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Ankur A. Kulkarni

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

  2. 30 Nov 2017. Will be visiting IIT Kanpur (Department of Economic Studies) from Jan 4-6, 2018.

  3. 30 Nov 2017. Will be visiting IISc (Department of Electrical Communication Engineering) from Dec 4-8, 2017.

  4. 9 Nov 2017. My paper "Pricing in Two-Sided Markets in the Presence of Free Upgrades", coauthored with Mansi Sood and Sharayu Moharir was accepted by COMSNETS 2018.

  5. 5 Nov 2017. My paper "Local and Networked Mean Square Estimation with High Dimensional Log-concave Noise" was accepted by the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

  6. 2 Nov 2017. My paper "A Linear Complementarity Based Characterization of the weighted independence number and the independent domination number in graphs", coauthored with Parthe Pandit was accepted subject to minor modifications by Discrete Applied Mathematics.

  7. 19 Sept 2017. My paper "On the Existence of Equilibria in Price-Coupling Games", coauthored with Mathew Abraham was accepted by the Indian Control Conference 2018.

  8. 18 Sept 2017. Submitted a paper "Pricing in Two-Sided Markets in the Presence of Free Upgrades", coauthored with Mansi Sood and Sharayu Moharir to COMSNETS 2018.

  9. 13 Sept 2017. My paper "An Approach Based on Generalized Nash Games and Shared Constraints for Discrete Time Dynamic Games", coauthored with Mathew Abraham was accepted by Dynamic Games and Applications. Congratulations Mathew!

  10. 3 Sept 2017. My paper "Near-Optimality of Linear Strategies for Static Teams with `Big' Non-Gaussian Noise" was accepted subject to minor revisions by the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

  11. 1 Aug 2017. My paper "Linear Programming based Finite Blocklength Converses for Joint Source-Channel Coding", coauthored with Sharu Theresa Jose was accepted by the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory with excellent reviews [arXiv]. Congratulations Sharu!

  12. 21 July 2017. My paper "Linear Programming based Finite Blocklength Converses for Some Network-like Problems", coauthored with Sharu Theresa Jose was accepted by the IEEE Information Theory Workshop, 2017.

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)