Luca Scardovi

Associate Professor, University of Toronto


Education and Appointments

2017-Pres.       Associate Professor-University of Toronto

2011-2017       Assistant Professor-University of Toronto

2009-2011       Assistant Professor-Technical University of Munich

2007-2009       Postdoctoral Research Associate-Princeton University

2005-2007       Postdoctoral Research Fellow-University of Liege

2005                Ph.D. Elect. Eng.-University of Genova

2001                Laurea Degree Elect. Eng.-University of Genova

Short Bio

I received my Laurea degree and Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 2001 and 2005 respectively. In 2005 I was Adjunct Professor at the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy. I held research associate positions at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Liège, Belgium (2005-2007) and at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University (2007-2009). From 2009 to 2011 I was an assistant professor at the Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany. I am presently an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. I am a member of the editorial board of the Control Systems Society and an associate editor for the journal Systems and Control Letters.

Research Interests

Dynamical systems with special emphasis in the analysis and control of complex interconnected systems. More specifically my research currently focuses on developing principles and methodologies in systems and control theory to analyze and control emergent dynamics in biological and engineered systems. Click here to know more.  


The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Toronto

Office: GB345

Email: scardovi@scg.utoronto.ca

Phone: +1 (416)-978-6093

Web: http://scg.utoronto.ca/~scardovi


  1. New: PhD/Postdoc position available in mathematical modeling and analysis of emergent properties in biological networks

  2. Invited speaker at the workshop “Taxonomies of Interconnected Systems: Asymmetry and Directedness in Multi-Agent Interactions,” ACC 2015

  3. Connaught New Researcher Award

Selected Recent Publications

T. Xia and L. Scardovi, “Output-Feedback Synchronizability of Linear Time-Invariant Systems,'' Systems and Control Letters, 2016.

A. Roza, M. Maggiore, and L. Scardovi, “Local and Distributed Rendezvous of Underactuated Rigid Bodies,” 2016. (arXiv preprint:  arXiv:1509.07022).


G. F. Young, L. Scardovi, and N. E. Leonard, “A New Notion of Effective Resistance for Directed Graphs—Part II: Computing Resistances,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2016.

G.F. Young, L. Scardovi, and N. E. Leonard, “A New Notion of Effective Resistance for Directed Graphs—Part I: Definition and Properties,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2016.

I. Poulakakis, G. Young, L. Scardovi, and N.E. Leonard, “Information Centrality and Ordering of Nodes for Accuracy in Noisy Decision-Making Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol 61, no.4, pp. 1040-1045, 2016.

G. F. Young, L. Scardovi, A. Cavagna, I. Giardina, N. E. Leonard, “Starling Flock Networks Manage Uncertainty in Consensus at Low Cost”, PLOS Computational Biology, vol. 9, no. 1, p. e1002894, 2013.

N. Leonard , T. Shen, B. Nabet, L. Scardovi, I. Couzin, and S. Levin, “Decision versus compromise for animal groups in motion,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), vol. 109, no. 1, pp. 227–232, 2012.