Hi everyone! I am back to blogging again on the usual 2-week mark.
The last couple of weeks stand in sharp contrast to my past two years at the UW. In addition to working on the project, I have spent some great time exploring Boston and Cambridge with two great fellow interns. I have made good progress in my project of identifying art movements using keras and ResNet50 architecture but now I am at a halt because of lack of resources, something that I am trying to find a way around. I really like the way Library Innovation Lab provides the freedom for interns, which helps us in coming up with meaningful projects, based on themes/concepts that matter to us. It is something so different from a generic internship experience and something that would not have been possible without the wonderful team of people working at LIL.
Moving on from that, I have been able to pick up reading once again and managed to finish up a book in record time (two weeks), The President is Missing. It was a really good read, especially when I had been away from fiction for a long time. I have taken up When Breath Becomes Air now and have managed to complete half of it within a couple of days. I am really looking forward to setting another record time and having a summer full of interesting reads. Just completed watching Sterling K. Brown’s commencement speech at Stanford which touched upon some great points – I might be partial on this one because of philosophical references he evoked in his speech.
I await the more wonderful opportunities and experiences this summer has to offer and to grow as an individual each day, not by just learning to code better but by improving as a person overall, and I believe that reading plays a big role in that.
Until next time.
(Cheering for Mariners instead of Red Sox at Fenway Park turned out to be interesting)
Hi everyone! Sorry for the huge delay in the post but UDub had me on the edge for the past couple of months.
Finally, I am in Boston and had a wonderful first day at the Library Innovation Lab at the HLS. The past quarter was quite crazy because of the 4 high-level classes I took but I feel happy that I managed to get through all that with good grades. Sleep of 5 hours each night wasn’t enough but the past quarter pushed me to a level I did not expect I would be able to work on. In addition to all the cool classes, the main highlight was meeting with the CEO of Kernel Labs, a startup accelerator and fixing a date to host def hacks() at their office this coming Fall. I look forward to being the head organizer for the event and making sure of its successful nature. Regarding the classroom part, I got exposed to many ML algorithms, which was one of the best classes I have taken at the UW. I look forward to using many of those algorithms in my future projects.
At LIL, I plan to work on an art based ML and Computer Vision project (yes, I am back w/ another art based project). For the first part, I plan on using CNN (possibly w/ ResNet and keras) for artwork identification and the second stage would include using Vision to do Neural Style Transfer. Although I have not taken a class in CV, I am excited by the idea my project is centered around and look forward to learning a lot of new things over the course of this project. Apart from that, I really want to explore the great area of Boston and Cambridge to the fullest while I am here and discover all the best food places.
That is, it for the short update but I will make sure to keep you updated about the progress I make on the project and my findings of Boston/Cambridge. Looking forward to working with a great people over at the LIL in addition to a couple of great LILterns.
Super-excited about the World Cup and currently reading The President is Missing.
This quarter has been really rough but I am liking it too. Although the classes are of higher level than any I had taken before, but the topics of DS and ML offer problems that are really interesting to work on. For example, only in the first week of the quarter, I got the chance to implement KNN classification and understand the concepts lying underneath it.
Apart from that, I attended SWEHacks last weekend and won the Best in Show prize for an awesome project that my team worked on. We used Githubs API, IBM Watson, and bokeh in python to fully implement our project in an 10-hour hackathon, something that I was elated about. Here is the Github repo for the same: SWEHacks. Also, as the prize each member on the team won ticket to the Geekwire Summit and I am really excited to attend and be a part of that event.
This Saturday, I also clocked in the hours for my first on-campus paid job which had me helping on and tutor students in calculus and pre-calculus topics and problems. It was refreshing to switch back to calculus concepts after multiple quarters of linear algebra and numerical analysis. Hoping for everyone to have a nice couple of weeks ahead.
A few articles: Hong Kong's missing booksellers, Cold War around Data, and The traits of Problem-solving teams.
Hi everyone! What a time last couple of weeks have been. I could not have asked them to go by any better.
Starting off with DefHacks which turned out to be a great event. It was completely different, being part of the organizing team and being up to the entire duration of the event, not to code but to help the people who code. I got to learn a ton of things from all the different creative minds who attended the event and I, in turn, gave advice to many of them and tried to help them when I was able to. One thing that I did not expect was the mentor turnout. I had expected there to be around 60% attendance among the registered attendees, but I expected all the mentors who signed up, to be present at the event. Contrary to my expectation, their turnout percentage was even less than the attendees’. This is something I would keep in mind while organizing future events. One thing that did please me was getting acknowledged by the mentors that did attend the event about the arrangement and the organization of the entire event.
Moving on, I am excited to share that this summer I will be interning at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. I never expected it to come true but when I finally did, the happiness I felt was inexplicable. My advice for anyone out there hunting for a job or internship would be to never give up. I know it gets tough and I pretty sure my rejection count for this summer would be near 200 but never let those rejection emails or no-replies bog you down. At every step you don’t fall, you move ahead of the many who do.
A new quarter has kicked off at the UW and all the four classes I am enrolled in are very interesting. I know this will be my most challenging quarter yet, but I look forward to tacking the problems, one at a time. In the process of taking this busy course load, I did have to give up the opportunity to intern at King County’s office, but I did not want to do the internship without being able to devote the time it required. I look forward to learning a lot throughout the quarter and then over the summer. Also, I am excited about going back to India after wrapping all the things up and spending time with my parents.
Here is a link to DefHacks Seattle Album.
A few suggested reads: Motivating financial chart, Lithuanians and Bees, Blind artist's perception of Color, Some thoughts by Nietzsche, and A Story of Stoics.