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Kunal Punera

  1. 1. Kunal Punera 870 E El Camino Real, Apt 119, Mountain View, CA 94040, USA 1-512-659-4925 kpu{rest of lastname} @ yahoo {hyphen} inc {dot} com http://www.lans.ece.utexas.edu/~kunal Last updated: Sep 2008 Seeking a full time position with a research lab working on Web/Data Mining, Information Objective Retrieval, and Machine Learning. Research Interests Web Data Analysis, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Information Retrieval Education Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin. • Ph.D., Computer Engineering (Dec 2004 – Aug 2007) • Master of Science, Computer Engineering (Aug 2002 - Dec 2004), Major GPA: 4.0 Overall GPA: 3.9 Relevant Courses: Data Mining, Advanced Data Mining, Machine Learning, Web Mining, Web Information Retrieval, Introduction to Neural Networks, Probability and Stochastic Processes I, Information Theory, Bioinformatics, Engineering Programming Languages, Verification and Validation of Software Systems Sardar Patel College of Engineering, University of Mumbai (Bombay). • Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Engineering, (Aug 1997 - May 2001) Major GPA: 3.9 Overall GPA: 3.8 Relevant Courses: Artificial Intelligence, Database Systems, Computer Networks, Object Oriented Programming, Computer Methodology and Algorithms, Software Engineering, Structured Systems Analysis and Design Professional Conference Program Committee Activity • WWW 2009: 18th International World Wide Web Conference • SDM 2009: SIAM International Conference on Data Mining • ICDM 2008: IEEE International Conference on Data Mining • WWW 2008: 17th International World Wide Web Conference • WSDM 2008: 1st ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining • KDD 2007: 13th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Reviewer: Conferences • ICDE 2008: IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering • KDD 2005: ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining • WWW 2006/03: International World Wide Web Conference • AAAI 2005: AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence • MCS 2005/04: International Workshop on Multi-classifier Systems • SDM 2004: SIAM International Conference on Data Mining • ICDM 2003: IEEE International Conference on Data Mining Reviewer: Journals • ACM Transaction on the Web • World Wide Web Journal • IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering • ACM Transactions on Information Systems • Journal of Web Intelligence and Agent Systems Publications
  2. 2. Chapters: with Joydeep Ghosh, Soft Consensus Clustering, in Advances in Fuzzy Clustering and its Applications, J. Oliveira and W. Pedrycz, (eds), Wiley, March 2007 Journal papers: with Joydeep Ghosh, Consensus Based Ensembles of Soft Clusterings, Journal of Applied Artificial Intelligence, Volume 22, Numbers 7-8, August2008 with Aris Anagnostopoulos and Andrei Broder, Effective and Efficient Classification via a Search Engine Model, Journal of Knowledge and Information Systems, Volume 16, Issue 2, Springer-Verlag New York, September 2007 with Soumen Chakrabarti, Mukul Joshi, and David Pennock, The structure of broad topics on the Web, Complexity Digest, Vol 14, April 2002 with Soumen Chakrabarti, R. Jaju, and Mukul Joshi, Analyzing fine-grained hypertext features for enhanced crawling and topic distillation, IEEE Data Engineering, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2002 Conference papers: with Deepayan Chakrabarti and Ravi Kumar, Generating Succinct Titles for Web Pages, accepted at 12th ACM International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), Aug 2008 with Joydeep Ghosh, Enhanced Hierarchical Classification via Isotonic Smoothing, 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), April 2008 with Deepayan Chakrabarti and Ravi Kumar, A Graph-theoretic Approach to Webpage Segmentation, 17th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), April 2008 with Deepayan Chakrabarti and Ravi Kumar, Page-Level Template Detection via Isotonic Smoothing, 16th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), May 2007 with Suju Rajan and Joydeep Ghosh, Automatic Construction of N-ary Tree based Taxonomies, 6th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), Dec 2006 with Aris Anagnostopoulos and Andrei Broder, Effective and Efficient Classification via a Search Engine Model, 15th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), Nov 2006 with Ravi Kumar and Andrew Tomkins, Hierarchical Topic Segmentation of Websites, 12th ACM International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), Aug 2006 with Joydeep Ghosh, CLUMP: a Scalable and Robust Framework for Structure Discovery, 5th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), Nov 2005 with Suju Rajan and Joydeep Ghosh, A Maximum Likelihood Framework for Integrating Taxonomies, 25th AAAI Conference, on Artificial Intelligence July 2005 with David Gibson and Andrew Tomkins, The Volume and Evolution of Web Page Templates, 14th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), May 2005 with Suju Rajan and Joydeep Ghosh, Automatically Learning Document Taxonomies for Hierarchical Classification, 14th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), May 2005
  3. 3. with Soumen Chakrabarti and Mallela Subramanyam, Accelerated Focused Crawling through Online Relevance Feedback, 11th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), May 2002 with Soumen Chakrabarti, Mukul Joshi, and David Pennock, The Structure of Broad Topics on the Web, 11th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), May 2002 Patents: Torsten Suel, Kunal Punera, Ravi Kumar, Sergei Vassilvitskii, System and Method for Aggregating a List of Top Ranked Objects from Combination Attribute Lists Using an Early Termination Algorithm, filed Sep 2008 Deepayan Chakrabarti, Ravi Kumar, Kunal Punera, Generating Succinct Titles for Web URLs, filed Aug 2008 Kunal Punera, Suju Rajan, Method and Apparatus for Utilizing Social Network Information for Showing Reviews, filed May 2008 Kunal Punera, A Method and System for Determining if a Computer User is Human, filed Mar 2008 Ravi Kumar, Deepayan Chakrabarti, Kunal Punera, Method for Segmenting Web Pages, filed Mar 2008 Deepayan Chakrabarti, Ravi Kumar, Kunal Punera, System and Method for Smoothing Hierarchical Data using Isotonic Regression, filed May 2007 Deepayan Chakrabarti, Ravi Kumar, Kunal Punera, A Method and System for Detecting Templates in a Web Page, filed May 2007 Kunal Punera, Ravi Kumar, Andrew Tomkins, System and Method for Hierarchical Segmentation of Websites by Topic, filed Aug 2006 University Research Experience Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis Lab (with Dr. Joydeep Ghosh) August 2002 - to date http://www.ideal.ece.utexas.edu Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas-Austin I am currently working in Dr. Joydeep Ghosh's research group on automatic construction, integration, and other analysis for data organized as hierarchical taxonomies. In previous semesters I have investigated combining multiple clustering results to aid distributed and robust data mining, web usage mining for e-commerce websites, and clustering of streaming data. Aug 2003 – Jan 2004 School of Information Science (with Dr. Don Turnbull) http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~donturn/ University of Texas-Austin My research concentrated on cognitive models of user behavior on the Web. This was a continuation of my work with Dr. Ghosh on clustering customers on e-commerce websites. We were interested in being able to quantify, and eventually classify patterns of user interaction with websites. July 2001 - June 2002 Lab for Intelligent Internet Research (with Dr. Soumen Chakrabarti) http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/laiir/ Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay I worked with Dr. Soumen Chakrabarti on Hypertext Information Retrieval and Mining. My work primarily involved adapting machine learning techniques for better classification of hypertext in order to aid focused web crawlers. Jan 2001 - May 2002 Part Whole Relations (with Dr. R. K. Joshi) http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~rkj/
  4. 4. Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay I worked with Dr. Rushikesh Joshi on the Taxonomy of Meronymic (Part-Whole) relations. The product of the research is an improved taxonomy, which includes additional constraints introduced by us. Industry Research Experience Yahoo! Research August 2005 - to date http://www.research.yahoo.com Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas-Austin For the last couple of years, Yahoo! Research has been funding my work at UT-Austin, and I have been visiting and interning with them. My research involves development of smoothing and segmentation algorithms for tree structured data and applying them to problems in webpage and website segmentation as well as page-level template (noise) detection. I have also been working on improving the speed and accuracy of query processing by exploiting correlations between query terms. IBM Almaden Research Center June 2004 – Aug 2004 http://www.almaden.ibm.com/ June 2005 – Aug 2005 University of Texas-Austin I interned for two summers with the WebFountain group which was concerned with creating a web search engine that extracted and utilized deep semantic information about entities in webpages. My research involved removal of noise due to webpage templates and fast and accurate webpage classification via the search engine model. Verity Inc., (now acquired by Autonomy Inc.) June 2003 - Aug 2003 http://www.verity.com I worked with the Development and Emerging Technologies divisions to identify and test the efficacy of a new query independent score for Intranet documents. The result of this work was identification of the features and their weights which comprise the query independent score. In the course of my work I set up a Relevance Measurement Framework which was used to compare the Verity search engine with other such products or with different settings of parameters. Other by-products of this work included a way to automatically generate relevance judgments. Work Experience ECE Department, The University of Texas at Austin, http://www.ece.utexas.edu/ Jan 2004 – May 2005 Teaching Assistant for Data Mining This course teaches data mining from a machine learning perspective. I was in charge of helping the students with the assignments and various tools like WEKA and SAS. Apart from this I had regular duties like grading the assignment, presentations, and projects. ECE Department, The University of Texas at Austin, http://www.ece.utexas.edu/ Aug 2002 – May 2003 Teaching Assistant for Electronic Circuits I My responsibilities included teaching and guiding lab sessions of the Electronic Circuits I class. We used tools such as PSPICE and LabView to perform the measurement experiments. I also conducted examinations and graded the lab assignments. Acquisnet Software, Bombay, http://www.acquisi.com/ Jan 2000 - June 2001 Project Designer My work involved the complete development of web sites, from acquiring user requirements to designing the databases and overseeing the programming and deployment. In my capacity as a project designer I designed and implemented www.jyotiindia.com, www.fortpointautomotive.com and the online auction and shopping modules of www.orangefrog.com, a horizontal portal. I used technologies such as Java, ASP, and Javascript during this stint. Computer Skills Programming Languages: C, C++, Java, Perl, Visual Basic, ASP, Javascript DBMS: IBM DB2, MS Access, Berkeley DB Tools and Libraries: WEKA, MATLAB, SNNS, UML Operating Systems: Linux /Unix, Windows (95-XP), and DOS Markup Languages: HTML, XML, Latex Non-Technical Skills Organizational and leadership skills: I was the ‘Head Boy’ of Naval Public School (high school) in (96’-97’). I captained the soccer team in both my high school and
  5. 5. undergraduate institution. I also organized various technical events in SPACE, our inter- college festival. I honed my interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team at Acquisnet Software and later in Intelligent Internet research group at I.I.T.-Bombay. Extra-Curricular: I captained my undergraduate college’s soccer team. I also represented my college in badminton and table tennis. I learnt to play the guitar for many years. Accomplishments Merit Scholarship Award, Ministry of Human Resources, Govt. of India, 1997 'Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation' scholarship (1997-2001) for being placed 9th in the All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) in the state of Maharashtra. Merit certificate awarded by CBSE for being placed in the top 0.1% of all scoring students (approx. 2,500,000) from all over India in the AISSCE. 'Indian Naval Benevolent Association' scholarship (1997,1998,1999,2000). 'Best Senior Student of the year 1995-1996 in Naval Public School. Also elected 'Head Boy' in the academic year 1996-1997. Merit Certificate awarded by 'All Goa Mathematics Teachers Association' for being placed in the 4th in the state level Math Competitive Test in year 1993. Employability Status: O-1 visa (Yahoo!). References: Available on request

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