"If you believe too much you'll never notice the flaws; if you doubt too much you won't get started. It requires a lovely balance."

-- Richard W. Hamming

News and Calls

July 2022 -- upcoming courses alert: CS6001 (that's double zero, the first 4 digit course in CSE, IITB): Game Theory and Algorithmic Mechanism Design: an introductory PG elective course which is also open for the second to final year UG and dual degree students (4-minute intro video here). Course details are available here. The course is also accessible from outside IIT Bombay as the same content will be offered via NPTEL. If you are interested, you may consider signing up here.

June, 2022: More accolades to Satyanweshi/सत्यान्वेषी, the truth-seeking chatbot. See below for its details and the team involved in it. The students, Ankur, Yash, and Nithya received the Ranjan Kumar Memorial Award at the 55-th convocation at IIT Kanpur for the best socially relevant project [official notification, page 11].

I'm actively looking for IITB PhD, Masters, and BTP (with at least one year of commitment of active research) students to work on an interesting problem on AI for social good, which has significant overlap with natural language processing. To get a feel for such works, see this paper. The project will require familiarity with basic NLP ideas, good amount of programming skills, and a lot of passion to pursue such problems. If you are interested, please read the workflow part from this page, write to me accordingly, and we will have a discussion on it.

May 2022: Our work on truthful ownership transfer with expert advice gets accepted in Mathematical Programming.

February 2022: received two grants from MATRICS, SERB, and TCAAI, IIT Bombay. Grateful acknowledgments to the funding agencies.

December 13, 2021: Joined CSE, IIT Bombay

At IIT Kanpur:

January, 2021: When robots are intelligent, one needs mechanism design to prioritize their movements avoiding collision. Here is our paper on competitive robot prioritization that got accepted in ICAPS.

September-November, 2020: The course lectures of "Introduction to Game Theory and Mechanism Design" are now online. See this YouTube playlist.

April-May, 2020: We have developed Satyanweshi/सत्यान्वेषी, the truth-seeking chatbot. Set it up easily and truth-check suspicious messages before forwarding to others. Our solution secured the second place in MHRD AICTE SAMADHAN competition in response to COVID-19 among more than 2500 participants. See this IIT Kanpur twitter announcement or the video. Good work by Ankur, Yash, Nithya, and Prarthana who are currently working towards improving and maintaining Satyanweshi/सत्यान्वेषी. This project is mentored by Prof. Hamim Zafar and myself. Also visit (and "like" if you like) Satyanweshi/सत्यान्वेषी's Facebook page.

February, 2020: Paper on the blockchain-based skill evaluation tool SkillCheck gets accepted in IEEE ICBC. Congratulations to Jay.

January, 2020: Paper on the peer-grading tool SwaGrader gets accepted in CoDS-COMAD. Congratulations to Somu, Ayushi, and Shubham.

January-April, 2020: Teaching Computer Networks.

May, 2019: Press coverage of our work on surprise in elections.

May, 2019: Garima's (PhD student) second paper gets into IJCAI. Congratulations again!

May, 2019: Garima (PhD student) is traveling to Montreal to present her paper in AAMAS. Congratulations Garima!

January-April, 2019: Flown an A380, said differently, taught ESC101: Fundamentals of Computing. The crew after landing it successfully.

August-November, 2018: Taught Introduction to Game Theory and Mechanism Design.

January-April, 2018: Taught a new course, Selected Areas of Mechanism Design.

December 15, 2017: Co-organized a workshop on Computational Social Choice Theory at IIT Kanpur.

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