Dr. Ali is an Associate Professor with the Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M). from December 2011. He has been an Assistant Professor from December 2011 in the same department. Before this he was a Newton International Fellow in the University of Swansea, UK. He has been a research scientist in Automatic Control Laboratory, IUT-Longwy, CRAN-CNRS, Nancy University, France. Dr. Ali obtained his doctorate in the Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2008 and B.E. from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2003.
Dr. Ali's current research interest are in the interdisciplinary area of smart materials and structures. He is particularly interested in vibration based Energy Harvesting for wireless smart systems. Apart from energy harvesting Dr. Ali is interested in nonlinear control of smart systems. He has expertise in semi-active vibration control using magneto-rheological devices. His works include both development of suitable control algorithms for structures and their experimental verifications.
Dr. Ali is also interested in control of infinite dimensional systems and control applications to bio-medical engineering.