NIT Rourkela and IIT Delhi alumnus Prof. Laxmidhar Behera has joined the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi in Himachal Pradesh as its Director. Prof. Behera will succeed the present acting director Prof A K Chaturvedi.
Prof Laxmidhar Behera is currently the Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. In addition, he is an affiliate faculty member of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Dr. Behera earned his B.Sc (Engg) and M.Sc (Engg) from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela in the years 1988 and 1990 respectively. In 1997, he received a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Over the past 26 years in his research and teaching tenure, Prof. Laxmidhar Behera has significant contributions in the areas such as Intelligent Systems and Control, Vision-based Robotics, Warehouse Automation, Brain-Computer-Interface and Drone based Pipeline Inspection Systems. In addition to establishing industrial collaboration with TCS, Renault Nissan, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Bharat Electronic Limited, Bangalore, he had made significant technological development in the areas such robotics-based ware-house automation, vision and drone guided driver assistance system, and drone guided pipeline inspection systems.
Between 2007 and 2009, he worked as a Reader at the University of Ulster, United Kingdom. In addition, he served as a visiting professor at ETH Zurich and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FHG), Germany. He supervised 22 PhD candidates to completion. Besides three graduate-level textbooks, he has authored 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, 208 conference papers, and 17 book chapters.
In his statement on the appointment as Director, IIT Mandi, Dr. Laxmidhar Behera, mentioned: “It is a great honour and simultaneously a huge responsibility. I will strive hard for the all-round and holistic development of the institute where culture of excellence will be a norm.”
Welcoming Prof. Behera , Dr. A.K. Chaturvedi, the current acting Director of IIT Mandi and Director of IIT Roorkee, stated: “Prof. Behera is a renowned academic, I am sure his inspirational leadership of IIT Mandi will ensure growth, along with continuity, on the solid foundation laid by the founding Director Prof. Timothy Gonsalves.”
Prior to this appointment, Prof Timothy A Gonsalves was the Founding Director of IIT Mandi and served a long tenure from January 2010 to June 2020.