Anish Acharya

Faculty Advisor: 

About Me: I was born and raised in Kolkata, the cultural capital of India (Also home to 3 of the 5 Nobel laureates (Citizens) India has produced, or 4 of the 9 Indian Origin Nobel Laureates.
I spent the most unforgettable four years of my undergraduate studies at Jadavpur University. I used to work on Signal Processing, Control Systems, Nonlinear Dynamical Systems back then.
In 2013 I moved to the US and joined Univ. of California Irvine for MS studies. During my MS I was a visiting research scholar at TTIC, hosted by Prof. David McAllester, also worked as an intern at Toyota Research in North America (TRINA) where we were developing stereo algorithms to make driverless cars work. I also interned at this wonderful start-up FEM in (Now sold to Nielsen) with the three co-founders.
Post my MS, I joined Amazon Alexa AI in June 2016 after briefly working as a data scientist at eBay inc and Schlumberger in 2015. I was an Applied Scientist in the Natural Language Understanding group of Amazon Alexa Conversational AI Core ML group at Amazon Lab 126. Here I spent 3 wonderful years of life proposing, designing, implementing core Alexa NLU models (Named Entity Recognition, Intent Classification, Entity Resolution, Domain Classification, Compressed DNN) Notable Live Launches of models owned by me: Communications (Alexa Calling), Timers, Alarms, Reminders, Calendar, Echo Show. I was also a leading scientist to launch Alexa Conversations.

Research Interests: 
Natural Language Processing
Convex Optimization
Deep Learning
Combinatorial Optimization
Degree Received: 
MS
Degree Field: 
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University: 
University of California Irvine
Year Received: 
2015
Degree Received: 
BS
Degree Field: 
Instrumentation and Electronics Engineering
University: 
Jadavpur University
Year Received: 
2013