The study of complex systems and the control issues arising from them have remained as one of the prime research problems since many years. The complex systems can be roughly described as the systems having many components within it, which are interacting with each other. If these component interact in a nonlinear fashion, then such systems are referred as complex nonlinear systems. The popular examples include biological systems, network (power or communication) systems, underactuated systems in aerospace and robotics, economic systems, bio-mimicking engineering systems, multi-agent systems and so on.
Towards this aim of exploring such various complex nonlinear systems, we predominantly look into a class of underactuated systems and address the complete control problem – right from the system representation, control design, stability analysis and experimental results. We also briefly look into a special underactuated system of slosh-container and summarise the work done in this problem.
At the end, some future prospects of the current work and few problem areas will be discussed which would constitute the intended thrust for my further research.
About the speaker
Dr. Parth S. Thakar has worked as a research associate at IIT Bombay. He received his Ph.D. from Systems and Control Engineering, IIT Bombay in 2017 and Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Saurashtra University, Rajkot in 2007. He has got an INSPIRE Faculty Award from Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 2017.
His research interests are mainly in the fields of nonlinear control, underactuated systems, Lyapunov methods, sliding mode control, robotics, biological systems and control aspects and usually grows in the fields, interfacing these topics.
He has published three international journal and three international conference papers till date. He frequently reviews journal and conference papers from IEEE and IFAC.