People

Vishnu Sreekumar

Assistant Professor

Email: vishnu[dot]sreekumar[at]iiit[dot]ac[dot]in

Vishnu is a cognitive neuroscientist and directs the MANDA lab at IIIT Hyderabad. He enjoys thinking about human behavior and the brains and environments that enable it, with a special focus on the dynamics of this complex system. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing and studying chess, and playing the piano.

Kumar Neelabh

MS (computer science)

Neelabh is a second-year research student pursuing MS in computer science at IIIT Hyderabad. His research interests lie in neuroscience and artificial intelligence. He is working on understanding the dynamics of neural activity underlying human learning and memory. Outside of work, he can be found reading books, playing games, and trying to pet cats.

Nancy Hada

MS (computer science)

Nancy is a first-year research student pursuing MS in computer science at IIIT Hyderabad. Her research interest lies in cognitive science and machine learning. In her free time, she is often found drawing and flourishing calligraphy. She is also a chess player and has represented her state in various national level championships as a part of the U19 Delhi Chess Team during her school time. She is trying to combine her passion for chess and cognitive science by studying human skill learning and memory in the domain of chess.


Mayank taluja

BTech/MS dual degree (ECE)

Mayank is a sixth year research student pursuing a dual-degree in ECE at IIIT Hyderabad. He is currently building virtual reality (VR) environments for naturalistic memory studies and plans to combine lifelogging and VR to understand how human memory works in the real world.

prajneya kumar

BTech/MS dual degree (computational linguistics)

Prajneya is a third-year dual degree student, pursuing B. Tech in computer science and masters in computational linguistics at IIIT, Hyderabad. He is primarily interested in studying the interaction between memory and language and is working on understanding what makes some words more memorable than others. Outside of the lab, Prajneya loves backpacking, singing and jamming in random cafés, and reading books.

prateek kumar patel

BTech/MS dual degree (CSE)

Prateek is a third year dual degree student pursuing B.Tech and Masters in computer science at IIIT Hyderabad. He is interested in understanding the cognitive impacts of COVID-19, especially on episodic memory. He enjoys cooking in his free time.

thriveni Chintha

BTech student (Hons, CSE)

Thriveni is a third year computer science BTech student who is working on naturalistic memory studies using lifelogging. Thriveni loves to play badminton in her free time.


Karthik suresh

BTech student (EEE, BITS Pilani Goa campus)

Karthik is a final year undergrad student pursuing B.Tech in electrical engineering from BITS Pilani (Goa campus). He is currently exploring the role of different types of EEG waveforms in cognition. In his spare time, he likes to sing classical music, play mridangam, and read about astronomy.

Akshat Jain

Dual degree student (BTech in EEE and MS in Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani)

Akshat is a third-year dual degree student pursuing B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Masters in Biological Sciences from BITS Pilani. He is working on understanding what EEG/iEEG waveform shape can reveal about underlying brain physiology. Outside work he likes painting, trekking and playing the guitar.

The mandalab aspires to be a welcoming place for diverse people and ideas. Diversity can have several dimensions: gender, race, religion, etc. Ultimately, diversity leads to creativity and better/faster solutions to problems (Sommers, 2006, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Antonio et al., 2014, Psychological Science; Levine et al., 2014, PNAS). The mandalab will operate on principles of equality, respect, and "no-fear" (please check out the lab manual for more details).