A Background Sketch

Having done my schooling in India, I moved to the U.S. in 1987 to do my undergraduate work in physics and engineering. I spent two years studying physics at Pomona College, in California, and then transferred to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), also in southern California. Caltech has been ranked by Times Higher Education as the top university in the world, measured by parameters such as the quality of research and training. Studying there was a challenging and rewarding experience and a dream come true for me.

Caltech has a department called Computation and Neural Systems. The focus of this department is to understand neuronal networks in the broadest way - from trying to understand the dynamics of networks of real biological neurons to creating simulations that have engineering applications in pattern recognition and classification. Taking courses from pioneers in neural computing such as Carver Mead, John Hopfield, and Christof Koch, was a gratifying experience for me. I took most of my courses from this department and got my Caltech degree in Engineering and Applied Science.

Following graduation from college, I joined California Scientific, a small firm of Caltech alumni in the foothills of Northern California. California Scientific has been a world leader in neural computing software, with its prominent BrainMaker neural computing software product. The owner, Mark Lawrence, a brilliant programmer and an amateur physicist, taught me how to program - and I still make use of his design principles.

I returned to India in 1994. I have been working mostly as an independent software and machine learning consultant since then. My detailed work history is given in my resume.