Neerja Thakkar

Neerja Thakkar

EECS PhD Student @ Berkeley

UC Berkeley

Hi! My name is Neerja Thakkar.

I’m a first year PhD student in EECS at UC Berkeley, where I am lucky to work with Hany Farid. I am interested in research in computer vision, computational photography, 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 studied Computer Science and Mathematics, and had the pleasure of working with Chris Bailey-Kellogg, Wojciech Jarosz, and Neel Joshi at Microsoft Research. For the past year, I was a visiting student at the University of Zaragoza’s Graphics and Imaging Lab on a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Spain.


  • Computational Photography
  • Digital Forensics
  • Computer Vision


  • PhD in EECS

    UC Berkeley

  • BA in Computer Science and Mathematics, 2019

    Dartmouth College



Software Engineering Intern


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)


Deep Compressed Sensing for HDR Image Acquisition

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


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