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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 Associate 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. 16 Sept 2018. My paper "Improved Finite Blocklength Converses for Slepian-Wolf Coding via Linear Programming", coauthored with Sharu Theresa Jose was accepted by the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 2018.

  2. 14 Sept 2018. My paper "An ADMM-Based Algorithm for Solving DC-OPF in a Large Electricity Network Considering Transmission Losses", coauthored with Ph.D. student Mathew Abraham was accepted by IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution.

  3. 1 Sept 2018. My paper "Near-Optimality of Linear Strategies for Static Teams with `Big' Non-Gaussian Noise" was accepted by the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

  4. 31 Aug 2018. I have received the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2018 at IIT Bombay! A maximum of 30 awards are given every year based on the best 8 teaching scores during the preceding 5 years.

  5. 14 Aug 2018. Our multi-university multi-industry project on SMART Planning and Operations of Grids with Renewables and Storage has kicked off! I am one of the main investigators in this project. Lots of positions available. Please get in touch if you are interested.

  6. 11 Aug 2018. Sharu Theresa Jose has been awarded her Ph.D. under my guidance. Congratulations Sharu and best wishes for a long and fruitful career!

  7. 20 July 2018. Dr Dharini Hingu (Ph.D. in Mathematics, IIT Madras) joins me as a post-doc. Harivardhan joins me as a M.Tech. student.

  8. 17 July 2018. My paper "New Finite Blocklength Converses for Asymmetric Multiple Access Channels via Linear Programming", coauthored with Sharu Theresa Jose was awarded the Runner-up Best Paper Award at SPCOM 2018. Congratulations Sharu!

  9. 13 July 2017. My paper "On a Game Between a Delay-constrained Communication System and a Finite State Jammer" coauthored with Sharu Theresa Jose was accepted by the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2018.

  10. 27 June 2018. Submitted a joint proposal to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute jointly with Prof Aditya Mahajan from McGill University.

  11. 30 May 2018. I am now an Associate Professor :)

  12. 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 Ph.D. student Mathew Abraham was accepted by Mathematical Methods of Operations Research. Congratulations Mathew!

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

Education and Experience

Associate Professor, IIT Bombay, Jun 2018 - present

Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay, Jan 2013 - May 2018.

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).

Excellence in Teaching Award for 2018 at IIT Bombay.

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

Best paper award at the Indian Control Conference, 2018.

Best paper award (runner-up) at the International Conference on Signal Processing and Communications (SPCOM), 2018.

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 Associate Professor 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, Best paper awards at the National Conference on Communications, 2017 and the Indian Control Conference, 2018, 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)