hockey Debajit Ghosh

Debajit Ghosh


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Background Research Interests
Projects
Academic
Personal Interests Miscellaneous Contact Information

Me

Background
I
graduated with my Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in June, 1998. I also received my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT in June, 1997. Soon (late summer 1998), I will be moving to California to work at Nuance Communications, a speech recognition company (spun out of SRI a few years ago) in Menlo Park, California.

I'm originally from Exton, Pennsylvania and went to Downingtown High School. Where the heck is that? Near West Chester, PA, but you probably don't know where that is either. Well, they're both near the Valley Forge/Philadelphia area. Check out a map if you really care... :-)

Research Interests/Projects/Academic
I'm fascinated by how the mind perceives and understands speech and vision. At MIT, I've taken a few classes to explore these interests, concentrating on how computers can approach these problems. Recently, I became more and more interested in speech recognition and seeing how we could harness speech recognition for the purposes of human-computer interaction. So, for my Master's thesis (done at the
DIGITAL Cambridge Research Laboratory through the VI-A program), I began learning about natural language processing and researched a new technique for learning grammars automatically. An abstract and likely the thesis itself should be available on-line soon.

My other major interest in computer science revolves around system design and development. I took several classes exploring related topics and fields, and during several of my internships at DEC CRL, I got experience in system design-related projects. One summer my research involved designing and developing technology to allow users to harness speech recognition through the World Wide Web, and one by-product of this research resulted in my designing and implementing the prototype of the DIGITAL Voice Plugin (check it out -- it's fun! =).

During this last semester at MIT, I was also a teaching assistant for the undergrad class in software engineering. Needless to say, this turned out to be a pretty cool experience =).

As an undergrad, I worked at Nissan Cambridge Basic Research, doing a UROP. I mainly helped in writing extensions to a car simulator, running experiments in human vision and cognitive studies, and analyzing data from these experiments. I also set up a webserver a couple years ago -- click above to check it out. During the spring semester of my Senior year, I worked there to fulfill my last graduation requirement, the institute lab, by doing independent research in trying to assess the mental workload of drivers in a non-intrusive manner. Perhaps I'll add a link to my final research paper/report for that project sometime.

(Here's a really geeky picture of me wearing our eye-tracker.) .

I'm also a member of SIPB, and as an undergrad I spent some of my time helping out there, mainly with Linux related stuff, as well as the MIT Events Listings with Matthew, though by the time I was a Senior and especially a graduate student, I did not have time to be active in that organization.

Personal Interests
Besides playing with computers, I like to spend a lot of time rollerblading (err, in-line skating?). I mainly play roller-hockey, but my roomates from freshman year got me into trying (trying being the key word here) to do *other* types of things on my blades (like stunts and jumps, hmmm... :-)

I also play some pick-up ice-hockey, and I ski when I get a chance (which is not very often). I'm not very good at either, but I do have a lot of fun doing them. I'm also really into racquetball, but unfortunately, MIT doesn't have any racquetball courts -- only squash courts. I've tried playing squash, and I enjoyed it, but it's just not the same (besides, I have two racquetball racquets and *no* squash racquets :-) Maybe when I enter the real world (gah!) I'll find some racquetball courts...

Continuing with the hockey theme, I'm an avid fan of the sport and closely follow my hometown team, the Philadelphia Flyers. I've also followed the Bruins and soon will follow the San Jose Sharks and will cheer for them, unless of course they're playing against the Flyers =). As a warning, I've been told that I turn into a different person when I'm at a hockey game ;-).

I like listening to various groups, but if you pass by my room, chances are you'll hear Depeche Mode, the Cure, INXS, Erasure, REM, TMBG, U2, NIN, Alanis, Moxy Fruvous, Natalie Merchant, the Cranberries, Les Mis blasting.

I'm also trying to get back into writing. I used to write a lot of poetry, but that just doesn't happen anymore. Maybe I'll try some short stories, like my friends have been telling me, sometime in the aforementioned copious free time ;-)...

Miscellaneous
During the past few years, I've managed to scan in a few pictures of my friends and myself. I'll likely add some links to the less embarassing ones shortly =). Above is a picture of me on the ice. Ah, hockey. Also, if you're curious what I look like with a goatee (a short-term experiment last summer, just because), there is a picture below. Yes, people have told me I look truly evil with the goatee -- what can ya do? Oh, the lime green background (you might say I'm somewhat fond of the absurd color) is courtesy of my friend
Matthew, who took the picture in the first place. Again, this was a short term experiment ;-).

Contact Information
If you ever want to get in touch with me, the best way, by far, is by e-mail -- you can even use the link or comment form below to send the e-mail. You could try phoning me, but I'm rarely in my room, so it's unlikely you'll catch me; again, e-mail is better. If you're really in a bind, snail-mail at the address below works as well; actually, I'll welcome it -- better than the endless BMG catalogs, bills, MIT propaganda, and other junk mail I seem to get most of the time.


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