Short Course on Nonlinear Control and Applications

January 26-28, 2018

IIT Gandhinagar

The course will expose participants to certain fundamental notions (mathematical machinery) in nonlinear control and representative applications. Beginning with the idea of existence and uniqueness of the solution of a differential equation, the ideas of phase portraits, equilibria and nature of equilibria will be introduced. This will be followed by 1. an affine-in-the-control nonlinear system model, 2. flows and Lie derivatives and 3. the Lie bracket. Lyapunov stability will then be introduced followed by the Lyapunov theorem and a few examples of control synthesis using Lyapunov functions. Another important control design in nonlinear systems called feedback linearization, and the associated machinery will follow. Applications in the field of bioreactor, mechanisms and robotic manipulators will be illustrated. Every two or three lecture-sessions will be followed by a tutorial to enable participants to exercise their minds and grasp concepts.

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Venue: Academic Block 5/202, IIT Gandhinagar
Dates: January 26 - 28, 2018 (three days)
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  • Industry Professionals (inclusive of accomodation*): Rs. 25,000
  • External Faculty (inclusive of accomodation*): Rs. 15,000
  • External Faculty (without accommodation): Rs. 8,000
  • External Students (inclusive of hostel accomodation*): Rs. 1,500
  • IITGN and IITB Students : Rs. 700
*subject to availability
Registration Closed

1. Bank Transfer to :
Bank: Canara Bank
Account name: IIT Gandhinagar Conference Account
Account no.: 1414132000015
IFS Code: CNRB0005159
Give the details of payment in the form below including -- transaction ID/No, Date of Transfer, Account no., Amount

Important note: While doing NEFT/Bank transfer, fill the remarks column on the bank website with the text "NCA 2017". This will help us immensely in tracking the online payments.

2. Demand Draft in favor of "IIT Gandhinagar Conference Account" payable at Gandhinagar.
Send the draft to:
Mr. Deepak Agnihotri
Academic Block 5/355
Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar
Palaj, Gandhinagar - 382355

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Ravi Banavar, PhD (University of Texas)
Professor, IIT Bombay and Guest Professor, IIT Gandhinagar
Research Interests: Optimal control, nonlinear control, Geometric mechanics, Application areas - Mechanical (robotics), aerospace (launch vehicles, spacecrafts) and electrical power system networks.

Harish Palanthandalam-Madapusi, PhD (University of Michigan)
Associate Professor, IIT Gandhinagar
Research Interests: Systems and control theory, System identification (data-based modeling), Estimation and Kalman filtering, Input reconstruction, Applications of above areas to mechanical and biomechanical problems.

Vineet Vashista, PhD (Columbia University)
Assistant Professor, IIT Gandhinagar
Research Interests: Design and control of mechanical systems, Human-centered robotics, Cable-driven robots, Human locomotor adaptation.

Babji Srinivasan, PhD (Texas Tech University)
Assistant Professor, IIT Gandhinagar
Research Interests: Performance monitoring of closed-loop systems, Sensor placement for state estimation in dynamic systems, Design, modeling and optimization approaches in basic droplet based microfluidic devices.