Prakash is a senior lecturer in civil engineering at the University of Exeter. He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his Masters and PhD from North Carolina State University in the USA. His doctoral research was on the development of optimisation approaches (e.g., evolutionary optimisation methods) for the design of civil engineering structures such as steel trusses and frames. Post PhD, he worked briefly as a post-doctoral researcher at the applied computing and mechanics laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. During this period, he was exposed to the area of structural health monitoring and the potential of using data mining/machine learning techniques for making sense of large amounts of measurement data, which he has since continued to explore through his academic career.
Prakash’s research interests are broadly aimed at facilitating sustainable and resilient civil infrastructures, with a particular emphasis on bridge structures. He has a track record in the application of both physics-based methods and data-driven methods for the interpretation of structural response and environmental data, with the aim of supporting bridge owners and operators in decision-making related to structural management. He has a keen interest in the fusion of heterogeneous data from disparate sources such as weather predictions, environmental data and infrastructure condition data, for understanding and enhancing resilience of infrastructure systems to extreme weather events such as flooding. He is also interested in the design of decision support systems that can enable engineers to effectively visualise, manipulate and process data to support structural management.