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I recently received a Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley in August 2018. My thesis titled "Real-time Communication Systems For Automation Over Wireless: Enabling Future Interactive Tech" focused on designing wireless communication frameworks for interactive applications like drone swarms, and industrial automation that require fast and reliable communication. My thesis adviser was Prof. Anant Sahai. I am broadly interested in system design problems and I like to approach them through mathematical frameworks.

I was awarded the EECS Distinguished Graduate Student Instructor Award for my contributions to EECS16A (Designing Information Devices and Systems) for which I was one of the course instructors for its first summer offering (Summer 2017) as well as a TA for its pilot offering (Spring 2015). I was awarded the Microsoft Dissertation Grant 2017 - 2018 which supported my Ph.D. research.

I am one of the co-founders of BiasBusters @ Cal which aims at creating awareness about unconscious bias at workspace and improving the climate at UC Berkeley (based on Google's BiasBusting @ Work).

I spent the Summer of 2016 as an intern at Microsoft Research in Redmond where I was mentored by Ranveer Chandra, Gireeja Ranade , Anirudh Badam and Sudipta Sinha where I worked on designing low-cost long-term aerial imagery systems for precision agriculture systems (Farmbeats). I participated in the Microsoft Oneweek Hackathon and won first prize in the Industries Category.

I spent the Summer of 2014 at Qualcomm Flarion Technologies Inc. in New Jersey where I worked on developing algorithms for doing accurate indoor positioning using measurement engine. I recently worked with USAID on helping them translate Blockchain for humanitarian aid distribution and other development projects.

I graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras with a Bachelors of Technology in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Operations Research in July 2012.

Research Interests

System Design; Low-latency, high reliability wireless communication; Large scale optimization and learning problems; Information Theory and Coding; Internet of Things

Awards & Distinctions

EECS Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award ('17 - '18)

Microsoft Dissertation Grant ('17 - '18)

Outstanding Course Development and Teaching Award ('15 - '16)

Berkeley Graduate Fellowship (2012)

Indian National Chemistry Olympiad Gold Medalist (2008)

IIT-JEE All India Rank 14, Rank 1 among women (2008)

AIEEE All India Rank 5, State Rank 1 (2008)

Karnataka CET Rank 1 (2008)

OP Jindal Engineering and Management Scholarship (2009)

Aditya Birla Group Scholarship (2008)

Contact Information

264, Cory Hall
Berkeley, CA - 94720