Faculty Experts - C. Nataraj

C. Nataraj

C. Nataraj
Professor, Villanova University College of Engineering

Area of Expertise:

  • Unmanned Vehicles
  • Robotics
  • Vibration Analysis
  • Prognostics
  • Biological Modeling


Unmanned vehicles and robotics is Dr. Nataraj's primary area of specialty. Knowledgeable about prognostics, an engineering discipline that predicts the future condition of a component or system, he would be a good source for information on machinery maintenance and failure, as well as cutting-edge diagnostic healthcare systems. Nataraj has received several grants from the Office of Naval Research to investigate the feasibility of developing and testing unmanned ocean vehicles. An international speaker, he serves on a number of prestigious technical societies and professional boards, is an elected member of the Franklin Institute's Committee of the Sciences and the Arts, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Turbo Research Foundation, which sponsors research in engineering sciences.


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • M.S., Arizona State University
  • B.S., Indian Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

  • Farbod Fahimi, C. Nataraj, and Hashem Ashrafiuon,"Real-time obstacle avoidance for multiple mobile robots," Robotica, 2009.
  • Karthik Kappaganthu and C. Nataraj,"A biped with a moving torso," International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, 2009.
  • C. Nataraj and F. Ehrich "Nonlinear vibration," In Alan Piersol, editor, Shock and Vibration Handbook, number In Press. McGraw Hill, 2009.
  • Biswanath Samanta and C. Nataraj,"Automated diagnosis of cardiac state in healthcare systems using computational intelligence," International Journal of Services Operations and Informatics, 3(2), 162, 2008.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Director, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics & Control (CENDAC), College of Engineering, Villanova University
  • Research Engineer and Vice President, Trumpler Associates, Inc., West Chester, PA.
  • Instructor, Arizona State University

Selected Research

  • "Nonlinear Modeling and Control of Smart Valve Systems," Office of Naval Research, May 2009-May 2011.
  • "Introducing Undergraduates to Complex Systems Through Rapid-Prototyping of Low-cost Networked Mobile Robots," National Science Foundation, February 2009-December 2011.
  • "Autonomous Systems Research," Office of Naval Research, February 2009-May 2010.
  • "Unmanned Sailboat," Unmanned Ocean Vehicles, August 2008-December 2009.
  • "Nonlinear Modeling and Control of Smart Valve Systems," Office of Naval Research, May 2009-May 2011.

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