University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92092
Welcome! I am a PhD student at UC San Diego, skewing towards the theoretical side of machine learning. I am interested in principled online/incremental algorithms which work across diverse application areas. I am advised by Yoav Freund, and received my M.S. in Computer Science from UCSD in spring 2013.
More specifically, my current research interests/projects include using classifier ensembles for confidence-rated prediction, devising algorithms from a minimax perspective, and leveraging differential geometry in learning.
My CV contains more on some current projects.
- Sharp Uniform Martingale Concentration Bounds. AB. Preprint.
- The Fast Convergence of Incremental PCA. AB, S. Dasgupta, Y. Freund. Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2013.
- An Empirical Comparison of Sparse vs. Embedding Techniques on Many-Class Text Classification. AB, O. Madani. Workshop on Extreme Classification, NIPS, 2013.
- The Utility of Abstaining in Binary Classification. Research Exam (requirement for M.S.), UC San Diego. March 2013.
Before the PhD, I was an Associate at Strand Life Sciences, where I did statistical genomics, developing tools for genomics researchers. Previously, I received a B.S. (High Honors) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley in December 2008. On the way to that degree, I minored in (quantum) physics at Berkeley as well. Before that, I lived in various parts of India, the US, and Singapore.
I used to play the violin (and occasionally still do); before college, I happened to do a certification in it (unfortunately recordings are lost!). I also played the Carnatic classical style, which is less polyphonic but melodically far richer.
I have always enjoyed traveling and do so whenever the opportunity arises. In my free time, I sometimes write on history and philosophy tidbits I find interesting (links to come).
This site is (still and perennially) under construction.