Prof. (Dr.) Prahlad Vadakkepat

  • PhD, MTech: IIT Madras ◦ BTech (Hons.) Calicut Univ.

  • Sr. Member IEEE (USA), Life Member IEEE HKN, Fellow IETE (India)

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore

  • Editor-in-Chief, Humanoid Robotics - A Reference, Springer-Nature

  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Humanoid Robotics

  • Member, Loka Kerala Sabha (World Kerala Assembly, Govt. of Kerala, India)

  • President, FIRA India Robotics Association

  • Advisory Board FIRA, AI World Cup

  • Member, Igniting Minds, Vijyana Bharathi (VIBHA), India

  • General Secretary, Federation of International Robosoccer Association (2000-16)

Dr. Prahlad VADAKKEPAT, an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore is the founder secretary of the Federation of International Robot-soccer Association and was its General Secretary during 2000-16. DR. VADAKKEPAT’s contributions in FIRA has led to several start-ups in robotics and embedded systems. He is an advisor to the Indventr consortium developing affordable emergency care ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He chaired the Futurescape 2025 panel on “I, Robot” by A*STAR Singapore. He is a nominated member of the Loka Kerala Sabha (World Kerala Assembly) initiated by Govt. of Kerala, India. He is one of the resource persons in the Igniting Minds movement by Vijyana Bharathi India (VIBHA) which is a programme enabling students to shed conventions and think out of the box. He has produced a full length feature film in Malayalam language which has received accolades at international film festivals.

DR. VADAKKEPAT is the Editor-In-Chief for the Springer Reference Book on Humanoid Robotics. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics. He was the general chair to the FIRA Robot World Cup & Congress Singapore 2005, General Program Chair to FIRA Robot World Congress Incheon 2009 and General Chair to FIRA Robot World Cup & Congress Bangalore 2010. 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. He was the founder director to an entrepreneurial start-up “Robhatah Robotic Solutions” at Singapore and Bangalore.

He is a Senior Member of IEEE (USA, since 2005) and a life member of the IEEE HKN honour society. He was the Secretary to the IEEE Singapore Section in 2005. He had served as Technical Activity Coordinator to the IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific) during 2001-2002. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers (IETE), India. DR. VADAKKEPAT was the founding Editor-in-Chief for the Springer Journal of Frugal Innovation (JFI) which was as an open access Journal aimed at creating a platform for ideas and innovations for an inclusive growth. He runs the ‘Ideas for Life’ Social Entrepreneurship Challenge seeking design innovations which are simple and novel, and directs the Frugal Innovation effort of NUS.

Dr. Prahlad Vadakkepat received the B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Calicut University, Kerala in 1986, and the M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1989 and 1996, respectively. 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 University of Singapore. In 2017 August he was appointed as the Master to PGP House, an NUS residential college where he lives with students extending pastoral care and mentoring. His research interests include AI, robotics, humanoid robotics, frugal innovation and residential life.