Shiva Sinha

Research Scientist
Department of Physics
Indiana University

Room 159, Swain West
727 E Third St.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

T : (812) 322-9717 

shiva.x.sinha @ gmail . com

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I am by nature a tinkerer interested in understanding how machines functionBy training I am an engineer and scientist who constructs tools to study problems at the boundary of physics and biology.

Currently I am investigating how animals use visual information to estimate self-motion. A deeper understanding of this process can lead to better video compression, enhanced video rendering, or improvements to vision-guided robots (among other cool possiblities).

To appreciate the challenge, check out these videos. Both examples involve rapid estimates of motion velocity (speed and direction) based on the changing visual scene.

These juvenile sea lions use visual information to rapidly turn. Their estimates of motion allow them to frolic and play without colliding with each other. How fast is the viewer traveling? Self-motion can be estimated based on visual information that changes across space and over time.


I approach these problems by devising, developing, and building clever instruments and experiments using my background in physics, electrical engineering (B.Sc.) and neuroscience (Ph.D.)

Currently I work in the Department of Physics at Indiana University. I started as a postdoctoral researcher in 2005, and in 2008 I was promoted to a research associate position. I work in the research lab of Rob de Ruyter van Steveninck.