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DTRL DRDODr Lokesh Kumar Sinha, Scientist-G, has assumed charge of Director, Defence Terrain Research Laboratory (DTRL), Metcalfe House, Delhi, w.e.f. 1st June 2018. Born on 1stJuly, 1961, he has obtained MSc in Geology in 1984 and PhD in 1988 with specialisation in Structural Geology from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. He has specialisation in spectroscopy from BHU in 1985 and in remote sensing from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun in 1991.

Dr LK Sinha joined DRDO on 27th July 1989 as Scientist B at DTRL, Delhi. He has more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journal and conferences of repute. He has to his credit two patents on terrain evaluation and projectile based tool for evaluation of terrain condition remotely. He has authored chapter in book on Landslide Hazard Zonation mapping and technical reports on Area Analysis Studies published by Military Intelligence.

Since his joining, he has shouldered the responsibilities to conduct terrain related research. His contributions as Project Director in several Technology Demonstration and Mission Mode Projects includes Sectoral terrain data acquisition and analysis of strategic areas for military potential during 1989-1994; Analysis of desertic terrain of western border (Project TRADE) during 1997-2000; Development of Underground Shelters during 1999-2001; Sub-surface deformation a step towards development of early warning system, publication of Landslide Atlas (Project LISMAP) during 1999-2005; Development of software which automatically updates trafficability maps of desertic terrain based on current/recent satellite imageries (Project GOMU) during 2009-2011 for CAIR INDIGIS software, Aerial thermal data acquisition and analysis during 2011-2013; Conceptualization, designing and execution of hyperspectral imaging for terrain diagnosis (Project HIMANT) during 2014-2018. He has also mentored the projects of his division on trafficability (PISTA & SWIFT), underground water potential (BHUJAL), development of a software capable of target identification (SRISTI).

He has been awarded Lab Level Technology Group Award for Trafficability Map Programme in 2003, National Science Day Commendation for "Terrain Understanding - A key to Disaster Management" in 2004, Lab level scientist of the year award in 2005 and 2010 , Two Lab Level Technology Group Awards for Going Map updation (GOMU) Project in 2011 and for Hyperspectral Imaging (HIMANT) in 2016. Recently he was awarded for his Outstanding Contribution in various research activities of the lab in 2017.

He is a member on research panel for various universities and institutes. He is a Fellow of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) and is the Vice Chairman of ISRS Delhi Chapter from 2017-2020. He is an Academic Council Member, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for 2017-2019. He has been instrumental in development of National Science Plan of Department of Science & Technology (DST) for Hyper-spectral Remote Sensing and has headed "Material and Terrain" theme. He is an Organizational member in Hill area Development Engineering Sectional Committee (CED 56), of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

He has contributed towards development of technology, processes, and products in varied capacities during his tenure at DTRL. He has to his credit development of geo-spatial intelligence keys for identification and mapping on satellite imageries; creation of thermal signatures for various military objects and terrain entities; development of techniques for semi-automatic trafficability map generation; development of texture based identification of trafficability classes, in desertic terrain, for automation in map updation, and development of technologies in identification of man-made materials and natural terrain features using sub-space computed feature stamped hyper-spectral signatures.

He has more than 30 years in terrain studies with research interest including Structural Geology, Terrain Diagnosis, Disaster Mitigation and Management, 3-D Modelling, Trafficability Analysis, Hyper-spectral Remote Sensing, Optical and Thermal Image analysis, Infiltration Modelling and Groundwater prospecting.

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