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Innovative Pulse

Sanket and AI dream

Interview by Liling Lee
Photographs by Shih-Wen Tseng
Organized by FICHET

Sanket Nagnath Yerule (葉尚楷), a young slim man always wearing a smile on his face, is just like a normal foreigner we can meet in Taiwan. Actually, he is not a person that we can simply tell for his look. Sanket got master’s degree of EECS International Graduate Program of National Chiao Tung University in August 2017. Now he is working in Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) as a deputy engineer, at the same time studying for Ph.D. in National Chiao Tung University. Behind the bright and beautiful title, there are many unknown hardships. From his story we can only know a small fragment of those hardships, one thing is for sure that success is not easy to come by, it can only be obtained with accumulated experience and passion.

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The Starting Point of the Journey

Sanket was born in a city, which is famous for education, located in middle India. His family runs a private business by manufacturing uniforms for technology corporations. Though not with strong economic support, Sanket’s parent encourages him and his younger brother to receive education. What he was taught laid a foundation for his future development. After graduating from the university, Sanket originally planned to prepare for MBA entrance exam, but everything has its own destiny, one day his uncle’s friend visited his family and opened a door overseas for him. This friend worked in Taiwan’s research institute as a research assistant and had also published academic papers and got Ph.D. degree in Taiwan, therefore he knew Taiwan’s scholarship and educational system well. He suggested study in Asian countries in technology will be good choices; accordingly, Sanket surfed the internet for Taiwan’s university famous for technology, and what he should prepare for applying the school and scholarship.

Sanket feels like living in a place filled with chances. He mentions that there are some differences of educational system between India and Taiwan, and what he can experience only when studying in Taiwan. As studying for bachelor degree in India, students are taught basic knowledges, which are not sufficient for practical application. This is one of the difficulties Sanket encountered when finding a job after graduating, he knew he must learn more to fill the industrial-academia gap. When studying master in Chiao Tung University, Sanket worked with a professor on projects at school and worked part-time in ITRI two days a week. By doing so, he is able to possess practical techniques. On the other hand, another problem is whether students have options of courses. Opposite to Taiwan’s situation, students in India don’t have many options to choose the courses they want to take, as mentioned above, most of the students in India mainly learn IT background knowledges. Sanket thought it was not enough for his interests, as a result, he did researches in AI, machine learning, embedded system, wireless communication, etc. in Taiwan.

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Explore the Unknown

Daily life accounts for a majority of the experiences while staying in a place, that’s what affects one’s vision towards surroundings. Even though living in another country with distinct culture, Sanket considers Taiwanese friendly to help whenever he has puzzles. One of the problem should be solved is food. Sometimes he is unable to find vegetarian food suiting his taste due to divergent cooking methods. In India people can use spices in vegetarian cuisine; however, people seldom cook with spices in Taiwan that make food tasteless for someone who has flavorful appetite. Sanket decides to cook by himself, then the faculty of the university kindly helps him find a dwelling where he can cook. That is one example. The university also helps foreign students to find a job in Taiwan. For instance, Sanket got the opportunity to join an interview with well-known technology corporation during campus Open Houses.

Within the process of slowly exploring, Sanket has gradually drawn a map for career planning. He is now working in ITRI, a research institute in Hsinchu, as a deputy engineer with a 15-member team conducting contract projects of Ministry of Science and Technology. One of the projects is to develop a system for shopping cart. While going shopping in the mall, customers always need to spend some time waiting in line for ringing up. The system Sanket’s team developed can detect customers’ behavior with the sensor installed in the cart, it can calculate the waiting time for paying, the length the customers shopping in the mall, and how many things they buy. They have already cooperated with a serial hypermarket in Taiwan. Another project is to develop a band, for kids, which can detect human behavior and physiological index. Sanket regards Taiwan as a gangplank connecting to the whole world. Taiwan has rapid development in technology even a small part of daily life. Being in the changing process, with his educational background and working experiences in AI field for many years, Sanket believes he can make his CV stronger to convince companies of his ability in creating future technology. His ultimate target is to join Google Taiwan, where there will be a lot of chances to explore more.

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A Hub in the Life Map

Before achieving the dream, Sanket sets learning Mandarin as his short-term goal.  Language is now the biggest barrier when working. He can hardly understand systems they use in the company, not to mention the email contents. Sometimes because this barrier, his colleagues don’t talk to him because they can’t speak English or have no confidence in speaking English. Hence, Sanket decides to learn Mandarin in Chiao Tung University. Every week there will be small quiz to take and writing homework to do. He has some challenges memorizing characters which are totally Greek to him. “One should learn Mandarin before coming to Taiwan, or he or she can’t fully integrate with a society”, says Sanket. Whether his words come from humbleness, from his attitude towards the way he acts in all aspects, we believe language won’t be a barrier sooner or later, because he has strong motivation to remove obstacles in front of his route.

When the conversation comes to an end, Sanket tells that if there will be suitable job vacancies, he doesn’t rule out to return to India for work. With no doubt, India has advantages in IT field, but there exist some insufficient parts which he is learning in Taiwan. This idea is one of his steps planning in his life blueprint. At present, he enjoys his life in Taiwan. One reason is that many of his Indian friends are studying master degree or Ph.D. and working in Taiwan, with whom he travels whenever he has time on the weekends or holidays. He indeed is an explorer in life and career planning. For him, Taiwan is a place to live in the world, one can live with no much inconvenience; meanwhile, one can learn a lot in a resource-rich environment. Sanket cherishes this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with glitters in the eyes.


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