ERA CIPHR Chair: Prof.   Vijayakumar Anand

Prof. Vijayakumar Anand received his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India in 2015. He was a PBC outstanding postdoctoral fellow at Ben Gurion University, Israel from 2015-2018. From 2019 to 2021, he was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise Fellow (Nanophotonics Fellow) at Swinburne University, Australia. He started his position as Associate Professor at University of Tartu in 2022. He has published more than 100 journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters. He is also an author of a bestselling textbook on Design and Fabrication of Diffractive Optical Elements with MATLAB, published by SPIE press. He has been elected to the editorial board of Nature Springer Applied Physics B: Laser and Optics and Chinese Optics Letters. His current research interests include computational optics, imaging, digital holography, diffractive optics, and microfabrication.

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Visiting Professor: Prof. Joseph Rosen

Prof. Joseph Rosen. Joseph Rosen is a Benjamin H. Swig Professor of Optoelectronics with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He received his BSc, MSc, and DSc degrees in electrical engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 1984, 1987, and 1992, respectively. He is a fellow of OPTICA (Formerly the Optical Society of America) and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). His research interests include digital holography, optical microscopy, diffractive optics, interferometry, statistical optics, biomedical optics, optical computing, and image processing. He has co-authored more than 250 book chapters, scientific journal articles, patents and conference publications.

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Senior Researcher: Dr. Amudhavel Jayavel
Dr. Amudhavel Jayavel received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Pondicherry Public Central University, India in 2015. He worked as an Assistant Professor (Senior) cum Assistant Director of Digital Outreach in the School of Computing Science and Engineering, VIT Bhopal University, India. He started his position as a Senior Researcher at the University of Tartu in June 2022. His research outcome includes 100+ indexed scholarly publications with more than 800+ citations, in peer-reviewed Scopus & SCI indexing reputed journals like IEEE, ACM, Springer link, Elsevier, etc. His current research interests include Computer Vision, Deep Learning, and Quantum Machine Learning.

Researcher in Computational imaging:  Dr. Viktor Palm
Viktor Palm received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tartu, Estonia. He has held different positions at the Institute of Physics, including Senior researcher, Specialist, etc. in the Laboratory of Laser spectroscopy. He has joined our team as a Research fellow in Computational imaging. He is an experimentalist; optics and photonics are the focus of his 40 years of research at the Institute of Physics. He has published more than 40 journal articles.

Post Doc Researcher: Dr. Praveen P. A.
Dr. Praveen P. A. received his Ph.D. degree from the Bharathidasan University Tiruchirappalli, India in 2019. From 2019 to 2022, he was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati. He has published around 15 journal articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters. He was a guest editor of the SPIE optical engineering journal. His areas of expertise include Hybrid organic semiconductors, Optoelectronic Devices, and Computational materials science.

Junior Research fellow: Andrei Ioan Bleahu
Andrei Loan Bleahu joined as a junior research fellow and doctoral student. He holds two master's degrees, one in semiotics from the University of Tartu and one in physics from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. His areas of interest are optoelectronics and photonics.

Junior Research fellow: Shivasubramanian Gopinath
Shivasubramanian Gopinath joined as a junior research fellow and doctoral student. He received his master's degree in Physics from Madurai Kamaraj University, India. His areas of interest are computational imaging, electronics, and optics.

Project Coordinator:

Project Manager: Tiia Lillemaa
Tiia Lillemaa is a Project Manager in University of Tartu with more than 20 years of project and human resources management experience in FP7, H2020, ESA, and national funding. Last two years she worked for the Grant Office in the University of Tartu as Foreign Funds Coordinator of H2020 and Horizon Europe projects. She has been involved in recruiting incoming researchers since 2008. From 2015 to 2020 she was an EURAXESS network coordinator in the Tartu Observatory. She have organized lots of international seminars, training events and conferences for researchers over last 20 years.

                                     Research manager: Aravind Simon. JR
Mr. Aravind Simon received his Masters's degree in Computer Applications from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, India in 2005. He held many positions of importance such as the Vice-Principal of St. Joseph Institute of Information Technology and Deputy Controller of Examinations at St. Joseph University of Tanzania until January 2022. He started his new position as the research manager of the ERA Chair project in March 2022. He is interested in deep learning, software development, and administration.