About Me

'A programmable program, programmed to program'

I'm a Computer Science student and a self-proclaimed psychologist. I percieve myself as an assembly of fat-muscle-bone-water on hardware level and bundle of impressions-sensations-emotions-thoughts-actions on software level. I'm made up of carbon (instead of silicon), have mind-brain-hormones (as opposed to OS-processor-current) and deploy physical-mental-emotional-psychological-mental-spiritual 'resources' in reaction to various situations. I get to learn from experiences, hence, I'm programmable. I get to program software applications as well. I'm passionate about understanding human learning and relating it on computational basis.

I love to travel; click photos; listen to audiobooks; meditate; weight-train; talk about philosophy, psychology, health and nutrition, neuroscience, personal-finance, cosmology etc. This is my web space to reflect upon ideas and activities,  hoping to reach to like-minded people.

I studied B.E. (Computer Science) from Manipal University, Karnataka, India; M.E. (Computer Science) from Thapar University, Punjab, India. I'm currently pursuing PhD (Computer Science) from IIT Roorkee, India with research interests in Affective Computing (Emotion AI). I've also worked at Oracle IDC, Hyderabad as a Software Engineer. You may find my professional endeavors, work-history and resume below.



Ph.D. (Computer Science)*

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttrakhand, India

• *Pursuing, from Jul 2018 • CGPA: 9.00/10
Thesis Area: Multi-modal Affective Computing for Learning Analytics.
Supervisor: Prof. R. Balasubramanian

M.E. (Computer Science)

Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab, India.

• Jul 2016 - Jun 2018 • CGPA: 9.38/10
Thesis Topic: Meta-heuristic based Optimization of Deep Neural Networks
Supervisor: Dr. Shalini Batra

B.E. (Computer Science)

Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India.

• June 2010 - May 2014 • CGPA: 7.47/10
Mentor: Prof. Harish SV


Oracle IDC, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Software Engineer May 2014 - May 2016

Worked with the Software Development team for the sustenance of a project management tool 'Oracle Primavera P6 Professional'.

Oracle IDC, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Project Intern Jan 2014 - May 2014

Worked with the Software Testing team for the quality assurance of 'Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Web'.

Research Interests

  1. Affective Computing/Emotion AI
  2. Machine Learning & Deep Learning
  3. Image-Video-Speech Processing
  4. Metaheuristic Optimization Techniques


  1. Sourav Sahoo, Puneet Kumar, Balasubramanian Raman, Partha Pratim Roy. "A Segment Level Approach to Speech Emotion Recognition using Transfer Learning." The 5th Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR 2019).
  2. Jaynil Jaiswal, Ashutosh Chaubey, Bhimavarapu Sasi Kiran Reddy, Shashank Kashyap, Puneet Kumar, Balasubramanian Raman, and Partha Pratim Roy. "A Generative Adversarial Network based Ensemble Technique for Automatic Evaluation of Machine Synthesized Speech." The 5th Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR 2019).
  3. Puneet Kumar, Shalini Batra. "Meta-heuristic based Optimized Deep Neural Network for Streaming Data Prediction." International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communication Control and Networking (ICACCCN 2018).
  4. Puneet Kumar, Sahil Garg, Amritpal Singh, Shalini Batra, Neeraj Kumar, and Ilsun You. "MVO-Based 2-D Path Planning Scheme for Providing Quality of Service in UAV Environment." IEEE Internet of Things Journal 5, no. 3 (2018): 1698-1707.
  5. Puneet Kumar, Harish KS. "Natural Language Process: New Orientations in Practices." Conference on English Language and Literature, Manipal. Dec’12.


  1. Institute Gold Medal in M.E. (CSE).
  2. MHRD Scholarships during M.E. and PhD.
  3. Qualified GATE Computer Science (Rank 2205, percentile 97.91).
  4. Qualified CBSE UGC NET Computer Science, Nov 2017.


  1. Conducted a training session on 'Sequence-to-sequence learning' during the course 'Deep Learning and Applications' at E&ICT Academy, IIT Roorkee. Aug 2019.
  2. Two days workshop on ‘Deep Learning 101’ during Thapar Summer School 2018 at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, Punjab. Jun 2018.