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I am a Research Assistant at Video Analytics Lab, IISc Bangalore, advised by Prof. R. Venkatesh Babu. I received my B. E. (with Honors) in Computer Science from BITS Pilani in 2019. My research interests lie in the field of Artificial Intelligence (specifically Deep Learning methods) and at present, I’m exploring the intersection of Knowledge Representation, Distillation, and Adaptation in Computer Vision. In the past, I have been fortunate to work with some of the brightest minds in India at BITS Pilani, CSIR-CEERI & Samsung Research.
A summary of my past work
While doing my major in Computer Science, I pursued Graphic Designing as a hobby. As much as I liked flowing my creativity through digital artworks, my study in Computer Science elevated my curiosity to discover ways to inculcate this creativity into a machine. I took courses in the field of AI to learn how to formalize this creativity using mathematical tools and computation. Working on a variety of problems in AI helped me understand the complexity of such a machine and led me to venture into this field.
Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with some of the brightest scientists and professors in India. I ventured into Computer Vision with a project under Dr. Dhiraj Sangwan, on Baggage Threat Detection using deep learning. Later, under the guidance of Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, I worked on Real-time Face Spoof Detection in RGB cameras. I pursued an internship at Samsung Research, where I worked on Improving the Conversational AI of a Social Robo, under the mentorship of Dr. Pinaki Bhaskar. I have also briefly explored the domain of Signal Processing. During my internship at CEERI, Chennai, I worked under the guidance of Dr. Bala Pesala on building an Arduino based wearable sensor and a smartphone app for Detecting Fatigue in Drivers using PPG signals. Later, supervised by Prof. Vandana Agarwal, I studied the problem of Detecting Mental Confusion using EEG signals.
These experiences equipped me to lead the AI Subsystem of Sally Robotics – BITS Pilani’s first Driverless Car research group. Currently, I am focusing on Knowledge transfer across domains and tasks using efficient neural network models. For details, here’s my work experience and the projects I’ve worked in the past.
While recent advancements in AI have brought significant developments to various fields, even today there are much more challenging problems at a global scale that are less explored by the AI community. Climate Change, for instance, requires an immediate attention from every individual and calls for judicious use of environmental-friendly resources. Applications of AI to such problems (for eg. predicting the carbon emission of a city if each household wakes up early in the morning) can bring forth huge leaps in a safe future for humanity. In this view, I wish to progress in a direction that can contribute to solving such global-scale problems. Here’s a naive but a positive note:
Creativity is something that nature has designed into us. Be creative enough to design it on a computer, and it will do the rest for you.
Have a nice day!