Arish Inam

ACADEMIC INTERESTS

Deeply interested in figuring out language computationally. Got hooked on what's technically sentiment analysis and since then been reading up everything I can find on NLP.

My interest extends to other areas of computer science as well. Machine learning, naturally (I couldn't get over this for days!). Computer networks - the transfer of information via packet switching is an engineering marvel for me. Information theory is a huge fascination and Claude Shannon is one of my heroes for the unassuming brilliance of his 1948 paper alone. I've read his 1937 Master's thesis on the Boolean nature of electrical circuits multiple times. Seriously, what a mind! I also like algorithms related to graphs (ever since I first read Dijkstra's elegant algorithm).

EXPERIENCE

Designed and developed Literati, an online faculty information system for US universities. It is a significant improvement in functionality and UI over competing applications. Besides basic data entry and manipulation, Literati supports an advanced search feature, interactive resume publishing and a reporting interface with the open source reporting framework Pentaho.

SKILLS

I am a rabid Python fanboy. I also love Django, and picking up Flask lately. Also, NLTK is awesome! Recently bitten by the functional programming bug so picking up Haskell.

EDUCATION

I graduated in 2009 from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kharagpur with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science & Engineering. My undergrad thesis was an effort in understanding different approaches to image classification. I created a simple classifier/annotator for wavelet-decomposed Impressionist art scans based on nearest neighbor metrics.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Writing has been a longstanding passion.I struggle with fiction/non-fiction very infrequently here. The title of the blog is a metaphor for the timelessness of literature. It is taken from the last lines of Nabokov's Lolita:

I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.