Currently, I'm a second year Masters student at the Entertainment Technology Centre, at Carnegie Mellon University. I graduate in May 2017, and am in my final semester now. I will be doing a semester-long research project into storytelling through Artificial Intelligence (AI), using voice assistants like Alexa, Siri, Ok Google, and Cortana, that I am really excited about and will link here soon!
I also just recently completed a semester-long co-op at Schell Games in Pittsburgh in December 2016. I was there for almost 7 months as a programming intern, and accomplished a lot. I learnt a lot about how a professional game studio works and even managed to publish a few games! I really enjoyed my time there, and it also gave me questions as to whether I want to continue working in the games industry or enter a company where I can do work in AI. The reason being is because I want to eventually become a leading expert in various aspects of AI, not just game AI. I am still really passionate about making games and VR experiences as my time at Schell was amazing. Thus, I'm currently looking for AI-related jobs in the tech industry and careers in both the games and VR industry, as a programmer.
Short Term Goals
Regain my violin skills
Learn more about game engines
Develop my own AI for prominent board and card games out there
Develop an AI storyteller to use in smart home devices and on smartphones
Find a job in the AI, games or VR industry
Long Term Goals
Become an expert in game and cognitive AI
Build my own game engine
Write and publish a novel
I was born in India, and move to Singapore when I was 3. I grew up in Singapore for 15 years till the end of 12th grade. In that time, I went through many experiences, both good and bad, that shaped me into the person I am today. Honestly speaking, I failed at a lot of things growing up. But every failure made me more determined to succeed. Failing early on in live taught me many valuable lessons that helped me succeed later. It helped also that I had some amazing friends by my side. Sports were a huge part of my life back then. Especially basketball. I was also really into more creative fields. I became pretty good at the violin, especially freestyling, and also wrote a lot of short stories, sometimes for school competitions.
After I graduated from my high school, I decided to come to the U.S. for college, a pivotal point in my life. I wanted to mostly because I wanted to do research in computer science, or enter the games industry back then, and there were much more opportunities in the U.S. for that. I got accepted to get into Carnegie Mellon University and made my way here in Aug 2011.
As an undergrad in CMU, I decided not to try out for any varsity sports or club teams, since I was fine with playing pickup basketball and there was no club basketball team. I did start a new student organization, called Apex, with my dorm friends as a freshman. CMU has a tradition of buggy racing, where we build small vehicular machines called buggies, that have a driver inside steering them downhill and pushers pushing them uphill around a race course. Apex started out as a new buggy team with little resources but in the past 5 years, it has become one of the more well-known buggy organizations on campus and is still going strong even after all the original members graduated.
I was also part of the Tartan Student Fund in its first year of inception, as a junior. This was a student-run endownment fund, where we were given $500000 from the school to invest. I was one of the portfolio managers in the fund for a year and gained a lot of insight into the stock market, conducting research and analysis of companies, and how to invest properly.The reason I joined this group was due to my interest in the stock market as I knew that in the future, this information would prove invaluable when I have some money of my own to invest.
I did a dual degree in computer science and mathematics at CMU, and also got a minor in game design. My path at CMU was an interesting one. Originally, I was aiming for the software industry. However, I also took a lot of math finance classes and got really interested in investments and the stock market. This led me to joining the Tartan Student Fund and seriously consider aiming for a career in trading firms as a programmer. However, by the time I was a senior, I knew that what I really wanted was to master AI, as to me, it is the future of progress. I decided to do a master's in entertainment technology as I had also become really interested in VR and I still wanted to pursue a career in the games industry. The best part about the ETC, is the huge network it has. They have alumni in almost every major tech, and gaming company out there, and it is a really close-knit group. The best part is the way they let students work the majority of a semester on a single project, and allow students to pitch their own ideas too. That's how 3 others and I pitched an idea for an AI storyteller and are doing it this semester.