Vinod A

PhD in Computer Engineering
Professor of Engineering Practice
Research Area
Wireless Communications and Networking (WCN)
Research Interests
Brain machine interface systems
Biomedical signal processing
VLSI signal processing for wireless communications

Vinod A Prasad received his B. Tech. degree in Instrumentation & Control Engg. from University of Calicut, India in 1993 (Second rank in University) and the Master of Engineering (by Research) and Ph.D. degrees from School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Vinod has a professional experience of 25 years (full-time), which includes 20 years teaching experience and 5 years industry experience. He has spent the first 5 years of his career in industry as an automation engineer at Kirloskar, Bangalore, India, Tata Honeywell, Pune, India, and Shell Singapore. From September 2000 to September 2002, he was a Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore. He joined as a Lecturer in the School of Computer Engineering, NTU, Singapore in September 2002, became Assistant Professor in December 2004 and Associate Professor (tenured) in August 2010 where he continued till September 2017. In October 2017, Vinod joined Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Palakkad, India, as a Professor in Electrical Engineering Department. He joined HKUST as a Professor of Engineering Practice in December 2020. He served as the first Dean (Industry Collaboration & Sponsored Research) in IIT Palakkad during 2018 - 2020. He also served as a Visiting Associate Professor in Electrical & Computer Engg. Dept., University of British Columbia, Canada, during June-July 2013.

Vinod has won the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching 2009, the highest recognition conferred by NTU to individual faculty for teaching. He has won the Best Lecturer Award of School of Computer Engineering four years consecutively – 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was also a nominee of Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching 2008.

Vinod’s research interests include digital signal processing, low power, reconfigurable circuits & systems for wireless communications, Brain-Computer Interface and its applications in neurofeedback, neurorehabilitation, neuroprosthetics and assistive technology devices. He has on-going and completed external research grants from various funding agencies - Ministry of Education, Singapore, Ministry of Defence, Singapore, DSO National Laboratories, Singapore, European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company (EADS), Singapore Millennium Foundation, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Airbus Group Innovations, Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India), Calpine Technologies Pvt Ltd., India, and GadgEon Smart Systems Pvt Ltd., India, amounting over S$3.5 million as principal investigator (PI). He has published 259 papers in refereed international journals and international conferences which include 83 journal papers. He has supervised and graduated 17 Ph.D. students (2 students as Co-Supervisor) and 1 Master of Engineering (By Research) student. Currently, Vinod is leading a research team of 1 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, 2 Senior Research Fellows and 3 Ph.D. Students in IIT Palakkad. He has been conferred Research Outstanding and Recognition Award, Office of Research, NTU, twice – in 2005 and 2006.

He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, Associate Editor of IEEE Systems Man & Cybernetics Magazine and Associate Editor of Springer Journal of Circuits, Systems & Signal Processing, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neurorobotics, Senior Member of IEEE.  He was the Technical Co-Chair (Brain-Machine Interface Systems) of IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society during 2014 - 2018. He has also been the Lead Guest Editor/Guest Editor of four journal special issues published by Springer. Vinod has served as the General Chair of 2013 IEEE International Symposium of Electronic System Design, Singapore, General Chair of 2013 IEEE International Conference on Advances in Computing and Communications, Kochi, India, General Chair of 2012 IEEE International Conference on Advances in Computing and Communications, Kochi, India, and Program Chair of 2011 IEEE International Symposium of Electronic System Design, Kochi, India. He has also served as the Co-organizer of the IEEE Brain-Machine Interface Workshop of IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society in 2014 (San-Diego, USA), 2015 (Hong Kong) and 2016 (Budapest, Hungary). Vinod has won the ‘Award for the Most Active Technical Committee Award in Human-Machine Systems’ of IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society in three consecutive years – 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In NTU Singapore, Vinod was the Assistant Chair (Students) in School of Computer Science & Engineering during 2015 – 2017, Member of NTU Teaching Council, Member of NTU Research Council, Leader of Hardware & Embedded Systems Research Group, Embedded Systems Track Lead of Curriculum Management Committee, and the Chairman of Faculty Search Committee of the School of Computer Engineering, NTU. Formerly, he has served as the Chair of NTU School’s Undergraduate Outreach Committee for 6 years (2007 – 2013), Team Leader of NTU’s Ph.D. Outreach (India) during 2012 - 2016 and Graduate Students’ Liaison Faculty-in-Charge of the School in NTU for 2 years and Member of Undergraduate Outreach of College of Engineering, NTU for 4 years.