Dr. Debabrata Samanta
Department of Computer Science
CHRIST (Deemed to be University)
Q1. Please share your educational and professional journey?
I started my primary Education at my village school, Bhupatinagar Primary School in West Bengal, India. I finished Madhyamik Examination in 2002 with 1st division star marks from Kukrahati High School, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, with 84%. I completed Higher Secondary Examination in 2004 with 1st division from Haldia Govt. Sponsored Vivekananda Vidyabhawan, West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Examination. Up to 12th standard I had studied at my home town, Haldia then I joined B.Sc. (Physics Honors), from Calcutta University; Kolkata, India in the year 2007. Then I obtained my MCA, from the Academy of Technology, under WBUT, West Bengal in 2010. I completed PhD in Computer Science and Engg. from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India, in the area of SAR Image Processing in 2015.
I started my first professional journey in 2010 as Software Faculty, ECIT, Hooghly, WestBengal. I have more than nine years teaching experiences. Currently, I am working as Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India.
Q2. What did attract you towards teaching instead of any corporate job?
In the early days of my education I wanted become software engineer. As the days progressed there was a transition in myself that I should take teaching as my profession. There was a strong reason that my father and mother both are teachers. I am today recognized as a professor may be because I was born and brought up in teacher’s family. More than that, a teacher can produce many professionals. All these may be the reasons why I have selected teaching as my profession.
Q3. How do you handle stress in this fast and competitive life?
I do agree that today I need to cope up with the trends happening around me. Be it a professional life or personal life equal importance should be given to both; then only one can able achieve greater heights in their lives. I follow certain procedures every day; like wake up early in the morning and starts with a prayer, exercise and eating homemade foods, working in the backyard garden, going to bed early apart from my studies and research. It will always keep me in calm. With this calm mind I can handle stress in this fast and competitive life.
Q4. You are an Assistant Professor, Member of IEEE, CSI, ISTE and Author. How do you play multiple roles simultaneously in your life?
Any professional get experienced, the organization assigns multiple roles and expects more work from you. This will be like burden to some people. However, in my case instead of working all alone I manage to get the work done effectively from my subordinates. It is required to manage rather than working all alone as the multiple roles assigned simultaneously.
Q5. What was your Thesis topic in Ph.D? Please share some brief about it?
Due to growing demand of analysis and classification of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images for variety of application, is of great concern today. It has not only limited to military surveillance but also extended to other applications like: earth observation, epidemiological surveillance for flood, agriculture etc. With the progress and development of research in SAR image analysis and classification, there exist some established theory, techniques and algorithms. In the last few decades, researchers and engineers have developed new models, techniques and algorithms to build a better SAR image classification methodology. There is also a continuous attempt by the researcher’s to develop newer classification techniques using more features for variety of applications. Therefore, there is a scope to develop a comprehensive classification technique using as many features as possible. My PhD research topic is Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image processing.
Q6. How do you excel students in their study and career?
It is stated that teaching and learning both are very important for any individual and me too. As I am closely associated with the student’s life, it is my first priority to impart quality education.
I am already worked with student group’s research collaboration. I am the co-author with several student research papers. I do give assistance in their project work, doubts clearing; motivate them to take part in the certification programmes apart from my regular teaching. These collaborative works are beneficial to me as well as students. Apart from scoring well in academic component additional credential will get them placed in reputed companies.
Q7. Where do you want to see yourself after 10 years in career?
Ten years after I myself would like see me as a good researcher. I can do something different from the others. I want to create some research for sustainable development for society.
Q8. Which one skill do you like most about yourself?
I think students like my teaching with engaging and welcoming personality. Several times students come to me without any hesitation and discuss their current problems also.