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. Vadakkepat's work in FIRA has led to several start-ups in robotics and embedded systems. He is one of the resource persons in the Igniting Minds movement by Vijyana Bharathi India which is a programme enabling students to shed conventions and think out of the box. He is a nominated member of the Loka Kerala Sabha (World Kerala Assembly) initiated by Govt. of Kerala. He has produced a full length feature film in Malayalam language which has received accolades at international film festivals.

Dr Vadakkepat was the founding Editor-in- Chief for the Springer Journal of Frugal Innovation (JFI). 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. He is the editor-in- chief of the Springer Reference book on Humanoid Robotics. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics. His Humanoid robots and robot soccer teams have consistently won several international prizes.

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. Since 1999, he is with the National University of Singapore. His research interests include robotics, AI, humanoid robotics and frugal innovation.

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 is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers (IETE), India.