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Dr. Prashant Mhaskar


Batch Process Modeling and Control | Dynamic Real-Time Optimization | Economic Model Predictive Control | Hybrid First-Principles/Data-Driven Models | Machine Learning | Nonlinear Predictive Control

mhaskar@mcmaster.ca | JHE-345A

MACC Researcher since May 2008
Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Summary

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)


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Dr. Mhaskar has made significant contributions in the areas of nonlinear MPC, fault-tolerant control and batch control problems with industrial applications. He currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Nonlinear and Fault-Tolerant Control.


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


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