Neeraj Gangwar

gangwar2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am a part of the MLP Group and am advised by Prof. Nickvash Kani.

Prior to joining grad school, I spent seven years in the software industry. I was part of the engineering teams at Myntra and Commonfloor. I also worked with two friends on a couple of startup ideas - Shoplane (a hyperlocal shopping app for fashion) and AIANash (AI-driven analytics to understand user intent).

I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2014. I worked with Prof. Debashis Ghosh and Prof. MV Kartikeyan. I was also a member of SDSLabs.


Sep 2023 Our work on semantic representations for mathematical expressions is published in TMLR (Paper).
Aug 2023 Our NL4Opt work is published in CICM 2023 (Paper).
Dec 2022 Placed first in the generation track of NL4Opt at NeurIPS 2022 (Certificate).
Aug 2021 Started grad school at UIUC.
Aug 2021 Last day in Myntra. Amazing 4.5 years!
Jun 2021 Our project to scale inventory reads to 1000x was published on the Myntra Engineering Blog.

selected publications

  1. TMLR
    Semantic Representations of Mathematical Expressions in a Continuous Vector Space
    Gangwar, Neeraj, and Kani, Nickvash
    Transactions on Machine Learning Research (2023)
  2. CICM
    Highlighting Named Entities in Input for Auto-formulation of Optimization Problems
    Gangwar, Neeraj, and Kani, Nickvash
    International Conference on Intelligent Computer Mathematics (2023)