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10 things that happened last decade

Got a faculty position at UC Irvine during the recession. Attended N(eur)IPS conference for the first time. Discovered the power of tensors for machine learning and it became my core research focus. Received many awards such as Sloan fellowship, Microsoft faculty fellowship and NSF Career Award. Moved to AWS as principal scientist to build some…

Research Highlights of 2019

2019 was an interesting year in so many ways. I was able to build and solidify research programs, both at NVIDIA and at Caltech. I was able to continue working towards diversity and inclusion in AI, and saw a lot of visible improvements (recent incident I wrote in my previous blog post is a notable…

Quantum Supremacy = Racism?

Can a name change provide a quantum leap in diversity and inclusion? I didn’t expect to be writing this blog post. I had hoped for an internet-free week of vacation with my family in India. I had hoped to disconnect and rejuvenate. I had hoped to write a year-end message with positive changes I saw…

Thank you all!

The Thanksgiving weekend has been a much needed staycation. Given how much I travel rest of the year, I feel lucky to avoid all the weather-related chaos this weekend. I got to even see the rare views of snow-capped mountains juxtaposed with palm trees as I worked from my office at Caltech. I got the…

#meToo: the story that never ends

Trigger Warning. Description of sexual harassment, physical intimidation and misogynistic comments below. You will find below a small subset of my nightmarish experiences in the hands of an abusive manager at a previous organization. By no means was my experience isolated. In fact, that was the norm. Every senior woman on my team has since…

Call for accountability of deployed AI services

Edit: I want to clarify during my tenure at AWS, I did not work on face recognition or was involved in any of the decisions to sell it to law enforcement. I added this after a journalist asked me about this.  About two weeks ago, Timnit Gebru and Margaret (Meg) Mitchell approached me with a…

An open and shut case on OpenAI

The views expressed here are solely my own and do not in any way reflect those of my employers. This blog post is meant to clarify my position on the recent OpenAI controversy. A few days ago, I engaged with Jack Clark, who manages communications and policy for OpenAI, on Twitter. It is hard to…

2018 in Review

This post reviews my experiences in 2018. I welcomed the year in the gorgeous beaches of Goa and am now ending it in the wilderness of South Africa. My highlights of 2018 are the following: Joining NVIDIA: I joined NVIDIA in September and started a new research group on core AI/ML. I am hiring at…