|Me at India Gate, New Delhi||My Affiliations until now!|
I am a Final Year Engineering Undergrad at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur [IIT KGP], India.
I have been interested in Cognitive Sciences, Computational Cognitive Neurosciences, Evolutionary Psychology, Bio-inspired Robot Collectives and Cognitive Architectures, Cybernetics, & Intelligent System Design. The construct of consciousness in living beings and attempts to synthesize it in non-living beings fascinate me. Thus, I remain interested in both naturally existing (biological) as well as artificially intelligent systems.
At the start of my third year, I opted for the “General Psychology” course at my university as one of the compulsory humanities courses as I now feel, I had some subliminal liking for this thing but never really got an opportunity to explore. So, I attended some more relevant courses available and all the passion to explore our own inner universe started from there. Later that year, I got an opportunity to work in a lab themed around consciousness as summer research intern. It had a deep impact on me, helping me to decide on pursuing research in the long run. I have restarted working with the PI of this lab very recently again and plan to continue remote collaboration until I start my PhDs.
I have been (remotely) part of a research group named Orthogonal Research and Education Laboratory at Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA, where my work was mainly based on simulating an artificial nervous system inspired from the book, “Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology” by cyberneticist Valentino Braitenberg. Working on this I developed deep interest in naturally exisiting intelligent systems and their origin. We wrote a paper on the same whose arXiv preprint can be found here. Also, we have been to OHBM EquinoX Twitter conference 2020 and Artificial Life (ALife) Conference 2020.
I have also worked on Agent-Based simulations exploring evolutionary origins of human reciprocity, at a research lab at Harvard. This was part of my attempt to explore fields of studies I am curious about. I absolutely love converting ideas into code and passionate to apply the same in areas I am interested in, so I have been exloring fields where I can be a good fit given my expertise and interest. I have used Agent-Based Simulations, Computation Modelling, & Various Experiment Design Paradigms in my work until now.
Presently, I am working on an open source project with Red Hen Labs, funded through the Google Summer of Code (GSoC). The project summary can be found here at the official GSoC website.
I would be always looking for people to have a meaningful future collaboration, given my interests and abilities. Thanks for your time on my page.