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A journey in pursuit of knowledge and excellence began twenty four
years ago when I took the first step towards my school and my education.
Besides enriching my mind with a vast amount of knowledge, every step of this
journey has motivated me to move on to the next one. “Education is not a
preparation for life, education is life” is just one of the many values
I have grown up with. My tryst with academic excellence began in the 8th grade
when I received a merit prize for being among the top 100 students in my city,


My rendezvous with computer technology first took place when I
encountered a personal computer in the computer club of my higher secondary
school. Computing has fascinated me from the first day I used a computer. I
vividly remember the excitement of creating my first Pascal program. I have
passed on to different heights of computer science since then, but I know that
my zeal for the art and science of computing remains the same. I have not tired
to solve problems, and I believe I never will.

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By the time of my high school exams, I had already
decided about my future course of study. I applied to only one university, BUET
(Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology), the premier institute of
science and technology in my country. When it came to choosing a department,
there was only one I was interested in, Computer Science and Engineering.  I never regretted my decision. My years in
the department have been rewarding.


I chose computer science as my major in the
undergraduate level primarily for the challenge and excitement I thought I
would get from the discipline. However, that computer science is and shall
continue to be of such immense importance has led me to believe that my studies
shall not only satiate my own intellectual needs. I feel that I can contribute
something to the society and the world and I seek admission to your graduate
program in order to fulfill that goal.


I have completed  my
undergraduate studies and feel  that actually
what knowledge I gained is only the tip on an iceberg. It was a generalized
overview of the entire Computer Science and Engineering and to be a specialist
in a particular field I have to go a long way through the path of study. In
BUET, I took courses on various aspects of computer science and mathematics and
enjoyed all of them thoroughly. But my interest in this field has grown out of
several undergraduate courses namely Discrete Mathematics, Data Structure,
Digital Logic Design, Computer Algorithms, Digital System Design, Computer
Architecture, Data Base, Operating Systems, Compiler, Computer Network,
Computer Graphics, Pattern Recognition, VLSI design ,Artificial Intelligence .
When I took Artificial Intelligence(CSE
407) as a 4th year course, it immediately became my field of
choice for future studies. 


I fixed 
Artificial Intelligence (or its allied fields) as the field of expertise
for my graduate and subsequent Ph.D. studies because I have keen interest in it
and can assimilate it into my mind.. As an experimental computer scientist I
want to apply my knowledge of computer science subjects to the research of my
higher studies, and Artificial Intelligence is such a field in which knowledge
of Algorithms, Mathematics, Probability Theory, Graph Theory, Programming etc.
are frequently used. My undergraduate thesis was on character recognition where
I adopted a new approach of feature extraction using Free man chain code. I
have developed a complete Optical Character Recognition Software for Bengali
Language. Though there were set backs and moments of despondency during the
period of my thesis work, still I consider the one year to be the best time I
have ever had. I got introduced with the exhilarating experience of giving
birth to an idea and watching it flourish. While assimilating a portion of the
world’s present knowledge, I felt an urge to undertake research of my own and
take part in the exciting process of expanding the very frontier of knowledge.
Graduate study will make me familiar with the methodology of research and will
let me concentrate all my attention to the area of my interest- Artificial
Intelligence. I have read numerous research papers and have produced
algorithms, analyses, software and a good amount of technical writing. I have
always kept in touch with various computer science journals, especially Information Processing Letters and The Journal of Algorithms. I have
already published three research papers and another three papers are under
review now. All this experience has led me to the firm conviction that I have
what it takes to succeed in a research intensive graduate program.

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