Rajarshi Mahapatra received a Ph.D. in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, and B.Tech. and M. Tech. degree in Optics and Optoelectronics from University of Calcutta. In his postdoctoral research in CEA-LETI, Grenoble, France, he was engaged the FP7 Call4 BeFEMTO and Greentouch project. He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Dr. SPM IIIT Naya Raipur. He also served as the Dean (Academics) of IIITNR. Earlier, he worked for Collins Aerospace, Hyderabad, on software-defined radio and electronic warfare.

Dr. Rajarshi Mahapatra has worked extensively in the domain of physical layer design and analysis of a wireless communication system. His team designed and developed software- defined radio and direction-finding systems for EW applications in Collins Aerospace. industry. He has about 18 years of teaching, research, and industry experience. He has guided Ph.D. scholars in the area of wireless communication. He has published several research papers in various refereed Journals and IEEE Journals. He regularly reviews premier IEEE Transactions and other peer-reviewed Journals and IEEE conferences. He has been organizing many workshops on 5G in recent years. He has also developed several high-valued research labs, including the 5G test bed. He has completed and undertaken high-value sponsored projects in the field of communication systems.

He has been awarded a National scholarship, an MHRD scholarship for research, and an EU-FP7 fellowship for a European project. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Communication Society. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in several international journals and conferences. His research interests include 5G and beyond communication, Machine Learning for communication, molecular communication, intelligent reflecting surfaces, and optical access networks.