Anshuman is a physicist by training and his research lies at the intersection of materials, sensors and computational imaging. He is driven by the challenges facing our communities and is always exploring ways to contribute towards a solution. This project is inspired by the fact that community-led research has great potential in problem solving. When we look at data related to water quality from publications and reports, we see that the sample sizes are generally small. Furthermore, there is a lack of reliable and longitudinal data that is publicly available. There is a huge opportunity to bridge this data gap with the help of local communities in a structured and scientific manner using the principles of citizen science. Anshuman is leading this effort and hopes that this project can be scaled to benefit many communities around the world.
Anshuman is the cofounder of Labby Inc., a startup born at the MIT Media Lab that is developing breakthrough mobile spectrometer technologies for industrial applications. Previously he was a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab and MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design. He worked extensively on polymer optics during his PhD, and then smartphone based skin imaging, food sensing, designing smart biomedical devices and has even tried his luck in paleontology!