Pramod P. Khargonekar
- IEEE Control Systems Award
H-infinity optimal control is considered one of most significant developments in control theory, and Pramod P. Khargonekar played a key role in developing its potential for robust control of critical processes in industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to processing and manufacturing. He realized that a new fundamental theory based on state-space representations was feasible and could provide engineers with a powerful, usable, computational framework for multivariable robust control synthesis compared to hard-to-implement methods based on transfer function theory. This would become known as the Doyle-Glover-Khargonekar-Francis (DGKF) method. He also helped introduce the benefits of multivariable control theory to semiconductor manufacturing, and his work on control algorithms and architectures for the power grid operations is aiding the development of smart grids with larger integration of renewable energy sources.
An IEEE Fellow, Khargonekar is a Distinguished Professor and Vice Chancellor for Research with the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA.