Venkatakrishnan Ramaswamy (tamil)

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Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines,
National Centre for Biological Sciences,
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,
GKVK Campus, Bellary Road
Bangalore 560065


About me

I am an independent Simons Fellow affiliated to the Simons Centre for the Study of Living machines at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, which is part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore, India.

Before this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Haim Sompolinsky at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Florida where I was advised by Arunava Banerjee.

I work primarily in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.




In Spring 2010, I was a Teaching Assistant for CAP 6610 Machine Learning.

In the past, I have taught and served as a Teaching Assistant for


On the PCP Theorem and Approximability.


Courses on the web

MIT OpenCourseWare
Berkeley Webcast
Rice Connexions
Charles Leiserson's Algorithms course (with videos)
Gilbert Strang's Linear Algebra course (with videos)
Gilbert Strang's Applied Math course (with videos)
Leonid Levin's Theory of Computation
Richard Feynman - The Douglas Robb Memorial Lectures

UF CISE lecture videos

Special Topics in Machine Learning, Spring 2006
Neural Networks, Fall 2005
Computer Vision, Fall 2005
Formal Languages and Computation Theory, Spring 2004

Ph.D./Research Advice

How to Be a Good Graduate Student
The Ph.D experience
So long and thanks for the PhD!
Advice for Finishing that Damn Ph.D.
Advice for undergraduates considering graduate school
Applying to Ph.D. programs in Computer Science
Four Golden Lessons - Advice to students at the start of their scientific careers
Manuel Blum's Advice to a Beginning Graduate Student
100 Reasons to be a Scientist
Leo Esaki's 5 Don'ts for success
You and your research
How to Present a Paper in Theoretical Computer Science: A Speaker's Guide for Students
The Researcher's Bible
A Computer Scientist's guide to writing and publishing Technical Articles
Dissertation Advice
Networking on the Network
The Science of Scientific Writing
Mathematical Writing
On proof and progress in mathematics


My Erdös number is 4, through the path VR - N.S. Narayanaswamy - C. E. Veni Madhavan - Renu C. Laskar - PE.

Academic Genealogy

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