The way we organize information about the world.

The boundless
possibilities of trying and the gratifying knowledge of the outcome that
stimulates an individual for further analysis of a rationale question, is what
I find the most  fascinating about
Computer Science. Keeping an inquisitive and explorative attitude I believe,
leads to a constant learning process. 
Something which I want to learn in my life was to know how the
implementation of intelligence does, delineate a being’s view on the world and
itself? ‘Being’ here is meant, as any system that uses information in the world
for its interactions with its surroundings. It can be applied to anything from
a caterpillar to a human to a natural language understanding system. While this
question is itself quite vague, it’s meaning becomes clearer in the context of
a particular field of study. In cognitive psychology, it implies questions
about the relationship between language and thought, and how the structures of
language affect one’s view of the world. In philosophy of science, it asks to
what extent our laws of nature can be considered objective, and to what extent
they are merely depictions of the way we organize information about the world.
In machine learning, it asks whether we have heuristic model to build another
learned model, and how our own implementation of the model might determine or
limit the system’s interaction with its environment. Because these questions of
intelligence have complexities in many fields, an appropriate angle of attack
for this problem is an interdisciplinary one, bringing together the tools of
computer science, philosophical studies and cognitive studies.

My interest in computer
science was sparked when I was in my school, not only with my first taste of
the joys of coding, but also with exposure to the different programming
languages. I was free there to dabble with whatever interested me; I was an
active participant in Olympiads of computer science that were held and other
interschool competitions. Being an undergraduate student, I have benefited from
the breadth of our College’s syllabi content that has given me a comprehensive
exposure to the core areas of Computer Science and a strong conceptual
understanding of the same. In these three and half years of study, I have strived
to maintain an approach of expending independent effort in all my endeavors. Over
a past one year courses in Machine Learning and Data Science have fostered an
interest in the relationship of learned models to the world, and whether it is
possible for one intelligent model with great gaps in its understanding of its
own intelligence to build another model using Machine Learning algorithms. 

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I believe Western University is a good place to
study this problem because of its great strengths in Machine learning, in
Computer Science in general, and in cognitive sciences. An integrated research opportunity
with an amicable environment provided by the university is a good sign that
questions such as those I would like to pose may be answered within the frame
work of the graduate program in Computer Science, which may not be the case at
some of the other big name schools.

 

 

If I come to Western University, I want to get a
thorough grounding in computer science, not only in machine learning, but also
in the areas like big data analysis and data science, which provide alternative
approaches to the problems of the neural networks and cognitive science. A
strong background in computer science will give me a solid basis from which to
work in exploring the problems that interests me. In addition, I want to
continue moving in an interdisciplinary direction by studying related fields of
humanities. In particular, I want to develop a firm foundation in philosophy. I
want to learn to combine the analytical methods of thinking that characterize
science and mathematics on one hand and the analogical method of thinking of
human on the other hand into an approach that will be appropriate for studying
the problems of machine learning.

Throughout my undergraduate
career, I have tried to obtain a wide variety of experiences so my graduate
studies can build upon a solid foundation. My keen interest in the subjects
translated into scoring 80% in my academics, and also involved myself in
numerous projects, I have developed a device “Biometric-Door Lock” which uses a
biometric sensor to open a door which is connected to the LAN can also be
accessed from anywhere through the mobile application, which is the most
secure, user-friendly and also efficient way to secure lockers or homes. This
was was my academic project. I am a certified in the programmer in languages
like C, C++, Java, Python, SQL, Android from the sources like Microsoft Virtual
Academy, Udemy, IIT Bombay (FOSS), Techgig. I have also worked as an equal
member in the team in developing a website and an application for our college
fest that was conducted by the Chemical department out of my curiosity.
Presently, I am working on “Machine learning table-top robotic arm” project
which is a self-learning robotic arm.

Apart from the projects
undertaken in college, it was my desire to gain exposure in the software
industry, and this prompted me to take up various training and internships.
From September 2016 – May 2017, I have done an internship as a Web-Developer
for an eight month period also I was placed in the company’s ‘Hall of fame’ for
my work of excellence; it was a platform for me to put my knowledge into real
time projects. Apart from this I was a part of Smart India Hackathon Grand
Finale where we developed software for the encryption of Ocean based data which
was one of the world’s biggest hackathon held in the month of April 2017. I
also gained knowledge about multiple architectures in Networking and
Information Security algorithms and how socket programming works during this
hackathon.

 

Simultaneously, active
participation in a wide range of extracurricular activities has ensured the
all-round development of my personality. I have been an active member of
“Sahaaya” which is a non-profit organization for Orphans. I have also taken part
in various Street Cause activities which helped the needy. Apart from this, I
acted as a team leader for my academic projects in my college a responsibility
that included acting as a bridge between my team members, my project guide and
other professors. This experience brought to the fore my leadership abilities,
while also assisting in honing my social skills.

I was an active student
during my Schooling and Secondary education I have participated in various
competitive exams like Olympiads in the logical subjects like Math, and Sciences,
also I have been an active participant in environment friendly activities that
were held in our school and college. I play throw-ball and badminton as a hobby
and won many matches during my inter-school competitions.

The MS program in Computer
Science offered by the Western
University will undoubtedly provide me with the right knowledge, skills,
and experience to pursue that dream and exploit the opportunities to the
fullest extent. The practical orientation of your in-depth coursework will
allow me to not only acquire a clear understanding of the subject but also the
skills to execute it. I am confident my exposure to such initiatives would
quite augment my knowledge base and add tremendous value in enabling me to
realize my professional goals. Saying this, I conclude my Statement Of Intent,
awaiting for a positive reply.