Mala Deep Upadhaya

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Research and Career Goals

My research combines approaches from data visualization, human-computer interaction, machine learning, visual analytics, and data mining to solve social context problems and develop ways to make complex systems/ideas easier to use and understand for experts and non-experts. I am also interested in web design/development, user experience, and business plan/strategy development.

Besides my academic goal, my goal is to empower people through education and community activities.

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2016 - 2020 Bsc. in Computer Science
Kathmandu University, Kavre, Nepal
2014 - 2016 Higher Secondary School
Prasadi Academy, Lalitpur, Nepal
2011 - 2014 School Leaving Certificate
Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Technical Skills

Programing Languages Python (Intermediate), Javascript (Intermediate), PHP (Intermediate), HTML (Intermediate), C (Basic), C++ (Basic)
Database MySql, Firebase
Documentation LaTeX
Data Science Skills Jupyter, Tableau, WEKA, Excel, QuickSight, Google Dashboard
Other Skills UI/UX, Design Thinking, Event Management, Business Plan, Pitch Deck

Research Experience

2019 - Present National Development and Research Institute (NDRI), Nepal
Technical Research Assistant
Supported in School For AI program in the formulation of protocol, system and support teachers from all around Nepal to adopt AI-based technology for the respective school.
2018 Digital Learning Research Lab (DLR Lab), Kathmandu University
Data Analysis and Visualization
Worked under the supervision of Assistant Professor Sushil Shrestha and performed data analysis, visualization for Moodle data set using various Data mining concepts.
2018 Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal
Data Analyst
Performed data analysis, visualization and modeling of the Skin Prick test in Allergic Rhinitis patients of the hospital under the supervision of Assistant Professor Sushil Shrestha and Dr. Monika Pokharel.
2018 Youth For Nature (Present HCRI), Nepal
Data Analyst
Support in data analysis in understanding human-elephant conflicts in eastern Nepal

Professional Experience

Aug 2020 – Dec 2020 Grepsr, Nepal
Data Analysis and Visualization
Supported in creating different visualization for the app, created an ad-hoc analysis of various Amazon’s products using Tableau and QuickSight.
May 2020 – Aug 2020 Reduct, Nepal
Intern, Data Science Group
Supported in generating insights on employees' work performances, created dashboard and did language transcribing analysis.
Sep 2018 – Dec 2018 Fatima Al-Fihri Open University, Morocco
Remote Intern, IT Office
Supported in facilitating the IT infrastructure of the university system.


“The Role of AI on Jobs, Human Rights, and Education during Pre and Post COVID-19 Pandemic.
Sah S.K., Shrestha R., Upadhaya M.D., Pokharel M.
Research and Reviews: Advancement in Robotics: 4 pp. 1-11 (1), May 14, 2021

Factors Affecting the Intention to Adopt Cloud Technology Among University Student of Nepal using Technology Acceptance Model.
Upadhaya M.D., Dahal N., Byanju S., Dahal P., Pokheral M.
Recent Trends in Cloud Computing and Web Engineering, 3(1), 1–13, May 7, 2021

“Express Your Feelings”: An Interactive Application for Autistic Patients.
Sharma P., Upadhaya M.D., Twanabasu A., Barroso J., Khanal S.R., Paredes H.
Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Multimodality and Assistive Environments., Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11573. Springer, Cham. July 4, 2019

Enhancing the Mobile Banking Interface of Nepal Investment Bank Limited with an Approach of Human Computer Interaction (Under Review).
Upadhaya M.D., Dahal N., Byanju S., Dahal P., Shrestha S
Sixth International Conference on Information Technology for Development (IT4D) 7-9 Nov 2019

Poster Presentations

Doctor Mobo: Personal Doctor on Hand
Pokharel B., Gupta M.K., Thapa S., Ranjitkar K., Shrestha A.K., Bhandari R., Upadhaya M.D., Sharma G.
Department of Computer Science Kathmandu University 2019.

Understanding Human-Elephant Conflicts in Eastern Nepal
Poudyal B., Upadhaya M.D., Khatiwada B., Upadhaya S.
Rufford Nepal Conference. 29-30 Jan 2018.

Invited Presentations

Experience of conference and research
Invited talk to 2015 Batch of HCI student group at Kathmandu University.

Selected Media

My Mom Is A Data Analyst
November 1, 2020, Helped in the translation of the project and its series into the Nepali language.


Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing
November 26, 2020. Cloud Computing group, Kathmandu University, Nepal. Presentation
Ways to evaluate a machine learning model’s performance
February 26, 2020. Data mining group, Kathmandu University, Nepal. Presentation
How to choose Machine Learning algorithm.
February 23, 2020. Data mining group, Kathmandu University, Nepal. Presentation
All About Open Source | Software Freedom | Hacktoberfest
October 21, 2019. Shree Saraswati Secondary School, Dolpa, Nepal. Presentation
Toulmin's Model
September 4, 2014. Kathmandu University, Nepal. Presentation

Honors & Awards

2020 S-H-O-W Conference Diversity Scholarship , Recipient
2020 Datafest Tbilisi Diversity Scholarship , Recipient
2019 Web Weekend KTM Conference Diversity Scholarship, Recipient
2019 Intel® Edge AI Scholarship Foundation Course Nanodegree, Recipient
2019 Bertelsmann Tech Scholarship Challenge Course, Recipient
2019 Everest Hackathon, Genese Solution, Most Cost Optimized Challenge Winner
2019 Symposium on Artificial Intelligent for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), Participant
2018 Hult Prize OnCampus at Kathmandu University, Second Runner Up
2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Global Startup Lab (MIT GSL), Second Runner Up
2018-2020 Wells Mountain Initiative Scholarship, Recipient
2015 Prasadi Academy Higher Secondary School, Most Impressive Student
2008-2014 Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya Appreciation for Leadership, Recipient

Sample Projects

Machine Learning/ AI

2020 Spam, Ham Detector
Designed and developed web-based SMS spam, ham(not spam) detector called SMS: Spam | Ham Detector using: Python, Algorithm: Naive Bayes, Flask, HTML, CSS Bootstrap.
Medium Blog   GitHub
2018 Disease Name Extractor
Build a machine language project called Hamro Swastha that allows users to extract disease names from doctor's prescription using Python, Keras, Flask, HTML, Bootstrap.
2019 Women's Health Focused Chatbot
Designed and built a Chatbot called MeriSathi, which assists women from the rural part of Nepal to solve their health issues using NPL, Python(Flask) Ngrok.

Mobile App

2019 Human Health App
Designed and build an android based app for Nirogi Inc USA, called Dr.Mobo, that focuses on providing relevant information about different diseases and recommendation medication using MySQL, Android SDK.
2018 Pet Health App
Designed and developed an android app called Dr.Panda, for pet lovers which provides a convenient way to care pets, provide First-aid information’s for emergencies, help track the medical and dietary data of pets and provide geolocation of nearby veterinaries/hospital using Java, Android Studio and Google Maps.


2020 e-commerce
Designed and developed website for Musumusu Cashmere that sells knit and woven using top-quality cashmere obtained from the soft undercoat of cashmere goats using Shopify.
2019 Non-Profit Organization
Designed website for Himalayan Conservation & Research Institute, an independent, not-for-profit organization established by a team of young socio-ecological researchers and conservationists from Nepal to promote science-based conservation of natural resources using HTML, Bootstrap CSS, JS.
2019 Women Education/Health Portal
Everest Hackathon, Genese Solution, Most Cost Optimized Challenge Winner
Designed and build a web portal called HamriMitini, a curated platform that serves as a focal point for delivering services, advocating the issues, and connecting to health experts even at low internet bandwidth areas using:Vue.js,node.js, AWS cloud services.
2018 Opus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Global Startup Lab (MIT GSL), Second Runner Up
Designed a website for own startup called Opus that connects the artist with art lover and allows an artist to sell and share their works and recognize them as a brand using: MySQL, PHP, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, jQuery.

Community Services & Outreach

2019 Facilitator/Founder
Gyaan: Giving Back to Society
2019 Coordinator
Innovation and Entrepreneur Community, Kathmandu University
2018 Executive Member
Kathmandu University Computer Club
2018 Founder
Saraswati Computer Club, Dolpa
2015-2018 Volunteer
Youth for Nature
SeedTree Inc
2014-2018 Volunteer
Educational Social and Environmental Conservation Team Nepal
2013-2014 Secretary
Sainik Junior Red Cross Circle



2019 Startup Workshop @ Kathmandu University
Innovation and Entrepreneur Community, Kathmandu University
2018 Learn Computer
Saraswati Computer Club, Dolpa


2020 Three Month Research Writing Training
South Asian Writing Group 2020
2019 Impact Week Nepal
Lufthansa Group Airlines<
2018 MIT Global Startup Labs
MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives


Mother Tongue
Professional Working
Limited Working