Computer Science Graduate Student, Stanford University
Email: pranavkh at


  • Stanford University, CA
    • Master of Science in Computer Science (2009-11)
    • GPA - 4.05
  • National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India
    • Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering (2005-09)
    • Class Rank - 1 , GPA - 9.48 / 10
  • Jain International Residential School, Bangalore, India
    • Class Rank - 1, Percentage - 92.4%


  • Facebook (June - Sept 2010) - Making the world more connected. Built the infrastructure for new Facebook messaging system.
  • Artificial Intelligence Lab, Stanford University (March 2010 - present) - Doing research with Prof. Daphne Koller on machine learning techniques for computational genetics
  • Parallel Distributed Processing Lab, Stanford University (Sept 2009 - present) - Doing research with Prof. Jay McClelland on computational models for processing language like a human brain
  • SLAC National Accelerator Lab, Stanford University (Sept 2009 - March 2010) - Simulation of galaxy formation and evolution
  • Microsoft R&D, India (May-July 2008) - Worked on business intelligence
  • HCL Infinet, India (May-June 2007) - Designed a Network management service
  • Maestro Medical Systems, CA (July-Aug 2009) - Developed medical tracking software


  • Institute awards and medal for first rank in the class during each of the four years in college
  • Highest GPA secured by any student in the history of the department during undergraduate study.
  • Stood among the top 0.02% in the National computer science graduate exam
  • Received awards for Best Student in the School for three consecutive years in grades 10th, 11th and 12th
  • First rank in class for 12th grade CBSE board exam.


  • At Stanford - Machine learning, Natural language processing, General game playing, Information retrieval & web search, Probabilistic graphical models, Database system principles, Program analysis and optimization, Programming languages
  • At NIT - Data structures & algorithms, Operating System, Cryptography, Optimization techniques, Artificial Intelligence, Database systems, Theory of computation, Microprocessors, Graphics, Image processing, Advanced computer architecture, System software, Object oriented software engineering, Compilers, Distributed Operating System, Real-time system, Computer Networks


  • Machine learning for fashion industry - Designed techniques to match shirts with ties using their pattern and color information. Developed software to predict if a given combination is a good match and to pick the best match for a given shirt/tie from a set of ties/shirts.
  • Privacy preservation - Designed approximation algorithms for dataset anonymization.
  • Parallel and distributed computing - Worked on parallel algorithms for problems on scientific computing.
  • Text classification - Implemented and did a detailed analysis on the performance of Naive Bayes, SVM, kNN, and decision tree classifiers for categorizing text.
  • Optimizing nested SQL queries - Developed integrated algorithm for unnesting SQL queries.
  • Detection of Malicious transactions - Developed algorithm for detecting malicious transactions using counting bloom filters
  • Optimization techniques - Implemented Optimization algorithms using C and Java on Linear Programming, Non-Linear Programming, Transportation problem and Project Management
  • Virtual stock market - Designed AJAX based software to simulate the stock market. This was used in multiple national level business competitions. Implementation: PHP, MySQL
  • Institute medical system - Designed and developed software to automate the processes of the dispensary of NIT Rourkela. Implementation: ASP.NET and SQL Server


  • Programming: C, C++, Java, C#.NET, MATLAB
  • Database: SQL Server 2005, SQL Server BI tools, Oracle, MySQL
  • Web Design: HTML, ASP.NET, PHP


  • Multinomial interactive activation models, P Khaitan and JL McClelland, Cognitive Science Society conference, Portland 2010
  • Approximation algorithms for optimizing privacy and utility, P Khaitan, KS Babu, SK Jena, B Majhi, CSA 2009
  • Improved Query Plans for unnesting nested SQL queries, P Khaitan, M Satish Kumar, KS Babu, SK Jena, CSA 2009


  • Officer of Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (2009-present)
  • Founder Convener of Cybersoft, students' society for R&D at NIT Rourkela. (2007-09)
  • Chief Coordinator of CSE dept for the annual technical festival at NIT Rourkela (2008)
  • Designed and conducted the coding event UltraCoder, a recruitment event for Microsoft (2008)
  • Taught multiple courses on operating system and programming during college. (2007-09)
  • Co-Founder and Manager of the Entrepreneurship cell at NIT Rourkela (2007-09)
  • Coordinator of Arthyaan, the first management fest at NIT Rourkela (2008)
  • Advisory Member of Sun Microsystems Club at NIT Rourkela (2007-09)
  • Student Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2007-08)
  • Representative of the Computer Science department for 3 years (2006-2009)
  • Cultural coordinator and class representative at Jain International Residential School (2003-05)


  • 1st prize for C programming events held at NIT Rourkela (2007)
  • 2nd prize in management event at Xavier Institute of Management (2007)
  • 1st prize in stock market competition at NIT Rourkela (2007)
  • 2nd prize in Tech Quiz at NIT Rourkela (2008)
  • Won several prizes for debates, quizzes and sporting events in school and college