Applied Scientist (Amazon Alexa - Natural Language Understanding)
I am an Applied Scientist at Amazon Alexa, working in Seattle, WA. I work on making NLU algorithms robust to privacy leakage attacks. Previously, I have worked in the area of machine-learning interpretability, where along with another colleague (who also happens to be my best friend :)), I have written several patents for Verint Intelligent Self Service and have currently filed a patent for a method for improving local interpretability of highly non-linear classifier boundaries.
I recently obtained my Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico (UNM), under the supervision of Prof. Jared Saia. My dissertation is around fault tolerant distributed computing and is titled “Thwarting Adversaries using Randomness and Irrationality” (link soon). During my Ph.D, I worked in the area of biologically inspired computation, mainly from the point of view of analyzing different foraging strategies and trying to come up with efficient search algorithms for finding large clusters in the arena. We have just made a couple of submissions to PODC 2019 (accepted), IROS 2019 (accepted), BDA 2019 (accepted) and are preparing a submission to PODC 2020. See this for details.
When I am not busy with my research, I like to spend my time learning ballroom dance. I started learning formal ballroom dance (my favorites being the Rumba and the Waltz ) at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Redwood City, CA in June 2018 and I have been hooked to dancing ever since. Upon returning to Albuquerque, I started learning at Enchantment Studios in Albuquerque NM with my most awesome instructor Kaleb. I am currently learning at the Briora Ballroom in Seattle with my lovely instructor Megan.
Additionally, I enjoy writing blog posts on some interesting puzzles that I come across. Please navigate this website to read them. One of my personal favorites is this post where a puzzle relating to linear algebra and Fischer’s inequality is discussed. I often get myself involved in leadership and community service roles as a result of which I served on the boards of UNM GPSA and UNM CSGSA along with providing voluntary service to UNM GEO. I am also a member (by invitation) of the UNM Honor Society (Phi-Kappa-Phi).
You can access my LinkedIn here.