For 15 years, Dr. Bedabrata Pain was an award winning senior scientist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), NASA, and a leading technologist in the field of CMOS image sensors.

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) to those in space telescopes, he holds over 87 patents, and had led the R&D on digital active pixel sensors at NASA. In 1999, he was inducted to the US Space Technology Hall of Fame .

In December 2008, he left NASA to pursue his passion – film-making. Much acclaimed Chittagong – that has already been the opening night film in two prestigious film-festivals – marks his directorial debut. Written and produced by Bedabrata, the film is set for release in India at the end of summer. Earlier, he was the co-creater and the executive producer of internationally acclaimed and national best-film award winning Amu (2005) that premiered in Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals.

Growing up in Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray’s Bengal, art, literature and music come naturally to Bedabrata. A trained painter from his childhood days, he’s also a playwright and a singer (he is the leader singer of one of the songs of Chittagong).

He was the principal researcher for the documentary called Lifting the Veil on the impact of globalization in India, and the writer of the book titled Behind the events in Kashmir.

Bedabrata graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India in 1986, where he topped his department. He received his Masters and PhD degrees from Columbia University, New York in 1992. Since 1993, he was associated with NASA. Concurrent with his NASA work, he taught courses on CMOS imaging at UCLA, chaired international conferences, and was the invited speaker at several conferences. He has published over 150 technical papers, and won several awards, including the Lew-Allen Award for Inventors.

Currently, in addition to film-making, he serves in the technical advisory board of several image sensor companies and guides them in developing the next-generation digital image sensing technology.


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