I’m an amateur philosopher, professional quant, obsessive physicist and an optimistic writer. Surprisingly, in all these different endeavors, I have had some measure of success. I have published a book on the philosophy of physics, called The Unreal Universe. And my second book, The Principles of Quantitative Development, is a project with the prestigious John Wiley and Sons, to be published in 2010. My columns appear regularly in a high profile quantitative finance publication called the Wilmott Magazine and in a Singaporean newspaper called Today.
People tend to get impersonal when they pat themselves on the back. So, here is a short biographical sketch in third person:
“Manoj Thulasidas was born in the picturesque hill resort of Munnar in south India in 1965. He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1987. Guided by his affinity for physics, he then joined the Physics Department of Syracuse University as a graduate student. He studied fundamental particles and interactions at the CLEO collaboration at Cornell University during 1990-’92. After receiving his Ph.D in 1993, the author moved to Marseilles, France and continued his research with the ALEPH collaboration at CERN, Geneva. During his 10-year career as a research scientist in the field of high energy physics, he co-authored over 190 publications.
Always inquisitive about the interplay between mind and matter, perception and philosophy and their implications in physics, the author joined the Kent Ridge Digital Labs (KRDL, later to be renamed I2R) in Singapore in 1998 to study and develop various human body-based measurements and systems. His work in this institute resulted in four invention disclosures, two of which have been filed for patent, and numerous academic papers. (Please see the CV for selected publications.) Later on, he was involved in the NeuroInformatics group, focusing on Brain Machine Interface and neural signal acquisition and processing, which gave him the perfect opportunity to further understand and appreciate the role of perception in physics. The outcome of the author’s professional research career and his philosophical bend of mind is his first book, The Unreal Universe.
In 2005, the author switched to quantitative finance, heading the quantitative analyst team at OCBC, a regional bank in Singapore. This middle office job, involving risk management and curtailing ebullient traders, gave him a thorough overview of pricing models and, perhaps more importantly, perfect understanding of the conflict-driven implementation of the risk appetite of the bank. Later on, he moved to Standard Chartered Bank, taking care of their in-house trading platform, which further enhanced his “big picture” outlook and inspired him to write Principles of Quantitative Development.”