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Timeline of Important Professional Events

  • 1987: Graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose, CA.
  • 1991 - 1996: Worked as musician, composer, painter, graphic designer, espresso jockey and computer programmer. Lived a generally impractical professional life.
  • 1996: Worked briefly for inquiry.com, a silicon valley startup that went nowhere.
  • 2001: Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Advisor: Dan Koditschek. Co-advisor: Bill Rounds. Thesis title: Decentralized Regulation of Cyclic Processes. Worked on automated manufacturing, juggling, hopping and six-legged robots. Funded in part by a Charles DeVlieg Fellowship in Manufacturing.
  • 2001 - 2003: Postoc at the California Institute of Technology. Advisor: Richard Murray. Worked on multi-vehicle systems, formal verification and self-assembly.
  • 2003 - 2009: Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington.
  • 2004: Awarded an NSF CAREER Award for Programmed Robotic Self-Assembly.
  • 2009 - present: Associate professor of Electrical Engineering.
  • Eric lives in Seattle with his wife Laurie and sons Dylan and Brendan.
Dylan, Laurie and Brendan on the Oregon Coast, Summer 2007.
Dylan, Laurie and Brendan on the Oregon Coast, Summer 2007.

Bio for Talks

Eric Klavins is an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received a B.S. in computer science in 1996 from San Francisco State University and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science and engineering in 1999 and 2001, respectively, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2001 to 2003 he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Control and Dynamical Systems Department at the California Institute of Technology. In 2004, he received an NSF CAREER award: Programmed Robotic Self-Assembly. His research interests include control systems, stochastic processes, concurrency and systems biology.