About Me

Hi, I’m Naren. I’m a third year PhD student at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, a philanthropically endowed CS research institution located on the University of Chicago campus with close ties to UChicago computer science. I’m fortunate to be advised by Avrim Blum and Yury Makarychev. As of Fall 2021, I am generously supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

I’m interested in convex and high-dimensional geometry and its applications to theoretical computer science and machine learning theory. I’m also interested in the foundations of data science; my goals include building a better theoretical understanding of machine learning methods and developing practical machine learning and optimization algorithms with provable guarantees.

I graduated with my BS from the UT Austin computer science department in 2018. I spent the following year interning at several companies in New York and the Bay Area.

For Fun

I’ve been keeping track of every flight I’ve taken since 2016.

I play exceedingly amateurish chess.

I’m trying to learn to take nice pictures; find some of my favorites on Unsplash.