Danny Raj M (PI)

I am a DST-INSPIRE faculty hosted by the department of chemical engineering at IISc Bangalore. I work in the area of complex systems engineering where I study systems made up of many interacting entities or agents that exhibit collective phenomena. I apply an agent-based modeling strategy in combination with techniques from systems engineering like optimization, model based feedback control, etc., along with simple experiments, to understand and engineer the collective nature of several  complex systems that include droplets in microchannels, organismal motion and traffic/pedestrian movement.

Prior to this, I was at IIT Madras where I completed my Doctoral work in the department of chemical engineering under Prof Raghunathan Rengaswamy on 'Drops as agents: understanding the complex behavior of drops in 2D microchannels'. I have a B Tech in Chemical engineering from AC Tech, Anna University, Chennai.


Vivek Jadav

Project associate (in collaboration with Vishwesha Guttal, CES, IISc)

I graduated in 2020 from IISER Mohali with masters in Physics. I am broadly interested in understanding collective behavior employing computational and theoretical methods. Currently, I work on building models to study group properties, such as cohesion and polarisation, in finite fish schools.


Arshed Nabeel

Project associate

I am Arshed Nabeel, a computer science masters graduate interested in problems at the intersection of computer science, applied math and basic sciences. Currently, I am working on problems related to observing and inferring the dynamics of a collective system using machine learning models.

In my previous avatars, I developed deep neural networks to analyze driver behavior, explored the dynamics and timescales in neural signals, and developed algorithms for certain problems in social choice.



Dr Vishwesha Guttal, Dept. of Ecological Sciences, IISc Bangalore, India


Prof V Kumaran, Dept. of Chemial Engineering, IISc Bangalore, India


Dr Guy Theraulaz, Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale, CNRS, France


Prof Raghunathan Rengaswamy, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, India


  1. Vijay Kumar (Observing and inferring the dynamics of composite agents in a complex system)

  2. Karthikeya Sharma (Investigating the underlying rules of interaction between vehicles in Indian traffic)

  3. Arshed Nabeel (Fish school turning) [In collaboration: Vishwesha]

  4. Arvind Nayak (Traffic of agents with memory)
  5. Vijay Kumar (Mesoscale dynamics of finite school) [In collaboration: Vishwesha]

  6. Aman Prasad (Indian Traffic: collecting data and developing the tracking algorithm)