Dr. M. Vidyasagar


Dr. Mathukumalli Vidyasagar is a world renowned expert in control systems. He has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. With 130+ journal publications and several books, he has 20+ years of strong academic background as tenured and visiting professor at universities in USA (UCLA, Berkeley, Yale, IIT, MIT, etc.), Canada, Australia, Japan, and Europe.

In 1989 he returned to India as the Director of the newly created Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) in Bangalore, under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Between 1989 and 2000, he built up CAIR into a leading research laboratory with about 40 scientists and a total of about 85 persons, working in areas such as flight control, robotics, neural networks, and image processing.

He has chaired a select committee in 1999 whose task was to facilitate the growth of the Internet in India by removing the monopoly of the government’s own telephone company on Internet access.In 2000 he moved to the Indian private sector as an Executive Vice President of India’s largest software company, Tata Consultancy Services.

In the city of Hyderabad, he created the Advanced Technology Center, an industrial R&D laboratory of around 80 engineers, working in areas such as computational biology, quantitative finance, e-security, identity management, and open source software to support Indian languages.In 2009 he retired from TCS at the age of 62, and joined the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, as a Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Systems Biology Science.

In March 2010 he was named as the Founding Head of the newly created Bioengineering Department. His current research interests are in the application of stochastic processes and stochastic modeling to problems in computational biology, control systems and quantitative finance.He has special interest in power sector and emerging smart grid distribution space.