My name is Vibhav Agarwal, 3rdyear Computer Science student in IIIT Bangalore. I am working as a summer research intern in the Big Data lab (eXascale) in University of Fribourg, Switzerland. I am really excited to work in Switzerland with swissnex’s ThinkSwiss research scholarship.
I have been working on the project of developing a search tool for analyzing and indexing Swiss federal data using tables embedded in their websites. My work involves linking a PDF scraping tool with the Entity Disambiguation code so as to develop a search mechanism/ indexing for all the tables scraped from the Swiss websites. The research part of my internship would involve developing a machine learning model that can represent each table into a vector space ie., Table2Vec. This then could be used for indexing/ searching in the tool. I have been working under the supervision of Professor Philippe Cudre Mauroux and two PhD students from the lab Akansha Bharadwaj and Paolo Rosso. Everyone has been amazing and super friendly in the lab. I got to meet new people from everywhere around the globe, share a couple of ideas with them and I learn new things every day.
Fribourg is a really great city. It’s small, quiet and full of friendly people. Everything is managed and organized really well. My stay has been really wonderful. I got to visit major cities in Switzerland like Bern, Geneva, Zurich, etc. On my weekends, I hiked a couple of major mountains and lakes. Switzerland is full of mountains, lakes and is rich in medieval history. I have never visited such a scenic country that is so close to nature.
The amount of research that happens in Switzerlands in the field of Computer Science is unparalleled to any other country. Switzerland is definitely the place for research and higher studies.
– Vibhav Agarwal (IIIT Bangalore) – Research Intern at University of Fribourg.