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.


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Rupesh Mahore

Project associate

I'm Rupesh Mahore, a physics graduate and I'm interested to work with computational & applied physics. I seek inspiration from natural systems and try my hands with its mathematical modelling & simulations. I like Chimera states, chaotic systems and aesthetics of emergent behaviour. Currently working with modelling collective dynamics and interaction in sperm cells.

Previously interned at ISRO, Harvard and MPIPKS. I have worked with thin films, microfluidic pumps, and biopolymers.

I have also worked on a couple of independent projects in Computer vision & ML for biomedical devices & assistive tech; have won a few awards & a fellowship. I have also given 2 TED talks. In my freetime, I play tennis and I'm a big fan of American comics from late 90's.


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

  2. Dr Jason Ryan Picardo, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, India

  3. Dr Varsha Singh, Molecular Reproduction Development and Genetics, IISc india

  4. Prof Ashish Kumar Verma, Civil Engineering, IISc India

  5. Dr. Ashwin Lal, Shilps Sciences Inc.

  6. Prof K V Venkatesh, Dept of Chemical Engg, IIT Bombay and Metflux Research Private Limited, Mumbai

  7. Prof V Kumaran, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, IISc Bangalore, India

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

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

Past students

  1. Vijay Kumar (Observing and inferring the dynamics of composite agents in a complex system) [Project associate; 2019]

  2. Karthikeya Sharma (Investigating the underlying rules of interaction between vehicles in Indian traffic) [Intern; 2020]

  3. Arshed Nabeel (Fish school turning) [In collaboration: Vishwesha] [Project associate; 2019]

  4. Arvind Nayak (Traffic of agents with memory) [Project associate; 2019]
  5. Vijay Kumar (Mesoscale dynamics of finite school) [In collaboration: Vishwesha] [Project associate; 2020]

  6. Aman Prasad (Indian Traffic: collecting data and developing the tracking algorithm) [Intern; 2019]

  7. Vivek Jadhav (Cohesion in fish schools) [Master's project, project associate; in collaboration with Vishwesha Guttal; 2021]

  8. Harishankar Muppirala (Data-driven discovery of interdroplet interactions in microchannels; Tracking and analyzing sperm-cell motion.) [Project associate; 2022]

  9. Arshed Nabeel (Inferring agent-characteristics from movement data of a heterogeneous collective) [Project associate: 2022]

  10. Muthu Krishnan (Image analysis of sperm-cell movement videos) [Intern: 2022]

  11. Chandru (Creating a platform to test the state of the art sperm-trajectory analysis algorithms) [Intern: 2022]