As children, we all loved the sight of a flying airplane in the sky. Harshad was no different in this case except that his love for airplanes didn’t stay just in his heart but percolated to his career as well. An aerospace engineer by education and an AI researcher by profession, Dr. Harshad Khadilkar is currently a Senior Scientist at TCS Research where he is applying reinforcement learning approach to optimize operations.
Offline reinforcement learning, a new method of reinforcement learning (RL) is about to make strides in AI technology. The method utilizes the previously collected data for training the algorithm and does not require interaction with the online environment. Richa Verma, a systems engineer at TCS research and PhD scholar at the RBCDSAI-IIT Madras, believes that offline RL has tremendous potential and can scale up systems in a huge way as these offline algorithms can be employed to automate decision-making in various domains like robotics, education and healthcare.
Although science and management are two distinct fields of study, scientific discoveries and inventions have affected business, disrupted markets, and created new trends. Data Science is one such technology that is transforming the way we do business. Machine learning algorithms are helping to predict the stock market trends, credit risks, hire new employees, automate manufacturing plants, etc. This intersection of science and management is what entices Anusha Kumar, a young Data Science researcher who is currently doing her PhD from IIT Madras and working at this interface.