Prof. Anil Prabhakar received his PhD in 1997 from Carnegie Mellon University, with a dissertation on the Nonlinear Spin-wave Optical Interactions. He has been with the faculty at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT-Madras since 2002, and is engaged across multiple laboratories that work on quantum technologies, fibre lasers and opto-fluidics.
He is a member of the Scientific Management Board for LIGO-India, to detect gravity waves, and the India-based Neutrino Observatory. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards for
Scientific Reports (Nature),
IEEE Transactions on Magnetics
J. Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.
Other responsibilities include
Chair: BIS Panel on Quantum Computing
Nominee: Indian representative at IUPAP C.9 panel on Magnetism
Member: FICCI ST&I committee on Research
Member: Joint Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Empower Technology Group, Office of PSA to Govt. of India
LIGO-India Scientific Management Board
Member: UGC Expert Committee to frame guidelines for equitable access to quality education for SEDGs
His current research interests in the areas of quantum technologies, have applications in metrology, quantum communication and quantum computing. As a co-founder of QuNu Labs and of Quanfluence, both incubated by IIT Madras, he focused on quantum communications and photonic quantum computing, respectively. An earlier startup, Unilumen Photonics that focused on fibre lasers was acquired by Jiva Sciences. He is currently the Director of Yali Mobility and Enability Foundation, companies that focus on rehabilitation engineering. He has over 50 research publications, has co-authored a book on Spin Waves, a few book chapters, and has 18 patents on a wide range of devices in areas of photonics, magnonics and assistive devices.
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