Rahul Bhattacharyya

Research Scientist, Auto-ID Labs

35-205,

77 Massachusetts Ave,

Cambridge MA 02139

USA

Phone: +1-617-324-1984

Email: rahul_b[at]MITdotEDU

 


Interests

Researcher with a multidisciplinary systems engineering background. Interested in solving problems in resource optimization and energy efficiency with the goal of cost minimization and resource retention. Focus on innovative pervasive sensor design, gathering insights via sensor and object identification technology deployment.

Experience with identifying and leading research directions, research portfolio management, technical writing and communication, using multidisciplinary approaches to solve engineering problems, student supervision, lead conference managerial and journal editorial roles, working in a collaborative environment.


Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2012

PhD in Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering,  (G.P.A 4.9/5.0)

Thesis: Low-Cost, Passive UHF RFID Tag Antenna-Based Sensors for Pervasive Sensing Applications

Thesis Committee: Prof. Sanjay Sarma (advisor), Prof A.J Whittle, Dr. G.A Kocur


Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, August 2006

B.Tech + M.Tech Integrated Dual Degree in Civil Engineering,  (G.P.A 9.62/10.00)

Thesis: Damage Detection in Bridges using Artificial Neural Networks


Mathematical and Computer Skills

  1. Mathematical Techniques: Optimization, Applied Statistics, Regression and Choice Modeling, Pattern Recognition, Numerical Simulation, Signal Processing 
  2. Programming Languages: C#, Java, MATLAB, SQL 
  3. Web Programming: Amazon web services, PHP, HTML, XML 
  4. RFID: LLRP, Antenna Design, HFSS 
  5. Structural Engineering : Structural design, ANSYS(FEA) 

Professional Experience

  1. Technical Program Co-Chair, Organizing Committee for the 4th International Conference on the Internet of Things, Cambridge MA, 2014.
  2. Workshop Chair, Organizing Committee for the IEEE International Conference on RFID, Orlando FL, 2013, 2014.
  3. Publicity Chair, Organizing Committee for the IEEE International Conference on RFID, Orlando FL, 2011,2012 .
  4. Co-organzier, RFID and Sensing Workshop, Tutorial and Workshops Day at IEEE RFID 2012, Orlando FL, 2012
  5. Technical Program Committee, IEEE International Conference on RFID, Orlando FL, 2011, 2012 , 2013 and 2014 .
  6. Poster Session Chair, Organizing Committee for the IEEE International Conference on RFID , Orlando FL, 2010.
  7. Catalyst, RFID Tag Antenna-Based Sensing, Innovation Teams, MIT Entrepreneurship Center, MIT, February - May 2010.
  8. Frequent Reviewer, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE International Conference on RFID, IEEE RFID-TA, Sensors and Actuators-A Journal, IEEE IoT Conference, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.
  9. Summer Internship, Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Infrastructure (ISIS) Research Network, University of Manitoba, Canada, May - July 2004.


Publications

Conference Publications

  1. E. Md Amin, R. Bhattacharyya, S. Kumar and S. Sarma,"Towards low-cost, Resolution Optimized Passive UHF RFID Light Sensing", submitted to the 2014 IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference.
  2. E. Md Amin, R. Bhattacharyya, S. Sarma and N. Karmakar,"Chipless RFID Tag for Light Sensing", accepted for presentation at the 2014 IEEE APS Conference.
  3. P. Kalansuriya, R. Bhattacharyya and S. Sarma,"SWARM - A novel communication and sensing platform for semi-passive RFID",  accepted for presentation at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Communications.
  4. A. Hasan, R. Bhattacharyya and S. Sarma, "A Monopole-Coupled RFID Sensor For Pervasive Soil Moisture Monitoring”, 2013 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium (APS URSI), pp 2309-2310, 7-13 July 2013. 
  5. R. Bhattacharyya, P. Kalansuriya and S. Sarma, "An antenna-based RFID expansion joint monitor”, 2013 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium (APS URSI), pp 2305-2306, 7-13 July 2013.
  6. P. Kalansuriya, R. Bhattacharyya, S. Sarma and N. Karmakar,"Towards Chipless RFID-Based Sensing for Pervasive Surface Crack Detection", IEEE RFID-TA (Technologies and Applications) Conference, 2012, pp 46-51.
  7. R. Bhattacharyya, D. Deavours, C. Floerkemeier and S. Sarma, "Tag Antenna Based Sensing in the Frequency Domain", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on RFID, 2011, pp 70-77. 
  8. R. Bhattacharyya, C. Floerkemeier and S. Sarma, “Tag Antenna Based Temperature Sensing”, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on RFID, 2010, pp 8-15.
  9. R. Bhattacharyya, C. Floerkemeier and S. Sarma, “RFID Tag Antenna Based Sensing: Does your Beverage Glass need a Refill?”, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on RFID, 2010, pp 126-133.
  10. R. Bhattacharyya, C.V Di Leo, C. Floerkemeier, S. Sarma and L. Anand, "RFID Tag Antenna Based Temperature Sensing using Shape Memory Polymer Actuation ", IEEE Sensors Conference 2010 ,pp 2363-2368. 
  11. R. Bhattacharyya, C. Floerkemeier and S. Sarma, “Towards Tag Antenna Based Sensing – An RFID Displacement Sensor”, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on RFID, 2009, pp 95-102. 


Journal Publications

  1. R. Bhattacharyya, C. Floerkemeier and S. Sarma, “Low-Cost, Ubiquitous RFID-Tag Antenna Based Sensing ”, Proceedings of the IEEE - RFID: A Unique Radio Innovation for the 21st Century , Vol.98 No.9, 2010, pp 1593-1600.
  2. P. Kalansuriya, R. Bhattacharyya and S. Sarma, "RFID Tag Antenna-Based Sensing for Pervasive Surface Crack Detection", IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol.13, No.5, pp 1564-1570, May 2013

Workshop Publications

  1. C. Floerkemeier, R. Bhattacharyya and S. Sarma, “Beyond the ID in RFID ”, The Internet of Things, Springer NY 2010,  pp 219-227.


Invited Talks

  1. Lab Representative, Auto ID Labs at MIT: Research Update, RFID/USN Korea, Incheon, Republic of Korea 2009.
  2. ISA Communications Division: Passive Wireless Sensing Technologies Workshop, "Keeping TABS on Things: Field Intelligence using RFID Tag Antenna-Based Sensors", La Jolla CA, June 6-7 2012. 
  3. RFID and Sensing Workshop, IEEE RFID 2012, UHF RFID Tag Antenna-Based Sensing, Orlando FL, 2012. 
  4. Convened Session on Industrial, Environmental and BioMedical Sensing, "Towards Chipless RFID Tag Antenna-Based Sensing", IEEE RFID-TA Conference, 2012. 


Poster Competitions

  1.  “Towards Tag Antenna Based Sensing – An RFID Displacement Sensor”, Leaders for Manufacturing Programme Summit, MIT 2009 (Second Position).
  2.   “Tag Antenna Based Temperature Sensing”,  Leaders for Manufacturing Programme Summit, MIT 2010.

News Articles

C. Floerkemeier and R. Bhattacharyya, Towards a Cheap Sensor Tag, RFID Journal, October 1, 2010.

Awards and Honors

  1. Silver Medal, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, August 2006. 
  2. Prabhakar D. Mahajan, Institute Heritage Fellowship, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2005.
  3. Schoettler Fellowship, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, September 2006 - January 2007.


Professional Memberships

  1. Member, IEEE, 2012-Present.
  2. Student Member, IEEE, 2009 - 2012. 
  3. Student Member, International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure,  2004 - Present. 
  4. Student Member, MIT Energy Club, 2010-Present.