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Salika Dave

I build ideas!

AI + Fullstack Engineer

PA, United States


I am a software engineer focused building and enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of applications built with large language models when applied to solve problems across different domains.

I am also keen on exploring the vulnerabilities present in current LLM systems and developing defenses to protect these systems, as well as user systems, from attacks.

Prior to my master's degree I have been specializing in building fullstack applications including backends for microservices and designing architectures for cross-application data delivery solutions.

My primary strength lies in my experience with researching, evaluating feasibility, and prototyping ideas. In addition to this, I am an independent blogger and content moderator for #ai on DEV

I am currently learning how to use LangChain to build RAG applications. I am keen about open source contributions and am proud of my latest contribution to LangChain. More about it here


paper summaries from my coursework


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Research Assistant - Amazon Alexa Taskbot Challenge

Penn State NLP Lab

Feb 2023 - Jun 2023

  • Assisted in building a taskbot upon the COBOT Framework provided for the Alexa Prize Taskbot Challenge 2 [Cooking & DIY].
  • Researched on usage of Knowledge Graphs [Neo4j backend] and improvising the existing search & recommendation engine within the Alexa application.
  • Involved in taskbot development related to multimodal learning. Co-authored “EvoquerBot: A multimedia chatbot leveraging synthetic data for cross-domain assistance” in the Alexa Prize TaskBot Challenge 2 Proceedings.
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Graduate Student - Independent Research Study

Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA

Jan 2023 - May 2023

  • A comparative analysis of applying transfer learning from the Text-To-SQL task to the task of generating cypher query language (Neo4j engine) from natural language text. My findings suggest this is not the best approach due the semantic differences between the two languages. More details about the study can be found here.
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Software Engineer - API Services/DataFeeds/Snowflake

Visible Alpha, IN

Jun 2021 - Jun 2022

  • Development & feature enhancement of AWS S3 file delivery microservices written in Django, Celery, Redis, SQL
  • Prototyping and implementation of AWS S3 batch operations to optimize AWS S3 File delivery services to speed up process times.
  • Development of data delivery mechanism port data onto Snowflake Warehousing Service using Python scripts, SnowSQL, pipelines & stream. Collaboration with teams using GitLab.
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Research & Web Development Intern

Somaiya Institute of Research & Consultancy, IN

Aug 2020 - Jan 2021


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Masters of Science in Computer Science & Engineering

Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA

Aug 2022 - May 2024

  • Courses: Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Computer Security, Vision and Language, Adversarial Machine Learning, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Fundamentals of Computer Architecture
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Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering

University of Mumbai

Jun 2017 - Jun 2021




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