April, 2022: Hi there! Thanks for visiting my personal webpage. Unfortunately, the current page is a bit outdated. New content is coming very soon, so please visit again. Here's my CV in the meantime. :)
I'm Shashank, a Masters student in the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I'm working with Prof. Dan Roth as a part of his amazing CogComp research group! In general, I work on the intersection of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, however, I'm quite excited about Guided Language Generation tasks (like Dialogue systems, Abstractive Summarization, Question Answering), and learning generic Sentence and Document Embeddings. On the ML side, I am interested in studying Deep Generative and Deep Structured models, and like to think about how to Distribute training and inference, and interpret ML models in general. Currently, my work centers around Zero-Shot Learning for Text Classification, and learning and evaluating useful Document Embeddings.
Prior to coming to UIUC, I gained plenty of research experience through several research assistantships, and had the pleasure of being a part of some great research labs. For instance, I spent 9 amazing months working with Prof. Gerhard Weikum and Prof. Denilson Barbosa on Knowledge-Base Construction at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics.
I also had the great pleasure of working closely with Prof. Soumen Chakrabarti on Scalable Entity Search and Disambiguation System at IIT-Bombay, where I was a Research Assistant for about 1.5 years.
I was also fortunate to be a part of the amazing Ad-Prediction team at Yahoo Labs, where I worked on some challenging problems in Search and Display Ad-platforms, under the guidance of Prof. Sanjay Chawla and Prof. Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan.
Before my foray into serious research, I spent some wonderful years at BITS - Pilani, from where I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. I spent most of my time there working on my idea of Client-Side Search Personalization.