Dr. Prashant Mhaskar
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Canada Rsearch Chair in Nonlinear and Fault-Tolerant Control (CRC Website)
Department of Chemical Engineering
1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L7, Canada
Driving directions and map

Office: JHE 345A
Voice: +1 (905) 525 9140 extension 23273
email: mhaskar@mcmaster.ca

process control, nonlinear Lyapunov-based and model predictive control, fault-tolerant control, control of hybrid systems
Education
  • B. Tech. Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (1999)
  • MS. Louisiana State University (2001)
  • PhD. University of California (2005)
  • P. Eng., Ontario
  • MACC (McMaster Advanced Control Consortium

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
  • 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
(see McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC))  website for student awards)
 

  1. Maaz Mahmood (part-time Ph.D., started 2011)
  2. Tyler Homer (Ph.D., started 2015; MASc. 2014)
  3. Abhinav Garg (Ph.D.,  started 2014)
  4. Hadi Shahnazari (Ph.D.,  started 2014)
  5. Masoud Kheradmandi (Ph.D.,  started 2014)
  6. Craig MacDonald (part-time MASc., started 2014)

 

Past Graduate students

      1. Rahul Gandhi (Ph.D.,  2006-2010, currently at Praxair)
      2. Masoud Golshan (Ph.D.,  2006-2010, co-supervised with John MacGregor, currently at Shell)
      3. Siam Aumi (Ph.D.,  2007-2012, currently at Corning)
      4. Miao Du (Ph.D.,  2008-2012, currently at EcoSynthetix)
      5. Mudassir Rashid (Ph.D.,  2013-2016, co-supervised with Chris Swartz)
      6. Jingyan Chen (MASC, supervised in part, 2013-2014)
      7. Kuilin Chen (MASC, supervised in part, 2013-2014)
      8. Brian MacDonald (MASc., 2014-2016)
      9. Matt Wallace (Ph.D.,   2011-2015)
      10. Buddhadev Das (Ph.D.,  2010-2015)
      11. Brandon Corbett (Ph.D., 2012-2016), currently MITACs post doc with Prosensus

 

Refereed Books, Book Chapters and Edited issues

1.      Skogestad, S. and P. Mhaskar (Eds.), Energy Efficient Buildings, Special Issue of Journal of Process Control,  24, 2014.

2.      Mhaskar, P.*[1],  J. Liu and P. D. Christofides, `` Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications,'' 281 pages, Springer-Verlag, London, England, 2013.

3.      El-Farra, N. H. and P. Mhaskar (Eds.), “Control of Networked and Complex Process Systems,” Special Issue of Computers and Chemical Engineering, 32, 1963-2168, 2008.

4.      Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides, “Techniques for Uniting Lyapunov based and Model Predictive Control,” Assessment and Future Directions of Nonlinear

        Model Predictive Control-05,    Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences Series, R. Findeisen, L. Biegler and F. Allgower (Eds.), 358, 77-91, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2007.



[1] * indicates corresponding author.

Journal Articles  

 

  1.  Rashid, M., P. Mhaskar* and C.L.E. Swartz, ``Handling Multi-rate and Missing Data in Variable Duration Economic Model Predictive Control of Batch Processes with Application to Electric Arc Furnace Operation,''  AIChE J., in press.
  2.  Xiaojiao, S, B. Corbett, B. Macdonald, P. Mhaskar* and R. Ghosh*, ``Modeling and Optimization of Protein PEGylation,"  I & ECR, accepted for publication in final form.
  3. Rashid, M., P. Mhaskar* and C.L.E. Swartz, 2016, ``Multi-rate Modeling and Economic Model Predictive Control of the Electric Arc Furnace,'' J. Proc. Cont., 40, 995-1003.
  4. Wallace, M., S. Kumar and P. Mhaskar*, ``Offset-Free Model Predictive Control with Explicit Performance Specification,"  Ind. & Eng. Chem. Res, 55, 995–1003, 2016.
  5. Rashid, M., P. Mhaskar* and C.L.E. Swartz, ``Multi-rate Modeling and Economic Model Predictive Control of the Electric Arc Furnace,''  JPC, 40, 50-61, 2016.
  6. Corbett, B. and  P. Mhaskar*, ``Subspace Identification for Data-driven Modeling and Quality Control of Batch Processes," AIChE J., 62, 1581–1601, 2016.
  7.  Shahnazari, H. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Actuator and Sensor Fault Isolation of Solution Copolymerization of MMA and VAc Process,'' AIChE J., 62, 1054–1064, 2016.
  8. Wallace, M.,  J. House, T. Salsbury and P. Mhaskar*, , ``Offset-free Model Predictive Control of a Heat Pump,'' I & ECR,  54, 994-1005, 2015.
  9. Das, B. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Lyapunov-Based Offset-free Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Process Systems,"  CJChE,  93, 471-478, 2015.
  10. Corbett, B.,  B. Macdonald and P. Mhaskar* ``Model Predictive Quality Control of Polymethyl Methacrylate, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 23, 687-692, 2015.
  11.  Du, M., P. Mhaskar*, Y. Zhu and J. F. Cerillo,  ``Safe-Parking of a Hydrogen Production Unit," I&ECR,  53, 8147-8154, 2014.
  12.  Du, M. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Isolation and Handling of Sensor Faults in Nonlinear Systems," Automatica,  50, 1066-1074, 2014.
  13. Mahmood, M. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Constrained Control Lyapunov Function Based Model Predictive Control Design," Int. J. Rob. & Nonl. Contr., 24, 374–388, 2014.
  14. Du, M.,  J. Scott and P. Mhaskar* `` Actuator and Sensor Fault Isolation of Nonlinear Process Systems,  Chem. Eng. Sci., 104, 294-303, 2013.
  15. Aumi, S., B. Corbett, P. Mhaskar* and T. C. Pringle,  ``Model Predictive Quality Control of Batch Processes, AIChE J., 59, 2852-2861, 2013.
  16. Du, M. and P. Mhaskar, “Active Fault Isolation for Nonlinear Systems,” AIChE J., 59, 2435-2453, 2013.
  17. Aumi, S., B. Corbett., P. Mhaskar* and T. C. Pringle,  ``Data-based Modeling and Control of Nylon-6,6 Batch Polymerization," IEEE Trans. Contr. Syst. Tech., 91, 11-21, 2013.
  18. Aumi, S. and P. Mhaskar*, ``An Adaptive  Data-based Modeling Approach for Predictive Control of Batch Systems," Chem. Eng. Sci., 21,  94-106, 2013.
  19. T. Salsbury, P. Mhaskarand S. Z. Qin, “Predictive Control Methods to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Demand in Buildings”, Comp. & Chem. Eng., 51,  77-85, 2013.
  20. Wallace, M.,  B. Das, P. Mhaskar*, T. Salsbury, and J. House, ``Offset-Free Model Predictive Control Of A VCC," J. Proc. Contr., 22, 1374-1386, 2012.
  21. Mahmood, M. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Stochastic Lyapunov-based MPC for Nonlinear Systems," Automatica, 48, 2271-2276, 2012.
  22. Aumi, S. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Integrating Data-Based Modeling and Nonlinear Control Tools for Batch Process Control," AIChE J., 58, 2105-2119, 2012.
  23. Du, M., J. Nease and P. Mhaskar*, ``An Integrated Fault Diagnosis and Safe-Parking Framework for Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Systems," Int. J. Rob. & Non. Contr., 22, 105-122, 2012.
  24. Wallace, M., R. McBride, S. Aumi, P. Mhaskar*, T. Salsbury, and J. House, ``Energy Efficient Model Predictive Temperature Control," Chem. Eng. Sci.,  69, 45- 58, 2012.
  25. Golshan, M., J. F. MacGregor* and P. Mhaskar, ``Latent Variable Model Predictive Control for Trajectory Tracking in Batch Processes: Alternative Modeling Approaches," J. Proc. Contr., 21, 1345–1358, 2011.
  26. Aumi, S. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Robust Model Predictive Control and Fault-Handling of Batch  Processes," AIChE J., 57, 1796-1808, 2011.
  27. Du, M. and R. Gandhi and P. Mhaskar*, ``An Integrated Fault Detection and Isolation and Safe-Parking Framework for Networked Process Systems", Ind. & Eng. Chem. Res.,  50,  5667-5679, 2011.
  28. Mahmood, M. and P. Mhaskar*, ``On Constructing Constrained Control Lyapunov Functions for Linear Systems," IEEE Trans. Automat. Contr., 56, 1136-1140 , 2011.
  29. Du, M. and P. Mhaskar*, ``A safe-parking and safe-switching framework for fault-tolerant control of switched nonlinear systems," Int. J. Contr., 84,  1375-1389, 2011.
  30. Mahmood, M. and P. Mhaskar* ``A Safe-Parking Framework for Fault-Tolerant Control of Transport-Reaction Processes," Ind. & Eng. Chem. Res., 49, 4285-4296, 2010.
  31. M. Golshan, J. F. MacGregor*, P. Mhaskar, M. Bruwer, ``Latent Variable Model Predictive Control for Trajectory Tracking'', J. Proc. Contr., 20, 538-550, 2010.
  32. Aumi, S. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Safe-steering of Batch Processes,'' AIChE J., 2861-2872, 2009.
  33. Gandhi, R., D. Baldwin and P. Mhaskar*, ``Safe-Parking of Styrene Polymerization Process," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 48, 7205-7213, 2009.
  34. Gandhi, R. and P. Mhaskar*, ``A Safe-Parking Framework for Plant-Wide Fault-Tolerant Control,'' Chem. Eng. Sci., 64, 3060-3071, 2009.
  35. Mahmood, M., Gandhi, R. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Safe-Parking of Nonlinear Process Systems: Handling Uncertainty and Unavailability of Measurements,'' Chem. Eng. Sci., 63, 5434-5446, 2008.
  36. Gandhi, R. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Safe-parking of Nonlinear Process Systems,'' Comp. & Chem. Eng, 32, 2113-2122, 2008.
  37. Mahmood, M. and P. Mhaskar*, ``Enhanced Stability Regions for Nonlinear Process Systems using Model Predictive Control,'' AIChE J., 6, 1487-1498, 2008.
  38. Mhaskar, P*. and A. Kennedy ``Robust Model Predictive Control of Nonlinear Process Systems: Handling Rate Constraints,'' Chem. Eng. Sci., 63, 366-375, 2008.
  39. Mhaskar, P., C.  McFall, A. Gani, P. D. Christofides* and J. F. Davis, "Isolation and Handling of Actuator Faults in Nonlinear Systems,'' Automatica, 44, 53-62, 2008.
  40. Gani, A., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Handling Sensor Malfunctions in Control of Particulate Processes,'' Chem. Eng. Sci., 63, 1217-1229, 2008.
  41. Christofides, P. D.*, N. H. El-Farra, M. H. Li and P. Mhaskar, "Model-Based Control of Particulate Processes,'' Chem. Eng. Sci., 63,  1156-1172, 2008.
  42. Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Robust Predictive Control of Hybrid Systems: Satisfying Uncertain Schedules Subject to State and Control Constraints,'' Int. J. Adapt. Contr. & Sign. Process., 22, 161-179, 2008.
  43. Mhaskar, P*. and S. Aumi, “Transition From Batch to Continuous Operation in Bio-Reactors: A Model Predictive Control Approach and Application”, Can. J. Chem. Eng., 85, 416-423, 2007.
  44. Gani, A., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Fault-Tolerant Control of a Polyethylene Reactor,'' J. Proc. Contr., 17, 439-451, 2007.
  45. Mhaskar, P., A. Gani, C. McFall, P. D. Christofides* and J. F. Davis, "Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Process Systems Subject to Sensor Faults,'' AIChE J., 53, 654-668, 2007.
  46. P. Mhaskar*, ``Robust Model Predictive Control Design for Fault-Tolerant Control of Process Systems,'' Ind. & Eng. Che. Res., 45, 8565-8574, 2006.
  47. Dubljevic, S., N. H. El-Farra, P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Parabolic PDEs with State and Control Constraints,'' Inter. J. Rob. & Non. Contr., 16, 749-772, 2006.
  48. Mhaskar, P., A. Gani, N. H. El-Farra, C. McFall, P. D. Christofides* and J. F. Davis, "Integrated Fault Detection and Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Process Systems,'' AIChE J., 52, 2129-2148, 2006.
  49. Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems with State and Control Constraints Using Lyapunov-Based Predictive Control,'' Syst. & Contr. Lett., 55, 650-659, 2006.
  50. Mhaskar, P., A. Gani and P. D. Christofides*, "Fault-Tolerant Control of Nonlinear Processes: Performance-Based Reconfiguration and Robustness,''   Int. J. Rob. & Non. Contr., 16, 91-111, 2006.
  51. Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Switched Nonlinear Systems with Scheduled Mode Transitions,'' IEEE Trans. Automat. Contr., 50, 1670-1680, 2005.
  52. El-Farra, N. H., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Output Feedback Control of Switched Nonlinear Systems Using Multiple Lyapunov Functions,'' Syst. & Contr. Lett., 54, 1163-1182, 2005.
  53. Mhaskar, P., N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "A Framework for Classical Controller Tuning Using Nonlinear Control Techniques,'' AIChE J., 51, 3292-3299, 2005.
  54. Dubljevic, S., P. Mhaskar, N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Transport-Reaction Processes,'' Comp. & Chem. Eng., 29, 2335-2345, 2005.
  55. Shi, D., N. H. El-Farra, P. Mhaskar, M. Li and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Particle Size Distribution in Particulate Processes,'' Chem. Eng. Sci., 61, 268-281, 2006.
  56. Shi, D., P. Mhaskar, N. H. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Predictive Control of Crystal Size Distribution in Protein Crystallization,'' Nanotechnology, 16, S562-S574, 2005.
  57. Mhaskar, P., N. El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Robust Hybrid Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems,'' Automatica, 41, 209-217, 2005.
  58. Mhaskar, P., N.  El-Farra and P. D. Christofides*, "Hybrid Predictive Control of Process Systems,'' AIChE J., 50, 1242-1259, 2004.
  59. El-Farra, N., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Hybrid Predictive Control of Nonlinear Systems: Method and Applications to Chemical Processes," Int. J. Rob. & Non. Contr., 14, 199-225, 2004.
  60. El-Farra, N., P. Mhaskar and P. D. Christofides*, "Uniting Bounded Control and MPC for Stabilization of Constrained Linear Systems," Automatica, 40, 101-110, 2004.
  61. Mhaskar, P., M. A. Hjortso and M. A. Henson*, “Cell Population Modeling and Parameter Estimation for Continuous Cultures of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae,” Biotechnology Progress, 18, 1010-1026, 2002.
  62. Venkataraman, C.*,  A . Mehra and P. Mhaskar, “Mechanisms of sulphate aerosol production in clouds: effect of cloud characteristics and season in the Indian region,” Tellus, 53b, 260-272, 2001.