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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" --- Nelson Mandela

Basabdatta Sen Bhattacharya

Principal Investigator, Biologically Inspired Neural Networks (BINN) Labs
Instructor In-Charge, BITS F312, Neural Networks
Associate Professor, Office Chamber: D-165
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
BITS Pilani, Goa Campus
Zuarinagar, Goa 403 726, India
Office phone: +91 832 258 0220
Basabdatta Sen Bhattacharya received her PhD in Computer Science from University of Manchester, UK, in 2008; M.Eng. in Computer Engineering from the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, in 2002; B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Regional Engineering College (now, National Institute of Technology (NIT)), Silchar, India in 1992.
She hails from Silchar, Assam, India, and is an alumni of Holy Cross School, Silchar (matriculation) and Gurucharan College, Silchar (Higher Secondary).
Prior to the current position, she has worked as a Researcher in the Advanced Processor Technologies group, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK (2016-2018), Lecturer of Electrical Engineering at the University of Lincoln, UK (2012-2016), Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Ulster, UK (2009-2012) and the University of Bordeaux, France (2009). She has also worked in the capacity of a Lecturer (adhoc) of Computer Engineering at NIT Rourkela, India (2002-2004), Manager at the Rourkela Steel Plant, India (1994-1999), and as an Engineer at Motherson-Sumi Systems Ltd, Noida, India (1992-1993).
Basabdatta leads a research team comprising undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her research comprise primarily of brain-cellular-network (a.k.a neural network) models that can serve the dual purpose of:
(i) identifying and understanding cellular level dysfunction in brain disorders e.g. Dementia, Dyskinesia, Insomnia;
(ii) designing and building partially cognitive/intelligent machines/devices, with the goal of impacting social causes.
In November 2019, she has been successful with a Core Research Grant from the Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The theme is aligned with our objective (ii) mentioned above.
In her current position, a primary focus is to mentor students on the concept of Biologically Inspired Neural Networks (BINN). With this in mind, she has been working with undergraduate and postgraduate students since January 2019 on several interesting projects on BINN. The works has resulted in two conference papers (IJCNN 2020), one conference abstract (Bernstein conference 2020), a conference-ready Arxiv submission, all of which has major contributions by undergraduate students working in the BINN labs. For more on the activities at BINN labs, please check out BINN Labs: Home

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