Hometown: Kolkata, India
Degree Program: Computer Science (PhD)
Thesis/research topic: My dissertation topic is “Energy efficient, context-dependent privacy and security management on mobile devices” My research interests are in the area of Mobile privacy, Context-Aware computing, Semantic Web and Machine Learning. I have collaborated with Dr. Nilanjan Banerjee, Dr. Ryan Robucci, Dr. Ting Zhu and Dr. Karuna Joshi on various research projects and papers.
Undergraduate Study (Degree, Institution): Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India.
Why did you decide to attend UMBC?
UMBC CSEE department has professors from diverse domains. In couple of the domains like AI and Security we have highly reputed faculty members and research groups. I made my choice based on the reputation of these groups and the research they have done.
What is your favorite thing about UMBC?
I love the amount of exposure that a student gets at UMBC. At UMBC some of my colleagues have got opportunities to work on research proposals. This is an important skill to learn if one wants to become a faculty someday. Most of my friends in big universities have not got opportunities to contribute to a professors grant proposal.
Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
I am a PhD student whose research is focused on mobile access control. I use Semantic Web technologies and static and dynamic code analytics to determine a rule-set that will help manage users’ data privacy. I have attended and presented my work every year in the Graduate Research Conference since 2013.
What would you say to a prospective student?
Read about the research done by professors and their students in various research groups. Narrow down your search space to a group that matches your interest. Try to attend the lab meetings of the group(s) which does work in your interest area and try to look for opportunities to collaborate. This might just build up to a research position with the group.
What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
Machine learning by far was the best course I took. Prof. Tim Oates, who taught that course is an amazing teacher. He has this unique style of using intuition to understand difficult algorithms or mathematical concepts. I have never learned so much in a single class before, in my life.
What are your plans after graduation from UMBC?
I hope to build a good research profile in the Mobile and Internet of Things domain. Using my expertise in the Access Control domain, I believe it’s possible to contribute in the IoT field. I hope to secure a position in a research group that works in this domain.