Na Li

Na Li

  • Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics


Na Li pursues a broad range of research interests that lie in the learning, optimization, and control of multi-agent systems with applications in cyber-physical network systems, such as power and energy systems, green and smart buildings, systems biology and physiology.

She received the B.S. degree in Mathematics in 2007 from Zhejiang University in China and the Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical Systems in 2013 from California Institute of Technology. She then went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and did one-year postdoctoral research. Since 2014, she joined Harvard as an assistant professor.

Her research is broadly in the area of complex systems and control, in particular, distributed network systems. The goal of her research is to develop foundational theories and tools to explore and exploit real-world system structures that can lead to computationally efficient and distributed solutions, and apply them to improve systems operations and architecture. Her research has been interdisciplinary in nature, exploiting the structures using domain-specific modeling and mathematical tools including data analysis, game theory, optimization, information theory, reinforcement learning, dynamical systems, and control. She has won various awards such as Donald P. Eckman Award, ONR YIP Award, NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR YIP Award, Harvard Climate Change Solution Fund, Harvard PSE Accelerator Award, CDC best student paper award finalist, among others.

Contact Information

Nickname: Lina
Office:Maxwell Dworkin 345
Office Phone:(617) 496-1441
Assistant:Molly A. Marshall
Assistant Office:Pierce 120
Assistant Phone:(617) 496-2942
Research Mgr: Tara Araque

Primary Teaching Area


  • Donald P. Eckman Award
  • ONR YIP Award
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • AFOSR YIP Award