Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar

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Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar
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Born 11 June 1956
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Alma mater Indian Statistical Institute, University of Indore
Awards Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Chennai Mathematical Institute

Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar (born 1956) [1] is an Indian mathematician, statistician and psephologist. He is the director of Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai since 2010. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Science Academy.

Academic life[edit]

He received his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from Holkar Science College, University of Indore, Indore in June 1976 and his M.Stat. from Indian Statistical Institute in July 1978. He later obtained his PhD degree from ISI, Calcutta in December 1981.[2] He went for his postdoctoral research to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to work under Gopinath Kallianpur. He spent three years as a visiting professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and returned to Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi in 1984 as an associate professor. He became a full professor in 1989. In 2006, he moved to Cranes Software International Limited as executive vice president for analytics. He moved to Chennai Mathematical Institute in 2010.


His research interests include several areas of probability theory, Filtering theory, option pricing theory, psephology in the context of Indian elections and cryptography, among others.[3]

Other activities[edit]

He has conducted opinion polls for Indian Parliamentary elections and state assembly polls for Doordarshan, Aaj Tak/T V Today, Network 18, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, etc. Currently he is associated with ABP News. He has also conducted training programmes on Stochastic Calculus for ICICI Bank and other financial organizations. He served as the Executive Vice President for Cranes Software International Limited from 2006 to 2010.[4]