Dr. Dasgupta is an engineer, metallurgist, computer scientist, and an internationally recognized researcher in cognition and creativity with 12 books to his credit. He heads Louisiana's Institute of Cognitive Science, and the unique PhD program the Institute houses. ultoday.com spoke with him about his work.

Subrata Dasgupta, Cognitive Sciences, University of LouisianaTell us about yourself.

I consider myself to be a citizen of the world. I was born in India, spent my formative years in England, went back to India for high school & college where I got my engineering degree in metallurgy. Then I worked for a couple of years with a well-known engineering consulting company that designed the first Indian steel plants.

After that I joined IBM World Trade Company, where I got into computers. I worked for four years there. Then I went to Canada, my wife Mithu & I were married, and I did my graduate studies in computer science.

Because of my four-country background-- and then in 1982, we came to the US-- in a certain sense I don't belong anywhere, I belong everywhere. No place is perfect, so we all take from each and create our own little universe.

You came to UL as a computer scientist.

I used to work in computer architecture, which is the logical design of computers. But as I look back, my interest was never computers per se, but complexity, how human being manage complexity, which involves designing complex things like computers & software.

I think that was because I was deeply committed to a humanistic view of science; what science told us about the human mind, and what it told us about the human condition. So I was interested in how humans design things. It's a creative activity.

Computers posed two problems. One, they were among the most complex things humans have ever designed. Then we are trying to make computers that are complex, we're working with artificial intelligence. So they are complex, creatively designed artifacts, and entities that in their own way could be creative.