Neerja Thakkar

Neerja Thakkar

EECS PhD Student @ Berkeley

UC Berkeley

Hello! I’m a PhD student in BAIR at UC Berkeley, advised by Jitendra Malik. I am interested in research in 3D computer vision and digital forensics. I am supported by a Chancellor’s Fellowship from Berkeley and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

I did my undergrad at Dartmouth, where I worked with Chris Bailey-Kellogg, Wojciech Jarosz, and Neel Joshi at Microsoft Research. From 2019-2020, I was a visiting student at the University of Zaragoza’s Graphics and Imaging Lab on a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Spain.

Interests

  • 3D Computer Vision
  • Digital Forensics

Education

  • PhD in EECS, 2025 (expected)

    UC Berkeley

  • BA in Computer Science and Mathematics, 2019

    Dartmouth College

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Software Engineering Intern

Facebook

Jun 2018 – Aug 2018 Seattle
Interned on the integrity computer vision team. Optimized deep convolutional neural networks by implementing pruning algorithms.
 
 
 
 
 

MIT Press Intern for Introduction to Algorithms

MIT Press

Mar 2018 – Jun 2018
Worked with Thomas Cormen on writing solutions for the instructors manual for the 4th edition of Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest and Stein.
 
 
 
 
 

Computer Science Teaching Assistant

Dartmouth College CS Department

Mar 2016 – Mar 2019 Hanover, NH

Served as a teaching assistant for:

  • CS1 Introduction to Programming and Computation
  • CS11 Foundations of Applied Computing
  • CS30 Discrete Math for Computer Science

Honors and Awards

Graduate Research Fellowship

Fellowship that provides three years of financial support

Chancellor’s Fellowship

Two-year university fellowship

EECS Excellence Award

Selected by UC Berkeley EECS faculty, based on academic record

Fulbright Research Scholarship to Spain

Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, High Honors in Computer Science major

Honors upon graduation from Dartmouth College

Hannah T. Croasdale Award

Given to the person who has made the most significant contribution to the quality of life for women at Dartmouth

Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention

Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship

Recognizes outstanding undergraduate female students anywhere in the world who are studying computer science, awarded to 10 women internationally, award includes $10,000 and research mentor

Citations for Meritorious Performance

In Computer Graphics (2018), Software Design and Implementation (2017), and First-Year Writing Seminar (2016)

Research

Studying Bias in GANs Through the Lens of Race

Vongani Maluleke*, Neerja Thakkar*, Tim Brooks, Ethan Weber, Trevor Darrell, Alexei Efros, Angjoo Kanazawa, Devin Guillory. A Study of Bias in GANs Through the Lens of Race, ECCV 2022

The Reliability of Forensic Body-Shape Identification

Neerja Thakkar, Georgios Pavlakos, Hany Farid, Workshop on Media Forensics at CVPR, 2022

On the Feasibility of 3D Model-Based Forensic Height and Weight Estimation

Neerja Thakkar and Hany Farid, Workshop on Media Forensics at CVPR, 2021

Deep Compressed Sensing for HDR Image Acquisition

Neerja Thakkar, Julio Marco, Adrian Jarabo, Diego Gutierrez, Ana Serrano, ICCP (Poster), 2020

Contact

  • nthakkar - at - berkeley.edu