Personal Information
Full Name: Prof. Shashi Ranjan Kumar
Room No: Dynamics & Control Lab, Aero Annex
Phone: 25767108
Email: srk[AT]aero.iitb.ac.in


Specialization: Dynamics and Control

Background

    Professional Experience :

    • Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, India (July 2017 - Present)
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel (November 2015 - July 2017) with  Prof. Tal Shima's group (Cooperative Autonomous SYstems (CASY) laboratory).
    • IISc Junior Research Associate, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (June 2015 - October 2015) with Prof. Debasish Ghose's group [Guidance, Control, and Decision Systems Laboratory (GCDSL)].

    Education:

    • Ph.D. [Aerospace Engineering]: Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India (2015) with Prof. Debasish Ghose's group (GCDSL).
    • M.E. [Aerospace Engineering]: Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India (2010) with Prof. Debasish Ghose's group (GCDSL).
    • B.Tech. [Electronics and Communication Engineering]: MIT Muzaffarpur [Presently affiliated to Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU)], India (2008)

    Professional Affiliations and Service :

    • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    • Reviewer
    • Journals
      • IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
      • IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology
      • Automatica (Elsevier)
      • AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
      • IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
      • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
      • IET Control Theory and Applications
      • International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control (Wiley)
      • Aerospace Science and Technology (Elsevier)
      • Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology (Emerald)
      • Proceedings of Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering (SAGE)
      • Advances in Space Research (Elsevier)
      • Journal of the Franklin Institute (Elsevier)
      • Asian Journal of Control (Wiley)
      • Nonlinear Dynamics (Springer)
      • ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control
      • International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems (Springer)
      • Mathematical Problems in Engineering (Hindawi)
      • Defence Science Journal
    • Conferences   
      • American Control Conference (ACC)
      • IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
      • European Control Conference (ECC)
      • IEEE Workshop on Variable Structure Systems (VSS)
      • Advances in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems (ACODS) 
      • Israel Annual Conference on  Aerospace Sciences (IACAS)
      • Indian Control Conference (ICC)
      • IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED) 

Awards & Fellowships

    • Field citation ratios for some of the papers:  70, 38, 37, 15, 9.31 
    • Four of the papers having "Field-Weighted Citation Impact" of more than 9 (with the scores of 14.78,11.82.10.23,9.61) in Scopus.
    • Two of the papers listed as 23rd and 30th most cited articles in AIAA JGCD for the all-time.
    • One of the papers listed as "Highly cited paper in the field" in ISI Web of Science and also ranked 1 in Google Scholar Metrics in the last five years (2013-2017 and 2014-2018) appearing in AIAA-Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.
    • Two of the papers listed in “Highly Cited Articles” in Web of Science.
    • Two of the papers listed in “99%ile” and one in 98%ile of Citations in Scopus.
    • Three of the papers appeared in “5 Most Read Articles” of the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.
    • Two of the papers among “Highly Cited Articles (3rd and 6th ranking)” in Google Scholar Metrics in the last five years (2012-2016) appearing in AIAA-Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. 
    • Young Faculty Award, IIT Bombay (2017).
    • ACC Student Travel Award (2013, 2014).
    • DST International Travel Support, Science and Engineering Research Board (2013).
R&D
Publications: 

Under Review

Journal Publications

  1. N. Kumar and S.R. Kumar: "Nonlinear Guidance Strategies for Survival of Cooperating Aircraft against Pursuers", November 2019, Under Review.
  2. D. Mukherjee and S.R. Kumar: "Field-of-View Constrained Nonlinear Interception Time Guidance against Stationary Targets", November 2019, Under Review.
  3. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: "Deviated Pursuit based Impact Time Control against Maneuvering Targets", October 2019, Under Review.
  4. R.V. Nanavati, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: "Suboptimal Closed-Form Feedback Control of Input-Affine Nonlinear Systems", October 2019, Under review.
  5. A. Sinha, S.R. Kumar, and D. Mukherjee: "Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Guidance for Impact Time Control", September 2019, Under Review.
  6. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: "Nonlinear Cooperative Salvo Guidance using Deviated Pursuit", August 2019, Under Review.
  7. A. Sinha and S.R. Kumar:  "Super-Twisting Control based Cooperative Salvo Guidance using Leader-Follower Approach", July 2019, Under Review.
  8. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: "Cooperative Active Aircraft Protection Guidance Strategies using Line-of-Sight Approach", March 2019, Under Review.
  9. D. Mukherjee and S.R. Kumar: "Finite-time Heterogeneous Cyclic Pursuit with Application to Target Interception", November 2018, Under Review.

Conference Publications

  1. P. Surve, A. Maity, and S.R. Kumar: "Quaternion based Three-Dimensional Impact Angle Constrained Guidance", November 2019, Under review
  2. S.M. Ali, A. Maity, and S.R. Kumar: "Modification of Covariance Intersection Algorithm for Active Fault Tolerance", September 2019, Under review.
  3. D. Mukherjee and S.R. Kumar: "Nonlinear Impact Time Guidance with Constrained Field-of-View", September 2019, Under review.
  4. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: "Finite-Time Impact Time Guidance using Deviated Pursuit against Maneuvering Targets", September 2019, Under review.
  5. A. Sinha, S.R. Kumar, and D. Mukherjee: "Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Interception Time Guidance for Stationary Targets", August 2019, Under Review.
  6. A. Sinha, D. Mukherjee, and S.R. Kumar: "Deviated Pursuit based Cooperative Simultaneous Interception against Moving Targets", June 2019, Under Review.
  7. N. Kumar and S.R. Kumar: "Nonlinear Cooperative Guidance Strategy for Survival of Aircraft Team", August 2019, Under Review. 

Published/Accepted/In Press

Journals

  1. B. Biswas, A. Maity, and S.R. Kumar:  "Finite-Time Convergent Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Intercept Angle Guidance", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, September 2019, Article in Advance.[pdf]. 
  2. R.V. Nanavati, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity:  "Nonlinear Simultaneous Interception Guidance Strategies for Stationary Targets", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, September 2019, Article in Advance, [pdf]. 
  3. S.R. Kumar and A. Maity: "Finite-Horizon Robust Suboptimal Control based Impact Angle Guidance", IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, August 2019, Early Access, pp. 1-10, [pdf]. 
  4. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: "Cooperative Salvo Guidance using Finite-Time Consensus over Directed Cycles", IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, July 2019, Early Access, pp. 1-10, [pdf].
  5. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: "Deviated Pursuit based Interception at A-priori Fixed Time", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 42, No. 9, 2019, pp. 2124-2131, [pdf]
  6. D. Mukherjee and S.R. Kumar: “Finite-time Heterogeneous Cyclic Pursuit with Application to Target Interception", ArXiv, pp. 1-12, [pdf]
  7. S.R. Kumar and D. Ghose: “Sliding Mode Guidance for Impact Time and Angle Constraints”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 232, No. 16, 2018, pp. 2961–2977, [pdf
  8. S.R. Kumar, M. Weiss, and T. Shima: “Minimum Effort Intercept Angle Guidance with Multiple Obstacle Avoidance", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 41, No. 6, 2018, pp. 1355-1369, [pdf]
  9. S.R. Kumar, R. Tsalik, and T. Shima: “Nonlinear Robust Inscribed Angle Guidance for Stationary Targets”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 40, No. 7, 2017, pp. 1815-1823, [pdf
  10. S.R. Kumar and D. Ghose: “Three-Dimensional Impact Angle Guidance with Coupled Engagement Dynamics”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 231, No. 4, 2017, pp. 621-641, [pdf
  11. S.R. Kumar and T. Shima: “Cooperative Nonlinear Guidance Strategies for Aircraft Defense”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2017, pp. 124-138, [pdf
  12. S.R. Kumar and D. Ghose: “Impact Time Guidance for Large Heading Errors using Sliding Mode Control”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 51, No. 4, 2015, pp. 3123-3128, [pdf
  13. S.R. Kumar, S. Rao, and D. Ghose: “Nonsingular Terminal Sliding Mode Guidance with Impact Angle Constraints”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2014, pp. 1114-1130, [pdf]
  14. S.R. Kumar, S. Rao, and D. Ghose: “Sliding-Mode Guidance and Control for All-Aspect Interceptors with Terminal Angle Constraints”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 35, No. 4, 2012, pp. 1230-1246, [pdf]

Book Chapter

  1. S.R. Kumar, A. Ratnoo, and D. Ghose: “Sliding Mode Control for Path Planning Guidance of Marine Vehicles”, Navigation and Control of Autonomous Marine Vehicles, Edited by S. Sharma and B. Subudhi, IET Publisher, May 2019, ch. 4. [pdf

Conference Publications

  1. H. Bishwash, A. Sinha, and S.R. Kumar: "Deviated Pursuit based Nonlinear Impact-Time Guidance with Predefined Convergence", Proceedings of IFAC International Conference on Advances in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems, Chennai, India, 2020. 
  2. K. Majumder and S.R. Kumar: "Impact Angle Constrained Sliding Mode Guidance with Predefined Convergence", Proceedings of IFAC International Conference on Advances in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems, Chennai, India, 2020. 
  3. R.V. Nanavati, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: "Three-Dimensional Finite-time Suboptimal Nonlinear Impact Angle Guidance", Proceedings of IFAC International Conference on Advances in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems, Chennai, India, 2020. 
  4. A. Sinha and S.R. Kumar: "Super-Twisting Control based Impact Time Constrained Guidance", Proceedings of AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA, January 6-10, 2020, Accepted for Publication.
  5. A. Sinha, S.R. Kumar, and D. Mukherjee: "Consensus-based Nonlinear Guidance for Cooperative Salvo", Proceedings of IEEE Indian Control Conference, Hyderabad, India, December 2019, Accepted for Publication.
  6. R.V. Haribhau and  S.R. Kumar: "Linear Quadratic Formulation based Station-Keeping of Halo Orbit", Proceedings of IEEE Indian Control Conference, Hyderabad, India, December 2019, Accepted for Publication.
  7. V. Mukundan, A. Maity, S.R. Kumar, and U. P. Rajeev: "Ascent Trajectory Planning of Launch Vehicles with Air-Breathing Propulsion", Proceedings of the 21st IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, Cranfield, UK, August 27-30, 2019, [pdf] . 
  8. R. V. Nanavati, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: “Simultaneous Interception Guidance Strategy in Nonlinear Framework", Proceedings of Mediterranean Conference on Control & Automation, Akko, Israel, July 1-4, 2019, pp. 118-123. [pdf]  
  9. A. Saurav, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: “Three-Dimensional Intercept Angle Guidance for Active Aircraft Protection”, Proceedings of American Control Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, July 10-12, 2019, pp. 3569-3574. [pdf].   
  10. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: “Cooperative Guidance Strategies for Active Aircraft Protection”, Proceedings of American Control Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, July 10-12, 2019, pp. 4641-4646. [pdf].  
  11. V. Mukundan, A. Maity, S.R. Kumar, and U.P. Rajeev: “Trajectory Optimization and Guidance for Solid Motor Propelled Launch Vehicle Ascent”, Proceedings of American Control Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, July 10-12, 2019, pp. 3575-3580. [pdf].  
  12. D. Mukherjee and S.R. Kumar: “Formations using Finite-Time Heterogeneous Cyclic Pursuit", Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences, March 6-7, 2019, Tel Aviv-Haifa, Israel.  
  13. A. Saurav, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: "Cooperative Guidance Strategies for Aircraft Defense with Impact Angle Constraints", Proceedings of AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, San Diego, California, USA, January 7-11, 2019. [pdf]  
  14. A. Patley, A. Bhatt, A. Maity, K. Das, and S.R. Kumar: "Modified Particle Swarm Optimization based Path Planning for Multi-UAVs Formation", Proceedings of AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, San Diego, California, USA, January 7-11, 2019. [pdf
  15. M. Weiss, S.R. Kumar, and T. Shima: “Minimum Effort Intercept of a Maneuvering Target with Multiple Obstacle Avoidance", Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences, March 14-15, 2018, Tel Aviv-Haifa, Israel.
  16. B. Biswas, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: “Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Impact Angle Guidance for Maneuvering Targets", Proceedings of IFAC International Conference on Advances in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems, Hyderabad, India, February 18-22, 2018. [pdf]
  17. S.R. Kumar, R. Tsalik, and T. Shima: “Nonlinear Robust Inscribed Angle Guidance for Stationary Targets”, Proceedings of AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Grapevine, Texas, USA, January 9-13, 2017, AIAA 2017 1510. [pdf]
  18. S.R. Kumar and D. Ghose: “Impact Time and Angle Control Guidance”, Proceedings of AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Florida, USA, January 5-9, 2015, pp. 1-22, AIAA 2015-0616. [pdf]
  19. S.R. Kumar and D. Ghose: “Three Dimensional Impact Angle Constrained Guidance Law using Sliding Mode Control”, Proceedings of American Control Conference, Portland, USA, June 4-6, 2014, pp. 2474-2479. [pdf]
  20. S.R. Kumar and D. Ghose: “Cooperative Rendezvous Guidance Law using Sliding Mode Control for Interception of Stationary Targets”, Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Advances in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems, Kanpur, India, March 13-15, 2014, pp. 477-483. [pdf]
  21. S.R. Kumar and D. Ghose: “Sliding Mode Control Based Guidance Law with Impact Time Constraints”, Proceedings of American Control Conference, Washington DC, USA, June 17-19, 2013, pp. 5760-5765. [pdf]
  22. S.R. Kumar, S. Rao, and D. Ghose: “Non-singular Terminal Sliding Mode Guidance and Control with Terminal Angle Constraints for Non-maneuvering Targets”, Proceedings of the 12th IEEE Workshop on Variable Structure Systems VSS’12, Mumbai, India, January 10-12, 2012, pp. 291-296. [pdf]
R&D Areas/Projects: 

    The current ongoing project is mentioned as below.

    1. Development of Flight Guidance and Control System of Aerial Vehicles for Path Following

    Other research areas of my interest include 

    • Guidance and Control of Aerospace Vehicles
    • Cooperative Terminal Constrained Guidance 
    • Cooperative Active Aircraft Protection
    • Finite-time Consensus and Formation Control of Multi-Agent Systems 
    • Obstacle Avoidance and Path Planning of UAVs
    • Nonlinear Control and Sliding Mode Control 
    • Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), and Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC) Algorithms

    M.Tech. seminar topics and possible projects

    • Path following of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
    • Guidance laws for autonomous aerial refueling
    • Cooperative guidance for simultaneous interception
    • Cooperative guidance for active aircraft defense
PhD TA Topics: 
    1. Rohit Nanavati [Jan 2018 onwards]: Optimal Control based Guidance and Control of Aerospace Vehicles 
    2. Abhinav Sinha [July 2018 onwards]: Cooperative Nonlinear Guidance Strategies under Resource Constraints 
    3. Prajakta Surve [July 2018 onwards]: Guidance and Control of Aerospace Vehicles with In-Flight Constraints
    4. Vijith Mukundan [July 2018 onwards]: [Presently working in VSSC Thiruvananthapuram, ISRO]: Mission Planning and Trajectory Optimization of Launch Vehicle with Air-Breathing Propulsion
    5. Srijan Tripathi [July 2018 onwards]: [Presently working in DRDL Hyderabad, DRDO]: Seeker based Guidance Design for Tactical Interceptors
    6. Uttam Kumar Sahu [Jan 2018 onwards] [Presently working in DRDL Hyderabad, DRDO]:  Guidance and Control of Spinning Vehicles
Teaching
Courses Taught: 
  1. Aircraft Flight Dynamics (AE-717): Spring 2019
  2. Flight Mechanics II (AE-305): Spring 2019   
  3. Introduction to Navigation and Guidance (AE-641): Autumn 2018, 2019
  4. Navigation and Guidance (AE-410): Autumn 2018, 2019
  5. Control System Design Techniques (AE-690): Spring 2018