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My passion for learning, research and development of intelligent engineering systems started during my undergraduate engineering program in Mechatronics at SASTRA University. I explored the use of evolutionary algorithms like Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO), Genetic Algorithm (GA), Ants Colony Optimization (ACO) and Simulated Annealing (SA) in tuning of PID controllers for non-linear real-time systems. My study on evolutionary algorithms and swarm intelligence was extended to mobile robotics through the development of swarm robotic simulators in Virtual Reality, and low cost, real-world swarm robot systems for foraging applications. My research resulted in a few peer reviewed publications. Good grades, publications and communication skills helped me secure a position in TVS – Sundaram Clayton, a reputed Indian company.As a practicing engineer in Robotics and Automation systems at TVS-Sundaram-Clayton Ltd., I learnt about industrial manipulators and their programing procedures; and also developed applications for intelligent wireless alarm communication system for Pressure Die Casting Machines.My industrial stint exposed me to the field of industrial robotics and systems engineering. This experience coupled with my passion for research kindled my desire to join a research group involved in the development of cutting edge technologies with a systems engineering approach. With this in mind I joined Prof. Tatavarti’s research group, which is involved in the development of novel technologies and systems for fighter air crafts.My current research work since the last two years as a project associate (in the Photonics Laboratory of Prof. Tatavarti) focused on the design and development of novel algorithms and applications for remote monitoring of air data products from hi-speed air crafts. The research involved complex systems engineering – dealing with interdisciplinary fields of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applied on Signal Processing, Photonics and Automation; in addition to the basic dimensions of mechatronics. This was the time when I realized that some of the great ideas stem out of the observation of a keen and passionate mind.I still remember the time when the cyclone ‘Phailin’ was crossing the Indian coast. While witnessing the wrath of the cyclone raging with fierce wind speeds at the shore, I started noticing the distant tiny flecks of twinkling incandescent street lights to be prominent with the changes in the stratified fluid (the varying wind speeds), a phenomenon investigated by our team at Photonics Laboratory, GVP-SIRC. This simple usually overseen phenomenon sparked my imagination and helped me not only in better understanding the principle behind the complex photonics system for remote monitoring of air data products from moving air-crafts, as envisaged by my research mentor Prof. Tatavarti; but also in realising the imperative need to pursue my higher studies – to hone my skills and knowledge regarding the various aspects of Intelligent Computing.The research groups of Human Language Technology Research Institute at University of Texas, Dallas with their outstanding research in Machine Learning, Intelligent Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing have shown significant growth and reputation over time. It is my firm belief that the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and allied fields tap the limitless applications on different facets of engineering making them the most exciting and important part of the technological future. Hence, this application seeking admission to the graduate program in Computer Science with Intelligent Computing track at University of Texas at Dallas, which has some of the best faculty and facilities.

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