Mehul Agarwal

Hello! Welcome to my corner of the internet.

I'm a sophomore studying Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. I also co-founded the facebook meme group Zoom Memes for Self Quaranteens with over 700,000 members.

My research interests include Computer Vision, NLP and decentralized technologies. When I’m not stumped with homework, I try to find the nerdiest ways to prove that I'm cool. This website's one of them.

Projects

Resource Sharing in Networks using a blockchain-based Cap & Trade scheme

Research under Professor Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Heinz College of Information Sciences, and Professor Wang Hai at Carnegie Mellon University. The research explores a "Cap and Trade" scheme using distributed ledgers and tokenization on the blockchain. It envisions "Cap and Trade" as a universal strategy to share resources in different domains among users fairly and optimally.

Decentralizing Aadhaar, India's Identity Platform, using Blockchain

Independent Research on introducing a blockchain layer to Aadhaar Authentication to solve security and privacy issues. Aadhaar provides a unique biometric identity to 1.2 billion residents of India. This proposal aims to increase the integrity of Aadhaar by providing an immutable decentralized layer on top of the current architecture.

Natural Language Processing in the Indian Context

Research under NITI Aayog, the Indian govt. thinktank, and the International Innovation Corps, University of Chicago on development of Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications in 18 Indian Vernacular languages. The internal paper is being utilized to construct an Access Point Repository for Indian NLP applications for various use cases.

GoalKick — A Goal Scheduling Application employing intelligence automation

Application built and pitched as part of the Business Pitch in the The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) The Young Entrepreneur Program. The app helps in maintaining personal and professional targets and finding time for new and pre-existing goals customized to the user's schedule.

Experience

Intern

Center for Advanced Research in Imaging, Neuroscience & Genomics (CARING)

Summer 2020

New Delhi, India

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing in-browser text detection for medical images
  • Researching and building computer vision algorithms

Co-Founder

Speccasa

2018 - 2019

New Delhi, India

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing a B2B e-commerce portal for eyeglasses
  • Making assistive devices affordable and accessible to opticians esp. in rural areas

Intern

Unique Identification Authority of India

Summer 2017

New Delhi, India

Responsibilities included:

  • Understanding technology behind Aadhaar – India’s Biometric Identity for 1.2 billion citizens
  • Developing modules for the Aadhaar API and integrating Aadhaar Authentication into local businesses

Volunteer

India Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Summer 2018

Mumbai, India

Responsibilities included:

  • Researching communication strategy and the use of ICT for ‘Jan Andolan’ (People’s Movement)
  • Implementing the National Nutrition Mission in the state of Maharashtra

Vice President

ProjectBeta, IT Club of Sanskriti School

2016 - 2019

New Delhi, India

  • Organized inter-school IT Symposium ‘ProjectBeta 2.0’ in August 2018
  • Headed Design & Start-up Pitch Departments and led teams in inter-school IT events in Graphic Designing, Webdev & Programming

Volunteer

World Health Organization

Winter 2017

Geneva, Switzerland

Responsibilities included:

  • Creating a a name-based, real-time disease surveillance platform to monitor 33 epidemic-prone diseases for the Indian Government
  • Analyzing and developing prediction algorithms for early warning and identification of epidemics