Prof. P.S. Sastry received his B.Sc in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and B.E. in Electrical Communication Engineering and Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering, both from IISc, Bangalore. He has been a faculty member in the department of Electrical Engineering, IISc, since 1986. He was the chairman of the department during 2010-2015. He held the ABB Chair Professorship at IISc during 2012-2015. He has held visiting positions at University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and General Motors Research Laboratories, Warren. His research interests include Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Computational Neuroscience.

He received C.V.Raman Award for Young Scientists from Government of Karnataka, Hari Om Ashram Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award from PRL, Ahmadabad, Most Valued Colleague Award from General Motors Corporation, and the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research from IISc. He has been on the program committee of many national and international conferences and also on the editorial board of some journals including a couple of IEEE Transactions. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, India.