CAEV Director

Rajit Gadh Rajit Gadh
Professor & Director

Dr. Rajit Gadh is Professor of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, Founder and Director the Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC ( and Founder and Director of the UCLA WINMEC Consortium ( Dr. Gadh has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur all in engineering. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University.

Dr. Gadh's current research interests include modeling and control of Smart Grids, Electric Vehicle to Grid Integration, Vehicle to Grid (V2G), Autonomous Electric Vehicles, Demand Response, Microgrids, Energy Storage in the Grid, Renewable Integration, Internet of Things, Wireless/RFID. Dr. Gadh is author of over 200 articles in journals and conference proceedings and 4 patents. His team has developed the WINSmartETM and WINSmartGridTM research platforms at UCLA.

Dr. Gadh's research has recently been funded by the following sources: (i) LADWP (in turn funded by DOE) in which UCLA is one of three academic cooperating partners along with USC, and, JPL/Caltech in which DOE funding is roughly $60M) (ii) Korean Institute for Energy Research (KIER), (iii) EPRI NESCOR Grant (funded by DOE), (iv) California Energy Commission, and (v) the UCLA Smart Grid Industry Partners Program or SMERC-IPP consisting of over a dozen industry members.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, NSF Research Initiation Award, and, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Fellow Award, Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Educational award, IEEE WTS second best student paper award, ASME Kodak Best Technical Paper award, AT&T Industrial ecology fellow award, Engineering Education Foundation Research Initiation Award, the William Mong Fellowship from University of Hong Kong, and other accolades in his career. He has lectured and given keynote/distinguished addresses worldwide in countries such as Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, England, France, Germany, Holland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, S. Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and, Thailand. Dr. Gadh serves as advisor to a handful of technology-based startups.

CAEV Faculty

Mani Srivastava Mani Srivastava
Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA

Mani Srivastava is a Professor in the ECE Department with a joint appointment in the CS Department. His research is broadly in the area of human-cyber-physical and IoT systems that are secure, privacy-aware, AI/ML-enabled, and application-driven. It spans problems across the entire spectrum of applications, architectures, algorithms, and technologies in the context of systems and applications for mHealth and sustainable buildings. Specifically relevant to CAEV research is his work on trustworthy perception and control in the presence of uncertainty and adversarial actions involving sensors, system services for timing and locationing, and associated machine learning algorithms. He is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE, and his research has been recognized with multiple Best Paper awards at top conferences. More information about his research is available at his lab’s website: and his Google Scholar profile at

Area of Interest:

Embedded software, ubiquitous and mobile computing, human-cyber-physical systems, security and privacy, mobile health, internet of things, energy-aware computing.

Awards and Recognitions:

2017 ACM Fellow
2017 ACM/IEEE IPSN, Best Demonstration Paper Award
2016 ACM BuildSys, Audience Choice Award
2016 ACM UbiComp, Honorable Mention Award
2015 ACM MobiCom, Best Paper Award
2015 ACM MobiCom, Best Community Paper Award

Tsu-Chin Tsao Tsu-Chin Tsao
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA

Area of Interest:

Modeling and control of dynamic systems with applications in mechanical systems, manufacturing processes, automotive systems, and energy systems, digital control; repetitive and learning control, adaptive and optimal control, mechatronics.

Awards and Recognitions:
  • Research Initiation Award, NSF
  • Best Paper Award, ASME J of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control
  • O. Hugo Shuck Best Paper Award, American Automatic Control Council
  • Senior Xerox Faculty Research Award, University of Illinois
  • Outstanding Young Investigator, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • Fellow, ASME
  • 2016 IFAC Mechatronics Systems Award

Paulo Tabuada Paulo Tabuada
Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA

Area of Interest:

Cyber-physical systems, cyber-physical systems security, control systems, smart grid

Awards and Recognitions:

2017 Fellow IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2011 George S. Axelby Award
2009 Donald P. Eckman Award
2005 NSF CAREER Award

Deepak Rajagopal Deepak Rajagopal
Associate Professor
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Dept. of Urban Planning, UCLA

Deepak Rajagopal is an Associate Professor in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Dept. of Urban Planning. He holds a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources (UC Berkeley), Master of Science degrees in Ag. and Resource Economics (UC Berkeley), and Mechanical Engineering (U. of Maryland, College Park) and Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (Indian Institute. of Technology, Madras). Prior to joining UCLA, he was a Post. doc. at the Energy Biosciences Institute, UC Berkeley. He also three years of experience as Structural Engineer at United Technologies Research Center in Hartford, Connecticut. His fields of research include Industrial Ecology and Life cycle assessment, Energy and Agricultural Economics with focus on renewable fuels and electric vehicles. At UCLA, he teaches Life Cycle Assessment, Tools for Sustainability Assessment and Energy, Environment and Development. He is an occasional blogger on issues related to energy and environment, which can be accessed at

Asad M. Madni Asad M. Madni
Distinguished Adjunct Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA

Dr. Asad Madni served as President, COO & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. from 1992 – 2006. Prior to BEI he was with Systron Donner Corporation for 18 years in senior technical & executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President/CEO. He is currently, Distinguished Adjunct Professor/Distinguished Scientist at UCLA ECE Department, Faculty Fellow at UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Faculty Fellow at UCLA Connected Autonomous Electric Vehicle Consortium and Executive MD/CTO of Crocker Capital. He received an A.A.S. from RCA Institutes, B.S. & M.S. from UCLA, Ph.D. from California Coast University and S.E. from MIT. He is credited with over 200  refereed publications, 69 issued or pending patents, and is the recipient of  major awards and honors including, ASME Soichiro Honda Medal, IEEE Frederik Philips Medal, UCSD Gordon Medal, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, IET J.J.Thomson Medal, IEEE Millennium Medal, IEE Achievement Medal, TCI College Marconi Medal, Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Medal, Hind Rattan (“Jewel of India”) Medal, UCLA Professional Achievement Medal, UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award, UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award, UCLA EE Distinguished Alumni Award, IEEE-HKN Vladimir Karapetoff Award, IEEE AESS Pioneer Award, IEEE HKN Eminent Member Award, IEEE IMS Career Excellence Award and Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumni Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Canadian Academy of Engineering, European Academy of Arts and Sciences, New York Academy of Science and is a Fellow/Eminent Engineer of 24 of the world's most prestigious professional academies/societies. He has been awarded 5 honorary doctorates and 6 honorary professorships.

M Khalid Jawed M Khalid Jawed
Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA

Dr. Jawed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA, and the Principal Investigator of the Structures-Computer Interaction Laboratory ( He received his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds dual Bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Jawed's research interests lie at the intersection of structural mechanics and robotics, with an emphasis on data-driven and artificially intelligent approach to the modeling and design of programmable smart structures. Current research projects include robotic manipulation of flexible structures, numerical simulation of highly deformable structures, soft robotics, robotics for precision agriculture, and so on.

Awards and Recognitions:

2019 Outstanding teaching award, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA
2014 GSNP Student Speaker Award, American Physical Society March Meeting

Achuta Kadambi Achuta Kadambi
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA

Achuta Kadambi received his PhD from MIT and joined UCLA as Leader of the Visual Machines Group. His team studies how artificial intelligence (AI) can discover physical laws from image and video streams. This physics-aware AI has wide applications to autonomous systems and digital health. Please see his lab webpage to learn more about his team, news, and papers:

Ankur Mehta Ankur Mehta
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA

Prof. Ankur Mehta is an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCLA, and directs the Laboratory for Embedded Machines and Ubiquitous Robots (LEMUR). Pushing towards his visions of a future filled with robots, his research interests involve printable robotics, rapid design and fabrication, control of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems, and multi-agent networks.

Prof. Mehta received the NSF CAREER award in 2018, and was named a Samueli Fellow in 2015. He has received best paper awards in the 2015 IEEE Robotics   Automation Magazine and 2014 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

Jiaqi Ma Jiaqi Ma
Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCLA

Dr. Jiaqi Ma is an Associate Professor at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. Prior to that, he was Assistant/Associate Professor and Academic Director of the University of Cincinnati Advanced Transportation Collaborative, Project Manager and Research Scientist with Leidos working at the Federal Highway Administration Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, and a contractor researcher at the Virginia Transportation Research Council of the Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT). He has led and managed many research projects funded by U.S. DOT, National Science Foundation, state DOTs, and other federal/state/local programs covering areas of smart transportation systems, such as vehicle-highway automation, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), connected vehicles, shared mobility, and large-scale smart system modeling and simulation, and artificial intelligence and advanced computing applications in transportation. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. He is Member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation, Member of TRB Standing Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications, Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Impacts Committee, Co-Chair of the IEEE ITS Society Technical Committee on Smart Mobility and Transportation 5.0, and Member of the Academic Advisory Council of Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE).

CAEV Research Leader

Peter Chu Peter Chu
Project Lead
Electric Vehicle and Renewalbe Energy Integration, UCLA SMERC

Dr. Chu is currently a project lead at Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of California at Los Angeles. He is also the forum convener at UCLA WINMEC, ESmart consortium. He is a senior research manager who supervised and steered multiple industry and academia research projects in the field of Smart Grid, Electric Vehicle and Renewable Energy Integration, Micro Grid System, Sensor Network, RFID technologies, Mobile Communication, Media Entertainment, 3D/2D Visualization of scientific data and Computer Aided Design. He has over 15 years of experience in research & development of software architectures, frameworks and solutions and has delivered multiple project solutions and software packages to the industry globally.

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