Curriculum Vitae

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Work

Assistant Professor,
Robotics,
Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad, India
(2014-present)

Education

PhD in Cybernetics,
Thesis: Motion Planning for Multiple Autonomous Vehicles
School of Cybernetics, School of Systems Engineering,
University of Reading, UK
 
(2010-2013)
BTech (IT) + MTech (IT) (5-year Integrated)
Thesis: Robotic Path Planning using Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing Techniques
Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Gwalior, India
 
(2005-2010)
All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Class XII)
Maheshwari Public School, Jaipur
Central Board of Secondary Education, India
 
(2005)
All India Senior School Examination (Class X)
St. Paul’s School, Gwalior
Central Board of Senior Secondary Education, India
(2003)

Areas of Research

  • 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

Scholarships and Awards

  • First Prize in Best PhD Dissertation award by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society worth USD $1,000. Awarded at the 2014 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference at Qingdao, China.
  • Commonwealth 2010 (UK) scholarship for pursuing PhD at the University of Reading, UK, approximately worth £71,000.
  • Travel grant for attending 2012 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, Alcalá de Henares, Spain, June 3-7, 2012 (sponsored by University of Reading and Commonwealth Scholarship) worth £800.
  • Researcher of the Year from the School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK a competition for 3rd year PhD students; nominated for the award at the university level, did not win.
  • Lord of the Code scholarship (1st prize) from RedHat and Ekalavya, KReSIT, IIT Bombay worth Rs. 2 lacs (as a team).
  • GATE scholarship for pursuing MTech worth Rs. 80,000.
  • As an undergraduate student, numerous awards in software, programming and related contests.

Funded Projects

  • Funded project entitled Mission Planning using Sampling based Techniques as Principle Investigator from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for Rs. 39,28,766.

Selected Publications

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Year Books Journals (SCI) Journals (Else) Conferences/ Book Chapters

Patents:
1 (2011, Submitted)
Video Lectures:
2 (2010, 2013)
National Journals:
2 (2009 each)
National Conferences:
1 (2009)

2016 1 3 3 3
2015   2 3 2
2014   5   1
2013 1 5 1 1
2012   1 3 1
2011   2 6 4
2010 2 2 11 7
2009   1 1 9
2008     2 1
Total 4 21 30 30 91

Authored Books

  • R. Kala (2016) On-Road Intelligent Vehicles: Motion Planning for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Elsevier, Waltham, MA.
  • R. Tiwari, A. Shukla, R. Kala (2013) Intelligent Planning for Mobile Robotics:Algorithmic Approaches, IGI Global Publishers,Hershey, PA.
  • A. Shukla, R. Tiwari, R. Kala (2010) Real Life Applications of Soft Computing, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
  • A. Shukla, R. Tiwari, R. Kala (2010) Towards Hybrid and Adaptive Computing: A Perspective, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg.

Video Lectures

  • R. Kala (2010) Video Lecture of Soft Computing (39 Hour Video Lecture Series), Soft Computing and Expert System Laboratory, IIITM Gwalior, India. Available at: http://rkala.in/softcomputingvideos.php
  • R. Kala (2013) Motion Planning for Multiple Autonomous Vehicles (14 videos/13 hours Video Lecture Series), School of Cybernetics, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK. Available at: http://rkala.in/autonomousvehiclesvideos.php

International Journals - SCI

  • R. Kala (2016) Homotopic Roadmap Generation for Robot Motion Planning, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 82(3): 555–575.
  • R. Kala (2016) Reaching destination on time with cooperative intelligent transportation systems, Advanced Transportation 50(2): 214–227.
  • R. Kala (2016) Homotopy conscious roadmap construction by fast sampling of narrow corridors, Applied Intelligence, 45(4): 1089-1102.
  • R. Kala, K. Warwick (2015) Congestion Avoidance in City Traffic. Journal of Advanced Transportation, 49(4): 581–595. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, K. Warwick (2015) Intelligent Transportation System with Diverse Semi-Autonomous Vehicles, International Journal of Computational Intelligent Systems, 8(5): 886-899. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, K. Warwick (2014) Computing Journey Start Times with Recurrent Traffic Conditions. IET Intelligent Transport Systems, 8(8): 681 – 687. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, K. Warwick (2014) Dynamic Distributed Lanes: Motion Planning for Multiple Autonomous Vehicles. Applied Intelligence, 41(1): 260-281. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala (2014) Navigating Multiple Mobile Robots without Direct Communication. International Journal of Intelligent Systems, 29(8): 767–786. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, K. Warwick (2014) Heuristic based evolution for the coordination of autonomous vehicles in the absence of speed lanes. Applied Soft Computing, 19: 387–402 (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala (2014) Coordination in Navigation of Multiple Mobile Robots. Cybernetics and Systems, 45(1): 1-24. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, K. Warwick (2013) Planning Autonomous Vehicles in the Absence of Speed Lanes using an Elastic Strip. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 14(4): 1743-1752. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, K. Warwick (2013) Multi-Level Planning for Semi-Autonomous Vehicles in Traffic Scenarios based on Separation Maximization. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 72(3-4): 559-590. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala (2013) Rapidly-exploring Random Graphs: Motion Planning of Multiple Mobile Robots. Advanced Robotics, 27(14): 1113-1122. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, K. Warwick (2013) Motion Planning of Autonomous Vehicles in a Non-Autonomous Vehicle Environment without Speed Lanes. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 26(5-6): 1588–1601. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala (2013) Multi-Robot Motion Planning using Hybrid MNHS and Genetic Algorithms. Applied Artificial Intelligence, 27(3): 170-198. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala (2012) Multi-Robot Path Planning using Co-Evolutionary Genetic Programming. Expert Systems With Applications, 39(3): 3817-3831. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, A. Shukla, R. Tiwari (2011) Robotic path planning in static environment using hierarchical multi-neuron heuristic search and probability based fitness. Neurocomputing, 74(14-15): 2314-2335. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, A. Shukla, R. Tiwari (2011) Robotic Path Planning using Evolutionary Momentum based Exploration. Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 23(4): 469-495. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, A. Shukla, R. Tiwari (2010) Dynamic Environment Robot Path Planning using Hierarchical Evolutionary Algorithms. Cybernetics and Systems, 41(6): 435-454. (Download Paper)
  • R. Kala, A. Shukla, R. Tiwari (2010) Fusion of probabilistic A* algorithm and fuzzy inference system for robotic path planning. Artificial Intelligence Review, 33(4): 275-306. (Download Paper) (Download PPT)
  • R. Kala, A. Shukla, R. Tiwari (2009) Self-Adaptive Parallel Processing Neural Networks with irregular Nodal Processing Powers using Hierarchical Partitioning. Neural Network World, 19(6): 657-680. (Download Paper) (Download PPT)

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Impact

Citations: 776
h-index: 16
i10-index: 24

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Courses Taken

  • Artificial Intelligence for 3rd year undergraduate IT students
  • Robot Motion Planning for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Data Structures for 1st year undergraduate students
  • Artificial Life Simulations for first year postgraduate students
  • Robotics and Industrial Automation for final year undergraduate and post-graduate students

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Research Supervision

  Completed Ongoing
PhD - 4
MTech 10 5

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Review Assignments and Program Committees

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Lectures and Invited Talks

  • Talk on Robotics Programming, Android and Python at 2nd Spell of In-Service Course for PGT (CS) at Kendriya Vidyalaya (25th December and 27th December, 2016).
  • Talk on “Mobile Robotics” at Infotsav 2016, the annual techno-management festival of IIITM Gwalior (12th November, 2016).
  • Talk on “Towards Apocalypse of Human Driving and Re-Shaping Futuristic Transportation Systems” at TEDxIIITA (31st January, 2016).
  • Plenary talk on “Motion Planning for Multiple Autonomous Vehicles” at the annual flagship conference of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society in 2014 at Qingdao, China (9th October, 2014).
  • Talk on "Motion Planning for Multiple Autonomous Vehicles", at IIT Bombay (13th November, 2014).
  • Lecture on “A* algorithm with applications to Robot Path Planning”, at IIITM Gwalior (21st February, 2014).  
  • Lecture on "Artificial Intelligence: Introduction and Motivation" at B.M.A.S. College of Engineering, Agra (11th August, 2010).
  • Lab Instructor for course titled C Programming for 1st year students at IIITM Gwalior (August, 2009 to December, 2009).
  • Lectures on Data Structures and Algorithms for training program Training for Professionals, IIITM Gwalior (February, 2009 and October, 2009).

Major Workshops/Conferences Attended

  • Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) program at different places in Japan from 24th September to 4th October, 2016.
  • 2016 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, Vancouver, Canada, July 24-29, 2016.
  • 17th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Qingdao, China, October 8-11, 2014.
  • 2012 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, Alcalá de Henares, Spain, June 3-7, 2012.
  • 10th IEEE International Conference on Cybernetic Intelligent Systems, Docklands, London, September 1, 2011.
  • Commonwealth, Human Rights and Democracy, Common, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, March 11-13, 2011.
  • One Day Workshop on "How to get Published in Internationally Referred Journals: A Practical Guide" by Prof. Om Prakash Gupta, College of Business, Prairie View A & M University, USA at IIITM Gwalior, March 27, 2010
  • Frontiers of Research on Speech and Music (FRSM 2009) , ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata; CDAC, Kolkata; Sir C V Raman Centre for Physics and Music, Jadavpur University, Kolkata; BIT Mesra; ABV Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior, Dec 15-16, 2009
  • Indo-US Workshop on System of Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India, Oct 26-28, 2009
  • Springer International Conference on Contemporary Computing (IC3), Jaypee Institute of Information Technology University & University of Florida, Noida, India, Aug 17-19, 2009
  • IEEE International Advanced Computing Conference (IACC), Patiala, India, March 6-7, 2009
  • National Symposium on Acoustics (NSA), Acoustic Society of India (ASI) & Naval Science and Technological Laboratoy (NSTL), Vishakapatnam, December 22-24, 2008.
  • 7 day "National Workshop on Computational Neuroscience" (CNSW-2008), Singhad Institute of Business Administration and Computer Application (SIBACA), Lonavala, 23-28 June, 2008.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Member, Network Committee (2016-continue)
  • Member, Department Under Graduate Committee (2015-continue)
  • Advisor, Technical Council, Student Gymkhana (2015-continue)
  • Treasurer, Robotics and Automation Society, UP Section Chapter (2015-continue)

Workshops/Events Organized

  • One of the Coordinators for the First SERB Summer School on Robotics, 7-13 June, 2014 held at IIIT Allahabad, sponsored by Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • Member, Academic Committee at the Seventh Science Conclave, 8-12 December, 2014 held at IIIT Allahabad.
  • Member, Print Committee at the 10th Convocation, 9 November, 2015 held at IIIT Allahabad
  • Member, Print Committee at the 11th Convocation, 24 September, 2016 held at IIIT Allahabad

Contact

Office:
Room No. 2203, Computer Centre - 1,
Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad,
Devghat, Jhalwa,
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh - 211015,
INDIA

Residence:
H-5, Residential Quarters,
Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad,
Devghat, Jhalwa,
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh - 211015,
INDIA

Phones  
Office +91 532 292 2117
Residence +91 532 292 2685
Mobile +91 7054 292 063
   
Skype rkala001
Emails rkala001@gmail.com
  rkala@iiita.ac.in
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Dr. Rahul Kala
Assistant Professor,
IIIT Allahabad,

Phone: +91 532 299 2117
Mobile: +91 7054 292 063
E-mail: rkala@iiita.ac.in, rkala001@gmail.com