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Dr Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay

Cluster leader for inspection robotics and Research Scientist in Robotics Group


I love working towards solving the mobility challenges for robots in cluttered, dynamic and complex 3-D environments. I have previously worked on and am currently working on addressing the mobility challenges for:
* magnetic foot climbing robots for industrial and confined space inspection (Magneto project),
* heritage monitoring using modular field robots in Peel Island (off the coast of Brisbane, Australia)
* a 30-DoF legged robot capable of deforming its body configuration to traverse narrow passage in confined spaces,
* autonomous kayaks for environmental monitoring in choppy and busy Singapore Harbour,
* mobility-on-demand service with autonomous vehicles in busy and crowded Singapore roads,
* remote operations with autonomous vehicles for an O&G plant in Australia,
* people following with service robots in crowded canteen environments in NUS campus.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2010

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • 2015

    Complexity Summer School (20% Acceptance Rate)
    Santa Fe Institute, USA

  • 2001

    Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Professional Experiences

  • 2013-2019

    Research Scientist

  • 2013-2013

    Research Scientist
    Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology

  • 2010-2012

    Post Doc Scholar (Future Urban Mobility)
    Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology

  • 2008-2010

    Post Doc Scholar (Center for Environmental Sensing and Monitoring)
    Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology

  • 2019-present

    Senior Research Scientist

  • 2001-2003

    Software Engineer
    DELMIA Robotics Pvt. Ltd


  • 2014-2014

    Australian Submarine Corporation confined space inspection scoping project

  • 2015-2015

    CSIRO Complex Systems Science to Attend Santa Fe Institute Summer School

  • 2018-2019

    CSIRO-Woodside Autonomous Ground Robot Demonstration (530K)

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2020-present

    Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters

  • 2020-present

    General Secretary of Australasial Robotics and Automation Association

  • 2019-2020

    General Chair for Australasian Robotics and Automation Association

  • 2017-present

    Moderator for Australian-NZ robotics mailing list

  • 2019-2019

    Program Committee Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems

  • 2015-2016

    Associate Editor IEEE International Conference for Robotics and Automation

  • 2016-2016

    Program Committee Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation

  • 2008-present

    Reviewer of numerous papers for IJRR, ICRA, IROS, SIMPAR, RAL, Autonomous Systems, ISRR etc