PhD Candidate, Computer Science
University of California, Santa Barbara

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Update. I have graduated from the PhD program in Computer Science at UCSB, in March 2018. I now work on various database problems at Salesforce.

At UCSB, I was a member of Distributed Systems Lab (DSL), where I worked with Professors Divyakant Agrawal and Amr El Abbadi. My research interests span various challenges involved in large-scale data management. As a part of DSL, I worked on diverse problems arising due to the variety of big data. Some of the problems involved were related to variety in structure and access methodologies (OLTP, OLAP etc) : designing techniques which aim to attain near real-time analytical results as well as high throughput of transactional operations; maintaining consistency of data spread and accessed across heterogeneous datastores. Other problems included tackling distribution heterogeneity within the workloads (read-heavy and hot-spots), and challenges arising out of physical heterogeneity of sensors in the IoT ecosystem. Problems involving data management in multi-data center environments also interest me.

During the course of my PhD, I have interned at Amazon in Seattle during the summer of 2012 and 2013. In the summer of 2014, I was a research intern at Hp Labs in Palo Alto, where I worked with Alkis Simitsis and Kevin Wilkinson. In summer 2015, I was a research intern in the Database group at Microsoft Research in Seattle, working with Justin Levandoski. Prior to joining UCSB, I worked at Yahoo! Research and Development at Bangalore, India. I did my undergraduate studies in Computer Science at National Institue of Technology, Trichy, located in the southern part of India.

Aside from the world of Computer Science, I enjoy going on hiking trails, and there are many of them around Santa Barbara. I also dance Salsa, Bachata and some other partner dances. I have recently taken to playing some Tennis and also relish watching a fair dosage of sports, especially Cricket.