Dr. Siddharth

Assistant Professor, Plaksha University

Area of Expertise

Affective Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Neuroscience


Research Interests

  • Computer Vision
  • Bio-sensing
  • Human Factors
  • Deep Learning
  • Cognitive Science
  • Applied Psychology


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Control), University of California San Diego, USA

Past Associations

  • Senior Human Factors Researcher, Microsoft USA
  • Human-centered Machine Learning Researcher, Microsoft USA
  • Research Intern, Facebook (Meta) Reality Labs, USA
  • Research Intern, Samsung Research America, USA

Dr. Siddharth came to Plaksha from the Human Factors Center of Excellence at Microsoft USA where he worked as Senior Human Factors Researcher. He is passionate about working on research themes with practical applications in the technology industry.  

At Plaksha, Dr. Siddharth is investigating and modeling human physiological responses to improve cognitive well-being, and enhance human safety, productivity, and creativity. By integrating domain-specific knowledge from the fields of signal processing, computational neuroscience, computer vision, and machine learning, his research group is utilizing human physiological responses to track various cognitive states such as emotions, stress, awareness, mental load, and more. His research and recommendations have practical applications in the technology industry for the development of safer and more user-centered designs that promote cognitive well-being.

In the past, Dr. Siddharth led the Microsoft Human Factors Center of Excellence’s efforts to design personalized user experiences through neurophysiological insights into users' preferences enabling them to be more productive and establish meaningful connections with each other. He has also worked at Facebook Reality Labs, Samsung Research America, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and National University of Singapore. His research has been awarded fellowships and research grants from various institutions including the National Science Foundation, Army Research Lab, and the Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind. It has also been published in many international conferences and reputed journals including IEEE Transactions and Nature Scientific Reports and has spawned multiple patents.

Dr. Siddharth received his Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego where he also served as the Graduate Fellow Editor of the Prospect Journal of International Affairs and Graduate Student Member of the South Asia Initiative. His first book, Founding Generations: Democracy's Origins and Parallels in America and India, was released recently. For more up-to-date information about him, please visit https://ssiddharth.in/about-me