What? Why? How?
As a kid these were the common questions I used to ask my uncle everyday on our ride back home. I have had the curiosity of learning about everything I visualize. Electronics has been interesting to me ever since I saw my dad fixing a light bulb in our attic. Experimentation brought me joy. When I was 10, I plugged an LED directly to the main supply, which exploded and brought the whole power down. This triggered my interest to know more and I started working towards it.
I’m presently a senior enrolled in Electronics and Communication Dept. at PES Institute of Technology, under Visvesvaraya Technological University. As a fellow in Health care lab housed at PESIT, I involve myself in design and development of medical solutions for day-to-day needs of patients and doctors.
I started working with the Camera Culture group when they conducted the Engineering the Eye workshop in Hyderabad, India. I worked with the members of the group on Eye parametric imaging. In the series of events that followed I worked with Amy Canham on Electrophysiology of human eye. These events gave me insights of how a research group works, and propelled me to work more in the field of imaging.
As a visiting student here at Media Lab, I’m working on design and development of coded-time of flight camera, and its applications in bio-medical imaging. It has been a great learning experience to work with Diony Rosa and Achuta Kadambi on this project. I’ve also spent some time working on blood pressure analysis using pulse morphology. Being a part of such a collaborative group gave me a lot of exposure in imaging domain. Interactive group meetings helped me to learn concepts in optics, high-speed photonics, and inverse problems. All members in the lab are very motivated and the brain-storming sessions with them helped me to frame new directions for my further studies.
Being in Cambridge also molded me in a different way. Of course it’s a costly city to live in! But it’s worth it. I had chance to visit few other departments and interact with the people about their work. If you are looking to pursue your dreams in science and technology, this is the place to be. All the access from information to hardware is unlimited and they really thrive on innovation here. The transparency of the Media Lab also shows their openness to collaborate with the outside world. Above all else, this was a great chance to meet people here from various domains, trying to solve problems to have a positive social impact.
I would like to continue my collaboration with the lab and work on the projects we started here. Also we will be open sourcing a few of the designs to propel the concept of reproducible research.
Overall to summarize in a sentence “It was, one heck of a summer!”
Vijay presents to Ratan Tata at the Hyderabad Boot Camp.
Presenting to former President Abdul Kalam
Ayush Bhandari, Vijay Sadashivaiah, and Achuta Kadambi waiting to meet with a BBC reporter to talk about their projects
Camera Culture team out for ice cream on Newbury Street