Kevin D. Smith


Lecturer in Data Science
Department of Computer Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Email: kevinsmith at ucsb dot edu

I am a lecturer with the Data Science Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). I joined UCSB in 2017, having been awarded an NSF IGERT traineeship to study network science, and was subsequently a member of Francesco Bullo's group in the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation until I finished my PhD in 2022. My research interests are broadly related to dynamics, control, identification, and state estimation in network systems, in particular power grids and other infrastructure networks.

Prior to UCSB, I recevied my BS in physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2017, where I worked with Chris Clark in the Lab for Autonomous and Intelligent Robotics on multi-agent controls for autonomous underwater vehicles. I also completed two internships in the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working on modeling and backend development for the Grid Project Impact Quantification tool.


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2023 Jan 18: I am happy to announce that I will join Utilidata as a Senior Software Engineer, starting in the spring!

2023 Jan 17: Delivered a talk titled “Semicontracting Dynamical Systems” as part of the Autonomy Talks series for ETH Zurich (video)

2022 Dec 20: Paper with Giulia De Pasquale on seminorms and semicontraction theory is now available on the arXiv (paper)

2022 Dec 13: Paper using contraction theory to study convergence of a prototypical algorithm for Pontryagin's equations has appeared in L-CSS (paper)

2022 Dec 12: Defended my dissertation on control and estimation in network systems!

2022 Dec 1: Poster on physics-informed ML for network flow estimation at NeurIPS (link)