About

Hello! I'm Palani. I am a graduate student pursuing Masters in Computer Science at University of Wisconsin Madison. I am passionate about solving problems through technology.

  • Three years of work experience as a Software Engineer.
  • Experience in Cloud engineering, Mobile app development, RESTful and web-services, Agile methodologies, and software testing.
  • Skilled in Object Oriented Design, Java, Python, Android, JavaScript, C++, and Software Design Patterns.
Find my Resume here.

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant

Sept 2017 - Present
University of Wisconsin Madison

Building an end-to-end scalable cloud/crowd based Entity Matching system - CloudMatcher with Machine Learning and data integration capabilities. This is a joint work with Prof. AnHai Doan.

Researcher

Dec 2012 - Feb 2013
College of Engineering, Guindy

Built a system that shows real-time bus location and predicts arrival time using machine learning techniques.

The work featured in The Hindu national newspaper and few other dailies. Invited by Minister of Transportation, Tamil Nadu to present the project to the advisory panel.

Professional Experience

Senior Software Engineer

Aug 2014 - Aug 2017
Cisco Systems, Chennai
  • Experience in full stack, Android application development and Cloud Engineering.
  • Owned and developed a Cloud micro-service that initiates software upgrades in mobile devices.
  • Implemented auto-deployment, scaling, and monitoring of cloud service in OpenStack.
  • Designed and developed Android UI and end to end functionality for TV library traversal, content restriction.
  • Built a RESTful web service with MongoDB as a backend to simulate any cloud service.
  • "Top contributor" award; Supported geo-distributed teams in debugging and troubleshooting issues.
  • Implemented caching strategy to reduce the overall response time of the server by 20% for multiple features.
  • Designed and developed in an agile environment following test-driven approach.
  • Developed a cross-platform automation end to end test framework that significantly reduced regressions.

Intern

Apr 2012 - May 2012
iThoughtz Technologies, Chennai

Developed an Android mobile application that shows traffic density through a route using the crowd-sourced data and suggests the best alternative route.

Projects

JMapper: JSON Document store for a Relational Database System

Designed and built a mapping layer for faster reads and writes of a JSON object in PostgreSQL.

Document Clustering Using Variants of Non-Negative Matrix Factorization

Improved clustering by approximating the term frequency matrix as non-negative vectors, and hence eliminating subtractive basis.

Entity-centric Contextual Information Retrieval

Built a Search Engine for Information retrieval based on the Entities and Attributes. Improved Entity Recognition using the meta-data and rules, and implemented similarity index to rank the pages.

Recommender System

Implemented a prototype of Recommendation Engine by applying Collaborating filtering on a million dataset of user's search and view history. Awarded first prize in Innovation challenge held at Cisco.

Hobby Projects

eRailway.co.in

Built a web service and an Android application for live status, search and enquiry of trains.

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Designed and built a system that predicts why a particular keyword is trending in social media. Given a keyword, it crawls through all the news websites and searches for the matching event.

iPay

Designed and built an Android application that automates the bill pay on receiving the payment notification(SMS/e-bill) from the biller. This was developed as part of Hackathon organised by ICICI bank.

PiggyBack

Designed and built an Android application that lets the user to share the rides with friends through social media apps.

Honors & Awards

  • Regional finalist in National Level Programming Contest, NLPC'12
  • Workshops on Android Application development.
  • National merit scholarship(2010-2014).
  • Taught Programming and Data structure course to College students.
  • Cisco Security expert -Green belt.
  • 'Best out-going student' award.

Miscellaneous

I'm a movie buff. I strongly believe Memento, Prestige, and Fight Club are some of the best movies ever made.

I have super power of ..... huh! forgetting things easily.

In my free time, I love reading about Astrophysics.