Hello World!

I am a Research Staff Member in IBM's India Research Laboratory at New Delhi, India. I work with the Knowledge and Data Engineering team at IRL where we try to make sense out of data. Before coming to IRL, I was a member of the Watson group at IBM Almaden Research Centre where I led the analytic efforts in the Watson Knowledge Graph team.

I did my post-doctoral research at Xerox Research Centre Webster in upstate NY. Before that I obtained my PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. I was advised by Dr. Prasenjit Mitra.

My primary research interests are in the field of Information Retrieval and Text Analytics.

As a part of CiteSeerX project at Penn State, I developed a search engine that searches for algorthms and pseudo-codes in academic documents. As a research assistant in the ChemXSeer project, I developed methods for extracting descriptive synopses describing the figures/tables and algorithms present in academic documents.

Before coming to Penn State, I was an undergraduate student at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. Contrary to the popular belief, I sleep a lot.

A Dummies' guide to my name:

My given name, Sumit, is a Sanskrit word and can be decomposed as Su-Mit. The prefix Su (pronuned as in "Super") is a Sanskrit prefix meaning good. The next part is derived from the Sanskrit root Mit (pronounced as in "bit", the pronunciation of "t" is a bit different but there is no analogous sound in the English language, mith is quite close though). This is the same root from which the Latin root "Metre" is derived and means the same - mesurement. The words Geometry and Trigonometry are derived from the same Latin root and they have "Geomity" and "Trigonomity" as their very similar Sanskrit counterparts respectively.

With all this information at hand, it is easy to derive the meaning of my name. Sumit is an adjective which means something which is well measured, given ample thought. For example - A "sumit" decision. When applied to a person, it refers to a thoughtful person who takes proper decisions.


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