I serve as an Assistant Professor in the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad. In the sacred grounds of the union, my empire lays at the area widely known for its dark practices, which has been a witness to historic horrors whose memories can still give one shivers - so enter at your own risk. I am associated with the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which is currently one of the most active laboratories at the darker times of the day, and at the brighter days just before the examinations, both for different reasons.

In the class I could be your best cure for Insomnia, a catalyst to explore new levels of your hidden skills, an agent to rapid stardom, and a perfect host for an unmatched welcome for the ones late. Though I get possessed by the spirit of a girl before exams ending up asking too many irritating questions, the post exams exorcism turns me religious for the award of marks and grades, though I may still be the Spartan for the yearly plagiarism wars in the labs.

While I’ve ended up mastering the art of consistency in personal research from the students, I still have unmatched benefits in research student recruitment including topics which are very exciting (to me), methods which are very good (for me), ability to interpret an occasional error (by me or you) as an invention, ability to give results which look very encouraging (to you), ability to see trend in a random data and the ultimate presentation ceremony which is a lifetime experience. Currently I am also the master of coins for the Robotics society, a small council member for the Department Undergraduate Committee, and a hollow man for the Technical Society.

Research Interests

  • Mission Planning for mobile robots
  • Robot Motion Planning
  • Intelligent Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Neural Networks, Evolutionary Algorithms, Hybrid Soft Computing
  • Pattern Recognition and Classification

Overall Stats

Journals (SCI)
Journals (Else) 30
Conference Papers/ Book Chapters

Short Biography

Rahul Kala received the B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Information Technology from the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior, India in 2010. He received his Ph.D. degree in cybernetics from the University of Reading, UK in 2013. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India in the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.   He is the author of four books and over 90 papers. His recent book on robotic planning is entitled On-Road Intelligent Vehicles: Motion Planning for Intelligent Transportation Systems (Elsevier, 2016). He is an active reviewer of leading journals of the domain. He is a recipient of the Early Career Research Grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He is a recipient of the Best PhD dissertation award from the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society; scholarship under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Program from the UK Government; the Lord of the Code Scholarship from RedHat and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; and the GATE scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. 

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Dr. Rahul Kala
Assistant Professor,
IIIT Allahabad,

Phone: +91 532 299 2117
Mobile: +91 7054 292 063