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Vithursan Thangarasa

I'm from Toronto, Canada. Currently in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Passionate about machine learning, computer vision, technology and basketball.

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Me in a Nutshell

“I do think it’s important to follow your dreams and do something which you are excited by. If you follow your heart and do what you like, you will always do much better. It doesn’t matter what your educational qualification is.” - Sundar Pichai


I am a Graduate Student Researcher at University of Guelph’s Machine Learning Research Group (MLRG) and the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, advised by Dr. Graham W. Taylor.


Previously, I worked at Cerebras Systems, Uber AI Labs, Tesla, Scotiabank’s Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Group, ON Semiconductor, Evertz Microsystems and Jamdeo.


I am a design-minded engineer focused on embedding artificial intelligence into applications that can transform our world in ways many of us can barely imagine. As a machine learning researcher, I am interested in developing continual/lifelong learning algorithms that allow deep neural networks to continually evolve over time and dynamically adapt to unseen real-world environments, and improve as they operate. I enjoy bridging the gap between machine learning research and engineering — combining my technical knowledge with my strengths in engineering design.


When I’m not in front of a computer screen, I’m probably playing basketball, working out at the gym, or drawing landscapes, architectures or cars with pencil.