A lil bit about me
I am Priyanka :D
I was born and raised in a lovely city named Chennai. I did my undergraduate studies in electronics and computer engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology, during which I worked as an intern with various organisations such as National University of Singapore, Google, Stanford Robotics Lab, etc. Most of my work in that period entailed building smart and intelligent computing systems. Eventually I got curious about the smartest and most intelligent system in the world - the Brain and hence started exploring ways in which computing could aid the human brain and vice versa. With hopes to explore the same.
Lately, I have been quite active in the NFT and crypto space assisting my sister Laya Mathikshara in her NFT venture while also co-creating our own organisation "Mathikshara Labs".
I am glad to join Stanford University as a grad student in Fall’21. During the first quarter I would be working as a computational neuroscience researcher on understanding future prediction in rodents. In addition, I look forward to being the board member of the Stanford Blockchain Club.
Hoping to work on aiding the caveats of the brain that might lead to a better life.
Would love to get in touch - we can talk about anything pertinent to neuroscience, trans-humanism, longevity, med-tech, human-computer interaction, data privacy, business, program management or startups!
September 2021 - August 2023
Would be starting as a graduate student at Stanford University. I hope to work on computational neuroscience problems and hopefully contribute towards an impactful future.
VELLORE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
June 2016 - June 2020
Graduated with my B.Tech degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering (ECM) scoring 9.25/10 CGPA. Also held the office of the Program Representative of ECM during academic year 2017 -18.
SACRED HEART, CHURCH PARK
June 2003 - April 2016
Passed out with 96% in higher secondary school examination. Was an active member of the debate club and received merit and all-rounder certificates for both academics extracurricular activites. Was given the best out going student award for the computer science department.
Where I've worked/am working
March 2021 - Present
Working as a strategy manager for a 14 year old NFT (Non-Fungible Token) artist. Strategised to gross over 1 Million USD (300 ETH) - 700% growth in 8 months. My role entails,
Advising on the technical stack of blockchain and cryptocurrencies,
Managing inputs from cross functional teams such as financial advisors, lawyers,
Overseeing major art launches and assisting with creative content creation.
September 2021 - Present
Working as a research assistant with Dr. Mark Schnitzer and his group on applying computational neuroscience techniques such as deep learning to understand the future prediction in the brain.
October 2020 - September 2021
Worked with Dr. Williams PanLab of Stanford University's Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness.
October 2020 - September 2021
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Worked as a Computational Neuroscience research engineering intern with Dr. Bensmaia Lab. Worked on simulating and building intuitions on how proprioception encodes with cutaneous inputs to form stereognosis.
October 2019 - July 2020
Google, Munich, Germany
Worked as an intern with Google, Munich. Teams and projects I worked on are,
Privacy and Data Protection – Worked on local differential privacy algorithms and their implementations.
Corporate Engineering – Worked on data mining, implementation and project management of a dashboard for visualising various performance metrics of the TechStop.
July 2019 - August 2019
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
Worked on an MPTCP based privacy breach avoidance system for IP cameras under Dr. Mohan Gurusamy, school of computing.
THINGS I LOVE TO DO
The human mind is one of the most complex and power effective computing device ever known. Unfortunately, it's also the least understood computing device. I look forward to working on enhancing this understanding as well as gaining inspiration for a mind inspired computing.
Applications that are based on decentralised technologies such as Cryptocurrencies, Non Fungible Tokens and other DAPPS fascinate on the level of paradigm shift they bring into their traditional counterparts. I look forward to work on applying the concept of decentralisation in my future works.
HUMAN COMPUTER INTERFACE
In the 21st century computing devices are one of the most interacted entities by humans. I am quite passionate about enhancing and simplifying the interactions in ways that would enable humans to leverage the cognition and time to more important things and to less mundane things.
Practice makes a person perfect,
But converting mere projects to useable products makes us successful engineers
Word on the Street
Priyanka was able to ramp up in an astonishingly short period of time. She read scientific papers as well as books on differential privacy to understand the nuances on running these protocols on device. Most importantly, she did a great job implementing local differential privacy schemes alongside the researchers inventing them. Finally, she's a great teammate and it was a joy to work with her.