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.

Master Students

Ankit Tripathi is currently pursuing M.Tech by research since 2016.He completed his B.E. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from University Institute of Technology – RGPV in 2015.His work under Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur focuses on understanding and realizing analog based hardware implementation of Neuromorphic systems for pattern recognition and similar tasks.His research interests include Machine Learning & Analog IC design.

Sarthak Gupta is currently pursuing Master of Technology at IISc, Bangalore in Electronic Systems Engineering. He has completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2014. He has worked in Texas Instruments, Bangalore as Design Engineer for 18 months. His research interest include hardware implementation of machine learning algorithms. He is currently working on the analog implementation of recurrent neural networks with on-chip online and local learning. And also focusing on developing new learning techniques which can be more hardware friendly.

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.

Soumyajit Ray is a project assistant in the NeuRonICS lab at IISc. He received his B.Tech in Instrumentation Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 2004. After completing his MBA from IIM Ahmedabad in 2007, he worked in a number of multinational companies in technology leadership roles. He recently graduated from Washington University as a Masters student in Biomedical Engineering. He is experienced in developing peripheral nerve interfaces to reanimate paralyzed limbs using signals from a brain-computer interface (BCI). His current area of research is EEG-BCI based communication device for patients with extremely limited ability to communicate due to stroke, ALS or other neurological disorders.

Arjun Verma is a research assistant in the NeuRonICS lab at IISc, Bengaluru. He graduated in 2017 from IIIT-Delhi majored in Computer Science and Engineering. He received a summer fellowship from Indian Academy of Sciences in 2016. His areas of interest spans in various applications of Machine Learning and Statistics. He is currently working on application using ATIS based neuromorphic camera. His other interests include sports, music and gaming.

Sathyaprakash Narayanan is working under Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur on sericulture based IOT and machine learning project. He is a final year Undergraduate Graduate from R.M.D Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. His final year project involves Autonomous Deep Space Maneuvering for spacecrafts using neural networks. His research interest include embedded systems and machine learning. He had represented India in MIT Hackathon at Yale University,USA and has won the best innovation award, he was also selected for the Hack the North held at University of Waterloo, Canada.  He also holds a patent on a system for exhale controlled communication and control device . Sathyaprakash is also a budding entrepreneur who plans to start a venture in the near future.