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Rahul Rai

Rahul Rai

Dean's Distinguished Professor
(864) 283-7233
4 Research Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

Rahul Rai's CV

Geometric Reasoning and Artificial Intelligence Lab (GRAIL) Website

Dr. Rahul Rai joined the Department of Automotive Engineering in 2020 as Dean’s Distinguished Professor in the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). He directs the Geometric Reasoning and Artificial Intelligence Lab (GRAIL, which is located at both CU-ICAR and Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI). Previously, he served on the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University at Buffalo-SUNY (2012-2020). Dr. Rai also has industrial research center experiences at United Technology Research Center (UTRC) and Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

Dr. Rai received his B.Tech. degree in 2000 and M.S. degree in 2002 in Manufacturing Engineering from the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT), Ranchi, India, and Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) USA, respectively. He earned his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin USA in 2006.

Dr. Rai’s research is focused on developing computational tools for Manufacturing, Cyber-Physical System (CPS) Design, Autonomy, Collaborative Human-Technology Systems, Diagnostics and Prognostics, and Extended Reality (XR) domains. By combining engineering innovations with methods from machine learning, AI, statistics and optimization, and geometric reasoning, his research strives to solve important problems in the above-mentioned domains. His research has been supported by NSF, DARPA, ONR, ARL, NSWC, DMDII, CESMII, HP, NYSERDA, and NYSPII (funding totaling more than $20M as PI/Co-PI). He has authored over 100 papers to date in peer-reviewed conferences and journals covering a wide array of problems.

Dr. Rai is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2009 HP Design Innovation, 2017 ASME IDETC/CIE Young Engineer Award, and 2019 PHM society conference best paper award. Additionally, Dr. Rai is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Production Research and ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering (JCISE) journals and has taken significant leadership roles within the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering professional society.