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Pratap Misra

Professor of the Practice
Mechanical Engineering

Pratap Misra

Pratap Misra

Professor of the Practice
Mechanical Engineering

Phone 617-627-3239
504 Boston Avenue, Room 209
Medford, MA
Research: 
GPS, emerging satellite navigation systems
Biography: 

Before joining Tufts University in 2010, Pratap Misra had a 40-year career in industry, mostly developing algorithms for various purposes. Those purposes included identifying crops in early Landsat images; managing computer systems at Johnson Space Center so they would keep up with data streams from Skylab; analyzing software readiness to fly a space shuttle mission; resolving radio signals that are close in frequency; and ensuring that a pilot can safely execute a GPS-guided approach to a fogged-in runway. Pratap has written two books on GPS: a widely used graduate-level engineering textbook coauthored with Professor Per Enge of Stanford University, and a 100-page chatty account aimed at general GPS users who may be curious about what GPS is, how it works, and how it came about.

Education: 
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
Professional Experience: 
2014-present:

Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2010-2014:

Research Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2007-2011:

Senior Principal Engineer, MITRE Corporation

1983-2007:

Lincoln Laboratory, MIT

1974-1983:

IBM Federal Systems Division

Research Interests: 

Pratap 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.), databases (digital street maps and Wi-Fi access point locations), and assistance from communication networks for robust positioning when GPS is not available.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2014: Kepler Award, Satellite Division, the Institute of Navigation
2008-2010: Chair, Satellite Division, the Institute of Navigation
2007: Elected Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
2004: Elected Fellow, the Institute of Navigation
1999: Guest Editor, Proceedings of the IEEE, special issue on GPS
1980: Outstanding Achievement Award, IBM Federal Systems Division
Professional Memberships: 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Institute of Navigation (ION)
Patents: 
Pratt, M., Burke, B., and Misra, P. "Satellite navigation receiver for precise relative positioning in real time," U.S. Patent 6,181,274 B1. 2001.
Misra, P. "Clock-aided satellite navigation receiver system for monitoring the integrity of satellite signals," U.S. Patent 5,931,889. 1999.
Misra, P. "Clock-aided satellite navigation receiver system for enhanced position estimation and integrity monitoring," U.S. Patent 5,623,414. 1997.