Founding IIT Mandi Director Prof Timothy A Gonsalves retired in June 2020
Mandi: Prof. Laxmidhar Behera has been appointed as the new Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi.
Laxmidhar Behera is currently the Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at the IIT Kanpur. In addition, he is an affiliate faculty member of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
He heads the Intelligent Systems and Control Laboratory at IIT Kanpur and extensively focuses on developing automation solutions to industrial problems.
Dr. Behera, a Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi alumni, have over 26 years of research and teaching experience. Prof. Laxmidhar Behera specializes in the areas of robotics and artificial intelligence. In addition to establishing industrial collaboration with TCS, Renault Nissan, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Bharat Electronic Limited, Bangalore, he had made significant technological development in areas such as robotics-based ware-house automation, vision and drone guided driver assistance system, and drone guided pipeline inspection systems.
Between 2007 and 2009, he worked as a Reader at the University of Ulster, United Kingdom. In addition, he served as a visiting professor at ETH Zurich and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FHG), Germany. He supervised 22 PhD candidates to completion. Besides three graduate-level textbooks, he has authored 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, 208 conference papers, and 17 book chapters.
In a statement regarding his appointment as Director, IIT Mandi, Dr Laxmidhar Behera said,
“It is a great honour and simultaneously a huge responsibility. I will strive hard for the all-around and holistic development of the institute where a culture of excellence will be a norm.”
Welcoming the new Director, Dr. A.K. Chaturvedi, the current acting Director of IIT Mandi and Director of IIT Roorkee, said, “Prof. Behera is a renowned academic, I am sure his inspirational leadership of IIT Mandi will ensure growth, along with continuity, on the solid foundation laid by the founding Director Prof. Timothy Gonsalves.”
Prior to this appointment, Prof Timothy A Gonsalves was the Founding Director of IIT Mandi and served a long tenure from January 2010 to June 2020.