About me

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Actively looking for full-time opportunities beginning July 2024 in the field of Data Science and Machine Learning.

Feel free to contact me at pchhikar@usc.edu


As a Master of Science graduate in Computer Science at USC, I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. With 3+ years of professional experience as a full-stack Data Scientist in the real-estate industry, I am well-versed in advanced analytics, machine learning, language modeling, and computer vision. My expertise in these areas, combined with my ability to solve complex problems through data, has led to the publication of more than 20 research papers in top-tier conferences and journals with over 500 citations.

Conferences/Workshops: ACL, NeurIPS, WACV, ECML, KCap, CODS-COMAD, GLOBECOM, MOBICOM, etc.
Journals: IEEE Internet of Things, Elsevier Future Generation Computer Systems, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, etc.

I am passionate about staying up-to-date with the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and apply this curiosity to learn new approaches and tools. This drive has allowed me to act as a liaison between development, analytics, and business teams. As someone who values empathy and collaboration, I thrive as a team player and have made significant contributions to the successful execution of multiple projects during my tenure at my previous organization.

To give back to the community, I write articles detailing things I have learned and post them on Medium. If you are a data science aspirant, please check out my Medium account.


Skills

Programming Languages: Python, C++, R, Matlab, SQL.
Development Tools: HTML, CSS, Javascript, Angular, NodeJS, SwiftUI.
Machine Learning & Deep Learning Frameworks: PyTorch, Tensorflow, Keras, ONNX, HuggingFace, NLTK, OpenCV, Spacy, LangChain, Scikit-learn, Flask, PySpark, MLFlow.
Tools: Databricks, Weights & Biases (wandb), Jenkins, Gradio, Git, Docker, OpenVINO, SonarQube, Postman, Google Analytics.
Cloud Platforms: AWS (EC2, S3, Lambda, SageMaker, RDS) and GCP (Compute Engine, Cloud Storage, Cloud Functions, BigQuery).


Recommendations

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Filip Ilievski LinkedIn
Assistant Professor (Sr.) at VU Amsterdam
Prateek worked with me as a research assistant for 1.5 years at USC's Information Sciences Institute, on several projects covering both interactive text-based tasks and computer vision tasks. Prateek came in already as a mature researcher, with the most solid publication history of a Master's student I've ever seen. Week by week, he was extremely respectful, hard-working, and very well-organized. His reports were always extensive with experimental results, findings, and future steps. Besides coding and discussions, he also excelled in writing - he has a clear and informative writing style, at the level of a third-year PhD student. Finally, he is a great team player, very understandable and constructive in the research process.
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Chirag Sharma LinkedIn
Product Manager @ Reliance Retail
I managed Prateek at Housing.com for a couple of years. His work and die hard problem solving attitude always impressed his stakeholders. Every project given to him had elements of complexity which he navigated very well. Prateek’s technical skills, his ability to learn on the go and research driven attitude are going to take him a long way. He will definitely be an asset to any team he joins!
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Anil Goyal LinkedIn
Senior Research Scientist @ Amazon
Prateek is a meticulous data scientist and brilliant researcher. He has a deep understanding of data science concepts and understands how machine learning can generate value for real-world problems. We have collaborated on multiple projects (Image classification, fraud detection, etc.) and submitted multiple research papers at top conferences. I wish him all the best and success for his future career.



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