Welcome to my page! My name is Dhruv Paranjpye and I am graduate student at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. I joined the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department in Fall 2018 and am pursuing my Master’s in Signal and Image Processing and Machine Learning. I am currently interning at the California Institute of Technology (May to August 2019) on using Deep Learning methods to automatically detect artifacts in astronomical images and examining their impact on real objects of interest. I am grateful to the Infosys Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation grant that supports my work. The group that I am currently (as of July 2019) working with is an international collaboration of Astronomers, Engineers and Physicists called PASIPHAE. I am interested in solving challenging problems in the imaging domain using Machine Learning and Deep Learning methods. You may find some of my projects at this link.
I am passionate about working in the area of computer vision, signal processing and machine learning. My interests in these areas have evolved progressively over time from my high school days. I grew up at India’s premier astronomical research institute, IUCAA, where my father worked. Due to this, astronomy soon became a hobby for me.
When I chose Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering as my undergrad major, I was aware of several challenging problems that were present in the field of astronomy for engineers. That is when I thought what better could it be than applying the skills I learned as an engineer to a different field like astronomy that would give me a chance to develop transferable skills. As an engineer I believe that apart from technology I must also be able to apply my skills in different disciplines of sciences. I have for instance worked on projects such as automatic car parking detection, classifying brains of musicians and non-musicians using deep learning and automatic artifact detection in astronomical images.
As an undergrad I worked on projects from characterizing Charge Coupled Device (CCD) cameras, developing a roof shed observatory, extracting the signal of a pulsating star from a professional radio telescope using Digital Signal Processing concepts and developing a lab setup for a multi-nation astronomical polarimeter project.
I received my Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) at Pune in India in July 2018. I received the Best Incoming Undergraduate Student (2014) as well as the Best Outgoing Student (2018) awards in recognition for my academic work from my institute.
Apart from academia, I am passionate about running, cooking, photography and dogs. You could find more about this on the Personal page.
Feel free to contact me on my email id: firstname.lastname@example.org