I hail from state called Gujarat. It’s a land where people converse in Gujarati language and they speak rarely in English. My secondary and higher secondary education was completed from Gujarati Medium school. That’s why I found difficult to adjust to the college life during engineering course.
However,this was simply not the time for me to give up. I, coming from an orthodox Gujarati family, had to fight to get the admission into engineering college as engineering was considered a profession meant only for boys. I turned to my classmates and professors for help and they advised me to read fictional novels.This helped me improve my english a great deal as after having initial setback, my academics started improving and my results improved by a good scale year on year. I scored 76% in my final year after having scored 57 % in the first year. I have been able to score 7.5 in IELTS as well.
My point here is I am motivated individual and with a little help can excel in the field if chance is given. All I am looking for is that chance to be given.During my undergraduate studies at the Electronics Engineering department, subjects like digital signal processing and Audio and Video Engineering interested me the most. I was awestruck by the potential of signal processing, more so by the manner in which its faster and more powerful methods revolutionized the entire movie industry in a decade. I was now determined to focus on image processing and video processing during my final year project.
This project helped me establish connection to real world problems which are still valid at this time.During my first job at Aricent, I had opportunity to work on video codec standards. I got to explore the various ARM architectures which drive many devices of our day to day life including most of our mobile phones,TVs and tablets today.
On the other hand, working for Samsung Research,India gave me opportunity to write a software for masses. I was able to work in fields ranging from Multimedia, Computer Graphics and Connectivity and came across various software and hardware challenges in day to day life to develop the product end to end. Annotating the video by analysing its content during recording and storing a cue from camera preview session like zoom, pan, tilt,focus etc as metadata and thereafter using that information for accurately defining the important segments of the video to create video summary is something I worked as part of multimedia team. While my present job has helped me develop a thorough practical insight into an end to end system development, the industry environment that I am currently in cannot support my desire for research.Some of the reasons why Western University is considered quite successful are the career-focused programmes, vast range of academic courses and the greatest student experience for which it is awarded multiple times. Therefore, I am applying to join the fall term of year 2018. I am inclined to learn the concepts of computer vision and Artificial Intelligence and applying the same to multimedia domain.
I have seen some great research work going on in Western and I hope that I would be given an opportunity to work under professors, especially experts in the field of computer imaging for instance Dr Steven Beauchemin whose current thesis projects are in relation to the fields of real-time computer vision and image processing and advanced driving assistance systems. I found his expertise related to IPCV in resonance with my research interests. I am also interested to learn under professor Dr Mahmoud El-sikka who has done several publications. His publication on recognizing endangered whale species with the help of neural networks is quite fascinating.
I have inclination towards working on deep learning methods and applying the concepts to visual images. I am excited and also prepared to take the challenges of studying in the graduate program offered by Western University.