Welcome to my space :)

I am a postdoctoral researcher in Dan Roth's  group at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I finished my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park working with Dr. Hal Daume III

Before joining UMD, I was a Blue Scholar in the Information Management team at IBM-India Research Labs, New Delhi from Aug. 2009 to Aug. 2011.
My Areas of Interest include Machine Learning, Data Mining and Information Extraction.

My undergraduate years were spent in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur from where I graduated in 2009 as a BTech in Computer Science and Engineering. My bachelor's thesis focused on the problem of predicting cardiological conditions from automatic analysis of ECG signals.

I like doing math and physics; but the miracle to me is when this other worldly stuff, beautiful but exotic, helps us build skyscrapers a hundred storey's high, and bridges a mile long! When you actually see those splendid notions work, I think that's the magic of being an engineer.


-- April 8, 2016: Defended my dissertation
-- December 10, 2015: Magazine article on my work here
-- November 12, 2015: 3 papers (on desire fulfillment and relationship modeling) accepted for presentation at AAAI 2016
-- August 21, 2015: Selected for attending the WPI STEM Faculty Launch Program 
-- April 22, 2015: Awarded the Kulkarni Summer Research Fellowship by UMD for this summer.
-- March 12, 2015: My IBM PhD Fellowship was renewed. Thanks IBM :) News on CS@UMD
-- October 10, 2014: Won first place at the ACM SRC (Student Research Competition) held at Grace Hopper Conference, 2014.  News on ACM webpage. (experience(slides) (poster) (twitter
-- April 18, 2014: Will be going back to IBM T J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights for internship this summer. I will be working with Dmitry MalioutovRick Lawrence and team.
-- Mar 5, 2014: Our paper titled 'Predicting Instructor Intervention in MOOC Forums' was accepted for presentation at ACL 2014
-- Feb 25, 2014: Won best poster award at Google DC PhD Summit, Washington DC
-- Feb 18,2014: Received IBM PhD Fellowship, 2014-15. News on CS@UMD's webpage.
-- December 27, 2013: Paper on 'Joint Question Clustering and Relevance Prediction for Open Domain Non-Factoid Question Answering' accepted at WWW2014
-- October 5, 2013: Attended the Grace Hopper Conference, 2013
-- September 18, 2013: Paper on 'Discriminatively Enhanced Topic Models' accepted in ICDM, 2013
-- July 23, 2013: Got the Grace Hopper Scholarship to attend the conference (view my profile here) Will be in Minneapolis in October.
-- Summer, 2013: I am an intern at IBM TJ Watson research Center working on QA with Vittorio Castelli and team.
-- Got my RA appointment letter for Spring 2012 :) I'll be working with Dr. Hal Daume III
--Attended Google Grad CS Forum at Mountain View, California, January 18-20, 2012

-- Found links to the Google India Women in Engineering Award :) herehere and here and also to IITK convocation awards see page 39