Naveen Sundar Govindarjulu is a Ph.D. candidate working in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Rensselaer Artificial Intelligence and Reasoning Laboratory (RAIR) at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). His work involves pinning down the cognitive processes behind human language understanding using tools from computer science and logic.
While computers have the ability to perform complex calculations very quickly, they are poor at completing even the simplest tasks in language. Knowledge that is expressed in natural languages can be understood by machines at a shallow level (e.g. spam filters, search engines, etc.) but not in a deeper fashion required for human-level cognition (e.g. becoming a physician by reading books). Naveen’s work involves using automated theorem proving to power deep machine-understanding of human language. This is a difficult and important problem which researchers have investigated since the emergence of the AI field. It has been labeled as one of the AI-Complete problems – the set of problems which, if any one of which is solved, would revolutionize the AI field.
Naveen comes from the Southern part of India. He received dual undergraduate degrees in Physics and Electrical & Electronics Engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani where he was partially aided by the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders award. His prior experience includes research at Hewlett Packard Labs, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and the Indian Space Research Organization. He has an active interest in philosophy and enjoys traveling to historic towns and cities.