Turkish American Dr. Asu Ozdaglar, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was recently promoted to both Associate and Interim Department Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). She is best known for her contributions in the areas of optimization theory, economic and social networked systems, and game theory.
Dr. Ozdaglar's contributions to optimization theory range from convex analysis and duality to distributed and incremental algorithms for large scale systems and data processing. A large part of her research also focuses on integrating analysis of social and economic interactions into the study of networks. Her contributions to game-theory include learning dynamics and computation of Nash equilibria.
In October 2014, she became director of the Laboratory for Information and Decisions Systems (LIDS) and associate director of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). She is also a recipient of the prestigious Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council, and she is the inaugural recipient of the Steven and Renee Finn Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship at MIT. Dr. Ozdaglar is a graduate of MIT and Middle East Technical University (METU).