Hey! I'm Neeraj, an inquisitive and hardworking individual born and raised in Dubai. I'm a Junior at UCLA where I major in Computer Science and double minor in Math and Film - passions I discovered a long time ago. When I'm not swamped in coursework, I enjoy reading, playing basketball, and going to the gym. Currently, I'm a Software Engineer at UCLA DevX and the Vice President of the Film and Photography Society - the largest film club at UCLA. I'm also a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.

I'm a polymath and an avid reader, so you can imagine what my bookshelf looks like. History, science-fiction, and autobiographies are only a few genres that accompany my computer science and film books. Apart from learning, I enjoy helping others learn. I've taught a class at UCLA (M113: How does Bitcoin Work?), volunteered with ACM to teach Python, spoke at the UAE Public Policy Forum about the Future of Education, and placed second in the Dr. Radhakrishnan Best Pupil-Teacher Award.

If you're interested in working with me or just want to chat, you can reach me on my social media provided above. I would love to hear from you!

I'm constantly working on projects because I learn by doing. My favorite one so far is DrugDecider, a web-app that uses machine learning to predict a patient’s treatment response to antipsychotics. My team partnered with the UCLA School of Medicine to create the website and I served as Engineering Manager. In the process, I learned a lot about medicine and privacy laws. Click on a project below to check it out!

codirector
codirector

Make and distribute interactive films

Robot Doomsday
Robot Doomsday

Videogame where you must survive a robot invasion.

DrugDecider
Drug Decider

Predict a patient's treatment response to antipsychotics.

Gee-nomics
Gee-nomics

Process genetic data

Zombie Dash
Zombie Dash

Videogame about an amateur zombie hunter

Books For A Cause
Books For A Cause

Online second-hand bookstore in GEMS Modern Academy

I've made advertisements for clients, videos for prestigious events, and promotional content for non-profit organizations. But these are the short films I had the most fun making. Why not click on one to watch right now?

Cube

Jury Award Winner, CMF 2020

Cube

Lead Editor, Winter 2020

We Need To Talk

Best Editing, CEC Shorttakes 2020
Finalist, Nikon CinemaZ 2019

We Need To Talk

Independent, Summer 2019

White Crow

Official Selection, Melbourne Lift-Off 2020

White Crow

Lead Editor, Spring 2019

Disconnected
Disconnected

Lead Editor, Winter 2019

Gold-Digging Girl

Audience Choice Award, CMF 2018

Gold-Digging Girl

Assistant Editor, Fall 2018

Superman in Real Life
Superman In Real Life

Independent, Summer 2017

I love building products and applying what I've learned to real world problems. To me, nothing beats working for a company where my efforts are going to have a tangible impact. I'm currently looking for part-time internships during Winter or Spring 2021. If you believe I'd be a good fit at your company, please contact me or take a look at my résumé!

Software Engineer Intern
Amazon Logo

Summer 2021

I will be interning at Amazon during Summer 2021.

Undergraduate Researcher
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Summer 2020

At the Automated Reasoning Group, I implemented example use-cases for Structured Bayesian Networks (SBNs), which were recently proposed for representing and learning distributions over highly complex spaces. SBNs can accommodate background knowledge while learning from data. I was advised by Professor Adnan Darwiche, former chairman of the Computer Science department at UCLA.

Software Engineer Intern
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Summer 2019

At HUM's flagship software is an AI interior design platform that generates virtually staged 3D spaces tailored to residents taste and needs. When I interned there, I optimized the asset import workflow into Unreal Engine 4 with C++ and Python, which reduced import time by 8000%. I also automated virtual house furnishing in Unreal Engine 4 based on room size and user preferences. This enabled artists to quickly prototype designs and helped the startup scale its software.

Software Engineer Intern
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Summer 2017

At Esri I developed plugins in C++ and Bash to provide support for WEBP and PDF formats in ArcGIS (ESRI's flagship software) using the open-source library GDAL, and wrote user documentation for these plugins. I also collaborated with a team of interns to write an automated testing script in Python which compared image statistics and verified support for various file formats.

Sometimes my papers turn out better than expected. Here are a few of them. If you don't know where to start, I recommend the one on Quantum Computing and Bitcoin since it was published and listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for CompSciRN: Other Computation Theory (Topic), Other Computing Methodology (Topic), Problem Solving (Topic), Cyber Attack (Topic), and the Computing Methodology eJournal. I spent six months working on it and even received advice from Martin Roetteler at Microsoft!

Cinema vs Netflix
SVODs

Could SVOD Services Signal the Death of the American Film Industry?

Quantum Computing and Bitcoin
Quantum Computing and Bitcoin

How would Quantum Computing impact the security of Bitcoin by enhancing our ability to solve the Elliptic Curve Discrete Logarithm Problem?

Utopia
Utopia

What was the Intention behind Thomas More's Utopia?

Mpemba Effect
Mpemba Effect

What is the relationship between the initial temperature of water and its rate of cooling?

Head Injury Criterion
Head Injury Criterion

What is the risk of a fatal head injury during a car crash?