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Rajesh Kasturirangan

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Rajesh Kasturirangan
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Wisconsin–Madison
IIT, Kanpur

Rajesh Kasturirangan is a mathematician[1] and a cognitive scientist[1] from India whose research is on how language and concepts are grounded in the world.[2]

He completed his M.Sc in 1993 at IIT Kanpur, and Ph.D. in mathematics from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1998. He then did another PhD in Cognitive Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2004 under the supervision of Whitman Richards.[3] His dissertation was "Mapping Spatial Relations".[3]

Career and research[edit]

He was a research scientist at Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, MIT, before joining NIAS Bangalore.[2] His research interests vary from applying a combination of philosophical argument, mathematical techniques and empirical observations to classical problems in cognitive science and the philosophy of mind such as the semantics of natural languages, the epistemology of beliefs and the structure of intentionality and consciousness. Rajesh Kasturirangan holds an adjunct appointment at Azim Premji University.


Prof. Rajesh Kasturirangan with the 14th Dalai Lama, Geshe Thupten Jinpa and Richard Davidson at Mind and Life Institute XXVI conference.

He was awarded the Burnett Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (MIT), and Copeland Fellowship, Amherst College. He was a visiting Scholar at School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, and also a fellow at Mind and Life Institute.[4] He was an invited speaker for numerous conferences and talks on education and philosophy. He was one among the twenty of the world's foremost scientists and philosophers, who were invited to speak at The Mind and Life XXVI conference, held on 17–22 January 2013.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Reality Lab: Vishnu Duranjaya - the Kira Institute". Archived from the original on 25 December 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "National Institute of Advanced Studies". Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b http://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/28313/55636098.pdf?sequence=1[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Mind & Life Fellows — Mind & Life Institute". Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Video & Audio | the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama". www.dalailama.com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  6. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Day4 pm - Mind and Life XXVI: Mind, Brain and Matter. YouTube.