Professor Prasanth B. Nair
University of Toronto
Institute for Aerospace Studies
4925 Dufferin St., Ontario, Canada M3H 5T6
Email: pbn (AT)

Prasanth Nair is the Canada Research Chair in Computational Modeling and Design Optimization Under Uncertainty and a Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). His current research interests lie in the following areas: (1) Numerical methods for learning from large datasets with applications to dimensionality reduction, regression, density estimation and discovery of continuous operator equations, (2) Numerical methods for stochastic differential equations, (3) Optimization under uncertainty, (4) Decomposition schemes for high-dimensional functions, and (5) Parallel numerical algorithms for multiprocessor architectures. The application areas of interest include aerospace design problems, biomedical device design, optimal control, and computational materials science.

Professor Nair obtained his doctorate degree in Computational Engineering from the University of Southampton in 2000, and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai in 1995 and 1997, respectively. After completing his PhD, he was appointed as a Research Fellow in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton. He was promoted to University Senior Research Fellow in 2002 and he became a Senior Lecturer in 2007. He joined UTIAS in March 2011.

Professor Nair is the co-author of a book on Aerospace Design (Computational Approaches for Aerospace Design, John-Wiley and Sons, 2005) and over 100 articles in referred journals, edited books and conference proceedings.