Dr. Varun Dutt

Phone: 01905-267041
E-Mail: varun[at]iitmandi[dot]ac[dot]in
Address: School of Computing and Electrical Engineering /
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
IIT Mandi, PWD Rest House 2nd floor,
Near Bus Stand, Mandi - 175001
India
Curriculum Vitae: Download Curriculum Vitae

About Me:

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Electrical Engineering and School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology. I am applying my 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. My Ph.D. thesis focused on answering the question: why do we want to defer actions on climate change and I have investigated the question by applying literature on people’s risk-preferences, time-preferences, social-cultural dilemmas, and linear thinking. I have used lab-based methods involving human participants and cognitive models to investigate my research questions.

In addition to my thesis research, I have investigated how people explore and exploit alternatives and make decisions from experience in risk and uncertainty at both individual and group levels. For this investigation, I have created human factors and cognitive models of human behavior using principles of case-based reasoning, reinforcement learning, and Bayesian learning theories. The typical approach I have followed has focused on model creation, prediction, validation by running lab-based experiments, and further model generalization or model cross-validation in novel task situations.

For more information, please go to Applied Cognitive Science (ACS) Lab

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., Rational Simulation, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, 2009
  • M.S., Software Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, 2006
  • B. E., Computer Science and Engineering, Thapar University, India, 2004

Work Experience

Academic Research Experience
  • Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India, June 2012 onwards
  • 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
  • Mr. Zahid Maqbool (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Mr. Akash K Rao (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Mr. Pratik Chaturvedi (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Ms. Palvi Aggarwal (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Ms. Shruti Kaushik (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Mr. Vibha Gupta (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Mr. Abhinav Chaudhary (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Ms. Medha Kumar (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Mr. Shivendra Sangar (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Co-Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Ms. Neha Sharma (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Supervisor in Ph.D. Doctoral Committee
  • Mr. Abhijeet Seth (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Member of M.S. Committee
  • Mr. Sudhakar Kumar (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Member of M.S. Committee
  • Mr. P. Abhinay Reddy (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Member of Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (student graduated)
  • Mr. Pankaj Kumar Sahota (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Member of Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (student graduated)
  • Ms. Reena Singh (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Member of Ph.D. Doctoral Committee (student graduated)
  • Mr. Shejin T (Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India), Member of M.S. Committee (student graduated)
Academic Administrative Experience
  • Associate Dean, International Relations, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India, Aug 2015 - Present
  • Chief Warden, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India, Feb 2015 - Present
  • SCEE Member, Senate IIT Mandi, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India, Nov 2012 - Present
  • Faculty Advisor, B. Tech. Students, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India, Aug 2012 - Present
  • Advisor, Recruitment Cell, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India, May 2013 - Aug 2015
  • Member, SHSS Purchases, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, India, Jan 2013 - Aug 2016
  • 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:
  • HS 616: Managerial Thinking and Decision Making, Instructor, Aug 2015, Aug 2014
  • CS 660: Data Mining for Decision Making, Instructor, Aug 2015
  • EM 604: Energy: Environment Policy and Law, Feb 2015
  • CS 303: Software Engineering, Instructor, Aug 2012, Aug 2013, Aug 2014
  • IC 150P: Computation for Engineers Lab, Instructor, Feb 2013, Aug 2014
  • DP 301P: Interactive Socio-Technical Practicum, Feb 2014
  • CS 506: Cognitive Modeling, Instructor, Feb 2013, Feb 2014
  • IC 201P: Prototype Development, Instructor, Feb 2013, Feb 2014
  • CS 308: Large-Scale Applications Practicum, Instructor, Feb 2014, Feb 2015
  • CS 208: Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science, Instructor, Aug 2013
  • HS 301: Public Policy and Advocacy Skills, Instructor, Aug 2013
  • IC 100: Reverse Engineering, Instructor, Aug 2013
  • CS 603: Managerial Decision Making, Instructor, 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
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Germany, Lead Author (Chapter 2), Nov 2012 – Present
  • Newspaper Financial Chronicle, Inc., India, Knowledge Editor, Dec 2008 - Present
  • 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

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