Visiting Professors

Santanu Bhattacharya (Visiting Scientist)

Santanu Bhattacharya is currently working as Chief Data Scientist at Airtel, leading innovation, data sciences and driving digital transformation. He has an overall 25 years of experience in digital products, data sciences, research and innovation.

Santanu has led Facebook’s emerging market products with 350 million users and been an entrepreneur who created two global data product start-ups. He also set up and was the founding Director of America Online’s (AOL) global data analytics center.

Santanu received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as a part of the CASSINI/ Huygens mission to Saturn and an alumnus of MIT Sloan School and IIT-Bombay. His areas of interest include “India Class” problems (identify, address disambiguation, nascent consumer behaviors etc.) and privacy preserved AI techniques such as Federated Learning and Homomorphic Encryption. Some of his research topics are listed below –

Economic Impact of Discovery of Localities and Addresses In India, MIT Emerging Worlds, June 2018

The New Dawn of AI: Federated Learning, Towards Data Science, Jan. 2019

What is the Right Addressing Schema for India?, MIT Emerging Worlds, Nov. 2017

A review of Homomorphic Encryption Libraries for Secure Computation, ArXiv Preprint, Dec. 2018.


Mouli Chandramouli (Visiting Scientist)

Mouli Chandramouli is currently working as  Data Scientist at Cisco Systems, Bangalore in the area of application Machine Learning algorithms for analytics of Network Telemetry and Network Inference.

Mouli Chandramouli received his M. S. and  Ph.D. from University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ in the area of Stochastic Process and Queueing Theory.  Prior work experience at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ,  Bell Communications Research, NJ in the area of network performance modelling and Dynamicsoft, NJ a startup company focussed on VOIP products based on SIP Protocol which was acquired by Cisco Systems.  At Cisco Systems, his work has been is in the areas of MPLS networks, Energy Management for networking devices and distributed embedded network analytics algorithms.


Darshak Vasavada (Visiting Faculty)

Darshak Vasavada received his M.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from IISc in 1993. From 1994 to 2002, he worked in Motorola India Electronics Ltd. on various DSP and embedded multimedia projects. He has also conducted workshops in various corporates and colleges from 2002 to 2011.

Darshak co-founded AllGo Embedded Systems in 2005, a company specialized in embedded multimedia systems, and STAMP Computers in 2012, a company focusing on tablet-based products and solutions for the Indian market.

Darshak has held several courses on Embedded System Design at IISc since 2004 as a guest faculty. His areas of interest are software architecture for embedded systems, real-time operating systems and embedded Linux.