Boris Houska, Assistant Professor

Boris Houska, Assistant Professor 

Tel:  (021)54206037
Office: Room 1D-201C, SIST Building
Education: Ph.D., KU Leuven, Belgium
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  • Optimal Control

  • Model Predictive Control

  • Robust Optimization


Dr. Houska is currently the STAR Director and the Deputy Director of Degree Committee.
Dr. Houska's research interests include numerical optimization and optimal control, robust and global optimization, as well as fast model predictive control algorithms.
Dr. Houska received a diploma in mathematics and physics from the University of Heidelberg in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven in 2011. From 2012 to 2013 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. Subsequently, from 2013-14, Dr. Houska has worked as an associate professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Moreover, he has held visiting professor positions at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies as well as at the Institute for Microsystems Engineering at the University of Freiburg (both in 2014) and various shorter academic visiting appointments, e.g., at UC Berkeley during Winter 2017 and Imperial College London during Summer 2018.
Dr. Houska has been recipient of awards including ICCOPT Best Paper Prize for a Young Researcher in Continuous Optimization (Finalist, Top 3), a Marie-Curie Fellowship for the project Next Generation Algorithms for Robust and Global Optimization of Dynamic Systems, as well as an ShanghaiTech Excellent Professor Award from ShanghaiTech University. His paper on ACADO  Toolkit---An  open  source  framework  for automatic control and dynamic optimization has been listed as highly cited paper by Web of Science.


  1. X. Feng, M.E. Villanueva and B. Houska, “Backward-forward reachable set splitting for state-constrained differential games”,Automatica,111, 2020.

  2. M.E. Villanueva, B. Houska. On stochastic linear systems with zonotopic support sets. Automatica, 2020.

  3. M.E. Villanueva, X. Feng, Paulen Radoslav,et al., “Convex Enclosures For Constrained Reachability Tubes”, Ifac Papersonline.Elsevier Science Bv, pp. 118-123, 2019.

  4. A. Engelmann, Y. Jiang, T. Muehlpfordt, B. Houska and T. Faulwasser, “Toward Distributed OPF Using ALADIN”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 584-594, 2019.

  5. B. Houska, B. Chachuat, “Global optimization in Hilbert space”, Mathematical Programming, Series A, 2018. (accepted) 

  6. X. Feng, B. Houska, “Real-time algorithm for self-reflective model predictive control”, Journal of Process Control, 2018. (accepted) 

  7. B. Houska, J. Frasch, M. Diehl, “An Augmented Lagrangian Based Algorithm for Distributed Non-Convex Optimization”, SIAM Journal on Optimization, 2016.

  8. B. Houska, M.E. Villanueva, B. Chachuat, “Stable Set-Valued Integration of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems using Affine Set Parameterizations”, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 2015. 

  9. B. Houska, “Enforcing Asymptotic Orbital Stability of Economic Model Predictive Control”,  Automatica, 2015.

  10. B. Houska, D. Telen, F. Logist, M. Diehl, J. Van Impe, “An Economic Objective for Optimal Experiment Design of Nonlinear Dynamic Processes”, Automatica, 2015.

  11. B. Houska, B. Chachuat, “Branch-and-Lift Algorithm for Deterministic Global Optimization in Nonlinear Optimal Control”, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 2014.