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Rukmini Vijaykumar

Part-Time Lecturer


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
202 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Rukmini Vijaykumar, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Research Interests

  • Machine learning
  • Algorithms
  • Artificial intelligence


  • PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MS in Mathematics and Computer Science, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

About Rukmini

Where did you grow up?

Chennai, India. I currently live in Lexington, Massachusetts.

What are the specifics of your educational background?

My doctoral work was in the areas of robotics planning. I feel very fortunate to have had very caring and thoughtful mentors throughout my education.

What courses do you teach?

I am teaching graduate-level courses on algorithms and information retrieval this fall. I recently taught a course on machine learning and have taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses throughout my career.

What do you enjoy most or find most rewarding about what you teach?

I enjoy interacting with students. I especially enjoy problem solving and system design. It is rewarding to participate in guiding and encouraging students as they engage in learning.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I worked in a company that worked in distributed simulation. My work there was largely applied research. Subsequently, I worked in telecommunications, applying artificial intelligence and reasoning to fault isolation in circuits. I enjoyed learning about evolving communication technologies, working in teams, and mentoring team members.