The talk will present research results from Professor Mhaskar’s groups on new advances on data driven modeling and control of batch and batch like processes. Success stories about several applications will be presented, as well as exciting avenues for future work will be outlined.
Prashant Mhaskar received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from IITB, MASc in chemical engineering from Louisiana state university and the Ph. D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University in 2005 as an Assistant Professor, where he is currently Professor. His research interests include nonlinear model predictive control and fault tolerant control, control of hybrid systems and data driven batch process modeling and control. Research results from Dr. Mhaskar have resulted in over 100 refereed articles in leading scientific journals, one book on ``Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications,'' (Springer-Verlag, London, England, 2013), and another book on ``Modeling and Control of Batch Processes: Theory and Applications’’, Springer-Verlag, London, England, 2018. As one indicator of the impact of his research, his publications have received thus far over 2900 total citations in refereed publications archived in the ISI database, and his h-index is 28. His research on data driven (and hybrid model based) control has been fueled by and developed in collaboration with industrial partners such as Johnson Controls Inc., Praxair Inc., Hydromantis, Sartorius Inc., Corning Inc., Imperial Oil and Honeywell. The initial success of his control designs contributing to Industry 4.0 has led to industrial support for an Idea to Innovation grant, and a startup (Datamatic Solutions), and is continuing to attract industrial collaborations (such as Glaxo Smith Kline and BioGen).
Prashant Mhaskar is a recipient of the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship for the academic year 2004-2005, several Best Presentation in Session Awards at the American Control Conferences, Outstanding Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering Award and had two papers selected for the Computing and Systems Technology Division Plenary Session at the AIChE meetings in 2004 and 2012. He currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Nonlinear and Fault-Tolerant Control (2016-2021), and the McMaster University Scholar award (2018-2022). He has organized several invited sessions at the American Control Conference, co-edited a special issue of Journal of Process Control on Energy Efficient Buildings and a special issue of Computers and Chemical Engineering on Control of Complex and Networked process systems, and is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and Automatica.