Dr. Raj Vedam is an Electrical Engineer by training, and enjoys a range of intellectual pursuits. He is a numerical tinkerer who has fashioned several novel algorithms, and works at the intersection of real and integer algorithms, and with deep interest in artificial intelligence. He is an active reviewer for several engineering journals, as well as an external examiner for doctorates from some universities in India. He is a musician who has performed popular music in many events, and enjoys teaching the guitar and keyboard to children and adults in his informal music school. He is an amateur astronomer with an interest in the history of astronomy. Raj is a history aficionado and reads voraciously on a range on historical topics, with special interest in ancient prehistory, and the spread of knowledge, arts, culture and philosophies across cultures. He is a founder-member of IHAR, and takes keen interest in the narratives of civilizations, and the application of scientific methods in the validation of historical narratives.