Hi, my name is Vikas Raunak. I am orginally from Madhubani (in Bihar, India), which is quite famous for its paintings. I did my B.Tech. in computer science and engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Indore. My interest in computer science initially developed by trying to understand how the Internet works. After making a few web and mobile applications, I worked on Multipath TCP as my B.Tech Project, where I implemented & improved upon the key algorithms within the protocol and learnt the complexities of algorithm design in general. However, after reading the paper on TCP Ex Machina, I became more than convinced that learning algorithms from data is the right way to approach several problems and hand crafted algorithms can only take us so far. Incidentally, a lot of people already had similar thoughts (pragmatically coping with a problem can provide a satisfactory solution in the absence of any theory of the problem. ), much much before I had them :).
Recently, I used Topic Modelling to uncover user behaviour patterns within the (Authentication & Authorization) enterprise security platform (with 120K+ users), on which I work at Microsoft. At Microsoft, I also won three Hackathons (at different levels: Global, India & Org.) with different teams, for building ML powered software systems. I also developed an algorithm that reduces word embedding dimensionality by 50% while preserving its performance. The work was accepted for poster presentation at NIPS LLD Workshop.