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    Research Interests

    Engineering design informatics, geometric algorithms, digital manufacturing processes, agile and automated production systems

    Dr Amar Kumar Behera has extensive international working experience in the US, Belgium, India and UK looking into geometric algorithms, shape grammars, CAD/CAM, feature based design optimization and flexible manufacturing processes. His research at the University of Nottingham and KU Leuven, Belgium has helped shift the dimensional accuracy limits for parts made by single point incremental forming (SPIF) leading to successful industrial applications for thin sheet plastic molds, bio-medical cranial implants, etc. that were adopted by a consortium of companies in Benelux that included Arcelor Mittal, Samsonite, Bekro and ANL Plastics. Further work on embedding design structures in engineering information as part of an EPSRC 'Design the Future' project at the University of Leeds has led to new means for effective sharing of design definitions across product lifecycles by utilizing concepts from mathematical group theory such as lattice structures and enabling functional integration in product lifecycle management (PLM) tools using voice integration (speech recognition and synthesis). This work has fostered collaboration with Rolls Royce PLC, with the scope for applications to large firms that need to manage incommensurable design data. 

    Other past work includes dynamic control of cooling in continuous steel casting at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which was done in collaboration with Nucor Steel and the development of a man-machine interface for precision assembly with Microlution, Inc., Chicago. Dr. Behera has also spent time in the industry with Mphasis an HP company managing projects for General Motors and A. P. Moller Maersk and conducting mechatronics research for General Electric on the levitation of rotors using active magnetic bearings.

    Achievements

    Letter of special mention, Director, IIT Kharagpur for securing SGPA of 10/10 in 2004-05

    1st, IDEON Robotics, Inter-collegiate Techno Management Fest, 2002-03

    Ranked 2nd nationally in India, CBSE Board Exams (1998) and DAV Board Exams (1996)

    Particulars

    Associate Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy

    Member of EPSRC Peer Review College

    Member, ECB ACO

    Other memberships (past and present): ESAFORM, ASME, TMS

    Other

    Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2000-2005)
    B.Tech. in Manufacturing Science and Engineering
    M.Tech. in Industrial Engineering and Management
    Minor in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005-2007)
    M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2009-2013)
    Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
    Thesis: Shape Feature Taxonomy Development for Toolpath Optimisation in Incremental Sheet Forming

    Teaching

    MEE 3038 Engineering Dynamics 3 (Control systems)

    MEE 7028 Manufacturing Technology

    MEE 3030 Individual Project 3B

    MEE 3060 Design Project 3M

    MEE 4040 Individual Project 4

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

    PhD projects

    Computer aided process planning for multi-tasking machines and multi-machine tasks
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofMechanicalandAerospaceEngineering/Study/PostgraduateResearch/FileStore/Filetoupload,866733,en.pdf

    Voice orchestrated design tools
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofMechanicalandAerospaceEngineering/Study/PostgraduateResearch/FileStore/Filetoupload,865445,en.pdf

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