My name is Varada Kolhatkar (IPA: [ʋəɾəda kɔːlɦəʈkər]). (If you are curious, Varada (वरदा) is a Sanskrit name, which means the one who grants your wishes.)
I am an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. I primarily teach machine learning, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing courses in the Master of Data Science program. My background is in computer science and my areas of expertise are natural language processing, computational linguistics, and applied machine learning. I received my Ph.D. in computational linguistics from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. I have worked in industry as well as in academia in different countries, including Canada, the United States, Germany, and India.