Visiting Scientists/Technologists


Amith Singhee

Dr. Amith Singhee is a Manager and Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Research, India. He leads the research agenda for Industry Solutions in the sectors of Retail, Distribution and Buildings. From 2008 to 2015, he was with the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in NY, USA. He has extensive experience in applying artificial intelligence, IoT, enterprise architecture, Cloud and mobile to real-world business processes across multiple sectors such as energy, agriculture, buildings and retail.

He has worked with large power utilities in the US to develop solutions for improved storm preparation and response using data analytics, machine learning, customized weather forecasting and optimization. He led an effort to develop a big-data analytics platform for developing and deploying a wide array of analytics-driven solutions for asset-heavy industries like energy and utilities, telecom, etc. This led to multiple new product offerings from IBM. In the past he has also worked for many years in electronic design automation, particularly in design optimization, simulation, modeling and design methodologies in the presence of environmental and manufacturing variability. As part of his work at IBM Research he led the effort to define a new methodology for SRAM technology development at advanced IC manufacturing technology nodes.

From 2002 to 2004, Amith was at Neolinear, Inc, and subsequently Cadence Design Systems, where he was the lead developer of the circuit optimization engine in the NeoCircuit tool, and developed new methods for stochastic optimization of analog circuits and automated design of hierarchical, system-level designs.

Amith has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a winner of several awards, specifically the Donald O. Pederson award from IEEE/CEDA, the Outstanding Dissertation Award from EDAA, the Arthur G. Milnes Award from Carnegie Mellon University, and best paper awards at top Power and EDA conferences, such as IEEE PES General Meeting, DAC, DATE and VLSI Design. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM. 


Anand Lakshmanan

Dr. Anand Lakshmanan is the founder and CEO of, a data visualization company. He has helped academic institutions and corporations deep dive into their data and make better decisions. He has 17+ years experience in academia and industry. Most recently he worked at Apple in Cupertino, California as an Antenna Design Engineer for six years.

He has published or co-published several papers and holds seven patents. He believes that all scientists and professionals need to be data-savvy to make decisions and persuade actions. 


Darshak Vasavada

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 organizations such as Philips, Motorola, Connexant, Sasken, Siemens, DRDO and Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd. from 2002 to 2011.

Darshak co-founded AllGo Embedded Systems in 2005, a company specialised in embedded multimedia systems, and STAMP Computers in 2012, a company focusing on tablet-based products and solutions for the Indian market.
Furthermore, he held several courses on Embedded System Design at IISc.