Hi, I’m Delip Rao

I started working in Natural Language Processing, but after 15 years, I have worked in Vision, Speech, and various exotic datatypes, in addition to natural language. My ‘research taste’ is in the state-of-the-art that enables magical product experiences. See also: Research and Publications.

In 2014, I built Joostware AI Research, one of the first AI research consulting companies to offer Deep Learning research consulting services to Fortune 500 companies. I also built R7 Speech Sciences to automate call centers and FakeNewsChallenge.org, a non-profit, to counter misinformation in the news.

I have managed teams and managers leading products with AI-heavy roadmaps. I advise founders on product strategy informed by the state-of-the-art in AI research.

In 2020, I wrote a million words in a calendar year to push my boundaries. Some of my writing over the years can be found in the Essays section.

   Latest Essay

Publishing Tips for Free Radicals and Other Creatives

Many folks interested in AI research may not have the luxuries of working at a top research lab or a tier-1 academic lab. Perhaps you are in a grad school with an advisor who is not meeting with you often (famous professor problem), or you are a researcher in a small school or startup without much “community” for meaningful feedback, or you are a lone warrior with no pedigree to show other than good hacking skills, and a couple of GPUs in your rig. If you identify with this class, have a strong interest in participating in science discourse, and wonder how to write a paper for fun, I am writing this essay for you.

I am also an author of a book on PyTorch, Deep Learning, and Natural Language Processing that’s used by practitioners in industry and students in academia worldwide.

I write a newsletter on AI Research & Strategy with a few thousand subscribers.


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Besides advising students via my academic affiliations, I mentor newcomers to NLP research. If you think you will benefit, contact me via one of my social channels. Please note that I have limited bandwidth and will not be able to accommodate every request.

I am a fan of beginners’ mind, and I am always learning. I have started documenting my learnings in the “Experiments” section. Check out my recent experiment and let me know if you find it useful!

   Latest Experiment

Long-running Colabs

Google Colab is convenient but they shutdown after some inactivity. This is annoying if you are running some persistent process, like a server. So, how do we make them run for a while? I discovered this trick from oobabooba. First, paste the following code in a cell:...