Karthik Dinakar
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I am a graduate student and research assistant at the MIT Media Lab in the Software Agents Group. I am interested in natural language processing, machine learning and commonsense reasoning to make computers smarter. Prior to coming to MIT, I was at Carnegie Mellon University. Even before that, I spent some time at Yahoo R&D, where I worked with a beautiful team working on the Enthusiast Platform.

I am perpetually prone to crazy and often grand ideas, and I spend a lot of time trying to understand myself better. I am, as a function of my faith and my upbringing, committed to helping children realize their natural potential, because the probablity of eliciting the best out of children during their formative years is high and can be a great societal leveler in so many ways.

I have a great fondness for scripting languages in general, for it has helped me code many cool things over a number of years. I deem coding and building cool products as a very pleasurable activity.

When I am not in my lab, I can be spotted jogging alongside the gorgeous Charles river. Within the past year, I discovered that I have synesthesia - the reason why numbers and days of the week are very distinct colors in mind. :)

If you like to send me a mail, please do it at kdin...@media.mit.edu. My office can be found here.


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