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Prof. Manoj K. Arora

Director,
Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University)

Biography

Prof. Manoj K. Arora holds a Ph.D in Remote Sensing from University of Wales Swansea (now Swansea University) UK. He was a post-doctoral research fellow for more than one and half years in a NASA sponsored project in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Syracuse University, USA. He completed B.E. in Civil Engineering in 1984 from Punjab Engineering College (PEC) and M.E. in Civil Engineering in 1986 from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee).

He has about 30 years of teaching, research and administrative experience in academic institutions in India, UK and USA.

His significant outcomes in terms of numbers are; initiation and execution of 42 sponsored research and consultancy projects with funding to the tune of over Rs. 8 Crores, publication of two books and 16 book chapters, 2 research papers in International and National Journals and Conferences, 50 invited talks and keynote addresses, and Chair of several conference sessions. He has guided 20 Ph.D. thesis (and 5 currently registered) and 56 Masters dissertations. His current Google Scholar record is; citations: 4218, h-index: 31 and i10 index: 52.

He works in the areas of Remote Sensing, Surveying and Mapping, Geographic Information System (GIS) & Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and their applications. His allied research areas are Digital Image Classification, Soft Computing, Land Cover Mapping from Optical and Microwave Sensing, SAR Interferometry, Hazard and Risk Studies.

He has earned Outstanding Teacher Award twice at IIT Roorkee, the Commonwealth Scholarship Award for Ph. D. in UK, the DST Young Scientist Award, the AICTE Young Teacher Career Award, post-doctoral fellowship in a NASA sponsored project, USA,  and 3 best paper awards.

He has collaborated with a number of organisations both India and abroad. These include Syracuse University, USA; Getty Foundation, USA; University of Nottingham, UK; Norwegian Geotechnical Society, Norway; Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DRDO); Dehradun; Snow and Avalanche Establishment Center (DRDO), Chandigarh; Space Application Cente, Ahmedabad; Chandigarh Administration; IIIT Delhi; Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, Tehri; Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, Delhi; Indian Railways, Delhi; Central Public Works Department, Delhi.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, and has been an active member of many professional societies including American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, Indian Society of Remote Sensing.

He is the Chairman of Regional Committee for North Western Region, AICTE, Co-chair of Chandigarh State Higher Education Council (SHEC), RUSA, Vice President of Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster, member, Research Council, CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh.

He also serves on a number of committees of IITs, DRDO, UPSC, CSIR, UGC, AICTE and other organizations of excellence. Some examples are: Chairman of Regional Committee for North Western Region, AICTE; Member, Academic Advisory Council (AAC) Development of Online Courses for SWAYAM. He has also chaired a number of NBA teams.

He coordinated GATE 2009 at national level and sowed the seeds of GATE online in 2010, as Chairman GATE in respective years.

During his stay at PEC since July 1, 2013, he has brought several administrative & academic reforms and has strengthen academia-industry interface. He has been instrumental in creating Kalpana Chawla Chair of Geospatial Technology from Indian Railways with an endowment of Rs. 10 Crores, and opening up of Smart City Innovation Center with the support of UT Administration and Punjab Government at PEC, Chandigarh.

Education

  • Ph. D. (Remote Sensing), University of Wales Swansea (now Swansea University), UK, 1996
  • M.E. (Survey & Photogrammetry), University of Roorkee (now I I T Roorkee), India, 1986
  • B.E. (Civil), Punjab Engineering College (now PEC University), Chandigarh, India, 1984

Training

  • One week training course on Bernese' GPS Software in University of Bern, Switzerland, (15.2.99 to 21.2.99)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, IIT Roorkee (2010)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, IIT Roorkee (2006)
  • Star Performer in Teaching and Research, IIT Roorkee, (2005-06)
  • Star Performer in Teaching and Research, IIT Roorkee, (2004-05)
  • Star Performer in Teaching and Research, IIT Roorkee, (2003-04)
  • Visiting fellowship, Syracuse University, USA (2004)
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in a NASA project at Syracuse University, USA (2002-2003)
  • Young Teacher Career Award from All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), India (1998)
  • Core areas: Remote Sensing and GIS, Surveying, GPS applications
  • Allied areas: Advances in Digital Image Classification, Soft Computing, Land Cover Mapping,SAR Interferometry, Hazard and Risk Studies.

Consultancy Projects in India and abroad: 20

  1. Field Survey Work for Bridge Alignment at river Ganges in DeoPrayag
  2. Reconnaissance Surveys for a Rail Route Alignment from Jammu to Poonch.
  3. Design of Drainage and Sewage in Moradabad City (Topographical surveys of a part of Moradabad City).
  4. Bridge Survey Work at Yamuna river.
  5. Soil Erosion Estimation using GIS.
  6. Levelling of Feeder Channel connecting Upper Ganga Canal and Eastern Yamuna Canal.
  7. Topographical Survey of Pendaras Village, Koteshwar.
  8. Contour Survey of a Landslide area near Haridwar.
  9. Profile Leveling along proposed Sewer Line, BHEL, Haridwar
  10. Development of Index to Monitor Debris Cover on Himalayan Glaciers using LISS II and LISS IV Data
  11. Software for Advanced Classifiers for Multispectral Remote Sensing Images, Defence Electronics Application Laboratory, DRDO, Dehradun
  12. Provision of GCP using GPS Survey in Delhi area.
  13. GIS Training for Army Personnel
  14. Remote Sensing and GIS Training for Scientists and Academicians
  15. Safeland: Living with Landslide Risk in Europe: Assessment, Effects of Global Change and Risk Management Strategies, International Center of GeoHazards, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway
  16. Development of an Operational Algorithm for Snow Water Equivalent, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE)
  17. Development of Algorithms for Anomaly Detection and Sub-pixel Classification fromHyperspectral Remote Sensing Data, Defence Electronics Application Laboratory, DRDO, Dehradun
  18. Development of Algorithms for Feature Reduction and Per-pixel Classification from Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Data, Defence Electronics Application Laboratory, DRDO, Dehradun
  19. Groundwater Table Checking along Madhya Ganges Canal, World Bank Project, UP Irrigation Department.
  20. Alignment checking of Rishikesh to Karnprayag railway line (ongoing)

Total research experience till date: ~26 Years


ME Thesis Topic: Error analysis in survey and photogrammetric projects
PhD Thesis Topic: An Evaluation of Factors Affecting the Accuracy of Digital Multispectral Land Cover Classifications


Publications
i) Articles: 180 (169 papers + 11 chapters)
Research Papers Published: 166
In press/Accepted: 03
Under Revision/Submitted/Preparation: 07
Chapters in Books: Published 11
ii) Books
Distance Education Learning Books: 2
Edited Book: 1
Text Book: 1
iii) Invited Lecture:s 31


Ph. D Theses Supervision: 14 (Completed), 7 (In progress)
M. Tech./ M. S. Theses Supervised: 50 (Completed), 2 (In progress)