Nihar B. Shah - Curriculum Vitae

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  • UC Berkeley
    PhD in EECS (in progress)
    Advisors: Prof. Martin Wainwright and Prof. Kannan Ramchandran

  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
    M.E. in Telecommunication
    Thesis: Minimizing Repair Bandwidth in Distributed Storage Systems
    Advisor: Prof. P. Vijay Kumar

  • National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
    B. Tech. in Electronics and Communication


  • Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship, 2014-2016.
  • IEEE Data Storage Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards for years 2011 & 2012
  • Second place in the first ACM University Student Research Competition, 2013.
  • Berkeley Fellowship, 2011-13 (the most prestigious fellowship for incoming graduate students at UC Berkeley).
  • Excellence Award for the academic year 2011-2012 at UC Berkeley.
  • Prof. SVC Aiya Medal for the best master-of-engineering student in the ECE department at IISc, 2010.
  • Invited student-speaker, International Conference on Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry (CAAG), 2010.
  • All India Rank 2, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2007, the qualifying exam for graduate studies in India.

      At UC Berkeley:
          Statistical Learning TheoryAdvanced Topics in Learning and Decision Making
          Theoretical StatisticsAdvanced Theoretical Statistics
          Convex OptimizationRandom Processes in Systems
          Computational Biology

      At IISc:
          Detection And Estimation TheoryGraph Theory and Combinatorics
          Communication NetworksInformation Theory
          Error Control CodesAlgebra
          Wireless CommunicationWireless Networks
          Space-Time CodingDigital Communication

  • Co-organizer, NIPS 2014 workshop on Crowdsourcing and Machine-learning, ICML 2014 workshop on Crowdsourcing and Human-computation.
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE ISIT 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, DISC 2014, IEEE Netcod 2014, Infocom 2012, Globecom 2011, ITW 2011, NCC 2010, SPCOM 2010, ITW 2009, ADCOM 2009.
  • Volunteer, International Conference on Signal Processing and Communications (SPCOM), 2010 and the Workshop on Network Coding and Distributed Storage, Berkeley, 2012.

  • Intern, Microsoft Research Redmond, May 2013 to August 2013 and May 2014 to August 2014
      Crowdsourcing algorithms.

  • Project Associate, IISc-Infosys collaborative project, Bangalore, July 2010 to June 2011
      Algorithms for robust and efficient media content distribution networks.

  • Member of Technical Staff, Adobe Systems, Bangalore, July 2007 to July 2008.
      Worked on Adobe Captivate, an automated e-learning authoring tool.