University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Elisa Franco

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Elisa Franco

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Elisa Franco

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
California Institue of Technology, 2011

University of Trieste, 2007

Bourns Hall A311
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: (951)827-2442
Fax: (951)827-2899

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Elisa Franco received her B.S. and M.S. (Laurea Degree) in Power Systems Engineering from the University of Trieste (Italy) in 2002, summa cum laude. In 2007, she received her Ph. D. in Automation from the same institution. In 2011, she completed her second Ph. D. at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in Control and Dynamical Systems.

Research Topics

Dr. Franco's main interests are in the area of biological feedback systems. In particular, her research focuses on bottom-up approaches to the design and synthesis of controllers, sensors and actuators in biochemical reaction networks, using nucleic acids and proteins. She also works on robustness analysis of natural biochemical systems. In the past, Dr. Franco worked in the field of cooperative control and distributed estimation.

Selected Publications

  • "Timing molecular motion and production with a synthetic transcriptional clock”, E. Franco, E. Friedrichs, J. Kim, R. Jungmann, R. M. Murray, E. Winfree and F. C. Simmel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 108(40), E784–E793.
  • "Structurally robust biological networks", F. Blanchini and E. Franco. BMC Systems Biology, 5:74, 2011.
  • “Cooperative constrained control of distributed agents with nonlinear dynamics and delayed information exchange: a stabilizing receding horizon approach ”, E. Franco, L. Magni, T. Parisini, M. M. Polycarpou and D. M. Raimondo. IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 53, n. 1, pages 324–337, 2008.
  • "Geometry of unsteady fluid transport during fluid-structure interactions ”, E. Franco, D. N. Pekarek, J. Peng and J. O. Dabiri, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 589, pages 125–145, 2007.
  • "Belief Consensus and Distributed Hypothesis Testing in Sensor Networks”, R. Olfati-Saber, E. Franco, E. Frazzoli and Je. S. Shamma, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Volume 331, pages 169–182, July 2006.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188