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The PicoPeta Board of Directors

Prof. Swami Manohar


Swami Manohar (Ph.D, Brown, '88) co-invented the Simputer and is an expert in Graphics and Visualization. He has spent much of the last three years in managing the Simputer project, interfacing with the media and also by technically contributing to the core Simputer technology by helping define the Information Markup Language (IML) along with Prof. Vinay. He is of the firm belief that Simputer based solutions is the way for the future and believes PicoPeta has a very important role in the fructification of this vision.


Prof. Vijay Chandru


Vijay Chandru (Ph.D, MIT, '82) was one of the key members of the committee that brought out the Bangalore Declaration in 1998. The Simputer owes much to the vision of the Bangalore Declaration and to Chandru who relentlessly pursued the goal of making the Simputer a reality.

Vijay Chandru, has research interests in combinatorial algorithms, computational geometry, logic programming, neural computing, and numerical optimization. Chandru is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He has taught at Purdue and the University of Pennsylvania for one year. He has also worked at IBM's Watson Research Center as a visiting scientist. He has been a Professor at the Indian Institue of Science for the past 10 years. He is the Chairman of the Board of Strand Genomics Pvt Ltd.


Prof. V. Vinay


Vinay (Ph.D, IISc, '91) co-invented the Simputer and is an expert in the area of Computational Complexity theory. Vinay has helped shape several key Simputer technologies. Apart from designing IML with Prof. Manohar, he also implemented a prototype browser, IMLI. He also invented a novel method of text entry in to the keyboard-less Simputer, called Tapatap. An avid Linux user, Vinay was also largely responsible for much of the initial porting efforts to make Linux run on the Simputer.

Vinay is on the Board of directors of Strand Genomics Pvt Ltd.


Mr. Rahul Matthan


Rahul Matthan is a partner with Trilegal, a law firm based in Bangalore. He serves as Legal Counsel for the Simputer Trust, and drafted the innovative Simputer General Public License under which Simputer hardware specification was released.



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