Mayank Baranwal
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Mayank Baranwal
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Office: 348 Coordinated Science Laboratory, 1308 West Main St., Urbana, IL 61801
Email: baranwa2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

I am a final year graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am pursuing my PhD with Prof. Srinivasa Salapaka on topics related to implementation of Robust Control Theory to High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy; Control of Power Electronic Systems and Microgrids; and most recently on analysis of metaheuristic clustering techniques with applications to some real world problems, such as grid reduction; pick-up and delivery problem with time-windows, etc.

I graduated with Masters in Mechanical Science and Engineering in Summer 2014 and Masters in Mathematics in Spring 2015, both from UIUC.

An ardent Cricket fan, I enjoy watching and playing Cricket a lot. I also have an inclination towards painting.

My research aims at solving problems from multiple disciplines. Though my primary research area is the field of Robust Control Theory and its application to various real world problems, I have also worked on problems in multi-body dynamics and computer vision. Most recently, I've started analyzing concentration inequalities pertaining to metaheuristic clustering techniques. Below is the detailed description of various research projects:
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  • "A Decentralized Scalable Control Architecture for Islanded Operation of Parallel DC/AC Inverters with Prescribed Power Sharing" [Accepted, IEEE ACC 2017] Pre-print
  • "A Robust Scheme for Distributed Control of Power Converters in DC Microgrids with Time-Varying Power Sharing" [Accepted, IEEE ACC 2017] Pre-print
  • "DC Bus Voltage Regulation Using Photovoltaic Module: A Non-Iterative Method" [Accepted, IEEE ACC 2017] Pre-print
  • "Multiple Traveling Salesmen and Related Problems: A Maximum-Entropy Principle based Approach" [Accepted, IEEE ACC 2017] Pre-print
  • "Clustering of Power Networks: An Information-Theoretic Perspective" [Accepted, IEEE ACC 2017] Pre-print
  • "Clustering with Capacity and Size Constraints: A Deterministic Approach" [Accepted, IEEE ICC 2017] PDF
  • "A Deterministic Annealing Approach to the Multiple Traveling Salesmen and Related Problems"
    [PDF] Draft available on arXiv
  • "Robust Control Framework for Time-Varying Power-Sharing among Distributed Energy Resources"
    [PDF] Draft available on arXiv
  • "Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows: A Deterministic Annealing Approach" [Accepted, IEEE ACC 2016] PDF
  • "Robust Decentralized Voltage Control of DC-DC Converters with Applications to Power Sharing and Ripple Sharing" [Accepted, IEEE ACC 2016] PDF
  • "Coarse Control Quantization: An Information Theoretic Perspective" [Submitted, Elsevier System and Control Letters]
  • "Robust Atomic Force Microscopy using Multiple Sensors" [Accepted, AIP Review of Scientific Instruments (RSI)] PDF
  • "Fast and Robust Control of Nanopositioning Systems: Performance Limits Enabled by Field Programmable Analog Arrays" [Accepted, AIP Review of Scientific Instruments (RSI)] PDF
  • "Modeling and Simulation of Flight Dynamics of Variable Mass Systems" [Accepted, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2014] PDF
  • "Abnormal Motion Detection in Real Time using Video Surveillance and Body Sensors" [Accepted, International Journal of Information Acquisition (IJIA)] PDF
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I feel extremely blessed to be taught by some of the best scholars in the field of Science and Technology. I am grateful to them for instilling in me the rigor and confidence to understand different nuances of the field of control theory. I also appreciate the beauty of Mathematics and its connection to different disciplines in Engineering. Below is an incomplete list of course projects in Control Theory and Mathematics that I have worked on.
L1-Adaptive Control Nonlinear and Adaptive Control
Geometric Control Game Theory
Hybrid Systems Control Top 10 Algorithms
(Interesting Reads)
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I have always enjoyed teaching classes. I have served as both an Instructor as well as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in many undergraduate and graduate level courses for multiple semesters. The teaching responsibilities included preparing lecture notes, setting-up labs, preparing HWs, exams and answer keys and proctoring exams.
TAM412, Intermediate Dynamics Instructor, Spring'14
ME340, Dynamics of Mechanical Systems Instructor, Summer'12; Teaching Assistant, Fall'11, Spring'12
ME461, Computer Control of Mechanical Systems Teaching Assistant, Fall'12, Fall'13, Fall'14
ECE490, Introduction to Optimization Teaching Assistant, Spring'13
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Awards and Scholarships
Student Travel Award, American Control Conference, 2017
September - Video Of The Month, Coordinated Science Laboratory, UIUC, 2016
Best Paper Presentation, American Control Conference, 2016 (Twice)
ME Outstanding TA Award, 2015
Academic Excellence Award, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11
General Proficiency Medal, for securing UG Departmental Rank 1
BANCO Foundation Prize, 2011
Shri Rajnath Singh Scholarship, 2011
MITACS Globalink Internship Award, 2010
University of Tokyo-IIT Undergraduate Scholarship, 2009
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My Experiments with Painting Summer at JPL
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Office Address: 348 Coordinated Science Laboratory
1308 West Main St.
Urbana, IL
USA 61801
Email: baranwa2 [at] illinois [dot] edu
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