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The yin and yang of being a data scientist

Meet the team behind our work with Formula E team Envision Racing

  • Simon Fellowes

    Genpact trackside reporter

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Published

06/12/2019

A candid conversation with Sahil Makkar, senior data scientist, Genpact, about changing career paths and being a part of the Genpact-Envision Racing partnership.

Sahil started his professional journey as a computer engineer before discovering his love for AI seven years ago, which led him to change his career path. "My passion for math pushed me toward AI," he says. Today, he uses his expertise to enhance prediction with AI and help estimate how many laps there will be in a Formula E race, which is important information for the team to strategize their moves.

When your passion becomes your job

"My role at Genpact has turned my fascination with AI into my profession. And getting to work with the Envision Racing team means there's double the excitement!" he tells me.

Winning on a Formula E track depends on many factors. An important one being how much energy a car uses during the race's 45 minutes (plus one lap) – the team can't underutilize or overutilize its battery power. To help Envision Racing enhance energy management for its cars, Genpact has developed the Lap Estimate Optimizer. Our solution is a deep learning system that houses different algorithms that not only detect patterns but also improve existing models, helping the team predict lap numbers and shape race strategy.

“Our focus is on estimating the number of laps accurately and analyzing behaviors of different drivers to improve performance. The advantage of a strategic project like this is that you get to see how your work blends with Envision Racing's expertise and existing systems to influence the race outcome," says Sahil.

A thrilling ride

“In this profession, the only way to improve ourselves is by better understanding and anticipating our clients' needs and, where appropriate, addressing them with more complex algorithms and advanced AI. That is an exciting challenge in itself," he says.

What motivates Sahil? The fact that there is something new to learn in the world of AI every day. He describes the industry and his workplace as dynamic and compares his learning curve to a thrilling ride.

Read more about our work with Envision Racing and our #TheRealChampions stories, (In the driver's seat, Living the dream, and A troubleshooter on the track), brought to life by our Envision Racing trackside reporters here.

Visit our Envision Racing page