In May 2013, I graduated from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in CS. My primary interest now lies in artificial intelligence and all its related fields (data mining, machine learning, computer vision, brain-computer interfaces, robotics), though I used to be very involved in web programming. In the past, I’ve interned as a software developer at various companies specifically in web technology.
My first experience in professional software development was through an open-source (now defunct) game engine in PHP/MySQL with a friend. Summer of 2008 I interned at a web design firm, eMagid, in Manhattan, and the summer of senior year I worked for InDinero where I created their alpha for their analytics feature. Fall of 2009 I developed at a startup on campus making v4ersion control for music called Merge.fm, and that summer I was hired by the open-source enterprise web portal Liferay. During Summer 2011 I worked for Mozilla Corporation on the Tools and Automation team. My projects included an automatic regression finder, a dynamic build server using AWS (EC2), and statistical dashboards and data APIs. During Summer 2012 I returned to Mozilla and worked on projects including Datazilla, an internal tool for viewing and managing performance data, as well as the Spade project, which is a tool for collecting and viewing metrics for web markup.
I am currently employed at Impermium! We fight spam, account intrusion, and general baddies on the internet via cool machine learning techniques.
In school, I was awarded the 50 for the Future 2010 undergraduate award for the fifty most promising technology students in the state of Illinois. I also won Yahoo Hack Day @ UIUC 2010 with my partner Karan Parikh designing an iClickr replacement using SMS. We were also a runner-up in Facebook’s first annual Hackathon@UIUC with “Best use of a fast-fourier transform” (we did a voice-authentication algorithm in Java). My friend Karan and I also participated in Mozilla’s World Series of Hack 2011, where we built Rapsynth, a clone of the popular music service Turntable.FM using NodeJS. We also participated in Linkedin’s First Annual Intern Hack Day, where we were a finalist and developed Sherlock, a simple “artificial intelligence” that could answer queries through speech including simple arithmetic and information queries. I placed 2nd at Yahoo Hack Day @ UIUC 2011 with an AI called Ada which was a rewritten and improved version of Sherlock capable of geolocation and with connections to various web APIs.
In 2012, Karan and I were joined by our friend Onur Karaman and went on a tear: we placed 3rd at Greylock’s first annual hackfest with a multiplayer computer vision dancing game, 1st at Facebook’s Midwest Regional Hackathon 2012 with a realtime multiplayer karaoke game, and 2nd at Facebook’s World Hackathon Finals 2012 with a computer vision rendition of StreetFighter.
I have conducted research as an undergraduate at University of Illinois’s Siebel Center. Our topic of interest was BCI and creating a human-computer interface via EEG to command a browser. Our research result was presented in this video. I also participated in NASA’s Microgravity Research Program, wherein my team designed an automatic eddy-current docking system for zero gravity. We had the opportunity fly on a parabolic path aircraft to test our system.
My interests include programming, cooking, reading, music, piano improv, social justice, and writing down my whimsical thoughts.
I really do enjoy writing.
My disinterests include politics, faith, and (generally) rodents. I like weasels and ferrets though. They eat mice.
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