Asso. Prof. @ EECS Dept, IISER Bhopal
Meet : 414, AB-1
Write : kushals [domain: iiserb.ac.in]
I started my journey into scientific research with a fancy for electromagnetic fields and plasmas. While working on plasma dynamics in Paul traps for my PhD at IIT Madras, I discovered the fascinating domain of nonlinear dynamics and dynamical systems, which took me towards Fermi acceleration during my post-doc at Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel). Our work was, in fact, the first theoretical demonstration of exponential energy growth in Fermi accelerators. And in 2014, we organised the first Fermi Acceleration Workshop [FATB2014] at Imperial College London. For my contributions in these areas, I received the INAE Young Engineer Award 2014.
One of the long-standing open problems related to the foundations of statistical mechanics is regarding the equilibration of energies in slow-fast Hamiltonian systems. It was traditionally believed that ergodicity is required for equilibration of such systems, but it was later proven that ergodic slow-fast systems have an additional adiabatic invariant which prevents their equilibration. In our recent PNAS paper, we have now shown that non-ergodicity in the fast subsystem can lead to equilibration of the whole system.
During my post-doc, I was also introduced to the applications of mathematics and computations in biology through discussions with other students. Later I started exploring this area known as bioinformatics and continue to be fascinated by the diversity and intricacies of biological systems! Specifically, I have worked on the computational prediction of origin of replication in DNA sequences and our prediction for the malaria causing parasite, P. falciparum, has also been experimentally verified [PTI News].
Through my work in these areas, I have developed an interest in random processes in general and worked on its applications in Artificial Intelligence and noise modeling of semiconductor devices.
List of publications [@Google Scholar, @Scopus ]
Interesting articles on PhD, Research Paper Tips
Managing the Academic Phase Transitions
Cultural impediments to physics research in India [Physics Education 2017]
Earlier (at IIT Delhi)
Signals and Systems in Biology
Signals and Systems
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility
BOOK : Plasma and Plasmonics [amazon.in, amazon.com]
ProgAll : Simple Programming Lessons in Hindi [CREATES]
Methods for teaching traditional physics [Physics Today 2016]
Role of teacher in transmitting values [YouTube]
Useful Tips for Students
2009: PhD in Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras
2017- : Associate Professor, IISER Bhopal
2012-17: Assistant Professor, IIT Delhi
2012-12: GN Ramachandran Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
2010-11: Assistant Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
2009-10: Post-doctoral fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel