Shankar P. Bhattacharyya

Texas A&M University, USA

Shankar P. Bhattacharyya was born in Yangon, Myanmar, on June, 23, 1946. He obtained the B.Tech degree (with honors) in electrical engineering from IIT Bombay in 1967 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University, Tex, USA in 1969 and 1971, respectively. From 1971 till 1980, he was with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, where he established Brazil's first graduate program in control engineering at COPPE and served as the Head of the Electrical Engineering Department (1978–80). He has held an NRC-NASA Research Associateship, a Senior Fullbright Lectureship, and the Boeing-Welliver Faculty Fellowship. At present, he is the Robert M. Kennedy Professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IFAC Fellow. Dr. Bhattacharyya's contributions to control theory span 40 years and include the first solution of the linear multivariable servomechanism problem; the theory of robust and unknown-input observers; a pole-assignment algorithm based on Sylvester's equation; the computation of the parametric stability margin; generalizations of Kharitonov's Theorem and the Hermite-Bieler Theorem; the demonstration of the fragility of high-order and optimal controllers; the synthesis of PID and fixed-order controllers; and most recently a new approach to model and identification-free, measurement-driven synthesis of real-world systems. He has coauthored 6 books and nearly 250 journal and conference papers. Shankar Bhattacharyya is also a performing artist and has played concerts of North Indian Classical Music on the Sarode internationally.

Biography Updated on 16 October 2011

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