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Waves of change in Indian cinema – Bedabrata Pain

Dr. Bedabrata Pain was an award winning scientist with NASA for 15 years. He quit NASA in 2009 to follow his passion–film making. And with his debut film Chittagong (2012), he won three Indian National Awards, including the prestigious Golden Lotus as the best first film and the Indira Gandhi Award as the best debut director.

One of the inventors of CMOS digital imaging technology that enabled the digital camera revolution from cell phone cameras to movie cameras (such as those used by RED and ARRI) to those in space telescopes, he holds over 87 patents, and was inducted to the US Space Technology Hall of Fame.

A trained painter from his childhood days, and a singer, Bedabrata was the executive producer of internationally acclaimed and national best film award winning Amu (2005) that premiered in Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals, the principal researcher for the documentary called Lifting the Veil (1997) on the impact of globalization in India, and the writer of the book titled Behind the events in Kashmir (1991).

Bedabrata graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology IIT, Kharagpur, India in 1986, where he graduated at the top of his Electronics and Electrical Communication class. He received his Masters and PhD degrees from Columbia University, New York in 1992. In 1993, he joined Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA as a researcher, and soon became a senior research scientist and the head of all CMOS Image Sensor R&D.

Concurrent with his NASA work, he taught at UCLA, published over 150 technical papers, chaired several Image Sensor conferences, served in the program committee of international conferences, was invited speaker to many conferences and companies, and won several awards, including the Lew Allen Award, JPL TAP Honor Award, Walter Kosonocky Special Mention and NASA Achievement Award for Inventors.
Bedabrata will present on Waves of Change in Indian Cinema on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the IIT 2013 Conference.

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