Welcome to my personal website!

I am a PhD candidate in Professor Naresh Shanbhag's group at UIUC. Our group takes a communications inspired approach to design energy efficient Machine Learning in Silicon. Check out my advisor's position paper from the on-device intelligence workshop at ICML, 2016.

Research Interests

I am mainly interested in low complexity, resource constrained Machine Learning and Signal Processing. In particular, my work is centered around limited precision. The main question I ask is: How much can Machine Learning algorithms tolerate quantization (at the input, weights, and internal representations)? My work is dedicated to answering this question in a fully analytical and rigorous way.


  • I received the "best in session" award at Techcon 2017! Sep 13, 2017
  • Our ICML paper got accepted! May 12, 2017
  • I have passed my Qual Exam and am now officially a PhD Candidate! May 1, 2017
  • Our ISCAS paper got accepted! Feb. 17, 2017
  • Our ICASSP paper got accepted! Dec. 12, 2016


411 Coordinate Science Laboratory

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1308 West Main Street, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Tel: (217) 693 - 2866

Email: sakr2 AT illinois DOT edu