` Rishav Raj Agarwal
Understands data,
befuddled by humans


Brief History of RRA

Data Scientist. Aspiring Entrepreneur. Wannabe Quizzer.
I try to understand humans through data and want to build technology that improves our lives.

  • Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift.
  • Master of Mathematics
    Finished thesis in Computer Vison. Wrote a few papers. Attended the DLRL summer school. Won a MITACS Fellowship.
  • Moved to Canada
    Joined University of Waterloo as a graduate student in CS.
  • More Treking
    Climbed to 14,000ft and lived without internet for 4 days.
  • Published Again
    Finacial trouble using phone logs got accepted at PlosOne.
  • Exhibited
    Photograph exhibited at the 5th Mega Heritage Photo Exhibition hosted at India Habitat Center, Delhi
  • Consultant at Exl Services
    Got placed on day one during campus placements at EXL services. Currently working with a retail and media conglomerate.
  • Got Published (this time academic)
    Cooperative phoneotypes got accepted at Ubicomp'16.
  • Research Visitor at Academia Sinica
    Invited by Dr. SW Chen to Taiwan. This time work on a credit card data and phone logs collected from over a million customers (over 40 GB of Big Data!) Found relationships between financial troubles on Credit Card bills and call based metrics.
  • Solo trek
    Climbed up ~4000m of the Indrahar-Pass trek solo over a period of two days. Got down as well.
  • Researcher at Rutgers University
    Flew to USA to intern at Rutgers University with Dr. Vivek Singh on the Rutgers Wellbeing Study.Analysed Spatio-temporal social data captured via mobile phone over three months from 90 students. Found phone based behavioural markers (Phoneotypes) that can explain human cooperation with a very high accuracy.
  • Cultural Events
    As the overall coordinator of the Quiz Club, led the IITK contingent to Nihilanth the inter IIM IIT quiz meet (first team to qualify in four years!) Had won several intra college quizzes.
  • Intro to Machine Learning
    Did my first project in Machine Learning, trying to predict the use ofBikeShare in Washington Dc using past use and weather data. Achieved a global rank of 588 (current rank) out of ~4000 submission.
  • Blog for a Cause
    Managed to write an article about cows which won Blog for a Cause, a nationwide social blogging contest.
  • Glorified Spelling Checker
    Joined the Creative Cell of the Science and Technology Council core teamof IIT Kanpur. Manually corrected hundreds of grammatical errors to successfully publish the SnT magazine Scientia (no web version sorry). Also, served as the editor for Meander the literary magazine of IIT Kanpur.
  • Entrepreneurship
    MyObjectify the first ever community cum Marketplace to make 3D printing more accessible in India. I worked on the web-end to create the initial 3D renderer for STL files, helped with the business plan, wrote marketing blogs and ordered lots of pizza. The startup featured among the 10 best start-ups at Disruptit, IIM Ahmedabad.
  • Pitch-ur-Product
    Won the third prize in Pitch-ur-Product in E-summit'13, a nationwide Entrepreneurship Fest hosted at IIT Kanpur. The product was a pipe cleaning bot designed over the summers as the part of the Robotics Club at IIT Kanpur.I didn't tighten bolts, just wrote the pitch.
  • Student Mentor
    Mentored three first year students for ESC101 which is a first level course in Computing where they're taught basics of C language. Thankfully they passed the course (with above average grades).
  • IIT Kanpur
    Cleared the IIT Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) with a 99.3 percentile among 500,000+ students which allowed me to study in the prestigious IIT, Kanpur and live on one of the most beautiful campus in India as a Material Science student.
  • I am Born
    Born in the City of Joy, then Calcutta now Kolkata.