Deedy

Hi! I'm Debarghya Das . People call me Deedy .


I'm an engineer studying Computer Science at Cornell University. I expect to graduate with a Bachelors and Masters degree in December 2014.

I am currently finishing my last semester as a Masters student at Cornell University.

I've worked at a few places too.



Cornell Robot Learning Lab
Jan '14 - Dec '14

I do research here, broadly in Robotics and Machine Learning, under Professor Ashutosh Saxena. I recently published a paper as well. Most of us now work out of Stanford University.

Cornell University
Aug '11 - Dec '14

I go to college here, in Ithaca. I learn, do research and help teach. It's cold and beautiful. You walk a lot. I'm graduating in three and half years with two degrees.

Coursera
Jun - Sep '14

I interned in Mountain View on the Future Learning Exprience team as a full-stack engineer and a KPCB Fellow. and I shipped Yoda. Most importantly, I had a tremendously fun summer.

Google
May - Aug '13

I interned at the YouTube Captions team in Mountain View. I shipped the Captions editor and creator to production and met some geniuses.

Phabricator
Jan - May '13

I contributed to this open-source project as a part of a Facebook initiative, met the legendary Evan Priestley and amongst harder things, created the meme generator.

La Martiniere for Boys
May '04 - May '11

I went to school here, in Kolkata, for 8 years. It was founded in 1836, so it's pretty old. Cliche alert: it was the best of times and the worst of times.

I've had my fifteen minutes of fame.

In June '13, I published Hacking into the Indian Education System about some code I wrote to expose glaring anomalies in one of India's premier education boards. It amassed a lot of media coverage.


In August '13, I wrote a Quora answer about the perks of interning at Google, following the release of the movie The Internship (2013) about the same, which featured on Business Insider.

In April '14, another Quora answer about the impact of competitive programming on careers featured in Forbes.

Yet another Quora answer from July '13 about college advice students are not likely to ever hear was featured on Business Insider.


In April '14, I open-sourced a XeLaTeX resume template that went viral and acquired 350 stars on the Github repo after trending on Reddit and HackerNews. It features on many popular online TeXing platforms and archives.


In August '14, I spoke at TEDx Bangalore to an audience of 1600 about some major issues plaguing Indian education and how online education can be and is being an effective solution. The video is available here.

In August '14, I gave a talk at one of India's best engineering colleges,
NIT Trichy, about my past experiences and what I learnt from them.

I writing code.


Fantasy Cricket Trading Algorithm
Spring '14

I developed a player trading model for the Fantasy Indian Premier League, the world's biggest cricket league. It was the first such model to compete in the actual fantasy league. It used Binary Integer Programming, computationally outperforming previous research in the field by 33x and achieved 99.54%ile out of over 400,000 participants. Read the paper here.

Marauder
Spring '14

Marauder allows players to create and join maps that continuously but efficiently logs location data from your phone and displays live locations of all players on the map with very low latency, much like the Marauder's Map. We used Tornado, WebSocket, Tornado and Redis amongst other technologies, and built a web app and iOS app.


Latex Resume Template
Spring '14

Finally ported my obsolete Word resume into Latex and open-sourced it! There aren't many half-decent resume templates out there. I also compiled a few of my favorite Latex templates as well.

Twin Trading Models
Spring '14

I developed two trading models - a volatility sensitive Markowitz model for small investors, as well as a Support Vector Machine model limited to trading only on SPDR ETFs, managing to outperform baselines and in the first case, half the risk. Read the paper here.

Cornell Robot Learning Lab
Spring '14

Worked with Ashesh Jain and Ashutosh Saxena to build PlanIt, a Machine Learning system which helps robots plan paths in human environments from crowd-sourced user preference data. Read the paper here.


Connect4 Artificial Intelligence
Fall '13

Used Play! to make a Java-backed deterministic Minimax Tree based AI, with optimizations enabling a 13 move lookahead. Deployed on Heroku.

Compilers
Fall '13

I worked in a team of 4 to create a compiler from scratch in Java for Cubex. We used ANTLR, and implemented some optimizations. Ross Tate taught us and he's awesome.

Cornell Phonetics Lab
Spring '12 - Spring '13

Wrote code which used the WAVE sensor system to eventually create the world's first accurate tongue controlled game. A paper is in progress.


YouMote
Summer '13

A Chrome extension and mobile website which allows you to use any mobile device as a remote for YouTube.

CheerPeer
Summer '13

Monitors your vital signs with HumanAPI. Performs sentiment analysis on your Facebook convos to find who cheers you up and connects you with them when it detects stress.

FindPasture
Summer '13

Uses governmental data about farm land to use 7 different factors to algorithmically rank land in the USA by quality depending on what the farmer wants to rear or grow using ArcGis.


Myflix
Winter '12

Minimalistic instant search tool that uses the RottenTomatoes to quickly few synopsises, User ratings and Audience ratings.

Violet Satellite Project Team
Fall '11 - Spring '12

Wrote a GUI, an orbit analysis tool, and did some code factoring on a simulation for a nanosatellite that will actually launch into space.

Captor
Winter '12

Captor is a demo of a YouTube tool which allows quick, intuitive video captioning. This was the prototype for the actual YouTube Captions Creator.


Other Coursework-based Projects

I've also created a fully rendered, realistic and interactive 3D Game with a random terrain generator, a Ray Tracer renderer, a multithreaded SMTP Server, my own malloc, a fully functional filesystem with a multithreaded garbage collector, a MapReduce in OCaml, a Pokémon playing bot, a MIPS Processor, and Breakout.

Other Personal Projects

I've also created a simple algorithmic trading simulator, tools to scrape the Cornell University student database, a Typeracer hack, a Cornell instant course search tool called Instudy, classic games like Pong, Tetris and Minesweeper, and a 3D Graphing utility.

And a little bit about me...


I enjoy critically reasoning and debating controversial topics. Losing an argument is an important skill.

I'm extremely nocturnal and have spent many nights hacking away at code.

I write on Quora whenever I feel like I have something new to add, usually about India, life, code and education.


I enjoy hiking, cricket, reading about tech, and have recently taken an interest in Indian politics. I also think Kanan and Biswa are amazing.

I love Hindi music and have a large Spotify playlist going, cleverly marketed as the Best Hindi Playlist on Spotify. I also like Alesso, Keane and Michael Jackson and recently gotten into Sanam and The Glitch Mob.

I live off coffee, beer, and 5-hour energy shots, often in that order.

My Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI) is INTP. The favorite people I supposedly share my personality type with are Albert Einstein, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

And the resumé...