NAME: Greeshma Balabhadra
EDUCATION: PhD Second year, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Bachelors in Technology, Mathematics and Computing, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Quantitative Finance, Deep learning
CURRENT RESEARCH: My current work focuses on High frequency Trading data identifying volatility patterns and their predictive performance using deep learning methods. My work also includes exploring different approaches of Information Geometry to learn the geometrical structure of families of probability distributions and its applications in Geometric deep learning.
FUTURE GOALS: I want to pursue my research interests on Sustainable Finance which focuses on financial services integration and investment in environmental, social and governance (ESG) into the business or investment decisions for the lasting benefit of both clients and society at large.
Why did you want to be a part of GWiSE?
I came from a community where girls are considered to be inferior to boys in sciences. Fortunately I had mentors during my high school years and college days to encourage me to continue pursuing Mathematics. I feel being a part of GWiSE would give me the opportunity to give back and encourage young girls to encourage to pursue sciences and build a strong community of women around me that would continue to inspire me to pursue what I love.
What/who got you interested in your field?
My interest in Mathematics and sciences started from high school. But my major inclination towards mathematics strengthened during my undergrad which gave a substantial theoretical and practical background in Applied Mathematics. During my undergrad I was exposed to various avenues and internship experiences which helped me understand and appreciate the usefulness of interdisciplinary research of applying mathematics to industries ranging from biology to finance.
When did you know you were interested in pursuing a degree in science/engineering?
I knew starting from my high school days that I’ll pursue science and engineering. I was always interested in the application of subjects I have learnt in the classroom to the real world.
What do you think needs to happen for there to be more women in science/engineering?
I think girls from a young age should be exposed to women scientists and engineers. There are very few female role models in science and engineering. And as an undergraduate student I had many misconceptions about working in sciences because I had no one to look up to. So, showcasing more female scientists, organising more mentorship programmes would help to have more women in science/engineering.
Most interesting place you have visited:
I have been on a 15 day, 8000 km train journey across 12 states covering most of the Indian subcontinent, travelling during night, visiting rural india during the day time. It was the most exciting journey I have taken so far.
Name one thing you started in the last year that you are glad you did and why:
I started painting last year. Since then I have explored oil painting, sketching, pen art etc. I have also started gifting my art pieces which made my friends very happy 🙂
What career did you want to pursue when you were in elementary school?
I have always wanted to be a doctor since my childhood. I couldn’t pursue medicine as a career but compromised to be a different doctor 😉