Girish Nair's Webpage
Email: gnair at unimelb dot edu dot au
Teaching
 ELEN90030 Information Theory (whole subject from semester 2, 2014)
 ELEN90054 Probability and
Random Models (whole subject from 2011)
 ELEN90057
Communication Systems (whole subject from 20112)
 431327
Communication Systems
(part 1 of 2, 20024; whole subject 200510)
 431325
Stochastic Signals & Systems ( part 2 of 2,
20034 & 2009; whole subject in 2010)
 431222 Electronic Circuit
Design, part 1 of 2 (20067)
 431658 Advanced Linear Systems & Control,
part 2 of 3 (graduate course) (20034)
 431460 Digital Communications, part 1 of 2
(20034)
 431102
Digital Systems 1 (2002)
 431330
Design Laboratory supervision (20019)
 431400
Project Work supervision (20017)
Research
Journal Papers under Preparation
 G. N. Nair, A.R. Mesquita, J.P. Hespanha, “An
explicit, nearoptimal redundant transmission
policy for state estimation with packet drops”
 G.N. Nair, "A nonstochastic theory of
information for feedback systems" (short version in IEEE CDC, USA, Dec. 2012)
PeerReviewed Book Chapters  G.N. Nair, "Quantized control and datarate constraints", Encyclopedia of Systems and Control (eds. J. Baillieul & T. Samad), Springer, pp. 1 – 5. In press, 2013. (invited)
 G.N. Nair, “Structural routability of npairs information networks”, Information and Control in Networks (eds. G. Como, B. Bernhardsson & A. Rantzer), Springer, pp. 215  240, 2013. (26 pages, invited)
 R.J. Evans, V. Krishnamurthy & G.
Nair, "Sensor adaptive target tracking over
variable bandwidth networks'', Model Identification and
Adaptive Control (ed. G.C. Goodwin),
Springer, pp.115  124, 2000. (10 pages, invited)
PeerReviewed Journal
Articles
 A.S.
Leong, S. Dey, G.N. Nair, "Quantized filtering schemes for multisensor
linear state estimation: stability and performance under high rate
quantization", IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, USA, vol. 61, no. 15, pp. 3852  3865, 2013 (full Paper, 14 pages)
 R. Hagihara, G.N. Nair, "Two extensions of topological feedback entropy", Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems,
special issue on Control, Communication and Complexity, Springer,
Germany, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 473  490, 2013. (full Paper, 18 pages)
 G.N. Nair, "A nonstochastic information theory for communication and state estimation", IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, USA, vol. 58, no. 6, pp. 1497 – 1510, 2013. (full Paper, 14 pages)
 F. Colonius, C. Kawan, G. Nair, "A note on topological feedback entropy and invariance entropy", Systems & Control Letters, Elsevier, The Netherlands, vol. 62, no. 5, pp. 377 – 381, 2013.
 A.R. Mesquita, J.P. Hespanha, G. Nair, "Redundant data transmission in control/estimation over lossy networks", Automatica, Elsevier, UK, vol. 48, no. 8, pp. 1612 – 1620, 2012. (full Paper, 9 pages)
 A.S. Leong, S. Dey, G.N. Nair, P. Sharma,
"Power allocation for outage minimization in state
estimation over fading channels", IEEE Trans. Signal
Processing, vol. 59, no. 7, pp. 3382 
3397, July 2011 (full Paper, 16 pages)
 M. Huang, S. Dey, G. Nair, J.H. Manton,
"Stochastic consensus over noisy networks
with Markovian and arbitrary switches", Automatica,
Elsevier UK, vol. 46, no. 10, pp.
15711583, 2010 (full Paper, 12 pages)
 A. Gurt & G. N. Nair, "Internal stability of
dynamic quantised control for stochastic
linear plants", Automatica, Elsevier UK, vol.
45, no. 6, pp. 1387  1396, June 2009. (full
Paper, 10 Pages)
 P. Minero, M.
Franceschetti, S. Dey & G.N. Nair, "Data rate
theorem for stabilization over timevarying
feedback channels", IEEE Trans.
Automat. Contr., USA,
vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 24355, Feb. 2009.
(full Paper, 13 pages)

G. N. Nair, F. Fagnani,
S. Zampieri, R. J. Evans, "Feedback control
under data rate constraints: an overview",
Proceedings of the IEEE, USA, special
issue on Technology of Networked Control
Systems, vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 10837, Jan.
2007. (invited, full Paper, 30 pages)

R. Evans, V.
Krishnamurthy, G. Nair, L. Sciacca, "Networked sensor
management and data rate control for
tracking maneuvering targets", IEEE
Transactions on Signal Processing, USA, vol. 53, no.
6, pp. 197991, June 2005. (full Paper, 13 pages)

I.
Mareels, E. Weyer,
S. K. Ooi, M.
Cantoni, Y. Li, G.
Nair, “Systems
engineering for
irrigation systems:
successes and
challenges”, Annual
Reviews in Control, Elsevier,
UK, vol.29, no.2,
pp. 191204,
2005. (full
Paper)

G. N.
Nair, R. J. Evans,
I. M. Y. Mareels
& W. Moran, "Topological
feedback entropy
and nonlinear
stabilization",
IEEE
Transactions on
Automatic Control,
USA, special issue
on Networked Control
Systems, vol. 49,
no. 9, pp. 158597,
Sep. 2004. (full Paper, 13 pages)

G. N. Nair
& R. J. Evans, "Stabilizability of stochastic linear systems with
finite feedback
data rates", SIAM
Journal on Control
and Optimization,
Society for
Industrial &
Applied Mathematics,
USA, vol. 43, no. 2,
pp. 41336, July 2,
2004. (full Paper, 24 pages) [SIAM
Outstanding Paper
Prize 2003  2005]

G. N. Nair
& R. J. Evans, "Exponential stabilisability of finitedimensional
linear systems
with limited data
rates'', Automatica,
Elsevier, UK, vol.
39, pp. 58593, Apr.
2003. (full Paper, 9 Pages)

G. N. Nair
& R. J. Evans, "Stabilization with dataratelimited feedback:
tightest
attainable bounds",
Systems
& Control
Letters,
Elsevier, UK, vol.
41, no. 1, pp.
4956, Sep. 2000.
Conference Papers
 M. Nourian and G.N. Nair, "LinearquadraticGaussian mean field games under high rate quantization", Proc. 52nd IEEE Conf. Decision and Control (CDC), Florence, Italy, 2013.
 A.
Leong, S. Dey, G.N. Nair, "A quantized filtering scheme for
multisensory linear state estimation with nondetectability at the
sensors and fusion center feedback", Proc. 52nd IEEE CDC, Florence, Italy, 2013.
 T. Alpcan, I. Shames, M. Cantoni, G. Nair, "Learning and information for dual control", Proc. Asian Control Conf. (AsCC), Istanbul, pp. 1  6, June 2013.
 G.N. Nair, "A nonstochastic information theory for feedback", Proc. 51st IEEE CDC, Maui, USA, pp. 1343 – 1348, 2012.
 A. Leong, S. Dey, G. Nair, “Multisensor linear state estimation under high rate quantization”, Proc. 3rd IFAC Worksh. Estimation & Control in Networked Systems (NeCSys), Santa Barbara, USA, pp. 115 – 120, 2012.
 A.S. Leong, S. Dey, G.N. Nair, “On multisensor linear state estimation under high rate quantization”, Proc. 5th Int. Symp. Communications, Control & Signal Processing (ISCCSP), Rome, Italy, pp. 1 – 6, May 2012.
 G.N. Nair, " A nonstochastic information theory
for communication and state estimation over
erroneous channels", Proc. 9th IEEE Int.
Conf. Control & Automation, Santiago,
Chile, pp. 15964, 2011.
 G.N.Nair, "When is npairs information a
multicommodity flow?", IEEE Int. Symp.
Information Theory Proc., St.
Petersburg, Russia, pp. 16973, July 2011.
 G.N. Nair, A. Mesquita, J.P.
Hespanha, "Optimal redundant transmission for
state estimation with packet drops", 2nd IFAC Worksh.
Distributed Estimation and Control in
Networked Systems, Annecy, France,
Sep. 2010.

G.N.
Nair, K. Venkat, "Stabilising stochastic linear
plants via erroneous channels", 19th Int. Symp.
Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems
(MTNS10), Budapest, Hungary, July
2010
 A.S. Leong, S. Dey, G.N. Nair,
“Outage minimization for state estimation
using multiple sensors”, 1st IFAC Worksh.
on Estimation & Control of Networked
Systems, Venice, Italy, pp. 216
 21, Sep. 2009.

A. Mesquita, J.P. Hespanha, G.N.
Nair, “Redundant data transmission in
control/estimation over wireless networks”, Proc. American
Control Conf., St. Louis, USA, IEEE,
pp. 3378  83, June 2009.

M.
Rotkowitz, G. Nair, “An LP for stabilization over
networks with rate constraints”, Proc. 18th Int.
Symp. Mathematical Theory of Networks and
Systems (MTNS08), Blacksburg, USA,
2008, pp. 1 – 3.
 A. Gurt, G. Nair, “Internal
stability of dynamically quantised control for
stochastic scalar plants”, Proc. 17th IFAC
World Congress, Int. Fed. Automatic
Control, pp. 5197  202, July 2008

P. Minero, M. Franceschetti , S. Dey & G.
Nair, "Data rate
theorem for stabilization over fading channels",
Proc. 45th
Annual Allerton Conf. Communications, Control
and Computing, pp. 1829, Uni. Illinois
UrbanaChampaign, USA, Sep. 2007.

A.
Gurt & G. N. Nair, “Performance analysis
of bitratelimited stochastic control
systems”, Proc.
15th Mediterranean Conf. Control &
Automation (MED'07), IEEE, Athens,
Greece, June 2729, 2007 (6 pages. ISBN
9789602546642)

G. N. Nair & R. J.
Evans, “Cooperative
networked stabilisability of linear systems
with measurement noise”, Proc. 15th
Mediterranean Conf. Control & Automation,
IEEE, Athens, Greece, June 2729, 2007 (6
pages. ISBN 9789602546642)

G. N. Nair & J. Baillieul, “Time to failure
of quantized control via a binary symmetric
channel”, Proc.
45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
(CDC'06), pp. 2883  8, San Diego, USA,
2006.

G.
N. Nair, M. Huang & R. J. Evans, "Optimal infinite
horizon control under a low data rate", Proc. 14th IFAC
Symp. Modelling, Identification and Signal
Processing (SYSID 2006), Newcastle,
Mar. 2006. (6 pages)

G. Z. Zhang, G. N.
Nair, R. J. Evans, B. Wittenmark, "A
dataratelimited view of adaptive control", Proc. 14th IFAC Symp. Modelling,
Identification and Signal Processing, Newcastle,
Mar. 2006. (6 pages)

M. Huang, G. N. Nair
& R. J. Evans, "Finite horizon LQ optimal
control and computation with data rate
constraints", Proc.
44th IEEE Conf. Decision & Control, Sevilla,
Spain, pp. 17984, Dec. 2005.

M. Huang & G.
N. Nair, "Detection of
random targets in sensor networks with
applications", Proc.
16th World
Congress Int. Fed. Automatic Control (IFAC),
Praha, Czech Republic, July 2005.
(6 pages)

G.
N. Nair, R.J. Evans & P.E. Caines,
“Stabilising decentralised linear systems
under data rate constraints”, Proc. 43rd IEEE Conf.
Decision & Control, pp. 39927, Nassau,
Bahamas, 2004.

G. N. Nair, R. J.
Evans, I. M. Y. Mareels & W. Moran,
"Topological feedback entropy for nonlinear
stabilization", Proc. 6th IFAC Symp. Nonlinear
Control Systems, Stuttgart,
Germany, pp. 12838, Vol.3, Sep. 2004.

G.
N. Nair, S. Dey & R. J. Evans, ``Infimum
data rates for stabilising Markov jump linear
systems", Proc.
42nd IEEE Conf. Decision & Control, pp.
117681, Maui, USA, Dec. 2003.

G.
N. Nair, R. J. Evans, I. M. Y. Mareels &
W. Moran, "Feedback
data rates for nonlinear systems", Proc. European Control
Conference, European Control Association,
pp. 7316, Cambridge Uni., UK, Sep. 2003.

G.
N. Nair & R. J. Evans,``Mean square
stabilisability of stochastic linear systems
with data rate constraints", Proc. 41st IEEE Conf.
Dec. Contr., pp. 16327, Las Vegas,
USA, 2002.

G. N.
Nair, S. Dey & R. J. Evans, "Communicationlimited
stabilisability of jump Markov linear
systems", Proc. 15th Int. Symp.
Mathematical Theory of Networks & Systems, Uni.
Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, Aug. 2002. (10
pages)

G. N.
Nair & R. J. Evans,``Exponential
stabilisability of multidimensional linear
systems with finite data rates'', Proc. 15th World
Congress IFAC, Barcelona, Spain, July
2002. (6 pages)

G.
N. Nair & R. J. Evans, "Optimal control
under a data rate constraint'', Proc. UKACC Int. Conf.
Control, IEE ZZ057, Cambridge Uni.,
UK, 2000 (6 pages) [Best
Theory Paper Prize]
 G.
N. Nair & R. J. Evans,
``Communicationlimited stabilization of
linear systems'', Proc. 39th IEEE Conf.
Dec. Contr., Sydney, Australia, pp.
100510, 2000.

G.
N. Nair & R. J. Evans, ``A finitedimensional
coderestimator for rate constrained state
estimation'', Proc. 14th World Congress
IFAC, Beijing, China, vol. I, pp.
1924, July 1999.

G. N. Nair & R. J.
Evans, "Structural
results for finite bitrate state
estimation'', Proc. Information,
Decision & Control,
Adelaide, Australia, IEEE, pp. 4751, Feb.
1999.

G. N. Nair & R. J.
Evans, "State estimation under bitrate
constraints'', Proc.
37th IEEE Conf. Dec. Contr.,
Tampa, USA, pp. 2516, 1998.

G.
N. Nair & R. J. Evans, "State estimation
via a capacitylimited communication
channel'', Proc.
36th IEEE Conf. Dec. Contr., San
Diego, USA, pp. 86671, 1997.
Selected Invited
Talks
 Plenary lecture, IEEE Information Theory Workshop, Hobart, Nov. 2014 (upcoming)
 Invited lecture, Australian School of Information Theory, Adelaide, Nov. 2014. (upcoming)
 Invited lecture, Workshop in
Information and Control in Networks,
LCCC, Lund, Sweden, Oct. 1719, 2012
 Keynote lectures, DFG SPP Workshop: Information Theory
for Control, Augsburg, Germany, June 67,
2012.
 Plenary panel, 9th IEEE Int. Conf. Control &
Automation, Santiago, Chile, Dec. 20,
2011
 Keynote lecture, 1st IFAC Workshop on Estimation
& Control of Networked Systems,
Venice, Italy, 25 Sep, 2009
 Invited lecture, Workshop Control Theory: On the Way to
New Application Fields, Mathematics Inst.
Oberwolfach, Germany, 21  27 Feb 2009.
 Keynote lectures, DFG SPP Workshop: Information and
Control, Augsburg, Germany, Feb.1819,
2009.
 Invited lecture, Global CoE Workshop on Networked
Control, Kyoto Uni., Japan, March 2008
 Plenary lecture, NEWCOMACoRN Joint Workshop,
Vienna, Austria, 2006
 Keynote lecture, 5th Australian Communication Theory
Workshop, Newcastle, 2004.
Competitive
Grants (Australian Research Council)
 DP140100819, T. Alpcan, G. Nair, R. Evans, The role of information in gametheoretic decisions on
distributed systems, 2014  6  DP120101122, S. Dey, G.N. Nair, E. Weyer,
Networked system identification, estimation and
control: performance optimization under
communication and resource constraints, 20124.
 DP110102401, G.N. Nair, F. Colonius, R.J. Evans,
Feedback Entropy in Dynamic Systems, 20113.
 DP0985397 S. Dey, G.N. Nair, A.S. Leong
(APD), Resourceaware Signal Processing and
Control Algorithms for Networked Sensor Systems,
200911
 DP0664317 S. Dey, J.S. Evans, G.N. Nair,
Distributed Estimation and Control under
Communication Constraints, 20068
 LP0349134 E. Weyer, I.M. Mareels, M.W.
Cantoni, G.N. Nair, Control and Safety
Monitoring Systems for Large Scale Irrigation
Networks, 20038
 DP0345044 G.N. Nair, R.J. Evans, S.
Dey, Towards an Information Theory for
CommunicationLimited Control Systems, 20035
 DP0210197 R. Evans, V.
Krishnamurthy, I.M.Y. Mareels, M.W.
Cantoni, D.A. Thomas, G. Nair, Design of
LargeScale Interconnected Dynamical Systems,
20024
CV
Qualifications
 Ph.D., Dept.
Electrical & Electronic Eng.,
University of Melbourne, 2000.
 B.Sc.,
University of Melbourne, 1995. Majors in
mathematics & physics.
 B.E.
(Elec)(1st Class Hons), University of Melbourne,
1994.
Prizes
 2000: Best
Theory Paper Prize, UKACC International Conference on
Control, Cambridge Uni., UK.
 19969: Overseas
Postgraduate Research & Melbourne University
Malaysia Alumni Scholarships
 (1996: Cambridge
Commonwealth Trust (Blue Circle) & St. John's
College Scholarship offers 
declined.)
 1994: L.R. East Medal
for Best Performance in Final Year Engineering
 19945:
Summer Vacation Scholarship, Division of
Radiophysics, Commonwealth
Scientific & Industrial Research
Organisation (CSIRO), Sydney,
Australia.
 1994: Dixson
Prize in Electrical Engineering
 1994: Dean's
Honour List in Electrical Engineering  4th Year
 1994: Dean's
Honour List in Science  2nd Year
 1992: Siemens
Prize in Electrical Engineering  2nd Year
 1992: Dixson
Prize in Applied Mathematics  2nd Year
 1992: Dixson
Prize in Pure Mathematics  2nd Year
 1991:
Exhibition Prize in Engineering Mathematics 
1st Year
 1991: Dixson
Prize in Applied Mathematics  1st Year
 1991: Dixson
Prize in Pure Mathematics  1st Year
 19915: Australian
Government Merit Scholarship
 1990:
Individual 2nd
Prize, National Mathematics Competition, Malaysian
Mathematical Society
Career History
 From 2014: Professor (continuing), Dept. Electrical & Electronic Eng., Uni. Melbourne.
 Sep. 2013  Jan. 2014: Visiting professor, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
 2008  13: Associate
Professor (continuing), Dept. Elec. & Electr.
Eng., Uni. Melb.
 2003
 7: Senior
Lecturer (continuing), Dept. Elec. &
Electr. Eng., Uni. Melb.
 May  July 2005: Visiting
scholar, Boston Uni., USA.
 Feb.  May 2005:
Academic exchange, University of Padova, Italy.
 20023:
Senior Lecturer (contract), Dept. Elec. &
Electr. Eng., Uni Melb.
 Aug. 19992001: Lecturer
(contract), Dept. Elec. & Electr. Eng., Uni.
Melb.
 19958: Residential
Tutor (Engin.), International
House, Uni. Melb
 Summer 1994: Vacation
scholar, Dept. Mathematics &
Statistics, Uni. Melb.
Professional
Activities
 Associate
Editor, IEEE Transactions on Automatic
Control, USA, from Dec. 2011.
 Associate
Editor, SIAM
Journal on Control and Optimization, USA,
200611
 Editorial
Board Member, IET
Control Theory & Applications, UK,
20079
 Program Committee member, 17th Int. Conf. Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC 2014), Berlin,
Germany, 2014.  International Program Committee member, 19th – 21st International Symposia on the Mathematical Theory of
Networks and Systems (MTNS): Budapest, Hungary, 2010; Melbourne, 2012; Groningen, The Netherlands, 2014.  Technical Program Committee member, 1st & 2nd IFAC Workshops on Estimation & Control of Networked
Systems (NecSys): Venice, Italy, 2009 and Annecy, France, 2010.  International Program Committee member, 1st  4th Australian Control Conferences (AuCC): Melbourne,
2011; Sydney, 2012; Perth, 2013; Canberra, 2014.  Member, IFAC Technical Committee on Networked Systems, since 2005.
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Created
: 10th September, 1997
Last
Modified : 2/1/14
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