Dr. Debasattam Pal

Sketch by: Ayan Sengupta 

Associate Professor
Control and Computing group
Department of Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay


Office Adress:
Room no. 231 D
Department of Electrical Engineering
IIT Bombay, Powai
Mumbai 400076
email: debasattam(at)ee.iitb.ac.in
Phone: (022) 2576 7442

Academic Background

  • B.E. (Department Topper) in Electrical Engineering, Jadavpur University, 2005

  • M.Tech. (Institute Topper) in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, 2007

  • Ph.D. (Best Thesis Awardee) in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, 2012


Editorial Responsibiities


  • Nonlinear systems and control (IITG: Spring 2013 and 2014)

  • Linear systems theory (IITG: Autumn 2013)

  • EE714: Behavioral theory of systems (Spring 2015 and 2016)

  • EE302: Control theory (Spring 2016, 2017, and 2018)

  • EE759: Applied mathematical analysis in engineering (Autumn 2016 and 2017)

  • EE635: Applied linear algebra (Autumn 2018, 2019)

  • EE636: Matrix Computations (Spring 2019)


  • Graduated

    • Ph.D.

      • Chirayu D. Athalye (jointly with Prof Harish Pillai).

        • Thesis title: “Stability Analysis of Autonomous Systems”.

        • Chirayu is currently an Assistant Professor at BITS Goa.

      • Chayan Bhawal (jointly with Prof Madhu Belur).

        • Thesis title: “Generalized Riccati Theory: a Hamiltonian System Approach”.

        • Recipient of the Excellence in Ph.D. Research Award.

        • Chayan is currently an Assistant Professor at IIT Guwahati.

      • Mousumi Mukherjee.

        • Thesis title: “Characterising Initial Data for Systems of Partial Differential and Difference Equations”.

        • Recipient of the Excellence in Ph.D. Research Award.

        • Mousumi is currently an Assistant Professor at IIEST Shibpur.

      • Vishal S. Sawant (jointly with Prof Debraj Chakraborty)

        • Thesis title: “Consensus with Minimum Communication”.

        • Vishal is currently doing post-doc Denmark.

      • Imrul Qais.

        • Thesis title: “Riddles in the Optimal Singular LQR Problem”.

        • Recipient of the Excellence in Ph.D. Research Award.

        • Imrul is currently doing post-doc at Delft, Holland.

    • M.Tech.

      • Imrul Qais. Currently doing post-doc at Delft..

      • Suprojit Mukherjee. Currently working in Cypress Semiconductors, Bengaluru.

      • Mahesh Bothe.

      • Rajan Mantri.

      • Sushmita Hoskeri. Currently working in G.E. Transportation, Bengaluru.

      • Ayan Sengupta. Currently working in NEC Corporation, Kawasaki, Japan.

      • Nayan Nitnaware.

    • D.D. (B.Tech. + M.Tech.)

      • Garvit Vijayvargiya. Currently working in Times Internet, Mumbai.

      • Krishna Medikonda. Currently working in Swiggy, Mumbai.

    • B.Tech.

      • Prasan Angothu. Currently doing M.B.A. at IIM, Calcutta.

      • Parth Kothari. Currently pursuing Ph.D. at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

      • Tejeshwar Thorawade. Currently pursuing Ph.D. at IIT Bombay.

      • Shiva Gantha. Currently working in Samsung, Bengaluru.

  • Current students

    • Ph.D.

      • Phaniraj Harivanam. Thesis title: “Analysis of Switched Dynamical Systems of Differential Alegebraic Equations (DAEs)”.

      • Aishwarya Bharti. Thesis title: “Infinite Dimensional Systems”.

      • Hemanta Hazarika (jointly with Prof Dwaipayan Mukherjee). Thesis title: “Snake Robots”.

      • Susmitha T. Rayabagi (jointly with Prof Dwaipayan Mukherjee). Thesis title: “Bearing only formation control”.

      • Swati Singh (jointly with Prof Shashi Ranjan Kumar and Prof Dwaipayan Mukherjee). Thesis title: “Passivity based guidance”.

Sponsored projects

  • As PI

    • “Fast computation of exact solutions of systems of partial differential and difference equations.” DST INSPIRE. Completed in January, 2021.

    • “Advanced control systems for LIGO (Laser Interferometric Gravitational wave Observatory) India.” IUCAA. Completed in September, 2021.

    • “Graded Hautus test for controllability of distributed parameter systems.” SERB MATRICS. Completed in February, 2023.

  • As Co-PI

    • “Distributed spacecraft formation flight using limited information exchange.” ISRO.