Bharathan is a senior in the Bachelor of Engineering program at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and recently shared how he was able to use what he learned on Coursera to land a Machine Learning internship. In his own words, he describes how he used his passion for computer science to launch a career in the Artificial Intelligence field.
When I was 5 years old, I lost 85% of my vision and was later diagnosed with Macular Dystrophy. Since my diagnosis, I’ve been using a combination of Windows Magnifier and NVDA, a screen reading software, to access my school course materials and also to learn online.
I was in the eleventh grade when I was exposed to programming for the first time, and from there I developed a deep interest in different programming technologies.
A few years later, I was introduced to Coursera through Vision Aid, a Boston based NGO working in the interest of the blind and vision impaired. I enrolled in their Python programming class which used material from Dr. Chuck’s Python for Everybody Specialization
The knowledge I gained through the Machine Learning and Deep Learning courses helped me land an internship this summer where I’m applying the concepts I learned to real-world projects.
The idea behind my main project is developing a Salesforce Conversational Analytics Chatbot. I think the most remarkable feature of this application is that the data never leaves the user’s desktop or laptop!
I am fascinated by the idea of machines being able to learn and do things as well as a human (and sometimes even better!). The flexible and self-paced courses on Coursera have been a great resource for developing my skills in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
In the future, I want to specialize in Artificial Intelligence and become a researcher that can contribute to the ever-growing field of AI.
Coursera is a great resource for honing my skills. Anyone who wants self-paced learning would easily fall in love with these courses.