Kumpati S. Narendra

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Kumpati S. Narendra[1][2]
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materHarvard University
AwardsRichard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award (2003)
Scientific career
FieldsControl theory, Neural Networks, Learning Automata
ThesisSynthesis of Linear Feedback Systems through Pole Zero Configurations[3]
Doctoral advisorPhilippe Le Corbeiller[3]
Doctoral studentsYu-Chi Ho, Zhiling Tian[3]

Kumpati S. Narendra is an American control theorist, who currently holds the Harold W. Cheel Professorship[4] of Electrical Engineering at Yale University. He received the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award in 2003. He is noted "for pioneering contributions to stability theory, adaptive and learning systems theory".[5] He is also well recognized for his research work towards learning including Neural Networks[6] and Learning Automata.[7]

Narendra obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1959. He has been the advisor of 47 doctoral students and 35 postdoctoral and visiting fellows. Of the 47 students, four were at Harvard University and thirty nine were at Yale University. Four others who completed their work under his direction received their degrees from other universities.

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  • Franklin V. Taylor Award (IEEE SMC Society), 1972
  • Fellow, IEEE, 1979
  • Fellow, IEE (UK), 1981
  • George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award (IEEE Control Systems Society), 1988
  • John R. Ragazzini Education Award (American Automatic Control Council), 1990
  • Outstanding Paper Award of the Neural Network Council (IEEE), 1991
  • Neural Network Leadership Award (International Neural Network Society), 1994
  • Distinguished Visiting Scientist (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), 1994-1995
  • The Bode Prize/Lecture (IEEE Control Systems Society), 1995
  • (Honorary) Doctor of Science (Anna University, formerly University of Madras), 1995
  • Distinguished Speaker (Texas A&M), 1997
  • Life Fellow (IEEE), 1997
  • Distinguished Speaker (University of Virginia), 2001
  • Harold W. Cheel Professor of Electrical Engineering (Yale University), 2003
  • Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award (AACC), 2003
  • Walton Fellow, Ireland (2007)
  • (Honorary) Doctor of Science (University of Ireland, Maynooth), 2007
  • Neural Networks Pioneer Award (IEEE Computational Intelligence Society), 2008


  1. ^ Harold W. Cheel Professor of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University
  2. ^ Some of the IEEE publications of Prof. Narendra
  3. ^ a b c Kumpati S. Narendra at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Harold W. Cheel Professor of Electrical Engineering
  5. ^ "Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award". American Automatic Control Council. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Narendra, K. S.; Parthasarathy, K. (1990-03-01). "Identification and control of dynamical systems using neural networks". IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. 1 (1): 4–27. doi:10.1109/72.80202. ISSN 1045-9227.
  7. ^ Narendra, Kumpati S.; Thathachar, Mandayam A. L. (2013-05-27). Learning Automata: An Introduction. Courier Corporation. ISBN 9780486268460.

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