About Me

I am Vishal Anand, a MS Computer Science 2018 candidate at Columbia University and have a Bachelors in Computer Science from IIT Guwahati (June, 2015). I have undertaken a sponsored Big Data coursework at Stanford University which included campus presence in 2016. I have also had the opportunity of an hour long hangout session with the Director of Research, Google : Peter Norvig; when we discussed about Deep Learning. From 2015 to 2017, I was at Visa Inc. working in the Risk Solutions Team and produced three inventions as sole-author:  2 patent filings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on machine learning approaches in payment transactions algorithms and a trade-secret with Visa Inc. Earlier, I have interned as a Google Summer of Code Fellow  in 2015 and in the summer of 2014, I have interned at Goldman Sachs: Securities Division, Strategies group, where I worked on the Algorithmic Trading Platform in the domain of Exchange Traded Funds. In the summer of 2013, I have been a Summer Research intern at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
My LinkedIn profile () reflects some of my projects and expertise in detail. I am a deeply inquisitive person and am passionate in the field of Algorithms and Data-Science in general. Being very fond of implementing the algorithms in real life, I have also brought laurels in the domain of cyber competitions.

As a source of recreation, I play the Violin, solve Rubik’s Cube and run Marathons. I am also an orange-belt holder in Shito-Ryu-Genbu-Kai Karate Do.

I am the Career Chair of the student executive council at the Engineering School at Columbia. Earlier, I have served as the Web-and-Services Secretary (CSEA) at IIT Guwahati and have also been a core member of the Entrepreneurial Development Cell of IIT Guwahati.