Mohan, Malkani

Professor & Associate Dean

Dr. Malkani has over 40 years of experience in teaching, research and research administration in both industrial and academic environments. Dr. Malkani is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University. He is the Director of Engineering Research Institute (ERI) and also the Director of the Center for Neural Engineering funded by the U.S.NAVY.

Under his leadership the ERI funding has increased from $185,000 in 1985 to over one million dollars per year since 1992, and the number of funded projects increased from one in 1985 to fifteen in 1998. He was a visiting Scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for eight summers (1972-1980). He was general chairman of two NSF supported workshops on Neural Networks and Fuzzy-Neuro Systems at TSU for HBCU engineering faculty in 1991 and 1993 respectively. Dr. Malkani has been PI and Co-PI on many NASA, NSF, DOE, DISA, and DoD grants and contracts, and has presented papers at many national and international conferences. His research interests include robotics, machine intelligence, data mining, and information technologies. Dr. Malkani was an invited speaker to DoD SBIT/STTR conference (1998), and other DoD HBCU/MI Assistance conferences (1999-2002).

Dr. Malkani is reviewer for ASEE, EPA, NSF, ONR and IEEE Press. He was also a reviewer for NSF Education Coalition Centers (1994-1999). He is a Senior Life Member of IEEE, Senior Member of ASME and a Member of ASEE. He has supervised many Masters theses and has served as theses committee member for more than 30 students since 1994. He also serves on the Ph.D advisory committee.



Office: 230 E Torrence Hall



B.S.   1953 M.S. University of Baroda, India  Physics-Math
M.S.   1955 M.S. University of Baroda, India  Physics
M.S.   1964 Mississippi State University   Electrical Engineering
Ph.D.  1980 Vanderbilt University    Electrical Engineering



  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Tennessee State University, 1979-present
  • Professor and Head of Electrical Engineering, Tennessee State University, 1967-1978
  • Director, Engineering Research institute, College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science, Tennessee State University, 1983-present
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL), 1964-1967
  • Instructor of Electrical Engineering, Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL), 1963-1963
  • Lecturer in Physics, National College (Bombay, India), 1957-1960
  • Laboratory Instructor in Physics, Jai Hind College (Bombay, India) 1955-1957



  • Visiting Scientist, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Boston, MA  1970-73, 75-76, 80-81
  • Consultant, Hazeltine Corporation, Little Neck, NY    1969
  • Advisory Engineer, IBM, Cape Kennedy, FL     1967
  • Research Specialist-Control Systems, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI 1966




• F.H. Yao, A. Sekmen, and M. Malkani, “Real-time Multiple Moving Targets Detection from Airborne IR Imagery by Dynamic Gabor Filter and Dynamic Gaussian Detector,” EURASIP Journal of Image and Video Processing, Volume 2010, June 2010.

• Saleh Zein-Sabatto, Abdulqadir Khoshnaw, Sachin Shetty, Mohan Malkani, and Atindra Mitra, “Modeling Decision Uncertainties in Total situation awareness using Cloud Computation theory,”2011 SPIE-Proceedings SPIE Vol. 7705, April 2011

• Atindra K. Mitra, Miguel Gates, Chris Barber, Thomas Goodwin, Ratsko Selmic, Raul Ordonez, Ali Sekmen and Mohan Malkani, “Sensor Agnostics for Networked MAV Applications, “Invited Paper at 2010 SPIE-Proceedings SPIE Vol. 7704  77040R-1-15, April 2010

• Tamara Rogers, Amir Shirkhodaie, Atindra Mitra, Mohan Malkani et al, “ Distributed Sensor Concepts for Perimeter Surveillance and Vehicle Classification,” Proceedings SPIE Vol. 7305, 73050a, April 2009

• F.H. Yao, A. Sekmen, and M. Malkani, “A Novel Method for Real-time Multiple Moving Targets Detection from Moving IR Camera,” The 19th International conference on pattern recognition, December 8-11, 2008, Tampa, Florida,

• F.H. Yao, A. Sekmen, and M. Malkani: “Multiple Moving Target Detection, Tracking, and Recognition from a Moving Observer,” IEEE International Conference on Information and automation,2008, June 20-23, 2008 Zhanjiajie, China.

• W.Chen, M.Malkani,A. Shirkhodaie, K.Wada, M. Zein-Sabatto, “A Novel Architecture and Efficient Broadcasting for Dynamic Sensor Networks,” Proceedings Twelfth International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 2006.

• W.Chen, M. A. K. M. Islam, M. Malkani, A. Shirkhodaie, K. Wada, M. Zein-Sabatto, “ A Novel Cluster-based Architecture and Fast Broadcasting for Dynamic Sensor networks,” Proceedings of the 9th Japan-Korea Joint Workshop on Algorithms and Computation, pp. 127-134, 2006

• W. Chen, M. Malkani, A. Shirkhodaie, K. Wada, M. Zein-Sabatto, “ Fusion-Oriented Networking Architecture and Routing Protocol for Dynamic Sensor Networks,” Workshop of Smart Sensor Fusion technology and Proceedings in ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2006

• W. Chen, M. A. K. Isslam,M. Malkani, A. Shirkhodaie, K. Wada, M. Zein-Sabatto, “  A Novel Cluster- based Architecture and Fast Broadcasting for Dynamic Sensors Networks,” Proceedings of the 9th Japan-Korea Joint Workshop on Algorithms and Computation, pp 127-134, 2006.

• M. Bodruzzaman, M. Malkani, J. Johnson, "Center for Neural Engineering: Applications of Pulse Coupled Neural Network," Proceedings of Workshop on Virtual Intelligence-Dynamic Neural Networks, Stockholm, Sweden, June, 1998.

• M. Malkani, M. Bodruzzaman, "Neural network modeling of neuromuscular signals. "Proceeding of the International Symposia on Information Sciences (Fuzzy Systems) (ISKIT'92),Vol.1,pp 47-50, Iizuka,Fakuoka, Japan, July 1992.

• M. Malkani, B. Bodruzzaman,"Chaotic neural networks and their possible applications to biological system modeling." Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks (IIZUKA'92), Vol.1, pp. 165-168, Iizuka, Fakuoka, Japan, 1992.




Grant activities include:

  • P.I., ”Sensors Thrust Research,”-($935,000) from Air Force research Laboratory 2006-2009
  • P.I., "Center for Neural Engineering"- ($2,341,521) from the Office of Naval Research, 1992-2004.
  • PI, “Modernization of Robotics Laboratory” DoD Infrastructure grant (179,625), 2002--2004
  • P.I.,"Modernization of Engineering Research Institute", DoD Infrastructure grant ($400,000), 1997-1999.
  • Co-PI.,"High Performance Computing Modernization Program"-($500,000) from Northrop-Grumman/NAVO/DoD, 1997-2000.
  • Co-PI, “Building Research Capacity and Increasing Doctoral success for Underrepresented Minority Students at Tennessee State University,” ($779,918), from NSF, 2002-2005
  • PI, “Information Technologies”, Defense Information Systems Agency, ID/IQ contract, 1999-2005
  • Co-PI, “Center for excellence in Battlefield sensor fusion,”-($2,324,145) from the Army Research Office, 2004-2009



• AFRL-Sensors Thrust Research, PI, $1,327,000 (2006-2011)
• NAVSEA- Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC), Co-PI, $1, 600,000, (2010-2016)
• ARO- Center for Excellence in Battle field Sensor Fusion, Co-PI, $2,352,16, (2004-2010)
• ONR- Center for Neural Engineering, PI, 1,320,000 (1992-2004)
• NSF-HBCU-UP- Implementation Grant, Co-PI, $2,487,191) (2007-2012)



  • Life Senior Member IEEE
  • Reviewer for IEEE, ASEE



Harold Szu,( Southwest Louisiana University), Pietro Perona,(Caltech), David Hall(Penn. State University),Reinhold Mann,( Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Richard Saeks (Accurate Automation Corporation), Shashi Phoha, (Penn State University), George Cook (Vanderbilt University), Richard Moore( Utah State University), Amir Shirkhodaie (Tenn. State Univ.), Ali Sekmen (Tenn. State Univ.), Joel Davis (ONR),Amula Garga (Penn State Univ.)


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