Prof. Vadakkepat, an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore is the founder secretary of the Federation of International Robot-soccer Association [FIRA] and currently its General Secretary. He is the founder director (2004) to an entrepreneurial start-up “Robhatah Robotic Solutions ” in Singapore. His initiative among others includes an international conference on Computational Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems which is being held successfully since 2001. He was the general chair to the FIRA RoboWorld Cup and Congress Singapore 2005. He was the General Program Chair to the FIRA Robot World Congress Incheon 2009 and the General Chair to the FIRA Robot World Cup and Congress Bangalore 2010.
Prof. Vadakkepat is an associate editor of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics. His Humanoid robots and robot soccer teams have consistently won several international prizes.: First prize and overall championship in Humanoid robot soccer at the FIRA Robot World Cup (Germany 2006, Singapore 2005 and Austria 2003), First Prize (open category) in Singapore Robotic Games (2004) and Second prize in FIRA 2004 (first Prize was won by a robot sold by his start-up Robhatah).
He is a member of the CII National Committee on Robotics, Confederation of Indian Industries since 2009. He is a Senior Member of IEEE (USA, since 2005). He was elected as the Secretary to the IEEE Singapore Section for the year 2005. He has served as Technical Activity Coordinator to the IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific) in 2001-2002. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers (IETE), India.
He is actively involved in various technical forums including conferences, symposia and robotic competitions. He has been featured in several prominent newspapers and TV shows in India, Singapore, USA, Korea, Japan, Spain, Kuwait, Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, France and China. His name is included in the 2006 Marquis Who is Who in the World.
Prof. Vadakkepat received his M.Tech and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in 1989 and 1996 respectively. While pursuing Post-Doctoral studies at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST, 96-98), he was awarded the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) fellowship. Since 1999, he is with the National Univ. of Singapore.
His research interest include Distributed robotic systems, Humanoid robotics, Biomorphs, Neuro-Fuzzy Controllers and Intelligent Control techniques and, has publications in several leading international journals.