I'm a first year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at University of Maryland, College Park. I am currently working with Aravind Srinivasan and Laxman Dhulipala. Prior to joining UMD, I completed my bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Gandhinagar.
My research interests broadly lie in Approximation Algorithms, Parameterized Algorithms, Algorithmic Fairness and Combinatorial Optimization. I am currently working on clustering problems with a focus on solving them under fairness assumptions.
I am a competitive programming enthusiast. I was a co-founder of GRASP ~ Group for Algorithms and Sport Programming at IIT Gandhinagar. GRASP was also the Codechef IIT Gandhinagar College Chapter. We organized contests and workshops related to competitive programming and were involved in promoting the culture of CP at IIT Gandhinagar. My team (with Karthikeya and Vraj) represented IIT Gandhinagar at the ACM ICPC India Regionals '19 at Amritapuri and Kanpur.
I love listening to all sorts of music (from Classical to hip-hop). If I had to choose an all-time favorite singer, it would be Shreya Ghosal. I'm a decent singer myself and can also play the Tabla (3 years of professional training). I'm trying to learn the keyboard at present.
I speak English, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu fluently. I enjoy reading fiction, especially thrillers and comedy. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Hunger Games Prequel) and The Rosie Project Trilogy are the best books I read recently.