Arvind U. Raghunathan

Arvind U. Raghunathan
  • Phone: 617-621-7502
  • Email: raghunathan[at]merl[dot]com
  • Biography

    Arvind's research focuses on algorithms for optimization of large-scale nonlinear and mixed integer nonlinear programs with applications in power grid, transportation systems and model-based control of processes. He previously worked at the United Technologies Research Center for 7 years developing optimization algorithms for aerospace, elevator, energy systems and security businesses.

  • News & Events

    •  EVENT   MERL participates in SIAM Career fair
      Date & Time: Monday, July 11, 2016; 10 AM - 9:15 PM
      MERL Contacts: Matthew E. Brand; Piyush Grover; Joseph Katz; Andrew Knyazev; Arvind U. Raghunathan
      Location: Westin Boston Waterfront Pavilion, Boston, Massachusetts
      Research Areas: Data Analytics, Mechatronics, Algorithms
      Brief
      • MERL researchers participate in SIAM Job fair to showcase MERL's research and highlight employment and intern opportunities at MERL. The Career Fair emphasizes careers in business, industry, and government, and takes place during the SIAM Annual Meeting.

        The SIAM Applied Mathematics and Computational Science Career Fair is an informational and interactive event at which employers and prospective employees can discuss careers. It is a great opportunity for prospective employees to meet government and industry representatives and discuss what they are looking for and what each employer has to offer.
    •  
    •  TALK   Controlling the Grid Edge: Emerging Grid Operation Paradigms
      Date & Time: Thursday, July 7, 2016; 2:00 PM
      Speaker: Dr. Sonja Glavaski, Program Director, ARPA-E
      MERL Host: Arvind U. Raghunathan
      Research Areas: Data Analytics, Advanced Control Systems, Decision Optimization, Power & RF
      Brief
      • The evolution of the grid faces significant challenges if it is to integrate and accept more energy from renewable generation and other Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). To maintain grid's reliability and turn intermittent power sources into major contributors to the U.S. energy mix, we have to think about the grid differently and design it to be smarter and more flexible.

        ARPA-E is interested in disruptive technologies that enable increased integration of DERs by real-time adaptation while maintaining grid reliability and reducing cost for customers with smart technologies. The potential impact is significant, with projected annual energy savings of more than 3 quadrillion BTU and annual CO2 emissions reductions of more than 250 million metric tons.

        This talk will identify opportunities in developing next generation control technologies and grid operation paradigms that address these challenges and enable secure, stable, and reliable transmission and distribution of electrical power. Summary of newly announced ARPA-E NODES (Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems) Program funding development of these technologies will be presented.
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  • MERL Publications

    •  Raghunathan, A.U., Curtis, F.E., Takaguchi, Y., Hashimoto, H., "Accelerating Convergence to Competitive Equilibrium in Electricity Markets", IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, July 2016.
    •  Raghunathan, A.U.; Knyazev, A., "Degeneracy in Maximal Clique Decomposition for Semidefinite Programs", American Control Conference (ACC), July 2016.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2016-040
      • @inproceedings{Raghunathan2016jul,
      • author = {Raghunathan, A.U. and Knyazev, A.},
      • title = {Degeneracy in Maximal Clique Decomposition for Semidefinite Programs},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2016,
      • month = jul,
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2016-040}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, A.U., "Minimizing Energy Consumption in Railways by Voltage Control on Substations", Mitsubishi Denki Giho, November 2015.
    •  Liu, M.-Y.; Lin, A.; Ramalingam, S.; Tuzel, C.O., "Layered Interpretation of Street View Images", Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (RSS), DOI: 10.15607/RSS.2015.XI.025, July 2015.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2015-073
      • @inproceedings{Liu2015jul,
      • author = {Liu, M.-Y. and Lin, A. and Ramalingam, S. and Tuzel, C.O.},
      • title = {Layered Interpretation of Street View Images},
      • booktitle = {Robotics: Science and Systems Conference (RSS)},
      • year = 2015,
      • month = jul,
      • doi = {10.15607/RSS.2015.XI.025},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2015-073}
      • }
    •  Kang, J.; Raghunathan, A.U.; Di Cairano, S., "Decomposition via ADMM for Scenario-Based Model Predictive Control", American Control Conference (ACC), DOI: 10.1109/ACC.2015.7170904, ISBN: 978-1-4799-8685-9, July 2015, pp. 1246-1251.
      BibTeX Download PDFRead TR2015-060
      • @inproceedings{Kang2015jul,
      • author = {Kang, J. and Raghunathan, A.U. and {Di Cairano}, S.},
      • title = {Decomposition via ADMM for Scenario-Based Model Predictive Control},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2015,
      • pages = {1246--1251},
      • month = jul,
      • publisher = {IEEE},
      • doi = {10.1109/ACC.2015.7170904},
      • isbn = {978-1-4799-8685-9},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2015-060}
      • }
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  • Other Publications

    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U, "Global Optimization of Nonlinear Network Design", SIAM Journal on Optimization, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 268-295, 2013.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2013global,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U},
      • title = {Global Optimization of Nonlinear Network Design},
      • journal = {SIAM Journal on Optimization},
      • year = 2013,
      • volume = 23,
      • number = 1,
      • pages = {268--295},
      • publisher = {Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U; Krishnamurthy, Sudha, "A distributed anytime algorithm for maximizing occupant comfort", American Control Conference (ACC), 2012, pp. 1059-1066.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{raghunathan2012distributed,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Krishnamurthy, Sudha},
      • title = {A distributed anytime algorithm for maximizing occupant comfort},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2012,
      • pages = {1059--1066},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Tewari, Ashutosh; Giering, Michael J; Raghunathan, Arvind, "Parametric Characterization of Multimodal Distributions with Non-Gaussian Modes", IEEE 11th International Conference on Data Mining Workshops (ICDMW), 2011, pp. 286-292.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{tewari2011parametric,
      • author = {Tewari, Ashutosh and Giering, Michael J and Raghunathan, Arvind},
      • title = {Parametric Characterization of Multimodal Distributions with Non-Gaussian Modes},
      • booktitle = {IEEE 11th International Conference on Data Mining Workshops (ICDMW)},
      • year = 2011,
      • pages = {286--292},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Vaidya, Umesh; Ganapathysubramanian, Baskar; Raghunathan, Arvind, "Transfer operator method for control in fluid flows", Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, held jointly with the 28th Chinese Control Conference (CDC/CCC), 2009, pp. 1806-1811.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{vaidya2009transfer,
      • author = {Vaidya, Umesh and Ganapathysubramanian, Baskar and Raghunathan, Arvind},
      • title = {Transfer operator method for control in fluid flows},
      • booktitle = {Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, held jointly with the 28th Chinese Control Conference (CDC/CCC)},
      • year = 2009,
      • pages = {1806--1811},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Diwadkar, A; Vaidya, U; Raghunathan, AU, "Lyapunov measure and control of periodic orbit", IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (EIT), 2008, pp. 48-53.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{diwadkar2008lyapunov,
      • author = {Diwadkar, A and Vaidya, U and Raghunathan, AU},
      • title = {Lyapunov measure and control of periodic orbit},
      • booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (EIT)},
      • year = 2008,
      • pages = {48--53},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U; Vaidya, Umesh, "Optimal stabilization using Lyapunov measure", American Control Conference (ACC), 2008, pp. 1746-1751.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{raghunathan2008optimal,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Vaidya, Umesh},
      • title = {Optimal stabilization using Lyapunov measure},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2008,
      • pages = {1746--1751},
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Borrelli, Francesco; Subramanian, Dharmashankar; Raghunathan, Arvind U; Biegler, Lorenz T, "MILP and NLP techniques for centralized trajectory planning of multiple unmanned air vehicles", American Control Conference (ACC), 2006.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{borrelli2006milp,
      • author = {Borrelli, Francesco and Subramanian, Dharmashankar and Raghunathan, Arvind U and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {MILP and NLP techniques for centralized trajectory planning of multiple unmanned air vehicles},
      • booktitle = {American Control Conference (ACC)},
      • year = 2006,
      • organization = {IEEE}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U; Perez-Correa, J Ricardo; Agosin, Eduardo; Biegler, Lorenz T, "Parameter estimation in metabolic flux balance models for batch fermentation - Formulation & Solution using Differential Variational Inequalities (DVIs)", Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 148, No. 1, pp. 251-270, 2006.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2006parameter,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Perez-Correa, J Ricardo and Agosin, Eduardo and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {Parameter estimation in metabolic flux balance models for batch fermentation - Formulation & Solution using Differential Variational Inequalities (DVIs)},
      • journal = {Annals of Operations Research},
      • year = 2006,
      • volume = 148,
      • number = 1,
      • pages = {251--270},
      • publisher = {Springer}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U; Biegler, Lorenz T, "An interior point method for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs)", SIAM Journal on Optimization, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 720-750, 2005.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2005interior,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {An interior point method for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs)},
      • journal = {SIAM Journal on Optimization},
      • year = 2005,
      • volume = 15,
      • number = 3,
      • pages = {720--750},
      • publisher = {Philadelphia, Pa.: The Society, c1991-}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U; Gopal, Vipin; Subramanian, Dharmashankar; Biegler, Lorenz T; Samad, Tariq, "Dynamic optimization strategies for three-dimensional conflict resolution of multiple aircraft", Journal of guidance, control, and dynamics, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 586-594, 2004.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2004dynamic,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Gopal, Vipin and Subramanian, Dharmashankar and Biegler, Lorenz T and Samad, Tariq},
      • title = {Dynamic optimization strategies for three-dimensional conflict resolution of multiple aircraft},
      • journal = {Journal of guidance, control, and dynamics},
      • year = 2004,
      • volume = 27,
      • number = 4,
      • pages = {586--594},
      • publisher = {American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U; Soledad Diaz, M; Biegler, Lorenz T, "An MPEC formulation for dynamic optimization of distillation operations", Computers & chemical engineering, Vol. 28, No. 10, pp. 2037-2052, 2004.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2004mpec,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Soledad Diaz, M and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {An MPEC formulation for dynamic optimization of distillation operations},
      • journal = {Computers & chemical engineering},
      • year = 2004,
      • volume = 28,
      • number = 10,
      • pages = {2037--2052},
      • publisher = {Elsevier}
      • }
    •  Borrelli, F; Subramanian, D; Raghunathan, AU; Biegler, LT; Samad, T, "A comparison between mixed integer programming and nonlinear programming techniques for 3d conflict resolution of multiple aircraft," Tech. Rep., Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2003.
      BibTeX
      • @Techreport{borrelli2003comparison,
      • author = {Borrelli, F and Subramanian, D and Raghunathan, AU and Biegler, LT and Samad, T},
      • title = {A comparison between mixed integer programming and nonlinear programming techniques for 3d conflict resolution of multiple aircraft},
      • institution = {Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota},
      • year = 2003,
      • address = {Minnesota, Minneapolis}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U; Gopal, Vipin; Subramanian, Dharmashankar; Biegler, Lorenz T; Samad, Tariq, "3D conflict resolution of multiple aircraft via dynamic optimization", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit (AIAA), 2003.
      BibTeX
      • @Inproceedings{raghunathan20033d,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Gopal, Vipin and Subramanian, Dharmashankar and Biegler, Lorenz T and Samad, Tariq},
      • title = {3D conflict resolution of multiple aircraft via dynamic optimization},
      • booktitle = {AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit (AIAA)},
      • year = 2003
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U; Perez-Correa, J Ricardo; Bieger, Lorenz T, "Data reconciliation and parameter estimation in flux-balance analysis", Biotechnology and bioengineering, Vol. 84, No. 6, pp. 700-709, 2003.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2003data,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Perez-Correa, J Ricardo and Bieger, Lorenz T},
      • title = {Data reconciliation and parameter estimation in flux-balance analysis},
      • journal = {Biotechnology and bioengineering},
      • year = 2003,
      • volume = 84,
      • number = 6,
      • pages = {700--709},
      • publisher = {Wiley Online Library}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, Arvind U; Biegler, Lorenz T, "Mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints (MPECs) in process engineering", Computers & chemical engineering, Vol. 27, No. 10, pp. 1381-1392, 2003.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2003mathematical,
      • author = {Raghunathan, Arvind U and Biegler, Lorenz T},
      • title = {Mathematical programs with equilibrium constraints (MPECs) in process engineering},
      • journal = {Computers & chemical engineering},
      • year = 2003,
      • volume = 27,
      • number = 10,
      • pages = {1381--1392},
      • publisher = {Elsevier}
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, A; Biegler, LT, "Barrier methods for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs)," Tech. Rep., Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2002.
      BibTeX
      • @Techreport{raghunathan2002barrier,
      • author = {Raghunathan, A and Biegler, LT},
      • title = {Barrier methods for mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs)},
      • institution = {Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering},
      • year = 2002
      • }
    •  Raghunathan, A; Biegler, LT, "MPEC formulations and algorithms in process engineering", Computers and Chemical Engineering, Vol. 27, pp. 1381-1392, 2002.
      BibTeX
      • @Article{raghunathan2002mpec,
      • author = {Raghunathan, A and Biegler, LT},
      • title = {MPEC formulations and algorithms in process engineering},
      • journal = {Computers and Chemical Engineering},
      • year = 2002,
      • volume = 27,
      • pages = {1381--1392}
      • }
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  • MERL Issued Patents

    • Title: "Method for Determining Object Poses Using Weighted Features"
      Inventors: Tuzel, Oncel; Liu, Ming-Yu; Taguchi, Yuichi; Raghunathan, Arvind U
      Patent No.: 9,280,827
      Issue Date: Mar 8, 2016
    • Title: "System and Method for Optimal Power Flow Analysis"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Nikovski, Daniel N.; Gopalakrishnan, Ajit
      Patent No.: 9,280,744
      Issue Date: Mar 8, 2016
    • Title: "Method for Optimizing Power Flows in Electric Power Networks"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Gopalakrishnan, Ajit; Nikovski, Daniel N.
      Patent No.: 9,184,589
      Issue Date: Nov 10, 2015
    • Title: "Method for Globally Optimizing Power Flows in Electric Networks"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Nikovski, Daniel N.
      Patent No.: 9,093,842
      Issue Date: Jul 28, 2015
    • Title: "System and Method for Optimizing Energy Consumption in Railway Systems with Energy Storage Devices"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Xu, Yunwen; Wada, Toshihiro; Ueda, Kenji; Takahashi, Satoru
      Patent No.: 8,983,690
      Issue Date: Mar 17, 2015
    • Title: "System and Method for Optimizing Energy Consumption in Railway Systems"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U; Wada, Toshihiro; Ueda, Kenji; Takahashi, Satoru
      Patent No.: 8,831,801
      Issue Date: Sep 9, 2014
    • Title: "Method for Optimizing Power Flows in Electric Power Networks"
      Inventors: Raghunathan, Arvind U
      Patent No.: 8,756,556
      Issue Date: Jun 17, 2014
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