Mathukumalli Vidyasagar received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, in 1965, 1967 and 1969 respectively. Between 1969 and 1989, he was a professor of EE in the USA and Canada, before returning to India for the next twenty years, first as the Founding Director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Bangalore, and then as an Executive Vice President (Advanced Technology) of TCS. After retiring from TCS in 2009, he moved to the University of Texas at Dallas, and set up the Bioengineering Department. Starting in January 2015, he began to split his time between UTD and IIT Hyderabad. Since January 2018, he has been with IITH full-time. At present he holds a National Science Chair.
Vidyasagar's research interests are in the broad area of system and control theory, and its applications.
Vidyasagar has received a number of awards in recognition of his research contributions, including Fellowship in The Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, the IEEE Control Systems (Technical Field) Award, the Rufus Oldenburger Medal of ASME, the John R. Ragazzini Education Award from AACC, and others. He is the author of thirteen books and 150+ papers in peer-reviewed journals.
- Theory of Reinforcement Learning, Fall 2020. Visiting Scientist.