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MACC Researchers
Dr. Prashant Mhaskar
Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II)
Department of Chemical Engineering

McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario, Canada L8S 4L7

Office: JHE-345A
Voice: (905) 525-9140 x 23273
Email: mhaskar@mcmaster.ca

B.Tech. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1999)
M.S. Chem Eng., Louisiana State University (2001)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (2005)
P. Eng., Ontario

Topics
Integrating nonlinear control tools with optimization-based control approaches
Model Predictive Control of Batch Processes and Bio-Systems
Optimization and Control of Batch Process Systems using Data-Driven Models
Safe Parking of Nonlinear Process Systems

Research Interests

Research interests are in the general area of process control, with focus on

  • Control and systems theory:
    • Nonlinear, robust and predictive control
    • Hybrid systems and control
    • Fault-detection and isolation and fault-tolerant control
  • Applications:
    • Process and plant-wide control subject to actuator/sensor failures
    • Control of transport-reaction and particulate processes
    • Modeling and control of batch processes

Graduate students

  • Rahul Gandhi (Ph.D.,  2006-2010, currently at Praxair)
  • Siam Aumi (Ph.D.,  2007-2012, currently at Corning)
  • Miao Du (Ph.D.,  2008-current)
  • Matt Wallace (Ph.D.,  2011-current)
  • Buddhadev Das (Ph.D.,  2010-current)
  • Maaz Mahmood (part-time Ph.D., 2011-current)
  • Matt Wallace (MA.Sc., 2009-2011)
  • Maaz Mahmood, (MA.Sc., 2008-2010)

 

MACC Publications

  • Shahnazari, H.Mhaskar, P., John, House, Timothy, Salsbury Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems: Fault detection and isolation and safe parking, Computers & Chemical Engineering,, 108 139-151 (2018) [ Publisher VersionOpen Access Version (free) ]
  • Rashid, M.Mhaskar, P.Swartz, C. L. E. Handling multi-rate and missing data in variable duration economic model predictive control of batch processes, AIChE J, (2017) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Garg, A.Mhaskar, P. Subspace identification and predictive control of batch particulate processes, American Control Conference,, 505-510 (2017) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Garg, A.Corbett, B.Mhaskar, P., Hu, G., Flores-Cerrillo, J. Development of a high fidelity and subspace identification model of a hydrogen plant startup dynamics, American Control Conference,, 2857-2862 (2017) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Meidanshahi, V.Corbett, B.Adams, T. A. IIMhaskar, P. Subspace Model Identification and Model Predictive Control Based Cost Analysis of a Semicontinuous Distillation Process, Computers & Chemical Engineering,, 103 39-57 (2017) [ Publisher VersionOpen Access Version (free) ]
  • Garg, A.Corbett, B.Mhaskar, P., Hu, G., Flores-Cerrillo, J. Subspace-based model identification of a hydrogen plant startup dynamics, Computers & Chemical Engineering,, 106 183-190 (2017) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Garg, A.Mhaskar, P. Subspace Identification-Based Modeling and Control of Batch Particulate Processes, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research,, 56 (26) 7491-7502 (2017) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Shahnazari, H.Mhaskar, P. Simultaneous actuator and sensor fault isolation of nonlinear systems subject to uncertainty, 2016 American Control Conference (ACC) ,, 6857-6862 (2016) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Shahnazari, H.Mhaskar, P. Fault detection and isolation analysis and design for solution copolymerization of MMA and VAc process, AIChE J,, 62 1054-1064 (2016) [ Publisher VersionOpen Access Version (free) ]
  • Rashid, M.Mhaskar, P.Swartz, C. L. E. Multi-rate modeling and economic model predictive control of the electric arc furnace, J Process Control,, 40 50-61 (2016) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Shahnazari, H.Mhaskar, P. Detecting and Isolating Sensor and Actuator Faults in Solution Copolymerization of MMA and VAc Process, 2015 American Control Conference,, 1617-1622 (2015) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Das, B.Mhaskar, P. Lyapunov-Based Offset-free Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Process Systems, Can J Chem Eng,, 93 (3) 471-478 (2015) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Wallace, M., House, J, Salisbury, T, Mhaskar, P. Offset-free Model Predictive Control of a Heat Pump, Ind Eng Chem Res,, 54 (3) 994-1005 (2015) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Du, M.Mhaskar, P. Isolation and handling of sensor faults in nonlinear systems, Automatica,, 50 (4) 1066-1074 (2014) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Du, M.Mhaskar, P., Zhu, Yu, Flores-Cerrillo, Jesus Safe-Parking of a Hydrogen Production Unit, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, (2014) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Mahmood, M.Mhaskar, P. Constrained control Lyapunov function based model predictive control design, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control,, 24 (2) 374-388 (2014) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Wallace, M.Mhaskar, P. Offset-free Model Predictive Control of a Heat Pump, Proceedings of the American Control Conference,, 2247 - 2252 (2014) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Das, B.Mhaskar, P. Lyapunov-based Offset-Free Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems, Proceedings of the American Control Conference,, 2839-2844 (2014) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Aumi, S.Corbett, B.Mhaskar, P. Data-driven model predictive quality control of batch processes, AIChE J,, 59 (8) 28522861 (2013) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Du, M.Mhaskar, P. Active fault isolation of nonlinear process systems, AIChE J,, 59 (7) 2435-2453 (2013) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Du, M., Scott, James, Mhaskar, P. Actuator and sensor fault isolation of nonlinear process systems, Chemical Engineering Science,, 104 (18) 294-303 (2013) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Salsbury, Timothy, Mhaskar, P., Qin, S Joe Predictive Control Methods to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Demand in Buildings, Comp Chem Eng,, 51 77-85 (2013) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Aumi, S.Corbett, B.Mhaskar, P., Clarke-Pringle, T. Data-based Modeling and Control of Nylon-6,6 Batch Polymerization, IEEE Trans. Contr. Syst. Tech.,, 21 94 - 106 (2013) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Aumi, S.Mhaskar, P. Integrating Data-Based Modeling and Nonlinear Control Tools for Batch Process Control, AIChE J.,, 58 (7) 2105-2119 (2012) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Mahmood, M., Mhaskar, P. Stochastic Lyapunov-based MPC for Nonlinear Systems, Automatica,, 48 22712276 (2012) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Wallace, M., McBride, R., Aumi, S.Mhaskar, P., Salsbury, T., House, J. Energy Efficient Model Predictive Temperature Control, Chem. Eng. Sci.,, 69 45-58 (2012)
  • Du, M.Nease, J.Mhaskar, P. An Integrated Fault Diagnosis and Safe-Parking Framework for Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Systems, Int. J. Rob. & Non. Contr.,, 22 105-122 (2012) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Wallace, M.Das, B.Mhaskar, P., Salsbury, T., House, J. Offset-Free Model Predictive Control Of A VCC, J Proc Contr,, 22 1374-1386 (2012) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Du, M.Mhaskar, P. Active Fault Isolation of Nonlinear Systems, Proc American Control Conf,, 6667-6672 (2012) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Du, M.Mhaskar, P. Isolation and handling of sensor faults in nonlinear systems, Proc American Control Conf,, 6667-6672 (2012) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Aumi, S., Mhaskar, P. Robust model predictive control and fault-handling of batch processes, AIChE Journal,, 57 1796-1808 (2011) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Mahmood, M., Mhaskar, P. On constructing constrained control Lyapunov functions for linear systems, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control,, 56 1136-1140 (2011) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Du, M., Gandhi, R., Mhaskar, P. An integrated fault detection and isolation and safe-parking framework for networked process systems, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research,, 50 5667-5679 (2011) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Du, M.Mhaskar, P. A safe-parking and safe-switching framework for fault-tolerant control of switched nonlinear systems, International Journal of Control,, 84 9-23 (2011) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Golshan, M, MacGregor, J. F.Mhaskar, P. Latent Variable Model Predictive Control for Trajectory Tracking in Batch Processes: Alternative Modeling Approaches, J Proc Contr,, 21 (9) 1345-1358 (2011) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Aumi, S.Corbett, B.Mhaskar, P. Data-based modeling and control of nylon-6,6 batch polymerization, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, (2011)
  • Aumi, S.Mhaskar, P. Integrating data-based modeling and nonlinear control tools for batch process control, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, (2011)
  • Mahmood, M., Mhaskar, P. A Safe-Parking Framework for Fault-Tolerant Control of Transport-Reaction Processes, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research,, 49 4285-4296 (2010) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Golshan, M., MacGregor, J. F., Bruwer, M.J., Mhaskar, P. Latent Variable Model Predictive Control (LV-MPC) for trajectory tracking in batch processes, Journal of Process Control,, 20 538-550 (2010) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Du, M.Mhaskar, P. Uniting safe-parking and reconfiguration-based approaches for fault-tolerant control of switched nonlinear systems, Proceedings of the American Control Conference,, 84 1375-1389 (2010)
  • Aumi, S., Mhaskar, P. Safe-steering of batch processes, AIChE Journal,, 55 2861-2872 (2009) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Gandhi, R., Mhaskar, P. A safe-parking framework for plant-wide fault-tolerant control, Chemical Engineering Science,, 64 3060-3071 (2009) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Gandhi, R., Baldwin, D., Mhaskar, P. Safe-parking of styrene polymerization process, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research,, 48 7205-7213 (2009) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Mahmood, M., Mhaskar, P. Enhanced stability regions for nonlinear process systems using model predictive control, AIChE Journal,, 54 1487-1498 (2008) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Mhaskar, P., Kennedy, A. Robust Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Process Systems: Handling Rate Constraints, Chemical Engineering Science,, 63 366-375 (2008) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Mahmood, M., Gandhi, R., Mhaskar, P. Safe-parking of nonlinear process systems: Handling uncertainty and unavailability of measurements, Chemical Engineering Science,, 63 5434-5446 (2008) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Gandhi, R., Mhaskar, P. Safe-parking of nonlinear process systems, Computers and Chemical Engineering,, 32 2113-2122 (2008) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Mhaskar, P., Aumi, S. Transition from batch to continuous operation in bio-reactors : A model predictive control approach and application, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering,, 85 416-423 (2007) [ Publisher Version ]
  • Mhaskar, P. Robust model predictive control design for fault-tolerant control of process systems, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research,, 45 8565-8574 (2006) [ Publisher Version ]

Other Publications

  • Mhaskar, P., C.  McFall, A. Gani, P. D. Christofides* and J. F. Davis, "Isolation and Handling of Actuator Faults in Nonlinear Systems,'' Automatica, 44, 53-62, 2008.
  • Gani, A., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Handling Sensor Malfunctions in Control of Particulate Processes,'' Chem. Eng. Sci., 63, 1217-1229, 2008.
  • Christofides, P. D.*, N. H. El-Farra, M. H. Li and P. Mhaskar, "Model-Based Control of Particulate Processes,'' Chem. Eng. Sci., 63,  1156-1172, 2008.
  • Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Robust Predictive Control of Hybrid Systems: Satisfying Uncertain Schedules Subject to State and Control Constraints,'' Int. J. Adapt. Contr. & Sign. Process., 22, 161-179, 2008.
  • Gani, A., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Fault-Tolerant Control of a Polyethylene Reactor,'' J. Proc. Contr., 17, 439-451, 2007.
  • Mhaskar, P., A. Gani, C. McFall, P. D. Christofides* and J. F. Davis, "Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Process Systems Subject to Sensor Faults,'' AIChE J., 53, 654-668, 2007.
  • Dubljevic, S., N. H. El-Farra, P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Parabolic PDEs with State and Control Constraints,'' Inter. J. Rob. & Non. Contr., 16, 749-772, 2006.
  • Mhaskar, P., A. Gani, N. H. El-Farra, C. McFall, P. D. Christofides* and J. F. Davis, "Integrated Fault Detection and Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Process Systems,'' AIChE J., 52, 2129-2148, 2006.
  • Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems with State and Control Constraints Using Lyapunov-Based Predictive Control,'' Syst. & Contr. Lett., 55, 650-659, 2006.
  • Mhaskar, P., A. Gani and P. D. Christofides*, "Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Processes: Performance-Based Reconfiguration and Robustness,''   Int. J. Rob. & Non. Contr., 16, 91-111, 2006.
  • Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Switched Nonlinear Systems with Scheduled Mode Transitions,'' IEEE Trans. Automat. Contr., 50, 1670-1680, 2005.
  • El-Farra, N. H., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Output Feedback Control of Switched Nonlinear Systems Using Multiple Lyapunov Functions,'' Syst. & Contr. Lett., 54, 1163-1182, 2005.
  • Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "A Framework for Classical Controller Tuning Using Nonlinear Control Techniques,'' AIChE J., 51, 3292-3299, 2005.
  • Dubljevic, S., P. Mhaskar, N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Transport-Reaction Processes,'' Comp. & Chem. Eng., 29, 2335-2345, 2005.
  • Shi, D., N. H. El-Farra, P. Mhaskar, M. Li and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Particle Size Distribution in Particulate Processes,'' Chem. Eng. Sci., 61, 268-281, 2006.
  • Shi, D., P. Mhaskar, N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Crystal Size Distribution in Protein Crystallization,'' Nanotechnology, 16, S562-S574, 2005.
  • Mhaskar, P., N. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Robust Hybrid Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems,'' Automatica, 41, 209-217, 2005.
  • Mhaskar, P., N.  El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Hybrid Predictive Control of Process Systems,'' AIChE J., 50, 1242-1259, 2004.
  • El-Farra, N., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Hybrid Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems: Method and Applications to Chemical Processes," Int. J. Rob. & Non. Contr., 14, 199-225, 2004.
  • El-Farra, N., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Uniting Bounded Control and MPC for Stabilization of Constrained Linear Systems," Automatica, 40, 101-110, 2004.
  • Mhaskar, P., M. A. Hjortso and M. A. Henson*, “Cell Population Modeling and Parameter Estimation for Continuous Cultures of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae,” Biotechnology Progress, 18, 1010-1026, 2002.
  • Venkataraman, C.*,  A . Mehra and P. Mhaskar, “Mechanisms of sulphate aerosol production in clouds: effect of cloud characteristics and season in the Indian region,” Tellus, 53b, 260-272, 2001.

Refereed Chapters in Books and Edited issues

  • El-Farra, N. H. and P. Mhaskar (Eds.), “Control of Networked and Complex Process Systems,” Special Issue of Computers and Chemical Engineering, 32, 1963-2168, 2008.
  • Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides* , “Techniques for Uniting Lyapunov based and Model Predictive Control,” Assessment and Future Directions of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control-05, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences Series, R. Findeisen, L. Biegler and F. Allgower (Eds.), 358, 77-91, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2007.
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