I, Dr. T.C.Manjunath, aged 47 years was born in Bangalore, Karnataka, India on Feb. 6, 1966 & received the B.E. Degree (Bachelor of Engg.) from R.V. College of Engg. (Bangalore Univ., B’lore) in the year 1989, M.E. degree in Automation, Control & Robotics from the Govt.’s LD College of Engg., (Gujarat Univ., Ahmadabad) in the year 1992 and Ph.D. in Systems & Control Engg. from the prestigious IIT Bombay in the year 2007 respectively. I have got a teaching & administrative experience of nearly 25 long years in various engineering colleges all over the country and is currently working as Principal, i.e., as Head of the Institution in HKBK College of Engg., Bangalore, Karnataka, India. I have published more than 360+ papers in the various National, International journals and Conferences in India & abroad and published more than a dozen textbooks. I have also published a research monograph in the International level from the Springer-Verlag publishers based on my Ph.D. thesis topic. I am Fellow of IETE, IE & Sr. member of IEEE, along with life member of ISSS, ISOI, SSI, CSI, ISTE, IETE, IE. I was awarded with the “Best research scholar award in engineering discipline” for the academic year 2006-07 from the Research Scholars Forum from IIT Bombay.
Message for young researchers
Do something creative in the world, which is not done so far, the work what you do will be cited or referred by some many researchers across the world as the slogan in advanced countries say, “Publish or Perish”, in short to say, “creativity is the mother of all inventions”.
Current research status
Doing work on – Smart materials structures, Intelligent systems, Vibration control, Image & speech processing, Robotics, Control of dynamical systems along with my UG, PG & PhD students.
How do you approach a research ?
A person may select any method of approaching a research problem, actually, there are 4 approaches for doing research, viz.,
Quantitative research :
Quantitative research is generally associated with the positivist/post-positivist paradigm. It usually involves collecting and converting data into numerical form so that statistical calculations can be made and conclusions drawn.
Qualitative research :
Qualitative research is the approach usually associated with the social constructivist paradigm which emphasizes the socially constructed nature of reality. It is about recording, analyzing and attempting to uncover the deeper meaning and significance of human behavior and experience, including contradictory beliefs, behaviors and emotions. Researchers are interested in gaining a rich and complex understanding of people’s experience and not in obtaining information which can be generalized to other larger groups.
Pragmatic approach to research (mixed methods)
The pragmatic approach to science involves using the method which appears best suited to the research problem and not getting caught up in philosophical debates about which is the best approach. Pragmatic researchers therefore grant themselves the freedom to use any of the methods, techniques and procedures typically associated with quantitative or qualitative research.
Advocacy/participatory approach to research (emancipatory)
To some degree, researchers adopting an advocacy/participatory approach feel that the approaches to research described so far do not respond to the needs or situation of people from marginalised or vulnerable groups. As they aim to bring about positive change in the lives of the research subjects, their approach is sometimes described as emancipatory. It is not a neutral stance.
How much time you require for writting a paper?
It takes minimum 3 to 4 months to write a paper as one has to go for the literature survey, digest the things what is going on in the current scenario, try to find the lacunas / drawbacks in those papers, device some new strategy or algorithm, use the appropriate simulation tool followed by some real time simulation to validate the simulated results.
What was your successful moment in life ?
My most successful moment in my life was when I took my Ph.D. (Doctoral degree) in the convocation in IIT Bombay in August 2007.
What do you think for IJCEA ?
I think IJCEA is coming up very well as a international journal, still some improvisations has to be made in order to compete with the world class journals like the IEEE, ASME, Springer, Elsivier, IEE, Science Direct, etc, if hard work & proper follow up is done, it can be achieved in time.
How you were inspired for research?
I was inspired by research as one day I sat in a science function as a participant in IISc during which our Ex-President & the missile man of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam gave a talk of how importance research is, citing the name of the 19th & 20th century scientists as a result of which are today in the modern technological world, this speech shook me & I overtook for doing my PG, PhD & thought of continuing in the academic field so that I too can contribute a small thing to the society & to my country.
My favourite hobbies are watching TV, playing chess & carom, driving, sight-seeing.
I am married to Mrs. K.G.Uma, who is 42 years old, a mother of 2 daughters, Nidhisha & Nikhitha who are studying in X & IV standard respectively.