Sumanth R Hegde

Sumanth R Hegde


I’m a master’s student in the computer science department at UC San Diego. My primary interests are broadly in machine learning. I’m an avid reader and spend my free time reading and learning about a bunch of different topics, from psychology and finance to cryptocurrency and machine learning! I have a keen interest in startups and the future of software! Lately, like a lot of people, I’ve been trying to make sense of language models.

Previously, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (Hons.) in Electical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.


Data Science Intern
Jun 2023 – Sep 2023 Redwood City, California

Worked on the Generative AI team at C3!

  • Set up a finetuning codebase from scratch for C3’s Generative Search application
  • Features: Support for difference causal and sequence-2-sequence models, ability to mix different training datasets (for a text-to-text or a causal language modelling task), visualize metrics on multiple evaluation datasets, etc
  • Trained 10B+ parameter models on 1M+ samples using DeepSpeed and 🤗 Accelerate.
UC San Diego
Graduate Student Researcher
UC San Diego
May 2023 – Present San Diego, California
Working with Canwen Xu in Prof. Julian McAuley’s Lab. Evaluating the impact of negative/ positive dialog context on chatbots/ LLMs.
Hakimo Inc
Machine Learning Intern
Apr 2023 – Jun 2023 Menlo Park, California (Remote)

This was a part time internship I did with Hakimo in Spring'23. This was my first time working on video-based models, so that was fun!

  • Worked on video-based object detection models for Hakimo’s Remote Guarding Solution
  • Trained 3D ResNets on Hakimo’s video surviellance data and experimented with single and muli-pathway SlowFast networks.
UC San Diego
Graduate Teaching Assistant
UC San Diego
Aug 2022 – Mar 2023 San Diego, CA

Served as a Teaching Assistant for CSE 232: Principles of Database Systems and CSE 21: Mathematics for Algorithms and Systems. Was a lot of fun, resposibilities included:

  • Conducting weekly discussion sessions for 50+ students.
  • Preparing question papers for midterm and final examinations.
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Oct 2020 – Jul 2021 Chennai, India

Bachelor’s Thesis.

  • Demonstrated fast reconstruction of a 12 frame video from a single image of a lensless camera, reducing inference time from 2 hours to 30 milliseconds.
  • Proposed an efficient reconstruction framework - a physics-aware neural net
    trained in an adversarial fashion, used feature-based loss for photorealism.
  • Employed a trainable inversion layer to reverse the forward process of the camera, along with a UNet for perceptual enhancement.
HyperVerge Inc
Deep Learning Intern
May 2019 – Jul 2019 Bengaluru, India
  • Implemented a face detection algorithm for KYC services.
  • Trained a Multi-task Cascaded Convolutional Neural Network using > 200,000 images.
  • Reduced false positives 10 times and false negatives by 2.5 times.
  • Employed hard positive mining, data augmentation to reduce recall by 5%.


University of California, San Diego
M.S in Computer Science and Engineering
University of California, San Diego
Sep 2021 – Mar 2023 San Diego, CA
  • Specialization in AI/ML
  • JUMP mentor for underclassmen at UC San Diego.
  • MicroMBA from the Rady School of Management.
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Honours.) in Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Aug 2017 – Jul 2021 Chennai, India
  • My bachelor’s thesis was on video reconstruction for lensless cameras.
  • President’s Gold Medal
  • Computer Vision and Intelligence Club


Completed the MicroMBA program offered by the Rady School of Management. The course was a quick introduction to different business school topics such as accounting, finance, strategy and marketing.
President of India Prize
Awarded the President’s Gold Medal for best academic performance among all graduating students in 2021.
Guest, Republic Day Parade 2020
Invited to the Republic Day Parade by the honourable Prime Minister of India, 2020