More About Me

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.

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US

2021 - Present

Ph.D. in Computer Science

Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India

2017 - 2021

B.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Spring and Summer, 2021

Research Intern

I worked with Anand Louis at IISc Bangalore and Amit Deshpande at MSR India. In this project, we studied the Socially Fair Clustering problem, introduced simultaneously by Ghadiri et al. and Abbasi et al.. We worked towards designing improved approximation algorithms for this problem as well as extended the underlying fairness framework to subspace clustering.

University of Bergen, Norway

Summer, 2020

Undergraduate Summer Intern

I worked under the supervision of Saket Saurabh. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, I had to work on this project remotely. The project dealt with designing faster FPT Algorithms for problems dealing with deletion to Forest-like structures. An extended abstract of our work was accepted at the 31st International Symposium On Algorithms And Computation (ISAAC), 2020.

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Summer, 2019

Narendra Summer Research Intern

In this project, I studied the 2D Strip Packing problem and worked towards developing improved approximation algorithms. I was fortunate to work under the guidance of Arindam Khan. This project was a part of the Narendra Summer Internship Programme, IISc.