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Anuradha Annaswamy

Contact Info

room 3-348

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 1979


  • 1985



Research Interests

  • Adaptive control theory and applications
  • Data-driven learning for high performance aircraft
  • Integrative design of real time control for autonomous systems: Adaptation, Safety, Stability, and Optimality
  • Smart Distribution Grids: Reliability and Resilience for a DER-Rich Grid Edge
  • Cyber-Physical & Human Systems: Systems and Control Tools for an Equitable World
  • Smart Grids: Retail electricity markets and Deep Decarbonization


Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy is Founder and Director of the Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.  Her research interests span adaptive control theory and its applications to aerospace, automotive, propulsion, and energy systems as well as cyber physical systems such as Smart Grids, Smart Cities, and Smart Infrastructures. She has received best paper awards (Axelby, 1986; CSM, 2010), as well as Distinguished Member and Distinguished Lecturer awards from the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), best paper award from the IFAC journal Annual Reviews in Control for 2021-23, and a Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF, 1991-97. She is a Fellow of IEEE and International Federation of Automatic Control. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award from Indian Institute of Science.

Anu Annaswamy is the author of a graduate textbook on adaptive control, a coauthor of a 2021 report on Future of Electric Power in the United States, and a 2023 report on the Role of Net-metering in the Evolving Electricity System, both published by National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She served as the President of CSS in 2020. She has been serving as a Faculty Lead in the Electric Power Systems workstream in the MIT Future Energy Systems Center since September 2021.

Anu Annaswamy  has served as the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and Automatica. She has served as the Editor in Chief of a Special Issue on Control Theory and Technology in the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and as a Guest Editor on Smart City Networks in the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. She is on the editorial board of the IEEE Open Journal of Control Systems, IEEE Access, the IFAC Annual Reviews in Control, and Asian Journal of Control. She has served as the Deputy Editor of Annual Reviews in Control from 2016-2020. With Tariq Samad, she co-edited the CSS report on Impact of Control Technology (first edition: 2011; second edition 2013). With Karl Johansson and George Pappas, she edited the CSS report “Control for societal-scale Challenges: Road Map 2030,” published in 2023. She is currently serving as the President-elect of the American Automatic Control Council. She will serve as the Editor in Chief of IEEE Control Systems magazine from January 2025.




Honors + Awards

  • 2023 Best Paper Award, IFAC Journal of Annual Reviews in Control
  • 2021 Distinguished Alumni, Indian Institute of Science
  • 2017 Fellow, International Federation of Automatic Control
  • 2017 Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Control Systems Society
  • 2016 Distinguished Member, IEEE Control Systems Society
  • 2010 Best Paper Award, IEEE Control Systems Magazine
  • 2008 Donald Groen Julius Prize, Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2008 Hans Fischer Fellow, Technische Universitat Munchen-Institute for Advanced Studies
  • 2002 IEEE Fellow        
  • 1988 George Axelby best paper award, IEEE Trans. Autom. Control


  • IEEE Fellow
  • AIAA Member

Professional Service

COMMITTEES/BOARDS: IEEE Fellow Committee, 2017

SOCIETY: Control Systems Society:

  • VP Conference Activities (2014-15);
  • VP Technical Activities (2017-18)
  • President-Elect (2019)
  • President (2020)
  • Past-president (2021)
  • Nominating Committee Chair (2021-22)
  • Nominating Committee Member (2023)
  • IEEE Open Journal of Control Systems Editorial Board (2022-present)
  • Chair, Graduate Collaboration Fellowship Award (2023-24)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Control Systems magazine (2025-2028)
  • Board of Governors Member (years here)


  • IEEE Access Editorial Board (2019-2024)
  • IEEE Smart Grid Meetings and Conferences Chair (2018-2021)
  • IEEE Smart Grid EiC for Special Issue on Control Theory and Technology (2010-2012)
  • IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee member (2021-2022)
  • IEEE Judith A. Resnik Field Award Committee Chair (1994)
  • President-elect, American Automatic Control Council



  • Program Chair (American Control Conference 2003)
  • General Chair (ACC 2008);

MIT Service

  • 2011-present Department Graduate Admissions Committee


  • 2.153 Adaptive Control