Principle Investigator

Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur
Assistant Professor
Department of Electronic Systems Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science,

Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur received his PhD in neuromorphic engineering under the supervision of Prof. André van Schaik at the MARCS Research Institute (Brain, Behaviour and Development), Western Sydney University in 2016. He then worked briefly as a research fellow for Defence Science and Technology, Australia. He completed his MTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2007. Dr. Thakur worked as a research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University with Prof Ralph Etienne-Cummings and Prof Ernst Niebur for a year before joining IISc as an Assistant Professor. In addition, Dr. Thakur has extensive industrial experience. He worked for 6 years with Texas Instruments Singapore as a senior Integrated Circuit Design Engineer, designing IPs for mobile processors. He has been trained by world leaders in the field of neuromorphic engineering, and his research expertise lies in neuromorphic computing, mixed signal VLSI systems, computational neuroscience, probabilistic signal processing, and machine learning. His research interest is to understand the signal processing aspects of the brain and apply those to build novel intelligent systems.

Research students

Kundan Kumar is a Ph.D. student in the NeuRonICS lab at IISc. He received his M.E in Microelectronics from BITS Pilani University (Goa Campus) in 2016. Then he worked for a year at Thomson Reuters IP & Science division, Mumbai, which later became an independent company Clarivate Analytics. He is experienced in Prior Art Searches, Patent landscaping and analytics and has worked on various landscape projects in the domain of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, IOT and Automation. His research areas include Neuromorphic Computing, Analog IC Designs, Machine Learning and Game theory. He is also an avid traveler and a MOOC Enthusiast.

Rownick Pyne is a Ph.D. student in the NeuRonICS lab at IISc. He has received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University in 2013. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, he had worked as a Research Associate at IIT Delhi, working in the area of wideband matching network design and energy harvesting from ambient sources for wireless sensor nodes. He was also a Junior Research Fellow at IIT Kharagpur, working in the area of Compressed Sensing based fetal ECG monitoring for point-of-care applications. His research interests include Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Neuromorphic circuits and systems and Brain computer interfacing. He is currently working in the area of neuroelectronic hybrid systems.

Research assistants

Lavanya Kumaran is a Research Assistant at the NeuRonICS lab at IISc, Bangalore. She has received her B.Tech degree in Instrumentation and Control engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli,Tamil Nadu in 2017. She has done her final year project on the Removal of Artifacts from EEG signals using independent component analysis and Hurst Exponent. Lavanya is currently working on a project under the supervision of Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur, focusing on modelling of place cells found in the hippocampus for robot navigation. Her research interests are in the field of biomedical instrumentation and photonics. Lavanya’s ultimate goal is to pursue active research by exploring innovative solutions to real-world problems and hence improve the quality of life. Her other interests include music, photography and bird-watching.

Yeshwanth Ravi Theja has received his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2016. He is currently working under Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur in the area of compressive sensing. As a Research Intern at Loughborough University, he developed a system to analyze Ballet dancing using motion detecting sensors attached to dancers. He also has industrial experience of one year as a Software Engineer. His research interests are Embedded Systems and Machine Learning. Yeshwanth aims to develop affordable health grade systems and wearable gadgets to help remote diagnosis in the future. He also pursues photography as a hobby.