2003 Diploma, Embedded System Design, CDAC, Bengaluru
2002 BTech, Computer Science, Kannur University, Kerala
Countries: India, Finland
States: Karnataka, Kerala
Cities: Bengaluru, Helsinki
Languages: English, Malayalam, Hindi
Sooraj is a part of the Urban Informatics Lab, providing support to multiple research and practice projects to view questions on urbanisation in India from a quantitative perspective. This involves acquiring and managing the relevant data sets, developing a deep understanding of the information they contain and do not contain; developing innovative ways of analysing them; and effectively communicating the insights to different audiences.
Prior to IIHS, Sooraj was leading a data science team working on business analytics and marketing problems at Sling Media. He has a broad experience in applying data visualisation, statistical modelling and machine learning approaches to create reports of analyses and automated systems to solve complex business problems. His work has exposed him to different types of tools and techniques. Certain data-scarce problems involved running traditional statistical analyses on a desktop computer, while others required distributed data processing systems, such as Apache Spark, to handle large volumes of data. In an earlier phase of his career, Sooraj developed software for various consumer electronics platforms.
Sooraj is interested in probabilistic modelling of systems and incorporating the spatial and temporal dynamics into such models. He is also interested in finding answers toquestions on causality and causal inference from observational data.