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William H. Sanders
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ECE ILLINOIS
306 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-2300
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R. S. Sreenivas

Electrical and Computer Engineering
R. S. Sreenivas
R. S. Sreenivas
Associate Professor
  • Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
201E Transportation Building
104 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-7735

Affiliation

  • Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, 1990
  • M.S.E.E. Elec. & Comp. Engr. Carnegie Mellon 1987
  • B.Tech Electrical Engr. Indian Inst. of Tech. 1985

Biography

I received a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Madras, India in 1985. I was at the IIT, Madras from 1980-1985. I have an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. I was at Carnegie Mellon between 1985 and 1990. I then moved to Harvard University, where I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Decision and Control at what was then the Division of Applied Sciences. After a two-year stint at Harvard, I came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I am an Associate Professor with the Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering Department. I hold research appointments at the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) and the Information Trust Institute (ITI). I am also an affiliate of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Academic Positions

  • Research Associate Professor, Information Trust Institute
  • Research Associate Professor, Coordinated Science Lab
  • Departmental Affiliate, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, August 2006-Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of General Engineering, August 1998-2006
  • Assistant Professor, Department of General Engineering, August 1992-1998
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1990-1992
  • Research Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1985-1990

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Teaching Statement

At the undergraduate level I have taught courses in the controls curriculum (GE320: Introductory Control Systems; GE420: Digital Control of Dynamic Systems; GE423: Introduction to Mechatronics; GE424: State Space Design Methods in Control) in the General Engineering program. I have advised several projects in the industry-sponsored Senior Engineering Project (GE494: Senior Engineering Project I; GE495: Senior Engineering Project II) in the General Engineering curriculum. At the graduate-level I have taught advanced topic courses in the controls and the Industrial Engineering curriculum in the College (AE555: Multivariable Control Design; GE525: Discrete Event Systems; IE511: Integer Programming). I have been involved in the Master of Science in Financial Engineering Program since May 2006, when it was first conceived. This Cross-College Program that now involves several faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Business. I teach IE523: Financial Computing in this program.  After three years of existence, this program was ranked in the top 20 Financial Engineering programs, by the QuantNet (https://www.quantnet.com/mfe-programs-rankings/).

Research Statement

My current research is on the Analysis, Control and Performance Evaluation of a broad class of systems known to the literature as Discrete-Event/Discrete-State (DEDS) Systems. Examples of DEDS systems include: air-traffic control systems; automated manufacturing systems; computer networks; integrated command, control, communication and information (C3 I) systems; operations-management of multi-component organizations with event-driven dynamics like shipyards, airports, hospitals, etc.

I use the theories of Computation, Coding, Machine Learning, Approximate Algorithms, Online Algorithms and Information Theory to synthesize near-optimal supervisory policies for various problems involving DEDS Systems.

Research Interests

  • Product Development and Manufacturing Automation
  • Coding and Information Theory
  • Petri net Theory
  • Modeling, Analysis, Performance Evaluation and Control of Discrete-Event/Discrete-State (DEDS) Systems

Chapters in Books

  • N. Singh and R.S. Sreenivas, "Wireless Networks: An Instance of Tandem Discrete-Time Queues," Chapter 6, Networks and Communications, N. Meghanathan et al. (eds.), Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering 284, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-03692-2_6, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland 2014.
  • Sreenivas, R.S., `` Supervisory Control of DEDS.'' Chapter 3, Discrete Event Hybrid Systems in Robotics and Automation, Editor: Tarek Sobh, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. NY, 2006.
  • Narayanaswamy S, Kawadia, V, Sreenivas, R.S. and P.R. Kumar, ``Power control in ad hoc wireless networks: An architectural solution for a melee of multiple agents, cost criteria, and information patterns.'' In Proceedings of the Symposium on Complex Systems Modeling and Optimization in the Information Age To Celebrate 45 Years of Outstanding Contribution of Prof. Yu-Chi ``Larry'' Ho, held June 23-24, 2001, Harvard University.

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Patents

  • (Disclosure) Virtual Design Tools: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez and R.S. Sreenivas. (November 2000).
  • (Disclosure) Human Performance Modeling Using Fuzzy Logic: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez and R.S. Sreenivas. (November 2000).
  • (Disclosure) Virtual Interpreter and Trajectory Mapping: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez and R.S. Sreenivas. (November 2000).
  • (Disclosure) Adaptive Modulation Curve for Electrohydraulic Systems using Adaptive Optimization Functions: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez, R.S. Sreenivas and Q. Zhang. (November 2000).
  • (Disclosure) Neural Networks as a Modulation Surface for Electrohydraulic Systems: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez, R.S. Sreenivas and Q. Zhang. (November 2000).
  • (Disclosure) Adapative Modulation Curve for Electrohydraulic Systems using Neural Networks: W.R. Norris, J.C.L. Dominguez, R.S. Sreenivas and Q. Zhang. (November 2000).

Service on Department Committees

Associate Head for Graduate Studies, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, 2010-present

Other Outside Service

Co-host, S'ruti -- Music from the Indian Subcontinent, Sundays at Noon, 901.FM WEFT Champaign. (cf. http://weft.org/station/schedule/sunday)

Teaching Honors

  • Featured in the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent" Fall 2013, IE523: Financial Computing, Professional Masters Program
  • Featured in the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent" Fall 2012, IE523: Financial Computing, Professional Masters Program
  • Featured in the "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent" Spring 2012, IE511: Integer Programming.
  • Featured in the "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent" Fall 2010, IE523: Financial Computing, Professional Masters Program.
  • Featured in the “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent,” Fall 2007 for GE598RSS: Introduction to Discrete Event Systems.
  • Featured in the “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent,” Fall 2004, Spring 2008 and Spring 2009 for GE424: State Space Design Methods in Control.
  • Featured in the “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent,” Fall 2003 for GE324: Digital Control of Dynamic Systems.
  • Featured in the “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent,” Spring 2003 for GE493RSS: Introduction to Discrete Event Systems.
  • 2010 Outstanding Advisors List, College of Engineering, May 2010
  • Alpha Pi Mu and Gamma Epsilon "Excellence in Teaching Award," April 2010.
  • James Franklin Sharp Outstanding Teaching Award in Industrial Engineering, April 2012.

Research Honors

  • Senior Member, IEEE, June 2002
  • National Science Foundation, Research Initiation Grant, 1994-1997