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James Anderson

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Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
Member of the Data Science Institute
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Office: 1007 North West Corner Building

Positions: I consider postdoc applications made through the Columbia Data Science Institute


I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, where I am also a member of the Data Science Institute. From 2016 to 2019 I was a senior postdoctoral scholar in the Computing + Mathematical Sciences department at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to Caltech, I held a Junior Research Fellowship at St John's College at the University Oxford and was also affiliated with the Department of Engineering Science. I was awarded my DPhil (PhD) from Oxford in 2012 and the BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Reading in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Research Interests

robust & distributed control, convex optimization, power networks & smart grids, systems & synthetic biology




office: 1007 North West Corner Building

A nearly successful effort to introduce the atmospheric system of traction 

A nearly successful effort to introduce the atmospheric system of traction.
Original image: W. Heath Robinson
Colouring: Adam Hart-Davis

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