Sachita Nishal

Incoming PhD Student, Northwestern University

About Me

Posted at — Sep 16, 2019

Hi, I’m Sachita Nishal, and I study Computer Science at BITS Pilani in Goa. Welcome to my homepage! In Fall 2020, I will be joining Northwestern University as a PhD student in Technology and Social Behaviour, an interdisciplinary program spanning Communication Studies and Computer Science. Currently, I’m interning with Dr. Joyojeet Pal in the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research, India.

I completed my undergraduate thesis under Dr. Luis Amaral at Northwestern Univeristy, where I studied the interplay and evolution of cinematic tropes in American films, by modelling complex network dynamics of said tropes. In Summer 2018, I worked under Dr. Karthik Raman at IIT Madras, on studying protein-ligand interactions for medical drug design, using convolutional neural networks to predict these linkage strengths.

Goan summer sunsets can be spectacular!

In my free time, I love to read anything and everything I can get my hands on. Most recently, I have procrastinated upon many a project while immersed in Ken Liu’s brand of speculative science-fiction, and James Gleick’s exciting narrative nonfiction! I’m also a photography enthusiast, although I don’t think I’m very good at it.

I am also a part of the founding and editorial team of the BITS R&D blog, which documents the research endeavours of BITS students and alumni for public benefit.

You can find out about some other interesting, non-researchy stuff I do in my life here!


Microsoft Research, India

Summer Research Intern, 2020

Indian Institute of Science

Remote Research Intern, 2019

IIT Madras

Summer Research Intern, 2018


Northwestern University

PhD, Technology and Social Behaviour, Ongoing

BITS Pilani K. K. Birla Goa Campus

B.E. Computer Science, 2016-2020