Akshay Bhat

Email: akshayubhat@gmail.com
Office: Cornell Tech, 111 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Advisor: Ramin Zabih

I am a PhD candidate in Information Science at Cornell Tech in New York City. I am passionate about medical research, especially diagnosis and treatment of rare conditions. During my PhD I am building Computational Healthcare a Search & Aggregation engine which enables physicians and researchers to quickly analyze millions of patient records.

Additionally I have a strong interest in data mining applied to security. As a result during summer 2016, I interned at Dropbox with Abuse Prevention team. Currently I am also working on applying machine learning & data mining to videos collected from car dash cams. Previously I completed Master of Engineering in Computer Science from Cornell.

Computational Healthcare

PhD thesis research & Startup

As part of my PhD research, I am developing Computational Healthcare a Search & Aggregation Engine. Computational Healthcare indexes and aggregates data from millions of patient visits. It allows physicians and researchers to instantly search through aggregate results and get answers to queries which would otherwise require multiple weeks.

I am specifically interested in using Computational Healthcare for studying uncommon (less than 50,000 cases per year) diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Sarcoidosis, and other rare diseases which cannot be studied without access to data on millions of patients.

Computational Healthcare is developed in collaboration with Radiology, Anesthesiology & Neurology departments at Weill Cornell Medical College. I am also a co-founder of Temporal Health which aims to provide Computational Healthcare as a platform.

Dash Cam Analytics

Videos recorded by dashcams of personal vehicles, taxis, government vehicles and trucks not only provide information about the cars and drivers but also about roads and surroundings. In spite of ample availability of such videos currently there arent any libraries or framework for extracting information from them.

I have started working on an app that allows operators of large fleets of vehicles equipped with dash cams to extract information with minimal manual annotation.

Dash Cam Analytics

Other projects in Machine Learning, Computer Vision & Interactive User Interfaces

Visual Search

I am currently developing a simple visual indexing and search system, using features derived from Google's inception model trained on the imagenet data. Along with an Approximate Nearest Neighbor query server. I am developing a swift app that computes index vector on smartphone and retrives results from the server. Images are efficiently (2$ per 400,000 images) indexed using AWS spot GPU instances.

Erase Image

To experiment with developing interactive computer vision applications in JS, I built EraseImage.com. Its an online tool for segmenting images, that lets users perform image segmentation and background removal completely in client-side JS. It is implemented using Angular, FabricJS and superpixel algorithms.

In addition to projects listed above I have worked on several topics such as Community detection & Topic models for Twitter Social/Follower Network, Prediction of protocols for radiology imaging orders. As undergraduate student I published research on prediction of physical properties of molecules from their structure. Several of these projects have been published/presented & cited in peer reviewed journals/conferences.

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