I studied Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Pune (formerly Poona),
home to IUCAA - one of the leading centres of astronomy in India and globally. I graduated with a First Class with Distinction in 2002.
I then read for a PhD in the School of Computer Science at the University of Kent at Canterbury graduating in 2008, where I developed autnomous unsupervised statistical learning algorithms for identifying defects in sensor arrays such as image sensors. During my PhD I developed a strong interest in astronomical data processing and the myriad challenges that lie within this domain; for a data boffin like me, the lure of extracting invaluable scientific information from images that have low signal to noise ratio was exciting.
Towards the fag end of my PhD, I started to think about what life on the other side would be like and decided to get what is colloquially referred to as "A Real Job". Subsequently, I joined Ernst & Young UK's Consulting practice, where I worked with several clients across a multitude of different sectors such as Telecoms, Utilities, Technology, Food and Beverages and the National Health Service.
After being promoted to a Senior Consultant in 2 years, courtesy of producing umpteen numbers of powerpoint slides, I left management consulting to resume an academic career at the University of Southampton, working in Prof. Nick Jennings' Agents, Interaction and Complexity group.
In my current job I work closely with Dr. Alex Rogers and we are trying desperately hard to help people reduce their energy bills and making them fairer.