Dr Ashok Rao

Dr.Rao holds a BE, ME & Ph.D all in EE from Mysore University (1982), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1985) and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1991) respectively. He specializes in Digital Signal Processing area and is known to be one of the leading figures in this area in India. In addition he teaches and researches in areas of Image Processing, Multimedia, Linear Algebra, Renewable Energy, Bio-Metrics, Appropriate Technology & Sustainable Development, Management, Archeology, Education & Academic Reforms and ICT.

He has over 30 years of Teaching & Research Experience which Includes:

  • 6 years in IIT Bombay,
  • 7 years in IISc Bangalore,
  • 4 years in NITK Surathkal, the rest in various places in India.
  • He has successfully guided Ph.D’s both in E & C and Computer Science areas and has over 100 publications.
  • He is also a Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) specialist having been trained by Siemens Solar California during 1996-1997.

Earlier he was Head, Network Project at CEDT, IISc Bangalore from 1999-2005. It was a project funded by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development & Co-operation) and covered E & C Engineering education in whole of South India (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerela). This is among the very few successful higher education projects in India. The learning’s and experiences from this project has been scaled up as TEQIP across India to cover broader Engineering Education.


  • He is a Gold Medalist from IISc, Bangalore during 1983-85.
  • He has been awarded Texas Instruments (TI) International DSP Design & Education Award for promoting Excellence in Under Graduate DSP education during 1996-98.
  • He has received Citation from Philips Company for regularly crafting excellent UG students in E & C, in area of Signal processing & Digital Communication during 96-98.
  • He is among the very few across the world to be invited to make a presentation in    PAN-IIT-2006 global meet.

He is also a Entrepreneur having successfully started and managed several IT & Renewable Energy companies during 1998 to 2011. From 1999, he has been a Consultant on Design of DSP & Multimedia systems to Philips, NXP (Star TV), Tektronix, Honeywell, Toshiba, SONY, Infineon, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, LG, etc. From 2007, He has been a Guest / Visiting Professor at IIM Bangalore , teaching PGPP and PGSEM programs and executive MBA programs there. He teaches Entrepreneurship and Public Policy courses there. He is one of the very few to have taught courses & done research in multidisciplinary areas and Institutions like IIT, IISc, NIT and IIM in India. Currently he is also a Advisor for Research, Govt. of Kerala (Dept of Technical Education) from 2013.