Department of Electrical
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore - 560012, India
Office: SP 2.17
Phone: +91 80 2293-3385
Fax: +91 80 2360-0563
Prior to joining the Indian Institute of Science in 2011, I was an Associate
Professor in the Department of
Mathematics and Statistics at
I have a PhD in Electrical Engineering: Systems and an MS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan (2001), and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay (1995).
A little more detail on my prior academic background and experience is provided on
a separate page.
I currently serve on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, and Cryptography and Communications.
I have previously served as an Associate Editor for Coding Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.
I am a past recipient of the DST Swarnajayanti Fellowship in the Engineering Sciences.
- IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW) 2022
- Covid-19 Infection Rate Estimator
(a collaborative effort involving myself, Manjunath Krishnapur, and our students Vinay, Jnaneshwar, Arvind and Anand)
- Coding for Data Communication and Storage
- Quantum Error-Correcting Codes
- DNA-Based Data Storage
- Information Theory and Information-Theoretic Security
- Source Coding, Data Compression
- Discrete Applied Mathematics (a broad umbrella for much of what I do)
Current Graduate Students and Postdocs:
- Tania Sidana (IISc IoE postdoc; PhD (Mathematics), IIIT Delhi)
- Narendra Kumar (IISc IoE postdoc; PhD (Mathematics), IIT (ISM) Dhanbad)
- Vinay Kumar B.R. (PhD)
- Praneeth Kumar V. (PhD)
- V. Arvind Rameshwar (PhD)
- Puspabeethi Samanta (MTech-Res)
- Kamta Singh Yadav (MTech)
- Supriya Sunil Tambe (MTech)
Past Graduate Students and Postdocs (at IISc):
- Sq Ldr Johns U.K. (MTech), graduated July 2021
- Anand Jerry George (MTech), graduated July 2021
- Aashish Tolambiya (MTech), graduated July 2021
- Anaswara S. (MTech), graduated July 2020
- Adway Patra (MTech), graduated June 2019; joined the PhD program at the University of Maryland.
- Varadaraj M.S. (MTech), graduated June 2018
- Anoop Jose (ME), graduated Feb. 2018
- Roshan Antony (ME), graduated June 2017
- Sanket Sit (ME), graduated June 2017
- Krishna Kant (ME), graduated Dec 2016
- Ravi Ranjan (ME), graduated July 2016; back to his position in DRDO, Hyderabad
- Chun Lam Chan (MPhil at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; co-supervised with Prof. Pascal Vontobel), graduated July 2015; now a PhD student at EPFL
- Abhinav Das (ME), graduated June 2015; now at Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore
- Winston Fernandes (ME), graduated June 2013; now at Dell India R&D, Bangalore
Past Graduate Students and Postdocs (at Queen's University):
- Aug-Dec 2021: Error-Control Codes (E2 205)
- Past courses at IISc:
- Statistical Physics Methods in Information and Coding Theory
(E2 330, Jan-Apr 2019, Jan-Apr 2020)
- Error-Control Codes (E2 205, Aug-Dec 2017, Aug-Dec 2018, Oct 2020 - Jan 2021 (online semester))
- Finite-State Channels (E2 214, Jan-Apr 2017, Aug-Dec 2018, Aug-Dec 2019)
- Information-Theoretic Security (E2 213, Jan-Apr 2016)
- Random Processes (E2 202, Aug-Dec 2015, Aug-Dec 2016)
- Information Theory (E2 201, Aug-Dec 2012, Aug-Dec 2013, Aug-Dec 2014)
- Information Theory and Coding for Non-Standard Channel Models (E2 213, Jan-Apr 2012, Jan-Apr 2013, Jan-Apr 2014)
- Courses taught at Queen's University:
- Matroid Methods (with a Focus on Applications to Coding Theory)
(MATH 978), Winter 2007.
- Introduction to Coding Theory (MATH 406/806), Winter 2005,
Winter 2008, Winter 2009.
- Introduction to Coding for Constrained Systems
(MATH 478/878), Winter 2006.
- Introduction to Real Analysis (MATH 281), Winter 2007, Winter
2008, Winter 2009.
- Linear Algebra (APSC 174), Winter 2006.
- Probability I (STAT 251), Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Fall 2004.
- Probability Theory for Electrical Engineers (STAT 356),
Mandatory Reading/Viewing Material for Mathematicians
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics by Richard W. Hamming.
This essay was inspired by Eugene Wigner's original article,
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural
Sciences, Comm. Pure Appl. Math., 13 (Feb. 1960).
- A Mathematician's Apology by G.H. Hardy.
The classic defence of (pure) mathematics.
A lecture video on How to Write Mathematics
by Paul R. Halmos, with an introduction by
(There was an article by Halmos on this topic available online at one point,
but it seems to have vanished off the tangle of the web.)
- I support Asha for Education,
a charitable organization working towards the education of
underprivileged children in India. I was actively involved with the