Arya Kumar Bhattacharya

School of Engineering Sciences

Dr. Arya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His inter- disciplinary research interests cover computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, evolutionary optimization multi-objective and multi-disciplinary, computational intelligence incorporating machine learning and data mining, advanced analytics, Game Theory and Agent-based systems, Genetic programming, autonomous systems, adaptive systems, signal processing including image processing, high performance computing, and systems engineering enabling the realization of successful systems. The focus is on applications in industry, transportation and other diverse domains.

Dr. Arya holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur,India. He has been actively engaged in Research and Development at organizations like Tata Steel, Alstom and Defence Research and Development Organization (India). He has also taught at BIT, Mesra as an AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor.

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  • Ph.D. (Aerospace Engineering),Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 1994.
  • M. Tech. (Computational Mechanics),Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 1986.
  • Integrated (5-year) M. Sc.(Mathematics), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur,India, 1984.
  • Advanced Analytics using novel techniques incorporating Machine Learning, Data Mining and Adaptive Critics for real time prediction of adverse digressions in continuous time systems& processes - both natural and man-made.
  • Evolutionary Optimization - single- and multi- objective - for design of systems and industrial process parameters.
  • Multi-Agent Systems and Game Theory for Expert Systems for complex industrial processes.
  • Genetic Programming and directed evolution of Autonomous systems.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics for design of industrial equipment and improvement of industrial processes.
  • Wavelet based signal processing techniques for online extraction of mineral content from hyper-spectral imaging of ground surfaces.
  • Image processing for online recognition of surface defects in industrial products.
  • Condition Monitoring techniques for real time recognition of incipient faults / digressions in systems / industrial processes.
  • Design, Development, Verification & Validation of complex systems of high reliability, availability and maintainability.
  • Design, Analysis and Simulation of Railway Signaling systems.
  • Modelling & simulation techniques for analysis of complex systems - performance and reliability aspects.
  • Fuzzy control - industrial processes and airborne vehicles.
  • Computational Aerodynamics for analysis and design of tactical aircraft.

    A. Journals

  1. Debjani, S. and Bhattacharya, A.K., "Synthesis of CFD and Monte-Carlo simulations for improved design and operation of Dense Medium Cyclones", Computers and Fluids (Elsevier), Vol. 96, June 2014, pp. 47-62.
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  2. Bhattacharya. A.K., Sambasivam, D. and Debjani A., "Estimation of operating Blast Furnace reactor invisible interior surface using Differential Evolution", Applied Soft Computing (Elsevier), Vol. 13, May 2013, pp. 2767-2789.
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  3. Bhattacharya. A.K., RoyChowdhury A., Mitra, P.S., Srinivas, P.S. and Nandi, U., "A system SmartCast for online prognostics of continuous casting conditions for improved process stability and product quality", Invited Paper for Steel Tech Journal, April 2010 issue. Read more
  4. Sambasivam, D. and Bhattacharya, A.K. "Exploration of Flow Behaviour in Dense Media Cyclones using CFD: LES Multiphase Fluent Solutions", Tata Search Journal, 2009, Vol. 1, pp. 63-69.
  5. Magendran, T., Sanjeevi., S., Bhattacharya, A.K. and Surada, S., "Hyperspectral Radiometry to Quantify the Grades of Iron Ores of Noamundi and Joda Mines, Eastern India", Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing, June, 2011. Read more
  6. Bhattacharya, A.K. and Sambasivam, D. "Evolutionary Synthesis of Optimal Oscillation parameters in Slab Continuous Casters for improved Casting Performance: Quality and Stability", Tata Search Journal, 2008, Vol. 2, pp. 257-267.
  7. Bhattacharya, A.K., Srinivas, P., Chithra, K., Jatla, S.V. and Das, J., "Recognition of Fault Signature Patterns using Fuzzy Logic for prevention of breakdowns in Steel Continuous Casting Process", Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence, Lecture Notes in Computer Science LNCS 3776, Springer Verlag, 2005, pp. 318-324. Read more
  8. Bhattacharya, A.K., Kumar J. and Jayati, P., "Optimal routing of concurrent vehicles in a minefield using Genetic Algorithms", Tata Search Journal Vol. 2, 2004, pp. 436-442.
  9. Bhattacharya, A.K., "Simulation of store separation from aircraft - an efficient, unsteady CFD based approach", Journal of Aeronautical Society of India, May 1999, pp. 51-62.
  10. Bhattacharya, A.K. and Arora, N.L., "A hybrid Integral Equation - Finite volume scheme for transonic potential flow over complex configurations", Aeronautical Journal, Feb. 1994, pp. 34-48.
  11. Bhattacharya, A.K. and Arora, N.L., "Numerical Modeling of leading edge separated flows at incompressible speeds", Journal of Aeronautical Society of India, Sep. 1992, pp.165-170.
  12. B. Book Chapters

  13. Arya K. Bhattacharya and Debjani Sambasivam, Optimization of Oscillation Parameters in Continuous Casting Process of Steel Manufacturing: Genetic Algorithms versus Differential Evolution, Evolutionary Computation, Wellington Pinheiro dos Santos (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-008-7, InTech, Oct 2009, Available here for download (More than 7000 downloads)
  14. C. International Conferences with Selection Panels

  15. Bhattacharya. A.K., Mitra, P.S., Srinivas, P.S., RoyChowdhury A. and Nandi, U., "SmartCast: Mapping complexity of an industrial process into simplicity of a representative system with high modeling fidelity", Proceedings of 8th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, Jinan, China, 7-9 July 2010, pp. 2273-2278. Read more
  16. Bhattacharya, A.K., Debjani, S., RoyChowdhury, A. and Das J. "Optimization of Continuous Casting Mould Oscillation parameters in Steel Manufacturing process using Genetic Algorithms", Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation, CEC2007, Singapore, Sept 25-28, 2007, pp. 3998-4004. Read more
  17. Bhattacharya, A.K., Tiwari, A., Debjani, A., Nandi, U. and Sarkar, A., "Online Evaluation of Steel Slab quality in production phase by Surface Crack Image Segmentation using Relative Fuzzy Connectedness", Proceedings of The 2007 International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Las Vegas, ISBN 1-60132-043-4, CSREA Press, June 24-28, pp. 353-361.
  18. Bhattacharya, A.K., Chithra, K., Jatla, S.V. and Srinivas, P., "Fuzzy Diagnostics System for Breakout prevention in Continuous Casting of Steel", Proceedings of 5th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, Hangzhou, China, 15-19 June 2004, vol.4, pp. 3141- 3145
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  19. Fisher, D.G. and Bhattacharya, A.K., "Analysis of Asynchronous Behaviour in Complex, ERTMS based Railway Systems", Proceedings of International ASPECT Conference of Institute of Railway Signalling Engineers, Sep, 2003, London.
  20. Bhattacharya, A.K. and Sivakumar, A.K., "Design of Fuzzy Logic Controller for unstable fighter aircraft using a Genetic Algorithm for rule optimization", published AIAA Paper 2000-4278 and presented at AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Denver, August 2000
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  21. Bhattacharya, A.K., "Simulation of store separation from aircraft - an efficient, unsteady CFD based approach", Invited Paper at 3rd. Asian CFD Conference, Bangalore, Dec. 1998, published in Proceedings, Vol. 1, pp. 156-165.
  22. Bhattacharya, A.K., Kanagarajan, V. and Mohan, S.R., "Unsteady Transonic Hybrid Integral Equation Finite Volume scheme for trajectory simulation of stores with time-step adaptation", Proceedings of 21st. ICAS Congress, Melbourne, Australia, Sep. 1998, Paper No. ICAS-98-2.4.4. Read more
  23. Bhattacharya, A.K., "Unsteady Transonic Integral Equation scheme for trajectory simulation of stores", AIAA Paper 98-0751, presented at 36th. AIAA Aerospace Sciences Conference, Reno, USA, Jan. 1998.
  24. Bhattacharya, A.K. and Arora, N.L., "A Field Integral technique for leading edge separated flow over delta wings at transonic speeds", Proceedings of 6th. International symposium on CFD, Lake Tahoe, USA, Sep. 1995, pp. 105-110.
  25. Bhattacharya, A.K. and Arora, N.L., "A hybrid Integral Equation - Finite Volume scheme for transonic potential flow past arbitrary configurations", Proceedings of Fifth Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics, South Korea, Aug. 1992, pp. 618-621.
  26. D. National Conferences with Selection Panels

  27. Bhattacharya, A.K., Sambasivam, D., Debjani A. & Chiranjeevi, G., "Estimation of hearth refractory condition in running blast furnaces: Heat transfer solutions on transformed domains", Proceedings of Second International Conference on Automation and Information Technology in Iron & Steel Making Processes, Ranchi, Dec 9-11, 2009.
  28. Bhattacharya, A.K. and Mohanty, I., "Accretion of Yield Strength Accuracy in Skin Pass Mill using Sequence of Artificial Neural Nets for Elongation Set-Point Specification", Proceedings of Second International Conference on Automation and Information Technology in Iron & Steel Making Processes, Ranchi, Dec 9-11, 2009.
  29. Bhattacharya, A.K., Srinivas, S. and Das, J., "Auto Adaptation of Breakout Detection Algorithm with Grade based on Temperature Patterns in Continuous Casting Mold", Proceedings of International Conference on Automation and Information Technology in Iron & Steel Making Processes, Ranchi, Feb 26-28, 2007.
  30. Bhattacharya, A.K., Bhanu C. and Singh B., "Application of Artificial Neural Network in Analysis and Design modes for enhanced, low-cost desulphurization in the steel making process", Proceedings of 20th National Convention of Computer Engineers, Jamshedpur, Feb 2006.
  31. E. Papers accepted for publication

  32. Bhattacharya, A.K., Kouluri, M.K., Srinivas, P.S. and Vishal V., "Online adaptation of detection algorithms in Breakout Prevention System for continuous casters based on temperature pattern spectral content", Tata Search Journal, 2014.
  • AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor at BIT, Mesra; June 2012 to April 2014.
  • Head of Intelligent Systems and Mathematical Modelling Expert Group, Automation Division, Tata Steel, Jamshedpur; Jan 2003 to Apr 2014.
  • Head of Department of Modeling & Analysis, Alstom Transport Information Solutions, London UK; Nov 2000 to Dec 2002.
  • Scientist at various levels at Aerodynamics Division, Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore; Aug 1993 to July 2000.
  • Aeronautical Engineer at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore; Aug 1986 to Dec 1988.


Twenty-two patents filed since 2004, dealing with industrial applications of different research areas covered above.


  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Member, Association of Computing Machinery.
  • Member, International Council of Systems Engineers.