With pioneering work that has bridged communications and control, Sanjoy Mitter helped create the important discipline of networked control systems. Critical to real-time communications for systems such as the electric power grid, traffic monitoring, and social networks, his work has addressed how control performance is affected by delay and noise in communication channels in pursuit of achieving network stability. Dr. Mitter, together with his then doctoral student Sekhar Tatikonda, demonstrated how capacity of feedback channels can be computed using methods of stochastic control. His idea of anytime capacity, introduced with his then doctoral student Anant Sahai, addresses the reliability and timeliness needed for the stable functioning of control systems where sensors and controllers are linked via noisy communication channels.
An IEEE Life Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Mitter is a professor of electrical engineering and a member of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.