Bhagyashree (Bee) Padalkar

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Bhagyashree, or Bee, is a masters student at the Technical University of Munich studying Data Engineering and Analytics. She is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati double-majoring in Mathematics and Computing. She is also involved with various open source projects and communities.

When she is not finding stories in data, she is daydreaming about food or European cities.

Professional experience

In 2016, Bee was a predoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Her work focused on understanding human decision making in online social environments. She worked with the Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) research group under Dr. Ozgur Simsek. Additionally, she attended 2016 Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality at MPIB.

In 2017, she worked for Mozilla as a research and development intern. During her internship, she worked with the Open Innovation and Participation Team to advise Mozilla leadership on a global diversity and inclusion strategy. She conducted qualitative research, interviews and data analytics to assist in building this strategy for Mozilla's volunteer community. Additionally, she proposed and led quantitative analysis using data analytics, machine learning (clustering algorithms) and NLP (sentiment analysis and topic modeling) to augment existing qualitative community research. At the end of her internship, she participated in an international work event based on excellent performance.

Open source

Bee is also involved in open source projects and communities such as the Fedora Project and Mozilla.

In Fedora, she is involved with the Diversity and Inclusion and Community Operations (CommOps) teams. She is a founding member of both teams and helps lead various initiatives in the Diversity and Inclusion Team. Some of her accomplishments include data analytics tools in Python to understand community activity, engagement, and overall health. She also works on developing strategies to positively impact diversity and inclusion in the Fedora community. Additionally, she has participated as a mentor for Google Summer of Code for over three years.

From her open source work, Bee has also traveled to various open source conferences to present and speak about the results and impact of her work in the Fedora community. Some of the conferences she has presented at are listed below:

Education

Currently, Bee is a masters student at the Technical University of Munich studying Data Engineering and Analytics. In 2016, she graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India with a double-major in Mathematics and Computing.

Her primary research interests lie in understanding human behavior in information-rich online social environments. Her research draws heavily from machine learning, natural language processing, network analysis, and information retrieval techniques.