We are delighted to welcome Professor Ramkumar Rajendran to the IIT Bombay family. He joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of IIT-B last year.
He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from IIT Bombay and later pursued a Postdoc at Vanderbilt University. Over the years, he has worked as an Assistant manager of the Data Mining Group, Central Research Laboratories, at NEC Corporation Japan in the fields of Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing. His research interests include learning analytics, self-regulated learning, affective computing, intelligent learning environments, natural language processing, and deep learning.
While explaining about his work, Professor Rajendran stated in "Intelligent Learning Environments" that the learner's self-regulation is modeled using their behavior. In order to model a learner's behavior during their interaction, data from multiple sensors are used, such as eye-tracker, facial analysis software, EEG etc. Modeling learners based on their performance and their behavior provides a better personalized and adaptive learning environment. In the future, we might be able to see tutoring systems that provide personalized feedback and content based on learner's behavior ,such as affective state, in real-time.
When asked about his future plans, the professor mentioned that he would like to develop a learner model by analyzing data from multiple channels (sensors) and help novice learners to achieve their learning goals. Professor Rajendran holds the opinion that student engagement in the classroom can be enhanced using active teaching methods such as think-pair-share, think aloud. To enhance the engagement outside the classroom group assignments and projects can be used. In his free time, Professor Ramkumar Rajendran likes jogging and running around the campus. He has participated in a couple of Half-Marathons in Mumbai and elsewhere.