Guruprasad K R


Associate Professor

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2000
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Academic Background

Post Doctoral Research (Computer Science, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, USA) 2011-2012

PhD ( Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru ), 2009

MSc (Engg). (Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru), 1996

B.E. (Mechanical Engineering, Mangalore University, Karnataka Regional Engineering College), 1993

Areas of Interest

Robotics - Kinematics, Dynamics, Control, and Planning; Exoskeleton - Mechanics and control

Multi-agent (robot) systems -Deployment, coverage, search, cooperative and distributed control

Voronoi partition – Application to multi-agent systems and sensor networks, distributed algorithms for Voronoi cell computation, generalization of Voronoi partition.

Artificial Intelligence – Artificial Neural Networks, Fuzzy logic and Fuzzy logic control, Reactive or Behavior-based systems, Group behavior and Distributed systems, distributed control systems

Locational optimization/Facility location

Significant Projects

CARS project on “Comparative analysis of different Control strategies to finalize the effective control law for Augmentative Exoskeleton”, Sponsoring Agency – DEBEL (DRDO), Bengaluru. Duration: 18 months, Role: Principal Investigator (Sole), Budget: ₹24.3824 Lakh

Supervision of Ph.D

PhD Soumya S "Multi agent system inspired distributed control of a manipulator" 2019

PhD Vishnu G Nair "Simultaneous Exploration and Coverage with Multiple Mobile Robots using Generalized Voronoi Partition" 2019

PhD Jeane M D’Souza "Cooperative search with multiple quadcopter using downward facing cameras" 2020

Significant Publications

1. Vishnu G Nair and K R Guruprasad, “2D-VPC: An efficient coverage algorithm for multiple autonomous vehicles”, International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems. (Accepted)

2. Jeane M D’Souza, Venkat Varun Velpula, and K R Guruprasad, “On effectiveness of camera as an UAV mounted search sensor,” International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems. (Accepted)

3. Soumya S. and K.R. Guruprasad, “Distributed nonlinear control of planar serial-link manipulators”, International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems, 19(2) (2021) pp. 850-863,
4. K.R. Guruprasad and T.D Ranjitha, “CPC algorithm: Exact area coverage by a mobile robot using approximate cellular decomposition”, Robotica, DOI:, Published online 07 October 2020

6. Vishnu G Nair and K.R Guruprasad, “MR-SimExCoverage: Multi-robot simultaneous exploration and coverage,” Computers and Electrical Engineering, vol 95, 2020. [Q1, IF 2.633, SCI-Expanded, Scopus]

7. Vishnu G Nair and K.R Guruprasad, “Geodesic-VPC: spatial partitioning for multi-robot coverage problem”, International Journal of Robotics and Automation, vol 35, issue 3, 2020, pp. 189-198.

8. Vishnu G Nair and K.R Guruprasad, “GM-VPC: An algorithm for multi-robot coverage of known spaces using generalized Voronoi partition”, Robotica, vol 38, issue 5, May 2020, pp. 845-860.

9. Jeane M D’Souza, K.R. Guruprasad, and Akshar Padman, “A realistic simulation platform for multi-quadcopter search using downward facing cameras”, Computers and Electrical Engineering, vol 74, pp. 184-195, March, 2019.

10. K.R. Guruprasad, Effectiveness-Based Voronoi Partition: A new tool for solving a class of location optimization problems, Optimization Letters, vol 7, Issue 8, December 2013, pp 1733-1743.

11.. K.R. Guruprasad and D. Ghose, Performance of a Class of Multi-Robot Deploy and Search Strategies based on Centroidal Voronoi Configurations, International Journal of Systems Science, vol 44, issue 4, 2013, pp. 680-699.

12. K.R. Guruprasad and D. Ghose, Heterogeneous Locational Optimization using Generalized Voronoi Partition, International Journal of Control, vol 86, issue 6, 2013, pp. 977-993.

13. K.R. Guruprasad and D. Ghose, Automated multi-agent search using centroidal Voronoi configuration, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, vol. 8, issue 2, April 2011, pp. 420-423.


1. Fellowship from the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) (June-July 2010) Under scheme of “mentoring of Engineering Teachers by INAE Fellows”. Mentor: Professor Debasish Ghose, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India.

2. Patent: “Tilt Rotowing mechanism for UAV type VTOL”, K.R. Guruprasad, Sandeep Kumar Nayak, and Narayan Sanjeev Chavan (Pending: Application No. 201641020393 date filed: June 15, 2016)

3. Best paper award finalist - K. Hungerford, P. Dasgupta, and K.R. Guruprasad, A Repartitioning Algorithm to Guarantee Complete, Non-overlapping Planar Coverage with Multiple Robots, Distributed Autonomous Robots and Systems (DARS) 2014.

4. Best paper: K.R Guruprasad, Multi-Agent Search using Sensors with Heterogeneous Capabilities, Presented in the Doctoral Symposium, IISc-IBM Research Third Operations Research and Data Analytics Workshop, March 2008. (Received best presentation award)

5. Student Bursary for 4th international Symposium on Voronoi Diagrams in Science and Engineering (ISVD 2007) and 7th international joint conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2008)

6. Senior Member, IEEE


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Department of Mechanical Engineering, NITK, Surathkal
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