Naveen Agnihotri


Work Address: Home Address:
Milabra 104-60 Queens Blvd #10F
220 5th Ave, 20th floor Forest Hills, NY 11375
New York, NY 10001 Phone: (212) 537-6408
Phone: (646) 519-4499 naveen@bhalu.com

Education:
PhD, Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University, 2002.

MS, Dept of Engineering, University of Georgia, 1996.

BE, Computer Engineering, University of Delhi, India, 1994.

Research Interests:
The use of neural networks and other pattern recognition techniques for classification of data, particularly images.

Research Experience:

7/05-Present
Chief Technology Officer, Milabra (formerly Sobayli).
  • Development of new algorithms and techniques for pattern recognition in text and images.
  • Coordination of the activities of several teams of neuroscienctists and computer scientists.
9/02-7/05
Research Associate, HHMI, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT.
  • Investigation of the effects of reward systems and neuromodulators in neural networks in-vitro.
  • Exploration of non-Hebbian plasticity mechanisms and their role in the dynamics of large neuronal networks.
9/96-9/02:
Research Assistant, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
  • 1/98-9/02: Recording of place cells; investigating the stability of place cells in wild-type and transgenic mice.
  • 1/98-6/02: Neuroanatomy instructor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
  • 7/97-12/97: Cloning of the CamKII promoter to a native G-alpha subunit in order to obtain mice that constitutively express the native subunit in a spatially regulated manner.
  • 1/97-6/97: Dual whole cell patch-clamp recordings of cultured rat hippocampal neurons, and study of the late phase of LTP at single vesicle-release sites.
  • 9/96-12/96: Imaging of Ca2+ in whole olfactory epithelium, to see the change in Ca2+ dynamics as the epithelium responds to odors.
9/94-8/96:
Research Assistant, Department of Engineering, University of Georgia.
  • Use of tumerogenic nerve cells for investigation, quantification, and analysis of increased cAMP levels in cells during sensitization and associative learning.
  • Developed image processing techniques for sorting of bioproducts based on age and moisture content.
  • Developed model techniques for detecting firmness of biological tissue using novel firmness sensors.
3/93 - 6/94:
Undergraduate research assistant, Department of Computer Engineering, Delhi Institute of Technology, India.
  • Investigation of hamiltonian properties of the Kronecker and Strong product of graphs, particularly cycles and trees (acyclic graphs). This work culminated in several contributions, which find high applicability in a host of computer science, physical and biological systems.
4/92 - 7/94:
Undergraduate research engineer, PRAVAK Cybernetics (P) Ltd, New Delhi, India.
  • Extensive study of the kinematics and dynamics of the PRAVAK Robot Arm (It is a 5-degree freedom PUMA-type arm with revolute joints).
  • Development of new methods of implementing smooth movement using advanced control techniques.
  • Design and development of a new robot arm with "intelligent" controllers and superior accuracy.

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Teaching:
Neuroanatomy instructor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University from 1997 to 2002, and from 2006 to present.

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