About Prof. Amit Konar

Amit Konar is currently a Professor in the department of Electronics and Tele-Communication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, and Joint Coordinator, Center for Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University. He is also the founding coordinator of a regular M.Tech. program on Intelligent Automation and Robotics, offered by Jadavpur University. Dr. Konar has been teaching and carrying out research work at this university for the past 23 years. Jadavpur University is one of the top three universities in India. The faculty of Engineering and Technology, with more than 100 externally funded research projects, earned recognition as a “center for excellence” from the Government of India, and the university got the "Five Star" rating. The doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s programs offered by the university are acknowledged as one of the very best in the country. Books by professors of the university are used as graduate-level text in Asian, European and American universities. The university runs collaborative programs with European, Canadian, and Australian universities. Amartya Sen, the 1998 Nobel Laureate in Economics, taught at Jadavpur University for some time.

Dr. Konar’s research areas include the study of computational intelligence algorithms and their applications to the entire domain of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Specifically, he worked on fuzzy sets and logic, neurocomputing, genetic algorithm, swarm intelligence, differential evolution, Dempster-Shafer theory and Kalman filtering, and applied the principles of computational intelligence in image understanding, control engineering, VLSI CAD, mobile robotics, bioinformatics, mobile computing, embedded systems, and affective computing.

Dr. Konar has published over three hundred research papers and several books and invited book chapters on various aspects of computer science and control engineering. His books/ book chapters have been (are in the process of being) published from top publishing houses, such as Springer, Taylor and Francis, Academic Press, Kluwer Academic Press, and Prentice-Hall of India. He regularly provides peer review for journals in his field (eg., journals from IEEE, Elsevier, Kluwer), and has frequently been invited to review books published by Springer and McGraw-Hill. In recognition of his teaching, he has been given the AICTE Career Award (1997-2000), the highest honor offered to young academicians by the All India Council for Technical Education, Government of India.

Dr. Konar has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of four external funded projects funded by University Grants Commission (the UGC is one of the main federal funding agencies in India), and two projects funded by the All India Council of Technical Education, Government of India. The research areas of these projects include decision support system for criminal investigation, navigational planning for mobile robots, AI and image processing, neural net based dynamic channel allocation, human emotion recognition from facial expression, and DNA-string matching algorithm. Under his supervision, ten graduate students have already earned the degree of Ph.D., and three Ph.D. dissertations are in progress. Currently, he serves as the editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing, and as an editor/associate editor of Neurocomputing, Elsevier, Intelligent Decision Technologies, IOS Press, and Hybrid Intelligent
Systems, IOS Press.

Dr. Konar has been nominated as a Fellow of National Academy of Engineering (FNAE) in 2015.

Dr. Konar serves as a member of Program Committee of several international conferences and workshops, and has collaboration with several industries to design and develop commercial products, including electronic hardware or prototype software.