Statement of Intent 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.One day in the morning, I saw a quote on the intranet page of the company that I currently work for. It goes like this “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by what you didn’t do than what you did” – Mark Twain.
This quote got me thinking that what is that one thing that would haunt my life if I didn’t try now. Only one answer came to me and that was Further Studies. After working for years in Samsung Research India Ltd for its 11 flagship models(Samsung Galaxy S3,S4,.
.S8) and more than 200 variants, I realized that while business of samsung phones and their quality was going up quarter on quarter, the learning graph of my career was slowly going down. Although my struggle with family continued regarding the profession that I chose, working for a few years and going through breakup in my personal life, I had finally found a courage from that simple quote to do something I want and decide what is best for me. I, luckily enough, didn’t face hurdles this time.
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. I elected to do a project on data compression techniques and applied the concepts to two dimensional still images to reduce the data bandwidth while transferring file from one device to another. 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. The system I designed was added to almost all flagship devices that Samsung has released till now including Samsung Galaxy S3,S4 to S8 and in future phones as well in coming years. 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 end to end system development, the industry environment that I am currently in cannot support my desire for research.
I have built extensive experience and skills in multimedia domain, however I must build on these to achieve my goal of undertaking cutting-edge research with specific reference to Computer vision. Studying overseas in the Canada will thus give me not only an opportunity to improve and build academic skills but also teach me diversity and prepare me to take new challenges.Some of the reasons why Carleton 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 Carleton and I hope that I would be given an opportunity to work under professors, especially experts in the field of computer imaging for instance Mr Wolfgang Heidrich whose main research area of interest is computational imaging and display.
I found his expertise related to multiplex holograms and convolutional sparse coding in resonance with my research interests in computer vision field. I am also interested to learn under professor Mr Leonid Sigal who has done several patents and papers. For instance, I find his patent on generating story graphs out of online images and youtube videos fascinating because I also have worked on creating stories out of Gallery images as a part of project while working in Samsung Research Ltd. 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 Carleton University.