Dr. Bishakh Bhattacharya is Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), India. He is the former Head of the Design Programme from 2011-2013. He is currently heading the Cognitive Science programme and coordinating the Space Technology Cell of the Institute. He was a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield, where he carried out research on Structural Health Monitoring of Complex Autonomous Systems in collaboration with Prof. K. Visakan, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. He was also Visiting Professor to IPS-Waseda University, Japan and jointly developed a series of Pipe Health Monitoring robots with Prof. Harutoshi Ogai. As DST-JSPS recipient, he is working in collaboration with Prof. Hiroaki Wagatsuma of Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan on Child Robot Interaction study. He is active in creating Web and Video based course materials for India’s National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) initiative.
Prof. Bhattacharya’s extensive areas of research include: Vibration Control, Structural Health Monitoring, Energy Harvesting System Design, Robotics and AI, Control–Structure Interaction Analysis, Smart material based Intelligent System Design, Child–Robot Interaction Design and Modelling of Neuronal Dynamics. Based on his work, a new technology has been developed for the shape control of continuous structures like space-born reconfigurable parabolic antenna systems for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Another notable application of his work is a novel robot for Pipe Health Monitoring, developed for the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL). Professor Bhattacharya is recipient of the Department of Science and Technology (DST)Young Scientist award and Young Scientist Award from the Systems Society of India. He has developed international collaborations with the UK, Sweden and Japan. He seats in the editorial boards of International Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, International Jl. of Systems Science and ISSS Jl. of Micro and Smart Systems.