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In my postdoctoral work, I have used optimal control and game theory to study dynamic interventions in networks. I am now focused on developing mathematical decisionmaking tools for epidemic control and policy-making.

In my PhD thesis (supervised by Saswati Sarkar and Santosh Venkatesh), I showed how more granular data can drastically change optimal epidemic policies & responses.


  • July '19 - I will present our paper on energy-efficient multilayer backbones and co-chair a session at the IEEE American Control Conference (ACC '19) in dear old Philadelphia, PA!
  • April '18 - Our paper on influence maximization under uncertainty was presented at CAOS '19, a satellite of Infocom '19, in Paris, France. My good friend, Dr. Konstantinos Poularakis did the honors.
  • January '19 - I presented a YINS seminar on dynamic control of spreading processes on networks.
  • December '18 - I presented our two papers at the presented at the IEEE Conference on Decisions and Control (CDC '18).
  • September '18 - I joined the Crawford Lab!

Representative papers

  1. S ESHGHI, V M Preciado, S Sarkar, S S Venkatesh, Q Zhao, R D’Souza, A Swami, “Spread, then target, and advertise in waves: optimal budget allocation across advertising channels,” IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering (TNSE).
  2. S ESHGHI, M H R Khouzani, S Sarkar, S S Venkatesh, “Optimal patching in clustered malware epidemics,” IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN), vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 283–298, 2016.
  3. S ESHGHI, S Sarkar, S S Venkatesh, “Visibility-aware optimal contagion of malware epidemics,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC), vol. 62, no. 10, pp. 5205–5212, 2017.


2016- Yale University
2015-16 Cornell University
2011-15 University of Pennsylvania
2014 NEC Labs America


2015 PhD University of Pennsylvania
2013 MSc University of Pennsylvania
2010 BSc Sharif University of Technology

Selected Awards

2017 3rd Place DataHack@Yale
2015 Runner Up Fels National Public Policy Challenge
2015 Winner Penn Public Policy Challenge
2010 PhD Research Fellowship University of Pennsylvania
2006 1st /600,000 Iran Azad university entrance exam (Math-Physics)
2006 1st /250,000
15th /400,000
Iran national university entrance exam (Foreign Languages / Math-Physics)