I am originally from Chandigarh, India and studied at Yadavindra Public School, Punjab. Enamored by Computer Science and its creative possibilities from an early age, I went on to pursue my undergraduate in Computer Science and Engineering, from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi). I further pursued the field and my interest in distributed systems and networking by getting a PhD from Northwestern University, IL. My adviser there was Prof. Peter Dinda and my thesis was titled "Black Box Methods for Inferring Parallel Applications' Properties in Virtual Environments". More information on my PhD work is available on the research page. I defended my dissertation in March 2008.
During my undergraduate and graduate school, I interned at Google (a new ad delivery algorithm for AdSense), Intel Research Labs (both the Pittsburgh/CMU and the Cambridge UK labs) , and IBM Research Labs.
After PhD: I have recently joined the quantitative hedge fund D.E.Shaw and Co. (in NYC) in a computer science role in the Options Trading group.
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Contact Information: I can be contacted at ashishgup at gmail dot com
I have been doing computer science for a long time, and greatly enjoy programming, as evident from various kinds of software and downloads available from this site. I started writing (and selling some of it) software from the age of 12 including software for teaching astronomy and physics. I also used to enjoy participating in algorithm/programming contests in school and college because of the requirement of quick thinking and problem solving under pressure and the adrenaline rush that it provides. My resume lists some contests I went to at the national and the international level, including the ACM-IBM Worldwide Programming Contest (2001) in Vancouver, Canada.
I greatly enjoy sports with squash being my favorite. I think it has the right mix of speed and low reaction time along with strategy and is a most excellent way to keep fit. I enjoy reading, sort of addicted that I used to end up reading any words I see anywhere. With time I have improved on this front. I enjoy non-fiction in the genres of business reading, philosophy, religion, comics, humor and sometimes fiction as well. Other personal interests include music, teaching, writing and puzzles.
I have recently moved into the field of finance so I also now enjoy reading and learning about finance and economics.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life and it's already 11:30. What a waste. Stephen Colbert
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