Magnus Egerstedt

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Magnus B. Egerstedt
Magnus B. Egerstedt puppet.jpg
Puppet Magnus, part of the National Science Foundation project "Puppet Choreography and Automated Marionettes"[1]
Born (1971-06-28) June 28, 1971 (age 45)
Täby Municipality, Stockholm, Sweden
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Nationality American (2008-present)
Swedish (1971-present)
Fields Robotics
Control theory
Institutions Georgia Institute of Technology
Alma mater Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm University
Doctoral advisor Xiaoming Hu
Anders Lindquist

Magnus B. Egerstedt (born June 28, 1971) is a Swedish-American roboticist, a Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Director for the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems (GRITS) Lab.

Egerstedt is a major contributor to the theory of hybrid and discrete event systems, and in particular, the control of multi-agent systems.[2]



Magnus Egerstedt was born in Täby Municipality, Stockholm, Sweden in 1971 and attended Stockholm University. He received his B.A. in Theoretical Philosophy in 1996, specializing in language philosophy and with a thesis titled Implicit Knowledge and Public Mathematical Meaning, while simultaneously attending the Royal Institute of Technology, where he received in 1996 a M.S. in Engineering Physics. During this period, Egerstedt visited Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and completed his M.S. thesis A Model of the Combined Planar Motion of the Human Head and Eye. In 2000, Egerstedt completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics under the advisement of Xiaoming Hu and Anders Lindquist for the thesis Motion Planning and Control of Mobile Robots.[3] At KTH, Egerstedt was involved with the Intelligent Service Agent demonstrator at CVAP, KTH as well as a radio-controlled car at OptSyst, KTH.[4]

In 1998, Egerstedt was a Visiting Scholar at the Robotics Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley where he collaborated with Shankar S. Sastry on the hybrid control of mobile robotics. From 2000 to 2001, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow under Roger W. Brockett at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. Egerstedt joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as a faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2001, and now holds the position of Schlumberger Professor and Associate Chair for Research. Egerstedt is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Interactive and Intelligent Computing, the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

Professional Activities[edit]

  • Associate Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.
  • Guest Editor for MONET ROBOCOMM 2007, Special Issue in ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications.
  • Guest Editor for Design, Control, and Applications of Real-World Multi-Robot Systems. Special Issue in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 2008.
  • Guest Editor for Symbolic Methods for Complex Control Systems. Special Issue in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2006.

Honors and Awards[edit]

Egerstedt has earned numerous awards and honors during his career:

  • CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2003 for the project Linguistic Control of Mobile Robots.[5]
  • School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award in 2005.

Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems (GRITS) Lab[edit]

A team of iRobot Create robots at the GRITS Lab (joint with Ayanna M. Howard) for a sensor network research project.
A Khepera III robot at the GRITS lab, used for multi-agent systems research.
An iRobot Magellan Pro robot at the GRITS lab.

At Georgia Tech, Magnus Egerstedt is the director of the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems (GRITS) Lab. The research topics of the lab include:

  • Hybrid systems: optimal control, observers and observability, and specification languages for hybrid systems.
  • Networked control systems: producing systems with provable global properties from local interaction and communication rules.
  • Mobile robotics: learning and path-planning for both structured indoor and unstructured outdoor environments.


  • System and Methods For Data-Driven Control of Manufacturing Processes.[6][7]


Egerstedt has authored over 100 research papers in the areas of robotics and control. Books:

  • 2008, M. Egerstedt and B. Mishra, (editors). Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control. Proceedings of the 11th International Workshop (St. Louis), HSCC 2008, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series, Springer, April 2008. 680 pp. ISBN 978-3-540-78928-4.
  • 2010, Egerstedt, Magnus; Mesbahi, Mehran Graph Theoretic Methods in Multiagent Networks. New Jersey: Princeton University Press; July 2010. 424 pp. ISBN 978-0-691-14061-2.


Egerstedt has an Erdős number of 3: Magnus B. Egerstedt[8] - Vincent D. Blondel[9] - Harold S. Shapiro[10] - Paul Erdős


  1. ^ Collaborative Research: Major: Puppet Choreography and Automated Marionettes
  2. ^ Egerstedt, M.; Hu, X. (2001). "Formation constrained multi-agent control". Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on. 17 (6): 947–951. doi:10.1109/70.976029. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  3. ^ Egerstedt, M. (2000). "Motion Planning and Control of Mobile Robots". Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  4. ^ Centre for Autonomous Systems biography of Magnus Egerstedt
  5. ^ Award#0237971 - CAREER: Linguistic Control of Mobile Robots
  6. ^ System and Methods For Data-Driven Control of Manufacturing Processes
  7. ^ Closing the Loop: Georgia Tech Researchers Develop New Data-driven Closed-loop control for stencil printers
  8. ^ Egerstedt, M.; Blondel, V.D. (2002). "How hard is it to control switched systems?". American Control Conference, 2002. Proceedings of the 2002. 3. 
  9. ^ Blondel, V.D.; Rupp, R.; Shapiro, H.S. (1995). "On Zero and One Points of Analytic Functions" (PDF). Complex Variables and Elliptic Equations. 28 (2): 189–192. doi:10.1080/17476939508814848. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  10. ^ Erdős, P. (1965). "Large and small subspaces of Hilbert space." (PDF). Michigan Math. J. 12 (2): 169–178. doi:10.1307/mmj/1028999306. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 

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