We know small leaves and branches makes a big tree like wise our community is growing by the contribution of people like Somdip Dey. Now let's start the interview !!
1. Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?
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Pic : speech at the NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS 2018)
Hello, Namaste, Hola, Ni Hao, Ciao, Olá, a true international greeting to all users of our TechNet community. I am Somdip Dey (
) from London, England, but I am an Indian by birth and an Indian from heart. Currently, I am working as a research engineer at the Samsung R&D Institute, UK, and an Embedded AI Computer Scientist at the University of Essex. Prior to this I have worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Steanne Solutions Ltd., a private asset management company based in Manchester, England. Before coming to the UK, I have completed my schooling from Kolkata, India and went to pursue bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata. During my second year at St. Xavier’s I got incorporated into the Microsoft Student Partner program and that experience changed my perception of Microsoft and its technologies. Although I started as a Mobile Developer for Windows Phone using XNA and Silverlight technologies most of the time during the Student Partner Program but ultimately fell in love with .Net framework in general. After graduating I have been working mostly on using C# language to develop software/apps on .Net Framework and hence, I would say my specialty lies in C# and .Net.
2. What are your big projects right now?
At the moment, my biggest project, which also happens to be a research one, explores different ways to optimize resources such as CPU, GPU and memory to increase performance, improve energy-efficiency and reduce extreme thermal behavior on Edge devices using latest machine learning based algorithm. The main goal of this project is multi-objective resource optimization on mobile devices so that your phones do not go “Kaa-Boom” while you are playing Pub-G or watching a movie. Apart from this project, I have been also working on some other projects as well. One noteworthy is about making Artificial Intelligence (AI) more accessible to developing countries. Last year, as part of this project we developed an affordable camera systems, which are able to categorize traffic on the device itself in order to solve local traffic categorization issue in densely populated countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, etc. The
is also presented and published at the 2018 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS 2018). This being said, you can check out most of my research related work and IPs updated on my
Google Scholar profile
as well. If I am not working on these research projects then you are sure to find me contributing in the Microsoft TechNet platform in the form of writing articles, contributing codes or improving already written articles. All my activities on TechNet could be found updated on my
MSDN and TechNet profile
3. What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?
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Pic : live demonstration of my work at MARIONET Manycore Summer School 2018
Subjectively, TechNet Wiki is the largest and best technical repository related to Microsoft technologies out there in the internet. But if I have to describe TechNet Wiki objectively then the answer doesn’t change much, apart from using the word “best” in front of technical repository related to Microsoft technologies, since the word “best” could be subjective. Moreover, TechNet is for everyone, may that be a professionals, students, researchers, teachers and anyone tech-savvy who deals with Microsoft technologies.
4. What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into the rest of your job?
Because of the nature of my work (research) and the projects I undertake, I often face with technical issues that most other software developers and/or computer scientists working on Microsoft platforms might not face. So, often times I find myself without any immediate solution to my problem. In that case, I would have to invest my time to find a solution for the problem, and then I realize that I might not be the only one with similar kind of issue. Hence, I write my solution in the form of an article and make it available on TechNet Wiki. In many occasions, I have also written codes/programs to accompany with my article to improve the understandability of the content and overall knowledge. In such cases, I have also used the TechNet Gallery to upload my codes/program and then refer them back inside my article to link them up. To my surprise, many of my articles often got popular and even won TechNet’s prestigious Guru Award for that particular technology, which is being used in the article.
5. What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?
Inclusivity, freedom of sharing knowledge and mutual respect among the users on the TechNet Wiki platform is what draws me to TechNet over any other technical knowledge repository platform. Although there are some other platforms where you can also turn up to get the solution that you are looking for but the active users on TechNet Wiki (the TechNet Community) are one of the best, considerate and humble people I have met on the internet. Unlike some other platforms, where in practicality a user’s reputations/recognition points work more or less to dominate over other users with lesser reputations/recognition points, but on the TechNet, recognition points of a user is just to show the individual’s technical expertise related to the platform only and not to prove them as God over others. If a new contributor starts to contribute to the platform, other active users often encourage and guide the new users, which in the long run improves the quality of contributions. Whereas, in some other technical knowledge repositories and platforms, often times if the new users are not following the platform’s standards (even accidentally) then they are either humiliated by other users or shut out by the moderators. But TechNet community is so much more inclusive that the new users are actually guided in a humble way by existing users so that they can learn and grow in the process, and not get discouraged.
6. In what other sites and communities do you contribute your technical knowledge?
I also contribute on StackOverflow, SourceForge and GitHub (recently bought by Microsoft). But most of my contributions are on TechNet platform because of the before mentioned reasons (see answer from question 5).
7. What does success look like for TechNet Wiki?
The more we contribute, may that be in the form of articles, codes, answers and then consolidating all these knowledges together to be shared on the TechNet Wiki and encouraging more and more users to do so, such that whenever there is an issue related to Microsoft technology, we turn to TechNet Wiki and get the answer easily. That is success for the TechNet community and TechNet Wiki as well.
8. Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?
If you are new to TechNet Wiki, don’t be discouraged if your contributory article wasn’t of the top quality at first. It happens to everyone, especially who has become the Super Stars of the platform. If you don’t believe me just drop a quick message to
, to name the few of the many Super Stars on the platform, and you would know what I am talking about. I still remember my first article (You never forget your first, Eh?!) on Wiki and I had so many doubts regarding them. So, I reached out to Ed to get some clarification. He was still a super star back then as he is now, but he was so humble and guiding in nature that gave me queues to improve. And then followed by other contributors on the platform, who also shaped the article to make it perfect. From this experience I did not just learn how to improve my contribution as a technical writer but at the same time taught me to be humble and accept the fact that we are all humans and as a team we can make something beautiful. So, the moto of TechNet community is not I, but we. Trust our fellow community users to help you if you need it. This being said, it was really helpful for me to make myself more accustomed about TechNet Wiki itself by looking at the following articles:
With this I would also like to add that when you publish your article, without giving it a second thought, just put is as a contender for TechNet Guru Awards. In this way, it will give you more incentive to keep improving your article and writing style.
Thank you, Somdip Dey for such a detailed resume! It's truly an honor to have you contributing content with us! Everyone, please join me in thanking Somdip Dey for his contributions to the community! Join the world! Join TechNet Wiki.
Thank you all.