Dr. Varun Dutt

Phone: +91-1905-267150
E-Mail: varun[at]iitmandi[dot]ac[dot]in
Address: School of Computing and Electrical Engineering /
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
IIT Mandi, VPO Kamand
Mandi, India - 175075
Curriculum Vitae: Download Curriculum Vitae (updated on 3rd October 2021)

About

Dr. Dutt works as an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Electrical Engineering and School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology Mandi. Dr. Dutt has applied his knowledge and skills in the fields of psychology, public policy, and computer science to explore how humans make decisions on social, managerial, and environmental issues. Dr. Dutt's Ph.D. thesis focused on answering the question: why do we want to defer actions on climate change and he has investigated the question by applying literature on people’s risk-preferences, time-preferences, social-cultural dilemmas, and linear thinking. Dr. Dutt has used lab-based methods involving experiments with human participants and cognitive models to investigate his research questions.

Dr. Dutt serves as a senior member of IEEE and as the principal investigator at Applied Cognitive Science (ACS) Lab. He is currently serving as an associate editor of Frontiers in Cognitive Science journal, a review editor of Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience journal, and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal on Cyber Situational Awareness. Also, Dr. Dutt is among the board of governors of RxDataScience Inc., USA and Intiot Services Pvt. Ltd., India. In the recent past, Dr. Dutt served as a special topics editor in Frontiers in Psychology (Cognitive Science) journal for a special issue on “Application of Cognitive Approaches to Cyber Security.” He was also a lead author on IPCC WG III's 5th Assessment Report.

For more information on research, please visit Applied Cognitive Science (ACS) Lab

You may also visit the following pages: Varun Dutt's Research Gate page and Varun Dutt's Google Scholar page

For technology commercialization, please visit the following page: Intiot Services Pvt. Ltd.

Research interests

  • Artificial intelligence and cognitive modeling (modeling human behavior in dynamic tasks through computer algorithms)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (the study of interaction between people and computers)
  • Environmental decision making (understanding human behavior in environmental problems)
  • Judgment and decision making (understanding human behavior in problems involving risk and uncertainty)
  • Situation awareness (recognition, comprehension, and projection of a situation in the decision environment)

Education

  • Ph.D., Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, 2011 (Title: Why do we want to defer actions on Climate Change? A Psychological Perspective)
  • M.S., Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, 2010
  • M.S., Software Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, 2006
  • B. E., Computer Science and Engineering, Thapar University, India, 2004

Work Experience

Academic Research Experience
  • Associate Professor, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering and School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Apr 2019 - Present
  • Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, June 2012 - Mar 2019
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Dynamic Decision Making Lab, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Aug 2011 - May 2012
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Dynamic Decision Making Lab, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Aug 2007 - Aug 2011
  • Research Programmer, Dynamic Decision Making Lab, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, May 2006 - Jul 2007
Graduate Committees
  • Ms. Neha Sharma, Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (Graduated)
  • Ms. Palvi Aggarwal, Advisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (Graduated)
  • Ms. Abhijeet Seth, Advisor M. Tech. Thesis Committee (Graduated)
  • Mr. Zahid Maqbool, Advisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (Graduated)
  • Mr. Akash K Rao, Advisor, M.S. Academic Progress Committee (Graduated)
  • Ms. Medha Kumar, Advisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (Graduated)
  • Mr. Praveen Kumar, Advisor of M.S. Committee (Graduated)
  • Ms. Shruti Kaushik, Advisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (Graduated)
  • Shivendra Sangar, Co-Advisor, Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (Graduated)
  • Mr. Pratik Chaturvedi, Advisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (Thesis submitted)
  • Mr. Abhinav Chaudhary, Advisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (Thesis submitted)
  • Mr. Ankush Pathania, Advisor, M.S. Academic Progress Committee (Thesis submitted)
  • Mr. Tushar Saini, Advisor, M.S. Academic Progress Committee (Aug 2019 – Present)
  • Mr. Shashank Uttrani, Advisor, M.S. Academic Progress Committee (Jan 2020 – Present)
  • Mr. Harsh Katakwar, Advisor, M.S. Academic Progress Committee (Jan 2020 – Present)
  • Mr. Gitanshu Choudhary, Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (Jan 2020 – Present)
Academic Administrative Experience
  • Advisor, WING (Website), Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Feb 2020 – Present
  • Lead Coordinator, TIH (HCI), Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, May 2020 – Present
  • Advisor, Alumni Affairs Cell, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Feb 2020 – Present
  • Advisor, Training and Placement Cell, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Nov 2018 – Feb 2020
  • Associate Dean, International Relations, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Aug 2015 - Apr 2020
  • Advisor of Traning and Placement Cell, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Nov 2018 - Feb 2020
  • SCEE Member, Senate IIT Mandi, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Nov 2012 - Apr 2020
  • Chief Warden, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Feb 2015 - Nov 2017
  • Faculty Advisor, B. Tech. Students, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Aug 2012 - Oct 2016
  • Member, SHSS Purchases, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Jan 2013 - Aug 2016
  • Advisor, Recruitment Cell, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, May 2013 - Aug 2015
  • Co-Advisor, International Relations, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Aug 2012 - Aug 2015
  • Coordinator, Design and Innovation Practicum, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Feb 2014 - Jun 2014
  • Asst. Warden, Nako Hostel, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Aug 2012 - Feb 2014
  • Member, SCEE Purchases, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Jan 2013 - Jan 2014
  • Coordinator, Design and Innovation Practicum, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Feb 2013 - Jun 2013
  • Member, Course Proposal Committee, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Jan 2013 - Sep 2013
  • Member of Editorial Team, SCRI, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
  • Advisor, Programming Club, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India, Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
Teaching Experience
   Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India:
  • IC 252: Data Science 2, Feb 2019, Feb 2020
  • IC 272: Data Science 3, Aug 2019, Aug 2020
  • CS 202: Data Structures and Algorithms, Aug 2020
  • HS523: Decision-making for Social Change, Feb 2019, Feb 2020
  • IC 201P: Prototype Development, Feb 2019, Feb 2013, Feb 2014, Feb 2020
  • HS 528: Information Technology and Development, Aug 2018, Aug 2019, Aug 2020
  • CS 207: Applied Database Practicum, Aug 2018, Aug 2019
  • 5-Week Induction Program, Aug, 2017, Aug 2018, Aug 2019
  • IC 250: Programming and Data Structure Practicum, Feb 2018
  • CS 606: Computational Modeling of Social Systems, Feb 2018
  • HS 522: Research Methodology for Social Science, Feb 2017
  • HS 616: Managerial Thinking and Decision Making, Aug 2014, Aug 2015, Feb 2018
  • CS 660: Data Mining for Decision Making, Aug 2015, Feb 2017, Aug 2018
  • EM 604: Energy: Environment Policy and Law, Feb 2015, Aug 2015, Feb 2016, Aug 2016, Aug 2017
  • CS 303: Software Engineering, Aug 2012, Aug 2013, Aug 2014
  • IC 150P: Computation for Engineers Lab, Feb 2013, Aug 2014
  • DP 301P: Interactive Socio-Technical Practicum, Mentor, Feb 2014, Feb 2016, Feb 2017, Feb 2018
  • CS 506: Cognitive Modeling, Feb 2013, Feb 2014
  • IC 201P: Prototype Development, Feb 2013, Feb 2014
  • CS 308: Large-Scale Applications Practicum, Feb 2014, Feb 2015, Feb 2016, Aug 2016, Feb 2017, Aug 2017
  • CS 208: Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science, Aug 2013
  • HS 301: Public Policy and Advocacy Skills, Aug 2013
  • IC 100: Reverse Engineering, Aug 2013
  • CS 603: Managerial Decision Making, Aug 2012
   Carnegie Mellon University, USA:
  • 19-752: EPP Project Mgmt, Project Manager, Jan 2010 - May 2010
  • 05-775: Cognitive Perspective in HCI, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Jan 2010 - Feb 2010
  • 88-431: Dynamic Decision Making, Graduate Teaching Assistant, May 2007 - Jul 2007
Professional Experience
  • Intiot Services Pvt. Ltd., India, Founder and Executive Director, Apr 2019 - Present
  • Board of Governor, RXDataScience Inc., NY, USA, Jan 2018 - Present
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Germany, Lead Author (Chapter 2), Nov 2012 – Mar 2014
  • Newspaper Financial Chronicle, Inc., India, Knowledge Editor, Dec 2008 - Aug 2018
  • Newspaper Economic Times, Inc., India, Freelance Journalist, Aug 2006 - Aug 2007
  • Messenger Service Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Software Engineer, Aug 2006 - Sep 2006
  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India, Software Engineer, Feb 2005 - Jun 2005
  • MothersonSumi INfotech and Designs Ltd., India, Software Engineer, Aug 2004 - Jan 2005
Projects
  • 1. Why do people exhibit a lack of Understanding about Earth’s Climate? Influence of Repeated Feedback, IITM/SG/VD/32, INR 5 lakhs, IIT Mandi, Sep 2014 – Sep 2017
  • 2. Building a Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace: A Behavioral Game-Theoretic Approach, IITM/DST/VD/64, INR 23 lakhs, DST, Dec 2014 – Dec 2017
  • 3. Machine Learning and Data Mining for Sales and Analytics in Pharma, IITM/CONS/PPLP/VD/03, INR 60 lakhs, Purdue Pharma L.P. USA, Feb 2015 – Feb 2018
  • 4. Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme for Electronics & IT in 2014-15, IITM/DeitY-MLA/ASO/93, INR 217 lakhs, DeitY-MLA, Aug 2015 – Present
  • 5. Decisions from experience: AN ERP investigation of decision based on valuation of outcomes and probabilities, IITM/DST/DB/89, INR 18.6 lakhs, DST, Aug 2015 – Oct 2017 (Mentor: Dr. Varun Dutt)
  • 6. Visualization of Big Data in Pharma, IITM/CONS/PPLP/VD/05, INR 6 lakhs, Purdue Pharma, L.P., USA, Aug 2015 – June 2016
  • 7. Development of human-performance modeling framework via physiological and signal processing tools for visual cognitive enhancement in IVD, VR and AR paradigms, IITM/DRDO-CARS/VD/110, INR 22 lakhs, DRDO, Jun 2016 – Jun 2019
  • 8. Efficient query and visualization of Big Data, IITM/CONS/RxDSI/VD/07, INR 6.5 lakhs, Rx Data Science Inc., USA, Sep 2016 – Jun 2017
  • 9. Development and evaluation of landslide risk communication solutions in Mandi District of H.P., IITM/HPSCSTE/VD/130, INR 5.14 lakhs, Himachal Pradesh State council for Science, Technology & Environment (SCSTE), Nov 2016 – Nov 2018
  • 10. Design and Development of a Smart Seat-Belt Monitoring System, INR 10.5 lakhs, HE India, Feb 2017 – Feb 2019
  • 11. Application for mining rare diseases and analyzing and predicting patient journeys, IITM/CONS/RxDSI/VD/16, US $21,667, RxDataScience Inc., USA, Nov 2018 - Aug 2019
  • 12. Development and evaluation of low-cost landslide early warning solutions, IITM/DRDO-DTRL/VD/179, INR 10 lakhs, DRDO-DTRL, Oct 2017 – Oct 2020
  • 13. Development and evaluation of low-cost landslide monitoring solutions, IITM/NDMA/VD/184, NDMA, INR 27.8 lakhs, Dec 2017 – Dec 2020
  • 14. Design of Advanced Big Data Analytics in the CygNet Management System for large telecom networks, IITM/MHRD(UAY)/AD/115, MHRD, INR 140 lakhs, Jun 2016 – Jun 2020 (Co-PI)
  • 15. A Game Theoretic Approach involving Experimentation and Computational Modeling using Deception in Cyber Security, Department of Science and Technology (ICPS), INR 60 lakhs, Feb 2019 – Feb 2022
  • 16. Public Perception of Air Pollution and development and testing of a low-cost Air Pollution Sensing and Warning System, IITM/DEST-HP/VD/240, INR 7,00,000, Department of Environment, Science and Technology, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, May 2019 – May 2021
  • 17. Deployment of sensors for landslide monitoring and early warning, Deputy Commissioner Mandi (H.P.), IITM/DCoM/VD/204, INR 3,00,000, Jun 2018 – Jun 2021
  • 18. Development and Deployment of low-cost landslide monitoring and warning system in district Sirmaur (H.P.), Deputy Commissioner Sirmaur (H.P.), IITM/DC-SIR/VD/226, INR 4,00,000, Jan 2019 – Jan 2020
  • 19. Evaluation of quantitative systems pharmacology and machine learning models for blood glucose prediction, IITM/CONS/RxDSI/VD/33, RxDataScience Inc., USA, INR 15,26,400, Aug 2019 - Feb 2022
  • 20. UKIERI – DST international workshop on adversarial cybersecurity, IITM/WS/VD/79, UKIERI – DST, INR 1,56,700, Sep 2020 – Oct 2020
  • 21. Human Performance enhancement via tDCS in VR and performance forecasting via machine learning methods, ITM/DRDO-LSRB/VD/301, Life Sciences Research Board, DRDO, INR 49,13,480, Dec 2020 – Dec 2023
  • 22. A low-cost MEMS-based and video-based monitoring and early warning system for rainfall-induced landslides, IITM/DST/VKU/300, INR 40 lakhs, IIT Mandi, Dec 2020 – Dec 2023 (Co-PI)
  • 23. Technology Innovation Hub (HCI), DST, NM-ICPS, INR 110,00,000, Dec 2020 – Dec 2025 (Lead coordinator)

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