Awards and Research Grants

Awards/Honors to Students

I am fortunate to have worked with some of the most energetic and enterprising student researchers who put in tireless and dedicated effort to make both research and product impact. I can take no credit for their work and simply list these here to highlight their achievements and encourage students to aim high.

  1. Debojyoti Dey, Bhaskar Mukhoty, Best Research Paper Nomination, 9th ACM IKDD Conference on Data Sciences (CODS), 2021.
    Debojyoti and Bhaskar developed techniques for optimizing functions that offer only local convexity around their global optimum.

  2. Fahad Shaikh and Sharath HP (MT 2021), SIIC Student Innovation Award, 54th IITK Convocation, 2021.
    Fahad and Shaikh jointly developed the PRIORITY system to aid the conduct of large programming courses.

  3. Ayush Nagal (MT 2021), Cadence Gold Medal, 54th IITK Convocation, 2021.
    Ayush developed robust machine learning-based calibration algorithms for low-cost air quality monitoring sensors.

  4. Neeraj Kumar (MT 2019), Best Software Award, 52nd IITK Convocation, 2019.
    Neeraj developed the SphinX pegagogy helper system for conducting large courses.

  5. Ankit Jalan (MT 2019), Cadence Silver Medal, 52nd IITK Convocation, 2019.
    Ankit worked on dimensionality reduction in extreme classification with millions of dimensions and data points.

  6. Sayash Kapoor (BT 2019), Motorola Gold Medal, 52nd IITK Convocation, 2019.
    Sayash worked on making multi-armed bandit algorithms robust to adversarial attacks.

Awards/Honours

I am also fortunate to have myself received some recognition for my contributions. My collaborators and mentors deserve equal credit for the achievements that were found worthy of recognition.

  1. Bing Ads Greatness Award (Engineering Excellence category), Bing Ads, Microsoft, 2021.

  2. Faculty of the Year Award (Authoring Books on Contemporary Subjects category), Computer Society of India, 2018.

  3. Research-I Faculty Fellowship, IIT Kanpur, 2015 - 2018.

  4. Dr. Deep Singh and Daljeet Kaur Faculty Fellowship, IIT Kanpur, 2015 - 2018.

  5. International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) Reviewer Award, 2015.

  6. Indian Unit of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence (IUPRAI) Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2014.

  7. Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Reviewer Award, 2013.

  8. Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges (Yahoo! KSC) Program Honourable Mention, 2012.

  9. Microsoft Research (MSR India) PhD Fellowship, 2010.

  10. Academic Excellence Awards by IIT Kanpur for the years, 2005, 2006.

  11. Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE) Merit Scholarships, 2002, 2004.

  12. Delhi Sanskrit Academy Merit Scholarship for securing 100% marks in Sanskrit at AISSE 2002.

  13. Invited to visit the National Physical Laboratory as a part of the (CPYLS) program and carry out a research project
    The program was intended for the top 10 scorers in the state of Delhi at AISSE 2002

Research/Consultancy Grants

I am grateful for funding I recieve that supports research and development work in the foundations and applications of machine learning.

  1. Consultancy Project from Microsoft Research for pursuing research on “Extreme Classification”, 2021.

  2. Research Grant from Tower Research for pursuing research on “Recommendation, Ranking And Retrieval”, 2017.

  3. Research Grant from Microsoft Research for setting up a “Virtual Center For Extreme Classification”, 2016.

  4. Research Grant from Yahoo! as a part of the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program 2012.

  5. Microsoft Research India Ph.D. Fellowship award, 2010.

  6. Recurrent funding and travel support from the Research-I Foundation, 2008 – 2013.

Short-term/Travel Grants

When I was a student, travel and short-term research grants were critical in supporting my research and travel expenses. These allowed me on several occasions to pursue research directions, meet new and old collaborators and broaden my horizon.

  1. Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS) Student Travel Grant, 2012.

  2. Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Student Travel Grant, 2010 and 2011.

  3. Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for Excellence (SURGE), IIT Kanpur, 2006.