free
        web stats

Ankur A. Kulkarni

Associate Professor

Systems and Control Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay





CV (may not be up to date)   ||   Google Scholar    ||    Experience   ||    Awards   ||    Bio    ||    Contact

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

The larger theme of control is about taking the right decision at the right time. I am interested in all aspects of computational decision-making in situations involving multiple decision-makers faced with an uncertain and competitive environment. These decision-makers could be as varied as humans, autonomous vehicles or amoeba. We do fundamental research on this topic touching areas such as stochastic control, information theory and game theory. On the applied side we have worked with industries to study complex interacting systems such as financial markets, power systems and smart cities and developed agent-based models and simulation to understand the behavior of such systems and enhance their functions.

My current research interests include

  • decision making in stochastic environments and reinforcement learning
  • information theory
  • game theory and multi-agent systems
  • optimization and variational analysis
  • operations research

Students interested in working with me: If you have a mathematical bent of mind, AND/OR, you like agent-based models and approaches, I encourage you to get in touch with me. Please see my projects page for more. Also see my research page to see publications of my students.

Industries interested in working with me:
Agent-based modeling and simulation is a powerful paradigm of Computational Decision-making or Artificial Intelligence that leverages Data Science, Machine Learning and Game Theory to answer a variety of what-if questions about the impact of decisions in settings
involving multiple agents by modeling and predicting the strategic behaviour of such agents. If you are interested in these or similar questions, please get in touch with me. I have previously been a consultant for SEBI on regulating High Frequency Trading, and am presently advising HDFC Life Insurance Company on computational approaches for incentive design for sales agents Please see my projects page for more.

All others: I am always on the lookout for interesting systems problems and intellectually 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. 29 Sept 2021. My paper "On Independent Cliques and Linear Complementarity Problems" coauthored with Karan Chadha accepted by the Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics.

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 Honours

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 Ph.D. Research (awarded to my student Sharu Theresa Jose) 2019.

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, the Excellence in Teaching Award at IIT Bombay 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)