Venkatakrishnan Ramaswamy

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

Phone: +91-80-23666061

About me

In December 2019, I am starting as Assistant Professor at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, in Hyderabad, India.

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. I also serve as an eLife Ambassador.

Before this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Haim Sompolinsky in the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I graduated with a Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at the University of Florida, where I was advised by Arunava Banerjee.

I work primarily in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.




In the past, I have taught (at the University of Florida)

and served as a Teaching Assistant for


At NCBS, I co-organize the following seminars.


On the PCP Theorem and Approximability.


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

Academic Genealogy

The Satrapy

What a misfortune, although you are made
for fine and great works
this unjust fate of yours always
denies you encouragement and success;
that base customs should block you;
and pettiness and indifference.
And how terrible the day when you yield
(the day when you give up and yield),
and you leave on foot for Susa,
and you go to the monarch Artaxerxes
who favorably places you in his court,
and offers you satrapies and the like.
And you accept them with despair
these things that you do not want.
Your soul seeks other things, weeps for other things;
the praise of the public and the Sophists,
the hard-won and inestimable Well Done;
the Agora, the Theater, and the Laurels.
How can Artaxerxes give you these,
where will you find these in a satrapy;
and what life can you live without these.

Constantine P. Cavafy (1910)

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