Prof. Prahlad Vadakkepat, PhD
National University of Singapore
4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576
T: +65 6516 2296 F: +65 6779 1103
E: prahlad at fira dot in
Dr. Vadakkepat, an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore is the founder secretary of the Federation of International Robot-soccer Association [FIRA] and currently its General Secretary. He is also the founder director to an entrepreneurial start-up Robhatah Robotic Solutions at Singapore. His initiative among others includes an international conference on Computational Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, which is being held successfully since 2001. He was the general chair to the FIRA RoboWorld Cup and Congress 2005 which was held in Singapore. He was the General Programme Chair to FIRA Robot World Congress Incheon 2009. He is the General Chair to FIRA Robot World Cup and Congress Bangalore 2010.
Dr. Vadakkepat is an associate editor of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics. His Humanoid robots and robot soccer teams have consistently won several international prizes: First prize and overall championship in Humanoid robot soccer at the FIRA Robot World Cup (Germany 2006, Singapore 2005 and Austria 2003), First Prize (open category) in Singapore Robotic Games (2004) and Second prize in FIRA 2004 (first Prize was won by a robot sold by his start-up Robhatah).
He is a member of the National Committee on Robotics, Confederation of Indian Industries. He was elected as the Secretary to the IEEE Singapore Section for the year 2005. He has served as Technical Activity Coordinator to the IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific) in 2001-2002. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers (IETE), India.
He is also actively involved in various technical forums including conferences, symposia and robotic competitions. He has been featured in several prominent newspapers and TV shows in India, Singapore, USA, Korea, Japan, Spain, Kuwait, Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, France and China.
Dr. Vadakkepat received his M.Tech and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in 1989 and 1996 respectively. He was a Lecturer at the Regional Engineering College Calicut, India from 1991 to 1996. While pursuing Post-Doctoral studies at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST, 96-98), he was awarded the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) fellowship. Since 1999, he is with the National Univ. of Singapore.
His research interest include Distributed robotic systems, Humanoid robotics, Biomorphs, Neuro-Fuzzy Controllers and Intelligent Control techniques and, has publications in several leading international journals.