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Alumni Research Talks 2.0

Alumni Research Talks(ART) 2.0 was organised on 12th - 14th January, 2013. Sponsored by Google, Ebay and PayPal , this edition of ART was lined up with several alumnus working in field of system infrastructure to computer architecture, and helped in connecting BITSian students with different experts in recent fields of computer science.


Rajat Tibrewal

Rajat Tibrewal, a Systems Engineer at Google, completed his dual degree in Physics and Computer Science from BITS Pilani in 2011. passed out from BITS Pilani in 2011, with a dual degree in Physics and Computer Science.

He's been working with Google on multiple back-end systems, developing critical infrastructure for Google Apps for Business.

Talk Topic: "What it means to run your DSA lab assignment at Google scale"


Rizwan graduated from the Pilani campus in 2010 with Bachelors in Computer Science and a special respect from half of the 06A7 batch for his help in building the 50% PLCC assignment. Rizwan is perhaps one of the few prolific BITSian programmers who toiled away many nights acing CodeChef and TopCoder challenges. He also deployed his skills building interesting projects with the Computer Science Association. Rizwan worked at DE Shaw for one year and is currently pursuing an MTech in CS at IIT Kanpur, where his research work focuses on Randomized Algorithms and Machine Learning. With his passion towards theory, he will be the perfect person to talk about Algorithms at ART. Apart from computers, Rizwan looks forward to having a chit-chat outside LTC about his love towards Sitcoms and movies.

Year of graduation – 2010

Arpit Agarwal

Arpit graduated from Pilani in 2011 with a degree in Computer Science. At Pilani he did some cool projects, which were presented in Apogee 2010. One of those won the Innovation Award by General Electric, and others went ahead for a patent. He converted his PS-2 to a thesis, to do research at National University of Singapore. Following that he went to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), for a really awesome Master's program. At Illinois, he hacks, and breaks things. He killed the Facebook Hackathon just one month into the program, and now works with Prof. Klara Nahrstedt on tele-immersive systems (really cool!). He is also a Siebel Scholar'13, awarded to 85 students from the top-most universities around the world. His talk at ART-2013 would focus on tele-immersive systems and what goes into building end-to-end systems

Rakesh Komuravelli

Rakesh Komuravelli is a 5th year Computer Science Ph.D. student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) working with Prof. Sarita Adve on rethinking today's hardware for safe parallelism. His research interests include computer architecture, compilers, and parallel computing. He graduated from BITS Pilani in 2006 with a bachelors in Computer Science and was awarded the Institute's gold medal award. He interned at Microsoft Research and worked at Oracle for couple of years before joining the graduate school at UIUC. He recently interned at Intel where he worked on cutting edge heterogeneous architecture projects. Rakesh is a 2012 Qualcomm Innovation Fellow, a one in eight $100,000 award given by Qualcomm Incorporated that supports his research to address various hardware challenges in heterogeneous architectures.

Year of graduation – 2006

Vishwa Parekh

Vishwa graduated from Pilani in 2011 with a bachelors in Computer Science and is currently pursuing his Masters from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a national swimmer and Goldman Sachs global leader. His principal areas of research are in topics that lie at the interface of Computer Science and Health Care. Back then at Pilani, he spent most of his time understanding human brain and developing devices that could assist the blind, paralyzed and other differently disabled people in living a better life. During his time at Hopkins, he has worked on multiple interesting challenges like developing brain computer interfaces that enable humans to control robots directly via their brain, methodologies to improve cancer diagnosis, and surgical devices and robots that drive the modern day surgeries.

Topic: Integration of Computer Science and Medicine/Healthcare

He will talk about some cool research in which he has been involved in, with respect to the integration of Computer Science and Medicine.

Year of graduation – 2011

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