I am an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. I completed my Ph.D. at the Department of Computer Science^, University of Massachusetts, Amherst^. I worked with Prof. Andrew G. Barto on an algebraic framework for abstraction in Reinforcement Learning.

My current research interests span the broader area of machine learning, ranging from Spatio-temporal Abstractions in Reinforcement Learning to social network analysis and Data/Text Mining. Much of the work in my group is directed toward understanding interactions and learning from them.

For students writing to me from other colleges for summer projects: I do not encourage students to spend their second year vacations doing summer projects. So do not expect a response from me. Third year students, please try through the summer fellowship program when advertised by the Institute.

Associated Laboratories

  • RISE: Reconfigurable and Intelligent Systems Engineering
  • RISE->IIL: Interactive Intelligence Laboratory
  • AIDB: Artificial Intelligence and Databases

Currently Teaching

  • CS6730: Probabilistic Reasoning in AI
  • CS6720: Data Mining
  • CS6012: Social Network Analysis


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