Ravi Banavar IIT

Ravi N. Banavar
210, Systems and Control Engineering
(Near the Central Library)
I. I. T. - Bombay
Powai, Mumbai 400 076

Landline - Office : (91) - (22) - 2576 7888
Fax : (91) - (22) - 2572 0057

Email : banavarATiitb.ac.in
(Professor, IIT-Bombay and Guest Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Gandhinagar.)

Research interests

Optimal control, nonlinear control
Geometric mechanics and discrete mechanics (Lagrangian and Hamiltonian approaches)
Application areas - Mechanical and aerospace problems (robotics, launch vehicles, spacecrafts), low Reynolds number locomotion

Academic Background

Ph. D. (May 92) - University of Texas at Austin
M. S. (May 88) - Clemson University, Clemson
B. Tech. (July 86) - Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Professional affiliations

Associate Editor, Systems and Control Letters, Elsevier Press
Associate Editor, International Journal of Control, Taylor and Francis.

A sketch of the content of courses offered

Linear systems theory, vector spaces, nonlinear systems and control, differential geometric methods in control,
geometric mechanics - symmetry and reduction.

Recent short course modules

A popular talk: Parallel parking, falling cats, spherical robots and differential geometry, Feb 2017 (RNB_IIT_GN_popular_talk)
Youtube link: https://youtu.be/TMlOUF5hxts

Two talks on Feedback Linearization delivered at IIT-Kanpur, September 2016

Talks on Nonlinear Controllability delivered at the Winter School on Control and Dynamical Systems, IIT Gandhinagar,
Feb 2016.
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Talks delivered in a research symposium in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IISc, Feb 2016.
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Course for Spring 2018 at IIT-B:

Analytic and geometric aspects of optimal control
(Mon and Thur - 3.30 PM to 5 PM)
Textbook to be followed: D. Liberzon - Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory: A Concise Introduction, (Princeton University Press, 2012.)