Ravi N Banavar

"Be the change you wish to see in others"

Institute Chair Professor, Systems and Control Engineering, IIT Bombay

Guest Professor, IIT Gandhinagar

Adjunct Professor, IIT Palakkad

210, Systems and Control Engineering

(Near the Central Library)

I. I. T. - Bombay

Powai, Mumbai 400 076

Landline - Office : (91) - (22) - 2576 7888

Fax : (91) - (22) - 2572 0057

Email : banavarATiitb.ac.in

Recent academic pursuits: Investigating (1) geometric control laws in a coordinate-free setting for constrained mechanical systems and a network of agents, (2) computing explicit bounds in the inverse function theorem and the implicit function theorem, and exploring applications that benefit from these, (3) exploring various facets of the discrete time Maximum Principle, with particular emphasis on frequency constraints, rate constraints and numerical techniques to solve two-point boundary value problems, (4) estimation algorithms on Lie groups - theory and computation.

Recent talks:

  1. Consensus and Synchronization: From Laplacian Flow and Kuramoto Oscillator to Lie Groups:

RB-CCPS-Oct2022 (At the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems, IISc, Blore (October14, 2022))

  1. Geometric PID Controller for Constrained Mechanical Systems on Lie Groups

Talk at U Lorraine (At the University of Lorraine (May 2022): )

  1. Geometric Second Order Laplacian Flow for Consensus on Lie Groups

(Joint work with a doctoral student: Talk to be delivered at the ECC 2022 (London): ECC2022-London

(This paper won the second prize from three in the Best Students' Paper Award category for the


Reflections on our group here: An interview with the IEEE Control Systems magazine

"Ravi N. Banavar [People in Control]," in IEEE Control Systems Magazine, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 23-25, Feb. 2020, doi: 10.1109/MCS.2019.2950488.

A wee bit of pride:

Runner-up, Best Student's Paper Award, European Control Conference, London, July 15,2022.

Rama Seshan Chandrasekharan, Ravi N Banavar and Arun D Mahindrakar

Geometric Second-Order Laplacian Flow for Consensus on Lie Groups

Automatica Paper prize: The article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.automatica.2018.08.026 by Karmvir Singh Phogat (https://sites.google.com/view/karmvirs-homepage/home) who worked with Debasish Chatterjee and me during his doctoral studies, is one of the three papers to receive the Automatica Paper Prize for the years 2018-2020(https://www.ifac-control.org/awards/journal-awards). The IFAC journal Automatica is a premier journal in the field of Automatic Control.

EECI course in Supélec, Paris: Constrained Optimal Control on Lie Groups, April 3rd to 7th, 2023.

Research interests

Optimal control, nonlinear control

Geometric mechanics (Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics)

Estimation on Lie groups

Application areas - Mechanical and aerospace problems (robotics, launch vehicles, spacecrafts), low Reynolds number locomotion

Academic Background

Ph. D. (May 92) - University of Texas at Austin

M. S. (May 88) - Clemson University, Clemson

B. Tech. (July 86) - Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Professional affiliations

Associate Editor, Systems and Control Letters, Elsevier Press

Associate Editor, International Journal of Control, Taylor and Francis.

Technical Associate Editor, IEEE Control Systems Magazine.

A sketch of the content of courses offered

Linear systems theory, vector spaces, nonlinear systems and control, differential geometric methods in control,

geometric mechanics - symmetry and reduction.

Recent presentations and short course modules

ISRO success stories: (Our long interaction with the Indian Space Research Organization)

Presentation at the ISRO symposium (IIT Madras, Aug 2019) ISRO_IITM_presen

A 10-day course on “Mechanics from a Geometric Viewpoint,” from Aug. 5th to Aug 16th, 2019 at IIT-Bombay

Instructors: Ravi N Banavar and D. H. S. Maithripala

A popular talk: Parallel parking, falling cats, spherical robots and differential geometry, Feb 2017 (RNB_IIT_GN_popular_talk)

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/TMlOUF5hxts

Two talks on Feedback Linearization delivered at IIT-Kanpur, September 2016


Talks on Nonlinear Controllability delivered at the Winter School on Control and Dynamical Systems, IIT Gandhinagar,

Feb 2016. notes1, notes2

Talks delivered in a research symposium in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IISc, Feb 2016.

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Recent results

Attitude Tracking Control for Aerobatic Helicopters: A Geometric Approach



Upcoming events

Course for Monsoon 2022 at IIT-B:

SC 639 - Mathematical structures for Systems and Control - (Wed, Fri: 9.30 AM to 10.55 AM), Hybrid mode(official slot: 5)

Venue: Yet to be finalized.

TAs for the course: Ashutosh Jindal, Viyom Vivek, Ashmita Roy, Harsh Oza and Bhavini Jeloka

Course outline. Lecture slides Video lectures