Navid Azizan Ruhi


Navid Azizan, PhD
Computing + Mathematical Sciences Department
California Institute of Technology

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  • I will be joining the faculty of MIT in Fall 2021!

  • I am co-organizing the “Control meets Learning” virtual seminar series!


Dr. Navid Azizan is an incoming tenure-track professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with joint appointments in MechE and IDSS. His research interests broadly lie in machine learning, mathematical optimization, control theory, and network science. He has made contributions to various aspects of large-scale intelligent systems, such as the design and analysis of optimization algorithms for non-convex and networked problems, with applications in deep learning, the smart grid, distributed computation, and epidemics. He obtained his PhD degree in computing and mathematical sciences from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he was a member of DOLCIT, RSRG, and SISL, jointly advised by Adam Wierman and Babak Hassibi. He was also a research scientist intern at Google DeepMind in 2019. He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2020 ITA Graduation-Day Gold Award, the 2016 ACM GREENMETRICS Best Student Paper Award, the Amazon Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence, the PIMCO Fellowship in Data Science, the Caltech CMS Fellowship, and the USC Provost's Fellowship. He was also the first-place winner and a gold medalist at the 2008 National Physics Olympiad in Iran.

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning

  • Mathematical Optimization

  • Systems and Control

  • Networks

  • Smart Grid



Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Starting Fall 2021


Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant
California Institute of Technology, Jun 2015 – Aug 2020


Research Scientist Intern
Google DeepMind, Jun 2019 – Oct 2019


  • Ph.D. in Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    California Institute of Technology
    Jun 2015 – Aug 2020

  • M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of Southern California
    Aug 2013 – May 2015

  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with Minor in Physics
    Sharif University of Technology
    Sep 2009 – Jul 2013

Representative Publications

Foundations of Deep Learning

Markets for the Smart Grid

Algorithms for Distributed Optimization

Epidemics in Complex Networks

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