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Jose
About Me
I'm Arun Jose. I'm known as Jozdien in various spaces. Don't ask me what that means, because I don't know either.

I like making things, and I make whatever I think would be good, regardless of domain - I sometimes develop websites and apps, research things that seem worthwhile, write about whatever I want (which is more limiting than you'd imagine), and draw on the rare occasions I remember I do that.

I try to direct my efforts toward helping the most people - or more scope-appropriately, saving the universe (my friends say I never learned to be modest). It's hard to explain what I mean by that here, but for the sake of clarity in that I'm not kidding: AI vastly more generally powerful than humans are probably possible. Aligning them with our exact, messy, contradictory set of human values is difficult, but most likely necessary, and we're far from there.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the way I think about things, which is where I get a lot of my ideas - people tell me this means I'm often annoyingly meta.

I enjoy all genres of fiction when done well, but my favourites are rational fiction and meta/absurd comedy (as well as crack fanfiction, which feels appropriate closed off in brackets). I hope that's enough to tell you that I'm very rarely serious, and that if I ever come across as caustic, it's far more likely that I'm just bad at being funny to your tastes.

I update this website in a very sporadic fashion, so I can't promise this is all up-to-date or still how I'd phrase some of this. Last update: June 2021.

Instagram and Email are my most frequented platforms for messages, so if you have ideas, want to collaborate, or just think I'd find something interesting (I probably will - err on the side of messaging me), just send me a message with the phrase "Xavier Avial".
Work
The Calibration Game
An android app that optimizes credence calibration - the accuracy of belief strengths against real success rates - with a scoring system that incentivizes alignment of "sureness" with success rates.

A better description can be found here.
The Calibration Game
An android app that optimizes credence calibration - the accuracy of belief strengths against real success rates - with a scoring system that incentivizes alignment of "sureness" with success rates.

A better description can be found here.
Metise
Reversible colour-density image compression using conditional adversarial networks. Compression is performed along the dimensions of colour density, being a relatively intractable direction outside neural net reconstruction.

Links to the preprint and code below.
Metise
Reversible colour-density image compression using conditional adversarial networks. Compression is performed along the dimensions of colour density, being a relatively intractable direction outside neural net reconstruction.

Links to the preprint and code below.
Aumann's Game
Website implementation of the multi-player rationality calibration game based on Aumann's Agreement Theorem.

More on that here.
Aumann's Game
Website implementation of the multi-player rationality calibration game based on Aumann's Agreement Theorem.

More on that here.
Mentem
Mentem was originally envisioned as an all in one platform for mental health support using virtual, professional, and community resources, triage using speech and facial analysis, and health clinic assistance. It is currently being developed into an all in one platform - a hospital ERP system.
Mentem
Mentem was originally envisioned as an all in one platform for mental health support using virtual, professional, and community resources, triage using speech and facial analysis, and health clinic assistance. It is currently being developed into an all in one platform - a hospital ERP system.
Veris
An open-source educational administration framework I helped build. This is being developed to replace outmoded methods of handling data and process in higher educational institutes, while providing the flexibility to fit specific use-cases.

Currently in alpha testing in CET.
Veris
An open-source educational administration framework I helped build. This is being developed to replace outmoded methods of handling data and process in higher educational institutes, while providing the flexibility to fit specific use-cases.

Currently in alpha testing in CET.
Phemos
A news algorithm I developed to account for a documented positive feedback relationship between media coverage and electoral polling. The algorithm weighs down overexposure on a log scale.

More on the aforementioned effect here.
Phemos
A news algorithm I developed to account for a documented positive feedback relationship between media coverage and electoral polling. The algorithm weighs down overexposure on a log scale.

More on the aforementioned effect here.
History
Positions
Co-ordinator/Founder
  • I'm in charge of overseeing activities related to AI in the state.
  • I've co-founded SIGs in AI in five Student Branches, helped in the conduct of their events, and maintained inter-college communication channels.
  • Organized webinars for members from professionals in the field of data science.
Co-ordinator/Co-Founder
  • Set up an industry collaboration with Neuroplex to provide experienced training and internship opportunities.
  • Hosted workshop series on Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Friendly AI - 23 participants went on to complete projects in predictive analysis.
  • Hosted webinar series on Data Science and Deep Learning.
  • Organized AI Safety competiton, which closed with an analysis of the common fallacies faced (Check that link out, I swear it's cooler than it sounds).
  • Collaborated with the Machine Intelligence Research Institute for instructional material and technical assistance.
  • Founded 2 Special Interest Groups for AI in IEEE Student Branches across the state.
Co-ordinator
MIRIx Trivandrum · Since April 2021
We do independent research and discussion on open problems in AI Safety, to ensure AGI has a positive impact
Software Development Intern
Airli, OrbitAustralia · September 2020 - April 2021
I designed and contributed to the development of a web front-end for the deprecated Airli framework.
Freelancer
Android & Web Development · Since August 2019
I do front-end design and development.
Awards
EVOKE'19 Hackathon
1st Place · February 2019
National level tech summit by IEDC TKMCE and IEEE SB TKMCE.
Developed an emergency management platform (Refer Karma in the preceding section).
Reboot Kerala Hackathon
3rd Place · March 2020
Healthcare Category, State level Hackathon series by the State Department for Higher Education.
Developed a mental health triage and support framework (Refer Mentem in the preceding section).
Pass the Code
1st Place · March 2019
State-level tag-team coding competition conducted by the SBs of IEEE, IEDC, and ISTE of Barton Hill College of Engineering.
AKCSSC Web Design Contest
1st Place; November 2020
State-level web design competition conducted by IEEE CSKS as part of AKCSSC 2020.
Submitted the NextJS-built web front-end of Veris (refer in the preceding section).
Oratrium
1st Place · October 2015
State level public speaking competition by JCI, judged and awarded by Dr. Shashi Tharoor.
Education
College of Engineering Trivandrum
B.Tech CSE · Class of 2022
I'm a third year CSE undergraduate.
Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram
ISC · Batch of 2018
There's much more to say than could fit in this space to do justice.
Art
Stuff I Write
Posts
Insufficient Values
May 2021 · 10 min read
Utopic Nightmares
Jan 2021 · 8 min read
The Truth is Often Comfortable
Jan 2021 · 5 min read
The Loyolite
Jan 2020 · 5 min read
Fiction
Think I'd find something interesting?
I probably will, I'm easily amused. If in doubt, send the message anyway, and preface it with "Xavier Avial".