Jagannathan  Kanniah Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Jagannathan Kanniah

Retired as Principal Lecturer
EEE School, Singapore Polytechnic

My training is in power/control area. In Singapore I started my work in robotics and game robotics. I was involved in organizing student teams and training them to take part in robotics competitions. I have developed methods of drive selection and gear ratio design for robots. I have worked on wall climbing, pole balancing, and biped robots. I am particularly interested in dynamics of robots.



Robotics:  bipedal robot, wall climbing robot, pole balancing robot, mine avoidance robot, robotic soccer, cat & mouse robot game, micro-mouse, and obstacle avoidance robot.

Instrumentation: Non-intrusive flow meters, dynamic inclinometers, frequency error monitors

Control: Dual-rate sampling adaptive controllers


2009- 2010- Designed, fabricated and tested a wall climbing robot using Bernoulli's principle

2007- 2008- Designed, programmed and tested a pole balancing robot with two-degrees of freedom

2005-2007-Developed techniques of computing ZMP compliant joint trajectories for biped robots

July’96- One of the founding members of the Robotics Games Society(Singapore).
Played an active role in their activities, like organizing robotics games(SRG) annually.

January’96-“Technology leader” for robotics in the Project II Management Team of the E.C.Dept, Singapore Polytechnic.

September ‘95: Acquired funding to the tune of $ 160,000 for a biped robot project; leading a team of 5 lecturers working on this project with an aim of designing, fabricating, and controlling a dynamic walking biped robot.

June’93-“Singapore Robotic Games Task Force Coordinator” of  the Singapore Polytechnic involving a team of  20 lecturers, technical officers, and technicians.

June’91-Section Head  for  “Robotics and Digital Control” Section of the Electronics and Communication Eng. Dept. of the Singapore Polytechnic.

(1987-89)-Designed and fabricated a “Non-intrusive Flow-meter”, as a Singapore Polytechnic sponsored innovation project

1987- Designed and fabricated an error frequency monitor for power stations, as a consultancy work for a local company. For this work, an original error detector circuit was developed.

(1982-1983)  Implemented adaptive  “load frequency control” and developed  a   pseudo-state model for the analysis of multi-rate sampling self-tuning regulators.

(1978-1982)-Ph.D. Thesis: “Dual-rate sampling self tuning regulator and its implementation in excitation control”

July-September ’99: Worked with Professor Gill Pratt, as a Visiting Scientist at Artificial Intelligence Lab (Leg Lab), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

January-March ‘92: Sabbatical at Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden; Worked on a DSP based fast adaptive regulator with pre- and post-filtering (predictive first order hold) jointly with Professor Karl Johan Astrom.

Book published earlier:

J.Kanniah, M.F.Ercan et.al. Bits and Bytes of Robotics. Pearson/Prentice Hall, Singapore. 2004


    Power, Control, Robotics

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    System Analysis, Adaptive Control, Instrumentation, Biped Robotics, Game Robotics

Personal Interests

    Poetry, literature, photography


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Published: Oct 13, 2013

Walking Demo


Published: Oct 13, 2013

Pole Balancing Robot(two degrees of freedom)

Wall Climbing Robot

Published: Oct 11, 2013

Uses Bernoulli's Principle

Wall Climbing Robot-The flipper

Published: Oct 11, 2013

Robot uses suction cups