Somayeh Sojoudi

Assistant Professor in Residence

Biography

Somayeh Sojoudi is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an Associate Editor for the journals of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Systems & Control Letters, IEEE Access, and IEEE Open Journal of Control Systems. She is also a member of the conference editorial board of the IEEE Control Systems Society. She has received several awards, including INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers, INFORMS Energy Best Publication Award, INFORMS Data Mining Best Paper Award, NSF CAREER Award, and ONR Young Investigator Award. She has also received several best student conference paper awards (as advisor or co-author) from the Control Systems Society.

Education

  • 2013, PhD, Control & Dynamical Systems, California Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

  • S. Fattahi and S. Sojoudi, "Exact Guarantees on the Absence of Spurious Local Minima for Non-negative Rank-1 Robust Principal Component Analysis.," Journal of Machine Learning Research, vol. 21, no. 59, pp. 1--51, 2020.
  • B. Anderson, Z. Ma, J. Li, and S. Sojoudi, "Tightened Convex Relaxations for Neural Network Robustness Certification," in IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2020.
  • E. Glista and S. Sojoudi, "Convex model to evaluate worst-case performance of local search in the Optimal Power Flow problem," in IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2020.
  • S. Fattahi and S. Sojoudi, "Graphical lasso and thresholding: Equivalence and closed-form solutions," The Journal of Machine Learning Research, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 364--407, 2019.
  • S. Sojoudi, S. Fattahi, and J. Lavaei, "Convexification of generalized network flow problem," Mathematical Programming, 2018.
  • R. Madani, S. Sojoudi, G. Fazelnia, and J. Lavaei, "Finding low-rank solutions of sparse linear matrix inequalities using convex optimization," SIAM Journal on Optimization, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 725--758, 2017.
  • S. Sojoudi, "Equivalence of graphical lasso and thresholding for sparse graphs," Journal of Machine Learning Research, vol. 17, no. 115, pp. 1--21, 2016.
  • S. Sojoudi, "Graphical lasso and thresholding: Conditions for equivalence," in Decision and Control (CDC), 2016 IEEE 55th Conference on, 2016, pp. 7042--7048.
  • R. Madani, S. Sojoudi, and J. Lavaei, "Convex relaxation for optimal power flow problem: Mesh networks," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 199--211, 2015.
  • S. Sojoudi and J. Lavaei, "Exactness of semidefinite relaxations for nonlinear optimization problems with underlying graph structure," SIAM Journal on Optimization, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 1746--1778, 2014.

Awards, Memberships and Fellowships