Smart Data, intelligently prepared from big data byusing analytics, gives businesses and governments the power to do what they dobetter, faster and more efficiently. The Süddeutsche Zeitung, forexample, used water consumption data from Munich Waterworks to accurately identifywhen the final game of FIFA’14 was most interesting. I find the application of bigdata analytics in security fascinating and hence, aspire to become a researchprofessional at an academic or commercial, research-oriented organization inorder to provide fruitful solutions.
I believe a Master of Science degree inInformatics at the Technical University of Munich will up-skill my desiredareas and put me in the right path to achieve my goals.During my under graduation, I gained practicalknowledge through industrial trainings and an Internship. My training at HCL Infosystemswas my first exposure in an IT firm.
I developed an interest for serveradministration, which I was exposed to during my training programme at HCL.This drove me to self-study server administration concepts such as user andgroup management, network access and data security using Windows Server inMicrosoft Virtual Academy. Later I took up the Windows Server 2012 R2 exam and earnedthe Microsoft Certified Professional title. In my second industrial training atAshok Leyland, I focused on the application of IT in Vehicle Manufacturingnamely ‘Telematics’. I gave a seminar for ‘Industrial training – I’ in my 5thsemester where I explained concepts such as automotivenavigation systems and fleet telematics. My internship at IBM presented me the opportunity toget hands-on experience in cloud computing. I used IBM Bluemix with Eclipse tocreate and deploy web applications in the cloud. I also did a thorough researchon the market players for cloud, especially on Google Analytics.
I generated atracking ID for my blog that enabled me to gain insights about my blog’svisitors through data. As a result, I was able to pick up the foundations of BusinessIntelligence. This knowledge obtained from my internship motivated me toconceptualize the idea of a Crypto System that allows its users to securelyshare data with others in cloud. I, along with my team members developed this systemfor our mini project in third year. For my final year project, I worked underthe guidance of my supervisor to provide a solution for the well-definedproblem of shoulder-surfing attacks. I researched existing systems for itsvulnerabilities and proposed a new system – ‘SteganoPin’ that prevents this ATMfraudulent. The idea was further developed with the help of my supervisor.
I presentedthe paper in a national conference and it was also published in aninternational journal.In addition to academics, I was also activelyinvolved in social voluntary work and extra-curricular activities. In 2014& 2015, I did voluntary service for e-CAP 2k14, an environmental awareness campaign.I helped in spreading awareness about e-waste among school children by doingpresentations in various schools around Chennai.
As the class representative ofmy class, I was the main point of contact for all important activitiesconcerning our class. This helped in boosting my social skills to a greatextent. I’ve organized several technical and cultural events inside and outsidemy campus and have also participated in workshops such as R programming and cybersecurity to learn more on these topics.Aftergraduation, I was recruited by Cognizant Technology Solutions India Private Ltd.I’m working as a Software Developer in a scrum team. I was always curious aboutother SDLC processes and therefore, took initiatives to participate in Requirements-gatheringmeetings and triage meetings to better understand required functionalities throughwhich I gained a solid grasp of business requirements. Mymotivation behind choosing this particular program is due to the possibility tocombine Data Analytics with Security along with its additional emphasis onpractical training.
It provides a unique opportunity to complete an InterdisciplinaryProject (IDP) as well as two practical courses. Modules such as ‘Mining MassiveDatasets’ & ‘Security Engineering’ are of particular interest to me; my knowledgein Data Analytics and Security, which I obtained during my bachelors in subjectslike ‘Data Mining’ and ‘Network Security’, will be improved by taking thesemodules. I look forward to contribute to the research work conducted by the ‘Chairfor Information Systems’. The work aligns with my interests, especially in projectssuch as ‘Big Data Innovation Lab’ and ‘eGovernment Monitor’, all of whom wouldgreatly improve my learning curve. It would be an absolute honour to work underProf. Dr. Helmut Krcmar.
Exposure to topics such as Business analytics and DataVisualization would assist me in tailoring the program towards my goal. I hopemy academic credential along with my strong desire towards computer science grantme the opportunity to pursue M.Sc Informatics at your university.Sincerely,GaneshChandrasekaran