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.
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!