Monday 26th of February 2018
On 28th March 2011

An Exclusive Interview with Nikhil Raj, from NIT Kurukshetra, Haryana, India

"If open-access journals continue to cover the emerging areas then in next few years they will become an important part of research. Yes, I recommend it!"

I completed my B. Tech in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Maharastra, India, in 2005. I then received my MTech in VLSI Design from NIT Kurukshetra, India, in 2009. Since mid 2009, I am working as Assistant Professor at the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department at NIT Kurukshetra in the State of Haryana, India. My primary area of research interest is low power analog circuits. In addition, I am actively pursuing research in biomedical circuit design.

How did you gain interest in Biomedical Engineering?
During my master's thesis study period, I came across the biomedical engineering field and the mapping of biological functionality with engineering principles inspired me a lot. I found myself very much interested in continuing with this topic. After continuously working with this topic for a long period, I got inspired to work with bio-inspired circuits.

What trend do you foresee in Biomedical Engineering?
The most visible contributions of biomedical engineering to clinical practice involve instrumentation for diagnosis, therapy, and rehabilitation. Cell and tissue engineering also have emerged as clinical realities. In the next few years, advances in electronics, optics, materials, and miniaturization will accelerate development of more sophisticated devices for diagnosis and therapy, such as imaging and virtual surgery. The emerging field of bioengineering engineering based in the science of molecular cell biology will greatly expand the scope of biomedical engineering to tackle challenges in molecular and genomic medicine.

How do you approach research? How long does it take to complete a paper?
Research should be deductive, that is, starting from general and going to specific target. For any research work to be done there should be a time period fixed. The first step for any research work is to read out the relevant articles in that area published during last few years and then try to identify the problems and their corresponding proposed techniques followed in that area. Keeping in mind the problems most discussed, try to develop an approach which has not been investigated till now. Continuously working on the proposed approach will refine it and at last the targeted objective will be achieved. To finish a paper within time depends on type of the problem taken but anyhow it should be finished in 1-2 months.

What topics have you been teaching until now at your previous and/or current workplace?
I primarily teach Analog design and the VLSI related courses.

What was your most successful moment?
The successful moment comes when my article gets accepted.

What are the current research projects you are working on?
I am currently working on research related to design of low power continuous time filters, basically filters needed for processing biomedical signals like ECG.

Were you inspired by a famous scientist or engineer?
Every people come up in life on their own effort, with sheer hard work and perseverance. I was really inspired by the work of Rahul Sarpeshkar, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, MIT, Cambridge.

What is your feeling about open-access publication? Do you recommend it?
Open Access publication save time, the search for documents is greatly accelerated and it is gives an equal opportunity for everyone who is interested in research including the research community with financial constrains. If open-access journals continue to cover the emerging areas then in next few years they will become an important part of research. Yes, I recommend it!

I like reading on the Internet, traveling and listening to music.

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