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I'm Aalok / आलोक / [alok/alɵk]
I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Richmond, VA, USA ('21), originally from Pune, India.
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Broadly speaking, I am interested in intelligent behavior and complex systems.
- what makes intelligent behavior possible?
- how do complex systems originate and evolve?
- how can we simulate complex systems and intelligent behavior computationally?
I pursue my interests through computer science, math(s), linguistics, and cognitive science.
My research focuses on language understanding, through computational modeling and natural language processing, as well as through psycholinguistics.
In my free time I like to play football (soccer), explore local trails on a bicycle or while hiking, take pictures, play table tennis, sing and listen to Hindustani classical music and The Beatles, and write code for fun.
I'm involved with the ACM chapter at UR. As the ACM Chapter, we conduct events, such as the annual hackthon SpiderHacks, tech talks, alumni in tech visits, and workshops for beginners.
I enjoy coding solutions to competitive programming puzzles and problems. I was on a team with two others to compete at the ACM-ICPC 2018 regionals; we finished first at the testing site (Christopher Newport University), and 20th overall in the region (Mid-Atlantic USA). I highly recommend taking a shot at the ICPC because it is really fun and will keep your algorithms skills on their toes (and that helps almost everywhere).
After having participated in the Panini Linguistics Olympiad (PLO) and the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), I have been contributing to the PLO as a jury and problem design committee member, as well as to the new Asia-Pacific Linguistics Olympiad (APLO), also as a jury and problem design committee member. Being involved with PLO also means I help out with mentoring the selected team for the IOL.
Board game nights
The UR Math/CS department holds weekly board game nights on Tuesdays at 5:30pm, at Jepson 212C. We play strategy and logic-based board games rather than overly randomness-based board games such as Monopoly. Here are some of my personal favorites:
- Ricochet Robots
- Liar's Dice
- The Resistance: Avalon
- 3D Connect 4
I like to bike around. Fortunately, both, Pune and Richmond are relatively bike-friendly towns (although Pune is getting worse at this metric). You can find some of my favorite/frequented routes on Strava.
A friend and I started a student organization called UR Pickup Soccer, which helps organize weekly pick-up soccer games every Friday evening, coordinate when people are available to play, make field reservations and procure equipment. It's going slow amidst all the other work and academic commitments, but it's something and it's helping.
A blog with some friends accessible here.
Get in touch!
[first] [dot] [last]
[at] richmond [dot] edu
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UR 2171, 410 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173, USA
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