Doctoral candidate Bhaskar Sen is a recipient of the 2019-2020 IEM (Institute for Engineering in Medicine) fellowship. Bhaskar is motivated by interdisciplinary collaborative work and his research combines ideas from engineering and computing with psychiatry and neuroscience. In his doctoral dissertation, Bhaskar uses machine learning and signal processing- based techniques for diagnosing psychiatric disorders such as depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Bhaskar has previously been a College of Science and Engineering (CSE) graduate school fellow and MnDRIVE-UMII research assistant. He was also recipient of the 2016 IEM Walter Barnes Lang fellowship which supports travel for research presentations. Bhaskar earned his master’s degree in computing science from the University of Alberta, Canada and and his bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He is conducting his doctoral research under the guidance of Prof. Keshab Parhi.
The Institute for Engineering in Medicine is an interdisciplinary research organization encouraging collaboration between the disciplines of engineering and biomedicine at the University of Minnesota, and with medical device industry (from the IEM website). The IEM fellowship is available only to students of IEM members, and includes a $25,000 stipend plus $2,500 for professional development.