Other Writings

Other Writings of
Mathukumalli Vidyasagar
Fellow of The Royal Society
National Science Chair &
Distinguished Professor
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad


This page contains some of my "other" writings besides the usual academic papers. Specifically there are semi-popular items like book reviews, letters to the editor of Current Science, the bi-weekly publication of the Indian Academy of Sciences, as well as some purely non-scientific stuff I have written over the years that seems to have become popular, especially with the overseas Indian community.


Tutorial on Randomized Algorithms
Bio-Suite Paper
Note on the Riemann Hypothesis
Book Reviews
Letters to the Editor of Current Science
Non-Technical Articles

Tutorial on randomized algorithms

M. Vidyasagar, "Statistical learning theory and randomized algorithms for control", a tutorial introduction that appeared in IEEE Control Systems Magazine, December 1998. Even though this paper does not qualify as a "journal paper" it has been cited quite a few times for a "magazine" article. PDF

The Bio-Suite Paper

Between 2002 and 2004, a team of roughly 25 scientists and engineers led by Drs. Sharmila Mande and Rajgopal of TCS developed a state of the art software product called Bio-Suite. This work was funded by CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research). A consortium of 18 academic institutions and R&D labs gave their inputs during the development of the product, tested the product, gave pseudo-code, and were in all respects equal partners in the development process. The result is this paper There are more co-authors on this paper than on all of my other papers put together! smile

An Amusing (I hope) Observation on the Riemnn Hypothesis

I wrote a piece for the "Light Reading" Section of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine on this topic. Unfortunately, due to the insistence of the editorial staff on retyping my LaTeX text into MS Word, the published text contains errors. This is the correct text

Book Reviews

  • Review of "Hankel Operators and Their Applications" by Vladimir Peller, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 51(2), 383-385, February 2006. PDF
  • Review of "Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics" by Warren J. Ewans and Gregory R. Grant, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 52(12), 5616-5618, December 2006. PDF

Letters to the Editor of Current Science

  • Promoting science vs promoting scientists, 1999. link
  • The sociology of biology as a profession, 2009. PDF But you must read the follow-up commentary by Prof. Jasper Rine of UC Berkeley, here

Non-Technical Articles