Dr.Rao holds a BE, ME & PhD all in EE from Mysore University (1982), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1985) and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1991) respectively.
He specialises in Digital Signal Processing area and is known to be one of the leading figures in this area in India. In addition, he teaches Image Processing, Multimedia, Linear Algebra, Renewable Energy, BioMetrics and ICT. He has over 25 years of Teaching & Research Experience which Includes 6 years in IIT Bombay and 7 years in IISc Bangalore, the rest in various places in India. He has successfully guided PhD’s both in E & C and Computer Science areas and has over 80 publications.
He is also a Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) specialist having been trained by Siemens Solar California during 1996-1997. Earlier he was Head, Network Project at CEDT, IISc Bangalore from 1999-2005. It was a project funded by Swiss Government and covered E & C Engineering education in the whole of South India, this is among the very few successful higher education projects in India.
From 1999, he has been a Training consultant on Design of DSP & Multimedia systems to Philips, NXP, Techtronic’s, Honeywell, Toshiba, SONY, Infineon, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, etc. He has been awarded Texas Instruments (TI) International DSP Design & Education Award for promoting Excellence in Under Graduate DSP education in India during 1996-98. He is also an Entrepreneur having successfully started several ICT & Renewable Energy companies during 1998 to 2009. He is one of the very few to be invited to make a presentation in a PAN-IIT-2006 global meet.
He has been a Guest professor at IIM Bangalore from 2007 teaching PGPP and PGSEM programs and executive MBA programs there.