Welcome to the
Soft Computing Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Kharagpur - 721302
West Bengal
Established by
Dr. Dilip Kumar Pratihar
Professor (HAG Scale), Department of Mechanical Engineering
PIC, Centre for Robotics
IIT Kharagpur, India
Phone No. +91-3222-282992
Fax No. +91-3222-282278
E-mail: dkpra@mech.iitkgp.ac.in, softcomputinglab@gmail.com.

Dr. Pratihar is currently a Professor (HAG Scale) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and in-charge of the Centre for Robotics, IIT Kharagpur, India. He received his Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur, India in 2000. He visited Kysushu Institute of Design, Fukuoka, Japan, and then Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, for his post-doctoral study under the Alexander von Homboldt Fellowship, Germany. Besides several scholarships, he received the University Gold Medal, A. M. Das Memorial Medal, Institution of Engineers' (I) Medal. His areas of interest include Soft Computing, Robotics and Manufacturing Science. He has guided 18 PhDs and 55 MTech students. At present, 16 Ph.D. students are working under his supervision. He has published more than 240 papers/book chapters and 7 books. His textbook on "Soft Computing" has been translated into Chinese language also. He has jointly edited one book on "Intelligent Autonomous Systems", which has been published by the Springer-Verlag, Germany. Recently, he has co-authored another textbook named "Analytical Engineering Mechanics". He has co-authored three reference books on "Modeling and Analysis of Six-legged Robots", "Modeling and Simulations of Robotic Systems Using Soft Computing" and "Modelling and Analysis of Laser Metal Forming Processes by Finite Element and Soft Computing Methods". More recently, his another textbook named "Fundamentals of Robotics" has been published. He is a member of Editorial Board of 14 international journals. He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (I); Senior Member of IEEE, Member of ASME and Member of AMM.

Complete Details of Prof. Pratihar

  1. Educational Background
  2. Honours and Awards Received
  3. Member of the Editorial Board
  4. Keynote Address/Invited Lectures
  5. Member of the Program Committe
  6. Reviewer
  7. Subjects Taught
  8. Research Interests
  9. Experience
  10. List of Publications
  11. Summary of Research Activities
  12. Ph.D Thesis Supervision
  13. M.Tech Thesis Supervision
  14. Projects
               Our Soft Computing Lab. in News: A small write-up has been published on activities of our Lab. in design and development of
                                                                                autonomous and intelligent robots in the Newspaper: Financial Chronocle, 2nd June 2009
          Our work on intelligent and autonomous robots has been published in the web-site: http://dst.gov.in/about-us/ar07-08/engg-scie.htm
Our work on "Humanoid Robots" has been reported in one French Magazine: Planete Robots


Activities of the Lab

Experimentation with the Real robots
Funded by:
  1. Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India
  2. Mr. Rahul Kumar Jha, Ex-student of Soft Computing Lab.
  3. Department of Bio-Technology, Government of India
Developed by: Pandu R. Vundavilli
Last updated: 19th August 2018