The theory to my universe

“Time marks the absolute measure of a person’s interests, for it is time that distinguishes passion from hobby.”


I am Aarya Patil, a final year undergraduate student of Computer Engineering at the Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT). I am currently working as a research student at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) under the supervision of Prof. Ranjan Gupta. I am one of the 60 people selected to attend the Python in Astronomy conference to be held at the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute in New York from 30th April – 4th May 2018.

In the summer of 2017, I successfully completed the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program as a student developer for Astropy, a sub-organisation under the umbrella organisation OpenAstronomy. I was mentored by Dr. Thomas Aldcroft, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Prof. Marten van Kerkwijk, University of Toronto, and Dr. Hans Moritz Guenther, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. I am now one of the core contributors to Astropy.

I have been actively conducting research in photometric and spectroscopic data analysis at IUCAA for the past two years. I have also worked on several independent projects in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, and systems programming.

As is evident from my profile, my passion lies in the intersection of two fields: computer science and astrophysics. I have a strong interest in the domains of numerical analysis and artificial intelligence, and I want to explore the numerous possibilities offered by statistical inference and machine learning in the field of observational cosmology.

So, all work and no play? That doesn’t sound quite right. When I’m not working, you can find me contemplating about the universe, in a rather metaphysical way, on my art blog.

I hope you have a good time here!