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I am Naveen Venkat, a final year student pursuing B.E (Hons.) (Bachelor of Engineering with Honors) in Computer Science at BITS Pilani (an Institute of Eminence in India). At present, I work at Video Analytics Lab, IISc Bangalore, as a Research Assistant and I will be graduating from BITS, this July.
A brief about my 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 theoretical computer science elevated my curiosity to know if I could inculcate this creativity into a computer. I took courses in the field of AI to learn how to formalize intelligence using mathematical tools and computation. Working on a variety of problems in AI helped me understand the complexity of such a machine and left me even more curious to venture into this field.
Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with some of the best professors and scientists in India, on various domains in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning methods. I ventured in Computer Vision with a project under Dr. Dhiraj Sangwan (Scientist, CEERI Pilani), on Threat Detection in X-Ray Images of Baggage using deep learning. Later, under the guidance of Prof. Santanu Chaudhury (now Director, IIT Jodhpur) I worked on Real-time Face Spoof Detection in RGB cameras. Recently, I submitted my thesis in Unsupervised Deep Learning, proposing a state-of-the-art pipeline for Domain Adaptation.
I have also worked on using Deep Learning in Brain Computer Interfaces, under Prof. Vandana Agarwal (Asst. Prof., BITS Pilani), where I proposed an LSTM & Band Power Estimation based neural network architecture that was more robust to noise in detecting mental confusion in a student watching MOOC videos.
Apart from this, I have done 2 summer internships. In 2017, I worked at CSIR-CEERI Chennai, on the Driver Fatigue Detection project under Dr. Bala Pesala (Principal Scientist), where I developed a heart rate monitoring wearable based on Bluno Beetle. During summer 2018 at Samsung Research, I worked on Intimacy Estimation for a Social Robo, under Dr. Pinaki Bhaskar, involving the analysis of human behavior through vision and natural language understanding.
These experiences equipped me to lead the AI Subsystem of Sally Robotics – BITS Pilani’s first Driverless Car Research Group. For details, here’s my work experience and the projects I’ve worked in the past.
Recent advancements in AI have brought significant developments to various fields and I wish to contribute to this wave. In the long run, I want to work on various problems over several disciplines that can help make discoveries & advance the field of AI in this direction. Here’s a naive but a positive note:
Creativity is something that nature has designed into us. Designing it on a computer is all that is required.
Have a nice day!