Hello! I'm Viral

 

I am an aspiring Machine Learning Research Engineer working towards the development, deployment and improvement of core AI and machine learning algorithms for computer vision and natural language processing. With a background in both research and applied engineering, my current work focuses mainly on unsupervised domain adaptation, self-supervised learning and one-shot learning. I explore these learning techniques using generative models, graph neural networks, recurrent neural networks and convolutional neural networks. I have experience working with teams from industry leaders like Autodesk, AISIN, and Desjardins. I am fairly comfortable working with different data types like images, videos, point clouds, text and financial data. I also contribute to writing research proposals and pragmatic development directions to build multidisciplinary AI-based solutions

Viral Thakar

Machine Learning Researcher

Intelligence, one of the most important things humans have acquired during evolution. It is our ability to think abstractly, reason, establish a correlation between experiences and convert them into knowledge, be creative, predict, and most importantly to generate emotions. In fact, our intelligence is us, different from our body, and unique compared to other individuals.

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EXPERIENCE
 
June 2016-Present

Head of Research

Dataperformers

I am responsible to look for new AI research developments and verify their feasibility to support new features for the product or client requirements. I also contribute to the development of AI Manager, a tool that allows training, evaluation, and deployment of visual inspection models in Macula AI. 

Dec 2016-Oct 2018

Deep Learning Researcher

Indus.ai

I developed algorithms for construction site asset monitoring and analysis using computer vision. I was a member of the ML research team and this project was funded under NSERC CRD. We developed various models for object detection and classification using Tensorflow.

June 2012-Apr 2016

Assistant Professor

Atmiya Institute of Technology and Science

I did research in domains like context-based information retrieval, digital signal processing, and image & video processing. I worked and supervised various social and grassroots innovations. 

EDUCATION
 
Sept 2016-Present

Doctor of Philosophy

Concordia University

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Montreal, Canada

Supervisor: Prof. Jia Yuan Yu (Website)

Aug 2011-May 2013

Master of Technology

CHARUSAT

Department of Electronics & Communication

Anand, India

Supervisor: Dr. Sarman K Hadia 

May 2007-May 2011

Bachelor of Engineering

Saurashtra University

Department of Electronics & Communication

Atmiya Institute of Technology and Science

Rajkot, India

Supervisor: Dr. Ashish Kothari

SKILLS
 

Python

Tensorflow

Tensor RT

Tensorflow Serving

Tensorflow Lite

OpenCV

NLTK

Pytorch

Scikit Learn

Keras

AWS EC2

AWS Sagemaker

Docker

Latex

ML on Edge

COLLABRATIONS
 
Lead Teacher
Le Wagon, Montreal

I teach during the deep learning week of the Data Science Bootcamp. I teach topics like Neural Networks, Convolutional Neural Networks, Recurrent Neural Networks, and applied problems in the domain of Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing.

Resource Person
Jeevan Vidya

Universal Human Values, Kanpur Sansthan focuses on the Role of the Value-Based Education system and its impacts at the grassroots level. I have undergone level one and level two workshops of Universal Human Values and then started working as a Resource Person at the Atmiya Institute of Technology and Science. My duties were to conduct workshops for the students and developed value-based innovations.

TPC Member

I serve as a member of the technical program committee for the IAES International Journal of Artificial Intelligence ISSN/e-ISSN 2089-4872/2252-8938.

Oct 2016

India Innovation Initiative (i3)

Confederation of Indian Industry, India

Shortlisted among 51 projects selected for project symposium which is one of India’s most prestigious and most-awaited national innovation challenges promoted by the CII in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and AICTE. (Here)

Feb 2016

Random Hacks of Kindness Hackathon

BITS Pilani, Goa

Winner of Random Hacks of Kindness – Goa 2016, Hackathon to make a difference with organizations that have a social impact to create open-source solutions to societal challenges.

Feb 2016

Footprints X6
MSU, Baroda

Received certificate of excellence for winning a national level Open Hardware and Software presentation competition. 

Jan 2015

ICCIG-3 Conference

IIM, Ahmedabad

Shortlisted among 25 Innovators for Presidential Award for project DHWANI —An interactive system for differently-abled people (Here).

Jan 2015

Library and Learning Center

AITS, Rajkot

Awarded certificate of appreciation for my dedication and passion in promoting innovation culture in the institute and making ideas into reality.  

2013 - 2016

Library and Learning Center

AITS, Rajkot

Awarded certificate of appreciation for Research Output - Faculty category for consecutive four years.  

ACHIEVEMENTS
 
 
CONTACT ME

Viral Thakar

Machine Learning Researcher

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