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574 Boston Ave., Room 318E
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617.672.2985
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Curriculum vitae

Pratap Misra
Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D. (Engineering Sciences), University of California, San Diego, 1973
M.S. (Mechanical Engineering), Lehigh University, 1967
B.Tech. (Mechanical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1965

Research Interests

Dr. Misra's research has focused on GPS and the global navigation satellite systems now under development (GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and others), and their applications, particularly in civil aviation. His current research interests, beside GPS-guided precision approach and landing, include personal and automobile navigation systems that combine multiple sensors (compass, camera, pedometer, accelerometer, gyro, etc.), data bases (digital street maps and Wi-Fi access point locations), and assistance from communication networks for robust positioning when GPS is not available.

Professional Positions

2014-present Professor of the Practice, Tufts University
Research Associate Professor, Tufts University
2007-2011 Senior Principal Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
1983-2007 Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1974-1983 IBM Federal Systems Division

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Kepler Award for "sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation," The Institute of Navigation, Satellite Division, 2014
  • Chair, Satellite Division, The Institute of Navigation, 2008-2010
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2007
  • Fellow of The Institute of Navigation (ION), 2004
  • Guest Editor, Proceedings of the IEEE, Special issue on GPS, January 1999
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, IBM Federal Systems Division, 1980

Selected Publications and Patents

  • P. Misra and P. Enge, GPS: Signals, Measurements, and Performance, Revised 2nd Edition, Ganga-Jamuna Press, 2011
  • S. Bednarz and P. Misra, "Receiver Clock-based Integrity Monitoring for GPS Precision Approaches," IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronic Systems,vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 636-643, April 2006.
  • M. Pratt, B. Burke, and P. Misra, "Satellite Navigation Receiver for precise Relative Positioning in Real Time," U.S. Patent No. 6,181,274 B1, January 30, 2001.
  • P. Misra, "Clock-aided Satellite Navigation Receiver System for Enhanced Position Estimation and Integrity Monitoring," U.S. Patent No. 5,623,414, April 22, 1997.
  • P. Misra, "Role of the Clock in a GPS Receiver," Innovation column, GPS WORLD, pp. 60-66, April 1996.
  • P. Misra, "Integrated Use of GPS and GLONASS in Civil Aviation," Lincoln Laboratory Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 231-248, 1993.
  • P. Misra, "Software Reliability Analysis," IBM Systems Journal, vol. 22, pp. 262-270, 1983.
  • P. Misra and S. Wheeler, "Crop Classification with Multispectral Scanner Data," Pattern Recognition, vol. 10, pp. 1-13, 1978.
  • P. Misra and H. Sorenson, "Parameter Estimation in Poisson Processes," IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, vol. IT-21, pp. 87-90, 1975.