About Me

I would describe myself as a dynamic person, good listener and a dedicated worker. I have an assorted range of interests. My academic and research interests lie at the intersection of Data Science for Social Good, Machine Learning, Recommender Systems, Social Computing, Online Social Networks, Linear Algebra, Calculus and Discrete Mathematics. Other interests include playing lawn tennis, watching and playing football (Arsenal fan) and trying out different food cuisines.

Contact Details

Vedant Nanda
Place: New Delhi, India
Ph: (+91) 8527215158
Email: vedant15114@iiitd.ac.in
Skype: v4e3@live.com

Education

IIIT, Delhi

Bachelor in Technology, Computer Science 2015-2019 (Tentative)

I joined IIIT-Delhi in August 2015 through the Joint Entrance Examination held across India with an All India Rank of 804.

CGPA till now : 9.64/10

Amity International School

High School 2013-2015

Cleared high school with 97% aggregate in class 12 CBSE board examinations. Scored 100/100 in Physics board exam, the only one to do so in the entire school.

Amity International School

Primary and Senior Secondary School 2001-2013

Cleared class 10 with a CGPA of 10/10 in CBSE board.

Research Work

#KillFie: Understanding Dangerous Selfies

May 2017 - present

Working under the guidance of Prof. PK in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. We have developed multi-modal and real-time techniques to detect dangerous seflies. We are the first ones to collate a publicly available dataset of selfie related deaths all around the world and another publicly available datset of images annotated as dangerous or non-dangerous selfies. We have also made a crowdsourcing tool called Saftie available as an android app and a facebook messenger chatbot public. Using this tool we have collected over 1500 dangerous locations around the globe. We are currently working on a camera which can nudge users as soon as they try to click a dangerous selfie. We are also working on studying what prompts users to go to extreme dangers to click a selfie by leveraging publicly available data on online social networks and applying statistical techniques to gauge user behaviour. This work will be appearing in the proceedings of the Web Conference'18 (formerly WWW) as a short paper and will be presented in the 9th International Workshop on Modeling Social Media (MSM'2018), TheWebConf 2018, 24 April 2018, Lyon, France. More details here.

An emperical audit of Facebook's FreeBasics program

Aug 2016 - May 2017

Worked with PreCog@IIITD under the guidance of Prof. PK in collaboration with Max Planck Institute for Software Systems on the analysis of services provided through FreeBasics(free service launched by Facebook in developing countries around the world). This work got accepted as a poster at SIGMETRICS’17 and as full paper in ICTD’17. Link to full paper. Link to poster.

Projects

Local TOR network

Winter 2017

Emulated a Tor network using local machines by setting up an authority server, a client and 2 relays. Used the encryption protocols provided by Tor to send data.

DBLP search engine

Monsoon 2016

Made a GUI based search engine to query the DBLP dataset. Written from scratch in Java.(source)

Database setup for high availability and load balancing

Monsoon 2016

Setup a database cluster and configured it for load balancing and high availability. Connected it to a GUI based web appilcation for testing.

Job Portal

Summer 2016

Interned at Aashansh Foundation (an NGO in Mumbai, India) during summer 2016 and built an online job portal from scratch written in Django.(Deployed here for testing)

2D game in python

2015

Made a simple shooting 2-D game using pygame, a python gaming library(source)

Social Networking Website "BRO"

Monsoon2015

Made a social networking website self-written from scratch in Django for the college course Systems Management(source)

Telepresence Robot

Winter 2016

Made a telepresence robot using Raspberry Pi and python scripts(for movement and video call automation) for the college course Introduction to Engineering Design.More here.

Achievements

SN Bose Scholar

2018

Selected for the prestigious SN Bose fellowship which is awarded to only 50 students across all disciplines in India.

Research Fellow at MPI-SWS

2018

Selected for the prestigious research fellowship at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems for the summer of 2018.

Chairman Merit Scholarship

2015,2016,2017

Given 100,000 INR under the chairman's merit scholarship.

Dean's List for academic excellence

2015,2016

A part of the dean's list for academic excellence for all years of my undergrad so far. Given to students with a semester-wise GPA of 9 and above.

KVPY Scholar

2015

Cleared KVPY, a national level scholarship exam for high school students. It is a two step process which requires clearing a test followed by an interview.

Skills

  • C/C++
  • Django
  • Python
  • Android
  • Java
  • HTML,CSS, JavaScript
  • Bootstrap and JQuery
  • AngularJS