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Prof. Vinod K. Madan (India): Two invited lectures

Written on June 11, 2013.

Prof. Vinod K. Madan (India): Two invited lectures

Prof. Vinod K. Madan, PhD,

Senior Professor at Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering,

Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil (TN), India,

will present on June 13, 2013, 15:00, two invited lectures at Agora University:

1) Nondestructive Evaluation using Barkhausen Noise;

2) Digital Signal Processing and Applications.

Bio-Sketch of Professor Vinod K. Madan

V.K. Madan, PhD, Senior Professor,

Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering,

 Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil (TN) , India 



V.K. Madan obtained his B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in 1970, and Ph.D. from IIT, Bombay in 1989. He was on a two-year (1990-92) post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He had also visited University of Toronto and Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Paris while returning from Saskatchewan in 1992, and HEIG-VD, Switzerland and Tor Vergata University of Rome in 2012.

He has been working as a Senior Professor at Kalasalingam University since January 2011. He worked as a Professor at Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani from 2009 to 2010 after superannuation from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai in 2008 at 60 years. At BARC, he had courtesy appointment as a professor at Homi Bhabha National Institute, an adjunct professor at BITS, Pilani, a recognized teacher of the University of Mumbai, and a research board member of the Kalasalingam University.

At BARC, he had developed electronics and computer based instruments and systems for various applications of the Department of Atomic Energy. He also conducted research in various areas like application of digital signal processing (DSP) to various fields, gamma ray spectral analysis, frequency spectral analysis, non destructive evaluation (NDE), neural networks, population sciences. A part of the research work is significant in the development of the field of nuclear spectral analysis using DSP. He has authored/ coauthored above 100 technical articles in diverse disciplines, and published in journals (including papers still best in many aspects in the field, and successfully solved recognized tough technical problems like Walsh deconvolution and applied to gamma ray spectral analysis), conferences, symposia, a book chapter, and the invited paper for the inaugural issue of Paritantra, a journal of the Systems Society of India. He was a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation, IETE Journal of Research, and for many conferences and symposia.


He instructed undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Indian universities, at Homi Bhabha National Institute, and a graduate course at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He was involved in conducting many national and international conferences, short courses both for academia and industry in different areas. He had also conducted a neural network video tutorial at a demography conference in Maryland.

He had participated in three research programs with IIT Bombay, and a coordinated research program with IAEA, Vienna.

His interests include DSP and applications, nuclear detectors, nuclear counting systems, nuclear spectral analysis. frequency spectral analysis, molecular imaging systems, communications, neural networks, speech processing, image processing, non-destructive testing including Barkhausen noise, and intelligent and virtual instrumentation.

He is a fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) and IETE, and SM IEEE (until 2012), Executive Committee Member of the IEEE Bombay Section (until 2011), LM IPA, LM INS, LM NTSI, and LM ASI. His biography is included in Marquis Who’s Who and other publications. He enjoys reading, swimming, and listening to light music.

Some Significant Publications

1. S.H. Karamchandani, V.K. Madan, P.M. Kelkar, S.N. Merchant, and U.B. Desai, “Parallel Multiclass Support Vector Interpretation of Haemodynamic Parameters for Manifestation of Aortic and Arterial Occlusive Diseases,” in the special issue on Soft Computing Applications of the journal “Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing (AISC)” 195 (2013), 465–486 (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg).

2. V.K. Madan and R.K. Sinha, “Digital Smoothing of Census Data Employing Fourier Transforms,” Computational Statistics and Data Analysis,” 20 (1995) 285-294. (Elsevier, the Netherlands)

(In this paper digital signal processing was used in census age returns. It describes a new classification of digital signal proposed by Madan et. al. and uses that for analyzing population sciences. The classification has widened the scope of digital signals to population sciences, nuclear spectrometry, and other disciplines. DSP application in population Sciences is uncommon)

3. V.K. Madan, H.B. Kekre, B.R. Bairi, “Data Reduction in Nuclear Spectroscopy: An Engineering Approach,” Paritantra vol. 1, no. 1 (1993) 66-87. (Wiley Eastern Limited, New Delhi)

(The only invited paper of the inaugural issue of the journal of the Systems Society of India.) [renamed as Journal of System Science & Engineering (JSSE) since vol 12 November 2005]

4. V.K. Madan, M.C. Abani, B.R. Bairi, “A Digital Processing Method for Analysis of Complex Gamma Spectra,” Nucl. Instr. Meth. A343 (1994) 616-622.

(The proposed method is superior and has scientific approach vis-à-vis SAMPO and other algorithms. SAMPO has been ranked as number one in many international comparisons since over more than 40 years. For the proposed technique the principle of the method plays a major role while for SAMPO user plays a major role. The proposed method takes only a fraction of computing time and memory as compared to SAMPO) (Elsevier, the Netherlands)

5. H.B. Kekre and V.K. Madan, “Frequency Domain and Sequency Domain Filtering of Nuclear Spectral Data”, Nucl. Instr. Meth. A245 (1986) 542-546.

(Elsevier, the Netherlands)

6. H.B. Kekre and V.K. Madan, “Application of Walsh Transform to the Analysis of Nuclear Spectral Data”, Kerntechnik, 50 (1987) 180-183.

(It is extremely difficult to do deconvolution using Walsh transform. There is hardly any other paper in the open literature with successful application of Walsh deconvolution.)

7. H.B. Kekre and V.K. Madan, “Digital Processing of Nuclear Spectral Data”, Nucl. Instr. Meth. A260 (1987) 221-224.

(This paper proves the empirical parameter found in most textbooks that number of channels in full width at half maxima should be 4 or more while acquiring a gamma ray spectrum.)

8. H.B. Kekre and V.K. Madan, “Application of Rader Transform to the Analysis of Nuclear Spectral Data”, Nucl. Instr. Meth. A269 (1988) 279-281, 1988.

9. H.B. Kekre, V.K. Madan, and B.R. Bairi “A Fourier Transform Method for the Selection of A Smoothing Interval”, Nucl. Instr. Meth. A 279(1989) 596.

(The proposed method is still superior to other criteria for estimating the smoothing interval)

10. V.V. Athani, V.K. Madan, R.K. Saha, and V.A. Pethe, “A Simple Method of Improving Resolution of Nuclear Spectral Data”, Nucl Instr Meth.221 (1984) 600.

(This paper presents probably the simplest algorithm developed for resolution improvement of nuclear spectra.)

11. V.K. Madan, “An Automatic Dead Time Corrector”, Nucl. Instr. Meth. 131(1975) 181-185.

(North-Holland, the Netherlands)

(It is areal time dead time corrector that can handle a large variation in nuclear counting rates)

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