Hamsa Balakrishnan
Associate Department Head and Associate Professor
Aeronautics and Astronautics

Director, Transportation@MIT

33-207, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139

I am the Associate Department Head and an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I am also the Director of Transportation@MIT. My current research interests are in the design, analysis, and implementation of control and optimization algorithms for large-scale cyber-physical infrastructures, with an emphasis on air transportation systems. These include airport congestion control algorithms, air traffic routing and airspace resource allocation methods, machine learning for weather forecasts and flight delay prediction, and methods to mitigate environmental impacts. My research spans theory and practice, including both algorithm development and real-world field tests.

I was a recipient of the American Automatic Control Council's Donald P. Eckman Award in 2014, the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award in 2012, the inaugural CNA Award for Operational Analysis in 2012, the Kevin Corker Award for Best Paper of ATM-2011, and the NSF CAREER Award in 2008. I am an associate fellow of the AIAA.

At MIT, I am affiliated with the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) and the Operations Research Center (ORC).

I will be teaching 16.002: Unified Engineering Signals & Systems in Fall 2018. I also teach 16.72: Air Traffic Control and 16.763: Air Transportation Operations Research. In the past, I developed and taught ESD.55: Management of Infrastructure Systems.

Prior to joining MIT, I was a Principal Development Engineer at the University Affiliated Research Center (UC Santa Cruz) and the NASA Ames Research Center's Terminal Air Traffic Management Concepts Branch. I received my PhD from Stanford University and my B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.