Interview with Dr. Kumar Easwaran
Theoretical Physicist by Training and
Engineer by Profession
Schooling: Bishop School, Pune
Graduation: Graduated in
Mathematics and Science from Jabalpur.
Masters: From I.I.T. Kanpur
Doctoral Studies: Madras
Post Doctoral Studies:
Fellow in Ohio (US Defence Project - Naval Research) (1980s)
Work Experience: Worked in B.H.E.L. R&D as Additional General
What are your Areas of Research?
What was your Research Topic in
Quantum Systems (Phase and Coherence)
(Signal Processing) (Field Theory)
What is the approach one has to adopt
through the latest journals.
the areas that interest you.
Reviews is also helpful as it provides insights into the paper and
explores the various possible applications.
pick up a problem and start working on it.
Where did you enjoy working most
The best thing about SNIST is that we get to see fresh
faces. But I enjoyed most during my stint at Madras University.
How did you shift to the computers
There are only two fields in this world - Mathematics
and Physics. Based on this the rest are born. But my introduction to the
computer field was through a course that was offered by I.I.T. Kanpur.
What do you think is the technology
of the future?
The 21st century belongs to Computer Science and
Biotechnology. Communications will also be revolutionised.
In ten years from now, in what
direction will the research in Computer Science be oriented?
Hardware will become more versatile, Software is going
to be more specific, Applications will become more specialised and even
the most complicated software such as that for Image Processing/Pattern
Recognition will be available as Packages.
How about Artificial Intelligence?
Well, a breakthrough is required to inculcate thinking
in a machine.
What is holding us back from doing
Basically, we don't know how we think.
What qualities do you expect in your
should be sincere to their subject and in their lives.
student forever. Learning is a continuous process, never stop it.
"Tomorrow is Another Day"
We heard that you guided Doctoral
Fellows at I.I.T. Madras. What were the areas of their research?
It was mainly related to Mechanical Engineering on
Computer Aided Techniques, and also on Neural Networks.
What are the disciplines on which
students can consult you?
... and of course, anything related to Mathematics.
- His father was an Army Officer
- His wife Suhasini runs Samaritan High School in
- He has two children - daughter Deepti is doing
her M.Sc. (Comp.) and his son Akilesh is doing his Doctoral Research
in Mathematics at Cambridge University.