Prakash Kotecha


Address:
911, S. Carpenter Street, Apartment 2R,
Chicago, IL - 60607
Phone no: (312)-413-1292
email:prakash@vri-custom.org

CURRENT POSITION:

Post - Doctoral fellow                                                                                           2008 - Present
Vishwamitra Research Institute - Chicago, United States of America.


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering                                                 2004 - 2008
    Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, Mumbai, India.

  • Master of Technology in Chemical Engineering                                                2002 - 2004
    Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India.

  • Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering                                             1998 - 2002
    Pondicherry Engineering College, Pondicherry, India.

RESEARCH AREAS:

  • Sustainability
  • Energy and Environment
  • Materials and Molecular Modeling
  • Constraint Programming & Combinatorial Optimization
  • Process Optimization, Control & Scheduling
  • Sensor Network Design

CONFERENCES:

  1. Kotecha, P.R., Kapadi, M.D., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., Multi-objective optimization issues in short-term batch scheduling, 17th IFAC World Congress, Seoul, Korea, (2008).

  2. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., Unified approach for the design of robust reliable and precision sensor networks, FOCAPO 2008, Massachusetts, USA.

  3. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., Applications of Constraint Programming in Process Systems Engineering, ICETAETS - 2008, Gujarat, India, Vol No. I, pp 1094 - 1099, Index paper no. 194.

  4. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., Comparison of Mathematical Programming and Constraint Programming for the Design of Sensor Networks, ICETAETS - 2008, Gujarat, India, Vol No. II, pp 1495 - 1500, Index paper no. 72.

  5. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., An Unified Approach for the Design of Reliable and Precise Sensor Networks, ICETAETS - 2008, Gujarat, India, Vol No. I, pp 274 - 278, Index paper no. 52.

  6. Kotecha, P.R., Kapadi, M.D., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., On the Determination of Multiple solutions for Batch Scheduling using Constraint Programming, 2007 AIChE Annual Meeting, Utah, USA (2007).

  7. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., Efficient Generation of Globally Optimal Pareto-Fronts using Constraint Programming, 2007 AIChE Annual Meeting, Utah, USA (2007).

  8. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., Constraint Programming based Multi-Objective Sensor Network Design for Fault Diagnosis, ESCAPE 2007, Romania (2007).

  9. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., On the Duality between Reliability and Precision for Sensor Network Design, International Conference on Computational, Mathematical and Statistical Methods 2007, Chennai, India (2007).

  10. Kotecha, P.R., and Gudi, R.D., Constraint Logic Programming for Non Convex NLP and MINLP Problems, In Proceedings of IFAC-ADCHEM 2006, Brazil (2006).

  11. Kotecha, R.R., Vasu Gollangi, An Experimental Correlation for heat transfer coefficient in Helical Coils, In Proceedings of IIChE-CHEMCON-2003, India (2003).


PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS:

  1. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan, Gudi, R.D., Constraint Programming for the Design of Robust Sensor Networks. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2007; 46(18); 5985-5999.

  2. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan, Gudi, R.D., Keshari, M.K., A Duality based Framework for Integrating Reliability and Precision for Sensor Network Design, Journal of Process Control, 2008; 18(2); 189-201.

  3. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan, Gudi, R.D., Design of Robust, Reliable Sensor Networks using Constraint Programming, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 2008; 32(9); 2030-2049.

  4. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan, Gudi, R.D., Efficient Optimization Strategies with Constraint Programming, First Reviews Favorable, AIChE Journal.

PEER REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS:

  1. Kotecha, P.R., Mani Bhushan and Gudi, R.D., Constraint Programming and Genetic Algorithm, Stochastic Global Optimization: Techniques and Applications in Chemical Engineering, Edited by G.P. Rangaiah, Book accepted for publication by World Scientific.

TECHNICAL TALKS:

  1. Presented a talk on "Constrained Optimization in Process Systems Engineering", to researchers in INGENRO, April 28, 2008, Mumbai, India, 2008.
  2. Presented a talk on "Introduction to Constraint Programming" at the SERC school held at DDU, Nadiad, Gujarat , December 2007.
  3. Presented a talk on "Multi-objective optimization and Constraint Programming" at the SERC school held at DDU, Nadiad, Gujarat , December 2007.
  4. Presented a talk on "Constraint Programming for Combinatorial Optimization", to researchers in John F. Welch Technology Center, GE India, Bangalore, July 25, 2007.

SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS:

  1. Travel Grant to attend an International Conference from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of the Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Government of India.
  2. Scholarship for pursuing Masters, Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), Government of India.
  3. Scholarship for pursuing Doctoral work, Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), Government of India.

INDUSTRIAL TRAINING/ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE & RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS:

  1. Research Intern, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Bangalore, India, Jan 2007 - July 2007.
  2. Teaching Assistant at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, (July 04 to Dec 07 & July 07 to July 08) & at Coimbatore Institute of Technology, (from July 02 to May 04).
  3. Industrial Training at E.I.D Parry (I) Limited, Cuddalore, India for 15 days.

COMPUTER LITERACY:

  1. Systems: Windows XP, VISTA.
  2. Software: MS Office, Matlab, GAMS, Mosel - XpressMP, ILOG - OPL Studio, Aspen Plus.