-collide algorithm for simple task assignment,” in 48th IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, Pacific Grove, CA, 2014, pp. 1507-1510.
S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “Dynamic leader-follower algorithms in mobile multi-agent networks,” in IEEE Digital Signal Processing Conference, Singapore, Jul. 2015.
S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “Unbounded connectivity: Asymptotic stability criteria for stochastic LTV systems,” in 2016 American Control Conference (ACC), Boston, MA, 2016, pp. 7019-7024.
S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “A distributed range-based algorithm for localization in mobile networks,” in 50th IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Pacific Grove, CA, 2016, pp. 1380-1384.
S. Safavi and U. A. Khan, “On the convergence of time-varying fusion algorithms: Application to localization in dynamic networks,” in 2016 IEEE 55th Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 2016, pp. 4907-4912.

Patents

Mobile Network Localization, U.S. Serial Number: 62/417,751. Filed Nov. 2017.

Honors and Awards

Best Student Paper in the Network track and the third-place prize for Best Student Paper, 50th IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computer, 2016.
Best Student Paper Finalist award, IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, 2014.

Professional Services

Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC)
Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (TCNS)
Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks (TSIPN)
Reviewer for IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing (JSTSP)
Reviewer for IEEE Signal Processing Letters (SPL)
Reviewer for IEEE Access
Reviewer for IEEE Digital Signal Processing Conference
Reviewer for American Control Conference
IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA 2017)