Dr. Priya Ranjan (M’1997) is a distinguished professional with a robust academic background and a prolific career in the fields of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He graduated with an EE degree from IIT Kharagpur in 1997 and subsequently pursued M.S. (EE) and Ph.D. (ECE) degrees from the esteemed University of Maryland, College Park, USA, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Throughout his academic journey, Dr. Ranjan was mentored by eminent scholars, including Prof. K.B. Dutta of EE-IITKGP and Prof. Soumitro Banerjee, a Bhatanagar Awardee, who introduced him to the realm of control theory and nonlinear dynamics.
Driven by a fervor for discovering novel ideas in control theory and applications, Dr. Ranjan embarked on a journey with the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), a DRDO lab, under the mentorship of Prof. M. Vidyasagar. His quest for knowledge led him to the Computer Aided Control Systems Engineering (CACSE) lab at the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) at the University of Maryland. Guided by Prof. E.H. Abed, he spent twelve transformative years at ISR, where his groundbreaking work received support from leading government funding agencies such as NSF and DARPA.
His research in nonlinear analysis of networking protocols took a non-conventional narrative, treating non-linearity as inherent in network technologies. Dr. Ranjan's work unveiled intricate interactions between system dynamics and delays, revealing a captivating canvas of behaviors in infinite dimensions. He pioneered the discovery of a constant that stands as the global stability limit in the presence of arbitrary delays, building upon the legacies of research luminaries like Kelley, Sharkovsky, Mallet-Paret, and Ivanov. This constant propels the understanding of more comprehensive and practical engineering scenarios.
Dr. Ranjan's journey in the realm of academia and research is marked by a series of roles that showcase his diverse expertise. Starting as a scientist ‘C’ at CAIR, DRDO, Bengaluru, he ascended to directorship, assuming pivotal roles in research, technical domains, and administration. His graduate school years saw him as a research assistant at the University of Maryland at College Park, complemented by a senior research scientist appointment at Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI). Driven by his passion, he taught at various universities and spearheaded significant research projects on topics of technical and scientific importance. He played integral roles in technology ideation, development, design, testing, and deployment, spanning institutions from DRDO to DARPA.
Dr. Ranjan's research interests span diverse domains, including Networking, Delays, Delay Differential Equations, Nonlinear Dynamics, Sensor Networks, Software, Hardware, Safety Device Testing in Mines, Mathematics, Website Management, Design, Updates, News Management, Community Relations, and Outreach.
Rooted in the Buddhist principle of ‘be your own light’, Dr. Ranjan's teaching philosophy emphasizes self-awareness and a deep desire for exploration within students. He believes that student-driven curiosity and exploration are the cornerstones of effective learning. In his role as a teacher and guide, he facilitates the path to enlightenment and discovery, enabling students to become leaders in their fields through hands-on learning and higher education.
Dr. Ranjan's teaching portfolio is diverse, encompassing courses such as Computer Networks, IoT, Embedded Programming, Probability and Stochastic Processes, Control Theory, Dynamic Networks, Network Control Systems, Queuing Theory, Content-Based Image Processing, Stochastic Control, Nonlinear Control, and AI for Electric Power Systems at various academic levels.
Awards and Grants
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Priya Ranjan has received numerous prestigious awards and substantial project grants from renowned agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF)-USA, DARPA (a pioneer in internet development)-USA, Delhi University, DBT, DST-RFBR, and ICMR.
Dr. Ranjan's scholarly journey now extends to the realms of biological computation and oncological image processing, where his collaboration with ICMR senior research fellow Ms. Arti Taneja has yielded remarkable outcomes. Their recent papers, accepted in reputable platforms such as Springer's Multimedia and Tools (MMT) and global conferences on cancer-related issues including ISBI 2018, reflect their impactful work. Dr. Ranjan's dedication extends to designing user-friendly interfaces and innovative solutions for bio-professionals in collaboration with biologists, public health professionals, and clinical scientists. With over fifty research articles, journal papers, and book chapters to his name, Dr. Ranjan's work is a testament to his commitment to advancing knowledge in diverse fields.
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