Principal Investigator

Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur

Assistant Professor

Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-560012

Associated with the following research clusters at IISc:

Brain, Computation, and Data Research Group

Initiative on Quantum Technologies

Artificial Intelligence Group (AI@IISc)

Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur (Senior Member, IEEE) 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.

Post-Doctoral Researcher 

Dr. S.C.G. Kiruba Daniel is a SERB – National Post Doctoral Fellow of NeuRonICS Lab. He has completed his Ph.D in Nanotechnology from Anna University in the year 2015 and completed his Post-Doc from Instrumentation and Applied Physics Department, IISc in the year 2016.  He has been trained by Academia Industry Training (AIT) Camp in EPFL, Switzerland sponsored by Switzerland and Indian Government. He got Gandhian Young technology Innovator Award with his team for his work on melamine sensing from milk in 2017. He led his start-up JK Nanosolutions to win National Level Dev Tech award (2016) from DFID, UK and DST India, Elevate 100 Award (2017) with a grant of 25 Lakhs INR, Tata Social Enterprise Challenge Award (2018) and Titan Design Impact Award (2018) with a grant of 65 lakhs.. He has around 20 publications and 8 patents contributing to 518 citations (Google Scholar) and h-index of 13. His research interests are in the development of low power and low cost nanotechnology based sensing devices.

PhD 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.

Prince Philip is PhD student in the Neuronics Lab. Prior to joining Neuronics Lab, he worked in the areas of analog/ digital integrated circuits in academia and industry.He taught UG level courses such as microelectronic circuits, analog and mixed signal IC design, control engineering and electrical circuits. In industry, he worked on research projects under Dr. PG Poonacha. He designed and developed OFDM based Transceiver Chip under his guidance and several other circuits for wireless and biomedical applications. In addition, he worked as a consultant for a US based semiconductor company. He graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. His interests are in neuromorphic engineering, theoretical neuroscience, analog IC design and signal processing

Abhishek Nair has Semiconductor industry experience of 5+ years in Intel and Qualcomm as hardware engineer, where he worked on implementation and validation of GPU and DSP architecture. He has done his masters in Embedded Systems from Manipal University. He has industry experience in computer architecture designs, validation and verification with expertise in GPU and DSP. He has hands on experience in C++, python along with kernel drivers. His research interests include new architecture designs with a view of performance and functional enhancement of Neuromorphic computing. High level synthesis and hardware implementation of novel architectures which includes Neural Networks and Deep learning.

Pratik Kumar is a PhD student in the NeuRonICS lab at IISc.   He received his M.Tech in Microelectronics and VLSI from IIT Dhanbad. He has prior experience in the subthreshold and above threshold, analogue circuit design using current and voltage mode approach. He is familiar with programming languages such as Matlab, Python, Verilog, VHDL,  Java, C++, Embedded C and Selenium. His research interests include hardware and software implementation of analogue/mixed mode neuromorphic systems for intelligent neural networks. His further interests include analogue/mixed-signal current mode subthreshold circuit design for ultra-low power based on new multi-order memory elements such as Memtranssitors, Memristors, Meminductors, Memcapacitors etc. and implementation of  Deep learning, Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence in hardware. He has an industry experience of 2 Years in TCS. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pratik92/ .

A. Lakshmi is a Ph.D. student in the NeuRonICS lab at IISc. She graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Madras. In the early years of her career, she was working in the signal processing division of Naval Physical and oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), DRDO, Kochi. In NPOL, she has been working in array signal processing. Currently she is working as scientist in Intelligent Systems and Robotics Division (ISRD) in Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), DRDO. Her research interests include computer vision algorithms which includes image de-blurring, simultaneous localization and mapping, content based image and video retrieval, relevance feedback, pedestrian detection, object detection and anomaly detection.

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.

Dheeraj Bhaskar is an M-tech student of IISC Bangalore, specialised in Electronic Systems Engineeing. He completed his B-tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from College of Engineering Trivandrum, Kerala. His area of interests include analog and digital circuits. Currently he is working on the project ‘Computer vision tasks using Neuromorphic camera’ under Dr.Chetan Singh Thakur. He also plays cricket as a hobby

Prakhar Jain is Currently pursuing Master’s in Microelectronic Systems (ECE) at IISc. He has Completed his B.Tech from Central University Bilaspur (ITGGU) in 2017. Now he is working on a project in Neuronics Lab on Bayesian inference using Analog Circuits. His research  interests include  Analog and digital designs, Mixed mode design, Neuromorphic circuit design

Vishal Shaw is currently pursuing Masters of Technology in Microelectronic Systems at IISc Bangalore. He has completed his B.Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology Durgapur in 2015. He then worked for 2 years at HPCL as an Officer. He has been awarded Texas Instruments fellowship at IISc. He is currently working on solving  IC and system level imperfections using Machine Learning jointly mentored by Prof. C.S.Thakur, Assistant Professor, DESE, IISc & Preetam Tadeparthy, TI, Bangalore. His research interest includes Machine Learning Algorithms, Analog and Digital VLSI Design, Mixed Signal Designs. He loves playing Table Tennis & is always up for a TT match

Saurabh Gupta is currently pursuing M.tech. at IISc bangalore in Electronic Systems Engineering. He has completed his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow in 2014. Prior to joining M.tech. at IISc he has worked in Bharat Electronics Ltd. Bangalore as design engineer for 2 years and 8 months. His research interest include mixed mode VLSI circuit design, hardware and software design for communication networks. He is currently working on development of low cost portable Ultrasound imaging system designed specifically to address health care issues in rural India and developing countries

Satrajit Chakraborty is currently pursuing M.Tech. at IISc., Bangalore in Electronic Systems Engineering. He has completed his B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli in 2015. He has worked for two years as System Design Engineer in Sandisk, Bangalore. His research interests include Development of algorithms and hardware implementation of Neural Networks and NAND Flash. He is currently working under Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur on Analog implementation of Recurrent Neural Networks for pattern recognition

Alin Thomas Tharakan is currently pursuing his Masters in the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, IISc Bangalore. He completed his Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from NIT-Calicut in 2015. Before joining the Masters programme at IISc, he worked as Design Engineer for 2 years in Analog Devices, Bangalore. He is currently working on the project titled ‘Computer vision Tasks using Neuromorphic camera and its FPGA implementation’. His areas of interest include signal processing and mixed signal design. In his spare time he likes to play badminton and poker and well, sometimes read fiction

Raja Sharma is currently pursuing Masters of Technology in Microelectronic Systems at IISc Bangalore. He has completed his B.Tech in Avionics from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in 2011. He is being working since then with ISRO Satellite Center, Bangalore as a Scientist. His work at ISRO involves developing the required software and Hardware for reception and analysis of spacecraft data. He has joined IISC as sponsored candidate from ISRO. He is currently working on Design and Implementation of Real Time Image Segmentation using a Spiking Neuromorphic Processor mentored by Prof. C.S.Thakur, Assistant Professor, DESE. His research interests include  Analog and Digital VLSI Design, Mixed Signal Designs. He loves playing cricket and Badminton and has represented his organization (ISRO) in both these games

K.Bharath is currently started pursuing Masters of Science in Physics at IISc Bangalore. He graduated in 2018 from IISc Banglore with Bachelor of Science (Research) in Physics. As a part of Bachelor thesis , he developed a system to analyze Human Activity Recognition using sensors from smartphone. His research interests include various applications in Machine Learning. He loves playing sports. He has represented Indian Institute of Science in Hockey, Badminton, Cricket, Football in various tournments throughout India and has won many accolades.

Akshaya A Mukundan is currently pursuing M.Tech in Electronic Systems Engineering at IISc Bangalore. She graduated B.tech with honors from Government Engineering College, Thrissur, Kerala. Area of interest includes Digital and analog circuit designing; and pattern recognition. Currently working under Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur on the project ‘Auditory event based Unsupervised feature learning algorithm implementation on FPGA’.

Muhammed Hafees Hak is an M.Tech student in the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, IISC Bangalore. He completed his B.tech from Government Engineering College, Thrissur, Kerala in 2016 and thereafter he worked as a Management Trainee in Hindustan Aeroanautics Limited, Bangalore for a period of 3 years. Currently he is working on the project ‘Neuromorphic Auditory Saliency Implementation on FPGA For Real-Time Speech Tasks’ under the guidance of Dr.Chetan Singh Thakur.

Shilpa K.K. is currently pursuing M.Tech in Electronic Systems Engineering at IISc Bangalore. She graduated B.Tech from Government Engineering College, Thrissur, Kerala. Areas of interests include digital and analog circuit design and machine learning. Currently working on the project titled ‘auditory event-based unsupervised feature learning algorithm implementation on FGPA’.

Vipul Jain is currently pursuing Masters of Technology in Department of Electronics and Systems Engineering at IISc Bangalore. He has completed his B.Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Institute of Engineering and Management in 2017. He is currently working on designing of Low Power Portable Ultrasound System which jointly mentored by Prof. C.S.Thakur, Assistant Professor, DESE, IISc & Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, IISc. His research interest includes  Analog IC and Digital VLSI Design, Mixed Signal Designs.

Siddharth Chaudhary is currently pursuing M.tech. at IISc bangalore in Electronic Systems Engineering. He has completed his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and instrumentation Engineering from Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow in 2017.Currently he is working on the project ‘Neuromorphic Auditory Saliency Implementation on FPGA For Real-Time Speech Tasks’ under the guidance of Dr.Chetan Singh Thakur.In his spare time he likes to play cricket and table tennis.

Research Assistants

Sathyaprakash Narayanan is working under Dr. Chetan Singh Thakur on machine learning. 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.

Aditya K received a B.E degree in Electronics and communication engineering from PES University in 2017. Obtained a summer fellowship from IIT-Hyderabad under Indian Academy of Sciences in 2016. Currently working on FPGA based hardware implementation of particle filters. Research interests include design of VLSI architectures for signal processing, satellite communication and cryptographic applications

Hemanth Sabbella is a B.Tech graduate from IIIT-Delhi in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is currently working under Prof. Chetan in Circuit Designing and FPGA design for Ultrasound imaging. His research interests lie in VLSI design and embedded hardware. He worked as an Intern on designing an Electromagnetic Interference(EMI) sensor in Energy lab, IIITD and he designed 4th order Switch capacitor bandpass filter in his final year course project. He has an active mind on doing hands-on electronics hence, established Electroholics club in IIITD and also, contributed to organizing Delhi Mini Maker Faire. In addition, he has an industry experience of one year in hyper-automation. He wishes to pursue his higher studies and also, interested in building his own venture in the long term.

N.R. Neeraja is currently pursuing Master’s in Biochemistry ( M. Sc) at Reva University, Bangalore. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai in 2017. She is working as a research intern at NeuRonICS Lab under the guidance of Dr. S. C. G. Kiruba Daniel, focusing on the development of nanosensors for the detection of various analytes.

 

Siri GV is a final year B-Tech student at PES University, Bangalore. She has interned at ECE, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh in the area of Design for testability under Prof. Shawn Blanton. She is currently working on the FPGA implementation of Grid cells. Her research interests include Digital circuit design and Design for Testability.