I am a research scientist based in the greater Washington, D.C. area. My current research is on predicting human physiological performance and well-being through physiological modeling, diagnosis and predictive analysis. I am specifically working on measuring individual mental acuity / fatigue state through passive monitoring, combining signal processing, statistical analysis and learning algorithms.
My overall research interests include continuous/passive monitoring, intelligent detection and diagnosis, health monitoring and prediction of future behavior. In addition to my current work in physiological modeling, I have previously worked with health monitoring and flaw detection in engineering materials, industrial multi-modal sensing & diagnosis applications, and with automotive safety (crash avoidance) technology.
I am an alumnus of Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and Jadavpur University, and hold degrees in Engineering Mechanics (Ph.D., from VT) and Mechanical Engineering (BME, from JU). I have also previously worked at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).
More details can be found on my Resumé page.
Outside of work, I am a photographer and writer — although the extent of activity ebbs and flows periodically. I hold a strong passion for cricket and astronomy. I take an interest in engineering, technology and the sciences in general, political and economic causes and effects, and most things that can possibly have a ‘why’ attached to them.
I come from India, and my mother tongue is Bangla. My name ‘Arnab’ best translates to ‘Ocean’ in English— which explains my domain name here and usernames elsewhere. You were wondering, weren’t you. 😃
Instead of hand-coding I’ve recently rebuilt the website using the static website generator Octopress. I think Octopress is brilliant. There are negatives to the situation — such as having to always be in front of my computer to be able to post anything to the website, but web design-wise, this solution beats hand-coding, well— hands down.
Update in 2020: Octopress was brilliant when I made the switch… but it hasn’t been updated in the last 5 years. Their last public blog post was in Jan 2015. The Octopress Github seems quite inactive too. The lead developer, Brandon Mathis, has a currently defunct home page listed on his Github profile. So… if you’re starting a static html website today, Octopress should not be your answer. Instead, my suggestion would be to look at Jekyll (which is Ruby-based, like Octopress), or Pelican (which is Python-based). Hugo and Hyde seem to be other popular options.
In fact, the website that you’re now reading has been recently completely redesigned using Pelican. When I last rebuilt my website, Pelican was still in its infancy, and I had no preferences regarding programming languages. Now, Pelican is way more mature, and Python is now my primary programming language. It was a no-brainer, really.
All the fonts I’m using are from Google Web Fonts. In particular:
- the title is Alex Brush
- the body is Gentium Basic, and
- other page elements (navigation bar, footer, sidebar) are Open Sans.
An excellent repository of icons is available for free at The Noun Project, from where I have used icons with the following attributions:
- Calendar by Bombasticon Studio from the Noun Project
- Tags by Wouter Buning from the Noun Project
- about by priyanka from the Noun Project
- Resume by DinosoftLab from the Noun Project
- Email by popcornarts from the Noun Project
- List by Mahabbah from the Noun Project
- Privacy by Muhammad Riza from the Noun Project
- Category by Fahmi from the Noun Project
If you must use your own font files, Dafont.com is an excellent source of free, well-designed fonts. More regarding fonts, Paul Irish’s bulletproof @font-face syntax and the excellent FontSquirrel.com are quite indispensable if you plan on implementing custom fonts on your own. (I did previously, but not anymore.)
This website should render well on most modern standards-compliant browsers, including Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera. To test your browser against HTML5 standards, visit html5test.com. If your browser isn’t updated, please do update it, and browse happy!