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Ankur A. Kulkarni

Associate Professor

Systems and Control Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay





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I am an Assistant Professor at the Systems and Control Engineering group at IIT Bombay.

My research interests include

  • game theory
  • stochastic control and games
  • optimization and variational analysis
  • information theory and combinatorial coding theory
  • operations research

I am always on the lookout for interesting systems problems and conceptually challenging questions. Please feel free to get in touch with me if there is any thing you would like to discuss or any thing I can be of help with.

Recent updates

  1. 30 May 2018. I am now an Associate Professor :)

  2. 11 May 2018. My paper "New Results on the Existence of Open Loop Nash Equilibria in Discrete Time Dynamic Games via Generalized Nash Games", coauthored with Mathew Abraham was accepted subject to minor changes by Mathematical Methods of Operations Research

  3. 26 May 2018. Visited the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT from 13th to 26th May 2018.

  4. 11 April 2018. My papers, "Platform Competition for Throughput in Two-sided Freelance Markets", coauthored with Mansi Sood and Sharayu Moharir, and "New Finite Blocklength Converses for Asymmetric Multiple Access Channels via Linear Programming", coauthored with Sharu Theresa Jose were accepted by SPCOM 2018.

  5. 2 April 2018. My paper coauthored with Parthe Pandit, "Refinement of the Equilibrium of Public Goods Games over Networks: Efficiency and Effort of Specialized Equilibria", was accepted by the Journal of Mathematical Economics.

  6. 20 March 2018. Submitted a paper "On a Game Between a Delay-constrained Communication System and a Finite State Jammer", coauthored with Sharu Theresa Jose to CDC 2018.

  7. 25 Jan 2018. Submitted a paper, "Improved Finite Blocklength Converses for Slepian-Wolf Coding via Linear Programming", coauthored with Sharu Theresa Jose to the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 2018 [arXiv].

  8. 22 Jan 2018. Submitted two papers to SPCOM 2018: "Platform Competition for Throughput in Two-sided Freelance Markets", coauthored with Mansi Sood and Sharayu Moharir, and "New Finite Blocklength Converses for Asymmetric Multiple Access Channels via Linear Programming", coauthored with Sharu Theresa Jose.

  9. Jan 7 2018. Ph.D. student Mathew Abraham won the best student paper award at the Indian Control Conference at IIT Kanpur. Congratulations Mathew!

Education and Experience

Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay, Jan 2013 - present.

Visitor Department of Automatic Control, School of Electrical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, June 7 - 28, 2014.

Postdoctoral researcher, Coordinated Science Laboratory at UIUC, first with Prof P R Kumar and Prof Todd Coleman and then with Prof Negar Kiyavash, 2010-2012.

Instructor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2010 and Fall 2011.

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010.

Visitor at the School of Technology and Computer Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India, Summer 2008.

M.S. General Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.

B.Tech. Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2006.

Awards and Honors

Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

INSPIRE Faculty Award, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. A competitive award comprising of salary and research grant of Rs 35 lakhs (~USD 70000).

Best paper award at the National Conference on Communications, 2017.

William A. Chittenden Award for an Outstanding Master of Science Graduate in General Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Listed on the "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students in Spring 2007" at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

NSF Travel Grant for the International Conference on Continuous Optimization, Hamilton, Canada, 2007 and IEEE CSS Student Travel Support Award for the Conference on Decision and Control, Shanghai, China, 2009.

Bio

Ankur is an Assistant Professor (since 2013) with the Systems and Control Engineering group at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). He received his B.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering from IITB in 2006, M.S. in 2008 and Ph.D. in 2010, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). From 2010-2012 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Coordinated Science Laboratory at UIUC. His research interests include the role of information in stochastic control, game theory, information theory, combinatorial coding theory problems, optimization and variational inequalities, and operations research. He is an Associate (from 2015--2018) of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, a recipient of the INSPIRE Faculty Award of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 2013 and the William A. Chittenden Award, 2008 at UIUC. He is a consultant to the Securities and Exchange Board of India on some matters related to high frequency trading.

Contact

106 Systems and Control Engineering
IIT Bombay
Powai, Mumbai, 400076.
kulkarni.ankur[at]iitb.ac.in
+91-9167889384 (M)
+91-22-25765384 (O)