About Me

I am a researcher working predominantly in the fields of applying deep learning for medicine, natural language understanding, fairness in AI and knowledge representation and reasoning.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at L3S Research, Hannover, Germany. Previously, I was a research engineer at Saama Technologies, Chennai. Before that, I was an applied scientist intern at Amazon, Bengaluru, India. Recently, I obtained my masters and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India. I had my thesis defence on April 23, 2020.

I was initially mentored by Dr. Deepak Khemani, Professor, IIT-Madras followed by Dr. Deepak Padmanabhan, Adjunct Faculty IIT-Madras and Lecturer at Queen's University, Belfast. Now I work with Dr. Wolfgang Nejdl at L3S Research Center, Hannover.

Email - sowmyassundaram@gmail.com


Research Roles

  • Reviewer for CIKM 2021 (sub-reviewer)

  • Reviewer for ICON 2020

PhD Thesis

Representing Arithmetic Word Problems using Schemas



  • ACM Travel grant for attending AAAI 2020

  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) research fellowship (2016-2020)

  • Anna University Rank Holder (16th rank) of among 6306 university affiliated undergraduate students.

  • Full fee waiver undergraduate merit scholarship (2010-2012)


  • Tutor (Summer 2021) - Machine Learning for Graphs Seminar at L3S

  • Tutor (Winter 2021) - NLP at L3S

  • Volunteer Teacher - 15 hour course on Deep Learning and NLP (Feb-Mar 2021) at SSN Coellege of Engineering, Chennai

  • Teaching Assistant (2013-2019) - IIT Madras

    • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

    • Artificial Intelligence

    • Theory of Ontologies

    • Introduction to Programming

  • Talks and Workshops at local communities (2018-2019)

  • Learn IT, Girl - Mentor (2019)


  • Gave a talk on "Neural Architectures for Medical Domain" at Future Lab, L3S Research Center on May, 2021

  • Gave a talk on "Intro to NLP" as a part of Women Tech Makers, Chennai on August, 2020

  • Gave a talk on "Natural Language Processing: An Application Perspective" at Vignan Engineering College, India, on August, 2020.

  • Gave a talk on "Seq2Seq : A Case Study for Deep Learning" at SSN College of Engineering on July, 2020

  • Gave a talk on Research 101 as a part of Google Developers Group, Chennai and Women Tech Makers on June, 2020

  • Presented published paper at AAAI, New York, USA, 2020

  • Presented a tutorial on “Machine Learning for Automatic Word Problem Solving” at ECML-PKDD 2019

  • Gave a technical talk on Machine Learning and AI with Python at PyLadies Chennai in March, 2019

  • Gave a technical talk on Natural Language Processing at Women Tech Makers, Chennai in November, 2018

  • Presented published paper at IEA/AIE held at Montreal, Canada in July, 2018

  • Presented published paper at ICON held at Trivandrum, India in December, 2015

In Other News


  • Head of Women in Computer Science, IIT-M (2016-2019)

  • Blogger - here and here

  • Classical Bharathanatyam Dancer