Room No. 213, New Extension Block,
Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati,
Guwahati - 781039,
Email - bhawal[at],
Phone - +91 361 258 2511.

Research Interests

  • Optimal control
  • Singular descriptor systems/Differential algebraic systems
  • Linear systems
  • Model order reduction
  • Control aspects related to unmanned aerial and ground vehicles
  • Behavioral theoretic approach to control
  • Graph Theoretic approach to control

I am in the look out for students with an interest aligned with my research interests.


  • 24-Sep 2020: Delivered an invited lecture (online) titled “Introduction to Optimal Control” in TEQIP (III) sponsored online Short Term Course on “Advances in Control Systems Engineering and Applications (ACSEA 2020)” organized by Department of Electrical Engineering, SVNIT Surat.

  • 11-Sep 2020: Delivered an online invited talk (online) titled “A brief history of Feedback control” in the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at University of Engineering & Management Kolkata.

  • 23-Aug 2020: Awarded the “Excellence in Ph.D. Research Award” for the year 2018-2020 by IIT Bombay.

  • 15-July 2020: Imrul Qais (Ph.D. research scholar at IIT Bombay), coauthor of the paper “A geometric characterization of the slow space of the Hamiltonian system arising from the singular LQR problem” presented our paper in IFAC World Congress 2020 held virtually.

  • 15-May 2020 - Presented my paper “PD controllers to solve single-input, index-1 DAE based LQR problems” in the European Control Conference (ECC) 2020 held virtually.

  • 01-Jan 2020 - Joined the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at IIT Guwahati as an Assistant Professor.

  • 20-Dec 2019 - Mousumi Mukherjee from the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay presented my paper “On Circulant Lyapunov Operators, Two-Variable Polynomials, and DFT” in the 6th Indian Control Conference at IIT Hyderabad, India.

  • 13-Dec 2019 - Presented my paper “On solvability of CGCARE for LQR problems with zero input-cost” in the 58th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control at Nice, France.

  • 10-Jun 2019 - Joined Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems as a Post-doctoral research fellow.

  • 05-Mar 2019 - Completed Ph.D. from Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay.