Join the Team
PhD Students and Post-Docs
I am continously looking for motivated full time PhD students to
work on problems related to
Please write to me directly.
- computer vision, machine learning and/or multimedia systems
I am also looking for Post-Docs . If you have a strong
publication record (in CSE/ECE/IT or Applied Math) and keen on the type of
problems that I am working on, do write to me. Primary criteria
will be your readiness to contribute to the ongoing activities
as well as the readiness to work as a team.
IIIT Hyderabad admits MS students regularly, including dual
degree students. MS students are also admitted through lateral
entry and through standing committee. (You may also want to see PGSSP program,
if you are already in Hyderabad.) I take one or two students from different
streams on a regular interval (so that they also graduate at regular interval
and provide continuity to the research).
I have a bunch of problems and directions that are related to:
In any case, Thesis has to meet the quality bar. Please see
the thesis and publication records of the former students before you write to me.
If you are in IIIT already, I strongly advise you to meet my existing students and know
my preferances, style and expectations before you approach me.
- Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Language Processing or Multimedia Processing
- Industrial and applied research.
- Societally relevant technical challenges.
I also have a small engineering team that contribute and complement the student
strengths. If you are passionate of building systems and working on open source
and/or societally relevant projects, do write to me.
Interns, RAs and RFs
I also take long term students (recent graduates) for 1 or 2 years
to work on some specific projects.
Such candidates are typically involved in specific projects and
gain valuable experience on how to do research. Please
see some of the possibilites below:
Applied Research Intern/Engineer Objective is to work on impactful
research problems and enhance your technical knowledge/skills. You could work
as an applied research intern/engineer for couple of years and move on to a
high end technical job in the Industry. Your engineering (programming, systems)
skills will have to be good to be considered for this. Limited financial
support will be available.
RAs and RFs Research Assistants and Research Fellows are expected
to work on specific research problems for atlest a year and contribute to
academic research and/or sponsored research. It is expected that you will move
towards academic research (either within IIIT or elsewhere) from here. Your
academic records and/or research experiences will be the criteria for selection.
Limited financial support will be available.
Interns Long term interns are expected to work on a specific problem
and complete a solid project when they are at IIIT. It is unlikely that I can
find any financial support for you. Please convince me how will you add value
to my group (which is reasonably big group with several undergraduate and post
Open Seats I host a limited number of open seats in the lab. You may
use this for working from our lab, and continue to work on your own ideas or
work with your external guides/collaborators. My involvement will be minimal (or even zero).
Objective is to enable research with minimal commitments on our time/resources while
catalyzing something that we encourage. If you want to explore, please send me a
proposal on what you want to do and how our environment will help you. You could
be a visiting student, a person working on a prototype/idea, or a PhD student on
leave from (or waiting to join) elsewhere.
It is very difficult to do a solid project in limited time. This is specially
true, since I can not find large single blocks of my time to work with you when
you are here with me.
You may be ready to work hard; but I will find it hard to find the matching time. Therefore,
most requests for these are not entertained. (I still land up taking some
summer interns from time to time. But that is an exception rather than a norm. Don't count
Unfortunately, I will not be able to reply email requests for short term internships.
(Please also do not call me over phone.!!)
Q Do you accept students with only batchelors degree for PhD.
A Yes. We admit bright students directly. In any case, IIIT has a solid
course work requirement for PhD.
Q Can I do a long term internship/project remotely?
A There is lot of peer learning when you are in the lab. That is also the strength
of our group. I have found it difficult to make it work remotely. Sorry.
(Your skills and my inputs are important for the success; but the environment and the
culture matters much more than these. In fact, I spend lots of time/energy on building
the right culture within the group.)
Q I work for a company very close to IIIT. I have lots of extra time. Can I come and work in
your lab in the evenings and weekends?
A Sorry such attempts will not lead anywhere from my past experiences. (I have in fact
tried it!!). I do not also know its legal implications.
Q I want work with you on a long term project. I want to start from Aug and commit for one year. Will you
give me a recommendation in Dec.?
A This is a very popular request. Unless you complete a solid work by Dec., I find it hard
to write anything special about you. It is unlikely that 3-4 months of work will take you
Q I want to work with you for PhD. How should I apply/email?
A Please be explicit with your plan. If you want to be a formal PhD student at IIIT-H, please
be explicit. (I want to do research does not imply it is PhD. I want to apply for PhD next
year does not mean you are applying at IIIT-H.). Also clearly specify the following (i)
fulltime/parttime (ii) Start date that you are looking for (IIIT-H admits throughout the year.) (iii) What
motivates you to apply at this moment, and to me? (iv) What is your eventual career goal?
Q I want to work with you for for a long term project. How should I apply/email?
A Please be explicit with what you want. If you want to be a formal student at IIIT-H, please
be explicit. If you are looking for a temporary position (such as RA/Intern), be explicit
with your start/end dates and your expectations on accommodation/financial support. All
these matter in the decision. Also let me know what you plan to do after this association.
I get many applications, and unfortunately can not reply all of them. Also note that we
are a research group in a university. Though I support and appreciate your passion for
learning and research, our financial and other resources are limited.