Please give me feedback on how to improve my SOP since this is my first time writing one. This has been written for a research internship where i intend to do a machine learning project.
Statement Of Purpose:
My first exposure to artificial intelligence was when I read an article about the Turing test and further went on to read about Serb's Chinese Room argument, which got me excited about this topic.
My interest grew further when I took up an online course on machine learning in the break, before joining college. Due to my strong interest in math since school days, I found it easy to pick up the mathematical basics of machine learning.
On joining college, I decided to experiment with my new found interest and did a course on computer vision called Machine vision and its applications (normally offered to the MTech students), where I was highly lauded for being the youngest (still in my first year), sitting among those senior students, including some doing their PhD.
I really enjoyed the course, especially the project (which was about classifying sea shells into 5 categories using texture analysis methods) and decided to explore the field of computer vision further.
I was so fascinated by what I had learnt in this course that I made few innovations in my project that I was doing at my internship at the end of first year.
It dealt with pattern matching in time series data - I explored the usual time and frequency domain measures. But I additionally analyzed the similarity between sequences, with the help of the spectrogram images, using the techniques I had learnt in the computer vision course.
I possess strong programming skills in python with experience in machine learning and deep learning libraries such as numpy, pandas, sklearn, PyTorch.
I did two projects in the technical clubs of my college - autonomous car and hate speech detection.
With every project and course that I have undertaken so far, my interest and liking continued to grow in this domain.
In the future, I want to become a machine learning scientist and bring in new and revolutionary algorithms in this field.
I recently did a probability and statistics and stochastic processes course and enjoyed it thoroughly, and would like to explore it further in the context of machine learning.
I am currently doing an internship, where I am working on drawing inferences about each object in an image. The task is to do multi-label classification for each of the dustbins present in an image. Alongside, I am also working on using neural networks to replace mathematical models, guided by Prof. Karthik Raman of IIT-M.
These projects have further helped me deepen my interest in neural network mechanisms, as applied to computer vision.
Through this research internship, I would explore my passion for this field further, as well as acquire new skills required to enroll in a masters or PhD program and pursue my dream career in this field.