👋🏽 My name is Neeldhara Misra. I am a Smt. Amba and Sri. V S Sastry Chair Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and also currently serving as the Associate Dean of the Department of External Communication at IIT Gandhinagar.
In 2007, I finished a Bachelors in Science in three majors — Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics, from Mount Carmel College (Bangalore). The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST) was one of the very few national exams that I was eligible to write at this point, and this eventually led me to graduate school — specifically an integrated PhD program — at the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMSc).
What I learned at IMSc and IISc shapes a lot of my current research interests include the interplay of structural graph theory and graph algorithms; tools and techniques in parameterized complexity; computational perspectives on combinatorial games; voting mechanisms, with a special focus on strategic behaviour; fair allocations of resources.
I am also keen on understanding means of bringing computational thinking to school education, and using visual tools and narratives for exposition in general.
Outside of work, I mostly talk too much. When I'm not rambling away, I like to read, write, doodle, listen, and tweet. I've also recently discovered, much to my own amusement, that I enjoy puzzles — despite almost never being able to figure them out!
One of the things I enjoy most about my work is the opportunities that it brings to connect with others, so in case you feel similarly and don't mind exchanging notes, please give me a heads up! At the time of this writing I'm fairly active on Twitter and trying to get better at email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you can find out more about me from some of the links below — I'll look forward to hearing from you 🙂