Retroblog – Monkey bars

They’re very savvy.

When we lived in Bangalore we would occasionally encounter the resident band of monkeys – actually Bonnet Macaques – as they passed through the neighborhood, seeking any possible way to sneak into apartments and steal food. At least once, one pushed open the front door and came traipsing across the living room floor. We heard from others that these savvy critters knew how to find and open refrigerators. Check out this a pair of blog posts (and associated photo galleries) from November 2008!

Bonnet Macaques raid the rooftop and atrium of our apartment building at IISc.

Retroblog –

Looking back at some photos and video from our IISc campus home.

As I mentioned recently, I will occasionally post some flashbacks to some favorite old trips and events. I’ll start with our sabbatical in India: we lived in Bangalore from August 2008 through May 2009, at the Indian Institute of Science.

We lived on the beautiful campus of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), in a quiet neighborhood of two-story apartments housing professors’ families. The Electrical and Communications Engineering (ECE) building, shown below, and where I had an office, was just a block away.

The ECE building at IISc has a manicured garden out front.

Retroblog – first day in India

A flashback to our sabbatical in India.

As I mentioned a few days ago, I will occasionally post some flashbacks to some favorite old trips and events. I’ll start with our sabbatical in India: we lived in Bangalore from August 2008 through May 2009, at the Indian Institute of Science. Our first day was full of logistics, and great anticipation – and a good background for the retroblogs to come.

Three short days in Bangalore

Last week I returned to Bangalore for my annual visit to the NetHealth workshop, which is always a fascinating combination of academic research and real-world insights from Indian health-care and public-health experts.  Unfortunately my visit was constrained by other commitments so I was in India for 72 hours (at the cost of 54 hours to get there and back).

photos of carefully piled powder, red and yellow
Vendors of colored powder, Sampige Rd, Bangalore.

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Back to Bangalore

I was back in India to attend COMSNETS conference and the NetHealth workshop.

I have been fortunate to return to Bangalore every January, since we left there in May 2009. The main reason is to attend an important conference on computer networks, an opportunity to meet researchers from my field. But I always take the opportunity to visit old friends and favorite places. Read on!

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Bangalore again

I was fortunate to be able to visit Bangalore once again, to attend the COMSNETS conference.

It is so nice to be back in India, in Bangalore.  I came so I could attend COMSNETS, a computer networking conference, at which I had organized the NetHealth workshop.  Those were great, as was an afternoon spent visiting Microsoft Research.  What was best, though, was a chance to visit some of my favorite places, including MG Road, Cauvery, Infinitea, Sampige Road, the IISc campus, and friends in our old IISc neighborhood. Read on…

Amazing carving at Cauvery; 31 lakhs!
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Back to India

A chance to return to Bangalore, for 8 days.

I had many reasons to return to India. There are the professional reasons, of course – I had a paper accepted at WISARD (a workshop associated with COMSNETS in Bangalore), and I was invited to participate in an Indo-US workshop on infrastructure security, held at IISc.  But, personally, I was really missing India.  The friendly people, the fantastic food, the sights and sounds and smells, and let’s face it, the nice weather this time of year.  Read on for more…

workers, near D gate.
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Good bye, India

Today is our last day in India.

Well, today is our last day in India; tonight we fly to Australia for the next leg of our journey.

I am sad to be leaving, and will surely miss many wonderful things about life here. Number one, the food!  Second, the people, who I have found to be almost universally friendly, warm, and welcoming.  Third, the weather, which in Bangalore at least is usually very nice.  Finally, the chance to travel and learn about a incredibly beautiful country with diverse and deeply interesting cultures.  I surely hope to come back sometime soon.

I am grateful to many people.  To the staff at Fulbright offices in Delhi and Chennai, and the team at CIES, who helped with all the details of getting us here and helping us get established. To Prof. Anurag Kumar and Chandrika Sridhar, who helped in so many ways to ease my transition into IISc and to help us set up household here. To Vittal Kini, Kumar Ranganathan, Satish Rath, Amit Baxi, and Sasi Avancha at Intel, who enabled me to collaborate on a great project. And last but not least, to my family, who have made this year a fun exploration of life.

Below, I am with Prof. Anurag Kumar, right, who was my host during my stay at IISc, and Shrirang Mare, a project assistant we hired to work with us on a research project. I really enjoyed working with them both!

David at IISc with Shrirang (programmer) and Anurag Kumar (professor and host).

I’ve posted a few final photos from IISc/Bangalore.


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House staff

We have been blessed with wonderful staff to help us in our household here at IISc. 

Our family with our IISc apartment staff: Venkatama, Vijayalakshmi, and Geetha.

Geetha comes daily (except Sundays) to clean the floors and bathrooms, and wash the dishes. Sometimes her mother, Venkatama, comes to help. 

Venkatama, Vijayalakshmi, and Geetha.

Vijayalakshmi cooks dinner for us 5-6 days per week, and speaks workable English. Her food is excellent, local South Indian veg cuisine, a variety of curries and dals and soups. Every now and then they make chapatis, as shown below. 

Vijayalakshmi and Venkatama making chapattis on the floor.

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mHealth workshop

We hosted a scientific workshop at IISc.

I have recently become very interested in mHealth, that is, the application of mobile computing and communications technology to healthcare.  Here in India, many believe that India’s pressing healthcare needs could benefit from judicious application of information technology. Mobile-computing technology may be particularly helpful, for example, by improving access to healthcare, by encouraging personal health management, and by enabling patient and provider mobility. Wearable medical devices are emerging, to measure pulse, respiration, ECG, blood glucose level, and patient mobility. Handheld devices support clinicians in urban hospitals, and portable diagnostic kits allow remote healthcare teams to more easily reach rural villages.  The widespread availability of mobile phones, and recent experiments with low-cost, long-range broadband wireless networks, bring connectivity to all these opportunities. Read on.

A panel discussion at the IISc mHealth workshop.
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