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MACC Researchers
Dr. Prashant Mhaskar
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nonlinear and Fault-Tolerant Control
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

[view profile on department website]

B.Tech. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1999)
M.S. Chemical Engineering, 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
    • Data driven model identification and 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

Current Graduate students

  • Maaz Mahmood (part-time Ph.D.,started 2011)
  • Tyler Homer (Ph.D.,started 2015, M.A.Sc. 2014)
  • Abhinav Garg (Ph.D.,started 2014)
  • Masoud Kheramandi (Ph.D.,started 2014)
  • Mustafa Rashid (M.A.Sc.,started 2016)
  • Nikesh Patel (M.A.Sc.,started 2017)

 

Past Graduate students

  • Rahul Gandhi (Ph.D.,2006-2010, currently at Praxair)
  • Masoud Golshan (Ph.D.,2006-2010, co-supervised with John MacGregor, currently at Shell)
  • Siam Aumi (Ph.D.,2007-2012, currently at Corning)
  • Miao Du (Ph.D.,2008-2012, currently Aversan)
  • Muddasir Rashid (Ph.D.,2013-2016, co-supervised with Chris Swartz, currently PDF at IIT Chicago)
  • Jingyan Chen (M.A.Sc.,2013-2014, supervised in part)
  • Kuilin Chen (M.A.Sc.,2013-2014, supervised in part, currently at Dofasco)
  • Brian MacDonald (M.A.Sc.,2013-2016, currently at Biozone)
  • Matt Wallace (Ph.D.,2011-2015, currently at Polar Research)
  • Buddhadev Das (Ph.D.,2010-2015, currently at Stelco)
  • Brandon Corbett (Ph.D.,2012-2016, currently at Prosensus)
  • Hadi Shahnazari (Ph.D.,2014-2017, currently research associate at McMaster)

 

MACC Publications

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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