Category Archives: Education

My Review of Worker skill estimation paper by Rahman et al

My review of “Worker skill estimation in team-based tasks” paper by Rahman, Thirumuruganathan, Roy, Amer-Yahia and Das, is now available on Computing Reviews here. (Requires ACM membership, and it is incidentally, my 11th review for ACM Computing Reviews – you can find the other ones here.)

Companies generally struggle with the problem of estimating the skills of individuals, as it is a hard thing to keep updated and has enormous applications in optimal team formation. Skills are sometimes subjective, can have many variations (Spoken French expertise, or Written Legal French expertise, for example) and change rapidly over time. Historically, skill management used to be only for large companies implementing million dollar SAP HR system implementations, but with the advent of cloud hosted SaaS applications, that situation is now changing. I am fortunate to work on the BizMerlin‘s exciting skill matrix product, so this paper was all the more interesting for me.

Latest version of Algorithms Brochure

Yet another 6212 class wraps up, and as usual I leave the 70 odd students with an algorithms brochure as a parting gift. It may not be technically possible to condense the material taught during the entire semester into two pages (especially considering the Levenshtein distance between Dynamic Programming and NP-completeness), but still it is a try.