Who am I?
I'm currently working as an independent tech consultant. When not consulting or helping out friends with tech/processes, I'm busy learning how to make machines 'learn'.
Previous experience includes working at Pricebaba (Mumbai), the Microsoft HQ (Redmond), and internships at Pricebaba and Microsoft IDC (India Development Center). Worked (to varying extents) on large-scale web services infrastructure, automation infrastructure, telemetry, monitoring and alerting, deployment tech, crawling, etc. I find playing around with data fascinating, and have a keen interest in intelligent systems - and would love to work on those. Very interested in software design/architecture.
Other than tech - I like arts (admiring all the aesthetic, fancy stuff), meeting people, travel, adventure sports and trying out new stuff. And have a particularly strong interest in subjects related to social evolution - religion, war, history, spirituality, justice/morality and philosophy about work and happiness and life.
And I totally love Calvin and Hobbes.
Experience and Education
2015 April - 2016 November
Senior Software Engineer
Designed and developed the online data collection/parsing/cleaning system which powers Pricebaba. Built an automated catalog intelligence system for keeping catalogs updated with new products, maintaining inventories etc. Optimized Solr search for pricebaba.com.
Co-developed (process, design, implementation) Pricebaba Clear (platform for hassle-free buying and selling of used phones). Built a highly-configurable evaluation engine for evaluating used devices, and API for web and Android.
2012 October - 2014 November
2014 - 2014: Software Engineer
Developer in the Experimentation and Telemetry Services team (Microsoft Office, Applications and Services Group).
2012 - 2014: Software Development Engineer in Test
SDET in the Office Experimentation, Telemetry and Services Infrastructure team (Microsoft Office, Applications and Services Group). Worked on testing/automation for various platform components for the Office (Azure-based) services infrastructure, deployment, automation and monitoring for experimentation services.
2012 July - 2012 August
Software Developer - Intern
Developed a spell correction engine for accurate search results; module to analyze queries and provide more relevant, intelligent results. Used Natural Language Processing (NLP). Worked on PHP, CodeIgniter, python
2011 May - 2011 July
SDET - Intern
Worked in the Data Lifecycle Management (DLM) Team, specifically in the Server Backup division; designed and developed an intelligent tool to aid the test workflow. The tool reduced the test failure analysis time (previously manual) from one/two days down to a few minutes.
2008 July - 2012 May
B. Tech - Computer Science
Was involved with several student bodies. General Secretary of the college Society of Robotics and Automation. Chief co-ordinator of the college tech fest, one of the largest in Mumbai.