I'm a PhD candidate advised by Prof. Gerhard Weikum. I am broadly interested in applying well founded data mining and machine learning techniques to study social media and online communities data. I am especially passionate about applications with a focus on data science for social good.
Prior to joining MPI as a PhD student, I worked as a research assistant in Data Mining Group at Aalto University headed by Prof. Aristides Gionis, where my research was mainly concerned with knowledge discovery in large graphs - as well as investigate how these results can be used in a wide range of applications, including finding experts, recommendations, social network analysis. I earned my master's degree (honours) in Machine Learning and Data Mining at Aalto University (erstwhile Helsinki University of Technology) in Finland and bachelor's degree (distinction) in Computer Science at Osmania University in India.
Previously, I was a software engineer at Microsoft, India. In the 3 exciting years (2012-2015) at Microsoft, I worked in various roles revolving around data, including data mining, data analytics, business intelligence, search engine technology and have learnt various aspects of building large and scalable systems.
I love cooking, travelling and hiking! I like to dream about the day when I will have a travelling food truck - worlds best moving street food restaurant, you never know where I might pop up! Until then, I work on my passions in increments. My next travel goal is 30/30 (visit 30 countries by the time I am 30).
Current statistics: visited 18 countries across 4 continents, lived and worked in 4 of them.