Ph.D. Candidate, UNM Computer Science
Email (Work):  abhiag <aT> unm <Dot> edu

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico (UNM). I work with Prof. Jared Saia on scalable and secure distributed computing protocols.

As of August 2019, I will be working with the Amazon Alexa AI (Machine Learning Platform) team in Seattle.  

I like working on interesting mathematically challenging (the theorist in me!) problems. Recently, I have started working 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. In addition to a recent submission to IROS 2019, which is a top robotics conference, I am currently working on a manuscript that gives a scalable algorithm for locating large clusters using the Golden Ratio and the famous Three Gap Theorem from the 50s. 

My other project is to devise an admission control protocol which can handle dynamic joining and leaving of participants and is resistant to Sybil identities and adaptively-adversarial scheduling of these joins and leaves. Along with my coworkers and my advisor, we are currently in the process of writing up the results so far. 

I also enjoy working in the area of machine-learning interpretability, where along with another colleague (who also happens to be my best friend :)), I have written three patents for Verint Intelligent Self Service and am currently in the process of preparing a manuscript for an upcoming machine learning conference. In this project, we are looking at a method for improving local interpretability of highly non-linear classifier boundaries. 


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. 

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 Waltz, Rumba and Country Western Swing) at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Redwood City, CA in June 2018 and I have been hooked to dancing ever since. 

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.