Personal Information
Full Name: Dr. 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).

Awards & Fellowships

    • 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, 2014-2018, and 2015-2019) appearing in 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.
    • Two of the papers listed as 20th and 25th most cited articles in AIAA JGCD for the all-time, in March 2020.
    • 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.
    • Field citation ratios (FCR) 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.
    • Three of the papers appeared in “5 Most Read Articles” of the 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: 

2020

  1. R.V. Nanavati, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: "Lead Angle based Three-Dimensional Guidance for Angle Constrained Interception", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, August 2020, Accepted for Publication.
  2. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: "Terminal Time Constrained Nonlinear Interception Strategies against Maneuvering Targets", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, July 2020, Accepted for Publication.
  3. R.V. Nanavati, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: "Suboptimal Closed-Form Feedback Control of Input-Affine Nonlinear Systems", IET Control Theory & Applications", June 2020, pp. 1-12, E-First [pdf].
  4. A. Sinha and S.R. Kumar: "Super-Twisting Control Based Cooperative Salvo Guidance Using Leader-Follower Approach", IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, February 2020, Early Access. pp. 1-10, [pdf]. 
  5. S.R. Kumar and A. Maity: "Finite-Horizon Robust Suboptimal Control based Impact Angle Guidance", IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 56, No. 3, 2020, pp. 1955-1965, [pdf]
  6. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: "Cooperative Salvo Guidance using Finite-Time Consensus over Directed Cycles", IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2020, pp. 1504-1514, [pdf]
  7. R.V. Nanavati, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: "Nonlinear Simultaneous Interception Guidance Strategies for Stationary Targets", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics,  Vol. 43, No. 1, 2020, pp. 154-161, [pdf]
  8. B. Biswas, A. Maity, and S.R. Kumar: "Finite-Time Convergent Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Intercept Angle Guidance", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2020, pp. 146-153, [pdf].
  9. A. Sinha, S.R. Kumar, and D. Mukherjee: "Integrated Guidance and Control Design For Time-Constrained Interception", IEEE TechRxiv, 2020, pp. 1-20. [pdf]. 
  10. P. Surve, A. Maity, and S.R. Kumar: "Quaternion based Three-Dimensional Impact Angle Constrained Guidance", Proceedings of IFAC World Congress, Berlin, Germany, 2020, Accepted for Publication.
  11. A. Sinha, S.R. Kumar, and D. Mukherjee: "Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Interception Time Guidance for Stationary Targets", Proceedings of American Control Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, July 1-3, 2020, pp. 3782-3787. [pdf]
  12. S.R. Kumar and D. Mukherjee: "Finite-Time Impact Time Guidance using Deviated Pursuit against Maneuvering Targets", Proceedings of American Control Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, July 1-3, 2020, pp. 3776-3781. [pdf]
  13. D. Mukherjee and S.R. Kumar: "Nonlinear Impact Time Guidance with Constrained Field-of-View", Proceedings of American Control Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, July 1-3, 2020, pp. 3802-3807. [pdf].
  14. A. Sinha, D. Mukherjee, and S.R. Kumar: "Deviated Pursuit based Cooperative Simultaneous Interception against Moving Targets", Proceedings of American Control Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA, July 1-3, 2020, pp. 3796-3801. [pdf]
  15. H. Bishwash, A. Sinha, and S.R. Kumar: "Deviated Pursuit based Nonlinear Impact-Time Guidance with Finite-time Convergence", Proceedings of IFAC International Conference on Advances in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems, Chennai, India, 2020 [Best Paper Award]. 
  16. K. Majumder and S.R. Kumar: "Finite-time Convergent Impact Angle Constrained Sliding Mode Guidance", Proceedings of IFAC International Conference on Advances in Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems, Chennai, India, 2020. 
  17. 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. 
  18. 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, AIAA 2020-0610, [pdf].

2019

  1. 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]
  2. 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
  3. V. Mukundan, A. Maity, S.R. Kumar, and U. P. Rajeev: "Ascent Trajectory Planning of Launch Vehicles with Air-Breathing Propulsion", IFAC-PapersOnLine, Vol. 52, No. 12, 2019, pp. 274-279, [pdf
  4. 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, pp. 367-372. [pdf
  5. 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, pp. 461-466. [pdf]
  6. 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]  
  7. 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]
  8. 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].  
  9. 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].  
  10. 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.  
  11. 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]  
  12. 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

2018

  1. 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]
  2. D. Mukherjee and S.R. Kumar: “Finite-time Heterogeneous Cyclic Pursuit with Application to Target Interception", ArXiv, 2018, pp. 1-12, [pdf]
  3. B. Biswas, S.R. Kumar, and A. Maity: “Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Impact Angle Guidance for Maneuvering Targets", IFAC-PapersOnLine, Vol. 51, No. 1, 2018, pp. 47-52, [pdf]
  4. 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.

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Before Joining IIT Bombay

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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]
  7. 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]
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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]
  11. S.R. Kumar and D. Ghose: “Cooperative Rendezvous Guidance Law using Sliding Mode Control for Interception of Stationary Targets”, IFAC Proceedings Volumes, Vol. 47, No. 1, 2014, pp. 477-483, [pdf]
  12. 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]
  13. 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 projects are mentioned below.

    1. Development of Flight Guidance and Control System of Aerial Vehicles for Path Following (IRCC, IITB)
    2. Cooperative Nonlinear Guidance Strategies for Simultaneous Interception with Finite-Time Convergence (SERB, DST)

    Other research areas of my interest include 

    • Guidance and Control 
    • Cooperative Active Aircraft Protection
    • Cooperative Terminal Constrained Guidance 
    • Consensus and Formation Control of Multi-Agent Systems 
    • Cooperative Control, Collision Avoidance, and Path Planning of UAVs
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 and Control using Impact Time 
    3. Kakoli Majumder [July 2018 onwards]: Finite-time Convergent Guidance Strategies with Terminal Constraints
    4. Prajakta Surve [July 2018 onwards]: Guidance and Control of Aerospace Vehicles with In-Flight Constraints
    5. Vijith Mukundan [July 2018 onwards]: Mission Planning and Trajectory Optimization of Launch Vehicle
    6. Srijan Tripathi [July 2018 onwards]:  Seeker based Guidance Design for Constrained Trajectories
    7. Uttam Kumar Sahu [Jan 2018 onwards]: Guidance and Control of Spinning Vehicles

     

    I am currently looking for Ph.D. Research Scholars in the areas of Cooperative Control of UAVs or Cooperative Active Aircraft Defense in the next coming Ph.D. Admission. 

     

Teaching
Courses Taught: 
  1. Aircraft Flight Dynamics (AE-717): Spring 2019, 2020
  2. Flight Mechanics II (AE-305/305M): Spring 2019, 2020   
  3. Introduction to Navigation and Guidance (AE-641): Autumn 2018, 2019, 2020
  4. Navigation and Guidance (AE-410): Autumn 2018, 2019, 2020, Summer 2020,
  5. Control System Design Techniques (AE-690): Spring 2018