Siddharth Ravi

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I’m a machine learning researcher from the Netherlands.

I am an expert at solving hard problems relating to machine learning and AI. I’m a pragmatist, and I have gathered enough real world experience to know that throwing complex AI models at all of the world’s problems is not a viable solution. On the other hand, there is most probably a useful AI method that could benefit your use-case, complex or otherwise. Automation, on the whole is most definitely a good thing.

I currently work as a machine learning research engineer at Q-Free, a large Norwegian tech company where I create deep learning based object detectors and segmenters to solve interesting and hard problems relating to traffic. Prior to that, I was a researcher at Tilburg university working on interpretable machine learning models. I have also previously created highly efficient machine learning and statistical models for companies like Ernst and Young and Toyota.

Other non-work stuff about me -

  • I try to read a lot of books in my free time, and I log most of it on Goodreads. I’m particularly into the writings of Noam Chomsky. Goodreads tells me that I read slightly more than one book a week last year, so that’s nice. :)

  • I used to be active on Quora. I even got a Top Writer tag a couple of years back along with some cool swag. I stopped when I realized that my algorithmically generated feed, however much I try to optimize it, is more of a distraction than anything else and that my time was better spent elsewhere. Now I try to be more of a digital minimalist, more to cultivate concentration than anything else. Hence the creation of this site and associated blog.

  • I used to be a competitive quiz player before I became an engineer, and I like playing quizzes in my free time. My quiz winnings pretty much helped pay my way through university, and I’ve won at events both at the state and national levels.

  • I am also into debating, and I’ve done debates throughout my university years. I’ve won a lot of awards for public speaking and debating at the national level over many years.

  • I also longboard and cycle a whole lot.

Feel free to reach out, I’d love to connect with like-minded individuals.