I first noticed the rush of pursuing a profession inComputer Science, when I read about Prof. Andrew Wiles, who spent seven yearsin isolation, solving the toughest riddle of mathematics.
Since then, thepassion to excel and to innovate has always hosted a hungry and foolish soul inme. For my 13th birthday, my parents had gifted me atechno-thriller novel by Dan Brown – Digital Fortress. The most tempting partof the novel wasn’t the underlying mystery, rather it was the introduction tothe world of cryptography and cybersecurity.
The book increased my curiositytowards computer science and prompted me to try my hand at puzzles, anagrams,and problem-solving. My aptitude in these skills gradually developed into aflair for programming and love for code, which, in the last few years, has expandedinto a love for machine learning, cryptography and data science. At the same time, I love intellectual challenges. Nothingpleases me more than coming up with a neat solution to a difficult problem. Ihave always performed well in all science and technical subjects and find itexciting to apply the knowledge to practical problems.At the undergraduate level, my interests became morefocused.
Although computer programming and object-oriented concepts came easyto me, it was cryptography and machine learning that really captured myinterest. During the first three semesters, I had mastered full stackdevelopment developing dozens of website and web application while working witha couple of start-ups. It was very easy for me to incorporate my knowledge ofdifferent libraries within the aspects of machine learning and neural networks.This programming attitude helped me to get selected as a Student Developer inGoogle Summer of Code 2017 with SPDX, an open source organisation.After working with my object-oriented professor in hisresearch lab during the 4th semester, I was pretty much convinced that researchis necessary to acquire data and formulate theories, but it is just asimportant to know how to apply those theories and use that data in the real world.My increasing interest in exploring the horizons of computer science led me toone of the top research institutes in India, Central Electronics EngineeringResearch Institute (CEERI), near our college where we can take up projects andwork with excellent professors.
It has an outstandinginfrastructure setup and a stimulating, world-class research environment. Thisenabled me to work with some of the best minds dedicated to engineeringresearch in my country. I gained a lot from this association – in particular,an idea of how rewarding and meaningful a career in research could be. There, Ifound that machine learning can take over many repetitive, mindless tasks. Now, after having acquired the basic knowledge, skills,aptitude and work experience in the field of machine learning and datasciences, I feel this is the apt time to pursue my research interest andstrongly believe that my aptitude and aspirations find a terrific match in yourprogram. I believe I possess the skills needed for a successful researchscientist: the passion, determination, creativity and communication skillswhich would be my sword and shield in the research world.
“I can, I will,I must” – The logo of my high school coaching institute keeps mepassionate and energetic for pursuing research.My ultimate goal in my career is to make a worthycontribution to the computing world either by starting an innovative venture ordoing research which would change the dimensions of future computing systemsand the way we perceive the computers. I am able to envision a rewarding careerin machine learning for myself, one that aligns with my skills and passion.It is no secret that most of the cutting edge research anddevelopments come from various US universities and research departments. Also,the faculty and labs are certainly among the best in the world. Browsing thepages of the university’s website, I find myself certain that pursuing thisprogram is the ideal step for my career.
I believe that”Accomplishments lie within the reach of those who reach beyond themselves”. Iam a confident and hardworking individual and will definitely make my ownhumble contribution in enhancing the image and reputation of the program.