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John Simpson-Porco

Assistant Professor

Contact InformationJohn Simpson-Porco

Phone: 519-888-4567 x31216
Location: EIT 3112


Biography Summary

John W. Simpson-Porco received the B.Sc. degree in engineering physics from Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA in 2015. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada. He was previously a visiting scientist with the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His research focuses on the control and optimization of multi-agent systems and networks, with applications in modernized power grids. Prof. Simpson-Porco is a recipient of the 2012--2014 IFAC Automatica Prize and the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation Best Thesis Award and Outstanding Scholar Fellowship.

Research Interests

  • Distributed Control Systems
  • Decentralized Control Systems
  • Optimal Control
  • Smart Grid
  • Microgrids
  • Frequency Control
  • Voltage Control


  • 2015, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2010, Bachelor of Science (BSc), Engineering Physics, Queen's University


  • ECE 484 - Digital Control Applications
  • ECE 380 - Analog Control Systems